No Ebola in Maryland, But Medical Institutions Brace for Swift Measures

first_imgThe Ebola virus plaguing several parts of Liberia has not appeared in the port city of Harper and major cities in Maryland County.Nontheless several swift and  stringent measures have been instituted by the Maryland County Health Team, support partners and other concerned aid agencies in Harper, the Maryland capital.Amongst the many initiatives instituted are placement of sterilized buckets containing chlorine mixed with clean water, extensive public awareness, door to door posters, verbal warning by health personnel, city corporation’s sanitation workers and ordinary residents’ advice to one another in house-hold meetings in Harper.To date, according to medical experts there have been no suspected cases of the Ebola virus in Harper City since the outbreak of the deadly virus in northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County.Dozens of small and medium business  centers have been posted with kiosk pump buckets, especially at big entertainment entities, requiring that persons entering must wash their hands and follow strict health rules issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW).However, the only side effect of the Ebola fear and spread in Harper City is the restricted the movement city dwellers, businesspeople and ordinary citizens into the various communities in Maryland County.In separate interviews with some Harper City residents, students, government officials and businesspeople in mid-last week, they sounded an urgent appeal to the Maryland County Health Team and other aid-agencies to brace for the fight against Ebola.“We will intensify our support to the medical personnel, non-governmental organizations and other major players in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Harper and other cities and towns in Maryland County,” Harper’s resident Samson Thomas assured.“I think and in my elementary understanding, the fight against the Ebola virus should indeed be everybody’s serious business and top priority in the country,” Mr. Thomas cautioned Liberians.Resident Sarah Kun Richardson noted that they were indeed grateful to God first and indebted to health workers of Maryland for their resilience, fortitude and determination to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading in the area.She also added that they were grateful to some aid-agencies and Ngos that continue to demonstrate their commitment, support and care for citizens and residents in that part of rural Liberia.She further urged all health and related institutions to be proactive in their strides and strive to combat the current plague of the Ebola virus from landing in Maryland.Madam Richardson, however, sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government, support partners, foreign diplomatic missions, Liberians and business communities to  extend support in order to help Liberians go through the nightmare and life threatening Ebola plague in the country.As a business person, Madam Richardson regretted that she is now experiencing very low customer attendance owing to the Ebola virus outbreak in some parts of the country.Madam Richardson recommended that major borders should be temporally closed to prevent persons, ships and vehicles and goods and services into Maryland County.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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FA Cup replays to be scrapped? ‘We’re not afraid of change’, CEO tells talkSPORT

first_imgFootball Association CEO Martin Glenn has told talkSPORT the governing body is not afraid to evolve with the times, amid reports of a proposed format change to the famous FA Cup.Claims on Tuesday suggested there are plans in the pipeline to scrap replays and also abolish the current two-legged League Cup semi-finals as teams look to play fewer games in a season.The change is reportedly driven by Premier League teams, who are keen to see ties concluded on the night via extra-time and penalties, but it’s not such good news for lower league teams who value replays as a vital source of extra revenue.The rumours are nothing new, however, as Glenn told talkSPORT earlier in January that the FA are keen to ensure the world’s oldest football competition is not left behind as the Premier League and Champions League continue to grow.“It’s different now, the FA Cup used to be the only games on TV when I was growing up. It was huge,” he told talkSPORT ahead of the third round. “But it’s not like that now.”“We’ve tried to refresh it. I’m not a traditionalist; I think the game has to evolve as people’s needs evolve and if you look over history the FA Cup HAS evolved.“I’m a big believer in keeping it fresh and keeping it modern. I wouldn’t rule out change, provided the changes stick to the principles of thee competition – to give the smaller teams a chance, to get money from the top end down to the bottom and create some great theatre.”The reports also come as no surprise to former Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, who revealed to talkSPORT the FA have been having these conversations ‘for a number of years’.Speaking on the Alan Sports Breakfast, he also advocated the Premier League implementing a winter break as top flight sides struggle to juggle different competitions throughout the campaign.“This sort of conversation has been going on for a number of years within the FA,” Bevington said. “The FA Cup is not what it was to kids growing up 30 years ago. It used to be the one game at the end of the season we all used to love.“The challenge for football in this country is how do we retain what the FA Cup should be so that young people cherish it as opposed to just the Champions League and Premier League?“This is a good debate that they’re having. Personally it’s not so much the midweek timing of the games, I’d just play for 90 minutes and go straight to penalties. Give it something unique.“Also, I think they should find some dates to try and free up at least one week or maybe two, to give the players a short winter break after the New Year.”last_img read more

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