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  • UN Strategizes to Curtail Future Catastrophes

    first_imgMajor global political and economic organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, the United States and the World Health Organization, were constrained to admit that the Ebola Virus Disease, which ravaged the Mano River Union (MRU) killing thousands of people, caught the world unawares and unprepared.This led to devastating effects on the worst affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—whose  economies were shattered, social cohesion broken and national securities under severe risks with its rapid and for a period uncontrollable spread. The outbreak became a global threat with WHO belatedly announcing a global health emergency. In this connection, the world governing bodies, led by the UN, have begun preparing to ensure that the world does not witness an epidemic of such nature again.In furtherance of this, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a High-Level Panel on Lessons Learned. The HLP is being chaired by the Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete. The UN boss said the establishment of the panel is in order to avoid having to face such an emergency as Ebola again.Mr. Moon said, “As we look forward, I call on the international community to support the recovery and peace-building efforts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  These efforts must also recognize the fragility of these countries’ transitions from past conflicts and instability to sustainable peace and development.”Secretary Moon made the disclosure at the World Bank Group (WBG)-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings on Friday. The summit was attended by an array of leaders of major international institutions, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, and Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma. The MRU leaders presented to the global development leaders a sub-regional plan.At the Spring Meeting, the WBG announced that it would provide at least US$650 million during the next 12 to 18 months to help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone recover from the devastating social and economic impact of the Ebola crisis and advance their long-term development needs. This new pledge brings the institution’s total financing for Ebola response and recovery efforts to date to US $1.6 billion.World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, at an Ebola Summit, announced the new funding from the International Development Association (IDA), the WBG’s fund for the poorest countries. Speaking on behalf of her colleagues whose nations were  worst affected by the virus disease, President Sirleaf informed the audience at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. that the three countries had resolved to take on the more important challenge of economic recovery through the sub-regional body. This decision was taken by the three Presidents at an Extraordinary Summit of the Mano River Union (MRU), held in Conakry, Guinea early this year.“We have, therefore, formulated a sub-regional social-economic recovery program to ensure that our States return to stability and prosperity,” she said.This plan, according to the Liberian leader, is focused on nine key areas, which include  Health (sanitation and hygiene); Gender; Youth Development; Social Protection; Agriculture (fisheries and food security); Trade and Private Sector Development; Infrastructure (roads, energy and water); Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Governance (peace and security and program management).The new funding is on top of the nearly US$1 billion that the WBG previously committed for the Ebola emergency response and early recovery efforts from the IDA (US$518 million) and International Finance Corporation (US$450 million). It also comes on top of US$2.17 billion in debt relief for the three worst Ebola affected countries.In line with the three countries’ recovery plans, the five priority areas for the additional IDA fund include: strengthening health systems and frontline care; agriculture; education; cash transfer and other social protection programs; lifesaving infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation and roads.The fund will be used to develop a regional disease surveillance system across West Africa that will help prevent or contain future epidemics.Major development partners, including the United States, the European Union, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, China, Japan and the African Development Bank, pledged to fully back efforts to contain the Ebola virus, as well as promote sustainable economic recovery and reconstruction. Meanwhile, over US$1 billion was pledged by various institutions during the summit for the sub-regional social-economic recovery plan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Premier to make a stop in Fort St. John

    first_imgGordon Campbell will make a campaign stop in Fort St. John on Thursday.The Premier will address supporters at a campaign event at the Fort St. John Curling Club Thursday April 16th at approximately 12pm.  The event will start at 11:30am.This event will follow events Wednesday in Prince George and a rally Wednesday night in Dawson Creek.  We will have more on the Premiers visit tomorrow.- Advertisement –last_img

  • Horse racing: Baylor will be honored with race Sunday

    first_imgClippers general manager Elgin Baylor will have a race named in his honor Sunday at Santa Anita. Baylor was an 11-time All-Star while playing for the Lakers from 1960-72. While he’s at the track, Baylor also will present the trophy to the winning connections of the $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap. “We’re flattered to know that he’s a big fan of thoroughbred racing,” Santa Anita president Ron Charles said. Baylor was named NBA Executive of the Year last season, when the Clippers reached the Western Conference semifinals. Frankel closing in: Bobby Frankel advanced one win closer to Charlie Whittingham’s all-time Santa Anita record of 869 training victories when his Brazilian import Out of Control captured Friday’s second race, a $55,800 allowance event at one mile. David Flores rode the 6-5 favorite to a one-length win over Lang Field as the 4-year-old colt owned and bred by T N T Stud gained his second victory in five career starts. He ran the distance in 1:37.23 over a main track labeled “fast” despite overnight rains that had moved the race from the turf. Frankel has two scheduled entrants on each of Santa Anita’s weekend racing programs including likely favorite Notable Guest in Sunday’s $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Not just a game

    first_img“It’s exciting; it’s fierce competition with friends,” said Sharon Kramer, program assistant with the alliance. “It’s fun and classy at the same time.” Chris Schauble, co-anchor of NBC4 Today, will emcee the event. Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Dunkle from the Santa Clarita station will act as “jailer,” since players will be able to send other players to jail. Monopoly Mania will be at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, and will feature a dinner, an auction and a round of Monopoly games, with players at different tables. Any player sent to jail will have to pay real money to get out, Kramer said. “It’s a fundraiser; we can’t pay our bills with Monopoly money,” she said. More information on the event is available by calling Kramer at (661)259-0033, Ext. 230. (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA While it may not be a case of throwing good money after bad, plenty of real cash and fake bills will be exchanged in an upcoming fundraiser for students. The Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance is looking for aspiring tycoons to play May12 in its Monopoly Mania 3. Two hundred players took part in last year’s event, which raised $24,000 to help students learn work skills through job-shadowing, mentoring and internships. last_img read more

  • Klopp still backs VAR despite Liverpool’s FA Cup exit

    first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp said he was in favour of the video assistant referee system despite losing to West Brom © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he remained a fan of the controversial video assistant referee system despite his team’s bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat by West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.Match referee Craig Pawson used the system no fewer than eight times during an eventful game at Anfield on Saturday, with VAR being trialled in English cup competitions this season. Three of those referrals, all in the first half, proved hugely important as Pawson and VAR Andre Marriner, based in a London television studio, disallowed a West Brom goal, awarded Liverpool a penalty and then allowed an Albion goal to stand.“I think it’s normal that it will change things,” said Klopp. “Is it nice that West Brom celebrate a goal then somebody tells them it’s not a goal? No, but I think it’s important if a goal needs to be disallowed, it is disallowed.“Normally after a game I have to explain to you (the media) a defeat which was not deserved because we didn’t get a penalty or they scored another goal. Is it cool in January to have delays when it’s cold, especially for the players? Maybe not.“But it will become smoother and more fluent in the future,” the German added.In truth, Klopp and Liverpool benefitted from two of those three decisions and could have been facing an even greater defeat had they not done so.Roberto Firmino handed Liverpool an early lead only for Jay Rodriguez to score twice and Craig Dawson to add a third goal in first-half injury-time via defender Joel Matip, but only after the VAR ruled Rodriguez had not been offside.Of the other two key VAR decisions, Pawson decided Gareth Barry was offside when Dawson headed in what would have been West Brom’s third goal and then correctly judged that Jake Livermore fouled Mo Salah for a penalty which Firmino struck onto the crossbar.– ‘Mysterious situation’ –Despite the victory, Albion manager Alan Pardew admitted he was bemused by what he had witnessed.“It’s hard to know where to start,” he said after his side, threatened with relegation from the Premier League, beat fourth-placed Liverpool.“I don’t think that is what we want to see going forward, whether you are a Liverpool or West Brom fan.“Firstly there is no communication from the referee to us. Like in the NFL (American football), when there is a call and they say they are going to look at that.“Then they reversed the Dawson goal, which if it wasn’t for the system, would never have been disallowed in any league game.“The fourth official said it was offside, which surprises me from a corner. I have looked at it and it is really marginal.”The experienced English boss added: “There is a question there. Are we going to start taking goals away from the entertainment for those slight margins? That is a worry.“The second one, you can argue Jake has lifted his arm. But would he have got a penalty in a normal game without VAR? I don’t know.“But the bigger decision was the four minutes for the Salah decision. You are going from high tempo work-rate to nothing. We had a hamstring (injury) just after that. As a coach, we have to change, we are going to have to get our players to mentally warm-up in that situation and keep themselves ticking over.“You could say that is a lack of professionalism against us. I don’t know. It is just bizarre. As a football person on the sidelines, I wasn’t comfortable with the first half. It was a mysterious situation at times.”Liverpool were marginally better in the second half but could only add a consolation goal through Salah.“I don’t like to say it, but it’s the truth,” said Klopp. “West Brom deserved to win the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


    first_imgCO Donegal man John O’Donnell, who was adopted as a child, told us earlier this month how he had tracked down his birth father’s family.Churchill man John also wrote a moving article for  detailing his 55-year search for his birth mother.John has revealed that his search for his birth father has proved successful. And although he is dead, John has discovered he has a half-sister and eight half-brothers in Co Cork.John has penned the above poem about his birth father.John’s previous articles are here:   DADDY: DONEGAL MAN’S POETIC TRIBUTE TO THE FATHER HE NEVER KNEW was last modified: March 21st, 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:ChurchillDADDY: DONEGAL MAN’S POETIC TRIBUTE TO THE FATHER HE NEVER KNEWdonegalJohn O’Donnelllast_img read more

  • Full steam ahead

    first_img “That’s like comparing (Chone) Figgins and Bengie (Molina) running,” Byrd said of his showdown with the Yankees ace. “I’m not going to overpower people, I’m going to change speeds, I’m going to work the corners and try to keep you off balance. He has more of an intimidating style where he tries to overpower you, and he’s got that really nice complement of a hard fastball and then a nasty slider that breaks at the back leg (of the hitter). It’s as different or contrasting styles as there could possibly be.” Johnson once accidentally killed a bird with a pitch in spring training, but the Angels’ Byrd won’t have to get into the batter’s box like his teammates will. Johnson is 15-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 29 career starts against the Angels, mostly while he was with the Seattle Mariners. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Not surprisingly, not many Angels have hit him well during their careers. Garret Anderson is 3 for 18; Darin Erstad is 5 for 20 with one homer; Vladimir Guerrero is 6 for 30 with two homers. Orlando Cabrera, the Game 2 hero, is an exception, hitting .364 (8 for 22) against Johnson in his career. To make matters worse for the Angels, Johnson is pitching better now than he has all season. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 21, going 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last eight starts. He was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Angels this year, but those starts came during a 10-day period in July. “I think the reports when we saw him in the summer, he wasn’t throwing the ball as well as he’s thrown it down the stretch,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t see that Randy is throwing the ball to his capability now and it’s come at a great time for the Yankees. It’s going to be a challenge. He’s a challenge no matter if he has great stuff or not. He’s going out there with great stuff now, and you can see how well he’s pitched recently for those guys.” Johnson went 17-8 with a 3.79 ERA in his first season with the Yankees, signing with George Steinbrenner’s team with one goal in mind — to win the World Series. But he heard boos early in the season as he struggled, causing some to wonder if he was finished at age 42. “Obviously, I’m not happy with the ups and downs that I had, but I think any pitcher out there that didn’t win 17 games would love to have 17 wins. It’s funny that we say I had an off-year, and still won 17 games. NEW YORK — Don’t look now, but the “Big Diesel Freight Train” is fueling up for a head-on collision with the “Little Engine That Could.” Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson is better known as the “Big Unit,” but Angels pitcher Paul Byrd used the locomotive analogy when asked to compare Johnson to himself. The two pitchers with contrasting styles will hook up tonight in the pivotal Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium, with the series tied, 1-1. center_img “I understand I’m here to get this team over the top, and with that, there’s no making mistakes.” The Angels’ hitters aren’t exactly going into tonight’s game hitting well in the series, regardless of the pitcher, particularly three of their most important bats. Anderson is 0 for 8, Figgins is 0 for 8 and Guerrero is 1 for 6 with a single. Guerrero has only one home run in his past 52 at-bats, going back to Sept. 15. “We need Garret and we need Vlad and we need Figgy to set the tone,” Scioscia said. “You’re not going to have every guy in the lineup swinging the bat well at the same time. But when we talk about the middle of the lineup, especially Garret and Vlad, we absolutely are going to need offense from them if we’re going to get by in this series.” Truth is, neither team has hit well because both teams have pitched well in the first two games. The Angels are hitting .219 as a team, the Yankees .227. The Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield are a combined 4 for 21, all four hits being singles. “They are two ballgames that have been pitched very well,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “The last time we faced them back in 2002, we didn’t pitch well at all. The postseason is all about how well you pitch. There’s very few games you’re going to try to outscore the opposition. “But we need to dominate. We need to control the game with pitching, because if you don’t, with their type of offense, they can be distracting and do a lot of things. We’ve been fortunate, we’ve kept Figgins off the bases, and that’s given us a chance to win.” – Mother Nature could play a role in the outcome of the series. Rain is forecast for both tonight and Saturday, and rain delays or a rainout would affect how both managers use their pitching rotations. “The only thing, and I know Mike Scioscia feels the same way, you certainly don’t want to start a pitcher and have one of these on and off games where you’re going to wind up losing a starter,” Torre said. “That would be probably the worst scenario for our ballclub at this point in time if we had one of those rain-stop-rain situations.” Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon would pitch a Game 5 if there were no rainouts, but Scioscia admitted he’d consider pitching Colon in Game 4 if there is a rainout that pushed Game 4 back to Sunday. – With the left-hander Johnson pitching tonight for the Yankees, Scioscia will put center fielder Steve Finley on the bench, move Chone Figgins to center and play Robb Quinlan at third base. … Wednesday’s Game 2 victory was the Angels’ first postseason win since winning Game 7 of the World Series in 2002. … Angels 1B Darin Erstad has hit safely in 20 of 21 career postseason games. — Joe Haakenson can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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  • SA art snapped up at UK auction

    first_imgLocal artist make big sales at the Bonhams South African art auction in London. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian Roup Bonhams + 0207 468 8259 RELATED ARTICLES • Art for all at Joburg Art Fair • South African art • Top price for Tretchi painting • Global demand for South African artNosimilo RamelaLocal artists excelled at the Bonhams South African art auction in London on 24 March, selling 110 works for a grand total of R28.5-million (US$3.8-millon).The sale, the seventh of its kind in five years, showed how well-positioned modern South African art is internationally, Bonhams said, adding that “private buyers, collectors, museum and gallery curators from the US, Europe and beyond expressed strong interest”.Paintings by well-known artists such as Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto and Maggie Laubser all beat their pre-sale estimates,” the auction house said in a statement.Pierneef’s An Extensive View of Farmlands went for R3.9-million – far exceeding the price it was expected to sell for, which was set between R1.3- and R1.9-million.Sekoto’s Market Street Scene, Cape Town sold for R2.1-million, also more than the estimation of between R1.3- and R1.9-million.Valued from R220 000 to R330 000, Laubser’s Woman Wearing a Red Doek, sold for R554 000.“Once again we have been delighted by the response from buyers. After five years of selling South African art I feel that this is not a blip or a fashion, but the start of a long march to real international recognition and appreciation of this vibrant art from the tip of Africa,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, after the sale.The privately owned Bonhams is the world’s largest and oldest fine art and antiques dealer in the world and maintains a strong presence on the global collectors’ market.The first South African art sale in London was held by Bonhams in May 2006 and attracted a wide range of buyers. Almost all works sold. The famous deal of the day was Sekoto’s self-portrait, which went for R1.8-million – 10 times its estimate.That same year Bonhams sold a further 17 works by Sekoto – including nine evocative watercolour scenes of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre – racking up a total of R4.2-million.Since then prices for work by black urban South African artists have soared by more than 300%, Bonhams said.Preserving historyThe South African flag flown by helicopter at Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration in 1994 and a signed copy of the Freedom Charter were also up for offer at this year’s sale, but sold privately before the auction.A South African businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the flag, and the charter was secured for South Africa in a deal brokered by Bonhams and the Liliesleaf Foundation.“This is the happiest possible outcome for the Freedom Charter. We are delighted to have been able to arrange a deal with this South African organisation which was determined to see the charter return to where it best belongs,” Peppiatt said.Leon Levy, the charter’s seller, agreed: “This was always my hope, that the charter would be returned to the state and I am delighted that this has now been achieved.”The charter forms a significant part of the country’s history, having been drawn up more than five decades ago as a blueprint for a democratic South Africa.It was compiled from a list of demands submitted by the country’s various liberation movements, which included the need for free and compulsory education – irrespective of colour, race or nationality, land to be given to all landless people, and wages and working hours to be improved.The Freedom Charter was officially adopted on 26 June 1955 at the Congress of the People meeting in Kliptown, Soweto, which was supported by 3 000 black, white, coloured and Indian South Africans. A much younger Mandela was among the delegates in attendance.last_img read more

  • Pregnant Indian woman ‘too good at English’ can finally join her husband in Scotland after a 5 month immigration row

    first_imgA pregnantIndian woman has finally won her immigration battle to live in Scotland with her husband – after a hellish five-month wait because her English is “too good”.Alexandria Rintoul, 22, has been stranded abroad since September after a series of blunders with immigration officers over her visa application.Read it at The Scottish Sun Related Itemslast_img

  • Heaven On Earth

    first_imgThe Himalayan region of Ladakh and Kashmir is a showcase of spectacular, largely unexplored, landscapes, cultures and traditions. Visitors are welcomed to this divine land with open hearts and smiles. Sandwiched between the Kulun mountain range in the north and Himalayas in the south in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh Ladakh and Kashmir are part of a picture-perfect arid valley surrounded by high peaks.  I crossed the high mountain passes along the Manali Leh highway — a breathtaking two day road experience that made it one of my most adventurous trips — on my motorcycle, which was draped in Buddhist prayer flags, seeking purity and a safe journey on one of the world’s highest motorable roads. One cannot but fall in love with the azure sky and mighty mountains that touch the heavens. Every breath of the mild air lifts the stress and tensions of life to savor the true flavors of nature’s paradise. Descending into the valley, one discovers the cold deserts, perched high in the Himalayas, which are cut off from the rest of the world more than half of the year, and Ladakhis, the ethnic tribe of Leh Ladakh who toil on their small farmlands. Buddhist monasteries punctuate the isolated hillocks in the vicinity of villages.Prayer wheels and chortens (the local Buddhist devotional towers) are dotted everywhere. The local bazaar in Leh is teeming at noon with people dressed in traditional clothes, as they shop for vegetables, offer warm welcoming gestures of “Jule – Hello” and flash broad smiles. The Ladakhis are incredibly hospitable and love to interact with outsiders. Even Indians are like Westerners for them. Life in Ladakh is dictated by the seasons — more so, perhaps, than almost any other inhabited place on earth — but the smiles are sure to warm anyone’s heart. The age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, tiny colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh and the Ladakh region a veritable kaleidoscope of sights and sounds and an authentic mosaic of culture a Shikara on the beautiful Dal Lake, which sits in the wilderness alongside of snowy trees on mountain slopes. The changing seasons throughout the year bring forth colorful flowers and the majestic beauty to the valley. But alas, I must I bid goodbye to the beautiful sunrise and sunset along the tranquil waters of Dal Lake set against the surrounding mountains.  Related Itemslast_img read more