October 3rd, 2014
09:46 AM ET

Widow of Ebola Victim: 'Ebola is Everyone's Problem'

The battle against Ebola hit home for one American woman in Minnesota when her husband became the first American victim of the disease.

Patrick Sawyer was diagnosed with Ebola after traveling to Nigeria from Liberia for a business conference. He died just days later, leaving behind Kofa and their three children.

Founder and Executive Director of the Kofa Foundation, and the widow of the late Patrick Sawyer, Decontee Kofa has now made it her mission to help survivors and family members of those battling infections disease because she believes that “Ebola is everyone’s problem. It's all of our problems.’

She feels that emergence of an Ebola patient in Dallas, Texas, has made that more apparent.

“The thing is that this is a wake-up call that Ebola can come here at any time,” she tells CNN's Michaela Pereira.

But Kofa urges calm that there is still no reason to panic here because the health care system in the United States is better equipped to handle it than that in West Africa.

She also mentions the fear of catching it in America is especially being directed at the Liberian American community and cautions against that.

The Liberian American community is afraid of being stigmatized, she said. “They don't want to be ostracized because they're Liberians.”

Sympathizing with the family of the patient being quarantined in Dallas, Kofa shared a message on “New Day” saying, “You’re not alone ... Stay calm.  Listen to the instructions. Don't leave your home. We're praying with you. And we hope that all is well.”


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September 16th, 2014
10:09 AM ET

Should Fans Stop Watching NFL Games?

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will be back on the field this weekend, even as  the team begins to feel fallout over the controversy.

On “New Day” Tuesday, Steve Almond, a contributing writer to “The New York Times Magazine” and The Boston Globe, said the move shows the NFL has “a cash register where normal human beings have a conscience, so they’re going to do whatever they need to do to keep the product going.”

The author of  "Against Football – One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto," said that if fans are outraged, the onus is on them to “stop watching the game, stop paying their salaries.”

Meanwhile, former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL by midnight.

CNN commentator and legal analyst Mel Robbins said Rice deserves another chance, but the NFL should stick to its six-game suspension rule because it hits the players where it hurts.

“Clearly, these guys do not respect women. They don’t respect kids," she said.

"But they do respect being pulled off the field.”

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December 19th, 2013
12:27 PM ET

One Direction Under Fire for Plagiarism, Again

Heard One Direction’s song "Midnight Memories" from the boy band’s new album yet?

Well, it’s is under scrutiny now, accused of sounding a lot like the Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar On Me."

“We don't know if it's plagiarism or coincidence,” CNN Entertainment Correspondent Nischelle Turner reports. “But there are a couple of things that we do know. First of all, One Direction didn't credit Def Leppard at all on their album.”

And this isn’t the first time the band has faced controversy over plagiarism. The One Direction track “Best Song Ever” was previously accused of ripping off the Who’s “Baba O'Riley.”

Pete Townsend dismissed those accusations though, saying that the band used the same three basic chords all pop songs use.

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December 17th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

19-Year-Old Attempts to Set World Record in South Pole

At just 19 years old, Parker Liautaud is taking on the South Pole.

Right now, Liautaud is leading the “Willis Resilience Expedition”, trying to set a world record for skiing from the Antarctic Coast to the South Pole. He says the team is set to meet their goal in just under 20 days if they average around 18 miles a day for the next 10 days.

Liautaud has already completed three expeditions to the North Pole since turning 15 years old. But this one is his most challenging quest yet, spanning nearly 400 miles in subzero temperatures, in some of the harshest conditions on earth.

So why do it?

He says the expedition has two main goals.

“The first of which is to contribute to a better understanding of the climate system,” Liautaud says.

“The other is really to change the dialogue of climate change and improve the general public understanding of the science behind it to lead to better foreign policy.”

You can follow Liautaud's progress at WillisResilience.com.

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