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first_imgWith the dire needs of Ebola centers to get more support  from local and international partners to carry out smoothly  their operations, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated several items, including used  clothes, lappas, bed sheets, chlorine and disinfectants, to ELWA Ebola Center II.The donation was made last Friday.Speaking during the donation ceremony in Monrovia, the country director for Liberia OSIWA, Madam Massa Crayton, her organization’s  donation came about as an effort to help eradicate the Ebola disease in the country.She said she understood that Ebola is being kicked out of the country, noting that the cases are reducing. At the same time, however, everyone should join in the fight against the killer disease.“We decided to donate these items to help fight the disease because OSIWA is an organization that takes  initiatives.”She called on all Liberians global partners to help fight the disease and save the country from the disaster.The manager of ELWA Ebola Center II, Mr. Nathaniel Dovillie, expressed  appreciation to OSIWA for the support which the organization continues to give in the fight against Ebola. He recalled that OSIWA recently donated a Toyota Pickup to the health Ministry in the fight against the virus.The ELWA ETU II center had  been working tirelessly in making sure that patients who get to the Ebola center receive better treatment and make sure that more lives are saved.“We are now reporting empty beds and there are not enough patients in the Ebola center.Mr.Dovellie gave the OSIWA delegation the good news that 15 persons were being discharged last Friday or Saturday.He said the center had discharge nine Ebola survivors last week and there were 48 cases of Ebola in the center as of Friday.  The center is doing all it can to release more survivors shortly.OSIWA follows the development of open societies by supporting and building partnerships with local and regional groups that promote inclusive democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and active citizenship.The organization helped create and spin off the West Africa Civil Society Institute, a pioneering institution dedicated to building and strengthening civil society organizations. The initiative also supports public education and awareness-raising activities on human rights issues, natural resources management, and freedom of information. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is active in 10 countries in the region (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone) and focuses on law, justice and human rights, and economic and political governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe President of Liberia,  Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  recently announced the setting up of a Tourism Exploratory Committee headed by Dr. Dawn Barnes, to assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.  First of all, if we take into consideration the Law under which the Ministry of Information currently exists, then the Bureau of Culture and Tourism should not be a part of the Ministry.The whole “new idea” of separating Tourism from the Ministry of Information is something that has been in the making since 2013 when Dr. Barnes and others drafted an Act to create the Liberia National Tourism Authority.  A technical working committee, headed by the Ministry of Information, and comprising representatives from the Liberia Maritime Authority, National Investment Commission, the Environmental Protection Authority and others, was set up by the Governance Commission with the following mandate:Review all laws relating to the establishment of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, including PRC Decrees;Determine all laws to be amended or repealed relevant to the establishment of the Liberia National Tourism Authority;Research and establish the legal status of the Tourism Bureau and the Tourism Board;Determine functions proposed in the Act that may conflict with other existing entities; andReceive, analyze and incorporate institutional comments.The Committee was to work for a period of ten days,  beginning from its formation,  and report back to the Governance Commission. It has been a year since then and now an exploratory committee, comprising a member of the Technical working group, Ms. Barkue Tubman and Dr. Barnes who drafted the Act, has been set up to get things moving again.While I wholeheartedly welcome the move by President Sirleaf, there are first a few things that I would like to reflect upon as the Committee gears up for the task ahead.There is a lot of talk about the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) not doing much to uplift Liberia’s culture and Tourism image. Some people may say yes, but I disagree; and I would like to delve beneath the surface to find out the true source of the problem by being brutally frank here.  First, let’s go back to the draft Liberia National Tourism Authority Act:  “ the Act seeks to establish the Liberia National Tourism Authority, LNTA, as the principal government agency charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote, and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and employment in Liberia; to spread the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sector; and to serve as a regulatory agency with respect to strategic sectors of tourism. The LNTA will be the principal implementing agency of the Government’s tourism policies.” Fine. Now, let’s look at the existing laws that govern our tourism sector:Under the Executive Law of 1971, the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Cultural Affairs was created. The Law also created a Bureau of Culture and a Bureau of Tourism within the Ministry. The Bureau of Culture was responsible to “plan and initiate programs in Liberia for the production, improvement and popularization of Liberia’s indigenous arts and handicrafts; to execute programs for the preservation of the folklore, mores and indigenous culture of the nation; to operate the National Cultural Center and ethnographical museum”. The Bureau of Tourism, on the other hand, was mandated by the Law, “to encourage and promote the tourist industry by conducting continuous surveys of potential touristic and historical sites.” The Executive Law of 1971 also created a National Tourist Board as an advisory Board, with the mandate of “recommending measures to stimulate the development of the tourist industry in the country, as well as recommend rules and regulations for the preservation, protection and operation of tourist attractions and centers all over Liberia so as to ensure the safety and comfort of tourists.”  The Executive Law was carried out to the letter, until the military coup d’état of 1980, which brought a new outlook to the functions of the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Cultural Affairs.  The military coup brought into effect PRC decree 46, which created a Ministry of Information. Period. Under that Decree, which MICAT still operates, it shall be “responsible for the direction and supervision of all matters relating to THE INFORMATION programs of the government of Liberia, internal and external.”  Against this backdrop, there was created, under the Ministry of Information, the following sections: Public Affairs Bureau, Liberia News Agency, Bureau of Research and Library Services, Bureau of Audio-Visual Aids, Overseas Press Bureau, National Communications Bureau, and Motion Picture and Television Review Board.Going further, PRC Decree 47 established the National Bureau of Culture and Tourism as an autonomous agency, separate from the Ministry of Information with the mandate of promoting the tourism industry in Liberia by collecting and publicizing all information pertaining to historical sites, landmarks and places of natural scenic beauty in the country; provide efficient administration, direction, and coordination for the activities of the National Tourist Board; serve as the regulatory body of the government in all matters on culture and tourism; organize, supervise and encourage the mass production, improvement and popularization of Liberia’s indigenous arts and handicrafts, etc. Under the National Bureau of Culture and Tourism, there was established a National Historical Publications Commission, a National Museum, and a National Tourist Board. The PRC decree also mandated that all budgetary appropriations of the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Cultural Affairs in respect of all cultural and tourist activities and functions be transferred to the National Bureau of Culture and Tourism.While I do not have anything against the creation of the LNTA, the laws that established the Bureau of Tourism, as well as the National Bureau of Culture and Tourism as an autonomous agency of Government have yet to be repealed; and until this is done, the LNTA will remain a concept. I am not sure that the LNTA wants to be caught in the same tough spot where Culture and Tourism are today, especially since the Bureau’s autonomy abruptly ended somewhere around 1987 (under rather strange circumstances; no one seems to know how). The return of Culture and Tourism to the Ministry of Information led to a situation where culture is suffering and tourism is barely kicking.The meager amount that Culture and Tourism receive in the Ministry’s annual budget as compared to Information, in my view, is one of the main reasons why the sector is not up and running.  Another thing is the way Liberians think of their culture. Most of us tend to look at culture more from an entertainment perspective rather than an educational perspective. As for Tourism, it must be seen from a marketing perspective.  It is a sector that has to be packaged as attractively as possible and sold to potential investors; and in order to accomplish this, it must be de-politicized.If the law or decree that created the Ministry of Information in its present state is not repealed, then the Ministry of Information should be left to perform what it was established to do; and that is to interpret public policies so that they can be seen to relate to the aspirations of the people. Culture and Tourism should go back to being autonomous. Retain public affairs, audio-visual, research and planning, graphic arts and other media-related sections under the Ministry of Information, with a corps of highly trained staff to propagate government’s programs and policies.But as it now stands, the Ministry of Information is faced with the rather Herculean task of running three agencies (information, culture, tourism) under one roof, which is proving to be a cumbersome task, to say the least. About the author: Elizabeth E. Hoff is Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism at the Ministry of Information. She previously served as Deputy Minister for Technical Services from 2006 – 2012. She is also former President of the Press Union of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img– for recent spate of blackoutsIn the wake of an implacable outcry among citizens over the recent spate of blackouts, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has finally offered the explanation that “a botched tree trimming exercise and a burnt jumper” are among the reasons for the electricity woes that plagued numerous residents in various parts of the country.GPL’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Renford Homer also explained that shutdown of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) on Sunday resulted from a generation shortfall occasioned by reduced generation reserve.Homer adumbrated that when the demand was about 84 megawatts, there were 87 megawatts available for generation, which left only three megawatts of reserve capacity, instead of the normal 20 megawatts.  Moreover, the machines at Skeldon and Garden of Eden were being overhauled, whilst the one at Kingston was undergoing routine maintenance.“The machine at Kingston developed a high exhaust temperature, and that activated the generation protection, which brought the machine offline. So we could call it a generator trip, because there was not much reserve and we could not unload the feed as quickly as we would’ve wanted to, to keep the system stable,” Homer was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.On Monday, at approximately 15:15h, GPL received a report of a burnt jumper on one of its feeders, and the transmission distribution crew quickly responded. However, while attempting to close that feeder, the system sensed an unusual surge of high current, and the protection network was activated, taking the generating system offline. This resulted in sufficient generation to meet the demand at that time, Homer explained.At approximately 8:45h on Wednesday, some customers on the DBIS experienced a disturbance when a number of feeders were lost due to a tree trimming exercise being conducted by Atlantic Hotel Incorporated on Battery Road Kingston.Homer pointed out that the trimmed branches fell across GPL’s primary network, causing a severe movement on two of the conductors which became intertwined. The generation at Kingston plant went offline.“However, it was not a total shutdown, we were able to offload a number of feeders and maintain some stability to the system. The two circuits that stayed out for a little bit would’ve been the F8 and the F9 feeders; parts of the F8 mainly,” he explained.The Acting CEO apologised for the inconvenience, and is urging citizens to be careful when carrying out exercises close to GPL’s network, since significant disruption and inconvenience can be caused, which in some instances translate to additional costs for the power company.He also assured that the coastal power supply is returning to normalcy.last_img read more

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first_imgMONDAY: The Institute for Supply Management issues its report on activity in the manufacturing economy for March; Treasury bill auction. TUESDAY: Automakers release their sales figures for March. WEDNESDAY: The Institute for Supply Management issues its report on activity in the nonmanufacturing economy for March; Commerce Department reports on factory orders for February; Best Buy Co. releases fourth-quarter earnings and Circuit City Stores Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings. THURSDAY: Labor Department reports on weekly jobless claims, Freddie Mac reports on mortgage rates and Constellation Brands Inc. releases fourth-quarter earnings. FRIDAY: Labor Department reports on employment for March; Federal Reserve reports on consumer credit for February. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgCity staff will be at recreation facilities over the next couple of weeks to conduct survey’s to get the feedback they desire. They will also be at special events and telephone surveys will be done as well.Those interested in taking part can also do the survey online. The survey can be found by clicking here. The last day to submit the survey is February 23.- Advertisement –last_img

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first_imgMeantime, the provincial cabinet decision on the project, the second major hurdle cited by the story, is slated to come next month while the debate continues.The Globe says the government’s reputation for sound fiscal management could be at stake given the massive project cost and the fact returns will likely not come back until long after most of the current MLAs have left office.Thus the decision is not seen as a slam dunk and the Globe says even Energy Minister Bill Bennett wants to know whether the private sector can provide the power for less.He’s quoted as saying, “It will be a long and difficult discussion became everybody wants certainty.”Advertisement Read the entire Globe and Mail article here.With files from The Globe and Mail Claiming B.C. Hydro has already spent a third of a billion dollars laying the groundwork for the third dam on the Peace River, reporter Justine Hunter says the Crown Corporation wants to start by mid-January to clear the way for the project it’s been trying to get built for about three and half decades.However, the story argues that two major and related hurdles still stand in the way of the currently projected $8 billion dam.First, there’s the opposition by local area First Nations and it’s widely anticipated they will file a legal challenge to the flooding of their traditional Peace Valley territories southwest of Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The Globe claims Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations has his legal team working on separate judicial review applications for the environmental certificate issued by the federal and provincial governments.Chief Willson says work on the project won’t happen on his community lands and the newspaper quotes him as saying, “We don’t have the human or financial capacity to deal with Site C. We’re not going to be able process their applications. They are going to have to wait.”Chief Willson adds, “And if they start without their permits, the only recourse is to file an injunction.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Tests revealed cornerback Kevin Thomas said he has a slightly enlarged spleen and will not play this week. He will be allowed to participate in non-contact drills and return for the Notre Dame game. Defensive end Chris Barrett (bruised calf) will return this week. Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who is out for the season, will undergo knee surgery next Tuesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Arthur Ting, the father of USC safeties Ryan and Brandon Ting. Ting is not a USC team doctor but has performed surgeries in the past, including Thomas’ shoulder operation two years ago and hamstring surgery on former cornerback Eric Wright. Sophomore left defensive end Nikola Dragovic, who was UCLA’s biggest surprise on defense, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Washington. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said Dragovic was seeking a second opinion, but that is customary since surgery doesn’t take place for two to three weeks after the injury to allow swelling to dissipate. With Dragovic out, sophomore William Snead moves into the starting role. But Dragovic’s injury cuts into UCLA’s depth, which means sophomore Bruce Davis, who was splitting time between linebacker and right defensive end, will spend most of his time backing up Snead. WSU kickoff time set Kickoff for UCLA’s game at Washington State on Oct. 15 will be at 3:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. Brian Dohn 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Safety Kevin Ellison receives tests results on his knee today, but preliminary indications are torn knee ligaments and he is expected to be out for the season. Ellison got hurt when his knee struck the knee of safety Scott Ware following his fourth-quarter interception. One player who won’t replace Ellison is cornerback Mozique McCurtis. Carroll feels he’s been out too long to stick into the nickel package this week. — Scott Wolf Dragovic out for year last_img read more

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first_imgFORENSIC experts believe the remains of a man found in Bundoran had been in the water for some time.The remains were badly decomposed and Gardaí are carrying out a major investigation to help to identify him.The beach where the man was found, close to a housing estate, is rocky and rarely used by the public. Local Sinn Fein Councillor Mick McMahon said the community was in shock at the discovery.“It’s very sad,” said Cllr McMahon.“Someone has lost their life, possibly at sea, and the remains have landed on our shores.“It appears that no-one has been reported missing in the area so this person may not be from this area.” A post mortem examination is taking place today at Sligo General Hospital. MAN FOUND ON BUNDORAN SHORELINE HAD BEEN IN WATER FOR SOME TIME was last modified: April 16th, 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:bodybundoranGardaisearchlast_img read more

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first_imgA man has died following a drowning incident in Killybegs Harbour.Killybegs Coast Guard rushed to the scene after reports that a person was in the water around 1.40am this morning.Both the Gardai and the ambulance service also rushed to the scene. However, it is understood the man was already deceased when they emergency services reached him.Local sources say the man is a French national who was working on a local boat docked in the harbour.An investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.One theory is that the victim fell from a ladder at the harbour and into the water. A Facebook post from Killybegs Coast Guard said “Unfortunately the casualty passed away. May he RIP.”Breaking: Man drowns after accident at Killybegs harbour was last modified: June 26th, 2018 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:drowningfishermanFrenchKillybegslast_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez declared that his team can get even better after hammering QPR 6-0 in a totally one-sided match at Loftus Road.Jonjo Shelvey scored twice and there were also goals for Ayoze Perez, Ciaran Clark, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Grant Hanley as the Magpies stormed to their fifth consecutive win.It was a record home league defeat for beleaguered Rangers, who were completely outclassed.But Benitez said: “We can still improve. The team was playing well, everybody was pushing and working hard, but you always make some mistakes.“The main thing for us was to get the three points so we could leave our fans happy. We also managed to get the clean sheet.“We now have to show we can concentrate in every game. It doesn’t matter if we score six goals, we get three points in the end and now have to concentrate on the next game and not lose that concentration.”The victory came after striker Dwight Gayle, who has already scored four goals this season, was left on the bench, with Mitrovic returning to the side.“I’m very happy with the strikers,” Benitez said.“Gayle is playing well, Daryl Murphy is doing well, so to play someone else is always difficult.“I’m really pleased because we have a good squad and everybody has to be ready to be key players for us for the rest of the season.“To have to decide between Gayle, Murphy and Mitrovic is a good problem, but it is a problem – it’s not easy to keep everybody happy.“Hopefully we will keep winning and they will understand that it is all for the good of the team.”See also:QPR v Newcastle – as it happenedRampant Newcastle condemn QPR to record home defeatFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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