first_imgThe Government of Liberia has reached an important milestone in the fight against Ebola with the opening of schools and putting in place protocols, amid a drastically reduced number of new cases  of Ebola Virus Disease in the country.Now that the worst is over, there is an urgent need to make up for a lost school year. The focus now in this post- Ebola recovery process is for schools to put in place conditions that are as safe as possible for children.School protocols should include safety measures, not only taking children’s temperatures when they arrive at their school campuses and making them wash their hands before entering classrooms.  They should, in addition, take into account children’s temperatures as they return to their respective communities, along with the distribution of Ebola preventive materials to use at home. The measures  should include classroom spacing, student-to-teacher  and health workers ratio.All schools should be equipped with adequate source of water supply and school children should have access to safe sanitary facilities, like urinals and toilets. In cases of detected elevated temperature among school children, schools should be mandated to provide temporary isolation space for suspected cases.Zoning of healthcare facilities by schools and health workers should be put into place to ensure adequate transportation of suspected cases to appropriate healthcare facilities. Contact tracing and follow-up visits to monitor children who may be absent from school for health reasons and medical clearance should be required from students who have been sick to return to school.Additional safety precautions at our schools would require psychosocial support as some children may not return to school and many who lost their parents and friends may find it difficult to cope with school work.Dealing with stigmatization of Ebola survivors and victims would be critical at this stage. The decision to expel students who deliberately flaunt protocols for safe school is harsh and should be amended (see page 8 of the protocols for details).In addressing the psychosocial needs of school children, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, is committed, through its peace clubs and community education outreach campaigns/programmes, to work with the Liberian government, the private sector  and others. It is essential to educate our children about Ebola as a disease and it is equally important to educate them about its psychosocial impact to our stability as a nation. More than anything else in the school curriculum, our children must learn about the Ebola crisis and the period they had to stay away from learning.The private and not-for-profit  sections now have an important role to play in ensuring complete adherence to the protocols for safe school environment. Governments (local and national) should also focus more on providing essential services to poor community schools. The theme of the protocols for safe school environment in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia should be in the best interest of school children.We are only months away from when Liberia would be declared “Ebola-free.” Until then and with an end in sight, we need to redouble our collective efforts to stop and eradicate Ebola from our country. Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-Community Protocols,” Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rev. Sandy as Pontius Pilate

first_imgIt was the English philosopher Francis Bacon who, in one of his essays, penned, “What is truth, asked jesting Pilate, but would not wait for an answer.”That was one of the questions which the Roman Governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus during His trial just before His crucifixion. Jesus then spoke about truth, provoking Pilate’s famous question, “What is truth?”Jesus, we all know, was quite capable of answering that question. But was Pilate truly interested in an answer? No. He quickly ordered a pan of water and washed his hands, demonstrating—or so he thought—that he had nothing to do with what was to happen to the Lord of Life. But go read the Apostle’s Creed, which clearly states the historic, inescapable fact: “He (Jesus) suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.”That is exactly what would happen to Liberians were we to elect a man like the Rev. Kennedy Sandy president of this beleaguered republic—why?Because the man is not president yet; indeed far from it, yet he feels he can say anything to us, make all kinds of spurious and unsubstantiated promises and, to quote Bacon, “not wait,” in Sandy’s case, for a single question.In other words, if and when he is elected president—God help us!—the Rev. Mr. Sandy would say and do anything, and feel he owes us no answers, no explanations, no proofs and no substantiation.That was exactly what the reverend—reverend of what? we may ask—did two Fridays ago. He convened a program and announced his intention, for the second time, to seek the Liberian presidency.In an address to his partisans and the media, he outlined in insipid (bland, unexciting) fashion many of the country’s problems, which he promised to fix. And as though he felt and knew he was talking to a bunch of fools or foolish captives, he gave not a single explanation of how.Yes, Sandy probably forgot that he was addressing not simply his gullible partisans, but also the media, whose professional responsibility it is to ASK questions.Alas, neither the media nor anyone else in the audience was favored with such a privilege from the man who says he wants to be our “redeemer.”As one who calls himself “Reverend Sandy,” people are quick to ask what kind of theology did he study or learn, that allows him to be called “Reverend?” For as a spokesperson for the Christian ministry, like Peter, Paul and the four Gospel writers, and Jesus Himself, Kennedy should have known that theworld’s Redeemer, Jesus Christ, explained everything about His messianic mission. And not only that—Jesus also demonstrated, through His many miracles, HOW His disciples and every one of us, His followers, are to use power. Jesus, yes, was asked many questions by the Scribes and Pharisees, who were bitterly against Him, by ordinary people, like the rich young fool, as well as theprominent, like Nicodemus, who came to Jesus by night. And we all know Jesus’ own disciples asked Him many questions.We also know that the Master took time to answer each question. He often answered a question by posing to the asker another question, just to make the answer plain and simple for all to understand. Alas, the Rev. Mr. Sandy totally forgot—or did he ever learn—what Jesus had done in His three-year ministry—going about doing good, and even from age 12, “asking and answering questions.”What did Rev. Kennedy Sandy expect the media, whom he had invited to his program, to do? Only to listen, then go and regurgitate (vomit) his utterances to the Liberian public and the world? That would have been the height of media irresponsibility—failure to explain what Sandy really meant and, more important, HOW he would do the many things he had promised to do if elected president.The reverend abandoned the example of Jesus, and only spewed out a cacophony (loudness) of utterances and promises and, like Pilate, “would not wait” for a single question!No, the media were simply expected to ignore their professional duty to tell the people the true meaning of Sandy’s utterances and, more important, the HOW—how would he fix the nation’s agriculture, education, health, etc.The media’s only role, according to the Rev. Mr. Sandy, was to spew out to the Liberian public and the world what he had to say. Is this the Pontius Pilate who wants to be our President?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US$19K Modern Market Erected in Wroto Town

first_imgMontserrado County District #9 now has something to be happy about after a US$19,800 market building was constructed and subsequently turned over to the market leadership of the district.The market was erected by Atty. Miller B. Catakaw, a prominent citizen in the district.Dedicating the building on December 30, Atty. Catakaw joyously told the gathering that for too long he has seen the marketers experience difficulty selling their produce during the rainy and dry seasons.He said it was time for them to leave the sun and rain for a modern market building.“For years you people have suffered selling on rainy and sunny days. You will no more experience those unfavorable conditions,” declared Atty. Catakaw, to a huge applause from the crowd.“This is the beginning of my development initiatives in the district and I am going to ensure that other communities in the district enjoy similar facilities,” he promised.Besides the market, Catakaw has undertaken several other development projects including the construction of an elementary school building, several bridges and toilets in District #9.Responding, Victoria Solee, superintendent of the market, lauded Atty. Catakaw for the new market building.“Since the establishment of this market in 1975, this is the first time for us to own a market building, “Madam Solee disclosed.“What you have done for us today we cannot pay you back; it is only our Almighty God that knows our heart who will reward you for taking us from under the sun and the rain, from which many of us have suffered serious sickness.”Solee called on marketers to ‘open their eyes’ in the coming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.“If you do not have eyes or ears it is time for you to have them. It is time for you to put people into office that are concerned about your wellbeing,” Solee said, and encouraged her market members to vote wisely.“It is time for us to vote wisely, it is time for you to explain to your children about what you have witnessed here today,” she added.The dedication ceremony was graced by many community residents most of whom were seeing a new market building in their community for the first time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clifford Krauss is not the problem

first_imgDear Editor,Almost every person of Guyanese nationality welled up with fury at the ‘’alarming’’ description of Guyana by the American Clifford Krauss. Who is he to denounce a country he wasn’t born in?Well, like all outsiders, Mr Krauss sees Guyana as an underdeveloped, uncivilised and corrupt nation. He didn’t consider that Guyana’s geographic location renders it ‘’a watery wilderness.’’ He didn’t consider Guyana’s unfortunate political past. Why should he consider Guyana’s setbacks? These are matters of no importance to him. He sees Guyana exactly how most or all international people do.Do you think he cares that Guyana is a cook up rice and chicken curry nation? No, he doesn’t. His focus is on our political structure, our economic status, our Government policies and programmes, and our progressive ideas and plans for the future.Upon the release and circulation of Krauss’s article, almost every Guyanese became so distracted and offended by his representation of Guyana that they missed the underlying questions.Is Guyana equipped to manage oil opulence?Will the leaders mismanage the ‘’incoming wealth?’’Will corruption exacerbate?Will there be the creation of Swiss Bank accounts?Will criminal activities escalate?Will the money be squandered and stolen?Will the wealth be unequally distributed?Will the wealth be hoarded by only the powerful and influential?Will the political environment be facilitative of foreign investment?There are so many more questions arising when there is oil wealth on the horizon. Although these questions were not directly asked by Mr Clifford Krauss, his analysis of Guyana’s political, social and economic environments gave the implication that these are some of the questions to be asked.He wrote ‘’But there are obstacles. If history is any guide, countries that discover oil often waste their opportunity, as the resource blends seamlessly with corruption. Countries with weak political institutions like Guyana are especially vulnerable.’’ What untruth can be found in those statements?He then quoted Guyanese-born Finance professor Floyd Haynes, who is a consultant to the Business Ministry. Haynes said,’’ You have an alignment of money and power in the hands of the state, so the party in power controls the resources, and the money is usually squandered, misapplied or downright stolen.’’So really, what Krauss did was present a very objective and analytical article. So why the pettiness? Why the written attacks? What is the purpose of them? Does Guyana appear more couth to international spectators? This solves nothing.As a country of resilience, commentary like that of Krauss’s should elevate our nation to greater heights, to dream and do bigger things. Guyana’s been set back for too long; and yes, we’ve made tremendous progress as a nation, but we are still way behind. We who live here see it as nothing, because we are accustomed to it; but to those on the outside, it is something — something to not sit comfortably with.At this turning point in our country’s economic landscape, we have the opportunity to install the policies to facilitate growth in every sector; to suppress corruption, open our economy to rewarding investment deals, and to create the route to development for every citizen. The world is rapidly advancing, and Guyana needs to be included in the race. Guyana’s future can be gleaming with smart cities and automation. We need the environment to realise this.Mr Krauss’s dissection of Guyana appears negative, but the truth has been overlooked. Guyana has not experienced the wealth that is now imminent; and as history reveals, poor countries, having grasped and tasted the rewards of oil discovery, often become victims of the enricher.Another point to note is that with the rise of renewable energy and climate policy agreements, the oil industry can become a falling one. So, excitement is accompanied by contemplation.It is now left for Guyana to prove herself; to rise in her glory. She is poised to accelerate growth, but she has to be erudite in her executions. So, instead of expressing bitterness to Mr Krauss, thank him and prove him wrong, Guyana.Sincerely,Althea Hoodithlast_img read more

This defender is available so why aren’t Man United moving for him?

first_img2 2 Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld In a fortnight, Louis van Gaal has gone from saviour of Manchester United to bricklayer, as he hastily begins the task of rebuilding a side on the brink of collapse.It has already been a costly window for the club – with spending totalling around £135m so far – with all signs suggesting there will be more to come before the end of the summer window.However, despite Van Gaal’s recent bid to bolster United’s midfield ranks and offer them more bite in attack, defence remains a particular area that needs urgent addressing.The Red Devils’ capture of Luke Shaw and more recently Marcos Rojo has shown that Van Gaal is aware of the problems at the back, but they are more far reaching than the signing of these two.At the heart of every great Man United team over the past two decades has been a strong central defence and it is very hard to claim that the Red Devils boast one at present.While there may be a relative dearth in talent available to Van Gaal in the transfer market, there remains one player that could arguably provide the United boss with the defensive strength he is crying out for.Just 12 months ago Toby Alderweireld was tipped for a move to the Premier League after five successful seasons as a professional at Ajax, but the highly-rated Belgian instead opted for a move to Atletico Madrid.However, it seems as though Sunderland have managed to lure him to England on a season-long loan. With all due respect to the Black Cats, their move for the Belgian poses the question, ‘If Alderweireld is available, then why aren’t Man United moving for him?’Prior to his switch to Spain, Alderweireld was lauded as one of Europe’s best young defenders, leading former Ajax boss Martin Jol to comment: “He is capable of so much more than just marking a striker out of the game. He is quite good on the ball as well and I see him as a future star player.“He has physical strength, vision, technique, pace and he is strong in the air. There is no doubt about it that he will join a European powerhouse one day.”And he certainly has the figures to back up that ability. Four league titles in the last four years (three with Ajax and La Liga with Atletico Madrid), underline this is a player tuned to win, but there is more to him than that. For example, his insistence that he ‘hates conceding’ goals is testament to the frugality of defences he plays in. During his final three seasons at Ajax, the Dutch giants conceded just 82 league goals in total, while during his debut season at Atletico Madrid they conceded just eight times when he was in the side, en route to winning the title.As an individual, his statistics largely speak for themselves. Barring his difficult debut season in Spain, his consistently high passing and tackling figures are proof this is a defender capable of doing a job for most sides, while he also shows he can offer some degree of attacking threat – chipping in with the odd goal and assist.While Man United fans may demand a player akin to Mats Hummels, this is a club very much on the precipice of downfall. The recent signing of Angel Di Maria may fuel arguments the club can still sign the very best players in the world, but in truth the days of first pick transfers are in doubt.Now is a time for Van Gaal to think pragmatically. Should he become available, Alderweireld has all the ability to be a fine signing and could provide some much needed stability to a backline that looks increasingly fragile.Man United fans, do you think Toby Alderweireld would be a good signing? Comment below…last_img read more

Power restored after blistering heatwave

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Power has been restored to Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers who lost their service during this week’s heat wave, officials said today. Electrical service was restored to about 990 SCE customers yesterday afternoon, SCE’s Vanessa McGrady said today. Many people had their power interrupted as prolonged air conditioning use strained the region’s electricity infrastructure, and utility crews worked frantically to restore power, she said. As many as 18 people died of possible heat-related deaths, including a 50-year-old man who worked for a Missouri- based electrical contracting company who was killed Monday while repairing a transformer. Richard Eastman was killed in Beaumont when the transformer he was installing became entangled in a rope and fell on him, McGrady said. About 340 DWP customers had their power restored late yesterday, said the DWP’s Kim Hughes. The LADWP deployed about 45 crews and put them on 16-hour shifts, she said. Hughes said utility crews would work next week to make permanent repairs to many of the affected transformers. Hughes blamed constant air conditioning use for the power outages. “It’s like a car. If you drive your car a lot it’s going to overheat,” she said. last_img read more

West Ham to make shock Sturridge bid, Van Gaal to leave Man United in summer, Yaya wants City exit – Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…West Ham are ready to table a £18million bid for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp looks to have decided to cash in on the injury-prone striker. (Brentwood Gazette) Klopp is considering a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s 27-year-old striker Javier Hernandez as Sturridge’s replacement. (Calciomercato) The Reds have alsoheld talks with Italian champions Juventus about signing 23-year-old striker Alvaro Morata for around £45m. (Gazzetta World) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering walking out onthe club this summer – a year before his contract expires. (Daily Mirror)Everton have told Manchester United they will have to fork out £65million if they want to sign Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer. (The Sun)Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will listen to ‘every offer’ as the Ivory Coast star looks set to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season. (The Sun)Chelsea are struggling to persuade Shakhtar Donetsk to part with £30m midfield target Alex Teixeira in January. (Daily Star) The Blues are conserving a summer bid for Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26. (Daily Mirror) With Radamel Falcao set to return to Monaco, Chelsea are also considering moves for Brazil forward Alexandre Pato and AC Milan’s Colombia international Carlos Bacca. (Daily Telegraph) Tottenham are preparing to make a new bid for 19-year-old Coventry midfielder James Maddison, a deal which would include the player returning to the League One club for the rest of the season on loan. (The Independent)West Ham are hoping to sign Reading defender Jake Cooper, 20, to follow the capture of Leeds full-back Sam Byram, 22. (The Times) Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote’s proposed move to Shanghai Shenhua has hit a stumbling block, with the Chinese club unwilling to meet the player’s £60,000-a-week wage demands. (The Guardian) And here are the latest headlines…Liverpool legend tells Jurgen Klopp: ‘Stop protecting Daniel Sturridge and tell fans the truth’‘Simon Mignolet is good enough for Liverpool now, but not at the top level’, says Dietmar Hamann‘Aston Villa are in trouble and MUST spend to save Premier League status’, Stiliyan Petrov tells talkSPORTChelsea ready to take huge loss on £21m summer signing Baba RahmanAC Milan told they can sign Marouane Fellaini for £19mTottenham have £23m bid rejected for Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez – ReportsPedro Obiang unlikely to leave West Ham despite Napoli interest, says midfielder’s agentLiverpool’s Lazar Markovic will not make decision on future until summerJuventus beat Chelsea and West Brom to signing of £4.5m Italy starletWest Ham to table £6m bid for long-standing target Burak Yilmazlast_img read more


first_imgUrris defeat Cavan champions Avra yesterday to reach the semi-final of the Ulster Junior Championship.Urris GAA NewsULSTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL: The senior team travelled to Breffni Park, Cavan on Sunday and recorded a fantastic win over the Cavan Junior Champions Arva, final score Iorras 2-06 Arva 0-09. This was a great team display especially in the second half by the lads. The two goals in each half were scored by Peter Devlin.The team can now look forward to the Ulster semi-final against Keady on Sunday November 16th. CLG Iorras say a massive thanks to Danny Kelly, his backroom team and all the players for the great effort being put in.Also, a big thanks to all our supporters who travelled in big numbers to Breffni Park on Sunday, your continued support much appreciated. Urris team: K Friel, S Mc Daid, D Devlin, G Doherty, M Grant (C), J Cooke, K Doherty, D Kelly, D Kelly, J Doherty, E Kelly, A Friel, K Mc Laughlin, P Devlin, M Mc Laughlin. Subs used: C Bradley, B Doherty, J Mc Carron.CLUB IORRAS OCTOBER WINNERS: €50-Gerard Friel, Dunaff, €30-Edward Mc Laughlin, Tullagh and €20-Michael Farren, Letterkenny. Thanks to all who support our monthly Club Iorras draw. CLUB MEETING: There is a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.00pmU13 DIVISION 3 FINAL: Still to be replayed, hopefully this weekend. Please check updates on our Facebook page.MATCH “N” WIN: October 30th: No jackpot winner- numbers drawn: 3, 13, 20 & 24. €15 winners: Diane Toland, Rasheney, Breege Doherty, Cloontagh, Cathy Doherty (Tim), Tullagh, Connel Lamb, Annaugh and Alisha Mc Gonigle, Tullagh.Jackpot next week €1,020. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.BUY A BLOCK PHASE 2: Due to a successful Clubhouse Opening and renewed interest the club has decided to run “Buy a Block “phase 2 until December 31. If interested, blocks can be purchased for €10. Funds raised will be used for further development of our clubhouse.Please contact John Friel, Rose Kelly or any committee member to buy a block.BIG BINGO: The Club is running a Big Bingo on Sunday coming- November 9th in the Clonmany Youth & Community Centre. €1,000 to be won on the 9th page.Books €10 and extra sheet €2 plus raffle for a large hamper. CLUB MERCHANDISE: Great selection of Club merchandise which can now be ordered , please contact Nichola Donaghey on 0866030736 if interested.Nichola has samples of all the club gear.Check our Facebook page to view the club gear. Items displayed are for children but adult sizes can also be purchased (check with Nichola for prices).Ideal for the Christmas presents.CLUB BINGO: Bingo continues every Thursday night at 9pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany.ULSTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: BRILLIANT URRIS DEFEAT ARVA TO REACH SEMI-FINALS was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 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:GAANoticesSportUlster Junior ChampionshipURRISlast_img read more


first_imgLifford Community NewsBook Club: Do You Love Reading?Do you want to meet people with the same interests as you? Lifford Clonleigh Resource CentreStarting January 2015Contact 074 91 41773 for further information!Men Sheds. Free courses and training. First aid. (Three days).Health and Safety (Safe Pass).Carpentry (Basic Skills).Telephone Reception on 074 91 41773.Email: Clay Modelling: Attention Ceramics enthusiast.New model making classes starting at Clonleigh Resource centre LiffordClasses encourage the making of both hand-made objects and connections among people within the class. Participants will create baskets and sculpture from clay and decorate with creative patterns and colours.Beginner classes will start with basics of model rendering and design. If you are interested you can contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773.BLOSSOMS: Blossoms charity shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. We would also like you to donate any old items such as books, clothes etc. We are looking for winter clothing (jackets, hats, scarf etc.).DD LOCAL: LIFFORD RESOURCE CENTRE LAUNCH CLAY MODELLING CLASSES was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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:Community newsDD LocalLiffordNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgGAA: Donegal star Ryan McHugh has been named on the Hoganstand Team of the Week – for his superb performance against Mayo on Sunday afternoon.McHugh has excelled so far this season, and has been Donegal’s standout performer. Popular GAA website singled McHugh out for special praise, after another dazzling display for Rory Gallagher’s side.They wrote, “Consistency personified, the former Young Footballer of the Year is one of the first names on Donegal manager Rory Gallagher’s team-sheet.” McHugh is a vital player for Donegal and seems to improving with every game he plays for Donegal.Donegal have made an excellent start to their National Allianz League campaigns earning wins over Down, Cork and Mayo. They travel south this weekend to take on Kerry in Tralee, knowing a win would almost guarantee them a semi-final spot and secure their Division One status for next year. OUTSTANDING RYAN MCHUGH NAMED ON HOGANSTAND TEAM OF THE WEEK was last modified: March 3rd, 2016 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:HoganstandnewsRyan McHughSportlast_img read more