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

Former Mayor calls for pageant to be cancelled

first_imgLinden pageant scandalIn light of recent allegations of sexual assault against delegates of the Miss Linden Town Week (LTW) pageant by a Linden businessman, former Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland is calling on the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) to cancel this year’s pageant. He said the delegates should be crowned as municipal ambassadors, whereby they would become a part of the development process of Linden and spread positive messages to young girls.Former Mayor of Linden Carwyn HollandIn a statement issued on Tuesday, Holland said this should be done on the heels of the observance of an International Women’s Day observance which was staged in Linden recently, where a call was made for society to “guard our girls”.“These revelations are deeply troubling. So, I commend the young ladies’ courage and believe that they should be hailed as ambassadors for our municipality, championing the call for young women to resist the pressure to be demoralised and abused by some in our society. And I believe their courage to speak out, goes well in strengthening others to speak out in spite of threats or the rhetorical silencing that often follows these incidents,” Holland said.He added that though he was not apprised of the scandal before it became public, he finds it imperative that law enforcement conduct a thorough investigation of the matter so that justice is served.“We all have a responsibility to instil wholesome values in the next generation of young men and women and should not chastise or silence them when they uphold such values. This should be commended…,” Holland indicated.Meanwhile, pageant coordinator Crystal Lam has called for the pageant to continue, amidst calls for it to be cancelled. “We have to start somewhere, and the solution cannot be to end all pageants… Over the past few months I have come to know a group of young women who are very passionate about empowering, leading and making positive changes in society… We have to start somewhere. We have to come up with more creative ways in finding solutions.”Lam added that at a meeting on Monday, the delegates indicated that they no longer care about the prizes.“They suggested that should they continue, their platforms must change. Though a ‘greener economy’ is a worthy platform; they all have social ills they are passionate about, and they want to be able to represent and bring awareness to these issues. In my opinion, the pageant should go on. Give these women a chance to be role models in society. Give them a chance to change society’s misconception of pageantry. Our women must not feel like selling one’s self to potential sponsors is an undeniable part of pageantry,” she said.The allegation of the sexual assault went viral on social media after a post that a businessman from Amelia’s Ward, Linden had made sexual advances towards the delegates when they were at his premises to seek sponsorship during March 2018. The post alleges that the LM&TC tried to cover up the matter and officials tried to silence the victims.But the LMTC has said that aiding or abetting any activity and behaviour that is demeaning to women or any other individual or group of individuals is incompatible with its ideals. As such, given the sensitive nature of the case, the LM&TC conducted an independent investigation into the incident.The investigation found irrefutable evidence that an incident occurred on March 3, 2018, and the said matter was settled between the parties involved on March 6, 2018.Meanwhile, the Alliance For Change (AFC) said in a statement on Monday that it is aware of a social media post regarding an alleged incident which took place in Linden.The party also admitted that the incident involved a member of the AFC’s Region 10 Regional Management Committee.Based on some sources, the AFC member was one of the persons who accompanied the victim to the businessman’s premises to seek sponsorship, which led to her allegedly being assaulted.last_img read more

Mancini ‘ready’ to become new Italy coach – federation

first_img0Shares0000Zenit coach Roberto Mancini has won league titles in Italy and England © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELMILAN, Italy, May 1 – Zenit Saint Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini has agreed in principle to become the next Italy coach, Italian federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini said Tuesday.“Yesterday (Monday) in Rome there was a meeting … with Roberto Mancini, who said he was ready to end his relationship with Zenit and coach the national team,” Fabbricini said in quotes carried by Gazzetta Dello Sport. “We agreed that we’ll start to talk about figures and details on May 13, at the end of the Russian championship.“I want to state that nothing is decided. We’ve told Mancini clearly that the FIGC has a budget for the role which it does not intend to deviate from.”The annual budget for the future coach and his backroom staff has been fixed at five million euros.Mancini, 53, met with the Italian FA sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta and team manager Gabriele Oriali for over two hours in Rome on Monday evening.It was reported over the weekend that Carlo Ancelotti had turned down the job, with Gazzetta reporting that the federation had offered the former Manchester City manager a two-year contract until 2020 worth four million euros ($4.8million) a year.“Coaching the national team would be prestigious and a source of pride for me because Italy are one of the most important teams in the world,” Mancini told Italian radio on Monday.During his 17-year coaching career Mancini led Manchester City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan and Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.The former Lazio and Sampdoria forward never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year international career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in a two-legged playoff in November.Italy’s under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has been filling the position on an interim basis.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spurs ‘agree deal’ for Serie A star they could have signed for free last summer

first_img latest changes Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Koray Gunter in action against Juventus. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham Hotspur have ‘agreed a deal’ Genoa centre-back Koray Gunter, according to reports in Italy and Turkey.The 24-year-old defender joined the Serie A side on a free transfer in the summer after being released by Galatasary and has impressed in four starts and three substitute appearances this campaign. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Already Gunter is generating interest from Serie A clubs with AC Milan considering him as cover for Mattia Caldara but Spurs are set to rival them as they look for additional defensive stars, according to CalcioMercato.The future of Toby Alderweireld remains uncertain and while manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to have faith in Davinson Sanchez and Argentinian starlet Juan Foyth, he may want to make an additional signing if the Belgian leaves. 1 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most Popular Premier League Stories SORRY center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? whoops predicted gameday cracker tense huge blow TOP WORK Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? revealed And according to Fanatik, Spurs have struck a deal in principle for a fee worth £15million.Gunter was on the books at Borussia Dortmund as a youngster and made one appearance for the first-team before leaving for Turkey in 2014.last_img read more

Futsal star Godfrey Cadribo off to the United States

first_imgGodfrey Cadribo (left) and Henry Barungi (right) at Entebbe Airport before departure to the USA (Photo by Agency)Godfrey Cadribo, a young footballer who has been studying at Uganda Christian Christian University (UCU) in Mukono has departed for the United States of America.Cadribo has also been a scorer in Park FC which features in the National Futsal LeagueThe 20 year old landed a sport scholarship with North Carolina Wesleyan College where he will double his studies with football, playing for the College Men’s soccer team.He was seen off at Entebbe International Airport by his family led by the father Joseph Egondua (the assistant general secretary of Uganda Allied Health Examination board), mother (Janet Verronica Mukunjiru, a primary teacher in Mukono) as well as close friends.Cardribo’s placement and scholarship at North Carolina Wesleyan College was secured by football enthusiastic-cum-administrator, Henry “Gafford” Barungi.A humbled Barungi, also an administrator at Gafford Ladies women Football club in the FUFA Elite league noted;“Thanks to God that I managed to successfully get a scholarship for Godfrey Cadribo at North Carolina Wesleyan College where he will undertake a four year course, majoring in Information Computer systems, said Barungi when contacted.“He has already left and special appreciation to his parents who fully facilitated his travel expenses to the United States.“We just pray the best for him to perform well in his studies and football career development.Cardribo joins three female players currently on sports scholarships in the United States of America.Two time FUFA Women Elite league winner Sandra Nabweteme is currently enrolled at Oklahoma State University.Joan Nakirya and Sandra Nantumbwe are at the Redlands community College.The trio also both study and play football in the states.Comments Tags: Godfrey CadriboNorth Carolina Wesleyan Collegelast_img read more

Violence erupts in the Darjeeling hills

first_imgA crisis has been unfurling in Darjeeling following the GJM’s call last week for an indefinite shutdown from Monday. Even as a semblance of normality seemed to return on Wednesday, the situation took a turn for the worse on Thursday.last_img

Virginity test: Maharashtra Minister promises action against Kanjarbhat caste panchayats

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday assured the State Legislative Council that caste panchayats of the Kanjarbhat community would face action if they compelled newly married women to undergo a ‘virginity test’Action would also be taken if the panchayat members were found to be interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment, said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion tabled by Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe.‘Hurts women’s dignity’The Kanjarbhat community’s custom, in which newly married women are expected to undergo a test to prove that they were virgin before marriage, hurt women’s dignity, Mr. Gorhe said.She also alleged that these panchayats also tried and settled cases of rape and sexual harassment outside the court.‘File criminal case’“Cases should be registered against them (panchayat members). Conducting a virginity test and announcing its result publicly is a violation of woman’s right to privacy. Her virginity status should not be disclosed to the public,” Mr. Gorhe said.Mr. Patil said police would be asked to register a criminal case if a panchayat forced a woman to undergo a virginity test.Awareness meet“The government will also take action if caste panchayat members are found interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment,” he added.“We will hold a meeting of caste panchayats and social activists next month to create awareness about the issue,” Mr. Patil said.last_img read more

Now, BJP wants Mamata’s sit-in spot

first_imgThe BJP’s West Bengal unit has sought permission from the Kolkata police to conduct a dharna later this month at the same spot in the city where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a sit-in demonstration last week. The party has already sent a letter to the city police seeking permission for the dharna at the Metro Channel in the heart of the city between February 21 and 23, BJP State general secretary Sayantan Basu said on Monday. An e-mail would also be sent to the police in the matter, he said. The “Save Democracy” dharna will raise demand of “restoring democracy in the State”, he said. Mr. Basu said, “Whenever in the past we had asked for permission to organise a sit-in demonstration at the Metro Channel, the police denied us permission citing traffic rules. But if the Trinamool Congress was allowed to organise a dharna there, why can’t we do it?” Ms. Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, was on dharna from February 3 to 5 at the Metro Channel in Esplanade area to “Save the Constitution” after the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the chit fund cases. “We hope that we will also get the permission. We will not use loudspeakers as it is examination time,” the BJP leader said. When contacted, Kolkata Police officers said they were yet to receive any such application from the BJP. “If we receive it, we will take a call,” said an officer. The Metro Channel is also the same spot where Ms. Banerjee had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors’ small car unit at Singur in 2006.last_img read more

Smart phones could be used to detect earthquakes

first_imgThe cellphone in your pocket could soon save you from an earthquake. Researchers have shown that it is possible to use GPS data from smart phones to detect tremors, potentially providing an early warning system to those who have not yet been hit.”What’s really nice about this work is they are using sensors that people carry around anyway,” says geophysicist Kristine Larson of the University of Colorado, Boulder. “It could be very, very useful.”In the moments before an earthquake, a few extra seconds can mean the difference between life and death. With a little bit of warning, people can take shelter, nuclear power plants can take last-minute precautions, and natural gas utilities can shut down pipelines. Japan has an early warning system that relies on more than 1000 seismometers throughout the country, which saved lives during the magnitude-9 Tohoku earthquake that hit in 2011. A similar system exists in Mexico, and another is under study in California. But such systems are expensive and time-consuming to install and maintain, making cellphones an attractive alternative, especially for earthquake-prone countries in the developing world.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Previous studies of crowdsourcing earthquake early warning systems have relied on phones’ accelerometers, which estimate the phone’s movement, rather than GPS tracking, which locates the absolute position of the phone using satellites. Scientific GPS stations have already been used to detect earthquakes, but the new study found that even consumer devices with GPS could be useful for crowdsourcing warnings. And as more and more of our devices integrate GPS navigation, including vehicles, increasing amounts of data could boost the sensitivity of such efforts.To understand whether smart phones and other consumer devices could detect quakes with GPS at all, researchers tested the sensitivity of such devices. Cell phones typically use a coarser method of positioning than do the most sensitive scientific instruments, which take advantage of more information encoded in the GPS signal. The scientists studied the accuracy of cellphone GPS by shaking a phone and comparing its recorded displacements with a more accurate scientific device. And by monitoring the phone for movement while holding it stationary, they measured the chance for false alarms. The researchers determined that consumer GPS devices could detect earthquakes of magnitude 7 and above, allowing possible warnings for people located away from the epicenter of the most destructive quakes, they report today in Science Advances.Next, the researchers tested the concept using a computer simulation of a magnitude-7 earthquake near Oakland, California, on the Hayward fault, a likely spot for future tremors that runs through the San Francisco Bay Area. By simulating the typical response of cellphones to shaking, they estimated the signals in cellphones near the epicenter. In the researchers’ system, a quake “triggers” a phone if it and four neighboring devices all record simultaneous movements greater than 5 centimeters. To weed out coincidences, the system only issues an alert if more than 100 devices see such triggers. Assuming data from 0.2% of the population—less than 5000 people—the system was able to detect the simulated earthquake within 5 seconds, a speed that would have allowed a few seconds of warning before the strongest shaking began in San Francisco and 10 seconds before it began in San Jose, providing time for children to get under their desks and for trains to put on the breaks.The researchers then tested their system with real data from the Tohoku quake. The team used an array of 462 GPS stations spread across Japan to approximate the data that would come from cellphones. Although these scientific instruments are more precise than cellphones, they record lower quality data as well, which is similar to data from consumer devices. In this scenario, the researchers set the bar for detection so that the chances of a false alarm would be about one in 2 million. The system would have detected the earthquake 77 seconds after it began, which would have allowed a warning of about 10 seconds before the earthquake reached Tokyo. What’s more, it would have allowed several minutes’ warning before the accompanying tsunami. Although scientific detection systems might provide even faster warnings, these systems might be useful in places without warning systems.As technology advances and more devices integrate GPS tracking, the system will become more useful, says study author Benjamin Brooks, an earthquake scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. “It’s not really just about smart phones, it’s about all sorts of Internet-connected devices that have positioning associated with them. … We think the numbers are going to be so large that you could be very liberal with your criteria for using a specific device.” Detection with cellphones is difficult because users are constantly moving them around, but with enough data, the system could rely on devices that weren’t in motion before the quake, improving warning capabilities.However, computational earthquake seismologist Jesse Lawrence of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, points out a few challenges to the approach. Using GPS drains phone batteries, so data collection might need to be restricted to times when phones are recharging, meaning that few phones will be operating during the day. And the software has to deal with phones behaving unpredictably during an earthquake, such as falling from a table onto the floor. Because of that, Lawrence says, “the way that they’ve done the simulations, I would argue, doesn’t really match real world.” But he is optimistic about the possibilities for this technology in the future. “It’s great research, and this is the first step.”last_img read more

Honda workers protest ‘forced long leaves’

first_imgMore than 2,000 contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited sat on a dharna inside its Manesar plant in Sector 3 here on Tuesday — a day after 200 workers were told to proceed on a three-month leave citing economic slowdown.Around 150 police personnel were deployed inside the plant premises to prevent any law and order situation, said DCP (Manesar) Rajesh Kumar.HMSI employees’ union chief Suresh Gaur said that talks were on with the labour department and the management officials to work out a solution. “The company’s management has been illegally sacking contractual workers, asking them to go on leave for 3-4 months using slowdown as an excuse. The workers have families to support, they cannot survive without work for so long. If the management fails to find a solution, the permanent works will also join them in the protest,” said Mr. Gaur.The affected workers also staged simultaneous protest outside the plant. They claimed that around 2,000 employees had been told to go on leave over the past few months, and none of them were recalled.“It is a conspiracy to relieve the contract workers with higher wages and hire workers at lower wages. The three other plants of the company in Bangalore, Gujarat and Rajasthan are running smoothly, how come only the Manesar plant has been hit by the slowdown?,” Gulvinder, a protesting worker., demanded to know.Another worker Ajay Kumar said the workers should be suitably compensated if the company wanted to relieve them. “We must be paid one lakh rupees for each year of service offered in the company. It is difficult to get a new job at this age. Most of the workers are in their late 30s,” said Mr. Kumar.The protesters claimed that the contractual workers were given a 15-day service break every year, but this time they were being told to go on a long leave and were not being recalled. Most of the workers told to go on leave were employed for 5-10 years and worked on frame assembly.A delegation of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, led by its Haryana president Satbir Singh, met the workers and extended support to them.In a press statement, the company said that 200 contractual members, whose term had completed, were relieved based on demand fluctuations and production adjustment. It further said that necessary recruitment would be considered on the basis of future market requirements.Additional Labour Commissioner (NCR) Manish Kumar said talks were on till late in the evening and the contractual workers were still holding a peaceful dharna inside the company premises. He said the talks were held with the plant’s head through video conferencing since he was in Switzerland, but no conclusion could be reached.last_img read more