Ebola Virus Complacency Sparks Grave Concern in Liberia

first_imgThe United Nations and international and local medical agencies have cautioned Liberians against complacency about the Ebola virus spread.Liberians, especially those in Montserrado County and some other parts of the country reporting new Ebola cases, have been strongly warned to avoid traditional burial practices and harmful religious beliefs that promote the spread of the deadly virus.Furthermore Liberians are urged by authorities leading the Ebola fight to desist from all acts that are counterproductive to the eradication of the virus and to remain in strict compliance with preventive measures such as frequently washing hands, avoiding crowdedness, handshakes and hugging.These warnings come against the backdrop of Liberians gathering in large numbers and going back to the entrenched practices driven by traditional and religious beliefs, which include washing and touching suspected Ebola dead bodies.Moreover, during the Christmas celebrations, many Liberians and businesspeople were seen crowded into commercial and private vehicles owing to the acute transportation shortage, especially in the nation’s capital, Monrovia.Reasons cited for the Ebola spread in Montserrado County are the defiant behavior of residents in overcrowding at entertainment centers and in transport vehicles, ignoring the health measures. Commercial and public service transport providers were seen crowding passengers and relatives into their vehicles.  Some motorcyclists are now carrying three to four passengers on one motorbike, whereas they had been instructed to carry only one person per ride.The UN and medical aid agencies have warned about the consequences of the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus on the entire population, cautioning that despite the enormous gains by the Liberian Government and its support partners, complacency and return to old habits must be sternly discouraged in every corner and hamlet of Liberia.Some of Monrovia’s health commentators told the Daily Observer during the weekend that it should not be surprising that the Ebola virus continues to spread in Montserrado County, especially over the past few months.Regrettably, in spite of enormous medical assistance that has been infused in Montserrado County, the virus continues to spread in some areas.The Incident Management Team leader of the Ebola virus at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, disclosed recently that 47 new cases of the deadly virus have surfaced in Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fleiss knows her Stud Farm clients won’t be women

first_imgInfamous Hollywood madam and famously abused girlfriend Heidi Fleiss has left town. Apparently Los Angeles just isn’t debauched enough for the Hi-Fli, and she’s headed to Nevada, where she plans, at some point, to open a business called Heidi’s Stud Farm. The studs on this farm will not be of the equine version but hunky men in tight-fitting pants employed to service the various needs of women clients. You know, gigolos. I say good luck to Heidi. She’s going to need it. A lot. Heidi told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that men are clamoring to work at the stud farm. Sure, what dude wouldn’t want to get a check for engaging in his favorite hobby? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Just one problem: Most women just aren’t that interested in anonymous flings, especially not if they have to pay for them. If we were, prostitution and pornography wouldn’t be such huge businesses. The Hollywood Madam, of all people, should know this. She spent years making money by providing men – including famous and rich men who should have no problems picking up women – with prostitutes. Once she was busted and her story made her a celebrity, she continued to make money through the sale of books and products that exploited the libidinous imbalance between men and women. The popularity of television programs such as “Desperate Housewives” and the reality show “Girls Gone Wild” – combined with the skanky antics of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears – might indicate a sexual liberation of women. The message is that women of all ages these days are just as sex-obsessed as their male counterparts. But, like most things on television, this is little more than fantasy. I base this on my long experience as a woman and many years of listening to and observing my female friends and family members. Oh, sure, women might say they would love nothing more than a toss in the hay without any complications. They might watch “Sex and the City” and feel inadequate because they aren’t picking up men in cool bars every other night for guilt-free and perfectly safe trysts. But when it comes down to it, no woman I have ever known could stop her feelings from getting in the way. If Fleiss wants to make a place where women could buy what they can’t get from the men in their lives, she should consider recasting her business plan as a “cuddle spa,” but with a better name. The menu would include services including, but not limited to, a night of spooning (while fully clothed, of course), hourly back rubs, candlelit bubble baths and deep talks about where this is going. Even that would be a gamble because who wants to cuddle with a stranger? Fleiss might find that most her stud farm clients are the same folks who keep Playgirl magazine in business – and they ain’t women. Simply put, in many simple and irrevocable ways, women are not like men. It’s important that women be treated equally in pay for the same work and be given promotion and advancement commensurate with their skills and talents. But there are some things in which we don’t want parity. Heidi’s stud farm is one of them. I suspect Fleiss knows this but also knows the concept would make a great “reality”-TV show pitch. I know I’d watch it. Mariel Garza mariel.garza@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Giants pay tribute to Hunter Pence, get destroyed by Dodgers

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–The voice of public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon echoed throughout AT&T Park, just as it does before every home game.“Now taking the field, your San Francisco Giants.”It’s the traditional cue for all nine starters to run out from the dugout, but ahead of game 162, only one Giants player emerged. Hunter Pence sprinted to his place in right field and received a standing ovation from an adoring …last_img read more

World Cup Fan Fests to wow crowds

first_img17 May 2010Not all fans will be able to get their hands on coveted 2010 Fifa World Cup™ tickets, but they’ll still be able to experience the biggest soccer extravaganza in Africa at live Fan Fests – official public viewing events – in all nine host cities.Millions of fans are expected to watch the matches live and experience the unique World Cup ambience in these outdoor areas. Entrance to the Fifa Fan Fest™ is free, with all 64 matches to be broadcast on giant screens in a safe and secure environment.Fan fests in GautengIn Johannesburg, close to Alexandra township and the Sandton central business district, lies Innes Free Park, the venue for the Sandton Fan Fest. This park, with its rolling grass and water features, will provide a picturesque location for the event, with the Sandton skyline as a backdrop.Soweto soccer fans will watch all World Cup matches at the Rockville Fan Fest at Elkah Stadium. The venue is conveniently located next to the Thokoza Park station of Johannesburg’s new bus rapid transit system. Up to 40 000 people can be hosted at Elkah Stadium.In Pretoria, fans will be able to watch all matches at the Centurion Cricket Ground, located just outside the city’s central business district. With both seating and standing options, fans will be able to view all the games on the 50 square metre screen, with entertainment between games.Cape Town’s Fan WalkIn Cape Town, the Grand Parade will host all soccer lovers. It is situated at the heart of the city and has undergone extensive upgrades in preparation for the tournament.Getting to the Fan Fest will be easy, with the overhauled Cape Town Station just a few hundred metres from the venue. Or through the Fan Walk, which stretches from the Cape Town Stadium through the centre of Cape Town to the Grand Parade.Fan Fest on the beachDurban’s Fan Fest is the only one in South Africa situated on the beach – and with the city’s all-year round warm weather, fans will be in for a real feast. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is also within walking distance from the Fan Fest.In the Free State, the Fan Fest will be located at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in the township of Rocklands, 15 minutes from the Bloemfontein city centre.Within the venue, five-a-side football pitches will be available and fans will be able to get to and from the Fan Fest on a dedicated shuttle that runs from the centre of town.In Mpumalanga, Bergvlam High School will host all soccer lovers. It’s located just outside the Nelspruit city centre. Ample parking spaces will be available within walking distance of the Fan Fest, with the city providing alternative transport arrangements to ensure that people are able to move between the stadium and the fan fest with ease.In the Eastern Cape, the Port Elizabeth fan fest will be based at St Georges Park – the oldest park in the city and the site of the second-oldest cricket stadium in the country.Soccer fans will be able to get to and from the stadium on shuttle buses, or will be able to drive there and park in secure parking areas within walking distance from the venue.Hospitality packagesIn Limpopo, the Polokwane Fan Fest will be based at the city’s 107-year-old cricket club situated a short distance from the new Peter Mokaba Stadium. There will be both seating and standing options, with great views of the giant screens. Hospitality packages will also be available for those who wish to enjoy a more exclusive viewing experience.In the North West, the Fan Fest will be based at Fields College in Rustenburg, a short distance from the city centre. With a capacity of more than 20 000 people, the venue will be able to cater for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to get your hands on one of the elusive match tickets.Both parking and alternative transport arrangements will be in place to ensure easy access to the on¬site festivities.Official public viewing eventsOfficial public viewings events were first launched by Fifa at the 2006 World Cup, when more than 18-million fans gathered at the 12 official events, transforming Germany into one of the greatest fan parties of all time.Apart from the South African host cities, Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney are also locations for the official public viewing events of football’s flagship tournament.In South Africa, the Fan Fests will be organised by the host cities together with Fifa and the Local Organising Committee, with the international Fan Fest cities and Fifa taking responsibility for the international events.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Healing in South Africa’s fynbos soil

first_img26 May 2015Bacteria rich fynbos soil could bolster the battle against disease with its own unique antibiotics, according to new research undertaken at Stellenbosch University.In his quest to discover new antibiotics, Dr Du Preez van Staden turned to fynbos to look for a group of peptide antibiotics, called lantibiotics. These have the same function as strong antibiotics that are used to treat bacterial infections.Van Staden says of the two lantibiotic-producing bacteria found in the soil, one helps to produce a new lantibiotic that works to kill disease-causing bacteria.“Results showed that the bacteria from fynbos soils produced lantibiotics that are active against a range of bacteria,” he says.This includes Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. It can cause mild infection on the skin, resulting in sores or boils. In some cases it can cause more serious skin infections or infect the lungs, the bloodstream or surgical wounds.It is spread by contact.“We also found that these lantibiotics were just as effective as a well-known commercially available product used for the treatment of skin infections and did not negatively affect wound healing,” Van Staden adds. “The role lantibiotics may play in wound healing is currently being investigated.”Apart from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, he says, lantibiotics also have the potential to help fight bacteria that cause abdominal infections, crusting blisters on the skin, infections of medical implants and soft tissue under the skin, gastroenteritis, infection of the back of the throat and scarlet fever.“Lantibiotics could be an attractive alternative to traditional antibiotics/antimicrobial treatments and could also be used in conjunction with commercially available antimicrobial products for a more effective reduction in bacterial resistance.”The newly discovered lantibiotic has a stronger stability than two other known lantibiotics. “Commercially, this would possibly translate into a product with a longer shelf-life.”He says his research could have a significant health impact because skin and soft tissue infections are the most common types of infections, made worse by the increase in antibiotic resistance.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Roger Federer gets death threat at Shanghai Masters, security tightened

first_imgWorld number one tennis player Roger Federer has received an online death threat prior to a tournament in Shanghai.The director of Shanghai Masters championship, Yang Yibin, confirmed the threat to the Swiss player.An unknown blogger said he planned to assassinate Federer in his post on a popular Chinese website.The government agencies have been contacted to increase security around Federer and his family.He also posted a doctored image showing a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court with a masked executioner dressed in black and holding an axe posing next to him.Police and other government agencies have been contacted to increase security around Federer and his family.Attacks on tennis players are rare, but in 1993 Monica Seles was stabbed by a deranged fan during a match in Hamburg. In the 2009 French Open final, a fan invaded the court and tried to put a beret on Federer before being tackled by security officials.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic sails into Eastbourne final

first_imgNovak Djokovic sharpened his grasscourt game ahead of next week’s Wimbledon by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 on Friday to reach the Aegon International final on another rain-disrupted day at Eastbourne.The Serbian world number four saved three break points at 4-4 before breaking his opponent’s serve in the next game to claim the opening set.Medvedev conceded another break in the ninth game of the second set as Djokovic sealed the victory in 82 minutes.Top seed Djokovic, playing in his first Wimbledon warm-up event since 2010, will be seeking his first title since claiming the Qatar Open in January.He will meet Gael Monfils in Saturday’s final after the second seed beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-7(7) 7-6(4) in an all-French semi-final showdown.last_img read more

Kimberly Wyatt Visits Ghana

first_imgSinger, dancer and TV personality Kimberly Wyatt recently had an inspiring visit to Ghana, to see how some of the money raised by schools and the public from this year’s Red Nose Day, £10million of which was match funded by the UK Government, is building brighter futures for children across Africa.Video: Kimberly Wyatt visits Ghana to see how Red Nose Day cash is building brighter futuresFollowing her recent Celebrity Masterchef win, Kimberly visited schools and families that are benefiting from the work of the Sabre Trust, a project that is training kindergarten teachers to use interactive activities in class, transforming the way children are taught. In Ghana, almost half of all kindergarten teachers have not had formal training, and more than 355,000 four and five year olds are not in school.Kimberly, who hadn’t been away from 10 month old daughter Willow for longer than a few days, said: “This was truly a life changing experience. Seeing the excitement and joy on the children’s faces as they answered questions was so inspiring and made me think about my own baby girl’s learning and development. Meeting the children’s parents and hearing about the difference teaching has made in their home lives also shows how it doesn’t just enable these kids to read and write, but helps give them the best possible start in life so they can make a positive difference in their communities for years to come.”International Development Secretary Justine Greening, said: “The way children are taught in their early years provides a foundation for the rest of their lives. A positive school environment engages young children, helping give them the skills and knowledge they need to get the most from their education.“By matching £10 million of public donations to this year’s Red Nose Day, including all of the money raised by children in UK schools, we will support Sabre Trust’s fast-track teacher training work so thousands more school children across Ghana can benefit from this high-energy, innovative approach.”Red Nose Day 2015 raised over £95 million, which will be spent to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in some of the poorest communities around the world. This includes £10 million provided by the UK government, which included doubling all of the money raised by schools across the UK, so that twice as many children could gain access to essential learning. The Sabre Trust project is one of many putting that cash to work, improving the quality of education across Africa and building brighter futures for thousands of children.last_img read more