38 Deaths in 3 Days: Ebola Wreaks Havoc in Lofa

first_imgThe Ebola virus is taking a deadly toll on the northern county of Lofa where the deadly disease initially crossed over from neighboring Guinea.  More and more people in that county continue to be victimized by the virus.In a statistical report provided by the Lofa Health Team on the status of the situation in the county, made available to the Daily Observer Wednesday, August 13, there were 38 deaths recorded in three days.  These include confirmed Ebola cases, probable and suspected. This report covers the three-day period August 8 to 11, 2014. The number of new contact cases within this period (August 8-11) stands at 81.The total deaths in the county since May 29, 2014 to date stands at 221. Lofa is so far one of the most highly affected counties.The update also disclosed that the number of patients presently at the Foya Care Center (August 8-11), one of the two Ebola centers in the country, stands at 81.New reported death amongst health workers (August 8-11) is one, totaling 12 deaths since the outbreak in May.During this period, 45 specimens were taken and tested: 15 were positive, 8 negative and the rest are still pending.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading in the country, especially to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.”  Such instructions include constant hand washing; avoiding handshakes and touching in general; immediate reporting of cases of high fever, vomiting and bleeding; and avoiding touching anyone suspected to have the virus.Meanwhile it is being reported that nine members of a single family of 15 were being removed from the Macenta road community, in the capital Voinjama, to the Foya Care Center. This is, however, another worrying concern for the people of Voinjama City, as it wrestles in the grip of the virus.Macenta road community is located just after the Mandingo quarter where eight persons died few days ago, and is also a predominantly Mandingo community.According to sources, six members of this family of 15 had already died from the virus. The nine remaining family members were being taken to the Foya Care Center.President Sirleaf, while declaring a State of Emergency last week, said the Ebola threat continues to grow as a result of ignorance, poverty as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices. She indicated that these continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties.The Liberian President added that actions allowed by statute under the public health law are no longer adequate to deal with the Ebola epidemic, as comprehensively and holistically, as the outbreak requires.The President noted that the scope and skills of the epidemic now exceed the capacity and statutory mandates of any one government agency or ministry. The Ebola virus disease, and the ramifications and the consequences thereof, now constitute an outright national calamity.Health authorities in Lofa County said due to the influx of suspected cases, patients are now being transported in pickup trucks, which have no sirens, rather than the ambulances, whose sirens are causing a lot of trauma for residents.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Ebola Situation Report (SitRep) has recorded that since the outbreak of the virus in March to August 11, at least 149 confirmed deaths from 166 confirmed positive victims.Among the 149 have been 37 health workers out of 86, who now fallen prey to the virus.However, the SitRep lists total deaths in confirmed, probable and suspected cases as 355, for the record.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL Revitalizes Communal Farming, Amidst Challenges Facing Agriculture

first_imgMinister of Agriculture, Dr. Mogana S. Flomo.The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Internal Affairs recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Monrovia that aims to revitalize communal farming in an effort to increase the level of food production in the country.Communal farming is a farming strategy where rural people are encouraged to grow food as a group of residents in order to advance various community projects. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with rural authorities. Over the years, communal farming has failed to contribute significantly to promoting food security due to the lack of funding and the unwillingness of community members to participate as proceeds of the farming system were not properly accounted for by rural authorities.However, Agriculture Minister Mogana S. Flomo expressed optimism that the communal farming initiative will increase the production of food in the various counties. He said the government wants to reintroduce the farming system so as to support the school feeding program.“We will ensure that every clan in each district make farms with crops that are needed for the school feeding program. This is one way we think that communities can be involved to contribute to the success of the program. There are some communities that are good at growing crops like corn that we would like to support,” he said.Dr. Flomo mentioned many challenges hampering the production of food and said that his ministry is working to address the constraints in order to make the Pro-Poor Agenda a reality through agriculture.“The Ministry of Agriculture plays a very crucial role to ensure that the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda is achieved as we are responsible to create jobs for the reduction of poverty and to sustain food security. But the agricultural sector faces numerous challenges, including limited private sector participation, high and inefficient production system, poor market system, limited research capacity, limited extension services, and many others,” he said.He explained that considering the many challenges, the Ministry of Agriculture has drafted a plan which, when implemented, will create an enabling environment for smallholder farmers to produce more food throughout the country. “The Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Program (LASIP II) has been crafted to address the many challenges facing agricultural production,” he said.“The farming population of the country still remains high, and the majority of the farmers are subsistence farmers who cannot even afford adequate extension service.  We must work harder to change this trend,” he added. According to him, there is a need to employ more youth with agriculture skills if the sector would improve the extension service.He also stressed the need to build the capacity of the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) so as to improve research activities in the sector. “We must improve the capacity of CARI so that the necessary technologies can be provided to farmers,” he said.The Agriculture Minister further explained that the ministry is working to attract more investors into the sector in order to improve the various crop value chains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brand new headquarters for GWI

first_imgFollowing the dismantling of a fence behind a property in Bel Air Park, Georgetown, the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) has expressed that a section of the land facing Sheriff Street is the most probable sight for the State company’s headquarters. This was related by GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles who noted on Wednesday that he intends to have the central offices of the entity in one building. “We have plans to have one large headquarters and we are in discussions to see how Government can provide us,” he told the media.Declaring that there “is no space outside of renting buildings”, he noted that GWI has the transport to a property that was handed over to the Health Ministry under the previous Administration. He pointed out that the current building in which heDemolition for clearing canal or brand new office? Workmen dismantling a fence in Bel Air Park on Mondayoperates on Vlissengen Road includes Human Resources, Welfare Officer Occupational Health and Safety, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring Unit.“There’s nothing luxurious about the premises which we’re at; they [staff] have to function in some place, if you were take a tour, it’s cramped,” he stated.He observed that the current set-up does not lend itself fully to confidentiality, especially where personnel matters are concerned. However, the GWI’s plan to erect a brand new building in the area behind homes in Bel Air will not be executed without opposition as at least one home-owner is preparing legal papers to challenge GWI dismantling his fence later Monday afternoon.On that day, 10 workmen attached to the GWI carried out the demolition works which the State body contended were justified on claims that the fences are illegal encroachments along the Lama Canal. Nevertheless, Van West-Charles reiterated on Wednesday that GWI will follow through with the works even as several homeowners voiced their concerns over the move.“We are due to have a meeting but where they have encroached beyond reasonable boundaries, we shall remove those fences. People have called to find out what is happening and we are going to meet with them,” he stated.However, homeowner Peter Ramsaroop, who said he will file court proceedings against GWI, maintains that the company acted wrongly since according to him, he has complied with its directives.“We are going to file court action against GWI for damaging the property and for giving no prior notice. They are creating security risks for people in that area and yards would be compromised,” he highlighted.“He can do whatever he wants to do,” was Van West-Charles’ response when questioned about the impending legal action on Wednesday.GWI Regional Manager, Georgetown, Curtis Niles, who was on site at Monday’s exercise, had told this publication that the fences which the Bel Air residents erected were affecting GWI from clearing the canal, which provides water for the capital city. <<<>>> reported that long before the structures were erected, the Bel Air residents had complained to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) about their fears of being robbed. According to information received, operatives within City Hall reportedly gave the residents permission to take care of and to weed the lands to curtail the bushes. However, over time, home owners started to plant permanent trees and erect gazebos.last_img read more

Exclusive – Carver is perfect for Newcastle – but only until the summer, claims former Magpie

first_imgFormer Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard believes John Carver is the perfect man to lead Newcastle – but only until the end of the season.The Magpies are yet to replace Alan Pardew, who left earlier this month for Crystal Palace, and have handed the reins temporarily to the long-serving coach.The 50-year-old has made no secret of his desire to be given the full-time job and Bernard admits it may be in the club’s best interest.Speaking to talkSPORT, the Frenchman believes it will then give the north club the best chance of securing a ‘big-name’ manager in the summer.“Right now it’s very difficult for a new manager to come in and change things round at Newcastle,” he told the Sports Bar. “The club may want keep John [Carver] until the end of the season.“I don’t see any harm in that. John is capable of taking the team on. He knows the players and will do a good job.“In the summer it’s a different story though. They’ll have a bit more time to get a better manager.“There are a lot of fantastic managers about. John is amongst the good coaches but has never been given a role as a manager.“At the minute John should get it but, if Jose Mourinho was suddenly available, then they should give it to him.“What I mean is, if you have a ‘big-name’ coming in to Newcastle then of course, you would prefer that.”last_img read more

Reports say Blues are confident on Remy, QPR want duo and Diame is joining Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace are set to beat QPR to the signing of West Ham midfielder Momo Diame, the Sunday People say.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has long been keen to bring in Diame but it is claimed that Eagles boss Neil Warnock has won the race to sign him. Hull were also reported to be interested.Redknapp wants to sign Aaron Lennon as well as Andros Townsend from Tottenham, the Mail on Sunday claim.Diame has long been one of Redknapp’s transfer targetsThe Daily Star Sunday say Redknapp is also looking to buy forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool.Chelsea are extremely confident of signing Loic Remy from QPR despite Arsenal launching a late bid to capture the France striker, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Related West London Sport story: Arsenal make their move for QPR’s Remy  Meanwhile, the Mail say Paris St-Germain are keen to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

first_imgRoss Wallace’s brilliant goal put Sheffield Wednesday ahead in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first match in charge of Fulham.Wide-man Wallace, whose left-footed deliveries tormented Fulham when they were beaten at Wednesday in September, struck in the 29th minute at Craven Cottage.Tim Ream stood off him and Wallace cut in from the right and unleashed a fantastic shot from 35 yards that whizzed past keeper Andy Lonergan.The goal came after Whites midfielder Jamie O’Hara tried his luck from long range and saw his effort flash narrowly wide.Earlier, Emerson Hyndman had a shot saved by Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith after Alex Kacaniklic’s right-wing cross was deflected into the American’s path.After going behind, Fulham thought they had equalised when Ross McCormack found the corner of the net after being teed up by Moussa Dembele, but McCormack was offside.Fulham: Lonergan, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Kacaniklic, Mattila, O’Hara, Hyndman, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Garbutt, Hutchinson, Parker, Smith, Woodrow, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks fix issues, head into Arizona with momentum

first_imgSAN JOSE — The best teams that Pete DeBoer has had in his time with the Sharks have been able to quickly recognize what’s gone wrong after a loss and fix it in time for the next game.This year’s Sharks team is starting to share some of those same attributes, as they were able to distance themselves from an ugly loss earlier this week to beat the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.Patrick Marleau scored his 557th career NHL goal, Noah Gregor scored his first and Martin Jones made 32 saves to help …last_img

Paleoanthropologist Exposes Shoddiness of “Early Man” Research

first_imgMany paleoanthropologists are bent on self-promotion, and the field lacks ability to regulate itself, a veteran researcher complains.Tim White of UC Berkeley took the occasion of the Leakey team’s promotion of a new juvenile hominid jaw to point out troubles in the field.  Writing in Current Biology with palpable sarcasm, he made comments that should cause concern among those trusting proclamations about human evolution made by researchers and their press agents.  Here are some samples:Human bones are common in cemeteries, but remains of our more ancient ancestors and relatives are fewer, further between and notoriously difficult to recover. This is particularly true for fossils that are millions of years old. Biomolecules are geologically short-lived and thus unavailable for parsing truly ancient species lineages.Disagreements are common, and the configuration of the hominid twig on the tree of life remains a matter of particular contention….Kenyan fossils announced in Nature have historically figured prominently in paleoanthropology. In their latest paper of this genre, Leakey et al. introduce the fossilized partial maxilla of an ancient juvenile….  This new paper’s conclusions are said to confirm the authors’ earlier published conclusions….The authors take an unusual approach to constructing, in 3-D digital space, what they think the dental arcade of the new fossil maxilla should have looked like. They accomplish this feat by filling the fossil’s empty and broken tooth sockets with digital models of modern human teeth. Why modern human teeth were better suited than available contemporary fossil teeth is left unexplained.The unilineal depiction of human evolution popularized by the familiar iconography of an evolutionary ‘march to modern man’ has been proven wrong for more than 60 years. However, the cartoon continues to provide a popular straw man for scientists, writers and editors alike. Do most of these species labels reflect real, biologically distinct lineages? Or have the alleged species proliferated merely as a result of taxonomic exuberance misapplied to within-species variation (idiosyncratic, geographic, sexual, and/or ontogenetic)? The sequence of prominent paleoanthropological publications across the last decades reveals a pattern of diversity promotion.Paleoanthropology’s ecosystem of publishing, access, fundraising, career advancement, media promotion and celebrity seems squarely aligned against the field’s ability to self regulate, a condition exacerbated by the limited fossil resources available. There is ample and obvious motivation for authors to generate ‘new’ species names in this environment. Readers should, therefore, beware of attendant species diversity claims. Illegitimate names have become part and parcel of the symbiosis itself. Furthermore, ‘chronospecies’ are merely artificial segments of evolving species lineages, rather than truly separate species. Such assertions of biological species diversity via taxonomic hyperbole are questionable representations of the real paleobiology of our ancestors and their few close, now extinct biological relatives. Despite the branch waving, our family tree still resembles a saguaro cactus more than a creosote bush.So is there a credible story growing out of research into human origins in spite of the personality conflicts and pet theories?  White ended by complaining that funding agencies are strangling long-term field research in favor of expensive lab equipment.  “More fossils will be needed” to resolve the current conflicts, he complained.  “Until a better balance is achieved — and better biological understanding applied — the origins of our genus will remain shrouded by a paucity of paleobiological data.”It’s so nice when one of their own writes the commentary for us.  We especially enjoyed #5 and #8.  Thank you, Tim White.  Now get a real job dealing with something you can know. (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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