MESSENGERS OF PEACE, Dialogue among Peace Messengers: Catching up on Ebola War

first_imgLast week, through a firsthand experience, I noticed the high level of tardiness and lack of coordination in the reporting lines for Ebola response. Of grave concern is the wide communication gap between reporting and Ebola action. It took more than seven hours, from the time it was reported to the Ebola hotline team, to remove a dead man from the street of Mamba Pointe and we understand that was one of the quickest removal.It is not clear to me and I am sure to many others if we are catching up on the Ebola war or the continuous spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is catching up with us. Our overstretched health care system is still struggling to cope with the spread of EVD.More than seven months into this epidemic, it is our submission that current approach is weak, sub-divided and uneven. Therefore, we need a seamless response strategy-no gap. A common and comprehensive approach is required to catch up with the control and prevention of EVD.It has taken us a long time coming into grips with this epidemic. Catching up on Ebola war requires a scale of vision that aligns with a scale of threat. To conquer this Ebola war; we need geographical social mapping of the spread of EVD, demographic information on those affected by the Ebola virus and human behavioral research to understand the sociocultural context of those health practices that lead to the spread of EVD. Essential to catching up, is the use of social networks that are critical to changing health practices.What is perhaps required now and more than ever before is it to take up a lot of pressure off the health workers who are presently in the frontline. We need, as mentioned in all of our publications, a collective response to the scale of the challenge that presently confronts us. We also need a much faster approach to improve our under-resourced health care facilities.With over 4,500 fatalities and a projected 9000 by end of this month, we need a game changer starting today. The threaten strike action by health workers is not catching up as this would fester the spread of EVD in Liberia. Our leaders should be good listeners and our frontline service providers should be good negotiators. EVD is not and should not be a precursor to violence. There is a need for calmness and coordination of efforts directed at a common goal — eradication of Ebola.Our priority now should be about saving lives and this we can do through the establishment of more community care centers for laboratory testing, isolation and possible quarantining of contacts, increased community awareness and mobilization program and improved contact tracking and tracing program.For the time being, a lot more still needs to be done and with the cooperation of everyone, this, too, will be a chapter in the history books of our country. At this moment, it is a big challenge that requires a more aggressive and transparent approach.On our part and as part of preventive and control efforts to the propagation of EVD, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia will continue to engage in community education outreach programs to rebuild trust in our health system and to provide information on the symptoms of Ebola virus, resource linkages to establish mobile clinics and groups that cater for young people and conduct capacity building and partnership strengthening programs for young people to reduce the impact of EVD using health promotion strategies.From the standpoints of parsimony-(carefulness), specificity and reinforcement of current efforts, MOP considers it expedient to consider improving our health care system by adding more health care providers to the fight against Ebola. Use of faith based organizations, social networks and bi-lateral as well as multilateral cooperation is critical at this time.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “It takes a village” to control Ebola, 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

Guyana supports international efforts to end refugee, migrant crises

first_img71st UN General AssemblyGuyana stands ready to play an active role in the process of eliminating the root causes of international conflict to ensure an end to refugee and migrant crises so that world peace will prevail.Venezuelans who were recently deported from GuyanaPresident David Granger made this pledge at the high-level meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.“Guyana supports the protection of the rights of all migrants. Guyana welcomes the process that this meeting will initiate for the convening, in 2018, of an inter-governmental conference on international migration with a view to the adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” he declared before the gathering of world leaders.In recent months, Guyana began experiencing a fraction of the world’s refugee crisis after a large number of Venezuelans fled their country to seek refuge locally.They were subsequently fined and deported when they appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Commenting on this development, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had underscored Government’s commitment to provide assistance to the Venezuelans who are experiencing an economic crisis, once they comply with the country’s laws.“We have made it clear that on humanitarian grounds, that we will not turn back Venezuelans who come to seek help here in Guyana… so anybody coming from Venezuela for food and things like that, we support people who come to Guyana on those grounds,” the Minister noted.However, he outlined, “We, of course, have our responsibility to ensure the integrity of our borders and that the immigration procedures which are applied to persons coming to Guyana that we will apply those procedures.”Asked whether Government would consider relaxing restrictions on Venezuelans entering the country illegally, Harmon had shut down the idea and reiterated that Guyana’s laws must be adhered to at all times.International CommunityThe chronic and complex refugee and migrant crises confronting the world represent grave challenges to the international community, President Granger emphasised in his speech.“Images and accounts of men, women and children, who are forced to flee their homes and homelands in search of safety, are transmitted daily and graphically by the mass and social media. The international community can no longer ignore the plight of these desperate refugees and migrants,” the Guyanese Head of State stated.He noted that their condition and situation demand a commitment to address both the root causes, as well as the human consequences which accompany the refugee and migration crises.President Granger highlighted that conflicts within and among nations are mainly responsible for the mass movements of refugees and migrants, and if left unattended, can unravel into a series of greater problems.“Refugees and migrants, however, are not the only ones affected. Conflicts between states, if left unattended or unresolved, can escalate into regional and even global crises, which can threaten the existence of larger numbers of persons in wider areas, even beyond their country’s borders,” he stated.The President noted that conflict prevention and resolution must be part of the long-term response to the crisis of refugees and migrants.“The international community has a responsibility to prevent these conflicts and to usher in an era of security and of the preservation of peace between states,” he stated.The Guyanese leader also underlined that natural disasters contribute to the refugee and migrant problem.“The global community must not ignore the impact which catastrophic natural disasters, including those caused by climate change, has had in triggering which produces refugees and migrants,” the President stated, referring to the situation in Haiti.“Six years ago, we were overwhelmed by the death, disease, dislocation and destruction inflicted on the Caribbean state of Haiti, a sister member of our Community. The earthquake left thousands of persons dead and consigned thousands of others to a life as refugees in their own country. Haiti’s agony is being compounded today by the creation of new waves of refugees from the Dominican Republic,” he noted.DeclarationWorld leaders came together at the UN General Assembly to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon launched a new campaign called, “Together – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” to “respond to rising xenophobia and turn fear into hope”.He urged “world leaders to join this campaign and commit together to upholding the rights and dignity of everyone forced by circumstance to flee their homes in search of a better life.”Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General in his address to the summit, declared that “refugees and migrants are not to be seen as a burden – they offer great potential, if only we unlock it.”last_img read more

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Boys’ basketball: Renaissance travels well

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Renaissance Academy of La Canada traveled more than four hours for Thursday’s Southern California Div. V regional playoff game at Immanuel of Reedley and while the trip was well worth it after a 61-58 victory, it also proved costly for the Wildcats (28-2). Starting shooting guard Josh Thomas suffered a sprained ankle and fellow backcourt mate Yader Combs pulled a groin against Immanuel (25-10) and both are expected to miss Saturday’s semifinal against View Park Prep of at Crenshaw High at 7 p.m. “We have to figure out a way to stay positive and move on,” Wildcats coach Sid Cooke said. “We’re going to have to find some other guys to step up. Thomas finished with 18 points Thursday. Teammate Justin Cook had 15 and Hector Harold added 12. last_img read more

Site C Project sees employment increase during month of October

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  B.C. Hydro has released the latest Site C Dam Project employment numbers for the month of October 2019. The number of Indigenous people working on the Project also saw an increase from 401 in September to 428 in October.Advertisement The total number of workers from B.C. was 3,637 which is 75 percent of the workers. The number of people working on the Site C Project saw an increase from 4,790 in September to 4,823 in October. The total number of apprentices employed on the project had an increase from 185 in September to 209 in October. – Advertisement -Out of those 3,637 workers, 864 or 21 percent represented the Peace River Regional District which is slightly down from September’s numbers of 869. Women working on the Project saw a slight decrease from 517 in September to 510 in October.last_img read more

Iraqis claim video shows guards firing on civilians

first_imgBAGHDAD – Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in a shooting last week that left 11 people dead, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case was referred to the Iraqi judiciary. Iraq’s president, meanwhile, demanded that the Americans release an Iranian arrested this week on suspicion of smuggling weapons to Shiite militias. The demand adds new strains to U.S.-Iraqi relations only days before a meeting between President Bush and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said Iraqi authorities had completed an investigation into the Sept. 16 shooting in Nisoor Square in western Baghdad and concluded that Blackwater guards were responsible for the deaths. “These six cases will support the case against Blackwater, because they show that it has a criminal record,” Khalaf said. Khalaf said the report was “sent to the judiciary” although he would not specify whether that amounted to filing of criminal charges. Under Iraqi law, an investigating judge reviews criminal complaints and decides whether there is enough evidence for a trial. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh denied that authorities had decided to file charges against the Blackwater guards and said Saturday that no decision had been taken whether to seek punishment. “The necessary measures will be taken that will preserve the honor of the Iraqi people,” he said in New York, where al-Maliki arrived Friday for the U.N. General Assembly session. “We have ongoing high-level meetings with the U.S. side about this issue.” Al-Maliki is expected to raise the issue with Bush during a meeting Monday in New York. It is doubtful that foreign security contractors could be prosecuted under Iraqi law. A directive issued by U.S. occupation authorities in 2004 granted contractors, U.S. troops and many other foreign officials immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law. Security contractors are also not subject to U.S. military law under which U.S. troopers face prosecution for killing or abusing Iraqis. Casualty update As of Saturday, at least 3,795 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 3,095 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is seven higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday. The British military has reported 169 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 21; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Korea, one death each.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He told The Associated Press that the conclusion was based on witness statements as well as videotape shot by cameras at the nearby headquarters of the national police command. He said eight people were killed at the scene and three of the 15 wounded died in hospitals. Blackwater, which provides most of the security for U.S. diplomats and civilian officials in Iraq, has insisted that its guards came under fire from armed insurgents and shot back only to defend themselves. Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said Saturday that she knew nothing about the videotape and was contractually prohibited from discussing details of the shooting. Khalaf also said the ministry was looking into six other fatal shootings involving the Moyock, N.C.-based company in which 10 Iraqis were killed and 15 wounded. Among the shootings was one Feb. 7 outside Iraqi state television in Baghdad that killed three building guards. last_img read more

A Spppooookkkkyyyy Halloween party in West Hollywood

first_imgWEST HOLLYWOOD – Ghosts and goblins will be roaming Southland streets tonight in search of Halloween trick-or-treats, but West Hollywood will again be the center of Halloween revelry with its annual bawdy street party. The 2007 Halloween Costume Carnaval will begin at 6 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. The event annually attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers enjoying music entertainment blasting from four stages. Among the performers scheduled are Hanson, Boogie Nights and Thelma Houston. There will also be dancing and costume contests. At 9 p.m., Hanson and Toms Shoes will be honored on the City Stage at La Peer Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard for their work fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. From 6 p.m. through 6 a.m., La Cienega Boulevard will be closed between Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. Additionally, various streets will have turning lanes blocked to prevent traffic from entering the Carnaval area. Permit parking restrictions in West Hollywood will be suspended from 5 p.m. through 6 a.m. Public parking will be available for $15 at the Kings Road parking structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.; the West Hollywood Park parking lot, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.; Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave.; and the El Tovar Lot, 8750 El Tovar Place. Elsewhere, thousands of revelers are expected to make the annual trek to Universal CityWalk and to Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, although no formal events are planned there. Police will be enforcing a ban on the sale and distribution of Silly String on Hollywood Boulevard. Violators could be hit with a fine of up to $1,000 or a month in jail. Police will also crack down on illegal vendors, issuing citations to those selling food without health permits. Officials said that in the past, cans of Silly String have become major public safety issues, often with people hurling the empty cans at others, and the discarded cans cost thousands of dollars to remove from the streets. For the younger Halloween revelers, officials from various agencies offered safety tips for children — and their parents — while trick-or- treating. These include: — plan a trick-or-treating route and share it with family, or have an adult go along; — wear light-colored or reflective clothing; — only visit homes that have a porch light on; — use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes; — only cross streets at corners, and be sure to look both ways for traffic; — don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars; — walk on sidewalks, not streets; — carry a flashlight; — keep away from open fires and candles; — never go into a stranger’s house; — be cautious of strangers and animals; and — have an adult inspect treats before eating.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To make way for the celebration, streets will be closed throughout the area, meaning troubles for motorists. From 1 p.m. today through 6 a.m. tomorrow, the following streets will be closed: — Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive; — Robertson Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, and; — San Vicente Boulevard between Cynthia Street and Melrose Avenue. last_img read more


first_imgJimmy Byrne who today refused to dump 110 boxes of prime Monkfish at Kilmore QuayTRAWLERMEN in Co Donegal are to meet to discuss following the example of colleagues in Co Wexford – by giving away free fish to the public rather than dumping it at sea.It’s understood the pro-fishing lobbies in Killybegs and Greencastle are keen to support the stance of Séamus O’Flaherty, who owns the Saltees Quest, who gave away fish at Kilmore Quay in Wexford yesterday.The vessel exceeded its EU quota of monkfish and gave away 110 boxes of the prized fish to delighted members of the public. Skipper Jimmy Byrne said he took the action to oppose the EU rule that requires over-quota fish to be thrown back overboard.The crew was monitored by gardai before officers from the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority arrived.In a statement, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority said: “A fishing operation that results in large quantities of fish for which the vessel does not have a quota is undesirable for everyone.“A prudent response would be to alter that operation – change fishing grounds or fishing techniques to try to avoid unwanted catches in the first instance. The quantities brought ashore as ‘discards’ in this morning’s landing are not consistent with this type of responsible fishing.” Last night sources in both Killybegs and Greencastle contacted Donegal Daily to say the protest was being “monitored” with a view to copycat incidents here in this county.It’s thought fishermen in several other counties are also planning to join the protest.  DONEGAL FISHERMEN MAY GIVE AWAY FREE FISH AS PART OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FISHERMEN MAY GIVE AWAY FREE FISH AS PART OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGNgreencastle co donegalkillybegs county donegallast_img read more

Local players now in demand

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Crenshaw, who rushed for 1,092 yards and scored 14 touchdowns despite missing significant playing time with a torn calf, has received offers from UCLA, Oregon State and Washington. The running back/defensive back is the defending state champion in the long jump, and he’s also being recruited for track and field. Crenshaw is among five Antelope Valley players Division I schools are recruiting. The others are running back/linebacker Allan Mohan, receiver/defensive back D’Andre Goodwin (eight interceptions), receiver Randy Burton and two-way lineman Spencer Johnson. Johnson has received strong interest from Colorado State, among others. He and Goodwin plan to take recruiting trips to Hawaii. Palmdale quarterback Rodney Trimm and running back Dominic Blood also are receiving interest from four-year schools, Palmdale coach Jeff Williams said. Rosamond tight end/linebacker Eric Leon (219 tackles), the High Desert League’s Defensive Player of the Year, and running back Spencer Rodney, and Boron running back/linebacker Brad Kostopoulos are the area’s top small-school recruits. LANCASTER – The high school football season is over for all High Desert teams except Boron. But the college recruiting season is just getting started, and phones are ringing at coaches’ offices of some of the area’s most talent-rich schools. Topping the list of area prospects are Antelope Valley’s Andre Crenshaw and Palmdale’s Tyreace House. House (794 receiving yards, 524 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns), the Golden League’s Player of the Year, has offers from Washington and UNLV and is also being recruited by Utah State and USC. Leon and Rodney have received interest from Boise State. ‘Inexcusable’: Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming is considering filing a complaint to the Southern Section office regarding what he alleges was Dominguez of Compton’s pervasively undisciplined play in Friday’s 41-10 quarterfinal victory over the Antelopes. Fleming, who said he’d received warnings from coaches and parents regarding alleged Dominguez discipline issues before the game, is gathering evidence from film and eyewitness testimony that he might use to submit to the Southern Section office later this week. He said officials did little to keep matters under control. “They weren’t protecting the kids,” Fleming said. Antelope Valley’s Dustin Vong suffered a fractured jaw and a concussion as a result of what Fleming called illegal helmet-to-helmet contact on one play. He said a Dominguez player pinned an Antelope Valley player’s neck to the ground on another play with his foot. “Their lack of discipline and lack of control was inexcusable,” Fleming said. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 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

Men’s Tennis Rolls Past Iowa and South Dakota State

first_imgStory Links Drake 4, Iowa 1Feb 09, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  The Bulldogs went up 3-0 with Hands’ 6-1, 6-2 win over Piotr Smientana at No. 2 singles. 1. Ben Wood/Finley Hall (DU) def. Marco Paulo Castro/Elliot Ward (SDSU) 7-5 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team improved to 2-0 in The Summit League with a 7-0 win over South Dakota State and then the Bulldogs put together an impressive 6-1 victory over Iowa, Friday night at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Singles competition The Bulldogs jumped out to an 1-0 lead over Iowa with another strong doubles performance. Juniors Tom Hands and Ben Clark cruised past Iowa’s Joe Tyler and Jake Jacoby, 6-1, at No. 3. On court No. 1, junior Vinny Gillespie and sophomore Barny Thorold broke late to allow Thorold to serve out the match, 7-5, to secure the doubles point. Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,4,1,6,5) Drake 5-4 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Alexander Reinke (SDSU) 6-1, 6-2 Doubles competition Clark blanked SDSU’s Henrique Stemmer, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles, while Hands blew past Alex Reinke, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2. Hall clinched the Bulldog victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles. 6. Freddie Powell (DU) def. Elliot Ward (SDSU) 6-3, 6-4 Drake’s win over the Hawkeyes marked its seventh-straight against in-state rivals. Box Score – South Dakota State Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,5,6) Match Notes “This crowd we had tonight was definitely electrifying and brought these guys back up; as we played on a completely different level,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski. In the opening match of the day, Drake outmatched South Dakota as the Bulldogs swept the doubles point and took the first set on all six court in singles. 5. Jonas Larsen (IOWA) def. Ben Wood (DU) 6-2, 6-4 6. Finley Hall (DU) def. Will Davies (IOWA) 6-3, 6-4 1. #120 Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) 6-2, 6-1 The Hawkeyes managed to get on the board with a win on court No. 5, before Drake’s freshman Finley Hall clinched the Bulldog 4-1 victory with straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 over Willy Davies at No. 6 singles.center_img The crowd’s energy helped Drake carry its momentum into singles as Gillespie, who is ranked No. 120 nationally in singles, put together an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over Josh Silverstein at No. 1 singles to give Drake a 2-0 lead. 3. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) def. Joe Tyler/Jake Jacoby (IOWA) 6-1 4. Ben Clark (DU) def. Kareem Allaf (IOWA) 6-7, 0-1, walkover 1. #120 Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Emerson Styles (SDSU) 6-3, 6-2 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Piotr Smietana (IOWA) 6-1, 6-2 Singles competition Doubles competition Box Score – Iowa 3. Ben Clark (DU) def. Henrique Stemmer (SDSU) 6-0, 6-0 2. Piotr Smietana/Will Davies (IOWA) def. Ben Wood/Finley Hall (DU) 6-2 Drake 7, South Dakota State 0Feb 09, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  2. Vinny Gillespie/Ben Clark (DU) def. Emerson Styles/Alexander Reinke (SDSU) 6-0 4. Finley Hall (DU) def. Marco Paulo Castro (SDSU) 6-2, 6-1 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen (IOWA) 7-5 Match Notes Drake will have a quick turnaround as it hosts Arizona on Saturday at 1 p.m. 3. Barny Thorold (DU) def. Joe Tyler (IOWA) 7-6, 3-4, walkover South Dakota State 0-5 3. Tom Hands/Freddie Powell (DU) def. Carlos Martinez/Aidan DeBoer (SDSU) 6-1 5. Ben Wood (DU) def. Carlos Martinez (SDSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more