Ebola Task Force Unit Flees Tense Crowd

first_imgAn Ebola task force unit (ETFU) which arrived in the Caldwell community, north of Monrovia last Monday to remove a corps abandoned the body and fled when an intense crowd began to close in on their operation.  They took off in their vehicle bearing license plate number GSA MIA RL 3303 without the unidentified body and without carrying out the usual decontamination spraying of the area.It is unclear what gave the ETFU a sense of threat from the crowd. Before their departure, however, one of the volunteers declared toour reporter on the scene: “That’s the problem with Liberian people, we don’t believe the truth, and that’s why Ebola has spread like this.”According to theETF worker, who did not give his identity,another case involving the late former Miss Liberia 2009/2010,Shu-rina Wiah and her family, was not taken seriously until it was too late. “Look at the family now, the whole family is seriously sick, and even her mother is fighting for her life” the health worker revealed before leaving.  He allowed our reporter to copy the plate number of their vehicle.Meanwhile news spread on Facebook the same day of the death of the late Toose’s (Shu-rina’s elder sister) son, Kelvin Kels Toure. He is said to have died at ELWA 3 MSF Ebola Treatment Center last Sunday, September 21along with his uncle, Oxford Wiah, a brother of Shu-rina.Toose was reportedly the very first in the family to die, only because, it is alleged, that the family did not take the Ebola Virus seriously. So she (Toose) was given a normal burial.  Then her sister, Shu-rina, the former Miss Liberia, took ill and died two weeks later.  And now it is reported that many relatives of the family are under quarantine at the ELWA center.There is yet no medical report confirmingthat Oxford, brother of Toose and sister Shu-rina, and Kelvin, son of Toose, died from Ebola. But what is evident is the fact that four members of the family, including mother and son, have all died within a short span of time.Meanwhile, the beautiful house said to have been built by the late Shu-rina in the Iron Gate community sits still, with doors and windows firmly locked. There is not a single movement within or around the house, nor can any animals be seen around the yard.Sad neighbors glance at the house as they pass by. One neighbor, Ma Bendu, who says she lives close by, is “stunned at the news of the death of the four family members”.It is said that Sieanyene Toose Yuoh- Katty, who died two weeks before her sister Shu-rina, was buried the traditional way with a funeral held on September 11, 2014 at the 1st Baptist Church Cemetery, Congo Town Back Road. Apparently no question was raised at the time concerning whether her death could have been caused by Ebola.According to news reports, there has been no Ebola occurrence at the Stryker Funeral Home, which handled Toose’s remains. 
Meanwhile, the sight of the Ebola team running away and abandoning an unidentified body in Caldwell the same day the news of Kel’s death was reported, has heightened the tension in the Caldwell community. It is a clear that many people are still in denial about the Ebola Virus and that the Government and all participants in the fight to eradicate Ebola have much more work to do to convince Liberians of the serious impact of the Ebola Virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tractor kills 5-year-old on Lima Sands Road

first_img– driver in Police custodyA 49-year-old driver from Lima Sands, Essequibo is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations after the tractor he was driving ran over five-year-old Orissa Williams on the Lima Sands Public Road. The accident reportedly occurred around 14:30h on Sunday.Family members with the child, in shockThe accident involved the tractor bearing registration plate 21496, and trailer TBB 4806, owned and driven by Ganga Persaud, who is also a hire car driver from Lot 11 Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast.Information revealed that the tractor was proceeding north along the Lima Sands Access Road, while two pedestrians, namely Ivor Courtman (Junior) and Orissa Williams, were standing on the eastern side of the road facing west.According to information from the Police, Orissa was in the process of running across the road when she fell on the eastern side of the road. One of the rear wheels of the tractor reportedly ran over her head.The child suffered severe head injuries and was immediately transported to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival. Upon hearing the impact, many persons converged on the scene, and family members later rushed to the scene in shock.Police visited the scene and measurements were taken; however, the tractor is yet to be examined by officers and impounded. The child’s body is presently at the Suddie Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.Only recently, a doctor attached to the Suddie Public Hospital, Haimant Haimraj, lost his life tragically on the Vilvoorden Public Road in a road accident involving a motorcycle.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Hosts Annual One-on-One Event

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball program hosted its annual One-on-One event with Drake faculty and staff members and the public on Thursday evening at the Knapp Center. Sammie Bachrodt and Michelle KrogulskiBecca Jonas and Kathryn OverburgMonica Burich and Robyn CooperKatie Van Scyoc and Carlyn CroweSara Rhine and Kristin MeyerHannah Fuller and Niki SmithBecca Hittner and Anisa FornoffBrenni Rose and Erin SmithMaddy Dean and Maria ValdovinosMaddie Monahan and Jennifer Glover KonfrstMya Mertz and Jill Van WykeNicole Miller, Chantel Osahor, and Amy KnudsenPaige Greiner and Annette Watson Each student-athlete was paired with a Drake faculty or staff member and introduced to each other at a dinner prior to the event. The dinner gave each pair a chance to share personal information and stories before introducing one another at a short program for the public on the floor of the Knapp Center. The program allowed the faculty and the student-athletes to introduce each other to the crowd. The duos used fun, creative ways to present each other and give the audience a chance to get to know the student-athletes in a different way than what they see out on the basketball court. Check the list below for the pairings. Drake women’s basketball would like to thank the following sponsors of the event for their generous donations for the one-on-one event. Beaverdale Confection Co. Christopher’s Restaurant Chef Monica Cupcake Addict Echo’s Cookie Shop Glorious Desserts Molly’s Cupcakes Scratch Cupcakery Subway The Drake University Bulldog Club will host its annual Tipoff Breakfast for the upcoming Drake men’s and women’s basketball seasons on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 a.m. in the downtown Marriott. The women’s basketball will host Grand View on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the first of two exhibition contests. Print Friendly Version Prior to the program, the team hosted a dessert reception for the public on the upper concourse of the Knapp Center. After enjoying numerous delicious desserts from several, generous local businesses the action moved to the court for the program.last_img read more

Cash stolen from cafe in overnight burglary

first_imgAn investigation is underway after money was stolen from a cafe in St Johnston last Saturday night/Sunday morning.A burglar entered the cafe at Dundee through the toilet window.A small sum of money was stolen from the premises. Gardaí are calling on the public to come forward if they were in the area on Saturday night and saw anyone hanging around the area or any cars/vans parked up in that area. The burglary is thought to have taken place between 7pm on Saturday evening (20th July) and 9.20am on Sunday morning (21st July).Anyone with information can call Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111Cash stolen from cafe in overnight burglary was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Independent Electoral Commission

first_imgA statutory body established in terms of the Electoral Commission Act to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa.One of the things that the Independent Electoral Commission is responsible for is promoting voter education. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is a permanent body established by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. It is a publicly funded body and while it is accountable to Parliament, it is independent of government.The IEC, which was established in 1993, has five full-time commissioners, appointed by the President, whose brief is to deliver regular, free and fair elections at all levels of government – national, provincial and local.In terms of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996, the IEC has to compile and maintain the voters’ roll and it is responsible for counting, verifying and declaring the results of an election – which must be done within seven days of the close of the election.The IEC is also responsible for:compiling and maintaining a register of parties;undertaking and promoting research into electoral matters;developing and promoting the development of electoral expertise and technology in all spheres of government;continuously reviewing electoral laws and proposed electoral laws, and making recommendations; andpromoting voter education.How does South Africa’s electoral system work?Parliamentary elections are held every five years. Anyone aged 18 and over and who has registered on the voters’ roll is entitled to vote.South Africa uses a proportional representation voting system based on political party lists at the national and provincial levels. A registered political party receives a share of seats in Parliament in direct proportion to the number of votes cast for it in the election. Voters don’t vote for individuals, but for a political party, which decides on members to fill the seats it has won.What about municipal elections?In municipal elections, you vote for a political party and a ward councillor (a mixed system of PR and a ward constituency system) to get seats at the municipal level.Municipal by-elections are held within 90 days after a municipal ward council seat becomes vacant. Once the election date is announced, the IEC adds the date to its online calendar and it publishes an election timetable.Am I registered to vote? And if so, where?If you’re on the voter’s roll, you’re registered to vote. You should check the roll to see if you’re registered and to make sure your details have been correctly entered – in particular, that you’re registered to vote in the area in which you live (your home area, the area to which you return after temporary periods of absence).To confirm that your name is on the voters’ roll and to find out which voting station you’re registered at, you can:check your voter registration status online;SMS your ID number to 32810; orinspect the voter’s roll at the office of the municipal electoral officer in the voting district where you live – see the IEC contacts box on the right.Where and how do I register to vote?You can apply to register only in the voting district in which you live or to which you regularly return after temporary periods of absence. You can register when you turn 16 years of age, although you can only vote when you are 18.You can register at the office of your nearest municipal electoral officer during office hours (see the IEC contacts box on the right). To register, you must:Apply for registration in person;Be a South African citizen; andPossess a valid bar-coded identity document or a valid temporary identity certificate.Your details will be entered into the IEC database and, once they have been verified by the department of home affairs, entered into the voters’ roll.You should check the roll after you’ve registered to make sure your details have been correctly entered – in particular, that you’re registered to vote in the area in which you live.Am I allowed to vote if I live overseas?Yes, you can. In 2013, legislation was amended to allow South Africans living outside of the country wishing to vote in elections to register in person either in South Africa or at one of South Africa’s embassies, high commissions or consulates-general located in 108 countries.To do so, you have to have a valid South African identity document.Where do I vote?You can only vote in the district for which you registered – your name will only appear only on that part of the voters’ roll devoted to that district.Find your voting station by making use of the IEC’s online mapping system.How are voting districts determined?The IEC uses a wealth of information to work out voting districts, including information from the surveyor-general, the department of land affairs, and Statistics South Africa.Prior to each election, the IEC inspects maps of municipality voting districts in order to align voting districts with local geographic, demographic and political changes that may have occurred since the previous election. Together with political party representatives, the IEC then locates voting stations for each district.The geography of voting districts is also aligned to the country’s new statutory boundaries, as determined by the Municipal Demarcation Board.What is the voting procedure?Voters queue outside their voting station entrance, and their names are checked against the Voters’ Roll as they enter the station. To prevent cheating, a voter’s thumb is examined under an ultra-violet scanner for traces of the indelible ink that is applied to everyone who has voted.In a typical general election, voters are then issued with two ballot papers, one to elect members of the National Assembly, the other to elect members of the relevant provincial legislature. Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections. Alongside each party name is the photograph of its leader, the party’s logo and a block in which voters can make their mark.Each voter enters a private cubicle to cast their vote. A voter is allowed to make only one mark on each ballot paper for a party of their choice. Only a tick or a cross is acceptable in the appropriate box next to the chosen party. A mark anywhere else will spoil the ballot paper and so nullify the vote.Voters do not have to vote for the same party for the National Assembly and their province’s legislature, though they can do so if they wish. After making their choice, voters deposit their ballot papers in a sealed ballot box and leave the station.How does the IEC ensure that elections run smoothly?The IEC is responsible for all the logistics of running elections, including the setting up voting stations in the most remote rural areas, installing telecommunications facilities and setting up a computer network to link all voting stations.More importantly, however, are the preparations that the commission puts into the holding of elections. Thousands of officials – presiding officers, counting officers, volunteers and monitors – are trained for specific tasks and posted at voting stations on election days to carry out these tasks.How is the fairness of elections determined?The Electoral Act of 1998 makes specific provision for accrediting neutral observers for South African elections. These can include international observers from organisations such as the Organisation of African Unity, the European Parliamentarians for Africa and the Southern Africa Development Community.Only organisations can apply to the IEC to observe elections. Observer missions compile a report and announce their findings about the conduct of the elections and whether the poll was free and fair.In addition, political parties contesting the elections are entitled to have monitors at voting stations to ensure compliance with voting procedures. Party monitors and observers also keep a watchful eye on the counting process after the close of the vote.Sources: Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, Municipal Demarcation Board and Voting Station Finder.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Wet weather puts Ohio alfalfa farmers on hold for 2nd cutting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Doug House’s territory in north central and northeast Ohio hasn’t seen as much rain as other parts of the state, but in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, House tells Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that there has been enough rain to cause area alfalfa farmers to get a bit antsy as wet fields delay 2nd cutting and may cut into the quality of the forage.last_img

Farm groups respond to trade aid package

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details of its $12 billion aid package to help offset the impact of tariffs, which includes a Market Facilitation Program that will make payments to producers of seven farm commodities for the 2018 crop. The program also includes an increase of USDA purchases of various impacted U.S. agricultural products, and a Trade Promotion Program to develop foreign markets for American agricultural exports.The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) welcomes the support from the Trump Administration and details of the how that support will be distributed, while also reiterating the need for a long-term solution that opens export markets.“We’re pleased to see the details of the aid package released in a timely manner so there can be some certainty for farmers moving into the harvest season,” said Allen Armstrong, OSA president and Clark Co. soybean farmer. “However, this is a short-term fix and we continue to advocate for free and open markets with our national affiliate, the American Soybean Association, and for a resolution to the trade dispute with our biggest international customer.”The value of the 2018 soybean crop has been under increasing pressure ever since tariffs were imposed in early July, with prices dropping approximately $2 per bushel nationally. In the last two months, USDA has raised its estimate for soybean production in 2018 to a record 4.6 billion bushels, reduced its estimate for soybean exports in the 2018-19 marketing year by 230 million bushels, and projected an 82% increase in soybean carryover stocks to 785 million from 430 million bushels by September 2019. In 2017, Ohio was the sixth largest producer of soybeans in the U.S. with 4.8 million acres planted and 263 million bushels. The value of the Ohio soybean crop is currently $2.5 billion and over 60% of Ohio soybeans go to international markets.The National Pork Producers Council also commended the Trump administration for providing nearly $559 million purchase of pork for federal nutrition assistance and child nutrition programs, $200 million for developing foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products and some direct payments to farmers, including pork producers. They would receive $8 per hog based on 50% of the number of animals they owned on Aug. 1.“True to his word that he would have our backs, President Trump today demonstrated his commitment to America’s farmers, including pork producers, by giving us some relief from the financial hit we’ve taken from retaliatory tariffs from some of our biggest trading partners,” said Jim Heimerl, a hog farmer from Johnstown, Ohio and NPPC president.U.S. pork exports to China are down significantly for the year, with the value falling by 9% through June. The drop has come mostly because of the 50% additional tariff that country imposed in response to U.S. duties on Chinese steel and aluminum imports and on other goods over China’s theft of intellectual property and its forced transfers of U.S. technology. Exports to Mexico are down slightly. In June, a 10% tariff on U.S. pork was put into place in response to U.S. tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum imports; the duty increased to 20% on July 5.“While we’re grateful and commend the administration for its action to help us, what pork producers really want is to export more pork, and that means ending these trade disputes soon,” Heimerl said.In addition to continuing to press for a swift resolution to the trade wars, NPPC is asking the White House and congressional lawmakers to approve public-policy initiatives that would buoy pork producers, including ones that would:Establish and fully fund a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank.Prohibit states from regulating agricultural production practices outside their borders.Reform the visa system to address an agricultural labor shortage.Give USDA oversight of lab-produced cultured protein and gene editing in livestock.NPPC also is urging the administration to quickly conclude talks on a new trade agreement with Mexico, reiterating its priorities of maintaining the zero-tariff rate on pork traded with that country and of lifting the tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico so it will drop its retaliatory tariffs on U.S. pork and other products. (The United States and Mexico today announced agreement on a framework for a new trade deal.) “Pork producers and others in agriculture have been patriots and very patient as the administration rightfully realigns trade policy to make sure our trading partners play by the rules, to ensure that there’s free, fair and reciprocal trade,” Heimerl said.USDA’s Farm Service Agency will administer the Market Facilitation Program for payments. Farmers can apply for support beginning on Sept. 4. Applications will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp.last_img read more

Hacker Poll: What’s Your Favorite JavaScript Library?

first_imgTags:#hack#Polls Why You Love Online Quizzes According to an October survey of nearly 1,000,000 websites by W3Techs, JQuery is by far the most popular JavaScript library. “61.0% of the websites use none of the javascript libraries that we monitor,” a post on the W3Techs site says. “JQuery is used by 29.2% of all the websites, that is a javascript library market share of 74.7%.”It looks like W3Techs’ methodology is more sound than the TIOBE Index we posted recently. But regardless of the popularity, what is your favorite library? For simplicity’s sake we’re asking for your favorite, not necessarily the “best” or even the one you use the most.Here are the results of the W3Techs survey: 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Gettin’ Down on Friday: Bieber’s Baby No Longer Most Disliked Video on YouTube

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Yesterday we reported that Justin Bieber’s video Baby has become the first video ever to surpass 500 million views on YouTube. The flip side of that fame, though, was that Bieber’s was by far the most disliked video on the site – having received ten times more dislike votes than what appeared to be the second-most disliked video (also by Bieber). Then, everything changed. Rebecca Black’s video Friday was burning up the charts – but especially the Dislike chart we created by extracting numbers from across the site. Today what seemed inevitable finally occurred – Rebecca Black’s Friday surpassed Justin Bieber’s Baby to become the most-disliked video of all time on YouTube. Friday currently has 1,187,200 dislikes – but that number has been climbing fast for days. It’s hard to know what this all means – but surely it means something. Unless it means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Watch and listen to the new Anti-Queen of Broadcasting Yourself below and think about it. Don’t be too mean though, this young woman is just 13 years old.The Most Disliked Videos on YouTubeBelow, Rebecca Black’s Friday. It is generally believed that the video was not intended to be a parody. It has blown up in a mere two weeks. If you listen to it a hundred times, as I have felt obliged to in the last challenging 24 hours of reporting on this story, it grows on you a little.Rolling Stone’s Matthew Perpetua says in his article Why Rebecca Black’s Much-Mocked Viral Hit ‘Friday’ Is Actually Good (via) that Black’s vocals have “a peculiar tonality that inadvertently highlights the absurdity of boilerplate pop lyrics,” and that it “sounds unlike anything else in pop music.” He says Black ends up “sounding like a distinct singer with an alluring sort of anti-charisma.” I concur!And below, the fallen King, Justin Bieber. In all seriousness, if you haven’t seen the recent Justin Bieber movie in 3D you should. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#web#Web Culture#YouTube Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hero gives a facelift to CBZ X-treme and Hunk

first_imgHero Motocorp is giving a facelift to its 150cc motorcycle line up. The models that are going under the scissors include the company’s CBZ X-treme and Hunk motorbikes, say reports.However, there won’t be any major changes with the bikes only getting minor cosmetic upgrades. Hero is expected to roll out the facelifted models in a few months.Also the two wheeler manufacturer will have to drop the Honda name from its bikes according to the agreement at the time of split with its long-time Japanese partner. Expect the new CBZ X-treme and Hunk to sport new paint and stickers for the refreshed models, added reports.Both the CBZ X-treme and Hunk motorcycles are powered by the 150cc four stroke engine sourced from Honda Unicorn. The 149.1cc engine produces a peak power of 14.4 PS and maximum torque of 12.8 Nm.Both bikes feature an electric starter as standard and rear disc brake as option. The CBZ X-treme and Hunk are currently priced around Rs 68,000 and Rs 62,000 respectively.last_img read more