BOYS TOWN–At the height of the Ebola epidemic, smoke from the cremation of bodies would darken the sky here by early morning. The incinerator rumbled like a mini-earthquake, shaking the ground and neighbors’ emotions.“Even the little ones, when they used to see the trucks pass with dead bodies on board, they would call our attention, saying: ‘The people are bringing bodies again; We can see their hands and heads hanging.’ Then we would lock our children indoors. It was very, very fearful,” says Doris Reeves, who runs a small shop across from the crematorium’s entrance.The frightening incinerator has been quiet for months now as Liberia has succeeded in stopping Ebola transmission nationwide. Yet for many, the horrors of the months when Ebola stalked the land are not forgotten and the building’s mere presence is a source of trauma.As Liberia marks the second anniversary Wednesday of its first confirmed Ebola cases, many neighbors say they want to see the crematorium torn down so they can try to forget that terrible time. Nearly 5,000 died in Liberia, more than half of them cremated here in Boys Town, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital, Monrovia.“Community people want to break it down; but we have been talking to them to engage the government constructively,” community chairman Albert Reeves said. “But we cannot continue to control their emotions.”For now, no decision has been made on what to do with the building, which sits on an acre of sandy land. The site is currently empty, its single black gate shut with a padlock. Items of personal protective equipment — the masks and gloves responders used when handling bodies to try to avoid infection — are scattered about, dark reminders of the scenes that unfolded there.The crematorium had been built decades ago by Hindus from Liberia’s Indian community. But in August 2014 at the height of the Ebola epidemic here, the government banned traditional burials. That decision was made after it became clear that many of the cases stemmed from funerals where mourners had physical contact with the bodies of Ebola victims.The cremation mandate was highly unpopular, leading some to hide victims at home so that they could still hold traditional burials. Later authorities ruled that victims’ remains should be preserved when possible, requiring the crematorium’s 50-some workers to pack bones into barrels after the incinerator’s flames died down.The work was gruesome and extremely dangerous, bringing them into contact with highly contagious corpses day in and day out. Heavy rains would sometimes extinguish the fires, meaning the men would have to repack the bodies and start again, recalled William Tokpah, a cremation worker who is now unemployed.He and his former co-workers now accuse the government of abandoning them once the outbreak got under control and there were no more bodies to cremate.“I did that to help my country,” said Tokpah. “But since then, the government has not paid any attention to us.”Tolbert Nyenswah, the head of Liberia’s Ebola response, denied the government had turned its back on those who assisted with cremations. But he said there are limits to what the government can do beyond trying to provide psychological support.“We feel obligated to every Liberian. We went through a lot of tough time as a country,” Nyenswah said.Reeves, the chairman of a local development committee, has urged authorities to find a new use for the site.“This crematorium could be turned into a recreation center or a hospital or probably a memorial shrine to remove the mindset of our people,” Reeves said.Jiplah, one of the cremation workers, agreed, saying keeping the crematorium in its current condition forces him to relive too many painful memories.“As I speak to you,” he said, “there are bones in holes inside here still.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The rehabilitation of the Bartica Ferry Stelling has seen the completion of Phase One, and contractors mobilised their resources to enter the second phase just a couple of weeks ago.Bartica Mayor Gifford MarshallThis is according to the Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, who told Guyana Times that this project will improve the aesthetics of the township since it has been witnessing a growing number of tourists on a daily basis.It is also the primary entrance into the town via vessels and should be constructed to facilitate a large inflow of ferries and travellers.“Works are progressing nicely on the transport and harbour stelling. Hopefully, we should have that facility by the end of 2019. The first phase is completed and just two weeks ago, the second phase would have started,” said the Mayor.He added, “On completion, it would be a major project for us in a sense that it is the main entry point for us when you come in by boat so it would definitely boost our tourism. It will also enhance the outlook of Bartica because we have a number of tourists that would visit,” he added.Last year, an announcement was made that works on the docking area was pegged at $601 million. Phase One would have entailed the removal of a section of the stelling structure and the construction of a waiting room.The agenda would have also mentioned a complete demolition of the southern section of the stelling, where it would be replaced with greenheart piles.This publication understands that offices and stalls will be constructed in the future to boost economic activities.“There will also be some mini stalls and also some other facilities to better provide a service to the people,” he stated.The second phase of the project primarily involves the extension of the northern side of the stelling to increase safety for vehicles traversing the structure through the construction of a draw bridge.Back in 2016, the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) of the Public Infrastructure Ministry had undertaken rehabilitative works on various stellings and wharves across the country. These works were estimated to be in excess of $311 million.During that time, there was a complete reconstruction of the northern high ramp, the replacement of defective beams and planks on the Bartica docking area. Repairs were also done to the timber roof valley and the supervisor’s office, as well as the northern fender system. Forty-six piles were driven during these rehab works.
Guardiola’s team are also on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.But, even with the league title apparently in the bag, back-to-back cup defeats would put a dampener on what has been an impressive season of dazzling football.Ten-man City went down 1-0 to League One Wigan in an ill-tempered FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, courtesy of a late Will Grigg goal — a repeat of the scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final.To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.“We’ve got to look at those (other three competitions) and look forward, but we’re disappointed,” said City defender John Stones.“We wanted to be in all four competitions right until the end. That’s been cut short now. We’ll take time to reflect on tonight and look forward to the final on the weekend.”Guardiola left Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up but otherwise named a strong side containing Aguero, David Silva and centre-backs Stones and Aymeric Laporte.– Delph challenge –Following a series of complaints over dangerous challenges on his players not being punished harshly enough, Guardiola saw his own player, Fabian Delph, shown a straight red card just before half-time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss then exchanged heated words with Wigan manager Paul Cook as they went down the tunnel at half-time.But the Catalan admitted Delph and City only had themselves to blame for the defeat.“Is a red card, yeah,” said Guardiola.“For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides what he decides, so I’m not here to judge, so can be a red card. We have to learn about that.“I just judge my team for the intentions, not the result and today the intentions were good. We tried 10 against 11.”City still dominated despite being a man light as Wigan enjoyed just 17 per cent possession and four shots compared to City’s 29.However, they had the shot that counted, when Grigg latched onto an error from Walker, who came on after Delph was sent off, before firing past Claudio Bravo 11 minutes from time.“We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost, but football is like this,” added Guardiola.The City boss played down his spat with Cook.“Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague,” he said. “It was just please stay in your position, that’s all, and then finished.”Guardiola said he did not see the Aguero incident at the end of the game.“I was in the locker room, I didn’t see it,” he said. “It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens. The fans respect the players and the players the fans and go inside.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg pounced on a misjudgement by Kyle Walker and fired in the goal that knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.Pep Guardiola’s City face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster.
0Shares0000Cardiff’s Sean Morrison celebrates the decisive second goal at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBrighton, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Cardiff kept alive their bid to secure Premier League survival with a crucial 2-0 win against fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday.Neil Warnock’s side would have been pushed to the brink of relegation with a defeat at the Amex Stadium. But goals either side of half-time from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison moved third-bottom Cardiff to within two points of fourth-bottom Brighton.Brighton have managed just two top-flight goals at home in 2019 and a fourth successive league loss keeps them in danger of being overhauled by Cardiff.The remaining hope for Brighton is they have five games to play compared to Cardiff’s four.Albion face Tottenham, Arsenal and champions Manchester City during a tough run-in.With Liverpool and Manchester United still to come this season, anything but a win would have been disastrous for Cardiff.“We had a few pundits say it would be our final game in the Premier League but we are alive and kicking,” Warnock said.“We deserved tonight. I can’t say anything better about the players. They have been great for me.“We came out of the traps and enjoyed it. We are far from finished yet.”Albion boss Chris Hughton added: “It’s still in our hands, but it is a difficult feeling because of the result. “My job is to lift spirits. This is a proper fight. We have to make sure we turn it round by staying together, digging deep and making ourselves hard to beat.”Solly March had rippled the side-netting inside two minutes for Brighton.Referee Andre Marriner waved away penalty appeals when Lewis Dunk was wrestled to the ground by Bruno Ecuele Manga following a Pascal Gross free-kick.But Warnock’s decision to recall Mendez-Laing was rewarded in the 22nd minute when he drove forward on the counter-attack, exchanged passes with Junior Hoilett and curled a superb strike into the top corner from 20 yards.After Brighton were booed off at half-time, Cardiff doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart.Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa delivered an inviting free-kick deep into the Albion area, where centre-back Morrison headed home for his first goal in almost a year.Brighton substitute Jose Izquierdo almost had an immediate impact when he laid the ball off for Glenn Murray to smash narrowly over the crossbar from 18 yards.Romania forward Florin Andone threatened to halve the deficit, only to be thwarted by a fine last-ditch block from the impressive Morrison.Murray then nodded March’s right-wing cross against the right post late on, leaving the Cardiff fans celebrating only their third away win of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
ANOTHER legislative season has come to an end, and – once again – the state’s legislative leaders have failed to reform redistricting. And even though the Legislature will keep on running in a special session, Senate President Don Perata, D-Oakland, has made it clear that redistricting won’t be on the table. “I’m not going to take it up,” Perata told the San Francisco Chronicle. “There is urgency in water and health care. There is no urgency in redistricting.” Well, maybe for him there isn’t. For the rest of California, however, there is much urgency. We are tired of a do-nothing Legislature that’s unaccountable due to gerrymandered districts. Under the current law, the Legislature draws its own boundaries. Politicians choose “safe” districts for themselves, in which one party dominates the voter rolls. That way, the incumbent party can never lose, and politicians need only appeal to the extremists in their base – and not the majority of voters – to hold on to office. Still, you would think Perata might take redistricting more seriously, seeing that in February, voters will decide the fate of a ballot measure that would water down term limits, thus allowing him to hold on to his office. The argument against term limits, after all, is that voters – and not the law – should determine when a politician’s career comes to an end. But absent redistricting reform, term limits are the only way to get a lifer out of office in a timely manner. By scuttling redistricting, Sacramento sends the message that it cares only about its own – a message voters would do well to remember during February’s special election. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lyon have knocked back a second bid from Tottenham for striking prodigy Clinton N’Jie.Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to bring the Cameroon international to White Hart Lane but the Ligue 1 side have rejected Spurs’ latest offer of £9m.It is claimed by L’Equipe that the French outfit are willing to cash in on the 21-year-old forward but only at the right price – with manager Hubert Fournier setting a valuation of £15m.Spurs are searching for striking reinforcements before the conclusion of the transfer window although they face competition from north London rivals Arsenal to sign N’Jie.The Lyon attacker is contracted to the Stade de Gerland club until 2019 and it is thought Spurs are poised to come in with a third and final offer before the weekend. 1 Clinton N’jie
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAnything less would mean “a wink and a nod one more time to those who would come here” unlawfully, said the Georgia Republican. The bill’s supporters said he had it backward. “We have to have a comprehensive approach if we’re going to gain control of the borders,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., echoing Bush’s remarks of the night before. Hours later, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., made an unsuccessful effort to exclude foreigners and recent illegal immigrants from a new guest worker program that could provide jobs for millions over the next decade. “This bill is going to allow illegal workers to come in stamped as legal,” he said, but the vote was 69-28 to scuttle his amendment. Compromise averted a third showdown, when the bill’s critics and supporters agreed to deny illegal immigrants any chance at citizenship if they had been convicted of three misdemeanors or a felony. The maneuvering took place at the beginning of what Senate leaders predicted would be a lengthy debate over the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades, an election-year issue that has laid bare deep divisions inside both parties and sparked street demonstrations across the country. The Senate bill provides additional funds for border security, the guest worker program, an eventual opportunity at citizenship for most of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country and a tougher program of enforcement to prevent the hiring of illegal workers. The Senate accepted two changes during the day, one by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., to limit the guest worker program to 200,000 individuals a year, the other by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to authorize the hiring of 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents as well as the purchase of new helicopters and boats. Senate passage appears likely by Memorial Day. Republicans and Democrats alike heralded Bush’s Monday night Oval Office prime time speech as a turning point, at least as far as the Senate was concerned. The president announced plans to deploy as many as 6,000 National Guard troops in states along the Mexican border, and made his first unambiguous endorsement of a plan to allow millions of immigrants an eventual chance at citizenship as part of a comprehensive approach to the issue. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Cuban-born and a supporter of the bill, said Bush had “solidified some votes” among Republicans. He predicted that the legislation’s supporters had the strength needed to defeat all killer amendments. “The president gets it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., although he and other Democrats were quick to raise doubts about the commitment of numerous congressional Republicans to the approach Bush outlined. There was ample room for doubt, as Democrats fretted that any Senate-passed bill would be changed beyond all recognition in later negotiations with House Republicans who favor a border security-only approach. “Thinly veiled attempts to promote amnesty cannot be tolerated,’ said Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, voicing the sentiment that prevails among many House Republicans. “While America is a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws, and rewarding those who break our laws not only dishonors the hard work of those who came here legally but does nothing to fix our current situation.” But for now, the focus was on the Senate, where Republican and Democratic critics took to attacking the bill without success. Isakson went first, brushing aside claims that in seeking to assure the border was under control, he was asking for the impossible. “Listen, this country put a man on the moon in nine years. This country responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 within three weeks. This country can do anything it sets its mind to.” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, one of the most outspoken opponents of the bill, said Isakson’s proposal was designed to “put the horse in front of the cart, not the cart in front of the horse. Let’s do first things first.” Democrats led the counter-attack. The party’s leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, called it a “killer amendment.” Salazar added, “In the past, for the last 20 years when we’ve tried to approach immigration issue by only looking at one issue at a time, we have failed.” He said a “comprehensive approach was needed.” Isakson’s proposal drew the opposition of 36 Democrats, 18 Republicans and one independent. There were 33 Republicans and seven Democrats in favor. The entire senior GOP leadership was among the supporters, including Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, who heads the GOP campaign committee. “The president needs to talk to his own leaders here if he wants comprehensive immigration reform,” jabbed Reid. “We’ve got a lot of tough votes coming up.” Frist, a potential White House challenger courting conservatives for 2008, seemed undeterred. “… Border security first, foremost. We’ve got to do it as part of a comprehensive plan,” he told reporters. At the same time, he signaled acceptance of a portion of the bill that displeases conservatives, the part that allows some illegal immigrants to gain citizenship without leaving the country. Eager to ward off any political danger, opponents of Isakson’s proposal countered with a proposal that said none of the law’s changes could take effect unless the president declared they were in the country’s national interest. It passed, 79-16. Dorgan’s attack on the guest worker program went down to a defeat led by Republicans. He said the guest worker program was the price supporters had paid to win the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Gridlock gave way to gains Tuesday for controversial immigration legislation, raising prospects of Senate passage by Memorial Day. Buoyed by President Bush, supporters of the bill showed their command in the Senate, brushing aside potentially crippling challenges to a measure that blends tougher border enforcement with a path to citizenship for millions in the United States illegally. “It was a good way to start,” said Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo. On a vote of 55-40 that crossed party lines, the Senate rejected an appeal from Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to require the border be secured before other immigration law changes could take place.
ALAMEDA — One of Jon Gruden’s favorite offseason hires lost his job last week, and the Raiders coach said Wednesday he fired head strength coach Tom Shaw because of a “personal matter.”That’s about all he divulged about the renowned strength coach Gruden hired away from Shaw Performance Center when he took the job as Raiders head coach in January.“Yeah, that’s a personal matter. I’ll just leave it at that,” Gruden said Wednesday. “Tom is a good friend and really good at what he does. It’s a …
The media are abuzz with disappointment that this cache of bones in South Africa is too young to be a missing link.Homo naledi is one of the most astonishing “hominin” fossil finds in recent years, on par with the “hobbits” (Homo floresiensis) of Indonesia. Debates have gone wild since Lee Berger announced hundreds of bones and skulls from a nearly inaccessible cave chamber in South Africa in 2015 (discovered in 2013). The bones appeared to belong to a single type of hominin which had a mosaic of modern and primitive features. The chamber where they were found led some to believe that the tribe used it for burial, implying cultural intelligence; others argued that animals had dragged them in there. Resolution of the controversy centered on the evolutionary date for the fossils. If they were on the order of two million years, they could be considered possibly transitional, but not if they were much younger. Well, now the answer is out; they’re young: between 236,000 and 335,000 Darwin years old. Here’s what the media are saying:This is astonishingly young for a species that still displays primitive characteristics found in fossils about two million years old. —Chris StringerPrimitive hominid lived alongside modern humans (Science Daily). “The oldest dated fossils of Homo sapiens in Africa are around 200,000 years old. And now we have a very primitive looking hominid that probably existed at the same time as them.”Homonin [sic] discovered in 2015 by the Rising Star team in South Africa was alive between 335,000 and 236,000 years ago (Science Daily).At such a young age, in a period known as the late Middle Pleistocene, it was previously thought that only Homo sapiens (modern humans) existed in Africa. More critically, it is at precisely this time that we see the rise of what has been called “modern human behaviour” in southern Africa — behaviour attributed, until now, to the rise of modern humans and thought to represent the origins of complex modern human activities such as burial of the dead, self-adornment and complex tools.Did This Mysterious Ape-Human Once Live Alongside Our Ancestors? (National Geographic). “After adding Homo naledi to the human family tree, researchers reveal that the species is younger than it seems.”Amazing haul of ancient human finds unveiled (BBC News). Chris Stringer says, “This is astonishingly young for a species that still displays primitive characteristics found in fossils about two million years old.”Meet ‘Neo’, the most complete skeleton of Homo naledi ever found (New Scientist).This new way of thinking might have profound implications, he says. For instance, H. naledi’s odd mix of features – some strikingly modern-looking, some more ancient – hints that the emergence of recognisably modern human anatomy was far more complicated than originally thought.And the idea that H. naledi might have survived in the crucible of human evolution for two million years should put to rest the idea that competition between human lineages drove a universal march to larger and larger brains. “It was always just a tale – and it’s ended now,” says Berger.Even the archaeological record of stone tools might need to be reassessed given that H. naledi’s modern-looking hands should have been capable of fine manipulation. In a third paper, Berger’s team speculates that stone tools generally assumed to be the work of recognisably modern humans like Homo erectus or even early H. sapiens might have been the handiwork of H. naledi.We can only guess what implications that might have for understanding how ancient humans spread out of Africa. Perhaps significantly, H. naledi’s anatomy suggests it could walk long distances.Clearly, Homo naledi was no chump of a chimp. Maybe it was just an odd member of the human race – small in stature, but possessing all the essentials of intelligence, tool-making, and planning. The discovery of a second burial site pretty much confirms the theory that they buried their dead. And it becomes quite a stretch to imagine them living for 2 million years into the time of fully modern humans without evolving themselves.Hammer Blows from Two Wood ExpertsBernard Wood, a well-regarded evolutionary paleoanthropologist, takes the top-down approach that these are modern human beings that evolved downward due to isolation. New Scientist says,Bernard Wood at The George Washington University in Washington DC is not surprised by the age. Just months after the first H. naledi papers were published he bet a colleague that the species would turn out to be less than 500,000 years old. It was the hands that did it for him, he says. “My sense was that having a relatively modern hand and foot was important,” he says.Wood thinks a full evolutionary analysis might conclude from those modern hands and feet that H. naledi branched off from other humans relatively recently. “Its primitive features might be misleading,” he says. This would mean it originated recently and then evolved to look more primitive due to isolation.Todd Wood is a creation scientist who follows paleoanthropology closely, and determines the limits of human and ape variation. He was delighted to hear the news on his blog today. Dr. Wood paid special attention to the discovery of a second burial chamber:The Lesedi chamber is described as almost as inaccessible as the original Dinaledi chamber, and they report 131 hominin specimens. In the press release at the Wits website, John Hawks has this to say about it:“This likely adds weight to the hypothesis that Homo naledi was using dark, remote places to cache its dead,” says Hawks. “What are the odds of a second, almost identical occurrence happening by chance?”Notice what Hawks is doing here: That’s Dembski’s design filter, isn’t it? There’s no natural law that says hominin remains should be found in caves, so that leaves chance and design as explanations.Over the years, Todd Wood has carefully plotted features of all the known hominin skulls, and finds that they cluster into two non-overlapping groups: those that are ape, and those that are human.Sighs of discouragement are heard in the Darwin castle. Evolutionists will certainly stick to their story, but it becomes more implausible with each turn. Prediction: they will find a way to re-date these bones to millions of years old, not because of the evidence, but because of the need to save the evolutionary worldview. Evolutionists obsess over trying to arrange the bones in a progressive sequence, but they impose the story on the bones, not derive it from them.Creationists can accept a fair amount of variation in the human race. Look at the differences between the world’s tallest and smallest men. Different tribes have recognizable, distinct traits. If a group separates from the population and inbreeds heavily, certain traits will be accentuated over a relatively short time, just a few centuries or millennia since Babel. That’s apparently what happened to H. naledi, the hobbits, Homo erectus and the other upright-walking, tool-using groups found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. It’s certainly possible to envision a population of small humans living together, given that we have pygmy tribes today, and know about dwarfs who are fully human and intelligent. (Visited 667 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0