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Ellen’s Letter to Obama: A Wakeup Call for the International Community, Liberians

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written her United States’ counterpart, Barack H. Obama, requesting America’s swift intervention in Liberia’s Ebola crisis.She appealed to him to send US medical doctors and equipment to help stop the spread of the deadly epidemic in the country.In her letter, she told President Obama and the American people that the Ebola virus is spreading at an exponential rate “and we have a limited time window to arrest it.”The Liberian leader also bluntly told President Obama that the virus outbreak has overwhelmed the containment and treatment measures her government has attempted thus far.”Our already limited resources have been stretched to breaking point and up to now a private charity, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), has responded robustly in all the affected countries. But MSF, too, has reached its limits,” she said.Liberia will lose the battle against the Ebola virus without more direct help from the US Government, she warned.She also told President Obama that well over 40% of total Ebola cases have occurred in the last 18 days.“Our message has gotten out and our citizens are self-reporting or bringing in their relatives. But our treatment centers are overwhelmed. MSF is now running a 160 bed-unit, the largest ever Ebola treatment unit in the history of the disease and even that is inadequate,” she stated.President Sirleaf openly told President Obama that the Ebola virus has created a national health emergency that posed serious challenges to the country’s unemployed youthful population, some of whom were child soldiers, and threatens civil order.“What is even heartbreaking is that we are unable to reopen our basic secondary health facilities because terrified health workers, who have watched their colleagues die from the disease, are afraid to return to work,” she said.About 153 health workers have been infected and 79 have died.President Sirleaf’s admittance that the Ebola virus outbreak has overwhelmed her government is a wakeup call to the international community to promptly and affirmatively respond to save Liberia.It is well over six months since the outbreak, but nothing really  concrete has come from the international community.By sitting and watching innocent lives taken away daily by a virus that can be contained and defeated is equal to the commission of genocide.The international community has a responsibility to Liberia in lines with international protocols, to which this sovereign nation is signatory and which it has always respected and enforced.It is time for President Obama and the American government and people to demonstrate their  true traditional friendship and partnership and demonstrate to Liberians and the world that Americans are truly our ally.The British Government has proven its worth in Sierra Leone where it is heavily involved in helping the Sierra Leone Government contain the Ebola virus from spreading. Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization’s later data, has the lowest Ebola-related deaths in the Mano River Union basin.We are also told that the Russian Government has dispatched doctors and scientists to Guinea and they have made successful gains in containing the virus from spreading. Guinea’s total Ebola deaths toll, WHO says, is about 600.But the toll in Liberia is fast  approaching 1,400 and could even go higher. One may wonder where are our international partners we usually boast of.And what is the United States,  our traditional ally, friend and partner—doing to help its oldest African friend? We pray that we are not being reminded of the 1990 civil war when US President George Bush refused to intervene to stop the civil war.The US Government’s refusal to send US troops to help stop the senseless civil in Liberia and save it from self-destruction led to the death of over 250,000 and the near total destruction of the country.  It took Britain and other partners of Liberia to  criticize the US before “Uncle Sam” sent US troops on the ground and demanded Charles Taylor’s departure, to which he immediately acceded.The US always supported ECOWAS troops during the war, however, but it wasn’t sufficient of them.The Liberian civil war immediately ended few months after US troops arrived in the country. We salute the US for the little it has done, but a lot  more is needed.The second wakeup call President Sirleaf’s letter goes directly to the Liberian people. The President has already made it very clear that her government lacks capacity financial, human resources and logistics to contain the deadly Ebola virus. What we need to do the most as a people is a ‘break in transmission.’Let us avoid coming in physical contacts with infected person (s) or sick people whose sicknesses have not been diagnosed by medical doctors.We are too good a people to be  destroying our own lives. We must stop pointing fingers, accusing and blaming one another for this virus and begin to report all suspected sick persons in our communities and save lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commissioner General Stewart Tamba Increasing LRA’s International Recognition

first_imgMadam Elfrieda Stewart-Tamba, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), already well-known and respected in global taxation circles, has recently carved another important, high profile accolade, thereby enhancing the LRA’s international recognition.She has been selected as Co-Chair of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) Steering Committee.ATI is a body of 45 countries, including the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Ghana and several other nations in Europe and Africa, including Liberia.ATI plays a coordinating role, among other things, in ensuring that partner countries receive the desired support for capacity building in international tax issues.The naming of Commissioner General Stewart Tamba as Co-Chair of the ATI Steering Committee was announced by ATI Co-Chair Christopher Heffernan of Canada. Mr. Heffernan named the other selected Co-Chair as Mari Khurtsidze, Head of the International Taxation Division of the State of Georgia’s Finance Ministry. Commissioner General Stewart Tamba is also a member of the Governing Council, Addis Tax Administration African Forum, and Chairman, West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF).All Liberians should be proud of the impressive international recognition of their outstanding daughter and sister, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, and our state enterprise, LRA.Clearly, her efficient and dynamic handling of Liberia’s Tax System is paying off, as it increasingly receives international recognition through its Commissioner General.The Bible says, “Seest thou a man—[or woman]—diligent about his [or her] business, he [or she] shall stand before kings, and not before mean men.”Think of so many Liberian tax officials who lost their focus because they went after money—money from the people’s taxes they collected and pocketed, ending up in disgrace and even jail.We are not saying that Liberia’s current tax administration under Commissioner General Stewart Tamba is perfect, but suffice it to say that the world has recognized the efficient and effective tax administration she and her LRA team have put into place. They are rising to the challenge of helping their government in these times of desperate financial squeeze, to navigate turbulent monetary waters.Remember when the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) recently protested against LRA’s stringent tax collection operations, Commissioner General Stewart Tamba, with two other top GOL economic and financial managers, Finance Minister Boima Kamara and Central Bank Executive Governor Milton Weeks, cooperated, along with the ongoing intervention of the Legislature, to mitigate the protesters’ concerns. The Commissioner General is also working with partners in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international partners to find ways to expand inter-African trade and industry. Among the companies targeted is Firestone which, because of the expanded ECOWAS market of 200 million people in 15 countries, could start exporting furniture made from rubber wood. This sizeable market may, at last, encourageFirestone to start manufacturing tires and other rubber products.Also targeted is Golden Veroleum, which plans to manufacture and export palm oil-based industrial products. And the door is open, Madam Tamba told the Daily Observer recently, “to anyone else who has something attractive to manufacture and sell across our borders and beyond.”We hope that Commissioner General Tamba and all her co-workers, including customs workers at the Free Port of Monrovia, the Ganta, Zwedru and other interior collection points, as well as the Roberts International Airport (RIA), and the Ports of Buchanan, Greenville and Harper, will continue to keep the flag of LRA, yea Liberia, flying high. This will not only win the appreciation and respect of all Liberians, but the continued recognition of the international community, such as we are seeing in the outstanding representation of Commissioner General Tamba in the global tax arena.Elfrieda’s father, Frank James Stewart, a Columbia University-trained accountant and finance expert who served in the 1950s through 1970s as the Liberian government’s Inspector General of Liberian Diplomatic Missions and Budget Director General, is brimming with pride wherever he is.Frank was the son of a Gola man from Bomi County, a well-known evangelist of his day and father of many who became professionals in various fields, including Education, Adult Literacy, Evangelism, Hydrological Engineering and Law. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wow! Tottenham’s new stadium listed among 15 most futuristic football grounds

first_imgTottenham are set to move into a new stadium in 2018 that will be the largest football club ground in London.The Premier League club’s new arena will hold 61,000 spectators and host NFL American football matches every year for a decade.It is one of a host of planned new football stadiums that will continue to revolutionise the way we watch live sport.Take a look at the video above to see another 14 futuristic football stadiums due to open between 2018-2024.Which one do you most like the look of? Comment below.last_img read more

‘Mignolet is one of Premier League’s top three goalkeepers’, claims Anfield legend

first_imgDietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT Simon Mignolet is one of the top three goalkeepers in the Premier League.The Belgian has often been a target for detractors since his £9million move to Liverpool from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, and former manager Brendan Rodgers left him out of the team for an “indefinite period” last December following some inconsistent displays.That exodus last just 12 days before stand-in Brad Jones picked up an injury, and Mignolet has been first choice ever since.He found himself back under the microscope again last week, however, after conceding a goal against Bordeaux from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after he was penalised for holding onto the ball for 21 seconds.Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, however, insists he is not looking to replace Mignolet and hailed the 27-year-old as “one of the smartest goalkeepers” he has ever had.And Hamann is backing the judgement of his fellow German and says there should be no question marks over Mignolet’s Merseyside future.“He’s a very talented goalkeeper,” he said on the Colin Murray show. “The issue people always have with him is whether or not he’s mentally strong enough, but for a goalkeeper to come back into the team [after being dropped like he was last season] and do well is not an easy thing to do.“As an outfield player you’ve always got another chance. But if he’d come back and made one or two mistakes his Liverpool career would have been finished.“The way he responded last year, and the way he’s kept goal this year for large parts, has been exceptional.“I totally agree with the manager. I wouldn’t swap him for any goalkeeper in the Premier League other than David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, he’s that good a goalkeeper. He’s still young and he can still improve.“He has the most clean sheets in the Premier League in 2015 and you don’t do that if you’re not a capable goalkeeper. I hope he stays at the club and I hope he stays as No.1 and, by the sound of it, he will.“Leave him alone. He’s a top keeper.”last_img read more

Arsene Wenger on why Arsenal didn’t beat Leicester to the Premier League title

first_imgArsenal finished the season with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa to end ahead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur.But while the result sees Arsene Wenger’s side again get the better of their fierce London rivals, it hasn’t deterred from the Gunners’ failure to challenge for the title.Arsenal sat top of the table heading into 2016, but Leicester City cruised to glory as the Premier League’s elite struggled to keep pace. “We got, for a while, absolutely criticised for not winning the league,” said Wenger.But the Frenchman believes Leicester City were simply the deserved winners this season, labelling the Foxes as the best side in Europe, ahead of La Liga champions Barcelona.“We did our job against Leicester and they lost only three games.“Barcelona lost more, Real Madrid lost more, but Leicester have been top in Europe this season.”2016 ST TOTTERINGHAM’S DAY CELEBRATIONSlast_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FCOur mens team turned in one of their best performances of the season when they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with league champions Glenea Utd. The game had been reversed as our pitch was unplayable. Conor Sweeney and Kevin Mc Hugh were the scorers. We have no game on Sunday.Our u/12’s returned to action with a friendly win over Ballyraine B’s while our u/10’s and u/8’s played Clonmany Shamrocks in friendlies in Game On. Some of the younger players played their first games for the club and acquitted themselves well. Thanks to Clonmany for travelling down for the games. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 4,5,12,19. Ernie Pollock won E50 for three numbers. Next weeks jackpot is E3775.00.The club extends sympathy to the Quinn and Mc Grotty family circle on their recent bereavement.SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS FC CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 11th, 2013 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:Lagan Harps FC noteslast_img read more


first_imgOtway Golf Club.Otway Golf News:Last Sunday in 14 degrees and a slight wind, the golfers of Otway lined out for the official kick start to 2016 with the Captain’s drive in.Club Captain Thomas Merritt and Lady Captain Orla Gallagher welcomed the crowd to the new year at Otway, and members and visitors enjoyed ideal playing conditions, followed by refreshments and prizegiving in the clubhouse. Scoring was competitive on the day, but the winning team of Gerry Gallagher, Paddy Sheridan, Kathleen McCormick and Paddy Lynch took first place by the smallest of margins of point 2, pipping the team of Arthur Morrison, Patsy Gallagher, Pat McNulty and Paddy Merritt into second place. With the new year off to a perfect start, members are back in action this Sunday 20th in the Dillon Cup, a singles stableford format, and bragging rights of the first winner of 2016 up for grabs!GOLF NEWS: OFFICIAL CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN AT OTWAY was last modified: March 15th, 2016 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:Captain’s Drive-IngolfOtwaySportlast_img read more


first_imgMore than 150 people took part in the Raphoe Family Resource Centre 5k.It was a one and two for Derry Spartans with Emmett McGinty winning the race followed by clubfeet Noel Logan.Well done to all who took part. Place Name Club Bib No Gender Cat Gun Time Chip Time1 Emmett McGinty City of Derry Spartans 26 M Sen 16:16 16:152 Noel Logan City of Derry Spartans 27 M Sen 16:45 16:453 Brian McNamee 162 M Sen 17:19 17:184 Martin McColgan Carnoustie 54 M Sen 17:36 17:365 Kieran Crawford Letterkenny AC 149 M Sen 17:38 17:376 Brian McCrea Finn Valley AC 134 M Sen 17:54 17:547 Kenny Melaugh Healthy Bon Fitness 112 M Sen 18:11 18:108 Paul Dillon Lifford Strabane AC 104 M 40 18:20 18:209 Patrick Meehan Foyle Valley AC 30 M Sen 18:30 18:2610 Peter McMenamin Finn Valley AC 47 M Sen 18:40 18:4011 Mark Reid Foyle Valley AC 33 M 40 18:51 18:4612 Damian Murphy Raphoe Road Runners 10 M 40 19:14 19:1313 Karol Doherty 119 M W/C 19:28 19:2814 Brandon McGrinder Lifford Strabane AC 84 M Sen 19:28 19:2215 Kevin Carlin 28 M Sen 19:55 19:5416 Andrew Leighton Convoy AC 83 M 40 19:56 19:5417 Jason Graham Tir Chonaill AC 111 M 40 19:58 19:5618 Stephen Travers Tir Chonaill AC 61 M 50 20:01 19:5919 John McKinley Foyle Valley AC 46 M 40 20:11 20:1120 Terry Foley Foyle Valley AC 49 M Sen 20:15 20:1021 Frank Pinder 64 M 50 20:16 20:1222 Ryan Jordan Convoy AC 123 M Sen 20:16 20:1323 Aiden Kelly Lifford Strabane AC 118 M Sen 20:18 20:1424 Niall Hassan Acorns AC 71 M Sen 20:26 20:2425 Noeleen Merritt Finn Valley AC 40 F 50 20:28 20:2726 William Freney Raphoe Road Runners 70 M 40 20:33 20:3127 Aaron McGrath Lifford Strabane AC 97 M Sen 20:40 20:3528 Amanda Connell Springwell 18 F Sen 20:42 20:3829 Keith Gordon Swanlings 110 M Sen 20:47 20:4530 Jess Moorehead 81 F Sen 20:49 20:4731 Charlie Dooher Melvin WJR 35 M Sen 20:50 20:4232 Stephen Doherty 174 M Sen 20:53 20:5033 Finbar Allan 13 M Sen 21:00 20:5834 Billy Orr Foyle Valley AC 14 M 50 21:01 20:5735 Kieran McColgan Carnoustie 55 M Sen 21:02 21:0136 Joseph Brown 101 M Sen 21:04 20:5737 Daniel Duggan Lifford Strabane AC 116 M Sen 21:13 21:1238 Declan McAleer Lifford Strabane AC 42 M 40 21:16 21:1439 Marie Rooney Tir Chonaill AC 23 F 50 21:17 21:1640 Hugh Allan Raphoe Road Runners 11 M 50 21:21 21:1641 Martin Jordan Convoy AC 122 M Sen 21:23 21:1842 Foxy Martin 22 M 40 21:26 21:1843 Hugh Hegarty Foyle Valley AC 19 M 40 21:33 21:2944 Dympna Houston Lifford Strabane AC 86 F Sen 21:33 21:3145 Adrian McHugh 38 M 40 21:34 21:3146 Tony Grant Foyle Valley AC 45 M 50 21:37 21:3347 AN Other 48 21:39 21:3748 Mark Gillespie Foyle Valley AC 1 M 40 21:44 21:4149 Jonathan Brown 99 M Sen 21:45 21:4050 Stephen McCrory Run For Buns 20 M 40 21:46 21:4451 Robbie Morning Drumoghill Running Club 32 M Sen 21:47 21:4352 Fintan Carlin Lifford Strabane AC 148 M Juv 21:53 21:5053 Sean McMenamin Aghyaran 50 M 50 22:03 22:0154 Richard Raymond Letterkenny AC 24 M 60 22:17 22:1655 Keelin Harkin 165 M Sen 22:19 22:1556 Terence Quinn Raphoe Road Runners 147 M 50 22:19 22:1657 Patsy McHugh 39 M 40 22:20 22:1758 Laura Maguire 256 F 45 22:21 22:1959 Patricia McLaughlin Inishowen AC 105 F 45 22:21 22:1360 Lisa Patterson kcr 167 F Sen 22:26 22:2361 Mickey McCurdy Lifford Strabane AC 95 M 40 22:32 22:3062 Kevin Gallagher Lifford Strabane AC 41 M 40 22:35 22:3263 Patrick Meehan Foyle Valley AC 31 M Sen 22:40 22:3564 Verona Campbell Foyle Valley AC 43 F 45 22:51 22:4765 Ian Alexander 151 M 40 22:53 22:4866 Tommy Doherty Drumoghill Running Club 59 M 50 22:55 22:4767 Pat McCrudden Finn Valley AC 37 M 60 22:57 22:5668 Don Smith Convoy AC 125 M 50 23:01 22:5769 John McElwaine Lifford Strabane AC 150 M Sen 23:15 23:1170 Decky Duffy Melvin WJR 36 M Sen 23:17 23:0871 Alan Mailey Convoy AC 109 M Sen 23:22 23:1772 Paul Houston Lifford Strabane AC 87 M Sen 23:29 23:2673 Martin Langan Convoy AC 145 M 40 23:30 23:2474 Linda McGrath Lifford Strabane AC 93 F Sen 23:32 23:2975 Carol Houston Castlefinn Running Club 103 M 50 23:41 23:3576 Alan Redstone Lifford Strabane AC 85 M 40 23:50 23:4777 Tony Morning Drumoghill Running Club 34 M Sen 24:08 23:5978 AN Other 24:09 24:0079 Michael Jack Convoy AC 120 M 40 24:14 24:0980 Brian Duffy 126 M 40 24:15 24:0981 John Griffin Finn Valley Fit4Life 72 M 40 24:15 24:1182 Joe Gallen Lifford Strabane AC 66 M 50 24:19 24:1783 Mark McCurdy Lifford Strabane AC 96 M Sen 24:22 24:1784 John Ward Tir Chonaill AC 137 M 40 24:25 24:2285 Clare Molloy 77 F 40 24:26 24:1986 Shaun Boyce Milford AC 51 M Sen 24:32 24:2987 Hugh Brogan 52 M Sen 24:32 24:2988 Harry Doherty 88 M 40 24:35 24:3489 Joseph Morning Drumoghill Running Club 171 M Sen 24:37 24:3390 Berny Love 57 F 40 24:38 24:3691 Maurice Murray 153 M 50 24:40 24:3492 Sharon Carlin Lifford Strabane AC 146 F 45 24:43 24:4093 Leanne Patterson kcr 168 F Sen 24:45 24:4194 Johnny Long 169 M Sen 24:45 24:4095 Noel Heekin Sliabh Liag 80 M Sen 24:52 24:5096 Sophie Kelly 163 F 40 25:05 25:0297 Linda Macbeth Raphoe Road Runners 124 F Sen 25:13 25:0898 Joseph Casey 17 M 50 25:22 25:1599 Emma Bates Convoy AC 139 F Sen 25:24 25:24100 Catherine Quigley Lifford Strabane AC 114 F Sen 25:31 25:26101 Martin McCrory 16 M 40 25:36 25:29102 Clare Hassan Termoneeny Running Club 73 F Sen 25:43 25:35103 Kayleigh Smith Convoy AC 132 F Sen 25:46 25:39104 Mary Martin Finn Valley Fit4Life 127 F 60 25:48 25:45105 Olivia Cuskelly Lifford Strabane AC 21 F 40 25:49 25:44106 Maddy McCurdy Lifford Strabane AC 94 F Sen 25:49 25:43107 Caroline Ward Tir Chonaill AC 138 F 45 25:52 25:49108 Shaun O’Donnell Swanlings 159 M 50 25:54 25:45109 Dermot Breslin 53 M Sen 26:13 26:10110 Ronan Gallen 65 M Sen 26:17 26:14111 Claire Taylor Convoy AC 140 F Sen 26:26 26:18112 Victoria Wray 166 F Sen 26:32 26:25113 Eileen Morning Swanlings 117 F 40 26:40 26:39114 Edel Travers Tir Chonaill AC 60 F Sen 27:00 26:57115 Vanessa McHugh 9 F Sen 27:07 27:00116 Lucia Doherty 8 F Sen 27:08 27:01117 Paul Finn Finn Valley Fit4Life 74 M 40 27:21 27:16118 John Mailey Convoy AC 58 M 40 27:39 27:39119 Elaine Parke Convoy AC 4 F Sen 27:40 27:34120 Zara Tinney 170 F Juv 28:10 28:02121 Diane McGarrigle Finn Valley Fit4Life 79 F 40 28:14 28:10122 Mairead Pinder Letterkenny AC 62 F 40 28:16 28:09123 Noreen Pinder 63 F Sen 28:24 28:17124 Denise McElhinney Raphoe Hockey Club 107 F Sen 28:35 28:28125 Dorothy McHugh 98 F Sen 28:50 28:41126 Nuala Allan Raphoe Road Runners 12 F 50 28:51 28:45127 Raj Meehan Raphoe Road Runners 152 M 50 28:52 28:47128 Caroline McCurdy Lifford Strabane AC 29 F 45 28:58 28:52129 Ayesha Mahmud 100 F Sen 29:04 28:57130 Arlyne Kilpatrick Raphoe Hockey Club 106 F Sen 29:19 29:12131 Shelley Gillespie Convoy AC 3 F Sen 29:37 29:37132 Martina McBrearty 164 F 50 29:43 29:38133 Amanda Toland 82 F Sen 29:44 29:43134 Ann Strain Convoy AC 69 F 45 29:53 29:45135 Gerard Sharkey Swanlings 68 M 50 30:17 30:12136 Patricia O’Brien kcr 143 F Sen 30:22 30:19137 Laura McGlinchey 133 F Sen 30:43 30:37138 Rhonda Porter Lifford Strabane AC 128 F Sen 30:45 30:38139 Ann Kee Finn Valley Fit4Life 76 F 40 30:48 30:44140 Sabrina Barnett Raphoe Hockey Club 108 F Sen 31:00 30:53141 Desmond Brownlie Lagan Valley AC 121 M 60 31:10 31:08142 Hayley Davison 115 F Sen 31:27 31:15143 Jamie Smith 157 M Juv 32:23 32:10144 Gillian Smith Castlefinn Running Club 155 F Sen 32:23 32:13145 Edel Neely Finn Valley Fit4Life 78 F 40 32:39 32:29146 Lee Ann Melaugh Lifford Strabane AC 113 F Sen 32:57 32:47147 Amanda McGranaghan Finn Valley Fit4Life 75 F Sen 33:32 33:22148 Melissa Morning Drumoghill Running Club 172 F Juv 33:32 33:22149 Sean Morning Drumoghill Running Club 173 M Juv 34:50 34:39150 Bernadine Madden kcr 5 F 40 34:53 34:50151 Colleen O’Brien Aghyaran 142 F Sen 35:24 35:15152 Denise Langan Castlefinn Running Club 44 F 45 35:36 35:31153 Lena O’Reilly kcr 144 F 50 36:21 36:18154 Liz Gallen kcr 67 F 50 37:25 37:21155 Lara Smith 156 F Juv 38:16 38:06156 Judith Smith Castlefinn Running Club 158 F 45 38:20 38:09157 Alice McConnellMORE THAN 150 COMPLETE RAPHOE 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 6th, 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 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South Africa wins award for fight against malaria

first_img1 February 2016South Africa is one of 14 African countries to have received recognition for its fight against malaria during the 2016 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) meeting on 30 January as part of the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia.The 2016 Alma Awards for Excellence were given to:Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, and Swaziland for achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for malaria;Rwanda, Senegal and Liberia for Performance in Malaria Control between 2011 and 2015;Mali, Guinea and Comoros for being the Most Improved in Malaria Control between 2011 and 2015.“These are impressive achievements,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a result of your vision of a malaria-free world.”These stats from the Alma shows where Africa is gaining ground in the fight against malaria. The green indicates a country on track, yellow indicates progress but more effort required while red shows countries that are not on track in the fight against malaria. (Image: Alma)South Africa’s progressIn South Africa, cases of malaria have decreased by 82%; and the malaria related death rate has dropped by 71% since the year 2000 to date.The decrease is attributed to a sound malaria vector control programme, in which the country has used dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT odourless insecticide for indoor residual spraying, coupled with other World Health Organization recommended interventions.“We are honoured to receive this 2016 Alma Award, which recognises the efforts that our programme in South Africa has made, not only in the past decade, but also investments we have made to fight malaria since the 1940s,” said President Jacob Zuma, who received the award.Collective effortSince 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa had fallen by 66% overall and 71% among children under the age of five, said the alliance.“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is a model for what we can do when we commit ourselves to a collective goal,” noted Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“Our progress is undeniable. This is what it looks like when we work together – this is how we build a better future for Africa.”Challenge continues“Despite the remarkable achievements, we should not lose sight that malaria remains a disease of poverty and a major public health concern, particularly in Africa,” said Hailemariam Dessalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister and the current chair of Alma. “We must therefore continue to invest in malaria interventions in order to reduce malaria cases and deaths.”According to the organisation, there were 188 million case of malaria in Africa in 2015. “An African child still dies every two minutes from the disease,” it said.To see how each country fared, click here to read the 2015 fourth quarter report.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Green card wait affects Northwest Arkansas residents

first_imgVanshika Chintakunta dreams of going to college, becoming a doctor and opening a medical office in the United States.But she’s different from many immigrant dreamers: She came to America legally. Still, her immigration status diminishes her hope of achieving those goals.Vanshika, a ninth-grader at Bentonville High School, moved to the United States from India when she was 3 through her father’s work visa. Her sister, Trishika, was 5 months old.Read it at NWA Online Related Itemslast_img read more