The countdown to 42 days has begun for Liberia to be declared Ebola free for the second time by the World Health Organization (WHO).The head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Deputy Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyeswah, explained yesterday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia that the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is now under control with no new cases in the country.“We have carried out 96 tests of people suspected of coming in direct contact with the last person who died of the Ebola virus in Neidowin Town near Smell-No-Taste in Lower Margibi County, Nyeswah said. Based on the results, the government has renewed confidence in the health system as of yesterday.There are seven functional ETUs in the country with 17 contact tracing on persons in progress, said Nyeswah. All 17 contactswill graduate or be declared Ebola free on Saturday, August 1, but he could only express optimism that those under surveillance would also be declared free of any trace of the deadly virus.Beginning tomorrow there will be no follow-ups of any person identified or suspected of the EVD in the country, Nyeswah stated.Nyeswah also expressed the hope that the recent outbreak of the epidemic would be the end of the transmission of the virus in the country and the recent outbreak has been contained.He, however, advised the public to remain vigilant in ensuring that Liberia does not experience any further outbreak and that the 42 day cycle will be completed.He said it has already been six days into the countdown period and Margibi County has gone 18 days without any confirmed cases.He emphasized that previous measures put in place including regular hand washing, avoiding handshakes by the government and partners will remain in force until the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone are declared Ebola free.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The management of Prestige and Alliance Motor Incorporated has announced plans to lay off 100 of its employees due to the continued delay on the part of the Commercial Court to rule in its US$10.7 million vehicles debt case.The company is one of the leading dealers of vehicles and spare parts in the country. It is owned by Lebanese businessman George Haddad.“This court was mainly established to hear commercial cases and decide them speedily, but see what is going on with us going against the government,” Prestige Motor management wondered, adding, “What is happening especially in the justice system indicates that a foreign investor cannot get justice in this country.” “This situation has the propensity to scare foreign business people because the delay shows that there is no judicial security for the foreign businesses,” said Prestige Motor management. The management noted that in every country, justice is there for all irrespective of one’s status, “and therefore, the judiciary should be a place to seek redress, but look at our case, what is happening?” the Prestige management asked.The situation, the management claims, has created serious financial problems for the company to the extent that it cannot continue to retain all of its employees. “We just have to lay off some of our staff,” the company stated.“You cannot be going through this problem and expect that we would maintain our entire workforce. Where do we get the money to pay them if a government owes you US$10.7 million and does not want to pay? While on the other hand, the court is reluctant to give you justice? The only option is to redundant some employees as waiting for the court to give you justice, this is what we have resolved to do.”The Commercial Court for the past one year has not handed down a definite decision as to whether or not it has jurisdiction to handle the matter, which government lawyers argue that it does not.Prosecutors argue that the court does not have jurisdiction on grounds that it was established in 2010, and by law it does not have any legal basis to hear cases existing prior to its establishment.On the contrary, the company lawyers contend that the court has jurisdiction to handle the matter.The court has on several occasions scheduled a ruling into the matter, but has repeatedly failed to do so.The latest delay was in February when the matter was scheduled for hearing but one of the judges on the three judge panel failed to turn up for the hearing as scheduled.Prestige Motor in early 2015 filed an Action of Debt against the Government of Liberia claiming US$10.7 million owed by GOL for vehicles and spare parts it procured from the company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sturridge has been troubled by a spate of injuries since joining the Reds from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2013 and hip problems restricted his impact to just seven goals from 27 appearances last season.The 27-year-old has recently been linked with a big-money move to China, but Klopp insisted Sturridge was going nowhere, backing him to return to the kind of form that almost helped bring Liverpool a league title in his first season on Merseyside.“He has been part of a full pre-season so far so that is very positive,” Klopp said before Liverpool take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy also involving Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp pictured at a press conference in Hong Kong on July 18, 2017, ahead of the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy being played on July 19 and 22 © AFP / ISAAC LAWRENCE“It has been quite intense what we have done and he has pretty much been part of each session so that is good. He is in good physical shape.”Amid fanfare over the arrival of record signing Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, signed from Roma last month for an estimated $45 million, Klopp said his primary focus was on seeing his club improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.“Sometimes (the news) is all about bringing in new players but the main thing is how do we improve the players we had last season,” said the former Dortmund coach, currently playing a waiting game on key transfer targets Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk.“The good thing is we did not lose any player that we want and I expect a lot of improvement from the players we have.”Salah is one of two new signings Liverpool have brought with them to Hong Kong.The Egypt international has hit the ground running with the Reds, scoring in his first friendly against Wigan last week, while striker Dominic Solanke will also be looking to impress his new boss following the 19-year-old’s free transfer from Chelsea.But Klopp refused to be drawn on Leipzig midfielder Keita or van Dijk, the Southampton defender.“It is what it is and the transfer market is open until the (August) 31st,” said the German, whose team kick off their Premier League campaign at Watford on August 12.“I am not easy to frustrate. It’s the transfer market — sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. I have all the players I want, until now. I’m still relaxed.”Meanwhile, Liverpool arrived in Hong Kong on Monday to a deluge of rain and flood warnings.“You have to make the best of the circumstances,” said Klopp. “We come from England so we are used to a little bit of rain but yesterday was a little bit too much. Situations like this are like football -– you always need to find solutions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s English striker Daniel Sturridge pictured during the English Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 7, 2017 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISHONG KONG, China, Jul 18 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp plans to unleash an injury-free Daniel Sturridge in the new season with the England striker back training fully fit and focused.“It’s the best condition he has been in since I have been here,” Klopp told reporters in Hong Kong on Tuesday ahead of his second full campaign as Liverpool manager.
0Shares0000Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez asked to leave the club in JanuaryLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 3 – Riyad Mahrez is set to complete his long-awaited move to Manchester City later this week, according to Sky sources.The 27-year-old Algerian international — whose performances in Leicester’s astonishing title win in 2016 earned him the players player of the year award — is according to Sky Sports News due to undergo a medical at City later this week. Mahrez — who signed from French side Le Havre for just £400,000 in 2014 — sat out two matches following Leicester’s demanding £80million for him after declining a £50million offer plus young winger Patrick Roberts, who is valued at £15million, from City during the January transfer window.However, both Press Association Sport and Sky Sports report that with Leicester having signed highly-rated James Maddison fron second tier Norwich City for £24million and with a month to go to the falling of the transfer window curtain they are now willing to sell him.Leicester have allowed him extra time off since Mahrez — who has made 179 appearances for Leicester, scoring 48 times — went off on international duty for his country in June.Mahrez along with striker Jamie Vardy and French midfielder N’Golo Kante became unlikely household names during the title winning season as Italian manager Claudio Ranieri engineered one of the greatest sporting surprises of all time.Mahrez scored 17 goals in that campaign, and then having signed a four year contract played a major role in the club reaching the Champions League quarter finals in 2016/17 as he contributed four goals.Serie A side AS Roma subsequently came after him last summer but were left frustrated as several offers with the highest reportedly £32million fell well short of Leicester’s expectations.Manchester City have also been linked with Napoli midfielder Jorginho with the Italy international reportedly left out of their pre-season training camp squad.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
BAGHDAD – The debate in Washington over troop numbers is intense. But in Baghdad, there’s been little sense of alarm or urgency among the Iraqi politicians who would have the most to lose if the United States decides to begin a major pull back. Both Sunni and Shiite leaders have been largely convinced for weeks that President George W. Bush would press to keep forces in Iraq until he turns the White House over to a successor. That has set up one of the grand ironies of the troop build-up that began early this year. Washington threw more personnel and firepower into Iraq to give the Iraqi leadership more room to settle disputes and adopt U.S.-backed reforms. But the signals this week of just modest troop withdrawals ahead – perhaps back to pre-surge levels of about 130,000 – mean the Shiite-led government feels little pressure to accelerate work toward true political reconciliation. Instead, they are focusing their energy on shoring up their positions: outflanking political challengers, leaning on more-radical Shiite factions to behave and flirting with Sunni sheiks to build personal alliances. Iraq’s national security adviser was asked Wednesday to explain why the government has been so slow to enact power-sharing agreements that Washington deems necessary for lasting peace. He had nothing new to offer. “Of course we want to do it, but they are so complicated,” Mouwaffak al-Rubaie said. Senate Democratic leaders rejected the call for only limited reductions by next summer. “This is unacceptable to me, it’s unacceptable to the American people,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. One senior Iraqi government official described the debate in Washington as simply American political jousting before next year’s presidential contest. “We have the support of Bush,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue is politically sensitive. Such confidence also reflects a key reality in Iraq today – that Shiites, who account for 60 percent of the population, hold the country’s political power and have no intention of yielding it to Sunnis. Neither side has given up on violence to achieve its goals. “Many Sunnis continue to see their political pre-eminence as a birthright. And most Shiites believe that their numerical superiority and the oppression they suffered under Saddam Hussein give them the right to dominate the new Iraq,” one war critic, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, noted this week. That overarching truth is often obscured by the arguments over how many troops should stay in Iraq – or by the dysfunctional nature of Iraq’s government. Many Shiite leaders clearly believe they have little to lose by offering the Sunnis only limited concessions. The Shiites outnumber Sunni Arabs three to one and dominate the ranks of the army and national police. Sunni leaders, meanwhile, hold on to the hope that their fellow Sunni Arab neighbors such as Saudi Arabia will rally to their side as counterweights to Shiites with close ties to powerful Iran. Many ordinary Iraqis are no less frustrated than American officials by the stagnation and standoffs. But there is little they can do but suffer on. “U.S. troops have been in Iraq a long time but the situation remains the same,” said Abdullah Hussein, a Shiite in Baghdad. “If they withdraw or decrease their forces, the situation will stay the same. It is up to the Iraqis themselves to establish security.” American officials tend to see the Iraq war as a conflict between outsiders – al-Qaida in Iraq and pro-Iranian Shiite hard-liners – against a struggling democratic government. But many of the gunmen in the streets have ties to the Iraqi politicians who American soldiers are fighting and dying to defend. Shiite militias – some with links to Shiite leaders – have driven many Sunnis from many Baghdad neighborhoods, establishing a form of peace-by-explusion that is unwittingly maintained by American troops. And Sunni extremists suspected of links to some Sunni politicians have been no less menacing to Shiites in areas around the Iraqi capital. Former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith offered a grim picture of Iraq’s future. “Iraq after an American defeat will look very much like Iraq today,” he said last month – “a land divided along ethnic lines into Arab and Kurdish states, with a civil war being fought within its Arab part.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mike Williamson 1 Newcastle United have recalled Mike Williamson from his loan spell at Wolves.The defender moved to the Championship club in October and was due to remain with the Midlands side until January.However, the 32-year-old has now been recalled by Newcastle after Jamaal Lascelles suffered a minor hamstring strain during Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace.That injury left Magpies boss Steve McClaren short on centre-backs and it is hoped that Williamson’s return will fill the void.The Englishman could go straight into the side for this weekend’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid head coach certainly appears to be the popular decision.Rafael Benitez, who was fired on Monday after several setbacks during his brief spell in charge in the Spanish capital, was never compatible with either the club president’s or fans’ mantra.But Zidane – widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of his generation – personifies the attacking and stylish philosophy Madrid want to invoke.And some of the biggest names in football agree with the sentiment, with many of them taking to social media to wish Zidane well:David Beckham clearly approved: Suerte Zizou!! pic.twitter.com/BWk3PKzIEd— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) January 4, 2016 Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham A good decision! 😉👍 One of the greatest football players of all time is Real Madrid head coach now! ☺ All the best to Zizou!✊ #Zidane— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 5, 2016 2 As did Mesut Ozil: 2 And Didier Drogba echoed Alonso’s thoughts: Bonne chance grand frère!!!Good luck big bro#coach #madrid pic.twitter.com/Zw2xghfkxh— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) January 4, 2016 Xabi Alonso tweeted saying ‘Good luck Zizou!’:
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The key series in the game involved Francis as well. After Stanford closed an 18-point USC lead down to four, reserve forward Jeremy Barr was fouled and went to the line. Barr, who had made just 4 of his previous 20 free-throw attempts, sunk both shots. Hernandez took the inbounds pass up court and Francis picked his pocket for the steal and a layup to extend USC’s lead to eight. “I felt that we needed a (game-changing play), so I came up and tried to put pressure on him and he gave it to me,” Francis said. “If you play out in front of me, I’m just going to take it.” The New Year’s Eve crowd of 4,485 wasn’t as big as the one at Staples Center on Thursday. However, the student section was by far the biggest and most vocal at a USC basketball game this year, aided by a large contingency of the school’s football band attending in plain clothes. It was the first victory by USC (10-3, 1-1) over Stanford in seven games. The Cardinal (4-6, 0-2) was picked to finish second in the conference in the preseason media poll. All the momentum USC built in nonconference games wouldn’t have meant much if the Trojans started out 0-2 at home to begin Pacific-10 Conference play. Grasping the importance of the game, the Trojans came out with a defensive fire and forced 13 steals to help beat Stanford 82-71 Saturday at Staples Center. “That Cal game, that really bothered us,” Ryan Francis said of Thursday’s conference-opening loss. “So we came back and played real hard. We wanted to show everyone we’re … no fluke.” All five USC starters scored in double figures for the first time this season, with Lodrick Stewart leading the way with 18 points. Francis, a freshman point guard, was the instigator on defense as usual. Francis harassed Chris Hernandez, generally regarded as one of the top point guards in the Pac-10. He forced four steals, three of which he brought back for layups. The easy opportunities created by his defense led to a career-high 15 points for Francis. “It feels good, my first time ever beating Stanford,” said sophomore Nick Young, who had 16 points. “We knew we had to get a victory. You don’t want to come out in the Pac-10 0-2.” USC started the game with a 6-1 run, boosted by some unexpected offense from forward Abdoulaye N’diaye, who had a career-best 11 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with six minutes remaining. The Trojans seemed to break the game open with an 8-0 run near the end of the first half followed by a 13-2 run to start the second half. Stewart scored seven of the 13 points in that run. Stanford played most of the second half without leading scorer Matt Haryasz, who left the game with what was thought to be a sprained ankle. The Trojans led by 18 when he went out. Gabe Pruitt made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:01 to keep Stanford at bay. He finished with 14 points. “We were in a lot of close games in the preseason,” Trojans coach Tim Floyd said. “… We happened to win a couple of those close ones after losing the Northridge game, and I think the guys did play with a little more poise down the stretch.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Robert Love reports on singer Dan Baird’s journey from No 2 on the US Billboard chart to a much-anticipated show in Letterkenny that’s scheduled for later this year.Like music? Love guitars? Keen on outstanding songs and unforgettably energetic live performances? If you’ve answered yes to all of the above, a rare treat is in store at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Thursday May 3rd next…and now’s the time to get the date into your diary. That night, a certain Dan Baird and his band Homemade Sin will take to the stage for the second outing of a rare six-date Irish tour that also includes a Dublin show, two nights at the Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots festival and a stop-over in Ballymena.Who the hell is Dan Baird, I hear you say. Well, the American singer is undoubtedly better known for his role as the former frontman of a rock group called The Georgia Satellites. That band hit the headlines back in 1986 when – spurred on by heavy rotation on MTV – their barn-storming single Keep Your Hands to Yourself seemed destined for the summit of US Billboard charts.In the end, The Georgia Satellites had to be content with a chart position of Number 2 because their breakthrough also coincided with Bon Jovi’s arrival on the music scene. And great as it undoubtedly is, Keep Your Hands to Yourself just couldn’t dislodge Livin’ on a Prayer from the Number 1 slot.The two bands followed different career trajectories from there on. Whilst The Georgia Satellites’ debut album sold by the truck load, two follow up records largely failed to match that performance and they gently faded from the charts. Dan Baird embarked on a solo career from there on, recording a number of great roots and country-tinged albums. Best of the lot is Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired, a brilliant release produced by seven-times-Grammy-winner Rick Rubin, famous for his work with Johnny Cash. It says a lot about Dan Baird’s music and song-writing skills that every record he’s recorded has been critically acclaimed. Largely because of its traditional rock and roll style, The Georgia Satellites’ music – which is likely to form a significant part of the show on May 3rd – has also aged extraordinarily well.For this reason, tracks pop up intermittently on film soundtracks. Movie buffs may remember the Georgia Satellites song Hippy Hippy Shakes, which was also a minor US hit, from the Tom Cruise film Cocktail .Much more recently, anyone watching the 2010 Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis action blockbuster The Expendables will have heard Keep Your Hands to Yourself playing in the background at the start of the film as the mercenary crew head off on a plane to kick some ass.Two ex-members of The Georgia Satellites – drummer Mauro Magellan and bass player Keith Christopher now feature alongside Dan Baird in Homemade Sin and both will join him in Letterkenny. Second guitarist Warner E. Hodges fills the final slot.Hodges, who has played guitar with Iggy Pop, is a highly respected musician in his own right and is best known for his role in another legendary rock and roll band from the American south, Jason and the Scorchers. They were so good, a very young Michael Stipe (yes, he of REM fame) travelled 300 miles along Route 75 from Athens, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee to sing backing vocals alongside Hodges on the band’s first record. Enough said.Just how Dan Baird and Homemade Sin came to place County Donegal on their tour itinerary remains unclear. But, if you enjoy live music and have an appetitive for no-frills rock and roll that covers every base from Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis all the way to AC/DC, you’d be a fool to miss out on a once-off opportunity. Check out some of the bands and songs mentioned above on YouTube if you don’t believe me, and no doubt I’ll see you there. IS IT A BAIRD? IS IT A PLANE? TOP ROCKER TO PLAY LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 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: Ayub KhalifaCOSAFA U17 Women’s Championshipscrested cranesSouth Africatop Uganda defeated Botswana 12-0 to reach the final.COSAFA U17 Women’s Championships – FinalSouth Africa vs UgandaSt. Francois Xavier Stadium, Port LuisSunday, 29-09-2019 @4pmThe Uganda Women’s U17 national team will on Sunday afternoon take on South Africa in the final of the 2019 COSAFA U17 Women’s Championship final.Ayub Khalifa’s side have been scintillating throughout the tournament and will be hoping they can shock the favourites and win the title.They started the tournament slowly, drawing 1-1 with Zambia but from then on wards, they have proved they are a force to reckon with.They beat Mauritius 11-0, humiliated Comoros 20-0 before eliminating Botswana 12-0 in the last four.Ayub Khalifa’s side have shown signs of improvement by the day and will hope to continue the trend on Sunday.“We have prepared very well for the game, noted Khalifa after Saturday’s last training.“We have been preparing the girls mentally because we are technically playing a home team.“We come up against a very confident side but we have installed belief in the girls.“We have corrected our mistakes and looked into their (South Africa) weaknesses so as to use them as an advantage to us.“We have studied their key players and after the last training, i am confident we will get the job done and return to Uganda with the trophy.”South Africa came into the tournament as favourites and have justified that tag so far.They finished the group stages with a perfect 9 points from threw games.In the semis, they scrapped to a 2-1 victory over Zambia.This will be the first meeting between South Africa and Uganda and it promises to he one hell of a cracker.The Ugandan team in Mauritius Daphine Nyayenga (GK) (Uganda Martyrs HS), Gillian Akadinda (Olila HS), Patricia Akiror (Masaka SS), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim SS), Bira Nadunga (Olila High School), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim SS), Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Juliet Nalukenge (Captain – Kawempe MuslimSS), Fauzia Najjemba (Mukono High School), Zaitun Namaganda (Taggy High School), Joan Namusisi (GK) (Mukono HS), Gift Nasasira (GK) (Gadafi Integrated), Catherine Nagadya (Katuuso Community SS), Sumayah Komuntale (King of Kings), Precious Atwiine (Up Hill College), Cissy Kabarwani (King of Kings), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim SS)Comments