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CONSIDERING POST-EBOLA LIBERIA (PART SIX): THE ROLE OF EVERYONE, EVERYY PARTNER

first_imgIn this sixth and concluding article of the series on what happens to Liberia after the Ebola crisis the focus is on the role of everyone, every partner in post Ebola Liberia. What are we doing now as the government, media, internal partners, inter-religious community, civil society organizations, teachers, traditional leaders, and communities in the fight against Ebola that will serve us well in attending to some of the post Ebola challenges that will inevitably follow? What lessons can everyone involved learn to deal with the aftermath of Ebola and other future emergencies, and making our society safer and better for all? Let us find out. The fifth article on the role of the religious community made the following observations:The role of the faith based institutions in fighting Ebola and in dealing with post Ebola concerns cannot be overemphasized. Most Liberian believers who have considerable influence in the nation are either Christians or Muslims. I am aware that there are others who may be African traditional believers or some other religions but the most influential are Christians and Muslims. These two religious groups fall under the umbrella of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) and National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL). All the mainline Churches (Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc.) and some Pentecostal denominations are members of the LCC. Again I am aware that there are some Churches and Mosques that do not fall under the LCC and NMCL and they too are involved in some ways. Most of what I am sharing about the involvement of the religious community with Ebola fight is specific to the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) headed by Archbishop Jonathan B. B. Hart and Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh.This group is collaborating and coordinating the interventions of Churches and Mosques in the national response to Ebola. They are making as parts of their sermons Ebola messages and awareness, training and dialoguing with their members about Ebola prevention and care for its victims, and providing relief and practical support.Recently the IRCL sent pastors and imams in pairs (one pastor and one imam) to five affected counties, Bomi, Bong, Cape Mount, Lofa, and Nimba to hold training sessions and dialogues with over 300 pastors and imams about Ebola. The trainings and dialogues emphasized religious practices that are deemed dangerous with regard to the spread of Ebola and why they must be suspended now in order to save the living. It was stressed how these pastors and imams must be involved at every level: county, district and community. They can help their communities isolate and care for suspected cases and their affected households, and support victims get treatment while protecting themselves and others. More of such interventions are planned to be implemented soon by the IRCL. A large segment of people are excited to see Muslims and Christians working together for the common good.This brings us to the role of everyone. The health experts inform us that we are now at the second phase of the war against Ebola. The first phase went through a lot of denial, the spreading of the virus disease out of control, panic and fear and then the overwhelming of everyone concerned and involved. Then support from the international community began to come in numbers, and then the government, local and international partners began to learn from early mistakes, acquired new skills and techniques in handling the emergency, and made some considerable progress.The good news is that the rate of infection is declining in many parts of the countries with some notable exceptions. Phase two is a great opportunity and is at the same time a big risk. This is a great opportunity if we accelerate our gains and kick this deadly virus out of the country and the region, and a grave risk if we become complacent. The gains made thus far is the result of the combined efforts of everyone—the government, media, internal partners, inter-religious community, teachers, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, and communities.The biggest lesson, for me, is the unity and consolidation of efforts to fight and defeat a common enemy. We can use this everyone contributing a part of the whole of district to district, community to community, and house to house approach to deal with many of our societal and communal problems and improve our life as whole. Can we use the same approach to deal with future emergencies and in attending to the many problems we have in the areas of health, education, economy, agriculture, and in fighting corruption? Can we, for example, knowing the rich variety of food crops of the land and their excellent nutritional value come up with a practical program of healthy dieting for everyone and do a community to community, and house to house effort until the program is caught and practiced like we are doing with Ebola. I am sure we can do the same in most areas of need. We can do a community to community, and house to house in the area of good security until a tangible result is yielded. And the list can go on. Ebola has hurt and exposed us but it can be an opportunity for us to make us better.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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Highlanders learn from 7-0 loss

first_img“I think it’s a good learning experience because we didn’t make an adjustment offensively,” said Borgogno of his team, which was limited to just two hits and saw three La Quinta pitchers combine for 13 strikeouts. “They kept throwing those sliders away, sliders away and we need to do a better job of going to right field. “This is a learning process this time of the season, and you can always take the good with the bad. You have to do it like that, and we will.” LA HABRA – March is a time when high school baseball teams refine their talents in preparation for the league portion of their schedule. La Habra High School appeared to take a step back in that quest Tuesday, but Highlanders coach Mat Borgogno believes his team can learn from its 7-0 loss to visiting La Quinta in a Foothill Tournament second-round game. La Quinta, which improved to 3-0, scored two runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and two in the sixth. The Aztecs took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a single by Ryan Bustillos, a walk to Christian Ramirez and back-to-back RBI hits by John Hill and Tony Arroyo. “(Starting pitcher Ryan Tornell) didn’t have command of his curveball today,” Borgogno said. “That put us in a bad situation because anytime you have to rely on your fastball, most good teams are going to have some good at-bats.” La Habra (2-1) did get one look at the game. The Highlanders, trailing 5-0 in the fourth, put runners on first and second with no outs following a lead-off single to right field by Ryan Salinas and a walk to Richard Martin. But Chris Morales, Bryan Aanderud and Zach Esquerra struck out to end the rally. center_img steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Doherty calls for support for tracker mortgage scandal victims

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has called on all politicians to support his motion supporting the victims of the tracker rate mortgage scandal. The motion calls for a full redress scheme that works for victims within a strict deadline and for an overhaul of white collar crime so that those bankers responsible can be held to account.Speaking during the debate Deputy Doherty in the Dail, the West Donegal Sinn Fein,TD, said the banks needed to sort out the mess. “It is my honour to move this motion here tonight – to say clearly and loudly that the Dáil stands with the victims of the tracker scandal and that we want to see the banks sort out the mess they created.“Moreover and just as importantly we want to see accountability. We want to see those who oversaw this theft, who implemented the stealing of millions of euro from up to 15,000 Irish families held accountable.“That is the message I want sent out loudly and clearly today and I hope all TDs can support that call.”He added that the Central Bank need to make sure that customers are returned to the tracker rate they are entitled to not the tracker rate the bank would like to give. “To the banks let us say : Fix the mess you created, stop the weaselling, return the money you stole and put it right. That means putting people back on the right rate, not any old rate and calling it a tracker.“I will support any victim or any representative that goes to their local Garda station and reports this crime. I urge people who feel they have been robbed to do that. It is their right the same as it is when you are mugged walking down the street. Theft is theft.“We owe it to those families to stand with them tonight and to send a message to the banks that we will accept nothing short of full redress and fair compensation.”Doherty calls for support for tracker mortgage scandal victims was last modified: January 24th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMortgagePearse Dohertysupporttrackerlast_img read more

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DDTV: DONEGAL ACTOR DESSIE KEEPS HIS TOE IN THE BUSINESS!

first_imgHe’s best known as dopey Dessie in the Bulmer’s advert.But now Letterkenny actor Dessie Gallagher has a new part in what is set to become a very popular commercial – this time for the irish Pharmaceutical Union. Simply click on the video to see Dessie keeping his toe in the acting game!DDTV: DONEGAL ACTOR DESSIE KEEPS HIS TOE IN THE BUSINESS! was last modified: October 19th, 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:Dessie GallagherdonegalIrish Pharmaceutical UnionTV advertlast_img read more

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NFL Caps

first_img The Broncos (3-1) won their third straight despite a short week that followed a Monday night victory against Kansas City and improved to 3-10 in Florida. They had been 0-2 in Jacksonville. Denver played well without star cornerback Champ Bailey, whose streak of 99 consecutive starts ended when he was inactive because of a hamstring injury. Fred Taylor carried eight times for 14 yards, and the Jaguars (2-2) finished with a franchise-low 12 yards rushing. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jake Plummer threw two touchdown passes to backup offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell, while Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined for 175 yards rushing. “It’s nice to have that type of game in your hometown,” said Carswell, a Jacksonville native who estimated he had 40 friends and family members at the game. “Always nice to do when you’re family is watching you.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 KEY NUMBER: 3-10 Denver’s record in Florida. Coming into Sunday’s game, the Broncos had been 0-2 in Jacksonville. MISC: Carswell, a Pro Bowl tight end in 2001, switched to offensive tackle this season. RAVENS13 JETS3 BALTIMORE – For a third straight game, the Baltimore Ravens mustered one measly touchdown. center_img This time, however, it proved to be more than enough offense to beat a New York Jets attack that sputtered and stalled under the direction of third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger. Jamal Lewis scored on a 1-yard run, Matt Stover kicked two field goals, and the Ravens sacked Bollinger five times Sunday in a victory. It was the first win of the season for the Ravens, who held Curtis Martin to 30 yards on 13 carries and harassed Bollinger for the entire afternoon. Playing in his second NFL game and first as a starter, Bollinger went 14 for 28 for 149 yards in place of injured starter Chad Pennington, out for the season with a torn right rotator cuff. “We came in knowing we were going to struggle,” Jets coach Herman Edwards said. “But we’ve got to find a way to move the ball offensively.” The Ravens didn’t generate much offense either, but were at least able to unleash Jamal Lewis, who ran for a season-high 81 yards on 29 carries and scored his first touchdown of the season. “Outstanding. Gutty. Tough,” coach Brian Billick said of Lewis, who had 57 yards in his first two games. KEY NUMBER: .500 The Ravens’ record (73-73-1) since 1996, when they moved from Cleveland. MISC: The Jets finished with eight first downs and 152 yards Sunday. FALCONS30 VIKINGS10 ATLANTA – Warrick Dunn rushed for 126 yards, including his 50th career touchdown on a 37-yard run, to lead a 274-yard performance on the ground in the Falcons’ victory. Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick ran for 58 yards and threw a touchdown pass before getting hurt. The Falcons’ defense made things miserable for Daunte Culpepper, who was sacked nine times, intercepted twice and lost a fumble. The Minnesota quarterback has gone down 16 times the last two weeks and looked especially gun-shy on his fumble. Rod Coleman brushed Culpepper’s hip as he drew back to throw, the ball fell out of his hand and Patrick Kerney recovered. “I took some good shots,” Culpepper said. “It’s definitely disappointing. There’s a lot of talent on this football team.” Coleman, Brady Smith and Demorrio Williams had two sacks apiece for the Falcons (3-1), who had their most sacks since a franchise-record 10 against New Orleans in 1997. “To get nine sacks and with our crowd behind us like they were, that would fluster any offensive line in the league,” said Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking, who had nine tackles, a sack and an interception. KEY NUMBER: 209 Average rushing yards for Atlanta this season. MISC. On the first of three drives that led to Todd Peterson field goals, Falcons backup QB Matt Schaub broke off runs of 21 and 23 yards. “He was Vick-like on those jaunts,” Atlanta coach Jim Mora quipped. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL MUM SAYS IRISH GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN HER DAUGHTER’S DEATH

first_imgA mother has said the Irish Government has done nothing to help her to discover the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s tragic death.The late Joyce Campbell who was killed in Ethiopia.Aid worker Joyce Campbell died when she was involved in a tragic car crash in Ethiopia in 2005. An inquest into Ms Campbell’s death was adjourned for the 11th time yesterday at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court.Coroner John Cannon said that Ethiopian police were not co-operating with Interpol, who had been instructed to investigate the death.However, solicitor for the Campbell family, Frank Dorrian, said dialogue was ongoing, and the case was adjourned until November 6th next.Speaking after the latest court appearance, Irene Campbell said her family were not pleased at all at how the Irish Government had acted.“Here we are nine years and 11 adjournments later and we still do not know the circumstances of Joyce’s death. We are not at all satisfied with the Irish Government’s role into the investigation into what happened,” she said.Ms Campbell, from Meenmore, Dungloe, had just celebrated her 25th birthday when she died while working for the Vincentian Lay Missioners.She was only in Ethiopia for three weeks as part of a four month stay when the tragedy happened.Two other Irishmen in the car were also injured in the crash in Welyta, about nine hours north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on August 8th.She was a graduate of Development, Health and Disaster Management and she also had a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance.The dead woman’s father Paddy died two years ago, still not knowing what had happened to his youngest child.Mrs Campbell revealed she did not even have a death certificate for her daughter but just a piece of paper from the Ethiopian authorities.She said she does not believe there was anything suspicious about the manner of her daughter’s death.“I accept it was an accident. I’m told a herd of goats came out onto the road and Joyce died as a result of her injuries when the land cruiser in which she was traveling crashed,” she said.However, the family have been left with several unanswered questions about their daughter’s death.Two other Irish aid workers in the vehicle have given completely conflicting reports about Joyce’s death.One of the men has said she died instantly while another claims she was put into a truck and driven to hospital and did not die until 18 hours later.Both of these men had later to receive surgery for injuries they sustained in the horrific crash.Mrs Campbell said the only assistance given to them by the Irish Government was a request by then Minister For Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern.“All this did however was to instruct two priests connected to the Vincentian Lay Missioners to look into Joyce’s death.“They lived six hours from the scene and this has done nothing to further our case or to get any more answers.“What we need are full statements from the Ethiopian police, the driver of the land cruiser and all connected to the case but we have nothing at the moment.“The Irish Government can put the pressure on these authorities but that is simply not being done for whatever reason,” she added.Irene added that her daughter was a “good person” who wanted to help others.“She knew she was privileged – she had a good education and she came from a good background.“She was very grounded and she was just a good person. She just wanted to help others,” she said.DONEGAL MUM SAYS IRISH GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN HER DAUGHTER’S DEATH was last modified: September 5th, 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:aid workercar crashdeathdungloeETHIOPIAJoyce Campbelllast_img read more

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BRILLIANT NAOMH CONAILL BEAT GAOTH DOBHAIR TO REACH COUNTY MINOR FINAL

first_imgGAA: Naomh Conaill produced a stunning performance to dump out reigning Donegal minor champions Gaoth Dobhair in a cracking encounter at The Banks this evening.A second-half penalty from Michael Carroll dragged Gaoth Dobhair back into the contest but Naomh Conaill held on to win on a score-line of 2-06 to 1-11.The first clash between the sides was a thriller and it took a late, late free from Michael Carroll to send the game to a replay. However, Naomh Conaill produced a stunning performance with Ethan O’Donnell and Eoghan McGettigan in particular enjoying superb games with McGettigan notching 1-6.There was three between the sides at the interval with Naomh Conaill leading by three as the teams headed for the sanctuary of the dressing room.It was tit-for-tat in the second-half but Naomh Conaill got the upper hand and knocked over some wonderful points and had a healthy lead with 15 left on the clock.However, Gaoth Dobhair didn’t relinquish their crown without a fight and almost brought the game into extra-time with a spirited comeback – but the Glenties men held firm and booked their place in the final where they will meet St Eunan’s.  BRILLIANT NAOMH CONAILL BEAT GAOTH DOBHAIR TO REACH COUNTY MINOR FINAL was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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CM must stop five-star campaign, return to Mumbai: Nana Patole

first_imgThe Opposition on Sunday criticised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for continuing with his political campaign despite many parts of the State being flooded due to incessant rains. State Congress campaign committee chief and former MP Nana Patole asked Mr. Fadnavis to return to Mumbai and control the situation, warning that if he failed to do so, Congress workers would storm into Mantralaya and take charge of the disaster control room.“At a time when many parts of Maharashtra are facing risk from floods, Mr. Fadnavis is busy in his five-star political campaign using public money. The State machinery is busy hosting the CM at various places, and as a result, citizens are living in constant fear of losing everything to the floods. The Chief Minister should have handled the flood situation instead of going on a political campaign,” he said.Mr. Patole said Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Sangli, Kolhapur and Pune are in grave danger owing to rising river water levels. “The State government should immediately call it a natural calamity and sufferers should be distributed relief money through State Disaster Relief Fund,” he said, adding that a Congress delegation will be visiting the Chief Secretary on Monday.Leader of Opposition in the Council and Nationalist Congress Party leader Dhananjay Munde, too, censured Mr. Fadnavis, calling his political campaign insensitive. “Who will save the people of Maharashtra? The ruling party is busy organising tours and campaigns with an eye on election. The administration is being run through tours,” he said. The government, however, said the CM and Chief Secretary are monitoring the situation and relief operations. “Directions have been issued to district collector offices to ensure relief operations are conducted wherever needed. The district administration has been given the powers to take decisions. We are monitoring everything and the CM is being informed of every action,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.last_img read more

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Rondina says ‘no one to blame but ourselves’ amid losing skid

first_imgUST’s loss to UP was the first time that Rondina got outscored with Diana Carlos and Isa Molde’s 32 and 24-point outputs eclipsing the Golden Tigress’ 23.And Rondina knows she didn’t play up to her level against the Lady Maroons.“I’m also mad at myself, I committed so many mistakes,” said Rondina who went 23-of-57 in her spike attempts. “We really threw the game and we weren’t able to recover quickly enough to give ourselves a chance to win.”UST’s conundrum started as early as the first set when they held a 19-10 lead but allowed UP to come back and force the set to go into the 30s.And although the Lady Maroons flunked in the first set, they eventually built the foundation that allowed them to keep the Golden Tigresses at bay until the final point.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Golden Tigresses have yet to win back-to-back games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but they’ve already registered two straight defeats after losing to National University and University of the Philippines.Cherry Rondina knows, though, that there’s no one to blame for that terrible standing and inconsistent showing so far but the Golden Tigresses themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We talked how we can fix our problems, there’s no one to blame but us,” said Rondina in Filipino. “The coaches fought for us, now it’s up to us to keep fighting.”After their 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 loss to the Maroons on Wednesday, the Golden Tigresses dropped a 2-4 record but remained at fourth place thanks to a three-way logjam at the second spot. AFP official booed out of forum University of Santo Tomas’ contender status is slowly falling apart.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Rondina added that there’s nothing to go but up for them and she vowed that UST will recover.“We haven’t lost hope and I told them every time we’ll go into battle we should’ve the mindset that we will win,” said Rondina. “I can say this, and I can be proud of this, that my teammates and I can win.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Haruna, Gaco carry Go for Gold past pesky Batangas-EAC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

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