Remembering 9/11: Can Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Compare?

first_imgToday, September 11, Americans and people all around the world will commemorate the 2,977 innocent lives that were lost 13 years ago, in what has gone down in history as one of the most daring and unusual terrorists attacks ever. The tragedy not only changed the lives of the people directly affected by the attacks but also that of future, yet-to-be born generations. However, can this be compared to the Ebola Crisis where thousands of people have succumbed to this deadly disease?The Ebola virus has not only caused tragedy and changed the lives of people affected, but it has also drastically affected our life style. Liberians are so used to greeting each other by touch – a hand shake here, an embrace there, even a kiss. Where we used to share cups, bowls and spoons; beds, clothes and shoes; we now think thrice about potential threats of infection from our closest friends and relatives. Instead, we wash hands religiously at every door post, keep a distance beyond arm’s length and sometimes bow to greet each other like the Chinese. Some women have even put their male partners “on dryer” – a moratorium on sexual activity until the Ebola Season is over. And many men have admitted that, fearing for their own lives, they have decided to “abide by the rules of the game” – fidelity.There are also direct and indirect psychological effects: where members of households and families are infected with Ebola, the dichotomy of care vs. neglect persists, because of the fear of infection being transmitted. Where armed government forces go shooting at unarmed people contesting an imposed quarantine; or where family revenue streams get dried up because of epidemic-preventive regulations imposed by government or private employers; it gets really disturbing and forces people to find new ways to adapt to the situation. Then, there is the sight of dead bodies lying all over, in the streets; and the depression of thinking you could be next and the stigma it leaves you with.And as people around the world remember this day in history, LIB life asked some of your reflections on that time vis-à-vis the current Ebola crisis in Liberia. Can that terrible day at all be compared to that of our deadly crisis we’re facing? Here’s what some of you said:Nvasekie Konneh, poet and author: “Though both September 11 and the current Ebola crisis are disastrous, but we have to understand the difference. September 11 was a manmade disaster with a clear political agenda on the part of the perpetrators. The Ebola crisis in our sub-region is a natural disaster that can be compared to Hurricane Katrina, which affected the U.S. State of Louisiana. With both Katrina and Ebola being natural disasters, the question is how did the US manage its disaster and how we are managing ours? The US was in far better position to deal with theirs.  For us, it’s different ball game altogether because we are a poor country and we have no technical capability to combat this disease. We are living by the mercy of God and those whose help we are seeking to combat the disease”.On the other hand, Mrs. Maisha “Mama” Shabu, from Shabuta Cultural Arts Center had a total different perspective about September 11 and the Ebola crisis in Liberia. She blamed both governments for being careless in handling their respective crises and accused them of dishonesty and sending out the wrong message to their citizens.  “Both the Liberian government and the American government had, for many years, cultivated distrust in significant segments of their populations before September 11 and before this Ebola crisis occurred, respectively. They both continued to send out confused and unreasonable descriptions of events as the disasters unfolded and in the aftermath or, in the case of Liberia, as the disastrous events continued. The people of both nations were, therefore, thrown into hysteria and many innocent lives were and are being lost. The American government then used the Sept 11 tragedy as a cause to institute oppressive international restrictions on the whole world’s nations, especially international travel. It is now horrifying to see the same American government using the Ebola crisis in Liberia to again institute their hegemony in West Africa by pushing to send American troops to ‘handle’ the situation. And, again, the people will bear the brunt of a foreign nation, on the ground, controlling their lives.”Stanford Peabody, Journalist: “I was in America during the September 11 attacks. I worked at Wells Fargo in downtown Minneapolis. It was a one-time strike, the enemy was identified and the US went after the enemy with all its might. I am currently in Liberia. Ebola is waging a psychological and biological war on West Africa. It intimidates, divides, sickens and then kills. It hides and strikes and people are ashamed when it attacks so they hide the weapon and become weapons themselves. Unless people are assured that there is a place to get treatment, a place that is caring and not a place that you can get Ebola, there will continue to be deaths instead of treatment.“The attack [on the USA] was a one-time incident that killed 2966. The total deaths from Ebola are about to pass that mark. Besides, the deaths at 911 were random. Ebola wipes away entire families from households, villages and towns and people are scared to visit their sick relatives and there are stories of relatives left to die while the healthy run away. What can be so dehumanizing and terrible? A bomb?”Meanwhile not everybody believes that Liberia’s Ebola crisis can in any way be compared to that of the U.S. September 11 attack.Israel Newberry, a Rotary Peace Activist, seems to disagree because, according to his explanation, Ebola is attacking several countries whereas the terrorist attack was on America only.  “Whenever you leave the zones of Ebola not being infected, you have a sense of safety.  But for the U.S. citizens, they feel very much unsafe in other countries where they are known as U.S. citizens. They were attacked by terrorists everywhere. Not like Ebola at all.”The debate could go on and on, we are sure.  Like Stanford said in the case of 9/11, the culprit, a known enemy, was identified and America went after them. However, this is Liberia’s first experience with Ebola, an enemy whose symptoms are difficult to identify.And while it is true that Liberia needs all the help she can get to eradicate this disease from our nation, it does not mean that our people are willing or want to be controlled by foreign nations. All Liberia needs, at this time, is a helping hand.For those who have so far survived both 9/11 and the Ebola epidemic and are still alive to witness the Ebola epidemic unfolding, these are experiences that will forever be remembered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rooney bids to revive career with Everton

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United to return to Premier League side Everton © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 9 – England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney declared himself “ecstatic” after completing a move back to Everton, the club where he first starred as a teenager, on Sunday.The 31-year-old — who became a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho last season — signed a two-year contract on a free transfer, according to the BBC, bringing the curtain down on 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford. Rooney, whose move comes the day after United announced they had agreed terms with Everton over buying striker Romelu Lukaku, will hope the switch revives his international career.“It is some time since I said that the only Premier League club I would play for other than Manchester United was Everton, so I am delighted that the move has happened,” he said in a statement to the Press Association.Wayne Rooney scored 253 goals for Manchester United © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF“Thirteen years ago I went to United with the intention of winning trophies and I have been fortunate to be a part of one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.“I have come back to Everton because I believe (Everton manager) Ronald Koeman is building a team that can win something and I look forward to playing my part in making that a reality for the club I have supported since a boy,” added Rooney, who was five times United’s leading scorer and on another occasion shared the honours with Cristiano Ronaldo.Rooney said once he met with Koeman he knew there should be no other destination for his talents.“I saw it in his eyes that he wanted me to be part of his team,” said Rooney.Wayne Rooney is the the all-time leading goalscorer for both Manchester United and England © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFKoeman said in Rooney — who in his time at United won five Premier League titles and a Champions League crown — he was buying a player with a surefire winner’s mentality.“Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality. He knows how to win titles and I’m really happy he’s decided to come home,” said Koeman.“He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qualities. It’s fantastic he’s here.”– ‘Most magical moments’ –Mourinho said he admired Rooney but understood both his desire to play more football and to return to the club that nurtured his talent.“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton,” said Mourinho.United vice-chairman Ed Woodward paid a handsome valedictory tribute to Rooney.“Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago,” said Woodward.“Who can forget his storybook debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against (Manchester) City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here?“But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team.“He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history.”Rooney, who had at one point been linked with a move to China before interest cooled, largely had a season to forget last year.He made just 15 Premier League starts — and came on in another 10. He was a non-used substitute in the League Cup win over Southampton and was sent on in the 90th minute of the 2-0 victory over Ajax in the Europa League final.He first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton and went on to score 17 goals in 77 appearances for the “Toffees”, sparking then United manager Alex Ferguson’s interest.Ferguson managed to persuade the board to splash out £27 million (30.7m euros, $35m) and the club did not regret their investment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United boss Van Gaal given more time to respond to FA charge

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been given an extra 24 hours to respond to his Football Association disrepute charge.Van Gaal was charged by the governing body for remarks that ”allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bringing the game into disrepute” following comments he made after the Red Devils’ FA Cup clash with Cambridge United.After the 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium, the Dutchman said: “You have seen the referee. It’s always the same. Everywhere I have coached these games – and I have coached them also with other clubs – it’s always the same.”Van Gaal was initially told to answer the charge by Monday evening but will now have until 6pm on Tuesday to give his response after the club sought an extension.He has already said he will contest it, telling a press conference last week: “I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years I have been a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged.”Up to now I don’t think I said something wrong. I said in our press conference the same phrases, because I know in advance that everything is in favour of the underdog. It is always like that.”United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over League Two Cambridge in the replay last week. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Balancing Shiite fear with Sunni outreach

first_imgBAGHDAD – An Iraqi military chief delivered a sharp warning to an American commander: Beware of your new alliances with former Sunni insurgents. The U.S. officer, Lt. Col. Wilson A. Shoffner, had his own message to pass on. Iraq’s Shiite-dominated leadership, he said, must learn to live with the outreach to Sunni tribes, whose help is considered crucial in recent blows against extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq. The exchange this week at a joint U.S.-Iraqi base – witnessed by The Associated Press – highlights one of the deepest ruptures in strategic outlook between Washington and Baghdad. The Pentagon sees the Sunni tribal militias – known as Awakening Councils and other names – as vital partners to weaken the Sunni-led insurgency. On Tuesday, Sunni sheiks in north-central Iraq pledged 6,000 fresh fighters to join tens of thousands of others. But the Iraqi government, which is under heavy Shiite influence, is hesitant to incorporate the Sunni recruits into the regular security forces and worries they could easily slip back to the rebel side. The balancing act even can reach down to individual Sunni figures. At the meeting with Shoffner, the Iraqi officer, Lt. Col. Yahya Rasoul-Allah Ali, objected to U.S. overtures to a Sunni religious leader known as Sheik Saad, who was released from U.S. custody last month after being held a year. A wanted poster for Saad still hangs in Shoffner’s office. Ali produced a photo of Saad brandishing an AK-47 rifle. Ali said the others in the photo were insurgents linked to al-Qaida. Shoffner later said he has the same photo. “Let me tell you something, my friend,” Ali told the American commander. “Those who attacked and planted bombs to kill us once will do it again a hundred times. Meet him and reach your own conclusions, but our reputation as soldiers fighting for principles is at stake.” Shoffner, a paratrooper who leads U.S. forces in several northern Baghdad neighborhoods, sought to reassure Ali that he would proceed cautiously.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has said Minister Noonan’s recent comments that the extension on maturities for Ireland’s EFSF and EFSM loans would yield “billions” have been exposed as pure speculation.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Last month, within minutes of a Eurogroup meeting Minister Noonan told media that what had been agreed would yield ‘billions’ for Ireland. Yet today I received a reply to a parliamentary question inviting Minister Noonan to explain exactly how these billions would be saved.“His reply failed to explain in anyway how he arrived at his billions. Minister Noonan admits that the detail of any extension was unclear and depended on a number of factors. “Once again we see a government seemingly more interested in spinning our debt negotiations rather than actually delivering progress. By progress, I mean an actual beneficial outcome for citizens and taxpayers. That means less austerity over the coming years.“Minister Noonan and his colleagues need to know that the public is not interested in any more spin and that their patience is wearing thin with the unproductive government negotiating strategy.” DOHERTY: NOONAN CAN’T EXPLAIN MISSING BILLIONS was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DOHERTY: NOONAN CAN’T EXPLAIN MISSING BILLIONSlast_img read more

Color me safe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals It’s important for Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials to take whatever reasonable steps they can to make the Orange Line safe and a success. If painting bright stripes on the silver buses does that, then they should waste no time. In nature, bright colors often denote danger or excitement. Fire burns in searing orange and yellow. Blood flows in a rich, alarming scarlet. The deep violet of wildflowers calls to hummingbirds and butterflies for miles. Silver, on the contrary, is the color of peace and serenity. Think heaven. Think fine jewelry. Think … the Orange Line? According to many drivers, particularly those who have slammed into an actual bus, the grayish silver of the buses cruising the San Fernando Valley’s new busway is also the color of transparency. As silly as it seems that a 60-foot bus might somehow become invisible, the concerned drivers have a good point. There’s a reason that nature uses bright colors: They alert the vision that there’s something very important to pay attention to. Silver, on the other hand, kind of blends in. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgPeterson,W.1 Bryant,C.42132031.4 Sarpong,B.7415.90 Knight09/16/20050101424 Pioneer Valley09/23/20050101467 Ontario Christian10/21/2005010756 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Sarpong,B.20012 Leonard,L.1 Rushing Total2587793.08 Palos Verdes10/07/20050101462 Easley,J.171501 Millett,T.1208 Clark,G.144.00 Sarpong,B.61412 Smith,K.09112 St. Genevieve11/11/20051002820 Hammond,M.1 Hammond,M.364633 Receiving Total9411426 Hammond,M.421062.51 Carson,J.40024 Interceptions Total7 SCORINGTDPATFGTP RECORD: 2-7-0 Carson,J.8650 Miller,C.371644.40 Burbank09/09/2005010066 Bryant,C.251312131128.77 Alemany09/30/2005010738 Passing Total208941011427 Carson,J.122495554583.64 Punting Total42132031.4 Carson,J.932182.34 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating RECEIVINGRECYDSTD White,J.61324375196.39 Richards,E.1208 Valenzuela,S.2 Smith,K.1150 Boyd,S.1200 Bryant,C.1006 Scoring Total15151108 Richards,E.371784.81 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Valenzuela,S.1006 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Miller,C.2150 Boyd,S.1 Clark,G.5770 Salesian10/28/20051002414 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Spagnola,M.131750 TOTAL2005270122398 Quartz Hill10/14/20050101451 Hammond,M.42026 Bryant,C.4184.51 Millett,T.20703.51 Smith,K.1 Easley,J.10262.60 White,J.7-46-6.60 Easley,J.1006 Adams,C.160 Richards,E.4150last_img read more

Cancer bus operator says charity can account for every cent

first_imgA cancer charity at the centre of an investigation into its finances has said it can account for every cent it has fundraised for.The Good and New charity, which operates a bus service for cancer patients in Co Donegal, has been found to have received over €400,000 more than it spent in the past two years.In its return to the charities regulator, the charity reported income of more than €815,000 over 2015 and 2016, and expenditure of €390,780. However, despite concerned being expressed over the transparency of its finances, the charity’s chairman says every cent of the funding has been banked.Eamonn McDevitt revealed that the charity is to hold a meeting with its committee on Wednesday night and a statement will then be made on its position.The charity says it is also tax complaint and that the Revenue Commissioners office can verify their accounts.Mr McDevitt had initially said that the charity’s accountant was in Australia and that he would not be able to contact him until January. In its return to the charities regulator, the Good and New Shop reported income of more than €815,000 over 2015 and 2016, and expenditure of €390,780.The charity runs a once-a-week bus service to Galway from Donegal for patients needing cancer treatment.The charity says it costs an average of €1,000 a week to run the service.The charity bought a Mercedes bus last year which is understood to have cost more than €200,000.As well as running a second-hand shop, the charity receives donations from across the North-West region through a variety of sources including individuals who fundraise to keep the bus on the road. Cancer bus operator says charity can account for every cent was last modified: December 20th, 2017 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:buscancercharityEamonn McDevittGood and Newlast_img read more

Media Club South Africa top 10 photos of the week

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with our weekly selection of the best photography from the site’s free image library.The image library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa – there’s no catch. To view the library, and download photos in high resolution, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the photos. But first, be sure to read the image library terms and conditions of use.Here are our top 10 photos of the week, and where you can find them in the library.LEFT: A young girl performs a traditional dance, Limpopo province. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at People 14.ABOVE: A summer thunderstorm brews over the Maluti Mountains in the eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at 2010 Fifa World Cup 3.ABOVE: A fan at a football match between Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national squad, and Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at 2010 Fifa World Cup 2.ABOVE: A goat kid at Swissland Cheese Farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee Find this photo at Countryside 24.ABOVE: A television cameraman sets up a shot of building construction for a documentary, Limpopo province. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at South Africa at Work 16.ABOVE: Cosmos flowers in full bloom line the road in the eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Nature 3.ABOVE: Cattle graze in the fields below the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, Eastern Cape province. They are watched by Vuyani Sidubule, dressed to show he is currently undergoing his manhood initiation. Mandela grew up and went to school in the village of Qunu, and this land still belongs to the Mandela clan. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Countryside 20.ABOVE: Shelling peanuts on a farm in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme region of the Northern Cape. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Countryside 4.  ABOVE: A monument to the Dorper, an extremely hardy breed of sheep able to survive in the harsh and dry scrubland of the Northern Cape. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Countryside 6.To download these and some 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with Media Club South Africa. And don’t forget to read the image library terms and conditions of use.If you have queries or comments about the image library, or need help, don’t hesitate to contact us at read more

SA learns from Confed cup

first_img2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee head Danny Jordaan addressing the media on lessons learntduring the Fifa Confederations cup. Deputy minister of police Fikile Mbalula talking about security issues during sporting events. (Images: Khanyi Magubane ) Fans thoroughly enjoyed themselves. during the Confederations cup tournament. ( Forfree photos, visit the image library.)Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using materialDanny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee, has told international and South African media that the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup has been a great learning curve ahead of next year’s world tournament.Speaking to the media during a round-table briefing where he shared the lessons learned during the Confederations Cup, Jordaan said the organising committee was pleased with the overall outcome of the tournament.  “This was a test event, and I can tell you right now that the World Cup next year is going to be an exciting event, and it’s going to be the loudest World Cup ever.”Jordaan was referring to calls from sectors of the international community to have vuvuzelas (a South African trumpet used at football games) banned as they are considered too noisy.“The fans have been the real winners. The Egyptian team commented that the atmosphere was so great at their games, they felt like they were playing in Cairo,” said Jordaan.The CEO said they also had the backing of Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who has been consistent in his support of South Africa hosting the two major sporting events.Jordaan told journalists that the fans had played a big role in the Confederation Cup’s success. “Nation building is the core element of the tournament. Sport is celebrated across all sectors of South Africa.”Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula addressed the issue of security for the Confederations Cup and the upcoming World Cup.Mbalula echoed Jordaan’s sentiments, saying that from a security perspective, there was no major breach of security and that all reported cases were classified as unfortunate and regarded as isolated. “Government has spent R1.2-billion (US$124-million) on security. No country is going to do that if we are not serious about the safety of those attending games.”In terms of weaknesses identified during the Confederations Cup, Jordaan noted that the late arrival of soccer lovers to the stadium had to be addressed to ensure that everyone is seated and ready by the time the game starts.The park-and-ride system was another weakness identified because of the lengthy process of transporting fans back to the different car parks. “Fans use the park-and-ride system over a period of about three hours when they go to the stadiums.“Some go early, some go late. But when the game is over, they all leave at the same time, and this caused some congestion at the stadiums, but we are working on resolving the issue.”To this end, Jordaan announced that the South African government is in the process of manufacturing 1 000 additional minibus taxis to transport fans.Ensuring a safe World CupJordaan and Mbalula came under intense interrogation from international media who quizzed the two about incidences that had occurred during the Confederations Cup.The case of the Egyptian football team in particular, who allegedly lost about R19 500 ($2 500) from their hotel, was widely reported.The team reported that they were robbed of money and other valuable items.“We are investigating this matter, and so far, we can say that this was an unfortunate incident,” said Mbalula.This however did not impress journalists, who wanted official comment on whether the incidents could mean that security was a problem for those attending the tournament.Jordaan implicitly assured journalists that a high-level security plan had been put in place not only at the stadiums, but also at the hotel rooms where the different football teams were staying.Following allegations that the Egyptian team had invited prostitutes to their private hotel rooms, Mbalula cautioned that they could not protect the teams against such actions. “We also encourage people to take responsibility and not invite security unfriendly individuals to their hotels.“However police are still investigating and we hope that the end product will be successful and bring the criminals to book.”The CEO also cautioned journalists against sensationalising crime in South Africa during sporting events.He said that while international media should report on incidences, they should verify the facts as not to create unnecessary anxiety for football fans intending on visiting South Africa next year.“Judge us on what is actually happening, and not what you might have heard happened. Please report the facts.”“I have been to many World Cup tournaments across the globe and there’s no difference with what is currently taking place in South Africa.“In terms of safety and security, everything is running smoothly and no major crime related incidents were reported.”Mbalula also added that he was proud of the police service. He said that cases brought before the department would be thoroughly investigated to prevent them from happening again next year. “We will investigate incidences case by case. We will have to check with the operation teams on the ground in terms of where we went wrong, and what we can improve.“We take our lessons from here. Where there have been problems, we will strengthen them,” added Jordaan.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Related storiesFootball – South Africa styleConfed Cup good to goSA’s Confed Cup squad named Useful linksFifa2009 Fifa Confederations CupSA Police Servicelast_img read more