A two-day conference bringing together top executives of the West African Insurance Companies Association and the Association of Insurance in Liberia (WAICA) gets underway today, Monday, May 5 in Monrovia. Today’s gathering the 36th annual general meeting of WAICA in post-war Liberia.The WAICA is an International Association of insurance companies and institutions in English-speaking West Africa. Today’s event intends to encourage the development of the insurance market in each member country on sound and technical basis. Such development is inclusive of the developing of the insuring public from the economic and social angle. In an interview with journalists at the venue of the conference in Monrovia, William B. Coker, the general-secretary and chief executive officer (CEO) of West Africa Insurance Association, based in Ghana said, members and executive of WAICA have intended to encourage the promotion of insurance education in each member country, and to encourage existing educational institutions, such as universities to initiate courses and training programs on insurance and allied subjects as well as encouraging the exchange of business and personnel from company to company.According to him, WAICA wants to take reasonable steps aimed at reducing or eliminating economic waste arising from fires, accidents and other elemental causes.“WAICA would encourage the exchange of business among member companies in the sub region, and to enhance awareness of the impact, and benefits insurance in the socio- economic development of its people.”Mr. Coker disclosed that at the end of the Monrovia gathering, the members would be inducted into office a Liberian-business man, H. Momo Fortune, who will stir the affairs of Association for the incoming years. Mr. Fortune is the general manager, CEO of Mutual Benefits Assurance Company, and president of the Association of Insurer in Liberia (AIL). According to Mr. Coker, during the two days deliberations, WAICA would discuss other steps which, are in the interest of members and which, has direct or indirect positive benefits on the lives of the communities within which members operate, thereby promoting the objectives and aspirations of the Association.The Association was established on May 4, 1973, in Accra Ghana with respect amongst all the insurers and re-insurers operating in the West African sub-region.Countries forming part of the Associations include The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It has been nearly four days now since international media outlets announced that at least two Ebola trial vaccines were expected to arrive in the country on Friday, January 23. It seems no one higher up in government or those managing the nation’s Ebola crisis knows anything about the ChAd-3 and Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) vaccines, whether they have been shipped to, or are now in Liberia, by GlaxoSmithKline, a British national pharmaceutical, biologics vaccines and consumer healthcare company.The company said the trial drugs have already been “shipped” to Liberia. It developed the vaccines in collaboration with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).The NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine is based on a type of chimpanzee cold virus, called chimp adenovirus type 3 (ChAd-3). The manufacturers said the adenovirus is used as a carrier, or vector, to deliver segments of genetic material derived from two Ebola virus species: Zaire Ebola and Sudan Ebola. Hence, this vaccine is referred to as a bivalent vaccine. “The Zaire species of the virus is responsible for the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.”“The vaccine candidate delivers one part of Ebola’s genetic material to human cells, but the adenovirus vector does not replicate. Rather, the Ebola gene that it carries allows the cells of the vaccine recipient to express a single Ebola protein, and that protein prompts an immune response in the individual.It is important to know that the Ebola genetic material contained in the investigational vaccine cannot cause a vaccinated individual to become infected with Ebola.”The Daily Observer contacted several highly placed officials over the weekend and Sunday, who confirmed that they have heard about the vaccines but could not say whether they were now on the ground in Liberia or otherwise. Most promised to get back sometime this Monday afternoon with answers after finding out the status of the vaccines.One eminent Liberian, who asked not to be named, described the “I don’t know” attitude of these officials, who should know everything about the running of the state especially the vaccines that have been widely publicized, as “lackadaisical.” This person added: “These are the kind of people we have running the state of affairs and playing with the lives of ordinary Liberians.” However, Mr. David Sumo, Managing Director, Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), confirmed that he had received an application from the United States Government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), asking his entity to grant approval for the trial of both vaccines to be carried out in Liberia.Mr. Sumo’s LMHRA is tasked with the statutory mandate of ensuring that every medical supply that comes to the country is safe, effective and of good quality before it reaches the Liberian public. It is also tasked with protecting Liberians from the harmful effects of substandard and counterfeit medicines and health products.“We are aware because the sponsors [NIH] did apply in accordance with our guidelines,” Mr. Sumo told our Health Correspondent Saturday.He said two separate ethical committees — one at his entity and another at the Ministry of Health — have been meeting separately, looking into documents sent in by the sponsors.“For us, we are going to respond officially to them by Monday (today) latest. From our side, there are still some outstanding issues that we have noticed with their document which need to be addressed,” he stated. He, however, clarified that some of the issues won’t stand in the way of the trial process.Mr. Sumo disclosed that this is going to be the “phase 2 trial” of the vaccines, which, according to him, have already undergone phase 1 trial in a few countries, including Mali, USA and Switzerland.“With the information obtained from the first trial, we can now go into the phase 2 trial if our outstanding issues are resolved.”He stated that at least 600 participants, who are going to be mostly health workers, have been earmarked for phase 2. The third phase, will target at least 9,000 persons at an unknown date.“All the participants are going to agree voluntarily to undergo the trial. They will be told all the side effects and that the drugs are trial. They would have to agree and sign before being allowed to undergo the trial,” he emphasized.Mr. Sumo, however, clarified that every participant will be followed and monitored for at least a year in order to make sure that they remain healthy and don’t develop any sickness as a result of the trial.He stated that the vaccines will be administered to healthy Liberians, who will be thoroughly screened.He told our health correspondent that once participants come out of the trial well, it means that they have now been vaccinated against the Ebola virus disease and can’t contract the deadly virus even if they came in contact with an infected person or object.He disclosed that the vaccines will be stored below minus 30 degrees Celsius at the US Embassy. This is probably because there is no public facility equipped with such a cooling system.A US Embassy official, who asked anonymity, didn’t confirm or deny this report, but said, “As far as we have been told, the vaccines have not yet landed in Liberia.”GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccine ManufacturersAuthorities of GlaxoSmithKline have stressed that the vaccine is still in development and the World Health Organization (WHO), and other regulators, would have to be satisfied the vaccine is both safe and effective before any mass immunization campaigns could be considered.According to the BBC, field trials of other promising vaccines – for example one involving the company Merck – are planned in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the months to come.These three countries are the hardest hit nations.However, experts say with the number of Ebola cases falling opportunities to test vaccines and drugs could be limited.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A state of the art ICT Centre of Excellence was commissioned on Thursday and will serve as the principal institution to offer high-quality specialised ICT training to public servants.The US$1.5 million facility, which is located on the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen campus, houses two laboratories as well as a classroom and is an initiative between the Guyana and Indian governments.The establishment of the Centre for Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) allowed Guyana to lean on India – a leading ICT innovator, in its quest to improve public service delivery. The project was conceptualized during a visit by former President Donald Ramotar to India.According to outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam, this initiative is part of his country’s drive to boost the ICT sector within friendly bilateral states. He noted that this Centre of Excellence is the second that India has aided in setting in the Caribbean region.In addition to the equipment for the labs and classroom, India also provided three specialist to conduct training as well as over 1000 manual books.Meanwhile, President David Granger expressed gratitude to the Indian Government and in particular High Commissioner Mahalingam, whose five year tour in Guyana has ended, for his efforts to not only strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries but also push Guyana’s development through projects such as the establishment of the centre.According to President Granger, this is another milestone added to the legacy that Mahalingam will be leaving behind. He noted that the facility will see Guyana becoming more agile in the ICT sector.However, the Head of State is cognizant that the country is lagging behind in the ICT sector within the Caribbean region. In fact, he outlined that in terms of connectivity, Guyana is ranked 117 out of 193 countries with only 36 per cent of citizens using the Internet.To this end, President Granger underscored the importance of having a technologically-literate and digitally-skilled society, which he added is central to the development of a ‘digital state’ which will see the hinterland region also benefitting from internet connectivity.According to the President, ICT is a functional and practical response to the challenge of the digital deficit in Guyana and the establishment of the Centre is a step in the right direction which will see a number of persons trained in the sector.Meanwhile, Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, in her remarks posited that the world is rapidly changing and technology is replacing all traditions. Against this backdrop, the Minister noted that the public servants who will receive ICT advanced training at CEIT will be expected to keep Government’s online presence user-friendly and up to date.A 2016 MoU signed between the two countries saw the Indian government contributing US$1 million into the project including the provision of hardware for the labs and classroom.The first batch of training commenced in April.
Santi Cazorla 1 Arsene Wenger has conceded Santi Cazorla could be out until March after suffering knee ligament damage in last weekend’s draw at Norwich.The Spain international played on at Carrow Road despite taking a heavy knock in the early stages of the second half as Arsenal’s injury woes continued.Laurent Koscielny had already been forced off with an early hip problem and Alexis Sanchez then pulled up with a hamstring injury.Those two players were substituted but Cazorla played on – with Wenger now admitting he may be without the influential midfielder for up to four months.“It is possible,” Wenger said when asked about reports the 30-year-old being sidelined until March.“Ideally you want them all to be with you but we are prepared to deal with it. It is a big miss with players like that but it is a opportunity for players to come in and fill in and show they have the quality and that they are fresh and that can give a good impact to the team.“The players injured in the last two weeks will not play tomorrow and who is back maybe in the squad could be Laurent Koscielny, and Theo Walcott will be a decision tomorrow morning.”Sanchez will be seen as a key loss to Wenger’s ambitions as the Premier League enters a busy festive period and the Gunners face a must-win Champions League tie in Olympiacos on Wednesday.Wenger highlighted Sanchez being pushed into the Carrow Road camera pit by Norwich’s defender Ryan Bennett as a potential reason for his own injury.The Frenchman refused to put a time-frame on the hamstring issue but again defended his decision to play the Chile international at Norwich after a long run of games for club and country.“I don’t know, honestly,” he said of Sanchez’s possible return.“Alexis is a hamstring but I don’t know how long it will take, it is usually a quick one to recover while Cazorla we don’t know until he sees a specialist.“Alexis had four weeks holiday, he was rested in some games and had all the medical signs to say he was okay to play between Dinamo Zagreb and Norwich.“Nobody suggested that he could displace his back or his hamstring. When he was pushed into the boards on the side of the field that did not shock anybody. That injury can come from that as well.“I’m not expert enough to know but if you want to blame me I’m okay with it.”While Koscielny may be fit in time to face Sunderland on Saturday, with Walcott also likely to return to the squad, Wenger is still without a number of key figures as the likes of Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta remain out.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Warren provides the latest on Isco’s Real Madrid future, with several European heavyweights queuing up for the Spanish playmaker who grew disillusioned in the last few weeks of Rafael Benitez’s reign.There’s also an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny, with Arsene Wenger hopeful the deal will go through in ‘two or three days’ after overcoming some complications.Would the Gunners consider selling to one of their arch rivals? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been heavily linked with Chelsea in today’s newspapers and Ray Wilkins believes the England man needs to leave to boost his Euro 2016 hopes. We saw Petr Cech move in the opposite direction last summer – but could it really happen again?And two other England players on the periphery of the England squad are also in the news. Saido Berahino is now an alleged target for top-six chasing Stoke, while Watford have moved ahead of West Brom in the race for Tottenham outcast Andros Towsnend.Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp plotting stunning move for Bayern Munich star this monthManchester City face competition from Euro giants to land Real Madrid midfielder IscoTransfer report: Barcelona reject chance to take Pedro back from ChelseaMan United are not pursuing Pep Guardiola because he lacks Premier League experience, claims Spanish football expertExclusive – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should leave Arsenal to boost Euro 2016 hopes, says Ray WilkinsSwansea and Southampton set for transfer fight over Serie A strikerStuttgart want forgotten Chelsea man Papy Djilobodji on 18-month loan deal
State Sen. Tom McClintock, who is running for lieutenant governor, called the Senate bill “amnesty” for illegal immigrants and said he opposed it. He accused President George W. Bush of failing to protect U.S. borders and said illegal aliens should be deported. “There’s nothing radical about that,” said McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. Former Assemblyman Tony Strickland, running for state controller, said he also opposes amnesty. Strickland, who represented the Thousand Oaks area, said he is not familiar with the details of the various bills in Congress, but said he might support a guest worker plan along the lines of the old Bracero program. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, running for state treasurer, also would support a guest worker program, and believes undocumented immigrants should be given some path to legalization, Dan Pellissier, . But, Pellissier said, “they should not be advantaged over people who have been following the rules all along.” his chief of staff,said email@example.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mobilized by the divisive national debate on illegal immigration, Latino voters in California could topple Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November and deal serious blows to other statewide GOP candidates, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez said Wednesday. In Washington to lobby the U.S. Senate for legislation that would legalize America’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, Nu ez said Schwarzenegger already alienated Latino voters by supporting the Minutemen volunteer border patrol project. “I think the governor is, at this point, trying to walk a tightrope,” Nu ez said. But Katie Levinson, spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, said the governor’s support among Latinos remains strong. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It’s unfortunate that Speaker Nu ez chose to launch blatant political attacks while visiting Washington, D.C.,” Levinson said. “The governor will continue the record of strong support in the Latino community based on a shared commitment on a variety of issues,” including comprehensive immigration reform. Nu ez’s visit came as the Senate opened debate on legislation beefing up border security while creating a program that would allow 400,000 low-skilled foreigners into the country annually and to stay in the U.S. while applying for green cards. California Republican analyst Allan Hoffenblum agreed with Nu ez that statewide GOP candidates run the risk of alienating Latino voters on immigration. “The problem that too many Republicans have is that they come across too shrill. They come across as anti-Mexican,” Hoffenblum said. “That’s what they have to be careful about. We in California know what happens when you come across as too shrill. You lose elections.” Republican candidates for statewide office offer a range of positions on illegal immigration.
SHE may have finally been nominated to stand for the Presidential election by Donegal County Council, but Derry woman Dana Rosemary Scallon is on the verge of quitting the race today because of a family dispute.The singer was involved in an on-air row with RTE Radio One’s Pat Kenny this morning after he asked her about when she was granted American citizenship.There were also weekend reports about a family dispute over Mrs Scallon’s mother’s home in Derry. She died two years ago and there is a legal dispute over her estate. Dans said she found it “really disgusting” that details of a legal dispute between members of her family was being discussed in the press and on national airwaves.“It was a court case – a very turbulent and hard time for me and my family. We worked our way through it and we’re trying to patch up my family. My family is more important to me than this presidential election.“I don’t want any more questions about it,” she said.She went on: “I did not anticipate that a newspaper as reputable as the [Irish] Times would delve into a family matter and spread it across two inside pages and a front page… I do not keep this [US document] in my pocket, I had to search for it,” she said. “I am not answering any more questions,” she said. “I applied for [American] citizenship when I went there. I went there in 1991. I will not have my family dragged across this presidential election, or else I will step out of it.”DANA THREATENS TO QUIT PRESIDENTIAL RACE AS FAMILY ROW RAGES was last modified: October 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:danaquit threat
JIM MCGUINNESS will appear on The Saturday Night Show this weekend.Jim McGuinness will give his first interview since stepping down as Donegal manager on RTE’s Saturday Night Show hosted by Brendan O’Connor.McGuinness has remained tight lipped following his departure as manager almost a fortnight ago.McGuinness presided over the most successful reign in Donegal GAA history by landing three Ulster titles, and one All-Ireland title. McGuinness took Donegal agonisingly close to landing their second All-Ireland title in three years, but were narrowly defeated to Kerry in the decider.McGuinness will reveal how he broke the news to his management and staff, and will reveal why after four years he decided to quit as Donegal manager.Donegal GAA fans was left devastated following his decision to step down, and are eager to find out why he walked away.McGuinness received a promotion with Celtic FC under new manager Ronnie Delia. Will Jimmy reveal who he thinks should get the job, or who he thinks will get it on The Saturday Night Show?It promises to be a compelling interview, and no doubt all of Donegal will be tuned in for it this Saturday night.JIM MCGUINNESS TO APPEAR ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesinterviewJim McGuinnessnewsRTESport
Pligrims will finally get here today to MedjugorjeA GROUP of Donegal pilgrims finally arrived in the shrine in Medjugorje in the early hours of this morning – but not before praying for their own safe return TWICE after engine trouble on their plane.The Europe Airpost jet took off yesterday morning from Dublin at 7.3oam bound for Split in Croatia.But 15 minutes into the flight the pilot announced the crew were having technical difficulties and they were returning to Dublin. After spending half an hour back at the airport, the jet with 164 passengers on board – 30 of them from Donegal – took off again.But after crossing the Irish Sea the plane had the same problems; and half an hour later they were landing on the tarmac back at Dublin airport for the second time.“It was a terrible ordeal and I don’t mind telling you I did a lot of praying on those two flights,” said one Donegal passenger who contacted us last night.“To have a glitch once was bad; but the second time I just thought we’re never going to make it.” Pilgrims had been at Dublin airport from dawn yesterday. A replacement plane took off late last night.Niall Glynn of tour operators Marian Pilgrimages said a new plane from Paris had taken the passengers to the Croatian city of Split last night.Mr Glynn said the technical problem appeared to have been a sensor that was triggered in flight, setting off an alert in the cockpit. After the first aborted flight, it was thought it had been repaired but, as proven in the second flight, it had not.He said it was “understandable” that several of the would-be passengers were reluctant to give the plane a third go and so a new plane had had to be obtained from the airline, Europe Airpost, a France-based charter company that specialised in moving mail and newspapers during the night, and passengers during the day. DONEGAL PILGRIMS’ PRAYERS AT 30,000 FT AS PLANE FORCED TO RETURN TO AIRPORT TWICE was last modified: October 16th, 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:donegalflight scareMedjugorjePilgrims
Nothing says Christmas glamour more than a bit of sparkle and a dash of red lipstick.Everyone can wear a red lippy, the key is finding the right shade and texture for your skin tone.If you don’t know what your skin tone is just remember that fair complexions have cool skin tones with pink undertones. Black or brown hair with warm skin tones– orangey reds, brown based reds, golden reds, tawny reds. If cool undertones, go for cherry reds, plums and burgundy’s.Blonde with a warm complexion – coral reds, orange reds or copper reds. If you have a cool skin tone, plum or pink reds, light rose reds or reds with a blue undertone are for you.Redheads with a cool complexion – blue reds, berry, plum and brick. Warm complexion -orangey, brighter shades of red.All skin tones – true red, postbox red.From cool, blue-toned shades to warmer tones, here are a few reds to complete your look. 1. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo: £15.50, €19.50 This is a show stopper red that complements all skin tones. It’s extra matte, with intense colour and super long lasting. It may be a little drying- a balm on lips before applying might help. Be sure to softly exfoliate your lips and moisturise.2. WET N’ WILD MEGALAST LIP COLOR Stoplight Red 911D: £4.72, €2.99 This is a true blue-based red lipstick that has a semi-matte finish. It is lasting and looks amazing on fair complexions. A good one to try if you’re experimenting with red lipstick. It looks amazing on traditional Celtic colouring.3.Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice: £7.49, €10.69 This was first released in 1952 and is still a bestseller. This is a vintage red and considered a neutral red. It’s very moisturising and was a favourite of Elizabeth Taylor.4. Topshop Lips in Rio Rio: £8, €12 This is an orange-toned red that complements olive and sallow skin tones. Warm and creamy in texture, it has a satin matte finish.5. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche: £6.99, €12.29 The beauty brand has created a red lipstick collection with its Color Riche Pure Reds. The Pure Reds shades have been developed to suit all skin and hair colours, and are now being marketed using one of the L’Oreal brand ambassadors – Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede – as a quick reference guide to which one will suit you. 6. NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie: £5, €6.49 A soft sheer gloss, this red is slightly warmer and works beautifully on yellow-toned skin.BEAUTY: A RED HOT LIPSTICK FOR ALL SKIN TONES was last modified: December 9th, 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:BeautyCHristmasL’Oreal TopshoplipstickredRevlon