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first_imgUntil the presidential mandate ordering the closure of all institutions of learning in the country on Wednesday, classes at the University of Liberia (UL) had been ongoing, although an increasing number of students had begun staying away from classes due to the spread of the Ebola virus.However, in compliance with the President’s directive and as part of the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the administration of the UL on July 31 announced the closure of all academic activities effectively immediately until further notice.The UL Administration, in a joint session of the Faculty Senate and Council and in consultation with UL president, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, had, before the President’s address to the nation, by its own discretion, decided to close the university on Saturday, August 2, in response to the Ebola threat.Dr. Dennis is presently out of the country.The decision to close the institution was predicated upon a series of lectures that are being delivered by Dr. Vuyu Kanda Golakai, vice president for Health Sciences and Dean of the UL’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, as well as other professors, on the dangers of the dreaded virus.While the UL remains ‘temporarily’ closed, the administration is asking vice presidents, administrative directors, deans and the associate vice president for Human Resource to “kindly maintain a very minimal staff to respond to emergencies, if any.”Meanwhile, all support staffers who are not specifically requested to form a part of the skeletal staff are being asked to stay away from any of the campuses.At the same time, the UL Administration is requesting all members of the UL family to continue monitoring the university-owned radio, LUX 106.6 FM, for updates and announcements concerning the resumption of normal activities.On Wednesday, President Sirleaf announced that,Without exception, all schools are also ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education, the President ordered as parts of measures to contain the deadly Ebola menace.All non-essential staff, to be determined by their Minister or Head of Agency to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leaveFriday, August 1 is declared a non-working day, to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities; all borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announced preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) businessman was on Monday hauled before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of narcotics trafficking after he was allegedly busted with a quantity of ganja.Ancel John, a shop owner, denied that on November 22, 2018 at Kwakwani Water Front, Upper Berbice River, he had 110 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.In court on Monday, the 33-year-old man claimed that he was beaten by PoliceCharged: Ancel Johnand articles from his store were stolen during his arrest. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objections to bail being granted, but asked that conditions be attached.The Chief Magistrate released John on $50,000 bail. As a condition for bail, he is required to report to the Kwakwani Police Station every Friday until completion of his trial. The case will continue on December 22, 2018 at the Kwakwani Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more


first_imgWASHINGTON – With the nation fighting two wars, the number of soldiers deserting has increased and the Army is stepping up prosecutions. Army statistics released this week show the number of desertions rose in the four years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America prompted the Bush administration’s war on terrorism. Desertions then fell for three years but they have been rising steadily again in the past three years as the increasingly unpopular campaign in Iraq has worn on. Even with the recent increases, less than 1 percent of the Army’s active duty force of 507,000 soldiers desert, according to Army data. That compares with 3.4 percent of the 1971 force that fought the Vietnam War, Maj. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman, said Tuesday. And even with a sizable boost in the rate of prosecutions, the overwhelming majority of cases still are handled through administrative discharge. Some 5 percent of cases go to trial, Edgecomb said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Junior enlisted soldiers are the most likely to desert, Army researchers say. More than 60 percent of deserters over the past 1 years had less than a year in service, Edgecomb said. More than 80 percent have less than three years of service. “The three primary reasons deserters cite for their actions are dissatisfaction with military life, family problems and homesickness,” she said. The problem “tends to increase in magnitude during wartime” and the Army treats the offense more seriously during war, she said, because it can affect a soldier’s unit and its mission. “We prosecute for desertion much more heavily in a time of war than in a time of peace,” said Paul Boyce, another Army spokesman. Army statistics include the following: – Desertions rose steadily from about 1,800 in budget year 1998 to about 4,400 in the budget year ended Sept. 30, 2001. – After the Sept. 11 attacks, desertions trended down for three years. There were roughly 4,000 in fiscal year 2002, 2,600 in 2003, and 2,450 in 2004. – Desertions rose in 2005 and 2006 and appear to be slightly higher again in the 2007 fiscal year that started Oct. 1. They went from approximately 2,700 in 2005 to 3,300 last year and are at about 1,700 for the first half of this budget year. – Army statistics for prosecutions were impossible to match exactly against the number of desertions because deserters were counted by fiscal year and prosecutions by calendar year. But as an example of the increased rate of prosecutions in recent years, the Army said 167 soldiers were prosecuted in the calendar year started January 2002 against roughly 4,000 desertions counted in the fiscal year started October 2001. That compared with 59 prosecuted the previous year out of 4,400 desertions. When a soldier is reporting missing or AWOL – absent without leave – the military attempts to find him or her. After 30 days of consecutive absence, the soldier is classified as a deserter, Edgecomb said. When the soldier returns or is apprehended, a commander has discretion to prosecute the deserter through a court-martial, discharge, retain and rehabilitate, as well as apply a wide range of administrative punishments. “Our primary course of action is to attempt to rehabilitate the soldier – reintegrate him/her back into their unit,” Edgecomb said. Administrative actions include counseling, a reprimand, forfeiture of pay, reduction in rank and involuntary discharge.last_img read more


first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks to Alan Brazil and John Hartson about the recently revealed Champions League draw, with Barcelona 3/1 favourites to be the first team ever to retain the European crown.Chelsea have the shortest odds from all the of English sides, with the defending Premier League champions 9/1 to claim their second European Cup, while Manchester City – who have never progressed past the last 16 – are priced at 12/1.Three-time winners Manchester United are 16/1, with Arsenal 22/1 for the victory. Can there be a repeat of the all-England final of 2008? It’s 16/1 for two Premier League sides to face off at the San Siro, while it’s 11/4 for an English winner.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jesus ran with the 12 apostles. Bonnie always had Clyde. Kobe’s gang consists of a Smush, a Slava, and another Euro with the frame of Lindsay Lohan. Not very intimidating, less Scarface more Barney. So if you end up in a gunfight with your opponent knowing you have nothing but a knife; how does one suggest to fight? Good question right? The first punch is not a haymaker it’s a calculated jab. But the best move for the Lakers might be to play the role of pacifists. I’m not convinced in trading Lamar Odom. Which is the only way the Lakers would pick up a quality non- stopgap return (Ron Artest). Well, I wouldn’t just nix a trade that acquires Artest for the blatant reasons. I would reject them for even more obvious ones! Ron made it clear that he would not resign with a western ballclub. In fact he would just play out his contract, in hopes of getting on a roster closer to his Queens stomping grounds. Even if those words are not the Gospel according to Ron, it’s enough to turn down a rational risk assessment. Knowing this, the suits at 1111 S. Figueroa St., certainly won’t make a marquee move. There is no need for one anyways. The Lakers aren’t one move away from contending. Trading for another scorer is not going to make Smush Parker a better defender. Nor is it going to make Bynum or Kwame progress quicker. Laker fans are just so accustomed to winning that having the second youngest team in the NBA doesn’t register. Youth would be best served or severed in the off-season. This team is built with a handful of long-term anchors, the rest are unremarkable, interchangeable, wholesale commodities. The most viable of those is Devean George a la carte, or packaged with a stiff like Slava. But what do you think you are going to get back from that. Nothing much. The endless possibilities can be discussed over one of those dread full sport’s talk shows. Basically when you turn in a bag of soda cans, don’t expect to yield a gold bar.last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The pressure to squeeze out $300 million (annually) in savings could pinch patients unless the county proceeds with extreme caution,” said Jerry Flanagan, health care policy director at The Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights in Santa Monica. “Cutting services in the name of `cost savings’ can end up costing the county much more in the long run. Instead of making health care affordable, these plans could stop early diagnosis of disease – when sickness is cheaper to treat and good outcomes are more likely.” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky pointed out that, unlike previous proposals, this plan doesn’t propose closing hospitals or clinics. He said it relies instead on innovative cost savings that would have little impact on patient care. Yaroslavsky said the department’s $300 million annual shortfall is nearly two-thirds less than the $700 million deficit the department faced in 1995. “That not only threatened to collapse the health system, but threatened to take the entire county government into bankruptcy,” he said. “We’re far better off than we were 11 years ago, but we’re not out of the woods yet.” Los Angeles County’s struggling health department – a $1.4 billion deficit looming in just four years – released a detailed cost-cutting plan Wednesday designed to squeeze the shortfall to $555 million by 2009-10. The plan includes standardizing care so medical procedures cost the same at each of the five public hospitals and reducing hospitalizations by 10 percent. It also calls for closing the Department of Health Services’ $300 million annual shortfall, which first appears July 1, with an infusion of general fund money; revenue from a proposed tobacco tax measure on the November ballot for health-related programs; and $47 million from an increase in Medi-Cal managed care rates. Still, some of the plan’s proposals drew questions about the potential impact on patient care. Yaroslavsky noted the plan, developed by Dr. Bruce Chernof, acting health department director and chief medical officer, strategically emphasizes efficiencies. “There is no reason why one hospital should cost us 20 percent more per patient than another hospital,” Yaroslavsky said. “We have five hospitals and five CEOs and they run them almost like fiefdoms. “We need to create one system with five hospitals, just like the Los Angeles Police Department has 18 divisions but it’s one department. “It doesn’t cost twice as much to arrest a burglar in the Devonshire Division than it does the Foothill Division. That needs to be addressed.” The plan also calls for reducing reliance on temporary registry nurses by hiring more permanent nurses; reducing drug costs by eliminating some and designating others as preferred; and prescribing the least expensive drugs when two or more are equally beneficial. “Like public safety-net systems across the nation, DHS has faced a series of budget crises over the last two decades or more,” Chernof wrote. “Because of the chronic budget shortfalls facing the health system over this period, it appears to some observers that DHS has limped from crisis to crisis. “However, during this time DHS has implemented significant reforms and restructured its care delivery system.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgThe Cavern: Victim of assault lost two teeth thereA MAN who lost two teeth in a violent attack in a local pub is “absolutely fed up” waiting for his attacker to pay his medical bills, a court has heard.David Gibson, who is 21, has already admitted the attack on his victim at The Cavern Bar in Letterkenny on May 19 last year. Gibson, from 52 The Green Ballymacool in Letterkenny pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at a previous court.Judge Paul Kelly has been adjourning his sentence in the case until compensation to the victim is paid.But Letterkenny District Court heard that Gibson still owes €150, and according to his solicitor Kieran Dillon, has been doing his best to come up with the rest of the money.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that the victim wanted the case dealt with and he was impatient at the rate at which Gibson was paying for his medical bills.“He’s absolutely fed up with it going on and on,” said Inspector Sheridan.The victim, she said, had lost two teeth in the attack.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until next month to allow Gibson to settle the balance of the medical bills.VICTIM WHO LOST TWO TEETH IN ATTACK ‘FED UP’ WAITING FOR COMPENSATION, JUDGE TOLD was last modified: May 22nd, 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:assaultballymacoolGibsonteethThe Cavern Barlast_img read more


first_imgKILLYBEGS man Seamus Coleman hit another cracking goal for Everton today to help send the blue side of Merseyside into the next round of the FA Cup.Everton eventually beat QPR 4-0 at Goodison Park in today’s 3rd Round tie.Ross Barkley opened the scoring in the 35th minute before Nikca Jelavic hit two more either side of half-time. Coleman side-footed a stunning strike into the corner of the net in the 76th minute after running on to a lovely Barkley lay-off.It was the Donegal man’s sixth goal of the season – more than any other Premiership defender.   COLEMAN HITS ANOTHER STUNNING GOAL TO EASE EVERTON INTO FA CUP DRAW was last modified: January 4th, 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:evertongoalQPRseamus colemanlast_img read more


first_imgClub Rosann, a showjumping team based in Co.Donegal, performed well at the recent RDS qualifers in Sligo.They competed at Tubberbride riding stables in Sligo last week and came seventh overall in a competition of 80 horses. Club Rosann won best turned out award for their horses looking immaculate.Club Rosann riders who took part in the competition are, Esther O’Kane, Lynne Russell, Amy Mc Garvey and Eve Smith.DONEGAL SHOWJUMPING TEAM PERFORMS WELL AT THE RDS QUALIFERS was last modified: May 27th, 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:Club RosannhorsesNoticesRDSShowjumpingSportlast_img read more


first_imgRoisin Shorthall with Sorcha Ni Dhomnaill and Martin McGettigan.The Donegal Association Dublin held their annual mass for deceased members of the Association and their families, on Sunday 17th November at the Regency Hotel. A large crowd attended which was celebrated by Fr. Michael McCullagh.Afterwards, the fourth Fr. McDyer Memorial Lecture was delivered by Róisín Shortall TD. Róisín Shortall is an Independent T.D. for Dublin North West. She was first elected to the Dáil in 1992 and was re-elected at every election since. Mrs. Shortall began by saying how honoured she was to address the Donegal Association given her own strong connections and how Donegal held a very special place in her heart.Her mother Sally, a Lifford woman, was both secretary and President of Cumann Thír Chonaill. Roísín herself attended many of those meetings with her mother as a young child. She recalled many of the different events that the Association organised during her childhood with great fondness.Martin McGettigan, Marian Caffrey and Hugh McGroddy.She noted that while her mother had lived away from Donegal for most of her life, the love for her home county never left her. When Sally joined the Donegal Association, it allowed her to retain her strong bond with her native county.While that was many years ago, Róisín commented that we face a similar situation now. Many people are living away from home due to the current economic crisis and while doing so, many seek out fellow county people to connect them with home. For our young people, who face uncertainty and emigration, with approximately 51,000 emigrating from Ireland last year! She spoke of the need to foster strong community spirit through our sports clubs, parishes, community centres and simple acts of kindness! We need to focus on restoring belief in ourselves and to rediscover our positive innate qualities. She believes that we can take our lead in this area from the spirit of Fr. McDyer and his strong belief in a sense of community. If we draw inspiration from Fr. McDyer’s beliefs & qualities, Róisín feels that we can come through these difficult times and have a bright and hopeful future for everyone especially our young people.Following Mrs. Shorthall’s talk there was a question and answer session, whereby she showed her true grit and independence of mind which makes her such a capable and impressive T.D for Dublin North West.Kay Dunleavy & Bernadine O’SullivanMartin McGettigan thanked Roísín for her comprehensive lecture and Cathaoirleach, Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill presented her with a Donegal Pen, handmade by Ronán and Conor Mc Garvey in Loch an Iúir so that she will always remember ‘youth and initiative’ in Donegal.Remember!!A final reminder that our closing date for the receipt of nominations for Donegal Person of the Year is 30th November! You only have a number of days left to get your nomination to the association! Anyone or any group may nominate someone – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level. Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Association’s website www.donegalassociation.ie or by request from The Secretary, Donegal Association, c/o Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. You can also contact Marie Ryan on 087 243 9317 or Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill on 087 918 4072 to receive an application form. Alternatively, you can send your nomination directly to us by letter outlining the reasons for your nomination which we look forward to receiving!ROISIN SHORTALL TELLS DONEGAL ASSOCIATION OF HER LOVE OF THE COUNTY was last modified: November 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL ASSOCIAITON DUBLINROISIN SHORTALLlast_img read more