“Ebola Taught Us Serious Lessons”

first_imgFormer Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn-Dr. Dahn Says at stakeholders meeting on Public Health ProgramsBy Bill E. Diggs (UL Intern)Dr. Bernice Dahn, former Health Minister and a faculty member of the A. M. Dogliotti School of Medicine, on Thursday said that lessons learned from the devastating Ebola epidemic (2014, 2015) has been a catalyst for stakeholders to strengthen its public health workforce to respond to any disease outbreak.“We all remember Ebola, because the virus thought us some serious lessons, but the one good lesson we learned from there is that if you have a weak public health system, diseases can overwhelm the country and can carry its development programs backward,” Dr. Dahn said.She said that while the country was responding to Ebola, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners developed an investment plan for building a resilient healthcare delivery system.“That plan,”  the former Health Minster said, “has led to the development of a three-level public health program at the University of Liberia (UL).Dr. Dahn further said “globally there is a continuous emergence of diseases which nations including Liberia need to continuously addressed.”She spoke at a public health stakeholder’s meeting held at the UL Fendell Campus, where a public health program has been approved to train some high school graduates, graduates and undergraduate students, to ensure that the health workforce is ready to carry on public health function effectively.The first level of the program will be to enroll high school graduates to receive training that will prepare them to enter into public health workforce in entry-level positions and function effectively in those roles.Also, the program will focus on training for middle-level health professionals and serve as a bridge program to provide complete undergraduate education and prepare them for graduate-level programs such as the UL Masters of Public Health Program.UL President, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, who said that although the Faculty-senate has approved the curricula for the program, it would begin only if the University Board of Trustees approved.She said the program was part of the many indicators that the UL was starting to reach new heights in providing Liberians the kind of academic environment that is needed to propel the country forward in all sectors.“I cannot think of any place for any program to be that is more sustainable than the UL campus, because institutions can come and go, but higher education institutions are the most stable ones that can be counted on to sustain these kinds of programs,” Dr. Dahn said.Sonpon Sieh, One Health Coordinator; Dr. Masoka Fallah, Deputy Director General for Technical Services at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia; and Dr. William E. Allen, Vice President of Academic Affairs, were part of Thursday’s event. They spoke separately on topics such as, “Vision for a School of Public Health, Public Health Workforce Support under Regional One Health Initiative and the next steps for Operating School of Public Health.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fly Jamaica crash-lands at CJIA after encountering hydraulic issues

first_img– 10 passengers hospitalised– firefighters arrested for theftA Boeing 757 aircraft operated by Fly Jamaica crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, East Bank Demerara, in the wee hours of Friday thus resulting in at least 10 people being medically examined.The airplane carrying 118 adults, along with two infants and an 8-member crew, took off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at about 02:10h but after sometime, the aircraft encountered hydraulic problems and as such, returned to Timehri where it crash-landed. The aircraft was destined for Toronto, Canada.All passengers and crew members onboard were accounted for but officials have confirmed that five passengers suffered spinal injuries which is not life threatening.At least two other passengers are suffering from hypertension and one is said to be receiving attention for a heart related ailment. The other passengers were taken to a secured facility in the airport and their respective family members wereThe crashed aircraft at CJIA on Fridaycontacted.Most of the passengers were subsequently transported to their home or hotels while arrangements are being finalised with Caribbean Airline to transport some to Canada as soon as possible. Moments after the aircraft crash-landed, the Control Tower reportedly contacted the Duty Officer and the Guyana Fire Service.According to Chief Executive Officer of the Airport, Ramesh Ghir, the Emergency Response Plan was immediately activated. The passengers were assisted in the deplaning process and taken to safety.All onboard accounted forAt a press conference on Friday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson explained that a preliminary investigation has been launched into the accident. He nevertheless reiterated that all the passengers and crew are accounted for while noting the passengers were of various nationalities including Pakistani, Canadian, American, Trinidadian and Guyanese.Six of the eight crew members are all Guyanese, he added. He also noted that a few passengers would have received minor injuries as they were being taken off the aircraft.On this note, Chief Medical Officer Shamdeo Persaud confirmed that seven of the 10 people were referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital after being attended to at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. Two remained at the East Bank medical facility and are being treated.Another seven were seen by medical personnel at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. He added that the injuries received were not life threatening. “However, we still will look at the results especially the people with the spinal injury… these are some of the expected injuries when you slide…,” he added.The health ports are however making sure that those who are in need of medication receive same.InvestigationThe accident has definitely called for an investigation and according to Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Edberg Fields, a specialist has been appointed by Minister Patterson to overlook the investigation.Paula McAdam, he noted, will be assisted by members of the GCAA and will soon be joined by a member of the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB).The person, Field told the media, is expected to be briefed on the preliminary findings. Nevertheless, the Director General explained that the Fly Data Recorder, known as the “Black Box” as well as the Cockpit Voice Recorder were secured and will be sent to the NTSB as soon as possible to be decoded.These two pieces of equipment, he added, are important to determine what transpired on the morning of November 9, 2018. Up to the time of the press conference, the GCAA official posited that the pilots were not questioned about the incident.When questioned about the condition of the aircraft, Field related that he did not have a chance to speak with the operators with respect to maintenance and could not say if the hydraulic system had some issues before takeoff.As it relates to securing the aircraft, Police Commissioner Leslie James assured that there are enough Police ranks and soldiers at the site to prevent anyone from going close to the aircraft. He added that the Guyana Defence Force has also chipped in with protection.In addition, the baggage hole was cleared and the bags were handed over to their respective owners.TheftMeanwhile, several firefighters are being questioned by the Guyana Police Force after they were accused of stealing personal items from the captain and crew members. The theft occurred while the firemen were assisting in the evacuation of the passengers after the airplane crash landed on Friday.Fire Chief Marlon Gentle confirmed that some of the stolen items such as electronic devises were returned by one of the men. In addition, other items were recovered at the Timehri Fire Station. Gentle told media operatives that the police have taken over the investigations and those found culpable will face he full blunt of the law.In 2016, an incoming Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight had struck a Fly Jamaica airplane that was parked at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.It was later confirmed that the right wing of the CAL plane knocked the tail cone of the Fly Jamaica aircraft which was parked. It was reported that the CAL flight was arriving from New York, while the Fly Jamaica plane was being prepared for boarding.Back in 2011, a Boeing 737 – 800 aircraft owned by Caribbean Airlines split into two after it veered off the runaway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.An investigation revealed that “the probable cause of the accident was that the aircraft touched down approximately 4700 feet beyond the runway threshold, some 2700 feet from the end of the runway, as a result of the captain maintaining excess power during the flare and upon touching down, failure to utilise the aircraft’s full deceleration capability resulted in the aircraft overrunning the remaining runway and fracturing the fuselage.”last_img read more

Arsenal target Aubameyang to replace Sanchez

first_img0Shares0000Aubameyang scored 13 league goals in 15 starts this season for Dortmund but was recently dropped from the team for disciplinary issues.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 4 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s first choice to replace Alexis Sanchez if the Chilean joins Manchester City, according to reports.The Borussia Dortmund striker is in Ghana for the African Footballer of the Year awards and is due to join up with his team-mates on their winter training camp in Marbella on Friday. City attempted to sign Sanchez last summer, launching a £60m bid on August’s Deadline Day, and have been linked with a January move for the Arsenal forward following an injury to Gabriel Jesus.Jesus suffered a leg injury in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on December 31, and City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed the Brazilian striker will be out for several weeks.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be determined to hang on to his top players in January transfer window, but is keen to strengthen his squad as the club battle for a Champions League place.Aubameyang scored 13 league goals in 15 starts this season for Dortmund but was recently dropped from the team for disciplinary issues.-Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kenya maul Djibouti in AFCON qualifier

first_imgKenya got off to the mark early after dominating the match =, Keith Imbali breaking the deadlock with a delightful shot from range.Saidi Musa should have doubled Kenya’s tally in the 14th minute but he could not get a better finish after Tony Odhiambo’s cross from the left found him unmarked at the edge of the six yard box.A period of dominance, Kenya showing their passing prowess culminated in two goals within two minutes which saw the Junior Stars take a 3-0 lead to the break.Musa slotted in a simple finish from inside the box after some quick interchange of passes which ended in a cutback for Musa to tap home. Richdonald then scored the first of his three two minutes later with a tap in unmarked on the right after a deflected shot.Action between Kenya and Djibouti in the CECAFA Under-17 Championship in Tanzania. PHOTO/TFFKenya continued with the dominance in the second half and just seven minutes in, they were 4-0 up, Richdonald hitting his second with a sweet finish on the volley after controlling the ball, juggling away from his markers before sending in a bullet.Eight minutes later, it was 5-0, a sweeping team move from Mike Amenga’s charges and Nicholas Omondi came to the end of it with a shot from distance which was spilled inside the net by the Djibouti keeper.Richdonald then set up a quick brace by Mathew Mwendwa in the 62nd and 71st minutes, as Kenya continued its dominance.The red-hot winger then completed his hattrick late on with Imbali also adding his second with a ninth late on, another red hot shot from distance greasing between the keeper’s palms.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-17 players celebrate one of their nine goals against Djibouti in a CECAFA Championship match at the Azam Complex on August 17, 2018. PHOTO/TFFNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – Kenya’s hope of qualifying to next year’s CAF Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations continued to gather momentum as they won their second straight game of the CECAFA region qualifiers, hitting nine past a hapless Djibouti at the Azam Complex in Chamazi on Friday evening.Richdonald Bolo put up a man-of-the-match performance, hitting a hattrick and providing two assists as the Kenyan side picked a successive victory following their opening day 4-0 win over South Sudan.last_img read more

Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal is ‘worried’ after a frustrating night in the Champions League

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted he was ‘worried’ by his side’s shortage of goals as the Red Devils were held to a potentially costly 0-0 draw at home to PSV.United prompted throughout but were left frustrated by the final whistle at Old Trafford, leaving them requiring a better result than the Dutch champions in the last round of Champions League group games to clinch qualification to the knockout stages.The Red Devils have excelled defensively this season but have often struggled to break teams down, and Van Gaal confessed he harbours concerns.“I am worried but I know goals are coming and going,” said the Dutchman.“We could have scored at least three today, they were not the most difficult chances but we didn’t score.”Asked in his post-match press conference why his players couldn’t muster a breakthrough, Van Gaal replied:“They are human beings. The real reason you never know.“We didn’t play so well – in the first half it was average – but in the second half, in spite of my changes, it did not improve.”last_img read more

Sunderland SACK Eboue following one-year FIFA ban

first_img Emmanuel Eboue was yet to make an appearance for the Black Cats 1 Sunderland have terminated the contract of Emmanuel Eboue after he was handed a one-year playing ban by FIFA.Eboue has been sanctioned by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for failing to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau, and will be banned for one year unless he settles his debt.The 32-year-old former Arsenal man only joined Sunderland earlier this month following a successful trial.But the club have stated they were not made aware of the ongoing dispute when he signed as a free agent on March 9, and have therefore revealed their intension to cancel his contract at the Stadium of Light.A statement published on the club’s official website read: “[Eboue’s] suspension relates to a monetary dispute between the player and a former agent, which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player.“Eboue signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision.”Eboue has yet to make his debut for the Black Cats, but was in line to play his first game against West Brom this weekend.The news will have come as another blow to manager Sam Allardyce, who recruited the experienced defender to assist in the club’s battle for Premier League survival.Allardyce has already lost former England midfielder Adam Johnson from his squad after the club sacked him following his admission of sexual activity with a child, and the player has since been jailed.last_img read more

Truckin’ on Thanksgiving

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Since they are truck drivers, they don’t go home much. So basically the restaurants they stop at are family. A home away from home,” said Lacey Cimino, a part-time waitress at Mike’s Diner. Cimino, who has served plates of eggs and bacon there for four years, said all the wait staff knows the regulars by first name. And when the holidays come, they celebrate like family with decorations, food and presents. Last year Cimino received boxes of candy and gift cards to Starbucks and other well-known places from those regular faces. The 16-year-old said she’s often compared to daughters and nieces at home. “I’m like everybody’s daughter because I’m about that age, so I try and make it nice for them,” she said. The diner sits on Castaic Road among a sea of 18-wheelers pulling off Interstate 5, past clusters of tidy housing tracts and windowless warehouses. The street caters to the industry with 24-hour fast food, gas and showers. Motels with blinking “low rate” signs are sprinkled about. This year, the diner won’t be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal. In fact, the place is closing at 3 p.m. today. Regulars can come by to eat daily specials and pumpkin pie but will have to find another place for dinner. That’s typically how produce drivers Sam Johnson, 54, and Ed Hallowell, 52, celebrate Thanksgiving. Standing outside Mike’s Diner, the Portland, Ore., the drivers said they’ve spent holidays on the road for years, eating Thanksgiving dinners at truck stops and other restaurants from Fresno to Florida. Over time they’ve become holiday buffet aficionados, knowing what places will give them the biggest bang for their buck, where homemade meals are cooked up and what places are better left in the dust. “Pressed turkey is depressing,” Hallowell said. “Some platters are good, but it’s not like being at home.” Across the street at the Pilot Travel Center, hazardous-material driver Mark Weaver, 49, stroked his chin as he recalled his former long-hauling days, sometimes being gone from home for more than a month at a shot. He never knew where he’d be for Thanksgiving, because his loads varied from one place to the next. He, too, found friends along the way at truck stops. But now he’s local. No more weekends or holiday trips for him, a status earned over time, he said. Looking at the walls of trucks riding past on the nearby I-5, the Duarte man said holidays alone on the road can be one rough ride. “These are the last of the cowboys out there,” he said. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Sitting alone at the diner’s bar, Rick Spohler digs into his lunch, but not before the waitress scolds him for touching the piping hot plate. Spohler, who transports antique cars for a living, laughs, saying he can’t help himself. He’s hungry. He’s on the road, and he has to get going. Like many inside Mike’s Diner, a mom-and-pop truck stop where strong coffee brews 24 hours a day, Spohler has a delivery to make. The 47-year-old will be on the road for Thanksgiving as he makes his way to Colorado Springs and will stop off somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico today for some turkey, cranberries and stuffing. The New York resident won’t be home for the holidays, but like many big-rig drivers, Spohler finds a makeshift family on the road at joints like this one that become more than just a place to stop and eat. last_img read more

Video: Watch youngster Toral score a hat-trick for Brentford

first_imgJon Toral scores a hat-trick as Brentford crush Blackpool 4-0 at Griffin Park to stay on the cusp on the play-off places.See also:Toral keen to use Brentford experienceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

African leaders unite economies

first_imgSouth African president Kgalema MotlantheAnd Ugandan president Yoweri Museveniarriving at the Tripartite Summit inKampala. African leaders at the sitting of the firstmeeting of the three regional economicblocs.(Images: Daily Nation)Khanyi Magubane Heads of states of 26 African countries belonging to three economic regions across the continent, have resolved to merge the blocs into a single regional market.The first ever tripartite summit, held in Kampala Uganda on 21 October, brought together 26 leaders of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).All three regions have agreed to establish a free trade community and a single customs union.This will stretch from South Africa to Egypt and from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Kenya.South Africa’s President Kgalema Motlanthe represented the SADC region as its chairperson. He said that the launch of the free trade bloc would place the African continent in a stronger position to respond effectively to intensifying global economic competition.Speaking to delegates, Motlanthe said, “Our convening here today reflects a profound recognition that sustainable integration into the global economy requires a commitment to an irreversible process of building economic, political and social unity.”Motlanthe also emphasised the importance for African countries to have strong economic ties with each other in the wake of the current global financial crises sweeping through the west.“The process we have embarked on today marks an important step towards the realisation of building an economic bloc in today’s challenging world that will increase the levels of intra-African trade.”Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade Uhuru Kenyatta, also echoed Motlanthe’s views and said that the tripartite conference has come at the right time when international financial markets are tumbling, “It is important to acknowledge that the global financial crisis, soaring oil and food prices may lead to the weakening of our economies and deterioration of the global economic outlook.”The merger, bound to create the largest free trade area in Africa, will in total, combining the three regions, represent a population of over 248-million people and have a combined Gross Domestic Product of R749-trillion (US$650 billion)The roll out planDuring the summit, it was revealed that the three blocs would have a single airspace within a year and an inter-regional broadband network for internet.The three communities also resolved to coordinate their master plans for regional transport and energy within 12 months.Comesa secretary general Stephen Karangizi said the areas identified as starting points for cooperation among the member states include infrastructure development for regional integration and trade.Karangizi said infrastructure development includes developing energy generation and transmission facilities, transport networks, telecommunication and ICT infrastructure.The chairperson of the EAC Coordination Committee, Charles Gasana, said during the summit that the three regions need to rely more on trade rather than aid to fight poverty in Africa.He said that this mind shift would rid the continent of the stigma it has as the world’s poorest continent. Gasana also said that trade cannot be promoted if countries set barriers that inhibit flow of goods among each other.“We have instituted policies that encourage smooth flow of goods among each other and some members are even offering better terms of trading to developed countries.” He challenged the delegates to start offering the good terms of trade to their neighbours rather than to developed countries.Some of the challenges that the free-trade agreement will have to overcome include the multiple memberships of some countries to various trade blocs and fear of the weaker economies of being flooded by goods from their stronger counterparts like South Africa and Egypt.United states of AfricaThe summit’s host, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, told those gathered for the event, that regional integration was a powerful strategic tool for the group to use since it could ensure the prosperity of all it represents.He said the heads of states should see the move as more than just a trade agreement but an opportunity to create politically stable climates, “Economic integration is not enough. There is need for political integration which will bring about a common army to protect the interests of Africa.“Apart from the economic injustice by the developed world, their overwhelming military superiority is a threat to the future of Africa.”Museveni added that the time has arrived for a united Africa to start protecting its resources,“Some people are saying they want to build their superiority on water, air and land. Where does this leave us?” he asked the participants. “Why should Africans insure cars and bicycles but do not insure Africa?”The three economic regions enter into the agreement as already well-established entities in their own right.The SADC was first established in 1980, as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference in a bid to increase the participation of other countries in the then apartheid South Africa.After dwindling in subsequent years, the organisation was reincarnated as the Southern African Development Community in 1992.In 2006, it was estimated that the SADC region pulled a GDP of R437-trillion ($379-billion.)Some of the social and human development and special programmes that the SADC preside over between regions includes its Hiv/Aids programmes, which has been operational for the past 20 years. They also facilitate the “Roll back Malaria” campaign, aimed at eradicating the number of unprotected people in malaria-rife areas.The region’s social desk also runs education and skills development programmes; these are aimed at building capacity amongst the poor and unemployed.Comesa was established in 1994 and replaced the Preferential Trade Area. Its 20 member states are Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.According to its objectives, Comesa strives to create a level playing field, i.e. one that allows free and fair competition within the principles of market economics.The countries are engaged in issues of prevention and post-conflict reconstruction, strengthening of democratic infrastructure, and development of a vibrant culture.It includes 398-million people and in 2006, the area had a combined GDP of R33-trillion ($286.7-billion.)The smallest of the three, EAC, had a GDP of R537-trillion ($46.6-billion) in 2006. Established in 1967, disagreements between founding members Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania led to its collapse.On 30 November 1999, 32 years after the demise of the EAC, a treaty was signed, re-establishing the organisation and on 7 July 2000, the EAC officially started its work again.The EAC aims at widening and deepening co-operation among the partner states in, among others, political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit. In 2005, the EAC countries established a Customs Union and are currently working towards the establishment of a Common Market by 2010.Some of its other future plans include; a Monetary Union by 2012 and a Political Federation of the East African States.Related StoriesBetter government across Africa The African Union SADC Africa: fast facts Angola heads for democracy SADC free trade area launchedUseful linksCOMESA SADCEACAfrican UnionSouth African PresidencyDo you have any comments or queries about this article? 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Your front row seat at Soccer City

first_img23 March 2010It was the venue where former South African President Nelson Mandela addressed South Africans after his release from a 27-year prison sentence, and it was where South Africa lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996, just a few years after readmission into international sport.As Soccer City stadium has risen from the ground after undergoing a massive refurbishment ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, so the curiosity from the South African public has grown around the historic Johannesburg stadium.Set to be the centre-piece of the World Cup as the host of the opening and final match – with the final attracting a television viewership of over one-billion people – the stadium is already proving its power to pull crowds with the opening up of public tours through the stadium.With five tours running each day during the week and four per day over the weekend, running between 60 and 70 minutes, anyone interested in catching a sneak peak at the stadium before the thousands of visitors flock in, now is the time.“We started the tours in mid-January this year and we have had a great response. Already since the beginning of March we have had 4 000 visitors to the stadium,” says Jacques Grobbelaar from Stadium Management, who run the tours that take visitors through Soccer City – from the players’ changerooms to the stands, the VIP areas, the pitch area and the tunnel that will soon lead the players onto the pitch.For Grobbelaar the popularity of the tour, which costs R80 for an adult, shows that Soccer City will never be left to rust after the World Cup has finished.World Cup legacy“We are positioning Soccer City as a multi-purpose venue for the legacy of the stadium; we take tours as well as hold events at the stadium, and after the World Cup it will get even more interesting.“The stadium will become an interactive sports museum, displaying the history of Soccer City and showcasing sports memorabilia,” says Grobbelaar, explaining that the whole stadium will be kitted out with screens displaying footage from the World Cup to visitors.“For example, we will have LCD screens in the changerooms with footage of Bafana Bafana inside them before a match, and when the visitors walk through the tunnel we will have audio from the World Cup crowds playing.”Tourist attractionSibongile Mazibuko, Johannesburg 2010 Host City coordinator, believes that Soccer City will soon become the top tourist attraction in Johannesburg.“You simply cannot visit Johannesburg now without visiting Soccer City; the demand has been so great and will only increase,” says Mazibuko who can point to the very moment when Soccer City became a tourist destination of choice.“When we started to put the roof on, the demand suddenly increased to the point where we needed to hire tour guides to take people around the stadium.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more