‘No Room for Joy, Complacency in Ebola Virus Fight’

first_imgThe secretary general of the Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP) has cautioned Liberians and partners that there is no room for premature joy and complacency in the ongoing Ebola fight nationwide.Mr. James B. Ballah, LIP’s chief scribe, gave the warning Tuesday on the Old Road in Monrovia during a one day stakeholders seminar held at the civil society group’s headquarters.The meeting attended by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and policy formulation partners was geared towards the implementation of the MOHSW and the LIP’s ‘Community Mapping Project.’According to the seminar organizers, 30 participants were drawn from several Monrovia-based organizations.S.G. Ballah called on Liberians to work as a collective force in order to kick Ebola out of Liberia.It is not for Liberians and partners to sit idle, but rather to intensify efforts aimed at beating back the deadly Ebola virus from the country.Secretary General Ballah intimated that Liberians and their foreign partners should be aware that the Ebola virus could re-emerge and kill many more Liberians.Mr. Ballah also underscored the need to triple the efforts aimed at enhancing and intensifying the preventive health measures prescribed by medical authorities.Secretary General Ballah further recalled that in 2013, Liberians were given the opportunity to get together and form a collective work force as a civil society group for sustained advocacy in the country.He explained that the intention was to join the Liberian Government in the provision of sustained immunization initiative for all children and women in the country.The LIP secretary general called on all Liberians, especially mothers, children and partners, to support Liberia’s immunization programs.He disclosed that there are 18 countries involved in the global immunization initiative.“Ghana has become a success story in the West Africa region owing to the sustained immunization of their citizens, especially children and mothers that have met the age requirements,” Mr. Ballah asserted.He regretted that as a result of the current Ebola epidemic, LIP’s immunization program for the nation was disrupted. He said Liberians should now begin to galvanize efforts for the immunization of children.In remarks, the interim chairman of the board of directors, George Stewart, urged the participants and partners to consider the discussions and exchanges at the seminar as critical to implementing a successful immunization program in Liberia.In a brief statement, the program manager for the Global Alliance Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) at the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Liberia, Ms. Suene Flomo, stressed the need for the participants and partners to continue exchanging views and comments on a professional basis and thanked support partners and staff of LIP for the splendid collaborative interactions over the years.In a statement on behalf of MOHSW’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), program manager Adolphus Clarke admonished the LIP staff, community chairpersons and participants to work as a united front for sustained immunization projects in the country.Mr. Clarke underscored the need for the organizers and participants in the various communities to consider the immunization programs as top priorities for all Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Repeat offenders remanded on $13M theft charge

first_imgRepeat offenders 46-year-old Patrick Smith, of Lot 164 Cortha Street, Albouystown, and 25-year-old Linton Trotman, of Lot 128 Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, were on Friday taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts afterRemanded: Linton Trotmanthey were charged with theft.The duo stood before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and denied the charge, which detailed that between January 10 and January 11, 2019 at King Street, Georgetown, they broke and entered Bassant’s Trading and stole $13 million, property of Bissoondyal Deodasingh.Smith was unrepresented while Trotman was represented by Attorney Euclin Gomes, who, in an unsuccessful bail application, asked that his client be released on reasonable bail.However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that both defendants have been previously charged and have pending matters in court.Prosecutor Singh also objected to bail on the grounds that both defendants wereRemanded: Patrick Smithwell-known characters to the Police.The prosecution’s submission was upheld, and the duo were remanded to prison. The case will continue on February 11, 2019.last_img read more

Waiver on tax data necessary to complete EITI report – consultant

first_imgThe collection of data from major Government agencies to assist in the compilation of Guyana’s first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report has started, but the only challenge lies with being able to get a waiver on tax information from these agencies.BDO LLP Representative Rached MaleejUK-based accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has been hired as the independent administrator for Guyana’s EITI. Representing the company is Rached Maleej who briefed stakeholders on the task ahead and what could be some of the challenges.Maleej made a presentation at the opening of a special workshop for “The EITI Reporting Mechanism, Methodology and Process” on Tuesday. Pointing to the most significant challenge, Maleej said confidentiality is one, particularly as it relates to the release of tax information.At present, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is unable to release taxpayer information to third parties to compile and consolidate revenues and expenditures from Private Sector entities unless it is authorised by an entity or the President, according to local laws.But this information is pertinent to BDO’s work to compile the reconciliation report which will include information on operations and procedures of Guyana’s mining, forestry and oil and gas sectors.The EITI requires a comprehensive reconciliation of company payments and Government revenues from the extractive industries. An understanding of company payments and these revenues can inform public debate about the governance of the extractive industries. It also points to advancing transparency.While the consultant acknowledged that this issue is not unique to Guyana, he did say that Government could ask the local companies to grant waivers for the GRA to release their tax information and identities. “For the major players, we can obtain a waiver. We can try to contact them and try to get a no-objection signature,” he explained.As for other agencies, Maleej said an independent administrator could sign a confidentiality agreement and work on the information and presenting the report, which should be approved by the Multi-Stakeholder Group. This information could be presented without breaking the laws, he added.Attendees at Tuesday’s EITI workshopAccording to the BDO consultant, his company would need a comprehensive list of all the valid and active players in Guyana since 2017 from these agencies.“This is the crucial information. This is the cornerstone of the entire EITI standard because if we do not have it, we have no assurance on the comprehensiveness,” he told the gathering.Maleej said the work will be done in a six-phase process and would include an analysis of all the major Private Sector players in the local oil and gas sector. The aim is to identify through data, the taxes and payment flow to Government and whether there is any level of discrepancies.The process requires the Private and Public Sector entities to complete templates by a deadline after which no more information would be accepted.He also cautioned Government against rushing to include the fisheries and forestry sector to the EITI process because of the need for the related agencies to be restructured in line with the Initiative’s standards.This is critical to BDO LLP’s work, which is to match the earnings and expenses of all major Government agencies in the extractive sector and help compile the EITI report.Data is now being collected from GRA, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Gold Board, the Finance Ministry, National Insurance Scheme and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as nine oil and gas, and 25 mining companies.The deadline for the report is April 25, 2019.Guyana became the 52nd country to join the global standard last October. EITI seeks to promote tenets of good governance, transparency and accountability in the management of the extractive industries.EITI is recognised as a global standard to promote the open and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources. The standard requires the disclosure of information along the extractive industry value chain from the point of extraction to how revenues progress through the Government and how they benefit the public.last_img read more

APU campus locked down as police chase fleeing man

first_img“Our campus safety began escorting students. Most of the students were asleep but they were all asked to stay indoors until sunrise,” Oster said. “The campus was closed down and we posted a message to students on our Web site and through e-mail. The resident advisers also notified students.” Reynoso could not be found and the search was called off at about 12:45 a.m. Schmidt said no weapons were found in the vehicle and no other passengers were arrested. University officials said classes, chapel, and other events resumed Wednesday. “Everything is back to normal but just as a precaution because of the sensitive nature of what happened at Virginia Tech we will have extra patrols today to assure students they are safe, Oster said. AZUSA – Azusa Pacific University was locked down late Tuesday after a man fled from police and onto the campus as they tried to search his car, officials said. At 10:43 p.m., officers were checking an occupied car parked in front of a closed business on Alosta Avenue when one of the passengers fled on foot onto the campus of the private Christian university, Azusa police Cpl. Randy Schmidt said. The suspect was identified as Efrain Reynoso, 30, of Azusa, who had a warrant for a prior domestic violence charge and an out-of-state probation warrant for carrying a concealed weapon, police said. Allison Oster, university spokeswoman, said students were immediately notified of the situation. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TOM BAXTER SET TO PLAY McGRORY’S IN CULDAFF

first_imgSINGER Tom Baxter is set for a rare appearance on Irish soil – in the wonderful venue of McGrory’s in Culdaff.Baxter is playing just four venues as part of his Ireland and UK tour and north Inishowen is on the list. He will take to the stage at McGrory’s on November 6.He was last in this part of Ireland five years ago when he played at the Nerve Centre in Derry.Baxter’s critically acclaimed album Skybound has been followed up by a new The Uncarved Block: Part One.It’s a rare chance for local music fans to see a real star in such a brilliant venue. Our video is his song ‘Better’. Click play to listen TOM BAXTER SET TO PLAY McGRORY’S IN CULDAFF was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:culdaffMcGrorysTom Baxterlast_img read more

Alarming rise in number of oil-spill-related accidents across Donegal

first_imgThere has been a major rise in the number of road accidents related to oil spillages across the county.Sinn Féin Councillor for the Glenties Municipal District, John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh, is seeking an urgent meeting between the competent road safety authorities and An Garda Síochána to discuss the matter.Cllr Ó Fearraigh has written to officials from Donegal County Council, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and local Gardaí to request a special joint meeting in order to discuss the issue. He says that action from the various stakeholders is needed if the problem is to be addressed.He said “Over the past number of weeks I have been made aware of a sharp rise in the number of smashes and collisions on many of the county’s busiest roads caused due to oil being present on the road surface.“While the cause for this apparent increase in the prevalence of oil on the roads is not yet known, it is clear that greater collaboration between the various parties and bodies is required if we are serious about tackling what is fast becoming a major threat to road safety.“I have already written to the RSA, the Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council and local Gardaí to ask that they attend a special joint meeting of the various competent stakeholders with the view to discuss this problem in greater detail, to agree a way forward and to adopt a strategy aimed at alleviating this threat. “While it is obviously impossible to completely eradicate the problem of oil spilling onto the road surface, I believe that by taking some pro-active steps then much more can be done to not only reduce the prevalence of such incidents, but how we react to oil spills and the measures put in place immediately following an oil spill can be improved so as to minimize its risk.He added “Clearly, action is required before someone is seriously injured or worse and I am taking the first step by inviting those with an interest in this area to come forward and work together.“While I await the response of the various authorities and agencies, I would like to use this opportunity to again urge everyone to ensure that if they suspect that their vehicle is leaking oil to have it professionally checked, and should you witness oil on the roads to report it to Gardaí straight away.”Alarming rise in number of oil-spill-related accidents across Donegal was last modified: October 28th, 2017 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:accidentsdonegaloil spilWarninglast_img read more

Licenses of nearly 800 liquor vendors to be renewed in Goa

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Excise Department will renew licenses of nearly 700-800 liquor vendors operating within 220 metres from State and National highways. The department had stalled renewal of 3,210 liquor vendor licenses since Saturday following a Supreme Court order that banned liquor outlets within 500 metres of highways.A senior official of the State Excise Department told The Hindu on Sunday that they will carry out the renewal process after a core committee, comprising the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, issues an order.On Saturday, the committee concluded that the 220-metre relief, given in a modified order by the apex court last week to towns and local bodies with population of less than 20,000, was applicable to Goa.The excise official said that six zones come under the 500m limit, including Mormugao, Sancolae, Salcete, Quepem, Sanguem and Canacona. The remaining would come under the 220m limit.He said the State has 11,000 liquor license holders, including bars, hotels and restaurants, and the licenses of nearly 30% of these have not been renewed since Saturday. He also said the liquor vendors could approach the department to seek time as per the Excise Act and Rules to shift\transfer their stocks, but not for renewal of license.However, Dattaprasad Naik, president of All Goa Liquor Traders’ Association, differed from the excise department’s figure of total liquor outlets in the State. According to him, the actual outlets would be around 9,900. He also said that under the 220m relief, he expected around 1,000 outlets to be saved, as opposed to the figure of around 800 outlets given by the Excise Department.He claimed that in some areas the high-level committee headed by the State Excise commissioner, for recording the number of outlets under the 500m limit, had not measured the distance by the closest road from the highway but in a straight line. “In some cases, after by-passes [for highways] have been carried out, negligence of the government had led to old roads not being denotified. Once all these anomalies were rectified, definitely more number of outlets will be saved from closure,” he said.To a question about filing a review petition in the Supreme Court, Mr. Naik said the government has to take a call on it. He said the association would either become a party to the petition if the State government files it, or would approach the SC with a plea of review on its own if the State doesn’t.Ralph D’Souza, former member of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa and chief of Goa Chamber of Commerce Tourism Cell, said the ban would have a negative impact on tourism and hospitality.last_img read more

Cool Hand Lue: Cavs coach keeps NBA champs calm amid chaos

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington. Lue would prefer less attention, but it comes with the territory as coach of the defending NBA champions. Lue is back in the NBA Finals, and the Cavaliers acknowledge they probably wouldn’t be in position to win another title if not for Lue’s calming influence. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)CLEVELAND — Moments after the Eastern Conference championship banner was raised by the Cavaliers for the third straight time and the obligatory postgame interviews ended, Tyronn Lue slipped quietly away.Cleveland’s coach ducked into the shadows, his preferred location.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t like the attention,” he said.But Lue, once a journeyman point guard who steered the Cavs to an NBA championship last season, has grown more accepting of his frontman role. He’ll again be at center stage this week as Cleveland meets Golden State in the third installment of their title trilogy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: ‘He’s human’: Cavs coach defends LeBron after ‘weird’ lossIf the unassuming, easygoing Lue had his preference, the teams would duke it out for the Larry O’Brien Trophy on a playground court in a stifling hot gymnasium, with only a handful of onlookers present. A student of the game, he’s old school with a fresh perspective. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP He stayed cool last spring when Cleveland fought back from a 3-1 deficit to win its first title. Lue made subtle tweaks to his rotation, drew up key inbounds plays, then isolated Irving late in Game 7 on Curry. The Cavs All-Star guard made his now famous go-ahead, step-back 3-pointer.Pressure intensifies in the postseason, when possessions, turnovers and rebounds are magnified.As the drama builds, Lue stays composed, setting the tone for his players.“Throughout the postseason there’s so many different emotions,” James said. “Going high, going low. And if you’re a coach able to just stay even-keeled throughout the whole thing, it relaxes the rest of the group.”Don’t be fooled by Lue’s cool. He can get fiery when needed.“I always get mad when guys make shots in the first quarter, second quarter, pumping their chest and then the game on the line they miss,” Lue said. “So you’re doing all that for no reason. I always like to stay even-keeled and just play the game the right way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Roach open to Pacquiao fighting McGregor in a boxing match BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Of the many juicy subplots between the Cavs and Warriors, one that frequently goes overlooked is Lue, the former assistant who has blossomed in no time into one of the league’s brightest young head coaches and a playoff savant.He’s 28-6 in two postseasons with Cleveland. His players credit Lue’s soothing, steady influence — on and off the floor — as nearly as vital to their success as a clutch Kyrie Irving 3-pointer.READ: Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 “It’s just his level of calmness no matter what’s going on,” LeBron James said following practice. “He always talks about, at the end of the day, he’s already won in life, so whatever else happens after this is extra credit. And I feel the same way. That’s why I relate to him so much. Lose here, or you win a game here, it’s like, ‘All right, cool. I’ve already done so much more than anybody ever gave me credit of doing or thought I can do, so there’s no reason to get too high or too low.’“So it’s the even-keel mentality about our coach and it definitely helps us as players when we’re going out into a war.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lue has been preparing for the biggest battle of his basketball career this week.From the moment he returned home from Boston following the Cavs’ win in Game 5 of the conference finals, Lue has immersed himself in the Warriors, a virtual All-Star team featuring two league MVPs (Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry), a dead-eye shooter (Klay Thompson) and a triple-threat performer (Draymond Green).READ: Citizen/King: LeBron James wins NBA citizenship awardLue’s defensive strategy to this point in the playoffs has been to neutralize the opponents’ top player. The Cavs were able to do that with Indiana’s Paul George, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who aggravated a hip injury in Game 2 and missed the remainder of the series. Cleveland blitzed, double-teamed and did all it could take away the other team’s offensive threat.Lue was asked if it’s more difficult to identify who that is on Golden State.“Hell yeah,” he said, his voice rising. “It’s tough.”There are few weaknesses in these Warriors, the first team to head into the final round 12-0 and winning by an average of 16.3 points per game.READ: Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors “They have so many weapons,” Lue said, “having four All-Stars and now adding KD to the mix who I’ve always loved as a scorer, just how he scores so easy. They have a lot of options. It’s going to be tough, but we have to lock into what we have to do defensively, and sometimes you can play great defense and it doesn’t work. Steph is making tough shots, Klay is making tough shots and KD is making tough shots. But all you can do is play your defense, stick to your principles and just make it as tough as possible.”The Cavs know Lue won’t panic.last_img read more

CR7 or Messi debate rages on as Juve star beats out Argentine wizard to…

first_imgAdvertisementThe question of who is the greatest of all time amongst Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will likely continue even after they retire. However, CR7 has beaten his long-term rival Lionel Messi to an impressive goal record.The 33-year-old scored his team’s only goal in their 1-1 draw with Genoa last Saturday, a result that ended the Zebra’s 100% winning start to the new Serie A campaign.However, Ronaldo had a reason to celebrate as he achieved a personal feat after becoming the first player ever to reach 400 goals in Europe’s top leagues.Ronaldo, who was already the all-time leading scorer in Europe’s top five leagues, has now reached the next massive milestone ahead of Messi, who currently sits in second place.While the Argentine has scored 389 goals for FC Barcelona in LaLiga, Ronaldo netted 84 for Manchester United in the Premier League, 311 for Real Madrid in La Liga and now five in Serie A for Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo will set foot in Old Trafford on 23 October after a long time as his side will take on Manchester United in a group stage match of the Champions League.Read Also: Bonucci reveals he turned down Premier League suitors to return to JuveJose Mourinho is here to stay; wants to see out Manchester United contract Advertisementlast_img read more

Formula One ponder over ‘grid girls’; Red Bull, Ferrari in a race to save them

first_imgFormula One is entering a new era under new ownership and a brand new logo. Though much work remains on the more complex issues, like implementing a cost-cap, re-balancing revenues distributed to teams and a rules blueprint for the future, the practice of having ‘grid girls’ has come under the scanner.Ross Brawn, Formula One sporting boss, informed that the practice of having women fulfilling the role as ‘grid girls’ will be reviewed.Formula One is no stranger to debates on feminism, though most of their drivers are rarely of the fairer sex.Some races have already started experimenting with the notion of grid girls. Male models have been used in place of female ones and children have been also as mascots.Red Bull driver Max Verstappen’s take on the issue is simple. “The grid girls must stay,” Sport24 quoted Verstappen as saying.Nico Hulkenberg on the other hand feels, “It would be a pity if they took the eye-jewellery from the grid.”Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari president, also stepped up in to defend the ‘grid girls’. Whereas Maurzio Arrivabene, team principal of Ferrari, admitted that grid girls were an integral part of Formula One.”Grid girls were an integral part of Formula 1 for many years. I think Ross Brawn has more complex and important things to take care of,” Arrivabene said.Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko, defended the grid girls, arguing that ‘cheerleaders’ are also present for other sports.”I just cannot imagine that. In America, cheerleaders appear before, during and after every game so I see no reason why this should not be done in Formula 1″, he said.advertisementlast_img read more