Monrovia’s West Point Could Be Potential Target of Ebola Virus

first_imgMedical experts are of the opinion that Monrovia’s West Point, congested with over 100,000 residents, including  fishermen and women and children, could be potential targets for the deadly Ebola virus.But the fishermen and women in the borough have told the Daily Observer that since the outbreak of the deadly virus, situation of its spread in the slum community has not yet become prevalent.A dozen of the fishermen and women told our reporter that amidst their unending plight and misery, they believe the God of Heaven will continue to protect them from the deadly Ebola virus.However, some of the fishermen and women were quick to clarify that a week ago  some dependants of the fishermen and women in the crowded community have died of suspected Ebola cases.They (fishermen and women) declined to state specifically the number of Ebola casualties.Owing to the grim picture of the situation, fishermen and women noted that they were earnestly praying that such calamity would not visit their crowded community in Monrovia.The fishermen and women, most of them in a worried but hopeful mood, sounded urgent calls on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners to place top priority on the slum and deprived communities in Monrovia and its environs.“Don’t bring bad luck on us in this crowded community that has remained relatively an Ebola free zone in Monrovia,” the fishermen and women warned.“It is indeed our prayer and supplication that our nation will once more be resurrected from the shackles of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed so many lives,” the fishermen and women pleaded.In separate interviews with leaders of the West Point Fishermen and women Association, they appealed to the medical and financial global partners to consider all slum and deprived communities in Monrovia as their main focus.West Point Fishermen and women Chairperson Darlington Blamo called on the Liberian Government and global health partners to step up a vigorous Ebola virus awareness campaign in all slum and deprived communities in greater  Monrovia.“We need a large number of the Kiosk buckets, chlorine and other critically needed medical gears for health workers and other support partners in fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Point and other areas in Monrovia,” Mr. Blamo pleaded.He further explained that immediately following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, “we strongly advised our fishermen not to make any attempt to go fishing at the moment in the deep sea.In an instant encounter with an 88-year-old woman of the West Point Community on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, she sounded a passionate appeal to the MOHSW and other global partners in the fight against the Ebola virus to not neglect the slum communities in Monrovia.“I do not want my grand and great grand children to die as a result of the deadly Ebola virus that has engulfed the nation on nearly every front in the country,” Madam Dekontee Wesseh Blamo cried out.The octogenarian Madam Blamo, who speaks relatively good English, also appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Cabinet to once visit the West Point Community and evaluate the challenges, constraints and progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supercross starts often decisive

first_imgANAHEIM – It’s the most exciting part of a supercross race. The engines rev, the gates drop and there’s mayhem to be the first to Turn 1. “A good start is 70 percent of the race,” Yamaha Troy 125cc series team manager Dave Osterman said. “It’s a rush, the ultimate rush.” A motorcycle race start easily is unlike any other in motor racing. The riders line up in a single row behind a gate that is about wheel high. Someone, usually a card girl, holds up signs signifying the amount of seconds before the gates fall. When they do, it’s a mad dash of 20 motorcyclists for one usually very narrow turn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardIt’s unlike car racing in which the fastest qualifiers get the front spot and, typically, one of the fastest cars in qualifying will emerge in the lead. In supercross, any one of the riders could have the lead in the first turn or be on the ground because of a crash 30 seconds behind the leaders. “It sounds funny, but it’s pretty hard,” said Brett Metcalfe, who rides for Osterman’s team. “You have to stay consistent and focused.” The 21-year-old Murrieta resident by way of Australia was the most successful at it last weekend in Phoenix. He said it was his first holeshot “in a long time.” Metcalf again will be going for the holeshot in Saturday night’s Amp’d Mobile AMA series Lites race at Angel Stadium. Racing is scheduled to start at 7. “I’ve been working on it and it paid off,” Metcalfe said. How important can it be? In last weekend’s 250cc class race, series points leader James “Bubba” Stewart crashed on the start. By the time he got back on his bike, he was 30 seconds behind the leaders. He did, however, rally to finish third. center_img Metcalfe and his teammates say they practice their starts 20-30 times two or three days a week. By the time they are finished, the clutch needs to be replaced. Teammate Branden Jesseman called start practices necessary and boring. “You have to make sure you get your shifting down right.” he said. “You need to make sure your revs are right. You have to have enough traction in the rear wheel and have a good reaction time. The more you do it, when it’s time for racing, it’s more natural. You don’t have to think much about it. It just happens.” For the most part, it can be the make or break that a rider needs. “These guys are on very fast motorcycles,” Osterman said. “They’re all bumping into each other. They are all physically fit. No one wants to crash and get hurt. Everyone is going into Turn 1 and wants to be first. All of these guys have the same goal going into here. It’s pretty intense. It’s exciting. Bumping is not intentional, but it does happen. They funnel in there so fast.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, ext. 2272 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