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Civil society organizations (CSOs) from the West African sub-region have called on the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS to appoint an envoy on Ebola. The ECOWAS based CSOs have stressed the severity of the deadly Ebola virus in the sub-region and are now urging ECOWAS to appoint a trained professional medical doctor as its envoy to join the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments to fight Ebola epidemic.Ebola has claimed the lives of over 1,552 people in West Africa and has infected nearly 3,000 people in five countries with Senegal being the latest African country to report the Ebola virus. In a statement signed over 95 CSOs from West Africa including the Open Society Initiative in West Africa (OSIWA), the group called on ECOWAS member states to appoint a leading, influential, strong and knowledgeable West African physician or health professional as ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola.According to the CSOs, the ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola will complement the efforts of WHO’s envoy Dr David Nabarro, help draw attention to the public health and humanitarian challenges posed by Ebola and become a regional voice and leader for a regional response plan led by African and international contributors. The Envoy could also be the voice calling for effective management and coordination of cross-border transportation and logistics. The challenge we face is extraordinary and ECOWAS needs to create a specialized platform to address this.“The current epidemic, which has been characterized by WHO as the deadliest Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in Zaire (now Democratic Republic Congo) 1974, has claimed the lives of at least 1,552 people in West Africa including many health personnel. We applaud and support the brave work of the health personnel who continue to put their lives at risk in the care of victims of Ebola despite very difficult working environment. We stand in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, families, and communities who are battling for their lives and struggling to care for loved ones,” the CSOs said.They observed that West African economies are feeling the impact of the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola.“Travel and trade restrictions are limiting the deployment of medical personnel, equipment and commodities adding to the deadly risk that the EVD already poses to the communities and the economies of the affected countries and the region. This epidemic has exposed the challenges of our public health systems and our governance institutions,” the CSOs statement said.In a recent release, the WHO predicts in its roadmap that 20,000 people may ultimately be infected in this outbreak. The CSOs are therefore aware of the challenges that would beget the sub-region if the situation is not put under control. “The challenge ahead is steep and a lot of work has to be done urgently to stem this dangerous situation and avoid an even greater catastrophe.”The CSOs observed that cross-border coordination and collaboration necessary to stem the spread of Ebola has been haphazard and chaotic.“While closure of borders may provide short term relief, it is not proving an effective way of controlling the virus and is also an impediment to cross-border technical support and humanitarian assistance, giving rise to new food security challenges. The challenge of the current epidemic calls for urgent, unified and concerted efforts by ECOWAS and the international community,” the CSOs added.Since regional collaboration and coordination have been the main impediments in the management of this epidemic, they said we particularly appreciate and welcome the decision of ECOWAS to put in place a regional monitoring mechanism composed of two entities: the ministerial coordination group chaired by the Ghanaian health minister and a technical monitoring workgroup with members such as WHO Afro and the West African Health Organization (WAHO).The CSOs called for continuation of the work of the monitoring mechanism even in the post-Ebola period given the negative impact the epidemic is having on health systems, on economies, and on social ties and community relations.“We urge all ECOWAS member States to push for this resolution and to develop a concrete plan to ensure operational effectiveness and coordination. We call on the international community to provide needed assistance in ensuring that the response to Ebola in the region is effective, humane and sustainable.”The CSOs have meanwhile acknowledged that the efforts of ECOWAS and the international community can only yield results if residents of the region do their part. They also urged the populations and all civil society organizations to show more solidarity by providing support to populations that are affected by EVD and remain cautious by observing the preventive and protective measures identified by the WHO.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Akeem Callender of Lot 186 Charlestown, Georgetown has been remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore, before whom he was arraigned on Friday to answer a possession of narcotics charge which stated that on January 5, 2018, he was found with 338 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne told the court that Police ranks swooped down on Callender in Charlestown after he was seen acting in a suspicious manner. A search was conducted on a bag he was carrying, and Police unearthed leaves, seeds and stems which they suspected to be cannabis. He was told of the offence, taken to the station and charged.Callender’s Attorney, Melville Duke, in a bail application, stated that his client is young and has no previous convictions. However, the lawyer’s submission was overruled, and Callender was remanded until February 2.
…necessary care and treatment being provided to many on a daily basisScores of persons in dire need are presently benefiting from services being offered at the Hugo Chávez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, located at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice (WCB); and they are being provided with “excellent” care.The Hugo Chávez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, located at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice, Region FiveThis is according to Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, who, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, stated that the facility, which provides refuge for some of the country’s homeless population, is functioning better than expected.She explained that this was also due to the commitment and hard work of the staff at the Hugo Chávez Centre, who monitor operations there.In relation to reports that the Social Protection Ministry recently advertised various vacancies in a bid to replace those workers, the Minister posited that this was far from the truth, since all posts are filled and no worker has left the job, or needs to be replaced.“We did not advertise. That was a 2016 advertisement, and some foolish person put up that. We did not advertise anything,” the minister declared.Social Protection Minister Amna AllyAccording to Minister Ally, despite claims being made that some form of corruption is taking place at the Hugo Chávez Centre, the process of managing the day-to-day task at that facility is both efficiently and effectively executed.Presently, there are between 70 and 75 persons housed at this Centre, and obtaining quality care and treatment, the minister noted.She added that allegations of millions of dollars that were intended for the Centre having gone missing are far from the truth.Last year, following the successful implementation of its ‘Self-Sufficient Agricultural Economic Services Project’, which was launched in June 2017, the Hugo Chávez Centre became fully self-sufficient.A main food supplier to State-benevolent centres, the Hugo Chávez Centre produces organic vegetables, chicken, and fish. Minister Ally had, on a past occasion, explained that in less than a year, the centre was able to produce and supply chicken to centres such as the Palms, the Mahaica Children’s Home, and the Mahaica Hospital.“I am proud of the facility’s self-sufficiency. What I love about this programme is that we have our agencies being the beneficiaries of this project…and I am very proud and happy that this is a seven-and-a-half-month achievement since the President commissioned this facility. it is a very proud moment for us,” Minister Ally has told media operatives.The project also formed part of the reintegration programme for those residents at the facility who were trained in the field of agriculture and farming.Over the past two years, a number of persons have been trained under the Patient Care Assistant training programme, and some of them have been deployed to the Hugo Chávez Centre, where they provide direct and/or indirect care, which includes medical assessment, treatment, counselling and psychological assistance.They were successfully trained to interact with indigent persons who have no fixed place of abode, as well as the less fortunate and homeless who may be in need of medical assessment and treatment. They provide counselling and psychological assistance to enable those persons to become disciplined and productive members of society.
After being found with an unlicensed firearm and several rounds of ammunition in his possession on Thursday, 25-year-old Deon Jonas, a miner of St Ignatius Village Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) was on Friday arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face the charges.The firearm and ammo that were foundJonas denied both charges after it was read to him by Magistrate Clive Nurse. The first charge detailed that on September 5, at Meer Zorgen Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD) he had in his possession a .CZ 7.6 semi-automatic pistol without being the licensed firearm holder of same.Another charge stated that on the same date and location, he also had eight live .32 rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.According to reports, ranks of a Police Anti-Crime Unit patrol were conducting a road block on the Meer Zorgen Public Road, when they stopped motor car HC 1920, which was driven by a 36-year-old a taxi driver of Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Remanded: Deon JonasJonas, along with a 36-year-old Venezuelan, were the only occupants in the car, when the ranks informed them that a search would be conducted on their personal belongings as well as the car. During the said search, the illegal weapon and a magazine containing the ammunition were found in the pants crotch of the defendant.While in custody, Jones allegedly gave a written statement under caution admitting ownership of the firearm and ammunition stating that he stole the firearm and ammunition from his uncle a businessman at Oko, Upper Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The prosecution objected to bail being granted to Jonas on the grounds that no special reason was provided by his attorney, Gordon Gilhuys, as to why bail should be granted.As such, Magistrate Nurse remanded the defendant to prison and adjourned the matter until September 9, 2019.
Placing second of the evening was Matt Gilmore, who completed the course with a time of 32:16, with George Gamble rounding out third place at 32:48.Pat Ferris completed the race fourth at 33:47, with Tate Haugan fifth with a time of 34:36.It’s been a busy, yet successful week for the local cycling club, as last Sunday, member Colter Young took first place in the final Superweek Alberta Criterium, raced in Calgary.- Advertisement -Irving Tang also represented the Blizzard Bike Club well over the long weekend, placing first overall at the Victoria Duathlon.Tang’s first place finish came with a time of 2:08:03, after completing a 5 km run, 40 km bike ride and a final 10 km run.It’s back to the regular routine for the local cycling club, who will race in another Thursday evening Baldonnel time trial tonight, then will hit the trails for a Sunday evening road race at Cecil Lake gravel pit this Sunday.Advertisement For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club, visit its official website.
The Terry Fox run goes today nationwide, with the local run slated for 2 pm starting at the rec centre.The Terry Fox Run raises money for cancer every year (all types of cancer) so if you would like to help raise some cash, you can download pledge forms at www.terryfoxrun.org. Now, if you are in the mood on Sunday, but havenâ€™t raised any money, thatâ€™s ok – you can come out and just do the run in tribute to a great Canadian. – Advertisement -It’s free to take part in the run, registration is at 1, with the run starting at 2 pm – and thereâ€™s a 1 k, a 5 k, and a 10 k distance available.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a robbery that occurred on the evening of May 25 before or between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.According to RCMP, the victim said three men in their mid 20’s had rushed him while he was walking away from the fair located in the Walmart parking lot in the area of 9007 96A Street.It is said that the shortest man of the three, had struck the victim in the face before taking an undisclosed amount of cash from his wallet.- Advertisement -The suspect is described as:Caucasian maleabout 5 ft 5 inches (168 cm) tall,clean shaven,wearing a pink T-shirt and white shortshad face tattoos.Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
VICTORIA, B.C. – To make travel better for everyone, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is inviting people to share their experiences with the Province’s highways and servicesThe ministry has launched the 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey in an effort to gather feedback on transportation infrastructure and services.The survey is available online and will be offered in-person at some locations, including select rest areas, inland ferry terminals and public places along B.C. highways and is open until September 3rd, 2019.- Advertisement -British Columbians can share through the survey what they think about the services of the ministry, including highway operations, rehabilitation and maintenance, transportation projects, DriveBC highway information, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement, social media, inland ferries (ferries that sail on lakes and rivers), licensing of taxis, buses and limousines, permits for filming and hosting community events along highways, and applications to subdivide rural properties.The survey also invites members of the public to share their experiences of how they were treated by employees, the response times to questions and concerns, and their general satisfaction levels with services.Data collected will be analyzed to understand how the ministry is doing in specific service and geographic areas and will help ministry staff make well-informed decisions moving forward to assist people throughout the province.Advertisement All data is confidential. To ensure their privacy, the survey asks respondents not to include identifiable personal information.To view the survey; CLICK HERE
0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 1- Nicholas Muyoti has resigned as Thika United head coach with immediate effect after a difficult start to the season that has seen the side fail to get results, winning only once in 13 games.Muyoti tendered his resignation at the club on Monday evening. “I made the decision to leave the club because the results have not been good and I thought it would be wise for someone else to come and try out. It has been a tough season for us and I think that was the best decision for me and the club,” Muyoti told Capital Sport.He added; “Since I took over, it has been difficult especially financially and with the way things have been going, it was best for me to resign because my reputation as a coach was going to be harmed especially because the result was mostly not my making.”The tactician took over after his former boss James Nandwa was shown the door in 2016 and last year, the side struggled to stay afloat and just but managed to remain in the Kenyan Premier League after a nervy 1-0 aggregate win over Ushuru in the play-off.This season, Thika have struggled and are currently second from bottom with nine points off six draws and one win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)