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Liberia UN fears need may outstrip relief resources as more people flee

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the fighting between rebels from the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and Government forces – which this week spread from western to central Liberia – has sparked a new wave of displacement that could overcrowd camps and outstrip food supplies.Over the past week, as fighting in the region intensified, residents of Gbarnga, the provincial capital of Bong County and its surrounding areas, have been fleeing southwards to Monrovia and Totota. Others fled towards the town of Ganta on the border with Guinea. The road between Ganta and Gbarnga is now cut off and the UN agencies voiced concern whether food, water, health and medical supplies can be stretched to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).While existing facilities may still be adequate to absorb the new influx, UN aid agencies fear overcrowding in the camps could lead to heightened public health risk, OCHA said. Another critical issue is that food aid stocks are being depleted quickly – a break in the pipeline is anticipated in April for pulses and for cereals in May – unless resources are found to cover the needs ahead of upcoming shipments. read more

GO Transit service not affected by pay hike for Metrolinx employees Matthews

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The governing Liberals are reassuring commuters that GO Transit services won’t be reduced by increased spending on employee wages.About 1,850 staff, including bus drivers and ticket sellers are getting a wage hike of 8.45 per cent over four years, but the cash-strapped government says there’s no extra money to pay for it.Treasury Board president Deb Matthews says Metrolinx, the regional transit authority that runs GO, will have to find the money for the pay increase within its existing budget.But she says it still must maintain or improve GO Transit service, which the government has promised to expand significantly over the next few years.Interim Tory Leader Jim Wilson says if Metrolinx can afford the wage increase, they should have used the money to lower fares instead.He says it’s suspicious that the deal for the pay hike was struck just before the June 12 election.Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins says the deal is affordable and avoided a strike. GO Transit service not affected by pay hike for Metrolinx employees: Matthews read more