Bomi Health Admin, Family Test Positive for Ebola

first_imgCredible reports reaching the Daily Observer from Tubmanburg, Bomi County, have revealed that the government-run hospital in Bomi County has been shut down.According to our sources, this is largely because Mr. Sando Sirleaf, the County Health Services Administrator (CHSA), and his family of 10 have been tested positive with the deadly Ebola virus, which is ravishing the nation.One of our sources, who is very close to the hospital, the county’s only referral hospital and major health facility, however, clarified that the hospital’s doors have not been totally closed, but that all of the patients, including admitted ones, have fled.Our source also said the Out-Patient Department (OPD) for routine treatments for malaria and other “common sicknesses,” is also empty, as out-patients have stopped coming to the hospital.According to our source, who has asked to remain anonymous, “Even most of the nurses have now left the hospital because they are afraid for their lives. This is why I said the hospital has now closed.”Our source further disclosed that on Sunday, July 27, the only two out-patients that went to the hospital were the last two remaining family members of the county’s Health Service Administrator, Mr. Sirleaf.The Daily Observer learned  that Mr. Sirleaf and nine members of his family were brought to Monrovia for screening after his son, Sando Sirleaf, Jr., head of the Gayah Hill Health Center, had tested positive with the Ebola virus, which is taking the lives of people every day.Following the screening, our Health Correspondent was reliably told that eight tested positive, are now isolated and are being given supported treatment by health workers. It was the last two, who were confirmed Sunday, as also having come down with the virus.Another source, who is also a Sirleaf, but no relation to Sando, said he is a very good friend of the Bomi Health Service Administrator’s entire family. This source disclosed to us that it was through the auspices of Mr. Sando Sirleaf that the Ghana-based Multi-TV came to Liberia and opened one of its overseas offices here in Monrovia.Also speaking to the Observer, however, Dr. Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Health Minister for Health Services, said that the hospital has not been shut down.With what is happening in the country, she explained, people are just afraid to go to the health facility which, the CMO said, is the wrong decision to make.(For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Amb. Calls for Global Human Rights, Freedoms

first_imgThe United States Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Deborah Malac, has disclosed that her government is committed to seeing a world where human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons are realized.While there is distance left to travel to make the world a [a better place], the United States pledges to be a partner with Liberia in that journey to remove the stigma of Ebola and HIV/AIDS and to ensure justice for people to travel.“There is need to empower women and girls, and promote the rights of persons with disabilities and this will amount to global human rights and freedom that everyone envisages,” said Ambassador Malac in her New Year’s message to Liberia.“My wish for all Liberians in 2015 and beyond is to continue to build upon the progress we have made and the challenges we have faced in the past year.  Let us continue to work to prevent new Ebola infections, to strengthen our partnerships, and to increase our respect for all members of society as one people.”The US diplomat noted that the Government of the United States is proud to partner with the people and Government of Liberia to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa, due to the progress it has seen in the past few months.However, she cautioned that the battle is not yet won and called on the general public to exert all efforts in ensuring that Ebola is eradicated. According to her, with the support of the United Nations, civil society, and international partners, the people of Liberia must stay committed to stemming new Ebola infections and preventing new outbreaks throughout the country.She said the full-fledged international response to the Ebola crisis has created new partnerships between government, civil society and various institutions since the outbreak of the epidemic.  She urged the people of Liberia to continue this worthy partnership during the post Ebola period. The US ambassador further disclosed that, “We hope these health-related partnerships continue to flourish and strengthen in 2015 and beyond into a post-Ebola Liberia so that men, women, and children have access to regular and safe healthcare.”The US ambassador added that, “Together we can eliminate Ebola from Liberia and her neighboring countries; getting this done is everybody’s business.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man placed on $30,000 for threatening behaviour

first_imgA man was on Wednesday fined $30,000 for threatening another man when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Rawle Robertson denied that he threatened Eon Croft on April 17, 21 and 23, 2018, thereby breaching a bond to keep the peace.The man told the court that he along with Croft should be fined as both of them were threatening and cursing each other.However, Magistrate Fabayo Azore placed Robertson on $10,000 for each of the three offences and he is expected to return to court on May 2.last_img

Protest turns to party after Imus is ousted

first_imgWEST HOLLYWOOD – A civil rights protest against Don Imus on Thursday turned into a celebration of the shock jock’s firing by CBS, with triumphant black activists now pledging to turn their attention to rappers who denigrate women and African-Americans. A coalition of local chapters of civil rights organizations, clergy and Rutgers alumni said they will begin a campaign to boycott gangsta rappers, the music companies that record them and radio stations that glamorize them in an attempt to combat lyrics abusive to women and blacks. “It’s time for us to sanction our own speech and how we talk about ourselves,” said the Rev. Lewis Logan, pastor of the Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles. “We will boycott the products that denigrate women, that denigrate African-Americans, even if it’s by our own artists.” The group had scheduled a news conference to call for a march on the Los Angeles CBS offices on Beverly Boulevard to urge the firing of Imus over his racially insensitive remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Midway through, they learned that the network had fired the controversial radio show host. “This is not just about (Imus),” Lee said. “It’s about eradicating racism in the United States.” Later in the afternoon, other civil rights activists held what they called a “victory party” in Leimert Park in South Los Angeles to celebrate Imus’ firing. “Firing is not enough,” comic Mooney said at the earlier celebration. “He should be made to work for Naomi Campbell for six months!” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Members of the coalition who had gathered at the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard immediately began celebrating and hugging each other. When the group was assured by newsmen that several networks had confirmed the report, black comedian Paul Mooney jokingly shot back: “Well, I’m not going to believe it until BET says it’s confirmed!” Leaders of the group thanked CBS for listening to the voices of outrage and anger that had been growing since Imus’ comments on his show last week and had led to MSNBC announcing Wednesday that it would no longer televise the simulcast of the Imus morning show on cable television. Eric Lee, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Los Angeles chapter, said the coalition will now press to buy stock in networks and recording industry companies that hold media companies and entertainers accountable for their comments. last_img read more

Witnesses testify in slaying case

first_imgWHITTIER – At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a teen witness testified that he and a friend yelled “We don’t bang!” moments before shots were fired into their car, killing a Whittier man. Martin Marquez and Ruben Jauregui Alcala, both 20 and of Pico Rivera are each facing charges of murder in the shooting death of Jason Verde, 20. Four teenage witnesses testified Tuesday, each giving accounts of the Aug. 20, 2005, shooting. But their accounts were inconsistent with earlier statements they gave to homicide detectives, according to defense attorneys. The witnesses did agree about some of the details of the incident. But they wavered when asked to identify the suspects. According to prosecutors, Marquez shot Verde following a dispute at a party between their rival party crews. The dispute began when someone inhaled a rival party crew’s nitrous oxide balloon for a high, officials said. At Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Daniel P. Ramirez asked that the full names of the teenage witnesses not be published, out of concern for their safety. One witness, William, said he inhaled from the balloon, which touched off a fight with a rival group. After the fight began, he and several friends, including Verde, left the party, William said. The group went to a friend’s house on Lemoran Avenue in Pico Rivera later that night. While they were inside Verde’s Honda Civic outside the home, a Chevy Tahoe cornered the Civic on a one-way street, William testified. The Tahoe then drove toward Verde’s car, forcing him to back up as there wasn’t enough room to go around the Tahoe, William said. “The passenger \ just ran out with the gun. He shot through the front windshield,” William said. Another teen, Kim, who was in the back seat of the Honda, testified that he saw Marquez shoot Verde. “I was behind Jay \ in the car when he got shot. His seat went back on me and I felt glass on my face. He was on me. I had his blood on me,” Kim testified. Kim also said he saw Alcala inside the Tahoe holding a gun as the vehicle drove away. The other witnesses, however, said they did not recognize the gunman or the Tahoe’s driver, even though they had identified Alcala and Marquez to detectives in the week after the slaying. Alcala’s defense attorney Kenneth Kahn asked Ramirez to dismiss the case due to lack of evidence. “We have credibility issues here,” he said. Ramirez disagreed. He ordered both men to appear for arraignment Feb. 14. He set bail at $4 million each. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

JUDGE JAILS DONEGAL MAN OVER FOUR LANTERNS ATTACK

first_imgJudge Kelly: Jailed McBride for three monthsA JUDGE rejected pleas for clemency from a lawyer after hearing a man on assault charges has 22 previous convictions.Bernard McBride, who is 35 and from 50 Lough Fern Heights in Milford had told Gardai “it would take more than you boys to move me” when officers went to an altercation at the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny in the early hours of June 30 this year. Inspector David Murphy told Letterkenny District Court that McBride was aggressive and abusive to officers, assaulting another man during the altercation.He said McBride had 22 previous convictions, four of them for assault.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been out until the early hours of the morning and had been drinking.“Drink doesn’t do well with him,” said the solicitor, who pleaded for leniency in the case.But Judge Paul Kelly told the court: “This man has four previous assault convictions for which he was treated very leniently. He hasn’t got the message about this sort of behaviour.“He has run out of rope as far as I’m concerned.”Judge Kelly jailed McBride for three months for the Section 3 assault.He also fined him €200 for being drunk and disorderly.JUDGE JAILS DONEGAL MAN OVER FOUR LANTERNS ATTACK was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultBernard McBridedonegalFour LanternsjailLetterkenny CourtmcbrideMilfordlast_img read more

HEALTH MINISTER ORDERS REVIEW OF AMBULANCE SERVICE AFTER DEATH OF MAURA PORTER

first_imgAn independent review of ambulance services is to be fast-tracked following the death of Donegal woman Maura Porter.The late Maura PorterHealth Minister James Reilly has confirmed the move by the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA).Minister Reilly has taken the action following the death of Mrs Porter, 70, from Carndonagh, and other high-profile deaths in recent weeks. Mrs Porter had to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance to travel from Letterkenny and later died at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.A number of areas including Donegal with now come under the microscope in relation to ambulance response times and availability.Dr Reilly said: “I know there has been a lot of concern over a number of incidents recently. And I am concerned myself.“I’m very happy for HIQA to bring this forward and have a very thorough review of all these situations of the entire service, tell us what they feel the problem is, where the problems lie and we will address them. Because the safety of our citizens has to be paramount.” Local Deputy Charlie McConalogue, a personal friend of the bereaved Porter family, raised the issue in the Dail on Wednesday.He revealed how there was an ambulance station less than half a mile away from where Mrs Porter had been knocked down but this had been called away.He called for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the ambulance response time in the case and a review of ambulance services in Co Donegal. HEALTH MINISTER ORDERS REVIEW OF AMBULANCE SERVICE AFTER DEATH OF MAURA PORTER was last modified: January 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMBULANCESCarndonaghdonegalMaura Porterlast_img read more

More than 3,000 surgeries cancelled by Letterkenny Hospital since 2014

first_imgA total of 3,300 In-Patient and Day Case surgical procedures have been cancelled by authorities at Letterkenny University Hospital since 2014.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has condemned the HSE figures.Describing the numbers as ‘totally unacceptable’, the Donegal T.D. is now calling on the Minister for Health to outline what steps will be taken to reduce the problem of hospital cancellations and to ensure that patients here are not being denied access to treatments. He fumed “Prior to the Dáil Summer recess I raised the issue of surgical procedure cancellations with the Minister for Health and I challenged him to provide information on the number of surgeries which have been forced to be cancelled over the last few years.“I’ve now received those statistics from the HSE and the figures do not make for pleasant reading.“They reveal that between 2014 and August this year, there have been 425 In-Patient admissions cancelled by Letterkenny hospital while – during the same period – management at the hospital have had to cancel a further 2,875 Day-Patient surgeries.“This means that over the past five and half years, the hospital has cancelled a total of 3,300 surgical procedures for its patients – that is totally unacceptable and wrong.” The Donegal politician said he understood operations may have to be cancelled for any number of reasons however these figures highlight the sensitivity of the system.He added “Insufficient capacity, hospital outbreaks, staffing shortages, etc., all impact on surgery scheduling and if one link in the chain is missing then the whole system effectively collapses.“Worryingly however is that behind every one of those stats is an individual: a patient who is in need of care yet is being denied access to timely treatment.“Similarly, the hospital continues to experience significant challenges with delayed discharges, something which is being exacerbated by the ongoing shortage of Home Help hours.“As a result, patients who have been deemed to be medically fit to be discharged from the hospital have nowhere to go and must remain in the acute setting while they wait on home care supports to be made available.” All of these different factors are having a negative impact on the space available for elective procedures and this is why we are seeing such a huge number of operations being cancelled or rescheduled by the hospital, he added.“Evidently through not having properly resourced health services such as In-Home Support packages, as well as overseeing a recruitment embargo across the health system, the Government and the Minister have created this situation.“Regrettably, patients are suffering as a result of Government inaction and ineptitude and moreover they are being denied access to timely care.“As the Dáil is set to resume in the coming weeks, I intend to ask Minister Harris what measures he now plans to take to address these challenges facing the hospital and to seriously tackle the problem of patients having surgical procedures cruelly cancelled through no fault of their own.” More than 3,000 surgeries cancelled by Letterkenny Hospital since 2014 was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancelleddonegalhospitalOperationsPearse Dohertysurgerieslast_img read more

Thousands expected at Zuma’s inauguration

first_img15 May 2014Thousands of people, including current and former heads of state and eminent persons, are expected to attend the inauguration of Jacob Zuma as South African President on Saturday, 24 May, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday.The inauguration will be held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Government expects thousands of people to show up for the ceremony, with 4 500 people to be accommodated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, including Members of Parliament, current and former heads of state and various eminent persons.Chabane would not be drawn in on which names were on the VIP guest list. “Confirmations of attendance will be provided in due course, as guests are still responding to invitations,” he said.The remaining guests will be accommodated on the Southern Lawns of the Union Buildings, while other members of the public will be able to follow proceedings on live television, radio broadcasts and public viewing areas at 47 sites across the country.On the question of developments in the platinum belt possibly overshadowing the inauguration, Chabane said the government remained hopeful for a solution to the labour dispute, which started 16 weeks ago. “It’s our hope that the role players … will continue to search for a solution to the problem and also that parties conduct themselves in a manner that will encourage peace and stability and avoid intimidation.”In response to another question, Chabane said the cost implications of the inauguration ceremony would be “far less” than those of previous presidential inaugurations.Ahead of the inauguration, the National Assembly will convene its first sitting of the new term next Wednesday, when members of Parliament will be sworn in. This will be followed by the swearing in of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and the President of the Republic.By the time the inauguration takes place, the nine provinces will have elected their Premiers and provincial delegates to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which will have its first sitting on 22 May.Chabane said the government once again thanked the nation for contributing to the success of the 2014 general elections, emphasizing that it would now be “work as usual for the national executive, in terms of the Constitution.“We look forward to the coming milestones being as well-managed as the election process itself, and hope that South Africans will derive new hope, optimism and energy for an even better future.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Zane Trace FFA students take fourth at Big E

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four students from the Zane Trace FFA were very excited to hear news that they were invited to compete in the 2015 Food Science CDE at the Eastern States Exposition. The Eastern States Exposition is “New England’s Great State Fair.” It is the largest agricultural event on the east coast, held in West Springfield, Mass. The fair includes something from every New England state.Students attending were Ann Shelby, Mariah Cox, Nathaneal Freeman, and Olivia Pflaumer. Their day started early Friday morning, with a plane ride out to Boston, Mass. The students were able to explore Boston by going to Old North Church, walking the freedom trail, visiting the Boston Science Museum, and eating at an incredible Italian restaurant. It was a long day exploring Boston with their competition the next day, so everyone headed back to their hotel in Springfield to be ready in the morning.On Saturday morning the Food Science competition started at 8:30 and was set to end at noon. Students were expected to complete a written test, triangle test, aroma identification, customer inquiry, product development, and a few more. After the contest, the Zane Trace FFA members were able to see what the Big E had to offer. They spent most of their time exploring the replica state houses that had every the state was about inside. Later that day, a banquet was held to announce the results of the CDE competitions. The results for our team were as follows: Nathaneal Freeman, 9th individually; Olivia Pflaumer, 8th individually; and the Zane Trace Team earned 4th place overall in their area.Sunday was spent packing up and seeing anything that they missed on Friday in Boston. The last stops were visiting the Harvard University campus, and seeing the USS Constitution, and then flying back home.All four students were very grateful to have earned the opportunity to attend this event and are hopeful to be able to return next year.last_img read more