President Sirleaf Declares State of Emergency (Full Address)

first_imgMy fellow Liberians,Our nation is currently affected by the deadly Ebola virus, and the disease has now spread to eight (8) counties. Liberia is among three (3) countries experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the virus — the largest ever since this virus was first discovered. It now poses serious risks to the health, safety, security and welfare of our nation. And beyond the public health risk, the disease is now undermining the economic stability of our country to the tune of millions of dollars in lost revenue, productivity and economic activity.The healthcare system in the country is now under immense strain, and the Ebola epidemic is having a chilling effect on overall healthcare delivery. Out of fear of being infected with the disease, healthcare practitioners are afraid to accept new patients, especially in community clinics all across the country. Consequently, many common diseases, which are especially prevalent during the rainy season, such as malaria, typhoid and common colds, are going untreated and may lead to unnecessary and preventable deaths.The virus currently has no cure and has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. The aggregate number of cases — confirmed, probable and suspected — in our country has now exceeded five hundred (500), with about 271 cumulative deaths. With 32 deaths among healthcare workers, the death rate among citizens — especially among healthcare workers — is alarming.Two weeks ago, I established a National Task Force, which I chair myself, to respond to this crisis. I instructed all non-essential government staff to stay home for thirty (30) days, ordered the closure of schools and authorized the fumigation of all public buildings. We have shut down markets in affected areas and have restricted movement in others. We have improved our response time and contact tracking, and have begun coordinating with regional and international partners.Despite this and other continuing efforts, the threat continues to grow. Ignorance, poverty, as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties. The actions allowed by statute under the Public Health Law are no longer adequate to deal with the Ebola epidemic as comprehensive[ly] and holistic[ally] as the outbreak requires. The scope and scale of the epidemic, the virulence and deadliness of the virus now exceed the capacity and statutory responsibility of any one government agency or ministry. The Ebola virus disease, the ramifications and consequences thereof, now constitute an unrest affecting the existent security and well-being of the Republic, amounting to a clear and present danger.The government and people of Liberia require extraordinary measures for the very survival of our State and for the protection of the lives of our people.Now therefore, and by virtue of the powers vested in me as President of the Republic of Liberia, I, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, in keeping with Article 86(a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, hereby declare a State of Emergency throughout the Republic of Liberia, effective as of August 6, 2014, for a period of ninety (90) days.Under this State of emergency, the government will institute extraordinary measures, including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and priveleges. As mandated by the Constitution, I will immediately forward the declaration of the State of Emergency to the National Legislature accompanied by an explanation of the facts and circumstances leading to the declaration.May God bless us all and preserve our great Nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNOC Condemns Basketball Elections

first_imgThe Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has criticized the recently held election of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and has given the association a 90-day ultimatum to have re-elections.The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Browne said the basketball election has procedural errors and it was not free, fair and transparent.Mr. Browne maintained that the LNOC is responsible to protect and safeguard the autonomy of its members, and it therefore has the right to issue ultimatum, suspension or expulsion when it is plunged into administrative or technical slip.The LNOC boss made the announcement on Thursday, March 17, at the end of Sports Minister Saah Charles N’tow’s assessment visit to the Olympic Village.Mr. Browne said the LNOC was only notified of the elections’ result, two days after it was held but was not rather officially written to observe the elections.“We believe the election was in error and we have given hem 90 days to have reelection,” Mr. Browne said.It may be recalled that for over two years, there was a hullaballoo between the leadership of the LBA, headed by Rufus Andersons and the Aggrieved First Division President, accusing the leadership of administrative and financial misappropriation.The conflict led to the postponement of the basketball election four times, and lastly resulted into an injunction from the Temple of Justice.The injunction was lifted owing to the intervention of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the LNOC. Meanwhile, Mr. Browne has announced that handball’s provisional membership has been suspended owing to non-free, fair and transparent election.Mr. Browne said the decision was based on a report from the Assistant Secretary General of the LNOC, Fred Pratt, who served as an observer during the handball’s election held in Harbel, Margibi County.For over four years, the membership of Volleyball is still suspended owing to an election which was spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Mr. Browne said the direct involvement of the Ministry to supervise election – is a political interference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three houses destroyed in Kitty fire

first_imgAn early morning fire left several homeless after three houses were gutted in Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, on Friday. A parked vehicle was also destroyed when the blaze extended on to an electrical pole. Families in close proximity were forced to evacuate their homes as the fire threatened buildings nearby.The origin of the fire is yet to be determined.Details of this story will be published in the February 11, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Swansea 1-0 Everton: Fernando Llorente lifts Swans out of the relegation zone

first_img Paul Clement’s side took advantage of Hull’s unexpected slip-up against Sunderland Swansea moved out of the Premier League relegation zone as Fernando Llorente’s first-half header gave them a precious 1-0 victory over Everton.Llorente’s 13th goal of the season saw Swansea leapfrog Hull into 17th place, the Tigers punished for their earlier home defeat to already relegated Sunderland.Swansea are now one point above Hull and firmly in charge of their own destiny with two games of the season remaining.Everton might have had little to play for as they have already qualified for the Europa League but Swansea had to defend for their lives at times, especially in the closing stages as Paul Clement’s side clung on.The mood at the Liberty Stadium had been lifted by kick-off as news of Hull’s shock defeat filtered down to south Wales.But it was Everton who created the first opening inside 45 seconds as Romelu Lukaku headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski.It was tight and tense with so much at stake for Swansea, the midfield was packed full of bodies and chances were at a premium.Everton shaded possession but did little with it, and Lukaku was admonished by his captain Phil Jagielka on one occasion for losing the ball carelessly.Swansea were too hurried in the final third but demanded a penalty when Gylfi Sigurdsson tumbled in the area.They might have been left to stew on referee Martin Atkinson’s refusal to point to the spot, but Swansea were ahead inside 60 seconds when the hard-running Jordan Ayew worked some space on the left.Gareth Barry failed to cut out Ayew’s cross and Llorente rose above Jagielka at the far post to send the Liberty Stadium into a frenzy.The lead was almost doubled four minutes later as Sigurdsson’s centre found Alfie Mawson and the goal-scoring defender was only foiled by a desperate block from Mason Holgate.Swansea now had a definite spring in their step and Ayew and Martin Olsson combined well to create a shooting opportunity which Barry diverted for a corner.Everton sent on Ross Barkley at half-time to find some inspiration and Swansea had to survive some anxious moments.But the lead was almost doubled after 54 minutes when Sigurdsson drove his mis-hit shot into a crowded area. The ball struck Mawson and fell to Ayew, who smashed it on to the outside of an Everton post.Lukaku’s low shot was held by Fabianski, but Swansea threatened whenever Sigurdsson stood over a corner.From one such set-piece Federico Fernandez’s goalbound header hit the shoulder of Barkley and ballooned to safety, then Llorente met the next one to stretch Maarten Stekelenburg on his goal-line.Swansea almost settled the contest through substitute Leroy Fer’s first touch but Stekelenburg blocked his close-range effort with his legs.Everton piled on the pressure in the final minutes, but they drew a blank for three successive league games for the first time since April 2006 as Swansea held on. 1last_img read more

Amazing stat about Spurs’ team v Pogba’s price tag emerges after the game

first_imgAn impressive tweet emerged after Tottenham beat Manchester United 3-0. It pointed out how much Spurs’ starting XI cost, listing the price paid for their 10 outfield players with man of the match Lucas Moura, at £25million, being the most expensive. REVEALED Tottenham’s players celebrate during the 3-0 win against Man United The @SpursOfficial entire starting outfield ten cost:Trippier £3.5mAlderweireld £11.5mVertonghen £9.5mRose £1mDier £4mDembele £15mAlli £5mEriksen £11.5mMoura £25mKane £0Total: £86mPogba cost: £89m#COYS— Spurs Fan (@Tottenham_N17) August 27, 2018And even when you include the £11m Tottenham paid Lyon for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in 2012, it’s still impressive when compared to United’s starting XI for the same game. RANKED 3 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade boost IN DEMAND Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Of the players, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba are the players signed by Jose Mourinho.Yet former Man United defender Gary Neville believes the current manager has not been sufficiently backed by chief executive Ed Woodward in the transfer market. smart causal Man United news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder deals center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday cracker possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Sam Allardyce, who has managed England, Newcastle, Bolton and West Ham, defended Mourinho after United lost a second successive game.“Mourinho has set his team up to attack, they’ve created enough chances and opportunities to win the game comfortably, they failed to take those chances and they ended up being sucker punched by some pretty poor defending.“It’s alright saying it’s a disaster, yes it is, because it’s 3-0.“But if you’re a manager, you’d be saying to your players: ‘Cut the silly mistakes out, keep getting this possession rate and shot rate, and we will win far more games than we’ll lose’.“All the hysteria around the result because it’s 3-0 – nobody is looking at the real facts!“The facts are, United did create more than Tottenham, they did outplay Tottenham, but unfortunately they missed their chances and their slack defending and some brilliant finishing from Tottenham was the difference.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade This was Man United’s starting XI against Tottenham Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 The winger was signed from Paris Saint-Germain in January and has started the season impressively. silverware Jose Mourinho saluted the fans following Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford but his frustration was clear last_img read more

How the Premier League table could change this weekend

first_imgSome fans choose to look over their shoulders, fearing defeat, and wonder where they could be languishing if they fail to earn three points.It’s what we all want to know thanks to our curious nature, and we’ve got the answers for you. 8 8 18. FulhamHighest possible position – 14thLowest possible position – 20th17. Cardiff CityHighest possible position – 14thLowest possible position – 20th16. SouthamptonHighest possible position – 13thLowest possible position – 18th15. BurnleyHighest possible position – 13thLowest possible position – 18th 8 talkSPORT’s Premier League commentaries 6. BournemouthHighest possible position – 4thLowest possible position – 8th5. TottenhamHighest possible position – 3rdLowest possible position – 7th 14. Crystal PalaceHighest possible position – 13thLowest possible position – 18th13. West Ham UnitedHighest possible position – 13thLowest possible position – 18th 8. Manchester UnitedHighest possible position – 6thLowest possible position – 10th7. WatfordHighest possible position – 4thLowest possible position – 8th Using data from Sportsvisualized.com, we reveal the highest and lowest potential position for each team at the end of this round of fixtures.You can see the results, below.20. Huddersfield TownHighest possible position – 17thLowest possible position – 20th19. Newcastle UnitedHighest possible position – 17thLowest possible position – 20th 2. LiverpoolHighest possible position – 1stLowest possible position – 3rd1. Manchester CityHighest possible position – 1stLowest possible position – 3rd 8 Can Chelsea turn up the heat on Liverpool and Manchester City in what is looking like an incredible title race? 8 Gerard Deulofeu celebrates scoring for Watford center_img Harry Kane hasn’t scored in three Premier League games A tough run of fixtures have been a huge headache for Sean Dyche West Ham centre-back Issa Diop has been a rock for the Hammers 4. ArsenalHighest possible position – 3rdLowest possible position – 7th3. ChelseaHighest possible position – 1stLowest possible position – 5th 8 Chelsea remain in the title race Everton are proving they can trouble some teams as Richarlison evolves into a centre forward 8 12. Leicester CityHighest possible position – 9thLowest possible position – 12th11. Brighton and Hove AlbionHighest possible position – 8thLowest possible position – 12th10. Wolverhampton WanderersHighest possible position – 8thLowest possible position – 12th9. EvertonHighest possible position – 8thLowest possible position – 12th Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and his captain Jamaal Lascelles 8 It’s always fun trying to figure out how a win, and those all important three points, will affect the Premier League table.Where could your team end up? In the top four, away from the relegation battle, or just comfy in mid-table? Arsenal vs Liverpool – Saturday, November 3 (kick-off 5:30pm) – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVEWolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday, November 3 (kick-off 7:45pm) – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVElast_img read more

AFTER DECADES OF WAITING, WEST DONEGAL SEWERAGE SCHEMES TO FINALLY BEGIN

first_imgIT has taken decades of lobbying, but west Donegal is to finally get a sewerage scheme upgrade.Commenting on the progress of the Dungloe, Glenties and Gweedore Sewerage schemes in West Donegal, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty said: “I recently met with the Director of Services for Water and Environment for Donegal County Council and I enquired as to the progress of these three sewerage schemes in particular.“I was assured at the meeting that the contractor for the Dungloe and Glenties Sewerage schemes was due to be announced shortly with works due to commence this summer. “I am also of the view that following submission of the contract documents for the Gweedore Sewerage scheme from Donegal County Council to the Department that a positive outcome is likely which will allow the scheme go to tender by the end of the year.“I am delighted to see that these schemes are progressing as locals have been waiting decades for the upgrade of the sewerage systems in these areas.” AFTER DECADES OF WAITING, WEST DONEGAL SEWERAGE SCHEMES TO FINALLY BEGIN was last modified: July 25th, 2013 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:AFTER DECADES OF WAITINGPearse DohertyWEST DONEGAL SEWERAGE SCHEMES TO FINALLY BEGINlast_img read more

ADVENTURER JASON BLACK CAUGHT IN SEVERE SNOW STORM IN MT MCKINLEY CHALLENGE

first_imgApologies for the lack of blogs due to Jason being stuck in the storm with very little coverage. Jason Black has encountered a number of challenges in his attempt to scale Mt McKinley.Alaskan rangers have reported that the weather that this snow storm has brought is the worst they’ve seen in over 20 years.On Thursday 29th May, Jason made his way back to camp 1 in an effort to await better weather conditions. After a grueling 8 days waiting between Camp2 & Camp1, Jason eventually ran out of food and fuel supplies.On Sunday 1st June, Jason sent a message home saying “l’ve been under so much bad weather pressure that I’m out of food at camp 1.“I’m going back down to base camp for food I left for way out.“Going to head back in for 1 final attempt. “Times really against me and it is unreal  and hard to believe, it’s super tough.“It isnt the mountain ahead that wears me out its the pebble in my shoe.“I haven’t seen darkness since entering Artic circle, bright 24/7.“Love to all J.In another message Jason said ”I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my wife Sharon and manager Philip Ward together with all staff for affording me this opportunity to follow my dream by covering my ass at work while i’m away. A huge thanks also to all those who sponsored me as without your generous support this expedition would not have been possible.Clicking the following web address link will direct you to Jason’s Route Tracker https://share.delorme.com/jasonblackJason’s most recent blog below, was posted on June 4th.Mother nature takes its toll on Mt McKinle Mt McKinley you are making my life hell and back.After everything endured & a break in weather we give the grueling West Rib a final stab. 7hrs of -15 freezing temperatures.We scaled 3000ft through dreaded death valley by now loaded seracs peer down.I travelled as freezing temps holds avalanche creep.At arriving at the head of the glacier , climbing was so difficult as soon as we tackled the Blue lce Head Wall -100s meters straight up & the gateway to the rib ridge within the eery silence it became obvious it was not passable and within a deadly assassin ready to strike.The severe weeks snow storms took its tole , leaving us to retreat with its West Rib approach to the summit.Returning down to camp 1 frustrated after 11 painful hours breaking deep snow trail & climbing focused on success.Need to sleep now & see tomorrow’s plan.Sorry for the pain i feel it big time.Obstacle needs a solution. No mountain too high , no problem too big to conquer. Love you all , J x’“Had a good sleep & realistic talk with myself , the only option available now is the West Buttress.Not what i came here to do, factors at this stage to consider is weather, clear till Wednesday.Snow on its way again, I still need to build time 2 allow acclimatize as I climb & time before flights out of here.summit success needs all these perfect with no glitches.For now thats it grim outlook but positive & strong.Food today has helped aid recovery.Arctic has proved a real test this expedition has thrown everything it possibly could at me the big one being 20yr record snows trapping me for 8 days then allowing 2 days for avalanche settle i guess same as life and real world.Life in this world tests your real self belief & applying life skills seldom used daily back home a resilience we have all built in. J’ADVENTURER JASON BLACK CAUGHT IN SEVERE SNOW STORM IN MT MCKINLEY CHALLENGE was last modified: June 5th, 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:FeaturesJason BlackMt McKinleynewslast_img read more

Donegal man charged over incident at repossessed Roscommon farmhouse

first_imgA DONEGAL man has appeared in court charged with assault, criminal damage and false imprisonment in Roscommon last year.PJ Sweeney, of High Cairn, Ramelton, was before Castlerea District Court yesterday in connection with an incident on December 16, 2018 at a repossessed farmhouse in Falsk, Strokestown. Sweeney was one of four men in court yesterday.Sweeney was charged previously with violent disorder. Yesterday, he was charged with assault, criminal damage and false imprisonment. Sweeney also faced one charge of cruelty to a dog under the Animal Welfare act. A public order charge against Sweeney was withdrawn.Martin O’Toole, from Stripe, Irishtown, Claremorris, Paul Beirne, of Croghan, Boyle, and David Lawlor, of 5, Brookhaven, Blanchardstown, Dublin, were also before the court. Judge Deirdre Gearty remanded all four on bail with strict conditions to appear again at a sitting of the district court in Castlerea on 20 December.Donegal man charged over incident at repossessed Roscommon farmhouse was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Castlerea District CourtPJ SweeneyRameltonroscommonStrokestownlast_img read more

SA wine makers to cut carbon footprint

first_imgBirch said that while it might seem a good solution to ship more of the country’s wines in bulk directly to their export destinations for off-shore bottling, the posed a major problem in that many jobs would be lost during a time when the country was emerging from recession. Birch added that alternative wine packaging, such as the wine pouch offered by leading export brand, Arniston Bay, had also been welcomed in many export markets. South African bag-in-box wines were also very popular, particularly in Scandinavia. According to Consol Glass, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of glass containers for the beverage industry, until 2006 the average weight of a 750ml non-returnable wine bottle was 516 grams, which by last year had dropped to 437 grams, a decrease of 15%. The new light-weight bottle will bring down the average still further. Focus on light-weight bottles “Fortunately, the volume of bulk exports dropped 18% in 2009, compared with year before, whereas packaged exports rose 7% over the same period,” said Birch. “This is not only good for individual brands and for jobs but for the quality standing of Brand South Africa.” Also keen to enhance their sustainability credentials, the multiple grocer chains were responding to high-profile media and consumer calls for more eco-friendly packaging. She said the wine industry body, SA Wine Industry Information Systems, had calculated that for every 10-million litres of wine shipped in bulk, just over 107 jobs would be lost. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She said the sturdy, lightweight bottles, apart from strengthening South Africa’s reputation for environmentally responsible wine production, would also address the demands of leading retailers. “As we raise our export volumes of mostly bottled wines, we also increase our carbon emissions, so it becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” Wines of South Africa (Wosa) CEO Su Birch said in a statement this week. Wosa is one of the leading champions of the country’s efforts to grow, make and market wines in a way that is least harmful to the environment.center_img The wine industry currently provides direct employment for close on 276 000 people, she said. Last year, South Africa exported 389 million litres of wine. Of the total, less than half – 150.5 million litres – were exported in bulk. From this year, 750ml wine bottles closed with screwcaps and weighing only 350 grams – as compared to 500 grams for traditional bottles – will be available to local wine producers. “The new 350 gram glass bottles for red and white wines have been designed to accommodate screwcap closures, which account for over 65% of South Africa’s wine production,” said Birch. “They are scheduled for launch by mid-April, in time for the 2010 harvest.” 3 February 2010 South Africa is taking a number of steps to maintain its status as one of the world’s most eco-progressive winemaking nations. One of these is the introduction of lighter bottles to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. “This figure does not even factor in the multiplier effect that such job losses bring. It has, for example, been reported that for every one of Unilever’s direct jobs in South Africa, another 22 workers depend on the company for at least a part of their livelihood. This is an indication of just how crucial each job is to a developing economy such as ours.” At the same time, the average weight of bottles sealed with corks had been reduced in weight from 570 grams to 460 grams, she said. While many players in the South African wine industry had actively supported bottle recycling programmes in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment, efforts were now being accelerated to focus on light-weight wine bottles as well. Bulk exports, job securitylast_img read more