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Liberia, Guinea, S/Leone All Ebola-Free

first_imgDeclaring Liberia Ebola-free for the third time after no new cases were recorded in 42 days, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement was the first time in two years that the three hardest-hit West African countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – have had zero cases for at least the same period.The formal ceremony was held at the Health Ministry in Congo town, Monrovia.“The WHO commends the government, people, communities, health workers and partners on the successful response to this latest outbreak of Ebola. The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of Liberia’s strengthened national capacity to manage Ebola outbreaks.“We very much hope it will be the last. But given the tenacity of the Ebola virus, there is a real risk of additional flare-ups,” WHO Representative Dr. Alex Gasasira read in a statement.“We commend the government of Liberia for developing a national policy that will ensure that EVD survivors have access to medical and psychosocial care, screening for persistent virus, as well as counseling and education. This will assist EVD survivors to reintegrate into family and community life, reduce stigma and minimize the risk of Ebola virus transmission.” He reminded Liberians that the Ebola virus may persist in some of the bodily fluids of a small number of recovered individuals for prolonged periods, “and this virus may be transmitted through very intimate contact, including through unprotected sex.”It may be recalled that the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak was declared over in Liberia on May 9, 2015. The virus made two outbreaks before the third flare-up was reported on November 15 when a 10 year old tested positive and tragically died on November 23.Accordingly, the boy’s younger brother and father were also infected, but after receiving necessary care, both recovered and were released from the ETU on December 3. All of the more than 165 contacts were identified and closely monitored, but no new infections were detected.When Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May the WHO warned against complacency, saying that there was a high risk that infected people could cross over to Liberia – given the region’s porous borders.Meanwhile, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim issued the following statement on yesterday’s announcement declaring the end of Ebola transmission in Liberia, which marked the first time since the start of the epidemic that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have all reported no cases for at least 42 days.“For two years, the people and governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been fighting the worst Ebola outbreak in history, which has infected more than 28,600 people and has claimed the lives of 11,300 people. “Yesterday, as Liberia marked the end of Ebola transmission—following Guinea’s and Sierra Leone’s declarations on Dec. 29 and Nov. 7, 2015, respectively—these three nations can take pride in their perseverance and commitment to reach this critical milestone.“Ebola has exacted an enormous toll on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has not only taken thousands of lives, it has devastated economies, health systems, social structures and families—reversing many years of development gains.“Ebola’s scars will not soon fade, especially for survivors and their families, and for the heroic health workers who cared for the infected. “It’s now time to heed the lessons of this epidemic. In the near term, the world must remain vigilant to stay at zero Ebola cases, especially with the threat of flare-ups of the disease, while helping the three hardest-hit countries recover and rebuild their economies and health systems.“The world must prepare for future pandemics now. Expert reviews of the Ebola response led by the United Nations, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine, and others offer the opportunity to build a smarter, swifter global pandemic response system. “As part of this effort, the World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and government and private sector partners are developing a Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility to provide swift and flexible financing to help stop a severe outbreak from becoming a more deadly and costly pandemic, thereby saving lives and protecting economies.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Elections 2019: Martin Farren and Albert Doherty elected on third count in north Inishowen

first_imgMartin Farren and Albert Doherty have all retained their seats in the north Inishowen electoral area.The Labour Party’s Martin Farren successfully was elected on the third vote on 1,470 votes, followed by Sinn Fein’s Albert Doherty on 1,460.Albert Doherty (SF) and Martin Farren (Lab) have both retained their seats for north Inishowen after the third count. pic.twitter.com/wKNdnQ0RgZ— Shaun Keenan (@Skeenan14) May 26, 2019 The quota was 1448 votes.Doherty celebrates with Cllr Jack Murray and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Bernard McGuinness is getting closer to the final seat on 1,355, while Marie Duffy currently sits on 1,057.Elections 2019: Martin Farren and Albert Doherty elected on third count in north Inishowen was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Raiders’ Doug Martin anxious to prove ‘doubters’ wrong as Lynch’s replacement

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Doug Martin will get the ball Sunday amid much less fanfare than the Raiders’ other hometown back received.Martin, like Marshawn Lynch, was born in Oakland, but became a high school star in Stockton before playing in college at Boise State and becoming a first-round draft pick.With Lynch likely done for the season with a groin injury (the earliest he could return is Week 16), Martin gets a belated chance to jump-start …last_img

SA, Chinese coal-to-liquid JV progresses

first_img3 September 2010 Clean Coal Technology South Africa, a joint venture between Chinese and South African expertise, has shown considerable progress internationally since its establishment 18 months ago. The company, headquartered in Midrand, Johannesburg, has the worldwide rights to develop and commercialize its gas-to-liquid, coal-to-liquid and a new combined feed process technology, developed by engineers at the University of the Witwatersrand. The technology uses a novel Fischer Tropsch process which the company believes is cheaper, with similar or lower Capex and operating costs, than conventional Fischer Tropsch technology. “It has been described by a panel of internationally renowned experts as having the potential to outperform other available technologies in the same sector,” Clean Coal Technology South Africa (CCTSA) said in a recent statement.South African project facilitator CCTSA acts as the project facilitator which sells this cleaner coal-to-liquid fuel technology and also offers turnkey services. “We believe our process is at the forefront of producing viable environmentally greener coal-to-liquid fuel,” executive director Lin Tu said in the statement. “The solid base of the CCTSA technology is being increasingly recognized amongst international experts and organizations, and was recently successfully reviewed by the Science and Technology Department of China and endorsed by the Chinese Science and Technology Council.” The company launched the commercialization of its coal-to-liquid/gas-to-liquid technology after the operation of its pilot plant, which the company established in China’s Shaanxi province, yielded positive results. International projects One positive result, the company said, was the recent decision by the China National Petroleum Corporation to apply the CCT technology to construct a commercial Fischer Tropsch plant, which uses coking oven gas as the feedstock, in the Chinese Inner Mongolia Autonomous region. This was due to be commissioned by 2013. “CCTSA foresees that a few international projects could enter into pre-feasibility study stage during the next six months.” Over the last year, the company had also signed memorandums of understanding and co-operation agreements with a number of leading international firms, including MAN Diesel & Turbo SE and SNC-Lavalin Engineers and Constructors Inc, a subsidiary of one of the world’s top international engineering and construction groups. Three of CCTSA’s representatives were in attendance at the World CTL 2010 conference in Beijing, Tu said, where senior consultant Ray Swanepoel delivered a technical paper “which was very well received, and fruitful discussions were conducted with delegates from South Africa, Canada, France, Israel and Turkey.” SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

On top of the world

first_img21 August 2013Photo: Condé Nast TravelerSome of the best city views happen above the city, says luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler – and we think this aerial photograph of the City of Cape Town proves them right, don’t you?See Condé Naste Traveler’s slideshow for more stunning photographs of cities around the world.last_img