‘Ebola Survivor’ Goes Blind

first_imgFifty-six-year-old Washington Sumowah said he has lost his sight and sense of smell after being discharged from the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) within the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.Mr. Sumowah was taken to the ETU on September 2, when he was suspected of suffering from the hemorrhagic fever and was discharged on September 6.Explaining his ordeal to the Daily Observer Sunday, September 21, at his residence in Gbarnga, he said when he started feeling sick, he went to the Phebe Hospital for medical checkup and his specimen was taken and sent to Monrovia for testing.“Two days later, I was asked by health authority at the Phebe Hospital that I needed to go to Monrovia at the JFK Hospital ETU for treatment and that is how I was taken to the treatment center,” Mr. Sumowah said.He narrated that at the ETU, he was profusely sprayed with a chemical he identified as chlorine, something he alleged might have been the cause of him losing his sight and sense of smell.“The chemical cut sore all over my body that made me to have sleepless nights for the past ten days” he declared displaying one of his photos.Mr. Sumowah told this reporter after spending four days at the ETU that he was discharged by medical personnel when his second test conducted proved negative, which means that he is freed from the Ebola virus disease.Medical records in the possession of the survivor, signed by Dr. J. Soka Moses, a Medical Doctor at the ETU, established that he (survivor) had suffered from multiple body pain, diarrhea, breathlessness, weakness, abdominal pain as well as muscle pain for the past two weeks before being taken to the JFK Ebola Treatment Unit. There is nowhere in the report pointing to him coming down with the virus.However, Sumowah told this paper that he had suffered from bloody stool and urine for many years and both have been his major illnesses.Many people in Gbarnga believe that the 56-year-old man is simply allergic to the chemical used on him during his stay at the ETU.Meanwhile, he has passionately appealed to the Liberian Government, humanitarian organizations, the international community and people of goodwill to extend assistance to him in restoring his sight and sense of smell.He is a father of seven, said his wife has forsaken him as a result of his present condition and only his four and ten-year-old children are currently taking care of him.“Can you imagine before I go in the rest room, my son has to lead me even to take bath? Things that I used to do on my own, I cannot do them again; it is frustrating,” Mr. Sumowah remarked, shaking his head in frustration.When contacted, the County Health Officer for Bong Dr. Sampson Azoakoi confirmed that the victim was transferred to Monrovia after his blood specimen was taken and tested and was diagnosed of Ebola but maintained that he regretted that the survivor came back with blindness and lack of smell.Dr. Azoakoi told this paper that at present, the eye clinic at the Phebe Hospital is not functional due to the prevailing health crisis in the country but advised the victim to seek assistance elsewhere until the eye unit is re-opened.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors’ woes among reasons cited for NBA TV ratings decline

first_img Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers TV ratings for NBA games are down so far this season and the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors are among the reasons.Coming into the season, the NBA and its television partners were banking on the Warriors to be one of the prime attractions — just as they had been for the previous five years. Despite the loss of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson’s knee injury, Golden State still had superstar Steph Curry and was considered by many to be a playoff contender.Related Articles ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s all business And so the Warriors were scheduled for five national games — on TNT, ESPN or ABC — over the first four weeks of the season. They were also placed in the middle of the Christmas day schedule, in which the NBA traditionally showcases its biggest stars and enticing matchups.But the Warriors, of course, were hit with more injuries, including Curry’s broken hand, and have hardly been must-see TV material. They lost each of those five early nationally televised games and all but one of them were blowouts. Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season Considering the Warriors’ 4-15 record, the NBA (and ABC) would surely choose to sub in another team for Golden State in its Christmas matchup with the Houston Rockets. But that’s not possible.Don’t be surprised, however, if some adjustments are made to the national TV schedule in the coming months. The Warriors are set to air three times on ESPN in December, including the 13th (at Jazz), 18th (at Blazers) and 20th (vs. Pelicans). According to the Associated Press, TNT isn’t scheduled to air another Warriors game until Jan. 16 against Denver. But that will mark the first of 11 appearances until the end of the season.Overall, NBA games have averaged 1.45 million viewers across ESPN and TNT through Nov. 21 — down 18 percent from the same point last year (1.75 million). But the depleted Warriors are only part of the problem.Other factors being cited are the injury to No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson, the lack of exciting early matchups and the fact that the NBA’s two Los Angeles-based powerhouses — the Lakers and Clippers — play in the Pacific time zone, making their games run late for Eastern viewers.Williamson, who has yet to play, was expected to be a big draw when the schedules were released in August. And his New Orleans Pelicans were featured on either ESPN, TNT or NBATV in all but eight of their first 19 games. Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year Still, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered yet another reason for the soft ratings — cord-cutters.“Ratings are down because all of our national broadcasts are exclusively available on cable, which is losing subs daily,” he recently tweeted.  “Football benefits from being on broadcast tv which is in every digital and traditional package along with gambling available in some of the biggest markets.”But back to the Warriors: Turner analyst Stan Van Gundy told the AP that Golden State’s decline is a chance for other teams, like the Clippers, Rockets and Jazz, to pick up more national appearances.“There are more teams and players to be interested about from a national basis,” he said. “This is one of the more exciting years probably since the Warriors’ dynasty started because it is so wide open. We are going to see a lot more ups and downs than teams cruising through the season. See them go on runs and then handle a lot of adversity.”last_img read more

Romeo Kumalo: I am an Entrepreneur

first_imgBusiness leader Romeo Kumalo plays his part in promoting entrepreneurship in South Africa, sharing his vast experience in the information and communications technology sector.South African business leader Romeo Kumalo. (Image: M-Net)Brand South Africa’s partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, Renault, MTN Business and MyStartUp on the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ programme workshop series is aimed at promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in South Africa.Mentors and business pioneers present very different but compelling stories about their enterprising journey with budding entrepreneurs in a masterclass set-up.The Bloemfontein chapter of ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ held a workshop on 7 October 2017 with business man Romeo Kumalo. He has more than 20 years of experience in the South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector, 10 years of which were spent with Vodacom. Now Kumalo has struck out on his own and is forging a new path to success.Kumalo says he wants to make his own dent in the universe – and he plans to do this through supporting budding entrepreneurs in South Africa.As a member of M-Net’s Shark Tank, he has been afforded the opportunity to get involved with young entrepreneurs and invest in businesses he believes will help solve societal problems in the country. In Shark Tank, budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to five industry leaders who decide whether the idea is worth investing in or not.This was a great platform to amplify the values of Play Your Part as it highlights the goals of the National Development Plan to eliminate poverty and build an inclusive society through, among other things, youth development, skilling and empowering women and entrepreneurship. This ultimately sees South Africa having higher employment rates and a more confident, skilled workforce.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Devastation and healing follow grassland wildfires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal has a conversation with John Kellenberger of Kansas’ Ashland Veterinary Center in this video.His area was hit hard by the grassland wildfires that swept across parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in early March. Now the heart of America is finding themselves looking down the road at what’s next for their part of the country.last_img

Only one person can ensure country’s security: Amit Shah

first_img“I am fortunate that BJP has made me the candidate from Gandhinagar seat that was represented by Lal Krishna Advani, Atalji and Purushottam Ganesh Mavalankar,” said Mr. Shah. “It is this region from where I was elected MLA for five times and I began my electoral journey,” he added.Mr. Shah made clear that the parliamentary elections would be fought on the issue of national security and the fight against terrorism.“This election will be fought on only one issue, and that is, who will lead this country,” Mr. Shah asserted. “When I ask who will lead the country, from Himachal to Kanyakumari and from Kamrup to Gandhinagar, only one word is heard, that is: Modi, Modi, Modi,” he said, addressing party workers in Naranpura, his erstwhile Assembly constituency.He stressed that only Mr. Modi, the BJP and the NDA government could secure the country’s interests.“The question before the country is who can assure security to the country? Only one person, only one party can assure this. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and NDA government can assure security to the country,” he contended.Mr. Thackeray said that “both BJP and Shiv Sena were guided by the common ideology of Hindutva.” BJP President Amit Shah speaking to people during a road show in Ahmedabad on Saturday, March 30, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji Flanked by senior party colleagues and NDA allies, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar, replacing the party’s veteran parliamentarian L.K. Advani.Before filing the papers at the Gandhinagar Collector’s office, Mr. Shah along with the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan and top BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari addressed a rally and held a massive roadshow in a show of strength in Ahmedabad.The Union Home Minister termed Mr. Shah the “successor of L.K. Advani, who represented Gandhinagar” for two decades.The presence of the allies and top union ministers at the rally is seen as public acknowledgment that Mr. Shah is the most powerful leader after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not only in the BJP but also in the NDA.last_img read more

76ers escape Knicks

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Joel Embiid scored 26 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 123-121 home loss against Atlanta on Friday night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 16.Simmons called his team “too soft” after the loss to the lowly Hawks. He answered his own challenge with a pair of big plays late in the fourth quarter against New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Knicks pulled within two on rookie Kevin Knox’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left, but Simmons pulled down an offensive rebound and fed Redick for a key jumper.A defensive rebound for Simmons set up Redick’s two foul shots with 20 seconds left, lifting Philadelphia to a 106-98 lead. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Knicks: G Tim Hardaway Jr. was sidelined by a left hamstring injury. He got hurt during Friday night’s 121-106 loss to Atlanta. … C Enes Kanter was held out due to what coach David Fizdale described as “flu-like symptoms.” … G Frank Ntilikina played 28 minutes after missing his last three games due to a sprained left ankle. He had eight points and six assists. … Mudiay scored 19 points in 28 minutes off the bench.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Knicks: Will play the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London when they face the Washington Wizards on Thursday. “I thought especially the offensive rebound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought that was the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “They made it close at the end, but I thought his overall performance was dominant.”New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.Knox had career-high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Luke Kornet had a career-best 23 points.At 19 years, 155 days, Knox became the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a game, joining Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Durant and LeBron James.“Those are some legendary players,” Knox said. “There’s a lot of other players on that list, but it just shows the work (I’m) putting in is paying off. Those are some great guys (to share) company with.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show MOST READ New York trailed by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but closed to 83-82 on Kornet’s basket with 11 seconds left in the third.The 76ers responded in the fourth, beginning the quarter with an 11-0 run. Simmons capped the spurt by finding a driving Butler for a layup that made it 94-82 with 6:22 left.“We have to lock down on defense and offensively take care of the ball,” Simmons said. “I think that’s really it. Everybody needs to be locked in.”HOME SWEET HOME?New York has lost eight in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks’ last home win was Dec. 1 over Milwaukee.COMING UPFive of the Sixers’ next six games are against teams competing for a playoff spot. They host Minnesota on Tuesday night, and then visit Indiana on Thursday. They play Oklahoma City, Houston and San Antonio during a three-game homestand beginning on Saturday against the Thunder.“I’m excited,” Embiid said. “We’re going to see how good we are and how good we can become or how bad we are. The next three weeks are going to shape our season.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid also had eight rebounds and blocked six shots in his return to the lineup after missing the loss to Atlanta. Embiid was sidelined by left ankle soreness. … It was Philadelphia’s seventh straight win over the Knicks. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons reacts after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Ben Simmons backed up his tough talk with a big day.Simmons had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mets claim second Open’s title

first_imgBoth teams started off strong with opportunities but due to solid defence could not get the ball across the line.When it looked like the Mets would score the first touchdown after five minutes, the Cobras Emily Hopkin put everything into a diving touch to stop the half before the pass could be thrown. The Mets eventually scored the first touchdown of the game after a well planned half runner picked up Megan Campbell getting away from her winger.Both teams continued to pressure each other’s lines but with strong defence and touchdown saving touches Mets kept the lead at 1-0.The Cobras got the scores to 1-all with a few minutes to go in the first half with a diving touchdown to Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing.Cobras started off the second half with the first two touchdowns to get out to an extremely handy lead, both scored by Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing with one being a controversial decision with the wind playing havoc. The Mets were equal to the challenge thrown down by the Cobras and found themselves in the lead with three quick touchdowns. Nicky Albery started the second half scoring with a touchdown on the wing, which was followed by a dive over touchdown to Kate Fitzsimmons after a middle link switch. The third straight touchdown was scored by Kristen Boss bitting a hole between the two middles.Sam Hopkin came to the rescue, scoring in the link to get Cobras back to level pegging late in the second half. Comments were already starting to make their way around the fields question if the game would go to a drop-off or not?   The Cobras and Mets then traded touchdowns through Louise Winchester and Nicole McHugh for the Mets and Sam Hopkin and Kirsty Quince for Cobras.The drop-off only lasted three sets of six, with Cobras holding Mets off in the first set of six touches but were unable to score themselves.  The Mets took the ball down to the Cobras line and Louise Winchester scored a similar touchdown to her one during the match switching in from the link and diving at the line. The Touchdown secured the win for Mets.last_img read more

Man with the most beautiful dogs in Fort Chip gives tourists a

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsHis team of dogs is something Robert Grandjambe of Fort Chipewyan takes great pride in.It’s his hobby, his income and his culture.He passes the tradition on to visitors of Fort Chip with Atim Ostogwan Dog Sledding and Boat Tours, a company he created with his wife.“It’s really, really important to pass that on,” he said. “It’s sad that a lot of young people aren’t interested in this anymore.”People from the south travel to the community to get a taste of northern culture. And it’s the only business like it in Fort Chip.“A good way to retain that culture is to practice it and share it with visitors,” Grandjambe said. “We see that in the eyes of the guests. They’re so interested.“They’ve never seen this before and perhaps I may be the last person who’s doing this.”But getting the dogs ready to hit the trails isn’t an easy task.Grandjambe has a fishing net on Lake Athabasca which he pulls regularly to feed his family and his dogs.Rather than buying dog food at the local grocery store, Grandjambe said fish is healthier and more cost effective.With oil production a few hours away near Fort McMurray, fishing also allows him to monitor the condition of the lake.“If you see the fish every day and you’re keeping an eye on things, you’re watching what’s going on,” Grandjambe said while pulling his net.“So I think that’s why it’s so important to continue this lifestyle.”After the fish are frozen, it’s feeding time.As the hungry dogs whine and howl, Granjambe cuts the fish into pieces and hands them to the dogs.When it’s time to take the dogs out, Grandjambe harnesses them up with dog blankets that his wife made.“The reason they did this a long time ago was because the elders in the community would give away their daughters,” he said, “When they gave their daughters away they wanted to give to a good provider. So if you had a beautiful team of dogs well you were naturally a good provider and a good trapper or hunter.“So it was a competition to have the most beautiful dogs.”Decorated with tassels, flowers and bells, the dogs are ready to take off.The hour long ride takes tourists through creeks, forests, and muskeg and sometimes through town.Residents stop and watch the most beautiful dogs in all of Fort Chipewyan.tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptnlast_img read more

Despite recent struggles mens hockey team improving coach says

With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has little time to make a push for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. OSU is currently the ninth seed with the top five seeds receiving a first round bye. “It’s crunch time,” senior forward C.J. Severyn said. “These last four games could mean life or death for us.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he likes the way his team is playing, though it lost six of its last seven games. He said he thinks the team hasn’t gotten the puck to slide its way. “That’s the hard thing,” he said. “We don’t have that puck luck.” Osiecki said it has been the same for his team all year. The pucks don’t seem to go its way, but he said that’s something the team has to overcome. “You’ve got to have great will,” he said. “You’ve got to have a relentless part of your game.” Though Osiecki said he thinks his team has been playing well, he said it’s not where the players expected to be at the beginning of the season. “I’m not sure if it’s where we want to be,” he said, “but we’re certainly better.” Four of the six losses — all of which were conference games — have been by two goals or fewer, so the team is usually within a couple of plays of winning. “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes of Buckeye hockey,” Severyn said. “That’s where we’re going to get our wins.” The Buckeyes have two home series, of two games apiece, to round out the regular season: one against Lake Superior State and one against Ferris State. This weekend’s series against Lake Superior State is senior weekend, a time when the senior players reflect on their four years — especially this one — at OSU. One of the things the seniors have had to adjust to is a coaching change. Osiecki is in his first year as the men’s hockey coach, and it has been a transition for the seniors who had a different coach the previous three seasons. “It’s a hard thing to go through as a senior,” forward Kyle Reed said, “but I’m happy with it.” The Buckeyes (14-15-2, 9-13-2) have played well at home this season, going 7-5-1, and will look to continue to do that this weekend against Lake Superior State (10-12-8, 8-9-7). The games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

Townsquare Media Buys Music Sites From AOL

first_img“We completed the transaction and have spent the past several months working with their fantastic editorial staffs to develop the sites on our platform” said John Lerner, CEO of Breaking Media at the time of the deal.  “We were attracted by the quality of editorial teams and the fact that these sites have been reaching insiders in their markets for almost two years. We also feel the that the Defense, Energy and Government sectors fit well with our legal and finance verticals.”The Townsquare deal adds another 3.5 million visitors per comScore numbers, reports AllThings D. The company already has 250 companion websites for its radio stations as well as a network of owned and operated sites across the indie, hip hop, rock and country genres, claiming 60 million unique monthly visitors. Radio, live event and digital media company Townsquare Media is acquiring The Boot, The BoomBox, NoiseCreep and comics enthusiast site ComicsAlliance from AOL in what appears to be a last-minute save for the brands.In April TechCrunch and Billboard reported the AOL Music sites were on the verge of being shut down, with many of the staff let go. Terms of the deal were not released, but some staff of AOL Music and ComicsAlliance will be joining Townsquare Media going forward. AOL has recently been divesting some of its smaller niche sites—in mid-May Breaking Media announced that it closed on a deal to buy AOL Defense, AOL Energy and AOL Gov.last_img read more