Many Appreciate Ebola Decline, Vow to Continue Ebola Fight

first_imgWith the increasing decline in the number of Liberians infected with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, many have told the Daily Observer how grateful they are for all the help that has contributed to the ongoing recovery.  They vowed to continue to maintain strict observance of the measures that have led to the remarkable progress in the Ebola fight.In interviews conducted by the Daily Observer in communities on Bushrod Island yesterday, Liberians and residents expressed happiness over the decrease of Ebola victims in their various communities.The communities included Bassa Town, Central St. Paul Bridge, Zuma Town, New Kru Town, Caldwell, Logan Town and others in between.“It’s been several weeks since we last heard the sirens of so many ambulances coming back and forth in our community here in Central St. Paul Bridge,” said a young woman who gave her name as Doris. “It shows that we are winning the fight against Ebola.”A mother of two, Doris said there were no reports of people in the community dying like they did at the height of the Ebola crisis.  “We don’t have situations where infected people or corpses are left on the streets anymore.”She said there has been no report about people being abandoned by relatives and friends because they exhibit symptoms of Ebola.At Zuma Town, people were ecstatic when the question was posed, “when was the last time a sick person was referred to the Ebola Response Team?”“That was long time ago,” said Joshua Sekle, 35.  “I mean it was before, but for the past three weeks or more now, nobody here has been referred to the Ebola people.” Though he was excited about the development, he admits that it does not mean the fight against the Ebola virus is over.In Bassa Town, opposite the Island Clinic, residents told the Daily Observer that no one in the area had been referred to the Ebola Response Unit for several weeks now.It was the same story in Central St. Paul Bridge. The situation, the Daily Observer was told, has built hope in the people that the fight against Ebola has made progress.At the Duala Market and locations in Nyuankpanton and New Kru Town, residents interviewed were appreciative of the gains so far, and were unhappy with a WHO report of a possible increase of infected persons in the coming weeks.“If no one is getting sick,” said a mother of three, Catherine Wolobah, “how can people get sick or how would the number increase?” She wondered, cautioning that “since we are still fighting Ebola, it means we must continue to take measures to destroy it from our country.”Throughout our investigation, Liberians refused to accept the claim that Ebola Treatment Units are empty because the infected are being hidden in the various communities due to fear of Ebola stigma.A teacher, 26, who identified himself as Sam said, “It’s unfair for the WHO to insist that many of the sick are being held at home due to stigma.  “Everyone is aware that Ebola is real and we take measures to fight it,” said Sam.In Logan Town, many residents refused to accept the stigma claim.“We’re aware that the best place for an Ebola infected person is in an ETU and not at home,” Joseph Duweh, 35, said. “No one is afraid to go to an ETU now.”Though the experts claim that the ETUS are empty because the infected are afraid and remain in the communities, the Daily Observer did not come across any residents who supported that allegation.It suggests progress as a result of the measures adopted by the Liberian government and its partners to fight the disease, said a Ministry of Health official who asked not to be named. “The decline in Ebola patients at the various ETUs is a positive sign that our efforts are bringing relief to the population,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_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

Brentford youngsters beat QPR

first_imgBrentford’s B team beat QPR’s development side 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon.All the goals came in the first half at the Bees’ Osterley training ground, where Manny Onariase, Herson Alves and Justin Shaibu found the net.Onariase blasted in the opener on 12 minutes after being found at the far post by Zain Westbrooke’s cross.Lukas Talbro crossed for Alves to score the second shortly before Chris Mepham set up Shaibu for the third.It meant another heavy defeat for Rangers, who were beaten 6-2, 4-1 and 6-1 in their previous three Under-23 matches. See also:QPR youngsters beat Crystal PalaceDon’t despair – QPR’s youth system is beginning to work againQPR youngsters lose to Sheffield UnitedThree consecutive heavy defeats for QPR youngstersCall-ups for QPR’s Wszolek and WashingtonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The top five reasons to outsource your payroll

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftPayroll… it is a task that sneaks up on you, and as soon as you take care of it, it seems like it is time to do it all over again. No matter what the industry or how large the operation, many business owners find it advantageous to rely on an outsourced accountant to cut their payroll. From accounting firms to payroll companies, many options are available to you so you can spend more time working in your business, instead of crunching numbers and cutting checks. This month, we look at the top five reasons to give an outsourced payroll solution a shot: 1. Reliability and security of your financesThe last thing you want, as a business owner, is to be penalized by the IRS. Alleviate those penalty pains and worries by picking up a reliable, fully-trained accountant to handle your small business finances. An outside professional is contractually obligated to be completely liable for the entire undertaking, that way, in the off-chance that something goes awry, the outsourced team will pick up the foul, not you. 2. Cost EfficiencyOutsourced payroll services are perfect for small businesses who don’t have the budget to handle the task in-house. Simply put, why hire a full-time accountant to handle your finances and contribute to rising overhead costs when you could have a team of professionals take care of it for a lower cost? Take a look at how much money goes into the function of your accounting department. If you’re running a smaller operation, the hiring of an dedicated accounting professional may be the most optimal path to take. 3. Professional insightKeeping yourself in charge of payroll duties is a great way of staying in touch with the financial forecast and current standings of the company. However, with a transparent accounting team, you can keep that inside look with the immense added value of years of accounting experience and knowledge on your side. You’re dedicated to your craft. Accountants are dedicated to organizing finances. They’re able to spot problems before they arise and compile the best solutions. They are well-versed on all IRS requirements, withholding rates and regulation changes so you don’t have to be. 4. Financial information protectionWhen it comes to your internal finances, some things are best kept a secret from the competition. Hiring an outsourced accountant eliminates the risk of a disgruntled ex-employees walking out on the company with important information at hand. This circumstance is an unfortunate one, but can be protected against ahead of time. 5. Free up time and energyWhen it comes down to it, the old adage reigns true: time is money. Don’t waste your most precious resources. If you’re working at max capacity, running on all cylinders, your team may be best served with you controlling the direction of the operation. Do your company justice by leading — not sticking behind a desk, stressing over numbers and figures. Leave those tasks to a trained accountant and relieve yourself of the burden.As always, I am here to help. Should you have any questions about securing an outsourced payroll solution, please feel free to contact me. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through read more

Train in Spain

first_imgView comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The date of the trip though is still being finalized as the PBA—where the Gilas players will come from—is still in the midst of doing a revision of its Commissioner’s Cup schedule.“Based on the schedule we (SBP) submitted to the PBA, that’s what is calendared (in Spain)—practice games and a mini-tournament,” said SBP president Al Panlilio after attending the regular board meeting of the league presided by chair Ricky Vargas.The PBA schedule has also prevented Gilas from playing in the Jones Cup in Taipei in July where a number of national teams are playing also to get ready for the World Cup.Andray Blatche will headline the Philippine Five as they play in the Worlds for the second straight time after participating in 2014 in Spain where Gilas won a group match—an 81-79 overtime win over Senegal.PBA todayMeanwhile, Blackwater will be facing a formidable foe yet again, and—again—rookie coach Aris Dimaunahan can only promise one thing.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Yeng Guiao coaches Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.basketballIn order to simulate its classification round assignments in the World Cup in China, Gilas Pilipinas has ditched plans to train in Russia and instead, will be flying to Spain to get the tune-up matches it needs.Gilas coaching staff led by Yeng Guiao had initially planned to stage training camp in Russia, but with the federation there able to offer the Philippines only one tune-up game, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has taken a look at Spain and a mini-tournament that will have the Spaniards, Ivory Coast and Congo playing.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Abalos two shots behind in Euro championship Andrei Kirilenko, the former Jazz in the NBA, is the Russian federation head, could only assure Gilas one tune-up game.The Filipinos are bracketed with Serbia, Italy and Senegal in Foshan for the Aug. 31-Sept. 15 Worlds, and playing in Spain would more or less give them the same feel that they will have when the real tournament begins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpain is a global power in the sport, and could field a team that is stacked with NBA talents like brothers Pau and Marc Gasol and point guard Ricky Rubio.Basically, that’s what the Serbians are with the team to be led by the talented Nikola Jokic. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We will just fight very hard, that I can assure you,” Dimaunahan said over the phone on the eve of the Elite’s clash with Phoenix Fuel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“That’s the only thing we’ve been doing the entire time—fighting hard,” Dimaunahan said as they gun for a 4-0 card after the 4:30 p.m. contest which would equal the franchise-best mark to open a conference.“The players just love the challenge, and they are enjoying what they do.”Hulking import Lance Stepheson and rookie Ray Parks have jibed with the old core of the Elite to produce wondrous results, though Dimaunahan knows that the Fuel Masters will be super tough with returning Rob Dozier leading them.Rain or Shine, another losing semifinalist in the all-Filipino, also makes its debut, clashing with Meralco at 7 p.m. where the Elasto Painters unveil former B-Meg/Purefoods import Denzel Bowles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more