The County Health Officer and Co-chair on the Bomi County Taskforce, Dr. G. Gorbee Logan, has told the Daily Observer that he needs more support for his experiment, which he has used to “cure” at least 10 persons who once tested positive with Ebola.He, however, stressed to the Observer that it was yet too early to say that his experiment was working or works effectively against the deadly disease, which has so far killed over 2000 persons in Liberia alone. He said he determined to carry out the test on as many as 500 patients so as to validate his claim that his self-invented protocol works well against the virus.Dr. Logan administered Lamivudine drug through his protocol to cure the 10 Ebola patients in Bomi County, with several others on medication in the Ebola Treatment Unit.Speaking on Friday at the reunification and certification program of the Ebola disease survivors in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Dr. Logan said, the using of Lamivudine drug on affected Ebola patients was due to some similarity between the Human Immuno Virus (HIV) and the Ebola virus.He explained that HIV is a single stranded ribonucleic acid virus (SS-RNA) while the Ebola virus is the same.According to Dr. Logan, “If this Lamivudine drug can be used to cure hepatitis and also in combination with Zidovudine to treat HIV, and the question then asked was, would this help to cure Ebola virus? when would this research and study be conducted when our people are dying? I decided to try this medication on 15 persons.”According to the U.S. Nation Institutes of Health, Lamivudine is in a class of medications called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It works by decreasing the amount of HIV and hepatitis B in the blood. Although lamivudine does not cure HIV, it may decrease your chance of developing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and HIV-related illnesses such as serious infections or cancer. The drug, when used alone or in combination with other antiviral medications, can cause serious damage to the liver and a condition called lactic acidosis. Therefore it must be prescribed following tests administered by a medical doctor and monitored for side effects on a patient by patient basis. Dr. Logan continued that along the way of trying the medication on 15 patients who blood samples were tested positive at the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR) earlier, 10 survived and the treatment continued up to date for other patients, who still in the ETU.According to Dr. Logan, the Lamivudine drug is in the list of World Health Organization (WHO) essential drugs that is approved for used and he did not manufactured the drug.He explained that only people who come for early treatment can be provided the Lamivudine drug especially from the first day of the symptoms of Ebola to the fifth day, adding that, “Not only Lamivudine drug that is needed to cure Ebola patients and anyone who comes late cannot be given the drug.”According to him, blood samples of the 10 were taken and tested by all professional doctors and nurses including people from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as other international partners working in collaboration with the County Task Force in Bomi.The 10 persons who survived of the deadly Ebola virus disease include: Promise Galakemene, Kula Coleman, Patience Kamara, Susan K. Kamara, Bendu Kamara, Fatee Sheriff, Elizabeth Kundo, Jowel Khovoy, Tenenie Golafaley and Charles Roberts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An Ebola awareness campaign that is aimed at synchronizing cross border social mobilization, awareness and outreach on the disease prevention and interventions in Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount counties has been officially launched by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) in Monrovia.Giving an overview of the campaign last Friday, the executive director of LCP, Ambassador Juli Endee, told the gathering that since the outbreak of the killer disease in Liberia, the virus has posed a serious threat to all sectors of the Liberian economy.She noted that the virus has also undermined social and infrastructural development as well as peace and security.Besides the closure of these borders, “it is important that stringent measures be taken to provide food and other basic necessities to those affected,” said Endi adding that by doing that, the minds of Ebola affected communities and survivors could be re-directed to contribute positively to combating the spread of the virus.Against this backdrop, she said, “the Crusaders for Peace knowing the growing threat the virus has become, proposed a communication strategy and sent it to the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Internal Affairs. The strategy was immediately endorsed by them to ensure that we contribute to the fight and promote awareness on Ebola, especially in the four counties bordering Sierra Leone and Guinea.”She further disclosed that the strategy will focus on producing jingles, video and songs in the fifteen local languages that will be communicated in English, French and creole, capturing the deny symptoms, contact tracing and stigmatization in those bordering area.Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador added that her organization needs logistical support to ensure that its monitors move into villages and towns along the borders.During the mapping by her organization, she realized that the messages of preventing Ebola did not reach to some villages near the borders.“We are going into communities with messages and cell phones to inform the people that Ebola is real and can kill,” the Cultural Ambassador declared.The LCP also trained monitors in communication strategy, social mobilization, outreach, advocacy, interpersonal communications, and behavioral change, she said.Launching the synchronized cross border social mobilization, awareness and outreach on Ebola, her Hon. Associate Justice, Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh urged the LCP to remain vigorous in the fight to ensure that Liberia is declared Ebola free.In separate remarks, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter S. Coleman and Senator Edward B. Dagosseh of Grand Cape Mount thanked the LCP for the initiative and pledged their support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
When President Barack Obama took over in 2009 one of the first things he did was to appoint a Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House. Vivek Kundra (2009-2011) would lead Obama’s technology initiatives, direct the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and have oversight of federal technology spending. He would also establish and oversee enterprise architecture ensuring system interoperability, information sharing, information security and privacy across the federal government. Kundra helped lower the cost of government operations and used innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and operational efficiency in the US Government.Vivek Kundra left the Obama administration in 2011 and is credited with saving taxpayers at least $3 billion by scrutinizing IT spending and identifying underperforming projects. His replacement, Steven VanRoekel who previously served as Managing Director for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and at Microsoft, also stepped down from the role in September 2014, and returned to USAID to advise the agency on technology matters in its response to the Ebola outbreak. In Liberia, unlike President Obama, the establishment of the Chief Information Office did not make the first to-do list of President Sirleaf. It would take almost six years after her ascendency to nations highest office before the Government of Liberia began the establishment of the CIO Regime, and the subsequent appointment of the first Chief Information Officer of the Republic of Liberia. But what is this office? What does it do; where is it; and who runs it?Enshrined in the National Telecommunications & ICT Policy 2010-2015 is a mandate for the establishment of the National ICT Governing Board to “oversee, monitor and evaluate the operations and implementation of ICT objectives and programs.” This Board is comprised of members of the ICT for Development (ICT4D) Steering Committee which includes members from the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) ministries, agencies, corporations/commissions, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) mobile, fixed and ISP operators, and other sector stakeholders.The policy further mandates the ICT Governing Board to commission a central implementing body to be called the Chief Information Office or CIO. This body according to the mandate “shall be housed at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications. The CIO shall comprise of core staff to include systems engineers, technicians, and several policy staff. It shall coordinate with every ICT unit across ministries and agencies to help the GoL determine how ICT can help transform government processes, by making it efficient, transparent and citizen-centric.”Another mandate from the Policy requires executive line ministries to “nominate a champion from each ministry who will become a part of the CIO Governing Council once the CIO regime is established.” This CIO Regime is headed by the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia. The Chief Information Officer strategically focuses on improving practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing and performance of GoL information resources. In addition to being responsible for formulating programs in pursuit of the vision of the ICT Governing Board, the CIO is also responsible to handle and monitor GoL IT procurement to ensure cost effectiveness, standardization, and benefit from economies of scale.Liberia’s Chief Information Office is currently headed by Honorable Sekou Kromah. Honorable Kromah is the first CIO and comes to the job with a vast experience in the telecommunications sector. Prior to the CIO position, Honorable Kromah served as Managing Director of the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC), and the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), now LIBTELCO. He later moved from his role as the head of the national operator (LIBTELCO) to become the Deputy Minister of the Government’s telecommunications and ICT policy maker, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.Unlike his American counterpart, Kromah’s job is more challenging since he inherited a totally disintegrated and “chaotic” government ICT landscape, where almost everyone is doing what he or she wants to do with Government ICT. Yet, he stands to pioneer a lot of ICT initiatives in government; one of them involving it’s e-government program. Kromah aims is to bring some “sanity” into government’s ICT landscape and hopefully bridge the gap between Government and the people through ICTs. His goal is to bring government services online and do away with “citizens standing in line.” In addition, he is working to apply sound procurement policies, ensuring standardization of the GoL ICT platform, and maintaining a highly skilled, efficient and effective team of professionals. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja by paying homage to the founding fathers and reflecting on the achievements and challenges of the regional body over the past four decades. According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, the event, whose theme was “Nigeria, ECOWAS Celebrating The Economics of Unity,” brought together an array of former Nigerian luminaries, including one of the founding fathers of ECOWAS, former Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, senior government officials of the Nigerian Government, officials of ECOWAS and members of the Diplomatic Corps. The keynote speaker, former Nigerian Foreign Minister, Professor A. Bolaji Akinyemi, paid particular homage to former Liberian President William V.S. Tubman for his initial proposal in 1965 to form a West African Economic Community with Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In this respect, General Gowon, told participants that the formation of ECOWAS should not just be attributed to him and former President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, as usually done, but to all the fifteen West African Heads of State who signed the Treaty of Lagos to establish ECOWAS on May 18, 1975. Referring to them as ‘founding fathers, he noted that their full cooperation led to the regional economic bloc’s decades of existence today. He also attributed the Community’s success to the strong will-power of Community’s leaders.Other speakers praised Nigeria’s enormous contributions to ECOWAS including its leading role in ECOMOG, which successfully restored peace to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and Nigeria’s current interventions in Mali and Guinea Bissau.ECOMOG’s interventions in Liberia and Sierra Leone were the first time a regional Africa body imposed peace through military means. This subsequently encouraged ECOWAS leaders to revise the 1975 Treaty to include political matters that widened the scope of regional integration. In his welcome remarks, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II of Nigeria, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, reiterated his country’s commitment to ECOWAS by hosting of three important institutions of ECOWAS: the ECOWAS Commission, the ECOWAS Parliament and the Community Court of Justice. For his part, the Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Ambassador Aminu Wali extolled ECOWAS as a pace-setter in the integration agenda which he said is manifested in the democracy, peace and security areas. The Nigerian Foreign Minister remarked that the adoption and use of a common passport and a visa-free regime made possible by the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods, the right of residence in Member States, and recently the Common External Tariffs by Member States should set the regional body above others in Africa. In his remarks, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, said the formation of the regional economic body was born out of the realization of the founding fathers that the domestic markets of the individual member states were not big enough to compete in the world market including large trade blocs like the European Community at that time. Mr. Ouedragogo noted that in spite of all the achievements, more work remains to be done.The goals of ECOWAS are contained in Article Three of the Lagos Treaty which states: “The aims of the community are to promote cooperation and integration leading to the establishment of an economic union in West Africa in order to raise the living of its peoples and to maintain and enhance economic stability; foster relations among member states and contribute to the progress and development of the African Continent.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Here is a summary of this week’s edition of Issues and Answers.Today on the show host Andrew Tylosky spoke with local swimmer Laura Jensen as she prepares for a trip to China for the Paralympic Games.Members of the Vogel Family stopped in to talk about the trip the 4 of them are taking from Alaska to South America. The trip is all on bicycle and they hope to finish in 2 1/2 years. For more on their adventure visit www.familyonbikes.org.Advertisement – Advertisement -Andrew also played an interview Moose FM’s Jon Zacks did with Trevor Bolin who recently announced he would run for City Council this fall.Join us next Monday at 9 am for the next edition of Issues and Answers live on Moose FM.(We apologize for the poor audio quality, we a had a bit of a technical glitch this morning) Listen Now
Several electronic items were stolen from a Fort St. John residence Monday evening, in the Nurnberger sub-division.The RCMP is looking for a dark colored late nineteen nineties model, extended cab pick-up, seen fleeing the scene.It’s reported the break and enter occurred about six o’clock and, among the stolen items were a canon camera and a palm pilot.- Advertisement -The Mounties are taking public information assistance calls, at the usual detachment and crime stoppers numbers…250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477.
Orange Lutheran 3 Senior Obi Agwu scored two goals as the Braves (15-5-6) defeated the Lancers to advance to the second round for the fourth consecutive year. Larry Llama scored a goal and had two assists in the victory for Alta Loma. Damien 2, Palmdale 1, 2OT Davis Paul scored in the 91st minute after a pair of headers by teammates Ken Leslie and Anthony Ontiveros gave him a clear shot in front of the net as visiting Damien (17-3-4) defeated Palmdale (18-7-2). DIVISION I Alta Loma 4, Memo Oliveros and Juan Bengoa scored goals as the Rialto boys soccer team defeated Moreno Valley Valley View 2-0 on Saturday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. Jose Gonzalez had an assist while Ivan Bahena contributed two saves for the host Knights (21-5-1). Dion Acoff also scored in the 62nd minute for the Spartans. DIVISION IV Bloomington 1, Hemet West Valley 0 Sophomore Luis Nolasco scored the lone goal off a Cesar Arenas corner kick as the Bruins (15-6-5) defeated West Valley. Bloomington advances to play La Quinta, a 5-0 winner over Pomona on Friday. DIVISION V Colton 8, Verbum Dei 0 Jose Rincon scored three goals to lead the Yellowjackets in their playoff opener. Josh Garcia and Wissam Itani combined on the shutout in goal for Colton (16-5-4), which faces Apple Valley in the second round. San Gorgonio 4, Beaumont 3 Freshman Miles Byass scored two goals to lead the Spartans (18-6-4) over the Cougars. Josh Walker and Victor Iniguez also scored for San G., which plays Hesperia on Wednesday at a site to be determined. DIVISION VI Arrowhead Christian 2, Bishop Union 0 Alan Supernaw and Sumin Parks each scored a goal as the Eagles (18-4-3) defeated the Broncos. Arrowhead Christian advances to the second round for the second year in a row. Ontario Christian 3, Avalon 1 Jason Fredrickson scored three goals as the Knights (14-8-2) defeated the Lancers to advance the second round for the seventh consecutive year. Sam Chappell had seven saves in the victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Madrid vice-captain’s admission of guilt is a first step in a deal he is trying to cut with Spanish prosectors and officials.Once drafted, the prospective agreement will be presented to a judge. It will probably include a four-month suspended prison sentence and an additional fine equivalent to 40 percent of the sum he hid from the tax man.According to reports, Marcelo has used companies in Uruguay and the UK since 2006 to render his income from image rights “fiscally opaque”.Marcelo’s trial is part of the Spanish tax authorities’ offensive on football, which has also caught the game’s two biggest stars.In 2016, Leonardo Messi was fined 2.1 million euros and handed a 21-month prison sentence, later commuted to another fine, after he and his father were found guilty on three counts of tax fraud totalling 4.7 million euros.Marcelo’s Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of having evaded 14.7 million euros in tandem with his powerful agent Jorge Mendes, who is suspected of helping many of his clients defraud tax authorities.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo admitted to tax fraud in court in Alcobendas © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Nov 28 – Real Madrid left-back Marcelo on Tuesday admitted defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of Sh59.9mn ($579,348) according to a judicial source.Brazilian international Marcelo admitted to tax fraud in court in Alcobendas, on the outskirts of Madrid, after being accused using front companies to hide Sh59.9mn ($579,348) he earned from image rights in the 2013 financial year, a sum which he will now pay back.
0Shares0000Capital FM FC celebrating after wining the Neymar Jr’s 5-Aside tournament. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – Capital FM showed a character of a champion after once again proving they are the best, this time clinching the Neymar Jr 5-Aside football tournament after silencing Nakuru’s NYSA 1-0 in the National Finals played at Nairobi’s Aga Khan Walk on Saturday, booking a trip to Brazil for the global showpiece scheduled for July.The Best Mix of Music team will now represent Kenya in the prestigious world title that will bring together over 60 countries where Capital FM will be out to write history by overcoming all the odds to win the global crown and have a chance to play against PSG and Brazil captain Neyar Jr. Capital FM will now represent Kenya in the world championships slated for July in Brazil.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUIt was a day to remember for Capital FM, who conceded only two goals after picking five wins and only two draws to be crowned the champions and maintain the bragging rights.Stand-in coach Lassie Atrash was loss of words, heaping praises to his charges that comprised of captain of the day Kristian Malumbe, Solomon Okeyo, Jeff Ooko, Vincent Otieno, Kaysha Shagava and Shuyaib Shabir.“You guys are just the best. You have proved that today. Team work, commitment and discipline won for us today and we can only thank God for this victory. We are not resting yet because we want to win the world title in Brazil just like we did at Anfield in 2016,” Atrash, the Capital FM Production Assistant said after the grueling finale.Capital FM Football Team. Photo/ TIMOTHY OLOBULUTeam Manager Duncan Kikata was pleased with his boys’ display, outlining that the win has made the team set the standards of the 5-Aside football tournament in the country.“Congratulations boys, you have made Capital FM and the County of Nairobi proud, now you are going to fly the Kenyan flag in Brazil, go there and show them that as much as it’s a football nation, Kenya also has got talent,” ecstatic Kikata told his players.Cheered by the home crowd, Capital FM started the day with a playoff to determine the representative of Nairobi region and they indeed did not disappoint as they eliminated Hakati FC 2-0 thanks to goals from Vincent Otieno and goal poacher Okeyo.The win sent Capital FM into the Nationals that was played in a round robin format featuring representatives from Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos with the top four booking a slot in the semi-finals.Capital FM’s Kristian Malumbe in action against Nakuru’s NYSA. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUOpening the round robin for Capital FM was a clash against Kisumu’s Pro 16 whom they demolished 5-0 with Ooko grabbing a hat-trick while Malumbe and Otieno scored a goal apiece.It was routine in the second match as they whipped Mombasa based side Wiyani FC 2-0 where Okeyo opened the scoring before Ooko slammed home the second.The third match against Eldoret’s Radho FC was tight and it needed Capital FM to dig deep to secure a point and force the match end 2-2. Otieno had tapped home from a Malumbe loop to send the hosts ahead but the hard fighting opponent leveled.They took the lead with four minutes remaining, but Okeyo restored parity for the Atrash led side.Capital FM bounced back in their fourth match, thrashing Machakos’ Heroes FC 3-0 with Shabir ‘Mo Salah’ notching a brace to add on Okeyo’s wonder goal.However, the last match of the robin was settled for a goalless draw against Nakuru’s NYSA FC, but it counted less since they had already sailed through to the last four.Capital FM team and staff celebrating after being crowned champions. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUIn the semis, Capital FM was paired against Mombasa, whom they bundled out after winning 2-0 courtesy of goals from the twining striking of Okeyo and Otieno and storm the final where they met a stubborn Nakuru side.In the decider, Okeyo was the hero after striking the winner and only goal to send Capital FM to Brazil, sparking celebrations in the Capital City.The team will now turn attention to the StarTimes Media tournament to be played next weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has admitted to five breaches of Football Association rules for a text-message exchange in which he called a Seasiders supporter “a retard”.The FA first opened a probe into Oyston’s conversations with fan Stephen Smith back in December and followed that up by bringing a charge against him in March.However, Oyston denied that charge one month later and challenged it as “unlawful”, a claim which the governing body last week announced was dismissed by an arbitral tribunal.Now, the FA has confirmed that a hearing on the matter will take place next Tuesday.Oyston’s attempt to quash the FA’s charge centred on his argument that his exchange with Smith was a private one and should therefore be exempt from their rules.However, a tribunal rejected that notion and gave the FA the green light to continue with disciplinary proceedings against the 47-year-old.Oyston has been charged with using “abusive and/or insulting words”, with reference to disability, which amounts to five breaches of FA Rule E3.Oyston’s run-in with Smith occurred after the chairman’s mobile number was posted on a social media website.The chairman later apologised for the texts’ content in a statement published on the club’s official website and stressed he had regretted responding to personal abuse.However, in the months since, the demonstrations and protests from Blackpool fans against Oyston’s running of the club have only intensified. Blackpool 1