National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), an insurance agency of government covering workers in Liberia, has begun a major road project on 24th Street, Sinkor, where it is also erecting a 5-storey building for future use.The road is paved with concrete tar rather than asphalt, something experts say would last longer because the soil there hosts enough water that the concrete will be able to absorb.According to the experts, using asphalt would cause cracks in the pavement and the road will damage soon.The street, like the rest of the streets in the Sinkor belt, is to be paved by government, but an official of NASSCORP who spoke with this paper recently said the agency decided to underwrite the cost as part of its social responsibility to the people.According to the official, NASSCORP works for the people and it collects taxes, therefore, “The people have to get in return the benefits of their taxes as part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility.”Contractors constructing the road said earlier that the project would have stopped near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Cholera Unit on 24th Street, but NASSCORP’s management reasoned that it should be extended downward to the beach so as to help residents in that area not to suffer from erosion and flood during the rainy season.The road leading to the beach on 24th Street is on a slope, and during the rainy season running water that enters the nearby swamp usually causes the area to be flooded.It may be recalled that in June 2014, many in the People United Community, between 20th and 24th Streets, were gravely affected by flood after long hours of rainfall.Also in 2016 there was a repeat of the disaster and scores of people were affected, leading some to even move from the area.As measurement was extended down to the community after ending the first phase of the road at the Cholera Unit, some residents were expressing delight over the development.“We are happy that the road will come down here. It will really help us, and we don’t care how the measurement will affect us. All we know is that our road should come,” James Barlea, an elder of the community said.Pains of development While some are rejoicing for extension of the road project towards the beach, there are still others who, due to roadblocks, rained insults on the workers.Some drivers living down the beach were recently heard insulting the contractors when they (contractors) lined measuring sticks and steel mats on the road in preparation of pavement.Two men, during the day the first phase was completed, were also heard insulting the workers for blocking the road to prevent passage so that the watery concrete could solidify.“I don’t know what kind of crazy people are these. Why can’t you complete one side and leave the other side for us to pass? You want to do all at once?”This ongoing road project financed by NASSCORP is among other road projects in the Sinkor belt sponsored by government.Beginning 10th Street to 18th Street, government is rehabilitating that belt with asphalt tar including the Payne and Horton Avenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Utilizing COMPSTAT, Bratton and his officers have achieved a significant reduction in crime, improved the quality of life in many public areas, and increased accountability and teamwork within the department, Greenwood said. In an anti-terrorism measure, Bratton also initiated Operation Archangel, a state-of-the-art system designed to manage critical asset information with city, county, state and federal partners. “With the right technology, police officers can spend less time shuffling papers and more time in the streets, and in the neighborhoods,” Bratton said in a statement. “If we can enhance productivity and make police operations more efficient, our cities will be safer.” Bratton has also integrated technology in implementing the 2001 Federal Consent Decree, a federal mandate to reform the LAPD following the Rampart corruption scandal, Greenwood said. Under Bratton, a new computer system designed to promote professionalism and identify at-risk officers was implemented, providing supervisors the ability to prevent unsafe activities before they occur, Greenwood said. Investigations of officer-involved shootings have also been improved through groundbreaking technology that combines images and data in one package for enhanced scene reconstruction, Greenwood said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Executive Leadership award, given annually, recognizes CEO-level business leaders in Southern California who do an extraordinary job of driving information technology within their organization, Greenwood said. The award will be presented to Bratton at the IS Associates 19th annual Executive Leadership Dinner tomorrow on the UCLA campus. “Chief Bratton understands how to exploit technology to transform the quality of service delivery of an organization as critical as the LAPD,” said UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian, who will present the award. Bratton was instrumental in installing the internationally acclaimed COMPSTAT System at LAPD, a system he initiated while serving as New York’s police commissioner in the 1990s, Greenwood said. The system captures crime data that police can use to identify emerging crime patterns or areas and assists them in devising a comprehensive response. Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton will receive the Executive Leadership award from a group associated with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, it was announced today. Bratton will receive the award from “UCLA Anderson IS Associates,” a professional partnership between the Anderson School of Management and corporate and governmental enterprises. The organization is dedicated to the more effective management and understanding of information systems, and the more effective leadership of the IS function, said Diana Greenwood of UCLA Anderson School of Management. Bratton is being honored “for his groundbreaking use of information technology designed to improve the LAPD’s infrastructure and its crime-fighting abilities,” Greenwood said in a statement.