World Bank to Give Nearly US$400M to Fight Ebola

first_imgFollowing alarming evidence of the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Bank Group has announced that it will nearly double its financing to US$400 million to help the worst-affected countries address the emergency and build stronger health systems for the years ahead.This represents US$170 million in new funding. With Thursday, September 25th announcement, the Bank will put US$230 million toward the emergency response and US$170 million for medium- and long-term projects.According to a World Bank statement issued, the new resources – which the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors will consider in the coming weeks – will be targeted at rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries. The funding also is aimed at building a stronger health care system because it will aim to train cadres of health workers to bolster care at a community level throughout the affected region.“The global community is now responding with the urgency and the scale needed to begin to turn back this unprecedented Ebola crisis,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who was speaking today at a special session on the Ebola crisis at the United Nations. “The real challenge now is to bring care and treatment to the most remote areas as well as the cities and then to build a stronger health care system. This funding will help the countries start a massive scale up of training of community health workers and bring needed supplies and equipment.”The World Bank Group previously announced that it was mobilizing US$230 million for the three countries hardest hit by the crisis—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—including a US$117 million emergency response.This support – coordinated closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the United States, and other international and country partners – has assisted countries in treating the sick, cope with the economic impact, and improve their public health systems.The additional planned support will make US$113 million that had been earmarked in the earlier package for longer-term help immediately available for the emergency response. The new package will have US$170 million set aside in medium- to longer-term assistance for the countries’ health systems.More people have died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa than in all previous Ebola outbreaks combined since the virus was first discovered in 1976.  A World Bank analysis, released last week, found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries, its economic impact could deal a potentially catastrophic blow to these already fragile states.However, the analysis also found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating fear resulting from people’s concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.“This is a humanitarian catastrophe, first and foremost,” Kim said. “But the economic ramifications are very broad and could be long lasting. Our assessment shows a much more severe economic impact on affected countries than was previously estimated. We have been greatly encouraged by the major increase in assistance given by the international community, but now all of us have to deliver on the ground to match the scale of the crisis. ”The bulk of the emergency financing provided to date—us$105 million in grants out of the US$117 million package—was approved by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors on September 16, 2014, and is new money provided in grants from our IDA Crisis Response Window. The other US$12 million in the emergency financing was reallocated at the end of August 2014 from existing health projects in Liberia and Sierra Leone (US$6 million per country) to make some funds immediately available. As of Thursday morning the Bank had already transferred 80 percent of the US$117 million package to the three Governments and UN agencies with the remainder of funds to be disbursed by the end of the week.These funds are being used to pay 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. The Bank has been supporting country responses in line with the WHO Roadmap.“We can—we must—all move more swiftly to contain the spread of Ebola and help these countries and their people. Too many lives have been lost already, and the fate of thousands of others depends upon a response that can contain and then stop this epidemic,” said Kim.A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released last week warned 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. However, the analysis found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating “aversion behavior” – a fear factor resulting from peoples’ concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New forecast calls for less rain than originally predicted over long weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Original Estimates have been significantly reduced but both Environment Canada and the Weather Network are still calling for 10 to 15 millilitres of local area rain Thursday.In addition, the latter is now predicting five to ten more on Friday and then another five on Monday.The current estimates should still provide wildfire fighters in the region with some relief, and Kelly Kassian of Richardson Pioneer confirms local area farmers, who got an early start on spring seeding, could also be among the beneficiaries.- Advertisement -He indicated there was considerable excitement in the farm community when the Weather Network storm estimates being put forward earlier this week, sounded like two inches.Now even the top end estimates through Monday are only about half of that, and   Environment Canada is indicating they will vary throughout the region.This is Meteorologist Lisa CaldwellAdvertisement What does still seem to be in play is a May 19th precipitation record at the local airport weather station, since it stands at only 13.1 millimetres posted in 2007.In addition, the Weather Network’s top end estimates through Monday still add up to 30 millimetres, and that would be enough to push the May total this year to 39.1, surpassing the May average of 37.9, and making this month, only one of three in the past year, to exceed the monthly average.last_img read more

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Basel vs Man City: TV, stream & preview

first_imgUEFA Champions League Basel vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 22:17 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Sergio Aguero PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images UEFA Champions League Basel v Manchester City Premier League Manchester City Basel The Swiss champions, currently second in their domestic league, face their sternest challenge of the season so far Manchester City begin their Champions League knock-out journey fresh in the knowledge that they have a 16-point gap between themselves and cross-town rivals United in the Premier League.As such, Pep Guardiola can afford to field his strongest side against one of the lesser lights left in Europe’s top club competition in FC Basel.The Catalan coach will be further buoyed by Sergio Aguero’s four-goal performance against Leicester at the weekend, with Gabriel Jesus still unavailable through injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Basel, currently second in the Swiss Super League, five points behind Young Boys, bounced back from a home defeat to Lugano with an away win at FC Thun on Saturday and will look to bring the game to visiting City at St. Jakob Park. Game FC Basel vs Manchester City Date Tuesday, 13 February Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position FC Basel players Goalkeepers Vaclik, Salvi, Vailati, Antonio Defenders Lacroix, Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Riveros, Petretta, Pacheco Midfielders Frei, Zuffi, Campo, Okafor, Stocker, Die, Elyounoussi, Manzambi, Bua, Xhaka, Calla Forwards Van Wolfswinkel, Oberlin, Ajeti, Pululu Raphael Wicky looks likely to be without defensive midfielder Luca Zuffi as the Switzerland international struggles with injury, while goalkeeper Germano Vailati remains a long-term absentee.Potential Basel starting XI: Vaclik; Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Petretta; Xhaka, Die; Stocker, Elyounoussi, Bua; Van Wolfswinkel Position Manchester City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Adarabioyo, Otamendi Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Delph, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Yaya Toure, Foden, Diaz Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Nmecha Gabriel Jesus (knee), Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Leroy Sane (ankle) will all miss Tuesday’s clash.David Silva is also a doubt after missing Saturday’s match with Leicester due to a hip issue.The return of John Stones gives Pep a selection headache at the centre of defence, while Phil Foden offers the coach an additional option in midfield.Potential Manchester City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; B. Silva, Aguero, SterlingBetting & Match Odds As expected, Manchester City are firm favourites to emerge victorious in Tuesday’s match-up, with dabblebet  pricing the Citizens at 1/3 (1.33). A win for Basel is priced at 15/2 (8.50), while a draw comes in at 15/4 (4.75).Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Kyle Walker, Sergio Aguero, Manchester CityA surprising draw away to Burnley at the beginning of February remains the only recent hiccup in Man City’s seemingly unstoppable charge to the Premier League title, with 16 points now separating Guardiola’s charges from second-placed Manchester United.City’s Champions League campaign has been going much the same way, with a defeat in Ukraine to Shakhtar Donetsk still the only black mark on an otherwise flawless European season so far.Injuries to Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane have been well covered by Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva, with the former having scored four goals in City’s 5-1 rout of Leicester at the weekend to give Basel real food for thought as they prepare to face the English champions-elect.Given their opponents’ routine dominance of possession in games, Basel will likely opt for a sole striker rather than two up top, with exciting youngsters Dimitri Oberlin and Albian Ajeti almost certain to make way for the more experienced Ricky van Wolfswinkel to spearhead the attack.Old heads Marek Suchy and Serey Die will undoubtedly be looked at to provide calm amongst a fairly young squad, while Taulant Xhaka, brother of Arsenal’s Granit, will be aiming to give a good account of himself against one of the strongest midfields in recent memory.last_img read more

Relations between Jamaica and Haiti to be Strengthened

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the visit was timely and would strengthen the co-operation and friendly relations that Jamaica has with Haiti. Under the instruction of the Prime Minister, we are to provide some scholarships for Haitians at the HEART Trust/NTA; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and at some of our teachers’ colleges. President Martelly, during his visit, pointed out that education is one of his main priorities for Haiti. Story Highlights Bilateral relations between Haiti and Jamaica are expected to improve, following  the State Visit of the President of that country, His Excellency Michel Martelly and his delegation, last week.Speaking with JIS News, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the visit was  timely and would strengthen the co-operation and friendly relations that Jamaica has with Haiti.The State Minister  added that there is much that Jamaica has to offer in the areas of education, health, tourism, agriculture and security. “We have the expertise, the knowledge and we can assist them in terms of their development,” he said.President Martelly, during his visit,  pointed out that education is one of his main priorities for Haiti. “I have been able to give free access to about 1,300, 000 children to attend school. It is great to bring that mentality out, that it is important to attend school. However, what the children are taught in school is even more important,” Mr. Martelly  said.In light of the President’s interest in education, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald G. Thwaites, said the Ministry is anxious to have discussions with the Haitian Government for Jamaican teachers of English to teach in that country and for Haitian teachers to teach French here.“Under the instruction of the Prime Minister, we are to provide some scholarships for Haitians at the HEART Trust/NTA; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and at some of our teachers’ colleges. This is necessary as their educational institutions were decimated by the earthquake in 2010,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Hon Peter Bunting, said the Government of Haiti has an interest in re-establishing their force. “They were anxious to look at our model of a professional army to get an idea of a model they can follow. In our meeting, we also discussed support of policing, disaster and emergency management, their support in border security, protecting our Maritime space and of course their role in certain ceremonial occasions,” the Minister noted.last_img read more

Stars Attend BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party 2018

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2018 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party on Saturday, January 6, 2018.Emilia Clarke Attends BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyThe BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating excellence in the craft, and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.Awards Season Nominees along with leading executives, celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed British tea and scones, and cocktails in the uniquely relaxed surroundings of a traditional British Tea Party.Among the stars who attended were Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Claes Bang (The Square), Jacqueline Bisset (Amant Double), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread), Graham Broadbent (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour), Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Guy Burnet (Counterpart), Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Naomi Campbell, Robin Campillo (BPM), Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Pete Czernin (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), Feras Fayyad (Last Man in Aleppo), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), Peter Fonda (The Ballad of Lefty Brown), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Mimi Polk Gitlin (The Breadwinner), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Gordon Greene (The Choir Director), Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Liz Hannah (The Post), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Justin Hartley (This Is Us), Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya), Erik Hemmendorff (The Square), Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog), LilRel Howery (Get Out), Isabelle Huppert (Claire’s Camera), Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Nick Jonas (Ferdinand), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Elliot Knight (Life Sentence), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), Anthony Leo (The Breadwinner), Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Tom McGrath (The Boss Baby), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Marco Morabito (Call Me By Your Name), Ramsey Naito (The Boss Baby), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Dave Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Scott Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Lawrence O’Donnell (The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Ruben Ostlund (The Square), Amy Pascal (The Post), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), Issa Rae (Insecure), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Rogers (I, Tonya), Andrew Rosen (The Breadwinner), Howard Rosenman (Call Me By Your Name), Lois Smith (Marjorie Prime), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya), Taura Stinson (Mudbound), David Thewlis (Fargo), Charlotte Tilbury, Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman), Lotte Verbeek (Outlander), Diane Warren (Marshall), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), George Waud (Ghosts of War), Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Erin Westerman (The Disaster Artist), Bradley Whitford (Get Out/The Post), Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), and many more.As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also raised awareness of BAFTA Los Angeles’ wider work including its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance. The campaign drives funds towards BAFTA LA’s acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party was presented by BBC America and the GREAT Britain campaign. Event sponsors included Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Heineken, and American Airlines.last_img read more