first_imgThe Liberia Football Association has, with immediate effect, ordered the suspension of all football activities throughout the country to enhance the campaign to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.LFA president Musa Bility said prevention of the spread of the disease has become a dilemma, and all means necessary have to be introduced to augment the efforts of the Ministry of Health..He said one cardinal measure the LFA has resolved to employ is to cease football activities, considering that football is a contact sport, and that Ebola is spread through bodily contact with infected persons.He said officials at schools, communities 4th-1st divisions; LONA and ISSA are to observe the measure pending full control of the outbreak. As previously scheduled, the LFA has until the first week of October to begin its 2014/2015 inter-county league.The LFA decision, according to the release was handed down at the end of its Executive Committee meeting over the weekend.The LFA has also reached a decision to maintain a skeleton staff as part of its measure to fight the spread of the disease. Effective Monday July 28, 2014, Bility said, more than half of the LFA workforce will remain at home, pending the improvement on the current state of affairs.Meanwhile, the doors of the LFA will remain open to VIP appointments and issues relating to the running of football. However, hygienic measures will apply to all at its headquarters on Benson Street.Bility urged the Liberian government to be vigilant and robust in having individuals, families and communities abide by preventive measures in order to halt the spread of the virus.Liberia has now recorded 127 deaths with the latest being the head doctor of the country’s leading referral JFK, Samuel Brisbane, who succumbed to the virus on Saturday, July 26, Independence Day.Ebola is spread through bodily contact, from person to person if a person comes into contact with a contaminated person, object or by eating an infected animal. A deceased person with Ebola can still transmit the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img17 November 2008South African Olympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toit joined a select group of international leaders honoured for their contribution to ethics and human values at the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.Du Toit received the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) Youth Leadership Award 2008, a prestigious award that recognizes young leaders with an astonishing track record of performance and/or social responsibility.According to Christoph Glaser, a member of the IAHV board in Europe, Du Toit was selected because of her raw defiance in not giving up on her goals. “We admire her indomitable will and strong determination, and the fact that she has become a source of inspiration to the youth of her country,” Glaser said in a statement.Other IAHV 2008 award recipients were Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of Egyptian organisation SEKEM (Outstanding Individual Award); Hans-Peter Durr, founder of German organisation Global Challenges Network (Outstanding Scientist/Academic Award); and GM Rao, group chairman of India’s GMR Group (Outstanding Corporation Award).“It is a real honor to be representing South Africa and to receive this award,” Du Toit said. “I would like to give a message to everyone: it is possible for everybody to achieve something. You don’t have to be the best singer, but you can still write your song.“I would also like to thank everyone for their support: the public in South Africa, the people close to me, everyone. Without teamwork these types of awards would not be possible.”Founded by HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Geneva in 1997, the International Association for Human Values is a volunteer-based, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of human values in society.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img12 December 2013Women of all religious groups have been invited to reflect, pray and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto outside Johannesburg on Thursday.Hosted by the Gauteng provincial government, the event aims to recognise “the ways in which Tata Madiba promoted women’s development and emancipation”, Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, said at a media briefing on Wednesday.The interfaith women’s day of prayer forms part of the 10-day national mourning period for the former president, who died last Thursday at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.Mandela was passionate about women’s equality, Thebe Mohatle writes on the Gauteng Province’s website. “Cognisant that women bore the greatest brunt of the apartheid system, former president Nelson Mandela has throughout his life strived to promote women’s development and emancipation”.The programme includes representatives from different religious groups, including Christians, Muslims, Bahai, Jewish, Hindu and African Independent Churches, Chabane said.The government has invited South Africans to form a guard of honour along the memorial route between 1 Military Hospital and the Union Buildings, where Mandela will lie in state until Friday.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 7, 2013- Seven teams will be competing for the championship title of the first ever Women’s Speed Soccer League. Launched last Sunday, the competition brings to the playing field women of all ages and fitness levels competing in 5-aside games. There are the CIBC Cats, Earthbenders AFC, Revolution FC, The Blow Pops, U12 Trailblazers FC, Trailblazers FC and Palmiss. The first official game kicks off this Sunday November 10th at the TCIFA Football academy at 3pm and the competition runs up until December 8, 2013. TCIFA Officials at the launch.last_img read more

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first_imgIn a unique initiative Women and Child Development minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and People For Animals have organised an exhibition on Elephant Art – a fundraiser for Wildlife SOS to support the Elephant Rescue Centre and the care of the rescued elephants in India. Renowned artists in the country including SH Raza, Subodh Gupta, Binoy Varghese, Seema Kohli, Rini Dhumal, Thukral & Tagra, Jayasri Burman, Anjolie Ela Menon, Paresh Maity and several others, work will be on display. Also celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan have painted fibreglass elephant statues which will be on display and sale. The exhibition is curated by Sunaina Anand of Art Alive Gallery. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first Elephant Conservation and Care centre in India has been started by an NGO Wildlife SOS that was established in 1998. All the funds raised from the Elephant Art event will be given to Wildlife SOS who run the “Elephant Conservation and Care Center” (ECCC) in Mathura which is near to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.  Wildlife SOS provides treatment and care for 18 elephants. The ECCC is in the middle of natural vegetation with open fields around for their daily walks and trees to scratch themselves, making it close to the natural habitat of the elephants. Water pools have been provided to the elephants with free access for them to bath and play in the water. The ECCC is flanked by 215 acres of forest on one side and a river on the other side.Historically the elephant is animal which is worshipped across the world. They are folk divinities in three major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In fact Gautama Buddha descended in the form of a white elephant. This fundraiser will be inaugurated on November 28 at 7 pm onwards and the exhibition will continue till 30th November 2015 at Le Meridian Hotel in the national Capital.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The State Finance department has issued a notification, increasing the retirement age of nurses from 60 years to 62 years.It has been stated in the notification that the move has been made to ensure proper healthcare to the people of Bengal through government hospitals, health centres, etc. The step has been taken up after it was noted that “there is acute shortage of nursing personnel in the state which would be difficult to make up through fresh recruitment, as the existing nursing training schools of the state will not be able to provide the required number of such personnel, with their current infrastructure”. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSo, in order to overcome the situation to some extent and considering all aspects of the matter, the age of retirement of all categories of nursing personnel, who are holding regular appointment and are in service as of September 1, shall be enhanced from 60 years to 62 years. It has also been stated that necessary amendments in this connection in the West Bengal Service Rules Part 1 shall be made in due course. This comes at the time when there are around 84,000 beds in the state-run health centres and there is a requirement of around 50,000 nurses. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior official, recruitment of nurses takes a long time as there are matters related to their training, involved in the process of filling up the vacant posts. So, the step to increase the age limit of retirement for nurses has been taken to ensure that health services do not get hampered due to the lack of nurses. Common people will be benefitted with the step taken by the state government in this connection. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several measures in the past seven years to create infrastructure for providing better health services to the common people.last_img read more

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