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‘U.S. Gives Hope in Ebola Fight’

first_imgThe United States of America has given hope to the Liberian people in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and the world, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has declared.In his remarks Monday during the official opening of the newly constructed Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Speaker Tyler said he was thankful to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for the extraordinary leadership they continue to demonstrate in Liberia.Expressing thanks to the people of the United States of America and other international partners, Speaker Tyler said, “The United States Government has given hope to the people of Liberia through the enormous assistance provided.“A few months ago, we had people coming down with the deadly Ebola virus in our county, and we had no place to take our suffering people. You have given us hope just in case the county experiences a further outbreak.”The Speaker noted that the county’s residents are continuing to observe the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.   He expressed the hope that Liberia will be free of the epidemic in the very near future.   Speaker Tyler expressed thanks and appreciation to members of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the U.S. security forces, partners in the fight against Ebola, chiefs and elders of the county for their support in the fight against Ebola.  He called on all Bomi residents to continue in the fight to ensure that Bomi is free of the disease.Also speaking during the occasion, the Head of the Incidence Management Team, Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, described the ETU as a milestone for the county and Liberia in the fight against the deadly disease.More Ebola Treatment Units are to be constructed around the country, including Sinje, in Grand Cape Mount, Ganta, Nimba and Buchanan, Grand Bassa, in support of the fight against the epidemic, he said.Minister Nyenswah emphasized that Liberia continues to experience a considerable reduction of Ebola cases but called on Liberians to be even more robust in containing the virus.Meanwhile, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, has promised that the government will work at the various border points around the country to ensure that Liberia does not have any further outbreak of the virus from the borders.He called on communities to cooperate in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, acknowledging that, “The various communities have been very helpful in the fight.”The Vice President said government will work with the bordering countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea to ensure that they control their border areas in order to keep the people of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus safe from the further spread of the disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No decision yet on oil refinery – Harmon

first_imgThere have been several reports of plans to establish oil refineries at various locations across the country, but State Minister Joseph Harmon has declared that Government is yet to make a decision on the matter. “The question of establishing an oil refinery is still an ongoing discussion; we haven’t made a decision on it at the level of Government,” Government’s Chief spokesperson said at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday.He added that the issue of setting up an oil refinery is not one to be taken lightly and decided upon easily.“These decisions require careful analysis and careful study; and as far as I’m aware, we have not made a decision in that regard — that we are going to establish an oil refinery in any part of Guyana,” he asserted.Minister Harmon explained that there are private citizens and companies that have been expressing interest in establishing oil refineries.“Every week you have these companies popping up, and so I wouldn’t doubt that there is something out there in the public domain; but what I can say to you is that there is no engagement with the Government in that regard insofar as the setting up of an oil refinery in any part of this country (is concerned),” he clarified.Oil refineryThe most recent reports of the establishment of an oil refinery here was made by local company GuyEnergy during the inaugural petroleum summit – GIPEX – that was held earlier this month.Chief Executive Officer of GuyEnergy, Dr Turhane Doerga, had revealed that his company is working on building a modular oil refinery in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice).His British partner and Operations Director of the company, Steve Rowan, had stated that the facility would produce fuels for markets both in Guyana and in Brazil using crude oil from ExxonMobil. This facility is expected to have a capacity of 30,000 barrels per day.Construction is scheduled to start at the end of this year, and be completed in 2019 for operation, ahead of first oil the following year. It was explained that the refinery would be operational before the commencement of the 2020 oil production, and as such, crude would be outsourced in the meantime.The cost for building the modular refinery is pegged at just under US$100 million. A desktop feasibility study conducted by Director of Advisory Services at the United States-based firm Hartree, Pedro Haas, had found that it would cost some US$5 billion to build an oil refinery in Guyana, and at least half the invested amount would be lost upon commissioning, with a negative rate of return on investment between US$2 billion and US$3 billion.Haas had stated mid last year that it was not feasible to establish a refinery with a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day when Guyana’s daily demand is between 13,000 and 14,000 barrels per day.However, Doerga had posited that Haas only looked at establishing full-scale refineries and not at modular ones. He explained that the former facility is outdated and catered only for large-scale refining. The GuyEnergy CEO further pointed out that nobody uses large refineries anymore. As such, he could not understand why the government-paid expert did not considered smaller and more efficient modular types used globally in his study.Nevertheless, based on the findings in the feasibility study done by Haas, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had stated back in October that Government would not be going ahead with constructing an oil refinery. He said Government cannot afford such a large investment, but at the same time, he welcomed such investments by the private sector. In fact, the Natural Resources Minister had said that talks were buzzing about building a much smaller modular oil refinery, and Government is prepared to give favourable consideration that can meet good standards and guidelines.last_img read more

Fire service ‘showers’ local hotel with help!

first_imgStaff at the Radisson Blu hotel in Letterkenny had a very unusual emergency call to make yesterday.The hotel found itself without enough water for its guests to shower after a disruption locally.Management contacted the local fire service who came to their rescue. Quick as a flash, two units of the Letterkenny fire service were on hand to fill the tanks of the popular hotel and there was no delay in guests getting ready for the day ahead.Council staff followed up on the quick response of the fire service with a permanent solution to the water shortage.Fire service ‘showers’ local hotel with help! was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

A-C FFA takes Job Interviews to State

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter competed in the District 7 Job Interview CDE and qualifying members moved on to the State competition. The participants were: Jullian Scott – Freshman Job Interview Division, Ellie Sahr – Sophomore Job Interview Division, Emma Dearth – Junior Job Interview Division, Jesse Schooley – Senior Job Interview Division and Harrison Poor – First year Junior/Senior Job Interview Division. The members competed in the District 7 CDE on November 19th at Clear Fork Valley High School and the members that qualified went to the State competition on December 2nd. To qualify to advance to the state, the FFA member must win their respective division.Our members did exceptionally well at the District 7 competition where they all placed in very respectful placings. Jullian Scott earned 2nd place in her division, Ellie Sahr earned 10th place , Emma Dearth earned 1st place, Jesse Schooley earned 8th place and Harrison Poor earned 1st place. Emma Dearth and Harrison Poor moved on to the State Competition on December 2nd because they both placed 1st in their divisions. At the State competition, Emma Dearth and Harrison Poor placed 4th in their individual divisions. Participants in the Job Interview CDE submit a resume, complete job applications and participate in mock job interviews with a panel of possible employers.The members of the chapter did an exceptional job at this competition. They represented the A-C FFA Chapter very well and the chapter is very proud of them. They now contain useful skills that they can use throughout their life as they will soon have to use these skills to start careers.last_img read more

TV movie and online video content spend in seven

first_imgTV, movie and online video content spend in seven major Asian markets grew by 8% in 2017 to reach US$10.2 billion, according to independent consulting and research firm Media Partners Asia (MPA).The 2018 edition of MPA’s Asia Video Content Dynamics looked at content spend across India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and found that aggregate incremental growth in video content spend for pay TV was 38% and for online video was 30%.The biggest increases came from India where video content budgets climbed by 14% to top US$4.2 billion in 2017. This was driven by pay TV, but MPA noted that content investment in India’s online video market is also “growing rapidly,” with this trend expected to continue in the coming years.In South Korea, investment in video content increased by 7% during 2017 to approach US$3.0 billion. However, MPA said it expects growth to accelerate when China “eventually lifts its ban on Korean dramas, movies and talent”, with online video content investment also starting to accelerate.“In general, content investment dynamics are favourable with content investment growing,” said MPA vice president, Stephen Laslocky. “Pay TV content costs in the surveyed markets grew 5%, led by India and Korea and driven by local entertainment and sports.“Free-to-air content investment was up 6% in 2017. Scale and growth in free-to-air content investment is largely attributable to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, driven by local entertainment. Film production budgets in the surveyed markets were up 10%, driven by Korea and India.“Online video investment is growing rapidly from a low base, up almost 80% during 2017. Rising competitive intensity is driving up online video content costs as rival platforms produce and acquire local series and movies, especially in India and Korea. We expect online video content investment to also pick up in emerging markets across Southeast Asia, led by Indonesia and the Philippines.”Overall, drama was found to drive audience share region-wide with a “fair degree of cross-pollination across markets” – for instance Korean dramas air throughout the region and Indian dramas have done well in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Sport was also found to rate highly across the region.last_img read more