All hell broke loose on Saturday night when several residents of the densely populated slum community of West Point in Monrovia, broke into a quarantined center for suspected Ebola patients in the community. The protestors looted every item they could lay their hands on at the center. Eyewitnesses accounts say, the protestors looted items such as clothes belonging to the nurses, patients’ mattresses, beddings, cooking utensils and as well as the medications and other essential health facilities. According to reports, at least 20 patients, who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease, fled the center, and health personnel are yet to locate them up to the present. Other narrations confirmed that blood-stained beddings looted from the center posed a serious infection risk to members of the community and all those who may come in contact with such looted items.The protesters were reportedly unhappy that suspected Ebola patients were being brought in from other parts of Monrovia and its immediate environs to the center for treatment. This action by Liberia health authorities reportedly prompted the rampage by the protestors, a community member told this paper late Sunday, August 17, in the township when our reporter visited the affected area.Other reports suggested that the protesters believed the Ebola virus was a hoax (trick), and had wanted to force the quarantine center to close or be relocated out of the township of West Point.The now vandalized center was set up recently to observe suspected Ebola patients and then transfer them to a main treatment facility if they should prove positive, an official from the Ministry of Health ans Social Welfare told the Daily Observer via mobile phone late Sunday.It is not known if those at the center were infected with the virus. However, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told a news conference Sunday that everyone at that center were all suspected and none had proven to positive, despite unconfirmed reports at least two had proven positive.Other residents say the Saturday night raid and looting spree by aggrieved community dwellers could spread the virus to the whole of West Point.Notably, West Point is Liberia’s most populated slum community, estimated to contain well over 50,000 inhabitants, among them, some aliens and foreign nationals that engage in business ventures. The current outbreak of the Ebola in Liberia is said to be the deadliest since the disease was discovered in 1976 in East Africa. This present epidemic began in Guinea in February this year, and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.On Friday, the death toll rose to 1,145 after the WHO said 76 new deaths had been reported in the two days to 13 August. There have been 2,127 cases reported in total.The attack at the health facility in West Point is seen as a major setback in the government efforts to curb the outbreak. A few days ago, Representative Solomon George of Montserrado County electoral district #7, threatened to transport four corpses of people believed to be infected with the disease in the area to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the Office of the President is located. Political actors are therefore attributing Saturday’s looting of the center to something that might have been sanctioned by the lawmaker. Meanwhile, other residents of the Township have in the strongest terms condemned the action which resulted in the facility being vandalized. In a statement issued Sunday, a copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the residents termed the protestors’ action as an act of ‘misguided individuals.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sen. Weah: “It is about time that all potential voters see me as the only hope to transform the country for the better.”By David S. MenjorSenator George Weah, the political leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change, yesterday told his supporters that his main challengers, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai (Unity Party), Charles W. Brumskine (Liberty Party), and other presidential contenders are “immaterial to Liberia’s future.”Weah made the statement when he visited Montserrado Electoral District #2, where he informed his supporters that “it is about time that all potential voters see me as the only hope to transform the country for the better.”“My fellow citizens,” he said “let me inform you that from all observations and real life experiences, VP Boakai has nothing to offer this country. He has served our public offices for over 40 years, but today, there is nothing else worth remembering of him except that he aided in taking our country backward.”He added that “Boakai is part of the most corrupt leadership, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, that has ever ruled Liberia and owing to the point that he (Boakai) did not influence the leadership to stop stealing the country’s wealth for their personal benefits, he lacks the face to ascend to the Presidency.”Weah’s negative description of Vice President Boakai is nothing new to his voters. But reacting to his statements, the VP’s Office called them “empty and lazy arguments” to convince anyone who has followed the VP’s track record.Though Weah claimed that “there is nothing else worth remembering of him (VP Boakai) except that he aided in taking our country backward (and) has nothing to offer the country” some of Senator Weah’s supporters have accused him of allegedly “soliciting bribes from aspirants before going for the party’s primaries.”Weah meanwhile said, “It is our time to lead our people and manage in the best interest of our nation all state-owned resources rather than allowing for another difficult period from a hard to accept group of crooks and unpatriotic citizens.” However, Weah did not give evidence of any crooked deals committed by Vice President Boakai.On Brumskine and others in the opposition block, Weah said: “they are all members of a corrupt system that have no tangible reasons for which voters should give them the country by voting for them in the October polls.”“I repeat myself that it is time for the young forces in collaboration with serious-minded and dedicated folks to lead this country. We have the experience and the ability to prove them wrong of the thoughts they hold against us,” Weah assured.Before Weah’s statement yesterday, Brumskine’s office said working in past governments was not a crime, but an added advantage to govern the country in the future.To the winner in the CDC held primary for the district, Weah said it is about time for all partisans to join hands and that anyone supporting the political quest of the CDC must do so in the interest of taking state power at the October polls.“At the CDC primaries I believe there were no losers and to confirm this, I appeal to all to hold the hands of whoever were winners to work together in the interest of our great party and the people we want to represent in government,” he said.Weah expressed gratitude to those who lost in the primaries but did not quit the party as some had opted to do.“You have made the right decision to remain a CDCian because I too lost to Cllr. Winston Tubman in 2011 when I contested at the primary for the post of the standard bearer. I accepted the result and worked with him as his deputy,” he said.He cautioned CDCians to stop breeding conflict but to foster the party’s agenda to take state power. “Those who have ears let them hear; we are fully prepared and that all I want from you is to cooperate with us as we work hard to redeem our country from the hands of political devils,” Weah declared.He thanked the Muslim community for their prayers for national peace and admonished them not to place themselves in a separate political class.“We are one big family, and therefore, I call on you to join us in this great fight. CDC is not weak because it has the will-power to change the living conditions of our people,” he said.One of the representative aspirants, Jimmy Smith, said his mission is to reconcile the people of the district and improve their living standards through the enactment of good laws.“As we move to October 10, let me be once again be clear that we are not at war with each other in this district. My mission, upon winning the seat of representative is to make all of us feel the impact of true public service by doing what is right always,” Smith said.He thanked all partisans and the communities of his district for understanding the meaning of democracy. “If anyone from the Muslim community and I argue, it is intended for us to discover what is good for all of us and work for the benefit our district rather than an individual,” Smith said.Imam Sesay of the Black Gina Community said the Muslim community is prepared to trash the notion that they are not in the interest of peace.“We will work with all, including winners and losers, in our election for the sake of our peace. We are one family and are prepared at all times to preach peace and unity,” he said.The ceremony ended with a football match between Weah All Stars (WAS) and Muslim FC, which the Muslim FC won 3-1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
First Lady Sandra Granger on Monday commended 34 women for successfully completing the Care for the Elderly workshop.The six weeks’ workshop, organised by the Office of the First Lady in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry, had three phases: a theory-based aspect, a practical aspect, and a week of First Aid training.The programme was aimed at developing a corps of caregivers who understand their roles, responsibilities and relationships with their clients, and how to cater to the different needs of their elderly charges.Delivering the opening remarks at the graduation ceremony, held at the Baridi Benab at State House, the First Lady expressed gratitude to the organisations and individuals who played a pivotal role in ensuring the workshop was executed efficaciously.She expressed her ultimate goal for these workshops: “It is my dream that we will have day care centres for our seniors and our children in a Regional Democratic Council framework, where people can go to a community development office and our seniors and children can be left there and have all of these activities while the community life takes place among them,” she said.Information Technology Manager of Hand-In-Hand Trust, Hazel Hannibal, whoFirst Lady Sandra Granger shares a photo moment with the graduands and facilitators of the programmedelivered the feature address, urged the graduands to be ardent about their delivery of service, and strive to build bonds with their future clients, as it would add value to both their lives and those of their clients.“I want you to enjoy yourself, enjoy what you will be doing, so that joy will be passed on to your charges…Wherever you may go, around our country or around the world, serve with diligence; serve with excellence; and serve with passion,” she opined.The workshop’s head facilitator, Hazel Halley-Burnett, who manned the practical and theoretical aspects of the training along with her colleague Ismay Griffith, said that during the course of the programme, participants learnt the essentials of providing care for the elderly.She said focus was also placed on areas such as identifying the symptoms of a stroke; dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, stress management, diabetes care and management; feeding of seniors, responsibilities of the caregiver, and skills in communicating with the elderly.Dorothy Fraser, General Secretary of the Guyana Red Cross Society, which facilitated the First Aid aspect of the programme, in giving an overview of that facet of the training, said participants received a crash course in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The role of a first-aider, disease transmission and prevention, breathing emergencies, as well as dealing with conscious and unconscious persons were areas also examined.The certificates received by the graduands are all certified by the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), which is accredited locally and regionally. Additionally, the batch also qualified for certification from the Guyana Red Cross Society, which identifies each participant as verified First Aid responders.
A Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) contractor was on Wednesday released on $100,000 bail after he denied two fraud charges when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Trevor Glasgow, 47, of Lot 9 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), denied that between September 4 and 12, 2018 at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, with intent to defraud he forged a GWI gate pass to obtain several buckets owned by the company.Glasgow’s attorney, in a bail application, informed the court that there was no evidence to prove that his client’s handwriting was on the forged gate pass.Magistrate Azore released Glasgow on $100,000 bail, and the case was scheduled to continue on October 31, 2018.Meanwhile, 27-year-old Cliff Ryan Jacobs of Lot 264 Low Creek, Linden-Soesdyke Highway also made an appearance before Magistrate Azore and was also released on bail after he denied a fraud charge.Jacobs denied the charge which stated that on September 17, 2018 at the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Georgetown, he made a false statement by pretending to be Joseph Troy Gomes.According to the Prosecutor’s case, on September 17 about 09:20h, Jacobs visited the Central Immigration and Passport Office with a completed passport form and a birth certificate in his possession purporting to be Joseph Troy Gomes.Upon checking the documents, the immigration officer observed that the information was incorrect, and the charge was later instituted.Jacobs’s Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat in his application for bail told the court that his client was willing to accept bail in a reasonable amount. The Police Prosecutor made no objections to bail, and, as a result, Magistrate Azore released Jacobs on $25,000 bail. The case will continue on October 2, 2018.
Is Arsenal’s number 18 shirt cursed? 1 Shirt numbers can be a sacred thing in football. Some players ensure they keep the same number throughout their careers, while it is not uncommon to see clubs go as far as to retire certain numbers in honour of decorated servants.At Arsenal though, there is one particular number that has taken on a whole different significance, but for the wrong reasons.For the best part of two decades, the number 18 has been something of a cursed shirt, with those who don it gradually – and in some cases instantly – losing their abilities to perform at the highest level as though it was kryptonite.It was one of the few available to Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal following his transfer, but fortunately the Chilean was handed the number 17, previously occupied by Nacho Monreal.However, with Monreal unknowingly taking up the 18 shirt, does it mean the Spaniard’s career at the Emirates will crumble?Here are just some of the unlucky one to wear the jinxed number.Pascal Cygan – 2002-2006When Pascal Cygan arrived at Arsenal in 2002, he did so as a reputable defender. Having played his part in Lille’s qualification for the Champions League, Arsenal’s capture of the French side’s captain was regarded as something of a minor coup, especially for a mere £2m. Despite initially impressing and ending his debut season with an FA Cup winners’ medal, Cygan’s form soon tailed away and his propensity for concentration lapses soon reared its ugly – or rather, bald – head. By the time he left the club in 2006, he did so with five trophies, including a Premier League crown, but that only told half of the story. In truth, Cygan had become a defensive liability and the Frenchman had slipped to fifth choice in the pecking order. After moving to Villarreal his form and performances saw an uplift, with the Spanish side even finishing second in the league, behind only Real Madrid in 2007/08.Mikael Silvestre – 2008-2010Mikael Silvestre’s switch from Manchester United to Arsenal in 2008 seemed a potentially shrewd acquisition by Arsene Wenger at the time. The Frenchman had just turned 31 and, although he had slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford, the 11 trophies he won with the Red Devils meant he brought a wealth of experience to Arsenal. Having been handed the number 18 shirt, Silvestre proceeded to record a catalogue of errors during his two years at the Emirates and the Frenchman soon became persona non grata with his poor performances severely outweighing the odd decent display. After being released by the Gunners in 2010, Silvestre’s career continued on a downward spiral and following a disastrous spell at Werder Bremen he was released, before heading for MLS.Sebastien Squillaci – 2010-2013The £4m signing of Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla in 2010 again looked like a potentially decent piece of business by Arsene Wenger. At the time, Squillaci was an established member of the French national team and had just helped Sevilla finish in a Champions League spot in Spain. Although he started life in England well enough, errors soon became a frequent part of Squillaci’s game. Head clashes with team-mates, miscommunication with goalkeepers and a string of small injuries blighted his time at the Emirates and he was eventually released.Gilles Grimandi – 1997-2002Arsenal fans may look back on Gilles Grimandi’s time at the club with fond recollection, but in truth, the Frenchman wasn’t very good. During his time in north London, Grimandi picked up seven honours, including two Premier League and FA Cup doubles, but he never really amounted to more than a squad player, firmly in the shadow of the club’s fantastic defensive unit, comprising Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, and later Sol Campbell. When Grimandi eventually left Arsenal in 2002, he did so as a cult hero, but despite still being reasonably young at 31 years old, the Frenchman couldn’t find a new club in Europe and instead moved to MLS side Colorado Rapids. Sadly for Grimandi, the American club cancelled his contract almost immediately and he retired from football.Arsenal fans, do you think the Gunners will make any signings before the close of the transfer window? Let us know below.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet-cor at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on June 1. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his backroom staff jetted out of the country on Friday morning for Mumbai, India ahead of the four-nations Hero Inter-Continental Cup which starts on Saturday.Migne and his fellow French coaches had failed to travel with the players on Wednesday and Thursday as they were yet to land visas but the same, according to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has been sorted out. The tactician travelled alongside his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet-cor, Goalkeeper trainer Guilaune Coffey and Osteopath Ludovic Breul. Also travelling with them were two new additions to the team, Thika United’s Dennis Odhiambo and Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet-cor alongside Goalkeeper trainer Guilaune Coffey and Osteopath Ludovic Breul at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on June 1. PHOTO/FKFThere had been murmur earlier on that the coach had failed to travel as protest for failing to have Gor Mahia and some of AFC Leopards players for the tournament.However, in a correspondence to Capital Sport, the French coach said the sole reason he had failed to travel was because he and his assistants had failed to get visas in time. The first batch of 15 players which left on Wednesday travelled with assistant coach Francis Kimanzi.Kenya will take on New Zealand on Saturday in their opening match before facing hosts India on Monday and conclude their round robin matches against Chinese Taipei on Friday.The top two teams will face off in the final, slated for June 10, 2018, at the Mumbai Football Arena in India.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Queen Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey admits his side need to hit a “miraculous run of form” in their remaining eight games to avoid a second Premier League relegation in three years.The Super Hoops remain in the bottom-three following a 2-1 defeat to Everton at Loftus Road on Sunday, where on-loan winger Aaron Lennon netted a 77th minute winner after Eduardo Vargas’ goal cancelled out Seamus Coleman’s opener.It was QPR’s fifth loss in a row since Ramsey was appointed successor to Harry Redknapp, and one which leaves the London strugglers four points adrift of safety on 22 points ahead of crunch visits to fellow basement battlers West Brom and Aston Villa.After those two games, Rangers face a nightmare run of clashes with Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Manchester City, before finishing the season at home to Newcastle and away to Leicester.“I don’t think we need a miracle but we do need a miraculous run of form to get us out of this,” Ramsey said.“But I think we’re capable of doing that. How many points do we need? I think four wins out of eight will probably keep us up this season. I think it’ll be a low total.”Ramsey added: “We need six points against West Brom and Villa.“There’s no point in saying, ‘we’re going to go there and try to get a point’, we need to win games and pretty quickly.”
Lotto ResultsThere were two €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 30. They were Barry Hanniingan, Clar and Ciaran and Celine Espey, Ball Hill. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 15 & 19 with next weeks jackpot now standing at €1,500. Culture and HeritageIrish language class: Interested in speaking irish? A group meets once a week for a couple of hours and simply speaks Irish, it is not a class and your Irish does not have to be of a high standard to join. Anyone interested or wishing to know more about it may contact Ann Mc Gonagle Meehan on 0876215513. Also, Coláiste na Rosann are offering summer courses from 9/06/2013 and 7/07/2013 for the duration of three weeks the cost is €899 per child but if booked early through the Four Masters club you may avail of a €100 discount. For further information please contact Ann on the above number. Course The Club is hosting an Award 1 Coaching Course (Youth and Adults) over two weekends in early March. Probable times are 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm on Friday evenings and 9.30 am – 4.30 pm on Saturdays. Participants must have already achieved Foundation level. Expression of interests and queries please contact Paddy Muldoon 087-9213299 or Pauric Harvey 086-0523905 as soon as possible. TrainingThe Under 14 Boys football have started back training on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.00 -7.30 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Players are reminded to wear gumshields and bring €2.00 for training. New RulesReminder to parents and players that following the G.A.A. Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that makes it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic Football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including Minor) and at Under 21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014. Before turning-up for training please ensure that you get fitted with a gum shield. GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 4th, 2013 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:Four Masters club notes
Senator Jimmy Harte has welcomed news that school-book rental schemes will be extended to every primary school in Donegal, following an announcement in Budget 2014.Senator Jimmy Harte“At present, the average costs to parents in Donegal for primary school books is between €60 and €80. This figure could drop to as little as only €20 as a result of the decision in the Budget to extend school-book rental schemes to every primary school in Ireland.“Back to school costs have been increasingly punitive for local families in recent years, with the problem of book and uniform costs being particularly acute. “I am pleased the Labour Party has taken decisive action in Budget 2014 to reduce the cost of school books by rolling out this scheme on a national basis, while we are also working on new proposals to give parents a say in the costs of school uniforms.Each year, €15 million is provided to Irish schools to invest in school books.“We believe that schools should use this funding to establish book rental schemes, and reduce the costs to parents. However, the latest figures show that 24% of primary schools in Ireland do not currently operate book rental schemes, despite the fact that such schemes can make a big difference to household budgets.“That is why the Labour Party has moved in this Budget not only to protect current funding levels for existing school book schemes, but to provide a further €5 million for each of the next three years so that book rental schemes can be delivered in all primary schools. I look forward to the effects of this very positive initiative being passed onto families in the locality when the new school term begins next September.” Meanwhile, Labour Minister Ruairi Quinn also confirmed in the Budget his intention to recruit an extra 1,400 teachers, and to protect class sizes for the third year running.“This comes despite immense pressure to make savings in his Department. This is in contrast to Fianna Fail who increased the pupil teacher ratio in 2009.“The Labour Party, by comparison, has protected class sizes, and recognises the huge sacrifices made by families since the financial crisis took hold. Our ministers fought hard in this Budget to ensure that families receive tangible supports so they could feel the difference in their everyday lives and personal circumstances.“The introduction of free GP care for children aged five and under, further underlines our commitment to help hard-pressed families, especially those who pay for everything but qualify for nothing.” SCHOOL BOOK SCHEME EXTENDED TO ALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS – HARTE was last modified: October 21st, 2013 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:BOOK RENTAL SCHEMEdonegaljimmy harte
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has said he is ‘very concerned’ regarding the head injury Carl McHugh sustained in August. McHugh suffered a nasty head injury in an SFL game against Kilmarnock on August 6th – and hasn’t played since.The former Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle player suffered delayed concussion and required stitches for the horror injury. McGhee confirmed that McHugh has not made much progress, and it is not getting any better, an worryingly admitted he has no idea when he will return.The Motherwell manager told BBC Sport, “It is really grim,” said McGhee. “He is having a really difficult time and we are very concerned about that.“It has not made much progress. It is just not getting better. We are doing everything we can.”“There is no time given to this injury,” McGhee added. “They don’t say it ‘will take six weeks or eight weeks’, they actually say ‘it could take six weeks, eight weeks, it could take six months’. That is the nature of it and we just hope it doesn’t take six months obviously.“It is a complicated and nasty condition that he has ended up with.“He is seeing a guy in Dublin actually this week to put his mind at rest.”Motherwell manager says Carl McHugh injury is a ‘real concern’ was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)