Burying Our Ebola Dead: MOH Cannot Escape Its Urgent Professional Responsibility

first_imgWe carried on Monday a very sad, disturbing story about two decomposing Ebola bodies in Weala, Margibi County, that have had a traumatic effect on the town and its inhabitants.  The deceased, members of the Tate family, had  been dead for well over a week and all attempts to get Health workers there to remove the bodies have proved unsuccessful. This terrible episode has forced inhabitants of the neighborhood to flee the area, becoming displaced persons in their own town. Only last Tuesday, August 5—coincidentally the very day the Tates died—we published an editorial calling on government to return to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare its professional responsibility for burying the Ebola dead.  We argued that caring for the dead is not a political function relegated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), as suggested by Health Minister Walter Gwenigale, but rather a medical and scientific function that often involves a medical doctor, especially with specialization in pathology. And now here we are, with people dropping dead all over the place and the seeming total confusion and incapacity of government to handle their remains.  In the Jos Hansen area of United Nations Drive down Waterside last weekend, another corpse was found and neighbors had to put it in a plastic bag and haul it by rope to be buried in a shallow grave.  In Grand Cape Mount, too, an Ebola body was recently abandoned in a home, where they left an eight-child.  The child also died.It is very sad that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH) has rejected our argument that they, more than any other GOL agency, are responsible for dead bodies, most especially the highly contagious Ebola dead.  On Tuesday morning, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, told the Daily Observer that MOH “is no longer responsible for Ebola bodies, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs.”  This means that MOH has failed to see that because they have surrendered their medical and scientific responsibility, leaving Ebola bodies to politicians, who have NO expertise in this business, bodies continue to lie unattended, causing greater spread of the epidemic.MOH does not see that the Ebola corpse crisis continues.  On Tuesday we reported that some 45 bodies had been improperly buried, again in Johnsonville, and the stench has driven people from their neighborhoods.  When contacted, of MIA officials issued the alarming statement that “Removal of dead bodies is not relevant!”Can Doctors Gwenigale and Bernice Dahn now see what we are talking about?  The MIA is NOT the proper agency to handle this matter because that is not what they were trained to do.We call on the President immediately to return the responsibility for Ebola bodies to the MOH and give them the money, equipment and supplies to do this urgent job, lest the spread of the Ebola virus will continue.What happened in Weala and now again in Johnsonville should never be allowed to happen again, for such a situation is highly dangerous, and could further expose people in the surrounding areas to the virus.The MOH and its local and international partners should develop a comprehensive strategy to handle Ebola corpses.  The MOH and partners should equip the handlers with full protective gear, with the chemicals they need to spray the remains, and with sufficient and well organized transportation to ferry the bodies to recognized  burial sites and the crematorium.  MOH should lease vehicles from Monrovia’s rental dealerships to carry out the task at hand.  But we can understand if some rental agencies may be reluctant to get involved.  GOL should then purchase of a fleet of minibuses specifically to be used as hearses for the Ebola dead.Another problem we at the Daily Observer have heard about is that the Ebola response hotlines are not functioning.  We have heard countless complaints from people who say they have called these hotlines repeatedly and no one answers.  We hope that the MOH can fix this other problem, too, by deploying and crash-training non-essential hospital staff to manage the hotlines.  These operators should be strongly instructed to be helpful, clear and empathetic, realizing that they are dealing with people in distress.   Non-English speakers should be connected to operators who speak their languages.  This can be done and such a system can be well established and continue to everyone’s benefit even after Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Daniel pleads with Donegal public to look after the elderly in our community

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell said he is so proud that Ireland’s sense of community is greater than anywhere else in the world but appealed for people to look after our elderly.The singing sensation was speaking at the expansion of ALONE’s services in his native Donegal today.The charity, which helps support people to age at home by offering a range of services, has teamed up with Good Morning Donegal. The Good Morning Donegal service provides daily phonecalls to the elderly to ensure that are feeling okay and to provide some social company.Daniel’s own late mother Julia used the service and he said it is this kind of care which makes Ireland such a great place.“I think the important thing is that in years past there was a great awareness of the community and I think that’s still here.“I always think that Ireland has changed but there is still something here in Ireland that is not in many places. “We still have a great community spirit and if somebody is in trouble then people rally,” he said.Daniel said that it is not just rural Ireland which needs such services but in the larger cities such as Dublin also.“I think it is important is a smaller community and I think it is important in the biggest city too. Because having people doesn’t mean that you have people with you.“You can be living in a very built-up area and never see anyone so its important in the rural community but it is important in the city too.“This is not something just for a county like Donegal because I think that an awful lot of the time we think that if we’re in a built-up area then somebody is going to be there but that’s not always the case. “In a way in the rural community, you have more of a connection in the rural community. It is invaluable because people on their own might not see anyone but if they get that call then it really connects you,” he added.The singer added that there are a lot of issues which have led to isolation but paid tribute to the volunteers who help Ireland’s older community.“There’s a lot of issues that have caused this. But I think as long as there are organisations like this that have their finger on the pulse and you need your finger on the pulse to know how the blood is running,” he added.Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said they are delighted to be expanding their services to people in Donegal with more than 15,800 aged over 65 in the county and with 6,500 of those living alone. “He said “Our volunteers help to support older people by offering them a visit or a phonecall, having a chat and providing access to support. Often, they go on to make a friend for life.”Daniel pleads with Donegal public to look after the elderly in our community was last modified: July 10th, 2019 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:alonecharitydaniel o’donnelldonegalmumphonecallslast_img read more

Most Common Phrase in Evolution Media: “Earlier Than Thought”

first_imgMajor innovations that should have required many millions of years of slow, gradual evolution keep turning up earlier than thought. But who thought?We coined a new word tontologism (look it up in the Darwin Dictionary) to account for a bad habit of Darwinians. They frequently say, when evidence goes against their previous beliefs, “we thought” – as if we includes the public. For instance, major innovations in evolution keep showing up “earlier than thought” in their terminology, as if everybody thought like Darwinians. Here are a few examples from recent biology and paleontology news to illustrate the Darwinians’ irresponsible attribution of blame, as well as the problems created by pushing evolution earlier than thought.Walking fish suggests locomotion control evolved much earlier than thought (Science Daily). This example from last month shows authors of a paper having to revise their “thought” (not the public’s thought) about when walking locomotion first appeared. Who is to blame? See quote from the 17 Feb 2018 entry, “The Evolution of the Darwin Fish” where Jeremy Dasen said, “It has generally been thought that the ability to walk is something that evolved as vertebrates transitioned from sea to land.” Generally? Did you think that? The truth is, only Darwinians think that way, but by using a passive voice verb, Dasen has swept you into his fallacy without your permission.Photosynthesis originated a billion years earlier than we thought, study shows (Astrobiology Magazine). At least this writer provides a subject, “we thought,” but it still leaves the subject unspecified. We might ask, “Who’s we, paleface”? To imagine a complex system like photosynthesis, composed of numerous finely-tuned parts, “originating” a billion years earlier, should be headline news with a title like, ‘Darwinian evolution found to be untenable.’ Instead, Dr. Tanai Cardona, lead author of the study that makes this outrageous claim, waltzes on to commit another tontologism: “My results mean that the process that sustains almost all life on earth today may have been doing so for a lot longer than we think.” Further down, the article supplies a subject, scientists (meaning evolutionary scientists). And yet the “earlier than thought” formula entails a much more serious problem for evolutionists: the replacement of Darwinian gradualism with abrupt appearance:Previously, scientists believed that anoxygenic evolved long before oxygenic photosynthesis, and that the earth’s atmosphere contained no oxygen until about 2.4 to 3 billion years ago. However, the new study suggests that the origin of oxygenic photosynthesis may have been as much as a billion years earlier, which means complex life would have been able to evolve earlier too.Cardona goes on to multiply the absurdities he must accept to believe that photosynthesis occurred a billion years earlier than “he” thought. We will point out implicit tontologies in brackets with [T]:One surprising finding [T; to whom?] was that the evolution of the photosystem was not linear. Photosystems are known [T] to evolve very slowly – they have done so since cyanobacteria appeared at least 2.4 billion years ago. But when Dr. Cardona used that slow rate of evolution to calculate the origin of photosynthesis, he came up with a date that was older than the earth itself. This means [T; to whom?] the photosystem must have evolved much faster at the beginning – something recent research suggests [T; to whom?] was due to the planet being hotter.“There is still a lot we don’t know [T] about why life is the way it is and how most biological process originated,” said Dr. Cardona. “Sometimes our [T] best educated guesses don’t even come close to representing what really happened so long ago.”Plants colonized the earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought (Astrobiology Magazine). Most of the time, NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine website is little more than an echo chamber for evolutionary articles written by others. Here they relay another tontologism, this time in a variant form, “than previously thought.” A hundred million years is a huge error for a previous thought. Reading carefully, one can find more hidden tontologies in the article:The timing of this episode has previously relied on [T] the oldest fossil plants which are about 420 million years old.New research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, indicates [T] that these events actually occurred a hundred million years earlier, changing perceptions [T] of the evolution of the Earth’s biosphere.Whose perceptions need changing? Yours? Who previously relied on the timing? You? Did the data “indicate” to you an evolutionary speculation? If so, you are included in the fallacious thoughts. Should you accept responsibility for a group error you were not involved with? In its version of the story, “A new study just rewrote the history book on plants,” Fox News burps out a standard-form tontology almost by reflex:The arrival of plants on Earth changed the planet and its inhabitants in big ways, and a new study suggests they arrived far earlier than thought. [T] University of Bristol researchers now say that land plants evolved from pond scum about 500 million years ago—a whopping 100 million years earlier than the history books tell us….Baby Bird Skeleton Could Provide Insight into Ancient Bird Evolution (National Geographic). A less blatant form of tontologism is to specify a subject for “previously thought,” but make the subject more inclusive than it ought to be. For instance, this article about a small, flightless bird fossil appearing in the time of the dinosaurs, earlier than it should appear (127 million Darwin Years), makes this statement: “This shows that birds in the group Enantiornithes were more diverse than paleontologists have previously thought them to be.” The problem is that not all paleontologists are to blame. There are creation paleontologists with PhDs, like Marcus Ross and Kurt Wise, whose reputations should not be tarnished with the erroneous thought.Science Daily, though, doesn’t even include any subject in its passive-voice tontology: “the developmental strategies of this particular group of ancient avians may have been more diverse than previously thought.” In the Fox News coverage, evolutionary paleontologist Luis Chiappe lavishes in credulity at finding this case of abrupt appearance: “It is amazing to realize how many of the features we see among living birds had already been developed more than 100 million years ago.” He just imagined everyone to be as gullible as he is.There are three serious issues in these examples that Darwinians should not be allowed to escape from: (1) Tontology as a reckless bad habit in evolutionary writing; (2) Abrupt appearance as a major problem for Darwinians; and (3) Abuse of language to cover Darwinian gullibility, by which we mean habitual use of magic words that such-and-such a complex trait evolved, appeared, originated, arose, developed, arrived, happened or emerged. Lest that last important fault be forgotten, we coined another mnemonic for it in the Darwin Dictionary: the “poof spoof.”(Visited 630 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Spacecraft Launches to Sun, Still a Mystery

first_imgA spacecraft just took off on a mission to the sun, but not to worry; it went at night.The Parker Space Probe is the first spacecraft to be named after a living person. Eugene Parker, discovered the solar wind in 1958. Now aged 91, the senior astrophysicist has been on hand for interviews with NASA prior to launch and was photographed beside the rocket. The successful launch took place Sunday evening, reported Fox News. In a separate article, Space.com explained why the probe needed to launch at night. The launch tried to minimize the craft’s exposure to the Van Allen radiation belts.The probe will fly right into the sun’s “glittering crown,” or corona, explains Phys.org. Despite our opening joke, it will fly toward the sun in broad daylight, shielded by a specially-made heat shield that will keep its instruments in the 80-degree range. Astrobiology Magazine explained why “it’s surprisingly hard to go to the sun.” Several passes by Venus will be required to get it to the target, which is not the surface of the sun, but a point just under 4 million miles where it can “taste” the corona. Even though the corona is millions of degrees hot, the gas is tenuous enough not to harm the spacecraft. Parker should also become the fastest-moving spacecraft ever, clocking in at 430,000 miles per hour, thanks to the sun’s gravity.Despite being the nearest star to earth, our sun still exhibits many phenomena that are poorly understood. Phys.org says,Our yellow dwarf star is, in many ways, a mystery. The outreaching corona is hundreds of times hotter than the sun’s actual surface, confounding scientists. In addition, physicists don’t know what’s driving the solar wind, the supersonic stream of charged particles constantly blasting away from the sun. By being right in the thick of it, Parker should provide some answers, shedding light not only on our star but the billions of others out there.The solar wind impacts earth, but is deflected by our magnetic shield which funnels the high-energy charged particles toward the poles, creating the northern and southern lights. In addition, the Van Allen belts trap some of the “killer electrons” before they could reach earth. Mars, lacking such protection, has seen much of its atmosphere stripped away.The solar wind also impacts the outer planets, stripping away Titan’s methane to the confusion of planetary scientists who wonder why any methane is left.The solar wind reminds us of the exquisite design of Spacecraft Earth. The Van Allen belts, discovered by Explorer 1 (managed by contributing CEH author Dr Henry Richter, also age 91), continue to fascinate geophysicists with their dynamic responses to the solar “shooting gallery” that endangers spacecraft and astronauts, but leaves earthlings on the surface oblivious to the threat.If we can’t even understand our own nearby star, how can scientists claim to know so much about the origin of the universe? There’s a lot of information we can tease out of spectra, but much of the overconfidence in scientific claims comes from bluffing, not understanding. Let’s understand the sun before making grandiose claims about things far, far beyond.Watch for a beautiful new film on the northern lights (aurora) to be posted soon by Illustra Media on TheJohn1010Project.com. (Visited 531 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Defections put TMC in pole position

first_imgA day after being selected by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the chairperson of the newly constituted Tribal Development Committee (TDC), former CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee tweeted: “Humbled to be a part in Didi’s [Ms. Banerjee] endeavour of transforming the State.”Mr. Ritabrata, once a fiery student leader and CPI(M) MP, was expelled from the party last September. Observers read his appointment as an induction into the Trinamool Congress.He, however, refused to be drawn into political speculation. “I am an Independent MP and continue to work in that capacity,” he told The Hindu.Challenge to BJPHe did, however, echo nearly all defectors on the future of politics in Bengal, when he said, “I have said for a long time that Mamata Banerjee is the only person to challenge the BJP at the State and at the national level; strengthening her is important.”Former CPI(M) MP from Murshidabad Moinul Hassan, who quit the party on Saturday, went a step further to suggest that an alliance of Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and Congress was “vital.”“Many are asking me whether the TMC and CPI(M) can be part of the same alliance. If Akhilesh Yadav and Mayavati can come together, it can be emulated in Bengal,” said Mr. Hassan.At least five Congress MLAs and few CPI(M) leaders are expected to join the Trinamool Congress on July 21. Sabina Yeasmin, MLA from Malda, whose name featured in the list of the MLAs, has spent a decade with the Congress.“The way BJP is growing in Bengal, it is now imperative to join the TMC,” she said. She added that party president Rahul Gandhi had asked her “to wait before taking a final decision” at his meeting with restive MLAs on Friday.last_img read more

Pelicans bringing back forward Cunningham

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Pelicans add free agent Tony AllenThe 6-foot-8 Cunningham spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in about 25 minutes per game last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 30-year-old Cunningham has spent eight seasons in the NBA, beginning with Portland, which selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Villanova.Cunningham could start for New Orleans at small forward in a lineup that would feature DeMarcus Cousins at center, Anthony Davis at power forward, Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Dante Cunningham. APA person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a one-year contract worth $2.3 million.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo, has not been announced.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Man testifies in trial over NBA players assaultlast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton midfielder Romeu: We must bounce back against Portsmouth

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Romeu: We must bounce back against Portsmouthby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Oriol Romeu says they must bounce back from defeat to Bournemouth.Two first-half goals left Saints with it all to do after the interval and despite James Ward-Prowse’s penalty in an improved second-half display, it was not enough and Callum Wilson sealed things in stoppage time.Attentions now turn to the south coast derby on Tuesday night at Portsmouth, something which Romeu is relishing.“We have a massive one now ahead and we’re all very excited about that game to get back to winning feelings and sensations and to start building something good again.“There has to be a reaction surely now. We want to prove that we’re not a team that loses and does nothing about it.“We know how important it is, we know how tough it will be also over there but we players like those matches and we’re ready for it.“We want to get that very important win for us, for the fans and also for the club.” last_img read more

What Is Going On In The NBA Conference Finals

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 24, 2016), we talk about the surprising NBA conference finals and wonder if the conventional wisdom about the best NBA teams was wrong. Then, we talk to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon about his piece on The Undefeated that argues that African-Americans aren’t interested in discussing sports analytics. Finally, Carl Bialik joins us to talk about the French Open and whether Roger Federer’s absence will have an effect on the outcome of the tournament. Plus, a Significant Digit on Ichiro Suzuki, the Miami Marlins veteran closing in on 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues.Neil Paine says the Warriors’ loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was historic.And ESPN Stats and Info says the key to the Thunder’s win was their smaller lineup.Ben Morris writes that season series matter when it comes to predicting the playoffs.In the East, Neil Paine writes, the Cleveland Cavaliers are obliterating the competition.Neil Paine also says the Cavs won’t need any help beating the Raptors.But that was before Kyle Lowry helped the Raptors level things up in the series.Michael Wilbon writes in The Undefeated that blacks are not feeling the sports analytics movement.Carl Bialik writes that Roger Federer’s absence from this year’s French Open is the first time he’s missed a Grand Slam in 17 years.Could Rafael Nadal’s slump be at an end, asks ESPN’s Johnette Howard.Tom Ley in Deadspin says Ichiro Suzuki still rules.Significant Digit: 40. That’s the number of hits Ichiro Suzuki needs to reach 3,000 in the Major Leagues. He had 10 hits in just three games this week. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls to Michigan in firstever Big Ten game

The Ohio State men’s hockey team will be searching for its first-ever Big Ten conference win Monday, as the team fell to the Michigan Wolverines, 4-3, in overtime Friday in Ann Arbor.The game saw the Buckeyes (8-5-0, 0-1-0) come back from a one-goal deficit three times against the No. 3-ranked Wolverines (9-2-1, 1-0-0).A goal from sophomore forward Anthony Greco with 3:13 left in regulation tied the game at 3-3 and sent the teams into overtime.Michigan sophomore forward Andrew Copp netted the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in the extra session.Despite the loss, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the effort was something to be noted of the Buckeyes in the tough matchup.“Our kids emptied the tank, we played hard and there were some chances on both sides,” Rohlik said in an OSU press release. “We just came out on the short end. You always have to learn from things and we’re going to learn from this and get better.”The teams were tied, 1-1, after the first period, and Michigan had a 3-2 advantage heading into the third.Freshman goalie Logan Davis, in his third start between the posts for the Buckeyes, had a career-high 34 saves, including one on a second-period penalty shot from Michigan freshman forward Evan Allen.OSU converted on both of its power play opportunities, while the Wolverines had one goal on four power plays, the first power play goal allowed by the Buckeyes in 27 opportunities.The Buckeyes are set to close the two-game series with Michigan Monday in the Schottenstein Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. read more

Messi out of ICC

first_imgLionel Messi will sit out Barcelona’s International Champions Club preseason campaign, according to Goal.Ernesto Valverde’s squad to the preseason competition is missing Messi, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.The Argentine captain will miss the Barcelona’s preseason tour of the United States due to his participation in the World Cup with Argentina.The talisman has been given extra time to recover from the World Cup even though his country was eliminated in the second-round against France on June 30.Barcelona travel to the US on Tuesday where they’ll come against AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan over the next ten days.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish duo of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquet are also expected to miss out on the tour of the United States. Also missing in action, are the French pair of Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele who won the World Cup with France.The list of absentees mean Barcelona have a relatively inexperienced squad with the likes of Sergi Samper, Munir and Marlon part of the traveling party.New boys Clement Lenglet and Arthur are also part of the squad while goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen is expected to join that team at a later date.last_img read more