“We Are Here to Build and Maintain Treatment/Training Centers, Chinese Ambassador Declares as China…

first_imgChinese Ambassador Zang Yue has assured Liberia that China’s presence in the Ebola fight in West Africa signifies his country’s full commitment to build and manage ETUs and not leave them with Liberians alone to manage.Ambassador Zang made the statement at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) following the arrival of a 15-member medical team and huge consignments of anti-Ebola materials.He indicated that the ETUs expected to be built by China near the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex will be fully managed and operated by Chinese in collaboration with local health workers.Briefing journalists on the latest of four health packages China has provided, Ambassador Zang reiterated Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement on October 24 that China would provide nearly US$82 million assistance package to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and relevant international organizations fighting the Ebola virus.“The latest package is the fourth round of China’s assistance program for Ebola control in West Africa and comprises both cash and supplies.  China will send more health experts and medical staff to help with Ebola control and treatment in West Africa and will also help build an Ebola Treatment Unit and equip it with about 100 beds,” he said,The Chinese diplomat disclosed that the advance 15-member medical team that arrived in Liberia on October 25, comprises doctors, epidemiologists, designers, engineers and technicians, who he said will prepare for the construction of the ETU, exchange views with Liberian officials and experts and international partners.The materials arriving on the 747 Boeing cargo plane include building materials and medical equipment, the Chinese Ambassador said adding, “When the ETU is ready, it will be operated and staffed by Chinese doctors and nurses assisted by local health workers.”At the West African regional level, Ambassador Zang said “China will provide hospital beds, ambulances, motorcycles, PPEs and other urgently needed supplies to the three countries plagued by the epidemic.”He further stated that US$6 million is provided in cash to the UN Ebola Response Multi-partner Trust Fund to support efforts by the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.He further disclosed plans by China to initiate the China-Africa Public Health Cooperation Plan that includes organizing 12 terms of training programs on public health epidemic prevention and control for Africa, carrying out joint research on tropical diseases and helping establish an information platform for public health and a monitoring network for epidemic prevention and control.Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sylvester Grisgby thanked China for the huge donation and continuous assistance to the Ebola fight.Minister Grisgby said with the level of international cooperation Liberia and other affected countries are receiving, it is certain that Ebola will soon go away.China is one country that was swift to render assistance to Liberia in the fight against Ebola when the disease broke out in March this year.China provided US$1.7 million aid package to Liberia upon the outbreak, which helped to obtain PPEs and other equipment that were lacking in the health system in the country.China has offered more than US$40 million in aid, dispatched nearly 200 medical staff to the affected areas, and set up a mobile laboratory in Sierra Leone, which has tested more than 500 Ebola samples with 100 per cent accuracy.China under its One China Policy has identified with the African Continent in infrastructural, economic and social developments over the past years.In Liberia, China has built the Jackson F. Doe Medical Center, University of Liberia Fendell campus, vocational institutions and is currently renovating the SKD Sports Complex.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Court throws out $300M fraud charges against former GRDB Directors

first_imgSenior Magistrate Leron Daly on Thursday dismissed several fraud-related charges against six former officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) when the matter was called before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Nigel DharamlallCharges were instituted against People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Members of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall and Dharamkumar Seeraj. Also charged were former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh, Deputy General Manager Ricky Ramraj, former GRDB Board member Badrie Persaud and former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Agriculture Ministry, Prema Roopnarine.One of the charges alleged that while being then members of GRDB Board in 2012, they had omitted to enter into the ledger $77.3 million.Prema RoopnarineThe second charge stated that between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, they omitted to enter into the GRDB ledger $130 million, $9.7 million and $147 million, respectively. Charges were not instituted against Dharamlall for the second offence. Badrie PersaudAdditionally, Dharamlall, Roopnarine, Singh and Ramraj were jointly charged for fraudulently omitting to account for $52 million in 2011.On Wednesday, when the case was called, Special Prosecutor of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Lawrence Harris failed to make another appearance. Jagnarine SinghAttorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall and Glenn Hanoman, who were representing the defendants, requested for the charges to be dismissed on the grounds that the Prosecutor was a no-show for several court hearings. The Attorney’s submissions were upheld and the charges were dismissed.In August, Magistrate Daly had also dismissed the charge against Singh, Dharamlall and Roopnarine.center_img The charge which was dismissed alleged that in 2011, while being members of the GRDB, with intent to defraud, they omitted to enter some $52 million in the GRDB ledger.The charge was dismissed after Magistrate Daly found that Special Prosecutor of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Lawrence Harris failed to prove his case against them.last_img read more

Ramjattan threatens to revoke licences of businesses guilty of noise nuisance

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday threatened to revoke the licenses of businesses that are found guilty of noise nuisance.This approach will be taken as Government amplifies efforts to clamp down on the issue that has been permeating society for decades. Ramjattan made this comment at a noise management training session for officers of the Guyana Police Force.Public Security MinisterKhemraj RamjattanLast year, the Police received over 300 complaints of noise nuisance and for 2019 so far, some 105 complaints were made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When it comes to penalties, however, the numbers are low.As such, Ramjattan believes there needs to be stricter consequences to discourage business operators from breaking the law and disturbing the peace.“We want this to be dealt with, you have to deal with them in a variety of ways too, not only prosecution and conviction for the various provisions that make it a criminal offence, but we have to literally sometimes work as a task force utilising other methods and one such methods is to take the profit out of this illegality, that means, that we have to de-register them”, Ramjattan warned.In fact, the Minister even suggested that businesses comply with certain criteria before being issued a licence to operate.“Make it a condition that before you continue to do your bar services or whatever it is that we are going to make it a condition that you must adhere to certain noise level and the minute you breach it, we can take that away, that licence. So, then we won’t have to get all the witnesses to line up in a Magistrates’ Court and then you have the lawyers coming and for long adjournments and so on and the frustration that occurs with prosecution. We can do other things and that is what I want also to be placed on the table”, Ramjattan highlighted.Last year, several Police officers underwent training to deal with this particular issue, which is a crime under the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act.The act states, “No person shall, in any road, street, public space, or land, or in any building or premises, by operating or causing or suffering to be operated by any stereo set, juke box, radio, wireless loud speaker, gramophone, amplifier, automatic piano or similar instrument of music, or by any means whatsoever, make or cause or suffer to be made any noise which shall be so loud and so continuous or repetitive as to cause a nuisance to occupants of any premises in the neighbourhood”.Meanwhile, on Thursday, another batch of officers began similar training. In October, another group of ranks will be trained as the Police Force continues to clamp down on the issue.Section 175 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act makes it a crime to produce any noise which is so loud, continuous or repetitive to cause a nuisance.last_img read more

Valley sports agent guilty

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Among the group that came in 2004 were Osbek Castillo, a pitcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ AA team in Alabama, and Francisely Bueno, a pitcher with the Atlanta Braves’ AA affiliate in Mississippi. Dominguez is vice president of Total Sports International, which has offices in Encino, and as of November represented about 50 players. He was indicted six months ago based on testimony from a witness identified as H.B., who told prosecutors how Dominguez solicited prospective Major League Baseball players and how four co-conspirators, all Cuban-born, brought the athletes to the United States in 2004. KEY WEST, Fla. – A San Fernando Valley-based sports agent has been convicted of smuggling five Cuban baseball players into the United States. Gus Dominguez, 48, was found guilty Thursday of nearly two dozen federal charges, including conspiracy, smuggling, transporting and harboring, court documents showed. His attorney, J. Stephen Salter, said he would appeal. Most of the charges carry a maximum of 10 years each in prison. Dominguez will remain out of jail on bond until his sentencing, set for July 9. Dominguez, who lives in a gated community in Chatsworth, helped organize two smuggling trips across the Florida Straits in 2004, federal prosecutors said. The first one failed; the second succeeded with the ballplayers reaching Big Pine Key. last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal garda who harassed a married female sergeant by sending her a Valentine’s Card, numerous emails and a friend request on Facebook has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Garda Donal Maguire (40), a married man with two children, had been warned by his superiors not to have any contact with the woman and was advised there would be consequences if the behaviour continued.The Irish Times reports he sent the emails via the garda Pulse system leading to him having his access revoked. He continued to try and contact the woman , despite giving an undertaking to stop and was ultimately transferred to another station. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the harassment impacted on the woman’s work and family life and caused her great stress. She felt physically sick, annoyed and concerned on receiving the communications from Garda Maguire. She was granted annual leave following the Facebook contact because her superiors believed she was not in “a fit position to do her work”.Garda Maguire (40), of Bundoran, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of harassing the woman at a location in Dublin on dates between February 18th and March 11th, 2012 and between August 1st, 2012 and February 4th, 2013.Two forensic psychiatrists told the trial that Garda Maguire was suffering from a mental disorder at the time and lacked the ability to form intent, as set out under the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006.DementiaThe jury heard that Garda Maguire had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which at his age was considered early onset dementia. The symptoms include erotomania, a delusion in which a person believes that another person, typically of a higher social status, is in love with them.The disorder also meant that Garda Maguire was increasingly inappropriate in his actions, had a loss of empathy, was unable to understand the impact of his behaviour, has a lack of judgment and an inability to inhibit his own actions as well as a lack of interest in his personal hygiene.The jury returned its verdict following an hour of deliberations. Judge Elma Sheahan thanked the jurors for their concentration during what she was an “unusual” trial.She said the court found that Garda Maguire was suffering from a mental disorder and committed him to the Central Mental Hospital. She ordered that the hospital provide the court with a report on June 27th so that “the appropriate steps can be taken”.Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, told the jury in opening the case that the fact Garda Maguire harassed the woman was not disputed but rather the jurors had to determine if he was suffering from a mental disorder at the time.The court heard that both Gda Maguire’s mother and his wife noticed a change in his behaviour from 2010, shortly after the birth of his first child, when he started making bizarre statements and laughing inappropriately.In his first referral to have it investigated, a psychiatrist noted that Garda Maguire had disorganised thinking and unusual speech.Detective Superintendent Walter O’Sullivan outlined the facts of the harassment to the jury. He agreed with Ronan Kennedy BL, defending that when Garda Maguire was interviewed in June 2013, he said he was infatuated with the woman and this was not reciprocated.He accepted that he had been warned to stop communicating with the sergeant but had continued contact despite this.DONEGAL GARDA WHO HARRASSED COLLEAGUE FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY was last modified: June 17th, 2016 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

Pinecrest, water district floats take key prizes

first_img Youth cheerleaders: Guidance Charter School, first; Lobo Youth, second; Palmdale High School, third. Youth drill teams: Antelope Valley High School Navy Junior ROTC, first; Littlerock High School Army Junior ROTC, second; Lancaster Unique Hi-Steppers, third. Youth, miscellaneous: Littlerock High School dance team, first; Panchuco Bike Club, second. Adult walking unit: ACS Youth Club, first; Palmdale Head Start, second. Adult miscellaneous: Antelope Valley Shrine Karts, first; Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association, second; Mine Bike Man, third. Religious small floats: Potter’s House, first. Noncommercial small floats: Reel Cowboys, first; Antelope Valley REACT Team C40, second; Antelope Valley College, third. Commercial small floats: Easy Really Network, first; A-1 Appliances, second. Youth groups small floats: Cub Scouts Pack 692, first; March 2000 Drum Corps and After-School Boxing Program, second; Guidance Charter School, third. Youth large floats: Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 737 and 767, first; Cub Scout Pack 164, second; Sea Scout Ship 11, third. Baton band majorettes: Quartz Hill High School, first; Challenger Middle School, second. Community queens: Lancaster, first; Palmdale, second; Rancho Vista, third. Equestrians, fancy: Showdown Rodeo Queens, first. Mounted: Antelope Valley 4-H Horse Committee, first; Sprint Vaulting Club, second; Volunteer Mounted Group, third. Decorated motor vehicle awards were announced as: Single antique: Antelope Valley Bank, first. Single classic: Ramon’s Automotive, first; High Desert Plan Room, second. Single special custom: La Prensa Popular, first; Impressions Apartments, second; Adelman Broadcasting, third. Single commercial: Salvation Army, first; Famous Dave’s, second; Latin American Club, third. Antique car club, up to 10 vehicles: Antelope Valley Region Antique Car Club, first. Special custom club, up to 10 vehicles: Drifting in Da Mix Car Club, first. Antique car club, over 10 vehicles: Viejitios Car Club, first. Classic car club, over 10 vehicles: Kings Car Club, first; High Desert Cruisers, second. Special custom car club, over 10 vehicles: Phun Time Cruisers, first; Keller Williams Realty – The Burton Team, second; High Desert 4 Wheelers, third. In the band review, Quartz Hill High School won the sweepstakes band award. The music sweepstakes award was won by Littlerock High School, which also won the sweepstakes auxiliary and sweepstakes drum major awards and took first in the High School Band Class B. Knight High School won the High School Class C award, and Highland High School took second in Class C. Other band review awards were announced as: Middle School Band: Tropico, first; Challenger, second; Piute, third. High School Auxiliary (open class): Antelope Valley, first; Knight, second; Quartz Hill, third. Middle School Auxiliary: Tropico, first; Challenger, second; Piute, third. High School Drum Major: Quartz Hill, first; Highland, second; Antelope Valley, third. Middle School Drum Major: Tropico, first; Challenger, second; Piute, third. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson won the chairman’s trophy at the Dec. 10 William J. “Pete” Knight Palmdale Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce. The Mayor’s Trophy went to Palmdale Water District’s float and the Queen’s Trophy to the Pinecrest School float. The Judge’s Trophy went to Girl Scout Troop 556 and Best of Theme went to Cub Scout Pack 695. The Sweepstakes Trophy went to Christian Life Assembly’s float. 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 Other parade winners, as announced by chamber officials, included: Color guard: Antelope Valley High School Navy Junior ROTC, first; Littlerock High School Junior ROTC, second; Antelope Valley Detachment 930 Marine Corps League, third. Youth walking unit: Cub Scout Pack 767, first; Boy Scouts of America Antelope Valley District, second; Knight High School cheerleaders, third. Youth marching unit: Antelope Valley High School Navy Junior ROTC, first; Littlerock High School Junior ROTC, second; Girl Scout Joshua Tree Council, third. Youth baton team: Sunsational Baton Twirlers, first. last_img read more

Bruce Named MVC Women’s Soccer Newcomer of the Week

first_imgBruce and her teammates will play in the MVC Tournament semifinals against UNI on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 as the Bulldogs look to win their second-ever MVC Tournament title. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS – Freshman Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team has been tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Newcomer of the Week, the MVC office announced Monday afternoon. Bruce, a forward, scored the game winner in Drake’s 1-0 win over Loyola in the regular season finale on Oct. 26. She scored with just over three minutes left in the first half as sophomore Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) sent a perfect cross from the edge of the 18-yard box that Bruce headed in for her second career goal. She played 32 minutes in the win and has played in 14 matches in her first season and along with her two goals has two assists.This is Bruce’s first career MVC weekly award and fourth for a Bulldog in 2017. Fellow freshman Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) has been MVC Newcomer of the Week three times this year.last_img read more


first_imgAlan, far right, pictured with his mum, dad and brothersTHE brother of hit-and-run victim Alan McSherry has appealed to his killer to go to Gardai.Terry McSherry was speaking after the funeral of Alan in Bundoran yesterday where hundreds of mourners heard glowing tributes to the 48-year-old who died on Sunday in a hit-and-run incident near his home.Alan’s brother Terry called on the car driver to come forward. Alan was found just after 5am on the Newtown Road 4kms from Bundoran by his wife Jo.“As a family we are appealing to whoever was in this car to come forward, the driver or his or her passengers if there were any,” said Terry McSherry.“Not only have those responsible ripped one family apart they have also have ripped the community of Bundoran apart.“They will never be able to live with themselves; the only way we will get closure is if they come forward.” Mr McSherry said his family and friends in both Bundoran, where Alan and Jo moved to 13 years ago, and in Birkenhead where he was originally from were left devastated by the death.Gardai are still searching for the car and its driver and the incident.It’s understood forensic experts are close to identifying the make and colour of the car which hit Alan.But Terry McSherry wants the driver to come forward.“He or she needs to give our family closure,” he said. PLEA TO KILLER: GIVE YOURSELF UP TO GARDAI was last modified: August 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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


first_imgGarda are studying CCTV footage after a popular hairdressing salon was broken into in Letterkenny on Friday night/Saturday morning.It is understood Gardai have a positive ID on the suspect after he was clearly caught on CCTV in the LK Hair Design and Beauty by Grainne premises.Considerable damage was caused to the salon at Crerand House, Larkin’s Lane and the thief even pulled a phone out of the wall. Support has been flowing in for the salon from the local business community and especially the hairdressing community in the town.The footage of the suspect is expected to be released later today. OUTRAGE AS MAN CAUGHT ON CCTV BREAKING INTO HAIRDRESSING SALON was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:break-indonegalletterkennyLK Hair Designlast_img read more

Why the Giants asked a Gold Glove-caliber defender to switch positions

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Three Giants infielders have won Gold Gloves, but the one starter who hasn’t isn’t exactly a defensive liability.First baseman Brandon Belt is considered one of the game’s top defenders at the position and even though he missed 50 games due to injury last year, Belt ranked second among all major league first baseman with 13 defensive runs saved in 2018.Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik all have hardware on their shelves to celebrate elite defensive seasons, and while …last_img read more