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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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Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, September 30

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Chelsea are leading Manchester City in the race for Everton star Ross Barkley. Manuel Pellegrini was keen to land the England international in a deal worth £35million, but is now weighing up other options after being quoted £50million by the Toffees, leaving the door open for Chelsea to make a bid. (Daily Express)Chelsea are lining up a summer bid for Benfica star Anderson Talisca. The Brazilian attacking midfielder only moved to Europe from hometown club Bahia earlier this summer in a £3m deal. (Daily Star)Brendan Rodgers is pondering a move for ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes. Current Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet has come in for criticism and Rodgers may now move for free agent Valdes. (Daily Express)Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract to keep him at Arsenal until 2018. Arsenal are expected to announce the deal in the next few weeks after agreeing a two-year extension with the French striker. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has also been offered a new one-year deal and is keen to extend his career at the club. (Daily Mail)Hull City boss Steve Bruce has ruled out Harry Maguire returning to Sheffield United – but says the England Under-21 defender can go out on loan to a Championship club. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Van Gaal may decide he doesn’t need Rooney now, warns Man United legendExclusive – Irvine delighted at West Brom turnaround and hails Lescott influenceReports – Man United, Man City and Chelsea target set to sign new Juventus dealNapoli line up cut-price move for former Liverpool and Newcastle targetTottenham and Aston Villa on alert as Cagliari sensation eyes ‘new challenge’last_img read more

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LYIT STUDENTS RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL STUDENT AWARDS

first_imgThe National USI Student Achievement Awards take place in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin this Thursday 18 April, 2013 and LYIT students Michelle Long and John Mc Clean have been shortlisted for national honours.John McCLean, a student at LYIT , who has been shortlisted for national honours in the Mature Student of the Year category of the National Student Achievement Awards taking place on Thursday 18 April in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.John Mc Clean from the Gardening Club has been shortlisted for Mature Student of the Year Award while Michelle Long, Diabetic Club, has been shortlisted for Student Leader of the Year Award.Both of these students have excelled in the area of volunteering, they have devoted their time to helping those within the LYIT community and the Letterkenny community, whilst maintaining their high academic standards. Michelle Long has been a scholarship recipient from the LYIT Student Union Clubs and Societies programme for the past two years. She has organised 4 Diabetic Screening events on campus at LYIT, in tandem with Letterkenny General Hospital.Michelle Long, a student at LYIT who has been shortlisted for the Student Leader of the Year Award in the National Student Achievement Awards which take place on Thursday 18 April in the Shelbourne Hotel Dublin.These events have screened over 600 people, with a 5% referral rate to General Practitioners for queried Diabetes. The screening idea comes from Michelle’s own experiences as a Diabetic from her childhood years. Michelle’s own experience has motivated her to organise Diabetic awareness campaigns and to step forward as a student leader both on and off campus.John returned to education as mature student two years ago and since then, John has engaged with the community both inside and outside LYIT.He has organised many charity events, has planted trees and plants in the Donegal Hospice and has a real sense of civic engagement. His enthusiasm has encouraged others to engage in such activities and he is a truly worthy candidate for national honours. Michelle and John will face stiff competition this Thursday night within their individual categories competition from much larger colleges and universities such as University College Dublin and Trinity College.However, one thing is certain, LYIT Student Union is proud of the efforts of Michelle and John to continuously strive to help others.Good luck to both of them. LYIT STUDENTS RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL STUDENT AWARDS was last modified: April 15th, 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:John McCleanLYITMichelle Longlast_img read more

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Vultures to be part of census

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Whittier resident Larry Schmahl became a bird watcher at age 8, mainly because they were the only wild animals he could study from his back yard. “takes years of practice to get good at it, and dedication,” Schmahl said. “It’s not for everybody.” Beginning Friday, Schmahl and thousands of bird enthusiasts across the United States and Canada will participate in the ninth annual Great Backyard Bird Count. The goal of the four-day survey, sponsored by Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, is to record bird population trends. Participants report not only common birds but also less-common sightings, such as the two dozen turkey vultures that took up residence in a Deodar cedar tree on Acacia Street in Whittier recently. Schmahl said the 2-foot-long birds like to nest together in groups over night but leave to scavenge for dead critters as the morning sun warms the air. “It’s not uncommon to see turkey vultures in the city like that,” said Cathy Walters, president of the Whittier Audubon Society, which is assisting the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority at a local bird-count event this Saturday. “During the day, as the air thermals warm up and rise, \ will jump on them and go for a ride,” Walters added. “It’s an energy-saving device. At night, they come back to the same tree for a while.” From Friday through Monday, bird count participants will take to their back yards, parks and nearby nature areas to count and identify every bird they see and report their findings on the Web site birdsource.org. Participants do not have to be experts and need only put in a minimum of 15 minutes of bird-watching for their contributions to count. “It’s really an anonymous thing, a thing you do by yourself,” said Schmahl, a Whittier Audubon Society board member. “You count the birds, then input data into your computer. There’s no way to know how many other people are doing it at the same time. “Basically, it’s a citizen’s science event. We’re helping Cornell keep track of where birds winter.” The collaborative Web site allows local bird-watchers to help scientists collect data on habitat requirements, bird migration and population by sharing their bird counts online. Last year, participants in the event submitted 52,266 checklists of bird sightings, which featured 612 different species. More than 6 million individual birds were counted. The annual event helped scientists spot an apparent decline in the Rusty Blackbird, for example, a species whose typical breeding range consists of forested wetlands extending from New England to Alaska, according to birdsource.org. Conversion of 80 percent of the species’ habitat to agriculture has resulted in diminishing numbers since European colonization. On Saturday, the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority will host an educational event to instruct first-time participants. The event will feature a guided bird walk, information tables and a children’s craft table. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Hacienda Hills Trailhead at 7th Avenue and Orange Grove in Hacienda Heights. For more information, call (562) 945-9003. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

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Ventura sheriff’s shortage

first_img“Even though Ventura County is a very enjoyable place to be, it’s a very expensive place to live,” Nelson said. The Sheriff’s Department offers a variety of assignments, including some at the jails, in the courts, as detectives, as motorcycle officers, and on helicopters. Some assignments are in remote areas in the mountainous north end of the county, some in the suburbs, some in the farming areas and some in the beach resort areas. While Ventura County’s pleasant environment helps keep morale high, the recruiting shortfalls create morale problems, partly from the need for the county’s deputies to work overtime to fill in for staff shortages. “It’s important that we do everything that we can to create a competitive advantage in terms of recruiting and retaining employees,” Brooks said. “It’s a competitive environment. You cannot solve this problem with overtime. We need to relieve the pressure.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Recruiting law enforcement officers is a problem in many parts of the state, and can be particularly tough in Ventura County, where the median home price around $600,000 discourages some applicants. “It absolutely is a statewide problem. There are about 15,000 law enforcement vacancies in cities and counties in California,” said Brooks, who noted that state and federal law enforcement agencies also need to hire new people. “Officers looking for employment, especially early in their careers, are going to compare what it costs to live.” Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Ron Nelson said it is not only difficult to recruit deputies, it is difficult for the applicants to meet the strict requirements to ensure deputies can handle the demands of law enforcement. “There is huge competition for qualified applicants,” Nelson said. “For every 200 people who apply, we get 100 who show up and take the test. And of those who take the test, roughly 4.8 actually wind up graduating from the academy.” Nelson said although Ventura County might have higher standards than some areas, lowering standards can result in problems after the deputies are hired. VENTURA – Even salaries starting at $53,492 a year and a chance to work along the Southern California coast are not luring enough recruits for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. “Part of our recruiting advantage is that this is a great place to raise a family, a great place for recreation and a great place to be deputy sheriff,” said Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks, who nevertheless appealed to the Board of Supervisors last week for more money to boost recruitment. Brooks said although his department has funding for 748 deputies, only 670 of the jobs have been filled. He asked the board Tuesday for $422,000 to boost efforts with a full-time recruiter, professional marketing, advertising and associated costs of an expanded recruiting effort. last_img read more

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More awareness urged after inquest hears farmer trampled to death by bull

first_imgThe family of a farmer trampled to death has said the Department of Agriculture and the Irish Farmer’s Association should raise more awareness of the potential dangers when handling bulls.The appeal was made by the family’s solicitor at the inquest of the late Patrick Dowds at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court in Co Donegal. The court heard gruesome details of how the 65-year-old twin was mauled to death and his brother George suffered serious injuries when the bull attacked them during separate incidents on their farm in Burt on September 16th last year.Mr Dowds was found by relatives in a field having suffered serious chest injuries after being trampled on by the Charolais bull.His twin brother George, who lived with his sibling, later escaped with his life when the bull turned on him as he searched for his missing family member.Geroge Dowds told the court that he became worried when his brother failed to return to the family home as he always did around 10am for breakfast having checked on the animalsHe contacted other relatives and they went to put away the bull and other cows so they could safely search for his missing brother Patrick.However, although he remembered nothing of the attack, he believes he was attacked by the bull and had to be taken from the field by other family members.His brother Patrick was found a short time later at the back of the six-acre field having been dragged through the field and his shirt partially torn off him by the bull.The owner of the bull, who was a neighbour of the Dowds brothers, said the three-year-old animal had shown no previous sign of aggression.Mr John McDaid had not charged the Dowds for the loan of the bull to cover their 30 cows, describing it as a simply a “neighbourly gesture.”He did not agree with suggestions from Mr Seamus Gunne, solicitor for the Dowds family, that the bull may have become aggressive because the other cows had been removed from the field.“That breed of a bull would never show aggression, that would happen more in Friesians. You always have to be cautious and have respect and you naturally take a stick with you.“But no, if he had one cow they are usually happy enough,” he said.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd told the court that he found significant external injuries to Mr Dowds face and head and that he had also suffered a total of 17 rib fractures as well as fractures to his sternum and breast bone.He said death was due to respiratory failure secondary to chest trauma as a result of being trampled by a bull.Solicitor for the Dowds family, Mr Seamus Gunne said it cannot be understated that there is a requirement for “vigilance and alertness and a professional approach when dealing with them (bulls).“I’m not sure if that is well enough stressed by the IFA and Department of Agriculture. In a space of two hours this bull has killed a farmer and was in the course of killing another. The message has to go out there that you cannot be relaxed in any way in dealing with these animals – especially on covering season. If that message goes out then Patrick’s life will not have been in vain,” he said.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said his verdict was that Mr Dowds died as a result of a farm accident caused by respiratory failure as a result of a flail chest caused by trampling of a bull.He said he did not wish to add to Mr Gunne’s warning about the need to be vigilant around bulls because the farming community are aware of the dangers but that this warning could remind them of those dangers.More awareness urged after inquest hears farmer trampled to death by bull was last modified: April 12th, 2017 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:bullBURTdonegalfarmerGardaiIFAPatrick Dowdslast_img read more

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