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To Contain Ebola in W/A, USAID, CDC Announce Additional Assistance

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says it will be deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to West Africa to coordinate the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.The outbreak has so far sickened more than 1,600 people, and nearly 900 have died from the disease.The team, according to a U.S Embassy statement issued yesterday in Monrovia, will comprise staff from Agency’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, who will be overseeing critical areas of the response.The response will include  planning, operations, logistics in coordination with other federal agencies, among them the U.S. Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.Members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also serve on the DART to lead on public health and medical response activities, the statement has confirmed.USAID has also announced an additional US$5 million in assistance to help ramp up the international community’s Ebola response efforts.Specifically, the statement said, the funding will go toward the expansion of Ebola outbreak programs, which the Agency is already supporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.Accordingly, these programs help trace people who may be infected with the disease, as well as provide health clinics and households with hygiene kits, soap, bleach, gloves, masks, and other supplies to help prevent the spread of disease.USAID is also supporting outreach campaigns to provide information on Ebola and its symptoms to the general public and health workers in affected countries that may not be familiar with the disease.The statement said that these messages are being conveyed through radio, text messages, and through local media.In addition to the new funding, USAID has provided US$2.1 million to the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) for the deployment of more than 30 technical experts, and other Ebola response efforts.The USAID is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid in response to President Obama’s pledge in his last year’s State of the Union Address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty, and other diseases in the next two decades.”It has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies, while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.President John F. Kennedy, in whose memory Liberia’s  major referral hospital, the JFK Medical Center, is  named, created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act.  America’s development assistance before 1961 was channeled through the International Cooperation Administration (ICA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Petroleum Pump Prices Drop

first_imgBarely two month in a row that the pump prices of gasoline and fuel oil were reduced across the country, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in consultation with the management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), has announced that there will be reductions in the pump prices of gasoline (PMS) and fuel oil (AGO) by US$12 cents and US$15 cents respectively. The pronouncement, which took effect immediately as of yesterday Monday, September 29, 2014, according to an LPRC statement, means the wholesale price for gasoline is now put at US$3.88 cents, and fuel oil is US$3.93 cents, while the pump price for gasoline is US$4.06 or its Liberian dollar equivalent of L$345, and fuel oil is US$4.11 or the equivalent of L$350.At the same time, the statement said that due to the foreign exchange rate differential on the market, there will also be a five Liberian dollars reduction in the price of fuel oil. An LPRC statement announcing the reduction in the prices of the petroleum products was signed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy, and LPRC Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams, II.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

For Laurence School kids, Earth Day’s not once a year

first_imgEach day after lunch, the private school’s 250 students measure the trash they’ve tossed away – some days, just a few bread crusts. The grade that tosses out the least amount of trash each week is rewarded at a school assembly. “I think it’s wonderful to see such a conscious awareness of the environment among them,” said Lauren Wolke, the school’s associate head. “Their sense of passion, of commitment, is inspiring.” “I can see now the problems we have, why global warming is real,” said fifth-grader Jordan Rowe. “I’ve seen people throw away their plastic straws from outside their car windows and I wonder why.” (818) 713-3664 VALLEY GLEN – What the children of the Laurence School take, they give back. They sell the lettuce and the herbs they harvest from the campus garden, then spend the proceeds to buy books for other schools or to benefit environmental organizations. Their reusable lunchboxes hold cloth napkins and sandwiches packaged in reusable containers, rather than paper and plastic wrap that would wind up in landfills. This weekend, students planted 25 trees along Woodman Avenue not only to beautify the community but to help clean the air. “Every day is Earth Day,” said fifth-grader Brooklin Cohen. “Our motto is, `Go global, go green.”‘ last_img

Fidelity renews SJAK Coach of the Month deal

first_img“Because of the harsh economic times, we were torn between letting it go or meeting halfway with SJAK. But we said we have been in this arena for the last two years and against all odds when everyone else is pulling out we continue with our small token every month,” Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi said.Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi (lEFT) and SJAK President Chris Mbaisi  (RIGHT) exchange documents after signing the new contract on March 2, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe Sh1.4mn sponsorship perk will cater for not only the monetary award handed to the winning coach each month but also go into the commemorative plaque as well as logistical arrangements.“We are here to re-affirm that we will continue giving what we have had and we believe for the two years we have done this we have personally touched the lives of those coaches in a better way and we hope to continue to contribute to the growth of this game and also for our coaches to get noticed,” Malesi further added.-SJAK President-SJAK boss Chris Mbaisi shakes hands with AIPS Africa president Mitchel Obi after his election. PHOTO/SJAKSJAK President Chris Mbaisi was pleased that the insurer was committing to another one year of the partnership and remains hopeful that there will be room for bigger engagement in the near future.“We are grateful to Fidelity insurance for partnering with us since 2016. We have come a long way in this journey and it is my happiness to see them remaining one of our key partners,” Mbaisi said.He has at the same time challenged Fidelity to next season look into a package for the assistant coach as well as look into sponsoring the annual coach of the year award at the SJAK gala.Posta Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omolo receiving the Coach of the Month award for April.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We are not lucky in terms of increment but I urge Fidelity going forward to look into rewarding assistant coaches as well because they are the ones who work a lot behind the scenes,” noted Mbaisi.“We also want them to partner with us for end year awards because sponsoring the monthly award, it is only honourable that they come on board for the coach of the year as well,” he added.Malesi says they will put the same into consideration and probably kick off with the end year awards before considering awarding assistants from next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi and SJAK President Chris Mbaisi signing the new contract on March 2, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2- Fidelity Insurance and the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) on Friday renewed their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) coach of the month partnership for a further one season.The deal worth close to Sh1.4mn will see the insurance provider continue in awarding the top flight league’s best coaches for the next nine months, retaining the monetary package of Sh75, 000.last_img read more

Clark goes soft at Tour Championship

first_imgFrom news services Given his choice, Tiger Woods likes to see a golf course as difficult as possible. It didn’t take long to figure out that wouldn’t be the case Thursday at the Tour Championship, the final playoff event for the FedEx Cup that felt more like preseason considering the marshmallow conditions at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Woods’ wedge to the first green left more of a crater than a pitch mark. And after nearly making an ace on the sixth hole for his fourth birdie of the rain-softened round, a scoreboard showed Tim Clark already was 8 under and threatening the course record. “I made a couple putts – I don’t know how,” Woods said while loading his clubs into his car. “I hit them up there and they bounced all over the place and somehow went in.” Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson, who are chasing Woods in the FedEx Cup, probably need to find another gear. Stricker, playing in the final pairing with Woods, was at 1 over through 11 holes. Mickelson was closer to the lake on the ninth hole than the fairway on the first hole with his opening tee shot, which led to bogey. He nearly hit another tee shot onto the street at the difficult fourth hole, where he took double bogey. But he steadied himself with three straight birdies to close out the front nine, and a birdie on his final hole of the day at No. 12 brought him back to 1 under. He has to win to have any chance of capturing the FedEx Cup. The first round will resume at 8 a.m. local time today. Clark wouldn’t even be at East Lake if not for a 67-67 weekend at the BMW Championship, where he tied for fifth and barely cracked the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship. He kept right on rolling, or at least slogging, through rain-softened conditions. “Having a good Sunday round last week, I had a bit of confidence,” Clark said. His 62 tied the record set by Bart Bryant in the first round of the 2005 Tour Championship. Harrington, in the first group off when the greens were at their smoothest, birdied his last four holes for a 63, while John Rollins rode a 3-iron into 20 feet for eagle on the 15th hole for a 64. Woods managed to get off two shots – a 3-wood to the fairway and a wedge to 8 feet – when the sirens sounded to stop play, rain deluged East Lake and play was stopped until 5:20 p.m. He returned to make three straight birdies. Mercedes-Benz Championship Lee Westwood found his old putter and shot an 11-under 61 in the first round in Pulheim, Germany. The Englishman took a four-stroke lead after finishing one shot short of Fredrik Jacobson’s course record of 60 set in 2003. Westwood went 7-under on the last seven holes, shooting 29 on the back nine. The 61 tied his career best. Soren Hansen was second with a 65, ahead of Nick Dougherty and Simon Dyson at 66. John Daly shared fourth place with a 67. Daly eagled the par-5, 523-yard 15th hole, a feat duplicated by Westwood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clark was among only 10 players who finished the first round because of a three-hour storm delay that made the slow greens even softer, closing with three straight pars and still posting an 8-under 62 to tie the course record. “They’re obviously not to the standard that we’re used to on tour,” Clark said of the greens. “Being one of the first groups out there was probably an advantage. We didn’t have the footprints.” East Lake was incapable of challenging anyone in the FedEx Cup finale. Only five players were over par when the first round was suspended by darkness, none worse than 1 over. Even though he tied the course record, Clark only had a one-shot advantage over British Open champion Padraig Harrington. Woods, who can capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize with a victory at the Tour Championship, was at 4 under through 11 holes and could face the smoothness of greens that Clark and Harrington experienced. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Wayne Rooney to break England goal record against San Marino?

first_imgCoral spokesman Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wayne Rooney is just one goal behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time England record after scoring the winner against Slovenia on Sunday, and Clare reveals the Manchester United striker is even money to break the record with a brace against San Marino in the next Euro 2016 qualifier in September.He also reveals England are just to 11/8 to win all their remaining games and finish their campaign with a 100 per cent record in Group E, and he looks ahead to the Royal Ascot meeting later this week.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

An easy choice

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For all those who plan to go out this New Year’s Eve, here are some factors to work into your plans: Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving is offering free nonalcoholic drinks to designated drivers through its Web site, The Auto Club is offering free “Tipsy Tow” service to anyone who requests it from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday. Just call (800) 400-4AAA. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free fares on all its trains and buses for New Year’s Eve. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake And the California Highway Patrol will be stepping up its New Year’s enforcement efforts. Plus, starting in 2006, all DUI offenders will get restricted driver’s licenses. So you can either take advantage of all the incentives to celebrate responsibly, or risk arrest and the real danger of killing yourself or someone else. Seems like a pretty easy decision, doesn’t it? Have a happy – and safe – New Year!last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson unlikely to play in 2019 FIBA World Cup

first_imgOAKLAND – Before they make their summer plans, the Warriors primarily are concerned about something else. Can they beat the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday and force a Game 7?Nonetheless, at least two of the Warriors’ five All-Stars have some clarity on their offseason plans. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are not expected to play with the U.S. Men’s national team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.“Probably not this year,” Cousins said …last_img read more

Oakland Athletics out-slug the mighty Houston Astros in win

first_imgOAKLAND — Matt Chapman’s two-home run game in San Francisco on Wednesday was quite the feat, and he knew it. To slice a baseball through the thick marine layers and Bay winds above Oracle Park is a challenge, but not an unfamiliar one for him and the A’s.“I think this is the hardest place to hit in the big leagues,” Chapman said on Wednesday. “And I think Oakland is second. If you’re hitting home runs in the Bay Area, you have to get them.”With rumors awhirl about the cross-bay’s …last_img read more

Jive Extends its Reach into Social Media

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Jive, a leader in “social business software” for enterprise collaboration and community platforms, has added social media expertise to its repertoire. Through social media monitoring tools from Radian6, the new Jive Market Engagement lets companies track and respond to the social Web in real time. Radian6 is the kind of software that we’ve called the future of social media monitoring for businesses. By integrating it into software known for collaboration under the control of the enterprise, Jive is wasting no time in trying to connect its customers with people outside company-run communities. A few of Jive’s competitors in the community platform space, such as Lithium, have added the ability to integrate social networks like Facebook and Twitter into their corporate sites. But Jive clearly prefers to use software that already shows prowess in a feature set, rather than develop something from scratch. Just like the integration of SAP’s BusinessObjects for analytics, Jive chose to take advantage of competence Radian6 has in social media. By including its technology Jive can use RSS feeds, Google alerts, and email between employees to track blogs, forums, photo and video sharing sites, as well as popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter.In the past Jive has stressed creating a channel of communication between customers in a community and employees in an intranet. Now they’re adding a connection to parts of the Web outside the corporate control, and we think that’s a big step for enterprise software platforms. There are plenty of companies who’ve recognized the importance of Twitter and Facebook for business. But Jive is offering the first complete line of communication from social networks to customer communities and collaborative software behind the firewall. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven wallingcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more