first_imgThe Principal Investigator on the Ebola Natural History Study in Liberia Dr. Mosoka Fallah has called on Liberians to embark on the same spirit used during the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak through its communities engagement to eliminate rabies from Liberia. Dr. Fallah made the statement yesterday at the celebration of World Rabies Day under the theme: “Educate, Vaccinate and Eliminate’ held at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville.He said even though rabies is a killer disease, it can be prevented and completely eliminated in the country if citizens rise up against it as it was done during the Ebola outbreak.Dr. Fallah noted that to eliminate rabies is for pet owners to ensure that their dogs are vaccinated against rabies.He advised that in order to eliminate rabies from killing less than 15 year old children, inter sectoral meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture and health must work together to pay for the cost of immunizing dogs.“It’s important for these things to be put in place because Liberia doesn’t have a good surveillance system therefore we must use the measures that was enforced during the EVD outbreak to save the lives of our people,” Dr. Fallah said.He encouraged awareness campaign programs to educate communities on the danger and the preventive measures on how to help communities eliminate rabies in the country.He pointed out that this venture is necessary because if citizens are not educated about the danger and the prevention of rabies they will not know what to do and how to prevent it .Meanwhile, Roseline George, Deputy Director for Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health, disclosed that statistics indicate that there are 779 dog bites cases in the country with Montserrado County accounting for the highest cases of 444 incidents.The issue of addressing rabies is very significant to the country because there are many citizens affected with cases of rabies that have led to the deaths of several young people.To eliminate rabies the Ministries of health, agriculture and World Health Organization and others, have introduced vaccines to be used to treat victims of rabies, and the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville is the center for the exercise.Dr. Garba Ahmed of the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) County Team Leader of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) encouraged Liberians to report cases of rabies and must also take their dogs to be vaccinated.“We need to work together to end rabies and this can be done if everyone works to create awareness and then going to the health facility for vaccination,” Dr. Ahmed said.Several speakers at the occasion spoke of the danger of rabies if it is not treated and called on government and partners to decentralize the immunization process by taking the awareness and treatment to other counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER – Officials from the California Transportation Commission now plan to recommend full funding for the widening of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway between the Orange County border and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. Last week the Commission said it would only advise that half of the $387 million still needed for the $1.2 billion project be allocated, causing an uproar from various agencies and cities involved. But late Monday CTC staff amended their recommendations, agreeing that not fully funding the project “may be a hardship for the implementing agencies,” said Mitch Weiss, deputy director of the CTC. “After talking with the different agencies that will be affected, the Commission decided they wanted to make sure enough money was available to implement the project,” Weiss said Tuesday. The money will come from a transportation bond passed by voters in November that directed $4.7billion for highway improvements throughout California. Originally, the plans called for widening the freeway from the Orange County border in Buena Park to Bloomfield Avenue. But officials in La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk have been pushing for years to extend the project all the way to the 605. The plan now is to widen the I-5 Freeway from six to 10 lanes between Buena Park and the 605, with a car-pool lane on each side. Sixteen years ago those city leaders formed the I-5 Joint Powers Authority to find the funding for the extension. So far, they’ve acquired $800 million, but in order for all the work to be accomplished, they have said they need an additional $387million. Officials claim that stretch of the I-5 is one of the most congested sections of highway in the Los Angeles basin. As both a representative from the Joint Powers Authority and city manager of Santa Fe Springs, Fred Latham said now the project can finally go forward. “I’m very pleased,” Latham said. “It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. We were led to believe that they were going to recommend full funding a couple of months ago, then last week they said they’d only give half. Now I’m pleased again.” Much of the pre-construction work has already been completed, including the environmental impact reviews and initial designs, he said. The nine-member CTC will vote today on the recommendations. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 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

first_img0Shares0000Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will embark on a new career with LA Galaxy in the Major Soccer League after cutting his contract short at Manchester United © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 30 – Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic by declaring his departure from Manchester United a “sad” moment for European football.The former Paris Saint-Germain striker secured a move to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy last week after United agreed to cancel his contract three months early. Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season at Old Trafford, but struggled to recapture his best form after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht last April.The 36-year-old Swede managed only one goal for United after making his comeback in November, with his final appearance for the club against Burnley on Boxing Day.“For me, it’s always sad when the big players go in the direction of the end,” United manager Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.“I remember for example Luis Figo, after his last match, with me and with Inter Milan.“I always remember it as one of my saddest moments because I always feel very, very sorry when the big ones finish or go to the last period of their careers.“Zlatan is a huge big player that European football is losing now and forever because he will not be back to this level.”However, Mourinho added: “This period with Galaxy, these couple of years, will be very good for him and American football.”– Shaw option –Meanwhile Mourinho indicated Luke Shaw could win a reprieve despite his recent fierce criticism of the defender.Left-back Ashley Young has been struggling with a knee injury, suffered while on England duty, as United prepare to face Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday, with Shaw his likely deputy.Shaw played in United’s most recent match, a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Brighton on March 17, but was substituted at half-time and then pilloried by Mourinho afterwards.The Portuguese manager accused Shaw of not defending well enough, and giving Brighton too much room down the right flank.Shaw is known to be angry with the way he has been treated, but Mourinho insisted the full-back had not been frozen out.“If he’s available, Luke Shaw is always an option,” Mourinho said. “Ashley Young was available to play against Brighton and I started with Luke Shaw, so that’s not a problem.”Reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss the Swansea game after suffering a knee injury during Argentina’s 6-1 defeat by Spain in Madrid on Tuesday.Romero has been United’s FA Cup ‘keeper this season, but is a major doubt for the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on April 21 after injuring his right knee in a collision with Diego Costa.“Romero is injured, and I think he will be for a few weeks,” Mourinho, whose second-placed side are currently a huge 16 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City, said. “I think in the end he was lucky because it was a strong contusion (bruise) and will take a little bit of time to recover.”Mourinho and Swansea counterpart Carlos Carvalhal are the only two Portuguese managers in the Premier League, and have a long-standing friendship.Carvalhal, who has taken Swansea three points clear of the relegation zone since arriving at the Welsh club in December after leaving second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, described Mourinho as the “king of coaches”, before the two men enjoyed a cordial phone conversation on Thursday.“He said I opened the door for more Portuguese coaches to leave which is something I know is true,” Mourinho told reporters.“I speak with him a couple of times every week. Last night I spoke with him a little and thanked him for his nice words. It is one thing to think something, but another to say it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgApril in South Africa is Freedom Month, to mark 27 April 1994, the day all citizens won the right to vote in democratic elections and choose their own leaders for the very first time. In 2016 we celebrate 22 years of this freedom. Study finds South Africans are proud and patriotic ahead of Freedom MonthComing ahead of the country’s annual commemoration of Freedom Month, Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research shows that being South African is a significant element of individual and national identity. Over 80% of 2 536 respondents say they are extremely proud to be South African. READ MORE > South Africa’s Constitution: youth weigh inAlmost 100 young South Africans aged between 19 and 22 were asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation how the Constitution and Bill of Rights affected their lives. Their answers are on display at the foundation in an exhibition entitled “My Constitution”. READ MORE > Quiz: 2016 local electionsWith the local election date officially announced as 3 August, South Africans will have the opportunity to vote for the leaders that will run their wards for the next five years. But how much do you know about local elections? Take our quiz and find out. READ MORE > Freedom is … your rights. A people’s guide to the Bill of RightsAs South Africa celebrates 22 years of democracy during Freedom Month, we bring you a plain language version of the country’s globally admired Bill of Rights – our guarantee of freedom. Get to know your rights, and protect the rights of others. READ MORE > 22 memories of martyrs for our freedomFreedom Month celebrates the time South Africans voted in the country’s first free elections. This April, with local elections to be held in a few months, it’s important for all South Africans to remember the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for our right to vote. READ MORE > Vuk’uzenzele! How to start your own small business in South AfricaYou have a great business idea, but how do you make it a reality? As part of our Vuk’uzenzele! series on economic freedom, we will look at how ordinary South Africans can play their part and use their entrepreneurial skills to not only better their lives, but also the lives of people around them. Our infographic guides you through the process of starting your own small business. READ MORE > 22 monuments for 22 years of freedomMonuments to peace and freedom are found across South Africa – not surprising, given our country’s long history of struggle against oppression. With April marking the 22nd anniversary of South Africa’s freedom, we showcase 22 monuments that pay homage to the heroes who made this country great. READ MORE > Joburg honours struggle iconsThe City of Joburg on Wednesday gave its highest honour, the Freedom of the City, to two struggle icons: George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni. READ MORE > Freedom Park marks monuments daySouth Africa’s Freedom Park joined the world in commemorating International Day of Monuments and Sites on 18 April. READ MORE > South African local elections date setThe next local government elections will take place on 3 August 2016. The minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs will follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the date and fulfil other requirements needed, the Presidency said yesterday in announcing the date. READ MORE >last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africans are resilient, innovative and diverse. The latest Brand South Africa advert showcases these traits succinctly.South Africans are united in their diversity. Brand South Africa calls on all of us to take pride in our nation, and believe in the strength of our people. (Images: Brand South Africa).Developed as marketing material to promote and enhance South Africa’s nation brand reputation and perception, this advert highlights our people as a strength of the nation brand. It aims to communicate and reinforce our positive attributes such as our resilience, innovation, unity in diversity, and our ambition.To South Africans: take pride in your nation, stand tall and believe in the strength of our people.last_img read more

first_imgNana Patole, BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra tendered his resignation from the Lok Sabha on Friday and announced his intention of campaigning for the Congress in Gujarat. Mr Patole will address a rally attended by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on December 11.The MP sent a single line resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, but elaborated on his reasons for quitting in a two-page letter appended to the resignation, citing rising agrarian distress as the main reason for quitting.Mr Patole announced his intention to campaign for the Congress in Gujarat at a meeting with All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Maharashra unit in-charge Mohan Prakash.Mr Prakash said his party was a home for Mr Patole. “He is an old colleague from the party. He has been raising the issues Rahul ji (Congress vice president) and our party have been raising. He did so by staying within the ruling party,” Mr. Prakash said.Farmers’ suicidesThe MP told The Hindu that he was quitting the BJP as he felt that both the Central and State government [in Maharashtra] headed by the BJP were unable to address the issue of agrarian distress.“Farmers suicides have gone up several levels in the last three years and despite having sought time from both Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, I wasn’t given a hearing,” he said.Mr Patole moved to the BJP from the Congress before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and defeated former Union minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel from the Bhandara-Gondiya seat.“All of you are questioning my timing. Let me tell you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday reacting to the “neech” comment said he is being insulted for belonging to the OBC community. I want to tell everyone how he insults every OBC MP and party functionary,” Mr Patole said.The MP had earlier spoken out against Mr Modi, who he said, had refused to listen to him at a closed door meeting with BJP MPs from Maharashtra.‘Not joining any party’“I am not joining any political party for the moment,” Mr Patole said. “My identity is not limited to being a parliamentarian. I am a known voice in Maharashtra, who speaks for the farmers. So if need be I can float my own party.”The Congress, he says, is a better party where grievances are heard. In the BJP, he rued that he was treated as an “untouchable”.“The PM invokes his caste at drop of the moment.[But] His caste certificate needs to be verified. Is he an OBC at all? Whenever I mentioned farmers’ distress or rising suicides, I was shouted down by him,” he said.last_img read more