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Ebola Attacks Kakata: 4 Die, 11 Infected


first_imgAs of late yesterday afternoon, a registered nurse and three other clinical staff  have died at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi , and 11 others working at the facility are said to be showing symptoms of the Ebola disease, the hospital’s Medical Director has disclosed.Dr. Adolphus Yeiah told the Daily Observer Wednesday that as the result of the ongoing deaths of the nurses and other support staff,his administration is contemplating shutting down the hospital if results of specimens taken from other nurses and sent for testing in Monrovia prove positive.In a brief exclusive interview with this newspaper, Dr. Yeiah added that the decision to close the hospital down “is  intended to be awarning sign to the public and other institutions that the situation could go from bad to worse, as there are other sensitive health-related issues that we are closely monitoring as well.”The situation has left the hospital partially abandoned by the nurses, “because they have been complaining about the lack of personalprotective equipment (PPEs), but to no avail.”According to Dr. Yeiah, one of the Ebola victims, a lab technician, Steven Blamah, contracted the virus along with the other 11 othernurses (not named) from one of their late colleagues, John Quaye. The late Mr. Quaye worked with another public health facility in Kakata, but died recently of  Ebola.”After contracting the virus, the late Quaye concealed the information from his colleagues, and was working alongside them, while secretly treating suspected patients of the virus at the same time at his private clinic and also at his residence.”The late Mr. Quaye’s wife and sister (not named) are also down with the virus and are refusing to show up at the hospital, after doctors had advised them to do so following Quaye’s death.Meanwhile, it is being reported that residents of Kakata City are now gripped with fear as the Ebola virus  spreads its tentacles in thatdensely populated part of the country. The city center and other public areas that usually attract huge numbers of people are becoming virtually empty, according to one of our sources.It is reported that a group of health workers on the Ebola Team is now in Kakata to evacuate the infected victims to Monrovia to bequarantined in a better environment where they would be properly monitored.  That exercise, Dr. Yeiah said, will also help to stop thespread of the virus in the densely populated city of Kakata and its environs.But our Kakata-based source said that the medical facility at the City Clinic, where the first victim contracted the virus has  beenclosed for 34 days. Accordingly, the process of chlorinating all public facilities as well as some ‘sensitive’ private areas in the county are well underway.Observers see the Ebola attack on Kakata as extremely disturbing, given the city’s central location.  Most travelers up country, especially to Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and other parts of southeastern Liberia not only pass through Kakata, but also stop there for refueling, rest, food and shopping.Kakata lies in the heart of Liberia’s rubber belt.  It is adjacent to three major concession areas, Firestone, Salala Rubber Corporation situated in Weala near Salala, Bong County, and China Union, the mining concession operating the former Bong Mines in the densely populated Fauma Chiefdom.  Closer to Kakata is the country’s largest privately owned rubber plantation, Morris American Rubber, formerly known as Morris Farm.There are also many major educational institutions in Kakata, the biggest being the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), the Lango Lippaye High School, St. Augustine High School and the Cuttington Community College, which also trains nurses.In a related development, the  Christian church, Full Gospel Ministry, has declared a five-day Fast and Prayer in Kakata to appeal for God’s divine intervention to heal the land. “We have gathered at the Philadelphia Church on Kakata’s main street to pray for God’s intervention in our situation,” a member of the church has said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Stay Green appoints Caruso account manager


first_imgStay Green Inc., a Santa Clarita landscape contracting firm, has recently appointed Michael Caruso as its account manager for Los Angeles County. Caruso will operate out of SGI’s L.A. branch office located in North Hollywood. Caruso’s duties include serving existing accounts, including meetings with property managers and owners, “walk-throughs” of properties, identifying and resolving client issues, directing landscape upgrades and enhancements, and managing the SGI crews that work in the region. Involved in the landscape business for the last 20 years in various parts of the country, including the East Coast and San Francisco, Caruso has grown to prefer the warm Southern California weather. A previous employer in the Bay Area, who happens to be a friend of SGI President Richard Angelo, referred him to SGI. Caruso is also experienced in water and energy conservation, which should result in major cost savings for his SGI clients. “As an account manager, I will always be on the front line of the company’s activities,” Caruso said. “I enjoy dealing with clients directly, ascertaining their needs and meeting those needs in a way that makes them happy and our company look good.” Regarding his goals for the position, the conservation-minded Caruso commented: “Our accounts in this region are spread out in a very large area. I am going to work to see that the gaps between clients are filled in with new customers. This will bring more efficiency to our crews and our workday.” SGI’s Financial Controller Chris Angelo welcomed Caruso to the Stay Green family. “Mike Caruso is an excellent communicator, a big-picture person and an experienced salesman,” Angelo said. “He will make an excellent addition to our growing L.A. County team.” The announcer-voiced Caruso has quite an interesting set of hobbies that include surfing, brewing his own beer, cooking, doing light gardening, and growing carnivorous plants. Can you say “Little Shop of Horrors”? He is newly married and lives in Redondo Beach. Stay Green Inc. is a family-owned landscape service firm providing landscape maintenance, tree and plant health care services in Southern California and just celebrated its 36th anniversary in business. President Richard Angelo is a past state president of CLCA and is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and well-respected leaders in the landscape industry. For more information, please call (800) 858-5508 or visit www.staygreen.com. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.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


Manchester City blow! Vincent Kompany ruled out of Champions League clash


first_img Vincent Kompany 1 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.The defender has missed City’s last three games with a calf injury and will not travel to Germany with the rest of the squad. Fellow centre-back Eliaquim Mangala (groin) also remains on the sidelines.However, there was better news for manager Manuel Pellegrini as goalkeeper Joe Hart, David Silva and Yaya Toure were all included in the travelling party for a game City will feel they have to win if they are to progress to the knockout stages.last_img


Jack Butland says England squad return is a proud moment


first_img Jack Butland Jack Butland has called being back in the England fold after a long spell on the sidelines a proud moment for him and his family.Stoke goalkeeper Butland returns to Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on June 10 and a friendly against France three days later after a year of injury problems which started on England duty in Germany last March.The 24-year-old played just five matches last season after returning from an ankle injury in April and he is delighted to be back in the reckoning for England.Butland told a press conference: “It’s been a long time and I’ve got the three lions back on my chest – I’m wearing that shirt again, which always has been an honour.“It’s a proud moment for me and my family. To be back here after some difficult times is really good and I’m just thoroughly enjoying being back and I’m looking forward to the week ahead.”England’s preparations for their forthcoming matches saw 20 members of the squad – along with key members of the Football Association’s backroom staff – head to the Royal Marines’ Commando Training Centre in Devon.Butland spoke highly of the trip, adding: “It was tough but it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.“We got to experience their way of life, the way they do things, their values and just how tight-knit they are as a family.“I think as a squad and players we all benefited from that. There was a lot to learn – stuff that we’re keen to take forward in what we’re trying to achieve.“I think it was very positive and rewarding for everyone in the squad.“We always want to achieve as well as we can do but if you keep preparing the same, you’ll get the same results. I think that’s something that Gareth lives by and it’s important that we stretch ourselves.“The Marines talk about something called disconnected expectations – which is the shock factor. It’s being taken out of your comfort zone and being able to perform as well as you can do when you’re at your most fatigued and out of your comfort zone.“That was something that was big for us and being able to pull together.”Butland believes his rivalry with fellow shot-stopper Joe Hart is positive for both players.He said: “I’ve known Joe for a long time – all the way from when I was in the youth team at Birmingham and he was on loan there from Man City – and we’ve always had a healthy relationship.“I think that bodes really well when we come into squads. I’m keen to do as well as I can and in turn that pushes him and likewise pushes me back.“It’s really healthy and positive and it gets the best out of each other.” 1last_img read more


FORMER FINN HARPS STAR ORDERED TO PAY €24,700 RENT


first_imgA FORMER Finn Harps player who rented a bookies shop which he never actually opened has been ordered to pay €24,700 in back rent to a landlord.Maurice Toland, from St Johnston, had contested a case at the Circuit Civil Court in Letterkenny brought by landlord John Quinn.However a judge said that Mr Toland had attempted to rectify matters and found that Mr Quinn could have done more to prevent the dispute escalating. Judge Petria McDonnell heard various legal arguments about the case.The court heard that Mr Toland and his brother Liam had taken out a lease on the bookies shop on Navenny Street in Ballybofey in March 2008, not long after Liam had leased another bookmakers business to the multi-national giant Ladbrokes.However the brothers never went into business there.Barrister for Mr Toland Sean MacAodh told the court that his client paid five months’ rent and in July 2008 had phoned Mr Quinn to say they had decided not to go ahead and open the bookmakers shop.An independent witness, estate agent Martin McGowan, told the court that he had approached Mr Quinn that summer with instructions from Maurice Toland to offer €10,000 to exit a 24-month lease.Mr Quinn denied discussing this with either Mr Toland or Mr McGowan.However Judge McDonnell accepted their version of events telling the court: “I do accept these conversations took place.”The judge said that in her view, with the economic realities of the time in 2008 and the crash, Mr Quinn should have accepted them and “moved on.”She said the case was unfortunate but accepted that Mr Quinn was still owed monies.Mr Quinn’s barrister argued for 24 months rent, plus 2% interest plus costs in the case.However Judge McDonnell agreed a settlement of 21 months rent, totalling €24,700. She refused to add interest and ordered each side to pay their own costs.FORMER FINN HARPS STAR ORDERED TO PAY €24,700 RENT was last modified: October 18th, 2013 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) Tags:BookiesJohn QuinnLetterkenny CourtMaurice Tolandlast_img read more


Classic South African action film returns to the big screen


first_imgJoe Bullet, a South African film made in 1971 had a limited re-release on big screens in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January with more planned for the rest of the year.In 1971, Ken Gampu starred as Joe Bullet, a no-nonsense real South African movie hero. (Image: Retro Afrika Bioscope webpage)CD AndersonJoe Bullet has made an appearance back on the big screen. The South African action film, made in 1971 had a limited re-release in Johannesburg and Cape Town this past January, with more showings planned for the rest of the year.The film is the story of a local soccer team caught in the web of the criminal underworld. It features a strong black South African action hero, something almost unheard-of in the South African film industry during apartheid. It had an all-black cast, including singer Abigail Kubeka and Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet.A digitally restored Joe Bullet has recently been shown at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg and in The Company’s Garden in Cape Town. It was restored by Gravel Road Distribution, supervised by the film’s original producer, Tonie van der Merwe.The showings proved to be a great success, with more screenings planned across South Africa for the rest of the year, as well as a possible DVD and digital release available soon, the company says.Originally banned by the apartheid government, and then later unbanned but never released commercially, Joe Bullet has a very South African feel and setting.Local filmmakers Van der Merwe and Louis de Witt specialised in making films for black South African audiences. The company’s aim was to tell South African stories using film, and developing black South African actors and technical expertise at a time when most film production was dominated by white South Africans.The producers made more than 400 films, quickly and cheaply, specialising in human drama stories and action films that did not upset the government too much. The films proved popular among black audiences eager to see stories and characters that they could identify with.However, due to the positive portrayal of a black hero in Joe Bullet, the film was their most controversial film. Apartheid government censors cut short the film’s potential to entertain the masses.Van der Merwe received an African Movie Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the South African film industry, and helping launch the careers of many of the country’s prominent black actors and crew workers, all in the face of apartheid government interference.Joe Bullet himself, Gampu, went on to act in local films and television series. He also had an impressive international film career during the 1980s, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s best, including Sharon Stone (in King Solomon’s Mines), Richard Burton and Roger Moore (in The Wild Geese). Gampu also starred in one of South Africa’s most popular cinematic exports, The Gods Must Be Crazy. He died in 2003.African films from the 1970s and 80s have enjoyed a recent renaissance among local film fans. Previously unavailable films have been released on DVD, while some of the era’s best films have been broadcast on the DStv Mzansi Bioskop channel (164).Watch the Joe Bullet trailer belowVisit the Joe Bullet Facebook page for more information on future screenings in Johannesburg and Cape Town.For more information on iconic South African films from the last 50 years, visit the Retro Afrika Bioscope website.Source: Channel24 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Most Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeo


first_imgrichard macmanus Although we think SimpleGeo has a lot of potential, we should note that geolocation is a very crowded field. As Marshall Kirkpatrick explained last month, SimpleGeo is competing in some way with entrenched enterprise geodata megaliths like Esri; slow-baked open source standards-based technologies such as OpenGeo; hip startups like Locationlabs, Factual and Foursquare; BigCos like Facebook and Google; and free open-source geodata backed by big mapping companies. As a sign of things to come, earlier this month SimpleGeo launched into public beta two free application programming interfaces (APIs) that offer a large amount of information about 13 million places in the United States. This information will be available for free, forever, to anyone building an application that needs local context.Let us know in the comments if you agree with our choice for Most Promising company for 2011, or whether you think another company should’ve been selected. ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyLocation has been a big trend of 2010. Foursquare, Facebook, Google and others have developed successful products using location data. The idea behind SimpleGeo is to be a platform for others to utilize location data.Back in February, before SimpleGeo had launched, the company claimed to be indexing more than 1 million location-based objects every hour. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#Location#NYT#web#Year in Review A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday we selected our Best LittleCo of 2010, the light blogging service Tumblr. In this post we select a company that we think has the potential to be Best LittleCo of 2011. Next year we’re expecting a lot from data-centric companies and one in particular. This company provides a platform for developers to create location-aware applications: SimpleGeo.This is the 7th year that we’ve chosen a Most Promising company. Looking back at our results, we’ve hit the mark sometimes: for example, Feedburner in 2004 and Digg in 2005. Other times our picks have been accurate on the trends, but flew wide of the dartboard when it came to picking the successful companies. We chose sync app Sharpcast (now SugarSync) in 2006, but DropBox is better known now. We chose Brightkite in 2008, which ultimately lost out to Foursquare in the battle of the check-in apps. However, we think we have a winner here in SimpleGeo! SimpleGeo comes out of Boulder, Colorado – one of the most innovative startup scenes in the U.S. currently.As ReadWriteWeb’s Chris Cameron explained in May, SimpleGeo evolved out of an earlier company: CrashCorp, created by SocialThing founder Matt Galligan and former Digg Chief Architect Joe Stump. The original plan of CrashCorp was to create mobile games using augmented reality, but the young company soon learned that the hardest part was developing the back-end geolocation infrastructure that would support their applications. Thus was born SimpleGeo. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


President inaugurates Shirdi airport


first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the newly-built, ₹350 crore international airport at Shirdi in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district to coincide with the start of Sai Baba’s year-long death centenary celebrations.President Kovind, who cut the ribbon in the morning, dedicated the airport to the people. The airport was built with the rationale of drastically shortening the travel time from Mumbai to 40 minutes instead of the five-hour road trip.Following the inauguration, commercial flight operations will begin with a flight to Mumbai being operated by Alliance Air.The airport had secured the aerodrome licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for commercial operations last month. The objective was to facilitate the speedy and comfortable arrival of pilgrims from the country’s financial capital to the legendary Sai Baba shrine – one of the busiest and most popular pilgrimage centres in the country visited by more than 30,000 devotees daily. Sunday marked the start of the year-long centenary celebrations (from October 1 to October 18, 2018) of Saint Sai Baba’s ‘Mahasamadhi’ in 1918, airport authorities expect heavy pilgrim traffic. Last week, as part of the trial run, the first flight – an Alliance Air aircraft (ATR 72) – covered the 245 km-odd distance in 45 minutes.The airport, with its 2,500 m-long runway, is equipped to handle single narrow-body aircraft like Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s. Part of the funding for the airport (₹ 50 crore) came from the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust.The 2,750 sq.m.-terminal building can accommodate nearly 300 passengers in total.last_img read more


‘Playing It My Way’ was a book waiting to be written: Here’s why


first_imgTwo very different conversations with two close friends, both of whom are much revered national icons. The first with Sachin Tendulkar a few days after India had won the World Cup in April, 2011. We were taking stock of a career unrivalled and Sachin was recounting some of his highest points. Inevitably, the 1992 Australia tour featured in it. This is what he had to say, “Dada (Sourav) and I were roommates in Sydney and a little past midnight on the eve of the SCG Test I was doing a bit of shadow practice, trying to plan how to play the Australian bowlers the next day. Dada got up and was taken aback to see me up that late at night. He asked me to go to sleep for I had to bat the next day.” (‘Playing It My Way’ wins prestigious award, named Book of the Year)And here’s Sourav on the same incident. “I wasn’t playing the match and was startled to see Sachin shadow batting at 1AM in the morning. It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep either and remember telling him that he should go to bed for he needed all the energy in the middle the next day against an Australian bowling attack which included Craig McDermott, Bruce Reid and Mike Whitney.”Playing It My Way has won the Crossword Book of the Year Award in Autobiography category.The story doesn’t end there. With little sleep the night before, Sachin was understandably tired the next day. And to catch up on some sleep while India was batting he did something that only he can. “I said to Dada that I was taking a nap on the dining table in the SCG dressing room and he should wake me up in some time. I managed a good 45-minute nap. It wasn’t the only time I did so in my career.”advertisementSourav – “He actually slept on the dining table for some time and when the next wicket fell I woke him up. When it was his turn to bat he scored a majestic 148, his first hundred against Australia in Australia. Clearly we were seeing a genius in our midst.”There is a book here isn’t it? How can these stories not be written up for millions for fans to savour? How can Sachin, a treasure trove of such stories, not open up to tell us his story in his own words? Playing it My Way was waiting to be written.After many hours of trying to emphasize the seriousness of the project, Sachin, the obsessive perfectionist, was ready. He agreed that the book would be his legacy a 100 years down the line and also realised that we couldn’t wait to start after he had called it a day. Doing so would mean we would lose valuable time and it wasn’t the best idea. Documenting a two and a half decade long cricketing life was a mammoth project and to do it well we needed substantial time. An immediate start was a necessity.Many a mock session was conducted in his 19A Perry Cross Road Bungalow in West Bandra discussing the structure and work flow before we were both convinced that we were ready to get off the blocks. Anjali and Ajit joined in some of these sessions and that helped a great deal. Each of them helped Sachin on the way and in no time confidentiality agreements were signed and it was decided that we’d select themes and record a particular incident or episode in one particular session. I had to tell him a day or two in advance what the theme was for the next session to get him up to speed with his thoughts. His ability to remember things in real detail helped and it was mutually agreed that we’d not do anything in a hurry. It had to be a Test match innings and not a T20 slog.The first session lasted a little more than three hours. As with many more in the future, it started with Sachin ordering some delicious pasta for us both and going over the structure one more time. On Day one we talked about the 2011 World Cup, the highest point in his career and something that was still very fresh in his mind. It was important for Sachin to get used to the routine. He hadn’t batted on a literary pitch before and it was natural he’d take some time to warm up. The World Cup was an easy start and something he loves to talk about. As it happened, in the very first session itself I learnt things which I had no knowledge off despite having covered the World Cup to the best of my ability. Here’s a sample:advertisementOn returning to the hotel at the end of the World Cup final, Sachin and Anjali had put flowers in their ear and danced to loud Bollywood music in the confines of their room at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, something they had never done in their lives. All inhibitions had been shed for it was a night like no other.Thereafter, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh had sung Tujme Rab Dikta Hain Yaara Main Kya Karoon, a very popular number at the time, much to the embarrassment of the master.The book had started with a beautiful cover drive for four.Since then it took us a little more than three years to put the thing together. More than 130 hours of interviews, traveling all over the world fitting in sessions wherever we could and whenever Sachin had the time amidst his cricketing commitments, multiple drafts and many edits down the line we finally had Playing it My Way.last_img read more