first_imgBEIJING, China:Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment says he is happy to have won silver in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics but couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed with the execution of the race.Parchment, the bronze medal winner from the Olympic Games in London, topped the clock at 13.03 seconds – his best time of the season, to finish second to Russian Sergey Shubenkov, who crossed the line in a national record 12.98 with world record holder Aries Merritt taking the bronze in 13.04.It has been an up and down season for the powerful Jamaican, but like he did in London in 2012 and even more recently at the National Senior Championships, where he ran 13.08 and booked his spot to Beijing, despite a less than ideal lead-up to the championships, Parchment knows how to produce his best when he needs to.”I’m very happy for this medal. I feel I could have done more, but I’m satisfied,” said Parchment.Happy with performance”I’m very happy. I can just imagine how my mom, my coach and the people back home are feeling right now. I think they are happier than I am because I was a little disappointed with the start, but, overall, it was a good performance,” Parchment added.”I was looking forward to a stronger start. I didn’t get it as well as I wanted to, but I held my composure nonetheless because I knew that if I tried to do too much then I would mess up and that is not good for a race. So, I just kept my focus and ran through the line,” he shared.”I think I keep a level head. I try not to stress or worry too much or fret about the race. I aim for the highest every single time I go out there so I’m aiming to get on top of the medal podium,” said Parchment, who is hoping that his performance and those from others competing in less popular events in Jamaica will, spark greater interest in these non-traditional events.Parchment became the first Jamaican to win a medal at the World Championships in the 110m hurdles.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has begun testing citizens in eight counties for the deadly Ebola disease.This testing of individuals is meant to control the spread from counties believed to be highly infected with the killer disease.Several counties, including Bomi, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Margibi Montserrado and Grand Gedeh, have been controlled to regulate the movement of people going in and out of those areas.The Daily Observer recently discovered that the control process as announced by the Liberian government took a different dimension as the temperatures of those leaving from one area to another were tested by nurses assigned at various checkpoints using only three thermometers.The testing process has been questioned by some segments of the Liberian society, including foreign nationals who visited Bomi over the weekend.Bomi County is among eight counties quarantined by the Liberian government.In an interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Mr. Shang Guan, a Chinese national, said the intention of the government is good but is also dangerous to the health of citizens and foreigners alike.Mr. Guan refused to be tested with any of the three thermometers used by the county health team at the Bomi checkpoint.He said the use of manual thermometers to check the temperature of travelers as a means of containing the spread of the deadly virus was not the right thing to do. Experts have said that one way the deadly Ebola virus is spread is through contact with bodily fluids. Thermometers are either inserted in the mouth or under the arm, both of which involve the transfer of saliva and sweat respectively.According to him, since the virus quickly spreads and kills 90% of its victims, it would be prudent for authorities at the Health Ministry to use advanced rather than standard thermometers that do not involve physical contact with individuals.“I was worried about taking the test because even if you have malaria your temperature will be high and even if that person has Ebola, it might spread to the others just by the use of the so few thermometers”, Mr. Guan said.He disclosed that what was even more scary to him was that all those who were being tested used the same three thermometers, with nurses having physical contact with travelers. Such a situation is highly risky for the people of Liberia.The Chinese national hailed Liberians as well as foreigners alike who have cooperated with the testing, but suggested that the limited thermometers being used must be well sanitized to avoid endangering the lives of others.Another Liberian, Oscar Dolo, who was seen at the checkpoint said, the process was poorly coordinated by the county health authorities.He added that the process was hampering their free movement from one area to another.“I came since this morning and spent over two hours at this checkpoint. Those health workers who were to come early were the last to arrive, keeping us here for hours.”According to Dolo, the process is good but he advised that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare should handle the process properly to have it well done.  He added, “What is not done well is not done at all.”Speaking to a team of Liberian journalists under the supervision of the IREX and the Liberia Media Center training program, the Registered Nurse (RN) and focus person at the youth friendly center, Gabriel E. Moore, said the process is intended to run a fever test and not to carry out a complete physical test.Additionally, Mr. Moore said they were given a direct mandate to only carry out a fever test for people crossing over from one county to the other.“One of the signs of the Ebola virus is fever and so what we are basically doing is to just search for fever and if one has fever we send that person back to his or her community.” When asked by the team of reporters as to what was the next step if a person is diagnosed with fever, Mr. Moore said, the individual will be sent to his community and if there should be any other measure it would be communicated to the health team.Responding to the complaints made by passengers and drivers who expressed frustration with spending a night and several hours at the check point, Moore  admitted that they arrived at the area late on grounds that their mandate came late.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_imgSince the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in March, it has become critical that individuals, families and communities, play an important role in providing basic hand washing facilities and services to their constituencies. We recognize that when given reliable information and facilities, people are more likely to contribute to improved health outcomes and reduction in the spread of Ebola.Every community has both rights and responsibilities for action against Ebola. As individuals, we have the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure the health of our families and community is protected. In return, they have the right to expect the health system to provide the services and enabling environment that will allow them to take those actions.Improving awareness, knowledge and community involvement is one of the thrusts of preventive and control measures. This includes both the rights of the public to have access to quality health care services such as Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) as well as the right to healthy environments.The strengthening of community awareness and involvement has been an important feature for the current reduction of Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We are happy to note that most communities have taken the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure they remain healthy and prevent the spread of Ebola.Now that the entire world has woken up to the dangers of Ebola epidemic, the task of eradicating the disease is feasible through knowing your rights and responsibilities as well as through international collaboration which at the moment needs strengthening.Safe and health-supportive environments including access to safe health facilities-ETUs, sanitation, and protection against Ebola are all means to provide equitable conditions for maintaining and improving health and quality of life for all people.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia has been particularly impressed by the willingness of all community-based organizations; youth-based organizations and Non-governmental organizations to be involved in health actions that involved them.As young people, it is our responsibility to, promote credible and accurate information on Ebola; at the same time we also should help address issues of mistrust, alley fear, misconception and enforce preventive health measures. The Ebola epidemic is controllable if we take our rights and responsibilities seriously. The dissemination of accurate information on Ebola prevention and response is not only a right but it is critical.The downward curve of the Ebola statistics has been attributed to the responsibilities of frontline workers and the support from hundreds of volunteers across the country that have been working with various communities or committees established at national level and local levels to put in place structures, systems, processes and procedures to enable everyone to fight this Ebola virus disease.Our dialogue and message for the week centers on the need for Liberians to work as one community with entrenched rights and responsibilities for good hygienic practices of hand washing and disinfecting; safely caring for the sick, helping government to trace contacts and making burial practices safe. According to the World Bank President-Jim Yong Kim, “The world needs to do much more to respond to the Ebola Crisis”Let us conclude by applauding the decision of the Supreme Court to stop the senatorial election scheduled for 16 December 2014 and wish to use this opportunity to reiterate our call to the Government of Liberia to strengthen its fight against the deadly Ebola virus by reopening our educational institutions.Until next week when we bring to you another piece on dialogue amongst peace messengers: Community-based Interventions, we would like to encourage everyone to take this epidemic very seriously and be part of the drive to stopping Ebola. We look forward to 2015 that is free of the Ebola virus disease, of individuals and communities knowing their rights to health and basic civil responsibility.Liberians must do all to eradicate Ebola so that we can continue on our path of stability.Peace First, Peace above all and May Peace Prevail on earth.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 consignment of at least 2.8 million mosquito nets has arrived in the country for distribution to households across the 15 political subdivisions, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced.  The mosquito nets are free of charge and distribution will begin Saturday, April 25 to coincide with World Malaria Day which a proclamation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a working holiday to be observed throughout Liberia.According to the Proclamation, April 25, is the 8th World Malaria Day, which will be celebrated under the global theme: “Invest In The Future, Defeat Malaria,” and the local slogan “No Mosquito, No Malaria.”The consignment of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets (LLINs) donated by the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Liberia, is the largest single donation of LLINs since the start of the Global Fund Project in Liberia in 2005.According to a release from the MOH, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will launch the campaign for the distribution of the 2.8 million mosquito nets during an indoor program at the Monrovia City Hall tomorrow.  The President is expected to be joined by US Ambassador Deborah Malac, Chairmen of the Senate and House’s Committees on Health, Senator Dr. Peter S. Coleman, and Representative Johnson Toe Chea, Health Minister Walter T. Gwenigale and Fund Portfolio Manager for the Global Fund, Noah Zahbrobsky.Others expected at the mosquito net distribution launch are Mr. Koala Oumarou, Country Director, Plan Liberia and Dr. Claude Emile Rwagacacondo, Roll Back Malaria Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa, among others.MOH in partnership with Plan Liberia and other partners will follow in the President’s footstep to launch the distribution of the nets, too.The campaign intends to mainly target “those worst affected by malaria: pregnant women and children under five.”In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade and outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries with access to malaria control interventions have reduced cases by 50 percent.  In the same period, countries where access to malaria control interventions have improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20 percent.According to research, continued investment in malaria control propels malaria-endemic countries along the path to achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, especially those relating to improving child survival and maternal health, eradicating extreme poverty and expanding access to education.The Liberian Government, realizing the significance of protecting the wellbeing of its citizens and foreign residents, has ratified the Convention on the Right of the Child to good health and nutrition and, as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO), will join other global health partners in supporting all health programs.The President has requested the MOH and other government agencies, as well as international organizations concerned to initiate and execute programs to make the World Malaria Day meaningful.Cognizant of the harmful effects and burden malaria poses on the human race, particularly in Africa, a Resolution declaring April 25 of each year as Africa Malaria Day, amended as World Malaria Day, was adopted by the Summit of African Heads of State of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU) to initiate and implement Plans of Action that would curtail malaria and malaria-related mortality in Africa.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_img…blasts Govt’s handling of sugar industryRecent interest in the local bauxite industry is an indication that the decision taken by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) under the late former President Cheddi Jagan was favourable; the bauxite industry continues to provide employment and economic opportunities for communities and the country as a whole.This conviction was expressed by former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds on Sunday as he addressed thousands of persons gathered at Babu Jaan in Port Mourant, on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice, to observe and celebrate the centenary birth anniversary of the late Guyanese President Dr. Cheddi Jagan.Hinds declared this Government’s handling of the downsizing of the sugar industryFormer Prime Minister, Samuel Hindsis unprecedented, and does not take into account the multiple effects that decision would have on the lives of thousands of families in Guyana.“When we got into Government, we were met with problems in bauxite,” Hinds, who served as Prime Minister alongside President Dr Jagan in 1992, recalled. He said it is a fact that the previous People’s National Congress (PNC) Administration had plans to shut down the industry if the managers could not find a way to make bauxite profitable.“It was to be shut down. And when the managers reported to us in 1994 that they couldn’t find a way to make bauxite profitable, we had that commitment to close it down; but we did not close bauxite, we handled it in a way which showed that we understood that all Guyanese are Guyanese,” he added.While blasting the coalition Government’s handling of the sugar industry, Hinds said, “We are not at all convinced that they see all Guyanese (as Guyanese); (that) they see sugar workers as being as any other people in Guyana. That is one of our big problems with the way this Government has been handling this problem,” he lamented.An impassioned Hinds spoke about the developments that have since taken place in the bauxite industry and the Guyanese economy as a whole. He believes that the progress made under the PPP Government in the 23 years it was in office is doubtlessly commendable and transformational. Hinds said this could continue if his party is returned to Government at the 2020 general elections.Several Canadian mining companies operating in Guyana have pledged to invest tens of millions of US dollars in expansion projects here. This announcement was made at the just concluded Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) held in Toronto, Canada.Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Goldfields Inc., Scott Caldwell, has said that company plans, with the introduction of underground mining, to boost annual gold production to 300,000 ounces by 2022. He said the company plans to conduct training and development of the Guyanese workforce.Government currently receives eight per cent royalty on all the gold mined. Government officials think the company’s ongoing expansion augurs well for Guyana, as well as the company’s shareholders and stakeholders.For the period that it has been operating locally, Guyana Goldfields Inc has spent approximately US$50 million in the local economy to acquire goods, and services such as hauling of freight, engineering, and contract mining.Despite Government’s move to close several sugar estates, many civil society bodies and other interest groups have been urging it to rethink its position and to implement plans that would address the welfare of workers; or at least put measures in place to cushion the effects of the closures.In November 2017, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) announced plans to retrench thousands of workers. GAWU says the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty to between 50,000 and 100,000 persons.The Special Purpose Unit (SPU), which forms part of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), has been mandated to conduct evaluations, surveys, and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell the estates. Those activities have already commenced.last_img read more

first_imgJust one month after being released on bail and given a second chance to correct his mistake, 22-year-old Morvin Akeem Micko on Friday reappeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who without hesitation handed him a six-month jail term.Jailed: Morvin Akeem MickoThe sentencing came after Micko failed to attend court and pay a sum of money to Travis Rampaul, whose phone he stole while they were hanging out.In addition, on his first court appearance, the defendant had given his name as “Akeem Bennett”; however, it was later revealed that his correct name was Morvin Akeem Micko. This was among the factors that caused Micko to be sentenced.The Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident was initially slapped with a theft charge that stated on April 14, 2019 at Seawall Road, Georgetown, he stole one phone valued $85,000, property of Rampaul. He was later released on $10,000 bail, which was paid by the said Virtual Complainant.According to facts presented in court, the defendant and the VC were hanging out at the seawall when the latter asked the former to collect a pack of cigarettes from his motor vehicle.Some time later, upon realising that Micko had not returned, Rampaul went in search of him and he discovered his cellphone and the defendant were missing. The matter was reported, and Micko was later arrested and charged.However, in a statement to the court on his first appearance, Micko explained that it was Rampaul who entrusted his personal belongings to him. In his statement, Micko admitted to being sent for a pack of cigarettes, but said he did not find any in the car. He further explained that after informing Rampaul of this, he was later given cash and instructed to purchase a pack of cigarettes; however, on his way back, he was attacked and relieved of the VC’s property.As such, Micko claimed that he became afraid and left the location without informing the VC of what transpired. Given the explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered on the defendant’s behalf, and he committed to paying the VC for the phone. His failure to do so landed him in jail.last_img read more

first_imgFor more information on the Championships, you can visit the World Curling website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Sterling Middleton along with his team, Team Tardi, are off to the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.Team Tardi will be representing Canada at the World Championships.Last month, in Vernon, Team Tardi was able to win their third consecutive Canadian Junior Curling Title.- Advertisement -Skip Tardi, along with Vice-Skip Middleton, felt unreal in the sense of winning the Championship for the third time.“It’s unreal the fact that this has only been done twice before and how this is such a rare feat. It’s an incredible feeling and to be doing it with one of my best friends is extra special.”The 2019 World Junior Curling Championships are taking place from February 16 to the 23 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service is reporting that illicit drug deaths were on the decline during the first half of 2019.According to the Coroners’ report, provincially, there were 538 illicit drug toxicity deaths within the first six months of 2019, a 30 percent decrease when compared to the first six months of 2018.When it comes to illicit drug-related deaths in Northeast B.C., the reported amount of deaths is down to 10 when compared to 24 a year ago.- Advertisement -For fentanyl-detected deaths, Northeast B.C. also saw a decrease of only eight reported deaths when compared to 21 this time last year.The Coroners Service says there were no deaths reported at supervised consumption sites or drug overdose prevention sites.The full illicit drug death reports can be found on the Province’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMicky Gray and Sam Matterface joined Colin Murray in the studio. The boys discussed the controversy over Bradford’s ticket sales approach for their their FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Reading and were joined by Bantams chairman Mark Lawn to debate the issue. There was also the Tuesday quiz, Murray’s magic numbers and the boys talked Mayweather v Pacquiao.last_img

first_img1 Las Palmas are working on an audacious swoop for former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.The 26-year-old has been a star for Nice this season in France, scoring 17 goals in all competitions during his debut campaign.However, the Italy international only signed a one-year contract when he joined from Liverpool last summer and he can leave for free in July.Clubs are now weighing up moves for Balotelli and, according to Cope Canarias, Gran Canaria-based club Las Palmas have presented him with a shock offer.The Spanish side have placed a one-year contract on the table, with the option for a further 12 months also part of the deal.Las Palmas – who currently have Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jese Rodriguez and former Barcelona midfielder Alen Halilovic in their squad – sit 14th in LaLiga and they are have secured top-flight football for next season. Mario Balotelli last_img read more