The British charity WaterAid has launched a global sanitation report in Liberia as part of this year’s World Toilet Day celebration held on November 19, revealing that in Liberia, over 1.6 million people – approximately one-third of the nation’s population — practice open defecation as a result of lack of access to sanitation, such as toilets. The report, “Overflowing Cities: The State of the World’s Toilets 2016,” reveals that in addition to the 1,620,000 (one million, six hundred twenty thousand) people in Liberia practicing open defecation, urban dwellers living without improved sanitation is equivalent to 72 percent, while 500 plus children died from preventable diseases.The report examines the state of urban sanitation around the world as an issue that is becoming more pressing as two-thirds of the global population is reportedly expected to live in towns and cities by 2050. This year’s program was held under theme, “Toilets and Jobs,” with focus on how sanitation or the lack of it can impact people’s livelihoods.In Liberia, the report said 32 percent of children under five are stunted as a result of diseases associated with poor sanitation.The Team Leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma, called on the national government to ensure that everyone living in urban areas, including slums, have toilet facilities.Mr. Selma wants increased budgets from governments and donors on sanitation, clean water and hygiene for the urban poor; he also stressed the need for coordination among government, partners and residents to ensure improved sanitation services are provided.He also urged corporate organizations to play a pivotal role in society by supporting initiatives aimed at raising the profile of slum dwellers when it comes to sanitation.Selma then used the occasion to admonish Liberians from all walks of life to give sanitation workers respect, better incentives and decent salariesHe said India ranks tops for having the greatest number of urbanites living without a safe, private toilet – 157 million – as well as the most urban dwellers practicing open defecation – 41 million. “Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria, is falling far behind in reaching its urban population with a toilet, while China is making some strides in reaching its urban population with sanitation,” Mr. Selma said.From statistics, Mr. Selma said, around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhea, which is caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day or one child every two minutes.“War-ravaged South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is the worst country in the world for urban sanitation in percentage terms. An estimated 84 percent of urbanites have no access to a toilet and every other urban-dweller there practices open defecation,” he said. He said the report examines the problems facing more than 700 million urban dwellers around the world living without decent sanitation. Selma added that an estimated 100 million of these have no choice but to defecate in the open, using roadsides, railway tracks and even plastic bags, dubbed “flying toilets.”“One child dies every two minutes from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene. Globally 159 million children under five have their physical and cognitive developments stunted; many of such cases are caused from repeated bouts of diarrhea attributed to dirty water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene,” Selma said.The WaterAid report coincided with programs marking this year’s World Toilet Day, which also talked about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. The report named South Sudan, Madagascar, Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Liberia, DR Congo and Uganda as the 10 countries topping the list with the greatest percentage of the urban population living without safe toilets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
No. 6 West Virginia 31, No. 25 Rutgers 3: West Virginia kept its BCS hopes alive with yet another win over Rutgers in New Jersey. Steve Slaton ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Pat White rushed for 156 yards and a score as the Mountaineers dominated the Scarlet Knights for their 13th straight victory in the series. Slaton went from sideline to sideline on a spectacular 38-yard run that gave West Virginia (7-1, 2-1 Big East) the early lead, and he scored on second-half runs of 1 and 6 yards to bury Rutgers (5-3, 2-2). White also threw for 144 yards, highlighted by a 51-yard screen pass to Slaton to set up a TD. Connecticut 22, No. 11 South Florida 15: Andre Dixon ran for a career-high 167 yards and Connecticut used a late goal-line stand to upset South Florida at UConn. It was the program’s first win over a ranked opponent.The victory keeps UConn (7-1, 3-0 Big East) in sole possession of first place in the Big East, and all but assures the Huskies of the first Top-25 ranking in school history. South Florida (6-2, 1-2) was ranked No. 2 just two weeks ago, but has lost two straight. Dixon ran for 115 yards in a rainy first half, helping UConn build a 16-0 lead. The Bulls came back in the second half and cut the lead to 19-15 in the fourth quarter, before a 20-yard Tony Ciaravino field goal with 5:19 left make it 22-15. The Bulls reached the UConn 2 late, but Greg Robinson tackled quarterback Matt Grothe for a 10-yard loss and then Grothe’s fourth-down pass sailed out of the end zone. No. 12 Kansas 19, Texas A&M 12: Brandon McAnderson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Jayhawks improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1909. Todd Reesing went 21-for-33 for 180 yards and the Jayhawks’ fifth-ranked defense did the rest, holding the Aggies to 127 yards and six first downs through three quarters. A&M gained 191 yards in the fourth quarter, after the Jayhawks built a 19-0 lead. Kansas improved to 4-0 in the Big 12 for the first time, snapped a seven-game losing streak to A&M and won in Texas for the first time since 2001. The Jayhawks have reached eight victories for just the 12th time in school history. The Jayhawks held the Aggies’ fifth-ranked rushing offense to 56 yards through three quarters. No. 13 Missouri 42, Iowa State 28: Lorenzo Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone at the start of the second half, giving Missouri breathing room and momentum in a Big 12 victory at home over stubborn Iowa State. The Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) were four-touchdown favorites against the downtrodden Cyclones (1-8, 0-5), but gained a season-low 366 yards. Backup Alexander Robinson had 149 yards on 21 carries with a 37-yard scoring run for Iowa State.Devin McDoell had a 25-yard interception return. Mississippi St 31, No. 14 Kentucky 14: Wesley Carroll threw for two touchdowns and Mississippi State forced a season-high six turnovers in the second half to upset Kentucky in Lexington. Kentucky (6-3, 2-3 SEC) has lost two straight since knocking off then-No. 1 LSU in triple overtime. The Homecoming loss to the Bulldogs (5-4, 2-3) likely knocks Kentucky out of the SEC title race. Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson was sacked three times and threw three interceptions. Tennessee 27, No. 15 S. Carolina 24: After all the complaints about Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, the Vols are in position to play for a conference title again. Daniel Lincoln kicked a game-tying 48-yard field goal with 5 second left, then provided the only points in overtime, and Tennessee recovered after blowing a big lead to upset visiting South Carolina. The victory, coupled with No. 20 Georgia’s victory over ninth-ranked Florida earlier Saturday, puts the Volunteers (5-3, 3-2) atop the SEC’s Eastern Division. Coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks fell to 6-3, 3-3. No. 17 Texas 28, Nebraska 25: Jamaal Charles ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns of 25, 86 and 40 yards and finished with 290 rushing yards to carry Texas to a win at home, sending the Cornhuskers to their fourth straight loss.Nebraska has lost four in a row for the first time since 1961, another black mark for beleaguered Coach Bill Callahan, whose future with the Huskers beyond this season is in the hands of former Huskers coach and interim athletic director Tom Osborne. For Texas coach Mack Brown, the win was a milestone – No. 100 with the Longhorns. Nebraska (4-5, 1-4) led, 17-9, to start the fourth quarter behind two touchdown passes from Sam Keller to Nate Swift. Then Texas discovered it had a running game and Charles gained 216 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. No. 19 Michigan 34, Minnesota 10: Mario Manningham had five receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a victory-sealing touchdown early in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan pull away at home. The Wolverines (7-2, 5-0 Big Ten) have won seven straight since opening the season being stunned by second-tier Appalachian State and getting routed by Oregon. The Golden Gophers (1-8, 0-5) have lost eight of their first nine games for the first time in 15 years. N.C. State 29, No. 21 Virginia 24: Daniel Evans threw for a career-high 347 yards and three touchdowns, two to Donald Bowens, to lead North Carolina State past visiting Virginia, which was going for a school-record eighth straight win. Bowens finished with 11 catches for 202 yards for the Wolfpack (3-5, 1-3 ACC), who snapped a nine-game conference losing streak. Jamelle Eugene ran for 112 yards and Jameel Sewell threw for 260 yards and two scores for the Cavaliers (7-2, 4-1) before leaving the game with a leg injury with about seven minutes left. No. 23 Auburn 17, Mississippi 3: Brandon Cox threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Rod Smith in the final minutes and Brad Lester rushed for a career-high 96 yards, helping Auburn hold on at home and avoid another down-to-the-wire finish. Patrick Lee set up the drive with an interception in the end zone for the Tigers (6-3, 4-2 SEC), who were coming off a last-second loss at No. 3 LSU. The Rebels fell to 2-7, 0-6.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We couldn’t stop them,” Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. “That was a good football team and they played really well.” Several Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0, Big Ten) earlier this week complained they weren’t getting enough respect despite their No. 1 ranking in the polls and Bowl Championship Series standings. Penn State (6-3, 3-3) was only the second ranked team Ohio State has faced. A crowd of 110,134, the second-largest in Beaver Stadium history, was quieted quickly and the Buckeyes went on to their seventh double-digit victory. Ohio State has won 19 straight Big Ten games, tying the mark set by Michigan in 1990-92. ETC.: Penn State safety Tony Davis had his appendix removed Friday. From news services Maybe now No. 1 Ohio State will get the respect it’s looking for. Todd Boeckman threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Wells ran for 133 yards, leading the visiting Buckeyes to another easy victory, 37-17, over No. 24 Penn State Saturday night. The Buckeyes’ vaunted defense didn’t play up to its typical stingy standards, but it didn’t need to be at its best with Boeckman on a roll and Ohio State’s massive offensive line dominating.