Helping to Build Liberia’s Resilient Health Sector

first_imgThe 2014 deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak was a rude awakening for major health stakeholders in Liberia to restart thinking that there is the need for the construction of a resilient health sector in the country. The stakeholders had taught that all was becoming rosy in the sector; especially, when major international institutions, including the United Nations, praised Liberia, in 2013, for having drastically reduced maternal and neo-natal mortality rates in the country. The GOL’s Ministry of Health, along with its supporting partners began patting themselves on the backs and maybe popping champagne for the “job well done.”Little did they know that actually what they had done was nothing enough for them to relax. When Ebola struck in March 2014, they realized that all the “gains” that they had boasted of in previous years, couldn’t stand the blow of mighty Ebola, which took away many lives in Liberia. Health facilities, including major hospitals like the St. Joseph’s Catholic-run Hospital, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Redemption Hospital, all in Monrovia, and other facilities in other parts of the country, had to close their doors because their facilities were badly hit. Over 150 health workers, including Medical Doctors, trying to save lives, got infected and succumbed to the virus. Pregnant women and nearly all others, including children, who sought medical attention at those facilities were let down. There is a famous story about a heavily pregnant woman, who delivered her twin babies in the open after she had been refused delivery access at a hospital in Paynesville City during the heat of the Ebola crisis.However, the story began to change when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf rallied her troop of health workers and others, including international partners, to up their efforts at combating the virus. The virus was soon nipped in the butt and its transmission was cut. Forty-two days without a new case, after the last known survival had been discharged from the Chinese-built and managed ETU, the entire nation was declared Ebola transmission free on Saturday, May 9th. Although it resurfaced few weeks later, by this time, the nation now had firmed control over it.Health actors began working frantically to initiate the process of building a resilient health sector so that it will be able to withstand future outbreaks, not only Ebola, but any other that might come.The process has begun and one of those in the vanguard is Dr. Christiana K. Hena, a General Medicine and Public Health Practitioner, who returned home three years ago to help in the nation rebuilding process. Dr. Hena is based in her native Kakata City, Margibi County, where she was born and grew up several years ago.She left Liberia and studied Medicine in the US. She worked with the United Methodist’s General Board of Global Ministries for nearly quarter of a century before returning home to Liberia. All throughout those years, she worked in some of the poverty-stricken communities in India, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Soviet Union (today Russia), etc.She returned home and began a non-for-profit NGO — Healthy Women, Health Liberia (HWHL). She runs a mini clinic at her home, where patients, especially women and children go for free-of-charge treatment. Her programs have now been extended to 34 communities in Margibi County. According to Dr. Hena, she established the NGO based on her conviction of what she saw when she lived abroad.“I always came back here to provide community services and looking at the health situation in the country, I felt that I could make a difference and bring back the integrity and dignity that I saw was missing,” she stated. She said that she wants to give people the reason for coming to health facility and not allow them to go back because they are fearful. So, she along with a band of health workers whom she has trained, treats patients and gives them medications. They provide lectures on to parents and guardians on different health issues, including preventing cases like malaria, diarrhea and how to take care of their children. Her HWHL also performs deworming for the children twice a year. Her mini clinic is probably the only site that does telemedicine program in Liberia at the moment. “We partner with the University of Virgina; we have set up our computers in a way that they can talk and consult with us and we can show them what we do here. This has been going on now for little over a year,” she stated. Because the number of patients she sees daily has increased and her mini clinic and yard can highly accommodate all of them, the Lord has laid on her heart to construct a bigger facility, which will take in more sick people. Dr. Hena told the Daily Observer Health Desk recently in Kakata, that she, on her own, doesn’t have the amount of money that would be needed to build the primary healthcare facility. She took her vision to “friends of friends of friends” in the US and they graciously accepted her dream and were touched by God to help Liberians.She disclosed and praised one family (names withheld) in a little town called Canadian Texas in Texas, US, for donating US$200,000 to her cause. She also said that donations in kind and cash came from other people and institutions, too. One of such persons in the Liberia and in Margibi County, whom she said has graciously accepted her dream, is Senator Oscar Cooper. The primary health care facility that she is constructing sits on an acre of land and will have a pharmacy, a dental department, a pediatric ward, an eye department, an X-ray room, rooms for adults’ screening and diagnostic labs. Other facilities the center will contain would be a short stay, telemedicine program, electricity facility that will be provided by solar power among others.She stated that the design for the whole facility was done by some friends outside Liberia, who are specialized in the design of health facilities. Touching on some of the services that they will be offering at the facility, especially looking at the recent Ebola crisis, Dr. Hena stated, “Well, we are very blessed as compare to other facilities since this is new. Our triage is going to be across the fence so that we have better control in the main facility. We will do the washing of hands, the screening of different things before they are allowed into the facility for treatment.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Constitution ‘Humiliates’ People with Disabilities

first_imgThe President of the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), Mr. Beyan Kota, says the 1986 Liberian Constitution is “repugnant and humiliating” to people with disabilities and has urged Legislators to remove an “anti-disability clause” from the Constitution.Mr. Kota said Article 64 of the 1986 Constitution says besides death and resignation, the office of the President and Vice President can also be considered vacant because of “disability,” which is very offensive for persons with disabilities. He argued that persons with disabilities “differ in their ability to work and contribute their quota to the country.”He made the remarks yesterday at the Capitol Building during a one-day public hearing on 25 propositions of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), which are under scrutiny by the House Joint Committee on Good Governance & Government Reform; Election and Inauguration and the Judiciary.The CAB boss spoke specifically on the topic: “The incorporation of disability rights in the referendum.”Article 64 of the Liberian Constitution states in part: “Whenever the office of the President and of the Vice President shall become vacant by reason of removal, death, resignation, inability or other disability of the President and Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be sworn in as Acting President until the holding of elections to fill the vacancies so created…”Mr. Kota said the clause is against the human rights of persons with disabilities, and should not only be abolished, but there should be a referendum for the rights of persons with disabilities.He said persons with disabilities make up 16% of the Liberian population, which is about 300,000 “but are marginalized, underprivileged and extremely poor.”He urged the lawmakers to eliminate the discriminatory clause to be consistent with Article 8 of the Constitution.Article 8 says: “The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.”Meanwhile, the President of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD), Madam Naomi Harris, also urged lawmakers to adopt appropriate measures for the implementation of their rights, which are part of the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Players to keep their cool in 2007

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. – One question facing baseball this season: Will cooler heads prevail? On Opening Day, the sport will doff the traditional wool cap in favor of a new polyester blend model designed to wick away sweat before it can stream down a player’s face. The change is part of commissioner Bud Selig’s focus on boosting player performance, a Major League Baseball official said, and follows a general trend toward moisture-managing “performance” materials in sports apparel. “We started to think, `How can those developments be applied to our headwear?”‘ said John DeWaal, vice president of brand communications at New Era Cap Co., the manufacturer that holds the cap contract. Among early supporters of the new cap is AL Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander, who got a preview while shooting a commercial for New Era. “They look exactly the same, they breathe more and they won’t shrink,” Verlander said. “The best thing is, when it rains, the hats won’t stink like the wool ones did.” In broaching the change, New Era was well aware of the 100 percent wool cap’s long-standing place in baseball history, DeWaal said. Aside from tweaks here and there – a switch from leather sweatbands to cloth in the 1980s, for example – this is the first major overhaul of the baseball cap since the current, six-panel model was adopted in 1954. “There’s a lot of tradition in baseball and we couldn’t completely go against that tradition so we always had that as a parameter,” DeWaal said, “but we wanted to take as open-minded a look at this as possible.” Steve Vucinich, equipment manager of the Oakland A’s, didn’t think there was anything wrong with the old caps when he began testing the new ones with the team’s pitchers about a year ago. center_img “This one is just so much better,” he said after putting it through its paces atop Dan Haren, Joe Blanton, Huston Street and others. The key is the new cap’s ability to absorb sweat so that it can quickly evaporate. “The heat is from the inside of the cap where your head is,” Vucinich explained. “Before, it would just sweat to the band and it would drip kind of toward the bill but drip off there. Now the sweat goes out of the cap, even on top, and then it dries naturally.” There are also some changes to the cap’s underside. The piece under the visor, for example, has gone from gray to black to reduce reflection and glare from the sun and stadium lights. The new caps will retail at about $32, up from the current $29, DeWaal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

FIFA investigates Swiss players’ pro-Kosovo celebrations

first_imgMany people in Kosovo, which has an ethnic Albanian majority, identify with the flag.Both players trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia that declared independence in 2008 in a move that Belgrade still refuses to recognise.FIFA bans all political messages or symbols in stadiums. Xhaka and Shaqiri could be banned for up to two games if they are found to have breached FIFA regulations.World football’s governing body said it was also probing Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made after the game.Krstajic reacted to the defeat by calling for the match referee, Felix Brych of Germany, to be put on trial in a war crimes tribunal in the Hague for failing to award Serbia a penalty.Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic is being investigated by FIFA © AFP / Attila KISBENEDEKSerbia were furious when Brych failed to award a spot-kick in the 66th minute after Aleksandar Mitrovic was wrestled to the ground in the penalty area by Swiss defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schaer.“We were robbed,” Mladen Krstajic told Serbian reports Saturday, when asked about Brych’s decision.“I wouldn’t give him either a yellow or red card, I would send him to the Hague. Then they could put him on trial, like they did to us.”Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the Serbian football association for crowd disturbances and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans.The Serbian press meanwhile called Shaqiri’s goal celebration “shameful provocation”.The player said in a post-match interview his celebration was “just emotion” but added he was not allowed to talk about politics.Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic indicated after the win that he was unimpressed by Shaqiri and Xhaka’s celebrations.“You should never mix politics and football,” he said.The Serbian football association had also reportedly complained to FIFA before the game about the Kosovo flag that adorned one of Shaqiri’s boots.“We sought that he change the boots. It was a provocation, we were playing against Switzerland, not Kosovo,” team official Jovan Surbatovic told Serbian state-run broadcaster RTS.Kosovo declared independence in 2008, less then a decade after the 1998-1999 war between ethnic Albanian guerillas and Serb forces, but Belgrade — backed by its traditional ally Russia — still refuses to recognise the move.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Xherdan Shaqiri was born in Kosovo but moved to Switzerland as a child © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri on Saturday over their pro-Kosovo goal celebrations during the 2-1 win against Serbia.Switzerland’s scorers on Friday, Xhaka and Shaqiri, celebrated their goals by making a “double eagle” gesture with their hands to represent the Albanian flag.last_img read more

No debate between Courtois and Navas next season – Zidane

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, pictured on February 9, 2019MADRID, Spain, Apr 2 – Real Madrid could sell Thibaut Courtois or Keylor Navas this summer after head coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday the club will have a clear first-choice goalkeeper next season. Zidane also defended his choice to play neither keeper against Huesca on Saturday, instead handing his 20-year-old son Luca only his second competitive start for the Spanish giants. Courtois was signed from Chelsea last summer, despite Navas winning UEFA’s best goalkeeper award after helping Madrid win the Champions League.Santiago Solari then put faith in Courtois during his four months in charge but Navas, a favourite of Zidane’s, came back in for the Frenchman’s opening game against Celta Vigo last month.“At the moment there are three good keepers and we are going to finish the season with them,” Zidane said at a press conference on Tuesday.“But I assure you that next season there will be no debate about the goalkeeper, I’ll tell you that now. It’s going to be very clear.”Luca Zidane’s surprise promotion came after Courtois picked up a knock on international duty with Belgium while Navas had trained only once after returning from Costa Rica.But it suggests Zidane feels his son, who joined Madrid’s academy aged six when his father was playing for the club, is ready to compete for a place.“Luca is here on his own merit,” Zidane said. “He’s been here for 16 years. If people who want to go on about the personal thing, I don’t care.”Madrid face Valencia on Wednesday in La Liga, after needing an 89th-minute winner from Karim Benzema to beat Huesca 3-2 on Saturday and make it two wins from two since Zidane’s return.But Barcelona remain 12 points clear of them at the top of the table, with focus continuing on potential changes to Zidane’s squad in the summer.“I have spoken to the club and I have told them what we want to do,” said Zidane.“This is an institution, a club with important people. We do things together, as always,” he added.Gareth Bale is among those whose future is in doubt. The Welshman was again whistled by some of the home fans on Saturday.“I know whistles are never good, I’ve been whistled at, you have to accept it. You have to have the character for it,” Zidane said.“About Gareth’s future, we’ll talk about that at the end of the season. We have to finish the season then we’ll see.”Zidane was more emphatic about the future of his World Cup winning defender, Raphael Varane. “I want him to stay,” Zidane said.“We don’t want a Madrid without Varane. He’s a young player and he seems fine to me, he has not told me otherwise.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Governor to demand budget cuts

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday said the budget proposal he will release next month will come wrapped in a fiscal emergency declaration, a move that will force lawmakers to tackle California’s darkening budget picture months earlier than they otherwise might. The emergency means lawmakers will have to reopen the budget the governor signed in August and consider almost immediate cuts to schools, prisons and aid programs to the poor. Since those cuts will have to come when agencies already have spent more than half their promised funding for the year, the options available to save money may be drastic. For example, the Schwarzenegger administration this week floated the possibility of granting early release to more than 20,000 low-risk prison inmates. Such a move could save the state nearly $800 million through 2010. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSchwarzenegger’s promise to issue an emergency declaration comes as shrinking revenue from the collapsed housing market and slowing taxable sales is threatening to leave the state with a budget shortfall of $10 billion to $14 billion over the next year-and-a-half. It will be the first time Schwarzenegger will have invoked the fiscal emergency provision that was included in Proposition 58, the balanced-budget measure voters approved in 2004. Technically the declaration to come on Jan. 10 will require the governor to propose a plan to rebalance the current budget and force the Legislature to cut costs or increase taxes within 45 days. The special legislative session will focus only on the $2 billion that will need to be slashed during the current fiscal year. Lawmakers will deal with the greater deficit projected for the 2008-09 budget year when they negotiate that spending plan next summer. In a statement issued Friday, Schwarzenegger said he wants to control the growing deficit with spending cuts. He promised to “move quickly in the special session to bring this year’s budget back into balance.” “I firmly believe that the way to solve our chronic budget problem is with fiscal restraint. We will figure out how to get spending in line with revenue,” he said. Assemblyman John Laird, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said he agreed with the governor’s decision to pair the emergency declaration with the release of his spending proposal for the coming fiscal year. In that way, lawmakers can begin considering long-term fixes. But he also said it appeared telling that Schwarzenegger was planning to wait nearly three weeks to issue the emergency declaration. “I think he’s waiting until January because his proposals aren’t ready yet,” Laird said. “He doesn’t know what to cut.” Schwarzenegger’s announcement came amid the latest round of downbeat economic news. The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California added just 900 payroll jobs in November, following a loss of 13,500 jobs in October. “Recent data about the economy will increase the pressure on state and local budgets this year and next,” said Stephen Levy, senior economist at the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. Any state budget cuts to education or social programs – which account for more than three-fourths of the state’s budget – are likely to draw criticism from Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislature. They can make the final decision about spending cuts without support from minority Republicans because they require only a simple majority to enact. A tax increase would need a two-thirds majority and require support from Republicans, who say they will oppose any such attempt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘MY GARDA GROUNDHOG DAY’ – BY FRANK McBREARTY Jnr

first_imgCllr Frank McBrearty has called for Garda posts to be ‘completely independent’BY FRANK McBREARTY JNR: I am reading the Sunday newspapers on February 16th and it feels like I am watching the Groundhog Day movie. The flashbacks and memories of the gardaí trying to frame me for a murder that didn’t happen aided with the help of Garda informants comes rushing back to remind me of the injustice committed against my family and I at the hands of corrupt gardaí, each day repeating itself over and over and at the stroke of midnight the nightmare starts over again and again. What has changed?These are the issues that need to be addressed.Garda reform and recommendations from the Morris Tribunal report need to be implemented. GSOC: to be given the powers and properly funded by Government to be totally independent and no member of An Garda Síochána past or present to be allowed to work for the GSOC.GSOC: to be given oversight powers of senior Garda management right up to the rank of Garda Commissioner when allegations of wrong-doing are made against senior Garda management. GSOC: to be given the same powers as its counterpart in Northern Ireland. GSOC: to be given the remit and powers to investigate complaints against the force from allegations made by Garda whistleblowers.The establishment of new policing boards for each Garda district in Ireland to be put in place with proper powers to enable them to hold senior Garda management to account for policing and that the current joint policing committees be terminated. I have been a member of Donegal’s joint policing committee since 2009. It is a waste of taxpayers’ money.The former Garda inspectorate Kathleen O’Toole’s work over the five years she was in the job needs to be fully published. Informants: oversight and constant inspections by an independent authority needs to be established concerning their operations and handling to ensure that no criminality occurs.For example, after the Morris Tribunal, the Garda force was required to register informants under its Covert Human Intelligence Source system (CHIS). Informants are not supposed to be actively engaged in criminality. What watchdog ensures that the rules are not broken?See Fr McVerry’s (Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice) report (workingnotes.ie) on the Morris Tribunal in 2004 long before its conclusion and An Garda Síochána Bill 2004. It makes for interesting reading. See also Morris’s reports.The problems that have been aired over recent weeks all stem back to the handling by An Garda Síochána of informants and the intelligence-gathering conducted through their flawed system CHIS.We must have an independent oversight of the Department of Justice as this is where the heart of our problems lies and their relationship with the Minister and Garda Commissioner is questionable to say the least in a modern day democracy. Reform needs to happen here also. The question that now needs to be asked is how many innocent people are in jail at the hands of corrupt gardaí. We need to stop this and begin to look at policing in the past, present and into the future so we can learn from our mistakes. Accountability.Publish the Carty report (internal Garda investigation): this will show why we need reform of the Garda.So what has changed? Nothing. The only thing that has changed is the gardaí have more power and what comes with more power, more abuse of power.A threat to justice anywhere in Ireland is a threat to justice everywhere in Ireland. ‘MY GARDA GROUNDHOG DAY’ – BY FRANK McBREARTY Jnr was last modified: February 22nd, 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:corruptionFrank McBrearty JnrGardalast_img read more

Liverpool star confident Rodgers would have turned club around if he wasn’t sacked

first_img changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware Maybe the Reds did sack him too soon, but, nonetheless, Liverpool got rid of Rodgers to bring in Klopp.And the rest, as they say, is history. Most read in Premier League SORRY latest 3 James Milner believes Brendan Rodgers would have turned Liverpool’s fortunes around if he wasn’t sacked in October 2015 with the Reds sitting 10th in the Premier League.Milner, the midfielder, joined Liverpool just a few months before Rodgers was axed, agreeing a free transfer to Anfield following the expiration of his Manchester City contract. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img whoops predicted 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Liverpool’s form in Milner’s early months on Merseyside left the club 10th in the Premier League by October, leading to Rodgers’ dismissal and the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager. Under Klopp, Milner has been a fine performer, starring at left-back two years ago before returning to the midfield last season and recording the highest number of assists in a single Champions League season in the history of the competition.Klopp has guided Liverpool out of the doldrums Rodgers left them in, but Milner is confident the current Celtic manager would have done similar if given more time at Anfield. possible standings Rodgers has guided Celtic to domestic trebles in each of his two seasons at Parkhead revealed Rodgers convinced Milner to leave Manchester City for Liverpool in 2015 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Rodgers almost guided Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2013/14 “Would he have turned things round if he’d been given more time? I’m sure he would have done.“You don’t come as close as he did to winning the league without doing something right, but the club chose a different path.”Given all but one of Rodgers’ seasons at Anfield were relatively disappointing, the title challenge in 2013/14 seems an outlier rather than the norm. While Milner’s prediction that Rodgers could have restored Liverpool to glory can never turn out to be true, his success at Celtic suggests the Northern Irish coach knows how to win silverware. Quoted by The Times, Milner said: “My impression of him [Rodgers] is that he’s a very good manager; he was one of the main reasons I signed for Liverpool, in fact. It’s a massive club and doesn’t need too much selling but Brendan played a very big part when I made my decision.“From speaking with him before I joined and then working with him full-time, I could see how well prepared he is, how good he is tactically during training sessions and how impressive his man-management is.“It was unfortunate I didn’t get to play under him for longer. That remains a disappointment but it’s pleasing to me to see that he’s come to another big club and done so well.“Liverpool’s loss has been Celtic’s gain, but we were lucky enough to bring in Jurgen Klopp after Brendan. He’s another top manager, so it’s worked out well for both clubs. Brendan did well at Anfield and he came so close to ending that long wait for the title [in 2013/14]. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3last_img read more

‘GOVERNMENT SLEEP-WALKING THROUGH DONEGAL JOBS CRISIS’

first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of sleep-walking through the ongoing jobs crisis in Co Donegal and the North West region. According to the latest Live Register figures, the North West and Border regions, and Co Donegal in particular, is lagging far behind the rest of the country when it comes to tackling the jobs crisis.Deputy McConalogue explained: “As of the end of March, there were 19,185 people on the Live Register in Co Donegal. That’s a tiny decrease from the 19,526 at the end of February. The decrease is more than offset by the numbers who have been forced to leave Donegal for work, the numbers who have dropped off the Live Register to engage in education and training and the numbers who have been kicked off the Live Register because their Job Seekers entitlements have expired. “It means that we have seen virtually no improvement in the employment situation in Co Donegal. This adds to the strong sense that there is a two-tiered recovery underway in this country. While Dublin may be benefiting from some improvements, Donegal and the North West are being left behind. There has been a major fall-off in IDA visits to this region over the past three years and little or no focus by this Government in creating jobs in Donegal and the North West region.“It’s extremely frustrating for Donegal job seekers to hear the Government praising itself for the ‘improvements’ in the labour market, when there is little evidence of any improvements here in Donegal. The Government cannot afford to sit back and claim that we no longer have a jobs crisis. This is simply not true. Over 200 people a day are still emigrating. There are now 180,000 people across the country who have been out of work for over 12 months. And we have serious regional imbalances in employment rates that seem to be growing month on month.“I am once again calling on the Government to recognise the extent of the job crisis in the North West and start making a targeted effort to create jobs in this region. We cannot continue to allow a situation where parts of the country experience some economic recovery while other parts, like Donegal, are left behind. It’s time that this Government made Donegal and the North West region a priority.”  ‘GOVERNMENT SLEEP-WALKING THROUGH DONEGAL JOBS CRISIS’ was last modified: April 8th, 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:Charlie McConaloguejobs crisislast_img read more

Express eye second successive victory on the road

first_imgExpress defeated Nyamityobora in their last away game (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueNdejje Vs ExpressArena of VisionsTuesday @4pm.BOMBO – Ndejje University hosts Express FC at the Arena of Visions as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues.The University side held the Red Eagles to a goalless draw at Wankulukuku in their first meeting of the season.The University side had picked just two wins in 18 games when they won against Maroons at home and away to Ndejje.For the visitors, under a new manager Geaorge Ssemwogerere, they have managed one win against Nyamitobora and a draw with Maroons.Team news:Express defender Shafik Kakeeto could return to the team after sitting out the 1-1 draw with Maroons due to injury but Eric Kambale remains on the sidelines.Tony Odur and Brian Umony could make the starting line up after making telling impact of the bench last time out.For the hosts, With Francis Onekalit, Anwar Ntege and Noel Nasasira, they have a potent attack that will test a seemingly defensive minded Express.Match Facts:The two teams are going to be playing each other for the second time, the first having finished goalless.If Ndejje wins the match, it could jump out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.A victory for Express would make them go in the 7th position.Ndejje University is third from bottom with 16 points while Express is 9th with 25 points.Comments Tags: Express FCndejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more