News November 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News media prevented from working by post-election violence News Follow the news on Guinea Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months Organisation News Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says News Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en GuineaAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders appeals for calm and respect for the media after a week in which most journalists in the capital, Conakry, have been staying indoors for fear of being targeted by activists or by the security forces in a wave of violence that began one week after the second round of the presidential election on 7 November.The Sabari FM/Le Diplomate media group stopped working on 15 November after supporters of the losing candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, threatened to attack it. Other news media are paralyzed as a result of the climate of violence.“By restoring calm to the Guinean capital, the state of emergency declared on 17 November will hopefully allow journalists to resume working,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We deplore the fact that journalists have been directly threatened and that this week’s violence contributed to the media’s paralysis. It is particularly disturbing that ethnicity has been used as grounds for threatening certain media with reprisals.”Several dozen Diallo supporters gathered outside the headquarters of the Sabari FM/Le Diplomate group in the Conakry district of Cosa at around 9 a.m. on 15 November and threatened to ransack it, accusing its management and journalists of supporting the election’s declared winner, Alpha Condé. At the same time, they clashed with members of the special election security units in the district, where most of the inhabitants are members of the Peul ethnic group and Diallo supporters, and where the security forces cracked down on protests with particular brutality.The Diallo supporters finally called off their plan to ransack the Sabari FM/Le Diplomate offices after mediation by the building’s owner. The group’s news media stopped operating at 11 a.m. and, since then, its journalists have not been working, like most of the country’s other journalists.A Conakry-based journalist told Reporters Without Borders: “It should be pointed out that Sabari FM invited several representatives of [the pro-Diallo alliance] to speak on the air during the campaign, so the station did make a significant effort to be balanced.”Several organizations including International Crisis Group have reported that Diallo’s supporters were themselves the targets of “systematic attacks” by the security forces when they staged their protests in reaction to the announcement that their candidate had lost.Crédit photo AFP April 15, 2021 Find out more GuineaAfrica April 9, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more
Advertisement Rian O’HalloranA MUCH-loved Limerick teenager who has lost a leg in his battle with cancer is the subject of a fund-raising drive to make his home in Castletroy View a place where he can learn to adjust and pick up his life.“Miles 4 Rian” is a charity event aiming to raise essential funds for St. Clement’s College student, Rian O’Halloran (16).Rian, an avid sportsman with St. Mary’s RFC and Shelbourne AFC, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in April.Unfortunately, Rian lost his leg to the cancer and is now undergoing treatment in Crumlin Children’s Hospital as the cancer has spread.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Science teacher at St Clements, David Tidwell, is gearing up for a gruelling 24-hour challenge starting on December 2 to raise €50,000 towards the cost of altering the family home for Rian’s needs.“He’s such a lovely positive, polite kind lad and so loves his sports. He is always smiling – a real go-getter,” David told the Limerick Post.So far, the Go Fund Me page has raised more than €16,000 and David said “that’s because of Rian and the kind of person he is. He will have a lot of adjustments to make but this is one way we can do something to help.”Rian has not yet been able to return to school but his teachers and school friends have not forgotten him.David is hoping that teachers, students, friends and family of Rian’s will run a mile each beside him on the day or “hop on a bike and go along with me,” he said before adding that a lot will depend on Covid restrictions.24 hours is a long time to run for someone who only started running in lockdown, but David has embarked on a training schedule running most nights to get in shape for the challenge.Each “Mile with Meaning” will also be supported by a corporate sponsor. The event will be live-streamed with the sponsors being mentioned throughout the campaign.Further information and a link to the campaign can be found at https://ie.gofundme.com/f/miles4rian Linkedin Previous articleLimerick pulled from Junior Camogie Championship after last hour rule changeNext articleShop early and local to help save Limerick’s retail sector Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Twitter Print Email NewsRunning miles to help Rian meet his new challengesBy Bernie English – October 23, 2020 2386 Facebook
Oct 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In a worst-case influenza pandemic, without enough vaccine for everyone, who should stand closer to the front of the line: a 25-year-old water utility worker or a healthy 75-year-old?Public health officials may have to make difficult decisions such as this, and a Minnesota health ethics group, in publishing recommendations about pandemic vaccine allocation, hopes to get conversations going now, rather than during a crisis.The vaccine allocation recommendations released last week by the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics (MCHCE) look much different from the ones proposed by the federal government. The vaccine rationing recommendation in federal pandemic plan is aimed at saving the most lives, and might favor the healthy 75-year-old over the 25-year-old utility worker.The Minnesota group’s approach is designed to prevent not only deaths due to influenza, but also deaths related to public infrastructure breakdowns. It is weighted toward those whose immune systems are more likely to respond strongly to a pandemic flu vaccine. As such, it would put the 25-year-old utility worker ahead of the 75-year-old.”The relative priority that the sample plan assigns to different groups offers Minnesotans . . . the maximum chances of surviving both the pandemic and the years immediately thereafter,” the report states.The group said the deadly infrastructure collapse that occurred during the Hurricane Katrina disaster influenced them to seek ways to mitigate other effects of the pandemic, not just the flu deaths. “Seeking only to vaccinate those at high risk of influenza-related mortality leaves them and every other Minnesotan unprotected from death due to breakdowns in basic healthcare, public health, and public safety infrastructures,” the report says.The report emphasizes that approaches to vaccine allocation differ because of different assumptions about pandemic severity. The federal recommendation is based on a moderate pandemic, while the Minnesota group’s plan is based on a severe pandemic, like that of 1918-19, along with an inadequate supply of vaccine.J. Eline Garrett, JD, MCHCE’s assistant director for health policy and public health, told CIDRAP News, “To us, it makes more sense to plan for the worst, then adjust the recommendations if the pandemic isn’t as severe.”The MCHCE’s recommendations assume a W-shaped mortality curve, as seen in the 1918 pandemic, wherein the fatality rate in healthy people aged 15 to 40 is similar to that of small children and elderly people. A more moderate pandemic, like those of 1957 and 1968, has a U-shaped curve, with lowest mortality in young, healthy adults and higher death rates in the youngest and oldest people.According to the MCHCE’s recommendations, those who should receive higher vaccine priority include those with “various combinations” of the following characteristics: high risk for influenza mortality; a strong immune response to vaccination; duty to perform basic healthcare, public health, or public safety roles; a high risk of transmitting the virus to vulnerable groups; or lack of other forms of protection, such as antiviral prophylaxis.The report says people should have a lower priority if any of the following characteristics apply: natural immunity from having survived the pandemic flu, a low risk of death, likelihood of a weak immune response to the vaccine, or access to other acceptable preventive measures.”The sample vaccine rationing plan is expected, in effect, to prioritize healthy adolescents and young adults—especially young adults employed in essential service roles—over elderly persons, infants, and persons with comorbidities,” the report states.Early in a pandemic, the plan would assign top priority to key government leaders and vaccinators, followed by essential workers who are at high risk for flu-related death, are likely to respond well to the vaccine, and have no good alternative.Garrett said singling out who should and shouldn’t receive the vaccine can be controversial. The report has drawn considerable media coverage, and Garrett said some people who e-mailed her were critical of the plan’s focus on immunizing healthy people. “Vaccine allocation is a complex message that doesn’t translate well in a sound bite,” she said.The next step, she said, is to engage the public in discussions about pandemic vaccine allocation.Jason L. Schwartz, MBE, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, said the Minnesota group’s plan is well reasoned and thoughtful. “Their analysis merits serious consideration,” he said.The federal government, in its pandemic plan, has urged states to take the lead in crafting vaccine allocation strategies, Schwartz said. Though many states mention vaccine distribution in their pandemic plans, few discuss the ethical rationale.Other experts have recently proposed other vaccine allocation approaches. In May, bioethicists from the National Institutes of Health published a report in Science, suggesting a “life-cycle principle” to guide vaccine allocation. The plan would weight vaccine distribution toward those between early adolescence and middle age, in an attempt to consider the amount people have “invested” in their lives and how long they have left to live.Schwartz says he expects that states will take a variety of approaches to vaccine allocation. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing. We all agree with the core guideline about how can we make most efficient use of tools at our disposal,” he said. “We’re seeing different solutions because there are so many unknowns.””If we start wrestling with these issues now, there’s a better chance the public will be supportive,” Schwartz said.The MCHCE is an ethics and health policy consortium sponsored by two Twin Cities healthcare systems along with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the College of St. Catherine in St Paul. The report was produced by members of a multidisciplinary Pandemic Influenza Ethics Work Group to guide Minnesota’s pandemic planning efforts.See also:Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics recommendations on allocating pandemic influenza vaccines in MinnesotaPubMed abstractUniversity of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics vaccine ethics Web sitehttp://www.vaccineethics.org/Science article “Who should get influenza vaccine when not all can?”http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/312/5775/854
Sharing is caring! Share 39 Views no discussions The BBC’s Will Grant: “Among the crowd are all three presidential candidates as well as the world’s richest man”Pope Benedict XVI has condemned drug-trafficking and corruption at a huge open-air Mass in central Mexico. He urged Catholics to look to their faith in response to poverty and crime and to reject violence and revenge. More than 500,000 people gathered to hear his message beside the Christ the King monument in Silao – one of the most important symbols of Mexican Catholicism. Pope Benedict was on his first visit to the Latin American country.“At this time when so many families are separated or forced to emigrate, when so many are suffering due to poverty, corruption, domestic violence, drug trafficking, the crisis of values and increased crime, we come to Mary in search of consolation, strength and hope,” he said in a prayer. Mexico has the world’s second largest Catholic congregation after Brazil.Huge crowds have turned out to greet the Pope during his visit, and thousands camped out in Silao’s Bicentennial Park overnight on Saturday awaiting the Mass.“We could hardly sleep because of the emotion and now we can see the Pope,” said Xochitl Alvarez, an indigenous woman who said she had travelled hundreds of miles from southern Mexico.The main candidates for July’s presidential election were in attendance, as well as Mexican tycoons including Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world.Welcome presenceOn Saturday, the Pope had talks with President Felipe Calderon, with whom he discussed the drug-related violence that has killed more than 47,000 Mexicans over the past five years.The Mexican presidency said the Pope’s private meeting with Mr Calderon covered a range of topics including climate change and organised crime.The Pope’s visit to Silao was the showpiece event of his first trip to MexicoThe BBC’s Will Grant in Mexico says few expect that the Pope’s visit will have a significant impact on Mexico’s complicated political and military situation, but the country’s Catholics are largely glad of his presence. However, his tour has been dogged by protests over child sex abuse scandals in the Church and criticism of his stance of gay rights.Some 88% of Mexicans – almost 100 million people – are Roman Catholic, and the Pope’s predecessor, John Paul II, was a regular visitor to the country.On Monday, the Pope’s tour will take him to Cuba. He has said the island’s Marxist structure “no longer corresponds to reality” and called for “new models” of government to be put in place.BBC News FaithLifestyle Pope Benedict XVI condemns Mexico’s drug violence by: – March 26, 2012 Tweet Share Share
Press Association Liverpool forward Fabio Borini may return from a shoulder operation before the end of the season but it seems likely defender Martin Kelly will be held back until the summer. He added: “At the moment, it’s looking pretty positive for Fabio that he could be back ahead of schedule and maybe make the end of the season.” There are more issues to be taken into consideration with the type of injury Kelly suffered, which usually has about a nine-month lay-off period. And while the 22-year-old has made such good progress the temptation may be to give him a run out before the end of the campaign, Driscoll stressed that may not be in the defender’s best interests. “Martin is doing extremely well; he’s probably at the late stage of his rehab,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “We’ll probably look to prioritise getting him back for pre-season 110% fit – 10% fitter, stronger and quicker, more powerful and agile than he was previously. “He’ll probably be in a position where it will be tempting to put him into games again this season but it will show class and quality if we make sure that he’s in a very strong position so he can fly next season. “Martin should look at what Steven Gerrard has achieved this season (playing every minute of every Premier League match so far): people would never have considered that he would be available for a full campaign. “He should take great hope from that and know that if he continues to work and continues his professionalism, hopefully the future is bright. We hope to give him every chance.” Borini sustained a dislocation in February but is progressing well, however, Kelly’s comeback from anterior cruciate ligament surgery in September will not be rushed. “Fabio Borini was outside for the first time today so he’s starting that progression – passing balls, running and doing ball work,” said head of performance Glen Driscoll. “He’s due to be probably another six weeks from this point on. The injury he’s had is normally eight to 12 weeks. He’s quite a quick rehabilitator.”
… Skeete, Jordan go down in the record booksPERFORMANCES like Deshanna Skeete’s record-breaking and the take-down of Kenisha Phillips helped orchestrate Upper Demerara/Kwakwani’s win of the athletics competition, and ultimately put together a successful defence of their title, as the overall champions of the National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track & Field Championships concluded last evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.District 10’s Deshanna Skeete making her way to a win in the girls’ under 16 200m in record time.After triumphing over Phillips in the 200m on Thursday, Skeete continued to prove to be more than 15-year-old Phillips could handle this year. Skeete finished the Girls’ Under-16 quarter mile in 57.7 seconds, leaving an astonished Phillips to come in with a time of 57.9 seconds. Kissana Glen was third in 1:03.7s.In another surprising upset of the day, District 11’s Samuel Lynch beat Boys’ Under-18 sprint double champion Daniel Williams in the 400m. Just outside of the standing 49.9 seconds record, Lynch ran 50.7 seconds for the win over Williams, who clocked 51.5 seconds.Meanwhile, Skeete was not the only one to etch his name in the record books yesterday, Corentyne (District 6) Boys’ Under-18 high-jumper Samuel Jordan set the new high jump record at 191cm, obliterating the 184cm record that Parish Cadogan set in 2010.Jordan was not the only one making it over the 184-mark. Williams who finished in second place also cleared 191cm while Tortque Boyce cleared 188cm.The District 10 camp broke out in screams of celebrations last evening and many participated in a victory lap around the track after it was officially announced that, as expected, the team had retained their title, once against ousting arch rival, North Georgetown (District 11). In the process they became the first District to attain 15 titles at the esteemed event.Things started out looking good for the yellow-and-black team when they finished second behind North Georgetown in the swimming competition on Monday.As the five-day competition continued they put on a good showing in the cycling competition, also positioning second.It was only in the teachers’ competition that the Lindeners really took blows, ending all the way down in seventh position. It was the 20 points from their athletics win that truly buoyed them. In the athletics competition District 10 finished with 666.75 points for the win, almost 200 points away from second-place finishers Corentyne (District 6), who ended with 483 points.Despite finishing fifth in the athletics competition, after taking just 440.5 points, North Georgetown were only six points behind District 10, thanks to their third-place in the teachers’ competition and the top spot in the swimming.In the cycling North also finished fifth, after gaining only 93 points in that competition.Taking third place overall were South Georgetown (District 13) with 55 points. The team may have stood a chance of coming in second if they had done better in athletics, where they finished in 8th place.West Demerara (District 3) dominated the teachers’ competition, and finished third in the athletics, enabling the team to finish fourth overall. In the cycling the team placed eight and in swimming they were 10th among the districts.The full results for the districts are as follows1st – Upper Demerara/Kwankwani (District 10) 65 points2nd – North Georgetown (District 11) 59 points3rd – South Georgetown (District 13) 55 points4th – West Demerara (District 3) 53 points5th – Corentyne (District 6) 50 points6th – East Georgetown (District 12) 44.5 points)7th – Bartica (District 7) (41 points)8th – East Coast Demerara (District 4) (40.5 points)9th – North West (District 1) 40 points10th – Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon (District 2) 32.5 points10th – New Amsterdam (District 15) 32.5 points12th – East Bank Demerara (District 14) 31 points13th – West Coast Berbice (District 5) 30 points14th – Rupununi (District 9) 18 points15th – Potaro/Siparuni (District 8) 15 points.