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Out of Town Market Halted in Nimba, Even GB No Longer Swallowed Together

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first_imgNow that there is little doubt about the existence of Ebola as it continues to claim more lives with thousands of confirmed, suspected and probable cases across the sub-region, authorities in Nimba County have halted daily marketing activities that take marketers from one town to the other.It is customary for sellers in rural areas in Liberia to attend market days during the week in designated towns.Marketers board trucks with their goods either in the early morning hours to get to market on time, or leave a day to in advance to sleep in the town in order to sell the next day.With the rapid rise in the Ebola death toll, however, the City Mayor of Sanniquellie, Mary Gonlepah,  last week warned marketers via community radio stations not to go to Sanniquellie market until otherwise ordered.Mayor Gonlepah said it was her personal view that the virus gets transmitted through bodily contact; and the convergence of people in such a manner as “market day” has the propensity to spread the virus exponentially.“This is not to say people should not travel to Sanniquellie or marketing activity is totally stopped.  We do not want marketers sit together on vehicles to come to the Saturday market as had been done in the past until the Ebola crisis subsides,” Mayor Gonlepah explained.At the same time, the City Mayor of Bahn (another town in Nimba), Angie Dopoe,  has stopped the Wednesday market of that municipality, warning that any group going there for marketing purpose will face the consequences.In Saclepea, marketers residing there only go to the daily market, but people, without caution from the city authority, have resolved to stay away from the larger Tuesday market. As Ebola rages, many people are fearful and have taken precautionary measures of their own volition.In fact, marketers there no longer gather in the market building situated along the Ganta highway, but spread outside where wide spaces are provided so that people do not touch one another during transactions.However, out of town marketers in Ganta are not content with the decision by the city mayors although the evidence is clear.According to a footwear seller, who spoke on the local community broadcaster, the decision is hampering them as most of them do not have selling spots in the Ganta Market.The seller, who was later joined by other callers on the radio, claim that the decision by the city mayors is preventing them from conducting their businesses, making it difficult for them to feed their families.  They are, therefore, calling on the Nimba authorities to reconsider their  decisions.Meanwhile, villagers in the county are not taking the Ebola awareness for granted,  now that so many have died due to denial.Reports gathered from local villages indicate that before a stranger or even a citizen of a village who has been away can be accepted back in that village, he/she must undergo a 21-day observation period, a community-instigated quarantine, before being allowed to interact with the community.Nimbaians swallow grinded cassava root (otherwise known as Gaygba or GB) as their second staple food, and they use their hands to dip it into the sauce to swallow.This is done together with other family members or friends and they all use the same sauce to dip their GB (gaekpa or bayekpo), but because of the message that Ebola gets transmitted through bodily contact, this custom is now halted, and each individual is only entitled to his/her own sauce, each eating from his/her own bowl.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Surveillance conducted in advance of Olympics

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake He denied a statement attributed to him in a report by USA Today that at least 700 people were being monitored. “I confirm that we monitor – that each nation investigates on numerous targets of interest – numerous,” he said. “What I can’t confirm is the number because we don’t have numbers to give.” USA Today National Editor David Lindsey said the paper stands by its report of 700 monitored. He said his reporter and Rinella had two or three conversations, “and that’s the number he (Rinella) was comfortable with.” Earlier this month, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu told parliament the Turin Olympics could be a target for terrorists, but stressed there were no “clear signals” of any imminent attacks being planned. Pisanu cited messages posted on Web sites with links to al-Qaida that have threatened attacks against Italy because it has troops in Iraq. ROME – Italian authorities, fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in Turin, are conducting surveillance on “numerous” people through telephone wiretaps and other intelligence operations, an Italian security official said Tuesday. Luigi Rinella, the Italian police’s liaison with the U.S. government, said those under surveillance included suspected Islamic militants, but he stressed that anti-globalization protesters and anarchists could also make trouble during the Feb. 10-26 Games. “Clearly at this moment, the sensibility is to groups that we call Islamic terrorist that are connected to al-Qaida,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Washington. Rinella said the surveillance involved telephone wiretaps and other forms of interceptions. But he noted that such activities were also used in drug-trafficking intelligence-gathering operations, and not just anti-terrorism operations. He said police had devised a broad security plan for the Games, providing for 9,000 police officers, a central control room connected to 21 onsite operational centers, and a central national information room connected to police and intelligence services of numerous countries. Last month, the head of the Interior Ministry’s office running Turin security, Francesco Tagliente, told reporters that foreign security agents would be barred from carrying firearms during the Games – except for agents protecting VIP visitors, which would be decided on a case-by-case basis. Around 2,500 athletes, 1 million spectators and 5,000 officials are expected at the Olympics in Turin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more