“No Lab Results to Support ‘Zika Virus’ Claim”

first_imgNPHIL responds to assertion by Dr. Catherine Kurkett KamaraThe National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) says its attention was seriously drawn to an article published in the Monday, July 22, 2019 edition of the Daily Observer newspaper captioned “Zika Virus Identified in Liberia?” in which a Physical Therapist, Catherine Kurkett Kamara, of the SALT Rehabilitation Clinic made claims of diagnosing ZIKA Virus in a patient whom she has been managing since 2016 at the clinic. NPHIL, according to a release, immediately launched an investigation into allegation of Zika Virus identified in Liberia.In its spontaneous scientific response, NPHIL consistent with its mandate, as the entity responsible for disease surveillance in Liberia, swiftly dispatched an ‘Investigative Team’ to SALT Rehabilitation Clinic in Zubah Town, Paynesville, outside Monrovia to ascertain and verify the relevant medical information in line with scientific diagnosis, since the emergence of such an infection in Liberia is a cause for concern.The investigation established that SALT Rehabilitation Clinic is located in Zubah Town, Paynesville and is housed in a three-bedroom apartment. The Investigative Team comprised personnel from the Montserrado County Health Team, and the Divisions of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology of the National Public Health institute of Liberia and Global Health.During the fact-finding visit at SALT Rehabilitation Clinic, the Investigative Team were met on arrival by a personnel of SALT Rehabilitation Clinic who introduced himself as an occupational and speech therapist and had been trained locally through (in-service method) at the facility. According to the Investigative Team, SALT Rehabilitation Clinic’s Lead Clinician, Mr. Theophilus T. Richards was neither available during the visit nor was Dr. Catherine Kurkett Kamara who is said to currently be in the U.S.A. However, the healthcare worker on-duty was interviewed, and he provided some information about the clinical care provided at the facility, which includes physio, occupational and speech therapies. The Investigative Team also requested and reviewed the ‘patients’ records’.The two patients’ records that is being managed at the SALT Rehabilitation Clinic, admitted with a preliminary diagnosis of Developmental Delay, was provided at the behest of the Investigative Team. The first patient, a 5-year old male, first seen on October 17, 2015 was diagnosed with generalized weakness in the arms, neck and legs. On the other hand, the second patient, 23-month-old male, was seen at the clinic on July 10, 2019 with similar presentations and a primary diagnosis of developmental delay secondary to congenital anomalies and Zika Virus Disease. The investigation established that there was no information relating to the travel history of either the patients or parents, which was further compounded by no laboratory test results available in the patient records that supported the diagnosis of Zika Virus.According to the SALT Rehabilitation Clinic staff interviewed, both patients are alive and currently undergoing therapeutic management at the clinic on an out-patient basis. The investigation revealed that there were no patients admitted at the clinic at the time of the visit.In an effort to verify the validity of SALT Rehabilitation Clinic, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) confirmed that the clinic is duly registered with the LMDC and has a License covering ‘physician’. However, the LMDC maintained that Dr. Catherine Kurkett Kamara is a Physical Therapist not licensed by the entity.Meanwhile, according to the Director General of National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) Hon. Tolbert Nyenswah, there are Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) in detecting and announcing diseases of public health significance in Liberia like Zika. DG Nyenswah said the assertion by Dr. Kamara uncharacteristically met ‘zero’ of any of the set standards and noted it was unfortunate to have made such declaration. Regrettably, Dr. Kamara is neither licensed by Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) as a practicing physician nor an epidemiologist.He maintained that NPHIL encourages institutions commenting on issues bordering on infectious diseases must fact-check scientific data before making public statements on disease outbreak, adding: “It is only the Minister of Health consistent with the Laws of Liberia that can declare an outbreak. He said NPHIL National Reference Laboratory in collaboration with partners will work with the relevant institutions for advanced testing of unknown pathogens.DG Nyenswah concluded by saying: “The news story about Zika Virus identified in Liberia as reported in the Daily Observer is far from the truth”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Friday, October 3

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Simeone signs new Atletico contract until 2022

first_imgUnder him, they won the Europa League last season and La Liga in 2014, as well as twice reaching the final of the Champions League.“The future that lies ahead of us until 2022 is very exciting but it will also be full of challenges,” Simeone said in an announcement made by the club.“I’ve decided to renew my contract once again with Atletico Madrid because I have high hopes for the future.”Atletico are the only team to have won La Liga other than Real Madrid and Barcelona in the last 14 years.Simeone’s success, built on a defensive style, has come despite Atleti earning half as much revenue and spending half as much on wages as Real and Barca.“I see hard work, players focused on getting better. I see excitement, I see youth,” Simeone said.“All of this makes us grow as a team and I know that if the four legs of the table remain strong like they have until now, we’re going to continue in the same way.”Atletico are third in La Liga, having slipped one point behind Real Madrid after losing the city derby last weekend. They are seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Simeone has signed a new deal with Atletico © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Feb 14 – Diego Simeone has extended his contract as coach of Atletico Madrid until 2022, the club announced on Thursday.Simeone has been in charge of Atletico since 2011 and has turned them into one of the most feared teams in Europe.last_img read more

O.J. will get his fake Rolex back

first_imgO.J. Simpson is getting his fake Rolex watch back. The timepiece, seized earlier this week by attorneys for Fred Goldman, was ordered returned to the former football star after it was determined to be a knockoff made in China. Goldman has won a multimillion-dollar wrongful-death judgment against Simpson, but the watch has so little value it falls under an exemption in the judgment excluding jewelry worth less than $6,075. Goldman lawyer David Cook said his client will comply with Friday’s order by Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg. “While we are clearly disappointed with the outcome, this tells us that collecting on this judgment, against this guy, is really tough,” Cook said. Cook had hoped the watch might be worth as much as $22,000, but an appraisal from San Francisco jeweler Shreve & Co. concluded it was worth only about $100. Simpson had told his lawyer, Ronald Slates, he paid $125 for it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Music night to support woman’s kidney transplant quest

first_imgA host of musical talent is coming together in Letterkenny tonight to support a Donegal woman who is hoping to end her 14-year wait for a kidney transplant.Yvonne McFadden from Falcarragh has been receiving kidney dialysis three times a week in Letterkenny for 14 years after her body rejected a kidney she received as a teenager.But now she has been given hope that the life-changing procedure is within reach after her friend Tom Evans from Moville volunteered to take part in a kidney pairing scheme in the UK. The two friends met through the Inishowen Gospel Choir and tonight musical friends of Yvonne and Tom are getting together for a special event at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny tonight to raise funds for costs they will incur as part of the process, and for the kidney dialysis unit at Letterkenny University Hospital.Inishowen sisters ‘The Henry Girls’, one of Donegal’s best-known groups ‘In Their Thousands’, jazz-based pop act ‘Great White Lies’ from Inishowen, soul and funk 12-piece ‘Velvet Alibi’, and ‘The Inishowen Gospel Choir’ are all taking part in the night for Yvonne and Tom at the Regional Cultural Centre at 8pm. Admission €15.Music night to support woman’s kidney transplant quest was last modified: July 29th, 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

Valenzuela nets 3 Fairplex wins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I had so much horse,” Valenzuela said. “I was electing where to go. He came over on us right when we were getting our inside position and it cost us the race.” – All three of Valenzuela’s winners were trained by Doug O’Neill, seeking his fourth consecutive Fairplex training title. The three-bagger vaulted O’Neill to the top of the standings with five victories — two more than Andy Mathias and Mel Stute, tied for second with three apiece. – Bettors pushed $725,980 through the windows Wednesday chasing a two-day pick six carryover of $184,170. Two winning pick six tickets were sold, each worth $290,227.20. POMONA — Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, winless with his first three mounts of the Fairplex Park meet, turned it around in a big way on Wednesday by winning three races, including the $60,000 Beau Brummel Stakes. Valenzuela guided heavily favored Bobbolyn ($2.60) to an easy eight-length triumph in the third race and scored with Dance Of The Year ($11.80) in the ninth. – An evenly matched field of eight of 2-year-old fillies will square off this afternoon in the featured $60,000 Bustles and Bows Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Trailer Queen, with jockey Martin Pedroza aboard, is the 5-2 favorite after defeating California-bred maidens convincingly at Del Mar last month. The Bustle and Bows also attracted Dancin Olivia, Angelic Angie, Lake Como, Aloha Mangos Kitty, I Can See, Chills And Thrills and Hunter’s Fortune. The best filly to ever win the Bustle and Bows was Fran’s Valentine, who won a division of the stakes in 1984. Less than two months later she registered a stunning upset in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Hollywood Park only to be disqualified for stretch interference. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Then, in the Beau Brummel, Valenzuela, riding The Thought Occurs, finished second to 6-5 favorite Don Jaun Con but was awarded the victory by the Pomona stewards after encountering interference on the final turn. Don Jaun Con was on the lead into the far turn of the 6 1/2-furlong dash for 2-year-olds, but when Valenzuela attempted to slip through along the rail and join the pacesetter, Don Jaun Con and jockey Martin Pedroza drifted inward, impeding The Thought Occurs. last_img read more

Man caught speeding at 126kph

first_imgA man caught driving at 126kph on the outskirts of Letterkenny has been fined €250.Michael Herrity, aged 27, with an address at Donnybrook in Dublin, was stopped by Gardai at Dromore on the dual carriageway on July 21st, 2017. Herity, who was driving a black Ford Focus, was given a ticket by Garda Paul Smith but it was not paid.Judge Paul Kelly fined Herrity €250 when the case was brought up at Letterkenny District Court.Man caught speeding at 126kph was last modified: July 5th, 2019 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

Saturday hoops roundup: St. Bernard’s girls, Eureka girls win tourney championships; Arcata boys fall short against Lincoln

first_imgWomen’s college basketball: Monterey Bay 62 Humboldt 55The Humboldt State women’s basketball team chipped away most of a 19-point deficit entering the fourth-quarter but couldn’t overcome a tough night offensively as it fell 62-55 on the road at CCAA foe Cal State Monterey Bay, Saturday afternoon.Humboldt outscored Monterey 19-7 in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough to undue previous damage as the ‘Jacks scored 14-or-less points in each of the first three quarters.Alexia Thrower led the …last_img read more

Sir Stuart Ntlathi: an inspiring passion for science

first_img“People thought I was either crazy or an impossible dreamer because I entered science competitions,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Stuart Ntlathi)Sir Stuart Ntlathi developed a microwave-griller combo from recycled appliances when he was just 13 years old. Today he runs the Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute, aiming to put the fun back in science to inspire South African children to follow science-based careers.Sir – his given name – has earned the honorific. His institute, in Klerksdorp, is driving a renewed interest in math and science among South African school kids, a tough challenge in a country where just about 20% of matriculants achieve a 50% pass in the sciences.“I spent my entire childhood tinkering with electronics and in the library on the internet,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Capitec Bank) Watch Sir Ntlathi and other inspiring South Africans on the Play Your Part TV series every Sunday at 9pm on SABC2.last_img read more

Wipster Aims to Make Video Critiques Easy for Editors and Clients

first_imgWipster is a new tool for making client reviews of video edits easier and more powerful.Many video editors share their videos with clients through online video services such as YouTube or Vimeo. These services are much more convenient than sending a flash drive in the mail or uploading and downloading from Dropbox, but they lack the ability to critique videos in the video player. As a result, simple editing jobs can turn into miscommunication nightmares.The team behind Wipster, a new video review application, aims to make this process easier than ever. Wipster offers editors the ability to upload and manage current versions of their video and gives clients the ability to easily critique in an easy-to-use interface.How Wipster WorksWhere Wipster really excels is with it’s clean interface that’s surprisingly easy to use. Once you upload a video, Wipster will send a link to your clients. The client does not need to have a Wipster account to access it. Once received, the client can leave notes on the actual frame of the video using a computer or iPad. Wipster’s ability to select and highlight certain points in the frame are what make it so different from other marker-based sharing services.Wipster then creates a working to-do list for editors to address each client critique. Editors can then re-upload their video and Wipster will auto-number each revision making it easy to differentiate between old and new copies of the video (a pain point with more traditional methods of online review). Once a new video is uploaded the editor has the ability to respond to each individual critique in the video player.Wipster FeaturesWipster has a bunch of useful features including:Easy to use interfaceNote OrganizerAuto-revision numberingIn-player critiques/conversationsTo-Do list iPad integration Cost and Final ThoughtsSo, what are these features going to cost you?Wipster is a very useful program for any video editor but it’s awesome features don’t come for free. Starting at $488 a year, Wipster is a pretty expensive commitment – but one that might make sense for professional video editors. The program also needs a few improvements including a fast-forward and rewind button but these are definitely not major issues. If you want to try it out before making a $488 commitment, Wipster is currently offering a free trial on their website.A special thanks to Taj Babra for the tip on Wipster. Check out his positive review of the app here.last_img read more