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Disco Hill Ebola Burial Site Running Out of Space?

first_imgThe Ebola burial site at Disco Hill Once a burial ground for Ebola victims, the cemetery is now receiving unclaimed bodies those dead from non-infectious causes The memorial burial site of victims of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which is now also accommodating other dead bodies from Montserrado and Margibi counties, may soon degrade to the ranks of the Palm Grove Cemetery if caretakers and basic logistics are not given the needed attention.Unlike any other grave site in the country the Disco Hill burial site, situated along the Robert field highway, and which is now a national cemetery, was for a few years back graded by all of its visitors during the commemoration of national decoration day as the one of the best cemeteries in the country.Nowadays, the membership of the caretakers of the site has drastically declined due to lack of compensation from government in order to keep them at the site which is, unarguably a tourism site.In his narration of the challenges on the grounds of the cemetery, the head of the caretakers, Kortoson M. Pellewuwan said the site is growing short of space for burial.The tomb bearing some of the ashes of those who died as a result of contracting the EVD in 2014/2015“Out of the five acres received from the people of Margibi since 2014, only two acres are now available. And this is worrisome because lots of dead bodies are transported here frequently for burial,” Pellewuwan said.He said street bodies and those whose families or relatives do not have the means to give them befitting burials at other cemeteries due to lack of money are transported to the site for burial.“We do not refuse them. All we do is to verify that they are truly less fortunate people or are from charity organizations like Black Gate (HIV-AIDS compound), TB Annex as well as criminals who are murdered by mob justice,” he added.About the manpower catering to the site, he said they were twenty six between 2014 and 2015, but now they are only four actively involved with the care of the area.“We were twenty six but due to the lack of incentives from government, majority of the workers here have left. Our number reduced to eight but even at that, government has not been able to look after us,” he said, adding, “Even the four of us who are still keeping up this place are not well taken care of. I am the only one, in fact, on a regular stipend.”He said for seven months now the other three members of his team have not received any stipend and they may soon leave as others have done.“The thing that should be appreciated here is that, on Decoration Day, no one comes here to clean a grave but lays his or her flowers and wreaths on the grave of his or her loved one(s). We do everything. Is this not a good thing?” he rhetorically asked.Gaezohn Clarke, a resident of the ELWA community whose mother was buried at the site right after the EVD in 2015, said even though his mother did not die of Ebola, he saw it befitting to bury her at the Disco Hill EVD burial site.“Even though it is sad to lose loved ones, giving one’s loved one a befitting burial, particularly in a secure environment, is a very great achievement,” Clarke said.He said unlike other cemeteries which were encroached on over time by hard-core criminals, the Disco Hill burial site is secure and always clean.“Things are no longer as they used to be here. We are seeing lots of challenges such as lack of proper care of the site,” he said.Rep. Tilberosa Tarponweh pays his tribute to the deceased at the Disco Hill Ebola Virus Disease’s Victims’ burial siteMargibi Electoral District #1, Tilberosa Tarponweh said he is moved annually to visit only the Disco Hill burial site, not because of political reason, but for love of the people who became victims by the deadly EVD.“Whenever I come here I am overwhelmed by emotions from many people who visit this place on Decoration Day. I personal share tears imagining the way our people lost their lives in 2014 and 2015,” Tarponweh said.He said prior to the ashes and bones’ being taken to the Disco Hill burial site, the cremation of Ebola victims was done in his neighborhood of Boys Town.“I have a picture of the impact of the EVD in my mind, because I was here. I saw the many tears people shared for their loved ones, who lost their lives to the EVD. We all have to remember the effects of the EVD and learn never to fall prey to it anymore,” he admonished.Rep. Tarponweh said his office will work alongside all the relevant partners, including the National Public Health Heath Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), the ministries of Health and Internal Affairs to give the Disco Hill burial site a national memorial tourism status.“For the sanity of this place, it is my kind appeal that those taking care of this place be compensated. We should not afford to lose this place to bush and other harmful practices,” he concluded.NPHIL Executive, Tolbert Nyenswah said the caretaker of the site; Kortoson Pellewuwan is right for saying that there are challenges confronting the upkeep of the site.Nyenswah however pointed out that there is no need for the site to have too many staff, considering that there is no more national emergency.“That place is not intended for the burial of just any kind of dead bodies. After the EVD, the only bodies that should buried there are those from TB Annex, and other areas where contagious diseases have hit a population. Other than those, no one is allowed to take a dead body there for burial on the basis of poverty,” he said, adding that the NPHIL will investigate all burials done at the site in recent times.Dr. Nyenswah said the NPHIL is working out a project proposal in order to make the Disco Hill burial site a tourism site.“We need money to get that place up to a tourism standard,” he said.Nyenswah said the NPHIL is pleased that high profile individuals from Liberia and other parts of the world are now taking interest in visiting the Disco Hill burial site for research purposes, basically on the impact the EVD has created on the country and recommendations to the government for a prosperous future.On Wednesday, March 13 this year, Madam Ronke Olawale, a PhD candidate in social work and anthropology at the Michigan University (USA), paid a research visit to the burial site to study the impact of EVD on the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cathal Ó Searcaigh launches four new books in Gortahork – Pic Special

first_imgCathal Ó Searcaigh’s book launch took place on Saturday night along with guests in his home town of Gortahork.The author showcased four new books, inclduing Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House,  and The View from the Glen.Several of Ó Searcaigh’s books have been nominated for An Post’s ‘Book of the Year’ award recently and has been book of the month for various Irish language groups. These essays document the tiny details and intimate spaces of his beloved corner of Donegal and moves into the wider world of dancing with Irish music lovers in Milwaukie and navigating the bustling streets of New Delhi.On the night, recitals took place by Ó Searcaigh and poet and translator Paddy Bushe, while singing was provided by Diane Ní Chanainn and Brian (Danny Minnie) Ó Domhnaill.Refreshments were also served at the free event.Clive Wasson attended the event and captured some of the best moments of the night below. at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonCathal Ó Searcaigh speaking at his book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonSome of the large crowd at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonCathal Ó Searcaigh speaking at his book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonCathal Ó Searcaigh and Lillis O’Laoire at his book launch inGortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonUna Campbell with Cathal Ó Searcaigh at his book launch in Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonBrían O’Domhnaill, Brian Lacey and Manus Kelly at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonRoise, Murray and Hamish Learmount at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonMary Cassidy and Eithe Ní Gallchobhair at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonRomain Becker, Máirín De Buitlatéir and Edna Groves the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonSibylle Stegerhoey and Stephen Stegerhoey at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonFr. Sean Gallagher with Cathal Ó Searcaigh at his book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonElaine Devine and Anne McClaffferty at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonJacob Agee, Paddy Bushe, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Chris Agee and Seosamh Mac Murí at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonJacob Agee, Paddy Bushe, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Chris Agee and Seosamh Mac Murí at the Cathal Ó Searcaigh book launch in his home town of Gortahork four books were launched Crann na Teanga – The Language Tree, Teach an Gheafta – Gate House, Teanga na gCorr – The Language of the Cranes and The View from the Glen. Photo Clive WassonCathal Ó Searcaigh launches four new books in Gortahork – Pic Special was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Cathal O Searcaighgortahorklast_img read more

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Pacquiao: Review fight

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pacquiao had a rematch clause in the contract, meaning the 38-year-old Filipino could negotiate to fight Horn again before the end of the year.Horn won the majority of the early rounds on all judge’s cards, but Pacquaio rallied and had opportunities to end the fight in the 9th when he had the Australian schoolteacher wobbling and on the ropes. Horn recovered and won the next round, setting up a battle of attrition in the two closing rounds. —APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img 9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs Canada Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 11-time world champion cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board, or GAB, to World Boxing Organization president Francisco Valcarcel for a thorough review of the refereeing and judging of the bout, which was staged outdoors in front of more than 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.The WBO should take action on the Philippine request “so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said. “I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter, I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I love boxing and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said.In their July 3 letter to Valcarcel, GAB officials expressed concerns about “the possible errors of the referee and the three judges who officiated the subject fight.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We … request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity,” the statement said.Pacquiao’s trainers were critical of the referee for not doing more to stop or penalize head clashes and neck holds. They highlighted statistics that showed Pacquiao, who needed stitches to two cuts in his hairline that resulted from head clashes, landed twice as many punches.Commentators from ESPN, which broadcast the fight live in the US, were among the most vocal critics of the outcome.All three judges awarded it to Horn, with American Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 score attracting most of the criticism. US judge Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina each scored it much closer at 115-113.Top Rank promotor Bob Arum said it was a “close fight. It could have gone either way.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao asked the WBO to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating.”While Pacquiao has accepted his defeat to Horn, who fought in his first world title bout in Sunday’s so-called “Battle of Brisbane,” the Philippine senator said in a statement Wednesday he had a “moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Cook, Bell guide England into commanding position

first_imgAlastair Cook continued to plunder the Australian bowling on Wednesday, becoming the most prolific English run scorer in an Ashes series in eight decades and guiding the visitors into a series-winning position in the fifth Test.Alastair Cook after his century in Sydney. AP PhotoThe 26-year-old opener scored 189 and shared a 154-run sixth-wicket partnership with Ian Bell, who survived a dropped catch and a controversial umpire overrule before notching his first Test century against Australia and helping England reach 488-7 at stumps on the third day, a first-innings lead of 288.England have an unbeatable 2-1 lead and needs only a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground to claim its first Test series victory in Australia since 1987.Cook had some contentious moments on 46 and 99, both against left-arm spinner Michael Beer, but passed 5,000 career runs and lifted his series tally to 776 runs at an average of 127 with another commanding innings.The 26-year-old Cook scored an unbeaten 235 in the first Test and has only been out five times in the series. He surpassed Herbert Sutcliffe – who scored 734 in the 1924-25 series in Australia – as England’s second-highest scorer in an Ashes series. Only the great Wally Hammond has scored more for England in a series, accumulating 905 in 1928-29 at average of 113.Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman holds the record with his 974 runs in 1930 series in England.Cook was out soon after the tea interval, caught by Mike Hussey off Shane Watson’s bowling to make the England total 380-6.Bell continued to score his maiden century in Australia, but it will remain contentious. He challenged umpire Aleem Dar’s decision when he was caught behind on 67 off Watson’s bowling. The TV umpire Tony Hill ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence that Bell got an edge on a Shane Watson ball that went between bat and bad. But later television technology indicated Bell did snick the ball and Dar’s decision should have stood.advertisementThe English No. 6 was also dropped on 84 when legspinner Steven Smith put down a regulation return catch.Still, after 11 half centuries against Australia, he finally reached three figures. He was caught by Michael Clarke at second slip to give Mitchell Johnson a third wicket six minutes before stumps was called due to bad light.Bell shared century stands with Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who hit a classic straight six and five boundaries as he raised 50 from 54 balls. He was not out on 54 when play was stopped six overs before the scheduled close.Cook’s innings wasn’t without its anxious moments.He was four runs short of a half century when he appeared to be caught out off Beer’s bowling late on the second day, only for umpire Billy Bowden to refer the decision to the TV umpire, suspecting a no-ball. The third umpire confirmed Beer had overstepped the crease.On 99, Cook clipped a Beer delivery to bat-pad, where Phil Hughes claimed a catch at ground level. But Cook stood his ground despite loud and sustained appeals from the Australians, and got the benefit of the doubt when video replays seemed to show the ball touching the grass millimeters before Hughes got his fingers under it.But otherwise, his eight-hour, 342-ball innings was full of confident, well executed strokes and contained 16 boundaries.England resumed on Wednesday at 167 for three in reply to Australia’s 280 and only lost four wickets in three sessions, including night watchman Jimmy Anderson – bowled by Peter Siddle for seven – and Paul Collingwood – caught for 13 stepping down the wicket to Beer in the morning.last_img read more

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Google workers are holding a sitin May 1 to protest alleged retaliation

first_img Share your voice 10 Tech Industry Google declined to comment on the sit-in, but pointed to a previous statement. “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy,” the spokeswoman said. “To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”In Silicon Valley, Google workers have become the poster children for protest in the tech industry. In the past, they’ve rebelled against the company’s work in China, military contracts, and treatment of contract workers. The date of the sit-in is also May Day, an international day honoring workers.The announcement comes after Google employees last week held a town hall meeting focused on the alleged retaliation. Two walkout organizers in particular said they’ve been unfairly targeted by the company. One organizer, Meredith Whittaker, who leads Google’s Open Research program, said earlier this week that she was asked to choose between Google and her outside work. Whittaker co-founded New York University’s AI Now Institute, a research center that examines the societal effects of artificial intelligence. Whittaker said Google asked her to give up that work after the company disbanded its own AI ethics board last month amid controversy over one of its members.Claire Stapleton, a marketing manager at Google-owned YouTube, said she was told after the walkout she’d be demoted and lose half of her reports. She said she was also told to go on medical leave even though she wasn’t sick. Google only walked back her demotion after she hired a lawyer, Stapleton said.At the meeting, organizers at the company gathered hundreds of stories from workers who said they’ve faced retaliation from Google for speaking out against workplace misconduct.  On Monday, walkout organizers shared some of those stories. One worker said they reported their tech lead to their manager for sexual harassment, but the manager said the person was “overreacting.” “No additional actions were taken,” that person said. “They both still work at Google.”After the town hall meeting last week, which was streamed in company offices all over the world, Google employees said there was more action coming. “The support was overwhelming,” one employee who attended told CNET. “It looks like the company’s misguided gamble to cut off the ‘head’ of the organizing against harassment, discrimination and unethical decision-making won’t work.” From being told to go on sick leave when you’re not sick, to having your reports taken away, we’re sick of retaliation. Six months ago, we walked out. This time, we’re sitting in. 11am tomorrow. #NotOkGoogle #GoogleWalkout pic.twitter.com/GCq0x1O8cZ— Google Walkout For Real Change (@GoogleWalkout) April 30, 2019 Comments Tags Google Alphabet Inc. Google workers walked out of their offices for a protest Nov. 1. James Martin/CNET Google workers are staging a sit-in Wednesday to protest alleged retaliation from management toward employee organizers at the company. The demonstration, which will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday, will be six months to the day of last year’s historic walkout, in which 20,000 Google workers left their offices to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations directed at key executives. “From being told to go on sick leave when you’re not sick, to having your reports taken away, we’re sick of retaliation,” the Google walkout organizers tweeted. “Six months ago, we walked out. This time, we’re sitting in.”last_img read more

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Get Fluent in Tableau with This 12 Training Bundle

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. December 27, 2018 A recent survey revealed that data scientists spend about 80 percent of their time on data prep, the same task three out of four respondents cited as the most boring part of their gig. Sounds like the “sexiest job of the 21st century” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.Nevertheless, helping professionals get through the oft-complex and tedious process of poring over data is the reason why Tableau exists. Founded in 2003, the Seattle-based software company streamlines the task of data analysis with a user-friendly platform that creates clean, interactive visualizations within seconds. Featuring a speedy drag-and-drop format and flexible sharing options, Tableau is simple enough to use within a small company lacking an entire data viz department, yet it packs enough power to handle even the largest organizations’ projects. And not only that, but its charts, maps, and graphs are useful in a variety of industries, from media to hospitality to retail to finance—heck, even Chipotle is using Tableau.Get a leg up in this unparalleled tool spanning fields, business structures, and applications by enrolling in the Complete Tableau 10 Data Science Bundle, a five-part education on the data viz software’s latest edition that just went on sale in the Entrepreneur Store. Included are the following courses:Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Solutions: Vol. 1 (a $124.99 value)Find out how to get started with Tableau 10 via this 32-lecture class, which will show you how the software can be used to turn information into actionable insights in the forms of KPI text tables, waterfall charts, population pyramids, and other visuals.Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Solutions: Vol. 2 (a $124.99 value)Build upon the previous course with two hours of training on how to refine your data into interactive dashboards and story points with Tableau 10.Mastering Tableau 10 (a $94.99 value)Spanning five hours, this foundational course will show you how to use Tableau to solve complicated queries visually and utilize its new Data Prep features.Tableau For Absolute Beginners (a $79 value)Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Zip through this two-hour class covering Tableau installation, dashboards, and other must-know basics. Tableau 10 Desktop Training (a $199.99 value)Get hands-on experience in data viz with 72 lessons on Tableau’s Desktop software, in which you’ll transform downloadable practice datasets into charts, maps, and more.Lifetime access to the Complete Tableau 10 Data Science Bundle is normally offered to Entrepreneur readers for the discounted price of $19 (a $623.96 value), but if you act now, you can enroll today for only $12—a huge savings of 98 percent.last_img read more