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first_imgBarely days after the World Health Organization (WHO) made the alarming prediction of 90,000 Liberian deaths from Ebola by mid-December contrary to credible reports on the ground indicating a slowing down of the virus, WHO yesterday made an incredible U-turn. WHO now agrees that the virus is waning in Liberia, supporting government officials’ position that progress in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease is being made.Commented journalist Alvin Worzi of the Daily Observer, “It shows we are making progress and what we need now are holding centers where those who are suspected of the virus can isolate themselves for the required period.”  Liberians are pleased that sustained efforts coupled with preventive measures have resulted in our progress in the fight against Ebola and must be continued, Worzi said.  In its editorial yesterday,  the Daily Observer examined the implications of the alarming and apocalyptic predictions of not only the WHO but also the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Yale Scientists, reported by the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, which also warned that by mid-December 171,000 will be infected and 90,000 not might, but will die.“It would then suggest that we were doing nothing here,” said 22-year-old university student, James Kollie, who spoke to the Daily Observer yesterday.Mr. William K. Guyan, 66, told the Daily Observer that with the change of position, WHO is confirming what Liberian officials have said that progress is being made, noting, “It means we must continue the fight to defeat the virus.”  Mr. Arthur Solomon, 38, a street vendor commented that “WHO’s reversal means that now they have correct information to agree with Liberian officials that their efforts are paying off.” “It’s also due to the effective global response, including tracing infected persons as well as those they might have come in contact with, that the WHO is able to calm the fears of Liberians by stating that infections are slowing down,” stated Richelieu Barclay, 42, of Monrovia.In a release yesterday, WHO’s Assistant Director General, Bruce Aylward, said he is confident the response to the virus is now gaining the upper hand, but warned against any suggestion that the crisis was over, the identical position of Liberian officials, including James Dorbor Jallah, head of Logistics at the Incident Management System. Aylward said the new number of cases globally was 13,703 and that the death toll, expected to be published yesterday, would probably exceed 5,000. The figure of 13,703 is a significant leap on the previous WHO situation report on Saturday, which showed cases rising above 10,000 for the first time to 10,141.  But Dr. Aylward said that this increase was due to data being updated with old cases, rather than new cases being reported. Saturday’s situation report put the death toll at 4,922.  Liberia’s Red Cross said its teams collected 117 bodies last week, down from a high of 315 in September. Treatment centers also have empty beds available for patients.The slowdown is real  Dr Aylward said: “It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing.”  “Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing a slowing rate of new cases, very definitely.”  Dr Aylward said there had been “a huge effort to inform the population about the disease, to change the behaviors that put them at risk”.  And he said there had been “a real step up in the work to put in place safe burials”.  But Dr Aylward said the data was still being examined and cautioned against thinking the crisis was over.  He said: “A slight decline in cases in a few days versus getting this thing closed out is a completely different ball game. It’s like saying your pet tiger is under control.”  The vast majority of cases and deaths from the disease have been in three countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  On Wednesday, South Africa’s first black billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, donated $1m (£620,000) to Guinea to help the country fight Ebola.  The mining magnate said he hopes the donation will assist with clinical management, social mobilization and other key steps in controlling the deadly virus. His donation was announced as the US welcomed the international aid effort.  America’s UN envoy Samantha Power, who has been concluding her visit to the region, praised the efforts of Ebola-hit nations and foreign donors and urged them to continue to help. Her final stop was the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Accra, Ghana. She will now fly on to Brussels.A winnable war  Meanwhile, a source at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare told the Daily Observer late last night that nationwide, there are 279 confirmed cases, and urged Liberians and all to be vigilant in taking measures because, “it is a winnable war, if we continue the fight.”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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first_imgThe Government has agreed to continue the Public Service Obligation (PSO) subsidy for Donegal Airport, according to local Senator Brian Ó’Domhnaill, but the Derry-Dublin route could now be axed.The Senator has secured assurances about the future of the PSO from the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey.“Following extensive campaigning on this issue, I have now been assured by the Minister that this important State support for Donegal Airport will continue,” explained Senator Ó’Domhnaill. “I held in-depth discussions with Noel Dempsey about how vital the PSO is to the future of Donegal Airport. I also explained that this transport link is a crucial part to the economic sustainability of the entire region.“The Minister understood this, and I welcome his commitment to securing the PSO subsidy here, despite the current financial restraints.“This is great news for Donegal which is in need of continued support to secure the growth and development of our region. The PSO has been removed from a number of other regional airports due to improvements in alternate methods of transport.“While the infrastructure continues to be developed here, our local airport needs as much backing as it can get. The Government clearly recognises this,” concluded Senator Ó’Domhnaill. Minister Dempsey said: “Having considered the conclusions and recommendations of the review, the Government has agreed to support the continuation of a PSO route between Donegal and Dublin and between Kerry and Dublin.“In line with the review, the Government has also agreed to cease requiring PSO routes between Dublin and Sligo, Knock, Galway and Derry from July 2011, recognising, inter alia, the improvements in alternative transport modes which have taken place.”CARRICKFIN AIRPORT SUBSIDY IS SAFE – BUT DERRY/DUBLIN AXED was last modified: January 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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:airportaxedcarrickfinlast_img read more

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first_imgTwelve companies have been short-listed as finalists in this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2011, the most prestigious business awards in the County. Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal, and the winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny, on Friday 1st April.There are 4 finalists in each of the 3 categories in this year’s awards: Emerging Business Award, Business Development and Business Achievement. The shortlisted companies are: National Hairdressing Academy, Laghey; Seascape Spa at the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny; Siansplan, Donegal Town and Azucca Software Solutions Ltd, Letterkenny who will compete in the Emerging Business Award. JB Interactive Mobile Marketing Ltd., Letterkenny; Nvolve Limited, Letterkenny; Sharp Design, Letterkenny and Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Bridgend are short-listed for the Business Development Award and The Swilly Group, Letterkenny; Irish Pressings, Derrybeg; Letterkenny Skip Hire & Recycling, and Inishowen Country Kitchen, Malin will compete for the Business Achievement Award.There is an award for the winner in each category, an innovation award and an overall winner of the Donegal Business of the Year award. Previous overall winners include Gartan Technologies, DS Environmental Services and Mantis Cranes.“We launched the awards in 1997 to highlight success stories among small businesses in Donegal”, says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board. “We hope the finalists will inspire people around the County to start up their own businesses and take advantage of the services the Board can offer” he added. Donegal County Enterprise Board supports enterprise and entrepreneurs across Donegal, providing services such as business advice, mentoring, business information, training and finance.Over 800 businesses recently attended Enterprising Donegal Business Week also organised by the County Enterprise Board.Tickets for the Awards cost €30 and to attend, or for further information about the Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2011, contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email ccarroll@donegalenterprise.ie  Profiles of all the shortlisted finalists are on the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ieEndsTWELVE COMPANIES TO COMPETE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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