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Jobs, Not Doctors, Are The Biggest Demand After Ebola

At a high-level meeting on Ebola recovery, the economy was the unexpected priority. Jina Moore reports for BuzzFeed News from Brussels.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, second from left, following a meeting on Ebola in Brussels Thierry Charlier / AFP / Getty Images

BRUSSELS — When Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prioritized West Africa’s long-term post-Ebola needs at a high-level meeting convened by the European Union, health care unexpectedly took a back seat.

“The most important long-term response to Ebola,” Sirleaf told the meeting’s 800 delegates, “rests in plans and strategies for economic recovery.”

Sirleaf outlined a regional plan first floated last month by the three countries most affected by the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak. The plan includes a hoped-for regional center for disease control and regional “emergency response capabilities.”

Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have pledged to eliminate Ebola transmission by April 15; the Brussels meeting is the first in a series of three devoted to national and international priorities for post-Ebola reconstruction. Sirleaf said the specifics of the regional plan will be presented to donors at the next meeting, to be held at the World Bank in April.

On Tuesday Sirleaf focused most specifically on the economic demands of recovery from Ebola, in remarks that broadened the focus far beyond the health sector.

“There is no doubt that this will require significant resources, perhaps even a Marshall Plan, as suggested by World Bank President [Jim] Kim,” Sirleaf told the delegates. She did not specify the cost.

Liberia’s finance minister, Amara Konneh, listed Liberia’s priorities at the meeting — covering, it would seem, every need the country faced before the disease. “We want to focus on health, the private sector, the security sector, the rule of law, education, agriculture and social services,” Konneh said.

Sirleaf later told BuzzFeed News that health care was the most important part of the future planning, with an emphasis on improving primary health care in rural areas.

“We never had the resources to bring properly trained people, or the equipment” to community level, Sirleaf said. “We want to see health care at that community level, not just at referral hospitals.

But in her public remarks, Sirleaf called for a “focus on private-sector led growth, expanding and attracting investment with the highest potential to create a large number of sustainable jobs.”

She also called on private investors to behave more responsibly.

“Our investing partners must give back more in fair taxes, fair pricing, and fair high-level job opportunities,” she said. “In turn we must do more to create a conducive environment by making it easier to do business and by better control of corruption.”

More than 800 delegates joined the day-long meeting, including: the presidents of Guinea and Sierra Leone, the other two countries still battling the epidemic, and of the Republic of Congo, which fought off four outbreaks, at a much smaller scale, between 2000 and 2005; representatives from the United States, Australia, China, and Cuba, which sent more than 150 doctors to Sierra Leone at the height of the crisis; and representatives of the philanthropic and private sectors, including the Gates Foundation and Johnson and Johnson, which is working on an Ebola vaccine.

Much of the day-long meeting focused instead on “taking stock” of the current situation, including an overview of what worked well to drive the outbreak down, from more than 300 new cases a week at its highest point last fall, to roughly 30 new cases a week in the region now.

Sirleaf told BuzzFeed News that the case drop was due primarily to “the ownership in the communities, of the community workers. We empowered them.” Sirleaf referenced in particular the incident management teams that help identify and respond to new Ebola cases. “We gave them proper training, and we put them in control,” she told BuzzFeed News.

But international efforts didn’t follow suit, according to David Milliband, president of the International Rescue Committee. Milliband told BuzzFeed News that international funding has focused disproportionately on facilities and equipment and “inverted the cart and the horse” by prioritizing international interventions for treatment, rather than local efforts at prevention.

“In the west we love to think there is a medical solution to every illness but actually in the case of an epidemic, you cannot treat your way out of an epidemic,” he said.

Millband told delegates that Ebola was “a stunning wake up call for all of us who had spent the previous decade working to build up health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia.” He said plans to rebuild national health sectors include not just training health workers but paying them “a living wage, every month, on time.”

Disputes over hazard pay, late paychecks and concerns about overly restrictive contracts led to health worker strikes in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but Sirleaf acknowledged in a press conference that health worker grievances in Liberia predate — and likely will post-date — Ebola.

“There were problems with health workers before Ebola,” Sirleaf said. “The issue will still face us even when Ebola goes.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jinamoore/jobs-not-doctors-are-the-biggest-demand-after-ebola

She’s A Badass CEO Now, But Wait Until You See Where She Was Just A Few Years Ago

For someone who doesn’t know her story, 32-year-old Kylie Travers likely appears as if she’s always led a life full of success.

After all, she’s a writer, speaker, mom, the founder of a successful company, and an award-winning CEO. But some would never guess that the Melbourne, Australia, resident and her two daughters, Mele and Halia, were living in a garage around eight years ago. How she was able to turn her life around is simply inspiring.

After leaving her husband over the Christmas and New Year holidays in 2009, Travers and her little girls became homeless. “Almost a year later I ended up back with my ex partner,” she said. “I became homeless for the second time in 2012 after we split a final time.”

After spending some time couch-surfing and then moving home to Canberra to save money, she decided to focus all of her energy on the blog she had started before becoming homeless. “While I was in a period of huge disbelief as to what had happened to me, I knew that the only person who could get me out of this was me,” she said.

And that she did! When she wasn’t writing and developing her blog, she was buying and selling items on eBay. She taught herself how to make money from blogging, and in 2014, she founded her own company, Occasio Enterprises, which she says “buys websites and monetizes them. It also connects influencers with people and shares blogging and finance tips.”

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Now she has won awards for her business, she speaks at events about finance, blogging, and domestic violence, and has written extremely popular blog posts about making money from home, monetizing websites, and paying off debt. “My most popular post ever was how to get the money to leave an abusive relationship,” she said.

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She credits all of it to working hard and remaining grateful despite all of her difficulties, including being homeless, being diagnosed with a rare bladder condition, and her daughters being diagnosed with learning difficulties. “You can’t change a situation,” she said. “But you can change how you feel about it.” Wise words, indeed.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/homeless-to-ceo/

The Dark Sides Of 10 Beloved Historical Figures

It’s no secret that history books don’t get everything right, but you might be surprised to see the dark sides of these 10 beloved historical figures.

From civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to children’s author Sir Roald Dahl, each of these figures had a dark side that they kept hidden from followers, press, and fans. As you’ll learn, their lives, motives, and beliefs weren’t always savory.

1. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is remembered for penning the line that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, but that sentiment certainly didn’t extend to his hundreds of slaves.

However, Jefferson not only kept slaves at his Monticello estate. He also fathered six children with a slave woman named Sally Hemings. While Jeffferson later freed his children, he kept Sally in his possession until his death in 1826.

Read More: 12 Historic Events That Didn’t Play Out Like Our Teachers Led Us To Believe

2. Winston Churchill

The name Winston Churchill is synonymous with leadership, strength, and power, but did you know that the former Prime Minster was also an outspoken racist?

In regard to Native Americans he said, “I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes…[It] would spread a lively terror.” He was also known to refer to Africans and Indians as “beasts” and “savages.”

3. Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi, otherwise known as the “Father of the Nation” in India, is a worldwide symbol for peace, love, and hope. Unfortunately, he had a disturbing sexual appetite behind closed doors.

According to numerous accounts, Gandhi forced female followers and his own grandnieces to sleep with him naked. Nightly, he would perform “celibacy tests,” a thin cover for molestation.

4. John Lennon

John Lennon wrote songs about love and peace, but his son Julian says that he was a very different man at home.

Julian Lennon, the son of John and his first wife Cynthia, doesn’t hold the same admiration for his father as the rest of the world does. In 1998 he said, “I felt he was a hypocrite. Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the rest of the world, but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son.” After a bitter divorce in 1968, John rarely visited or spoke to his son.

5. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as one of the greatest orators of all time, but many say he was known plagiarizer.

When King’s wife donated his papers to Stanford University in 1985, staff noticed something fishy. King’s doctoral dissertation, written for Boston University, contained large plagiarized sections from another student, Jack Boozer. Indignantly, Boston conducted their own investigation, but soon found that the Stanford claims were true.

6. Sir Roald Dahl

Sir Roald Dahl is the author of beloved children’s classics like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda.” However, those close to him remember him as a misogynist and Nazi sympathizer.

Dahl’s fiction is filled with whimsical flying fruit and children with special powers, but if you read deeper, you’ll also find hints of racism and misogyny. His own wife nicknamed him “Ronald the Rotten,” perhaps because of his numerous affairs.

In 1983, he defended Hitler by saying, “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity. I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.”

7. Abraham Lincoln

Since the end of the Civil War, Lincoln has been known as the president who freed the slaves, but his personal letters tell a different story.

Despite popular opinion, Lincoln’s intention going into the Civil War was not to free slaves. It was to save the Union. In 1862, he wrote to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, saying, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.”

8. Steve Jobs

Everyone knows that Steve Jobs had a bad temper, but that only scratches the surface of his dark side.

In addition to cheating his friend and business partner, Steve Wozniak, out of Apple profits, Jobs has been accused of illegally backdating stocks, investing in Chinese sweat shops, and holding long, spiteful grudges. He’ll always be remembered as the father of the iPhone, but those who knew him say he was a outright jerk.

9. Mother Teresa

On September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa was officially canonized as a Saint, causing many to call out her problematic history.

By all reports, Mother Teresa was no saint. Her worldwide fame was based on exploiting the very people she claimed to care for, and many say her medical practices were negligible at best. She’s even been accused of withholding funding for food and medicine, saying, “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering.”

10. Walt Disney

I hate to burst your bubble, but Walt Disney wasn’t exactly the jovial, fun-loving guy that history’s made him out to be. In addition to creating some of our favorite movies, he was also a racist and a chauvinist.

Few people have heard of the Disney film “Song of the South.” That’s because it’s considered so offensive, it’s been removed from circulation. He was also heard referring to the dwarves in “Snow White” as an “n-word pile” and “pickaninnies,” and refused to hire female animators on the basis of their gender.

Read More: 10 ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows…That Aren’t Accurate At All

The truth hurts. Anyone else feeling disappointed? If you need me, I’ll be busy hating everything.

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3D Printed Fashion Might Just Be The New Way to Shop for Clothes. Yes, Please.

3D printing is the new frontier when it comes to manufacturing. 3D printers can create everything from electronic components to building materials. You can just print them out.

The technology makes all kinds of items more available and allows for materials to be spread to larger audiences. Typically, 3D printing is associated with hard, plasticky items, but what if we used different materials?

That’s what designer Mary Huang thought when she heard about 3D printers becoming more affordable.”I thought that the most logical thing to try to print would be something like a pair of shoes — so you could download your shoes at night, and get new shoes in the morning,” she told Mashable.

One of the shoes available at Continuum.

Another shoe design.

With that idea in mind, she launched Continuum, a web-based clothing and accessories business. Right now, Continuum offers two styles of shoes, some jewellery and a bikini, but they are looking to expand their inventory. And yes, you can swim in the bikini. If you’re wondering how you can possibly print a bikini, check out the video. 

Don’t have a 3D printer? That’s okay, too. Continuum also offers the option to print out a pattern and allow users to make their own version of the classic little black dress, using triangular modules. Users select the design and make personalized choices, put in their measurements, and a pattern, tailored to their unique specifications, is printed out. You can design your own on the site, and create a 3D model of a dress. 

Right now, Huang prints orders at her studio in New York City, and ships them to customers. As 3D printing technology becomes more available, though, this practice may change. 

The modular, personalized LBD.

A printed steel necklace.

The bikini is printed in four sections, and then hooked together.

The bikini can be worn easily, and is made of Nylon 12, giving it its name, N12.

Huang sees the possibility of printing patterns and clothing as not only a technological leap, but also as a way to make the often exclusive world of fashion more democratic. “So much of fashion is built on appreciation of craft. Right now we’re in the phase of finding that technology is really beautiful,” Huang says. “We live in a digital world.”

Read more: http://viralnova.com/print-out-some-pants/

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‘I smell a big donation': Hillary’s keen business sense has her feeling ‘concerned’

It is when Hillary’s involved …

Concerned, eh? You don’t say!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/11/23/i-smell-a-big-donation-hillarys-keen-business-sense-has-her-feeling-concerned/

Gaffe alert: Biden on ‘made in Ohio’ tour, threatens to stay there through November


Fired up?

Biden is on the “made in Ohio tour”

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 16, 2012

Oh, dear! Biden unleashed again. He may have learned his lesson because he is apparently trying to keep mum … even while giving a speech.

Biden is low talking

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 16, 2012

From @dskolnick: Biden wrapping up his speech. Speaking so softly, it's difficult to hear in restricted media area. #BidenVindy

— The Vindicator (@vindicator) May 16, 2012

When Biden goes into low&quiet mode, tough for press to hear = Biden madlibs! "Moms, dads … jobs … long walk … ladies & gentlemen"

— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) May 16, 2012

Biden muzzled!

Biden is always taken very seriously.

Is it too much to ask for a Biden cameo in Anchorman? He was a senator in the 70s. MAKE IT HAPPEN, @JuddApatow!

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 16, 2012

RT @AliNBCNews: Biden mentions "Trenton Makes, the World Takes" bridge – always seemed like kind of a passive aggressive bridge to me

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 16, 2012

Joe Biden had the lowest net worth of any senator, right? Stoked to hear what he thinks about the economy

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) May 16, 2012

Writing off such an important state so soon? MT @markknoller: The Obama Campaign has dispatched VP Biden to the key state of Ohio…

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) May 16, 2012

Wouldn't it be more fun if @VP Joe Biden actually tweeted himself? My guess is it would be a lot like "Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey" #Biden

— John Julitz (@JohnJulitz) May 16, 2012

He’s also super smart! And has lots of job creation experience!

Biden is talking about loading things up with debt, how about his record of piling $5 trillion in debt on the United States?

— Joe Pounder (@PounderFile) May 16, 2012

All you need to know about Obamanomics in one headline: "Biden attacks Romney tenure as venture capitalist" http://t.co/gQlbRsCb

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 16, 2012

Biden: it’s not just manufacturing that’s coming back. The middle class is coming back. America is coming back.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 16, 2012

Biden: "In the 90s, there was a steel mill in business since 1888. Then Romney bought the company. 8 years later it went bankrupt." #logic

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) May 16, 2012

Biden tells Ohio voters “things really are starting to come back.” These 3 charts say otherwise http://t.co/GJtYYDiG

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) May 16, 2012

On a visit to an Ohio manufacturing plant, Biden will say that "things really are starting to come back" under "Obama Economics."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 16, 2012

Last time Obama worked full-time in the private sector: 1996. Last time Biden did: 1972.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 16, 2012

In Ohio, 1 in 8 jobs relate to the auto industry—that’s 848,000 Ohioans whose jobs are more secure thanks to President Obama. #MadeInOhio

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 16, 2012

Like math, reality is hard.

Man! RT @jaketapper: Biden says of China: "We let 'em know, there's a new administration in town, man!"

— Olivia (@PartyCatOlivia) May 16, 2012

What, no “God love ya?”

Sounds like a threat. RT @AWMooneyCNN: Biden jokes he'll be in Ohio pretty much from now until november

— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) May 16, 2012

Good luck, Ohio! Looks like you are being gifted with Biden for the long haul. Our condolences.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/16/gaffe-alert-biden-on-made-in-ohio-tour-threatens-to-stay-there-through-november/

Iran set to hang Reyhaneh Jabbari, woman who killed her alleged rapist


It was just yesterday when Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, used the protests in Ferguson to lecture the United States on racial discrimination and justice.

If US govt has a power, then it should use it to solve its own problems& put an end to racial discrimination. #Ferguson #Syria #Iraq 4/13/94

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 28, 2014

Khamenei today posted a YouTube video to prove his point, but somehow overlooked the impending execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who is scheduled to be hanged tomorrow for killing her rapist in self-defense.

Shocking that an Iranian woman could be hanged tomorrow for killing her rapist in self-defence. http://t.co/pW9R6KSjjn

— Canada and Iran (@CanadaIran) September 29, 2014

@CanadaIran @HonJohnBaird they have no rights. Let's just destroy the Middle East. Case closed.

— Canadian Girl (@Trilliumgyal) September 29, 2014

The International Business Times reports:

Iran has upheld its decision to execute Rayhaneh Jabbari, charged with the murder of a man who allegedly attempted to rape her.

Jabbari, 26, spent seven years in prison and her execution by hanging could be carried out as early as tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 September), according to local reports.

Jabbari was arrested in 2007, after she had killed a member of the Iranian Intelligence Services, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, who she said tried to rape her.

Crimes punishable with a death sentence [in Iran] include cursing the Prophet, drug offences, murder, adultery, incest, rape, fornication, drinking alcohol, “sodomy”, homosexual sex, “being at enmity with God” (mohareb), and “corruption on earth” (mofsed fil arz).

My fellow Iranians: Gather at the #Rajai_Shahr_Prison to protest and try to prevent the execution of #ReyhanehJabbari pic.twitter.com/4qDcOd6pQN

— Reza Pahlavi (@PahlaviReza) September 29, 2014

@PahlaviReza What can we do for her? Unfortunately she is in the hands of mullas.

— Hamplus (@hamplus1) September 29, 2014

#ReyhanehJabbari is going to be executed! Her mother is in front of Rajai shahr prison!

— M Nasserchian (@SororIrani) September 29, 2014

#ReyhanehJabbari’s mother said today that prison authorities told her she would have to go to the facility to “collect the body” tomorrow PT

— Reinhard Lamsfuss (@rlamsfuss) September 29, 2014

#Iran: International call to stop execution of 26-year-old female prisoner #ReyhanehJabbari http://t.co/uMj1x3rXg8 pic.twitter.com/BSymaLcMtD

— Iran Arab Spring (@IranArabSpring) September 29, 2014

Iran's "Hanging Machine" to Execute Reyhaneh Jabbari @UN Save #ReyhanehJabbari from being hanged @IranianWoman pic.twitter.com/3Wh8TZ2meH


#ReyhanehJabbari 's planned execution is a political act. Please Help to stop it Now in #Iran.

— Irans Spring (@IransSpring) September 29, 2014



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‘F*ck it, I quit!’ Alaska reporter quits on air to support legal marijuana


Now, is this really the best way to quit a job? Stick around for the priceless look on the other anchor’s face:

O_O – @ktva reporter quits live on air (NSFW): http://t.co/qMoD03SjRU @Independent http://t.co/aRjcK59mai

— Lizzuendo (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) September 22, 2014

Don’t worry, as Greene already has another gig. From the Alaska Dispatch News:

Reporter Charlo Greene quit on-air during KTVA-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast Sunday, revealing herself as the owner of the medical marijuana business Alaska Cannabis Club and telling viewers that she would be using all of her energy to fight for legalizing marijuana in Alaska.

Greene had reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club during Sunday night’s broadcast, without revealing her connection to it. At the end of the report, during a live shot, she announced that she was the club’s owner and would be quitting.

Verdict? A crass stunt as she knew her resignation would generate tons of free publicity for the Alaska Cannabis Club.

KTVA in Alaska has since apologized for the on-air f-bomb:

Viewers, we sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.

— KTVA 11 News (@ktva) September 22, 2014

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/22/fck-it-i-quit-alaska-reporter-quits-on-air-to-support-legal-marijuana-video/