IMS Investigates Source of New Ebola Infection

first_imgThe Incident Management System (IMS) has launched an investigation to establish the source of the new confirmed Ebola case in Liberia.Speaking Friday, Dr. Francis Kateh, the Acting Head of the IMS, confirmed the report of the new case.“It is confirmed; we have got the first test and it is positive,” Dr. Kateh stated. With that announcement, the news of the new Ebola case spread like wild fire across Monrovia and the rest of the country.In a phone conversation with our Health Correspondent on Saturday, Dr. Kateh said the IMS investigators were doing everything to get to the source of the infection, which he stated is still a “mystery” to them based on what the 44-year-old infected lady has told them so far.He stated that there were many here-says and they were doing everything to connect the dots to find the source of the infection and to ensure that no one who came in contact with the lady goes into hiding.The 44-year-old lady (name not given), who was taken from her Caldwell residence in Monrovia, is now being treated at one of the Ebola treatment units in Monrovia. There are 19 ETU’s around the country now empty of their intended occupants, but for this latest case.The infected lady reportedly told the IMS investigators that she sells “cold bowl” in Caldwell. Cold bowl shop is a widespread, low class form of restaurant where most ordinary Liberians eat. These shops only deal in local dishes and while the food is tasty, the service and utensils are often not sanitary. Contact tracers have the challenge of finding the customers she served since becoming infected.This newspaper was told that the lady’s entire household has been quarantined. One other complication the investigators are now faced with is finding the motorbike rider who took her from Caldwell and dropped her off at the Redemption Hospital on Thursday.The news of the new Ebola case emerged after the country had gone nearly 30 days without a confirmed case. The IMS is not taking this single case lightly as one confirmed case is enough to create an epidemic.Liberians have been anxiously hoping to get past the 42 straight days without a new case of Ebola in order for the country to be declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO).April 14 was the day set by GOL’s Incident Management System (IMS), which manages the nation’s Ebola crisis, as the day the “straight 42 days” would have been accomplished for the global health organization to declare the nation free of the disease. At least 16 days had gone into WHO’s counting standard after the last test of the last confirmed patients had proven negative.Forty-two days are two incubation periods for the virus. It manifests itself within a patient in two to 21 days. If it does not show itself within 42 days, then WHO can declare that region or country Ebola free.Unfortunately, with this latest news about the new confirmed case, which was reported on Friday, March 20, the hopes of Liberians to start afresh and leave Ebola worries behind have been frustrated as fear and apprehension set in that the horrendous crisis just ending may be returning.A few days after the “last known confirmed case” was discharged from the Chinese ETU in Monrovia on March 5, most Liberians began returning to their “normal way of Life”, including shaking hands as a form of greeting. The hand washing buckets now famously referred to as “Ebola buckets” have disappeared from most homes, obviously too early.In spite of the repeated warnings against complacency by health authorities, GOL and their international partners, people had begun to let down their guard, crowding up again at entertainment spots and ignoring preventive measures.  Both tertiary and lower academic institutions of learning have also reopened with some not adequately equipped with anti-Ebola supplies or other basic sanitary facilities. Unless Liberians and all stake holders tighten up compliance with the preventive measures and succeed in containing this latest case, our worst fears of a new outbreak may be confirmed.As at March 18, according to the WHO, at least 4,264 persons have died in Liberia from the deadly virus which has also infected 9526 persons in 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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Durant, Thompson Lead Warriors to a 2-0 Series Lead on Spurs

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile.The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP’s absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs.Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.As Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the Warriors used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series.“No one can make up Steph’s contributions individually,” Thompson said. “That’s got to be done as a team and even then it’s hard with the way he can shoot the ball.”Thompson has found his touch after missing two weeks in March with a broken right thumb.He followed up his brilliant 11-for-13 shooting day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Saturday by hitting 12 of 20 shots. Durant also had six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who went without key backup big man David West down the stretch after he sprained his left ankle early in the fourth.Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) drives the ball away from San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, right, during the first quarter in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Coach Steve Kerr stuck with JaVale McGee as his starting center and the 7-footer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds as the well-rounded defending champions again showed off their remarkable depth.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs despite facing double-teams and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.Thompson managed just three shots in the first quarter and began 1 for 5. He pounded the basketball down with two hands, frustrated, midway through the second quarter. Then he found his groove.“He hit some tough shots off one leg and you know had some opportunity bounces,” Aldridge said. “That’s why they are who they are. They made tough shots. KD made tough shots.”A baseline 3 with 55.9 seconds left before halftime was his first of the night and got Golden State within 49-45 before the Spurs took a 53-47 lead at intermission.Draymond Green began 0 for 5 before his first basket on the opening possession of the fourth quarter and Durant missed his five 3-point tries in the first half then finally hit from deep early in the third.The Warriors opened the third on a 19-5 run to take charge but this time the Spurs didn’t go away.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went with Gay in the starting lineup for Kyle Anderson in an effort to generate more scoring — and his team still struggled to make shots.Popovich said before the game that Golden State in Game 1 played “the most stifling defense we faced all year long. That was the best defensive 48 minutes that we have competed against all year long.”Kerr knew Popovich would have his team better prepared.Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, guards San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) during the first quarter in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)And the Spurs showed higher intensity on both ends through the first half, working to keep the ball out of Durant’s hands or contest shots while jumping in passing lanes to force mistakes.Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, started a second straight game and had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors beat the Spurs for the 10th time in 11 games covering the regular season and playoffs.San Antonio struggled from the floor for the second straight game, finishing 35 for 85 (41.2 percent). In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30.TIP-INSSpurs: Aldridge made all 12 of his free throws. … The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. … San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. … The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter. They trailed from wire to wire in the series opener.Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. … After getting 32 assists on 44 field goals in the series opener, the Warriors tallied 24 assists on 41 baskets. … Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.RELIABLE WESTWest scored on three straight second-quarter possessions and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.But he got injured with 9:59 left defending Aldridge and headed to the locker room, despite appearing to try stretching out his legs to return.“He had a really nice night,” Kerr said. “I was concerned with that sprained ankle. We’ll see how he’s doing. We need him, but he told me he was doing OK.”QUOTEABLEPopovich on whether he saw potential in Kerr to coach during Kerr’s four years for San Antonio:“Oh, sure, I mean are you kidding me? He played for Phil (Jackson) for 97 years and he learned a lot and won championships. … He’s a no-brainer.”—By JANIE McCAULEY , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Caribbean Recording Stars Beenie Man D Mac at Turks and Caicos Fish

first_img Teen TCI Pageant this weekend; events start at Fish Fry Providenciales, 20 Mar 2015 – Island Fish Fry likely saw its most diverse cultural display last night with many dignitaries and high profile figures in the crowd supporting; including the Premier and Opposition Leader. A near 20 person delegation from the Bahamas showed up to promote the upcoming Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival; we had a chat with Nikia Deveaux of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism who said reaction on their international promotional circuit has been excellent. “Well people are very excited, you know Junkanoo is very popular and now to find there is another time of year people can come and experience that, people are very excited.”Sharelle Carroll of the Bahamas National Festival Commission was thrilled to be in the Turks and Caicos, adding that the two countries are like family and it just makes sense to bring the invite.“We want you to tell your friends, you know, make it a family event where you can come to The Bahamas and just experience a beautiful taste of what we have to offer. And then when you’re having your events we will come on back to Turks and Caicos ; it’s a beautiful place to be, we’re just excited to be here, the hospitality is amazing.”D-Mac put on a good show, leaving the crowd demanding more… there were ticket giveaways for the Junkanoo Carnival with on stage contests led by the Mighty Pencil, Terrible T and the TCIs own, Micky. There were also ticket giveaways for this guy. “Well you know, I always feel the love when I come to Turks and Caicos you know.”Beenie Man showed up but very late at the Island Fish Fry, hunting down some island food and giving us a one on one where he promised to deliver a fantastic show tonight. “I just want all the fans and well-wishers to turn out and just know Beenie Man is here for them… in music you have to stay relevant, cause if you’re not relevant – you is, irrelevant.” Small World learning center is the venue, tickets are available at NCS MoneyGram, Delicious Dishes and the Dolphin Restaurant. Go to Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook or Dee242649 on Instagram for the photo highlights of both groups. Beenie Man showed up but very late at the Island Fish Fry, hunting down some island food and giving us a one on one where he promised to deliver a fantastic show tonight. “I just want all the fans and well-wishers to turn out and just know Beenie Man is here for them… in music you have to stay relevant, cause if you’re not relevant – you is, irrelevant.” Island Fish Fry earns Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor© Related Items:bahamas junkanoo carnival, beenie man, Fish fry Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos represents at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Feedback encouraged at Tourism Symposium

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Tourism Strategy calls for greater information disclosure and analysis Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – The National Tourism Symposium is set for November 17 in The Turks and Caicos on the world’s #1 island destination: Providenciales and the Permanent secretary with responsibility for Tourism, Desiree Lewis, said this will not be an event held in a vacuum. “Voice your opinions on the report that is going to be laid on the table, give us your feedback so that you would have your input on how we would remain the #1 destination in the world.”Last year, KPMG was contracted to find out what residents, visitors and others want to see as the TCI tourism product is maintained and enhanced. The findings of that study will be unveiled at the symposium as the country joins with regional counterparts to commemorate Tourism month. Related Items:feedback, KPMG, national tourism symposium Recommended for youlast_img read more

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