The Liberian Bankers Association (LBA) has advised the public to comply with Ebola preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the World Health Organization (WHO) to save more lives and avoid pointing accusing fingers at government and health officials. The Association’s president, Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, told a local phone-in Talk Show on Wednesday morning that Ebola is real. He warned that defeating the virus requires the collective involvement of all Liberians by adhering to and implementing the preventive measures.Mr. Davies, who is also president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), expressed disappointment with the international response to the Ebola crisis. He criticized the international community for doing very little to fight and defeat the Ebola epidemic.He called for resounding and affirmative international response to fight Ebola in Liberia and in the sub-region warning that the virus is gradually creeping to a disaster.“We need resounding and affirmative international response from the international community on this Ebola crisis. As we all can see, disaster is gradually creeping into Liberia and the sub-region,” said the LBA president.He, however, appreciated the minimum assistance from the international community thus far, but noted that lots more needed to be done to handle the crisis because the Ebola virus is a very new disease to the country’s health system.The LBA boss also warned against public distrust in government policies, which he observed, is undermining the fight against the Ebola crisis at local level.“This crisis is new to us, but I still have the belief that it is not late for us as a people to fight and defeat the virus. But public distrust is also hurting our resolve to win the war against the Ebola virus because some people are politicking the situation and don’t want to adhere measures. And this, alone, is undermining ‘our’ efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” said Mr. Davies.Some section of the public has criticized the government for its poor handling of the Ebola outbreak as the virus continues to claim more lives in the country. According to the latest WHO data, Liberia has the highest number of Ebola-related fatalities in West Africa accounting for over 1,220 deaths of the nearly 2,400 deaths in the sub-region.The WHO has announced that the virus has infected over 4,000 in West Africa warning that it would infect over 20,000 people in the sub-region if international response is delayed. Many Liberians feel that the government is doing little to save lives amidst huge deaths and increase in new cases.Ebola treatment centers within the compounds of the ELWA and John F. Kennedy hospitals, are overwhelmed with patients.But the LBA boss noted that the Ebola virus is a strange disease that the government and the country’s health sector was never prepared to handle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Brac-Liberia, a Bangladeshi agro-based organization operating in Liberia, recently ended a one day inception workshop aimed at sensitizing Liberians on the need to address food and nutrition security challenges in the country.Currently, Brac has received a 1.5 million-euro project geared towards addressing food and nutrition security to help end hunger in Liberia. The project, which is expected to commence early next year, will be implemented in six counties, including Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties.To launch the two year project, Brac has embarked on a workshop that seeks to sensitize farmers and stakeholders in the country’s agriculture sector on food and nutrition security in the six selected counties.Speaking last Monday at the first workshop in Bentol, Montserrado County, Brac-Liberia Senior Manager Emmanur Shikder said the project will focus on supporting poor farmers who are facing difficulties.He said farmers will be empowered with basic agricultural tools to enhance crop and animal production in order to improve food and nutrition security.“Our project’s mission is to support the poor in food production and nutrition insecurity to react to crises and strengthen resilience in Liberia,’’ Mr. Shikder said. “This project will strive to improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by developing resilient agriculture, resilient markets and resilient people who are able to generate diverse livelihoods that provide stable incomes and adequate food and nutrition in the face of recurrent stresses and shocks.”For his part, A. K. M. Rafiqul Islam, Brac-Liberia Agriculture Manager, said the project will target 7,501 farming households across the six counties. He said Brac-Liberia will also consult with 50 senior government officials and 90 market actors to form part of the project’s activities.“Before this project ends in 2018, 390 most vulnerable household groups will be engaged in cash for work, 1,625 poor households will receive training on poultry and livestock rearing, and the capacity of 5,200 smallholder farmers will be built on climate smart agriculture technologies,’’ Mr. Islam said.He further said 26 agricultural entrepreneurs will be developed, while 2,340 pregnant and lactating women from those households will be trained on improved nutrition.For his part, the Agriculture Coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Edward S. Fatorma, said the rearing of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, among other domestic animals, is a key component that farmers need not neglect. He noted that the constant importation of livestock into the country is not a healthy practice for the farming sector.“Share your knowledge with someone and help each other as you try to produce more food and other agricultural products for either commercial or subsistence purpose,’’ he said, adding that Liberians need to be more innovative in the farming sector. Also speaking, Thompson N. W. Chea, the agriculture coordinator at the Bong County Superintendent’s office, said Brac’s initiatives boost Liberia’s stride to eliminate hunger through productive and sustainable agro-based activities.“The Superintendent’s office, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, has already called on all districts in Bong to cultivate not less than 100 acres for each of their agricultural products,’’ Mr. Chea said.He commended Brac-Liberia for its contribution to the nation’s freedom from food poverty and the enhancement of a viable economic sector.The Bentol workshop brought together farmers, government officials and small business owners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Linden Special Needs Centre performed exceedingly well at this year’s Annual Signing Bee Competition. The Centre won first place in both categories of the competition which was held on Wednesday at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).In Category One, Troy Scott from the Linden Special Needs Centre placed first, while Abigail Jairam and Samuel Foo from the New Amsterdam Special School placed second and third respectively.Meanwhile, in Category Two, Ulancy Emanuel from the Linden Special Needs Centre placed first, with Satesh Rajkumar from the New Amsterdam Special School placing second and Tamar Klaus from the Diamond Special Needs School placing third.The other schools which participated in the competition were the David RoseThe winners of the 3rd Annual Signing Bee Competition displaying their winnings in the company of Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and other senior education officersSpecial School and Harmony Secondary School.According to National Special Education Needs (SEN) Officer, Savvie Hopkinson, the Signing Bee Competition is an incredible way for students who are deaf to demonstrate their academic progress, justify financial investment in an appropriate education and demand equitable treatment, having in the past suffered benign neglect.She said the competition bears linguistic similarities with “Singing Bees” and “Spelling Bees”. She said the competition intends to stimulate the language faculty of students by expanding their vocabulary and augmenting the stock of words they possess and can employ in their work and lives.“This competition provides a platform for Special Schools to stage their educational quality, expand the capacity of students to perform well in the curriculum while having fun. Through a decentralised approach, it permits students in regions to compete and prove themselves against their counterparts in Georgetown,” Hopkinson is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.She added that sign language is crucial to members of the deaf community since it is the means through which their ideas, imagination, creativity and achievements flow out to the rest of the society and among themselves.Moreover, Hopkinson reminded those in attendance that Wednesday’s competition celebrates the education policy of inclusiveness and the education philosophy of the right to an appropriate education. “It demonstrates that all students are valuable and must be empowered to see themselves and take their places in an emerging, expanding, competitive, global community”.Marcel Hutson echoed sentiments shared by Hopkinson and added that the competition demonstrates that there are no boundaries to learning and achievement.He said the Education Ministry is pleased to continue hosting the event by making it a feature as part of Education Month. Hutson explained that over the years, the Education Ministry has sought many ways to provide inclusivity for children with special needs.He said the participation of the children in the competition serves as an indicator of their academic achievement. Hutson enlightened the audience that SEN takes precedence in the Education Ministry’s Strategic Plan. He said that a large part of the Strategic Plan has been dedicated to ensuring that there is movement in the SEN area.
Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe has called on Indigenous leaders to craft a strategic plan to ensure their communities benefit equally from oil and gas resources.Department of Energy Director Dr Mark BynoeThe Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that Bynoe made the call while addressing the over 200 Toshaos and other Indigenous leaders in Georgetown for the 13th National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC).He is quoted by DPI as saying, “It must not just be a band-aid solution to address an immediate need, it should be focused towards where is it you want to go as a community, as a village and how is it you are going to get there… the biggest question that people ask is ‘when the monies begin to flow, how much will come to my region?’ The first thing I say is to have a plan… that in time to come you can have a defined pathway of how you will be able to improve the wellbeing of your people”.The Director also explained that Guyana will not automatically be transformed with first oil since the $62 billion only represents about 10 per cent of Guyana’s current Gross Domestic Product (GDP).“It is important that we understand that as we move forward within this sector… that we need to prioritise. Government also needs to prioritise as there are multiple demands on the limited resources, they have at their disposal inclusive of improvement in healthcare, education, enhanced infrastructure, enhanced water quality, while also seeking to ensure that we have more sustainable livelihood opportunities,” the Director stated.Some of the Indigenous leaders at the National Toshaos Council Conference 2019 (DPI photo)While providing an overview of the new and emerging sector, Dr Bynoe explained that in terms of direct benefits, Guyana is entitled to two per cent royalty and 12.2 per cent of profit oil in the initial stages. As it relates to direct employment opportunities, to date there are over 1300 Guyanese who are already employed directly in the sector. Guyana has also benefitted from over $150 million already injected into the sector.He further outlined that going forward, indirect benefits will include associated gas which can help in electricity stability and the reduction of the cost of energy, and even more training opportunities. Dr Bynoe added that while the Administration is keen on ensuring all Guyanese are getting their “fair share”, just as important is the fact that their capacity is built through training to ensure they are working alongside those external experts to ensure those skills are transferred.The Toshaos called for more education and awareness programmes on oil and gas within the hinterland villages. The Department of Energy Head said that the Department has recognised the need to conduct more awareness sessions in these areas and will be moving in that direction.Guyana first discovered oil in May 2015. US oil giant ExxonMobil has made 14 discoveries while UK company, Tullow has made two discoveries.
Edward Seda capped off the fruitful afternoon for Mathare on the hour mark as Francis Kimanzi’s men went to 10 points.By measure of chances, a 2-1 score-line at half time was a fair reflection of the chances each side had in the opening 45 minutes.Mathare showed early intent with Daniel Mwaura having the game’s first chance at goal, his shot from the edge of the 18-yard area being deflected by Mousa Omar for a corner.The slum boys, unbeaten this season had a confident start to the game with the midfield trio of Francis Omondi, Edward Seda and Oduor taking charge of the game, dictating the tempo.Mathare were gifted for their early hunger in the 17th minute when Omondi converted from the penalty spot after Rodgers Aloro swept down Seda inside the box as he attempted to break forward from a Clifford Alwanga nod-down.The goal injected some piece of confidence into the Mathare side who didn’t look even a tad of their relegation-fighting self from last season.Twelve minutes after going one up Mathare doubled their advantage, and in sublime fashion.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi celebrates with Chris Oduor after his wonder goal against Sofapaka on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOduor took an audacious effort striking the ball into the net from close to the halfway line after keeper Kigonya’s half hearted clearance from out of his box fell kindly on the Mathare United midfielder’s path.Sensing that the game was dragging out of their reach, Sofapaka upped their tempo and began to play more purposeful.They should have halved the deficit in the 37th minute when Umaru Kassumba was sighted with a brilliant dipping ball played behind the defense by Omar, but he couldn’t direct his header on target with no defender on his shoulders.Four minutes on the turn, the 2009 champions claimed one back from the penalty spot, keeper Kigonya stepping forward to beat his opposite number after Johnstone Omurwa handled the ball as he attempted to control.However, the Mathare players protested the decision, arguing that the young centre half was outside the box, but referee Peter Waweru stood by his decision.Sensing that the score-line was within reach, Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa started the second half with an offensive change, taking off Ezekiel Okare for Kepha Aswani.But, it was Mathare who still had the appetite for goals. Three minutes after the restart, Cliff Nyakeya had a shot from the edge of the box come off the upright while his chase for the rebound ended up in a Kigonya save.But on the hour mark, Mathare made it 3-1, Seda taking in a wonderful goal from close range. The midfielder took a nifty touch off a Mwaura pass taking the ball off Alori’s path and with only Kigonya to beat smashed the ball into the bottom right.Sofapaka’s Ezekiel Okare vies for the ball with Mathare United’s David Owino during a KPL match on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSsimbwa reacted to the goal with a double change, bringing off midfielder Humphrey Okoti for Mohammed Kilume while Waruru was brought off for Kevin Kimani.Kimani faving the side he played for most of his early career had an immediate impact and he had two efforts at goal within 10 minutes of coming on.First his volley from the right came off the side netting while his second attempt was with a shot from distance which sailed wide.Sofapaka who had thrown bodies up in attack were almost caught on the counter in the 76th minute but thanks to Kigonya’s double save from Nyakeya’s efforts on the right,, they remained within balance.On the other end, Robert Mboya was busy in the Mathare goal and he had to be at his best to keep out Kimani’s freekick and a low curling effort from Elli Asieche late on.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United players mill around Chris Oduor to celebrate his goal against Sofapaka on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya Feb 25- Chris Oduor’s first half wonder strike was the highlight as Mathare United remained unbeaten in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season, picking their third win in four matches with a convincing 3-1 win over Sofapaka at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.Oduor struck a beauty from almost 45 yards out to score Mathare’s second goal after Francis Omondi’s penalty had taken them ahead. Keeper Mathias Kigonya halved the deficit for Batoto ba Mungu late in the first half also from the penalty spot but it only counted as consolation.
0Shares0000After five seasons at Monaco, Brazil midfielder Fabinho is ready to “create his own history” after completing his move to beaten Champions League finalists LiverpoolPARIS, France, May 28 – Monaco midfielder Fabinho will join Liverpool following the World Cup finals in Russia, the French Ligue 1 club and the Premier League giants announced Monday.Brazilian international Fabinho, 24, had agreed at the end of last year’s title-winning campaign to remain one more season in the Principality. But agreement has now been reached with the Premier League club that will see Fabinho join the Reds after the finals in Russia.No financial details were given by either club, although some reports claim the deal is worth £44m.“AS Monaco has reached agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Fabinho to the English club on July 1,” said a statement on www.asmonaco.com.Usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, Fabinho has scored 31 goals in 233 appearances for Monaco since arriving at the club in 2013 from Real Madrid, winning the French league title in 2017.Liverpool, looking to bolster their squad following a great season in which the Anfield giants reached the Champions League final, only to suffer a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, confirmed the deal on their website.“Liverpool Football Club can confirm a deal has been agreed for the transfer of Fabinho from AS Monaco,” said a statement.“The Brazil midfielder will formally seal a switch to the Reds on July 1 after successfully completing a medical and finalising terms on a long-term contract at Melwood.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to show his excitement at the signing.“We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.“His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to.“He has the ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions. He can play ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘2’. This is cool.“He is tactically very strong and football smart. I think he improves our squad and there aren’t that many players you can say that about in this moment, because the quality we have already is so high.“I like that he is young yet experienced also, with a high number of games at a club that compete to win. Also, international caps for Brazil tells you something about him.“This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited. I’m sure our supporters will make him very welcome and at home at our wonderful club and in our amazing city.”Fabinho told Liverpoolfc.com: “I am really excited about this move.“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional.“A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over.“I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club.“I will try to grow and learn and improve myself, and to be part of the club’s history.”Fabinho, who has four caps for Brazil, becomes Liverpool’s first signing of the summer transfer window.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
WHITTIER – T-Mobile has agreed to rescind controversial plans for installing a cell tower across the street from East Whittier Middle School. Instead, the mobile-phone service provider has reached agreement with the owner of the Whittier Medical Plaza, 14350 Whittier Blvd., to place the antenna on top of that building. The Whittier Design Review Board on Thursday unanimously approved the company’s plans. Those plans must next be approved by Jeff Collier, director of community development. Collier said he expects to do so in a day or two. “It’s wonderful,” said Christine Sullivan, board president of the East Whittier City School District, which had opposed placing the tower at the Second Church of Christ Scientist, 8723 Catalina Ave. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s not that close to homes and will be higher up,” Sullivan said. “We just want to keep our kids out of harm’s way. If we can do that, I’m happy.” School board members and residents who live close to the location had gone to two City Council meetings to oppose the cell tower, citing health and aesthetic concerns. The council at its Sept. 25 meeting directed T-Mobile to again try to negotiate a lease with the owner of the Whittier Medical Plaza. Three days later, T-Mobile was successful. Luke Lucas, regional development manager for T-Mobile, credited the city with changing the mind of Howard Ternes, owner of Whittier Medical Plaza. Nancy Mendez, assistant city manager, said City Manager Steve Helvey had asked Ternes to reconsider signing a lease. “Perhaps the hospital realized the community’s interest in clustering cell towers in commercial areas,” Mendez said. Lucas said the change in direction is a quadruple victory. “It’s one for the community,” he said. “It’s one for the city. It’s one for the landlord and last but not least, for T-Mobile.” T-Mobile needs the cell antenna because coverage in that area is deficient, Lucas said. The problem is one of capacity, he said. When there are too many people making phone calls, the airwaves get jammed. The cell tower is expected to be built by the end of this year, he said. Collier said the city also is happy about the change. “This is the site we would have preferred in the first place because it’s a full-stealth facility,” Collier said. Collier said the antennas will not be visible. “It actually will be placed on the roof behind the parapet,” he said. “They will replace some of the tiles with a material that allows a radio signal to go through and you will never see the antennas.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
As the Safety Direct Galway International Rally is only a week away, Lettermacaward driver Declan Boyle prepares himself to take the challenge of the Galway Stages in his newly acquired Subaru Impreza s12b.Declan, who would be known better in a Ford Mk2 escort, made the change to a WR car just after Donegal International back in June when he won the national section of the rally in his ex Millington powered escort. Declan made he debut in the Subaru in Galway at their national rally which he battled it out with Frosses Driver Donagh Kelly in a similar car.Unfortunately Donagh slid of on the final stage with left Declan taking victory over local Galway Driver JJ Fleming.Next stop was Cork 20 International rally and it was 2nd O/A there with Cork man Darragh O’Riordan taking victory by 4:06.0. Closest to Declan was Denis Cronin in his Subaru Impreza S6, a more out of date car.The following weekend was Declan’s home National event in Donegal Town. Declan was on the ball straight away posting fastest time on SS1. But it was only early days. Garry Jennings came back to take the lead by 10 seconds in his rented Kenny McKinstry S10.Declan cut Jennings lead down to 9 seconds but he had more to worry about as only 1 second was separating himself and Donagh Kelly. After a wee break in Service Jennings went out with a full attack taking another 2 of Declan.But Declan put a 8 second gap between himself and Kelly. Stage 5 was canceled due to Mayo navigator seen a SOS board getting Brian O’Mahony to stop to report it.Stage 6 the battle started again with Declan posting the same time as Jennings, But Kelly taking fastest time narrowing the gap with himself and Declan to 2 seconds. Heading out to the final loop it was all or nothing for all drivers and Donagh Kelly was out of the battle. Leaving it to Jennings & Boyle. Jennings took one second and Boyle would take another but Declan ended the rally 2nd best.All these battles will come alive again in 8 days time in Galway with a top class entry of 9 WRC cars. Declan will be compeating in the Irish Tarmac Championship and Irish Dunlop National Championship 2013To follow Declan Boyles progress “Like” his page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/DeclanBoyleMotorsport or on Twitter by following @BoyleMotorsportTop 10 for Galway International1. Darren Gass/Enda Sherry (Subaru Impreza WRC S10)2. Derek McGarrity/James McKee (Subaru WRC) 3. Keith Cronin/TBA (Subaru Impreza S11)4. Gary Jennings/Neil Doherty (Subaru S12B)5. Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley (Suraru WRC)6. Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan (Subaru Impreza S11)7. Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Subaru WRC S12B)8. John Joe Fleming/Robbie Ward (Ford Focus WRC)9. Eoin Doyle/Peter Brennan (Ford Focus WRC)10. Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9)RALLY STAR BOYLE TAKES ON GALWAY IN NEW SUBARU was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Declan BoyleGalway Rally
MORE than 115 runners took part in the Ballyare 10k in glorious Donegal sunshine this evening.Locals lined the route to cheer on the runners – and the dozens more taking part in a fun walk/run earlier. There was a great atmosphere at one of Donegal’s finest historical pubs ‘Carrs of the Diamond’ where tea, sandwiches and cakes were laid on for runners and spectators; and of course the odd fine ale for those who wanted one.Pauric McKinney won the race in just over 34 minutes; about the time it would take the odd donegaldaily.com staffer to drive the same route, which wound its way around the fair byways and highways of Ballyare.We hope to have all the results on donegaldaily.com later. Our video shows all the runners just 100 metres after the start of the race as it hit the Ards road to Ramelton.DDTV: VIDEO OF RUNNERS IN THE BALLYARE 10K was last modified: August 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:ballyare 10kCarrs of the DiamondDDTVdonegal