Nimba Health Officer Wants Politics Avoided in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Health Officer of Nimba County, Dr. Collins Bowah, has called on politicians lay politics aside for now as the fight against Ebola is ongoing.Dr. Bowah, who did not call any name, said if the politician used to the Ebola awareness to gain popularity the fight against Ebola would not yield the needed fruit, nor would the citizens take it seriously.Speaking at the turning over ceremony of the Ebola Center in Ganta on last Monday, Dr. Bowah cautioned that people will not take the issue very seriously if they see pictures of politicians attached to Ebola Awareness poster or banner.“The people will feel that the Ebola is intended to gain political popularity and not a serious matter afflicting the country and its people, as the Liberian government and the press has been stressing,” he said.The local authorities, including health officials, have been receiving some tough times in mobilizing the citizens in the fight against Ebola in many quarters of Nimba.Even though it was not clear which of the politicians Dr. Bowah was referring to in his remarks, there have been some murmurings among health workers that politics was dominating the fight against Ebola.In Gbehlay Geh recently, some families refused to allow health workers to take specimen of their relative who was suspected of having Ebola until after the local authority intervened.Dr. Bowah described as surely an act of selfishness politicians   using their pictures on the banners carrying Ebola awareness messages.  This was intended for nothing more that to make them popular to the people. He foresees danger in this, he said, because as he put it, “people will take the whole thing as a nothing more than a political campaign and they  will not take the anti-Ebola campaign seriously.”  Meanwhile, there has been some wrangling among the county officials over how the US$ 100,000 allotted to fight Ebola in Nimba has been  handled.The Nimba Legislative Caucus accused the County Superintendent and his close  associates of mismanaging the money on things that it was not intended for.According to Senator Thomas S. Grupee, the allotment was intended to procure protective gears for health workers and enough for all health centers across Nimba so as to keep the health facilities opened.But instead, he said, the county officials gave 30% of the money to the health team while the balance was spent to purchase motorcycles for statutory superintendents; while some of the funds were   divided among chiefs and local radio stations to carry on awareness.Currently there are no adequate ambulances in Nimba to transport sick persons quickly to the treatment center in Monrovia.Vehicles to remove corpses for burial are also lacking, thereby leaving many dead bodies in homes and in the streets for days.The issue of rapid response when someone is sick has been the key issue discussed around Ganta with most citizens condemning the government for not purchasing enough ambulances to take sick persons quickly to hospital, but leaving them in communities, thereby causing others to contract the disease.“You can see the officials riding cars with the inscription “Ebola Response Task Force”, yet many are dying because there is no vehicle to carry them quickly to be treated,” a bystander observed.In the fight against Ebola, Nimba County has received several cars, including two new cabin cars, but these cars are used for what the local officials claimed as “administrative purposes.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Welcome to the Kop, Mr Klopp!’ Ex-Liverpool stars, pundits and celebrities react to Rodgers’ sacking

first_imgThe world and his wife are having their say after Liverpool sacked manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.Reds legends, television pundits, ex-footballers, and celebrities and more have all taken to Twitter as they reflect on the huge announcement at Anfield.So here at talkSPORT we trawled the social media website and you can see how they all reacted below… Jurgen Klopp 1last_img

Former Rotherham assistant Eric Black joins Aston Villa coaching team

first_img Former Rotherham assistant Eric Black joins Aston Villa coaching team 1 Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Eric Black as first-team coach.The 52-year-old Scot, who left his post as assistant manager at Rotherham on Monday, linked up with Villa boss Remi Garde on Tuesday and will start work with immediate effect.In a club statement, Garde said: “I’m pleased to welcome Eric to the football club and I’m really looking forward to working with him.“He will work alongside Reginald Ray, Robert Duverne and Tony Parks as part of my coaching staff.“Eric brings a wealth of experience and excellent knowledge of English football and he will help me improve the level of the team.”Villa sit at the foot of the Premier League table with 13 points from their first 23 games of the campaign, but are unbeaten in their last three league matches.last_img read more


first_imgTHE hiker injured in a fall at Slieve League yesterday has thanked his rescuers for saving his life.Cormac Nolan, a 28-year-old from Carlow, said that he and his family were grateful to the various rescue teams who went to his aid.He was on a day trip to Co Donegal on New Year’s Day to see the cliffs when he slipped and fell 300 metres over the cliff, coming to rest on a ledge. He was rescued in the early hours of this morning and taken to Sligo General Hospital but was released after treatment today.In a statement issued by his sister Bridget, Mr Nolan said: “My family and I would like to sincerely thank all the groups of people involved in the rescue. The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team, Killybegs Coastguard, Malin head Coastgaurd Co-ordination station, Sligo based Coastguard helicopter Aranmor lifeboat, Killybegs Gardai, Paramedics & Doctor, the local priest & members of the local community.“It was an extremely long and difficult rescue effort. It must have taken a lot of team work & coordination to pull it off.“A lot of people risked their own lives in order to save mine. Without the presence of all these people & teams I might not have made it. “The work that these people do, many of whom are volunteers, is clearly invaluable. We all feel incredibly grateful.”He added: “My family & I would also like to thank all of our friends for their help & support.”CLIFF FALL HIKER SAYS ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL RESCUE TEAMS WHO SAVED HIS LIFE was last modified: January 3rd, 2013 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) Tags:CarrickCLIFF FALL HIKER SAYS ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL RESCUE TEAMS WHO SAVED HIS LIFESlieve Leaguelast_img read more

Charges against local teacher dismissed

first_imgA child molestation case against a Monterey Park resident and school teacher was thrown out Wednesday before going to jury trial in Pasadena Superior Court. Edward Portillo, 56, was freed after nine months in jail, according to his attorney, Richard Schwab of Los Angeles- based Trygstad Schwab & Trygstad. “I think he’s very happy to be returning to somewhat of a life of normalcy now,’ Schwab said. Portillo, an award-winning teacher at Bella Vista Elementary School in Monterey Park, was arrested Jan. 27 on suspicion of lewd acts with several students. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The case was repeatedly delayed over the months while Portillo remained in jail. According to Portillo’s friends, he did not want to sacrifice the family home to pay his $400,000 bail. Friends of Portillo said he is a church- going family man. Portillo could not be immediately reached for comment. Prosecutor Mary Sedgewick, who asked for the dismissal, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Sedgewick will refile the case. Schwab said it is too early to decide Portillo’s next move. “It’s premature to consider anything other than having him attempt to reacquaint himself with his family and try to put his personal and family matters in order,’ Schwab said. Jason Kosareff can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, or by e-mail at 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

Uganda’s goal scoring issues highlighted in recent tournaments

first_imgDerrick Nsibambi of KCCA FC (Uganda) celebrates after scoring against Rivers United FC (Nigeria) during the 2017 Total Caf Confederations Cup on June 3, 2017 at Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo, Kampala. File photo.FOOTBALL–Uganda went into the CECAFA and COSAFA U20 championships with high expectations after a moral boosting second place finish in the then just concluded Russia 2018 World cup qualifiers.Despite the fact that the Cranes had scored only three goals in the said qualifiers, two coming against last placed Congo Brazzaville and the other in a 1-0 home win against Egypt, everyone including the technical team believed the Cranes had made the grade and could compete against any team on the continent.“We are now on a level where we can compete with anyone on the African continent,” said a seemingly convinced Cranes interim head coach Moses Basena upon the conclusion of the World cup qualifiers.If you dig deep into that statement, one would easily predict a rollercoaster tournament for the Cranes at the just concluded CECAFA tournament in Kenya if not even in the COSAFA U20 but blindly ignoring the fact that the Uganda is always coming short in front of goal.The Cranes clearly struggled in all the games in Kenya apart from the 5-1 drubbing of minors South Sudan and the struggles are zeroed down to the team’s ineffectiveness in front of goal.Against opposition like Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Burundi, the Cranes should be winning comfortably that is if we are indeed in a position to compete with anyone on the African continent but at the CECAFA tournament, we only scored more than one goal once against the above listed opposition and the rear occasion came in the third place play off game against Burundi which required the teams coming from a goal down to win 2-1 yesterday.The post Micho Sredejovic era has seen KCCA FC striker Derrick Nsibambi lead the line ahead of experienced striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma and young stars like Nelson Ssenkatuka and Vipers’ Milton Karisa but its has on many occasions proved fruitless as Nsibambi has more often than not failed to life upto the expectations as evident on the fact that he failed to score even a single goal in the Russia 2018 World cup qualifiers.Yes he won the top scorers gong at this year’s CECAFA with four goals from Uganda’s six games but he still leaves a lot to be desired that is if we are indeed on the level to compete with the hot shots of African football.When you look at the league’s top scoring scores and their tallies in the tournament, you cannot help but seat back and hope they can somehow replicate their league form in upcoming tournaments as soon as possible.Hood Kawesa the league’s top scorer scored one goal at this year’s CECAFA tournament for the Cranes, joint second top scorers Milton Karisa and Nelson Ssenkatuka managed only two goals between them.If that does not send alarm bells, what will then?Mean while in Zambia where the nation’s U20 team has been competing in this year’s COSAFA U20 tournament as guests, teenage sensation Muhammad Shaban also led the scoring chats with four goals in five games which is impressive to a greater extent.The four goals that the KCCA FC hot head scored where more than half that the whole team managed in the tournament as only Allan Okello and Vipers’ Steven Mukwala were the others who saw the back of the net and on one occasion each.Against Lesotho in the semi finals, the Hippos who are supposed to feed the senior team with players could not find a way of putting the ball in the back of the net against a side that clearly was intent on frustrating Uganda over 90 minutes with consistent defending so as they try their luck in penalties and you can trust that their game plane worked as the eliminated Shaban and co 5-4 on penalties on playing the game of luck that is penalty shoot outs.The Hippos indeed have the players that are poised to make the big break into the senior team but a lot of them will have to be either defenders or midfielders with the exception of Shaban who has always been in the Cranes set up.Looking at the current situation regarding strikers either on the senior team or in Matia Lule’s Hippos, the nation will have to go on its knees and prays that some other youth strikers can follow into Shaban’s footsteps as soon as possible other wise we will always come short when it comes to scoring the desired goals yet we are good in other departments.The fact that we have different strikers finding the net in the league more often than it has been the case in the past can help boost our hopes but if they somehow falter like it has been the case in CECAFA and COSAFA U20, Uganda is still miles away from the assumption that ‘it can indeed compete with the cream of the continent.’Commentslast_img read more

€11M Aid package to protect Donegal communities from flooding

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has announced the Government is to spend almost €11million on flood relief schemes in Donegal after he secured the green light for works in Burnfoot and Castlefinn.Mitigation and protective measures are being carried out in nine towns and villages across the county under the funding package.Mr McHugh said: “A month ago the Government announced €1billion investment in flood relief projects nationwide, including several schemes in Donegal. “On that day I promised there was more to come. And now we are delivering.“That is what this Fine Gael Government is doing – living up to our promises.“With support from Minister Kevin Boxer Moran and the Office of Public Works the Government is giving the financial support – almost €11million – for Donegal.“With this commitment, Donegal County Council will drive forward projects in Burnfoot and Castlefinn, in Ballybofey and Stranorlar, as well as Lifford, Glenties, Kerrykeel, Downings and Raphoe.” Works in Burnfoot will cost €1.5million and consist largely of new embankment protections.Mr McHugh said: “Burnfoot was reviewed after the severe flooding in August 2017 and subsequent flooding in December. The area’s hydrology was examined, hydraulic modelling was updated, flood maps were revised and options re-assessed, including the cost-benefit.“Donegal County Council will take the scheme through planning and the Office of Public Works will provide further support by funding necessary engineering expertise.”The Castlefinn scheme is being funded with €1.75million. It will also be advanced by Donegal County Council in collaboration with the Office of Public Works.Mr McHugh added: “The schemes are being progressed now alongside the €6million relief works for Lifford; works valued at €870,000 for Downings; €550,000 in Glenties; and €30,000 for Kerrykeel. Flood relief work is already underway in Raphoe. “On top of that €175,000 has been approved for Donegal County Council for Ballybofey-Stranorlar under the OPW’s Minor Flood Relief Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.“The funding will facilitate some interim measures to protect vulnerable areas of Ballybofey, necessary clearance works on the existing river embankment, a geotechnical assessment of embankments and recommendations for measures to bring the embankment to a standard that protects the benefiting properties against the one-in-100 flood event.”Fine Gael Councillor for the Stranorlar area Martin Harley said: “This investment in efforts to mitigate against flood risk and to try to protect homes, businesses, schools and communities in the Ballybofey-Stranorlar area should be commended.“Our focus has been on demonstrating the great need for these areas and I would to thank Ministers McHugh and Moran for driving our agenda at the top of Government.” Mr McHugh paid tribute to Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, who briefed County Council officials, councillors and opposition Oireachtas members on the €11million that the Government is investing in flood relief programmes in Co Donegal.“Minister Moran takes a keen, personal interest in how major floods have impacted the lives of people across several areas of Donegal,” Mr McHugh said.“He deserves great credit for the dedication he has shown to properly study the flood risks and take on board the concerns and needs that I personally raised with him.“Let’s not forget, Minister Moran was the first Government Minister to come to Inishowen last year in the immediate aftermath of the floods, followed by the Taoiseach and six other Cabinet members.“Hearing and seeing the impact first-hand ensured that these funding announcements were always high on his agenda and I am delighted to have helped secured the commitment to delivery.”Minister Moran has briefed Donegal County Council executives on the projects and agreed mechanisms to progress the several flood relief schemes.Minister Moran said: “Significant progress has been made today in the advancement of flood relief schemes in Donegal. In partnership with Donegal County Council, I look forward to the delivery of these schemes as a priority for communities in Donegal”.€11M Aid package to protect Donegal communities from flooding was last modified: June 9th, 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:Boxer MorandonegalFLOODINGlast_img read more

More traffic chaos in Letterkenny with lights out on Main Street

first_imgLetterkenny motorists are facing even more delays with extra traffic issues today (Thursday).The traffic lights are out of order on the Main Street junction at Crossview House / McGettigan’s Hotel this morning.Gardaí are directing traffic at the scene while efforts are underway to fix the problem. In recent weeks, Letterkenny motorists have experienced lengthy delays across the town due to rolling road works.Irish Water sewage works on the Pearse Road and on the N14 Four Lane have led to travel chaos at peak times, with gridlock often occurring on the Main Street, Glencar, Ramelton Road and Bonagee.More traffic chaos in Letterkenny with lights out on Main Street was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tretchikoff’s ‘Chinese Girl’ headed home

first_img22 March 2013“Chinese Girl”, the iconic 1950 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff, a Russian who settled in South Africa in 1946, was sold for a record £982 050 (R13.8-million) at Bonhams’ South African art sale in London on Wednesday.This exceeded the £300 000 to £500 000 the painting was expected to go for following worldwide interest in the sale, and is a record price both for a Tretchikoff work and for any South African artist.“Chinese Girl” was bought by British businessman and jeweler Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds International, who owns the Delaire Graff Estate near Stellenbosch, where the painting will go on public display with the rest of his art collection.“This was an exceptional price for a work which really does merit the word ‘iconic’,” Giles Peppiatt, director of South African Art at Bonhams, said in a statement on Wednesday. “And it’s very happy news to hear that it is going home.”The highest-selling art print in history, in the 1950s and ’60s “Chinese Girl” captured imaginations “and pride of place above mantelpieces –across the globe, from South Africa to Australia, Britain to America,” according to Bonhams’ auction catalogue.The painting had been an unprecedented success during Tretchikoff’s tour of the US in 1953-4 and Canada in 1955, prompting him to reproduce it in the form of the large-scale lithographic print with which he would become synonymous.Unseen for many years, the original painting was once again exhibited in the landmark exhibition “Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter” at the South African National Gallery in 2011.Significantly, Tretchikoff out-performed the two long-time market leaders in South African art, Irma Stern and Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, at Wednesday’s auction. “Landscape Stellenbosch” by Pierneef made £713 250, while “Congolese Beauty” by Irma Stern was sold for £541 250. The whole sale of some 150 pictures by South African artists made £4.5-million.According to Bonhams, Tretchikoff’s value has risen exponentially in the art market, due both to the re-evaluation of his legacy in exhibitions and his appearances at recent auctions at Bonhams.Tretchikoff’s semi-nude “Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)”, featuring his lover and muse, recently sold for £337 250 (R4.7-million).“Just over 100 Tretchikoff works have appeared at auction, a 20-year trajectory which charts a remarkable resurgence in the artist’s popularity,” Bonhams noted.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more