‘Ebola Cases on the Decrease’

first_imgThe Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, on December 12, 2014 confirmed that the risk of contracting Ebola is on the decrease.  This, he said, is attributed to the tireless efforts made by the Government of Liberia, as well as non-government organizations and members of the international community.“As the Ebola crisis continues to decrease in the country, members of the Ebola Burial Team need to be remembered not only as health workers but as heroes,” Minister Dukuly declared.He said that the burial team had played a significant role in the fight against the virus and should be encouraged and appreciated, especially since they stand at a high risk of getting in contact with infected persons.“As we all know, since the outbreak of the virus people have been talking about the nurses and doctors who have fallen prey to the epidemic, as well as others still in the fight. Unfortunately not much  attention has been paid to the Burial Team, which I think we need to consider. Those young men are risking their lives on a daily basis and it is only too fair to be grateful for their efforts.”He encouraged citizens to continue all the necessary preventive measures, as specified by the Ministry of Health and its partners, adding that Ebola is real and is still in the country.  He said  complacency and failure to take precautionary measures could lead to yet another outbreak.   The fight against the Ebola virus needs to be done collectively if Liberia must win the battle against a viral disease that has claimed the lives of thousands of our people. “The Ebola fight is more than just a government thing. Rather, it is a situation in which we should all get involved, beginning from our family level.”He lauded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Carter Center for being supportive, stressing that partnership at the local and international levels is essential to the fight against the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, Min. Dukuly has condemned all act of elections violence, and called on  political leaders to exercise tolerance in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election.Also speaking to journalists was Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, who said that his Ministry received US$484,000 to enhance the fight against the virus; and not seventy thousand as  indicated by some media entities.Minister Sirleaf said that US$150,000 was allotted to set up the cremation site for Ebola bodies; while US$16,000 was used to build two pumps in the Johnsonville Community, owing to the lack of safe  drinking water there.As part of the fight against the Ebola virus, Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Nimba and Lofa were chosen by the Ministry as a result of the high risk of infection faced by the three counties.  Special attention was paid to these regions and  the balance funds are being kept for unforeseen circumstances.  Meanwhile the Ministry is expected to decentralize its activities in the various counties across the country, in order for rural dwellers to have easy access to its activities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10,000 Ebola Survivors Receive Cash from SC International

first_imgThe Liberia office of Save the Children International has begun a cash distribution of over one million United States Dollars to survivors and relatives of those affected by the deadly Ebola virus disease.The international aid agency is targeting at least 10,000 Liberians, some of whom are survivors of the disease. Others are relatives of those who died and left behind families, including widows and children.Thousands of Liberians were directly and indirectly affected by the virus. The country is now trying to revive its economy which shrank (decreased) severely as a result of the virus’ impact.Many concessions scaled down their operations, pulled out their expatriate staff and even laid off most of their local staff. The Liberian government had to also send on leave 90 percent of its workforce, who it termed “non-essential staff” to decongest offices and prevent the virus spread.Save the Children’s intervention, which is made possible with funding from the Norwegian and Swedish governments, has been praised by the more than 120 beneficiaries who came from towns in the Mamba Kaba Statutory District of Margibi County and met in Dolo Town also in the district, to receive their direct cash benefits from the aid agency.Under the Save the Children’s Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) grant, each of the beneficiaries will receive US$200 for two months.Speaking to the Daily Observer, Mr. Augustine Fayiah, Coordinator of Save the Children’s Food Security and Livelihood Program said the 4-month project will benefit at least 800, 410 and 211 household heads in Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties, respectively. Fayiah said that the 1,125 household heads have dependents which sum up to 10,000 in the three counties. Save the Children had to scout for funding, he said”There are no strings attached to the usage of the money. Beneficiaries are allowed to use it as they see fit.  However, he personally hoped that they would use the funds in ways that will benefit them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Norco wins in double OT to reach title game

first_imgCORONA – Overtime seems to be the key to success for the Norco High School boys’ basketball team. The Cougars (20-10) edged Oceanview High School (21-8) 71-68 in double-overtime Tuesday at Eleanor Roosevelt High Schoo to advanced to the CIF finals for the first time in the school’s history. Tuesday’s game also marked the first time the Cougars had ever advanced to the semifinals. It was the third consecutive overtime victory for Norco. The Cougars, which are 4-1 in overtime games on the season, were behind 55-53 after Brandon Ishimoto’s lay-up with 30.2 seconds to play in regulation. However, Benji Arvizu, who was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points, forced his way inside for a lay-up to tie the game, 55-55 and send it into it’s first overtime period. The two teams traded baskets in the first overtime period. The Seahawks took a 61-59 lead but Brendan McQuillan grabbed teammate’s Justin Collin’s miss, turned around and put it back to tie the game, 61-61 with 29.3 seconds to play. During the final overtime period, Norco came out charging and took a 69-61 lead with 42 seconds to play. However, it became a nail-biter ending as the Seahawks began intentionally fouling Norco and the Cougars were missing their free throws. Oceanview pulled to 70-68 with 11.3 seconds to play. Arvizu left the door open for Oceanview when, after making his ninth consecutive free throw of the night, he missed with 10.5 seconds to play to give Norco a 71-68. The Seahawks had two tries at hitting the three but missed both opportunities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I felt like (Oceanview) was really tired in that last overtime. They just looked winded,” Norco coach Jon Cabrera said. “Overtime is not a method of success, but it does show the character of our team. They just don’t quit. Every game it’s a different guy who carries us through the stretches.” last_img read more

‘He still looks like he’s playing in a backstreet slum in Rio!’

first_imgEach week, a leading band or musician takes our special talkSPORT Starting XI. And this week it’s rock Gods, The Answer…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?It has to be Drive with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough! I have to admit the opinions of Adrian Durham used to leave me scratching my head….I would be thinking, “is this geezer mad? Why do they have him on the radio? He’s just arguing for the sake of it and its ridiculous!” But two years of intense listening have enlightened me and I now understand the method in his madness, which is not madness at all he’s just a free thinking individual. I find Darren Gough’s honesty both refreshing and enlightening, particularly when he told the story about having a few beers in-between innings of a county cricket match thinking they were too far ahead to lose and ended up losing!! You don’t get that from Cristiano Ronaldo. Also Darren’s opinions are informed as that of an ex-sportsman from the inside, Durham is a well informed fan. Durham has great conviction in his opinions and Goughie has never backed down form anything in his life. It makes for a great radio show! Adrian Durham also has a very balanced view on Arsenal!!!talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?It would be called “We could be Spectacular!” You could use our song Spectacular as the theme music. It would feature members of rock bands talking about their favourite football moments and memories with one or two football players of the team they support. For example, I would talk about the 1999 Treble winning season with Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskaer or you could have Liam and Noel Gallagher talking to Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero about the last day of the season in 2012.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Man United! The first game I saw was 1985 FA Cup final when Norman Whiteside’s wonder goal won us the cup against a much fancied Everton side! The North and South Irish connection sealed it for me and they became a religion in my house! I particularly enjoyed the 1999 season. King Louis has things moving in the right direction now and we’ll be back where we belong in the Champions League and on top of the Premier League next season!Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?He’s not playing the game beautifully well, but Mario Balotelli is still quite rock ’n’ roll. He would still rather go to an A-List party in the latest designer gear, possibly a Real Madrid jersey, and be seen in the papers the next day rather than turn out for Liverpool. Can’t really blame him there! He lets off fireworks in his bathroom and sets his house on fire, he fights with the manager, he’s not quite scoring like a lead singer yet but Liverpool fans will be hoping that’s just around the corner. Diego Costa is also pretty rock ’n’ roll on the pitch! He still looks like he’s playing in a backstreet slum in Rio!If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?The Rolling Stones. They know how to put a show on at Wembley and would start up the crowd!Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem? David Lee Roth!What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?ACDC – Thunderstruck. I’ve heard them play it at Wembley before and it was monumental, the place was shaking at the knees!What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?”Demon Eyes” by the Answer. It will get the team pumped up and ready to do battle, taking no prisoners.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team, who’s in it? I’m going to put our singer Cormac Neeson on the left of midfield as he is a naturally left-sided player but can score with either foot! James Hetfield from Metallica can go in goal as he would scare people into missing, I wouldn’t want to put one past Hetfield!!! Eddie Van Halen in midfield as, with his Dutch roots, he is a student of total football and could be our version of Johann Cryuff. Phil Lynott could be our big target man up front like a rock ‘n’ roll Marouane Fellaini. And Paul Mc Cartney could sweep it out from the back, always good to have a bit of jammy Scouse luck in the team!You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Vinnie Jones, road manager and security! He could bring some of the Crazy Gang mentality, discipline and justice! And these days he could get us into all the good parties in Hollywood! What’s going on with the band at the moment?We have just released a new album called  “Raise A Little Hell”. We are doing a 20-date UK tour in March, and then into Europe and America. We will be busy with festivals during the summer, too. 1 The Answer takes talkSPORT’s Starting XI Q&A last_img read more


first_imgThe owner of a tropical butterfly farm is in a race against time to save hundreds of butterflies from freezing to death.Clive Alcorn of Tropical World in Letterkenny has imported the exotic winged wonders which come from around the world.But the businessman is now being forced to build a greenhouse within a greenhouse to protect the butterflies before his attraction opens this weekend. Clive revealed that the freezing Irish weather has already claimed dozens of the stunning creatures.“This time last year we were actually opening vents to let some cool air in.“It’s simply too cold for the butterflies as they turn from pupa. They need about 25 degrees of heat and it is simply not there.“We are trying to build a smaller greenhouse within a greenhouse so the butterflies can survive for the moment. “We have a large greenhouse but it is simply too expensive to keep heated all the time during the freezing conditions. It takes about six litres of oil an hour.“We’re now looking to build a greenhouse within a greenhouse so the butterflies can survive and the public can view them inside the smaller greenhouse.“Hopefully the temperatures will increase soon and we can release the butterflies into the open area,” he said.Clive, who opened Tropical World in 2011, imports his butterfly pupae from around the globe.They include the Scarlett Swallowtail from the Philippines, the Blue Grassy Tiger from South Asia and the Great Mormon from South Asia. Clive is still hopeful he can release 200 butterflies before he opens Tropical World this Friday and hundreds more throughout the season.“We’re hoping the weather will pick up but the forecast is for more freezing temperatures and snow but that’s Donegal and Ireland for you.“Hopefully it will turn and the place will come alive with some of the most butterflies on the planet.“It’s a great sight to see children running around being able to see these magnificent creatures close-up,” he said. BUSINESSMAN IN RACE TO STOP EXPENSIVE BUTTERFLIES FROM FREEZING TO DEATH was last modified: March 19th, 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:butterfliesfreezing weathertropical worldlast_img read more


first_imgNASA has issued a G2/KP6+ warning for the Aurora Borealis from midnight tonight until Friday.A G2 / KP6+ prediction means there’s a wonderful chance of seeing a spectacular show of the Northern Lights in North County Donegal, especially Inishowen and the upper reaches of County Derry and County Antrim. So if you have never seen this wonderful light display, tonight could the perfect chance to get your New Year off to the most amazing start.GREAT CHANCE TO SEE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN DONEGAL TONIGHT was last modified: January 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:donegalnorthern lightslast_img read more


first_imgIt was a good weekend for the home teams in Ulster FA Youth  Cup matches played at the weekend. Bonagee United travelled to Keadue and were beaten by Rosses Academy courtesy of a second half strike from Darragh Hanlon.Letterkenny Rovers defeated Cappry Rovers 3-0- Letterkenny goals coming from Odhran McMacken ,Kieran McPherson and James Gillen and  Erne Wanderers also had a 3-0 home victory at the weekend beating Drumbar United. The Fanad United and Buncranna Hearts tie was called off.This weekend it’s cup action again, with four games down for decision in the John”Gorey”Curran Cup. Fanad United travel to play Rosses Academy, Drumbar United host Letterkenny Rovers, Erne Wanderers have home advantage over Bonagee United and Cappry Rovers are away to Illistrin FC. ResultsSaturday 11th FebruaryUlster FA Youth CupLetterkenny Rovers 3-0 Cappry RoversRosses Academy 1-0 Bonagee UnitedErne Wanderers 3-0 Drumbar UnitedFanad United P-P Buncrana HeartsFixturesSaturday 18th February John ” Gorey ”  Curran Cup Quarter  FinalsRosses  Academy v Fanad United (Ed Moore)Drumbar United v Letterkenny Rovers ( Liam Farren)Erne Wanderers v Bonagee United (Michael Stator) Illistrin FC v Cappry Rovers ( Donal McCafferty)All games kick-off 2pm. Extra-time and penalties if required.Games reversible if home pitch unplayable.SOCCER: DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: February 11th, 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:SOCCER: DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE ROUND-UPlast_img read more

Weather: Downpours, thunderstorms and hail on the way

first_imgHeavy rain, thunder, hail and floods are all expected in the north west later today.An unsettled evening is in store for Donegal, with forecasters warning of hazardous driving conditions.While no official weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann, the country is bracing for heavy prolonged showers and thunderstorms. There is a risk of hail today, according to the national weather service, while localised downpours could potentially cause flash flooding. Winds will be strong for a time along the north coast.Meanwhile, it will feel harm and humid with temperatures ranging from 18-22C.Saturday is also set to be unsettled, with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers.“Again, many of the showers will be heavy and possibly prolonged, with a risk of thunderstorms,” said Met Eireann. “Further heavy showers or longer spells of rain will continue to occur on Saturday night.”Sunday is shaping up to be the best day of the weekend. It will be a “much fresher and cooler day” with just isolated showers in the west.Weather: Downpours, thunderstorms and hail on the way was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

The Brain You Use, and How It Uses You

first_imgNeuroscientists continue to find out amazing things about the human brain.  In some ways we are responsible to use our brains, but in other ways the brain does things to us.  If nobody has figured out where the dividing line is for thousands of years, it’s unlikely we will today; but the following findings can shed some light on the mystery.Sing for mental health.  Something about singing does a brain good.  The BBC News and National Geographic reported on work at Northwestern University that showed music helps prevent dyslexia in children and can even rewire a damaged brain.  That seems to indicate that if you did not choose to avail yourself of music therapy, the benefits would not occur.Remember to forget:  New studies on memory seem to suggest that forgetting is an active process.  Old memories don’t just fade away; they are actively erased to make room for new memories.  That’s the idea in an article on Live Science reporting on work in China and at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, New York.  The researchers feel this could lead to drugs that could help patients erase bad memories, like traumatic events.  Be sure not to overdose on it.  Who knows if the brain would come back after a reboot – think of having to take all that school again.Nap stir:  Speaking of a reboot, that mid-day nap might refresh your brain like a warm restart.  PhysOrg, Live Science and Science Daily all reported on findings at UC Berkeley that show naps clear the mind and boost the brain’s learning capacity.  Moms may appreciate the break when the baby takes its nap, but important things are happening in the tiny head in that interval.  Maybe Mom should take one, too.    Participants who took 90-minute naps in a controlled experiment scored markedly better on learning tests.  One researcher put it into familiar terms: “It’s as though the e-mail inbox in your hippocampus is full and, until you sleep and clear out those fact e-mails, you’re not going to receive any more mail.  It’s just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder.”  So that’s why we forget what the teacher said.  Unfortunately, the teacher doesn’t get a “Returned to sender” message from the student.  The student should not try to argue to the teacher that his napping in class is a way to enhance his learning.The brain-computer analogy got another insight recently.  Researchers at the Institute for Technical Science in Graz are abandoning the single-file method of computing and building net-like processors.  Science Daily said this effort was inspired by studying how the brain is wired, with each neuron connecting to many other neurons.  “The scientists want to design a new generation of neuro-computers based on the principles of calculation and learning mechanisms found in the brain, and at the same time gain new knowledge about the brain’s learning mechanisms.”Science Daily looked to worms for the answer.  Whatever it was, it started early on.  Their headline stated, “Last Ancestor Humans Shared With Worms Had Sophisticated Brain, microRNAs Show.”That last article wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for beginning, “The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs.”  The implication is that our brains evolved from worm brains.  But this relies on evolutionary assumptions and deep time, and doesn’t help Darwin anyway; it pushes the origin of these sophisticated mechanisms closer to the goo.    Back to reality. Who could not be fascinated by the brain?  We are aware of choosing to think and act, but there are also many processes that occur automatically in the background – re-organizing memories in sleep, re-wiring in response to music, entrainment of a new skill or idea by habit after focused concentration.  We sense that we are operating a very sophisticated computer.  We know how to use the GUI, but have no idea how the software and wiring works.  Evolutionists tend to be materialists and deny we have free will (e.g., 02/17/2010, bullet 1), but creationists typically believe we have responsibility for our choices and actions.  The debates will go on, but it’s hard to defend determinism, when you think about it.  See?(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

IDC’s R8.4bn investment in job creation

first_img1 July 2011 The Industrial Developmental Corporation (IDC) approved funding of R8.4-billion for the year ending March 2011. The funding, its highest ever for South African-based investments, is expected to create up to 20 000 full-time jobs and save an additional 11 000 jobs. “This is the highest level ever for South African-based investments,” the IDC said in its annual financial results, published on Thursday. “Funding approvals during the year under review are expected to create 19 650 full time jobs and save an additional 11 650, with a combined impact on employment of 31 300, up from 25 000 in 2010. “An additional 8 100 jobs are expected to be created through direct linkages to activities in the informal economy.” The IDC posted a R2.7-billion profit due to improved profitability from operations, performance of equity accounted investments, containment of operating expenses and lower impairments. The IDC said the South African economy had recovered steadily from the recent recession, with the pace of growth gaining momentum towards the latter part of 2010 and firming in the opening quarter of 2011.High-impact manufacturing “We have retained our focus both on preserving and growing high-impact manufacturing capacity, and have succeeded in improving our impact on job creation,” IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena said. Of the total amount of funding approvals, 97 percent were in the priority sectors identified in the government’s New Growth Path (NGP), including manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture and the mining value chain. Forty-nine percent of funding approvals went to developments in provinces other than Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in order to ensure provincial equity. “The IDC continues to leverage its portfolio to improve development outcomes. This includes creating ring-fenced schemes to subsidise industry development, such as the R10-billion Gro-e-Scheme with concessionary terms aimed at job creation, which was launched in February 2011,” said Qhena. Over 17 000 jobs were created and saved as a result of the R2-billion UIF scheme launched in May last year, R1.5-billion of which has already been approved. The corporation has also approved R4.1-billion of the R6-billion allocated to assist companies in distress. “IDC will make available R102-billion over the next five years for investment. To achieve this level of investment, the partnership of various stakeholders and social partners is key. These include businesses, co-funders, labour, government and civil society,” said Qhena. In his budget vote in April, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said that, over the next five years, “green” industries would be allocated R22.4-billion, while mining and beneficiation would be allocated R22.1-billion. Manufacturing would receive R20.8-billion, while the agriculture value chain would receive R7.7-billion. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more