House Approves US$62.31 Million to Fight Ebola, Senate May Concur Today

first_imgThe House of Representatives of the 53rd National Legislature on Thursday, October 23, during its 15th day sitting of the Extraordinary Session, approved two Loan Agreements to the tone of US$62.31 million, as additional funding to fight the Ebola virus.The Members of the House’s Plenary unanimously voted for the passage of the Loan Agreements after Deputy Chief Clerk J. Sayfura Geplay read the advisory from the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary to support the Ebola Sector Budget (ESB).The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 5,500 people across West Africa, including 3,200 in Liberia. International donations have so far fallen well short of the amounts requested by UN agencies and aid organizations.In the worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, about 9,000 people have been found to have the Ebola virus, which kills an estimated 70% of those infected.The Loan Agreements, known as the African Development Fund (ADF) Loan Agreement for Ebola Sector Budget and the Transitional States Facility Loan Agreement for the Ebola Sector Budget Support, were submitted by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to get-rid of the deadly Ebola Virus Diseas (EVD).In the communication to Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated October 14, 2014, the Chief Executive said the country had experienced an economic slowdown owing to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) with a potential growth rate falling to 2.5% from 5.9% for 2014.The President stated that economic activities had  drastically declined and there are now shortfalls in domestic food production, mining, hospitality and transportation sectors.“We have seen the fear of the virus causing adverse behavior that is having a cumulative effect of reduced revenue, while at the same time, there is an expansion in government’s expenditure demands,” the President wrote.According to the financing agreements, the ADF Loan Agreement is for UA 35 million (approximately US$54.25 million), while the Transitional States Facility (TSF) Agreement amounts to UA 5.2 million (approximately US$8.06 million). UA stands for Unit of Account, which is the official currency of the African Development Bank. “Mr. Speaker and colleagues, we believe that the ratification of these financing agreements will create the fiscal space that is urgently needed to fight the epidemic and still continue our development,” the Committees urged their colleagues.However, immediately after the passage of the US$62.31 Loan Agreements to fight Ebola, Speaker Tyler mandated Chief Clerk Mildred Siryon to convey the documents to the Liberian Senate in compliance of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.According to a source in the office of the Secretary of Liberian Senate, the Loan Agreements are expected to be included on tomorrow’s agenda and there might be concurrence.The Ebola virus spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.A source in the Executive Mansion has disclosed that the Country is in need of a total of US$500 million to fight the virus and build a vibrant healthcare system in readiness to combat the virus or any other disease in the future.The source said with Ebola gradually leaving the country, a lingering sense of uncertainty as to whether Liberians should not worry again for the reemerging of the virus or any other disease is authentic; therefore, the government must prepare for the challenge.Meanwhile, it may be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed for more international help, describing the devastating effects of Ebola in a “Letter to the World” that was broadcast last Sunday by the BBC.”Across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed,” the President said. “The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced.””There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars,” President Sirleaf’s letter said, adding that Liberia once had 3,000 medical doctors but by the end of its civil war, which ended 11 years ago, the country had just 36.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Wide Mission School to Participate in International Football Competition in Ghana

first_imgWorld Wide Mission High School team, ready to showcase their talent in GhanaIn fulfillment of its commitment made last year, Worldwide Mission School, the 2017 National High School Football Champions, will travel to Kumasi, Ghana, to play against Adu Gyamfi Senior High School in a friendly international high school football match.Adu Gyamfi is Ghana’s 2017 Regional High School Football champions.The international travel opportunity for Worldwide Mission School, in addition to prizes, included a cash prize of US$7,000, a large trophy, and 30 medals.The Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament Kevin Potis of Worldwide Mission School, received a cash prize of US$1,000.The high school football match, scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi will not only expose the team to international game but also provide a unique opportunity for them to interact with youth from another country, share experiences, create lasting friendship, and, above all, inspire more youth to enroll in high school.The Liberian delegation of 20 persons will depart for Ghana on Friday, April 27. The delegation will include players, a sports director and coach (from Worldwide Mission School),  representatives from the ministries of Education and Youth and Sports, as well as a representative from the Organizing Committee of National High School Sports.The National High School Sports is an organization that uses sports as a platform to engender human development, targeting students and vulnerable youth in Liberia; it promotes sports and education as an inseparable component in support of youth development.The first-ever nationwide high school football and kickball championship in 2017 featured over two hundred Ministry of Education-sanctioned high schools across Liberia.The National High School Sports intentionally uses sport as a platform to reduce youth illiteracy and ultimately boost school enrollment.In addition, it has created a nationwide framework to solve another critical sports development challenge – sports decentralization, to facilitate expansion efforts of relevant sports federations or associations.Players/student-athletes: Jonathan Johnson, Morris Kromah, Mamadou Balee, Abraham Kamara, Alex Blay, Cexzo B. Dablah, Sealiho M. Sheriff, William Stuart, Emmanuel Gayflor, Sumulu Wilson, Jarweah Bengar, Andrew C. Yantee, Kevin Potis, Dennis Wolobah and Mamadee Sonie.Official and representatives: Richard Watkins – Sports Director and Boima Harris – Coach (Worldwide Mission), representative of the Ministry of Education, representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and representative of the Organizing Committee.Sponsors: National Social Security & Welfare Corporation, APM Terminals, Total Liberia, Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), Liberia Telecommunications Authority, BRAC Liberia, Efficient Logistics, Kenya Airways.Others: Central Bank of Liberia, Orange Liberia, UMARCO, Ministry of Public Works, National Toiletries, Liberia Revenue Authority.The Ghanaian team’s players are Quaye Clinton, Acheampong Emmanuel, Kobinah Justice, Pobee Samuel, Arthur Frank, Boakye Godfred, Osei Owusu Evans, Amankwah Samuel, Salifu Abdulai, Asante Solomon, Nketiah Emmanuel, Opoku Sagacious, Konadu Stephen, Appiah Patrick, Afreh Eugene, Osman Issah, Boakye Joseph and Owusu Shadrack.Aside from the remarkable performance of Adu Gyamfi Senior High School in most sporting activities, the Boys’ Soccer Competition has been the banner over the last decade in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, after emerging champions for five times.Other achievements: 2009 -1st Runners-up, 2010 – Winners, 2011– Winners, 2012-Winners, 2013 – Quarter Finalist, 2014 -Winners, 2015 -2nd Runners-up, 2016 – Quarter Finalist, 2017 – WinnersShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 escape from Lusignan Prison

first_imgPolice ranks and prison officials were up to late Monday evening hunting two inmates of the Lusignan Prison who managed to escape while working outdoors.The two men have been identified as 22-year-old Rajendra Deonarine, of Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo, and 26-year-old Faos Shakir, of La Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara.According to reports, Deonarine was serving a two-year sentence for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, while Shakir was sentenced to three years for several robbery offences.Director of Prisons, Carl Graham, when contacted told Guyana Times that the men were clearing overgrown vegetation from the penitentiary’s fence when they made good their escape about 10:30h on Monday.He added that both Police and prison ranks were out in the field gathering information with the hope of recapturing the men. Graham is urging residents in the area to be extra cautious and to provide any information that can lead to the recapture of the two men to the Police.Just over a week ago, three juveniles escaped from the Holding Centre at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The teenagers drilled a hole in an outer wall through which they escaped and then scaled the fence. One of them charged for robbery under arms was recaptured in Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice. He hails from the Essequibo Coast. Another was recaptured at Tain Settlement, Corentyne, Berbice. The third is still on the run.last_img read more

Exercise curbs desire to light up

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – As little as five minutes of exercise seems to help smokers curb their craving for a cigarette, a review of a dozen studies found. The research showed that moderate exercise, such as walking, significantly reduced the intensity of smokers’ nicotine withdrawal symptoms. “If we found the same effects in a drug, it would immediately be sold as an aid to help people quit smoking,” said Dr. Adrian Taylor, the study’s lead author and professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of Exeter. Taylor and colleagues reviewed 12 papers looking at the connection between exercise and nicotine deprivation. They focused on exercises that could be done outside a gym, such as walking and isometrics, or the flexing and tensing of muscles. According to their analysis, just five minutes of exercise was often enough to help smokers overcome their immediate need for a nicotine fix. After various moderate physical exertion, researchers asked people to rate their need for a cigarette. Those who had exercised reported a reduced desire to smoke. “What’s surprising is the strength of the effect,” said Dr. Robert West, professor of health psychology at University College London, who was not involved in the study. “They found that the acute effects of exercise were as effective as a nicotine patch.” West cautioned that it was unknown how long the effects of exercise would last. “You could in theory use exercise to deal with short bouts of nicotine cravings, but we don’t know if it would help in the longer term,” he said. It is likely that exercise would have to be combined with a larger strategy of other anti-smoking techniques to be successful in helping people quit. last_img read more

‘Presidents’ in heists

first_imgUsually bank robbers just wear a mask. But police say two robbers dressed as Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon last month in two heists in Bowling Green, Ky. William R. Hendrick, 57, and Richard Parrott, 58, were arrested this week in Nashville, Tenn. The pair, who both were convicted of bank robbery in Florida in the 1980s, face federal armed bank robbery charges. Police said the pair might be fans of an old Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves movie in which robbers wore masks of Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Carter and Johnson. “I don’t know if these guys were sitting around watching `Point Break’ before the first robbery,” said Bowling Green police Officer Barry Pruitt. It was not clear whether the men had attorneys. The arrests came from a tip, Pruitt said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Allen: Premier League title is Leicester’s to lose, but Spurs are STILL a threat

first_imgTottenham goalscoring great Clive Allen claims the Premier League title is Leicester City’s to lose, but warns it would not be wise to count out Spurs just yet.The second-placed north Londoners were dealt a blow to their title hopes with a 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday, in a night full of surprise results.But the real winners of the evening, though they didn’t play, were Leicester, who survived with their three-point lead at the summit intact as rivals Arsenal and Manchester City also suffered defeats.Tottenham, however, are still only three points behind the table-topping Foxes, and former Spurs goal-machine Allen believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s unquashable belief will ensure they keep their title push alive until the last.“Tottenham were very disappointing, they found it difficult to cope with West Ham’s physicality, and not many teams have done that to Spurs this season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But at least there’s the positive that there was no real damage done in respect to their league position. They’re still only three points behind.“Spurs have their best opportunity to win the league in many, many years, and the one thing about them under Pochettino is that they have the belief.“It’s a young group, it’s an emerging group, and they have a magnificent opportunity. I still believe their goal difference and defensive record will be absolutely vital at the end.“We’re realising now how close it’s going to be, but if Spurs can pick up three points and get themselves level with Leicester, anything can happen!“When you get beat at West Ham and you come back into the dressing room to find out Arsenal have lost at home and Manchester City have lost at Liverpool, you must start to believe you have the opportunity to do it.“The title is Leicester to lose now, which no one would have said, but Spurs have to believe they can do it.”last_img read more

Kwanzaa honors the history, culture and future of blacks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“We had to recover our culture and use it as a foundation to frame and bring into being a better future,” said Karenga in a 1998 interview. According to The Organization of Us, which Karenga established, Kwanzaa was created to restore the black diaspora’s connection with its African roots and to “reaffirm and reinforce” bonds in the community. And at the heart of Kwanzaa are the Nguzo Saba – the Seven Principles – representing the following values: unity (Umoja), self-determination (Kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (Ujima), cooperative economics (Ujamaa), purpose (Nia), creativity (Kuumba), and faith (Imani). Kwanzaa derived the name “Kwanzaa” from the Swahili translation of “first fruits,” “matunda ya kwanza.” An additional “a” was added to bring the total number of letters in the word to seven. The choice of Swahili, a Pan-African language, was intended to reflect a commitment to Africa and its culture as a whole, according to the Kwanzaa Web site ( and The Organization of Us. “Part of what Kwanzaa promotes is that as a community, we should be working toward the same purpose, which is to make the community better,” said the Rev. Zedar Broadous, president of San Fernando Valley’s branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Each day of the holiday focuses on one principle. Traditionally, celebrating families gather around Kwanzaa’s seven symbols: the wooden unity cup, a mat, crops, maize, gifts, a seven-branched candle-holder called the kinara, and the seven candles it holds. The kinara includes one black candle, three red and three green. Black symbolizes the people, red represents their struggle and green future and hope. One candle is lit each day of Kwanzaa. The rules of celebration are not rigid, and families are urged to create their own traditions. In Broadous’ case, Kwanzaa festivities with his sister’s children typically encompass hours of chit-chat and jokes, cooking and dining together, a white-elephant gift exchange, and a “broom game” in which players must perfectly imitate the moves made by the previous participant. “We have a tradition of having fun,” he said. Marie Deary is witness to Kwanzaa’s legacy. The children with whom she organized 2000+ Bookstore’s annual Kwanzaa community event are now adults celebrating the holiday on their own. “For the children that have grown up with it, it’s a natural thing for them,” said H. Maxie (Max) Viltz, who owns Village Treasures in Long Beach. Despite its American origin, the holiday is celebrated around the globe. By Karenga’s reckoning in 1998, an estimated 28 million individuals worldwide celebrate Kwanzaa. The universality of the principles transcends nationalities and cultural boundaries, Broadous said. Its detachment from any religious creed also enables it to exist alongside traditions such as Christmas, said Broadous, who also serves as one of eight pastors at the Congregation Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima, founded more than 50 years ago by his father, the Rev. H.T. Broadous. “Those (principles) are ones that transcend not just the African and American, but the world at large,” he said. “I think that falls in line with any culture that it comes across.” 562-499-1264 Kwanzaa – a non-religious holiday celebrating family, community and culture – starts today and runs through Jan. 1. Here is a list of scheduled events in Los Angeles. Kwanzaa Umoja Night: 6:30p.m. today, California African American Museum, Exposition Park, 600 State Drive. Free. Features entertainment and a candle-lighting ceremony. Call 213-744-7432. Kwanzaa Heritage Festival: 10a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Leimert Park Village, 43rd Place and Crenshaw Boulevard. Free. Features African dance, music, spoken-word performances and food. The Heritage Parade begins at noon Saturday at Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Place, proceeding south to Leimert Park. Call 213-955-5239. Gold Minds Kwanzaa Showcase: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science, 7825 S. Western Ave. Free. Features vocal and spoken-word performances and a fashion show. Call 323-759-7567. Kwanzaa Dance Festival: Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 3733 South Crenshaw Blvd. 6-10 p.m. Thursday; 8-11 p.m. Friday; and 3-6 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $25 general admission, $10 for floor seating (ages 3-15). $50 for Thursday reception to benefit the theater’s scholarship fund. Features performances by the theater’s professional company and students and the city Youth Dance Ensemble. Call 323-292-5852. Kwanzaa Karamu: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 31, Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive. Cost is $35. Call 323-299-6124.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For Grover Deary, the true meaning of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa doesn’t lie in the seven days of celebration set between the final days of the holiday season and the first day of the new year. “People don’t come together that one week,” said Deary, who co-owns Long Beach’s 2000+ Bookstore with sister-in-law Marie Deary. “It’s year-round. It’s a way of life.” The Dearys will be among many observing Kwanzaa, a non-religious holiday celebrated from today to Tuesday to honor the history, culture and future of blacks. It was founded in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, chairman of the Black Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. It was conceived “in context” of the Black Liberation movement of the 1960s, according to, which is maintained by Karenga. last_img read more


first_imgJoe Coyle at his offices in Gaoth Dobhair. Photography by Paul Doherty.A Donegal man is behind a unique logo which is receiving rave reviews as part of the 1916 commemorations.Joe Coyle from Cill Ulta, Gort a’ Choirce, left his home county and went to Dublin in 1993 to study journalism. Having completed his education in 1998 he was hired by Matt Cooper, who was then the editor of the Sunday Tribune.His design talent and his love of journalism led him to spending 13 years working with the Sunday Tribune, designing their news, features, sports and business sections from their Dublin offices. After the Sunday Tribune folded in February 2011, Joe was recruited by the Irish Independent the following month, where he worked on the paper’s premium magazines and supplements.Last April, Joe moved home to be with his wife Maria and their three children, whom had made the move two years earlier, as he describes it himself, the best decision of their lives was to move back to An Ghlaisigh in Gaoth Dobhair.Joe commented: “It was a family lifestyle choice. ‘We always wanted to move back home, but the time just never seemed right. We wanted to raise our children at home, with the Irish language, and alongside friends and family that we’ve known all our lives. Both of our extended families are close by, and we now have a lifestyle that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city. The kids just love it here.”Joe’s stunning 1916 logo.“When I saw an advert offering enterprise and office space for lease to start-up businesses in Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair, I knew that this could be my opportunity. An office with a computer, a phone and internet access was all I needed. I could work remotely and still provide a freelance service to the Irish Independent and to other publishing houses. I contacted Údarás na Gaeltachta, who were so helpful, and before I knew it I had signed the lease,” says Joe. “Since then I have been very busy with my work. I have been working on the 1916 Easter Rising supplements and I was commissioned to design the 1916 Easter Rising Logo. It incorporates the names of the 485 people who lost their lives during the Rising. The names on the list are from both sides of the conflict and are printed in alphabetical order. The names of the signatories of the Proclamation are prominent in the logo. To me there was something very powerful about a simple list of names. It’s a graphical way of telling the story and I felt this was an appropriate way to do it. Ryan Tubridy recently described my work as some of the best publishing design works he has seen in recent times! That to me was an honour. I have also been fortunate to win a contract with the Guinness Storehouse to showcase their 15th anniversary celebrations,” says Joe.“Working in a rural part of Donegal has not hindered my capabilities of getting high profile clients and it has allowed me and my family to live a lifestyle that we had dreamt of for many years. I do travel when necessary to Dublin to meet with the clients, but most of the work is conducted over the internet and phone. I would say to anyone thinking of relocating or starting up a business locally to get in touch with Údarás na Gaeltachta and join us in the Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair,” concludes Joe.MEET THE DONEGAL MAN BEHIND 1916 RISING LOGO was last modified: February 16th, 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:1916donegalGaoth DobhairJoe Coylelogolast_img read more

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘clashes’ with Germany fans after World Cup humiliation

first_img Ozil looked to the heavens, but found no answers during Germany’s defeat Mesut Ozil clashes with furious Germany fans after they crash out of World Cup 🔥#Ger #WorldCup— Eren Sarigul (@_ErenSarigul) June 27, 2018 1 Ozil was ineffective throughout the match and seemed to bear the brunt of fan frustrations at the final whistle.He was pictured (below) in an apparent argument with supporters as he walked off the pitch. Fans outside the stadium also told talkSPORT that they were less than impressed with the Arsenal man’s performance. Mesut Ozil was pictured appearing to clash with his own German fans in an aggressive confrontation following their 2-0 defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.This result, combined with Sweden’s 3-0 win against Mexico, left Joachim Low’s side bottom of their group and knocked out at the World Cup’s opening stage. “What went wrong for #GER?” 🤔“Mesut Ozil!” 😡Germany fans in Russia blame the Arsenal man for World Cup exit.#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 27, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT networklast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw Against Kansas City

first_img“Kansas City was more dangerous than us in transition,” Horner said. “We knew we couldn’t let the game open up, but we were undone for the equalizer in a transitional moment.” Preview Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Kansas City was quick to respond in the 59th minute when Rylan Childers delivered a through-ball to Lindsey Prokop, who finished for the Roos. The Bulldogs applied pressure offensively throughout the match, ripping 14 shots total and peppering six shots on goal in addition to owning the majority of possession. “Overall this weekend was a step in the right direction for us in our own growth.” The Bulldogs return to action against North Dakota State at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at Cownie Soccer Complex.Print Friendly Version North Dakota State 9/13/2019 – 6 PM DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team earned a 1-1 draw against Kansas City on Sunday afternoon at Cownie Soccer Complex. Olivia Bruce scored her first goal of the season for the Bulldogs in the 51st minute before Kansas City’s Lindsey Prokop netted the equalizer in the 59th minute. Drake did just that following a scramble inside the six-yard box in the 51st minute when Libby Helverson found Bruce open from 10 yards out. Bruce did the rest, sending her shot into the top left corner to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.center_img “This was a great game that was fairly tight,” Drake head coach Lindsey Horner said. “It didn’t really open up until the end of the game and overtime. I thought we were the better team at creating half chances from wide areas but didn’t do enough to turn those into goal scoring moments.” Story Links Watch Live ESPN+ “I want to us put fullbacks under pressure and attack the box off the dribble or combining with players,” Horner said. “The game was the complete opposite performance from last Sunday,” Horner said. “We competed, we were physical, and we were up for the challenge. We are pleased for Olivia to get in the scoring column, and our center back pairing continues to get stronger on both sides of the ball. Live Stats Junior goalkeeper Kelsie Stone was a force yet again for the Bulldogs as she rejected seven attempts by Kansas City. Both teams were held scoreless throughout both 10-minute overtime periods. Next Game:last_img read more