UBA Gives Additional US$300K to Help Eradicate Ebola

first_imgIn fulfillment of a promise made to government and in furtherance of its corporate social responsibility to the country, the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Liberia has donated an additional US$300,000.00 to the national Ebola Task Force headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The bank, through its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Madam Chioma Mang, said that the fund was intended to help eradicate the Ebola virus from the country.CEO Mang made the presentation to President Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia yesterday.  Also in attendance were Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie and scores of UBA officials.The CEO reassured President Sirleaf and Liberians that UBA is here to stay, no matter what the country is going through. “We will support the well-meaning efforts of your administration in rebuilding and repositioning Liberia. We will stand with you.”As an indigenous Pan African Bank, UBA has shown strong commitment to the countries of the Ebola “hot spots” where they do business. The bank has also remained open for business in the respective countries including Liberia, even at the peak of the crisis.UBA made an initial donation of a brand new truck to support the logistics of the Ebola Response Team. The Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, through his foundation, in August also made a donation of US$600,000.00 to affected countries. This came as one of the earliest responses from any private sector organization or individual to the crisis.“It is our belief in UBA, driven by the strong passion of the Chairman of the UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, that Africans should lead the way for solution to Africa’s problems.“Commitment to Africa’s long-term progress is engraved in the UBA’s DNA and is irrevocable,” Madam Mang said during the presentation ceremony.“While we commend all previous donors, both local and international, we call strongly on corporate Africa not to relent, but continue their donations in the fight against the ‘unwanted visitor to West Africa’,” said Madam Mang.President Sirleaf commended the Bank and said that Liberia could not have achieved the level of progress now without support and partnership, “especially from our African brothers and sisters like UBA.”She said the bank’s chairman, Tony Elumelu, has been of great help to Liberia through his partnership and has for a long time expressed interest in Liberia’s growth and potentials.She used the opportunity to remind the UBA’s top management of the post-Ebola reconstruction era as financial institutions partnering with Liberia will be greatly needed in this direction.President Sirleaf encouraged the bank and other financial institutions to begin planning for the post-Ebola economic revitalization which she said will focus on agriculture and macro-finance.The Liberian leader acknowledged President Good-Luck Jonathan of Nigeria, who she said was the first to commit support to affected countries, an initiative she said corporate Nigeria began to emulate.Ambassador Chigozie Obi-Nnagozie commended the Liberian government for being committed to the process of saving lives. She said, “I’m pleased to see what has happened here, which is in support of your tenacious leadership, Madam President. Nigeria is with Liberia.”Ambassador Nnagozie indicated that whatever affects Liberia also affects Nigeria, and as such the latter will also be in the position to help the former.Meanwhile, UBA has offered its Unique Payment Solution (UPS), the UBA Africard Powered by VISA Prepaid Card to the government of Liberia. This, the bank said, would help to alleviate the problems encountered in making payments of salaries and allowances to the numerous healthcare workers in the country.The new UPS allows the salaries and allowances to be uploaded to the Prepaid Salary Card which the beneficiaries can use to access cash from the bank’s Automatic Transfer Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) machines deployed strategically in Monrovia and around the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Consoles the Philippines on Motorboat Accident

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of the Republic of the Philippines for the motorboat which capsized in the Ormoc Seas, Leyte Province, leaving thirty eight (38) persons dead and fifteen (15) others missing. In the massage to Mr. Benigno Aqugino, III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Sirleaf extended heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia especially to the bereaved families for the irreparable loses sustained, as a result of the tragic incident.Madam Sirleaf prayed that God will grant President Aqugino, III and the People of the Philippines strength, courage and fortitude as they go through the period of national mourning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

East La Penitence man slapped with murder charge

first_imgD’Urban St fatal stabbingMatthew Parks of East La Penitence, Georgetown, was on Wednesday before the Chief Magistrate, charged with the stabbing death of Roger Allen following an alleged row over cigarettes.It is alleged that the 20-year-old man killed 22-year-old Allen on September 13,Matthew Park2018, following an argument. He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on October 10.Guyana Times had previously reported that Allen, a Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) employee, was killed when he allegedly attacked the defendant at his place of work on D’Urban and Chapel Streets, Georgetown. Allen had reportedly visited a minimart where Parks worked and the two had an argument over cigarettes. The security of the said minimart was called and had Allen escorted from the establishment. Later the same say, Allen allegedly returned to the minimart armedRoger Allenwith a knife and a piece of wood. He reportedly attacked the suspect who fought with him, managing to disarm him of the knife. The man then allegedly proceeded to stab Allen to his body but before doing so, he also received a blow to his body. Both men fell to the ground but were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where Allen succumbed to his injuries. A post-mortem examination report showed that one of Allen’s arteries was severed which caused him to lose a significant amount of blood.The mother of the now dead man, 61-year-old Donna Whyte of Lot 60 Freeman Street, Georgetown, explained to this publication that she was informed that her son was involved in a scuffle with the young man and was taken to the hospital.According to her, Allen who works with the disconnection crew at GWI had earlier disconnected his friend’s water, which led to an argument.last_img read more

Body of missing mushroom picker found in Fort Nelson area

first_imgAt 11:55 a.m. on July 7, his body was found by an RCMP helicopter pilot and Police Service Dog handler in the wooded area at kilometre 29 of the Eskai Road. He was located in an area within one kilometre from where his backpack and mushroom baskets were found, which were several hundred metres from where he was dropped off.Although Martin was known as an experienced outdoors person with advanced hunting, fishing and backcountry skills, he was only equipped with the necessities for a one day excursion, and the loss of his backpack greatly concerned authorities.Martin was a member of the Neskonlith Indian Band near Chase, B.C., and the Fort Nelson First Nation, along with Fort Nelson Victim Services, are now assisting his family in their time of grief. No further information on his cause of death has been released.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Southgate condemns racism as UEFA charges Montenegro

first_img“Sanctions are worthless if there is nothing alongside that to help educate people,” said England coach Southgate.“My kids don’t think for one minute about where people are born, what language they speak, what colour they are.“There’s an innocence about young people that is only influenced by older people. So we have to make sure that the education is right for everybody.“In our country, (it’s) the same. I’ve said this before, I’m not sitting here just criticising what’s happened tonight because in our country we have the same issue. We’re not free of it.”Montenegro’s Sport Minister Nikola Janovic “strongly condemned” the incident.“If a group of individuals really sent inappropriate messages, on behalf of the government and ministry of sport I strongly condemn it and send a message that in Montenegro there will not be nor could be justification or understanding for that,” Janovic said in a statement.England manager Gareth Southgate © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICSterling’s goal capped a fine performance in which Ross Barkley struck twice and Michael Keane and Harry Kane also scored as England overcame the hosts’ early opener to seal an impressive victory.England coach Southgate said the racist chanting had marred the win, which leaves England in charge of Group A following two big wins.Sterling tweeted a picture of his goal celebration, saying: “Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists)”.“It’s 2019 now, I keep saying it. It’s a shame to see this going on and we can only bring awareness to the situation,” he told Sky Sports.“It’s now time for the people in charge to put a real stamp on it because you can fine someone, but what is that going to do?”– Closure threat –UEFA announced on Tuesday that disciplinary proceedings had been opened, with charges against Montenegro including racist behaviour and crowd disturbances.The case will be dealt with on May 16.The Football Association called the abuse “unacceptable at any level” and said it would assist UEFA’s investigation.“On Monday evening, England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier in Montenegro,” said an FA spokesman. “This is unacceptable at any level of the game and we welcome UEFA’s decision today to take disciplinary action.“Our immediate focus is on supporting UEFA with their investigation and the players and staff involved.”UEFA regulations state that if supporters engage in racist behaviour then “the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure”.Article 14 also states that additional sanctions can be imposed depending on the situation, while “disciplinary measures may be combined with specific directives aimed at tackling such conduct”.Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) praised the England players for their reaction in a match it said it had designated as “high risk” prior to it taking place, and called for heavy sanctions.“We commend the reaction of the England players involved. No human being should have to face abuse and vilification for their race or identity, something that many Montenegrins will understand from the divisive and bloody recent history of the Balkans,” FARE said in a statement.Kick It Out campaigner Troy Townsend said the incidents showed UEFA had “failed the game” in its handling of racist abuse.British Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton tweeted: “Congrats to @England on their 5-1 win against Montenegro last night, you’re doing us all proud. What you faced with the chants was despicable. Completely unacceptable, no room for this behaviour in any sport. #loveoverhate #silencethehaters.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England forward Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring the fifth goal against Montenegro in a 5-1 win © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 26 – Gareth Southgate has called for education to stamp out racism in football as European governing body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro following abuse aimed at black England players during his side’s 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifier win in Podgorica.Raheem Sterling celebrated the fifth goal on Monday by cupping his ears towards the home fans as a sign of defiance, while Callum Hudson-Odoi said he and Danny Rose heard monkey noises aimed at them.last_img read more

Chrysler workers walk out, get pact

first_imgDETROIT – The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative four-year contract with Chrysler Wednesday, hours after going on strike and the same day General Motors workers ratified a separate four-year pact. Next up: Ford. A person with knowledge of the Chrysler LLC agreement said it includes some guarantees that vehicles will be produced at U.S. factories, a company-funded union-run trust that will pay much of Chrysler’s $18 billion in long-term retiree health care costs, and a lower wage scale for some newly hired workers. The person, who requested anonymity because the contract has not been ratified by union members, said the new vehicle guarantees are not as extensive as those given by General Motors Corp. Gettelfinger wouldn’t release any details of the contract, but Chrysler said the tentative agreement includes the retiree health care trust. The newly private company didn’t say how much money it will contribute to the trust. “The national agreement is consistent with the economic pattern and balances the needs of our employees and company by providing a framework to improve our long-term manufacturing competitiveness,” Chrysler Vice President and Chairman Tom LaSorda said in a statement. Chrysler’s national UAW contract covers about 45,000 workers and 78,000 retirees and spouses. Brett Ward, a material handler at Chrysler’s Sterling Heights assembly plant, said Wednesday night he had not been given details of the agreement. But he feared that it would have a lower-tier wage structure for new hires that was similar to what the union negotiated with GM. In the next contract, he’s afraid Chrysler will negotiate wages downward for all workers similar to a deal between the UAW and troubled auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. “They made it one tier again, but a much lower, undesirable one,” said Ward, a member of Soldiers of Solidarity, a group often critical of the union. Kevin Bork, a senior designer at a Chrysler technical center, said his primary concerns are health care and stopping the outsourcing of jobs. “I’m very happy that the strike didn’t last very long and we’ll all be returning to work,” he said. “Now it’s just a matter of seeing what the offer is.” The UAW said its historic contract with GM, which also includes a retiree health care trust, was approved by 66 percent of production workers and 64 percent of skilled trades workers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The guarantees, which translate into job security for union workers, are in many cases only for the life of current products, the person said. GM made guarantees at many factories that include the next generation of cars, trucks and parts. The new lower wage scale, the person said, covers new hires who would replace Chrysler Mopar parts transportation workers. Buyout and early retirement offers would be made to current workers in an effort to get them to leave, the person said. The lower wage scale is similar to the one negotiated by GM, the person said. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said the strike against Chrysler, which is 80.1 percent owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, would end immediately and workers should report for their next available shift. “This agreement was made possible because UAW workers made it clear to Chrysler that we needed an agreement that rewards the contributions they have made to the success of this company,” Gettelfinger said in a statement. last_img read more

Chelsea FC news: Guus Hiddink offers advice to Eden Hazard

first_img1 Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has urged Eden Hazard to “play like a kid” as the Belgian winger looks to get back to his best for the Blues.Hazard won a host of individual awards last season as Chelsea lifted the Premier League title and Capital One Cup, but he and the Blues have had a chastening campaign.Reports have suggested Hazard, who is in line to play for Belgium at this summer’s European Championship, is agitating for a move, with Real Madrid and Paris St Germain interested.However, Hazard is still seen as a vital player for the West London club, and even though he has been playing poorly, it is hard to imagine the club accepting his exit.Wherever the Belgian star is next season, Hiddink has offered him advice, urging Hazard to ‘play like a kid’ after his recent struggles.“The next period will be very interesting for him,” the Dutchman said.“Last year everything was beautiful and this year everything is, for him, dark. The contrast is huge.“He was the number one and now he’s at the end of a long row of players. That’s difficult. What do you do?“We must not dramatise too much. Try to play like a kid. Try to think in the moment.”Antonio Conte, who is set to take charge of the Blues this summer, will likely be eager to get the best out of Hazard next term.The 25-year-old is a proven star, and when playing at top form, he makes any team a fearsome prospect.Hiddink believes Hazard should be showing himself off this season, whether to impress Conte, or to impress any potenital suitors who may look to sign him this summer.“If he is planning in his career, then he must show it where he is playing now and in the near future,” the former PSV boss added. Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea last_img read more

Wayne Rooney to kick off second Everton spell in Tanzania on Thursday

first_img1 Wayne Rooney will make his first appearance back in an Everton shirt in the club’s friendly against Kenyan opponents Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.Manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed all players making the trip to East Africa, arranged as part of their partnership with new sponsors SportPesa, will feature for at least 45 minutes.“I’m looking forward to it – it should be a good trip,” Rooney, whose return to his boyhood club was confirmed when he signed a two-year contract at the weekend to end his 13-year stay at Manchester United, told evertontv.“It’ll be nice and hopefully I’ll get on the pitch and get some game-time.“It’s good when you go away with the team. It’s good to be around the hotel with the players, spend more time with them and get to know them more.“I’ve never been to Tanzania before, so I’m really looking forward to it.”Koeman will take new signings Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane on the trip but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez are still on extended leave after their involvement in the European Under-21 Championship.The Toffees boss said: “It’s always difficult in pre-season to go a long way abroad because it will be hot over there and we need to play the friendly.“But with the way we have organised it, we leave on Tuesday evening and are back on Friday – that’s good because it’s not too long and it won’t have a negative effect on our pre-season.“It’s a trip that is not all about football. There is the commercial side as well, which is good for Everton. We will support the club in what we need to do over there.“The most important thing is how we start our pre-season. It is about what we need to do to get to our best at our football and physical levels.“This is our first friendly and everybody will be involved for 45 minutes in the game. You play football to win and we will do that in Tanzania.”Striker Oumar Niasse, one of five out-of-favour players not to be allocated a shirt number last summer after featuring for just 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly, has been handed the number 34 after Everton confirmed their squad’s shirt list.However, it appears unlikely Niasse, who scored five times in 19 appearances after joining Hull on loan in January, will feature much for Koeman’s side as the Dutchman has brought in almost £40million-worth of attacking talent and is still interested in Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.Rooney’s number 10 was confirmed a couple of days ago but fellow forward Ramirez has taken the number nine shirt, injured winger Yannick Bolasie has swapped 14 for the departed Gerard Deulofeu’s number seven while goalkeeper Joel Robles has surrendered his number one shirt to Pickford.For all the recruitment – with close to £100million spent so far – the club have done, captain Phil Jagielka admits the signing of Rooney is a “bit special”.“To get Wayne in so early is great. He will be able to go on the pre-season trips we have and become as fit as possible,” he told evertontv.“It will be great to have him around the gaff because he knows what it takes to be an Everton player.“He has had to pretend not to be for a little while but, as you can see, he is delighted to put on the blue shirt.”last_img read more

GARDA INVESTIGATION AFTER FIVE CHILDREN ASSAULTED IN PARK

first_imgA Letterkenny mother has claimed that a gang of young tearaways are terrorising other children at a local park.The mother contacted Donegal Daily after her 12 year old son was punched in the face and his friends also assaulted by the gang at Ballymacool Park this afternoon.The outraged woman said she contacted Gardai in Letterkenny who said they could not send a car as they had none available. However when the woman told Gardai what had happened, they claimed they could not do anything about the incident as the attackers were juveniles.The woman told us that she has spoken to a number of other parents at the park who said such attacks and intimidation are now common-place at the park.She said she is outraged that Gardai did not follow-up her complaint and visit the homes of the alleged attackers.“I simply do not think that enough is being done about this. “I told the Gardai who I believe was responsible for the attack. I spoke to these youths and they admitted it“They even told me where the ball was which they stole from my son and I recovered it“I have spoken to other parents and they have told me that there have been several complaints made against the same group.“Something needs to be done about this before some child is seriously hurt,” she said. GARDA INVESTIGATION AFTER FIVE CHILDREN ASSAULTED IN PARK was last modified: August 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:assaultBALLYMACOOL PARKGardaiMOTHERlast_img read more

Letterkenny artist Peadar McDaid scoops Derek Hill Award

first_imgLetterkenny painter Peadar McDaid is delighted to be this year’s recipient of the Derek Hill Award.Four pieces of Peadar’s art were selected, and he was awarded the overall prize at the Glebe Gallery last night.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Peadar says: “It’s great! It’s a nice feeling to get the award. Derek Hill has been an inspiration to a lot of artists and to pick up an award in his name is great.” “A lot of very well known artists have taken part in the competition, and to win the overall award – I’m quite chuffed!”Winner of the 2018 Derek Hill award Peadar McDaid pictured with the judges of the competition Michael McGee and Una Campbell pictured with Curator Adrian Kelly. Photo Brian McDaidTom Agnew, Marvin Baldemor, Samantha Ellis-Fox, Kate McSorley, Dee M. Shanny and Ruairi L Rodgers also scooped Glebe Gallery prizes.Glebe House and Gallery, located in Churchill, was the home to world renowned artist Derek Hill for 30 years. It now houses a wonderful array of artwork and plays host to artists from across the county showcasing their work.Artists in arms. Former winner Philip Mackey congratulates Peadar McDaid overalll winner of the 2018 Derek Hill award at the Glebe Gallery on Good Friday . Photo Brian McDaid“It’s a great exhibition and competition for people in the county. It’s a great place to show your work, there’s a lot of young Donegal artists and a lot of established artists alike who show their work there,” he says. Geraldine Durning ,Nuala Friel Wright, Rosin Mc Bride Margaret Jackson and Caroline Mackey at the Glebe Gallery. Photo by Brian McDaidPeadar has been painting for the past three decades, and teaches art full time. Peadar also runs an art programme that encourages positive mental health.The Letterkenny painter submitted four pieces to the competition, and although they were individual paintings it proved to be a winning combination.“I started walking last year and did a big walk for mental health last May which was an eight day walk around Donegal. I had taken photographs and gathered information about the county, I also did walks in Sligo and the Antrim coast and it gave me inspiration to work and to paint the landscape I had seen.“One of the paintings is based on a photograph of a man called Danny O’Donnell’s homeplace. It’s where his parents were born, where he was born, and where his kids were born.”Another one of his paintings captured a charming country road by the sublime heights of Bloodyforeland, with another painting depicting a breathtaking Turneresque cityscape. “The fourth piece was what I called a ‘wee book of paintings’. It’s twenty small paintings, smaller than the size of a postcard. They’re slightly abstract but are based on the colours of the landscape, the sea, the mountains, and rivers. They’re all oil on paper and are very small!”Peadar had been shortlisted for the award for the past five or six years, and was delighted to scoop the 2018 title.“I’d like to thank the judges for selecting me, putting me through and giving me the award. I’d like to thank the staff, Adrian, Jean, Noleen and Mary for their work, they’re very friendly and helpful.“Most importantly I’d like to say to the artists who submitted work and weren’t selected to keep it up, it just depends on the selectors on the day, don’t ever think your work is bad. “I’d like to commend the other artists that were selected and the runners up.”Letterkenny artist Peadar McDaid scoops Derek Hill Award was last modified: March 31st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:derek hill awardglebe galleryletterkennypeadar mc daidlast_img read more