MRU Outlines Vision to Eliminate Ebola

first_imgThe heads of state of the three major Ebola affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, have outlined measures that must be urgently taken to contain and eradicate the further spread of the Ebola virus disease that has ravaged the entire Mano River Union (MRU) region.The leaders of the MRU, Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Alpha Conde, Ernest Bai Koroma, outlined measures that they believe would help contain the spread of the virus when they joined world leaders at a World Bank – International Monetary Fund High-Level Meeting on the impact of the Ebola crisis held in Washington D.C., United States of America.Presidents Sirleaf and Koroma participated in the meeting via video conference, an Executive Mansion communication revealed. The three leaders were also provided the opportunity to share their specific top challenges and needs with respect to immediate and near-term health and socio-economic impact of the crisis.The high-level meeting was to utilize the gathering of finance and development ministers and high media attention around the World Bank Group –IMF annual meetings to bring greater global urgency and action to the Ebola crisis response. The meeting was held last Thursday.President Sirleaf told the meeting that Liberia’s development agenda has been seriously interrupted by the Ebola outbreak which started in March and returned with intensity in June, and spread to the capital city, Monrovia, where one-third of the population resides.The Liberian leader noted that with limited understanding of the disease, low human capacity and a slow international response, the Ebola virus disease quickly outpaced the country’s ability to contain it. “As a result, the disease spread to all of our political sub-divisions, with some 2,199 deaths, including 92 health workers and 6,689 of our citizens being traced as contacts affecting our neighbors in Guinea and Sierra Leone.“There are also restrictions imposed on air and sea travel, resulting in the increased cost of travel and commodity prices which is seriously affecting the poor,” she indicated.President Sirleaf acknowledged that with the support of development partners and the international community, Liberia is now working hard to contain the epidemic; adding that the country now faces huge challenges to ensure controlled treatment, robust contact-tracing and vigorous case management to stop the transmission of the virus.“We need to do more to change habits and attitudes through advocacy and community-mobilization. We need to make sure that bodies are promptly removed from the streets of our cities and homes of our families. More than ever, we need qualified and dedicated staff to join the fight against Ebola and we need to ensure that it all comes together immediately,” the Liberian President emphasized.With better capacity and knowledge, and robust support from partners, including the institutions represented at the meeting, Liberia is a bit more confident that the collective response will turn the curve away from the dire projections, she intimated.She recommended several measures, most of which were also indicated by the leaders of Guinea and Sierra Leone as actions that can defeat the further spread of the virus.First, the Liberian leader emphasized that the virus must be contained by a more timely and decisive response to include the construction of more treatment, testing and burial centers within the timeframe of a month; staffing of the facilities with local professionals and expatriates as well as the mobilization of resources for community care centers with ownership and participation by the communities themselves.Second, she suggested the strengthening of regular healthcare centers because many of the deaths recorded resulted from non-Ebola ailments of those who had no access health facilities as most of them are closed or non-functional. “This,” she pointed out, “will require compensation to healthcare workers who for fear of the risk involved have refused or are reluctant to return to work.”Third, President Sirleaf suggested the mitigation of the economic consequences of the Ebola crisis which have caused a shifting of resources from ongoing operations under the country’s Agenda for Transformation. “This will require stimulation of the country’s productive sectors, particularly agriculture. This will also require significant support to the completion of ongoing infrastructure projects, primarily power, roads, ports and water which are vital to improved access to and quality healthcare,” she said.Several heads of international organizations and government representatives, including World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka, called for a 20-fold surge in international aid to fight Ebola and urged nations and organizations yet to help or make pledges to the fight to do so soon.Pledges from the United States of America and the United Nations to guarantee medical evacuation for healthcare workers were also endorsed. They also called for speedy intervention and warned that there must be no postponement in financing decisions and actions. Representatives of nations also made commitments to the global effort.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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Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket continues to blossom in Guyana

first_imgScotiabank Kiddy Cricket made a spectacular return to the field of play with a stunning display of talent and skill by the enthusiastic children of Guyana on Sunday.The jubilant Kiddy Cricketers after their half-time show at the Providence Stadium where Bangladesh defeated the West Indies in the first ODI of the two-match seriesMore than 100 boys and girls from across the country participated in the lunchtime Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket interval display accompanied by “Chirpy” – the larger-than-life, fun-loving mascot, at the Guyana National Stadium as West Indies and Bangladesh competed in the first One-Day International (ODI) game.Guyana Cricket Board Secretary and Cricket West Indies Director Anand Sanasie stated during the interval display: “The Kiddy Cricket programme is probably the longest sporting partnership between two entities in the Region, with the Cricket West Indies partnering with Scotiabank for the last 18 years. The programme engages approximately 135,000 children across the Region in 17 countries. In Guyana, we engage 210 primary schools, so we are in contact with 27,000 children who are actively engaged in the game of cricket. Through the programme, these children have access to 24 qualified foundation and level one Coaches, who teach them the fundamentals of batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping.”Between the sponsor, Scotiabank, and Cricket West Indies, cricket gear and equipment are disturbed annually, so that the skills of cricket can be taught across participating schools in Guyana.The players going through their warm-up phaseSanasie mentioned that the programme has recently introduced an academic cricket manual for the classroom setting, that will be disturbed to schools across Guyana in partnership with the Ministry of Education, which will introduce the Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) and other core primary subjects in a relatable and fun cricket context.“I can tell you our current captain of the West Indies team, Jason Holder is a product of the programme. Locally, almost every one of the youngsters who have moved up inclusive of Bhaskar Yadram, Keemo Paul, Jacobs, Jonathan Foo have all passed through the Kiddy Cricket programme, so being a local cricket administrator, we depend on this to identify talent and then to mould that talent and take it to a higher level,” said Sanasie.Scotiabank Public and Corporate Affairs Manager (Caribbean South and East) Cindy Mohammed stated: “Scotiabank is committed to helping our young people become better off and we’re proud that the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme enables us to achieve this. The programme teaches the basics of the sport, but also life skills such as team work, discipline and integrity that help them become well-rounded individuals. It was fantastic seeing the joy on the faces of our top-performing boys and girls from this year’s programme take to the field during the interval period, to showcase their skills, and having the opportunity to meet the players of the West Indies team. This is an experience which I am sure will stay with them for a lifetime, and aspire them as young cricketers.”As Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua host the first stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in November, Cricket West Indies and Scotiabank will be putting special arrangements in place to give the female cricketers in the Kiddy Cricket programme the opportunity to watch the matches and participate in activities surrounding this grand world event across the three host venues.last_img read more

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Sturridge to leave Liverpool? talkSPORT presenters have on-air spat

first_imgDaniel Sturridge’s Liverpool’s future is the subject of much debate this morning, with newspaper reports claiming he is ready to quit Anfield becasue he is fed up with the constant criticism of him due to his lengthy injury lay-offs.It is a situation that divides opinion, and it certainly did just that in the Sports Breakfast studio this morning as Alan Brazil and Kieron Dyer went toe-to-toe…Kieron Dyer: “If he’s got a legitimate injury, and he knows he’s going to go on the pitch and there’s a great chance he could break down after ten or 15 minutes, I think he’s doing the right thing [by saying he’s unfit]. Yes, people want to see the desire, and when he’s on the pitch he does show that desire. He’s Liverpool’s most important and best player, when he’s on the pitch.”Alan Brazil: “I’d get rid. If he comes back to haunt you and scores two, well, it’s a decision you have to make.”KD: “If they sell Daniel Sturridge on the cheap, they are going to spend, what, £40million or £50million to get a striker of that calibre though.”AB: “Well, he’s not playing at the moment so you’re not missing anything. When he plays, yeah, but he doesn’t play.”KD:” He will play, he’ll come back with a bang.”AB: “A bang?!”KD: “I still think he’ll make the England squad. I think Roy Hodgson will give him all the time in the world, and being an England fan we need a top Daniel Sturridge. He has the potential to be world class and you can’t say that about many of the England squad.”AB: “I definitely think he’s weak in his head, I do. I think he’s got a problem with his body, no doubt about it, and that is a great shame, but I think sometimes you’ve got to go out there and play when you’re at 85 per cent. He is, as you say, an international football player, a great player, but I think he’s just got to be a little bit stronger. I think [Jurgen] Klopp will fall out of love with him. I’m sure he will.”KD: “I think he has already fallen out of love with him if you read the quotes and hear what he has to say, which is a shame. I hope it gets resolved because Liverpool need him if they are to get back to being the force they once were.”AB: “They need players like him, you’re right.”last_img read more

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NEW WASTE REGULATIONS SET TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThis summer sees the introduction of the ‘Brown Bin’ for household food waste to the Letterkenny area. The new ‘Household Food and Bio-Waste Regulations’, will come into effect for Letterkenny from 1st July 2014.This regulation will require all householders in the Letterkenny area to separate their food waste and make it available for conversion into compost. Typically this requires householders to place both cooked and uncooked food waste into a ‘Brown Bin’, provided by your waste collector.These regulations apply to Letterkenny in 2014 with the service also becoming available to those in smaller urban centres over the next two years.“The purpose of the Regulation is to divert food waste, which is biodegradable, away from landfill to facilities which are authorized to treat it and turn it into a high quality compost”, according to Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council.For the householder, this means that they must separate their food waste and ensure that it is not placed in the ‘black’ bin or disposal bin. A ‘Brown’ bin, for food waste, will be offered to all householders in Letterkenny by their local waste collectors over the next two months, but if for any reason, they are not contacted, it is important that these individuals contact their waste collector themselves to find out what arrangements are in place for their area.Households can continue to home compost fruit and vegetable peelings in the garden but this method will not suitable for food waste such as dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, bones, leftover plate scrapings etc.Food waste that can be placed into the “Brown Bin” will include,• Meat, poultry, and fish, including bones• Leftover food from plates and dishes• Fruit and vegetables• Tea bags, coffee grinds & paper filters• Bread, cakes & biscuits• Rice, pasta & cereals• Dairy products, cheese, butter & yogurts• Soups & sauces• Eggs, egg shells, & cardboard egg boxes• Food soiled napkins, paper towels• Newspaper (when used for wrapping food waste)• Out of date food with packaging removed (no glass / plastic).Dearn McClintock, Waste Regulations Officer with Donegal County Council said, “Under these regulations, those who place their food waste in the residual ‘black’ bin or use a macerator or other shredding device to dispose of food waste, will be deemed to be in non-compliance with the legislation and may result in court proceedings which could lead to a maximum fine of €4000 upon conviction. Donegal County Council is the enforcement body for this legislation and will be active in making sure that householders in the designated areas comply with the legislation.Anyone with queries on the introduction of the service should contact either their own waste collector or Donegal County Council’s Environment Section on 074 91 53900.More information can also be found on www.donegalcoco.ie or www.brownbin.ieNEW WASTE REGULATIONS SET TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 3rd, 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:Donegal County CouncilImplementedletterkennynewsNoticesWaste regulationslast_img read more

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MALIN HEAD FIRE DEATH: GARDAÍ SEAL OFF HOUSE AND APPEAL FOR INFORMATION

first_imgGardaí at Buncrana investigating a fatal house fire which occurred at Carnmalin, Malin Head, County Donegal shortly after midnight today have sealed off the house as part of their inquiries.“The body of a male in his 40’s was recovered from the house, he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said a Garda spokesman tonight.“The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified. A post mortem is to be arranged. The body remains at the scene. No other injuries have been reported. “There was serious damage caused to the house. The scene remains preserved pending a Garda technical examination. Investigations are continuing.”Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who were in the Carnmalin/Malin Head area between the hours of 8pm and midnight on Friday 31st October 2014, to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. MALIN HEAD FIRE DEATH: GARDAÍ SEAL OFF HOUSE AND APPEAL FOR INFORMATION was last modified: November 1st, 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:appealFIRE SERVICEGardaiMalin Headlast_img read more

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Cancer survivor Chloe Kennedy to lead world record catwalk attempt

first_imgDonegal Rose Chloe Kennedy, 20, is relishing life – and health – after getting the all-clear from cancer in April. She has had a whirlwind summer representing her county in the Rose of Tralee.Now, the admirable Donegal Town woman will take on another huge challenge – to try and smash the world record for the most number of models to take part in a single fashion show. Chloe has been announced as the leader of the Beat It fashion show, taking place in Sligo in October in aid of cancer support services. 500 models will unite to break the current world record for a single fashion show – which stands at 408.The unique event will see cancer survivors from across Ireland joining a string of celebrities to raise awareness and funds for Sligo Cancer Support Centre, which provides support to more than 500 people with cancer in the North West every year.Cancer Survivors Jennifer Fowley, Chloe Kennedy, and Glen Monaghan, who will lead the Beat It Fashion ShowAlso strutting their stuff along with Chloe will be singers Nathan Carter and his brother Jake, Kerry GAA legend Kieran Donaghy, All-Ireland winning Dublin All-Star Paul Flynn, social media star Rory O’Connor (aka Rory’s Stories) and four former Miss Ireland’s.Eamonn Cunningham of ejmenswear.com, who is organising the charity fashion show to mark 25 years in business, praised Chloe as an ‘amazing example’ to others. “Chloe is just 20 years old and a cancer survivor and she’s out there raising awareness and encouraging people to get checked out,” he said.Chloe’s experience captivated Rose of Tralee viewers as she told Daithi O’Se on live TV how she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes.But with the unstinting support of her family and friends, Chloe soon found an inner strength she didn’t know she had. “Getting the all clear was a phenomenal feeling and now I want to help other people to be aware of their own health,” she said.“A lot of people think nothing of spending €50 on a night out but they’d hesitate to go to a doctor if they felt something wasn’t right. Get it checked out, it could save your life!” After extensive treatment, the psychology student got the all clear in April. Looking ahead to the Beat It fashion show, Chloe said: “I want to show people we can beat it. And there is nothing more exciting than the chance to break a world record while we are at it.”Chloe says organisations such as Sligo Cancer Support Centre provide an essential range of services for people dealing with the mental and physical impacts of cancer.“Whether it’s counselling or physical therapies, you can’t put a price on how beneficial the supports are that’s why I am delighted to be taking part in Beat It” This fashion extravaganza will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo on 16th October and feature clothing ranges from the world’s top brands.Entrance on the night is €20 and a fundraising page has been set for online donations at https://www.gofundme.com/f/cancer-care-fashion-show-world-record-attemptCancer survivor Chloe Kennedy to lead world record catwalk attempt was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beat itcancer supportchloe kennedyDonegal RoseFashionlast_img read more

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Estrada’s shaky start dooms A’s in loss to Astros

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — The Athletics, in theory refreshed and ready after having two of the last three days off, opened their homestand with a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the division-leading Houston Astros at the Coliseum.The good news is that it was witnessed by the smallest crowd of the season, as 12,270 were there to see starting pitcher Marco Estrada give up a home run to George Springer to open the game and never find his …last_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Warriors beat Rockets in tight Game 5

first_imgJoin us Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis from Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals as the Warriors and Rockets battle at Oracle.The Warriors come into Wednesday knowing they’ll need to match the physicality the Rockets used to lead them to two victories in Houston that have tied the second-round series at 2-2. Golden State dropped Game 4 on Monday night as Houston escaped … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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Men’s forums ‘can help tackle abuse’

first_img4 December 2012 Men’s forums have an important role to play in reversing gender-based inequality and violence, the Commission for Gender Equality told a men’s summit held in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga over the weekend as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign against the abuse of women and children. “Gender based violence remains a thorny issue in rural villages, and we believe that men’s forums will go a long way in shifting the mindsets of violent people,” said the commission’s provincial coordinator, Moltah Mavuso. “We really acknowledge the progress made in Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi local municipalities for forming men’s forums,” Mavuso said, but added that more still needed to be done to combat gender-based violence. She also appealed to women to report abusive partners and colleagues. “We understand that most women hide it because they are dependent on the perpetrators, but we are not confronting the problem if we don’t report them at the police station. “It is shocking and sad to see that South Africa has a high rate of gender-based violence in spite of programmes that we have as a commission and non-governmental organisation,” she added.‘It starts at home’ Also speaking during the summit, provincial coordinator for Sonke Gender Justice, Dumisani Rebombo, said fighting gender inequality had to start at home. “We need to love our kids equally regardless of their gender so that they can grow up knowing that we are equal. We must also be role models to our sons and groom them to become better men in future,” said Rebombo. “Respect your partner; equality means equal respect.” He encouraged men to work together in their communities so that they could inspire young men to join them in their forums. Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders deputy chairman Sandile Ngomane also urged men to get involved in various awareness campaigns. One of the men attending the summit, Dumisane Thwala, said most men failed to manage their anger and took it out on their partners at home. “We need to strengthen the forums in our communities on the ground and localise it so that every men can relate to our programmes and most importantly implement the resolutions,” said Thwala. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Stuffing in the bird not the best option

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite long held traditions in many families, it’s best not to cook stuffing inside your turkey.This is because uncooked poultry can harbor bacterial pathogens, which can be present both on the inside and outside of a raw turkey. And the only way to destroy this potentially dangerous bacterium is to cook the turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, using a digital tip-sensitive meat thermometer to ensure that the bird has reached this temperature.If you want to use a dial thermometer, it is important to calibrate it first, said Barbara Kowalcyk, an assistant professor in Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.“Pop-up timers are not very reliable, so it is best to verify doneness with a digital tip-sensitive thermometer,” she said.To measure the temperature of the turkey, you should insert the meat thermometer into three areas of the turkey to measure its internal temperature: in the thickest part of the turkey breast, in the innermost part of the wing and in the innermost part of the turkey thigh.The concern is that placing the stuffing into the center of the raw turkey exposes the stuffing to those bacterial pathogens throughout the cooking process, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.The stuffing, which is traditionally moist and made with bread or cornbread, is very porous. So as the turkey cooks, juices that may contain bacterial pathogens such as salmonella may be absorbed into the stuffing during the cooking process. Unless the stuffing is also cooked to an internal temperature of 165, it is unsafe to eat.Even if the turkey itself has reached the safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, the stuffing may not have reached a temperature high enough to destroy bacteria that may be present, USDA said.The safest route is to cook stuffing separate from the turkey and then place it inside the fully cooked turkey to soak up some of the rich, delicious flavor of the turkey.Other food safety tips from USDA for turkey day:Don’t wash your turkey. Washing raw meat and poultry products just spreads bacteria around your kitchen, increasing the risk for contaminating other products and making your family sick. The only way to destroy bacteria on your turkey is to cook it to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees as measured with a food thermometer.Don’t leave the food out on the buffet table all day on Thanksgiving. It’s best to serve the food hot. Bacteria can grow rapidly on food that’s left out for more than two hours after cooking. If you have guests that will come over throughout the day, it’s best to keep the food in heated chafing dishes to keep the food out of the temperature danger zone of 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which can encourage bacteria to multiply rapidly.Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.last_img read more

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