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‘U.S. Gives Hope in Ebola Fight’

first_imgThe United States of America has given hope to the Liberian people in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and the world, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has declared.In his remarks Monday during the official opening of the newly constructed Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Speaker Tyler said he was thankful to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for the extraordinary leadership they continue to demonstrate in Liberia.Expressing thanks to the people of the United States of America and other international partners, Speaker Tyler said, “The United States Government has given hope to the people of Liberia through the enormous assistance provided.“A few months ago, we had people coming down with the deadly Ebola virus in our county, and we had no place to take our suffering people. You have given us hope just in case the county experiences a further outbreak.”The Speaker noted that the county’s residents are continuing to observe the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.   He expressed the hope that Liberia will be free of the epidemic in the very near future.   Speaker Tyler expressed thanks and appreciation to members of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the U.S. security forces, partners in the fight against Ebola, chiefs and elders of the county for their support in the fight against Ebola.  He called on all Bomi residents to continue in the fight to ensure that Bomi is free of the disease.Also speaking during the occasion, the Head of the Incidence Management Team, Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, described the ETU as a milestone for the county and Liberia in the fight against the deadly disease.More Ebola Treatment Units are to be constructed around the country, including Sinje, in Grand Cape Mount, Ganta, Nimba and Buchanan, Grand Bassa, in support of the fight against the epidemic, he said.Minister Nyenswah emphasized that Liberia continues to experience a considerable reduction of Ebola cases but called on Liberians to be even more robust in containing the virus.Meanwhile, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, has promised that the government will work at the various border points around the country to ensure that Liberia does not have any further outbreak of the virus from the borders.He called on communities to cooperate in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, acknowledging that, “The various communities have been very helpful in the fight.”The Vice President said government will work with the bordering countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea to ensure that they control their border areas in order to keep the people of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus safe from the further spread of the disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coaches need lesson in history

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Maybe it’s just one of those competitive things. That’s all. Just two circling cats, sizing each other up. Two spirited, proud, veteran coaches not about to give an inch, or perhaps a word. UCLA’s Ben Howland and USC’s Tim Floyd will coach against each other for the first time tonight. They are very !ital!respectful!off!. Very careful, too, particularly Floyd. They give each other credit, but it feels almost cautious praise. Feels very proper, almost calculated. Through coaching circles they’ve known each other for more than 20 years, but have no apparent history or particular relationship. Floyd takes almost great pains not to be effusive in his observations of UCLA. This began the day he was hired last year and was asked about competing in the same city as UCLA, and he immediately started going on about Arizona and how it was the conference standard-bearer. Which, even though he has repeated those observations since, apparently has completely escaped his memory. “I wasn’t asked about the rivalry,” Floyd said Tuesday. Ah, yes, actually you were asked about UCLA. “I wasn’t asked about UCLA.” No, really, you were. “No, I wasn’t.” You were asked about elevating your program to a true national level in the same city as the Bruins and immediately bypassed UCLA to go on about Arizona. “That’s not what happened.” You called Arizona the standard-bearer. “I didn’t say that. What I said was, there’s room for two high, national-level programs in this city.” OK, so you know where this is headed. Columnists always getting the last word and all. At his introductory news conference Jan. 14 last year, Floyd was indeed asked about competing against UCLA and said: “I’m not going to use UCLA as the barometer. I’m using the University of Arizona as a barometer because they are the team, in my opinion, that is at the level we are trying to reach. “I’m looking forward to recruiting the same players these people are recruiting and will try to our best in these head-to-head matchups.” Now you could look at this as being dismissive of the Bruins, but it’s actually the smart approach. Floyd has aims on making USC a true national power. The Galen Center is scheduled to be completed next season, giving the Trojans one of few new college arenas in the country. He understandably believes he’s onto something. So how wise would it be to sing the praises of UCLA? To put the Bruins and Howland’s program on some kind of pedestal in the same city where he will battle over top recruits? Sounds like wise strategy. “There hasn’t been any strategy anywhere,” Floyd said. Maybe, but Floyd can’t praise UCLA without adding a qualifier, usually in the form of another Pac-10 school. So, sure, tonight is a big game, but then … “They’re all important,” Floyd said. “Every one of them is important. Don’t try to get us to say it’s not important. I just don’t know how you can put any more importance on it than Washington State or Washington.” See, this UCLA rivalry thing is conveniently lost on Floyd. “I have great respect for what they’re doing,” he said. “I have great respect for Washington, I have great respect for Cal, for Arizona. I have great respect for everybody.” Howland also is careful, but he has a two-year head start at UCLA, his No. 18-ranked Bruins are currently in first in the conference and he speaks from higher ground. “I think their program is definitely on the rise, is going to improve and keep getting better and better,” Howland said. “That’s what we expect our program to do as well. “We want them to be good. It’s good for both ‘SC and UCLA to be good. When we go on the road (in conference), I want them to have to deal with both of us.” Yet when asked Tuesday how well he knew Floyd, Howland said: “I’ve known Tim since I was an assistant at UC Santa Barbara and he was an assistant at the University of Texas-El Paso. “Actually Jerry Pimm, my old boss (at Santa Barbara) used to be the coach at Utah and compete against (UTEP’s) Don Haskins. I’ve known him a lot of years.” Nice history lesson, but no insight to any relationship. Maybe they once fought over the same cheerleader, and maybe they really only know each other professionally. Both took other schools to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 – Floyd at Iowa State and Howland at Pittsburgh – and are trying to duplicate that success here. They are similar in age; Floyd is 51, Howland 48. Both are trying to start something special, and both partially in the other’s way. “We’re friendly from the standpoint from being in this business all these years,” Howland said. “I have respect for him and think he’s a very fine coach.” “I give them great respect,” Floyd said, “just like everybody else.” With all due respect, tonight they start some actual history. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anitalast_img read more