At least fifteen (15) National United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) have concluded a one-day refresher orientation for the Montserrado Community Based Initiative on Ebola.The project takes cognizance of the need for community involvement in the national Ebola response, to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the eventual elimination of the disease from Liberia.Taking account of the comparative advantage of the UNV programme in dealing with community and youth groups, the project has mobilized over 1,200 national community volunteers, and about 15 National UNVs to help with monitoring and coordination of (MCBI) field activities.The National Volunteers will be tasked with carrying out community sensitization on the prevention of Ebola infection. Identification of the sick and dead; Active Case Findings; IT and data analysis, and Communication are among some of the assignments being carried out under the direct supervision of the UN Volunteers Program and UNDP Ebola Response Program.The project will promote immediate actions being taken by UNDP to respond to the crisis, and show how Ebola is affecting the development agenda in Liberia.Addressing the National UNVs Wednesday at the UNDP head offices in Monrovia, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programme Cleophas Torori said the work of UNVs will help boast ongoing efforts aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia.Mr. Torori said the fight against the EVD has reached a critical stage where the efforts of everyone will be robustly required to ensure that the virus is totally eradicated from the country.“If the war against the virus most be won, Montserrado County, mainly Monrovia should be heavily concentrated because it hosts over sixty-five percent (65%) of the country’s population” said Mr. Torori.He pointed out that the people of Liberia have suffered too long at the hands of the deadly Ebola virus disease and it was now time for the people to ‘get their lives back.Mr. Torori indicated that with the consolidated efforts of the volunteers and other partners involved in the national EVD response, the President and Government’s goal of ‘no new case by December 25’ will be achieved.He told the volunteers to be cognizant of the challenges of denial, stigmatization, hiding of sick and other practices that still persist in various communities across the country.UNVs contribute to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.Presenting the overview of the project, UNDP Partnership & Compliance Advisor and Ebola Focal Point, Fredrick Ampiah said the MCBI project was close to heart of UNDP especially in winning the battle against EVD in the country.Mr. Ampiah told the volunteers to see themselves as a team, working toward a goal of getting to ‘zero new Ebola case’ by December 25 this year. He added: “You are one team with different responsibilities and working to achieve one goal…”Mr. Eric Opoku, UNV Programme Officer urged UNVs to be motivated by their work which is aimed at providing services to their communities.Mr. Opoku said volunteers should not be considered as less important people, but rather a group of professional people rendering valuable services in various capacities.He said UNV is a programme of the UN that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide and administered by UNDP as the mother organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“There’s still no agreement (with Paris Saint-Germain),” Barcelona director Jordi Bordas said on Tuesday. “We are negotiating and we are closer, but I can’t say more than that.”At the start of the summer, it was Real Madrid rubbing their hands at the prospect of wholesale changes while Barca could justifiably believe the majority of their business was complete.Frenkie de Jong arrived after his 75-million euro switch from Ajax was announced in January while Antoine Griezmann soon followed, with Atletico Madrid claiming that transfer had been agreed in March.All that seemingly remained for Ernesto Valverde was some tinkering around the edges.Madrid, though, were just getting started as 300 million euros spent appeared to pave the way for the sales of those Zidane wanted gone and perhaps more additions too.Yet as the market enters its final straight, Madrid are the ones winding down while Barca turn their early jog into a sprint.“Every time there is a transfer window, there is a lot of expectation and certain players like Neymar raise expectations too,” said Valverde last week.Neither club appears to have benefitted from a haphazard couple of months, given both have dropped points in their opening two matches in La Liga.Madrid started brightly against Celta Vigo before familiar scoring problems resurfaced at home to Real Valladolid.“Zidane loses his immunity,” read the headline in Marca on Monday.– Another political summer –Griezmann scored his first Barca goals against Betis © AFP/File / Josep LAGOBarca lost to Athletic Bilbao on the season’s opening night, although bounced back by hammering Real Betis.“After a defeat, there is always a big reaction,” said Griezmann, who scored twice at Camp Nou.The success of their transfer dealings will be judged deeper into the campaign but already the sense is of Zidane and Valverde playing their own part in what has become another political summer.Zidane wanted Paul Pogba in and Gareth Bale out but neither have materialised, perhaps as much due to the complexity of the deals as any failure from Madrid to commit to them.But two consecutive starting line-ups without a single signing indicates Zidane is not impressed, a message made more resounding by Bale, and James Rodriguez, being ushered back in.“The players I have are the ones that are here,” Zidane said.Valverde has not so much looked to the past as the future, throwing Ansu Fati and Carles Perez onto the field against Betis, the former aged 16 and the second youngest player ever to play for Barcelona in La Liga.Criticism of Valverde is never far away and one of the sticks most regularly used to beat him with has been a perceived hesitation to trust in youth.His turning to the youngsters suggests he wanted to show both that he is ready and that they are too, perhaps before Barca agree to bring back Neymar for close to 200 million euros.“The team played very well,” Valverde said. “We know with the players we have, and the quality they have, that we have a lot of options to win.”Injuries have played a part. Eden Hazard would have made his debut by now were it not for a thigh strain picked up on the eve of the season while Perez and Fati enjoyed opportunities in the absence of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.Yet both coaches have seemed keen to make a point, with results now likely to dictate whether friction becomes something more serious.Messi, out with a calf problem, may not return until after the international break, with Barcelona travelling to newly-promoted Osasuna on Saturday. Real Madrid will hope for a morale-boosting win on Sunday at Villarreal.Their slips have allowed Atletico Madrid and Sevilla to take an early advantage, each sitting first and second in the table with six points out of six.Sevilla host Celta Vigo on Friday night before Atletico play at home to Eibar on Sunday.FixturesFridaySevilla v Celta Vigo (2100), Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad (2300)SaturdayOsasuna v Barcelona (1800), Getafe v Alaves (1900), Levante v Valladolid (1900), Real Betis v Leganes (2200)SundayValencia v Mallorca (1800), Atletico Madrid v Eibar (1900), Espanyol v Granada (1900), Villarreal v Real Madrid (2200)0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zidane has turned back to Bale and James this season © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Aug 30 – Zinedine Zidane has said he will breathe a sigh of relief when the transfer window closes but Barcelona might need every minute until midnight on Monday to get a deal for Neymar finally done.“I can’t wait for September 2 so I don’t have to answer these questions anymore,” said Zidane last week.