New Ebola Outbreak in Zuma Town Community

first_imgClouding the hope that Ebola cases in Liberia are nearing zero, a new outbreak has emerged in the Zuma Town, St Paul Bridge community leaving six dead and one contact escaped to Zekeleh, Lofa County. The new outbreak was disclosed by the Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force for electoral district #16, Mr. G. Baccus Karpeh on Tuesday when he made remarks at the program marking the Assessment tour of Mercy Corps, distribution of Anti Ebola materials and community engagements conducted by EQUIP Liberia and the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) held in the Borough of New Kru Town.Mr. Karpeh disclosed that the new Ebola outbreak in Zuma town community, St.Paul Bridge in the Borough of New Kru Town has over twenty residents quarantined.He further disclosed that the taskforce has for the past few days been in search of Kebbeh Tarnue who was in direct contact with the victims.Mr. Karpeh said his greatest fear is that the lady, who is the direct contact to the victims and has escaped to Lofa County, will infect others and Lofa will suffer the recurrence of the virus.He disclosed that the taskforce is working tirelessly to make sure that those who are quarantined are taken care off.“This outbreak occurred on January 6 when six members of the family including the mother and father got infected with the virus and died. We presently have one of the contacts in the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) while over 20 persons are quarantined,” Mr. Karpeh reported.Following his remarks, Liberia Culture Ambassador Juli Endee promised to work with the Task Force to make sure there is widespread awareness through the Ebola Community Action Platform Project (ECAP) to prevent further spread of the virus in that part of Liberia.She said, “We Liberians don’t hope to have more new cases in our country again, so we will work together to have the lady who escaped arrested and quarantined. We want to make sure that Ebola is totally eradicated from Liberia and our neighboring countries Guinea and Sierra Leone. It only took a single person to cause the outbreak,” she cautioned.When contacted via mobile phone the Incident Management System (IMS) Director, Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, disclosed that he was aware of the situation in that part of Montserrado County, but said measures are being put in place.Reporter: Sir, are you also aware of the contact who escaped to Lofa County?Min. Nyenswah:  “I am not aware of any contact escaping to Lofa County but the task force is working to make sure things work out good.  For the past days we have reported no new outbreak in Montserrado County,” he insisted.Meanwhile an official from the task force, who requested that his name be withheld, when contacted disclosed that the task force has been actively engaged in tracking down the lady who is reported to have escaped to Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fighting Corruption: Will the President’s Challenge to the Senate Hold?

first_img“The Liberian leader expressed pleasure at comments from some lawmakers in the Senate about the issue of corruption and challenged them to work with her to set the example and to make sure that they jointly can address this problem . . .”  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf uttered this challenge during a  Roundtable which the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC)  hosted last week.“Words, words, words . . .” That was Hamlet’s reply to Polonius when, in act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the actor asked the prince of Denmark, “And what are you reading there, my lord?”The President was expressing, for the umpteenth time, her frustration with corruption in Liberia that continues to undermine ALL the nation’s development efforts. This includes some of the malpractices of many of her own officials in the Executive branch, which have bedeviled her administration since she took office nearly 10 years ago. She knows about many of the financial demands, upfront, that the very lawmakers, whose support against corruption she is now seeking, have made on the Executive to get some GOL transactions approved by the  Legislature.   How many nominated officials, since 2006, have not had to “show down” before getting confirmed by the Senate?So after the President’s ‘words, words, words,’ the question can seriously be asked, will her challenge to the Legislature hold? Are they prepared to join the fight against corruption in Liberia?At this very moment there are two former board members of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Clemenceau Urey, former Chair, and Counselor Stephen Dunbar, whom the Anti-Corruption Commission is prosecuting for their alleged involvement some years ago in “bribery” of Legislators for the approval of certain oil contracts.Messrs. Urey and Dunbar are on record as protesting the accusations and asking the LACC why it is only they who are being prosecuted and not other board members who participated in the decision to pay the lawmakers—and also the lawmakers themselves who received the payments now being perceived as “bribes.”  In law, the receiver is as guilty as the rogue.      The LACC has yet to answer this contention.The President herself has confessed that this corruption thing is “endemic” and she recently called it a “vampire,” which means a parasite or bloodsucker.Yes, indeed, this corruption disease has been for a very long time sucking and draining the blood out of the very life of this Republic, rendering it totally impotent, incapable of moving forward in ANY way.In our Wednesday editorial we explained how the tiny, natural resource deprived city-state of Singapore, who was far behind Liberia in 1959, was able to surpass us and is today one of world’s richest nations—with US$36,000 in per capita income, while the average Liberian is surviving on barely a dollar a day.  The reason: Liberia’s President W.V.S. Tubman, encouraged corruption through his libertine (self-indulgent, unrestrained by morality) policy of “Live and let live;” while Lee Kuan Yew led a strictly honest government and jailed anyone who cheated government. As elementary a thing as our education we have sacrificed on the altar of corruption. Even our highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia, is now caught in the quagmire.  Its faculty, staff and, most pathetically, its students, too, seem not to be able to find any alternative path through academia than by corrupt means.  Is this not why UL applicants, denied since Emmet Dennis got there, the easy path of buying their way through admissions, have been failing the entrance examinations en masse?Now the entire educational system is in shambles, and for the first time in the history of the Republic, the older generation is far more educated and learned than the younger generation.The President challenged the Legislators to work with her to set the example and to make sure that they jointly can address this horrendous problem of corruption.But can they? Will they, when so many of them have themselves been deeply involved in corruption that got them into the Legislature in the first place?The President urged the Legislators to join her in setting examples. But if only were she like Lee Kuan Yew, who tolerated NO corruption—not even from his own siblings, or son or any other relative.  See how, Madam President, the people so trusted Lee Kuan Yew and his family, that his own son was able to become Prime Minister, too, before Lee   died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

George Graham makes Arsenal title prediction on talkSPORT

first_imgGeorge Graham has predicted Arsenal will end their Premier League title drought THIS season.The Gunners missed the chance to move top on Boxing Day as they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Southampton.The loss lead to heavy criticism of Arsene Wenger and his players, with some fans suggesting they don’t have the ‘bottle’ to be major trophy winners.But Graham is convinced Wenger will have the last laugh and lead the club to glory to title glory for the first time since 2004.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the legendary former Arsenal boss said: “The others teams that are fancied are not up to the task.“Manchester City defensively are poor, Manchester United are having a bad time and Chelsea won’t win it.“Leicester are top just now, but I think Arsenal will definitely win it this year.“Southampton were outstanding, both with the ball and without the ball. They were fabulous and were in Arsenal’s faces right from the off.“They put them under pressure and it was a bad all-round team performance from Arsenal. But I just think, forget it lads, and let’s get back to where what we were doing before the Southampton game.”last_img read more

GRASSLAND SHEEP PAYMENTS TO STAY: McHUGH

first_imgJoe McHugh TDDeputy Joe McHugh, T.D., following a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister that the payment of grassland sheep will continue under the new Rural Development Programme.This existing payment will be in addition to the single farm payment, said the Donegal TD.“I welcome the Minister’s confirmation that the grassland sheep payment will be protected under the new Rural Development Programme. I also raised the issue of penalties under the single farm payment digitisation system, arguing that natural woodlands, which are meant for cattle and horses, should not be excluded from the area based payment system. “In addition to this, I also raised the challenges in the bull beef market presently, where factories have begun closing their gates on 24 month old bulls. This is putting considerable pressure on beef farmers who are ready to sell finished animals. The Minister has agreed to raise this issue directly with the factories. I also highlighted that farmers who are selling to the factories are getting as low as €3.30 per kilo which is roughly €700 less than the price for a similar animal this time last year.“I congratulate the Minister on the recent Cap Pillar II funding negotiations, which have been very positive for the Agriculture sector in Ireland and specifically Co. Donegal. However, I want to emphasise the need to protect small holdings that are under considerable pressure at the moment.“I have been liaising closely with farmers in addressing the challenges they are facing and while I am encouraged by the recent developments, both through the CAP Pillar II funding but also through the positive response from the Minister, I feel we have to acknowledge that there are still serious challenges the farming industry faces in Donegal and I intend to work closely with farmers in addressing these challenges.”  GRASSLAND SHEEP PAYMENTS TO STAY: McHUGH was last modified: February 6th, 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:Joe McHughSheep Paymentslast_img read more

Man who went on drink-driving spree ordered to return from England for sentence

first_imgA man has been ordered to return from England to face sentencing after damaging two cars and injuring a woman during an alleged drink-driving spree.Kyle Boyle struck two cars, injuring a woman before hitting a stone wall in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal on January 15th, 2017. Letterkenny District Court heard how Boyle had been driving at speed through Portnablagh before losing control and then striking the two cars and eventually crashing.Boyle tried to phone friends but Gardai arrived and arrested him at the scene.“He made a number of calls to friends to try and help him get away from the scene but was not successful,” said Garda Inspector Barry Doyle.Boyle, of Eden More, Dunafanaghy, had no insurance and failed to give either a breath, blood or urine sample to Gardai.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was in England working but accepted the charges and wanted to put them behind him.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case to sentence Boyle on April 18th next.Man who went on drink-driving spree ordered to return from England for sentence was last modified: March 24th, 2018 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:carscourtcrashdrinkDunfanaghyGardaiKyle BOylelast_img read more

HARTE COUNCIL DECISION: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING!

first_imgSENATOR Jimmy Harte is said to be ‘flabberghasted’ by a media storm surrounding his chosen replacements on Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council.Under legislation the new member of the Seanad must give up council seats.Senator Harte did just that. Also under legislation, he must nominate people for co-optiong who had the same political affiliation as him; in this case independents.Senator Harte did just that.Last night a source close the Harte camp said: “It beggars belief that there are some people now in the Labour Party who say they wanted one or other of the two seats.“If they knew anything at all about how the co-option system works, they would have seen that the people replacing Jimmy also had to be independents.” Both Michael McBride, who took the county council seat, and Paschal Blake, who took the town council seat, were co-opted as independents.It’s thought they may join the Labour Party at a later date.The Harte camp source refused to comment on rumours that the Senator had consulted lawyers last night about reports on the row.HARTE COUNCIL DECISION: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal County CouncilletterkennySenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

MAN HAILED HERO AFTER SAVING WOMAN IN VICIOUS STREET ATTACK

first_imgA Donegal man has been hailed a hero after saving a woman who was being sexually assaulted in a vicious street attack.Brave Damien Doherty saved the woman who was being viciously attacked in the street.Damien Doherty from Carndonagh, was driving to his home in England when he noticed the woman being savagely attacked.The woman’s attacker had ripped off her dress leaving her standing in public in just her underwear. As she frantically tried to put her dress back on, the attacker then tried to sexually assault her as he pinned her against a wall.While passers-by stood in shock at the attack which happened just before midnight in Weybridge on September 6th last year, brave Damien jumped from his car and came to her rescue.Although the attacker was much bigger than Damien, CCTV shows Damien reasoning with the attacker and talking him down.A police report revealed how the attacker had banged the woman’s had off a wall before grabbing her hair with both hands, shaking her violently and then attempting to sexually assault her. Now Damien, who lives in Guilford, has been given a Chief Constable’s commendation award by British police for his bravery.A police spokesman said: “Throughout the assault the victim was unable to defend herself and was visibly afraid of the offender who had degradingly assaulted her in full view of the public.“A number of people witnessed the assault, but it was only Damien who got involved to stop it.“If Damien had not bravely intervened, the victim would have suffered further abuse and serious injury.“This was a shocking unprovoked attack in a public place. Officers were very grateful that Damien was courageous enough to place himself at risk, to protect the female who was in an extremely dangerous and vulnerable situation.” Police later arrested the man who was subsequently charged with a number of offences.Although the victim did not wish to support a police case, Mr Doherty’s evidence was used for a third party prosecution.MAN HAILED HERO AFTER SAVING WOMAN IN VICIOUS STREET ATTACK was last modified: October 17th, 2015 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:attackCarndonaghDamien Dohertypolicewomanlast_img read more

Everton v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgSteven Naismith, now at Norwich, scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in SeptemberKick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 12 March 2016Referee: Michael Oliver (Ashington, Northumberland)Match in a nutshell: Chasing just the one trophy now, Chelsea travel to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals, aiming to extend Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten domestic run. Injuries and suspensionsEVERTONRuled out: Tyias Browning (knee), Tony Hibbert (knee).Unavilable: Kevin Mirallas (suspended).Fitness test: Bryan Oviedo (chest infection), Aaron Lennon (hamstring).CHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (thigh).Fitness test: John Terry (hamstring), Diego Costa (hip). Possible line-upsEverton: Robles; Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; Besic, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku.Subs from: Howard, Stanek, Stones, Oviedo, McCarthy, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Lennon, Niasse.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Terry, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Pato, Remy, Costa. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesEverton total: L W L W W (9 points)Home: L L W L D (4 points)Chelsea total: D W W W D (11 points)Away: W W D W W (13 points)Top scorers – all competitionsEverton: Lukaku 23; Barkley 12; Kone 7; Lennon 6; Deulofeu 4, Funes Mori 4, Mirallas 4, Naismith 4; Cleverley 1, Coleman 1, Osman 1.Chelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Fabregas 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Last five meetings16 January 2016: Chelsea 3 Everton 312 September 2015: Everton 3 Chelsea 111 February 2015: Chelsea 1 Everton 030 August 2014: Everton 3 Chelsea 622 February 2014: Chelsea 1 Everton 0Everton 1 win, Chelsea 3 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sponsored: Klay Thompson’s memorable, record-setting year with the Warriors

first_imgWarriors star Klay Thompson turns 29 today. We’re proud to have him return as our brand ambassador this year with a special offer and free Warriors championship book for new subscribers! To return the love, we thought we’d look back at some of our favorite moments from his past year.When he paid little attention to Lakers fans chanting “We want Thompson”As Thompson stepped to the free throw-line, Lakers fans began a loud chant from the upper deck of Oracle Arena on Saturday. “We want …last_img

Planet Rotation Limits Habitability

first_imgLife can’t exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow.  This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine has added another factor to habitability: planetary rotation.  In “Rotation of Planets Influences Habitability,” Amanda Doyle reports on findings from a paper on the arXiv server scheduled for Astrophysical Journal Letters.  After giving the usual definition of the habitable zone as the inner and outer radius around a star where liquid water can exist, she complicates things:However, this concept is rather simple. In reality, many other factors come into play that could affect a planet’s habitability. New research has revealed that the rate at which a planet spins is instrumental in its ability to support life. Not only does rotation control the length of day and night, it can also tug on the winds that blow through the atmosphere and ultimately influence cloud formation.Doyle shows how a planet that spins too fast ends up with atmospheric Hadley cells that make the planet too hot:This will decrease the temperature difference between the equator and the poles and ultimately weaken the Hadley cells. The result is fewer clouds at the tropical regions available to protect the planet from the intense heat, and the planet becomes uninhabitable.At the other extreme, a slow rotator is more habitable, because Hadley cells will encompass the whole planet, allowing hot can flow to the cold side, and clouds form to protect the hottest hemisphere.  This should extend the inner edge of the habitable zone closer to the star.  But what about Venus, a slow rotator?  The authors’ model breaks down in that case; “This goes to show that just because a planet is rotating slowly does not automatically mean that it is habitable, rather it has the potential to be habitable if the right conditions exist.”  To rescue that observable case, the authors had to speculate that Venus used to rotate faster.This adds a 12th factor to our growing list of habitable zone requirements.  It’s looking more like Earth hit the cosmic jackpot.  By chance or design? Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (9/08/12)Stellar Wind Habitable Zone (9/19/13, 6/03/14)Inhabitants, creating a biosphere that can regulate the atmosphere (06/06/14)Rotation Habitable Zone (8/12/14) (Visited 244 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more