Barnesville Anti-Ebola Team Introduces ‘New Methods’, Awareness Is not Enough: Contact Tracing Is Key

first_imgTo deal decisively with the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and prevent it, once and for all, from further spreading,  residents of Barnesville, outside Monrovia, have developed a well coordinated ‘new method’ to carry out their interventions.This comes against the backdrop of the intensity of the fight against the EVD across the country. In Barnesville, one of the housing estates off Somalia Drive, several community leaders have equally created their own interventions to eliminate the disease.One person through whose personal financial intervention empowered leaders of the 17 communities there to develop their own methods to let go of the EVD, is the country’s the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr.Mr. Samukai has single-handedly outsourced the fight through the provision of over US$4,000, which he earlier donated to the team for the initiative to go out into the estate and help the people to protect themselves from the deadly virus.The township’s general chairman, Nathaniel T. Solo, has organized ‘hardworking’ groups under the auspices of the Barnesville Ebola Awareness (Taskforce).Mr. Solo started his interview with the Daily Observer Tuesday by first expressing gratitude to Minister Samuakai for his intervention and creative idea to infuse a new philosophy into members of the taskforce, backed by a substantial cash donation.Mr. Solo then told our reporter that  instead of just creating awareness and sensitizing through messages as it is often done in other communities across the country, “we are involved with tracing of suspected cases, disease surveillance (close watch), and then quarantining family members of those victimized by Ebola.”“After these processes, we often feed those quarantined for 21 days with help from Minister Samukai. The Minister has also provided 17 pieces of the non-contact thermometers to each leader of the communities. We also acknowledged the US$100 assistance from “Villagers” led  by Dee Zoe Lake,” daughter of the man who lived to be 103 before he answered the Lord’s call a few years ago.According to Mr. Solo, he has,  in collaboration with leaders of each community group, devised a means whereby each of the 17 communities is represented by two persons who serve on the team as chair and co-chair, respectively.He named some of Barnesville communities as Behwein, Palm Field, 1407 Block ‘C’, 1603, Kpan Town, E.J Goodride Estate, etc.Solo said members of each group are protected from rainfall, “because each one is dressed up in a rain coat, but not allowed to come into  physical contact with suspected persons, due to the severity of the disease.”Earlier, members of the team participated in a two-day  workshop, facilitated by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) working with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Dr. Josiah George. As a result of setting up the Community Taskforce, Mr. Solo observed that community dwellers who once harbored sick relatives are now cooperating with the team,  thereby bringing their sick ones to the public for assistance.According to Mr. Solo, what is more encouraging about the team’s interventions is that each member is compensated on a daily basis.However, for the continuity of the exercise until Liberia is declared Ebola-free in the shortest period of time, Mr. Solo has appealed to the National Taskforce to buttress  Minister Samukai’s efforts, by giving whatever other assistance the National Task Force can to keep this good work ongoing. Clearly, the efforts of Minister Samukai, Mr. Solo, Dr. Josiah George and the entire people of Barnersville‘s 17 communities need support to maintain the effective work they are doing to defeat Ebola in that part of Monrovia. 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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Mr Granger cannot continue to disregard CCJ’s ruling

first_imgDear Editor,When the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) gave its ruling, there should have been strict adherence to the dictates of the law which states;(a) Parliament should be dissolved and the Cabinet, including the President, must resign forthwith.(b) The Government must thereafter operate in a caretaker capacity.(c) The President must set a date for General and Regional Elections.(d) The handpicked appointee for the GECOM Chair must be revoked and a new Chairman selected from a list given by the leader of the opposition.Now, Mr Granger has done none of the above and in an open violation of the court, is making all sorts of double talk on issues that have nothing to do with the ruling of the court. In this regard, he is hell-bent on an illegal contemptuous course of stay in office. It is quite clear now that Mr Granger is on a three card con game to openly violate the Constitution and delay the inevitable. But try as he might, he cannot outrun the Constitution because the law is the law and it must be respected.Granger knows what will be his fate at the polls, there is no doubt about that, his prospects look grim with each passing day. So, this President is exploring every avenue to do the despicable thing of trying to stave off a meet with the electorate.As predicted, he is going down the path of engaging Jagdeo in another eddying circle of discussions on the way forward. These discussions, like those that preceded his unilateral appointment of Mr Patterson, never amounted to anything of significance and there is no indication that this other round will result in a decision either. So, here we go again.In the same vein, the present GECOM Chairman is planning to write to the CCJ as a point of clarity as to what it meant when they said his unilateral appointment was illegal. And dare I say, what bunk! Mr Patterson, who is a retired legal person, should know the meaning of the term “illegal appointment”. What is there so technical to understand? So, like his President, that nonsensical statement of his is just another delaying tactic, pure and simple.At the same time, we see an activated age-old PNC tactic of fear and intimidation with these threats being issued by the various Ministers of Government. Threats are coming from the Finance Minister with his “war break” comments and from the Prime Minister. They are both preaching the message of violence. These two pathetic souls must realise that Guyanese are sick and tired of the fear and corruption this Government has plunged this country into, and can hardly wait to register their most profound disapproval of this Administration in the next general election. So, your threats are only solidifying our resolve to vote you out of office.Finally, Mr Granger cannot continue to disregard the CCJ’s ruling which is very definitive and final. At this stage of the political game, strict compliance is required.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Arsenal defensive targets: Who Wenger could spend his £20m budget on

first_img Virgil van Dijk – Celtic – Estimated valuation: £7m – Click the arrow for more – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger apparently has £20m to spend on plugging holes at the back, so here talkSPORT looks at the potential targets beginning with Van Dijk. Following the summer departure of Thomas Vermaelen, Wenger did not pursue a suitable replacement, aware his side were lacking bodies at the back. That has become even more noticeable following the injury to Laurent Koscielny, with Per Mertesacker the Gunners only recognised centre-back. According to reports Wenger will look to rectify that with a move for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk who could arrive for around £7m. Winston Reid – West Ham – Estimated valuation: £6m – Click the arrow for more – One of the surprise packages of the season, Winston Reid’s impressive form for West Ham is rumoured to have piqued the interest of some of the Premier League’s big clubs, with Arsenal and Manchester United tipped as potential suitors for the New Zealand international. The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, so expect the Hammers to reluctantly negotiate for their player should they fail to agree a new deal with him. 4 4 Concern among Arsenal fans is growing with the club winning just four Premier League matches this season.That worry was not helped by manager Arsene Wenger’s surprisingly early concession of the title to leaders Chelsea.The Gunners currently sit in sixth place, one point off of the top four, but a huge 12 behind their London rivals. Now their main priority is to secure a Champions League place for next season and it is being reported that Wenger will be handed £20m to spend on new players in January in order to secure their place among the European elite next year.A string of injuries to key personnel has rocked the club, but that aside it has been a question of depth and lack of options at the back that seem to have risen again, suggesting Wenger needs to plug some pretty serious holes when the transfer window reopens.But who MUST he sign? Click the arrow above to find out… 4 4 Sami Khedira – Real Madrid – Estimated valuation: £9m – Click the arrow for more – Arsenal failed to land Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira during the summer. This was despite the World Cup winning midfielder appearing resigned to losing his place in the Real line-up following the arrival of his compatriot Toni Kroos. However, with Khedira out of contract at the end of the season and Real not forthcoming with a fresh contract, Arsenal must swoop now if they are to ever land the talented midfielder. With Mikel Arteta very much on the decline, the Gunners can only benefit from Khedira’s arrival. Antonio Rudiger – Stuttgart – Estimated valuation: £10m – While it may sound a sizable sum, £20m is not much to really play with, so Wenger will have to be smart if he is to bring anyone to the Emirates in January. While a signing such as Virgil van Dijk would help plug a hole, Arsenal perhaps need to think slightly more long term. For that reason a move for Stuttgart’s Antonio Rudiger makes sense. A self-confessed Arsenal fan, the 21-year-old has impressed for the Bundesliga side this season, despite their poor start to the season. His potential and age means it will take a sizable chunk of the Gunners’ budget, but he could be worth it. last_img read more

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‘I wanted Man United!’ Liverpool boss Klopp delighted to face rivals in Europe

first_imgJurgen Klopp says he is delighted Liverpool have been drawn against Manchester United in last 16 of the Europa League.The Premier League rivals will meet in European competition for the first time and the German is relishing the upcoming battle over two legs.Liverpool lost 1-0 to United in Klopp’s first match against them at Anfield in January, but he insists they hold no fear for him and his side.“It’s great. We deserve these games,” Klopp said.“Obviously it is not easy but you can ask my staff but when they asked me yesterday who I wanted, I said ‘Man United’.“I think we have to clear something. We had a good game when we lost 1-0 but it was not what we deserved.“It gives us a chance to make it better and that is what we will try to do.”Klopp, who is preparing his side for the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, admitted there were no comfortable options in the draw.“There were no easy games in this round so there was no chance for an easy game. Man United – cool,” he added.“With the draw today it seems like it is Liverpool against Manchester – like always – but now in really important games.”Klopp is well aware of the rivalry between the two clubs and cities but his quip about Manchester when talking about his preparations for Sunday’s final was probably not meant as a dig at their north-west neighbours.“I should not talk here about tactics – I think even in Manchester they have televisions so that is not for the press conference,” he said to laughter from the assembled media, who read far more into the German’s comment than he probably realised. 1 Jurgen Klopp shares a laugh with Adam Lallana during Liverpool training last_img read more

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SUMMER ON STUNNING TORY ISLAND – A PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgTory as far as the eye can see! Tory’s famous lighthouse Still ready to answer the call  Time to take a seat and daydream A fishing boat parked up on the pier. The lighthouse stands proud on the island The ferry reaches Tory once more.  “Did someone say there was a place around here to snorkel?” Tory from above Another exotic creature arrives on the island What time is the tide due in at? Beauty as far as the eye can see This window is not for sail! More of Tory’s rugged landscape The hut once owned by artist Derek Hill Street furniture fit for an island Windows to the soul of ToryCove after cove of hidden beautyOff the mainland but still loyal to the teamSUMMER ON STUNNING TORY ISLAND – A PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: August 10th, 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:picture specialTory Islandlast_img read more

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SOME VERY HAPPY BHOYS! RATHMULLAN CELTIC WIN TITLE!

first_imgTHE HOOPS of Glasgow might have to wait another week to pick up the SPL title but the Bhoys of Rathmullan Celtic are celebrating after securing back-to-back league titles.Celtic saw off St Catherine’s, Killybegs, 2-1, to pick up the trophy.Team captain Eoin Sheridan is pictured with two of Rathmullan’s biggest sporting personalities, Mary McAteer and John Todd. There’s a strong rumour around Rathmullan that there might be some late night celebrations.We’re off to see!   SOME VERY HAPPY BHOYS! RATHMULLAN CELTIC WIN TITLE! was last modified: March 25th, 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:SOME VERY HAPPY BHOYS! RATHMULLAN CELTIC WIN TITLE!last_img read more

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Nearing the Home Stretch

first_imgZipping alongAlthough I have used Zip sheathing on renovations before, I have never used it on an entire house, so I was anxious to see just how good a job it does with the air sealing.Since I installed it on top of my second-floor ceiling joists, I was able to complete the air seal of the entire building envelope before drywall, allowing me to do a rough stage blower door test. As soon as the doors and windows were sealed with foam, I installed the blower door frame and fired up the fan.Being confident in the airtightness, I didn’t even bother with the larger blower door fan, instead opting for the duct blaster fan, something we typically only do in small apartments. The results were pretty amazing: 670 sfm50 for a 2,600 square foot house, an ach50 of 1.5, or an Envelope Leakage Ratio of 0.11 cfm per square foot.It probably would have been even tighter had the framers not missed taping a few seams in the attic floor and sidewalls before they framed the main and porch roofs. I expect that the end result will be tighter once insulation and drywall are installed. RELATED ARTICLES Getting Into the DetailsTopping OutMovin’ On UpThe Third Time’s the CharmMaking Slow Progress on My RenovationFinally! Starting Construction At My HouseGreen From the Start: Small Victory DepartmentGreen From the Start: Home Edition, Volume 2 As our house moves slowly towards completion, I find my stress level reduced, if only slightly. The number of details to manage is only slightly more than the boxes of hardware, lighting, and plumbing piling up in and around my house.The house is completely dried in and the roof is installed. The siding, exterior trim, and soffit work is underway. It is starting to look more like a house, which pleases us as well as the neighbors. Shingle roofingDue to some foolish limitations of my historic district, standing-seam metal roofing is not allowed, so I opted for a standard architectural shingle. There was nothing special about the installation other than selecting a product with a lifetime warranty.One nice detail I was able to incorporate was manufactured kickout flashing at the roof/wall intersections. I used a product called DryFlekt, preformed out of TPO membrane. The flashing comes in both right-hand and left-hand shapes, and is perfect for keeping that pesky water out of walls.Kickout flashing is a very important detail that far too many builders miss or ignore. When we are certifying homes it is one of the most frequently overlooked items, often taking weeks or months to get installed, holding up the certification process. Carl Seville and his wife are building themselves a new home in Decatur, Georgia. The first blog in this series was titled The Third Time’s the Charm. Links to all of the blogs in this series can be found in the “Related Articles” sidebar below. Taking sides?I was fortunate to locate a talented siding and trim crew that, thankfully, is focused more on quality than speed. We discuss how details will be worked out in advance instead of after they are wrong, and once they start they are consistently productive.We are installing TruExterior trim and siding from Boral. It’s a fairly new composite product made of coal fly ash and recycled polymers. The manufacturer states that it doesn’t expand or contract, nor is it susceptible to water damage, and it is Cradle to Cradle certified, which should get me some credit towards LEED and other certifications.Even if it wasn’t as sustainable a product as it appears to be, my favorite feature is the variety of sizes and patterns available. Unlike other composite products on the market, TruExterior is available in multiple authentic siding profiles, as well as tongue-and-groove beadboard, 1x, 5/4, and 2x stock in widths up to 12 inches.We elected to use their 1×6 resawn siding pattern. Combined with 5/4 corner boards, this pattern provides a much more authentic look than other composite siding products.Siding is being installed over HomeSlicker vented rainscreen, which will help keep bulk moisture out of the house by providing a gap behind the siding for any rain water to drain out. The rainscreen is installed over the sheathing, after windows, doors, and all pipes and wires are flashed, before the siding and trim is installed.The video below shows the siding installation. Onward, upward, and outwardAs I write this I am waiting on my insulation to be installed. I will be using Owens Corning blown-in fiberglass in the exterior walls and attic, and batts for sound in the walls and second floor.A strong building market and limited workforce is delaying this work, but I’m willing to wait a while to make sure it is done properly. Insulation should be complete by the end of the year, followed by drywall, flooring, and interior finishes early in next year.Site work, including a few masonry walls and a lot of pervious paving, will start soon. Our current target is to be complete in March. Fingers crossed.last_img read more

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Yadav Singh case: Akhilesh govt paid ₹21 lakh as lawyers fee

first_imgThe Akhilesh Yadav government had paid ₹21.15 lakh as fee to senior lawyers of the Supreme Court engaged to save suspended Noida Chief Engineer Yadav Singh from facing CBI probe in graft and money laundering cases, according to an RTI response.As per the RTI information provided by Surendra Pal Singh, Special Secretary (Law), four senior lawyers were engaged by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government.Kapil Sibal was given a fee of ₹8.80 lakh, Harish Salve ₹5.00 lakh, Rakesh Dwivedi ₹4.05 lakh and Dinesh Dwivedi ₹3.30 lakh, taking the total to ₹21.25 lakh, claimed activist Nutan Thakur citing the response to her RTI plea.Yadav Singh was arrested by the CBI in February last year for allegedly abusing his official position in awarding contracts and causing wrongful loss to the government exchequer.The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth ₹19.92 crore in a money laundering case that involves the former Noida chief engineer.Activist Nutan had filed a PIL in Allahabad High Court in the matter. Its Lucknow bench had directed that the Yadav Singh case be transferred to CBI.The UP government had appealed against this order before the Supreme Court but it was dismissed at the first hearing itself on July 16, 2015.Nutan said it was “alarming” to note that the state government had “wasted” such a huge amount to save a “tainted person” like Yadav Singh and sought recovery of the public money from the pocket of the concerned public authorities.The ED had earlier registered two ECIRs (equivalent to an FIR) under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED cases have been registered on the basis of the FIR filed by the CBI.The CBI last year conducted searches at 12 locations in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad in connection with its probe against Singh over award of contracts related to Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway authorities. It had also seized files, documents, laptops, iPads and computers.After an Allahabad High Court order, the CBI had registered two cases against Singh and his family members for alleged corruption and amassing assets disproportionate to known sources of income.Singh’s case came to the fore after the Income Tax department first carried out searches against him and others on tax evasion charges.A scrutiny of ITRs and other connecting records reportedly revealed that during the period 2009-14, the total likely savings of the family of the then chief engineer was approximately ₹1.70 crore, whereas they were in possession of immovable property worth around ₹3.60 crore, CBI had said.“Besides, approximately ₹10 crore was allegedly recovered from one of his associates which reportedly belonged to the then chief engineer,” the CBI had said.An attachment of assets order under PMLA is aimed to deprive the accused from taking benefits from their ill-gotten wealth.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: The Deadly Allure of the Exotic

first_imgMales of a praying mantis native to New Zealand, Orthodera novaezealandiae, are more attracted to the cannibalistic females of an invasive species introduced in the 1970s, Miomantis caffra, than they are to the noncannibal females of their own kind, a new study suggests. In lab tests, a native male (smaller mantis in image) was placed in a Y-shaped maze whose branches contained a female of one species or the other. At the fork in the road, the male turned toward the invasive female in 11 out of 13 trials, researchers report online today in Biology Letters. Female mantises attract mates using odorous chemicals called pheromones, and the invaders’ pheromones may be more alluring or more abundantly released than the natives’, the scientists speculate. In other tests in which researchers left an M. caffra female with a native male for 16 hours, the males were killed and eaten almost 69% of the time. The oft-fatal attraction may explain why the native species is apparently in decline where the species coexist, the researchers say.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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