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

LVG talked out of quitting, Liverpool frustrated over Teixeira – latest gossip

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal offered to resign as the Manchester United manager on Saturday following the dismal home defeat by Southampton but Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, persuaded him to discuss his future with his family. Having returned to the Netherlands on Sunday, Van Gaal will hold fresh talks with Woodward on Tuesday on his return to Manchester. It is possible Van Gaal could yet insist it is best for the club if he leaves, but Woodward is keen to avoid having to appoint a manager in the middle of the season. (Guardian)Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira wants to join Liverpool but the Anfield club will have to improve upon their latest £28million offer. Shakhtar rejected Liverpool’s revised bid for Teixeira on Monday and are holding out for closer to their £38million valuation. (Daily Mail)Andros Townsend looks certain to move from Tottenham to Newcastle with the clubs close to agreeing a compromise over the fee for the England winger. Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, had originally demanded that they pay £14m to secure the 24-year-old and rejected Newcastle’s opening offer of £10m earlier this month. But Mauricio Pochettino has personally intervened to request that the club accepts a lower bid – understood to be somewhere in the middle of the two clubs’ valuations. (Guardian)Newcastle United are set to make another attempt to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this month, despite having already failed to persuade the player to leave midway through the season. Newcastle are willing to pay more than £20m to land the 24-year-old, as well as offer him a contract that would make him one of the highest earners at the club. (Daily Telegraph)West Ham have hit complications over their bid to sign Emmanuel Emenike but are hopeful of completing a loan deal for the striker before the transfer window closes. (London Evening Standard)Chelsea are ready to let Loic Remy move to Crystal Palace before next Monday’s deadline – as long as the Blues secure Alexandre Pato. (Daily Mirror)Stoke have been given a boost after £19million target Giannelli Imbula was left out of his club Porto’s game at the weekend. Mark Hughes has made the talented 23-year-old midfielder his No 1 priority this January, after discovering he is surplus to requirements at the Portuguese giants. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are set to revive their interest in £8m-rated QPR winger Matt Phillips after in-form Junior Stanislas became the latest Cherries star to be struck down by a knee injury. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Chelsea transfer news: Ramires on verge of £20m move to China Chelsea transfer latest: Christian Atsu to join Malaga on loan Arsenal set to fight off Chelsea and Liverpool to land teen sensation Kylian MbappeLeicester transfer report: Premier League leaders table £8m bid for Serie A hotshot Eder Transfer report: PSG defender Gregory van der Wiel stalls on new deal amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United Transfer report: Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy keen to join Aston Villa on loan Tottenham transfer news: Paris Saint-Germain rebuff loan bid for young striker Swindon Town keen to wrap up permanent deal for Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux Fulham step closer to signing Austria defender Michael Madl as club confirm medicallast_img read more