Fortifying for Future Eventuality US to Build Disease Control Center in Liberia

first_imgThe US Government, learning from the immediate past experience of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa and its devastating human cost, has announced an ambitious plan to construct an annex of its Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Liberia and two others in Guinea and Sierra Leone.According to CDC’s Deputy Director for Ebola Response to Liberia, Desmond Williams, the move is in an effort to quickly detect and control any infectious disease outbreak in the future.Speaking at first National Conference on Ebola in Monrovia, recently, Dr. Williams disclosed that the CDC is poised to establish offices in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to counter the recurrence of the Ebola virus or the outbreak of any other infectious disease.  He was serving as one of three panelists at the conference. The US health practitioner, who has a Sierra Leonean background, noted that the CDC’s local office will help the Ministry of Health develop a surveillance system and the collection and storing of data for relevant infectious disease control purposes.Dr. Williams indicated that Development Laboratories, which help with early detection and help quickly contain the outbreak of diseases, exist throughout the world and the CDC will ensure that similar facilities are established in Liberia and the rest of the Mano River Union (MRU) basin.Contributing, moderator Deputy Head of the Incident Management Team, Dr. Francis Kateh, indicated that the issue of surveillance is very critical to detecting and containing infectious diseases, especially as Liberia has very porous borders with its neighbors.Dr. Kateh said the EVD had a devastating impact as a result of the lack of proper surveillance systems in the three countries.Following reports of the decline in the EVD infection rate in the three most affected countries, the European Union recently hosted a conference to mobilize support for their post-Ebola reconstruction efforts.The most urgent need for the three countries is revamping their fragile health systems, with the building of health infrastructures, equipment and the training of more health practitioners.The building of the CDC annexes in the three countries will ensure an immediate response whenever there is an outbreak of any infectious disease in the West Africa sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal star and pundit Martin McHugh has hailed Jim McGuinness as Donegal’s best-ever manager.Martin McHughThe Kilcar man, who has gone for Dublin to beat Donegal before the game, said the Glenties man got everything right against the Dubs at Croke Park yesterday.“You have to gibe McGuinness enormous credit. He is the best manager Donegal have ever had, and one of the best in any county in the modern era. “After being beaten out of the game last year by Mayo, many thought it was all over for McGuinness and for Donegal.“Instead, he got them promoted, won another Ulster title and took Dublin’s scalp against all the odds yesterday,” said McHugh.McHugh paid a special tribute to his own son Ryan who was magnificent with a personal tally of 2-2.“Ryan is my son, so I’m a bit biased, but he was class for his second goal early in the second half. “If he caught the ball, Stephen Cluxton would have been out on him and smothered him.“But he did the right thing, palming the ball away from Cluxton and into the corner,” he said. McGUINNESS IS DONEGAL’S BEST-EVER MANAGER – McHUGH was last modified: September 1st, 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:best managerdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessMartin McHughlast_img read more

James McClean decides not to wear poppy again for upcoming games

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade While at Wigan, James McClean explained his reasons for not wearing a poppy on his shirt in a letter to the club’s chairman, Dave Whelan James McClean has again decided not to wear a poppy on his shirt.Stoke’s upcoming games are against Middlesbrough and Forest, with the Republic of Ireland international making the same decision he did at previous clubs Sunderland, Wigan and West Brom. McClean is a native of Derry, Northern Ireland, the site of Bloody Sunday where in 1972 British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protesters.The 29-year-old said in a statement issued by the club: “I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy.“I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.” 2 huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Dear Mr Whelan I wanted to write to you before talking about this face to face and explain my reasons for not wearing a poppy on my shirt for the game at Bolton. I have complete respect for those who fought and died in both World Wars – many I know were Irish-born. I have been told that your own Grandfather Paddy Whelan, from Tipperary, was one of those. I mourn their deaths like every other decent person and if the Poppy was a symbol only for the lost souls of World War I and II I would wear one. I want to make that 100% clear .You must understand this. But the Poppy is used to remember victims of other conflicts since 1945 and this is where the problem starts for me. For people from the North of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different. Please understand, Mr Whelan, that when you come from Creggan like myself or the Bogside, Brandywell or the majority of places in Derry, every person still lives in the shadow of one of the darkest days in Ireland’s history – even if like me you were born nearly 20 years after the event. It is just a part of who we are, ingrained into us from birth. Mr Whelan, for me to wear a poppy would be as much a gesture of disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles – and Bloody Sunday especially – as I have in the past been accused of disrespecting the victims of WWI and WWII. It would be seen as an act of disrespect to those people; to my people. I am not a war monger, or anti-British, or a terrorist or any of the accusations levelled at me in the past. I am a peaceful guy, I believe everyone should live side by side, whatever their religious or political beliefs which I respect and ask for people to respect mine in return. Since last year, I am a father and I want my daughter to grow up in a peaceful world, like any parent. I am very proud of where I come from and I just cannot do something that I believe is wrong. In life, if you’re a man you should stand up for what you believe in. I know you may not agree with my feelings but I hope very much that you understand my reasons. As the owner of the club I am proud to play for, I believe I owe both you and the club’s supporters this explanation. Yours sincerely, James McClean MONEY REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Stoke host Boro in the Championship on Saturday and travel to Forest the following weekend. The statement added that other players would be wearing poppies on shirts at both fixtures.It continued: “However, we recognise that the poppy means different things to different individuals and communities and (like the Royal British Legion) do not believe that anybody should be forced or even pressured to wear the poppy against their free will.“James has informed us that he will not be wearing a Remembrance Day poppy in our next two games. We respect his decision and his right to follow his own convictions.”In 2014, when the midfielder was playing for Wigan, he explained his stance in a letter to chairman Dave Whelan, which was published on the club’s website. REVEALED 2 McClean will not wear a poppy in the upcoming Championship fixtures last_img read more


first_imgThe winner of the Letterkenny Credit Union Members draw is Jonnie McGroarty of Augnish, Ramelton.Jonnie drives away with a brand new 2012 Kia Rio. The draw was made by Dessie Kelly of the Letterkenny Renunion Committee today.Members pay €25 a year and this entitles them to a chance in each of the four car draws each year.There was also 11 cash prizes of €100 and these winners have been contacted this afternoon.  JONNIE IN THE DRIVING SEAT AFTER CREDIT UNION CAR DRAW! was last modified: August 3rd, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe launch of ‘In a World Apart’, Fergus Cleary’s autobiography will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on next Wednesday 29th July at 7.30pm.The hugely talented Fergus ClearyIt’s a trip down memory lane with Fergus as he recalls the many and varied chapters of a very fulfilling life through his work at St. Conal’s Hospital, his showband days and huge amount of charity work that he has done.“It’s includes my memories of working in St. Conal’s. There’s plenty of stories about the place some humorous, some sad” said Fergus who started work on the book just a year ago. It runs to 120 pages and also includes tales from his time in the showbands and his marathon charity lorry runs with supplies to the poor and deprived in Romania.Some years ago Fergus presented a couple of ‘one man plays’ about life in St. Conal’s Hospital and excerpts from that production will also feature in the book.“I hadn’t given serious thought to writing the book although over the years many people were saying that I should do so with all stories I had about the hospital, the showbands and the trips to Romania. So last August I just though it was time that I started on it” Fergus said.Comedian Conal Gallen will be one of the special guests at the launch of ‘In a World Apart’ in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on next Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. Fergus will also be appearing with the book at the Base Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar on next Thursday 30th at 7.30 where he will joined by another well known comedian Aussie Bryson. The book will be on sale on the night and in outlets throughout the county.* Editor’s note – ‘The Mental’ was the name given to St Conal’s Hospital by local people at the time. No offence is intended.FERGUS TO REVEAL ALL ABOUT LIFE IN ‘THE MENTAL’…..AND OTHER THINGS! was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 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:A World ApartdonegalFergus Clearyletterkennylast_img read more

Car keys lost in Falcarragh – have you seen them?

first_imgAn appeal has been made for help finding a set of keys lost in Falcarragh.The keys were lost on Thursday afternoon (23rd May), somewhere in between Falcarragh or the surrounding area.The owner of the Ford keys is appealing to the public to be on the look-out for lost property. (Please note the featured image is a stock photo and not the actual missing keys) If you found the keys or have any information, please call John on 085 8160036 or leave in Falcarragh Garda station.Car keys lost in Falcarragh – have you seen them? was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Donegal families urged to apply for Back to School Clothing Allowance

first_imgEmployment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, is reminding families that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year, and urged families who are not automatically entitled to make an application before the end of September deadline.Minister Doherty said the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides a once-off payment to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn.And she revealed she is very pleased to secure €56 million in Budget 2019 for this year’s scheme. She said “Many families can be under much pressure with back to school costs and I would urge them to check their eligibility for this scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.“While the benefit will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approximately 200,000 children already registered with us, I would recommend others to check out the scheme to see if they are eligible,“The income limits for this payment have been adjusted to ensure that the increases in social welfare payment rates introduced by Budget 2019 do not negatively impact on people’s entitlement to the allowance.”The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a nationwide scheme that provides a once-off payment to eligible families towards the cost of school clothing and footwear. The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2019 is €150 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2019. Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.Funding of €56.3 million has been provided for the scheme this year. It will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approx. 200,000 children from the week beginning 8 July to allow families sufficient time to prepare for back to school.Similar to previous years, the majority of payments will be paid with no application form required. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is currently processing these payments and customers will receive written confirmation before the end of this month informing them of their automatic entitlement.The Department will issue payments totalling approximately €40.5 million to these families from the week beginning 8 July.Families who do not receive notification from the Department of an automated payment by the end of June will need to make an application even if they received a payment last year – the application form will be available from 24 June in all Intreo Centres, via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by your name and address to 51909) or by sending an email to and on the Department’s website There is also an option to apply online this year at Customers wishing to avail of this option need to have a Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account. Those who do not have a Public Services Card can make an appointment at to get one.The closing date for receipt of applications for this year’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is 30 September 2019.The Department is also providing a dedicated phone bank that will be open to answer enquiries from Monday 24 June during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm. Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact LoCall 1890 66 22 44.To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, a person must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes and the total household income must be less than the amounts set out in the table below. All dependent children are taken into account for the income limits (including children who do not qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, because they are under the age of 4).The total household income includes a person’s main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment and any other income they may have including wages (before tax, but excluding employee PRSI and a standard travel allowance of up to €20 per week), maintenance, savings and investments.Donegal families urged to apply for Back to School Clothing Allowance was last modified: June 17th, 2019 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:allowancedonegalfamiliesGovernmentshoeslast_img read more

Eureka takes on Fort Bragg in a game where coaches know each other well

first_imgEureka >> Football coaching circles are educational in nature. Case in point, when the Fort Bragg Timberwolves face the Eureka Loggers at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Albee Stadium at Eureka High School, it will bring together two head coaches that are very familiar with one another. Originally in a player-coach role, now as colleagues.Loggers head coach Jason White and Timberwolves head coach Roy Perkins have a relationship that dates back to the late ’80s, when White was a player and Perkins was an …last_img read more

Play Your Part ambassador destined to take the world stage by storm

first_imgAll the world’s a stage’, this rings true for 27-year-old Play Your Part Ambassador Luntu Vuyisa Masiza, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) along with two awards for best male performance on a stage production and best male performance in a television production.Luntu was awarded the 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Most Promising Student and the Czech Republic’s, Setkani/Encounter Theatre Director’s Special Award for his performance in The Island, which was directed by Chris Weare. Luntu’s journey now continues as he perfects his craft by pursuing his MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).RADA is a drama school in London, that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.“My journey has not been easy, I have had many challenges that have come my way in investing in my craft and these challenges have helped to shape my character, but I am so determined to grow as a storyteller because this is what I love doing”, writes Luntu in his motivation letter.Tackling the international stage to learn, enhance his work as an actor and find his voice as a storyteller. Luntu calls on citizens to play their part and assist in fulfilling his dream by donating towards his fundraising target. He is eager to fly the South African flag for the world to see.The creative industries have proven to be strong nation builders that showcase a country’s strengths to enhance its reputation and image. These industries are rich in authentic stories and talented individuals which contributes to the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. For more information on how you can play your part click here #GetInvolved #PlayYourPartPhoto credit: @masiza_luntulast_img read more

Interpreting a soil test report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soil test reports vary from laboratory to laboratory, but they all report key results of pH, lime test index (LTI) or buffer pH, phosphorous, and potassium. These results are used to develop fertilizer recommendations. Other useful measures on the report, such as cation exchange capacity (CEC), organic matter, and base saturation, can further define soil factors related to nutrient availability and holding capacity that should be considered as nutrient plans are developed. Desirable ranges to maximize crop production for each of the tests performed in a standard soil test are listed in Table 1. This table should serve as a general guideline to help determine if your soil is within the desirable range for each of the parameters tested. Thorough guidelines are given in “Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa.” Soil pH and buffer pHThe level of active soil acidity is measured using soil pH. A pH value above 7 is alkaline; a value below 7 is acidic. A pH value of 7 is neutral. LTI or buffer pH is an indicator of the reserve (potential) acidity in the soil and is used to determine the quantity of lime needed to correct the pH of an acidic soil. In Ohio, subsoil pH varies based on soil parent material. Limestone parent materials found in western and northwestern Ohio may have a subsoil pH that is greater than 7 and contain as much as 50% calcium carbonate or its equivalent. Eastern and southeastern Ohio soils, developed mainly from sandstones and shale subsoil, may have pH values as low as 5. The Ohio State University Extension fact sheet “Soil Acidity and Liming for Agronomic Production, AGF-505-07” provides a detailed explanation of pH, buffer pH, and liming considerations in Ohio. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesiumSoil test values may be reported in parts per million (ppm) or pounds per acre (lb/ac). To convert from ppm to lb/ac, multiply ppm by two. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium soil test values are indicators of the relative available nutrient levels in the soil and not equal to the total amounts of these nutrients available in the soil for plant uptake. Phosphorus and potassium soil test values are correlated with crop yield response and fertilizer needs (i.e., as the soil test value increases, the need for supplemental fertilizer decreases).Soil organic matter, CEC, and base saturation are other variables that are shown on the soil test report to quantify soil characteristics and help understand other qualitative factors associated with the area represented by the sample. Organic matterTillage, parent material, crop productivity, and other management factors influence soil organic matter. Organic matter is important in nutrient holding capacity. Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)CEC measures the capacity of the soil to hold exchangeable cations (positively charged ions) and is reported as meq/100 grams of soil (meq = milliequivalents). Exchangeable cations include aluminum, hydrogen, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The CEC depends largely on the amount and type of clay and the organic matter content. The higher the CEC value, the more cations the soil is able to hold, reducing the likelihood of leaching. It is not practical to attempt to increase the CEC of a soil by adding clay or organic matter. Liming an acid soil will slightly increase the effective CEC. Base Saturation: % calcium, % magnesium, and % potassiumBase saturation is the extent to which the adsorption complex of a soil is saturated with exchangeable cations other than hydrogen or aluminum. It is expressed as a percentage of the total CEC. The calcium to magnesium ratio is calculated on the basis of percentage saturation of the soil CEC by both elements. This ratio should be considered when lime is added to the soil. If the Ca:Mg ratio is 1:1 or less (less Ca than Mg), a lower percentage magnesium limestone should be used. Agronomic crops grow over a wide range of ratios with the ideal ratio being about 6:1 to 10:1.The magnesium to potassium ratio should be greater than 2:1. In other words, the percent base saturation of Mg should be at least two times the percent base saturation of K. High K frequently results in reduced uptake of Mg by plants. Therefore, to help prevent plant nutrient imbalance, additional Mg may be required to maintain an Mg:K ratio of at least 2:1. The greatest concern with this ratio is for grass hay production where forage produced on a field with less than 2:1 Mg:K ratio can result in grass tetany conditions.To read the entire FactSheet on Interpreting Soil Test Reports and to understand more about soil nutrient management, see our Agronomic Crops webpage on Fertility: read more