Turkey Donates 156 Boxes of Anti-Ebola Materials, 600 Kg of Antiseptic Expected Friday

first_imgThe People and Government of Turkey, through the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) have donated 156 boxes of medical and hygiene supplies to the Liberian government in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The items are valued at US$60,000.The donation is in addition to the ambulances costing US$100,000 donated to the government in January 2014.The medical and hygiene supplies were presented yesterday at the Ministry of Health, with the Turkish Government’s wish that their donation will help the Liberian government tackle the Ebola virus.The donated items include 50 boxes of surgical masks, 12 boxes of sterile surgery gloves, 10 boxes face masks and washable stretchers and five boxes of body bags.  The items also include six boxes of protective clothing, four boxes of medical waste bags, two boxes each of protective eyes glasses and sodium hypochlorite tablets, amongst others.Turkey’s Consul General in Liberia, Mr. Lusinee F. Kamara, Sr., stated that it is Turkey’s hope that Liberia will soon be declared Ebola-free.Mr. Kamara further stated that the 156 boxes were an initial contribution and disclosed that an additional supply of 600 kg of hand anodyne materials are expected in the country this weekend, while a “bigger consignment” is expected later this month.Mr. Matthew Flomo, the Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, described the donations as timely in the ongoing fight against the virus until zero new cases is achieved.He thanked the Turkey Consulate and said the medical and hygiene supplies will be distributed in the counties.For his part the Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dehpue Y. Zuo, said the donation marks a milestone for the growing relationship between Liberia and Turkey.“We are happy for the anti-Ebola materials, which will be used to save lives and improve the health sector. We believe this will further enhance the bilateral relationship between our nations,” Assistant Minister Zuo said.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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Northern students to receive funding for medical training

first_imgThis disbursement is the largest-ever from the Northern Medical Programs Trust (NMPT), and partnership involving UNBC and 30 local governments from around northern BC. The majority of the funds provide financial assistance to students who are pursing clinical experiences in northern and rural communities as part of their education. Awards to 370 students have been provided since the NMPT started providing funding in 2006.“Medical students in the Northern Medical Program have a unique opportunity to train in a setting that is as close to true-life practice as is possible,” said Dr. Justin Frey, a UNBC and NMP graduate, practising in Vanderhoof. “The NMPT removes some of the stress associated with paying for education, as well as living expenses, allowing many of these well-rounded students to train while raising families. Place together, the NMPT and NMP are allowing our area to produce top-quality physicians trained in the north, for the north.”To date, of the Northern Medical Program graduates who have completed their residencies, about two-thirds are working in northern communities.- Advertisement -The Trust held its annual general meeting on May 8 in Fort St. John, in conjunction with the North Central Local Government Association convention. In addition to approving the disbursement for 2014 – 2015, the Trust members elected Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen as NMPT President. He replaces Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, who served one year as NMPT President. Mackenzie Mayor Stephanie Killam is the new NMPT Vice-President.The Trust directors also approved a plan to conduct a review of the Trust and its disbursement model.“It’s a privilege to be chairing the Northern Medical Programs Trust in the same year that the Northern Medical Program turns 10 years old, and UNBC itself celebrates its 25th anniversary,” said Thiessen. “These occasions provide a perfect opportunity to both review and renew the Trust to ensure that it can be as effective as possible at encouraging future healthcare practitioners to choose northern communities after they graduate.”Advertisement The NMPT is one of the most popular designations for UNBC donations. Over the last decade, more than 1,350 donors have contributed to the Trust and the endowment is currently valued at $9 million.last_img read more

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Arsenal team news: Frenchman ready to start against Monaco?

first_img Arsenal stars Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini celebrate Arsenal’s hopes of turning around their Champions League tie with Monaco have been raised with Mathieu Flamini’s cameo against West Ham.The Frenchman, who had previously been absent with a hamstring injury, made his return against the Hammers and scored just moments after entering the fray with seven minutes to go.This should ease the pressure on Francis Coquelin, who has manfully stepped in and proved to Wenger he does have a future at the Emirates, despite previously being on the cusp of exiting the club.Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere is likely to remain on the sidelines as the Gunners, who were beaten 3-1 by their French opponents in North London, look to qualify for quarter-finals but defender Gabriel is in training and could make an appearance.Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are also stepping up their returns but won’t take any part, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby. 1last_img read more

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The best in the world! Mourinho backed by Terry as Chelsea insists club is united

first_img1 John Terry and Jose Mourinho Chelsea captain John Terry has reiterated his backing for Jose Mourinho, hailing him the ‘best manager in the world’.Mourinho’s future at Stamford Bridge has been called into question after a disastrous start to the season for the Premier League champions.Reports of fall-outs with senior stars, including Terry, dominated the back pages in the midst of Chelsea’s woeful run of form.But the defender maintains that Mourinho has always had the full support of the dressing room and hopes successive clean sheets are the catalyst for a turnaround in fortunes.Terry, who played in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend and in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev, said: “We are a great side and we will get there with the hunger and the ambition that is in the squad.“You don’t win trophies year after year without that hunger in the belly. We are collectively together, the players, the manager and the fans and we will be all right.“When the chips are down, I’d take this squad over any. I know the players very well. I’ve been in this situation before, I’ve seen it happen.“We’ve got a great squad of players. More importantly we’ve still got the best manager in the world.“Everyone’s fully behind him. There’s stories and this and that and everything else, but believe me everyone’s together.“The fans were unbelievable again at the weekend, so (I) thank them.”last_img read more

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Roberto Martinez: Everton’s fans deserve silverware

first_imgRoberto Martinez believes Everton’s fans deserve to be supporting a club which wins silverware, following the Toffees’ defeat in the FA Cup semi-final.Anthony Martial scored an injury time winner for the Red Devils to send them through to the Final, breaking the hearts of Martinez and the blue half of Merseyside.Despite falling behind to a Marouane Fellaini striker, Everton grew into the game, and after Chris Smalling had put the ball into his own net to bring the tie level, it was Martinez’s men who looked the better team.They would likely have continued this dominance into extra-time, and many would have made them favourites to progress.But Martial bagged the late goal, knocking Everton out, and ensuring that their fans have to go another season without a trophy.Speaking after the game, Martinez said: “We wanted to give silverware to our fans which they deserve immensely, and we want to finish as high as we can in the table.“I think we can learn a lot from this season. It has been a tough season.”The Spaniard has been coming under increasing criticism this year, but the performance his players put in suggested that they are behind him – something Martinez himself realised.Martinez said: “As a manager I just concentrate on working with the team and building from game to game.I think you’ve seen an incredible togetherness, an incredible desire and an incredible belief in what we can achieve.”last_img read more

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Votes to test mayor’s muscle

first_img But Villaraigosa’s role is gaining more attention in the Eastside’s 14th District, where the mayor grew up and defeated Pacheco to gain a two-year seat on the City Council before being elected mayor this year. It is there that Huizar and Pacheco head a field of 10 candidates trying to fill the two years left on Villaraigosa’s term. Others in the race include former Olympic boxer Paul Gonzales, council aide Ruby Baxter De Vera, meatpacker Diana Jill Newberry, educator David John Sanchez, attorney Brian Heckmann, educator Clifford Ramiro Moseley, businesswoman Crystal Arceo and community activist Juan Jiminez. Turnout for the election is expected to be low. Two years ago, in the hotly contested race as part of a citywide election, 26,000 of the district’s 80,000 registered voters turned out. In his campaign, Pacheco – a former deputy district attorney who got his political start on the Charter Reform Commission – is painting himself as something of an incumbent, pointing to projects he started when he was in office and noting that many were continued by Villaraigosa. “I think what’s working for me is that people are concerned about the learning curve of someone else new coming in to office,” Pacheco said. “Yes, Antonio is a factor, but not as much as people might think. “Voters are independent and I think they see him as concentrating on being a good mayor and not worried as much about a City Council race,” Pacheco said. But it is Huizar, elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s board in 2001, who has won Villaraigosa’s backing – as well as that of much of the City Council and the local political establishment. Villaraigosa’s aid has helped Huizar, with the most recent campaign reports showing him having raised more than $300,000, while Pacheco had raised about $150,000. Huizar acknowledged the endorsements have been important, but he still has to prove that he can win the votes. “There’s no question the mayor’s endorsement means a lot, particularly in this district,” Huizar said. “This was his district and he did better here than anywhere else in the city. “And, I think people are looking to elect someone who can work with the mayor. People want to see results.” At the same time, Huizar said his background on the school board and as a real estate attorney hits on many of district voters’ issues. “I think people recognize what I can bring to the office,” Huizar said. Parke Skelton, who managed Villaraigosa’s mayoral campaign and is overseeing Huizar’s, said the mayor could be facing a risk. “This is his backyard and if there is a loss, there will be a perception that there is some weakness there,” Skelton said. “Obviously, I don’t think that’s the case. Antonio Villaraigosa is the most popular elected official in this area. And Huizar is a very good candidate. He’s well-known and (has) done a good job in fundraising.” Sonenshein compared the race with the one in former Mayor Tom Bradley’s old council district after he was elected mayor. “David Cunningham seemed to come from nowhere to win that election,” Sonenshein said. “The only thing he had going for him was Tom Bradley.” Years later, however, the Bradley endorsement did not mean as much when he supported an opponent of eventual winner Nate Holden. Holden proved to be a consistent thorn in Bradley’s side, even running against him for mayor. “What I think Bradley learned and what Villaraigosa has to learn is that you have to pick and choose the races you get involved with,” Sonenshein said. “Right now, there’s no downside, but he will have to be careful to not get involved in areas where he doesn’t have as much strength.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s name does not appear on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot, but his influence is prominent in two City Council races – including one in which he is trying to handpick his successor. In the first real test of his political muscle since taking office, Villaraigosa is backing LAUSD board member Jose Huizar for his former 14th Council District seat over longtime rival Nick Pacheco, who previously held the post. In the 10th Council District, Villaraigosa is backing Herb Wesson, a former Assembly speaker and a longtime political ally. For Villaraigosa, the election results could help solidify his political power, adding two allies to the City Council that would be key in helping him push forward an aggressive agenda for revitalizing the city. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If there is a time for him to capitalize on his popularity in what he considers his home district, now is the time,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton, and former executive director of the appointed Charter Reform Commission. “In some sense, now, the risks are low. He already has a good working relationship with the City Council. Wesson should win easily and if Huizar wins … it adds another vote for what he wants to do. And, in some sense, if he has this political power and is not using it, then it just goes to waste.” Wesson, who has raised more than $300,000, is the front-runner among opponents Robert Serrano – the only other candidate who has reported raising money ($2,750) – and professional photographer Barry Levine. With a long career of community involvement, Wesson said that while Villaraigosa’s support has been important, it has not been a primary concern in the district that includes the Mid-Wilshire area and Koreatown. “I think people know me, they have seen me under fire, they know that I will fight for them,” Wesson said. “The issues that concern people is they want someone in office who can deliver services. I think I have shown over the years I can do that.” last_img read more

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Vyapam scam accused get DVDs of chargesheet

first_imgThe CBI has handed over DVDs, instead of hard copies, of its chargesheet to 491 accused in the case related to the Madhya Pradesh Pre-Medical Test (PMT) 2013, a part of the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam.“We have handed over chargesheets in DVDs, each containing around 39,500 pages, including enclosures, to the accused or their advocates in the special CBI court,” special prosecutor Satish Dinkar said on Thursday. The CBI filed the chargesheet in the court on October 31, 2017, but the judge asked the agency to provide a copy to every accused.39,500 pagesIf hard copies were to be distributed to the accused, it would have needed a truck for delivery, Mr. Dinkar said.The Vyapam scam came to light in 2011. It is alleged that touts, in connivance with officials, helped students crack the professional course entrance tests using experts who wrote the tests instead of the students.last_img read more

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14 dead as bus plunges into gorge in Uttarakhand

first_imgAn Uttarakhand Roadways bus rolled down a 250-metre deep gorge around 15 kilometre from Chamba in Tehri district early on Thursday killing 14 persons, including two women, and injuring seventeen others, officials said.The ill-fated bus was on its way to Haridwar from Bhatwari when it met with the accident, the second such tragedy in the hill state this month.The accident occurred near Kirgani on the Chamba-Uttarkashi highway at around 8.20 am today when the bus plunged into a 250-metre deep gorge, killing 13 persons on the spot and and leaving 18 injured, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said.One of the injured died in hospital during treatment, she added.There were 31 passengers, mostly locals, in the bus when the accident took place, she said.Seventeen of the injured were under treatment at different hospitals, officials said.Eleven people who sustained serious injuries, were flown in choppers to AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were under treatment at district hospital in Baurari and Masihi hospital, Chamba, they said.Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed deep grief at the loss of lives in the accident and announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and ₹50,000 for those injured.Police and SDRF teams along with senior officials were rushed to the spot to conduct rescue operations.last_img read more

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Sizing Up the Viral Threat

first_imgEbola, HIV, influenza, MERS. Plenty of animal viruses cause devastating diseases in humans. But nature might have many more in store. In a new study, U.S. researchers estimate that there are more than 320,000 unknown viruses lurking in mammals alone. One of them could touch off the next pandemic if it jumps to humans, says Nathan Wolfe, a virologist who was not involved in the work and founder and CEO of Metabiota, a company that contracts with governments and health agencies to track disease outbreaks. “This paper gives an idea of what’s actually out there.”Scientists estimate that almost two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases originate in wild animals, such as birds, bats, primates, and rodents. Bats in particular have been in the spotlight recently as they are suspected to be the reservoir for many deadly viruses such as Ebola, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Nipah. Some scientists argue that bats’ immune systems may make them more likely to pass pathogens to humans.To estimate how many viruses might be lurking in in wild mammals, researchers from Columbia University and EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization in New York City, studied flying foxes in Bangladesh. From 2006 to 2010, they caught hundreds of the big bats and collected urine and fecal samples as well as throat swabs before releasing them. They then fished out all the viral sequences they could find belonging to nine virus families, including the coronaviruses, herpesviruses, and influenza A viruses. Each family was chosen because it is already known to include human pathogens and because good tests are available for finding new viruses in the family, says Simon Anthony, a virologist at Columbia University and one of the authors on the paper. They found 55 viruses in all, 50 of which had never been seen before, including 10 in the same family as the Nipah virus that has caused numerous outbreaks in South Asia since surfacing in 1999.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To estimate how many viruses the sampling might have missed, the team turned to statistical methods developed by ecologists to estimate tiger populations, which relate the effort put into a search to the number of animals likely to be overlooked. In flying foxes, three viruses were likely to have been missed, putting the total number of viruses harbored in these bats at 58. If the other 5486 known mammalian species each carry a similar number of viruses, and assuming each species’ set of viruses is unique, that would mean about 320,000 viruses altogether, the scientists report in mBio. “That is actually far fewer than I thought it was going to be,” says Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, one of the authors of the paper. “To discover all these viruses is a big task, but something we can probably achieve in the next 20 years.”Wolfe cautions that there are likely to be many more viruses than the paper estimates. “There are certainly more viral families that will be interesting to look at and also still unknown viral families,” he says. But he praises the paper for using models taken from ecology, “because fundamentally these are ecological problems.” “I think it represents a new period we are entering in terms of these viral discovery studies,” he says. Identifying all the viruses in mammals would be a huge boon to scientists and epidemiologists, Daszak says. If an animal virus begins spreading to humans, they could use the new sequences to quickly pinpoint its source. In the lab, they could study the newfound viruses to see which are most likely to jump to humans and then prepare vaccines or drugs, he says. “It would be the beginning of the end for pandemics.”Fabian Leendertz, an epidemiologist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, is more skeptical. He calls the findings “very exciting” but says that even if all the viruses were found, most of the work would still remain to be done. “Just describing a number of sequences alone does not tell us whether one among them will be the next killer,” he says.A complete viral inventory would also carry a hefty price tag: about $6.3 billion, the authors estimate. “But you have to put that into perspective,” says Daszak, pointing to the 2003 SARS outbreak. That pandemic alone is estimated to have cost between $15 billion and $50 billion in economic losses.last_img read more

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Haryana, Maharashtra bypolls: rolls’ revision from July 15

first_img: Ahead of Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra later this year, election authorities in the States would revise the electoral rolls from July 15 in order to give those eligible another opportunity to enrol.The Election Commission of India on Thursday wrote to the Chief Electoral Officers of the States on the schedule of the second special summary revision, saying the draft rolls would be published on July 15 and claims and objections could be filed from that date till July 30. After two special camps over the next two weekends (July 20-21 and July 27-28), the claims would be disposed off by August 13, ahead of publication of the final rolls on August 18.last_img read more

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