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Poor Sanitation Heightens Ebola Spread

first_imgOur Roving Reporter, Sanitation and Fisheries Correspondent Edwin Fayia has been writing a series of reports on Liberia’s southeastern region, some good news and some bad.  The good news is that that region is Ebola-free, for now. The bad news is that the southeast is plagued not only with very bad roads, but more seriously, with atrocious (appalling, awful) sanitation, especially in Harper, capital of Maryland County.We think it is a great blessing that Ebola has not yet touched that sub-region, and  we pray that it remain that way.  But we there is a lot we can do to ensure that it remain free from the virus: we need to help Maryland, especiallyHarper, clean up the sanitation mess there, especially along the city’s beaches.  According to Correspondent Fayia, these beaches, which are supposed to be attracting throngs of tourists for enjoyment, are the scenes of something totally different, defecation.  It is sadly  to the beaches that people go to ease themselves.If, therefore, we want the southeast to remain Ebola-free, then the government, the county and city administrations and all the people should, as a matter of urgency, seriously attack the sanitation menace in the southeast, especially Harper, Cape Palmas, and make the whole clean.  The people should start using their beaches for recreation and enjoyment, not as toilets.The same was true a year or two ago before Maritime Commissioner Binya Kesselly organized several crews of sanitation workers, at Maritime’s expense, to clean up Monrovia’s beaches, from South Beach to West Point, to Claratown, to Logan Town, to New Kru Town.  This has brought great relief to the people in these communities.But what is the link between poor sanitation and Ebola?  The Chief Medical Officer of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Dr. Billy Johnson, told the Daily Observer on Sunday that poor sanitation causes the Ebola virus to spread faster. “That,” he said, “is why we find the virus spreading so much faster in poor socioeconomic communities that anywhere else.”Dr. Johnson recalled that when Ebola first attacked Zaire (Congo) few years ago, one town of 400,000 people with no running water, no electricity and very poor sanitation was devastated by the virus, leading to so many deaths.  That brought worldwide attention to the Ebola virus.  Dr. Johnson appealed to city managements throughout the country and the government as a whole to give priority attention to good sanitation, because it is in poor sanitary environments that the Ebola virus thrives, and spreads quickly.  It is conveyed through sweat and other body fluids, urine and feces.  So when we have people urinating and defecating all over the place, we are then asking for more Ebola trouble, not less.The JFK Chief Medical Officer spoke of a documentary currently being shown on ELBC Television called NOVA EBOLA, which tells the story of the poor village in Zaire that was consumed by   Ebola.  He advised that the station replay the video many times and share it with other television stations because it will help people understand the relationship between Ebola and poor sanitation.The point we are trying to stress in this editorial is that all of us should get involved in maintaining proper sanitation in all our neighborhoods.  Those who live in neighborhoods where garbage is indiscriminately thrown about should become good and caring neighbors and put a stop to it.  We should alert the appropriate authorities and ensure that they DO something to improve the situation.  Today, no one in any neighborhood should sit supinely and permit people to throw garbage indiscriminately about.Besides, we appeal to all city governments and to the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Public Works to join in the fight for proper sanitation throughout all capital and other cities and all communities around the country.  This is definitely one of the essential ways to fight Ebola.Dr. Johnson reminds us that the Ebola virus is “very fragile.”  It fears heat, cleanliness, good and proper sanitation.  The Virus cannot thrive in decent, clean and safe environments.  Cleanliness is key to prevention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Nothing But the Truth” will be presented, 3 and 7:30 p.m. today in Theatre Q at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dinner Jacket” will be presented, noon today and 2 and 7 p.m Sunday in Fellowship Hall at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Tickets: $15 for adults and $5 for children. Call Kathy Lively at (661) 269-1441. Dance Show, 7 p.m. today and Sunday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall, Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 259-7575. Super Jazz X will feature jazz music performed by local and visiting junior and senior high school jazz bands, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. today at Valencia High School, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Admission: $5. Call Bob Babko at (661) 294-1188, Ext. 524. Unity Day is a celebration of multiculturalism with musical entertainment, an art show, auto show, basketball tournament, food court, information booths, games and more, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Bill Watford at (661) 298-8140. Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team 40th annual Regimental Horse Show, 9:30 a.m. today at 9721 Hierba Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0324. Spring Home & Garden Show will feature more than 120 exhibitors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. LETMESAIL Inc. will hold a Crazy Hat and Crazy Shirt Bingo Night for individuals 16 and over with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. today at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Requested donation: $5. Call (661) 702-8555 or visit Music in the Mansion will feature a pianist, oboist, soprano and tenor, 7:30 p.m. today in the living room at Hart Mansion, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $20-$25. Call (661) 254-4584. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Danny Villalpando and Andrew Norelli will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Spring Concert will feature the symphonic and jazz bands and orchestra, 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $5. Call (661) 222-1220. Canyon High Spring Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Admission: $5-$6. Call (661) 252-6110. Placerita Junior High Spring Orchestra and Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-1551. “BB Wolf: The Trial” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring Desert Flower outing for seniors will depart, 10 a.m. Thursday from the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783 to reserve a spot.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


Market back on Brand for produce fans

first_imgGLENDALE – Organizers of the Glendale Farmers Market are happy to be back to their original home on Brand Boulevard, as construction continues on the street-upgrade project that forced them to temporarily relocate. The market returned Dec. 15 from its temporary home in the field at Wilson Avenue and Orange Street, where it saw less foot traffic than at its permanent location. “A lot of the people did like a parklike atmosphere and – me too. It was nice being in a grassy field,” said Christopher Nyerges, who manages the market. “But we’re there to sell produce, and the people are on the street on Brand.” The block-long farmers market is held Thursdays, with vendors selling honey, dried fruits and nuts, organic and conventional produce, jewelry, linen, soaps and other items. The city expects to embark on the third phase of the project, from Colorado to San Fernando Road, toward the middle of 2006. That portion is expected to cost $1.6 million. The project was necessary because the pavement and sidewalk along Brand was more than 25 years old and was deteriorating along the heavily traveled boulevard, Zurn said. IF YOU GO The Glendale Farmers Market will be held 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today on Brand Boulevard, between Broadway and Wilson Avenue. — Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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’ remake Meanwhile, the city is moving forward with its project to repave Brand, fix its sidewalks and make other improvements to the boulevard. Work was temporarily suspended this month between Colorado and Milford streets. “We’re trying to limit the work during the holiday season so we’re not impacting pedestrian traffic along Brand or vehicular traffic trying to get to the retail establishments,” said Steve Zurn, the city’s director of public works. Work from Colorado to Milford began in April and was supposed to be done at the end of November. But because the city expanded the scope of the project, that portion of the project is expected to last until the end of April. The project’s original budget was $8 million. But there have been unanticipated costs on top of that, including $1.3 million to move a water main the city discovered was too shallow after crews started working. Work on the second phase, from Milford to Sanchez Drive, will be finished ahead of schedule within days at a cost of $2.4 million. In other words, the second phase will be done before the first. last_img read more


United VC ends first round with win over PLDT

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—United Volleyball Club ended the first round on a high note by turning back PLDT Home Fibr in four sets, 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy PBA D-League: St. Clare stuns Che’Lu, 82-77 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end United capped off its first round campaign with a 4-3 record, good enough for fourth spot while the Power Hitters, with a 3-3 win-loss mark,  still have one more game to play.Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani led United’s three-pronged attack, finishing with 20 points while Tai Manu-Olevao and Kalei Mau had 19 and 16 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUnited head coach Joshua Ylaya said the win was of utmost importance for them since they managed to get into a favorable seeding heading into the second round.“We don’t want to be in the second round and be pressured to win a number of games to get to the top four,” said Ylaya.center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We don’t want to find ourselves after the second round and we’re at no. 5 with just a game, a point, or even a set, from the no. 4.”“What I love about these girls is there’s not a lot of technical adjustments we have to do in the part of the coaching staff.”Grace Lazaro and Kendra Dahlke had 17 points apiece to lead PLDT Home Fibr. / gsgADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more


Philippines taps best women’s players for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Aquino has plenty of reasons for his optimism, one of which is the composition of his team.“These are the best players that we have,” said Aquino, who also serves as program director of women’s basketball for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Tuesday during the weekly PSA Forum at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJack Animam, Janine Pontejos, Afril Bernardino and Clare Castro will banner the team. Pontejos led the team in the 2018 Fiba World Cup 3×3.Aquino said the goal is to top the group and advance to the next phase. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “If we advance, then we will face the tougher teams like Japan, China and New Zealand,” said Aquino, who also calls the shots for undisputed UAAP champion National University.“You have to qualify to the main tournament. The goal is to make it there.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas women’s head coach Patrick Aquino likes his team’s chances ahead of its campaign in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup later this month in Changsha, China.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina’s parents nothing but grateful as they get to watch daughter live for UAAP Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more