Lofa Ebola Survivors, Orphans Crave for Support

first_imgSurvivors and those that have been rendered orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease in the worst hit county of Lofa, are pleading with the government of Liberia, through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations and philanthropists, to help them re-establish their lives.The survivors and orphans,  under the name “Ebola Survivors and Orphan Association of Lofa (ESOAL), which reportedly has membership of over 300, said that they had been hard hit by the outbreak of the virus, thus rendering their lives pitiful and difficult.Lofa County, where the Ebola virus initially crossed over to from neighboring Guinea early this year, was considered the epic-center of the outbreak in Liberia after hundreds of people lost their lives and several others became  orphans. Though the county is on the verge of being pronounced as a zero case zone, the virus has left many scars behinds, some of which need immediate attention.Speaking to newsmen on Monday October 20, at the Air Strip in Foya Lofa County, the heads of ESOAL outlined the difficulties that members of the organization are presently facing.  These have now compelled them to seek external help in order to relieve the pains that they are undergoing, especially after losing their loved ones and  coming through a rigorous recovery processes.The head of the organization, Anthony Fayiah, appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, INGOs and NGOs for what he termed as basic support, such as food, clothes and shelter, as some of the homes were burnt  as a means of containing the spread of the virus in the county.Mr. Fayiah also called for the provision of opportunities for members to further their education through scholarships and others means, as some of them no longer have the means to go back to school when the schools are re-opened.  This is because they have lost their parents and sources of income.“This is a very serious situation for us. We want to call on the President, the government and its international partners as well as other well meaning Liberians to come to our aid because most of our members have been rendered vulnerable as a result of the outbreak.”“I am a survivor of the virus, which I contracted through handshaking. It has not been easy for us. I’m looking at my situation but I’m deeply worried about the many children that have been orphaned by Ebola.”Most of these children, between the ages of one to eighteen, lost all of their parents and have no opportunity to live a decent live anymore, the ESOAL boss said, disclosing further that all of the orphans are members of the organization.“So we are urging our government and these international organizations to come a help some of our children. We don’t know what the future holds for them now, but these are Liberian children and there is a need for them to be supported and given opportunities like all other children,” he said.The members of ESOAL are also calling on government for them to be placed in the national budget, as most of them no longer have means to sustain themselves, indicating that every other hope of livelihood has been lost.Another survivor, Tamba Kullie, who is also an orphan, stressed that the most terrible experience he had ever faced has been this Ebola. “I lost all of my people. I lost my father and mother and all of my brothers and sisters. As of now, I have no immediate relatives. I’m an orphan now and have no means to sustain myself as I have lost everything. Sometimes I sit and cry endlessly. It is very difficult to understand.Mr. Kullie, 16, said the only focus he has now is to obtain a scholarship and focus on his education in order to build a life for himself,  He added with faith and confidence, “I know with God Almighty above, all is not lost.  Though I lost all of my people and everything, I still know that I can live a better life when I’m able to obtain a scholarship and go to school.”“As members of ESOAL, which is really catering to some of us, we want to call on government to intervene and come to help us. I’m really in need of their support. Most of our members are children like me and we are vulnerable.”The regional Director of the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent for the Africa Zone, Alasan Senghore, said that the Red Cross has a post- Ebola plan that has to do with catering to children orphaned by the virus, though he indicated that more support is needed.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf’s visit to Lofa was in continuation of her assessment to the Ebola situation in the country. She used the opportunity to hold discussions with community leaders on the essence of working collectively to contain the virus. She also met with healthcare workers in the county and encouraged them to continue to exhibit commitment in the discharge of their duties.­Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WCD Community Grounds neglected by Govt – NDC

first_imgCovered with bushes and unwanted shrubbery, the community grounds and centres across the West Coast of Demerara have been in a state of despair and regional councils have been trying to resuscitate these structures with little assistance from Central Government.The current state of the Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara Community CentreAttention was placed on the Cornelia Ida Community Centre, which is partially inaccessible, but even if residents gained entry, they would be disenchanted to see the dreadful surrounding which awaits them. Along with the high bushes, there is an old and dilapidated structure which is isolated.However, Deputy Chairman of the Cornelia Ida/Stewartville Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Paul Narine told Guyana Times on Monday that there are several public spaces along the stretch of road which requires rehabilitation.He explained that the Department of Sport is responsible for injecting funds to facilitate any upgrading of these sport grounds. Consequently, there has been little support in terms of financial assistance. On the NDC’s part, there is no substantial income to cushion these expenses.“The Department of Sport does normally give a grant to these project but for the longest while, all of that change. The NDC is small and cannot generate no big income to do these kind of rehabilitation. It’s very hard on the NDC,” said Narine.It was related that the only responsibility that the Council can undertake is to weed the bushes and conduct a small land clearing. At another Stewartville Ground, attempts were made to construct a concrete pitch so that youths can be afforded the facilities to better their skills. From the subvention provided for the year, he would have asked for lights to be installed at the ground but two lights would cost some $500,000.“The only maintenance that the NDC is doing is weed the bushes or whatever to make it accessible. That’s all the NDC is doing. If they fix one ground at a time for us, it would good for the community. Like for the one in Stewartville, we finish the fencing and this activity started four years ago. In order to get the youths occupied, we had to make do with what we had and build a concrete pitch for the rainy season. This year, I asked for money for two lights which is $500,000 but I don’t know if the money would be given for us to do these things,” the Deputy Chairman insisted.Narine stressed the importance of these structures as they serve as a recreational activity for persons, primarily children, within the various communities. A such, calls were made for attention to be placed on these facilities, as well as assistance from the Government.“I don’t know if we can get some money from Central Government to get the ground up and running. The NDC get $4 million every year to divide among 10 constituencies so it’s not a big amount we get to use to do these works. By the time we put a fence and wait for money the next year, half of the fence is there.” (Rupadai Seenarine)last_img read more

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Dodgers sign former Twins pitcher Mays

first_img Harang gets $36.5 million: Right-hander Aaron Harang avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $36.5 million, four-year contract that made him the Cincinnati Reds’ highest-paid pitcher. Byrnes, D’Backs agree to 1-year deal: The Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder Eric Byrnes agreed to a $4,575,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Byrnes hit .267 with career highs of 26 home runs and 25stolen bases last season, his first with Arizona, to become the first Diamondbacks player to reach 25 homers and 25steals in a season. Only three other NL players reached those marks last year. Also: Left-hander Bruce Chen agreed to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers. … Boston Red Sox reliever Julian Tavarez mildly sprained his right ankle while pitching for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. … Pitcher Todd Wellemeyer and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $635,000, one-year contract. … Lew Burdette, MVP of the 1957 World Series when he pitched the Milwaukee Braves to their only championship, died. He was 80. Burdette had been ill with lung cancer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Joe Mays, a 17-game winner for the Minnesota Twins in 2001, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 48-70 record with a 5.05ERA in 206 big-league games, including 156 as a starter. center_img Mays was 17-13 with a career-best 3.13 ERA in 2001, and then signed a $20 million, four-year contract. But he won only 18 games for the Twins before they declined an $8.5million option for the 2006 season, instead buying him out for $500,000. Mays didn’t play in 2004 following reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He was 6-10 for the Twins in 2005, and pitched in 13 games for the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds last year. last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer spending spree news: £75m to be spent on this stunning array of talent?

first_imgIn Portugal it is claimed Benfica youngster Lazar Markovic is close to being officially announced as a Liverpool player.The 20-year-old has apparently had a medical and the spending won’t stop there, says Reds chief executive Ian Ayre, with manager Brendan Rodgers having access to the £75m Barca will pay for Luis Suarez.Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can have already arrived, so click the arrow on the right to see who else may be moving to Merseyside.Keep up to date with all Liverpool-related news here. 8 8 8 Alberto Moreno: Sevilla – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – If a move for Swansea left-back Davies doesn’t materialise, then Kopites may well rest easy because plenty of rumours are doing the rounds that Ian Ayre flew to Spain in a bid to sign long term target Moreno from Sevilla. There is further good news for supporters as Iago Aspas is heading back to Spain, with Sevilla looking like his next destination. Talking of left-backs, though, Chelsea have slapped an £8m asking price on Ryan Bertrand after the Reds reportedly had a £6m bid rejected. Jay Rodriguez: Southampton – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – If Rodgers cannot get his hands on Bony, then Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez is an option. According to the Mail, Rodgers is a fan of the England striker, though Rodriguez cannot play again until October following a knee injury that kept him out of the national side’s World Cup squad. Wilfried Bony: Swansea – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – In the Mirror, it is reported that Liverpool are being frustrated in their attempts to replace Bony with Suarez as Swansea want more than his £19m valuation. Liverpool also want left-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm from the Welsh club. 8 8 Divock Origi: Lille – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – The Liverpool Echo claim a £9.5m fee has been agreed for Belgium man Origi, but he will be loaned back to Lille in France’s Ligue 1. 8 Click the arrow to see where Liverpool’s summer spending will take them – Serbia international Markovic is expected to be a Liverpool player by the end of this week as manager Brendan Rodgers continues his summer spending spree. So who else is going to join him, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can? Dejan Lovren: Southampton – Despite the player doing his best to force his way out of Southampton, new Saints manager Ronald Koeman said until his future is resolved he must report to training on the south coast. His astonishing outburst on his current employers is well known and as a result it is only a matter of time before the deal happens. Marco Reus: Dortmund – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – The Liverpool Echo report that odds have been slashed on the Dortmund man joining Liverpool following rumours a £45m offer. Xherdan Shaqiri: Bayern – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – Switzerland’s World Cup star was strongly linked with a transfer to Liverpool, but they may lose out on Shaqiri with Roma said to be close to agreeing a deal. The Italian club would be willing to let the sought after defender Mehdi Benatia join Bayern, using the centre-back as a makeweight. 8 8last_img read more

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NOEL CUNNINGHAM: I WON’T RUN FOR DÁIL – BUT MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

first_imgNOEL Cunningham has announced he won’t run for the Dail at the next general election – but may consider running for President in four years’ time.In a statement tonight the Harvey’s Point Hotel manager and TV3 celebrity expert said he had decided against running for Renua or as an independent.But he might consider a run for the Aras. “After a great deal of careful thought and discussion with family and friends I have decided not to put myself forward as a candidate in the next general election,” he said.“I had initially decided against running but after presenting a well received paper on the challenges facing rural towns in Ireland at the recent Renua collaborative gathering. it was suggested I re-consider . That I did and realising that I could not give one hundred and fifty per cent to such a challenge I decided against running.”He went on: My focus has and will always be my beloved Donegal … Community … My charitable endeavours as Patron of various causes .. Harvey’s Point and the promotion of all matters tourism . I have my heart and soul immersed in all things  Donegal. The many commitments to my own causes which include in the months ahead trips to London and New York  for Irish Community matters … Trips all over Ireland this winter for several charitable causes .. And a number of home based community issues requiring my in-put in my own Donegal ,which is above all else my main focus in life. These endeavours I engage in are done for neither financial gain or ego .“And of course there is my main job. Harvey’s Point is for me the perfect fit for all matters relating to promoting Tourism and  the best Donegal has to offer. This Hotel is a huge part of my life . I am delighted to lead the  Team at this Hotel which is No 1 in Ireland and a huge local employer.” Noel added: “I wish everyone putting their name forward the very best. As far as my own voting intentions .. The vote will go to the candidate who has Donegal and the many challenges we face in The Northwest as key to their campaign. In closing I say a huge thank you to all who so very kindly with sincerity and affection advised me and helped me arrive at my decision . The Aras …. Mmmmh that’s another story !!!!” NOEL CUNNINGHAM: I WON’T RUN FOR DÁIL – BUT MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT! was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:All-Ireland PresentationNoel CunninghamPRESIDENTlast_img read more

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Two men jailed for 30 years for knifing Donegal man to death

first_imgTwo men have been caged for a total of 30 years for killing a Co Donegal man in London in broad daylight.Damien McLaughlin, 42, originally from Manorcunningham, was stabbed to death in north London on April 22. Yesterday, 18-year-old Eduardo Embalo, of Dowsett Road, London, was found guilty of manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.And Andre Joseph, 25, was given 16 years for the same charges.However, both were found not guilty of murder.The Irish Sun reports how the court heard how McLaughlin desperately tried to fight back after he was chased and stabbed to death.The 42-year-old was surrounded and knifed in the heart in front of shocked residents in Enfield, as our dramatic picture shows paramedics trying to save him.Dozens of children were playing nearby and it’s believed some of them witnessed the horror attack.Plumber McLaughlin – a father and grandfather who worked for Speedy Jet Drainage – was pronounced dead at the scene.Embalo was handcuffed shortly afterwards as he spotted by police acting suspiciously near the murder scene.Days later, Joseph was arrested at a nearby address.CCTV, mobile phone footage and witness statements identified the pair as the attackers.It is believed that slain McLaughlin was known to at least one of the attackers.A third man Omar Warner, 18, of Marshside Close, London was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter or possession of an offensive weapon.Jurors had been told the victim had been “in trouble with police for most of his life”.Two men jailed for 30 years for knifing Donegal man to death was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 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:courtDAMIEN MCLAUGHLINdonegaljailedmanorcunninghamSTABBEDlast_img read more

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Increased working hours for Donegal carers

first_imgDonegal carers are to benefit from an increase in the hours they work or attending a training course outside the home, as Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, makes new Regulations.Carers will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours they work or attend a training course outside the home from 15 to 18 ½ hours per week.From January 1, 2020, carers will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours they work or attend a training course outside the home from 15 to 18 ½ hours per week.  This measure is one that, Minister Doherty particularly prioritized in response to the carers she met at the Department’s Pre-Budget Forum.The carers said they found the current number of 15 hours to be too restrictive.Minister Doherty said she was delighted to make provision for their proposal in Budget 2020. “These Regulations, which take effect from 1 January next, will increase the number of hours that a carer can work or train from the current 15 hours per week to 18 and a half hours per week. “This will help carers address issues of social isolation and, critically, enable them to maintain better contact with the workforce, and by doing so improve their welfare and their incomes.“I believe that this measure will have a positive impact on the lives of many carers, particularly women,” she said.There are 83,772 carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and over 3,100 carers in receipt of Carers Benefit at present.Over 75 per cent of carers receiving Carer’s Allowance are women.Increased working hours for Donegal carers was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:CarersdonegalMinister for Employment Affairs and Social Protectionregina dohertylast_img read more

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What are the chances Warriors’ Kevin Durant plays vs Oklahoma City?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — The Warriors (46-21) listed Kevin Durant as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-17) after missing Wednesday’s game in Houston with a right ankle contusion.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant is “feeling better” after practicing in all of Friday’s session. But Dr. Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ director of sports …last_img read more

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Push for more generic medicines

first_img21 August 2003The National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM) is on a drive to raise awareness around the benefits of using generic medicines, which can drastically reduce health care costs in the country.Generic medicines are produced after the patent on an original medicine expires. Other manufacturers are then entitled to copy the original product using the same active ingredients as contained in the original medicine. Generic medicines are much less expensive than the original medicines because of the costly and extensive research usually required before the latter are manufactured.Some development work is still required for making generic medicines, however, and generics must also be registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC) before they can be sold in SA.Comments Muhammad Bodhanyia, chairman of the NAPM, which represents most local generic medicines manufacturing companies in SA: “The increased use of generics can make a major contribution to reducing health care costs in South Africa.“There is also a role for patented medicines that can provide patients with the latest technology to cure disease and eliminate the need for costly surgery and hospitalisation. The patented medicines of today and tomorrow are our generics of the future.”SA could use more genericsBut SA still lags behind in its use of generic medicines. According to the NAPM, generic medicines account for almost 52% of the volume of all prescriptions, whereas this figure is as low as 20% in SA. The organisation believes that using more generics could save the country in the region of around R24-billion.Bodhanyia says that although the use of generics in SA has increased in volume terms, there has only been a 1% increase in the use generics from a value perspective over the last five years, while the increase in the total cost of medicines has increased substantially more than that.According to Bodhanyia, there is a need for some legislative change to speed up the process of manufacturing generics. Firstly, the “uninhibited” extension of patents delays the production of generics, and secondly, a situation exists whereby manufacturers of generic drugs need to provide samples of their generics for registration with the MCC but are unable to make them because of patent protection over the original medicines. This results in a delay from when the patent expires and when the generic become available.Extending treatment optionsCountries like Canada, Israel and Australia have managed to overcome this problem, enabling generic equivalents to be launched onto the market as soon as the patents on the originals expire.“The sooner generics can be launched, the sooner price savings on those medicines will be realised to the benefit of the people and in keeping with the government’s intention of making medicine more accessible”, says Bodhanyia.Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has lent support to NAPM’s initiative to raise awareness among health professionals and the general public on the use of generics.“In the public health sector, where fixed budgets place limits on treatment, more affordable medicines could extend treatment options. And for consumers, lower medicine prices will stretch medical aid cover and make out-of-pocket payments easier”, Tshabalala-Msimang said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Joshna Chinappa pips Dipika Pallikal to enter main draw of China Open

first_imgJoshna Chinappa edged out longtime India teammate Dipika Pallikal to make the women’s singles main draw of the USD 100,000 PSA China Open on Wednesday.A gruelling battle is expected whenever Chinappa and Pallikal face each other and it was no different this time.Chinappa, who won her 15th women’s singles national title last week, pipped Pallikal 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 in the final round of qualifying. She had also got the better of Pallikal in the Asian Championships final earlier this year.Chinappa, the highest ranked Indian at 14, had blanked Duan Si Yu of China in her opening qualifying match yesterday.World No. 22 Pallikal, too, had started her campaign on a promising note, beating former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf of England in another tough match lasting five games.Saurav Ghosal, India’s number one male player, made the men’s singles main draw with a 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-1 win over Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt.last_img read more

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