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  • Liberia quarantines areas the size if Wales in an effort to contain Ebola spread

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    EbolaLiberia quarantines area the size of Wales in an effort to contain Ebola spread

    Published 21 August 2014

    In an effort to control the spread of Ebola throughout West Africa, Liberia has quarantined areas at the epicenter of the epidemic. Experts say the quarantine is not likely to be effective because of two reasons: people inside and outside the quarantined areas – called “Unified Sectors” – still lack effective medical services, and the growing shortages of food and clean water inside the Unified Sectors will force people from inside those areas to go outside in search of food. The areas – which, combined, are the size of Wales — are too large to be effectively monitored.

    In an effort to control the spread of Ebola throughout West Africa, Liberia has quarantined villages at the epicenter of the epidemic. People in and around the quarantined areas, however, are still at risk either from lack of medical attention, or from limited access to food and clean water. “There has to be concern that people in quarantined areas are left to fend for themselves,” said Mike Noyes, head of humanitarian response at ActionAid UK. “Who is going to be the police officer who goes to these places? There’s a risk that these places become plague villages.”

    The Ebola virus was never previously detected in West Africa, so already weak health care systems in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea were ill-prepared to deal with the outbreak. The Liberian government has imposed emergency measures and created border checkpoints to restrict residents from entering quarantine areas in order to limit those with Ebola symptoms from spreading the virus to unaffected areas. Fox News reports that Guinea and Sierra Leone, both bordering Liberia, have placed checkpoints in Gueckedou and Kenema to establish a cross-border quarantine zone of roughly 20,000 square kilometers, about the size of Wales, called the “unified sector.”

    Access to these hotspots is now cut off except for medical workers,” Liberia’s information minister Lewis Brown, said this week.

    Medical workers, when allowed to enter quarantine areas, help train residents to create isolation units in schools and churches in their towns. “Quarantines expose healthy people to risk – which is why the effectiveness of states is so important in supporting preventive measures that will minimize this,” said Robert Dingwall, specialist in health policy responses to infectious diseases at Nottingham Trent University. Yet even when quarantined residents remain within marked zones, limited access to food will force them into the Jungle or enter neighboring towns, thereby spreading the Ebola virus. Brown also acknowledged the risk, saying “we can establish as many checkpoints as we want but if we cannot get the food and the medical supplies in to affected communities, they will leave.”

    Residents in unaffected counties have welcomed the emergency measures put in place in Liberia, but they also risk limited food supplies because some quarantined counties supply Liberia’s sweet potatoes and palm fruits. The World Food Program plans to supply more than one million people living in the “unified sector” with food, but no plans have been set for residents outside quarantined zones.

    My worry is how the southeast will get food. You could have trade with Ivory Coast but they might not want to for fear of the virus,” said Adolphus Scott, a worker for UNICEF. Yacouba Sylla, a motorbike taxi driver in Ivory Coast, confirmed a slump in his business since border checkpoints were installed, while noting that “Ebola hasn’t arrived here, but it is going to kill us anyway before it gets here, as we will die of hunger.”

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  • Press Releases: Murder of James Foley

    James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism.

    I was a Senator when James was first held in Libya, and we were first introduced to the Foley family. His family was as determined in working towards his release as James had been daring in covering those war zones himself. The sheer unfairness and unlikely odds that this young journalist would again find himself in captivity in another conflict was almost unimaginable. It is impossible to express how much we all wanted this latest horror to end with his family reunited, as it had been the first time.

    Teresa and I, along with members of my family who got to know James’ mother Diane and his brother, are heartbroken for all of the Foleys. There are no words of condolence that can adequately convey our sorrow, our sympathy, or our anger for what has happened.

    There is evil in this world, and we all have come face to face with it once again. Ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil. ISIL is the face of that evil, a threat to people who want to live in peace, and an ugly insult to the peaceful religion they violate every day with their barbarity.

    We grieve for James Foley. We mourn for his family and his loved ones. We honor the courage and pray for the safety of all those who risk their lives to discover the truth where it is needed most. And make no mistake: we will continue to confront ISIL wherever it tries to spread its despicable hatred. The world must know that the United States of America will never back down in the face of such evil. ISIL and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed, and those responsible for this heinous, vicious atrocity will be held accountable.

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  • Vacancy Announcement – Accountant/Administrator (General Service)

    Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:06

    Vacancy Announcement Number JLO- ACC/ADM 2014

    Deadline for Application: 30th August 2014 on or before 2:30 pm

    Organizational Unit: South Sudan Liaison office Juba

    Job Category: General Service

    Position Title: Accountant/Administrator

    Reporting To: Liaison Officer

    Duty Station: South Sudan, Juba

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  • USAID Announces Global Research Collaboration Awards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) today announce 46 new research projects that advance the scientific and technical capacity of both the United States and partner countries in critical areas of development. The projects, spanning 23 countries, are funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research. Through the competitively awarded program, USAID directly supports researchers in developing countries who work with U.S. government-funded researchers.

    “We are very pleased to expand the network of PEER researchers,” said Andrew Sisson, acting executive director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID. “The promise of PEER lies not only in the discovery of new data and knowledge to achieve development objectives, but also in strengthening the research capacity of the researcher communities in countries where we work, in turn strengthening ties with the United States.”

    These new awards total approximately $8.5 million, and allow scientists to collaborate on a variety of crucial research areas, such as maternal and child health, glacier retreat and water resource sustainability, biodiversity conservation, biogas production, drought and climate change mitigation, and pollution remediation. PEER awardees were selected from over 300 high-quality proposals and represent more than $74 million of leveraged NSF and NIH funding through collaborations with their U.S.-funded counterparts.

    Since its launch in 2011, PEER has supported more than 150 projects in over 40 countries, an investment of about $28 million. Previous awardees are already seeing positive impacts from their projects: development of integrated humanitarian logistics systems in Colombia, improved yam seed systems in Nigeria, reduced exposure to arsenic and fluoride in groundwater in India, and assessment of volcanic hazards in Armenia.

    The 46 new PEER awards include a project in East Africa that will map multiple geothermal areas and identify new forms of geothermal activity across Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. The project will work to build a strong regional framework for scientific and technological exchange, while empowering and educating local pastoral communities. For the first time, USAID and NCI are supporting 3 of the collaborative research proposals jointly that address challenges in maternal/ neonatal health and tobacco. Health awards in Indonesia will generate critical evidence that address prenatal exposure to household tobacco and preterm/low birth weight outcomes. In the Philippines, research will focus on the impacts of tobacco use on childhood TB outcomes. A complete list of award recipients is available here.

    “Science does not stop at the border, or at the water’s edge,” said Jessica Robin, NSF program director for PEER. “As PEER continues to grow, both the U.S. scientific community and our foreign partners benefit. The program supports fertile collaborations that advance scientific knowledge, and have the potential to improve the lives of people around the world.”

    The fourth call for PEER proposals is expected to be announced in early October 2014.

    The U.S. Global Development Lab supports breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change, to help end extreme poverty by 2030. The Lab represents a new way of working at USAID, engaging a global community of inventors, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders in science and technology to invent, test, and scale the most promising and cost effective solutions to end extreme poverty.

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  • Media Advisory – Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, Alberta, August 20, 2014 – Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure event with Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Sandra Jansen, Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety and MLA for Calgary—North West, and His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of the City of Calgary.

    August 23, 2014

    11:15 a.m.

    Tuscany CTrain Station
    Tuscany Park and Ride lot (south side)
    Calgary, Alberta

    Media have two options to check in:

    1. Ride the first train (from Crowfoot Station to Tuscany)
      • Please check in by 11:15 a.m. with volunteers on the platform.
      • The train must leave at 11:53 as service to Tuscany will be integrated into the train schedule for the day.
      • Parking will be available in the south Park and Ride lot at Crowfoot Station.
      • Trains will run for free between Crowfoot and Tuscany until 5 p.m.
    2. Capture the official ribbon-breaking (from Tuscany platform)
      • The inaugural train will break through a ribbon on the north (Rocky Ridge) side of the platform.
      • The platform will be restricted to media and invited guests.
      • Once the guests exit the train, they will make their way to a stage that will be set up in the south side Park and Ride lot.
      • Media can park in the VIP area on the Tuscany Park and Ride lot (south side), which will be west of the event area. They can check in with the volunteer at the barricade.

    For more information, please contact:

    Vincent Rabault
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
    Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

    City of Calgary Media
    Blackberry: 403-828-2954

    Infrastructure Canada
    Toll-Free: 1-877-250-7154
    Twitter: @INFC_eng
    Website: Infrastructure Canada

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  • Tributes for Victims of Meyersdal House Collapse

    The Gauteng MEC for Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Jacob Mamabolo, has extended his condolences to the families of the seven people who died when a house collapsed in Meyersdal, south of Johannesburg. Media reports say a big slab of co…

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