Reggae Artist Black Diamond’s Charitable Efforts

first_imgDuring the month of December, many homeless people received handouts, which included sandwiches and cans of soft drink. Not a day went by that a mouth was not fed, which has been a gesture of kinds that has positively affected the homeless.Reggae star Black Diamond, who’s been making hits after hits since the start of 2003 and is also a two-time award winner chipped in along with Sarah Monika, an Australian professional, in feeding the less fortunate.“I decided to help out with the feeding initiative because I believe in giving and being there for those that are in need; the ones who society has forgotten,” Black Diamond said. “We have to become involved in opening opportunities for the next generation and not just focus on ourselves. I do these things because I was in their shoes and would not want to sit around and watch our people go hungry around the holiday season,” he noted.Hundreds of people have stood aside and watched the helpless received assistance, wondering why anyone would want to care.“Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives we forget to help those who really need help. I passed through the same homelessness when I first came back to Liberia and remember how I got out of it,” said Lady Emotionz, who has been responsible for the feeding and has been in touch with Black Diamond and Sarah ever since, trying to find means by which the homeless could be fed. Black Diamond and Sarah has since responded with enough funds to do the job.“It seems strange to a lot of people that I would go around feeding people who society says is too dangerous to go around. I have not been hurt in the process, but rather thanked and appreciated by these people,” she added. “I’ve even gone an extra mile to continue with my own funds in feeding at least two people a day,” she disclosed.For his part Black Diamond says this is not the only initiative he has undertaken. Presently, he has an organization called ‘Black Diamond Youth for Peace Project’. A project intended to help spread the message of peace & unity, to also assist with community building and to give scholarships to students.“Currently, we have 3 students we are sponsoring under the umbrella of the Black Diamond Youth for Peace Project from K-2 until they graduate from High School. You can visit: www.youthforpeaceproject.org for more info. My personal website is www.blackdiamondmuzik.com which will be updated in the coming weeks. And this is my music page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Diamond ,” he added.Meanwhile, the responsibility of an artist or entertainer should not solely focus on just entertaining its viewers but also giving back. And Black Diamond has been commended by many on the streets of Monrovia for his effort and what he has chosen to do for Liberians.“God will bless you people for helping me today,” whispered a man who says he hasn’t eaten in two days.As for me, My name is Black Diamond, a Liberian artist born and rasied in Voinjama City, Lofa County and currently residing in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA. I have released three full albums: One Love in 2003, My Africa in 2009 and V-City Black Out (Back to the dusty roads) in 2014. I’ve won two awards: Reggae Artist of the year in 2008 and Song of the year in 2009 and an LEA nominee in 2010. Few of my successful/popular tracks have been “Foxy Lady” which did great especially in the US, “Congratulations” a song that was dedicated to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all the other candidates who participated in the 2005 presidential elections and which was a call for peace and unity, “I Like 8 Like That”, “Give Em Fire Fire”, “Tango-Tango” and “Ebola” which currently has 127,689 views on Youtube and counting.Coming from a country which was engaged in civil war for almost 14 years, my ambitions has been to assist the less the fortunate and help spread the message of peace and Unity through my music and other community projects. After almost 15 years in the U S, I decided to take a visit to my mother’s land (Liberia) in March of 2011. While in Liberia, I organized a soccer tournament (Black Diamond Youth for Peace Tournament), along with a musical concerts to raise fundshttp://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png in assisting students with tuitions, educational materials such as books, pencils etc. The purpose of the concert and soccer tournament was also to bring the youth together and inform them about the importance of education and to highlight the consequences war can have on a country or any nation.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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Public Warned About Misuse of Antibiotics

first_img The Ministry of Health is warning members of the public of the negative impact on health caused by the excessive or misuse of antibiotics. The Ministry of Health is warning members of the public of the negative impact on health caused by the excessive use or misuse of antibiotics.Antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the result of the abuse of antibiotics. AMR occurs when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause.AMR is caused by a number of factors, including overprescribing of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, overuse of antibiotics in livestock, fish and crops; poor infection control in hospitals, clinics and unclean facilities, lack of hygiene and poor sanitation.As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. The condition also increases the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.This poses a great threat to public health, as persons of any age are vulnerable to untreatable infections from surgical site infections, minor injuries or even colds, which can cause life-threatening complications from ‘superbugs’ such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.In response to this public health threat, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners, has come up with a National Action Plan (NAP) to tackle AMR.Under the NAP, the Ministry of Health will be establishing a surveillance system of antibiotic-resistant infections and strengthening infection prevention and control measures.Additionally, the Ministry, in collaboration with the UWI, will be undertaking a public education campaign on the impact of antibiotic resistance.Members of the public are being encouraged to play their part in slowing antibacterial resistance by only using antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional. Persons are also advised to always take the full prescription, even if health improves.Persons should never share leftover antibiotics with others, and should prevent infections by regularly washing hands and keeping vaccinations up to date.A major component of the action plan is stricter regulation and promotion of the appropriate use of quality medicines among healthcare professionals.Health workers are also being urged to participate in the initiative by ensuring that hands, instruments and the environment are clean; to only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are needed, in accordance with current guidelines; report drug-resistant infections to surveillance teams; and talk to patients about how to take antibiotics correctly.These workers are also charged with educating patients about the dangers of antibiotic resistance and the dangers of misuse. Medical professionals are also urged to talk to patients about methods of preventing infections through vaccination, hand washing, safe sex practices and covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.The food production industry is also integral to arresting AMR by promoting and adopting good practices at all steps of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Stakeholders within the agricultural sector can also adopt sustainable systems with improved hygiene and biosecurity, proper handling of livestock, and ensuring that antibiotics given to animals are only used to control or treat infectious diseases.Animals should be vaccinated to reduce the need for antibiotics, and the development of alternatives to the use of antibiotics in plants is also encouraged.Food producers are also encouraged to implement international standards and guidelines for the responsible use of antibiotics. These standards are established by the World Health Organization (WHO), Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).Noting that 20 to 50 per cent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett-Templer, is calling on health workers to dispense these drugs judiciously.“It is a fact that antibiotic resistance is putting the achievements of modern medicine at risk. Organ transplants, chemotherapy and surgeries such as caeserian sections become much more dangerous without effective antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections where antibiotic resistance becomes a problem,” she notes.Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant, Dr. Kam Mung, has commended the Government and local health officials for the effort in establishing a multisectoral national action plan to combat this threat.“We at PAHO congratulate Jamaica because of the formation of the anti microbial resistance technical working group,” he says.Noting that almost half a million people have developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Dr. Mung said the action plan will assist in the national effort to stem the devastating health impact associated with the condition.Meanwhile, Medical Microbiologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Alison Nicholson, tells JIS News that the UWI has been conducting research into the condition to better prepare the health sector to manage the effects of AMR.“At the UHWI we monitor the organisms and look for resistance. We monitor our resistance patterns and take it further by doing research. We try to figure out what is the mechanism of this resistance. We look at the organisms and track them, so we know what organism causes which diseases,” Dr. Nicholson explains.The NAP is being executed through a multisectoral technical working group comprised of the Ministries of Health and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). AMR is caused by a number of factors, including over-prescribing of antibiotics, patients not finishing their treatment, over-use of antibiotics in livestock, fish and crops; poor infection control in hospitals, clinics and unclean facilities, lack of hygiene and poor sanitation. Members of the public are being encouraged to play their part in slowing antibacterial resistance by only using antibiotics prescribed by a certified health professional. 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Ricky Gervais Backs AntiFur Campaign

first_imgAnimal Defenders International (ADI) has released undercover footage of a fox on fur farm recovering after electrocution and trying to escape.A fox on a Polish fur farm is dragged from a barren mesh cage by his tail, hung upside down, the fur farmer smacks the fox in the face with an electric probe, forcing the animal to bite onto it in a desperate attempt to defend himself. He is electrocuted and tossed, with a thud, seemingly lifeless, onto a cart.However, as ADI’s hidden cameras, record more animals being killed, the fox begins to stir amongst the other dead foxes, finally slipping off the cart and making a run for it. The swearing farmer finally recaptures the fox and again hangs the animal upside down by a hind leg. But now the fox knows what will happen and tries to avoid the probe, clamping his mouth shut and twisting, as the fur farmer hits him in the face. The fox eventually bites the probe and dies.The new footage demolishes fur industry claims that killing on fur farms is quick, efficient and humane.The video contains graphic images of animal cruelty and can be viewed here.Electrocution is the fur industry standard for killing foxes, the website of a coalition from the Fur industry of America and Canada, entitled “The Truth About Fur”, boldly claims “100% of the animals are dead within 10 seconds”.Comedian Ricky Gervais: “Fashion is a form of escapism for many but for the animals, imprisoned and denied their most basic needs, death is the only escape. It doesn’t have to be this way – save lives by going fur-free and supporting ADI.”ADI President, Jan Creamer: “These animals live miserable lives in extreme confinement and are killed in front of each other. They know what is going to happen and desperately cling to the cage as they are dragged out. One fox regains consciousness after electrocution. He is grabbed, hung upside down and tries to avoid the electric probe, the farmer hits his face with the probe until he bites and is electrocuted.”Each year 110 million animals are killed on fur farms where the animals’ living conditions alone – small, bare, mesh cages – show no regard for the welfare of the animals. Over 15 million foxes are killed in a year, usually for trinkets, trims and accessories but up to 35 foxes can be used to make a fur coat.Examples of botched killings filmed by ADI on the Polish fur farm include:• After electrocution, a fox regains consciousness amongst dead foxes and makes a run for it. He is recaptured. Then, hanging upside down, he tries to avoid the electric probe, so is poked and hit until he bites it. • In another killing on the farm, a fox is clearly still breathing after electrocution and is hung up and electrocuted again. • A conscious fox was left hanging by a back foot, and struggled for nearly two minutes while the farmer answered his phone. • Foxes were heard screaming or yelping when the electric probe went into their mouths; when the animals did not fully bite down, the farmer had to make additional attempts to kill them.Jan Creamer: “Anyone who buys fur, buys cruelty. There is no escaping the terrible lives and horrific deaths of these animals whose beauty is their ticket to a lifetime of suffering and painful death. Fur is a product of pain and terror.”Actress and long-time ADI supporter Joanna Lumley, said: “Be comfortable in your own skin, and not that of a poor defenceless animal caged and killed to provide it. Say no to fur and yes to helping these fashion victims. Please help ADI stop this brutal trade.”Animal loving actor Brian Blessed, said: “Millions of wild animals live on factory farms, bred for the fashion industry. It’s time to kill the suffering, not the animal. Always choose faux and not real fur and support ADI’ in this campaign.”last_img read more

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Antonio Valencia to leave United next week

first_imgManchester United defender Antonio Valencia could reportedly leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, according to Sports Mole.Valencia’s current deal with United expires at the end of the season and having fallen out of favour, was expected to leave on a free transfer in June.However, reports in the English press say the Red Devils are prepared to allow the Ecuador international to leave either on loan or on a free before the transfer window closes on January 31, which has attracted the attention of Newcastle United and Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Valencia, who will turn 34 later this year, has made played over 300 games for United since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2009.The right-back is still officially United’s club captain, but has only featured in five Premier League games this season and was again left out of the squad for Friday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.Valencia is currently behind Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot for the right-back position at Manchester United this season.last_img read more

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Last San Diego roller skating rink faces closure

first_imgLast San Diego roller skating rink faces closure March 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It could be the end of an era for thousands of people who love old school roller skating.That’s because the one and only skating rink in San Diego could be disappearing.Skateworld has been open for 45-years but the land is owned by the City of San Diego, and they just sold it to a developer. Updated: 12:29 PMlast_img read more

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