first_imgSince the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in March, it has become critical that individuals, families and communities, play an important role in providing basic hand washing facilities and services to their constituencies. We recognize that when given reliable information and facilities, people are more likely to contribute to improved health outcomes and reduction in the spread of Ebola.Every community has both rights and responsibilities for action against Ebola. As individuals, we have the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure the health of our families and community is protected. In return, they have the right to expect the health system to provide the services and enabling environment that will allow them to take those actions.Improving awareness, knowledge and community involvement is one of the thrusts of preventive and control measures. This includes both the rights of the public to have access to quality health care services such as Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) as well as the right to healthy environments.The strengthening of community awareness and involvement has been an important feature for the current reduction of Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We are happy to note that most communities have taken the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure they remain healthy and prevent the spread of Ebola.Now that the entire world has woken up to the dangers of Ebola epidemic, the task of eradicating the disease is feasible through knowing your rights and responsibilities as well as through international collaboration which at the moment needs strengthening.Safe and health-supportive environments including access to safe health facilities-ETUs, sanitation, and protection against Ebola are all means to provide equitable conditions for maintaining and improving health and quality of life for all people.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia has been particularly impressed by the willingness of all community-based organizations; youth-based organizations and Non-governmental organizations to be involved in health actions that involved them.As young people, it is our responsibility to, promote credible and accurate information on Ebola; at the same time we also should help address issues of mistrust, alley fear, misconception and enforce preventive health measures. The Ebola epidemic is controllable if we take our rights and responsibilities seriously. The dissemination of accurate information on Ebola prevention and response is not only a right but it is critical.The downward curve of the Ebola statistics has been attributed to the responsibilities of frontline workers and the support from hundreds of volunteers across the country that have been working with various communities or committees established at national level and local levels to put in place structures, systems, processes and procedures to enable everyone to fight this Ebola virus disease.Our dialogue and message for the week centers on the need for Liberians to work as one community with entrenched rights and responsibilities for good hygienic practices of hand washing and disinfecting; safely caring for the sick, helping government to trace contacts and making burial practices safe. According to the World Bank President-Jim Yong Kim, “The world needs to do much more to respond to the Ebola Crisis”Let us conclude by applauding the decision of the Supreme Court to stop the senatorial election scheduled for 16 December 2014 and wish to use this opportunity to reiterate our call to the Government of Liberia to strengthen its fight against the deadly Ebola virus by reopening our educational institutions.Until next week when we bring to you another piece on dialogue amongst peace messengers: Community-based Interventions, we would like to encourage everyone to take this epidemic very seriously and be part of the drive to stopping Ebola. We look forward to 2015 that is free of the Ebola virus disease, of individuals and communities knowing their rights to health and basic civil responsibility.Liberians must do all to eradicate Ebola so that we can continue on our path of stability.Peace First, Peace above all and May Peace Prevail on earth.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_imgThe man who was reportedly caught with 27.2 kilograms of compressed marijuana was on Friday remanded to prison.Dean Grenville, 27, of Lot 60 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, is alleged to have had 27.2 kg of compressed marijuana on April 3, for the purpose of trafficking.Grenville appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court and denied the charge.He was represented by Attorney Charlyn Artiga.The ganja which was found in the New Amsterdam, Berbice house on WednesdayThe prosecution is contending that Police acting on information went to the Stanleytown house, where they swooped down on the suspect’s two-story East Bank Berbice residence at about 11:15h and conducted a search of his presence.According to Police, 16 taped parcels of compressed cannabis were found. The Stanleytown resident who was arrested has been on the Police’s radar for “quite a while” Police said.Magistrate Renita Singh remanded Grenville to prison and the case will continue on April 15.last_img read more

first_imgTeenage team-mate Moise Kean attracted the headlines for facing the home fans as he celebrated the winning goal, but it was the second straight year that Matuidi has suffered such abuse in Cagliari. Alex Sandro was also a target.“It’s sad,” the World Cup winner told Canal+ in France. “It happened to me last year in this stadium and we cannot tolerate it.”“You can tell me: ‘maybe it’s not racist, they just want to unsettle you’,” Matuidi said. “No. These are things you do not say and must be punished.”The events in Cagliari brought a damning reaction.Italy coach Roberto Mancini called for tough measures in Serie A after the “unacceptable” abuse in Cagliari.“We can no longer accept this, we need to act and hard. Racist behaviour must be stigmatised.”On Friday, Danny Rose, of England and Tottenham, said the way football fights racism is “a farce”.“I have had enough,” Rose said. “I just can’t wait to see the back of it, seeing how things are done in the game at the minute.”Others, like Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling reacted to suggestions, from Cagliari officials and also even Juventus defender Leonardo Bonnucci and manager Massimiliano Allegri that Kean was to blame for not turning the other cheek and when he celebrated in front of home fans.“I was shocked when I saw that happen and then the manager saying Kean shouldn’t have done that,” said former Ivory Coast captain Toure.England’s Sterling tweeted: “All you can do now is laugh.”Kean defended his actions as “the best way to respond to racism”.Matuidi said that, like Kean, he was upset.“I could not calm down. I did not want to ignore it. You have to fight it,” he said. “We can’t allow this anymore. We must have the courage (to end it).”“These are stupid people,” he said. “They should never be allowed to come to the stadium again.”Matuidi said he had spoken to the referee about halting the match.“I thought he made the wrong decision. But when I spoke to him he did not understand.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Blaise Matuidi is unhappy at the way he was treated as Juventus won at Cagliari © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Apr 7 – Blaise Matuidi echoed the disillusionment of other black footballers when he said on Sunday that the events of the week suggested “this is not a world I want my children to see.”Matuidi was one of the three Juventus players abused with monkey noises during a victory at Cagliari during the week.last_img read more

first_img Without any funding, they have a tough battle ahead; they must gather 373,816 signatures from registered voters by Jan. 5 to get the measure on the ballot next year. “The odds of us making it are not very good, but we are educating the public enough to write a proposition next year with an improved version of the bill which passed, which is faulty,” said Jackie Marshall, an English professor at the University of California, Davis. Supporters are organizing volunteers primarily through word-of-mouth. Marshall, 51, the owner of two German shepherds, has been collecting signatures at college campuses, malls and pet stores near Sacramento. The law, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, would be suspended when supporters submit signatures. If it fails to qualify for the ballot or is rejected by voters, it would take effect. If successful, the ballot proponents said, they would advocate different laws, including hiring additional animal control officers and imposing breeder permit requirements, and strict penalties for loose vicious dogs, regardless of breed. In San Francisco, an ordinance that would require mandatory spaying and neutering of pit bull terriers will go to a final Board of Supervisors vote on Tuesday. Capp said dog advocates are considering legal action against breed-specific laws and said San Francisco could be the first target. Carl Friedman, director of San Francisco’s Animal Care and Control Department, said the breed-specific ordinance is necessary, but he understands the concerns of pit bull owners. “My response to that is not what’s next but who is next,” Friedman said. “We’ve had some tragedies, and we need to be able to deal with this at the local level.” 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 Four years ago, Diane Whipple, 33, was killed by two Presa Canario dogs in her San Francisco apartment building in a case that put the dogs’ owners, both lawyers, behind bars. “The group that’s interested in doing this has every right to do it – but I’m convinced that the majority of Californians think this is a necessary and important law,” said Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, who introduced the legislation. “We can’t have vicious maulings of children and adults by these dogs.” San Francisco already plans to crack down on pit bull terriers; Fresno and other cities are also looking at ways to regulate the breed blamed for several savage attacks around the state. Many California dog owners worry nonetheless that the law will eventually lead legislators to push for an outright ban on some dogs. Denver and several other cities, including North Little Rock, Ark., and Prince George’s County, Md., have banned pit bulls. Proponents of the ballot measure say the problem is not certain breeds, but bad owners. SAN FRANCISCO – Dog owners who fear that a new state law aimed at curtailing vicious hounds could lead to a ban of certain breeds are collecting signatures to reverse the measure. “It doesn’t target the true problem – it says these dogs are making the news so let’s ban or restrict them,” said Dawn Capp, a Sacramento attorney organizing the effort. The law allows cities and counties to require certain breeds to be spayed and neutered in hopes of reducing the aggressiveness of the animals and help limit unwanted populations that end up in animal shelters. It could also impose breeding restrictions and require reports of all dog bites. The recently passed law was, in part, a response to the mauling death of Nicholas Faibish, 12, in San Francisco by his family’s pit bulls. Other widely reported incidents include a woman attacked in June by her family’s pit bull in Rohnert Park when she tried to prevent it from attacking her son, and a 9-year-old boy who needed 70 stitches after being mauled by a pit bull while trick-or-treating in Fresno. last_img read more