Emmanuel R. Kone, Deputy Chief of Party for Plan International To reduce the spread of malaria in the country, Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Straks, a local non-governmental organization focusing on health awareness, is training Liberians in all 15 counties to carry on distribution and education on the use of mosquito nets to 2.6 million people across the country.Mr. Emmanuel R. Kone, Deputy Chief of Party for Plan International, speaking at the opening of the workshop on Monday, April 24, in Sinkor, Monrovia, said distributing nets is one aspect but the major challenge is the usage of the nets.He told the trainees, who were more than 60 in number, that at the end of the training, their job would be to educate the public on the importance of the nets. “I am urging every one of you to encourage our brothers and sisters to sleep under mosquito nets,” he added.He informed them that people in rural communities misuse mosquito nets to make a gardens, to tie the roofs of their huts and therefore they must encourage them to use the nets for the reason that they are provided. “You must educate them not to use the nets to cover dead bodies and also not to use them to fish,” he noted.Mr. Kone told them that those in central Monrovia have the nets available in their homes, but they are not using them for its intended purpose.He said the distribution of the net will commence on Thursday, April 26. “I expect every one of you to be an agent of change to stop the spread of malaria in Liberia.”Mr. Kone said nets will only be given to those that have tickets because every community will have its distribution site to pick up the nets and it will be accessible to every resident.“I hope the distribution of the nets will be able to reduce the increase of malaria in Liberia because the distribution is a national event to end malaria. The campaign will be launched on April 25, which is also the World Malaria day,” Mr. Kone said.Dr. Augustine N. Fannieh, chairman of the board of directors of Straks, said malaria is common and the number one killer disease in pregnant women and young children under 5 years of age in Liberia in most African countries.According to him, in an effort to reduce this disease Straks strongly believes that the preventative method of malaria control will help reduce the mortality rate in Africa.He told the trainees that the distribution of the nets has been very important, but people in the rural areas are misusing the nets, which greatly contributes to the spread of malaria.Malaria is a life-threatening disease and it is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Officers attached to the Georgetown City Constabulary have been accused of unlawfully assaulting a taxi driver on Thursday along Water Street, as he was awaiting a customer outside National Hardware.Guyana Times was told that Surendra Mohabir parked his vehicle outside of the building located on Water Street, Georgetown, and was standing outside of the car.Photo which shows the car being parked within the demarcated boundariesShortly after, he was approached by three Police officers attached to the City Constabulary, who accused him of obstructing the flow of traffic.Upon questioning the accusations, the man was handcuffed, harassed and walked to the City Constabulary Outpost located on Regent Street.An eyewitness at the scene, who spoke to this publication, revealed that Mohabir was not guilty of the accusations, since his vehicle, bearing registration plate HB 3474, was parked within the demarcated lines.At that time, it was also noted that there was no traffic buildup in the area which could have caused a disturbance in traffic.The matter was brought to the attention of the management of the hardware store. The owner of the hardware store, Edward Boyer, stated, “They harass the people so much that I think that people coming from out of town will be afraid to come to Georgetown to shop. This has got to stop. It is harassment at its highest.“The City Council needs to talk to the City Police. This is not a criminal offence. Do not handcuff people [and] scramble them. This is despicable. What happened here today (Thursday), we need to stop this sort of thing. We live in a democracy and you can’t do it this way,” he added.“I think it’s time we complain [to] the Mayor and City Council. They need to teach the City Police not to do this!” he related.A customer who operates a bus was also harassed by the City Police for the same offence, although his vehicle was parked in the demarcated limits and away from the roadway. However, it was unclear whether he was arrested.Mohabir was ordered to pay $5000 in bail, and is expected to appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on May 11.
– expert says country can expect better oil deal next roundBy Samuel SukhnandanA Caribbean expert in the oil and gas industry believes Guyana has the opportunity to get a better deal when finalising a contract for the second oil find, and will stand a greater advantage given the global name it has made for itself, due to the hold-massive oil discoveries made here.T&T oil and gas expert, Donald BaldeosinghDonald Baldeosingh who delivered a lecture on oil and gas, using the Caribbean context at the Nations University on Wednesday evening, said there are a lot more opportunities to be garnered from the recent oil discoveries and other potential discoveries both onshore and offshore Guyana.“Guyana is very prominent on the world oil map right at this moment. There is a lot of hype and a lot of interest. So, Guyana would be in a better position to negotiate another contract now in another block based on what is going on and what is happening in this phase,” he said.While there are many concerns regarding the Government’s reluctance in releasing the contract signed between them and US oil giant ExxonMobil, the Trinidadian oil and gas expert said the time has come for everyone to stop dwelling on the past and focus on the opportunities that lies ahead.Baldeosingh, a former Chairman of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin) and the current President of the ENMAN Group said that Guyanese need to be patient because information regarding how much Guyana gets and spends from its oil revenues will be made public.He said, “They will be able to do their own arithmetic to figure out what that means in relation to production of the oil. I also feel as more and more Guyanese go up the learning curve, understanding the contracts, there will be less and less unease about how they are currently structured.”Former petroleum company of T&T (Petrotrin) Chairman, Donald Baldeosingh, responding to a query from Guyana Times’ Associate Editor, Mark Ramotar, following his lecture on oil and gas at Nations University on WednesdayWhile Guyana will be receiving a two per cent royalty on gross earnings and 50 per cent of the profits of the oil proceeds when production begins, some people feel that is not enough.He said there are several options that are available to Guyana to change the contract, but he feels given that the first contract has already been inked; doing that could only lead to uncertainty in the future with other companies. Baldeosingh warned the Government not to pursue this matter.“I think we just have to accept that this is what is happening,” he said, while asserting that Guyana accepted a deal based on limited experience.DisciplineAnother important factor that Baldeosingh spoke about is the fact that the Government of the day needs to exercise a high level of discipline, when dealing with the oil revenues. He said while it may be good to use this money to assist with the development of infrastructure and telecommunication, if the money is not appropriately spent, Guyana could experience the same issues as Trinidad and Tobago.“There is not always going to be a feast, but there are famines too. So, Guyana needs to set up a regulatory framework and a good step in that direction of course is a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). But that’s not all, setting it up is fine, but you need to ensure that it is properly managed,” he added.Making reference to the Trinidad experience, the former Petrotrin Chairman highlighted to guests at the lecture that Guyana needs to look carefully at the negative effects oil had on that small island economy. Baldeosingh said that even though Trinidad has a SWF, the money in that fund could hardly manage to offset the current and capital expenses that that country has over a long period.Even though Guyana is expected to become a first-time oil producer by 2020, he said that Government must ensure that competent people are placed in key positions to make proper decisions, so that the country would be able to withstand gaps and fluctuation in the international price for oil. This is an important factor, especially since oil and gas will play a major role in the local economy.Baldeosingh also spoke about the opportunities that will be available to, or should be made available to Guyanese. While a number of Guyanese and Guyanese businesses will directly benefit from jobs and business partnerships through this new sector, he said Government should also demand that more Guyanese continues to be trained to take over the sector and more jobs made available to them.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – With a stunning $25 million fundraising haul for his presidential campaign, Democrat Barack Obama affirmed his status Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival. The freshman Illinois senator proved he could channel his appeal into significant financial muscle, and he dispelled, for now, questions about the durability of his anti-war, ”hope”-driven candidacy. Obama’s total for the first three months of the year stopped just short of the record $26 million Clinton brought in. By any measure, it was an astonishing figure for a political newcomer elected to the Senate just two years ago. ”It means we’ve got broad-based support, and I’m very proud of that,” Obama told The Associated Press while campaigning in Mason City. ”We’re particularly proud that we were able to do this without any money from federal lobbyists or PACs.” Asked if the fundraising totals puts the Democratic nomination in a two-way race between Clinton and himself, Obama said: ”It’s way too early. It indicates that people are really engaged and enthusiastic, and the crowds we’ve been attracting, I think, are indicative of a broad base of support across the country.” In an e-mail message to supporters, Obama said his fundraising success represented ”an unmistakable message to the political establishment in Washington about the power and seriousness of our challenge.” His campaign released additional details illustrating the breadth of Obama’s support. He had 100,000 contributors in the first quarter, with more than half donating online for a total of $6.9 million. Clinton, by contrast, had about 50,000 contributors and raised $4.2 million online. The campaign said at least $23.5 million of the $25 million total was available to be used in the highly competitive primary race. The Clinton campaign has yet to disclose how much of her $26 million can be used for the primary and how much was earmarked for the general election. Clinton also transferred $10 million from her Senate account, bringing her total campaign funds to $36 million. Obama’s strong showing was a blow to Clinton, who sought to position herself as her party’s strongest White House contender in part through her fundraising prowess. She has spent years developing a national fundraising network through two Senate campaigns and her husband’s eight years as president. Obama began his campaign with a relatively small donor base concentrated largely in Illinois, his home state. But his early opposition to the Iraq war and voter excitement over his quest to be the first black president quickly fueled a powerful fundraising machine. He attracted Wall Street executives and big-money Hollywood moguls like billionaire David Geffen, a former Clinton supporter who shifted allegiances. But he also focused on smaller donations and raised money in several small cities, a practice Clinton aides say she will follow this quarter. Still, her strategists point to numerous state and national polls that show Obama consistently trailing Clinton. A new poll of New Hampshire Democrats by CNN and WMUR showed Edwards surging into second place. Clinton was leading with 27 percent, Edwards had 21 percent and Obama 20 percent. Clinton was at home in New York Wednesday and had no comment on Obama’s announcement. But her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, issued a statement congratulating Obama and said the fundraising of all the Democratic contenders ”demonstrates the overwhelming desire for change in our country.” Indeed, first quarter financial tallies show the Democrats vastly outpacing their GOP counterparts. Preliminary figures show the Democrats raised about $80 million combined, while Republicans pulled in only about $40 million. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards reported $14 million in new contributions, including $1 million for the general election. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he had raised $6 million and had more than $5 million cash on hand. Aides to Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd said he raised more than $4 million and transferred nearly $5 million from his Senate campaign, for a total of $9 million in receipts and $7.5 million cash on hand. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden lagged behind, with his staff reporting that he had total receipts of nearly $4 million, nearly half of which was transferred from his Senate campaign account. Among the Republican candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the top money-raiser with $23 million, another eye-catching sum that placed him in the same league with Clinton and Obama and left his GOP rivals in the dust. Former New York City Mayor Giuliani raised $15 million for the quarter, while Arizona Sen. John McCain posted $12.5 million. Giuliani leads the GOP field in national popularity polls, followed by McCain. For his part, Giuliani said Wednesday he was impressed with Obama’s money totals. ”Congratulations. I admire his fundraising ability. It shows he has a tremendous amount of support,” Giuliani told reporters in Florida. But Edwards said in an interview with Davenport, Iowa, television station KWQC that the prodigious campaign fundraising was evidence that presidential races should be publicly financed. ”We shouldn’t be doing these money contests. They’re not healthy, they’re not good for democracy,” Edwards said. Clinton made a similar plea for public financing Monday, even though she was the first candidate to completely opt out of the public funding system since it was established over 30 years ago. Since then, both Obama and Edwards have followed suit. Donors can give just $2,300 apiece for the primary election, but Clinton, Obama and Edwards can also solicit another $2,300 from each donor to be used in the general election. The money has to be returned if they don’t win the nomination. Clinton’s campaign often solicited the $4,600 donations, while Obama’s campaign focused on recruiting small dollar donors. In the coming months, he can return to those donors and ask those who haven’t maxed out to give more. But Fred Hochberg, a top Clinton fundraiser, said it was important to remember that Clinton had still come out on top. ”She did spectacularly well,” Hochberg said. ”It would be one thing if Hillary raised $14 million or something, but she did so much better than that. If fundraising is a show if strength, she shows enormous strength.” Beth Fouhy reported from New York. Associated Press writers Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Fla., and Mike Glover in Mason City, Iowa, contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A Times representative declined comment. Calls to Paramount and the ad agency, Allied Advertising, were not immediately returned. The three companies agreed to pay the settlement without admitting wrongdoing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paramount Pictures, the Los Angeles Times and an advertising firm have paid $75,000 to settle negligence claims stemming from a promotion for “Mission: Impossible III” that led to bomb scares last year, federal authorities said Thursday. In April 2006, Paramount placed digital devices in 4,500 news racks around the city that played the iconic movie theme music whenever the door was opened. Some mistook the devices for bombs and reported them to police. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles was evacuated for 90 minutes as a precaution after someone spotted a 6-inch-long red plastic box attached to the news rack by wires. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arson squad blew up a Times news rack in Santa Clarita. The settlement was paid April 3, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The money will be used to compensate Veterans Affairs for the disruption at the hospital last year, he said.
“Ramos the Dog”, “Animal”, “We will take revenge”, “Dirty” and many more insults were thrown at Ramos on social media following Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev.Salah left the pitch in tears holding his shoulder after just half an hour, a sight that prompted some Egyptians to burst into tears. Reported to have suffered a sprain in his shoulder ligaments, Salah remains doubtful for the World Cup in Russia, with the clock ticking before Egypt’s first game against Uruguay on June 15.If the vitriol targeting Ramos seems exaggerated, it reflects how vital the speedy striker has become for his national team ahead of this summer’s World Cup.The 25-year-old scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, a tally that earned him the Golden Boot for Europe’s top scorer and the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.Without him, Egypt’s chances are “almost non-existent”, said Karim Said, editor-in-chief of YallaKora, a football-focused website.“The (team’s) attack is mainly based on Salah,” said Said.Thanks to Salah, who has become a source of pride for millions across the Arab world, Egyptians were looking to the World Cup with hope and enthusiasm.Ramos’s dubious tackle, which went unpunished by match referee Milorad Mazic, prompted one furious fan watching the game to yell “Dirty guy” at the Spaniard, although his screams were drowned out by a sea of other insults.On Sunday morning, the headline on Egyptian newspaper El Watan said it was reverting Ramos’s fate to God, in a tone echoed on social media networks.– During Ramadan, optimism reigns –Ramos’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been flooded with insults in Arabic and English, some even translated into Spanish.A petition was even launched on the change.org platform, calling on FIFA and UEFA to punish Ramos for “intentionally hurting Mohamed Salah”. The petition has collected more than 111,000 signatures.Sergio Ramos sent a “Get Well Soon” Twitter message to Moahmed Salah after he was injured in the muscular challenge © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYRamos sent Salah a “Get Well Soon” Twitter message, adding he regretted that football “sometimes (shows) its bad side”, but “above all, we are comrades”.Despite the anger some Egyptians remain optimistic, taking the incident with the philosophy of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.“He will participate in the World Cup and everything will be fine, God willing,” said Mahmoud Saad, a Salah and Real Madrid fan, as he watched the match at a cafe in downtown Cairo.News of Salah’s misfortune even prompted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to tweet: “My heartfelt wishes to the Egyptian champion Mohamed Salah for a speedy recovery from his injury, and I hope he returns to the field soon and remains a shining Egyptian star.”Egypt’s national team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela remains optimistic on Salah’s chances officials at Liverpool assured them no bones were broken, the Egyptian Football Associated said SaturdayThe Egyptian Minister Youth and Sports Khaled Abd Elaziz also expressed optimism.“Mohamed Salah, God willing, will be on the national team list for the World Cup, which is to be announced on June 4,” Abd Elaziz said on Facebook.“Relief in Egypt’s streets after the medical report,” a headline in the state-run Ah-Ahram newspaper said.The Al-Akhbar newspaper was even more optimistic — its headline was “Salah to participate at the World Cup”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egyptians were distraught when Mohamed Salah had to leave the field early in the Champions League final © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, May 27 – Egyptians held their breath Sunday amid fears star striker Mohamed Salah could miss the World Cup after suffering an injury when wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.Ramos, who locked arms with Salah before falling on top of the forward’s shoulder, became an instant hate figure for millions of Egyptians on social media, as well as the thousands who watched the game live at cafes.
0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi (left) has signed a new long-term deal at the Premier League club © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term deal at Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Friday.Arsenal did not specify the length of the deal for the 22-year-old Nigeria international, who came through the ranks with the Gunners, but reports said it would run until 2023. Midfielder Iwobi scored three goals in 26 league games under the now-departed Arsene Wenger last season.“It’s always been my childhood dream to represent Arsenal,” he told Arsenal Player. “To get an extended contract is an amazing feeling and I hope I’m doing the Arsenal family proud, as well as my family.”Iwobi, the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha, played in three of his country’s matches at the World Cup in Russia.“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us,” said new boss Unai Emery.“He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A rent dispute is believed to be the reason behind the closure of one of Donegal’s best-known newsagents.Loyal customers of Proctor’s Newsagent in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre were left stunned to find the shutters down on the store yesterday morning.No notice had been posted on the shutters to give any indication of the sudden closure. The store is owned by respected businessman Brendan Proctor.It is understood that Mr Proctor has been in negotiations with the owners of the shopping centre, Harcourt Developments.However Donegaldaily.com understands that Mr Proctor decided it was no longer economically viable to continue to pay the rent on the premises and handed back the keys.Another storeowner, Alfie Greene of Greene’s Shoes, also had a dispute with the shopping centre two years ago. A source close to Mr Proctor said he had been left with no option but to close down his premises.“This decision was not taken lightly because Brendan is a family man as well as a businessman. He knows people’s jobs are on the line.“But he was simply left with no alternative from a financial point of view.“This has not been an overnight decision. There has been a lot of dialogue between Brendan and the owners but Brendan decided he had just had enough,” said the source.RENT DISPUTE BEHIND SUDDEN CLOSURE OF WELL-KNOWN NEWSAGENT SHOP was last modified: November 18th, 2011 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:Brendan ProctorLetterkenny Shopping Centre.Proctor’s Newsagent
Christine with FrankTOP telly presenter Christine Bleakley is in Donegal – filming a new TV series which will be seen by millions of people in Britain.The fiancée of soccer star Frank Lampard says she’s delighted to be back here, because she spent many childhood holidays in Ireland’s most beautiful county.The Co Down celebrity is fronting a six-part series on the Wild Atlantic Way which will be broadcast on a prime time ITV next spring. The show is set to help bring thousands of extra tourists here next year.The series is a new initiative by Tourism Ireland.Filming for the new TV series is under way right now; it will highlight the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way to millions of viewers – or potential holidaymakers – across Britain.Christine said: “It’s brilliant to be here in Ireland filming for this great new ITV series. “Growing up, we always enjoyed holidaying in Donegal and Galway and drives along the stunning Atlantic coast – so, this is a dream job for me.”Supporting this series is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s extensive programme of promotions to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way around the world.The Wild Atlantic Way is being promoted by Tourism Ireland across a range of platforms including TV, print and online advertising; on Ireland.com and through social media channels; at major international consumer and trade fairs; through familiarisation visits for influential travel agents, tour operators, as well as travel and lifestyle journalists and bloggers from around the world; and through Tourism Ireland’s promotional material and brochures. REVEALED: CHRISTINE BLEAKLEY IN DONEGAL FOR TV SHOW WHICH WILL BE SEEN BY MILLIONS was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christine BleakleydonegalITVtourism
A man has been jailed for a total of four years for his part in the setting up of Donegal’s biggest-ever drugs factory.Yu Ye was jailed for four years. Pic by North West Newspix.Father-of-two Zi Yu Ye, 46, was caught at a massive cannabis factory outside Malin Town in Inishowen in October 2012. A total of €1.6M worth of drugs was found in the growhouse when it was raided by Gardai.Yu Ye appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with five counts of growing and sale and supply of the cannabis.The court heard how the father of two had been trafficked into the country to earn money to pay off debts back home.He thought he was going to work at a legitimate job but ended up converting a warehouse into a massive drugs grow-house for drugs bosses.Barrister for the accused, Mr Peter Nolan, said it was ironic that the President of Ireland was touring China talking about human rights when a Chinese man with no human rights was being jailed for growing drugs here.Mr Nolan said Yu Y was a victim of “modern slavery”.He added “It is ironic that we have President Higgins and Mrs Higgins in China today talking about human rights and walking the Great Wall of China, and fair play to them, and here we have a Chinese national in Ireland who doesn’t even know where he is on the map and he is the product of human trafficking and slavery, getting no profit for his efforts and being used and abused by others.“This man is an innocent likeable individual and not a criminal in the true sense of the word. He is more sinned against than sinning. He is a victim himself.”The warehouse outside Malin Town where drugs were discovered.Giving evidence, Garda Jason Conroy said the warehouse had been turned into a sophisticated cannabis-growing operation.Seven rooms had ben cordoned off to allow for the growing and also the drying of cannabis.When raided by Gardai, just over 18kgs of cannabis, worth about €360,000 was ready to be bagged and shipped out.Cracks in the walls of the warehouse had also been filled with expanding foam so nobody could hear what was going on inside.Yu Ye was not found on the premises until the day after the raid as he had been hiding.Passing sentence Judge John O’Hagan said Yu Ye knew exactly what h was doing.But he admitted that the major players behind the grow houses in Ireland are rarely caught.“I have yet to come across anyone in the courts who is a key person in relation to this activity,” he said.He jailed Yu Ye to four years for possession with intent to supply and another four years for cultivation, with both sentences to run concurrently and also backdated the sentence to when Ye was caught and detained two years ago.He added it was a matter for the authorities if Yu Ye would be deported when his sentence was completed.MAN JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS FOR HIS PART IN DONEGAL’S BIGGEST EVER DRUGS FACTORY was last modified: December 11th, 2014 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:courtdonegaldrugs factoryGardaijailedmain Town