Swift Economic Recovery in Sight

first_imgThe World Bank Group (WBG) has outlined several development initiatives that would assist Liberia in its post-Ebola recovery exercise. Through its President Jim Yong Kim, the WBG named five strategic areas that the bank is to prioritize in order to get the Liberian economy back on track.The World Bank has also pledged to help government manage the consequences of the Ebola epidemic on the public accounts. The bank, according to its president, is working closely with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in preparing several tranches of budget support to the government.The WBG President, who was on a one day visit to Liberia, said he and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other government officials, during a closed-door meeting, discussed the importance of finishing the job on Ebola and beginning the work on economic recovery.He made the disclosure at a press stakeout with President Sirleaf in the foyer of the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. Dr. Kim was heading a high level World Bank delegation to the country. He noted that the WBG is committed to help Liberian authorities in the coming 18 months in key areas that would help reawaken the economy as quickly as possible.With the Ebola outbreak at a stabilized stage, next up in the hearts and minds of many is the status of the already fragile Liberian economy, which has plummeted further as a result of the epidemic, thus the imminent intervention of the WBG is indeed a highly welcome move.This means that the worries of some government officials, especially President Sirleaf and Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, are at the verge of being alleviated to some extent.It is recalled that Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Konneh, recently said that in the face of the ongoing Ebola crisis, the Liberian economy is being dealt a huge blows, receding by over 6 percent in less than six months.He said the gross domestic product (GDP) was projected to have grown by 5.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, but it is now revised downward to 0.4 percent due to the health crisis in the country. In 2013, projected GDP growth was 8.0 percent, but it was later revised downward to 5.9 percent prior to the Ebola outbreak.GDP growth was further projected downward to 2.5 percent after the Ebola outbreak and has now shrunk into negative growth.With the increasing threats the Ebola outbreak poses to the economy, the Liberian Government also revised its draft fiscal budget downward reducing revenue projections from over US$540 million to about US$470 million. This is happening in the face of increasing government spending.Dr. Kim speaking at the press stakeout said the WBG, which has already provided US$200 million dollars to Liberia for the Ebola crisis, is in collaboration with some financial institutions preparing several tranches of budget support to the government. This will help alleviate some of government’s worries and fears.He said the bank will continue to support the government’s ambitious plan to get to zero cases as soon as possible. This involves making sure that every community is protected from the virus and that all Liberians have access to the health care they deserve.“But we don’t need to wait to get to zero to start working on the economic recovery, so our second area of support is agriculture. Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy and we are concerned that agricultural production has dropped as a result of the epidemic,”“We will help Liberian farmer recover from this crisis. We must make sure that the Ebola outbreak is not followed by a food security crisis,” he said.The bank is also poised to help improve selected infrastructure that are critical for economic competitiveness, such as urban infrastructure, access to electricity, and the construction of roads and bridges that connect farmers to markets.He congratulated the government for its leadership in handling the emergency response to Ebola, further encouraging President Sirleaf to continue working with neighbors to strengthen the regional response and promote greater regional integration.President Sirleaf welcomed Dr. Kim and his delegation to Liberia and said that the Bank has been a long standing partner to Liberia beginning in the 1960s and has supported much of the country’s development efforts.“In most recent years, we have had from you and your team the kind of support that has enabled us to make a lot of progress on our vision 2030 and our Agenda for Transformation.The Bank’s support cut across many sectors including energy, roads, agriculture, health, education, in all of which the Liberian leader said the country has made much progress as a result of the Bank’s support and that of other partners.She said Dr. Kim has been exceptional in his support to Liberia since the outbreak of the virus by bringing his personal knowledge of the health sector and organizing some of his colleagues in the sector, who in turn have become partners to the government.He has also provided support that have enabled Liberians to combat the disease and “I dare say the progress we have made come from that very support, including budgetary support.“As we continue to work with you, moving along our plans of being able to treat the disease, moving on to making sure that our communities take responsibilities to ensure that we move up to zero and at some point in time being very conscious that we remain resilient as a people,” said President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Outsourcing the Ebola Fight Won’t Hurt

first_imgMuch has been said about outsourcing the Ebola fight to one or more international medical organizations with expertise in handling this pandemic.Recently our Senate Correspondent J. Burgess Carter reported that most Senators had called on the National Ebola Task Force,  headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and co-Chaired by the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Health, respectively, to outsource the Ebola combat program.  They suggested Médicins San Frontiers (MSF) and other international health-related organizations, which have past experiences in handling such outbreaks.The Senators argued that the Liberian Government has been  overwhelmed and no longer has the capacity to contain the disease.Despite their initial approval of US$5 million and later US$15 million, there were still cries for more funding, and that the situation in the counties was worsening daily.They further argued that since the declaration of the State of Emergency, there are no indications that government was winning the anti-Ebola war. “We need to change our strategy because we have too many bureaucracies.The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), citing poor coordination between government functionaries, has backed the Senators’ call for outsourcing the fight.But speaking September 3, at  the ELWA Hospital compound,  where she welcomed some survivors being discharged,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf rejected the call for outsourcing the Ebola fight.  The fact that Liberian doctors, nurses and other health workers are taking effective care of and healing their people “was evidence that they need more support to continue to do their good work.”However, weighing both arguments, we think it’s high time that GOL officially outsources the Ebola fight, which is clearly already unofficially outsourced to these international organizations, such as MSF, Doctors without Borders and WHO.Our reason for this is based on many factors, but we will treat just three of them.GOL, having allotted at least US$20 million toward the anti-Ebola campaign, has been only able to manage an isolation center with less than 40 beds; which has consequently caused the spreading of the disease in many parts of the country. Credible sources told us two days ago that there were 67 patients against 35 beds at the GOL-run facility at ELWA 2.Because of the woeful lack of beds to take in all of the sick and suspected patients, Ebola victims have been turned away to wait until beds are available, either by death or the discharging of few survivors.  The disease is spreading so fast that all the isolation facilities are now filled and are refusing to admit new patients.Moreover, government has not been able to erect a center in other affected counties, including Nimba, where the disease is raging.The $5 million made available by GOL has been exhausted; yet the virus is spreading and more and more people are dying.There are two other isolation facilities in Monrovia, one at the ELWA Hospital compound; and the other within the cholera unit of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, that is being run by hired Ugandan medical practitioners through WHO. The GOL has announced the construction of new facilities not with public funding, but monies from donors, and those facilities are going to be managed by these international medical partners, too.International financial institutions, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank, have all announced funding the campaign against the virus, but said monies won’t be handed to the Government, but instead, to WHO and others. The WB and AfDB have not said why they don’t intend to handover this other funding over to GOL, as in the past with other monies they have provided.Of very grave concern also is the fate of children of parents who have contracted the virus or who have died. As of yet, there aren’t any plans from the GOL concerning the welfare of these children. This one thing seems to have been forgotten, provoking a candid and questioning response from the National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB).We think by outsourcing, GOL can now focus its attention on trying to reopen all of the now closed health centers and hospitals, whose closure has led to many unnecessary non-Ebola deaths.   Health personnel in these institutions have been demanding personnel protective equipment and other incentives before returning to work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden construction worker regains consciousness, remains hospitalised

first_imgThirty-eight-year-old Samuel Porter, who was discovered in an unconscious state on the Washer Pond Road at Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), on Saturday August 17 has regained consciousness but remains a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Porter, who is a resident of West Watooka, Wismar, Linden, was transferred to the medical institution after he was discovered lying on the roadway with several injuries to his head, both hands, knees and feet.The victim’s sister, Deesa Bethune, had told Police that she last saw him in good health at approximately 17:30h on Friday, August 16, 2019, at West Watooka.At the time, she noted he was at his mother’s home, but left sometime later to purchase something at Mackenzie, Linden.Police had questioned several persons in the said area but noted, however, that no useful information was received.Speaking in relation to the incident on Monday, E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Linden Lord noted that Police are waiting for the victim to recuperate before questioning him in relation to what may have transpired.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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UG connects Tain, Turkeyen campuses

first_imgStudents from the University of Guyana’s Tain Campus can now access courses offered at the University’s Turkeyen Campus without leaving Berbice. This is now possible with the launch of the Teleconferencing Platform, which connects the two campuses.UG, in collaboration with the Public Telecommunications Ministry, on Monday launched the Teleconferencing Platform at the Centre for Information Technology (CIT), Turkeyen Campus.Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith said the Platform, donated by Huawei – a China-based company, was just one step towards connecting the University’s campuses. He added that he intended to push the envelope of engagement not only within and between the classrooms, but also in the communities for wider participation.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes said Government wanted to ensure there was more connectivity between the country’s premier tertiary institution and other stakeholders. “Today, we are celebrating the operation of our teleconferencing facility, which has been given as a gift to UG, and from a macro perspective, this teleconferencing suite is one more step in the march towards creating a higher level of digital connectivity for all citizens of Guyana,” she said.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes (right); UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith (centre) and Dr Paloma Mohammed cutting the ribbon at the launching of the Teleconferencing Platform“…where we are hoping to take Guyana as a country means that we want to ensure that we can provide, as a Government, more and more digital services online,” Hughes added.The Minister revealed that it was hoped that birth registration, passport and driver’s licence applications would be available online since that would be more efficient and less time-consuming. Minister Hughes underscored the importance of the teleconferencing suite, noting that it would allow students from the Tain Campus the opportunity to take courses only offered at the Turkeyen Campus, without the hassle of travelling back and forth between Berbice and Georgetown.“With the use of technology we recognise that we can connect distant locations and that, of course, makes it easy for individuals, for students, for teachers in our society and communities to be able to connect. This equipment was a gift from Huawei and they actually presented this to Guyana since 2013. We are excited; I am excited, that finally with the help of capable staff at the ICT [Information and Communications Technology] Department here at UG and with my staff they’ve made the commitment – that guess what? although the instructions for assembling this unit is actually in Mandarin, they decided that they would put their heads together and they have delivered,” Hughes commended.She also revealed that the unit would be powered by the Ministry’s e-Government Unit. Hughes added that through the e-Governanace Agency, they have been able to connect 84 schools, 20 educational institutions and created some 56 ICT hubs.last_img read more

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Dorrans withdraws from Scotland squad to face Germany

first_img Graham Dorrans in action for West Brom 1 West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans has become the latest player to withdraw from Scotland’s squad to face Germany.The Scottish Football Association confirmed just ahead of manager Gordon Strachan’s media conference that Dorrans was out through injury.Defenders Christophe Berra and Andy Robertson pulled out on Wednesday.last_img

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Rather sues CBS for millions

first_imgRather narrated a September 2004 report saying that Bush had disobeyed orders and shirked some of his duties during his National Guard service and that a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush’s record. In his lawsuit, Rather maintains that the story was true, but that if any aspect of the broadcast wasn’t accurate, he was not responsible for the errors. The story relied on four documents, supposedly written by Bush’s commander in the Texas Air National Guard, the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Critics questioned the documents’ authenticity and suggested they were forged. A CBS review determined the story was neither fair nor accurate. CBS fired the story’s producer and asked for the resignation of three executives because it could not authenticate documents used in the story, and Rather was forced out of the anchor chair he had occupied for 24 years. Rather’s lawsuit says he was forced to apologize, although “as defendants well knew, even if any aspect of the broadcast had not been accurate, which has never been established, Mr. Rather was not responsible for any such errors.” By making Rather apologize publicly, “CBS intentionally caused the public and the media to attribute CBS’ alleged bungling of the episode to Mr. Rather,” the lawsuit claimed. As a result, some news media called the event “Rathergate.” He also claimed that after removing him as anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” the network gave him fewer and less important assignments and little airtime on “60 Minutes” and “60 Minutes II.” At the time, Rather was making $6 million a year, the lawsuit says. Rather claimed in the suit that his departure was ultimately caused by Viacom Chairman Redstone, who found it best for the company to gain favor with the Bush administration by damaging Rather. An “enraged” Redstone said the newsman and anyone associated with him had to go, according to the lawsuit. Richard Thornburgh, the former U.S. attorney general who made up the two-man investigative panel with Louis D. Boccardi, the retired chief executive of The Associated Press, said he was unaware of Rather’s lawsuit. Reached at his home in Washington, Thornburgh said only: “Our report speaks for itself.” Boccardi did not return messages left by The Associated Press. Issued in January 2005, the 224-page report portrayed Rather as “pushed to the limit” with other stories at the time of the “60 Minutes Wednesday” report. He relied on a trusted producer and didn’t check the story for accuracy or, apparently, didn’t even see it before he introduced it on the program, the panel said. CBS rushed the story on the air and then blindly defended it when holes became apparent, said the panel, which was unable to say conclusively whether memos disparaging Bush’s service were real or fake. The fired CBS News producer, Mary Mapes, later wrote that the panel’s examination of the story “read more like a prosecutorial brief than an independent investigation.” Her book surrounding the controversy was published in 2005. Rather, who didn’t return messages Wednesday, worked at CBS News starting in 1962, then replaced Walter Cronkite in 1981 as “CBS Evening News” anchorman until signing off March 9, 2005. With his intense on-air demeanor, Rather had his detractors, and his broadcast was a distant third in the evening news ratings when he stepped down. CBS News’ ratings rebounded under short-term successor Bob Schieffer, but they have plummeted under Katie Couric, who took over the broadcast in September 2006. Rather has moved on to a weekly news show on cable’s HDNet channel, “Dan Rather Reports,” but the effort has garnered little attention.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JOURNALISM: Newscaster says his superiors made him a “scapegoat” of a disputed story on Bush’s military service. By Samuel Maull THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and his former bosses Wednesday, claiming they made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War. Rather, 75, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the story, said the actions of the defendants damaged his reputation and caused him significant financial loss. The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, claims the network intentionally botched the aftermath of the story about Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard and had Rather take the fall to “pacify” the White House. He was removed from his job at “CBS Evening News” in March 2005. Besides CBS Corp., the suit names former CBS parent company Viacom Inc., CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, and Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News. The suit seeks $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. “These complaints are old news, and this lawsuit is without merit,” CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said. Viacom had no comment. last_img read more

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DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT

first_imgAn information night for those interested in participating in Relay for Life Donegal 2014 will be held at the Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town tonight, Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 7:30 pm.The Relay for Life event.But why should we give up our free time to consider joining the Relay for Life cause?20 people each week are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal; that’s 1000 people every year, hence why we say there’s “1000 REASONS TO RELAY”. Relay gives individuals the opportunity to CELEBRATE the lives of people that have overcome cancer, to show SUPPORT to those currently undergoing treatment, to REMEMBER people lost to the disease, to offer support and strength to families that have lost their loved ones and to FIGHT BACK through inspiring people to take action against a disease that has taken too much.Relay for Life Donegal allows participants to develop friendships and support networks (e.g.) the Survivors Choir. It provides the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the local community. It reminds us how kind people can be and restores our faith in humanity.Schools participate in Relay for Life Donegal to highlight to their students the importance of contributing to society and to allow students to develop their skills and qualities.Businesses and organisations get involved with Relay for Life, Donegal in order to develop delegation, empowerment and co – operative relationships within the workplace. Families, friends and colleagues relay together to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER and FIGHT BACK (as previously mentioned).Hence why Relay for Life is suitable for everyone to participate at. DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT was last modified: February 11th, 2014 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:Donegal TownRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Man City plotting massive £88million raid on Juventus

first_imgManchester City are lining up a huge £88million bid for Juventus star Douglas Costa.Despite surging to the Premier League title with a record points haul, City are expected to be active during the summer window. Douglas Costa in action for Juventus last season. 1center_img And, according to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset, talented winger Costa could be one of the first big names to arrive.The Brazilian arrived at Juve 12 months ago on a season-long loan following two mixed years at Bayern Munich.During his first season in Serie A, he managed 31 appearances but only 18 of them came from the start.He did, however, contribute four goals and Juve shelled out £35million to make the switch permanent earlier this month.But the 27-year-old could be set to leave almost straight away should City offer them the chance to pocket £88million for the sale.Juve are hoping to complete a summer deal for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio and may be tempted to sell Costa in order to raise funds for the swoop.last_img read more

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Man City star Kevin De Bruyne nearly snaps Adnan Januzaj in half with horror tackle

first_img 2 2 In a shocking turn of events however, the Premier League ‘Playmaker of the Year’ winner instead decides to follow through.The end result sees Januzaj almost flip through the air and De Bruyne walk off as if nothing has happened.At the end of the video, it seems as though the Man City man even appears to say something to his fallen colleague, although that is not clear enough to determine. Stevig tackeltje op training, toch? 😅 pic.twitter.com/jkdchklFLi— Enzio Houwaart (@EnzioHouwaart) June 14, 2018Does he get the ball or would he see red in a FIFA World Cup game? Kevin De Bruyne may need to apologise to Adnan Januzaj after a horror tackle in training was caught on camera.Although the Manchester City star is better known for his silky skills than his crunching tackles, he certainly held nothing back in the exchange with Januzaj.center_img The former Manchester United winger, who was a surprise inclusion to Roberto Martinez’s squad, was calling for a ball on the right-wing during a training game.Sensing a pass was about to come, De Bruyne hurtled in from a deep position to intercept the pass from reaching the Real Sociedad man.However, he cannot get the ball before it reaches the feet of the 23-year-old and crashes into him at full pelt.With the Belgians set to begin their campaign against Panama on Monday, you would have perhaps expected to see the playmaker be somewhat restrained in his tackle. The Man City man walks away with the 23-year-old left in a heap De Bruyne races in to crunch into Januzaj last_img read more

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FISH FARM LAY-OFFS ARE TEMPORARY SAYS COMPANY

first_imgThe Management at Marine Harvest in Fanad has said the layoffs planned for the new year at their Rinmore processing plant are of a temporary nature.There will be temporary lay-offs at Marine HarvestStaff at Marine Harvest plant say they have learned that the layoffs are for a period of six weeks from December 23rd.The company has recently rebranded its image and is now known as Comlacht Iasc Fanaid Teoranta (C.I.F.T). The company said the layoffs arise because of the ongoing problem with fish losses from aqua bloom and jellyfish and the salmon that should remain in the sea until January and February next are now being harvested as the company moves to minimise its losses.The company recently told the Tirconail Tribune that while the lost a large volume of salmon in 2012 because of above average sea temperature they are now more confident that that they’ve moved on from those losses and are employing new methods of managing the problem.However they did concede that fish deaths are a recurring problem.The company has again moved to assure long -term workers that the business is not in financial difficulties. However there are local concerns the company may be considering leaving Ireland with the potential loss of 255 jobs. Marine Harvest says they are not in a position at this stage to how many positions will be affected since their analysis of the situation is ongoing.Staff in the production sector at their Rinmore plant are being offered alternative positions, some in retraining to minimise layoffs.Staff at Rinmore have already been working on reduced hours and there are obvious concerns with the consequent loss of earnings.However the company says that not every worker can be accommodated as a result of their new ‘accelerated harvesting operation’ and a number of layoffs are inevitable.Again the company has blamed the inordinate delays in getting extra licences from the Government. Marine Harvest has been battling to get a new licence in Lough Swilly for the past twenty years. They point to the reality that had they been given those licences, the problem of fish losses could have been dealt with differently and no layoffs would be needed. The company creates revenue of €15 million locally and it is battling difficulties from recurring amoebic gill disease in mature salmon in the past two years.And while this year’s losses are described as ‘manageable’ the fallout from last year’s devastating mortalities continues to have a big impact since the production of salmon is a three-year cycle.Deputy Joe McHugh has confirmed that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture will meet with the management of Marine Harvest in the next month about developing Donegal’s aquaculture industry.FISH FARM LAY-OFFS ARE TEMPORARY SAYS COMPANY was last modified: October 17th, 2013 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:fish farmlay-offsMarine Harvestlast_img read more

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