USAID Provides US$14.5 Million for Ebola

first_imgAs the Ebola calamity rages in Liberia and other parts of West Africa killing more than 1000 people, the United States Government through its aid agency, USAID has provided US$14.5 million to combat the spread of the disease.In addition, the U.S. Government has provided $1 million to the Red Cross for the purpose of contact tracing.The disclosure was made on Wednesday, August 13, at the U.S. Embassy by health experts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  There are currently 15 experts from the United States in the country to work with the Liberian government, non-governmental organizations and other partners including World Health Organization (WHO) to stop the spread of the epidemic.Satish Pillai, Medical Officer of Centers for Disease Control, and Tim Callaghan, Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) leader both told journalists that their presence in Liberia and affected West African countries is meant to work with partners, government and people of the country to prevent the rapid spread of the disease.The health experts clarified that the amount provided will be used to train health workers and provide safety equipment that will prevent workers from contracting the virus.They also disclosed that additional experts are expected to join them to help with the fight against the virus as it rapidly spreads.Expressing grief for loss of lives, the American experts emphasized that they have come to work with the government and partners because such a global situation cannot be handled alone.They therefore requested that stakeholders cooperate and be willing to coordinate activities in order to effectively combat the disease.One method already known to affected countries including Liberia is the isolation and care system, which the experts stressed should be applied regularly to help prevent the spread of the disease.The experts are going to be deployed in affected counties to train health workers to properly log suspected and death cases, keep surveillance, and train health workers how to approach cases of the disease. As regards information about avoidance of bush meat from chimpanzee, monkey and bat, Satish Pillai said it is a good piece of advice to avoid eating meat of these animals.However, he said the sickness can be contracted from an infected person when another individual comes in contact with fluid from that person, stressing that there has not been a test done to ascertain that the disease is in bat, deer and other animals being named.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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IMF backs Guyana having LNG plant

first_imgFollowing an enormous find of oil in Guyana by ExxonMobil, Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Otaviano Canuto recently suggested that the investment of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant to refine the gas would increase the country’s financial revenues and bolster employment.Political activist David HindsCanuto, who issued a statement subsequent to an IMF’s executive board meeting in May which deliberated on the country report, stated that the significant oil and gas finds off the coast of Guyana has nudged the government to undertake exploration and other capacity-building efforts. He said further that they are currently reviewing the possibility of developing an LNG plant.He evaluated that this investment will generate “fruitful rewards” to the Guyanese people through increased fiscal revenues, employment and income—which will thrust Guyana towards attaining sustainable development goals while mitigating the country’s exposure to any subsequent increase in oil prices.In February, he stated that an Oil and Gas Committee was established and charged with developing the sector. He also noted that external assistance is being sought to establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund and supporting legislation.Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and Finance Minister Winston Jordon have just returned from a visit to Uganda, where they examined how that state manages its oil resource and adheres to its Sovereign Wealth Fund.“It should be noted that the authorities have taken an extremely conservative stance and have not factored in the possible future revenues from the gas into their medium-term framework,” Canuto indicated.The IMF report on Guyana purported that production might begin as early as 2020.Earlier this month, ExxonMobil declared that drilling results from the Liza-2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, confirmed a world-class find with a recoverable deposit of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels.Political activist David Hinds had warned the government to not make the same mistake as Trinidad and Tobago did by not developing a long-term plan to manage its oil resource.Although oil is welcomed, Hinds stated that government should start taking the necessary steps geared towards the proper management of the resource. He highlighted that it is an “old problem” for Guyana’s resources to be mismanaged, in terms of foreign investors being the prime beneficiaries of the resources.He had further stated that Guyana only collects royalties from its resources while other countries benefit from the cream of the wealth. Stating that there is an overemphasis on attracting foreign investment, Hinds suggested that Guyana divert and invest in developing internal mechanisms and economic structure.Hinds posited that Guyana should start envisioning a novel economy, surrounded by oil.He indicated that if Guyana cannot develop its own oil refinery, then the country should partner with Caricom countries to construct one.Trotman had indicated that an investment of this magnitude would cost an estimated US$2 billion to establish and so the government is weighing whether a processing plant would be counter-productive or economical.Despite the region having an oil refining capacity, Trotman stated that several countries had built their own refineries and watched them flop. “There is Venezuela, Suriname, Aruba…so before we think of having an oil refinery we need to look at the demand and supply,” he mentioned.According to Trotman government does have a long-term plan to deal with the oil and would be revealing factions of it as the year progresses.“We are not sitting idly by…we are planning and we are exploring different possibilities,” he added.Since the discovery of significant oil deposits, Guyana has gained the support of the Mexican, US and Canadian governments, along with the Commonwealth in providing support, expertise and experience for the emerging industry in Guyana.last_img read more

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Women’s Resource Society seeks volunteers

first_imgThe Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is seeking more volunteers. The Society holds its Annual General Meeting in two weeks’ time, and is hoping to see old faces, as well as a few new recruits looking to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in the community. The AGM goes on Wednesday September 30th, at 6 o’clock, at 10051-100 Ave. – Advertisement -For more information, call 250-787-1121, or email Fort St. Johnwrs@telus.net.last_img

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Jordan wins flip, will face Artesia at home

first_imgIn other divisions Friday night, Sunset League champion Los Alamitos (24-4) is at home to Baseline League champion Etiwanda (22-7) in a Division I-A quarterfinal, while Santa Fe League champion and No. 2 seed St. Anthony (25-3) travels to play Buckley (22-6) at Harvard-Westlake High in a Division IV-A semifinal. All of the games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. In the only other flip in for a Division I-AA site, Dominguez coach Russell Otis called “tails” and it came up “heads,” so his San Gabriel Valley League co-champion Dons, who improved to 21-7 after their 62-56 win at Poly on Tuesday night, will take to the 405 and 101 freeways for a Friday night game at Thousand Oaks (25-3), the Marmonte League champion. In the upper bracket of the division, Mayfair (21-6), the runner-up to Artesia in the Suburban League, will play at No. 1 seed Mater Dei (26-3), while the Suburban’s third-place team, La Mirada (21-7), is the host to Moore League champion Compton (25-4). LOS ALAMITOS – The Jordan High Panthers will play host to Artesia in a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA boys basketball playoff quarterfinal Friday night after winning a coin flip Wednesday morning at the Southern Section headquarters. Jordan (20-9), which edged Santa Margarita, 53-52, on Michael Brown’s follow shot at the buzzer in overtime, and Artesia (26-3), which cruised to an 89-60 win at Simi Valley on Tuesday, each had home and away games in the first two rounds, necessitating the flip for the right to be the host in their tilt. center_img 160Want 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

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City approves tender for paving of 75 Street from 85 Avenue to 89 Avenue

first_imgThe tender for the next phase of the Local Area Service Roadworks project was awarded to L.B. Chapman Construction of Vernon, B.C. The blocks of 75 Street, from 85 Avenue to 89 Avenue will be paved with a tendered price of $1,623,342.28.This is phase one of the project. The second phase will be completed next year which will feature work on 75 Street from 89 Avenue North to 93 Avenue.The project is budgeted $2 million. Prior to the start of construction there will be a meeting on site with residents that may be affected.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Maguire again linked with Man United move

first_imgHowever, then Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho failed to secure the services of Maguire as he opted to stay at King Power Stadium where he penned a new five-year deal.But fresh reports are suggesting that United will make a renewed attempt to sign Maguire when the summer transfer window opens for business regardless of who is in permanent charge.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers stressed his desire to keep players like Maguire at the club, but he admitted it could be difficult if big money is offered and the player expresses a desire to leave.He said on arrival: “All we can do is the work at the club that can convince the players to stay. There will always be opportunities but we will deal with that when it comes.“We want to create an environment in which they want to stay.”It’s thought Leicester would command £50million for Maguire if United or any other club wants to sign him this summer.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maguire again linked with switch to Manchester UnitedLONDON, United Kingdom, March 22 – Leicester City are set to face a fresh battle to keep defender Harry Maguire from the clutches of Manchester United, according to reports.The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer off the back of his impressive performances for England during their march to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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Serie A striker snubs Watford for Russia return

first_img Seydou Doumbia 1 Premier League new boys Watford have missed out on Roma flop Seydou Doumbia after he returned to former club CSKA Moscow on loan.The Hornets were strongly linked with a move for the striker, whose future had been unclear following a miserable start to life in Rome.The 27-year-old striker arrived at the Serie A side in January after a prolific spell in Russia during which he scored 61 league goals in just 95 appearances.But he could not transfer that form to Italy and he managed just two in 13 for his new club, which opened the door to a summer move.Watford were part of the chasing pack but they will have to look elsewhere after the Ivory Coast ace decided to head back to Moscow on loan until January, although the Russian club have the option to extend it until the end of the season.last_img read more

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‘I have ambitious plans’ – Donegal designer sets her sights on US prosperity

first_imgThe stunning landscape of Inishowen provides the inspiration for designer and illustrator Eilis Galbraith’s unique printed textiles which she will be showcasing during her trip to Boston Massachusetts this month as part of a joint collaboration between Councils in Donegal and Derry/Strabane.Eilis Galbraith Designs is one of 15 companies who will take part in this trade mission which is part of the region’s strategy to promote inward investment and provide local businesses access to potential export opportunity.Eilis Galbraith is a designer and illustrator who specialises in printed textiles – designing and repeating patterns which are digitally printed for use on products including soft home furnishings such as curtains, lampshades and cushions. Eilis creates surface pattern design led by the importance of illustration and drawing. Her collection is graphic in detail, yet tactile, working in a variety of interior fabrics as well as wallpaper. She works in a variety of fine graphic illustration and varying textures to create bespoke and creative pieces.Speaking ahead of participating in the Boston trade mission, Eilis Galbraith said:“My business offers a unique range of hand-drawn, digitally printed designs – printed primarily on 100% Donegal linen for homeware products. “As I am at the very early stages of start-up, I feel that the trade mission to Boston will give me an invaluable insight into trading internationally in the near future.“Whilst in the US, I hope to meet with interior designers and create strong working relationships – with the potential of creating bespoke designs for high-end customers, or commercial works such as hotels, including designs for wallpaper, curtains, cushions and so on.“Country living inspires all of my designs and products – including farming, hunting and forestry – elements which I also believe to be culturally significant to US consumers or businesses. Indeed, there is a large Irish diaspora in Boston, whom I believe would also be able to relate to my designs and products.“Market research is also a key factor in my decision to join the North West delegation to Boston. Indeed, I feel that as a result of this trip, I will be able to gain a better insight into the textile ranges which are currently trending in the US.“I really have ambitious plans for the future of my business – not least in terms of expanding my product range and tapping into markets in Ireland, the UK and the US.”‘I have ambitious plans’ – Donegal designer sets her sights on US prosperity was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:boston trade missioneilish galbraithlast_img read more

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Ford to cut 30,000 jobs

first_img • AP Video: Ford announces as many as 30,000 layoffs by 2012 DEARBORN, Mich.(AP) -Ford Motor Co. plans to cut up to 30,000 jobs and shutter 14 plants in a sweeping restructuring it hopes will turn its North American auto business back into a profitable venture. Ford’s St. Louis plant will be the first plant idled, in the first quarter of this year. A plant near Atlanta will close at the end of this year and a plant in Wixom, Mich., will close in the second quarter of 2007, according to Ford Americas President Mark Fields, the architect of the plan. Other plants to be idled and eventually closed through 2008 are Batavia Transmission in Ohio and Windsor Casting in Ontario. Ford will choose later this year two more plants to be idled. The company also will reduce production to one shift at its St. Thomas assembly plant in Ontario. All of the plant closings and job cuts are scheduled to be completed by 2012. ‘These cuts are a painful last resort, and I’m deeply mindful of their impact,’ Chairman and Chief Executive Bill Ford said in announcing the cuts. ‘In the long run we will create far more stable and secure jobs. We all have to change and we all have to sacrifice, but I believe this is the path to winning.’ In addition to the facilities named Monday, analysts also have predicted assembly plants in St. Paul, Minn., and Cuatitlan, Mexico could be at risk for closure because of the products they make. Under the company’s existing contract with the United Auto Workers, workers at the idled plants will continue to get most of their pay and benefits until a new contract is negotiated next year. Ford also plans to build one plant in North America, but Fields wouldn’t say where it will be located. He would only say that the plant must be a low-cost operation. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President Gerald Bantom expressed disappointment over the plan. ‘The impacted hourly and salaried workers find themselves facing uncertain futures because of senior management’s failure to halt Ford’s sliding market share,’ they said in a statement. ‘The announcement has further left a cloud hanging over the entire work force because of pending future announcements of additional facilities to be closed at some point in the future.’ In addition to the job cuts, Ford said it plans to achieve $6 billion in material cost savings by 2010 as part of its restructuring. It also plans to revitalize its Ford, Mercury and Lincoln brands by giving them more distinct identities. Earlier Monday, Ford reported earnings of $2 billion in 2005, down 42 percent from last year’s profit of $3.5 billion. It was the third straight year the automaker has reported a profit, but gains in Europe, Asia and elsewhere were offset by a loss of $1.6 billion in North American operations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For More Infocenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Ford shares rose 42 cents, or 5.3 percent, to close at $8.32 on the New York Stock Exchange. The quarter’s profits came in large part because of the sale of its Hertz Corp. rental division. Ford, like its larger U.S. counterpart General Motors Corp., is struggling with hefty losses in its North American operations and with shrinking market share, as Asian competitors sell more and more cars. Ford said the plan will restore profitability by 2008. But some analysts said the plan was short on details, leaving them uncertain if it would boost Ford profits as the company struggles with aggressive competition, higher gasoline prices, rising costs for labor and raw materials and a junk credit rating. Ford named only five of the plants it plans to close. ‘It’s a step forward in the culture of Ford. Whether it translates into increased profits remains to be seen,’ said Brian Johnson, an auto analyst with Sanford Bernstein. The cuts represent up to 25 percent of Ford’s North American work force of 122,000 people. Ford has approximately 87,000 hourly workers and 35,000 salaried workers. In addition, Ford plans to cut 12 percent of its corporate officers in the next two months. Union leaders called the planned cuts ‘extremely disappointing.’ But shares of the nation’s second-biggest auto maker rose on Monday’s news, indicating some investors were pleased with the long-awaited ‘Way Forward’ plan, as well as with a larger-than-expected $124 million overall profit in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

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Chavez throwing oil cash around to help burnish image in area

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez is spending billions of dollars of his country’s oil windfall on pet projects abroad, aimed at setting up his leftist government as a political counterpoint to the conservative Bush administration in the region. With Venezuela’s oil revenues rising 32 percent last year, Chavez has been subsidizing diverse items such as samba parades in Brazil, eye surgery for poor Mexicans and even heating fuel for poor families from Maine to the Bronx to Philadelphia. By some estimates, the spending now surpasses the nearly $2 billion Washington allocates annually to pay for development programs and the drug war in western South America. The new spending has given more power to a leader who has been provocatively building a bulwark against what he has called American imperialistic aims in Latin America. Chavez frequently derides Bush and his top aides. In March, he called Bush a “donkey,” a “drunkard” and a “coward,” daring him to invade the country. But with the biggest oil reserves outside the Middle East, Chavez is more than an irritant. He is fast rising as the next Fidel Castro, a hero to the masses who is intent on opposing every move the United States makes, but with an important advantage. “He’s managed to do what Fidel Castro never could,” said Stephen Johnson, a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Castro never had an independent source of income the way Chavez does. Chavez is filling a void that Castro left for him, leading nonaligned nations.” It remains unclear exactly how much the government has spent, because the state oil giant, Petroleos de Venezuela, has not made detailed financial records public, and its balance sheets have been shielded from independent audits. Mega-projects, such as Chavez’s utopian plan of building a gas pipeline through the Amazon from Venezuela to Argentina, are not likely to materialize. But Johnson estimates that Venezuela pledged $3 billion in aid last year to its neighbors, including generous bond purchases that made the government a lender of last resort across the continent. The Center of Economic Investigations, an economic consulting firm in Caracas, issued a study recently that said Chavez had spent more than $25 billion abroad since taking office in 1999, about $3.6 billion a year, while First Justice, a leading opposition party, put the figure at $16 billion, based on Chavez’s own declarations. What is clear is that upward of 30 countries as far away as Indonesia have received some form of aid or preferential deals. His government has purchased $2.5 billion in Argentine debt, the Venezuelan finance minister, Nelson Merentes, recently said, and was selling oil at cut-rate prices to 13 Caribbean countries and buying a big stake in Uruguayan gas stations. Critics see the spending as a reckless exercise in populist decadence intended to burnish Chavez’s image as the region’s leading statesman while embarrassing the Bush administration, the Venezuelan leader’s principal obsession since American officials gave tacit support to a failed coup against him in 2002. Chavez is “spending considerable sums involving himself in the political and economic life of other countries in Latin America and elsewhere, this despite the very real economic development and social needs of his own country,” said John Negroponte, the American director of national intelligence.last_img read more

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