Liberia, China Sign Two Agreements On Ebola Fight & Technical Assistance To LBS

first_imgThe Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China signed two separate bilateral agreements aimed at enhancing the Liberian Government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus, and helping the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) respectively.Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and China’s Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Yue signed on behalf of their respective governments.According to the first agreement, the Chinese Government provided the Liberian Government with a batch of medical materials as gratuitous assistance, one million Chinese Yuan (valued at US$162,310) as the Liberian Government continues to exalt efforts in eradicating Ebola.The Chinese Government, through the second agreement, also provided technical aid and training to the LBS at the value of more than US$1 million (6,500,000.00 Chinese Yuan). According to the agreement, the Chinese Government will dispatch four technicians (one for transmitter, one for audio frequency, one for generator and one interpreter) to Liberia, to provide technical instructions in the operation and maintenance of the facilities of the LBS and conduct technical training for its personnel. The Chinese Government shall also supply some necessary equipment and spare parts.During the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill, Foreign Minister Ngafuan, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian people, thanked the Chinese Government for its response to the fight against Ebola in Liberia and support to LBS.Describing China as a true friend, the Liberian Foreign Minister lauded his Chinese counterpart for the efforts and further stated that such signing ceremonies only testify to the solidity of Liberia-China relationships.He said the Chinese provision of the medical equipment towards the Ebola fight in Liberia shows that China is a “friend indeed”.Minister Ngafuan used the occasion to also laud China’s continuous assistance to LBS. He stressed the importance of effective communication which he said is the gap between what is being done and how it is marketed.He lauded LBS’ ‘great job in the rural parts’, alluding to the impacts the state broadcasting entity has in rural Liberia when the station is on  but also when it is not on.For his part, Ambassador Zhang said, “We appreciate very much the efficient efforts being made by the Liberian Government since the outbreak of this virus and also the media that raised the social awareness about the prevention of this virus…At this critical moment, China as a friend to Liberia, is reaching out with a helping hand when our friend is in need during this period of difficulties.”The Chinese Envoy said he believes that the strong leadership of the Liberian Government and its people, with the cooperation of the International Community, will overcome of the Ebola virus.On the technical assistance to LBS,  Amb. Zhang emphasized that it will further enhance the cooperation between the two countries in the area of telecommunications which he believes will improve the mutual communication and the mutual understanding of the peoples of China and Liberia.He also thanked the Liberian Government for its support and coordinated cooperation for such initiatives. The Chinese Ambassador then assured the Liberian Government that such cooperation will continue in building the capacities of the state-owned broadcasting entity.Reflecting on China’s wealth of experience on dealing with such national health emergencies, Health Minister Walter Gwenigale expressed his appreciation to the Chinese for their contribution towards Liberia’s fight against Ebola.The Health Minister also used the occasion to reveal that there have been no new cases of Ebola reported for the past weeks in Liberia.The Liberian Health Minister also listed some of China’s huge contribution to the Liberian health sector including the Tappita Hospital and the Health Ministry’s current headquarters in Congo Town.For his part, the Director-General of the LBS, D. Ambrose Nmah, on behalf of the entity’s board and its entire management expressed gratitude to China for its endless support to LBS which he said is far beyond what has been expected.He emphasized that the success of any nation depends on effective communication with its people. Director Nmah recalled China’s assistance to the LBS including aids to its television network and its expansion exercise nationwide as well as China’s ongoing effort in helping Liberia to transform from analog to digital before the June, 2015 expiry date.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We need quality teachers to provide quality education” – Granger

first_imgSpeaking at the Education Rally at the D’Urban Park on Friday, the Head of State said that all schools should be facilitated with quality teachers capable enough to provide quality education.President David GrangerPresident David Granger stated: “We are in a race between education and catastrophe and if we are not careful, we will end up in catastrophe,” noting the need for quality and qualified professionals in the education system.Also speaking on the issue, Education Minister Rupert Roopnaraine said that currently the work teachers do is underestimated and that the professionals need to be rewarded.“I said publicly on more than one occasion that I believe that we need to reward our teachers more than we do, because the work that they are doing is on the railway of the most vital work of the nation.”According to the Minister, “They are producing the Guyanese of the future, the Guyanese that you will need in the 21st century, this is what our teachers are charged with. There can be no more demanding and to my mind no more noble task, than the task confronting our teachers.”Having benefitted from a strong educational system, Roopnaraine said that he is aware of areas in the system that need urgent attention as it relates to the professionals.He urged teachers to commit themselves to the job that they are entrusted with and noted that there are areas in the system that are to be disposed of for improvement; all of that is currently being studied.“So I want to urge all of my colleagues and I am delighted that the President is here himself because him, like myself, benefitted from committed skilful teachers and I want to say that I think we understand some of the areas that need fortification and some of the areas where we need to dispose of entirely.”The teachers at the rally were enthusiastic of the recognition they received for the work that they do which they conveyed with loud applauds.last_img read more

Major Cabinet Changes: Gwenigale, Tarpeh Replaced

first_imgSpecial Statement to the Nation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Delivered Sunday, November 16, 2014 My fellow Liberians: Even as we continue to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve our national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, we must also attend to what will be a difficult job of recovery – recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction. This requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that is understanding of the prevailing challenges, and are resolved to respond by taking appropriate risks to get things done on time. It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead. And so today, I announce a number of changes to the Executive Branch of the Government. A few are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance. Others are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country. I am deeply grateful for the services and contribution of all of those we who have served or continue to serve. We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship. My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations. With these remarks, I am pleased to make the following initial appointments, others to follow at a subsequent time: Ministry of Public Works Mr. William Gyude Moore, Minister Mr. Roland Giddings, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Education Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, Minister Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Minister for Administration Mr. Anthony Nimely, Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development National Investment Commission Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, Chairperson Ministry of Health Mr. George Werner, Minister Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection Mrs. Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister Mr. Peter Roberts, Deputy Minister for Administration Mrs. Sienne Abdul-Baki, Deputy Minister for Gender Mrs. Mardia Martin Wiles, Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning & Technical Services Mrs. Lydia Sherman, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Wede Brownell, Deputy Minister for Administration Ms. Albratha Doe, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry of Transport Mr. Bushuben M. Keita, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Commerce & Industry Mr. Cyril Allen, Jr., Deputy Minister for Commerce Mr. Mohammed Turay, Assistant Minister for Industry National AIDS Commission Ms. Candace Eastman, Commissioner (replacing Ms. Wessehdi Sio-Njoh) Ministry of Youth & Sports Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah, Deputy Minister for Administration (replacing Ms. Jacqueline Capehart) Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy Mr. Zack Sharpe, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Information Mr. Andrew Tehmeh, Deputy Minister for Administration (to replace Norris Tweah who moves on to the University of Liberia) Ministry of Internal Affairs Ms. Gbemie Horace Kollie, Deputy Minister for Operations (replacing Mr. Ranney Jackson) Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Margretta Smith-General, Assistant Minister for Administration (replacing Mr. James Cooper) Liberia Broadcasting System Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, Director General Mr. Patrick Honnah, Deputy Director General for Broadcasting Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Director General for Rural Comms The special word on the change in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gwenigale will continue to serve as Advisor until his planned retirement in February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors clinch top seed in West, Rockets set record for threes

first_img0Shares0000Russell Westbrook recorded his 32nd triple double of the season to power the Okalahoma City Thunder past the Minnesota Timberwolves © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Harry HowLOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 8 – The Golden State Warriors clinched the Western Conference’s top seed with a victory in their final regular-season contest at the Oracle Arena, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 131-104 on Sunday.Stephen Curry led the charge with 27 points and Kevin Durant added 16 as the Warriors won their fifth straight game. They wore throwback “We Believe” jerseys in a move designed to honor the past at Oracle, which has been their home venue for 47 years.The team is moving across the bay from Oakland to a facility in San Francisco where they will play next season.“Let me just say that for 47 years, Warriors fans have stuck with us through thick and thin,” Kerr told the crowd moments after the final buzzer. “Let’s be honest, most of those years have been a little thin.”The win gives them home field advantage throughout the West playoffs.The Warriors’ first-round opponent, which will be the eighth seed in the West, is yet to be determined.There is a chance it could be the Clippers when the playoffs begin next Saturday. They are battling Oklahoma City (47-33) and San Antonio (47-34) — both won on Sunday — for the sixth, seventh and eighth playoff spots in the West.Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets continued their three-point assault on the NBA as they drained a record 27 from beyond the arc in a 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.The Rockets broke their own league single-game record with the help of 30 points from James Harden.It came just five days after they tied the mark, initially set against the Los Angeles Lakers in January, with 26 against the Sacramento Kings. They now have four of the top 10 three-point games.The Rockets made 27 of 57 threes and seven players hit at least two threes, including Eric Gordon who had a career-high eight, Harden who had five, and P.J. Tucker with four.Austin Rivers broke the record with 69 seconds remaining after Gary Clark had tied it two minutes earlier.Elsewhere, the Miami Heat edged closer to being eliminated from the playoffs for the second time in three seasons on Sunday after a 117-109 defeat to the Toronto Raptors.Miami entered the game with their destiny still in their own hands, knowing that victories in their three final regular season fixtures would carry them into the postseason.But an agonizing loss — they were leading by 13 at one point in the first half — means Miami were now sweating on results elsewhere to have any chance of progressing.Sunday’s loss left Miami with 38 wins and 42 defeats for the season.Miami icon Dwyane Wade, who could grace an NBA court for the last time when the regular season draws to a close on Wednesday, finished with 21 points.– Westbrook soars –In Minnesota, Russell Westbrook and Paul George combined for 54 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 in the fourth quarter in Oklahoma City Thunder’s 132-126 victory over the Timberwolves.Westbrook added 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his 32nd triple-double of the season as the Thunder remained a half-game ahead of San Antonio for seventh place in the Western Conference.“That’s just what he does,” said Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, who was given the unenviable task of guarding Westbrook.“He has great teammates around him that can make plays. He’s a playmaker himself. He’s aggressive, rebounds and can get to the rim.”Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 35 points, while Andrew Wiggins scored 24 and Dario Saric added 23.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DWP votes to hike water, power rates

first_imgBut the plan comes amid increased scrutiny of the DWP in the wake of a Daily News review of salary data that show the average DWP worker makes $76,949 a year – or nearly 20 percent more than the average civilian city worker. DWP salaries also are much higher than private-sector workers’ even as the utility has come under fire for recent power problems – including a summer outage that left 60,000 sweltering in record heat. Still, DWP Commission President David Nahai said the wage disparities are historical and the rate hikes remain necessary to fix an aging electrical system. Nahai said DWP’s rates would remain lower than those of other utilities even with the hikes. But on Tuesday, the rate hike drew an outcry from the neighborhood councils’ oversight panel, which opposed the move amid questions over the high pay of DWP workers and what some charged was a limited time available to review the potential impact of a rate hike. “There’s such a huge premium being paid to DWP workers versus the rest of the city,” said Jack Humphreville, a member of the neighborhood councils’ DWP oversight committee. “Basically the rate increase they’re talking about are equal to the salary increases going to the DWP workers. DWP says they have low rates, but the reason isn’t efficiency, it’s tax-exempt bonds, and coal.” DWP officials have continued to defend the need for the hikes and said high demand and staffing shortages have left the DWP unable to keep up with replacing faulty and aging transformers, old poles and worn cable in a system mostly 40 to 70 years old. In June, the DWP board adopted a $4 billion budget that includes a five-year, $1 billion upgrade program for the utility, along with the rate increase. “If these issues aren’t addressed, reliability will go down,” said acting DWP General Manager Robert Rozanski. If the City Council approves the hikes, the new electric rates would start in January with a 2.9 percent increase, or about $1.75 per month to the average customer. In July, another 2.9 percent increase would take effect, and a final 2.9 percent hike would be posted on bills in July 2009. beth.barrett@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Beth Barrett STAFF WRITER Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials unanimously approved water and electric rate hikes Tuesday, despite criticism that the utility has for years mismanaged its money. Under the plan, electric rates would increase 9 percent over three years and water rates would increase 6 percent over two years. last_img read more


first_imgThe Government would be far better spending money on a leakage programme for the public pipe network than on domestic connections, claims Deputy Thomas Pringle.A huge amount of leaks across Donegal have still not been fixed.He was commenting on the Government’s First Fix Scheme.Deputy Pringle, who previously worked in the Water Department of Donegal County Council, said the figures speak for themselves. He said “If we look at the figures, the scheme proves to be very expensive. 7% of the meters read (413,000 in total) showed leaks and a total of 30,000 leaks were detected amounting to 20 million litres of water lost each day.“The Government is committing €51m to fix these leaks and by my calculations that means the Government will spend €2 per litre of water lost based on IW spokesperson figures quoted today. Even if this scheme is 100% successful, over 40% of treated water will still be going to be lost.“In my view this is a wasteful spend and money would be better used to fix leaks on the public water network. This is where the real leaks are.”He added that the amount of water lost each day on the public network amounts to 275 million litres and means they would need €550m in total to address this. A network leakage Programme would be far more cost effective, he said.“At this rate, the €51m used towards the domestic network ‘first fix scheme’ will prove very expensive.“There is no incentive for people to fix domestic leaks if they cause no damage or increase utility bills. It is purely an attempt by the Government to get citizens to comply while upgrading the meter-to-home infrastructure to facilitate the future privatisation of our water resources” concludes Pringle.GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SPEND LEAKS CASH ON PUBLIC PIPE NETWORK – PRINGLE was last modified: April 1st, 2015 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:cashGovernmentleaksThomas Pringlewaterlast_img read more


first_imgGlenties N.S. Boys team who won their section in the Fran Fields Cup 2015 which was held by Finn Harps Schools on Tuesday at Finn Park. Presenting the trophy is Brendan Kelly of Kelly’s Toyota. Included is Louis Fields. Pic.: Gary Foy, newsandsportfiles@hotmail.comLast week in Finn Park, Ballybofey the 2015 Fran Fields Kelly’s Toyota Cup Festival took place.With over 48 schools in the county and over 600 children taking part over the 3 days, it was a hugely successful Finn Harps Schools Programme event.The children travelled from schools all over the county & played their hearts out and pictured here we have the winners from the 3 days events.Winners Category A TuesdayBoys:  Gaelscoil na gCeithre MáistríGirls : S.N CoiminWinners  Category B WednesdayBoys : Scoil Mhuire GlentiesGirls : Gleneely KillygordonWinners Category CBoys : Illistrin National SchoolGirls : Kilmacrennan N.S.Kelly’s Toyota, Letterkenny & Mountcharles sponsored this years Fran Fields cup and they have kindly become the official sponsor for the next 2 years of the overall Finn Harps Schools Programme. “We are delighted that a brand & local business like Kelly’s Toyota have come on board as our main sponsors & when approached Brendan Kelly from Kelly’s Toyota said he was was delighted to become part of a programme that not only supported sporting activities in a county wide schools programme but the support the programme is bringing to children in the development of positive life skills by providing safe, enjoyable recreation opportunities where each child has a positive, rewarding experience while learning the basic skills and fundamentals of the soccer football regardless of skill level and where each child will learn the importance of sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, respect, and integrity while sharing with their coaches and teammates the emotions of success and failure.” says Paddy Harte, Chairman of the Finn Harps Schools Programme.“We the committee are delighted to have Kelly’s Toyota as part of our next 2 year programme rollout & would like to extend a huge thank you to him for sharing our vision”.The event also had the pleasure of the presence of Louis Fields, grandson of Fran Fields attend the 3 days events.“I feel honoured that my grandfathers name is used for such an important cup, and will be used for many years to come. “I feel that it is right to say even though Fran is no longer with us, this cup, in promoting the club to young school children and hopefully finding the next superstars of the Irish League, he is still looking out for the club.“Hopefully I can keep the Fields name alive and once again see Finn harps at their best.” Louis commented.The Finn Harps schools Programme are also delighted to be partnered with The Eat Right Play Right Initiative which was developed as a new element of the Finn Harps F.C. Schools Programme and is a joint project between, Finn Harps Schools Programme, Donegal Sports Partnership and ProFormance Sports Nutrition.Eat Right Play Right is an educational programme devised to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge they require to ensure they have adequate nutrition for their sport.It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of healthy eating and how they can apply this to their respective sports or activity. If you visit the Finn Harps Schools Programme Facebook page you will be kept up to date with all the activities through the schools & summer calendar year & if you are a school that would like to participate in the programme please send an email to John Campbell at SIX HUNDRED SCHOOLKIDS PARTICPATE IN FRAN FIELDS SCHOOLS CUP COMPETITION was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Fran Fields CupNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Town’s famous country market has been saved – but it is to be re-located, it was confirmed today.Cllrs Cora Harvey and Brendan Byrne met County Council officials today in a bid to resolve an ongoing row.One business owner had objected to the market continuing in the Diamond area of the town after claiming that some goods being sold there breached a council agreement. Council officials looked set to uphold that understands the market will move in September to a new home which is likely to be along the quay.DONEGAL TOWN MARKET TO BE MOVED was last modified: July 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Shooting victim still critical

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROWLAND HEIGHTS – A 22-year-old Rosemead man shot at a party over the weekend remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said Wednesday. The shooter remains at large and investigators don’t know what led to the shooting. The shooting happened in the 19300 block of Heritage Place early Saturday morning. Detectives haven’t released the victim’s name. The man attended a party in the neighborhood and was on the street when shot, according to Lt. Joe Hartshorne of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. He said the victim was shot in the face. “He’s been in extremely critical condition,” Hartshorne said. There was no description of the man who pulled the trigger. Hartshorne said they’re still trying to determine if the suspect left in a car. “We have information we are following up on,” Hartshorne said. Anyone with information is asked to call Sheriff’s Homicide at (323) 890-5500. Ruby Gonzaleslast_img read more

Rowing Competes against MAAC Foes in Buffalo

first_imgDrake Lineups for Black Rock CupV8 – Rambhia (cox), Rebischke, Frantik, Gowans, Konopacki, Abrams, Thacker, Rundquist, Packer2V8 – Killian (cox), McNeely, Bascio, Shipley, Dahlstrom, Hunter, Peterson, Janes, SmithV4 – Prien (cox), Rimes, Peterson, Finnell, Masterson Print Friendly Version 2V8 Heat 11. Canisius: 7:19.412. Drake: 7:38.393. RIT ‘B’: 7:43.26 V4 Heat 1 1. Canisius: 8:19.972. RMU: 8:49.993. Drake: 9:03.02 V4 Final1. Canisius: 8:19.972. RMU: 8:49.993. Drake: 9:03.02 Following its trip to Buffalo, Drake will have a break before it travels back east to the 2018 MAAC Championship, May 13, in Cherry Hill, N.J. The winner of the MAAC Championship receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. “We raced hard today and I am really proud of how hard they prepared for this trip,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “Obviously, we want better results, but it gives us a good idea of where we are with conference teams heading into the conference championship in two weeks. It was a worthwhile trip for us, but now we have work to do to get ahead and be ready for conference.” Sunday ResultsV8 Heat 11. Canisius: 7:05.792. Drake: 7:17.14 V8 Final1. Canisius: 7:05.792. Drake: 7:17.14 2V8 Final1. Canisius: 7:19.412. Drake: 7:38.393. RIT ‘B’: 7:43:26 BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Drake University rowing team made its first-ever trip to Buffalo, N.Y. for the 2018 Black Rock Cup Sunday hosted by Canisius College at the West Side Rowing Club. The Bulldogs competed against fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference members, the host Griffins and Robert Morris as well as Rochester Institute of Technology. The teams competed on a 2,000-meter course on the Black Rock Canal. The teams battled a blizzard Sunday morning during the annual regatta. Plus, Saturday’s scheduled practices on the water were cancelled due to high winds and the teams were forced inside for training.  last_img read more