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World Bank, GOL Sign US$115M Grant Deal

first_imgThe World Bank Group and the Government of Liberian (GOL) have signed a US$115 million additional financing grant in support of the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP) for Liberia. The money will go directly to the health sector in support of Liberia’s model of scaling up community care centers (CCCs), social mobilization and active case search. It will also support rapid response teams and laboratories, medical waste management, training and health workers’ hazard pay and the deployment of qualified foreign health workers to help Liberian medical staff fight Ebola and restore essential health services across the country. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Monday, November 24, with the World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, declaring that these grant resources will support the Liberian government to achieve zero cases of Ebola. “Zero cases must be our goal,” said the World Bank Country Manager who signed the agreement on behalf of the Bank. “Although we have seen decline in the number of cases in Liberia, the epidemic is far from over. We need to be fast and dynamic in order to achieve zero Ebola virus disease (EVD); be flexible and adapt our response to changing conditions on the ground.” Ms. Inguna warned “Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say we have done enough. No! We cannot slow down the response.” The US$115 million grant agreement penned on Monday is in addition to a US$52 million grant provided to the government by the World Bank few weeks ago bringing the Bank’s total grant support directly to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola epidemic to US$167 million. Ms. Inguna assured the Liberian government of the Bank’s continuing commitment to support the fight against the Ebola epidemic and in the recovery efforts once the outbreak is totally defeated. She also reminded the government to make sure that Liberians do not die from malaria, typhoid and other curable sicknesses despite the intense focus on the Ebola virus outbreak. “The direct impact of the crisis has wiped out hard-earned development gains and many Liberians have lost their livelihoods,” said Ms. Inguna. “We need to support the most vulnerable, especially the Ebola-affected families, get children back to school and farmers back to their fields.” In response, Liberia’s FDP Minister Amara M. Konneh thanked the World Bank Group, particularly President Jim Yong Kim, for the direct support to the government in the fight against the EVD. Minister Konneh declared the US$115 million grant by the World Bank is the second trench of support the Bank is giving to the Liberian government, the first being the US$52 million grant given to the government few weeks ago. “We are more grateful to the World Bank Group, which happens to be the largest donor to the government thus far in the fight against the EVD,” said Minister Konneh. “We [government] will use portion of the money to reopen our clinics and hospitals across the country both public and private. We will also use some of this grant to support our communities because they took charge of themselves and are still doing so in absence of the government and other health institutions,” he added.According to Minister Konneh, the US$115 million will contribute to the control of the Ebola virus disease in the country including psychosocial supports, amongst others.He recalled how the Liberian government had difficulties in handling the EVD outbreak few months ago, but noted that today is a new era where the government has identified the causes of Ebola and how to tackle it.The Liberian Finance Minister underscored the importance of the latest World Bank support as it will help restore basic health services across the country. “We are not going be satisfied until all of our health services are reopened even though the Health Ministry is already reopening hospitals and clinics gradually,” he added.Mr. Konneh warned the public that the EVD outbreak is not over yet despite the decline in the spread of the virus. He praised the Bank’s Country Manager for her strong support in acquiring the fresh financing to fight the EVD.Earlier, Deputy Health Minister for Administration, Mr. Matthew T. K. Flomo, who witnessed the signing ceremony thanked the World Bank for the huge direct support to the Ministry of Health for Ebola response. Minister Flomo also thanked Minister Konneh for lobbying for the grant resources and said the money will help strengthen and improve the sector.On November 18, 2014, the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$285 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Bank announced that the money would be used to help communities in the three countries cope with the socioeconomic impact of the crisis and rebuild and strengthen essential health services.  The grant is part of the nearly US$1 billion previously announced by the World Bank Group for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.The grant provides additional financing to the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP) approved by the WBG’s Board on September 16, 2014, including US$72 million for Guinea, US$115 million for Liberia and US$98 million for Sierra Leone, the three countries most-affected by Ebola.The announcement by the Bank brings the total financing approved so far from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window (CRW) for the Ebola response to US$390 million. The CRW is designed to help low-income IDA countries recover from severe disasters and crises. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We Put Ourselves In Their Shoes’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has encouraged the French people to take heart following the terrorist attack in Nice last Thursday. On Thursday, July 14, 2016, as the citizens and people of France enjoyed fireworks and other celebrations on Bastille Day, the country’s national day, a French-Tunisian man, identified by authorities as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, accelerated a lorry into an unsuspecting crowd in the French coastal city of in Nice. At least 84 persons, including 10 children, died in the carnage, with nearly 300 wounded, some very seriously and in critical condition.Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer after signing the Book of Condolence opened by the French Embassy near Monrovia in memory of those who died, the VP stated he just couldn’t comprehend “the madness that enters people to destroy lives without any justification.” The Liberian VP, who watched the event unfolded on television, and knowing the French people being who they are, “open and sociable,” said he couldn’t understand that such a horrible event was happening to them.He stated that he had brought a message of consolation to the French people through their embassy adding that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had earlier spoken and condemned the act against peaceful people.“We want to console them. We and the French people have a very close relationship; when such a thing happens, we put ourselves in their shoes like it’s happening to us,” he said. “We know that the French people will not give in to limiting their freedom to move around. The French people are courageous.”While expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, the VP stated that he was happy it didn’t happen during the Euro 2016 tournament when football teams from European nations were in various parts of France taking part in the tournament. The Vice President led an array of government officials, including Acting Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin; Justice Minister Frederick Cherue; Youth and Sports Minister Saah N’Tow; and others to sign the Book of Condolence. Notable among all the men who signed the Book was NationalInvestment Commission Chairperson, Madam Etmonia David. For his part, the French Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Joël Godeau, praised the Liberian Government for the solidarity shown his country since the terrorist attack. He said President Sirleaf was among the first people to send their messages of consolation and condolence to his President, Mr. François Hollande.“Madam President sent a very warm message to the President of France expressing her sympathy and compassion and denouncing this terrible and awful attack against innocent people,” Ambassador Godeau stated. He disclosed that at least 84 persons, including 10 children, died and nearly 300 were injured; adding: “A few hundred more are psychologically shocked by what they saw.”The French Ambassador stressed that no one, including the man who carried out the attack, can make France “give in,” and that the French people will resist every hate, which according to him is the measure for preventing such terrorist attacks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Concerned about climate change, families unite

first_imgThey came together four months ago from all over the San Fernando Valley, parents bound by concern about how climate change will affect their children. “I think a lot of the global movement so far has been focused on college students and a lot of Hollywood celebrities, but that hasn’t made it real for people,” said Miki Kim, a member of the grass-roots Families Against Climate Crisis. “We’re just a lot of Joe Normal families who are busy, who have jobs and kids and mortgages like many families across the country, but we have to take the time to set an example.” The group has created a Web site – – with energy-conservation and environmental tips. If you go “An Inconvenient Truth” will be screened at 1 p.m. today at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Free admission. For more information, call (818) 342-1473. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And today, the group is hosting a screening of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the Oscar-winning documentary by former Vice President Al Gore, followed by presentations at the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, where they are all members. “We want families to be aware of the issues so that they’re not looking at their kids years from now and saying `I’m really sorry,”‘ Kim said. “I think we can really get the word out,” said FACC member Spike Dolomite Ward. “We’re not tree huggers. We’re not hippies, and I think that’s why the messages are being dismissed. We’re just moms and dads.” (818) 713-3664 last_img

U.S., Iraq form joint inquiry into killings

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and Iraq will put together a joint commission to look into allegations that private guards protecting American diplomats killed Iraqi civilians and to review the U.S. Embassy’s security practices, the State Department said Wednesday. The size and composition of the commission have yet to be determined, but its members are charged with assessing the results of both U.S. and Iraqi investigations of Sunday’s incident, reaching a common conclusion about what happened and recommending possible changes to the way in which the embassy and its contractors handle security, it said. The commission will not conduct its own independent probe of the incident, in which at least 11 people were killed, but will attempt to reconcile conflicting accounts of what happened offered by the U.S. and Iraqi sides thus far. 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

Chelsea transfer update! Monaco eye move for Belgian flyer

first_img1 Charly Musonda in action for Chelsea Monaco are eyeing a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda, according to reports in Belgium.The 18-year-old has been a key part of the Blues’ youth teams this season, helping them secure the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.The attacking midfield pledged his future to Chelsea in March by signing a four-year deal with the Premier League champions.However, he is reportedly keen to gain first-team experience by heading out on loan.And, according to Belgian newspaper DH, Musonda could be granted that wish as Monaco have enquired after his services.The French club are offering to take the Belgian on loan for the season and are set for talks with Chelsea this summer.last_img read more

Crystal Palace to sign Swansea’s Jordan Ayew on season-long loan

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 Ayew has not returned to training with the Swans following their summer break.They started the new Championship campaign without him, winning 2-1 against Sheffield United on Saturday. The 26-year-old has made it clear that he wants a transfer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED LATEST center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Latest Transfer News LIVING THE DREAM Crystal Palace are reportedly on the verge of signing Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan from Swansea City.The Ghanaian was the Welsh side’s top scorer in the Premier League last season, but ultimately couldn’t save them from relegation. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Earlier in the summer, his brother, Andre Ayew, left Swansea for Fenerbahce on loan.Crystal Palace have already secured the signatures of Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer in the current transfer window. RANKED three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing IN DEMAND last_img read more


first_imgMore than two dozen jobs have been lost after a financial advice company in Gaoth Dobhair went bust.Debt management firm Eist agus Cuidiú has closed down just 11 months after opening and receiving €360k in grants from the taxpayer.It was set up to offer advice for people caught up in the recession, earning monies from restructuring of personal debts. But tonight it too has gone bust.It had received significant financial support from Udaras and other state agencies when it was set up last August offering salaries of up to €35k per annum.In total 26 jobs have gone – with staff not being paid their salary for last month.Senator Brian O Domhnaill and TD Pearse Doherty have both called on the company to honour its commitments to the employees. One employee told us: “It’s ironic that we worked in the debt sector and yet it is us who will end up on the dole and in debt.“It’s very sad that this has happened. We just want the company to square us all up with the money it owes us and we have been told that will happen but we didn’t get it last week when we should have done.”Deputy Doherty said: “Today’s news will be a huge blow to the 26 employees of this Gweedore based company and I am devastated for them. ‘Eist agus Cuidiú’ was established only in August of last year as a financial services call centre which offered help to people to get out of financial trouble through debt management. Despite significant state aid it was unable to find a way out of its own financial troubles.“One of the employees told me today that their priority now, was to ensure that the months pay that was due to them last week and hadn’t been paid along with all their other entitlements are paid in full. It goes with out saying that there is no good time to lose your job but to do so at the height of an unemployment crisis and only days after the Central Statistics Office announce that Donegal had an unemployment rate of 26% is deeply worrying.“I would call on the directors of this company to ensure that all of their employees receive all of their entitlements and that they are treated with respect. Today’s announcement is another call to action on the government to bring forward a real and meaningful job creation programme that can offer some hope to the former employees of ‘Eist agus Cuidiú’ and the tens of thousands of others who today through no fault of their own find themselves out of work.” Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has described the impending closure of Eist & Cuidiú Teo as a major blow for Gaoth Dobhair, and disastrous for the 26 employees who will soon be out of work and out of pocket.The financial services call centre was established in Gaoth Dobhair last August with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta. Less than a year later, the company is ceasing operations. Management is meeting with staff this afternoon.Local Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill says the circumstances of the closure are deeply worrying.“Not only are the 26 full and part time workers set to lose their jobs, but they are also owed 4 weeks pay which they have not yet received.  Together with holiday pay and other entitlements owed, some staff are out of pocket by up to 7 or 8 weeks pay,” Senator Ó Domhnaill explained. “The company, which was selling to the UK market, is owed a substantial sum of money from clients and has been forced to cease operations due to cash flow problems.  Two clients alone owe the firm €200,000. In a further attempt to retrieve the outstanding payments owed, management travelled to England last week but were unsuccessful in their efforts.“I have spoken to senior Údarás management and a number of the employees today.  The most important thing now is the protection of the workers and ensuring that they get what is owed to them. The company has a number of legal options available to it in this regard.  For instance, the insolvency fund from Department of Social Protection is only available after company entering a legal wind down. This fund provides for employees to obtain any outstanding salary, holiday pay and other entitlements.“Ultimately, what is happening at Eist & Cuidiú Teo demonstrates the ongoing unwillingness of financial institutions to lend to viable companies in times of cash flow difficulties. Jobs are being lost as a result.  This is something that this Government has failed to address since taking up office, and must start taking serioulsy,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.JOBS BLOW FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR AS 26 POSTS LOST IN CLOSURE was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

Fourty Niners Son gets big win

first_img “I feel so bad for the owners,” Whilly’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, said. “They got robbed, but that’s part of racing … I think we got a questionable call there.” Earlier, Healthy Addiction’s camp had to withstand a stewards’ inquiry before the Boston Harbor filly’s half-length victory in the $250,000 Grade II Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap became official. “I didn’t think there would be an inquiry, and then (jockey) Garrett (Gomez) came back and told us it (bumping) was mutual,” winning trainer John Sadler said. Healthy Addiction, who went gate to wire, is also Breeders’ Cup-bound after running the 1 1/16 miles over the main track in 1:42.23. It was the 4-year-old filly’s third consecutive victory and sixth in 14 lifetime starts. “This filly had lots of seconds and thirds, but she’s improving with age,” Sadler said. “She’s just developing.” Healthy Addiction is owned by Pamela C. Ziebarth, whose mother bred two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow. Ziebarth became a co-owner of Tiznow after his first Breeders’ Cup score. Brother Derek wins:Alex Solis rode Brother Derek, a Cal-bred son of Benchmark, to a gate-to-wire victory in the $200,000 Grade II Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Brother Derek covered the distance in 1:44.38 and won by three-quarters of a length over 2-1 favorite A.P. Warrior as the 7-2 third choice in the wagering. Trainer Dan Hendricks indicated after the race that the colt will be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Art Wilson, (626) 962-8811, ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Today we were fortunate, and it parted like the Red Sea,” Nakatani said. “He’s only going to keep getting better and better.” Whilly, a 14-1 long shot ridden by Felipe Martinez, beat 15-1 outsider Leprechaun Kid by a head for second money but was disqualified to fifth by stewards John Hervuveaux, Kim Sawyer and George Slender for interference near the wire. Martinez was livid afterward. “How can they get away with this?” he said of the stewards. “Everybody saw what happened. They should be put in jail for what they do.” Laura’s Lucky Boy, the original fourth-place finisher, was placed third. “We don’t think the distance is any factor,” Baxter said. Fourty Niners Son, the 7-5 favorite, came into the 1-mile race off a troubled third in the Arlington Million on Aug. 13. He had no trouble in this one, tracking the leaders from fifth in the early going before closing strongly in the stretch under Corey Nakatani to win with a clocking of 2:01.17. center_img Fourty Niners Son has a date in New York later this month after the 4-year-old grandson of Forty Niner scored a powerful one-length victory in Sunday’s $250,000 Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship during Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meet. Afterward, owner Ken Baxter said plans call for the gelding to race in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, a 1-mile marathon, at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. last_img read more

Around our school

first_imgWHITTIER – Local seniors and their parents can attend a bilingual financial aid workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at California High School, 9800 S. Mills Ave.The workshop covers all types of aid, and the FAFSA, the financial aid form that needs to be completed.Financial aid is available for students planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university, and/or a trade/vocation school.For more information, call Cindy Patricio at 562-698-8121, Ext. 3305. Guidelines set for meal program WHITTIER – The Whittier Union High School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education are announcing guidelines for participation in the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program.Eligibility is based on household size and income criteria.For reduced-price meals, annual household income for children in a family of four cannot exceed $35,798. The income level goes up $6,031 for each additional member.For free meals, annual household income cannot exceed $25,155 for children in a family of four. The income level goes up $4,238 per additional family member.Children who receive public assistance – food stamps or CalWORKS, for example – are automatically eligible for the school meal program.To apply for the program, parents must complete an application form available at the school. The form can be turned in at any time during the school year.Eligibility is determined solely on the application, although the information may be verified by school administrators at any time.Families who apply but are found ineligible can discuss the decision with the determining officials on an informal basis. A formal request for an appeal hearing can also be made.For more information, call your local school or Ellen Gong-Guy at (562) 940-1864. California High’s band wins award WHITTIER – California High School’s Entertainment Unit won the Sweepstakes Award at the annual Whittier Union High School District Band Jamboree competition held last week at the La Mirada High stadium.California’s school band performed against groups from La Serna, Pioneer and Whittier high schools. Students fill shoe boxes for charity WHITTIER – Students from Carden Whittier School donated more than 60 shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.Last year, Samaritan’s Purse distributed gift-filled shoe boxes to more than 3 million children in more than 65 countries ravaged by war, poverty or disaster. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad play SOUTH WHITTIER – Drama Club students at Graves Middle School will perform the play “The Misadventures of a Mad Scientist” at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the school, 13243 E. Los Nietos Road.Admission is $1, and children under 5 are free.For more information, call the school at (562) 944-0135, Ext. 317. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

Montas nearly goes the distance in Athletics’ 7-2 road win over Tigers

first_imgDETROIT – That’s two.The Oakland Athletics bopped the Tigers again on Friday night in Detroit — their 14th consecutive win over the AL Central club — to pick up another road win, 7-2, behind a dominant performance from starter Frankie Montas.The swift victory gave Oakland its second road win in a row after entering the series a measly 5-15 away from home and marked the second consecutive outing in which the A’s starting pitcher went longer than eight innings.Here are three takeaways from …last_img read more