Encouraging a Liberian Innovation to Fight Ebola

first_imgThe Daily Observer on page nine of yesterday’s edition carried a story of an improved Ebola bucket developed by a Liberian. The Ebola bucket with the faucet for hand washing that now appears at the entrance of nearly all public and private premises in the country since the outbreak of the deadly virus, contains a solution of chlorine and detergents referred to as the “Ebola soup”,  highly promoted to help stop the transmission of the virus. The bucket’s flaw that undermines its purpose, however, is that the scores or even hundreds of users handle the faucets to turn them on and off. Lewis K. Tealeh, a senior   communication specialist at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), has licked the flaw by developing an electronically powered faucet for the bucket.  This enhancement makes the Ebola bucket hands free. Users do not need to touch the faucet to turn it on and off.  Instead, the faucet is electronically powered by a battery that is activated by the hand washer’s foot. The battery is installed on the floor near the bucket. Mr. Tealeh has a dream of mass producing this new type of bucket so that it becomes available to people throughout the country.  But he needs help!He is hoping that someone in government or in the local or international community, such as his own organization, LPRC, the National Port Authority (NPA), the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC); or the European Union, the American, Dutch or Norwegian governments could help him fulfill his dream to mass produce this bucket and make it available to all in Liberia.Not only would it help people to take yet another step away from this deadly Ebola virus.  It would also put some money into the hands of this creative young Liberian.  This could inspire and empower him to conceive and develop more innovations, leading to a stream of technological inventions to improve people’s lives, create wealth and contribute to the nation’s modernization.Remember the elementary beginning of the Wright Brothers in North Carolina, USA, who were mere bicycle sellers and mechanics.  Yet in the early 1900s they embarked upon an innovation that led to the invention of the airplane. Henry Ford, too, was an ordinary fellow in Detroit when he experimented with engines and tires that led to the invention of the automobile.Alexander Graham Bell was trying to improve communication between himself and his hearing-impaired wife that led to the invention of the telephone.We pray that somebody with the means will reach out to this Liberian, Lewis Tealeh, and help him mass produce this timely innovation springing out of a health crisis that has forced us to change and adopt the habit of washing hands upon entering public and private premises.Liberians must begin to think and act to help our inventors, especially at this critical time—people like Mr. Tealeh. Let us do better than our well-to-do forebears, many of whom failed to develop our elementary and high schools that educated themselves.  Rather, when they became rich, instead of giving back to these schools that made them, by educating their children there and helping to further develop and modernize those schools, they sent their children abroad for primary, secondary and higher education, leaving the schools destitute.  These schools included the College of West Africa, St. Patrick’s and St. Teresa’s High and institutions in Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Cape Mount and Cape Palmas.  After the missionaries departed many of these institutions declined and are today mostly substandard or almost nonexistent.Because very few wealthy people, if any, reached out to Liberia’s blind musical genius, Howard Benedict (Baby) Hayes, he died poor in his house on Front (now Sao Boso) Street.  Yet there were many wealthy families right on that same street.  Baby Hayes produced many musical masterpieces, including songs and operas.  And it is said that even though blind, he was often called upon by many churches and individuals to repair and tune their organs and pianos. We pray that a new generation  of Liberians will emerge with  the heart, mindset and vision  to start reaching out to help creative people in our  country—those in the creative   arts, literature, in the sciences and technology, and Liberian agriculturists, too, who have the talent and dream to move our country forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Booty still Carroll’s man

first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: If the QB is healthy, he will remain the starter. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC coach Pete Carroll diffused any thoughts of a quarterback controversy Sunday night when he said John David Booty would remain the Trojans’ quarterback if he is able to play with a broken middle fingertip. “I’m not doing that,” Carroll said regarding a quarterback change. “That’s not what I would be thinking. It’s not a one-guy deal. It’s real easy to point it all at the quarterback. I’m not going to do that. If it was really a one-guy situation, the decision would be clear. “It isn’t just because of the thrower. There’s a lot of things we can work on to be more efficient.” If only all the other problems confronting the Trojans were so simple to address in the wake of Carroll’s (and maybe USC’s) most embarrassing loss, a 24-23 setback to Stanford, which was a 41-point underdog. Actually, Carroll did not even know Sunday if Booty would play this week. Booty iced his finger but it’s too soon to tell if he can grip a football properly. “I don’t know,” Carroll said. “We’ll figure it out during the week. If he can’t throw, I won’t force him. He did come back and throw the ball all right (after the injury).” Everything else will be much harder to gauge. Carroll sounded more worried about the state of college football’s most successful program in recent years than anything regarding Booty. “It’s real clear we’ve fallen out of line with the philosophy of the program for years by turning the ball over,” he said. “I’m not getting it done, I need to make it clear that every decision we make is about the ball. “I’ve got to get back to that philosophy. If not, we won’t have a clue what’s going on.” Of course, most of USC’s turnovers are interceptions. Booty has thrown eight, including six in the past two games, but Carroll said it’s the entire offense’s responsibility. He refused to elaborate on why. “We’ve thrown more interceptions than almost all last season,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that go into it, but I’m not going into it.” He’s also reluctant to play backup quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has thrown only three passes all season and has an interception. “He hasn’t had a chance to play much,” Carroll said of Sanchez. “We need to make sure we don’t put it all on one person.” That said, Carroll also discussed the wide receivers’ struggles. Patrick Turner has dropped passes all season, including three against Stanford. The other receivers, sophomore Vidal Hazelton along with freshmen Ronald Johnson and David Ausberry, are inconsistent. “We’ve had growing pains,” Carroll said. “The guys are gaining experience. It’s been a tough call to task whether they’re ready or not. But we need to run the football better. It all fits together.” Carroll said injuries in the Washington game also changed the Trojans’ season, specifically when center Kris O’Dowd and guard Chilo Rachal suffered knee injuries on the same play. “At three weeks, we were fine and then something hit the fan,” he said. “It’s obvious we haven’t recovered since all our guys got hurt. That’s what it felt like. When two guys went down on one play, we haven’t been the same since.” But what about losing to a 41-point underdog? Carroll said the margin was irrelevant to him. “It doesn’t mean a damn thing. That’s somebody else’s problem,” he said. “I don’t care about that. That’s somebody else’s thing.” But Carroll’s not unaware of public opinion. Or at least how quickly it turns, even on a coach who won 35 straight games at the Coliseum before Saturday’s loss. “I was in the NFL for 16 years. It went week to week,” he said. “I totally understand it. It turns in the wink of an eye.” Notes: Snapper Will Collins pulled a hamstring in pregame warmups and Carroll said it played a role in the blocked extra point, because the offensive line couldn’t get proper spacing with Collins covering less ground. … Center Matt Spanos received stitches on his lacerated hand, and linebacker Thomas Williams sprained an ankle. scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want 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