EU Brings in More Ebola Relief Supplies

first_imgKarel Doorman, a vessel of the Royal Dutch Navy, is expected to make its second docking in the Port of Monrovia on Friday, January 2, 2015, bringing urgently needed medical and relief supplies offered by the European Union (EU) Member states of Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and some international organizations—the World Food Program (WFP)  and UNICEF).  These have been made possible through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), in response to the Ebola outbreak.The Ebola relief supply is intended for local NGOs and major aid actors formally involved in the Ebola response.The items consists of medical equipment, 4X4 vehicles, ambulances, personal protective equipment and masks, mobile hospital supplies, food, hospital beds, etc.Mr. Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, stated: “From the beginning of this crisis, it has been clear that the response to the Ebola epidemic requires not only funding for the NGOs and UN organizations working on the ground, but also equipment and personnel. A large number of EU Member States have now provided equipment in large volumes, much of it facilitated by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.”Mr. Stylianides said the use of a Dutch naval vessel, the Karel Doorman, to deliver assistance from nine Member States has been particularly impressive.The donated items include  ambulances, trucks, mobile hospitals and protective equipment.  They constitute a joint European effort with the support of our Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC),BackgroundOn its first mission to the three worst-hit countries in West Africa by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the Dutch Vessel, Karel Doorman, docked in the Freeport of Monrovia on November 24, 2014, with essential humanitarian supplies after a journey of over two weeks, with stops in the ports of Freetown and Conakry.The supplies brought to Liberia,  valued at €3.6 million included 23 containers of assorted medical supplies and drugs, 21 ambulances and other vehicles and one self-contained mobile  laboratory. The materials were donated to the Government and people of Liberia through various humanitarian agencies to bolster the Ebola fight as part of a coordinated European response under the European Response Coordination Mechanism.Key donors of the first supplies included the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands and other countries of the European Union (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Romania, and the United Kingdom).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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“Don’t attack GRA for enforcing the law!” – Finance Minister

first_imgBy Devina Samaroofinance Minister Winston Jordan was utterly astonished at the calls from the business community for the localFinance Minister Winston Jordantax authority to rethink its crackdown on errant entities, positing that the laws must be enforced.“I don’t know what it means to ease up enforcement… this is the problem we have… Once they (regulations) are on the books, we are obligated to enforce them in accordance with the law,” the Minister emphasised during a recent news conference.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland made the first call for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to put a hold on a current crackdown on non-compliant businesses in the mining town.The appeal later gained traction and Private Sector representatives subsequently made a similar demand, urging the tax body to rethink its enforcement of some regulations and modernise them where necessary.Completely appalled at the requests, Jordan made it clear that his Government will not encourage and promote a lax on enforcement; however, he mentioned that there are alternatives for dealing with the taxes if they are indeed too burdensome for businesses.“I just cannot believe it… If it’s a regulation, it has to be enforced. If you want it removed, we can discuss it with a view to alter and change, but you cannot rethink the enforcement,” he explained.Jordan pointed out that when the regulations were not enforced, stakeholders were crying out about unfair competition and unleveled playing fields and lamented that now, when the authorities have heeded to their initial requests, complains still exist.“These regulations were not being enforced and so it allowed an unfair advantage to those who benefited. When we begin to enforce the regulations, then people begin to cry.So you take a simple vendor who pays no taxes, GRA goes in and enforces the regulation and they are no longer competitive so that’s some level of demand and supply gonna fall… but on the other hand, the legitimate businesses are happy because their profits will go up, their sales will go up and so forth,” the Minister explained, noting that the compliant businesses are naturally going to benefit if the laws are upheld.Furthermore, Jordan dismissed claims that the GRA is only going after small businesses and not large corporations. He posited that poor public relations ought to be blamed for that perception.“It is not true, x big business wrote saying that they are facing unfair competition, I asked GRA what on earth you are doing because these are legitimate people who are paying and there is an elaborate structure in place that targets these different businesses.They have a PR issue and it appears as if they are going after the rum shop in West Demerara or the one in Linden and so on,” he explained, noting that tax enforcements are being done across the board.“It’s a countrywide measure aimed at getting people to legitimise themselves. We can’t on the one hand ask for legitimacy to take a foothold and at the same time when those who will be affected, we seek to have this ‘oh you know leave them and so on’,” he stated.Jordan reminded that one has to be extremely dispassionate when enforcing the laws. “You have to go after your mom or dad… Otherwise you’ll always have a friend who’ll say ‘don’t touch he’,” he highlighted.Moreover, he noted that in time, if everyone pays their taxes, the possibility exists that the taxes will eventually be reduced.“If everybody comes into the net, just think about how we can reduce taxes overall generally… We need to go after everybody so that if the take is wider, we can bring down the rates over time,” he opined.last_img read more

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Climate Change Office targets 51 schools in outreach programme

first_imgA climate change education and sensitisation campaign aimed at raising awareness about the phenomena and what it means for Guyana was on Thursday launched at the St Ambrose Primary School. The 2018 outreach programme which targets the students of 51 primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in 11 districts countrywide, is organised by the Office of Climate Change (OCC), which falls under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency, in collaboration with Guyana Youth and Environment Network (GYEN).Yasmin Bowman, Communications Specialist at the OCC, in an invited comment, explained that part of ensuring climate change resilience is ensuring there is an educated populace. “We [the OCC] believe that our young ones should be enlightened and informed about climate change because from our experience last year, we’ve noticed that a number of our children are not informed at all about climate change… We’re targeting both primary and secondary and also tertiary institutions throughout the year. We have post-secondary schools as well. We want students and young people to know how Guyana is being affected and ways in which they can adapt to change in climate,” she said. Bowman also noted that the sessions are designed to ensure that the delivery is tailored to match each school through a unique interactive approach, which is appropriate for the students’ level of understanding.During the course of the session at St Ambrose Primary on Thursday, a short film; ‘Siege on my land, Guyana’s Battle with Climate Change’ was shown. The video details the effects and causes of climate change, providing definitions for vital terms and showcases solutions for adapting to climate change, among other related areas. Subsequently, the team conducted an interactive session where the students were quizzed on what they learnt from the video and given prizes.GYEN’s executive member and one of the programme’s facilitators, Saliqa Zaman, said the organisation focuses on promoting education, training and involvement in all matters pertaining to the environment and sustainable development among young people. The organisation, apart from its collaboration with the OCC, is also partnering with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to execute activities for World Earth Hour. “For four years now, our members have been working with WWF in planning Earth Hour. This year we have a number of activities on Saturday, March 24.  We have the main activity which is the lights out concert beginning at 6:30 [18:30h] at the National Park. We also have lights out concert on the same day at Linden and Bartica beginning at 08:00 [20:00h],” she explained.The OCC last year executed a similar school programme where they held ‘green’ agenda sessions in schools located in Regions Four, Five, Six and 10. These sessions focused on effects of rising sea levels, the importance of water management and the impact of climate change on Guyana and the Caribbean region.last_img read more

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Crystal Cup registration ends in one week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration for the 2017 Crystal Cup officially closes in one week’s time.The tournament is being held February 17th – 19th on Charlie Lake. Aside from the actual tournament itself a number of other things will be going on including various children’s events all day on the 18th, live music Friday and Saturday night, a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, and toboggan hills on site.For more information, visit http://www.thecrystalcup.ca/.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Sunderland need a boss and players with a real passion for the club – Ferdinand

first_imgSunderland must bring in a manager and players who understand what it means to represent such a ‘massive club’, Anton Ferdinand has told talkSPORT.The Black Cats will spend the 2017/18 season in the Championship after a disastrous year under David Moyes, who quit as boss on Monday.Ferdinand hopes they will bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt but insists, if they are to stand a chance of doing so, they must replace Moyes and many of their squad members with people who have a real passion for the club.The 32-year-old defender, who spent three years at the Stadium of Light, said: “Fans deserve someone in the technical area who shares their passion and deserve players who share their passion too.“The club is massive and shouldn’t be in the Championship.“The club as a whole needs to regroup and get players and management in there who understand what it’s like to wear the shirt, understand what it is like to be in front of the supporters.“The team that I was in up there was full of players who knew the Premier League and played with determination and knew that you had to compete and run and work hard for the shirt before the quality and the ball came into play.“The supporters up there are fantastic and they deserve players and a manager who understand and knows what it’s like to be involved at the club. It is a massive, massive club.”Listen to the full interview with Anton Ferdinand on the Jim White show, above.last_img read more

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Liverpool legend wants Rooney to stay in squad to ease creativity woes

first_imgJohn Barnes believes Wayne Rooney deserves to be in the England squad on merit as he bemoaned the lack of creativity in the current squad.The former Manchester United and Everton striker is set to be given a fond farewell at Wembley after 15 years of service to his country which saw him overtake Sir Bobby Charlton as the Three Lions’ record goalscorer. latest The 33-year-old is a DC United player these days tense gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “However, I still think he should be part of the England squad on merit. But I think now that, obviously the decision was taken a year ago or whatever I don’t think you should just be giving caps away.“Although I still think Wayne Rooney should be in the England squad, but not under these circumstances.”The 33-year-old is currently plying his trade in MLS with DC United, leading them from the cusp of relegation to the Play-Offs in his first season.Although the forward has shown glimpses of the precocious talent who once lit up world football before he was even able to drive, the standard in America is hardly comparable to the quality in any of the top five European leagues. Wayne Rooney is England’s record goalscorer Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City However, his return to the national side has seen many criticise the decision by Gareth Southgate for seemingly handing out a cap to a player who did not feel he could give anymore to his country.Liverpool legend Barnes takes a different view however; agreeing that the idea of giving out caps is shameful but believing Rooney deserves to still play for his country.“I love Wayne,” Barnes said.“I still think he was worth his place in the England squad. I’m not a big fan of the idea of this game to be honest with you because I believe you should be there on merit if that’s what is required. 2 But Barnes believes Rooney holds the key to England’s goalscoring problems.When asked if he should remain in the squad, Barnes added: “Absolutely, you’ve seen what he has done in America – he is 100% a player who brings experience, he brings quality.“I think Harry Kane would benefit from having a player like him in terms of creativity he gives. Obviously he is not going to be a [Jesse] Lingard or a [Raheem] Sterling, but if you look at Harry Kane and the lack of opportunities he is getting because we don’t have a player like that who can pick a pass.“Wayne Rooney for me would be the ideal partner for him.” BEST OF revealed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Football Stories 2last_img read more

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Hittner Invited to Trials for 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team

first_imgHittner, the reigning MVC Jackie Stiles Player of the Year, is currently at the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championships and Minicamp in Las Vegas, Nev., May 1-2. Hittner previously attended the 2017 Under 19 Team USA trials in Colorado Springs. The team members selected this month will return to Colorado Springs for training camp July 23-Aug. 5, before competing in the women’s basketball tournament at the 2019 Pan American Games from Aug. 6-10 in Lima, Peru. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who currently are enrolled as a full-time collegiate student with remaining eligibility for the 2019-20 school year. Suzy Merchant (Michigan State) will lead the team as USA head coach, with USA assistant coaches Felisha Legette-Jack (Buffalo) and Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State). COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Drake University women’s basketball junior Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) is one of 36 players who are expected to attend trials for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team May 16-20 at the United States Olympic Training Center. Hittner is participating in a minicamp with seven other elite college basketball players before competing in the 3×3 event starting May 3. The eight athletes participating in the minicamp will be split into two teams of four and join 13 additional teams who qualified for the event through local qualifying tournaments. “Our coaching staff is excited about the talent, depth and experience of the invitees for the 2019 Pan American Games team trials,” Merchant said. “The roster includes numerous past USA Basketball medalists as well as an impressive group of invitees that boast both individual and team successes nationally and within their respective conferences. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with all of the participants, USA Basketball staff and committee members to help collectively put together the best team to compete for a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games this summer.” The 3×3 event begins with preliminary rounds on Friday, May 5, which will determine the seeding for the knockout stages which are slated to begin Saturday at 6 p.m. local time. The event, which is in its eighth year, will be held outdoors for the first time at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in the heart of Las Vegas and is free to attend. Print Friendly Version Expected to participate with Hittner in May are: Bella Alarie (Princeton/Bethesda, Md.), Janelle Bailey (North Carolina/Charlotte, N.C.), Brittany Brewer (Texas Tech/Abilene, Texas), Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M/Mansfield, Texas), Te’a Cooper (TBD/Powder Springs, Ga.), Kathleen Doyle (Iowa/Lagrange Park, Ill.), Chelsea Dungee (Arkansas/Sapulpa, Okla.), Dana Evans (Louisville/Gary, Ind.), Kiah Gillespie (Florida State/Meriden, Conn.), Vivian Gray (Oklahoma State/Argyle, Texas), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina/Noblesville, Ind.), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska), Joyner Holmes (Texas/Cedar Hill, Texas), Stephanie Jones (Maryland/Havre de Grace, Md.), Aari McDonald (Arizona/Fresno, Calif.), Karissa McLaughlin (Purdue/Fort Wayne, Ind.), Amber Melgoza (Washington/Santa Barbara, Calif.), Ayana Mitchell (Louisiana State/Conyers, Ga.), Beatrice Mompremier (Miami/Miami, Fla.), Nancy Mulkey (Rice/Cypress, Texas), Erica Ogwumike (Rice/Cypress, Texas), Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA/Aurora, Colo.), Eleah Parker (Pennsylvania/Charlotte, N.C.), Jaelynn Penn (Indiana/Louisville, Ky.), Destiny Pitts (Minnesota/Detroit, Mich.), Mikayla Pivec (Oregon State/Lynwood, Wash.), Lindsey Pulliam (Northwestern/Silver Spring, Md.), Kristin Scott (Iowa State/Kasson, Minn.), Destiny Slocum (Oregon State/Meridian, Idaho), Amber Smith (Missouri/Shreveport, La.), Sug Sutton (Texas/St. Louis, Mo.), Kobi Thornton (Clemson/Shellman, Ga.), Kiana Williams (Stanford/San Antonio, Texas), Peyton Williams (Kansas State/Topeka, Kan.) and Kay Kay Wright (UCF/Orlando, Fla.).last_img read more

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MISSING DOG: HAVE YOU SEEN ARCHIE??

first_imgDonegal Daily reader Eileen has asked us to appeal to other readers for information about her missing dog Archie.The beloved pet has been missing since Saturday the 28th of June, and Eileen is desperate to have Archie home. She has asked readers to share this post in the hope that someone somewhere has spotted Archie.Archie has been described as a very friendly dog.If anyone spots him around the Letterkenny area then please contact Eileen on 0864073855.MISSING DOG: HAVE YOU SEEN ARCHIE?? was last modified: July 1st, 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:ArchieMISSING DOGnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY AT SHOP

first_imgA man has appeared in court in connection with a robbery at Harkin’s shop in Muff last month.Lee McLaughlin, 15 Station Road, Carndonagh is charged with committing a robbery at Harkin’s on Friday, June 5 last. He is also facing two separate counts of assault.Carndonagh District Court heard that McLaughlin was charged in the early hours of last Saturday morning and brought before a special sitting of Sligo District Court later that day. Inspector David Murphy told Judge Paul Kelly that he was seeking an adjournment to ‘allow further investigations to take place’.He said the alleged matters require ‘full investigation’.Judge Kelly adjourned the case against Mr. McLaughlin until October 20 next.MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY AT SHOP was last modified: July 23rd, 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:InishowenLee McLaughlinmuffrobberylast_img read more

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Video: New ATI greenhouse offers technology, opportunity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute last week dedicated their new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility that looks to bring a wide range of learning opportunities to Buckeyes. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood takes a closer look at the setup and the lessons it hopes to teach.last_img

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