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Obama Withdraws US Ebola Army Fighters

first_imgUS President Barack H. Obama has announced the withdrawal of all US troops in West Africa helping to combat the deadly Ebola virus disease. The disease has so far killed more than 9100 persons as at February 11.At least 3826 of the number of persons, who have reportedly died so far from the disease in eight of the nine countries, which have reported confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), have occurred in Liberia alone.Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the three worst hit nations of the virus and all three account for most of the deaths. Liberia 3826, Sierra Leone 3341 and Guinea 1995.The nine countries, including the US, United Kingdom and Spain, have so far recorded at least 22, 894 cases on their shores. Others are Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.Speaking on America’s leadership on the Ebola fight both at home and abroad in West Africa on February 11, the US President told the world: Today, I’m announcing that by April 30th, all but 100 (troop) who will remain to help support the ongoing response, all but those 100 will also be able to come home — not because the job is done, but because they were so effective in setting up the infrastructure, that we are now equipped to deal with the job that needs to be done in West Africa, not only with a broader, international coalition, but also with folks who have been trained who are from the countries that were most at risk.However, the US President made it very clear that despite him pulling his soldiers from West Africa, including Liberia, does not mean that the epidemic has been defeated. He also announced his government’s new response approach to the Ebola crisis in the sub-region.“So I want to be very clear here: While our troops are coming home, America’s work is not done. Our mission is not complete. Today, we move into the next phase of the fight, winding down our military response while expanding our civilian response. That starts here at home, where we’re more prepared to protect Americans from infectious disease, but still have more work to do., for as long as Ebola simmers anywhere in the world, we will have some Ebola fighting heroes, who are coming back home with the disease from time to time.  And that’s why we’re screening and monitoring all arrivals from affected countries.Obama told the audience that they had gathered at the South Court Auditorium, Washington D.C., so that he would tell all those directly and indirectly involved in the fight and to mark a transition in their fight against this disease , stressing: we’re not to declare mission accomplished, but to mark a transition.“Thanks to the hard work of our nearly 3,000 troops who deployed to West Africa, logistics have been set up, Ebola treatment units have been built, over 1,500 African health workers have been trained, and volunteers around the world gained the confidence to join the fight,” he told the American audience to rounds of applauds.The US is heading the global respond against the epidemic.The President also announced to the US people and the rest of the world that “Liberia has seen the best progress. Sierra Leone is moving in the right direction, Guinea has the longest way left to go.” He stated that they would now focus on getting to “zero. Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire. So we’re shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it.”In mid-September 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote Mr. Obama for help in managing Liberia’s rapidly expanding Ebola crisis. President Sirleaf had warned that without American assistance the disease could send Liberia into the civil chaos that enveloped the country for nearly 15 years.In a letter she sent to her American counterpart on Tuesday, September 9, Madam Sirleaf wrote: “I am being honest with you when I say that at this rate, we will never break the transmission chain and the virus will overwhelm us, and she requested 1,500 additional beds in new hospitals across the country and urged that the United States military set up and run a 100-bed Ebola hospital in Monrovia.The US President responded to Madam Sirleaf’s plead and deployed nearly 3,000 of his soldiers to West Africa. He said it’s now logical to withdraw them but their (Americans’) mission is not yet complete as new cases of the virus still emerge.According to the WHO, the total weekly case incidence increased for the second consecutive week, with 144 new confirmed cases reported in the week to February 8, Guinea reported a sharp increase in incidence, with 65 new confirmed cases compared with 39 the week before. Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, which reported 76 new confirmed cases, while the resurgence in cases in the western district of Port Loko continued for a second week. Liberia continues to report a low number of new confirmed casesShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$300M infrastructural works for La Parfaite Harmonie – Project Director

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA) Project Director, Omar Narine, has said the Housing Authority has over $300 million of planned infrastructural development works for the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme.Narine made the comments on Tuesday during a tour of the newly developed sections of the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme on the West Bank of Demerara.Road works currently ongoing at Lust-en-Rust“In December, we completed $40 million in infrastructure upgrading projects where we have upgraded various deteriorating roads in Parfaite. We are aggressively engaging the NDC to take over those roads so that they can do the necessary maintenance programmes on the roads and for this year we a potential $300 million in infrastructural works ongoing in Parfaite,” he noted.He noted that they are currently executing infrastructural works at Lust-en-Rust and Retch-Door-Zee. Additionally, Narine informed reporters that work on over 200 lots at Lust-en-Rust would be completed in 2018. He noted that the project had to be terminated in 2017 due to non-compliance of the contractor.He further related that the Lust-en-Rust area would be soon outfitted with water, electricity and paved roads.“All the roads are up to loam level and the final base material is the crusher run and installation of electricity. Waterlines are in the ground and the pressure testing has been completed already and the works are expected to be completed by February month end,” Narine added.Re-migrant SchemeMeanwhile, Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul said they have recommenced allocation of house lots in the re-migrant scheme, more popularly known as Providence Gardens at Providence, East Bank of Demerara. He also indicated that they are inviting young professionals to apply for land in the luxurious residential community.“We have recommenced the allocation of house lots there. Basically Guyanese living overseas and desirous of owning their own homes in Guyana can acquire house lots in that scheme. We do welcome our young professional to apply for house lots in that scheme and hope to consolidate the infrastructure work in that scheme,” Saul informed.CH&PA’s Director of Operations, Denise King-Tudor explained that the prices of house lots are set at $4 million, $4.5 million, $5 million and $7 million. She added that there are also bigger lots available for interested person and that the cost would be calculated per square foot.The plot sizes range from 6000 to 8000 square feet and King-Tudor explained that of the 538 lots, 127 have been allocated so far.She is urging interested persons to visit the CH&PA’s office on Brickdam and make an application.last_img read more

GTT offers $5M reward for info on vandals

first_imgVandalised cablesThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the vandalising of its fibre cables on the Linden Highway recently, which has resulted in widespread service disruptions.The damaged fibre cableGTT’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager, Jasmin Harris, said the company has made numerous efforts to put a stop to persons vandalising its cables and is appealing to witnesses and others with knowledge to come forward with information that can help lead to the arrest of perpetrators.“For 2019, we have had over 10 cases of vandalism to our infrastructure. We are pleading with the public to report any form of vandalism by calling our 0908 hotline. Such vandalism causes degradation of service and affects many customers,” Harris said.Persons with information are advised to send same to tips@gtt.co.gy.On November 30, GTT received numerous reports of loss of services in the Linden Highway area. Upon inspection, GTT technicians noticed that the Linden Highway cable was cut, leading to the loss of all GTT services in Linden, Bartica, Kwakwani, Ituni, Mabaruma and Port Kaituma.“Our technicians were forced to work through Saturday evening into Sunday morning to restore services, putting a strain on our human resources. But more importantly, the service to many was affected. Vandalism has quite a negative, domino impact – and is against the law,” Harris shared.The company has recorded over 10 cases of vandalism for 2019 which it says millions are spent to repair the cables across Guyana annually.last_img read more

Bonanza for bureaucrats

first_imgKim Belshe, the state health and human services secretary, will soon earn $175,000. She has purview over a $74 billion budget, 11 departments and 33,000 staffers statewide. The raises, ranging from 7 percent to 27 percent and costing up to $1 million total, would cover 52 Cabinet secretaries and department directors – senior administrators who manage agencies such as health and human services, food and agriculture, and the California Highway Patrol. By contrast, most rank-and-file state workers are slated to receive a 3.3 percent raise in the next fiscal year. Schwarzenegger’s Cabinet secretaries (apart from the corrections chief) actually just got a raise – an 8.5 percent bump Dec. 1, which brought their salaries up to $142,582. That money was supposed to make up for several lean budget years when there were no raises. Before that, the last time a Cabinet secretary raise came was in August 2000, when salaries were boosted 4 percent. The Legislature last year granted the governor unilateral power to award raises to senior administrators, a last-minute provision tucked into legislation granting a new contract to CHP workers. The salaries could reach up to $258,125, 125 percent of the governor’s $206,500 salary (which he declines), though that’s not being recommended. To avoid retirement “spiking,” only a portion of the raises will count toward retirement each year. Last summer, a Schwarzenegger aide said he only planned to use the newfound authority to raise the pay of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jim Tilton and possibly one other official. At that time, Tilton’s salary was boosted from $129,000 to $225,000. McLear said the administration hadn’t done enough research at that point to propose raises for other agency secretaries and directors. Lawmakers reached Monday refrained from criticizing the governor’s move, which they ceded the ability to block. Niello, the Republican assemblyman, said he wanted more details on the comparisons used to justify the pay hikes before saying whether he thought they were just. Several legislative Democrats did not return calls for comment. mike.zapler@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4603 SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration is expected today to announce pay raises of up to 27 percent for more than 50 top officials, saying the state must boost salaries to remain competitive against local governments that pay more. The new salaries, taking effect April 1, won’t cost taxpayers more, at least initially, but they will force state departments to make cuts or otherwise absorb the raises within existing personnel budgets. The hefty raises – 10 agency heads, for example, would see their annual salaries grow by 23 percent, to $175,000 – come as Schwarzenegger preaches the need for fiscal restraint to end chronic budget shortfalls. “Because these raises are purely discretionary,” said Roger Niello of Sacramento, the ranking Republican on the Assembly Budget Committee, “it does make it difficult from a public-perception standpoint.” At the same time, Niello and others said, California needs to pay competitively to attract skilled managers to run large, complex bureaucracies. “It’s important for the folks running these agencies to be compensated fairly, and right now that’s not the case,” said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor. He said the raises are “budget-neutral” and would help “recruit and retain the best and the brightest.” To justify the raises, officials compared salaries for top state agency jobs with similar positions in local government. For example, the California Highway Patrol commissioner oversees more than 10,000 employees and currently makes $142,584; the San Jose police chief, by contrast, supervises 1,789 workers and earns $207,418, according to the survey. Ten other county sheriffs and city police chiefs make more than the CHP head, and three of them earn at least $100,000 more, the survey found. In at least one case, the salary survey appears to low-ball comparative wages. In comparing health services directors, the survey uses a maximum salary of $172,152 for Santa Clara County. However, Kim Roberts, who is the chief executive officer of the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, earns $285,744. She oversees the $1.5 billion, 6,000-employee system that encompasses the county hospital, public clinics, department of public health and other health services. last_img read more

Shooting victim known to police

first_imgCorporal Jodi Shelkie adds that the victim was known to police, and reiterates that they believe this was not a random shooting, and there is no concern to the general public’s safety. “Every investigative avenue is being pursued,” she says. “We have dedicated many resources to this investigative including local, regional and North District units. Also, a Major Crime Unit from Vancouver is aiding in the investigation.” At this point the Major Crime Unit is not releasing any information whether there is a possible suspect.- Advertisement -Fort St. John RCMP is asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact them at 250-787-8100, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 250-222-8477.last_img read more

Emery ponders selling more Arsenal stars

first_imgBut Alex Iwobi left for Everton, Carl Jenkinson moved to Nottingham Forest and former captain Laurent Koscielny departed acrimoniously for Bordeaux in recent days.Koscielny’s fellow centre-back Shkodran Mustafi and midfielder Mohamed Elneny have also been linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium.And Gunners boss Emery hinted there could be more departures with Italian, German, French and Spanish teams able to add to their squads for several weeks.“I am really delighted with our work. The club did everything to get the best players to help us and to make our squad stronger,” Emery told reporters on Friday.“As you can understand, we are changing players at the last moment and also with Laurent Koscielny, he was the first captain, and he left us five days ago.“Also, we have had other players come in. Now we have the squad and we have finished the transfer market, but it’s still open in other countries.“Unfortunately, we can achieve the last moment finishing yesterday with some players but now in the next 25 days we could lose some players.”Arsenal start their Premier League campaign at Newcastle on Sunday, with the distinct possibility that none of their six new players will be in the starting line-up.Tierney is nursing a groin problem and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos took a heavy challenge to his ankle in last week’s friendly defeat by Barcelona.Luiz and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe are both short of full fitness.“We are going to start Sunday with players who I am very convinced can perform now at 100 percent,” Emery added.“For some, that’s impossible for them to achieve that performance for us because they arrived later or started training with us after injuries.”– Lacazette injury worry –Lacazette could miss Arsenal’s season-opener against Newcastle © AFP/File / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSAlexandre Lacazette could also miss out as he continues his recovery from an ankle issue suffered in the Emirates Cup loss to Lyon.Arsenal missed out on the top four by a single point and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea in Emery’s first season.But following their busy transfer window, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery is now keen to push on and secure a return to the Champions League.“The Premier League is the best competition in the world,” he said. “We are going to work and be with a big challenge to compete in this competition to find the top four.“The Premier League is the most important competition and we are going to start on Sunday and it is going to give us the regularity and consistency in 38 matches.“It’s the first way for us to achieve our targets and objectives to be in the top four, but we know it’s going to be difficult.”0Shares0000(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Unai Emery is still open to selling players © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Manager Unai Emery says Arsenal can challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League despite admitting more players could leave before the European transfer deadlines.Emery made six signings during the English transfer window, including Chelsea defender David Luiz and Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney.last_img read more

Newcomers get rude welcomes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So this is what they waited 15 years for in Cincinnati. The crowd works itself into a lather for the Bengals’ first playoff game since 1990, the defense begins the game with a stop (a cause for celebration right there) and the first playoff pass of Carson Palmer’s career is a beautiful rainbow that lands right in the arms of Chris Henry far, far down field. And then the curtain, steel or otherwise, came down. As everyone admired the throw, Palmer lay back near the goal line, clutching his left knee. Right away everyone knew this was not a good sign, with the possible exception of the Denver Broncos, who would be Cincinnati’s next opponent. Even Kimo von Oelhoffen, the Steelers lineman and former Bengal who had grabbed onto Palmer’s leg as he threw, seemed aghast when Palmer wasn’t getting up. Moments later, Palmer was loaded onto a cart with two torn knee ligaments and taken away, along with – for all intents and purposes – the Bengals’ playoff hopes. It was a rather forgettable postseason debut for Palmer, but the same could be said for the three other quarterbacks making their first playoff starts – Eli Manning, Byron Leftwich and Chris Simms. The weekend of the four debutantes might be best summed up as adding insult to injury. In one play, Palmer showed more than the others did all weekend. They led their teams to 13 points, and zero victories. On Saturday, Simms threw two interceptions, one of which set up a 6-yard touchdown drive for Washington and the other that sealed a 17-10 Tampa Bay loss. Leftwich, working against New England’s 31st-ranked pass defense, was sacked four times and threw his only touchdown pass to Asante Samuel, who happens to play for the Patriots, 28-3 winners over Jacksonville. Then, on Sunday, the bar was lowered further by Manning. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 113 yards, three interceptions and also lost a fumble in the Giants’ 23-0 loss to Carolina. The last time a home team was shut out in the playoffs was when the Rams – then based in Los Angeles – beat Tampa Bay, 9-0, on Jan. 6, 1980 – or 363 days before Manning was born. The last time anyone was shut out in the playoff might be a little more familiar. It happened to his brother, Peyton, when the Jets whipped the Colts, 41-0, in the 2002 playoffs. Also blanked Sunday was the Giants’ big play receiver, Plaxico Burress, who hasn’t disappeared like this since, well, since the last time he was in the playoffs. Burress caught one pass for Pittsburgh in the first 58 minutes of last season’s AFC championship game. This is what seemed to bother Tiki Barber the most, even more than Carolina outrushing New York, 223-41. Said Barber, noting Burress’ goose egg: “That’s just a testament that our game plan wasn’t the right one.” Of course, it was not a good weekend for the Barber family, with Tiki’s twin Ronde losing in Tampa Bay. It also had to be especially frustrating that both brothers lost at home, but it should not be surprising. The past two seasons, the home teams in the wild-card round have lost six of eight games, including all four in the NFC. After one weekend, the tournament is beginning to look like the past couple of years, when the real football is being played in the AFC, while the NFC is sorted out by the JVs. If Carolina and Washington moved on, it appeared to be mainly thanks to their hosts, and remember that none of them were in the playoffs a year ago. Meanwhile, New England and Pittsburgh probably won’t have enough to beat Denver and Indianapolis – the Broncos’ only loss in their past four meetings with the Patriots was by four points with Danny Kannell at quarterback. But these were the two best teams in the NFL a year ago and might have been again if not for injuries. All that will be sorted out next weekend. The most important thing to take from this one is that experience matter as quarterback. Tom Brady and Jake Delhomme are now a combined 14-1 in the playoffs and Mark Brunell has twice taken teams to a conference title game, though if his performance Saturday is any indication, the next time it will be the other way around. Then there was the performance of Ben Roethlisberger. A year ago, he was a jittery neophyte, surviving the Jets and getting overwhelmed by the Patriots. His quarterback rating for the two games was 61.3. Against Cincinnati, Roethlisberger looked like he’d been there before. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 208 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His quarterback rating Sunday was 148.7. It was the type of performance the Bengals needed from their quarterback, given that their defense played just as it had the last two months, when it allowed more points than anyone in the NFL. From Palmer, it was possible; from Jon Kitna, it wasn’t. As he contemplates surgery and a long recovery that might prevent him from being ready for training camp or the season opener, Palmer in one respect finds himself in the same position as Simms, Leftwich and Manning. That they’ll have better luck next time. Billy Witz covers the NFL for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3621 or billy.witz@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

England reach final stage of Nations League with stunning comeback win over Croatia

first_img Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kane’s sliding finish proved to be the winner MONEY The game appeared to be drifting away from England until Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho were thrown on and their impact was immediate.The hosts found a second wind and Lingard levelled the score – tapping the ball home on the goalline after Joe Gomez’s long throw bamboozled the Croatian defence.Croatia nearly regained straight away but Pickford got a strong hand to Domagoj Vida’s powerful header.And Zlatko Dalic’s men were made to pay when Kane turned home Ben Chilwell’s free-kick from the left on 85 minutes to send England to the finals of the Nations League. BEST OF Kramaric gave Croatia an undeserved lead on 57 minutes 4 REVEALED England made it to the final stage of the UEFA Nations League in dramatic fashion with a stunning turnaround victory over Croatia at Wembley.Quickfire goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane cancelled out Andrej Kramaric’s deflected effort to round off a magical 2018 for the Three Lions. Lingard and Kane turned the game around when England were staring into the abyss of Nations League relegation Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow ADVICE Going into the game, both teams had a chance of finishing first, second or bottom of the group and England nearly found themselves a goal down inside two minutes.A mix-up at the back between Jordan Pickford and Fabian Delph helped the ball break to Ante Rebic but his chip sailed over the bar. After that, Gareth Southgate’s men seized control of the game.Raheem Sterling missed a glorious chance to give them the lead when put through on goal but the Manchester City man was unable to show the same composure as he did against Spain last month and struck the ball straight at the keeper.Harry Kane then scooped the ball over from the resulting corner after latching onto John Stones’s header. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice The striker then had two quickfire efforts on goal, the first cleared off the line before Kane had his second effort saved by Lovre Kalinic.Ross Barkley then sliced a volley into the side-netting with the game somehow goalless at half-time.Sterling had another opportunity to give the Three Lions the lead but failed to properly control Kane’s pass from the left.And then Kramaric gave the visitors the lead against the run of play on 57 minutes. The frontman picked up the ball inside the box before eventually getting his shot away, which took a huge deflection off Eric Dier before dropping into the net. 4 England missed a catalogue of chances in the first-half Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011

first_imgKERRThe death has taken place of Paddy Kerr, St Bridget’s Terrace, Kerrykeel. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kerrykeel with burial afterwards in Fanavolty cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 was last modified: October 7th, 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

BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL O’LEARY’S DONEGAL RADIO STATION BID AXED

first_imgOff air – O’LearyBREAKING NEWS: A bid by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to win the radio license to broadcast to north Donegal has been axed…It was, of course, an April Fool.Some of you realised that. We think the gold miner from Carndonagh was the giveaway? Or the heavy metal loving granny from Ardara?https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/04/01/shock-last-minute-bid-for-donegal-radio-license-from-ryanair-boss/   BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL O’LEARY’S DONEGAL RADIO STATION BID AXED was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:April FoolDLFMHighland Radiomichael o’learylast_img read more