Bassa Craves for ETU, More Ambulances

first_imgIf the Ebola Virus Disease, that is steadily engulfing Grand Bassa with over 21 confirmed deaths and about 50 confirmed cases, must be contained and eradicated from the county, there is a need for an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to be constructed,  stakeholders in the county have said.The Grand Bassa County task force on Ebola last week said with the situation in the county is steadily worsening, there is a need for central government and its numerous partners to ensure that an ETU is constructed and other supports provided for ensure  immediate and effective responses.The county task force, through its chairperson, Dr. Joseph Kerkula, said in order for the virus to be contained and hopefully eradicated from the county, these structures need to be put into place and adequately supported for sustainability.Briefing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week in the Port City of Buchanan, Dr. Kekula said that the referral system in the county is non-functional.President Sirleaf had gone on a daylong visit to the county to get first-hand information at the various health facilities about the Ebola situation in that part of the country.She said her visit was to acquaint herself with situation  affecting those at the health centers and to identify with them.Grand Bassa is the sixth worst hit county after Nimba, Bong, Margibi, Lofa and Montserrado Counties in suspected, probable and confirmed cases. Grand Bassa has 29 suspected cases, 34 probable and 43 confirmed cases totaling 106.Dr. Kerkula stressed the need for the construction of an Ebola treatment and holding center in the county, due to the over-crowdedness of existing temporary treatment centers there.Dr. Kerkula, who is also the County Health Officer (CHO) for the county, also spoke of the inadequacy of ambulances in Grand Bassa. He named those among many other challenges facing the county, which he said is impeding the work of the task force.The Grand Bassa County task force boss pleaded with the Liberian President for the provision of four ambulances for the four districts for quick response to the Ebola crisis.He called for support to the burial team in terms of vehicles and other equipment to enhance the work of health workers.At least 21 persons have died from the deadly Ebola virus in the county, Dr. Kekula disclosed.  There are 44 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus with Districts 1 and 2 being the most affected.The Grand Bassa CHO also pointed out that among the 21 deaths, sixteen died in various communities while six died in hospital. This situation, he stressed, indicates that the community structure needs to be strengthened and a robust contact tracing be put into place.Meanwhile President Sirleaf during her daylong visit, toured several parts of Grand Bassa County and health centers in the county,  including Bokay Town,  Dowein, Barclayville, the Diahn Pleh Holding Center near Compound #1, the Lloydsville Health Center and the St John Clinic in Fortsville.She also visited the St. Peter Claver Health Center, the former LAMCO Hospital, now the ArcelorMittal Health Center, and the Liberian Government Hospital, all in Buchanan.President Sirleaf lauded health workers for what she termed their “sacrificial services to humanity.”  She promised that government would do everything possible to meet some of their immediate needs.She lauded the staff of the various health centers for their commitment at the time when the nation is facing its difficulties. In spite of these  difficulties, President Sirleaf added, “Liberia will overcome the ongoing Ebola epidemic with the help of partners who are assisting the Liberian government and people.Meanwhile, the President has presented a brand new vehicle to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan. The pick-up is to be used by authorities of the hospital as it continues to fight against the Ebola virus. The pick-up was made available by the Fula Community in 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

Sex, drugs and… don’t forget the football, Mexico

first_img0Shares0000Mexico’s players take part in horseplay during a training session at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018, on the eve of their World Cup opener against Germany © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOVMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 17 – Between the orgy accusations and the drug-trafficking charges facing their veteran star, Mexico have had their share of distractions heading into their World Cup opener against Germany on Sunday.The headaches started last year when the US Treasury Department accused El Tri’s longtime captain, Rafael Marquez, of being a “front person” for an international drug-trafficking organization. And they got worse on June 5, when gossip magazine TVNotas reported that nine members of Mexico’s World Cup squad had an all-night party with a group of 30 prostitutes after their farewell home match that weekend.The Mexican Football Federation decided against punishing the players, because “they have not missed training” and “a free day is a free day,” in the words of general secretary Guillermo Cantu.But the public condemnation and online mockery have been blistering.“The federation doesn’t have to punish the party-boy players. The public and private ridicule will be more than enough,” sports journalist David Faitelson of ESPN wrote on Twitter.As the scandal swirled, midfielder Hector Herrera asked for a leave of absence from training in Denmark to travel to Portugal, where he is based, and tend to “personal matters,” according to media reports.Trying to calm the storm, star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez posted a video online that he said proved the team “didn’t do anything bad” — though he admitted, “I don’t think we’d do it again.”– ‘Locker-room anthropology’ –Mexico’s national football team supporters cheer outside the Kremlin © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe controversy echoes similar scandals around the team in recent years.In September 2010, Mexico players had an all-night party in their hotel with unidentified women after a friendly.On that occasion, the federation fined 11 players and slapped six-month suspensions on defender Efrain Juarez and forward Carlos Vela.In June 2011, before a trip to Argentina for the Copa America, Mexican players hired sex workers in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador. They were fined and suspended from the team for half a year.The latest chapter has particularly outraged some die-hard fans, who worry the scandal will distract the team going into their high-stakes opening match against the world champions.“The scandal will affect the family life of those involved, their relationships with their teammates and their performance at the World Cup,” said Mexican writer Juan Villoro in a scathing newspaper column entitled “Locker-room anthropology.”Other fans take the view that in football, as in love, it is best to forgive and forget.“I’m with my Mexico, just like during every World Cup,” said Alfonso Avila, a 37-year-old fan.“I hope when the team starts delivering results that all those people who criticized them aren’t going to try to jump on the bandwagon.”– Nothing new –So will El Tri be distracted by the noise?AFP asked veterans of the Mexican national team to weigh in.“I think it will distract them, and I think a lot of the players will have family problems,” said Manuel Negrete, a member of Mexico’s 1986 World Cup squad.“They need to be extremely concentrated on the one-on-one against Germany.”But there is nothing new in footballers behaving badly, said 89-year-old Antonio “Tota” Carbajal, a five-time World Cup veteran.“This isn’t the first team to go through this. I went through it myself,” he said, recalling an incident from the 1966 World Cup in England, when two players snuck out of training camp to go to a bar — and coach Ignacio Trelles followed them to drag them back.This year’s squad “did a stupid thing, you can’t deny it,” he said.“But these things unite the team.”– Tarnished leader –The bigger problem may be longtime leader Marquez’s legal woes.Marquez, who was the team captain for years, is playing in his fifth World Cup, and coach Juan Carlos Osorio says he is counting on his leadership.But the 39-year-old arrives in Russia under the cloud of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation that cost him sponsors and forced him to take a nearly three-month break from football last year to focus on his legal defense.“He’s a guy whose leadership will be very necessary at the World Cup,” said former national team member Joaquin Beltran.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Larry David’s divorce is mimicked on his show

first_imgIn the exaggerated mirror to Larry David’s life that is “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” even the comedian’s own divorce is fodder for comedy. Sunday night’s episode of the HBO show was a classic case of art imitating life with the announcement by David’s fictional spouse, played by Cheryl Hines, that she was leaving. It was just in June that David and his real-life wife, Laurie David, separated after 14 years of marriage. On “Curb,” the breakup was set off when Cheryl called hysterically from a potentially crashing airplane. Larry told her to “call back in 10 minutes” because he was having their TiVo fixed by a cable guy. Safe but still rattled, Cheryl returned to declare: “I’m leaving, Larry. I can’t do this anymore.” 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.“People ask me all the time, `How do you stay with him?”‘ she explained. “I always tell them, `There’s another side to Larry that you don’t see.’ And then I just realized today, there’s no other side.” Larry argued to no avail that the phone reception was bad and, besides, he was able to save her TiVoed shows such as “Top Chef” and “Project Runway.” The rest of the episode finds the couple’s friends (some of whom are the real couple’s friends), choosing sides between either Larry or Cheryl.last_img

IRELAND’S DEAL WITH EUROPE WON’T CHANGE DEBT, SAYS TD

first_imgSinn Féin Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has said comments from Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan are “disappointing for those who hoped for a genuine improvement in people’s lives from a deal on the promissory notes.”Deputy Doherty was speaking after quizzing Governor Honohan in the Dáil Finance Committee. Patrick Honohan hinted that the “design” of a deal was already known.“I put three key questions to Governor Honohan on the impact any deal would have. I asked would it reduce our debt to GDP ratio, would it lift the €28 billion burden from taxpayers and would it mean we would pay less interest on the notes. The answer to the three questions was “No”. “This means citizens will not benefit from any deal on this basis and it suggests that the government is negotiating a slight of hand.“Any positive benefits emerging from a deal will be welcomed by Sinn Féin but leaving the €28 billion bill with the taxpayer in whatever form is unacceptable.“It is not too late for this government to negotiate seriously and forcefully assert that the unjust burden on Irish citizens must be lifted- not shifted to another form or simply paid over a longer period. A genuine write-down on the promissory notes is a fair demand and anything short of that will benefit working citizens very little if at all.”  IRELAND’S DEAL WITH EUROPE WON’T CHANGE DEBT, SAYS TD was last modified: January 17th, 2013 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:EU debt dealIRELAND’S DEAL WITH EUROPE WON’T CHANGE DEBTPearse DohertySAYS TDSinn Feinlast_img read more