Malaria Control ‘Hero’ Buried on World Malaria Day

first_imgThe Salem Baptist Church in Parker Corner, Brewerville City was a scene of wailing, praise and joy when mourners, sympathizers and well-wishers gathered to pay homage to the life of one of Liberia’s “heroes.”Dr. (MD) Joel Jaryenneh Jones, affectionately known to some of his colleagues as ‘Dr. JJ’, ‘Dr. J3’ and ‘Dr. Joel Jones’, was Saturday, April 25, on World Malaria Day, laid to rest in his native Brewerville City.He was born Thursday, Novermber 17, 1966 and died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the age of 49.Until his death, Dr. Jones, who joined the Liberia’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in 2002, headed that program at the Ministry of Health for 13 years. According to some, the program had already gone down the drain and it took Dr. Jones to revive it.At the Salem Baptist Church, where the late NMCP’s boss’ home-going service was held, various tribute payers spoke of the deceased’s good deeds with his fellowmen and women and how, through his work ethic, he was able to bring to the world’s attention the effect of malaria on the Liberian population.Specifically, Deputy Health Minister Yah Zolia, who said she had always regarded him as her boss for life, because he was boss at the NMCP, where she began her public service, stated that he was the first to draw the world’s attention to the Liberia through the Global Fund for Malaria.“When we heard that people were applying for money from the Global Fund, we didn’t know how to begin the process, but Dr. Jones encouraged all of us to just try. We tried and luckily for us, we got the first grant from Global Fund,” Mrs. Zolia stated.According to her the first grant was US$12 million and the issue of tackling malaria began to take center stage in the nation’s health care delivery.Further paying tribute on behalf of the Health Ministry, the Deputy Minister said Dr. Jones’ leadership was one of trust between him and his subordinates. “He made us build self-confidence by allowing us to do our assignments independently. This helped us to grow. He never was so big a boss to say I am sorry; he was very friendly.”In addition to Mrs. Zolia, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, said for nine years, he worked with Dr. Jones as his principal deputy at the NMCP. Mr. Nyenswah presently heads the nation’s Ebola response program.Also paying tribute, the Cuttington University (CU), represented by some of his (Dr. JJ’s) classmates, began with the ode of their alma mater. They sang it gleefully. Their song reverberated the air of the Salem Baptist’s tight edifice, which was filled to the brim. The courtyard of the church was also filled and others who didn’t find space in the church and its yard, made room for themselves in the two entertainment centers opposite the church.Like all others, the former CU students, said he fought hard to put an end to malaria deaths in Liberia, adding: “He’s regarded as Liberia’s malaria hero.”Among those paying tribute was the University of Liberia, where the deceased had worked as a Microbiology “lecturer” at its A.M. Doglotti College of Medicine for several years until his death. The UL said, “His life, though relatively brief, was very rewarding to many.”In her eulogy, his wife of 12 years, said her husband was an incredible man, who no other man can replace in her life. “We grew up here together in Brewerville for 27 years. Mrs. Helen P. Jones said, “He was a good, loving and kind-hearted husband. I was his first patient; he loved our children and his career as a Medical Doctor.” Dr. Jones was a father of six biological children and two adopted.In his words of encouragement, Rev. Christian S. Chea, who preached celebration sermon, said Dr. Jones’ relationship with his wife was good and admirable. Rev. Chea buttressed the earlier statements made by tribute payers: “He brought to the limelight of the world, the worsening condition of malaria in Liberia.”As tributes were pouring in for Dr. Jones at the Salem Baptist, participants attending the World Malaria Day program, which was being held at the Monrovia City Hall concomitantly, also poured acknowledgements on him for his fight in bringing to the world’s attention Liberia’s malaria situation.Specifically, Liberia’s Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, said Dr. Jones had to fight with his fellow doctors in order for them to transition from prescribing chloroquine, an antimalarial drug to administering Antimalaria Combination Therapy (ACT) as the new malaria treatment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Collision causes power outage

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Here’s where Liverpool will be warming up for their first game of the season

first_img Liverpool take on Crystal Palace in Hong Kong to begin their pre-season tour 1 Liverpool are travelling to Hong Kong to play Crystal Palace in July, the first of five pre-season games before they kick off their season against Watford.19 July: Crystal Palace (Hong Kong in the Premier League Asia Trophy)22 July: TBC (Premier League Asia Trophy second match in Hong Kong)29 July: Hertha Berlin, (Berlin, Germany)1 August: TBC (Audi Cup fixture)5 August: Athletic Bilbao (Dublin, Ireland)Click here to see Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures in fulllast_img


first_imgDONEGAL fans are set to be hit in the pocket by the GAA when they travel to Clones to watch the Ulster Final this Sunday.The organisation has just announced a BAN on all children under 16 from watching the match against Derry from some of the terraces.In a statement seen by, the GAA said the decision has been taken for health and safety reasons. It means adult fans who have already bought tickets for some terraces at Clones – and tickets for their children – will have to either return the tickets or leave their children at home.The cost of entry for under 16s remains €5, but parents will have to fork out extra money to take seats at the game.Tonight one senior Donegal GAA figure was furious with the decision – and its timing.“We are learning about this only this evening, a few days before the game,” said the official. “I am not going to argue with health and safety reasons which have been given by the GAA Ulster Council.“But many many people have already bought tickets through the clubs for the terraces because it’s all they can afford.“Now if they are taking their children to the game, they will have to pay extra to take them to the seated section.”Tonight GAA clubs throughout Donegal were trying to contact fans to warn them about the move – especially those who have bought mixed tickets for adults and children for the terraces.Jim McGuinness’s side take on Derry in the Ulster SFC Final on Sunday afternoon. OUTRAGE AS KIDS BANNED FROM CLONES TERRACES FOR ULSTER FINAL was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:ClonesDerryDonegal GAAticketslast_img read more

Spurs bid for wonderkid, Pellegrini latest, Chelsea’s January targets revealed?

first_img TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Zidane has already drawn up a list of targets he wants to sign for Man United Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tottenham’s bid for Frenkie de Jong, the Netherlands midfielder, has been rejected by Ajax. The £44.7million offer was turned down with Ajax making it clear De Jong is not for sale. (Mundo Deportivo)Chelsea are plotting to sign defenders Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia Caldara, of AC Milan, in January. Maurizio Sarri failed to bring a new centre-half to Stamford Bridge over the summer. (Mail)Manuel Pellegrini has been backed by West Ham despite the club’s winless start to the season. (Sun) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti We round up all the biggest transfer news and gossip from Monday’s papers and online… Man United were looking at a potential deal for Matuidi Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 3 REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Luke Shaw is yet to agree a new contract with Manchester United despite his existing deal expiring at the end of the season. Tottenham are interested in the left-back, who recently returned to the England fold after a strong start to the season. (Sun)John Terry will NOT be able to play against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers should he sign for Spartak Moscow, as the Europa League squad registration window has closed. (Mirror)Premier League clubs will attempt to push the closing date for the summer transfer window back to it’s original date of August 31, with the early closure this year branded a ‘disaster’ by powerbrokers. (Sun)And here are the top stories…EXCLUSIVE: Peter Crouch speaks about difficulty playing for Rafa Benitez at LiverpoolEXCLUSIVE: Emile Heskey slams David De Gea for ‘feigning an injury’ during Spain’s defeat of EnglandKieran Trippier insists there is no need to panic over England’s poor formZinedine Zidane wants Thiago, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani if he replaces Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s manager IN DEMAND 3 LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on RANKED Former Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor, 31, has revealed he would love to play for Celtic. (Scottish Sun)Manchester United were interested in signing Blaise Matuidi, the Juventus and France midfielder, over the summer. (Calciomercato) three-way race Latest transfer news targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 3 LIVING THE DREAM However, former United great Eric Cantona thinks Pep Guardiola should get the Old Trafford jobHere’s how Man United could line-up if Zidane is appointed and he brings in the four signings he wants to completeJadon Sancho has been tipped to become England’s Neymar by a former youth team coachNicklas Bendtner arrested and charge on suspicion of assualting a taxi driver, who suffered a broken jawlast_img read more

AC Milan star Higuain sees red and has to be restrained from Ronaldo

first_imgGonzalo Higuain endured one of the most disappointing nights of his career on Sunday as he left the field in tears after exploding in a fit of rage.The AC Milan striker received his marching orders from the referee after being booked for dissent in the 83rd minute, before he was restrained by his teammates. | 🤬🤬🤬 | Gonzalo Higuain’s head has gone. 🤯First the referee, then Ronaldo, then Matuidi, and then Chiellini – they all bore the brunt of his outrage. #SerieA— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) November 11, 2018 Blaise Matuidi consoles him 2 Mario Mandzukic gave the visitors the lead when he headed home in the eighth minute before Ronaldo scored yet again to make the game safe.Milan’s defeat meant they dropped out of the top four into fifth place and were replaced by Lazio, who drew 1-1 at Sassuolo.center_img A furious Gonzalo Higuain vents his frustrations Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, a former teammate at Real Madrid, tried to defuse the situation but was shoved by the Argentina international.Blaise Matuidi and Giorgio Chiellini then also tried to control the star, but the damage was done and he left the San Siro pitch in tears.It capped a woeful night for the former Napoli man, who had earlier missed a penalty as well.He was left incensed by the official for failing to award him a foul when he felt a Juve defender had impeded him. 2last_img read more

Former Donegal waste operator gets two weeks to present financial details to High Court

first_imgJim Ferry, the former Letterkenny waste company operator, has been given two weeks to present the High Court with detailed information around money he made from illegal dumping in Donegal – or he faces prison.Ferry, the former operator of Ferry’s Refuse Collection and Ferry’s Refuse Recycling, has been given a fortnight to come up with answers after his case returned to the High Court on Tuesday, the Irish Times reports.Francis Treanor BL, for Mr Ferry, asked the judge for two more weeks to get the information the council required. A sum of money and a bank account had been seized and frozen by the Criminal Assets Bureau, he said.The case will return before Mr Justice Barrett in three weeks. Donegal waste operator gets two weeks to present financial details to High Court was last modified: June 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Criminal Assets BureauDonegal County CouncilFerry’s Refuse CollectionFerry’s Refuse RecyclingHIGH COURTjim ferryMr Justice Barrettlast_img read more

SA Tourism targets domestic travellers

first_img29 August 2013 South African Tourism has marked the imminent start of Tourism Month with the launch of a new marketing campaign, combined with various affordable holiday packages, aimed at growing the number of domestic travellers in the country. Speaking at the official Tourism Month launch at Amazingwe Lodge in the North West province on Wednesday, Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk said South Africa was an exceptional global destination whose tourist arrivals growth consistently tracked higher than the worldwide average. In 2012, international tourist arrivals to South Africa increased by 10.2% year-on-year, compared to global industry growth of 4%. However, the contribution, and potential for further growth, of domestic tourism were often underestimated. Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg last week, Van Schalkwyk noted that at any given moment, three-quarters of all tourists in the country were South Africans.Addressing the cost barriers With non-travelling South Africans having indicated that they could not afford to travel or were not aware of accessible offerings, the sector had to work harder to address these information and cost barriers, the minister said. “Through a partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) we have commissioned a feasibility study for a pilot budget resort chain aimed at an under-served market segment of would-be travellers earning less than R5 000 a month. “We have also commissioned an audit of underused state assets and properties that could be developed into tourist attractions and facilities.” The new domestic marketing campaign – dubbed “Nothing’s More Fun than a Sho’t Left” – also tackles the affordability challenge, while seeking to “bring the fun back to travel”. In a statement on Wednesday, the South African Tourism said the campaign’s television commercials, flighting from the beginning of September, would remind South Africans “that taking a holiday, even for a night or two, gives benefits that endure: great memories, quality time with loved ones, well-deserved escapes from dull routine, and a chance to experience new places, new people and new things”. The campaign also offers a number of holiday package deals designed, in partnership with South African Tourism’s travel partners, to deliver “fun, easy, accessible and affordable holidays”. In his breakfast address earlier this month, Van Schalkwyk said that tourism was a vital contributor to the South African economy, contributing more to gross domestic product (GDP) than, for instance, the automotive industry, and sustaining more direct and indirect jobs than the mining industry. Tourism’s direct contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew to R84-billion in 2011, with the combined direct and indirect contribution making up 9% of GDP, Van Schalkwyk said. At the same time, tourism directly and indirectly sustained 9% of employment in the country, which amounted to one in every 11 jobs.Shifting global patterns On the international front, Van Schalkwyk said that while the UK continued to be South Africa’s biggest overseas tourism market, followed by the US and Germany, China was now the country’s fourth-largest overseas tourism market, up from eighth place two years ago. “In our international market segmentation we recognise that a tectonic shift is under way as economic and political power is moving from the North to the South and from the West to the East.” He said that while the established markets would remain critical for years to come, the changing contours of wealth and power in the world could not be ignored: it was expected that within two years, inbound tourism to emerging market destinations would exceed that of the advanced economies. South African Tourism had invested ahead of return in some of these emerging markets, the minister said, and these were now delivering a much greater share of the industry’s income. In 2012, particularly strong growth was recorded from the Asian market, which saw an increase of 34% in arrivals, and in the Central and South American market, which saw a 37% increase. “We should still do much more to market ourselves as an emerging economy to established markets, but also to other emerging markets, such as China, that are becoming significant tourism spenders.” Referring to global air traffic, Van Schalkwyk pointed out that there was major potential for the development of a South-South corridor that would reflect contemporary trade and other economic realities. “We believe that OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is ideally positioned to be a major hub on such a corridor, for passengers to travel, for example, from South America to India.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Celebrating Africa’s health heroes

first_img11 December 2014Africa is hardest hit by the worldwide shortage of healthcare workers, with only 3% of the world’s healthcare workers tending to 24% of the global disease burden.To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences offers programmes aimed at African students who want to use the expertise to make a difference in their home countries.Theresia Shivera-Anton: MMed (Anaesthesiology)Theresia Shivera-Anton, who is completing a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesiology at UCT, says she has been “patriotic from a young age”.“When I first came to study medicine my intention was to return home and serve the Namibian people. Now, as a postgraduate student, that has not changed,” she says.Namibia has only 10 registered anaesthetists, most of whom work in the private sector. The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services’ strategic framework outlining plans to have 750 medical undergraduates, 100 postgraduates and 22 medical specialists trained by 2017.Shivera-Anton has a passion for teaching, and sees herself passing on the knowledge and skills she’s acquired at UCT to the next generation of Namibian medical professionals.Upon her return to Namibia, Shivera-Anton plans to initiate a programme for anaesthetic nurses in every hospital.George Chagaluka: MPhil (Paediatric Oncology) A holistic approach to childhood cancer is at the top of things George Chagaluka, a specialist in paediatric oncology, plans to implement when he returns to Malawi.Chagaluka, who completed his MPhil in Paediatric Oncology at UCT, believes the multidisciplinary care he witnessed during his time at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is something Malawian children could benefit from.“There is a dire need for good networking among professionals such as surgeons, pharmacists, radiotherapists and social workers,” he says.According to Chagaluka, Malawi forms part of the belt of African states where Burkitt lymphoma – childhood cancer associated with malaria, Epstein-Barr virus and HIV – can be considered endemic.“Lately, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of cases [of this disease]. The increase has come about for two reasons: more medical graduates have an improved knowledge of childhood cancer; and the high immunisation coverage has reduced the burden of infectious diseases, and therefore, diagnostic efforts are channelled to non-infectious diseases such as cancer. This has led to a growing need for paediatric oncologists,” he says.Chagaluka is currently the only paediatric oncologist in Malawi, but he hopes to identify other paediatricians who can undergo oncology training, as well as set up a “training programme in Malawi” with others in his field.Gina Oladokun: MPhil (Paediatric Infectious Disease) What makes studying at UCT stand out for Gina Oladokun is exposure to the appropriate identification and diagnosis of conditions related to paediatric infectious disease – about which she would only have read in textbooks in Nigeria.Oladokun, a fellow of the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme, is in the process of completing an MPhil in Paediatric Infectious Disease.Although paediatric infectious disease is a relatively new sub-speciality in Nigeria, a Nigerian Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease has been established and is tasked with streamlining and standardising practice in the country.Thabani Thatha: MMed (General Paediatrics) Zimbabwe has only 30 general paediatricians for a population of more than 13-million people. Bulawayo has three paediatricians serving about 1-million people – with two of the three nearing retirement age.This is what prompted Thabani Thatha to register for an MMed in General Paediatrics at UCT, where he’s now a fellow of the African Paediatrics Fellowship Programme, and based at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.This is an edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Read the full story here.last_img read more

Insights from the 2017 Census of Agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In April the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level.Information collected by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and ranchers reveals both farm numbers and land in farms have ongoing small percentage declines since the last Census in 2012. At the same time, there continue to be more of the largest and smallest operations and fewer middle-sized farms. The average age of all farmers and ranchers continues to rise.“We are pleased to deliver Census of Agriculture results to America, and especially to the farmers and ranchers who participated,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “We can all use the Census to tell the tremendous story of U.S. agriculture and how it is changing. As a data-driven organization, we are eager to dig in to this wealth of information to advance our goals of supporting farmers and ranchers, facilitating rural prosperity, and strengthening stewardship of private lands efficiently, effectively, and with integrity.”In terms of Ohio numbers, the 2017 Census of Agriculture data show the following key findings:The average age of Ohio producers increased from 54.6 years in 2012 to 55.8 in 2017.Ohio cropland harvested increased from 10.1 million acres in 2012 to 10.2 million acres in 2017.Ohio ranked eighth nationally in corn production and seventh in soybean production.Ohio ranked eighth nationally in hogs sold and eleventh in milk sales.Ohio was second nationally in layer inventory.5,782 farms reported renewable energy producing systems, up from 2,094 farms in 2012. Ohio ranked fifth among the states with renewable energy producing systems.“The Census shows new data that can be compared to previous censuses for insights into agricultural trends and changes down to the county level,” said Hubert Hamer, NASS administrator. “While the current picture shows a consistent trend in the structure of U.S. agriculture, there are some ups and downs since the last Census as well as first-time data on topics such as military status and on-farm decision making. To make it easier to delve into the data, we are pleased to make the results available in many online formats including a new data query interface, as well as traditional data tables.”Census data provide valuable insights into demographics, economics, land and activities on U.S. farms and ranches. Some key national highlights include:There are 2.04 million farms and ranches (down 3.2% from 2012) with an average size of 441 acres (up 1.6%) on 900 million acres (down 1.6%).The 273,000 smallest (1 to 9 acres) farms make up 0.1% of all farmland while the 85,127 largest (2,000 or more acres) farms make up 58% of farmland.Just 105,453 farms produced 75% of all sales in 2017, down from 119,908 in 2012.Of the 2.04 million farms and ranches, the 76,865 making $1 million or more in 2017 represent just over two-thirds of the $389 billion in total value of production while the 1.56 million operations making under $50,000 represent just 2.9%.Farm expenses are $326 billion with feed, livestock purchased, hired labor, fertilizer and cash rents topping the list of farm expenses in 2017.Average farm income is $43,053. A total of 43.6% of farms had positive net cash farm income in 2017.96% of farms and ranches are family owned.Farms with Internet access rose from 69.6% in 2012 to 75.4% in 2017.A total of 133,176 farms and ranches use renewable energy producing systems, more than double the 57,299 in 2012.In 2017, 130,056 farms sold directly to consumers, with sales of $2.8 billion.Sales to retail outlets, institutions and food hubs by 28,958 operations are valued at $9 billion.For the 2017 Census of Agriculture, NASS changed the demographic questions to better represent the roles of all persons involved in on-farm decision making. As a result, in 2017 the number of producers is up by nearly seven% to 3.4 million, because more farms reported multiple producers. Most of these newly identified producers are female. While the number of male producers fell 1.7% to 2.17 million from 2012 to 2017, the number of female producers increased by nearly 27% to 1.23 million. This change underscores the effectiveness of the questionnaire changes.Other demographic highlights include:The average age of all producers is 57.5, up 1.2 years from 2012.The number of producers who have served in the military is 370,619, or 11% of all. They are older than the average at 67.9.There are 321,261 young producers age 35 or less on 240,141 farms. Farms with young producers making decisions tend to be larger than average in both acres and sales.More than any other age group, young producers make decisions regarding livestock, though the difference is slight.One in four producers is a beginning farmer with 10 or fewer years of experience and an average age of 46.3. Farms with new or beginning producers making decisions tend to be smaller than average in both acres and value of production.36% of all producers are female and 56% of all farms have at least one female decision maker. Farms with female producers making decisions tend to be smaller than average in both acres and value of production.Female producers are most heavily engaged in the day-to-day decisions along with record keeping and financial management.Results are available in many online formats including video presentations, a new data query interface, maps, and traditional data tables. All information is available at Census tells the story of American agriculture and is an important part of our history. First conducted in 1840 in conjunction with the decennial Census, the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. After 1920, the Census happened every four to five years. By 1982, it was regularly conducted once every five years.Today, NASS sends questionnaires to nearly 3 million potential U.S. farms and ranches. Nearly 25% of those who responded did so online. Conducted since 1997 by USDA NASS – the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture — it remains the only source of comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation and is invaluable for planning the future.last_img read more