The Ebola epidemic is threatening to wreck havoc on the peoples of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, but the extraordinary measures that have been taken by the governments of these nations along with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), and international public health experts and workers, we are sure to stop the spread of the virus. We will no doubt succeed, based on the determination of our people and their growing receptiveness to the measures proposed by the government in eradicating this morbid disease in Liberia and in the other affected countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone.The disease, we are told, is at present without cure and there is no vaccine to immunize people against it. We therefore are well advised to heed the preventive measures that are being undertaken to combat it.The government of Liberia has ordered the closing of all schools until further notice. It has allocated funds to the Ministry of Health for deploying health workers to spray the environment with disinfectants, checking on people from house to house to observe whether there are some with the symptom of the disease, and where there is, so to bring them to quarantine facilities for treatment. The Ministry of Health is also conducting public education and awareness on the dangers of the virus as well as the necessary measures to avoid contracting and spreading it.The government has also announced measures to isolate the locations where the incident of infection appears to be high.Other measures include the cremation of corpses of those who are suspected to have been infected with the disease. In addition, the government has decided to reduce the staff of the various ministries for a month to the level of essential staff sending the others home on a paid follow for the period. The government has also instructed the Ministry of Commerce to admit imports of receptacles (buckets) used for washing hands in chlorinize water as sterilization. Beyond this, worshipping centers (Churches and Mosques), shopping centers, businesses and entertainment places are required to provide facilities for the washing of hands in antiseptic solution as well as to announce and post notices of the danger of the Ebola epidemic. Some of these entertainment centers have begun to play music that carry on awareness message of the disease.The President of the Republic attended a meeting in Conakry, Guinea of the leaders of the other countries in the Mano River Region for the purpose of addressing this urgent problem. At this meeting it was agreed to quarantine the meeting points of these three nations-Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea- as a way of isolating the areas to prevent the spread of the disease–a very bold move for that matter. Besides, President Johson-Sirleaf has had to cancel a trip to the United States where she would have attended a US – Africa Summit, so as to devote her full attention to the contagion.The Liberian public is increasingly coming to grips with the seriousness of this deadly disease. People are observed to be following the instructions of the Ministry of Health involving the washing of hands to sterilize them, avoiding personal contact in shaking hands which is customary here as well as embracing one another when the meet. They are also advised to avoid large gatherings wherein they would tend to be more exposed to infection with the disease.People are clearly demonstrating their appreciation for the concern shown by the government, particularly by the office of the President and the Ministry of Health. I would like to join in expressing my gratitude for the concern shown and for the measures advised.We also wish to register our sincere thanks and appreciation to the international community particularly to the WHO, for the hefty donation of funds to pay for the campaign of arresting the spread of this disease as well as for ultimately eradicating it.The confident expressed by the Director of the WHO in our ability to overcome this communicable disease inspires us to action to stop it.Lastly, it is necessary to draw attention to the need to stress public hygiene and environmental protection in our public awareness program. There is equally a need to establish an agency for nutrition, environment and public health. We need to regulate food standards, market standards and to carryout regular inspections of market stalls. In addition, some public education on the hazards of indiscriminately eating animals in the wild. Some of these animals may carry viruses that may present serious health challenges.We need to review our eating habit and do more for public sanitation. It is my view that the government and some civic organizations have to take a lead in these matters. There is a need for some regulation of these matters in the Public interest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Pandits’ Council in partnership with the Radha Krishna Mandir held its annual blood drive at its Camp and Quamina Streets Headquarters on Saturday.Scenes from the blood drive over the weekendThe event saw scores of persons who participated in donating blood for a worthy cause.Some fifty-five units of blood were donated to the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), which has regularly faced challenges in getting enough blood to meet the national demands.Persons desirous of donating blood independently can visit the Blood Bank during opening hours from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00h and 18:30h.The World Health Organisation (WHO) had issued a call for an increase in regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors, in order to save millions of lives globally each year.
In an effort to support government’s ongoing decentralization initiative, the European Union (EU) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has donated 10 vehicles to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for use by the decentralization program.The vehicles were purchased at a cost of US$183,000 under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) fulfilling a commitment made by the EU during the formal launch of the Liberian Government’s decentralization scheme in Gbarnga, Bong County in February this year. Eight of the vehicles, according to the UNDP, will be used in Lofa, Rivercess, Grand Kru, River Gee, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland counties by the local authorities to strengthen the process, while two will be assigned at the central office in Monrovia for “project implementations.”The EU Ambassador Madam Tiina Intelmann made the presentation of the vehicles yesterday, at the EU Headquarters in Monrovia.Madam Intelmann encouraged each of the recipients to use the vehicles for the intended purpose which is to boost the decentralization process in the rural communities.“EU’s decision to contribute to the decentralization process,” according to Madam Intelmann, is to reduce the challenges faced by the government in implementing most of its policies.“The government is facing serious challenges as it relates to decentralizing her reform processes in the counties, so these vehicles will aid in the smooth implementation of the process, the EU Ambassador noted. She added that the EU is in partnership with the UNDP to support the Government of Liberia in all the reform processes by ensuring that the government achieves its developmental agendas.Madame Intelmann disclosed that the decentralization policy was key factor in process since it will empower the citizens, because the GOL has a long way to go in achieving developmental agendas.MIA Deputy Minister for Administration, Varney Sirleaf described the donation as “timely and a great help to the government particularly with reference to the ongoing decentralization process.”Deputy Minister Sirleaf expressed the MIA’s gratitude to the EU and the UNDP for the support which, according to him, will help the government to fully carry out the decentralization process that is so dear to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s heart.”He also stressed the need for county officials to properly maintain their respective assigned vehicles by taking.For his part, UNDP Representative Cleophas Torori, reaffirmed his organization’s support to the government, stating that the UNDP will continue to work in close consultation with the government to ensure that the process is well implemented in the counties.Lofa County Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, Arthur Bestmen, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, praised EU and the UNDP for their support. According to him, the vehicles were donated at the right time, “because a majority of the counties are lacking vehicles to provide services.”“Some of our counties have areas that are hard to reach, so with the support given to the local authorities, we will do better to ensure that the decentralization program achieves its objectives,” Mr. Arthur said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Exxon Mobil Corp will start drilling its first exploratory well off the coast of Liberia in November, the world’s largest publicly-traded oil company said on Tuesday, Reuters has reported.“ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Liberia Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, plans to drill a deepwater exploration well on the Liberia-13 Block, located about 50 miles offshore of the country, beginning in November,” a spokeswoman said.The Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL), junior partner in ExxonMobil’s Block LB-13 offshore Liberia, had earlier announced that it would continue exploring the oil block for 18 months.“On February 23, ExxonMobil informed the company that the length of the extension period granted by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has been set at a total of 619 days and that the second exploration period timeframe has been extended until September 25, 2017,” said COPL on its website in her annual results on March 29. The extension was granted because of the Ebola crisis in Liberia during 2014.ExxonMobil said in November it planned to drill this first exploration well later this year or early 2017, however it is too soon to tell if any finds will be oil or gas. Both have been found off La Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana to the east. Recently, Exxon cited Cote d’Ivoire’s exploration ‘risk but higher potential.’Toronto and London-listed COPL added that the well, Mesurado-1, is “planned to spud no earlier than Q4 ( fourth quarter of 2016)” and that “exact timing of the well will be dependent on rig availability and when ExxonMobil can confirm third party contractors’ capability to operate in the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
BIL Director-General (2nd from left) with the Institute’s first graduating class following the ceremony on, Friday, October 11, 2019.The Banking Institute of Liberia (BIL) has graduated its first batch of students who were trained in regulatory framework and compliance, internal audit, system and controls and corporate risk management, among others.BIL was established in 2014 by the Liberia Bankers Association and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), to provide cutting edge training and capacity building support to stakeholders in the banking and financial sector. The 130 pioneer candidates came from nine commercial banks, which included the CBL and one-micro-finance institution.In a remark, CBL Director of Financial Markets, Armazo Bawn, who served as the program’s guest speaker, told the graduates to use the skills acquired during training to become visionaries and solve the numerous challenges facing the banking sector.Mr. Bawn added that although the country is experiencing a severe economic crisis, the problems can be resolved if bankers become innovative.“As we journey through life, there are many challenges that we must overcome; you either overcome them or they will overcome you. Remember, when life chokes you, choke it back, it would soon find out that no one messes with you. Everyone complains about the hard times; certainly, we can learn something from the women’s battle cry, ‘women ooh women, women; don’t sit there, do something!’” Mr. Bawn told the graduates.“We are faced with the difficulties of everyday life; could this be an opportunity to do something new, whatever the economic conditions may be? We are not the first to experience such economic hardship. Let me say this to you, amid these difficulties, you have the power to control destiny with your mind; whatever you desire, so shall it be if you work towards it. You hold the key in the palm of your hand, use it,” Mr. Bawn said.Armazo Bawn, CBL Director of Financial Market, who served as Banking Institute of Liberia’s first convocation guest speaker.Mr Bawn further admonished the graduates that the greatest tragedy that will befall them is to walk out of BIL and lack vision.“Without a vision, you are just playing games with your life. You are a product of your choices. You will become the sum of the little choices in life. Not to decide is to decide not to,” he said.Also speaking at BIL’s graduation program was BIL Director-General, Assistant Professor Richard S. Panton, who said the journey to the institution’s first graduation has not been an easy task, but with courage and determination, they were able to make the difference.“Human capital development is essential for national growth and development in any society. This is because when there is highly skilled and trained manpower, the challenges facing the society can easily be overcome. Trained and highly skilled staffs can unravel complex problems in the environment. Additionally, the trained and skilled staff becomes more innovative in finding solutions to organizational problems as well as translating corporate policies into achievable action steps,” Mr. Panton said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I used to think of it this way when dealing with organized crime way back in the early 1980s: If we can be as well organized as they were, we could defeat them,” Giuliani said. “You’ve got the kinds of sheriff’s departments and the support of the governor and that gives you the capacity to be much more organized than they are. It’s not going to happen in a week or two, a month or two, or a year or two. “The real key to this is a long-term commitment to this kind of a strategy.” Bratton and Villaraigosa announced a plan last month to fight gang-related crime, which increased last year by 14 percent in Los Angeles and 44 percent in the San Fernando Valley. Their campaign includes a list of Most Wanted gang members, one of whom was apprehended last week in Central America. LAPD officials plan today to announce the arrest of a second suspect. The LAPD plan came on the heels of legislation introduced in January by Feinstein and a bipartisan coalition of 19 other senators that would toughen federal penalties for gang-related crime. It also would provide $1 billion for gang enforcement, prevention and intervention programs over five years. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said one of Baca’s ideas is to create a Gang Assessment Center, similar to the Joint Regional Center for Terrorism, which serves as a data clearinghouse for local, state and federal agencies working to prevent terrorism. “The Gang Assessment Center is a central facility that would have all the data connected to gangs that would be at the fingertips of the people involving in fighting the gang crisis in Los Angeles County,” Whitmore said. “Because you would have all the information in one central location, resources could be moved into areas that needed attention in real time throughout the county.” email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is why the state is getting involved in a very serious way to bring all the resources together.” He noted that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that would provide $1 billion to fight gangs and suggested the creation of “fusion centers” that could serve as data clearinghouses for law enforcement agencies to coordinate strategy. The sheriff, governor and Giuliani – who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination – met Monday with law-enforcement officials from neighboring counties. They discussed efforts by Giuliani and Bratton that led to a drop in crime in New York City. While Giuliani was mayor, Schwarzenegger said, crime in the nation’s largest city dropped 60 percent, and homicides dropped 70 percent. Giuliani said a coordinated response is needed to resolve the gang problem. MONTEREY PARK – Declaring Los Angeles County’s gang crisis an urgent priority, Sheriff Lee Baca, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani pledged Monday to earmark money and develop strategies to quell a surge in violence. Speaking after a summit at sheriff’s headquarters, Schwarzenegger said local, state and federal governments need to coordinate their disparate efforts to combat gangs. “This is a problem that exists all over the state of California,” Schwarzenegger said. “I’ve spoken to various different mayors all over California and they all face the same problems. “I think Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief (William) Bratton are doing an extraordinary job here in L.A. to fight gang violence. But they will be the first ones to tell you they can’t do it alone. They need help. So we want to provide that help.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his decision to field a second-string side in their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.Supporters were left speechless when the boss named captain Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli and Jordan Henderson on the bench against the European champions, with the likes of Kolo Toure, Fabio Borini and Lucas all handed surprise starts.But it wasn’t a walkover for the hosts, with Karim Benzema netting the only goal of a 1-0 victory as a weakened Liverpool put in a spirited performance in Spain.And Rodgers has hit back at his critics following his side’s battling display.“I knew what I was doing,” he told ITV. “You’ve seen how good they [the Liverpool players] were tonight.“We’re obviously disappointed with the result because the bottom line is we lost but, to come to a stadium like this where they’re winning threes and fours against teams like Barcelona, and to keep the game close right to the very end, showed the quality of our performance.“We knew we would have to defend well but we also had the courage to play. We’re very proud of the team.”Liverpool sit third in Group B but will qualify for the knockout stages if they beat Ludogorets and Basle in their next two games.“There’s every chance,” Rodgers added.“That’s what we looked at. We knew we’d have to beat Ludogorets away and then we were hoping it would come down to the last game against Basle at home.“That hopefully will be the case. At least it’s in our hands and that’s something we’ll aim to do.” 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
BY TIM HEDGLEY: When we go on holidays eating out is usually a significant part of the event, so if you go somewhere where you have spent a lot of your heard earned cash getting there, then you want to know that you are going to experience excellent well cooked tasty local food.I was recently asked by a lady who was heading off to Europe’s most visited city, Barcelona, where should I stay and eat.Now I understand budgets are important and in these current times more so than ever so below is a small and concise simple good food and sleep guide to Barcelona. It’s based on where I have stayed and more importantly eaten. First of all beds, a new addition to the many hotels in Barcelona is the Barcelona Catedral hotel (www. Barcelonacatedral.com) Very centrally located.You will find it hard to get a better situated hotel. The Barcelona Catedral Hotel is exclusive, modern and comfortable.It offers guests excellent quality rooms and an efficient service. Just five minutes walk to Las Ramblas, the Cathedral and the Plaça Catalunya.The Hotel offers a swimming-pool, gym, personal trainer, patio-chill out area, restaurant with outdoors terrace and smoking area, parking, free internet computers, paid for wireless internet connection throughout the hotel and free guided cultural walks.Prices from €150. Now everybody who goes to Barcelona wants to eat real tapas, with so many bars offering different types and styles it’s hard to know what to do. Simple go to the best tapas bar in town.Situated in La Boqueria, the massive market half way down Las Ramblas is El Quim.Set amid the colour, smells and hubbub of La Boqueria El Quim is without doubt the most popular in ton with hungry customers waiting two to three deep for tempting dishes.It’s worth the wait grab a bar stool and tuck in. Little bit pricey, but believe me it’s worth the money. Try the giant prawns in garlic, amazing!If you want to sit down and have some great Catalan Cuisine then try Restaurant Matemala Rambla Catalunya, 13 – Barcelona www.matamalarestaurant.com. Over three generations of this amazing family have acquired a strong passion for Catalan gastronomy. Restaurant Matamala bases its cuisine on high-quality seasonal products that can be purchased locally.Having eaten in this restaurant I can guarantee that you will have a meal from heaven. Traditional Catalan food perfectly cooked and presented in wonderful surroundings. Located 5 minutes from Plaça Catalunya its within easy reach of the Barcelona Catedral.You will find it hard to get better local food in Barcelona. If you really want to push the boat out then this is the place for you. Currently hosting the youngest Chef in Spain ever to receive a Michelin Star, Chef Jodi Cruz is the star in this jewel of a hotel.Hotel ABaC is a very private Grand Lux hotel with only 15 bedrooms. The buzz words here are privacy, luxury, gastronomy, if you have to ask how much then you can’t afford it, but if you want to set aside about €500 per night you won’t be far wrong. endsDONEGAL DAILY TRAVEL: A FOOD & BED GUIDE TO BARCELONA was last modified: April 22nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:BarcelonadonegaldailyEl QuimRestaurant Matemala Rambla Catalunya
Donegal singer Paddy Molloy has had good and bad news in his quest to win RTE’s The Voice of Ireland.Daniel backs Paddy!The popular singer, from the town of Glenties, is considered a dark horse by many to win the show.And he received a real boost when a certain Daniel O’Donnell officially gave him his back – all the way from Australia. The millionaire entertainer took time out of his touring schedule Down Under to send Paddy a picture of himself encouraging others to vote for him on the show.Paddy said “I would like to welcome the legend that is Daniel O’Donnell onto Team Paddy.“He is very busy touring but took time out of his schedule to wish me well. Legend,” said Paddy.But the bad news for the singer is that vandals have ben targeting his campaign in Co Donegal. Paddy said the posters have either been stolen or ripped down.“his is very disappointing, especially form people in my home county. These signs are expensive and they are an essential part of my campaign.“If you have them or know someone who has done this, please give them back and nothing will be said.“If anyone sees anyone tampering with the signs please contact me or the Gardai,” said the musician. DANIEL BACKS PADDY BUT VANDALS TARGET VOICE OF IRELAND STAR was last modified: March 26th, 2014 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:daniel o’donnellPaddy MolloyVoice of Ireland
A public meeting will be held this coming Friday, 13th March, at 6.30pm in Ionad Teampall Chroine as part of the campaign which is calling for the reinstatement of the Gynaecology and Antenatal Clinic in Dungloe Community Hospital.Protestors at Dungloe Community Hospital recently.The clinic which serves a large catchment area of west Donegal, from Fintown to Dunfanaghy and the wider Rosses area, including offshore islands such as Arranmore, has been closed since November 2014 due to the consultant being on sick leave.This now means patients have to travel to Letterkenny to avail of the service there. A campaign group was formed in January made up of concerned individuals, expectant mothers and community representatives and since its formation the group has been active making people in the locality aware of the issue, holding a protest outside the hospital and meeting with politicians and HSE representatives in an effort to have the clinic reopened.Speaking of the up-coming public meeting on Friday, spokesperson for the group Bridie Nic Giolla Easpuic said the time had come for all local politicians to lend their full weight to the campaign as the implications for the continued closure of the clinic could become a matter of life and death.“The HSE clearly haven’t taken into consideration what is involved for the women of all ages who now have to make the round trip to Letterkenny to use a service which was once here in a much more accessible location” Bridie Nic Giolla Easpuic said.“Public transport is exceptionally poor in this region and a journey to Letterkenny from Dungloe can be up to three hours for a round trip, which is particularly arduous for pregnant and elderly women alike. This is added to even more for women from Arranmore Island for example given the distance they have to travel and the fact they are constrained by the hours the ferries operate. “There is also the factor of cost of travel, both financially and time wise for all women who have to travel to Letterkenny. Indeed some or all of these factors are now causing some women to take the decision not to make the journey to Letterkenny which is putting their health at serious risk.”Calling for wide support for Fridays meeting Bridie Nic Giolla Easpuic said this public meeting is very important to all the women of this region.“We need everyone to come along and show their support. This affects us all including the men as the women whose health is being put at risk with this closure are our mothers and grandmothers, sisters, wives and daughters.“We have contacted all our local TD’s and local councillors and have asked them to attend the public meeting in Dungloe on Friday and show their support for the campaign. We can see no reason why any politician would not support the reinstatement of the clinic and do everything they can to support us in our efforts, and we thank those who have stood by us and helped us so far. Advertisement “We look forward to more politicians agreeing to attend the public meeting on Friday and coming on board and working together with our community to ensure this vital service remains in Dungloe in the long term for the health and wellbeing of all the women of our region.”HUGE TURN-OUT EXPECTED AT MEETING TO REINSTATE ANTENATAL CLINIC IN DUNGLOE was last modified: March 11th, 2015 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)