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CDC Promises Health Workers Safety in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has promised to provide more training and other support to help ensure that health workers are kept safe in the process saving lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus.Giving the assurance yesterday at the regular Ebola Hour press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the Medical Officer of the CDC, Neil Gupta, MD, explained that, the CDC was doing everything necessary to ensure that health workers are safe and are provided training.He said CDC is working with health practitioners and reaching out to the various ETUs to make sure that they identify all the problems and provide regular coaching to help health workers avoid contracting the virus.“If they are working in a health facility, we know that training is important but they need more than that.  They also need access to all the necessary support,” Mr. Gupta explained.The CDC Medical Officer further disclosed that CDC has been involved in providing training for over 1000 health workers around the country. It is important for the health workers to be fully protected in the process of saving lives, since they are the people we need to fight Ebola, said Mr. Gupta.“We also provide training materials and train Liberians who will master the materials and move out there to train other people. With this, we can have people trained all around the country in the fight against the disease,” he said.Dr. Moses Massaquoi, National Case Management Chairman for Ebola Response, explained that group has been involved in training health staff working in the various ETUs in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), as one of their strategies in the fight against the virus.The objective of case management is to provide quality care and supportive treatment for all patients entering the various ETU.He said his entity has improved the training program at the various Ebola treatment centers by training in three faces, including core training with the aim of knowing the disease and how it is transmitted and what one needs to do to be protected.“We also take you through the hot training that has to do with real life training that involves interacting with Ebola patients. We take you through the competency on how to manage it and provide certificates internationally accredited by WHO,” Dr. Massaquoi explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alberta Soccer Association to run camp in Fort St. John

first_imgThe Fort St. John Soccer Club will be hosting a grassroots soccer camp from August 17-21. The event will be run by the Alberta Soccer Association, and registration closes August 1.The camp will be broken up into two groups based on age. Those 4-8 will take part in half days that will run from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for $100, and those 8-14 will have their camp run from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for $175.Those wanting to register can do so by clicking here.- Advertisement –last_img

September 27th Community Events Pictures

first_imgChris Johnson gives the opening presentation at the Coaching Conference, which was held at the North Peace Cultural Center.                                                                         Picture: Amber DavyExecutive Director of the Coaches Association of BC Gordon May (left) presents Rod Locke, from Spectra Energy (right), with an award for being a major sponsor of the Coaching Conference.                                                                                              Picture: Amber DavyThe 2nd Annual Reichswald Unit “Frozen Stones Ride” took place down in Taylor. All the proceeds went to support the “Classroom in a Box” project for Afghanistan.              Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –Kids and adults from Fort St. John take advantage of the beautiful weather by spending time down at Centennial Park.                                                                                  Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

United’s Bailly to miss Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgThe 25-year-old was making his first Premier League start since February 3 but now he will be sidelined for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on June 21 in Egypt.Ivory Coast were drawn in a group featuring Morocco, South Africa and Namibia.“We can confirm that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly suffered a medial ligament injury on his right knee during Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Old Trafford,” a United statement read.“The problem means that the Ivory Coast international will not play for the Reds again this season, missing the remaining top-flight matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.“Furthermore, Bailly is also now unable to play in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.”Bailly has made 18 appearances for his club this season and his absence is another blow for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both missed the Chelsea match due to fitness concerns, meaning Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo could be United’s only fit central defenders for this weekend’s trip to Huddersfield.Solskjaer’s side are three points adrift of the Premier League’s top four with just two games left as they battle to qualify for the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Eric Bailly will miss the rest of the season © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Manchester United’s Eric Bailly will miss the rest of the Premier League season and the Africa Cup of Nations after the Ivory Coast defender suffered a knee injury against Chelsea, the Red Devils announced on Monday.Bailly sustained medial ligament damage in a collision with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.last_img read more


first_imgSchools out for summer and it may be the perfect time for “the talk”.No matter how close you are to your kids, there are always going to be conversations that are difficult to have with them.One of the hardest, of course, is talking to teens about puberty, both because it’s a sensitive, very personal subject, and because teenagers are very easily embarrassed. New research suggests 68% of parents are unsure about how to even start the puberty conversation, and a quarter avoid the talk completely, leading to more than half of teenagers (53%) obtaining information and advice from friends and the internet, and 6% even preferring text or WhatsApp to get their information.Yet it’s clear parents want to help their teens – 76% of mums and dads say they’d like their teenager to see them as the first port of call for help and advice, and 49% of teens said they were happiest speaking to their mum about such personal issues.But although it’s teens who need advice, it may be parents themselves who need the initial help to show how best to initiate and then have a successful chat about puberty.So TV presenter and mother-of-two Nadia Sawalha has teamed up with Boots to help launch a guide, #TeenTalk, to help make the process easier. Nadia, whose daughter Maddie is 13, says: “As a mum, I understand all too well the challenges of communicating with teens. They suddenly go from wanting to tell mum everything, to one-word answers, and you can’t solve things with a quick cuddle or a sweet treat.“First shaves, first periods and new personal hygiene and skincare regimes are all unfamiliar experiences for teens and can be difficult topics for parents to approach.”She points out that this is the first generation of mums going through the puberty conversation with a child so connected to social media, and says: “It’s difficult. Just like our teens, we’re figuring it all out as we go.”Campaign expert and ‘teenologist’ Sarah Newton says: “The teen talk can be awkward because parents and children probably haven’t had a conversation that’s this important yet, and we put lots and lots of pressure on ourselves to get it right.”The #TeenTalk research found that only a third of teens are comfortable talking about personal care (body odour and skin), just a quarter are comfortable talking about bodily changes during puberty. Only 18% find it easy to talk about menstruation. Yet a third of teens don’t feel very confident about having a chat with their mum about puberty either.Nadia’s daughter Maddie says: “I know that talking to mum might not always seem like the easiest thing to do, especially about topics like puberty. Sometimes you don’t feel like talking and sometimes you have lots of questions, but might feel a bit embarrassed.“But remember, they’ve been through it too and they know everything you’re experiencing is completely natural, so just keep talking.”Sarah stresses there’s no right or wrong way to prepare a teenager for puberty, although 40% of parents think the best way to start the conversation is to have a one-on-one chat with their teen, and the majority said their best advice for the chat is to “be honest and open”. Sarah agrees: “It’s about giving them the facts. Being honest, but not overwhelming them with information. They’ll come back and ask more questions when they’re ready.”She points out that the teen talk shouldn’t just be a one-off conversation, and stresses: “It should be an ongoing conversation about empowerment and choice – what better conversation is there to have?”Boots has produced a free #TeenTalk guide, which contains advice from Sarah Newton, Nadia Sawalha and her daughter Maddie. The guide is available from to your teenagers about puberty*While on the surface it is about puberty, it is really about helping your child respect and accept their changing body and love themselves more. It is a conversation about empowerment and choice, and what better conversation is there to have?*Be honest, if you are finding it challenging, say so, you don’t have to have all the answers here, you are just the facilitator of the conversation.*Be truthful and let your child know your intentions and how you are feeling. This is a team effort, not a top-down conversation, so start as you mean to go on.Ask your child how they would best like to have this conversation. Let them know it is important for you to have it, but ask them what is best for them. Would they like to go somewhere other than the house, would they like some information first, then the talk? What works well for them? If your child is more introvert and quiet in nature they may prefer to research first and ask questions, rather than have this be the fully-blown conversation that a more gregarious child may be happy with.*Find a hook. Find something in the media lately that you can hook this to; maybe it’s an Instagram post you saw, or something you heard about, or an advert. Puberty is always in the spotlight in some way. Use these things you find as a hook to start the conversation.*Get support if you are finding starting this conversation difficult. Get some support for yourself, a friend or a family member that you can talk to who can give you good constructive advice is always helpful.*Get yourself prepared so you feel confident for the conversation.If you are a single parent to a child of a different gender, don’t assume they don’t want to talk to you about puberty, just ask them.*Don’t make it serious; while this may be an important conversation it doesn’t have to be serious. Lighten the conversation as much as you can, it will put both of you at ease!DD FAMILY: SCHOOLS OUT – THIS COULD BE THE TIME FOR TEEN TALK! was last modified: June 17th, 2016 by John2Share 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

‘Man City are still playing catch-up on Man United – you can’t forget history’

first_imgDavid Seaman says Manchester is blue on pitch right now, but it will take some time for Manchester City to overtake Manchester United as the bigger club. Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to their 20th top flight title in his final season in charge David Seaman was co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast 2 “Man City are playing catch-up, but they’re getting there.“When you see their quality on the pitch and what they’re achieving, it’s great.“It’s great to be a blue.”“What is he on?!”Manchester-born and boyhood blue Lee Dixon also agreed with former Arsenal team-mate Seaman, and laughed off Dickov’s bold claim on social media…center_img 2 Love Paul Dickov. What is he on!! And I’m a boyhood City fan!!Dominate for 20years and then say that— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) October 3, 2018 The former goalkeeper was responding to claims made by Paul Dickov, the ex-striker who said City are now a bigger club than their red rivals due to their recent trophy success.Manchester United have not won the Premier League title in five years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.City, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength under manager Pep Guardiola and smashed a whole host of records as they lifted the trophy last season.LISTEN: ‘Man City are a bigger club than Man United’, says cult hero DickovThe Blues are widely considered the best team in the country and are tipped to retain their crown this term.But Seaman insists they have not overtaken United – the most successful team in English football history with 20 top flight titles – just yet.Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Man City No.1 said: “On the pitch, Manchester is definitely blue.“But you can’t get away from Manchester United’s history and the stuff they’ve won.last_img read more


first_imgA leading Unionist politician has claimed the influx of Donegal bus companies into Derry is not compliant with EU law. Outspoken TUV (Traditional Unionist Voice) MLA Jim Allister voiced his support for Bready businessman William Leonard who says he has been forced out of business due to ‘breaches’ in regulations that deal with haulage and transport in the EU.Mr Leonard has stressed for years that awarding school contracts to companies in the Republic of Ireland does not comply with EU law.Jim Allister has picked up the baton and is now quizzing the Environment Minister Mark Durkan on licensing obligations for bus companies from the Republic of Ireland tendering contracts in the UK. Allister repeated the claims made by Mr Leonard and asked Durkan was the practices applied by coach companies from Donegal legal.SDLP MP Mark Durkan said, “Bus companies from the south of Ireland may tender for local contracts provided they are properly licensed in their jurisdiction, hold an international operator’s licence and the contracted service is considered temporary.“The service involving the carriage of school children and other such groups falls within the category of ‘Special Regular Services.’ A Special Regular Service must be covered by a contract between the organiser and the carrier which specifies the route, stopping places, group covered and schedule of service.  UNIONIST LEADER UNHAPPY AT INFLUX OF DONEGAL BUS COMPANIES IN DERRY was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Animal charity seeks foster homes after 900 animals saved

first_imgDonegal charity Animals In Need are appealing for new fosterers to help care for the ever increasing number of cats and dogs they rescue in the county every year.With around 900 animals, mostly cats, kittens, dogs and pups, saved last year, they are asking for animal lovers who are interested in becoming more involved, to get in touch.Fostering can be short or long term, whichever suits the animal and fosterer. All food, bedding, veterinary treatment and medication, crates and runs are provided by the charity.Fosterers just have to be able to offer their time and have plenty of TLC to spare. Dog fosterers need a secure garden.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘Fostering is a vital part of rescue and provides the stepping stone to a brighter future for an unwanted or abandoned animal. It is very rewarding to see how the animals blossom in a safe environment.’There are many ways to become involved in the organisation, including fundraising, transportation or administration. They currently are also looking for experienced drivers who could drive the rescue van to carry out vet runs and transportation of dogs; either collecting them or taking them to their foster homes or to the hub.The spokesperson continued ‘As a registered charity we must adhere to strict guidelines and meet certain standards and this often involves a lot of work behind the scenes that we could really use some help with.’Fostering could involve caring for a kitten that’s fallen from a car engine, animals that have been heartlessly dumped or unwanted dogs rescued from the Pound. Animals In Need are the only rescue taking dogs out of the Letterkenny Pound on a regular basis.If you would like to come on board or would like further information on fostering, driving or volunteering, please contact the cat helpline on 087 7644420.Animals In Need Donegal is a Registered Charity No. CHY17864. They are on Facebook and have a website at Animal charity seeks foster homes after 900 animals saved was last modified: August 8th, 2018 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:animals in needdonegalfosterlast_img read more

Food production up in Africa

first_imgFood production in Africa rose by 3.5% in2008, according to a new United Nationsreport. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For morefree photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Majid ChaarFAO chief of media relations+39 06 570 53625 / 53528• Savitri Mohapatra, Africa Rice CentreHead, marketing and communications,+229 2135 0188Janine ErasmusA new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that, for the first time in many years, food production in sub-Saharan Africa is on the increase.This emerged after a two-day forum of top experts in fields relating to food production, held in October in Rome.The meeting was a precursor to the upcoming World Summit on Food Security, which takes place in the same city from 16 to 18 November 2009, and will see world heads of state and government gathering to discuss ways in which their countries can positively contribute to the world food situation.Ensuring food securityThe experts came together to discuss issues relating to policies and development assistance, identify priority areas for policy action, and establish ways to ensure food security in Africa, among others.Agriculture will increasingly have to compete with urbanisation, and will also have to cope with the challenges of climate change and the preservation of biodiversity and endangered species.Working around the theme How to Feed the World in 2050, the experts debated the policies that governments should consider implementing if they want to ensure food for all in 2050, the year that the world’s population will reach its estimated peak of just over 9-billion.The United Nations has forecast that most of this growth will happen in developing countries, with the sub-Saharan population growing at 1.08% – the fastest rate of all, although this is a significant decline from the 1975 growth peak of around 3%. To cope with the additional population burden, food production must increase by 70% globally.Increased food productionThe FAO report, titled The special challenge for sub-Saharan Africa, reveals that food production in sub-Saharan Africa grew by 3.5% during 2008. This more than covers the 2% rise in the population over the corresponding period.The FAO expressed cautious hope about the continent’s ability to feed its people in future decades.“After decades of decline in per capita food production, a new optimism has emerged about the prospects for Africa and African agriculture,” said the report.“Growth in agriculture and in the economy as a whole has outpaced population growth in many countries, armed conflicts have been reduced, regional and sub-regional institutions are being strengthened, and good progress has been made in developing the business environment.”Other reasons given for the rise in production include an increased use of technology, as well as higher world food prices, a better macroeconomic environment, and improvements in many national agricultural policies.The report mentioned the huge untapped potential of Africa’s agricultural sector, largely due to its abundant resources of land and water. Since agriculture forms the backbone of many African economies, this is good news.But the report cautioned that this potential will not be realised without firm, concerted policy action to overcome the numerous challenges facing the continent, such as HIV and Aids, conflict, dependency on imported foodstuffs, and governance inadequacies in some countries.New technologies often do not extend to rural areas, with the result that pesticides, fertilisers, irrigation and better quality seeds are under-used. Wider use of these tools will make life easier for farmers and boost crop yields.New cropsThe report also mentioned the increasing number of hardy crop types that are specially bred for harsh African conditions. These have given small-scale farmers the opportunity to derive a higher income through increased yields.Such crops include the hybrid Nerica (New Rice for Africa) rice variety, which has been adopted in several West African countries as well as Uganda in the east of the continent. In Uganda, rice was not widely grown until the introduction of Nerica, and today those farmers who switched from wheat to rice are enjoying more prosperous times.In 2008 rice production in Africa rose by 18% overall, according to the FAO, compared with the 2007 figure.But more needs to be done – Africa is not investing enough in agricultural research and development, reported the organisation. This situation must be redressed.Experts also recommended that underdeveloped areas in Africa be better used and made available for cultivation. The FAO report said that less than 25% of African land suitable for rain-watered crops – more than 700-million hectares – is actually used as farmland.The report singled out the Guinea Savannah region, which, it says, has an area twice that of all wheat-planted land worldwide. The Guinea Savannah covers about 600-million hectares, of which only 10% is farmed, but successfully bringing this vast area under the crop will take a huge investment in infrastructure and technology.last_img read more

Growth plan for Africa at the WEF

first_imgDAVOS, SWITZERLAND;  JANUARY 27, 2011 – Today at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Davos Switzerland, Brand South Africa brought together senior leaders from the world of politics, labour and economics to define a regional economic integration plan in Africa. Participants in a panel discussion included Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel;   Bill Mills, CEO, Citigroup EMEA; Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive, Anglo American; Acha Leke, McKinsey & Company; and Dr. Nkosana Moyo, Vice President and COO, African Development Bank (ADB). The meeting was co-hosted by Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group.  Brand South Africa Chairman, Anitha Soni welcomed the guests and South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan delivered the keynote address.“This year’s WEF forum is focused on the theme of ‘new realities’, and Africa is the embodiment of the changing dynamics of global business,” said Anitha Soni, Chairman of Brand South Africa.  “We convened this meeting to focus on the need to develop African solutions to African challenges.  This is best achieved in the spirit of partnership and collaboration.”In a very short period of time, a great recognition has developed in political and business circles that Africa has arrived on the global stage and that the continent represents a serious business proposition. According to a recent McKinsey Report, there is a $2.6 billion revenue opportunity in Africa.  However, while Africa has made strides in recent years and is emerging from the recession in a stable position, intra-continental trade accounts for only 12% of trade in Africa; half of that comes from the SADC, the most advanced trade block in the continent.The new reality being discussed at WEF emphasises that business and governments need to realise that many existing strategies need to undergo a change, and that the era of single-model solutions to economic problems is over.  It is in this context that South Africa recently announced its own New Growth Plan (NGP), focusing on driving competitiveness through job creation, infrastructure development and increasing exports.“The African continent represents enormous opportunity – for jobs, for growth and for development,” said Minister Patel.  “Through the NGP, we will seek to realise these for South Africa and to strengthen economic development across the continent.”Infrastructure development and cross-border trade emerged as critical issues from the meeting, which Brand South Africa has committed to taking forward at WEF Africa in Cape Town in May. “Productivity doesn’t mean anything is you can’t get goods to market. We need to link short term solutions to infrastructure deficits to the long-term vision of the continent,” said Dr. Nkosana Moyo, Vice President and COO, African Development Bank (ADB).  The ADB spends a quarter of its annual budget on regional integration programmes.  According to Moyo, these are difficult to put together, but are critical to the creation of a regional marketplace.  Discussions at the Brand South Africa session highlighted that while African economic growth has been spurred, in part, by foreign direct investment (FDI) – the continent cannot and should not depend on it in the future.“My view is that although FDI is good thing, it always follows what happens domestically,” said Moyo . “If I see citizens taking their money out of their economy and putting it somewhere else, I am going to think they know something I don’t; this does not encourage me to invest there.”  Capturing the event’s overall spirit, Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American closed her remarks by saying, “South Africa can be the beacon for Africa, and South Africa can be the beacon for the world.”  About Brand South Africa – South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of Brand South Africa, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.About Africa investor – investor is a specialist investment communications firm advising governments, international organisations and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa. Africa investor publishes Africa investor, the leading international newsstand magazine for Africa’s investment decision makers; maintains the Africa investor 40 Investors’ Index, hosts the Ai index Series Summit & Awards and the Africa investor Infrastructure Projects Summit & Awards amongst other events.endsIssued on behalf of Brand South Africa by:Elka PakendorfProject Manager / ProjekbestuurderMeropa Communications (Pty) Limited read more