Is Ebola a Curse From God or A Natural Disaster? (Part Five): Lessons to…

first_imgIn this fifth and concluding article of the series centered on the question of whether Ebola is a curse or a natural or man-made virus a particular attention is paid to the possible lessons we all as individuals, families, communities, religious institutions and nations can learn from the Ebola epidemic. What lessons can we learn from the Ebola disaster to make us better persons and a better nation? In what ways is the Ebola outbreak and the serious challenge it is posing to our existence an opportunity to change our attitudes and whole way of life for the better? Let us explore a bit below. The fourth article on human responsibility in dealing with the Ebola menace observed the following main points:Some believers wrongly think that human responsibility and divine support are incompatible. No, they are mistaken. The premise of this fourth article is that divine help and human efforts go hand in hand. We should not choose between the two. We make judicious use of both. We can always pray hard and equally work hard.The biggest challenge and gap in this fight against Ebola is to break the chain of transmission. We seem to be losing the fight as the rate of infection is increasing rapidly. To break the chain in transmission requires the involvement of everyone—especially individuals and communities. The outsiders can help with the building of more Ebola treatment centers, movement of equipment and medicines, lots of experts and preventive materials but the behavior change that is required has to be taught and effected by communities.Martin Luther King, Jr. once noted that to depend on our works and our works alone without any reference to God is atheism. Conversely, to sit and do nothing and expect God to do everything for us is not faith but presumption. Christianity is both trust in God and hard work. St. Augustine of Hippo put it like this: “Without God we cannot. Without us God will not”. In other words apart from God we can nothing. But though God can do without us, yet he has chosen to work with and through us mortals. What lessons then can we learn from the Ebola crisis to make us better?Joshua David Stone and Gloria Excelsias aver that every crisis is an opportunity: “Any crisis is an opportunity to change direction in your life”. They reveal that the word crisis is of Greek origin and it means “a turning point in a disease.” Their conclusion is: “So a crisis is truly an opportunity for a turning point in our lives”. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks of turning our liabilities into assets. He uses the perennial example of Helen Keller who lived in the late 1880’s and early 1900’s. Made blind and deaf by a debilitating disease at the age of nine, she rose above the challenges in those days of being blind and deaf to acquiring a university degree and becoming an author, a lecturer, and an activist for the disabled. She could have mourned and blamed other people for her condition. No, rather she worked extra hard and excelled above many normal persons! Some experts in how to turn problems into opportunities speak about “turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones” in going higher rather than lower.The question for those who are now experiencing the havoc of this deadly disease is “Will Ebola leave us the same unpatriotic, self-centered, polarized, and envious people or will it leave us a better united people”?I suggest a few cardinal lessons. Ebola is forcing us as nations to revisit our health systems and pay more attention to them by putting more money in them and managing them better for our own survival and means of growth and development. Ebola is teaching us about how to better care for our bodies and environments. Many of us were taught early on in life to wash our hands as often as possible and to keep our surroundings clean as a means of preventing a lot of diseases but we have been careless about putting these basic lessons into practice. Ebola is calling us back to those basics.Above all, Ebola is challenging us to dare to do things differently to what we are used to. If we who are naturally a touching (countless handshakes) and hugging people can learn to restrain from a natural habit then we can certainly change our old bad attitudes and try more challenging ways of thinking and doing things differently with the potential of making us better. Let Ebola help us change our attitudes and ways for the better.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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Alberta government concerned about mercury levels, risk of flood from Site C

first_imgThe Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development ministry won’t send anyone to environmental review hearings in Fort St. John, but it did file a written submission.It says the two existing dams on the Peace River in B.C. have already significantly altered the flow of the river into the neighbouring province.This has both positive and negative effects, but Alberta is concerned Site C will exacerbate the negative. In particular, Alberta is worried about expected spikes in mercury levels during construction of the dam and fluctuations in water flow.It is also concerned about fish mortality, flooding and the effects of water temperature changes and is asking B.C. Hydro for further study of several issues and guarantees that information will be shared if the project advances.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Hawthorne cop hurt on way to robbery call

first_imgThe injured officer’s name was not released so his family could be notified. Other officers handled the robbery call at Rite Aid about five blocks away on Hawthorne Boulevard. An alleged shoplifter began fighting with employees when they tried to stop him from leaving the store, Hawthorne police Lt. Jim Theriault said. Police arrived and arrested a man on suspicion of robbery. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A Hawthorne motorcycle officer rolling to a robbery call was injured Thursday when the unlicensed driver of a pickup truck collided with him. The officer was thrown into the street, and his injuries at first appeared serious, but X-rays at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center proved negative. He was expected to be released from the hospital with minor injuries, Hawthorne police Lt. Julian Catano said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The wreck occurred as the officer made his way “Code 3” – with his lights and siren on – to a robbery call at 11:20 a.m., Catano said. The female driver of a midsize pickup truck was headed east on 136th Street when she collided with the officer at Hawthorne Boulevard. “It looks like the driver did not see the officer,” Catano said. Officers impounded the driver’s truck when they determined she was unlicensed, Catano said. The investigation briefly closed a portion of Hawthorne Boulevard. last_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThere are 12 races on tonight’s greyhound racing card at Lifford.The runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Sugarland Gig; 2, Leahs Smoke; 3, Kayleighs Girl; 4, Hatmore Emma; 5, Over the Line; 6, Glencloy Beauty. Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Lacey Girl; 2, Joshuas Princess; 3, Tias Pearl; 4, Oghill Hack; 5, Bearhaven Kim; 6, Tarmac Lee.Race 3 (525 yards): 1, Wilma; 2, Macsruso; 3, Mullrook Danaher; 4, Deerpark Kitty; 5, Cushie Willow; 6, Claires Diamond.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Bold Cola; 2, Original Song; 3, Pretty Jockey; 4, Leahs Bolt; 5, Hather For Luck; 6, Mullrook No Cash.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Maybe Ted; 2, Local Whitesocks; 3, Tahina Keavey; 4, Crossleigh Thyme; 5, Edenvale Maeve; 6, Townsend Panter. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Tommys Loch; 2, Meenirves; 3, Pretty Lilymay; 4, Ballybun Oshea; 5, Ardnasool Rio; 6, Global Club.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Thrill Me; 2, Hather Bonnie; 3, Fridays Maybe; 4, Rampant Razzle; 5, Tahina Ace; 6, Paddock Paula.Race 8 (350 yards): 1, Tahina Kyle; 2, Corrin Gooch; 3, Hather Two Bake; 4, Ill Get That; 5, Meadowview Dove; 6, Turbine Tulip.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic; 2, Farley Jambo; 3, Colarhouse Bound; 4, Hather Ma Man; 5, Do It Ruso; 6, Ardnasool Kagawa.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Hather If; 2, Hather Eve; 3, Do It Boy; 4, Wrong Note; 5, Culture Annie; 6, Ballyhill Zest. Race 11 (550 yard): 1, Fridays Brett; 2, Hanoras Dream; 3, Spudzonetherun; 4, Spotty Totty; 5, Castleroggy Lord; 6, Hather Lock.Race 12 (575 yards): 1, Do It Kim; 2, Meadowview Hawk; 3, Colarhouse Lady; 4, Farloe Pixie; 5, Another Choice; 6, Castleroggy Rust.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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)Tags:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

Hopeless gridlock the law in L.A.

first_img This is the extent of my research to date. On a personal note, the author wishes to apologize for the delayed publication of this article (originally scheduled for fall 2004). Unfortunately The Law of Collision Encouragement proved to be prescient. The author has beautifully recovered from his wounds and has secured the services of a top-notch personal injury lawyer. So, you see, sometimes The Laws of Motion can work, albeit slowly, to one’s advantage. Happy holidays and good luck! Frank Coffey’s latest book, a parody co-authored with Thomas Dolt, Ph.D., is The Complete Idoit’s Guide for Dumies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Law of Lines: Your Ralphs/Albertsons/Trader Joe’s/Ross Dress for Less, Home Depot or Big Lots cash-out line will always proceed more slowly than any of the surrounding lines – which you aren’t in. Should you decide to change lines, your new line will, naturally, come to an abrupt halt. The Law of Inverse Haste: In the unlikely event that you find yourself walking (commonly, walking occurs on sidewalks after exiting an automobile or in malls), the pedestrians in front of you will want to walk slower. Anyone ahead of him or her will go slower still. Conversely, anyone behind you will want to go faster, and the people behind them – well, you get the idea. The Law of Perverse Probability: The farther you have to travel to look for somebody or something, the less likely it is that he, she or it will be there. Conversely, it’s a sure bet, he, she or it will be there, if you decide to look someplace else first. The Law of Tardy Departures: No matter how early you depart for your business meeting, lunch date or commute, you will be late. A corollary here, The Law of Disappointments, states that your chronic belatedness will cause lost financial opportunities, impaired friendships and employment issues. The Freeway Law: Upon entering a freeway, traffic will stop. This tendency is absolute and does not vary with time of day, day of week or particular freeway. A corollary here, The Law of Futile Action, posits that should you ingeniously manage to exit a freeway, you will promptly join hordes of your fellow Angelenos idling on impenetrable surface streets. The holiday season is upon us, and for anyone living in Los Angeles, this means two things: gridlock, human and vehicular. In an attempt to provide solace (there are no remedies) to my fellow sufferers, I offer The Laws of Motion in Los Angeles. These natural laws, describing a manifestly unintelligent design, will probably not help you get anywhere faster or cause the lines you are moldering in to move any quicker. But they will help you understand why you can’t get anywhere and why your line isn’t moving, which is the next best thing. The Law of Declining Spaces: The moment you enter a parking facility, large or small, the percentage of empty spots will plummet by 50 percent and continue to diminish at a minimum rate of 20 percent per minute – meaning if upon entering the formal parking area you aren’t ensconced within, say, 90 seconds, you might as well go home. The Traffic Law: Persons incapable of correctly operating a motor vehicle will do so to your immediate front. A closely related corollary here, The Law of Futile Anger, states that horn-blaring, profane imprecations and/or aggressive gesticulations will do little to improve the situation, and may even cause real-time events to further deteriorate. last_img read more

BBQs, BEACHES AND SUN CREAM! TEMPERATURES HEADING FOR 18C AS GLORIOUS EASTER WEATHER CONTINUES

first_imgTime to hit the beach: Pic: Annmarie McGowan for donegaldaily.comTEMPERATURES in inland Co Donegal could soar to a sunny 18C today – as our glorious Easter weather continues.Forecasters say the bright sunny weather will be best today and tomorrow.And whilst the so-called ‘Sunny South East’ of Ireland is battered by rain on Sunday, the North West will continue with bright, dry and warm weather. No wonder BBQ sales have gone through the roof today.“Disposable BBQs are flying off the shelves,” said Mairtin Kelly at Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny.“We put them out just in case – and the weather is perfect for it.”Hundreds of runners in the Balllyliffin Coastal Challenge are also out this afternoon taking on the 10-mile challenge. Walkers and runners have been warned to make sure they drink lots of water.And plaster on some sun cream!The weather has provided an extra boost to the tourism industry with Easter roads packed with visitors, especially from the North.“We’re booked out,” said Carolynne Harrison from the Mount Errigal Hotel.“Families are here in large numbers and we just have a couple of spare rooms later in the week. Everyone wants to go to Glenveagh and the beaches around Rathmullan and are basing themselves here. “It’s glorious when we have weather like this.”A word of warning – it will get colder after dark – so keep a jumper handy if you are out and about this evening.BBQs, BEACHES AND SUN CREAM! TEMPERATURES HEADING FOR 18C AS GLORIOUS EASTER WEATHER CONTINUES was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:18cdonegal daily weathersunsunshinelast_img read more

Bright Stars out to revenge when they visit Express in the Uganda Cup Semi Finals

first_img Tags: bright stars fcExpress FCFUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19George Ssemwogererepaul kiwanukatop Bright Stars lost 3-1 to Express last week. (file photo)WANKULUKUKU – Following an embarrassing 3-1 loss at the Mutessa II Stadium in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, Bright Stars hope to revenge when they visit Express in the second leg of the Uganda Cup semifinals.Coming to this particular match, the game is all square, after a one all draw at the Champions Stadium, Mwererwe in the first leg.Express took the lead through Michael Birungi before Bright Stars’ skipper Nelson Senkatuka equalized with a well drilled penalty.The second leg will therefore be a do or die affair since a spot in the prestigious final is up for grabs.In the final games of the season, Bright Stars humiliated Paidha Black Angels 6-1 at Mwererwe with Senkatuka scoring five times.For the Red Eagles they suffered a goal-less draw away to Onduparaka at the Green Light Stadium in Arua as George Ssimwogerere sought to rest many of the players ahead of the Wednesday Uganda Cup game.The main factor to look out for in Thursday’s game is how both sets of crowds will respond after the hooliganism exhibited in the first leg.What the coaches sayPaul Kiwanuka (Bright Stars)“The return leg is going to be tougher than the first leg. We need more than one goal and we are going to overturn the 1-1 draw provided we don’t concede.”“My players know where we are going, there ready for the battle and they know what they want .“I know we are better than Express so we sure we are going to qualify for the finals.”George Ssimwogerere (Express FC)“I have prepared well to play against Bright stars mentally and physically and I trust my players to win the game.“I see my team already playing in the finals against Proline so I have nothing to worry about apart from my first goal keeper who got injured during a friendly with Nte clan. Other than that all my players are ready to battle.”Ssemwogerere (right) is confident his side will reach the finals (file photos)Team newsThe Red’s left back Arthur Kiggundu, will miss out of the contest following a career threatening injury suffered when the two clubs clashed in the first leg. Express will also miss the services of first goal keeper  Mathias Muwanga who sustained an injury while playing a friendly Nte clan, Eric Kambale is also out because of an injury.SSimwogera will  look to Sadiq Ssekyembe  who  has proved a valuable asset as Kiggundu’s timey replacement, Tony Odur , Captain Revita John and the Nsubuga duo of Badru plus Mubaraka if hes to proceed to the finals.Goal Machine Senkatuka remains the biggest threat for team Express but ofcourse he will be assisted by Fred Ssegujja, Brian Kayanja, Jungu and Alfred Onek.Bright Stars has able defenders like Innocent Assimwe, Farouk Katongole, Enock Walusimbi, and Samuel Ssekitto who will work their way out to shield their veteran goalkeeper Hamza Muwonge from an impending danger.Bright Stars’ back line will miss Andrew Kaggwa (red card from the first leg) and Derrick Ngobi, Mahad Kisekka and Benjamin Kalisa who have injuries.The winner between Express and Bright Stars will qualify for the final to play Proline in the final on 25th May 2019 at Masaka Recreational Stadium.Comments last_img read more

Giants’ recent offensive struggles a potential red flag ahead of deadline

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN DIEGO — Bruce Bochy is giving first baseman Brandon Belt the day off Sunday after Belt went 0-for-5 for the third straight game in Saturday’s loss to the Padres.“He needs a break,” Bochy said. “Probably a mental break as much as anything. We all go through tough times, but he’s available to come off the bench.”Belt isn’t the only Giants veteran struggling, but his inability to reach base out of the leadoff spot …last_img read more

All Kinds of Green Poured Into the Yannell House in Chicago

first_imgFor those who have the financial resources to do it, building a deep green house can become an enormous enterprise.Chicago resident Michael Yannell seemed to have embraced that prospect shortly after he acquired a 1908 farmhouse a few years ago and an inspection revealed that the best course of action would be to deconstruct, salvage, and recycle rather than remodel. Yannell then began a quest to build a net-zero energy house that would honor virtually every known green construction, design, and land-use precept, top the LEED for Homes ratings, and become one of the best-known showcases for green living in Chicago, if not the country.It’ll be a little while longer before we know whether the four-bedroom, two-bath house, which is divided into two buildings and cost about $1.6 million to build, earns a LEED Platinum rating, and it will take several months longer to determine whether it can perform to net-zero standards.But Yannell’s full green immersion may be, at the very least, one of the best-documented in recent memory. His team of architects, engineers, designers, and contractors included Chicago-based Farr Associates and general contractor Goldberg General Contracting, as well as Moka Plus Design & Architecture, which is hosting The Yannell House, a Web site devoted to the project, and handling interior design issues such as the home’s furniture and art selection.A product showcaseMoka has in fact developed a program it calls the Yannell Residence Green Interior Design Concept for furnishings, which solicits green products from manufacturers and dealers that will be considered for use in the house. The firm also has a book in the works, “Living Yannell – Living Green,” and plans to publish an online directory of all the products selected by the interior decorating team.The project has attracted the attention of green and real estate bloggers from the get-go, and recently was profiled by ABC-TV affiliate WLS.While most people, even wealthy ones, are unlikely to venture quite this far into the green forest, green-building fans of all stripes will at least be interested to see how well the 2,700-sq.-ft. house operates. In addition to passive solar design features, it is equipped with a PV system, a solar thermal hot-water system, a ground-source heat pump, gray-water and rainwater harvesting systems (both buildings feature butterfly roofs), and a range of sustainable materials, including FSC certified wood (for 95% of the wood used), salvaged walnut flooring, and countertops made from either recycled newspaper and cardboard or recycled glass,In response to one blog post about the house, Yannell wrote that he eventually will list specifics about each material used, adding, “there’s no granite or marble to be found anywhere!”last_img read more