The reports of the presence of the Ebola virus in Nimba County has led to the indefinite closure of many UNMIL Civilian – Military activities (CIMIL) in Nimba.One of the affected projects is the Bangladesh Liberia Friendship Center/BLFC, which is involved in building the capacity of citizens, especially young people in computer science, first aid health care, tailoring, generator repairs and maintenance, among others.For several months since the news of Ebola began spreading across Liberia, many UNMIL related projects, including BLFC, community medical outreach and road rehabilitation works had scaled down in the county.The UNMIL Engineering Battalion that is currently managing center (BANENRG 21), when contacted, said through its communication officer, Capt. Efat, that the closure of BLFC was due to the threat from the Ebola.She said, their contingent had been warned by the UNMIL Headquarters to keep away from civilians so as avoid being in contact with the virus.Even though she disclosed that the contingent is anticipating finding a reason to open the center, yet the center remains closed from all activities, including the internet services it had been providing to the community.The Bangladesh – Liberia Friendship Center was established in 2007 by the UNMIL Bangladeshi Contingent known as Banbatt 10.It had trained over 3000 Nimbaians in various disciplines, including computer skill, health care, tailoring, generator repairs and many more.The center was the first area in Ganta to provide internet services to the community at the time internet was very expensive and unavailable.However, the chairman of BLFC, Mr. James Saye Kadarmie, has confirmed the closure, but said the management is working on modalities with UNMIL to reopen the center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Blama signs the MoU, while Dr. Robertson (R) looks on with excitement.To enhance scientific research, other opportunitiesBy Alloycious David (freelance Journalist)The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alabama State University (ASU) in the United States of America have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in several areas, including the enhancement of scientific and technological research opportunities.The MoU came into force on Friday, December 14, 2018, when EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., signed the document during a brief ceremony held at the agency’s office on Sinkor 4th Street, outside Monrovia.Alabama State University’s President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., previously signed the document.The ceremony was witnessed by managers and heads of different units at the EPA, as well as Dr. Boakai Keith Robertson, Executive Director of Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences at ASU.Dr. Robertson, who represented the ASU at the signing ceremony, said through the MoU, the EPA and ASU have expressed their intention to build a cooperative working relationship in areas of mutual interest over the next two years.He said ASU and the EPA have agreed to access intern opportunities for students through various EPA programs, as well as career opportunities after graduation. Under the deal, access to scientific and technological research opportunities for faculty members will be made available.Under the agreement, according to Dr. Robertson, faculty exchange opportunities within EPA offices will be provided as well as the provision, creation and implementation of a coalition of academic resources.The deal also provides for the conduct of a series of environmental career development workshops for students and the provision of mentoring relationships with EPA’s scientists and policymakers, Ms. Angel Forte, a staff in the office of Mr. Blama said.Ms. Forte, who read the MoU, said under the arrangement, a research-based design program to address the needs of diverse populations as related to traditional and non-traditional areas of agriculture and green industries will be addressed.She explained that ASU will provide technical support and expertise, specifically in the areas of energy and climate change, protecting America’s waters, improving air quality and cleaning up under-served and minority communities.Ms. Forte said that the MoU provides for the building of strong partnerships with communities, tribes and other states and federal agencies through public engagement, as well as conduct of joint research projects between EPA and ASU.Mr. Blama said benefits that would be accrued under the deal with ASU are enormous, and noted that the entire country stands to benefit from the agreement. Blama said that capacity will be built under the MoU. She noted that under the project, EPA will seek faculty support for the University of Liberia (UL) and other institutions of higher learning.Recently, Mr. Blama said the EPA and the UL through the National Adaptation Program (NAP) project entered an MoU for the establishment of a graduate school in environmental science at the UL. Blama further noted that under the deal, EPA will send staff to the ASU for internship, while the ASU will in return send staff to Liberia to build capacity at the EPA.He spoke of the possibility of ASU tailoring specific programs, including “Disaster Risk Management” as well as “Climate Change and Agriculture Adaptation” in accordance with EPA’s needs for internship staff.Blama said that President George Weah has reiterated his dream to take people from poverty, noting that this is why he calls it “Poor-Pro Agenda,” which does not mean people should remain poor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The parking area opposite the Banks DIH Thirst Park complex was transformed into a miniature Christmas Village shrouded in a unique atmosphere, with thousands of lights, delicious goodies, and presents on offer.The two-day festive holiday event, which was opened to the public on Saturday, included a visit by Santa Clause as well as seasonal musical entertainment to add to the festive spirit of the season.According to coordinator and manager of the Igloo ice cream brand, Kester Van-Nooten, it is the second year that the company had been hosting the Santa Enchanted Village, and some 1000 children have been catered for.“Banks is very pleased to give back to the community, so we have invited the kids out here to come and take part in the village, and also get a chance to meet Santa and receive a gift”, he explained.Some of Santa’s biggest fans waiting to share a photo opportunity and to receive their presentsVan Nooten noted that events like these certainly add a special flair to the Christmas season, and create the atmosphere for Guyanese to enjoy their favourite Christmas delicacies, traditionally sought after during this time of the year.More importantly, a wholesome environment is created for family and friends to gather.All are invited to gather at Banks for a spectacular presentation of cultural performances, carolling, and interesting displays depicting the tastes, infusions, creations and colours of the true Guyanese Christmas.Guyanese are being urged to come out in their numbers to participate in this annual event.
– region’s Chamber of Commerce says business folk also worried about health risksDue to the great influx of Venezuelans entering the country through the Charity Port, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Essequibians are highly concerned about not only their security but also the safety of their health.President of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce and Industry Suean SeewnarayanReports are that scores of citizens from the Spanish-speaking nation are usually “lined up” at the Charity village port of entry and many of them usually take up residences in Region Two.President of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI), Suean Seewnarayan stated that the concern about health risks to locals with the immigration of those Venezuelans was brought up at a meeting recently between the ECCI and the Police Commander of that Division, Khali Pareshram.She explained that a businessman from Charity, who also sits on the Board of the ECCI, pointed out that in light of the recent Leptospirosis outbreak in the country, as well as the fact that the Venezuelans entering Guyana’s borders are only given certain vaccinations, if any upon arrival, many concerns have been raised about threats to the health of Essequibians.However, Seewnarayan pointed out that the issue is not that Venezuelans should not be allowed to seek refuge here or that they should be quarantined; residents including the business community in Region Two want to know the precautionary measures that are being taken or put in place to safeguard the health of Guyanese, especially those living in that region.“They are people; we cannot put them out. We have to understand the state that they are coming from and so we have to be hospitable towards them. Persons are just concerned about health risks and precautionary measures as well as in the area of security since these are people we do not know or know the backgrounds of,” she emphasised.Although there are steps that have to be taken when any Venezuelan enters Guyana, such as he/she is required to visit the police station where they can be “registered” and given certain vaccinations, residents in Essequibo feel the need that more should be done in order to protect their health while helping the foreigners.“From what I understand, what came out of that same meeting with Commander and with the Chamber of Commerce is that there are days when you have hundreds of persons there lining up coming into Charity and they are at the station(s). I think there is some regulation that was put in place with the police and a Government Ministry but I think that once they come in, they have to register at a station…but to my understanding it is not like one or two but they come in by hundreds, big groups, so that is where the concerns started”, she added.Late January of this year, Regional Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region One, Brentnol Ashley declared that the most critical issue affecting residents in Region One relates to migrants from Venezuela.He had stressed that his region severely lacks human resources adding that there continues to be a shortage of drugs and medical supplies as a result of the increased number of Venezuelans seeking medical and other attention.The Regional Chairman at that time had said that taking into account the increased challenges and difficulties that officials within his region are forced to confront, the support being offered by Region Four’s health sector is greatly appreciated.The Region One RDC Chair also appealed to the Government to step up their security patrolling and presence at the borders, stating that of recent there has been an increased number of threats.“We have heard that there is a plan to hijack the ferry and this resulted in the ferry having to be escorted into here a few weeks ago because there were reports that the Sindicatos were planning an attack,” Ashley had also stressed. (Kristen Macklingam)
As the much-anticipated debate on the No-Confidence motion got underway in the National Assembly on Friday afternoon, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo took a swipe at the APNU/AFC Coalition for its failure to properly manage the country.According to Jagdeo during his debate on the motion, which he filed against the Coalition Administration last month, if ever there was a time for a no-confidence motion to be brought against the coalition administration, it is now.“Who does this Government manage [the country] for? It can’t be the sugar workers; it can’t be the rice farmers; it can’t be the miners; it can’t be the disciplined services, they took away their bonuses; It can’t be for teachers; it can’t be for nurses, who were promised phenomenal salaries; it can’t be for the pensioners; it can’t be for children, because from the ($10,000) grant alone, they took away $8 billion from them ($1.6 billion annually in five budgets)… it can’t be for sick people, because they have to pay more taxes on their drugs in the hospitals. So who are they managing for, but themselves?” asked Jagdeo rhetorically.“On the other side of the ledger, you trace the extravagance – arches; big and fancy meals; one billion more for local travels; much, much more for perks and benefits… So I hope the people outside whom they mobilised… [I hope they see that] this is an elitist group, the 33 here,” Jagdeo asserted.The Opposition Leader further commented on a series of areas in which he said Government has failed to deliver promises made during its 2015 campaign. “All of their promises they have failed to keep,” he noted, while highlighting that among those issues is the provision of jobs for young people.“All the jobs that they told the young people about in the campaign — well, the young people have disappeared, they have disappeared from the Government and every other place; they are gone; the dinosaurs and Tyrannosaurus Rex over [on Government’s side] have all disappeared the people,” he stated.Jagdeo posited that had such a situation existed under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) regime, that regime would have been chastised by the PNCR-led Government for showing discrimination.“You had the famous speech at BV (Beterverwagting), where young Afro-Guyanese kids were told, ‘If you don’t have a job, you’re lazy and you’re spending out your money at the Guinness Bar’, but under the PPP, if they didn’t have a job, it was PPP’s discrimination,” the Opposition Leader outlined.Jagdeo said he has never seen a Government boast about not doing anything as much as the Coalition does. He declared that all they do is talk about the impending oil and gas industry when ExxonMobil, Guyana’s major explorer, came under the PPP Administration.He then went on to talk about the many scandals within the Coalition, particularly those relating to procurement breaches – an area on which the APNU/AFC has many times lashed the PPP.“If I talk about their scandals, I will run out of time. (Public Infrastructure Minister David) Patterson is before the Police and (Minister of Public Health) Volda (Lawrence) is constantly before the Procurement Commission; yet they talk about scandal. I can’t even list their scandals, my time will expire,” the Opposition Leader contended.Speaking amidst loud and continuous heckling from the Government’s side during his approximately 40-minute presentation, Jagdeo posited that this reaction shows the desperation of the Government, since it could not address critical issues raised in the motion, such as corruption, high cost of living, neglect of industries, squandering of resources, and its vision for the future, among other things.“It’s a pathetic Government that can’t even find anything to say about its tenure in office, and the sad thing is: while they can’t find anything to say….they have spent 1.3 trillion dollars of our money, borrowed 200 billion, and they have now increase taxes by $66 billion,” Jagdeo stated.The Opposition Leader went on to outline that the APNU/AFC regime is useless for the people of Guyana. He added that the longer they are in power, the more damaging they will be for the country’s future.
0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano shouts instructions from the touchline during a Past Kenyan Premier League match Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2- AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano has been asked to step aside from the team until after a meeting with the Executive Committee on Tuesday over what the club has termed as ‘indiscipline’ and concerns over the team’s performance.Also, midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth has been suspended from the club pending an outcome of the same meeting over indiscipline and has been asked to show cause why action should not be taken against him. “What we have done is asked Matano to step aside from the team until Tuesday when he meets with the Executive Committee. I cannot divulge the details exactly but what I can say is that the issues revolve around discipline and performance of the team,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida told Capital Sports.Humphrey Mieno (right) against AFC’s Collins ‘Gatusso’ Okoth (left) during the KPL Super Cup that Gor won 1-0. Photo/COURTESYOn Okoth’s case, Igaida explained that the midfielder failed to train with the rest of the team while in Madagascar for their CAF Confederations Cup tie against FOSA Juniors.“He was staying in the same hotel with everyone else but when it came to training, he was missing in action. He also failed to turn up for training when the team returned from Madagascar. His seven days to show cause why expires on Tuesday and from there we will take appropriate action,” Igaida added.AFC Leopards were dumped out of the Confederations Cup on the away goal rule after a 1-1 aggregate result over FOSA while they have played three games in the league losing, one drawing the other and winning one.“We have an agreement with the coach that we should be reviewing the performance every five matches. AFC is a team which should be in the first round of the Confederations Cup and as at now, we should be talking of three games and three wins. We just want to find out why the team is not doing well,” Igaida said.He added; “There are also issues with discipline both from the technical bench and the playing unit as well.”-Kitambi to temporarily take charge-Kitambi will be the stand-in-coach. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUHis assistant Dennis Kitambi will temporarily take charge of the team in training and for their Kenyan Premier League tie against Sony Sugar on Sunday in Awendo.Matano joined the team in July last year from National Super League side Bidco United and helped them to the GOtv Shield title as well as safely guarding them to safety against the relegation axe.However, Ingwe are not new to the circus of hiring and firing coaches as they have had close to 20 men at the helm since their return to top flight football in 2009.Last year, they had Stewart Hall in the beginning, then Romanian Dorin Marian who lasted only two weeks and replaced by Tom Juma before Matano came on board.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
Joao Faizal doubled the advantage for the victorious team from the penalty spot after a Malawian defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.This loss implies Malawi have no chance of winning this tournament following their opening day 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uganda.Meanwhile, Tanzania and South Africa played to a barren draw in the other match played Tuesday.Hlongwane Njabulo, Nxumalo Lulama and Captain Buthelezi Thando were particularly impressive for South Africa whilst Omary Said and Hemed Benjamin created interesting opportunities for the East African nation early on.The match gradually transformed into an end to end affair with both teams seeking to break the deadlock during the lively opening half, however, the match ended without a goal.South African goalkeeper, Asiphesona Loliwe (right) saves the ball from the Tanzanian Hemed David during the COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup Championship.The second half was equally balanced with most of the action taking part in the middle of the park. The game witnessed several stoppages due to injuries before the sides shared the spoils.“I am happy we didn’t concede but I am a little disappointed that we didn’t score because we had good chances. I think the injuries to my two key players played a part in the result but overall I am happy with the performance. We now have to perform better in our next match against Angola,” said Tanzania coach Abel Mtweve said.“It was a tough match because we played yesterday when it was raining and my players struggled to pass the ball around today. But I think it was a good show overall. Tanzania too played very well, they were strong and quick and I am happy because it was a good game for both teams,” South Africa coach Isaac Shai added.The group standings are taking shape with South Africa leading the group with four points from two games in the wake of their opening 10-0 win over Angola. Tanzania is second with that solitary point and Angola are bottom of the pile.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mozambique’s, Faizal Ali (left), defends his ball possession against Malawi’s, Peterson Nyamwera during the COPA Coca Cola Africa Cup Tournament held at Nakuru Boys High School grounds. Mozambique beat Malawi, 2-0.NAKURU, Kenya, Dec 11 – Malawi are the first team to be dumped out of the Copa Coca-Cola African Cup of Nations after suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Mozambique at the Nakuru High School on Tuesday.The red-hot Mozambique scored the first goal immediately after the restart through super-sub Luis Filipe’s ferocious shot.
Television and movie screenwriters said Thursday they will go on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years, which economists said could push the San Fernando Valley into a recession if it lasts for several months. Four writers told The Associated Press that Writers Guild of America President Patric Verrone made the announcement in a closed-door session Thursday night, prompting loud cheers from the crowd. “There was a unified feeling in the room. I don’t think anyone wants the strike, but people are behind the negotiation committee,” said writer Dave Garrett. Writers were expected to announce when the strike would begin sometime today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Still, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers president Nick Counter released a statement indicating a strike could still be averted. “We are ready to meet and are prepared to close this contract this weekend,” he said. The strike, threatened to resolve a dispute over royalties, could cost more than $1billion in lost wages, experts said. “You could have a very localized recession,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But that’s only if the strike drags on for two or three months. David Smith, an associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, agreed. “It’s not a strong possibility right now but something to keep on the radar screen,” Smith said. A five-month strike like one in 1988, which cost $500million in lost wages, would easily amount to between $1billion and $2billion in lost wages now, Kyser said. A contract covering 12,000 workers expired late Wednesday night without a new deal. Members have already voted – by a 9:1 ratio – to let leaders call a strike if negotiations fail. In 2001, actors worked for two months without a contract, but it’s unclear whether writers will go that route. At issue is how writers will be paid for new media such as DVD sales and digital downloads and how writers for reality shows should be compensated. Both sides are gearing for a fight. If a strike comes, television viewers will immediately notice a difference. Late-night talk shows that feed off current events and require fresh writing will go dark immediately. Production of television dramas and comedies such as “Heroes” and “Ugly Betty” will grind to a halt, but studios that have stockpiled episodes will continue to shoot and air them. Reality shows and commercials, however, will continue uninterrupted. The motion picture industry is the third-largest employer in the county and a strike would reach far beyond a picket line of writers. The industry’s lucrative salaries mean that one entertainment job supports or creates 1.5 nonentertainment jobs. Businesses that feed off studio salaries, such as restaurants in Studio City and Burbank, are already hurting. The wait for a table at Lala’s Argentine Grill in Studio City, which is around the corner from CBS, has dropped noticeably. During the lunch rush, hungry diners used to wait 20 minutes. Now, it’s no more than five. “Three weeks ago or four weeks ago it slowed down really bad,” said manager Dario Sedani. “We are selling half of what we used to sell.” At Big Screen Cuisine in Burbank, owner Scott Floman is bracing for the worst. “If they strike, it’s going to definitely take a turn into our business,” Floman said. About 70percent of his catering sales come from feeding staffers on the set of movies and television shows. If a strike comes, Floman immediately will ask his head chef to “go lean and mean” with the staff, cutting back their hours so he does not have to let anybody go. Elected officials have mostly stayed away from the dispute.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Eddie Howe celebrates Bournemouth’s Championship title win in 2015 2 2 A club statement issued on Thursday read: “The EFL and AFC Bournemouth have reached an agreement to settle a dispute between them arising out of the financial results of the club in 2014/15.“The club was deemed to have breached the EFL’s Championship Financial Fair Play Rules at the time, but proceedings were stayed pending the outcome of a legal challenge by Queens Park Rangers against those rules.“In reaching a settlement, the EFL acknowledges that the club did not make any deliberate attempt to infringe the rules or to deceive.“All relevant matters were taken into account when determining the quantum of the settlement.“The agreed settlement of £4.75million is in full and final settlement of all and any claims by the EFL against the club and its officers, in respect of the FFP regulations for season 2014/15.“No further details with regards to the settlement will be released.” The Cherries fell foul of the rules before their promotion to the Premier League in 2015.The club have been in an ongoing dispute with the EFL over their financial results for their Championship-winning 2014/15 season.And, in a club statement, Bournemouth have revealed they have reached an agreement to pay a £4.75m fine.Russian businessman Maxim Demin pumped millions into Bournemouth when he took over in 2011, which led to the south coast club’s meteoric rise to the top flight.The club were down in League Two in the 2009/10 season but secured three promotions in six seasons – including their Championship title – to break into the Premier League. Bournemouth have reached a settlement with the EFL of £4.75million following a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations.
Donegal County Childcare, a local not for profit agency that works for promotion and sustainability of over 150 early childhood care and education services in County Donegal, has this week welcomed the announcement by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs that during 2012 her Department, will develop a National Early Years Strategy.Donegal County Childcare Manager, Avril Sweeney, said today: “This announcement is yet another momentous step forward for the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland.“The commitment to develop what will be Ireland’s first strategy dedicated specifically to children 0-6 years will ensure that the significant advancements within the early childhood sector witnessed over the past ten years are developed and built upon”. Minister Fitzgerald attended Donegal County Childcare Committees annual conference in May 2010, where one of the key policy messages delivered by DCCC regarding a future agenda for children was the development of a dedicated strategy for children 0-6 years.Start Strong, an organisation that works to promote informed policy development and increased investment in young children has also advocated strongly for this development to bring early care and education in Ireland up to the highest international standards by 2020.Avril told us: “The benefits of this early years strategy will be far reaching. A large and growing body of research has consistently shown that prevention and early intervention approaches such as quality early childhood care and education, are both more effective and more cost effective than later interventions at primary and secondary level. This Strategy is an investment in children and it will help build the foundations of Ireland’s future economic growth. It is an investment that will deliver benefits for children, for parents, the economy and for society as a whole and delivers a strong message on the value we place on a child’s first six years of life”.Avril concluded “the commitment to develop Ireland’s first early childhood strategy presents an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that ambitious and stalwart course of action features in government policy now and into the future. Now that this opportunity has been presented, it is critical to ensure that the scope of the strategy is ambitious, contemporary and influential. Through its effectiveness in prevention and early intervention, quality early care and education has the potential to transform children’s life chances and reduce future social expenditure by the State”. DONEGAL CHILDCARE MANAGER WELCOMES NEW EARLY YEARS STRATEGY was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Avril SweeneyDonegal County Childcare Manager