first_imgKaymah, 24, lost several of her relatives to the deadly Ebola virus and has been courageously taking care of children who are also fighting to overcome the disease. At the center where the infected children are being isolated, Kaymah shared with us a very touching but bold story about losing her son in her arms to Ebola.It all began on July 16, 2014, when Kaymah’s father fell ill in the Caldwell community.“I was selling in Duport Road market. I had just brought goods worth over L$20,000. I received a call from my sister telling me that our dad was seriously sick. I didn’t have money to go right away due to the fact that I had spent all my money. So, I went there few days later to take care of my dad,” she struggled to explain.Unfortunately, Kaymah’s father passed away a day after her arrival; there were no hospitals available at the time to save his life. According to Kaymah, her family did what tradition has always identified when a loved one passes.“The men in my family bathed the body and we buried him,” she revealed.On the 30th of the same month, Kaymah’s niece passed away as well, the daughter of her brother who helped in bathing her father’s corpse.“What happened was, I carried my niece to a clinic called Mother and Child, which is located in Caldwell. When we got there, the owners of the place said they weren’t taking any patients. While standing in front of the clinic’s gate, the child died right in my hand. I carried the body back home, and we buried her,” Kaymah whispered sadly.What happened next in Kaymah’s life after her niece’s death she says will never be a blur in her memory for years to come. As the day passed on, Kaymah said she began to lose one relative after another; never once thinking their deaths were linked to the Ebola virus.“On August 7, Thursday morning under the pour of rain, my brother and my son died; and then my two sisters. All these people were at the burial of my relatives that had previously passed,” she agonized’“Though I fed my dad until he died I don’t think I contracted the virus from him. My son Foday Kadia, who was 10 died right on my lap. I’m sure I contracted Ebola from my son because I was his caretaker,” she tearfully remembered.Meanwhile, Kaymah says she never once thought Ebola was killing her family, her mother had finally fallen sick as well.“My son’s death really hurt me because he was my only child. I thought his death caused my mother and me to become ill from sadness. We were taking treatment at the house until I went into coma; my mother and I were rushed to Redemption and later taken to JFK,” she recalled.What happened next is an ordeal only the strongest can survive physically, mentally and emotionally. Kaymah feels it was only by the grace of God that she is alive to tell this story.“My mother and I spent almost one month in JFK. A test was done on us that showed we were positive with Ebola. I was in a coma still and was considered dead. According to the hospital, I was placed in a body bag, sprayed and taken away. Something happened with my reflexes that caused the hospital to place me back in the ward. I know it is GOD.”Kaymah survived Ebola, and since her release she has been stigmatized to no end. Those who once sold alongside her in the market now refuse to sit near her. In fact when she got back, all her goods had been stolen and was driven away by her peers.“As you can see now, I don’t have anything! Everything was burned. Now I volunteer in an isolation center for kids in hopes of coming across people who will help me,” she says.According to SOS International, the World Health Organization said that someone who recovers from Ebola is “in all likelihood” immune to the strain that they had once contracted.With Kaymah, she has been doing all she can to make sure that children suspected of having Ebola are taken care of: Even if it means coming back in contact with the Ebola virus.“I know I can’t catch Ebola again as I was told, and I trust that information. The children that I work with, I imagine them to be my own. I protect them with all of my heart. God gave me life, and I want to give life back to these children. If I can save someone’s life, I will do it.”She disclosed: “Recently, I was with one of the children that came down with Ebola and was taken to the ETU. Though I’m not supposed to do it, I searched for her until I found her inside. I took care of her as I did my son, catered to her, bathed her and spent over five hours with her. In fact, I didn’t leave her until she fell asleep. I hope for donations, money, clothes and something that will help me feel normal again, that’s all I hope for now.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBritish Columbia’s Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is investing $91 million, which will help deliver essential services, as well as ensure residents’ safety.This investment is the second instalment of the Province’s Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF). The first instalment of $60 million was released in March 2011.The money includes advance payments of Small Community and Regional District Grants, as well as the Traffic fine Revenue Sharing Program.- Advertisement -Minister Ida Chong, says “the SCFI is all about creating safer, healthier, more liveable and resilient communities that allow B.C. families to thrive. It also gives local governments more certainty about their fiscal future.”In the Peace, Fort St. John received $415,694, Taylor received $258,702, Dawson Creek received $465,388, Chetwynd received $322,061 and Hudson’s Hope received $249,180.last_img read more

first_imgBut the immunization has come under fire by conservative and watchdog groups, who questioned its safety and contend that the vaccine could lead to increased sexual promiscuity among young girls. Hernandez noted his bill has been amended to address some of those criticisms. AB 16 now would postpone mandatory HPV vaccinations for five years, allowing the state extra time to evaluate Gardasil’s safety. It also includes a provision allowing parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated for religious or medical reasons. “We held the bill back to calm the pundits and to make it a better piece of legislation,” said Hernandez, adding that a similar controversy surrounded the Hepatitis B vaccine, another sexually transmitted disease. Screening techniques like the pap smear have helped reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in the U.S. to about eight cases in 100,000, or about 10,000 cases per year, said Dr. Sharon Wilczynski, one of City of Hope’s leading experts in gynecologic pathology. DUARTE – A panel of experts gathered at City of Hope this week to promote a vaccine that they say would assist in eradicating one of the deadliest cancers among women. The workshop, which drew more than 60 people to the cancer center’s Cooper Auditorium, on Thursday also featured Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina. Hernandez’s Assembly Bill 16 would require mandatory vaccinations of pre-teen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease believed responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancers. The three-dose vaccine, Gardasil, has already been approved for use by the FDA and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which makes final recommendations on federal vaccination policy. About 3,700 women die of the disease in the United States each year and that number jumps to 288,000 worldwide, with cervical cancer being the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in developing countries. Not all women are screened for the disease in the United States, particularly immigrant women, Wilczynski said. “The rate in Los Angeles is 13 cases per 100,000,” said Wilczynski. Besides the gap in screening – an estimated 5 percent of women who get the HPV 16 strain who go unscreened and untreated will go on to get cervical cancer, Wilczynski said – problems with pap smears such as false positives make it important to use the HPV vaccine as a safety net, said Dr. Ilana Cass, another City of Hope panelist. “HPV is – bar none – the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., with about 80 percent of women being infected in their lifetime,” said Cass, who conducts federally funded research into cervical cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She noted studies so far have shown that immunizing young girls before their first sexual encounter has been nearly 100 percent effective in preventing HPV infection within five years of the shots. And the World Health Organization has declared HPV a “necessary cause” for cervical cancer, meaning that without the virus, the cancer can never form. “This is the first vaccine that prevents cancer; this is monumental,” said Hernandez. But not everybody is as enthusiastic about the HPV vaccine. “The drug only went through three and a half years of testing, leaving the medical community somewhat in the dark as to what serious adverse effects might result from the long term,” according to a statement issued by the Abstinence Clearinghouse, a nonprofit group that promotes premarital abstinence and monogamous marriage. The National Vaccine Information Center, a watchdog group, has also urged further testing of the vaccine, while conservative groups like the Family Research Council have argued that the immunizations would give young girls license to engage in premarital sex. Cass said the most common side effects so far have been pain and swelling in the injection area. A few more serious effects like fainting and ectopic pregnancy have been so minimal that it is difficult to link those with the vaccine, she said. “With 4 million vaccines administered in the U.S., available data shows that even in young girls it is very safe,” said Cass. “In response to claims regarding abstinence, I don’t have a lot of understanding for that mentality.” She pointed to studies that show that nearly 30 percent of 15-year-old girls in the U.S. have had vaginal intercourse, and that number goes up to nearly 70 percent by age 18. “That is the reality in the United States,” said Cass. The cost of the vaccine – about $300 for all three doses – has also been criticized. Hernandez said that other legislation is also being considered to require insurance companies that provide cancer treatment coverage also pay for the vaccine, and that federal and state funds like the $11.3 million in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget for vaccine programs should help the uninsured. “As other similar vaccines come out, the prices will drop,” he said. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want 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

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has suggested he will make signing an attacker his priority in the January transfer window after losing Loic Remy in the summer.The Rangers boss thought he had convinced the Frenchman to stay on at Loftus Road but Chelsea swooped for the former Marseille man at the 11th hour, leaving the Rs desperately short.Rangers have subsequently struggled in attack, scoring only three goals so far this season, and are in the relegation zone, with a trip to high-flying Southampton on Saturday.“It’s not been easy,” Redknapp said. “Losing Remy on deadline day – we didn’t manage to get another front man in.“Other than that we’re in good shape. I’m confident we’ll be fine. We have decent players, we needed to strengthen because there was hardly anyone left from last year but I think the players we’ve brought in are very good players for the club so I’m confident we’re going to be OK.” Harry Redknapp 1last_img read more

first_img 21. Ander Herrera (attacking midfield) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – to see the full line up, in squad number order, click the arrow above 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 8. Juan Mata (right wing) 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 11 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre midfield) 11 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 9. Anthony Martial (left wing) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 10. Wayne Rooney (striker) Manchester United have failed to score in their last three games, and will need to rediscover their form in front of goal when they take on CSKA Moscow, who they are level on points with in Group B, in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Much of the frustration over United’s lack of attacking threat has been targeted towards Louis van Gaal and his persistence in starting Wayne Rooney as a no.9 and deploying Anthony Martial out wide. With this formation so far not reaping the rewards, will the Dutchman finally deploy Martial as a centre forward? Or will he remain stubborn in his selection, remaining loyal to his underperforming captain?Find out our predicted Manchester United XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11 11 11 11 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) last_img read more

first_imgAnother sucessful Open week finished up last Sunday with Cabbie’s burgers, and presentation of prizes in the clubhouse. Full details of prizewinners, sponsors etc will be in next weeks edition. Sunday was also a day of mourning when past Captain, past President and honourary life member Dickie Duffy passed away. Dickie was made honourary life member after many years dedicated to the continued sucess of Otway Golf Club, and the club wishes to extend it’s members sympathy to Dickie’s family on their loss. GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgJudge Keenan Johnson: Increased ram raider’s sentenceA CRIMINAL behind a ram raid on a shop and who appealed to have his prison sentence reduced has had it INCREASED instead by a judge.Bernard McGinley was part of a notorious gang from east Donegal behind raids in different parts of the county. The 25-year-old drove a car into the front of a petrol station in St Johnston.But Gardai managed to trace the 26-year-old father-of-one after his license plate fell off at the Foyle View Service station in Dundee, St.Johnston on December 2nd, 2010.McGinley and his gang robbed a cash register drawer containing €200 and an Eircom payphone during the 7am raid.Gardai used CCTV and traced the damaged Opel Astra car to 3 Canal Road, Letterkenny.They also managed to identify McGinley who was wearing the same clothing from the CCTV and also the same jewellery.A court last March heard that €4,000 in damage caused to the garage during the raid had not been paid back.In a separate incident in June 2012, McGinley was caught trying to steal a car on the Milford Road, Kilmacrennan. He was also in possession of a 10-inch hunting knife.McGinley had a number of previous convictions for drink-driving, car theft and failing to stop for Gardai.Judge Paul Kelly jailed McGinley for nine months, with several concurrent sentences, on all the offences – but McGinley appealed to the Circuit Court to have the sentence reduced and he was released on bail.When told the details of the case Judge Keenan Johnson said that rather than reducing the sentence he was going to increase it.“Ram-raiding is about as bad as it gets. It’s far too prevalent in this country and the courts have a duty to punish people who do this,” said Judge Johnson.He affirmed the nine month sentence handed down by Judge Kelly, but added two more three-month sentences, to run consecutively – giving McGinley a total of 15 months behind bars.The judge told a solicitor that McGinley had taken “an enormous risk” in appealing what had been a “more than fair”sentence.JUDGE GIVES RAM-RAIDING THUG AN EXTRA SIX MONTHS BEHIND BARS was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:crimedonegalExtra timejailLetterkenny Circuit Courtram-raiderSt Johnstonlast_img read more

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: Healthwise Pharmacy are currently advertising for full and part-time positions for qualified pharmacy technicians in their Inishowen branches. They also have a position for at least one full time general counter assistant.Director Liam Grimley says, “We are seeking quality applicants to join our award winning team in Healthwise Pharmacies. “Last year we had winners in the the categories of ‘community pharmacist of the year ‘ and ‘ Pharmacy technician of the year ‘ in the national pharmacy awards and feel this an endorsement on behalf of all of the Healthwise team.“We pride ourselves on the quality and abilities of our staff , and are seeking candidates who can buy into our company ethos Caring for your community and fit in with the rest of the team. ”If you’re interested in applying for these vacancies then send your CV to gweedorepharmacy@gmail.comJOB VACANCIES: HEALTHWISE PHARMACY SEEKING TECHNICIANS FOR THEIR INISHOWEN BRANCHES was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Healthwise PharmacyJob Vacanciesjobsnewslast_img read more

first_imgMan United have lost six of their past 8 games. (Agency Photo)1- Semedo Better Than Roberto: Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has ninety percent of his First Eleven sorted out.It’s largely the same line up as last season, except summer recruits Clement Lenglet and Artur Melo have taken over from Samuel Umtiti and Paulinho respectively.Valverde’s one dilemma is who to choose in the right back slot. The pressure to choose home boy Sergio Roberto is immense but the naked truth is that Nelson Semedo gives Blagruana more. He’s faster, stronger and better going forward.2- Allow Solskjaer Time  To Shape United: Football bandwagonists are up in arms over Manchester United’s poor form.Six losses in the last eight games has club aficionados questioning the wisdom of appointing a relative rookie, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to the Old Trafford managerial hot seat.While it’s correct his appointment was made of a crest of excitement (Mauricio Pochettino had more compelling CV), it cannot be reversed. No point in crying over spilt milk! United’s board and fans must rally behind the affable Norwegian to allow him build the team in his image.3- Barcelona Champions League favourites: Barcelona’s nine-point cushion atop Liga Santander gives them an advantage over UEFA Champions League semifinals rivals Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax Amsterdam.Blagruana manager Ernesto afford to give players seven days rest ahead of matches unlike the aforementioned trio who must negotiate a tough run in.Ajax Amsterdam only lead PSV Eindhoven on goal difference whereas Liverpool are locked in a make or break contest for the Premier League title with Manchester City. Spurs are meanwhile embroiled in an energy-sapping fight for a Top Four place in England.4- McNeil, Redmond, Zaha Top Six Material: Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, Southampton wide man Nathan Redmond and Crystal Palace front pedalist Wilfred Zaha are players equipped with the skills set to improve English Premier League Top Six sides.Zaha has improved beyond recognition since his brief, uninspired spell at Manchester United whereas Redmond has come into his element since Ralph Hassenhutl took over at Southampton. Clarets teenage winger Dwight McNeil is the least exposed but the best gamble as he is only going to improve. If Chelsea were forced to sell Callum Hudson Odoi in the summer, McNeil would be an ample replacement.5- Benzema Out Of Ronaldo Shadow: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is just about the only player at the Santiago Bernabeu who has improved since Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus.Teammates Marcelo, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Isco, Marco Asensio and club record signing Gareth Bale have all frozen from the responsibility of filling Ronaldo’s oversized shoes.Only Benzema has responded by putting up his best numbers in the famous all-white stripe. In truth, Benzema spent a whole decade playing for Cristiano. He is finally playing for himself and Los Blancos.Comments Tags: Allan SsekamatetopTop five conclusions from Weekend’s actionlast_img read more

first_imgThousands of individuals, clubs and organisations from Co. Donegal have benefitted from some of the €5 Billion raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes all over Ireland in the last 30 years.An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D, announced the landmark €5 Billion Good Cause figure at a special Lotto draw to mark the National Lottery’s 30th birthday in RTE.He said the Good Cause fund has made a crucial contribution to life in communities all across Ireland over the last three decades. The thousands of Donegal Good Cause beneficiaries include the Donegal Friendly Face Befriending Service, based in Inishowen.The Friendly Face Befriending Service currently provides one-to-one weekly visits to approximately 60 older people across the county. It is an offshoot of the hugely successful Good Morning Support Service, which has been running for the past 11 years in Co. Donegal.The Friendly Face scheme takes referrals from health care professionals, community organisations, and from family and friends, connecting volunteers with people in their own homes, nursing homes and sheltered housing, through one-to-one weekly visits.The service was supported by a €45,000 grant from the National Lottery fund for Good Causes, which enabled it to expand from its Inishowen base into the Lifford/Castlefinn and Milford/Rosguill/Fanad areas in 2016. For example 86 year-old Thomas Harte (pictured), who lives alone in Ramelton, looks forward immensely to his weekly visit from retired teacher and Friendly Face volunteer, Joe Harkin.“Oh, we talk about football and politics, there’s so much happening that there’s plenty to chat about. It’s very nice of him to call,” explains Thomas.Volunteers participate in comprehensive training and have Garda Clearance before they are matched with a client. Such is the demand, that the number of referrals has had to be capped and a waiting list put in place which currently stands at 100.“The need out there is huge,” explains Frances Browne, manager of the umbrella Good Morning Support Service. “People look forward so much to the visit and it can have a really positive impact on their physical health.Announcing the €5 billion raised for Good Causes over the past three decades, Mr Varadkar spoke of the special place the National Lottery holds in Irish society, having been set up by the Government in 1987 with the express purpose of raising funds for good causes in the areas of health, sport, arts and heritage, youth and the environment. “There isn’t a community, parish, town or townland in Ireland that hasn’t benefited from the National Lottery funding in some way since its foundation over the past three decades. That includes financial support for sports clubs, disability, local social and health services, artistic projects, and the Irish language. 30c in every euro spent on the Lottery goes back to Good Causes.”National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said generating funds for deserving causes in society has been the guiding principle for all National Lottery’s activities over its lifetime and will continue to be so in the future.Mr Griffin said it is testimony to this vision and the generosity of the people of Ireland, through good times and bad that the National Lottery has raised over €5 billion euro for Good Causes in communities across Ireland. “Having been a member of the National Lottery team for over 10 years and having seen the hard work needed to produce these results I am immensely proud of this achievement.““Approximately 30c of every euro generated by National Lottery sales going towards projects in the areas of sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage, the arts, and the Irish language. That amounts to over half a million Euros every day. Last year alone €210 million was raised for Good Causes. These funds play an invaluable role in maintaining and supporting the vital services and infrastructure which help to define Ireland, our communities and our culture.” Elderly befriending service among Donegal initiatives to benefit from €5 Billion raised through National Lottery funding was last modified: September 26th, 2017 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)last_img read more