Ellen Lauds Liberia-SL Approach to Ebola Fight

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has hailed the level of cooperation between Liberia and Sierra Leone in fighting the outbreak of the Ebola virus that has hit the Mano River Union, leading to scores of death in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The Liberian leader made the statement Wednesday, July 2, when she received the letters of credence from the new Sierra Leonean Ambassador, Brima Acha Kamara.About a week ago the Government of Sierra Leone declared that “keeping people suspected of Ebola was a crime,” and at the beginning of this week President Sirleaf threatened that anyone who kept a suspected patient home or in church for prayers would be prosecuted and punished if found guilty.The President said she wants the two countries to continue sharing vital information on the fight against the deadly virus, noting that her government has taken several measures aimed at curtailing the outbreak, including the  setting up of testing and quarantine centers.Recounting the historical ties between the two countries, President Sirleaf recalled the long years of friendship characterized by similarities in origin, culture, difficulties and progress.With these commonalities there is nothing to stop Liberia and Sierra Leone from being sisterly neighboring countries.She further informed the new Sierra Leonean Ambassador that she was impressed by the post-war development of the neighboring country, especially its economic policy to create a middle income country.She described the idea as a successful post-war recovery and encouraged the Government to meet that goal.On the sub-regional level, the Liberian leader recounted the high level of cooperation and support received from President Ernest Bai Koroma during her chairmanship of the Mano River Union, a position she recently turned over to Guinea following over four years in charge.“Through his support,” President Sirleaf said, “the MRU countries were able to work together to engage in more development initiatives.”For his part, the new Sierra Leonean Ambassador, Brima Acha Kamara, said he sees Liberia as a second home and promised to work to further enhance the friendly ties between the countries. Ambassador Kamara is a former Police Inspector- General of Sierra Leone.Ambassador Kamara, who replaces Ambassador Marie Jilo Barnett, extended on behalf of his President, Ernest Bai Koroma, a renewed commitment to sub-regional cooperation in the interest of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans whom he termed as, “the common people.”Ambassador Kamara said his country was particularly impressed with the level of treatment Liberia gave Sierra Leone refugees during the conflict in that country which,  according to him,  demonstrates good neighborliness subsisting  between the two countries. The new Sierra Leonean envoy praised President Sirleaf for her demonstrative leadership he says had further brought Liberia and Sierra Leone closer.He renewed his country’s vow not ever to allow its territory to be used for generating conflict to affect its neighbors including Liberia.His predecessor, Ambassador Jilo Barnett ended her tour of duty in Liberia early this year.She was popularly known in the Liberian media as a member of the female ambassadors “Triangle” that included United States Ambassador, Deborah Malac and Nigerian Ambassador Chigozie Fidelia Obi-Nnadozie, due to their close friendship. They were often seen together almost on every occasion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We can Win This fight”

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has opened a five-day Training of Trainers (TOT) of social workers and mental Health clinicians across Liberia. At the opening of the workshop yesterday at the Corinna Hotel in Sinkor, the Deputy Representative, Dr. Fazlul Haque, said the training is intended to provide the relevant skills and ability to roll out the needed psychosocial services to meet the needs of the Ebola-affected communities. “We are fully delighted to provide support to the government of Liberia to train these social workers and mental health clinicians of various counties to ensure that we meet the necessary needs of affected communities,” Dr. Haque stated. He noted that Liberia is in a serious state of national health crisis; so are Guinea and Sierra Leone, with all schools being closed, causing children sitting home; and civil services operating with essential staff only. The workshop brought together over 25 social workers and mental health clinicians of Bomi, Maryland, Margibi, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado counties, among others, to be trained and help fight the epidemic. The UNICEF executive underlined health services as the key response of government and other partners to combating the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and West Africa at large. According to him, there is at the moment a pressing need to scale up the work modalities in providing more Ebola treatment facilities in other parts of the country to help kick the epidemic out of Liberia. “There are currently over 2,500 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus with 1,349 deaths (making it the highest in the sub-region) since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa,” he said. He explained that, children who have lost their parent to Ebola are now in an extremely vulnerable position and unable to access the usual community support due to stigma and fear of people catching the disease. Dr. Haque said, “Children confirmed cases recorded are 15%, all fatalities recorded are children; while 75% of confirmed cases are women. Mothers, as primary caregivers, are more likely to get infected.” According to the Deputy Representative, Liberia can only fight the disease “if we are fully prepared with the right information, right tools and the commitment to win. You have to take the responsibility as duty bearers and service providers working with closely community members and leaders to win the fight.” He urged the public and other partners to commit themselves to ensure that the community will not stop taking positive action to safe guard children and their families until the country is free of the virus. Urging the social workers and mental health clinicians, Mr. Haque said psychosocial support is needed for the children who are affected, children with family members affected, patients in quarantine, patients suffering from Ebola, health workers caring for patients and community members. Other partners who also attended the workshop were those from World Health Organization (WHO), Mrs. Vivian Cherue from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and students from various colleges and universities in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL Takes Anti- Corruption Fight Seriously

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) of Government’s continuous support in carrying out its work.Speaking last Thursday at a Partners’ Round-Table Discussion hosted by the LACC, President Sirleaf said corruption has continued to undermine national development and   impoverish its citizens. She noted that the Government of Liberia takes the fight against corruption seriously and would do everything possible to facilitate the work of the LACC.The president then called on partners, foreign governments and financial institutions to continue to fulfill their commitment to the LACC so as to help the Commission achieve its mandate.The Partners’ Round-Table Discussion was intended to look at the three-year Strategic Plan of the LACC as a way of mobilizing necessary assistance for its implementation.Also making remarks at the occasion, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren and the Head of Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Tiina INTELMANN pledged the support of their organizations to the work of the LACC in helping it realize its goal. Earlier, the Commission’s Executive Chairperson, Cllr. James N. Verdier Jr. highlighted progress made by the institution in the areas of education and prevention as well as investigation and prosecution.  He however spoke about challenges facing the LACC, particularly the absence of some laws intended to strengthen its work and inadequate funding to recruit more investigators and set up regional offices. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bad Roads Cause Price Hike in SKD Community

first_imgPresently transport fare for motorbikes from the Samuel K. Doe Community Junction to former Representative Reginald Sogan-Teah’s House is between L$20 to L$30 during the daytime, and L$40-L$50 at night, due to the bad roads in the community.Prior to the terrible condition of the roads, the transportation fare for motorbike was L$10, both during the daytime and at night.Mr. Jackson V. S. Gbaye, the SKD Community Motorbikes Union, said the increase of the transport fare is due to the frequent damage of the bikes, especially the brake-shoes and spark plugs, as a result of the bad roads and the difficulty to navigate the potholes, mud and flooded roads.He said when the rain falls, most of the bikes are parked because the roads are over-flooded with water. Those motorcycle riders who braved the flooded-roads often lost their balance, causing their passengers (costumers) to fall in the water or mud mistakenly because of the bad roads.“We are embarrassed by the road – some of the time we threw our passengers down, but they understand, because we can’t see in the rocks or whatsoever under the water that is causing it,” Gbaye said.“We want this road to be fixed for the sake of all of us.”He also said because of the embarrassment of throwing down their passengers, business is “very slow” and some of the riders hardly meet their daily quotas before the night comes.“Some of the people are afraid to ride with us because of the bad roads – so we sleep on the bikes for hours before we get a single passenger,” Gbaye said. “Bad, bad roads are the cause of the increase in price and slowness in business.”A businessman, Joseph Flomo, also said there is also hike in the price of carrying their goods in the community.Flomo said for the past five years, the roads have been bad and the transportation fare is increasing every monthly and every year.“We need help here or else, one day, we would block the main road to call the government’s attention,” Joseph said.A staffer in the Montserrado County’s District # 14 office of Rep. Vanmuyan Corneh, who requested to remain anonymous, said the heavy rains have made it difficult to carry out road maintenance in the SKD Community.The staffer pointed out, however, that Rep. Corneh’s office has raised an emergency fund to carry out the works.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three things we learned from the Champions League final

first_img0Shares0000Loris Karius sobs on the pitch as he apologises to the Liverpool fans following his two huge errors during the game. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 27- Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday. Here are three things we learned from Real’s 13th European Cup triumph:Tearful Salah rocks Reds Salah is comforted by team-mates and opponents alike after injury forces him off in the finalWhen Mohamed Salah slumped to the turf holding his shoulder for the second time in a matter of minutes, the tears began to flow. Egypt forward Salah was forced off when he suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after landing awkwardly following a challenge with Real defender Sergio Ramos in the first half. Ramos, accused of deliberately dragging Salah down in an attempt to injure him, was jeered throughout the match, but regardless of any malicious intent, it was a devastating blow to Liverpool and a transcendent talent who may now miss the World Cup. Salah’s incredible debut season with the Reds saw the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year shatter a host of records with 44 goals in all competitions. Liverpool’s European heroics this season were built on Salah’s predatory finishing and dazzling skill, but they had to play 60 minutes without their talisman and it was a mission too far. After dominating the opening stages, there was an immediate dip in Liverpool’s performance. Liverpool had nine shots with Salah on the pitch and none for the rest of the half. Despite a gallant second half effort, there was a sense of inevitability about Real’s triumph as Salah nursed his wounds.Ronaldo, Zidane among the immortalsZinedine Zidane has led Madrid to yet another European triumph following their tough domestic season. Photo/COURTESYAlthough he didn’t enjoy his finest individual performance, Cristiano Ronaldo still burnished his glittering CV as the Real forward became the first player to win the trophy five times in the Champions League era. Ronaldo joined an elite four-man list featuring Real trio Paco Gento, Alfredo di Stefano and Jose Maria Zarraga, plus AC Milan’s Paolo Maldini, as five-time winners of the European Cup. In his sixth European Cup final, Ronaldo couldn’t emulate his match-winning display in last year’s showpiece against Juventus. But even on a quiet night when he failed to add to his 44 goals this season, the Portugal superstar still went home with the silverware. Thanks to Gareth Bale’s majestic winner, Ronaldo wasn’t the only Madrid icon to cement his place among the immortals. Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the European Cup three years in a row. The former Real star is also only the third manager after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti to lift the trophy three times — not bad for a man who endured heavy criticism and talk of the sack at times during a season that saw Madrid flop in La Liga. Real, now 13-time European Cup winners, are the first team to win the competition in three successive seasons since Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976. Fittingly, Zidane had predicted Madrid’s latest rewriting of the history books when he faced the press on Friday. “You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us – it simply isn’t true. We’re in a third final and we have the chance to do something historic,” he said.Careless Karius condemns Klopp to fresh final woeThe German goalkeeper fails to hold on to Bale’s fierce left-footed strike, which sealed victory for the Spanish giants. Photo/COURTESYTormented by a pair of unforgivable mistakes from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, Jurgen Klopp was left heartbroken in a major final yet again as the German suffered his sixth loss in seven title matches. Klopp already knew exactly how it felt to fall just short with the Champions League trophy within touching distance after his Borussia Dortmund lost the 2013 final against Bayern Munich. Klopp’s Liverpool were also beaten by Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final, but this was even more painful given how Karius gifted the silverware to Madrid. The 24-year-old German, signed by Klopp from Mainz in 2016, was abysmal — handing Karim Benzema the opener with a careless throw out that bounced in off the forward, before spilling a routine save from Gareth Bale into his own net in the closing minutes. Having settled on Karius ahead of Simon Mignolet over recent months, Klopp’s faith backfired and he is the fourth manager after Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone and Hector Cuper to lose in two Champions League finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gor handed two-year Kagame Cup ban

first_img0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team that started their CECAFA Kagame Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Executive Committee on Saturday announced that Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia and their head coach Dylan Kerr have been handed two-year Kagame Cup bans.The club was banned after refusing to pick the third placed bronze medal after beating Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) while the coach was handed the two year ban for what CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye termed as ‘continuous’ abuse to match officials’. “They refused infront of the fans in the stadium and football leadership in the region to pick their medals. We as CECAFA we believe that leadership is about taking charge and making decisions. Whether good or bad, you cannot sit on the edge,” Musonye said in a press briefing on Saturday.On Kerr’s behavior at the competition; “We have warned The Gor Mahia coach to respect referees and to respect football leaders in the region. He is also banned for two years,” Musonye.“You can’t say bad things and abuse organizers. Every time he is abusing the referees and these reports have reached us. We have taken this thing very seriously,” he added.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi in action in the CECAFA Kagame Cup against Tanzanian side Azam. Photo/COURTESYMusonye further said that K’Ogalo had caused Kenya shame and has urged the Football Kenya Federation to take further action on the club who also reportedly missed out on the prize money.Gor went to Tanzania with drama rotating all around their heads, the players having staged a go slow before their last Kenyan Premier League match at the Kisumu Stadium. Upon reaching Dar, they rejected the hotel allocated to them by the organizers as it was not up to their standards and looked for their own.Prior to their semi-final match against Azam which they went on to lose 2-0, the team also refused to use the dressing room. The same happened in 2015 when they faced Azam in the final.“The organizing committee has looked at how Gor has behaved and as a big team they should have shown good example but unfortunately they have shown a bad example since coming here,” Musonye said in his press briefing.He added; “We want to have discipline in these competitions. All club leaders and federations should respect the law and put discipline in their clubs. If clubs feel they can’t be touched in their homes, it will not be the same with CECAFA.”And, in case Gor Mahia go on to win the KPL title, then the second placed team or the winner of the FKF Shield will represent Kenya in next year’s competition which might be held in Tanzania again.“There’s no chance to appeal. There are some things we can tolerate but not this one. I know some officials who went to beg Gor to come and collect their medals and they refused,” an agitated Musonye further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE SUPERB RANN MOR MEADOW HOUSING ESTATE

first_imgThe ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes at Rann Mor Meadow in Letterkenny represent great value.The ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes at Rann Mor Meadow, developed by GDC (Ireland) Limited have attracted significant interest from home-owners, and from the pictures above it’s easy to see why! Not only to do represent great value for money, the homes look absolutely fantastic which is obviously a critical factor when purchasing your home. With almost the first phase of fifteen homes sold-out, new home-owners are snapping up these properties fast.The energy efficient specifications stand-out, and they ensure you will save a small fortune on heating and fuel costs annually.To find out more information on these wonderful new energy efficient homes at Ran Mor Meadow contact GDC (Ireland) Limited, Kilderry, Muff, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074 9384700 – E-mail: info@gdcirl.comOr of the selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, Letterkenny, on 074 91 22211 or see http://www.sfr.ie PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE SUPERB RANN MOR MEADOW HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesGDC Irelandnewspicture speciallast_img read more

DONE DEAL! Jermain Defoe signs three-year contract with Bournemouth

first_imgBournemouth have completed the signing of Jermain Defoe.The striker has signed a three-year deal with the Cherries, having left Sunderland on a free transfer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.Defoe, who scored in a club record 10 consecutive league games for Bournemouth during a loan spell earlier in his career, admitted the decision to sign for Eddie Howe’s side had been a straightforward one.The 34-year-old said: “It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge. When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth, I just knew it was the right one.“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.“The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on, I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”Defoe has netted 15 Premier League goals in each of his last two seasons and has earned a recall to the England squad.Bournemouth, who finished in ninth place last season, have invested heavily in the striker’s wage packet as they look to increase their goal-tally, and manager Howe – a former team-mate – was delighted to have got his man.Howe said: “This is a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction.“We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goalscorer.“We have known him for a long time, since working with him as a young pro and playing with him. I have followed his career and am delighted to say he is going to be playing for AFC Bournemouth again.”Defoe’s signing could be Bournemouth’s first deal of the week, with the likelihood of Chelsea defender Nathan Ake following in a £20million deal.However, the Cherries are not interested in signing John Terry, who will be a free agent on Saturday, when the summer transfer window opens. Jermain Defoe has joined Bournemouth 1last_img read more

Teachers agree to new contract

first_img Westside Union School District trustees this month approved a similar contract, granting teachers a 4 percent raise this year, ending a more than year-long impasse in contract talks. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, the board recently approved a contract that will give teachers a 3 percent raise for the 2005-06 school year with fully paid benefits. Palmdale School District, however, is still without a contract for its teachers. In a first for the Palmdale district, contract talks have advanced to the fact-finding stage, which could lead to trustees unilaterally imposing a contract on teachers. — Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The district also must submit the contract proposal to the county for approval. County officials will check to make sure the district can afford the pay hike. “We have to submit it to the county for county approval,” Schettig said. “The county has to approve all labor agreements that have any dollars associated with them.” Under the contract, a health plan will be offered that fully covers benefit premiums. If teachers want a more expensive plan, they will have to pay more themselves for that plan, Schettig said. “We picked up the increased cost for one of the plans; if they want to buy up to the more deluxe plan, they have that option,” Schettig said. Lancaster was the most recent district to reach agreements with its teachers. LANCASTER – Lancaster School District and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that will give teachers a 3.5 percent raise effective Jan. 1. The teachers have approved of the proposal, and the board is scheduled to take action on the contract at its Jan. 17 meeting. Jim Schettig, assistant superintendent of human resources, said he was told that teachers had ratified the contract, though no official vote tally had been given to him. The contract covers the 2005-06 school year. Teachers union representatives could not be reached for comment. At the board’s Dec. 6 meeting, the Teachers Association of Lancaster’s lead negotiator, Tony Roselli, described the agreement as “solid” and said that “harmony” had been achieved.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Falls at Omaha, 2-1

first_img“We never really got started in the first half and that’s a lot to ask of us this year to put two goals back to get in the game,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “There was a great sense of belief after our goal that we could get back in the game, but I’m still convinced if we start the game with that mindset; a collective focus, sense of urgency, and pride in helping each other we can have an exciting MVC season. Our non-conference schedule certainly tested us. We needed that to accelerate our growth. Now it’s time to see how we do with a fresh slate when it matters.” Drake finished with three shots in the first half with Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa), Shelley Lyjak (Bartlett, Ill.) and Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) each tallying one. Omaha (3-6-1) scored a pair of first-half goals before Walls’ goal late in the second half put Drake (3-7-0) on the scoreboard. PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster OMAHA, Neb. – Freshman Alison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.) scored her second career goal for the Drake University women’s soccer team in a 2-1 road loss at Omaha Wednesday, Sept. 19 night. Drake opens Missouri Valley Conference play at Valparaiso Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Live Stats Next Game: ESPN+ at Valparaiso 9/23/2018 – 1 PM Five minutes later, Walls nearly scored the equalizer as her attempt hit the crossbar. Three minutes later, senior Elaine Gorom (O’Fallon, Ill.) had one shot saved by the Mavericks’ defense and the follow up shot was blocked. Later, Bormann had her shot blocked and another go wide, before the clock ran out. In the second half, Omaha recorded five shots before Walls ended the scoring drought for the Bulldogs. Junior Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) attacked the Mavericks’ box from the left side and sent a pass to Walls, whose one-timer found the back of the net in the 70th minute (70:22) and cut the deficit to 2-1. The Mavericks’ defensive pressure led to the team’s first goal in the eighth minute (8:55). Andrea Daves forced a turnover by Bulldogs’ goalkeeper sophomore Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) in the box, passed the ball to Bailey Cascio who shot past Stone from six yards out. Later, they added their second goal in the 33rd minute (33:01) courtesy of Tabitha Allberg. Preview Story Linkslast_img read more