Google Canada announces top searches for 2016

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Canada’s athlete of the year Penny Oleksiak, the devastating Fort McMurray fire and U.S President-elect Donald Trump are among the top trending Google searches of 2016.Google released it’s 16th annual Year In Search and here is what Canadians searched for the most.Top Canadian AthletesPenny OleksiakPK SubbanAndre De GrasseSidney CrosbyMichael SaundersTop CelebritiesDrakeBeyonceRihannaCeline DionKanye WestTop News StoriesDonald TrumpUS ElectionZika VirusOlympicsFort McMurray FireTop ToysPokemonHatchimalsTrollsBaby AliveNum NomsTop TV ShowsStranger ThingsWestworldGilmore GirlsFuller HouseLuke CageTop SearchesDonald TrumpPokemon GoToronto RaptorsFort McMurray FirePrinceFor the full list of top trending Google searches in Canada, click here.

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first_imgA two-day regional conference aimed at exploring the possibility of expanding the Phase 3 component of the ongoing Ebola Vaccines Clinical study in Liberia to Sierra Leone and Guinea opened yesterday, June 11, in Conakry, Guinea. A delegation of Liberian physicians, scientists, and clinical researchers will meet with their counterparts from Sierra Leone and Guinea to seek collaboration and cooperation on vaccines and therapeutic clinical trials against the deadly Ebola Virus through a multi-country regional strategy.The Liberian delegation is headed by Dr. Moses B. F. Massaquoi, Chair, National Case Management, Ministry of Health and Liberian Principal Investigator for the ZMapp clinical trial. The delegation also includes Drs. Stephen Kennedy and Fatorma Bolay, Co-Principal Investigators for (PREVAIL I), the Liberian Ebola vaccine clinical study; Dr. Eugene Dolopei, Chief Medical Officer for SOS Hospital and member of the technical team for the Liberia-U.S Clinical Research Partnership (PREVAIL); and Mrs. Wissedi Sio-Njoh, Director of Operations for PREVAIL. “This strategy creates an opportunity for current and future collaborations in transferring and/or sharing technologies on prevention, treatment and research among others to eliminate the Ebola Virus Disease and other related epidemics from within the Mano River Basin,” noted Dr. Kennedy.Representatives from the Ministries of Health of the participating countries, as well as partners from the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO), the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (INSERM), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); and pharmaceutical manufacturers Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and Merck/NewLink, are expected to be in attendance.“There appears to be a consensus that the window of opportunity is closing for potential answers to research questions regarding effective vaccines and therapeutic options,” said Dr. Massaquoi. “We believe that the development of effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola can be achieved through this sort of regional partnership and multi-country research collaboration.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Kuwaiti Loan to Boost Greenville Port

first_imgThe Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development’s recent US$14 million loan to Liberia will help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville, National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker has observed. The loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year, but it requires a legislative ratification before implementation in line with the Liberian constitution. According to the loan agreement, the repayment period is 22 years with a four-year grace period.Providing some details of the agreement on SKY FM Phone-in Talk Show yesterday, Madam Parker declared that the interest rate on the loan is highly concessional at 1.5 percent interest rate and 0.5 percent service fees.The NPA boss assured the public that the return on investment on the loan is 22 percent conservatively. She noted that the Kuwaiti loan is directly for the development of the port of Greenville, Sinoe County and the purchasing of tugboat for that port.“This loan could not have come at a better time,” the NPA boss added as she praised the government of Liberia for contracting the credit from the Fund, which as she put it, “will help improve the economy of the southeastern region.”The NPA Managing Director declared that part of the money will be used to build a container park, fishing ram and other infrastructure for the port to enhance increase shipping activities.She noted that as part of the agreement, the government of Liberia through the NPA has completed the design and dredging of the port of Greenville. The US$14 million Kuwaiti loan is currently before the national legislature for approval.Madam Parker, who was expected to appear before a legislative committee for public hearing yesterday, announced that that the work on Greenville Port is expected to be completed in two years if the agreement is ratified.“We will advertise an international bid for tugboat which will take few weeks,” she stated. Greenville port currently handles 14 logging concessions and two oil palm concessions namely Equatorial Oil Palm and Golden Veroleum.Majority of the callers on the talk show praised Madam Parker for her excellent managerial style, which they observed, has led to improvement and gains including improved security, good wage structure for employees and port infrastructure development at the Freeport of Monrovia and other seaports in Buchanan, Greenville and Harper.The NPA boss also assured the public that her management team is operating with plans and that the loan will not be a burden that NPA would not repay.“I pray that I have plan in place to not only repay the Kuwaiti loan, but to replace myself as Managing Director of the NPA,” she said.Madam Parker, however, admitted that implementation is a challenge everywhere in Liberia, but expressed confidence that with the port will be strong enough to repay taking clue from the level of development at the port authority.She made specific reference to the port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which she disclosed is handling 60 percent of Liberia’s thorough put (imports and exports).“Ports infrastructures are very expensive to build and so it is a challenging job to manage a port,” she stated. The NPA boss, who took over the NPA as Managing Director in 2009, noted that her dream is to improve Liberia’s port infrastructure in order to encourage more vessels to come to Liberia.                Meanwhile, the Kuwait Fund only extends loans on concessionary term to finance development projects in developing countries. The Fund also provides technical assistance to finance the costs of the feasibility studies of projects, as well as the training of nationals of the borrowing countries.In addition, the Fund subscribes in the capital of international and regional development institutions. The Fund makes loans and provides guarantees, makes grants by way of technical assistance and providing other types of technical assistance and contributes to capital stocks of international and regional development finance institutions and other development institutions and representing the State of Kuwait in such institutions.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400 meters long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.There are two berthing facilities, 70 meters and 180 meters respectively, with an existing depth 8/9 meters below chart datum. With the signing of fourteen (14) logging, one (1) iron ore, and two (2) oil palm concessions, we anticipate high vessel traffic at this port in the coming years.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400m long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.  The Port of Greenville is an International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) certified Security Level Two port.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

High School Championships in Semi Finals

first_imgVictory Chapel will today take on E. Jonathan Goodridge in the first kickball encounter in the semi-finals of the National High School Soccer and Kickball Championship at the Alpha Oldtimers Sports Field in Monrovia. In the second game, Arthur F. Kulah will clash with Nathan E. Gibson.At the same venue, in soccer AGM will take on St. Simon in the first game and the second game will see World Wide Mission going against Nathan E. Gibson.The 2017 tournament is organized under the auspices of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and by the Veteran Sports Committee.The tournament comprised 480 teams (240 soccer teams and 240 kickball teams), and started in April and is expected to end on August 24.The objective of the tournament is to promote sports and education as an inseparable component of youth development.The following are results from Wednesday, August 2, at the Right to Play soccer pitch:Kickball: Victory Chapel 2, E. Jonathan Goodridge 0; Nathan E. Gibson 3, Amos P. Warner 1; World Wide Mission 9, Soul Clinic 8.Soccer: 1st AGM 2, Dominion 1; St. Simons 5, Richard Nixon 4 (penalties); World Wide Mission 2, Bethlehem Baptist 1.Kickball: E. Jonathan Goodridge 5, Wells-Hairston Gardnersville 3; Arthur F. Kulah 3, James Doe Young 1.Soccer: James Doe Young 4, Wells-Hairston Gardnersville 2; True Vine 2, Arthur F. Kulah 1, held at the ETMI sports pitch.Results on August 3: Kickball: Victory Chapel 6, World Wide Mission 4; Jonathan E. Goodridge 1, Nathan E. Gibson 0.Soccer: 1st AGM 1, Nathan E. Gibson 0; St. Simon 2, True Vine 0; World Wide Mission 2, James Doe Young 0.Meanwhile, the protest committee has released findings of protests filed by World Wide Mission against the Apostolic Foundation.The committee said World Wide Mission filed a protest against four players, wearing numbers 4, 8, 9 and 10. It was confirmed that Lucee Massaquoi who wore jersey number 9, is currently enrolled at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), though she graduated from the school in 2016.The committee therefore awarded the points to World Wide Mission and using the law guiding the tournament, said the player will not compete in the tournament in the next edition.Another protest result involved Amos Warner High against New Destiny for fielding two illegal players.The protest committee, after investigating, found that player Onsay Kpawah (#4) and Tete Wise #7 graduated from the school in 2016 and therefore awarded the points to Amos Warner.The tournament is in three stages: County High School Championship on county level, Regional Championship and the National Championship.The Veteran Sports Committee divided the country into five regions. Region One has Lofa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu; Region Two has Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, and Margibi; Region Three: Montserrado; Region Four: River Cess, Sinoe and Grand Kru; and Region Five: Maryland, River Gee, and Grand Gedeh.There will be cash prizes and other awards at the end of the finals in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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