As Liberia strives to improve health care delivery across the country in the post-Ebola period, the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), based in South Korea, has shown its full commitment to support health infrastructure progress in Liberia by donating 21 H-1- based city ambulances to the country.According to a release issued by HMC, the ambulances, equipped with respirators, oxygen tanks and other medical gears, will be delivered to the Government of Liberia through the United Nations in April.To learn more about the HMC donation, the Daily Observer Health Correspondent contacted Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc. whose offices are based in Sinkor, Monrovia and are the official agents for HMC in Liberia. It was confirmed by sources within that company that HMC is indeed contributing the ambulances which are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of April this year and that a communication was sent by Africa Motors to the Executive Mansion to inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In a communication addressed to Mr. GhassanBasma, Chairman of Africa Motors Liberia Incorporated, copy of which was provided to us by our sources, the Vice President and Head of the Africa and Middle East Regional Headquarters of Hyundai Motor, Tom Lee said, “I’m pleased to inform you that Hyundai Motor Company has taken the decision to contribute 21 units of fully fitted ambulances through the United Nations to the Government of Liberia to show our solidarity with the people of Liberia as well as Africa Motors (Liberia) Inc.”The Hyundai Motor Vice President also indicated that the ambulances are to aid not only the fight against Ebola but also support emergency response units catering to patients afflicted with other ailments.According to our source, Africa Motors Liberia Inc. last August brought to the attention of HMC the crisis emanating from the spread of the Ebola virus and the financial constraints on the Government of Liberia as well as the strain on the country’s already weak health infrastructure.Acknowledging the role of Africa Motors Liberia, Hyundai Motor stated that although its support is provided through the United Nations, that support may never have been realized if it were not for Africa Motors raising the urgency of the situation and the need for action and support by HMC to help Liberia strengthen its health care delivery capacity..Africa Motors Liberia Inc. is the sole representative of Hyundai Motor Company in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Findings from three studies conducted by the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) were presented on Tuesday evening at a special session on Ebola during the 2016 Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA Feb. 22-25.Initial results from PREVAIL I, a pioneering placebo-controlled clinical trial of two candidate Ebola vaccines launched in Monrovia in Feb. 2015, indicate that both vaccines stimulate a good immune response in the early weeks after vaccination and are well tolerated, even among people infected with HIV.The study also found that a number of participants had evidence of a past Ebola virus infection, although none reported being aware of having been infected or of being sick. These and other findings from PREVAIL I, were presented by co-principal investigators on the study, Fatorma Bolay, Ph.D., Director of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR). PREVAIL I was initially designed as a Phase 2/3 randomized, placebo-controlled trial that would enroll approximately 28,000 people at risk of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia to evaluate whether two experimental Ebola vaccines—ChAd3-EBO-Z (GlaxoSmithKline) and VSV-ZEBOV (Merck)—could prevent Ebola virus disease. However, by March 2015, successful Ebola control efforts had greatly reduced the population at risk of Ebola in Liberia, so the study was scaled back to a Phase 2 trial comparing the safety and immune responses of the two experimental vaccines to placebo. The site chosen for PREVAIL I was the Redemption Hospital, located near the epicenter of the outbreak in Monrovia. From Feb. 2 to April 30, 2015, 1,500 volunteers age (18 years or older) without fever or history of Ebola virus disease joined the study. The participants were assigned by chance to receive a single injection of either a saltwater placebo or one of the experimental vaccines. The study excluded women who were pregnant or breastfeeding, but otherwise, men and women with a variety of health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, were welcome to enroll. PREVAIL I deliberately cast a wide net in order to determine how safe and immunogenic the vaccines are in a range of adults who represent Liberia’s general population. The median age of participants was 30 years old, and 37 percent were women.Among all participants, initial blood screening tests revealed that 6.3 percent had evidence of a past Ebola virus infection—that is, they had Ebola antibodies—although none reported having been sick. This surprising finding has potentially important public health implications. “We hope to better understand the implications of this finding as we learn much more about Ebola survivors and their close contacts during the ongoing, long-term study known as PREVAIL III,” noted Dr. Bolay.The findings said excluding individuals with pre-existing antibodies to Ebola in their analysis, the study team found that 87 percent of those given the ChAd3-EBOV-Z vaccine and 94 percent of the VSV-ZEBOV recipients had measurable anti-Ebola antibodies one month after vaccination. “The antibody responses measured at 6 and 12 months after vaccination, which will provide important information about how long these immune responses last, are still being collected for analysis,” it said.The PREVAIL team also screened the study volunteers for HIV and syphilis. The frequency of each in the study population was found to be about 5 percent. This rate of HIV infection is considerably higher than what has previously been reported for Liberia as a whole (1.9 percent in the general population). However, the study team found that being infected with HIV had at best only a modest effect on the immune responses produced to either one of the vaccines.The participants were asked to return to Redemption Hospital for follow-up visits at week 1, months 1 and 2, and then every 2 months thereafter for 12 months. Approximately 20 percent came in for a special visit at week 2 to be evaluated for any joint problems. Overall, the vaccines were well tolerated, and no significant differences in reported side effects were found between those who received either of the vaccines or the placebo. Among its successes, the trial achieved a near perfect—98.6 percent—record of attendance at follow-up visits, an unusually high rate for a clinical study conducted anywhere, noted H. Clifford Lane, M.D., Deputy Director for Clinical Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the lead U.S. scientist on the study. NIAID/NIH and the Liberian Ministry of Health are co-sponsoring the study.According to Stephen B. Kennedy, M.D., MPH, co-principal investigator on the study and coordinator for Ebola research at the Incident Management System (IMS) in Liberia, “PREVAIL I demonstrates the feasibility of conducting a well-designed, randomized, placebo-controlled vaccine trial during an infectious disease outbreak. Our success can be attributed to the efforts of many dedicated individuals on the PREVAIL team as well as our in-country partners. Of special note, the vigorous program of social mobilization and advocacy carried out by trained community members had played a critical role in overcoming public misconceptions about the study, recruiting trial volunteers, and maintaining the excellent rates of follow-up in this study.”In January 2016, PREVAIL I began graduating the first volunteers. More than 600 have now completed their year-long commitment. All follow-up visits are expected to be completed in April 2016.A first look at results from PREVAIL II – the only clinical trial evaluating whether the experimental Ebola therapy known as ZMapp is safe and effective—reveals that the treatment is well tolerated and suggests it may hold some promise as an Ebola treatment. However, the study could not enroll enough patients to prove that ZMapp offers significantly more healing benefits than supportive care alone. ZMapp, made by Mapp Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (San Diego, California), is a mixture of three different anti-Ebola antibodies. Antibodies are infection-fighting proteins produced by the body that attach to the surface of the Ebola virus and thereby prevent it from damaging cells.The randomized, controlled study was designed to enroll up to 200 patients of any age with confirmed Ebola virus infection. During 10 months beginning on March 13, 2015, 72 patients joined the study. On January 29, 2016, the trial leaders closed the study because no more Ebola cases were expected. The 72 participants included 54 from seven clinical sites in Sierra Leone, 12 from one site in Guinea, 5 from two sites in Liberia, and 1 from the United States. Their median age was 24 years; slightly more than half were women.Each patient was assigned by chance to one of two study groups. One group received the best standard of supportive care for treating Ebola infection available at their treatment site. This included giving intravenous fluids; balancing electrolytes, minerals needed to regulate body functions; maintaining healthy oxygen and blood pressure levels; and treating other infections if they occurred. The second group received the best standard of care available at the site plus three separate infusions of ZMapp spaced three days apart and completed over 7 days. The amount of ZMapp in the infusion was determined by the patient’s weight.To assess how well ZMapp worked against Ebola, the PREVAIL team compared the number of deaths in each group at 28 days after enrollment. In the study, 21 patients died, a mortality rate of almost 30 percent. The standard-of-care group had 13/35 (37 percent) deaths compared with 8/36 (22 percent) deaths in the ZMapp group. (One patient left the study early and was not included in the analysis.) The difference was not statistically significant.How much virus the patient had when first enrolled strongly affected mortality: 53 percent (16/30) of those with high virus levels died versus 12 percent (5/41) of those with lower virus levels. Among patients with high virus levels, 60 percent (9/15) receiving standard-of-care only died versus 47 percent (7/15) of those who also received ZMapp. In the group with lower virus levels, 20 percent (4/20) on standard-of-care only died versus 5 percent (1/21) of those also given ZMapp. On the whole, those with high or lower virus levels who received ZMapp appeared to do better, but the differences were not statistically significant.Side effects occurred with similar frequency in both groups. Fever and low blood pressure were the most common side effects reported with infusions of ZMapp. Antihistamines and fever-reducing agents were often given before infusions to reduce possible side effects.The findings were presented at the meeting in Boston by Richard T. Davey, Jr., M.D., Deputy Clinical Director in the Division of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and co-leader on the trial. “Although the trial needed significantly more patients to answer whether ZMapp plus optimized standard of care is superior to optimized standard of care alone, we collected valuable data on the safety of and patient response to ZMapp,” noted Dr. Davey. “Moreover, we demonstrated that a randomized, controlled, multicenter treatment trial can be designed and successfully implemented in the midst of an outbreak.”The findings said the clinical picture emerging from PREVAIL III shows that survivors and their contacts suffer from many health problems. People in both groups, however, report subjective symptoms more often than are detected by objective tests performed by physicians or physician assistants. Eye complaints, for example, were reported by 60 percent of survivors and more than 58 percent of contacts when they entered the study. Yet only 25 percent of survivors and 14 percent of contacts had abnormal ocular findings on examination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Florence Dadson scored a brace and had an assist for Brianna Banks’ goal as the female Stars collected all three points.Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s team over the weekend grasped a 3-1 win against Old Dominion Cesena USA at the at the John Champe High School.It was team’s first-ever victory since their establishment.According to the club’s match summary, Florence Dadson scored a brace and had an assist for Brianna Banks’ goal as the female Stars collected all three points.The Stars opened the scoring inside the first 25 minutes as Philadelphia Lone Star FC forward Dadson made history by scoring the first-ever goal for the club. The Stars continued to dominate the first half but couldn’t add on to the score line after 45 minutes of action.After the break, the Stars doubled their lead at the hour mark with Dadson completing her brace. Old Dominion Cesena USA pulled one back ten minutes later, but Brianna Banks added her name on the scoresheet off an assist from Dadson to give the Stars a historic 3-1 win.After losing their season opener at OPSA Magic in Maryland on Friday night, the 3-1 win over Old Dominion USA on Saturday’s afternoon propelled the Stars to third on the WPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference’s Colonial Division with a 1-1-0 (W-L-T) record.Florence Dadson, who reacted to her brace after the game said, “Regardless of scoring and giving an assist, credit goes to the whole team for this historic win! It was a team effort and we made history together. I hope we will continue to help build this exceptional team in the beautiful city of Philadelphia.”Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women head coach Charlie Flowe was delighted with the character shown by the team: “Our first-ever women’s win was truly a collective team effort. Every player who wore the Lone Star jersey contributed to our win. Our players overcame a quick turnaround and left everything on the pitch.“The chemistry we developed over the past few days at training and during our game Friday night enabled us to get much better as a unit on Saturday. We will enjoy this historic first win for a few days, but we have a lot to work to do this week as we prepare for our first two homes games this next weekend.“Also reflecting on this weekend, I want to thank all of our players, our coaching staff, our club, our president Paul Konneh, our fans and our families for all their support. I can’t wait to see you all at our home openers on June 8th and 9th down at the South Philadelphia Super Site.”Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s home opener is Saturday, June 8 when they welcome CAFC Osprey at 5 p.m. at the South Philadelphia Super Site. The next day, they will host Old Dominion Cesena USA at 4 p.m. at the same venue.sShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Revised steel taxesThe Finance Ministry, under the hand of Finance Minister Winston Jordan, over the weekend attempted to rubbish an article, which pointed to an increase in the import taxes to be paid for the importation of steel, saying the decision was not initiated by himself, but rather the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) – the Government’s tax collection agency under his Ministry.Finance Minister Winston JordanJordan on Saturday – three days after Guyana Times carried a report – issued a public statement which said the Finance Ministry noted with absolute disgust a report in Guyana Times titled, “Govt hikes taxes on steel imports”, August 11, 2016.According to the article, as published by this newspaper, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Irfaan Ali said, “Finance Minister Winston Jordan circulated on Wednesday a correspondence with [sic] brokers and other relevant stakeholders, indicating that the tariff (taxes) charged for the importation of steel into Guyana would be doubled, since it has been increased from five per cent to 10 per cent.”Jordan has since said the Finance Ministry “categorically rejects this accusation and wishes to make clear that the Minister of Finance, [Winston] Jordan, has not circulated any correspondence indicating any increase in tariffs for the importation of steel.”The Ministry said too it, “wishes to make clear that there has been no increase in the tariffs associated with the importation of steel.”In seeking to offer clarification, the Ministry has since indicated that it is the Quality Review Section of the GRA, responsible for examining customs declarations for valuation, classification and volume discrepancies, which identified anomalies in relation to the importation of alloy steel by several businesses in Guyana.According to the Finance Ministry, “After a review of the evidence presented, together with the Chapter Notes of the Common External Tariff (CET) and Explanatory Notes, it was determined that most of the Tariff Headings applicable to the type of steel commonly imported would attract a rate of import duty of 10 per cent, instead of five per cent.”Minister Jordan still contends however that, it is mindboggling that Ali could engage in such dishonesty which can only be interpreted as an attempt to create unfounded hysteria within the business community to score cheap political points and impugn the integrity of the Finance Minister.In his attempt to offer clarification, the Minister said he neither circulated nor initiated any correction to the applicable rate of import duty; rather it was the agency responsible for the collection of the country’s taxes – the GRA.He said “importers who wish to contest the alloy content of the imported steel and the duties applied by the Customs Department could use the usual channels, including appeals to the Commissioner General, GRA and the Customs Tribunal.”
Friday, February 5, 2016 – Advertisement – 5:30 p.m.Free Hot Chocolate – thanks to Canadian GrindCentennial Park 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.Professional Single Block Carving CompetitionCentennial Park The High on Ice Winter Festival kicks off today in Fort St. John. There are a number of events happening all weekend long. New event this year include live music on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an Adult dance and beer garden on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Here is what you can take in today: 3 p.m.Ice Slides & Bonfire – FREECentennial Park 6:15 p.m.Meet the CarversCentennial Park Tent 6 p.m.Mukluk Curling BonspielFSJ Curling Club 7 p.m.“Laugh your ice off” – Comedy Show 19+, ticket requiredLido Theatre 6 p.m.Opening Ceremonies/Council Slide offCentennial Park Below is a copy of the full schedule for all the events this weekend: 7 p.m.Family Fun Snow Mobile Ride – freeCharlie Lake
In total, about 41,000 cubic metres of concrete will reinforce the walls of both tunnels.The lining of both tunnels is expected to be complete by early 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has started the tunnel lining process this week on the first of two Site C diversion tunnels.According to B.C. Hydro Community Relations Manager, David Conway, this part of the work is the last step in the construction of the diversion tunnels prior to river diversion in the Fall of 2020.Conway says the tunnel lining process involves using a slip form where concrete is pumped through small openings located around the slip form, enabling it to cure in a perfect circle outside of the form.- Advertisement -Each slip form weighs 400 tonnes and is 12 metres long.The tunnels themselves are 10.8 metres in diameter.Each pour will take two to three days to cure and the liner thickness can range between 40 cm and 200 cm.Advertisement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It’s to give them alternative means of expressing themselves, rather than violence and self-destructive behaviors,” said Elizabeth Converse, executive director of California Living Histories, a nonprofit organization that provides art and literacy programs for youngsters in Pasadena, Sierra Madre and other San Gabriel Valley cities. “It gets them out of their homes. Most of their families have both parents working or not around, or might have a negative environment, or might be foster kids,” said Converse, who was the exhibit’s project manager. Digital cameras were given to the teens, who then were taught how to download and work with the photos in a computer laboratory at John Muir High School. The participants also did their writing in the lab. “We use photography as a language,” Converse explained. “We taught them how to notice and share their visions of their own lives and communities and families. It’s visual literacy, and the kids really need a voice and need to express themselves.” Marquasha Kitchen, 13, an eighth-grader at Charles Eliot Middle School, focused on her 14-year-old friend and role model, Pasadena High School freshman Taylor Walk. The two like to chat on the phone and go to church together. “She taught me that you shouldn’t worry about when people are talking about you,” Kitchen said. “Just keep doing what you have to do and get good grades.” Kitchen expressed interest in being a National Geographic photographer when the idea of traveling to other countries to shoot pictures was presented to her. “I hope I get a camera for Christmas so I can keep taking pictures,” she said. Converse noted that some of the students involved don’t have digital cameras and computers at home like the ones made available to them during the summer course. “They are vulnerable to poverty, gang activity and poor schools,” she said. “They do not have access to this kind of technology in their homes, necessarily.” Terrell Joyce, 12, who attends Blair International Baccalaureate School, said he doesn’t think his father, Sylvester Joyce III, noticed when he took an intense close-up at Louisiana Fried Chicken & Doughnuts while they were eating. His father, a construction worker, appears sweaty, tattooed and wearing torn, white tank top. “I got to know what it felt like to be a photographer,” said Terrell, whose 18-year-old brother, C.J., also took the summer class. Converse said the $25,000 project was funded by the California Council for the Humanities, the Flintridge Foundation and the Pasadena Community Foundation, along with private donors. At 3 p.m. today, award-winning novelist and journalist Jervey Tervalon, who helped teach the summer class, will lead a panel discussion about the significance of the teens’ work. “They’re being treated as real (college) candidates, just as if they went to a magnet school,” Converse said. “They have the same innate gifts and talents, and they’re fascinating. What they have to say is absolutely mesmerizing. They’re not different than any other youth – they just don’t have the same opportunities.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Their visions are free from bullets, blood and brawls. The photographs and words that will decorate the walls of the Jackie Robinson Community Center beginning this afternoon show smiling faces, scenic views and beautiful buildings – a softer side of life in Northwest Pasadena as seen through the eyes of 25 of the area’s teenagers. In the past year, the city’s troubled northwest corner has been riddled with gang activity and multiple homicides. The last week of September alone saw the murders of two young people, including a 17-year-old boy. But the exhibit, titled, “New Words-New Visions,” the culmination of an intensive five-week writing and photography class, is a welcome ray of sunshine in an area sometimes viewed as gloomy and dangerous.
DONEGAL Daily would like to wish all of our readers at home here in Ireland and around the world a very Happy & Peaceful 2013.It is YOU which has made our news and sports site the BIGGEST media source in County Donegal in 2012.We had more than 20 Million Page Views in the past year – in fact 20,860,075 to be precise, according to statistics from Google. Donegaldaily.com also received more than 7 million unique visits over the past 12 months, and in the last four months of 2012 there have been more than TWO MILLION page views each month and growing all the time.We hope to expand and grow what we do for you in 2013.So thank you for staying with us throughout the past year – and we look forward to continuing to bring you all the latest news and sport during the next year.Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh! DONEGALDAILY.COM – DONEGAL’S NO1 HAPPY NEW YEAR – AND 20,860,075 ‘THANKS’ was last modified: January 1st, 2013 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:075 ‘THANKS’860HAPPY NEW YEAR – AND 20
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM LATEST moving on Omur (far right) has been capped by Turkey at youth level Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer news Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Leicester City have stepped up their interest in Tottenham target Abdulkadir Omur by submitting an offer for the young midfielder.Omur, a Turkey Under-21 international, has attracted the attention of clubs from across Europe following an impressive season for hometown club Trabzonspor. targets Both Spurs and Benfica have been tracking the 19-year-old for some time, while Leicester are said to have recently joined the race as well.And now, according to Turkish news outlet Fotomac, the Foxes are looking to steal a march by making the first serious move for Omur. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race Claude Puel’s side are believed to have submitted a formal offer for the central midfielder as they look to complete their fourth signing of the summer after Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira, the defenders, and attacking midfielder James Maddison arrived at the King Power Stadium.Leicester have money to spend following the £60million sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, and Omur has been tipped to be one of several new additions to arrive at the club this summer before the transfer window closes next month.
Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Health Senator Marc Mac Sharry has called on the Health Minister James Reilly to immediately intervene to secure the future of Cregg House.The Sligo Senator raised concerns directly with the Health Minister following a statement from Wisdom Services that no progress has been made, despite the announcement more than a year ago of the withdrawal of the Daughters of Wisdom.Cregg House has provided facilities to Donegal families for many years. Speaking to Minister Reilly, Senator Mac Sharry said, “This is a completely unacceptable situation, with services users and their families uncertain about the future of Cregg House and who will run its services. I am therefore appealing that you and your office personally intervene.“Having failed to find an alternative provider, it was believed that the HSE would accelerate direct service provision for Cregg House. Instead, what appears to be a very hostile negotiation process has not yielded any results.“I have further concerns about the costs of the service, after a cost comparison report revealed tahat the HSE-run Cloomahon cost €40,000 more per service user than the Daughters of Wisdom at Cregg House. I am calling for the full publication of this report so that an examination can be conducted into this issue.“The immediate issue is that service users and their families deserve to know who is going to be running and providing services. The uncertainty has gone on long enough. It is essential that the Minister intervene without further delay.” FEARS GROW FOR THE FUTURE OF CREGG HOUSE was last modified: June 13th, 2013 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:FEARS GROW FOR THE FUTURE OF CREGG HOUSE