EU Pleased with Liberia’s Ebola Response

first_imgMr. Stefano Ellero, Head of Development Cooperation Section (II): Infrastructure and Social Sectors, Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, has declared that the EU is ‘pleased’ with the Liberian Government’s response to the Ebola crisis.The EU diplomat commended the government and people for their robust response in tackling the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. However, he cautioned everyone that the virus was not yet been eradicated from the country and urged everyone to remain steadfast and continue to follow all the preventive measures.Mr. Ellero pledged the EU’s continual commitment to Liberia. He spoke yesterday at the formal opening of a three-day Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on Health Systems Assessment and Building Resilient Health Systems for Liberia.Just before he pronounced the conference formally opened, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, appealed for more money for the health sector. Min. Gwenigale directed his plea to the arm of government which apportions money to functionaries of the government and to the international community, including the EU, United Nations and US Government.He said the health sector has been gravely hit by the Ebola virus disease and that more money was needed in order to fill in the gaps that the virus has created in the nation’s health sector.In this fiscal year 2014/15, the health sector’s allocation was increased by 45 percent from US$69 million in fiscal year 2013/14 to US$99.6 million.The three-day stakeholders’ forum, which is being held at a local hotel in Paynesville City, follows  the 10 – 11 December 2014 Geneva High Level Meeting (HLM) on building resilient systems for health in Ebola affected countries. The Geneva Meeting, which was co-sponsored by the WHO, WB, AfDB and West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), brought together more than 200 participants from various countries and global development partners.Liberia, prior to the HLM in Geneva, had recognized the link between the weak health system and the current health crisis and had initiated dialogue among its stakeholders around the need for a comprehensive and integrated health system assessment to inform agenda  setting for rebuilding more resilient systems for health.The forum in Monrovia brings together international, regional and in-country health sector stakeholders and “aims at creating a forum for a forward looking dialogue around the scope and level of preparedness by the country to undertake a health system assessment and development of a strategy and strategic operational plans.”It also intends to provide an opportunity for countries and key partners to reach consensus on next steps and agree based on comparative advantage of each entity — governments, donors and international technical agencies — on roles and responsibilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who would you rather your club signed – Ibrahimovic or Vardy? Poll results

first_imgWith over 15,000 votes cast, talkSPORT listeners voted overwhelmingly in favour of Ibrahimovic despite the Swede being five years older than Vardy and having zero Premier League experience.Let us know if you agree with the result and why in the comments section below! Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Man United while Jamie Vardy is a target for Arsenal 2 Two of Europe’s top marksmen from last season look set to be on the move in the next few days with Zlatan Ibrahimovic ready to join Manchester United and Jamie Vardy close to becoming an Arsenal player.Ibrahimovic has been linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho since before the Portuguese was announced as the Red Devils’ new manager and is keen to complete the move before Euro 2016 begins.The Sweden captain is a free agent after opting to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract ran out at the end of the season.JOSE MOURINHO’S POSSIBLE MANCHESTER UNITED XI FEATURING ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC AND ALL NEW CENTRE MIDFIELD PAIRINGArsene Wenger has responded to that with a move for a new striker of his own as he looks set to activate Vardy’s £20m release clause which would see the England striker leave Premier League champions Leicester City.This could also be completed before Euro 2016 begins in France with Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson keen to have Vardy completed concentrated on the tournament.ARSENAL’S STUNNING POSSIBLE 2016/17 STARTING XI WITH FOUR NEW SIGNINGS INCLUDING JAMIE VARDY So with these two on the move, talkSPORT asked you which striker you would prefer your club signed – 29-year-old Vardy or 34-year-old Ibrahimovic? 2last_img read more


first_imgWHAT a superb weekend it was for the club winning the National Masters Cross Country Championship’s along with further success for Mark English and Darren McBrearty.In Boyle, Co Roscommon on Sunday, Ciaran Doherty, was crowned National Masters Cross Country Champion and he led LAC to the national club title.This was yet another super show from the Kincasslagh man. He was followed home in second spot by the evergreen, Pauric McKinney, while Dr Brian Thursby was 12th and Gary Crossan 13th to complete the winning team.Letterkenny won the team event ahead of Raheny. Meanwhile, Mark English has won another top race.He competed on Saturday in the New Balance Invitational in New York over 800m and he dominated from the start to win in 1:49.49 minutes.English is still a junior and is in the US as part of a DCU team who will be competing in the prestigious Millrose Games next week. Meanwhile, congratulations to Darren McBrearty who has been crowned Irish Universities Champion over 1,500 metres.LETTERKENNY AC NOTES was last modified: February 5th, 2012 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:Letterkenny AC noteslast_img read more

Astros may be lacking Rocket power

first_imgCHICAGO — Roger Clemens left Game 1 of the World Series after two innings Saturday night because of a strained left hamstring, an injury that has bothered the Houston Astros standout since early September. Clemens allowed three runs and four hits over two innings against the Chicago White Sox, and left with the game tied at 3. This was the first time he had started a Series opener. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Clemens left a Sept. 3 game against the St. Louis Cardinals after five innings because of the hamstring. Six days later, he gave up five runs over three innings at Milwaukee in what had been his shortest start this year until Saturday night. Clemens made his next start, a 7-0 loss to Pittsburgh, which was the ninth time this season the Astros were scoreless when he pitched. He then skipped a start before beating the Chicago Cubs on the final weekend of the regular season. Clemens led the majors with a 1.87 ERA during the regular season, when he was 13-8. Game 1 of the World Series was his 33rd career postseason start. That matched teammate Andy Pettitte, today’s scheduled Game 2 starter, for the most ever. Clemens was 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his seven previous World Series starts. Joe Crede has two herniated discs in his back and broke his finger in late August, although it was hard to tell in Saturday night’s World Series opener. The White Sox third baseman hit a go-ahead homer — his third of the postseason — and made two sparkling defensive plays to stop Houston rallies as Chicago emerged with a victory in its first World Series appearance in 46 years. “They put the good wood on the ball, tough situations and I was fortunate enough to get leather on it,” the low-key Crede said. His defense brought back memories of two other third basemen –Brooks Robinson and Graig Nettles — whose October exploits still are part of World Series lore. “To be able to perform on this stage and be compared to all those great players, it’s definitely an honor,” Crede said. Crede’s bat put the White Sox ahead in the fourth inning with a solo shot — he now has nine postseason RBIs — and his glove preserved the lead in the sixth and seventh. “You got the nerves and butterflies going in and you know what, the game starts and you calm yourself down and realize you got a job to do, and that’s go out and win a ballgame,” Crede said. He made a stellar backhand stab of Morgan Ensberg’s hot shot with the tying run on third base in the sixth. And when the Astros had first and third in the seventh, again threatening to tie, Crede made another great stop and threw out Craig Biggio to end the inning. “We knew it would be a tight game the whole way,” Crede said. “You just don’t play for a blowout. You always play for the close game. We were playing aggressive style defense out there.” Ozzie Guillen saw Luis Aparicio and moved quickly to give him a big hug, two Venezuelans and former White Sox shortstops united at the World Series. “He deserves everything. He’s been a great friend and he’s the same person I’ve known since he was a kid. He hasn’t changed a bit,” Aparicio said of Guillen, who managed the White Sox to their first World Series since 1959. That’s the year the slick-fielding Aparicio stole 56 bases and helped the “Go-Go Sox” win the pennant before they lost the Series to the Dodgers. Aparicio was the league’s rookie of the year in 1956 and Guillen got the honor in 1985. No wonder their native country is filled with White Sox fans. “He’s got Venezuela people crazy,” Aparicio said. “Everybody was asking if he had a chance, if he’s going to win. “This is something that is big, huge in Venezuela.” Before he caught a first pitch from Aparicio, Guillen was given a statue named after Aparicio from the Venezuelean people. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made the presentation. Pettitte, a seasoned veteran of the postseason and the World Series during his career with the New York Yankees, will pitch today’s second game of the series against Chicago lefty Mark Buehrle. “This is right there with my first trip in 1996,” Pettitte said, describing the thrill of helping the Astros in their first-ever appearance. Pettitte has the reputation as a top big-game pitcher, especially in the postseason where he is 14-9 in his career, including 3-4 in the World Series. He’s 1-1 so far this season. “I’ve had a lot of chances to pitch in a lot of big games with New York and it’s helped me I think to be able to relax and to be able to calm myself down,” said Pettitte, who was injured when the Astros won the wild card in 2004. “I’m like a kid in a candy store, again, though, because I missed out last year. So these postseason games are so different and I didn’t have a chance to have those last year with the injury.” Buehrle, 2-0 so far in the postseason, will be making his first appearance in the World Series. Buehrle has pitched especially well at U.S. Cellular Field, where he is 10-2 this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The seven-time Cy Young Award winner threw 54 pitches — 25 in the first inning and 29 in the second. He struck out one with no walks. Wandy Rodriguez, a rookie left-hander who started during the regular season, replaced the 43-year-old Clemens at the start of the third inning. If Clemens can’t pitch any more, the Astros would not be able to replace him on its Series roster. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURES SATURDAY 04-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupFintown Harps AFC v Glenea United ReservesArranmore United v Ramelton Mariners (K.O. 1 p.m.) Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAY 05-01-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Lifford Celtic v Cranford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Drumoghill F.C.Castlefin Celtic v Cappry Rovers SOCCER – ALL YOUR DONEGAL LEAGUE FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 31st, 2013 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:DONEGAL LEAGUE FIXTURESlast_img read more


first_imgCOAST Guard and RNLI crews have rescued two people found drifting in a small boat off the Co Donegal coast.They were in a 14-ft punt boat – but the engine had broken down and one of the oars was broken.A Coast Guard spokesman said its station at Malin Head responded to a mayday call on Thursday evening. Arranmore RLNI lifeboat was despatched to the scene, between six and seven miles off shore.“The Rescue 118 helicopter from Strandhill responded and located the vessel around 5pm and was able to guide the RNLI crew,” said a Coast Guard spokesman.The couple were taken aboard the Arranmore lifeboat and taken ashore. The punt boat was towed inland to Black Point.The two people were unhurt and didn’t need any medical treatment. Sea conditions were calm at the time. DUO RESCUED DRIFTING IN BOAT SEVEN MILES OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:arranmorecoast guardcrewLifeboatrescueRNLIlast_img read more

Jesus Luzardo looking to erase bad taste with A’s this spring

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s prized pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo is counting down the days until spring training when he can finally wash the bad taste out of his mouth.There was a point last season when Luzardo was considered a possibility to join the club in September to assist in the club’s playoff push. The left-handed forced his way into that conversation by dominating his competition at Single-A and Double-A, but Triple-A was a different story.“That was probably the worst I’ve pitched in the …last_img

Boost for food processing sector

first_imgWorkers place freshly sliced mangoes ondrying trays at Bavaria fruit farm inLimpopo province.(Images: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell MedupeDti spokesperson+27 12 394 1650 or +27 79 492 1774Wilma den HartighThe Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) has identified food processing as a priority area in the South African economy.A new incentive scheme, the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP), will be launched in April to support industry development and help businesses to improve their competitiveness.Food processing is highly lucrative and there are many opportunities to grow this industry, but in recent years the sector has faced numerous setbacks, partly stemming from the impact of the global financial crisis.These include declining export performance, more imports into the South African market and lower rates of product and process innovation.At a recent food processing workshop hosted by the Dti in Johannesburg, trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies explained that MCEP is one of a series of Dti interventions to enhance growth and development of the sector.Comprehensive recovery plan for manufacturingThe MCEP incentive scheme, designed to help manufacturers that are in distress from the effects of the financial crisis, was announced earlier this year by finance minister Pravin Gordhan in his budget speech.It is considered the major highlight of this year’s budget from an incentives perspective.Gordhan allocated R5.8-billion (US$764-million) to the programme, which will provide a support package to stabilise and grow output, increase employment and grow confidence in the manufacturing sector.Addressing job lossesThe intention of the programme is to address economic challenges that have resulted in job losses in the manufacturing sector. Through MCEP, companies can invest more in their operations and upgrade their production facilities. In doing this, firms can maximise employment, expand their value-adding potential and enhance productivity.The food processing sector can benefit significantly from this fund, as it specifically targets businesses in manufacturing that are either labour-intensive or exposed to intense international competition.Reducing the risk of further job losses in the food processing sector is a big focus of the incentive scheme.“This is the largest manufacturing sector by employment, with 177 000 employees or 15.2% of total manufacturing employment,” Davies said. “Food processing is also significant in value addition terms, with the sector contributing approximately 11% of total manufacturing value-added.”Industrial development“Agro processing is of strategic importance to promote industrial development in South Africa,” Davies said.He said that the food processing industry is closely linked to the agricultural sector from where it draws its inputs. For this reason, he believes, it is important to build a greater symbiosis between agriculture and food processing and in doing this, also create more jobs.“Agricultural production of crops in South Africa is thriving, but processing is lacking,” he said.Crops such as soybeans are grown in South Africa and exported to other countries where processing and value adding takes place. Then the product is shipped back into South Africa.“There is an opportunity to add value to products such as soybeans and other agricultural products here in South Africa,” he says.At the workshop Advocate Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South Africa, a campaign to promote South African companies, products and services, said there is a great need to build South Africa’s manufacturing capacity.In his presentation he cited figures by Iraj Abedian, economist and CEO of financial services company Pan African Research and Investment Services.Abedian’s research shows that the manufacturing sector remains a critical source of decent and sustainable job creation.Considering the multiplier effect, a R1 ($0.13) investment in manufacturing resulted in a R1.13 ($0.15) increase in GDP, Abedian explained.A R1-million ($131 680) investment in manufacturing translates into three decent and sustainable additional jobs.Furthermore, he said that a R1 ($0.13) investment in manufacturing resulted in a R0.35 ($0.05) increase in fiscal revenue.Finding new marketsDavies said that the Dti is also focusing on new export market opportunities in Africa, the Middle East region, and BRICS countries.He appealed to local food processors to investigate these opportunities and develop products and packaging for new markets.“Our agro processing businesses must not stay stuck in a rut, but seize new opportunities,” he said.Davies said that traditional export markets for South African food products, namely the EU and the US, are expected to register relatively low growth for the next two to three years.“There are still opportunities in Europe, but in newer members of the EU and Eastern European countries,” he said.However, one of the major challenges to access these markets is transport and logistics.Other potential new markets include Middle East and Gulf countries that need secure food sources.Davies said that new product development and niche markets, such as halaal products for Middle East countries, may also yield promising opportunities.“We need to develop market access to more dynamic economies,” he said.Regional market expansion is also on the agenda. “Agro processing is a focus of the entire continent and there is a huge opportunity for South Africa to lead in this area,” said Davies.Nimrod Zalk, deputy director-general of the Dti’s industrial development division, said food processing businesses should look to improve and expand their product offering in the domestic market to serve the increasing middle class consumer base.There is also a need to provide more affordable goods to poor households.last_img read more

Smart ID card printers ‘ready to roll’

first_img10 July 2013 The state-of-the-art facilities at the Government Printing Works in Pretoria are ready to roll ahead of the launch of South Africa’s new smart ID cards on 18 July, says Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor. On Tuesday, Pandor and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe inspected the machines that will be used to print the country’s new ID cards. The launch of the new tech-savvy smart ID cards will coincide with former president Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, and also kick-start Neslon Mandela International Day activities across the country. Ronnie Mamoepa, spokesperson for the Home Affairs Department, said three regional offices would be handle the new cards until the end of August, when the number of offices would increase to 27 as the general public stepped up applications for the new IDs. On Women’s Day, 9 August, four machines costing R40-million would be commissioned to produce the cards. They would be named after struggle icons Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi, Sophie de Bruyn and Rahima Moosa, all of whom led the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in 1956. First-time applicants will receive their cards for free, while South Africans replacing their current green bar-coded ID books will pay R140 to get the smart ID card – the same as the current ID replacement cost. President Jacob Zuma, Motlanthe, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be among the first recipients of the new card. During Tuesday’s site visit, Government Printing Works CEO Joe Engelbrech took Motlanthe through the step-by-step process involving in producing the cards. The most important security feature on the cards will be fingerprint biometrics and biographic data, which will make it extremely difficult to forge them. “We are confident that we have the best and our documents will not be forged,” Motlanthe told reporters after the tour. Pandor said: “We are very excited that the Deputy President has visited our facilities today and we are excited that on 18 July he will be among the first recipients of the smart cards. “We may be certain that we have the best facilities … We believe we have excellent material with high security features, and anyone who thinks they can defraud the cards will have to really tamper with them,” Pandor said. Officials say the new cards will take five to 10 days to produce and deliver, compared with the current 47 days for paper documents. Source: read more