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Still 2 Confirmed

first_imgLiberia is now reporting only two confirmed cases of Ebola in the country following the death of 10 year old Nathan Gbotee, Jr., who was the index case of the latest outbreak.Young Nathan succumbed to the disease on Monday, November 23rd, after being diagnosed with EVD on Thursday, November 19th. A few days later, his father, Nathan Gbotee, Sr., and brother also tested positive.Fourteen family members of the Gbotees, who live in the Cowfield Community on the Duport Road, outside Monrovia, are now being quarantined at the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) II Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).The death of the 10 year old now brings Liberia’s Ebola death toll to an unofficial 4,809, as the World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to capture the latest death on its Ebola situation report. WHO is still reporting 4,808 deaths. It also records 10,672 as the total number of persons to have been infected by the virus in Liberia. However, if the three new cases are added, the number will increase to 10,675. The death of the boy has brought fear in Liberians, who witnessed how their compatriots died during the second wave of the first outbreak, with most of the dead cremated.Meanwhile, at least 10 health workers, including two medical doctors, four nurses, two lab technicians and two housekeepers, who reportedly had some contacts with the Gbotees, are now being quarantined at a local guesthouse (name withheld) in the Soul Clinic Community.The Daily Observer understands that none of the 10 is showing any signs and symptoms of the virus – that within two to 21 days of coming in direct contact with an infected person one starts showing visible signs of EVD.But a very reliable health source on this new outbreak confided to our Health Correspondent that Nathan’s mother and other members of the family, who are at ELWA 2, are showing “very clear signs and symptoms” of the EVD.Liberia was last declared free of the EVD transmission for the second time on Thursday, September 3rd, after going a second 42-day period without reporting a new case in the entire country. This is the third time that the disease has been reported in Liberia in the last two years.Following the Ebola-transmission free declaration, the nation entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence of the disease. Unfortunately, the nation is now reporting a new outbreak. If this new outbreak is tackled and the last confirmed person walks out of the ETU alive, or God forbid dies, two days later, the nation will again begin to count another 42 days. As this outbreak has started to baffle Liberian health authorities, they have called for help from their US counterparts, who have sent in some of their experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to help with the latest resurgence.The Deputy Health Minister said that the source of the present outbreak was still a mystery and that the experts were coming to help discover what happened. Dr. Kateh said in addition to conducting serological tests, the experts will help to determine whether there was a prior exposure to determine the timeline when that person was exposed in order to enable health officials to find the exact source of this outbreak.He is calling on everyone to constantly practice all the Ebola protocols, including constant hand-washing and trying as much as possible to avoid direct body contact.According to Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Health Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, the experts are expected to help the Liberian government deal with the deadly virus.The US CDC, working along with other international medical teams, including the AU Mission, helped Liberia eradicate the virus and was declared free of its transmission in May 2015.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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City Hall to discuss restoration fund

first_imgCity Hall has been in a dilapidated state for years, but the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) are moving to discuss a restoration fund that would facilitate the 125-year-old building being returned to its former glory.This announcement comes on the heels of the Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan that was completed in 2017, which focused on how to go about restoring the ancient building.City Hall“We’re inviting them to a special meeting to discuss establishing a restoration fund for City Hall,” Town Clerk Royston King announced.The meeting will see attendance from representatives of The National Trust, The Heritage Society, the Private Sector Commission, the University of Guyana, and the Ministry of Tourism. The National Trust had previously sat down with the M&CC to discuss plans for City Hall’s restoration.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene had, in 2016, estimated that it would cost $200 million to restore City Hall. She had disclosed that the European Union (EU) had expressed willingness to assist with the restoration process. Staying true to their word, The EU had, in December 2016, inked a contract with the M&CC to initiate the Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan. That project was contracted to the EURONET consulting company GEIE for the sum of EUR 279,196 (Gy$64 million). However, after suggestions were presented in regard to the project, the onus had fallen upon the City Council and Central Government to come up with the money needed for the building’s restoration.The Mayor had explained that the rehabilitation would be costly due to the intricacies of the building, especially in the wrought iron work.City Hall was designed by architect Reverend Ignatius Scoles in 1887, and was completed in June 1889. The nineteenth century, Gothic revival-style building is supposed to house the offices of the Mayor, the City Council, and the City Engineer.last_img read more

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Burns takes first overall at Taylor Flats 200

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The sound of V8 motors and rushing water filled the air at Peace Island Park this past weekend.The Peace Country River Rats held the 4th Annual Taylor Flats 200 race along the Pine and Peace Rivers on Saturday and Sunday. Despite getting a bit of a soggy start to the long weekend that saw several campers on Peace Island evacuated early Saturday morning, the weather ended up clearing Sunday for a spectacular 2nd half to the weekend.After 2 days and 200 miles of racing, Grimshaw’s Chad Burns was the overall winner, piloting Bad Habit in a combined time of 1:24:33. Ryan Rogers was the lone American in the race, and finished 2nd overall in Pure Insanity with a 1:34:13. Trapper Wolsey was the top racer from Fort St. John. He and his boat Leroy completed the race in 1:48:39.- Advertisement -The results from the weekend, sorted by Driver/Boat/Hometown/Time are as follows:UL Gearhead Truck Repair ClassChad Burns / Bad Habit / Grimshaw / 1:24:33Felix Bergeron / 2 Apples Tall / St. Isidore / 1:40:16Bryan Austin / Dirty Sanchez / Onaway / 1:41:13Gord Humphrey / Unnatural Disaster / Charlie Lake / 1:50:18Spec Goodlow Holdings ClassAdvertisement Ryan Rogers / Pure Insanity / Clarkston,USA / 1:34:13Randy Tinant / Ang’r Management / Whitecourt / 1:41:31Regan Redlick / Miss Dee Dee / Edson / 1:56:33A Compass Services ClassTim Greber / Aquaholic / Hythe / 1:45:04Stephen Ford / Runn’n Loose / Prince George / 1:46:37Barry Fenton / Backdraft / Grovedale / 2:08:23CX Alpine Glass ClassJeremy Hand / Easily Influenced / Peace River / 1:43:57Trevor Provost / Still Poppin’ / Nampa / 1:45:17Trapper Wolsey / Leroy / Fort St. John / 1:48:39Travis Pattison / Fast Forward / Fox Creek / 1:50:34Clayton Wolsey / Dirty Harry / Charlie Lake / 1:52:30Randy Hough / Touchan Chew / Whitecourt / 1:52:47Rick Serhan / Rough Rider / Peace River / 2:08:40Darin Cage / Slough Shark / Carvel / 2:19:53FX Dakota Contracting ClassNathan Mcleod / Surface Tension / Little Smoky / 1:59:21Chase Bagan / Distracted Sinner / Peace River / 2:12:33James McKennith / Last Minute / Whitecourt / 2:13:23Colton Houston / Helluva Time / Peace River / 2:17:35Brian Yacke / Rock N Rolla / Edson / 2:26:10last_img read more

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North Peace Minor Baseball to hold AGM on January 30

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Minor Baseball will be holding their Annual General Meeting on January 30.This Meeting is open to the general public for those who may be interested in joining or learning more about the Club.This meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss the upcoming 2019 season and to elect new Board Members.- Advertisement -The Club says they are always in need of Volunteers and encourage the public to come on out if you want to have a role. The positions to fill include:PresidentVice PresidentSecretaryDivision directorsUmpire DirectorCompetitive DirectorThe North Peace Minor Baseball’s AGM will be taking place on January 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.For more information, you can visit the Club’s Facebook page.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Council hears ideas on how to improve transportation within City

first_imgWays to improve things for pedestrians was reviewed. A need to improve the comfort of those utilizing City sidewalks by adding boulevards, lighting, or trees was among the suggestions.“Looking at some of the busier roads we’d like to see more of a boulevard that actually separates the side walk from traffic,” said James Donnelly of Urban Systems. “That’s a comfort and safety thing, as well as it does provide for some space for some other amenities whether it be street lighting, utilities, or planting street trees that make walking more desirable and comfortable.”The addition of a three metre wide multi-use trail along 105 Avenue was an idea presented. The trail would be separated by a boulevard and there would be parking on each side along with a traffic lane for each direction of travel. A side walk would be on the opposite side, also with a boulevard.  It was stated in the idea that the parking on each side would be of particular importance as it would prevent the street from being used by vehicles travelling at a high rate of speed, and ruining the experience for pedestrians.- Advertisement -Overall 15 potential projects were brought to Council. Other ideas discussed were widening 100 Street to four lanes from 110 Avenue to 119 Avenue, various intersection improvements, and a bike route on 85 Avenue.The Transportation Master Plan, along with the suggested projects and price tag can be viewed in the attachment provided.Below is a copy of the full presentation.Advertisementlast_img read more

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