US Gives $65M, Norway, $15M

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an additional US$65M to the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.The virus continues to ravage the Mano River Union (MRU) basin; it has claimed thousands of lives, with Liberia being the worst hit.The USAID money is part of a total US$142M additional assistance made available to the worst affected three MRU countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, to boost the fight against the killer disease.USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 14, when he addressed a joint press conference along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Borge Brende, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia. This amount, the USAID Administrator said, is to be committed through technical assistances such as expanding critical training of local health workers, building of more Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), provision of more logistics and all that will help in containing the virus in the affected countries.He indicated that the US government has now put into place the most significant disease control effort it has ever carried out outside of the US in order to ensure that the virus is contained.“The US government is now coordinating strong response strategies that will ensure that Ebola is contained. We have a commitment of more than US$400M already for the fight and over 600 trained medical and military personnel in the affected region. “This is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s largest effort ever in fighting an epidemic outside of the US. The US government is pleased to announce an additional US$142M to the Ebola fight in West Africa. US$65M of this amount will focus on Liberia,” Dr. Shah said.The US government, through the USAID boss, also announced an additional US$5M as an assistance directly to the Liberian government that will help in handling health workers’ issues in the country.This donation, and many others that have come in recent times, are ensuring that the battle against the deadly virus continues to gain momentum, especially from the global front; a move that was initially anticipated when the threat of the virus was gradually mounting at its onset.Donations began to pull in when eminent Africans including Ghanaian President and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John D. Mahama, was critical of the international community and world powers for being slow in their response to the outbreak.Meanwhile, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who also addressed the joint press conference, said that he had come to show solidarity and sympathy on behalf of his government and the people of Norway.Minister Brende indicated that health matters are crucial to any country and as such his government has been strongly involved in the ongoing global effort to contain a disease that continues to claim many lives on a daily basis in the region.He disclosed that the Kingdom of Norway will soon send health experts, who have signed up as volunteers to the three affected countries to help bring the disease under control. He noted that since the outbreak his government has committed more than US60M to the fight in the MRU region.The Norwegian Foreign Minister also disclosed that his government is committing an additional US$15M to the affected nations through the World Health Organization (WHO).Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf praised the two countries for the level of support that they have demonstrated since the outbreak. “They have been steadfast partners and friends. Through their governments we were able to achieve many things, some of which have been threatened by the Ebola outbreak,” the Liberian leader said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SLOW DOWN in School Zones

first_imgSchool zones are in effect Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5 PM throughout the school year. Fines for speeding in school zones begin at 196 dollars. Corporal Woodall suggests using extra vigilance, as fines are higher for greater speeds.Advertisement The RCMP is again reminding motorists to use caution and obey posted limits as students return to school September 2nd.- Advertisement -Corporal Tom Woodall of the Fort St. John RCMP says that drivers should use caution not only in school zones, but also when approaching buses transporting students around the community.center_img Photo: How fast are you going in a School Zone? This sign will tell you – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Man Utd open talks with Rashford over new deal

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford celebrates his goal against Leicester © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 5 – Manchester United have opened talks with Marcus Rashford over a new and improved contract following the forward’s impressive run of form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, reports said on Tuesday.The 21-year-old scored his 10th goal of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Leicester, becoming the second-youngest player to reach 100 Premier League appearances for United after Ryan Giggs. Rashford’s contract expires next year and while United have the option to extend it until 2021, negotiations are understood to have started over a fresh agreement.Rashford has started all eight Premier League games since Solskjaer took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, scoring six goals.The club are also working on a new contract for goalkeeper David de Gea, having last week tied forward Anthony Martial down until at least 2024.United interim boss Solskjaer said on Friday that Martial and Rashford could create a devastating on-field relationship for years to come.“They’ll play many, many years together, hopefully, so if they get an understanding of each other, because both are very good at coming in off the left,” he said.“If one of them plays centrally, then the other one has to have opposite movements.”Seven wins in eight league games under Solskjaer have lifted United to just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Solskjaer warns United will have to wait for next Premier League title

first_img0Shares0000Title wait – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect to see the Premier League trophy back at Old Trafford in the near future © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Tuesday that Manchester United will not be capable of competing for the Premier League title next season in a stark assessment of the current gulf between his side and Wednesday’s opponents Manchester City.United take on City at Old Trafford on Wednesday 22 points behind the reigning champions and 24 adrift of leaders Liverpool, despite coach Solskjaer initially going a dozen league games unbeaten after succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho. The weekend’s 4-0 hammering at Everton was their third defeat in their five matches since and the 46-year-old called for patience when asked if he thought his squad was capable of competing for the title next season.“I don’t think we’ve got the consistency to do that,” said the former United striker.“Over the last 18 games, we’re not far away from them but it’s doing it over the course of a season.“We’ve done it for half a season now. Let’s see. You can never say never.”– ‘Realistic’ –Manchester United’s World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba gestures during the 4-0 loss at Everton © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFUnited were last crowned champions in 2013, and Solskjaer added: “You cannot expect things to happen overnight and we know that. It will happen gradually and we have to be realistic enough as a club that we have to take it step by step.“That’s not changing 10 players now and bringing 10 players in. It’s slowly, slowly but surely.“It has to be the right quality, right personality, the right standards to get us back to where we want to be.”Solskjaer has often spoken at length of the need for his players to take personal pride in playing for one of the world’s biggest club, and following their recent rotten run of six defeats in eight matches in all competitions he also said that the pain of falling behind United’s two major local rivals was acute.“For me, the motivation is towards something, to win something yourself,” he said.“We have to want to overtake them, not because it’s City and Liverpool. But of course because it’s City and Liverpool, for a supporter as I am, and as a manager now as well, because they’re so close in the vicinity as well, we want to be the best.“We have been the best, and it’s not nice seeing those two at the top,” he admitted.Solskjaer’s emotional post-match response at Goodison Park saw him warn some of his under-performing stars that they will not be at the club long-term.“I think now is not the time to make drastic changes, but of course we do plan ahead… we know who we want to bring with us,” he said.“There are many of these players who will stay at the club for so many years and be successful, and I’m going to do everything I can to be successful and hopefully these players can come out with a response the next four games.“But we’re still planning long term, and that’s just natural. That’s the cycle of a team, that it changes.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

England to face Group F runners-up Iceland in Euro 2016 last 16

first_img1 Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTEngland will take on Iceland in the first knockout round of Euro 2016 after a dramatic late goal from Arnor Traustason set up the tie.England were set to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, who knocked them out of successive tournaments in 2004 and 2006, until Traustason’s stoppage-time finish against Austria took his side into second place in Group F, leapfrogging Portugal in the process.The teams will meet in Nice on Monday – LIVE on talkSPORT.Iceland are the lowest ranked side left in the tournament, rated 34th in the world by FIFA, and the smallest ever nation to qualify for the European Championship finals with a population of 330,000.That represents something of a let off for England, having finished second in Group B, but should they progress the possibility of hosts France in the quarter-finals remains.While England have a rich history with the Seleccao the same cannot be said with Iceland, with only two senior friendlies ever played between the sides.Their first meeting was a 1-1 draw in Reykyavik in 1982, with England winning 6-1 in their next meeting at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2004.Current captain Wayne Rooney played in that match, scoring twice, as did assistant manage Gary Neville. England v Austria will be live on talkSPORT last_img read more

World Cup star withdraws from England squad to face Spain and Switzerland

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 1 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sterling reacts after defeat in the semi-final to Croatia Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tOP FOOTBALL NEWS MONEY RANKED possible standings smart causal center_img silverware REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Sterling has scored twice in three Premier League appearances for City so far this season, including the opener in Saturday’s victory over Newcastle.The 23-year-old has won 44 caps for his country and made six appearances at the World Cup in the summer as England reached the semi-finals. Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions host Spain in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley on Saturday, before taking on the Swiss in a friendly at Leicester’s King Power Stadium three days later.Manager Southgate, who celebrated his 48th birthday on Monday, does not plan to call up a replacement. highlights Raheem Sterling has withdrawn from the England squad to face Spain and Switzerland through injury.The 23-year-old, who shone for Gareth Southgate’s side during the World Cup in Russia, has a back complaint which will rule him out of both games.last_img read more

Parents help make difference for youths

first_img Buildings at the camp – the dorm, library, gym and offices – face a courtyard full of grass, trees and a worn-out volleyball net. Snowmen, stockings and Christmas trees are freshly painted on some buildings’ windows. Boys at camp answer adults with ma’ams and sirs, and those words filled the cafeteria as they chatted with their families and their friends’ parents. Artwork drawn and painted by some of the teens hung on the cafeteria walls and depicted “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” a book read at juvenile detention centers countywide in a contest sponsored by Disney. Dashing across the room, 16-year-old Luis pointed out his first-place drawing done in marker. He said he worked on the piece for a week from an image he had in his mind. Then he ran off, returning minutes later with his trophy in tow. “I’m sad because my family didn’t show up,” he said, displaying his shiny award. “My mom could be proud of me, because I won a trophy.” Parents can visit their sons at the camp on Sundays. But not everyone gets a visit, and some don’t receive any at all, said Dave Wong, Camp Mendenhall supervisor. Parental involvement with their children in juvenile camp plays a large role in their success when they return home, because they know someone is looking out for their welfare. But some parents give up. Parole officers, teachers and community-based organizations can provide some degree of support, but Wong said they can’t replace parents or guardians. “I think parents have a greater impact on them than they know,” Wong said. Still, others stay involved. Priscella visits her son Jonathan every Sunday, as long as his grades are up and the problems are down. When Jonathan came to the camp, his report card was filled with failing grades. His first three months at the camp were also rough. But now he’s maintaining a B average and is doing well, she said. “Parents can give up, but when your child is doing well, you have to support them,” Priscella said. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “It’s real,” said Beverly, whose name is not being released to protect the identity of her son. “Parents get to see their kids.” The juvenile detention camp is surrounded by a thicket of trees, rocky hilltops and a barbed-wire fence about 20 miles above Interstate 5. Most of the youths are 13 to 18 years old, all were found guilty of felonies and all will stay at the camp about six months or less. They all wear military fatigues and black boots, reminiscent of the days when the place was operated as a juvenile boot camp. The Los Angeles County detention center moved from the boot camp style years ago but kept the regimentals and program structure, said Director Willie Doyle. LAKE HUGHES – Without a car, trips to visit her son Travis at the juvenile detention camp tucked deep in the vast Angeles National Forest are next to impossible. In fact, Beverly had never been to Camp Mendenhall until this past weekend, when the facility, which houses about 92 boys, had an open house and resource fair. But vans from the Los Angeles County Probation Department picked up Beverly and other parents from San Fernando, Los Angeles and Downey, then drove them more than 50 miles to see their boys for the day. All told, about 55 parents and guardians turned out for the open house, meeting with teachers and counselors, checking out the rows of bunk beds in the dormitory and eating turkey lunches in the camp’s small cafeteria. last_img read more

Distance Events Take Center Stage On Thursday Night At The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee

first_img Thursday Results (PDF) Thursday Interviews Story Links Thursday Results (HTML) Thursday Notes Thursday Photos DES MOINES, Iowa – The 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee continued on Thursday with the resumption of the heptathlon and decathlon while competition got underway with high school and university/college division competition. The day closed with the annual Distance Carnival.To start the day, Heather Miller Koch became the eighth athlete to repeat as the heptathlon champion at the Drake Relays as the Columbus, Wis., native won her second-straight heptathlon with a score of 5,796 points. Miller Koch, who was competing unattached, won four of the seven events (high jump, shot put, 200 and 800) and was runner-up in the other three (100 hurdles, long jump and javelin). Doane’s Kale Wolken won the decathlon with 7,504 points.On the track, Minnesota claimed its seventh women’s 4×1600 relay title and its first since 2011 in 19:21.71 as Kaila Urick, Haley Johnson, Taylor Mikkalson, Madeline Strandemo won the event by more than 18 seconds..The Golden Gophers also won 4×1600 titles in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Fellow Big Ten school Wisconsin won its seventh men’s 4×1600 relay as the quartet of Cooper Barth, McKena Ramos, Joe Hardy and Austin Mudd led the Badgers to the title in 16:39.51. It marked Wisconsin’s 50th Drake Relays title on the men’s side, which is tied for the 10th most in Drake Relays history with Oklahoma.In afternoon high school action, Pleasant Valley’s McKenzie Yanek denied Linn-Mar’s Stephanie Jenks of her fourth 3,000 meters title as Yanek claimed her first title on the Blue Oval in 9:35.98. Her time ranks third in Drake Relays history and is the second-fastest time in the country this season. Jenks finished second in 9:49.13 and looks to win her Drake Relays record ninth career title on Friday in the 800 meters.Karson Sommer of Pleasant Valley won the high school boys 3,200 meters in 9:13.98, which is the best mark of the season in the state and more than 17 seconds faster than his season-best time. Sommer and Yanek helped Pleasant Valley become the first school since 2001 to sweep the girls 3,000 meters and boys 3200 meters as Iowa City West accomplished the feat in 2001 while Fort Madison also pulled off the sweep in 1998.High school field event action was highlighted by Clinton’s Erika Hammond edging three-time discus champion Kiana Phelps of Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central to win the girls shot put. Hammond threw 47-10 3/4, just three-fourths of an inch farther than Phelps. Phelps had the best throw coming in at 48-10. She’ll try to become just the second athlete to win four titles in the girls discus at the Relays on Friday.The Distance Carnival saw Iowa State’s Bethanie Brown win the women’s 5,000 meters in 16:25.19, to become the third Cyclone to win the event. Lisa Koll won the 5,000 title in 2008 while Peg Neppel won the first women’s 5,000 at the Drake Relays in 1976. Texas Tech’s Evans Tuitoek and Benard Keter went 1-2 in the men’s 5,000 meters, as Tuitoek finished in 13:58.56 while Keter clocked in at 13:58.80. Tuitoek became the first Texas Tech runner to win the men’s 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays and the first Big 12 athlete to win the event since 1998. The pair edged out Drake’s Reed Fischer in third. The junior recorded a personal best of 14:00.28, just .03 off the school-record pace.Action resumes on Friday at the Blue Oval with high school preliminary action starting at 8 a.m. At 5 p.m., Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays begins with three Rio Olympic Games Preview events on the docket with some of the top track and field talen in teh world set to entertain the Drake Stadium crowd. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gardai get to the bottom of ‘undercover’ case

first_imgA woman told Gardai that her son was upstairs under his bedclothes when Gardai arrived to question the man about a car crash.A bench warrant had been issued for the arrest of Sheridan O’Callaghan of Windmill View, Letterkenny, Co Donegal after Gardai found a car on its roof on January 13th. When they arrived at his home, the accused man’s mother opened the door and told Gardai he was upstairs in bed.O’Callaghan claimed he had insurance for the car but no evidence of the insurance was produced at Letterkenny Garda station.The case was adjourned.Gardai get to the bottom of ‘undercover’ case was last modified: July 12th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Rajiv Shah To Head USAID

first_imgPres. Barack Obama has nominated Dr Rajiv Shah as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the country’s top foreign assistance program. Shah, 36, earlier served as director for agricultural development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and  is presently undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture.Shah’s appointment to head the agency, which administers $20 billion in international assistance, is subject to senate approval. Related Itemslast_img read more