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60m PB for Thompson

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first_imgDouble Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson made a smashing start to her 2017 campaign after running a personal best (PB) 7.02 seconds to win the women’s 60 metres at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet inside the National Stadium yesterday. Thompson held off teammate and Olympian Christania Williams, who finished a close second in 7.05, as Sprintec’s Audra Segree took third in 7.27. “I didn’t know that I ran that fast and I am extremely pleased. I can’t wait for the Birmingham Indoor meet next month,” Thompson said. Julian Forte topped the men’s event in 6.55.last_img read more

Ebola Economic Shock Already Serious

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first_imgShort Term Impact 2014 $359 million Guinea $59 million (1.2 pp) $439 million (8.9 pp) Medium-term impact(2015 – Low Ebola) Liberia $142 million (2.3 pp) Sierra Leone $66 million (3.4 pp) – $43 million (1.0 pp) Medium-term impact(2015 – High Ebola) $97 million A World Bank Group’s analysis of the Ebola epidemic released Wednesday, September 17, finds that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to the already fragile states in the West African sub-region. The analysis, however, finds that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating “aversion behavior” – a fear factor, it observes, resulting from peoples’ concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.In a statement on the Ebola epidemic, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said, “The primary cost of this tragic outbreak is in human lives and suffering, which has already been terribly difficult to bear. But our findings make clear that the sooner we get an adequate containment response and decrease the level of fear and uncertainty, the faster we can blunt Ebola’s economic impact.”“We have seen in recent days a serious scaling up on the part of international donors to contain the Ebola epidemic. Today’s report underscores the huge potential costs of the epidemic if we don’t ramp up our efforts to stop it now,” said Kim.The analysis uses two alternative scenarios to estimate the medium-term impact of the epidemic to the end of calendar year 2015. A “Low Ebola” scenario envisions rapid containment within the three core countries, while “High Ebola” corresponds to the upper ranges of current epidemiological estimates. Please see below a chart highlighting the World Bank’s estimates of impacts on output individually and in aggregate. Estimates of impacts on output individually and in aggregate, in the short term (2014) and medium term (2015) $163 million (3.3 pp) $130 million (2.1 percentage point) Core Three Countrie $809 million $228 million (11.7 pp) $82 million (4.2 pp) Entries are in current US dollars (with percentage points of GDP in brackets where appropriate).The analysis estimates the short-term impact on output to be 2.1 percentage points of gross domestic product (GDP) in Guinea (reducing growth from 4.5 percent to 2.4 percent); 3.4 percentage points in Liberia (reducing growth from 5.9 percent to 2.5 percent); and 3.3 percentage points in Sierra Leone (reducing growth from 11.3 percent to 8 percent).This forgone output corresponds to US$359 million in 2014 prices.  However, if Ebola is not contained, these estimates rise to US$809 million in the three countries alone, the Bank said. In Liberia, the hardest hit country, the ‘High Ebola’ scenario sees output hit 11.7 percentage points in 2015 (reducing growth from 6.8 percent to -4.9 percent).The short-term fiscal impacts are also large, at US$93 million for Liberia (4.7 percent of GDP); US$79 million for Sierra Leone (1.8 percent of GDP); and US$120 million for Guinea (1.8 percent of GDP). Slow containment gaps would almost certainly lead to even greater financing gaps in 2015, the analysis finds.Inflation and food prices were initially contained but are now rising in response to shortages, panic buying, and speculation.  Those families already vulnerable to food price shocks are becoming increasingly exposed. Exchange rate volatility has increased in all three countries, particularly since June, fueled by uncertainty and some capital flight, the Bank added.The analysis finds that the largest economic effects of the crisis are not as a result of the direct costs (mortality, morbidity, caregiving, and the associated losses to working days) but rather those resulting from aversion behavior driven by fear of contagion. This in turn leads to a fear of association with others and reduces labor force participation, closes places of employment, disrupts transportation, and motivates some government and private decision-makers to close sea ports and airports. In the recent history of infectious disease outbreaks such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic of 2002-2004 and the H1N1 flu epidemic of 2009, the analysis notes that behavioral effects have been responsible for as much as 80 – 90 percent of the total economic impact of the epidemics.The findings of the analysis underline the need for a concerted international response.  External financing is clearly needed in the three core countries, and the impact estimates suggest that containment and mitigation expenditures as high as several billion dollars would be cost-effective if they successfully avert the worse scenario. The analysis describes four related activities such a response should include:Humanitarian support Such as desperately needed, personal protective equipment and hazard pay for health workers, emergency treatment units, standardized and universally applied protocols for care, etc.Fiscal supportThe fiscal gap, just for 2014, is estimated at around US$290 million. Increased injections of external support can strengthen growth in these fragile economies.Screening facilities at airports and seaportsPolicies are required that will enable the flow of relief and encourage commercial exchange with the affected countries.Strengthening the surveillance, detection, and treatment capacity of African health systemsWeak health sectors in Africa are a threat not only to their own citizens but also to their trading partners and the world at large.  The enormous economic cost of the current outbreak could be avoided by prudent ongoing investment in health system strengthening.The World Bank Group, meanwhile disclosed that it is mobilizing a total $230 million financing package for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, which will help contain the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout West Africa. The World Bank is supporting country responses in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Roadmap, and is coordinating assistance closely with the UN and other international and country partners. As of mid-September 2014, of the pledged US$230 million, the Bank declared that it has mobilized US$117 million for the emergency response, which includes IDA grants of US$58 million for Liberia, US$34 million for Sierra Leone, and US$25 million for Guinea. The IDA, or the International Development Association, is the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries. These funds, the Bank explained, are paying for essential supplies and drugs, personal protective equipment and infection prevention control materials, health workers training, hazard pay and death benefits to Ebola health workers and volunteers, contact tracing, vehicles, data management equipment and door-to-door public health education outreach. Additional support will help strengthen countries’ health systems and capacity to delivery essential health services, along with disease surveillance and laboratory networks to guard against future outbreaks.The World Bank Group is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, with the goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Improving people’s health is integral to achieving these goals. The Bank Group provides financing, state-of-the-art analysis, and policy advice to help countries expand access to quality, affordable health care; protect people from falling into poverty or worsening poverty due to illness; and promote investments in all sectors that form the foundation of healthy societies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

When Journalists Are Targeted, Societies as a Whole Also Pay the Price

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first_imgUN Secretary General, António Guterres (credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider) – Advertisement – Message by UN Secretary-General on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsIn just the past few weeks, a renowned investigative journalist was murdered by a bomb that booby-trapped her car; another was dismembered in the course of researching her story; and a photojournalist was found dead after being forced to leave his home at gunpoint.From 2006 to 2016, 930 journalists and media workers were killed. Thousands of others routinely face sexual harassment, intimidation, detention and ill treatment.Rampant impunity then compounds the crimes. In nine out of ten cases, the perpetrators are never brought to justice.When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole also pay the price. The kind of news that gets silenced – corruption, conflicts of interest, illegal trafficking – is exactly the kind of information the public needs to know.The United Nations General Assembly, Security Council and Human Rights Council have all condemned attacks against journalists and called for ensuring their safety.The United Nations system has also endorsed a Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.We are committed to helping to create the environment journalists need to perform their vital work. I am mobilizing a network of focal points from throughout the UN system to propose specific steps to intensify our efforts to enhance the safety of journalists and media workers.On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, I call for justice in memory of all journalists who have been killed and in recognition of the importance of free and independent media in advancing development and peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Malnutrition still exists in Region 6 – ROC

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first_imgChairperson of the Rights of the Child Commission, Aleema Nasir on Thursday revealed that after conducting workshops in several administrative regions, there are indications which suggest malnutrition still exists in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).RCC Chairperson Aleema NazirShe made this disclosure during a child rights workshop held at the Pegasus Hotel to engage students on Guyana’s accomplishment of its Independence from British rule.According to Nasir, the workshops carried out by the Commission have outlined a number of factors within classroom settings that violate policies by United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).During a recent engagement with the health sector, it was found that some children within the region are suffering from malnutrition.For other issues, the Education Ministry has also come on board to assist in bettering these conditions.“This workshop has uncovered that currently, there is still malnutrition in Region Six. In the education sector, the RCC has sought to partner principally with the Ministry of Education to ensure that the settings and conditions in which our children are being educated are in accord with the best practices and are not in breach of the rights and interests of Guyana’s children,” Nasir stated.According to the chairperson, these initiatives are not only limited to the coastland, but also hinterland communities, where they are trying to create safer spaces in schools that have dormitories.In Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), there has been reports of deterioration at these facilities.“Recent reports of deterioration of dorms schools in Region Eight are currently being reviewed… The dorm schools in the hinterland must represent safe spaces for children to receive an education and thus, must comply with all minimum standards and best practices.”However, they are continuous strides to completely eliminate corporal punishment from the classroom environment. However, there has been a repulsive force emanating from the community level and schools.“Such abolition goes with keeping with the best practices. Unfortunately, a certain method of resistance have been detected at community and schools with regard to the complete abolition of corporal punishment in our schools and homes,” she stated.Students from several schools participated in the four-consecutive workshop, which commemorated Guyana’s Independence anniversary and the fight for independence by past leaders.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was present as he stated that youths are the future and should take charge of Guyana’s trajectory in the coming years. He noted that respect must be paid to the country’s flag and other symbols of nationhood.On May 26, Guyana will celebrate 53 years as an independent nation after unravelling itself from the British rule.last_img read more

Fort St. John Huskies main camp runs this weekend at Pomeroy Sport Centre

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are gearing up for their main camp this weekend at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The team will have four ice time during camp which runs from August 24th to the 26th. According to Huskies General Manager Jeremy Clothier, the team has 30-40 athletes registered for the camp, with 12 of those being returning players.Clothier explained that the camp is going to be very intense so the team can get a better understanding of which players are willing to lay it all on the line for the club.- Advertisement -“I would say there is probably on a roster of 25 there are 10 open spots,” said Clothier. “It will be intense absolutely, that’s how we want it. We don’t want it to be an easy camp, we want it to be competitive.”The camp will feature two on-ice practices, an off-ice fitness test and intrasquad games. Clothier added that the camp will mostly focus on skating, speed and edgework as the Huskies are really big on kids who can skate.Clothier mentioned that with 12 returning players stepping into new leadership roles, there is no reason the Huskies couldn’t contend for another title.Advertisement 9:00 to 10:15 a.m.7:00 to 8:15 p.m.Sunday: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. “The guys coming back know what it takes to get to that point. They’ll be really good leadership out of the returning players to push the younger players to get to that spot.”Huskies main camp schedule is shown below:Friday:7:00 to 8:15 p.m.Saturday:Advertisementlast_img read more

Briefs: Landis claims mishandled tests led to Tour controversy

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first_imgLandis’ urine sample was found to contain elevated testosterone to epitestosterone levels after a 17th-stage win in last year’s tour. He risks being the first rider in the 104-year history of the race to be stripped of his title. BASKETBALL: Illinois player Jamar Smith pleaded not guilty to drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident, as the 19-year-old sophomore faces a maximum of 12years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the felony. Authorities say Smith and his passenger, teammate Brian Carlwell, had been drinking tequila and beer before their car crashed into a tree. Smith had a blood-alcohol level after the crash that was more than twice the legal limit, prosecutors say. TENNIS: Venus Williams beat qualifier Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-3, 6-2 to continue her comeback from injury and reach the finals of the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tenn., against Israel’s Shahar Peer. In the quarterfinals of the men’s Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, top-seeded Andy Roddick broke his racket out of frustration, then rallied to beat Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-6 (7) after facing four set points. Second-seeded Tommy Haas advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over teenager Sam Querrey (Thousand Oaks). FOOTBALL: Oliver Tomlinson, the 71-year-old father of San Diego Chargers star LaDainian Tomlinson, was killed in Waco, Texas, when a pickup truck he was riding in blew a tire and flipped over. St. Louis Rams tight end Dominique Byrd will go to trial July 9 after pleading not guilty to charges that he assaulted a man in December at a downtown St. Louis nightclub. The 23-year-old out of USC faces charges of assault and armed criminal action. Tour de France champion Floyd Landis claims more mistakes were made in his doping case, this time involving technicians who handled his two positive urine samples. Landis’ attorneys say the cyclist’s positive doping tests could be invalidated because the same technicians were allowed to work on both samples. Lab rules prohibit that practice. A similar error at a lab near Paris in 2005 resulted in the dismissal of doping charges against Spanish cyclist Inigo Landaluce. center_img WINTER SPORTS: Slovenia’s Andrej Jerman recorded the first Alpine downhill racing title in his country’s history, beating Hans Grugger of Austria by 0.22 seconds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. American Bode Miller finished 28th. 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

School District 60 to implement transportation fees in September

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first_imgThe situation was first presented to SD 60 in the 2012/2013 year when the Ministry of Education removed the line item for transportation and replaced with a Student Location Factor that resulted in a reduction of funding over three years. SD 60 was already running at $185,000 over their allocation for transportation and with the Ministry of Education changes the district would be forced into a shortfall in funding of approximately $700,000 for 2014/2015.Secretary Treasurer Doug Boyd says attempts to work with government have been unsuccessful and as a result it forced SD 60 to make a decision on transportation fees.“Our efforts have been directly with our Minister and our MLA and they’ve resulted in no change,” he says. “The technical review committee that it was referred to gave us a response that indicated that it will remain unchanged so as a result it was recommended to bring the issue here to a board meeting for a decision regarding implementation of a transportation fee.”- Advertisement -Members of SD 60 stated that they would work as quickly as possible to get the information out to the affected families. It is still to be determined how fee collection will take place or the exact figure families will be faced with as it will be done on a per student charge.Covering the shortfall in the transportation budget is already costing the school district $370,000 this year.last_img read more

Coleman urges Gor players to take chance

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first_img“We have had some great African players in the Premier League and of course this is an opportunity for the team to show their worth because you never know who is watching and you never know the opportunities that come from this game,” the defender noted.He added; “They have the chance to go out and make a name for themselves and they should go in there and do their best.”Coleman missed the first encounter between the two sides last year in July as he was still recovering from a nasty leg fracture that kept him out for a while.However, he has recovered well and earned his place back in the starting team, capping it off with a goal against Brighton.Everton FC defender Seamus Coleman celebrates after scoring the club’s second goal in their 3-1 win over Brighton at Goodison Park on November 4, 2018.“It was great to score for the first time in a long while because of the injury I had. Scoring goals is of course part of the my game over the years and I enjoyed scoring again,” the right back noted.Looking forward to the game against Gor on Tuesday at Goodison, the defender admits it might be a tough game for them but says it will be an opportunity to the technical bench to build up match fitness for everyone in the team.“We are very much looking forward to the game because it is a great opportunity for us and the club (Gor Mahia). We obviously don’t know much about them but the manager and the technical team will prepare something for us and we will do our homework and this should be a great match,” further stated Coleman.The defender says they will be motivated to go for a win even as they have their concentration fixed on next weekend’s huge game against on-form Chelsea at Goodison.“We have a huge squad of 26 players and of course we have to mix it up. But, we won’t take it lightly that we need to win. We have to go there and give a good account of ourselves,” further stated the defender.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from United Kingdom-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton FC defender Seamus Coleman at the club’s press conference room in Goodison Park on November 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Everton FC defender Séamus Coleman has urged Gor Mahia players to make use of the opportunity that comes with playing the side in a friendly match on Tuesday at Goodison Park and sell themselves out to the rest of the world.Coleman, who skippered Everton in their 3-1 win over Brighton on Saturday evening and scored one of the three goals, has told the K’Ogalo players that this will be a massive opportunity for them and they need to step up to the plate and ensure they do their best.last_img read more

SOMEWHERE OVER THE (DOUBLE!) RAINBOW IN DONEGAL – PIC SPECIAL!

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first_imgIt’s not often we see a double rainbow but Rossnowlagh Beach threw one up this morning. Simply stunning – it could almost be Spain! Many thanks to Karen Skelly for the picture.SOMEWHERE OVER THE (DOUBLE!) RAINBOW IN DONEGAL – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: February 10th, 2016 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:beachdonegalrainbowRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Eddie Hearn picks winner between Alan Brazil v Ally McCoist in Scottish showdown

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first_img Latest Boxing News CELEBRATION Hearn backed Ally McCoist to have more stamina than Brazil POLITICS AJ reacts after Hearn reveals he is on verge of being forced to vacate world title Watch the top seven KOs of the year, including Wilder and Chisora ANOTHER ONE “But then I expect Alan just to gas a little bit, to run out of steam maybe after 25 seconds. 2 The Breakfast Show is no longer in prizefighter shape Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ PLANS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img BRUTALITY Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed MONEY And while Hearn suggested the tough Russian could be Joshua’s toughest fight to date, he seemed far more relaxed in picking a winner between McCoist and Brazil.While the super-heavyweight clash is highly unlikely to sell out Wembley stadium, there is only one winner for Hearn.He told talkSPORT: “You know what, I think Alan would come out of the traps real fast and I think he would stick it on Ally.“And I think you could be close to a stoppage. PLAN Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 “So the I think, eventually, Ally would come out on top.”While Joshua will definitely be fighting on Saturday, his promoter is far less certain British rival Tyson Fury will scrap with the undefeated Deontay Wilder, despite squaring off after Fury’s points win over Francesco Pianeta a month ago. 2 Eddie Hearn had the unenviable task of picking a winner between Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil, should the two Scottish legends ever meet in a boxing ring.The Matchroom Boxing supremo was on the Breakfast Show to discuss Anthony Joshua’s upcoming clash with Alexander Povetkin, live on talkSPORT. AJ insists he was serious about sparring Fury – ‘I might batter him around the ring’ 🥊 Forget Joshua vs. Povetkin, Fury vs. Wilder or Khan vs. Brook…👀 …it’s Brazil vs. McCoist we really want to see! But who would win in a potential all-Scottish, SUPER heavyweight clash? 🤔🗣️ @EddieHearn gives us his prediction… 😂 pic.twitter.com/VoTeVc9x9I— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 19, 2018last_img read more