UNMEER Provides US$100K

first_imgOver 130 community based-organizations (CBOs) converged at the offices of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Monrovia last week to learn how to apply for the mission’s new small grants program, known as Community Quick Impact Projects (CQIPS).  According to UNMEER Montserrado County Field Crisis Manager, Peter Dalglish, the workshops are part of initiatives by UNMEER to provide CBOs with up to US$5,000 each to engage in a range of activities that will bring Liberia to zero new Ebola case. “It’s about helping people who have been traumatized or stigmatized as a result of Ebola. Let’s consider all the quarantined families in Montserrado County who have suffered and have been kept inside their homes for 21 days,” stated Dalglish.“It has been really difficult for children when schools reopened two weeks ago. Quarantined children weren’t allowed to return to school with their friends, so we are looking for projects that will provide them with support,” he said. Dalglish said UNMEER will be providing funds for a variety of projects, including training for local women on health promotion; a music program or installing a polystyrene tank on top of a primary school.” UNMEER has set aside US$100,000 under its Community Quick Impact Project (CQIPS) that will run for eight to 10 weeks. Each proposal will be reviewed within five days after it has been submitted and funding will be provided within two weeks after its approval.With many of the smaller faith-based, women and youth organizations in Montserrado County not having bank accounts, funds will be received on their behalf by a registered organization, he said.Dalglish lauded Liberians for their character demonstrated since Ebola paralyzed the country in July 2014.“Liberia is a strong country with a very strong President. I am from Canada and what I have learned is about the courage, resilience and determination of Liberians.   The world,” he said, “should thank them for stopping this disease. As a country, you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize,” Dalglish added. He said UNMEER looks forward to receiving innovative projects. “We want to act as a catalyst for Liberian community groups and build on the skills of community leaders”.   The workshops brought together 159 participants from 133 local CBOs, most of which had never attended a meeting at a United Nations office or received funding from any international donor. “The workshop was very educational [and] I enjoyed it.  There are a lot of things that I learned here that I didn’t know because I have never been in the NGO [non-governmental organization] sector before,” said Tenneh Kromah, executive director of the Community Youth Initiative (CYI) of Monrovia. The CYI was established in 2013 with its programs implemented by voluntary contributions from its officials, Kromah said.  She hoped to secure some of the funds to help integrate Ebola survivors into the community.“There is a demarcation between the non-Ebola and Ebola survivors. We need to go into the community to educate people that when you survive Ebola, people can still come around you and you can go around other people.  “There are other students in my community who survived Ebola that feel that when they go around their friends, they won’t be accepted, especially the youth. These are our primary targets,” Kromah stressed.   Michael Tarpeh Young, chairman of the Federation of Chocolate City Youths, hailed UNMEER’s approach in working with grassroots organizations. “This workshop was important as it relates to the global fight against Ebola. I think UNMEER has now come to a major point where we all can unite because in the past, communities that have been directly affected were excluded from this process,” said Tamba Boimah, director of Community Health Service at the Ministry of Health and one of the facilitators.  He serves as the Pillar Lead for Community Engagement and Social Mobilization at the Incident Management System (IMS) in Montserrado County.“Everything takes place at the community level and most of our mistakes in the past were because we designed programs and just dumped them on the communities, but over time we engaged them and got them involved in the process,” he said. “They have wonderful ideas. It is the community members who should take action. We want to encourage and support them to think and act as community leaders. They must not only criticize. They have the right to criticize;  they have the power in their hands to stop EVD [Ebola Virus Disease],” Boimah concluded.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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Molested teacher fearful as rapist roams freely

first_imgBy Bhisham MohamedA teacher who was sexually molested some six years ago after her house was broken into on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is fearful that she might be targeted as the perpetrator roams the streets freely.The woman who spoke to Guyana Times with fear in her voice explained that on July 5, 2012, the perpetrator, Godwin Hubbard, broke into her home, physically assaulted her and raped her before escaping.The suspect, she noted, had carried out the attack on several other women who were either single or living alone. While the other victims did not want the matter to be made public, the violated teacher made a report to the Guyana Police Force and the suspect was subsequently arrested and charged for break and enter and robbery, rape and assault.In September 2013, he was convicted on the break and enter charge and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.However, the teacher alleged that after spending several months in prison, the perpetrator’s sister who was a Prosecutor at the Providence Magistrate’s Court at the time of his incarceration, along with her fiancé, the then Director of Prison, Welton Trotz managed to get him released on probation.She related that after the incident, she left the Essequibo Coast and now residents in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), but only recently learnt that the suspect has been enquiring about her whereabouts.During the telephone interview, the fearful woman noted that she was constantly verbally abused by the suspect’s family, hence her reason for leaving her home.In fact, she noted that on Wednesday, she received a telephone call from the court in Essequibo summoning her to appear at court next Wednesday as the rape case is expected to recommence.In fear, she stated that the case was called several times, but on every occasion, the suspect was seen chatting with the jurors and as such, the case had to be rescheduled.Upon receiving the call on Wednesday, she indicated to the orderly that she now resides in Region Three and it would be unfair if she travels to the Essequibo Coast and the case is called off once again.As such, she intends to make her appearance and request the case to be transferred to Region Three since she understands that the suspect now resides in that region as well.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was told that one of the rapist’s victims passed away sometime back but there are eight other women who are fearful that if they come forward, they will be terrorised by his relatives.The victim recalled that back in 2012-2013 while attending court, she was ridiculed by the man’s family, most of them now serving members of the Guyana Police Force.The woman noted that as the Force talked about stamping out corruption, she believes that the perpetrator’s sister who now holds a high post in the Force will do everything in her power to make sure her brother is acquitted of the heinous crime; one that she will have to live with for the rest of her life.As such, she called on the relevant authorities to look into the matter so that justice could be served.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie Stompede 2016 Results

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie Stompede took place at Evergreen Park in the Swan City this past weekend.Luke Butterfield from Ponoka, AB took first place in the Saddle Bronc with a score of 85.5, while the Novice Saddle Bronc winner was Hudson’s Hope’s Ricky Warren, who scored a 79.0.Regina resident Ty Taypotat defended his Stompede title in Bareback with a score of 86.5 to clinch first. Novice Bareback was also won by a fellow Saskatchewanite: Lane Link from Maple Creek took home first place with a score of 79.00.- Advertisement -Jordan Hansen from Calgary came first in Bull Riding with a score of 84.5, and Cody Cassidy of Donalda, AB won the Steer Wrestling with a sparkling time of 3.9 seconds.Cranna Roberts from Lacombe, AB took first ahead of 3 BC ladies in Barrel Racing.A full list of the results can be found here: http://gpstompede.com/results/rodeo-standingsAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Falcao, Cuadrado and Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

first_img0Shares0000Falcao led Colombia back into World Cup contention© AFP Roman KruchininMOSCOW, Russia, June 25 – Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal. The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.– Cuadrado’s trickery –Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defence to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equaliser when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.Colombia, however, were not to be denied.When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defence apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger wants England to pick fit-again Arsenal star for Euro 2016

first_img Jack Wilshere in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger is backing Jack Wilshere to play for England in Euro 2016.The Arsenal midfielder has yet to make a single appearance this season having been sidelined for eight months with an ankle injury.But he is now back in full training with the Gunners and Wenger insists he will be ready for his country – if called upon – this summer.Roy Hodgson has suggested he will pick Wilshere in his squad if he proves his fitness in time and the 24-year-old’s inclusion would be welcomed by his club boss.Asked it taking Wilshere to France would be a gamble, Wenger replied: “If he’s completely fit, no.“When you’re a national team coach, you can take a gamble on one player but certainly not on five. He has to consider the whole situation. You can certainly take a chance on just one player.”When asked whether he would prefer to see Wilshere stay at home, the Arsenal manager added: “You want your players to compete.“When you’re a footballer you want to compete at the top level and what is important is that Jack, who is frustrated enough, regains confidence.“It’s very important for his confidence that he can go to the Euros and he can play. It’s also important to have a player of his quality available.”Wilshere could play in Arsenal’s Under-21 clash with Blackburn on Friday, and has been pencilled in for a return to the first-team squad in the next fortnight.But Wenger insists he will not rush his comeback and will keep a close eye on his developments.“I’m cautious with him now but, to be back fully competitive, it will take a few weeks,” he added.“Once he will be completely fit and competitive, he will be available for Arsenal and for the national team. Why not?” 1last_img read more

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McGregor shows class in Dragon Run

first_img19 November 2013 Marathon world champion Hank McGregor showed why he is regarded by many as one of the greatest all-round paddlers of all time when he overcame a world-class field to claim victory in the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run Surfski race in Hong Kong on the weekend. McGregor, the first of five South Africans to finish in the top eight, was both relieved and surprised as he crossed the finishing line in record time. He was particularly pleased with his victory given the depth and standard of this year’s field. After battling his way to a shock seventh position at the inaugural ICF Surf-ski World Championships in Portugal earlier this year, McGregor felt his victory on the weekend was a sweet comeback performance against an even stronger field than was present at the global showdown, given the likes of Australian Jeremy Cotter and fellow South African ace Dawid Mocke competing this time around.‘A fantastic race’ “It was a fantastic race to win because everyone was there, even the guys who boycotted the World Champs,” McGregor said afterwards. “Jeremy Cotter was there as defending champion and he was really gracious when he came up to congratulate me after the race. “The win also gets a bit of a monkey off my back, having got two thirds in the last two years,” he added. The triple world champion said an overhaul of his approach and a solid build-up campaign to the Asian clash played an important role in his success.‘Feeling really good’ “I’ve come off a really good base with wins at [the Marathon] Worlds in Copenhagen, the Hansa Fish and the Vaal, so I have been feeling really good about my form. “After last year, I took stock of where I was and made a number of changes. I changed boats, my training and my technique and I have been working hard at being more efficient and economical, and it seems to be working.” With the conditions not offering much assistance and facing a quality field, McGregor knew he was in for a tough battle if he was to claim the win, and despite eventually finishing only fourth, the dangerous Cotter was the man McGregor had to keep a close eye on for much of the tussle.‘A frantic pace’ “The race started off at a frantic pace, with testosterone flying everywhere! The front guys were in such a tight bunch at the turn around Nine Pin Island that you could have tossed a blanket over all of us,” McGregor reckoned. “Once we got into the open ocean, and with a tail wind over our shoulders, the field spread out a bit. “Jeremy [Cotter] was over my left shoulder after I got a lead at around the 12km mark, and I was continually checking to see where he was. “By the time we got to the last turn at Kissing Whales I had a lead of about 250m and that was when I knew that I had it in the bag, unless a typhoon got in the way. “The last five kilometres into the finish were basically flat. You can see the finish from some way out and if you are feeling tired there is absolutely nowhere to hide. Fortunately I was feeling pretty good and I was able to really enjoy the last kilometre and then it was a great feeling to finally cross the line,” he explained. McGregor’s record-setting feat was something even he was surprised by given the unhelpful conditions. However, he believes the strength of his opponents and the recent rise in talent in the sport around the globe played a role in his achievement.‘Surprised’ “I was pretty surprised to hear that I had broken the record [by two minutes] because conditions were not that favourable,” said McGregor. “Dawid Mocke told me that when he won here he had averaged around 13.5 kilometres per hour, and we were going at over 14 km/h. “I guess that’s a sign of the professionalism that has crept into surfski racing recently. The sport is evolving as more and more guys devote time to training specifically for major surfski events and everyone seems to be benefiting from this.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals

first_imgLimited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday became the first Indian wicketkeeper and fourth in the world to complete 350 dismissals in One-Day International (ODI) cricket.Dhoni achieved the feat during the ongoing third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over.Playing in his 278th match, Dhoni has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe )Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South African Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals respectively.last_img read more

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Vivo Z1 Pro India launch soon, plans to take on Samsung Galaxy M40

first_imgWe at India Today Tech have exclusively reported about the upcoming Z series phone from Vivo earlier this week and also last week. We have confirmed the processor powering the Vivo phone and also revealed the phone’s first look. Until now Vivo was teasing the new Z series phone but now the company has confirmed the name of the device and also revealed some key spec of the phone. The upcoming Z series Vivo phone will be called Vivo Z1 Pro.Earlier some media reports suggested that the upcoming Z series phone is the Vivo Z5x that launched in China recently. But looks like that’s the case as the upcoming Z series Vivo phone is Vivo Z1 Pro and not Z5x. However, there are high chances that the Vivo Z1 Pro will be rebranded Vivo Z5x for India.Vivo is teasing the Vivo Z1 Pro for quite some days now. Via the innumerable teasers, Vivo has confirmed that Z1 Pro will come with in-display camera on the front, in other words, the phone will include punch-hole selfie camera. This, in turn, will offer much bigger screen-to-body ratio to the consumers. This is the first Vivo phone to come with a punch-hole display. Notably, the Vivo Z5x in China includes the same punch hole camera design.The teasers have also revealed that the Vivo Z1 Pro will come with a big battery that will last for one full day on a single charge. In an exclusive report, we at India Today Tech confirmed that the Vivo Z series phone will be powered by Snapdragon 700 processor, most likely Snapdragon 712 processor. Having said that, this Vivo phone will be the first to come with Snapdragon 712 processor in India.advertisementEarlier this week we released two live photos of the Vivo Z1 Pro and the phone looks stunning from the back side in them. The pictures reveal that the Vivo Z1 Pro will come with three cameras on the back panel and will sport glossy and gradient finish design. Right next to the camera module we can see the circular fingerprint sensor that will enable users to unlock the phone at finger touch.As far as the pricing is concerned, in India, the Vivo Z series phone is expected to be priced around Rs 20,000. With the Vivo Z1 Pro the company will take on the likes of phones like Samsung Galaxy M40, among others. Vivo is yet to reveal the launch date of the Z1 Pro. However, reports suggest that the phone will go official in Q3 of 2019.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 with Infinity-O display, 32MP triple camera launched: Price, specs, release dateALSO READ | iPhone XR 2 will pack much bigger battery than iPhone XR, leak suggestsALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro launch today, likely rebranded Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro for global marketslast_img read more

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CPPIB investing US1474 million for 45 stake in Santa Monica Business Park

first_imgTORONTO – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a partner have acquired the Santa Monica Business Park in California in a transaction valued at US$627.5 million.CPPIB says it will invest US$147.4 million for a 45 per cent interest in the West Los Angeles business park.Its joint venture partner in the acquisition is Boston Properties Inc., which will invest US$180.1 million and provide operating, property management and leasing services.The purchase is also being funded with US$300 million of financing.CPPIB managing director Hilary Spann said in a statement that the investment provides the Toronto-based pension fund manager with a sizable presence with the West L.A. office market.She said Santa Monica makes for an attractive market with strong demand driven by technology and media firms in the area.last_img read more

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