Ebola Spreads Fear, Stigma, Marks Campaign Apathy Nationwide

first_imgNot surprisingly, the Ebola Virus’ massive stigmatization and its instilment of fear among Liberians have caused a very poor start of political campaign activities nationwide.Mixed reactions from the greater Liberian society have also revealed that the pending democratic process may not be transparent and credible.But the staff of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has given assurances that the democratic process will indeed be credible and transparent nationwide.The Daily Observer has gathered reports from some of the political subdivisions of the country indicating strong evidence of voter apathy amongst Liberians.Many prominent and ordinary Liberians in recent times have had fierce exchanges of political views and comments on several key issues with massive disagreements among citizens.Ironically, international medical agencies and donor partners have not issued any formal or official statement declaring that Liberia is Ebola free despite a significant decline in the spread of the disease in the country.In separate encounters with a broad spectrum of Liberians, comments of disagreement and agreement have been neck and neck, with no outright winner at the helm of the political debate.Political commentator Joe Mason Browne, 45, of Coca-Cola Factory in Paynesville said the electoral process will not produce the desired results owing to Ebola virus stigma and fear.Economic commentator William K. Baysahwala, 63, noted that the ongoing electoral process in Liberia will produce some tangible political results in order to avoid a constitutional crisis for the Liberian Government.Mrs. Mary B. Sackie, 48, said the current political dispensation in Liberia is a litmus test to the embryonic democracy instituted some 14 years years ago.“I think I can say yes to holding the elections now, to avoid a constitutional crisis. But I also know there is a problem because the Ebola virus is still spreading and killing our people in our country,” Mrs. Sackie asserted.Mr. Morris Y. Fahnbuttu, 55, a former Secondary School history and geography instructor, said the timing of the current electoral process is unrealistic and counterproductive and will not produce any genuine political results.Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman Harris, 50, social and political commentator of Central Monrovia said an effective electoral process cannot be held in a volatile environment and in a deadly stressed country such as Liberia.“My dear brother, the current Ebola virus spread in our country has overwhelmed us and the entire nation,” Mrs. Harris asserted.Political scientist John B. Williams, Sr. said political interaction should be carried out in an enabling environment free of stigma, fear and suspicion at every level in any society such as Liberia’s, following 14 years of democracy.“Our current timing of the election process in our country is, from all indications, indeed counterproductive and unrealistic” Mr. Williams asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Liverpool star slams Man United man for ‘feigning an injury’ during England game

first_img REVEALED Most Read Football stories The England players protest the awarding of a foul against Welbeck possible standings Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures “There was nothing wrong with him, you were the one that fell onto him. The ball hit him, came out of your hands and he’s tapped it away.“I don’t see what he could have done different, as in Danny.” Emile Heskey has vented his frustration at Manchester United star David De Gea after the goalkeeper’s apparent playacting at Wembley.During Spain’s 2-1 victory over England on Saturday night, De Gea fell under pressure from Danny Welbeck deep into stoppage time before dropping the ball. 2 smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img MONEY Despite the late controversy, England was greatly outplayed by their Spanish guests.An early goal from Marcus Rashford ensured the party atmosphere inside Wembley was able to carry on, but goals from Saul and Rodrigo ensured it was a third straight defeat for England in all competitions. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Did David de Gea get away with one?Watch England’s late disallowed goal against Spain and read what the pundits made of it: https://t.co/htJ60nPiwo pic.twitter.com/AYEYYTPM8D— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 9, 2018“He can’t go anywhere can he? It’s not like he pushed him or put his arms up or anything, he stood there.“He [De Gea] came down on top of him and the worst thing for me is feigning an injury afterwards. David De Gea keeps out a Harry Kane effort at Wembley impact RANKED highlights The Arsenal striker thought he had given the Three Lions the share of the points during their opening UEFA Nations Game, only to see it ruled out for a controversial foul.Despite captain Harry Kane slamming referee Danny Makkelie for ‘bottling’ the decision, former Liverpool striker Heskey was far more disappointed with the goalkeeper for his part in the matter.When asked if the goal should have been allowed, Heskey replied: “Very disappointed, I don’t think he [Welbeck] did anything wrong. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Orange or lemon?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “6 Days until the Orange Line opens” (Oct. 23): “If you build it, they will come” looks good on a cocktail napkin, but doesn’t translate. Most people I’ve talked to are very skeptical of the bus to nowhere. They believe the lack of safety precautions (crossing arms), the control of intersections by bus drivers, fear of being stranded, and inadequate parking will keep motorists in their cars. Residents are already selecting alternate routes, avoiding Victory Boulevard; they don’t want traffic collisions to make them even later to work or appointments. They also don’t want to have to wait for law enforcement to arrive from Lost Hills or Santa Clarita in the event of a problem. If the project is so wonderful, why are there daily articles or warnings. Ellen Bagelman President Lake Balboa Neighborhood Association Running red lights Re “Close call on Orange Line” (Oct. 25): We’re so accustomed to seeing and running red lights, that it’s not enough to get our attention. If there was a small white strobe light along with the red light for the bus crossing, that would definitely alert cars to the approaching bus. Gary Mond Valley Glen Irresponsible Re “Dry runs raise busway fears” (Oct 21): Tarzana resident Claire Tucci attempts to excuse irresponsible motorists for any potential accidents they may cause on the Orange Line busway (the elderly, teenagers, cell-phone talkers) as if age and personal conversation are valid excuses for breaking the law. Can’t see signs, can’t see traffic lights? Gee, maybe these people ought to stay off the road altogether. Lisa Katz Tarzana Busway taggers I’ve reading all about the new Orange Line busway in your paper, and how so many believe it will bring much new promise to the Valley both economically and environmentally. But there’s one aspect that hasn’t been written about – taggers. Although all the local politicos have been “on” the busway, how many of them have been just outside those MTA parking lots? Those fresh new walls that’ve been built by the Sepulveda Station, tagged by graffiti. I fear this is only the beginning … because if the MTA doesn’t nip this in the bud, it will only get worse. Roderic Kavanagh Van Nuys Disinformation Re “Washington braces for leak indictments” (Oct. 24): So the administration’s plan is simply to smear the special prosecutor rather than to dismiss Rove or Libby? I once prayed for a Republican monopoly in Washington, but this Bush cabal is a culture of corruption – more a corporate disinformation campaign than a government. Add the CIA leak to the legal tangles of Frist and DeLay, and the political appointee Michael Brown who couldn’t be disturbed at dinner while people screamed for help on their roofs, and you have a Republican Party that Lincoln wouldn’t recognize. Marshall Abernathy Woodland Hills Not World War II Re “Lost WWII airman to come home” (Oct. 22): Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. James D. Cartwright disappeared on the eve of World War II, June 8, 1941. World War II began September 1939. Many tens of thousands of people had already died in Europe by the time isolationist America was dragged into the war by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Condolences to his family and with all due respect to the memory of Staff Sgt. Cartwright, he did not serve during WWII and with all good conscience cannot be termed a WWII airman. Harold Harris Woodland Hills Adult stem cells Re “Stem cell gift from overseas” (Oct. 24): I think the title of this article is misleading. At first glance, one would think it was a story about how a local man had to go to a foreign country to get access to stem cells. I assume that this case involved adult stem cells, since the “donor agreed to give peripheral blood stem cells to the young man… .” It is important to emphasize where the stem cells came from, because there is no ethical controversy over the use of adult stem cells, since these donations do not involve taking life from an unborn child. Also, most if not all of the medical miracles from stem cell transplants to date have been from adult stem cells. Loretta Reust Newhall American prisons Re “Heinous criminal” (Your Opinions, Oct. 4): Kathryn Durfee feels Lynndie England should be put to death for mistreating Iraqi prisoners. One wonders if she feels the same way about American prisoners in American prisons. Does she feel any pity for them because they are not allowed cigarettes anymore. In some prisons not only smokes, but magazines and radios are banned. But who cares, right? Most are blacks and Latinos. But please don’t harm Arabs under military custody. All the kind, good-hearted, God-loving Americans will cry brutality. Get it right, Americans: Write to your senators. Eloy L. Mendoza Pacoima Evolution Re “Personal thing” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): I was surprised to see my Oct. 13 letter in favor of Proposition 75 evolve into a letter claiming that President Bush started the war in Iraq as a personal thing. No, it was not a personal thing. A joint session of the 107th Congress passed the “Iraq War Resolution” on Oct. 10, 2002, authorizing the president to use the United States armed forces against Iraq. Approximately 20 reasons in the form of “Whereas” were cited in the resolution for this authorization. Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Restoration Re “Traditional homelands” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): Boyd Britton’s comparison with Olduvai Gorge is invalid, since no one is known to have invaded it and exiled its inhabitants, and no one but the writer wants to return there. A better comparison would be Spain (or Espa!tildelown!a, as its people style it). Although the Muslims ruled it for eight centuries, the Spaniards (who had lived there before) were not shy about evicting them. Would Britton refer to it by the Arabic name, “El Andalus,” and agree that it should be restored to Muslim rule? Would he restore South Africa to white rule, and all of Europe to the Germans? Louis Richter Encino Daylight time Do you notice how dark it is in the morning? It is long past the equinox; winter’s daylight hours grow shorter. Yet, our clocks are still set to summer’s daylight-saving time. It is more difficult to arise, and to wake up the kids when our windows are still dark. It is more dangerous for our kids walking to school, crossing streets while sleepy commuters squint into the rising sun. The pending energy bill will extend DST to even later in the winter months. This is wrong; it puts our kids in greater danger. DST should end around the autumnal equinox, at, say, end of September. There are many reasons responsible senators should oppose this bill. It would allow special-interest oil drillers to rip open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Bruce Joffe Piedmont Tenure not the end Just for the record, attaining tenure does not end the evaluation process for teachers. In fact, California teachers are evaluated every other year – thereafter. Moreover, some of those “poor performing” teachers miraculously go on to wear administrative suits. If Proposition 74 passes, how will teachers then be protected from such punitive and poor performing administrators? Louisa B. Caucia Montrose Not in my name Could someone please tell the firefighter and teacher unions that they do not have the right to speak for all public employees. I will tell you, as a public employee, I never hear from the union unless they want something for them. Fact is, I am now in a new union due to a promotion three months ago and still have not heard from them yet – but I am sure when they need more of my money they will call. Keith Smith Granada Hillslast_img read more