‘We Are Innocent’: Redemption Health Workers Speak Out

first_imgRedemption Hospital, which has been operating and treating sick patients despite the Ebola outbreak, has decided to keep its doors closed until its appeal for a better hospital condition can be heard.Though the TB/HIV/AIDS Unit has been giving patients temporary treatment until the functions of the hospital can go back to normal, community dwellers who greatly depend on Redemption Hospital are skeptical about it ever opening its doors again.“This hospital is the only hospital my family and I come to. Now for the first time since the Ebola outbreak, their doors are locked,” stated Tenneh Kanneh. She arrived early morning to find the Mother and Child Section of Redemption closed.The vice president of the Health Workers Association Rev. Samuel F. Faley Jr., who is also a dispenser at the TB/HIV/ AIDS Unit at Redemption Hospital says conditions there are grave.Having been selected to speak for both the hospital and workers’ association, he says “workers fear losing their job if they speak out.”According to Rev. Faley, the hospital has been facing steep challenges. He also believes that they will also face the same test if they open their doors.“Because of fear, some of our staff are not coming to work. Just the other day, we were stoned by some angry community dwellers because of a pregnant woman who died. They said the patient didn’t die from Ebola but that we’re in a society where health workers are extracting kidneys and playing medicine. I am a God-fearing man, a pastor of a church and I know what the Bible says. We are not a part of it, we are innocent.”According to Rev. Farley, the Ebola outbreak has seriously affected health workers’ mentally, emotionally and physically. “It has affected us directly because five of our colleagues are dead and gone. Our friends that we once talked to and did things in common with are no more; we can’t do that anymore. It has affected us directly because it is in Liberia our home, where we live. I would love to have good things happen in Liberia because it is my country, and have to do something about it to see it well,” he sadly added.He also stated that the Government of Liberia should begin to see the brave sacrifices that health workers are making during the Ebola outbreak.“Some health workers have worked here volunterly for over 10 years and still have not been employed or put on the payroll. We are being threatened everyday by people while some of our workers have stopped coming to work because of that,” he stressed.Rev Faley used the occasion to ask for increment in their salary. He it should be increased to L$8,000.The Redemption Hospital spokesperson also called on donors to reach out to the hospital and help with protective gears.“There are so many things that we need to list a few. We need medical trays to dispense medicine, gloves, sanitizers and sponges to check tablets. Medicine needs to be stored at a certain tempature and we need air conditioner.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miracle Treat Day in Fort St. John Thursday

first_imgLast year, thanks to extra advertising, the local Dairy Queen raised almost $8,000 by selling 1,180 Blizzards, along with a draw for a Blizzard Bear and the sale of Children’s Network balloons. This year, FortSt. John owner Linda Patterson says the store’s goal is $10,000, to beat last year’s highest total ever. The store has participated in Miracle Treat Day for over a decade now, as Patterson says it directly helps children in the Peace Region, including some of her employees. “It’s so important to make sure that our children are looked after. If we have these facilities, then we know that our children are going to get good enough care,” she argues. “If you stop and think about how many kids that we know that actually have used these facilities, or had to use these facilities from Fort St. John, it’s phenomenal!” – Advertisement -While extra advertising helps, the success of the day is also largely dependent on the weather, so hopefully the prediction for clouds and a 40 per cent chance of showers tomorrow is off. Dairy Queen will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday, August 8.last_img read more

Harry Kane wins Golden Boot as England captain finishes World Cup top scorer

first_imgThe England captain was in a commanding position to finish top scorer heading into Sunday’s final, with three goals separating him from France forwards Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann ahead of the match.Croatia, France’s opponents, had three players on two goals, but Kane remained in the lead despite Les Bleus’ 4-2 victory.Kane joins Gary Lineker in being the only two England players to win the Golden Boot, replicating Lineker’s six-goal haul from the 1986 World Cup.The Tottenham star also became the first England player to score in six consecutive internationals since Tommy Lawton in 1939. getty 2 Half of Kane’s tally came from the penalty spot, while he also scored with a deflection when Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot flicked off his heel and into the goal in England’s 6-1 defeat of Panama.His other two goals were close-range headers in the matchday one victory over Tunisia, with Kane’s final goal at the World Cup a spot kick against Colombia in the round-of-16. Harry Kane has won the World Cup Golden Boot for finishing top scorer at this year’s tournament.Kane, the Tottenham forward, netted six times in Russia to claim the award, finishing two goals clear of Denis Cheryshev, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in joint-second.center_img Kane’s last goal came from the penalty spot against Colombia 2 Kane is just the second England player to finish top scorer at a World Cup last_img read more


first_imgHe may not look almost half a century but Daniel O’Donnell is dreading his 50th birthday.The millionaire singer celebrates his milestone birthday on December 12th next.But he has left strict instructions that he doesn’t want a big party. Wife Majella has revealed she has tried to change his mind and throw a lavish bash but the modest Donegal man doesn’t want to hear of it.Instead Majella has private plans of her own for her man.Majella revealed “Daniel will be 50 in December. He is adamant that he does not want to do anything for his birthday and I can’t change his mind.“So I have told him that the two of us will go away on our own for a couple of days so that I can have him all to myself! “I will take him somewhere really nice and spoil him! That’s the idea anyway. I’ll let you know how it goes,” said Majella.Daniel has just finished starring at the Shore Festival in his native Kincasslagh.Majella says she still finds it hard to believe the lengths fans will go to see Daniel.“The Kincasslagh Festival went very well even though the wearher was awful! It amazes me how people are willing to stand in the rain and wind to see Daniel,” she said.Despite vowing to wind down at the end of this year, Daniel has a hectic schedule next year. He will spend February singing on a cruise ship and then jets off to Australia and New Zealand in March for a month long tour there.EndsDANIEL SLAPS BAN ON ANY BIG PARTY FOR HIS 50TH! was last modified: October 6th, 2011 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:50th birthdaydaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL anti-austerity groups say they will attend a meeting in Dublin next month to ‘fire up’ their campaign against the Government and will run candidates in the local elections next year here.Resentment is the over-riding feeling with people in Donegal who decided that they had no choice but to register for the property tax, says Joe Murphy from Donegal Action Against Austerity.“While huge numbers of people in the county were opposed to the property tax,they lacked the confidence about refusing to pay as a form of protest,” said Mr Murphy. “Once the power of deductions at source was introduced by the government ,and when not enough of a fight -back could be built, a resignation developed amongst people that ”they’ll get it anyway”. There was also widespread belief that huge penalties could be imposed on those who boycotted.“With about 90% registration,it is unlikely that forcible deduction of the tax from wages and welfare will put pressure on the government the way it could ‘ve done if boycott levels had been higher.“We now have the appalling vista of a government that includes a so called Labour Party,forcibly taking this unjust tax out of the pockets of workers, un-employed and pensioners while the country remains a tax haven for corporate giants and billionaires.”Mr Murphy said that the property tax remains a huge political issue. “This is why campaigners in Donegal have attended discussion meetings in Dublin on standing candidates in next year’s local elections,” said the DAAA spokesman.“So far campaign groups across the country including Donegal have agreed to stand candidates in the local elections. Other areas are in discussions about joining, which could see anti-home tax anti-austerity candidates challenge for seats through out the state.“It makes sense that those who fought and protested the tax should now challenge the political parties to abolish it.“Why should the campaign which has done the most to struggle and resist home taxes and austerity stand aside and give a free run to the likes of Fianna Fail and others who have not seriously fought austerity?”The next meeting the activists from Donegal will be attending will be on September the 14th in Dublin.The purpose will be to agree a programme that candidates through out the country will run on. ‘WE’LL RUN CANDIDATES IN LOCAL ELECTIONS’ – DAAA was last modified: August 12th, 2013 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:candidatesDAAADonegal Dailylocal council electionslast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: COAST Guard officers and volunteers have launched a search for a 58-year-old man who has been missing in Malin Head since late last night.The man failed to return to his Volksvagen camper van after going for a walk.The man is described as balding and may have been walking with the aid of a walking stick. Gardai and the Coast Guard are “extremely concerned” for the safety of the man.His vehicle was parked close to the viewing point at Malin Head, a popular tourist attraction, yesterday morning.Conditions in the area last night were reasonable, with some passing showers.A widespread search is now underway. “It is very worrying,” said a Coast Guard spokesman.“We are conducting a search of the area today in a bid to locate this man.” COAST GUARD IN SEARCH FOR MAN MISSING IN MALIN HEAD was last modified: September 14th, 2015 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:Malin HeadMISSING MANsearchlast_img read more

Five keys to 49ers upset at Green Bay

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. — Here are five aspects the 49ers (1-4) must conquer to pull off a Monday night upset of the Green Bay Packers (2-2-1):1. Ball security. What made last Sunday’s home loss to the then-winless Arizona Cardinals so maddening is the manner in which the 49ers gave it away: five turnovers.All blame doesn’t fall on quarterback C.J. Beathard for his two lost fumbles and two interceptions. It takes a clumsy village, and the 49ers must play better around Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury …last_img read more

Best Posts from 2015

first_imgDATING METHODSCarbon-14 Found in Dinosaur Bone (June 18) – 2,522 shares!How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are (April 8)Orbital Ice Age Theory Melts (March 23) DARWINISM AND EVOLUTIONDarwin’s Tree Am-Bushed (Aug 20)Neo-Darwinism Inadequate; Needs “Extension” and “Expansion” (Aug 7)Darwin Plagiarized Patrick Matthew (April 26)Convergent Evolution Widespread at All Scales in Ocean (April 23)Two Billion Years and No Evolution (Feb 4) BOTANYDry Desert Explodes in Color (Nov 2) GENETICSJesus Was Not a Product of Parthenogenesis (Aug 30)Two Mutations Caused Black Death (July 1)Genetic Evolution Falsified (May 22) HUMAN BODY – Anatomy and PhysiologyWere Our Bodies Created for Self-Repair? (Oct 30)Skin Is Repaired by Zipper Mechanism (May 6)Your Body: Design from Head to Toe (April 3)Backward Wiring of Eye Retina Confirmed as Optimal (Feb 27) EDUCATIONMajority of Biology Teachers Hesitant About Evolution (March 10)Bill Nye Admits to Propagating Evolution Via Emotional Stories (Jan 27) EARLY MANAntique Homo Claims Threatened by New Bones (Dec 18)Evaluating Homo naledi (Sept 19)Neanderthal Genes: Evolutionists Surprised at How Wrong They Were (June 24) MICROBIOLOGYMicrobes Are Wired for Communication (Oct 23)Adult Stem Cells Come of Age (Aug 22)Tiny Organisms Control the World (July 19)Antibiotic Resistance Is Ancient (April 18) FOSSILSBreaking: Dino Blood Is Real (Dec 1) – 1,951 shares!Breathtaking Cretaceous Fossil Mammal Preserves Soft Tissue (Oct 15)Experts Misled Public About Yellowstone Fossil Forests (Sept 28)More Dino Blood Found: Evolutionists in Denial (June 9); see also June 10 follow-up article POLITICS AND ETHICSThe Science Axis of Evil (Dec 8)Gender Confusion Is Not Biological (July 27)Science Supports Biblical View of Fathers, Mothers, Kids (June 21)Social Darwinism Is Back (Feb 10)Share this list with friends on social media to show them what they can find on Creation-Evolution Headlines. These 80 or so links are just a sample of the > 330 entries from just this year (2015), and we have more like them going back 15 years. Let them know they can pick a category from the drop-down lists, and instantly find hundreds of articles on that subject in reverse chronological order, or use the Search Bar to find articles on keywords or tags. They can also subscribe to get our monthly newsletter and join the conversation. You can also use our RSS Feed and follow us on Twitter at @crevinfo.We hope you have enjoyed this year of Headlines! In a few days, we continue our lively reporting and “color commentary” for the “news” year 2016. BIOMIMETICS AND INTELLIGENT DESIGNScientific Progress Is Spelled “Bio-Inspiration” (Oct 5)Epigenome Project Finds Symphony in Cells (Feb 21)Animals Come Pre-Equipped With Machinery (Jan 14) PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCEOp-Ed: Time to Ditch Natural Selection? (Oct 3)CRISPR Opens Pandora’s Box (June 5)Big Science in Crisis of Trust (May 3)How to Doubt a Consensus (March 16)Scientific Method Evolves (March 11) PHYSICS AND COSMOLOGYDark Matter Is Lost in Space (Dec 19)Early Massive Galaxies Will Require Theory Overhaul Again (Nov 18)Big Bang Antimatter Problem Deepens (Aug 13); See also Aug 11 entry, Cosmic ConundrumsWhat You’re Not Being Told About Earth’s Magnetic Field (April 18)Double Trouble for Cosmology (Jan 24) ZOOLOGYAnimal Engineers Teach Physics Profs a Thing or Three (Nov 19)Animal Superheros (July 29)Improbable Sailors: Do Animals Raft the Oceans? (April 27)Animal Excellence Exceeds Mere Survival (April 4) MEDIAUncontested Consensus Is Bad for Science (Dec 21)Science Reporters Don’t Even Try to Be Politically Neutral (Aug 16)Science Can Dumb Down, Corrupt, and Mislead the Public for Decades (Feb 13) SOLAR SYSTEMWant Salt on Your Ceres? (Dec 10)Tilted Planets Throw Theories Off Kilter (Nov 30)Cassini Plunges Through Enceladus Geyser, and Other Saturn News (Oct 29)Pluto Shock Rebounds (Oct 13); see also embedded links to earlier entriesMoon Origin Models Require Cheating (June 1)First Rosetta Science Results Are Surprising (Jan 26) GEOLOGYBalanced Rocks Challenge Dating Methods (Aug 26)Instant Islands and Ecology (May 19)Geologists Have Underestimated Catastrophes (April 25)Geology Upset: Wind Carves Canyons Fast (March 19)A Niagara-Class Waterfall in Days (Feb 11)Heart Mountain Slide Levitated on Gas (Jan 28) SETILonely Billionaire Throws $100 Million at SETI (July 22) Here are some of the most significant articles in 2015 on Creation-Evolution Headlines, worth re-reading.These are the 2015 stories judged most interesting by the Editor. Do you have a favorite to add? Let us know and we will add it to the list.ARCHAEOLOGYKing Hezekiah’s Royal Seal Found in Jerusalem (Dec 3)Massive Wall and Gate Found at Goliath’s Hometown (Aug 4)Biblical Name Found on Pottery (June 17)Lost Civilizations: Human History Hidden in Plain Sight (Feb 18) ASTRONOMYAstronomers Lie about Star Formation (June 20)Plentiful Water in the Early Universe, and Other Surprises (May 14)Blow to Supernova Nucleogenesis Theory (Jan 20) THEOLOGYReligion vs Evolution: Which Explains Which? (Oct 11)Did Man Create God, or Vice Versa? (Sept 6)No Scientific Method Can Generate Integrity (July 12)Secular Scientists Rely on Biblical Values (March 29) ORIGIN OF LIFEOrigin of Life for Dummies (Aug 1)Origin of Life Theories Lost in Space (June 2)More Attempts to Explain Chirality (March 17)Chance as Evolution’s God (Feb 10) (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Property Taxes on the Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — The big fight in the Nebraska Legislature this year is over plans to reduce property taxes, which has the state’s farm lobbies pushing lawmakers hard for some relief.Numbers taken from the 2017 Ag Census show Nebraska farmers have more reason to complain about property taxes than farmers in nearby states.Farm income nationally fell between 2012 and 2017, and land values fell in some states during that time. Property taxes nationally for farmers went up $2 billion over that five-year stretch, jumping from $7.4 billion to $9.4 billion. The average property-tax increase nationally was $21.3%. Just one state, Rhode Island, collected less in property tax from farmers and ranchers over that five-year stretch, according to the Census figures.Property taxes paid by farmers are listed among farm production expenses on a major initial data set for the 2017 Ag Census, which USDA released last week.California remains the highest state for taxing farmers’ property. In 2017, the 65,129 ranch and farm operations in California paid $1.126 billion, an average of $17,299 per farm. And California farm property taxes rose $300 million over that five-year span despite losing 6,297 farms. California property taxes paid rose 26.5% from 2012-2017.Nationally, 1.92 million farmers paid $9.4 billion worth of property taxes in 2017, up $2 billion from five years earlier, a 21.3% increase. The average property tax paid by farmers nationally was $4,902 in 2017, compared to $3,752 per farm in 2012.Texas was the second-highest state for property taxes at $698.2 million, a 20.6% hike from 2012. But those property taxes were split among 236,030 total farmers, so the average property tax paid was $2,958 per farm.Nebraska fell in as the third-highest state for property taxes in 2017 with 42,502 farmers paying $686.5 million, a 30.2% hike from 2012. On a per-farm basis, that breaks down to $16,151, second only to California.Nebraska policymakers want to reduce property taxes, but Gov. Pete Ricketts has pushed back against efforts by the nonpartisan unicameral Legislature to offset property-tax cuts with higher sales taxes or other tax hikes. Ricketts has aggressively held public events with various businesses that could be forced to tax their products or services. Farm groups, though, are part of a coalition seeking property-tax relief.“It’s the No. 1 issue in the legislative session,” said John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union. “It’s our organization’s No. 1 issue, and I would say it is the No. 1 issue for most every ag organization I know.”More than 91% of Nebraska’s agricultural property taxes, about $625.7 million, were paid by just under 40% of the state’s larger farm and ranch operations. Those farms each reported paying more than $10,000 in property-tax expenses. The state-level data for each state breaks down farm expenses, including property taxes, into a range of reported levels.South Dakota farmers paid an average of $9,568 per farm in 2017, the third-highest rate in the nation. The 27,308 farmers in 2017 in South Dakota also saw their property taxes increase 24.6% in the five years since the 2012 Ag Census.Kansas farmers saw their property taxes increase 29.7% during that time — the third-highest jump in percentage — as they paid an average of $5,831 in property taxes.Illinois farmers also saw a 25.5% hike in their property taxes from 2012-2017 to an average of $6,379 per farm.Iowa farmers collectively pay the fourth-most property taxes by state at $538.3 million, or an average of $8,589 for the 79,926 farmers on the 2017 Ag Census. Iowa property taxes rose 18.7% over that time.Ohio farmers paid $411.7 million, which comes out to an average of $5,518 per farm. But Ohio farmers saw the largest increase in property taxes by percentage over the five years of the Ag Census. Property taxes for the 74,609 Buckeye farmers rose nearly 43% from 2012.Alaska, Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii and Nevada collected the smallest amount of overall property taxes in the country. According to the Ag Census, Rhode Island was the only state to see a decline in property taxes, collecting 6.7% less from farm operations than 2012. Of the smallest states with farm property taxes, though, Rhode Island government entities collected an average of $7,419 per farm.The 2017 Census of Agriculture: https://www.nass.usda.gov/… Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Centre urges Odisha to use Puri Rath Yatra to carry Swachh Bharat message

first_imgWith Odisha placed at the bottom of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) coverage in the country, the Centre has urged the State government to use the forthcoming Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra festival in Puri as a platform to spread the message on twin-pit toilet access and usage.“Given the slow progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in Odisha, which is our common concern, this could be a significant opportunity to provide much-needed acceleration to the programme,” wrote Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in a letter addressed to Odisha Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi recently.“Utilising the auspicious occasion with the twin-pit toilet usage messaging will go a long way in helping Odisha reach ODF status through behavioural change of millions of rural citizens attending the festivities,” said Mr Iyer. The Ministry suggested the State government declare the 2018 Rath Yatra as the Swachh Rath Yatra. Worst performerOdisha has been the worst performer in executing the SBM in the country. Since October 2, 2014, when the mission was launched, only 38.08 lakh household toilets have been constructed, and IHHL coverage in Odisha has been estimated at 57.82%. Bihar has slightly better coverage than Odisha with 58.9%. As many as 18 States and Union Territories have already achieved 100% coverage. Uttar Pradesh, a bigger State, has achieved 79.14% coverage of households with IHHL.As far as Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages are concerned, Odisha figures among five lowest performing States. Only 23.42% villages in Odisha have qualified for the ODF tag.While neighbouring Chhattisgarh has already achieved the 100% milestone, only two of Odisha’s 30 districts have been been declared ODF.last_img read more