By Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America January 22, 2020 Problems with the supply of basic services in Venezuela have worsened during 2019, Venezuelans told Voice of America (VOA). They addressed the consequences of living in a country going through a crisis that, in their opinion, has interrupted the supply of public services, such as drinking water, electricity, garbage collection, and gas for residential use.According to Venezuelan residents, the public services crisis went beyond short term solutions during 2019, and has become a structural problem that will require coordinating a series of policies to restore the right path toward providing services.Eighty-year-old Antonia Arraneo who has lived in the country for 60 years, was upset about the lack of the water supply that lasted for more than a month.“They announce that they are working on restoring the water supply, but it’s getting worse, so I ask the government: ‘Where are you sending the water?’ Because all of Venezuela is suffering from water [scarcity],” Arraneo said.Others say that 2019 has been the worst year in terms of services and that the government is now violating the rights of its citizens.“Public services don’t work, none of them, and not only this year . Obviously, if we talk about this year, the situation is much worse, but the provision of public electricity, water, gas for residential use, etc., has been deteriorating for years,” said Libardo Rodríguez, one of those consulted.Silvia Serrano, another interviewee, said that “all Venezuelans deserve to have good services. Here, electricity surges and dips: Our fridges get damaged, our washing machines get damaged. How is it possible that in downtown Caracas, minutes away from Miraflores Palace, we don’t have good services?”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four people are dead and three others are in serious condition after a vehicle carrying five people crossed into the opposite lane and collided with an SUV in Farmingdale just after midnight Saturday, Nassau County police said. Detectives said a 2001 Nissan traveling westbound on Conklin Street around 12:04 a.m. crossed into the eastbound lanes and crashed into a GMC Suburban—killing the male driver, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital, a male and female passenger, and a male who was ejected from the car. Another male ejected from the Nissan is in serious condition, police said. Two of the passengers died on impact, police said. The driver of the GMC, a 53-year-old man, and his passenger, were admitted to a local hospital in serious condition, police said. Police have yet to identify the four victims in the crash. Both vehicles were impounded for brake and safety checks, and the investigation is ongoing.UPDATE: Fifth Teenager Dies From Injuries Sustained in Horrific Farmingdale Crash, Victims’ Names ReleasedThe names of the deceased are as follows—all were current or former students at Farmingdale High School:• Tristan K. Reichle, 17, of Farmingdale• Jesse J, Romero, 18, of South Farmingdale• Carly Lonborg, 14, of South Farmingdale• Noah Francis, 15, of Farmingdale• Cody Talanian, 17, of Farmingdale
Black Stars duo; Rabiu Mohammed and Jonathan Mensah will delay their arrival to the Ghana camp due to club commitments.The Ghana duo are expected to feature for Evian Thonon-Gaillard in the finals of the French FA Cup against Bordeaux on May 31.This means Mensah and Rabiu will be unable to join the Black Stars team until after the final game of the French season.Reports from the Ghana News Agency however say the players have notified Ghana FA officials of this situation and are now expected to join the Black Stars camp on June 3.The players will travel first to Ghana after the French Cup final to connect to a flight to the Black Stars’ training camp in Ethiopia.This also means the duo will not train with the side until four days to Ghana’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Khartoum. Rabiu is expected to play a key role for the Roses as he has all-season-long in the finals of the French FA Cup to be played in Paris.Same can however not be said of Mensah who has missed most part of Evian’s campaign in Ligue 1 through injury.