Several Ebola survivors and health workers in Liberia’s fifteen counties have expressed displeasure about the issue of discrimination and stigmatization in their communities and country at large.The survivors and Ebola health workers made the disclosure recently following Mercy Corps massive citizen-led community survey of people’s attitude and behavior relating to Ebola, which has so far received over 12,500 responses from across Liberia.According to the survey, half of those surveyed said, that they would be uncomfortable visiting the house of an Ebola survivor while nearly two thirds said they are not comfortable eating from the same bowl as an Ebola worker.The survey also proves that survivors and workers are also facing serious discrimination of which their families and frontline workers is having sometimes tragic Psychological and economic consequences, the NGO cautioned.Discussing the issue of stigma and discrimination, the Communications Officer at Mercy Corps, Richlue O. Burphy said that effort to respond to stigma must actively engage community leaders and trusted public figures and create safe spaces to discuss the psychosocial impacts of Ebola.“This research shows that all of us involved in the Ebola response need to really focus on challenging the way survivors, health care workers and others affected by Ebola are treated in the community,” Richlue said.He further added that the survey, which was conducted using mobile phones donated by the Paul Allen Foundation via Net Hope, has been designed to compliment government-led research, providing a wide data set which can help monitor changes in people’s attitudes to Ebola and behaviors over time.This data is being shared with county and national government offices to help inform planning and programs.At the same time, Sophie Roden, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager at Mercy Corps disclosed that the ongoing monitoring will allow Ebola Communities Action Platform (ECAP) to tailor messages and programs, to ensure we can respond to gaps in knowledge and practices where this is needed most.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A search has been launched for five female juvenile offenders who escaped from the New Opportunity Corps.This incident follows a number of other incidents wherein inmates have tried to flee the holding facility. Just over two weeks ago, a 17-year-old juvenile offender from New Amsterdam, Berbice pushed down a social service assistant and escaped.The teen was sent to the juvenile correctional facility to serve a three-year sentence on a charge of break-and-enter and larceny.Reports are that the teen was being escorted back to his dorm when he pushed the 61-year-old social service assistant Dale Dowding to the ground and ran west out of the compound and into an area covered with high vegetation, and made good his escape.Meanwhile, a few weeks prior to that incident, 13 persons managed to escape from the facility in another such incident. This publication understands that 10 of the teens escaped on September 27, 2018, and the other three escaped on September 28. The inmates had completed some chores in the compound of the facility, after which they started to run towards the western side of the premises, which is not fenced.Those who had escaped were a 15-year-old female of Vigilance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), who is serving 18 months for simple larceny; a 16-year-old female of Bartica, Region Seven, who is serving two years for wandering; another 16-year-old female of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, who is serving three years for wandering; a 15-year-old male of the Essequibo Coast, who is serving one year for simple larceny; a 16-year-old female of Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice, who is serving two years for wandering; a 16-year-old male of New Amsterdam, Berbice, who is serving 21 months for attempting to escape from custody; a 16-year-old male of Buxton, ECD, who is serving a three-year sentence for possession of a firearm; a 16-year-old male of Tucville, Georgetown, who is serving 22 months for wandering; a 17-year-old female of Mahdia, Region Eight, who is serving two years for wandering; and a 17-year-old male of Lethem, Region Nine, who is serving 15 months for burglary.
A Policeman attached to the Ruimveldt Police Station was on Friday hauled before City Magistrate Judy Latchman charged for threatening to kill his girlfriend.Randy Martin, 36, of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown denied all charges brought against him when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The first charge read that between April 1-18, 2017, at South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown, he unlawfully assaulted Cassandra Wickham.He was also charged for assaulting Wickham at the Georgetown seawall on April 17, 2017.The final charge against him alleged that he used threatening language against Wickham between April 1-13, 2017.The court was informed by Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves that the defendant and Virtual Complainant (VC) share a relationship, which was reportedly abusive.The court was told that the Policeman reportedly armed himself with a firearm and threatened to kill the VC.He allegedly forced himself on her and kissed her during the reported assault, the court was told.The matter was reported by the VC, and as such, the Policeman was arrested and charged.Martin was granted bail in the sum of ,000 and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on September 29.
Chelsea bounced back from their shock defeat to New York Red Bulls with a victory over Paris Saint-Germain on penalties.Both teams had strong sides out as they drew 1-1 in 90 minutes, before the Blues won the resulting shootout 6-5.Victor Moses, who is wanted by Tottenham this summer, according to reports, got Chelsea’s equaliser after Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring.And in the end the Blues had shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois to thank for their victory as he saved Thiago Silva’s penalty and then scored one of his own in Charlotte, North Carolina.You can see the best pictures from the match by clicking the right arrow above… 8 Victor Moses celebrates his goal in style – Click right for more pictures The Chelsea players line up before kick off – Click right for more pictures 8 8 And annoyed young defender Serge Aurier along the way – Click right for more pictures 8 Diego Costa was as physical as ever in the clash – Click right for more pictures 8 Thibaut Courtois saves Thiago Silva’s penatly – Click right for more pictures And then celebrates scoring his own – Click right for more pictures 8 Cesar Azpilicueta was as reliable as ever – Click right for more pictures 8 8 And Radamel Falcao was able to make his Chelsea debut in the game too
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Dimitar Berbatov is on the brink of joining Aston Villa after his close friend Stiliyan Petrov told Tim Sherwood the Bulgarian was ready for one last blast in the Premier League. (Daily Express)Emmanuel Adebayor is expected quit Tottenham for Aston Villa on loan tomorrow after rejecting a late move from Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are poised to step up their interest in Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez once Emmanuel Adebayor’s exit is sealed. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are also considering a move for Manchester United winger Ashley Young after Crystal Palace slapped a whopping £25million price tag on Yannick Bolasie. (Daily Mirror)And Spurs will open talks with Everton over midfielder James McCarthy this week. The north London club are confident of prising McCarthy away despite boss Roberto Martinez’s insistence that he is not leaving, with the player disillusioned at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has revealed that the club are keen to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, if the Premier League side are willing to lower their £7m asking price. (Daily Mail)Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is expected to tie up his protracted move to Roma on Wednesday. The Egyptian winger had agreed to join the Serie A side at the weekend and the clubs have discussed a £1.4million loan fee with a buy-out figure of £16m. (Daily Mail)West Ham are preparing a £12million move for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow. (Daily Express)West Ham have enquired about Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante as a deal for Alex Song stalls. Paris-born midfielder Kante is valued at around £5million and has been likened to former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele. (Daily Mail)Southampton youngster Sam Gallagher is set to join MK Dons on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old is in advanced talks with the Championship club and is expected to complete his move in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Arsenal striker Joel Campbell set to agree season-long deal with PalermoInter Milan poised to tie up deal for Everton target Ivan PerisicNo bid! West Brom deny Spurs have made official approach for Saido BerahinoPedro latest: Manchester United expected to win race for Barcelona forwardStoke transfer news: Mark Hughes still working on record deal for Andriy YarmolenkoExclusive – Ex-Real Madrid chief expects David de Gea to quit Manchester UnitedStefano Okaka snubs interest from Watford to join Anderlecht in £2m dealExclusive – Sergio Ramos has not used Manchester United, claims Ramon CalderonAston Villa close to completing £10m deal for Nantes midfielder Jordan VeretoutBournemouth expect to complete signing of Saint-Etienne winger Max Gradel
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Compared to many emerging economies, South Africa “has a good story to tell” based on its achievements over the past 20 years, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the government’s 20 Year Review in Pretoria on Tuesday.Detail of the cover of the 20 Year Review document, launched in March 2014.Brand South Africa reporterThe 20 Year Review reflects on South Africa’s progress in reconstruction and development since 1994, and on the challenges facing the country as it enters its third decade of democracy.Zuma said South Africa had done well in improving the lives of its people through pro-poor economic interventions, and in building social cohesion, after inheriting the apartheid legacy in 1994.“The biggest barrier to further increasing social cohesion is the remaining inequality in society, which needs to be attended to further,” Zuma said, adding: “Going forward, we should commit to working together further to implement the National Development Plan (NDP) to deal with the remaining challenges and take our country forward.”Zuma said that the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) that was introduced by the democratic government after 1994 had benefitted millions of South Africans through social security programmes, subsidised housing, and the extension of services such as electricity and water, quality education and health care.Human rightsSouth Africans now enjoyed basic human rights that restored their dignity after the adoption of the Constitution in 1996.“Thanks to our progressive Constitution, we enjoy freedom of movement and of association, the right to own property, the right not to be detained without trial, freedom of expression and freedom of the press, religious freedom and freedom of sexual orientation,” Zuma noted.“Women have equal rights before the law, which did not exist before 1994.“Workers have 20 years of enjoying rights, including trade union workplace organising, collective bargaining, equal pay for equal work, health and safety, affirmative action, skills development, minimum wages for workers in vulnerable sectors, the right to strike, and the right to peaceful protest.”Economic growthOn the economy, Zuma said that despite having inheriting a bankrupt economy in 1994, South Africa’s growth had averaged 3.2% from 1994 to 2012, “a marked improvement over pre-1994 growth rates”, while the number of people in employment grew by approximately 60%, or 5.6-million people, between 1994 and 2013.South Africa still faced challenges inherited from apartheid, including the uneven distribution of land, the after-effects of Bantu education, unemployment and poor economic growth.However, partnerships between the government, labour and business, combined with the integration of the National Development Plan, would go a long way towards carrying the country forward.Since the mid-2000s, the government had placed an emphasis on investing in economic infrastructure such as ports, rail, dams and power stations. Investment in infrastructure, which has also been identified as a key jobs driver, had increased “dramatically” over the past five years.Social stabilityAt the same time, Zuma said, the country had made progress in providing social services such as health care, education and housing. Over eight-million school children were now beneficiaries of no-fee schools, while nine-million were being fed through the schools feeding scheme.In addition to free basic healthcare, more than 1 500 healthcare facilities had been built and existing ones revitalised over the past 20 years.“One of the major challenges that confronted the democratic government was the rapid rise in the HIV epidemic,” Zuma said. “The country’s improved response to HIV and Aids and TB has resulted in dramatic improvements in health outcomes.”The Reconstruction and Development Programme had resulted in about 2.8-million government-subsidised houses being distributed and over 875 000 serviced sites being delivered, with 56% of housing subsidies being allocated to woman-headed householdsThis had given more than 12-million South Africans access to accommodation, and increased the proportion of people living in formal housing from 64% in 1996 to 77% in 2011.“We have succeeded because of the hard work of all our people who contributed in various ways to rebuilding their country,” Zuma said. “We are honoured to place before the country this 20 Year Review, which provides evidence in this regard. We trust that it will be useful in assessing the path we have travelled thus far, and in moving the country forward.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.