US$101M to Battle HIV, TB, Malaria

first_imgThe National AIDS Commission (NAC) has said that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has projected US$101,882,196 to combat these diseases for a period of three years.As a precondition to receiving this amount, the Commission said, Liberia has been requested by the Global Fund to provide only five percent (US$5M) before the money is released to the government of Liberia.This means full disbursement of the Global Fund will be contingent upon the country’s willingness to pay its contribution to the cost of the national response.Making the disclosure, the Chairman of NAC, Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, said the news of the fund is worth welcoming in that the NAC and its collaborating partner, the National AIDS Control Program (NACP)  are in need of funding to scale up the treatment of people living with HIV.He urged government to make available its portion of the fund, which serves as a ‘trump card’ to receiving the money, in order to start appropriate program for immediate and efficient HIV responses.Dr. Camanor spoke at the meeting of Board of Directors of the AIDS Commission, which was chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Liberian leader is the Chairperson of the Board of Director of NAC.The Board meeting was held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, May 6.In a power point presentation, Dr. Camanor said out of the US$101M, US$45,238,243 is projected for HIV&AIDS response; 9,590,724 for Tuberculosis and US$ 47,053,229 for malaria, amounting to US$101,882,196. These funds will be used from 2014 to 2016 December.The NAC boss said that his institution and the NACP are anticipating a combined achievement of 80 percent coverage and the expanded eligibility guidelines and increasing Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) to nearly 19,000 by 2020.Dr. Camanor told the gathering comprising an array of partners and representatives of the UN system that he hopes the number of children receiving ART would increase from 900 to nearly 1600 in the investment framework scenario when fund is provided.He said the country hopes the number of new HIV infections would decrease and new infections would reduce by 26 percent by 2020 from 1,700 in 2013 to just 734 in 2020.The Commission reported a steady increase of HIV victims in recent years. A considerable increment among men as a result of men having sex with men (gay activities), was also reported.“Without the rapid scale-up of intervention there would still be about 1,336 new infections in 2020; note that in the base scenario adult incidence would be somewhat lower in 2020, 0.02 percent compared to 0.06 percent in 2013 but because the population is growing the number of new infections would not drop as significantly as the incidence,” the National AIDS Commission indicated.Dr. Camanor also noted that the Commission hopes the number of AIDS deaths will drop even more sharply due to the effects of scaling up ART, deaths would be 1/3 lower in 2020 with rapid scale-up, but this cannot be done in the absence of funding.For her part, President Sirleaf said she will continue to advocate that HIV/AIDS, Gender Equality, Sexual and Gender-based violence are given the priority attention they deserve at the global level in her capacity as a co-chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.She indicated that the results of her advocacy will depend greatly on how the national anti-AIDS authorities will engage the global community in achieving the agenda.President Sirleaf wants data collected from the outgoing strategic framework to form part of the development of the new HIV Strategic Plan based on the investment approach of the new funding model of the Global Fund.“In order to have an impactful participation in the new global plan, it is incumbent upon national government to mobilize domestic funding to respond to HIV which will enable the Government to consolidate past achievements and at the same time strengthen its collective determination in recording zero new HIV infections, zero new deaths and zero discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS,” she said.She encouraged members of the NAC to remain positively engaged with the international community in forming part of the new action plan that is expected to commence in 2015 and run up to 2020 as the current action plan closes later this year (2014).The Co-chair of the House of Representative committee on health, Representative Johnson Toe Chea in an exclusive interview with reporters, pledged his support to ensure that government makes available the US$5M as soon as possible.He said though the current budget preparation is at an advanced stage, he will lobby to ensure rapid progress so that Liberia would not forfeit the Global Fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Parties Condemn Impeachment Proceedings

first_imgANC political leader Alexander B. Cummings (center): “If judges or justices could be removed from office because of their opinions, then their ruling and decision would not be based on their honest understanding or interpretation of the law…”Collaborating opposition political parties have registered their disdain over the impeachment proceedings championed by lawmakers of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and described it as a “wrong attempt” to intimidate and silence members of an independent branch of government (the judiciary).The opposition collaborating parties are the Unity Party (UP), Alternative National Congress (ANC), and the Liberty Party (LP).The parties’ pronouncement was contained in a statement delivered at a press conference in Monrovia on September 13, 2018, and was read by ANC political leader Alexander B. Cummings.Cummings said, “we believe that these efforts led by members of the ruling party to impeach Justice Kabineh Ja’neh are wrong as the matter of constitutional law and misguided as a matter of public policy.”“They represent an unbridled attempt to intimidate and silence members of an independent branch of government (the judiciary) and thus violate basic principles of separation of powers which under-gird our constitutional order,” he said.Cummings said the ruling party’s action to impeach Ja’neh has served as an unnecessary shock to the body politic, created an air of political instability and fostered national disunity and discord, something that he said does not augur well for the young democracy or for instilling investors’ confidence in the struggling economy of the country.He said the constitution provides for impeachment of public officials as an important tool for promoting accountability and good governance, adding that power must be used wisely and responsibly.“Accordingly, our constitution sets a rather exacting standard for impeaching and removing Supreme Court Associate Justices from office. It expressly provides in Article 71 that Supreme Court Justices may be impeached and removed from office only for “proved misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of their office, or conviction in a court of law for treason, bribery or other infamous crimes,” Cummings said.He said the article of impeachment asserts, among others things, that Justice Ja’neh erred by granting a writ of certiorari in favor of the party to a dispute that came before him while he served as the Supreme Court’s Justice-in-Chambers.Cummings said “Whether or not one agrees with the decision of Justice Ja’neh to grant a writ of certiorari in that matter, his decision to do so simply cannot provide a basis for his impeachment because Article 73 of our constitution expressly forbids impeaching and removing Supreme Court Justice because of their “judicial Opinion” or judicial acts.”“If judges or justices could be removed from office because of their opinions, then their ruling and decision would not be based on their honest understanding or interpretation of the law; rather, afraid of being removed from office because of their opinions, they will issue opinions that please members of the legislature, even if they know these decisions are not based on an accurate interpretation of the law,” he noted.Answering to questions concerning the War Crimes Court, Cummings said the opposition collaborating parties are interested in ending the culture of impunity and support justice for all that was victimized by the 14 years of civil conflict.Cummings also stressed that Liberia’s suspension from the EITI is worrisome for a struggling economy that the country is now faced with.He noted that Liberia’s suspension from the EITI board shows to the international world that the country is not transparent to attract global investors.It may be recalled that in early August a petition to impeach Justice Ja’neh was filed before the House by Representatives Acarous Gray (Mont. County, District 8) and Thomas Fallah (Mont. County District 5). Both alleged that Justice Ja’neh “committed a serious official misconduct by engaging in a wanton and unsavory exercise of his judicial discretion far exceeding the bounds of elementary judicial interpretation of issues simply to satisfy his personal ego.”The House on August 27, 2018, voted to impeach Ja’neh, but the Senate would have to concur with the decision before it takes effect which they have not done.Out of 49 lawmakers, one voted against, while nine members of Nimba Legislative Caucus walked out of the Chambers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Digicel offers all-expenses-paid package for CPL fans

first_imgThe latest Digicel promotion, launched on Friday, will see customers across the Caribbean vying for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for them and their ‘crew’ to the finals of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), to be held in Trinidad and Tobago.Customers simply need to activate a data smart bundle from now until August 31, and they could be jetting off to the finals with three of their friends, on an amazing package that includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodation, ground transportation to and from the finals, plus stipend.In addition, customers in CPL countries who activate a data smart bundle automatically go into the draw to win regular season CPL match tickets.“CPL, and cricket in general, is a big love among the Caribbean people, and we are happy to be helping them to come out and support their teams,” Head of Sponsorship, Ben Bradley, explained.Win an all-expenses paid trip for them and their ‘crew’ to the finals of the CPL in TrinidadHe also noted that this is about Digicel leveraging its platforms and its latest offerings, like smart bundles, to help customers stay connected to the things they love.Data smart bundles allow prepaid/postpaid customers to browse, stream, share and chat to their heart’s content on Digicel’s superfast 4G network, plus enjoy rollover data and talk.In addition, to ensure maximum turnout at the games, Digicel is giving customers even more chances to win CPL match tickets – by downloading the MyDigicel app and playing one of the cool CPL games in the CPL FanZone.Digicel’s CPL smart bundles’ promotion is available to customers in Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Superstitions play part in La Salle’s success

first_img“I shave my legs right before the game. At least I and Lauren do. Others can’t,” said senior midfielder Sara Turcios while nodding at teammate Kasey Johnson. “I just can’t do it before the game,” Johnson said, giggling. One pregame ritual the girls all agree on is eating at the Souplantation restaurant in Arcadia. Of course, senior goalkeeper Makenzie Pedrotti had a time-tested, proven remedy for warding off bad luck. “Knock on wood,” Pedrotti said. “We haven’t had the same number of injuries this year like other years.Knock on wood.” PASADENA – Souplantation runs, pregame leg shavings and other various superstitions were some of the topics of discussion among the La Salle High School girls soccer team Thursday evening before a 7 p.m. practice. For the Lancers (24-2-2), it was a time to reflect on the team’s success while focusing in on the reasons why La Salle will be facing Del Rey League rival Bishop Montgomery at 4 p.m. Saturday at Downey High for the CIF-Southern Section Division IV title. “It’s about consistency,” Lancers senior Lauren McAulay said. “We’re trying to do the same things that we’ve done all year.” And while defense and fundamentals take their positions on top of the totem pole of success, several Lancer seniors also pointed to other habits, or superstitions, for luck. center_img La Salle assistant coach Peter McAulay said the team has gone too far this season to allow overconfidence to be an issue. Even though La Salle has knocked off Bishop Montgomery twice this year, McAulay knows from experience not to overlook any team. “We had a pretty talented team in 2003,” said McAulay, whose daughter, Lauren, was part of that squad. “But we weren’t as focused as we should have been.” La Salle entered the 2003-04 CIF-Southern Section quarterfinal game against league rival Notre Dame Academy, having twice knocked off the Regals during the regular season. The Regals scored in the contest’s first 10 minutes and then held on to defeat La Salle, 1-0. 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

Manchester City defender admits he is eager to make Italy return

first_imgManchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov wants to return to Lazio in the future.The 31-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract at the Etihad and he is no closer to signing an extension.It has led to reports that the left-back could head back to Italy and spend more time with Lazio, where he played from 2007 to 2010 before joining City.And when quizzed by Il Messaggero about returning to Rome, Kolarov said: “One day I’d like to come back.“Rome stayed in my heart. I’ve won everything in Manchester, but Italy is something else.” 1 Aleksandar Kolarov in action for Manchester City last_img read more

Golf: Dunfanaghy face Letterkenny in U16 Matchplay Final

first_imgFormers winners Dunfanaghy Golf Club who last won the competition in 2007 and Letterkenny Golf Club who won in 2014 will contest the 2016 Final over the weekend. The 1st leg will be held in Dunfanaghy on Saturday 24th September Tee off 1.30 pm and the 2nd leg will tee off in Letterkenny at 1.40 pm on Sunday 25th September.Both Clubs are worthy finalists: In the quarter Final Dunfanaghy overcame Nairn and Portnoo G.C. with a clear victory however, in the semi-Final they came up against stiff opposition in Ballyliffin Golf Club. In the 1st leg Dunfanaghy held a slender lead 2-1 and so going to Ballyliffin it was all to play for. The Dunfanaghy boys produced another great result winning 2-1 to the delight of John Hanna (Team Manager).Letterkenny have also had to play good teams; having to dispose of both last year’s finalists who were very strong opposition. In a close encounter they overcame Buncrana Golf Club by 3 ½ to 2 ½ .Buncrana have been one of the stalwarts of this competition and their progression of players through this competition over the years has gave them a great run in the Fred Daly 2016 as Finalists under Francie Mc Groary. Letterkenny G.C. met Ballybofey and Stranorlar G.C. and the Barnhill boys put another great performance 2 – 1 and in the away the game was closer again as they drew however Letterkenny won by 3 ½ to 2 ½.So Letterkenny will contest their 2nd final in 3 years and after their fine victories they are also looking forward to the Final. Letterkenny under Tommy Doherty will select their team from Michael Shiel (Captain), Cian Harkin, Patrick Page, Tom Doherty, Lee Walsh, Ronan Daly and James Sweeney.Dunfanaghy will select from Conor Hanna, Luke Kelly, James Sweeney, Tom Mc Clintock, Rory Kelly, Michael Dolan, Kyle Mc Garvey and Carlos Reilly.Golf: Dunfanaghy face Letterkenny in U16 Matchplay Final was last modified: September 20th, 2016 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:donegalgolfMatchplayUnder 16last_img read more

MORE THAN 335,000 VISITS TO DONEGAL LIBRARIES THIS YEAR

first_imgMore than 335,000 visits were paid to Donegal libraries this year, it has been revealed.Irish libraries revealed there were some 17 million visits to public libraries in Ireland last year.The figures, compiled by the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) service for the Local Government Management Agency, show that libraries continue to play a very important role in our communities. Eileen Burgess, County Librarian with Donegal County Council said they are delighted that our libraries continue to play such an important role in our communities.“Every demographic group is represented in our library users. We try hard to identify the needs of our users and tailor the library to suit them. If you visit the library on any day of the week you‘ll find people from every age group and walk of life enjoying some aspect of the services we provide,” she said.Whilst Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries nationally, in Donegal Donal Ryan’s ‘The Thing about December’ topped the poll and this was followed by Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ and J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’.Like the rest of the country, ‘The Official Drivers Theory Test’ topped the poll for most borrowed Adult non-fiction title and Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and Joe Brennan’s ‘Donegal Folk Tales’ were top of the list of the most borrowed Children’s titles. With 13 public libraries and 11 Taobh Tire points Donegal libraries are a hive of activity and in keeping with the festive season, the libraries are getting ready for this year’s Christmas Pyjama Parties. To find out where they are taking place visit www.donegallibrary.ie or follow on Facebook/donegalcountylibrary . MORE THAN 335,000 VISITS TO DONEGAL LIBRARIES THIS YEAR was last modified: December 11th, 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:donegalLIBRARIESlast_img read more

Funding for Ballybofey Utd welcomed

first_imgCllr Patrick McGowan Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District has welcomed the announcement of Leader funding for Ballybofey United FC of €156,000 from LCDC and Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC).The funding is for changing rooms and other facilities.The total overall cost of the project is €208,000. Cllr McGowan said “Having spoken to Ballybofey United management some weeks ago about their plans both in the short term and into the future I was pleased as a board Member of DLDC to support this very good application which will go a long way to making the new playing facility at Glencovit Ballybofey as good as any in the County.“In particular, I want to thank the DLDC LEADER staff and the board of DLDC and LCDC for their work and favourable decision said Cllr Patrick McGowan Cathaoirleach Stranorlar MD.”Funding for Ballybofey Utd welcomed was last modified: July 17th, 2018 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)last_img read more

MasterCard Mobile comes to South Africa

first_img24 April 2012 MasterCard has partnered with local mobile-centric financial services company Oltio to bring MasterCard Mobile to the South African market, expanding the platform for online shopping in the country. MasterCard Mobile lets MasterCard and Maestro cardholders make online purchases using their mobile phones. Consumers can use the platform to make secure online purchases with their PIN-based debit, cheque or credit cards by linking these to their mobile phones. “It’s a convenient and cost-effective payment mechanism that doesn’t require customers to open yet another bank account,” Oltio CEO Terry Timson said in a statement last week. To use the service, cardholders must select the MasterCard Mobile option on participating e-commerce sites. First-time users will be prompted to register their cards and their mobile phone numbers on a secure site. Thereafter, the cardholder’s mobile phone number is used to initiate payments, which the cardholder authorises by entering their PINs into their mobile phones.Online shopping on the increase According to the latest MasterCard Worldwide online shopping survey, released last week, online shopping has increased significantly in South Africa and continues to show potential for growth. Fifty-eight percent of South Africans surveyed said they used the internet for shopping, with price, convenience and security being the key factors they considered when purchasing online. The MasterCard Mobile solution “provides another secure and convenient payment platform for these consumers, and those who have previously been unable to use their Maestro debit card online,” said Anna Jones, division president at MasterCard Worldwide in South Africa.‘Greater peace of mind’ Jones said the platform would give users peace of mind because they no longer needed to share their card details with online retailers. The information would be securely held by MasterCard Mobile, which would verify and conclude the consumer’s payments. “The MasterCard Mobile solution does not levy any additional fees to the cardholder and, unlike EFTs, the payment is made instantly,” Jones added. The company said MasterCard Mobile was currently being piloted, with a view to rolling the platform out to most local e-commerce sites in the near future. The platform is also being used for MTN airtime purchases. The mobile solution can also enable person-to-person money transfers, and can be used at offline stores that are MasterCard Mobile-enabled, according to the company. However, this service is not yet available in South Africa. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more