first_imgThe Monrovia Medical Unit erected by the United States Department of Defense to treat healthcare providers who came down with Ebola has been decommissioned and turned over to the Liberian government.The sophisticated mobile unit was built last year in Charlesville, Margibi County, by the Public Health Service under the Operation United Assistance (OUA) to provide adequate treatment for health workers contracting the Ebola virus while treating patients.Prior to the unit’s erection during the peak of the Ebola crisis last year, over 50 health workers died from contracting the virus while attending to patients. The Unit was built by US troops sent to Liberia to help fight the virus.Sharing his experience during the Ebola crisis, the commander of the Commission Corps Ebola Response in West Africa, Scott Giberson lauded Liberians for their resilience in observing health protocols.He said their response to the Ebola disaster also included yellow fever, tsunami, the 9/11/ terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, amongst others.He then commended the Government of Liberia and international partners who collectively joined forces to battle the Ebola virus that today Liberia stands to soon be declared free.He said 42 patients were cared for at the unit, and information from the public affairs section of the unit notes that nine persons survived from the virus.US Ambassador, Deborah Malac also lauded the United States Public Health Service team for its role in ending Ebola in Liberia.She emphasized that health workers were at high risk and were dying from the virus, but the coming of the US Public Health Service team, under the Operation United Assistance, created hope and safety for health workers.She, however, extended gratitude to the Liberian government and people, stressing, “If not for the extraordinary efforts of the Liberian government and the Liberians themselves, combined with the assistance of the United States and other international partners, the country would not be in the position that it is in today, that is, just days away from being declared Ebola-free.”Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended the United States Government and Public Health Service and said while the Liberian government, civil society and the media were finding solutions without knowing which direction to take, international partners, including the United States, China and others intervened to build the hope that Liberians can overcome.Counting lessons from the crisis, President Sirleaf indicated that the health system of Liberia collapsed during the crisis because Liberians themselves were not prepared.She also noted that despite the collapse of the health system, all Liberians participated by playing their roles in observing health protocols and carrying on contact tracing.Furthermore, she said partnership through which resources were mobilized to fight the disease immensely helped to put Liberia in the state it is today, thanking the US Government, China, and the European Union, and the rest of the partners for their humanitarian roles in the fight against the disease.She reiterated Liberia ‘s post-Ebola recovery plan to include the rebuilding of the country’s health system, education and infrastructures, and reminded partners of their commitment to assisting Liberia to meet these goals.The ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, House Speaker Alex Tyler, members of the Diplomatic Corps, government officials and others.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_imgHowever, the district has again noted in a news release, it is important for haulers to clearly understand, permission to use the facility will not be provided until all information, forms and documents have been received, reviewed and approved.For that to happen, they must be delivered to the PRRD offices in either Fort St. John or Dawson Creek, and cannot be accepted by the attendant at the facility.For further information you can contact the regional district main office by calling 250-784-3200.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgAs for the credibility of Ottawa’s criticism, the minister has reaffirmed the province’s 33 per cent reduction goal.“There’s no question that we met our interim target in 2012,” Polak goes on to say. “We certainly have out-preformed other provinces in seeing our GHG emissions decline [and] our GDP go up.”It was the Liberal government of Gordon Campbell which legislated the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 and they not only call for a 33 per cent reduction by 2020, but also 80 per cent by 2050. “…There have been some fuel standards, yes. But by and large, they’ve been laggards on this issue.”Provincial Environment Minister Mary Polak was quick to respond to the criticism of the climatologist MLA.She argues the fact that Premier Christy Clark has been invited to address the G-20 on B.C.’s carbon tax is proof.“Internationally, we are viewed as leaders on the fight against climate change.”Advertisement This is not a new argument but Andrew Weaver is critical of the Clark government for promoting the LNG industry development, which he claims would make it impossible for the province to reach the already legislated target of a 33 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.The government continues to insist it is a leader in fighting climate change, but Mr. Weaver says that claim no longer has any credibility.“You can say we’re ‘world-class this,’ ‘word-class that,’ [but] the reality is we’re not,” says Weaver. “We were – we’re not.”- Advertisement -His comments follow federal government accusations this week that B.C. is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.However, Mr. Weaver, while agreeing with that statement, also had some choice words for the Harper government.“It’s a bit of a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ there,” Weaver goes on to say. “What have the feds done? Almost nothing – in fact, pretty close to nothing.”Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile it is too early to tell how much the toll roads will cost to build, officials are examining options such as those already in place along the 91 Freeway. Fasana said. There, drivers purchase “FasTrak” passes equipped with radio transmitters that charge their accounts based on the time of day that they use the freeway’s express lanes. “I think if we are able to make this work in the San Gabriel Valley,” Fasana said, “it may control demand by making people use the freeway during off-peak hours when they can use it for cheap.” MTA officials are also looking at tiered pricing, in which vehicles with one occupant would pay a higher fee than those with two or three. Fasana said allowing those with four or more occupants to use the toll lanes for free is also “on the table.” Most important to Fasana is the fact that state law would require that revenues generated by the toll roads be spent on transportation improvements along the road’s route, and not elsewhere. “My hope is to go beyond that and have the cities along the corridor decide how the funding is used,” said Fasana. According to an Orange County Transportation Authority report on the 91 Express Lanes, the toll route made $44.2 million last year, nearly 12 percent more than in 2005. About $1.6 million of that money was used to repave portions of the 91 Freeway. Any revenues from the toll roads in the San Gabriel Valley could go toward the Gold Line extension along the 210 corridor, or direct carpool connections from park-and-ride lots along the 210 and 10 freeways, Fasana said. “Right now we have a million projects out there that can be done, and we could certainly use the extra money,” he said. “(Toll roads) could get us there.” La Verne Mayor Jon Blickenstaff, chairman of the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, was cautious about how beneficial the toll roads would be. “I want to get more information about the specific details to see how it will impact our area and how much money could be raised,” said Blickenstaff, adding that any revenues should be used locally. “My question is how do you tax these commuters equitably?” Transportation advocates, including the Automobile Club of Southern California, wonder if the plan would actually worsen the commute on the area’s already congested carpool lanes. That is a possibility if the program is not implemented carefully, said Lisa Schweitzer, a transit policy expert at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development. “If it is priced based on time of day, there is a possibility of overburdening (the lanes) if the prices aren’t set high enough,” said Schweitzer, adding that the pricing scheme used in Orange County has worked to reduce congestion there. While drivers might consider the concept of paying to use the freeway as bordering on the blasphemous, from a policy perspective it makes sense, Schweitzer said. “Right now we have an unjust system and drivers really should pay as much of their costs as possible,” she said, adding that it makes sense to invest the revenues from the tolls into mass transit projects like the Gold Line. “You don’t go into a store and ask them to give you apples at a subsidized cost.” Revenues that have traditionally been used to subsidize roadways, including the gas tax, have obviously been insufficient, Fasana said. State gas tax revenues have often been diverted to non-transportation related projects in the past. “In this case it is something we have to do,” he said. “There is frustration from people that vote for these taxes, and transportation bonds, and then see them evaporate elsewhere in the system.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Local officials want to divert money that would come from proposed toll roads for transit projects such as the Gold Line extension. Prices have yet to be determined. But a similar toll road on the 91 Freeway in Orange County charges drivers anywhere from $9.50 during the Friday evening rush hour to $1.20 at midnight weekdays and weekends. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board voted Thursday to join Caltrans in applying for federal funds through a program that helps cities convert carpool lanes into toll lanes. Preliminary plans call for targeting carpool lanes along the 10 and 210 freeways through the San Gabriel Valley. The toll lanes could become operational by late 2009, said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, a member of the MTA Board. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “At this point, I think it’s more likely we would want to do more research,” Summerbell said. The pollsters told residents they were calling to determine the level of support for a school-improvement measure and named several possible projects that would be funded, Summerbell said. The projects included a junior high gymnasium at Boron High School; health and safety improvements; upgrading of facilities, including libraries and science labs; repairing and replacing leaky roofs and old windows; and improving student access to computers and technology. Of those polled, 64.5 percent said they would support a bond, 6.5 percent said no, and 29 percent were undecided. No monetary amounts were mentioned, Summerbell said. District officials earlier said they were considering a $6 million bond that would levy taxes on homeowners in Boron and North Edwards of less than $25 a year. The board voted in December to hire consulting firm Caldwell Flores Winters, an Emeryville, Ca.-based company that has helped get bond measures passed in other Antelope Valley school districts. The average assessed valuation in Boron and North Edwards is $47,000 for single-family residences, district officials said. District officials have said the bulk of the tax payments would come from U.S. Borax’s huge open pit mine and plant in Boron. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH EDWARDS – A telephone survey indicated nearly 65 percent of the Muroc Joint Unified School District’s registered voters would support a bond measure to build and improve school facilities. The survey by a consultant hired by the school district polled 660 voters, mostly in the communities of Boron and North Edwards but also on Edwards Air Force Base, though base residents would not be affected by a bond because they don’t pay property taxes. “The company that we are exploring the bond issue with did a very brief and general survey of registered voters in our district to see what the initial reaction would be from people in our district if we were to do a bond issue,” Superintendent Mike Summerbell said. The results of the survey were discussed at Wednesday’s board meeting. Trustees have not decided whether to pursue a bond, and if they do, it will most likely be placed on the November ballot rather than the June ballot. last_img read more