LFA Campaigns against Ebola Stigma

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association (LFA) has formally launched what it described as a one-month awareness and sensitization campaign at the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, under the slogan “Stop the Stigma against Ebola Survivors and Ebola is still real.”The anti-Ebola campaign, according to the LFA acting president Musa Shannon, focuses on two main issues; the stigma that associates with this deadly virus and the difficulties that it is causing survivors and their loved ones, when they try to reintegrate into their communities.He said the campaign is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.He made the announcement yesterday during the regular Ebola Hour at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT).“We must make sure that we stop stigmatizing survivors, during this awareness campaign we will spread the message of tolerance, empathy and understanding,” Mr. Shannon said.He said former Lone Star players of the George Weah 11, who are currently serving as coaches would share each health message, such as “Report unusual illnesses,” and “Stop the Stigmatization against Ebola Survivors,” to improve public understanding about how the virus spreads, and to provide clear information that can be used to reduce the chances of the virus spreading in affected communities as well as to stop stigmatization of Ebola survivors. “Our second priority is to continue to let the public know that Ebola is still real and we must demand that communities continue to follow all of the safety protocols that we have been following for the last seven months” Shannon noted.This is the first emergency health campaign of its kind to be implemented by the LFA since the Liberian football body suspended all football activities on Monday, July 28, 2014.Shannon said the LFA is inspired by the dedication of medical personnel at the battlefront.Through the popularity of football, Shannon said he is convinced that the anti- Ebola campaign would reach Liberians in the 15 counties.“One of the major reasons why we know that we will be effective with this awareness campaign is because we are using the people you know and love to deliver the message,” Shannon said.Meanwhile, some of the players in the campaign will includeChristopher Wreh, formerly of Arsenal, James Salinsa Debbah, formerly of A.S Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais, OGC Nice and Paris Saint-Germain and Kervin Sebwe, who played in France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Greece.The remaining former players are Musa Shannon, (Tampa Bay Tunity and Carolina Dynamo in the US), Dionysius “Dion” Sebwe, (Park College and the Kansas City Wiz) and Oliver Markor, who played in Greece.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LGE process was smooth – EU Ambassador

first_img…observes no provisions for differently abledAmbassador of the European Union to Guyana, Jernej Videtič, who was an observer at this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE) says the process was a smooth one and all procedures were well organised.This was related after he would have visited some of the polling stations across Guyana to check upon the pace at which ballots were cast. He noted that he would have stood as an observer two years ago during the previous LGE, but the method was “excellent” this time around.“We went as observers and we had done it two years ago, so I think compared to what was [done] two years ago, it was even better prepared. We went to five local polling stations and in all the polling stations, the procedures were the same,” theAmbassador of the European Union to Guyana, Jernej VidetičAmbassador said.He mentioned the fact that persons with disabilities also came out in their numbers despite the challenges to vote.“The control was there, and it was running smoothly like it should work in a normal democracy. We had a good impression and we also see that disabled people came to vote and they’ve done their best to give them an opportunity to vote. I found it excellent.”Monday saw a low turnout of voters throughout the country and there was a slower pace than expected. The polling stations opened to a sluggish start but after a few hours, the number of voters was constant. Villages like Den Amstel, Hague, Blankenburg, La Jalousie, Windsor Forest, Crane, Best and Vreed-en-Hoop recorded a small turnout and it was the same on the East Bank at Covent Garden, Providence and Peter’s Hall. Berbice and the Essequibo coast faced the same fate.Other than that, it was heard that many persons were told that they were not allowed to vote because their names were not on the registered voters’ list. However, upon checking, they were eligible to vote while others were referred to other polling stations.Concerns also surfaced about the quality of ink used. Throughout the day, voters complained about concentrated substance being easily washed off and it was difficult to tell if they had voted or not.It also caught the attention of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who stated, “I have had numerous reports that it could be easily removed so what we have asked our polling agents now is to pay particular attention to people who have voted before may attempt to come back in and vote so that is one safeguard against ink being removed so we asked our polling agents to look at this.”Upon inquiry, GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Warde told media operatives that the Commission had leftover ink from the 2016 Local Government Elections and this was reused.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Liverpool starlet should NOT play for England Under-21s, insists Barnes

first_imgJohn Barnes says Stuart Pearce is wrong to suggest Raheem Sterling should play for the England Under-21 side.The Liverpool starlet has emerged as a key player for the senior side and looks certain to start against San Marino on Thursday night in the European Championship qualifier at Wembley,.Pearce, however, believes it would be better for the 19-year-old in the long-term to represent the Young Lions in their crunch Euro 2015 play-off clash against Croatia.Speaking on talkSPORT last week, the former U-21 boss said: “What should happen is that the senior manager should say to the Under-21 boss, ‘you pick anyone age appropriate that you need and, after that, I’ll take whatever I’ve got’.“That includes Sterling. It’s for the greater good of England.”Barnes agrees with his ex-England teammate that some players should drop down to Gareth Southgate’s young side, but he claims Sterling is too good to do that.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I sympathise and empathise with Stuart and I believe in some cases players should be dropped down to the Under-21s, but I am not sure about Raheem Sterling.“Some of the other players possibly, but once you get to the situation where you are a main England player, then you don’t go down to the Under-21s.“There are other players in the squad available for the Under-21s who I would [drop down], but not Raheem.“Raheem has never been an Under-21 player, he has been an England senior player forever.”last_img read more

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Wanyama, from Nairobi streets to UCL finalist

first_img0Shares0000Skipper Victor Wanyama models the red home jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, June 21 –  Victor Wanyama, who played until his bare feet bled on the streets of Nairobi as a child, will on Sunday make his Africa Cup of Nations bow, a few weeks after helping Tottenham to the Champions League final.Wanyama is the figurehead of a Kenyan team that has its work cut out to advance from a group including Algeria, Sunday’s opponents, and Senegal as well as Tanzania. The uncompromising midfielder is an icon in his homeland, where football fanatics number in the millions but whose players rarely reach the highest level of the club game.“Victor is a very popular guy because he is a bit laid back, not too flamboyant. He doesn’t like showing off,” says Kenyan journalist Elias Makori. “He earns a very tidy sum from Tottenham, but you don’t see it showing around.”Because of the rugged midfielder, Tottenham have become fashionable in Nairobi, where fans traditionally support Arsenal or Manchester United.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama urges the crowd on when Kenya played Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“He has remained very humble, and he has not forgotten his humble origins,” said his cousin, Harrison Osotsi, noting that Wanyama is always keen to help young footballers back home, providing equipment, or welcoming them to London in groups.The Nairobi native, raised in a family of 11 children, made his debut on the dirt streets of Land Mawe, a neighbourhood at the time reserved for employees of the Kenyan railway company, for whom his mother worked.“He used to play barefoot, and sometimes he would bleed, but he kept going,” his cousin recalled. “When he got his first shoes, he had trouble getting used to them … he wanted to take them off, but he got used to them in the end.”His father, Noah Wanyama, a former Kenya international, remembers Victor following along to training in his early days.“Victor and the other boys would accompany me to the stadium and carry the sports bag for me when I went for football training or playing (matches),” he said. “They were quick to learn the tricks in the sport.”“I am happy I did instil a lot of discipline and hard work in my children,” said Noah, who can boast of raising two sons that reached the Champions League final. Victor’s elder brother, Macdonald Mariga, was part of Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan squad that won the title in 2010.– International debut aged 15 –Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama warms up with the ball before a training session after arriving in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVictor’s rise was rapid — his first call-up to the national team came at just 15 for a friendly against Nigeria.A precocious, yet raw, talent, he was sent to Sweden to toughen up before moving on to Belgium. At 20 he signed for Celtic, where fans still fondly remember a goal he scored during a 2012 Champions League victory over Barcelona.A year later, he became the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League at Southampton, before switching to Tottenham in 2016.After a strong debut season with Spurs injuries hampered the next two seasons, though he returned to start both legs of Tottenham’s dramatic semi-final against Ajax only to watch the loss to Liverpool in Madrid from the bench.Victor Wanyama salutes the fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after opening the scoring against HuddersfieldDespite that setback, his journey “is a source of inspiration and motivation for other players in the national team”, says Makori.“People look up to him as a good leader, a mature person, somebody who knows how to invest your money and how to behave as a leader.”Kenya, ranked 105th in the world, will need their captain and best player to lead as in their first Africa Cup of Nations since 2004.“For me, the coach, and for the rest of the staff, we are happy to have a player who is able to compete at this level,” says Kenya boss Sebastien Migne.“It will help us to send a message to our opponents. We have one of the finalists of the Champions League in our team. In terms of confidence, it will be perfect for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL SEAFOOD COMPANIES GET GRANTS OF €500,000

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh TD, welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, on the awarding of €2.4 million in grant aid to 20 seafood processing companies across Ireland.Joe McHugh TDFour Seafood Processing Companies in Donegal have received grants of up to €540,758.Commenting on today’s announcement, Deputy Joe McHugh TD, “I welcome today’s announcement by Minister Coveney of €2.4 million in grant aid to 20 seafood processing companies, under the 2014 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. This scheme plays a vital role in the fishing industry and ensuring the continued growth of a key sector in Ireland. “There are four Donegal-based companies which will each receive funding as part of this scheme, over half a million in total, and highlights the important role that these processing companies, and the seafood industry in general have to play in a county like Donegal, where an emphasis has remained on our natural resources.“This scheme, which works in conjunction with private investment, will total almost €8 million in 2014 and benefit 20 companies throughout Ireland. Under schemes like this, the Government are recognising and reaffirming their commitment to the Seafood Industry in Ireland and aims to support these companies who are doing such pivotal work to local communities, employment and the economy.”The four Donegal companies to receive grants are :Proseail An Clochan Liath Teo, Co. Donegal – € 175,801 Charles Vial (Fish Merchant) Ltd –  €35,554Earagail Eisc Teo – € 312,450Arctic Fish Ltd – € 16,953 DONEGAL SEAFOOD COMPANIES GET GRANTS OF €500,000 was last modified: May 2nd, 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:donegalgrantsjoe mchugh tdseafoodlast_img read more

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Chelsea and Man United target Griezmann has NOT signed new Atletico Madrid deal

first_img1 Antoine Griezmann’s football adviser has denied claims that his client has signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid – amid reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.The France international has enjoyed a magnificent season in Spain this year, scoring 32 goals in 53 appearances.The winger’s form has sparked enquiries from Chelsea and Manchester United, who are both keen on signing him this summer.The Premier League pair’s interest had led to claims Griezmann had penned a new deal with Atletico to clear up his future.But now the Frenchman’s football adviser Eric Olhats, who has known Griezmann since he was 14, has denied talk of a new contract and instead revealed there are other offers on the table.“Contrary to certain claims announcing that Antoine at Atletico next season will be the case without fail, nothing has been decided or endorsed,” Olhats told L’Equipe.“We are currently listening to different clubs who also offer real interest and attraction.” Antoine Griezmann has been linked with Premier League duo Chelsea and Man United last_img read more

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DDTV: NOW 5-YEAR-OLD DONEGAL MASTERCHEF MAKES LASAGNE!

first_imgHE’S already caused a world-wide internet stir by making mince and gravy….now FIVE-year-old Ciaran Crawford from Lifford has already launched his second Masterchef class…And this time he’s showing you how to make lasagne. The Murlog National School pupil has been given cooking lessons by proud dad Martin.The budding Jamie Oliver’s newest video can be viewed by clicking above.If you missed our first story about Ciaran on Saturday, you can read it on the link below.DDTV: MEET THE INCREDIBLE DONEGAL MASTERCHEF..AGED JUST 5! DDTV: NOW 5-YEAR-OLD DONEGAL MASTERCHEF MAKES LASAGNE! was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:ciaran crawford aged 5jamie oliverlasagne recipeLiffordlast_img read more

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Humboldt State football opens practice with eyes fully set on Sept. 1 opener in Tennessee

first_imgARCATA >> Rob Smith and the Humboldt State football team entered the 2015 season knowing not only would his team have a full-length preseason camp, but also no worries of opening-week travel.Simply put, the Jacks got to prep for Week 1 in the comfort of their own home while having the competition come to them.Things are wee bit different this time around.The Jacks not only have to deal with the fact that their season opens a few days earlier than pretty much everybody else in Division II, …last_img read more

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Bizarre Creatures With Incredible Design

first_imgAnimals, whether living or fossil, often show surprising tricks of sensation, adaptation, or ornamentation.My, what big teeth you have:  A marsupial saber-tooth cat with fangs like steak knives had a “embarrassing” bite no worse than that of a pussycat, Live Science claims.  Mechanical analysis shows that to use them without ripping them out of their sockets, the beast would have had to insert them with “delicate precision” – a hard thing to test, since scientists lack the ability to watch the predators in action.  The BBC News story included an artist’s conception of what the marsupial might have looked like (with artistic license for coat color and environment); other reconstructions make it look much more like Smilodon, the placental saber-tooth cat.  What’s more surprising is the evolutionary angle.  The marsupial supposedly had nothing to do with its placental look-alike:Named Thylacosmilus atrox (“pouch saber”), the animal was about the size of a jaguar, but “looked and behaved like nothing alive today,” paleontologist Stephen Wroe said in a statement. Superficially, Thylacosmilus resembled the saber-toothed cats of the Pleistocene, like the North American icon, Smilodon fatalis. Both have long canines designed to attack large prey, but the animals were separated by at least 125 million years of evolution, researchers say.Tough but sensitive:  What could be tougher than crocodile scales?  Yet the scary beasts have a “supersense” in a “previously misunderstood” delicate organ, Science Daily reports: the ability to sense touch, heat, cold, and the environment in their skin.  It wouldn’t seem that a skin so hard it cracks when it grows would be so sensitive, but inside those cracks are “integumentary sensory organs” (ISO’s) that help the croc find food even in dark, murky water.  Their skin provides multiple types of information: temperature, touch, and chemicals in the environment.  There is “no equivalent in any other vertebrates,” the article states.  “It is this transformation of a diffuse sensory system, such as we have in our own skin, into ISO which has allowed crocodilians to evolve a highly armored yet very sensitive skin.”Communal glow:  A short post on Science Now shows that the glowworms that snare insects in New Zealand caves coordinate their light to maximize their catch.Whale of an oxygen tank:  How do fin whales hold their breath and keep from imploding when they dive down 650 feet?  That mystery was explored in a brief “Science Shot” on Science Now:Think you’re under pressure? Try diving 200 meters below the ocean. That’s where fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) spend their time feeding. That kind of pressure would rupture our blood vessels, but whales do just fine. To figure out why, researchers compared whale arteries to those of pigs, chosen for their relation to the whale’s land-loving ancestors. Then they ran saline or water over and through the vessels. The arteries, which draw blood away from the heart, stiffened in the fin whale, while the pig arteries stretched out and collapsed under far less stress, the team reports online this week in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The finding suggests that the whales benefit from naturally occurring collagen around their arteries. Firming up to withstand the depths, this connective tissue may be what keeps whales from feeling the squeeze.More than one way to evolve a breath:  Speaking of oxygen down deep, Nature News claims that “Animals have evolved a variety of ways to get oxygen under extreme conditions.”  Featured creatures are northern elephant seals that can hold their breath two hours underwater, ray-finned fish that possess a unique form of hemoglobin, and deer mice that live at high elevations.  The article appeared to care less about the design of oxygen deliver to tissues in these well-adapted animals as in their evolution, saying without elaboration,Rezende … says that whereas the studies show that animals have found several ways to increase the amount of oxygen delivered to their muscles, all follow one unifying theme: all the adaptations help the animals to perform better under difficult conditions. And this is so useful that it has evolved multiple times through different pathways. “Increased oxygen delivery is almost always associated with high performance,” he says.High performance has also evolved in several different pathways in racing cars, but….  News flash!  A beetle’s iridescent colors have survived for 49 million years!  Extra, extra, read all about it in New Scientist.There they go again; misusing their own evolutionary theory.   The phrase “allowed such-and-such an animal to evolve such-and-such an adaptation” is nonsense.  We’ll allow you a trip to the moon without a space suit.  Go ahead when ready.  Evolutionists cannot use evolve as an active verb, “to evolve a” whatever.  Opportunity is not fulfillment.  An unguided process gives no permission.  Whatever happens, happens in Darwin’s “Stuff Happens” Law, whether the environment allows it or not.When they say, “animals have evolved a variety of ways to” whatever, there’s another fallacy.  They’ve personified evolution as something animals or Mother Nature does on purpose for a goal.  Stupidest mythoid is this one: “this is so useful that it has evolved multiple times through different pathways.”  Evolutionists wield their theory like a magic wand, saying, “Abracadabra!  It evolved!” to account for everything, including high performance oxygen delivery to muscles.  How many mutations did that take for natural selection to filter through?Added to the mythoid mix is convergent evolution again; animals “have evolved” multiple ways to get oxygen to high-performance muscles; saber teeth evolved in two completely unrelated mammals, separated by 125 million years in their mythical timeline.Those of us who love animals should be able to enjoy the discoveries without the Darwin Party sales pitch.  The evolutionary hype is like those annoying pop-up ads that distract attention from the real story, which is intelligent design. 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Now this is flying

first_imgAnother in our series of extraordinary air services features a day with Indonesia’s Susi Air which provides vital air links to hundreds of remote communities.The video, below, taken by a Susi Air pilot features services from Nabire in Papua to outlying villages perched on the side of rugged mountains.The runways are also typically up hill and then to add to the mix slope from side to side. And throw in a pig or two on the runway not to mention bad weather and you have some challenging flying and a great video.Susi Air was launched in 2004 with two aircraft and now has 49.Enjoy!!See Susi Air’s safety ratinglast_img read more

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