Liberia Immunization Platform Trains 55 Anti-Ebola Awareness Workers

first_imgThe Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP), in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services-Liberia (CRS),  has trained 55 anti-Ebola health workers intended to help kick the deadly disease out of Liberia.Speaking at the LIP’s official launch yesterday on the Old Road in Monrovia, the health entity’s board chairperson, George Stewart, pointed that though the deadly Ebola virus is in the country, Liberians should remain hopeful and prayerful.Board Chairman Stewart also reminded Liberians and support partners that one day the Ebola virus crisis will come to a permanent end and closure and Liberia will  bounce back in triumph and strength.He also explained that the LIP is a health- related entity that is heavily involved in extensive immunization of children and child bearing mothers throughout the country.Mr. Stewart also intimated that by virtue of the universal convention of the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF), every child and child bearing mother should have the right to effective and sustained immunization in Liberia.But Mr. Stewart indicated that Liberia and its people have found themselves in a crisis that has taken precedence over every situation in the country.The LIP’s board chair noted that right now in Liberia, the Ebola virus is killing people indiscriminately, and these include rich, powerful and poor.  The disease is indeed capable of bringing untold misery, grief and tears upon all.He further disclosed that the Catholic Relief Services, considering the sensitive nature of the Ebola virus,  decided to provide funding to LIP and its affiliates to get involved in kicking the deadly disease out of Liberia.“We have come on this stage to fill gaps and engaged five communities in more sustained grass root  support, an approach that enables you all to visit homes and exercise your interpersonal communication,” Chairman Stewart asserted.The LIP boss urged the 55 anti-Ebola campaigners and awareness carriers to take all health-related  precautions that would ensure their protection and security during their face to face interactions with Liberians.Mr. Stewart also underscored the fact that denial factor is still entrenched in the hearts and minds of some Liberians and community residents in Monrovia and its environs.He further disclosed that LIP and partners have secured 2500 prepared buckets for distribution to homes and institutions that are in dire need sanitation and Ebola virus materials.Mr. Stewart stressed the need for the campaigners to teach the recipients the best practices in the use of the sanitation and anti-Ebola buckets and chlorine.“Serve as goodwill ambassadors of LIP and its support partners as your actions on the field of duty could have the same effect on all of us in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia,” Mr. Stewart stressed.In closing, Chairman Stewart intimated that LIP membership comprised of 22 civil society organizations working together to ensure the successful implementation of the anti-Ebola awareness in LIP’s areas of operations.For her part, the Program Manager of the CRS and Global Alliance Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) Madam Suene Flomo told the LIP’s anti-Ebola volunteers that it was praiseworthy that they have taken up their times to assist Liberians.As a result of the current Ebola crisis in Liberia, CRS as a reliable and sustained partner cannot sit idle but get involved by supporting local partners in the fight against the virus.Madam Flomo also reminded the volunteers and Liberians in general that the fight against the Ebola virus is the sole responsibility of the Liberian Government.She also stressed that there is still greater need for sustained education and awareness amongst the greater population of the country.In brief remarks, Mrs. Danietta Richards, senior staff at LIP,  extended thanks to the 55 Ebola virus-trained volunteers and stressed that the Ebola virus is real and kills. She also urged the Ebola virus volunteers to not engage the community dwellers in confrontation but work with them to ensure that their lives are protected and secured in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After 172 Years of Independence, the Nation Has Yet to Become Independent

first_imgLiberians celebrate 172 years of independence on Friday, July 26, 2019 against a huge welter of concerns about the direction in which the nation appears to be headed with inflation spiraling out of control and with a Presidency that appears to be accreting powers unto itself that lie outside the Constitution of the Republic. Some analysts are quick to point to what they claim as emergent signs of a creeping dictatorship.American historian Arthur Schlesinger, out of concern that the US Presidency had gone out of control and was assuming powers beyond those provided in the US Constitution wrote a book entitled, “The Imperial Presidency”. He defines an Imperial Presidency as one which relies on powers beyond those allowed in the Constitution. The US Constitution, just like the Liberian Constitution, established a system of government made up of three separate but co-equal branches of government in order to avoid the arbitrary exercise of power. This form of government according to him was intended to replace or address the deficiencies inherent to the imperial rule of the king of England.The debate about excessive presidential powers exercised by the US government bears strong relevance to Liberia where an imperial presidency has been a part of Liberia’s political culture since the founding of the Republic. During the colonial period, the Governor, in addition to powers exercised as head of government, who was more or less a surrogate of the American Colonization Society, The Governor also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Additionally, the iron fisted policies of Colonial Governors, presiding over what was then the colony of Liberia, left an enduring legacy of autocratic tendencies adopted by successive national leaderships even up till today.Claims by some legislators that the Legislature is not independent but controlled the President is strongly reminiscent of President Tubman’s 27-year rule, during which the legislative and judicial branches of government were inextricably tied to him and to the pursuits of his personal interests. President Tolbert made some efforts but with very limited success to move away from the imperial presidency as it was. In a way it can be said that most Western nations did not find an imperial presidency a revulsive idea. This was largely because the imperial presidency resonated strongly with Western backed corporations which had entered into lopsided concession agreements that wrought huge returns on their investments but with no tangible benefits for the Liberian people.These claims of Presidential predominance over the other branches of government are not without foundation. Critics point to the rather “4-G” passage of loan agreements under this government that turned out to be worth nothing more than the paper on which they were written as examples of legislative subservience to the Executive. Critics also cite the passage into law of 66 deeply flawed concession agreements under the watch of former President Sirleaf.Admittedly, such dominance of the other branches by the Executive can be traced to provisions in the Constitution. Article 34 section (ii) for example provides as follows: “no monies shall be drawn from the treasure except in consequence of appropriations made by legislative enactment and upon warrant of the President; and no coin shall be minted or national currency issued except by the expressed authority of the Legislature. An annual statement and account of the expenditure of all public monies shall be submitted by the office of the President to the Legislature and published once a year; (iii) no loans shall be raised by the Government on behalf of the Republic or guarantees given for any public institutions or authority otherwise than by or under the authority of a legislative enactment”.From the above provision, no matter how much the Legislature allocates in the national budget for whatever purpose, not a penny can be withdrawn or spent without warrant of the President. And historically, the President has used this provision to wheel the legislature into line with his/her personal inclinations. And this has often tended to produce a constitutional crisis. Liberian scholar Ibrahim Al Bakri Nyei observes that to date, there has been little or no effort to address key governance issues through constitutional reform.In theory, the 2011 referendum should have addressed all such issues but again, as Al Bakri Nyei notes, the referendum was organized to protect certain special interests. He argues, for example, that the 2011 referendum was structured to ensure change in the residency requirements in order to enhance the ability of President Sirleaf and others to run for office in 2011 despite TRC lustrations barring them from contesting or holding political office for a period of 30 years.With the nation now poised to celebrate 172 years of existence, the Daily Observer, unlike last year’s independence celebrations, will not ask what is there to celebrate. Instead, the Daily Observer is calling on all Liberians to deeply reflect on the nation’s past and ponder its future amidst huge uncertainties and anxious national cravings for a better tomorrow.Simplistic postulations about what our problem is simply reveals the depth of our ignorance and inability to grasp the reality of our situation. The nation is indeed in deep crisis, thus leaving a distinct impression that, after 172 years of independence, the nation has yet to become independent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers being trained in smart agri practices

first_img…to better manage disastersWith climate change causing a rapid increase in droughts, floods and other disasters in recent years that are affecting the agricultural sector in many countries, putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, several local agricultural agencies have partnered to help train farmers in smart agricultural practices in order to reduce the impact of natural disasters on their produce and poultry.Guyana’s own flood experience of 2005-2006 is an important example of the impact climate change can have on the agricultural sector; many animals andNAREI Training Manager Benjamin Frank explaining the programme to farmers at the launch on Wednesdayplants did not survive the flood, causing farmers countrywide to lose their livelihood.To prevent such disasters from happening again, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI); the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB); the Guyana Livestock Development Authority and the Guyana Red Cross Society have collaborated and launched a training programme.The exercise, “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption of Good Practices for your community”, was launched on Wednesday at Lovely Lass, West Coast Berbice (WCB). It will be launched in four other communities: Number Four Village, WCB); D’Edwards, WCB; Fyrish, Corentyne and Now and Never, WCB.The training will see officials from the agencies looking at ‘smart agricultural practices’ for each community, which can assist farmers in coping with adverse climate conditions. The most suitable approach will be selected and a demonstration exercise will be done with farmers.It is expected that farmers will then transfer the new knowledge to their respective farms in an effort to reduce and manage disasters.NAREI will be building capacity in the extension services, to enable staff to employ the disaster risk reduction tools, practices, and approaches in their daily work and to promote field implementation of disaster risk reduction measures. The agency’s Training Manager, Benjamin Frank, told the gathering that in the event of a disaster, while you could move animals, plants could not be moved from one spot and taken back when the situation normalised.“We have to look at smart practices that can assist you in coping with these adverse conditions like shade houses — but while this might be applicable in one area, it might not be suitable in other places, so we have to arrive at the most suitable practices,” Frank posited.“We are targeting farmers in specific communities in Regions Five and Six. Observe what we are doing, because it will be practically demonstrated. We expect all farmers to take what they learn back to their farm, so that your livelihood is not greatly affected in the event of a disaster,” he told the farmers present.The Training Officer concluded by informing farmers that NAREI would continue to assess communities at risk and implement good training programmes to help overcome these hurdles that farmers face on a yearly basis.last_img read more

UPDATE – Photos from the flood in Chetwynd

first_imgUPDATE – We have added even more photos to the gallery below.  Look at what the residents of Chetwynd are dealing with today.Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures from Chetwynd.  If you have any photos or video, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comWe understand as of 5 p.m., the water is still rising in the community.  We hope to have another update later tonight.  – Advertisement –last_img

Juventus determined to keep hold of former Man United star

first_img1 Carlos Tevez Juventus have no plans to sell former Manchester City and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors this summer.The 31-year-old has been in stunning form for the Italian champions this season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions.However, the striker’s boyhood club, Boca Juniors, are desperate to bring the Argentine back home and are ready to move for him this summer.Tevez himself would reportedly be open to a return to Argentina, but Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has revealed that will not occur this summer.“He has a contract until 2016 and he’s nostalgic of his home country,” Marotta told Radio Rai.“But the Argentine did extremely well with us, and offered a great contribution by means of his great performances.“He had no problems integrating himself into the team, he’s a leader. At this moment we have no reason to close his contract in advance.”last_img read more


first_imgTHANK you to all donegaldaily readers who have sent us pictures. Keep sending them in to are some more of your great pictures. From Angela Boyle in Gort a Choirce and Caroline Kuyper in Burt and John McColgan in Letterkenny. Move your cursor over the pictures to see captions. DONEGAL IN THE SNOW PICTURE GALLERY – SEND US YOUR PICTURES! was last modified: December 26th, 2010 by gregShare 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


first_imgDonegal County Museum needs your help with a forthcoming exhibition on various Donegal Sporting heroes. The exhibition which opens in early September, will look at a wide variety of sports across Donegal.They include Gaelic games, soccer, water sports, motor sports, athletics, boxing, Martial arts, Community Games, surfing, golf , badminton, rugby, cricket, Paralympics, Special Olympics, shooting, hockey and even Tug o War and many more. We are looking to borrow sporting objects and memorabilia relating to the sports in which the participants have competed at a National or International levels only.If you can help, please contact the museum on 074 9124613 or email COUNTY MUSEUM SENDS OUT SOS FOR SPORTING MEMORABILIA was last modified: July 16th, 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:donegalDonegal County Museumsport memorabilialast_img read more


first_imgDOUGLASThe death has taken place of Richard Douglas, Carthage Mountain, Kilkeeney, Malin.Funeral from there tomorrow morning (SUN) at 9.45am going to St Patrick’s Church, Aughaclay, Malin for Funeral Mass at 10.30am with Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.  GRIERThe death has taken place at his residence of Patterson Grier, Ballinaman, Killygordon.His funeral will be from his residence on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock for service at 3.30pm in Donoughmore Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in the family plot. The house is strictly private please. PATTERSONThe death has taken place at St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar of Frank Patterson, Ards, Ramelton.His funeral mass will be held tomorrow morning (SUN) at 11 o’clock in St Mary’s Church, Ramelton, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Alzheimer’s Association, C/O Sweeney Funeral Directors or any family member. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, 2012. was last modified: June 9th, 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:Death noticeslast_img read more


first_imgThis month, October 2012, will see the Peadar O’Donnell Weekend held once again in the Rosses area of West Donegal.This annual event which has been running now for a number of years and has become a fixed date in the calanders of many interested in politics, writing and the arts.It celebrates the life and times of republican, socialist activist and accomplished writer Peadar O’ Donnell, with various events being held ranging from talks and debates, staging of plays, musical performances and historical tours of the area. Peadar O’Donnell was born in Meenmore on the outskirts of Dungloe in 1893. Coming from a working class environment typical of the area and times, O’Donnell excelled in his education.He went on to teacher training college in Dublin straight from school and unlike many of his contempories only spent one short summer in Scotland looking for work.Unsuccessful, his brother sent him back to Ireland but Peadar’s time in Glasgow exposed him to more harsh realities of poverty and of the inequalities in society.After qualifying as a teacher in 1913 O’Donnell returned to Donegal, teaching on the islands of Arranmore and Inishkerragh and soon involved himself in the trade unions. By 1917 he was a teacher’s representive for a local union and soon after became a full-time union organizer for the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. As the Irish War of Independence loomed O’Donnell joined the IRA and was soon within the senior ranks of the movement.Being a follower of James Connolly, Peader O’Donnell believed not only in republicanism, but also in a social revolution living in a time of huge inequalities. Through-out his life he continued to campaign on behalf of the working classes and the most marginalised in society founding movements, political parties and unions such as The Anti-Tribute League, Saor Éire and the Republican Congress.The Peadar O’Donnell Weekend now celebrates the man’s multifaceted life, with this year’s event being no different and is possibly all the more poignant given the current national and global economic meltdown, which once again sees poverty and mass unemployment on the rise.The organisers of this year’s event hope that current social and global conditions will spark interest in the thinking and ideas of Peadar O’Donnell and hope for well attended and lively discussions.This year’s events will begin on Friday 19th October in Dungloe and will feature talks on various subjects from the current state of the euro, oppression, sovereign debt and republicanism with contributions from speakers and veteran activists such as Bernadette McAliskey and Tommy McKearney along with politicians Thomas Pringle, Paul Murphy, Marian Harkin and Greek MP Yiannis Stathas and many others. There will also be other events such as a book fair, debates, book launch, musical evenings, workshops and an archeological tour of the local area. A play entitled ‘Bassam’ by an Israeli playwrite/director and based on a true Palestinian story will also feature with an open discussion afterwards with the playwrite and the Palestinian actor.With a varied mix of events through-out the weekend, which runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October, the organisers hope for a good turnout over the three days.More information on the weekend can be accessed on the events Facebook page, “Peadar O Donnell Weekend” or by telephoning  Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig  0868845476.LEADING SPEAKERS LINED UP FOR ANNUAL PEADER O’DONNELL WEEKEND was last modified: October 13th, 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)Tags:LEADING SPEAKERS LINED UP FOR ANNUAL PEADER O’DONNELL WEEKENDlast_img read more


first_imgMarie Fleming and husband Tom. Marie passed away in DecemberRIGHT to die campaigner Marie Fleming has left behind a remarkable book about her early life in Donegal – and how her mother left her family for a Fianna Fail Senator.Ms Fleming, originally from Lifford, passed away in December. She had been suffering from MS.She penned an incredible biography in her final years, which is being serialised in the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent. In the first extracts from An Act of Love published on Saturday Ms Fleming had written about how her mother left her, her four siblings and her dad Danny Brolly in 1969 to have an affair with Donegal Senator Patrick McGowan.The affair became a national scandal in 1970 when Mr Brolly took a civil case against father of eight and hotelier Senator McGowan.Ms Fleming recounts the court case and how her father won IR£3,800 in damages when the case was settled out of court.Her father had accused McGowan of “debaucing and carnally knowing” his wife, “unlawfully procuring” Mrs Brolly in Lifford, Dungloe, Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Sligo and Dublin. The story was front page news at the time.Ms Fleming recounts how their mother left her five children on several occasions, the last time whilst pregnant with Senator McGowan’s baby.The series continues in today’s Sunday Independent. MARIE FLEMING’S ASTONISHING BOOK: HOW MY MUM LEFT US FOR A FIANNA FAIL SENATOR was last modified: February 16th, 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)last_img read more