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Two health officials from the United States have joined other experts at an Ebola conference in Cuba, in the latest sign of cooperation between the long-standing adversaries.The meeting looks at ways to prevent the spread of Ebola in the Americas.It was organised by Alba, a leftist bloc founded by Cuba and Venezuela as a counterweight to US influence.The US military and Cuban medics are already posted in the countries in West Africa worst-affected by the disease.The US maintains a trade embargo on the Caribbean island and the two countries do not have full diplomatic relations.But they have quietly cooperated for years on issues like public health, immigration and environmental protection.Cuba praised“This [the Ebola crisis] is a global emergency and we all have to work together and cooperate,” Nelson Arboleda, a regional official of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters before the meeting.“We’ll make every effort to ensure the quick diagnosis of patients to break the cycle of transmission,” adding that the meeting in the Cuban capital, Havana, would also discuss planning for training medics.The first team of Cuban health workers arrived in Sierra Leone earlier this monthCuba is the biggest single provider of healthcare workers to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, more than the Red Cross or richer nations, the World Health Organization says.It sent 83 doctors and nurses to Liberia and Guinea last week, who joined another contingent of 165 Cuban healthcare professionals in Sierra Leone.The Caribbean nation has been praised for its response to the Ebola crisis, including by the US, and more Cuban medics have been trained to travel there.Its response has also won plaudits from humanitarian workers who say the international community’s reaction has been lacking.A total of 32 countries are represented at the Havana conference, including Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Panama, which are not members of Alba.The bloc – the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – was the brainchild of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late president.BBC News Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestylePolitics US attends Ebola conference in Cuba by: – October 30, 2014 Share 387 Views no discussions
LocalNews ECCB works towards lessing the gravity of global economic and financial crisis. by: – July 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 15 Views no discussions Share Share Sir K Dwight Venner, Governor of the ECCB. Photo credit: ecib.orgThe Eastern Caribbean Central Bank through its Governor Sir K Dwight Venner has reported that several measures have been implemeted in the last financial year in an effort to enhance the regulatory, supervisory and monitoring frameworks.These measures included;1. The drafting of enabling legislation for the credit union and insurance sectors for passage by member governments;2. The implementation of the necessary apparatus for information-sharing and integrated supervision and regulation of the system;3. Development of a framework for the introduction of a repurchase facility to enhance liquidity support to commercial banks;4. Development of a liquidity monitoring and forecasting model;5. Working with the commercial banks to establish the ECCU Automated Clearing House (ACH); and6. Working with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions in Canada to adopt an advanced model of financial regulation.It was also reported that the Bank has intiated several programs in an effort to lessen the gravity of the global economic and financial crisis by restructuring and strengthening the financial sector.“The Bank, in collaboration with member governments and with the support of the World Bank, continued the efforts to establish the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) to restructure and recapitalise financial institutions and manage troubled assets. The Bank also provided support to the Ministerial Sub-Committees of the Monetary Council on banking, insurance, credit unions and international financial services in addressing and implementing solutions to the challenges in these sectors.”According Sir Venner, the Bank also “played a pivotal role in the smooth transition of the Bank of Antigua Limited to the new entity, the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank Ltd (ECAB). Throughout the year, the Bank continued to provide technical support to the member governments in accessing financing on the Regional Government Securities Market. The average weighted interest rate on 91-day Treasury bills declined from 5.69 per cent to 4.93 per cent. Hence, participating governments were able to lower their debt servicing costs on those instruments.”It is anticipated that “the year 2012 will be critical as the ECCU strives to consolidate its efforts to strengthen its economies and position itself to take advantage of the opportunities from the anticipated global economic recovery.”Thus the policy priorities for the Bank would therefore be to:1. Strengthen the framework for the early identification of risk and resolution of problems at weak financial institutions;2. Continue to explore appropriate monetary policy tools and the enhancement of market intelligence to influence money and credit conditions and to inform policy development;3. Continue to work with member governments to identify and remove legal impediments to the establishment of a single financial space;4. Build on the power of collective action by assisting member governments in the articulation and adoption of a macroeconomic transformation programme for ECCU member countries consistent with the objectives of the OECS Economic Union and the ECCU Eight Point Stabilisation and Growth Programme; and6. Encourage member governments to modernise the public sector in order to enhance efficiency and provide the requisite technical and administrative capacity to achieve the region’s economic objectives.Sir Venner concludes that the challenge which the Bank faces is support for the strong dollar policy which has been dictated by the Monetary Council, as well as to establish the environment for the future growth and development of the region.Dominica Vibes News
Also running that evening at Britt are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. National, regional and state points will be awarded in those three divisions. More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website. Other event sponsors are Croplan by Winfield and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Entry fee of $50 must be postmarked by June 14 and should be mailed to 4 Wide Promotions at PO Box 424 in Garner, Iowa, 50438. Late entry fee is $75. The MaxYield Seed-sponsored special pays a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State, but no track points will be awarded and top finishers from each heat advance to the $200 to win DeKalb/Asgrow Dash to determine their starting spots in the main event. BRITT, Iowa – There’s a $2,500 check waiting for the winner of Hancock County Speedway’s Tuesday, June 18 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod Nationals. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Kids 12 and under get in free. Pit passes are $30. The Northern SportMod Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
Furthermore, Dyke hopes to persuade the Premier League to reduce the number of non-home grown players from 17 to 13 within a 25-man squad, as well as adjust the definition of ‘home grown’. The proposals were a hot topic at St George’s Park as England met ahead of Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania, with Chelsea defender Cahill keen these plans do not go too far. “I agree in some aspects,” the Three Lions centre-back said. “I think it’s getting that balance, isn’t it? “For me as an English player, you’d love to see English players in the Premier League, of course. “English players getting chances at clubs is always nice, (but then there is) respecting the fact the Premier League is one of the top leagues – everyone wants to play in there and the fans want to see top players. Sometimes these top players are foreigners. “It’s about getting the mixture. I like to see English players playing in the Premier League but also there are some top quality foreign guys who come over here and perform well and fans want to see them play. I think it’s the balance.” The plan to help the national team could hinder some clubs, though, with Chelsea looking like one such example given the amount of foreign talent in their ranks. Cahill is their only player in the senior England squad right now, although he pointed to the likes of Dominic Solanke, who trained with Roy Hodgson’s men, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as potential stars. Press Association Gary Cahill wants more English players in the Premier League but underlined the importance of striking the right balance after plans were announced to make it harder for foreign players to secure work permits. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke warned on Monday that the top-flight is in danger of “having nothing to do with English people” and outlined plans to help alter that. Stricter rules, approved by the Home Office on Friday, will come into force from May 1 and intend to reduce the number of non-EU players in the Barclays Premier League, who are seen as blocking English talent. “We’ve got Solanke, a young English boy at our club training with us today,” he said. “We’ve got Loftus-Cheek, a couple of guys in our squad. I think they’ll be okay. “It’s a mixture of getting English players in the Premier League getting chances, and obviously the talent that comes from overseas which is top draw. It makes the league exciting, having a blend.”
As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise at a high rate, Palm Beach County commissioners have voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of requiring face masks to be worn inside public buildings to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.The vote was 7-0 in favor of mandating that masks be worn in public places.“The order is going to mandate that masks be worn inside businesses or any building where the public has a right to access,” said Mayor Dave Kerner. “There will be some exemptions.”County officials said you likely won’t have to wear a mask on the beach or inside a gym where social distancing is an option.
ON the eve of his 32nd birthday, Russell, perhaps the most dangerous player in T20 cricket globally, in a rambling speech on Instagram Live on Tuesday night, accused the team’s ownership of poor communication and continued disrespect that helped create the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Chris Gayle.“I have another year’s contract with the Tallawahs and I am going to play and try and win because that is all I play for, but this will be my last because I have been getting mixed up with all these (expletive) that is happening,” he said, “and I can’t be playing cricket and I am not comfortable.“And I think another franchise that has been coming last and fifth and fourth in CPL will appreciate me more. I am not getting it here.”Russell revealed that he only heard about Chris Gayle’s departure from the team when the Universe Boss sent him a copy of a report in the Jamaica Gleaner that suggested that Gayle was not going to be retained by the two-time CPL champions and that there were going to changes to the coaching staff.Rovman Powell was to be made captain.That information, when combined with recent statements from Marlon Samuels suggesting that Russell must have known about Gayle’s departure and Chris Gayle’s subsequent comments, gives the impression that he knew what was going on behind the scenes at the Tallawahs when nothing could be further from the truth.He said in 2019, he was not involved in anything with regards to the Tallawahs whom he said treated him like a player who was making his debut and whose opinion is not valued.This is despite his decision to play for much less money because he wanted to play before his home fans. “I have accepted a pay cut just to play in front of my home crowd, my family and my friends,” he said.This year, nothing has changed, Russell said.“They communicated with my agent. My agent agreed. I agreed with my agent, ‘okay, let we sign’. The only time the CEO (Jeff Miller) or the only time the Jamaica Tallawahs contacted me was to ask me how soon will I sign,” he revealed. “The deadline is that time and can you sign please.”Russell said when he asked who the team planned on retaining he did not get answers. “Who you guys planning on buying, I don’t get no answers on that. So I just leave it,” he said.He said he read the newspaper report before he called Gayle and it made him nervous when it said that Floyd Reifer was going to be the head coach.Reifer had messaged him, he said, indicating that he might be the head coach for the Tallawahs and mentioned plans they have for the upcoming season. However, Reifer suddenly ceased all communication and Miller still was not communicating with him.During that time, Russell said, rumours began to circulate that Gayle was leaving for the Zouks.He said his respect for Gayle made him fearful to even approach the ‘Universe Boss’ about whether the rumours were true. So when Gayle messaged him with the newspaper article asking if he knew anything about it, he was stunned.“I called Chris instantly and I addressed the situation. I said to Chris that the only thing I heard was that Floyd Reifer was potentially going to be the coach.”However, Russell believes that the fact that Rovman Powell and Reifer are friends and the perception that he knew what was going on behind the scenes, it creates the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gayle.“Up till now I know nothing that was going on but now it looks like me, Rovman and Floyd Reifer plan up and a get of Chris. Why would I get rid of Chris? Chris has a three-year contract, you’re not supposed to breach your contract,” he said. “I had to address the situation because things don’t look good right now.”However, this was something Russell said that was a feature of the ownership from the start.He said when he signed to the Tallawahs in 2018, he had just returned from a one-year ban. The ban was for whereabouts violations after he had missed three doping tests within a calendar year, which under the WADA Code is equal to a doping violation.He was made captain but, according to Russell, “the way they go about things kinda allowed me to dress back a bit”.He said when he was made captain he gave the owners a list of the players that he wanted them to sign for the team. “Overseas players, local players, players from inside the Caribbean. It wasn’t about friends. It wasn’t about Jamaicans,” he said. “I am a guy that plays to win and I have won 13 championships, maybe the only player that has done that, so I don’t play to lose.”He said he tried to reach out to the owners on the day of the draft and got no reply. However, when the draft was completed they reached out and asked him if he was happy with the team they selected.He said it took him a while to reply because he was disappointed that they did not communicate with him when he reached out to them. However, his agent urged him to reach out to them and indicate that he still wanted to be captain and that he was happy with the draft.He concedes that they did pick a good team but it lost in the playoffs to St Kitts and Nevis.However, Russell believes the owners of the Tallawahs need to change if they are to remain viable.“We have to do things better for the future,” Russell said, who seemed genuinely disappointed and upset about what transpired between Gayle and Jamaica Tallawahs.“To deal with Chris Gayle the way that they have dealt with the situation is nothing to do with cricket. It’s more personal.“This is going to be an awkward dressing room. It’s going to be an awkward CPL but no one will actually see that when I step out to bat or to bowl while I am on the field because I play to win.”
The only Nigerian athlete to win two medals at the Olympic Games, Enefiok Udo-Obong is the latest addition to the THISDAY Sports. Enee as the celebrated Sydney Olympic Games 4x400m relay Gold Medalist is fondly called, will be doing a weekly column starting next Monday on contemporary sports issues. A graduate of Human Anatomy from the University of Calabar and a holder of an Advanced Masters in Sports Administration and Technology from The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne(EPFL), in Switzerland, added a bronze medal to his Sydney gold in the same event at Athens 2004.He is a U.S and U.K trained certified personal fitness trainer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Enefiok Udo-Obong
Comments With 7:53 remaining, Dion Waiters sat on the bench and peeled the tape off his left thumb in acknowledgment that his night was over. Brandon Triche, already on the bench for nearly seven minutes at that point, wouldn’t return to the floor either.The two Syracuse guards, thought by many to be the best backcourt tandem for the Orange, were quiet against Bucknell on Tuesday. They combined for 10 points in 25 total minutes.But put simply, Syracuse had what it needed to knock off the Bison.‘Everybody is not going to play good every night,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I think the one guy we need to have out there every night is Kris (Joseph), and I think Scoop (Jardine) is another guy we need to have there.’Joseph and Jardine scored 17 points and 14 points, respectively, on Tuesday to lead the No. 1 Orange to an 80-61 win over Bucknell and keep the perfect record intact. On a night where Waiters and Triche struggled, Syracuse’s (12-0) two senior leaders provided the perfect amount of offense to keep the Bison (7-5) at bay in front of 17,302 in the Carrier Dome. Twenty of their 31 combined points came in the second half to offset the off nights from SU’s other guards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPatience was the word used by both Joseph and Jardine to describe their offensive play on Tuesday. And as Bucknell limited the transition opportunities for the Orange, which finished with a lowly nine fast-break points, SU’s seniors ran the half-court offense to perfection.Bucknell’s Bryan Cohen, who at 6 feet, 6 inches is just one inch shorter than Joseph, had a considerably shorter wingspan, meaning the SU forward could shoot over the top.So in a halfcourt set late in the first half, Joseph had the ball at the left elbow. He paused for a brief moment, allowing the rest of the play to develop. And instead of forcing a drive to the rim, he surveyed his options the best of which was to bury a fadeaway jumper right over top of Cohen to give SU a 32-17 lead.Joseph opened the second half with a 3 from the left corner over the diminutive reach of a Bucknell defender.‘Sometimes I feel like I would get the ball and rush,’ Joseph said. ‘I just let the plays develop, let guys clear out, and I saw lanes and I took them. I felt like I had a little height advantage against my defender, and a little size advantage, so I was just using it to the best of my capabilities.’But as Joseph said, the lanes were there as well. With 13:23 remaining, Joseph curled tightly off a screen by Rakeem Christmas to receive a pass and lay the ball in. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw as well.He shot an efficient 5-of-10 from the field and converted all five of his free throws.‘I think that we were more patient and our guards did a great job of getting us into our sets,’ Joseph said.’In the second half, Jardine took on more of the offensive onus himself. The Bison closed to within 13 at 62-49 with 7:03 remaining, but SU’s floor leader ended the momentum.After a missed 3-pointer by Bucknell’s Bryson Johnson, Jardine lobbed a perfect pass to C.J. Fair for an alley-oop that reenergized the crowd. He took the ball all the way to the rim for a layup on the Orange’s next possession.‘I’m just taking what the defense gives me, seeing how they play me in the first half and coming down and making my shots,’ Jardine said.And after a steal with 4:18 remaining, Jardine organized the offense for his biggest shot of the game. Standing out top with the ball, Jardine barked at center Fab Melo to move to the other block. Only then would Jardine initiate the offense.Several passes later, he buried a 3 from in front of the SU bench to extend the lead back to 16 with 3:55 remaining.‘It’s what we have to do,’ Joseph said. ‘We’re at a time in our career where we’ve been here a long time, we’re like grandparents to this team.‘That’s what we need to do, we need to perform well for our team. Not necessarily points per game, but just being there offensively to make plays for our team. And I think that if Scoop and I are doing that every night, we’re going to be successful.’email@example.com Published on December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+