Health Promoters’ Network Joins Health Ministry in Spreading Ebola Message

first_imgAs the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare strides to  prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia, the Health Promoters’ Network of Liberia (HPNL), a local NGO focused on providing awareness on improved health, has committed itself to help the Health Ministry disseminates  those tips for prevention of contracting  the Ebola virus.The Government of Liberia, through the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW) and Information, Culture and Tourism, along with the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Liberia, has confirmed that at least two of seven blood samples that it sent to Guinea and Lyon, France, came back positive with the deadly Ebola virus.Those two samples, according to Health Ministry’s authorities, were from sisters, one of which has since died from the virus, which has a case fatality rate of 90 percent.Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, had disclosed on Monday, March 31st, that the other sister of the deceased, travelled from Foya, Lofa County down to Monrovia before heading for Harbel, Margibi County the next day. He clarified that when it came to the attention of the health authorities, they managed to find her and most of those she interacted with and quarantined them so as to prevent the spread of the virus. The health promoters’ organization has said it will partner with the Government through the Health Ministry, to provide educational messages that help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, which has no cure to date but can be prevented when the population is adequately informed.HPNL is calling on international and local health partners to provide the needed support to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to prevent  the spread of the  virus.The Health Promoters’ Network, has also called on all civil society groups, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, including youth groups, community and traditional leaders to help provide awareness across Liberia.The network said in the wake of the outbreak of the virus, it stands ready to work with the reactivated National Task Force on Health, to carry out outreaches and sensitizations across the country.HPNL urged everyone within our borders to adhere to those preventive actions such as do not eat animals that are found dead in the bush, and avoid contacts with fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, antelopes and porcupines. Limit as much as possible, direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons. Wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible. Treat your water with chlorine before drinking.The Health Promoters’ Network is  dedicated to promoting and advocating for various health issues on the prevention of communicable and other diseases as well as maternal and child mortality in Liberia.Meanwhile, the Health Ministry, in its April 2, update on the situation in the country, has reported seven new suspected cases of the virus, pending laboratory confirmation. “The figure includes two deaths and five are probable cases,” the Ministry’s update said.The Ministry further said as of March 24, 14 suspected Ebola cases have been reported and there are no new confirmed cases of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia and that the confirmed cases still remain at two. The Ministry’s hotline numbers including 0770198517, 0777549805, 0886530260 and 0886549805 are still active for people to call and report any suspected Ebola case(s).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Several Police ranks being grilled by OPR

first_imgMissing cocaine from CIDJust days after a quantity of narcotics went missing from the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Eve Leary, Georgetown, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has indicated that investigators are honing inPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan being tackled by media with questions regarding the investigations of the missing cocaine incidenton possible suspects.This announcement was made during the commissioning of a Property Room at the said location on Thursday which seeks to prevent the very incident that has now put the Guyana Police Force under public scrutiny.Reports are that two Mondays ago, Police intercepted 31-year-old Travis Mendonca, who was attempting to travel to the United States. The ranks stated that during a search of his suitcase, 1828 grams of cocaine was unearthed. As a result, Mendonca was taken into custody and later stood trial at which time he was sentenced to three years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a trafficking in narcotics charge.As such, the close to two kilograms of cocaine was tendered as evidence at Police Narcotics Branch, housed at the CID Headquarters, given that investigations were ongoing so as to determine who else may have been involved in attempting to smuggle the illegal substance out of Guyana. However, the narcotics went missing on Tuesday evening.While addressing the matter, the Public Security Minister dubbed this most recent breach in security as yet another attempt to paint the Guyana Police Force in a negative light. He noted that officials of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) have launched inquiries into a number of suspects, hinting that they were drawn from a pool of ranks infamous for negligence and malpractices.On that note, he stated, “It is another little disaster that is going to throw negative light on the Police Force and we are investigating it. We have some elements in the Guyana Police Force that are, if not totally reckless, they are so negligent that you have to put blame on some of them.”Moreover, Ramjattan lamented on the missing narcotics case as yet another incident where the Force’s security systems have been penetrated, thereby highlighting the need for the newly installed Property Room.“We do have some systems in place, but I supposed it’s been violated too often and that is why we want a Property Room where there will be proper record keeping as to who had it and it would be videoed. So no Policeman can come and say, ‘well I de leff it on the desk and somebody mussy tek am out,’ and that kind of thing,” Ramjattan outlined.Meanwhile, even though Minister Ramjattan reiterated that officials have placed several Police Officers under the microscope, he remained tight lipped regarding the identity of those individuals on the ground that investigations are still in its early stages.Nevertheless, he pointed out that, “I have my suspicions. I don’t want to make them public. I don’t want to come to conclusions yet because it might be premature. I don’t know how many people were questioned but I think a number of them have been questioned.”Adding to that, Acting Top Cop David Ramnarine, in breaking the news to the public, did say that several members of the Police Narcotics Branch were placed under close arrest in relations to this matter. (Ashraf Dabie)last_img read more

The clock never stopped ticking – British High Commissioner

first_imgConstitutionally-mandated elections…urges Guyanese to hold elected officials accountableBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn on Monday reminded that the clock has never stopped ticking on the constitutionally-mandated elections which is due on March 21, 2019.British High Commissioner to Guyana Gregory QuinnThe High Commissioner reiterated his position that the Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana. He was at the time speaking at the 129th Annual General Meeting of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at the Duke Lodge, Georgetown.Speaking frankly on the subject of the No-Confidence Motion which was passed on December 21, 2018, Quinn said, “It is not, however, my role to interpret that Constitution. But what I will say is that the clock is ticking following the no-confidence vote in December. A legal process is ongoing, I recognise that, but that clock has not been stayed. I, therefore, urge, indeed implore, the political leadership of this country to get together and agree [on] a constitutional way forward”.He added that it is imperative that this happens, pointing out that if no way forward is found, then there will be a further and more harmful impact on business and investment in Guyana. “All political parties have a responsibility to act honestly and truthfully and to act for the betterment of every citizen – not their own pockets or to their own narrow interests. Politicians need to put the people first,” the High Commissioner said.He added that voters also have a responsibility to hold their elected officials to account for what they have done or are doing and not to “blindly follow one party because that has been what the family has always done. It is time to look to whomever has the best policies and best plans,” High Commissioner Quinn added.On Wednesday, new US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch also re-reiterated the need for free and fair polls.In brief remarks after handing over her credentials to President David Granger on Wednesday morning at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ambassador Lynch, without making mention of the current political impasse, pointed to the need for free and fair elections.Abide and respect the ConstitutionSince the December 21, 2018, passage of the motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Government to abide and respect the Constitution and set a date for elections.The foreign missions here have been paying keen attention to the developments in Guyana since the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed the No-confidence Motion against the Government.On Monday last, British High Commissioner Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said, “the Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,”Moreover, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.In February, the EU’s local mission warned of the need for constitutional compliance, urging in a statement that democratic procedures and the rule of law be respected and upheld. The EU also called for free and fair elections to be held and for the Guyana Government to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana following the December 21, 2018, no-confidence vote.Days before, however, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regard to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance,” Tanaka said.She further lauded acting Chief Justice Roxanne George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.The acting Chief Justice had ruled on January 31, 2019, that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, Justice George observed that the President and the Ministers could not, therefore, remain in Government in accordance with Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution after three months.However, the Granger-led Administration has insisted that there is no role for a “caretaker” Government and that they will continue to be in office until a new President is sworn in. In fact, the coalition has appealed the High Court’s rulings and those matters are currently being heard in the Court of Appeal.But even as the coalition continues with its ‘business as usual’ approach, political commentator and Attorney Christopher Ram last week asked the High Court to stop the award and payments of contracts over $15 million.last_img read more

B.C. and Alberta premiers reach agreement on Northern Gateway Pipeline

first_imgThe two premiers have had an uneasy relationship since Clark outlined five conditions to win her support for the controversial pipeline, including a “fair share” of the economic benefits of the project. Clark says Redford has agreed to work through those five conditions, which also include measures to protect the environment and ensure First Nations are properly consulted.Earlier this year, Clark and Redford met in Kelowna and appeared to be willing to work together, declaring the two provinces as best friends and forming a working group to discuss economic issues.Redford came to Vancouver today to speak at an event hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade, and hours before, Clark’s communications director said a planned meeting had been cancelled because the premiers had not made any progress.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Gardena cops take mission to the parks

first_imgEvans – a 17-year department veteran – said their presence may help to improve the image of local police. “People feel like cops arrest, arrest, arrest,” she said. “We’re here to hear citizens’ needs. ? They think we’re not approachable, but we are.” The police department divided the city into three sections horizontally along Rosecrans Avenue and Redondo Beach Boulevard. Each district has its own command staff responsible for the area. Included in this new model is a stronger emphasis on community relations and a charge to respond to all sorts of problems in the city, including abandoned cars, standing water on the street, and trash bins left in disarray. Lt. Mike Saffell said, though police work is usually focused on serious crimes, police recognize that residents are usually more concerned about quality-of-life issues. “Most complaints are about parking, nuisances,” Saffell said. “As you develop more relationships with residents, more of that information comes – graffiti, transients, speeding, loitering. We try to get to as many as we can.” Messina said he has gotten an increase in complaints about abandoned cars and cars speeding through stop signs since district policing in the city started. He said that taking these complaints seriously generates more work for him, but he is happy to do it. “I think it’s more satisfying because you get a reputation for improving the community,” he said. “You’re not just fining them and taking them to jail.” Five-year-old Leia Schafer seemed to appreciate the police park program Sunday morning at Mas Fukai Park. While she visited the playground there with her mother and four stuffed animals, officer Evans handed her police badge stickers. She promptly stuck them on the chests and backs of her stuffed dogs and cats, explaining that the toys were a family. She attached a badge sticker to one stuffed dog she named Big Gus, explaining, “Because he’s a protector dog.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OUTREACH: Police want feedback from residents about crime, quality-of-life worries. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Gardena police officer Brian Messina’s workweek was marked by a high-speed chase and investigating several house burglaries – but he spent a slow Sunday afternoon in the city’s sunny parks. In a push to forge closer, friendlier ties with residents, the department’s new policing structure – implemented in July – includes a directive to improve community relations. That’s how Messina, whose passion is arresting car theft suspects, and officer Yvette Evans wound up working overtime in the parks this weekend. Police officers will be in city parks every weekend through November, hoping to get feedback from residents about their crime and quality-of-life concerns. The temporary program, called Cop in the Park, has been promoted at City Hall and the schedule is on the city’s Web site, but has not drawn large crowds. No residents had complaints or concerns for Evans or Messina on Sunday. The officers spent the day handing out stickers and free water bottles to kids. They also scared off a group of people smoking marijuana cigarettes at Thornburg Park, helped a teenager with a basketball injury, and discussed stuffed animals with a young girl at Mas Fukai park. last_img read more

Reading winger: Arsenal FA Cup semi-final a ‘no pressure game’

first_imgReading winger Hal Robson-Kanu believes all the pressure will be on opponents Arsenal when the two sides meet in their FA Cup semi-final.The Royals booked their place at Wembley with a 3-0 replay victory over League One outfit Bradford City, with Robson-Kanu opening the scoring at the Madejski.The straightforward win guaranteed Reading’s first semi-final berth in the competition since 1927, and the Welsh international thinks Arsenal’s elevated stature may benefit the Championship side.“It’s a no pressure game. We are going to Wembley and will enjoy the occasion,” said Robson-Kanu.“Who knows what will happen. We’ve played them in cup competitions before and it’s been full of excitement. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to an FA Cup final.”Robson-Kanu was referencing the League Cup clash between the two sides in 2012, which saw Arsenal emerge 7-5 winners in an astonishing game that broke goalscoring records for cup competitions.The 25-year-old, who was released by the Gunners when he was 15 for being too small, also defended the actions of Reading supporters who rushed onto the pitch following the final whistle.“It’s been a crazy amount of years since we’ve been in an FA Cup tie at Wembley so the fans were obviously overjoyed. These things happen,” said Robson-Kanu.The forward reiterated manager Steve Clarke’s comments urging his players to replicate their cup form in their remaining league games, with Reading sitting a disappointing 16th in the Championship.Robson-Kanu said: “I think the run in the FA Cup is evidence that the manager knows what he’s doing and can get results.“It has been a season of change for the club but now under Steve we are really looking for some consistency. Once the team is applying that week in week out we will begin to win games.”last_img read more

BROGAN DEMANDS SPECIAL MEETING ON EU IMPACT ON RURAL DONEGAL

first_imgThe Fianna Fáil members of Donegal County Council have called on the Mayor of Donegal to convene a special Council meeting to discuss the implications of the various EU and national directives that have been issued by the government and came into effect on 21st September 2011.At the first of three planning workshops held in Lifford Fianna Fáil Councillors expressed huge concerns about impact these directives will have on the people in rural areas across Co Donegal.Fianna Fáil Whip in Donegal County Council Ciarán Brogan said:  “We are seeking clarification on how these directives can have been introduced at a have been brought while our current draft County Development Plan was on public consultation. “We will now be seeking permission from the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan and his Department to re-issue the draft County Development Plan, accompanied by all relevant EU and national directives that have been issued since the plan was initially published.“We want to give the people of Donegal an opportunity to be fully informed on the impacts these directives and guidelines will have the future development of our county,” concluded Cllr. Brogan.BROGAN DEMANDS SPECIAL MEETING ON EU IMPACT ON RURAL DONEGAL was last modified: November 7th, 2011 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:donegaldaily.comEU DIRECTIVESFianna Fáil Whip in Donegal County Council Ciarán Broganlast_img read more

Air Force One in Simi

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It was the former president’s dream to one day share the aircraft with the American people, considered a symbol of democracy and freedom. Positioned in its exhibit as if in midflight, the plane was used mostly by Reagan, who logged more than 631,000 miles traveling to 26 foreign countries on more than 200 journeys during his two presidential terms. President George W. Bush, the last president to fly in the 707, and first lady Laura Bush attended a private dedication alongside former first lady Nancy Reagan and hundreds of invited guests. Since the pavilion’s opening, attendance at the presidential museum has increased from about 800 a day on weekdays to almost 1,150, and from an average of about 1,500 a day Saturdays and Sundays to nearly 2,300. Just after Reagan’s burial in June 2004, as many as 4,000 people a day visited the hilltop library, which opened in 1991. “It was a rewarding year for the Reagan Library,” said spokeswoman Melissa Giller. “After four years of preparing for the Air Force One Pavilion, having it open and having the public come out in high numbers to see it has made this a wonderful year. SIMI VALLEY – After ferrying seven U.S. presidents more than 1 million miles, the Boeing 707 better known as Air Force One went on permanent display at the Reagan Presidential Library this fall. The $32 million glass-wall pavilion opened to the public in October, featuring the gleaming blue-and-white aircraft, along with a Marine One helicopter and a presidential limousine. The retired jet, used by Reagan and six other U.S. presidents, was dismantled and trucked to the museum in the hills overlooking Simi Valley, then reassembled and restored to museum quality. Inside the plane, visitors can see Reagan’s flight jacket, handwritten letters and jars of the president’s favorite candy – jelly beans. “We’ve made one of his dreams a reality. We’re thrilled we can share with the public something he wanted to share.” The presidential plane, tail number 27000, is the centerpiece of the 87,000-square-foot building, which also includes a 120-foot mural depicting the history of the “Flying White House,” a pub Reagan visited in Ireland and a gift shop. — Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com160Want 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

Zombies, vampires (and young people!) invited to DYS Halloween party

first_imgIt’s shaping up to be a spooooky Halloween at the Donegal Youth Service this week!Zombies, vampires, and young people are invited to a spooktacular Halloween party on Tuesday the 31st from 3-6pm.  The Youth Information Centre drop-in (The Loft) are planning an afternoon of fun to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve.There will be lots of activities on the day, as well as all of the usual craic.  There’s going to be a craft corner, zombie dance, word search, bingo, and food all set to a spooky soundtrack.  Everyone is encouraged to dress up, and there will be a few wee prizes as well. This is a strictly no alcohol event.  The Letterkenny Youth Information Centre (YIC) provide a free, and confidential information service to young people and those who work with them. The centre managed by Donegal Youth Service provides information and support for employment, studying, travel, rights, employment, accommodation, and more, as well as a space to hang out with friends, and meet new people.Donegal Youth Service are a countywide youth organisation who respond to the needs of young people. Charity No. CHY 15027. (074) 91 29630, 16-18 Port Road. www.donegalyouthservice.ie, or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Zombies, vampires (and young people!) invited to DYS Halloween party was last modified: October 27th, 2017 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:Halloweenlast_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week Two | John & Jeff Shawhan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net team traveled to Clark county for the second round of Feeding Farmer events for the year. Dale visited with father Jeff and son John Shawhan who farms corn, and soybeans. Notably, the Shawhan’s grow waxy corn. Dale has more in this video.An astounding 60 people turned out to the celebration where the group talked about their wet growing season and the crops of the area. Indigo Ag also had a demonstration on field mapping with drones.You can nominate yourself or a neighbor at agrigoldohio.com.last_img read more