Last week, through a firsthand experience, I noticed the high level of tardiness and lack of coordination in the reporting lines for Ebola response. Of grave concern is the wide communication gap between reporting and Ebola action. It took more than seven hours, from the time it was reported to the Ebola hotline team, to remove a dead man from the street of Mamba Pointe and we understand that was one of the quickest removal.It is not clear to me and I am sure to many others if we are catching up on the Ebola war or the continuous spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is catching up with us. Our overstretched health care system is still struggling to cope with the spread of EVD.More than seven months into this epidemic, it is our submission that current approach is weak, sub-divided and uneven. Therefore, we need a seamless response strategy-no gap. A common and comprehensive approach is required to catch up with the control and prevention of EVD.It has taken us a long time coming into grips with this epidemic. Catching up on Ebola war requires a scale of vision that aligns with a scale of threat. To conquer this Ebola war; we need geographical social mapping of the spread of EVD, demographic information on those affected by the Ebola virus and human behavioral research to understand the sociocultural context of those health practices that lead to the spread of EVD. Essential to catching up, is the use of social networks that are critical to changing health practices.What is perhaps required now and more than ever before is it to take up a lot of pressure off the health workers who are presently in the frontline. We need, as mentioned in all of our publications, a collective response to the scale of the challenge that presently confronts us. We also need a much faster approach to improve our under-resourced health care facilities.With over 4,500 fatalities and a projected 9000 by end of this month, we need a game changer starting today. The threaten strike action by health workers is not catching up as this would fester the spread of EVD in Liberia. Our leaders should be good listeners and our frontline service providers should be good negotiators. EVD is not and should not be a precursor to violence. There is a need for calmness and coordination of efforts directed at a common goal — eradication of Ebola.Our priority now should be about saving lives and this we can do through the establishment of more community care centers for laboratory testing, isolation and possible quarantining of contacts, increased community awareness and mobilization program and improved contact tracking and tracing program.For the time being, a lot more still needs to be done and with the cooperation of everyone, this, too, will be a chapter in the history books of our country. At this moment, it is a big challenge that requires a more aggressive and transparent approach.On our part and as part of preventive and control efforts to the propagation of EVD, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia will continue to engage in community education outreach programs to rebuild trust in our health system and to provide information on the symptoms of Ebola virus, resource linkages to establish mobile clinics and groups that cater for young people and conduct capacity building and partnership strengthening programs for young people to reduce the impact of EVD using health promotion strategies.From the standpoints of parsimony-(carefulness), specificity and reinforcement of current efforts, MOP considers it expedient to consider improving our health care system by adding more health care providers to the fight against Ebola. Use of faith based organizations, social networks and bi-lateral as well as multilateral cooperation is critical at this time.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “It takes a village” to control Ebola, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Teens accused of raping girl to stand trial in High CourtTeens accused of raping girl to stand trial in High Court
Three teenage boys who were arraigned for the rape of an 11-year-old girl were on Wednesday committed to stand trial in the High Court.The order was handed down by Magistrate Judy Latchman when the defendants made their second appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after being released on their pre-trial liberty by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The teens – 18-year-old Caozuyag Menuy as well as a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old – are accused of having sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of consent between October 1 and October 31, 2017 while in the vicinity of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.According to the prosecution’s case, the boys allegedly held down the child and molested her. The matter was reported to the Police, and the teens were arrested.Defence Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, in an application for bail for the boys, asked the Magistrate to be lenient and grant bail in a reasonable amount.Bail was granted in the sum of $70,000 for the 18-year-old while the 15-year-old and the 14-year-old were each placed on $40,000 bail.
Stefan Heller of Stanford University said research in restoring damaged hearing cells “is very much at the beginning and it’s still a long, long road.” Inner and outer hair cells in the ear pick up sound vibrations and send them to the brain. Damage to outer cells causes hearing impairment, which can be helped by hearing aides, he said. Damage to the inner cells cannot be repaired and causes deafness. Heller said ear stem cells have been isolated in laboratory work and grown into cells that resembled hair cells. “They’re not perfect,” he said. When placed in the ear of chicken embryos, most of the cells died. A few survived and were implanted into the inner ear. The next step, he said, is to try the experiment in mice. Gene therapy is being tested in an effort to produce more hair cells in the ear. The result so far has been a type of hybrid cells and researchers are unsure whether they can get these cells to survive. SAN FRANCISCO – An aging U.S. population faces a looming crisis in hearing loss, researchers said Saturday. Some research holds promise, but much is in the early stages. By 2050, there could be as many as 50 million people in the United States with impaired hearing, Steven Greenberg of Silicon Speech in Santa Venetia, Calif., told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hearing loss results in social and psychological isolation, “which makes their life hell,” Greenberg said. Thanks to loud music and a generally noisy environment, young people have a rate of impaired hearing 2
Exclusive – Liverpool facing season-defining week, warns former Reds aceExclusive – Liverpool facing season-defining week, warns former Reds ace
It is make-or-break time for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has been warned.The Reds have made a stuttering start to the new campaign, and Dominic Matteo claims the next week will define their entire season.Liverpool travel to Newcastle on Saturday, face Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Bernabéu on Tuesday and then welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Anfield.“This is a real tough week ahead for Liverpool. This is a real defining point of the season for them,” said ex-Reds ace Matteo, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “You look at the next three games coming up, that is a real tough, tough week. I think after this week we will know which way Liverpool’s season is going.”Brendan Rodgers will be without Daniel Sturridge for all three of the crunch clashes.The Reds have struggled in attack without the England ace, with summer signing Mario Balotelli yet to impress, and Matteo has called for Rodgers to give Rickie Lambert more of a chance over the next seven days.“I think the fans want to see Lambert. I definitely want to see him given a chance,” he said.“He has not really had much of a chance since he has been there. He needs game time and if you give Lambert the chances, he will take them.”
So far 34 footballers, including German World Cup winner Mats Hummels, Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Japan’s Shinji Kagawa plus UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, have pledged part of their salary to Common Goal, run by NGO streetfootballworld, which has assembled a global network of community organisations.Mata’s one percent helps the India-based OSCAR Foundation, which promotes the value of education through football, a gender equality project in Colombia and also goes into a general pot.The Spanish international, speaking to AFP after visiting two primary schools through his work with the Manchester United Foundation in a deprived area of northwest England, is disarmingly modest about being seen as a figurehead of Common Goal.“Curiosity got me into it,” says the 29-year-old. “Someone had to start it and Jurgen (Griesbeck, the founder of streetfootballworld) and myself said ‘let’s start and see how people react’ and they have reacted well.Juan Mata joins in football activities with pupils during a visit through the Manchester United Foundation to Beever Primary School in Oldham, northwest England on February 19, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFF“It is not about myself. It is trying to be the biggest football club in the world.“Just with me it wouldn’t go very far. In football it is very important to have a team bond and spirit and even more so with Common Goal.”Mata, who is also studying for two degrees, says he is happy with the response so far, even if he does not yet have a global superstar signed up.“People tend to think about the ones who aren’t in and I prefer to talk about those who had the courage to voluntarily call and be part of it,” he says. “I am really proud of them.“We are having important discussions with people who make decisions in football about how to integrate Common Goal into the football industry and if it turns out differently it doesn’t matter. I just feel it is needed and fair for the world somehow.”– Life in a ‘bubble’ –Mata, who won the Champions League with former club Chelsea in 2012, has admitted in the past that footballers live in a “bubble” but he says it is understandable that sometimes they forget their modest roots.“It’s not easy when you are 20, 21 years old,” he says.Football remains Juan Mata’s passion but increasingly as a tool for social change © AFP / Oli SCARFF“Imagine you play for a club like Manchester United, you start getting famous, you start to get some good money and we are not ready for that at that age, so it’s difficult to keep your feet on the ground and to think about ‘OK let’s gonna keep that way, let’s not forget from where I come from’.Mata credits his family with nurturing a philanthropic streak.“Common Goal comes from my education and my family,” he says. “They taught me things, my parents, my sister, my grandfather, who was influential in my personal life and professional one.“In the whole family he was fantastic, everyone loved him so much,” the player added of his late grandfather, who died last year.“And for him to have lived so many finals, happy moments, it makes me feel happy with myself, and he definitely was and still is a big influence in my life and in my family’s life.”Mata was struck deeply by a visit he and his girlfriend made to the OSCAR Foundation in Mumbai last year and they subsequently put on a photographic exhibition in Manchester.“I experienced some hard moments,” he says. “When you see the state of how many people live and the extreme between wealthy and poor people money-wise it is hard to bear.“But it was a great experience to feel how spiritually rich they are, many of the people we visited.“It was very, very good to see the Oscar Foundation’s work first hand and to live there with them. The classroom is in the slums and it was important to see it.”Football remains Mata’s passion but increasingly as a tool for social change.“Football unites all the projects but they do education, gender equality and basic needs but football is always present,” he says.“It is something I always wanted to do, to use the power of football for the better.”To find out more about the Common Goal project, visit www.common-goal.org.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juan Mata signs copies of Spanish books he distributed during a visit to Royton Hall Primary School through the Manchester United Foundation in Oldham, England on February 19, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFFOLDHAM, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – World Cup winner Juan Mata is breaking the mould, challenging the general perception of spoilt, rich footballers and helping to awaken the sport’s social conscience through the ‘Common Goal’ project.The Manchester United midfielder is encouraging players to follow his example and pledge a minimum of one percent of their wages to a collective fund — and he wants to make it “the biggest football club in the world”.
Letterkenny Rovers star heads to Scottish League side for two-week trialLetterkenny Rovers star heads to Scottish League side for two-week trial
Letterkenny Rovers star Paul McVeigh is currently having a two-week trial at Scottish side Alloa Athletic. Alloa Athletic are currently top of the Ladbrokes League 1 – and have won all four of their opening SFL games.McVeigh, enjoyed a wonderful campaign as Letterkenny Rovers embarked on a memorable FAI Intermediate Cup journey, reaching the decider at the Aviva. They also played four FAI Senior Cup games, and it was McVeigh’s MOTM performance against Athlone Town that caught the eye of scouts.A week after their Aviva disappointment, Letterkenny travelled to Athlone, and produced a superb display that earned them a replay at Leckview.It was the former Finn Harps players performance in the initial cup tie that prompted scouts to take him to Scotland for a two-week trial.McVeigh flew to Scotland yesterday evening and trained with Alloa’s first-team squad this morning. Letterkenny Rovers travel to Cockhill on Wednesday night for their season opener in the League Cup.Letterkenny Rovers star heads to Scottish League side for two-week trial was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Alloa AthleticnewsPaul McVeighScotlandSporttrial
PEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNYPEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNY
A Letterkenny man led Gardai on a pursuit through the town after being spotted holding a bottle of wine while driving.John McDonagh fled from Gardai after being reported to be drinking and driving at Ballyboe on March 5th last.After being approached by Gardai he fled and drove up through the Long Lane and Glencar areas of the town where he was pursued by Gardai with flashing sirens. McDonagh, 32, tried to overtake another car in his way and mounted a footpath but crashed into the other car.The defendant, of 19 Cashel Park, Lisnennan, Letterkenny, drove on down Convent Road in his Volkswagen Passat and forced two pedestrians to jump out of the way.Gardai again tried to stop McDonagh but he continued to drive towards the Oldtown area of the town before being hemmed in and arrested by Gardai.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told Letterkenny District Court his client had argued with his partner earlier that day and had decided to go drinking.He said his client was getting married this year, was very sorry for what had happened and accepted he will be off the road for a long time.Judge Paul Kelly said the incident was at the upper end of the scale.“This was an aggrevated incident. He was stopped by Gardai and then tried to escape and evade Gardai over a length of time. God knows what might have happened if he was not trapped.“He also collided with another vehicle and put a number of pedestrians and Gardai in danger,” he said.Judge Kelly ordered a community service report and said he was considering imposing 200 hours community service for both charges of dangerous driving.PEDESTRIANS FORCED TO FLEE AS GARDAI PURSUED DRINK-DRIVER THROUGH LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 27th, 2011 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)
MET EIREANN INCREASES ITS STORM ALERT TO STATUS RED FOR DONEGALMET EIREANN INCREASES ITS STORM ALERT TO STATUS RED FOR DONEGAL
WEATHER ALERT: Met Eireann has just increased its weather warning for Donegal to a dangerous status red.Met Eireann has upgraded its warning to status red for Donegal.The warning had been at a status orange alert but has been upgraded in recent minutes.Met Eireann says the issuing of a status red warning is a comparatively rare event. During such events people are advised to stay indoors and even to move their families.The weather watcher is warning people that gusts of up to 150 km/h could hit Donegal later today.Winds are expected to increase by late afternoon and will get stronger by this evening.Met Eireann is also warning that high seas will make coastal areas along Donegal will also be open to being lashed by the storm. Met Eireann explains “The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.”People are also being advised to move objects from their gardens indoors and not to make unnecessary journeys.ESB crews are also on standby in case of power outages.The county council is also on standby to attend any damages caused by falling trees and other items. MET EIREANN INCREASES ITS STORM ALERT TO STATUS RED FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 18th, 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:donegalMet Eireannstatus redstorm alert
BUSINESS: DRAGONS’ DEN STAR SET TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTREBUSINESS: DRAGONS’ DEN STAR SET TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE
BUSINESS: Eamonn Quinn, star of RTE’s Dragons Den will officially launch The Base Enterprise Centre and will introduce some of Donegal’s newest entrepreneurs. The official launch takes place on October 8th at 10.30am. On the day of the launch there will be speakers from Enterprise Ireland, the International Fund for Ireland, Donegal County Council and AIB.Participating on the day will be Finn Technology (Bespoke IT training and support), Innovation Renovation (Bringing clarity to construction), Viking fit (Fitness training and body conditioning) Utility Choice (Independent Utility Consultant for Small and Medium sized Businesses), Donegal First Aid Services(Bringing training Alive), Ruth Graham Design (illustrator/graphic designer offering initial branding & promotional material for both start-ups and established businesses), Bog Bean designs(Rugged knitwear design)All About Water (Water Consultancy), Peoplesafe (A UK based company who design Health & Safety softwear for global markets) Advance Survey Solutions (Freelance Engineering and Surveying services) Re New You (Healthy mind and body), William Kelly (Business Advisor) Finn Valley Amateur Boxing Club & Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce.Donna Maskery Manager told Donegal Daily, “On the day of the launch we will also be hosting ‘A Creative Touch of Donegal’ an exhibition celebrating Donegal’s rich diverse creative offering.Confirmed exhibitors to date include: Morgan Ferriter, Ruby Doodle, Kara Gems, Michelle McKee, Kennedy or Ardara, Edel MacBride, Stephen Bennett, Fiach Art Circle, Maria Noonan McDermott, Ronan Hanna, Barry Sweeney (Local Hands), Anna Campbell, Laura McDowell (Paper Tree), Fiona Higgins as well as the Pinnacle Office Furniture company.”Eamonn Quinn added, “I’m really delighted to be launching the BASE, I’m hugely supportive of initiatives that seek to support entrepreneurs and create opportunities.“Hats off to the individual committee members who work tirelessly on a voluntary basis, to the funders for having the foresight to support this project and I wish each and every one of the businesses there every success as they build and grow.“I’m really looking forward to the 8th its inspiring to meet new entrepreneurs and those who support them”. Background: Ballybofey and Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC Ltd) formed in 2006 to address the social, cultural and economic needs of the Ballybofey and Stranorlar area.Since its formation BASICC has successfully delivered a number of initiatives which have benefited both enterprise and community objectives.BASICC’s board consists of local social entrepreneurs who share a common goal, to achieve sustainable economic and environmental objectives at a local level by making the most of local resources and by leveraging national/international supports.Kieran Doherty Chairperson for BASICC said, “We identified that an enterprise centre would be crucial to supporting enterprise development in the Twin Towns, Enterprise Centres are a proven means of generating economic growth and this become a focus for us. “We worked closely with partners and funders to secure financial support to build ‘The BASE’ and we are delighted to be launching the centre on 8th October”The BASE is funded by the International Fund for Ireland [IFI], Donegal County Council, Enterprise Ireland and the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The BASE has been thoughtfully designed to enable business development and growth with dedicated hot desk and start-up space, offices and units of various sizes, training facilities and a range of meeting rooms all finished to a high standard all with flexible arrangements, free Wi-Fi in designated areas and free parking.As well as attracting new business to the area ‘The BASE’ supports existing local businesses and community groups.The BASE is currently the only community owned resource in the North West providing connectivity through the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) infrastructure and BASICC feel this is a unique selling point.The MAN infrastructure enables 94 towns and cities across Ireland with an advanced fibre optic infrastructure, capable of delivering cutting-edge communications and information. Conal Henry, CEO of enet who operate the MAN, said, “We’re particularly pleased to be able to offer world class solutions in Donegal.“The capacity of the fibre is virtually unlimited and will allow businesses in The BASE to benefit from higher capacity, wholly reliable, uncontended broadband.“We already know that there is a link between superfast broadband and innovation, and the MAN connection to the BASE Enterprise Centre will support further enterprise, innovation and investment.”Since opening The BASE has hosted a number of events including practical workshops on themes such as branding, innovation vouchers and social media.Staff at The BASE are now working with AIB bank to offer the BASE/AIB competition which will provide one lucky entrepreneur with €1000 cash investment for their business and 6 months FREE accommodation in The BASE (for details see www.thebaseenterprise.ie).Plans for the future include cross border projects, themed workshops and networking opportunities, youth entrepreneurship and a ‘Start your own business programme’.If you would like to attend on the 8th October please contact – Donna MaskeryTel: 087 607 5555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBUSINESS: DRAGONS’ DEN STAR SET TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDragon’s Dennews