Dear World,In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments. There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright. Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed. The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster. But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now finally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away. This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need. From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence. The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”Yours sincerely,Ellen Johnson SirleafShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Miguel Barker was sentenced to 80 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering his wife Donessa Barker, called Vanessa.The incident took place on April 30, 2015 at the couple’s Bagotville, West Bank Demerara (WBD) home.More details in Tuesday, January 30th edition of the Guyana Times.
Continue Reading Previous LDRA: tool suite selected to ensure safety in power wheelchair head controlNext VersaLogic adds global wireless capability to Arm-based computer product line Xilinx has extended its Zynq UltraScale+ Radio Frequency SoC portfolio with greater RF performance and scalability. Building on the multi-market success of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC base portfolio, next-generation devices can cover the entire sub-6 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum, which is a critical need for next-generation 5G deployment. They support direct RF sampling of up to 5 giga-samples per-second (GS/S) 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and 10 GS/S 14-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs), both up to 6 GHz of analog bandwidth.Xilinx’s RFSoC portfolio is the only single-chip adaptable radio platform that is designed to address current and future industry requirements. The portfolio now includes:• Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 2: Sampling now with production scheduled for June 2019, this device meets regional deployment timelines in Asia and supports 5G New Radio.• Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 3: Provides full sub-6GHz direct-RF support, extended millimeter wave interface, and up to 20 percent power reduction in the RF data converter subsystem compared to the base portfolio. The product will be available in 2H 2019.The new products monolithically integrate higher-performance RF data converters that deliver the broad spectrum coverage required for the deployment of 5G wireless communications systems, cable access, advanced phased-array radar solutions and additional applications including test & measurement and satellite communications. By eliminating discrete components, the devices enable up to a 50 percent power and footprint reduction, making them ideal for the needs of telecommunications operators seeking to enable massive multiple-input, multiple-output base stations for their 5G systems.With pin-compatibility across the portfolio, customers can design and deploy their systems now using first-generation devices with a roadmap to Gen 2 and Gen 3 for greater performance. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither Manchester City nor Arsenal have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Walker and David Silva could come back into the line-up after being rest in Napoli on Wednesday.The rest of the City defence picks itself at the moment, and there is little chance of rotation given a lack of viable replacements. Kevin De Bruyne could be in need of a rest but is likely to play.Sergio Aguero broke the club’s all-time scoring record in midweek but could be rotated out for Gabriel Jesus, with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling retaining their places.ARSENAL TEAM NEWS Arsenal have a number of injuries to contend with. Sead Kolasinac is doubtful with a hip injury, while centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, forward Danny Welbeck, playmaker Santi Cazorla and defender Calum Chambers are all out.Back-up goalkeeper David Ospina and out-of-favour forward Lucas Perez will play no part, either.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City have only won one of their last nine matches against Arsenal in all competitions (D4 L4), with that victory coming in this exact fixture last season. Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Etihad in January 2015 remains the Gunners’ only away Premier League victory against the ‘big six’ since the start of the 2014/15 season (D7 L9) Manchester City have won all nine of their Premier League games in which they’ve led this season, while Arsenal have won the most games (3) and points (9) from losing positions so far. City have scored 20 goals in their last four home Premier League games this season – that’s more than 18 of the other 19 clubs in the division have netted in total in their opening 10 games of 2017-18. Coming into this matchday, Leroy Sane has been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player this season (6 goals, 5 assists). The German scored both home and away against the Gunners in the Premier League last season.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 14:15 GMT with the game to be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and streamed through Sky Sports apps. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Arsenal Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Shaun Botterill Manchester City Premier League Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Arsenal Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon Manchester City head into Sunday’s game against Arsenal in the knowledge that they can shuffle their pack and still perform at a high level.Pep Guardiola had stuck with the same team for three games in a row at the end of September and start of October, and had only made minor tweaks in recent weeks.Jesus FGS – 13/5 with dabblebet 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 But in Napoli on Wednesday he left key men David Silva and Kyle Walker on the bench and still saw his side record an impressive victory.And with a number of players already unavailable through injury, particularly in defence, City are showing a greater strength in depth than perhaps they were given credit for.MAN CITY INJURIES Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany will miss out with their injuries, although Mendy will arrive back in Manchester on Saturday to step up his recovery from an ACL tear.Kompany is close to a return to training but it some way off full fitness.
The Canadian Press Six stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 11———SCHEER DEMANDS PM LET WILSON-RAYBOULD TALKConservative Leader Andrew Scheer has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to waive solicitor-client privilege so former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould can publicly talk about what happened with SNC-Lavalin. It follows a report that members of Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to have prosecutors negotiate a “remediation agreement” with SNC-Lavalin rather than proceed with a criminal prosecution. The Quebec engineering and construction giant has been accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya.———TRUDEAU SAYS LIBERALS WILL WIN BURNABY SOUTHJustin Trudeau promised the Liberal candidate in Burnaby South will be a strong voice for the community, as he campaigned on Sunday in the B.C. riding where New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is seeking a seat. The prime minister told a crowd of supporters that Richard T. Lee served Burnaby for 16 years as a provincial legislator and continues to work hard every day to put the best face forward for the city. “Nobody make any mistake: The Liberal party is going to win this riding of Burnaby South” Trudeau vowed. The byelection is scheduled for Feb. 25.———FEDS EXPECTS TRADE INTEREST IN CHINA TO SLOWCanada’s trade minister says the government expects Canadian business interest in China to slow given current tensions, but Jim Carr predicts the two countries will eventually resolve their differences and allow economic ties to again flourish. Ottawa and Beijing have been locked in a diplomatic feud since the December arrest in Vancouver of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Washington’s request. China responded by detaining two Canadians it accused of endangering its national security, and it upgraded the drug-smuggling sentence of a third from 15 years in prison to the death penalty.———FORMER FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL WILSON DIESMichael Wilson, a former politician, diplomat and longtime mental health advocate, has died at 81. The University of Toronto, where Wilson served as chancellor from 2012 to 2018, confirmed his death Sunday evening. The school’s president, Meric Gertler, called Wilson a “great Canadian” who improved many lives through his “comprehensive excellence, his unassuming generosity and his quiet compassion. Wilson served as finance minister and minister of international trade under then prime minister Brian Mulroney, and later as Canada’s ambassador to the United States.———DRAKE COLLECTS GRAMMY WIN, CRITICIZES AWARDS SHOWSDrake surprised many of his fans by showing up last night to collect his Grammy Award for best rap song. The Toronto native acknowledged his turbulent relationship with the Grammys as he accepted his award for the chart-topping song “God’s Plan.” Drake often shuns appearances at awards shows and boycotted last year’s Grammys by not submitting anything from his previous release, “More Life.” During his acceptance speech he said that working in the music industry is like “playing in an opinion-based sport, not a factual based sport.”———CALGARY WILDLIFE CENTRE AIMS TO ‘PREVENT EXTINCTION’There should be a do not disturb sign at the hidden gate to the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre located on a remote parcel of land on the southern tip of Calgary. The centre operated by the Calgary Zoo is dedicated to saving endangered species, including a Mongolian wild horse, Vancouver Island marmots and whooping cranes. Zoo curator Colleen Baird says some of the species don’t react well to visitors or outside stimuli, and as a result the centre will be moving to an even more private location east of Calgary within the next couple of years.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will tour the Conrad rental housing development and make an affordable housing announcement in Vancouver, then meet with Telus CEO Darren Entwistle.— Trade Minister Jim Carr and Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne hold a media scrum in Vancouver on the launch of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership———