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U.S. Department of Defense to Establish 2 Ebola Testing Centers in Liberia

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first_imgThe Government of Liberia has announced that the US Department of Defense will soon establish two Ebola testing centers in Liberia.This was disclosed by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, when he officially initiated the “Ebola Half Hour” radio program.Pieces of information provided on the “Ebola Half Hour” will be the outcome of daily technical meetings between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners— including the World Health Organization (WHO).Dr. Gwenigale said a delegation of the US Defense Dept., which has medical testing facilities over the border in Kenema, Sierra Leone, will arrive in the country by Thursday of this week to begin work setting up the two laboratories.The main lab will be set up at the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR) in Charlesville, a few kilometers from the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, while the other would be a mobile laboratory, set up in Foya, Lofa County, epicenter of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Lofa County, the Daily Observer was told exclusively by the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije.The Health Minister explained that the centers would reduce the cost and time of sending blood samples to neighboring Guinea for confirmation.He thanked the US Defense Department for their support in helping to fight the deadly Ebola virus, which has so far claimed at least 10 lives. Eight of those lives were lost in Foya, Lofa County, while the other two died in Montserrado and Nimba Counties.The Health Minister said the labs would help ensure that the spread of the virus in the country is stopped.Providing updates as he launched the “Ebola Half Hour” radio program, which would be simulcast on at least three radio stations, including the state-owned ELBC, Dr. Gwenigale stated that the Ministry has been making efforts to provide the necessary awareness on the prevention of the spread of the virus.He stated that they were also making sure that protection of all the health personnel working with suspected Ebola patients was paramount to the Ministry.Dr. Gwenigale disclosed that at least 21 persons have been confirmed to have contracted the virus since the verification of its presence in Liberia on March 30, 2014. Of this number 10 persons have died.  “We received information that a young girl who was hospitalized died early yesterday morning in Foya, Lofa County,” he said sadly.The Minister passionately appealed to the public to avoid contact with people suspected of having Ebola’s body fluids and with the bodies of suspected victims.He also appealed to religious leaders, praying mothers and family members to take advantage of the measures provided by the Health Ministry and stop praying for someone who shows signs of the virus as they themselves could contract the virus, which has a fatality rate of 90 percent, according to WHO.According to the Health Minister, some people who had come in contact with suspected Ebola carriers, were on the run and they were doing all they could to locate said persons, as their actions could pose a serious threat to the larger population.Since the launch of the “Ebola Half Hour,” radio program fell on World Health Day, April 7, the Message of the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Region Director, was read by WHO Country Representative, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije.Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo’s Message said the aim of 2014’s commemoration was to raise awareness about the threat posed by a group of diseases that are spread by insects and others vectors, including flies, mosquitoes and freshwater snails.The Day was celebrated under theme:  “Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFL Engineers Construct ETUs Across Liberia

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first_imgThe Engineers Company of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), with logistical and technical support from the US Army, has started the construction of nine Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in seven of Liberia’s 15 counties. The construction work began last month when an AFL Engineering team of 20, assisted by technicians from the US SEABEES started reconnaissance in the selected counties.The counties to benefit are Lofa, Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Nimba. Two ETU sites are to be erected in Lofa (Voinjama and Zorzor) while another two will be built in Nimba at the Ganta Methodist Hospital and the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita.The rest of the ETUs will be located in strategic areas of the remaining five counties namely in the Bong Mines area and Totota, BRE Compound, Own Your Own Community, Tubmanburg Government Hospital and Sinje.The surveys, Bill of Quantities and structure designs for the various ETU sites were done by the AFL engineers. They will double their strength to 40 in order to simultaneously construct three ETUs in Bomi, Bassa and Grand Cape Mount Counties, respectively. Those ETUs will take five to 12 days to be completed and presented to Government. During a recent ground-breaking ceremony at the ETU construction site in Tubmanburg last Friday, AFL Chief of Staff (COS) Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn, upon receiving the building materials, acknowledged the U S Military and the AFL joint operation that was launching the construction of many ETUs throughout the country. General Ziankhan said the project would last for five to 12 weeks, and when finished would accommodate 80 to 100 beds.AFL Engineers were already in Grand Bassa County carrying out geological surveys, the COS said, adding that the land capacity depends on how much each county authority would provide for the 30 units intended for the area identified. The AFL which has now rolled out into civil-military operations, according to its COS, is doing everything to support the health sector, an indication that the military can transition from time to time while remaining committed to serving its people and nation. For his part, Brigadier General Peter Corey of the U S Department of Defense (DOD) added that their support is tied to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is the lead federal agency responsible for the U.S. response to fighting Ebola and assisting the Liberian Government.The United States DOD, he said, is providing financial, technical and logistical assistance in partnership with the AFL and in support of the civilian leadership.General Corey said the DOD will not provide treatment however, leaving that role to other agencies and USAID as well as the Liberian Government to determine who manages and provides healthcare at the various ETUs upon their completion.The ETUs being constructed will go into service at once for the treatment of individuals suffering from the deadly Ebola virus disease that has taken away the lives of many Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Congratulations to Mr Phillips

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first_imgDear Editor,I extend congratulations to Brigadier (Ret’) Mark A Phillips, MSS, MSc on his selection and endorsement as the PPP/C’s prime ministerial candidate for the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections.As a civic member of some standing, I welcome Mr Phillips to the fold and at the same time, I welcome Mr Hugh Todd and the numerous other civic candidates that will appear on the PPP/C’s regional, geographical and national top-up lists.I believe that Mr Phillips will play his role and work arduously for a new wave of prosperity in Guyana in the next PPP/C Administration. The PPP/C team is stronger by these additions.I have always advocated: “The part one plays can never be more important than the whole of which they are apart”.We are stronger together. Welcome to the PPP/C’s family. Please accept best wishes and assurances of the highest consideration from the Edghill family.Respectfully,Juan Edghilllast_img read more

Govt grilled on supplemental provisions for ICJ case

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first_imgBorder controversy…$788M to be first signing bonus tranche for consolidated fundThe Parliamentary Opposition has always contended that money from the ExxonMobil signing bonus, to defend Guyana’s patrimony should never have been held outside the consolidated fund and that they would have supported the Government seeking the money as supplemental funds.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAs such, $788 Million in sums being sought by the Foreign Affairs Minister in supplemental finances to defend its case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was put under the microscope by the Parliamentary Opposition.Among their questions was the source of the funds. In her contribution, Opposition Chief Whip questioned whether the sums originated from the ExxonMobil signing bonus of US$18 million.“I am not sure I understand the intent of the question. The exercise takes place across a number of years. So we don’t plan to transfer it all in one year,” the Foreign Afffairs Minister, Carl Greenidge replied.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeIn light of the state of Guyana’s Foreign Reserves, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo asked whether the Government anticipated the foreign reserves and the consolidated fund running flat. However, Greenidge replied in the negative.Pointing to Article 33 of the ExxonMobil’s contract, Jagdeo also questioned the Government on the contents of the contract speaking to verifying accounts. He asked whether government would share with ExxonMobil particulars on the account, when it has a track record of not sharing the information with the people of Guyana. In the end, however, the sums requested were passed by the Government majority.According to the supplemental paper, the $788 Million was “to meet the estimated cost in 2018 of presenting Guyana/Venezuela controversy at the International Court of Justice including payment of legal fees.”A decision had been taken by Cabinet to set aside US$15 million from the signing bonus that Government received from US oil giant ExxonMobil to be used towards the border controversy case with Venezuela.This disclosure was made by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge during a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, South Road, Georgetown office a month ago.While Government had initially received the US$18 million bonus, Greenidge said it was decided that US$15 million bonus could be used for the legal challenge, while the remaining US$3 million was set aside for training.In that same breath, the minister said there may be a need for more monies to assist with the legal case as the US$15 million may be inadequate.“It is not possible for me to say what it will cost, the lawyers themselves don’t know,” he explained to media operatives when asked to state how much more would be needed.Greenidge did, however, state that other needs may arise for additional skills and research, and this would require supplementary funds. He again stated, “The US$15 million may not be adequate.”He also reminded that it was Government’s intention to have portions of the signing bonus transferred to the Consolidated Fund whenever there was a need for finances relating to this matter.“So, for 2018, the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) will, down the road, come for supplementary funding, and it will be indicated at that time,” Greenidge had explained to the media.last_img read more

Suspect in murder of “Diesel Boss” slapped with illegal gun, ammo charge

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first_imgThirty-six-year-old Marlon Bradley, who was wanted by the police for questioning in connection to the murder of Reginald Atherly, a mechanic who was gunned down during a robbery at his Guyhoc Park home, was on Friday hurled before the courts to answer to two counts of illegal firearm-related charges.Charged and remanded: Marlon BradleyBradley also called “Maley”, was involved in a confrontation with the police last Sunday and was shot to the leg after he allegedly “whipped out a handgun”, and pointed it in the direction of a cop.After being arrested for the offence, Bradley made his first court appearance before Magistrate Leron Daly, who read the charges to him. He denied both charges – the first detailed that on August 4, 2019, at Cornhill, Stabroek, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .32 pistol without being the licensed firearm holder.The second charge read that on the same date and the same location, he also had in his possession eight matching rounds of .32 ammunition in his possession.Defence Attorney Dexter Todd in an application for bail contended that on the day in question, his client did not have possession of a firearm as he was in the company of his wife when he was shot without reason. Todd further argued that Bradley was denied seeking medical attention for the gunshot wound he sustained since he was in custody for almost a week and according to his client, Police ranks at the Brickdam station poured methylated spirit on the wound.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Traceyann Gittens objected to bail being granted on the grounds that a wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the murder of Reginald Atherly.After listening to both the prosecution and defence, Magistrate Daly remanded the defendant to prison until September 6, 2019.It was previously reported that two ranks – Detective Corporal Cosbert and Constable Harris – approached the wanted man and as they were in the process of arresting him, he allegedly whipped out a handgun from his crotch and pointed it at Harris.As a result, Harris drew his service pistol – a 9mm Taurus – and discharged a round in Bradley’s direction, thus hitting him to the upper left leg. He reportedly fell onto the ground and was arrested.last_img read more

The Warm Up with Max Rushden – Sunday, August 23

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first_imgBarry Glendenning joins Max Rushden for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.last_img

Leicester working on £20m swoop for ‘Turkish Messi’

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first_img1 Leicester City are working on a move for Trabzonspor starlet Abdulkadir Omur.The 18-year-old is regarded as a star of the future and he has been dubbed ‘the Turkish Messi’ by media.Arsenal have been linked with the forward in the past, while he has also been scouted by Bayern Munich and Tottenham.And now, according to Haberturk, Leicester are also working on a deal for Omur.The Foxes have set their sights on landing the Turkey under-19 international and have set aside £20m to get him.Trabzonspor want to keep hold of Omur for at least one more season, but they may struggle to say no to such a lucrative offer. Omur (above, left) is set to be the subject of a £20m bid from Leicester last_img

Exercise Your Nerves

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first_imgA team of neurologists from UCLA and duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware found that voluntary exercise improves regeneration of neurons, both for those who work out, and for those recuperating after injury.  The abstract in PNAS1 states:Recent advances in understanding the role of neurotrophins on activity-dependent plasticity have provided insight into how behavior can affect specific aspects of neuronal biology.  We present evidence that voluntary exercise can prime adult dorsal root ganglion neurons for increased axonal regeneration through a neurotrophin-dependent mechanism.  Dorsal root ganglion neurons showed an increase in neurite outgrowth when cultured from animals that had undergone 3 or 7 days of exercise compared with sedentary animals.  Neurite length over 18-22 h in culture correlated directly with the distance that animals ran.  The exercise-conditioned animals also showed enhanced regrowth of axons after an in vivo nerve crush injury. Sensory ganglia from the 3- and 7-day-exercised animals contained higher brain-derived neurotrophic factor, neurotrophin 3, synapsin I, and GAP43 mRNA levels than those from sedentary animals.  Consistent with the rise in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and neurotrophin 3 during exercise, the increased growth potential of the exercise-conditioned animals required activation of the neurotrophin signaling in vivo during the exercise period but did not require new mRNA synthesis in culture.1Molteni et al., “Voluntary exercise increases axonal regeneration from sensory neurons,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0401443101.Couch potatoing can’t be good for you.  Use it and improve it.  The discovery that neurons can be regenerated should be good news for those who have suffered injury.  Physical therapy may be painful, but it offers hope.  Grin and bear it for as long as it takes.  Hopefully you’ll be grinning more eventually.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

20 Girls Bright Rainbow Small Hair Elastics : lovely little girls hairties!!

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first_img Lovely little girls hairties. Great for little girls hair. I loved the bright rainbow colours but totally missed the bit where it said ‘small’ hair elastics so they were way to small for my 7 year old. Would be great for a younger girl with less hair. But still good value for money and nice quality. Bright colours, but snap really easily. Nice bands, snap really easily though. Very happy with these hair bands. Very happy with these hair bands. They stay in my 2 year olds hair and hold her pig tails without coming loose. Small hair elastics suitable for baby hair. Excellent hairbands for baby hair. These hair elastics are snag free and come in a range of fun colours. 5 cm in diameter so they are excellent for my 4 month old baby who has quite a lot of hair but they are too small to use on and older child such as my 4 year old daughter. What i was looking for my grand daughter with fine. Just what i was looking for my grand daughter with fine hair. Great item just what i wanted. Lovely colours, none have broken yet. Great to use in toddler hair or for plaits in older girls’ hair. These are very small approx 2cm in diameter. We use them for the ends of plaits. Nice and small to secure the hair. Ideal for the very young pony tale, nice and small to secure the hair. Really nice hair bands, lovely bright colours and perfectly strong enough for tying up your hair. These are very small hair elastics so suitable for very fine or not a lot of hair. Could have done with bigger ones so a size guide on the product page would have been helpful. But they do the job they were intended to – i use them for the end of plaits on my youngest who has thin hair. Good for my toddlers fine hair. Good for my toddlers fine hair. She doesn’t have loads of hair but what she does have seems to be permanently in front of her eyes so these are about the right size to keep her hair in a small pony tail and out of her eyes. Was way way to small for what i needed for my 2 year old with thin hair. Perfect small bands for children’s hair. My 2yo daughter has incredibly fine hair and larger bands are just too much. These are the perfect size and colours and i have actually re-ordered as they are so handy. Small hairbands but ideal for my 16 month old grand daughter. Good for my toddlers fine hairSmall hair elastics suitable for baby hairSmaller than I thoughtRainbow Hair ElasticsPerfect small bands for children’s hairVery happy with these hair bands20 Girls Bright Rainbow Small Hair Elastics20 BRIGHT Rainbow Small Hair Elastics/Bandslast_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, May 23

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is beautiful and sunny here. We had an excellent week. We started planting again on Thursday and we finished planting corn on Saturday late afternoon. We should finish beans today. I am planting right now and we had about 290 acres to go when I started this morning.The soil moisture has been perfect and we are really happy with the way it is going in. It looks like we might get two or three days of 70 degrees and sunny for swelling up and popping before we get rains again and then a few days of rain. I think we are setting up for ideal start conditions.The jury is still out on the first stuff we planted. A lot of it is still there but it has been slow coming. Ground conditions were good, but it has been so cold since April 27 when it was planted. Looking back, I would have still planted the corn, but maybe would have waited to plant the beans. The corn is up, but only 10% to 15% of the beans have shoved up out of the ground. That corn all looks fine.The corn that was up was unaffected by any frost. The beans were still all under ground. We haven’t seen any wheat damage. As soon as it dries off after the next rain event we’ll be spraying Prosaro for head scab.We sprayed some fungicide when we sprayed our chemical pass early. Our wheat is looking really healthy. I am glad we did spray because we think that helped. We sprayed Priaxor and then we’ll come back right at flowering with Prosaro.So far things are looking good.last_img read more