Ebola, Our Primary School Kids & Government:

first_imgThe word EBOLA has been around for some time now, but Liberians, especially, non health practitioners, did not know the proper effect of the virus until recently when we learned that the virus has crossed over to Liberia from the North by a petty trader. When this information was gathered, many Liberians expressed their fear of the virus, while a significant portion of the society, especially critics of this government, termed the information as fabrication by health authority to dish out money from government’s coffers to enrich themselves.An emergency budget was planned and funds and logistics were made available to combat of the virus.  In a  few days the momentum of the virus dropped, resulting in  the commencement of normal activities in the country.Quite recently, news of the virus resurfaced, thereby attacking not only ordinary citizens, but major health and medical practitioners who are the ones that are supposed to help prevent the virus from spreading in the society. Dr. Sam Brisbane of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center died of the virus last week, while two Americans medical personnel from Samaritan  Purse and the Sudan Interior Mission are among those prominent individuals that have fallen prey to the virus.Though there has been no major news of infants attacked, yet something needs to be done to avoid our children from been harmed from this mercilessly spreading virus that is highly contagious. Few weeks from now our schools will be opening and our children, mainly in the  primary division, without knowledge of the danger of this disease, will be returning to school to interact with their fellow colleagues for hours before returning home.  Some of these schools have poor  hygiene premises, which are harmful to the children’s  health.  Among such inadequate conditions are congested classrooms, one or two bathrooms for significant number of students, one or two drinking buckets with few cups that the children share to fetch water and drink.  These poor facilities help to buttress the spread of the disease and also serve as major factors that could lead to an uncontrollable outbreak.  With all these existing facts, the Government of Liberia, the health authorities, World Health Organization, Ministry of Education and the school authorities need to formulate a common plan that will help stop the spread of this deadly disease before the opening of schools.Though, I am not a policy  maker, I would like to propose few steps that would help in addition to what government may be doing to curb the spread of the disease.TASK FORCE FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLAIt was announced that a task force headed by the President of the country, Madam Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, has been established to combat the spread of the disease.   This is something every well meaning Liberians welcomes.  I would like to suggest that this task force divide the country into zones and select an individual to head each of the zones for the  fight against this disease.  This is because the President cannot be everywhere at the same time.  Tackling the disease one place at the time may not help the situation, but doing it simultaneously will be an effective approach. For the schools, I would kindly appeal for the Chief Executive to permit me as an ordinary citizen to recommend Madam Mary Broh to reach out to our schools, check their premises and hygiene conditions to report back to her.  Madam Broh should be given the task to recommend the closure of schools whose surroundings are not conducive for the safety of our kids.Information dissemination or public awareness If I may borrow a common saying from our late comedian, Peter Ballah, commonly called Flomo that says “What you don’t know is older than you” could be one of the major reasons while Ebola is spreading in our society.  The spreading of  information regarding the danger and prevention of Ebola should not only be left with the Executive branch of Government, WHO and health authority,  but rather every sector of the society, including the private sector, NGOs, civil society, religious groups, most especially, those in parliament.  They should move into their various constituencies and educate the people in their local dialects about the danger and prevention of this deadly disease.  They should sensitize the people in their various districts as though they are campaigning for political power.ADJUSTING THE 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR As part of the process to prevent the spread of Ebola, the Government through the Ministry of Education needs to adjust the 2014/2015 school year calendar for grade schools.  The reason for this is to help the schools and the government to put in proper mechanism to save the lives of our innocent kids.  The process can involve the teaching of staff of these schools, checking the various campuses to ascertain how hygienic their premises are.  Those with poor sanitary conditions should be closed until improvement is done. THE PROVISION OF MEDICATIONS AND PERSONNEL AT SCHOOLSGovernment may complain about the lack of staff to post nurses at schools across the country to immediately arrest cases of suspected Ebola. It will be necessary that Government and its partners put into place a mechanism that will result into the provision of logistics posting of   nurse (s) on these campuses to monitor our kids.  The Government also needs to have medications that can help in curbing the spread of the disease on these campuses.If these measures are not considered, this could result to poor attendance in our schools this year or wide spread of the virus that my lead to a massive lost of lives.About the authorAlexander B. Gbartea, was born in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County March 15, 1978 unto the union of Johnson T. Gbartea and Dougbormar Tarr. He obtained his elementary education from the Bethlehem Baptist Elementary School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the Barnes Foundation School where he underwent his junior high education.  Upon graduation with a successful passed in 9th Grade WAEC, he matriculated to the Haywood Mission Institute where he obtained a high school diploma on April 3, 1995. He has a vast wealth of experience in computer studies from the West Africa Institute of Computer Technology, Smartlink Institute and the Sight & Sound Secretarial Institute, all of Accra, Ghana. Upon his returned to Liberia, he enrolled at the University of Liberia and graduated on April 6, 2006/2007 class with a BBA Degree in Accounting major and Economics minor.  He is presently a student at the IBB studying International Relations and is the Financial Comptroller at Nexium Petroleum Limited.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECHL: Bakersfield heats up in hurry, routs Ice Dogs

first_imgAlex Kim and Tyler Scott each scored two goals to help the Bakersfield Condors beat the Ice Dogs, 9-4, on Saturday night in Bakersfield. After losing to the Ice Dogs on Friday night, Bakersfield broke out quickly Saturday, scoring five goals – four on the power play – within a 10-minute span midway through the first period to grab a 5-0 lead. Ryan Bennett netted his 11th goal of the season, on a power play, to get the Ice Dogs on the board and make it 5-1 after one frame. The Condors then tallied three more goals – one short-handed – in the second period to take an 8-1 advantage into the third period. Long Beach got power-play goals from Chris Collins, his 12th, and Ash Goldie, his 20th, in the final frame along with an even-strength score from Eric Neilson, his fourth. Bakersfield added one more goal. The Condors outshot the Ice Dogs 51-37 and ended up 4 of 9 on the power play, while Long Beach went 3 of 9. Ice Dogs goalie Mike Brown allowed four goals and made nine saves before he was replaced by Brett Jaeger, who allowed five goals and made 33 saves. center_img 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

Police map out scenes of potential dangers

first_imgThe department’s 26 officers are being trained on the new system, and will fan out within two weeks to begin asking businesses to participate in the directory. Irwindale’s 1st Centennial Bank agreed to be a guinea pig and already has emergency contact information, pictures and a floor plan loaded onto the Web site. Benudiz demonstrated how clicking on the bank’s floor plan pulled up pictures of the room or area that had been selected so that officers could see details such as the location of teller windows, desks that they could use for cover, and the number of offices lining the walls. The aerial view of the building and surrounding streets will make it easy for one officer to tell others where to go to set up a perimeter, Benudiz said. Bill Schroeder, the regional vice president of the bank, said he was happy to participate, especially after the bank was robbed in July 2005. “It is nothing but a benefit for us because it helps us with our security here at the bank,” Shroeder said. The Police Department’s bulked-up directory showing them all the possible exits from the building and the hours that employees normally open and close the bank might have helped officers arrive faster and cover the exits, Shroeder mused. The department realizes that not all businesses will be so eager to join, and the program is voluntary, said Lt. Robert Barnes, who oversees the Community Oriented Policing program. Still, more information is better, he said. Such a complete overview of a building would be a terrific tool, said Sgt. William Cicchillo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau – the Sheriff’s SWAT team. The SWAT team always tries to get similar details about a building they need to go into, but must do so on a case-by-case basis, Cicchillo said. “I don’t know of anyone that has it, but it’s a talked-about topic in the police world – everybody talks about how, `Hey, this would be nice to have,”‘ Cicchillo said. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRWINDALE – The Irwindale Police Department is in the middle of developing an unusual new tool – a database of businesses’ building layouts to guide officers in urgent situations. The secure, Web-based system will be available wirelessly in police cars so that officers can examine floor plans, aerial photos and interior photos to develop strategies during hostage situations, burglaries or natural disasters. The overgrown business directory is an offshoot of a larger Web site that the department has designed for its intranet system. The private site also features a most-wanted list, citywide crime statistics, officer schedules and police procedure manuals. All together, the site will bolster the department’s Community Oriented Policing efforts, said Police Chief Sol Benudiz. “The more we know about a location, the better we can respond tactically,” Benudiz said. “Information the officer would previously have had to ask dispatch for, he will now have at his fingertips.” last_img

Province to invest in post-secondary institutions for ECE Training

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government has announced that it is providing more opportunities for British Columbians to train for a career in early childhood education.In order to provide more opportunities to study in ECE, the Government says it is investing in 12 public post-secondary institutions that provide programs in this field.About two-thirds of the new student spaces are designated for institutions serving rural and remote communities.- Advertisement -One of the 12 institutions to receive funding includes Northern Lights College for $70,250 for 12 additional ECE student spaces.This is the second phase of the Province’s three-year, $7.4-million investment in early childhood education.As set out in the Childcare BC plan, the Government says up to 620 more ECE students will graduate between 2018 and 2021.Advertisement For more information on ECE programs, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more

End of an era as Letterkenny restaurant announces closure

first_imgFans of Sage Restaurant have had disappointing news today as the Letterkenny restaurant announced the kitchen has closed for the final time. The restaurant on Port Road was reopened under new management in April but, despite introducing a new menu and extended opening times, the business has struggled to survive through the summer.Restaurant Sage has been a popular destination for many years for theatre-goers and customers seeking good local food. Sadly, the team have issued a notice on Facebook to say the time has come to close its doors.Restaurant SageThe announcement said: “It is with regret and sadness we announce that Restaurant Sage has closed.“We were hopeful that, following an extensive refurbishment programme last year and the appointment of a new management team earlier this year, we could sustain the business but now feel, in current trading conditions, this is not going to happen within an economically viable timeline.“We take this opportunity to thank our hardworking and dedicated staff, suppliers and, of course, our loyal customers who have all supported us over the past 5 years.” Customers who have vouchers for Sage are asked to contact the restaurant.End of an era as Letterkenny restaurant announces closure was last modified: August 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkennyRestaurant sagelast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – NOW IT’S THE JIMSTRUMENTAL!

first_imgThe formidable fun team of Alma Kavanagh, (Principal of St Joseph’s Rathmullan and sister of Donegal’s own Rory Kavanagh) and Brighdín Carr (LurgyBrack NS, Director of Blue Ribbon Arts and admirer of Rory Kavanagh) have done it again!!! Since their ‘Everybody plays for Jimmy’ skit hit webland two years ago, the girls came under pressure to produce another version. This time around however, being proud Donegal fans (and indeed ambassadors) and rebels to the cause, the girls decided NOT to revamp the 2012 PMC Medias hit.Instead they re-invented a traditional flavour to the Number One song of that momentous year, Rory and the Island’s ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ as an INSTRUMENTAL skit, which could be sung happily by schoolchildren young and old all over the county in the build-up to the best team in Ireland’s Donegal’s Big Day on Sunday next!Since their proud sponsorship of the Donegal team in 2010, Donegal Creameries now have an-udder string to add to their County bow, with the surprise and superb talent of their very own mascot, Daisi, who features in Rory’s Granny’s instrumental version of Jimmy’s Winning Matches by the Blue Ribbon Band.And boy does Daisi know how to ‘milk’ the cameras. Originally a cameo role. Daisi’s deft dance-moooooves prove that the cream really does rise to the top, and it wasn’t long into the Pmc Medias YouTube shoot of Blue Ribbon’s instrumental video before Rory’s musical Granny, Ms Alma Curran (real-life sister of Rory Kavanagh), decided to highlight the ultra-moooosical Daisi and so, a star is born. Udderly moooodest, Daisi is proud to star in the video, which can be found on Roryand the island’s facebook page, as well as blueribbonarts, pmc medias and Donegal Creameries facebook pages and of course on Youtube by searching ‘Jimmy’s winning matches (Jimstrumental)’ by Rory’s Granny.The video shoot includes hilarious scenes starring the staff and pupils of Ms Curran’s own school, St Joseph’s NS, Rathmullan, also Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton and pupils from Lurgybrack N.S. Letterkenny, even featuring Lola the dog and children from Lurgybrack Autism Unit.Rory’s Granny whistles her way through the instrumental whilst tackling (and of course leveling!) Kerry mammy Mary Maguire in Letterkenny Town Park in front of many Blue Ribbon Arts die-hard Donegal fans, dances in the tide at Rathmullan beach and inspires even the Lord Mayor of Rathmullan to join in on the frenzy, not to mention inspiring the children of Blue Ribbon to take to the streets of Falcarragh, and even to invade and transform the soccer territory of Ballybofey’s Finn Park into a Donegal GAA Victory Ground. Even David Craig (‘Come on Sam Maguire’) catches the fever and exchanges his guitar for dancing shoes.Not to have the limelight stolen from her, Daisi turns up with Irish Dancer Sophia Whoriskey at Black’s farm to join forces with the almighty Donegal Teddies of Bomany.RTE’s Lisa McKelvey also features as she interviews Daisy, Rory’s Granny, Blue Ribbon and staff and customers of the newly opened ‘Michael Murphy Sports’ shop for an exclusive slot which will be broadcast in the build-up to the match.Featuring the music of Jimmy’s Winning Matches written by Rory Gallagher, arranged and played by Brighdín Carr and the Blue Ribbon Band, this youtube video was arranged and directed by Brighdín, recorded by Jason Friel and Ben Carr, produced by Marty Curran of PMC Medias. This ‘Jimstrumental’ is a traditional Celtic take on the vibrancy, craic and energy of Donegal as a county, it’s children, it’s fans, it’s teamwork, and a fine Irish musical tribute to it’s GAA team and Manager, Jim McGuinness.Rory’s Granny is proud to be back in the limelight following her unbelievable success with Blue Ribon’s ‘Everybody Plays for Jimmy’ in 2012.‘I think it was my ability to poledance with the Sam Maguire in Voodoo that made our song and YouTube video such a success. Trevor Loughrey and Noel Sweeney (Swilly Drive) were grand, but everyone knows that I was ‘Man of the Match’ that year. Now I’m willing to share my platform with Daisi’.Daisi the Cow of course has the last word. ‘I will be there on Sunday, in all my glory. I love Mick Mooo-rphy, and you never know, if Donegal’s Mooo-ya Doherty ever does a revamp of RiverDance, I’m the perfect cow for the job. ‘ Now come on Donegal, let’s get this party started!!!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – NOW IT’S THE JIMSTRUMENTAL! was last modified: September 14th, 2014 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:Blue RibbonBrigin CarrdonegalThe Jimstrumentallast_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: MCNULTY BAGS A BRACE AS CAPPRY GET SEASON OFF TO A FLYER

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTESCAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 10, 18, 22, 24. There was no jackpot winner. The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Catriona Laverty, Drumboe, Stranorlar.Next weeks jackpot is €650. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!SENIOR TEAMOur senior team got off to a great start in the Brian McCormick cup on Friday evening last. They defeated Letterbarrow by 4 goals to nil. Goals scored by Paddy McNulty (2), Darren O’Leary and Kyle Lafferty. Up next is a tough away match in the Brian McCormick cup to Donegal Town on Wednesday evening kick off 6.45pm. Best of luck to all involved.UNDERAGE REGISTRATIONSAny player who still needs to register could they please contact one of the coaches and get a form. All forms need to be in very soon.UNDERAGE TRAININGAll underage training should be starting back very soon. Keep an eye on our facebook page for more information. CAPPRY COUNTRY BARBEQUECappry are running there 2nd Country barbeque in the Roadhouse bar, Cappry on the 29th August at 8pm. Rodeo bull, fun and games and music and great craic guaranteed. All funds raised going to the Cappry underage football.A night not to be missed.CAPPRY COMMUNITY CENTRE The Cappry Community Centre is available to rent for parties, meetings, classes etc. Competitive rates available. Contact Kevin Coyle on 086 6008204 to book.SOCCER NEWS: MCNULTY BAGS A BRACE AS CAPPRY GET SEASON OFF TO A FLYER was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CappryNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

Gavin McGlanaghy superb as Lagan Harps defeat Kilmacrennan Celtic

first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Our mens team had a 4-2 win over Kilmacrennan Celtic with Gavin Mc Glanaghy(3) and Kenny Doran scoring. Next week they face a tough FAI cup game away to Inishowen kingpins Glengad Utd. Our U/16’s had a 9-0 win over Ballybofey Utd with Jack Parke(2), Jack O’Donnell(2), Darren Ferry, Keenan Diver, Oran Downey, Ethan Coll and Jason Martin scoring.Our u/12 A’s lost 2-1 to Cappry Rovers after a good performance. Ethan Gallagher was the scorer. Our u/12 Reserves’s continued their good form with a 6-0 win over Convoy Gunners. Jamie Davenport(3), Shay Mc Cole, Matthew Peoples and Ultan Doherty were the scorers. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,2,6 and 24. Alistair Hamlyn had three numbers and won €50. Next weeks jackpot is €7250. Gavin McGlanaghy superb as Lagan Harps defeat Kilmacrennan Celtic was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

MAN RESCUES TWO WHALES WHICH WERE LEFT TO DIE ON DONEGAL BEACH

first_imgAustrian woman Antonia Leifner watches agonisingly as the 5 pilot whales slowly die on the beach at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh, Co. Donega. (North West Newspix)A fed-up whale watcher has miraculously rescued two pilot whales which had been left to die on a Falcarragh beach.The two Pilot Whales were part of the pod of 13 whales which had beached at Ballyness Bay.The whales had been rescued twice after first being spotted on Monday morning by a passing jogger. However seven of the whales beached again on Monday afternoon at 5pm.A decision was made by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to leave the whales to die on the beach and then to bury them.Passers-by were left visibly upset as the whales tried to breath on the sand.The NPWS had warned people not to touch the animals and Gardai had advised people not to visit the beach. However Gareth Doherty, the owner of a local sailing company who had ben involved in the original rescue of the whales, decided he could not stand by and watch.He gathered some other volunteers and arrived back at the beach in the early hours of this morning.By the time the whales were put back to see they had been left stranded on the beach for around 36 hours.Two of the whales were in a bad condition but two of the others, measuring 3.8 and 4 metres in length, were still in good conditions.Aided by the high tide around 4am, Gareth and other volunteers managed to put the two whales back out to sea. Garreth said “We could not just stand by and watch these animals suffer anymore.“They were in up to two feet of water which kept them alive and in a hole which must have been dug by the council.“We put them on their side and managed to get them out into deeper water.“We brought them out into deeper water and they swam away. We haven’t seen them since but we will monitor them and put them back to sea again if need be. “As an animal lover I just could not sit back and watch them die without trying to save them,” he said.MAN RESCUES TWO WHALES WHICH WERE LEFT TO DIE ON DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: July 9th, 2014 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:Ballyness BeachdonegalFalcarraghGareth Dohertylast_img read more

History Channel partners for show

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A sneak preview of a History Channel special will be one of the highlights of the fifth annual College of the Canyons student holiday art exhibition and sale that opens Wednesday and runs through Dec. 10 in the college’s art gallery. “We have a marvelous opportunity to be partnering with the History Channel to present the continuous showing of the behind-the-scenes making of `Da Vinci and the Code he Lived By,”‘ said gallery director Joanne Julian. This 20-minute glimpse precedes the premiere of the upcoming Da Vinci special on the history station, airing Dec. 4. The History Channel will sponsor the event and host a wine and cheese reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the campus art gallery. The community is invited to view the film and begin holiday shopping. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Sales will benefit student artists and Friends of the Fine Arts, the college foundation support group. The exhibition and sale will include artworks from across the creative disciplines. “I am always impressed with the quality and uniqueness of student art,” said Sue Bozman, director of public information at the college. “As we head toward the holiday gift-giving season, this exhibition and sale provides a unique opportunity to view and purchase truly one-of-a-kind gifts and support good causes at the same time.” Holiday gifts purchased from the gallery store benefit the exhibition programs. The college art gallery and store is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is closed Sundays, Mondays, Fridays and all college holidays. The gallery is in the Media and Fine Arts building on campus. Admission to the reception and gallery showing is free. A $1 parking permit may be obtained from the machines in the south parking lot and in lot No. 6. Those who attend may park in the student lots. For information, call (661) 362-3612. last_img