UNDP Pays Over U$1M to Thousands of Ebola Health Workers in Liberia

first_imgAs many health workers in Liberia continue to provide services to their country for months without pay following the outbreak of the Ebola crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as a contribution to the Liberian government, has paid over US$1 million to at least a thousand Liberian Ebola health workers.The US$1 million in cash payments was distributed across the country in January alone.The workers were hired at the height of the crisis to help run Ebola treatment centers, help communities prevent Ebola transmission and track people who had contact with victims.Stuart Kefford, UNDP’s Project Manager for Health Worker Payments, said the biggest challenge was determining who should be paid, adding that initially, there were no lists of names of the health workers.“We worked with the Ministry of Health and the county health teams to develop the lists. Then we had a list of names and pay rates for different job categories but still needed to verify that the people identified for payments were those that were         actually working.“It was only after two months of work, travelling across the country to remote regions, verifying the lists, talking with NGOs to make sure people weren’t getting paid twice, that we were able to start the actual payments,” Mr. Kefford said.He explained that, having located the right employees, the next challenge was to get them paid and Banks were not an option.“The banking system has never been profitable. Liberia is primarily a cash-based economy and around half of the health workers don’t have bank accounts. Most people outside Monrovia tend to survive on a day-to-day basis and there is little need to open a bank account, so the only answer was to take cash out to these people”.The UNDP payment teams visited every county, working late into the night to take hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to the most remote areas so the workers could finally be paid everything they were owed. In Lofa County, where Ebola was first detected in Liberia, the lack of pay was starting to have an impact.“It started to get difficult to keep people motivated,” said G. Garpu Morris, a District Health Officer.“They were committed to getting rid of Ebola, but they were struggling financially themselves.”Lofa DHO disclosed that the county had been Ebola free for a month and that they have reached a new stage in the response which, he said, needs to stay vigilant, test people at the checkpoints, monitor anyone who comes to our district and ensure that the health workers are there to respond when people come to clinics with symptoms.Garmai McKay Subawo, who manages the contact tracers in Salayea District, spoke of the many sacrifices she has made since the Ebola outbreak.  For example, she said, she hadn’t been paid since August.Garmai thanked UNDP for the payments, noting that the money will help in the process of getting the contact tracers in the communities to fight vigorously to maintain the low number of Ebola cases in Lofa.The Health Workers Payment Project was conducted in partnership with the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grant provides jobs for beetle-kill

first_imgFor more information about the Community Development Trust and Job Opportunities Program, go to: www.cd.gov.bc.ca/cdt/ A $300,000 grant is helping to put 12 local residents back to work and reduce the amount of beetle-attacked trees near Fort St. John.The grant is part of the Community Development Trust’s Job Opportunities Program. Over $26.25 million is designated to reduce the impact of current layoffs throughout the forest industry.The 12 workers will be clearing around 3,250 trees that have been identified as larvae infested. – Advertisement -Trees from South Blueberry and Aikman Creek will be cut and burned to help reduce the beetle’s spread to thousands of healthy trees in the area.In addition to the new job creation and beetle kill, the funding will help with improving fire safety throughout the region.Forest-dependent communities or organizations, licensees and contractors working in cooperation with a forest-dependent community are eligible to submit a project proposal to the Job Opportunities Program. Advertisementlast_img read more

Hart set to miss out on youthful England World Cup squad

first_imgHart, who has been England’s first choice goalkeeper for the last three major tournaments, was backed by Southgate after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola at City as the 31-year-old remained first choice during England’s unbeaten qualifying campaign.However, Hart started only half of West Ham’s Premier League games this season and conceded 39 goals in his 19 league appearances.Hart’s omission means the experienced trio of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and the uncapped Nick Pope will be Southgate’s options between the sticks.Pickford has also yet to feature in a competitive international, whilst Butland’s only two competitive starts came in qualifying dead rubbers against Lithuania in 2015 and 2017.Jack Wilshere is also set to miss out despite an impressive end to the season with Arsenal.Wilshere was initially included in Southgate’s squad for March’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but was forced to pull out with a knee injury that cost him the opportunity to make his case.Liverpool’s Adam Lallana is in contention despite an injury-ravaged season. Lallana made his latest comeback in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Brighton, but made just one Premier League start all season.In defence, Phil Jones’s return to form and fitness for Manchester United could see him see off club team-mate Chris Smalling and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill for a place alongside Southgate’s preferred centre-back duo of John Stone and Harry Maguire.– Global stage awaits Kane –Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy head into the World Cup in fine form © AFP / PAUL ELLISHowever, at the other end of the field, Southgate is more spoiled for options with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy both in fine form.Kane and Vardy both scored twice as Tottenham edged out Leicester 5-4 in a final day thriller at Wembley to take their tallies for the season to 41 and 23 respectively.Both failed to carry their club form onto the international stage at Euro 2016, and former England captain Alan Shearer has encouraged Kane to bolster his reputation around the globe by performing on the biggest stage.“It’s a huge tournament for Harry because of what happened two years ago,” said Shearer on Tuesday.“To put himself on the global stage, he is known all around Europe obviously, but to put himself on a world stage he has to go out and perform and score goals in this tournament.”Another former England great Gary Lineker, who won the World Cup Golden Boot in 1986, believes Kane will relish the responsibility of spearheading England’s campaign in Russia.“There are certain individuals that embrace that pressure and embrace that opportunity to show you can do it on the biggest stage and Harry is that sort of guy,” said Lineker.Southgate has two more warm-up friendlies, against Nigeria on June 2 at Wembley and Costa Rica in Leeds five days later, to fine tune his preparations before England’s World Cup begins against Tunisia on June 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hart-less: England veteran Joe Hart is expected to miss out on Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 16 – England manager Gareth Southgate will name his 23-man World Cup squad on Wednesday with some experienced figures such as goalkeeper Joe Hart expected to miss out.The BBC and Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that 75-times capped Hart won’t be included among Southgate’s three goalkeepers after a poor season on loan at West Ham from Manchester City.last_img read more

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Turin for Juventus unveiling

first_img 1 Salah compared to Ronaldo and Messi and branded Liverpool’s best goalscorer Ronaldo’s agent has confirmed Juventus will be the player’s final club THE KING ADVICE Adrian Durham: Ronaldo’s leap is overrated and this Messi header was better Solskjaer explains why it’s easy to compare Rashford with Ronaldo Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Partnership Cristiano Ronaldo has finally arrived in Turin ahead of his unveiling as a Juventus player on Monday.The Portuguese superstar joined Juve in a shock £99m deal confirmed last week, but has been on holiday while the transfer was being finalised. Ronaldo was eliminated from the World Cup at the last 16 stage with his country at the hands of Uruguay, but is now ready to return to the public eye after a short break.The 33-year-old star had been at Real Madrid since 2009 and is their all-time top goalscorer, having netted an incredible 451 times in 438 games. YOU LOOK FAMILIAR AIR TIME RANT Qui Caselle 📍 E’ arrivato! Bem-vindo, @Cristiano! #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/tdBNZLJ3wp— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 15, 2018 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman ‘Superhuman’ Ronaldo hailed for gravity defying goal with outrageous header ker-ching Top paid sportsmen of last 30 years revealed as Tyson, Jordan and Messi dominate MONEY Juventus stars Ronaldo and Ramsey join forces with 10bet for new advert What we loved Latest Cristiano Ronaldo News on target Guardate 👀 chi è appena arrivato a Caselle! 🛬 Bem-vindo, @Cristiano! #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/UyJ7diR3k0— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 15, 2018Now, he could be in line to make his Juventus debut against his old club in pre-season, with the pair scheduled to meet on August 4.On Sunday, Ronaldo was pictured arriving at Caselle airport in Turin and Juventus put out a short video of his arrival which can be viewed below. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Suarez stunner, Messi breaks record, Big Dunc’s passion and AJ heroicslast_img read more


first_imgA RESIDENT committee chairman today called for calm on a housing estate, insisting: “It’s not like Iraq!”Community association boss David McCann spoke out after reports of intimidation and attacks in the Lawne Park estate in Ballyshannon – which included residents telling a radio station about violence there.However Mr McCann said today: “This is very sad because it has been blown out of proportion and compares us to Iraq.” Mr McCann, who has lived on the estate for a decade and has been residents chief for five years, insisted: “This is all about a small number of people involved in petty feuds and arguments.“This group of people are their own worst enemies and are becoming quite embarrassing.“Despite some rumours these incidents have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Travelling Community – they are not the issue.“The majority of people live here peacefully but there are too many people hiding behind closed doors and not speaking out.” Mr McCann said he had considered resigning from his position.Gardai, councillors and local people met earlier this week to discuss allegations of ongoing vandalism and violence on the estate.‘OUR ESTATE IS NOT LIKE IRAQ’ – SAYS RESIDENTS’ LEADER was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:BallyshannonLawne Parklast_img read more


first_imgMARTIN McGUINNESS was the Co Donegal choice for President and tonight he has paid tribute to the man who won the national poll – veteran socialist Michael D Higgins.And our picture shows that away from the heat of politics, Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell is capable of having a chat with political enemies…like Mr McGuinness.Tonight the Derryman said: “It’s been a real privilege and honour for me to stand for the presidency of my country.” “Michael D will be a very fine President … I have every confidence that he will one of Ireland’s finest Presidents.”Mr Higgins, who won more than 1m votes, thanked the people of Ireland, the Labour Party and the Independent Oireachtas members who supported him.He said that he and his family were ready for the challenge of the Presidency and would “give it everything”.HIGGINS WILL BE GREAT PRESIDENT – McGUINNESS was last modified: October 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:martin mcguinnessmicheal d higginslast_img read more


first_imgPARTS of Donegal are being pounded by heavy wintry showers this evening, leading to poor conditions on our roads.Gardaí are urging motorists to drive with extreme caution.Snow has fallen on higher ground, but most areas are being affected by sleet and hail showers. Temperatures have dropped below freezing – and Gardaí say there is ice forming in many areas. ROADS WARNING AS SNOW, SLEET, HAIL AND ICE HIT DONEGAL 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:donegal weatherGardairoads warningsnowlast_img read more


first_imgDeputy Dinny McGinley has welcomed grants for Donegal organisations.Deputy Dinny McGinley has welcomed the National Lottery Grants that have been given to a number of Donegal organisations to improve the facilities and services they offer. Deputy McGinley was informed by Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Health that a number of Donegal organisations have been granted assistance from the National Lottery Grants 2014 scheme.The list of organisations benefitting from the grants are outlined below. Ionad Lae na Sean Daoine, Derrbyeg – €10,000Grant will go towards the cost of improving and updating the facilities there.Arranmore Welfare Committee –€4,000 Grant will help upgrade toilet and shower facilities in the area. Rosses CDP – €2,000Grant will help the continuation of training and supports to parents of people with intellectual disability.Cashel na Cor Learning & Disability Association Ltd – €18,000 Grant will go towards the cost of purchasing a new bus.Liquid Therapy, Bundoran – €4,000 Grant will go towards the cost of funding a surf confident programme for children with disabilities.RehabCare Donegal – €3,000 Grant to update PCs and laptops for service users and staff.Chairde Le Cheile Committee Ltd – €23,000 Grant will help to carry out works to comply with fire regulations.Deputy McGinley has welcomed this funding for County Donegal and says it will come as a major boost to the organisations that provide such a wonderful service.Dinny McGinley said, “It’s great news for these organisations, that provide wonderful services to people across a whole range of diverse projects.“The economy is slowly recovering, but it’s still difficult in many sectors, and many of the organisations outlined above rely on fundraising to ensure they can continue to provide their brilliant services.“These grants will be a huge boost for them, and it’s warmly welcomed by all recipients.DONEGAL ORGANISATIONS RECEIVE LOTTO FUNDING BOOST was last modified: November 28th, 2014 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:AssistanceDinny McGinleydonegalfundsgrantsnational lotterynewsOrganisationsPoliticslast_img read more

Banyana edge Ghana on penalties

first_img22 March 2012Banyana Banyana edged Ghana, ranked second in Africa, by five goals to four from the penalty spot after the teams had played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday.South Africa’s goalkeeper, Thoko Mndaweni, starred by pulling off a superb save, diving to her left, from Ghana captain Florence Okoe in the penalty shootout. She then stepped up to slot the final spot kick to give Banyana the victory.Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula was on hand to hand over the winner’s trophy to Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini.‘A good test’“The Ghana team gave us a good test, and these are the kind of matches we need before we get to London. We created a lot of chances but were not able to convert them,” said Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza.In a clash played in front of a large crowd in chilly, wet conditions, Banyana showed just how much they have learned and improved by taking on top-class nations at the recent Cyprus Women’s Cup as they took the challenge to Ghana.The home side, ranked fourth in Africa, was unlucky not to go into the lead after just five minutes of play when striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi rose high to head home past Ghanaian goalkeeper Nana Ama-Asanetewaa, but Zimbabwean referee Pamela Chiwaya ruled that the tall South African forward had infringed on the visitor’s goalkeeper.GoalWith the South Africans looking dangerous on attack, a cross from the right struck the hand of Ghanaian defender Janet Egyir, and from the resulting penalty kick, Banyana Banyana striker Noko Matlou scored her 54th goal in her 69th international appearance as she fired the hosts into the lead in the 22nd minute.Clearly feeling the effects of several physical challenges from the first half, Ama-Asanetewaa was replaced at the start of the second half by Patricia Mantey, who did well to blunt several South African challenges.The home side had good opportunities to score more goals, with Mgcoyi presented with two superb close chances which were not capitalized on, while Matlou spooned a header over the cross bar just after half-time.EqualiserGhana managed to find the equaliser seven minutes into the second half, when goalkeeper Mndaweni mistimed a clearance effort which hit Mercy Myles and ended in the back of the South African goal net.Striker Sanah Mollo and winger Leandra Smeda got into the action in the second half at the expense of Mgcoyi and Mary Ntsweng, but the home side was not able to find the net again in open play.Refiloe Jane also got on to the park for Banyana Banyana in the fourth minute of optional time in the second half to earn her second cap, taking over from injured team captain Dlamini.Player of the matchIn delivering her usual level of consistency in the South African rearguard, central defender Janine van Wyk collected the Sasol Diski Queen (Player of the Match) award.After the contest, Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza emphasized that the search is still on for players who can add additional value to the Banyana Banyana campaign at the London Olympics.“We still have a few training camps coming up, starting with the High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom on Thursday (22 March),” said Mkhonza.“We will use these camps to work on our finishing because if you look at this match, and the tournament in Cyprus, we failed to score the opportunities we created. But we should be able to rectify these errors by the end of our training camps,” added Mkhonza, who will be conducting workshops and player trials at the Sasol League Road Shows in Polokwane (Saturday, 31 March) and Nelspruit (Saturday, 14 April).Banyana Banyana’s training camp in Potchefstroom ends on 31 March.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Keeping South Africa’s youth drug-free

first_img3 June 2013 June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, paying tribute to the school pupils and ordinary citizens who lost their lives during the Soweto uprisings of 16 June 1976 – 37 years ago. The main focus of the annual Youth Month is to inspire and empower South Africa’s young people to identify the role they can play in addressing the economic and social challenges facing not only the population in general, such as employment, HIV and Aids and economic freedom. In 1976 young people fought for their rights, for freedom and for democracy; today’s challenges are different, but no less important. The theme for Youth Month 2013 is “Working Together for Youth Development and a Drug Free South Africa”. Communities around the country will work with the government and police to raise awareness of the scourge of substance abuse, and organisations targeting young people will mobilise them to lead by example in their homes, schools and societies. Alcohol and substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking is a global phenomenon, and South Africa is no exception. This has serious implications for millions of South Africans because alcohol and substance abuse contributes to crime, gangsterism, domestic violence, family dysfunction and other social problems.‘Fighting for substance-free communities’ The community of Eldorado Park, in the south of Johannesburg, is in the national spotlight at the moment as it’s facing a situation of rampant substance abuse and all of the social ills mentioned above. According to the Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the suburb is “symptomatic of issues facing many communities in the rest of the country”. She called on communities throughout the country to lead the fight for a substance-free South Africa within their respective areas. “During Youth Month, let us recommit ourselves to fighting the war against substance abuse and alcoholism in all areas of the country,” Sisulu said in a statement. President Jacob Zuma recently visited the area and heard harrowing stories from mothers telling of drug dealers who preyed on their children. At a media briefing in Pretoria, Sisulu announced that “significant progress in fighting the scourge of substance abuse” had been made by police, community leaders and other organisations in the beleaguered suburb. Over 100 arrests have been made, while 20 drug dens were closed down. A number of addicted children were found at the drug dens, and all have been taken to a place of safety. The provincial government and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which serves the area, is in setting up a short-term intensive detoxification programme for children addicted to drugs. The programme will run for seven days. Results of the 2011 national census reveal that South Africa’s population is young – the average age is 25 and a third of the population – around 17-million – are younger than 15 years of age. Unemployment in this vulnerable age group is estimated at around 50%. During Youth Month, the first national imbizo focus week will take place from 10 to 17 June, and will focus on youth development, specifically on the fight against substance abuse. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more