Many Appreciate Ebola Decline, Vow to Continue Ebola Fight

first_imgWith the increasing decline in the number of Liberians infected with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, many have told the Daily Observer how grateful they are for all the help that has contributed to the ongoing recovery.  They vowed to continue to maintain strict observance of the measures that have led to the remarkable progress in the Ebola fight.In interviews conducted by the Daily Observer in communities on Bushrod Island yesterday, Liberians and residents expressed happiness over the decrease of Ebola victims in their various communities.The communities included Bassa Town, Central St. Paul Bridge, Zuma Town, New Kru Town, Caldwell, Logan Town and others in between.“It’s been several weeks since we last heard the sirens of so many ambulances coming back and forth in our community here in Central St. Paul Bridge,” said a young woman who gave her name as Doris. “It shows that we are winning the fight against Ebola.”A mother of two, Doris said there were no reports of people in the community dying like they did at the height of the Ebola crisis.  “We don’t have situations where infected people or corpses are left on the streets anymore.”She said there has been no report about people being abandoned by relatives and friends because they exhibit symptoms of Ebola.At Zuma Town, people were ecstatic when the question was posed, “when was the last time a sick person was referred to the Ebola Response Team?”“That was long time ago,” said Joshua Sekle, 35.  “I mean it was before, but for the past three weeks or more now, nobody here has been referred to the Ebola people.” Though he was excited about the development, he admits that it does not mean the fight against the Ebola virus is over.In Bassa Town, opposite the Island Clinic, residents told the Daily Observer that no one in the area had been referred to the Ebola Response Unit for several weeks now.It was the same story in Central St. Paul Bridge. The situation, the Daily Observer was told, has built hope in the people that the fight against Ebola has made progress.At the Duala Market and locations in Nyuankpanton and New Kru Town, residents interviewed were appreciative of the gains so far, and were unhappy with a WHO report of a possible increase of infected persons in the coming weeks.“If no one is getting sick,” said a mother of three, Catherine Wolobah, “how can people get sick or how would the number increase?” She wondered, cautioning that “since we are still fighting Ebola, it means we must continue to take measures to destroy it from our country.”Throughout our investigation, Liberians refused to accept the claim that Ebola Treatment Units are empty because the infected are being hidden in the various communities due to fear of Ebola stigma.A teacher, 26, who identified himself as Sam said, “It’s unfair for the WHO to insist that many of the sick are being held at home due to stigma.  “Everyone is aware that Ebola is real and we take measures to fight it,” said Sam.In Logan Town, many residents refused to accept the stigma claim.“We’re aware that the best place for an Ebola infected person is in an ETU and not at home,” Joseph Duweh, 35, said. “No one is afraid to go to an ETU now.”Though the experts claim that the ETUS are empty because the infected are afraid and remain in the communities, the Daily Observer did not come across any residents who supported that allegation.It suggests progress as a result of the measures adopted by the Liberian government and its partners to fight the disease, said a Ministry of Health official who asked not to be named. “The decline in Ebola patients at the various ETUs is a positive sign that our efforts are bringing relief to the population,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It Does Take A Whole Village To Raise Our Children

first_imgA poor father struggle and pays his 13-year-old daughter school fees, and she leaves his home every morning and ‘head to school’. However, instead of the child going to school, she follows her friends into the ghetto where they’re sexually molested by grown and evil men for a little as $40 LD or approximately $0.50 USD. Note: Even prostitutes do not want their daughters become prostitutes. This is the story of old useless and evil men abusing our children in Liberia.As a Liberian, what would you do? Again, what the hell would you do if you were the parent, uncle or aunt of that child? As for me, I would have spanked her out of love and immediate take legal actions against those grown arse evil men. To paraphrase Putin of Russia quotes: “To forgive those sanamabasters grown arse evil men would be Up To God, but to prosecute and send them to jail would be Up To Me and the authority”. As a parent, uncle or even a family friend, I would have spanked that child out of love, because our children have the best ability to become healthy adults if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of them. So Mary, you have my full support in this matter.I briefly chatted with the father of the child, and could hear one hapless father chasing after his beloved 13-year-old daughter, trying to get the child to listen and pleading: “You need to respect me, you need to stay in school, you need to stop going to the terrible places where evil men would abuse you.” The child continuously ignored him. Yes indeed, it takes a village to raise our children.There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that Mary Broh, the mother of an amazing daughter, Mary Broh, the strong African woman is a child abuser. Mary didn’t cause negligent injury to the child. Mary spanking that child three times out of love as a woman and mother, didn’t leave bruises on her back, open wounds on her legs, defensive wounds on her hands, or even emotional wounds – there was none of that – it was done out of Love. As a matter of fact, Mary Broh the woman and mother, turned the girl over to the Ministry of Gender -who then gave her to the YWCA, but she left over the weekend, and was later brought back by her father the next morning.Growing up in Liberia back in the day, it was common to hear our parents, aunts, uncles and friends of our parents say, in a commanding and unequivocal tone, things like “Don’t interrupt me when I’m speaking”; “Don’t come into grown people conversation”; and “Watch your attitude.” In contrast while residing in Oakland, California back in the 80’s, we heard parents talking to their children in a harsher tone, things like “Shut the f**k up, bit**” and “I can’t f**king stand your arse.” My fellow Liberians, let’s do the analysis: both involved words spoken at a high volume, and it’s clearly evident that the one we heard growing up in Monrovia was clearly not abusive and the other clearly is. If we can do this math with verbal discipline, why do we act like it’s so difficult on the physical side? As a woman and mother, Mary Broh didn’t abuse the 13 year-old child, but spanked her three times out of love and as requested by her distressed father. Enough is enough. Mary Broh is 100% against child abuse. I’m against child abuse. Who isn’t? But I’m not against spanking. It will take a village to raise our children in today’s Liberia, and so it goes. Oh yes, it took the whole village to raise us, and it will continue to take a village to raise the children of today’s Liberia out of love. Fear is essential to respect. Our kids won’t do what we tell them to do, unless — at some level — they fear the consequences that will come from not doing it. Punishment isn’t a bad word. It’s a life lesson. It’s the way the world works, and, as parents, as aunts and as uncles, it’s our job to prepare our kids to enter a world where they learn bad behavior has consequences.It’s clearly evident that we all are against child abuse. Therefore, it’s time we all put an end to this misplaced outrage about Mary Broh (the woman and mother), spanking a 13 year-old child three times out of love and shoehorning them into a crusade against child abuse. Enough is enough, because it does take a village to raise a child. Thank you Mary Broh for doing your part in raising our children.About the Author:Rufus S. Berry II, MBA (An anti-corruption activist and Managing Partner/CEO of B&G, a financial and management consulting firm), and the author of many articles including: “Preemptive Health Measures will save Thousands of Liberian Lives: Ban Smoking in Public Places”, and “Shame on Liberia’s Ministry of Health for Harboring an Alleged Child Molester and Fugitive from Justice”.He can be reached at +231-886-362332, +231-770-301071 (Liberia) or rufus_berry@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Establish a Center for Disease Control and Prevention

first_imgLiberia’s 169th Independence Day Orator, Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan, has urged the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health and other health stakeholders, to set up an in-country center for disease control (CDC) and prevention, which will be the leading national public health institute in the country.According to Dr. Nyan, who holds a degree in Human Medicine from the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany, Liberia needs to train public health professionals at least at the Master’s degree level, stressing, “We should not be content with these haphazard short-term three-to-four-month trainings of people in the field of public health.”The Liberian scientist, who did his post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious US National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania, made the proposal when he delivered the National Oration of Liberia’s 169th Independence Day held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia on Tuesday, July 26. Founding fathers of Liberia declared the nation’s independence on July 26, 1847.Speaking on the theme, “Requirements for Consolidating Progress towards Transformation of Liberia,” he warned that the deadly Ebola still lurks. “We have seen some flare-ups in recent months which were contained. We are also confronted with a multiplicity of other infectious diseases in this country and the region – malaria, typhoid, Lassa fever, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, just to name a few,” he said.“And we know that the Liberian healthcare system still has many challenges, but is slowly recovering. That is why we also propose that Liberia commit a lion’s share of the national budget to health in general and financial resources for the establishment of its own Center for Disease Control and Prevention.”He stressed that despite this, it will be “absolutely not sufficient,” and the nation would need to train its own corps of scientists who will devote their time to the bio-molecular studies of infectious diseases, including Ebola, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, zika and so on.The Independence Day Orator also urged the government to closely collaborate with other countries in the region to conduct effective infectious disease surveillance and exchange vital public health pieces of information. He further implored government to develop its own rapid diagnostic capability for early diagnostic testing for infectious diseases. “We need to study the Ebola virus ourselves and study the survivors of EVD ourselves. During the Ebola outbreak, for example, many Liberian organizations and groups came together under the umbrella ‘Liberia Diaspora Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis’ in order to help the country and the region fight the Ebola epidemic. We collaborated with several international and local groups including philanthropic and peace organizations and assisted Liberia and the sub-region with medical and relief supplies.”He reminded his audience that through the combined efforts of the government and the Diaspora, Liberia and the other Ebola-affected countries received huge assistance from the US, China, Cuba and other countries who committed either military and medical personnel to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and the sub-region.Dr. Nyan, whose Liberian origin is traced to River Gee County, then offered his expertise toward such collaboration with the Liberian government.“Well, we do not need to look too far, for standing before you is your son, who has invented a simple, rapid, and affordable test that can detect many infectious pathogens and tell the differences between and among the pathogens at the same time in just 10 to 40 minutes.”After making his proposal for the establishment of the nation’s own Center for Disease Control, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored and admitted him into the Humane Order of African Redemption and conferred upon him the Grade of Knight Great Band, one of Liberia’s highest honors. Speaking with our Health Correspondent, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn welcomed Dr. Nyan’s call for the establishment of the Center. The nation’s Chief Health Specialist, however, stated that authorities at the Health Ministry have since embarked on the project, but under a different name—Liberia Public Health Institute (LPHI).“At the Institute, we will do public health research into which we will incorporate the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR). The Institute will also conduct disease surveillance and will have a public health reference lab,” she stated.She told this newspaper that they are striking deals with some partners, who have expressed interests in constructing a reference lab. The Health Minister did not give the names of the partners as a memorandum of understanding has not yet been signed.Dr. Dahn further stated that the Public Health Institute will collaborate with local universities to establish training that offer Master’s degree in the area.Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Deputy Health Minister, whose name became a household name during the nation’s Ebola crisis, because of the cardinal role he played, corroborated what his boss had said earlier. He, however, added that Liberia’s version of the Center for Disease Control is part of the nation’s Investment Health Plan, which includes other important development for the nation’s healthcare delivery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charges reinstated against Guantanamo detainee

first_imgThe fight over the Khadr case represents the latest problem for the Bush administration’s military commissions system, which exists outside the traditional military and civilian rules of justice. In 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that President Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military commissions violates U.S. and international law. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Pete Yost THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A military appeals court sided with the Pentagon on Monday, overruling a judge who threw out terrorism charges against a Guantanamo Bay detainee. The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review ruled that a military court set up by the Bush administration was the proper venue for deciding whether Canadian citizen Omar Khadr is an “unlawful enemy combatant” and trying him on terrorism charges. The ruling reverses a military judge’s June 4 ruling that the tribunal system created by Congress did not have authority to try detainees unless they were first determined to be unlawful enemy combatants. That ruling threatened to force the Pentagon to start over with tribunals for a number of detainees. Pentagon officials argued that the June 4 ruling was just a matter of semantics and was insufficient to dismiss the case. Monday’s decision, the first ever by the newly formed appeals court, agreed. The appeals judges, who are military officers, said the trial judge “erred in ruling he lacked authority … to determine whether Mr. Khadr is an `unlawful enemy combatant’ for purposes of establishing the military commission’s initial jurisdiction to try him.” The decision was written by Navy Capt. John W. Rolph, deputy chief judge of the military appeals court. Concurring were the panel’s other two judges, Army Col. Paul P. Holden Jr. and Air Force Col. David Francis. last_img

HARPS ANNOUNCE PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY FIXTURES

first_imgWith pre-season training set to begin, Finn Harps have announced seven pre-season friendlies which will take place over the next couple of months ahead of the new season.The fixtures will give new Harps boss Ollie Horgan the first chance to see his squad in match action since being appointed last November.The fixtures will begine on 19th January against Cockhill Celtic and will see Harps also play Drumkeen United, Cork City, Sligo Rovers, the Irish Schools team, Dundalk and UCD. The full list of confirmed fixtures is:Sunday Jan 19th v Cockhill Celtic (away)Wednesday Jan 22nd v Drumkeen United (away)Sunday 2nd Feb v Cork City (Galway) Tuesday 4th Feb v Sligo Rovers (home)Wednesday 19th Feb v Irish International Schools Team (home)Friday 28th Feb v Dundalk (away)Harps will also face UCD with the date and venue still to be confirmed.  HARPS ANNOUNCE PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY FIXTURES was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsPRE-SEASON FIXTURESlast_img read more

DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS LOOKS BACK AT ST EUNAN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

first_imgSt.Eunans are the 2014 Donegal G.A.A senior football champions after defeating last year’s winners, Glenswilly, Donegal G.A.A in association with @jacksonsmediatv & @ccollinsOffAir got the views of the winning team.CLICK PLAY TO WATCH  DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS LOOKS BACK AT ST EUNAN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN was last modified: November 5th, 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:county finalglenswillySt Eunan’s GAA clubvideolast_img read more

LUH is the most overcrowded hospital in the country today

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is the most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today as 56 patients await admission.According to the INMO, 43 of these patients are waiting on trolleys, with a further 13 waiting along the wards.The overcrowding at LUH is significantly worse than any other hospital today, with the second most overcrowded hospital being the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, where 34 patients wait. Last night, LUH ran out of trolleys and patients had to wait in armchairs in the Accident and Emergency area, with a frontline hospital worker telling Donegal Daily that the situation is “a mess.”LUH has been extremely busy all week, and was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country on Wednesday. The INMO recording the following numbers for LUH as part of their Trolley Watch initiative throughout this week:Monday: 37 patientsTuesday: 34 patientsWednesday: 43 patientsThursday: 39 patientsA HSE official is expected to visit the hospital today. Overcrowding latest: Patients forced to wait on armchairs in A&ELUH is the most overcrowded hospital in the country today was last modified: February 16th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:HSEinmoluhovercrowdingtrolley watchlast_img read more

Giants reportedly ‘making fun of’ Bay Bridge Trophy

first_imgThe Bay Bridge Trophy, an object of ridicule? Say it ain’t so.Henry Schulman, veteran Giants beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has no problem speaking the cold, hard truth.The trophy, formally known as The Bridge, was introduced in 2018 by NBC Bay Area and NBC Sports California. Fabricated from steel from the demolished eastern span of the Bay Bridge, it was envisioned to be a venerable, meaningful symbol to be awarded to the winner of the Bay Bridge interleague series between …last_img

Gauteng matric results best in South Africa

first_imgAlexander Johannes, Gauteng’s topachiever, with former principal Tony Reeler. Some of South Africa’s top achievers. MEC Barbara Creecy (middle) said theirturnaround programme worked. Parents jubilant for their children’s results.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Charles PhahlaneHead of CommunicationGauteng Department of Education+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• SA matrics excel despite hardships• SA matric results up by 7%• Top marks for IEB matrics• Poor schools score textbooksBongani NkosiGauteng has for the first time achieved the best matric marks in the country, beating the long-time results champion, the Western Cape.Schools in the inland province achieved a 78.6% pass rate for 2010, a 6.8% increase from 2009.But the Western Cape didn’t do too badly either: it accomplished a 76.8% pass rate, up from 75.7% in 2009. It had the highest pass rate after Gauteng.Gauteng’s results victory has earned the province much praise.“For the first time ever, Gauteng is the top-performing province in the country. We do indeed have a great deal to celebrate,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.“This [78.6% pass rate] means that we are only 1.4% short of our 2014 target of an 80% pass rate.”Creecy announced the province’s results on 6 January 2011 at Wits University, where she was joined by the top matriculants and their parents. The youngsters were honoured with certificates of recognition and bursaries.The students, who will soon enrol at universities, scored several distinctions each and are eligible to register for bachelor degrees of their choice. They have all been awarded bursaries worth R40 000 (US$6000) by the provincial government.Some 43% of matriculants in Gauteng obtained a university entrance pass.Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High School is Gauteng’s top achiever – he notched up nine distinctions for his final exams.Pupils at state schools across the country have been applauded for their efforts – especially in light of last year’s teachers’ strike and the Fifa World Cup. All schools were closed for the month-long tournament, and this took away valuable learning time.“Despite all the difficulties, these young people really came to the party,” said Creecy.Gauteng owes much of its success to the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), which was implemented at the beginning of 2010. The programme targeted 276 underperforming schools in the province and gave them more attention and resources.“We identified those schools that were underperforming and gave them more time and invested in them,” said Creecy.Mosupatsela Secondary School, one the beneficiaries of the programme, turned out one of the province’s top performers, Neo Modimokwane.Modimokwane obtained four distinctions in accounting, economics, mathematics and business studies.Her school was one of the top five achievers in the programme with an 85% pass rate. Inqayizivele Secondary School was the overall champion with 94.8% of matriculants passing.The others are Lethukuthula Secondary with 88%, Zitikeni Secondary with 81% and Lesiba Secondary School, which achieved a pass rate of 75%.More than 200 of the schools in the programme improved their results. “This programme involved extra classes on Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays,” said Creecy.“The classes were expanded into a catch-up and exam preparation programme after the strike.”Although not part of the SSIP, Beverly Hills, another Gauteng school, grew its 2009 pass average of 55.1% to 86.9%.About 300 schools will be involved in the programme in 2011. Now that the provincial government is confident about the performance of 60 schools that were part of the initial SSIP, they will no longer be part of the scheme.Pretoria schools shineAs in previous years, schools from Pretoria performed well in 2010. Students there scored the top marks in Gauteng.Pretoria Boys High School is one of a number of schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate. Principal Tony Reeler is proud of his school, attributing its success to a good work ethic.“There’s no magic ingredient. It’s only hard work, there’s no substitute for hard work,” Reeler said.The school has improved on its previous pass rate of 99.7% and has set a benchmark, which it aims to reach every year from now on.“If a child gets to matric, I don’t see a reason why that child should not pass,” said Reeler.The overall pass rate in South Africa was 67.8%, the national Department of Basic Education announced. Results have improved significantly across all nine provinces.last_img read more

No Free Tethering: AT&T Blocks BlackBerry Bridge From PlayBook

first_imgThe BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was released today and devoted fans of Research In Motion rushed to test out the features on the long-awaited device. Many were disappointed though as PlayBook users with BlackBerry smartphones on AT&T were prohibited from downloading one of the key features of the device, the BlackBerry Bridge.BlackBerry Bridge is the PlayBook application that allows users to connect information on BlackBerry smartphones to the tablet and enables the use applications on the tablet through the phone such as email, contacts and calendar, all of which are not yet native to the tablet. The application can also, theoretically, be used for tethering the PlayBook to a cellular network through the smartphone’s data plan since the first version of the tablet are Wi-Fi only.See also:RIM Confirms PlayBook Will Run Android AppsJust in Time for PlayBook’s Launch, New SDKs from RIMMixed Reviews for BlackBerry PlayBook, But Will It Be A Good Enterprise Device? This is where AT&T probably had an issue with RIM. The carrier is not fond of letting consumers use its bandwidth on its network for free and that is precisely what the BlackBerry Bridge allows users to do. AT&T charges customers that want to use their smartphone data plans to tether to laptops and tablets $20 per month (as does Verizon).In the past several months AT&T has been cracking down on users that have been working around the tethering fee, sending letters and text messages that say AT&T will automatically begin charging them the $20 fee if they do not stop using their smartphones as modems. Without Bridge, the PlayBook loses a lot of its value. If there is one killer enterprise application for the BlackBerry tablet, it is the ability to ability to seamlessly transfer information from a BlackBerry phone. By blocking the application, AT&T has not just stopped users accessing its 3G network through the tablet but also from accessing functionality that RIM has said differentiates its tablet from other tablet devices on the market.CrackBerry, the popular site dedicated to all things RIM, was the first to report the AT&T block. It has also posted a workaround for frustrated BlackBerry AT&T customers that, for now, seems to be working. RIM has announced that it will release versions of the PlayBook in all the various “4G” (WiMax, HSPA+, LTE) flavors coming later this year but no launch date has been set. One official carrier partner – Sprint – has said it will partner with a WiMax version of the tablet, due sometime this summer. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more