VP Boakai Visits Barkedu in Lofa, Ebola Hot Spot

first_imgThe Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, visited Barkedu Town in the Quardu Gboni district in Lofa county on Monday, September 1.Barkedu Town, from all indications, is the hardest affected community in the entire country, with 172 Ebola deaths since the outbreak in May 2014.Rep. Mariamu B. Fofana, who represents the district,  told the Vice President that the 172 deaths were all citizens of Barkedu Town, and there had been only 20 survivors of the virus. She appealed to the VP for more assistance to her people.VP Boakai, in response, said that the President of Liberia was concerned about the people of Lofa County and extended her condolences to the people of Lofa for the suffering they were going through.He said that all is not yet lost as there was still hope for a better life after the Ebola virus which, he pledged, will be defeated very soon.He then donated the amount of LD$30,000 (thirty thousand Liberian dollars) to the burial team in Barkedu town.Meanwhile, members of the Barkedu Development Association (BDA), based in the United States of America, are calling on the Government of Liberia to quarantine Barkedu Town.The BDA president, Abdullah S. Sheriff, said in a statement that government’s failure to quarantine the  Town after the outbreak of the Ebola virus has exacerbated the situation in the area, something he described as very outrageous and disappointing, especially being the town that has so far recorded the largest number of casualties as a result of the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, Mr. Sheriff has described the State of Emergency declared by President Sirleaf early last month to contain the spread of the virus, as a good move, but added that it would not have taken place if government had been very proactive from the onset of the fight against the virus.VP Boakai also visited the Telewoyan Hospital in Voinjama, the only referral Hospital in the County, where Doctor Musa Ziannah explained some of the challenges facing the health workers at the hospital.  He also spoke of the lack of sufficient health workers and equipment and called on Government for more support.Dr. Ziannah also disclosed the establishment, in the near future, of a treatment center in Voinjama MSF,  which will make it easier to treat patients in Voinjama rather than taking them Foya which is about an hour and thirty minutes’ drive. He is presently in Foya, his home town, where he spent the night to see things for himself.Lofa County remains calm and hopeful, with reports of an 85% drop in new cases and deaths, according to the county health team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘EAMON MCGEE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FIT FOR MARKING O’SHEA THAN NEIL

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes Eamon McGee would’ve been a better fit for marking Mayo talisman Aidan O’Shea. McGuinness feels Eamon McGee’s physical attributes would’ve matched those of O’Shea more so than his younger brother Neil who was tasked with the job.O’Shea was relatively quiet in the opening period and was being well marshalled by Neil McGee. However, it was O’Shea’s stunning goal just before half-time that turned the game on its head and in truth Donegal never recovered.McGuinness also felt that if Eamon McGee wasn’t going to mark O’Shea then he should’ve been employed as a sweeper.In his column with The Irish Times, McGuinness wrote, “O’Shea has such presence. It seemed to me like the whole focus was on how Donegal were going to stop him at full forward and that all eyes were on him and who was marking him and who was sweeping him, and I believe that freed up other players.“Even at that he won a ball that most other players wouldn’t have been able to win and took two players on, went over the top of one of them and stuck the ball in the net, which will no doubt intensify focus on him for the remainder of the season. “It was a touch of individual class, but I thought Eamon McGee would have been a better fit for marking a player of that physique than his brother Neil.“Eamon is six foot three and Neil is six foot and if Eamon wasn’t going to be marking O’Shea, I’d have put someone else on Cillian O’Connor and had Eamon sweeping. If you think about the Mayo game plan that’s what they did on Michael Murphy. They man marked him, but had Barry Moran sweeping.“That goal at the weekend really rubber- stamped the effectiveness of the O’Shea switch and emphasised that there is a difference between this Mayo team and previous teams.Donegal look tired McGuinness also felt Donegal looked really tired on Saturday evening and even when the game was tight between the two sides in the opening period – he felt Donegal were holding on to their shirt tails. “I thought Donegal looked tired. Even early on they seemed to be holding on to Mayo’s shirt tails a bit. Even though the game was tight you got the sense that the pace and acceleration of Mayo was threatening all the time.“Psychologically when you get defeated in a provincial final it is devastating. There are dreams and aspirations going into a final, particularly in Ulster.They are 100 per cent there and then you’re beaten and things are thrown into chaos and you’ve to get ready for the back door, which is not what you’ve planned for on any level. We saw the impact of this on Cork a couple of weeks ago.Mayo for Sam McGuinness said he was very impressed by Mayo and believes they have added strings to their bow.The pain of previous defeats like losing two All-Ireland finals has kept Mayo hungry and they’re genuine contenders for the All-Ireland.However, the only fear McGuinness has for Mayo going forward is that they may not be ruthless enough.McGuinness did admit that he’d love to see them go on and claim that elusive All-Ireland.“They are a very, very strong team with a lot of pace and power and an ideal age profile of mid- to late 20s. The pain of previous defeats has kept them hungry and on Saturday they put together a very coherent defensive structure, which also gave them a platform to attack.“One negative was that in the second half they could have been a lot more ruthless. They could have finished the game earlier if they’d been more clinical with the possession they had the chances created.“Crucially, as I’ve already said, they now have a point to their attack and in my view are better placed than ever to win the ultimate prize. On a personal level I’d hope that they could fulfil that dream.JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘EAMON MCGEE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FIT FOR MARKING O’SHEA THAN NEIL was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columndonegalGAAIrish TimesJim McGuinnessMayonewsSportlast_img read more