Liberians in Minnesota worry about Ebola Outbreak

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Members of Minnesota’s sizeable Liberian community say an Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa, including a local woman’s husband, has them worrying about relatives and scrambling to raise money to help prevent the virus from spreading.Minnesota Department of Health officials met with West African community leaders Monday in Brooklyn Park to try to address concerns.”It is killing people like crazy,” said Prudence McCabe, of Brooklyn Park. “Everyone is trying to call family members … we are trying to send money right away. … All we can do is pray and be helpful.”There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. But there has been much anxiety in Minnesota after Nigerian health officials reported Friday that Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer died from the disease after traveling from Liberia. Sawyer’s wife and children live in suburban Minneapolis, said Zubah Kpanaku, board chairman for the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, who knows the family.Patrick Sawyer had planned to come home for two of his three daughters’ birthdays next month, his wife, Decontee Sawyer, told KSTP-TV in Minnesota.”It’s a global problem because Patrick could have easily come home with Ebola, easy,” Decontee Sawyer said. The Associated Press left phone and email messages for Decontee Sawyer on Monday.Minnesota is home to about 17 percent of Liberians in the U.S. The Census Bureau estimates there are between 6,000 and 10,000 people with Liberian ancestry in the state, according to data gathered between 2010 and 2012.The Minnesota Department of Health said officials are providing information to health providers, West African community members and local West African media. At Monday’s meeting, officials discussed more community meetings and said they would take out advertisements promoting travel safety and when to seek medical attention.Asked what visitors from West Africa should do if they become sick, Dr. Aaron DeVries, medical director of the health department’s infectious diseases division, said they should go to their regular doctor.”The majority of the time, in fact, almost always, it will be another problem that needs addressing — not Ebola,” he said.Sakui Malakpa, a professor at the University of Toledo, Ohio, said he has a ticket to travel to Liberia Aug. 12, but is considering postponing his trip.”My children are especially concerned,” he said. “All of us Liberians are very, very worried about people, because this stuff is so infectious and it’s very deadly. … The last thing we want is for people here to be worried about us going there.”Kpanaku said his wife is currently in Liberia, helping build a house for family. He said she is a registered nurse, so knows how to protect herself, but she still may try to come back to Minnesota sooner than planned.Community members say they raised more than $700 during the weekend. Kpanaku said the money may go toward masks, gloves and other supplies that will help prevent people from getting infected, or it could be used to help another group transport supplies they already have collected. More fundraisers are being discussed.Bea Wilson, president of the Organization of Liberian Women in Minnesota, said she’s advising her family members in Liberia to use proper hand-washing techniques and avoid  hugging or getting close to people.”Everybody is affected. Everybody’s got families there,” she said, adding: “We are all afraid.”Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/07/28/3571730/liberians-in-minnesota-worry-about.html#storylink=cpyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Warm Up with Max Rushden – Saturday, August 22

first_imgMax Rushden is in for Johnny Vaughan for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.The host is joined in the studio by Gavin Woods and Alex Brooker to preview the day’s Premier League football and they chat to player-turned-agent Barry Silkman.last_img

FOOTBALL: ST CATHERINE’S 1 DUNKINEELY CELTIC 1

first_imgBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionSt. Catherines 1 Dunkineely Celtic 1St Catherines played hosts to Dunkineely Celtic in Emerald Park on Sunday. Both teams started the game well and it was the Saints who took the lead on 8 minutes when they were awarded a corner. Ryan Farrelly took it but the corner was cleared by Dunkineely but Ryan Farrelly got the ball again and he drove the ball into the box and there was Daniel Breslin who scored at the front post to put the Saints 1up. The Saints started to create a couple of good chances but they just could not get another goal, then on 17 minutes Dunkineely were awarded a penalty when Andrew Mackie was fouled in the box by David Conwell. Up stepped Andrew Mackie but his penalty was brilliantly saved by the Saints keeper Shane O’ Gara. In the 28th minute Dunkineely got a corner and it was swung into the Saints box and there was Shane Mc Whinney to score from 8 yards out to make the score 1 each. On 34 minutes the ball was played through the Saints defence and Andrew Mackie ran onto the through ball but he could not get past the Saints keeper who made a brilliant save to deny him. The second half started with both teams looking for the 2nd goal and Michael Mullin went close on 51 minutes when he had a shot that just went over the bar from 6 yards out. Dunkineely had a couple of shots but Shane O’ Gara in the Saints goal was in great form and made great saves to keep Dunkineely out. On 65 minutes Christopher Murrin went on a run and he had a shot that just went over the bar. Both teams tried to get the second goal but it just would not come and the game finished 1-1. St.Catherine’s wish Andrew Mackie a speedy recovery from his injury.  FOOTBALL: ST CATHERINE’S 1 DUNKINEELY CELTIC 1 was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: ST CATHERINE’S 1 DUNKINEELY CELTIC 1last_img read more

PRINGLE SAYS HE WILL NOT PAY WATER CHARGES

first_imgDonegal TD Thomas Pringle has said he will NOT pay the water charges.The Killybegs-based politician has said he was always against water charges and sees the setting up of Irish Water as the first move to privatisation.He told a meeting of residents against the water charges at the weekend that he will not pay the charges in any form.  PRINGLE SAYS HE WILL NOT PAY WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:TDThomas Pringlewater chargeslast_img read more

Speedup to digital is urged

first_img Nick Kolovos, a director and counsel for government relations at the Information Technology Industry Council, said setting a hard date to free the spectrum will bring more competition to the broadband market, particularly in remote and underserved areas. Right now, he said, people only have two choices for high-speed Internet services – cable or DSL service provided by the phone companies. “This is a third pipe into the home, and competition is obviously good for increasing broadband deployment rates and bringing down prices,” Kolovos said. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Current law calls for broadcasters to make the switch to all-digital transmissions – which promise sharper pictures and sound – by late 2006, or when 85 percent of households have the ability to receive digital signals. But there’s confusion about how to count that 85 percent, so Congress plans to set a so-called “hard date” for the conversion to all-digital. The coalition urged Congress to set the earliest possible deadline, but said it should be no later than Jan. 1, 2009. “New and innovative technologies that will help meet the goal of universal, affordable broadband access are already being developed and readied for early deployment in this spectrum,” said the letter from the High Tech DTV Coalition. Members include Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco Systems and the Information Technology Industry Council. The letter was being sent to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Senate committee plans to take up the legislation next week, and the House panel is likely to take it up the following week. Discussions have focused on late 2008 or an early to mid-2009 deadline. WASHINGTON – Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and other industry leaders urged lawmakers Friday to speed the transition to digital television in order to free up radio spectrum for wireless broadband services, especially in rural and poor areas. In a letter to House and Senate lawmakers, high-tech officials said the spectrum would reap enormous benefits for consumers and the economy. The letter also stressed the need to clear the spectrum to improve police, fire and other first-responder radio communications. Some of the frequencies that would be vacated in the transition from traditional analog to digital TV were promised to public safety officials in 1997. The rest of the spectrum would be auctioned by the government. It’s been valued by congressional officials at $10 billion, though industry puts the estimate as high as $30 billion. last_img read more

No gag order in Enron case

first_imgHOUSTON – A judge Friday refused to muzzle out-of-court statements related to the fraud and conspiracy case against Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling after Lay’s speech Tuesday lambasting government tactics in pursuing him. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake denied prosecutors’ request for a gag order at a hearing Friday that was scheduled before Lay spoke Tuesday to Houston business and academic leaders. Lay, Skilling and former top Enron accountant Richard Causey are scheduled for trial Jan. 17. Lake brought up the possibility of a gag order last month in anticipation of heavy publicity stemming from the blockbuster trial to emerge from the Justice Department’s nearly 4-year-old investigation of Enron’s 2001 collapse. Prosecutors supported it, but the defense teams didn’t. The judge decided against a gag order for the second time this month, saying Friday that Lay’s speech was “a drop in the bucket” among news stories, books and movies spawned by the Enron scandal. “The prosecutor becomes a human guillotine when given the power to charge an individual, act as judge and jury, as well as executioner if a ‘cooperating’ witness does not assist the prosecutor as the prosecutor believes the ‘cooperating witness’ should,” Lay said in his speech. Prosecutors have repeatedly denied intimidating anyone, and Lake so far has been unmoved by the allegations. This week, the count of people who have pleaded guilty to Enron crimes dropped to 15 from 16 when U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon granted former Arthur Andersen LLP auditor David Duncan’s request to withdraw his April 2002 guilty plea to obstruction of justice. Duncan was the only individual from Andersen to be charged with a crime, and the remaining 15 who have pleaded guilty to various offenses are former Enron executives. Duncan, who once led Andersen’s Enron audit team, made his request after the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Andersen’s 2002 obstruction conviction. The high court said vague jury instructions allowed the panel to convict without finding criminal intent behind a mass effort to destroy Enron audit documents as investigators began probing Enron’s finances before the company imploded. Lay alleged in his speech that prosecutors don’t want Duncan to testify because he might repeat his testimony in Andersen’s trial that he believed Enron’s accounting was done correctly. Skilling and Causey face more than 30 counts each of conspiracy, fraud, insider trading and others related to alleged schemes to maintain Enron’s prosperous appearance before the company crashed. Lay faces seven counts of fraud and conspiracy for allegedly perpetuating the ruse after Skilling resigned in August 2001. All three have pleaded not guilty. 160Want 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 “If this were the only thing ever said about Enron in the media, this might be a concern,” Lake said. Lake added that he would monitor public statements during the trial and might revisit the issue of a gag order. In Tuesday’s speech, Lay issued a plea for former Enron employees to defy a “wave of terror” by federal prosecutors and help him fight criminal charges. In court papers filed Thursday, prosecutors said Lay “made public statements regarding the credibility and testimony of potential witnesses in this case and commented on the motivation of the government in prosecuting him,” and that a gag order “is now appropriate.” Lay accused the government of bullying critical witnesses so they wouldn’t talk to the defense teams for fear of being indicted or getting harsh prison sentences if they had already pleaded guilty to Enron-related crimes. last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – COUNTY CHAIRMAN PLEADS WITH FANS TO BE PATIENT FOR TICKETS

first_imgThe chairman of the Donegal County Board has urged fans to be patient saying “I think tickets will come.”Sean Dunnion told DonegalTV that the county board is disappointed with the allocation but he feels that more tickets will come into the county through various ways. Simply click on the video to view.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – COUNTY CHAIRMAN PLEADS WITH FANS TO BE PATIENT FOR TICKETS was last modified: September 11th, 2014 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:DDTVdonegalGAASean Dunnionticketslast_img read more

FOUND: LOST WALLET FOUND IN CARDIFF BELONGS TO DONEGAL MAN

first_imgFOUND: A wallet which belongs to a Donegal man has been found by a good Samaritan in Cardiff at the weekend.Ellis Pearson found the wallet of a Christopher Rogers from Co. Donegal, Ireland.The wallet contained his credit card and driving license and also had his return ticket to London inside it. She posted the following message on Facebook in an attempt to let Mr Rogers know the wallet had been found.“Does anybody know Christopher Rogers, from Ireland, Co. Donegal? He lost his wallet in Cardiff. I’ve found it today, no cash, but card and driving licence in it. Please share and hopefully we can get it back to him, it’s got his train ticket to London in it.”She is reluctant to send it back to Ireland because of the return train ticket to London and may need his cards to access cash.It’s likely Rogers was in Cardiff for Ireland’s World Cup win over Canada on Saturday afternoon. If you know Christopher Rogers then share this post on your social media timelines.FOUND: LOST WALLET FOUND IN CARDIFF BELONGS TO DONEGAL MAN was last modified: September 21st, 2015 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:newslast_img read more

Woman who punched Garda in face tripped in high-heels as she fled

first_imgA woman who harassed a young man and then punched a Garda in the face before falling as she tried to run away in high heels has been fined.Sylvia Darby appeared at Letterkenny District Court following the attack in Letterkenny on October 16th, 2016. Gardai told the court how they came across a group women shouting abuse at a young man around 2.15am at Lower Main Street.They circled around the town and found Ms Darby, of Blue Cedars, Ballybofey still abusing the man close to Celtic Apartments on the Pearse Road.The young man pleaded with Gardai to take the woman away from him but she continued to roar abuse at him and ignored Gardai.One Gardai tried to move the woman on but she slipped away and when another Garda intervened, he was punched in the face.The Gardai told the court that the woman tried to flee but she tripped up and fell because she was wearing high heels.She continued to be abusive when she was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court that his client was 25 and had an issue with alcohol.“She was very intoxicated and her behaviour was very inappropriate,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms Darby €250.Woman who punched Garda in face tripped in high-heels as she fled was last modified: April 21st, 2018 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:assaultcourtGardai courtletterkennySylvia Darbylast_img read more

Gomes says Reading looked far from relegation strugglers

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesReading boss Jose Gomes felt his side looked far from relegation strugglers in their 0-0 draw at QPR.Rangers defender Toni Leistner twice fired against the bar at Loftus Road, where the home side finished the match strongly.But second-from-bottom Reading, in their second game under Gomes, were the better team for long spells, especially in the first half.Gomes said: “If you just watched this match, I think nobody could say we are at the bottom of the table, so beautiful they played and with fantastic confidence.“I enjoyed the courage that my players showed today. The feeling is that we lost two points.“We had maybe around 80% of the possession in the first half – beautiful football and positive actions.“Today we created a lot of chances. We played very positive football and played near QPR’s box for a long time.“I’m happy with the things they tried to do but I am not happy with the result. I think we deserved to win today.”The Royals are without a win in nine matches and have only managed one goal in their past five league games.But Gomes said: “The way we are working and the energy that I feel from my players, the feeling is positive regarding what can happen in the future.“We will talk about the mistakes we made and improve for the next games. The good thing is that the players accept my ideas.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more