Montserrado County’s District # 13 Representative, Saah Joseph, is appealing to the Ministry of Heath and Social Welfare and the Ebola Task Force to erect an ‘Ebola Testing Center’ in the Township of New Georgia amidst the increasing rate of Ebola deaths in his district.Rep. Joseph said besides the about 27 calls he had received about Ebola cases (deaths), a recent case had been discovered in the New Georgia Estate’s Sign Board Community, where two persons had died and four suspected of having the virus.The Montserrado County Representative made the statement yesterday during a program where the New Georgia’s Sign Board Block ‘A’ Community Youths expressed their interest to join in the sensitization against the deadly Ebola virus.The CDC Representative has two ambulances and has been graded as the premier politician who has indisputably committed to save lives amidst the outbreak of Ebola.Besides Rep. Joseph being the owner of the ambulances, he sometime drives the ambulance and many times appealed to and negotiated with hospital authorities to accept patients.The repair of the Somalia Drive road and the provision of food and cash to the quarantined West Pointers are his latest initiatives.During Wednesday’s program, the Youth Chairman, Kamboe T. Sneh, hailed Rep. Joseph for his heroic fight against Ebola and stated this his two ambulances have been immensely helpful in saving lives.He presented a budget in the tone of US$2,280 for Ebola awareness and clean-up campaigns.“Like me use this time again to reiterate my unflinching support to the fight against Ebola and let it be known that our fight should not be telling Liberians Ebola is real again,” Rep. Joseph said. “Because the many deaths is sufficient evidence that Ebola is real. Let us preach the message of prevention and how we can kick this virus from the country.”He added: “I want to say since you are the only group to come out and say you want to help, I promise to also support the New Georgia Block ‘A’ Community Youths.”But Rep. Joseph’s plea for the erection of the Ebola Testing Center came as his surprise because his first request was an erection of an Ebola Unit and then a health center to treat uncommon illnesses.Meanwhile, it may be recalled that on Sunday, some angry residents of ‘Block D’ in New Georgia Estate, specifically behind the Market emphatically rejected an appeal from their Representative to erect a health center in their area for the treatment of ‘common sicknesses.’ They feared that it might later be transformed into an Ebola Unit.The fuming residents snubbed Representative Saah Joseph during a mass meeting on the containment and prevention of the deadly Ebola virus in their community and the tackling of non-Ebola sicknesses, which are causing deaths due to the refusal of patients in Hospitals for fear of the Ebola virus.Statistics show that about 18 persons have been confirmed dead between the New Georgia Junction to New Georgia Estate, but the recent disclosure from Rep. Joseph summed it to 20 persons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberian National Police (LNP) has arrested a the man believed to be the culprit in the alleged arson attack last month that killed five of his step children in Loguatuo, a town in Nimba County bordering the Ivory Coast. He fled across the border into the Ivory Coast following the incident.A Police source told this newspaper that the man was picked up on 25th October in the Ivory Coast by the authorities there and who turned him over to the LNP in Loguatuo.Upon his arrest, the LNP immediately rushed the accused to Monrovia for fear of reprisal from the family of the victims. The accused, believed to be in his late 30s, on September 26 set his house containing four children ablaze, killing one of the children instantly, while three others, including a pregnant woman, subsequently died at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.What actually led to the accused torching his house is yet to be established, but unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say that the wife, Rebecca Duan, had been refusing the man in bed, leading the man to think she was involved in an extra marital affair.But, police earlier quoted the lady as saying that since she and the man got together as husband and wife, the man had always complained about his step children disrespecting him.The lady had four children from a previous marriage, while her new husband had a daughter also from a previous marriage.The alleged arsonist, Arthur Duan, married Rebecca Duan when married in April this year.On Saturday 25th September, the man bought gasoline while his wife was out sleeping with friends, sprinkled the gasoline on the pregnant woman and children while they were asleep. He then locked the door on them and at about 1 a.m. on 26th September, he set the house ablaze, and then fled to an unknown destination.The screams of the children and the blazing fire woke residents who immediately began rescue efforts. But because the door was locked, the rescuers had to find their way through the window to rescue the children. However, one of children, a12-year old boy, Timothy Newah, was already dead.The neighbors were able to rescue Benda Luo and Mercy Luo along with their youngest sister, whom they rushed to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital where they all later died.It has been nearly two weeks since the alleged arsonist, Arthur Duan, was transferred to Monrovia upon his arrest and nothing has been heard as to when he will be taken back to Nimba for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For over two weeks now this newspaper has been calling on the Liberian government (GOL) to undertake the proper handling of the Ebola dead. We have repeatedly pleaded with GOL that it should empower the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH) to take charge of bodies and bury them properly. We have insisted that the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) is NOT the proper agency to undertake this medical and scientific task about which they know nothing. Morris Dukuly, MIA Minister, is a journalist-turned politician, NOT a medical person and so he knows nothing about burying people who have died from a highly infectious and contagious disease such as Ebola. Everywhere in the world the burial of such bodies is placed in the care of the Health and Medical Authorities—why? because there is a whole branch of medicine that deals specifically with dead bodies; it is called “forensic pathology.” Liberian Medical experts have confirmed to the Daily Observer that this branch of medicine—forensic pathology— determines the cause of death and how a dead body should be disposed of. Unfortunately, despite our repeated pleas that GOL hand over this highly scientific task to the proper authority, the Ministry of Health, the GOL has been in total denial and has refused to listen. To prove that Internal Affairs knows nothing about this matter, we last week quoted an MIA official who said, “The burial of Ebola bodies is irrelevant.”Now here we are weeks later faced with this highly dangerous and alarming situation in Johnsonville: many bodies dumped on the bank of a river from which people get their drinking, bathing and cooking water. And when last weekend the people saw their dogs eating the bodies, the people began fleeing the area, not knowing what next to expect, quite possibly a renewed Ebola outbreak! For dogs always mix with people and even bark and sniff at them. That is a sure way of spreading this deadly virus.The failure to dispose properly the Ebola bodies, even the MOH will agree, is a sure way of spreading the virus. For it is the MOH itself that has warned people to stay away from an Ebola body, because by mere touching it one could immediately contract the disease.We again call on the GOL immediately to take control of this dangerous situation in Johnsonville, by reclaiming all of the bodies improperly buried there and transporting them to a secure place for burial or cremation. That’s our number one suggestion. Number two, GOL should immediately send in a team from the MOH to spray the entire township of Johnsonville, beginning especially with the surrounding areas where the bodies were dumped. All the surrounding wetlands, all the rivers and creeks in Johnsonville should be sprayed, and the dry ground, too.Number three, the MOH, with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency, should engage the Johnsonville people in finding all the dogs in town, kill and burn them, depending on what these two Agencies deem best, in an urgent and determined bid to stop them from spreading Ebola even further. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mercer University in the United States of America has named two students from Ricks Institute in Liberia as Sam Oni Scholars. The students are both 2014 graduates of Ricks and receive full scholarships, including tuition, room and board costs, to attend Mercer.This year’s Sam Oni Scholars are Emmanuella Barway and Abel Zeegar. Barway has spent the past year studying at Stella Maris Polytechnic in Monrovia, while Zeegar spent the past year studying Chemistry at Cuttington University in Suacoco, Bong County.Each academic year since 2009, Mercer has granted at least two full scholarships to Ricks Institute graduates.The scholarship program is named in honor of Sam Oni, a native of Ghana, who in 1963 was the first black student, admitted to Mercer, Ricks Institute Chief Principal and Administrator, Dr. Olu Q. Menjay has said. He said after earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the university, Oni went on to earn a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkley. “He later returned to Africa to begin Project Ploughshare, a non-government organization focused on rural development in Nigeria,” Menjay recalled.He said Sam Oni Scholars are required to return to Liberia upon graduation from Mercer for two years of service to their home country.The scholarships were presented on August 10 by Dr. Richard F. Wilson, Columbus Roberts Professor of Theology, and chair of the Columbus Roberts Department of Christianity in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts and president of the Liberia BaptistTheological Seminary in Paynesville City.Also participating in the awards ceremony was the Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, a 1995 Mercer graduate, an instructor in the Roberts Department of Christianity, president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and the principal at Ricks Institute for the past 10 years.Ricks Institute, located in the town of Virginia, has been educating K-12 boys and girls in Liberia for more than 124 years.Meanwhile, Dr. Menjay has extended his deepest gratitude to President Bill Underwood for his constant support in changing Liberia through the provision of scholarships to Liberia students especially those at the Ricks Institute. Mercer University, Menjay said has invested more than US$3 million in educating Liberia children. Four students that benefited from this program are back at Ricks serving.Ricks Institute, a grade school from Kindergarten thru 12th Grade, is a learning and faith-based community of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc.Ricks Institute seeks to achieve a distinction throughout Liberia and beyond in offering a balanced and integrated education of the head, heart and the hands by providing its students with a firm foundation for life and the inspiration to serve others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tonights Canada Day fireworks display has been cancelled.The fireworks are now scheduled for Saturday night at 10:30pm. The fireworks have been cancelled because of the high winds in Fort St. John.On Saturday the fireworks will be set off from behind North Peace Secondary School.- Advertisement -At this time, the live music is still scheduled to go ahead tonight in Centennial Park. The music starts at 8pm and will go to 11:30pm
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5 5 2. Getting a blend of youth and experience – Fans were rarely delighted by things Louis van Gaal did but, at a club that’s world famous for the Busby Babes and Class of 92, the number of youngsters he brought into the first team was one of them. The challenge for Mourinho now is to manage their progression alongside the more experienced players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 5 5 5. Juggling Europa League commitments – Mourinho has never been a fan of the Europa League and it is unlikely he will become one this season. His main focus is the Premier League, which would mean the Europa League would be an opportunity field more youngsters and fringe players, while his first choice players benefit from the additional rest. Jose Mourinho is embarking on his first season as Manchester United manager and has already fulfilled one of his tasks in bringing in big name signings.However, if Mourinho is to turn the Red Devils back into the European powerhouses that they were under Sir Alex Ferguson then he will need to tackle bigger challenges during the season.FIVE REASONS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED FANS TO BE EXCITED FOR THE NEW SEASONBut what are the key challenges he will face in his maiden season at Old Trafford?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT looks at the five most important things Mourinho must tackle if his first Manchester United season is to be a memorable one. 3. The Wayne Rooney conundrum – Mourinho stated in his maiden United press conference that Rooney would not be a central midfielder, nor would he be a striker. That only leaves the number 10 position available for the captain, although the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan suggests that could be in doubt too. Mourinho must find a place for Rooney, who is a key figure in the dressing room, without causing too much disruption. 4. Get off to a fast start – It sounds obvious, but Mourinhos reputation is at an all-time low after how he ended his second Chelsea reign and if United started slowly then the pressure would build very quickly. Neither Mourinho nor United had a good time last season so it is imperative they both banish those memories immediately while also not allowing Pep Guardiola and Manchester City (or any other contender) to get too far ahead. 1. Mourinho has to bring back the entertainment factor for the Old Trafford crowd – click the arrow, right, to see what other challenges await Jose Mourinho and Manchester United – Under Louis van Gaal the days of the free-flowing attacking football were long gone and it is up to Mourinho to get the fans back onside. The best way to do that is with goals and contrary to belief that Mourinho is a defensive minded coach, his Real Madrid side scored 121 goals in the 2011/12 season and finished with an outstanding goal difference of +89. 5
DONEGAL DAILY DEAL OF THE DAY!Tommy Tiernan Live & The Mount Errigal HotelON: Saturday 21st December 2013 A Christmas Party Package to Remember!Package includes, 4 course dinner, ticket to Tommy Tiernan’s live show followed by music by Off The Kuff & Disco and B&B, €99pps.Ticket to Tommy Tiernan & B&B €69pps“Brilliant & life-affirming – Tommy Tiernan actually makes you proud to be Irish.” -The Irish Independent “He has the vocabulary of a poet, the soul of a maverick & the passion of an evangelist.” – ChortleTommy Tiernan’s father Kevin taught science and religion in the tech in Carndonagh in the late 60’s. How a man was able to straddle those two ideologies in 1960’s Ireland remains a mystery. Following in his father’s footsteps, trying to contain as many conflicting opinions as he can within himself, TT takes to the hills and valleys of the county he was born in. Expect a show full of stories gathered from his touring of both rural Ireland and the rest of the worldTommy’s mastery of stand-up allows him to take risks other comedians dare not. Through hilarious storytelling and a high energy, non-apologetic delivery he continually challenges his audience who can be confident they are in safe hands. To see Tiernan live is a rare treat, as his stories unfold and themes are elaborated his performance mesmerises as his lyrical way with words make you laugh harder than you’d ever believe possible. DD DEAL OF THE DAY: TOMMY TIERNAN LIVE AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL PLUS B&B FOR JUST €69 was last modified: October 18th, 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:DD DEAL OF THE DAY: TOMMY TIERNAN LIVE AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL PLUS B&B FOR JUST €69
The Nepad Business Foundation promotes investment in the agriculture sector. There is a renewed drive among African leaders who increasingly see agriculture as a means to uplift incomes and promote economic development. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images visit the image library) Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said South Africa must leverage its competitive advantage, be it the depth of our financial markets, regulation of the stock exchange, or our sound financial services sector. (Image: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Watson Hamunakwadi Nepad Business Foundation +27 87 310 1899 RELATED ARTICLES • Talks to launch African trade bloc • World Bank sharpens African focus • Africa: Serious about food • South Africa: great for investment Wilma den HartighDoing business in Africa, intra-regional investment and perceptions of South Africa and the continent came under the spotlight at the recent Nedbank-Nepad Business Forum, a quarterly event for industry and business leaders to discuss emerging and long-term business perspectives on the continent.The forum is an initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation (NBF), and Nedbank. The objective of the NBF is to promote sustainable economic and social development on the continent.Part of its mandate is to further the Nepad goals, which are to alleviate poverty, halt the marginalisation of Africa in the globalisation process, and fully integrate Africa into the global economy.This includes reducing the risk profile of doing business in Africa; creating conditions that are conducive for investment, high economic growth and sustainable development; to increase Africa’s competitiveness in the world economy; and to grow investment on the continent to ensure social and economic development.Africa is risingAccording to the October 2012 Nedbank-Nepad Business Forum report, seven of the 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa.While the US and Europe are experiencing slowing growth rates, the continent is performing well and offering better returns for investors.Investing in Africa is important for South Africa, as the success of the economy depends on regional and continental economic dynamics.Terence Sibiya, executive head for coverage and origination at Nedbank, said there is a major opportunity for business in Africa. This includes a growing consumer base that has sophisticated demands due to urbanisation and improvements in disposable income.“There are 200-million new consumers that are to be added to the African basket by 2015,” Sibiya said.The report notes that politically Africa is also in a better position than it was three decades ago on issues of democracy, governance and the rule of law.“Our banking system is ranked among the best in the world,” Sibiya said, adding that Nedbank wants to build capacity, expertise and skills in the area of banking in other countries on the continent to stabilise financial services in the region.Speaking at the event, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said integration on the continent is important to create bigger markets, and the establishment of a free trade area for Africa is a step in the right direction.Matola said South African corporates play an important role in building a country’s brand.“South Africa must leverage its competitive advantage, be it the depth of our financial markets, regulation of the stock exchange, or our sound financial services sector,” Matola said.For the third consecutive year, the regulation of South Africa’s securities exchanges was rated first out of 144 countries included in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Survey.The survey also ranked the country first out of 144 countries in relation to auditing and reporting standards and the effectiveness of corporate boards.Lynette Chen, CEO of the NBF, said economic development at local level is one of South Africa’s strengths.“One of our best competitive advantages is our BEE policy, empowering local communities and supporting local procurement,” Chen said.She said South Africa should leverage these positives when doing business with other countries in Africa.According to the NBF’s chairperson, Stanley Subramoney, Africa has the right combination of factors to exceed in an increasingly volatile global economy.Dealing with perceptions, developing more businessThe continent, however, faces challenges such as poverty, rising unemployment, lack of formal rules guiding investment practice and a lack of strong financial markets. Matola said it is important for corporates to recognise existing issues on the continent such as inequality, the skills gap and poverty, and address issues of economic transformation. “Recognition of the social priorities of the countries you operate in is important.“Businesses that position themselves there [in Africa] must embrace values such as ubuntu – we can’t exist without the rest of the continent succeeding,” he said.The Nedbank-NBF report says that investing on the continent requires unique approaches per region and country, as some countries exhibit extraordinary growth while other show less growth, usually as a result of varying socio-political circumstances.The manner in which governments and corporates are perceived, behave and implement their strategies largely depends on their image, credibility, transparency and trustworthiness. Such perceptions can either grow or limit investment.Speakers and business leaders in attendance at the forum pointed out that while the continent has numerous external investment partners, there is fewer Africa to Africa investment and trade in comparison with other regions.Matola spoke about the ways in which South Africa can leverage its competitive advantage, build a positive nation brand and differentiate the country, but at the same time contribute to building the continent’s reputation.“Branding isn’t just about building South Africa’s reputation – it is closely linked with perceptions of the continent,” Matola said. “The negatives that apply to one country are inadvertently carried over to other countries.”Subramoney pointed out that it is important for South Africa and the continent to deal with issues surrounding continental branding.“We have a phenomenal country,” he said, but added that there are both benefits and disadvantages to continental branding. “This is why it is important to position the continent.”Subramoney says leadership and relationships between business and government will drive long-term economic development.Sibiya added that it is important for investors to understand the continent and its diverse nature and offerings.Improving perceptions of the continentMatola said South Africans and the wider continent must tell Africa’s growth stories.“We need to change perceptions for the better,” he said. “What matters is our contribution to sustainability, food security, poverty and global governance, and how we get involved in these issues will add or subtract to our stature.”He said that South Africa, which is considered a middle-income country, needs to compete in the area of brands, be it South African wines or other areas where South Africa excels.“Our brands are among the strongest in the world,” he said. • Slideshow image courtesy of nasa.com
Last week I described why some environmentalists have shifted their position and now support nuclear power, and I described how we might be able to store nuclear waste more safely and cheaply than in the Yucca Mountain facility. So what’s wrong with nuclear power? Why not move full-steam-ahead with this much more climate-friendly power generation option?There are two reasons. First, with today’s nuclear power technologies, there is a very real terrorist threat. Along with concern that radiation could be dispersed by a crude “dirty bomb” or by crashing a plane into nuclear waste storage pools or dry-cask storage facilities at power plants, there’s another terrorist concern that’s rarely mentioned. I believe that it would be possible for a terrorist network to infiltrate the security or reactor operations staffing at a nuclear plant and cause a meltdown. My fear is that operatives working on the inside could disable the primary, secondary, and tertiary cooling systems, and then somehow damage the fission-moderating control rods, precipitating a meltdown and releasing radiation in a Chernobyl-like explosion.It wouldn’t surprise me, in fact, to learn that there are terrorist organizations somewhere in the world today that are working on long-term plans to gain access to nuclear plants so that they can sabotage them in this way. It would be a new level of sophistication by terrorists—perhaps farfetched, but not out of the question. My concerns about this were heightened some years ago when I read Rogue Warrior, an autobiography by an elite Navy Seal, Richard Marcinko who, after leaving the Navy, worked with a small team of ex-Seals to test security at nuclear weapons facilities and military bases. While this was admittedly before 9/11, when security wasn’t as tight, they were able to break into these facilities seemingly at will, and then demonstrate how they could have wreaked havoc. Scary stuff.Should a nuclear power plant be sabotaged in this way somewhere in the world (whether France, Japan, the U.S., or somewhere else) and should it render hundreds or thousands of square miles uninhabitable—as happened in the Ukraine with the Chernobyl accident—the public, and especially the public in the U.S., would decide in short order that it had had enough with this energy source. There would be unstoppable public pressure to shut down nuclear power plants, and any new investment in this industry would be sunk capital.My second concern about nuclear power isn’t nearly as sensational or scary, but it’s probably a bigger obstacle for an industry that’s seeking rebirth—the simple economics of building nuclear power plants. There is a reason why no U.S. utility company has ordered a new nuclear plant for more than 30 years. It’s too risky an investment, even with the Price-Anderson Act that protects utility companies in the event of a major accident—shifting liability to the American taxpayer.In an article in the January 12 issue of Time Magazine about a potential renewal of the nuclear industry, Michael Grunwald wrote, “It turns out that new plants would not just be extremely expensive but spectacularly expensive.” Florida Power & Light recently came up with the first detailed cost estimate for a proposed nuclear plant off the Florida Keys (one of as many as 35 nuclear plants said to be in the planning stages in the U.S.), and it came in at an astounding $12-18 billion. Progress Energy estimated the cost of a different Florida plant at $17 billion—triple the estimate from just a year earlier. By comparison, a new, comparably sized, coal-fired power plant would cost less than $3 billion. If these cost estimates haven’t dampened interest in nuclear power enough, then the credit crunch is sure to.In 2001, prior to these new, higher, cost estimates for building nuclear power plants both here and in Europe, The Economist magazine famously reported that “Nuclear power, once claimed to be too cheap to meter, is now too costly to matter.” My friend Amory Lovins, of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado, argues that, given the high manufacturing costs, electricity from new nuclear power plants would cost at least twice as much as electricity from coal or natural gas plants and nearly three times as much as electricity from large wind farms. And the cost of wind power has been dropping steadily during the past decade. Now, if you were a newly bailed-out investment bank, would you really invest in new nuclear plants?To be sure, there are some interesting new technologies being considered with nuclear power, including an inherently safer reactor based on thorium rather than uranium (technology sometimes referred to as “energy amplification”), but there is currently little reason to believe that newer technologies would be any less expensive than the plants being built around the world today by Westinghouse and GE.Given these economic concerns, it’s hard to believe that we will see a resurgence of nuclear power any time soon in this country—despite the climate benefits. I remain convinced that the solution to our energy woes lies, first and foremost, with energy conservation and, second, with a diverse mix of renewable energy sources.