Entertainment Centers Combat Ebola

first_imgEntertainment centers across Monrovia and its  environs have joined the ongoing traditional campaigns in combating the deadly Ebola virus across the country.According to the Proprietress of the Baby J. Bar & Restaurant in Saye Town, Sinkor, the issue of measures against the deadly Ebola virus are  termed as a “traditional thing for Liberia,” to secure people and customers’ safety.“I understand that Ebola travels around and is real and people contact it through hand-shakes, body contacts and other means,” said the proprietress, who declined to give her name.“Since the outbreak of Ebola, people are very careful and are avoiding our business center.”She called on Christians  to focus on worshipping God rather than the deadly Ebola virus that is being surrounded with fear by the people.  According to her, people  should take the preventive measures.  “The Ebola fear has overshadowed us, leading people to worship the epidemic,” she claimed. “I want us to take the preventive measures. Let us be like the Hebrew brothers that said they will not worship any man made god.” “If Liberia is a Christian  nation, we should continue to give God the glory and He will save us from this crisis.”   According to her, entertainment centers have been receiving less customers since the outbreak of the epidemic,  due to the fear of the buyers.  The spread of the virus has led to a total reduction of customers.“I believe that many of those that are coming to entertain themselves are now taking preventive measures described by the health authorities and international partners.”According to the Baby J proprietress, her entertainment center has been regularly informing customers coming and going out to constantly carryout the issue of hand-washing as way of preventing the deadly virus.She urged other people, including marketers and commuters, to get involved in observing Ebola measures to help keep Liberia and its  people safe from the virus.One entertainment owner in Jallah Town community, Sinkor, said, he was religiously doing his hand-wash and avoiding of body contacts to ensure that his life is safe.According to him, with the present condition of the deadly Ebola in Liberia, Liberians must take advantage of the preventive measures described by the health authorities in order to survive the epidemic.“We have received information from the health authorities that health workers are dying from the virus.  This is indication that everyone needs to take the preventive measures.”He used the occasion to call on the National government to properly investigate the ‘well poisoning reports in the country, stating that this is another serious problem for Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Not All Are Ebola Deaths

first_imgLiberia is considered the worst hit since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Mano River Union basin with over 2000 confirmed, probable and suspected deaths, but not all of these deaths are Ebola related, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has clarified.The Liberian leader stressed recently that the country’s death rate has reflected high numbers because people who died from other illnesses due to the initial impact on the regular healthcare system have been recorded as Ebola victims due to the circumstances of their deaths.She, however, indicated that requisite systems are now in place to remedy the situation by making sure that basic regular health services around the country are restored.President Sirleaf made the assertion when she spoke at the launch of Youth Action International Coalition against Ebola in Monrovia last Thursday.She admitted that the start of the fight against the Ebola virus disease was rocky and difficult, due to the strange nature of the virus, limited capacity, and the lack of initial tools for healthcare workers who are the front liners in the fight.   But she pointed out that the fight is now well on course.President Sirleaf said  attitude and behavioral change are cardinal to breaking the transmission chain and ending the further spread of the deadly disease in Liberia.She reminded the young people that attitude, behavior, as well as cultural and traditional values remain major challenges to efforts aimed at eradicating the virus from Liberia. She called on members of the coalition against Ebola to go all out and reach to communities and neighborhoods across the country with simplified messages of sensitization and awareness that will help change people’s behavior towards the deadly virus.“We can do all to bring in international help as the case is now. We can build Ebola Treatment Units across the country, establish testing centers, bring in all the medication and personal protective equipment, but if the behavior of Liberians is not changed, the virus will continue to spread,” she warned.“We must follow the preventive instructions from health authorities to save ourselves and our country,” the Liberian leader emphasized.She pointed out that government is giving and will continue to give the deserved attention to ensure that the virus is eradicated from Liberia.She lauded the efforts of heroes such as Montserrado District No. 13 Representative Saah Joseph, Dr. Jerry Brown and his team of the ELWA-2 Ebola Treatment Center, as well as all healthcare workers involved in the fight for their sacrificial services to the nation.The Liberian leader thanked the Youth Action International Executive Director, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, and the young people for the initiative and promised that with all hands on deck, Ebola will soon be history in Liberia.She rejected projections from international organizations that over one million persons across West Africa will die by January, adding that steps are being taken to reverse these pessimistic projections.Speaking earlier, Montserrado County Representatives Acarous Gray and Saah Joseph, Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) head, Patricia Kamara, representatives of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) and the U. S. Embassy in Monrovia thanked the coalition of young people for the initiative. They joined President Sirleaf in expressing the hope that the virus will soon be history in Liberia. They committed themselves  to standing with the government and the young people to eradicate the virus from Liberia.For his part, Youth Action International Executive Director, Dr. Kimmie Weeks,  pointed out that the undertaking was not a Youth Action International Initiative, but that of  different youth organizations that have been assembled under the guidance of his organization.He indicated that he made a personal commitment not to leave Liberia until the Ebola virus disease is contained and eradicated from our shores.Dr. Weeks pointed out that all member organizations of the coalition, numbering over 75 with over 6,000 youths, are already working on Ebola-related programs in various communities around the country. The goal, he indicated, is for all people to know how to protect themselves from the Ebola virus disease and thereby break the chain of transmission.“Young people are most times efficient, but often get limited with no support. The international community and the government must ensure the empowerment of youth-based organizations that are committed to playing critical roles in the fight against the further spread and eradication of the virus,” Dr. Weeks urged.He admitted that the Ebola battle is a fight for life and survival and that all must be done to the end the devastation of the country by this disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Careysburg District Sup’t Urges Residents to Prioritize Agriculture

first_img“Our district is ideally good for the production of vegetables because it is not far from Monrovia where vegetables are most in demand,” says the Superintendent of Careysburg Statutory District, Lester Binda.By Caroline V. Garnett, UL Mass Communication DepartmentThe superintendent of Careysburg Statutory District Lester Binda has encouraged residents in his district to prioritize agriculture to increase the production in vegetables. He said he has cultivated 12 acres with a variety of vegetables including cabbage, lettuce, pepper, and cucumber.Superintendent Binda, in an interview recently on his farm, said he has embarked on mobilizing citizens in the various communities in Careysburg to grow more food in the district.“I am going around in the various towns and villages calling on people and encouraging them to engage in agriculture. Our district is ideally good for the production of vegetables because it is not far from Monrovia where vegetables are most in demand,” he stated.He said that some residents who are being engaged in farming are assisted by his office with tools, chemicals, fertilizers, and seedlings.He, however, said some challenges facing farmers in his district are the lack of market and the difficult to hire laborers.“We do not have a specific place in the district for farmers to market their produce, except the general Red-light Market. We are working to contact supermarkets around Monrovia where the farmers can sell their produce,” she said.“Since we took over we have been working to ensure that problem of youth unemployment is minimized by encouraging the youths to use agriculture for their employment,” he said.He said not much money is being allotted in the Montserrado County budget for the district, and it is one thing he is working toward.The superintendent said he has embarked on many development projects, including the renovation of the district compound and improvement of feeder roads in some towns and villages.“The Crozierville road is one of the deplorable roads in the district that we are working to improve upon,” he added.Binda also said he is working to unify the residents of his district. “I do have a very cordial relationship with the residents in the district. The people are always willing to agree with the decisions that I propose to them and I am always making sure to listen to them as well,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tryouts scheduled for 2012-2013 Senior Flyers season

first_imgThis year, the Flyers will be the home team in the 2013 Savage Cup, hosting the centurion anniversary of the best-of-five tournament, for the Savage Cup’s 100 birthday.Flyers will welcome the Powell River Regals to town, with games taking place March 21-25.The hometown Flyers will be looking to exact some revenge in their barn, as last year, the two teams played for the cup in Powell River, where the Flyers suffered a disapointing sweep of three games to none.The winner of the 100 Savage Cup will represent the Pacific Region at the 2013 Allan Cup, being played this year in Red Deer, Alberta.For a complete look at the tryout schedule, visit the Flyers’ official website. Advertisement Beginning Thursday October 6, will be the Fort St. John Flyers training camp/tryout sessions, with a total of nine on-ice sessions being held, wrapping up Monday, October 29.Each session will run from 8:15-9:45 and will be held at the North Peace Arena.Those interested in trying out are welcome to attend the on-ice evaluations, and those looking to make the squad are asked to attend as many sessions as possible.- Advertisement -The tryouts are also free of charge to attend.After this year’s roster is complete, the team will begin to prepare for its first game, which will be held in early November.Flyers President Paul Van Nostrand says representatives from various NPHL teams met in Fairview over the weekend, and a schedule should be finalized by next week.Advertisement Van Nostrand says he expects the Flyers’ first game to take place in early November.As usual, the Flyers will also indulge in some AAA Senior Hockey action in preparation for the Savage Cup, which Fort St. John will be hosting this year.The Flyers will travel to Bentley, Alberta, to play two games against their rivals, the Generals, on November 10 and 11.Following the two road games, the Generals will make their way to Fort St. John to play two games at the North Peace Arena on January 5 and 6.Advertisementlast_img read more

Newcastle announce relegation saviour Jonas Gutierrez to be released

first_img1 Newcastle have announced they are releasing Jonas Gutierrez, less than a week after he helped the club stave off relegation from the Barclays Premier League.The 31-year-old started the season battling his way back from testicular cancer and ended it by inspiring the Magpies to a vital 2-0 win over West Ham.Gutierrez provided one goal and scored the other in what proved to be his last match for the Toon, who have confirmed the Argentine and defender Ryan Taylor are to leave when their contracts expire on June 30.In a statement announcing the departures, managing director Lee Charnley said: “Ryan and Jonas have both contributed significantly to Newcastle United over a number of years and on behalf of the board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for the excellent service they have given the club.“It was a great pleasure to see Ryan and Jonas come back into the team in recent weeks and compete at the highest level after the injury and illness battles they have had to overcome.“To come through those difficult periods with such strength and dignity will have given hope and inspiration to many and it is clear that our supporters have a deep connection and affection for both players, as does everyone associated with the club.” Jonas Gutierrez read more


first_imgAnne Sweeney was allowed to re-open a week laterA WELL-known Donegal restaurant was closed down by health chiefs over breaches of food hygiene regulations.The Food Safety Authority said it ordered the closure of the kitchen at the Oyster Bar and Danaan’s restaurant in Dunfanaghy.It said it served a closure notice on Anne Sweeney on August 2. Restrictions were lifted a week later.The health inspectors also served a closure notice on Pauline Lukaso of the Akatshi Grill, a food stall at Pier Car Park, Donegal Town.The closure order in that case has been lifted.Prof Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI expressed his disappointment at the lack of vigilance by some owners in ensuring their food businesses are fit for purpose and fully compliant with food safety legislation. “The legal onus is on food businesses to ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat in accordance with the legislation.  There is absolutely no excuse for negligent practices,” said Prof. Reilly.“Greater focus is required to ensure standards are not permitted to slip, thereby potentially putting the health of consumers at risk.“Again and again, we encounter cases involving improper storage of foodstuffs and poor cleaning and sanitising.  These breaches are completely avoidable when food businesses have proper food safety management systems in place.” HEALTH CHIEFS CLOSED DONEGAL RESTAURANT OVER HYGIENE BREACHES was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Anne Sweeneyclosure orderDanaan’sDunfanaghyOyster Barlast_img read more

Round-up: Terry could face Spurs, Kane injury, Colkett contract, Pattie loan

first_imgJohn Terry will miss Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday but could return against Tottenham on 2 May.The skipper has been struggling with an Achilles injury and the Blues have set a date by which time he must be in full training to be considered for the Spurs clash.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who masterminded a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in December, has outlined the key tactic he will employ to beat the reigning champions for a second time.Meanwhile, holders Chelsea tonight drew 1-1 at Manchester City in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final.Brentford expect to have Chelsea loanee John Swift back in their squad for Saturday’s trip to MK Dons, while Fulham are close to a clean bill of health ahead of their game against Nottingham Forest, bar one absentee.Swift looks likely to return for BrentfordThe amount the area’s clubs spent on fees to agents this season was revealed by the Football Association, with QPR explaining why they had forked out more than anyone else in the Championship.In other news from the FA, Fulham were fined £5,000 after admitting a charge relating to their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Brighton.The agent of Whites midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen has claimed the Dane is still in talks over a new deal at Craven Cottage, having apparently rejected an initial offer.Chelsea, meanwhile, have announced that Charlie Colkett, 19, has signed a new three-year contract – but Todd Kane has flown home from a loan spell in the Netherlands after suffering a serious injury.Kane was stretched off while playing for NEC on WednesdayThere has also been plenty of transfer gossip. Chelsea are reportedly monitoring former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa and continue to be linked with Everton duo John Stones and Romelu Lukaku, while German media reports claim Fulham are interested in signing ex-Nottingham Forest utility player Felix Bastians.QPR teenager Ben Pattie has extended his loan spell with Hendon, enabling the striker to play for the Greens in next month’s London Senior Cup final.In rugby, Nick Evans scored 14 points, including a try, on his return from a broken leg to send Harlequins into the European Challenge Cup final with a 30-6 thrashing of Grenoble.And in cricket, Middlesex opener Sam Robson has been talking about the progress he has made on his technique to allow him to start his 2016 season in record-breaking fashion.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa is a leader in many fields

first_imgLeaders of the Brics countries holding hands and showing unity. (Image: Brics) • African integration on Brics agenda • BRICS in a nutshell • Brics development bank underway? • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward path  Ray MaotaSouth Africa was formally inducted into the Bric group of emerging powers in 2011, following an invitation to join in December 2010. Its induction turned the group into Brics – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Brand South Africa helped to facilitate its membership. At the time, South Africa’s inclusion was criticised, with some saying Nigeria should have been taken its place.According to Brand South Africa’s research manager, Petrus de Kock, that criticism was largely based on South Africa’s market size. “We’ve got just over 50 million people and when you compare that to other Brics nations there is no comparison in terms of population size,” he explained.But he asserted that South Africa ranked higher than the other Brics nations in most of the categories of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index.The fifth Brics summit took place in Durban, from 25 to 27 March 2013. On the eve of the leaders’ gathering, De Kock said: “For me, one of the hopeful outcomes of the summit is business leadership, civil society and political leadership that come to the country to just have that direct exposure, and for Brand South Africa to take that opportunity to not only build our reputation but to actively build on previous experiences and mistakes.”South Africa’s value to BricsAt that meeting, the strategic advantages South Africa brought to the coalition were tabled. They included:● South Africa’s comparative advantage within Brics pertains to the country’s considerable non-energy in situ mineral wealth. In a report commissioned by the US’s Citigroup bank, South Africa was ranked as the world’s richest country in terms of its mineral reserves, worth an estimated $2.5-trillion. The country is the world’s largest producer of platinum, chrome, vanadium and manganese and the third-largest gold-miner, and it offers highly sophisticated mining-related professional services, contributing significantly to the Brics resource pool.● South Africa is investing R300-billion ($35.6-billion) in expanding and improving its railways, ports and fuel pipelines as a catalyst to help unlock that vast mineral wealth. Africa will also continue to be buoyed by the exploding global demand for oil, metals, minerals, food and other natural resources. Likewise, the continent, which is arguably the world’s largest unexplored resource basin, has an abundance of riches, including 10% of the world’s oil reserves, 40% of its gold ore and 95% of platinum.● South Africa’s financial market development and sophistication, and the country as a source of exceptionally sophisticated professional services and financial expertise, is globally recognised. The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competitiveness Index displayed a high level of confidence in South Africa’s financial market development, ranking the country in fourth place globally.● The regulation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was ranked number one in the world, as was the strength of South Africa’s auditing and reporting standards. Additionally, the nation was ranked second for both the soundness of its banks and the efficacy of its corporate boards.● South Africa’s excellence in science, technology and innovation is also recognised. For example, it was awarded the majority stake in hosting the Square Kilometre Array. Brics countries supported South Africa in obtaining the majority stake in this massive international project.● South Africa is seen as a dedicated and committed global and regional player. Its constructive role in global governance structures as well as its position in organisations of the South, notably the African Union; the Group of G77 plus China, of which South Africa is the chair in 2015; and the Non-Aligned Movement is appreciated by Brics and other like-minded partners. South Africa is also the only African country represented in the Group of 20, which has become an important institution regarding the reform of the financial and economic global governance architecture.New Development BankAt the conclusion of the Durban summit – Brics’ fifth – the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed to establish a Brics development bank to help finance infrastructure programmes and sustainable development in member nations and other developing countries.A deal to create the $100-billion development bank and an emergency reserve fund was signed. The bank will have its headquarters in Shanghai, China and the first president will come from India. All countries will contribute equal capital; South Africa’s initial contribution was set at $150-million.After the deal was signed, President Jacob Zuma said: “The capital contribution to the new bank will come from the fiscus. These capital contributions are similar to the ones we make to other multilateral institutions, such as the African Development Bank and the World Bank, [of which] we are members.”last_img read more

Cricket World Cup 2015: End of the Proteas’ “choke” hoodoo?

first_imgSince their ignominious defeat in the 1999 Cricket World Cup final against Australia, the tag “chokers” has hung over the Proteas. But with a mix of formidable experience and exciting new talent, the squad that takes to the field this Sunday may have a chance to throw off the jinx. Bowling coach Alan Donald says this Proteas team will come out and prove they are champions. (Image: Cricket SA) Sulaiman PhilipSouth Africa begins their ICC World Cup tournament with a match against Zimbabwe on Sunday in Hamilton, New Zealand, as the third best one-day international (ODI) team in the world. Rankings don’t matter, of course: South Africa is not considered a bookies’ favourite to win the tournament.In the 1999 World Cup South Africa needed a single off the last three balls in the semi-final against Australia, but still managed to lose. Since then the tag “chokers” has hung over the Proteas. A catalogue of heart-breaking late failures, indifferent performances and near misses have dogged the team’s World Cup appearances. But that may change with the 2015 squad’s good blend of experience and youth.The retirement of Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith has made space for a new generation of players who do not have the World Cup hoodoo hanging over their heads. David Miller has added stability to the middle order in the absence of seasoned JP Duminy. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is the second player in history to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday. And Rilee Rossouw, as a 20-year-old, hit the fastest triple century in South Africa domestic cricket, scoring 319 off 291 balls.Captain AB de Villiers is the world’s best ODI batsman by a country mile. He has never averaged below 50 in a calendar year for the last five years and is one of the most respected and exciting batsmen in international cricket. Against the West Indies in January he recorded the fastest ODI century ever, reaching 100 off 31 deliveries and ending with 149 off just 44 balls.Vice-captain Hashim Amla, after De Villiers, is the world’s second-best ODI batsman. When his career ends Amla will be considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, in all forms of the game. In his last nine ODIs he has scored 569 runs, including three centuries and two 50s.With Kallis all but retired the biggest weakness in the squad will be the lack of a world-class all-rounder. The return of JP Duminy may not be a like-for-like replacement but the underappreciated batsman, who can bowl a little, brings calm to a side that was battered by Australia – their only loss in seven ODI series – while he was out injured. Duminy gives the team a strong batting presence lower down the order and his ability to contain batsmen (he almost never concedes more than five runs an over) gives his captain an experienced option.Beyond the batting talent South Africa has the best pace attack in world cricket today. The formidable Dale Steyn, the best ranked bowler at the tournament, is the sharp point of the blitz attack, which includes Morné Morkel and Vernon Philander.  Kyle Abbot and Wayne Parnell are South Africa’s second line of attack and keep making valuable contributions. To add variety on the fast pitches in Australia and New Zealand, De Villiers can call on Imran Tahir, one of the best spinners playing the short-form game.In 2003 there was the Duckworth-Lewis miscalculation. In 2011, chasing 222, the Proteas went from 108 for two to 172 all out. But this is a different team, built on maturity, unabashed talent and a squad that plays hard for each other.The world thinks it knows what to expect. But as coach Russell Domingo says: “The team is mentally in a better state than it’s ever been. They’ve won games in high-pressure situations under different conditions at different venues. They’ve got a pride in performance. They are passionately led by a captain who plays with his heart on his sleeve.”last_img read more

Relationships Over Transactions

first_imgThe relationships you have with your customers is worth more than a single transaction. You dramatically change the relationship by over-vauling the transaction.You might be able to push your dream client to buy before they are ready. You might know how to use tactics like tie-downs to lock them into a decision. By locking your dream client into a decision they weren’t yet ready to make, you put the transaction before the relationship. Your dream client now carries a negative feeling about you because you demonstrated that the sales was more important to you than the person you sold.You might be able to take advantage of a client’s lack of knowledge about what you sell to give them a price that is higher than any price you might charge someone who knows the value of what you are selling. Over time, as your client learns that you took advantage them, they will come to discover that you put the single sale above the relationship. You won’t make another sale to this client, and they will share the bad experience they had with others.Sometimes your prospective customer will want to buy what you sell before they are capable of benefiting from what you provide them. By selling them what they want, you allowed them to fail, and likely cost them time and money. By taking their money, you have demonstrated that the transaction was worth more than the potential relationship.The value of the relationship is worth more than a single transaction. When you get this wrong, you make a single sale. When you get this right, you develop the kind of trusted relationship that gives you access to all the future transactions–and maybe even exclusive rights to all of those future transactions. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more