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FIFA Accepts Usage of ATS for Ebola Treatment

first_imgThe world governing football body, FIFA, has accepted a request from the World Health Organization (WHO) for the usage of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in central Monrovia as Ebola treatment Center, according to media release (on www.FIFA.com).According to a joint FIFA and UN release dated September 11, entitled “FIFA and the United Nations hand in hand to fight Ebola,” FIFA President Joseph Blatter expressed his satisfaction to support the proposed action to convert the pitch into treatment units.Blatter said: “Thanks to the continuous fruitful and fundamental collaboration between FIFA and the United Nations, today we can use the power of football to combat the Ebola epidemic.“To allay any concerns regarding the impact of the treatment units on the recently installed pitch, FIFA has also proposed to cover the costs of any damage.”The release also said: “The commitment of sport organizations to support our efforts is very much welcomed and crucial. It is my hope that many will join in this fight. In particular I was very pleased to note FIFA’s pledge to support health-related measures by agreeing to cover potential damages to the football pitch of the Antoinette Tubman stadium in Monrovia, Liberia that has been earmarked for the use for Ebola treatment centres. ”It added: “The collaboration will go beyond the lending of the Monrovia pitch. At its next Finance Committee meeting on 25 September, FIFA will propose to use resources from its solidarity fund to support the member associations of the affected countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) in the fight against Ebola. The additional financial support will have to be spent in solidarity with a local UN initiative.”Madam Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace added, “The Ebola outbreak also has a tremendous impact on the sport community, ranging from health treats to the athletes themselves and restrictions of travel affecting competitions and the development of sport.“National authorities, the UN and the world of sport need to work closely together in order to halt the spread of the disease.”Meanwhile, Liberia’s football chief, Musa Bility, speaking following the release of a joint Statement by the two world bodies, said Ebola has doomed Liberia’s statehood and existence unless the rest of the world including LFA’s parent Body Fifa and other well-meaning organizations come to the aid of the country.Bility said the football house is elated it could assist the Ebola fight by means of the ATS, which is ideally situated in Central Monrovia.He noted that the LFA couldn’t wait to witness the eradication of the deadly virus from Liberia to resume football activities once again.It can be recalled, the LFA on Monday, the 27 of July 2014, suspended all football activities in response to the Ebola fight.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Florida University Congratulates Dr. Ophelia Weeks

first_imgDr. Ophelia WeeksBy Leroy M. Sonpon IIIThe administration of the Florida International University (FIU) has extended its congratulations to Dr. Ophelia Weeks on her recent appointment as president of the University of Liberia.Dr. Weeks is a retired FIU biology professor.The new UL President spent more than 30 years as a neuroscientist at FIU, joining that faculty in 1986. She served as director of QBIC — Quantifying Biology in the Classroom, an in-depth biological sciences program, and was an affiliate faculty member of what would become the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.“During her time at FIU, she received many university awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award, Excellence in Service Award and the Minority Faculty Development Award,” the FIU said in a statement.It also said, “Throughout her tenure at FIU, she often returned to Liberia, sometimes for a visit and other times for work. In 2006, she became an affiliate faculty member of UL’s A.M. Dogliotti School of Medicine.“In recent years, Weeks split her time between the United States and Liberia and had assumed a leadership role with UL. She permanently relocated here when she retired from FIU last January. ”Weeks whose father, Rocheforte Lafayette Weeks, became the third president of UL has had a long history with the University going back to her childhood when, at age 7, she resided on the campus with her family.Dr. Weeks is the second woman to lead the University of Liberia since its founding in 1951 and the 14th president of the University.Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman was the first woman to serve as president of the UL in 1978, becoming the first female head of a university on the African continent.Dr. Weeks succeeds Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, who retired in December 2016. He will remain at the university to teach at the A.M. Dogliotti College and the T. J.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology undergraduate program.Before her appointment as UL president, Weeks served as vice president for academic affairs from March 2016 to April 2017 and Dean of the T. J.R. Faulkner College from 2012 to February 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WPO observes ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign

first_imgGender-based violenceThe Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) joins Guyana and the rest of the world in observance of the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.The campaign runs from today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day. The theme for this year is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”.To commence the day, the WPO will pay homage to the three Mirabel sisters of Guatemala, who were murdered by the Trujillo regime on 25th November, 1960, while saluting the women of Guatemala who were relentless in their campaign internationally to expose the tyranny of the Government and the murder of the three sisters, which became the catalyst for change.According to WPO, these women are not only to be seen as a symbol of resistance, but also champions of freedom and justice, as the United Nations (UN) has officially recognized this day.The organisation also cited that the theme to end violence against women is becoming a top priority issue, since statistics by the UN Women have revealed that 35 per cent of women in the world have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. Some national studies show that 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.According to the WPO, in Guyana, although the Domestic Violence Legislation was passed in 1996 and support was given to areas, including shelter, counselling and legal aid, there is still a high level of violence against women and girls.While recognizing that not all cases are reported, the WPO says that statistics in the public domain are frightening enough.“It is unclear whether the law which was passed is known in the various corners of the country, or whether the agencies and institutions responsible for implementing the laws are following the prescribed processes and procedures required of them. Are reports properly documented, and are court orders enforced? Do citizens have access to services such as adequate shelter, counselling and legal aid?” WPO questions.These mark some of the important areas to be addressed in an effort to not only promote awareness, but to also provide justice to those who have been violated, the WPO has said.While the issue is compounded by poor reporting by law enforcing officers, the WPO calls for the issue to be addressed urgently.The WPO is of the firm view that the Government should provide greater leadership and support to the areas raised above, by fostering closer collaboration with the many groups who are already engaged in fighting violence against women and girls.“The news of another woman or girl who becomes a victim is one too many. Let us all do more in helping to reduce the scourge of violence in our society,” the women’s arm of the PPP has appealed.last_img read more

Street race ends with 1 dead in EBE accident

first_imgA 25-year-old man is now dead after the vehicle in which he was travelling turned turtle on the roadway before slamming into a fence after its driver lost control while attempting to overtake another car in a street race.Dead is Leroy Cummings of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE). Meanwhile, the driver of the now damaged vehicle has been identified as 23-year-old Totaram Munishwar, also of Tuschen, EBE. The other two passengers, one of whom is Cummings’ younger brother, were treated at the hospital and sent away.Reports are that Cummings along with his brother and two of their friends were imbibing at a popular sports bar on the EBE. This newspaper was told that the men met other friends there, all of whom were travelling in the other vehicle that Munishwar was attempting to overtake when the accident occurred.Reports are that around 00:30h on Monday, the quartet was in Munishwar’s vehicle, (PVV 4886) along the De Kinderen Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD), trailing behind their friends in the other car, PMM 4818, which was being driven by 20-year-old Saeed Alli.According to reports, the two drivers reportedly began to race. However, as they approached a turn, Munishwar attempted to overtake his friend’s vehicle while another vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction.The bright lights of the approaching vehicle allegedly caused Munishwar to swerve from colliding but in doing so, he lost control of his vehicle, which turned turtle and then ended up crashing into a fence.A police source close to the investigation told this newspaper that the driver and occupants from PVV 4886 were immediately pulled out of the mangled car and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, WCD.However, Cummings arrived there in an unconscious state and due to his serious condition at that time, he was referred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. However he died while on the way to the WDRH.The police source also told this publication that both drivers were tested for alcohol and results revealed that their levels were above the legal limit. The two drivers are presently in police custody as the investigation continues.last_img read more

Ex-West Ham and Charlton man named Aston Villa’s new number two

first_img Mark Robson 1 Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Mark Robson as first-team coach.The 45-year-old, who left the same role at Norwich in November, has been added to new manager Tim Sherwood’s backroom staff along with performance analyst Seamus Brady.Robson has vast experience in the game as a player and coach.A 12-year playing career saw him represent a host of clubs, including Tottenham, West Ham and Charlton.Since hanging up his boots, he has gone on to coach at Charlton, Gillingham, Peterborough and Norwich, while he also spent a brief spell as manager of Barnet.“Mark Robson has been named as first-team coach, while Seamus Brady joins the club as performance analyst,” a statement on Villa’s official website read.Sherwood will now turn his attention to bringing in an assistant boss.His number two during his brief reign as Spurs boss, Chris Ramsey, will not be joining him at Villa Park after being handed the managerial reins at QPR for the rest of the season.“I am still giving some thought to the assistant manager,” said Sherwood.“I won’t rush into that. I want to make sure that whoever I bring in is the right man for this football club and myself.”last_img read more

Lukaku and Barkley among SEVEN Everton stars who could miss Southampton clash

first_imgEverton may be without seven first-team players including Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley as they look to remedy their poor home form against Southampton.Only bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa have fewer points than the Toffees when playing in their own stadium this season as just 16 of their total haul of 40 points have come at Goodison Park.They will attempt to record just a fifth home win in the Premier League this term against Saints on Saturday with a squad that has been stretched by injuries and suspension.Phil Jagielka and Tom Cleverley are not yet ready to return, while James McCarthy is suspended following his dismissal against Crystal Palace in a game that saw Leighton Baines, Aaron Lennon, Barkley and Lukaku all pick up knocks.“Leighton Baines, Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley will be assessed; they picked up some knocks against Crystal Palace,” manager Roberto Martinez said.“Obviously James McCarthy will be missing. Romelu Lukaku has been carrying a little bit of a problem, we’re going to assess him today if he can make the squad or not.“In the Crystal Palace game he stretched for an action in the second half and he felt his groin slightly. He didn’t train yesterday and we’re hoping he can train today and we’ll assess him from there.“I don’t think any of those is a long-term injury, they are more the effect of a big amount of games in this period and it’s probably a question of hours rather than weeks.”Everton’s most recent home game saw them defeated 2-0 by Arsenal and the hosts produced a performance their manager termed “fearful”.It was an eighth reverse of the campaign for the Toffees at Goodison Park and Martinez knows that if their away form matched their results at home, they would be a lot higher up the table than 12th.“We haven’t been able to celebrate enough victories in front of our own crowd; that’s been a real disappointment this season,” Martinez admitted.“There are contrasting results, I wouldn’t say performances – I think at times we’ve had performances that have been good enough to get positive results.“You are looking at two defeats in 16 away from home that’s as good as we’ve been. Our first away game was against Southampton in that 3-0 victory, from that point on our performances away from home have been really, really strong. That’s what we wanted. That’s an away record that would be top four.“At home it’s totally contrasting – eight defeats is nowhere near good enough, that’s where you build your season on the strength of the results at home. That’s a contrasting story that is very, very difficult to explain.” 1 Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku celebrate an Everton goal last_img read more

NO DECISION ON PROSECUTION AFTER 300,000 EELS KILLED IN DONEGAL

first_imgA decision on whether to prosecute the ESB over a major kill of endangered eels in Co Donegal is still being considered, seven months after the incident, the BBC has reported.The incident happened at a hydroelectric power station in Ballyshannon in April 2014.More than 300,000 juvenile eels, called elvers, died when traps at the bottom of the dam at Cathleen’s Falls became overwhelmed. A scientist for ESB said the incident was “quite small”.He said otherwise it had been a good year for elver ‘recruitment’.Another eel expert said it was one of the largest fish kills ever recorded in Ireland and has called for changes to eel conservation policy.Commercial eel fishing was banned on Lough Erne in 2009 as part of European wide efforts to reverse a dramatic decline in eel stocks. As part of an eel management programme, ESB operates a trap and transport scheme.Eels are caught by former commercial fishermen, put into tanks, and driven around the hydroelectric powers stations between Belleek and Ballyshannon.Since 2009, more than 130 tonnes of silver eels have avoided the power turbines in this way.2014 has been a record year with almost 44 tonnes of eels trapped on Lough Erne, exceeding ESB’s targets.After being released downstream in Ballyshannon, the eels make their way thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the breeding grounds of the Sargasso Sea. The life-cycle continues with the return of elvers to European waters. They are trapped below the dam and then driven upstream to be released back into Lough Erne.In April 2014, hundreds of thousands of elvers died in the traps below the dam at Cathleen’s Falls.Despite reports that the traps had been left unchecked for several days over the Easter holiday weekend, ESB said they had become overwhelmed with a sudden run in one night.ESB confirmed that 112 kg of elvers died. The total elver catch for the year was 533 kg, representing a loss of about 20%. NO DECISION ON PROSECUTION AFTER 300,000 EELS KILLED IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 26th, 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:BallyshannoneelsESBlast_img read more

SUPER TORI REACHES NEW HEIGHTS ON ROAD TO RIO

first_imgFINN VALLEY pole vaulter Tori Pena was in sensational form during an athletics tournament in Long Beach at the weekend.She jumped 4.52 at the California tournament – and went close to 4.57.Finn Valley coach Patsy McGonagle said Tori’s efforts were coming a the right time as she prepares to represent Donegal and Ireland at the Olympics in Rio. SUPER TORI REACHES NEW HEIGHTS ON ROAD TO RIO was last modified: April 18th, 2016 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:Finn Valley ACpatsy mcgonagletori penalast_img read more

GOALS GALORE AT RED HUGHS AS DONEGAL LADIES WIN ON THE DOUBLE

first_imgDONEGAL’S U16 and Senior Ladies teams scored impressive wins in their double header at CLG Red Hughs today.Terry McCole’s U16s were never in any danger in their first match of the U16 Ulster Championship against Down.With Millie Winfield taking charge of the midfield early on, Donegal totally dominated proceedings to win comfortably 5-07 to 0-02. Ellie McInnes (N Conaill) hit two goals with further goals from Eimear Gallagher (Red Hughs), Aisling McGuinness (Moville) and Niamh McGrenaghan (Robert Emmets).In the senior game which followed Davy McLaughlin’s side were very comfortable winners over Meath, winning 6-17 to 2-06.The Division 2 sides were even in the early stages, Meath slipping a point ahead at one stage.But once Donegal got into their stride, they were unstoppable with some lovely passing moves. Amber Barrett was once again on target, hitting two goals with Niamh Hegarty, Shannon McGroddy, Eilish Ward and Emma McGrory also finding the net. GOALS GALORE AT RED HUGHS AS DONEGAL LADIES WIN ON THE DOUBLE was last modified: March 15th, 2015 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:donegal ladiesDownMeathnational league division 2RED HUGHS.Ulsterlast_img read more