In Ebola Fight, PROCMURA-Liberia Reaches ‘Vulnerable’ Communities, Including Banjor in Virginia

first_imgMembers of PROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’a Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to the leadership of several of the‘vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Monrovia and its suburbs with items to help the residents in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims in witness, mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. Founded in 1959, PROCMURA stretches a hand of friendship to the Muslim Community,  with a vision of a continent where religious communities can live with their differences in peace. It is well established in 20 African countries and visible in 10 more. It has well trained grassroots workers (men and women) on the complexity of Christian-Muslim relations.The items distributed included  Household disinfectants, several bags of the 25kg rice, and buckets with faucets, powder soaps, vegetable oil, etc.   The items were distributed among residents of Pianyonkosa Community in Banjor former refugee camp,  one of the hardest hit by Ebola. The Pianyonkosa Community is located near the Banjor Central High School in Virginia, outside Monrovia. It is one of the places that the EVD took the lives of at least 45 persons in recent weeks.Other areas that benefited included Hotel Africa Blessed Community and Banjor Beach, near the residence of the late  former Justice Minister, Jenkins Scott. An executive of PROCMURA-Liberia, Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, believes that the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out from the affected countries. With that message, Dr. Lartey called on the leaderships of afflicted communities that benefited from PROCMURA’s donations to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness to complement the government’s  efforts. “This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola from the human race,” Dr. Lartey asserted.PROCMURA-Liberia Area Committee’s overall anti-Ebola message called for all to join in  kicking the disease out of the country and protect ourselves and others to stay alive.Dr. Lartey called for all communities to join and take ownership for the protection of the populace against Ebola which, he insisted, “has no place in the country or sub-region.” Their message also urged Liberians to stop religious and cultural practices that can expose people to Ebola attack. Heads of community members that received the donated items individually and on behalf of the residents expressed gratitude to PROCMURA for the gesture. They promised to distribute items they received first among Ebola survivors and other ‘vulnerable’ community residents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Praises New Education System

first_imgContrary to her early statement that the country’s education system was mess, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the new academic system put in place following careful investigation.According to her, recent mass failure of students in public examinations is attributed to the new, but tough system preventing students from bypassing the direct procedures as experienced in the past.The President made the observation yesterday when she met with media executives at her Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.According to her, many persons who entered the education sector earlier, did so without going through any proper or competent process, but rather chose “unacceptable ways” to particularly enter the universities and other higher institutions of learning.Because of the stringent mechanisms being put into place by her administration at the various schools and universities to ensure quality education are achieved, people who want to enter universities through the back door are now finding it very difficult, if not impossible, to get into the system. We no longer have the old system that people were taking advantage by giving bribe before they are enrolled or graduated.In the past, the President recorded how people were buying grades, cheating or using any method contrary to merit, which her administration continues to resist so as to  improve the system.“With the mass failure of students in the University of Liberia’s entrance and placement examinations, UL Test and Evaluation Coordinator Dorbor Jallah and others have been able to improve the sector to ensure quality education is achieved by the students,” the  President said.  According to her, there have been improvements within the education sector under her administration and will continue to ensure that more emphasis as well as support are provided to upgrade the sector.She said the education system is the microcosm of all the systems in the country, therefore her government will continue to contribute or support it so as to make its better.“We have commenced the training of teachers and bringing some of them from other countries, including Nigeria, Ghana and other places with the hope that we can expand the numbers at least to improve the system.”The Liberian leader was responding to question raised, concerning her earlier declaration that the system was “a mess and overloaded with failures,” as to what has her administration provided to make it better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana looking for moral leverage

first_imgBorder controversy with Venezuela– says former Foreign Minister Ever since the discovery of commercial quantities of oil and gas offshore Guyana, the border controversy with Venezuela has received widespread attention; but one question remains: Will the two South American countries come to an amicableFormer Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry Jeffreysolution to the longstanding issue?Former Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Henry Jeffery is of the strong opinion that in events leading up to the border controversy possibly being referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Venezuela would not readily accept arbitration for resolution of the controversy, mainly because the process that employs facilitators has been ongoing for some time without managing to resolve the controversy, and placing the controversy in the hands of another facilitator would not lead to a different result.And he does not think the border controversy would be settled if the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules in favour of Guyana.“The Venezuelans don’t want to go to any court. The Venezuelans feel that this is a matter for negotiation. They are bigger than (Guyana and) larger than (Guyana), and (Venezuela is) not even (a) member of the International Court of Justice; so we can expect them not to take serious what (the ICJ) says,” he explained.He further reasoned: “Although they (Venezuela) wouldn’t want (the ruling) to come out against them — because it then gives Guyana some moral leverage — I don’t think (that ruling would) solve the issue.”Arguing that border issues are not solved effortlessly, even when the matter is taken to the International Court of Justice, Dr Jeffrey declared that both sides of the political divide in Venezuela are united on the issue.“So I believe what we are struggling here for is some kind of leverage and moral authority. I doubt it would solve the problem in any sensible way, or in a way we would like to see it solved,” he added.However, he told Guyana Times that, as a Guyanese, he would hope that this time around the issue would get the attention it deserves, so that Guyana’s development can move ahead peacefully.Asked whether he thinks Venezuela would continue to show its military strength and/or would contemplate invading the Essequibo which it is claiming, Dr Jeffery said he believes the days for such action are long gone and Venezuela wouldn’t risk making such a move.“Maduro (Nicolas) is in enough trouble, and some may want to suggest that he would want to take away that (the Essequibo from Guyana). I don’t think he has the time to do that sort of thing without falling altogether.“Some people are saying that the people who take over from Maduro might be more rabid about the border issue,” he warned.With a territory that is several times bigger than Guyana’s, and a population that is almost 40 times that of Guyana’s, Venezuela, in 1968, claimed the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn. For decades now, Venezuela has occupied the Guyana side of Ankoko Island, objected to the development of hydro power stations in Essequibo, and has been staunchly opposed to Guyana exploring for oil offshore and onshore its Essequibo territory.The Venezuelan Navy had, in 2013, intercepted and detained a Malaysian seismic vessel that had been conducting surveys in an offshore concession granted by Guyana to the United States-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, causing that company to leave and never return.There have also been incidents inland Guyana, with Venezuelan aircraft attacking vessels operating on the portion of the Cuyuní River that the arbitration court has awarded Guyana.Guyana is now seeking relief through one of the options in Article 33 of the United Nations Charter. Those options include arbitration and juridical settlement of the issue.last_img read more

President pardons 2 prisoners

first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday pardoned two female prisoners for Guyana’s 53rd Independence Anniversary.Pardoned: Bibi ParjohnThe women freed are Bibi Parjohn, 40, and 30-year-old Unique Hope. Parjohn was jailed for larceny while Hope was serving time for forgery.In a statement on Friday, the Government said that Granger, pursuant to powers under Article 188 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, has granted Presidential Pardons to the two women prisoners, whom he considered “fit and proper” to receive such pardons. The women both served a portion of their sentences.In 2015, shortly after taking office, the President granted pardon to 60 convicts.The release of prisoners in 2015 caused much controversy after Government had refused to release the names and offences of those pardoned. Following the pardoning, the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – through its Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall, submitted on May 24, 2016, questions to the National Assembly and sought to elicit from Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan the names, addresses, offences committed and criminal records, length of sentences, process and criteria employed relating to prisoners pardoned by President Granger over the past year.Pardoned: Unique HopeHowever, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs on May 30, 2016, by way of letter, informed Nandlall that in accordance with Standing Order 20 (2), Dr Scotland opined that the questions were an abuse of the right of questioning and as such, they were disallowed. The Speaker did not specify the reason for not allowing the questions.The President had indicated intentions to release another 60 young men and women in 2016, but this did not materialise.In 2017, nine women prisoners were pardoned for Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary.The prisoners, who were all inmates at the New Amsterdam penitentiary, were Kamla Bisram, 30; Malinda Beaton, 31; Charissazan Charles, 18; Sasha Christopher, 18; Jenny Davis, 26; Vanessa Frank, 26; Barbra Hunte, 51; Kamwattie Persaud, 23 and Dhanmattie Seenarine, 47.last_img read more

USC basketball notes: Friday time for some rest

first_img Floyd in on Carroll appearance: Though he acted surprised when football coach Pete Carroll banged on the locker-room door Thursday as the basketball players were getting ready to play Stanford, Floyd admitted Friday to asking Carroll to speak with the team. “He was awesome,” Floyd said of Carroll. “The kids loved it. … Late in the season, it’s great to have something different, something fresh. Special teams coach Sam Anno came along with Carroll, and the two energetic coaches had the players bouncing off the walls coming out of the locker room. USC jumped ahead of the Cardinal 15-8. Senior day: Lodrick Stewart will play his final game at Galen Center today, nearing the end of a roller-coaster career at USC. He came to the Trojans with twin brother Rodrick as a highly recruited tandem out of Ranier Beach of Washington. Rodrick transferred to Kansas after one season. Then the team struggled under Henry Bibby and interim coach Jim Saia, finishing last in the Pacific-10 Conference his sophomore year. Taj Gibson was one of three USC players to miss practice with injuries Friday, though all are expected to be available today against California. Gibson, USC’s leading rebounder at 8.4 per game, bruised his right elbow battling down low with Stanford’s Lopez twins Thursday. Lodrick had signed transfer papers and was ready to bolt USC when Tim Floyd got the USC coaching job, which convinced him to stick it out. Now he’s one of the leaders of a 20-win team likely on its way to the NCAA Tournament. “I know it’s going to be emotional just knowing I’ll never play here in a college game again,” Stewart said. “It’s going to be sad. But everybody’s time comes where you have to walk away from one program or whatever level you’re playing at and move on.” With three regular-season games remaining, Stewart sits at 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,356 points, sixth in steals at 143, and second in 3-point field goals made at 216. He could break Brandon Granville’s 3-point record of 218 tomorrow. It could also be the final home game for juniors Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt, who could make themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Pruitt said he didn’t think it would be his final home game. Young said: “I haven’t really thought about it. It’s been a long season, and I just want it to keep going. I want to keep winning.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Also sitting out were Abdoulaye N’diaye (bruised foot) and Dwight Lewis, who have combined to start 23 of USC’s 28 games. “The trainer said to leave them out so we left them out,” coach Tim Floyd said. “They’ll be ready to go tomorrow.” last_img read more

PSG power shows how far Man Utd have fallen

first_img0Shares0000Honeymoon over: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (centre) suffered his first defeat as Manchester United caretaker manager © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first two months as caretaker manager have rekindled memories of Manchester United’s glorious past but the defeat against Paris Saint-Germain shows the tough path back to the top of European football.Barring an incredible comeback in the French capital in three weeks’ time, United will miss out on the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth straight year. Even with the injury-enforced absences of the world’s most expensive player Neymar and the prolific Edison Cavani, PSG were simply too good for Solskjaer’s men, with the 2-0 scoreline at Old Trafford on Tuesday only kept respectable by United goalkeeper David de Gea’s efforts in the second half.“This is a level up from what we’ve played against with the games we’ve had,” admitted Solskjaer.The man who scored the winning goal when United won the Champions League in 1999 had won 10 and drawn one of his first 11 games in charge to lead United back into the top four of the Premier League — the passport into next season’s Champions League.But as a player under Alex Ferguson, Solskjaer was used to regularly being in contention to win the competition, not just taking part.“There is a reason for them being one of the favourites for the Champions League. Then again, that is the level we need to aim for at this club,” the Norwegian said.“We’ve been talking about top four. Top four is one thing but we want to be at the top.“Man Utd should be at the top and this is a top, top team we are playing against. Our players today are disappointed after the game of course, but I also think they know we need to step up our level to get to the level we want to get to.”– Pogba sees red –Paul Pogba leaves the field after being shown a red card in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Paul ELLISThe reality of where United stand among the European elite did not just bite on Tuesday — the defeat was further evidence of their struggles since they reached a third Champions League final in four years in 2011.In the past eight years, United have won just one knockout match in the Champions League — at home to Olympiakos during David Moyes’s short-lived tenure in 2013.“You can see that we’ve not played games at this level for a while and we’ll have to learn from this experience,” said Solskjaer. “It’s not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we’re going to learn from.”By contrast, PSG’s campaigns are now defined by Champions League success or otherwise.Without two-thirds of their star-studded forward line, Kylian Mbappe alone was still too good for United’s defence, while Angel di Maria — on his return to Old Trafford — and Julian Draxler also shone.For United’s own French World Cup winner, it was a very different night as Paul Pogba was sent off late on and will miss the return leg in his homeland.“You can see their strength they have when they put those players in (Di Maria and Draxler), but then again, that’s the level we want to get to,” said Solskjaer.“We are looking to strengthen the squad then again we have to learn with so many young players that we have, to make the step up next season.”How much of a blow failure to progress is to Solskjaer’s chances of being in charge next season on a permanent basis remains to be seen.But the lack of a response to losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in quick succession to injury towards the end of the first half underlined why planning on overhauling the squad needs to start straight away.Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez made little impact off the bench, with the Chilean’s anonymous display again raising doubts over his future after a return of just five goals in more than a year since joining from Arsenal.“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez,” Solskjaer said. “When he plays he needs to find himself because we know there is a quality player there.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Ramires leaves Chelsea for China in £20m deal

first_img1 Ramires Ramires has completed his move from Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning.The fee for the midfielder is undisclosed but is understood be around £20million.Ramires has signed a long-term contract with the Chinese Super League club, who are managed by former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu.The 28-year-old had been at Chelsea since August 2010, when he arrived from Benfica in an £18m deal. He became a popular figure at Stamford Bridge and has won every major club honour during his time in London.In total, the Brazilian made 251 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 34 goals.last_img read more


first_imgBuster will be delighted his Lagan Harps side got their season off to a winning start.Lagan Harps FCOur mens team got their season of to a great start with a 3-2 derby win over Dromoghill FC. Kevin Kelly and Stephen O’Donnell(2) were the scorers in a well contested game.Our u/18 girls had a great week, beating our senior team 7-3 on Tuesday with Ava Duncan(2), Amy Boyd(2), Erin Coll, Amanda Callaghan and Zoe Green scoring. Nakita Burke scored three for the seniors. On Thursday they beat Bonagee Utd 4-1 in the Glencar Inn cup with Amy Boyd, Zoe Green, Caoimhe Walsh and Aine Deasley scoring.Their good form is reflected in that Zoe Green, Ciana Brogan and Caoimhe Walsh have been called for trials with Ireland u/16’s.Our senior ladies lost on penalties to Fanad Utd in the Glencar Inn cup after a 2-2 draw. Lauren Harper scored both goals.This Sunday the ladies play Ballyfermot ladies in the semi-final of the WFAI Junior cup. Kick off is at 2.00pm in Orchard Pk. Our u/12 and u/9 girls were also in action. Our u/12’s lost 1-0 to Kilmacrennan and 2-1 to Finn Valley before beatin Illistrin 3-2.Scorers were Lauren Gallagher, Shannon Cunningham and Rihanna Devenney. Our u/9’s won their three games.They beat Glenree 3-2, Finn Valley 5-0 and Illistrin 3-1. Scorers were Erin Doherty (5), Orla Doherty(4), Amy Doherty and Zara Gibson.Our u/14 girls lost 5-0 to Greencastle in the Ulster u/14 cup. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 6,10,15 and 19. Five had two numbers with Ned Gibson drawn out and winning E50.The club wishes a speedy recovery to John O’Donnell and Margaret Gibson who have been hospitalised recently. The club als0 extends sympathy to the Sharkey and Gallagher family circles on their recent bereavements.SOCCER NEWS: DELIGHT FOR BUSTER AS LAGAN EARN WIN OVER LOCAL RIVALS DRUMOGHILL was last modified: August 18th, 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgMatthew and Stephen Gleeson at the launch of Hegarty’s Home Interiors new online Wedding Gift Service with Elizabeth O’Donnell, Junk Kouture and model Camino Valdivia. (Photo – nwpresspics“Lucky in love and lucky 2013,” said Elizabeth O’Donnell as she posed for the cameras at the launch of new online wedding gift service.The Junk Kouture founder is saying “I do” this year and she is adamant that 13 will be her lucky number.“Thousands of couples will get married in 2013 and all the talk of superstition over the number 13 is rubbish! In fact I think it will be lucky for us” she said. Elizabeth founded Junk Kouture in association with the European Recycling Platform in 2010, where students from around Ireland are challenged to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk, which would normally find its way into the bin.Matthew and Stephen Gleeson at the launch of Hegarty’s Home Interiors new online Wedding Gift Service with Elizabeth O’Donnell, Junk Kouture and model Camino Valdivia. (Photo – nwpresspics)The entries that come in are so creative. Last year Chloe Chan from Errigal College, Letterkenny created a wedding dress out of little more than paper doilies and a table cloth, which caught Elizabeth’s eye and may have given her a bit of inspiration for her own dress but she is keeping the details under wraps for now! The dress is modelled here by student Camino Valdivia at the launch of the new online wedding gift service by luxury home interiors store Hegartys.ieLaunching the new online wedding gift service for, Elizabeth admitted that her Junk Kouture to-do list is never ending so she’s delighted that one item has been taken off her mind in the process of organising her wedding.The new online gift list service allows couples to create their wedding gift list online, share it with their guests who can then buy desired items on the gift list, from the comfort of their couch or instore. “Increasingly people are now giving gifts instead of money, as it’s more personal. Our new online gift list service means couples can help their guests choose the perfect gift for them,” said Matthew Gleeson, Manager of Buncrana-based Hegarty’s Home Interiors.Couples create their gift list from a selection of giftware, kitchenware, carpets, furniture, audio-visual products, cutlery, crystal, pottery, and a wide range of tops brands such as Stellar, Prestige, Denby, Waterford, Genesis, Kenwood, and Sony.Everything can be done entirely online from the comfort of your own home, or you can avail of their personal shopper service in-store if you would like help compiling your list.Are you saying ‘I do’ in 2013? Then log onto KOUTURE FOUNDER SAYS ‘I DO’ TO NEW ONLINE WEDDING GIFT SERVICE AT HEGARTYS.IE was last modified: January 28th, 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:hegartys.ieJunk Koutureonline wedding gift servicelast_img read more