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

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Huge Chelsea blow! Mourinho confirms major Courtois injury

first_img1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will undergo knee surgery which will keep him out for ‘quite a long time’, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Belgian international injured his right knee in training on Thursday and is now set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The news is a big blow for the champions after the 23-year-old played such a vital role during their 2014-15 title-winning campaign.Mourinho will now have to rely on summer recruit Asmir Begovic, who joined from Stoke City to replace Petr Cech as the club’s No. 2. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” The Portuguese manager also revealed that Oscar will miss Saturday’s trip to Everton but could return in time for their Champions League opener at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv next Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois last_img read more

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Indigenous woman hit with trailer hitch in January dies from injuries

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. – An Indigenous woman who was hit by a trailer hitch apparently thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont., in January has died, police said on Tuesday.Barbara Kentner, 34, underwent emergency surgery after the incident Jan. 29, but never fully recovered.“A young Indigenous mother died today, and a young girl is without her mother,” Anna Betty Achneepineskum, deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, said in a statement. “This should not happen. What do you say to a young girl that loses her mother?”Kentner told police she and her sister were walking in a residential neighbourhood when someone threw the hitch from a moving car. Her sister, Melissa Kentner, said she heard someone in the vehicle say: “I got one.”An 18-year-old man who was in the car has been charged with aggravated assault. Police have not said whether they planned to upgrade the charge in light of Kentner’s death.Family members of the victim had previously called what happened a “hate crime.”Achneepineskum said such incidents were disturbing and frightening, adding violence had escalated in the city. She urged against minimizing the “horrible” situations.“We must all work together to acknowledge that racism exists. We must combat and report racism. We must take this very seriously,” Achneepineskum said. “This has been going on for far too long. This is our reality, as many Indigenous Peoples, especially our women, have come to me with their stories.”last_img read more

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