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‘Team Liberia’ Denied Entry into China

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China (PRC) has denied Team Liberia entry into China to participate in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics as part of preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia, the Liberia National Olympics Committee has said.LNOC president Philipbert Brown told the Daily Observer Thursday that he had been informed by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe that “Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to explain the Chinese government’s decision.”Mr. Brown said: “Minister Nagbe also said the Chinese government expressed regret for the action and promised to [re]pay our expenses.”The LNOC boss indicated that International Olympic Committee also extended its regret over the inconvenience.He added that as of yesterday, Team Liberia is currently in Accra, Ghana heading back home.Team Liberia comprised of a five-man delegation of athletes Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, and their coaches, and is headed by the LNOC’s Assistant Secretary General Frederick Pratt. The team departed Liberia last Monday.China (PR) has sent a medical donation valued at US$1.7 million to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola scourge in the country. The donation, already in the country, includes personal protective equipment, hospital curtains, sanitizers, disinfectants and patient monitoring equipment.Team Liberia would have participated in the 400m hurdles (Ms. Chayee) and 50m freestyle swimming event, (Sambai). This is the second Liberian delegation to suffer denial from participating in a sports event since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.The Liberia Handball Association was recently prevented from participating in a handball competition in Lome, Togo.Meanwhile, LNOC President Brown regretted sending off Team Liberia in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parenting conference keeping up with the times

first_imgIt’s the third annual conference to date, and Locher says the conference keeps evolving every year. [asset|aid=2814|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=61b9405b7b248f9ef382f51a77ec81d2-Lynn Locher 2_3_Pub.mp3] While the registration deadline has come and gone, Locher encourages everyone who did register to attend.She’s asking everyone to check-in at 8:30 a.m. at the North Peace Secondary School on Saturday, April 24rd. There is a free lunch, free babysitting and door prizes.Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie A conference is being held for parents in the School District 60 region.- Advertisement -It’s called Parenting for the 21st Century, and conference organizer Lynn Locher says it aims to keep parents informed about the ever-changing times. [asset|aid=2813|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=61b9405b7b248f9ef382f51a77ec81d2-Lynn Locher 1_3_Pub.mp3] Kim Stewart will welcome guests as the keynote speaker. She will explain the relationship between media and children.There will be workshops on nutrition, why some cancer rates are higher in the Northeast, and even one called “Understanding Internet Related Police Investigations.”Advertisementcenter_img Kim Stewart’s keynote address will begin at 9:00 a.m.For a schedule of the conference, click on the attachment below.last_img read more