Liberia Discharges ‘Last Known Ebola Survivor’

first_imgThe “last known Ebola survivor” in Liberia was yesterday, March 5, discharged from the Chinese-run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).Ms. Beatrice Yardoldo, 59, had arrived at the ETU, located on the grounds of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, on February 18. She spent about 15 days in an intensive care enclosure within the Chinese ETU, which is managed by the medical team of the Chinese military contingent and assisted by Liberian nurses.During a brief ceremony held at the Chinese ETU, Ms. Yardoldo thanked the joint Chinese and Liberian medical team which looked after her.She narrated that in January and February three of her children died from the virus and when she too, became infected, she didn’t think that she would survive. “I didn’t know I could make it. Since Ebola hit the country, the whole of last year went by [without it affecting any of us]. We gave testimonies in church that Ebola had passed by us. But in January and February, three of our children were taken away by the virus,” Ms. Yardoldo narrated.She stated that she was prepared to be stigmatized by people who don’t understand the nature of the disease, but once her family members are around to show her love, care and concern, she wouldn’t be moved.In his remarks, the Chinese Charge d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Mr. Pang Hanzhao, congratulated the China ETU team for their “arduous work and hard efforts” to make “one more miracle happen in the fight against Ebola.” He recalled an old saying in China that one who survives a great disaster is destined to good fortune forever after.Mr. Pang assured the Liberian Government that “China will not be absent in the post-Ebola recovery endeavor of Liberia.”Ms. Rose L. Barbuto, Officer in Charge of the UN Mission Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), stated that Beatrice’s survival, and the survival of thousands of Liberians, is a testimony to the resilience of the Liberian people. “Surviving Ebola is no easy task. The people of Liberia are the true heroes. They have stopped this disease in its tracks and for this, the world should be thankful.“Liberia has gone 13 days without a new confirmed case of Ebola.” She stressed that while the progress made so far is a great achievement, the country has not yet been declared Ebola-free and that everyone must stay focused. For his part, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Head of Liberia’s Incident Management System (IMS), said the day was of significance for Liberia, declaring that “In the past 13 days since February 20th, the entire Republic of Liberia has gone without a confirmed Ebola virus disease.”He further stated that at least 13 of Liberia’s 15 counties have exceeded 42 days without any confirmed Ebola cases. He however stressed that all of this did not signify that Liberia is now Ebola-free.He clarified that Liberia has to go at least straight 42 days without a confirmed case before it can be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). So the country now counts 29 more days to be free of the virus if no new confirmed cases are recorded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AKA, LTF Host Free Tennis Clinic

first_imgAKA sisters.-A ‘Heart Healthy’ InitiativeThe Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Eta Beta Omega Chapter – is expected to host a one-day tennis clinic for girls and women as part of a campaign to fight against heart disease in women.The tennis clinic is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the SKD Sports Complex tennis court in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The President of Eta Beta Omega Chapter, Clarine Vaughn, told journalists in her Vai Town office that although the fight against heart disease in women has come a long way, it is, however, far from over.“Eta Beta Omega has made the healthy choice to join the fight against this silent killer, and over 272,000 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members around the world will impact their respective communities by temporarily putting aside their beloved colors of pink and green and will wear red for one day,” Vaughn said.“The Wear Red Day on February 3, with a Pink Goes Red campaign is in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement,” she said.For his part, the president of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Clarence Simpson, III, said the Tennis Clinic is a “heart healthy initiative” which includes light exercises, the introduction to tennis, and pep talk on promoting women’s health and wellness.“There will be three coaches who will  give exercises and the introduction to tennis, and others will lecture on women’s health and wellness and heart disease,” Simpson said.Meanwhile, beside the promotion of women’s health and wellness, the Eta Beta Omega Chapter also has a Reading Room at the Chevron Monrovia Park, which students are encouraged to make use of.The Reading Room needs volunteers to read to young children during the weekend and a sign in sheet will be available at the event on Saturday for those who wish to volunteer.The Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood of national and international stature whose members share the same high scholastic and ethical standards, and are leaders in their respective communities – inspiring, serving, and empowering all with whom they come in contact while addressing the social and economic ills of society.The Eta Beta Omega Chapter is the first international chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NHRA: Forces in chase at Winternationals

first_imgPOMONA – In perhaps the most dramatic and pressure-packed Saturday qualifying session since NHRA drag racing started at Pomona Raceway 47 years ago, father and daughter both delivered. That allowed the crowd that numbered more than 25,000 and two generations of Force racing – John and Ashley – a sigh of relief. Facing the possibility of starting the NHRA Drag Racing Series season on the sidelines, both the 14-time champion and his 24-year-old rookie daughter qualified on their final attempts for today’s Winternationals. They will both be in the quickest 16-car Funny Car field in NHRA history. There were plenty of twists and turns in the fourth and final qualifying session, with six drivers getting bumped out the field. Gary Scelzi turned in a run of 4.692 seconds at a sizzling 333.49 mph for the top qualifying spot. Tony Schumacher remained first in Top Fuel dragster at 4.472, his third No. 1 spot at the Winternationals. Greg Anderson rebounded to take the Pro Stock top spot at 6.634 at a track-record 209.04, his 52nd career No. 1 effort. Scelzi’s run, his first in a Funny Car at the historic track, was nearly an afterthought following the drama as to whether either Force would make the show. Ashley was on the bubble when San Dimas’ Jeff Arend ran a career-best 4.795. That run put the elder Force in a precarious position of extending his streak of 392 consecutive starts, the all-time NHRA record, and bumping his daughter. Much to the delight of the crowd, Force came through with a solid 4.709, advancing him from the 19th spot into second for the moment. Force eventually finished fourth-quickest. “It was painful,” Force said. “But you just put your foot down and go to get into the show. I just hate that number (the qualifying streak), it gets into your head.” center_img Nine minutes later, both father and daughter were happy once again. Ashley improved her time to 4.790, a career-best, to climb to the 13th position. She dropped to 15th by the time the session ended. “This day has been so intense,” said Ashley. “It’s easy to say that you aren’t going to get nervous. I was so conflicted watching dad in front of me. I wanted him to get in the show, but I didn’t want to get bumped out. “The numbers thing was in my head too. Thankfully, everything worked out. It couldn’t have been any better. I’m glad all of us (John, Ashley, Force Racing teammates Robert Hight and Eric Medlen) are in the show.” That was almost quite enough for Force. “It’s just a great day; it means so much to put all four cars in the show,” said Force, the team owner. Ashley will face brother-in-law Hight in the first round. Force thinks his daughter has a very bright future. “She’s a trooper and smoked it right down the track,” Force said of the pressure-packed qualifying run. “She’s learned the drill. Everybody out there wanted Ashley and me to qualify. I believe in the long run she’s going to be as good as me, a great star for the sport. “I took a chance and today she proved she can hold her own in a man’s sport.” And there are seven men who will be looking on from the outside. Chino Hills’ Del Worsham did not qualify for the opener, joining veterans Gary Densham, Tony Bartone and Kenny Bernstein on the DNQ list. “It’s unbelievable that we come out here and the same horror show we lived through last year is right back in my face, missing by inches or missing by a thousandth or two,” said Worsham. “I know it was a big dramatic deal out there, with both John and Ashley Force having to bump their way in, but I have to say that the only drama I cared about was what was going to happen with us, and that drama ended badly.” Arend felt badly for Worsham, who gave him a job over the winter. “I feel horrible for Del, and if I had any control over it I’d gladly take the DNQ on my side to let him race, but it just doesn’t work that way,” said Arend. “With this being the quickest field ever, it was going to be very tough on a few good teams.” 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

Ducks unable to get sweep

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. – A desperate move by a desperate coach breathed some life into the Minnesota Wild. Jacques Lemaire’s decision to put his top three scorers – Brian Rolston, Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra – on one line generated the kind of offense the Ducks had stifled in the first three games of this series. Marian Gaborik scored a rare power-play goal and Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves to help the Wild avoid a sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Ducks in Game 4 on Tuesday night. “All the guys we were waiting for, they all scored tonight,” Lemaire said. Rolston, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mark Parrish also scored for the Wild, who had been thoroughly dominated by Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and the defensive Ducks in the first three games of the series. Minnesota still faces an incredibly daunting task. Only two teams in NHL history have come back from 3-0 deficits to advance in the playoffs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs. Game 5 is Thursday in Anaheim. For at least one more game, the Wild can hope. Trailing 1-0 after Pronger’s power-play goal just over six minutes into the second period, the game changed about 10 minutes later when Lemaire went with the Big Line, assembling a potent unit that accounted for 86 of the team’s 225 goals during the season. That’s more than 38 percent of the Wild’s total, a mark made more impressive by the 49 games missed between them. But through the first three playoff games, Gaborik, Demitra and Rolston had a grand total of two goals and one assist, and Bouchard, a 20-goal scorer, didn’t even have a shot on goal. The Wild’s strategy Tuesday night was simple: Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. After getting only 20 shots on goal in Game 3, the Wild had 40 on Tuesday night. “They played desperate,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. Bouchard tied it with less than two minutes remaining in the second, and Gaborik’s power-play goal in the third highlighted a three-goal period for Minnesota. Six minutes later, the Big Line was on the move again, when Rolston grabbed a loose puck at along the boards to start a three-on-two. Demitra fed the puck back to him, and Ilya Bryzgalov didn’t stand a chance to get over to make the save. “Jacques changes lines around, and I think it was a great move,” Gaborik said. “It worked well for us. We had a couple of goals there, and we had great chances.” That kind of room in front of Bryzgalov just wasn’t there in the first three games of the series, when the Ducks suffocated Minnesota’s high flyers and forced them to play dump and chase with little effect. “Those are guys that obviously they look at to supply a lot of their offense and when they’re all on one line, we’ve got to shut them down,” Pronger said.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_imgWhen Relay for Life Donegal committee was formed its goal was to attract 50 teams who would participate in the 24 hour relay for the Irish Cancer Society.Yet again Donegal stepped up to the mark when the public information night saw over 70 teams voicing their desire to take part.The committee was overwhelmed and heartened by the great response and decided, due to health and safety precautions, to close entries at 71 teams. Young, old, in-betweeners, agile, less agile, clubs, businesses, families, schools and varying combinations of them all throughout Donegal have banded together to form the 71 teams.What was asked of teams? To get a group of 15 to 20 participants together and to raise a minimum of €1500 per team. Now that is not a small request but the teams’ enthusiasm and innovative ideas has meant that there is now a whirl of team fundraising events going on through Donegal.The good and faithful coffee morning has been a huge money earner for the teams but the other ideas that have attracted lots of support include dog shows, Scrabble – a – thon, quizzes, Chain for Life, blood pressure checks, Titanic exhibition, Fancy Dress parties, Barn Dances, carrying 10kg bags of potatoes up Muckish, climbing Mount Errigal, Mr. & Mrs (with a twist!), bag packing, bucket collections, road races, pamper sessions, soccer tournaments – the list goes on and on. What imaginations we have here in Donegal! Check Relay For Life Donegal on Facebook for upcoming events.What all the teams have in common is cancer – families and friends passed away, survivors, sufferers and those who want to raise funds so that a cure might be found. Come and support these brave relayers – they will need your support and encouragement throughout their 24 hours on the track. Come and support the biggest 24 hour celebration to hit Donegal. 26th and 27th May in Letterkenny IT.Celebrate. Remember. Fight MORE THAN 70 TEAMS ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFE! was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Relay for Lifelast_img read more


first_imgEmer HendersonA young Letterkenny woman has set off on a trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Suas Educational Development charity.NUIG Graduate Emer Henderson, 24, from the Glebe, travelled to Kathmandu on Tuesday with 8 other Suas volunteers.The climb to Everest Base Camp will take 19 days to complete. The ethnic Sherpa group will lead Emer and her fellow trekkers on the 120km round trip. Emer will reach elevations from 9000 ft to 18000 ft. She will be hiking for 4 to 10 hours each day.Emer raised €1551 for Suas, an Irish-based charity that supports education projects in Indian and Kenyan communities.YOUNG LETTERKENNY WOMAN EMBARKS ON EVEREST TREK was last modified: September 12th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:charityemer hendersonEverestsuastreklast_img read more

Slaven Bilic pleased with West Ham’s ‘mature performance’ in Europa League win

first_img1 Slaven Bilic saluted a job well done after West Ham avoided a false start at the Olympic Stadium.The Hammers christened their new home with a routine 3-0 Europa League win over Slovenian side NK Domzale.Cheikhou Kouyate scored twice and new signing Sofiane Feghouli opened his account as West Ham, who left Upton Park at the end of last season, secured a 4-2 aggregate win to reach the play-offs for the group stages.Four years to the day since Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford wowed the nation on Super Saturday at London 2012, the stadium finally welcomed its new tenants and West Ham could scarcely have wished for more obliging opposition as they overturned last week’s shock 2-1 first-leg loss in Ljubljana.“It’s a good feeling, we played well but we ain’t going to go overboard,” said Hammers boss Bilic.“It was difficult psychologically for us but for the stage we are at we played really good; we were fit, aggressive and played good football.“We could have scored more goals, but it was a very mature performance. We played badly in the first leg but a week later we are fresher and closer to the season.“And the atmosphere? I didn’t know what it would be like. This was the first time we could judge it and it was more than I expected. It’s loud.”West Ham’s new abode was a 54,000 sell-out despite not looking quite the finished product, with a hastily-laid mixture of astroturf and tarpaulin covering the athletics track.SEE ALSO: Watch all the goals from the Hammers’ 3-0 win hereThe team needs a little fine-tuning as well, missing Euro 2016 stars Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins as well as the injured Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini.Nevertheless, it did not take long for the players to settle into their new surroundings, with Kouyate grabbing his slice of history after just eight minutes thanks to a neat backheel from Sam Byram’s scuffed shot.Kouyate grabbed the second, and edged West Ham ahead in the tie, in the 25th minute when Andy Carroll nodded down Michail Antonio’s cross into his path for a low finish.Domzale still knew one goal would force extra time but they could only muster up a couple of forays into West Ham territory, with Benjamin Morel firing their best chance wide.Instead Algerian winger Feghouli raced onto Noble’s pass nine minutes from time and crashed in the killer third to prolong West Ham’s European adventure for at least one more round. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic last_img read more


first_imgILLIES BOXER Willie McLaughlin’s Olympic dreams are in tatters when he lost on a count back to the impressive Craig McCarthy at the National Championship premilinaries in Dublin.Both welterweights were locked at 0-0 at the end of the first.McLaughlin finally got through with a right in the second, but McCarthy got through with a right of his own to make it 1-1 before having his hand raised in triumph on accepted scores against the 2009 AIBA World Senior Championships quarter-finalist. In the female featherweight quarter-finals there were two inside the distance wins for- for Ryton’s  Dervla Duffy and Emma Agnew (Dealgan)  at the expense of Tara Keane ( St Anne’s Westport)  and Angela Crawford (Raphoe).BOXING: SHOCK AS McLAUGHLIN LOSES OUT IN DUBLIN was last modified: February 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgNext Monday, 15th September, Michael Murphy’s Sports store will host Ray D’arcy and the Today FM team. The popular Radio host will broadcast live from Letterkenny for the ‘Run with Ray’ event.You can register for the event by applying NOW on Also the window in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure has some new visitors.The Donegal GAA team and management have been knitted by Anna Kelly in Buncrana.They’re among the many visitors to the new store since last weekend’s epic win against Dublin.With anticipation in the shop continuing to build all week as Donegal gears up for the All Ireland Final against Kerry in just over two weeks’ time, more merchandise has arrived and more will continue to arrive in the next fortnight.  MICHAEL MURPHY’S STORE TO BROADCAST RAY D’ARCY’S ‘RUN WITH RAY’ EVENT was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more