March to PSG: “This was the best offer for me and for Sevilla. More of the clause was paid and I wanted it to be like that for thanks.”Debut with the Selection: “It was one of the most special days of my life. I am happy and enjoying many minutes here. If Luis Enrique thinks I should be, I will be delighted.”Your three big goals: “Speak the perfect language, win all the titles and win the Eurocup.” Arrival at PSG: “A team full of egos and circumstances was waiting for me. From the outside you can see a divided wardrobe and not at all.”Tuchel and Mbappé: “There is no problem between the two. Many times in training we see them joking. Sometimes the media want to get more …”.Neymar in summer: “We didn’t know what was going to happen until the last moment. It’s true that there was uncertainty, but luckily he stayed with us. We need him in the team.”Arrival to Seville: “I listened to offers until Sevilla appeared. I have a thorn stuck for not having won any title. Everyone who knows me knows what the club represents for me, I have lived very nice moments and I have been very happy there. I had to make this decision for sports ambition. “
The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors on November 18, 2014 approved a US$285 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The money will also 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.Tuesday’s announcement 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.“With this additional financing, the World Bank Group is responding to the critical needs identified by the affected countries to step up their fight against Ebola,” said Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President. “This deadly outbreak is far from over, and the international community must continue to do everything we can to support these countries until we get to zero cases.”The additional financing will enable the three countries to deploy additional national and international health workers, scale up community-based care and community engagement for early detection of suspected Ebola cases, more rapid confirmation of infection status, strengthened treatment and care, and safe burials to curb the epidemic. The funds approved will be deployed by the governments of the three countries with the support of UN agencies.In addition, the project will support an increase in diagnostic capacity for Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, by addressing logistical constraints and increasing laboratory resources for testing to reduce the time in confirming Ebola cases.It will improve and increase storage and distribution of essential supplies, and address specific social issues caused by the Ebola outbreak. The project will also help establish a regional network of public health institutes in West Africa that include disease surveillance and preparedness. This support will be critical to prevent the spread of the Ebola epidemic to neighboring countries as well as to develop a timely and effective regional pandemic response in the future.”It is important to create health systems that are resilient and which can respond quickly to this kind of crisis. This means increasing efficiency, providing incentives to doctors and other health workers fighting the disease, and establishing the right kind of facilities so that these countries may respond rapidly to the changing situation on the ground,” said Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa.”By enabling a surge of trained health workers, strengthening community-based care, triage, and diagnostic capabilities and restarting public health services, this additional support will help Ebola patients well as those suffering from non-Ebola health conditions to get the essential care they need, ” said Tim Evans, World Bank Group Senior Director for Health, Nutrition, and Population.The World Bank Group is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. This includes more than US$500 million for the emergency response and at least US$450 million from the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.A previously released World Bank Group analysis showed that if Ebola continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries and spreads to neighboring countries, the two-year regional financial impact could reach US$32.6 billion by the end of 2015, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to already fragile states.According to the World Health Organization, as of November 14, 2014, there have been 14,413 reported cases of Ebola in eight countries–mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone–since the outbreak began, with 5,177 reported deaths.Established in 1960, the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty and improve poor people’s lives.IDA, according to the World Bank Group, is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa.Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people living on less than US$2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about US$18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Drug ShortageWith the daunting fact that a number of hospitals and health centres across Guyana continue to fall short of critical drugs, the Public Health Minister has reaffirmed that the situation will be under control within a month’s time as Cabinet has given green light to a number of contracts for the procurement of medical supplies.According to Health Minster Dr George Norton a total of 10 companies have had their bids approved by Cabinet and are expected to commence sourcing drugs and other medical supplies.During an interview with this newspaper the Health Minister said that in the case of an emergency situation where drugs are urgentlyHealth Minster,Dr George Nortonneeded by the health facilities, provisions have been made to address such cases: “All the regions have funds available to buy emergency drugs,” he guaranteed.Drug shortages have been a topical issue for the year as even the premier healthcare facility, the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH), had reported that there was a decline in the supply of critical drugs.These reports followed others from across the country, which said drugs have been scarce as the ministry is failing to provide these.The topic had also sparked a conflict in Parliament, as shadow health minister Dr Frank Anthony continued to lambast the government for returning money to the treasury when adequate work was not done to improve the health sector.
Ten resident doctors of the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) have passed the West African College of Physicians (WACP) Primary and Membership Exams, a press release said yesterday.The Primary Exams were convened at the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine as an alternative designated center of WACP, with oversight by WACP representatives from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, while the Membership Exam was administered in Accra, Ghana.The exams are the first to be administered to Liberia’s residents of postgraduate medical residency training by WACP authorities since the LCPS was established in 2013.The Primary Exam is a test in the basic sciences of anatomy, pathology, physiology and pharmacology. The candidates are expected to show an understanding of the subject matter and demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge to the practice of medicine.A total of 19 residents from the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics took the exams. It is well noted that 5 out of the 9 doctors from the Internal Medicine Department were successful representing 56% of the passing rate, while 4 out of the 10 from the Pediatrics Department passed, representing 40% of the passing rate.Meanwhile, Dr. Ian Wachekwa, a Liberian resident doctor at LCPS has acceded to the membership of WACP. He is one of the two resident doctors who travelled to Ghana to sit the WACP membership exam and passed, which constitutes a 50% passing rate.Commenting on the overall results, WACP lauded the LCPS president, the support team and the residents for making the maiden WACP Exams in Liberia a huge success.Also commenting on the WACP results, authorities at the LCPS described them as good, considering that the general passing rate for countries that have more experience and expertise than Liberia is 35% – 50%.Meanwhile, the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) also lauded the outstanding performance of the resident doctors.LMDA added, “The age old wisdom says that hard work always pays off in life and you all have proven that it holds true even today.”The doctors who passed the Primary Exam from the Department of Pediatrics included Drs. Benetta Andrews, Hawa Sonii-Koon, Yuah A. Nemah and Charles Oguni, while those from the Department of Internal Medicine are Drs. Joyce Bartekwa, Cozie Gwaikolo, Varbah Paye, Philip Ireland and James Korvieh.The LCPS commenced administering its maiden membership exams on June 5, 2017.The exams are being administered at the main teaching hospitals in Monrovia.The college is modeled after the WACP and the exams pattern will reflect similarly for easy reciprocity later as LCPS grows.In its efforts to improve national health outcomes, the Government of Liberia established the LCPS in 2013.The purpose is to administer a graduate medical residency program to train medical specialists to independently manage surgical and medical cases in Liberia. LCPS currently has 47 medical doctors training in 4 specialty areas, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and General Surgery. A new medical residency program in Family Medicine is expected to start in July.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) on Monday opened a book and photo exhibition at the National Library on Church Street, Georgetown, in paying homage to former President Dr Cheddi Jagan for his sterling contribution to Guyana.The late Dr Cheddi JaganThis year marks the 101st birth anniversary of Dr Jagan, who was born on March 22, 1918. He died 22 years ago on March 6.At the exhibition, there were images depicting various periods throughout his life. From his fight for independence to being the first democratically elected President of Guyana.Books written by the late President were on display and included The West on Trial, Rooting for Labour, Forbidden Freedom and the USA in South America. The West on Trial is dubbed as one of his best pieces, which documents his fight for the country’s freedom.Chairman of the CJRC, Hydar Ally stated during the commencement of the exhibition that because of Dr Jagan’s persistence, persons of all social strata are given the chance to vote.“It was Dr Jagan who fought the British for that right to vote. The very right to vote that we take for granted was fought for and won. He was also instrumental in the struggle for Guyana’s independence and I would consider him to be the architect in Guyana’s independence struggle,” Ally relayed.In 1950, the former President founded the People’s Progressive Party and headed the PPP elected Government in 1953 while presiding as the Minister of Agriculture. He headed the second elected Government in 1957 to 1961 while serving as Minister of Trade and Industry. From 1961 to 1964, he served as Premier and Minister of Development and Planning.Dr Jagan served as leader of the parliamentary opposition from 1964-1973 and 1976-1992. On October 9, 1992, he was elected as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.Some of his publications on display at the National LibraryThe exhibition is ongoing until March 29 at the National Library in Georgetown and New Amsterdam. The centre is also known for its vast collection of Dr Jagan’s work, which can be viewed year round. Additionally, those who wish to have additional information can visit jagan.org where his works are electronically tabulated.As customary, thousands of PPP supporters would culminate at Babu Jaan, Berbice, in remembrance of Dr Jagan during this period.The annual pilgrimage to the memorial site saw attendance from the former President Bharrat Jagdeo who outlined how the Party continues to keep Dr Jagan’s policy alive.“Dr Jagan waited for 28 years to return freedom to Guyana. We can return it faster because people are more educated and their children are educated and also they have more means of combination. They can get involved in the fight using social media and now they are not fearful of this Government, so we can all play a part in returning our country to what it was,” Jagdeo stated.
There are no reliable overarching figures, but the English Premier League is undoubtedly the market leader, with La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A in its wake.However, Spain — home to Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Champions League holders Real Madrid — is chasing down the Premier League, said La Liga Greater China Managing Director Sergi Torrents.“La Liga is catching up very fast and is in second position over the other leagues here, especially because of the victories that the Spanish teams had in the last years in Europe,” Torrents told AFP in Shanghai.The English Premier League is undoubtedly the market leader in China thankls to clubs like Manchester United © AFP / PETER PARKS“Chinese fans — like everywhere in the world — are following the winners, and La Liga teams have been winning.”Sports marketing experts agree that — thanks mostly to Barcelona and Real — La Liga is comfortably second to the Premier League in China, albeit a distant way off.Torrents declined to estimate the number of Spanish football fans in China, but on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, La Liga has about 1.6 million followers.The Premier League’s account has 3.6 million followers while the Chinese Super League — the country’s domestic competition — has five million.Torrents says that surveys and analysis of social media show that La Liga is particularly strong in the 16-30 age bracket.He admits it is likely that La Liga lost followers to Serie A after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 110-million-euro transfer from Real to Juventus in July.But it would have been far more damaging just a few years ago, he said.“La Liga has created a brand and in five or six years this competition has grown a lot,” he said.– Game in China? –La Liga was the first European football league to open an office in mainland China, in Beijing in 2014, said Torrents.It added Shanghai in 2016, now the headquarters, and the Spanish league is pursuing “hardcore” followers.Torrents does not expect Chinese fans to dump their Chinese teams, but La Liga wants to be first choice for those supporters backing European sides.One way it does that is through social media, to go with the staple of matches — 12 regional stations in China show two free-to-air games a weekend. There is also live-streaming of matches.La Liga does not divulge audience figures or how much it earns from media rights in China, but will get 897 million euros ($1.02 billion) per season from overseas markets from 2019 to 2022 for rights.European football leagues are vying for popularity in China, the world’s second biggest economy and home to a growing number of football fans © AFP/File / FREDERIC J. BROWNPre-season tours are another way to bring fans closer to their heroes, with Barcelona scheduled to visit China next summer.China, along with the United States, is La Liga’s biggest overseas market, said Torrents.The league sparked controversy earlier this year with its plan to stage a game between Girona and Barcelona in Miami in January 2019 — a move that some argued would risk disturbing the balance and integrity of the competition and hurting football in the US.So will China one day stage a competitive game?“Not soon. This is something that is part of our plan in the US. In China we do not have this plan today,” said Torrents.– ‘Complicated market’ –La Liga is not just about taking from China’s increasingly wealthy consumers, said Torrents.For example, about 200 Spanish coaches have fanned out across China to teach football at government schools.Other European leagues and teams are similarly lending their expertise as part of President Xi Jinping’s push to develop football in the country, and many are opening or helping to run youth academies.The Chinese market has almost unlimited potential, but can also be “complicated” because of how fast it changes, said Torrents. In domestic football, for example, new rules handed down at the behest of the government are often swift and severe, such as a 100 percent tax imposed last year on the incoming transfers of foreign players.“Everything here can change in one minute,” said Torrents.“In this country, the government is very important and the policies of the government direct the business in the related industry.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000La Liga lost followers to Serie A after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 110-million-euro transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in July © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOShanghai, China, Nov 27 – Spanish teams have generally reigned over English sides in European competition and now La Liga wants to harness that success to challenge the Premier League’s supremacy in the lucrative China market.European football leagues are vying for popularity in China, the world’s second biggest economy and home to a growing number of football fans among its 1.4-billion population.
LAWSUIT: Villaraigosa says despite the payout, the case signals city isn’t “an easy mark.” By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Defending last week’s settlement of a harassment and hazing case involving a former Los Angeles firefighter, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday said the city sent a message that it would not be an easy mark for payouts. Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council signed off Friday on a $1.49 million payout to former firefighter Tennie Pierce. The deal included $60,000 in back salary that guarantees his pension. It also includes an additional $1 million to his attorneys and city payments of about $1million to the private firm of Jones, Day to investigate the case. But Villaraigosa said he was concerned that if the case went to trial it could have resulted in an even larger payout. “We had two recent trials that cost the city more than $10 million,” Villaraigosa said. “I felt it was in the best interests of the city to settle this now for a reduced amount. I also believe we have shown that the city will vigorously fight on these cases and not be an easy mark.” The controversial case arose after Pierce sued the city for failing to take disciplinary action against co-workers in a Westchester fire station when they put dog food in his spaghetti. Originally, the City Attorney’s Office recommended – and the City Council approved – a $2.7 million payout. But Villaraigosa vetoed that deal. “I vetoed it because I felt there were facts out there that hadn’t been examined,” Villaraigosa said. “And the City Council agreed with me and brought in an outside counsel to examine the case.” At the time, pictures also emerged that showed Pierce engaging in hazing of other workers. Part of his complaint included the failure of department supervisors to take action. The mayor said two mock trials were staged involving evidence in the case. In both instances, the city would have been liable for an even higher payout, he said. Part of the evidence involved audits from Controller Laura Chick detailing the LAFD’s history of harassment and hazing, particularly in cases involving women and minorities. Controversy surrounding the Pierce case resulted in the retirement of former Chief Bill Bamattre and his replacement with Douglas R. Barry. Barry has pledged a zero-tolerance policy on hazing. Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, defended his office’s action in the case. “The facts speak for themselves,” Velasquez said. “The original settlement proposal was going to cost the taxpayers $2.7 million. “The mayor vetoed that proposal. The current settlement – which the mayor supports – will cost the taxpayers $2.84 million.” email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – A jury wrestled a fifth day Friday with the guilt or innocence of seven men accused of conspiring to topple Chicago’s Sears Tower and bomb FBI buildings. A day after indicating they were deadlocked, the 12 jurors spent all of Friday debating the case against the so-called “Liberty City Seven” without sending any notes or requests to the judge or attorneys. Deliberations resume Monday. Alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste, 33, and the other six face up to 70 years behind bars if convicted of four terror-related charges, including conspiracy to wage war on the U.S. and conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida. Authorities say the group never obtained any explosives or military weaponry necessary to topple the 110-story Sears Tower or bomb FBI offices in Miami and other cities. Much of the evidence revolves around meetings with a man the group knew as an al-Qaida operative named Brother Mohammed who was actually an FBI informant. Batiste testified that he was never serious about any terror attacks and only went along with the informant in hopes of extorting $50,000 from him. The other defendants did not testify but their lawyers said they weren’t involved in any terror talk and didn’t know about the alleged plots. A key piece of evidence against all seven is an oath, recorded by the FBI, in which they pledge loyalty to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. The June 2006 arrests were touted by the Bush administration as a prime example of the post-Sept. 11 strategy of disrupting potential terror plots in the earliest possible stages.
Roisin pictured with her husband StephenA DRINK-driver who killed a pregnant Co Donegal woman in a car crash has been sent back to jail after a judge ruled an original sentence was unduly lenient.The DPP had taken the case to the Court of Criminal Appeal. Kevin McArdle (31), of Longfield, Carrickmacross, was given four years in prison, with the final year suspended, at Monaghan Circuit Court in October 2011 for dangerous driving causing death, was “unduly lenient”.The 31-year-old had drunk almost three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit and was on the wrong side of the road when he drove his BMW headlong into a car driven by Roisin’s husband Stephen on the Carrickmacross to Ardee road on December 27, 2010.Mr Connolly’s wife Roisin (39) and their unborn child Catherine were killed. Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, two 27-year-old friends who were passengers in McArdle’s car, also died.McArdle, who was released last August, was sent back to prison for a year.Presiding judge Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, along with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, said it was a “very serious case of dangerous driving” which had killed three people.The court substituted the original sentence with a sentence of six years, with the last two years suspended on the same terms as set down by the Circuit Court.McArdle had drunk nine pints, was driving without insurance at the time of the offence and had previous convictions for drink-driving.McArdle was led away to serve another year behind bars.Roisin was originally from Balloor in Fanad and was born Roisin Lanagan.She lived in Drumcondra in Dublin, had been had been returning from a visit to Fanad with her husband when the accident occurred. Her unborn child, named Catherine, died a short time later despite efforts by medical staff at the hospital to save her. She was laid to rest in Fanavolty, nine months after being married there.Mrs Connolly had been visiting her mother Catherine who lives in Balloor and had been planning to return to Donegal for the remainder of her Christmas holidays.The teacher was a frequent visitor to Fanad and had a large family circle in the peninsula and in Kilmacrenan. She was brought up in Fanad where she went to Doaghbeg National School before attending Loretto College in Milford. She moved to Britain in the 1980s where she attended teacher training college and she represented Manchester in the Mary from Dungloe festival in 1989.DRINK-DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL TEACHER AND HER UNBORN BABY GIVEN ANOTHER YEAR BEHIND BARS was last modified: March 12th, 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:car crashdrink driverFanadMcArdleMonaghanroisin connolly
SHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NEWS: Sheephaven divers had pure diving delight on Saturday morning when they conducted a 28 metre dive at the Arch on Tory island. Kevin Mc Glynn on board dive boat Áine led a two stick dive party from Downings and in near perfect conditions arrived at Tory 30 minutes later.The dives’ commenced in the 15 metre hole under the Arch and proceeded along the rock face, initially rising above the underwater ledge of the Arch and then progressively deeper to 28 metres.Dive times of up to nearly 50 minutes were recorded during which the divers observed substantial numbers of Pollock, Ballan Wrasse and Conger Eels.In addition to the big fish what especially caught the divers’ attention were carpets of Jewel Anemones, with the vivid purple Anemones the most impressive. All was clear to be seen in excellent in-water visibility of over 10 metres horizontally, with comfortable water temperatures of just over 10 degrees Celsius.Despite the rising easterly breeze the return trip was conducted in 35 minutes, with the entire morning benefiting from the bright May sunlight.If Saturdays dive was a delight then Sundays was utterly magical when Sheephaven club members dived The Limeburner, a few kilometres north of Melmore Head.Ethel Mc Grenaghan led a two boat dive party out to the submerged reef, where the dive was conducted in two sticks.Maximum depth recorded on site was 38 metres, where the no decompression limit allowed for not much more than 10 minutes at that depth.As the decompression limits arrived the divers ascended to shallower levels on the reef, where they completed the remainder of the 30 minute dive amongst the dense kelp forest of the reef. Water temperatures were a comfortable 10 degrees Celsius, with water visibility of at least 10 metres horizontally.Fish life was abundant with shoals of both juvenile and mature Pollock and Rock Cook, the smallest of the Wrasses in Irish waters.Other marine species in abundant numbers included Deadman’s Fingers, Hydroids, Boring Sponges, carpets of Jewel Anemones and Potato Crisp Bryozoan.Meanwhile the club snorkelers, led by Willie Sheridan and Eddie Mc Fadden took the opportunity to get out to Inishbofin Island and enjoy the beautiful waters in the bay between it and Inishdooey, another top class site when the weather allows access. A truly magical weekend of diving made perfect by the glorious sunshine and once again thanks to all who towed, fuelled boats and filled bottles, their help is always appreciated.This Wednesday evening coming Anne Boyle is leading a shore dive and snorkel from Portnablagh Pier at 7.30pm, if anyone is interested in midweek dip.On Thursday The Irish Underwater Council or CFT signed a unique Service Level Agreement with the Irish Coast Guard, which allows for volunteer Search and Recovery divers to be called upon in the event of a water based tragedy.This milestone agreement not only establishes a protocol on how volunteer divers in Ireland are called upon by the Civil Authorities but also sets in place the first such agreement with voluntary organisations, which may very well become the basis for future agreements.Sheephaven SAC is honoured to be at the centre of this lengthy process with club Chairman and SAR Unit leader John Joe Rowland being instrumental in the process as the CFT National SAR Officer, a little bit of history in the making and well done to all involved.SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB DIVE AT THE ARCH ON TORY ISLAND was last modified: May 31st, 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:Sheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSportTory Island