World Health Organization Raises Awareness on ‘Vector-borne Diseases’

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) Monday, April 07, used the World Health Day, to raise the awareness on vector-borne diseases such as malaria, which is prevalent in Liberia and West Africa Region.Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO Africa Regional Director, in his World Health Day Message, said the aim of this year’s commemoration is to raise awareness about the threat posed by a group of diseases that are spread by insects and other vectors.“Mosquitoes, flies, ticks, and freshwater snails are some of the vectors that spread diseases such as malaria, human African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness, river blindness, bilharzia, elephantiasis, leishmaniasis, yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya,” Dr. Sambo said.The Day, which never had a formal program in Liberia, was celebrated under the theme: “Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat”.The Africa WHO Regional Director’s Message was read by WHO County Representative to Liberia, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije.Dr. Ndayimirije read the message at the launch of the Ebola Half Hour of the Government of Liberia, which is battling the spread the deadly Ebola virus that has so far taken the lives of at least 10 persons. Eight of the 10 died in Foya, Lofa County, epicenter of the outbreak on Liberian soil since March 31, when it was confirmed that indeed Ebola had crossed over from neighboring Guinea.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare uses the Ebola Half Hour, which is broadcast live on at least three radio stations, to provide updates on the outcome of daily technical meetings between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners including the WHO.Still reading Dr. Sambo’s Message, Dr. Ndayimirije said factors that contribute to the burden of vector-borne diseases include environmental and climate changes. Precarious living conditions increase the risk of vector-borne diseases. Furthermore, vector resistance to insecticides constitutes a serious threat to vector control.“Today, it is encouraging to note the progress made in the African Region to tackle vector-borne diseases. For example, between 2001 and 2012 an estimated 337 million cases of malaria were averted. Similarly, river blindness is no longer a public health problem in West African countries. Although the sustained scaling-up of proven cost-effective interventions has led to significant reduction of vector-borne diseases, much more needs to be done.“We can protect ourselves and our families by taking simple preventive measures for keeping our environment clean and less conducive to vector breeding and survival. In addition using other personal protective measures such as insecticide-treated nets avoids the bite of the insects that transmit diseases.As we commemorate World Health Day, I urge governments and people to take concrete promotive and protective actions to prevent the big threat caused by small bites,” Dr. Sambo stated in his Message.Dr. Sambo urged governments to join the WHO as the health sector cannot, on its own, prevent vector proliferation and vector-borne diseases, other sectors such as environment, agriculture and local government are called upon to play their role in the fight against these diseases. “It is only together that we can end the needless suffering and deaths caused by vector-borne diseases.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt missed chance for stake in Exxon’s venture

first_imgOil sector…Ram questions failure to apply section of Petroleum Act…PSC decries little benefits for local businesses…stresses need for better negotiators for future contracts With the release of the oil contract between Guyana’s Government and US oil giant ExxonMobil, a perusal of the document reveals Guyana missed out on an opportunity to acquire a stake in the company’s venture despite provisions in Guyana’s laws for such a move.After a review of the contract, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram was on Friday critical of what he called a “missed golden opportunity”. In his writings, he questioned the rationale behind Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman not applying the law to the oil company.The Petroleum Exploration and Production Act, Chapter 65:10 of Guyana provides for the Government’s side to work out terms and conditions with an oil company to acquire an interest in its venture in local waters.Section 22 (2) of the Act states “There may be included in a petroleum prospecting licence provision with respect to the exercise by the State, or any agency thereof identified in the licence, of an option to acquire on stipulated terms, or on terms to be agreed, an interest in any venture for the production of petroleum which may be carried on in any block or blocks to which the licence relates.”Section 36 (1, VI) reiterates that a petroleum production licence will not be granted unless the exercise of the State’s option is completed to satisfaction. Exxon was granted a renegotiated agreement in 2016 and its production licence for the Liza project in June of last year, but the provision in the law was never applied.“Trotman missed a glorious opportunity to apply the provision of Section 22 (2) of the Act to ensure that Guyana had a stake in the entity,” Ram stated. “Imagine the leader of one of this country’s leading political parties deciding not to take up equity in companies exploiting a valuable, non-renewable resource.”According to Ram, Minister Trotman must surely know that the Government would not have had to pay upfront for its share of equity and could have elected to exercise a carrying interest. “Is this sane or irresponsible?” Ram, a vocal critic of Government’s handling of the sector, questioned.Calls by this publication to Minister Trotman on the issue went unanswered.The section of the law which Government failed to enforce on the oil companyPSC disappointedMeanwhile, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) also lambasted the deal. Among the concerns it expressed on Saturday is the fact that local content and ring fencing were poorly addressed in the agreement. It stressed the need for Government to hire better negotiators for future contracts.“We were expecting that greater benefits would have accrued to local businesses. This, we find, is sadly lacking. With respect to the International Monetary Fund suggestions regarding provisions for exploration and developmental costs, we find that the ring-fencing provisions have not been addressed. As a result, Guyana will be left to bear the costs of unsuccessful exploration.”“A matter of great interest also is the fact that given the early stage of development, Guyana does not have the right to re-negotiate the terms of the agreement. This is specified in Article 32, Stability of Agreement Clause, of the contract. We are concerned, since this agreement encompasses the entire Stabroek Block, an area of 6.6 million acres of water with 3.2 billion barrel of equivalent oil (BOE) so far.Exxon’s operationsWith the projected massive oil discoveries, the Commission believes that there should be increased flexibility given to the Government of Guyana, to ensure a fair and equitable deal on both sides.”The body noted that the cost of energy is a primary limitation to the expansion of business and growth in Guyana. But taking the agreement into account, the PSC stated that nothing in the agreement indicates that with Guyana owning such large oil reserves, this will translate into reduction of the costs of energy to Guyanese.“The business sector and general populace of Guyana deserve to benefit directly from the abundance of oil at its disposal and we look forward to seeing future agreements for other blocks offshore include provisions with greater benefits to Guyana and its people.”“We also expect that, for all other blocks offshore, the agreements with operators/contractors will consist of provisions that will ensure Guyana receives more royalty, rents, training and development for Guyanese and better local benefits for all Guyanese through the enlisting of the services of world class negotiators who can competently negotiate with major oil companies,” the group stated.The agreementWhile Guyana did not get this law enforced, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek block got exempted from paying Corporation, Excise or Value Added Tax on its earnings from petroleum.Article 15.4 of the renegotiated contract also provides for the Government itself to pay the company’s Income Tax. To facilitate this, the oil company has to submit tax returns to the Government. That’s not all. Article 32 stipulates that Government cannot modify the contract or increase any fiscal obligation the company has.This therefore puts a cap on the taxes, royalties, duties, fees or charges outlined in the contract. Government also has to compensate the operator if a change to existing laws causes loss of revenue for the company.The contract sets aside another US$300,000 per year to ensure Guyanese personnel are trained at local or overseas universities and conferences. There are also provisions for a continuous review of local content.last_img read more

Commissioners threaten sanctions against GECOM officials who flout orders

first_imgCCJ consequential orders….says CEO duty bound to immediately begin preparations for Sept pollsGECOM Chief Elections Officer Keith LowenfieldThree of commissioners from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have warned officers at the body to comply with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) directive and work towards holding elections, lest they be hit with sanctions for breaking the law.In a statement on Saturday, Opposition nominated Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn, urged GECOM and its Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield to awake from their slumber and immediately begin preparations for elections.“Upon the passage of this motion of no confidence the clear provisions Article 106 immediately became engaged, it is now the only imperative to abide with the provisions of the Constitution and its statutory related thereto,” the commissioners stated.The commissioners cited the CCJ judgement, where the CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders had reminded the court that GECOM has to abide by the constitution and that it has a responsibility.“Consistent with the orders of the CCJ GECOM must immediately start preparations for elections and its Chief Executive Officer Lowenfield must ensure this in accordance with his statutory functions. Naturally, any official of GECOM who does anything inconsistent with the CCJ’s orders would be in gross contempt of the said orders and the Constitution and would thereby attract the appropriate sanctions.”“We, therefore, join the call for the proper observance of the rule of law and declare that we stand ready, as always, to fully support the implementation of constitutionally democratic processes as is required for all of GECOM’s activities,” the commissioners stressed.On July 12, CCJ ruled that the APNU/AFC Coalition government should have resigned and general elections be called in accordance with the “spirit and letter” of the constitution of Guyana.Without naming a date for elections, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders insisted that the constitution is clear and therefore the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion triggered Articles 106 (6) and (7).Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”According to Justice Saunders, there was no need for the court to gloss over these provisions but it is in fact the responsibility of the constitutional actors to be faithful to the rule of law and operate within parameters of the Constitution. “Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine.”Furthermore, the CCJ President noted that with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM also responsible for the conduct that elections, it therefore means that the elections body “too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution.He went onto to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019 following the December passage of the Opposition Sponsored-motion but that process was on “pause” pending the legal proceedings. That process, he added however, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the no confidence motion and thus triggering the need for fresh elections. This means that general and regional elections would have to be held on or before September 18, 2019 to be consistent with the three months’ constitutional deadline.At present, GECOM is without a Chairman. Since the regional court ruled that former GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson was appointed unconstitutional, he has resigned. As such, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger have been trying to find a replacement to carry out the necessary early elections.At the same time, GECOM lawyer Stanley Marcus had revealed during the CCJ hearings that the commission has already started house to house registration and has spent millions in preparation of this. Attempts to contact Lowenfield or other officials from GECOM were futile.The PPP-nominated commissioners: Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick and Sase Gunrajlast_img read more

Indonesian keeper dies after mid-game collision

first_img0Shares0000A hearse carries away the body of of club Persela goalkeeper Choirul Huda in East Java after he died following a collision with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues in Surabaya © AFPJAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct 16 – Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate.Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. Video footage showed the father of two clutching his chest in pain before he was rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Doctors said he stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack.“He received an emergency treatment for a few minutes in the hospital but he could not be saved. He died before 5:00 pm yesterday,” Persela’s assistant coach Yuhronur Efendi told AFP.Doctors said the medical team tried to revive the veteran Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour.“Choirul Huda suffered from traumatic collision with a team-mate which caused him to stop breathing and have cardiac arrest,” Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, a doctor from Lamongan hospital, said in a statement.Nugroho said Huda suffered possible neck and head trauma from the impact to his chest and lower jaw after he dived at the feet of on-rushing players and was caught by the legs of Rodrigues.Persela paid tribute to Huda, who played for the team more than 500 times since 1999, calling him “The Real Legend” of the club in a posting on Twitter.Thousands of fans also took to social media in memory of Huda, who had been known to Persela supporters as “One Man, One Club, One Love”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham won’t sell top star to Manchester United, insists Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp insists Tottenham won’t sell Harry Kane to Manchester United this summer.The Spurs striker has been linked with a £40million switch to Old Trafford, following a stellar season at White Hart Lane.Kane has admitted he is flattered by the Red Devils’ interest, but former Tottenham manager Redknapp claims there’s no chance the 21-year-old forward will leave the north London club this summer.“If Harry Kane left Tottenham there would be uproar,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It would send out all the wrong signals to Tottenham fans.“I don’t think [chairman] Daniel Levy will sell Harry. He knows what that would do to the club.“I was at West Ham when they sold Rio Ferdinand and, when that happened, it was like a pack of cards. Lots of top youngsters then left the club.“Harry Kane is so popular and he’s had a fantastic season. It would send out the wrong signals about Tottenham’s ambitions for the future.“I really can’t see any way they would do that.”last_img read more

Vintner helps uncork phony-check schemes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In this case, recipients got an official-looking letter purporting to come from a Canadian lottery. It explained that lotteries have surplus funds every year from unclaimed prizes and because that money must be awarded to someone, the lucky winners are selected at random from the phone directory. To get their winnings of more than a half-million dollars, recipients had only to send in $2,205 to cover various fees – less than the enclosed check for $2,400 with Sawyer Cellars’ name on it. Of course, the checks were fake. Legitimate lotteries don’t operate that way; you have to enter to win and unclaimed winnings go back into the jackpot. Still, the notion of free money can be hard to resist, said LaRae Quy, a special agent with the FBI’s San Francisco office. “People get excited,” she said. “That’s kind of everyone’s dream. They’re really sucked in, they’re seduced by the whole idea of what winning the lottery’s about.” “It’s a sad thing,” said Sawyer, who hopes that speaking out about the scam will warn off potential victims. “We’ve had people call and say, ‘How can I get my money back?’ It just is a real shame.” The fake check scams, with their aura of legitimacy, are “really disturbing,” said Susan Grant, director of the National Fraud Information Center, a program operated by the Washington, D.C.-based National Consumers League. “It’s hard enough for people to sort out what’s legitimate and what isn’t and this just makes it seem so much more legitimate.” Nationally, more than 200 people reported to the consumers league that they were taken by fake check schemes last year for losses totaling nearly $1 million – a figure that probably is “just the tip of the iceberg,” Grant said. The scams take various forms, in some cases people may be selling something by mail or Internet and get an apparently legitimate check – sometimes a well-forged cashier’s check – for more than the selling price. The seller refunds the extra money only to find the buyer’s check is no good. For those on the receiving end, the pitch can be quite convincing. Clark Lounsbury of Winston-Salem, N.C., said he got a fake-check lottery pitch late last year that he briefly thought might be for real, especially because it was sent by certified mail. “It was, ‘Yeah, we could use that kind of money,”‘ he said, although about three-quarters of the way through the letter he realized the come-on was a con. Tracking down scammers can be tough, said Kevin Flanagan of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Once the money comes in, “they’ve probably packed up and gone.” “The best defense against these sort of things is really preventive,” he said. “If somebody promises you a deal that seems to good to be true, it probably is.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RUTHERFORD, Calif. – Vintner Charles Sawyer knew something was wrong when a stranger called wanting to know why he’d been sent a $2,400 check. As it turned out, someone had used the good name of Sawyer Cellars in a scam that apparently took in scores of people. “It was frighteningly well done,” Sawyer said. The ruse appears to have been among a number of mail or telemarketing frauds promising people they’ve won big. To collect, all they need to do is pay a relatively small fee, the story goes. last_img read more

Man City favourites to sign Sanchez, Man United miss out on Monaco star – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester City have become the favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez after Bayern Munich were put off by the Arsenal forward’s wage demands. Sanchez wants £350,000-a-week to leave the Gunners, who will ask for around £50million for the Chilean even though his contract expires in 12 months. (Daily Mirror)The Gunners are already lining up a replacement for Sanchez with Monaco winger Thomas Lemar top of their list and a bid already submitted. FULL STORY HEREChelsea could make a last-ditch attempt to swipe defender Kostas Manolas from under the noses of Zenit St Petersburg, after a £26m fee was reportedly agreed with the Russian club. FULL STORY HEREMeanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are trying to hijack Chelsea’s move for Juventus defender Alex Sandro. FULL STORY HEREElsewhere, Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu is attracting interest from Serie A giants AC Milan and Juventus, after turning down the chance of re-joining Barcelona. (Daily Mail)The Catalan giants triggered a buy-back clause in Deulofeu’s contract but the winger, a product of the La Masia academy, wants regular first-team football and is unlikely to get that at the Nou Camp, while he is not part of Toffees boss Ronald Koeman’s long-term plans either. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are look set to lose out in the chase for Monaco’s versatile midfielder Fabinho, who is closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Record)Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is facing a battle to be fit for pre-season. (The Sun)Michael Keane has reportedly turned down offers from former club Manchester United and rivals Liverpool in favour of a move to Everton, as he wants regular first-team football. (‘Football insider’ @Agent_Edward on Twitter)Jonny Evans is considering his future at West Brom after being left frustrated by the club allowing close friend Darren Fletcher to join Stoke. Leicester have already made an opening £10m bid for the former Man United defender and are expected to come back with an improved offer. (Daily Mirror)Watford striker Stefano Okaka could be the latest to join the Chinese revolution with Shanghai Shenhua hoping to sign the hitman for around £12m. (The Sun)Newcastle are in talks to bring Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan to St James’ Park. (The Chronicle)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?Stuart Pearce is ‘astounded’ by reports Michael Keane will join Everton and not one of the Premier League’s leading clubsManchester United FC news: Anthony Martial says rumours he wants to leave club are ‘false’Transfer news: Tianjin Quanjian to blow Premier League sides out of the water with staggering deal for Pierre-Emerick AubameyangAC Milan pull out of race to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez in transfer boost for Chelsea and Manchester UnitedAlexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ‘offered 20% pay hikes to fire Arsenal back into Champions League’Manchester City-bound? Dani Alves confirms Juventus exit but insists he is not moving for the moneyJuventus have joined Manchester United in the race for Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge AurierRoma have moved ahead of Newcastle United in the race for Maxime Gonalons after agreeing personal terms with the Lyon midfielderAC Milan are set to sign Sunderland striker Fabio Borini for £5million, according to reports in Italylast_img read more

GAA NEWS – NAOMH COLMCILLE TO MARK 30 YEARS OF GAA IN AREA

first_imgThe seniors and reserves had no fixture this weekend. Check website and Facebook page for match updates this week.The u21s take on Termon away on Tuesday at 7:30 in the u21 B championship.The next minor board meeting is due to take place on Wednesday (21st) at 8:00 pm. A social night is being organised for Saturday 7th September to mark 30 years of GAA in the area. Further details to follow.A sports quiz is planned for Friday 27th September. Further details to follow.The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion is on again this year. Collection bag is now in the clubhouse. Please collect the bottle tops for the club. This year we can collect for balls, equipment, jerseys etc. Thanks. The club would like to extend its sympathies to the McLoone family on their recent Bereavement.Training and Match ScheduleThe use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at http://www.gaa.ie/mouthguards/; and on the club website.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Training continues on Saturday (24th) at 10:45 am U10. Training resumes on Friday 23rd August at 6:30 pm sharp.U13. Training continues this Friday (23rd August) at 6:30 pm sharp. First match now on Saturday 14th September.U14. Training – check Facebook / website for updatesU16. See Facebook page and website for updates during the week. Minors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Slight change to senior/reserve training this week. Training on Monday (19th) at 7 pm due to u21 championship match on Tuesday. Training on Thursday (22nd) as usual at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This weeks numbers are 10, 19, 12, 22, 17. Most correct 3 numbers and the winners are Clement Clarke, Gerry McCrudden and Alice Devenney who win €25 each.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS – NAOMH COLMCILLE TO MARK 30 YEARS OF GAA IN AREA was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Naomh Colmcille GAA noteslast_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRINGS PERFORMANCE AT RCC

first_imgDDTV: Watch as young musicians enjoy the closing concert of a two week Chamber Music for Strings programme held at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.The course was facilitated by the Donegal Music Education Partnership with Violin Resource Tutor Orslya Szabó-Yélamo and Cello/Chamber Music Tutor Victor Yélamo. The summer programme was an opportunity for the young string players to perform in a chamber group and develop sight reading and performance skills.Click Play to watch DDTV: DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRINGS PERFORMANCE AT RCC was last modified: June 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVDonegal Chamber MusicStringslast_img read more

Why aren’t the 49ers playing in prime time on Sunday?

first_imgThe 49ers are coming off their most impressive win of the season, and at 4-0, they’re one of only two undefeated teams in the NFL.So why wasn’t Sunday’s marquee matchup against the Rams “flexed” into a prime-time game on NBC?That’s a question many Niners fans have been asking over the past few days and it’s a query backed by sound reasoning. After all, Sunday afternoon’s game in Los Angeles pits a red-hot squad against the defending NFC champions in a game that has huge ramifications for the …last_img read more