Ellen Decries Diminishing Donor Support

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed grave concerns over diminishing support from donor partners toward the health sector.The President said this signals that if Liberia is to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), it is now time for Liberians to work harder to achieve health related objectives.She made the comments at the official opening ceremony of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Health Ministers held at the Monrovia City Hall this past Friday April 11, 2014.President Sirleaf said the country could only achieve UCH if Liberians worked collectively to build a sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for the health sector. She indicated that “this will be a daunting task no doubt, particularly in our country where there are multiple needs of a reconstructing country; however we must get to the task.”Madam Sirleaf disclosed to the audience, which comprised of Health Ministers of the 15 ECOWAS member countries and other health stakeholders, that consideration is now being given for the establishment of a Liberia Health Equity Fund. This, according to the President, is a new funding mechanism that would help to pay for health care for all Liberians on an equitable basis, with everyone having access to the same services regardless of where you are, who you are or your financial standing.The 15th Ordinary Health Ministers meeting was organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), which was represented by its Director General, Dr. Xavier Crespin.It was held under the theme: “Universal Health Coverage: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities.”The Liberian leader, who formally declared the West African Health Ministers’ Meeting opened, said: “One of the many challenges that we recognize here today is the declining contribution from our donor partners. This is a reality and it is clear that if our country is to achieve the Universal Health Coverage, we must go to work to build a sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for our health sector.”The lack of quick response or the delay on the part of donor partners in regards to request from the government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH&SW) for US$1.2 million to combat the deadly Ebola virus in the country, might have led to the President thinking that donors are becoming unresponsive in the health sector.She, however, said that achieving the UHC takes time and perseverance for it involves accessibility, affordability, and quality of service.She said her government is endeavoring to this through a strong political commitment through all level including the highest level in our society.She retrospected that at the 63rd World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, she stated that people should not die because they are poor and “we pledge to find mechanisms for the poor to continue to access the health care that they need and not to pay up-front fees.”“This is why today we want to command our health team for the services they render free in all parts of the country, though not at the quality we want.”She reminded the audience that while the Ebola outbreak probably strikes the upper-most in everyone’s minds in the nation and sub-region, she and others would remain convince that their relentless efforts are underway to address this critical situation.She indicated that government continues to lay emphasis on achieving its goals on UHC as carried in Liberia’s National Health Policy Plan for the next ten years. “This is why I applaud all of you for having taken the decision to come to this meeting that will give us encouragement as we all strive and work together to achieve quality delivery health care to our people,” she said.“In our country, we are working to improve the health and social welfare status of our population on an equitable basis in the face of major challenges, many of which have been out line in some note Dr. Walter Gwenigale gave me.”Making remarks earlier, WAHO Director General, Dr. Xavier Crespin, said that the issue of healthcare delivery in the sub-region was very critical and there is an urgent need for authorities of the region to formulate means through which basic quality and affordable health services can be provided citizens of the ECOWAS Community.He said the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in some part of the region is an unfortunate situation that needs immediate attention in order to bring it under control. He outlined numerous challenges that WAHO is facing in carrying out its mandate.In a message read on his behalf of Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, by WHO Country Representative in Liberia, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije, Dr. Sambo said despite the progress made in the last 15 to 20 years, populations in the African region still suffer from the devastating burden of several diseases such as malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis, meningitis, cholera and other diarrheal diseases, viral hemorrhagic fevers, among others which are obstacles to achieving Universal Coverage and the Millennium Development Goals.He said the meeting of WAHO came at a time when the sub-region is experiencing a serious epidemic disease, Ebola and commended the Governments of Liberia and Guinea for the strong leadership demonstrated by officially declaring and mounting an effective response to the cross-border Ebola virus disease epidemic. “With this strong leadership and commitment, I am very confident that together, we shall be able to stop this epidemic and therefore avoid the loss of human lives and minimize its impact on the economy, trade and travel in accordance with the International Health Regulation,” he said.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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Four arrested in Grande Prairie drug bust

first_imgTwo people are facing several charges after Grande Prairie RCMP discovered different drugs at an east end residence in the city.Police say the RCMP Drug Section executed a search warrant at a home on Tuesday evening, arresting four adults arrested. They say they also found two children, both of whom were under the age of two. The children were taken by another agency after the search.- Advertisement -Police say that during the search they found three ounces of cocaine, three and a half ounces of marijuana, three grams of marijuana resin and several pills. They say they believe the pills are narcotics as well.John Wolitski is facing one charge of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and four counts of breach of recognizance. The 21 year-old has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Monday.Cody Warren is also facing one charge of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possessing marijuana for purpose of trafficking. The 20 year-old was granted a $1,000 bail. He is also expected to appear in court on Monday.last_img read more

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Everton put Unsworth in temporary charge after Koeman sacking

first_imgUnsworth is a firm favourite with the fans having served the club with distinction as a player, making 350 appearances during two spells at Goodison Park.He gained kudos as a coach by guiding the Under-23 side to the Premier League 2 title last season.“I’m a very proud man sat here preparing to lead Everton out tomorrow,” he told the media at his eve of match press conference.“It doesn’t matter how many games I have, I’ll give it everything I’ve got.“I spent the afternoon with the chairman yesterday and we spoke everything Everton.“I’ll repeat myself from last time I sat here 18 months ago (he took charge of their final league game of the 2015/16 campaign after Roberto Martinez was fired), who wouldn’t want this job?David Unsworth, then with Portsmouth, celebrates after scoring a penalty against Manchester United during a game on October 30, 2004 in Portsmouth, southern England © AFP/File“The chairman has given me an opportunity to hopefully get a run of games where hopefully performance levels go up.“From that, performances will dictate any future for me as Everton manager. I want to manage and this is an amazing club to be manager of. I make no secret of it.”Koeman was sacked on Monday after a disastrous start to the season — despite the club spending £140 million ($185 million) on players in the summer — reached its nadir with a 5-2 spanking at home to Arsenal on Sunday leaving them mired in the bottom three.Koeman for his part thanked the board for allowing him to take charge of a “great club”.“I would like to place on record my thanks to the players and staff for all their work and commitment during my 16 months as Everton manager,” Koeman wrote on Twitter.“Naturally I am disappointed at this moment but I wish the team good luck in the future.”Unsworth — capped once by England — could be in charge for several matches leading up to the international break in a fortnight.Everton have Premier League matches with Leicester City and in-form Watford to come with a trip to French side Lyon in the Europa League — the English side are bottom of their table — in between.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Unsworth will be in the Everton dugout for Wednesday’s intimidating trip to champions Chelsea in the last 16 of the League Cup © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Oct 24 – David Unsworth is keen to prove himself worthy of becoming full-time manager of Premier League side Everton after being appointed caretaker boss following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.The 44-year-old will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s intimidating trip to champions Chelsea in the last 16 of the League Cup.last_img read more

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Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France squeeze past Australia

first_imgThe Atletico Madrid star wrote his name into the history books after he went down under a tackle from Josh Rishdon in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture.Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not initially award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann coolly slotted past Socceroos’ goalkeeper Mathew Ryan at the Kazan Arena.But French celebrations were short-lived, Australia captain Mile Jedinak levelling only four minutes later after a clear hand ball by Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.In a match that saw Didier Deschamps’ men frustrated throughout by a gutsy Australian defensive display, French pride was only restored in the 81st minute.Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, still wearing a bandage around a recent head injury, had replaced Griezmann only minutes before playing a one-two with Paul Pogba on the edge of the area.The Manchester United midfielder’s shot took a deflection off the boot of defender Aziz Behich before creeping over the outstretched hands of Ryan and bouncing over the goalline.Deschamps, a World Cup winner with France in 1998, will be thanking his lucky stars after a performance which will give him more questions than answers about his ambitious side — the second-youngest in the tournament after Nigeria.France are hoping to join tournament favourites Brazil, Germany and Spain in the latter stages as they look to make amends for losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.In a tight first half that saw Griezmann, teenager Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele fail to spark, it was the yellow-clad Aussie fans who have invaded the Tatar capital in recent days who had most to cheer about.On 17 minutes France ‘keeper Hugo Lloris was forced to turn a dangerous deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.It was a huge sight of relief for Les Bleus, who went from making a bright start to finishing the opening half wondering how to pierce the Australia back line.Before Griezmann’s feat, Mbappe had made history at kick-off by becoming the youngest French player, at 19 and six months, to start a World Cup game.Only two minutes in, the fleet-footed Paris Saint-Germain forward cut in to meet an enticing through ball from midfield and force Ryan into action at his near post.Mbappe won a free kick 25 yards out after a challenge from behind but Paul Pogba’s curling effort over the wall was straight to Ryan.Deschamps had warned of the improvement Australia have made under Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk, who took over from Ange Postecoglou in January.But Australia spent most of the first half defending and ultimately frustrating France, rarely creating real chances of their own.The real drama, however, unfolded after the interval with the VAR decision.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba the hero with a winner against Australia. Photo/DAILY MAILKAZAN, Russia, June 16 – Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the World Cup as title hopefuls France battled to a 2-1 win over gutsy Australia in Kazan on Saturday.Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russia 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: CONVOY PLAYER CIARA GALLAGHER STARS FOR DONEGAL IN THEIR LEAGUE WIN OVER ARMAGH

first_imgConvoy GAA News:Bingo continues in Hall on Tues at 8.30 Please Support Club Lotto result for 10-2-15 MO RN KK LD 5 matched 2 Gerard Marron ,Margaret Duffy , Lisa Gallagher, Jack Gillespie and Marian Prunty next weeks jack pot €5200.Any parents who wish to purchase the weekly lotto can do so on Friday evening at the pitch just mention to any of the coaches Lottos are €2 each or 3 for €5 prize money stands at €5200 ALL money Raised go directly back into the running of YOUR CLUB.Membership is now DUE there will be an Adult reg night on 19th Feb from 7-8pm at the Clubhouse contact Gabrielle on 0861648577 please pass on word to anyone not on FB .All Players must be registered Underage training takes place on Friday from 6-7 New Players welcomeBring €2 anyone yet to reg can do so at training €5 for u6 -u 12 and €10 from U 13 -MinorA Coaches meeting will take place on Wed evening at 8.30 in the Clubhouse can all attend please .Ladies training is now back on new members welcome check page for Details or Contact Thomas on 0877485831Mens training also back new members welcome contact Oliver 0879090376Congrats to Ciara Gallagher and the Donegal Senior Ladies on their win over Armagh at the Weekend GAA NEWS: CONVOY PLAYER CIARA GALLAGHER STARS FOR DONEGAL IN THEIR LEAGUE WIN OVER ARMAGH was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 2 OF THE DONEGAL RALLY

first_imgTIM McNulty continues to lead the Donegal rally after Day 2.Click on the video to watch highlights from Day 2. DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 2 OF THE DONEGAL RALLY was last modified: June 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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 rally video – day 2last_img read more

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STORM LATEST: IRISH FLEET RETURN TO KILLYBEGS AS GALES LASH COUNTY

first_imgTHE Irish fishing fleet is tied up at Killybegs today as gale force winds of up to 100 km/hr lash the county.Forecasters say the high speed winds and accompanying rain will continue into the evening.In Killybegs all fishing vessels have returned to the harbour and crews are ashore. Driving conditions – particularly in the west and south of the county – are dreadful with AA Ireland and Gardai warning motorists, particularly drivers of high-sided vehicles, to reduce their speed.A number of traffic corps vehicles are patrolling the main road between Donegal Town and Ballybofey.Despite the high winds and the rain, temperatures remain mild – at between 10C and 12C.STORM LATEST: IRISH FLEET RETURN TO KILLYBEGS AS GALES LASH COUNTY was last modified: November 24th, 2011 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:donegal weatherKillybegssevere weather warningweather warninglast_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

first_imgO’DONNELLThe death has taken place December 16th 2011 at University Hospital, Galway of Eileen O’Donnell nee French (aged 75 years) Main Street, St Johnston and formerly of Porthall Reposing at her home from Sunday. Funeral leaving her home on Tuesday at 10.25a.m.for Requiem Mass in St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston at 11a.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Beloved wife of the late Hugh, much loved mother of Seamus, Fr. Joe, Elaine and Jude and sister of Mary-Sarah and the late Jim, Pat, Robert and Dolly.KERR The death has taken place of James Kerr, Father McLoone Terrace, Oldtown, Letterkenny. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am in St Eunan’s Cathedral, followed by interment in Leck Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Pulmonary Clinic, Letterkenny general Hospital, c/o Con Mc Daid and Sons Funeral Directors, Letterkenny.GALLAGHERThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Mary Gallagher, Carowreagh, Glenvar. Reposing at her late residence.Funeral from there on Monday at 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Glenvar, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.McBREARTY The death has taken place in The Donegal Hospice of Richard McBrearty, 15 Chetsnut Grove, Lifford. His remains are reposing at his parents’ Hugh and Catherine McBrearty’s home, Tamnawood, Ballindrait. Funeral from there on Monday at 10.15AM, for Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Donegal Hospice c/o Quigley Funeral Directors, 1ANewtown Place, Strabane. House private please from 11pm to 11am.McGEEVERThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Jonny McGeever, Glasserchoo, Gortahork. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral mass on Monday at 1pm in Christ the King Church, Gortahork with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.  DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011 was last modified: December 17th, 2011 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:2011DECEMBER 17DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAYlast_img read more

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WOW! SUPERB NEW PICTURE OF ARRANMORE SNOWY OWL

first_imgARRANMORE SNOWY OWL – PIC CHRISTINE CASSIDYTHIS is the latest fantastic picture of a male snowy owl which has made Arranmore Island its home.The bird was first seen on two weeks ago, and is still on the island.Ornithologists from north and south of the Border have been travelling to the island hoping to see the owl. Donegaldaily.com reader Christine Cassidy was among them – and this is her great pic!There were similar sightings on Arranmore in 1993 and on Tory in 2010.The Snowy Owl is an extremely rare bird in Ireland and this is the 13th confirmed record but only the third in the last 50 years.  WOW! SUPERB NEW PICTURE OF ARRANMORE SNOWY OWL was last modified: July 30th, 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:WOW! SUPERB NEW PICTURE OF ARRANMORE SNOWY OWLlast_img read more

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Adieu, No. 80,173

first_img Nazemetz said most of the people in the residential area are familiar with the potholes and drive around them. But the mayor and other city officials said they were proud of the work accomplished over the past 14 weekends to fill in potholes throughout the city. “When we started this, we were looking to fill 35,000 potholes and I said that wasn’t good enough,” Villaraigosa said. “That’s when I said we would do 50,000. “Well, we did better than that. We did more than 80,000. That’s twice what we did after last year’s rainstorms.” Villaraigosa has made transportation one of his top priorities, setting aside $11 million in gas-tax revenues from Proposition 42 funding for street improvements. Potholes – and complaints about the time it takes for the city to repair them – became an issue during Villaraigosa’s successful campaign against former Mayor James Hahn this year. As part of his campaign promises, Villaraigosa pledged to step up city efforts to make the repairs a priority. Villaraigosa said Tuesday that the pothole work was accomplished by crews working weekends to respond to calls from residents and lists of potholes provided by neighborhood councils around the city. Total cost of the program was estimated at $450,000, which Robertson said was covered with the department’s existing budget. But, he said, it was a basic service the city should provide for motorists – who must pay an average of $671 a year more for car repairs because of street conditions. Greuel, who has been dubbed the City Council’s “Pothole Queen” because of her emphasis on the issue, said pothole problems are the most common complaint from residents. “When people talk to me about issues, they talk about the environment and quality-of-life issues,” she said. “But the biggest complaint is about the conditions of our roads and fixing potholes.” LaBonge said residents should continue to report potholes. “This is just the start,” LaBonge said. “There are more potholes out there and we can’t fill them if we don’t know about them.” City crews filled 27,438 potholes in the San Fernando Valley; 7,840 in South Los Angeles; 27,742 in East Los Angeles; 6,479 in Central Los Angeles; 4,516 in the Harbor area; and 6,757 in West Los Angeles. Robertson said the program also serves as a pro-active effort to deal with street problems before the winter rains hit. “We don’t expect storms like last year, but this lets us get ahead of problem areas,” Robertson said. Road conditions long have been an issue of importance to the business community, as well, and Marie Condron of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce said the pothole-patching effort should send a message that money set aside for road work not be diverted to other programs. “While it affects everyone, businesses feel the costs as well,” said Condron. “It is more than a quality-of-life issue. For business, poor road conditions mean higher costs in delivery times and repairs.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We’ve been complaining about the conditions for years,” said Carol Ortiz, who was trying to leave her house with 6-year-old granddaughter Emily. Judith Nazemetz, who lives on nearby Radford Street, said she wanted to drag Villaraigosa over to her neighborhood. “I think it’s wonderful they’re doing this here,” Nazemetz said. “I just hope my street is next.” Even though Huston Street is scheduled for resurfacing, Bill Robertson, head of the Bureau of Street Services, defended the work being completed in front of 10 television crews and a host of reporters. “This is a liability issue,” Robertson said. “Even with the road work we are planning, we should fill this pothole because it represents a danger to drivers.” NORTH HOLLYWOOD – As bemused neighbors looked on, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined other city officials Tuesday in patching Pothole No. 80,173 – on a street scheduled to be resurfaced in the coming week. Villaraigosa and council members Wendy Greuel and Tom LaBonge were not dissuaded, however, as they donned boots and gloves to shovel steaming asphalt into the hole in the 11800 block of Huston Street. The patching marked the official end of “Operation Pothole,” a project launched by Villaraigosa in September to tackle what many Southlanders consider the ultimate urban blight. Huston Street residents said they had been waiting more than 14 years for their street to be repaired. last_img read more

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