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Dr. Kent Brantly: Liberia Has a Very Special Place in Our Hearts

first_imgThe deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which ravished the nation and brought it to its knees in 2014, has left in its wake stories that will be told for generations. It has even gone down in Liberian and world history as the worst form of the EVD ever to hit mankind. The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 10,600 persons contracted the virus in Liberia. Of that number, nearly 5000, precisely 4,807 died from the virus. More than half of that number was cremated, which is totally against the traditional manner in which Liberians handle their dead.However, there are hundreds of others, who, by the grace of God, survived the scourge. One of the survivors, who has credited his survival from the disease to God’s miraculous intervention “in the affairs of man,” is Dr. (MD) Kent Brantly.Dr. Brantly was the first American to contract the EVD, while trying to selflessly save his patients, who had come to the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital’s emergency room. Brantly had, by then, been working with ELWA for at least eight months. He had to be flown back to his home country for advanced medical treatment. After spending three weeks at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, he walked out of the hospital an EVD survivor.Our Health Correspondent met him Thursday, June 25, on the compound of ELWA hospital. He had come back to extend thanks and appreciation to his Liberian and US colleagues who looked after him when he fell sick before he was flown out of Liberia. The first part of this interview was published on Tuesday, June 30. Below is the second and final part:Daily Observer (DO): Have you been able to meet other American survivors like Nurse Nancy Writebol and others? What do you talk about when you meet?Kent Brantly (KB): I have met several of the American survivors, including Nancy. Nancy and I were close friends before we both got sick and we were in the hospital at the same time in America. So, we share something very close together and that will be a bond that we share for the rest of our lives. I am so glad that Nancy and her husband David are back in Liberia and working with SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) and working at ELWA to serve Liberia. I’m very proud of her. I have met Dr. Rick Sacra; he was my mentor here at ELWA hospital and I am so thankful to God that he’s well. He’s been back to Liberia a couple of times and working here at the hospital. I thank God for him. I have met several other American survivors and things we talk about…you know there have been two American survivors, who got Ebola in America. The rest of them were people who got the disease by working in West Africa. And that’s the thing that we all talk about. We recognize that it was so much harder for people here. Most of America can understand and America is paying so much attention to us and we are saying, ‘Don’t pay much attention to us. Pay attention to West Africa. That’s where we need to be focusing.’ So that is the thing that we talk about the most. DO: So, Doc, when you heard that Eric Duncan, the Liberian guy who took Ebola to America had passed away, how did you feel personally? KB: I was really heart broken when I heard that news. It just made me so sad. I still have not met his fiancée Louise Troh, but I hope to meet her someday. I felt so bad for his whole family. It was a very sad day. DO: When you go around the world or travel to places in the States, what messages do you give? KB: I have a few messages. One is that we are all neighbors-whether we live in America or West Africa, we are all neighbors. We live in a global community. We are all neighbors and God has called us to love our neighbors. Jesus said the two most important things in this life are to love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. And that love for our neighbor ought to motivate us to have concern and to take action to help our neighbors in need. And in terms of Ebola, that means helping our West African neighbors trying to bring an end to this outbreak. That is one of the things I talk about the most.DO: Doc, let me take you back. How did you contract the Ebola disease?KB: I would never know. I really, I don’t know for sure. Initially the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), tried to do an investigation and tried to figure out and they came up with one idea but I was never quite convinced that was the right story…DO: What is the story?KB: I mean they just tried to figure out who I had contact with and who Nancy had contact with and there was one of our other co-worker, who also got Ebola and he died around the same time. I think I probably got it from a patient in the emergency room. Someone who came in with Ebola, but they thought at first that it was malaria or something else. I had to take care of the patients in the emergency room along with the staff here and in the emergency room. I think it was probably in one of those situations where I had made contact with the patient. Because of our work in the Ebola treatment Unit, we had all the proper equipment. We were following the right protocols. We were doing things appropriately. So I just had to guess that it was in the emergency room. DO: Do you still intend to practice as a Medical Doctor?KB: I do. You know once you are a doctor practicing medicine in the United States, they don’t want you to stay out of practice for too long, alright. So, I have started working a few shifts back at a hospital in America so that I can return to the practice of Clinical Medicine and someday, I will get back to it full time. But right now, I am doing it on the side as I continue to try to be a responsible steward of these opportunities to speak and remind people of the importance of loving our neighbors and helping West Africa beat Ebola. DO: After you survived the virus, did you have any post Ebola problems like some of the Ebola survivors here who are suffering from some medical conditions?KB: There is this problem called post-Ebola syndrome. It is a very real thing. It’s a problem that Ebola survivors have. Not everyone has it. Not everyone has the same problems. Some people have joint pains, muscle pains, eye problems, nerve pains… I am very thankful that I have made a full recovery and I don’t seem to have any of those problems. But we need to be helping the survivors who have those problems and there is a clinic here at ELWA to treat survivors. It should be publicized so that people know and can come here if they are Ebola survivors. They can come here to get care.DO: Lastly, if you are ever presented with the opportunity to come back to Liberia, are you going to come back?KB: Only God knows. We are praying for His guidance as we try to decide what to do next. Liberia has a very special place in our hearts. We are praying for guidance from God about what to do next.DO: Thank you so much, Sir.KB: Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man fined for damaging car window

first_img…during parking lot fracasAn East Bank Demerara (EBD) electrician on Wednesday received a fine after he admitted to damaging the car window of a man who he is accusing of attempting to run him down with his car.Kevin Hamilton, 34, of 422 “A” Republic Park, EBD, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge of damage to property read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.That charge stated that on October 2, 2017, at Carmichael Street, Georgetown, he unlawfully damaged one car window valued $150,000.The defendant explained to the court that on the day in question, he was attempting to drive into the parking lot of his place of employment, but was prevented from doing so by a man standing guard at the lot.Hamilton said he was told that he could not park there, but knowing that random persons would usually park in the lot, he explained to the new guard that he worked at the company.He added that he was still prevented from entering the lot and as such, a tug of war ensued between himself and the guard.He noted that in anger he left in order to avoid a further confrontation with the guard, but later returned and exited his vehicle as someone else was attempting to enter the said parking lot.Hamilton revealed that he was in the way of that person and as such, the man drove his vehicle at a fast pace and in the process struck his foot, causing him to receive injuries.Hamilton relayed that in anger, he hit the man’s car window causing it to break.The defendant further explained that he agreed to pay to have the damage fixed, but could only afford $50,000 as opposed to the $165,000 being requested by the Virtual Complainant (VC).As such, the matter was reported to the Police and the defendant was arrested and charged.Magistrate Azore fined Hamilton $75,000, with a default sentence of eight months imprisonment if he fails to pay the finelast_img read more

“When a woman’s economical standing improves, her family’s standing improves” – First Lady

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger has launched the Self-Reliance and Success in Business Workshop in the town ofFirst Lady Sandra Granger with the facilitators and participants of the Self Reliance and Success in Business WorkshopBartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) via which more than 25 women will over the next week benefit from training that is expected to help improve their business management skills.During brief remarks on Monday to the group of women in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) office, the First Lady said that it was important for women to be able to enhance their business skills, adding that women have many skills that they may not recognise and could be marketable.“[This workshop] will show you how to be good businesswomen… It will show you how to plan, keep records, look at the market, look at the competition and see how you can get beyond that and create your own niche for yourself, not only how to establish a business but how to grow and expand it,” Mrs Granger said.Similar workshops have been held in other parts of the country and the First Lady explained that men have approached her wanting to be part of the initiative. However, she said that targeting women has a specific and beneficial purpose.“When a woman’s economical standing improves, her family’s standing improves,” she said to loud applause from the participants.Meanwhile, Representative of Interweave Solutions, Yohann Pooran, who is the facilitator of the weeklong training programme, highlighted the key objectives of the workshop. “Success in business is exactly that. We teach you skills that if applied correctly, they can help you improve your circumstances financially by helping you build successful businesses,” he said.Pooran added that the workshop would explore issues of finance, resource management and packaging, the fundamentals of marketing and why poor attitudes can hurt otherwise potentially successful businesses.“One must put on a positive construct if you want to achieve success. You can’t have a pessimistic outlook. You have to look at solutions, and a large part of successful businesses is that women entrepreneurs can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall welcomed the initiative, stating that a focus on bettering the business skills of women could have a positive effect on other issues affecting the Region.“The title of this workshop is very important and it sends a strong message. All of us should be empowered to ensure that the resources that are put into this initiative are put to good use,” the Mayor said.He added that the business sector within Bartica was not perfect, but if residents put their best foot forward to enhance their skills, key problems could be solved.“We can make a difference with our positive attitudes by applying ourselves using the principles learned at this workshop to improve our town and our Region,” the Mayor said.Over the past few months, workshops were also held in Lusignan in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), in Region Nine (Upper Takutu–Upper Essequibo) and Region One (Barima–Waini).last_img read more

Drug dealer forces self on 16-year-old

first_img…as payment for father’s ganja habitThe pastor of a church in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) has given a father an ultimatum to report a sexual act committed by a drug dealer on his 16-year-old daughter or he will report it himself.Guyana Times understands that the father sent the teenager to collect marijuana from his supplier, who lives at Number Two East Canje. However, the drug dealer forced himself on the teenager before supplying the drug.This publication has been reliably informed that the father is indebted to the supplier and has difficulty meeting his financial obligations incurred by his illicit habit.A pastor, who reached out to this newspaper and who is very popular in the community, reported that he has given the father the ultimatum to report the matter or he will go to the Police himself.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal band Mojo GoGo are set to play a special showcase gig which be will be streamed Worldwide on concert, which takes place in The Grand Social in Dublin next Wednesday, december 14th, will run in a Jools Holland Show style and will be presented by 2FM’s legendary broadcaster Dave Fanning.The show is being organised in partnership with the Irish Daily Mail and aims to showcase the best of up and coming Irish talent. Mojo GoGo are giving away 30 FREE tickets to the show on a first come, first served basis. Any fans wishing to attend can e-mail or visit for details.Tickets can be bought on the door for €5.00, from which all proceeds go to FOCUS Ireland.Mojo GoGo are Donegal natives who formed in Derry in November 2010. In February 2011, they recorded “The Rounce EP”. It was described as “Simple, clean, packed with fantastic, thick melodies and hooks” by Goldenplec with “hair standing choruses”.Having toured incessantly over the next few months, Mojo GoGo holed themselves up in their native Donegal to write for their next release – “Cheats, Chicks and Powders EP” which they recorded with Frank Kearns of SALT Studios, Dublin in July 2011. Having been mastered by Richard Dowling (Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney), the 3-track digital download was seen as a risky venture into an edgier, heavier sound for the band. It garnered impressive reviews with critics describing it as ‘contagious’, ‘bloody wonderful; full, rich and demanding.’Since then, Mojo GoGo have gone on to play some of the country’s most prestigious venues such as The Ulster Hall, Roisin Dubh and Whelan’s with international acts such as Ash, The Enemy,The Minutes and Horslips to name but a few.Further highlights include featuring on the cover of Hotpress Magazine in September 2011, and appearing on the hit TV series The Apprentice in October 2011. Mojo GoGo’s new single ‘Trigger’ can be downloaded for free at DONEGAL BAND’S GIG TO BE STREAMED AROUND THE PLANET! was last modified: December 6th, 2011 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:gigMOJO GOGOlast_img read more


first_imgMICHAEL MURPHY will miss Donegal’s first three National League games after undergoing surgery on a groin injury yesterday.The county captain had been troubled by a Gilmore’s Groin injury, which was aggravated recently in a challenge game against Roscommon.The Glenswilly man was operated on by surgeon Gerry McEntee – a double All-Ireland winner with Meath in the 1980s – yesterday morning in the Mater Private hospital in Dublin. Murphy faces an eight-week lay-off and will miss a minimum three games in the league, against Down, Laois and Cork. The target is for the 22-year-old full-forward to be ready to face Kerry in Killarney on March 11th. MURPHY TO MISS FIRST THREE LEAGUE GAMES AFTER SURGERY was last modified: January 17th, 2012 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:LeagueMichael Murphysurgerylast_img read more


first_imgTrucking hell – Letterkenny came alive yesterday when dozens of trucks took part in Truckfest.While Donegal had their own juggernaut in Neil Gallagher, the streets of Letterkenny were awash wit breath-taking trucks from across Ireland.Many thanks to Joe Langan for the pictures. PICTURE SPECIAL – TRUCKFEST COMES TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: August 27th, 2012 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:Truckfestlast_img read more


first_imgDerry City’s substitutes were the key to unlocking the Finn Harps defence in this rather scrappy JJ Reid Trophy game at Finn Park this afternoon.Both sides used the challenge game to blood a number of players.Derry were on top for most of the game and deserved their 2-1 victory. Harps keeper Ciaran Gallagher by far the busier of the two net-minders in the opening half and made a number of stops.Goals by Rory Patterson in the 40th minute and fellow sub Ryan Curran in the 87th minute gave the Candystripes a deserved two goal cushion.Harps’ Paul McVeigh popped up in injury time to head in from a corner to grab a consolation goal for the home side.  DERRY BEAT HARPS IN SCRAPPY JJ REID FINAL was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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:derry cityfinn harpsJJ Reid Trophylast_img read more

Marshall can’t keep up pace

first_imgPASADENA — Marshall Fundamental football coach Johnny Lopez could not hide the frustration on his face as the seconds ticked away Thursday night. Not only had his Eagles been soundly thumped, 51-19, at the hands of the visiting Village Christian Crusaders, but Marshall (1-3) missed out on its opportunity to get back to .500 before league play begins next week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Village Christian trailed Marshall 13-8 in the first quarter, before scoring 28 unanswered points. It wasn’t until the final drive of the game, when the clock wound out, that the Eagles stopped the Crusaders. “We started out a bit slow,” Village Christian coach Marty Martin said. “But we were able to pick it up and actually have a pretty balanced attack. That’s what we’ve been trying to do.” The Crusaders (3-2) received solid efforts all around, especially from quarterback Rex Reinhard. The sophomore was 7 for 8 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns. After Marshall had pulled to within 16 points, Reinhard’s 54-yard third-quarter strike to running back Christopher Handy seemed to break the Eagles’ will. “We’re just going to need to practice harder,” said Marshall quarterback Randall Rivers. “The defense needs to improve, the offense needs to improve. Man, everybody needs to improve.” It seemed early that Rivers and the Eagles would be involved in a high-scoring affair. Marshall opened the scoring early when Rivers hooked up with junior wide receiver Shawn Benn on a 47-yard touchdown pass. After a quick Crusaders score, Rivers connected with another receiver, senior John Butler, deep downfield for a 50-yard touchdown. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they wouldn’t score again until the game was out of hand. “We’re going to have nine days until our next game, when we open league play against Kilpatrick,” Lopez said. “Until then, we’re going to have to put this game out of our heads. Life goes on and we’ve just got to move on to our next game. But it can be frustrating.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It wasn’t our night,” Lopez said. “We just have to tighten up defensively. I really don’t know what happened out there.” In the span of only 12 minutes, a shootout turned into a blowout. last_img read more

University to mark December’s religious celebrations

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – A Swedish Sankta Lucia festival of lights is one of the special holiday events set for next month at California Lutheran University, including Christmas concerts, a Las Posadas procession, an Advent Vespers worship service and Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations. All the events are free, although free-will donations will be accepted at the Advent service and a series of Christmas festival concerts. The Swedish tradition of the Sankta Lucia Festival has been a part of CLU’s Christmas celebration since the early years of the university, which was founded by Scandinavian settlers in Thousand Oaks. The event is scheduled at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel. Sankta Lucia, a Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13 in 304 A.D., is remembered in the festival of lights, involving five women, who represent Sankta Lucia and her attendants, and five male escorts. The university’s Hillel Jewish Student Organization will host a Hanukkah celebration on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building. In celebration of the Jewish holiday, which officially begins at sundown Dec. 25, students have invited residents from the community to join in the lighting of the menorah. The university community will also host an Advent Vespers worship service featuring the CLU Choir under the direction of Wyant Morton on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. Advent is the season four weeks prior to Christmas. CLU is at 60 W. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The university’s symphony, choirs and student soloists will present the annual Christmas Festival Concerts on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday honoring family, community and culture, will also be celebrated on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Preus-Brandt Forum. The traditional Kwanzaa, started in Africa to celebrate the first fruits of the season, is observed for seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and emphasizes togetherness and unity. A re-enactment of Las Posadas will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Las Posadas, an age-old re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter and a place for the birth of the baby Jesus, is celebrated in Mexican-American communities. last_img read more