As Reports of Ebola Infections Wane, U. S Completes 12 Out of 17 ETUs

first_imgAmidst reports of drastic reduction in the infection rate of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, which is being evidenced by the low number of cases in the various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) around the country, the United States- led Military Operation United Shield (MOUS) has disclosed that 12 out of the 17 ETUs to be constructed across Liberia are completed or near completion.The 12 ETUs, which have been completed or nearing completion, are located sites in Tubmanburg, Bomi County; Senje, Grand Cape Mount County; Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and the southeastern region of the country.Major General Williams made the disclosure when he paid a farewell visit with and courtesy call on President Sirleaf last Friday, at her Foreign Affairs office.  During that occasion, he introduced his successor, Major General Gary Volesky, to the Liberian leader, an Executive Mansion statement said.Outgoing Commander Williams stressed that US troops, under his command, have been able to build six additional mobile labs.It may be recalled the US government, through President Barack Obama, early last month ramped up its assistance with the announcement of a 3,000-strong U.S. military team to West Africa “to combat and contain” what was then being referred to as an “extraordinarily serious epidemic.This new assistance would supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and increase the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the Ebola crisis.President Obama announced the plans of the expanded effort during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, amid alarm that the outbreak could spread. Officials had feared that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.Over a hundred members of the 3000 military personnel promised, headed by Major General Darryl Williams, arrived about five weeks ago kick starting a robust exercise of the US assistance to the country. But General Williams’  end of duty in Liberia is being considered by many Liberians  as shocking, abrupt and short-lived; for many of them had  began to admire his eloquence, stature, openness and frankness.Major General Williams expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf and the Liberian people for the level of enthusiasm they have demonstrated in forming a united front to fight the disease and that the U.S. army was happy to form part of.Commanding General Williams, at a brief but well coordinated occasion, transferred authority to another Major General, Gary J. Volesky at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia. The ceremony was characterized by military traditional activities.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the meeting with General Williams praised United States (US) army and Major General Darryl Williams for his leadership ahead of a military deployment in Liberia. The Liberian leader stressed that the vanguard role played by Major General Williams proves United States’  commitment to the relationship between both countries, especially in forming a common front to defeat the Ebola virus.In earlier remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Debora Malac, disclosed that beginning this week, U.S. military personnel will commence training of ETU personnel. Five hundred persons are expected to be trained per week and will be deployed to the new ETUs being constructed.Ambassador Malac said while Liberia makes progress in cutting transmission, the centers being constructed are part of the U.S. strategy in preparing for worst case scenario.Incoming U.S. Army Commander, Major General Gary Volesky, expressed renewed U.S. commitment to teaming up with Liberia to defeat the Ebola virus disease.He said the U.S. military’s intervention here will be characterized by flexibility, speed and confidence and expressed confidence in the collaboration of Armed Forces of Liberia’s Engineering Battalion with the U.S. forces.Major General Volesky said the AFL had demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and strength and informed the Liberian leader that the U.S.  army could not have done it alone without the collaboration with the AFL.Major General Williams has since departed the country,  describing Liberians as hospitable and always willing to help, the Mansion statement noted.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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NPA Boss Honored by 15 Groups

first_imgOver 15 prodemocracy, youth and student groups honored the NPA boss for her innovative performance and leadership of the NPA. Speaking at a program held in her honor as Managing Director of the Year 2014 in Monrovia on December 23, NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker attributed the success to her staff and the Liberian people who, she said, supported the Management over the year amidst the Ebola outbreak. “I am proud that NPA is Ebola free,” said Madam Parker. She recalled how the Management instituted several stringent measures to protect the port authority’s facilities across the country from being affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.Recently, the NPA Management celebrated Zero Ebola cases at its four port facilities in Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville and Harper with a promised to continuing the enforcement of its anti-Ebola measures.But Madam Parker noted that it wasn’t an easy task to achieve zero Ebola cases in an environment that employees hundreds of people.“We put our existing anti-Ebola measures into place and publicized them and we thank God that all of our workers, including top managers, are adhering to those measures,” she said. The port authority of Liberia handles over 80 percent of all goods and services imported into Liberia.Madam Parker knew that protecting the seaport facilities [the gateway to the Liberian economy] from being affected by the Ebola virus epidemic was critical to the survivability of the population.“We are aware of the importance of the port authority to the economy and so we are under obligation to secure and protect the port facility,” said the MD.Among those honoring the NPA boss were the Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), the Custodian of Rights Advocacy, the Borough Youth Association, Logan Town Old Timers, Labor Congress Women, Right-bank Youth Network, Liberian Newspapers Venders, the Port Truckers Association and the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), Coalition of Youths and Students for Better Liberia, Liberia Democratic Advancement, Conscious Young Women, Christian Youth Association, Islamic Youth Against Poverty and the Sinoe University Students Association (UL-Chapter), amongst others.  Mr. Joseph Deema, organizing chair of Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, cataloged over 10 counts on which he said his organization based its rating of the NPA boss.According to him, Madam Parker has impartiality provided scholarships to deserving students under the NPA corporate social responsibility program, improved security and protected the port facilities, increased workers pay and benefits and created a new department at the NPA to deal directly with environmental issues, amongst others.He emphasized his commendation to Madam Parker and the NPA Management for recording zero Ebola cases at the port facility.For his part, LINSU Secretary General Benedict Williams said the student movement has followed Madam Parker’s contribution towards the development of youths and students with keen interest.“She contributed towards student scholarship programs at the University of Liberia and other universities including high school students,” said Mr. Williams.The LINSU Secretary General also commended Madam Parker for playing a pivotal role in the construction of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Virginia. “We have all of these activities and concluded that indeed you are people-centered and development-oriented,” he said. Also speaking, the Secretary General of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) Calvin R. Summon assured Madam Parker of ULSU’s support towards helping her to achieve her goals. “We want you see your honor as a chance to continue to contribute towards the development and growth of NPA and the young people of Liberia… and I can assure you that ULSU will always be by your side,” he said. Receiving the honors, Madam Parker thanked the pro-democracy as well as youth and student groups for recognizing NPA Management’s efforts in making Liberia better.   “We [at NPA] don’t take your honors lightly. We respect it and treasure it because you motivate us, especially, civil society organizations innovate and push us hard to work,” said Madam Parker. Elated by the honors, the NPA Managing Director promised to display an even better performance in 2015. The NPA Managers Association and the Port Truckers also lavished praises at Madam Parker for exhibiting good leadership at NPA.     The National Port Authority (NPA) also announced a 13 percent increase in vessel traffic to Liberia. According to NPA Management, container traffic and deadweight tons have also grown thus resulting to growth in revenue turnover over the past few months. The National Port Authority was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1967 and amended in 1970 as a state-owned corporation to manage, plan, and build all public ports in Liberia. The NPA system has four ports: Freeport of Monrovia, Port of Buchanan, Port of Greenville, and Port of Harper. The Freeport of Monrovia is the largest and the main Port within the Authority’s network.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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Seafood operators schooled on best practices

first_imgAs Guyana seeks to expand its export markets for seafood products, local seafood operators underwent a one day training on how to improve the quality of their products as well as operations.A section of the participants at Thursday’s workshop on best practices in the fishery industryThe workshop held at the Regency Hotel on Thursday saw operators in the sector being brought up-to-date on fishery products regulations, good management practices, standard operating procedures, best practices, and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.Speaking at the workshop, Public Health Minister Dr George Norton pointed out that over the years Guyana has maintained “reasonably good” and “acceptable” standards of its seafood products for both local and international markets.He pointed out that with a growing fishery industry the sector has managed to contribute some US$50 million to the country’s export. He noted that while Guyana has already penetrated major markets in the Caribbean and the United State, it should aim to expand its seafood exports to untapped territories within the European Union.“We are aiming to get into the countries of the European Union and this tells us how important this symposium is… We in this country must feel confident to be able to export our products all over the world,” he urged.However, he outlined that the industry will have to implement the HACCP system, which can only happen when operators adhere to good manufacturing practices. In this regard, Dr Norton urged the participants to grasp the information made available during the training and apply it in their respective operations.On the other hand, Junior Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings underscored that in its drive to attain markets in EU nations, the workshop will assist local seafood operators in the with the necessary skills and approaches needed to expand markets, which will also in the future increase the country’s returns in exports.Meanwhile, Director of Veterinary Public Health Unit, Dr Joshua Da Silva, highlighted the importance of complying with international regulations and best practices, noting that otherwise there could be economic setbacks should Guyana be barred from exporting to key markets: “We must always think about food hygiene, food safety and sanitation from a global standpoint because it helps significantly not only in trade but also with regards to our own health.”Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud urged participants to use the information provided during the training to adopt best practices in order to make Guyana’s seafood products of exemplary quality not only on the local market but internationally as well.He explained that with a growing market trend of aquaculture, the need to adopt international best practices is important.During the workshop, presentations were made on best practices in the areas of manufacturing, storage, maintenance, hygiene, waste disposal and use of food additives.last_img read more

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Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football ‘heroes’

first_img“We’d like to host them and share with them the joy football can give, and I hope this gesture can help after the events of the last few weeks.”La Liga said it wanted the 12 boys and their football coach, who form the Wild Boars soccer squad, to “watch many of their football heroes in action in person.”The boys were trapped for more than two weeks after setting off to explore a cave complex in northern Thailand and getting caught by rising floodwaters.One of the boys was wearing a Real Madrid t-shirt.La Liga said it had messaged all its clubs to invite them to participate.Football’s world governing body FIFA had invited the Wild Boars to Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow, but they remain too weak to come and must stay in hospital to make sure they have no infections.Two of them are being treated for symptoms of pneumonia.The last of the group was finally extracted on Tuesday after a painstaking and dangerous international rescue mission led by Thai Navy SEALs.The boys received scores of support from people as varied as US President Donald Trump, football star Lionel Messi or US technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thai students smile as they hold pictures of 12 boys and their fooball coach at a school in front of hospital where the boys rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days have been brought for observation in Chiang Rai. © AFP / TANG CHHIN SothyMADRID, Spain, Jul 11 – Spain’s La Liga football league has invited the schoolboy team rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand to come watch a game once they have recovered from their ordeal to meet their “heroes.”“When the time is right, and everyone involved is ready I’d personally like to invite the children and the coach to attend a La Liga match” in Spain, president Javier Tebas said in a statement Wednesday.last_img read more

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Exhibit to feature returned masterpieces

first_imgROME – Dozens of treasures from the Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations will go on display Friday in an exhibition featuring many of the ancient masterpieces recovered in Italy’s campaign against illegal trafficking in antiquities. The exhibit at the Quirinal presidential palace hosts 68 masterpieces of pottery, sculpture and painting handed over by international museums and collections as Rome increased pressure to return artifacts that authorities here maintain were dug up illegally or stolen and smuggled out of Italy. “Now their odyssey is over, they are going home,” Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli said at a presentation to the media Monday. More than half of the pieces to be displayed come from a deal signed in September with California’s J. Paul Getty Museum after more than a year of negotiations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMost of the other treasures were also returned by U.S. museums, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Princeton University Art Museum. Featuring huge vases – or “kraters” – used to mix wine and water, and statues of gods and mythological figures, the treasure from Italy’s crackdown is worthy of the spoils of an ancient warrior. Among the artifacts returned by the Getty is a 4th century B.C. marble statue of a helpless deer being attacked by winged griffins. The statue still bears traces of blue and red paint. There’s also a bronze mirror cast 2,200 years ago by the Etruscan civilization in central Italy, featuring Penelope and Ulysses sharing their long-awaited reunion. Much of the pottery displayed bears the red figures typical of the vases produced in the Greek colonies of southern Italy, as in the 4th century B.C. krater looted near Naples showing Europa carried away by Zeus masquerading as a bull. Other artifacts include an Etruscan perfume vase in the form of a duck, frescoes from Pompeii, and a 3rd century statue, returned by Boston, of Vibia Sabina, the wife of the Emperor Hadrian. Also displayed is a 6th century B.C. marble statue of a young woman, returned by the Getty to Greece and on loan for the Rome event. Still missing from the exhibit is the prized Euphronius Krater, a 2,500-year-old vase by the Greek artist that will be added to the show when the Met hands it over in January, organizers said. Rutelli noted that under the deals with the museums, Italy will give long-term loans of equally significant treasures. Authorities have generally recognized that museum officials bought looted artifacts in good faith from dealers who sold them after they were spirited out of the country. But in a case that put pressure on the art market, Italy has put on trial former Getty curator Marion True and art dealer Robert Hecht, accusing them of knowingly acquiring dozens of allegedly looted ancient artifacts. The two deny wrongdoing. Italian officials have said they negotiating for other pieces at museums and collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Quirinal exhibit runs through March 2 and admission is free except on Sunday, when it costs $7.20. Rutelli said officials were still studying where all the pieces will ultimately be displayed.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

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Science facility breaks ground

first_imgLA MIRADA – It will be at least another year before it’s built, but La Mirada High students say they’re already looking forward to a new science building being planned on the south end of campus. On Wednesday, the school officially broke ground on the $8 million facility, which will feature six state-of-the-art science labs, 10 classrooms and several meeting spaces on two floors. “The science labs right now aren’t all that bad, but this sure is going to make science more interesting,” said junior Stephanie Felix, 16, as she peered at a rendering of the new facility after Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony. “At the very least it’ll be more comfortable, because right now the stools are too small and the chairs are high,” Felix said. As modernization at the school progresses, students will be moved into those facilities in order to free up space for the new science building, Vasquez said. Architect Brian Dougherty said the new building will introduce “scale and form” to the campus, incorporating as many energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive features as possible. “Please excuse the dust and the disruption for one more year,” Dougherty told students, staff and administrators. “It will be worth it.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The 24,000-square-foot building will be paid for with funds from the $165 million Measure S bond, which voters approved in November 2002. But the planning for the science building began before the bond was even passed, officials said, as were many of the bond-funded construction projects. “Every time we expand our facilities, we have the opportunity to expand the potential of our students and help them achieve higher academic results,” Pauline Deal, president of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board of trustees, said at the ceremony. “But we couldn’t have done this without the bond, and the students will benefit from what the community has chosen to invest in,” she added. Isela Vasquez, the district’s facilities planning director, said most of the portable classrooms that are on the site of the new building will be moved to other schools and one will be demolished. last_img read more

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DONEGAL LADIES COME UP SHORT IN BATTLE WITH LAOIS

first_imgDONEGAL’S Senior Ladies put in a battling performance away against Laois in their opening game of the season, but were overpowered by their hosts in the end.Laois had raced into a five points to one lead early in the first half, aided by a strong wind in Crettyard.Although Donegal pulled a goal back, Laois led 1-08 to 1-02 at the break. The hosts increased their lead in the second half, with two more Donegal goals keeping them in touch.But Laois piled on more points to win 2-18 to 3-05. DONEGAL LADIES COME UP SHORT IN BATTLE WITH LAOIS was last modified: February 2nd, 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:donegal ladiesLaoislast_img read more

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MIRACLE MAN OISIN MAKES LONG AWAITED RETURN TO FINN PARK

first_imgOisin is welcomed home to Finn Park by Ollie, Shane & Aidan as he came to support his USL team-mates today.Finn Harps U19 star Oisin Merritt made his long awaited return to Finn Park earlier this afternoon for the USL clash between Finn Harps and Bonagee United.Oisin had played for the Finn Harps reserve side several times earlier this season, before he suffered a serious injury while holidaying in Santa Ponsa in June.Doctors were astounded by Oisin’s miraculous recovery and continues to get stronger since returning to Ireland last month to begin his rehabilitation. On Friday, Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher visited him for a kick about before heading to Croke Park for yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Armagh.Oisin posted on his timeline on Facebook, “Me and the two main men out for a kick about, what a visit that was. Absolute gentlemen!His day then got better when doctors allowed him to return home for the weekend.Today, players and management at Finn Park were absolutely delighted to see Oisin return to Finn Park to cheer on his USL teammates.  MIRACLE MAN OISIN MAKES LONG AWAITED RETURN TO FINN PARK was last modified: August 10th, 2014 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:Finn ParkHome-page NewsOisin MerrittSportlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB LOTTO WON AFTER THREE YEARS!

first_imgAfter three long years, the Glenswilly GAA club lotto of €6,700 has been won.The winner was well-known clubman Paddy Devine from Newmills.Paddy and wife Mary were last night popping the champagne corks at their home in Milltown.The club wishes Paddy and family health to enjoy their little windfall. GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB LOTTO WON AFTER THREE YEARS! was last modified: June 24th, 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:Glenswilly club lottoPaddy Devinelast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgEbb & Flow waiting hard on the final at Michael & Anne Watters house in Tullycleave, Ardara!!THE wacky things Donegal fans get up to never cease to amaze.Here’s all your pix for today – thanks to everyone who sent in pictures as the clock ticks to All-Ireland Final Sunday.Send yours to info@donegaldaily.com. Sara and Lea Keelan whose mum comes from Glenswilly but now lives in Monaghan show there true colours for DonegalCarndonagh’s Obama-style makeover of Jim McGuinnessPicture of Conal Hunter and Daniel ‘Don’t like getting wet’ Gallagher from Maghery, Dungloe. Both lads love their sailing so thought what better way to fly the Donegal flag than dying some of their sails in the county colours. They can be seen out in Dungloe Bay with these flying most evenings although the bottom of the boat is seen as often as the top!!! Pic Siobhan HunterCathair Browne (6), son of Eugene and Kate Browne from the Crossroads, Killygordon. Unfortunately the wee fella won’t get to go to the All Ireland even though he was at every other game this year (apart from the Tyrone game as Mum and Dad were on their honeymoon!!!). I know he would love this to be published, a fine young man and hopefully he will have other chances at going to see Donegal play in an All Ireland. Sending the wee man big love from Brisbane (I went home after 5 years away from Donegal to his Mum and Dads wedding this June) — thanks, Érin O’Ruain (Best Friend of Eugene Browne) Done!In the photo with John 3:7 at Houston Station on the morning of the Cork match, from left to right; Laura Ferry (Sweeney) – Gweedore, Yvonne Sweeney (Burtonport girl, turned Laois girl), Mr. John 3:7 himself, Seamus O Connor and Maureen Scully (2 Laois natives up in Dublin giving support to Donegal for the day) and Ciaran Ferry – Gweedore…Brid Sweeney produced another memorable pic from the Rosses  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 14th, 2012 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) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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