National Plans to Combat Ebola: MEETINGS?

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written the House of Representatives (HOR) on the creation of the organizational structure to combat the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed over 400 lives and led to the quarantining of about 560,000 citizens in five counties.The Liberian leader said the overarching group of the structure is called the National Consultative Group (NCG), but the prime leadership, is the National Task Force (NTF), headed by herself.The Chair of the Task Force is responsible for overall programmatic and financial decisions for the Ebola Trust Fund, including approving budgets submitted by implementing agencies and organizations.In her letter dated 12 August 2014 to the Speaker and Members of the HOR, the President explained that the NCG includes non-restrictive members from a wide cross-section of the society, who would be briefed and provided inputs on the status of the anti-Ebola campaign.“The NCG will meet bi-monthly at 12 midday on Thursday, in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the President said.President Sirleaf further stated in her communication that the members of the control body, NTF, comprised of representatives from the National Legislature, the US Government,  the European Commission, the Ministers of Defense, Justice and Information, Cultural and Tourism.Other members, according to the President, are the Inter-Religious Council, the Labor Congress, the Transport Union, the Press Union, the Liberia Business Association, Youth and Women.“The NTF will meet each week at 12 noon on Friday in the Cabinet Room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” President Sirleaf wrote.The President’s letter expounded that the NTF would provide overall oversight of the work of the National Technical Team (NTT), jointly chaired by the Ministers of Health and Social Welfare and the Internal Affairs.She named members of the NTT as representatives from Government, Non-Governmental Agencies, Partners and Professional Volunteers.“The NTT will undertake general planning for implementation by all units of the government’s response and decisions and coordination of the national preparedness and response will be taken at this level,” the President said.According to the Liberian leader, the technical team will meet daily separately and directly under the leaderships of the Co-chairs at their respective headquarters and jointly bi-weekly at 9 a.m. at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The President also told the House of Representatives that a National Response Center (NRC), which is headed by Mr. Dorbor Jallah as the National Response Coordinator, will coordinate the day-to-day response of all units, to include the Call and Logistics Centers.The Call Center is regulated by Ms. Wadei Powell, while the Logistics Center is headed by the Coordinator and the Office of the Special Comptroller, Mr. Andre Pope.“The NRC will serve as the Central Point for all Ebola response related activities and all financial transaction accordingly,” the President said, “The NRC is a 24-hour operating center.”The President said: “Needless to say, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislature are urged to participate appropriately in all the bodies.”Meanwhile, members of the House of the Representatives voted unanimously for the acceptance and acknowledgement of the letter.It can be recalled the House also voted unanimously for the State of Emergency and let-go the President to use US$20 million in the fight against Ebola.Howbeit, amidst the Ebola outbreak as part of its preventive measure, the leadership of House and the Liberian Senate has sent home nearly 85 percent of their staffers on compulsory leave.The Legislature has sealed all entries to the Capitol Building except the door that faces the Executive Mansion. Hand-washing buckets have been placed at that entry for regular washing of hands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt distances itself from Cultural Advisor’s “torching” threat to Guyana Times, Evening News/TVG

first_img…Minister Roopnaraine to reprimand Ruel Johnson; Police report filedThe Government of Guyana has distanced itself from the threat made on social media by its Cultural Policy Advisor, Ruel Johnson, who called for the “torching” of the Sanata Complex, which houses most prominently, the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc 89.5.Johnson, who is also a Director of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), which publishes the Chronicle, on Monday called for the torching of the Sanata Complex as a “united Guyanese protest”.However, this did not go down well with his employer – the Government of Guyana – which on Tuesday distanced itself from Johnson’s comments.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine promised to seek an explanation from the Ministry’s Cultural Policy Advisor on the threat. Referring to such a comment being made as “strange”, Roopnaraine made it clear that such comments were not reflective of the Government or its views.“Certainly not! I don’t know where that came from or what it’s about. When I see him, I will ask him. It was brought to my attention and I would like an explanation on it.” On Monday, the Cultural Policy Advisor posted the comments – which also included a call for the destruction of the recently implemented but controversial parking meters. He stated: “Here’s my idea for a united Guyanese protest against impunity and tenderpreneurship – go break down all the parking meters and then proceed to torch the Sanata complex.” Johnson explicitly made the connection between the Sanata Complex, QAII, its owner and the media group consisting of the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc (89.5) which would all be torched.GPAWhen contacted on Tuesday, Guyana Press Association (GPA) President Neil Marks made it clear that such a serious allegation should be reported. According to Marks, the GPA would wait for the outcome of any probe stemming from the report.Criminal reportMeanwhile, a Police report has been filed by the head of security at the media entity with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday.In Chapter 8:01 of Guyana’s Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Title four, Section 35, the charge of ‘Attempt, incitement and threat’ applies to “Everyone who, in any case where no express provision is made by this Act, or by any other written law for the time being in force, for the punishment thereof, attempts to commit, or incites or attempts to incite any other person to commit any felony not punishable with imprisonment for seven years or more, or any misdemeanour, under this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanour and liable to imprisonment for one year.”Education Minister,Dr Rupert RoopnarineIn Section 36, the Act goes on to cite that in cases where the felony cited incurs imprisonment of seven years or more, the act of incitement carries imprisonment for two years.According to the laws of Guyana, arson is an indictable offence usually carrying a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of five years.This is not the first time that Johnson has made discriminatory and inciting comments on social media about provoking violence. In 2016, Johnson was lambasted by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira for a similar outburst, and she called on Education Minister Roopnaraine to terminate Johnson’s contract.According to Teixeira, Johnson does not have an understanding of the role his position has in shaping society and is reckless in his statements. She had pointed out that the Constitution of Guyana speaks to the issue of anti-discrimination and noted that a person who holds the responsibilities of culture must be sensitive to Guyana’s multi-cultural nature.Meanwhile, only last year, East Bank Essequibo resident Bibi Safora Salim, who used social media to issue threatening and derogatory statements against President David Granger, was charged, placed on bail and then tried by the courts. Unlike that case which was dismissed because there was no specific offence committed, according to the Magistrate, in this instance, incendiary threats to 5520 followers to “torch” specific premises presented a clear and present threat.Similarly, Tameshwar Beekham, a self-professed A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) supporter, was charged and fined after he issued death threats on social media against the life of former President and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo and other parliamentarians of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).last_img read more


first_imgFans who can’t make it to Croker will be tuning in around the globeDonegal folk around the world will be crossing their fingers on Sunday week when Jim McGuinness’ men take on Kerry at Croker.We appreciate that Donegal people from Australia to Canada won’t all be able to be there in person.But you can send your ‘good luck’ messages to Jim and the boys. Donegal Daily is inviting all Donegal fans around the world to send in their good luck video and email messages to Jim and the boys and we will post them on the site.Email all pictures, messages and videos to Donegal!  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: SEND JIM AND THE BOYS YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT! was last modified: September 8th, 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:donegalDonegal DailyJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

Unai Emery dismisses rumours of fallout with Mesut Ozil

first_img REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ALTERED Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists there are no problems with Mesut Ozil despite the fact the German was not part of the Gunners’ squad in their 3-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday.Ozil reportedly came into training on Friday claiming to have a cold with heavy catarrh and therefore felt he was unable to play. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Latest Premier League News possible standings Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Ozil was substituted in the 68th minute of Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea last week smart causal center_img Emery advised the playmaker to attend the match only if he felt better which the German did but he played no part in the match squad despite being with his team-mates beforehand.The Gunners manager had already publicly called on Ozil to offer more defensively and even subbed the no.10 after 68 minutes of Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in their second match of the season.This led to reports that Ozil was dropped for the West Ham game after an alleged row between the two happened behind close doors but Emery was quick to dismiss those rumours.He said: “It isn’t true. I don’t know who started telling this information. He was sick yesterday. He spoke to the doctor and to me. We decided not to play today. But he left the training because he was sick.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED 2 Emery’s first win as Arsenal boss came at West Ham’s expense Asked whether he would have played if fit, Emery said: “He was sick and today he was here. He left to his house [on Friday] and I said: ‘Come if you feel better.’“He feels better and before the match he was with me and the team. There is no problem with the player. Ask the doctor and he can explain better.”Ozil seems to have struggled to settle into Emery’s system of high pressing so far.The German, who announced his retirement from international football in July, is tied to Arsenal until 2021 and is currently on £350,000-a-week. huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injurylast_img read more


first_imgEdel MacBrideAcclaimed Donegal designer Edel MacBride looks set to wow audiences at this month’s Fashion Fest in Derry with a special silver showcase of her new designs – celebrating 25 years in city’s Craft Village!The knitwear maestro is just one of four top designers lined up for an exclusive Fashion Show on Saturday, 22 November, alongside Northern Ireland Designer of the Year, Una Rodden, Oliver Doherty and Tamsin Blackbourn – all of whom will be visiting the city for this prestigious event.The Fashion Show is just one of many events lined up for the city’s first ever Fashion Fest, which is organised by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities team, with support from Invest N. Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund. Edel, from Convoy, has become an integral part of the city’s fashion fabric and she is thrilled to be a part of its first dedicated fashion festival.“It’s something of a silver celebration for us, having opened my first door to the world in 1989 at the Craft Village on Shipquay street, 25 years ago,” Edel said.“We’ve never stopped creating and making fashion since, it’s been up and down, but there’s an incredible buzz now and it’s great to be part of it.”Renowned for her stunning, signature designs using traditional craft methods, the modest designer is looking forward to unveiling her latest collection here in the city. “As a designer I feel at a strong stage of brand evolution and hope I can make it dance on the catwalk on November 22nd,” Edel said. “Nothing beats a challenge!”SILVER CELEBRATIONS FOR CONVOY DESIGNER EDEL was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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

Google Adds More Images to Local Search Results

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This morning, Google announced that it will now display images next to some localsearchresults. For the last two years, Google generally showed a map as the first item on the search results page whenever a user searched for a location, but now, a grid with six pictures will also appear next to this map as well. These images come right from the Panoramio photo layer in Google Maps, and clicking on it brings up Google Maps with the photo layer. Great for Cities – But not for SightsWhile this worked quite well for the examples Google gives in its blog post, a few of our other searches (‘Yosemite National Park‘ for example), did not bring up any photos. Any search for a city, however, always gave us related images from the photo layer in Google Maps. Searches for local restaurants and sites typically don’t bring up any images and searches for local sights already brought up search results from Google Images anyway, and from what we can see, nothing has changed there.It’s nice to see, however, that Google now surfaces more images. It is also worth pointing out that yesterday, Google also announced that users can now easily filter Google Images by Creative Commons license, which, until now, was really the domain of Yahoo’s Flickr, which hosts the world’s largest repository of CC-licensed images.Competing With BingOf course, we also can’t help but think that the fact that Google is facing renewed competition from Bing, which also does a nice job of mixing up images with local search results – though not quite as nicely as Google now does. Travel is one of the areas where Bing excels, and it is good to see that the competition in this market is driving all players to innovate and improve their services. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Experimental Facebook Feature Shows Better Friend Suggestions

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web I realized that I did, in fact, want to be connected to quite a few of these people because our social graphs do have quite a bit of overlap and we’ve met in person or online. Some of these recommendations, such as Tara Hunt and Sarah Austin, popped up several times as they were mutual friends of more than one new friend I’d just confirmed. Smart tech! “We are still testing it,” wroteFacebook rep Kathleen Loughlin in an email, “but we’ve found that Facebook is a more valuable experience for people when they are able to find and connect with their friends. While we already have a variety of tools to help people connect, we’ve started experimenting with ways to make these tools even more accessible and easy to use.”We particularly enjoy this feature because it gives a more tangible reason to reach out to a new friend than the easily ignored “mystery people” column on the right side of the screen. Sure, they might have friends in common with me, but which friends? What social groups are they part of that relate to what I’m doing? Making and finding friends this way can require a bit of digging around, for example, realizing that you’ve actually met the person before because you go to the same conferences. So it’s not ideal for at-a-glace suggestions sometimes.What do you think of the new feature? Is it helpful or not for how you use Facebook and how you define or filter your Facebook friends? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.Also, if you’ve got a moment, check out RWW’s Facebook page! We’d love to have you as a fan. Related Posts We’ve just discovered an awesome new feature that Facebook is using to experiment with friend request confirmation pages.When you confirm a new friend, you’ll be presented with four people that friend is connected to – four suggestions for people who might be mutual acquaintances based on your social graph. It’s more useful and more accurate than the current friend/fan suggestion feature, and we actually like it a lot. Check out the screenshots, or try it for yourself the next time someone friend requests you.Here’s a screenshot of what happened for me when I approved a recent string of requests: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Education Expenses and the Military

first_imgThis post was originally posted on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 26, 2013. The Army has recently announced a change to their GI Bill transferability policy that will impact service members with 20 or more years of service in August of this year. Currently, service members with less than 20 years of service can transfer their GI Bill benefits to a spouse or dependent by signing on for 4 more years of service,  a stipulation that doesn’t currently apply to retirement-eligible service members; in August that will no longer be the case.The personal finance group will provide more details on these changes as well as many other important components of the GI Bill and other ways to finance education expenses during a 2-part webinar series.On May 21, Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present Paying for Post-Secondary Education Expenses Part 1, which will focus on options for paying for college and the benefits of continuing education. Dr. O’Neill will provide participants with a myriad of online resources that provide information about meeting the cost of tuition and other educational expenses.On June 17  Leland Drew Hill, Associate Director of Veteran’s Affairs with Embry-Riddle University, will together present the second part, Paying for Educational Expenses & the GI Bill. This session will focus on the benefits afforded to service members to continue their education.Both sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. Eastern. Please visit the hyperlinks above for important information about connecting to the online presentation platform.last_img read more

Agitation over milk prices called off in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti announced the withdrawal of agitation by dairy farmers late on Thursday night. This followed the State government’s directive to cooperative and private milk societies to pay ₹25 per litre milk to producers from July 21.“Since the government has accepted our demand to give ₹25 per litre rate to dairy farmer, we have decided to withdraw the agitation,” Mr Shetti told The Hindu after a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Earlier in the evening Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said in the Assembly, “The government has decided to not give any subsidy on packaged milk. For the rest of milk production, the government will give ₹5 per litre subsidy which will be given either to milk collection societies or to the ones which will process the milk.” This announcement followed a meeting attended by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mr. Fadnavis, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and leaders and representatives of milk suppliers federation. Following the decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called Mr. Shetti for a meeting to Nagpur.The farmers had been holding protests across the state since Monday, seeking a hike of ₹5 per litre in the procurement prices. The impact of the protest was felt in some cities, including Pune, where the supply of milk was partially affected.At a previous meeting on July 10, the government had announced ₹50 per kilogram subsidy on milk powder produced for export. To avail this benefit the societies will now have to pay ₹25 per litre to dairy farmers.last_img read more