As the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus spreads across Liberia, the Ganta City Authorities, in collaboration of the United Methodist Hospital Administration, have established a special task force to respond to any Ebola cases in Ganta and its environs.The decision to establish the task force was reached last Monday at a meeting held in the office of the City Mayor of Ganta. The meeting was sparked by reports of two cases of Ebola-related deaths. One of which the victims was identified as being Ebola positive.The meeting, which include all zonal heads of Ganta and major stakeholders, agreed to formulate two committees — one on awareness and tracing and the other on resource mobilization.Even though the Ebola outbreak is not as prevalent in Ganta as compared to other places in Liberia, the fear is said to be hampering major activities in the city, where many entertainment centers appeared to be inactive.But surprisingly, one of the clinics in Ganta has been temporarily closed owing to a man who was treated at the clinic but later died. He was considered to be an Ebola patient from Monrovia.The man’s body was taken to the Gompa Funeral Home in Ganta, but was traced by health workers and was removed and immediately buried.The funeral Home and all those working there have been put under quarantine and advised not the leave until after 21 days.The home of the man who died from Ebola has also been quarantined, with community leaders asked to keep watch on the movement of the people living there.City Mayor Dorr Cooper told the Daily Observer, “The awareness and tracing committee has identified and quarantined some people in two critical spots since 28 July, 2014.”The Daily Observer has also established that one factor people are complaining about in dealing with Ebola is the issue of feeding those who will be put under quarantine.“If they say those suspected of having Ebola should move and go anywhere then who will feed them or give them their daily needs?” asked Paul Zorpeawon, a businessman in Ganta.In the response, Mayor Cooper said the committee on resources and mobilization is soliciting resources so as to cater to those who are under quarantine.“We have begun providing food to those under quarantine with the small resources we have, but we need help because don’t what happens next,” he said.At many business places in Ganta beginning 29th July, 2014, buckets of water for hand washing were seen at the entrances, with people taking advantage of putting some of the preventive measures into practice.Meanwhile, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is setting up an Ebola Center in one of its facilities, which was once used to host women with VVF.But the facility is yet to be equipped and staffed, according to Hospital Administrator Victor Taryor, owing lack of money.“We are waiting for the government to come so we can put the place into use at once,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The historic delta smelt decision that now has many California cities, farmers and water agencies in near panic also bears the potential to restore sanity to California on at least two fronts. The ruling will force huge pumps at the south end of the delta formed by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers that now send water south and west year-round to reduce their activity by one-third or more during the spawning season of the rare and endangered 3-inch-long delta smelt. That’s from December to June. By coincidence, that’s also the wettest season of the year, the time when the pumps push the major share of their yearly take of water south to the huge San Juan Reservoir west of Los Banos and other points south and west. San Luis now is barely one-third filled and appears likely to stay well below capacity for years to come. Spawning season is also the time when the rivers and the delta are most likely to cause massive flood damage. The ruling was made in the hope that fewer silver-colored smelt will be sucked into the pumps and killed. But it will unquestionably cause untold millions of gallons of usable fresh water to run out to the San Francisco Bay, where it morphs into brackish salt water. Item No. 1 has got to be constructing something like the Peripheral Canal, which was to be a concrete-lined ditch bringing wet-season water around the delta to reservoirs south of it. This facility must have gates that allow release of water into the delta whenever water quality or fish life is threatened. Item No. 2 will have to be the construction of new reservoirs to handle the presumably increased water supply. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed such new storage, a change from anti-reservoir sentiments that have prevailed in Sacramento since the 1970s. Item No. 3 must be inclusion of strong protections for the wild and currently untapped rivers of Northern California, the Smith, the Eel, the Trinity and the Klamath. Fears they would inevitably be exploited by Southern California led to a near-unanimous Northern California vote against the old canal plan. Says Feinstein, “We know a lot more now than we knew then.” Her irrational opposition to the old canal plan, which did include strong protection for wild rivers, has thus been reversed. Time will soon tell how much company she has. Item No. 4 should be a return to fiscal sanity, a move away from the constant issuing of bonds that now hamstring state budget writers because so much revenue goes to interest payments. Any canal and reservoir project will take years to build. Start financing it now out of the state’s general fund, with legislators committing themselves to allocating a set amount each year for that purpose, and there would be no need for bonds. It’s been both laziness and craziness that put the state into a position where it can possibly be crippled by the draconian ruling of U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger. For 25 years, no one has wanted to touch the Peripheral Canal concept for fear of political radioactivity. No one has had the courage to finance infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis. It’s past time for all this idiocy to end and sane planning for the state’s future to begin. If Wanger’s decision proves to be the necessary spur driving such change, then it may yet turn out to be constructive. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The panic this spurs comes because water from the delta serves 400 water agencies and even more cities and counties. There has been some snickering over all this in Northern California because of a sense that Southern California regularly “steals” northern water and a smug feeling that no water shortage will much affect anyone in the north. Wrong. If there’s mandatory rationing in Southern California cities and counties, the same will be true for all Santa Clara County (including Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Los Altos and many more cities) and East Bay cities like Livermore, Pleasanton, Danville and Dublin. If a significant drought should follow, agencies like the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will no longer have sufficient supplies to run water through a pipeline across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to bail out parched Marin County, as it did during dry spells in the 1980s and ’90s. And if farmers in the Central Valley who depend on the water even more than any cities and counties are forced to fallow fields, everyone in California and the entire nation will pay far higher prices for all manner of fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat. Which is why Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, once a prime opponent of the Peripheral Canal project, proposed in the early 1980s, is dead-on correct when she says, “Whatever we do, we have to do it together. The delta is critical for everyone in California.” There is plenty the state can do to ensure it has copious water for many years to come without any environmental depredation. But doing any of it will require a return to sanity, stepping away from some crazy prejudices and practices of the recent past.
“Nobody was screening and nobody was passing,” Smith said. “We just dribbled it around and never got in our offense. When you do that, you have no chance of winning.” Russell Robinson added 12 points and C.J. Giles added 10 for Kansas, which won its sixth straight, broke Kentucky’s four-game winning streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in three tries this season. The Jayhawks led 41-19 at halftime behind 16 points from Rush, and were up by as many as 32 points in the second half. Kentucky missed 17 of its first 20 shots, going 0 for 7 from outside the arc over that span, and didn’t break into double digits until Joe Crawford connected from the lane with just over 6 minutes left in the first half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Freshman Brandon Rush had career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double for Kansas (9-4). “I’ve been real guilty of laying back, taking days off and not playing to the best of my abilities,” Rush said. “This was a big game for us, so I had to turn it on.” It was the lowest-scoring game for Kentucky (10-4) since a 46-45 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 16, 2000. The Wildcats’ only other loss of more than 20 points under Smith came earlier this season, a 79-53 defeat at Indiana on Dec. 10. The Wildcats were 15 for 62 from the field on Saturday, missing their first 13 shots from long range and not recording an assist until Rajan Rondo fed Moss for Kentucky’s first 3-pointer with 14:20 left in the game. They finished with five assists, three by Rondo. This time, the Wildcats left town on the short end of the biggest defeat in Tubby Smith’s nine seasons as coach – a 73-46 loss in which they shot just 24 percent from the field and didn’t have an assist until the second half. “We just got outworked today,” guard Ravi Moss said. “We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see if we have any heart. They beat us to loose balls. They were tougher than we were today.” LAWRENCE, Kan. – It might be another 16 seasons before Kentucky comes back to Allen Fieldhouse. Before Saturday, the Wildcats hadn’t visited Lawrence since getting blown out 150-95 on Dec. 9, 1989 – still a school scoring record for the Jayhawks and the second-worst loss in Kentucky’s history.