Ellen Embraces Health Workers’ Efforts to Kick Ebola out Liberia

first_imgHealth workers in the country got something to smile about over the weekend when the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, announced the payment of their two months’ salary arrears and other benefits owed them by the government. The meeting, held with a cross-section of the country’s health workers at the Monrovia City Hall last  Saturday, took into consideration issues relative to the healthcare delivery system of the country as well as the sacrifices they are making in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.  The President urged the health workers to do more to kick the disease out of Liberia.She paid tribute to all those health workers who have lost their lives as the result of the virus, and promised that her government would not forget them in their search for sustainability. In March this year, the Liberian leader reminded the health workers about the danger of the Ebola virus whenever it came into any country, particularly a poverty-stricken country, such as Liberia.“It is you who fight the disease, administer the necessary drugs to all those who are victimized by the it; and we are grateful that your efforts have enabled  the government to begin kicking the virus out of Liberia.”She stressed that the virus is posing a serious threat to national security and the welfare of the nation. “Because the people did not take the necessary precautions, they never believed or trusted the government and even health workers, because all kinds of stories were told to them. As the result, the disease has spread all over the place.” To the health workers, the Liberian leader emphasized: “I don’t have to tell you because you know it better than I do, that you are on the front line and facing the worst part of it.  You also are aware that we were not prepared to fight this Ebola battle—the materials, training the people, the expertise. And, so, our ability to do what we were able to do, we did it in March, because the way it was going we now find ourselves handicapped.”Over the past few weeks, she, too, has being doing what the health care workers have been doing,  examining what when wrong; how both the government and health workers can fix it; where they fell short and what they can do. President Sirleaf said she had called meeting, to say all of the things that the health workers were already aware of, but she felt it was important for her to address them directly.“I want to assure you that we are not ignoring your plights; we know them and we need to deal with them if you will continue to serve your country in rendering health services to our people.”She continued: “We don’t have to make noise to do those things, because our concerns are the same, our responses have to be on the basis of agreement and consensus, and that is why this meeting became all the more necessary.”She pledged that more personnel, more protective equipment (PPEs), among them, ambulances will arrive in the country on Monday from China.  This will enable the GOL to increase the number of treatment centers around the country.Earlier, on behalf of the health workers, the embattled secretary general of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAWAHL), George Poe Williams, informed President Sirleaf that among the ‘minimum demands,’ were the reinstatement of the two officials, who had been summarily dismissed by Health Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale.Other issues Mr. Williams raised included of salaries and benefits, wherein he indicated that health workers were earning ‘peanuts,’ whereas their lives are at risk. “So, Madam President, we would like for you to address these issues.”      The two officials that were sacked by the Minister Gwenigale earlier this year are Joseph Tamba, president of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia, and the secretary-general, George Poe Williams. Mr. Williams denied that patients had been  abandoned by the health workers, but he emphasized the need for them to be adequately protected to combat the virus.“We are not afraid to fight Ebola. We are obliged by our oath to serve our nation and our people. But we must save ourselves first before saving the lives of others,” he declared. The meeting was characterized by interactions between the President and the health workers, who happily embraced her efforts to address them at such a mass gathering.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP Congress for last quarter of 2016 – Rohee

first_img… to focus on regaining officeThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will be holding its Congress in the last quarter of this year, according to its General Secretary, Clement Rohee, ending weeks of speculation over when the highest decision-makingPPP General Secretary Clement Roheecaucus of the main Opposition political party will meet for the first time since it lost political power in May 2015.Rohee told his Party’s weekly news conference on Monday that the Congress would focus primarily on regaining office.The Party’s Central Committee met last weekend and made the decision, which according to Rohee now paved the way for the establishment of the Congress Committee.“The Central Committee resolved unanimously to hold its 31st Congress in the last quarter of 2016 in keeping with the Party’s constitution. Now that Central Committee has agreed that we will proceed with the Congress in the last quarter of this year, the Executive now has to meet and agree on the establishment of the Congress Committee, and the Congress Committee will then begin its work in terms of the venue, the date and the theme for the Congress,” the General Secretary explained.He reflected on past Congresses where the political atmosphere and progression were the focal point, noting that now that the PPP/C was in Opposition, its perspective would be on regaining political power.“At this Congress, now that we are in the Opposition, a new perspective will obviously be formulated and we have to take into consideration that our Executive Committee has been meeting every week to assess the situation, so has our Central Committee which has been meeting quarterly to assess the political situation in the country. This is what you call a political work-in-progress. The perspective now that we are in Opposition is the regaining of political power…that is the fundamental task ahead of us,” he stated.Rohee added that the urgency of the Party to retake political power within the shortest possible time was emphasised “in order to arrest the downward trajectory in which the country is now heading”.Other areas that the Party would be focusing on are seeking electoral reforms, including lobbying for e-registration, a new voters’ list, electronic voting and e-tabulation of results.Rohee also noted that the Executive Committee was currently “discussing strengthening the Party both organisationally and ideologically in order to deliver on its mandate to ensure a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Guyana with the PPP/C back in office”.He explained that in accordance with this, the PPP/C was working on broadening the appeal and reach of the Party with respect to stakeholders and the society at large.The General Secretary also condemned attempts by external elements at “sowing the seeds of discord within the leadership of the Party”, saying “the Party reiterated its resolve to counter any such attempts to divide the Party”.The Congress will also elect a new Central Committee.The PPP’s 30th Congress was held August 2-4, 2013, at JC Chandisingh Secondary School at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice under the theme – “Strengthen the Party, Build Unity and Advance Democracy”.last_img read more

Issue of overloading minibuses has to be tackled by Police – UMU

first_imgEon Andrews, head of the United Minibus Union (UMU), has disclosed that overloading of minibuses and playing loud music therein have to be dealt with by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), and not by the Union.Noting that the UMU has no control over the overloading of minibuses and the other issues affecting minibus operators, the UMU President has said he believes it is simply a matter for which law makers should be responsible.Andrews explained that when such matters are addressed by policy makers they register greater impact on drivers, rather than when the Union just makes a statement.“When certain things are implemented in Parliament, or even to the Ministry of Public Security, enforcement would have to be the element that the Police have to be responsible for. The lewd music, overcrowding, these are things that the Police have to handle. And even though we are advocating that these things should not happen, we cannot make anything happen when we have a culture of lawlessness and greed today,” Andrews asserted.He said what the travelling public needs to take into consideration is that these drivers also have bills to pay and maintenance costs of their vehicles to handle. However, he opined, “It doesn’t mean that because they have to pay that we must make that sector alone comfortable”.Last week, a reckless driver and conductor found themselves confined within the walls of the Providence Magistrate’s Court, as they were made to answer to several charges relative to the overloading of a minibus.They were charged with overcrowded front seat, breach of insurance, untidy driver, overloaded minibus, untidy conductor and unlicensed conductor.Police went in search of the men after a video posted on social media showed a total of 45 school children being packed into the minibus, an accusation that the driver and conductor have denied.last_img read more

City of Fort St. John set to review Development Services

first_imgThey’ll also be asked to approve the terms of reference for the review.“Early approval will allow work on the review to occur over winter months prior to the 2015 construction season,” General Manager for Intergraded Services, Victor Shopland said in a written statement. “The goal of the process review is to provide clear and proactive processes and procedures to streamline the development process for the development community and make the City of Fort St. John a positive contributor to planned and strategic development decisions.”According to Shopland’s statement, development in Fort St. John has nearly doubled since 2012; whereas during that year that city had $63.7 million in construction projects, as of October 31 2012, they’ve had over $120.8 million in proposed projects.- Advertisement -“With rapid growth in the region expected to continue, the city is committed to ensuring the development community continues to receive excellent service.,” Shopland concludes.City Council is set to commence at 3:00 p.m. on November 10 2014.last_img read more


first_imgFormer All-Ireland winning manager Brian McEniff believes the pain of Sunday’s crushing 16 point defeat to Mayo will be a crucial factor in Jim McGuinness continuing his tenure as Donegal Senior football manager. The Bundoran man who led Donegal to their historic first ever All-Ireland crown in 1992 believes that McGuinness will have taken Sunday’s defeat very personally and that he will not want to walk away after such a defeat.McEniff said, “I’d like him to stay, and I think I speak for everyone in the county when I say that.”“I really believe the nature of the defeat will be a crucial factor in him hopefully deciding to stay on, I’ve a feeling he will stay on because he will not want to end his unbelievably successful tenure as manager on a downer like Sunday.”“He will take the defeat personally and it’s an awful feeling when you are the manager of a team that is successful and then it is all wiped away from you and there is no doubt about it he’ll take it hard.”McEniff believes McGuinness has the ability to reignite the squad just like he did in 2010 turning them from perennial losers to All-Ireland champions within two years. “Jim has the capacity to reignite the boys, there is 6 months from now until the national league and we’re back in Division two so that could give him a chance to blood new players and give some of the senior players a good rest early on in the season.”“He is a wonderful manager and these players are a fantastic bunch, I’ve no doubt we’ll back better and stronger next year.”McGuinness has said he won’t be rushed in to making a decision on his future with him expected to announce whether he will stay on or not at the next County board meeting.MCENIFF- HURT OF SUNDAY’S DEFEAT WILL BE CRUCIAL FACTOR IN JIM STAYING was last modified: August 7th, 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:2014Brian McEniffDefeatdonegalHurtJim McGuinnessManagerPainStay onTenurelast_img read more


first_imgSOMETIMES words are not enough – and today they probably won’t be.Click on this video….marking one year on from that terrible evening last July… You can leave comments on this story below.DDTV: INISHOWEN A YEAR ON – SOMETIMES WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH was last modified: July 11th, 2011 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:car tragedyclonmanyInishowenlast_img read more

Santa Clarita teams prove best on gridiron

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – High school football reigns supreme in Santa Clarita, an undisputable honor now that Canyon, Valencia and Hart have advanced to the Southern Section Div. II semifinals. In what figures to be a monumental weekend, Hart (10-2) plays host to archrival Mission Viejo (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Canyon (11-1) hosts Valencia (9-3) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hart is one of the region’s most dominant programs over the past decade, appearing in six championships (winning five) over the past seven years and now advancing to the semifinals eight of the past nine seasons. However, Mission Viejo is the one Div. II adversary that has proved better – but not by much. The Diablos defeated Hart 10-6 in the 2002 final, then lost 25-7 to Hart in the 2003 championship before eliminating Hart 50-20 (one of Hart’s most one-sided losses during coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year career) in the quarterfinals last season. Mission Viejo, ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today, is as intimidating as ever. The Diablos have won 67 of their past 68 games – with the one loss that 25-7 Hart victory in 2003. “Oh my goodness, my head is spinning. I can’t even tell you what an amazing effort it will take from our kids to win,” Muir said. “I’m not sandbagging. We lost to them 49-21, so Canyon is the real deal.” The championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Home Depot Center in Carson. Valencia’s Michael Herrick, California’s all-time career passing yardage leader, threw for a career-best 441 yards in a victory over Chino Hills on Friday, pushing his career total to 10,807 – 14th on the national list behind Ernest Tinnen (10,836 yards, Cummings High, Burlington, N.C., 1990-93.). The Mississippi-bound Herrick has passed for 3,575 yards this season after totaling 4,065 as a junior and 3,167 as a sophomore. He did not play varsity football as a freshman. Of the 13 players ahead of Herrick on the national list, all but one played four years compared to Herrick’s three. The 17-year-old senior is considering taking some extra correspondence courses to graduate in January to get a head start on his college career. The soccer season got off to a crazy start for the Vasquez High girls’ team, as goalkeeper Natasha Jackson scored two goals on punts in a 5-2 opening loss to Lancaster in a game played on a regulation 110-yard field. “The first goal I was just trying to clear out my defense, and it just bounced over the goalkeeper,” Jackson said. “The second goal, I punted it even harder, and it took one bounce and went in.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Meanwhile, the Canyon-Valencia semifinal is special, if for no other reason than one is guaranteed a championship berth. Canyon defeated Valencia 49-21 on Nov. 4. All three Santa Clarita teams can celebrate the fact they’ve advanced this far. There will be plenty of opportunities over the coming days to sort out all the details and expand the hype. Canyon’s star running back, J.J. DiLuigi, admits he secretly has been pulling for Hart and Valencia to keep winning – until one of them meets his own team, of course – thus raising the status of the Foothill League with each victory. “We have the toughest league around, and yes, I’ve got some friends over there at Valencia, so I like to see them succeed until they play us,” DiLuigi said. “Yes, I’ve been kind of rooting for them.” Valencia coach Larry Muir believes it’s only sensible for second-seeded Canyon to be considered the favorite – especially at home – against his unseeded Vikings, who in two playoff victories have scored 112 points but allowed 76. last_img read more


first_imgA MAN has admitted taking heroin in the toilets of a chip shop.Joe Gallagher, who is 42, from Benroe, Bruckless, was arrested by Gardai after a tip-off from staff at Mr Chippy in Letterkenny on February 19 this year.Inspector David Murphy told Letterkenny District Court that officers were called after staff reported two men behaving suspiciously in the toilets. When officers searched Gallagher they found heroin with a street value of €30, two spoons and a syringe.Defence solicitor Rory O’Brien said his client had been a drug user in the past and the incident was a relapse. He had been clean since the incident, he said, and Gallagher was “embarrassed and remorseful.”Mr O’Brien went on: “He (Gallagher) will say that he was less culpable of the two individuals. The drugs belonged to the other man; he thought he had more or less beaten the drugs – there was a relapse. He says he is not using anymore.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing until March 10 to allow for a probation report.“I am doing this because there is a difference, it is unlikely this was a once-off considering the drug that was involved,” said the judge.MAN WAS TAKING HEROIN IN TOILETS OF MR CHIPPY 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:BrucklessHeroineMR Chippy Letterkennylast_img read more

Travel Alert: Motorists urged to take care following oil spill

first_imgUpdate: This area of road has been treated but motorists are still advised to use caution. Donegal County Council has issued a warning following an oil spill this Friday afternoon. Oil has been reported on the R246 Milford to Kilmacrennan Road at the townland of Gortmacall.Motorists should proceed with caution.Travel Alert: Motorists urged to take care following oil spill was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:oil spilltravel alertlast_img read more

Letterkenny teacher’s Christmas CD to benefit homeless hostel

first_imgPopular Letterkenny schoolteacher Anne Nicholls has brought a community of musicians and artists together for a special Christmas CD in aid of the homeless.The CD, titled Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny, features local musicians and pupils of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and is set to be an ideal gift for Donegal people at home and abroad.Anne was inspired to create the album after recording her own song Letterkenny Town in October 2018. Anne said: “A colleague (Rosie Houston) suggested that I put it on a CD along with some Christmas Music. She wanted something to listen to on Christmas morning and something unique to Letterkenny.”Creating the ten-track CD has been a ‘labour of love’ for Anne and some tracks contain special personal memories.She said: “I began putting this CD together a year ago. It has been a labour of love and I am delighted to be able to tick something off my bucket list. “When my dad Pat passed away suddenly in 2007 it was a great comfort to me to be able to listen to his voice on the various tapes and CD he had featured on. Two of the tracks have been remastered from his recordings.“I am so grateful to all those who feature on the album. It was a pleasure to work with all of you.“Huge thanks to those who supplied the photos of Letterkenny for the cover of the CD. Peter Blake, Kieran Kelly and Kevin O’ Malley. Thanks also to Percy Robinson for recording all the songs in his studio in Ramelton.”All proceeds from the album will be donated to St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel in Letterkenny.Anne said: “I am delighted to be able to help homeless people this Christmas. Proceeds of the CD are going to St Colmcille’s Homeless Hostel in Letterkenny run by Ciaran & Mary Maguire.”Christmas Greetings from Letterkenny will be officially released on Friday 15th November at an event in Arena7 at 7.30pm. Bishop Alan Mc Guckian S.J. will launch the CD and it will be available to buy on the night and in local outlets from Friday. More details are available on the Letterkenny Christmas CD -Anne Nicholls & guests Facebook page.Letterkenny teacher’s Christmas CD to benefit homeless hostel was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more