Senate Committee Outlines Ebola Response Plans: Wants Secluded Ebola Hospital Outside City

first_imgA three-member Senate committee yesterday presented to the Senate plenary an “Ebola Coordinated Response Plan,” which it noted would help restore hope, rebuild the image in Monrovia and improve the situation in other counties.In the first of three plans, the committee is calling for the creation of a secluded and well guided hospital outside of the capital city.The committee is headed by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence  includes Senators John Ballout and Mobutu Nyepan.According to them, the hospital when created, would  include testing, isolation, quarantine, treatment centers, burial sites, warehouse, and staff centers.The field hospital approach would be extended to counties, using smaller units or smaller capacities.The creation of a  secluded hospital outside Monrovia, according to the committee, would further help reduce  Ebola activities in the capital city, reduce fear within the business community and restore confidence in the economy and cause airlines to feel safe to start flying into the country again.The plans, if adopted, will bring reduction in the spread of the virus, while suspects at those centers will be secured and not be able to escape.Making the power-point presentation, Senator Lawrence said the committee went as far as contacting several companies that are involved with the setting up of these field hospitals, something she claimed they have done in several countries to combat diseases.Senator Lawrence named one of those companies as BLUEMED, which she said is a credible company certified by the United States-based Center for Disease Control (CDC).The presentation portrayed  BLUEMED as the world’s leader in deployable medical supplies that are state of the art, scalable, portable and can be rapidly deployed to scenes  of virus outbreak. The  company is capable to support medical and  emergency management services, NGOs, agencies and governments.The management aspect,  according to the presentation,  will be handled by the international organizations, and the Red Cross.The CDC will be responsible for the testing center, the treatment center by Medicins Sans Frontiers, WHO and IMC; Technical support by Ugandans and food distribution by the World Food Program, while the isolation center will be handled by MSF/WHO/IMC. The burial of Ebola victims will be done by the Red Cross and ICRC, while the Ministry of Health will coordinate all efforts and health workers will serve as counterparts to ensure the training of Liberian health workers in the process.The Lawrence committee meanwhile is presenting a total budget of approximately US$16.6 Million for creation of the secluded hospital and other facilities in the counties.   In a breakdown, the committee said the cost for the entire Ebola Center is US$4,500,000; shipping by air is US$700,000; while eight testing centers will cost US$6,400,000. Montserrado County will have three centers, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa Counties will each have one center. The amount of US$5,000,000 will be used for health workers and supplies.Meanwhile, the committee will make a comprehensive presentation on Tuesday to allow the plenary make an input and the final plan will  thereafter be sent to the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ILO facilitating consultation for drafting Occupational Safety and Health Regulations

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), will be holding a three-day national consultation with the aim of gaining consensus on the Manufacturing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Regulation that should be made under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:10, laws of Guyana.The consultation will commence on Tuesday and end on Thursday, at the Herdmanston Lodge, 65 Anira Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.It was revealed that the initiative was being funded by the ILO, and, as such, representatives from the Organisation will be present to offer technical support. These officials include Social Protection and Occupational Safety Specialist Ariel Pino, and Dr Shal Gewurtz, a consultant on occupational safety and health from the body.Speakers at the forum will include representatives from the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry Limited; the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC); the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the ILO.A number of companies and organisations within the manufacturing and public sectors are expected to participate in this vital consultation. This activity comes a week after labour unions lashed out at the Social Protection Ministry for its failure to make representation at the ILO’s Annual Conference. The ILO conference is where Governments, employers and workers’ organisations meet to discuss issues that impact the well-being of each group. These discussions guide the conceptualisation and development of conventions and programmes, especially as it relates to workers’ rights and safety.last_img read more

Disabled Farmers Prove Abilities to Grow Food

first_imgA group of disabled farmers known as the Life is Good Disabled Organization (LGDO) in Ganta, Nimba County has planted a local variety of cassava on an acre of land.The physically challenged said their aim is to earn income and support their families from proceed from the cassava that they would harvest from the farm.Despite the Ebola crisis, which has also affected Liberia’s agriculture sector, the disabled farmers generated L$2,500 from the sale of beans intercropped on one acre of cassava planted from their last harvest.They used the harvested cassava to feed members of the group who turned out twice a week to do some works on the farm.The purpose of the disabled farmers’ project is to generate money to transform it in to meaningful business ventures, such as soap making.The money from the bean harvest was used to buy materials to manufacture soap, another positive result from the group’s increased production, according to Abigail Gonkarnue, chairlady of the organization.  “Being a disable person does not mean incapable to work and earn money for oneself. It is not good to always look for charity from individuals and organizations. This is why we have focused on faming to raise money and support our children,” she explained.The Life is Good Disable Organization is made up of 30 people, all of which are physically challenged, including being deaf and blind.Kougbay Z. Kulah, coordinator of the Nimba County disabled community, said that there is a need for members of the disabled community in Nimba to get access to quality education and health care.“We want the government to provide us technical training in soap making and dyeing clothe. Our children need scholarships to get educated as well,” he said.  He said there are over 8000 disabled people in Ganta, Nimba County who need some form of support from the government, and many of the programs designed for members of the disabled community in Liberia are not reaching those in the rural areas.Mr. Kulah said because of the importance of food security the disabled community is calling on the government for more supports to produce food.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Update – Police arrest Moose FM Morning Show Host

first_imgPhoto: Moose FM morning show host Kelly Doiron, right, is in police custody today at the Totem Mall – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caUpdate – We are happy to report that Kelly has been released from Jail at the Totem Mall after raising over $500 for the Jail n’ Bail.  The event continues until 2pm this afternoon.The Fort St. John RCMP has arrested Moose FM Morning Show Host, Kelly Doiron.- Advertisement -At around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, officers entered the station, and took Doiron to a makeshift jail in the Totem Mall.Police say Doiron was arrested for Improper Use of a Microphone.Doiron will be released with a warning, if she can raise the minimum of $300 dollars bail. Police say they will donate this money to the Canadian Cancer Society.For more on the series of arrests, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

Distracted driving main crash cause

first_imgThe research offered some advice on how to avoid accidents. Don’t swat that fly in the car – it’s far more dangerous than reading a book or putting on makeup, say researchers, noting those things also increase your chances of wrecking the car. Reaching for a moving object was the most dangerous – a coffee mug rolling around or map in the back seat. It makes a driver nine times more likely to be in a crash or near-crash. Putting makeup on makes drivers three times more likely to be in accident, which is slightly more dangerous than dialing a cell phone. Combing your hair, drinking coffee, adjusting the radio or simply talking on a cell phone showed no increase in accident risk. But finding a CD or putting it in the player more than doubled your risk of an accident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Blacksburg, Va. – It has long been known that distracted drivers are more likely to crash, but a recent study found that 8 in 10 U.S. accidents are caused by motorists whose attention is diverted away from the road – far more than previously thought. In the landmark $4.2 million study, researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tracked more than 200 drivers for more than a year, using cameras to monitor their behavior behind the wheel. The result was an unvarnished look at the relationship between American driving habits and automotive safety. The study found that distraction contributed to 80 percent of crashes. That compares to a 25 percent rate in a 1996 study that was based on police reports in which drivers had to admit to being distracted. “Anything and everything drivers could do, they did during the study,” said Jacqueline Glassman, the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “This is a wake-up call to America to pay attention while driving.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDespite agreeing to be monitored for a year, some drivers drank beer, one smoked marijuana while at the wheel and others repeatedly engaged in road rage incidents or routinely violated traffic laws. “We’re spending a lot more time in our cars commuting, and we’re doing a lot more in cars, especially with new technologies,” said Charlie Klauer, one of the principal authors of the study. Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 5 and 35, researchers said. And the cost of accidents nationally was $231 billion last year, with 5.9 million crashes resulting in 43,200 deaths and 2.7 million injuries. In the Virginia Tech study, 241 drivers, ranging in age from 18 to 73, were monitored over a 13-month period and drove 42,000 hours in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C.-area. Researchers used onboard computers, radar, global positioning systems and five cameras placed inside and outside the vehicles to get the sharpest picture of why accidents occur and what happens in the critical moments before a crash or near-crash. Nearly all rear-end collisions were the result of inattention – rather than following too closely, which made researchers believe people had a false sense of security, said Tom Dingus, the director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which conducted the study. last_img read more

Fancy being able to fix your bicycle?

first_imgAs part of Reuse month Donegal County Council is organising a bike maintenance course for beginner adults on Saturday 22nd October from 2.30pm at Bryson Recycling Centre in Letterkenny.It is anticipated that there will be two sessions one at 2.30pm and one at 3.30pm.The course will be delivered by LK BIKES and places are limited so booking is essential using the online booking form on The course will cover general bike care, punctures, how to check your gears and the “M CHECK”.This course will be outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own bike if you wish. The course will be approximately 45mins.The recycling centre is located at Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny.All successful bookings will be contacted to confirm details before the event. For more information contact Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer 074 9176276 or email suzannebogan@donegalcoco.ieFancy being able to fix your bicycle? was last modified: October 16th, 2016 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:BikeDonegal County Councilmaintenancelast_img read more


first_imgSENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams travelled to play Naomh Ultan on Saturday night and in what was very difficult conditions both teams won their games. Senior men beat N Ultan by 3-04 to 0-10 points. Reserves beat Naomh Ultan by 0-07 to 0-02. There are no matches this weekend.BINGO: Bingo resumes on Thursday night ( March 31st) after the break last week at 9.00pm in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany. Please come along and support our weekly bingo, bring a friend. MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday March 24th; No jackpot winner—-numbers drawn: 5, 6, 17, 21. €15 winners:Terence Mc Carron, Cleagh.Madeline Doherty,Danny Ranty, Urrismanagh.P Mc Laughlin, Straths.Barney Friel, Dunaff.Jackpot next week €900. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who supports the club in this weekly draw. Thanks to Mac Tams for use of the premises for doing last weeks draw.UNDER AGE RESULTS LAST WEEK:U16 Boys: Carn 5-12 Urris 4-08.U14 Boys: Carn 4-01 Urris 4-10.UNDER AGE TRAINING SCHEDULE:U6 & U8 every Friday from 5.30 to 6.30pm.U10 Girls & Boys every Saturday from 11an to 12pm.U12 Boys (U12 girls welcome) every Wednesday from 4 to 5pm.U14 Boys: Every Tuesday at 6.00pm.U12 & U14 girls every Thursday evening from 6 to 7pm.As times may change please check our Face Book page for details.FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Friday: U16 Boys away to Burt.Sunday: U14 Boys away to Malin.Tuesday April 5th: U12 GO Games Urris home to Muff. REFEREE COURSE: There is a referee course in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey on Thursday April 7th, anyone interested in attending please let Club Secretary Edwaed Mc Laughlin know.GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN EXCELLENT AWAY VICTORY OVER NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: March 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportURRISlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate ‘incredibly proud’ of England team after World Cup heartbreak

first_img 3 It may have ended in failure, but Southgate saw nothing but positives, adding: “I don’t think realistically we thought we would be a game away from the final and we would have a realistic chance and give as good as we got for 120 minutes [against Croatia].“The only way to grow as a team is to go through the experiences we have had, not just tonight but the two, three previous rounds. In terms of positive experiences, they have had so many.” 3 Croatia are into their first ever World Cup final 3 England celebrate Kieran Trippier’s stunning goal against Croatia center_img Gareth Southgate salutes the fans after England’s World Cup semi-final defeat They were the better side for much of the first half and wasted chances to extend their lead.But they lost momentum after the break and Croatia drew level through Ivan Perisic before Mario Mandzukic snatched victory in extra-time.“The first half we played extremely well,” said Southgate. “We dealt with the pressure of a semi-final really well, probably had good chances to go even further ahead and, in hindsight, maybe it would have been critical to have taken one of those at that stage of the game.“In the second half, we lost a little bit of control of the game, didn’t keep the ball as well. We were the most inexperienced team in the tournament and for a little bit we didn’t have that control.“Extra-time we then got control back, were able to regroup, and the game was very even.” Gareth Southgate has expressed his pride in his England team after their heartbreaking World Cup exit.The Three Lions’ bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 ended in failure, as Croatia fought back from a goal down to win the last four clash 2-1 after extra-time. It was an agonising end for the Three Lions, but the team couldn’t have given any more for their manager – and their nation.“I’m proud of all the players and all of the staff because I know they couldn’t have given any more,” said Southgate, speaking to talkSPORT.“I know for some it was their first experience of a major tournament and they have come such a long way in such a short period of time. I am incredibly proud of them.”England had made the dream start in Moscow, taking the lead inside five minutes through Kieran Trippier’s brilliant free-kick.last_img read more

Everton striker set to be offer escape route by Turkish giants Galatasaray

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow REVEALED Everton striker Oumar Niasse ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Everton striker Oumar Niasse could get a possible escape route out of the club as Galatasaray consider a second loan offer in January, according to Fanatik.After a tough time at Goodison Park, the Senegal international was the subject of intense transfer speculation in the summer, with Toffees boss Marco Silva seemingly not a fan of the forward. Niasse, 28, looked set to leave Goodison Park in the summer but Everton pulled the plug on a proposed loan move to Galatasaray at the last minute.The striker, who is yet to score in six appearances so far this term, remains unhappy at his bit-part status on Merseyside and is keen to assess his options.Niasse could be offered another potential escape route with Galatasaray preparing a second loan bid.The Turkish giants are unable to bring in the Senegalese forward permanently due to Financial Fair Play regulations but are confident of snapping him up in January. no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News REPLY 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’last_img read more

Ohio Corn Marketing Program seeks election to board for five districts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pursuant to Section 924.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, David T. Daniels, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture will conduct an election of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Board on December 15, 2017.The Ohio Corn Marketing Program is designed to increase the market for corn and enhancing opportunities for Ohio corn producers. The program provides funds for corn research, education, and market development and promotion.The election to the Board will include these five districts:District 2 — Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, WoodDistrict 6 — Ashland, Knox, Marion, Morrow, RichlandDistrict 8 — Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, ShelbyDistrict 11 — Darke, Preble, MontgomeryDistrict 14 — Fayette, Highland, Pike, Ross.The Nomination Procedure is as follows:Nominating petitions may be obtained fromDavid T. Daniels, DirectorOhio Department of AgricultureLegal Section8995 East Main StreetReynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-3399Telephone 1-800-282-1955 or 614-728-6390Petitions require at least twenty-five (25) valid signatures from Ohio corn producers who reside within the district in which the candidate seeks election.Petitions must be returned to the Department of Agriculture no later than 5:00 p.m. Nov. 1, 2017.If only one valid petition is received in a district, there will be no election and that person will become the committee member.Voting and ballot information will be published at a later date when the Ohio Department of Agriculture has received the candidates’ petitions. Please direct questions or comments to David Miran, Jr at 1-614-728-6390 or 1-800-282-1955.last_img read more