“Ebola Must Go”

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday launched the “Ebola Must Go” campaign in a tiny church in a New Georgia community, praising the residents for their heroic efforts in embracing Ebola survivors, caring for families in quarantined homes and finding a home for about six children who reportedly lost their parents to the Ebola epidemic.Ophelia Ghartey, Mother of the Christ Kingdom Harvest Church, told President Sirleaf, including US Ambassador Deborah Malac, members of the international community and government officials that when the mothers of the survivors succumbed to the Ebola virus, they (she and others) found them lying on the floor and vomiting. She said that the six survivors, whose ages range from two to 21, all showed signs of having been infected by the Ebola virus. “We managed to find beds for them at an Ebola Treatment Unit. When the children survived and came home, the church decided to find a home for them but many house owners refused them. But eventually we were able to find a place for them. Community members raised money to buy food, phones, clothes and other necessities for the children,” Mother Ghartey said. She said the community around the church lost at least 12 persons to the disease. But owing to their efforts in the community they have not recorded any new cases since September.She called on all Liberians to join the fight against the virus, quoting America’s former President John F. Kennedy: “It is not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”At the launch of the campaign, President Sirleaf said that her government has set a  goal of recording no new Ebola cases by the end of 2014.The campaign focuses on five areas, including burying of dead bodies safely, keeping sick people in their own areas, speaking out if you know a sick person; helping health workers locate those who have come in physical contact with Ebola-infected persons, adding that ‘contacts’ should be adequately provided for with food and water.“We are in new Georgia to launch the Ebola Must Go campaign. It is a nationwide effort between the government of Liberia and partners, particularly the people of Liberia, until we can achieve the national goal of recording no new cases at the end of the year. We have made great progress in stopping Ebola; but we know that the disease is still in our country; we all have to intensify our efforts to travel that difficult, very difficult last mile,” the President said, adding that through the efforts of everyone the disease has retreated into places that are hard to reach.The President reminded the gathering that Ebola is real; but “we have passed the stage of saying it is real, and we must now say the virus must go.”She described the community as a place that has made the difference and urged others to continue the fight against the virus.In a brief chat with the six survivors, the President promised to work along with them and cautioned others to continually to follow all of the preventive measures, including keeping sick people away from others and constant washing of hands.  Also speaking at the event, the Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services and head of the Incident Management System (INS), Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, said Liberia has come a long way since March 2014, when there were few beds for patients and no place to test for the disease. “Today, Liberia has nine laboratories, 2,000 ETU beds and 9,000 trained health workers. The community people are experts of Ebola and what can stop the virus is an example of community engagement,” he said.Members of the community were glad that their efforts of helping to reduce Ebola cases in their neighborhood have be recognized.One of the residents, Lucy George, said “Our community was one of the hardest-hit areas. At that time we had no ideas on what to do to prevent ourselves from the virus. Because of that, we lost 12 persons including the parents of the six children.”The community learned more about the disease when its chairman, Mr. J. B. Walker, received training through the MOH.The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) representative, Mr. Anthony Banbury, who also attended the launching ceremony, thanked the people of New Georgia for their contributions to the fight against the virus.He gave US$10,000 to the community and one thousand to the church.The Government of Liberia also gave US$5,000 to the community, in order to help it continue the fight against the virus, and has promised to fix the community road.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Finance Minister Gives L$1M to ULSU Scholarship, Financial Aid Scheme

first_img– Advertisement – Minister Kamara The Minister of Finance through the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC) of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has contributed one million Liberian dollars to raise the hopes of hundreds of students of the University of Liberia who feared being dropped for the second semester of academic year 2016/2017.Mr. Del Francis Wreh, executive director of LIMPAC, who presented the check on behalf of Minister Boima S. Kamara on Friday, June 2, cautioned the leadership of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), Students Unification Party (SUP) and the general student body to remain constructively engaged with leadership of the university and stakeholders of the education sector as they pursue their academic studies.“The struggle for quality education is a struggle that must be pursued to the end. It is a struggle I have been through. Minister Boima S. Kamara, who is an alumnus and instructor of this university, understands the importance of education.  This is why MFDP is contributing to this cause. We hope this is the beginning of a new partnership between MFDP and ULSU,” he saidHe explained that Minister Kamara’s intervention was based on a request made by the leadership of ULSU to the MFDP.Director Wreh said Minister Kamara, who is also chairperson of the Board of Management of LIMPAC, saw it prudent to support the student scholarship fundraiser, in line with LIMPAC’s strategic plan to support the human development and capacity building needs of Liberia, especially during this current period of economic challenges for students and the their parents or sponsors.“Minister Kamara also felt the need to support the students because he (Kamara) was once in a similar position of looking up for scholarships to pursue education during his days as a student of the UL, and it was time for him to return the favor,” he said.Mr. Wreh said when ULSU made the request for over 2700 needy students, Minister Kamara saw the need to help, because every sector of the economy needs to be productive, and supporting the students at this initial stage of their professional development makes sense for human capacity development, and the minister is glad that the government can help in this direction.Mr. Wreh also commended student Martin Kollie of the Press and Propaganda Bureau of the Student Unification Party (SUP) and entire leadership of SUP for being instrumental in advocating for support of the ULSU Scholarship and Financial Aid Program to the benefit of his fellow students.Jerome Danquiah, acting president of SUP, lauded Minister Kamara for what he termed as a “great help in restoring the hopes of students.”“ULSU and SUP want to extend gratitude to Mr. Del-Francis Wreh through whose ingenuity this donation was made possible,” he said.Danquiah said the L$1,000,000 check has already been deposited into the UL account.Currently, thousands of struggling and economically-challenged students who were once at risk of dropping out of school due to funding challenge are now being processed by the Business and Finance Office of the University of Liberia.SUP and ULSU pledged to all donors that the scholarship fund drive will remain open and transparent as always.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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13-year-old impregnated by step-father

first_img…man committed suicide after matter reportedAnother teenager allegedly fell victim to rape at the hands of her now deceased step- father, who was left to care for the teen while her mother left for vacation in the United States last year.According to reports, the 13-year-old victim told relatives of the instances when she was molested by her mother’s lover, but was ignored after he denied the accusations when confronted.The teen continued to complain to relatives as the man would constantly attack her, but was on several occasions silenced about the ordeal.Relatives of the teen, who is almost 24 weeks pregnant, reported that when the girl’s mother returned from her overseas trip, she made several more complaints against the man and even told her mother that the abuse had increased. This time she was again silenced.However, the teen then confided in one of her school teachers, who then reached out to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA). The Agency has since launched an investigation into the matter.One of her relatives said that the man ingested the poisonous substance after he was told that an investigation has been launched into the matter. His body was found in a nearby cemetery where he allegedly consumed the substance and later died.last_img read more

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Triple the blessings!!

first_imgThe triplets resting comfortably at the GPHCLatifa Stephen, 21, of Paradise on the East Coast of Demerara, checked in to the Georgetown Public Hospital at about 10:00h on Friday, with the expectation of giving birth to twins. This was determined after she did an ultrasound at the Enterprise Health Centre on the East Coast of Demerara when she was seven months pregnant.This was not her first pregnancy, in fact, it was her third as she was already a mother of two (a boy and a girl), ages 3 and 2 years old, respectively. At 33 weeks, Stephen’s delivery was to be considered a pre-term since it takes at least 37-40 weeks for a baby to be fully developed.As the time for delivery drew near, the team on the afternoon shift at GPHC’s maternity unit was mobilised to ensure the successful the delivery of the expected triplets.Stephen had a normal delivery with the first baby at 15:30h and the second at 15:31h. Both the midwife and mother thought the job was done but the midwife’s intuition led her to realise that there was a third baby and at 15:37h the third baby came, making it a triplet delivery. All three babies are boys.Speaking with a Communication Officer of the Department of Public Information (DPI), Stephen said, “I was actually shocked; I couldn’t believe it… the ultrasound said twins so I thought was only twins.” She reflected that she cannot recall such cases in her genealogy hence the surprise.The father of the children, Dillon Prince, an officer in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) stationed in Corentyne, Berbice was eagerly awaiting the news of the successful delivery. However, he too was shocked to hear that he is now the father of triplets. The mother of the triplets, who is also a final year trainee teacher at the Cyril Potter College of Education, says she does not plan to have any more children.The babies are currently under watch by specialised doctors of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings was among the first of well-wishers to extend congratulations to the mother and seized a photo opportunity with her and the babies.This is considered to be the first delivery of triplets at the hospital for 2019. Public support for this family is guaranteed as various sections of civil society and the business community have pledged to provide hampers while the Government will aid the family through Public Health and Social Protection ministries.Latifa Stephen shares a light moment with Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings as she gifts her a bouquetlast_img read more

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England squad to face San Marino and Switzerland: Jonjo Shelvey earns Three Lions return

first_img Swansea City star Jonjo Shelvey 1 Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy have been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championship qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland.Foxes star Vardy earns another crack of the whip after playing against Republic of Ireland in June, while Shelvey, who helped the Jacks beat Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday, returns after winning his first and only cap against San Marino back in 2012.Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney, who is one goal behind Bobby Charlton’s international goal record, both make the squad despite their own Premier League droughts, meanwhile Jack Butland, Ryan Mason and Luke Shaw also make the 22-man group.And Hodgson has praised his squad’s depth, especially after losing Arsenal star Jack Wilshere to injury: “On this occasion we are obviously missing some players from the June matches,” he said.“However this is compensated by the fact we have players who weren’t available over the summer.“Jonjo Shelvey gets another chance as he has been very impressive since the start of the season whilst Ryan Mason has been unlucky with us – he picked up an injury the last time he was in the England squad.“This latest squad shows we are working a good number of players with a claim to be England regulars and secure a place in Euro 2016.“Before that there are two matches we must focus on. The players must keep going, play well and look to win every match. I don’t want any let up and we want to win both these games.”England squad to play San Marino and Switzerland in full:Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton).Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), James Milner (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Fabian Delph (Manchester City).Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).last_img read more

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Real Madrid said Ronaldo had the record and did this…

first_imgReal Madrid say Cristiano Ronaldo is their all-time goal king, but official statistics say he is still one short from surpassing Raul.The club maintain his double against Malmo in the Champions League means he now has 324 goals, one more than Raul.However, there are doubts on whether or not one of those strikes should be counted, with the confusion dating back to a game against Real Sociedad in September 2010.A Ronaldo free-kick was deflected in off of Pepe, with the Spanish Liga giving the goal to the defender despite Real Madrid and his Portugal team-mate giving the credit to Ronaldo.Regardless of whether it is 323 goals or 324, the fact he has done it in 308 games is pretty remarkable and the club honoured their superstar with the video above.Real Madrid play Atletico Madrid on Sunday, which provides him with the opportunity to end the debate.last_img read more

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Klopp gatecrashes Liverpool pub event to sing with the fans

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade huge blow smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware RANKED REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img latest gameday cracker Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp surprised supporters when he gatecrashed a special fan event ahead of the club’s pre-season game against Manchester United in Michigan.Musician and Reds fan Jamie Webster was on stage providing the entertainment, as he so often has, when Klopp walked in, leaving the singer in stunned silence.And so the only thing he could do was belt out ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ with everyone, including the boss, joining in.Webster’s version of the song provided the soundtrack to Liverpool’s march to the Champions League final, which they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.The European campaign may have ended disappointingly, but the Anfield faithful definitely enjoyed themselves along the way and this song climbed the download tracks.Liverpool’s players then went and thrashed United 4-1 with Xherdan Shaqiri scoring a spectacular overhead kick. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars possible standings shining Liverpool latest REVEALED last_img read more

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REVEALED: MEGASTARS JLS TO PLAY LETTERKENNY GIG

first_imgTHEY’VE taken the music world by storm since Louis Walsh guided them to a runners-up spot on the X Factor.And tickets to see them in stadiums sell out in minutes.But next month JLS are coming to Letterkenny – as part of festivities to relaunch a nightclub. The Pulse announced tonight that JLS will be at the venue.So expecting lots of screaming girls in the town on Easter Sunday night, April 8th.Aston, Marvin, JB and Oritse will be doing an exclusive DJ set and a meet & greet.The club will officially reopen next weekend, with a visit from Keith Duffy among others. For more go to www.pulsevenue.ie  REVEALED: MEGASTARS JLS TO PLAY LETTERKENNY GIG was last modified: March 24th, 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)last_img read more

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TRAWLER OWNER SAYS INVESTIGATION INTO FATHER AND UNCLE’S DEATHS WAS SHAMBLES

first_imgA Donegal trawler-owner whose boat sank with the loss of his father and uncle has hit out at authorities over what he claimed was their failure to carry out a proper inquiry into the tragedy.Drowned fisherman Danny McDaidFishermen Danny McDaid, 70, and his brother Francis, 69, drowned when their boat vanished almost five years ago near Inishowen Head.The bodies of the Glengad fishermen were recovered that day, but it was four weeks before divers were sent down to check the wreckage which by then had broken up, according to Frankie McDaid. “The investigation has been a shambles from day one,” he claimed.An inquest into their deaths was due to re-open in Coleraine, Co Derry. but the hearing was called off after the senior Northern Ireland Coroner John Leckey ruled he had no power to conduct the hearing as the drownings happened outside his jurisdiction.The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) carried out an initial inquiry into the tragedy.But once it was discovered the boat sank in Irish territorial waters the matter was then handed over to the Dublin-based Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). At the time of the drownings, locals claimed the trawler, which was fishing for lobsters, could have been pulled down when the nets were caught by a passing vessel. There was a tanker in the area at the time.But Mr Leckey insisted there was no evidence in a report of the investigation by the MCIB that there had been any sort of collision.“All we do know is that for whatever reason the trawler sank,” he said.Frankie McDaid, 40, Francis McDaid’s son, revealed he was facing legal proceedings following the tragedy in March 2008. The trawler, Strath Marie, was insured, but the lives of the two men were not.After the hearing he said he was angry that the authorities took too long to examine the wreckage which was discovered by local fishermen and a lifeboat crew on the day the trawler went down. TRAWLER OWNER SAYS INVESTIGATION INTO FATHER AND UNCLE’S DEATHS WAS SHAMBLES was last modified: January 25th, 2013 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:Danny McDaiddrowningFrancis McDaidinvestigationlast_img read more

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School sex surveys OK, appeals court rules

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by Palmdale parents who were outraged that their children were surveyed at school about sex. While the surveys asked students how often they thought about sex, among other questions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said parents of public school children have no “fundamental right” to be the exclusive provider of sexual information to their children. The parents maintained they had the sole right “to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex.” The plaintiffs had sought unspecified monetary damages. In upholding a lower court that had also ruled against the parents, a three-judge panel of the appeals court here dismissed the case, ruling unanimously that “parents are possessed of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on that subject to their students in any forum or manner they select.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Judge Steven Reinhardt, writing for the panel, added that “no such specific right can be found in the deep roots of the nation’s history and tradition or implied in the concept of ordered liberty.” The appellate panel noted that other courts have upheld similar issues, including mandatory health classes, a school district’s condom distribution program and a district’s compulsory sex education program. One of the parents’ attorneys, Erik Gunderson, said a decision has yet to be made on whether to further pursue the appeal. “We continue to feel strongly that our clients have the right to know when a sexually explicit psychology test is given to their young children,” Gunderson said. Palmdale Superintendent Jack Gyves, who was not in that post at the time, said that although the appeals panel found in the district’s favor, he feels that in retrospect, parents should have been told more about the content of the questions. “I think we would stay out of that arena in the future,” Gyves said, “unless there is some kind of state mandate.” The district halted the 2002 survey – administered by a mental health therapist for her doctoral degree – amid complaints from parents. The poll was given to 13 children at Mesquite Elementary School. Parents whose students took the survey signed consent forms, but the forms never mentioned sex would be a topic. Questions the children answered included whether they thought about having sex, thought about touching other people’s “private parts” and whether they could “stop thinking about having sex.” 160Want 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

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