Turkey Donates US$100,000 Ambulances to Health Ministry

first_imgTurkey, specifically the city of İzmir, have donated two modern ambulances to the Government and people of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The fully equipped and modern ambulances are valued at a total of US$100,000.The donation, which was made on Tuesday, January 7, in the main compound of the Health Ministry in Congo Town;  in fulfillment of the City of İzmir’s candidacy tour to host Expo 2020.Counsel General-designate of Liberia to Turkey, Lusinee F. Kamara, Sr., stated that in April of 2013, Turkey’s Ambassador in Abidjan, Yalanin Kaya Erencsay, and a delegation at the end of a ‘Candidacy Visit’ in Liberia promised to boost the health sector.“The ambulances arrive in the country in fulfillment of that promise, even though the City of İzmir lost the bid to host the Expo 2020,” Mr. Kamara said.The city of İzmir was one of four international cities that bid to host the Expo 2020. The Turkish bid had a theme of New Routes to a Better World / Health for All.The City of Dubai ultimately won the right to host the Expo, bidding under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”The Expo 2020 is a Universal scale Registered Exposition time slot sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE).Turning over the ambulances’ keys to the Foreign Ministry’s representative, the Consul General designate stated that the donation is just the tip of the iceberg from the City of İzmir, and other cities from Turkey.The Deputy Foreign Minister for International Economic, Cooperation and Integration, B. Elias Shoniyin, said the donation marks a milestone for the growing relationship between Liberia and Turkey.He said the ambulances are in fulfillment of their request to Turkey, aimed at aggressively updating the health sector.“We are happy for the ambulances which will be used to save lives and improve the health sector. We believe this will further enhance the bilateral relationship between our nations,” Deputy Minister Shoniyin noted.For his part, Health Ministry Deputy Minister for Administration, Matthew Flomo, described the ambulances as the best ever donated to the country, and announced that one of them would be given to the G.N. Davies Hospital, whose patients are mainly women and children.He indicated that the other ambulance would be given to another hospital yet to be decided.He said that the Ministry has already responded to the donation with a ‘US$35,000 project’ from the Foreign Ministry, which would solely be used to purchase spare parts to maintain the ambulances.“We hope to maintain these ambulances for the years ahead,” Deputy Minister Flomo said.Meanwhile, in separate interviews, the Protocol Officer at the Health Ministry, Joseph Yarpkai and a Physician Assistance, asigned in Grand Kru, Titus Kettor, described the ambulances, as ‘mini health centers.’Mr. Ibrahim Cuvoglu and Prince J.Y. Jallabah, both staff of the Liberian Consulate office in Turkey, said the Turkish donations are merely ‘minor evidence’ of the work that will be done, when the Counsel General designate is officially appointed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Observer Publisher Calls for Laws to Empower Liberians in Business

first_imgDaily Observer publisher and  managing director,  Kenneth Y. Best has described as “tragic and unfortunate” the dominance of foreigners in the Liberian economy.  He  called for the passage of a strong, enforceable laws to protect Liberian participation in the national economy.In a strongly worded keynote address at the opening of a two-day workshop organized by the Liberian Business Association (LIBA),  with sponsorship from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mr. Best emphasized that Liberian economy is vulnerable to foreign  and alien domination  because there are no  strong laws to protect Liberians in the sector.  “This is not the case in Nigeria or Ghana, where any foreigner intending to do business in the country must have a local partner.  But in Liberia, you can see Lebanese, Indians and Fulas dominating every sector of our commerce, behind counters doing work that Liberians should  be doing.”Mr. Best questioned the roles of the Ministries of Justice and Labor, which dish out to foreigners the Residence and Work Permits, and the Ministry of Commerce, which issues licenses without any question whatsoever of any Liberian participation.  He wondered whether the officials of these ministries are there for citizens of the country or for foreigners as they (foreigners) continue to dominate Liberian economy.“This must stop! He declared, adding, “See our youths in this country on the streets selling chewing gum, candy and biscuit and doing other petty trade while Lebanese, Indians, Chinese and Fulani youth and other aliens own shops and stores in our land, employing their own kith and kin to do work that Liberians should be doing.  Do we really love this country?” Mr. Best asked.  As a result of foreign dominance in the Liberian economy, he said, most new buildings in our capital city, Monrovia, are being erected by foreigners while Liberians live in slums and in some cases dilapidated buildings in their own country.He called on participants of the workshop to “think, plan and initiate strategically.  You must be people of vision—think about what you want for yourselves, your families and your country tomorrow, not just today.  I warn you that if we as Liberians do not, other people are thinking and planning strategically about how to further enslave us in our own country.  And many foreigners are determined to keep Liberians out of the business sector and keep them in continual poverty.We cannot and must not allow this to happen! The skills you acquire here in these next two days you should take back to your counties and train others so that they may be empowered to train even more of our people in business.”The keynote speaker challenged the participants to make strategic plans and initiatives in order for business to flourish in the Liberian interior—business run by Liberians!  “You should be innovative,” he told the participants.  “Enter the grocery business, the building materials business, the motel and hotel business.  Liberians in Ganta and Zwedru are already going running motels, hotels and other profitable businesses–so can you.”He once visited Kaweaken in River Gee County and found to his pleasant surprise that the biggest store in town was owned by a Liberian and his wife.   He cautioned the participants and the Liberian people in general to watch the activities of their elected officials—their lawmakers in particular, and vote out those who will not live by the terms of contract.  “If your legislators will not pass laws that directly affect your interest as citizens and owners of this land, vote them out and vote in people who will help you to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.”In addition to comment on the frustrating situation facing Liberian businesses, the assertive keynote speaker intoned that many Liberians who are fortunate today used Liberian resources to enrich themselves and their children, but have not attentive to the development of the country.He noted that patriotism is also lacking in Liberians; so that they think only about how they and their children can benefit from the country without anything going to it (country).According to him, some Liberians used proceeds from rubber and other resources to capacitate themselves and send their children abroad at early ages to learn, but they have forgotten the very country that gave them the capacity.“Most of these parents were themselves  educated at the  College of West Africa (CWA), St. Patrick’s, Monrovia College, Liberia College and the University of Liberia, and other local learning institutions.  But when God blessed them and they made money, mainly from rubber, instead of giving back the Liberian schools who made them who they became, the sent their children, at tender ages, to England, other European countries and America.  This robbed these children of the knowledge of Liberian culture; nor did they learn to know and love their people and country.  So when they returned, only a handful of these most highly privileged children are giving back anything to their country.  Yet it is they who should today be the captains of commerce and industry in Liberia, not these Lebanese and Indians.  But these  privileged Liberians are missing in action.  I consider this to be very, very sad.  It means we have lost several generations of Liberians who should now be in control of our economy.Citing a reference on the Dennis family to which Chamber of Commerce President Francis A. Dennis belongs, Mr. Best recalled that the parents of this gentlemen spent most of their time in the Liberian diplomatic service abroad.  But when their children completed high school abroad, the parents decided to send them  back home to Cuttington, where they learned to know and love their people and country.  Look what F.A. Dennis alone has accomplished!  Over 14 years of credible and outstanding service as president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment.  Today he is president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, said Mr. Best.  The two-day LIBA Business Workshop is intended to benefit 40 Liberian business entrepreneurs who are all members of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA).The opening session was attended by UNDP Economic Advisor, Janice James, Liberia Chamber of Commerce President Francis A. Dennis, LIBA’s President Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah, a representative of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and other executives of LIBA.Ms. James commended LIBA for the bold initiatives it has taken in taking LIBA country-wide. She said UNDP was happy to assist the organization with this kind of empowerment that will train the participants to go out and train others.In remarks, Chamber of Commerce president Francis A. Dennis cautioned LIBA members to avoid attempting to bribe  authorities and take a legal stand whenever anyone attempts to close their businesses down illegally.Bribing inspectors and other authorities is responsible for dishonesty, and if it can be eliminated, entrepreneurs should record transactions between them and those concerned to have evidence and take them to task when they infringe on the rights of business people.Meanwhile, the concern for protection of Liberian-owned businesses has not only been expressed by the Daily Observer publisher.In President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s annual address last year, she stressed the need for enforcement of the Liberianization Policy which sets aside certain number of businesses to be exclusively owned and operated by Liberians.The Liberianization  Policy regarding business under the Investment Incentive  Act of 2010, sets aside for exclusive Liberian participation businesses valued at   less than US$50,000.  These include the supply of sand, water, block making, peddling, travel agency, retail sale of rice and cement, ice making and sale of ice, tire repair shops, auto repair shop.She also promised government’s commitment to prioritizing local content—a policy that seeks to allow foreign companies to give first preference to Liberian made products in procurement process.Early last year following the President’s annual Message, Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy at a dinner organized by the Chamber of Commerce said he was going to fully implement the Liberianization Policy as long as it was  crafted by the government for implementation.A Lebanese businessman recently  noted that Liberians were not in the position to do cold water business, for example, because they are not financially capacitated.Minister Addy said whether financially capacitated or not, he was going to implement the policy.However, since that  pronouncement last year, Liberians are yet to feel the impact of the Liberianization  policy as foreigners and aliens continue to pour into Liberia daily  to do business.The motor cycle transport business is another example.   This business was supposed to be reserved for Liberian youths, to empower them to reduce their unemployment and poverty.  But the motorbike business has today been taken over by Guineans, Sierra Leoneans and Fulani, with Liberians unable to compete.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rediscover Fort St. John by becoming a tourist

first_imgThe annual, “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” week kicks off this Saturday with a charity barbeque and Amazing Race.Deanna Hill from the Visitors Centre says anyone interested in participating in the Amazing Race has until Wednesday to sign up. [asset|aid=1451|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ea68868b9bd7d1a686f714f7d9cca74f-Hill 1_2_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -On Saturday, profits from the Charity Barbeque will go towards the SPCA. Later on through the week, the Visitors Center will hold events like Taste of the Town and partner with Moose FM to give away prizes. The entire week is meant for residents to rediscover all that Fort St. John has to offer. Participants will rediscover attractions, businesses and activities that are available in the area. Advertisement Hill says many people don’t know that the Center can help plan trips throughout British Columbia and Canada. She also says she hopes participants will become more knowledgeable about the City after the week is over. [asset|aid=1452|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ea68868b9bd7d1a686f714f7d9cca74f-Hill 2_1_Pub.mp3]For more information on the week, visit www.Energeticcity.ca and click on the Events page.Advertisementlast_img read more

Goals galore! Twitter reacts to Chelsea’s thrilling 6-3 win at Everton

first_img1 Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring against Everton Nine goals in any game is bound to send Twitter into meltdown and so it proved when Chelsea incredibly beat Everton 6-3 at Goodison Park.Unsurprisingly, the match was jam packed with incidents as Diego Costa, who many thought would miss out through injury, fired the visitors in front after just 45 seconds.Branislav Ivanovic made it 2-0 just two minutes later as Toffees supporters rubbed their eyes in disbelief, but Kevin Mirallas offered some hope with a header shortly before half-time.But no one could have predicted what would unfold in the second half, when five goals in the space of ten minutes and 34 seconds left supporters absolutely breathless.Chelsea grabbed three of those to Everton’s two to make the score 5-3 in the Blues’ favour, and all that was left was for Costa to add his second in injury-time to cap a mad evening on Merseyside.People barely had time to react to what was unfolding on Twitter but talkSPORT was on hand to collect the best comments. Check out the finest below.last_img read more

Jerome Valcke sacked as secretary general of FIFA

first_imgJerome Valcke has been sacked as secretary general of crisis-hit FIFA.Valcke, who has been in the role since 2007, was suspended in September following allegations he had colluded to sell 2014 World Cup tickets above face value.A meeting of of FIFA’s emergency committee has now decided to dismiss the Frenchman from the organisation.A FIFA statement said: “The FIFA emergency committee decided to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA secretary general with immediate effect. Jerome Valcke is therefore no longer the secretary general of FIFA.“The employment relationship between FIFA and Jerome Valcke has also been terminated.“The duties of the secretary general will continue to be assumed by the acting secretary general, Dr Markus Kattner.”Valcke is facing a nine-year ban from FIFA after an ethics investigation into several alleged offences including being connected to black market sales of World Cup tickets.FIFA’s investigatory chamber finished its probe last week and has recommended a nine-year ban and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs (£69,000) on charges including conflicts of interest and offering and accepting gifts and other benefits.Valcke was suspended after allegations were made claiming he planned to benefit from black market World Cup ticket sales. He has denied any wrongdoing, saying his conduct had always been “exemplary”.It is the second time Valcke has been sacked by FIFA – he was dismissed in December 2006 as marketing director after an American judge said he had lied repeatedly during FIFA’s botched sponsorship negotiations with rival card giants MasterCard and Visa.Less than eight months later, however, he was back in FIFA as second in command to president Sepp Blatter, who himself has been banned for eight years by the ethics committee. Jerome Valcke 1last_img read more

EURO 2016: COLEMAN AND GIVEN SET TO START IN CRUNCH CLASH WITH GEORGIA

first_imgShay GivenDonegal’s Shay Given and Seamus Coleman are expected to take their place in Ireland’s XI for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Georgia.Georgia stunned Scotland on Friday night when a first-half goal from Valeri Kazaishvili gave the hosts a shock win.It was a huge boost for Martin O’Neill’s Irish side who desperately needed Scotland to drop points. The pendulum has now swung firmly back in Ireland’s quest for qualification and a win tonight is a must.If Ireland win and Scotland fail to defeat World champions Germany at Hampden Park this evening – then O’Neill’s side will be four points ahead of Gordon Strachan’s side with just TWO games remaining.Ireland have to face Poland away before completing their campaign at home to Germany in October.Seamus Coleman sat out Ireland’s comfortable 4-0 win over Gibraltar due to a hamstring strain and his stand-in Cyrus Christie scored a fine goal. However, Coleman is expected to regain his place for tonight’s crunch clash at the Aviva.Shay Given delivered an assured display in Faro on Friday night and kept another clean sheet.He’ll be between the sticks again tonight and his experience will be vital against a side who gave Ireland plenty of problems in their first clash in Tbilisi last September.COYBIGEURO 2016: COLEMAN AND GIVEN SET TO START IN CRUNCH CLASH WITH GEORGIA was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

HSE ISSUES PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING OVER ILLNESS CAUGHT FROM RATS

first_imgTHE HSE has today issued a public health warning over an illness normally spread by rats but which can be spread through domestic pets after several people got the illness here.Leptospirosis is an infection frequently found both in domestic and wild animals, which can spread to humans through contact.Leptospirosis in Ireland is usually picked up from rats, although a milder form can be caught from cattle or dogs. Most times the infection causes a flu-like illness, with a persistent and severe headache. A few people can develop meningitis and occasionally it can develop into Weil’s disease. Dr Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Public Health Medicine in the North West said, “As this is the start time for outdoor activities and people also start cleaning out sheds etc they should be aware of the infection and take the basic precautions but pay particular attention to covering any cuts or abrasions with a waterproof dressing.“The infection is spread through contact with rats, or rat, cattle or dog urine or foetal fluids from cattle. Infected urine or contaminated water can be found in sewers, ditches, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers and river banks. Rat urine may also contaminate animal feed stuffs on farms.“There have been a small number of Leptospirosis cases in the North West in the recent weeks and I would urge people to take the following simple precautions. If you get a flu-like illness within a three week period after engaging in any activity which could have brought you in contact with the infection, you should visit your doctor immediately, and tell her or him of your concerns and possible exposure to dirty or stagnant water.”How is Leptospirosis spread? The infection is spread through contact with rats, or rat, cattle or dog urine or foetal fluids from cattle.How might I catch it?If you are in contact with infected urine, the bacteria which causes leptospirosis can get into your body through cuts and scratches and through the lining of the mouth, throat and eyes.Where might I catch it?Infected urine or contaminated water can be found in sewers, ditches, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers and river banks. Rat urine may also contaminate animal feed stuffs on farms. Who is at risk of Leptospirosis?· Those who fish swim or use the water for other recreational purposes, people who engage in outdoor pursuits in contaminated areas, farmers, workers in contact with canal or river water, vets, meat inspectors, butchers, abattoir and sewer workers.· Dog owners and those who work with dogs may be at risk if hygiene is inadequate.· Recent cases have occurred in golfers who have been infected while retrieving golf balls from stagnant pools. High risk water includes stagnant, dirty-looking or obviously polluted fresh water found in ditches, drains, ponds, lakes or rivers. Sea water poses very little risk.What precautions should I take?· Do not go swimming or boating in water which is obviously polluted.· Cover any cuts or abrasions with a waterproof dressing while swimming or canoeing.· Shower thoroughly following water activities.· Make sure the sporting clothing you wear minimises your contact with water.· Wash your hands after handling any animal or contaminated clothing and always before eating, drinking or smoking.· Clean any cuts acquired during swimming, fishing or other near-water activities. Apply first aid as soon as possible.· Rinse dogs who have been swimming in high risk water to reduce the risk of infection.· High risk workers should always wear their personal protective equipment and clothing at all times when in high risk situations.Remember!If you get a flu-like illness within a three week period after engaging in any of these activities you should visit your doctor immediately, and tell her or him of your concerns and possible exposure to dirty or stagnant water.HSE ISSUES PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING OVER ILLNESS CAUGHT FROM RATS was last modified: May 15th, 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:HSELeptospirosispublic health warningratslast_img read more

Raider Richie Incognito on drugs, booze, fights and ‘crazy stuff’

first_imgIn a revelatory — and disturbing — new TV interview, controversial Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito insists that he’s not a “ticking time bomb.”“I hope not. I think history will suggest that I am,” Incognito tells reporter Bernie Goldberg during a segment for “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that airs on Tuesday (10 p.m., HBO). “But I really am working hard to kind of differentiate from that person and really not make the same mistakes that I have made before to put me in those …last_img read more

JSE launches International Derivatives

first_imgThomson said that in the past, participating in international markets was an onerous process with complex administrative and approval requirements. Offshore investing Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Expanded list 5 November 2008 IDX plans to expand by including additional markets and companies over time, with futures on select US and Asian stocks, available from the first quarter of 2009. SAinfo reporter “We will hopefully list further derivatives products according to market appetite and we believe there will be great demand for these investment opportunities,” he said. The JSE has partnered with Deutsche Bank to launch International Derivatives (IDX), a new asset class that allows South African investors to trade single stock futures on internationally listed companies for the first time. “This is a new landmark in trading for the JSE,” JSE trading head Allan Thomson said in a statement this week. “For the first time, local investors will be able to gain exposure to international companies without dealing with an offshore bank or broker.” Thomson pointed out that individuals and corporate investors would not have any exchange control restrictions when trading International Derivatives on the JSE, though the fund management industry would have to comply with their foreign portfolio allowances. JSE derivatives specialist Magnus de Wet said that investing offshore played an important role in building a diversified investment portfolio. “The international companies being listed include companies from the oil and gal, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors,” he said. “This allows South African investors to further diversify their portfolios internationally, and in different industries.” Deutsche Bank will provide liquidity on futures over 21 top European companies, selected from both the FTSE 100 and DJ Eurostoxx 50 benchmark indices. The companies include major multinational corporations such as BP, GlaxoSmithKline, LVMH, Nokia and Vodafone. “In contrast, International Derivatives contracts can be traded through a JSE registered broker in the same way you would purchase any local derivatives product.” “This is an exciting initiative which provides SA investors convenient access to foreign markets” said Deutsche Securities equities head Max Koep. The contracts are priced and settled in South African rands, meaning that investors will benefit if the rand depreciates – and as such, De Wet anticipated that discerning investors would use International Derivatives as a rand hedge.last_img read more