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Ancient Bassa Town Gets Anti-Ebola Materials

first_imgOne of Liberia’s oldest townships, Gluzon Town, over the weekend proudly and for the first time benefitted from pump-buckets, chlorine and soaps to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Gluzon in the Bassa language means under the rope. It was founded in 1902, and is located in Louisiana Township, Upper Montserrado County. It has over 147 residents.Town Chief Elijah Davies, on behalf of the town, expressed appreciation to the local women and children’s group, Global Vision for Women and Children, Incorporated (GVWC),  for the Ebola prevention supplies.“We are happy, not because of the buckets, soaps and chlorine, but because it is the first time we have   received such things since the outbreak of Ebola in the country,” the town chief said.Mr. Davies, 38, encouraged other local and international institutions as well as their District Representative Josephine Francis, to emulate GVWC’s example.In a rather happy tone, the town chief stated that since the health crisis, none of his people have contracted or died from the virus.The town chief revealed that the three main strategies he used and is still using is frequently washing hands, avoid touching people and forbidding  strangers to sleep in the town.He named Otis Gaharpah, Jarkon Morris, and Randolph Williams, as the town’s watchmen.GVWC is based in the Old Road Community, Monrovia.According to its founder and executive director, Madam Catherine Johnson, makes similar donations in and outside of Monrovia as a way to intensify the anti-Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign.A 2007 retired Lab Technician at the John F. Kennedy Hospital, Madam Johnson said that prior to commencing their campaign, the self-supported organization designed a communication strategy geared towards combating the rapid spread of the world’s largest and most deadly Ebola virus epidemic.Utilizing prepared and approved Ministry of Health and Social Welfare awareness messages,   volunteers carried out community outreach and Jehovah Witness campaign (door-to-door) activities, especially in the Old Road community and the Township of Louisiana.The GVWC director stressed that the government and its international partners alone cannot eradicate the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Instead, it must take the collective effort of every individual, institution as well as development partners in the country to defeat the virus.Besides distributing assorted Ebola prevention materials, GVWC is also engaged in agriculture. It has 15 acres of land planted in cassava in Bomi County and eight acres planted in Gluzon Town.The organization is seeking partnership with other likeminded entities to strengthen its humanitarian efforts.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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KNIFE-WIELDING THUG IN HORRIFIC ATTACK ON PUBLICAN GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE

first_imgA well-known Co Donegal publican who was stabbed in the back by a thug during a vicious attack looked visibly shaken after the thug was given 240 hours community service.Martin Coyle shook his head and left Letterkenny Circuit Court as John Gibbons – who was facing two Section 3 assault charges – was given a non-custodial sentence.Mr Coyle, who runs the Village Inn in Kerrykeel, could be seen shaking his head. His wife Laura, who was also attacked was visibly upset. Details of the shocking incident on October 7, 2010, were relayed to the sentencing hearing today by prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin and the guard who investigated it Garda Ken Dempsey.John Gibbons and his brother Joe – who wasn’t before the court and is on the run outside the jurisdiction – had been drinking all day following the death of their grandmother.Around 9pm their mother Frances Gibbons had called the bar to order takeaway food for the wake.A short time later Mr Coyle was informed that Joe Gibbons wanted to see him outside.The court heard Joe Gibbons charged at Mr Coyle, shouting ‘Right me and you down to the car park’.Mr Coyle said he then saw John Gibbons – who had been barred from the premises – joining the attack.Blows rained down from both men on the defenceless publican who ran back into the bar and into the kitchen area. His wife Laura was also hit.“I continued to try to protect myself,” said Mr Coyle in his statement.“I was pushed up against a steel table, I was slightly bent over – I remember taking a blow in the lower back and that must have been when I was stabbed.”(Mr Coyle didn’t know at the time that he had been stabbed; the wound was found by Gda Dempsey when he arrived at the scene, the court heard).The attack didn’t stop there however, said Ms McLaughlin.John Gibbons hit Mr Coyle again, and then attempted to headbutt Laura Coyle.Gda Dempsey said he later recovered a steak knife which he believed had been used to stab Mr Coyle.CCTV footage from the premises confirmed the detail of the attack given by numerous witnesses.The Gibbons had fled the scene. John Gibbons was arrested two days later.Mr Coyle asked that his victim impact statement was not be read to today’s court. However it emerged he had to stop living at the bar for a time after the incident.Gda Dempsey detailed John Gibbons’ previous convictions, six in all including one for a previous Section 3 assault.In mitigation, defence barrister Peter Nolan said John Gibbons, who is now 26, had not come to Garda attention since the attack.Gibbons then went into the dock and looking towards the Coyles, said: “I am sorry for what happened; it shouldn’t have happened.”In a lengthy summing up Judge John O’Hagan said he knew Kerrykeel,“It is a beautiful little village and there are lovely people in it,” he said.He said Mr Coyle was a law-abiding and hard-working citizen trying his best to make a living in hard times.“What was done on this particular night was absolutely disgraceful,” said Judge O’Hagan.He said the Coyles had been actually preparing food for the Gibbons family after a funeral.“Having injured Mr Coyle they just left him there like a piece of meat. They were full of drink,” said the judge.“That’s a great example to be giving to your now five year old daughter and your partner who is a hard working woman who is doing her best,” the judge told Gibbons.“We’ve had no explanation as to why this altercation took place at all.”Judge O’Hagan said again that 90% of cases he hears are drink-fuelled Section 3 assaults.He said such behaviour was now taking place at weddings, first communions, confirmation “and now I’m told at wakes and funerals.”“The fact is that this was an errand of mercy for the funeral and it was turned into this theatre of assault,” said the judge.He said there were mitigating factors; Gibbons had pleaded guilty saving the expense of a trial and an ordeal of giving evidence for the Coyles.“I cannot be seen to take revenge, I can punish, but I cannot take revenge,” he said.“People think that prisons are hotels; they are not. I am advised that I should look at an alternative remedy. The options open to me are Custodial sentence, a Suspended sentence or Community Service.“Community Service does not avoid the words imprisonment; it is a substitute for imprisonment and it is not to be taken as someone getting off. It is to persuade people not to offend again.”He said he understood the Coyles may not be happy with the sentence but community service was the appropriate sentence.“It is on his record for his life,” said the judgeHe jailed John Gibbons for 3 years on each count, but substituted 240 hours instead of prison. The sentences were concurrent.The Coyles were visibly upset as they left the court.Gibbons went outside, smoked a cigarette and laughed and joked with a friend as he left the court building.KNIFE-WIELDING THUG IN HORRIFIC ATTACK ON PUBLICAN GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICE was last modified: January 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:KERRYKEELKNIFE-WIELDING THUG IN HORRIFIC ATTACK ON PUBLICAN GIVEN COMMUNITY SERVICEThe Village Innlast_img read more