Let Us Not Forget the Ebola Orphans

first_imgOver one hundred orphaned children ranging from age two years to seventeen are still safely tucked away in a remote location in the Disc Hill community after losing more than 200 relatives to the deadly Ebola virus.They are now children of the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center under the Abundant Life Chapel, a church named after Taffi Dollar which has been patiently but without the proper resources, taking care of the children.These children are now known as the Taffi Dollar Children. Three siblings from the Tamba family who say they lost 16 of their relatives including their parents have been in the center living a daily routine that begins at 6:30 am and ends at 9:00pm.“I like being here because they take care of my brothers and me and the church seems to care about us,” said Bendu Tamba.Among the children who have now become used to the caring place in which they live is 16 year-old James, whose father was the priest that prayed over the remains of the late Ebola infected Marthaline Williams, the pregnant women who the late Thomas Eric Duncan tried to help.James emotionally explained how his father lost his life.“My pa came into contact with Ebola after the late Marthaline’s family told him that she didn’t die from Ebola. He believed them and did his ritual and died one week later,” he added.The center reflects sanitary conditions, well-kept bedrooms, a feeding program that sees to it that each child is fed at least two times a day. However, Rev. Wilmot Yalateh, the pastor of the Chapel, says there are so many things that are still needed to ensure that the Chapel will be able to continue its services to each child.“We have no one supporting us right now. Most places we reach out to tell us that there are no funds to help us. Right now we are doing everything that we can to find resources including food, school supplies, toys and materials that will sustain these innocent children,” the pastor added.Many of the children are in fear of not knowing what will become of them if the center is unable to find sponsors to enable them to continue living at the center.“I know how hard they are working to be able to feed so many of us. I’m afraid that anything can happen, but the Chapel has taught us to pray and that is what we are doing,” added Bendu Tamba.Meanwhile, Rev. Yalateh is in dire need of sponsors to help him keep the Taffi Dollar Children Welfare Center running. It’s a center, he says, that will in the future host children orphaned by many circumstances.“Right now I am willing to reach out to the media and any resource that can get the word out that we need sponsors. Each child needs a sponsor to sponsor them monthly. We are praying for the best and have faith that the rest will follow,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lofa County Water Sector Gets Big Boost

first_imgA cross-section of residents posed with stakeholders at the launch of The Last Well’s clean water access project in Lofa County.Project Targets 220,517 ResidentsThe Last Well, a Christian charity organization, has launched its Clean Water Access Project in Lofa County. This latest development comes in furtherance of a commitment the entity made to intervene in the water crisis and brings relief to the people of Lofa this year, a release has said.The launching of the Clean Water Access Project took place on Friday May 3, 2019 in Voinjama, Lofa County political capital city.According to the release, the launching program was held at the Voinjama City Hall, bringing together staff of The Last Well, National WASH Commission, Public Works Ministry Local authority, locals and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.Lofa County Superintendent William Tamba Kimba, who spoke earlier, described The Last Well’s intervention as a “rescue mission.”Superintendent Kimba said the intervention by the Last Well was timely, “because several towns and villages are struggling for safe drinking water.”He thanked The Last Well for the initiative and called on the residents to work with the charity in the implementation of project.The Chairman of the National WASH Commission, Bobby Whitefield, said the need for safe drinking water in all parts of the country cannot be overemphasized.Whitfield noted that the commission, as a regulatory body, will work with development partners to ensure that safe drinking water is provided to Liberians across the country.He commended The Last Well for embarking on such an initiative, and assured the charity of the commission’s cooperation in the implementation of the project.Public Works Deputy Minister, Benjamin Banto, praised The Last Well for intervening in the water crisis in Lofa County. Banto said the timely intervention of the Last Well will go a long way in addressing water challenges faced by the residents.A director at the National Public Health Institute, Wataku Kortima, noted that safe water and clean water plays a major part in the social and development growth of any nation.Kortima noted that the issue of safe drinking water is a requirement in sustaining the human body. He said NPHIL will work with The Last Well while implementing the Lofa project.Last Well Senior WASH Advisor, Abdul Koroma, who presented an overview of the Clean Water Access Project in Lofa, said the project was designed by The Last Well as a respond to the acute water shortage in Foya and Kolahun districts.Koroma however said that the project will cover the entire county providing access to safe and clean water for inhabitants. He said that the charity contractors are currently carrying out assessment with the intent of giving them a clearer picture of the water crisis in the county.Mr. Koroma said that the charity has put in place a sustainability plan with the aim to maintain the facilities to be constructed. He said the intervention is the organization’s way of supporting the government of Liberia’s Pro-poor Agenda, through the provision of safe drinking water.He said the project will also provide job opportunities for the locals, who will, in one way or another, be contracted to work with contractors to implement the project. As part of the Last Well intervention, Koroma said it has rehabilitated 161 hand pumps in all the seven districts.The council of commissioners of Lofa County, pledged their unflinching support to The Last Well to ensure that the project becomes successful and that “about 5,500 Water Filter buckets will be distributed in the county, especially to communities that are hard to reach.”The project targets about 220,517 residents in Foya, Kolahun, Quadru Gboni, Salayea, Vahun, Voinjama and Zorzor districts in Lofa County. These districts will benefit from construction of new hand pumps, rehabilitation of existing hand pumps and the distribution of water filter buckets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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$28.8M nursery school for Schoonord, La Parfait Harmonie

first_imgTwo of the fast-growing housing schemes on the West Bank of Demerara, Schoonord and La Parfaite Harmony, will now benefit from easy access to nursery education with the construction of a $28.8 million nursery school. Since the two communities are adjacent to each other, the school, which is built in Schoonord, can easily be accessed by residents in La Parfaite Harmonie.Built to the tune of $28.8 million and features seven classrooms, the school, which caters for over 100 students within its catchment area, has seven classrooms, a sizable kitchen, modernised sickbay, a spacious staff room among other necessary rooms.The contract was awarded to KP Engineering and signed at the Communities Ministry back in June of this year. Regional Executive Officer Denis Jaikaran noted that through consultation, the building of the school was envisioned.“We held consultative sessions across this entire region and found that this project was most important for the people of Schoonord and La Parfaite Harmonie and more so it is in keeping with Government’s policy of providing resources to our communities for an improved society through education,” Jaikaran is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.He further noted that over 5000 residents live in the communities and will receive direct benefit from the school when it begins to function.Regional Education Officer Annesta Douglas when asked about the opening of the school noted that preparatory works are currently ongoing which includes auxiliary and administrative staffing and provision of other necessary resources. She hinted that a January start-up is envisaged.last_img read more

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Matano asks for more support as AFC aim top five

first_img“The coaches and a team manager cannot do the work alone. A team is made up of so much and the only way for us to rise is if we can work as a team. Everyone needs to play his role and I believe we can get to where we want,” Matano told Capital Sport.He bases his argument with league leaders Gor Mahia whom he says show the best example in the country, despite sometimes facing similar problems to them.“One thing I like about Gor Mahia is how united they are. The players are committed, work for each other and the fans also rally behind the team always. It is not just about when you are winning. You need your fans the most when you are losing,” Matano added.AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano consults with fellow coaches in a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTOS/Raymond Makhaya“You don’t wait for success to happen then you come in. You have to be there at all times to build that success. A winning team starts straight from the training ground and with good support and motivation, we can rise,” Matano added.The tactician who joined the team in July has called on the club’s fans to turn out in large numbers on Sunday when they travel to Kericho to take on a tricky Zoo Kericho side.Only two points separate the two sides perched side by side in the standings at 12th and 13th.AFC Leopards walk into the fixture still reverberating with the glee of a decent performance in the Mashemeji Derby and Matano has asked for a similar if not better performance from his charges.“At this moment we are building up very well and the confidence the team has picked will be vital for us against Zoo. For us, we don’t talk much off the pitch. Our talking is on the pitch. We will go in there, give 100 percent effort and play to win,” Matano noted.AFC Leopards Joshua Mawira tackles Zoo Kercho Stanlaus Okiya.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe last time the two sides met at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 14, AFC Leopards survived by a hair’s breadth with a late equalizer to draw 1-1.As they prepare to meet almost four months later, Zoo is ready for a tougher and more organized AFC Leopards but head coach Sammy Okoth has vowed his side will stop at nothing to go one better, win the game and push into the top 10.“It will be tougher against AFC this time round because I think they are better than they were when we last met. They are more organized and play better football so it is going to be a very tough match. For us, we have to get the three points because winning such matches is a huge morale booster,” Okoth noted.Prior to the international break, Zoo gave themselves a huge morale booster with a 4-2 spanking of Western Stima at their Kericho Green Stadium backyard, handing them a shot of confidence after suffering back-to-back losses, including a 6-0 thrashing from Mathare United.Okoth laments that the international break disrupted their rhythm, but is quick to point out it will not be an excuse ahead of the tie.“AFC is a big team yes, but we approach this game just like the rest. We don’t want to know about how they play or how good they are. We are better off concentrating on ourselves and achieving our target of three points,” Okoth said.From the remaining 12 games of the season, Okoth has said his target will be to win only five of those matches and treat results in the remaining seven as a bonus.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaks to midfielder Duncan Otieno before their game against Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby on August 26, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano is asking for more support from the Ingwe fraternity as the club enters crucial stage of the season where they aim a top five finish after an underwhelming season.Matano believes that for the team to rise up from their current 13th slot, it needs concerted effort from the coaching team, officials, fans and sponsors.last_img read more

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Pochettino urges Spurs to make fast start against Dortmund

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino leads a training session at the club’s Enfield Training Centre in north-east London on September 12, 2017, the eve of their Champions League group match against Borussia Dortmund © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Mauricio Pochettino has warned his Tottenham Hotspur stars that they must make a fast start to their Champions League campaign or risk another early exit.Pochettino’s side failed to make it past the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition last season. Tottenham’s downfall was triggered by poor results in their home games at Wembley, where they were beaten by Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.The north London club are back at Wembley this season while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped and they kick off their Champions League group fixtures against Borussia Dortmund at the national stadium on Wednesday.Keen to avoid another disappointing European adventure, Tottenham manager Pochettino has underlined to his players that getting off to a winning start is vital, especially with holders Real Madrid also in Group H.“Last season, after the first game at home against Monaco, it was difficult to change the dynamic. I think it’s so important to try to win the first game and get three points,” Pochettino said.“It will be tough because Dortmund is a great, great team but in our mind our mentality is to try to win and be aggressive from the first ball.“I think tomorrow is such an important game. To start well in the competition and get three points will be key to the future of course.“It’s true that in theory Real Madrid are first, then Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL compete to be second. That’s the theory but football is not theory.”Tottenham have struggled at Wembley in recent years even when they aren’t playing European games.Losers in eight of their last 12 matches at the hallowed venue, Spurs have been beaten by Chelsea and drawn with Burnley in their two games there this season.Pochettino hopes Tottenham’s players can block out all talk of a Wembley curse and show they have learnt from last year’s harsh Champions League lessons.“It’s a tough competition with the amount of focus and energy you need, it’s massive, maybe the same or more than the Premier League,” he said.“Last season was our first experience of the Champions League. Previously we played in the Europa League, for 98 or 99 percent of the players, and for myself too.“We know very well what the competition demands from you, and I think it is so important, that experience from last season.“It was a very painful experience because we could not be at the level we should have been, but today it’s not an excuse.“We need to be ready to compete at a higher level.”– Big stage –Pochettino hinted he could hand a debut to right-back Serge Aurier, a recent signing from Paris Saint-Germain, but Dele Alli is suspended after a red card in the Europa League last season.Tottenham striker Harry Kane expects his team to hold their own against the Germans, even without star midfielder Alli.“He’s a fantastic player and we will miss him. But fortunately we have a fantastic squad and I’m sure whoever comes in will be ready to compete on the big stage,” Kane said.“Last year we got off to a bad start. We’ve got to make sure we win our home games because going away in the Champions League is always going to be difficult, no matter who you play.”Dortmund beat Tottenham twice in the Europa League in 2015-16, but they travel to London hampered by injuries to several stars.Beaten at Wembley by Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final, Dortmund hope to make it another miserable night for Tottenham in their adopted home.“It’s going to be a huge challenge, but I see ourselves as being on the same level as Tottenham,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Premier League sides on alert as Atletico Madrid consider loaning out Spain Under-21 star

first_img1 Saul Niguez in action for Rayo Vallecano Atletico Madrid are considering loaning out Spain Under-21 midfielder Saul Niguez, who has been tracked by a quartet of Premier League clubs.Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton have all been linked with the 19-year-old, who starred while on loan at Rayo Vallecano last season.His form at Rayo, where he made 34 league appearances, prompted Atletico officials to earmark him as a first-team player for the 2014/15 campaign.However, Tiago’s collapsed move to Chelsea means the youngster, who is known as Saul, is likely to be fourth in the central-midfield pecking order behind the Portuguese, Gabi and Mario Suarez.As such, Spanish newspaper Marca claim Atletico are now willing to farm him out again, and Portuguese champions Benfica are leading the chase to sign him on a short-term basis.Saul, who still has four more years left on his contract at Atleti, is valued at around £6.5m.last_img read more

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Mikel to miss grand Nigeria, Cameroon clash

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel to miss AFCON round of 16 clash against CameroonALEXANDRIA, Egypt, July 5 – Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be without their skipper John Obi Mikel for their grand Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tie against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in Alexandria on Saturday evening.Mikel, who made a return to the team after missing out since their campaign at the World Cup has played in two games for Nigeria in Egypt but picked up a knee injury during training. “I don’t think he (Mikel) will be ready to play tomorrow because of the injury, but the good news is that we have Collins (Jamilu) back. I am not sure he can start but definitely he will be on the bench,” head coach Gernot Rohr said on Friday afternoon.But whether or not his captain will be available is not giving the tactician sleepless nights, but the challenge of facing a strong Cameroonian side on the backdrop of their loss to Madagascar in their last group match is what Rohr is scratching his head about.Cameroon came through the group stages unbeaten, though they finished second spot on account of goals scored, but Rohr has admitted it will be a tough challenge against the five time champions.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr plans changes for Madagascar“Cameroon is a team which is one of the best in this AFCON and we know it will not be easy. But we will want to show that the Madagascar loss was an accident and our team is good and can compete with the top teams,” Rohr further said.“The loss was a lesson in humility for our players and our fans. It showed us that we cannot underrate anyone,” the tactician added.The balance scales will tip hugely in Nigeria’s favor in this tie as they have not lost to the reigning champions in their last five meetings. Their last two meetings were during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers where Nigeria won 4-0 at home and drew 1-1 away in Yaounde.Cameroon’s head coach Clarence Seedorf knows just how important that game is, but has chosen to keep calm and focus on getting a result, side stepping the pressure from outside especially in this specific tie against Nigeria.“Winning is my second skin and I am not worried and I am not under any pressure. It is joy and passion for Cameroon to be here and defend the title and play against a team like Nigeria. We cannot stress ourselves before the match; we will leave that to the fans. For us, it is to focus on what we have to do,” the legendary AC Milan defender stated.Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf watches his team draw 0-0 with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt“I think Nigeria has not shown their full potential in this tournament so far and in big matches, teams tend to show their huge potential. We know we will play against a quality Nigerian side and we need to be at our best. We know how big this match is and I don’t need to remind my players because they are intelligent enough to know it,” the tactician further stated.He has also acknowledged their poor scoring touch having failed to score in two consecutive matches, but adds he is under no pressure.In 22 meetings, Cameroon have only beaten Nigeria four times while the Super Eagles have enjoyed victory 11 times.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Watford sign Napoli full-back

first_img1 Watford have signed Colombia international Juan Camilo Zuniga on loan from Napoli, the Premier League club have announced.The 30-year-old full-back will move to Vicarage Road on an initial one-year deal but Watford also have the option to make the move permanent.Zuniga, who has made 62 appearances for his country, joins Isaac Success, Christian Kabasele and Jerome Sinclair as new signings at with the Hornets this summer. Juan Camilo Zuniga in action for Colombia last_img

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Hoover’s sought habeas corpus suspension

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus,” it said. Habeas corpus, the right to seek relief from illegal detention, has been a fundamental principle of law for seven centuries. The Bush administration’s decision to hold suspects for years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has made habeas corpus a contentious issue for Congress and the Supreme Court today. The Constitution says habeas corpus shall not be suspended “unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.” The plan proposed by Hoover, the head of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, stretched that clause to include “threatened invasion” or “attack upon United States troops in legally occupied territory.” After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush issued an order that effectively allowed the United States to hold suspects indefinitely without a hearing, a lawyer, or formal charges. In September 2006, Congress passed a law suspending habeas corpus for anyone deemed an “unlawful enemy combatant.” But the Supreme Court has reaffirmed the right of U.S. citizens to seek a writ of habeas corpus. This month the court heard arguments on whether about 300 foreigners held at Guantanamo Bay had the same rights. It is expected to rule by next summer. Hoover’s plan was declassified Friday as part of a collection of documents concerning intelligence issues from 1950 to 1955. The collection makes up a new volume of “The Foreign Relations of the United States,” a series that by law has been published continuously by the State Department since the Civil War. Hoover’s plan called for “the permanent detention” of the roughly 12,000 suspects at military bases as well as in federal prisons. The FBI, he said, had found that the arrests it proposed in New York and California would cause the prisons there to overflow. So the bureau had arranged for “detention in Military facilities of the individuals apprehended” in those states, he wrote. The prisoners eventually would have had a right to a hearing under the Hoover plan. The hearing board would have been a panel composed of one judge and two citizens. But the hearings “will not be bound by the rules of evidence,” his letter noted. The only modern precedent for Hoover’s plan was the Palmer Raids of 1920, named after the attorney general at the time. The raids, executed in large part by Hoover’s intelligence division, swept up thousands of people suspected of being Communists and radicals. Previously declassified documents show that the FBI’s “security index” of suspect Americans predated the Cold War. In March 1946, Hoover sought the authority to detain Americans “who might be dangerous” if the United States went to war. In August 1948, Attorney General Tom Clark gave the FBI the power to make a master list of such people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the FBI, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans that he suspected of disloyalty. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons. Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to “protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” The FBI would “apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous” to national security, Hoover’s proposal said. The arrests would be carried out under “a master warrant attached to a list of names” provided by the bureau. The names were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling for years. “The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven percent are citizens of the United States,” he wrote. last_img read more

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‘A TROUBLED TIME’ INDEED FOR DONEGAL AT POPULAR AUTHOR’S BOOK LAUNCH

first_imgMC & Proprietor Of the Four Masters Bookshop; Colm O Rourke addressing the crowdThe Four Master’s Bookshop, Donegal Town was the location for the launch of Malachy Sweeney’s new book ‘A Troubled Time.’The 560 page tome is a factual and fascinating chronicle of events in County Donegal from 1914 to 1922.by Paul O’Sullivan It’s unlikely this book will attract the same controversy as Roy Keane’s new book but it’s sure to be big seller in this county at least in the run up to Christmas.Over two hundred Invited guests and friends of the former Abbey Vocational School teacher gathered to hear Councillor Tom Conaghan say he was “delighted and honoured to be asked to launch this book”“Malachy and I go back a long way and I’m delighted to see so many people here tonight,” he said.Malachy with his wife Goretti, Sons Dermot, Barry, Briam and grandaughter EllaThe Mayor of Donegal Town; Patricia Callaghan was also there and referring to a few anecdotes in the book said it was a “fabulous read and a massive achievement.” The author himself then took to the plinth and modestly acknowledged his literary achievement .He thanked his wife Gorreti, sons Barry, Dermot and Brian, and other family members for their support. A special mention was given to Michael Cassidy.Colm & Rosaleen O Rourke were the perfect hosts for the evening, their bookshop is the ideal venue for a local book launch with support from Joan, Annettee and Orla.Colm told Donegal Daily “Malachy’s first book Sands of Time was a great success for us so we were delighted to be all back here again tonight.”Councillor Tom Conaghan, Malachy Sweeney & Mayor Patricia CallaghanOrla Bennett, Pater Ward & Rosaleen O Rourke Therese & Colm Campbell with Michelle McKee Ann Kennedy and Malachy Old Townies” Seamus Doherty & Tom Connaghan Una , Seamus & Rebecca Faulkner Annette McMullan & Rosaleen O Rourke ‘A TROUBLED TIME’ INDEED FOR DONEGAL AT POPULAR AUTHOR’S BOOK LAUNCH was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:A Troubled Timebook launchDonegal TownFour Masters Book Shoplast_img read more

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