Cremation of Ebola Victims Commences in Marshall

first_imgAmidst the social rancor and mixed feelings unfolding in Liberia as a result of the burial of Ebola-infected bodies in or near communities, nerve-racked residents of Boys’ Town Junction in Margibi County have confirmed that there have been at least two nightly cremations so far of dead bodies believed to be the remains of victims of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Making the disclosure to the Daily Observer earlier this week, the residents said the first batch of dead bodies, totaling 12, were cremated at about 9 p.m., August 3, while the second batch, totaling eight, were cremated at about the same time on August 4, 2014.Describing the atmosphere under which the dead bodies are being cremated, a resident, Moses Dayuegar, said on Sunday, August 3, a team of security personnel including, police officers and Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) personnel, accompanied by  health authorities and some government  officials, escorted the first batch of deceased to be cremated.Dayuegar said he and some members of the community were hired to assist the team in cremating the dead. The community assistant team basically helped to scatter the wood over the dead bodies in preparation for cremation.Describing the scene, Dayuegar explained that all of the dead bodies were sealed up, and all members of the team were dressed in protective gear. He added that all of the community members who were hired to assist the team were also given protective gear.  “After the corpses were set on the pyre with wood, a butter-like substance and gasoline were poured on the corpses and set on fire,” Dayuegar divulged. “All of the protective gear were thrown in the fire to be burnt along with the dead bodies.”The cremations were carried out at a crematorium managed by Honorary Consul General of India, located one mile off the Robertsfield Highway leading towards Marshall. The crematorium was established in 1986 to facilitate the effective disposal of the bodies of Indian nationals and other people who see cremation as a preferable way to dispose of dead bodies.oThe area in which the Crematorium is located is fast being engulfed by residential homes. There is visible fear on the part of residents, who are apprehensive about the cremation of Ebola victims in their community.A resident who requested anonymity complained that the team disposing of the dead bodies descended on their community to cremate the bodies without first sensitizing the residents.  He said when they accosted the team, they were told that the team would return at a later date to discuss the issue with them. “We are still waiting to have that vital conversation, which would help allay the fears of the community members,” he said.Rico Harvey, a youth leader on the Boys’ Town road, echoed the sentiment that the government should sensitize the locals properly prior to cremating the Ebola victims in their neighborhood. He was worried that owing to the high level of illiteracy in the area, the locals are now fraught with phobia and are harboring the notion that the cremation exercise could pose a health risk for them.Efforts to have the Honorary Consul of India accredited near Monrovia comment on the matter did not materialize, as the voice at the other end of the phone said the Consul General was out of the country.However, it can be recalled that last Thursday, July 31, the Indian Community offered the Liberian Government its crematorium for the cremation of all corpses of victims of the Ebola Virus Disease.The Indians’ overture came on the heels of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s announcement to the nation on Wednesday, July 30, indicating that the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies are to consider the cremation of all victims of the deadly virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Government and EU must deliver aid package immediately to beef farmers – McConalogue

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TD has called on the government to take positive action to support the argi-sector as the crisis in the industry continues.The Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture explained, “The beef sector and suckler farmers are at their wit’s end. With prices on the floor and potential armageddon starring them in the face from a no deal Brexit, the government must immediately take swift action to safeguard the sector.“Fianna Fáil successfully passed a private members’ motion with 14 policy actions in the Dáil last month to highlight the urgent actions needed to safeguard the livelihoods of farmers’ in the beef sector. “This included immediately requesting Brexit mitigation funding for farmers, specifically exceptional and market disturbance aid for beef and other vulnerable sectors under CAP’s Common Market Organisation Regulation.”He added that beef farmers have incurred severe losses since last Autumn and require direct EU and State assistance now.The IFA has estimated that beef farmers have already incurred price losses approaching over €100 million as the impact of Brexit has hit.“Any such compensation scheme should include all finished animals including dry cows. It is important to include all parts of the finishing sector to any such scheme in order to restore confidence to the market. “The government cannot continue to ignore farmers in every village and town across the country. They are crying out for supports and they must be provided with such supports,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Government and EU must deliver aid package immediately to beef farmers – McConalogue was last modified: April 30th, 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:beefCharlie McConaloguedonegalfarmerslast_img read more

Tune in for first live streaming of prestigious Tip O’Neill Awards

first_imgThe prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony will be streamed live for the first time this Friday 27 September at 7.30pm on the Donegal County Council website www.donegalcoco.ie.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Chair of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Committee believes that this will open up the event to a wider global audience.“We are delighted to be live streaming the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards ceremony from the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana allowing us to bring what is always a very special event to a wider audience” says Cllr. Crossan. “This means that family and friends of the recipients who don’t have the opportunity of travelling to Donegal for the event will be able to see the recipients being honoured for their outstanding achievements and in particular for their support of the diaspora.“It also means that Donegal people and those with a love of Donegal located all over the world will be able to tune in and join us for an evening that celebrates and remembers one of the county’s most illustrious sons the late Tip O’Neill.”The four notable members of the diaspora that are set to be honoured at this year’s award ceremony are author and playwright Frank McGuinness; Dublin based businessman Pat Doherty; US based attorney Patrick C. Dunican Jr, and; US based businessman Daniel J. Hilferty.  On Thursday 26 September, each recipient will share their own life story during a special event with Professor Paul Moore at Ulster University, Magee. The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards were first hosted in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Inishowen in Co. Donegal and have become a cornerstone of the work of the Donegal Diaspora initiative as it continues to reach out across the globe to all those with a connection to Donegal.Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development with Donegal County Council explains that “this year will see the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards kickstarting an exciting 10 day celebration of all things Donegal through the new Donegal Connect initiative.  These events will be showcasing Donegal as a great place to visit, to live in, to work in and to invest in.”For more on the Tip O’ Neill Awards weekend including the Tip O’Neill Golf Challenge on Saturday September 28th at Ballyliffin Golf Course and the packed programme for Donegal Connect check out www.donegalconnect.com .Tune in for first live streaming of prestigious Tip O’Neill Awards was last modified: September 25th, 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:councildonegallive-streamingTip O’Neilllast_img read more

The Chelsea v Liverpool quiz

first_imgStamford Bridge hosts a big Premier League game on Sunday, with Chelsea taking on Liverpool. Get your thinking cap on and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-56]  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Deconstructing Darwinese:  Delighting in Ignorance

first_imgWhen is ignorance a good thing?  When is confidence in one’s answers a bad thing?  One science writer expressed his desire for mystery over explanation – as long as the mysterious allowed room for lucky breaks without design.    Science writer Ben Shaberman got to share his views on the last page of the April 2007 issue of Sky and Telescope: “Knowledge can be enlightening, but so can mystery.”  He first described his rapture at hearing Adam Reiss speak about dark energy and multiverses.  Then he described those who disagree with the vision:Those who profess creationism or “intelligent design” think they have the answer to why things in the universe work out so well.  But for those seeking a scientific explanation, the anthropic principle offers another possibility.  It suggests that we simply got lucky: there have been a zillion Big Bangs, and the one that created our universe just happened to work out.  In other words, we hit the cosmic jackpot.  The idea has both its supporters and critics, and it’s utterly fascinating.Fascinating indeed.  Imagine winning the universal lottery without spending any money on tickets.  Ben went on to praise the glories of the unknown, the mysterious, the uncertain: “At a time when politicians and the media espouse so much certainty about virtually everything, it was refreshing to hear an intelligent and levelheaded guy acknowledge all the stuff that baffles us.”Darwinese is more than just a language foreign to the majority of people who live by common sense and know an intelligent cause when they see it.  No, Darwinese is a complete communication system that includes a set of protocols.  One requirement is the secret handshake.  This is the motion of sweeping away creationism with a wipe of the hand, and putting “intelligent design” in scare quotes.  In evolutionary parlance, it is taboo to actually consider the arguments of these dimwits.  The structure of Darwinese, as in 1984, actually inhibits formulating thoughts contrary to Darwinese protocol.  Whatever celebrates Darwinian ideas is goodthink; whatever attributes validity to intelligent design is crimethink.  The syntax and semantics force thoughts into naturalistic molds – except when Christian terms are borrowed temporarily to get around difficulties (e.g., 07/15/2005).    A second requirement is to reinforce the false dichotomy between design/creationist views and “scientific explanation.”  The word science must never be used in the same sentence with intelligent design.  It is a word reserved strictly for Darwinian materialists, even when the context appeals to mystery, the unknown and the unknowable.  Claiming to know the answer is design, and being able to prove it, spoils all the fun of remaining ignorant.  He said, “That hour-long lunch helped me appreciate the beauty of the mysterious world we live in.”    A third requirement in Darwinese is to pretend to be honestly curious and to demean certainty while actually maintaining a dogmatic position.  To prove that Shaberman is an accomplished Darwinese speaker, ask him if evolutionary theory itself is up for debate.  Imagine what would happen if an interlocutor were to argue that invocations to unknowable Big Bangs and multiverses constitutes a tacit appeal to the supernatural.  The Darwinese protocol in such instances is to chant Evolution is science!  Creation is religion! as long as necessary to get the interlocutor to leave.  News reporters watching on the sidelines will promptly report that the Darwinese speaker achieved a great victory against ignorance and superstition.    A feeling of awe and wonder at things too big to be understood does have its share of euphoria.  Mystery can spur one on to seek an explanation.  In that sense, it can be a good thing.  But mystery is not an end in itself, lest it become a mystery religion.  Shaberman just preached a little sermon for the Cult of Lady Luck, one of the denominations of Charlianity.  Darwin would be pleased to know that his doctrine of contingency has been extrapolated all the way back into prior worlds of the imagination.  This completes his systematic theology: ultimate origins, the present, and ultimate destiny.  He is gratified that his completed system produces such warm feelings in the hearts of his disciples.  Now that he controls the Ministry of Truth, having ruled all competing ideas out of bounds, he happily pays out his lottery winners in monopoly money.  Whatever keeps his devotees hooked enraptured in the realms of eternal ignorance is not too high a price to pay.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Does Evolution Need a Helping Hand?

first_imgNew Scientist didn’t think about that question, because reporter Ewen Galloway he said, “If humans want to persuade microbes to produce vast quantities of fuels or pharmaceuticals, we may need to give evolution a helping hand.”    His article was about researchers at Harvard Medical School using computers to do “rapid evolution.”  How this can be called evolution is strange when they spent 20 years and hundreds of millions of dollars on a rapid genome-sequencing technique called MAGE – “multiplex automated genome engineering.”  One would think any engineers would like to hear that their work was intelligently designed, but then if an intelligent designer oversaw their evolution, would not the NCSE complain?  Anyway, they can “create hundreds or thousands of mutations in a few days” and search through them for variations that increase the production of desirable substances.    Presumably they use the term evolution because it has something to do with mutations and selection.  But the selectors are humans who have an outcome in mind, even if they don’t know the way to get there except through a speeded-up random search.  “There might be cells out there that may have these properties, but what we’re trying to do is accelerate this process to find the specific traits we’re interested in,” a team member explained. Folks, we’re not laughing loud enough yet.  They still say these things in public.  Enough laughter should make it dawn on them that these silly statements are self-refuting nonsense.  It is not a loving thing to leave them clueless.  So show them some tough love: laugh loud and long.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA ‘ready to send more artillery to DRC’

first_img30 August 2013 The South African National Defence (SANDF) says it is prepared to send more artillery to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should the United Nations request it. Briefing reporters in Pretoria on Friday on the deployment of South African troops in the DRC, SANDF joint operations chief Lietenant-General Derrick Mgwebi said the UN had yet to sign the documents for the additional weaponry to be sent to the DRC. “We have said to them we are ready and this is what it is going to mean to you [financially] as the UN, the rates. The ball is in their court, not in South Africa’s,” Mgwebi said, adding that the United Nations was in charge of the operation. Last week, President Jacob Zuma informed Parliament of the deployment of 1 345 SANDF troops in the DRC as part of a UN mission in that country. According to the Presidency, the deployment was in line with South Africa’s obligations to the United Nations. The SANDF has been involved in the UN peace-keeping mission in the DRC since 1999. The initial directive from the UN was that the SANDF would help to protect civilians, assets and facilities, as well as provide training. Mgwebi said that nine soldiers that are part of this mission had sustained injuries in clashes this week, and that one soldier, from Tanzania, had died in hospital. Of the injured, three South African soldiers had sustained minor injuries. “The families of the soldiers have been informed … and they understand the situation,” Mgwebi said, adding that the soldiers had been given the opportunity to speak to their families. Mgwebi said the SANDF soldiers in the DRC were well-equipped. Last week, Zuma said: “Our soldiers are doing exceptionally well on the continent. We congratulate them and assure them of the support of their compatriots as they continue to contribute to the building of a better Africa, as a force for peace. “We are very proud of them and their contribution to African renewal and development.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more