The Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) has assured the public of the banks’ commitment to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.LBA president John B. S. Davies, III gave the assurance on Wednesday, September 10, when he appeared on ELBC Radio morning show. “The banking sector has been very supportive of the fight against Ebola. The sector has provided both financial and logistical support to the government amounting to over US$250,000. Individual banks are also supporting awareness campaigns at our various branches and communities,” Davies said. The LBA boss noted that banks didn’t budget spending on the Ebola crisis, but individual banks had to readjust their budgets to deal with the challenges brought on as a result of the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Davies, who is also president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), also disclosed that banks are still providing full-time services to clients. “All services are operational at banks even though the Ebola crisis has brought its own unique challenges that we are dealing with daily as an industry and as individual banks,” he said. According to him, remittances are still flowing, except for the extractive industry which, he said, is largely affected by the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Davies assured the public that the banking sector, as a critical symbol of hope, is the last place to show fear. Our business desk confirmed contractors for a number of concession companies in the extractive and agriculture industries have declared force majeure and left the country out of fear of contracting the Ebola virus and this has affected their relationship with banks. Touching on LBDI’s individual contribution to the fight against Ebola as a bank, the CEO recalled that the Bank had contributed US$10,000 to the government of Liberia’s Ebola Trust Fund (ETF) and made available US$1,500 goodwill support, to Montserrado County District #13 Rep. Saah Joseph to fuel his ambulances that are being used to transport Ebola patients to various treatment centers in Monrovia. “We also contributed to the US$9,000 that was provided to the Ebola Trust Fund by the LBA as its contribution to fight the virus,” Davies added. He declared that LBDI is also providing free banking services to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for all Ebola-related accounts the Ministry has at LBDI. “Apart from this critical intervention, we are providing full-scale financial services to Mano Manufacturing Company to produce bleaches and detergents to combat Ebola in Liberia.LBDI Support to Mano Manufacturing Mano Manufacturing Company, the manufacturer of made-in-Liberia chloral, alcohol and other bleaches and other products, such as candles and matches, amongst others, is mostly financed by LBDI. “This company,” Mr. Davies declared, “is also supplying bleaches and detergent to Guinea and Sierra Leone to fight Ebola.” The prices of bleach products have more than doubled in Monrovia, propelled by huge demand as most households, business centers, offices and healthcare centers are using them for cleaning up and hand washing purposes, a method the World Health Organization (WHO) says can help to break in transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.Consumers are meanwhile concerned about the hike in the prices of locally produced bleach products, with some appealing to the company to produce enough to meet with the rising demand on the market. Banks are still providing loans to certain clients, said Mr. Davies, but he was quick to add that said loans were being disbursed on a case by case basis. “Banks are still lending, but we take every loan situation on a case by case,” he said, noting that banks are still financing construction and some sectors of the economy that are not badly hit by the Ebola virus outbreak. He intoned that the government of Liberia’s economic management team (EMT), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group and other stakeholders are studying the lending strategy for banks for a possible review.Davies noted that a review of the lending strategy was critical to enhancing macroeconomic stability and growth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Today’s topic marks the end of our series on self-care, school environment protocols, and community and work place protocols. However, and as it is Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia’s cardinal programme to promote sustainable peace, we will continue to focus on Ebola response efforts.The purpose of travel protocols, particularly during the Ebola pandemic, cannot be overemphasized, because and thankfully so, it was due to the lack of adherence to this travel protocols, that brought national as well as international attention to the urgent steps directed at curbing the Ebola Virus Disease.In our dialogue with peace messengers, travel protocols should focus on surveillance and the establishment/strengthening of port health facilities, with holding/isolation centers at every border crossing (land frontiers, sea ports and airports) in the country. The essence of travel protocols is to identify sick travelers so as to prevent travelers importing the Ebola virus into the country and other parts of the world.In the past, the yellow immunization card was used to: prepare travelers, advice and protect them from health risks associated to vector borne infections, food and water safety conditions. During this Ebola pandemic, travel protocols should improve on the use of the yellow card and provide health advisories on travel to and from Ebola affected countries. Guidance for monitoring the movement of persons with the possibility of EVD exposures should be pursued and member states should provide medical evacuation plans for their citizens. On this note, we would like to commend Brussels airlines for their strong leadership in ensuring a bridge to the outside world during the Ebola crisis. The courage of this airline to continue their services, against all odds and when other regional airlines deserted Liberia is exemplary and should be emulated. According to Dr. Peter Piot of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, (one of the doctors who discovered the Ebola virus in 1976); “The air-link provided by Brussels Airlines is vital for logistical supply. Without this strong support it would be impossible to battle the disease.”One message that comes across as we conclude our series on protocols necessary to prevent the spread of EVD, is the need for vigilance and strict adherence to the lessons learned from the strategies adopted during the Ebola epidemic. We need better coordination with partners, excellent contact tracing-the like the ones adopted by the USA and continuous education of all (survivors and the affected). Monitoring the implementation of all protocols should continue.Just when we are only weeks away from being declared “Ebola-free,” the country recorded a new case. We can’t rest on our amour. Until then and with an end in sight, we need to redouble our collective efforts to stop and eradicate Ebola from our country. We need to understand what went well and what we need to do better.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The Paradox of EVD,” Peace First, Peace above all else, 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)
A fire, suspected to be electrical in origin, completely razed the dwelling of a Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), family on Friday morning, leaving at least million in losses.The fire reportedly started in the vicinity of the circuit breaker in the upper flat of the two-storey wooden structure located at Lot 4 Railway Street, Triumph, ECD and rapidly spread to other parts of the house.The entire house engulfed in flames on Friday morningAt the time of the blaze, the owner of house, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Singh was at home along with his wife, daughter-in-law and grandson. Two other members of the house had already left for work. The occupants of the house at the time ran to safety and were not able to salvage any household items.Reports are that by the time the Guyana Fire Service arrived at the scene, the building was already engulfed in flames. Speaking with Guyana Times, Assistant Superintendent Singh explained that he along with the other family members were in the lower flat of the house when he heard a sound as if dried leaves were on fire followed by the smell of smoke.At that time, he thought that the smell and sound were coming from the cemetery which was being cleared. Soon after, he explained that his neighbours raised an alarm informing him that the house was on fire.The neighbours rushed to the scene and formed a bucket brigade in an attempt to put out the blaze but their efforts proved futile. They were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the fire. “The neighbors later told me that the electric wire that runs from the main pole was sparking and then they see smoke and fire,” Singh noted.He further stated that after the fire started, his only option was to make sure that his family was secured and it was a neighbour who drove his motorcar out of the yard. A report was made to the Guyana Power and Light but up to late Friday evening, officials from the utility company were still to visit the family.An investigation has been launched into the fire by members of the Guyana Fire Service.
SUN VALLEY – A man who was arguing with his girlfriend Monday drove through the guardrail of a railroad crossing and parked his car in the path of a speeding train, killing himself and critically injuring the woman, police said. The apparent suicide and attempted murder occurred just after noon near Branford Street and San Fernando Road, where the couple’s car was waiting behind two other cars for a northbound Metrolink train to pass, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The man drove his 2005 Dodge Magnum around the two cars, through the guardrail and parked it on the tracks so the passenger side was directly in the path of the approaching train, Lopez said. “He drove up on the tracks as the train was coming,” Lopez said. He added that the train struck the rear end of the car, causing it to spin around and eject the man, who was not wearing a seat belt. “What saved her was she was in her seat belt,” Lopez said of the woman. The man, 21-year-old Brandon Funches of South Los Angeles, died at the scene. His 23-year-old girlfriend, a Los Angeles resident, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where she was listed in critical condition, Lopez said. Her name was not released. Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said none of the 132 people on the Antelope Valley-bound train was injured and the train did not derail. Passengers traveling on the line later in the day experienced five- to 10-minute delays. Metrolink officials could not say how fast the train was traveling when it hit the Magnum, but the speed limit on that stretch of track is nearly 80 mph. “It’s amazing she survived,” LAPD spokesman Kevin Maiberger said of the Dodge’s passenger. “You should see the car.” Police Detective Pat Barron said the car was on the tracks four to five seconds before the train plowed into it. “The train was honking its horn when it collided with the vehicle,” Barron said. Monday’s collision came more than two years after the disastrous Glendale Metrolink train wreck, which killed 11 people and injured 180 others. That crash occurred when Juan Manuel Alvarez, then 25, of Compton, parked his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks in a botched suicide attempt. Alvarez jumped out just before the train struck his car, setting off a spectacular three-train collision. Following the Glendale collision, Metrolink’s practice of using locomotives to both push and pull trains came under intense criticism. When locomotives are pulling the train – as in Monday’s collision – the engine is in front, which offers more protection to passengers. In the Glendale crash, the locomotive pushed the train, meaning the lighter passenger cars collided directly with the car on the tracks. Staff Writer Susan Abram contributed to this story. email@example.com (818)713-3329 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week CHICAGO (AP) – Back in spring training, the Houston Astros were a 20-1 shot to win the World Series. The odds on the Chicago White Sox were 22-1. While the rest of baseball has gone home, they’ll be on the field for Saturday night’s Series opener, when 43-year-old Roger Clemens starts for Houston against Jose Contreras. Go figure. “I think it’s going to be a real attractive and weird World Series because you’ve got two teams that aren’t supposed to be there,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Thursday. “You’re not going to see the big-name franchises. Nothing against them. I think it’s just good for baseball, these two franchises that have never been there – one the first time ever, the other people forget when was the last time.” A Cubs’ town is rooting for the White Sox, the Second City’s second team – a White Sox flag was even spotted on the antenna of a truck in the Wrigley Field parking lot this week. Not since 1959 have the White Sox played in the Series, and they haven’t won it since 1917. Houston had missed out every single year since starting play in 1962. No wonder Astros president Tal Smith didn’t get much sleep. After beating the Cardinals 5-1 in St. Louis to claim the NL pennant Wednesday night, the Astros didn’t get back to their ballpark in Texas until 3 a.m. Smith’s head hit the pillow at 5:30. “At 7:15, the first phone call came,” he said. “It was for a ticket request. And it kept ringing. I guess for once every 44 years, it’s OK.” Given how good the pitching has been, there might be a 1917 feel to the game. The White Sox and New York Giants combined for just three home runs in that year’s Series. Chicago’s rotation of Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Freddy Garcia famously pitched four straight complete games to beat the Los Angeles Angels in the AL championship series, the first quartet to finish their starts consecutively in a postseason series since the 1956 New York Yankees. They were so good, Guillen is keeping them in the same order against the Astros. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who led the major leagues in ERA this year, will be followed by Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt, giving the Astros a formidable trio. Brandon Backe starts against Garcia in Game 4. “You get to the World Series, you’re not going to be facing guys that were recalled from Triple-A,” Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. His starters were so good against the Angels that the bullpen was needed for just two outs – the lowest total in a postseason series since Sandy Koufax & Co.’s Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “A lot of people counted us out before spring training even started,” Garland said. “We already were written off in a lot of people’s books.” Chicago closer Bobby Jenks hasn’t even been needed since the first-round clincher against Boston on Oct 7. He will enter Saturday night’s opener on 14 days’ rest. His bullpen mates have had similar layoffs. “Hermy, the last time he pitched was like two three months ago,” Guillen said of Dustin Hermanson. “How can they stay sharp? It’s not easy.” Chicago took two days off after winning the pennant Sunday in California, then worked out Thursday for the second straight day. At U.S. Cellular Field, rain started falling the in the middle of Thursday’s workout. There were 14 boxes of baseballs on the table, ready for each player to sign. The logos already were painted in foul territory, and the entrance to the ballpark displayed a pumpkin carved with the White Sox logo. Outside was a huge photograph of White Sox players celebrating. On it were the words: “Crying in baseball – only acceptable if champagne burns your eyes.” Houston arrives Friday afternoon and will work out in a ballpark the Astros haven’t played in since an interleague series in 2000. The Astros became the first team since the 1914 Boston Braves to reach the World Series after falling 15 games under .500. “The most dangerous thing about the Astros is the wild card,” Guillen said. The last three World Series champions and four of the last five were wild-card winners. Even though the White Sox went 99-63 and had the best record in the American League, Guillen thinks they’ve taken many by surprise. “My team is always under the radar, always,” he said. “All kind of crazy stuff people think I will say, and they backed me up. My team backed me up. We’re here together.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Teller Cartel recorded the fastest qualifying mark for the Golden State Million Futurity trials when he raced 400 yards in 19.61 seconds late Friday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Oklahoma-bred Corona Carter colt finished a neck in front of Jumpn during the first of 12 divisions as the pair finished one-two among the top 10 qualifiers who will contest the $1,145,000 Golden State Million Futurity, which will be held Nov. 4. The favorite in the first division was Higher Flyer, who needed to qualify for the Nov. 4 final to remain eligible for the Los Alamitos Bonanza, which awards a bonus of $1 million to the 2-year-old who wins all three legs that make up the Bonanza. They include the three million-dollar races on the Los Alamitos schedule Ed Burke, Golden State and Los Alamitos futurities. Higher Flyer was third in the first division and was timed in 19.765 and wound up 10th among the qualifiers to keep her hopes alive for the $1 million bonus, but must win the finals of the Golden State and Los Alamitos futurities after winning the Ed Burke June 25. Teller Cartel had won only one of five starts prior to Friday night, but that was an upset victory in the world’s richest quarter horse race the $1.9 million All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day. Corona Crown paid $20.20 in taking the second division with a time of 19.655 to record the third fastest qualifying time, with Fishers Tale being runner-up in the second heat to rate ninth among the qualifiers with a 19.76 clocking. In Dispute (19.67) and See If I Care (19.705) won the 11th and eighth divisions to qualify fourth and fifth. The other two qualifiers were Wave Carver (19.715) and He Could Be Streakin (19.765), who ran first and second in the fifth division. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Poor road and footpath conditions in Donegal have racked up a bill of €287,575 in claims settlements against Donegal County Council. Some 51 claims were lodged in 2017 relating to road and footpath incidents. This year, the council said they are dealing with the worst spring time road conditions in many years.Stranorlar area Councillors Gerry Crawford and Gary Doherty have said it is time for the Minister for Transport to visit Donegal and experience a journey on the roads for himself. Cllr Gerry Crawford called on Donegal County Council to seek emergency funding to repair roads, saying that people are being prevented from leading their normal daily lives.Cllr Crawford said: “People are living with terrible road conditions and we as an elected council are up against a brick wall in trying to source funding. “Maybe the Minister could take a run down, not by the highways and byways, but by the roads that people are living on to see the conditions. “I would ask that we find a way of at least asking for money for road conditions, those in the Stranorlar area are particularly bad.” Cllr Gary Doherty reiterated the call to ask the Minister to take exceptional measures and make an additional funding injection for Donegal’s roads. Cllr Doherty told the council how he has had to replace two tyres on his own car this winter.Cllr Doherty said: “Your heart is in your mouth travelling on the roads, particularly at night when you can’t see the potholes. “It’s time for the Minister for Transport to step up to the plate, he needs to see for himself the state of roads in our area. We need to be demanding a meeting with Minister Ross so he can understand the crisis we have on the roads in this county.”The council explained that Road Maintenance and Improvement funding has been cut by 50% in Donegal the past ten years and have yet to reach pre-crisis levels. Wet weather since August 2017 coupled with freezing road conditions last winter and salting has left many roads in a damaged state.Mr. John McLaughlin, Director of Roads, said emergency funding from Government or the Council’s own resources would be welcome. His reply said: “It has been a long number of years since roads were in this condition in the spring time and it is important that works get underway as the Road Works Programme is agreed and the weather begins to get warmer.” Roads crisis cost council almost €300,000 in claims in 2017 was last modified: March 29th, 2018 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYCllr Gerry CrawfordDonegal County CouncilROADSStranorlar
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ANAHEIM — It’s always sweet when a plan comes together. The A’s “opener” method, the same strategy they might utilize in next week’s wild-card game at New York, has failed at times, but it worked to perfection in its final test run of the regular season.Liam Hendriks opened up the game with a scoreless first inning for the A’s and was followed by four solid innings of work from regular starter Trevor Cahill, the …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio House of Representatives District 38 Representative Bill Roemer (R) visited Hills Supply on Sept. 9, 2019 to present a commendation recognizing the 40th anniversary of Hills Supply. The proclamation reads:On behalf of the House of Representatives of the 133 General Assembly of Ohio, we are pleased to extend special recognition to: Hills Supply, Inc. on the auspicious occasion of its Fortieth Anniversary.Hills Supply is deserving of high praise, for throughout forty years of operation, it has attained a remarkable record of accomplishment. This exemplary dairy supply company has earned the gratitude and appreciation of many satisfied customers, and its success is a justifiable source of pride and a fine reflection not only on the business itself but also on the astute management of its owners Frank Burkett and Mick Heiby, on its hard-working employees, and on the Canal Fulton community.Since its establishment in 1979, Hills Supply has enhanced the quality of life within the surrounding area. We are certain that as this noteworthy enterprise maintains its unfaltering dedication to service and achievement, it will continue to grow and prosper and will carry on the tradition of excellence that has become its hallmark.Thus with great pleasure, we commend Hills Supply, Inc., on its Fortieth Anniversary and offer best wishes for the future.It is signed by Larry Householder, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Bill Roemer, Representative House District 38. The commendation was received by Hills Supply co-owner Mick Heiby and Business Manager Stan Palmer.“We are honored to receive this commendation from The Ohio House Of Representatives under the sponsorship of Representative Roemer,” Heiby said. “Again today, we are humbled by our heritage. Frank Burkett and I serve today as the stewards of an excellent business built by founders Dolores and David Hill. It was the efforts of that mother and son team, starting back in 1979, that created the foundation for the company’s success. They were honest and intelligent business people but more importantly they were great friends to many individuals and the dairy industry as a whole.”