Chinese Gov’t Donates Drugs, Equipment to Fight Ebola

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the Mano River Union basin, the Government of the People’s Republic of China Monday, August 11, donated US$1.7 million worth of assorted anti-Ebola materials to help support the efforts of the Government and people of Liberia.Speaking Monday at the handing over ceremony held at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Yue Zhang, said Liberia and China are one community and the government of China will continue to be a partner to Liberia.“The government of China is donating drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometer guns and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.”According to the Ambassador, the Chinese government is providing US$5 million worth of assorted materials to the Mano River Union MRU nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, to help contain the epidemic.He further disclosed that, in addition to supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the Government of China is sending three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.“They are coming to help the health workers in Liberia, because some of the products are made in China and so, they need to advise the health practitioners on how to use those things as well as other necessary support that will kick the epidemic from Liberia,” Mr. Zhang said. The Chinese Ambassador said, the drugs provided to the Government of Liberia to combat the deadly Ebola virus will help to suppress the epidemic and those affected by the virus. “The equipment donated to Liberia is valued US$1.7 million in addition to donation we provided to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Ambassador disclosed. “The Government of China also provided a special cargo jet to deliver these assorted materials to the three countries and on time.”Asked whether the Chinese government had plans to evacuate its citizens from Liberia due to the epidemic, Amb. Zhang said his government is not advising its citizens to leave Liberia, rather he urged them to follow the advice given by Liberian health authorities, including hand-washing, avoidance of bodily contact and reporting of suspected cases, among others, for the safety of those in Liberia.According to the ambassador, China and Liberia, as well as the rest of Africa are one common community with the mind of holding each other, especially during such an emergency, adding that in 2010, the African countries were equally there for China.Receiving the assorted materials among others on behalf of the Government of Liberia, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sylvester Grigsby, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government of the People’s Republic of China, describing it as timely in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Grigsby said the assorted materials donated will help the government contain the epidemic in Liberia and ensure that more lives can be saved in the process.“This will enhance the government’s efforts in supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. We are very happy as it will help us reach the various counties and fight the virus.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Change Has Come: What to Hope for?

first_img“Change for Hope” was President George Weah’s slogan and rallying cry throughout his presidential campaign. Whatever way he and members of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) interpret it, anyone coming across the slogan during the campaign will understand it as an imperative phrase telling the people to change the existing leadership for hope for a better future.This hope, as the slogan portrays, evokes the enthusiasm that it is the CDC that can provide it, and therefore voters had no choice but to prioritize electing George Weah and the CDC into national leadership.In compliance with the dictate of the slogan, candidate Weah received overwhelming votes in both the first and second rounds of the 2017 election, thereby leading him to the highest seat of the land.The change has now come and it is time to hope, but what do we hope for?This question brings to mind many answers: free education, reduction in prices of basic locally produced and imported commodities, low transport fares, drastically lower the foreign exchange rate, and the list goes on.All these and many others cannot be done miraculously in a day; they rather take time and hard work to accomplish.Nevertheless, there are few urgent priorities to consider that are expected to impact mainly the youth of Liberia. The first and foremost is to institute a strong, enforceable law against the importation and sale of narcotic substances that are overwhelming the country. As though to underscore the very serious challenges facing this new Weah Administration, just before the inauguration, some aliens were caught at the Roberts International Airport with different kinds of narcotic substances.These illegal substances are brought into the country and the vulnerable youth, popularly referred to as “ZOGOS,” have become addicted and prone to various psychological and medical illnesses. As evidence shows, those young men and women taking in these drugs are all over the city in filthy appearances, committing theft of phones and purses and other items, from innocent people. These are people who have pledged their loyalty to you, Mr. President, for hope after change has been made. In a country where there is hardly any efficient and effective mental home or psychiatric institution, creating a law to restrict the importation and consumption of narcotic substances is one way of bringing hope to our youth.Another thing to consider, Mr. President, is refining the education sector, which will ensure that our young  people are going to acquire knowledge. As your predecessor noted several years ago, Liberia’s “education system is a mess,” and since this pronouncement in March of 2012, there has been no effective reform in the sector up to the time the Sirleaf Administration came to an end last Monday, when you took the oath of office as Liberia’s President. Most Liberian students are functionally illiterate because there are no libraries or even available books they can read. One of President Sirleaf’s Education Ministers, George Werner, who happens to retain his job under the Weah Administration, is on record for stating publicly in local Kru language that “Education is nonsense.” This clearly shows how this cardinal sector that is the bedrock of any society has remained in ruins for the past 12 years without much attention.The concern for revamping the education sector for the youth should not only be a matter of bringing books, building new schools and training more teachers; the government must also institute measures to fight academic malpractices, including sex and money for grades.We feel compelled also to mention at this point the nation’s premier university, the University of Liberia. It has over time been marred by violent protests that some have no substantial reasons for carrying out. As a result of the violent protests all too frequently at the UL campus, academic activities are often delayed, to the detriment of many students who wish to study within the four-year scope set by this university.In his Inaugural Address yesterday, President Weah said that he is prepared to fight corruption to the end; warning that any official caught stealing public funds will be fully prosecuted in accordance with the law.Good!Many people expected to hear what President Weah had to say in his Inaugural Address on the economy, culture, transportation, infrastructure and even a robust program to revive national sports and other critical issues. But this issue of corruption was the only one he emphasized. It is a cardinal issue that affects all sectors and it must be addressed to give Liberians hope – that this Administration has truly come with genuine “hope for change” – positive and real change, devoid of the cancerous evil of corruption that has caused Liberia to remain for generations a failed state.However, the Daily Observer is also convinced that addressing the two issues raised in this Editorial — fighting the proliferation of drugs that are destroying our young people’s future, and education — are matters which, if effectively and seriously addressed by this new administration, will bring real hope to Liberian youth, setting them on a deliberate and sustained path to a better future.When President Weah was speaking to a group of “ZOGOS” on the day Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor celebrated her birthday, January 18, he made a very serious point: “If there would be change as we all expect,” he told them,  “you [yourselves] should also be willing to change.”This is a challenge to the “ZOGOS,” but how do they change when what is leading them into their unpleasant, even destructive situation remains unaddressed? This is why we are also suggesting that if there would be change and hope for a better future for our youth, government must take actions to address the two issues that may impede, even frustrate the change we all, but most especially our youth, hope and yearn for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

6-union deal a `pretty rich contract’

first_img“It is troubling given the perilous financial situation facing the city and all local government. They have to be careful in what they are promising workers and the public.” But City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson, who headed the city’s negotiating team, said she believes the proposal is fair to both sides. “We require the unions to find specific savings that will continue year after year for them to get certain benefits,” Sisson said. “And while we agreed to sit down and talk if our revenues exceed expectations, there is no requirement that we increase the contract.” The deal calls for salary increases of 14.25 percent over the next five years for all workers, with an additional 8.25 percent for workers at top pay levels in the last three years of the contract. The deal means thousands of city workers will see salary increases of about 23 percent – well above the controversial 16.8 percent salary deal recently negotiated for Department of Water and Power workers. Total cost of the six-union salary deal is estimated at $273 million. In a statement on its Web site, union coalition leaders said the contract is unprecedented “not only because of what we fought hard to get, but because of how we got there.” “By working as a coalition, city unions were able to support each other, increase our strength and earn greater respect from the city. “Instead of letting the city pit one union against another, we stuck together and were able to negotiate a better package that works for everybody.” Few details of the package have been released as union membership debates whether to ratify the deal. The contract also must still be approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The union Web site says the contract includes an increase in “flex cash” payments in the last year of the deal if workers find $25 million in savings or efficiencies. It would provide monthly payments of $115 for full-time and $57.50 for part-time workers. Kyser said he is concerned about the contract because it comes amid a drop in the housing market and property values, which are reflected in lower tax revenues to local government. “I would expect to see people asking the Assessor’s Office to revalue their property to try to reduce their property taxes,” Kyser said. “If that happens on a large scale, then the cities and school districts will be losing a lot of money.” He also noted the deal is coming as the city is asking voters to approve retaining a telephone-users tax and as the DWP is looking to raise both water and electric rates. “We are facing perilous times in local government,” Kyser said. But Councilman Bernard Parks, chairman of the council Budget Committee and one of the council’s more fiscally conservative members, defended the proposed agreement. “You have to look at this in a couple of ways,” Parks said. “If you consider that these are the same workers who three years ago agreed to take no pay increase and this is a five-year contract, then we are looking at it in an eight-year window. “Also, these are some of the lower-paid workers in the city. If we are going to seek parity with the DWP, we have to begin somewhere with these workers.” Parks said he does not believe the contract will set a precedent for deals with police and firefighters – the highest-paid workers in the city. “We are going to have to get a message out that we are holding the line,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: Economist calls city agreement with cash incentives troubling. Councilman says “these are some of the lower-paid workers.” By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER A five-year salary deal with six Los Angeles unions includes incentives that could boost the cost of the contract by 10 percent to nearly $300 million, city officials conceded Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Details of the proposed deal, outlined on the union coalition’s Web site, include flexible payments to approximately 22,000 workers if they find $25 million in cost savings citywide by the final year. City officials have hailed the cost-saving provision of the deal, but admitted Wednesday that the cash payouts to workers would offset most, if not all, of the savings. The contract also calls for salary negotiations to be reopened if city revenues top projections by 3 percent, an unprecedented provision since most contracts are based on cost-of-living or inflation measures. It also does not allow terms of the contract to be reduced if city revenues drop. “It’s a pretty rich contract,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. last_img read more

Light the torch: It’s time for the Anti-Globalization Games

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I just love anti-globalization demonstrators. Not only do they provide an endless well of material and bring a touch of tear gas to otherwise dull World Bank and G-8 meetings, but they’re always full of surprises. The surprise isn’t that they’re protesting at the drop of a hat, but how the venues picked for their rabble-rousing can have so little relation to the topic of protest. Like the Olympics. Italian authorities didn’t so much fear al-Qaida-style disruption of the Turin Games, but have been on edge about the anarchist and anti-globalization contingents doing what they do best at one of the most inopportune times. Perhaps worry stemmed from the January incident in which protesters snatched the Olympic torch from Italian track star Eleanora Berlanda as the flame passed through the town of Trento. “I tried to hold on to the torch but they were pulling on it, and my wrist was being turned, so I had to let go of it,” she told the AP. Protests against a high-speed rail link from Turin to Lyon, France, forced organizers to change the Olympic torch route. At another stop, two protesters tried to smother the flame with a banner. God, they hate that torch! Might they think it symbolizes the all-consuming flame of capitalism eating away at their vision of utopia? In reality, the ultra-left, ultra-insistent protesters only need one occasion to engage in uncivil disobedience: a camera rolling. And – gasp! – corporate sponsors. The Olympics have them in spades – 39 percent of revenue for Turin, according to BusinessWeek. Because, as any good globalization opponent will tell you, it’s all the corporations’ fault. Everything. The Anti-Globalization Games are pretty much the same in winter and summer, and they’d never wait two years for the games to begin. When not perfecting their Molotov-cocktail throwing or boxing skills with local law enforcement, participants may be found competing in the Run from the Rubber Bullets, the Windowpane Smash-a-thon or Auto Rocking. The medals look more like handcuffs, and the podium ceremony is likely to be in a courtroom. These protesters were en force at the Athens Games, holding banners aloft reading “Destroy Olympics” and defacing walls with sayings such as “f— the Olym-pigs.” “With regard to the Olympic Games we say that Greece’s transformation into a fortress, NATO’s involvement, the presence and activities of foreign intelligence units show clearly that (the Olympics) are not a festival like Games organizers say, but it’s a war,” a group named Revolutionary Struggle – which began bombings in Greece in 2003 – said in a statement at the time. The Open Assembly of Anarchists-Antiauthoritarians in Athens wrote, “The olympic games are a front-window of capitalism and domination itself. An advertisement for the world of class slavery and for the means to impose it. A global gala, sealing in one more level the cooperation of the local bosses with multinational corporations, international political staffs and agencies of repression. … The olympics, as the bosses’ Grand Idea, propagandized by the whole spectrum of the authoritarian system (political parties, financial institutions and the Media) is a contemporary ideological machine to extract social consent, consisting of the most conservative figures, such as nationalism, to the most modern ‘values’ of consumerism and ‘voluntary’ offer of unpaid labor in the service of the bosses.” Still awake? And here we thought the Games were figure skating and the luge! So to the legions of black-shirted, bottle-wielding protesters, I say, give it a rest, and let people play some games in Turin. Maybe we can find some willing corporate sponsors for the next Anti-Globalization Games – matchbook companies, banner-makers and glass-repair services. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at read more

Steven Gerrard’s cousin set for Liverpool after confirming Man City exit

first_img REVEALED LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND Due to a contract dispute with City the youngster didn’t play any academy football last season but represented the Three Lions.Now he has departed tohe Etihad and is expected to follow his cousin and Anfield icon Steven Gerrard in wearing the red of Liverpool.In a statement posted to his Instagram account, Duncan said: “It’s been an amazing 6 years at Manchester City.“It was a difficult decision for me and my family but the time is right for a new challenge and to fulfil my dreams and potential elsewhere.” The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino targets RANKED take zlat Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The youngster could be moving to Liverpool Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ blunder Steven Gerrard’s cousin is set move from Manchester City to Liverpool after announcing his departure from the Premier League champions.Bobby Duncan, who has represented England at Under-17 level, has been on City’s books for the last six years. targets 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Duncan is rated as one of the most talented teenagers in the English game.Losing him is another blow for City’s academy after they were unable to keep hold of another starlet, Jadon Sancho.Sancho, also an Under-17 England international, joined Borussia Dortmund last summer having believed City would not be the best place for his development.last_img read more


first_imgMartin McDermott, the man convicted of the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin, has been handed back to Gardai.He had absconded from Loughan House in Cavan and was found in Derry the following day.He was jailed for four months but was officially handed back to Gardai by the PSNI this morning. The Raphoe man may face a further sentence for absconding from the low security prison.He is behind bars at Castlerea tonight.MCDERMOTT HANDED BACK TO GARDAI BY PSNI was last modified: June 1st, 2012 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)last_img read more

49ers pregame: Garcon, Ward trade bait; Richburg, Savage inactive

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Two days before the NFL trade deadline and a couple 49ers have surfaced on the rumor mill.Wide receiver Pierre Garçon and defensive back Jimmie Ward are drawing interest, according to reports from ESPN and Sports Illustrated.San Francisco 49ers’ Pierre Garcon (15) reacts to call against Carolina Panthers in the third quarter of their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, September 10, 2017. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)Garçon offers veteran …last_img read more

Students of 2 JNU departments boycott classes

first_imgStudents of two departments of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday boycotted classes against the administration’s compulsory attendance order.Students from the School of International Studies and School of Languages did not turn up for classes after the JNU Students Union gave a call for boycotting lectures. “Students boycotted their classes and attendance to give a firm message to teachers who are coercing students to give attendance and the JNU Vice-Chancellor, who is trying to impose an illegal policy measure which was never part of or was discussed in the Academic Council meeting,” the union said in a statement.The union has called for boycott of classes in the other departments on Wednesday, which include School of Social Sciences, Arts and Aesthetics and those of the science department. “Students complied on their own with the strike. Barring one or two, no one attended classes. The boycott was observed throughout,” Yashaswani Sehrawat, an international studies scholar at the varsity, told IANS. The students’ protest is over an administration order which mandated minimum 75 per cent attendance for all students to qualify for exams. Scholars are refusing to comply with the order calling it against the JNU culture and arguing that making them lecture-bound would hamper the otherwise free flow of knowledge.last_img read more

AB de Villiers welcomes birth of second child with wife Danielle

first_imgSouth Africa ODI skipper AB de Villiers and his wife Danielle, who were expecting their second child, have welcomed the birth of baby boy.Confirming the news, the de Villiers took to his Instagram account and revealed the birth of John Richard de Villiers.”Now we are 4! Praise the Lord for this amazing blessing in our lives. John Richard de Villiers was born at 11am on Monday the 17th and both Danielle and John are safe at home. My wife is the most amazing woman and once again showed incredible courage and strength through all of this,” de Villiers wrote on Instagram.The couple, who got married in 2013, already has a two-year-old son, Abraham de Villiers, reports Sport24.Earlier this month, South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis, who is also one of De Villiers’ best friends, also welcomed the birth of his first child with his wife.last_img read more

Oppo Reno 10X Zoom key specs and price leak ahead of launch

first_imgOppo’s highly anticipated Reno phone has been leaking from every direction over the past few weeks, and it’s getting pretty clear what to expect now. The Oppo Reno phone will come in two models, a mid-range version with a Snapdragon 710 chipset and a top-end flagship with a Snapdragon 855 SoC and a Periscope zoom camera. A few hours ago, tipster Ishan Agarwal shared some key specs of the flagship model, that could be called Oppo Reno 10X Zoom.According to Agarwal, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom will come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The handset will sport an OLED display with a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which seems right considering the display will have no notch or hole-punch cutout. The tipster could not provide the screen size of the smartphone, but past report suggest a 6.4-inch display with a FHD+ (2340×1080) resolution. The handset will measure 162.0×77.2×9.3mm and weigh 215 grams.I have some exclusive info about OPPO ‘Reno 10X Zoom’ (Yes, that’s probably the off. name) for you all.-> 162.0×77.2×9.3mm, 215g,-> ColorOS 6.0-> SD 855-> 8GB+256GB-> OLED Display-> Screen Ratio: 93.1%Camera Specs Leak coming later! :)PS: Img not mine.#OPPOReno#OPPO Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) April 3, 2019The tipster mentions that the official name of the Oppo Reno flagship phone could be Oppo Reno 10X Zoom, which is a direct reference to the phone’s biggest USP – the Periscope zoom camera. The flagship is said to come with a 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom camera. In addition to the Periscope camera, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom will get two more rear cameras that may include a 48MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor for depth sensing.advertisementA separate leak this week claims to know the official pricing of the Oppo Reno flagship in Vietnam. The phone is tipped to cost between VND 1.4M (approx Rs 37,000) and VND 1.5M (approx Rs 40,000) depending on the storage variant. In addition to the latest information, the top-end Oppo Reno is said to house a 4,065mAh battery with support for 50W fast charging. It will also come with an unusual angular pop-up selfie camera. Oppo VP Brian Shen has confirmed that the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom will have a copper tube and liquid cooling, while the mid-range Reno will get a graphite sheet. The Oppo Reno will go official on in China on April 10.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno roundup: 10x zoom, pop-up selfie camera, Snapdragon 855 SoC and everything else we know so farlast_img read more