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

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City Hall finds temporary location for Route 42 minibuses

first_img…drivers complain of criminal activities at new locationMore than two weeks after displacing the Route 42 (Georgetown-Grove, East Bank Demerara) minibuses, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has taken a decision to temporarily relocate them on Bugle Street, Georgetown. The Route 42 bus park was cordoned off to allow the Stabroek Market Wharf vendors to ply their trade there following the collapse of their facility.On Tuesday, Town Clerk Royston King told Guyana Times that he met with the drivers and they have agreed to the temporary location.“We met with the bus drivers yesterday (Monday) and we had a discussion and they agreed that they will go to Bugle Street, on a temporary basis and they would operate … they agreed that they would operate from Bugle Street in a certain way, using a certain approach on a temporary basis … it is (located) south of the oldThe temporary location where the minibuses are now operatingGNCB Bank,” King told this publication.He said that there were a few objections in relation to the area, “but it is the responsibility of the Council to find solutions to some of these challenges and this is what we are doing”.Some of the drivers are contending that Bugle Street is dangerous for passengers, especially at nights, owing to insufficient lighting and criminal activities.In the past, the Route 42 drivers had complained about thieves in the park area.United Minibus Union (UMU) President Eon Andrews has since described City Hall’s move to remove the drivers as “ridiculous” and “visionless”.He said the move was also irrational as it was clearly not thoroughly thought through.The bus drivers came out on Monday morning to protest M&CC’s decision to relocate vendors to their park.They held a protest that started on Brickdam, Georgetown and stretched all the way to Lombard Street, where bus drivers were trolling through the roadways to secure a spot as soon as one of their colleagues departed.Short-drop car operators who were also affected have already protested and were able to come up with a solution with the M&CC. The drivers have agreed to pay a $1500 fee to the M&CC to use the area.This newspaper was told that the car drivers would be given a lane to operate in at the park.The livelihoods of those car and bus drivers have been severely affected since August 31.last_img read more

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Wenger contradicts Bayern’s claim they turned him down

first_imgOn Thursday, Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had called club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express interest in replacing Kovac, but said the former Arsenal boss had been turned down.However, Wenger, 70, rejected that version of events and criticised Bayern for leaking “rumours from everywhere”.“My name came out of nowhere,” said Wenger in an interview with beIN Sports on Friday.“On Wednesday, Rummenigge called me, I called back out of courtesy.“We talked for four or five minutes, maximum, and he reported that they signed Flick (as interim coach) for the next two games.“He asked me if I would be interested, because they are looking for a coach.”Wenger says he told Rummenigge that he would think about it and “we decided together” to talk again “next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night. This is the true story”.After a decade as Bayern’s president, Uli Hoeness will step down on Friday and Wenger said Bayern are at a “turning point” with Rummenigge also set to quit as chairman within the coming year.Between them, Hoeness and Rummenigge have helped grow Bayern into one of the most successful clubs in Europe.“It seems that the future is uncertain,” said Wenger who added that the German club had always been “very discreet and direct” in the past, “but today (they are) very exposed with rumours coming from everywhere”.Wenger wished Bayern “good luck” in finding a replacement for Kovac.Other candidates for the vacancy, Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, already made it clear last week that they will not join Bayern before at least the end of the season.After Bayern thrashed Dortmund at the Allianz Arena, Rumenigge said Flick will remain in charge for their next league game on November 23 and seemed to apologise to Wenger for any “misunderstanding”.“First of all, I have an incredible amount of respect for Arsene Wenger, I know him for an extremely long time. I am sorry for any misunderstanding, I have absolutely no problem with him,” said Rummenigge.“And we will certainly talk in the near future once more on the telephone.”0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wenger has contradicted Bayern’s version of events that they turned him down for the vacant head coach role © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMUNICH, Germany, Nov 9 – Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach’s job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.Bayern need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday with former Germany assistant Hansi Flick appointed interim boss for Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos and Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho leaves Chelsea: All the best internet memes and reactions

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 [View the story “The best memes and vines as Mourinho is sacked by Chelsea” on Storify]center_img The internet went into meltdown on Thursday after the news that Jose Mourinho had been sacked by Chelsea.The club chose to cut their ties with the 52-year-old, duly ending his second spell at Stamford Bridge after an appalling start to the season which has seen them lose nine of their opening 16 Premier League games.Mourinho’s departure has divided opinion among ex-players and Chelsea icons alike, with talkSPORT presenter Jason Cundy backing the decision following a dreadful run of form.Twitter was the main source of the best reactions as the internet poked fun at Mourinho and the Blues – and some of the best of them are below:last_img read more

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WIN a Mavericks voucher to treat your Valentine

first_imgIt’s true, there is only one way to show you truly love him this Valentine’s day. That’s right, a voucher for his one and only favourite, Mavericks Traditional Barbershop.To celebrate this Valentine’s day, Mavericks are giving away a voucher for “The Full Package” worth €40. All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and share the ad for the voucher giveaway.Click the link to share He can treat himself to a traditional haircut, bespoke beard trim or a luxury hot towel shave. Maybe he will just treat himself to the fantastic range of male grooming products in store. Whatever he does you can be sure he will look smooth and sharp when he is done….WIN a Mavericks voucher to treat your Valentine was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:competitionMAVERICKSVoucherlast_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: CLOCH CHEANN FHAOLA COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay Cloch Cheann FhaolaAt least 9 members from our Campaign travelled to Galway on Saturday 14th April to the National Protest which coincided with the Labour Party’s Conference in NUI Galway that weekend. According to organisers there were up to 5,000 people there from all parts of the country to demonstrate and have their voices heard against the current austerity. Demo began  at 1pm in Eyre Square and marched to NUI Galway where local and national speakers made their disappointment with the current Labour Party, the continuous cuts and taxes heard. On Friday 20th April there will be a Can’t Pay Won’t Pay public meeting held in the Ozanam Centre in Dunfanaghy at 8.15pm sharp. Everyone welcome. Some of the guest speakers will be Thomas Pringle TD, Councillor John Campbell along with speakers from the local and national campaigns. Our protest will have an information stall on Friday 20th April at 12pm at the crossroads in An Fál Carrach. If you have any questions or concerns come and talk to us. Memberships also available. Think Nationally, Act Locally. Everyone is welcome to come and join the weekly protest and stand united together to oppose the unjust household, water and septic tank taxes that the current government is insisting we register for and pay. Bring non-political posters.  Our next organising meeting will take place in Lóistín na Seamróige (The Shamrock) on Thursday 19th April at 7pm. Everyone welcome. Info: 0863122784 or 0876111524. Follow us on FaceBook. National campaign: www.nohouseholdtax.org, www.wewontpay.ie    Feachtas ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ Cloch Cheann FhaolaThaisteal ar laghad 9 mball den Feachtas s’againne go Gaillimh ar an Sathairn 14ú Aibreán chuig an Léirsiú Náisiúnta a bhí ag comhtarlú le Comhdháil Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh ag an deireadh seachtaine. De réir an lucht eagraithe bhí suas le 5,000 duine ansin as gach cearn den tír le léirsiú a dhéanamh agus guth a bheith acu in éadan na polasaithe déine faoi láthair. Thosaigh an léirsiú ar 1in ar An Fhaiche Mhór agus shiúl chuig Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh áit ar léirigh cainteoirí áitiúla agus náisiúnta a ndíomá le Páirtí an Lucht Oibre an lae inniu, na ciorruithe agus cánacha leanúnacha. Ar an Aoine 20ú Aibreán beidh cruinniú poiblí in éadan na dtaillí tí/rialtais ar siúl san Ionad Ozanam i nDún Fionnachaidh ar 8.15in. Fáilte roimh achan duine. Roinnt de na aoichainteoirí a bheas ann ná Thomas Pringle TD, Comhairleoir John Campbell chomh maith le cainteoirí eile ó fheachtais áitiúla agus náisiúnta. Beidh stainnín eolais ag ár n-agóid ar an Aoine 20ú Aibreán ar 12 meán lae ar na Croisbhealaigh. Má bhíonn ceisteanna nó imní ar bith ort tar agus labhair linn. Ballraíocht ar fáil fosta. Fáilte roimh achan duine páirt a ghlacadh san agóid seachtainiúil agus seasamh, aontaithe le chéile, in éadan na gcánacha éagóracha tí, uisce agus umar séarachais atá an rialtas seo ag dearbhú go gcláraíonn muid daofa agus íoc astu. Póstaeirí neampholaitiúil le bhur dtoil. Beidh an chéad chruinniú pleanála eile againn i Lóistín na Seamróige ar an Déardaoin 19ú Aibreán ar 7in. Fáilte roimh achan duine. Eolas: 0863122784 nó 0876111524. Táimid ar FaceBook. Feachtas náisiúnta:www.nohouseholdtax.org, www.wewontpay.ie  Taispeántas Grianghraif – BuíochasBa mhaith le Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhar Ghort a’ Choirce buíochas a thabhairt do siopa Mhic Íomhair, siopa Mhic Laifeartaigh agus Óstán Loch Altan as cláir grianghraif a chuir ar taispeántas thar tréimhse na Cásca. Thaispeán na grianghraif seo cuid de na hathruithe dearfacha a rinneadh ar an sráidbhaile le 6 bliain anuas agus ba deis iad don phobal áitiúil agus do chuairteoirí leis an obair atá muid uilig ag déanamh a fheiceáil. Oíche Eolais / Information EveningBeidh oíche eolais fá athchúrsáil, muirín baile agus an comhshaol ar siúl ar an Céadaoin 25ú Aibreán sa Leabharlann i bPobalscoil Chloich Cheann Fhaola ag toiseacht ar 7.30in. Eagraithe ag an Coiste Glan agus Glas in éineacht le Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhar Ghort a’ Choirce agus beidh Suzanne Tinney ó Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall i láthair. Fáilte roimh an phobal. An information evening on recycling, home composting and the environment will take place on Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm in the Library of Pobalscoil Chloich Cheann Fhaola. Organised by Coiste Glan agus Glas along with Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhar Ghort a’ Choirce and Suzanne Tinney from Donegal County Council will be present. Everyone welcome.LOCAL NEWS: CLOCH CHEANN FHAOLA COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: April 17th, 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:LOCAL NEWS: CLOCH CHEANN FHAOLA COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

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PAT THE COPE TO CONCENTRATE ON JOB CREATION IF ELECTED

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has promised he will concentrate on job creation if re-lected to the European Parliament.Pat The Cope GallagherThe Donegal politician was selected unanimously at the Fianna Fail Midlands,West and North West Selection Convention yesterday in Mullingar.This is Pat’s fourth time to contest a European Convention having been elected in 1994,1999 and 2009. Speaking at the Convention he stated that if re elected that a priority is promote job creation and growth.He stated that we need to leverage vital funding under the the EU budget to ensure every village and town across the constituency experiences the benefitsHe also stated that we need to fully and effectively implement policies to deal with long term and youth unemployment ,by maximising funding for Ireland under the Youth Guarantee,the Youth Unemployment Initiative and European Social Fund and Erasmus Plus.PAT THE COPE TO CONCENTRATE ON JOB CREATION IF ELECTED was last modified: March 16th, 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:electionMEPPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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Donegal student told court she was “blind drunk” when allegedly raped

first_imgWARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: A Donegal student has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that she was “blind drunk” when two men allegedly raped her.The alleged rape victim was a student at a college when she was allegedly raped by the two defendants in February 2015. In a trial that began last week, the men, who have a legal entitlement to anonymity, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the woman in a town in the county.The defendants are now aged 29 and 33 and are residents of Donegal. The complainant is now aged in her 20s.In her direct evidence, she told Seamus Clarke SC, prosecuting, that she and a female friend had spent the night at a “student night” in a local pub and nightclub.She said she had drunk a number of vodka drinks, a cocktail and cider. She said they were given free “Jolly rancher” shots and used a drinks voucher won in a “pub quiz” to buy eight vodka and red bulls, some of which she remembers drinking.The woman said when she and her friend left the nightclub she was “very intoxicated”.She said she and her friend were walking home when they came across two men sitting in a parked car. The woman said her friend spoke to the men and then told her, “We’re gonna get a lift home”.The complainant said they drove for about ten minutes before entering an apartment she didn’t know. “I remember being quite drunk and staggering up the stairs, I couldn’t walk properly,” she told the jury.She said she and her friend were hungry and didn’t want to drink any more and wanted to get food. The men gave them a drink which she believed was vodka.“I was very intoxicated. I was ready to pass out and fall over,” she told the jury. She said on a scale of one to ten of drunkenness, she was ten.Video footage, taken on a mobile phone by the complainant’s friend, shows the women in an apartment with two men. Later footage shows the woman falling on the bathroom floor, exposing her underwear, before two men hold her up.The complainant identified herself on the footage and told the court it showed both men carrying her to the bedroom. She said she remembers lying on a bed and someone heavy on her and then something inside her vagina.“I was half way between sleep and drunkenness. I felt like I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know if it was a dream or it was actually happening. I was just so drunk.“In terms of consenting, I in no way did consent to having sex with these men or to them touching me or coming near me in any intimate way.”Cross-examined over a statement to gardaí by her friend that the complainant was “definitely awake at least for the first half of the time” that she was “with a man”, the witness said: “I may have been awake but I was also blind drunk”.Asked about evidence that she was heard moaning and saying the word “harder”, she said she may have been dreaming and had a history of talking and moaning in her sleep.She told the jury that she and her friend woke up in the apartment the next morning and began watching the mobile phone videos. She said that one of the men told her to delete the footage and was blocking the door out of the apartment.She said she lied and told the man she had deleted the footage and he then offered to drive them back to their flat in the town.The defence position is that any sexual activity that took place was consensual.The complainant told Colman Fitzgerald SC, defending, that she thought she did kiss somebody in the smoking area of the nightclub earlier that night. She said she told gardaí about it and she didn’t know his name.She said she generally wouldn’t kiss someone she didn’t know.“I would have a conversation with them first. I’m not the type of person who would kiss someone without speaking to them first,” she said.She agreed that if she hadn’t been drinking she would not have kissed him and that “drink has the effect that you do something you wouldn’t do when you were sober”Asked if there was anything else she knew she would do when drunk that she might not do when sober, she said no. After a pause she added, “I probably wouldn’t order eight vodka and red bulls if I was sober.”She said she didn’t remember being asked for consent and would not have given it.“I did not say yes, get on top of me and have sex with me. I did not say anything close to that,” she said. The trial continues before Mr Justice Alex Owens and a jury.Donegal student told court she was “blind drunk” when allegedly raped was last modified: October 21st, 2019 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)last_img read more

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Khandu and the art of bike tourism

first_imgAfter months of promoting adventure tourism in his State, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has “walked the talk”.The Chief Minister had taken a helicopter from State capital Itanagar to Upper Siang district headquarters Yingkiong for an official programme on October 12. But he decided to ride a motorcycle on his way back — at least as far as the nearest town — on Sunday.“The CM chose a 650cc Enfield belonging to an acquaintance and rode 122 km from Yingkiong (East Siang district headquarters) to Pasighat,” a spokesperson at the Chief Minister’s office said. He added that Mr. Khandu took two-and-a-half hours to cover the distance.Yingkiong is at 700 ft above sea level and Pasighat at 499 ft.The objective of the bike ride was to showcase Arunachal Pradesh as the perfect destination for a long-distance motorcycle ride and also to promote tourism in the State, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Masterful Venus oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LONDON – Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years on Thursday as the American star ended Johanna Konta’s history bid with a masterful 6-4, 6-2 win.Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, five-time champion Williams is into her ninth final at the All England Club and her first since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 37-year-old’s sublime display of power-hitting on Centre Court stopped Konta becoming the first British woman to make the final for 40 years and set up a title match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta, during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Muguruza reaches another Wimbledon final  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

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