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CAAE-Ebola Massive Awareness Campaign Ends in Lofa

first_imgA massive awareness and sensitization campaign against the deadly Ebola virus under the banner of Citizens Action Against Ebola (CAAE) has  ended in seven administrative districts in Lofa County.However, initial preparations for the Ebola virus awareness and sensitization activities were characterized by some serious challenges and constraints that ranged from financial and logistical constraints in Monrovia and the various districts of Lofa County.The Ebola virus awareness and sensitization initiatives were carried out during the height of the medical crisis for almost six weeks by volunteers of the CAAE’s leadership in Lofa County.Historically, CAAE-Lofa Focus was organized to respond to emergency situations in all parts of Lofa County.During the month-long Ebola virus awareness, the CAAE-LF leadership and its dedicated volunteers were able to distribute dozens of anti-Ebola materials in highly entrenched cultural and religious communities.In addition, during the awareness activities, community residents and citizens were taught the uses of the different kinds of anti-Ebola hygiene and sanitation materials in all the seven administrative districts in Lofa County.Besides, during the Ebola awareness encounters with the weary citizens and residents of Lofa County, the CAAE-LF leadership was able to partner with the Ministry of Health and the medical authorities provided some technical and logistical assistance.The CAAE-LF was also able to secure minimum funding from the Lofa County administration and other locally based non-governmental organizations in some of the administrative districts.The CAAE-LF leadership told the Daily Observer in Monrovia that most of the funds generated came from their personal pockets and other generous prominent citizens, residents and well-meaning Liberians associated with the group.“We worked under very difficulties circumstances and with scarce resources in all the seven districts owing to the fact that our primary goal was  to eradicate this deadly disease that really killed many of our good citizens and residents in our county,” CAAE-LF Chairman Daniel Mulbah indicated.In a related development, in order for the CAAE-LF group to be able to carry out other sustained Ebola awareness during the post-Ebola period, the group has sounded an SOS appeal to all Lofa citizens and residents to contribute funds and materials for the pending proposed process.The group also explained that the post-Ebola challenges and constraints are so enormous to the extent that it would require lot of financial support to help citizens and residents to resettle in their socio-economic and agricultural undertakings.The CAAE-LF has also underscored the urgent need for consideration by Lofa citizens, residents and other Liberians residing at home and abroad to contribute whatever they can for the post-Ebola challenges among Lofa citizens.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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‘Ghost Rider’ roars past new films

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The comic-book adaptation “Ghost Rider” burned the competition at the weekend box office, fending off a rush of new movies to rake in $19.7 million in its second week, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony film, starring Nicolas Cage as a motorcycle stuntman turned Satanic bounty hunter, continued its momentum after debuting last week with $52 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, the biggest opening ever for that weekend. “It set the bar so high last weekend that, for any newcomers, it was going to be real tough film to beat,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. Premiering at No. 2 with $15.1 million was the New Line Cinema psychological thriller “The Number 23,” starring Jim Carrey as a man obsessed with the mysterious power of that number. The other new movies included the 20th Century Fox police spoof “Reno 911!: Miami,” which opened at No. 4 with $10.4 million, and “The Astronaut Farmer,” which stars Billy Bob Thornton and debuted at No. 9 with $4.5 million. Thornton plays an ex-NASA astronaut who struggles to build his own rocket in the Warner Bros. film. Disney’s “Bridge to Terabithia,” based on the children’s fantasy novel, slipped to third place with $13.6 million, lifting its total to $46.2 million. Dreamworks’ Eddie Murphy comedy “Norbit” rounded out the top five with $9.7 million. Despite bad reviews, “Ghost Rider” lifted Hollywood out of its box-office slump with revenues up for the second straight week this year. The top-12 movies grossed $101.8 million, up 1.5 percent from the same weekend last year. However, movie attendance to date this year is down 2.2 percent. “Ghost Rider” is based on the Marvel Comic books about motorcycle stunt driver Johnny Blaze, played by Cage, who sells his soul to the devil and gains fiery superpowers. last_img read more

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Pilot error blamed in Lidle crash

first_imgNew York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor did not realize their misjudgment of a U-turn until it was too late to avoid their fatal New York City plane crash, investigators in Washington said Tuesday. They had several options in how they handled that maneuver, the probe found. In presenting their findings, National Transportation Safety Board members said they still didn’t know whether Lidle or his flight instructor Tyler Stanger was piloting the plane in the Oct. 11, 2006, crash. Both were killed when the Cirrus SR-20, owned by Lidle, slammed into a high-rise apartment building. The NTSB declared Tuesday that the cause was “inadequate judgment, planning and airmanship” by Lidle and Stanger. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Lidle and Stanger families are suing the plane’s manufacturer, and their lawyer criticized the NTSB’s conclusions. “It’s not surprising, the Safety Board always blames the pilot in an accident,” said the lawyer, Todd Macaluso. The families fault the plane’s steering mechanism, though the NTSB found no evidence of system, structure or engine malfunction. Investigator Lorenda Ward told board members that the turn above the East River could have been made safely if the plane had begun the turn further east or banked harder in the turn. NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker said the pilots had a third option: If they’d risen briefly into restricted air space above the Manhattan skyline, “they’d be alive today to explain why they had to do that.” NTSB investigators said the pilots apparently did not factor in a 13-knot wind, pushing the plane toward Manhattan as it turned. last_img read more

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BUSY MONTH AHEAD AS BEALTAINE FESTIVAL GETS OFF TO A FLYING START

first_imgSome of the guests at the launch of the Bealtaine Festival last night.Culture was an area of life that everyone can be involved in and benefit from.That was the message from Donegal County Council cathaoirleach, Cllr John Campbell when he officially opened the 18th annual Bealtaine festival last night.The event, which took place at the Central Library in Letterkenny, attracted guests from various parts of the county and a number of councillors too. Councillors and guests at last night’s lunch of Bealtaine.Bealtaine is organised by the Regional Cultural Centre and Donegal County Library, in association with a wide range of partner organisations. The range of events contained in the programme has something to suit everyone.Events include exhibitions, talks, reminiscence, computer classes, knitting, crochet, music, dancing and storytelling. The vast majority of events are free of charge, with special Bealtaine concessions available for others.Introducing this year’s programme of events Frances Crampsie from the Central Library said this year’s event invited everyone to become involved with arts and cultural activities and provided a chance to reignite the flame of creativity and unlock hidden talents through a variety of hidden talents.Shaun Hannigan of the Regional Cultural Centre outlined how over its 18 years Bealtaine had gone from eight to over 180 events and offered an ever widening variety of positive events for older people throughout the county. Cathaoirleach Cllr John Campbell, who launched this year’s event, said he would encourage everyone to attend the diverse programme of events and join in celebrating creativity in older age.“As a Council, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of the public through general education, information and recreation, to support the quest for knowledge and to meet the public’s interest in reading and the arts. Culture is an area of life that everyone can be involved in and benefit from. Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services have been a proactive agent for community development, lifelong learning and social inclusion throughout the county,” he said.Special guest Peter Kavanagh from Active Ireland said their vision was that of a society of all ages, free from age discrimination and stereotypes and based on solidarity, co-operation between generations where everyone was empowered to play an active part in their community and to enjoy equal rights and opportunities in all stages of life regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, social or economic status, sexual orientation, physical or medical conditions in need of care.He urged local and national politicians to take a lead in ensuring more awareness of the contribution older people had made to the nation over the yearsThe launch concluded with music from Tanya McCole and Dave Wintour and some impromptu dancing from the elderly and not so elderly guests. The event was sponsored by the Europe Direct Information Centre, Central Library, Letterkenny.For more on what’s happening during the Bealtaine festival visit www.donegallibrary.ieBUSY MONTH AHEAD AS BEALTAINE FESTIVAL GETS OFF TO A FLYING START was last modified: May 1st, 2015 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:Bealtainedonegalletterkennylast_img read more