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Monday, October 20, 2014

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; `spectacular success'

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; `spectacular success' 

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Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff.

Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa.

In the end, Nigeria - the most populous country in Africa, with 160 million people - had just 20 cases, including eight deaths, a lower death rate than the 70 percent seen elsewhere across the stricken region.

Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients to counter the effects of vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

Nigeria's containment of Ebola is a "spectacular success story," said Rui Gama Vaz, WHO director for Nigeria.

Survivor Dr. Adaora Igonoh said the treatment is not easy. It entails drinking, as she did, at least five liters (1.3 gallons) of the solution every day for five or six days when you have mouth sores and a sore throat and feel depressed.

"You don't want to drink anything. You're too weak, and with the sore throat it's difficult to swallow, but you know when you have just vomited, you need it," she told The Associated Press. "I had to mentally tell myself, `You have got to drink this fluid, whether it tastes nice or not.'"

Some 9,000 people have been infected with Ebola, and about 4,500 have died, mostly in hard-hit Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, with the number of cases expected to increase exponentially in the coming weeks.

Dr. Simon Mardel, one of the world's leading experts on viral hemorrhagic fevers, said the number of deaths could be cut in half if infected people were taught to properly hydrate themselves and do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, which can actually harm Ebola victims.

In other developments:
- About 120 people in the U.S. are being monitored for symptoms because they may have had contact with one of Dallas' three Ebola victims. More than 40 others have been given the all-clear after the 21-day maximum incubation period for the virus ended.
- The European Union stepped up efforts to raise nearly $1.3 billion to combat the outbreak.
- President Barack Obama is working the phones with world leaders, appealing to them to join the fight.
- WHO director Margaret Chan said that an internal WHO report obtained by the AP that said the U.N. agency bungled efforts to control the outbreak was "a work in progress," and "the facts have not been fully checked."

Mardel, of Britain's University Hospital of South Manchester, called rehydration a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research.

Nigeria's outbreak began in Lagos with a single infected Liberian diplomat who flew in in July, bringing the terrifying disease to Africa's biggest city, with 21 million people.

Many feared the worst in a city with large numbers of people living in crowded and unsanitary conditions in slums.

"The last thing anyone in the world wants to hear is the two words, `Ebola' and `Lagos,' in the same sentence," U.S. consul general Jeffrey Hawkins noted at the time, saying the development raised the specter of an "apocalyptic urban outbreak."

Instead, with swift coordination among state and federal health officials, the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with ample financial and material resources from Nigeria's government, isolation wards were constructed and Ebola treatment centers designated.

Health workers tracked down nearly 100 percent of those who had contact with the infected, paying 18,500 visits to 894 people.

The eight deaths included two doctors and a nurse.

Monday's announcement came 42 days - twice the incubation period - since the last case in Nigeria tested negative.

"The outbreak in Nigeria has been contained," WHO's Vaz said. "But we must be clear that we only won a battle. The war will only end when West Africa is also declared free of Ebola."

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said the success shows what Nigerians can achieve when they set aside their differences. He urged his people to replicate "the unity of purpose and all-hands-on-deck approach" in other areas of national life.

There is no licensed treatment for Ebola, so doctors focus on hydration and supportive care, even in developed countries. In some cases, doctors have been surprised that keeping patients hydrated has been enough to save them.

To improve survival rates, Mardel said, it is time to designate packaged rehydration solutions as part of the cure. He said more needs to be done to make the fluids palatable, such as making the solutions weaker or flavoring them.

Igonoh said she sometimes added orange juice.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lamont A. Nelson: Return Of the Value in Graffiti as a Form of Public Art by Van Stone frontpagenews1@yahoo.com (267)293-9201

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Lamont Anthony Nelson, Graffiti Artist, Director of VSP Foundation Visual Arts

Lamont Anthony Nelson, a street artist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1965.  He took strong interest in his hobby-art, which has now gained some interest in people admiring his work. At first this was a simple home organizing project, at which continued to develop, the more he worked at it. Just using letter styling art and creating different patterns, Nelson used the ink and pen to become more diverse as some nice graffiti artwork has been created.

Nelson began his career as a graffiti artist in the early 2000s, and that type of public art is, in fact an effective tool of social emancipation or, an achievement of a social-political goal.

Lamont is a solo graffiti artist, as well as the director of the Van Stone Productions Foundation Visual Arts Programming in Philadelphia, who will collaborate with anyone who is productive.

In his quest to find some graffiti opportunities at first he concluded that there was not a whole lot of interest. As several meetings with people in the hip-hop and the media fields became enjoyable, this has sparked an opportunity to be exposed on a broader spectrum of visual arts graffiti.

His current work is created by free hand ink pen on basic thin cardboard to develop designs of different graffiti styles.   His graffiti style combined of street, radical, and political hand writing to get his message across has only been in effect for the last five years. Nelson does personal work and designs, using imagination and creativity, to stencil and see what can develop as possibly a new trend in the art world.

Nelson's graffiti artwork is characterized by striking images of different letter designs of phrases, titles, or a person’s name. As this trend continues to grow Lamont would like to see this develop into hobby device for anyone to be able to pick up. His work has been both small and large scale stencil work.  Nelson is going to challenge himself to start designing on a larger scale to bring out more of his talent.

One of his goals using his art work is to make graffiti an accessible as any other hobby of the arts and crafts project. Nelson has learned that his graffiti artist craft could become a practice platform for even the already established artist. Pursuing further opportunities, Nelson will most definitely open up graffiti-art to a new market to attract a wide base of visual arts admirers.   

Friday, October 17, 2014

Upcoming Fashion And Hair Style Model Neyema- Set To Launch Flawless Model Programming For Youth Development By Van Stone frontpagenews1@yahoo.com (267) 293-9201

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Neyema, model educator for clothing and hair, of the Northeast sector of Philly, Pa. is preparing young girls (children and teens) to be launched in 2015.  Neyema, promoter of her own modeling program,  is a long-term client modeling management intervention for disconnected youth whose obstacles such as lack of education, homelessness, trauma, substance abuse, and court involvement prevent them from accessing resources and achieving educational, employment, and healthy living goals.

Neyema, a skilled fashion and hair style model involving mini-shows and larger shows develop model activities to help young ladies work on their self-esteem issues. 

Neyema encourages on a one-on-one modeling education basis with each youth to remove barriers, proactively encourage participation in a broad set of modeling services, and connect them to other needed resources through participation in a broad set of her very own services, and connect them to other needed resources within the community so they may make a successful transition to adulthood and reconnect to their families and communities.

“Our mission,” says Neyema, is to bring a group of young females together and reassuringly help them to build their self-esteem and to become confident within themselves. 

According to Neyema, throughout the past couple years there have been an increasing number of young girls with low self-esteem.   A report by the charity Girl Guiding assisted with Neyema’s view of statistics:

“The overall proportion of those surveyed who were not happy with their looks rose to 33% this year, from 29% last year and 26% two years ago. The 63% happy with how they look has fallen from 73% two years ago to 63% now At ages 14 to 16, 51% of girls are unhappy with their appearance, and even after that age, 52% are still unhappy. 

Neymea, will help youngsters understand from personal experience as well that “it is known to many how it feels to feel un-pretty, or left out, or just not good enough for the rest. And this is why my own idea is being brought to youngster to try and reach out to them and others”.

Neyema’s goal is to help make an impact on certain aspects of young girls’ lives, especially, Black girls, to show them that they are capable in doing whatever it is their hearts may desire.
This will be done by allowing the girls to express themselves freely through fashion. 

Neyema, working across programs to address all the youth’s needs, she will work with youth over an extended period of time, approximately 4 to 6 years if necessary.  Model Neyema, will also continue to work with youth even after they complete programs and services, ensuring a lasting impact by constantly moving towards academic success, long-term employment, and live healthy living skills.
The Philadelphia Front Page News-Magazine team will look forward to supporting Neyema’s dream of seeing youngsters become successful, even if it’s only making the photo cover of a magazine. For more info about Neyema and the modeling program feel free to contact Media Key 307 Magazine Cover or Philadelphia Front Page Magazine at frontpagenews1@yahoo.com or Vanstone Philadelphiafrontpagenews facebook page.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Egypt's foray into Libya underlines its concerns

Egypt's foray into Libya underlines its concerns

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A fire truck drives towards smoke caused by an attack by Islamist militias during clashes with forces led by renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Islamist militias fought Wednesday with forces loyal to Hifter, who vows to seize the eastern city of Benghazi, as a top militia commander accused Egypt of bombing his positions with warplanes.
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Egypt's military involvement in Libya underlines Cairo's concerns about the threat posed by Islamic militant groups operating near the two nations' porous border, as well as home-grown jihadis who rely on their Libyan comrades for weapons. Above all, Egypt aims to prevent these groups from linking up.

As fighting continued for a second day Thursday in Benghazi, where residents reported Egyptian warplanes have been pounding Islamist militia positions, analysts warned that Cairo's foray into the ongoing fighting in Libya could deepen the turmoil there.

Egyptian and Libyan officials have denied Egypt was carrying out airstrikes, while the United States, which maintains a naval force in the Mediterranean that includes surveillance aircraft, has not confirmed the aerial campaign.

Egypt's military involvement reinforces the notion that Libya has become a proxy battleground for larger regional struggles, with Turkey and Qatar backing the Islamist militias while Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates support their opponents.

U.S. officials confirmed over the summer that Egypt and the UAE were carrying out airstrikes against militia positions in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Egypt denied involvement, while the UAE said nothing publicly.

Egyptian military intervention in Libya has long been anticipated since the election in June of its new president, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has striven to restore Egypt's traditional role as the region's chief player.

But it has also been dictated by the growing threat from weapons and militants illegally crossing the desert frontier between Libya into Egypt, where Egypt is determined to prevent Egyptian and Libyan militant groups from linking up on its soil.

Egypt has been battling a burgeoning insurgency by Islamic militants since the ouster last year by el-Sissi of the nation's first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi. Authorities have since cracked down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, killing hundreds of its supporters and jailing thousands.

The post-Morsi violence began in the Sinai Peninsula, long a bastion of dissent and militancy that borders 
Gaza and Israel, but later spread across much of the country with bombings and assassinations.

"This is bound to exacerbate the fault lines and push the other side toward more militancy," Frederic Wehrey, a senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said of Egypt's involvement in Libya.

"Libya is complex, with a mixture of hard-core jihadi groups, but a lot of those Islamists are into participation in the political process," added Wehrey, a frequent visitor to Libya.

Jason Pack, a Libya expert at Britain's Cambridge University, also warned of the complexity of the Libyan conflict, saying Egyptian involvement could have unforeseen consequences.

"Egyptians are making the same mistakes in Libya that the West made in Iraq and Afghanistan," Pack said. "They support one side over the other. But in Libya the divisions are not between Islamists and non-Islamists. 

The conflict is very complex."

Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since Moammar Gadhafi's regime was overthrown in 2011 by NATO-backed rebels following an eight-month civil war. Militias born in that conflict have since challenged successive governments, which have failed to integrate them into the army and security forces or rein them in, leaving armed militiamen to operate outside state control with impunity.

In June, after Islamist factions fared poorly in parliamentary elections, militias supporting them launched a broad offensive that ended with Libya's two biggest cities - Tripoli and Benghazi - falling under their control. The elected parliament and internationally recognized government was forced to set in the eastern city of Tobruk as the militias in Tripoli revived an old parliament and formed their own government.

Since Gadhafi's ouster and the overthrow of Egypt's long-time ruler, Hosni Mubarak, in Arab Spring uprisings, Egypt has become a major transit route for smuggled arms and militants across the Egyptian-Libyan border. Rockets, anti-aircraft guns, mortars and artillery that flooded Libya during the civil war have f
ound their way to the Sinai and into the hands of the militants fighting army troops and police there.

Through an elaborate network of underground tunnels under the Sinai-Gaza border, some of those weapons have also reached Gaza's militant Islamist groups, including Hamas.

Since his rise to power, el-Sissi has repeatedly warned that the upheaval in Libya poses a serious threat to Egypt's national security.

Over the past year, Egypt's army has stepped up its patrolling along the frontier with Libya, cracking down on smugglers and beefing up security. In Sinai, it has destroyed most of the tunnels leading to Gaza and intensified its campaign against the militants.

Still, a brazen attack by militants in July killed 22 army soldiers in Egypt's western desert near the Libyan border in one of the deadliest attacks on the Egyptian army in years. El-Sissi vowed then that the attack would not go unpunished.

In an interview with The Associated Press last month, el-Sissi blamed the West and NATO for backing the rebels fighting Gadhafi's forces then withdrawing with the "job incomplete."

"Weapons should have been collected, the army and security agencies should have been rebuilt, and there should have been help in setting up a democratic system that satisfies all Libyans. That never happened," he told the AP.

As the Benghazi fighting continued on Thursday between a coalition of Islamist militias and government troops backed by armed residents, masked and armed civilians set up checkpoints across the city to guard their neighborhoods.

Army supporters used garbage dumpsters, tires and cars to barricade streets as they searched passers-by. Most shops were shuttered, although a few bakeries, pharmacies and coffee shops were open early in the morning.

The Egyptian airstrikes were greeted with mixed reactions on the ground in Libya.

"If I were el-Sissi, I would do the same," said former rebel commander Fadallah Haroun, who supports the Libyan army's Benghazi offensive. Libya's eastern frontier, he said, is "Egypt's strategic backyard and it is better to secure it before chaos spills across the border."

"If you ask people here, they would support Arab involvement to restore stability and stop the daily bloodshed. A lot of blood has been spilled here," he added.

Mohammed Gaballah, a 23-year-old activist in Benghazi, said he opposed foreign involvement.

"I am against turning Libya into a stage for settling scores among international and regional players. This will only increase the proxy war," he said.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Philadelphia’s Revised 5-Year Budget Gets OK Despite Wage Tax Dustup

Philadelphia’s Revised 5-Year Budget Gets OK Despite Wage Tax Dustup

(The PICA board meets.  Chairman Lawrence Tabas is at far left, back to camera.  City finance director Rob Dubow is at far end of table, center.  Photo by Mike Dunn)
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of table, center.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s much-hated wage tax was the center of a big debate today as a state financial watchdog agency approved Mayor Nutter’s new long-range budget.

The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.
In order to pay for the new contract with the largest city workers’ union, District Council 33, the Nutter administration has revised its long-range budget known as the “Five Year Plan.”

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Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola 

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First responders guard the apartment of a healthcare worker Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The healthcare worker, who was caring for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the disease in preliminary tests. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

DALLAS (AP) -- A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday.

The hospital worker, a woman who was not identified by officials, wore protective gear while treating the Liberian patient, and she has been unable to point to how the breach might have occurred, said Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Duncan was the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola.

The CDC confirmed Sunday afternoon that the woman had tested positive for Ebola - the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

The missteps with the first patient and now the infection of a caregiver raised questions about assurances given by U.S. health officials that any American hospital should be able to treat an Ebola patient and that the disease would be contained.

At a briefing in Atlanta, Frieden said that at some point during Duncan's treatment, "there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection." He added that officials were "deeply concerned" by the infection of the worker.

President Barack Obama asked the CDC to move as quickly as possible in investigating the incident, the White House said.

Dallas police stood guard outside her apartment complex and told people not to go inside. Officers also knocked on doors, made automated phone calls and passed out fliers to notify people within a four-block radius about the situation, although Dallas authorities assured residents the risk was confined to those who have had close contact with the two Ebola patients.

The worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while she cared for Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources, which runs the hospital.

Duncan, who arrived in the U.S. from Liberia to visit family Sept. 20, first sought medical care for fever and abdominal pain Sept. 25. He told a nurse he had traveled from Africa, but he was sent home. He returned Sept. 28 and was placed in isolation because of suspected Ebola. He died Wednesday.

Liberia is one of the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 4,000 people, according to World Health Organization figures published Friday. The others are Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Texas health officials have been closely monitoring nearly 50 people who had or may have had close contact with Duncan in the days after he started showing symptoms but before he was diagnosed with the disease.

The health care worker reported a fever Friday night as part of a self-monitoring regimen required by the CDC, Varga said.

Another person who was described as a "close contact" of the health worker has been proactively placed in isolation, he added, without elaborating on where that person is being monitored. The hospital said its emergency department is diverting ambulances to other hospitals, though still accepting walk-in patients.
Frieden said officials are now evaluating and will monitor any workers who may have been exposed while Duncan was in the hospital.

Among the things the CDC will investigate is how the workers took off protective gear, because removing it incorrectly can lead to contamination. Investigators will also look at dialysis and intubation - the insertion of a breathing tube in a patient's airway. Both procedures have the potential to spread the virus.

"We knew a second case could be a reality, and we've been preparing for this possibility," said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. "We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread."

Health care workers treating Ebola patients are among the most vulnerable, even if wearing protective gear. A Spanish nurse assistant recently became the first health care worker infected outside West Africa during the ongoing outbreak. She helped care for two priests who were brought to a Madrid hospital and later died. More than 370 health care workers in West Africa have fallen ill or died since the epidemic began earlier this year.

In the health worker's neighborhood, one police officer said an industrial barrel outside contained hazardous waste taken from inside the building. Nearby residents periodically came out of their homes to ask about the commotion.

Kara Lutley, who lives a half-block from the complex, said she never received a call or other emergency notice and first heard about it on the news.

"I'm not overly concerned that I'll get Ebola," she said.

Officials said they also received information that there may be a pet in the health care worker's apartment, and they have a plan in place to care for the animal. They do not believe the pet has signs of having contracted Ebola. A dog belonging to the Spanish nurse was euthanized, drawing thousands of protests.

Ebola spreads through close contact with a symptomatic person's bodily fluids, such as blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen. Those fluids must have an entry point, like a cut or scrape or someone touching the nose, mouth or eyes with contaminated hands, or being splashed. The World Health Organization says blood, feces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, while the virus is found in saliva mostly once patients are severely ill. The whole live virus has never been culled from sweat.

Duncan came to Dallas to visit his family.

The trip was the culmination of decades of effort, friends and family members said. But when Duncan arrived in Dallas, though he showed no symptoms, he had already been exposed to Ebola. His neighbors in Liberia believe Duncan become infected when he helped a pregnant neighbor who later died from it. It was unclear if he knew about her diagnosis before traveling.

On Saturday, customs and health officials began taking the temperatures of passengers arriving at New York's Kennedy International Airport from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in a stepped-up screening effort.

The screenings will expand to four additional airports - New Jersey's Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta - in the coming days.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Malala Yousafzai: One of the Most Sexy And Beautiful-Bravest Teens in the World Win Nobel Peace Prize!

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Malala Yousafzai: One of the Most Sexy And Beautiful-Bravest Teens in the World Win Nobel Peace Prize!

Malala yousafzai is a (so flawless and beautiful) Pakistani activist for female education, who became the youngest ever Nobel Prize recipient in any category.  She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder.  In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation. 
On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father. Some Pakistanis believe the shooting was a CIA setup and many conspiracy theories exist.
In the 29 April 2013 issue of Time magazine, Yousafzai was featured on the magazine's front cover and as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World". She was the winner of Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize.

On 10 October 2014, Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel  Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Yousafzai shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.  She is the second Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize, Abdus Salam being a 1979 Physics laureate and the only Pakistani winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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