G. Bassa Predicts Ebola Free Christmas

first_imgAs national statistics indicate a sharp decrease in the number of Ebola cases in the country, Grand Bassa is predicting an “Ebola free Christmas” celebration this year.According to the County’s Superintendent, Madam Etweda S. Cooper, Grand Bassa County is getting sophisticated in combating the Ebola virus to the point where every citizen of the county is getting involved in the fight.In an exclusive Daily Observer interview recently, Madam Cooper bragged of securing five ambulances, the Chinese medical supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other financial and moral support from companies and individuals including, but not limited to Arcelor Mittal and other corporate entities.The five ambulances, though not enough to cover the entire county, are cardinal to achieving the goal set by local authorities to celebrate an Ebola-free Christmas, the Grand Bassa Superintendent said.She said the arrival of an additional three new ambulances and other logistical reinforcements to the county have caused significant improvement in contact tracing, emergency response and caring for the affected by the County Health office and other privately  owned medical facilities.Madam Cooper praised the U.S. Military Force for constructing a giant-size Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in the port city of Buchanan, which she said brings hope to citizens already devastated by the virus outbreak in the country.She noted that like other parts of the country, Ebola has broken down the county’s economy, forcing many investments to shut their doors.According to her, many investors have left the country, while businesses are scaling down, leaving the Liberian people in untold suffering which requires substantial interventions.“We have a strong and robust taskforce that is up to the task in dealing with cases from our various electoral and statutory districts around the county.“Even though there have not been any new cases reported in the county, yet we are hoping that it stays that way during and after Christmas.“I can assure the general public that with the system instituted, inclusive of the monitoring and contact tracing program, Grand Bassa will shortly be an Ebola-free environment and we’re confident about that,” Madam Cooper declared.Among Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African countries hardest hit by the EVD, Liberia was the worst affected, topping the list of Ebola deaths.However, since late October, Liberia has continued to experience a significant decline in the number of Ebola cases nationwide.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Lack of Political Will Hampers Fight Against Piracy’

first_imgPiracy of artistic works in Liberia has been a huge setback to the Liberian entertainment industry, hampering growth and creating a situation in which many Liberian artists barely benefit from their work. Many artists now rely on invitations and events, which produce still little income and are not as often as needed.Awards winning musician Eric Geso says piracy is affecting every part of his music life. “I should have make money from my songs and be living a comfortably by now but because of this copyright infringement thing are move well,” Eric Geso said.But sensational singer, Sweetz, who is give an opposing view think that piracy is not the main obstacle and problem associated with the industry growth. “Take on piracy it’s not a bad thing. It will give the industry much exposure like it did with Nigeria,” she says.She noted: “The problem that is hold back the industry is artists not having the right team to push them forward.”Speaking with former Liberian copyright boss, Ernest Bruce, as to why copyright laws in Liberia is slack that pirated films and music is flourish in the market. Mr. Bruce said that the lack of political will in government is to blame.According to Mr. Bruce, Liberia has a very good copyright law that can eliminate or minimize piracy from all angles, including the protection of international work.“There is some opposition among government officials that work directly with the copyright office to implement these regulations,” says Mr. Bruce. “This leaves artists and the copyright office vulnerable to pirates,” he said.He said further the increase in foreign pirated works on the Liberian market has exposed government’s limitation to fulfill numerous international treaties signed to battle piracy.He said also “If the power was invested in the copyright office to have its own police to carry on operation by them, Liberian movies and art industry could flourish.”“During my time at the copyright office, we launched operation Big Fish a few years back and pirates got scared,“ he said, adding that since then piracy has increased because the campaign was not fully supported by the government.He noted that with political will from government official in the fight against pirated works, the long-awaited dream of entertainers benefiting from their works would be a reality He added that political will doesn’t only mean fighting alongside the copyright but also the eagerness to prosecute individuals caught in such an act.“It’s very unfortunate that we have an author as president of Liberia but that things are not going well for artists,” he said. “The art, culture and entertainment industry being overlooked by government can boost revenue income, increasing middle class status.Mr. Bruce said regulation is not only about putting the laws in place but ensuring that a better framework is laid across the country.He appealed to government to give the needed focus in the war against piracy, or the future of many talented Liberian artists uncertain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Book burning’ ad is tongue-in-cheek

first_imgFor those of you who would like to learn more about The Big Read, visit http://thebigread-scv.org. Ray Bradbury himself will be discussing his work at 6 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. To see staged readings of the play, “Farenheit 451,” the guild will be performing an abbreviated version April 21 at noon at the Newhall Community Center, with a full performance at 8 p.m. May 12 at the theater, 24242 San Fernando Road in Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702 for more information about tickets. And not that I’m telling you what to read, but don’t forget to burn your way through the pages of “Farenheit 451” with your fellow Santa Claritans this month….. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I guess we should be grateful for the outrage, those of us who make our living producing the written word. An ad promoting a “book burning” has caused quite a flurry of phone calls and e-mails, many of them outraged at the proposed incendiary event, others warning that the group putting on the conflagration is a “neo-Nazi group.” The proposed firestorm is scheduled at 8 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, a group to which I confess being quite close. Neo-Nazis? Hardly. Outrageous? Perhaps, if you’ve seen some of our cabarets. Educational? Well, we try to be. The book burning is a clever way to spread the word about The Big Read, an event promoted by the local libraries and supported by the city of Santa Clarita as well as several other nonprofit groups, including the guild. In the second year of “One Book, One Santa Clarita,” citizens are being asked to read and discuss Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Farenheit 451,” which tells the story of a fireman charged not with putting out fires, but instead destroying volumes of literature deemed unsuitable for public consumption. A Nazi-esque task, agreed. The creative team behind this is anything but. Just what do you throw in the fire pit during such a purge? Do we destroy tomes by Marx – either Karl or Groucho? Do we burn lifestyle guides written by the likes of Phyllis Schaffley or Anita Bryant? Do we throw in liberal volumes about the Kennedys, the Clintons or the latest collection of Bushisms? And what do we use for kindling – newspapers, both those published by out-of-state corporations (all serving the Santa Clarita Valley, by the way, via Illinois, Georgia and Colorado) or those created by neighborhoods and printed at Kinkos? Of course, the much larger horror is censoring anything written, because to do so takes away freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom of personal belief. Self-censorship – something that Don Imus should have exercised last week – is one thing. To remove a resource from civilization is something entirely different. The Fireman’s 451 Committee, which allegedly “sponsored” the ad is a fictional group that has nothing to do with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, despite their phones ringing with complaints as well. And the logo running with the ad, fashioned by two theater employees, isn’t a compilation of swastika parts and a Ku Klux Klan hood already in use by a neo-Nazi group, no matter what several callers have claimed. The people outraged include fellow actors, teachers and community leaders, none of whom “got” the inside scoop … that an institution that has produced shows exploring racism and bigotry such as “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” would never judge what the public can or can’t read by destroying books. For those of us who have answered some of those e-mails (yes, I even got some at home), it’s the perfect reason to have events like The Big Read. Obviously, some folks haven’t flipped through the pages of Bradbury’s book and read his ominous warnings. Events like this bring us back to the basics – sitting down and learning something from a writer who blends fact and fiction to create a scenario we can either accept or reject. last_img read more

Hoffenheim aiming to fend off Dortmund over Nagelsmann

first_img“Julian is an exceptional coach. We’ll have to clone him sometime, but the clone should be ready by July 1, 2019.”Hopp’s joke indirectly confirms reports that Nagelsmann, Germany’s coach of the year in 2016, has a buy-out clause, said to be worth five million euros ($5.8m), from 2019.In June, Hoffenheim announced they had extended his contract until June 2021, but he seems increasingly unlikely to see it through.In February 2016, Nagelsmann, then just 29, became the youngest coach in Bundesliga history.He become a star in Germany by pulling Hoffenheim back from the brink of relegation in 2015/16 to then finish fourth in the Bundesliga last season.Reports are rife that Dortmund want Nagelsmann for next season and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.On Sunday, Dortmund named Peter Stoeger as head coach after Dutchman Peter Bosz was sacked on Saturday with the team winless in their last eight league games.Stoeger, who has a contract until June, is reportedly an interim measure before Nagelsmann arrived for next season, but Hopp will fight to keep him.“The demand for Julian is damned high and increases with every success – he’s just too good,” Hopp said.“But we still have a year and a half left, so in the meantime, we want to continue celebrating with him and we want to push the celebrations even more.”Nagelsmann was in the audience listening to Hopp speak, but is clearly annoyed by constant questions over his future.“Things aren’t changing every two days and two days ago, I said that I have had no contact (with Dortmund),” said Nagelsmann on Sunday after Hoffenheim’s 2-0 defeat at Hanover left then sixth in the table.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga match against Hanover 96 in Hanover, Germany, on December 10, 2017 © DPA/AFP/File / Peter STEFFENBERLIN, Germany, Dec 12 – Hoffenheim’s backer has assured fans the club will keep star coach Julian Nagelsmann, 30, for at least another 18 months amidst reports Borussia Dortmund want him for 2018/19.“The club have done their homework, Julian has a binding contract with us until June 30, 2019,” Hoffenheim’s billionaire backer Dietmar Hopp told supporters at the club’s annual general meeting on Monday.last_img read more

‘I don’t want him’ – Arsenal fans are divided over links to Unai Emery target

first_imgThe first summer transfer window without Arsene Wenger was always going to be an interesting one for Arsenal fans.New boss Unai Emery has already brought in Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Bernd Leno from Bayer Levekusen. Fallon d’Floor Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Some supporters are excited about the Argentina midfielder but others aren’t keen on his arrival, especially if it sees a deal for Torreira blocked.It’s provoked some heated debated online with supporters discussing the rumours on Twitter.You can see what they have had to say below. I’m against the Banega signing. Sorry in advance. Money can be spent better elsewhere.— Rudy (@RudyAFC) June 20, 2018 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Good times Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega had a failed spell with Inter Milan in 2016/17. Central midfield options of Torreira, Ramsey, Xhaka, Banega, Elneny and Maitland-Niles is a whole lot better than it’s been in recent years. He’s a short term fix, but I hope we take the punt on Banega for €12 million.— Frankie Hobbs (@Frankie_Hobbs) June 20, 2018 Pure class 2 I dont want Banega.— Arsenal noise (@AFCNoise) June 20, 2018 Banega as Elneny replacement, I’ll be okay with but as Ramsey replacement – no way!— The G (@mr_arsenaI) June 20, 2018 I 100% want us to sign ever banega. he’s a baller! #afc— Ismail Mostafa (@isher92) June 20, 2018 Please make the Banega deal happen sir @UnaiEmery_ 🙌🏾— Sandile (@uDosa_) June 20, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Latest World Cup news NO JOY Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Shy guy misery center_img You’re the one Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings LU BEAUTY Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Torreira and Banega inCazorla and Wilshere out Massive upgrade.— Dowe Biyere (@Raider_Dowe) June 20, 2018 Would take Banega as well as Torreira. Guys got bags of experience. 3x EL winner too – perfect mentor for our younger CMs. Brings that much needed experience and quality into our midfield.— TheArsenalGoat (@thegoatafc) June 20, 2018 Arsenal target Ever Banega in action for Argentina. SUPERSTITION Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter diamond geezer A deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is reportedly in the pipeline, along with another for Sampdora midfield ace Lucas Torreira.So far so good, right?Well, Gunners have no discovered they may be about to see Emery sign Ever Banega from Sevilla, and it’s completely divided the fanbase. Toreira done!! Ever Banega is next!!! What a time to be an Arsenal fan 💃💃💃💃💃— TTM (@Ghenedinho) June 20, 2018 Pls o @UnaiEmery_ @Arsenal if it’s one more sevilla player we would like nzonzi not banega. Thank you— Mazi Chukwudi (@Chunkyozil) June 20, 2018 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup 2last_img read more

LYIT STUDENTS BUCKLE UP FOR ROAD SAFETY WEEK

first_imgNicu Alexandra, a third year Marketing student, part of the Erasnus programme, at LYIT is pictured attempting to set a a satisfactory time on one of the drive simulators on campus at LYIT as part of the ‘Road Safety Awareness Week’.The ‘Room to Race’ is a simulator product which gives the students a chance to test their skills under the supervision of the instructors provided. On first attempts most of the group failed to use the brake with sufficient frequency added with the complications of poor road positioning, thankfully many sought to re-sit the simulator experience thereby gaining an improved level of performance.Watched by students Cory Gallagher and Donagh O Callaghan, both Business with Sports Coaching students, Nicu managed the best time of the day, on her second attempt.There will be many other projects on display during Road Safety Week at the LYIT this week.(photo by Paddy Gallagher) LYIT STUDENTS BUCKLE UP FOR ROAD SAFETY WEEK was last modified: March 24th, 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:LYITRoad Safety Weeklast_img read more

HIP HOP HORRAY FOR ALL-IRELAND WINNING BUNCRANA DANCE CREW

first_imgSome of the Elite Dance CrewThe Elite Dance Crew from Buncrana are on their way home from the All Ireland HipHop Championships in Trabolgan with a haul of All-Ireland titles!This is the group’s first year at the competition and the dancers have achieved an amazing 21 All Ireland titles.Accord to Claire McGlinchey of Elite, these dancers have worked for months weeks and days in the run up to the competition practicing every minute they got. “We left at 3am Friday morning and danced Friday, Saturday and Sunday.“I cannot describe how proud I am of each and everyone of my dancers. They put there hearts and soul on the dance floor and it paid off my amazing dancers that competed this weekend rang in age from 5 to 16.“They competed in Crews, Solos, Doubles & Trios, with each one of our dancers have coming home with an All Ireland title & Trophy.Our youngest dancer Ross Doherty took 1st Place in the Under 6’s Champion solo section, I also had my sister Leanne helping me every step of the way and 8 amazing Hip-Hop mammies who I don’t know what I would do without, The group arrived in Buncrana at 12.30 to greet all their family and friends this time Elite are very proud to be returning as Buncrana’s All Ireland dance champs.HIP HOP HORRAY FOR ALL-IRELAND WINNING BUNCRANA DANCE CREW was last modified: October 7th, 2013 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:All-Ireland championsbuncranaElite Dance Crewlast_img read more

INISHOWEN AGRICULTURAL SHOW STILL THRIVING 103 YEARS LATER!!

first_imgThe 103rd Inishowen Agricultural Show takes place on Saturday, 18th July at the Showgrounds, Tulnaree, Carndonagh.Founded over 100 years ago, this incredible thriving Annual Show remains a source of much pride for the Inishowen community and beyond. As well as the usual exhibitions of livestock, horses and home industries, a new poultry section has been added this year.There will also be an extensive display of photography, paintings and arts and crafts.  Afternoon entertainment includes childrens’ pet show, a dog show and the ever popular donkey derby.A new addition this year is the bonny baby competition with categories up to 3 years.  Other highlights include: live music, children entertainment, horse-shoe throwing, wellie competition, spraoi agus sport for children, horse and carriage driving, chainsaw woodcarving, rodeo bull, demonstration of traditional skills, Mr. Magic – magician, fun games and activities with Carndonagh GAA, birds of prey and lots, lots more!Hot food and refreshments are also available at the Show Field. The Inishowen Agricultural Show is a celebration of the richness of rural Ireland’s people, their traditions and their way of life.It is a fantastic family day out with something for everyone.A warm welcome awaits you. Come early, judging begins from 10am!INISHOWEN AGRICULTURAL SHOW STILL THRIVING 103 YEARS LATER!! was last modified: July 17th, 2015 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:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts

first_imgJustin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESJustin Brownlee has fond memories of Game 6 of last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, but he knows that it’s already a thing of the past.“I definitely remember it,” Brownlee said, looking back on the shot that downed Meralco and ended Ginebra’s eight-year title drought. “But I’m just trying to move on from it.”ADVERTISEMENT “Like coach said, the guy is a beast. I got to give it to him, he’s just been a beast and he’s been unstoppable. That’s why he’s in the finals and his team. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully we can slow him down,” he said.But it’s not just Durham alone, as the rest of the Bolts are raring to get their redemption against the Gin Kings.“If I was with that team, I would want to face Ginebra in the Finals, too,” he said, understanding the sentiments of a lot of Meralco players, particularly Jared Dillinger, who’s been vocal of his desire to have the rematch. “That just shows his fight and you know, maybe get some revenge. I would be the same way if I was him so I respect that.”Game 1 of the best-of-7 Finals series kicks off on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And with the Gin Kings and the Bolts clashing anew in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Brownlee is focused on leading his team to back-to-back titles.“A lot of people still talk about it, but this is a new year and a new conference. Whatever we did last year, it doesn’t matter in this time. I’m just trying to move forward from that. It was a great memory and nothing can take that away, but I’m just moving on,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrownlee unfurled monster numbers on Sunday, scattering 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five shots in the series-clinching win over TNT.That was just the kind of performance coach Tim Cone would like to see from his import going into the tough series against Meralco, but Brownlee is wary of the Bolts’ threat, specifically Allen Durham. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Clinical death bowling paved way for Delhi’s victory: JP Duminy

first_imgA clinical bowling performance at the death overs and perfect execution of plans proved decisive in Delhi Daredevils’ 10-run victory over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), batsman Jean Paul Duminy said here on Saturday. (Delhi beat Mumbai by 10 runs, jump to second in IPL table)Delhi posted a fighting 164/4 buoyed by Sanju Samson’s 60 and Duminy’s 49 not out. Mumbai were seemingly coasting while chasing but some collective tight bowling by Delhi halted them at 154/7.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2/24) was the most shining bowler for Delhi at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”Exceptional death bowling and execution of plans helped us win. The bowlers are working hard at training to improve. Good to see them pull them off today,” Duminy said after the match.”Our bowling probably at the last five overs was the turning point of the match. Especially in this ground and with a batting line-up they have, Mumbai were always the more fancied side.”But most teams are winning while chasing, so it feels good to defend a score. The middle period was very important too. Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir bowled well. The pacers backed up their good work at the end, “he added.It was Delhi’s third win on a trot in the tournament that lifted them to second in the standings. Skipper Zaheer Khan identified they put up a good score and then bowled at the “right areas”.”Plan was to bowl in the right areas and use variations on this track. We are sticking to a process and following it diligently. We have a young team and the energy is growing in matches,” the captain said.advertisementZaheer also praised the Samson-Duminy’s 71-run fourth wicket partnership that shaped their innings.”Sanju and Duminy both played brilliantly. They needed to stay at the wicket. They struck a crucial partnership and batted really well,” he added.Mumbai all-rounder Krunal Pandya said the team was confident of chasing 165 but credited their opponents for stopping them.”We have a good batting line-up but Delhi bowled well. The wicket was good. But the ball was coming to the bat a bit slow,” he said.Asked if they could have shown greater urgency while chasing Pandya said their stroke-filled batters were very capable but Delhi’s superlative death bowling was decisive.”Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard are match winners. They were going well. But their death bowling especially the last two overs were crucial.”last_img read more