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GoL Urged to Prioritize Support to Children, Women Ebola Survivors

first_imgThe Liberian government has been urged to prioritize welfare programs for women and children who survived the devastating Ebola Virus Disease. Speaking at the launching of the non-profit organization, Liberia Women & Children Teenage Mothers Assistance Program, (LICWETMP) yesterday, Mrs. Christal-Dionne Reeves Da-Thong, said women and children were particularly vulnerable in the crisis.  Mrs. Da-Thong, a marketing and communications   professional and a humanitarian, quoted a UNICEF report, that said 75 percent of Ebola cases involved women and children. Quoting the UNICEF report during a program at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monrovia, she explained that 4,519 children were by February this year affected by the outbreak. To counter this Ebola’s negative effect on children and women, Mrs. Da-Thong said the Government of Liberia and its partners must increase their intervention programs to the “most vulnerable groups” in the country, who are women and children. Among other negative by-products of Ebola, she stated,  “is stigmatization that can affect children and women’s self esteem.”  “It is therefore necessary that our efforts are geared towards programs that are designed to help women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong suggested.  She commended LICWETMP for its bold initiative to concentrate its intervention on children and women in this critical period in which Ebola seemed to be out of the country.  Mrs. Da-Thong, with extensive working experience in the non-governmental sectors in the United Kingdom and Liberia, said LICWETMP’s psychosocial and educational welfare support to the more than 50 children and women need local and international support. “To be able to help many more women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong said, “The LICWETMP will need international support.”  She also commended LICWETMP for its feeding program, which she noted is vital to create support for children and women who lost parents and spouses.  “These women and children must now depend on the goodwill of society to attend to their needs and your organization has started the ball rolling,” she noted. Yesterday’s program was attended by over 50 Ebola made orphans and women who are being supported by LICWETMP, according to its acting executive director David D. Dennis. At the end of the program, an assortment of school supplies, valued at over USD5,000 were presented to the children.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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Govt pleads ignorance of legal action

first_imgUS$18M signing bonus…as private citizen decries lack of accountability, transparency over dealBy Michael YoungeThe Guyana Government said on Wednesday that it was unaware that legal action had been filed by a private citizen in the country’s top court with the aim of compelling it to deposit the signing bonus it received from US oil giant ExxonMobil into the Consolidated Fund.The action was filed on behalf of Troy Thomas by Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram in the High Court. Thomas is the current Head of the Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), Transparency International’s local arm. He wants the court to grant orders directing Finance Minister Winston Jordan to deposit theTrevor ThomasUS$18 million it received in August 2017 from ExxonMobil directly into the Consolidated Fund as is provided for in the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).The funds at the centre of the controversy are currently sitting in a special account in the Bank of Guyana (BoG) upon the instruction of President David Granger after Finance Secretary Hector Butts wrote the Bank’s Governor in order to establish the account. The Government was forced to admit the existence and receipt of the monies after Guyana Times published the letter written to the Bank’s Governor, which exposed the slew of misinformation peddled by senior Government functionaries.Unaware of legal challengeQuestioned about the Government’s response to the lawsuit as he entered Parliament on Wednesday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon pleaded ignorance about the action, but not before saying even if it was indeed filed, his GovernmentAttorney at Law Christopher Ramwas not bothered by it.“…But I don’t think it’s something that bothers us in any significant way…the money is in an account which by law we are entitled to put it there…so I am not concerned; I am not worried about the lawsuit,” he explained when questioned by this newspaper.He would offer no other comment on the matter, but Finance Minister Winston Jordan said that Government would defend its decision to keep the signing bonus separate and apart from the monies in the Consolidated Fund if indeed there was a matter brought before the courts aiming to twist the Administration’s arm to place the monies there.Highlighting the fact that, according to the media, the matter is now before the courts, Jordan said he was constrained in what he could say about the issue. He said that there have been no deliberations at the level of the Cabinet recently.“…The money is there for a particular purpose and when that purpose comes about, the money will be transferred to the Consolidated Fund,” Jordan remarkedAG Basil Williamsbefore explaining that “the Consolidated Fund is a general purpose fund, you put money in there and it cannot be earmarked…it can be used for any and all purposes…you know the Consolidated Fund is in deficit…you put money in there and all it does is reduce the deficit,’ Jordan added.In addition, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, when questioned by the media about the action said that he had not seen it. He even asked, “Who were the parties to the action”, and when it was filed.Illegal and unconstitutionalBut Thomas, speaking with Guyana Times during an interview on Wednesday, insisted that he took the decision because he felt that the Government’s move to keep the money outside of the Consolidated Fund was illegal and unconstitutional.Thomas said that the Government’s handling of the signing bonus and its justification of the decision for keeping it secret were disappointing to say the least,Finance Minister Winston Jordanas it also exposed the David Granger Administration’s double standards on the core principles relating to accountability, transparency, and good governance.“I decided to take the matter so far, because I believe as Guyanese we have to start expecting higher standards from our Government,” Thomas related before explaining that thousands of Guyanese had accepted the current Government’s rhetoric about fighting corruption and standing on the principles of transparency and accountability.He charged that this was what largely led to the election of the coalition Government, as people were tired of the secrecy and executive lawlessness that was taking place, so they voted for a change in the way things were done.He was adamant that “Guyana loses” when citizens do not challenge the Government whenever there are breaches of laws and procedures that could result in corruption and secrecy.Thomas said that he expected that the action would end in his favour as he reminded that he was encouraged by the challenge given by the President that he would transfer the money if the court so ruled or advised.Guyanese moneyThomas said that the money paid by ExxonMobil was not the Government’s money, but the people of Guyana’s money.The TIGI Head also said that he hoped the Government understood the importance of its role when negotiating future oil deals and contracts that could impact the country’s wealth and progress as scarce oil and gas resources were bartered.In court documents seen by Guyana Times, Thomas, via his Attorney, claims that the non-disclosure of the funds and the non-transferral of the bonus have breached several sections of the FMAA Act, including Section 38 (1) which states that “all public monies raised and received by the Government shall be credited fully and promptly to the Consolidated Fund, except (a) monies credited to an extra budgetary fund as stipulated in the enabling legislation establishing that fund, (b) monies credited to a Deposit Fund, and (c) as stipulated in the Constitution”.In his affidavit, Thomas claimed that he was advised that the monies were not reflected as part of the 2016, 2017 or 2018 national estimates. He wants the Court to issue orders to correct this and several financial missteps taken by the Government in relation to the bonus.last_img read more

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Smidge of rain not enough

first_imgWhile a paltry 0.01 of an inch of rain Tuesday provided Angelenos with little more than a bad hair day, the Southland welcomed spring still on course to register one of the driest rain seasons in city history. Though forecasters predicted a 30 percent chance of rain for today, it’ll likely be less than a quarter of an inch, with no wetness on the horizon through early next week. “For us in Southern California, it’s actually a mixed blessing,” Bill Patzert, climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca ada Flintridge, said of the first day of spring. “It means the end of real rain. It means a bad pollen season. … It means June gloom and after that, a super-duper fire season.” With 75 percent of the Southland’s precipitation occurring between November and April, spring’s arrival is a reminder that time is running out to boost this season’s rain totals. Since July 1, Los Angeles has had 2.43 inches of rain. Last year at this time, 8.46 inches of rain had fallen, while normal rainfall would be 13.08 inches. Because of the lack of rain and recent heat wave, authorities have begun clearing overly dry brush in fire zones two months ahead of schedule. The National Weather Service has issued seven red-flag warnings since Dec. 1, when normally they might not issue any during that period through early spring. If the below-normal rainfall continues through June 30, this season’s totals would be the lowest ever. Said Patzert: “We have as much chance of 4 inches of rain this year as the Lakers have getting into the semifinals.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329 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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Purple and Red walk in aid of Donegal Town Hospice re-furbishment

first_imgThrough a fundraising weekend on 3 rd and 4 th September, we are planning to raise much needed funds to start refurbishing the Donegal Town Hospice patient wards and family rooms which are situated in the Donegal Town Hospital.At present, the hospital use two single wards as a hospice, with a small connecting room for visitors to use.Julie Voss, one of the organisers said; “Our vision is to create a home from home environment which offers comfort and pleasant surroundings for the patients and their family and friends.” They have organised a walk based on the post-war poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph, in which the narrator describes how when she is an old woman, she will wear purple and red.On Saturday 3rd September, in the Diamond from 12pm to 4pm,  a bring and buy jewellery/handbag sale, thought cards will be available to purchase, registration for Sunday walks will take place.On Sunday the 4th the walk inspired by Jenny Joseph will take place. The walk is in memory of Eamonn Murphy. They will create a thought tree and enjoy refreshments at Donegal Town Hospital. The organisers are also appealing for people and businesses to donate items to make their vision a reality. They are appealing from re-decorating equipment, appliances, soft-furnishings, entertainment (books/television sets), non-perishable grocery items, and toiletries.All donations are appreciated greatly, and everyone is welcome to come along for what will be a fantastic weekend.    Purple and Red walk in aid of Donegal Town Hospice re-furbishment was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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 hospicedonegal town hospitaljenny josephpurple and red walklast_img read more

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DONEGAL MS PATIENTS TO BE GIVEN VITAMIN D

first_imgPeople suffering from Multiple Sclerosis in Co Donegal are to be given Vitamin D as experts investigate a possible link between the illness and the lack of sunshine.Researchers including Ryan Tubridy’s brother have found that MS is less prevalent in places like Co Wexford where there is a higher annual rate of sunshine.And they think the high incidence of the illness in Co Donegal is because people here aren’t getting enough sun. Consultant neurologist Dr Chris McGuigan, who works in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, said the new study will start in December.It will be carried out to see if vitamin D supplementation can stop the next “event” or seizure.“There have been international studies which suggest a role for it in MS. Low vitamin D is implicated in other auto-immune conditions,” he said.“There have been huge advances, but I suspect in the next five years that the landscape of treatment is going to change again for the better,” he added. DONEGAL MS PATIENTS TO BE GIVEN VITAMIN D was last modified: October 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Co Donega;donegalMS studylast_img read more

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Central Arkansas Defeats Men’s Soccer, 3-1

first_img CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas defeated the Drake University men’s soccer team, 3-1, on Tuesday night in Missouri Valley Conference action at the Bill Stephens Soccer and Track Complex in Conway, Ark. The Bears pushed the score to 2-0 in the 80th minute (80:05) as Chris Holmes split the Bulldogs’ defense and scored from 35 yards out. Drake continues play on the road with a MVC match at Bradley on Saturday, Sept. 30. The match in Peoria, Ill. will start at 7 p.m. and be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Drake didn’t back down as freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) continued his hot goal-scoring streak in the 86th minute (86:56) recording his team-leading fourth goal, all in the past four matches. Enzugusi took a pass from fellow freshman Stafford Dowling (Hamilton, New Zealand) and blasted his shot in the back of the net from 18 yards out. The match was 0-0 until Central Arkansas (3-6, 2-1 MVC) scored in the 55th minute (55:04) as Pepe San Roman connected on a free kick from 25 yards that went just past the outstretched hands of diving Drake (3-7, 0-2 MVC) goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.). Roman was awarded the free kick after a yellow card was issued to Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland), who had a hard tackle on Roman. Full Schedule Roster Previewcenter_img However, the Bulldogs couldn’t keep the momentum as Central Arkansas’ Niklas Brodacki quickly answered in the 87th minute (87:15) with his sixth goal of the year that sealed the win for the Bears. Watch Live Live Stats at Bradley 9/30/2017 – 7 PM Next Game:last_img read more

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Football Rolls to Road Win at Butler, 42-7

first_imgDrake will enjoy its final bye week before Morehead State visits Drake Stadium Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. Final Box Score Drake’s special teams unit started the game with a huge play on the opening kickoff. Jacob Lewis (Kansas City, Mo.) forced a fumble by Butler and the football was recovered by Declan Carr (Frankfort, Ill.). Later on, fourth down from the Butler 1-yard line, Lauer punched it in the end zone for Drake’s first score. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom/MC 22 Full Schedule Roster INDIANAPOLIS – The Drake University football team rolled to a 42-7 Pioneer Football League road victory at Butler Saturday, Oct. 12 afternoon. Drake’s offense rolled to 452 yards, including 182 on the ground, helping make 28 first downs and dominate the time of possession at 37:01. The team was penalized just once in the game, a third-qu­arter false start. HTML Box Score Watch Live Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) rushed for a season-high 124 yards on 26 attempts with two touchdowns and added one receiving touchdown. Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif.) had his first career 100-plus yard receiving game with 103 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. Before Saturday’s game, former Bulldog greats Eric Saubert (131) and Conley Wilkins (140) in 2016 against Stetson were the last Bulldog teammates to have more than 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same game. “The offense is doing a nice job really gelling and seeing the system help hit their stride and now we’ve got two weeks to make it even better,” said Drake head coach Todd Stepsis. “The defense does what it does. Hats off to coach Bloss, coach Cashmore and coach Smith, who have really taken the torch and run with it. This defense is really good.” Drake wasted no time out of halftime as it scored on its first drive of the third quarter. Cates’ 18-yard touchdown catch from Corwin capped a 73-yard, five-play drive that took just 1:49. After Drake’s defense forced another three-and-out, Corwin found Cates again, this time from 13 yards that ended a 64-yard, 11-play drive that lasted 4:53 and put Drake up 35-7. Jacob Clay (Brentwood, Mo.) scored from a yard out late in the third quarter for Drake’s final score. Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.) passed for a career-high 265 yards on 25-of-32 with three touchdowns. Drake’s offensive line didn’t allow Corwin to be sacked as Corwin completed passes to seven different Bulldogs. Morehead State 10/26/2019 – 1 p.m. Drake’s defense limited Butler’s offense to just 229 yards and just 22:59 in time of possession. Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) picked off a Butler pass late in the game for his second interception of the season. “We’re going to take these two weeks and get healthy,” Stepsis said of his team’s upcoming bye week. “We’ll work on the details that matter in the game across all aspects, dial in and be ready to go when we return home versus Morehead State.” Print Friendly Version Drake answered on its very next drive marching down the field 65 yards, the last 22 yards on a screen pass from Corwin to Lauer, who scored his second touchdown. After Drake forced a three-and-out, the Drake Bulldogs used another long drive to extend its lead to 21-7. Lauer capped a nine-play, 60-yard drive, with another one-yard touchdown run for his third touchdown. Next Game: Story Links Drake (3-3, 3-0 PFL) was impressive in all aspects against Butler (1-5, 0-2 PFL) as its offense, defense and special teams all made big plays and dominated in the team’s third-straight win. Butler tied the game at 7-7 on the final play of the first quarter using some trickery. Quarterback Sam Brown threw a pass to tight Joey Lindstrom in the flat, but Lindstrom, a former high school quarterback, tossed the ball deep to a jumping Johnny O’Shea, who caught it and ran into the end zone from 34 yards out.last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: SUNDAY WORLD SPORTS WRITER CALLS JIM MCGUINNESS ‘A BUFFOON’

first_imgJim McGuinness was labelled a buffoon by Sunday World columnist Roy Curtis.Sunday World sports writer Roy Curtis has labelled Donegal manager Jim McGuinness a ‘buffoon’ following his comments during the week about Dublin.Curtis slammed McGuinness for his comments mid-week in which he compared Dublin to Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.McGuinness bemoaned the resources available to Dublin, saying there was a serious divide now developing between Dublin and the other counties. Curtis believes his comments were nothing more than a cheap shot, and an attempt to rile Dublin and Jim Gavin ahead of next weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final between the two titans.In his column in the Sunday World, Roy Curtis wrote, “Jim McGuinness is a clever man, so it was no accident, no random selection of words when he compared the All-Ireland champions to Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.“He attempts to create a narrative of Dublin as the big untouchable bully with the silver-spoon wedged between its leviathan fangs.“Perhaps even to sire a ready-made mitigation should things not go his or Donegal’s way in a looming contest of unimaginable possibility. “But, in truth, it only made McGuinness look like a buffoon.”Curtis has run the wrath of Donegal supporters before with the content of some of his columns.He received scathing criticism from full-back Neil McGee following an article he penned shortly after Donegal were thrashed by Mayo in last years All-Ireland quarter-final.Curtis responded to the online criticism from McGee by writing the Gaoth Dobhair an open letter.His latest remarks will not go down well here in Donegal, and they’ll serve only to add fuel to the fire ahead of one of the most anticipated matches in the GAA for years. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: SUNDAY WORLD SPORTS WRITER CALLS JIM MCGUINNESS ‘A BUFFOON’ was last modified: August 24th, 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:CommentsdonegaldublinJim McGuinnessnewsRoy CurtisSportsunday worldlast_img read more

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49ers name Colin Kaepernick starting quarterback

first_imgSANTA CLARA >> Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers this week against the Buffalo Bills.Coach Chip Kelly announced the decision Tuesday to bench Blaine Gabbert and give back the job Kaepernick lost midway through last season. Kaepernick has only played briefly in the opener but has generated attention with his refusal to stand for the national anthem.Gabbert has struggled this season for San Francisco (1-4). He is last in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.9) …last_img read more

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St. Bernard’s hosts Hoopa today

first_imgSt. Bernard’s returns home today for a match up against Hoopa Valley. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Crusader Field.St. Bernard’s (3-0) has won its last 13 games against Hoopa, a streak dating back to 2011. Hoopa (1-1) won on the road on November 5 of that year, by a score of 26-13.“Hoopa played an impressive game last week and they look like a big, physical team who’s talent is respected by our players,” Crusaders head coach Matt Tomlin said. “Our guys respect Hoopat.”St. Bernard’s beat Hoopa by a …last_img read more

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