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Spanish Organization Contributes to Ebola Fight in Liberia

first_imgA Spanish humanitarian foundation, Women for Africa, has turned over materials worth 9, 230, 87€ to the Catholic Hospital for fight against Ebola.The donation by the foundation was made possible through the instrumentality of Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega, former Vice President of the Spanish Government,  who currently chairs the Women for Africa.The items donated include masks of various kinds, protective suits protective eyeglasses, gloves and boots.According to Juan Criado Clemente, Chargè d’Affaires of Spain in Liberia, the donation went to the Catholic Hospital because Women for Africa has a working connection with that hospital.He told the Daily Observer that though the materials went to the Catholic Hospital, other smaller clinics and health centers will still benefit as Ebola is a national concern that involves the participation of all in fight.Chargè d’Affaires Clemente said in order for the materials to reach the expected destinations, he as a representative of the Spanish Government assisted in the shipment process.He also lauded the World Food Program (WFP) for providing the trucks to transport the materials.Ebola entered Liberia from Guinea since April this year and has reportedly been spreading and claiming lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.The Senate recently called on the Executive to declare it as national health emergency, suggesting US$1.2 million to fight it.Since the outbreak, medical practitioners in the country have complained of lack of materials to protect them from contracting the disease as they cater to suspected patients.Some medical practitioners have reportedly died as a result of contracting the disease.The Ebola crisis, coupled with other national issues, has led to the cancellation of the regular  Independence Day celebration, but with instruction from government that every Liberian should observe it in intercessory prayer to seek God’s intervention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


APNU/AFC Govt defaults on $20B debt in 2015

first_img…a dangerous Burnham tactic that will burdenfuture generations – economistGuyana last year defaulted on payments of in excess of $20 billion that was supposed to be utilised to pay off in part, sections of the nation’s Public Debt—a dangerous situation that has since grabbed the attention of economists.The fact that $20 billion was not used by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government is documented in the nation’s audited accounts for 2015 undertaken by the Auditor General’s Office−the first such for the coalition government since taking Office.In that 2015 Report, it is highlighted that Central Government’s current (recurring) expenditure was under the 2015 budget allocation by $25.8 billion.This shortfall, according to the Auditor General, was mainly due to $20.3 billion under Public Debt, for servicing of loans, which was not utilised.The remaining amounts that were not utilised was $2 billion for the Guyana Elections Commissions (GECOM) hosting of Local Government Elections which was not held that year; $1.2 billion which was unspent by the Finance Ministry; $280 million not used by the Ministry of the Presidency; and another $658 million allocated to the Health Ministry for activities not fully executed.On the matter of the Finance Ministry failing to honour or pay its public debt by in excess of $20 billion, the once AFC aligned economist Sasenarine Singh has since questioned whether President David Granger is even aware of this development.“Does President Granger know that his Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) under-paid the debt by G$20 billion… If not, who really is the Finance Minister accountable to?” Singh queries.Dangerous Burnham tacticAccording to the economist, “not paying the debt down as budgeted is a debased financial strategy especially when there is money to fund this promise.”Calling the development dangerous and reminiscent of the practices of the Forbes Burnham Administration, Singh is adamant that “not paying one’s debt, as promised, is a bad thing since it translates to the future generation being saddled with these debts as a brought forward from the past.”He posits, “This means more taxes for the primary and secondary school children of Guyana when they grow up… Is this the legacy of the Granger administration?”According to economist Singh, “It is the children of Guyana who will have to bear this future burden because of this misstep under the Granger administration.”According to the economist, “This is a dangerous development and it harks one back to what happened under the Burnham administration when that government refused to pay the debt leading to the debt burden climbing to 98 cents of every dollar earned by 1990.”Singh has since laid the proverbial gauntlet at the feet of the Fourth Estate saying, “The local media should demand an explanation from the Minister of Finance as to why he did not liquidate the promised amount of the national debt, when there was enough cash to take care of business.”Meanwhile, as was the case with the significant shortfall in expenditure with regards to government’s recurrent expenditure, Singh has observed too that 2015 Auditor General’s Report highlights that Central Government failed to achieve their anticipated levels of capital expenditure activities during 2015, resulting in a shortfall of G$8.5 billion.This shortfall was attributed primarily to delays in the implementation of key infrastructure projects.According to Singh, the appalling performance by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, comes as no surprise, “as I observed his performance as he struggled to compile a basic list of candidates in 2011.”Singh also used the opportunity to take a swipe at the President’s address to Parliament on Thursday last calling it, “most uninspiring” and “illustrates he is definitely out to sea.”Singh was also critical of the administration’s failure to garner its projected revenues for 2015 and points to the fact that even though revenue collection fell short, the administration was still on a spending spree.Current revenue fell short in 2015 by $741 million and according to Singh, “when a nation cannot collect on its revenue but continues to spend on parades and marching parks like there is no tomorrow, then it means there will be less money for real Police services, real healthcare services, real services to the poor and the vulnerable and most importantly real educational services… Can you understand why President Granger cannot face the Teachers Union (GTU)?”According to Singh, a government is as good as its first 100 days and “if this was President Granger’s 100 days, then God help Guyana.”last_img read more


Black Panthers leader recalls tumultuous ’60s

first_imgThe group received donations and support from some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. Seale said they touted that support to help poor women and children in Oakland neighborhoods. And the FBI repeatedly watched them, with J. Edgar Hoover at the time calling them “the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States.” “(Black people) had fought in all of this country’s wars, and still in the 1960s this country was denying us our rights,” Seale said. As the group progressed, however, conflicts with the police escalated and eventually led to deadly shootouts. Newton was sent to prison for the murder of a patrolman. Seale, one of the members of the Chicago Eight defendants charged with conspiracy to incite riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, also served time in jail. And charges against the Panthers persist. Recently, two Altadena men involved in an offshoot group of the Black Panthers were arrested in connection with the 1971 shooting death of a 22-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. The two are facing trial. The Black Panthers eventually dissolved, but at its height, the group claimed thousands of members and 49 chapters nationwide. Johnie Scott, associate professor for the Department of Pan African Studies, called Seale’s appearance at CSUN a historic moment. “He’s an important figure in time,” Scott said. “Bobby Seale has earned his place in history.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – The government called them thugs and hoodlums. The community called them heroes. In the end, it was the community’s word that meant the most to Bobby Seale and his Black Panthers for Self Defense. The group formed during the tumult of the 1960s to bring about radical social change in the African-American community, struggling against racism and rallying for equality. “They called me thug and hoodlum, but they never told you what we were really all about. … We funded and supplied programs. We got things done,” Seale said Wednesday in his first appearance at California State University, Northridge. His address marked the end of events honoring Black History Month at the university, which in 1968 had its own revolt when about two dozen black students demanded the dismissal of a volunteer coach who they said had kicked or shoved a black player during an altercation at a football game. When university officials refused to dismiss the coach, the students took over the top floor of the administration building and held 34 employees hostage for several hours. Out of that protest, the CSUN black studies department – now called the Pan African Studies department – was born. Dressed in a casual carnation-blue shirt and sporting the Black Panthers’ trademark black beret, the 70-year-old Seale recounted for nearly 50 students how he co-founded the organization with Huey P. Newton in Oakland. In contrast to Martin Luther King Jr.’s quest for nonviolent resistance, the Black Panthers armed themselves. They formed the Ten-Point Program that among other things called for housing, health care, education, justice from police brutality, and equal opportunity for employment. last_img read more