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Duquesne player who nearly died earns degree

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Fittingly, Sam Ashaolu was standing on the court at a pregame shootaround, wearing his Duquesne University basketball sweats, when he received the best news of his life.The former player who has inspired a college campus with his determination to graduate despite being the most seriously wounded of the five Duquesne basketball players shot in September 2006 was going to receive his college diploma Dec. 17. Ashaolu nearly died of head wounds in the horrific shootings that followed a dance, rocking an urban campus that had just been chosen as one of the nation’s safest.He needed multiple operations to save his life, endured seizures and recurring hospital stays and, months after his recovery was under way, was told he couldn’t play again because it was too risky to remove bullet fragments lodged in his brain.“At any given moment, I was told, I could go to sleep and not wake up,” Ashaolu said Dec. 16.Many athletes might have become angry, given up, quit school and begun their adult life with a grudge that would last a lifetime. Instead, Ashaolu told Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio and coach Ron Everhart he wanted to stay with the team in any role and return to as normal a college life as possible.Then, remarkably, he did exactly that.“If somebody would have told you while he was in that hospital bed, battling for his life, that he would have a college degree in three years, most people would have said that’s not possible, that’s unbelievable, that can’t happen,” Everhart said. “It’s a modern-day miracle.”Another player who was seriously wounded, Stuard Baldonado, left school without playing. Two others, Shawn James and Kojo Mensah, turned pro before their senior seasons in 2008-09 and didn’t graduate. Ashaolu and Aaron Jackson, who received a minor wound, became close friends and helped turn around a Duquesne program that was 3-24 in 2005-06.Jackson did it on the court as an all-Atlantic 10 guard who led the Dukes to a 21-13 record last season, the A-10 championship game and the NIT, where he scored 46 points during a double-overtime loss at Virginia Tech.Ashaolu did it off the court, serving as a team manager, a teammate in pickup games and a role model for every college player who has experienced adversity.“I overcame a lot,” said Ashaolu, a 6-7 power forward who played at Lake Region State College in North Dakota before transferring to Duquesne. “I hope it inspires some other kids who go through the same thing I went through to keep fighting.”Everhart and Amodio said every new Duquesne student quickly learned about Ashaolu’s relentless commitment to graduate. He went to school in the fall, spring and summer, rarely missed class, worked daily with speech therapists and at the school’s learning lab, and nearly became like a son to assistant director of student services Kevin Deitrick.“He’s so resilient, so determined,” Everhart said.Jackson, now playing in Turkey’s top pro league, said Ashaolu’s perseverance made him realize the minor problems in his own life were exactly that—minor.“It’s remarkable seeing the things he does, seeing him wake up and take his medicine and go to class, come back, take his medicine and then go to night class,” Jackson said. “It makes you want to pray to God, ‘Thank you for giving this man another chance and everyone another chance.’ It’s going to be truly remarkable to see him walk across that stage and get that degree. It’s going to be a lot of tears, a special day.”Deitrick and Amodio gave Ashaolu big hugs upon delivering the news at about 3 p.m. EST last Wednesday that he had passed his final class and could take part in Duquesne’s winter commencement 24 hours later.Ashaolu and his family sued the university 15 months ago in a still-unresolved case, saying better security should have been offered to prevent the shootings, yet he never considered transferring. And Duquesne never took him off scholarship.“You talk about somebody who’s overcome the ultimate obstacle,” Amodio said. “A little over three years ago, we didn’t know what the future held for Sam.”That future could be in—yes, basketball. Ashaolu, whose older brother, John, is the director of basketball operations at East Carolina, wants to stay in the sport and work with youngsters. He will travel to his Toronto home for the holidays—he turns 27 on Christmas—but will return to Pittsburgh after Jan. 1 to begin searching for a job and to follow the Dukes.“I’m close to a lot of the guys,” Ashaolu said.Those Dukes players—and their coach—look to Ashaolu as a source of motivation.“It’s the biggest win of my basketball career,” Everhart said. “I can’t think of many things in my life that have been a whole lot more special than Sam handling the adversity that he’s had to handle through the shooting, and putting himself in a position now to graduate. I think that’s about as good as it gets.” AN INSPIRATION—Sam Ashaolu, one of five Duquesne University basketball players shot in September 2006, sits in the school gymnasium as the team goes through some drills during practice at the A.J. Palumbo Center Dec. 16. last_img read more

Why Mal Meninga and Darren Lockyer should be next Immortals

first_imgLook at their longevity in the game and what they achieved. They were true greats worthy of being named in the company of the eight Immortals.Mal went on a record-breaking four Kangaroo tours and was dominant at that level. He was one of the original Maroons in Origin and was front and centre of their success for 15 years.Then you consider what he did for the Canberra Raiders in establishing that club as a powerhouse of the late 1980s right through to the mid-1990s.What he achieved at Souths in Brisbane – where he also won two premierships – is often forgotten, but it shouldn’t be.He achieved everything in the game at the highest level and I love the way he did it. Mal was a great captain for all those teams, a true leader, and he had a presence. He was a player and a man who has always earned respect. In that regard, he was second to none.As a footballer, Mal was a giant, quick and strong. He was big enough to bowl people over and he had good hands. He was unselfish. That is why a lot of wingers scored tries outside him. Mal had the whole skill set. He was very smart with everything he did.I really can’t believe he hasn’t been made an Immortal already. I recently learned Mal played 519 games for his club and representative sides, and he was out of action for 18 months with two broken arms. That’s two or three careers worth of games for most people.Locky dominated at fullback and five-eighth for the Broncos, Queensland and Australia. I can’t begin to describe how hard that is to do, and he did it with ease. It would be comparable to Wally Lewis playing fullback and being a superstar there as well. I would have liked to have seen that one.When I played with Locky at every level he was in the fullback position but it was like having a second five-eighth. I scored a lot of tries off Kevin Walters passes, and in my short time with Locky I scored a lot off him as well.He was a wonderful runner across the ground. I knew straight away the kid was special and I knew if I could get in support of him, something would happen.Locky was a great passer and kicker of the ball, and he had vision. He could read the play ahead of the rest. As a fullback he was the master at catching a high ball. We’d call him “Roo Boy” because he could get right up there.After the players of my era left, he guided the Broncos to more success and held the club together. His 355 games and four premierships for Brisbane speak for themselves.He wasn’t a big talker, but like Mal, he was respected by all those around him and captained every team he played in with class whether that be the Broncos, Maroons or Kangaroos.When he captained those there teams to the trifecta of NRL, State of Origin and Four Nations titles in 2006 he really made a statement.What he did as captain of Queensland was unbelievable. I can remember prior to 2006 there was an Origin match where some FOGS (Former Origin Greats) were blowing up at him because he wasn’t in a game, which was unusual for him. Then he led the team on that remarkable winning streak and helped Queensland turn it all around. That was the hallmark of a champion.   To be made an Immortal you have to be a special player, a player who can be defined as a great in any era.That is why I am certain that Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston will be installed as Immortals in the future. Their time will come.The missing two Immortals right now are Mal and Locky. I really hope the judges of this elite honour add those two greats to the list and we’ll have a perfect 10.last_img read more

Stafanie Taylor – Cricket

first_imgFor her achievement in leading the West Indies to victories over Pakistan in both the Twenty20 and One-day Internationals. She topped tables in the ODI series with a batting average of 130.50 and was the most economical West Indies bowler while taking four wickets. Taylor, the West Indies Women’s captain, was also recently named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year.last_img

#JaVotes2016: Holness taunted by PNP supporters

first_imgLeader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness was taunted by orange-clad supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP), a short while ago. Holness was touring his constituency of St Andrew West Central to ensure that the electoral process was proceeding without glitches, when he ventured into areas in which residents support the PNP. Prior to this, Holness was greeted well by supporters of both the JLP and the PNP. The greetings were returned by the JLP leader. Things changed when he drove into the polling station located in the St Mary of the Virgin Church on Molynes Road and Headley Avenue. Shouts of “Portia!” and “Patrick!” punctured the hitherto quiet atmosphere. Patrick Roberts is the PNP candidate, who is attempting to unseat Holness as Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Central. Clearly energised by Holness’ presence and closely watched by a team of security personnel, the crowd of comrades continued to chant “No Labourite!” Holness, however, continued his meet and greet. The comrades refused to cease even during a tender moment when Holness held a young baby wrapped in a green blanket, saying that his time at the centre had expired. The nearby Drewsland is a PNP stronghold. Similar sentiments were expressed by residents inside the Drewsland community – a PNP stronghold – which was quiet until Holness arrived in the arealast_img read more

Fudadin eyes 1,000 runs, five centuries

first_img HARDER GOAL “When I began this competition, my goal was 1,000 runs and five centuries. With six matches to go, I still believe that is possible, but the way we (Jaguars) are beating teams by an innings will make that goal harder,” Fudadin said with a chuckle during an interview with Kaieteur News. “But I can’t do it on my own; it has to be the will of God.” Starting the final day on 52 for two, requiring a further 213 to make the visitors bat again, Red Force battled to 136 for two before suffering a sensational collapse to be bowled out for 216. Jaguars have now vaulted clear at the top of the standings on 70 points after four straight victories. “It feels good to get a hundred after so long. Alhamdulillah …. without God nothing is possible,” said Fudadin, a devout Muslim who played Test cricket in 2012. “I have been working hard on my game. I was batting well for a long time but not spending enough time at the crease to build big scores. I never doubted my ability to bat. It was not a technical problem but more of a mental one.” The talented left-hander has struggled to get starts in this season’s tournament with scores of four and zero in the first round, five in the second round and nine in the first innings of the third round. However, he found some form and confidence in the second innings against Barbados when he made 42. “I did not spend much time at the crease in my previous innings in this tournament because I did not manage too many runs,” said Fudadin, whose 102 was his first century since scoring 103 for West Indies ‘A’ against Sri Lanka ‘A’ October last year in Sri Lanka. “In addition to perseverance, patience and self-belief, having a supporting family helps. My wife (Akeema) and friends are always there for me.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Opener Assad Fudadin says Guyana Jaguars’ rampage through the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) after four rounds may prevent him from achieving his goals in the regional tournament this season. Fudadin has set a goal of 1,000 runs, including five centuries for the season, but says the Jaguars’ lopsided victories in the tournament are making it impossible for him to attain such a feat. Fudadin scored 102, his fifth first-class century, to help Jaguars to a massive innings and 49-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park oval on Monday.last_img read more

Uphill task for Ja Scorpions

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions, set 366 for victory by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, were 58 for two at the close of the third day of their sixth-round, Regional First Class championship game at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 155 (Daron Cruickshank 51, Montcin Hodge 41; Damion Jacobs 5-50, Nikita Miller 4-63) and 368 for eight declared. (Jahmar Hamilton 130 not out, Montcin Hodge 72, Orlando Peters 41, Daron Cruickshank 20; Nikita Miller 4-107, Damion Jacobs 3-100).SCORPIONS 158 (Sheldon Cottrell 37, AndrÈ McCarthy 27, Jermaine Blackwood 26; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-74) & 58 for two.AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN GUYANA: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ 237, were 136 for three in their first innings at the close of the second day yesterday.Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59)RED FORCE 136 for three (Yannic Cariah 58 not out, Evin Lewis 26).AT KENSINGSTON OVAL: Barbados Pride, replying to Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 250 all out, were 272 for two in their first innings at the close on the second day.Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65).PRIDE 272 for two (Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Shai Hope 98 not out, Kyle Corbin 38).last_img read more

Thompson leads Cone-coached Mindanao squad vs loaded Gilas

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading vote-getter Scottie Thompson and the rest of the Mindanao All-Stars will have their hands full when it takes on Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Week in Digos, Davao del Sur on May 23.Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, who was tasked to lead the selection, reunites with former players Mark Barroca, Peter June Simon, and Rafi Reavis.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ PBA: Manuel powers Alaska to decimation of Columbian Also part of the Mindanao team are young guns Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Baser Amer, and JP Erram, as well as veterans Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss, RR Garcia, and Carlo Lastimosa.The superstars from the South get the first crack on the Nationals, who are starting their preparations for the third window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers in June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCoach Chot Reyes will be parading a Gilas lineup which is virtually the same as to that 12-man roster he fielded in for the 2017 Seaba Championship last year.Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Calvin Abueva headline the loaded national team which seeks to replicate the Nationals’ unblemished record last season. LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Terrence Romeo also makes his Gilas return in the game, as he will be joined by Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kiefer Ravena, and Carl Bryan Cruz.After the Mindanao leg, the midseason extravaganza shifts to Batangas City on May 25 before ending in Ilo-ilo on May 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

Alvarez and Triple G promise knockout of a fight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Now the rematch has to live up to the hype. That means both fighters will need to take more chances than in the first bout, which was close and entertaining but had no dramatic knockdowns or memorable big punches.“I just want him (Alvarez) to do what he says he will do and try for a knockout,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez. “If he does that we’ll be treated to a great fight.”Sanchez has carried much of the burden for the fight’s promotion, as both fighters are more comfortable speaking in their native languages than in English. He’s tried to bait Alvarez by claiming the Mexican fighter ran in the first fight and refused to engage Triple G, when in reality all Alvarez did was rely on his counter punching strength against the big puncher from Kazakhstan, who lives in Los Angeles.“He’s promised the fans he’s going to knock him out, but in order to do that you have to be in range,” Sanchez said. “In order to win a fight you have to want to win a fight. People aren’t going to pay 90 bucks to see somebody run.”Golovkin, who has held pieces of the middleweight title for eight years, is 38-0-1 with 34 knockouts, and for much of his career knocked out anyone put in the ring with him. But he went 12 tough rounds against Daniel Jacobs before going the distance with Alvarez, and there are some in boxing who believe his skills are eroding at the age of 36.Alvarez, an excellent counter puncher and boxer, also has the advantage of having gone 12 rounds with Triple G and understanding how to avoid getting hit with his biggest punches. Alvarez is 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts, and his only loss was five years ago to Mayweather.“I’m going to go in there to knock him out,” Alvarez said. “Every night before bed I visualize what I’m going to do, which is to get a knockout.”In the first fight, which The Associated Press scored as a 114-114 draw, Alvarez came on strong against Golovkin in the late rounds to pull out a draw that was controversial largely because one judge had Alvarez winning 118-110.But both fighters say they are happy with the judges for the rematch, and doubt they will come into play anyway.“It’s a little bit different,” Golovkin said. “It’s a real fight, a real war.” The two return Saturday night for a rematch on the Las Vegas Strip that might be even better. The 160-pound titles are at stake once again as the two fighters try to settle what they couldn’t in last September’s draw.And this time it’s personal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA failed drug test by Alvarez didn’t just postpone the rematch from the original date in May. It sparked a debate that left Golovkin openly questioning an excuse about contaminated meat in Mexico and whether Alvarez was clean for their first fight.“I don’t believe all his stories about contaminated meat,” Golovkin said this week. “I think it’s all nonsense. I don’t like to hear his nonsense stories about contaminated meat.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grand Slams to continue seeding 32 players MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentscenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Canelo Alvarez poses during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Las Vegas. Alvarez is scheduled to fight Gennady Golovkin in a title bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago.The clown show by Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Conor McGregor a few weeks earlier cast a long shadow on a middleweight title bout that turned out to be quite a show itself. Golovkin and Alvarez put on a real fight that had a little bit of everything — except a winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Luckily for Golovkin, he hasn’t had to listen. He and Alvarez have shared a room only once since the fight was announced — at Wednesday’s final prefight press conference — and Alvarez is so upset about Golovkin’s comments that he refused to do a traditional faceoff with Triple G for photographers.When they finally do meet Saturday night it will be with some hard feelings on both sides that didn’t surface in the first fight.“I’m angry but I’m going to use it in my favor in this fight,” Alvarez said. “I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying.”A fight that had to happen after the disputed draw in the first bout almost didn’t come to be after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol just before beginning training for what was supposed to be a May rematch. Alvarez was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for six months, and then Golovkin’s camp demanded a better split of the purse than he got for the first bout.A last minute agreement resolved the purse split, with Triple G getting closer to the 50-50 he was demanding. And both fighters will make millions for a sold-out fight that will be televised on HBO pay-per-view at a cost of $84.95.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Region 2 PPP/C RDC Councillors calling for fogging machines

first_imgBy Indrawattie NatramOpposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors on the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) are calling on Public Health Minister, Dr George NortRDC Councillor Brian Basilon to provide the Region with enough fogging machines to help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.At the recent statutory meeting for the month of June, Councillor Brian Basil Persaud made the request, stating that there has been an increase in mosquitoes in Charity and neighbouring areas and many persons have been reportedly suffering from Chikungunya and Dengue.Persaud reported that currently the fogging machine in the Region was down and environmental officers cannot execute their jobs in an effective manner. Persaud said many persons were currently suffering with illnesses owing to the increase of mosquitoes in their areas. He related that fogging needed to commence and it could only be done if the Region acquired new fogging machines.He also stated that reports coming out from the nine Amerindian communities in the Region indicated that they were also suffering from fever and skin rashes. Persaud said residents in several areas, upon reporting the increase in mosquitoes, made calls for a health team to conduct a medical outreach.Another PPP/C Councillor Humace Odit also said that he could not see why the Region had insufficient fogging machines. He noted that residents were being affected and the issue needed to be addressed in a timely manner.At that point, head of the RDC, Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt requested that the Chairman of the RDC Health and Sanitation Committee, Arnold Adams form a team and visit these areas in an effort to confirm whether there was indeed an outbreak. He revealed that the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce has given its commitment to provide a vehicle for the fogging to commence.When this newspaper contacted Senior Environmental Officer Shaleena Baksh on the matter, she said fogging was stopped as the machine malfunctioned, also noting that the weather was not conducive to fogging.Regional Health Officer Afarah Khan said there was not an outbreak of illness; however, there was an increase of mosquitoes in villages based on the number of persons visiting the hospital for mosquito-related ailments.last_img read more


first_imgSince the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in March, it has become critical that individuals, families and communities, play an important role in providing basic hand washing facilities and services to their constituencies. We recognize that when given reliable information and facilities, people are more likely to contribute to improved health outcomes and reduction in the spread of Ebola.Every community has both rights and responsibilities for action against Ebola. As individuals, we have the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure the health of our families and community is protected. In return, they have the right to expect the health system to provide the services and enabling environment that will allow them to take those actions.Improving awareness, knowledge and community involvement is one of the thrusts of preventive and control measures. This includes both the rights of the public to have access to quality health care services such as Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) as well as the right to healthy environments.The strengthening of community awareness and involvement has been an important feature for the current reduction of Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We are happy to note that most communities have taken the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure they remain healthy and prevent the spread of Ebola.Now that the entire world has woken up to the dangers of Ebola epidemic, the task of eradicating the disease is feasible through knowing your rights and responsibilities as well as through international collaboration which at the moment needs strengthening.Safe and health-supportive environments including access to safe health facilities-ETUs, sanitation, and protection against Ebola are all means to provide equitable conditions for maintaining and improving health and quality of life for all people.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia has been particularly impressed by the willingness of all community-based organizations; youth-based organizations and Non-governmental organizations to be involved in health actions that involved them.As young people, it is our responsibility to, promote credible and accurate information on Ebola; at the same time we also should help address issues of mistrust, alley fear, misconception and enforce preventive health measures. The Ebola epidemic is controllable if we take our rights and responsibilities seriously. The dissemination of accurate information on Ebola prevention and response is not only a right but it is critical.The downward curve of the Ebola statistics has been attributed to the responsibilities of frontline workers and the support from hundreds of volunteers across the country that have been working with various communities or committees established at national level and local levels to put in place structures, systems, processes and procedures to enable everyone to fight this Ebola virus disease.Our dialogue and message for the week centers on the need for Liberians to work as one community with entrenched rights and responsibilities for good hygienic practices of hand washing and disinfecting; safely caring for the sick, helping government to trace contacts and making burial practices safe. According to the World Bank President-Jim Yong Kim, “The world needs to do much more to respond to the Ebola Crisis”Let us conclude by applauding the decision of the Supreme Court to stop the senatorial election scheduled for 16 December 2014 and wish to use this opportunity to reiterate our call to the Government of Liberia to strengthen its fight against the deadly Ebola virus by reopening our educational institutions.Until next week when we bring to you another piece on dialogue amongst peace messengers: Community-based Interventions, we would like to encourage everyone to take this epidemic very seriously and be part of the drive to stopping Ebola. We look forward to 2015 that is free of the Ebola virus disease, of individuals and communities knowing their rights to health and basic civil responsibility.Liberians must do all to eradicate Ebola so that we can continue on our path of stability.Peace First, Peace above all and May Peace Prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more