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CDC Extols Media, Health Workers, Others

first_imgCongress for Democratic Change (CDC) over the weekend showered praises on the Liberian media, health workers and the traditional chiefs of Liberia for their valuable contributions during the height of the Ebola crisis.CDC handed the Liberian media the George Weah Peace and Humanitarian Award for their outstanding performance in giving full and exclusive coverage to the epidemic. The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) received the honor on behalf of journalists and media workers in Liberia. According to the Organizing Committee, headed by CDC vice chairman for operations, Mulbah Morlu, the honors presented, the first of its kind in the history of political parties was based on “the tireless and meaningful contributions the media, health workers and traditional leaders played and continue to play in the nation.”“Congratulations for a meritorious service to our people and country Liberia with compliments of the CDC-2015 Induction & Honoring Program Committee,” the certificate reads.Receiving the awards, the National Traditional Council of Liberia Chairman Zanzar Karwor praised CDC for its exemplary action adding, “The first political party to recognize and honor the chiefs, owners of the land, means a whole lot and we are happy.”He assured the party of their support in resolving issues of disputes and other political matters, noting that the doors of the owners of the land will always be opened for any engagement.On behalf of the Press Union of Liberia, Reporters’ Association of Liberia (RAL) president Keith Morris lauded CDC for the honor, stressing that “the media sees this as a positive step in fostering partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders in the political arena of our country.”“This honor does not mean the media will not report on or about the CDC when it goes wrong. Recognizing the media at this time sends a signal that the Liberian media is developing and is up to the task,” Morris said.He encouraged political institutions and individuals to fight to protect and maintain this level of tolerance and democracy that the nation enjoys at the moment, and cautioned them about the danger of slipping off that path.The honoring program was part of the US$1 rally CDC conducted to raise funds for the party’s nationwide headquarters project.CDC anticipated raising US$100,000 to construct sub-offices in the 15 political sub-divisions of the country to enable the party to keep its presence alive, particularly for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Transfer ALERT! Roma plotting third bid for Arsenal and Tottenham target

first_imgRoma are readying a THIRD bid for Arsenal and Tottenham target Jean-Michael Seri.The Serie A club have already had offers of £13.25m and £22m snubbed by Nice, who are determined to get the highest price possible for the midfielder.But Roma are not willing to give up the chase for Seri and RMC has reported that an offer worth £31m is now in the offing.Nice are said to want £35m for Seri but it has been suggested that they could do business once Roma’s latest bid is lodged.That will come as bad news to both Arsenal and Spurs who have tracked the 25-year-old Ivorian intently.But it seems as though his future lies in Rome after he agreed personal terms on a contract with the Italian side with a five-year deal waiting to be signed once a fee is agreed. Arsenal and Tottenham target Jean-Michael Seri 1last_img read more

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Donegal Ambulances on standby to help out over crew shortages in Derry

first_imgAmbulances staff in Donegal are on standby this weekend to help out their counterparts in Derry over a shortage of staff.It is understood that the NI Ambulance Service (NIAS) has appealed to its staff to come into work over the weekend as it is unable to fill rotas.Internal correspondence said NIAS has advised health trusts there are likely to be delays in response times for “less urgent” cases. NIAS is taking additional measures, including asking for assistance from the Republic of Ireland.Sources have told the media that the service is at least 19 crews short and the NIAS is at “crisis point”.The worst affected areas are the Western Trust, covering Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone, and the Southern Trust.The National Emergency Operations Centre in Ballybofey, Co Donegal will be liaising with the ambulance depot at Altnagevlin in Derry to provide cover this weekend. A spokesman for NIAS said: “In relation to enlisting the help of National Ambulance Service, we have a memorandum of understanding for mutual aid in special circumstances.”The internal memo stated that the service has been “unable to completely fill our staffing rosters for various reasons”.It said this would impact on ambulance provision, particularly during night shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.NIAS management has advised the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) that it “may need to utilise their resources under strict conditions” and has called in operational managers to provide extra support.The spokesman for NIAS said in its statement: “With regards to the Air Ambulance, it is not a separate entity from NIAS. “The HEMS Service is provided in partnership with the Charity Air Ambulance who provide the helicopter and pilot through their Charitable Fundraising and NIAS provides the operational staff (Paramedics and Doctors).“The HEMS Service (air ambulance) is part of our response capability.”It also said NIAS will provide food and refreshments for ambulance crews and control staff throughout the weekend.Donegal Ambulances on standby to help out over crew shortages in Derry 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

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United producing crop of youngsters ‘will probably never happen again’ says Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Manchester United are unlikely to produce another crop of successful home-grown players.Having nurtured the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville during Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden years as manager, United have recently made a number of big-money signings in an attempt to improve their squad.The sale of striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal has been seen as evidence of a change of culture at Old Trafford, with Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan suggesting it showed the club’s youngsters are being given less chance to develop.And QPR boss Redknapp, whose side face United on Sunday, said: “It will probably never happen again when you get a group of kids come through in one spell.“They buy players in the main. They had the Busby Babes and then suddenly Fergie had a bit of luck, the same as I had a bit of luck at West Ham when six players came out of the youth team and played for England.“That can happen and it happened at United, who do produce more kids than most clubs because the best schoolboys want to play for United, so they’ve always got a better chance of producing players than other clubs.”Having finished seventh last season and made a poor start to this term, losing at home to Swansea, the Red Devils have spent big in the transfer market.The likes of Radamel Falcao have been brought in and Redknapp believes his team will face a very different United to the one Swansea embarrassed on the opening day of the campaign.He explained: “In the first game of the season, if you were Swansea, you’d be delighted going there because you looked at the team and it wasn’t a particularly strong United team in all honesty.“Now suddenly it’ll look a different team. They’ve brought some top players in. They’ve got quality players and I think they’re now capable again this year, certainly of being back in the Champions League positions.”See also:The Redknapp recap: Harry on Welbeck, Faurlin, FFP and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors Live: Five answers about Thunder, plus updates from Sunday’s game

first_imgScroll to the bottom of follow our live feed during the gameThe Warriors may have been hit with a dose of reality in their season-opening loss Thursday, but there’s a pretty decent chance things will get much better for Golden State on Sunday.That’s because they’ll be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder, another team dealing with a rebuild after losing two superstar players. Here are five questions about the Thunder, who will host the Warriors on Sunday afternoon (Warriors …last_img read more

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Gordhan moots contingency reserve

first_img26 October 2011 The National Treasury is looking at creating a separate kitty or “policy reserve” of funds, drawn from surpluses in its existing investments and revenue, in order to support economic development, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in Cape Town on Tuesday. Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament, Gordhan said the government had substantial financial investments, some of it in surplus cash and some in other assets. “Where these resources could more productively be applied to other priorities, we will return surplus funds to the fiscus” for Kitty for priority projects In a media briefing shortly before delivering his speech in Parliament, Gordhan said a figure had not been developed yet for how much the National Treasury wanted to place in the policy reserve, but that it was likely to be in the “tens of billions” of rands. This could be drawn from state-owned companies and other public entities with surplus cash. Government departments could also have a percentage shaved off their budgets and transferred to the reserve kitty. These funds would be used for “public-policy priorities”, special projects which the Cabinet would decide upon and which would be disclosed in next year’s Budget, Gordhan said.Tighter government spending Gordhan added that greater efficiency must also be sought in government cash management and in the procurement of goods and services, by strengthening ordinary disciplines of financial management. In this way, further steps would be taken to reduce administrative costs and unnecessary duplication of capacity. “Departments will be obliged to identify and report on savings initiatives. We will request the Auditor-General to strengthen his focus on value for money,” said Gordhan. BuaNewslast_img read more

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Sibanye – Stillwater commits to improving safety at work as it rolls out its safety strategy

first_imgSouth Africa’s economic activity is mainly centred on mining, therefore, it is important that crucial safety strategies are implemented. The safety of employees is very imperative particularly in the mining sector as success lies in the employees’ capability to work effectively in a conducive environment. It is every employee’s right to work in a safe and healthy environment, no employees should have to suffer because of preventable dangers in the work environment.In 2014 the mining sector contributed R18 billion to the South African fiscus, a total of 495,568 people were employed. With numbers like these, it has become necessary for all stakeholders to work together, to support and enable the achievement of zero harm in the workplace.Sibanye-Stillwater is the largest individual producer of precious metals in South Africa and is one of 10 largest gold producers globally. It has recently experienced a significant increase in incidents, with 20 employees having lost their lives in nine separate incidents since February 2018.In a recent statement CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, Mr Neal Froneman said; “One life lost is one too many. We are appalled by the loss of our employees’ lives at our mines over the past few months. It pains all of us when employees are injured or lose their lives in safety incidents. While we cannot rectify the harm that has occurred, we will continue to support the families as best we can in their grief”.In the process of improving safety at all their operations, Sibanye – Stillwater rolled out a safety strategy in 2017. “The safety of employees is our primary concern and, if it is not safe to operate, we expect conditions to be fixed before work can resume at a working place. There is substantial evidence that well-organised workplaces are both safe and productive, and that is our aim”, adds Froneman.Sibanye – Stillwater has committed to;Launch a safety summit with stakeholders to work towards a common goal of reducing work-related fatal accidents and injuriesContinue to provide necessary support, including counselling, financial backing, housing, education support and other benefits to the grieving families of the deceased employeesSupport and promote adherence to Section 23 of the Mine Health and Safety ActEstablished safety programmes which inform employees, supervisors and managers about the right to withdraw from an unsafe workplace and how to apply Section 23 responsiblyInstituted a programme to promote the behaviour change required so that the right to withdraw becomes an integral part of our workplace cultureAfford employees a formal grievance procedure and an anonymous tip-offs system that any employee can use if they are given an unlawful instruction or are victimised.The launch of Digiine a collaborative partnership between Sibanye – Stillwater and the University of the Witwatersrand is expected to complement and improve safety and operating effectiveness.last_img read more