Chinese Ebola Medical Team Arrives

first_imgA Chinese medical team comprising 160 military officers have arrived in Liberia to operate Ebola Treatment Units built at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex by their government as part of its contribution to tackling the Ebola disease, which has claimed over 5,000 lives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.The 160 medical staffers include medics, experts, epidemiologists, doctors, nurses, engineers and technicians, and are the first batch of the total of 500 medical staffers, who are the elite medical squad of the People’s Liberation Army of China.The team, according to their head, Wang Yungui, are trained and well acquainted with the Ebola virus and have participated in some rescue missions around the world.Speaking to reporters during the welcoming ceremony at the SKD Sports Complex over the weekend, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, said the 500 medical staff will arrive in the country in three batches.Amb. Zhang: “We are building ETUs that will be operated and managed by China. They are solid and not mere tents as you can see, and we will use them to treat other diseases in the future even if Ebola is eradicated from here in Liberia.”He said the team will also train local health workers to be capacitated enough in fighting the disease.The Chinese diplomat put the cost of the ETU at around US$41 million, which he said is the highlight of China’s fourth batch of assistance totaling US$82 million to African countries for the fight against Ebola.He also assured everyone of China’s commitment to providing the three Ebola affected countries with 60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles, 10,000 healthcare kits, 150,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPEs).In addition to the mentioned logistical supplies, Amb. Zhang also said China will provide other urgently needed supplies such as hospital beds, pickup trucks, incinerators, etc, among which about US$4.9 million worth of materials will be allotted to Liberia.He recounted that in April, August and September, China sent three batches of emergency assistance worth more than US$40 million to countries affected by Ebola in West Africa.Furthermore, the ambassador recalled that on November 4 the China-Africa Development Fund donated US$450,000 special fund to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to help fight the virus.“Up to now, China’s total assistance to Africa has reached US$122 million, covering 13 African countries as well as international and regional organizations such as the UN, WHO and the AU,” he said. “It is the first time for China to carry out such a large-scale operation in its history of responding to global non-traditional security crises.”Specifically for Liberia, the Chinese Ambassador said his government has provided over US$50 million worth of assistance in cash and supplies since the first outbreak of Ebola epidemic.According to him, Chinese Embassy and companies in Liberia have also donated more than US$300,000 worth of materials to Liberian Government agencies, NGOs and communities to fight Ebola.He disclosed that China’s response to the crisis in affected countries does not only focus on treatment and training, but also on addressing both the symptoms and root causes.“In the fourth batch of assistance China does not only intensify anti-epidemic aid to the three Ebola stricken countries, but also endeavors to help the epidemic afflicted areas and other African countries to increase their institutional capacity building in public health security in post-Ebola year,” he stressed.The Chinese medical team was received by Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan who, with special emphasis, commended China for its tremendous assistance to Liberia prior to and during the Ebola crisis. He said China is a true friend that is here to stay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 2 trench cleaners on the breadline

first_img…as NDIA takes away contractsTrench cleaners in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) complained bitterly to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at the monthly statutory meeting held on Tuesday after losing their contracts with the Region.The RDC facilitated a meeting with the affected trench cleaners to hear their plightSome of the contractors meeting with the RDC on Tuesdayafter their contracts were not renewed. According to some of the cleaners, they had been maintaining the trenches in the Region for as long as 10 years without many problems and suddenly they got instructions from the Drainage and Irrigation Department of the Region to ceased work.Some of the trench cleaners complained that when they first received the contract some of the trenches were in very bad condition and they worked for as low as $6, $7, and $8 dollars per rod. However, one cleaner has told the RDC that now the hard work has been done, the contract has been taken away from them and given to close friends of high officials within the Drainage and Irrigation Department for a lucrative amount of $200 per rod. Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt immediately called on Councillors to vote for an immediate investigation and to put a hold on all new trench cleaning contracts within the Region. As such, with the support of both sides of the RDC, a vote was moved for the investigation to be launched.last_img read more

Montebello council approves city attorney contract

first_imgThe Montebello City Council has approved a contract for city attorney services with Arnoldo Beltran who will replace interim city attorney John Pringle. At Wednesdays regular meeting, four councilmembers voted in favor of Beltran’s contract while Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid abstained. In a special meeting last week the council had voted to hire Beltran 3-2 but did not have a contract to approve at the time. Voting for Beltran over the other four applicants was a controversial move by Councilman Jeff Siccama one that had surprised and angered many of his supporters. His decision meant stepping away from his usual alignment with Lopez-Reid and Councilman Bob Bagwell and joining the council minority of Rosie Vasquez and Bill Molinari. Before the vote, Lopez-Reid warned the council about “some advice Beltran gave to a council member in another city who is now facing serious charges.” She also warned of Beltrans record in other cities of starting out with low fees but increasing them later. “I just hope (Beltrans) advice will be direct and appropriate,” Lopez-Reid said. “I was told we needed a lot of money for city attorney fees” by approving him. Lopez-Reid was referring to advice Beltran gave to former Bell Gardens Councilwoman Maria Chacon when he was the attorney for that city which resulted in government corruption charges against her. Beltran did not return three calls to his office over the past week. Vasquez said she was not concerned about Beltran’s qualifications or his advice in the Bell Gardens case. “That was seven years ago,” she said. “I havent kept track of Chacon or Beltran. The reason I voted for him is because he has the ability and experience to meet the needs of Montebello.” Siccama said he voted for Beltran because his was a “smaller firm that could provide the services the city needs.” “I don’t think there are any (law) firms out there that have done nothing wrong,” Siccama said. “We all have skeletons in our closets.” Beltran will be paid $5,000 a month for the first 50 hours of service, then $170 an hour. The fee includes attendance at city council and planning commission meetings, part time office hours, any additional basic legal services up to 50 hours and travel time.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

An Iraq vote on California ballot?

first_img“He supports the War on Terror,” spokesman Aaron McLear said. “He supports the men and women in uniform. He believes we need to do all we can to be successful in Iraq. He also supports a timeline for withdrawal.” The bill is scheduled to be considered Wednesday by the Senate Rules Committee, which Perata chairs. It’s likely to reach the governor’s desk because Democrats have majorities in both houses of the Legislature. Heather Morton, an analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said California is the only state she is aware of that is contemplating a referendum on Iraq. Perata said the bill is his attempt to bring an end to a war that has lasted too long and cost too many lives. But some political analysts see the proposed ballot measure as an attempt to increase the turnout of voters who also would be likely to support a term-limits initiative that is intended for the February ballot. The initiative would shorten the overall time that most legislators could spend in office while allowing some lame duck lawmakers, including Perata, to run for re-election in 2008 or 2010. SACRAMENTO – The debate over the United States’ involvement in Iraq reaches the California Senate this week. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, is the author of a bill that would put a measure on the state’s Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot asking California voters if they want an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. The vote would only be advisory, but it could ratchet up the pressure on President Bush to set some kind of timetable for removing troops. The bill also could put Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the spot. The Republican governor hasn’t taken a position on the bill, but he seems to be searching for a middle ground in the increasingly heated debate. “I’m not a mind reader, but my gut feeling is they’re strategizing as much as they can to energize their base vote” to support the initiative, said Allan Hoffenblum, publisher of the California Target Book, which analyzes legislative and congressional races. “(But) that could also bring out a lot of conservatives.” Perata acknowledges the war vote could increase Democratic turnout, but denies that it is intended to help pass the term limits proposal. Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman, R-Tustin, said the Perata bill is “wholly inappropriate.” “First of all, the state legislators don’t make foreign policy,” he said. “We shouldn’t be spending our time and effort doing that when we have a lot of other serious issues.” 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


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has welcomed the decision by planning authorities to refuse a planning application for up to 49 wind turbines at Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff.The controversial proposals which were submitted by Cork based company Planree Ltd in early 2015, were turned down by An Bord Pleanála following hundreds of submissions having been received relating to the plans.Cllr Doherty said “This announcement today by An Bord Pleanála in which it was decided to refuse planning permission for this development at Carrickduff Hill and Lissmullyduff is of course welcome news and is a major source of relief for the vast majority of residents throughout the FinnValley. “It is widely known that this development was quite a contentious one for communities in the region and many feared that should the proposals go ahead that a project of this scale would have a significant impact on the quality of life enjoyed by people living within a close proximity.“I along with my fellow Sinn Féin party colleagues, including Cllr Liam Doherty and Deputy Pearse Doherty, have been working closely alongside local residents and groups for a number of months now and during the initial planning process we submitted our own submissions against the plans to develop this wind farm.“While the verdict to refuse this application was a long time coming, it’s fair to say that the correct decision was ultimately made by the Board and I have no doubt that communities here will be happy by today’s outcome.“This result however has come about as a result of the brave and passionate campaign orchestrated by local residents here in the area who have tirelessly campaigned and lobbied in opposition to these plans. “What needs to happen now is for the outgoing Minister to immediately introduce a moratorium on any new and upcoming wind turbine proposals until the current guidelines are updated.“It’s clear that strict regulation is now required in relation to wind farm developments and had the necessary legislation such as that previously proposed by Sinn Féin in our Wind Turbine Regulation Bill, then communities such as those in the Finn Valley would not have had the dread and fear thrust upon them waiting on the planners to come to a decision on such controversial projects.“Sinn Féin’s comprehensive legislation would introduce a minimum set-back distance of ten times the height of the turbine, and would afford communities the very level of protection which they need against wind farms.“In relation to this decision today in respect of Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff, I must say a huge well done to residents: this it very much their victory.”CARRICKDUFF WINDFARM REFUSAL A VICTORY FOR FINN VALLEY COMMUNITIES – DOHERTY was last modified: March 24th, 2016 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

Nightmare! Look at these Prem clubs’ possible Champions League group stage draws

first_img Liverpool are aiming to reach the group stage, where it could get very tough indeed 1 Thanks to Manchester United’s Europa League final victory, there is the possibility of having five Premier League clubs in the Champions League group stage next season.Liverpool must face a qualifying round play-off to reach the group stage, where they would join United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in the draw.For the group stages, teams are placed in four pots of eight clubs, with pot one containing the champions from the eight highest-ranked leagues.Pot two contains the eight highest ranked clubs – based on UEFA co-efficient scores – from the remaining teams, with the next best eight in pot three and the lowest ranked in pot four.Chelsea will therefore be in pot one, and Manchester City and United are guaranteed to be in pot two.Tottenham will be in pot three, where they will be joined by Liverpool if the Reds qualify.English clubs cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage, meaning the toughest and easiest group stage draws for the Premier League sides look like this…Possible nightmare draws for Tottenham and LiverpoolPot one club: Real MadridPot two club: Paris Saint-GermainPot three club: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four club: RomaPot one: Bayern MunichPot two: BarcelonaPot three: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four: RomaPot one: JuventusPot two: BarcelonaPot three: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four: Feyenoord or Celtic (the Dutch club are guaranteed to be in the group stage and pot four, but Celtic must negotiate three qualifying rounds)Possible nightmare draw for ChelseaPot one: ChelseaPot two: BarcelonaPot three: NapoliPot four: Feyenoord or CelticPossible nightmare draw for Man United and Man CityPot one: Real MadridPot two: Manchester United or CityPot three: NapoliPot four: Feyenoord or CelticPossible dream draw for Tottenham and LiverpoolPot one: Spartak MoscowPot two: PortoPot three: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four: FC Salzburg (Salzburg have to negotiate three qualifying rounds)Possible dream draw for ChelseaPot one: ChelseaPot two: PortoPot three: AnderlechtPot four: FC SalzburgPossible dream draw for Man United and CityPot one: Spartak MoscowPot two: Manchester United or CityPot three: AnderlechtPot four: FC Salzburglast_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB LADIES NOTES2012 draws to a close and we wait for 2013 to bring new competitions, new sponsors, new winners, new members and a newly invigorated committee and ladies club. The long awaited centenary year of Letterkenny Golf Club will be rung in with a New Year’s Eve party, thus commencing a programme of events to do our club proud in 2013.The Ladies Christmas Party was a great success with a record number of ladies attending, many going home with hampers and turkeys tucked under their oxters. The popular musician Gerry O’Sullivan was seen in Christmas attire while he entertained the ladies with his festive renditions. Those in attendance were delighted with the food presented to them but were not a bit surprised as they have grown accustomed to the high quality menu that is available on a regular basis. Huge thanks to Competition Secretary, Marian O’Sullivan, for her hard work in getting all the hampers ready and the turkeys plucked. She might even have helped her musician husband Gerry get decked out for the night. There will be a Christmas Party night in the Clubhouse on Friday 21st where you will get a chance to sample the fine food at an excellent and competitive price, booking to 9121150 necessary. To complete 2012 there is a Front 9 and Back 9 running for all those who would like to take to the fairways.Letterkenny Golf Club The Centenary Years by Declan O’Carroll is available and would be a lovely gift for anyone who has or has had a connection with Letterkenny Golf Club in its first 100 years. Contact the Golf Club, Easons or Clarkes for a copy.Congratulations to John Neely, Brian O’Reilly and Rosaleen McCahey, all winners in the Christmas Draw organised by Anthony Delap – many thanks Anthony.When Santa has brought you all lovely new mobile phones, please don’t forget to recycle your old ones and help us get a much needed defibrillator for the club. Wishing our Lady Captain Sandra, our Captain Henry and our President Barry, an enjoyable year in office and pledging support to you and our club.Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year to all our members, past and present and to those young and less young who would like to take up golf (or recommence) and join us in Letterkenny Golf Club.   GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB LADIES NOTES was last modified: December 17th, 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) Tags:Letterkenny Ladies Golf Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA News:The Senior & Reserves are back in action this weekend when they travel to Naomh Brid on Saturday evening. See Facebook for throw in times.Our annual 5k road race & fun run is on next Tuesday 2nd June. This race is part of the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Series. Please come out and support this fundraiser. Well done to Letterkenny Gaels club members from Illistrin National School who won the Best Sports Primary school for Hurling & Camogie.Nearly 40 of our U-8 & U-10 Hurlers & Camogs attended their first blitz of the season at Convoy on Sunday past.This Saturday the first U-8 football blitz of the season will take place at Pairc na nGael. Gweedore, McCool’s and Cloughaneely will be the other clubs attending. We hope to have a number of LK Gaels teams competing and for the first time ever we will have an U-8 all girls team playing. The blitz gets underway at 12 noon.The “Come hurl with me” programme is in full swing and being enjoyed by all who attend. This initiative is designed for Mums & Dads to learn and enjoy the skills of Camogie with their daughters.The programme will run every Friday evening for 6 weeks from 6.30-8pm. All welcome. Tickets for the upcoming USFC clash between Donegal v Armagh can be ordered by TEXTING Jim on 086 2271435.With the summer holidays fast approaching we have finalised dates for our Hurling Fun Week, Camogie Crew & Cúl Camp.The Hurling Fun week runs from 6th to 10th of July, Cúl Camp is from 27th to 31st July and the Camogie Crew is confirmed for the 22nd to 24th July.Any business interested in getting a pitch side ad should contact Dan on (086) 739 2780 for more details.Our U-12 football training continues on Monday & Friday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm at the pitch. New players welcome.Underage football coaching continues at 11am every Sunday at Pairc na nGael. New members welcome. Camogie training continues at the pitch on Mondays from 6-7pm for U-14 and older girls and Fridays from 6.30-8pm at the pitch for U-8, U-10 & U-12. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. Please check club website and Gaels Camogie Facebook for more info.Hurling training continues at Pairc na nGael every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS FACE NAOMH BRID IN CRUCIAL LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: May 26th, 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga: ‘Huge price tag doesn’t add extra pressure’

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more The Spaniard is enjoying life at Chelsea highlights Arrizabalaga, 23, admits he took a gamble by swapping the San Mames Stadium for Stamford Bridge, but insists he is already adapting well to his new life in London.He told AS: “It’s the price it is because the market is like that, too.“Higher and higher fees are being paid and I see it as a consequence of the market. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS impact Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware Arrizabalaga has started each of Chelsea’s opening four league games “I’m getting used to my new life: a new city, new team… but it’s been positive because when things start well on the pitch, it makes everything easier.“I have felt valued. In the last few years, a lot of Spaniards have done important things here and that’s good for those of us to arrive most recently. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal 2 “This is a great club, who in recent years have won the Champions League, Europa League, the Premier League… it’s a team with great players.“It was an important gamble and I’m happy to take this step. I want to enjoy it.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga does not feel any added pressure as a result of his world record transfer fee.The Spaniard became football’s most expensive keeper when the Blues bought him for a staggering £71.6million from Athletic Bilbao over the summer. possible standings REVEALED MONEY 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

Allingham Arms Hotel reaches new milestone

first_imgFáilte Ireland has this week announced the awarding of 4-star status to the landmark Allingham Arms Hotel in Bundoran. Elizabeth and Peter McIntyre proprietors of this well-known establishment have expressed their absolute delight at receiving this accolade.“Ever since my late father Sean bought the Allingham as a modest 24 bedded hotel in 1990 the motto has been customer first which is why we have continued to invest and expand over the past twenty eight years,” said Elizabeth. She added “The hotel now has 132 ensuite bedrooms with comfort, cleanliness and customer care the primary aim in our service delivery and in the past two years alone we have invested €1.5m redecorating and upgrading facilities.“It is very rewarding for Peter and I to hear the positive feedback from the many people who stay here from the length and breadth of Ireland and of course from tour operators who bring so many overseas visitors to Bundoran.’The Allingham was extended to an 88 bed hotel in its first few years in operation and when Peter and Elizabeth took over ownership in 1999 they expanded it to 116 beds and finally to 132 beds in 2006.As well as continually upgrading facilities and décor in its 132 bedrooms, the Hotel has extended the food and beverage area with the magnificent Quay West Restaurant/Café bar where the quality and value of food on offer is famous throughout the North West and indeed much further afield. Folklore has it that if you stay and have breakfast in the Allingham you won’t need to eat again that day. In awarding four stars to the Allingham, Fáilte Ireland states that it is to recognize quality and differentiate levels and services which guests can expect.This is epitomised by the main man Peter McIntyre who must have shaken more hands than the President himself.He said “I try to greet every guest and visitor to the Allingham as this is a family run hotel and whether it is myself, Elizabeth, son Sean or daughter Aine, you are visiting our house and everyone is both welcome and important to us.’“We employ 90 staff in the Allingham most of them local’ added Peter.’ Training is simple, high standards, quality, cleanliness, attention to detail and customer care are king. We treat all of our staff as family which is why I believe the welcome and friendliness that customers receive in the Allingham is second to none.The Allingham also has a magnificent Ballroom and has hosted many weddings, conferences and events but is probably more famous as being Irelands premier venue for Country and Western music. Joe Dolan, Nathan Carter, Big Tom, Mike Denver, Lisa McHugh, Jimmy Buckley, Philomena Begley…they have all played the Allingham. Peter added that receiving the four-star award is also in recognition of their many loyal customers.‘We receive customers from all over Ireland and in addition have an extremely loyal fan base from the wider North West and Border region. We have never taken their business and loyalty for granted which is why we have and will continue to reinvest in the hotel. This award is as much for our customers as it is for ourselves’ he concluded.Allingham Arms Hotel reaches new milestone was last modified: August 10th, 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:Allingham ArmsbundoranDonegal four star ratingFailte Irelandlast_img read more