Liberia Discharges Only Confirmed Ebola Case Today

first_imgLiberia will today discharge the only confirmed Ebola case remaining in the country, according to the Incident Management System (IMS) boss and Assistant Minister for Preventive Service, Tolbert Nyenswah.Making the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Nyenswah explained that with the current status of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, Liberia is close to reaching zero Ebola case, but “we need to be vigilant in our fight against the virus throughout the country.” “Liberia has clearly passed 12 days without any new confirmed Ebola case. The only patient remaining in an ETU will be discharged from the Chinese ETU as a special event. “We will be waiting for the remaining 30 days to be announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Ebola free nation,” Minister Nyenswah said.“Liberia’s border points remain of great concern to everyone due to the common border crossings at unauthorized points and it is important to caution residents near these places to focus on maintaining safety measures at all points,” he said.      The Minister said, “Cape Mount passes 48 days of no new case, Margibi 16 days Montserrado 12 days and Lofa of over 160 days which indicates that Liberia is reaching zero Ebola case.”Liberia, through the IMS, is currently in search of 201 contacts across the country, including border points, said Nyenswah and called on the public to continue observing preventive measures to avoid further spread of the disease.      Mr. Nyenswah stressed that the IMS is approaching phase three of the fight against the virus and will remain forceful in ensuring that Liberia completes the required 42 days without any new case of Ebola.“Phase three is meant to gain confidence in the health sector of Liberia and gaining the confidence of the international community in Liberia leading to airlines resuming flights to Liberia,” added the Minister.  He said the IMS will be involved in quality surveillance, strengthening cross border elements including air, sea and ground points and expanding the testing of dead bodies and other illnesses related to Ebola. Despite the latest update from Minister Nyenswah on Liberia’s progress in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease and considering the neighboring countries’ Ebola status, many Liberians are wondering if the country could be declared Ebola free in 30 days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Novak Djokovic says nerves betrayed him during US Open final loss

first_imgAfter considering skipping the US Open because of injury concerns, Novak Djokovic made it all the way to the final for the sixth time in the past seven years. (Stan Wawrinka outclasses Novak Djokovic for maiden US Open title, third Grand Slam )He came up short of the title, though, settling for his fifth runner-up showing at Flushing Meadows because, by his own admission, he got tight at key points – and not because of the physical distress he dealt with down the stretch, including bleeding toes that were treated by a trainer.Most glaring of all during a 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 loss to Stan Wawrinka on Sunday was this statistic: Djokovic, one of the greatest returners of his, or any, generation, converted only 3 of 17 break chances. (Mattek-Sands and Safarova win US Open women’s doubles title)”I lost my nerves in the important moments. He kept his cool. I think that’s what decided the match,” said Djokovic, the No. 1 seed and defending champion. “I guess sometimes it happens, even though you have the experience and know what to do. Just the heat of the moment and importance of the match, I guess, was too strong for me at certain periods of the match. Just if you lose your cool, the match can go away.” (Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year)It’s a rather startling admission from someone who owns 12 major titles and a career Grand Slam, who has spent more than 200 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, who was the first man to exceed $100 million in career prize money in tennis. (Murray-Soares sweep to US Open men’s doubles title)advertisementAnd, especially, someone who earlier this season was considered close to unbeatable. Until losing in the third round at Wimbledon against Sam Querrey, Djokovic had won 30 consecutive Grand Slam matches, becoming only the third man – and first in nearly 50 years – to win four consecutive major titles.But Djokovic acknowledged that he became too passive at pivotal segments of the match against No. 3 Wawrinka, who collected the third major trophy of his career and first at Flushing Meadows.”He was more courageous, because he stepped in and played aggressive,” Djokovic said, “where I was kind of more waiting for things to happen.”Never was that more apparent than when Djokovic was returning serve. Over and over again, he would get an opening to break Wawrinka, and over and over again that opportunity went by the wayside.Coming into Sunday, Djokovic had won nearly 50 percent of his return games in the tournament. Against Wawrinka, he only managed to win 3 of 22.”Terrible conversion of the break points,” Djokovic said. “Just terrible from my side.”He has appeared in 21 Grand Slam finals, second in the history of men’s tennis only to Roger Federer, but now has a record of 12-9 in those all-on-the-line matchups.That includes a 2-5 mark at the US Open, where Djokovic won the titles in 2011 and 2015, but lost to Federer in 2007, to Rafael Nadal in 2010 and 2013, and to Andy Murray in 2012.Late Sunday evening, Djokovic was asked to assess his season, which includes a 56-6 record, along with titles at the Australian Open, French Open and five other tournaments. He picked up a sore left wrist shortly before a first-round loss at the Rio Olympics last month, then dealt with problems with both shoulders and his right elbow over the past two weeks, before the foot issues in the final.”Winning two out of four Grand Slams is a pretty good year, and playing another final I have no complaints. Obviously I wish that I could win another title, but this is what it is. You have to shake hands and accept the loss from a better player and move on,” Djokovic said.”It’s not the first time, it’s not the last time I’m going to lose a match. Big match,” he continued. “Hopefully I can learn from it. Hopefully I can get better, because that’s the cycle of life, I guess, for us athletes.”last_img read more

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on her government`s reaction to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in London, on 14 March 2018. ReutersBritain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian former double agent in southern England, prime minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, adding it was the biggest single expulsion in over 30 years.May said Britain would also introduce new measures to strengthen defences against hostile state activities, freeze Russian state assets wherever there was evidence of a threat and downgrade its attendance at the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.Russia, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack, said Britain should expect retaliation for its actions.Former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on March 4 and remain in hospital in critical condition. A police officer was also harmed and remains in a serious condition.May has said the Skripals were attacked with Novichok, a Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent. She had asked Moscow to explain whether it was responsible for the attack or had lost control of stocks of the highly dangerous substance.“Their response demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events,” May said in a statement to parliament.“They have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.“There is no alternative conclusion, other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter, and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.“This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”May said the expulsion of the 23 diplomats, identified as undeclared intelligence officers, was the biggest single expulsion for over 30 years and would degrade Russian intelligence capabilities in Britain for years to come.“We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents,” May said.She also said new legislative proposals would be urgently developed to counter any threat from a hostile state.“This will include the addition of a targeted power to detain those suspected of hostile state activity at the UK border,” May said.British authorities would make use of existing powers to enhance efforts to monitor and track the intentions of those travelling to the UK who could be engaged in activities that represented a security threat.“We will increase checks on private flights, customs and freight,” she said.She also threatened action against those she described as “serious criminals and corrupt elites,” adding: “There is no place for these people, or their money, in our country.”May said Britain would revoke an invitation to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to visit the country and suspend all planned high level bilateral contacts between London and Moscow.On the soccer World Cup, she said no ministers or members of the British royal family would attend.last_img

Baltimore Officer Discovered Drunk on Duty Terminated

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comLess than two months after a Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officer was terminated following a videotaped beating of a city resident, another BPD officer has been fired after he was discovered drunk while on duty.According to BPD Chief Spokesperson T.J. Smith, on Oct. 2, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Southern District supervisors were called to the 700 block of Washington Blvd., in Southwest Baltimore for reports of an officer slumped over in his patrol vehicle.Baltimore Police Department (AP Photo, File)Supervisors discovered Officer Aaron Heilman in full uniform, slumped behind the wheel of the marked patrol vehicle, while it was running. Suspected of being under the influence, Heilman was taken to the Central District, where he agreed to submit to a breathalyzer, which indicated he had a blood alcohol count (BAC) of .22, more than twice the legal limit in Maryland. Any BAC over .08 is subject to a DUI arrest.Heilman, a probationary officer, was cited and suspended. He had been working an overtime crime suppression detail after having been off for two days, according to Smith. He had started his shift about three hours prior to being discovered drunk and slumped behind the wheel of his vehicle.On Oct. 3, Heilman was terminated by Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle. “I looked at the totality of the circumstances involved in this case and I made the decision to terminate this officer immediately,” said Tuggle. “His actions represented a safety issue for himself and the community. I simply won’t tolerate it.”last_img read more

Reddit Surpasses 1 Billion Video Views Closes in on 1 Million Uploads

first_imgVideo has been a big hit for Reddit: A little over a year after first launching native video hosting, the self-proclaimed front page of the internet already surpassed one billion video views per month. Reddit is also quickly approaching one million monthly video uploads every month, reaching 996,000 uploads in August.Reddit officially launched native video uploads in August of 2017, and the company’s VP of product Alex Le told Variety this week that it had been part of a bigger overhaul for the company. “We’ve been modernizing our platform,” he said. Reddit’s recent redesign, as well as the introduction of chat rooms for Reddit communities, have been part of this effort as well, he explained.Native video in particular has been a big hit for Reddit. The company revealed Tuesday that it now streams 400,000 hours of native video every single day, which equals over 13 million hours per month. Those numbers are up 38% since the beginning of the year. Popular on Variety Much of this video viewing is happening on mobile, where viewing activity has doubled since the beginning of the year. In August, 70% of all video viewing happened on mobile devices. And users who consume video on Reddit spend almost twice as much time on the service than those who don’tLe said that the growth in native video hasn’t been detrimental to videos hosted on other platforms like YouTube. “We are still seeing a lot of links being published,” he said, arguing that much of the native video viewing has been additive.That’s in part because of the strength of the long tail, and the appeal video has to new Reddit users. Within the first three months of Reddit launching native video last year, close to half of the people who published videos on Reddit had never published anything on the service before.Going forward, Reddit wants to make it even easier for Reddit users to discover videos in a dedicated environment, and also to continue to watch videos around a subject. However, the company still wants to keep users engaged, and have them take part in the discussions on the service — so don’t expect Reddit to launch a lean-back couch potato viewing mode any time soon. Said Le: “So much of what happens on Reddit is very lean-forward.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more