US Gives $65M, Norway, $15M

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an additional US$65M to the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.The virus continues to ravage the Mano River Union (MRU) basin; it has claimed thousands of lives, with Liberia being the worst hit.The USAID money is part of a total US$142M additional assistance made available to the worst affected three MRU countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, to boost the fight against the killer disease.USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 14, when he addressed a joint press conference along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Borge Brende, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia. This amount, the USAID Administrator said, is to be committed through technical assistances such as expanding critical training of local health workers, building of more Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), provision of more logistics and all that will help in containing the virus in the affected countries.He indicated that the US government has now put into place the most significant disease control effort it has ever carried out outside of the US in order to ensure that the virus is contained.“The US government is now coordinating strong response strategies that will ensure that Ebola is contained. We have a commitment of more than US$400M already for the fight and over 600 trained medical and military personnel in the affected region. “This is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s largest effort ever in fighting an epidemic outside of the US. The US government is pleased to announce an additional US$142M to the Ebola fight in West Africa. US$65M of this amount will focus on Liberia,” Dr. Shah said.The US government, through the USAID boss, also announced an additional US$5M as an assistance directly to the Liberian government that will help in handling health workers’ issues in the country.This donation, and many others that have come in recent times, are ensuring that the battle against the deadly virus continues to gain momentum, especially from the global front; a move that was initially anticipated when the threat of the virus was gradually mounting at its onset.Donations began to pull in when eminent Africans including Ghanaian President and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John D. Mahama, was critical of the international community and world powers for being slow in their response to the outbreak.Meanwhile, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who also addressed the joint press conference, said that he had come to show solidarity and sympathy on behalf of his government and the people of Norway.Minister Brende indicated that health matters are crucial to any country and as such his government has been strongly involved in the ongoing global effort to contain a disease that continues to claim many lives on a daily basis in the region.He disclosed that the Kingdom of Norway will soon send health experts, who have signed up as volunteers to the three affected countries to help bring the disease under control. He noted that since the outbreak his government has committed more than US60M to the fight in the MRU region.The Norwegian Foreign Minister also disclosed that his government is committing an additional US$15M to the affected nations through the World Health Organization (WHO).Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf praised the two countries for the level of support that they have demonstrated since the outbreak. “They have been steadfast partners and friends. Through their governments we were able to achieve many things, some of which have been threatened by the Ebola outbreak,” the Liberian leader said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GRDB dismisses rice farmers’ claims

first_img…says farmers disregarded advice…GRDB visited after media report – farmersThe Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) on Monday dismissed the claim that hundreds of acres of rice fields, in Hague, West Coast Demerara (WCD) are infested by termites.A section of the affected rice field in Hague, WCDAccording to the GRDB, advice was given to the farmers to drain the fields and apply systematic pesticides, but the farmers refused to do so.“The GRDB was aware of the farmer’s problem and immediately provided extension services. It was determined that the farmer needed to drain the field, apply any systematic pesticide, in this instance, it was recommended that Pronto and Regional at the recommended rates be used. However, the farmer ignored the advice of the extension officers,” GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan said.According to him, a subsequent visit by the GRDB showed that the farmer had water weevils and had not been spraying with the required pesticide recommended by the team. The GRDB Head claimed that the farmer also admitted to not draining his field despite being advised to do so and was, in fact, applying a contact insecticide instead, rather than a systematic pesticide.Based on a report compiled by an investigating team, dead water weevil larvae were found on the roots of some plants, the GRDB noted, adding that only one farmer, and 3.4 acres of rice fields, was presently affected.The water weevil found in the farmers’ soil by GRDB officialsNo confidence in GRDBTwo farmers whose fields are close by the first farmer’s on Monday said they had no confidence in the GRDB. The farmers added that it was after Guyana Times published an article highlighting their plight that the GRDB took swift action.Ganga Persaud, an affected 80-year-old farmer, said a team from the GRDB visited their rice fields where they found a pest on the rice roots.“They came and they went on the fields with a few buckets and they uprooted a few affected plants. They washed the roots and examined them in our presence and showed us things that we understand normally happen with rice. They saw some worms, they saw some water weevil and things that we are accustomed to seeing. When they finish, they were talking to us and one of the farmers said that if Times (Guyana Times/Evening News) didn’t publicise our problem, maybe they not would have come,” Persaud said.The farmer informed that the entomologist related to them that nothing “extraordinary” as it relates to infestation was discovered, but rather something very common.He, however, argued that when questioned, the entomologist was unable to say why the plants were stagnated, and admitted that the officials prescribed a few pesticides. The pesticides, he contended, were used by another farmer, Omar Dhanny, at least six times to no avail.“What I understand is that these people have not been able to identify the real cause of the issue affecting these plants. We understand that there is something more in that field affecting those plants,” Persaud posited.In his 60 years of farming, the man said he has never seen such a disastrous pest affecting rice on such a large scale.“We understand that they are telling us there is too much water and all these things, but they are just trying to put us down easily … of all the farmers there, nobody felt satisfied with what they did and what they told us,” he said.“We have no confidence; this is what I’m saying, we have no confidence in what they’re trying to tell us and we are not very happy. We are not very satisfied with their conclusion,” the farmer added.Persaud lamented that the farmers remain in desperation as they were just being told to wait for results and fear that their crops, time and money would be wasted.This newspaper was told that close to 15 rice farmers and 120 acres of land were currently affected by what appeared to be a termite infestation of the present rice crop in villages along the West Coast of Demerara. Hague, Den Amstel, and several other villages appear to be hardest hit.According to the farmers, termites began feeding on their crops about one month ago. Omar Dhanny, a farmer who cultivates about seven acres of land at Hague, said, “A lot of farmers struggling with the same problem…”Dhanny said he and other farmers have exhausted almost every effort to address the situation, but to no avail. In the same breath, he explained how much the insects have already cost him.“This here affects me a lot, because this amount of rice here what damage for me, I already (gone) through all the doses of fertiliser and I already sprayed about six times. If you calculate, it is a lot of money, and nobody don’t know if we gonna get anything from the Rice Development Board,” he pointed out.An ex-staffer who was attached to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) has been voluntarily trying to help the farmers identify the issue and, hopefully, find a solution.last_img read more

L.A. wage plan stays hot issue

first_imgThe council is scheduled to receive the measure today and could act immediately, although consideration was expected to be put off until next week. Councilmen Greig Smith and Dennis Zine, the leading opponents of the original ordinance, said they were studying the latest proposal and had no immediate comment. The ordinance requires the hotels to increase workers’ pay to $9.39 an hour with health insurance, or $10.64 an hour without health benefits. It calls for a study after one year to determine the impact on the hotels and workers. Few of city government’s promises outlined in the measure carry price tags. Other proposed improvements – in particular the development of a conference center, possible reduced taxes, remote check-in facilities for Los Angeles International Airport and reduced power rates – all are subject to future study. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who had been the main supporter of the earlier living-wage proposal, said she believes the new plan represents a significant shift by the city. “It is substantially different,” Hahn said. “While it does keep the living wage, it increases our commitment to investment in the infrastructure for the economic benefit of that region. “Living wage for these workers is not something we were prepared to back down on. With all we are doing at the airport, this area is getting some major economic benefits – more than any other part of the city.” LAX is undergoing modernization expected ultimately to cost $4 billion, and city officials tied that work to the requirement that the hotels increase their pay for workers. ‘Dropped this on us’ But the move has drawn opposition from a broad coalition of businesses, whose spending topped $800,000 to collect more than 103,000 signatures to force the council to back down on the original measure or put a referendum on the ballot. Englander said business leaders had hoped there would be more time to negotiate the new plan. “And they dropped this on us the day before the council will take it up,” he said. David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said he is hopeful that a compromise can be worked out in the coming days. “The city is trying to make the case the hotels will be better off in the long run by increasing business to them,” Fleming said. “I know the hotels want to renegotiate everything. I think we need some time to take a fresh look at all of this.” (213) 978-0390 Airport zone incentives Identify financing options and sites for a new conference center within six months. $1 million in street improvements. $50,000 for a study on attracting new business to the LAX-area zone. Implement a work-force training program and coordinate courses in English as a Second Language for hotel workers. Develop a marketing program for area hotels and services. Possible tax reductions for businesses that relocate from outside the city and retail and restaurants that expand in the zone. New signs directing drivers to hotels and airport-related services. Expedited street resurfacing and sidewalk repair.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The area around Los Angeles International Airport would get an infusion of taxpayer investment and incentives for business under a new “living-wage” measure released Thursday. The proposal comes just one week after an 11th-hour deal in which the council – facing a costly May election fight with a united business community – repealed the original living-wage ordinance imposed on Century Boulevard hotels. But the new measure has only minor modifications from the original and drew an immediate outcry from the business community. “This has some bells and whistles, but no significant changes,” said Harvey Englander, spokesman for the Century Corridor hotels that fought the earlier plan. Outraged by the council’s extension of the law beyond firms under contract with city agencies, business leaders had planned to put the issue on the ballot in May. “While the council did rescind their last ordinance, which avoided the referendum, they are coming back with essentially the same ordinance with no further discussions with us,” Englander said. “We were hoping the city would be open to having some discussions with us. But there hasn’t been one talk held.” Carrots with stick The new measure would require the dozen area hotels to phase in the higher wages for most of their 3,500 workers. But it also promises $1 million for street improvements, $50,000 for marketing for the area – which would be designated as an airport hospitality enhancement zone – and studies into a possible conference center and business tax reductions. The measure was prepared by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s staff under terms outlined by Thomas Saenz, legal adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, officials said. last_img read more

They’re Kings of cellar

first_imgCHICAGO – The Kings took a firmer grip on last place in the Western Conference on Tuesday night. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout with the Blackhawks and Patrick Sharp scored two goals in Chicago’s 3-0 victory over the Kings in a matchup of the conference’s two worst teams. Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Blackhawks in August 2005, posted his first regular-season shutout since March1, 2004, while with Tampa Bay. He played his 99th game with Chicago and recorded his 36th NHL shutout. “He played well,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said of Khabibulin. “I thought he was sound and didn’t allow a lot of rebounds, especially in the first period. But we didn’t test him to the level that we’ll be sending that one to the Hall of Fame.” Sean Burke made 18 saves for the Kings, last in the West with 54 points. Following the game, Crawford could be heard yelling at his team behind the closed dressing room door. “When you allow any team in the National Hockey League not to work for their goals, then you’re really facing an uphill battle,” Crawford said. “In a game tonight between twoteams at the bottom of the league battling for position, I was disappointed in how our battle level was.” Rene Bourque also scored for Chicago, which won its second straight after a 1-6-2 stretch. Brent Seabrook and Jeff Hamilton each had two assists. Bourque had the only goal of the first period, scoring just 22seconds in on the game’s first shot. Khabibulin made a couple of close-in stops in the first, including a toe save on Mike Cammalleri at 4:37. center_img Sharp made it 2-0 at 1:38 of the second period. He swept in a one-timed shot from the left circle after Seabrook chipped a cross-ice pass to him that bounced past two Kings. The Kings managed only three shots in the second, two on a late power play. Also: The Kings recalled defenseman Peter Harrold from Manchester of the AHL and he arrived in time to play. … Defenseman Rob Blake was a late scratch because of a groin pull. Center Anze Kopitar missed his third game with a muscle strain, and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky sat out his second with a lower body injury. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA FATHER of five from Co Donegal had a home repossession case adjourned to the New Year – after telling a judge he was worried about Santa.The dad – who we are not naming – has been fighting to keep his Letterkenny home from the clutches of the Educational Building Society for the past two years.A High Court case against him was extended from December to the New Year after the borrower told the judge he had five children and was worried about Santa. The EBS are demanding the repayment of two loans taken out five years ago and the homeowner says he only took the case…on the advice of the building society.He argued (and some would agree) that the EBS advised him to take the commercial loans and that the company should be treated as a failed investor and take its own losses.The property involved was “not just a folio number on a piece of paper”, he told Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, and he wanted a hearing to look at the loans“This is my life we’re dealing with,” he said. Counsel for the EBS said the case had been ongoing for two years and urged the judge to finish the case.The judge adjourned the case to December 19, but the Letterkenny dad asked if she would hold off until the New Year. He said he had five children and was worried about Santa. The judge agreed to adjourn the case to the New Year.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com TO THE RESCUE…MAN GETS TO KEEP HOME UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgMuch to the relief of most, the early morning runs around Letterkenny’s Town Park were given a brief rest bite as Motiv8 contestants took to the bikes.Racers, hybrids and mountain bikes were all out in force as Angus Hunter took the fitness enthusiasts on a cycle around the scenic environs of Letterkenny and surrounding countryside.The standard for training intensity was set recently when Town Mayor Gerry McMonagle received the ‘Trainer of the week’ award. Speaking about the Motiv8 LK challenge the mayor said ‘The training is great, I have to say I haven’t felt as good in years…Roll on the 23rd June and the Gaelforce Challenge’!In addition to the triathalon training, Motiv8 Celebrities along with local football club Downtown United F.C. will be undertaking a marathon 10 hour cyclathon to take place in Letterkenny Shopping Centre this Saturday June 2nd from 10am to 6pm.Tickets for the Motiv8 LK Raffle will be available for purchase. All profits raised on the day will go towards Motiv8 LK’s charity partner Donegal Action for Cancer Care.Betty Holmes from the charity added ‘We hope to see a great crowd coming out on Saturday to support the cyclists and DACC, but just don’t expect to see me on the bike!’ For timetables and further information on Motiv8 LK see or . Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to join all classes! MOTIV8 CONTESTANTS TAKE TO BIKES TO SUPPORT DONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CARE was last modified: June 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

When is the 2017 Europa League final and where is it? – All the information

first_img Who will get their hands on the Europa League trophy? 2 The 2017 Europa League final is rapidly approaching, so talkSPORT brings you the lowdown on one of the biggest matches in club football…When is the 2017 Europa League final?This year’s Europa League final will take place on Wednesday, May 24, kicking off at 19:45 BST.Where is the 2017 Europa League final taking place?The chosen venue is the Friends Arena in Stockholm, home of Sweden’s national team.The 50,000-seater stadium was opened in 2012 and the first match played there was Sweden 4-2 England, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four of the hosts’ goals including THAT overhead kick – watch it hereClick here to see some of talkSPORT’s upcoming Europa League commentariesWho will be playing?Ajax will play Manchester United. Not only will the trophy be on offer, the winner will automatically qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.The Dutch side booked their place after defeating Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in the semi-final – their first European final since 1996.Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, meanwhile, made hard work of their last-four clash with Celta Vigo, beating the LaLiga side 2-1 on aggregate. At the time of writing, they will be without Eric Bailly, after the defender’s sending off v Celta. How can I follow it?The clash will be broadcast live on television or you can keep tuned via talkSPORT and Check the website in the week up to the final for previews, on the night for a match report and post-match reaction and much, much more.Pictured: The Friends Arena will host the 2017 Europa League finallast_img read more

‘Liverpool fans love Klopp so they’ll back Karius next year’

first_imgLoris Karius will be backed by Liverpool’s support next season because the Anfield club’s fans adore Jurgen Klopp and will support any decision he makes as manager.Karius, the goalkeeper, has come under fire since the two horrendous mistakes he made in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.There have been suggestions Karius will be replaced as Liverpool’s No1 this summer, with the 24-year-old German either staying on Merseyside as the club’s backup glovesman or leaving to seek first-team football elsewhere.In the immediate aftermath of the match Karius was the subject of death threats on social media, and Liverpool fans were calling for their club to get rid of him as soon as possibleBut John Barnes, a legend at Anfield, believes Karius will be backed by Liverpool’s support next season as long as Klopp backs his keeper.Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The good thing is the Liverpool fans love Jurgen Klopp so much that if Klopp backs him [Karius], the fans will back him.“It is the question as to whether he will have that confidence and that personality and that character to come back from the mistake.“Look at [Dejan] Lovren against Tottenham, when he got hooked off after 29 minutes after not playing very well. Jurgen Klopp put him back in the team the very next game and the fans back him, because they love Jurgen so much they back his decisions.“So it’s not a question of if the fans will back him; if Jurgen Klopp backs him the fans will back him.“It’s a question of whether Karius has the character to come back after that.”Doctors revealed on Monday that Karius suffered a concussion during the final, after a clash with Real captain Sergio Ramos; Ramos was pushed into the goalkeeper by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, and footage appears to show him catching Karius with his elbow.Even though this claim has been made by medical experts, Barnes is of the opinion that it doesn’t really change anything.“He got a bit of a knock to the head so maybe he was concussed… but they lost,” he continued.“I mean, can we replay the game then? What does it really mean?“In terms of maybe understanding the third goal, yes it went through his hands, but I mean, the first one throwing it down…”last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea get transfer boost as wonderkid targets Premier League move

first_imgIt’s reported Bailey’s representatives are looking to start talks with suitors next week but it’s likely a fee of around £40million will be needed to land the player.The Gunners and the Blues have both been linked with the player previously and could act now they have been put on alert regarding his availability.Bailey scored nine goals and made six assists last term, catching the eye in the Bundesliga, but he still has a contract which runs until 2022. Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Leon Bailey could be set for a Premier League transfer. Arsenal and Chelsea have been given a huge transfer boost with the news wonderkid Leon Bailey wants a move to the Premier League.The Bayer Leverkusen starlet, 20, is keen on a move to England and, according to The Sun, wishes to get a deal done before the August 9 deadline.center_img 1last_img read more

The problem Unai Emery has despite Arsenal’s 17-game unbeaten run

first_img“We never give up and never stop trying but I think tactically we’re stronger and we’re a bit more organised this season.”A Jefferson Lerma own goal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s eighth strike of the season secured Arsenal their fourth Premier League away win of the campaign – as many as they managed in the whole of last season.Aubameyang has now been directly involved in 23 goals in 26 league appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January.Bournemouth, meanwhile, began the day four points behind Arsenal, but their third successive Premier League defeat leaves them eighth, seven points off the Gunners. Ahead of a huge north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday, Arsenal at least managed to close the gap on fourth place Chelsea to one point.Rob Holding is hopeful the club can once again finish in the top four.“You’ve got Manchester City and Liverpool at the top who are very strong but if we can keep chipping away and get the points we need then I feel we could be up there [top four],” he told talkSPORT. ADVICE REVEALED no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match winner against Bournemouth Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Most Popular Football News RANKED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining 1 Arsenal haven’t lost to anyone for 17 games, but it’s not enough for manager Unai Emery.The Gunners beat Bournemouth 2-1, but going into the game at the Vitality, had drawn four of their past five.“We’ve not lost for 17 matches but we’ve drawn some and that is not enough for us,” Emery said. “We spoke in the week about how important today was.“We are happy and before the match we knew it would be a difficult match and that we needed to win today to be near the top four. Bournemouth were four points behind us and could have been near our position with a win.”last_img read more