Good News in Ebola Fight: At least Five have ‘Successfully Recovered’

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) have told the Daily Observer that at least five persons who were tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), have now successfully recovered and have tested ‘negative.’According to Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, four of the five, who are in Lofa and one in Montserrado, have now been “reintegrated” back into their respective communities.“This is a good news in our fight against the disease,” Asst. Min. Nyenswah, a Public Health Expert, said. “I am told that one of the Lofa survivors is a member of the Voinjama AG Church. There was a big celebration by the church members for the recovery of their colleague,” he added.The Asst. Health Minister, who is also the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the nation, said the Government, through the Health Ministry wants to use those survivors as ambassadors to raise the hope of anyone contracting the disease that they, too, can survive. They would also tell the nation the kind of care they are given by health workers, some of whom are working 24/7 spreading health tips on the prevention of the disease.However, our Health Correspondent said it is a known fact that surviving the Ebola virus disease has to be by sheer miracle, as the disease has no known cure at the moment and it has a 90 percent case fatality rate. This means that nine out of 10 persons, who are confirmed positive with the virus die within two to 21 days. The five, whose names are yet undisclosed and were discharged Monday, July 7, had, upon arrival, tested positive but underwent treatment and laboratory results later showed negative.It can be recalled that in April a family, who had been quarantined following the death of one of their members, was reintegrated back into the community in Firestone, Margibi County after being tested negative, even though they had not been tested positive, initially.Forty-eight-year-old Fallah Taylor, head of a Foya Family, had had contact with his wife, who died after contracting the disease. Mr. Taylor was later declared free from the virus and reintegrated into the community by the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn.Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has said that at least 41 persons have now been confirmed killed by the virus since the outbreak was reported in Liberia on March 22. However, the Ministry also said that 46 other deaths, have reported to be in the “probable” and “suspected” cases; this brings the total number of deaths to 87 in the “confirmed, probable and suspected” category.Of the number of deaths in all the cases, 47 are reported to have taken place in Lofa, five in Margibi and 35 in Montserrado. Among these deaths are 11 health workers.The Ministry further said it has so far confirmed 63 nationally to have contracted the virus and additional 38 and 30 fall within the probable and suspected cases, making it 131 cases in all the cases, including “probable, confirmed and suspected.”The Ministry further encourages the public to take the following precautionary measures during this Ebola emergency period, “not to eat dead bush animals. Be very careful in handling fresh bush meat; avoid bathing dead bodies of suspected patients; avoid eating plums/mangoes and other fruits partially eaten by bats; avoid eating monkeys, bats, and bamboos and prevent coming in direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Afflalo gets defensive against Cal

first_img Howland has used reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya much more the last six weeks than in the first two months of the season, particularly because of the energy the sophomore big man brings. In UCLA’s first 15 games, Aboya averaged 13.5 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the Bruins’ last 11 games, Aboya is playing 21.3 minutes, scoring 4.5 points and grabbing six rebounds. “His rebounds per minute, especially on the offensive end, are far better than anybody, including Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute), on the team,” Howland said. “He doesn’t get as many rebounds on the defensive end because he’s our best guy blocking out. Sometimes when you’re so good at laying your body on another guy, that even though he doesn’t get the rebound, he’s making it easier for others to rebound.” Signing day Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and one of his former stars, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, will autograph copies of Jabbar’s new book – On the Shoulders of Giants-My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance – before Saturday’s game against Stanford. They will be at the student bookstore in Ackerman Union from 1-2:30 p.m. During halftime of the game, UCLA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1967 NCAA title team, which finished 30-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So when Cal visits No. 4 UCLA tonight, Afflalo knows he needs to be ready. “I’m sure he’s looking forward to it,” Afflalo said. “I’ll guard him and try to get the same result, but he’s a competitive player and I’m sure he’s more upset about the loss than his own personal performance.” Ubaka, who is averaging 14 points per game, was 0 for 8 against the Bruins. He missed several open shots, and even when he was near the basket, shied away from contact. After UCLA’s 62-46 win, Cal coach Ben Braun said Ubaka was ill, which contributed to his poor play. The outing was certainly different from the 18 points Ubaka scored in Cal’s 68-61 win at Pauley last season. “I have great respect for Ubaka,” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “He killed us here a year ago. He had 18 here a year ago. He was sick when we played them up there, and did not play well. I know he’ll want to come back and really take it at us.” Aboya time center_img Arron Afflalo usually gets the attention of his opponents for his scoring ability, but UCLA’s junior wing believes he will be the focus of California’s Ayinde Ubaka for another reason. When the Bruins beat the Bears last month in Berkeley, Ubaka was shut down. At the time, he led Cal in scoring, but was shutout by Afflalo. last_img read more

Waste Management cleans up in Q1

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON — Waste Management Inc., the nation’s largest garbage hauler, said Friday its first-quarter profit rose 19 percent, helped by revenue growth at its commercial collection and landfill businesses and improved cost controls. Its share price rose sharply. Profit rose to $222 million, or 42 cents per share, from $186 million, or 34 cents per share, a year ago, even as revenue fell slightly to $3.19 billion from $3.23 billion a year earlier. The company said it incurred an after-tax charge of $6 million, or 1 cent per share, in the most recent quarter related to restructuring. Results topped Wall Street projections for earnings of 36 cents per share on $3.16 billion of revenue, according to analysts polled by Thomson Financial. “Our first-quarter 2007 financial performance exceeded our expectations and demonstrated that our pricing and operational excellence programs continue to positively impact our results,” said David P. Steiner, Waste Management’s chief executive. Steiner said the company continues to execute a strategy of reviewing low-margin accounts and either raising prices or dumping them altogether. As such, volume at Waste Management’s collection business fell about 5.2 percent in the first quarter, while income from operations grew 16 percent, the company said. Steiner said Waste Management also lowered its operating costs by $66 million in the January-March period, a 3.1 percent improvement from a year ago. Shares of Waste Management rose $2.78, or 7.9 percent, to close at $38.13 on the New York Stock Exchange, near their 52-week high. The stock has traded in a range of $32.56 to $38.70 in the past year. In a research note, Citigroup analyst Leone Young called Waste Management results a “clean sizable upside surprise,” easily topping Citigroup’s forecast of 36 cents a share. “The company executed much better than we anticipated,” Young said, noting Citigroup’s target price for Waste Management shares is $45. Due in part to its positive first quarter, Waste Management raised its adjusted full-year earnings guidance to $2.03 to $2.07 a share, up from a forecast of $1.96 to $2 a share released in February. The current Wall Street estimate is for full-year earnings of $1.97 a share. “We are off to a very good start to the year,” Steiner said. Waste Management hauls, disposes and recycles garbage for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. It also owns and operates landfills.last_img read more

Conditions help battle against Gorman-area fire

first_imgMore than 3,000 people were evacuated from campsites at a state off-road recreation area, located between Los Padres and Angeles national forests, officials said. At least eight homes were briefly evacuated as a precaution. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. Saturday near Interstate 5 just south of Gorman. No injuries were reported and the cause was under investigation, authorities said. Some 18 homes lost power due to the fire, Southern California Edison reported. Authorities said no homes were immediately threatened. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GORMAN – Firefighters made progress Sunday on a 2,500-acre wildfire that chased thousands of people from campsites near the Angeles National Forest. The 4-square-mile blaze near Gorman was 80 percent surrounded Sunday afternoon, and crews expected to fully contain it Sunday night, said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mike Brown. “There are a few hot spots, but things are looking pretty good,” Brown said. The 200 firefighters battling the fire that erupted Saturday were helped by dipping nighttime temperatures, although water-dropping aircraft were grounded overnight. last_img read more

SBVC solid in second half

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – It took more than 20 minutes. But the San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team finally found its game and cruised past visiting Rio Hondo in the Foothill Conference opener for both schools Wednesday afternoon. The Wolverines (13-7, 1-0 in conference) were only ahead, 29-26, after a poor first half by both. Their biggest lead in the opening 20 minutes was five points at 12-7, then again at 14-9. “I felt like I got more in a groove the second half because my shots just weren’t falling in the first half,” Smith added. “Sooner or later they were going to start going in.” SBVC coach Phil Mathews, known for his fiery demeanor, said he kept things simple at the intermission. “I just told them we had to play a lot better,” he said. “We didn’t come out and play San Bernardino basketball. We just didn’t play like we were ready for the first 25 minutes.” The Wolverines continue con ference play at 7 p.m. on Satur day, playing host to College of the Desert, a team they shared the conference title with a year ago. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They had nine turnovers in the first half, most of them unforced. Rio Hondo failed to capitalize because it had 11 turnovers. Players admitted they took the Roadrunners (5-13, 0-1) a little too lightly. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “We went out there like we didn’t have to play hard to win,” sophomore forward Jamar Smith said. “We had a couple of days off and that probably didn’t help either. It just took us a half to get back into it.” The Wolverines had four players combine to score 69 of their 75 points. Smith and Chris Adams tallied 22 points each while Jerome Habel and Dwayne Pettus chipped in with 11 apiece. Habel, Pettus and Adams snagged seven rebounds each with the 6-foot-10 Habel adding five blocked shots. SBVC, ranked eighth in the South and 15th in the state, used a run early in the second half to put some distance between itself and the opponent. Rio was still in striking distance at 34-30 four minutes into the second half but the Wolverines then went on a 21-4 run over the next 4:06 with Smith scoring eight and Adams six in that stretch. A three-pointer from the corner by Pettus made it 39-32. Seconds later Smith scored on a slam dunk, aided by a pass from Habel. Smith tacked on a free throw giving SBVC its first double-digit lead at 42-32 and the Roadrunners never threatened again. Rio turnovers helped the Wolverines surge out to a 20-point advantage with the latter part of the run highlighted by fast-break buckets by Smith and Pettus that came off turnovers. last_img read more


first_imgLorraine Gallagher, the mother of two teenage girls who took their own lives within weeks of eachother, says she just wants to put 2012 behind her.Devastated Lorraine is still struggling to come to terms with the deaths of her two daughters Erin, 14 and Shannon, 15.Both girls were found dead in Ballybofey and Castlefin in October and December. Erin died amidst claims that she was being bullied while older sister Shannon was found dead just six weeks later.The girls’ mother said Shannon just could not carry on in life without her best friend and sister Erin.Lorraine, 36, said last night that she is trying desperately to pick up the pieces and get on with her life.She says she is trying to erase the pain of the loss of her two beloved daughters. But she admits that she is struggling to cope.“Every day is a struggle and the girls are all I think about night and day.“I’m trying to keep as normal a life as I can for Sean James but I am surrounded by the memories of the girls.Erin and Shannon Gallagher’s mum Lorraine has started legal proceedings against Donegal VEC“I am praying it will get easier with time. It’s still very raw and I just want to erase 2012 from my memory.“I am just hoping I can pick up the pieces and find some kind of understanding in 2013,” she said. Lorraine visited the girls’ graves in Castlefin Cemetery on Christmas Day which she said was the hardest thing she has ever done.Shannon would have turned 16 on December 23rd.“We used to have such a great time at Christmas and the girls loved it.“We spent our Christmas together at a graveside. I was just numb going to the grave. I didn’t know what to say to the girls. “In the end, we didn’t have to say anything. They know how muchLorraine, from Ballybofey, says she knows she has to continue for the sake of her remaining child Sean James, 4.Meanwhile Lorraine’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher has confirmed he is continuing with a case of alleged negligence against Donegal Vocational Education Committee over Erin’s death.LORRAINE GALLAGHER – I JUST WANT TO PUT THE PAIN OF 2012 BEHIND ME was last modified: January 4th, 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:Erin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

VIDEO: Jamie Carragher takes OUT Gary Neville in Michael Carrick testimonial

first_img The former rivals proved old habits die hard The afternoon gets worse for @GNev2 as @Carra23 takes him out!— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 4, 2017// Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have become great friends since retiring from the game.The former rivals have become accustomed to being in each other’s company as part of their punditry work for SkySports.But Carragher proved old habits die hard after going in hard on his colleague during Michael Carrick’s testimonial at Old Trafford.Seeking an opportunity to get one over on Neville, Carragher eagerly chased down Neville before clattering into the former Red Devils star.Watch the video below (courtesy of ITV) 1center_img Moments before Neville was taken out by Carragher, the former England defender showed why he didn’t play as a striker with a truly woeful shot from the right side of the area. Good effort @GNev2— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 4, 2017// read more


first_imgAs Letterkenny Town Council comes to an end in the middle of 2014, Donegal County Museum and Donegal County Archives are organising an exhibition on 100 years of Letterkenny Urban District/ Town Council.Some of the areas Letterkenny Urban District/ Town Council have been involved with over many years include Water, Roads, Sewage and Housing, Parks and Recreation, the swimming pool, An Grianan Theatre , the RCC and Donegal County Museum , Public lighting, the Development of the Main Street , Market Square and of the Cathedral Quarter, Tourism, Tidy Towns and Active Letterkenny.Donegal County Museum is seeking information, objects, maps and photographs, documents, films which highlight the difference the council has made throughout the years to the development of Letterkenny Town. Items could include photographs of former staff members, Councilors and events, old letters pertaining to council business, certificates, election posters and any information on the current whereabouts of the Town Clock.If you have any material, pleases contact:Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co DonegalT 074 9124613 E  COUNTY MUSEUM SEEKS MEMORABILIA AS AXE FALLS ON LETTERKENNY COUNCIL was last modified: January 15th, 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:Donegal County MuseumexhibitionLetterkenny Town Councillast_img read more

Al Attles visits Warriors’ practice on Saturday

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — For a team that injects joy into their culture, the Warriors had another thing to make them feel happy.After struggling with his health in the past year, Warriors luminary Al Attles attended the end of Warriors’ practice on Saturday. Attles did not watch practice, but he arrived in time to shake hands with coaches and players when practice concluded. …last_img read more

What’s in a Name?  Sima Fossils Confuse Human Evolution Story

first_img“A hush fell over the room….”  Ian Tattersall had just astonished paleoanthropologists gathered for a meeting on human origins in Gibraltar.  The group was puzzling over a treasure trove of hominin bones found in the mid-1990s at Sima de los Huesos in Spain.  What should they be called?    The co-discoverer, Juan Luis Arsuaga, had assigned them to Homo heidelbergensis because preliminary dates put them in the 350,000 year old range.  Now, however, new uranium-series dating tests by James Bischoff (U.S. Geological Survey) said they were 530,000 years old – as old or older than the classic H. heidelbergensis fossils found elsewhere in Europe, “fossils that the Sima skulls don’t much resemble,” according to a report on the meeting by Michael Balter in Science.1  Here’s where the hush in the room revealed the fact that classification of bones into species and ancestors is an arbitrary process made by modern humans, not by the bones themselves:Tattersall concludes that two or more hominin lineages must have existed side by side in Europe for several hundred thousand years before H. sapiens arrived from Africa.  One line led to the Neandertals and may have included the Sima fossils; another, rightly called H. heidelbergensis, went extinct while the Neandertals lived on until at least 30,000 years ago.    Tattersall then looked at Arsuaga, who was sitting in the audience waiting to speak next: “My central plea is to the colleagues who assigned the Sima de los Huesos fossils to H. heidelbergensis.  They are clearly not Neandertals, but not being a Neandertal does not make them H. heidelbergensis.  They need another name.”    A hush fell over the room as Tattersall sat down and Arsuaga got up to speak.  To nearly everyone’s surprise, Arsuaga agreed that the Sima de los Huesos skulls looked nothing like other H. heidelbergensis specimens.  Nor, he said, do 13 other skulls his team had recently excavated there.  “We have always said that we put the Sima hominins under the H. heidelbergensis umbrella for convenience, for practical reasons,” Arsuaga said….Yet Jean-Jacques Hublin (not present) argued that the Sima fossils contain some Neanderthal features.  His theory is that Neanderthal traits accumulated over time (the “accretion” model).  He sees no need to rename the Sima group.  Balter said his solution is “to scrap the species name H. heidelbergensis and lump all of these fossils, including those from Sima, together as H. neanderthalensis.”  That would certainly make the Neanderthals a morphologically diverse group covering a long span of time.  And what would come of all the textbooks and decades of stories about Heidelberg Man?    Chris Stringer, “whose early research led to the recognition of H. heidelbergensis as a formal species,” had a little spat with Bischoff at the meeting.  A lot is riding on the 530,000 year date, he argued; “it would be evident that an early form of Neandertal was [in Europe] alongside of H. heidelbergensis.”  Bischoff defended the date as a “conservative” estimate.  The fossils could be even older, he said, but not younger.    Tattersall seemed to recognize that a lot is at stake in what the scientists decide to call these groups:“But Tattersall insists that names do matter, even if more of them are required to classify the fossil record.  “Species have an independent existence in nature,” he says.  “They are the basic actors in the evolutionary play, and if you don’t know who the cast is, you will never understand the plot.”More troubles come from this controversy.  According to the standard story, modern humans emerged from Africa 50,000 years ago and displaced the earlier hominins living there.  But there are complications.  In the Levant (Israel-Lebanon), “modern humans apparently lived alongside Neandertals between about 130,000 and 75,000 years ago, as part of what some scientists have called a ‘failed dispersal.’”  The story can tolerate one exception, perhaps.  “In recent years, however, some researchers have seen evidence for earlier dispersals, especially into southern Asia.”  These toolmakers have been called Homo sapiens.  “But not everyone was ready to jump on the early-dispersal bandwagon.”    It’s clear from Balter’s report that the human evolution story involves much controversy and many arbitrary distinctions.  On one point, though, they are all agreed:“Charles Darwin was the man who did more than anyone else to crystallize the idea that life had changed over time and that, by implication, humankind had extinct relatives who could be found in the fossil record,” Ian Tattersall, a paleoanthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, told attendees of the meeting in one of many talks that began by paying homage to the great man.According to Balter, “the nearly 100 scientists who gathered here last month to ponder the latest research on Neandertals and other ancient humans were happy to embrace him as their intellectual godfather.”1.  Michael Balter, “New Work May Complicate History Of Neandertals and H. sapiens,” Science, 9 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5950, pp. 224-225, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_224.12/22/2003 commentary).  The corrupt Storytellers, now fat and sassy, have usurped the noble institutions of science and ousted those who had committed themselves to the principle that science concerned things that were observable, testable and repeatable.  The usurpers may appear to struggle a bit with each other over details of the plot and characters, but the outcome is all determined in advance: Emperor Charles must be worshipped by all.  Bones are mere props in the “the evolutionary play” as Tattersall rightly called it.    So now you have learned their dark secret.  Heidelberg Man and Neanderthal Man were all made-up names to give the illusion that humans have come up from the apes in Africa so that Darwin might be glorified.  Tattersall admitted, “if you don’t know who the cast is, you will never understand the plot.”  His truism needs to be turned against him.  It’s clear that he and his audience know neither (05/27/2009).    Look at the illustration of the Sima people in the article.  They look as modern as any native tribe living today.  The differences between their skeletons, brains and proportions and ours pale in comparison to the similarities.  There is no reason in a creation context to deny that such variability between people groups was possible in a much shorter time.  There is more variation between a chihuahua and a St. Bernard (members of one species) than between these “hominins” as the evolutionists call them, and creationists believe all the vast array dog types are descended from one dog pair.  Since we have just seen the evolutionists act recklessly cavalier about species designations (with Hublin willing to lump a huge assortment under one species), there is no further reason to deny calling them all Homo sapiens – human beings (see more of Hublin’s fiction in the 05/13/2009 entry, bullet 4).    To accept the Darwinian cultural myth, you have to sacrifice your own brain.  You have to believe hugely implausible fictions.  You are required to believe that people with bodies and brains comparable or superior to ours lived on this planet for 100 times all recorded human history and accomplished nothing but grunts and hunts.  They could make excellent superglues for attaching their axes to handles (05/12/2009), and they could use fire for technology (08/14/2009), but could not talk to each other, or build farms and cities, or invent the wheel, or ride horses for half a million years.  Then all of a sudden, bang!  Some mutation occurs, and language is born!  (Believe it or not, that is what Tattersall teaches: see 09/24/2009).  Another 40,000 years passes, with modern humans talking over the campfire.  Then bang!  Agriculture is born, and civilization, with clay tablets discussing trade and commerce.  What miracle story from pagan religion surpasses this in craziness?    The gang of 100 in Gibraltar may call themselves scientists, but they are false scientists, and false prophets of a false religion.  Why do we listen to them?  The only reason left is for entertainment.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more