Our Roving Reporter, Sanitation and Fisheries Correspondent Edwin Fayia has been writing a series of reports on Liberia’s southeastern region, some good news and some bad. The good news is that that region is Ebola-free, for now. The bad news is that the southeast is plagued not only with very bad roads, but more seriously, with atrocious (appalling, awful) sanitation, especially in Harper, capital of Maryland County.We think it is a great blessing that Ebola has not yet touched that sub-region, and we pray that it remain that way. But we there is a lot we can do to ensure that it remain free from the virus: we need to help Maryland, especiallyHarper, clean up the sanitation mess there, especially along the city’s beaches. According to Correspondent Fayia, these beaches, which are supposed to be attracting throngs of tourists for enjoyment, are the scenes of something totally different, defecation. It is sadly to the beaches that people go to ease themselves.If, therefore, we want the southeast to remain Ebola-free, then the government, the county and city administrations and all the people should, as a matter of urgency, seriously attack the sanitation menace in the southeast, especially Harper, Cape Palmas, and make the whole clean. The people should start using their beaches for recreation and enjoyment, not as toilets.The same was true a year or two ago before Maritime Commissioner Binya Kesselly organized several crews of sanitation workers, at Maritime’s expense, to clean up Monrovia’s beaches, from South Beach to West Point, to Claratown, to Logan Town, to New Kru Town. This has brought great relief to the people in these communities.But what is the link between poor sanitation and Ebola? The Chief Medical Officer of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Dr. Billy Johnson, told the Daily Observer on Sunday that poor sanitation causes the Ebola virus to spread faster. “That,” he said, “is why we find the virus spreading so much faster in poor socioeconomic communities that anywhere else.”Dr. Johnson recalled that when Ebola first attacked Zaire (Congo) few years ago, one town of 400,000 people with no running water, no electricity and very poor sanitation was devastated by the virus, leading to so many deaths. That brought worldwide attention to the Ebola virus. Dr. Johnson appealed to city managements throughout the country and the government as a whole to give priority attention to good sanitation, because it is in poor sanitary environments that the Ebola virus thrives, and spreads quickly. It is conveyed through sweat and other body fluids, urine and feces. So when we have people urinating and defecating all over the place, we are then asking for more Ebola trouble, not less.The JFK Chief Medical Officer spoke of a documentary currently being shown on ELBC Television called NOVA EBOLA, which tells the story of the poor village in Zaire that was consumed by Ebola. He advised that the station replay the video many times and share it with other television stations because it will help people understand the relationship between Ebola and poor sanitation.The point we are trying to stress in this editorial is that all of us should get involved in maintaining proper sanitation in all our neighborhoods. Those who live in neighborhoods where garbage is indiscriminately thrown about should become good and caring neighbors and put a stop to it. We should alert the appropriate authorities and ensure that they DO something to improve the situation. Today, no one in any neighborhood should sit supinely and permit people to throw garbage indiscriminately about.Besides, we appeal to all city governments and to the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Public Works to join in the fight for proper sanitation throughout all capital and other cities and all communities around the country. This is definitely one of the essential ways to fight Ebola.Dr. Johnson reminds us that the Ebola virus is “very fragile.” It fears heat, cleanliness, good and proper sanitation. The Virus cannot thrive in decent, clean and safe environments. Cleanliness is key to prevention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 3, 2020
Stoke City are set to sign Barcelona B forward Moha in the summer.The 19-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he is unwilling to sign a new one.Instead Stoke have offered the winger the opportunity to move the Premier League and increase his chances of first-team football.Mark Hughes’ side already have two former La Masia graduates in their squad, with Marc Muniesa and Bojan Krkic both coming through the ranks at Barcelona.And now the duo could be joined by Moha after the Moroccan’s agent Raul Verdu revealed Barcelona’s latest contract offer was not good enough.“[We] thank Barca for the deal they had with the player and the effort they wanted to do for renewal, but another proposal with professional and economic prospects has come up that is really interesting”, Verdu told Catalan daily Sport.“It was a great opportunity because Moha has the option of joining the Stoke first-team and it was something irresistible.” 1 Stoke City are set to sign Barcelona B forward Moha in the summer.
December 28, 2019
A 19-year-old Ramelton man has been sent for trial to Derry Crown Court, charged with rape.Shaun Anthony Hegarty from Elmcourt, Ramelton, appeared at Limavady Magistrate’s Court charged with raping a woman and intentionally touching her in a sexual manner on February 7 last year. When asked if he wanted to call any witnesses or make any statement at this time Hegarty said no.He was returned for trial to Derry Crown Court on a date to be fixed and released on his own bail on condition he does not enter Dungiven.Hegarty is believed to be originally from Coleraine.RAMELTON TEENAGER ON RAPE CHARGE was last modified: January 5th, 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)
December 27, 2019
Milford Athletic Club will be well represented at Sunday’s SSE Dublin City Marathon with 36 athletes taking on the 42km (26.2 mile!) course. The guys took a bit of time out from their hectic training schedule to pose for this picture.We wish the Milford crew and all those taking part in the race the very best of luck. Now go jump over that ‘wall.’Seated from left are Kate Begley, James Gibbons Club Coach, Mary McGettigan, Debbie Houston, Kenneth Moore, Jacqui Barrett, Sinead McTaggart, Fiona Doherty, Rosemary McGee, Agnes Ryan, Teresa Winston, Fiona Grier and Bernie Gallagher. Middle row, Francis Diver, Peter O’Donnell, Eoin Fogarty, Mark Scott, Gerard Dorrian, Damian McBride, Paul Russell, Anthony Doherty, Michael McHugh, James Whoriskey, Hugh Coll and Noel Kilpatrick. Back row, John Whoriskey, Joe Gallagher, Philip McGovern, Paul Ryan, Frank McTaggart, Paul McGuickan, Shaun Boyce, Jim McCahill, Ciaran Murray, Marty Lynch, Barry Browne, Eoghan Sheehy and Brian Doherty. Photo by David Connors.The Milford Marathon crew warm up for big race! was last modified: October 29th, 2016 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:donegaldublinMarathonMilford AC
December 26, 2019
Daniel O’Donnell has been forced to tell friends not to send him boxes of Fishermen’s Friends throat sweets for his 50th birthday!The singing star celebrates his milestone birthday today – in a secret location.And although he says he doesn’t want birthday presents he let it slip that he has now become somewhat addicted to the cough sweets after developing a sore throat in the US. “I know people are going to go out and get him boxes of the things now but he has enough,” laughed wife Majella.Majella has whisked Daniel away to a secret location for three days and has refused to tell ANYONE where they are going.“I have a strange feeling we could be going camping,” laughed Daniel.Although the couple are only going away for three days, the couple are going on a much-deserved cruise in February. WHY BIRTHDAY BOY DANIEL’S PRESENTS WON’T STICK IN HIS THROAT! was last modified: December 11th, 2011 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:50th birthdaydaniel o’donnellFisherman’s Friends
December 25, 2019
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MCLOUGHBOLTFF502632:21:05242» DEIRDRE MCKERRFF452652:21:14243» LISA HEGARTYFFS1812:21:44244» LIAM GRANTMMS202:22:35245» LORNA O’DONNELLRosses A.C.FF451402:23:04246» JAMES SMYTHMM551302:23:37247» SEAN DOUGLASMM351372:24:14248» MARY ROSE LAVERYInishowen A.C.FF352162:26:07249» BRIDIE BALDRICKFF551232:26:07250» KATHLEEN DOHERTYInishowen A.C.FF40422:26:40Page:12>RESULTS FROM THE INISHOWEN HALF MARATHON was last modified: April 14th, 2014 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:2014Inishowen Half MarathonResults
December 22, 2019
DDTV: Eamon McGee has said the Donegal squad has enough experience not to get carried away with the hype surrounding the team since their win over Armagh.Donegal were expected to face a stiff challenge from an Armagh side that almost dumped them out of the All-Ireland last season. However, Donegal were awesome and absolutely destroyed Kieran McGeeney’s side and that has prompted the bookmakers to slash their odds on winning both the Ulster title and All-Ireland title.McGee told Charlie Collins on Donegal TV that the squad has enough experience not to let complacency creep in after their emphatic win over Armagh.He also said that if they see any complacency in the younger members of the squad they’ll be quickly told to toe the line.To listen to the full interview simply click play on the video above. DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CLONES – “WE HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE AFFECTED BY HYPE” – MCGEE was last modified: June 25th, 2015 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:Charlie Collinsdonegal tvEamon McGeeGAAHome-page Sportinterviewnews
December 18, 2019
25 July 2011 South Africa is set to benefit in the next 10 to 15 years from major investment in infrastructure and manufacturing from the BRICS grouping – Brazil, Russia, India, China and now SA – which represents 42% of the world’s population and 18% of its GDP. South Africa’s invitation to join the group last September – and its high-profile inclusion at a well-orchestrated summit in Beijing in mid-April – has put South Africa in the league of the world’s fastest-growing and potentially most influential group of nations. The four founding BRICS differ widely in their economic indicators and demographics, but they all share a need to see a successful conclusion of the Doha round and the removal of barriers between the BRICS themselves to promote more open trade and investment. South Africa’s inclusion is a recognition of its strategic role in Africa and its ability to act as an interlocutor between Africa and the international community rather than because of its population or GDP.BRICS gain momentum The BRICS – the sobriquet coined in the aftershock of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre by Goldman Sachs banker Jim O’Neill in search for the next “big thing” – have gained a momentum of their own in the past decade, which means that in addition to reflecting the changing global economic landscape they are playing an increasing role in shaping it. The recent united insistence by the BRICS that the next chair of the International Monetary Fund should be chosen on competence alone rather than according to a region, indicates a political maturity. It is the first time that a group of developing nations have put pressure on a leading international organisation to select a chief executive who reflects the increasing importance of emerging markets in the global economy. The rising power of the BRICS lobby holds potentially far-reaching consequences for the relationship between China and Africa in general and between South Africa and China in particular and is likely to have a profound impact on China’s rapidly growing trade and investment relationship with South Africa.Zuma’s leadership South African President Jacob Zuma has worked strategically to build the relationship with China and argued persuasively for Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS group through South Africa’s membership. He has already paid a state visit to China, hosted President Hu Jintao in South Africa and attended the BRICS summit in Beijing in April. For Zuma, it is not a question of South Africa boxing above its weight. It is just basic logic that a continent central to sustainable global growth should be included in the club Zuma has already overseen a rapid deepening of South Africa’s relationship with China. Zuma’s leadership stands to win major contracts for South African companies and parastatal corporations in developing African infrastructure in what has become the world’s third-fastest growing market after China and India. Africa grew at 4.5% last year and is expected to reach 5.2% this year. South Africa is set for a more modest 4%. South Africa is also a benefactor of better access to BRICS markets and, at the same time, it is a competitor or joint venture partner in the development of Africa. Aware of the massive savings pool that China and other BRICS nations are sitting on, Zuma is inviting investors from BRICS countries to take up the major infrastructure and manufacturing opportunities in South Africa and on the African continent. Both the private and public sectors of the country stand to be leading beneficiaries of this offer.Mutual credit lines The BRICS have decided in principle to establish mutual credit lines denominated in local currencies rather than US dollars, a move that is seen to promote cooperation between countries over a wide range of projects, and has proven to be able to facilitate trade and investment between these countries. Such arrangements are already working to the mutual benefit of China and Brazil which has deepened China’s relationship with Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. Recently, China Development Bank’s Chairman Chen Yuan has said that the bank is prepared to lend up to US$1.5-billion in local currency to fellow BRICS, in particular, for oil and gas projects. Last year, Zuma was appointed to head the African Union’s high-level sub-committee on infrastructure, which will oversee an estimated $480-billion of infrastructure investment on the continent in the next decade. But Zuma’s influence will extend far beyond infrastructure into the vital areas of food production and environment. The realpolitik of the situation is that the bulk of this work is likely to be awarded to China, South Africa and other BRICS.South Africa as global broker With South Africa serving its second term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and Zuma’s appointment as co-chair of the COP-17 climate change summit to be held in Durban in December, the South African president is well-placed to help forge a grand trade-off between the industrialised and developing worlds. If South Africa can help broker a breakthrough in the global trade-off between environment and development it could give a much-needed boost to South Africa’s own renewable energy and clean technology industries. This COP 17 will have made major progress by establishing either a reformed global market mechanism to regulate emissions or by extending the current one to include the United States and China. China, both because of necessity and its history of pragmatic adjustment, is well-placed to become the world leader in developing cleaner and more sustainable technologies which will supplement and ultimately replace fossil fuels as the world’s primary source of energy. South Africa is ideally placed to contribute to this global priority. After hosting the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and more recently committing to the Clean Development Mechanism South Africa has vowed to reach its targets on reducing emissions and carbon management. But in a country with high unemployment and underdevelopment, it has to continually weigh the dictates of environmental management with those of developmental priorities.Thinking BRICS As the pace of regional integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) quickens – a goal that Zuma has put near the top of his priorities list – the economic rewards for South Africa will come in the form of increased foreign direct investment and expanding trade relations. The evolving free trade agreement between the overlapping regional economic communities of SADC, the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (Comesa) and the East African Community (EAC) is likely to give further impetus to this process. South Africa is already thinking BRICS. It is upgrading flight connections and tourism offerings to the BRICS nations as well as tailoring investment opportunities and conditions to meet the requirements of its new-found strategic partners. President Zuma has pointed out that South Africa’s membership of BRICS will open access to the markets of the world’s high-growth developing economies as well as heralding new and exciting opportunities for South African companies to develop new business and partnerships. South Africa’s robust private sector is gradually waking up to these opportunities and some – such as Standard Bank – were ahead of the game when they sold 20 percent of the bank to International Commercial Bank of China three years ago in what was China’s largest-ever foreign investment at the time. Since then, several key Chinese companies have opened offices in the country and Beijing has located the Africa headquarters of the China-Africa Development Fund in Johannesburg.Potential game changer BRICS, with Africa now represented in “the club”, will deepen south-south co-operation and have the potential to change the game rules of international finance and trade and give a voice to developing countries on a whole range of issues ranging from climate change to development. The main priority of the BRICS is to ensure that the Doha round is completed and that the industrialised countries scrap subsidies and protectionist measures to allow the developing world better access to global markets. Such a move would boost the level of international trade although it would shift the balance towards the markets of the south and the east. This shift is already taking place, and will gain momentum, but an orderly transition via the WTO would be less disruptive. Africa is set to achieve growth levels which will empower its 1-billion citizens and enable the continent to elevate millions from poverty as China has done for some 400-million poor in the past 30 years. South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS in December last year, largely as a result of strong lobbying by China, came as a surprise to many – not least to O’Neill, who argued that countries such as Indonesia, Turkey and South Korea were far stronger contenders. But such notions underestimate South Africa’s strategic importance to Africa, China and the industrialised world and its unique potential in acting as a bridge between them. South Africa will continue with its membership of the trilateral commission comprising India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) as well as its key membership of the G20 group of nations.Hurdles But there are hurdles on the road ahead. The China-South Africa trade relationship is heavily in China’s favour, and it will take some skilful political arm-twisting to achieve a more sustainable trade balance by getting the Chinese engaged in more joint ventures, manufacturing and beneficiation in line with the country’s recently released economic road-map, the National Growth Path, which seeks to ensure more leave-behind from foreign investors. Despite China’s position as South Africa’s biggest two-way trade partner based on South African exports of mineral resources, the European Union remains South Africa’s most important export market and responsible for 40% of foreign investment. But it is probably inevitable in the medium to long-term that China will become a more important export market for South Africa goods. While the United States is set to remain by far the most powerful global economy in the next two decades – the changes now under way and symbolised by the BRICS group will prepare the ground for profound changes in the global order in the next 20 to 25 years. South Africa and China – and the other BRIC nations – will be key players in the forging of a more interdependent, sustainable and equitable world. John Battersby is UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Yingni Lu is a London-based development professional specialising in clean technology and renewable energy. She is a partner at London-based Forbury Environmental.
December 18, 2019
South African artist William Kentridge launches his Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg during March 2017, a multidisciplinary showcase of unconventional art experiences by established and up-and-coming local artists.Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea/ Stella Olivier)CD AndersonInspired by the Tswana proverb “if the good doctor can’t cure you, find the less good doctor”, renowned South African artist William Kentridge has created the Centre for the Less Good Idea as a way to redefine South African art through fluid collaboration and improvisation with new and exciting South African cultural voices simmering below the surface of conventional art.Kentridge began the project in November 2016, and it launches its first showcase in March 2017, with more than 60 South African artists from multiple disciplines exhibiting between 1 and 5 March at three venues at the Arts on Main complex in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct.The space will be used to highlight short-form works that explore artistic expression outside the bounds of a conventional theatre or gallery. The works are ongoing, dynamic pieces, ranging from dance to visual arts and theatre, where collaboration and improvisation are enthusiastically encouraged.“Often, you start with a good idea. It might seem crystal clear at first, but when you put it to work the cracks and fissures emerge in its surface, and they cannot be ignored.” says Kentridge about the philosophy of the centre. “Those less good ideas found in trying to address the cracks in the first idea, that become the core of the work … the act of playing with an idea, you can recognise those things that you didn’t know in advance, but knew were somewhere inside you”.The curators for this first season — the centre hopes to present two seasons of exhibits each year – include theatre director Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, poet Lebo Mashile, choreographer Gregory Maqoma and Kentridge himself.“This explosion of creativity has not only stretched every collaborator within this inaugural season but it has also reinstalled the bravery to genuinely explore beyond and to fail extravagantly if need be,” says Gumede.Maqoma says the project is a good incubator for fresh ideas: “What makes it great is the gut to test it, otherwise you will not know. This is what the centre is about – discovering the essence of artistic collisions and allowing creativity to emerge without the fear of failure.”A fresh new look at how South Africans create and consume art is what attracted Mashile to the project: “I cannot imagine a piece of writing that cannot be made better by the interpretation of a dancer, theatre director or filmmaker. I want to tell stories and figure out where they should live instead of forcing them into a box.”Tony Miyambo in Kafka’s Ape. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)Dancer Thulani Chauke, composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and actor Tony Miyambo are some of the big names among the more than 60 performers, including dancers, poets, musicians, visual artists and even boxers, who will collide, collaborate and develop six events over the season.Composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)Highlights include a performance of Kafka’s Ape, a 2015 National Arts Festival Silver Ovation Award winner. Miyambo and director Phala O Phala give a fresh and uniquely African reinterpretation of Franz Kafka’s ideas on human transformation using dramatic physicality.Zúñiga will lead an improvised performance of dance, music and visual art that includes a 10-piece experimental ensemble and an Isicathamiya choir.South African artist William Kentridge. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)For more information on dates, times for performances at the Centre for the Less Good Idea, please visit the website.Source: Huffington Post, The Centre for the Less Good IdeaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
December 3, 2019
The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Arunachal Pradesh may lift a 40-year-old anti-conversion law to uphold secularism.Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said his government could repeal the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, an anti-conversion law, that the frontier State’s Assembly has passed in 1978 primarily to check proselytisation. Uttarakhand enacted a similar law in May this year.“The anti-conversion law could undermine secularism and is probably targeted towards Christians,” Mr. Khandu said while addressing Prem Milan, a function organised by the Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association at a church in Banderdewa, the gateway to State capital Itanagar.Mr. Khandu assured that the law would be brought before the next Assembly session for repeal as it “could be misused by irresponsible officials.”“Any misuse of the law leading to torture of people could trigger large-scale violence in the State and could break Arunachal into pieces,” Mr. Khandu said at the function marking the 10th death anniversary of Reverend Brother Prem Bhai.A Benedictine missionary who endured repeated arrest, imprisonment, beatings and wore disguises to evangelise in Arunachal Pradesh, Prem Bhai died on June 28, 2008 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He worked as a missionary in Arunachal Pradesh for almost 25 years despite laws entailed two years of imprisonment and fine of ₹10,000.Rise of ChristianityToday, Christians account for more than half the population in Arunachal Pradesh.Census data say there were no Christians in North East Frontier Province, as the State was called then, in 1951. By 2001, Christians were the third largest religious group accounting for 18.7% of the State’s population, behind Hindus (34.6%) and ‘others’, mostly Donyi-Polo (30.7%).According to the 2011 census, Christianity has overtaken Hinduism as the State’s largest religion. Christians – most of them Roman Catholics – account for 30.26% of the State’s 1.3 million people while Hindus are now 29.04%.Though Arunachal Pradesh had 5.56% fewer Hindus in 2011 than in 2001, traditionalists were more worried by the 4.5% drop in the number of followers of Donyi-Polo and other indigenous faiths.Arunachal was the third State after Odisha (1967) and Madhya Pradesh (1968) to enact an anti-conversion law. Chhattisgarh in 2000, Gujarat in 2003, Himachal Pradesh in 2007 and Rajasthan in 2008 also passed anti-conversion laws, prohibiting forced or money-induced conversions.