Keynote Address by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Universal Health Coverage:

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Today is a historical day in our country, Fast and Prayer Day. It’s the day when we commemorate the difficulties faced in our own beginnings of nationhood.Let me join in welcoming, all of you, our ECOWAS brothers and sisters to Liberia, and wish you a successful session as you deliberate on “Universal Health Coverage: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities,” the goal to which all our nations strive to ensure that all of our people obtain quality and affordable health services.While the Ebola outbreak is probably uppermost in everyone’s minds throughout our nation and our sub-region, we remain convinced that our relentless effort that are now underway, our continuation in our aggressive program of containment will enable us to address this problem.I want to particularly thank many of you – the World Health Organization, West African Health Organization, all of our partners many of you in this room – for all the support and assistance that you have given to our team headed by Dr. [Walter] Gwenigale, all of whom have worked so assiduously in keeping our public informed on measures to take and in addressing in those cases where he have had unfortunate victims of the disease. We all strive to continue to do so.At the same time, we also continue to lay emphasis on achieving our goals and objectives for Universal Health Coverage, as carried in our current Ten-Year Health & Social Welfare Policy and Plan. This is why I applaud all of you for having taken the decision to come to this meeting here in Liberia to give us all the encouragement as we all work together to enhance quality delivery health care to our people.In our country, we are working to improve the health and social welfare status of our population on an equitable basis in the face of major challenges many of which have been outlined in some notes that Dr. Gwenigale gave me. I will not go through that because, like someone said he speaks frankly, sometimes too frankly, in a way he would be challenging and chastising me on all these inadequacies that exist to enable him carry out his goal.He has pointed out and we accept inadequate financing for drugs, facility construction, health workers incentives; poor-quality service delivery; financial constraints of the population themselves, especially the poor; unbalanced service provision across counties sometimes in the light of transport difficulties; and unsustainable health financing sometimes as over-reliance on donor funding.The added challenge that we recognize today is declining contributions from international partners; this is a reality and this is clear that if our country is to achieve Universal Health Coverage, we must go to work to build sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for our health sector.This will be a daunting task, no doubt, particularly in Liberia where there are multiple needs of a reconstructing country. However, we must get to the task.Achieving Universal Health Coverage takes time and perseverance for it involves accessibility, affordability and quality of service. Our government is endeavoring to realize this through a strong political commitment at all levels, the highest level in our society. At the 63rd World Health Assembly, in Geneva, I stated that   people should not have to die simply because they are poor, and we pledged to find mechanisms to continue to allow Liberians to access the health care they need without having to pay up-front fees. This is why, today we want to commend our health team for the health services that are rendered free in all of our rural areas, sometimes not at the quality we want, but certainly expanding in such a way that they know that if they do have some urgent health problem they can go to a health service center and get immediate and urgent care until they can be transferred to facilities that require much more attention.We realize that free health care is not free; someone has to pay for it.  It has to be paid through other forms of taxes; it has to be paid through the mobilization of resources. Therefore, we continue to applaud and to look for the support that we receive from our partners who have bought in to the programs that we have collectively designed to enable us to move forward.Consideration is now being given in our country for the establishment of a Liberia Health Equity Fund – a new funding mechanism that we hope will help to pay for health care for all Liberians on an equitable basis, with everyone having access to the same services regardless of where you are, who you are or your financial standing.We have a current Health Minister working with the former Health Minister, now a Senator, who we also look to do his part in the Legislature as the budget period comes near. We know that we can all count on them.Once again, I want to say a big thank you to all of you from WAHO, ECOWAS, African Union – all of our regional institutional partners – that have been of so much help to us as we try to respond to the health needs of our population.To all of you who are participating in this event, let me express on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia our appreciation for your presence, for your participation, for your partnership, and for your continued support.With this, I now declare the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Health Ministers of ECOWAS officially opened.Thank you.last_img read more

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Methane source remains mystery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWhich is why investigators are studying the old aerial maps that show homes and a stream in the neighborhood adjacent the massive ExxonMobil oil refinery. Investigators have been unable to correlate the highly localized test results to weather conditions, time of day or anything else that could give them a firm lead. More test results that investigators hope will at least eliminate some possibilities are expected toward the end of the week, Deuel said. The home was red-tagged Dec.4. nick.green@dailybreeze.com Stumped by the source of methane that has forced a Torrance family out of its house, investigators are studying circa-1930 aerial maps of the area in an effort to determine where the gas is coming from. Test results continue to show fluctuating levels of the potentially explosive gas in the garage of the home in the 2100 block of Del Amo Boulevard and are inconclusive. “The results are confusing,” said Torrance Fire Department spokesman Steve Deuel. “They don’t explain all the possibilities. There are so many variables in this equation, it’s really difficult just by numbers alone to figure this out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Atheist’s girl ‘comes of age’

first_img “Rags, bottles and sacks!” the junk man would yell from his horse-drawn wagon on the streets of Boyle Heights in the 1920s and early ’30s. “I was just a little girl, but I remember my father sitting up there on his wagon during the Depression, selling his junk,” Dorothy said. “He died when I was 9. Even after his death, my mother never, ever mentioned religion in our home.” As a child, Dorothy got a taste of the theater when Maury Schwartz, a well-known actor in Yiddish theater at the time, came to town and needed a cute little girl in his plays. Her stage career never took off, though, and like a lot of other young Jewish women in the 1940s living in Los Angeles, Dorothy began working in the garment industry until she moved to New York in 1952 to give the theater one more shot. “I worked in a couple of off-Broadway plays, but that was about it,” she said. “By 1959, I was married and back in L.A. “We moved to the Valley, and I spent the next 30 years as a real estate broker for a lot of companies that went out of business.” A couple of divorces later, Dorothy found herself a senior citizen living at the Reseda home – trying to convince her teenage grandsons that one day they should think about having a bar mitzvah. “I told them, ‘If you don’t, I will,”‘ Dorothy said. “Well, they didn’t, and I am.” She also had a friend at the home who pushed her, saying it would be a lot of fun. It wasn’t, Dorothy said. It was a lot of hard work. For the past six months, she hasn’t gone anywhere without her notes on the Torah, and a tape-recording of the rabbi’s instructions. “I’d sit in the park listening to it and people would get up and walk away,” she laughed. “Many days, I emptied the park.” But she filled the temple Saturday for her bat mitzvah – 67 years late. Asked after the three-hour ceremony what her father would have thought, Dorothy laughed. “He would have said it was too long,” the atheist’s daughter replied. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Either way, it was too late now. The rabbi and cantor were waiting. More than 80 guests were waiting. And her family was waiting. She had been studying the Torah for six months – driving everyone at the home crazy, she said – and it was finally time to put up or shut up. Dorothy grabbed her notes, including a few jokes she wanted to tell, and headed off to the temple – one day after turning 80. “I asked her why she was doing this now,” her son, Marq Delmonte said. “She said, ‘Why not now?’ When you turn 80, you start thinking about mortality and being closer to God. “Her father would think it’s a waste of time, but I think he’d be proud of her. Not only was he an atheist, but I think he was a Communist, too.” The atheist’s daughter stood outside the temple at the Jewish Home for the Aging on Saturday morning listening to the rabbi welcome the guests for her bat mitzvah ceremony – 67 years late. “It’s like going on stage: exciting,” 80-year-old Dorothy Delmonte said, smiling as she made her grand entrance through the back door to attend the ceremonial occasion that marks the time when a young person traditionally is recognized as an adult in the Jewish community. Depending on where her father, Sam Rubin, is right now, he would be either very disappointed in his only daughter, or understand that, at 80, she is just trying to cover her bets. “If he’s with God, he’ll understand,” she said, sitting in her room at the home a few minutes before the ceremony. “But if he just died and dropped into nothingness, well, I think he’d be upset with me.” last_img read more

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SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS FLOCKING TO DONEGAL AS STERLING BOOMS

first_imgDonegal businesses are cashing in on the strength of sterling with a jump in visitors from across the border.Letterkenny is noticing a lift in shoppers from across the border due to the strength of sterling.Sterling is now at a two year high against the euro at €1.28 to £1.The situation means that consumers from across the North are now shopping, taking breaks and even having their weddings in Donegal. Toni Forrestor, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, said there is a definite increase in the amount of business coming from across the border in recent months.And she says it’s a win, win situation for the local economy.“Letterkenny businesses have always offered good rates to our Northern visitors.“But the jump in the strength of sterling means that they are getting even more buying power. “We have certainly noticed the number of visitors from the North has increased in recent months.“It also means that some local sectors who would have traditionally went into the North for grocery shopping are staying local and finding good value here.“All in, it’s very good news for the local economy in Donegal,” she said.Some of the larger retailers such as Penneys have also reported large volumes of sterling passing through their shops as they offer favourable rates. SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS FLOCKING TO DONEGAL AS STERLING BOOMS was last modified: September 27th, 2014 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:donegaleuroletterkennyshopperssterlinglast_img read more

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ATHLETICS – ROSSES AC NOTES

first_imgThe Annagry 5k which is part of the Donegal Grand Prix will take place on Friday 24th May at 7:30pm with registration from 6:30pm onwards in Sharkeys Lounge. Course is much flatter and faster than in past years. All runners, joggers and walkers welcome!!Reminder to athletes born 2000 and older that the closing date for all age group championships in Antrim Forum on June 8th is this Thursday with the club. Give your name to any of the coaches asap.Fit4Life group in Carrickfinn on Monday and Wednesday at the earlier time of 6pm. Walkers and new members welcome. Coaches: Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver. Sprint and long jump training on in Carrickfinn on Wednesday evening from 6pm – 7pm for 14 and older age group with coach Aidan Gillespie.As part of the Relay for Life events the ‘Mullaghduff Dynamos’ doing a relay run from Mullaghduff to Letterkenny this Saturday 25th May to raise funds for the Relay for Life 2013. Starting from the school in Mullaghduff at 10am on Saturday a group of walkers are going to start the relay by walking to the Station crossroads in Gweedore where the runners will take over from them and take it in turn to do 5Ks each to the Mountain Top where the walkers will take over again. Walkers and Runners are needed to do 5k blocks so if you are interested and can help in doing a leg of the relay that would be brilliant. You can contact Elaine on 0877979418 or Ita on 087 130 9536The Rosses Primary School Sports was held in Carrickfinn on Friday last which was a very successful day. Joy for Roshine National School, Maghery as they won the Mc Devitt Cup for Best Small School and Annagry won the Large school section. There were some excellent performances on the day by all and a huge thanks to the schools, teachers, children, parents and all who helped on the day for making the day such a huge success.  ATHLETICS – ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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:Rosses Athletic Club noteslast_img read more

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NEW ROADS ALERT AS BLACK ICE CAUSES CHAOS

first_imgGARDAI and AA Ireland are warning motorists to take care on the road again today after black ice caused a number of minor accidents this morning.The roads around Raphoe, Stranorlar, St Johnston and several other areas were treacherous.A car left the road near Whitecross and the roads to Lifford and in around Castlefin are poor. The main road from Moville to Derry was “like a bottle” when one donegaldaily reader travelled along it at 10.30pm last night. Other readers also complained.A man had died in a crash on the same road six hours earlier.If you experience any difficulties on the roads today email us on info@donegaldaily.com.   NEW ROADS ALERT AS BLACK ICE CAUSES CHAOS was last modified: December 10th, 2011 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:RaphoeSt Johnston and several other areas were treacherous.Stranorlarlast_img read more

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ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS FIND BOAT AS TRIBUTES PAID TO FISHERMAN DANNY

first_imgEXPERTS from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board are probing the mysterious death of a Co Donegal fisherman who died off the coast on Saturday morning.Danny McDaid, who was 56 and the father of two daughters, was recovered from the waters off Kinnego Bay.Pieces of the boat were found floating nearby. However the main wreckage lies at the bottom of the sea and was found by divers.Attempts will be made to raise it later today.Cllr Martin McDermott said the people of Glengad, where Danny was from, were in a state of shock.The village has suffered several previous fishing related tragedies. “There is a very sombre mood. It’s an awful tragedy for his family and the entire community,” he said.Greencastle Coast Guard, the RNLI crews from both Lough Swilly and Portrush and the Sligo 118 helicopter all responded to the emergency.But Danny was found in the water.The Marine Casualty Investigation Board is now investigating the tragedy which took place in relatively calm waters.Experts will try to piece together what happened by gathering remnants of the fishing boat from the surface – and by attempting to raise the vessel today. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS FIND BOAT AS TRIBUTES PAID TO FISHERMAN DANNY was last modified: June 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Danny McDaidfishermanGlengadkinnego baytragedylast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Falls To Texas A&M In First Round Of NCAA Tournament, 89-76

first_imgThe loss ends another historic season for the Drake women’s basketball team in which it won its second-straight Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles with the program’s second-consecutive 18-0 record in MVC action. The Bulldogs are slated to return all but one student-athlete, Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa), to the roster next season in defense of their back-to-back conference titles. Full Schedule Roster Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was nearly perfect for Drake (26-8) with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Rhine shot the best field goal percentage of all-time in a Drake NCAA game (90.9), topping Carla Bennett’s previous top mark of 81.8 percent in 2001. Bennett also had the last NCAA double-double for a Bulldog with that performance coming in the 2002 tournament when she had 22 and 13. Drake remained within striking distance for the final 13 minutes of the game but could not erode Texas A&M’s lead any further. A Dean jumper with 2:58 left in the game pulled the Bulldogs back within nine points, 85-76, but the Bulldogs could get no closer to erasing the deficit in the program’s 12th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Story Links COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Drake University women’s basketball team saw its 21-game winning streak come to an end with an 89-76 loss at Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon at Reed Arena. The 13th-seeded Bulldogs’ second-straight NCAA appearance was cut short by a strong second quarter from No. 4 Texas A&M and two Aggies in double-figure scoring. Hittner and Rhine helped the Bulldogs shoot 12-of-17 in the first quarter, but that shooting cooled in the second period as Drake made just one of its first seven shots and committed three turnovers in the first 4:24 of the second quarter to allow the Aggies to score 13-straight points and take a 41-30 lead. Carter and Hillsman scored nine points during that run to give the Aggies a 13-point cushion. Carter would score 19 of her points in the first half along with eight rebounds. The Bulldogs came out firing to start the game and had a 28-26 lead at the end of the first quarter. Rhine and Hittner scored 21 of those points as Rhine was 5-of-5 from the floor while Hittner made a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter. Five of Rhine’s points came during a 30-second span in which she erased a four-point deficit to give the Bulldogs a lead with a three-point play and jumper in the lane. Drake, which came into the game leading the nation in assists, had a staggering 29 assists to tie for the 16th-most ever in an NCAA Women’s Tournament game. “Tough loss today,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “At the same time Texas A&M, we knew it was going to be a battle, especially on their home floor. And, man, it was. We really didn’t have a lot of answers on the defensive end. But I am really proud of this group. I’m really proud of this team to be able to come out on their floor and have 29 assists I think is really good. I think we left a few out there. And at the same time, you know, what a good basketball game for women’s basketball. If you weren’t a fan and you came today for the first time, then you’re going to come again because it was a great, great game for women’s basketball today.” The Bulldogs responded to trim the deficit to eight points with three minutes remaining in the half, but a Carter three-pointer keyed a 9-2 Aggie run to close the half and take a 57-42 lead into the halftime break. Hittner finished the half with 14 points for the Bulldogs.center_img Box Score (HTML) However, Drake held serve in the third quarter and began to chip away at the deficit with a 10-2 spurt drawing the Bulldogs within nine points, 72-69, with 3:01 left in the period. Rhine and Dean scored all 10 points with Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) connecting on back-to-back three-pointers to put the brakes on Texas A&M’s momentum. Dean finished with eight points and eight assists. Box Score (PDF) Texas A&M (25-9) was led by 26 points from the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, Chennedy Carter. Khaalia Hillsman added 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Seventeen of the pair’s points came in the second half as the Aggies outscored the Bulldogs 31-14 to take control of the game. “I think today’s loss will be a big motivation in the off season,” said Hittner. “And just coming back next year, we’re coming away and I think we can just build off this next year.” “Definitely fueled the fire going forward from here, that we know where we want to be and how much better we can be, and how much work we need to put in to get there,” said Rhine. “And this is just a springboard for that to happen.” Print Friendly Version Photo Gallery Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa), the reigning Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of Year, added 19 points while Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) had 10 points and six rebounds. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) had a career-high 10 assists, the most ever by a Bulldog in an NCAA Tournament game. The Bulldogs outscored the Aggies, 62-58, in the other three quarters of action but could not overcome a second quarter in which they were held to 35.3 percent shooting despite converting on 53.2 percent of their shots overall, the team’s fifth-best percentage ever in an NCAA Tournament game.last_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, August 16. Eamon DOHERTYThe death has occurred of Eamon Doherty, Erne Dale Heights, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Retired staff member of McCafferty’s Quarry, Ballyshannon. Reposing at his late residence on Thursday from 11 o’clock to 9 o’clock. Mass of the Resurrection in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon on Friday at 12 noon with interment in St. Joseph’s Church, The Rock, Ballyshannon.Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if so desired, to the NorthWest Hospice, The Mall, Sligo c/o Patrick McKenna Funeral Directors, Ballyshannon or any family member.House private to the family on the morning of the funeral please.  Margaret (Maggie) DEANEThe death has occurred of Margaret (Maggie) Deane, Ardnagasson, Donegal Town, Donegal.Reposing at the family home, Ardnagasson from 11am until 10pm today. Removal tomorrow, Thursday, at 1.30pm to Laghey Parish Church of Ireland for 2pm Funeral Service followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if so desired, to Laghey Parish Church. A one-way system will operate from Cully Crossroads to the Leghowney Road at Copany.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 16th, 2017 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:obituarieslast_img read more

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Donegal pub’s brilliant gesture to Irish Wheelchair Association

first_imgThe Lagan Inn Bar, Manorcunningham, held a dance on 15th November last and raised a fantastic total of €1,930 for the Irish Wheelchair Association in Donegal.Landlord of the Lagan Inn, Mr Damien McFadden presented cheque to IWA Service Support Officer, Nicole Sheridan, with staff and service users in Irish Wheelchair Association Resource & Outreach Centre, Glenview Building, Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny.Well done to everyone involved. Donegal pub’s brilliant gesture to Irish Wheelchair Association was last modified: December 5th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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