UN Envoy Calls For Consolidated Support

first_imgThe United Nations Secretary -General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, has emphasized the need for the international community to remain fully engaged in its support to boost Liberia’s recovery efforts, while praising the government’s efforts in tackling the deadly Ebola virus disease for the second time being declared “Ebola free”. He said particular attention should now be paid to key areas such as food security, health systems, and non-Ebola related health services. According to a dispatch from New York, the UN Envoy made the observation over the weekend when he addressed the business community recently at the US- Liberia Trade and Investment Forum which took place in New York, U.S.A. He said that the momentum built during the International Ebola Recovery Conference recently which generated tremendous international support for national recovery plans of the affected countries should be taken forward.“There is a need to build up the public health systems and improve primary care in Liberia and the region,” Dr. Nabarro stressed, adding, “Ebola exploits fragile and overstretched health systems with limited public health capabilities; therefore, we must prioritize strengthening the health institutions, develop their infrastructure and support the training of the necessary personnel.” Dr. Nabarro, who has worked for over fifteen years with the World Health Organization and the U.N. Secretariat respectively, said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex epidemic, posing challenges of epic proportions to the region and the global community. He, however, acknowledged that there has been significant progress to end the Ebola outbreak; but was quick to stress that getting to and staying at zero remains a challenge in the other affected countries. “Transmission is on-going and the risk of reintroduction due to virus persistence has emerged as real threat.”The UN expert intimated that the focus of this last phase of the Ebola response is aimed at reaching a sustainable end and preparedness to respond to any future outbreak. He explained that the world must focus on understanding the risks especially viral persistence in survivors, maintain surveillance and putting in place a rapid response capacity that can quickly contain any future flare-up of the virus.On the impact of Ebola on economies of the affected countries, Dr. Nabarro said the Ebola outbreak took a significant economic and social tool on West African nations. He said beyond human death and illness, the widespread and intense transmission of Ebola has had grave health, social and economic consequences; noting that it has devastated families and communities, compromised essential services including health and education, weakened economies and isolated affected communities.Speaking on the role of the private sector towards the long term development of post-Ebola, Dr. Nabarro said that aside from the significant social and economic impact that Ebola has had on many West African countries, the epidemic has also triggered a range of innovative and flexible partnerships with the private sector, civil society actors, as well as local governments, regional organizations and international actors. He stressed that the private sector continues to have a critical role to support and augment the traditional public sector-led response.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Five more years

first_imgWhile Bratton can boast that the streets are safer, the city keeps losing good jobs, traffic congestion gets worse, overdevelopment keeps on ruining the quality of life, and City Hall keeps spending more than it has, robbing the public of vital services. Unlike the city’s elected officials, Bratton isn’t trying to win a popularity contest. He’s trying to make the LAPD a better police department, and provide security for nearly 4 million people, not tiptoe around the tender sensitivities of do-nothing politicians. But with the chance to confirm or deny Bratton a second term as chief, we challenge the council to stand up to him in public because he had the temerity to suggest last summer that some of its members “don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.” Instead of confronting the chief directly, the council went over his head to his bosses, whining in writing to the Police Commission to investigate his unseemly conduct. Well, it’s taken nine months or so, but the commission has finally ruled that Bratton did nothing wrong, suggesting that “ideally” he should choose his words more carefully when insulting the council. A better suggestion might be for the council to take lessons in straight talk rather than engaging in the kind of obfuscation that is the hallmark of its public pronouncements. WHEN William Bratton agreed to head the Los Angeles Police Department in 2002, many speculated about whether the celebrity cop would stay for his full first term. After leading the New York Police Department, the LAPD – barely one-fourth the size – might seem like small potatoes. There was also some question about whether the New Englander’s brash style would get him in trouble with the community or elected officials. But here it is, 4 1/2 years later, and Bratton wants another five-year term. And he has no intention of changing his style. He has the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and he ought to get the full support of the city’s elected leaders – even if he steps on their toes from time to time. The reason for that is simple: Bratton is doing a good job. That’s something few at City Hall can claim, and certainly not the City Council, which has done so little to face L.A.’s real issues. Well, now is members’ chance to make a stand, but the odds favor their ducking a fight and signing off quickly on giving Bratton another five years to fix the LAPD. But in doing so, they would be doing what’s right for the city, and that in itself would be progress.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

Arsenal’s Cazorla suffers fresh injury setback

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has suffered another injury setback. (REUTERS)LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 28 – Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been forced to have another operation on his Achilles, prolonging his long injury nightmare and delaying his return to action.Cazorla has not played for the Gunners since October last year and said earlier this month he almost lost his foot due to a serious infection. Arsene Wenger had expressed hope Cazorla might recover in time to feature again in January but the 32-year-old has suffered a fresh setback.“Due to some discomfort in the tendon the last few days, I have had to undergo surgery,” Cazorla tweeted on Wednesday.“It is delaying the date of my return to the field. I maintain my hope and motivation to enjoy my great passion, football.”The message was accompanied by a picture of Cazorla making a gesture of prayer while in action for Arsenal.Wenger has admitted Cazorla’s injury is the worst he has ever known, with the player’s foot requiring a series of operations, as well as a skin graft from his arm.Cazorla joined Arsenal in 2012 from Malaga and has made more than 150 appearances for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Swansea reported over Vorm’s Tottenham switch

first_imgSwansea City have been reported to FIFA by Dutch club FC Utrecht in relation to former goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s transfer to Tottenham.Vorm completed his move from Wales to White Hart Lane last month for around £3.5million, but Utrecht claim they are yet to receive the 30 per cent of the fee that was allegedly part of the deal that saw the 30-year-old stopper leave for Swansea in 2011.A FIFA spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we’ve received a complaint from the club FC Utrecht against the club Swansea City in connection with the transfer of the player Michel Vorm.“At this stage we cannot make any further comment.”Swansea last week issued a statement to say the transfer was “conducted and concluded correctly under Premier League rules”.A Swansea spokesman said: “It was approved by the Premier League and also FIFA via their TMS [Transfer Matching] system.“While we have been in contact with Utrecht as a matter of courtesy, we will continue to conduct our business in the best interest of our football club and our supporters, and not based on the views of other clubs.” Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm secured a move from Swansea to Tottenham this summer 1last_img read more

DDTV: JEROME QUINN’S VIDEO PREVIEW OF COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS

first_imgVideo Preview – Donegal SFC Semi-finals from Jerome Quinn on Vimeo.Watch a preview of the 2011 Radio na Gaeltachta Donegal SFC Semi-finals, showing match action from three of the Quarter-finals – Kilcar beating Ardara, Glenswilly beating St Eunan’s, and St Michael’s beating Gaoth Dobhair. Glenfin will play St Michael’s while Glenswilly take on Kilcar.For more go to www.jeromequinnmedia.com.DDTV: JEROME QUINN’S VIDEO PREVIEW OF COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS was last modified: September 8th, 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:kilcar glenswilly st michael’s glenfin jerome quinnlast_img read more