Entertainment Centers Combat Ebola

first_imgEntertainment centers across Monrovia and its  environs have joined the ongoing traditional campaigns in combating the deadly Ebola virus across the country.According to the Proprietress of the Baby J. Bar & Restaurant in Saye Town, Sinkor, the issue of measures against the deadly Ebola virus are  termed as a “traditional thing for Liberia,” to secure people and customers’ safety.“I understand that Ebola travels around and is real and people contact it through hand-shakes, body contacts and other means,” said the proprietress, who declined to give her name.“Since the outbreak of Ebola, people are very careful and are avoiding our business center.”She called on Christians  to focus on worshipping God rather than the deadly Ebola virus that is being surrounded with fear by the people.  According to her, people  should take the preventive measures.  “The Ebola fear has overshadowed us, leading people to worship the epidemic,” she claimed. “I want us to take the preventive measures. Let us be like the Hebrew brothers that said they will not worship any man made god.” “If Liberia is a Christian  nation, we should continue to give God the glory and He will save us from this crisis.”   According to her, entertainment centers have been receiving less customers since the outbreak of the epidemic,  due to the fear of the buyers.  The spread of the virus has led to a total reduction of customers.“I believe that many of those that are coming to entertain themselves are now taking preventive measures described by the health authorities and international partners.”According to the Baby J proprietress, her entertainment center has been regularly informing customers coming and going out to constantly carryout the issue of hand-washing as way of preventing the deadly virus.She urged other people, including marketers and commuters, to get involved in observing Ebola measures to help keep Liberia and its  people safe from the virus.One entertainment owner in Jallah Town community, Sinkor, said, he was religiously doing his hand-wash and avoiding of body contacts to ensure that his life is safe.According to him, with the present condition of the deadly Ebola in Liberia, Liberians must take advantage of the preventive measures described by the health authorities in order to survive the epidemic.“We have received information from the health authorities that health workers are dying from the virus.  This is indication that everyone needs to take the preventive measures.”He used the occasion to call on the National government to properly investigate the ‘well poisoning reports in the country, stating that this is another serious problem for 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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Brazen attempts to ignore President Jagan’s sterling achievements

first_imgDear Editor,So Guyana is going to have an Avenue of Honours to showcase the names of Guyanese who have made significant contributions to the country’s development.If this monument is to be initiated and rolled out by the current Administration, we can expect – going from their past performance – that the honourees will be selected solely from among the PNC/APNU party faithful which will make it another blatantly partisan and racist exercise from which the majority of deserving Guyanese will find themselves excluded. The honourees will undoubtedly include those tainted by criminal convictions, those who have performed dishonourable and corrupt acts on behalf of the PNC/APNU, and even those who have contributed in great part to the country’s underdevelopment.This will be another opportunity for Granger to showcase a jealousy that stems from his inability and abject failure to measure up to that heroic Guyanese – President Cheddi Jagan. He baulked at and halted the printing of commemorative stamps for President Jagan and omitted President Jagan from his list of Indian Guyanese stalwarts on Indian Arrival Day of all days.Despite these open and brazen attempts to ignore President Jagan’s sterling achievements, Cheddi will always be remembered and honoured by fair-minded Guyanese as will all the Indian Guyanese who have contributed to this country’s development and who could well be omitted from this Government’s list of honourees.It is part of Guyana’s abject failure as a nation that such partisanship is expected even before it is announced.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

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TIGI calls for new formula to select GECOM Chair

first_img…slams President’s move to unilaterally appoint Patterson “It is not a progressive step for Guyana, both with respect to democratic principles and accountability, and it has created a precedent that will be convenient when it is and inconvenient when it is not” – TIGILocal transparency watchdog Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) has said that the time has come for a new formula to be crafted for the appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) chairperson, something it believes should have been done long before now.TIGI President, Dr Troy ThomasSpeaking about the highly-contentious issue, the organisation said on Monday that this call has existed for many years since the formula was first applied and replaced. The TIGI reminded that the formula was agreed for single use only and noted that it now required all parties to work together.However, the TIGI did not spare the Government from the heavy criticism it continues to get on the unilateral appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM.The organisation believes President David Granger should justify his rejection of the nominees in the three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and give reasons for his decision. “It is not a progressive step for Guyana, both with respect to democratic principles and accountability, and it has created a precedent that will be convenient when it is and inconvenient when it is not,” TIGI said.The organisation firmly stated that there should be no room for the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chair. However, while acknowledging that the Constitution caters for this, the TIGI said it was unfortunate and it was something that should be changed. The body believes when there is a disagreement over the unilateral appointment of a GECOM chair, recourse to the court ought to be sought.“The decision by the President to proceed with his particular interpretation of the Constitution opens his decision to the charge that he has rejected a list or lists in order to make a unilateral appointment,” the TIGI statement added, noting that having no explanation set a dangerous precedent.Fit and properTouching on one of the most burning issues in the entire debate, the TIGI said the “fit and proper” requirement or the eligibility criteria for the GECOM Chair is important for transparency. The question as to whether or not only a judge can be chair of GECOM should be clarified.In attempting to interpret the law, the TIGI pointed out that the Constitution overemphasises on the need for the appointment of someone who is a judge or former judge to the post. “It may seem that judges are exhausted by the first two categories. One can, therefore, argue that the ejusdem generis rule is unnecessary and conclude that “any other fit and proper” was meant to expand eligibility.”The ruling of the court supports expansion of the eligibility criteria, the TIGI said. Therefore, the organisation is of the firm view that this must be the binding interpretation for everyone, unless it is successfully appealed. The interpretation by which the President, according to the organisation, appears to be on “shaky grounds”, However, it was noted that the President’s interpretation enabled rejection of the lists and ultimately the unilateral appointment of the Chair.The TIGI said that although many legal experts have voiced their views on the matter, their opinions have differed and some of them have political linkages. “These individuals should understand the sway they hold over citizens and act responsibly, especially given that the stakes are high…the court is the final authority on the interpretation of the law,” the body in its statement added.Nevertheless, the TIGI said that some areas of the law seem grey. As such, it believes that there is still room for the meaning and intent of the law to be fully clarified by the court, even though a ruling was handed down on the matter by the acting Chief Justice, Roxane George a few months ago.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had filed an injunction in the High Court to rescind the appointment on the grounds of unconstitutionality. The injunction is seeking a declaration that Justice Patterson is not qualified to be appointed in provision with Article 161-2 of the Constitution of Guyana.The injunction is also seeking an order to have the appointment of Justice Patterson as Chairman of GECOM quashed and direct the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted to him.The matter will be heard before the Chief Justice on November 16.last_img read more

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Atletico draw to leave Barcelona even closer to title

first_img0Shares0000It was a frustrating night for Fernando Torres (L) and Atletico Madrid against Betis © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Apr 22 – Atletico Madrid warmed up for their Europa League clash with Arsenal by playing out a 0-0 draw with in-form Betis in La Liga on Sunday, a result that left Barcelona closer still to the Spanish title.Antoine Griezmann was left out of the starting line-up by coach Diego Simeone and Atletico drew a second blank in four days, following their 3-0 defeat away at Real Sociedad on Thursday. Atletico remain second but with four games left they are 11 points behind unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona, who can clinch the title next weekend when they go to Deportivo.Barcelona won the Copa del Rey at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano with a 5-0 rout of Sevilla on Saturday, but there was decidedly less drama at the same stadium 24 hours later.Saul Niguez struck the woodwork for Atletico in the second half, not long after Cristian Tello had hit the post for Betis at the other end.Griezmann came off the bench just after the hour mark, but Simeone’s side could not get the breakthrough and they are four points clear of third-placed Real Madrid, who have a game in hand having not played this weekend.Atletico head to London for their Europa League semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Thursday.Betis, meanwhile, consolidate their hold on fifth place after extending their unbeaten run to seven games. European football seems a certainty now for them next season.Elsewhere on Sunday, Las Palmas had their relegation from La Liga confirmed following an emphatic 4-0 defeat at home to Alaves.The club from Gran Canaria needed a win to keep alive their slim hopes of staying in Spain’s top flight for a fourth straight season.However, they suffered a fifth successive defeat in front of a sparse crowd on a wet Sunday in the Canary Islands, with Barcelona loanee Munir El Haddadi’s second-half brace having Alaves in control before Alvaro Medran and Ruben Sobrino added late goals.They are the second team to be relegated from La Liga after bottom club Malaga’s fate was sealed in midweek.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ford throws fuel on fire sale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 The “Drive on Us” program, which runs through July, is designed to clear out 2006 model Fords before the new model year. It’s a significant move away from Ford’s stated goal of lowering incentives and could force the competition to follow suit. The new deal comes as analysts expect Ford to announce lackluster sales for May, marking another month of declining revenues and shrinking U.S. market share. Ford’s U.S. market share slid to 18.5 percent through April from 19.2 percent a year earlier and has declined annually since 1995. The new incentive program provides every Ford customer with a pre-paid MasterCard debit card that can be used to purchase up to $1,000 worth of gasoline, diesel or E-85 fuel, a blend of gasoline and ethanol. Those who buy larger trucks or SUVs will get a card worth $1,100. Ford says that, assuming gas costs $2.91 a gallon, that should be enough to pay for 6,000 miles of driving half of what the average American drives in a year. The debit card can be used for other purchases as well. Though dealers don’t get official word of the summer incentives until today, talk had already spread through the industry of such deals. Ford Motor Co. is launching one of the most aggressive incentive programs in its history today, offering new car buyers no-interest financing and free fuel for six months on almost all of its Ford brand models. In addition, Ford is also offering between $1,000 and $4,000 in cash rebates on several car and truck models, including the Focus compact car, Escape SUV and F-150 pickup. Buyers also can take an additional $1,000 rebate in lieu of the gas debit card. All told, the incentives could total more than $13,000 on a loaded Expedition SUV, according to an analysis by Edmunds.com, a car-shopping Web site. “That is probably some of the highest incentive spending we have seen in long time,” said Jesse Toprak, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds.com, noting that automakers typically offer zero-percent financing or cash rebates not both. “Incentives always help, but we’ve got a pretty good line right now the Escape, the Fusion, the Escape Hybrid, the Explorer Sport’s selling again, so we’re doing pretty well,” said Chris Sweeney, general sales manager of Vista Ford in Woodland Hills, in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “But we’re definitely looking forward to (this) morning, that’s for sure.” The zero-percent financing offer ranges from 36 months on popular vehicles like the Fusion and Escape Hybrid to 72 months for the Expedition. Only the Mustang GT and the high-end GT sports car are excluded from the promotion. Ford has not announced a similar program for its Mercury and Lincoln brands. For some vehicles, like the Expedition, Ford’s new incentive plan is more generous than last summer’s employee discount “friends and family” deal, particularly in light of rising interest rates. The incentive program, which will be offered nationwide, comes on the heels of last month’s offer by rival General Motors Corp. to cover part of the fuel costs for some customers in California and Florida. GM offered to cover the cost of gasoline over $1.99 a gallon for customers who purchased certain sedans and SUVs, but also required those customers to sign up for GM’s OnStar service, which costs $16.95 a month after the first year. Analysts said it would take a while to see how Ford’s new incentive program played out in the marketplace, but some said the automaker deserves high marks for its creative approach. “It’s an effort to break through the chatter,” said Mike Jackson, CSM Worldwide. “I don’t think it’s a bad way to go.” Jackson said that zero-percent financing is an “attractive hook” for many consumers, though he said many of those car and truck buyers end up opting for more traditional financing because it offers longer terms or because past credit problems preclude them from qualifying for the interest-free offer. He said that, while the debit card represents a novel approach, it does not cost the automaker anymore than more traditional incentives. “Drive on Us is going to set the pace for the industry this summer,” said Al Giombetti, Ford’s president of marketing and sales. “No matter what a customer is in the market for whether it’s cutting-edge hybrid technology, a fuel-efficient car or the most capable diesel or E-85 pickups you can buy we have an offer that’s simple, a great value and available nationwide.” “It’s got to be a good summer, because we need to sell some cars out here,” said Darwin Ribadeneira, general sales manager for Ford of Santa Paula. “I think it’ll be a good one, since Ford’s coming out with some very good cars now not like the ones they used to make.” — On the Net: Ford Motor Co.: http://www.ford.com160Want 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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Roy Keane struggles to contain laughter at Ian Wright’s gag

first_img 1 Roy Keane struggling to contain his laughter at Ian Wright’s joke about Gareth Southgate’s shoulder injury provided a highlight for fans tuning for the Iran v Spain game.The England manager dislocated his shoulder while out running at the team’s World Cup base in Repino.Discussing the incident, ex-Arsenal striker Wright asked: “What’s he doing in the woods?”The studio burst into laughter, especially Wrighty himself and there was even a grin from ex-Manchester United captain, Keane. Ian Wright: “what’s he [Southgate] doing in the woods?” Even Keano liked that one!! 😂 #WorldCup18 #itv pic.twitter.com/yO8stiT85Y— John Kelly (@SuperJK10) June 20, 2018That stifled laughter was picked up on by supporters, with @conway_lewis writing: ‘Gets better on repeat’.@joshuaali53 said: “I’m sorry but @IanWright0 deserves to be knighted because he did the impossible and made Roy Keane smile’.Spain ended the night beating Iran 1-0, though Keane wasn’t finished entertaining. He also had a few choice words for Iran boss Carlos Queiroz, his coach during his playing career at Old Trafford.“He questioned my loyalty and I told him where to go. “And one of my big regrets is that I probably should have ripped his head off – but he’s an excellent coach and he’s doing an excellent job, it has to be said.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Keane wanted to rip Queiroz’s head off last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos denies doping with statement in response to reports of failed test

first_img 3 Comunicado oficial | Official Announcement pic.twitter.com/dYYFMWKjj3— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) November 24, 2018Shortly after making these comments, Ramos issued the above statement.It read: “In relation to the information published about me across a number of different media outlets, I would like to clarify the following.“I am vehemently opposed to doping. I have never participated, nor will I ever participate in, nor have I consented to, nor I will ever consent to any form of doping.”It was claimed that Ramos’ 2017 sample contained the anti-inflammatory cortisone dexamethasone. Eibar claimed their first ever win over Real Madrid in spectacular fashion 3 However, Real Madrid quickly moved to deny any wrongdoing later on Friday and now Sergio Ramos has responded to the situation.Speaking after his side’s catastrophic 3-0 defeat at Eibar on Saturday, Ramos explained: “That is a very difficult issue, complicated. I must come out and defend myself, with my legal team, against these allegations.“I have been through 250 or 300 doping tests over my career, and never failed one, there has never been any irregularity.“We know the type of publication this is. They threatened us with the news a month and a half ago.“When you know the truth, you are not afraid of lies. It is an attempt to stain my image and my professional reputation.” Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos has issued a statement of denial in response to allegations of doping.Der Spiegel published a ‘Football Leaks’ report on Friday which claimed that the Spaniard tested positive for dexamethasone after Los Blancos beat Juventus in 2017, and also refused to provide a urine sample against Malaga in April 2018. “The two specific cases referred to are explained as follows.“1. Malaga, April 2018: When the matched ended, I was requested to complete an anti-doping test.“Given the time pressures on the team’s return journey, the official allowed me to shower, remaining in his presence at all times, before completing the test which I passed, as in all cases.“2. Cardiff, June 2017: I received a standard medical treatment administered by the club’s medical professionals.“The matter was clarified and resolved formally and in writing between the organisations.“Over the course of my long sporting career I have submitted to, and passed satisfactorily, an infinite number of anti-doping tests. Real Madrid lost 3-0 at Eibar on Saturday as Ramos’ week went from bad to worse 3 Ramos insists he was given “standard medical treatment” before the final “Neither in this case, as UEFA and WAFA and Real Madrid have already stated, nor any other time in the past, have I breached the anti-doping regulations.“With respect to the right to information, I must also uphold my right to honour.“My legal team will consider taking further action in those cases which misrepresent the truth and therefore undermine my reputation and violate my rights.”Sergio Ramos will return to action with Real Madrid when they face Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Officer who reported fire at Police Academy arrested

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The fire caused about $5,000 damage to the gymnasium exterior and burned an 800-square-foot area of brush in a rock garden that’s often used for weddings, said Jim Wells, a Fire Department spokesman. Grady and officials at the Fire Department said they did not know a motive for the fire. The 21-acre Police Academy includes classrooms, a gymnasium, track, athletic field and obstacle course, as well as a firing range. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A veteran police officer who reported a fire at the Police Academy was arrested for investigation of intentionally starting the blaze, authorities said. “After the Fire Department put it out, they became suspicious about the cause,” said Mary Grady, spokeswoman for the Police Department. “Arson investigators believed it was deliberately set and began to question the statements by the officer.” Officer Jonathan Sugar, 41, was taken into custody after Sunday morning’s fire and released without bail early Monday. He is on loan to the department’s training division from the Devonshire Division police station in the San Fernando Valley. A call to the home of a J. Sugar seeking comment was not immediately returned Tuesday. last_img read more

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MAJOR OVERCROWDING LEADS TO CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL

first_imgLetterkenny General Hospital was at crisis point last night with a major overcrowding of both hospital beds and the A&E department.Letterkenny General Hospital – major overcrowding this evening.Hospital management are assessing the situation in a bid to quell the overcrowding.The NowDoc service has been told only to refer very needy cases to the hospital. The general manager of the hospital Sean Murphy is now on site examining the situation.The Medical Assessment Unit has now also been opened up to general patients in a bid to cope with the large volume of patients.A source at the hospital said the situation is at crisis point but staff and management are trying their best to cope.“It is pretty bad and there are now discussions taking place to decide to place extra patients on beds in the corridors. “There is no one reason for it but rather an overall build-up of patients and the presentation of new patients in the past couple of days.“It is pretty hectic up here but staff are trying their best to cope,” said the hospital source. MAJOR OVERCROWDING LEADS TO CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: January 5th, 2015 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:Accident and EmergencydonegalLetterkenny General HospitalSean Murphylast_img read more

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Red Bluff Junior Round-Up holds rodeo

first_imgRed Bluff >> Competitors from all over made their way Saturday and Sunday to the Tehama District Fairground where the annual Red Bluff Junior Round-Up Rodeo was held. All Around for the rodeo was awarded as follows: Senior Boys Wyatt Brown of Red Bluff; Senior Girls Kodi Myers; Junior Boys Hunter Hughes; Junior Girls Shelby Dunning; All Around Cowboy Jasper Frost and All Around Cowgirl Elthia Gomes.Results for the rodeo were as follows:Senior Boys Saddle Bronc, Bareback had no …last_img read more

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