Gov’t Urged to Prioritize WASH

first_imgWaterAid Liberia, in partnership with WASH Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the government to strengthen the health care system through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.The group made the call on Monday, August 8, in a joint communiqué addressed to the Ministry of Health. They want the government to give post-Ebola recovery for water, sanitation and hygiene the highest priority.Presenting the letter to Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh, the chairman of the Liberia WASH CSOs Network, Prince Kreplah, said the action by the group is intended to urge government to improve the health sector.Kreplah, however, commend the government for strides made to improve WASH in health care facilities across the country, adding that the government should exert more effort to deliver on its health and WASH promises.In response, Deputy Health Minister Kateh thanked WaterAid and WASH’s CSO partners for their continued work, and agreed that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial to the health care delivery system of the country.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, appealed to Liberians to take their health seriously, especially when it involves water.Following the presentation of the letter to the Health Ministry, a press conference was held to address key health and WASH issues.The Chairman of the Liberia NGOs Network, George Kayah, commended the government and development partners for steps taken to improve WASH and health care delivery but noted that despite these efforts there still remain serious deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, hospitals and clinics.WASH Coordinator at the Health Ministry, Wataku Kortima, disclosed that the government has put in place WASH protocols to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene play a key role in the country’s health care delivery system.He urged collaborative efforts among CSO actors as well as Liberians to ensure that challenges affecting the health sector are resolved. The Health Ministry has started the training of health care workers on WASH protocols and the essence of WASH in health, he added.Speaking on behalf of the British Charity WaterAid in Liberia, Program Effectiveness Coordinator Samuel Quirmolue indicated that WaterAid will continue to support the government and local partners in the sector to improve WASH and make it accessible.Meanwhile, a baseline report released on water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities in 2015 found out that about 95 percent of health care facilities do not meet the Ministry of Health’s standards on water quantity for all purposes.More than 50 percent of health facilities do not have a protected year–round source of water, and 20 percent do not have any protected source on site.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neighbour confesses to killing Patentia man

first_imgThe decomposed body which was discovered with a black plastic bag wrapped around the head in a drain at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD) has been identified as that of 57-year-old Abdool Ghannie, called “Dennis” or “Fulla” of the same community.The body, which was discovered on Monday by passers-by, was identified by the man’s cousin on Wednesday.The body of Abdool Ghannie in the drain at First Street, Patentia, WBDThe man’s neighbour has since reportedly confessed to the crime, according to Police.Reports are that the neighbour, when questioned by detectives on Tuesday night, admitted under caution that Ghannie visited his home on Saturday, October 19.However, the duo had a misunderstanding, which resulted in the neighbour punching the man to his face, causing several injuries.According to Police, on Sunday night, the neighbour reportedly tied a plastic bag over the man’s head and dumped the body in a drain.When contacted by this newspaper, Region Three (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord explained that after being punched by the neighbour, the man became motionless. The neighbour, he added, thought that the man was asleep.On Sunday morning, the neighbour noticed the man was in the same position and thought he was still sleeping. As such, the neighbour went to work.However, upon his return home, Ghannie was still in the same motionless position. This is when the neighbour realised something was amiss.He lifted the man’s head up and saw blood. It was then that the neighbour put the man’s head in a plastic bag to prevent the blood from dripping as he dumped the body in a nearby drain.A post-mortem examination conducted on the body gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage, blunt trauma to the head compounded by aspiration of blood.The neighbour is in Police custody and is expected to be charged for the crime.last_img read more

US sprinter Coleman cleared as USADA withdraws case

first_img0Shares0000Charges against sprinter Christian Coleman have been dropped © AFP/File / JOHN THYSLOS ANGELES, United States, Sep 3 – Christian Coleman has been cleared to take part in this month’s World Athletics Championships after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dropped charges against him on a technicality, a statement said Monday.US sprinter Coleman, the fastest man over 100m this year, had been facing a two-year suspension after drug-testers were unable to locate him on three separate occasions in a 12-month period. However, USADA said in a statement that after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency on how the 12-month window should be calculated, it was withdrawing its case.“Consistent application of the global anti-doping rules is essential in every case,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement.“In this case we applied the rules to Mr Coleman in the manner that USADA understands should be applied to any other international-level athlete.“We must approach every case with the primary goal of delivering fairness to athletes under the rules and providing transparency and consistency in order to build their trust and support for the anti-doping system.”USADA said in its statement it had first recorded a “whereabouts failure” against Coleman on June 6 last year.A doping control officer had attempted to test the sprinter and discovered that he had failed to update his whereabouts information to accurately reflect his location.Two more whereabouts failures were also logged on January 16 this year and April 26.However Coleman argued that under International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) guidelines, his first missed case should have been backdated to the first day of that quarter — April 1, 2018 — which would mean the dates of the three offences fell outside the required 12-month time frame for a doping offence to have occurred.In order to avoid future confusion, the rule is being revised with the change expected to take place in 2021.USADA said it had consulted with WADA to receive an official interpretation of the ISTI rules last week.“This interpretation was received on Friday, August 30, 2019, and was that the Filing Failure which USADA had recorded in June 2018, should relate back to April 1, 2018, the first day of the quarter in which the failure to update occurred,” USADA said in a statement.– ‘Presumption of innocence’ –“Given these facts, USADA has determined that under the applicable rules, and in order to ensure that Coleman is treated consistently with other athletes under the World Anti-Doping Program, Coleman should not be considered to have three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period.”USADA said Coleman had since provided his whereabouts information by the start of each quarter as required and had been tested by the agency on 20 separate occasions.The sprinter had been due to face a hearing on Thursday which has now been scrapped, USADA said.The agency said Coleman was free to compete with immediate effect but noted that the decision to withdraw the case could still be appealed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).“Every athlete is entitled to a presumption of innocence until their case is concluded through the established legal process,” Tygart said.“This is certainly the case for Mr Coleman, who has been found by USADA not to have committed a Whereabouts Violation and is fully eligible to compete under the rules,” he added.Coleman is the fastest man in the world over the 100m and the favourite in that distance heading into the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He is also expected to run in the 4x100m Relay and the 200m.He has run the two fastest 100m of 2019, a 9.85 and a 9.81.In an interview with NBC’s Ato Boldon last month, Coleman said he was confident the hearing would exonerate him.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Poll: Is Jonjo Shelvey good enough for England?

first_img Jonjo Shelvey 1 After the Swansea midfielder’s impressive start to the Premier League season, the Drivetime team want to know your thoughts…last_img

Arsenal ace to sign new contract keeping him at Emirates until 2022

first_img Iwobi is just short of reaching a century of appearances for Arsenal Alex Iwobi is to sign a new contract with Arsenal that will tie the Nigeria international down to the Gunners until 2022.Iwobi, the attacking midfielder, has two years’ left to run on his existing deal, and there have been suggestions he would be leaving the Emirates this summer following Unai Emery’s appointment as the club’s new manager. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday cracker tense SORRY silverware What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lazio and Milan have been linked with making a move for the 22-year-old, but the Mirror say Iwobi has agreed terms on an improved deal to stay in north London.Iwobi, who moved to England at the age of four, has spent his entire career with the Gunners and he made his first-team debut in October 2015. latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion NEW ERA In total, Iwobi has scored nine goals in 98 matches for the north Londoners.A former England youth international, Iwobi opted to represent Nigeria at senior level, and he’s gone on to make 21 appearances for his birth nation – including at the recent World Cup. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP ALTERED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most read in Premier League revealed last_img read more

Tottenham confirm all 2018 home games will be played at Wembley

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Tottenham do net yet know when they will move into their new stadium LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Spurs had originally planned to move into their new 62,062-seater stadium in September but construction issues have seen its opening continually pushed back.Levy blamed missed deadlines by constructors and other uncontrollable factors for the latest delay.It means the next possible moving-in day is January 13, when the club face Manchester United in the Premier League, four months after the stadium was due to open on September 15 against Liverpool.There is also the possibility of a third-round FA Cup tie the weekend before if Spurs are drawn at home and the stadium is ready. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Manchester City – 29/10PSV Eindhoven – 06/11Chelsea – 24/11Inter Milan – 28/11Southampton – 05/12Burnley – 15/12Bournemouth – 26/12Wolves – 29/12 Tottenham will not move into their new stadium until next year, as the club announce their remaining home games in 2018 will be played at Wembley.Chairman Daniel Levy admits he doesn’t know when the redeveloped White Hart Lane will be ready, despite telling manager Mauricio Pochettino the club hoped to move in before Christmas. BEST OF 2 2 REVEALED RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE TOTTENHAM’S REMAINING HOME FIXTURES IN 2018 “In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolves on 29 December.”Spurs will take a heavy financial hit from the delay – each game moved to Wembley results in 1/19 of season ticket costs being refunded to fans.The club must also pay a rental fee to Wembley for every game played there, at a rate which gets more expensive game-by-game, while staffing costs could rise over the Christmas period. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED huge blow Levy said in a statement: “There isn’t an hour that goes by when I am not asked when we will be able to stage our first game at our new home.“I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture. However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.“Whilst we are conscious of the need to keep pressure on our contractors to deliver as soon as possible, we are also acutely aware of how difficult the lack of clarity is for you, our supporters, to plan around games, particularly those at Christmas and New Year. no dice Wembley will host the rest of Spurs’ home games in 2018 last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: THIRTY part-time staff at a leading Donegal company may be laid off over Christmas, can reveal.Abbott has eight manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Cork, Donegal, Longford and Sligo. It has commercial operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport.  Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946.Insiders have told “Work is slow at the minute and it looks like there may be temporary lay-offs. “Obviously people are worried that we may lose our jobs – even temporarily – over the Christmas period.”The local plant manufactures medical devices for diabetics.JOBS FEARS AT DONEGAL TOWN COMPANY was last modified: November 16th, 2011 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:AbbottJOBS FEARS AT DONEGAL TOWN COMPANYlast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East, Charlie McConalogue, says some commonage farmers in Donegal may not be eligible for the Single Farm Payment (SFP) from 2015 due to new regulations being imposed by the Minister for Agriculture.Charlie McConalogue TDThe Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed to Fianna Fáil that from 2015 on commonage farmers who do not put stock on the commonage will not be eligible for the Single Farm Payment.The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed to Fianna Fáil that from 2015 on commonage farmers who do not put stock on the commonage will not be eligible for the Single Farm Payment.This is because of the new rules defining an active farmer, which says that unlike farmers farming enclosed land, those farming semi-natural land will have to have a minimum stocking on that land. Deputy McConalogue described the situation as ridiculous.“Following the considerable problems in relation to the Glás Scheme, which may preclude many commonage owners in Donegal from participating in it, there is a further major challenge facing commonage farmers here from 2015 on.“This is a ridiculous rule because the net effect is that rather than an arrangement being arrived at between farmers on a hill whereby only some of the applicants for Area Based Payments use the hill, all applicants for Area Based Payments will now be required to put stock on the hill. It will reduce the economic benefit for those who traditionally used the hill up to now and force people, who for reasons of health or age might not feel that they could engage in farming, to put stock up on the hill.“This will not in any way improve either the agricultural or environmental condition of the hill but will act as another bureaucratic barrier for farmers.” He said he was now calling on the Minister for Agriculture at this late stage to revise this interpretation of the regulation and ensure that as long as a hill is stocked correctly and is kept in good agricultural environmental condition that the requirement for all farmers in Donegal to put stock on the hill would be removed.“There is no reason why a different and more onerous rule should apply to hill farmers in Donegal compared to low-land farmers.“There are many hills throughout the country where less than half of the farmers declaring commonage keep stock on the hill. It must further be noted that not only will these farmers no longer be eligible for payment of Single Farm Payment on their hill land but they also will not be eligible for payment on their enclosed land either.“The CAP Reform 2014 – 2020 is turning out to be a disaster for those living on marginal land with the Minister hell-bent on concentrating resources on the areas of prime land throughout the country.“This decision could lead to major environmental damage in the hills with the long term abandonment by a large number of farmers of farms in the west of Ireland. “It will also serve to accelerate depopulation and discourage farmers from maintaining an interest in agriculture in these areas.”DONEGAL COMMONAGE FARMERS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR SFP GRANTS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 30th, 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:Deputy Carlie McConaloguedonegalsingle farm paymentlast_img read more

Mikaela Shiffrin takes gold in giant slalom to start her second Olympics

first_imgEagleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait three days to kick off her second Olympics because of weather delays, but she seized the moment in spectacular fashion when it finally came Wednesday night, claiming the gold medal in giant slalom.Shiffrin, who took silver in giant slalom at the 2017 world championships, is the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in GS since Julie Mancuso stormed through a fierce snowstorm at the 2006 Turin Games to claim gold. Two other American women have won …last_img read more

Jon Gruden doesn’t know what Marshawn Lynch’s future holds

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Marshawn Lynch will officially become an unrestricted free agent in March, and Jon Gruden still doesn’t know if Lynch is healthy enough or even wants to continue playing football.Lynch turns 33 in late April, and missed the final 10 games of last season with a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve during the Raiders’ Week 7 bye.“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know yet,” Gruden said when asked if he expects Lynch to play in the NFL this year. “I think when we get …last_img read more