Top players, FIFA, CAF and health experts unite in the fight against Ebola

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgTop international football players are joining forces with world football’s governing body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football and health experts to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.The “11 against Ebola” campaign, featuring Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Neymar Jr, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm among others, promotes 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts from Africa, the World Bank Group and theWorld Health Organization who are tackling the outbreak in West Africa.Underneath the slogan “Together, we can beat Ebola” and the hashtag #wecanbeatebola, players share each message with the help of animated films, radio content, banners, posters and pictures in a multimedia campaign launched on Monday, 17 November.Each health message, such as “Report unusual illnesses” and “Cook meat properly”, has been chosen to improve public understanding about how the virus spreads, and to provide clear information that can be used to reduce the chances of the virus spreading in affected communities.FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof. JiÅ™í DvoÅ™ák, MD said: “We doctors have experienced the power of football when it comes to prevention and health, while successfully implementing the ‘FIFA 11 for Health’ programme in 15 African countries as part of the medical legacy of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Now we are using the same system to tackle Ebola, by presenting simple educational messages to prevent the spread of the disease through the voices of football stars – ‘When football talks, everybody listens’.”The popularity of football and its top players has proven to be a powerful way to connect with a wide audience and to transmit public health messages. This is the first emergency health campaign of its kind implemented by FIFA. The world governing body of football has achieved positive results with previous public health awareness campaigns such as the FIFA 11 for Health, which recruited top players to promote simple health messages for children around the world. Neymar Jr said: “It is so important that we get the right information to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. We all hope this positive campaign will improve people’s understanding of the Ebola virus and help us to reduce the chances of it spreading. Let’s all get behind this campaign to help our brothers and sisters in the worst-hit regions. Together, we can beat Ebola.”FIFA President Blatter said: “The popularity of football gives us a unique platform to reach all communities. We hope that football can play its part and that this campaign against Ebola can make a real difference on the ground as the world comes together to fight the virus and to help those living in affected communities.”According to the World Health Organization, as of 9 November, a total of 14,098 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in six countries. There have been 5,160 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the highest number of cases.Download posters, pictures and banners featuring the players and their messages at www.fifa.com and share them in your community with the hashtag #wecanbeatebolaThe 11 against Ebola messages   Report unusual illnesses: please report any unusual illnesses or deaths in your community.Know the symptoms: do you have a fever with a loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, pain, vomiting, bleeding or diarrhoea? Know the symptoms of Ebola.Seek immediate medical help: please seek urgent medical help if you have a fever with additional symptoms.Avoid body contact: avoid direct, skin and body contact with anyone suffering from Ebola.Wash your hands and disinfect: wash your hands regularly and disinfect anything touched by suspected or confirmed Ebola sufferers.Wear proper protection: wear gloves and proper protective clothing if you are caring for an Ebola sufferer, and get the right instruction for the use of protective clothing.Cook meat properly: cook all meat and animal products thoroughly before consumption.Always practise safe sex: use protection if you are having sex with anyone recovering from Ebola.Avoid contact with wild animals and bats: wild animals and bats can carry the Ebola virus. Avoid them.Do not touch the dead: avoid direct contact with dead Ebola victims or anyone who has died from a strange disease.Seek help for safe burials: please seek help from local authorities to bury any victims of Ebola or strange diseases.last_img read more


Red Sox trade news: Boston acquires Andrew Cashner from Orioles

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgBut even if he isn’t, or if he is just a reliever in the postseason simply due to roster constraints and trying to get the best pitchers onto the staff, Cashner’s stuff plays up out of the bullpen.He tones it down as a starter but could still hit the high 90s in short stints. Boston has added a good pitcher as either a starter or reliever. That is the big news for the Red Sox.But does this mean the team is done dealing? It’s doubtful. MLB trade rumors: Tigers’ Matthew Boyd monitored by at least 5 teams The Red Sox have added a starting pitcher.Boston acquired Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Orioles in exchange for minor league infielder Noelberth Romero and minor league outfielder Elio Prado, the team announced Saturday. MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Tigers could want from teams targeting Matthew Boyd The #RedSox today acquired RHP Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league INF Noelberth Romero and minor league OF Elio Prado.Boston’s 40-man roster is now at 40.— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 13, 2019The defending World Series champions have been rumored to be looking for pitching help over the last few weeks and they have now taken action.With Cashner it remains to be seen exactly how they’ll use him. He is in the middle of a very good year for Baltimore as he has posted a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA, but the Red Sox have a pretty well set rotation even if it has underachieved. Related News MLB trade rumors: Mets want ‘multiple top prospects’ in exchange for Noah Syndergaard However, Boston is supposed to get Nathan Eovaldi back soon from injury, but that doesn’t mean Cashner won’t start. Eovaldi has been rumored to be making a move to the bullpen when he gets back so Cashner very well could be a starter down the stretch for the Red Sox.last_img read more


Linguist, Diplomat, Painter Milly Buchanan Dies

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgThe death is announced of Mrs. Mildred (Milly) Marie Buchanan, a noted Liberian diplomat, linguist and painter, which sad event occurred on April 6, 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia.She was in her 75th year.A prolific painter, Milly’s artistry began in Vevey, Switzerland, where her talent was first noticed at the age of 10, by a prominent Swiss artist, Guy Baer. In the late 70s, Milly developed her personal style of Afro-Cubism—her shattered-glass art expression of the sociopolitical turmoil in Liberia and Africa.Truly a renaissance woman Milly was beautiful, tall and elegant.  She was also an architect, a conference interpreter and translator, who spoke and wrote in five languages—English, French, German, Italian and SpanishShe was also a former model.  One of her outstanding appearances was in the September 1971 issue of   Ebony Magazine.  She was also a fashion fair poster-model for Essence Magazine.Milly’s extensive life spanned the African continent and she developed personal and professional relationships with Africans from all walks of life, including the late President Sekou Toure of Guinea, Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon John Mwaanga and South African recording artists Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Milly was also a friend to market women, students, farmers and fisherman. During her time in Suakoko she befriended many members of the faculty and student body of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).  In 1963 she assisted in staging one of Cuttington’s annual operatic performances, The Mikado.Her broad and rich network of friends and colleagues gave her a unique perspective from which to artistically represent the essence of the African struggle and spirit of resilience and hope.Milly was on the Liberian delegation to the first Pan-African FESTAC festival of Arts and Culture FESTAC ’77, held in Lagos, Nigeria.   She worked for several years with the nascent ECOWAS Fund in Lome, Togo; with the UN Office in Nairobi, and as a freelance interpreter for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and for the African Union.Milly Buchanan’s service to the Government of Liberia began under the administration of President William V.S. Tubman, during which she did the landscape designs for the Capitol Building and the University of Liberia.  She also served in the Tolbert and Doe administrations as part of the interpretation team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.During the war years, Milly Buchanan continued to serve in the Foreign Ministry as diplomatic liaison for international organizations and in various capacities, attending and advising the government on international relations through her participation in hundreds of conferences, meetings, and other missions.Milly was also a founding member of the Union of Liberian Artists, an organization that creates a forum for the exchange of personal experiences in various refugee camps, motivates young self-taught artists to develop their skills, hosts art exhibits and promotes their works.Mildred (Milly) Buchanan was born on April 12, 1940 to the union of Mr. Thomas Buchanan, Deputy Minister of Public Works, R.L., and his wife Mrs. Sara King Buchanan, niece of former President Charles D.B. King.Milly schooled in Switzerland, where she acquired and learned to speak and write, in addition to English, four other European languages.  In the late 1950s upon her return home, she was wedded to Mr. Julius E. Cooper, a prominent Liberia agronomist, who served as Deputy Director of Research at that Government Farm in Suakoko, Bong County (now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI).  Julius later became Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Action, Development and Progress (ADP).   Milly’s son, Julius Everett Cooper, Jr., eldest sister, Mary Jane Buchanan Vaitsas, and elder brother, Harold Buchanan, pre-deceased her.Milly’s memory will be cherished by her four children: Mrs. Jeanine Milly Cooper (Johan Heffinck), Mrs. Erika Eugenia Cooper Hill (Frederick Hill), Vernon John Mwaanga (Phyllis Vlahakis), and Sara Elizabeth Buchanan; and her 20  grandchildren: Fabio, Brice, Ariane, Elyan, Chasya, Christa, Zubin, Ilse, Ann, Daniella, Stavros, Julius, Whitney, Baggio, Milly, Gifty, Thomas, Anne Marie and  Xenia; two great-grandchildren: Zion and Patricia; three sisters: Enid Buchanan, Joyce Buchanan, and Shadrene Howard.Survivors also include her uncle Roosevelt King; her niece  Sahe Williams and nephews Eric Buchanan, Harold Buchanan; her cousins: Gloria Sherman, James T. McCritty, Emeretta Vincent, Remi Aniteye, E. George King, Roosevelt King, Isabelle Paul, Virginie Viltardif Campailla, Ilse Zahn Cooper;  foster brother Hans Buchanan, foster sister Janet Dean Richards; and a host of other relatives and friends.Family sources said her body was cremated in Zambia.  Memorial services are being planned for Monrovia and the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more