January 15

Africans Deserting Africans in Distress: Whither African Solidarity?

first_imgIn the face of the devastating Ebola crisis that has hit the Mano River basin, particularly Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, many nations around the world, especially in Europe, Asia and the United States, have rallied to the rescue.  These nations have contributed lots of  money, shiploads of health and medical supplies and food, as well as health and medical personnel to help these affected countries defeat the deadly virus.But the response of the sisterly African nations to the distress of the three Ebola affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—has been alarmingly negative and patently un-sisterly.The first negative response came from the fourth MRU nation, Cote d’Ivoire, which suspended flights of Air Ivoire to the affected countries and even closed its seaport to ships hailing there from.  It is the height of irony that when the Cote d’Ivoire itself was hit by a deadly civil war in 2008, hundreds of thousands of Ivorian refugees fled across the border into Liberia, where they were wholeheartedly welcomed by their  Liberian brothers and sisters and their government.  Liberia helped broker the peace between the refugees and their government in Abidjan, paving the way for thousands to return to their homeland.  There are yet many thousands of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, who have not yet felt it safe enough to return home, and their Liberian hosts and the international community, especially the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), are caring for them.Yet Ivorian President Alhassan Ouattara did not hesitate to close Cote d’Ivoire’s air, land and sea ports to his three sisterly states in distress.There is also Senegal, which has also closed its border with Guinea and gone on to restrict landing of any airplane traveling from the three affected countries.Yet both Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire are members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and of the African Union (AU).We come now to another prominent AU member, South Africa, one of whose citizens happens to be President of the leading, oldest and most prominent organization uniting African nations.But this fact had no bearing on the South African government, when it decided to close its borders to all traffic emanating from the three affected nations. The South Africans have conveniently forgotten the colossal solidarity the whole of Africa, especially Liberia, the oldest independent African state, gave to her Black and Colored brothers and sisters suffering all those decades under the inhumane and often deadly yoke of apartheid.   It is well known the role Liberia played in that struggle and how she reached out to its Liberation Movements, including the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and their leaders.  Some of this is recorded in President Nelson Mandela’s  autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.The South African government has also forgotten the HIV/AIDs epidemic that hit that country some years ago.  We know of NO African nation, most certainly not Liberia,  that restricted South Africans from entry  into their borders for fear of the highly contagious, even deadly disease.The same swiftness with which Pretoria, one of the better endowed African nations, slammed its sanctions against the three affected nations, could have been tempered with a corresponding gesture of compassion, by making a modest  contribution to their brothers and sisters in distress in the three  affected countries, to help them in their fight against  Ebola.  Alas, none was forthcoming.All of this leads us to ask, whither, African solidarity? A senior European diplomat in Monrovia earlier this week called the Daily Observer to explain how the Europeans and Americans had decided to join forces with the three affected MRU nations constructively in the fight against Ebola and to avoid travel and other  restrictions against them.  He ended his call by exclaiming, “Sorry, my dear friend, for African solidarity.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Parents, officials to meet today Unity sought on next move

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My kid is going to Valencia. He’s a Viking. I have no problems with that,” said Flo Lawrence of Castaic. “What I do have a problem with is how it was handled. It was political and done to make a group of people happy.” E-mails have been flying among Castaic parents who say the district had promised in November 2000 that Castaic-area students would stay at West Ranch High until a high school is built in Castaic. Construction is delayed at least two years. “That was a recommendation, but things change,” Hart district spokeswoman Pat Willett said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 CASTAIC – Claiming the Hart District reneged on a promise to keep Castaic students at West Ranch High, Castaic parents and school administrators will meet this morning to discuss what’s next. “At this point, the Castaic school board is holding a meeting to come to a consensus about our community’s feelings and decide how we will move forward,” said Laura Pearson, a member of the K-8 Castaic Union School District board. The meeting will be held at 8:30a.m. at the Castaic district office, 28131 Livingston Drive, Valencia. The Hart Union High School District board decided last week to send incoming Castaic ninth-graders to Valencia High instead of West Ranch High for the next two years. The move is to ease overcrowding at three-year-old West Ranch. Siblings won’t be separated. last_img read more

January 3

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Luis Suarez

first_imgThis time last year, Luis Suarez was the star man in a rampant Liverpool team, battling to win their first league title since 1990.One year on, and Luis Suarez is in the Champions League quarter-final with Spanish giants Barcelona, whilst Liverpool are floating around the Europa League spot, having failed to realise their title dreams from the previous season.Luis Suarez is arguably one of the most controversial players in football history – who could forget the third bite of his career when Uruguay took on Italy in last year’s World Cup?Watch the video above to see ten things you probably didn’t know about one of football’s most colourful characters.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.last_img read more

December 30

Ignore the Liverpool boo boys, Man City boss Pellegrini warns Sterling

first_img1 Sunday’s final will be the second time Sterling has faced the Reds since his exit Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been urged by Manuel Pellegrini to ignore the inevitable boo boys at Wembley as he looks to secure his first medal with the club against former employers Liverpool.England international Sterling should be part of City’s squad for Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against the Reds, despite not taking part in training with the main group on Friday when the winger, along with defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Bacary Sagna, was instead recovering following an impressive 90-minute performance against Dynamo Kiev in midweek.It will be just the second time Sterling has faced Liverpool since his acrimonious exit from Merseyside in the summer and he was largely anonymous in his first reunion when City were thrashed 4-1 at home by Jurgen Klopp’s men in November.A return to Anfield, and an even more hostile reception, is to come for Sterling on Wednesday, but Pellegrini has backed his player to block out any Wembley heckling with the domestic season’s first piece of silverware on the line.“I think that for every player it’s not comfortable to play against their old team, everyone has friends inside the club,” the City boss said.“But he’s a professional player, he came here to win titles. He wants to win and I’m sure that he will have a very good performance.“I don’t think that he must prove (a point). I hope that he will be focused just on having a good performance and not thinking about the boos that he may receive during the game or about what happened in the past. He’s now a player of Manchester City.”Sterling needs to score just once more to equal his tally for his final season at Anfield of 11, with Pellegrini insisting there is plenty more to come from the 21-year-old, even if he will not be around at the Etihad Stadium to see his career progress beyond this summer when he makes way for Pep Guardiola.The City boss has no regrets about splashing out nearly £50million to lure him away from Liverpool and thinks his first season in Manchester will be considered a success if he has a major role in delivering trophies.“When we finish the season, if we win a couple of titles and Raheem has an important performance, it will be a good season for him,” Pellegrini added.“I don’t think it’s good to analyse his season in this moment. He has good things, bad things; he was a very important player the other day (against Dynamo Kiev).“He is a very young player so he must improve every year. If you ask me if I am happy to bring him here this year – yes, for the moment I’m very happy. I think he will continue improving and giving a lot of things to our squad.”last_img read more

December 30

Anti-smoking vaccine shows promise in study

first_imgThe study involved 301 longtime smokers in Minneapolis, Omaha, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York City and Madison, Wis. Participants were given four or five shots within six months, at one of two doses, or dummy shots. Neither they nor their doctors knew who got what. Initial shots “prime” the immune system. Later doses make it produce antibodies, which latch onto nicotine in the bloodstream and keep it from crossing the blood-brain barrier and maintaining the addiction. One year into the study – six months after volunteers received the last shot – 14 percent on the lower dose and 16 percent on the higher dose of five shots had quit. Only 6 percent of those given four shots, or the fake vaccine, were off cigarettes. “These quit rates are comparable to what’s seen in other studies for things that are considered to work,” Rennard said. More people in the vaccine groups dropped out of the study – 74 out of 201 versus 33 of the 100 in the placebo group. Two vaccine recipients had minor side effects, Rennard said. “These are impressive preliminary data,” said Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr., a cardiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and past heart association president. Getting people to quit smoking “may well be at the top of the list” for improving public health, said Smith. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion people smoke, according to the heart association and it’s a leading cause of cancer and heart disease.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORLANDO, Fla. – A shot that robs smokers of the nicotine buzz from cigarettes showed promise in midstage testing and may someday offer a radically new way to kick a dangerous habit. In a study, more than twice as many people given five of the shots stopped smoking than those given fewer or phony shots – about 15 percent versus 6 percent after one year. That is comparable to some other smoking cessation aids currently sold and could be an important new tool for people who have failed to quit on other methods, doctors said. The results, presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association conference, do not prove the new approach works but encouraged some experts. “It clearly shows promise” and merits a definitive study, said Dr. Frank Vocci, director of medications development at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which has given $8 million for the research so far. “There’s merit in it,” but it won’t be available tomorrow, said the lead researcher, Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska. The study tested NicVAX, a vaccine designed to “immunize” smokers against the rush fueling their addiction. It’s made by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals of Boca Raton, Fla. The treatment keeps nicotine from reaching the brain, taking the fun out of smoking and hopefully making it easier to give up. Some nicotine still gets in, possibly easing withdrawal, the main reason quitters relapse. This approach – attacking dependency in the brain – is different than just replacing nicotine, as the gum, lozenges, patches and nasal sprays now sold do. last_img read more

December 29

Hamann on Simeone: ‘Arsenal lack exactly what Atletico Madrid’s strength is’

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Arsenal should turn to Diego Simeone should they look to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.Simeone guided Atletico Madrid to their second Champions League final in three years and only the third time in their history when they knocked out Bayern Munich on Tuesday night on away goals.Critics have suggested Simeone’s robust approach would not suit Arsenal’s pretty footballing style but Hamman insists the contrast in philosophies between the two is exactly why the Argentine is the perfect choice for the Gunners.“He should be the most sought-after coach in the world,” Hamann told Colin Murray.“I think his track record is as good as any and this includes [Jose] Mourinho, [Pep] Guardiola, anyone.“What he has done at Atletico is as good as anyone’s out there. When people say ‘is he a manager for Arsenal? Can he manage Arsenal?’ I would say the thing that Arsenal lack is exactly what Atletico’s strength is.“If I was Arsenal, I’d be on the way to Madrid and saying ‘Diego, you win the Champions League and the day after you’re ours.”last_img read more

December 26

Striker vows to stay and fight for place at Chelsea amid exit rumours

first_img 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Giroud’s last Premier League goal came last season against Liverpool in May This has led to reports linking the Frenchman with a move to the likes of Marseille and even Chelsea’s London rivals West Ham.However, he told Telefoot he is determined to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea.Giroud said: “I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup.“Today, I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I relativise a lot of things. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Olivier Giroud insists he is happy at Chelsea despite being linked with a move away from the club.The striker, 32, has been in bad form this season having scored just once for the Blues since May 6 and has struggled for game time under Maurizio Sarri as a result. LATEST Giroud is having to compete with Alvaro Morata for a place in the starting XI REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Latest Transfer News targets “It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored, and things are going better.”Giroud move to Stamford Bridge in January – moving from Arsenal for £18million.However, the Blues are unlikely to let many of their players go especially if they are handed a transfer ban next summer.center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer “I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that. Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time.“But I am in a very big club, with very big players. I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure.“I am going to stick in there and do not count on me to give up.”His only goal for Chelsea this season came in a 1-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League – and fellow struggling striker Alvaro Morata has been given the nod for most games. 3 Giroud hinted his extensive World Cup campaign with France has led to his bad start to the season But Giroud said he enjoys the competition, adding: “I came back late from the World Cup [so] Morata played.“In the national team in September, with this goal against the Netherlands, that did me good.“After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played several matches as a starter.“Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on last_img read more

December 25

While Midwest shivers, L.A.’s sunshine is cool

first_img Sub-zero weather overcame Jackson, Wyo., at minus-27, and Bozeman and Butte, Mont., at minus-26. It was so cold in Casper, Wyo. – 24 below – that Rita Renner warmed up her car for 10 minutes and could still barely leave the driveway. “The knobs didn’t want to turn,” said Renner of the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce in central Wyoming. “Nothing worked too well. We’re so cold it didn’t do much good.” By noon, she said, it was sunny and clear and the mercury had reached 3 degrees. “It feels like a heat wave.” And while residents of Los Angeles bundle up in fleece and leather jackets at the mere thought of 40-degree weather, many Midwesterners seemed to be taking the bone-chilling temperatures in stride. At a cafe bookstore in West Yellowstone – a cross-country ski and snowmobile mecca where nighttime temperatures hit minus-45 – Susan Nesbitt refused to believe the mercury. “It was cold, but not that cold,” said Nesbitt, a Santa Barbara native who came to learn that earrings could cause frostbite in such weather. “Hot chocolate is a big seller – homemade hot chocolate, not the stuff with powder in it.” At The Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, Minn., residents flocked to chicken a la king and baked potato soup. Outside, snow piled to the antlers of two life-size blue moose statues out front. The overnight temp: minus-5 degrees. “They like a little warmth going down the tummy,” said Blue Moose owner Dave Homstad, who considered it a warm and sunny day. “If the snow squeaks, it’s cold. If it crunches, it’s nice. It’s crunching.” At Spirit of the North Dog Sled Adventures in Ennis, Mont., about 70 miles north of West Yellowstone, Connie Sperry said it was too cold for mushing. “People just don’t have a good time when it’s that cold,” she said. “The dogs can do it as long as they’re not out there very long – you take a chance at freezing their lungs.” While the Midwest froze, Angelenos lit their furnaces and reached for their jackets during the early morning chill. By midday, however, temperatures had hit the lukewarm 70s. While a classic La Niña weather system has brought cool, dry weather to Los Angeles, the jet stream that dropped 5 inches of rain last December has now struck the American hinterland. At Lake Balboa, Gillian McDonald couldn’t believe the weather as she walked her basset hound around the lake. “It’s wonderful,” said McDonald, 64, of Sherman Oaks. “This is perfect good-to-be-alive weather. It’s just bliss.” While many Midwesterners said they would take the cold over L.A. congestion and traffic, others were not so sure. At Miller’s Bar in Dearborn, Mich., which hit 18 degrees by 2 p.m., manager Matthew Ford said it was definitely a two-cheeseburger-and-beans day. “They’re loaded down – scarves, hats, boots, everything,” said Ford, no relation to the car-making maverick, of his customers. “I wish I were in L.A.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Denny Lee opened his service station in Colorado on Wednesday, it was so cold – 23 degrees below zero – that at least one California customer shed frozen tears. “Got a little cool last night,” said Lee, owner of the Conoco station in Craig, a city in the northwest corner of Colorado, where customers were lined up for batteries and jump starts. “Nothin’ we’re not used to. “(But) I had a gal out here. … She had just moved from California – she was crying. She had to go buy a new jacket.” While Angelenos are complaining about nippy mornings and blustery afternoons, residents from Montana to Maine to the Texas Panhandle stepped into icy blasts as low as minus-45 degrees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s cold in the shade, a little chilly, ’cause it’s windy and at the same time, a little hot,” said Stephanie Orrego, 15, of Van Nuys, who doffed her jacket during a noontime stroll around Lake Balboa. The storm that made the Midwest shiver swept down from Canada, blanketing roads and airports in ice and snow and setting records for brutal cold. Meteorologists expect the frigid weather to continue through next week. “This is a monster cold dome – this is definitely the Polar Express,” said Bill Patzert, meteorologist and research oceanographer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. In West Yellowstone, Mont., at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the overnight mercury dropped to a record 45 below. The former record for Dec. 7 was minus-39, set in 1927. In Denver, where temperatures dropped to minus-11, police found the body of a homeless man huddled against a fence. last_img read more

December 25

CPR update is released

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Recently introduced guidelines are breathing new life into the way some local organizations traditionally teach CPR.American Heart Association officials said they released the guidelines regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation in hopes of saving more lives.There are two major changes: The first is to give 30 compressions, instead of 15, for every two rescue breaths. The second, to stop every two minutes, as opposed to one, and check for signs of circulation.“The research shows we need to give more attention to compression, pushing harder and faster and limiting interruptions in breathing techniques,” Terry Rudd, one of AHA’s national faculty, said. “High-quality CPR being administered by a bystander or rescuer is the key to it all.”More than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest each year, but officials said effective CPR can double a victim’s chance of survival.Other agencies that teach CPR or provide emergency services said they would review the new guidelines or not make any changes unless ordered to do so.Officials said guidelines for organizations who certify through the American Red Cross are similar.“Our content information is basically the same,” said Natasha Morisawa, assistant director of preparedness education for the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. “The major difference is that our CPR cards will be valid for a year and the heart association’s last for two years.”Morisawa said the American Red Cross is reviewing the updated guidelines and will probably work them into their program in the spring.Those who are certified under the heart association will not need to renew their cards under the new guidelines until their certification expires.However, not everyone has embraced the revisions – yet. Officials for American Medical Response, which provides emergency ambulance services in many communities, said they follow county protocol and wouldn’t change unless the county tells them to.The AHA plans to implement the new guidelines, introduced Nov. 28, in phases which will begin with the training of their national faculty in January.Regional instructors will be trained in March and new texts and materials will be available next year.Heart association officials said about 9 million Americans are trained in CPR a year. They hope with the new guidelines more people will be prompted to get certified. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109last_img read more

December 25

Lancaster man faces manslaughter trial

first_img karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake His attorney did not return calls for comment. Wade told police he had consumed whiskey and beer and smoked marijuana before driving to the store to buy more beer for Phillips, prosecutors said. His 1993 Ford rear-ended a 1991 Mitsubishi driven by Juan Velasquez, 22, of Lancaster, which had broken down on Sierra Highway, south of the Avenue H overpass. The four passengers in Velasquez’s car – a 24-year-old woman and three children, ages 9, 6 and 1 month – were uninjured, although the infant was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital as a precaution. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 LANCASTER – A drunken driver suspect has been ordered to stand trial on felony vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges following a crash that killed a female companion. William Wade, 57, is accused of causing the Oct. 23 crash that killed Janney Phillips, 42, of Lancaster, who was riding in Wade’s car when it rear-ended a disabled vehicle in the road. Wade’s blood alcohol content was measured at .10 percent, above the state limit of .08 percent, the level at which motorists are presumed to be too drunk to drive. Wade was bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing last week, and he remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. last_img read more