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LCP, Partners Assess ECAP & Pre-test Jingoes in New Kru Town

first_imgThe Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) and its partners on Tuesday conducted an assessment tour of Mercy Corps Ebola Community Action Projects (ECAP) and also pre-tested its ‘Ebola Must Go’ jingoes to be used as an effective way to create awareness in Ebola affected countries.The tour, video pre-testing, distribution of Anti- Ebola supplies and community engagement program were held in the Borough of New Kru Town with the aim of spreading Ebola awareness  through Jingoes and active community engagement to fight the virus.During the occasion,  Liberia Crusaders for Peace executive director, Amb. Juli Endee, 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, especially by listening to the music, drama and watching the movies.  She informed the gathering that partners working on the project include Shalom in Grand Bassa, EQUIP Liberia, ADII in Bong, Bomi and Montserrado and RHG-L in Bong and Montserrado.Although there has been a massive decline of infections in the country, there is need to work together to ensure that the virus is totally eradicated from our country, said Amb. Endee.She encouraged the residents of New Kru Town to work assiduously for the protection from and prevention of the virus in their community.Also speaking,  the program manager of EQUIP Liberia, Emmanuel N. Kemen, said the fight against the EVD is a national, international, family, community and individual issue that needs active community engagement.  This is the best approach to eradicate the Ebola virus from the country, he advised.The EQUIP executive said “Ebola is our common enemy, no matter who you are and where you come from.”Mercy Corps communications manager, Laura Keenan,  said Liberians are showing energy and creativity in the fight against the Ebola virus.She encouraged Liberians to continue the fight as complacency will lead to the recurrence of the virus.She thanked LCP for producing the jingoes which she described as an easy means to communicate with citizens.“Some of our people don’t read and write, but through the drama, movies and songs, they understand the meaning and do their best to keep safe,” the Mercy Corps boss asserted.For her part, the executive director of SHALOM Inc. Mrs. Pate K. Chon, said community initiative is very important because it helps residents to carry on the fight in their own communities.“Ebola is leaving Liberia with good sanitation habits.   Let us continue to abide by the preventive measures by washing our hands frequently, refraining from touching and engaging in  traditional practices,” she admonished.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Compare The Difference

first_imgWhen parents have a child in Finland, they don’t have to worry about a huge medical bill. In Liberia, the story is quite different.Can resource rich Liberia ever emulate the example of Finland a country not as richly endowed as Liberia?If the Finns can do it we also can. Zero tolerance to corruption not in words but in deeds can constitute the first steps. Liberia is the 90 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries, according to the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Rank in Liberia averaged 102.27 from 2005 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 150 in 2007 and a record low of 75 in 2012Finland is the 3 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries, according to the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Rank in Finland averaged 2.36 from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 6 in 2009 and a record low of 1 in 2000.The Finnish state strives to provide both mothers and fathers with meaningful social support before their child is even born – and perhaps not coincidentally, the parents the Guardian spoke with in Finland seemed significantly less stressed than their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic.When parents have a child in Finland, they don’t have to worry about a huge medical bill. A pregnant woman with no complications can expect to be seen between 11 to 15 times before giving birth for free, and the cost of having a baby is nominal.Meanwhile, in the US, a delivery alone costs an average $10,000, while a caesarean delivery costs over $15,000, according to the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP). On top of that, for the past 80 years, the Finnish state has also gifted parents with a “baby box”, filled with newborn essentials including a sleeping bag, mattress, outdoor gear, toiletries and playsuits – all in gender neutral colors, of course.While families can opt to receive €140 instead, 95% of first-timers take the goodies, as they are worth much more. The baby box has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world – it saw only 1.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015, compared with the states’ strikingly high rate of 5.82 – not because of the bed itself, but because pregnant women must have a checkup before the end of their fourth month of pregnancy to receive it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Pomeroy Hotel getting ready for the 17th Annual Wedding Show

first_imgAmong the typical trade show feature of 40 local vendors, the event is also featuring three different fashion shows which will incorporate prom dresses, bridal party dresses, and of course, wedding dresses.Unforgettable Memories Foto Souce and the Flower Hut are also joining in and are hosting two new seminars, sharing tips to make that special day even better.The Wedding Show is running Sunday October 5, 2014 at the Pomeroy Hotel from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- Advertisement -Tickets are now on sale for $20.00 a piece and can be found on the Wedding Show’s official website or by calling Moose FM at 250 787 7100.Special thanks are going out to the many sponsors of the event, including 30 Minute Hit, Michael So Jewellery, Unforgettable Memories Foto Source, The Flower Hut, and Systems Sound Source of the North, Sun FM and Moose FM.For more information about the Fort St. John Wedding Show, contact Adam Reaburn at 250 787 7100 or email read more

Jose sacking part of my history now -Shaqiri

first_imgMourinho was sacked the following Tuesday, leaving Shaqiri inundated with messages as to his influence over the club’s decision.Shaqiri told The Guardian: “I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened.“There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes.“I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager.“There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.”Shaqiri is hoping to start against Wolves on Friday night, adding: “Every player wants to play, that’s pretty normal.“Every player is unhappy when he’s on the bench, that’s pretty normal too. But it’s football, only 11 players can start and the coach has his game-plan for each game.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Xherdan Shaqiri is getting a lot of slack for his role in Jose Mourinho’s dismissal as Manchester United manager.The former Stoke City attacker was a second-half substitute at Anfield and came on to good effect with two goals for a 3-1 win to put Liverpool back on top of the Premier League and 19 points ahead of United.last_img read more

Drake Road Races Announces New Race Partnership for 2019

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 51st edition of the Drake Road Races will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, featuring a new registration platform, cutting edge timing services, and race management, all provided by new partner, EnMotive, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Thursday, Oct. 11. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Relays Road Races 51st anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved technical shirt and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits. To help celebrate the partnership, prices for all three races will be 50 percent off when registration officially opens on Tuesday, Oct. 23. This exclusive discount includes the half marathon, 10k and 5k with all three races finishing in the stadium Saturday, April 20. The Drake Road Races will kick off the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, which includes a full week of events for the 110th running of America’s Athletic Classic. The date also allows every competitor to be one of the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval with all three races again finishing inside Drake Stadium.   “Joe has led at some of the most high profile running events in Chicago and many others across the country.” Boldon added, “More than that, he went to college in Iowa and his family is in the Des Moines area so we’re excited to bring him back to contribute to our running community. I’m excited to see what Joe and his team will accomplish alongside Dan Hostager, Drake Relays Assistant Director, who helped improve and grow the event in 2018.”center_img “EnMotive is excited to be part this iconic, historic road race. Des Moines is a city near and dear to me, and I am looking forward to helping take the Drake Road Races to the next level,” said Race Director Joe Vryhof, who has local ties to Des Moines and brings years of experience in the running events industry, along with recent experience working with some of the biggest events in the country. “This year will be a step forward, as we incorporate new technology and race solutions to elevate the participant experience. From to live results, to on-site dynamic check-in and more exciting announcements yet to come, we’re confident that runners will notice an improved experience across the board.”  “The participant experience has always been a hallmark of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. This new partnership elevates the experience at the Drake Road Races to the top of industry standards,” Boldon said. “The event will stay true to its 51 year history and we’ll use the same fast 5k, 10k and half marathon courses that finished on the iconic Blue Oval last year. This year will be filled with exciting updates and innovation for our participants while keeping the same low price structure introduced last year.” Registration is 50 percent off only on Oct. 23 with discounted prices set as follows:  5k- $20, 10k – $30 and half marathon – $40. Registration information will be available at Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Flood relief funding announcement is ‘bittersweet’ for excluded communities – Doherty

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today welcomed the announcement that a number of flood mitigation and relief projects across Donegal have been given the green light.The confirmation was made by Minister of State for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, at the official unveiling of the state’s risk management plan introduced to deal with some of the areas worst affected by flooding and compiled in response to the CFRAM flood mapping study conducted by the Office of Public Works.However, the Donegal TD has said that news of the plans is a ‘bittersweet’ moment, acknowledging that those communities excluded from the programme will be understandably disappointed today. Reacting to this morning’s announcement, Deputy Doherty said: “I welcome the confirmation from Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran this morning that a number of badly needed flood relief and mitigation projects have been granted funding by the Department and will now proceed to construction.“I understand that amongst the project’s given the green light include a dedicated scheme for Downings, with €870,000 being made available immediately to bring the project forward and this is to be overseen by the local authority.“Near Lifford, €5.94 million has been approved for a major scheme which will be used to go on now for detailed design, however I will be seeking clarity from the Minister on the specifics of this scheme including whether or not the Finn Valley basin, including the Castelfinn area, will stand to benefit.“The plan also makes an allocation to a scheme in Glenties to enable the council to progress the local scheme there which aims to tackle harsh flooding in the area. “And Kerrykeel will also receive money under today’s package for a minor scheme with the Minister’s office having advised me that funding for the project will be made available immediately.“I will also be seeking clarity from the Minister on what is being planned for Burnfoot, where flooding is also a major issue as no further details have been given to my office as yet in relation to the town.“As many people will be aware, the Minister visited the county last October at my request and this meant that communities across Donegal that are most affected by flooding and coastal erosion had the opportunity to press upon him the need to introduce local measures aimed at resolving the problem.“Since his visit, I have been regularly making representations on behalf of these communities and have sought updates from the Minister on a fortnightly basis in an effort to keep these badly needed schemes on the agenda.“However, I think it’s also important to acknowledge that a number of communities will be understandably disappointed and angry this morning after having learned that their local scheme will not be funded as part of the capital programme. “I too share their frustration and I fully understand that flooding in all communities has a devastating impact on the many homes, businesses, farms and community facilities that have experienced episodes of flooding over recent years.“I pledge to continue to make representations on their behalf and to support their calls for further schemes, flood relief works and other mitigation measures are introduced in communities worst affected by flood waters.”Earlier today, Minister Joe McHugh said that an announcement on a programme of works for Burnfoot will be made separately in the next four weeks.Minister McHugh said: “While the major relief programme for Burnfoot is not included in this section of the nationwide CFram plan, I understand that experts in the Office of Public Works are continuing to analyse the best options on a scheme to minimise flood risk there and they have been on site with Donegal County Council in recent weeks.” Flood relief funding announcement is ‘bittersweet’ for excluded communities – Doherty was last modified: May 3rd, 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:Burnfootcframflood reliefFLOODINGOPWPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Plenty of Klamath salmon left to catch

first_imgThe Labor Day weekend is typically the busiest weekend of the fall season on the Klamath River. And this year was no exception. The river was crowded, with plenty of boats and bank anglers trying to land the prized king salmon. Here’s what we know after the dust has settled. The Klamath “spit area”, which is within 100 yards of the channel through the sand spit formed at the Klamath River mouth, closed to fishing as ofMonday, Sept. 3 at 11:59 p.m.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife …last_img read more

SA pair for south pole record

first_imgVilane and Harris are no strangers to extreme feats. In 2003 Vilane became the first black African ever to summit Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. And in 2005 Harris completed the “seven summits” – successfully climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents – becoming the second South African to do so. Before setting out, Harris said he and Vilane will complete the Antarctic trip by themselves, with no assistance: there will be nobody carrying supplies or rigging tents for them. The two mountaineering partners have been preparing themselves physically and mentally to drag sleds weighing 130 kilograms behind them for 1 200 kilometres. “We won’t use wind power, dogs or anything else to get us there, it’s the purest form of getting to the South Pole,” Harris said. “Our target is to cover at least 20km a day, and any mileage lost in a day would have to be made up or one would run the risk of running out of supplies.” He pointed out that Antarctica generated much of the bad weather in the southern hemisphere, and storms there could be fierce. “We will only have five days worth of emergency fuel and food; our success on this challenge will be in the balance if a storm lasts longer than that,” Harris said.Lows of -40° Celsius The two men have spent almost a year training for the trek, where they will have to brave extreme conditions – they will start their journey with temperatures of around -8° Celsius at the edge of the Antarctic continent, dropping to -20° for most of the trip and even reaching lows of -40° as they near the pole. In December 2006 the pair made a trip to Antarctica, where Vilane was introduced to the area for the first time, giving him a chance to acclimatise. Training has been ongoing since then, with the team dragging tyres requiring a pulling force of 30-40kg every second day, covering a distance of about 17 kilometres per training session. As with any extreme venture, both men anticipate some tension, but having spent 70 days together in a tent on Mount Everest they are confident that they have the maturity and heart to handle it. “This is not going to be any easy task to fulfil, but we are confident enough that we will conquer the journey,” Vilane said.Useful linksSibusiso VilaneAlex HarrisSeven Summitslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 11, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the nearby forecast this morning, but we are looking at a wetter outlook for the last half of the 10 day period. Once rain starts tomorrow night and early Thursday, we have only 1 fully dry day statewide through the end of next week! Basically, we are seeing the pattern pulling moisture ahead out of the extended period into the last part of our 10 day window.  Today looks sunny and nice. Temps will be a little warmer than yesterday but will still be only normal to a bit below normal for the state. We should see good south breezes kick up again, which will allow for excellent dry down conditions. We keep dry weather in here through tomorrow as well, at least for daytime hours. However, we do expect sun to give way to increasing clouds through the day. Our next chance of rain arrives tomorrow night with scattered showers that linger through Thursday. Rain totals will end up being from .05”-.25” overnight tomorrow night, and then an additional .1”-.5” for Thursday with total coverage for the event at 75%. That coverage is slightly higher this morning than our forecast yesterday. We are dry with mostly sunny skies for Friday.  Clouds increase on Saturday and rains return. We see showers developing in the afternoon and evening, producing a few hundredths to .4”. This is just the beginning. On Sunday, through the daytime hours, we have showers triggering rain totals of .25”-.75”, and then another round of showers and thunderstorms overnight that bring an additional .25”-1”. Coverage of the rain Sunday and Sunday night will be nearly 90%. Monday features more showers, but with minor rain totals this time, from .1”-.5” and 80% coverage. Rain and thunderstorms for Tuesday bring 25”-1”. Next Wednesday likely starts with a mix of clouds and sun, but then scattered shows return in the afternoon and evening. These showers give .1”-.9” and 70% coverage. Then rain and thunderstorms will hit all areas for next Thursday, totaling .25”-1”. The map at right shows rain totals through the coming 10 days.  For the extended period, we see partly sunny skies for next Friday 21st from I-70 north, but still may see some scattered showers and thunderstorms moving south across the state from I-70 southward. Clouds mix with sunshine for Saturday the 22nd, and then scattered showers are back for Sunday the 23rd south of I-70 again. Finally, some drier weather arrives for the last 3 days of the extended forecast period, for Monday the 24th through Wednesday the 26th. However, with all the rain ahead of that period, there is no way we really can do anything with just 3 days of dry weather back to back. We will need more.  Temperatures do not get hot at all over the next two weeks. Any warming push will get us near to perhaps slightly above normal, but in general, we are looking at normal to below normal temps on average through most of the rest of the month.last_img read more

Resources for Green Affordable Housing

first_imgRecently, I have been able to work with the director of Enterprise Green Communities, Trisha Miller, on some local policy conversations. I think I have been roped in because of my extensive work with the public realm through NSP.I talk with so many of you NSP grantees who would build a much more robust green program if you could. You have listed many reasons as to why the “powers-that-be” will not accept your ideas of a more robust green agenda. Well, for this blog, I would like to point you to two resources you will find helpful in strategizing your approach for change:1) Enterprise’s Green Affordable Housing Policy Toolkit2) Green Housing Development Guide on the HUD NSP Resource ExchangeBoth of these documents are helpful to structure your process and to create your strategy for approaching the “powers-that-be” in your department or organization. The first document is a policy guide, and while you may not recognize right away how it can be helpful, give it a chance. Read through it with an open mind and then apply what you learn to your specific situation. The players in the document, and even the product type may be different, but trust me, will help you.The second document will help you with casual conversations around cost and benefit of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, or parts of the Criteria. The NSP Resource Exchange toolkit is based on portions of the 2008 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, and lucky for you the toolkit is directly related to the work you are already undertaking. I would say that while the documents in the toolkit are useful, it would be more helpful if you could do a little local research on the cost of the typical materials you are using. Remember, real estate is local – that includes construction!Hope you find these resources helpful! Reach out to me if you have any questions or have other suggestions for folks out there struggling with changing perception…My Best,Amylast_img read more

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