The Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) and its partners last Saturday launched an Ebola Community Action Platform (E-CAP) project in Gbarnga, Bong County with a call for concerted efforts from citizens to fight the deadly virus.Launching the program, Deputy Minister for Research Planning & Development at the Ministry of Health, Yah Zoila, said Liberians must continue their efforts to fight against the virus which has claimed over 3000 lives in the country.Though there has been a considerable decline of infections in the country, “we need to work together to see to it that the virus is totally eradicated from our country,”Ms. Zoila said.She encouraged over 500 participants attending the program to ensure the prevention of the virus in their communities.Also speaking, the program manager at EQUIP Liberia, Emmanuel N. Kemen, said grassroots community engagement is the best approach to educate Liberians about eradicating the Ebola virus from the country.He added: “As a lead agency in the E-CAP program, EQUIP-Liberia is committed to building the capacity of grassroot and national organizations to improve community health and effectively address crosscutting community development challenges in Liberia.”The EQUIP executive called on Liberians to focus on eliminating the virus from the country and do away with stigmatization, rejection and discrimination against those who have survived the virus.Speaking through an interpreter, Daikpanah Chief Flomo Barror assured Liberians of the commitment of chiefs and elders of the country to spread the message of prevention and control in the respective areas under their supervision.He said: “On behalf of all the chiefs and elders of Liberia we are happy for this important launch in Gbarnga and we want to assure you we will do our part to ensure that this deadly Ebola virus disease is driven out of our country.”The launching program was marked by a parade through Gbarnga and climaxed with an in-house program at the Administrative Building.Meanwhile, Crusaders for Peace Executive Director Madam Julie Endee said the cost of the E-CAP project is US$12million, funded by USAID and developed by Mercy Corps, Liberia.She said: “The US$12 million is not coming to the Crusaders for Peace. We are just a partner in implementing what the money is being used for which is to ensure that the virus leaves Liberia.”Madam Endee added that the campaign is spread out among various organizations for implementation in seven of Liberia’s fifteen counties. They are Bong, Nimba, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, and Lofa.Moreover, she said community engagement is crucial to ensure that people in all corners of Liberia remain vigilant and know what to do in the case of an outbreak.She explained that partners working on the project are Shalom in Grand Bassa, ADII in Bong, Bomi and Montserrado and RHG-L in Bong and Montserrado.Other partners are Taruma Aid International in Nimba, Give Them Hope in Nimba, AFROMD in Bong and Montserrado, CHANOL in Bong and EQUIP Liberia in Montserrado and Nimba Counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Is Olivier Giroud Right? England’s Most Successful Clubs Of The Past Ten Years It didn’t take Olivier Giroud long to find his feet at Stamford Bridge 1 However, Giroud says this was never a realistic possibility in the summer transfer window.“It did not go as far as we could say,” he explained to L’Equipe.“There was really a contact [from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this summer.“I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was not the time to pack my bags again three months later.“For me, Chelsea is the top club in England, the one that has won the most titles over the last ten years.“I am where I wanted to be. So why leave?” Olivier Giroud has responded to reports that he was close to leaving Chelsea this summer by claiming he currently plays for “the top club in England.”The former Arsenal man joined the Blues in January 2018, but was linked with a quick return to France just a few months later. Giroud spent six years at Arsenal, and won three FA Cups with the club.Within his first six months at Chelsea, he won the trophy once again.The 32-year-old will now be looking to push on under new manager Maurizio Sarri, who appears to favour him over Alvaro Morata as the team’s first-choice striker.In the past ten years, Chelsea have been the most successful club in the Premier League having won ten major honours, Manchester United are second with eight, while Man City sit third with seven. 4. Arsenal – 3 Major Honours3. Manchester City: 7 Major Honours2. Manchester United: 8 Major Honours1. Chelsea: 10 Major Honours
Antarctica is the most southern, coldest, windiest, highest and most remote of the world’s six continents. A land mass almost completely covered in ice, it has no permanent inhabitants. But since the 1940s scientists have established stations on the continent to study the wildlife, the ice and the stars of the southern hemisphere.South Africa was a staging post for some of the voyages made during the heroic era of Antarctic exploration in the years before the First World War, and the country’s direct involvement began in the 1950s.June 2005 marked the 45th anniversary of the first South African National Antarctic Expedition (Sanae) team to spend a sunless winter on the Antarctic ice.The South African Antarctic Programme (Sanap) aims to increase our understanding of the natural environment and life in the area through research, science and technology.The work is done at the Sanae base on Antarctica itself, as well as on the Prince Edward Islands (including Marion Island and Prince Edward Island), Gough Island and in parts of the Southern Ocean.Two government departments are involved: the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is responsible for science research, while the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism handles logistics.Much of the South African effort on Antarctica is to protect this resource for future generations, and for the environmental health of the entire planet.“Not only is this region a huge living laboratory, but it may hold the key to stopping global climate change, planetary weather and untainted biology,” says Dr Tshepo Seekoe, manager of DST’s science platforms unit.South Africa’s Antarctic research focuses on the geosciences, physical sciences, life sciences, the impact of human presence in Antarctica, and the history, sociology and politics of SA’s long-term presence in the region.Karoo rock in the AntarcticSouth Africa’s connection with Antarctica dates to early Cretaceous times, some 115 million years ago, when the land masses which today make up Africa and Antarctica formed the Gondwana supercontinent.From Springs in Gauteng to Antarctica, scientist Pieter Wolmarans discovers the real meaning of cold (Photo: Struan Cockcroft, SA Agency for Science & Technology Advancement)Continental drift eventually caused Gondwana to break into the continents we have today. Curiously, this means South Africa’s current Antarctic base, Sanae IV, is perched atop a gigantic outcrop of Karoo dolerite – almost 5 000 kilometres from home.SA’s direct involvement began when meteorologist Hannes la Grange took part in the first successful Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1955 to 1958. La Grange went on to lead the first Sanae expedition, which established a permanent South African presence on the continent in 1960.The Sanae 1 team took over Norway Station in Queen Maud Land, some 4 000km south of Cape Town, after the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition vacated it. A new base, Sanae I, was constructed in 1962, with Sanae II being completed in 1971 and Sanae III in 1979. Sanae III was used until the end of 1994.The South African Antarctic basesUnlike the first three bases, which were built on the Fimbulisen Ice Shelf, Sanae IV is some 200 kilometres inland on the continent itself. It has an entirely new design, standing above the surface on a nunatak or rocky outcrop known as Vesleskarvet.The base was commissioned in 1997, with Sanae 36 being the first team to overwinter there.Sanae IV is a well-resourced facility for the observation of natural phenomena occurring in the cosmos, in the atmosphere or the electromagnetic field surrounding the earth, as well as in the crust of the earth itself.The aurora australis or southern lights light up the Antarctic sky behind the Sanae IV base (Photo: Beneke de Wet, SA Agency for Science & Technology Advancement)Auroras, solar winds and the ozone layer are some of the subjects of this research, which has direct relevance to the world’s navigation and communication systems. Geological investigations help unravel the evolution of Gondwanaland, while meteorological and oceanographic observations provide clues to the process of climate change.South Africa also maintains a base on Marion Island in the Southern Ocean, just over 2 000km southeast of Cape Town. Marion Island and Prince Edward Island, twin peaks of a volcano, form the Prince Edward Islands group. The islands were annexed by South Africa in 1947.Plans are afoot for a major marine protected area around the Prince Edward Islands. This will be one of the largest areas of its kind in the world and will be patrolled by the 83-metre environmental protection vessel, the Sarah Baartman.Gough Island is a British protectorate and is largely uninhabited, except for the people at the South African meteorological station, which operates as part of an agreement between South Africa and the UK.SanapSouth Africa is one of the 12 original signatories to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, which now has some 45 member nations. According to the treaty, all military activities on the continent are prohibited, scientific investigation and cooperation are encouraged and territorial claims are placed on hold indefinitely.The treaty declares Antarctica to be a “natural reserve devoted to peace and science”. All activities on the continent are subject to strict environmental management.Sanap plays a crucial role in conserving this living laboratory – the coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth. Studies done in the Antarctic are closely linked to our understanding of the entire Earth system; signals in Antarctica indicate past and future global changes.Sanap helps safeguard the environment of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean and protect the integrity of ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, in the region.Funding of Antarctic research has come a long way since the Royal Society of South Africa presented a token £25 to Robert F Scott towards scientific work on his 1913 expedition to Antarctica.South Africa’s funding of research connected to the Antarctic received a 30% boost in 2004/2005, and the Department of Environmental Affairs has committed itself to increasing its annual funding to R10-million in the near future.Research opportunitiesThe year 2005 has seen some exciting additions to the research opportunities offered by Sanap. The research community has been challenged to thrash out creative ideas and new directions.Researchers in the social sciences (politics, international relations, and sociologists), humanities (literary studies, visual arts and cultural studies), law (Law of the Sea) as well as engineering can now participate in Sanap. The new research themes for Sanap are:Antarctica: a window into geospace.Climate variability: past, present and future.Biodiversity responses to earth system variability.Engineering a sustainable presence in Antarctica.The history, sociology and politics of Antarctic research and exploration.As a biodiversity hotspot, scientific activities in Antarctica, the islands and the Southern Ocean have never been more exciting, with research opportunities presented by:The controversial issues of tourism, krill harvesting, bioprospecting and mining;The avenues for law research;The possibility of a virtual national facility or Antarctic institute;The opportunities offered by competitive advantage;The threat of pollution;Research into other human impacts; andPlans to draw industry into the Sanap equation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) will be spending more than R 30 million in the new financial year starting on 1st of April 2017, as part of an effort to transform the home building industry.Addressing the NHBRC Transformation Charter launch, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Ms Zou Kota-Fredericks, said transformation and economic empowerment must be driven aggressively in the home building environment.“It is critical to note that the radical economic transformation programme is not a stand-alone programme as it has no special budget and should be an integral part of each and every department and all entities of government. It calls on all of us to revisit the Preferential Procurement Act so as to respond adequately to this issue.”The launch was hosted in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) as part of the 2017 International Women’s Day celebrations.NHBRC Acting Chairperson of Council, Ms Julieka Bayat said one of the biggest challenges in achieving an effective transformation programme in the industry is the lack of adequate skills and we will be investing most of this money in the upskilling our most vulnerable groups: Women, Youth, People living with Disabilities and Military Veterans.“Women are particularly under-represented with respect to ownership, control and the management of companies involved in the housing value chain as well as in terms of technical skills. Also, the high unemployment rate, especially of our youth has heightened the need for us to aggressively pursue transformation of the sector so as to create self-employment opportunities,” said Bayat.The NHBRC’s transformation charter seeks to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal economic opportunities in the human settlements value chain. The expectation is that participation of vulnerable groups will be optimised.“As the NHBRC we believe that our transformation charter will assist us in unlocking obstacles to and the effective participation by the identified groupings, it further asserts measureable goals for us to achieve on the road to a radically transformed home building industry” she said.We also wish to demonstrate our support towards government’s efforts of promoting social and economic transformation.For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molebogeng Taunyane on 011 317 0070/ 082 646 8663 or email email@example.com
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Suspected militants killed a civilian in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday, second such killing in the past 24 hours. Preliminary reports suggest that militants alighted at Shopian’s Pinjora area and fired upon advocate Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan. He succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.Khan, who was a public prosecutor, contested assembly polls in 2014 and is considered close to National Conference.On Saturday, Bashir Ahmad Dar, considered close to ruling Peoples Democratic Party, was shot dead in Pulwama district.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee (right) and Meralco’s Cliff Hodge battle for possession in Sunday’s PBA main game at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZMeralco certainly didn’t like the way things ended a year ago after Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee finished their championship series with a game-winning three at the buzzer.Eager to get back at their tormentor, the Bolts downed the Gin Kings, 93-78, on sustained grit and hustle before an unfriendly crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo In a rematch of last year’s finals of the PBA Governors Cup, Allen Durham efficiently worked in the lane and neutralized the damage that Ginebra’s twin towers of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar could possibly inflict as the Bolts again won with authority for the second consecutive game this conference.Last year’s Best Import lit up the stat sheets with 30 points, 24 rebounds and eight assists and got contributions from the energetic crew of Chris Newsome, Jared Dillinger and Cliff Hodge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe turning point came when the Bolts engineered a huge run in the third quarter, building as many as 19 before settling with a 15-point cushion that they protected until the final buzzer.Brownlee hardly contributed to turn the tide around and obviously wasn’t in his element in the opening match of the Kings, who are bidding for a back-to-back championship in the season-ending conference. Earlier, Star capitalized on Blackwater’s misery and opened their campaign with an emphatic 103-86 win.The Elite couldn’t nail their shots from afar and got roughed up in the lane. Worse, the team’s most consistent performer, import Trevis Simpson, was plagued by an injury at a time they needed him most.Simpson crumpled to the floor with almost a full quarter to go and the Hotshots wasted no time in dealing the lethal blows as center Ian Sangalang and PJ Simon conspired for the finishing kick.MERALCO 93—Durham 30, Dillinger 17, Newsome 16, Hodge 10, Amer 8, Hugnatan 5, Nabong 4, Lanete 3, Caram 0, Chua 0, Atkins 0, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0.GINEBRA 78—Tenorio 16, Slaughter 14, Brownlee 13, Thompson 9, Mercado 8, Aguilar 6, Ellis 6, Marcelo 4, Taha 2, Mariano 0, Devance 0, Caguioa 0.Quarters: 21-32, 43-45, 72-57, 93-78ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ceres-Negros extends winning run at home turf View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes