Declaring Liberia Ebola-free for the third time after no new cases were recorded in 42 days, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement was the first time in two years that the three hardest-hit West African countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – have had zero cases for at least the same period.The formal ceremony was held at the Health Ministry in Congo town, Monrovia.“The WHO commends the government, people, communities, health workers and partners on the successful response to this latest outbreak of Ebola. The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of Liberia’s strengthened national capacity to manage Ebola outbreaks.“We very much hope it will be the last. But given the tenacity of the Ebola virus, there is a real risk of additional flare-ups,” WHO Representative Dr. Alex Gasasira read in a statement.“We commend the government of Liberia for developing a national policy that will ensure that EVD survivors have access to medical and psychosocial care, screening for persistent virus, as well as counseling and education. This will assist EVD survivors to reintegrate into family and community life, reduce stigma and minimize the risk of Ebola virus transmission.” He reminded Liberians that the Ebola virus may persist in some of the bodily fluids of a small number of recovered individuals for prolonged periods, “and this virus may be transmitted through very intimate contact, including through unprotected sex.”It may be recalled that the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak was declared over in Liberia on May 9, 2015. The virus made two outbreaks before the third flare-up was reported on November 15 when a 10 year old tested positive and tragically died on November 23.Accordingly, the boy’s younger brother and father were also infected, but after receiving necessary care, both recovered and were released from the ETU on December 3. All of the more than 165 contacts were identified and closely monitored, but no new infections were detected.When Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May the WHO warned against complacency, saying that there was a high risk that infected people could cross over to Liberia – given the region’s porous borders.Meanwhile, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim issued the following statement on yesterday’s announcement declaring the end of Ebola transmission in Liberia, which marked the first time since the start of the epidemic that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have all reported no cases for at least 42 days.“For two years, the people and governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been fighting the worst Ebola outbreak in history, which has infected more than 28,600 people and has claimed the lives of 11,300 people. “Yesterday, as Liberia marked the end of Ebola transmission—following Guinea’s and Sierra Leone’s declarations on Dec. 29 and Nov. 7, 2015, respectively—these three nations can take pride in their perseverance and commitment to reach this critical milestone.“Ebola has exacted an enormous toll on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has not only taken thousands of lives, it has devastated economies, health systems, social structures and families—reversing many years of development gains.“Ebola’s scars will not soon fade, especially for survivors and their families, and for the heroic health workers who cared for the infected. “It’s now time to heed the lessons of this epidemic. In the near term, the world must remain vigilant to stay at zero Ebola cases, especially with the threat of flare-ups of the disease, while helping the three hardest-hit countries recover and rebuild their economies and health systems.“The world must prepare for future pandemics now. Expert reviews of the Ebola response led by the United Nations, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine, and others offer the opportunity to build a smarter, swifter global pandemic response system. “As part of this effort, the World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and government and private sector partners are developing a Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility to provide swift and flexible financing to help stop a severe outbreak from becoming a more deadly and costly pandemic, thereby saving lives and protecting economies.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia Football Association has suspended with immediate effect four referees for poor officiating of a league match between Nimba United and Watanga FC.The LFA in release said its Referees Committee will review the action of the center referee and his team of officials that handled the match on Saturday, June 18.The game finished 1-0 in favor of Watanga at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium but the LFA said it wants to investigate circumstances and events during the game.The LFA said the Referees Committee will review video from the game and make an evaluation of the referees handling of the match as part of the investigation. The Football House said center referee Christopher Nylander and his team of officials, including Albert Swen, Cunningham Miller and Prince Ajavon are suspended with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the Referees Committee investigations.The game’s result will also be reviewed according to the LFA release.Meanwhile, LFA President Musa Hassan Bility yesterday Tuesday, June 21 met with 1st and 2nd division clubs at the LFA headquarters.The two Vice Presidents of the LFA, including the chairpersons of the Technical and Competitions Committee as well as the Technical Director, Henry Browne were in attendance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although Guyana has been able to reap some successes in combatting challenges associated with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), there are cases where persons diagnosed with this disease have refrained or dropped out of the Public Health Ministry’s treatment plan.Deputy Programme Manager (ag) at the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS), Dr Nicolette BoatswainPresently, there are 5,706 persons receiving treatment.According to the Acting Deputy Programme Manager at the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS), Dr Nicolette Boatswain, some of those are not on the treatment plan and work is ongoing by public officials to ensure that persons diagnosed with HIV are receiving the necessary treatment.During a ceremony to commemorate World AIDS Day 2019 on Monday, it was revealed that many HIV infected persons have refrained or dropped out of the Public Health Ministry’s treatment plan.Yet, statistics show that some 100 persons who required treatment are not getting it.“What we need to strengthen are our efforts are having persons linked into care after they are diagnosed but we find that once we get persons into care they usually are retained and those we have lost we have programmes in place…the lost and follow up initiatives where we go out and look for persons and bring them in back, to find out what the challenges are, find out what the barriers are, and we try to work with them”.Dr Boatswain related that there is an effective tracking system in place and with the introduction of an e-register of HIV patients, those persons can rest assured that confidentiality is present and taken into all accounts at all stages of the treatment processes.“The initiatives that we have existing in terms of lost to follow up have shown successful, we have social workers working with us who go out and find the patients, we use the information that they would have provided to us. When we track them, we do not just push them back into the system but we try to understand what the barriers are. As we continue to speak on the enabling environment, what are the barriers and challenges that that patient may be experiencing”.She added that presently, the “lost and follow up” initiative has been 82 per cent successful in locating and reintegrating HIV patients into the treatment plans that are available.
Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler asked prospects if they could be available for a trial that will last about four months. Of 150 prospects processed Monday, he accepted excuses from 43, left three in abeyance and ordered the rest to fill out questionnaires. Claimed hardships ranged from health problems to business trips. “I’m sick, I’m old and I’m tired,” one woman declared. “That’s how I feel most of the time,” the judge joked, but accepted her excuse when she produced a letter from her doctor. More prospects were to be screened today. Spector’s hairstyle and clothes Monday – a long black coat, slacks and a tan shirt open at the collar – were far more conservative than the wildly curly wigs he has worn in past court appearances. Jury selection in Phil Spector’s murder trial started Monday with potential jurors being quizzed on their attitudes about celebrities and whether they get special treatment by the justice system. The famed music producer sat expressionless at the counsel table, his hair in a sandy Beatles mop, as prospective jurors were brought into court. “Mr. Spector, like anyone who would be in his position, finds this to be a very intimidating and scary process,” defense attorney Roger Rosen said outside court. Jurors will be asked to decide if Spector was responsible for the death of Lana Clarkson, a B-movie actress who was shot in the face at his castle-like Alhambra home on Feb. 3, 2003. “I have never had a conversation with Mr. Spector about how he should dress in court and if I did he wouldn’t pay attention,” his attorney said outside. Spector came to court with his wife, Rachelle, who was described by Rosen as an actress and singer. They were married in September, Rosen said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
However, Wenger has stated that there has been no contact with clubs regarding a move for the player this month. He told a press conference, as quoted by Sky Sports: “I expect nothing, I am focused on tomorrow’s game. When solicitations happen you respond, at the moment it’s very quiet.”Sanchez’s current deal at Arsenal will expire at the end of the season when he will be able to sign for a new club as a free agent.The 29-year-old, who was signed from Barcelona in 2014, has made 19 Premier League appearances this campaign, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000According to reports surfacing on Monday night, Premier League leaders Manchester City are aiming to bid Sh4.1bn (£30m) to sign the Chile international in the current transfer window.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed the club have not been contacted with regards to a transfer move for star forward Alexis Sanchez.According to reports surfacing on Monday night, Premier League leaders Manchester City are aiming to bid Sh4.1bn (£30m) to sign the Chile international in the current transfer window.
0Shares0000Salah celebrates Liverpool’s first away goal and his 39th of a prolific season.© AFP Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool’s return to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade as a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday took them through 5-1 on aggregate and ended Manchester City’s European dream for another season.On a night of high frustration for free-spending City, manager Pep Guardiola was sent off at half-time for taking his furious protests towards Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz too far. City led the quarter-final, second leg 1-0 on the night at that stage after Gabriel Jesus’s second-minute opener, but the hosts felt aggrieved after Leroy Sane had a second goal wrongly disallowed just before the break.Salah ensured there was to be no stunning comeback when he coolly chipped home his 39th goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half before Roberto Firmino sealed a comprehensive aggregate triumph for the five-time winners.Guardiola admitted beforehand that his side needed the “perfect” performance and the hosts got the perfect start as they opened the scoring after just 117 seconds.Liverpool were unhappy at Mateu Lahoz in what was to be the start of a controversial night for the Spaniard when Virgil van Dijk claimed he had been pushed by Raheem Sterling in the lead-up to the goal.Sadio Mane and Robeto Firmino celebrating. Photo/COURTESYThe referee was unmoved, though, and with the Dutchman out of position, Fernandinho’s through ball found Sterling and his low cross was swept home by Jesus.Liverpool fans would have been forgiven if memories of their 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season came flooding back.City were helped signficantly that September afternoon by a first-half red card for Sadio Mane and the home fans were screaming for the Senegalese to be dismissed again on 14 minutes for a late challenge on Nicolas Otamendi.However, Mateu Lahoz settled for a yellow card and a booking for City goalkeeper Ederson, who rushed from his goal to push Mane persistently in retaliation.Salah had been an injury doubt after limping off in the first leg, but Liverpool were unable to spring the Egyptian free in the first 45 minutes as City peppered the visitors’ box with crosses without finding the final touch.Bernardo Silva saw a deflected effort spin just wide and then rattled the post with a deflected long-range strike.– Firmino seals it –Liverpool celebrating. Photo/COURTESYThe turning point came seconds later when Sane turned into an empty net after Loris Karius’s punch came back off his own player James Milner.Mateu Lahoz wrongly ruled the goal out for offside, sparking City and, in particular, Guardiola’s anger.Liverpool could have delivered the knockout blow even before the break had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain managed to maintain his balance instead of firing high and wide after rounding Ederson.Guardiola ran onto the field to pull his protesting players away from the official before embarking on his own rant at Mateu Lahoz that saw him watch the second half from the stands.City understandably failed to maintain the intensity of their first-half display in a third huge game in six days after also blowing the chance to win the Premier League in a thrilling 3-2 Manchester derby defeat on Saturday.Unsurprisingly it was Salah who got the decisive away goal and in some style.Just like his opener in the first leg, Salah followed up after Ederson had denied Mane with a wonderfully-judged chipped finish past the despairing Otamendi in the 56th minute.City were condemned to a third straight defeat for the first time in Guardiola’s near two-year reign 13 minutes from time when Otamendi was caught in possession and Firmino slotted in off the far post to the delight of the Liverpool fans gathered behind Ederson’s goal.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
1 Read the latest transfer rumours from Sunday’s newspapers right here…New Inter boss Roberto Mancini is lining up a January move for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34. (Mail on Sunday) Manchester United have been told Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 25, will cost them £47m. (Sun on Sunday) Chelsea and Manchester City are set to go head to head for the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, with both clubs prepared to meet the 22-year-old’s £48m release clause. (Sunday Express)Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of 19-year-old Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao. (Sunday Express)Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 27, has scotched talk of a move to Manchester United by reaffirming his commitment to the Catalan club. (Mail on Sunday)Forward Lukas Podolski, 29, looks set to leave Arsenal in January after bemoaning his lack of first-team opportunities at the Emirates. (Evening Standard)Atletico Madrid have made Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 26, their top January transfer target. (Daily Star Sunday)Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 29, will make his loan move to Valencia permanent next summer. (Sunday Mirror)Everton are lining up a move for Arsenal misfit Joel Campbell, 22, and are prepared to pay £7m for the Costa Rica striker. (Sun on Sunday)Cardiff City could terminate Ravel Morrison’s loan spell after the 21-year-old West Ham midfielder disappointed manager Russell Slade. (Independent on Sunday)David De Gea’s broken finger will not prompt Manchester United to sign 32-year-old free agent Victor Valdes, with reserve goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard set to play against Arsenal instead. (Sunday Telegraph)Roma striker Mattia Destro, 23, has welcomed rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal. (Evening Standard)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Germany World Cup star on the verge of Arsenal exitRobinson eyeing January move away from BlackburnI would leave Chelsea if I was Cech, says Courtois talkSPORT transfer rumours
huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Football News Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is facing up to three months out as he recovers from knee surgery, Pep Guardiola has revealed.Guardiola, the Man City manager, said in a press conference on Friday that Mendy has undergone surgery to fix a meniscus problem in his left kneeAsked if he had a timescale for the French international’s expected recovery, Guardiola replied: “Ten to 12 weeks.”Guardiola will also be unable to call upon Bernardo Silva, the Portugal midfielder, for Saturday’s visit to West Ham after he picked up a knock on international duty. RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE PEP: @BernardoCSilva cannot play this weekend. The injury is not a big one but he cannot play this weekend. @benmendy23 will be out for 10-12 weeks. #WHUMCI— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 23, 2018“He cannot play this weekend,” Guardiola continued. “It’s not too big but I don’t know if, next Tuesday, he’s ready.”City visit the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon where they will come up against Guardiola’s predecessor for the Etihad Stadium top job – Manuel Pellegrini. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF REPLY no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The current boss commented on Pellegrini’s impact in Manchester.“Here he won the league,” Guardiola added. “He helped this club to be where we are right now, and he is going to do well at West Ham.”
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D., announced today that final decisions have been taken by the Government regarding the new definition of the Gaeltacht and the implementation structures for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.These decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (31 May 2011) and provide for Údarás na Gaeltachta to maintain a job creation function, but in conjunction with other agencies on larger projects.The Minister of State said: “I am delighted that final decisions have been made by the Government regarding the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language. “As a result, officials in my Department, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, can proceed with drafting the Heads of the Gaeltacht Bill. I hope that the Bill will be published as soon as possible, depending on the Government’s legislative schedule.”The new definition of the Gaeltacht will be based on the 20-Year Strategy and on the recommendations made in the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht.The Minister of State said: “My Department, in conjunction with other State bodies, will work closely with Gaeltacht communities on the ground in order to assist them in developing and implementing language plans, which will incorporate all aspects of community life.”Regarding the implementation structures for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, the Minister of State said: “These Government decisions will ensure that existing structures will be used to deliver the Strategy and that the functions of the key stakeholders with responsibility for implementing the Strategy, both within and outside of the Gaeltacht, will be clearly defined.” The Minister of State said: “As a result of these Government decisions, I believe that the future of Údarás na Gaeltachta is secure, that Údarás na Gaeltachta will retain its statutory functions and that Údarás na Gaeltachta and other enterprise agencies will cooperate to ensure investment in the Gaeltacht.BACKGROUND:The 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 is available at http://www.pobail.ie/en/IrishLanguage.New definition of the Gaeltacht* Provision will be made in the Gaeltacht Bill for a new statutory definition of the Gaeltacht, which will be based on linguistic criteria rather than on geographical areas, as is currently the case. * Provision will be made under the legislation for a language planning process in order to prepare language plans at community level for each Gaeltacht area and for the Minister to approve and review those plans periodically.* Statutory status will be given to a new type of ‘network Gaeltacht’ area outside the existing statutory Gaeltacht areas. These will be areas, predominantly in urban communities, that will have a basic critical mass of community and State support for the Irish language.* Gaeltacht Service Towns, i.e. towns which service Gaeltacht areas, will also be given statutory status.Implementation structures under the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language: * The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will retain primary responsibility for matters concerning the Irish language, both within and outside of the Gaeltacht.* Foras na Gaeilge will continue to fulfil its responsibilities on an all-island basis as an agency of the North South Language Implementation Body.* The Department, in partnership with relevant State bodies, will be responsible for the implementation of the Strategy outside the Gaeltacht. The potential for Foras na Gaeilge to deliver certain elements of the Strategy, on an agreed basis, will be explored.* Údarás na Gaeltachta will be responsible for the implementation of the Strategy within the Gaeltacht.Údarás na Gaeltachta* The status quo will be maintained regarding the current functions of Údarás na Gaeltachta, including its enterprise functions, subject to the following:1. statutory provision to enable the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to direct Údarás na Gaeltachta to focus its limited resources towards specific enterprise sectors; and2. the development of a mechanism to facilitate Údarás na Gaeltachta to cooperate with other enterprise agencies, particularly with regard to significant Gaeltacht projects with high potential.* Provision will be made under the Gaeltacht Bill to significantly reduce the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta and to end the requirement to hold elections.DINNY: ÚDARÁS TO KEEP JOBS ROLE – BUT MUST WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH OTHER AGENCIES was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:20 year irish language strategyDinny McGinley
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Local hotels boasted a 90 percent occupancy rate in August, the highest in the Southland for the third consecutive month, according to a monthly survey of Los Angeles County hotels. The report released this week by Los Angeles-based PKF Consulting cited a 90.97 percent occupancy for Santa Clarita hotels for the month, a 3.4 percent increase compared with 87.94 percent a year ago. Visitors paid an average of $114.88 per night – a 5.5 percent increase from last year. The month also marks the end of the lucrative summer season for the local hospitality industry, with a 91.3 occupancy rate through July and 90.4 percent in June. The region’s hotels have seen steady growth in recent years. For the first eight months of 2005, Santa Clarita tallied an 83.5 percent occupancy rate – a 3.7 percent increase from the same period last year. The activity has spurred hotel chains to build moderate-size hotels – three are planned in the next two years – along the Interstate 5 corridor to meet projected demand from business travelers and short-stay tourists. At the 244-room Hyatt Valencia, sales and marketing director Tim Aylsworth said business has been steady. The hotel is within a few miles of two PGA-caliber golf courses, Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain and the Castaic Lake Recreation Area, as well as local industrial parks. “It’s actually been a very good year – very consistent from start to finish,” he said. “The corporate market has really been keeping us busy.” Countywide, the average occupancy in August was 83.46 percent – a 2.5 percent increase from a year ago. A section of downtown Los Angeles had the lowest occupancy rate at 75.23 percent. To stay competitive, Aylsworth said, his hotel will be spending $2 million on improvements beginning in December – new carpets, wall coverings and flooring. “It looks like the demand is going to continue to be strong,” he said. “We’re personally looking to upgrading our product.” Local hotels are also preparing for the 10th annual Santa Clarita Marathon, which is scheduled for Nov. 6. The city-sponsored event has pulled a block of 75 discounted $109-a-night rooms at the Hyatt, the marathon’s start and finish point. Pat Downing, the city’s arts and events supervisor, said all but 10 rooms have been reserved. The marathon involves about 4,000 people each year, including 1,000 local volunteers and more than 2,000 runners. About 10 percent of the runners are from out of town – some from as far as Australia this year. “People come in Saturday; some stay Sunday and even longer,” Downing said. “I think it’s huge. It does bring economic impact. People are coming and spending money in the restaurants and the hotels.” In 2004, the city of Santa Clarita collected about $1.48 million in hotel occupancy taxes. Eugene Tong, (661)257-5253 email@example.com