‘Liberia to Be Declared Ebola Free in 25 Days’

first_imgThe Head of the Incident Management System and Deputy Minister-designate of the Ministry of Health, Tolbert G. Nyenswah, announced yesterday that Liberia will be declared Ebola free in 25 days if no new cases are reported.At the Ministry of Information regular press briefing yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Nyenswah explained that Liberia began a recount of the 42 day virus free period following the death of the last Ebola patient on March 27. “We have just completed 17 of the 42 days and we are left with 25 days to go. Liberia is making significant progress in all aspects of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease and we hope to continue until Liberia is declared an Ebola free nation,” said Nyenswah.He explained that all the family members and community dwellers listed for contacts during the crackdown of the last Ebola case have completed the 21 days surveillance and have been reunited with their families.Minister Nyenswah emphasized that the IMS will continue to be more vigorous in carrying out its contact tracing in Monrovia and other places in the country to ensure that the 42 days are completed.“Our surveillance team continues to update us particularly at border points due to the situations in Guinea and Sierra Leone that have the propensity to lead us into another outbreak,” Minister Nyenswah maintained.  He disclosed that the IMS is also lobbying with both local and international partners to raise funds to support Ebola survivors.“The government and MOH reaffirm that Ebola survivors should continue to abstain from sex or to observe safe sex through consistent condom use for a minimum period of three months,” he cautioned. “Our psychosocial team is taking reasonable measures to prevent stigmatization of survivors and promote respect, dignity and compassion towards all survivors, partners and families,” the Minister reiterated.He called on the general public to continue to respect all survivors, their partners and families, protecting their dignity and showing them compassion at school, in the workplace, community and other public gatherings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Strong interest in Guyana at Houston oil conference

first_imgFollowing day two of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019, GO-Invest’s Chief Executive Officer, Owen Verwey says Guyana has seen a significant amount of interest from the industry. He expressed that the positive response will enable businesses to network with partners “that can help increase their abilities and their resourcing to compete for jobs in the oil and gas sector.” The country’s participation in this major event drives home the fact that Guyana is rapidly emerging as an oil and gas nation, and while the country’s experience in this area is lacking, foreign investors are keen to assist and lend their expertise in our development. Verwey, is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying “each one of them has had four to five business-to-business meetings with businesses that they would have met here and that is really good for an economy like ours and businesses that came here.”Kester Hudson, Managing Director of local business Dapper Technologies at his booth at the OTC 2019 held in Houston, TexasAlso participating in the conference, Kester Hudson Managing Director of local business, Dapper Technologies, noted that it provides local businesses with the opportunity to network and build partnerships. “Dapper Technologies being exposed to the offshore technology conference 2019, gives us an opportunity to see endless possibilities in the services that we provide… it allows us to network with all the key stakeholders in this massive industry.”During brief comments, a partner in the Hughes, Fields & Stoby law firm, Greg Clark further noted the expressions of interest in Guyana.“Guyana is leading the world in oil discoveries as of 2018, so there’s a lot of interest. A lot of companies are coming by expressing interest and asking the question, how can we get in?”OTC 2019 is being held in Houston Texas and is well-represented by private and public agencies. The event is being hosted under the theme “OTC’s Golden Anniversary Opening Session: The Next 50 Years of Offshore Developments”.It will provide industry executives with the opportunity to explore how companies are preparing for digitalisation, automation, machine learning, and finding out what is their vision for the future of offshore exploration & production (E&P) operations.last_img read more

2 killed in Unity accident

first_imgLess than one week after acting Top Cop David Ramnarine urged motorists to exercise caution when driving, another two persons were on Friday evening killed and five others injured after a two-vehicle collision at Unity, East Coast Demerara.Dead are businessman Kelvin Cort, 26, of Fyrish, Corentyne; and Jennifer Grant, 39, of Betsy Ground, East Canje, Berbice.Those injured are Grant’s daughter Jamcey Grant, 18, a student of New Amsterdam Technical Institute; Petal Thom, 35; Fayola Thom, 38; and 16-year-old Mark Thom.According to reports, Cort, who was driving a motorcar bearing registration plates PFF 6778, was heading to Berbice when a pick-up with registration number GMM 426, which was heading in the opposite direction, reportedly swerved into his path. As a result of the impact, the car reportedly toppled several times before coming to a halt. The occupants of the car were pulled from the wreckage by public spirited citizens and were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where Cort and Grant succumbed while receiving medical attention. The others were admitted and are all in an unconscious state. Grant, a mother of four, was a custodial employee attached to the New Amsterdam Hospital.Guyana Times was told that Cort was hired to pick up his cousin, Petal Thom, two of her sisters and two of their children from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, as they were returning from vacation. According to Cort’s sister, Tanisha Cort, she received information about the accident and rushed to the GPHC.She noted that when she arrived, she was told that her aunt had already passed and was allowed to remove her personal valuables. However, she was not allowed into the room where her brother was and later learnt of his demise. “It was too much for me to take to go and see him,” she said.Grant’s mother, Ivy Thom, said she learnt of the fatal accident via a telephone call.This newspaper was told that the now deceased Jennifer Grant was the eldest of five siblings and the sole breadwinner for the family, as her husband is unable to work after an accident. Her mother described her as quite person, while colleagues who were also present described her as a “hardworking” and “jovial” individual.Meanwhile, Cort’s mother, Carol Cort, told Guyana Times that drivers who operate at night need to be more courteous and she called for “stiffer penalties” to be instituted against reckless road users.According to the woman, many drivers do not dip their head lights at night in the presence of oncoming vehicles.“I think the Police should look into things like this; they should have programmes to teach drivers how to conduct themselves… everybody now is in a hurry; they are boring, they are squeezing, and at the end of it, lives are lost; nobody reaching where they want to go. Because my son did not reach home and it is hard. The only thing I have received from him is his belt… When you look at it, they lock-up the people, charge them and when you look, the same people are back on the road doing the same thing and worst because they pay a little money and that is not right; money can’t give life,” the grieving mother said.Cort leaves to mourn six siblings and parents while Grant leaves to mourn four children, a husband, parents and four siblings. Meanwhile, the Police in a release said the driver of the pickup is in Police custody assisting with investigations. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Challenge hearing set for January

first_imgGECOM’s unilateral appointment…as judge reprimands AG, Nandlall for media discussions on caseThree weeks after being filed in the High Court, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party’s challenge to rescind President David Granger’s appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) came up for hearing before acting Chief Justice Roxane George on Thursday.Both the applicant’s attorney, Anil Nandall, and the respondent, Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams, were given dates to make submissions and to reply, beforeGECOM Chairman, Justice (retired) James Pattersonthe matter returns to court on January 5 for clarification and arguments.In a full courtroom on Thursday, Justice George reprimanded the AG as well as his predecessor, Nandlall, for making public statements ahead of court proceedings. Both were armed with countenances of humility at Thursday’s court appearance, and they were both warned that a gag order could be imposed if the practice continues.The Acting Chief Justice observed that there were several newspaper headlines in which the two – Williams and Nandlall — were making open statements about the case.“Both sides have been trying this case in the court of public opinion…I’m cautioning both sides to be very careful of what you say in the media and public,” remarked the Chief Justice in an atmosphere of some tension, as persons present in the courtroom showed eagerness to hear her comments.Chief Justice George related that while one is “free to comment”, the comment made should not be contemptuous.Meanwhile, Attorney-at-law Nandlall solicited the court’s leave to reply to the Attorney General’s submissions on the injunction. This was granted, and the judge further set out the timetable for legal submissions.Speaking outside of court, both Nandall and Williams observed the court’s admonition in regard to public disclosures about the case, and each indicated thatActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SChe would limit what he has to say.Nevertheless, Nandall expressed confidence that the decision to appoint Justice Patterson will be rescinded.Meantime, a small group of Government-backed protestors gathered at the court’s Charlotte Street entrance, and were heard shouting comments in favour of AG Williams and against Nandlall.After court was adjourned, the protesters greeted the Attorney General with open arms, as he urged for calm in a bid to ease tensions.The PPP’s motion, filed in the name of the party’s Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament (MP) Zulfikar Mustapha, is seeking to revoke and quash Justice Patterson’s appointment, and to secure an order to remove him from office. It is also seeking to direct the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted to him by Leader of the Opposition, or for theAttorney-at-law Anil Nandlall and PPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha filed the injunction on October 23court to make an appropriate order that it deems fit.Nandlall had said that the PPP is also seeking a declaration that Justice Patterson is not qualified to be appointed, in accordance with the provisions of Article 161-2 of the Constitution of Guyana.Justice Patterson, who was an advisor attached to the Legal Affairs Ministry, was sworn in a few hours after President Granger had met briefly with the Opposition Leader in October. President Granger has said his decision to select a GECOM Chairman was made in accordance with Article 161 of the Constitution for theGovernment supporters outside of courtappointment of a GECOM Chairman.The Head of State’s contention is that all three lists provided by the Opposition Leader were unacceptable. These lists had a total of 18 nominees. The President’s decision was met with much criticism from the Opposition, civil society groups, trade unions, the business community, and other observers, many of whom contend that the retired judge’s appointment could threaten the tenets of democracy.last_img read more

Local donation made to Honour House Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A cheque for $2,500 has been donated to Honour House Society after the Heroes Dinner in Fort St. John last month.Dan Davies from the Heroes Dinner Committee presented the cheque to Honour House this week.Honour House supports all first responders, military members and veterans (including families) by providing accommodations while accessing medical services in the Lower Mainland. Incidentally, there is a local veteran staying there now.The Heroes Dinner shows support to all Northeast heroes in and out of uniform, from the RCMP, fire services, ambulance, military to Rotary, scouts, and hockey volunteers to mention only a few!  For more information on volunteering or accessing Honour House, visit honourhouse.ca- Advertisement –last_img read more

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers

first_imgBoth men have been working on the project for the past three years and earn the monthly minimum wage of 750 Qatari riyals ($205).Raju, a 39-year-old Bangladeshi dressed in the blue overalls that have become ubiquitous in the gas-rich emirate, smiles gently as he talks about his contract finishing in a few months.“I will never come back again,” he says.Ever since 2010 when then-Fifa boss Sepp Blatter revealed Qatar would host the 2022 football World Cup — to almost global shock — the country has faced unprecedented scrutiny.– Criticism and reform –Much of that has focused on the plight of huge numbers of migrant labourers, many from Asia, who have swollen Qatar’s population from 1.63 million at the time of Blatter’s announcement to today’s record 2.74 million.Trade unions, human rights groups, and recently the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) have joined forces to challenge Qatar over its derided “Kafala”, or sponsorship, system.Labourers undertake restoration work at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium © AFPAn international row has rumbled over the number of people killed on construction projects, more than 1,200 according to one union’s estimate.That claim has been vigorously denied by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar’s World Cup organising body.But Doha has been forced into reforms including a minimum wage, salary protection and the partial abolition of the exit visa, under which workers needed a boss’s permission to leave the country.The ILO has called the move a “significant step”.More than 12,000 workers employed directly on World Cup projects are expected to share reimbursements of 52 million riyals ($14 million) for being forced to pay illegal recruitment fees to come to Qatar, says the Supreme Committee.Evidence of Qatar’s transformation, fuelled by vast gas revenues, is everywhere: stadiums, roads, railways, hotels, malls, bridges and the office and residential complex where Ojor and Raju work.– ‘Workers won’t see Cup’ –However, the World Cup, which kicks off on November 21, 2022, still feels a long way away for the stonemasons and their colleagues, some of whom wear the shirts of teams such as Chelsea under their overalls.Rights groups have expressed concerns over workers’ safety as Qatar prepares for the 2022 football World Cup © AFP“The expectation was that a World Cup would give me good job security,” says Mukesh, a 23-year-old labourer from Nepal.“But we have been told that by 2021 they will remove all the labourers from here.”He works 10 hours every day, earning three riyals (82 cents) extra per hour for overtime, and says he has no regrets about being in the Gulf.“We were doing nothing at home and we are earning here,” he says.A football fan, he wants to watch his hero Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022 and support Portugal.“But I don’t think it is possible for any workers to see matches,” he says smiling.Workers complain about low wages, delays in being paid, and the high cost of living.Almost all the workers asked by AFP say they had not heard about the international lobbying on their behalf.Workers complain that wages are low, there are delays in being paid and the cost of living is high in Qatar © AFPBut Prince, a safety officer from Nigeria, found out about the safety campaigns via YouTube.“I want to save to go to the US,” says the 31-year-old.“I don’t like the life I am living here, I do the same thing every day, it is hard work, there are no parties or anything. We are not allowed to do anything here.”Those who have been in Qatar for longer periods say their conditions have hardly changed.Arnold, from the Philippines, says he has been in Qatar since 2009 and the country has given him “peace of mind”.“Nine years is enough though,” he says.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The huge number of migrant labourers has swollen Qatar’s population from 1.63 million in 2010 to a record 2.74 million now © AFPDOHA, Qatar, Nov 21 – Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years’ time.“I made a mistake coming here,” says Ojor, 22, from Nepal. “I took so much money from the bank (to pay recruitment fees), I don’t have anything in my hand.”last_img read more

NEWLY-WED MARY STARTS MARRIED LIFE WITH €32K WINNING STREAK WINDFALL

first_imgMRS MARY Hamdam was a Donegal bride for just eight hours today – when she won €32,700 on RTE’s Winning Streak.Of course Mary, who woke up O’Sullivan this morning, couldn’t be there to take part in the National Lottery show.And she had difficulty finding someone to stand in for her on the TV show, because everyone she knows was among the 174 guests at today’s marriage to Eoin Hamdam at St Piux X chapel in Moville. So 21-year-old Ciara Ní Chleirigh – the daughter of a friend in Dublin where the Donegal woman now lives – took her place.And while Ciara didn’t manage to get to spin the wheel, she did win an incredible €32,700 in cash for new bride Mary and her new hubby Eoin.The whole of the reception at the Redcastle Hotel tonight gathered around big screens to cheer on Ciara.And the champagne has been flowing since. * Donegaldaily.com is supporting the Match for Michaela  NEWLY-WED MARY STARTS MARRIED LIFE WITH €32K WINNING STREAK WINDFALL was last modified: October 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NEWLY-WED MARY STARTS MARRIED LIFE WITH €32K WINNING STREAK WINDFALLlast_img read more

Dogs’ owners may face charges

first_imgWEST COVINA – Mike Rocha Gomez stuck to a routine. Every morning, the World War II veteran would leave the house about 3:30 a.m. to walk or jog and be home before 5 a.m. But the 86-year-old failed to return the morning of Oct. 14, 2005. A mile-and-a-half from home, Gomez was attacked by two dogs. He died of his injuries Nov. 3. The Coroner’s Office ruled the death accidental and listed the cause as complications from dog bites. “Were it not for the dog bites, he would not have died,” said coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey. Investigators from the West Covina police and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control are expected to take their cases to the District Attorney’s Office within the next couple of weeks. Prosecutors will determine whether any charges will be filed against the dogs’ owners. Both dogs, a pit bull and a schnauzer, have been put down. In December, Gomez’s wife, Carmen, filed a civil lawsuit against dog owners Annette Gutierrez and Trinidad Campana for wrongful death and general negligence. The suit claims Gutierrez and Campana allowed the dogs to run loose and failed to secure them. After the attack, Rocha Gomez told police he was jogging on Cortez Street at Fircroft Street when two pit bulls ran toward him and began biting his arms and legs. He fought them off and the dogs ran east on Cortez Street and out of sight. Police would later find the pit bull on Shasta Street. The schnauzer was impounded Nov. 8. Carmen Gomez said she grew worried when her husband didn’t come home at his usual time. She woke up her daughter Linda and called the police, who told her they had taken a man to a hospital. When she hung up, the hospital called. Linda Gomez said her father told her he kept fighting and kicking the dogs. “They pushed him down, ripped his shoes off and clothing,” she said. “He was caught totally off guard.” According to reports, Campana told police his pit bull and schnauzer escaped from the house that morning through an open side gate. A co-worker found the schnauzer near Cortez Park and brought it back to his house. Police, who cited Campana for violating the leash law, had already picked up the pit bull. Gomez family members said they have had to deal not only with Rocha Gomez’s untimely death but also with way the case was handled. After the pit bull was scheduled to be put down, animal control mistakenly released the dog back to its owners. “I let out a primal scream. How could that happen?” Linda Gomez said. It was she who linked the attack to the schnauzer – authorities were looking for a second pit bull – by sending in a doctor’s report that several bites on Gomez were from a smaller dog, her attorney said. “If Linda hadn’t been on them as much as she has, they wouldn’t have done anything,” said James Tierney III, who represents Carmen Gomez in the civil suit. Mark Weiner, the lawyer representing Annette Gutierrez, referred calls to her personal attorney, Richard Meaglia, who said he had no comment. Animal control officials said the two dogs had no record of prior attacks or problems, but an incident report shows the animals were suspected of killing a German shepherd mix 11 days before Gomez was bitten. miniature ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

‘MUMMERS’ THE WORD AS €8,000 RAISED FOR CHARITY

first_imgMembers of the Sheephaven Mummers group presenting the proceeds from this years activities of €8000 to representatives from the two chosen charities Donegal Hospice and the Good and New, which run the bus to Galway for those receiving Cancer Treatment, at a function in McNulty’s Bar Creeslough.The Sheephaven Mummers held their annual Presentation Dance in McNulty’s Bar Creeslough and managed to raised €8000.Two cheques each were presented to the Donegal Hospice and the Good and New, which run the bus to Galway for those receiving Cancer Treatment.King Mummer Desmond Stewart thanked the Mummers and also the Musicians who gave of their time over the Christmas and New Year Season – John McNulty, James Shiels, Padraig Doohan, Hugh Kelly, Ben McFadden and Francis Donnelly. He paid tribute to everyone who had made the mummers so welcome during their travels and said how much it had been appreciated. He thanked Moores Garage (Gary Moore) and Roy Scott of RS Autos for fuel.There was a great turnout at the Dance and special thanks must be given to John McNulty, Denis Sweeney and several local musicians who came along to support them-Brian McLaughlin, James Doherty and Ben McFadden.Desmond concluded by thanking all those who had donated Raffle Prizes and wished all present at enjoyable evening. The raffle on the night raised €540.‘MUMMERS’ THE WORD AS €8,000 RAISED FOR CHARITY was last modified: February 14th, 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:charitydonegalSheephaven Mummerslast_img read more

Former Tottenham defender once loaned to Cheltenham now wanted by Euro giants

first_img Yuri Berchiche tries to keep Lionel Messi in check Paris Saint-Germain have set their sights on former Tottenham defender Yuri Berchiche – but may face competition from Barcelona.Much has changed for the left-back, who failed to make a single appearance for Spurs during his two-year stay between 2008 and 2010.Back then he was farmed out on loan to Cheltenham Town, making seven outings for the League One club.But now he is one of the most sought-after full-backs in Europe with Barcelona linked with him earlier this year.And, according to Marca, they have been joined by PSG in the race to land the Real Sociedad man.New PSG boss Unai Emery is a huge fan of the 27-year-old, who made 35 appearances in La Liga last term.And Emery sees the Spaniard as the perfect long-term replacement for Maxwell, although he is hoping to buy him for less than his £26.5m release clause. 1last_img read more