Liberians Make Headways in Sierra Leone

first_imgThey are highly acclaimed and well respected as a result of their immense contribution to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) locally, but these recognitions are now extending beyond boundaries, as members of First Responders- a medical organization founded and headed by Representative Saah Joseph- are making name for themselves in neighboring Sierra Leone.First Responders and its founder, Rep. Saah Joseph, are making similar high marks strides in Sierra Leone that helped to drastically reduced the virus in Liberia.Speaking at an award ceremony over the weekend, Rep. Joseph noted that since their arrival in that Ebola affected country, which is now consider the hot-zone, their impacts have began to be felt, especially in the country hot-spot (Pokolo District), where they have been assigned.He disclosed that Pokolo has been one of the worst affected areas in that country that huge numbers of people are infected on a daily basis, but since their arrival there the entire story has change-Pokolo now can now be boast of as a success story.Rep. Joseph noted that  the district, which could witness over 50  to 60 cases a day, is now report zero case since the outbreak of the virus in that country as a result of his organization robust interventions.“I just want to tell the Liberian people that my team is doing well in Sierra Leone since we arrived there. The government and the people have given us warm reception which has led to the level of success that we have had so far.“They have also taken their zeal, focus, courage and determination thereby prompting them“Because of our track-record in Liberia upon our arrival in Sierra Leone my team was sent directly in the hot zone (Pokolo), my boys had some hesitations, especially being in a strange land but I told them this is the work we have come to do-to save our brothers and sisters from this deadly killer,”“We were put in charge of one of the worst-hit regions, but with the level of experience that we have had in Liberia we have done a tremendous job in that region to an extend that zero case is now being reported for the first time. I’m talking about an area that used to record 50,60, 70 daily,” the FR boss noted.He noted that because of their good work in the Pokolo region the Sierra Leonean government has now put them in charge of the country’s Airport. “We have now been assigned at theThe Montserrado County lawmaker, had in early January, headed to Sierra Leone  with a team of twenty, along with three ambulances to bolster the that country’s effort against the Ebola epidemic there. The Ebola disease that taking a heavy toll on citizens of that country, a situation that prompted First responders’ intervention.Rep. Joseph, during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, said that as a humanitarian, his conscience is deeply urging him to carry the Liberian experience in the combat against the virus to Sierra Leone.President Sirleaf wholeheartedly lauded the lawmaker for his brilliant initiative which she said will go a long way in eradicating the virus from the region. She promised to assist in whatever way she can to make his mission a success.Meanwhile, Rep. Joseph has been named as the Humanitarian of the year for his tremendous efforts during the fight against Ebola.The Liberian lawmaker was honored by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014 ceremony held on Saturday February 14, at a local resort in Monrovia.He was works during the crisis was not intended to win awards, but to serve humanity as a humanitarian, but as the awards come it show how appreciative Liberians are of his works.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana, Trinidad discuss barriers of agricultural exports

first_imgAfter restricting the exportation of several products from Guyana to Trinidad and Tobago, the two nations have sought to address the challenges involved in exporting agricultural produce, though a delegation which recently facilitated talks on a number of trending issues and setbacks.The delegation from Guyana and Trinidad and TobagoLast week technical experts from both countries convened at the Agriculture Ministry in Trinidad and Tobago, where a bilateral meeting discussed market access issues related to the export of agricultural products and the difficulties faced by Guyanese exporters.The Guyanese delegation was led by High Commissioner of Guyana to the twin-island republic, Bishwaishwar Ramsaroop-Maraj, senior officials from the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Ministries, the New Guyana Marketing Corporation, Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) and the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).Meanwhile, the Trinidadian team featured parliamentary Secretary in the Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Ministry, Senator Avinash Singh and other stakeholders from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Affairs of Trinidad.Some of the topics deliberated on included challenges in exporting fresh agricultural products, the transhipment of honey, the ban on the export of poultry meat from Guyana, trade in equine, and the revision of the Trinidad and Tobago-Guyana Fresh Agricultural Produce and Forest Products Trade Protocol (2009). Following the meeting, both countries agreed to find resolutions to the issues discussed.Last June Trinidad’s Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Ministry issued a complete ban on all poultry emanating from Guyana after expressing concerns over duck viral hepatitis. A memo signed by the twin-island republic’s Senior Veterinary Officer informed the Customs and Excise Division of the ban.“As instructed by the Chief Veterinary Officer Animal Health Sub-Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries in accordance with the Animals (Diseases and Importation) Act Chap 67:02 please be informed that with immediate effect all and any raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana is banned from entry into Trinidad and Tobago until further notice. Upon arrival at ports of entry, such items are therefore to be seized for destruction,” the memo stated.T&T’s Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat, had confirmed the ban and revealed that Guyana advised them of the presence of duck virus hepatitis in a part of the country.As it relates to honey, a 1935 T&T law prohibits the transportation of honey within one mile of the country. In fact, back in 2015, Laparkan was fined US$3000 by Trinidad and Tobago’s customs for facilitating the shipment of honey. The authorities had also seized the quantity of honey which was in-transit there. Apart from Guyana, Grenada also faces similar troubles with the twin-island’s laws.However, Trinidad’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, had committed last year that his country is looking into the 80-year-old law which restricts Guyana from transhipping honey exports through his country.last_img read more

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In-form Arsenal ace Olivier Giroud to fire France into Euro 2016 final – Coral

first_imgCoral’s John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales’ sensational Euro 2016 run ended at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night as Portugal ran out 2-0 winners in Lyon.France and Germany will battle it out on Thursday night to face Cristiano Ronaldo and co in the final, and the hosts are marginal 9/5 favourites to progress while the world champions are 15/8.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is in form having scored three times for France in the tournament so far and he is the 11/2 favourite to grab the opening goal.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Arnold’s budget proposal may lead to drastic spending cuts

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday said the budget proposal he will release next month will come wrapped in a fiscal emergency declaration, a move that will force lawmakers to tackle California’s darkening budget picture months earlier than they otherwise might. The emergency means lawmakers will have to reopen the budget the governor signed in August and consider almost immediate cuts to schools, prisons and aid programs to the poor. Since those cuts will have to come when agencies already have spent more than half their promised funding for the year, the options available to save money may be drastic. For example, the Schwarzenegger administration this week floated the possibility of granting early release to more than 20,000 low-risk prison inmates. Such a move could save the state nearly $800 million through 2010. “I firmly believe that the way to solve our chronic budget problem is with fiscal restraint. We will figure out how to get spending in line with revenue,” he said. Assemblyman John Laird, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said he agreed with the governor’s decision to pair the emergency declaration with the release of his spending proposal for the coming fiscal year. In that way, lawmakers can begin considering long-term fixes. But he also said it appeared telling that Schwarzenegger was planning to wait nearly three weeks to issue the emergency declaration. “I think he’s waiting until January because his proposals aren’t ready yet,” said Laird, D-Santa Cruz. “He doesn’t know what to cut.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSchwarzenegger’s promise to issue an emergency declaration comes as shrinking revenue from the collapsed housing market and slowing taxable sales is threatening to leave the state with a budget shortfall of $10 billion to $14 billion over the next 1 1/2 years. It will be the first time Schwarzenegger will have invoked the fiscal emergency provision that was included in Proposition 58, the balanced-budget measure voters approved in 2004. Technically, the declaration to come on Jan. 10 will require the governor to propose a plan to rebalance the current budget and force the Legislature to cut costs or increase taxes within 45 days. The special legislative session will focus only on the $2 billion that will need to be slashed during the current fiscal year. Lawmakers will deal with the greater deficit projected for the 2008-09 budget year when they negotiate that spending plan next summer. In a statement issued Friday, Schwarzenegger said he wants to control the growing deficit with spending cuts. He promised to “move quickly in the special session to bring this year’s budget back into balance.” last_img read more

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DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR COUNTY LADIES TEAMS

first_imgDONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL NEWS: Four Donegal ladies teams are in action in a busy weekend for the county squads.Davy McLaughlin’s senior team travel to Clones for the Tesco Homegrown National League Division 2 semi-finals this Sunday.Cavan take on Armagh at 1pm followed by Donegal’s clash with Westmeath at 3pm. Extra-time will be played if necessary. Donegal beat Westmeath handsomely earlier this month, but they are expected to provide a much sterner test this time around.Meanwhile the U16s play home to Cavan this weekend in continuation of their Ulster campaign. The girls will take to the field at 3pm on Sunday at the grounds of Red Hughs GAA club.The side has won two of its games but lost out to Antrim in their last match so Terry McCole’s side will be looking to bounce back against one of the leading counties at this level.Michael Murphy with the Donegal U14 Championship teamThe U14s begin their delayed Championship campaign away to Cavan tomorrow (Saturday 3pm St Aidan’s Templeport). The hosts are overwhelming favourites. Donegal manager Greg Harkin will be without quite a number of key players through injury but believes his squad are up to the challenge.The team are grateful to key sponsors this year – Sharkey Waste Recycling were this year’s jersey sponsors with other key sponsors including the Sandhouse Hotel, Conradh na Gaeilge, MV Northern Celt, Cllr Ciaran Brogan and Mairtin Kelly at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top.Adrian & Joanna McClenaghan from the MFV Northern Celt presented the new t-shirts & polo shirts to some members of the squadThe girls were also delighted to have a chat with Donegal senior men’s captain Michael Murphy at Michael Murphy Sports this week – Michael providing gum shields to all the girls.Said Greg: “We’ve worked hard over the past few months and we’re looking forward to this game now.“I want to thank the sponsors who helped us over the past few months. There is very little money in the ladies game so every cent really helps.” That was a view echoed by the manager of the U14 development league team Sabrina White who takes her team to play Fermanagh in Kinawley at 12 noon on Saturday.The league squad (pictured) are doing extremely well, losing narrowly to Down before beating Antrim away the last time out.Sabrina paid tribute to sponsors who have helped kit out the girls and support them in recent weeks.Sponors included Brittons Chemist Donegal Town, Lidl Dungloe, Abbey Hotel Donegal Town, Lidl Ballybofey, SuperValu Buncrana, McCreary & Sons Hardware, Crossroads, Maura Mc Crudden, Judge Paul Kelly, Austin Daly Topaz Lifford, Toot Takes All Bookmakers Lifford, the Central Bar Lifford, Kia Kabs, Bannigans Bar Lifford, Centra Carrigart, Bet Central Bookies Lifford and Gary Ryan. Naomh Padraig Lifford and Buncrana GAA clubs have also provided much-needed training facilities as the ‘Centre of Excellence’ has not been available to the U14 girls this year.Said Sabrina: “I can’t thank our sponsors enough. These girls play for their county and deserve our support and when I went looking for that support so many wonderful businesses and individuals helped us out.“We’re looking forward to Fermanagh now. The girls have been superb all year and have really come together into a great squad.”DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR COUNTY LADIES TEAMS was last modified: April 24th, 2015 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:donegalladies teamsMichael Murphy SportsSeniorsSponsorsU14’sU16’slast_img read more

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WORLD CUP? ALL EYES ON THE SUMMER CUP IN TULLYVINNEY!!

first_imgWho will be crowned the Tullyvinney Summer Cup champions this weekend??We’ve enjoyed the competition now for the last three weeks, we’ve witnessed some great goals, great saves and some truly great attacking play.Free flowing expansive football has been on show throughout the competition and that brand of football has thrilled those in attendance.While some great sides have exited the competition and have had to return home, for the sides still left in the hat, this week represents the ‘business end’ of the Tullyvinney Summer cup competition. The quarter finals, semi finals and final of the Tullyvinney Summer cup are on this week and it promises to be a cracking week of football.There is another competition reaching its conclusion somewhere in Brazil this weekend, but if you want to see ‘real football’ then get yourself to Tullyvinney this weekend for your ‘footie fix’.The rules of the competition are as follows.Games must be finished on the night. There will be no extra time and it will go straight to penalties if required.Top goalscorer chart after the group stages are:Ryan Carlin – Convoy – 5 goalsRonan Tourish – Galacticos – 4Blain Curtis – Kildrum – 4 Mark Carlin – Galacticos – 3David Shovlin – McGee’s – 3Monday 7th July:Quarter finals: 1 – 7pm – Galacticos v Everton2 – 8.20pm – Knock United v ConvoyTuesday 8th July:Quarter finals:3 – 7pm – McGee’s Raphoe v Charlies Bar4 – 8.20pm – Ballybofey United v Kildrum TigersThursday 10th July:Semi Finals:7pm – Winners of Quarter final 1 v Winners of Quarter final 28.20pm – Winners of Quarter final 3 v Winners of Quarter final 4Saturday 12th July:7pm – Final.Presentation of top goalscorer, player of the Cup and €500 prizemoney, Cup and medals to the winning side afterwards in Brownes Bar, Crossroads, Killygordan.WORLD CUP? ALL EYES ON THE SUMMER CUP IN TULLYVINNEY!! was last modified: July 7th, 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:competitionnewssoccerSportTullyvinney Summer Cuplast_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Travels to Omaha, Saturday

first_imgNorth Dakota (0-1) fell to Sacramento State last weekend to open their season and will travel to face Creighton Friday before playing Drake. Omaha (2-2) went 1-2 last weekend with a sweeping victory over William Jewel, a 2-5 loss to UMKC and a narrow 3-4 loss against Creighton. Omaha will host Missouri State Friday before facing off against Drake.   Bulldog senior Tess Herder and Petushkova swept the Missouri Valley Conference women’s tennis weekly awards. Petushkova was selected as the MVC Singles Player of the Week for Jan. 30 after improving to 3-0 over the weekend while Herder and Petushkova helped the Bulldogs sweep doubles on the weekend with a 6-1 victory over South Dakota and a 6-4 victory over Augustana. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team is set to travel to Omaha, Neb. to face off against Omaha and North Dakota on Saturday, Feb. 3. Drake will open up against Omaha at 11 a.m. before facing North Dakota at 4 p.m.  Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs will return home on Feb. 9 to take on Milwaukee at 1 p.m. in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake (3-0) continued its strong opening to 2018 with wins over South Dakota and Augustana last weekend. The Bulldogs took a 5-2 victory over South Dakota after sweeping the doubles point while senior Summer Brills, freshman Liza Petushkova and juniors Joely Lomas and Kenya Williams picked up singles wins. The Bulldogs ended the weekend sweeping Augustana for the 4-0 victory.last_img read more

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GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford are:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Colarhouse Bound 3/1; 2, Tommys Loch 6/4 fav. Time: 19.00. Distance: 1.5 lengths.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Button Jo 3/1; 2, Barberfort Rock 3/1. Favourite: Fridays Berlin 6/4. Time: 19.25. Distance: half a length. Race 3 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Lillie Mais Boy 6/4 fav; 2, Tarmac Patch 5/2. Time: 29.50. Distance: a length.Race 4 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 525 (525 yards): 1, Hightown Hill 5/4 fav; 2, Do It Boy 9/4. Time: 29.98. Distance: half a length.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 350 (350 yards): 1, Goodinthehood 3/1; 2, Hather Lock 7/2. Favourite: Fridays Hondo 2/1. Time: 18.83. Distance: a length.Race 6 The Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Tahina Sabrina 4/1; 2, Tgobys Dancer 4/1. Favourite: Barnish Lane 5/4. Time: 29.01. Distance: .75 length. Raee 7 Boylesports.com Irish Derby Trial Stake 550 (550 yards): 1, Headman Chris 5/4 fav; 2, Tahina Kadyn 6/4. Time: 30.27. Distance: a length.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Quare Trade 4/2; 2, Linsastrane Dude 5/4 fav. Time: 18.70. Distance: 2 lengths.Race 9 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Semi-Final (525 yards): 1, Fridays Brett 5/4 fav; 2, Quare Lemon 5/2. Distance: .75 length.Race 10 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Semi-Final (525 yards): 1, Turbine Tulip 4/5 fav; 2, Sunrise Belle 4/1. Time 28.97. Distance: 4.5 lengths.Race 11 The www.liffordgreyhounds.com 525 (525 yards): 1, Drumsna Castle 4/6 fav; 2, Doctor Bill 6/1. Time: 28.87. Distance: 8.5 lengths, GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: July 19th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more

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Scientist Tries to Explain Away Miracle of Jesus Walking on Water

first_imgEaster is approaching.  That must mean it’s the season for skeptics to try their hand at debunking the miracles of Jesus.  The first entry this year seems to be one by Doron Nof of Florida State University who claims Jesus walked on ice, not on water.  He came up with an explanation for how parts of the Sea of Galilee might, on rare occasions, create sheets of ice that would have given the disciples an appearance Jesus was standing on the water.  Conditions for ice formation on this body of water below sea level are effectively zero today, but he presumes it could have happened once in 30 to 160 years at the time of Jesus.    With RSS syndication, (see CNet News), this story appeared on many syndicate news summaries, including JPL.How come scientists expect believers to just sit back and take their weird-science theories without objection, but the moment someone challenges their own weird-science explanations of evolution, they get paranoid and threaten lawsuits?  This hypothesis is so stupid.  To avoid creating irreverent mental images, let’s imagine some Hollywood actors trying to reenact the scene.  The actor playing Jesus is trying not to slip and slide all over a tipsy piece of thin ice.  The actors in the boat playing the disciples are faking a sense of awe looking at their leader wavering and struggling to keep his balance.  Suddenly he plunges through a hole, and the sense of awe turns to laughter.  Cut; take two.    Once the actor on the ice manages to keep his footing while the cameras are rolling, the actor playing Peter gets out of the boat but his slab of ice slips from under him and he falls in, to the laughter of the other actors.  He swims over to the actor on the slab and yells back at the other disciples that it’s just a trick.  The character on the ice reaches down to pull in the one in the water, and loses his footing, and both wind up flailing around in the drink.    It won’t work.  Doron Nof tried this before with the Red Sea crossing.  He tries to come up with purely natural explanations for Biblical miracles.  They wind up taking more faith than just trusting the word of the credible eyewitnesses.  Next thing you know he will say the calming of the storm was all just special effects on a sound stage.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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