Insurance Manager Lauds Gov’t for Upholding Policy

first_imgThe general manager of the Insurance Company of Africa (ICA), Samuel Mintah, has lauded the efforts of government for the exercise that makes all vehicles properly road worthy across the country in keeping with the insurance policy.Mr. Mintah gave the commendation recently when he spoke to journalists at his Tubman Boulevard office.He indicated that the Compulsory Third Party Policy was a welcome development because it will help take care of most problems arising from accident.According to him, the policy was initiated by the late Liberian leader, William R. Tolbert in 1972, but for political reasons, the policy, he said was not adhere to neither was it enforced.“We are excited today since the government has come out with this strong policy in ensuring that all vehicles plying major streets are insured,”Mr. Mintah also said that he was happy that the government has finally come to realize the importance of the compulsory insurance policy in Liberia.He said that if a vehicle, which is subject to mandatory motor third party liability insurance, causes a car accident, the property damage and personal injury caused to the injured party will be compensated for, as well as the medical treatment expenses of the party at fault.Also in an interview with our business desk, Amos Kromah, a taxi driver, also explained that the insurance policy is good idea by the government which will enable the country generate revenues, but was skeptical as to the education of the public to grasp the sense of the policy. According to him, they are not refusing to register their vehicles, but want the government “reason” with them.He also called on government to look into the matter and come out with another measure which will be beneficiaries to the both parties.He added that if nothing is done about the process, he foresees pedestrians sleeping in the streets because of the lack of vehicles to take them to their various destinations at the end of the day.He concluded by saying that Liberia is trying to move to international standard but the government must learned how to pass on information properly to its citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Gov’t Provides Anti-Ebola Training for Police

first_imgA team from the Louisiana State University has arrived in the country to hold a three-week intensive anti Ebola seminar for over 500 officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).The seminar which is ongoing at the LNP Headquarters is made possible through the States Department, of the US Government to train first respondents of the police to the Ebola crisisThe three-man team is headed by Jason Krause, Director of Operations National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, based in the State of Louisiana, the United States of America.The team is specialized in biological incidents, Food and Agriculture Incidents and Haznat. Speaking at the opening of the Seminar the head of the Louisiana medical team Jason Krause, said the team is in the country to provide more practical training for selected officers of the Liberia National Police as they respond to the Ebola outbreak in the country.He concluded that the training was significant for the officers and will further put them in a more suitable condition not to contract and spread the disease.The three weeks training will look at protective measures such as Wearing personal protective Equipment when in the vicinity of infected patients or potentially infected material or surfaces and will also focus on the “DO NOT” such as not to touch infected persons without proper PPE, and not handle tissues, bodily fluids, or clothing from infected person without proper protective Equipment.   Since the outbreak of the Ebola the United States Government has made several gestures of anti-Ebola materials to the Liberia National Police, to include PPE, Chloride, and Chorine, Facemask, Eye Protection, Respiratory Protection , Gloves  and hand sensitizer among others.Speaking on behalf of the LNP, the Director of Police for Administration Col. William K. Mulbah lauded the Government of the United States of America for the much assistance they have rendered the police in the midst of the Ebola crisis which he said has claimed the lives of over five police officers.The LNP Deputy Director said, the police was grateful  for the numerous support it continue to get from the Americans ,  directed towards re- building the  capacity of the police and promised that with such knowledge the LNP was prepared to increase its fight against the spread of the virus.He cautioned officers attending the training program to take it seriously while they are actively engaged with the EBOLA fight.The officers attending the seminar are drawn from the Crime Services Division, Patrol, Police Support Unit, ERU, Traffic etc.The Liberia National Police have been seriously involved with the fight against the spread of EVD since its outbreak by the deploying officers to key medical instillations around the country. The police involvement has also covered the escorting of health workers and body removal teams into various communities.Recently the Liberia National Police launched a massive “Ebola Awareness Campaign” in Dolo Town Margibi County where several items were donated to the residents during their time of quarantined.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PREVAIL I Ebola Vaccine Study Results Published

first_imgDr. Stephen B. KennedyTest Vaccines Produce Year-Long Immune Response in Most Study ParticipantsResults from PREVAIL I—a large Ebola vaccine study that enrolled more than a thousand Liberians at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia during the first few months of 2015— have been published in the October 12th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.  The results show that the two test vaccines, cAd3-EBOZ and rVSV-ZEBOV, pose no major safety concerns and can produce immune responses within one month after vaccination that last for at least one year.The study was the first to be conducted by the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia, or PREVAIL.  PREVAIL operates under the umbrella of a Joint Liberia-U.S. Clinical Research Partnership established in 2014 to assist Liberia develop vaccines and therapeutics to tackle Ebola.From February 2 through April 30, 2015, PREVAIL enrolled 1,500 men and women ages 18 and older in the study.  Enrollees had no reported history of Ebola virus disease.  The participants were divided at random into three groups of 500 each.  One group received one test vaccine, the second group the other test vaccine, and the third group received a placebo (saltwater injection).  It was important to include the placebo so that the research team could, compare how well the test vaccines worked.Participants gave blood samples before vaccination and again at one week, one month, six months, and one year post-vaccination. The study team tested each of these samples for infection-fighting antibodies against the Ebola virus.  After one week, only modest levels of antibodies were seen with both vaccines.  However, by one month, 71 percent of cAd3-EBOZ recipients and 84 percent of rVSV-ZEBOV recipients developed an antibody response compared with three percent of placebo recipients.  At one year, the antibody responses were largely maintained in both groups: 64 percent of cAd3-EBOZ recipients and 80 percent of rVSV-ZEBOV recipients had antibody response compared with seven percent of placebo recipients.Some participants who received the test vaccines had temporary mild to moderate side effects, including headaches, muscle pain, fever and fatigue.  Overall, no major safety concerns related to the vaccines were identified.“We were extremely thankful to have enrolled more than a thousand Liberian volunteers into the trial so quickly and to have more than 98 percent of those who enrolled return for their follow-up visits during the year,” says Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy, senior research scientist at the UL-PIRE Africa Center, an infectious disease research center based at the University of Liberia, and Co-Principal Investigator of the study.  “The study was a true collaboration with the people of Liberia who participated and made it a success.  To each and every one of them, we extend our deep gratitude.”PREVAIL conducts collaborative biomedical research in accordance with best practices, to advance science, strengthen health policy and practice, and improve the health of Liberians and people worldwide.“We cannot succeed in the fight against Ebola unless we identify primary prevention tools.  Through PREVAIL, we are developing vaccines and therapeutics in our region that can help Liberians and the rest of the world,“ said Tolbert Nyenswah, Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of PREVAIL.The PREVAIL I study will continue to follow for several years those who had enrolled into the study to determine the long term benefits of the vaccines.  The co-leaders of the study are Dr. Kennedy; Fatorma Bolay, PhD, Director, Division of Biomedical and Public Health Research at NPHIL; and Dr. H. Clifford Lane, Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which sponsored the study in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health (MoH).“By developing research capacity and infrastructure to answer questions about Ebola and other infectious disease that are threats to global health, PREVAIL has become a successful model for the implementation of clinical trials during health outbreaks in resource-constrained environments,” noted Dr. Kennedy.The cAd3-EBOZ vaccine candidate was co-developed by NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), while rVSV-ZEBOV, initially engineered by scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada, is now licensed to Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., (Merck). GSK and Merck provided the test vaccines for the study, according to a release yesterday. Reference: SB Kennedy et al. Phase 2 placebo-controlled trial of 2 vaccines to prevent Ebola in Liberia. New England Journal of Medicine 10.1056/NEJMoa1614067 (2017).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Sudan sent packing after Uganda maul

first_imgUganda plays Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes in their final group match on Sunday while a day later, Burundi plays eliminated South Sudan. Ethiopia can cause a surprise and sneak into the last four if they beat Uganda which will ultimately mean the Cranes are eliminated if Burundi win.Having failed to hit the back of the net in the opener against Burundi, Uganda came in with all guns blazing and were already 2-0 up after 10 minutes.Milton Kalisa opened the scoring in the eight minute before Hood Kaweesa who had started ahead of Allan Katterega made it 2-0. Atak Luak Wol gave Soyth Sudan some hopes of fighting for something in the game, but it was short lived.Nsibambi scored the first of his two in the 27th minute with a venomous drive from outside the box as the Cranes went into the break comfortably with a two-goal cushion.The Kampala City Council forward completed his brace 10 minutes after the restart flicking in a corner at the near post while right back Nico Wadada made it six with three minutes left with a solo drive from deep his own half before pulling an unstoppable shot.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uganda Cranes forward Hood Kaweesa advances against South Sudanese markers in a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8- South Sudan have become the second team after Rwanda to bow out of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after losing 5-1 to defending champions Uganda Cranes who moved top of Group B with the emphatic display at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Friday.Derrick Nsibambi struck twice for the Cranes as they went top albeit on goal difference, toppling Burundi who were 4-1 winners over Ethiopia on Thursday.last_img read more

‘He’s going to be world class!’ Man United fans excited about starlet

first_img1 Andreas Pereira Pre-season has given a young star the chance to shine for Manchester United and they could well profit as Andreas Pereira stole the show in the Red Devils’ latest game.SEE ANDREAS PEREIRA’S HIGHLIGHTS HEREThe Brazil Under-20 star was on the fringes at Old Trafford last season but looks like he could be ready to make an impact on the first-team.A good display against Club America was followed up with a star showing in the second half against San Jose Earthquakes, which also saw him grab a rare headed goal, which has left fans quite excited.Even manager Louis van Gaal couldn’t resist praising him.“The one highlight was Pereira,” said the Dutchman.You can see how fans reacted to Andreas Pereiera’s display below…last_img read more


first_imgKenny: Must intervene, says MEPPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has called on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to intervene on the issue of the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy.This will see the introduction of a discriminatory tax by the British government on Irish hauliers using Northern Irish roads from the 1st of April.Mr. Gallagher specifically has urged the Taoiseach “to convene an emergency meeting of the North South Ministerial Council in order for Northern Ireland to be exempted from the HGV Road User Levy”. Pat the Cope stated “The North South Ministerial Council was established following the Good Friday Agreement, to develop cooperation within the island of Ireland on economic matters including transport. It is vitally important that the Government uses this body which was established to resolve issues such as this. Furthermore, I believe that the UK authorities must take into consideration the funding being provided by the Irish taxpayer for road developments in Northern Ireland, as part of the Good Friday Peace agreement.”Pat the Cope concluded that “an emergency meeting is required as this discriminatory and penal tax will be in place in ten days time. The proposed tax could cost hauliers travelling from Donegal to Dublin as much as €30/40 per trip. The charge of €10 per crossing is based on a 24 hour rate commencing at midnight, therefore, the cost is double if a vehicle leaves Donegal on one evening and returns after midnight on the next day. I am extremely fearful that companies right along the border may relocate to Northern Ireland with serious implications for jobs.” TAOISEACH MUST STOP BRITISH FROM CHARGING DONEGAL HGV DRIVERS – MEP was last modified: March 21st, 2014 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:donegalHGV chargeIrish GovernmentPat The Cope GallagherUKlast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have been handed a blow with the news that Brian McGroary and Darragh Black are heading to the USA. Black played a handful of games towards the end of the 2014 season and impressed.However, he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger this term and is heading to America to play GAA for the remainder of the summer. Black is only 18 and is a talented player who will be a key player for Joe Boyle’s U19 side upon his return from the USA.Former Wolves and Derry City midfielder Brian McGroary has been plagued with injuries since joining the club.However, in the games he featured in McGroary was very impressive and was popular with the club’s supporters.McGroary was last seen in action against Shelbourne in April but hobbled off after just thirty minutes. The news he will be leaving the club will come as a huge blow to Ollie Horgan who is already resigned to losing Sligo Rovers duo Ruairi Keating and Regan Donelon.With Adam Clarke already departing the club and Gerard O’Callaghan expected to depart the Harps squad is looking threadbare and Horgan will be busy trying to acquire players to strengthen the squad for the second-half of the season.Harps players are currently enjoying their week off before meeting collectively again for a pre-season friendly against Carrowmeena FC on Sunday.FINN HARPS HIT WITH BLOW AS BLACK AND MCGROARY HEAD STATESIDE was last modified: June 17th, 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:brian mcgroaryDarragh BlackFinn Harps FCnewssoccerSportUSAlast_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union urges parents to shun moneylenders at back-to-school time

first_imgA new, national survey has identified a rise in the number of parents in debt due to back-to-school related costs.Well over a third of parents in Ireland (36%) now say they are getting into debt trying to cope with costs at back-to-school time.This compares with 29% who reported being in debt last year. The worrying findings were revealed in the study commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions. More than two thirds of parents in the study also said that they found back-to-school costs a financial burden. Nearly half (46%) said meeting costs was their biggest back-to-school related worry.Close to one third of parents said they would be forced to deny their children certain school items this year because they could not afford them. Extracurricular activities and new school shoes were amongst the items to be cut from the budget this year.Reacting to the findings, Gordon Randles, CEO of Letterkenny Credit Union said that the credit union is all too aware of the struggle for parents this time of year. “We do see parents approaching us around this time of year requesting assistance with either budgeting or saving for the back-to-school spend, or with taking out a loan to see them through.“It’s understandable that back-to-school costs are seen as a financial burden for so many when parents are paying out €999 for every primary school child, and over €1,300 for every secondary school child in their household. “At Letterkenny Credit Union, we offer a special Back to School loan with an affordable APR rate of 7.2%*. The loan is typically approved within 24 hours and there are no hidden transaction fees or charges. As always, we are happy to work with parents to structure repayments in a way that suits their individual circumstances.”One concern for the credit union was the finding that, of those parents who said they were getting into debt, more than a quarter (27%) said they had turned to a moneylender in an effort to cope with back-to-school costs. This was a noticeable increase on the 20% last year who had opted for a moneylender.Commenting on this finding, Gordon said, “I would really encourage these parents to reconsider approaching a moneylender, some of whom charge APR rates as high as 188%**.“This can lead to a recurring cycle of unnecessary debt and panic borrowing.  Our welcoming staff are always on hand in the credit union to talk through borrowing options with any parent in the local community who might need assistance, whether they be a new or existing member, and equally if they have never dealt with the credit union before.“We are more than happy to assist anyone who might need a little extra financial assistance at this time of year.” * For a €1000, 1-year variable interest rate loan with 12 monthly repayments of €86.52, an interest Rate of 6.95%, a representative APR of 7.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €1038.23. Information correct as at 16/07/2019.** Central Bank of Ireland Register of Moneylenders, July 2018.-ENDS-For further information please visit our website: or contact Letterkenny Credit Union on 0749102126 or email Letterkenny Credit Union urges parents to shun moneylenders at back-to-school time was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Steph Curry crashes Oakland block party, plays pick-up with awestruck fans

first_imgThey held a block party in Oakland on Sunday and a Curry Flurry broke out.The party, held at Pepsi Park, was courtesy of Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B. according to CBS SF. Basketball was on the menu, and so were free backpacks for kids headed back for school.When what to their wondering eyes did appear: Stephen Curry.Rocking We Believe vintage shorts. See for yourself. Steph Curry’s going 1v1 with some random dude at the park on a Sunday. He really is the greatest guy ever. 😂 …last_img read more

South African author Ivan Vladislavić wins Yale’s Windham-Campbell prize for fiction

first_imgIvan Vladislavić, the writer and editor, has won the Yale University Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. The cash it brings will allow him “to pursue my own work in a way that’s never been possible before”, says the Wits University professor. Author Ivan Vladislavić has put South Africa on the global literature map once more with his winning of the Yale University Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. (Image: Sophie Bassouls, A1 Verlag) • Pavement Bookworm ‘just wants to tell stories’ • Joburg: A city of stories • South African writes best world children’s book • Ingrid Jonker – the child is not dead • Knowing Mandela: a short book about a big man Priya PitamberIvan Vladislavić has added to his collection of accolades: the prestigious Yale University Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.“Since I received the news of the prize, I have been in a bit of a daze,” the author, editor and professor said after the announcement in late February.“It is astonishingly generous and will make a decisive difference to my writing life.”Vladislavić and the other winners, Teju Cole and Helon Habila, each received $150 000 (almost R1.8-million) for their work. There are three prize categories, namely fiction, non-fiction and drama.The awards were established by Donald Windham and Sandy M Campbell in 2013 to honour literary talent.The Windham-Campbell organisation noted Vladislavić’s unique approach to seeing history “in the quotidian and juxtaposing the banal and the bizarre”.Ivan Vladislavić has won the 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction! Read more>> #PRHSA — Random House Struik (@RandomStruik) February 25, 2015Watch Vladislavić receive his award:In an interview with online literature magazine Aerodrome, he said he loved to write. “And I get some of the same pleasure from editing, which is about perfecting something, getting all the working parts to fit properly – constructing something.” This could be because as a child, he watched his mechanic father fix car engines, he said, taking things apart and putting them back together again.Reaction to his win has been hugely positive. “A more worthy winner for this prestigious award would be hard to find,” said Fourie Botha, publisher of local fiction at Penguin Random House South Africa. Steve Connolly, the publishing house’s managing director, said that everyone should read Vladislavić.No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 30, 2015 Mighty pleased to hear that Ivan Vladislavić has won the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize via @BooksLIVESA — Michele Magwood (@michelemagwood) February 25, 2015@BooksLIVESA What wonderful news, especially for Ivan, one of Johannesburg’s writing heroes @WindhamCampbell — Louis Greenberg (@louisgreenberg) February 24, 2015The Windham-Campbell Prize was not Vladislavić’s first. Other trophies on his display shelf include the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize and the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. Despite this, the author is humble. “Thank you for recognising the work I’ve already done and for supporting the work I still want to do,” he told the Windham-Campbell organisation.Although he did acknowledge that the prize money would make a difference. “For most of my working life, I’ve been a freelancer and it hasn’t always been easy to make ends meet,” he told Business Day. “Two extraordinary things have happened to me recently: I took up a distinguished professorship at Wits [University] and now I’ve won this prize. Together these two strokes of good fortune will allow me to pursue my own work in a way that’s never been possible before. I’m a lucky man.”last_img read more