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Caring for Our Ebola Orphans: Another National Emergency

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgNearly a month ago we carried a front page story about a three year-old girl who witnessed the death of her Ebola-infected mother just outside Redemption Hospital where she had gone to seek treatment.The face of little Pearlina is unforgettable sitting alone dazed and scared outside the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, not knowing what was going on and why her mother was taken away, leaving her all by herself.Fortunately for Pearlina, a humanitarian woman named Katie Meyler, founder of the local NGO “More Than Me (MTM),” immediately came to her rescue.  Ms. Meyler found the child sitting in the hospital office, where the staff, afraid to touch her, was keeping her, not knowing what next to do.Ms. Meyler took Pearlina to the MTM guest house, bought her some stuffed animals and other goodies and cared for her until the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare could advise what next to do.Then in this Wednesday’s edition, we carried another tragic story of a child, also about age three, whose lifeless body was found abandoned outside the walls of Redemption Hospital.The shocked and confused passersby had no idea who she was, how she died or who could have left the body beside the hospital wall.We think the fate of our children, especially those of our impoverished citizenry, but most especially of those parents who have died of Ebola and left hundreds, if not thousands of orphaned children, is nothing short of another national emergency. It is tragic enough for our people, through absolutely no fault of their own, to be dropping dead in horrifying numbers.   But it is even more heartrending (distressing, painful) to see young,   innocent children left behind with no clue as to what will happen to them, or from where they will get the next meal or bath.To date, there are reported to be 668 abandoned children in 10 counties, the highest in Montserrado—244, followed by Lofa, 230.    ALL OF US ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CHILDREN.  Remember, Liberian families have always taken into their homes children of parents who could not afford to raise and   educate them.  Sometimes they are relatives’ children; but more often they are not, they are other people’s children.  This is a veritable part of Liberian culture and tradition. One historic and laudable example that readily comes to   mind is Liberia’s 12th President, Joseph J. Cheeseman, and his   wife Mary Ann, who around 1895 visited Grand Cape Mount County just after a tribal war there.  They found at the Superintendent’s house two little Vai girls from Jondu Village, Gawula Chiefdom, who had lost their parents during that war.  The Cheesemans took the two girls to live with them at the Executive Mansion in Monrovia and later, after retirement, to their home in Edina, Grand Bassa.  They named one of the girls Victoria E. Cheeseman, after the Cheeseman’s last surviving child who had recently died. When, as a young attorney around 1907, Louis Arthur Grimes—the man who would later rise to eminence, becoming Liberia’s Attorney General, Secretary of State and Chief Justice—visited Edina, he found young Victoria, the Cheesemans’ adopted daughter from Jondu.  Attorney Grimes fell in love with her and married her on December 10, 1911. Victoria E. Grimes gave birth to J. Rudolph Grimes, who became Liberia’s long serving Secretary of State under President Tubman.  Rudolph’s sister, Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, became the first African woman to head a university—the University of Liberia.  Their elder brother, Henry Grimes, became one of Liberia’s first electronics engineers. We pray that some caring Liberian families will reach out to these Ebola and other orphaned children and raise them up to become successful and contributing citizens of the Republic.Lest we forget, however, as much as all of us are responsible, the primary responsibility for these children rests with the Liberian government, especially its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.   The government must now revamp and re-endow MOH’s  Social Welfare Department, so that it is ready and able to care for these Ebola and all other orphaned children in Liberia. MOH cannot do it alone.  It can subsidize some of the orphanages and make sure they are up to standard with food, safe water, proper sanitation, educational opportunities and other amenities that will empower these children, just as the Cheesemans empowered Victoria E. Grimes and her sister, to become contributing citizens of the Republic.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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Ramirez’s mind on auction?

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgManny Ramirez, who received permission from the Boston Red Sox to report late to spring training for family reasons, was scheduled to attend a car auction Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., according to the promoter of the auction. Earlier Wednesday, Boston general manager Theo Epstein said Ramirez has an excused absence and will report March 1 for the second straight year. Pitcher Julian Tavarez, Ramirez’s close friend, said Monday the slugger’s mother recently had surgery and Ramirez was with her in Florida. But later Wednesday, Ramirez’s plans to appear at the car show surfaced in a report posted on the Boston Globe’s Web site. It said Ramirez’s mother’s condition might prevent him from attending, and it wasn’t known when the appearance was initially scheduled. Also: Washington closer Chad Cordero and San Diego second baseman Todd Walker won their salary hearings. Cordero received a raise to $4.15million from $525,000 instead of the club’s offer of $3.65 million. Walker will get an increase from $2.5 million to $3.95 million instead of the Padres’ $2.75million offer. … Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson is trying to avoid surgery on his injured right shoulder with aggressive rehabilitation. If successful, it would allow him to pitch this season. 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

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Gerrard, other scouts to watch Gor v Everton

By on January 10, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo attempts to take on Everton right back Jonjoe Kenny in a pre-season friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has disclosed that former Liverpool players Garry McAllister and Steven Gerrard will be present to watch his side take on Everton in a friendly match at Goodison Park on the 6th of November.Gerrard is the current coach of Scottish Premier League side Glasgow Rangers and according to Kerr, he will not be the only high-profile coach from the greater United Kingdom present at Goodison Park to watch the historic friendly. “I am a part of the League Managers Association (LMA) and basically what I have done through the LMA is send out an email request that as many football coaches can come watch our game against Everton not just because it’s a prestigious game for Gor but also gives a chance for a club to identify the talent we have,” the tactician who has played for Leeds United said.He added; “Hopefully even if nobody signs, it gives other clubs a chance to see what Kenyan clubs are about, and maybe a Scottish or English club can come and support Gor Mahia in the future.”Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam as Gor played Everton FC in a friendly match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Scottish tactician went on to confirm that Gerrard and McAllister have confirmed they will be in Merseyside for the game.Kerr has insisted that he will ensure his side makes amends for their 2-1 loss in Dar es Salaam last year where the record Kenyan champions fell by a 2-1 margin with Wayne Rooney hitting a worldie on his return to the club after a 12-year stint with Manchester United.The match was Kerr’s first in charge for Gor, coming less than five days after he was appointed at the helm of the club.“They beat us here I want to beat them there. Going there, I want to give everyone an opportunity to play; it’s a dream come true but also we have to go there and give a good account of ourselves. It’s a huge chance for the players to play in a Premier League pitch and I have told them that,” the tactician added.Meanwhile, striker Jacques Tuyisenge who scored the lone goal in the 2-1 defeat in Dar says he is charged to go and score again, but this time confident the goal might reflect for a win.“It was really great because those are world class defenders and scoring a goal against them is something huge. As a striker, that is my work and I want to go there and score as well. Apart from that I want us as a team to win. It will be historic,” The Rwandese international said.Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge scores against Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, SportPesa Chief marketing Officer Kelvin Twissa is confident that Gor will represent not only Kenya, but the region well, expressing optimism they can beat the Merseyside club.“Our partnership with both Gor Mahia and Everton has always been about firsts. This is the first time an East African club I splaying in an English premier League ground and we feel excited and honored to do this,” Twisa said.He added; “We hope to do again. It gives unique exposure to Gor and also, you can be the king of your own jungle but it is interesting to be taken out of your comfort zone to see how well you can perform.”The team is expected to jet out of the country on November 2, four days to the game. This will be just two weeks after winding up their Kenyan premier League campaign.With the league title already wrapped with six matches left before the season ends, Gor boss Kerr says the motivation for the players will be that Everton trip.“If you want to go to Everton, show me that you want to by performing on the pitch. I will only select players who will give their best in these six games. That is the motivation,” the tactician said.Meanwhile, Kerr says he is trying to organize a friendly match with at least one Championship side after their Everton game.“I am trying to organize a friendly after we play Everton at a Championship or Premier League ground. The top clubs will be out for Champions League but hopefully we can convince a few people that we are worth their time and agree to play,” the tactician said.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Could you ‘cope’ with this monster 99 ice-cream

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgThe weather over the last few days has been sensational – and there’s nothing better on hot sunny day than a delicious 99 ice-cream. However, this 99 ice-cream is surely a contender for being one of the biggest in Ireland! This delicious monstrosity was created by Stephen Connaghan – an employee at The Cope Supermarket in Dungloe.His friend Dylan Reilly was the lucky punter who was given the envious task of devouring it.Is there a bigger one in Donegal?If there is, then send it into us info@donegaldaily.com  Could you ‘cope’ with this monster 99 ice-cream was last modified: July 21st, 2016 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:99dungloeFeaturesice creamnewsTHE COPElast_img read more

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Is this the Chelsea team who will play Derby in the Carabao Cup?

By on December 26, 2019

first_img RANKED MONEY Chelsea star Eden Hazard is out of the match. REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 2 Latest Football Stories Eden Hazard is definitely out of the match while winger Pedro (illness) and Olivier Giroud (leg) are big doubts for the clash.Ethan Ampadu (knee) remains out having been injured on international duty with Wales. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Chelsea will be looking to ruin legendary midfielder Frank Lampard’s big night as they face his Derby County side in the Carabao Cup – live on talkSPORT2.Manager Maurizio Sarri is set to rotate his Blues side for the match, but you can expect a strong team to line up at Stamford Bridge. BEST OF Is this the Chelsea team to face Derby County in the Carabao Cup?center_img ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Live Commentary Tonight West Ham vs Tottenham – live on talkSPORT from 7:45pmChelsea vs Derby – live on talkSPORT2 from 7:45pm Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Full-back Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmieri are both set to start, while N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should be rested but on the bench if needed.So who will start for Chelsea as Lampard returns to the club where he is a legend? Find out our prediction below. shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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BROTHERS WALK FREE AFTER GARDAI FAIL TO PROVE CASE OF STOLEN STOVES

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first_imgTwo brothers who were accused of handling stolen goods had cases against them dismissed when a Judge said there was simply not enough evidence to convict them.Michael and Martin McDonagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with handling two solid-fuel heating stoves.The heavy-duty stoves were stolen from a house at Mullaheap, Ballyare, Ramelton which belonged to Frank McGettigan. Mr McGettigan arrived at the house, which was almost complete, to find it had been broken into and the stoves taken.Neighbour Danielle Friel told the court that on September 2nd, 2011, two men, whom she later learned were Martin and Michael McDonagh, called to her house looking for scrap metal.She told them to call back later when her father was there.The men, who were in a white Transit van, then went towards Mr McGettigan’s house where Ms Friel spotted them at the side of the building.She contacted Mr McGettigan who contacted his son Declan.Declan McGettigan then contacted his cousin Simon and between them they followed a van they believed had taken the stoves to the Big Isle in Manorcunningham where a traveller’s halting site is situated.They could not see who was driving the Transit van but saw it reverse up towards a storage container.Declan McGettigan said he then saw a refuse truck come along the road close to the halting site and asked the driver if he would take him towards the site.He did and Mr McGettigan revealed how he saw the two stoves then sitting in the container.He called the Gardai but before they arrived, two men jumped into the Transit van and drove away towards the Derry roundabout.They were stopped a short time later on the dual carriageway by Gardai.Defence solicitor Paudge Dorrian said there was no evidence that either of the McDonagh brothers had ever handled the stoves and sought a direction to dismiss.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for ten minutes so he could examine all the evidence before him.When he returned he admitted that the Gardai may have had very strong suspicions but that these were not sufficient to convict.He said there was no evidence that anyone saw the McDonagh brothers handle the stolen goods and there was also no forensic evidence linking them to the stolen stoves.He dismissed the charges against both men.AT HEARING © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyBROTHERS WALK FREE AFTER GARDAI FAIL TO PROVE CASE OF STOLEN STOVES was last modified: February 8th, 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:FRANK MCGETTIGANMARTIN MCDONAGHMICHAEL MCDONAGHRameltonSTOVESlast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST KILLED ON DONEGAL’S ROADS OVERNIGHT

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgThe scene of last night’s crash on the N13 at Burt. Pic North West News PixA man in his 50s has been killed in an overnight accident in Donegal.The man was riding his motorbike on the N13 in Burt when the accident happened at 10.30pm.It is understood the man came off his bike after colliding with two cars. The man was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but was pronounced dead. One of the motorists was treated for minor injuries in Derry.The man’s identity has not yet been released.A Garda spokesman said: “This stretch of the N13 at Burt is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.“Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.” He is the second motorcyclist to die on Donegal roads in the past couple of days.A young Raphoe man died when his bike struck a jeep towing a trailer on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm.Hugh Shalvey, 34, who was originally from Co Monaghan, died after a collision at Oakfield Demense.IN another accident overnight in Donegal, a number of people were rushed to hospital after a crash in Killea.None of their injuries are understood to be life-threatening however. BREAKING NEWS: ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST KILLED ON DONEGAL’S ROADS OVERNIGHT was last modified: October 31st, 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:BURTcrashdeathdonegalGardaKillealast_img read more

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Thief targeting U.S., POW flags

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – In the 16 months he spent in Vietnam in 1968-69, Army veteran Lou Hernandez lost a lot of his friends.What he saw in battle has always stayed with him.“I came back, but there were a lot of men who did not return or were unaccounted for,” he said.To remember those soldiers who never returned, Hernandez displays an American flag and a POW-MIA flag at his auto repair shop, Mark’s Collision Center, on Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera.But in the past two months, Hernandez said, thieves have stolen six of his flags on three different occasions, even after he moved the flag pole behind a security fence.The most recent theft was last weekend, he said.“I came to work Monday morning and they were gone,” Hernandez said. “This is just not right or fair.”The thefts have puzzled and frustrated Hernandez, who had always flown his flags at his former business, West Coast Auto Body in La Puente, and never had them stolen.Now he’s offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the flag thieves.“This is a good community,” he said, “but apparently the person who is doing this has never served his country.”Officials at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, where Hernandez filed a report on the thefts, said no arrests have been made.The theft of U.S. or PIO-MIA flags is rare but not unheard of, according to Pete Ramirez, commander of American Veterans Post 1534 in Irwindale. Ramirez said his son’s U.S. flag was stolen from his front yard a few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.“It happens. It’s not something that happens all the time, but it does happen,” he said. “It’s probably some kids doing it out of mischief, or somebody who wanted the flags but didn’t want to pay for them.”At $60 per flag, Hernandez figures the thefts have cost him about $360. Despite the cost, he said he’ll again replace his stolen flags, “because I’m an American and proud of what the flags stand for.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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McGlynn Named To Google Cloud Academic All-District Team

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgDrake University senior Nick McGlynn has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In the classroom, McGlynn owns a 3.62 grade point average as a digital media production major. Last season he was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team. McGlynn and the Bulldogs aim to add to their historic season Sunday when they visit Illinois State for a 1 p.m. tipoff on CBS Sports Network. Print Friendly Version He recently became the newest member of the Bulldogs’ 1,000-point club with more than 1,000 career points in his four seasons at Drake and is the program’s all-time leader in blocks with 137.center_img The Google Cloud Academic All-District Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom and McGlynn will now be eligible for Academic All-America Honors. McGlynn has led the Bulldogs to a 20-win season in his senior campaign by leading the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding at 8.3 rebounds per game while scoring 15.3 points per game.last_img read more

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COMMUNITY ACTIVIST HOPING TO TAKE INDEPENDENT SEAT IN GLENTIES

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first_imgBrian CarrA COMMUNITY activist is to stand in the local elections in Glenties.Brian Carr is chairman of the Glenties Community Action Group and hopes to represent the area as an independent.“I was asked to go for the election and will be representing the local community,” he said. “I have been active in the area on committees for more than 20 years so know how things work and hope to keep going for many more.“There are 5 councillors at the moment, for the next election there will be an extra seat up for grabs, with four councillors from Dungloe to Falcarragh and only one councillor from Dungloe to Ardara.“It’s we got another seat for our area. So we have to join forces and work together for the good of the area.“There are so many things that could be listed that need to be done and points that need to be addressed –  employment and infrastructure two of the main ones – and I’m sure I will hear a lot more on the campaign trail.”  COMMUNITY ACTIVIST HOPING TO TAKE INDEPENDENT SEAT IN GLENTIES was last modified: March 5th, 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:Brian CarrGlentieslast_img read more

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