US Embassy Resumes Medical Examination for Visa Applicants

first_imgAfter suspension of medical examinations to immigrant and diversity visa applicants in Liberia for several months, the United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced the resumption of the process, beginning today, February 16.  Visa activities were suspended in Liberia and transferred to Ghana because of the exacerbating Ebola epidemic that affected the country since last year.A medical examination completed by an approved panel of physicians is a requirement for all immigrant and diversity visa applications., a U.S. Embassy release states.  The U.S Embassy urges visa applicants in Liberia previously scheduled for an immigrant or a diversity visa interview to follow the updated instructions concerning medical examinations on its website.  It further advises all visa applicants, both immigrant and diversity, to review the revised instructions for obtaining a medical examination, indicating that future applicants should review the website and contact the panel physician directly to schedule a medical exam before their interview date.  The Consular Section, urges all immigrant and diversity visa applicants to expect extended wait times as its panel of physicians work to schedule applicants whose cases have been pending.  It clarifies that applicants may still travel to another country for medical exams if approved by the panel of physicians associated with the Embassy or Consulate in that country.  Since Ebola worsened in Liberia last year, travelers from Liberia to the USA have been undergoing most of their processes in other West African countries, including Ghana.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, cautioned American Embassy staffs families last year to avoid making nonessential travels to the Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. With favorable reports of reduction in new cases in Liberia, the U.S. Government recently lifted the ban, thus paving the way for travelers to travel to and from Liberia.  The reported positive development also led President Barack Obama to announce the withdrawal of most of the U.S. troops from Liberia at the end of April.  What remains, according to travelers, is building full confidence in Liberians wishing to travel to the United States and the resumption of Delta Airlines flights to Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scrap metal legislation to be enacted by year end

first_imgEven as the Business Minister noted that scrap metal exportation is currently ongoing in a limited capacity, it was announced that the legislation needed to govern the trade was likely to be enacted by year end.Business Minister Dominic GaskinBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin made this declaration on Monday. “Right now we are in the middle of a limited resumption, so there are exporters who are exporting scrap metal,” Gaskin said.The Minister pointed out that new legislation had been introduced and approved by Cabinet, and presently was in the hands of the Attorney General before it was presented to Parliament.He stated, “We have also taken a new legislation to Cabinet. It has been approved at that level, it is being finalised by the Attorney General Chambers and after that, it will go to the National Assembly for approval”.According to him, the Ministry is anticipating the new legislation being enacted before the end of the year, which will see ‘firm and solid’ management, to regulate and monitor the industry through the development of a managing body.Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that.The main reason for this was to allow exporters to ship out the existing stock for a limited period of three months and ensure that there was no stockpile of the materials.However, in April 2018, after several months of delays, Government had decided to reopen the scrap metal trade on a limited basis to facilitate the clearing of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the resumption of the trade has not been announced, the Business Minister had told this media group that the date depended on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry was trying to implement.According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumes, creating a level playing field for all.“We’ve met with them; we’ve discussed it with them and we have arranged some training sessions for them to familiarise themselves with how the system will work and we are looking to do a little resumption starting next month. I can’t give you an exact date because it depends on a lot of things,” he explained.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that it worked and also would help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired.last_img read more

Prince George RCMP searching for wanted man considered armed and dangerous

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Police in Prince George are requesting the public’s help in locating a man wanted on three arrest warrants.23 year old Prince George resident Warren Chad Johnny is wanted by police for one count of theft under $5,000, and seven counts of failing to comply with probation conditions.Johnny is described as:First Nations173 cm, or 5’8″ tallWeighing 89 kg, or 196 lbs.- Advertisement -He has brown eyes, short brown hair, and a pair of tattoos; “WJM” on his neck, and “SERGEANT” on right forearm, and is originally from the Vanderhoof area.Johnny is aware that he is wanted and will take steps to conceal his identity. In a release, RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says that he is considered violent, armed & dangerous, and should not be approached.If you happen to see or encounter Warren Chad Johnny, you are urged to call 9-1-1 immediately, while if you have any information about him or his whereabouts, contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or call anonymously Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cannavaro future in doubt after just 10 days as China coach

first_img0Shares0000Fabio Cannavaro’s short reign as China coach could already be over after the hosts were beaten for the second time in five days on Monday and again failed to score © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Mar 25 – Fabio Cannavaro’s short reign as China coach could already be over after the hosts were beaten for the second time in five days on Monday and again failed to score.The World Cup winner was put in charge 10 days ago, but local media had speculated that the China Cup amounted to an audition to be fellow Italian Marcello Lippi’s long-term successor. If that was the case, the 45-year-old legendary defender fluffed his lines.The home side followed up Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Thailand with another disjointed display in the four-team tournament, going down 1-0 to lower-ranked Uzbekistan.In front of a sparse crowd for the mid-afternoon match in Nanning, China failed to muster a shot on target and there was a smattering of jeers at the final whistle.Former Juventus and Real Madrid star Cannavaro, who is also coach at Guangzhou Evergrande, said afterwards that he would hold talks with the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the Chinese Super League (CSL) club.“But until now the CFA hasn’t made any clear statement about the appointment,” he said.“I have said before: taking over the national football team can be a very big challenge. The bigger the challenge, the greater the passion will be.“As the national team is experiencing changes, we all have some concerns about the pace and degree of the changes.“If (China) needs me, I will consider it, but who can be the coach of the national team cannot be decided in one day.”Juggling a top CSL job and the national side “is difficult”, Cannavaro admitted, after another meek defeat that left China — who have grand ambitions to host a World Cup and become a major footballing force — bottom of the four sides in the China Cup.“We still need to calm down and discuss it. If we cannot find a suitable way to cooperate, I will still coach Evergrande (only).”Cannavaro made five changes to the side lucky to lose by just one goal to Thailand last week, but it only made China — missing the rested Espanyol forward Wu Lei — less effective.They were already on the back foot when forward Eldor Shomurodov took advantage of hesitant defending by Evergrande’s Zhang Linpeng on 35 minutes to lash the ball into the roof of the net for Uzbekistan, who are 89th in the FIFA rankings to China’s 72nd.Uzbekistan, soundly defeated 3-0 by Uruguay on Friday, were also the better team in the second half and should have extended their lead, but China-based substitute Odil Ahmedov headed straight at goalkeeper Yan Junling.Uruguay and Thailand play later Monday in the final of the annual mini-tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

State wants cleaner air at ports

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIf approved, the rules would not supersede the tougher truck-emissions regulations adopted last month for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. “We set the minimums, and local communities can go further, faster,” Nichols said. “There’s (legal) provisions that allow local communities to go faster.” The commissions governing the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors have approved a plan that requires all trucks to meet 2007 emission standards by 2012. The state’s proposed rules give haulers until 2014 to meet emissions standards. But they also apply the regulation to California’s largest rail yards, which are magnets for diesel trucks serving port marine terminals. Health studies show that communities near busy ports and rail yards suffer from disproportionately high asthma and heart-disease rates. LONG BEACH – Diesel pollution emitted by big-rig trucks and ships at California’s busiest ports would be cut 75 percent by 2014 under new regulations announced Wednesday by state air-quality officials. The regulations, expected to be approved Friday by the California Air Resources Board, would phase out thousands of older, smog-producing trucks that serve the state’s 14 busiest seaports, as well as 11 rail yards. Cargo and cruise ships calling at ports from Long Beach to Oakland would have to reduce smog-forming emissions and diesel particulate matter 50 percent by 2014, and 80 percent by 2020. “Residents from San Pedro to Oakland will breathe easier as a result of our aggressive actions to clean up diesel emissions from ports throughout the state,” Mary Nichols, who chairs the board, said at a news conference in Long Beach. Diesel soot has also been linked to increased risk for lung and throat cancer. “This is the No. 1 one health challenge that Southern California faces,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. Officials estimate that it will cost the trucking industry $3billion to replace or retrofit aging tractor-trailers, and they plan to offer several hundred million dollars in bonds and grants to ease the transition. On ship emissions, the new rules require container ships, cruise ships and refrigerated cargo ships, while docked in port, to turn off their diesel-burning auxiliary engines and use cleaner alternative power sources such as electricity. 562-499-1466160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA CRIMINAL caught red-handed by a quick-thinking traffic Garda with stolen items worth €36,000 has admitted: “I did it.”Brian ‘Mouse’ Ward of 77 Ardkeen, Cavan, and 11A Ard Glass, Letterkenny had originally denied any wrongdoing, despite being caught in van – with all the items on board.He was stopped as he drove out of Letterkenny at the Dry Arch Roundabout last September by Garda Traffic Corps officer Paul McGee. Acting on a tip-off from drugs squad officer Derek Connaughton, Garda McGee pursued a blue Ford van – registration number 04 CN 6132 – as it entered the Letterkenny to Lifford dual carriageway.Gda Magee said Mouse Ward and another man in the vehicle were known to him and he began to investigate the state of the vehicle which was towing a trailer.Inside he found washing machines, Sky TV dishes and €36,000 worth of aluminium, the property of the ESB in Letterkenny.Ward had already pleaded guilty to a range of driving offences connected to the incident and a previous incident in July.Last September he was fined a total of €950 for a range of driving offences and failing to give Gardai a correct name. He was also banned from driving.But Ward denied charges of handling stolen goods.GuiltyHowever at this sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court Ward finally admitted the charges, entering a plea of guilty before Judge Keenan Johnson.Ward, who is under a curfew and banned from associating with convicted criminals, is banned from entering Donegal except for court appearances.He was released under the same conditions to allow a probation report to be prepared.He will be sentenced for his role in the thefts on July 15.GUILTY! MAN CAUGHT RED-HANDED AFTER €36K RAID FINALLY ADMITS HE DID IT was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian Mouse WardGarda Paul McGeeguiltyletterkennythieflast_img read more


first_imgBELIEVE: DONEGAL FACE MAYO IN THE FINALAS the excitement builds to the All-Ireland Final, we have been inudated with advertising requests from businesses large and small across Co Donegal.However Donegal Daily felt it was unfair to profit in any way from this historic occasion and we want to make sure that every cent spent on our site supporting Jim McGuinness and his players goes directly to gaelic games. So we have teamed up with the Donegal County Board to make sure that happens.For just €100 you can make your business reach our 28,000 readers* EVERY DAY on the biggest local news source in Co Donegal.Every cent of your payment will go to the Players Training Fund.Your ‘Best Wishes’ post on the front page of Donegal Daily can include pictures of you and your staff and a message for the team.You can also promote whatever offers your business has in the run-up to September 23 and as many pictures as you wish.Remember, by advertising your support for the Donegal Senior Football team, every cent of your donation will go to the Players Fund.To avail of this unique opportunity, please contact Grace Ann from PR firm Grace Ann Consultancy who are partners in this fundraising effort. You can email her on Spaces are limited, so do it today – and make sure your support for the Donegal team goes directly to the team.* Official independent Google statisticsHOW YOU CAN SUPPORT DONEGAL – AND YOUR BUSINESS – ON DONEGAL DAILY was last modified: September 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT DONEGAL – AND YOUR BUSINESS – ON DONEGAL DAILYlast_img read more


first_imgHE may have run up debts of hundreds of thousands of euro in his last ventures in South Africa, but tonight top Letterkenny chef opens his THIRD restaurant in Ireland.And it’s proof – he says – that good chefs can survive in business if they listen to their financial advisers.The Dining Room at La Stampa Hotel in Dublin, is owned by businessman Louis Murray, but will be fronted by the Donegal chef. He also runs Salon des Saveurs on Dublin’s Aungier Street, and sister restaurant Conrad’s Kitchen in Sligo.Conrad insisted today: “I’m surrounded by good chefs and by good finance people. I’m hoping to split myself between the two restaurants, if that works out successfully, that’s great.“Right now, Salon has a very loyal following but if I see it as a natural draw, that everyone comes here (La Stampa), I will have to address that in the coming months.”The top chef says good food at value for money prices are the key to success. A three-course lunch at his new eaterie costs €18.95. “The Conrad Gallagher brand is about value for money — whether you buy a €200 or €26 bottle of house wine. You get the same respect. We treat everybody the same. Barristers or plumbers,” he added.Starters range from €7 for pea emulsion soup to €12 for caesar salad, mains vary from €14.95 for confit leg of duck pie to €24.95 for seared tuna with a sesame crust and there is a selection of shellfish, salads and steaks.“It’s going to be a very tough year but I’m ready for it,” said the comeback chef.SOARING CHEF CONRAD OPENS THIRD RESTAURANT was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conrad Gallagherletterkennynew restaurantlast_img read more

It starts with you

first_imgBy Vuyiseka GezaA cross-section of South African organisations, businesses and government departments came together recently to launch the Movement for Good – It Starts With You campaign at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.The International Marketing Council (IMC), Heartlines, South Africa the Good News, the Valued Citizens Initiative, South African Tourism, First National Bank, City Press newspaper, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Indalo Yethu, Cell C, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and various government departments put their resources together to encourage South Africans to take charge and “do good” for the country.“It is about personal responsibility. It is about not saying they must fix it, but I can fix it. I can help create the country I want my children to live in,” said Yvonne Johnston, chief executive of the IMC.“The destiny of our country is in our hands, and we all have to take responsibility for the future. We encourage everybody to be an active citizen, to take action, any action, to make South Africa the country we all want to live in,” said City Press editor Khathu Mamaila.South African citizens can register online at or use a cellphone by sending “Good” to 32197. Members will be required to specify their areas of interest, where they want to make a difference, and to provide specific profile information which will be protected by the website.“The movement for good is part of our healing as a nation, understanding our progress is important and it starts with you,” said Stuart Pennington of South Africa the Good News.Useful linksMovement for GoodInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaSouthAfrica.infoHeartlinesSouth Africa the Good NewsValued Citizens InitiativeSouth African TourismFirst National BankCity PressSouth African Broadcasting CorporationIndalo YethuCell CNelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

2018: a year to nurture opportunities for growth

first_imgA New Year message from Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela.Dr Kingsley MakhubelaA new year always ushers in a sense of renewal – a renewal of purpose and collective commitment to excellence in strengthening our country, accordingly helping to build a more resilient Nation Brand.For all of us, 2018 brings opportunities for forgiveness, tolerance and unity. As we close the pages of 2017 and turn the opening chapter of this brand new year, we have much that gives us hope. In our journey as a nation we have accomplished a great deal, however there is so much more to be done.As a collective, we in Brand South Africa, together with government, business and civil society need to strengthen our collaborative efforts to ensure that we get back on our development trajectory of improving the climate for investment and business expansion, which consequently translates into conducive conditions for economic growth and job creation in South Africa.There are encouraging indications that 2018 will be a year of continued positive transformation for South Africa and its people. The confidence of local and international investors remains high as attested by various reputable international investment bodies.According to the 2017 World Bank’s Africa Competitiveness Report, South Africa is positioned at No.2 in the Africa Competitiveness Report, which sees the country’s global ranking for 2016-17 improved by nine places – from 56 in the 2014-15 47 out of 138 countries worldwide.South Africa also ranks No.4 in the most attractive investment destination in Africa, based on the growth factor of the gross domestic product (GDP), ease of doing business in the country and significant population, according to the 2016-2017 Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global Research Lab.The recently released 2017 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance states that South Africa ranks No.6 of 54 African countries for its quality of governance, with the 2017 Ernst and Young Attractiveness Programme indicating that South Africa continues to be the top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination in Sub-Saharan Africa and in 2017 attracted the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%.South Africa’s reputation ranks 45 out of 71 countries and is among the BRICS countries, positioned in 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second place respectively, reports the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. With these indicators comes the firm resolution to achieve desired results and meet deliverables, forthe past year has seen us make momentous decisions that have set the nation on a new direction.This year let us promise ourselves that we will maintain a positive attitude throughout the year – whatever the challenges. I envision a South Africa where we exhibit values and attitudes that foster peace and goodwill – a country where citizens are actively involved in their communities, and most of all, a nation that is deepening its democratic dispensation and strengthening its systems of governance.Let us nurture opportunities and possibilities for progress and new achievements for ourselves, our families, our communities and our country.As we look ahead to a year of greater opportunities and unity, let me wish you and your families a peaceful, prosperous and happy New Year.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing.A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Join the conversation:Facebook: Official Brand South AfricaTwitter: @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more