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STIGMA AND NATIONALISM

first_imgLiberia has become the bio-terrorist of the new modern age, a sort of North Korea with personalized, microscopic nukes. And this state of mind which holds that Liberians are proliferators of deadly agents is far more destructive than the EBOLA virus which has lamentably claimed 5,000 lives in three countries. Coupled with our own ignorance and fear in Liberia and the continuing loss of our compatriots, the internationalized STIGMA of our people and country has far reaching and deleterious effects in every sphere of our society and economy. The loathing, suspicion and mistreatment of Liberians gallop into a surreal career of its own, creating a brand, a “STIGMA” which nobody wants.But is the authoritative Washington Post factually correct when it feeds the hysteria by publishing hyperbole that the streets of Monrovia are littered with EBOLA dead bodies? It is not. Are not the International Community in part responsible for the deaths given that they have long ignored, facilitated, aided and abetted the local circumstances which produce the current state of affairs? They are. Should not Liberia’s leadership accept ownership of this crisis by virtue of its incompetence, vanity, ignorance, selfishness, corruption and endemic dishonesty? They must. Are we -private citizens- not culpable when we have not forced our leaders to account? We are. Paradigm shifts.Ebola has upended everything in Liberia as we know. It has thrust into disinfecting daylight the sham of government while ripping away the neat bandages covering the festers of old national sores. And in spite of the epidemiological projections of near genocide the disease will be stopped if only because this evil, surreptitious scourge threatens the lives and economies of people who have the financial, technical and medical resources to stop it in its tracks.But here’s the rub. The “STIGMA” which now pervades affects all Liberians everywhere. No Exceptions! Whether you are born Liberian but naturalized in another country, of Liberian parentage born in another country, Liberian legally resident elsewhere, a Liberian resident in Liberia, or a Liberian disguising your Liberian origins, the “STIGMA” applies. You are to be avoided, watched and monitored…for a lot longer than 21 days.But this is also the thing which underscores a common origin, a common heritage, and a unity which we have ignored. And EBOLA has also arrived with improbably beneficial effects because irrespective of your economic capacity, your occupation, your level or lack of education, your age, your ethnicity, your class, your opinions, your religion, your political affiliations, your talents, your aspirations, your sexuality, or your achievements and failures, EBOLA has returned ALL Liberians to sender. This disease cuts a pitiless swathe. And try as we might to evade, avoid or escape the association we still have a common challenge. Like it or not, we ALL carry the burdens and promises of Patrick Sawyer and Thomas Eric Duncan…without touching.EBOLA is not just fear, isolation and death, it is also opportunity. Ebola presents brilliant new vistas for renaissance, for refocusing, for re-commitment, for re-emphasis AND for jettisoning the practices, attitudes and behaviors which act as immobilizing albatrosses around the neck of progress. We are all possessed of the consciousness that “things” have to change in Liberia. The fundamental question is not so much “what must change” as much as it is “where are we going next?” and “who can take us there?”STIGMA by definition is a BRAND. In Liberia’s case stigma is nationalism turned inside out.  Stigma exposes the worst so that we can begin a path to achieving the best. Stigma forces us to return to the essence and place of our existence…why do we exist in the contexts that we do? And the answers to that question are not as difficult as they may appear to the extent that we understand our connections and responsibilities to each other as Liberians. It is only thru unified and collective actions that we can reverse or overturn the stigma. Charity, Health, Security, Hope, Prosperity and Success truly begins at HOME, and that must be the kernel of the new Nationalism going forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Apple trademark settlement

first_imgSAN JOSE – For the third time in nearly three decades, iPod maker Apple Inc. has resolved a bitter trademark dispute with The Beatles’ guardian Apple Corps Ltd. over use of the iconic apple logo and name. But while the truce announced Monday appeared to finally bury the long-simmering animosity, music lovers will still need to wait for the right to buy such songs as “Love Me Do” or “Hey Jude” on Apple Inc.’s iTunes online store. The announcement – made jointly by one of the world’s largest music sellers and one of history’s most beloved bands – was silent on whether the catalog of Beatles songs will become available for download any time soon. The Beatles have so far been the most prominent holdout from iTunes and other online music services, and Apple’s overtures to put the music online have been stymied by the ongoing litigation. It’s no secret that Steve Jobs – Apple Inc.’s chief executive officer and a huge Beatles fan – has wanted the British band’s music on iTunes, which has sold more than 2 billion songs worldwide and has catapulted Apple into the top ranks of music sellers. Jobs even cued up some Beatles music and album art in unveiling the company’s highly anticipated iPhone gadget at the Macworld Conference and Expo last month, setting off rampant speculation that some type of deal might be in the works. However, decades of legal disputes between the two companies have thus far made any partnership all but impossible. “We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks,” Jobs said in a statement. “It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The settlement gives Cupertino-based Apple Inc. ownership of the name and logo in return for agreeing to license some of those trademarks back to London-based Apple Corps – guardian of The Beatles’ commercial interests – for their continued use. It ends the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the two companies, with each side paying its own legal costs. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Industry analysts said a resolution on putting The Beatles’ music online is likely already in the works. “It goes from impossible to a lock that it’s going to happen – it’s a function of time at this point,” said Gene Munster, senior research analyst with investment bank Piper Jaffray & Co. “I bet they move pretty fast. For Apple, it was critical that they got this taken care of.” Jaffray estimates that Apple Inc. paid The Beatles $50 million to $100 million for the rights to the Apple name. That would come on top of more than $26.5 million Apple paid to settle past disputes with Apple Corps. last_img read more

Study: Discipline may cut Alzheimer’s risk

first_imgDuring the 12 years, 176 people developed Alzheimer’s disease. Those with the highest scores for a personality trait called “conscientiousness” at the start of the study had an 89 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s compared with people with the lowest scores for that personality trait. The conscientiousness scores were based on how people rated themselves, on a scale of 0 to 4, on how much they agreed with statements such as: “I work hard to accomplish my goals,” “I strive for excellence in everything I do,” “I keep my belongings clean and neat” and “I’m pretty good about pacing myself so as to get things done on time.” When the researchers took into account a combination of risk factors, including smoking, inactivity and limited social connections, they still found that the dutiful people had a 54 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s compared with people with the lowest scores for conscientiousness. Could lower conscientiousness merely be an early sign of Alzheimer’s? The researchers think not. At the start of the study, the less conscientious people were no more likely to have lower mental abilities or more memory problems than the most dutiful people in the study. The study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Astoundingly, the brains of some of the dutiful people in the study were examined after their deaths and were found to have lesions that would meet accepted criteria for Alzheimer’s – even though these people had shown no signs of dementia. “This adds to our knowledge that lifestyle, personality, how we think, feel and behave are very importantly tied up with risk for this terrible illness,” Wilson said. “It may suggest new ideas for trying to delay the onset of this illness.” Previous studies have linked social connections and stimulating activities like working puzzles with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. The same researchers reported previously that people who experience more distress and worry about their lives are at a higher risk. The new findings, appearing in Monday’s Archives of General Psychiatry, come from an analysis of personality tests and medical exams of 997 older Catholic priests, nuns and brothers who participated in the Religious Orders Study. At the start of the study, none of the participants showed signs of dementia. The average age was 75. Everyone took tests, including a standard personality test, then the researchers tracked them for 12 years, testing yearly for cognitive decline and dementia. Brain autopsies were performed on most of those who died. By Carla K. Johnson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – A study of elderly people suggests that those who see themselves as self-disciplined, organized achievers have a lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who are less conscientious. A purposeful personality may somehow protect the brain, perhaps by increasing neural connections that can act as a reserve against mental decline, said study co-author Robert Wilson of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. last_img read more

‘Trust Van Gaal!’ Ronald de Boer urges Manchester United fans to be patient with under-fire boss

first_imgFormer Holland midfielder Ronald de Boer has urged Manchester United fans to be patient with under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal, insisting his former boss WILL bring glory back to Old Trafford.The Red Devils currently sit fourth in the Premier League table and just six points adrift of leaders Leicester, but their position is perhaps misleading considering their form so far this year.Fans have become frustrated with the style of football on display at Old Trafford this season and the pressure on Van Gaal increased after Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth – a result which extended their winless run to five games.De Boer admits the fear factor has disappeared from Old Trafford but the former Holland international, who won three Eredivisie titles and one Champions League crown under Van Gaal at Ajax, insists results WILL improve if they stick with the boss.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, De Boer said: “Sometimes when teams enter a stadium they already know they’re going to give three points away, but it this moment that’s not the case.“I think that if you spend as much money as Manchester United have over the last two years, you can expect criticism if you aren’t performing. But I’m a Van Gaal fan, he’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with.“I believe in him, I stand behind him and I think in the end he will do it.“They’re only two wins away from Leicester at the top of the league, so they’re still very much in the hunt for the title.“We just have to be patient.”United were criticised for failing to land a quality striker during the summer transfer window, having been forced to spend £36million on the largely inexperienced 20-year-old Anthony Martial on transfer deadline day.And De Boer insists the lack of a 20-goal-a-season striker is central to their current plight.He added: “I think their problem is with their forwards. At this moment is they don’t have one guy, a target man, who can score 20 or 25 goals a season.“Also, Wayne Rooney is not a number nine anymore, he’s more like a ten now behind a striker. They face a bit of a problem in that sense.“One of the other problems for me is the age. The likes of Depay, Martial and Lingard, they’re so young and super talented, but you cannot expect these young payers to always play great football.”last_img read more

Former Arsenal teammate backs Jack Wilshere to succeed away from the Emirates

first_imgDanny Welbeck has urged Jack Wilshere to keep on improving to reach the next level after leaving Arsenal.After 17 years at the club, the central midfielder announced he would be leaving upon the expiration of his contract. 2 Wilshere and Welbeck celebrate Arsenal’s FA Cup win in 2015 REVEALED LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 “He feels like it’s come to a time where he’s made that decision and he’s got to move on and I think he’s got to be positive with it.“He’s got to take the opportunity with two hands and try and improve and just keep getting better and better and try and take that next step that’s going to get him the next level.” IN DEMAND The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries throughout his career targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Latest Transfer Rumours Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father After a series of debilitating injuries, Wilshere featured regularly for the Gunners last season, but new boss Unai Emery could not promise him the game time he wanted.And Welbeck, who has played with Wilshere for club and country, wants to see the 26-year-old kick on and fulfil his potential.He said: “Obviously Jack with his contract, it was running out and it’s come to an end.“The contract was there for him to sign and he’s decided that it’s best for him to leave. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED There are certainly going to be plenty of suitors for the central midfielder, who truly burst onto the scene in 2011 by being voted into the PFA Team of the Year in the same year he won the Young Player of the Year award.talkSPORT’s very own Ray Parlour  believes a move to West Ham would suit the England international best, as he looks to rebuild his career away from the Emirates. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

LADIES GAA: RESULTS AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

first_imgSenior Championship semi finals draw:Matches to be played on Sunday 25th AugustTermon v GlenfinSt Eunan’s v MovilleSenior championship Results: Convoy 0-02 St. Eunans 3-13Termon beat MovilleIntermediate championshipAodh ruadh 2-4 Cloughaneely 1-6 Milford 3-10 Four Masters 1-11Junior A championshipGaoth Dobhair 8-10 Dungloe 0-3Junior B championshipBuncrana 7-10 Termon B 1-8 N. Columba 4-15 L/kenny G 4-4Killybegs 4-8 Malin 4-6LADIES GAA: RESULTS AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL DRAW was last modified: August 11th, 2013 by John2Share 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:LADIES GAA: RESULTS AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL DRAWlast_img read more

Fuss brewing over drive-throughs

first_img 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But Councilwoman Amie Breeze said drive-throughs are important to parents with children and the disabled. “As far as the convenience of being in the car with eight kids, you could quickly go through the drive-through and you’re done with it,” she said. ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Residents here may soon lose the convenience of ordering food without ever leaving their vehicles after a majority of the City Council said they would support a restriction on drive-throughs to cut down on air pollution from idling vehicles. A final vote is expected soon. “If we’re serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we need to be looking at how people use their automobile,” Mayor Jake Mackenzie said. The majority of council members agreed that drive-up windows should be confined to a central commercial zone. last_img read more

DEELE COLLEGE TAKES MAJOR STEP FORWARD WITH NEW EXTENSION

first_imgThe principal of Deele College in Raphoe, PJ McGowan, has welcomed the announcement of a new extension for the school.Principal PJ MGowanDeele is the only school in Donegal to be approved for an extension and refurbishment, which is to commence in early 2014.It is hoped that it will be completed to coincide with the school’s 50th anniversary. Situated in the heart of Raphoe, Deele College, a DEIS school, has a wide catchment area, covering eighteen feeder primary schools. The first extension opened in 1985 and this was designed to cater for 420 students. There are currently 520 students in attending the school and the enrolment each year is increasing.In keeping with the emphasis on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the new extension will see new science laboratories and a tiered demonstration area, a Design and Communications Graphics Room, a multimedia learning laboratory and new IT suites, equipped with the latest technology, all that is needed in terms of technology in the 21st century.The extension will also see new Home Economics rooms, Music/Drama and Arts & Crafts facilities and the school looks forward to extra space for Learning Support, Guidance and Pastoral Care.There will also be a new Home School Community Liaison Facility. The sports facilities at the school will also be enhanced, with the addition of a new fitness suite. Speaking following the announcement, school Principal; Mr PJ McGowan said that he was delighted with the announcement and that it was vitally important for the school to be granted this extension and refurbishment.“The new extension will allow us to be at the forefront of modern education. The new facilities will give all students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. Here at Deele College, we provide an education that is both academic and holistic and this extension will allow us to enhance our ability to deliver quality education in the 21st century.“This extension is timely, given the introduction of the new Junior Cycle, which will place more emphasis on projects and assessments. The new extension will afford us the space to cater for this evolution.”He concluded, “We look forward to welcoming back our past students for the 50th anniversary in our new surroundings, which will mark a new era for the school.” DEELE COLLEGE TAKES MAJOR STEP FORWARD WITH NEW EXTENSION was last modified: December 3rd, 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:deele collegeextensionprincipal PJ McGowanlast_img read more

51 patients recorded on trolleys at Letterkenny Hospital

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is Ireland’s second most overcrowded hospital today after 51 patients were recorded waiting on a bed this morning.The INMO trolley watch figures showed that 17 sick patients were awaiting admission on trolleys and a further 34 were waiting in overflow wards.The hospital’s Emergency Department has seen significant overcrowding in recent weeks, with the Full Capacity Protocol implemented on numerous occasions. The University Hospital of Limerick was Ireland’s most overcrowded today, where 60 people were recorded waiting on beds.51 patients recorded on trolleys at Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more