U.S. Commits US$950M So Far to Liberia’s Ebola Fight

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Ruth Malac, has disclosed that the U.S. Government has so far committed US$950 million to Liberia’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which has plagued the country since February, 2014.Speaking last Thursday in Barkedu, Quardu Gborni District in Lofa County, while dedicating the US$162,000 newly constructed Barkedu Health Center, Amb. Malac said, “The U.S. Government has also been the largest supporter to the Government of Liberia in the fight against Ebola, committing over US$950 million to fighting Ebola in the West African Region, and mobilizing additional support from around the world to restrain the virus.”The construction of the health center was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Government through the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) project and the Ministry of Health, the local government and the  community, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Amb. Malac, who was accompanied to the occasion by the Commanding Officer for the U.S. Military Mission to support Liberia’s Ebola response, Maj/Gen. Gary Volesky, acknowledged efforts the soldiers have so far applied in the fight to stop the spread of the virus around the country. She said that the support to stop the virus continues America’s longstanding relationship with Liberia, and the substantial assistance the U.S. Government provides each year to the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and civil society partners to strengthen the health system around the country.“The U.S. Government values our partnership with the Government and people of Liberia, and we are proud to continue supporting the country’s efforts to create a healthier, more prosperous future,” the U.S. envoy asserted. Earlier in welcome remarks, Lofa Superintendent George S. Dunor extolled the U.S. Government through its Embassy in Monrovia for its numerous contributions to the growth and development of Liberia, particularly during the Ebola crisis.Ebola entered Liberia last year through Lofa County from the Republic of Guinea and devastated the lives of Liberians as well as many others in Sierra Leone. At the moment, the present death toll since that outbreak, as recorded by the World Health Organization (WHO) is over 8,000 persons.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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Visit Liberia for Unique Travel Experience

first_imgAttention world travelers! It is time to think about a visit to Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, to enjoy the nation’s intriguing wildlife, stunning scenery, soaring mountains, dense and ancient forests, miles of perfect coastline and rivers to thrill you. Yes indeed, Liberia is a place to be with places to inspire you; this is somewhere to explore natural wonders that will leave you with unforgettable experiences.The City That Never SleepsLiberia has a city that never sleeps – Ganta! It is an ideal destination for tourists based on its array of eateries coupled with a ‘bucket list’ of worthy experiences, unique and diverse neighborhoods, and a potpourri of different cultures that brings the city to life 24/7.Apart from that, Ganta’s location gives it an A-plus approval. Next door is Guinea and Saclepea, two beautiful places to visit. From Ganta to Guinea is about a five-minute drive, with Saclepea just over an hour away. Two other cities, Gbarnga and Sanniquellie, are about two to three hours away.Visit East Nimba Reserve Located in Nimba County, the East Nimba Nature Reserve, which covers about 13,569 hectares and shares a border with Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, has one of the most remarkable diversities in terms of flora and fauna in the whole of West Africa due to its unique geographical and climatic location.Positioned in a unique environment, the reserve is rich in flora and fauna and some outstanding numbers of single-site endemic species, such as viviparous toads and horseshoe bats.Interestingly, the reserve is a home to other diverse species most notably the Micropotamogale and chimpanzees that use stones as tools. In addition, the reserve holds a very significant plant population and a dense forest covering the lower level of the massive 1,000 m altitude, placed higher up by a montane (Montane ecosystems refers to any ecosystem found in mountains) forest rich in epiphytes.The mountain is an important source of several rivers including the Cavalla and St. John, which plays an important role in the regional water cycle. Good news, the reserve is accessible by road.Discover Sapo National ParkLocated in the Upper Guinean forest ecosystem, Sapo National Park contains some of West Africa’s last remaining primary rainforest, which is endowed with African forest elephants, pygmy hippopotamus, the West African chimpanzee, the zebra duiker and other wildlife. Named after the local Sapo (or Sao) tribe from Sinoe County, the park consists completely of lowland rainforest, including swampy areas, dryland and riparian forests.Containing some of the largest remaining intact blocks of the threatened Upper Guinean Forest, it provides a stronghold for several globally endangered species, including the pygmy hippopotamus, the West African chimpanzee and the zebra duiker. In 2009, six new plant species were discovered that can only be found in that area, making the park an environmental hotspot and one of the biggest homes to a diversity of mammalian species in the world.Enjoy Historical PlaceVisit Harper, the capital city of Maryland County, the home of Liberia’s longest president, William V.S. Tubman, which still has some of the beautiful art deco houses that represent Liberia’s olden-day architectural design style.Maryland is also one of the hometowns of the Americo-Liberian descendants of freed slaves from the United States who settled in Liberia and declared it an independent country in 1847. In addition, Liberia’s National Museum, built more than 150 years ago, is a national heritage structure that has stood the test of time, many governments, and key and defining moments in Liberia’s history. This building once hosted the Supreme Court and House of Representative and still contains some important historical artifacts including the more than 200-year old dining table given to Liberia’s first president, Joseph Jenkins Robertson, as a gift from Queen Victoria of Great Britain, and former president Tubman’s Masonic craft chair.To be continued in subsequence edition….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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LRA Takes Tax Education to Firestone High School

first_imgMr. Azzam lectures students of Firestone High School about the importance of tax.The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on Friday November 2, held a tax awareness event for students of the Firestone Senior High School in Harbel, Margibi County.According to an LRA release, the initiative held in collaboration with the Firestone School System, was intended to educate the students about the importance of tax payment and its benefits.About 2,000 students participated in the engagement. LRA Senior Officer for Information, Education and Inquiry, Gabi Azzam, who spoke during the tax awareness, encouraged the students to take keen interest in learning about the procedures and processes of tax payment as they grow up to become taxpayers in the future.Azzam informed the students that tax payment is a civic obligation of all citizens, including residents who are income earners and property or business owners. “Once you have properties like land, house or farm, own a business or you are working and earning an income more than L$70,000 yearly, you must pay your taxes to government,” he said.Mr. Azzam informed the students that taxes collected by government are used to build new roads, enhance service delivery, support the health and educational sectors, provide national security and pay government workers.He then lectured the students on the steps involved in obtaining a tax identification number (a unique taxpayer’s ID) as well as the various kinds of taxes and their payment dates.Mr. Azzam meanwhile expressed gratitude to the Firestone School System for inviting the LRA to educate the students about tax payment, and assured the commitment of the agency to continue similar engagement with the students, once the company extend the invitation.The principal of the Firestone Senior High School, D. Mulbah Gayflor, thanked the LRA for the tax awareness event, and praised the entity for extending its activities to the school.Gayflor said that tax education for students helps to increase their understanding about taxation and its related benefits.“Tax education is very important especially for the young people, because if we have a taxpaying citizenry, we have the potential of becoming a develop country. If our students here will all grow up to become taxpayers, I think we have the potential of becoming a better nation,” Mr. Mulbah said.President of the Firestone Senior High School Student Council Government, Kollie Flomo, lauded the LRA for extending tax education to the school.“We are grateful for this opportunity provided us by the LRA, and we can assure you that we will pay our taxes when we become independent in the future,” Student Flomo said.He highlighted the involvement of everyone in tax payment as keen to Liberia’s development. “Tax payment is important, because when we all pay our taxes, the government will use the money to development our country,”Student Flomo told his colleagues. In a related development, the LRA has presented assorted tax educational brochures containing information about tax categories and payment processes to the Firestone Senior High School.The coordinator of Extra Curriculum of the Firestone School System, Marbue Richards, who received the materials, thanked the LRA for identifying with the school.Richards said the tax educational materials will be placed in the school’s library to enable the students read further about taxation to boost their understating about tax payment.In November 2017, the LRA with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), along with the Ministry of Education (MoE) launched the School Tax Education Program (STEP) for students nationwide.The STEP project aims at creating a sense of civic duty in the minds of students in junior and senior high schools, including college and university. It seeks to develop the culture of compliance based on rights and civic responsibilities with the aim to promote a positive view of tax collection in ensuring an increase in tax literacy in the schools.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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Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri to return to management in France?

first_img Claudio Ranieri Nice could turn to former Leicester and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri should current boss Lucien Favre leave the club this summer.Both Borussia Dortmund and Lyon are said to be interested in prising Favre away from the south coast of France this summer and Nice are making plans should he go.According to France Football, Premier League-winning manager Ranieri is on their list of potential contenders for the job.As talkSPORT told you earlier this week, Ranieri is wanted in Turkey by Antalyaspor, while he has also been linked with West Ham, with the future of Slaven Bilic unclear.But it has been suggested that the 65-year-old may favour a move to Nice because he currently lives just down the coast in Monaco. 1last_img

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Liverpool signing! This is why Reds fans should be excited about done deal

first_imgFor a while it seemed as though Liverpool’s deal for Mo Salah would be off, especially with newly-appointed sporting director Monchi insisting that “Roma is not a supermarket,” but with the Egyptian now on the books, his arrival promises to be the first of many at Anfield this summer.Rumours are rife that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has a huge transfer kitty at his disposal to bolster the squad and on the back of their return to the Champions League, improvements are certainly needed this summer.Liverpool came close to landing Salah in 2014, only for the winger to turn down the chance of moving to Merseyside in favour of a switch to Chelsea.The decision, in hindsight, proved a bad one as Salah struggled to nail down a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge before ultimately being sold to Roma with a loan spell at Fiorentina sandwiched in between.It was a chance for redemption and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. In Rome, and under the watchful eye of Luciano Spalletti in particular, the Egypt international weaved his way into the hearts of fans as his attacking influence guided Roma to a second-place finish in Serie A last season.The recently-turned 25-year-old thrived in Rome last season, netting 15 goals and laying on a further 11 assists in the capital. He was one of only eight players to register double figures for goals and assists in Europe’s top five leagues last season, which is all the more impressive when considering he missed all of January due to his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations.His partnership with Edin Dzeko was a particular highlight. Of Salah’s 11 assists – only Jose Callejon (12) registered more in Serie A – seven were for Dzeko to score; it was the most prolific assist-to-goalscorer combination in Italy’s top tier last term.Roma’s loss, though, is undoubtedly Liverpool’s gain. Klopp has assembled one of the most fluid attack lines in the country, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane striking up an instant rapport in Klopp’s favoured 4-3-3 formation.The arrival of Salah, then, would afford the Liverpool manager the chance to drop Coutinho back into midfield, where he performed admirably as the season came to a head, and start Salah in attack. The one drawback, however, is that Salah prefers to start on the right flank, a position currently occupied by Mane, yet this is a minor issue considering the versatility of the Liverpool frontline.Klopp’s favoured attacking trio won’t remain stationary, with the German manager encouraging the forward three to constantly move across the pitch to drag defenders out of position and open up space for one another.A player of Salah’s speed, then, is ideal in this setup, with his manager at Fiorentina, Vincenzo Montella, once remarking: “Perhaps only Messi is quicker than him.” Crucially, though, is that Spalletti helped develop his overall end product, with the winger no longer dribbling for the sake of dribbling.Yes, this is a key quality to his game – Salah averaged 1.2 successful dribbles per game on Serie A last season, that figure his lowest in Italy – but he’s become a more rounded attacker, with 2.3 key passes per game last season, his highest during his time in the country.He’s much more the finished product than he was when he first moved to Chelsea, where the speedster’s decision making left little to the imagination. What’s more is that the defensive side to his game has improved while in Italy, which is a bonus for Klopp and Liverpool.The heavy metal football approach Klopp has previously spoken of means his attackers need to defend from the front and work tirelessly to rob defences of the ball. It’s another aspect of Salah’s game that will render him such an astute signing for the Merseyside giants.The primary issue, however, would be his expected participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, which would rob Liverpool of both Salah and Mane. The latter’s absence derailed Liverpool’s title, FA Cup and EFL Cup runs as the Reds lacked the means to hurt opponents with speed.Nevertheless, if Liverpool opt against wrapping up the deal for Salah for this reason alone, then they don’t deserve to sign a player of his ilk. During his time in Italy, the winger has come on leaps and bounds and is more than ready at a second stab in the Premier League.Provided he can hit the ground running, then Liverpool would have themselves one of the finest and, importantly, most fluid attacks in the country. Everton have been hogging the transfer spotlight on Merseyside this summer. Now it is Liverpool’s turn to steal the limelight. New Liverpool signing Mo Salah formed a formidable double act with Edin Dzeko at Roma 1last_img read more

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Lady Captain Orla Gallagher’s day this Saturday at Otway Golf Club

first_imgThis Saturday 13th Lady Captain Orla Gallagher will host her big day of the year, and the male members are invited to take part in a nine hole stableford competition to commence at 5pm sharp, followed by the traditional barbeque.Best wishes to Orla on her big day, and to the young guns taking part in her juveniles competition to be held at 6.30pm on Friday 12th August.Last Sunday 7th, members battled ‘wintery’ August winds and rain in the members cup, a singles stroke competition. Gerry Gallagher held on to claim victory by the narrowest margin to pip Damian Gallagher into second place. As all finishing places become more important as the number of qualifying competitions for the golfer of the year playoff gets less and less, Martin Duffy wishes to remind players who have fallen behind in playing their match play fixtures to get it on with their next opponent, or face the consequences.Lady Captain Orla Gallagher’s day this Saturday at Otway Golf Club 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:lady captainorla gallagherotway golflast_img read more

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Pantry services for hungry to be in Acton-Agua Dulce

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was established in 1986 by a small group of community volunteers who distribute donated food to meet the short-term needs of qualified residents. Approximately 60 volunteers sort food, prepare bags and assist clients. For information, call (661) 255-9078. ACTON – Acton Presbyterian Church will be a haven for the hungry starting Nov. 10, when the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry extends its services to the Acton-Agua Dulce area. “This is an excellent opportunity to expand the services of the Food Pantry and help our neighbors who are in need,” said pantry volunteer Jan Fear, project leader for the outreach program. Food will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month from the church, 32142 North Crown Valley Road. To qualify for services from the Food Pantry, potential clients must meet the following guidelines: proof of residency in the area and proof of income not to exceed 150 percent of poverty level. If there are children in the family, parents must provide birth certificates or immunization records for each child. 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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Biotech centre to combat diseases

first_img8 April 2008The Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR), the first of its kind in South Africa, has opened at the University of Cape Town’s medical campus, giving local researchers a powerful new tool for combating a variety of diseases.The centre is currently engaged in researching a new and improved molecular diagnostic marker of diseases such as malaria, leukemia and colorectal cancer, is conducting a search for markers of pathogen resistance in maize, as well as assessing of the possible health risks associated with the development of genetically modified plants, among others.The centre combines an integrated technological approach with a strong focus on translating information-rich discoveries into practical applications.“You should understand our excitement as we finally launch this cross-cutting facility, which will now take a pride of place in our national system of innovation,” said Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena, who officially opened the centre last week.Mangena said the centre would provide advanced biological solutions and project support to the country’s scientific community, as well as high-quality analytical services to academia and industry.The centre is to be a proactive driver of research and development in Southern Africa, aimed at directly boosting the biotechnology sector through building competitive research and development infrastructure.Mangena pointed out that the centre was of crucial importance to both the national biotechnology strategy and individual scientists’ who conduct research at the same level as their international peers.The technology platforms also provide positive benefits for the economy by encouraging plant and human biotechnology advances, and it is believed that the centre will empower researchers in the life science sector to convert scientific findings into practical applications.“We also trust that the CPGR will develop mechanisms to communicate the concept of genomics and proteomics effectively, to engage the public in an informed dialogue,” he said. “We believe this will, in turn, stimulate economic growth in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA ‘must speed up housing delivery’

first_imgThe first phase of the project has delivered about 2 433 freehold stands of which 1 192 have been earmarked for subsidised housing while close to 1 000 units have been turned into RDP houses. The Lufhereng forms part of the western extension of Soweto, and is said to be the largest low-cost housing development to take place in the area. RDP, bonded housing “We are now discussing in order to have the money increased, because if we want to move at a speed that is needed … we will need more money,” he said. Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has acknowledged that the demand for housing in South Africa remains very high, and that the government will need to speed up its plans to address a backlog estimated at over two-million. “You must remember that there are thousands of others out there who are not as lucky as you, so if you don’t want the house just give it back to us, please don’t sell it because you say it’s yours, government has given it to you,” she said. 18 August 2010 “It is going to take us time, but we will get there, it’s going to take one step at a time,” he said during the launch. that also coincided with a symbolic hand-over of house keys to six new beneficiaries.center_img More than 12-million South Africans are in dire need of proper homes, with more than 60% of this number living in urban areas. Sexwale said the government’s new human settlements approach, and the Breaking New Ground policy adopted by Cabinet, would aim at lowering the backlog in “the shortest possible time”. Sexwale said the project would offer families a range of options depending on income levels. These include fully subsidised 40 square metre homes, credit-linked 45 and 50 square metre units, and those that will give owners an option of a bond. Earlier, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane urged the beneficiaries of the new houses to resist the temptation of selling their properties through profit-making schemes. Speaking at the launch of Lufhereng Housing Project, a new housing development initiative situated in Soweto, on Tuesday, Sexwale agreed that the R18-billion set aside by National Treasury for housing would not be enough to meet the current housing challenges. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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