West Point Commissioner Fears Cholera Epidemic in Township

first_imgWest Point Township Commissioner Miatta H. Flowers has expressed fears over the eventual cholera epidemic the township would face after the abrupt end of the Liberia Maritime Authority Beaches and Waterways Project.In an interview with the Daily Observer Sunday, December 22, Commissioner Flowers said since the project was recently halted there have been a series of reports reaching her office indicating that many residents have reverted to unhygienic practices such as littering and defecating on the West Point beach.“The LMA Beaches and Waterways Project made sure that there was organized security that patrolled the beach every night to ensure that unscrupulous people don’t mess up the beach,” Commissioner Flowers said.She said since the end of the project the beach is no longer protected and with the congestion in the township, the likelihood of a cholera epidemic may not be too far away.“A cholera breakout would cause more suffering, so it is highly necessary for the government to help us before it is too late,” she said.Commissioner Flowers explained, “For the last three years, we have not experienced any threat from cholera, but now my office is worried that if the nearly 550 people now jobless are not returned to their former duties of protecting the beach, we may regress back to where we were before the project.”“I am appealing to the Government of Liberia to reconsider its decision, taking into account the reasons I have raised concerns about, and try to seek funds to continue the project,” she said.She also took time to express appreciation for the LMA Beaches and Waterways Project, which she said ensured that jobless residents in her township were able to help themselves, despite the harsh economy.The LMA recently announced the end of the Beaches and Waterways Project due to financial constraints. The project benefitted nearly 1,985 casual laborers in several slum communities, including West Point, New Kru Town, Popo Beach, and ELWA.At the time of the announcement, the LMA owed three months in arrears, which it settled last Monday.West Point is one of the largest slum communities in Monrovia. Most of its residents use the Mesurado River and the beautiful beach along the Atlantic Ocean to defecate. Residents live in very poor and unhygienic condition, leaving them expose to water-borne disease and malaria.Many of the township’s children play along the beach barefooted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aston Villa boss praises ‘unbelievable’ supporters after win over QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce said his players owed it to their “unbelievable” fans to deliver a result after recent below-par performances.Bruce made six changes to the team which lost at Norwich in midweek and was rewarded with a 1-0 victory earned by Jonathan Kodjia’s strike 15 minutes from time.More than 3,000 Villa supporters made the trip down to Loftus Road for the 12pm kick-off and Bruce was delighted they able to witness the club’s second away win since August 2015.“We’re pleased that we’ve got a result for the unbelievable support we’ve got,” Bruce said.“Over Christmas we’ve got back to back home games and I think we’re sold out for Burton Albion, which is testament to the club and the supporters.“We’ve had thousands at QPR and when you’ve got support like that you’ve got to give them what they expect.“Now we’ve got to try and make an impression on the top six, that’s got to be our aim.”Bruce also said shaking off the club’s losing habit, after several seasons in the doldrums, was his primary focus.He added: “For a long time they’ve been used to getting beaten. Slowly but surely you’ve got to get their confidence back that they can play for this club.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Laureano stays hot to help A’s return to winning ways

first_imgANAHEIM — Ramon Laureano doubled, homered and drove in two runs, and right-hander Frankie Montas allowed two runs in six innings to help the A’s end a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.Laureano extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games and stretched his on-base streak to a major-league leading 23 games. Robbie Grossman also had two hits and a run scored for the A’s, who have won seven straight road games.Laureano blasted a …last_img

Ohio Crop Progress: Rain Slowed Planting Progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting remained stalled last week due to higher than normal precipitation, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 28. Most fieldwork remained on hold as fields were too wet. There were reports of some localized flooding scattered throughout the State. Even with slightly higher temperatures statewide, growing degree days were lower than normal for the week. Winter wheat progress and condition continued to be negatively affected by soggy fields. There were reports of ponding causing some wheat to be drowned out. Oat planting and emergence both slowed and moved toward the 5-year average. Some operators were able to plant a little corn and soybeans, but progress remained behind 5-year averages due to wet soils.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep after gold medal win Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Aquino fell short to finish fourth in the men’s side, behind Mohd Harrif Saleh of Malaysia (59:34.77), Tanawut Sanikwhati of Thailand (59:34.79) and Mohd Zamri Saleh of Malaysia (59:34.88). SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE PHOTO – Cyclist Marella Vania Salamat holds up the flag after winning a gold medal. RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Marella Vania Salamat tried to close in with tough, European-trained Thai rider but it backfired badly as she got pinned down in the mad dash to the finish out of the podium Monday in cycling criterium race.The last Southeast Asian Games champion in individual time trial was part of the 11-woman lead pack that charged to the finishing at Dataran Putrajaya all at the same time, one hour, two minutes and nine seconds.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games But it was Vietnam’s Thi Tat Nguyen, who took the gold, Ju Pha Som of Malaysia silver and Julatip Maneephan — the rider on Salamat’s crosshairs — bronze. Salamat was fourth.“The Thai rider is a very good sprinter,” Salamat said. “Unfortunately, my tactic of closely guarding her didn’t work as other riders saw it as an opportunity to attack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe will still see action in the individual mass start on Wednesday. There is no ITT this SEA Games.Filipino rider Jerry Aquino also bombed out in the men’s action. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Texas hospital system accused of holding patients illegally

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas corporation that runs behavioural health hospitals is accused of illegally holding four patients.The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that SAS Healthcare Inc. was indicted Wednesday on nine counts of violating the Texas Mental Health Code.The indictment alleges the corporation known as Sundance Behavioral Healthcare System detained two patients involuntarily at its Arlington facility longer than the 48 hours allowed without a court order. It also accuses the company of not allowing two voluntary patients to leave.Prosecutors on Thursday said filed a notice saying they will introduce extraneous offences, including allegations the corporation didn’t conduct welfare checks on a patient who died by suicide in the facility’s care.A law firm for SAS Healthcare said the “unprecedented” criminal prosecution “ignores legislatively enacted blanket immunity” that gives medical professionals discretion in treatment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oilpatch CEO says Trudeau needs to give real pipeline support not just

first_imgBut Broen says Trudeau should sit down with officials from Kinder Morgan Canada, the company building the much-delayed Trans Mountain project, to find out what obstacles it is facing and then take action to remove those barriers.In a speech to investors at his company’s annual general meeting in Calgary, Broen said the government shouldn’t have launched a revamp of the National Energy Board, adding he doesn’t understand what was wrong with the regulator as it was.He says he disagrees with the prime minister that Alberta’s adoption of a carbon tax last year makes it easier to push through pipeline construction, pointing out no new pipeline capacity has resulted as yet.“I would tell him (Trudeau) he has to show leadership on the pipeline file. And it’s not just words,” said Broen. “He needs to back up Kinder Morgan, the pipeline he’s approved, and he needs to see it through to construction and make sure we can put shovels in the ground and get it built for the benefit of all Canadians.” CALGARY, A.B. — An oil company CEO is harshly criticizing Justin Trudeau as the prime minister tours the oilsands region of northeastern Alberta today.Athabasca Oil CEO Rob Broen says if he met Trudeau, he would tell him the industry needs real leadership on oil export pipelines, “not just words.”Trudeau has been telling audiences in B.C. and Alberta that he supports both the environment and pipeline projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Edmonton to the Vancouver area.last_img read more

Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

Comparing the WWFs Death Rate to the NFLs And Other Pro Leagues

On Monday, we posted “Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate?,” showing that wrestlers from the WWF era have passed away at a clip far exceeding actuarial expectations. One of the most common questions I received about the blog post was how wrestlers compared to other professional athletes.  Here’s commenter Matthew Durst:Is this phenomenon unique to wrestling or is it a cost of doing any professional sport? What’s the years of life loss on average for the big 4 sports?I’m glad he asked.To investigate, I used ESPN’s athlete bio database, pulling out anyone who had played at least five seasons in any of the Big Four sports (football, baseball, basketball and hockey). I used the same five age groups (35-40, 40-45, 45-50, 50-55, 55-60) that I did for the wrestling analysis, except as of Dec. 31, 2010 (the most recent year for which we have data). I used only athletes whose careers had ended in 1998 or earlier (to match the period I looked at for the WWF, which changed its name to WWE in 2002). Then I took the simple percentage dead from each age group, as before:Outside of the WWF, professional athletes beat actuarial expectations. The NFL — which is commonly portrayed as being one step up from the Ludi —  at the very least doesn’t appear to produce many early deaths. Even offensive linemen, whose curve would be a bit higher on the grid, come in well under average (with about 4 percent dead in the entire age range).Though a bit surprising, there are good reasons why we might expect successful pro athletes to be better than average at surviving the 35- to 60-year-old period of their lives. They make a lot of money during their careers and have fairly good job prospects (relative to average) thereafter. They operate in a disciplined, highly regulated environment during a formative period of their lives and face extensive drug testing. Not to mention, these athletes are highly skilled and physically honed professionals. Their bodies may take a lot of damage that may stay with them for the rest of their lives, but it’s not the kind of damage that typically leads to an early grave.Wrestling in the WWF era, on the other hand, is reputed to have had a party culture, extensive performance-enhancing and recreational drug use, training focused on more aesthetic than functional physical improvements, a brutal schedule, and fewer monetary rewards than fans might think. read more

Miami SelfImposes Second Straight Postseason Ban

Miami University has self-imposed yet another postseason ban for the second straight season in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices.The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster came forward with allegations that he provided multiple athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts.The Hurricanes are hopeful by implementing a postseason ban that the NCAA will lessen its punishment if it find that the university has committed any wrongdoing.The announcement came Monday morning from interim athletic director Blake James following the Hurricanes 40-9  victory over South Florida Saturday, which made them bowl eligible with an overall record of 6-5 and 4-3 in the ACC.University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in the decision.The school issued the following statement:“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” the statement read.It continued, “The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”Hurricanes coach Al Golden, was not apart of the decision-making process, but told reporters Sunday that he understood if a decision was reached to forego another postseason due to self-impose sanctions because the decision was out of his control.“It’s not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account.”Golden is on board with any decision that will expedite the process, allowing for the program to move forward.The Hurricanes have the opportunity to secure a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a win over Duke in their regular season finale, but Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division on Dec. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.But Golden said that Saturday’s season finale is more important for the seniors of the program.“It’s critical,” Golden said. “It’s critical for our seniors, for them to have weathered what they will have weathered and be able to have an opportunity to go out like that.” read more

Zapata scores on debut

Zapata scores on debut

first_imgDuvan Zapata scores on his debut for Atalanta.Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat Chiasso 6-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier today.New signings Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata were on the scoresheet as Gian-Piero Gasperini’s men took empathic 6-1 victory over their opponents.The Italian Serie A side started the game on the wrong foot, conceding an early goal within the first minute of the encounter.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.They responded in fine fashion as a brace from new signing Papu Gomez turned the tie on its head. Gomez then turned provider as Alessandro Mancini scored from his corner.Hans Hateboer increased the lead for Atalanta scoring the fourth goal from Timothy Castagne pull back.Ex-Sampdoria striker Zapata scored the fight goal from close range before Marten De Roon headed in the sixth goal from Josip Ilicic’s free kick.Atalanta have started preparations for the upcoming season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign both in the league and in the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more