A Time for Seriousness as Ebola Returns

first_imgThe government of Liberia, through its Health Ministry (MOH) and Incident Management System (IMS), has been proactive and forthright ever since Saturday, May 9, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola transmissions. The MOH and IMS have constantly reminded and pleaded with the people of Liberia to continue observing all the preventive measures put into place to keep Ebola at bay. Many people have heeded the advice but some have not. There are too many people who have insisted on still shaking hands, touching and failing to observe the other mechanisms, even simple hand washing.It is only by God’s grace that we have so far been unaffected by the continuing outbreak of the virus in the two neighboring countries. Given the porous borders between our three countries, it is only by His grace that there has been no spilling over into Liberia, despite the fact that we have kept our side of the borders open. We think this is a good thing Liberia has done—keeping our borders open. Tomorrow our neighbors and the world will remember that we did not turn our backs on Guinea and Sierra Leone when we became Ebola transmission-free. We are sure they are already grateful for that.Now we must do two things more to help our brothers and sisters in Guinea and Sierra Leone. First, we must keep our promise, made by the President on May 9, by responding concretely to the challenge she announced—to help Guinea and Sierra Leone to drive out the virus. This newspaper has outlined a number of measures to this effect, and we are sure the Ellen government has its own. Secondly, let us in this country keep ourselves safe from the virus. Let there be no more infection spread. By effectively containing the virus and keeping ourselves and our people absolutely safe, we would be radiating (giving out, spreading out) hope. Our neighbors will be even more encouraged to do everything they can to drive out the virus. They will say, “Liberia has done it and is doing it and so can we.”We applaud Assistant Minister Nyeswah and the Incident Management System (IMS) for three things they have done in this latest reappearance of the virus. First, they have honestly and openly admitted it, rather than covering it up. Second, they have moved in quickly to test the victim before burying the body, and thirdly, the IMS immediately reactivated the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in the area.The IMS’ honesty in immediately admitting the resurgence is in keeping with its own advice made over many months to the Liberian people to report at once anyone suspected of sickness of any kind so that the person may be immediately tested to prevent a possible spread of the virus. WHO, we are sure, is saddened by the announcement but at the same time has great appreciation and respect for Liberia and its health authorities for their openness and honesty. Remember, honesty is the best policy. We suggest that the IMS should maintain other strategically placed ETUs to respond quickly to any other emergency or suspicion of one.Finally, we appeal to all our people, all our homes, all our businesses, all our places of worship and work, to keep the chlorinated water flowing for constant hand washing. We should also observe all of the other preventive measures, including avoiding touching, until the virus disappears again, this time for good! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Severe weather warning in Fort Nelson

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I rejected the ‘Kenya One’ jersey – Matasi

first_img“If you notice, I am putting on jersey number 18. When we got into camp before the tournament, they wanted to give me the number one jersey but I refused. For me, Boni (Oluoch) is still Kenya One and I am still learning so many things from him. I am yet to get to his level,” Matasi told Capital Sport.Oluoch hasn’t had such a successful season with Gor Mahia despite playing a role in their run up to clinching the Kenyan Premier League title. Matasi on the other hand has been a pillar for his club Posta Rangers, aiding them to a fourth place finish.“I think I have really grown over time and much credit has to go to my coaches both at the club and national team level and the journey is still continuing,” the shot stopper said.Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi celebrates with FKF boss Nick Mwendwa after helping kenya clinch the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe relived his penalty-saving antics saying it was all down to pre-match preparation and said he was confident that if the game was to be decided on penalties, then he would have stood tall and ensured Kenya won.“I was confident and even when they equalized at 2-2 I told the players to ensure they don’t score the winner because I know on penalties, they wouldn’t beat me. We had trained the previous day and I received some advice from my coach Haggai (Azande) which really worked,” the keeper noted.Matasi now hopes he can put in more yards of hard work to amass more caps for the national team with his eyes set on the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi in September.The keeper says he believes he can attain that mark especially with Arnold Origi now unavailable for Kenya after picking up Norwegian citizenship and his biggest competition being Boniface Oluoch.“My target is the Ghana game and it will make me very proud to don the Kenyan jersey in between the posts. I will work hard and hopefully I can get a few more games to build my confidence. Competition is stiff but I trust that I will achieve that dream,” the goalkeeper added.He only conceded two goals in six matches at the Senior Challenge Cup, both coming in the final against Zanzibar.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi springs away in celebration after saving the match winning penalty from Zanzibar’s Mohammed Issa Juma during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18- Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has revealed that he rejected the chance to don the number one jersey at the recently concluded CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup over what he terms as respect for Gor Mahia’s Boniface Oluoch.Matasi was duly named goalkeeper and player of the tournament after his three penalty saves in the final saw Kenya clinch the title, but he reckons he is still far from getting to the level of his senior Oluoch.last_img read more

PWP accused of overbilling in 2000-01

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe single largest claim is for $260 million, directed at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Pasadena Water and Power is said to owe $8.2 million in refunds. The claims cover electricity sales made between May 1, 2000, and June 20, 2001. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard rejected the charges outright, saying PWP made more electricity available to the grid when asked but played no role in manipulating the soaring energy prices. “We were an innocent actor in the circumstances,” Bogaard said. PASADENA – California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has accused Pasadena Water and Power and more than a dozen other municipal utilities of systematically overcharging for electricity sold during the energy crisis of 2000-01. Lockyer filed claims against 17 city-owned power companies alleging they overbilled the state more than half a billion dollars and demanding a refund. “The money we are seeking is the amount we paid in excess of a just and reasonable rate, according to formulas established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Lockyer. Lockyer filed the claims on behalf of the California Department of Water Resources last month. The cities have 45 days to respond, at which point the state can begin bringing lawsuits. “We weren’t involved in any trick action to create those circumstances or profit from them.” Eric Klinkner, assistant general manager for PWP, said PWP has been cleared of any wrongdoing by both a federal investigation and an internal audit. In fact, he said the utility was itself a victim of the crisis. “We don’t have a way to go back in time and get a refund for the energy we bought at high prices. We can’t go back in time and get a refund for the gas that we burned to make those sales,” Klinkner said. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission eventually determined that market manipulations from such companies as Enron forced electricity prices to artificially high and unjustifiable levels. As a result, the agency revised what it deemed lawful rates. Municipal utilities appealed the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in September that FERC had no authority to force them to pay the refunds. Now, the attorney general, whose office participated in the federal inquiry, is looking to the state courts. “There is energy sold above market prices, and we are trying to recover that,” said Oscar Hidalgo, spokesman for the Department of Water Resources. As electricity prices started to surge, supplies started to fall, causing repeated rolling blackouts across California. Skittish wholesalers stopped selling to the largest public utilities – PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric – at which point the governor ordered the Department of Water Resources to step in to keep the lights on. Hidalgo said whatever money is recovered from the municipal utilities will be used to keep rates down for the customers of the public utilities. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want 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

Women’s top 25: Huskies deal Tigers first loss

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita at Holy Cross 36 Abby Waner scored 17 points for the No. 2 Blue Devils (17-0). Brittany Keil scored 12 points for Holy Cross, which has lost five games to ranked teams. It was Duke coach Gail Goestenkors’ 350th career win. at 6 Maryland 75, Florida State 57 Crystal Langhorne had 19 rebounds and 12 points for the No. 6 Terrapins (15-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Langhorne recorded her 26th career double-double, most of any active player in the ACC. Charde Houston had 22 points, including the winning free throw with 17 seconds left, for the No. 5 Huskies (16-2). The No. 3 Tigers were dealt their first loss of the season. LSU’s Seimone Augustus had 15 points. 2Duke 84, at 5 Connecticut 51, 3 LSU 48 center_img Virginia 78, at 18 Virginia Tech 59 Lyndra Littles had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers (13-3, 1-2 ACC) turned 22 Virginia Tech turnovers into 27 points and shot 51.6 percent to the Hokies’ 40.4 percent. 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

Serena knocks down Pin to hit 3rd round

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Serena Williams won her 16th consecutive match at the Australian Open today, taking less than an hour to beat Camille Pin 6-3, 6-1 and advance to the third round. Two days after scraping past China’s Li Na in the first round, Williams lost her opening service game to Pin, who is ranked 130th. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport got a tough workout from Karolina Sprem before advancing with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory. French Open champion and eighth-seed Justine Henin-Hardenne moved on with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Hana Sromova, who badly turned her right ankle after the second game of the second set and lost the next five games. Davenport traded breaks with Sprem in the third and fourth games, then forced a tiebreaker by winning the 12th game at love. Trailing 3-1, Davenport rallied after Sprem double-faulted, winning six of the last seven points and claiming the first set with consecutive forehand winners. “After being down in the tiebreaker, to come back and construct a few really good points, it was very key to get out of that,” Davenport said. On the men’s side, No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic, No. 8 Guillermo Coria, No. 11 David Ferrer and No. 18 Mario Ancic advanced. No. 13 Robby Ginepri failed to reproduce his successful marathon efforts of the U.S. Open, falling in five sets to German qualifier Denis Gremelmayr after leading by two sets and 3-0. Gremelmayr won six of the last seven games in the third set en route to a comeback 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory. Men’s winners Tuesday included top-ranked Roger Federer and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, the home favorite who had to rally to beat the Czech Republic’s Robin Vik in five sets. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“It’s never as easy as it looks,” Williams said. “I’m just happy to be getting through the rounds.” The narrow win over 52nd-ranked Li and the surprising first-round loss by older sister Venus was motivation for Williams on Vodafone Arena. “I definitely had some things I wanted to work on today, so it was cool,” she said. Williams won the Australian Open in 2003 and 2005, missing the 2004 event because of injuries. “The last two times I played here, I did really well,” she said. “I’m just hoping to keep it up.” center_img But the seven-time Grand Slam singles champ recovered and overpowered Pin, winning six straight games to take the first set in 25 minutes. Williams dropped her serve again in the second set, but broke Pin four times and finished with 30 winners against only six for the French player. last_img read more

Hospital expansion slowed

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Although officials had hoped to see the patient-care tower at Simi Valley Hospital open by now at a cost of about $35 million, they are now projecting a tentative opening in winter 2007 at about $50 million. The delay and increased costs for the 146,000-square-foot tower are partly because of construction changes required by the state and because equipment and furnishings are now being included in the overall estimates, along with remodeling of part of an older, adjoining, hospital building, officials said. “Although we factored construction delays into our original timeline, the (state) requested several design changes that were not anticipated and have significantly added to the construction schedule,” said Jeremy Brewer, the hospital’s director of marketing. Monty Clark, regional vice president of the Hospital Association of Southern California for the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties area, said hospitals are facing strict new earthquake-safety standards, and construction costs have increased everywhere. Funding for the Simi Valley tower includes $16 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The project also received a $10 million corporate commitment from Adventist Health, leaving $24 million to be raised by the hospital’s foundation. Greg Stratton, a former Simi Valley mayor and local school board member, was one of those who originally called for the hospital-expansion project as a member of the hospital’s board of directors. Construction started in fall 2003. Stratton said it represented a big investment, but one that was necessary in the growing community. The hospital was established 40 years ago when Simi Valley had about 8,000 residents. The population is now about 120,000. Now a member of the hospital’s strategic planning committee, Stratton said the hospital could never have sustained itself as it was. “They had to bring it up to state earthquake standards,” he said. “Prices have gone up. It’s not an exact science. … Safety is the primary concern.” The fact the hospital remains open during construction helps relieve some of the pressure to complete the expansion quickly, he said. “I think people just have to be patient and understand this is today’s world. Everybody is concerned about these crucial buildings.” Although the building’s exterior is almost done, a web of steel rods still masks much of the tower as construction workers build an external wall to help ensure its lateral strength and stability, hospital officials said. A Web cam at www.simivalleyhospital.com shows up-to-date progress. When finished, the tower will be four stories with an expanded intensive care unit, expanding from the 11 current beds to 24 beds, and 170 private rooms. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “A lot of it is the cost of labor and raw materials,” he said. “It’s very difficult for the hospitals right now to project what the costs are going to be because the increases have been so dramatic.” State officials said construction standards to protect hospitals from earthquakes are particularly strict because hospitals must remain standing and functional during and after such disasters, and they all have to meet those standards by 2030. State officials completed evaluations of hospitals throughout California in 2001 and found that as many as 37 percent posed a danger to the public from collapse in earthquakes. As hospital officials have built new or improved facilities, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has asked for changes in hundreds of construction projects to improve their earthquake safety, state officials said. California’s strict seismic safety laws for hospitals were designed to keep them functioning not only after earthquakes but after other natural disasters or terrorist attacks. “Building a health care facility is more complicated than building a retail structure, such as those found at our local mall,” said Clif Patten, Simi Valley Hospital’s senior vice president. last_img read more

LYIT GRADUATES EAT FREE AT LETTERKENNY’S RADISSON BLU HOTEL

first_imgWith LYIT graduations only one week away, the Radisson Blu Letterkenny has an offer you should not miss!Enjoy a meal in TriBeCa Restaurant next Friday, October 23rd from 1pm to 6pm and with a table booking of four people or more – the special graduate eats for free!The hotel holds an AA Rosette Restaurant Award for culinary excellence, and the experienced team will provide you with the highest quality hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere – Perfect for any special occassion.Parties can enjoy a delicious 4 Course Graduation Menu with choice of starters, mains & desserts for only €23.95 per adult. With a great variety of dishes available, the hotel caters for vegetarians, celiacs & other special dietary requirements on request. Donohue Studios will be on site from 10am to 7pm to allow you to save time and skip the queue to get those special graduation portraits, for only €20! Graduate gowns and hats are provided free & no is appointment necessary. For further information on photographs, contact Dermot on 087 2380513.To book your graduation meal, call the hotel directly on 074 919 4444.You can visit the hotels Facebook page to keep up to date with all special offers and events in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny: https://www.facebook.com/RadissonBluHotelLetterkennyLYIT GRADUATES EAT FREE AT LETTERKENNY’S RADISSON BLU HOTEL was last modified: October 16th, 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:graduatesLYITRadisson Blu Hotellast_img read more

Liverpool transfer report: Roma to give up Alberto Moreno chase?

first_imgRoma will move for Wolfsburg’s Yannick Gerhardt or Jonathan Castro of Celta Vigo – if they cannot tie up a deal for Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno.The Italian club are in talks with the Anfield club over a move for the Spaniard as he looks set to find a new challenge this summer.The 24-year-old has struggled for action under Jurgen Klopp, with James Milner starting the majority of games at left-back instead of him.Roma are now ready to give Moreno the first-team football he craves, but as of yet they have not been able to agree a fee.Liverpool are said to want around £15million for the left-back after already rejecting an offer of £11m from Napoli.That amount could prove too steep for Roma and if it is, according to Corriere dello Sport, they will move for one of Castro or Gerhardt instead.Both players have caught the eye of the Italian club and they believe either one could offer a more affordable solution at left-back compared to signing Moreno. 1 Liverpool want £15m for full-back Alberto Moreno this summer last_img read more

Chelsea’s Jorginho breaks Premier League record against West Ham

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Jorginho also set a new high for touches, recording 191 at the London Stadium and passing his own record of 186 set in the victory over Newcastle earlier this season.Maurizio Sarri brought the Italy international with him from Napoli to lead his Sarri-ball revolution at Chelsea.The new boss wants his team to dominate possession and Jorginho is certainly helping them do that, with the stats quite clearly backing up his influence.Chelsea were frustrated on the day, though, as their perfect start to the season was ended by a well-organised West Ham.Jorginho almost created an opening in stoppage time with a delicious scooped ball into Willian, but the Brazilian squandered the opportunity and summarised Chelsea’s wastefulness in front of goal. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS impact Jorginho completed the most passes in a Premier League match since records began against West Ham on Sunday.The Chelsea midfielder played 180 passes, one every 30 seconds, but could not break the Hammers down as the Blues were held to a goalless draw.Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had posted the previous Premier League best when it comes to passes, having attempted 174 against Chelsea back in March. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Jorginho has hit the ground running at Chelsea England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware MONEY ADVICE REVEALED BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies wonlast_img read more