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

NGOs unite in nationwide vigils of hope

first_imgWorld Suicide Prevention DayNon-governmental organisations (NGOs) united on Saturday evening to spread hope during several countrywide vigils in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).The vigils were organised by The Caribbean Voice (TCV), the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Prevention Of Teenage Suicide (POTS), the Leo Club, the Miss Global International Guyana Team, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, and other religious groups in all three counties of Guyana.POTS Guyana, an organisation formed by activist Lisa Punch, hosted its vigil at Square of the Revolution where a handful gathered to light candles in an effort to inspire suicidal persons to live.The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha’s vigil in EssequiboPOTS Guyana vigil at the Square of the RevolutionPOTS vice president, Ruth English–Wilson, told Guyana Times that the vigil is meant to reach out to persons who are going through a difficult time and to remember those who ended their own lives.“We saw it fit to do a candlelight vigil standing in solidarity with Guyana’s fallen children, those who are still suffering from depression and being sad and are thinking of suicide and even the survivors, because anything can trigger them. So we are standing in solidarity and in prayer for all those we lost already, for the persons who are still holding on and for those who have survived,” she stated.The youth activist urged those who are suffering to reach out to support networks for help, for advice and counselling, reminding that no one has to go through troubling times alone.“We are here to give you help and give you encouragement,” she stated, noting that POTS can be contacted for any emergencies concerning suicide and related incidents.Pastor Diego Alphonso, delivering a speech on behalf of the Social Protection Minister, Volda Lawrence, at the vigil, urged NGOs to intensify their efforts and reach out to areas in the countryside where the scourge of suicide is more prevalent.“We need the commitment of more agencies and NGOs to work harder to remove the stigma and taboo of suicide. We have to get at the root of its prevalence; we must be educated to recognise the signs. We need to commit as a nation to remove ourselves from the top position for suicide in world circles. We can ill afford to bear this high cost of precious lives,” he relayed.The Leo’s Club hosted its vigil at the St Stanislaus College on Brickdam, Georgetown, where a handful of lions, along with a few Miss Universe delegates turned out to participate.Carol Lovell, representative of both the Leo’s Club and TCV, lamented that not a lot is being done to help persons who are in need and therefore, the vigil was being used as a call for action.“People need to become more aware. We need to give a helping hand and a big brother support to those who are going through difficult times so that they will know the meaning of life and want to hang on and continue living.”In this regard, Lovell called on the government to implement initiatives in school where there are counsellors who develop relationships with students, whereby they would be comfortable to confide their troubles without fear.The Dharmic Sabha at its vigil in Anna Regina Car Park saw scores of persons in attendance.Organiser Sursattie Singh advised those who are suffering with suicidal thoughts to remain positive and trust in God.“There is always another way out than ending your life, talk to someone, be someone’s keeper, life is worth living.”Meanwhile, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, pledged his commitment on Friday at a forum in New Amsterdam to address suicide in the East Berbice/Corentyne region.Also, the Public Health Ministry on Sunday hosted a Suicide Prevention Walk in order to raise awareness of the pandemic and call on the nation to get up and take action with the aim of saving a life.Persons can reach the suicide prevention hotline on 600-7869, 623-4444, 223-0001, or 223-0009.(Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

Trackers get win at home against Fort McMurray

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers went 1-and-1 over the weekend.Visiting the Grande Prairie Athletic Club on Friday night, the Trackers stayed even through the first thanks to a goal by Keenan Halverson assisted by Connor Kindrat and Logan Kimmie. The GPAC struck with a pair of goals in the second, and the Trackers had an answer for only one of them, as Connor Bowie scored with less than a minute in the period assisted by Nathan Bragg and Nick Vanderploeg. Trailing 3-2 into the third, the Trackers were unable to find the Grande Prairie net, and lost 4-2 after an empty-netter.On Saturday afternoon the Trackers hosted the Fort McMurray Midget Oil Barons, and got off to a promising start as captain Joel Bourgeois scored a pair of goals, the first of which was on the powerplay, assisted by Jeridyn Loewen and Aiden Craig-Steele. The Oil Barons got on the board early on in the second, but Nick Vanderploeg replied on the powerplay less than five minutes later helped by Bourgeois and Bowie. That would end up being the eventual game winner, as Logan Kimmie added some insurance for the Trackers, assisted by Craig-Steele.- Advertisement -The Trackers are back in action on Saturday when they host the Canadian Athletic Club Butchers and Packers Midget squad in Dawson Creek at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Attorney says murder defendant fired in self-defense

first_imgRubio yelled derogatory words at Aguila because he was blocking traffic at Vicki Drive and Godoy Street, Conley said Friday. Prosecutors argue that Aguila asserted his tough-guy gangster persona and shot Rubio for “not showing him respect,” Herring said. But Conley said Aguila feared for his own life and believed Rubio was reaching for a weapon when he shot him. A gardener working nearby testified that he saw one man in a car point a black revolver at the other car. He said he saw a man in the other car raise his hand. After the shooting, Rubio’s vehicle accelerated into the parking lot of Aida S. Nelson Elementary School on Vicki Drive, where it crashed into another car. NORWALK – Did Oscar Rubio lift his hand to shield himself from a bullet or to pick up a gun moments before he was shot to death? Defense attorney Robert Conley argued in court Friday that his client Randy Aguila, 20, of Whittier shot and killed Rubio, 26, of Whittier in self-defense. Deputy District Attorney Doug Herring countered the shooting was a clear-cut gang murder. Rubio was shot in the hand and chest Sept. 22, 2005, after a car-to-car dispute in unincorporated Whittier. Witnesses testified they heard yelling coming from the two cars moments before two shots were fired at about 3 p.m. The shooter sped away. Nearly two months later, on Nov. 20, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped Aguila’s car and, while searching it, found two letters containing an alleged murder confession, Herring said. One letter were addressed to Aguila’s friend in New York; the other was written to the defendant’s younger brother. “Just about a week ago I killed someone my first time,” one letter read. “You know … I don’t lose sleep or feel bad. I actually laughed and told myself: `Finally I caught one.”‘ Witnesses testified that details described in the letter could only have been known by the person who shot Rubio. Both the victim and the defendant belonged to gangs, Whittier Police Department Sgt. Jim Uhl testified Friday. A gang member would perceive the derogatory statements Rubio allegedly yelled at Aguila as “disrespect,” Uhl said. “He would react violently, inflicting great harm or death. That is something \ would definitely brag about,” he said. Sheriff’s homicide Detective Barry Hall testified about his two interviews with Aguila after his arrest. “In the first interview, he didn’t admit to murder, but we still believed he was the shooter,” Hall testified. But during his second interview with Aguila, Hall asked him if the shooting was in self-defense. “He shook his head yes,” and cried, said Hall. The trial is scheduled to continue Monday. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

On their way to Liverpool? Klopp, Reus and the Dortmund stars who could follow their boss to Anfield

first_img Ilkay Gundogan – Quality midfielder is LEAVING DORTMUND! Click the arrow to see other players who may follow Klopp to Liverpool – Klopp is full of admiration for the central midfielder, hailing his passing game and calling him a “complete player”. Gundogan will not stay at Dortmund beyond next season when his contract expires and so the club are likely to listen to offers – around £20m – in the summer. However, such is his standing, both Bayern and Man United are interested in the 24-year-old. 6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – A striker who scores goals! Click the arrow to see other players who may follow Klopp to Liverpool – With Daniel Sturridge injured, Rodgers has made it clear Liverpool are in need of a striker capable of scoring goals in his absence. Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are not the men for the job, but Aubameyang might be. This season he has scored 22 goals in all competitions. Would it be worth getting rid of Rodgers and bringing in Klopp if he can tempt players like Aubameyang to join LFC? 6 Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Superb playmaker who could take on Gerrard’s mantle – Click the arrow to see other players who may follow Klopp to Liverpool – Mkhitaryan was wanted by Liverpool before he chose to join Klopp at Dortmund in 2013. At his best, he is one of the best playmakers in the game, who seems to have the attributes to play anywhere in attack – he also scores goals. His captain, Sebastian Kehl, says of the 26-year-old: “He is tricky, technically very good and a real threat in front of goal.” Should Klopp get the Liverpool job, he would have to convince him there is a real chance of winning trophies in England given that he claimed to have initially rejected the Reds to win silverware in Germany. 6 Sven Bender – The holding midfielder Liverpool have been searching for? Click the arrow to see other players who may follow Klopp to the Reds – Sven Bender and his brother Lars have been lauded for their play in the middle of the park and talkSPORT Drive presenter Adrian Durham called him the German Carrick, hailing his reading of the game and explaining that he does not make many tackles because he anticipates and intercepts. He did say he was perfect for Man United, though. 6 6 Marcel Schmelzer – better than Alberto Moreno? Click the arrow to see more Dortmund players who could sign for Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp heads to Anfield – Apparently Jurgen Klopp would find it very difficult to turn down Liverpool when he leaves Borussia Dortmund in the summer. So if the German does replace Brendan Rodgers, are we likely to see any of his trusted players follow him to Merseyside? Here, talkSPORT looks at the positions in need of strengthening and the Dortmund players capable of playing the role. Left-back Schmelzer was rumoured to be a Liverpool transfer target last summer, so with Klopp at the helm, would they finally land their man, whose contract expires in 2017? Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under pressure, having become the first Anfield boss since the 1950s not to win a trophy in his first three years.And not long after Jurgen Klopp announced he is leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer, the German was linked with the Reds hotseat.LIVERPOOL FANS WANT RODGERS TO BE GIVEN MORE TIMEKlopp has worked with and developed great relationships with his players, so naturally a number of them are being tipped to follow him out of the Westfalenstadion exit.The 2013 Champions League finalists have some players who appear perfect to shore up the Reds’ problem positions.KLOPP WOULD FIND IT DIFFICULT TO TURN DOWN LIVERPOOLHere, talkSPORT looks at players who could follow the manager – what area do you think Liverpool need to strengthen? 6 Marco Reus – Looks happy to be on this list! – He is the one player every fan would like in their team. As with Gundogan there will probably be a large queue for Reus, who is unlikely to come cheap. If Klopp does replace Rodgers at Anfield then it will probably cost around £40m to land Reus, though the player would probably prefer to remain in the Champions League.last_img read more

Interactive map aids Reseda residents

first_img“We’re asking neighbors to talk about strengths and challenges in their neighborhood,” said Neal Richman, director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s about encouraging people to enjoy their neighborhood. I want them to feel empowered.” One of the reasons Reseda was selected is because of its high homeownership level – a sign people were invested in the community, Richman said. The participants concentrated on a six-block area along Reseda Boulevard and Sherman Way. Among the improvements they would like to see: bike lanes, pedestrian-friendly walkways, bus stops with benches and covered kiosks, a small park, landscaping, mixed-use projects and the restoration of the Reseda Theater for use as a nightclub or other business. While most participants were from Reseda, the city allowed residents from neighboring communities to contribute. Cathy Cole, of Van Nuys, said she wants to give her input on redeveloping Reseda’s business district. “Reseda has a lot of potential and it’s been kind of ignored,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – Residents from high school students to retirees took to the streets recently to photograph Reseda’s good, bad and ugly for an innovative, high-tech neighborhood improvement project. The photos of graffiti-covered buildings, vacant storefronts and benchless bus stops – along with positive images – are part of an interactive map to give city leaders a better idea of what the community wants. More than a dozen residents will share their findings today at 5:30 p.m. with policymakers, developers and business owners at West Valley Regional Public Library. The online database and mapping system is being developed by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, in partnership with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), a city-sponsored program designed to revitalize communities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One of the benefits is that it brings everyday people into the planning process. “Reseda is crying out for help and attention for some major changes,” said Lilia Miranda, a CSUN graduate student who participated on the grass-roots project. “I hope this serves as my voice. This is how I feel and this is how I want to be represented as a resident.” The group snapped pictures and took notes Oct. 20 and uploaded the material last week. The Web site, which uses geographical information system (GIS) technology like the kind used by Google Earth, will be launched early next year. It will also include Sun Valley, Boyle Heights and Highland Park – three other communities selected for the project aimed at breathing new life into transit-dependent, urban neighborhoods. The new project, known as Land Opportunities Tracking System, has included citizens through the entire process. last_img read more


first_imgWhat a deal!! A game of bowling and laser quest for just €8 at Arena 7.Arena 7 have established a stellar reputation over the years for providing their customers with excellence in the food and entertainment sector. There latest deal only reiterates that commitment to their customers with a game of bowling and a game of the hugely popular Laser Quest on offer for just €8.The deal began yesterday Monday the 7th of July and will last until Thursday the 10th of July. Arena 7 caters for all ages and its staff provide first class customer service to all who frequent the entertainment complex.Customers from as young as 7 up to 70 can enjoy both so come and join us this week.Laser Quest at Arena7 is played on a Multi Level Maze with up to 20 players at a time and once combined with our State of the Art Bowling Lanes you will not be disappointed.Check out all the Arena7 has to offer at DD DEAL OF THE DAY: ENJOY A GAME OF BOWLING & LASER QUEST AT ARENA 7 FOR JUST €8! was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:Arena 7BowlingBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesLaser Questnewslast_img read more


first_imgDerry City’s substitutes were the key to unlocking the Finn Harps defence in this rather scrappy JJ Reid Trophy game at Finn Park this afternoon.Both sides used the challenge game to blood a number of players.Derry were on top for most of the game and deserved their 2-1 victory. Harps keeper Ciaran Gallagher by far the busier of the two net-minders in the opening half and made a number of stops.Goals by Rory Patterson in the 40th minute and fellow sub Ryan Curran in the 87th minute gave the Candystripes a deserved two goal cushion.Harps’ Paul McVeigh popped up in injury time to head in from a corner to grab a consolation goal for the home side.  DERRY BEAT HARPS IN SCRAPPY JJ REID FINAL was last modified: February 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry cityfinn harpsJJ Reid Trophylast_img read more


first_imgAN estimated 3,000 people in Co Donegal are still waiting on their medical cards as the Government finally admitted that tens of thousands of others throughout the country are also waiting for their cards to be issued.The figure for this county – given to us by a HSE insider – comes as many people who need them urgently are forced to pay for expensive medicines while they wait for their applications and renewals to be processed.One Donegal mother of three told us how she and her husband and one child had their cards renewed – only to be told two of her children’s applications had never been received. This is despite the fact all five renewal forms were posted in the same envelope.“This has meant that I’ve had to pay for medicines for one of my sons and we’ve had to borrow money to pay for it,” said the mother.“We ring almost every day to complain. We’ve re-applied but they don’t seem to respond. It is driving us slowly mad.”The Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said the delay in issuing medical cards is having a devastating impact for patients throughout the country. A new centralised system for issuing and renewing medical cards has resulted in long delays for patients around the country.“Let the ones that are obvious through the system so people can continue with their treatment and their lives,” said Deputy Kelleher“I don’t think we can start blaming processes for what seems to me to be an accounting exercise that is having a devastating impact on people’s lives.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com3,000 DONEGAL PEOPLE STILL WAITING ON MEDICAL CARDS was last modified: January 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldonegaldaily newsmedical card delayslast_img read more


first_imgA taxi-driver put his head in his hands with relief after he was found not guilty of sexually-assaulting a 20 year old woman in his cab. Jacob Okornoe, of 57 The Elms, Letterkenny had pleaded not guilty to the charge on November 28th, 2010.The father of three appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and was found not guilty by a majority verdict after they deliberated for more than two hours. The court was told that Okornoe, 35, put his hand on the young woman’s leg and made suggestive advances towards her.The woman, who cannot be named, told the court that she had been out at her Christmas party with colleagues and got a taxi home.Another man in the taxi got out and she headed home in the front passenger seat.She claimed just five minutes into the journey, the driver starting talking suggestively to her.“He said I was making him hard and that I was a good looking girl. He put his left hand on my right leg and started rubbing it. I pushed him off and told him to stop – he did it again and I was really frightened.“I understood that hard meant is that I was making his penis hard,” she said.The young woman asked to get out of the taxi but the driver locked the doors and didn’t speak for the rest of the journey.“I was really scared” said the woman.She eventually arrived at a friend of her sister’s house and told them what had happened.Later that day she made a complaint to Gardai.The cab-driver was tracked down by CCTV as he was wearing an unusual hat.The hat was found by Gardai who came to his home with a search warrant.When interviewed, the taxi-driver said he never made any sexual suggestions or put his hand on the woman’s legs and dint even remember what she was wearing.He said he thought the woman was a bad woman because she said she was married and that she had just cheated on her husband.He said he came from a Christian family and that he loved his wife.He said the woman became angry when he asked her not to smoke in his cab.Barrister for the accused, Damian Crawford, appealed to the jury to consider their judgement very carefully.“A conviction for sexual assault is not just for Christmas, it’s for life,” he warned.After two hours, the jury returned and said they could not reach a unanimous verdict.Judge John O’Hagan said he would then accept a majority verdict of 11 to 1 or 10 to 2.The jury returned again a short time later and said they had found the taxi-driver not guilty.TAXI-DRIVER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN IN CAB was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennynot guiltysexual assaulttaxi-driverlast_img read more