US, Norwegian Diplomats Arrive to Assess Ebola Situation

first_imgThe Government of Liberia says it is expecting two distinguished guests today in the persons of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and Foreign Minister of Norway, Børge Brende to assess the Ebola situation in Liberia and other infected countries in the sub-region.According to a US State Department release, Mr. Shah is currently on a 5-day visit to West Africa, specifically Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal from October 13-17, to meet with national and local officials, aid organizations, and staff coordinating the international response to the Ebola outbreak in the sub-region. USAID is helping to coordinate an aggressive U.S. Government response to the Ebola outbreak that leverages broad expertise and personnel from several federal departments and agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and State, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Administrator Rajiv Shah began leadership of USAID a few days before the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. He is generally credited for leading a very successful effort in assisting Haiti recover through a very swift and effective response. It is expected that Administrator Shah will bring the same vision and strategic response to the fight against Ebola. Rajiv Shah previously served as Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Norway’s Foreign Minister Brende, for his part, will get a firsthand look and briefing on the outbreak and its effect on the country. He is expected to renew Norway’s commitment to assisting Liberia with Ebola, as well as his country’s partnership beyond Ebola. Minister Brende, who is also Councilor of State, presides over the Ministry which is responsible for trade, foreign aid and cooperation with international organizations, among other things. He belongs to the Conservative Party and previously served in the Norwegian government as Minister of the Environment and as Minister of Trade and Industry.During a high-level Ebola Crisis Event held in connection with the World Bank annual meetings in Washington, D.C. last week, Minister, Børge Brende on Thursday, October 9, pledged well over US$10 million toward a new multi-donor fund for the fight against Ebola set up by the World Bank. “It is positive that the World Bank is setting up a fund to put the health sector in the affected countries in a better position to deal with the crisis.  Norway will contribute NOK 70 million (well over US$10 million) to the fund,” said Minister Børge Brende at the event. Earlier that week, the Norwegian Government doubled its funding for the fight against Ebola, bringing Norway’s contribution up to a total of NOK 184 million. With the addition of this pledge to the new fund, Norway’s support will amount to NOK 254 million (nearly US$40 million).According to Liberia’s Information Minister Lewis Brown, the Government of Liberia intends to engage both officials regarding support to communities in terms of community care centers, increase public awareness, and to seek continued support for rebuilding of the nation’s public health system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fortuna’s Cortes, Eureka’s Martin and Ferndale’s Regli named MVPs as H-DN all-league soccer is announced

first_imgEureka >> Fortuna’s Chico Cortes, Eureka’s Kiah Martin and Ferndale’s Genevieve Regli were named most valuable players as the Humboldt-Del Norte all-league soccer lists were released on Wednesday.Cortes, Fortuna’s co-captain and a prolific goal-scorer, was a key player on the frontline of Fortuna’s run to an undefeated season and North Coast Division I championship.In the girl’s league, Eureka’s versatile Kiah Martin and Ferndale midfielder Genevieve Regli were named co-MVPs in a league that …last_img read more

London Olympics: Celebrations can wait, medals are the focus for Gagan right now

first_imgIf you thought Gagan Narang was partying the whole night after winning a bronze medal, that’s not been the case. People did come to meet the new Olympic bronze medallist on Tuesday, but the champion says he is not yet in party mode.”Obviously, a lot of pressure is off me but there was no big party last night,” Gagan said on Tuesday.Like a true champion, Gagan said that with two more events to go in the London Olympics, he cannot get distracted.”Yes, it’s nice I have an Olympic medal now but I have to focus on my next two events. My coach Stanislas Lapidus is not going to let me relax,” added Narang as he made his way back at the ranges.In Beijing, after failing to make it to the 10m air rifle final, Narang said he had lost focus for the three-position event. But this time around, the determination seems a lot more and he is not discounting his chances of competing hard once again.For someone like Gagan, who has stayed focussed through multiple events at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, this is perhaps a chance to prove to the world that there is no limit to the success a strong will can achieve.Historically, among Indians at the Olympics, no athlete has won multiple medals in the same edition. Gagan has a chance to add a new chapter if he can motivate himself all over again.With coach Lapidus not allowing Gagan too many media interactions, we will wait for India’s newest Olympic medallist to speak his heart out at length.advertisementlast_img read more

Nelson If the Iranian trip wasnt right chief tell me whats your

first_imgAPTN National newsFormer Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson’s trip to Iran created controversy in Canada.During his trip, Nelson spoke on Iranian television comparing reserves to concentration camps and claimed North America denied a “holocaust” was committed against Indigenous people.Nelson sat down with APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie to discuss his trip.Nelson: If the Iranian trip wasn’t right, chief tell me what’s your planlast_img