Gov’t Renews Commitment to Eradicate Malaria

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has renewed its commitment to ensure that the devastating effects of malaria, which claims thousands of lives in the country annually, are brought under control.This will be achieved with support from global partners such as World Health Organization, and Global Fund.Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan said though government had made great strides against malaria by cutting its infection and death rate by half since 2010, the ferocious killer still remains a serious problem to the health system.“It is imperative that we renew our commitment globally and as a nation to combat this disease,” the Foreign Minister declared. “We should continue this fight until we can feel comfortable that we have significantly reduced its impacts on the world at large,” he added.Mr. Ngafuan made the remarks on Saturday at the Monrovia City Hall where he represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as launcher of the distribution of free LLINs (Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets) Campaign, which also coincided with the global celebration of World Malaria Day.The day was celebrated under the theme:  “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria,” which highlights the need for increased financial and human resources, commodities and infrastructural investment to control and eliminate malaria.He said that the Liberian government, with support from partners, has in the last ten years reduced malaria by over 50 percent and extended access to prompt and effective treatment by providing curative care at health facilities and pharmaceutical outlets in hard-to-reach communities.“We have reduced the percentage of malaria cases that progress into complications from ten to five percent. We have extended diagnostic coverage from 60 percent in 2010 to close to 90 percent in 2013,” Minister Ngafuan said.The government has also succeeded in suspending tariff on all anti-malaria commodities that come in the country. “We have instituted a ban on the importation of mono-therapies, amongst others,” he said.Minister Ngafuan noted that by this campaign, government intends to make a strong statement that, “If we can strive to improve the utilization of the bed nets, we will be improving our indicator for malaria. We want to encourage every Liberian to take cover under the nets. Protect yourselves   and your families against malaria and stay healthy because a healthy nation is a prosperous nation,” he added.A statement from the WHO regional head for Africa, Dr.  Matshidiso Moeti, read by her Representative to Liberia, Dr Alex Gasasira, said limited access to and under-utilization of available malaria interventions within countries are the major causes of excessively high burdens of malaria cases and deaths.For example, in 2013, she said, 33% of households in the Africa Region still did not own even a single LLIN and only 29% of households had enough LLINs.Dr. Gasasira stressed that malaria can be prevented or controlled through the use of the LLINs, indoor residual spraying (IRS), preventive therapies for pregnant women, children under five and infants, as well as quality-assured diagnostic testing and treatment.She noted that most malaria prone countries are still far from achieving universal coverage of these malaria interventions.Increased funding for malaria is needed in order to save lives and further expand access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment services in the region.“This is even more critical, given the urgent need to tackle malaria drug-resistance and other emerging threats such as mosquito resistance to insecticides,” she said.She called on countries and stakeholders to focus on targeting available resources at places where the burden of malaria is highest and at the people and groups who face the highest risk of malaria.WHO, Dr. Gasasira assured, will continue to provide evidence-based guidance to all countries and stakeholders to better target malaria interventions, strengthen national health systems towards universal health coverage, and accelerate progress towards a malaria-free Africa.The mosquito nets donated and brought into the country by the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) are the single largest consignment since the start of the Global Fund Project in Liberia in 2005.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lethem Council wants Industrial Site reserved for auto assembly plant

first_imgIn keeping with its developmental agenda, Mayor of the recently minted town of Lethem in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), has expressed optimism for the completion of an industrial site with special lands set aside for agro-processing and an auto assembly plant.Mayor Carlton Beckles, in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), said agro-processing is among the main priorities that the Council wants to have accomplished before it demits office.“We want an industrial area that you will have utilising things that are readily available inside here in Lethem,” the Mayor recently told GINA.It was noted that the Council wants to produce products such as cashew nuts, and mangoes which are abundant in the region. This will be processed at the proposed industrial site, the Mayor posited.“We do not want to have persons coming into the industrial area to establish businesses that are already established there. For example, the persons who are making the blocks with their hands, we would not want to see somebody coming here in the industrial area, with a block making machine, to put that person out of business. We would like to see that person go into the industrial area to get all the necessary support [so] that they can acquire the different machinery that they can produce these blocks,” he explained.According to Beckles, the Council also envisions a specific area within the industrial site that would be reserved for an auto assembly plant: “It might sound far-fetched but definitely, why we cannot through Central Government, lobby one of those automakers that they can set up an assembly plant here in Guyana with an aim of exporting to Brazil and to [the] Caribbean,” the Mayor questioned.Lethem’s Mayor also explained that under the education programme, their vision is a technical institute and a university in the town, rather than just secondary education.The establishment of a library equipped with Wi-Fi Internet is another one of the Council’s visions to benefit residents, particularly teachers and students, to access the Internet to do research, at a small cost. He noted that the Council has also committed to making available, on an annual basis, monetary contributions to the top three National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) students of the town.Beckles further observed that the Deputy Fire Chief has met with the Council and a section of land has been identified for the construction of the region’s first Fire Station. It was pointed out that the municipality is also rehabilitating the Lethem Market as well as upgrading several sporting facilities. Beckles advised that the sport grounds in Culvert City and Tabtinga, Lethem, are being enclosed and sanitary facilities will be installed.The Mayor cautioned that the municipality is suffering constraints due to challenges such as staffing. “We do not have the required amount of staff and it is understandably so because we are a new municipality, where we have to get our Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Superintendent of Works, Public Health Officer…,” he explained.“So you have a challenge ahead to convince the residents, where they have to change now to regulated development, and this entails interacting with them and sensitising them on the way forward, not to go and undo what was done already, but to educate them on the challenges going forward,” the Mayor added.Beckles observed that once the Council overcomes the prevailing challenges, progress can be made on their developmental agenda. “We can get things in place. We can be able to make progress… and once we can develop the municipality, by extension the region will develop,” the Mayor expressed.last_img read more

Wanyama named EPL African Player for Jan

first_img‘Big Vic’ as he is referred by his team-mates has been instrumental for Tottenham, guiding them to third place on the standings and remains title contenders.In a month where a good few of African players have left their clubs to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations, Wanyama, Moses and Toure have kept the African flag flying with impressive performances for their respective clubs.Wanyama, who has featured in all matches, was pivot for the Spurs in the month of January where they went unbeaten.Spurs opened the month with a resounding 4-1 victory against Watford, before demolishing West Bromwich Albion 4-0, then held Manchester City 2-2 the following week before rounding up the month with a goalless draw against relegation threatened Sunderland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Victor Wanyama tangles with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling during an English Premier League match at teh Etihad Stadium on January 21, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Harambee Stars skipper and Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama was on Wednesday named the English Premier League (EPL) African Player of the Month for January according to award organizers New African Soccer.Wanyama won the gong ahead of Nigerian forward Victor Moses who was in great form for his Chelsea team and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.last_img read more

New hope for kids

first_imgFOR decades, the Los Angeles Unified School District has sat like a giant boulder on the L.A. landscape – unmovable, unresponsive, indifferent. Now, something wild is about to happen. This rock’s about to roll. The force of all the different players pushing for reform has coalesced. First Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made school reform his signature issue. Then reformers ousted the old guard in this year’s school board election. And now LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III has announced his plans to rock the district bureaucracy. Because this district is about to roll.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At his State of the Schools address last week, Brewer detailed an ambitious five-point plan for overhauling the district. The plan involves making decisions based on data (not trends or politics), providing employees with professional development, encouraging innovation, engaging parents and community, and ensuring student safety. But more important than the plan itself is its overarching philosophy: Brewer has expressed a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring the district back to respectability, an intolerance for failure and intransigence, and a genuine will to fight the long hard fight ahead. It won’t be easy. As soon as Brewer finished his address, old-guard members of the school board were already making the case for more mediocrity and inaction. But Brewer’s got all the momentum on his side. He has the mayor. He has the majority of the school board. And most important of all, he has a public that is tired with the old excuses and clamoring for change. “The time for commitment, action and unity is now,” Brewer said. “Work with us, lean on us, bicker with us, keep us in check” – they’ll need all the help they can get. last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp would be ‘comfortable’ with Liverpool’s transfer committee, insists German football expert

first_imgJurgen Klopp is tailor-made to coerce with Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee should he fill the vacant Reds managerial role, according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein.Klopp is the firm favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat after the Northern Irishman was relieved of his duties following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton.Reports in the last 24 hours suggest the 47-year-old is on the verge of agreeing a three-year deal at Anfield, with the Reds hoping to announce their new manager by the end of the week.Rodgers’ departure was hardly a surprise after a dreadful run of results but his relationship within the club’s transfer setup was fractured at best and is regarded as another huge factor in bringing his three and a half year tenure to an end.But Honigstein is convinced that, where Rodgers failed, Klopp can succeed by working with a committee because of his experiences with a similar system at Borussia Dortmund.“He’s a coach first and foremost – the transfer committee sounds bad but the system itself is one that he’s fairly comfortable with,” Honigstein told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He needs somebody who does that [brings in players] for him and he needs to trust these guys to be clever and smart enough to bring in the best players.“90 per cent of the players at Borussia Dortmund weren’t signed by Klopp – but they weren’t signed against his wishes either.”Despite Dortmund’s blistering start to the Bundesliga season, aside from a 5-1 mauling at Bayern Munich at the weekend, Honigstein also believes Klopp could lure some of his former players to Anfield.He added: “Of course he will try and there may be a few players who aren’t playing at the moment who can see themselves in the Premier League and will be tempted.”last_img read more


first_imgTom Melvin and Jemma Jordan meeting Clodagh Barry and some of the horses that will be taking part in Clodaghs 100 mile challenge to raise funds for Donegal Down Syndrome Association”Newtowncunningham teenager, Clodagh Barry today takes on the challenge of going over 100 miles on horse back in just 24hours setting out from the most North Western point in Donegal, the lighthouse on Arranmore Island to the most Northerly point in Donegal, Malin head.This event is to raise funds for Donegal Downs syndrome Association.Clodagh’s route will begin in Arranmore on Friday 21st of February, leaving the lighthouse at 11.30am. Following the short ferry trip, which will also be done on horseback! She will leave Burtonport at 1.30. Her route will take her through Dungloe, Doochary, Glenveagh, Churchill, planning to get to Letterkenny about 11pm.She will then proceed through Newtowncunningham, Burnfoot, Buncrana, to Fort Dunree, Mamore Gap, Clonmany, Malin and on to Malin Head, planning to reach there shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday.This route may be a little longer than the direct route, but as she is traveling on horseback, she is keen to stay off the main roads as much as possible.Due to the vast distance involved, Clodagh will be using more than one horse and would like to thank those that have offered the use of their horses for parts of the route. At various points along her route she will be joined by other horse and pony support riders. She would appeal to road users to be aware that there will be horses on the roads day and night in the County, to exercise caution and if they meet horses on the road, to please slow down and give them room. We would also appeal to vehicle drivers NOT to beep their car horns, but feel free to wave madly at her!!A Facebook event has been created called ‘Arranmore Island to Malin Head on Horseback’ where the full route will be documented and approximate arrival times along the route will be added. If anyone wishes to walk, run, cycle or ride on horseback with Clodagh along any portion of the route, they are welcome to join.All sponsorship for this uniquely Donegal event would be greatly appreciated and if you or your business would like to donate, you can contact Liam Barry at 0872634301. You can also donate to this event at or directly to the Donegal Downs Syndrome Association at Convent Road, Letterkenny. CLODAGH SADDLES UP FOR HER EPIC JOURNEY ACROSS DONEGAL! was last modified: February 20th, 2014 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:Clodagh BarryhorseNewtowcunninghamlast_img read more

Everton fan coaches raided by police en route to Cardiff game

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Travelling Everton fans have become involved in unsavoury incidents in recent weeks Both coaches were permitted to continue their journeys to Wales following the arrests and seizures, as the remaining supporters headed for the match which Everton won 3-0.They took place as part of a pre-planned operation after a string of incidents involving Toffees supporters during recent away matches.On February 9th, four men from Liverpool were arrested after a fight broke out minutes after Everton’s defeat at Watford.The incident left two men needing hospital treatment. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY no dice Jay Burns Facebook 2 RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF REVEALED ADVICE A quantity of suspect cocaine and cannabis was found during the raids that involved Matrix Police, the dogs section and Road Policing Officers.The driver of one of the coaches was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine, while three other men were arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and a youth was also reported for possession of criminal proper (cash) and possession of cannabis.A second raid on Electric Avenue saw one man arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis, and eight wraps of white powder and 10 bags of suspected cannabis were seized following a search of the vehicle.Meanwhile, a total of 15 coaches of alcohol were recovered. huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED Outside @WatfordFC loads of police after fighting in-between coaches and railings next to crowd. Two Watford fans on ground covered in blood. Ambulances on scene— Rick Kelsey (@RickKelsey) February 9, 2019An Everton fan was slashed in the face before their FA Cup clash with Millwall in January.There was also a large scale brawl in the street between the rival fans even though the Toffees supporters were being escorted to The Den by police. Jay Burns required stitches on his face after he was slashed during clashes between Everton and Millwall fans Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Seven Everton fans were arrested after police raided two coaches that were headed for a Premier League clash against Cardiff tonight.The officers boarded two supporters buses on Tuesday at around 2pm shortly before the fans had begun their journey to the Welsh capital. 2 Inspector Mark Keenan, from Matrix Operations , said: “The arrest of seven people this afternoon is the result of a lot of meticulous, hard work by our investigation teams.“We are investigating the possibility that the consumption of excess alcohol and drugs on coaches have been contributory factors in recent incidents of disorder, and today’s activity is the direct result of that work.“It has been supported by partners including Everton Football Club and the Driving Standards Agency, and its primary aim is to protect people of all ages who want to go to football matches to support their team free from the fear of violence and disorder, and to ensure law-abiding citizens including families are not exposed to the taking of illicit drugs.“The overwhelming majority of fans conduct themselves with dignity and are a credit to the city, and the vast majority of bus operators are compliant with legislation put in place to guarantee the safety of all passengers.“Their good name should not be tarnished by a minority who do not uphold the same standards of behaviour.”Insp Keenan added: “Class A drugs blight the lives of the people who become addicted to them.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

Scotland include ten uncapped players for autumn tests

first_imgScott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors)Cornell Du Preez (Edinburgh Rugby)Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby)Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby)Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors)Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers)Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby)Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby)Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors)Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) George Turner (Glasgow Warriors)Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby)BacksPhil Burleigh (Edinburgh Rugby)Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) Dougie Fife (Scotland 7s) Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby) Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons)Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors)Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors)Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors)Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) Huw Jones (Stormers) Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors)Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors)Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors)Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) ForwardsSimon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby)Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors)John Barclay (Scarlets) Ten uncapped players have been included in the 36-man Scotland squad for next month’s autumn tests by head coach Gregor Townsend. The national side commence the 2017/18 season at BT Murrayfield against Samoa at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, November 11, before tests against New Zealand and Australia.Four backs and six uncapped forwards are set to make their bow, with centres Phil Burleigh (Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), wing Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) and scrum-half Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby) in the squad for the triple-header.They are joined by front-row trio Jamie Bhatti, George Turner (both Glasgow Warriors) and Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby), Glasgow Warriors lock Scott Cummings and back-row forwards Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) and Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) set to make their Scotland bow.last_img read more

Julia M. Knight, 78

first_imgFuneral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00PM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8PM and Wednesday from 9Am-time of service.Pall Bearers will be Justin Wade, Bradley Callahan, A.J. Knight, Zac Campbell, Zeb Campbell and Brandon Callahan. Mrs. Julia M. Knight age 78 of Salem passed away Monday, December 21 at St. Vincent Hospital of Salem.Mrs. Knight was born August 29, 1937 in Tuam County Galway Ireland the daughter of Francis and Margaret Hession Collins.   She was a former employee of Link Handle Company.  Julia was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed playing cards with friends at the Senior Citizens Center.Julia is survived by her husband:  Gordon Knight.  They were married July 21, 1956.  She is also survived by a son: Dennis Knight (Joyce) of Salem, four daughters:  Kathryn Wade of Salem, Diana Campbell (Tim) of Salem, Karen Knight of Salem and Donna Geltmaker (Jim) of Pekin, a brother:  Patrick Collins of Seminole, Florida, two sisters: Theresa Allred and Ceil Runzel both of Chicago, seven grandchildren:  Jessica Wade, Justin Wade, Bradley Callahan, A. J. Knight, Zac Campbell, Zeb Campbell and Brandon Callahan,  and five great-grandchildren:  Zane Campbell, Addison Knight, Willow Newby-Wade, Avery Knight and Camdyn Callahan.   She was preceded in death by a brother:  William “Billy” Collins and her parents.last_img read more

My Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

first_imgWith the end of the year fast approaching, I took time this week to look back at my most popular posts of 2017.One of the goals for my blog is to publish posts that are helpful to you in your work and business, whether you’re:Designing and developing websitesBloggingNeeding to learn how to better use technology While I know my posts on WordPress, accessibility, and user experience are popular, I’m always surprised to discover which specific posts received the most page views.If you haven’t read them yourself, here’s your opportunity! Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 20175 Things to Know About Video Headers in WordPress 4.7Announced in WordPress 4.7, the new video header feature caught a lot of attention from WordPress designers and developers. And with support for video headers in the new Twenty Seventeen theme, people were able to see exactly how it looked.The Value of Concept Testing for User Experience DesignWritten by guest blogger Emily Bowman, her post explained how to incorporate concept testing into your user-centered design process so you can expose target users to multiple design concepts very early in the process.Best Practices for Conducting an Accessibility ReviewMy notes from Joe Welinske’s presentation, presenting a case study of the accessibility review of the new VeriCite product, at the July 2017 joint meetup of the UX Chicago and Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design groups.Web Professionals Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2017Rather than listing all the deals separately, and since many sites compiling Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts updated their post regularly with additional deals, I listed the deal roundups.Why You Have No Excuse to Not Caption Your VideosI was glad my conversation with Dave Foy about captioning his videos made the top ten list.In the summer, we chatted on Twitter about captions. I asked him if he would share his experience.Once other people hear about your experience, they would have a better understanding of the process.And it might dispel some misunderstandings about captions and transcripts.Dave kindly accepted my invitation.It was my pleasure to talk with him about videos, captioning, and the process he used to make his videos accessible to everyone.Part 3. Alternative Text for Images: Buffer Announces Support for ExtensionAdding Alt Text to Twitter Images is officially rolled out for the Buffer Extension! 💕 Will be available in our Dashboard soon!— 🌸🌻🌸 (@emplums) November 14, 2017In my third post about alternative text for Buffer and Hootsuite, I was happy to share the news that Buffer now supports alternative text for images, through their browser extension.Slimpack WordPress Plugin Security VulnerabilitySlimpack, a popular WordPress plugin that duplicates many of the Jetpack plugin modules, was found to have a security vulnerability, that exploited the sharing function to mass email with links using Baidu.The Slimpack plugin was removed from the WordPress plugin repository in June 2017.How to Return to the Top of a Web PageWondering how to get back to the top of the page on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer?Here’s my guide for several operating systems, browsers, apps, and devices to get you back to the top of a webpage quickly.Motivation Monday: 21 Inspirational Quotes from WomenIt’s Monday morning, the beginning of the work week, and after a lovely, relaxing weekend, you’re not feeling motivated to get started on your different work projects.These inspiring quotes have helped me get started for the week; hope you enjoy them!15 Online Tools to Help You Learn About a WebsiteOnline website research tools.You know, the tools you use to research a website, when you’re considering taking on a new client and want to gather background information about their existing site.Your research will be easier with this list of 15 online tools I use to get all the details about a site.Wrapping UpDid your favorite post make my top ten list? If not, share your favorite post in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related5 Things to Know About Video Headers Introduced in WordPress 4.7Announced in WordPress 4.7, the new video header feature caught a lot of attention from WordPress designers and developers. And with support for video headers in the new Twenty Seventeen theme, people were able to see exactly how it looked. My digital marketing friends were thrilled with the new feature.…In “WordPress”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 13, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover the 10 best intranets for 2017, learn about the final rule for the Section 508 Refresh, find out how to set up a WooCommerce store on your WordPress site, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 9, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn you don’t always want to design for all the devices, find out about the latest WordPress version, discover what you can do about technical debt, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more