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Japanese Gov’t Provides US$68K Grant to LNRCS

first_imgThe Government of Japan has offered a grant of US$68K to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS).The provision was made through Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Kaorn Yoshimura, who is resident in Accra, Ghana. The fund is to be used through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP).The GGHSP, since 2013, has supported the LNRCS and has provided funding to support the renovation and supplies for the LNRCS health facility, specifically the maternal and newborn facilities at the Red Cross headquarters.The signing ceremony took place Tuesday at the headquarters of the LNRCS in Monrovia. Ambassador Yoshimura signed on behalf of his government while the Secretary General of LNRCS, Fayiah Tamba, signed for LNRCS.The grant is intended to provide medical equipment and supplies for EVD control with its overall objective to contribute to the reduction of the mortality and morbidity related deaths in Liberia through awareness and messaging, social mobilization, and psycho-social support to those affected in Montserrado County.Targeted counties for intervention, according to officials of LNRCS, are Montserrado and Margibi Counties.Ambassador Yoshimura said his government wants to ensure that everything necessary is done to have the Ebola virus eradicated from the country and the sub-region. He noted that there are positive signs that the fight will definitely be won.He noted that the Japanese effort in the fight does not start with the signing of the grant, but rather the country, since the outbreak, has provided more than US$168M through international organizations that were involved in the fight.The Japanese Government also provided emergency relief goods worth millions of dollars to Liberia through the Japanese International Commission Agency (JICA). It also donated seven ambulances and 48 beds to the Liberian government.In December last year, the Japanese government donated Personal Protective Equipment worth thousands of dollars along with consumables to support Bong and Margibi Counties’ Ebola Case Management.Making remarks upon signing the agreement, the LNRCS SG Tamba noted that the grant is in the right direction, especially at a time when Liberia is in need of every support to finally defeat the virus.He said in the midst of the drastic decline of EVD infections, there is a need to remain vigilant at the community, country and regional levels to ensure that the virus is eliminated.Mr. Tamba said that the LNRCS volunteers are engaged in various thematic areas of social work in buttressing government’s efforts to end the epidemic and the signing of the grant was a great boost in that direction.“The LNRCS leads the fight against the EVD in terms of implementation at the national level, in which Japan has been very instrumental. All of these supports, coupled with those from other partners, are yielding the needed results and we are very grateful to God for this,” he said.He further disclosed that the LNRCS, in collaboration with other partners, concluded what he termed as the LNRCS recovery assessment.He noted that though the virus has virtually left the country, its impacts such as orphans, economic hardships and others, will continue to be felt.LNRCS Head of Program, Precious Dennis, said the Japanese Government’s support has always been timely, and highly appreciated by LNRCS.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

first_img“The announcement of Neymar’s transfer to PSG was piloted among the high ranks in Qatar as a sort of communications strategy that would overshadow the debate around all other considerations, namely terrorism,” said Mathieu Guidere, an expert in the geopolitics of the Arab world.“For days now, nobody has mentioned the negative — it’s all about the Neymar transfer.”The transfer comes as Qatar faces its worst political crisis in decades, with Saudi Arabia leading a four-state bloc that suspended all ties with Doha last month over accusations the emirate had close ties to Islamist extremist groups and Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran.Qatar has denied the allegations, arguing that the sanctions aim to bring gas-rich emirate to its knees.– ‘International soft power’ –On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain pulled their ambassadors from Qatar, ordered all Qataris to return home and banned Qatar from using their ports or airspace.The Saudi-led bloc later publicly released a 13-point list of demands as a condition for the end of the sanctions.The list includes the closure of Qatari broadcast giant Al-Jazeera, which the bloc accuses of hate speech and encouraging extremism over its airing of the tapes of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, killed in a US operation in 2011.Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has risen as a key broker over the past two decades in the multiple conflicts and clashes of the Arab world.The tiny emirate has also leveraged power through massive investments in real estate abroad, including hotels, as well as in aviation, media and professional sports.In his first and only speech since the start of the crisis, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, openly said he would be turning to “sources of soft power at the international level”.With the Neymar transfer, Doha may be looking to cash in its cache of soft power.“This is a soft power stunt. Qatar needs to demonstrate to the world… that, despite all the allegations, Qatar is the most resilient country in the Middle East by far,” said Andreas Krieg, a political risk analyst at King’s College London.“Having the best player in the world shows the rest of the world that if Qatar is determined, they still have the largest assets to draw from and if needed they will use the money that they have to further their agenda,” Krieg told AFP.– ‘At whatever price’ –Qatar’s ties to international football go back several years and the Gulf state is to host the 2022 World Cup.International sports broadcaster beIN SPORTS was a subsidiary of Al-Jazeera, and between 2013 and June 2017, FC Barcelona athletes wore jerseys bearing the Qatar Airways logo.“For the time being, Qatar’s opponents are paralysed by this circumvention strategy, as none of them has that level of media leverage in the field of international sports,” said Guidere.On the flipside, one argument backing Neymar’s decision to leave Barca, on top of reportedly tripling his wages, is to move out of the shadow of Lionel Messi.If the Neymar transfer goes through, it would more than double the previous record of 105 million euros ($124 million) that Manchester United paid Juventus last year for France’s Paul Pogba.The transfer will hardly dent Qatar’s budget.Qatar has moved to boost business with the West since the start of the Gulf crisis, which analysts says threatens the unity of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.Doha has signed two major contracts in recent weeks, both military: a $12 billion acquisition deal to purchase F-15 fighters from the United States and a $6 billion deal for navy vessels from Italy.“The per capita reserves they have are the greatest in the world,” said Krieg.The cost of the potential Neymar transfer “sends a very strong signal to the sporting world and a very strong signal of defiance towards the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” he added.“They wanted this player and they used the money to buy him at whatever price.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups with Barcelona © AFP/File / PAU BARRENADUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug 3 – With the anticipated transfer of football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.Paris Saint-Germain — owned by sanctions-hit Qatar — are poised to sign Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee of 220 million euros ($256.54 million), more than doubling the previous record.last_img read more

Police Man used stolen credit card at Davie dance studio

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who allegedly used a stolen credit card at a Davie dance studio geared at children and teens.According to Davie Police, the subject used the card at Broadway Kids Studio along State Road 84, near Pine Ridge Drive.Surveillance video shows the man wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a distinctive gray, black and yellow jacket with a skull on the back.Investigators said the card was taken during a burglary on March 23.They did not specify whether or not he used the card at Broadway Kids on the same day. If you have any information that could help police find this man, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We are looking for any info on this guy or his jacket. He used a credit card that was taken in a burglary on March 23rd. Call #DaviePolice 954-693-8200 or @crimestoppers2 954-493-TIPS (8477). pic.twitter.com/ZO8DkuZ8ni— Davie Police Dept. (@DaviePolice) April 19, 2019 last_img read more