Diary of a Mother Separated from her Child, Quarantined in an Ebola Ravaged House

first_imgEditor’s Note: The below account is based on a true story, as told to the author.September 5, 2014 1:35a.m: I had been sitting here under these streetlights since yesterday, hoping to see him once more. While strange stares and whispering sounds seemed to be coming from all angles, I would await my child.Just yesterday, I held him in my arms and told him how much I loved him. He smiled at me so angelically and showed me life, assurance and a nod of approval at my undying love. I told him “I will do anything to protect you,” but I was wrong.That was yesterday. Gone now was our happy home which now seemed to be filled with fear and confusion. I would await my child.9:00a.m: I’d been told by the security that I should go home, “There’s no need for you to do this to yourself,” he said.I’d already started removing each and every strand of my hair that I plaited last week, and had even removed my shoes. Now my throat was sore from crying with tears that kept falling by themselves. I’d lost so much since my baby left; I wouldn’t mind losing more until he could come home.September 6, 2014After realizing that everyone in the house had been kept inside, and not just my baby, I couldn’t keep from wondering, who rocked him to sleep?I tried spying through one of the bedroom’s windows but was caught in my tracks by a security guard. I was again told to, “go home and stop doing this to yourself. It’s for your own protection; you could catch the deadly virus too.”September 8, 2014 10:00p.m: Someone had called an ambulance for me; they said “I look unwell.” Others who passed by me thought I had lost my mind; they thought I’d always been this way.I drew a picture out of charcoal and asked the security to give it to my son, but they refused to take it. They murmured something about, “him not needing it anyway.”Three clothed bodies had been removed from the house; I’d counted each one though I had never been to school before.September 11, 20147:00p.m: I felt very sick; no one had come to my aid. A lady who knew my son in the community explained what happened to me. She said his baby sister invited a sick relative to their house. The teenager was unwell for weeks, and his family decided to bring him to the city for treatment. He died in their living room the day after his arrival.No one told me that a sick person was at the house, and like every normal day, I dropped my son to his baby sitter. I’m a single mother who only wanted the best for my child, so I went in the market to sell everyday. I just wanted to make ends meet.September 13, 2014 The security informed me that the house would be quarantined for 21 days. A boy infected with the deadly Ebola virus died in the house; and so had his parents.Oh God, my child. He was inside there, what could I do to get him out of there? So far I had counted four bodies being removed since last week. Whenever I asked or inquired about my son, I was told to “go home”.September 14, 2014 I saw the Ebola task force spraying the house today; unlocking the doors. I’m so weak, but I’ve managed to run closer to the house to see my son. This time, they didn’t stop me. The house is empty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Omino eyes AFC clean sweep for second term

first_img0Shares0000Western Stima tactician Henry Omino passes instructions to his players at half time during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1- Western Stima head coach Henry Omino is salivating at the prospect of a home and away clean sweep against AFC Leopards for the second season in a row as the two clubs prepare to meet again in the space of three days on Wednesday in Kisumu.Stima were 1-0 winners over Ingwe on Saturday in Nairobi with Ezekiel Otuoma scoring the winner and though he admits they expect a tough challenge, Omino has warned his charges will come out all guns blazing. “If we keep the same performance we had on Saturday and prepare well psychologically, we will beat them again. We only have two days to prepare but if we can do some good work in that period, things will be okay,” Omino said.“It will not be an easy match because they are playing well at the moment and they are a good side. They have improved technically and tactically and that showed in the second half on Saturday. We shouldn’t expect it to be easy,” the tactician added.Omino has always chided AFC Leopards on his dominance over them and the win on Saturday was their eighth in the last 16 matches.It was a huge shot in the arm for Omino’s men as the victory picked them up to 15th spot as they begin their slow ascend off the relegation zone. The win over Ingwe was their second consecutive league victory having beaten Tusker in their previous match.A further three points against AFC Leopards tomorrow will see them climb to 11th. Omino has attributed the rise of the team to a change in personnel, having brought in a number of new faces in the June transfer window.“We had some serious cases of indiscipline with the players we had in the first leg squad. We were forced to release most of them, 13 in number. We had to do that for the sake of the team,” the tactician said.He added; “I am happy with the new players we brought in. They are doing well discipline wise and when it comes to training I can’t complain because they are following instructions. The team is now fluid, we understand each other and in time I know we will be a more cohesive unit.”Omino, who led Western Stima to a sixth spot finish in the league last season, hopes they can better the feat by climbing into the top five positions, exuding confidence that his rolling stone will gather no moss on the way, arriving safely at the target.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tim Weah- President’s son with big football boots to fill

first_imgHe admits his father is on a “pedestal”, but he hasn’t let the pressure affect a burgeoning career for Paris Saint-Germain and the United States, co-host of the World Cup in 2026, when he will be 26.After standing out at junior level, American-born Weah netted his first senior international goal in May, and got off the mark for PSG — where his father starred in the 1990s — this month against Bayern Munich.“When I’m out there, it’s just me and the ball and my teammates and that’s all I really care about,” he said, after catching the eye in Saturday’s 5-1 pre-season defeat to Arsenal in Singapore.“The name on my back, I don’t really see it, it’s the fans that are seeing it. So no pressure, I just try to play my game.”– ‘Complete banger’ –Early indications are good for the centre-forward, who is strong and skillful, fast, astute, and has an eye for goal — and his father’s knack for the spectacular.Tim Weah’s father, George, was sworn as Liberia’s president in January © AFP/File / ISSOUF SANOGOWhile he hasn’t dribbled from his own penalty box to score, as his father famously did against Verona in 1996, Weah did hit a screamer during his hat-trick against Paraguay at last year’s Under-17 World Cup, a goal he accurately describes as a “complete banger”.On Saturday, Weah twice came close to scoring for a youthful PSG side, and earned the penalty that brought their only goal when he drew a foul from Sead Kolasinac.But he says he is happy to bide his time and wait for opportunities at star-studded PSG, where he can learn from the fearsome strike force of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.“With this type of player, I just learn maturity, just be comfortable on the ball and be yourself out there, because no one can take that from you,” Weah said.“I watch these players all the time. At the World Cup I was watching them and I took some stuff from their games as far as being confident, being skillful (is concerned).”Beyond his own development, there is another goal in sight for Weah, a proud American who wants to use the skills he learns in Paris to bring his country success.“Being from America, I play with a lot of heart, that’s one thing that we Americans have and that’s what I try to do and give out there on the pitch every day,” he said.As his career surges, Weah said he is getting “great advice” from both his father and his mother. But he stresses that any achievements on the pitch are all his own.“I still watch his videos, I try to take something from it but the game that you guys see out there is all me,” he said.“That’s all the stuff that I’ve worked on over the years. I’m almost there but I’ve got to keep pushing, I’ve got to keep working hard and we’ll see where this season takes me.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Timothy Weah, son of Liberian president and football legend George, scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich © AFP / Jure MakovecSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 29 – It isn’t easy when your father is footballing royalty — and the president of Liberia to boot. But for 18-year-old Tim Weah, son of the legendary player-turned-politician George, having a famous name on his shirt isn’t proving a hindrance.Weah wasn’t even born during his father’s playing career, which included the 1995 Ballon d’Or and one of the greatest goals in history, for AC Milan — which he now watches on YouTube.last_img read more

‘Mario Balotelli just does what he wants’

first_img ‘Mario Balotelli just does what he wants’ – The Vaccines take the talkSPORT Q&A Each week, a major band or artist takes our special Starting XI Q&A. And this week, it’s Justin Hayward-Young, lead singer of the Vaccines…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?The Warm Up. Max Rushden is a good guy! talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?50 Shades of Play. Its a four hour show during which I talk solely tactics and nothing else. Who are the greatest football team in the land?Traditionally, Manchester United. In the future, too. Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Mario Balotelli. He does what he wants. If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?United always come out to the Stone Roses. And assuming United are in the final, I think it would be a pretty good omen having them play. Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?I will if no-one else wants to. What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?Heroes. David Bowie. What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Watch the Throne, by Jay-Z and Kanye West.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-sde team, who’s in it? I’d take Serge from Kasabian. But I don’t think I know any other good players. I guess I’d have to have the Vaccines. You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Carlos Tevez would make a good runner. Good work rate, even when he doesn’t want it. What’s going on with the band at the moment?We’ve just finished a new record and now we’re on tour – in Mexico. Adios. 1last_img read more

Revealed: Top 25 wage bills in football, including 15 Premier League teams

first_img 25 3. Chelsea FC: £256m 25 25 25 25 12. AC Milan: £115m 25 25 25 11. Tottenham Hotspur: £120m 14. Everton FC: £106m =18. Stoke City: £92m 25 7. Arsenal: £234m 25 =18. Southampton: £92m 25 25. Crystal Palace: £80m for the 2016/17 season – click the right arrow, above, to see which other clubs have the biggest wages bill in football 25 24. West Bromwich Albion: £84m 16. Inter Milan: £102m 15. AS Roma: £105m 23. Atletico Madrid: £86m 25 =18. Swansea City: £92m 25 25 25 2. Manchester United: £265m A top footballer’s weekly pay packet is enough to make an average person extremely envious.The riches of the Premier League, along with the rising broadcasting deals, means clubs can offer larger wages to attract world stars. A study by the Daily Mail has revealed the top 25 annual wage bills in world football – and FIFTEEN of those are Premier League outfits.Analysis for the 2016/17 season shows Crystal Palace are 25th in the wage bill table, while the likes of Swansea, Stoke and Sunderland also feature.Click the right arrow, above, to see which clubs have the biggest wage bill in world football… 8. Bayern Munich: £225m 17. West Ham United: £95m 25 =21. Leicester City: £90m 25 25 25 13. Borussia Dortmund: £113m 9. Liverpool: £200m 6. Paris Saint-Germain: £239m 25 =21. Sunderland: £90m 25 4. Real Madrid: £250m 10. Juventus: £181m 25 25 5. Manchester City: £248m 25 1. Barcelona: £279mlast_img read more

Mitchell Weiser winner secures U-21 European Championship title for Germany

first_img The German team celebrates with the trophy Germany shocked Spain to win the Euro 2017 title as Mitchell Weiser’s header clinched glory. Hertha Berlin wideman Weiser’s 40th-minute winner gave Germany a deserved 1-0 victory in Friday’s final in Krakow.Disappointing Spain were chasing a record-equalling fifth title but rarely looked like winning their third crown in four tournaments. Five-goal top scorer Saul Niguez and Real Madrid wonderkid Marco Asensio barely made an impact as Germany, who beat England in the semi finals, shut them out. Max Meyer hit the post for Germany early on and the best Spain could muster was when Saul’s drive was turned away by Julien Pollersbeck.While Spain were the favourites the Germans, and charismatic coach Stefan Kuntz, had enjoyed a relaxed build-up with Kuntz singing and joking in his pre-match press conference. Spain, in contrast, appeared uptight and Kuntz had fired an early warning that they should not take winning the title for granted. His words resonated early on as Meyer’s neat header rattled the post after eight minutes and Max Arnold drilled just wide during an impressive German start. While Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin glanced wide for Spain his former Gunners team-mate Serge Gnabry drilled into the sidenetting as Kuntz’s men hunted their opponents down. Gnabry missed another fine chance when Kepa Arrizabalaga gathered his close-range effort but the German pressure was growing with Spain unable to find a rhythm. With Asensio and Saul nullified Spain had no outlet and Germany deservedly opened the scoring five minutes before half time. They had been patient in their build-up and when one move broke down Germany went again down the right, eventually working the ball for Jeremy Toljan and he crossed for Weiser to guide a brilliant looping header over Kepa from 10 yards. Spain needed a swift response and improved after the break but Germany almost had a degree of control. Saul tested Pollersbeck from distance but despite Spain seeing more of the ball it was Germany who almost doubled their lead after 61 minutes.Jorge Mere’s loose pass allowed Meyer to slip in Gnabry but Kepa saved the winger’s low effort and Marc-Oliver Kempf headed the resulting corner just wide.Inaki Williams replaced the disappointing Sandro Ramirez, who is set to join Everton, for Spain and Dani Ceballos whistled a drive wide with 19 minutes left. Williams’ arrival gave Spain a lift but Germany battened down the hatches to claim their second European title. 1last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp has his say on Mesut Ozil international retirement saga

first_img 3 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp came out in Ozil’s defence, describing the saga around his international retirement as ‘nonsense’.In an interview with German TV station Sport 1, Klopp said: “This is a classic example of absolute misinformation and, of course, complete nonsense. This photo was used – first by Erdogan, then by many other people.“In politics, little things have always been blown up and big things pushed away in order to continue. Normally intelligent people tend to hold back because it is not easy to say the right thing. I would count myself too. All those who have no idea are very loud in the consideration.“I know Ilkay Gündogan very well, I know Emre Can and Nuri Sahin very well. I do not know Mesut so well, but I would like to take him home. I do not doubt these guys at least about their loyalty to our homeland. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 3 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Klopp said he didn’t doubt Ozil’s loyalty to Germany 3 Ozil received a barrage of criticism during Germany’s poor campaign in Russia Latest Football News possible standings Jurgen Klopp has defended Mesut Ozil – saying criticism of the Arsenal midfielder’s decision to retire from international football is ‘hypocritical’.Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness reignited the war of words against Ozil with a second verbal attack on the ex-Real Madrid star, slamming his decision to quit after Germany’s premature World Cup exit. Ozil, 29, announced his retirement in July – citing ‘racism and disrespect’ from the German FA following a controversial meeting with Turkish president Recip Tayyip Erdogan.While Ozil was born in Germany, he is of Turkish descent but he insisted the picture was not politically motivated.He said: “My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies.“The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.” Ozil won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal ALTERED impact MONEY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade “The difference is that they just have diversity. Where is the problem? That’s beautiful. Cultural diversity, we all thought it was really cool around the 2006 World Cup. I saw these fantastic commercials where the parents of Gerald Asamoah and Mario Gomez had a barbecue party together.“We all sighed for how great that works. And now two guys are seduced by a politically quite intelligent people to a photo, and then have relatively few opportunities to say the one hundred percent right.“That’s why I find this discussion hypocritical. Bad things happened because people were not informed properly.” silverware gameday Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

Napoli centre-back thanks Maurizio Sarri but snubs transfer interest

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Maksimovic has put in some excellent performances this season The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine season in Italy this term and he is flourishing under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.The Serbian’s form has sparked talk of a reunion with his old manager, Sarri, at Chelsea in January.The Blues are reportedly looking at Maksimovic in case fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen leaves the club.However, the defender has revealed he currently has no desire to leave Napoli in the near future. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 ADVICE “I also want to thank Sarri, he was very attentive,” Maksimovic told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli when asked about his upturn in form. RANKED Latest Football Stories Napoli ace Nikola Maksimovic. MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 REPLY Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their hunt for a new centre-back.Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic has admitted that while he is flattered by interest from the his former manager Maurizio Sarri he’s happy in Italy. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining huge blow “Could I join him at Chelsea? I’m fine here! I actually don’t have anything bad to say about him, but I’m happy here, as are my family. I want to show my value.”last_img read more

SA reverses decline in matric pass rate

first_img“With resources allocated by the Cabinet at the end of 2010, we will be able to start dealing with inappropriate school structures,” Motshekga said. “We will build and renovate laboratories, libraries, specialist rooms and administration blocks where there are none. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the results at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. “Between 2011 and 2014, we are committed to addressing all our sanitation and water supply challenges.” Pass rates for the provinces were encouraging in 2010, with all registering an improvement from the previous year: “The Class of 2010 has shown us there is no mountain we can’t climb when we are up for the challenge,” she said, adding that pupils, parents, teachers and all citizens should pull together to support all pupils, from Grade 1 up to Grade 12. Source: BuaNews “We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud! Their unrelenting determination is commendable,” Motshekga said. “The class of 2010 is truly distinctive!” Motshekga added that textbooks and other learning and teaching materials had also been identified as a priority. Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)center_img She said the department’s determination to change the status quo of previous results came from the recognition that education was the driver of national change and played an important role in improving people’s lives. This was a major improvement of 7.2 percentage points from 2009’s 60.6% national pass rate, she said. Motshekga wished the Class of 2011 well, and called on them to further improve on the matric pass rate. She added that there would be an intensified focus on improving performance in maths and science, school infrastructure and the basic functionality of all schools. Calls for improvement “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams,” Motshekga added. “Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure that the quality of results is the same as in other years.” 6 January 2011 South Africans have a reason to be proud of the Class of 2010, who have recorded a pass rate of 67.8%.last_img read more

Single voice will build a nation brand

first_img“Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity,” Sithembile Ntombela, BSA general manager of marketing, at the organisation’s stakeholder workshop.Johannesburg, Thursday 2 June 2016 – Stakeholders agree that a nation and its representatives need to all convey the same message to build the brand. For South Africa, people need to overcome the disconnect between the image they have of themselves and the way the rest of the world sees the country.It was easier to remind visitors, and South Africans, of our uniqueness if we had one voice, said Thabo Masebe, who delivered the keynote address at the first of a series of workshops on nation branding held by Brand South Africa.Communication specialists from national, provincial and municipal government as well as representatives of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom convened to listen to presentations on branding, and more specifically nation branding, at the organisation’s head offices on 31 May.The departments and SOEs had to be united behind a single purpose, pointed out Masebe, who is the deputy director-general of Gauteng Provincial Communication Services.“There are events, like 2010 [the FIFA World Cup], that leave a mark. The question we need to answer is: how do we host the world in a way that lets them know that South Africa is the place to be.”A strong brand was built not just on a strong identity consistently communicated, but on being brave enough to embrace all that the brand represented, said Greg Maloka, the managing director of radio station Khaya FM. This honest approach, in nation branding, was the equivalent of the emotional attachment people developed towards commercial brands.“A nation is people with different experiences. What is it that appeals to us all on an emotional level? Is our diversity a strength or a weakness? Do we have a shared vision? How do we draw people in to share our diversity? If we all co-create this identity, then South Africans own the brand and are invested in its growth.”Dr Petrus de Kock spoke of the need for a single message to be delivered with one voice. Too many voices led to confusion, explained De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research. As an example, he pointed to the difference in perception foreigners had of South Africa versus the way we imagined the country to be.“Globally, audiences perceive us more positively than we do. Our open democratic system and strong institutions are important to investors and we remain the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Africa. Importantly, for the way we are perceived in Africa, we are the second largest source of investment in Africa,” he said.“For business, South Africa is the place to be if you want to do business in Africa. We are not doing ourselves any favours if we ignore the challenge of how we perceive ourselves.”Masebe said this was the result of people’s perceptions and as communicators it was the responsibility of the assembly to work to change that. “South Africans are positive about the country but they believe that the government has removed themselves from the people. We are the ones who need to change that (perception).”Brand South Africa was the organisation to do just that, added Sithembile Ntombela, the general manager of marketing. “Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity.”Its approach – to be both proactive and reactive – was the best way for a country brand to communicate its uniqueness successfully. Like great commercial brands, South Africa’s message should be focused, distinct, relevant and consistent. With Brand South Africa as the lead, South Africa’s message – its unique promise as a nation and destination – would be clearly heard.last_img read more