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Nationwide Statement By President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On the Ebola Virus

first_imgMy Fellow Liberians,In awake of a renewed outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, this has KILLED so many people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and still poses a threat including health workers. To date in Liberia 70 people have contracted this deadly disease while 46 of our compatriots have died. These numbers will rise if we do not listen to the advice from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Partners. I call on all Liberians to now see the Ebola Epidemic as a national public health emergency.For those who do not believe that Ebola exists in Liberia, I want to inform all Liberians in this public manner that the disease is REAL and is in our country killing people. It is as I speak, taking the lives of our citizens in Lofa, Montserrado, and now Margibi County.Ebola spreads through physical contact with a victim of the disease. The virus also spreads through: sweat, saliva, blood, by touching the vomit or urine of somebody who is sick with Ebola.These deaths are mostly due to denial, touching dead bodies or participating in burial ceremonies. Avoid touching dead bodies or body fluids or materials of infected Ebola persons. Avoid direct physical contact, such as handshakes, kissing and direct contact with body fluids of infected or dead persons or animals.Major issues confronting the response teams include but not limited to keeping sick people in healing centers, prayer homes and other non medical centers.These practices create public health hazards to families, neighbourhoods and other innocent people. It is illegal under our public health law to expose the people to health hazard such as Ebola.Let this warning go out, anyone found or reported to be holding suspected Ebola cases in homes or prayer house will be prosecuted under the laws of Liberia.The Government of Liberia and Partners have done this much: training of health workers; community health volunteers; established treatment centers in JFK, ELWA, Foya and Firestone Hospitals; established Ebola testing center; social mobilization and psychosocial support; improved surveillance system and contact tracing. We will continue to do more. I call on you my fellow citizens to protect yourself, protect your family, and protect your community from this deadly Ebola virus, by taking all necessary precautions.Symptoms of Ebola typically include: weakness, fever, headaches, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pain. Additional signs include rash, red eyes, internal and external bleeding, chest pain, and sore throat.As the number of cases and deaths of Ebola Virus Disease continues to rise in our sub region, we are all gravely concerned by the rate at which this cross border transmission is taking place. Drastic action is indeed needed on all fronts to immediately stop this spread.This can only be achieved through a robust and incisive response in fighting this spread.I call on all our Nationals and County leaders, traditional and religious leaders, civil society, international partners, and all citizens to join hands in fighting this disease.With God on our side, Liberia will win the fight against Ebola!I thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 10 HCPs receive diabetes, eye care training

first_imgParticipants of the workshop at the Linden Hospital ComplexParticipants during the practical demonstrationSome 34 Health Care Professionals (HCPs) were on Sunday trained at a workshop on diabetes and eye care at the Linden Hospital Complex in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice).The one-day Health Care Professionals’ workshop is part of the Guyana Diabetic Retinopathy programme’s mandate to promote education and awareness about diabetes in the eye amongst HCPs such as general medical practitioners and nurses with the objective of increasing awareness of diabetic complications of the eye.A total of 34 healthcare professionals – 18 doctors, 13 nurses, 2 optometrists and 1 medex – were trained in sessions about diabetes, nutritional aspects of diabetes care, counselling of persons with diabetes, diabetes and how it affects the eye, screening for diabetic retinopathy, and they were also taught how to examine the eye during practical sessions.At the end of the workshop, participants gave positive reviews and indicated that they have a better understanding of how diabetes affects the eye. A majority of participants were pleased with the curriculum and the format and flow of the presentations.The 5-member training team comprised of personnel from various levels at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and included an ophthalmologist, optometrist, general practitioner, nutritionist and a nurse.The Guyana Diabetic Retinopathy programme is part of the Guyana Diabetes Care Project of the Public Health Ministry. This project is being funded by the World Diabetes Foundation along with other international stakeholders such as Orbis International and the University of Toronto.The main objective of the programme is to establish a formal Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Treatment programme in Guyana. Since the project started in July 2016, persons with diabetes can now have regular screening for diabetic eye complications.last_img read more

Bids out for construction of new Police divisional headquarters

first_imgIn keeping with plans to decentralise the Guyana Police Force (GPF), preparations have commenced to construct five new divisional headquarters in various administrative regions across the country.Police HQ Eve LearyThe Public Security Ministry has invited sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the construction of the new headquarters at Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Diamond, East Bank Demerara, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), and Fort Wellington, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).This was budgeted for in the 2019 Budget. In fact, Finance Minister Winston Jordan in his presentation had stated that this year will see the Police Force focusing on consolidating existing facilities and the expansion of services to cover larger areas.“To better plan and execute its mandate, the GPF has undertaken to harmonise its divisional boundaries with those of the administrative regions in a phased manner, with a view to ensuring that each region has at least one divisional headquarters,” he stated.To this end, the Minister disclosed that nearly $700 million has been earmarked to, among other things, construct new divisional headquarters in Regions One, Four, Five and Eight.The issue of decentralising the Police Force was first mentioned by President David Granger back in 2017. Addressing members of the country’s premier law enforcement agency, the Commander in Chief had stated that the Police Force will adopt the same divisional structure as the 10 administrative regions so that each capital town will have a Police headquarter. This, he noted, will allow the assigned Divisional Commander to be able to have a more close-knit relation with the Regional Administration.In fact, the Head of State reiterated these plans at the GPF’s Annual Police Officers’ Conference back in January this year.“Police divisions are being restructured to correspond to governmental regional divisions; Commanders for regional divisions will no longer be forced to endure the urban discomfort of Eve Leary but will be live and work in more pleasant hinterland regions; I’m sure they’ll look forward to that,” he stated.While acknowledging the Force’s inadequate capacity, as well as lack of resources to proper police hinterland regions, President Granger, nevertheless, emphasised the need for the police to be in those areas.“These geographical and demographic factors place a burden on the Force’s organisational, operational, administrative and human capabilities. Officers, in this regard, are selected, trained, appointed, promoted and tasked to command the Force’s manpower and manage its resources in order to fulfil the complex tasks of maintaining public security in this complex country, and in this varied landscape. Officers are paid more to do more, not as reward for past efforts, but as a promise of what they are capable of doing. The Force is not merely one for shine shoes and soft raiment. It is not an organisation only for desk-bound clerks and land-lubbers. Officers have to get out of their offices into the regions and Divisions,” the President had asserted.Persons interested in bidding for the construction of these five new divisional headquarters can inspect the Bidding Document(s) and obtain further information from the Finance Department at the Public Security Ministry in Brickdam, Georgetown, between 08:30h and 15:30h from Monday to Friday. The Bid Document can also be uplifted at a non-refundable fee of $5000.Bids should be addressed to the Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and deposited in the tender box at the NPTAB’s office in the Finance Ministry’s compound no later than 09:00h on July 30, 2019.The bids will be opened at 09:00h on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in NPTAB’s Boardroom in the presence of those bidders or their representatives who choose to attend the opening.last_img read more

Father of 2 left crippled after robbery 3 months ago

first_imgAn Enmore, Hope West, East Coast Demerara (ECD) father of two is now crippled after he was beaten and robbed by three armed men almost three months ago.Thirty-seven-year-old Somdat Singh was attacked at around 21:00h on the night of June 20, 2019.Amina Singh assisting her injured husbandAccording to the man’s wife, Amina Singh, she was at home when she heard her husband calling at the gate. When she looked outside, she saw him lying by the gate.Singh told Guyana Times that she rushed to him and realised that he was unable to walk. At that time, she was told that he was on his way home from work when he was attacked, beaten and robbed by three men who were consuming alcohol at a shop.“He tell me that one of them know he and called for him and said Ravi come leh we tek a drink and he tell dem he going home but he said that the boy curse him and he curse him back and continued walking” the woman relayed.The grieving wife noted that her husband further relayed that he felt one blow to his neck after which he went blank.“He said after that he felt a lash to his neck and he didn’t know anything more. When he catch himself, he creep and come home because when my husband come home, he was on the ground trying to get the gate open and I run out, when I reach him, I asked him what was wrong and he said that he can’t stand up. Then he told me that three guys lash he on his head back” Singh explained.At that time, they realised that he was robbed of $20,000 which was in his pocket.However, as a result of the beating, the victim sustained six broken bones in his neck and damages to his spinal cord.The injured Somdat Singh“Now [he] cannot walk for two years, He had cast on his body from his navel up to his head for seven weeks” Singh revealed.The woman said that her husband was the breadwinner of the family.“My husband cannot work and we need a lot of help because my husband cannot work for two years. We are a very poor family, we live in an old house and my husband is the only breadwinner for the house.”The woman is calling for justice for her husband because, according to her, since the incident, she is being told by CID ranks at the Cove and John Police Station, East Coast Demerara (ECD), that the case file is still with the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).“Every time I go, they say that the paper is not coming back, I don’t know why it taking so long. We need justice” Singh decried.last_img read more

Killer tsunami hits Solomon Islands

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP)— A powerful undersea earthquake today in the South Pacific sent a tsunami several yards high crashing into the Solomon Islands, devastating at least one village, officials and residents said. Police and residents said a wave about 10 feet high struck the western town of Gizo, inundating buildings and causing widespread destruction. A man who answered the telephone at the Gizo police station said there were initial reports that eight people, six of them children, had been killed by the tsunami, but the reports were not immediately confirmed. The phone cut out abruptly before the man gave his name. Gizo resident Judith Kennedy said water “right up to your head” swept through the town. “All the houses near the sea were flattened,” she told The Associated Press by telephone. “The downtown area is a very big mess from the tsunami and the earthquake,” she said, adding that aftershocks continued. “A lot of houses have collapsed. The whole town is still shaking.” The U.S. Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude of 8 and said the quake struck at 7:39 a.m. about 6 miles beneath the sea floor, 217 miles northwest of the capital, Honiara. The Pacific region from Australia to Hawaii went on high alert for several hours after the quake struck between the islands of Bougainville and New Georgia, though officials canceled a regionwide tsunami warning after the danger period passed. Gizo is just 25 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter. Another witness in the town, dive shop owner Danny Kennedy, estimated the height of the wave at 10 feet. “I’m driving down the street. There are boats in the middle of the road. Buildings have completely collapsed and fallen down,” he said in a telephone interview. “We’re just trying to mobilize water and food, and shelter for people at the moment because … in the town alone there’s going to be between 2,000-3,000 homeless. It’s not a very good scene at the moment.” Harry Wickham, who owns a waterfront hotel in Gizo, said the damage was widespread. “The waves came up probably about 10 feet and swept through town,” he told Australia’s Nine Network television by telephone. “There’s a lot of water damage and a lot of debris floating around.” “Ten feet of water washing through town — you can imagine what damage it has done here.” Julian McLeod of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office said there were unconfirmed reports that two villages in the country’s far west were flooded. “Two villages were reported to have been completely inundated,” McLeod told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. “We have received reports of four people missing.” A town in the west, Munda, was believed to be badly damaged, officials and the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. said, but communications were difficult and details were not confirmed. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported the quake at magnitude 8.1, and said a temblor of that strength could cause a destructive tsunami and issued a warning bulletin for the Solomon Islands and neighboring Papua New Guinea. It ordered a lower-level “tsunami watch” for other places, including most South Pacific countries, but later canceled the alert. The center said a 6-inch wave had been reported in Honiara. Police Sgt. Godfrey Abiah said in Honiara that police in Gizo had received warning about a possible tsunami and were helping people leave the town for higher ground when the wave hit. “We have lost radio contact with the two police stations down there and we’re not getting any clear picture from down there,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. A spokesman for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Deli Oso, said the quake was felt in Honiara but there were no reports of any damage.last_img read more

Erdogan says called Ozil, praises decision to quit German team

first_img0Shares0000President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had spoken to Turkish-origin football star Mesut Ozil after his decision to quit the German team in protest at racism © AFP/File / ODD ANDERSENANKARA, Turkey, Jul 24 – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he had spoken to Turkish-origin football star Mesut Ozil after his decision to quit the German team on the grounds of racism, offering his praise for the Arsenal player’s move.“Last night I spoke to Mesut. His attitude in the statement is completely patriotic,” Erdogan said, quoted by state TRT Haber broadcaster. “It is not possible to accept this kind of racist attitude towards a young man who poured so much sweat for the German national team’s success. This cannot be tolerated.”Ozil’s decision to quit playing for Germany and his strongly-worded four-page statement caused uproar in Germany even as it was applauded by Turkish ministers.He had faced heavy criticism during the World Cup, especially over a controversial photograph with Erdogan in May ahead of presidential and parliamentary polls in Turkey.Ozil, a key member of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, criticised the German Football Association (DFB) bosses, sponsors and the media.He lamented a lack of support from DFB president Reinhard Grindel.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil, 29, wrote.But the association said in a statement on Monday that it rejected “the notion that the DFB is associated with racism”.In his statement, Ozil addressed critics of the photo and said that he was not making a political statement when he appeared with the Turkish leader before the World Cup finals.“I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish,” said Ozil.Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul on Monday congratulated Ozil, saying he had “scored the most beautiful goal against the virus of fascism.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jarrett has sights set on Daytona

first_imgHe earned his 32nd race victory in 2005 and showed he can still be competitive after a couple of poor seasons. Now, Jarrett would like to build on that with the help of new crew chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe and Ford’s new Fusion race car. A good start for the Robert Yates Racing driver would be a win in the season-opening Daytona 500. Jarrett is a three-time winner of NASCAR’s premier event, but has not won it since 2000. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Former NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett has a new crew chief, a new car and a whole lot of hope as he prepares for the 2006 season. The 49-year-old Jarrett is coming off a year in which he made a strong run at qualifying for the 10-race season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup championship before fading to 15th in the points. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“You like to think every time you come here you have that opportunity at least, but you look at it and we’ve had kind of a dry spell as far as running well here,” said Jarrett, who sat on the pole and finished 15th in last year’s 500. “We’ve won some poles and things, but that’s not really what we’re after.” Jarrett is taking part in a three-day test for Cup teams this week at Daytona International Speedway, and he said Tuesday he is buoyed by the way things are going for his team. “I believe that with the change to the Fusion that that’s going to allow the Fords to get themselves in a position to be more of a factor in the Daytona 500 this year,” Jarrett said. “I think that I’m correct in saying that a Ford hasn’t won since we did that in 2000, and I think if you look back you probably wont see many laps led by a Ford during that time. “So I believe the Fusion is going to allow us to, again, be more competitive and have that opportunity again. So, I’m excited about it.” center_img 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

DONEGAL TO HOST A ‘BUILDING POSITIVE CLUBS’ CONFERENCE

first_imgAt the Sport and Mental Health Conference on 31st May 2012 Donegal Sports Partnership launched a Charter for Clubs which encourages the promotion of positive mental wellbeing through sport.The first of its kind in Ireland the charter recognises effort as opposed to the win at all costs which can so often be detrimental to youth sport.Donegal Sports Partnership were however keen that clubs adopted the beliefs of the charter and that it would impact positively on those involved in sport and so the Building Positive Clubs Programme was developed. A major finding of the My World Survey, a National Study of Youth Mental Health indicated the importance of “One Good Adult” in the mental wellbeing of young people.Coaches sometimes don’t realise but very often they are this person, the one who impacts positively on self-esteem and who young people can approach in times of need.Building Positive Clubs asks coaches to examine not only their individual coaching approach but the overall ethos of the club or more specifically the club culture which looks at the people, attitude, communication and empowerment within the club.With a resource and education & training workshops now developed, Finn Harps Academy recently completed the pilot of the initiative and feedback has been very positive, they will now work on implementing their action plan. The culmination of the pilot is to officially launch the programme and share learning with National Governing Bodies of Sport, clubs and coaches from other sports. The Building Positive Clubs Conference will be hosted by Donegal Sports Partnership on 28th May and will focus on the powerful role that sport can play in promoting positive experiences and mental wellbeing.More often than not sports clubs provide positive environments for everyone to enjoy but sometimes the win at all costs and poor sportsmanship can have a negative impact applying unrealistic challenges and pressures.The event hopes to explore these issues and will hear from guests such as Oisin McConville (Armagh GAA), Peter Mitchell (Knights Wheelchair Basketball & formerly Leeds FC) Alan O’Mara (Cavan GAA & Real Talks), Breifne Earley (World Cycle Race), Antonio Mantero (The Coach Diary), Jim Donnelly (Active Communities Network) and Trevor Scanlon (Finn Harps Academy). Donegal Sport Hub’s Charlie Collins will MC the event.Conference places are limited and bookings will be on a first come first served basis and can be made online via www.activedonegal.com. Further information can be obtained by contacting Donegal Sports Partnership on 074(91)16078.DONEGAL TO HOST A ‘BUILDING POSITIVE CLUBS’ CONFERENCE was last modified: May 17th, 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:BUILDING POSITIVE CLUBS CONFERENCEdonegalSportslast_img read more

Hundreds expected as Donegal communities host Brexit protest this afternoon

first_imgHundreds of people in Donegal are expected to take part in Brexit protests this afternoon as the massive uncertainty over the process continues.The main focus of the rallies, organised by Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB), is to protest against the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, hard or soft, on April 12.The rallies are among six taking place along the border. Sinn Féin Senator Padraig MacLochlainn has voiced his support for the BCAB protests, which will take place at various locations along the border this afternoon at 3pm.The Donegal-based Senator said: “I would encourage everyone to make their way to the border this weekend in protest against Brexit. Brexit poses a huge threat to jobs, our border communities, and the two economies on this island.“A majority of people in the north voted to remain and the Tories along with the DUP are ignoring this democratic mandate. Our rights, economy and agreements must be protected.“The antics on display at Westminster show clearly the complete disregard the British government has for Ireland, especially our border communities. Join us tomorrow and take a stand against Brexit.” Further uncertainty over Brexit was thrown in question yesterday when British MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement for the third time.A European Council meeting has now been scheduled for April 10 following the rejection of the agreement.Hundreds expected as Donegal communities host Brexit protest this afternoon was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:BrexitDonegal-Derry BorderNo deal brexitlast_img read more

Vuk’uzenzele: How to start a business in South Africa

first_imgYou have a great business idea, but how do you make it a reality? As part of our Vuk’uzenzele series, we will look at how ordinary South Africans can play their part and use their entrepreneurial skills to not only better their lives, but also the lives of people around them. In this infographic, we guide you through the process of starting your own business.Click to view larger imagelast_img