In an effort to address the severity of the Ebola outbreak in the country, the government of Liberia has with immediate effect closed all borders with the exception of major entry points including the Roberts International Airport (RIA), James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya, Bo Waterside and Ganta points of entry.Though others termed the decision as belated, a release from the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says that at those entry points that remain open, preventive and testing centers will be established and stringent measures to be announced will be strictly adhered to. In addition, the Liberia Airport Authority is now mandated to inspect and test all incoming as well as outgoing passengers.The decision is at the top of an 11-point to-do list for the National Task Force set up and chaired by the President to support the Technical Team on Ebola (TTE). The Task Force held its first meeting on Sunday, July 27, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and attended by key members of the TTE, ministers and other government officials, media, political leaders, the security sector and other concerned citizens.President Sirleaf officially announced the formation of the Ebola Task Force in her Independence Day remarks at Liberia’s 167th Independence Day ceremony in Monrovia to help the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and team of medical practitioners combat the deadly Ebola virus that has invaded the country and claimed hundreds of lives.The Liberian leader said the cardinal responsibility of the Taskforce is to work with the health team headed by the Ministry of Health, and provide support and guidance to them. The task force will also establish community outreach forces with individuals mobilized from each community to reach out to the communities to sensitize residents about the disease and provide them information as to how they can protect themselves.The taskforce is to be chaired by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Co-chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, who is also the chairman of the national Disaster and Relief Commission (NDRC). It will also include representatives from Women and Youths organizations, the Inter-Religious Council, Market and Labor organizations, Political Parties leaders, Traditional leaders, and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). “Fellow citizens,” the Liberian President said, “the hallmark of success of any nation is not the improvement in social and economic infrastructures; it is not in sound policies and law; it is the love of country. This love must make us brave in times of troubles as well as compel us to reach out to each others in times of distress.”“We must come together as never before inspite of our political, religious and social persuasions; we must show a deep sense of nationalism. We must reach across borders and join our brothers and sisters in the other neighboring countries that are also affected to show continuing common response,”“This is why today I’m establishing a national taskforce on Ebola, which I will chair. The taskforce will be co-chaired by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in his role as the chairman of the NDRC. That commission will now be active and strengthened,” she said.“We are going to be calling upon women and youth organizations, the Inter-religious Council, market and labor organizations, political party leaders, traditional leaders, and the Press Union of Liberia to send us representatives to serve on this taskforce.”To the families of all those affected and afflicted by the virus, to our doctors, and the national health team led by Dr. Walter Gwenigale, to our dedicated and sacrificial health workers, we extend to you our deepest personal and official sympathy for your loss and commit to our obligation to respond to you in your time of need.“Given the many challenges which we have faced, we mark the 167th independence anniversary of our nation with solemn reflection. Even as we do, we must continue to give praises and thanks to the almighty for continuing to shower his bountiful blessings and kind mercies upon us,”The issue of Ebola has now claimed the attention of the international community as more people continue to die of the virus since its outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU), firstly in Guinea where it has hit the hardest. Ivory Coast is the only member of the MRU yet to be affected so far though it claimed some lives in that country years back.As confirmed by the governments of the three MRU countries and the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 1,093 cases recorded as of July 20, 2014 with 786 laboratory confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. The death toll in the three countries now hit 660.President Sirleaf also said that the Ebola virus has gone beyond a virus that is claiming the lives of Liberians and is becoming more dangerous to the state by some unfortunate incidents.“On Wednesday we witnessed an unfortunate incident when a man angered over the death of his sister who died of Ebola decided to revenge, by setting fire to the MOH building. This is how damaging the virus has become; this is how the risk and the danger now go beyond the virus. We understand the anger, but we cannot and will not accept burning or attacking health workers and facilities.In another event, the Liberian leader said, another Liberian met his untimely death and put to risk others across borders because of indiscipline and disrespect for the advice which have been given by health workers. While she did name the Liberian she was referring to, the Government of Nigeria reported late last week that the virus had surfaced in that country through Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who had gone on an official government duty.So far there have been 415 cases, including 314 fatal cases and 304 laboratory confirmations of EVD, reported by the Guinean government.In Sierra Leone, WHO and that country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation reported a total of 454 suspects and confirmed cases of EHF as of July 20, 2014. Of these 454, 405 cases have been laboratory confirmed and 219 were fatal.The lead doctor, virologist Sheik Umar Khan, who has been helping to combat the virus in that country has contracted the virus and is now being treated according to reports.Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has recorded 224 clinical cases of EVD, including 77 laboratory confirmations and 127 fatal cases. All of these cases are from six counties. These include, Lofa, Montserado, Margibi, Bomi, Bong, and Nimba Counties. Montserrado and Lofa are the most affected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says proper strategy needed for ventureGovernment’s push to have agriculture extended to the hinterland region is something that should be carefully examined, as it may not be an economical undertaking, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and executive of the Guyana Rice Producers Association (GRPA), Dharamkumar Seeraj has said. Seeraj, who has a wealth of experience as an agriculturalist and manager, told Guyana Times on Monday that the efforts of Government might not be well thought-out, as they do not take into account the possibility of having value for money, when it comes to expanding agriculture in the interior region.The MP said, in any economy, especially in an agricultural economy, there were issues of resource scarcity and resource availability and given that Guyana was faced with a situation of resource constraints, Government needed to prioritise. In prioritising, he said, Government should also look at what can be exported.According to Seeraj, in doing so, the situation on the ground has to be carefully examined and if the authorities are looking to produce crops, the aim should be to look at what was needed to be competitive.In this case, Seeraj pointed out that good soil types, good crop handling practices, good packaging are all imperative. However, efficiency, cost and transportation are also important factors that should be considered.While Guyana is blessed with large expanses of land, Seeraj noted that only a small portion of that area was fertile. The majority of Guyana’s land is made up of hills, sandy areas and savannahs.“Of course, if you have unrestricted amount of money, you can do anything, anywhere,” Seeraj said. In cases where there is a large amount of capital, planting can be done even in places where there is no soil.Seeraj, therefore, concluded that while Government has been talking about extending the frontier and going further south to expand agriculture, that will come with a tremendous cost. “What he (Minister) has to do is to concentrate on the areas where the soil is fertile. Fix whatever little problem there is, give incentive to the farmers so that they can increase production, and bring your cost down. Not to go on a wild goose chase and try to plant something in soils that are not fertile.”Fertiliser costIf this is done, the GRPA General Secretary told his publication that it would cost the Government to spend a huge sum on fertilisers. “And then, when you plant it there, where will you sell it? The interior have to truck fertiliser hundreds of miles to go in those areas and if you’re successful, you’ll have to truck your produce hundreds of miles now, to bring them back to a point of export,” he pointed out.Seeraj said too because the population in the hinterland was relatively small when compared to the coast’s, whatever agricultural activity the residents there were engaged in, they would have to target an export market. Some important questions that need to be answered, Seeraj said, include: “Who you’re targeting to buy? Is it the local people? Or is it for export? If it’s the local people, you have a few hundred people living in those villages. The Rupununi probably is the most highly populated interior region. It is, by far, the largest geographically speaking. And it barely got about 7000 people.”Moco Moco ProjectAccording to Seeraj, it is sometimes cheaper to truck the produce into the interior from the coast than to actually grow crops in the hinterland. Speaking about his experience of leading the Moco Moco Project for upland rice cultivation, where Government made huge investments in, he said it turned out to be cheaper to take rice into the hinterland than to actually grow it there.Neglecting coastal areasThe Opposition MP argued, therefore, that it would be a waste of investment to enhance agriculture and agro-processing there at the cost of neglecting the coastal area, where agriculture is more competitive, the soil is much more fertile, the consuming public is closer as well as a port of export which would allow Guyana to target the Caribbean, for instance, and further afield.During the launch of Agriculture Month, which was observed under the theme, “Food Security and Hinterland Development: Our National Priority”, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said the theme reflected the commitment to Government’s vision of hinterland development and to encourage a whole food-system approach to food security.“Hinterland development in 2017-2018 and beyond will focus on improved infrastructure, the development of agricultural demonstration stations and research to enhance hinterland agriculture and help provide essential knowledge and evidence to farmers, food producers, retailers and consumers,” Holder had said.With efforts to enhance the rate of integration between the coast and the interior and to increase access to the hinterland resources, the Minister said his office has been working to have Agricultural Demonstration Stations in each of the main eco-zones of Guyana.
Region 1 fuel shortage woesNearly two months after communities in Region One (Barima-Waini) were hit by a fuel shortage, which is significantly affecting businesses, households and even the regional administration, regional authorities are yet to receive any response, updates or intervention of Central Government.Brentnol AshleyA letter was sent by the region to the Communities Minister, however, it is still awaiting a response of receipt or any update from that entity with regards to the issue.Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley in an invited comment on Monday told Guyana Times that the region is still plagued with this problem. He pointed out that the Guyana Oil Company had visited the region last month, however, there were no updates or directives as to what steps will be taken. Ashley noted, however, that there has been no intervention or solution offered by the Government thus far.Ashley explained that businesses are hiring boats to transport fuel from Charity into Mabaruma. He said the region now pays some $70,000 per drum of fuel against the usual cost of $20,000 per drum. He added that this is a crisis which is having even harsher consequences on communities in the Matarkai District.Prices for services like transportation in the region has tripled and major projects have been suspended as a result of the limited fuel supply in the district. Due to the limited supply and high demand of the commodity, residents are forced to pay between $8000 to $10,000 per five gallons of gasoline in Mabaruma. In Matarkai, the price can go as high as $15,000, Ashley stated.In cases where taxis usually cost $1000, the fare is now as high as $4000. School children are forced to pay $200 from Kumaka to Mabaruma, up from a fee of roughly $60.“It is affecting us tremendously,” Ashley added.He said regional projects and activities are at a standstill because of this shortage. “It also puts a threat to those emergency calls that we get for patients who are sick to get to the hospital,” the Regional Chairman explained.From his assessment, the shortage of fuel is as a result of the crisis in neighbouring Venezuela.Region One gets fuel from the Spanish-speaking nation, and with the permission of the relevant authorities, the fuel is transported across the border. This practice is only legal up to the Pomeroon River mouth in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).But over the past weeks, the supply has dwindled due to the worsening social and economic situation in Venezuela, he said.Ashley reiterated calls on Central Government to intervene. He explained that with no GuyOil service station in the region, the State-owned entity should send fuel tankers to the area to supply retailers.The Regional Democratic Council recently made recommendations to Government via social media that there be an immediate relaxation on the $5000 a barrel GRA tax on all fuel.Additionally, it called for the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and other authorities to look into the ships that are coming to Waini point and purchasing the unmarked fuel and shipping them to Georgetown, Bartica and Suriname, causing local dealers to be disadvantaged. Further, it recommended that GuyOil provide an urgent supply to the region as this shortage is creating major challenges to not only the region but also the residents and businesses.
Volunteers must complete an application process, which includes a $10 registration fee for residents and $20 for non-residents. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. Student chosen for trip to Germany WHITTIER – Local student Paul Riggins is among 44 students nationwide chosen to take an all-expense-paid summer trip to Germany as part of a program sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. About 26,000 students across the country competed for the study trip, officials said. The trip will last about 3
1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he is in the midst of the worst period in his managerial career.After winning the Premier League at a canter last season, the Blues have made a shocking start to this campaign.They have claimed just two wins from seven league games and head into Saturday’s visit of Southampton on the back of a disappointing Champions League defeat to Porto.“I define (this) as the worst period of my career, with the worst results in my career,” said Mourinho.“I get it as a fantastic experience – an experience that I don’t want to repeat. I want to finish tomorrow and win some matches again.“I think it comes too late, to come after 15 years is too late, but it’s something that is helping me to be better, a great negative experience.”The challenge began on the opening day of Chelsea’s title defence, a 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8, the repercussions of which continue.Mourinho criticised first-team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn for going on to the field to treat Eden Hazard.And Mourinho was cleared by the Football Association on Wednesday of making discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.FA chairman Greg Dyke has told officials that Mourinho committed “a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour” in his criticism of Carneiro, while independent board member Heather Rabbatts launched a stinging attack on the FA for its “seriously disappointing” handling of the case.Mourinho refused to respond on Friday, saying his comments will come in time.“For the past two months I didn’t open my mouth and I’m going to keep it like this. One day I will speak and I will choose a day,” Mourinho said.“I’m quiet about it for a long time. I read and I listen and I watch and I’m quiet. I’m telling you, we can be here all day. My time to speak will arrive when I decide.” Jose Mourinho
AN ELDERLY Donegal man is staring at prison after he pleaded guilty today to a catalogue of child sex abuse offences.Sex beast John Callaghan faced Derry Crown Court today for an arraignment hearing on a total of 14 counts of indecent assault.The sex attack charges relate to three female victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons to protect their identity, and happened over an eight year period. The offences took place in the Derry area on dates between January 20, 1974 and January 14, 1982.Callaghan, whose address on the court papers was given as Drung, Quigleys Point, Donegal, stood in the dock of court of 4 at Derry Crown Court today.The 71-year-old replied “Guilty” to all 14 counts of indecent assault put to him on the bill of indictment by the clerk of the court.The judge ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Probation Service.Callaghan was released on continuing bail to return back to the same court on September 8 this year for a plea and sentence hearing.But the defendant should not take his release on bail as an indication of what sentence he will receive on that date.Under sentencing guidelines in the North, the paedophile will be given credit for his guilty plea at arraignment.He will also be given credit for saving the victims the harrowing ordeal of having to give evidence in court.And the pervert will also receive a reduction in his sentence for saving the court time and money of a week long trial.Callaghan will now be the subject of notification period after signing the sex offenders register.How long he will spend on the sex offenders register will depend on what sentence the court hands down in two months time.Investigating officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) will also be seeking a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order against Callaghan.He could be placed on the barred list of working with children and also vulnerable adults.Callaghan will also have to notify police of his address or any change of address.DONEGAL PENSIONER FACING JAIL AFTER CONFESSING TO LITANY OF CHILD SEX ABUSE OFFENCES was last modified: July 7th, 2016 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:DERRY CROWN COURTdonegalDrungEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL PENSIONER FACING JAIL AFTER CONFESSING TO LITANY OF CHILD SEX ABUSE OFFENCESJOHN CALLAGHANPSNIquigleys pointSEX OFFENDERS REGISTERSOPO
The 23-year-old has caught the eye of Premier League clubs in that time, particularly Chelsea, who have attempted to sign Romagnoli in a number of transfer windows, including summer 2016 and January 2017, as well as earlier this year.The Blues are said to remain keen on Romagnoli, while Manchester United have also reportedly entered the race for the centre-half on the orders of manager Jose Mourinho.However, the Italy international insists he has no plans on leaving Milan any time soon, while also revealing offers WERE made for him from the Premier League over the summer.Speaking to La Repubblica, Romagnoli said: “I like the city, the only thing I miss is the sea in Nettuno (near Rome). Maybe I’ll hang a picture on my wall. three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest transfer news 2 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Romagnoli made his Italy debut in 2016 and has gone on to play eight times for his country moving on targets “I’m happy with my teammates, [head coach Gennaro] Gattuso and the supporters.“I was happy to have offers from the Premier League, but I feel at home here.“Milan will get back to winning, it’s a solid club. We’ll fight to qualify for the Champions League and to progress in the Europa League. Milan spent €25million on Romagnoli in 2015 after he had played just 13 league matches for Roma LIVING THE DREAM targets Chelsea and Manchester United target Alessio Romagnoli continues to ‘feel at home’ at Milan while revealing he rejected Premier League offers over the summer.Central defender Romagnoli was highly rated when he broke though at Roma and he’s continued his ascent with a series of excellent performances since arriving at the San Siro in 2015. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “Now we have one more year of experience on the pitch for our young players, and some new important players.“I want to play in it (the Champions League) with Milan as soon as possible.” TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star
Donegal are in complete control at half-time in this league encounter with Louth at Fr Tierney Park in Ballyshannon.The Wee County have offered little resistance to Donegal who have been scoring at will throughout the first half with a half-time score of Donegal 0-13 to Louth’s 1-1.Louth’s cause hasn’t been helped by the issuing of two black cards to Dessie Finnegan and Eoin O’Connor. Jim McGuinness appears to have got his tactics right with free scoring from the likes of Declan Walsh and Rory Kavanagh.Louth managed to grab a goal just before the break after a Durcan dropped ball saw Lennon nip in to score.Half-time in Ballyshannon and it’s Donegal 0-13 Louth 1-1. DONEGAL IN COMPLETE CONTROL AGAINST LOUTH AT HALF-TIME was last modified: March 30th, 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:BallyshannondonegalLouth
There will be plenty of ‘good times’ ahead now for Letterkenny, after the An Grianán Theatre unveiled the new town clock on Saturday. An Grianán had a ‘Family Fun Day’ to coincide with the launch of the new clock, and a great ‘time’ was had by all the family. Below are some of the best pictures from the official unveiling of the town clock. PICTURE SPECIAL: GOOD ‘TIMES’ AHEAD AS AN GRIANÁN THEATRE UNVEIL NEW TOWN CLOCK was last modified: May 19th, 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:An Grianan TheatreBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesGood timesNew Town Clocknews
Lille have an impressive 13 points from their first seven gamesLille survived relegation by a whisker after finishing in 17th place last season but they are off to their second best ever start to a Ligue 1 campaign.Christophe Galtier’s Lille are currently joint second on 13 points, eight adrift of pacesetters and defending champions Paris Saint Germain.Their stellar start has been underpinned by the prolific form of Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe. The twinkle-toed African has created or scored more than half of the 2012 champions’ goals to date.An emerging intense race for French Ligue One’s golden boot will be an interesting sideshow as high flying Lille host Olympique Marseille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday night. Pepe’s four goals put him joint fifth in the top scorers chart along with Marseille’s Dmitri Payet and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe. Another Marseille player, Florian Thauvin, heads the scoring charts with six goals; one more than Paris Saint Germain pair Edinson Cavani and Neymar Junior. Bordeaux’s Stephen Kamano is the third player on five goals.This weekend’s Ligue One action commences Friday night with fallen giants Saint Etienne hosting Monaco. Anything less than maximum points for Leonardo Jardim’s 2017 champions will amount to a crisis.The principality club are winless in six outings and go into this game on the back of a disappointing 0-1 reverse at home to Angers that left them third from bottom.Thomas Tuchel’s PSG take their perfect record of seven wins from as many games to Patrick Vieira’s Nice. Following a disastrous start, the Southern resort city have picked form and in Allain Saint Maxim and Mario Balotelli they have the forward line to test the Paris behemoth.Another interesting matchup sees on form Olympique Lyonnais, who have netted ten goals in consecutive victories over Manchester City, Marseille and Dijon welcome troubled Nantes. In other games, Ismail Sarr will be a marked man as Rennes host Toulouse; Reims battle Bordeaux in Champagne country and Angers tackle bottom club Avignon Guingamp.FRIDAY:-Saint Etienne v Monaco @09:45pmSATURDAY:-Nice v Paris Saint Germain @06:15pm-Angers v Guingamp @09:00pm-Caen v Nimes @09:00pm-Lyon v Nantes @09:00pm-Reims v Bordeaux @09:00pm-Strasbourg v Dijon @09:00pmSunday:-Rennes v Toulouse @04:00pm-Montpellier v Nimes @06:00pm-Lille v Olympique Marseille @10:00pmComments Tags: French Ligue 1top