Fighting Ebola – A Test to Our Patriotism

first_imgHmm! This is how far the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has come. We can’t even imagine how far it is going. When the EVD hit just one county, we advised our leaders to take some actions but they really didn’t take heed. Now, see how far the virus has raged. What is our fate like now?Thank God we now have a National Task Force to battle this virus. But like the chair of the Task Force has been calling, I also think we all must join in the fight against Ebola. It is very worrisome waking up every morning to hear about a new victim of the Ebola virus. Reading the regular updates from UNICEF and other organizations is not exciting because the documents themselves are not exciting and I am sure experts who prepared them themselves do not feel excited writing such reports.Also, going through the various dailies and online sources and the headlines, all are saying Ebola, Ebola, Ebola and fear keeps developing.Besides, this virus has interfered with our normal way of life – we no longer feel safe to even shake hands; which is one of the most common things in our society. Why? Because we are being advised not to do so–talk of hugging and other forms of greetings. The fear of the disease is even making us to look like strange human beings – we dress differently, wear gloves and other forms of protective clothing, take bath with clorax and other detergents, only because we want to feel safe and live on.The Fear of Ebola has also interfered with the way we even care for our sick friends and relatives and how health workers care for their sick patients. As a result of the fear of the virus, we isolate ourselves from our sick friends and family.  We call authorities on them as if someone is reporting that health workers are refusing to take in some patients.  People are being stigmatized only because we fear Ebola.One cherished part of our Liberian culture is how we honor our dead. But in the wake of Ebola, your dear departed will not be given that degree of honor, particularly if authorities say they died of Ebola. We are being strictly prohibited from going close to the dead person. This is terrible! This is a cherished part of culture and doing away with it is terrible. How long will this persist? For how long will our people die from Ebola?Who knows whether it is still safe for us to go to our places of worship.Let us be more serious in the fight. Let all of us get on board. We need to stop politicizing this thing. In fact, I think the National Elections Commission (NEC) needs to pause her preparations for this year’s senatorial elections as some of us have done to our events and gatherings as we join the fight against this menace that is waging war on us. Since Ebola has declared war, let us fight back.I saw that the NEC has released 139 names of people who want to be senators. To all 139 of you I say, pause your political activities, go out to those people whose votes you want. Tell them to play safe to stay alive come October this year. Tell them Ebola is real and has no cure. Tell them to tell others to play safe.Go back in your communities and districts. Go to places where you play in and places where you pray in. Tell the people you meet there that Ebola is in Liberia and the best place to treat sick people is the hospital. Make it very clear to them in whatever way or language and dialect you can that hospitalizing the sick is the only way to stop the disease. Keeping sick people in homes and other places would not do the situation any good but harm.Tell your people that Ebola is not just bleeding. It develops over a very short period of time and by the time the person starts to bleed, the situation has become fatal. Tell them not to wait for bleeding. Beg them, if you must.To me, this is what true leadership is about. It is not just about fighting to occupy an office or occupying an office. It is about reaching out to people. It is about serving your people. This year, this is how we will identify our true leaders – people who care for us.Government’s honest priority too should be to try to stop this outbreak. We need to be vigorous and proactive. We need to put hold on the things that matter to us and fight to save the lives of the people we govern – the people who have  entrusted us with the mantle we are wearing, the people whose confidence we have. We need to be there for them more than ever before. We need to show our people that we love and care about them.Some of us have lost the confidence that was entrusted unto us. This is an opportunity to restore it. This is an opportunity to restore hope. This is an opportunity to rebuild broken bridges and relationships. This is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your people and their welfare.Do this individually if you must. This is not one of the times when you need your colleagues to endorse your actions. Move out as the leader and see if people will not follow you. Engage with the people who are already championing the cause. Ask them how you can be of support. Don’t wait for them to come knocking on your doors calling ‘honorable, honorable’. Reach out to them.With all the measures we are putting in place, we must pray. We must call on God to intervene. We must renew our trust and continue to trust that He alone is God and He will deliver us from this terrible menace. Let us ask Him to heal our land. He did it in the past and He can do it again because we know that He is the same God of yesterday, today and forever.Fellow Liberians, let us know that God is God and He is still on the throne. He does not have a successor (and He will never have) and neither does He have a predecessor. If we trust in Him, we shall not me moved. We shall be like Mount Zion which is neither moved nor shaken. We will be still and watch to see the salvation of the Lord our God.We must save the state. In light of the increase in the cases of Ebola, our main concern at this time should be to ensure the safety and security of ourselves and the people around us. We must do our best. This is because our best is Liberia’s best.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges following suspicious person complaint

first_imgIf you have information regarding crime or suspicious activity, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. – Advertisement -Marissa LaLonde (34), of Peace River, has been charged with the following: Both LaLonde and McCrea are due to appear in court on Jan. 6, 2020.Advertisement On Dec. 5, 2019, just after 1:30 a.m., RCMP received a call from a resident in the rural area of Sexsmith. The caller reported an unfamiliar car and two people at the end of his driveway. One occupant had approached the caller’s residence requesting help, saying the car was stuck. Feeling this was suspicious, the resident contacted the RCMP for assistance. Police attended and located the car stuck in the ditch. Police identified the male and female occupants of the vehicle. Further investigation led police to locate 52 grams of methamphetamine, 18 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of cannabis, a loaded shotgun, ammunition, and brass knuckles. GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – RCMP have charged two people with drug and weapons offences, after receiving a suspicious persons complaint.center_img Unsafe transport of a firearmUnauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicleFail to Comply with Recognizance x4 This situation demonstrates the crucial role the public plays in helping police keep our communities safe. The RCMP would like to thank the public, and this resident, for the information provided to police. Kevin McCrea (31), of Peace River, has been charged with the following: Possession for the purpose of trafficking x2Possession of a prohibited weaponUnsafe transport of a firearmUnauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehiclePossession of Government Issued DocumentsFail to Comply with Recognizance x3last_img read more

Donegal libraries running free festive family events

first_imgDonegal Library Service want to get you in the mood this holiday season by running ‘Family time at your Library’ events in all thirteen libraries in December.‘Family Time at your Library’ is part of the national Right to Read campaign which supports a family-focused approach to children’s reading, with the aim of promoting reading as a fun recreational activity for children.Donegal Library Service hope to increase awareness, among parents and families, in services and resources for children in public libraries. Donna Cavanagh, Senior Executive Librarian said the Library Service is delighted to be holding free and fun events for children and parents to enjoy together.“The libraries are open to all and we are always working to improve the service we offer to everyone. Your library card holds so much potential and we are confident you will have an enjoyable time at your local Family Time at your Library event,” she said.So, to anticipate the joy of snuggling down with a really good book over the Christmas holidays, why don’t you come along to one of the free events? The events include:‘Christmas Family Storytime’ in the Winter decorated Junior Library section in Central Library.‘Christmas Stories and Songs’ with Emma Porter from Vivid Performance school of drama in Buncrana Library.‘Pyjama Party and Storytelling’ with Mrs Claus in Carndonagh Library. ‘Design your own Christmas Decorations’ in Twin Towns Library where you can also enjoy the crafts table and some festive treats. Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair will also have a ‘Cóisir Phitseámaí le Scéalaíocht ‘An Treain Pholach’ le Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh.For more information on events please visit www.donegallibrary.ie or contact your local library to book a place.Check out their Facebook and Twitter page @ Donegal County Library, where you can keep an eye out for more great events!Events:Letterkenny MDDate and TimeEventCentralTel: 074 9124950Thur 5th Dec at 6.30 pmChristmas Family Storytime in our Winter decorated Junior Library sectionMilfordTel: 074 9124950Wed 11th December at 6.30pmA Magical Christmas Family Story Time eventCentralTel: 074 9124950Thur 12th Dec at 6.00 pmMagical Christmas Family Reading Time eventStranorlar MDDate and TimeEventTwin TownsTel:  074 9175384Tue 3rd Decemberat 6.30 pmMrs Claus Storytelling; Make your own decorations at our crafts table; Be the first to pick from our Children’s Christmas Collection; and enjoy some festive treats.RaphoeTel:  074 9144115Thur 5th Dec from 3pm to 5pmEarly Bird Christmas Books – Be the first to pick from our Children’s Christmas Collection. We will have a junior Christmas craft session and festive treatsLiffordTel:  074 9172726Fri 6th Dec from 3pm to 5pmEarly Bird Christmas Books – Be the first to pick from our Children’s Christmas Collection. We will have a junior Christmas craft session and festive treats  Donegal MDDate and TimeEventDonegal TownTel 074 9725329Tue 10th Dec at 11.00 amChristmas StorytimeBallyshannonTel 071 9858824Wed 11th Dec at 11.00 amChristmas StorytimeBundoranTel:  071 9829665Wed 18th Dec at 6.30 pmPyjama Party   Inishowen MDDate and TimeEventBuncranaTel:  074 9361941Wed 11th Dec at 6.00 pmPyjama Party and Christmas stories and songs with Emma Porter from Vivid Performance school of dramaMovilleTel:  074 9385110Wed 11th Dec at 6.30 pmPyjama Party and Storytelling with Mrs Claus  CarndonaghTel:  074 9373701Thur 12th Dec at 6.30 pmPyjama Party and Storytelling with Mrs ClausGlenties MDDate and TimeEvent Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth DobhairTel:  074 9560862Dé Céadaoin 4ú Nollaig ag 6.00 i.nCóisir Phitseámaí le Scéalaíocht ‘An Treain Pholach’ le Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh agus Ceardaíocht Marla le Jumping Clay.Leabharlann Phobail Na RosannTel: 074 9522500Dé Sathairn 14 Nollaig ag 11.30 rnScéalaíocht agus Ceardaíocht na Nollag le Breege Ward  Donegal libraries running free festive family events was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:booksCHristmasdonegaleventsfamilyInishowenletterkennylibraryStranorlarlast_img read more

J&K Assembly finally clears GST Bill

first_imgJammu and Kashmir, the only State to miss the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout bus on July 1, will join the new tax regime from tonight as the State Assembly passed a Bill in this regard on Friday amid Opposition boycott.The Assembly passed the Bill to adopt the presidential order that “offers safeguards to its special status”. CM Mehbooba Mufti said “J&K cannot get bigger azadi [freedom] than this order, restoring the lost sanctity of our Assembly.” Responding to J&K’s demands to safeguard its taxing rights under Article 370, the presidential order reads: “…the powers of the State of J&K as per Section 5 of the Constitution of J&K, shall remain intact.”The order called for incorporation of fresh clauses under Article 246 of the Constitution. “Under 246A (1), the Legislature of the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall have powers to make laws with respect to goods and services tax levied by the State.” However, the order said, Parliament shall have power to make laws with respect to goods and services tax levied by the Union.Opposition walks outThanking President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Ms. Mufti said, “This act of the Centre will be written in golden words in Kashmir’s history.” The National Conference boycotted the Assembly proceedings describing it as “sham.” The Congress also staged a walkout in protest when the Bill was tabled. Both the parties were demanding a separate legislation on GST in J&K. Meanwhile, internet services were stopped in the Valley as part of unprecedented security measures to foil any attempt by supporters of the slain Hizb commander, Burhan Wani, to pose a law and order problem.last_img read more

Change of culture priority for Tang; challenge is to get Blazers to respond

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been trying to change the environment for the most part. You can still see the immaturity in our team. I think now that we’ve been able to compete not just with NCAA teams, but also the UAAP teams, we’re not letting them get an easy win from us,” he said.Tang shared that it’s been hard to get the shift in mentality without the team tasting victory. But he’s willing to play the long game with a brighter future of St. Benilde in mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For the most part, the change of environment and culture has to be evident with us getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up with. But at the same time, the question for us is how are we’ll be able to get there? It’s a process wherein we got to keep explaining to them the small details, up to the nitty-gritty ones where we’re telling them why weren’t we able to get over that hump,” he said.Despite the Blazers bowing out of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a paltry 1-7 record, Tang believes that the foundation has already been laid out and it’s now up to the players to continue staying on the path the coaches have paved for them. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde coach TY Tang knows the challenge that awaits him with the Blazers.With the team in the cellar for the past two seasons, the rookie mentor knows that the goal for him this NCAA Season 93 is to take away the squad’s losing culture.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick leads San Beda past rival Letran MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “The challenge is making them respond to that. That’s something that us coaches, the whole coaching staff, has been trying to do for the longest time, for the last six months,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to polish it given a few more weeks entering the NCAA season.”last_img read more