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Plan International Targets 2.6M People to Receive Mosquito Nets

first_imgEmmanuel R. Kone, Deputy Chief of Party for Plan International To reduce the spread of malaria in the country, Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Straks, a local non-governmental organization focusing on health awareness, is training Liberians in all 15 counties to carry on distribution and education on the use of mosquito nets to 2.6 million people across the country.Mr. Emmanuel R. Kone, Deputy Chief of Party for Plan International, speaking at the opening of the workshop on Monday, April 24, in Sinkor, Monrovia, said distributing nets is one aspect but the major challenge is the usage of the nets.He told the trainees, who were more than 60 in number, that at the end of the training, their job would be to educate the public on the importance of the nets. “I am urging every one of you to encourage our brothers and sisters to sleep under mosquito nets,” he added.He informed them that people in rural communities misuse mosquito nets to make a gardens, to tie the roofs of their huts and therefore they must encourage them to use the nets for the reason that they are provided. “You must educate them not to use the nets to cover dead bodies and also not to use them to fish,” he noted.Mr. Kone told them that those in central Monrovia have the nets available in their homes, but they are not using them for its intended purpose.He said the distribution of the net will commence on Thursday, April 26. “I expect every one of you to be an agent of change to stop the spread of malaria in Liberia.”Mr. Kone said nets will only be given to those that have tickets because every community will have its distribution site to pick up the nets and it will be accessible to every resident.“I hope the distribution of the nets will be able to reduce the increase of malaria in Liberia because the distribution is a national event to end malaria. The campaign will be launched on April 25, which is also the World Malaria day,” Mr. Kone said.Dr. Augustine N. Fannieh, chairman of the board of directors of Straks, said malaria is common and the number one killer disease in pregnant women and young children under 5 years of age in Liberia in most African countries.According to him, in an effort to reduce this disease Straks strongly believes that the preventative method of malaria control will help reduce the mortality rate in Africa.He told the trainees that the distribution of the nets has been very important, but people in the rural areas are misusing the nets, which greatly contributes to the spread of malaria.Malaria is a life-threatening disease and it is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Protecting yourself from online scams

first_imgCpl. Shelike says the exact details of the scam can vary.For example, the scammer might:– Try to gain your trust by saying they work for Microsoft or another reputable software company– Tell you that your computer has been infected with a virusAdvertisement – Offer to scan your computer to detect possible viruses– Try to sell you anti-virus software they claim they will install remotely– Ask if your computer is running slowly or not working properly, and offer to improve its performance“Never give an unsolicited caller access to your computer,” said Cpl. Shelkie. “If someone calls and says they are with a computer company, get their details and then call them back after confirming through the company that they are legitimate.”If you think you have been scammed contact the RCMP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.Advertisement This comes after the RCMP recently had a resident report that someone had attempted to gain access to their computer and banking information over the phone.“This is a scam that happens occasionally and anyone with a computer and a phone could be affected” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of the Fort St. John RCMP said in a written statement. “Luckily this person did not lose anything financially but it is still an invasion of their privacy.”Cpl. Shelki says anti-virus scam typically start when someone calls and offers you a computer anti-virus services or says they are with Microsoft or Apple and need access to your computer to fix a ‘glitch’ in the programming.- Advertisement -“The scammer is not selling a real product or actually trying to repair any programming, but trying to gain remote access to your computer and to get your credit card information,” Cpl. Shelkie writes.Cpl. Shelkie adds, “The scammer will say they need remote access to provide the supposed services, and will ask for your computer passwords and related information.”They most likely will also ask for your credit card information so they can bill you for the supposed services.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ballybofey to host Ulster Finals of Irish Dancing Championships

first_imgMore than 10,000 people will descend on Ballybofey this weekend for the Ulster Final of the Irish Dancing Championships from November 17th to 20th.Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and this competition is a mecca showcase for the young people (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global community.It adds a festival dimension to Ballybofey as an out-of season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns of Stranorlar, Letterkenny and Donegal Town. Kevin Armstrong, Director of the Ulster Championships, stated that there are in excess of 2000 entries to this competition and that he expects the largest attendance ever at this particular four day dancing event.The success of the Ulster Dancing Championships event in County Donegal to date has determined the imminent return of Oireachtas Rince Uladh to the county again in 2017.An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey said that “Oireachtas Rincí Uladh”, “The Ulster Dancing Championships” have been coming to Donegal for quite a number of years now and that Donegal County Council recognises the cultural and traditional value and importance of this great event as well as the economic and social benefits to the county. He wishes all involved great success.A Céad Míle Fáilte is extended to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. This event is being hosted in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey for four days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.PREASEISIÚINTOireachtas Rince Uladh i mBealach Féich 2016 – 17 go 20 Samhain 2016Beidh Oireachtas Rince Uladh ar siúl i mBealach Féich ón 17ú – 20ú Samhain 2016.Meastar go mbeidh tuairim 10,000 duine ag freastal ó Chúige Uladh agus contaethe teorainn thar an cheithre lá iomlán de cheiliúradh rince iomaíochta. Tá móréileamh ar an Rince Gaelach níos mó anois ná mar a bhí ariamh. Is féile comhaimseartha é do dhamhsóirí óga (4bl – 21bl), ag cur i láthair agus ag iomaíocht san ealaíon Rince Gaelach, agus don lucht féachana a tharraingníonn sé ó na ceantair domhanda. Cáilífear na buaiteoirí ar aghaidh go dtí Craobhchomórtais an Domhain 2017. Cuireann an ócaid seo le gné féilte ‘as séasúr’ agus rachaidh sé i sochar forbairt eacnamaíoch, sóisialta agus cultúrtha do Bhealach Féich agus do na bailte comharsan Sráth an Urláir, Leitir Ceanainn agus Baile Dhún na nGall chomh maith.Dúirt Stiúrthóir Oireachtas Rincí Uladh, Kevin Armstrong, go bhfuil i bhfad níos mó éilimh ar an ócáid seo ná mar a bhí ariamh aroimhe agus go bhfuil thar 2000 iarratais istigh don chomórtas an iarraidh seo. Ciallaíonn seo go mbeidh scaiftí móra ag freastal thar an cheithre lá de chomórtais. Beidh Oireachtas Rincí Uladh ag filleadh ar an chontae arís in 2017.Guíonn Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, an Clr Toirleach Ó Sluaighe, gach rath ar an Oireachtas seo. Dúirt sé go n-aithníonn Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall an tábhacht agus an fiúntas cultúrtha, sóisialta agus eacnamaíoch don chontae ach go hairithe ag an am seo den bhliain.Tá fáilte roimh chách go hÓstán Jacksons i mBealach Féich chun an díogras agus an chuid is fearr den Rince Ghaelach a bhlaisiú i bhfoirm siamsaíocht iomaíoch den scoth. Ballybofey to host Ulster Finals of Irish Dancing Championships was last modified: November 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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