first_imgResponding to Liberia’s first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, UNICEF has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits, chlorine and buckets for hand washing stations.In Margibi County, where the body of a 17 year-old boy tested positive for the virus on 29 June, UNICEF social mobilization teams are already on the ground conducting door-to-door awareness campaigns on Ebola prevention, to minimize the risk of further infections and to protect and assist those affected. “There was always a risk that Ebola would return to Liberia. Now we have to put everything we have into getting back to zero cases,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF’s Representative in Liberia. “The speed of the response to these cases shows that no one has let their guard down.” In the coming days, the school that the victim attended will be decontaminated, new hygiene stations will be put in place, and soap and chlorine distributed. Hand washing stations provided by UNICEF were positioned at the entrance of all schools in Liberia when they re-opened after a six-month closure in February. UNICEF has worked with local authorities to keep them in place following the declaration on May 9 that the country was free from Ebola transmission. UNICEF is also working with the government to ensure measures such as the taking of students’ temperatures when they arrive are in place. “Liberia would not have been declared Ebola free in May without the knowledge and initiative of communities,” said Yett. “Those communities are again at the forefront of reinvigorated efforts to ensure that there are no new cases of this disease here.” In neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, new infections continue to be reported, though in much lower numbers than at the peak of the outbreak. In the week ending June 28, 12 new cases of Ebola were recorded in Guinea and eight in Sierra Leone, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNFL free agency starts next week with the three biggest names expected to find new homes are Adrian Peterson, left, Tony Romo center and Terrelle Pryor right. However, the Cardinals are not expected to sign any of the three. As NFL free agency gets started next week, the Arizona Cardinals are expected to be somewhat active, according to ESPN, while the division-rival San Francisco 49ers are likely to be aggressive.ESPN.com recently categorized every team into these categories: aggressive, active but not breaking the bank, not as active as fans might hope and standing pat.When it comes to the Cardinals, ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss said the team is expected to be a player free agency but won’t be breaking the bank. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The Cardinals have 18 unrestricted free agents to potentially start replacing when the calendar flips to March 9. Arizona has shown during the Steve Keim era that it isn’t afraid to spend money in free agency on a specific need (tackle Jared Veldheer and guard Mike Iupati are examples), but the Cardinals have used free agency since 2013 mainly as a way to stock their roster with proven veterans who fill specific needs and aren’t expensive, while using the draft to build the roster for the future. This year should be no different. The Cardinals should be active in signing veterans who can play right away in positions of need: cornerback, inside linebacker and backup safety.When it comes to the other NFC West teams, the 49ers could be aggressive simply because they have more salary cap space than almost every other team in the league.Meanwhile, the Rams are expected to be like the Cardinals. ESPN.com’s Alden Gonzalez said because of competition in the L.A. market from the relocating Chargers, plus the opening of the new Rams stadium, Los Angeles doesn’t want to extend the rebuilding window. Instead, the Rams want to be competitive as quickly as possible.The Seattle Seahawks will probably act as they have in the past. According to ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia, while there will be calls for the Seahawks to spend big on the offensive line, that seems like a long shot if recent history is any indication. They will probably identify and target free agent willing to sign short-term contracts with little to no guaranteed money and compete for playing time. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more