“Ebola Exposes Liberia’s Vulnerable Health System”

first_imgA Liberian Physician and Epidemiologist, who contracted and survived the Ebola virus attack, has admitted that the disease came to expose to the world Liberia’s weak and vulnerable health system.Dr. Philip Z. Ireland, a panelist during a one-day Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force Policy Dialogue in Monrovia yesterday, stressed that the healthcare delivery system of Liberia is one of the most vulnerable and most deplorable in the world.Dr. Ireland, who contracted the disease from a patient he was treating, said Liberians are thinkers who can make positive changes in the health system and other sectors, but they are poorly treated.He said the Liberian Government prefers to purchase vehicles costing about US$20,000 or more each, but fails to improve the health and education sectors that will benefit its citizens.Sharing what he experienced during his illness, he described the ELWA nurses at the Ebola Treatment Unit as among the best nurses in Liberia who, for the sake of humanity, attend to patients in line with medical and nursing ethics.He told the civil society organizations that nurses are seriously humiliated by their managers who go at lengths to discourage development partners from giving them more attractive salaries.Because of the humiliation doctors and other professionals face in their line of work, many are defecting from their professions, seeking political positions, especially in the Senate and the House of Representatives, since political positions offer better salaries and other emoluments, declared Dr. Ireland.The Liberian physician observed that such behavior on the part of Liberians in authority clearly shows that the society welcomes people who commit evil and treats good people with disdain.Alluding to recent comments by one of Liberia’s top medical doctors, Vuyu K. Golakai, Dr. Ireland reiterated that the health system is centuries backward and will require infusing more resources into it and other sectors as well before any improvement can be realized.Most people that died from Ebola met their demise because medical institutions took too long to attend to them in the absence of the emergency response team, Dr. Ireland charged.He commended ordinary Liberians for taking the necessary precautions and adhering to health messages to prevent the disease.He further emphasized the major roles the media and   international partners played in the fight against Ebola and expressed optimism that the disease was on its way out of the country.The Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force is a group that monitors key stakeholders in the fight against Ebola.It monitors media coverage on Ebola, how funds given by government and partners are expended.In his presentation on stakeholders’ performances in the Ebola fight in the month of November, the Director of the Liberia Media Center, Att. Lamii Kpargoi, said they observed in counties monitored that most health facilities did not have personal protective equipment (PPEs) while about 60% of the health workers were not on salaries but given minimal incentives.Atty. Kpargoi also acknowledged that in the 44 health facilities visited, there were limited beds for pregnant women and anti-malaria drugs were lacking.He added that the government of Liberia allotted US$931,150 from the county development funds to be used in several counties including Gparpolu, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado, but those counties where the funds were used have not given any account.Atty. Kpargoi also disclosed that US$283 million was reportedly disbursed by the international community towards the fight against Ebola, but civil society groups were still seeking to know how these funds were used.Among media houses monitored for coverage of the Ebola Virus, the Liberia Media Center Director said the Daily Observer alone published about 78 stories followed by Front Page Africa and New Democrat.For radio, he disclosed that Lux FM broadcast more than the rest of the stations monitored, giving 130 minutes of air time for Ebola messages.Search for Common Ground Director, Oscar Bloh, in his welcome statement, said the dialogue is the first for the Civil Society Task Force and they are determined to monitor closely the Ebola fight to ensure transparency in spending and community approaches towards survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lottery Ex-employee Wants Salary Arrears from VP’s Office

first_imgA former Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberia Lottery, Christopher Togba, is calling on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who has oversight responsibility for the national lottery, to pay his salary arrears, which he claimed the entity has owed him for more than nine years. However, the office of the Vice President says the Mr. Boakai only has “oversight responsibility” over the running of the Liberia Lottery, which does not necessarily allow him (VP) to run the entity.“Having an oversight responsibility of an area is different from running the organization. Therefore, the VP will not run the day to day activities of an area which he has an oversight responsibility,” George Saah, director of media relations in the office of the VP told the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday.“We are not afraid of anything from anywhere,” Mr. Saah told this newspaper.But according to Mr. Togba, who was placed on “Administrative Leave with Pay” since March 22, 2007, the entire administrative decision bore the signature of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. “It has been more than nine years since your letter of administrative leave,” Togba told the Vice President in a letter, “yet you have still failed to resolve what you affixed your signature to.”Mr. Togba further said despite several interventions from the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to pay his just salary and benefits, which has accrued to the sum of US$284,382.58 (Two hundred eighty-four thousand, three hundred eighty-two United States dollars and fifty-eight cents), the VP’s office continues to do nothing to resolve the problem. “Vice President,” he said, “you and your management team at the Lottery have not only reneged on what you wrote in your March 22, 2007 letter, but you continue to employ divisive means.”Additionally, “since I have been on ‘Administrative Leave’ (with pay) as per your directive, you have always been furnished with the accrued sum of my salary and benefits, including copies of my monthly salary-check prior to the March 22, 2007 decision, but you still fail to pay my money and benefits.“I am therefore calling on you, Mr. Boakai, to please pay me and stop this act reminiscent of the ugly and evil past of our country,” Togba concluded in his letter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Part-time golfer, full-time father

first_imgThey might not realize it now, because they’re just teenagers and parents are the most uncool thing ever when you’re in high school. But someday, the Goydos girls will learn about the sacrifices Paul Goydos, a single parent, has made for them. PEBBLE BEACH Chelsea and Courtney Goydos have the coolest dad. Chelsea and Courtney are 16 and 14, respectively. Their dad is a professional golfer, but that’s not his most important job. “I’m still full-time father, part-time golfer,” Goydos said Tuesday. “That’s not going to change too much.” What has changed for Goydos is that he recently won on the PGA Tour for the first time in 11years. Goydos won the Sony Open in Hawaii, which gave him a berth in the PGA Championship. The Masters and other majors are still up in the air, although if he stays in the top 50 in the world rankings, he can play in the Masters. But even if he plays in the U.S. Open and British Open, which are in June and July, respectively, he’s still going to take his daughters on vacation between them. His daughters stay with their aunt and uncle, Goydos’ former in-laws, when Goydos is traveling. When Goydos won in Hawaii, his brother, mother, nieces and nephews all got together and watched him hoist the trophy. center_img “Yeah, I think they (his daughters) actually have kids coming up to them in school,” said Goydos, who lives with his daughters in Orange County’s Dove Canyon. “It’s not like my last name is Smith, so people, they kind of put two and twotogether. Again, they’re dealing with high school kids. Golf is a lot cooler now than it was when I was in high school.” Goydos, once a substitute teacher in Long Beach, is now ranked 43rd in the world. Who could blame him if he wanted to play just about every tournament this season, so he could move up on the money list, FedExCup points race and world rankings? His children probably wouldn’t blame him, either. Instead, his schedule will remain at about 20 tournaments this season. “My schedule is not dictated by where I am on the money list or the FedExCup points,” Goydos said. “It’s dictated by how it tries to fit in to what I’m trying to accomplish parenting-wise.” Goydos, 42, is probably cool to his children’s friends. He’s teed it up with all of the most popular golfers. He’s even played at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with Donald Trump. He’s tried to poke fun at Rush Limbaugh but couldn’t get a rise out of him. He’s played on the PGA Tour for 14 seasons, so he’s amassed a collection of funny stories, although maybe the kind teenagers roll their eyes at. Goydos talks to his children by phone about two or three times a night. He checks in to make sure they’ve done their homework, and he’s satisfied that when he leaves to play another golf tournament, they understand he has a job to do. “I don’t know if it’s an appreciation as much as I hope they understand it,” Goydos said. “The best thing about having kids that age, as opposed to maybe 10or what have you, is the fact that they understand what work is. They understand why I’m going to work. They understand you need to have a job.” Golfing may be a cool job. But he knows fatherhood is his coolest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

James Wilson speaks out on Manchester United loan exit

first_img James Wilson 1 Manchester United striker James Wilson say it was a one horse race when it came to joining Brighton on loan.The 19-year-old moved to the Championship side this week in an attempt to get more playing time.Several clubs enquired after his services but, after speaking with team-mate Jesse Lingard, Wilson says it was an easy choice.“There were a lot of clubs interested, but there was only one horse in the race for me,” Wilson told Brighton’s website.“It’s a brilliant club, brilliant facilities, and I think the style of play will suit my game, so that was the basis behind my decision.“I asked Jesse Lingard for some advice too, and about what it was like here. He told me it’s a great club.“Everyone I’ve spoken to has said it’s a brilliant set-up and a brilliant club, with a great bunch of lads.”last_img read more

Depot offers new displays

first_imgModel railroad equipment and supplies will be available at two railroad swap meets scheduled at the park Aug. 26 and Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 a.m. The Rancho Simi Foundation and the Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society have new Web sites related to the depot at www.santasusanadepot.org and www.cafepress.com/ssrhs. SIMI VALLEY – The 1903 Santa Susana Railroad Depot has a new Web site and displays to help people understand what these old train stations meant to people of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The depot, at 6503 Katherine Road, is open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m. along the railroad tracks in Santa Susana Park. One portion of the building features a model of the Southern Pacific Railroad line from Burbank to Port Hueneme, along which the depot that used to sit at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street. It was moved to Santa Susana Park in the 1970s. The depot and park are owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and offer visitors a place to hold family picnics and meetings and to examine the displays and artifacts inside. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lukaku is NOT good enough for Manchester United, Meulensteen claims – LISTEN

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has questioned whether Romelu Lukaku is a good enough striker to play for the Red Devils.Lukaku is reportedly keen to leave Everton this summer and United are the latest club said to be interested in making a move.The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea for many months, however reports on Monday claim the 23-year-old is no longer interested in re-joining the Blues and now favours a move to Old Trafford instead.Lukaku is the Premier League’s top scorer with 24 goals – and six assists – this season, and will surely be targeted by a number of top teams if he pushes for an exit from Goodison Park this summer.However, Meulensteen is unconvinced, with the Dutchman telling talkSPORT Lukaku would not be the right fit for Man United.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Sir Alex Ferguson’s former right-hand man said: “Don’t get me wrong here, Lukaku has obviously had a fantastic season and he is a goalscorer.“But at a club like Manchester United you need more strings to your bow.“What he needs to develop definitely is his game on the ball, in terms of quick combinations with his team-mates.“That is where he falls short, I think, and it’s something that’s not as exposed at a club like Everton.“But if you play at the highest level, your finesse on the ball in the final third, your decision making has to be absolutely spot on.“Yes he would bring power, he would bring strength, but when you look over the years at the strikers United have had, does he fit in the same line of strikers? I don’t think so.”last_img read more

Sunderland come from behind to begin League One life with defeat of Charlton

first_img 3 Phillips made up for his error 10 minutes later though, first making a fine save to deny Maguire’s free-kick, and then keeping out a close-ranger header from Maja that would have put Sunderland in front.Sinclair should have secured Sunderland all three points five minutes from time, but he prodded Oviedo’s cross wide from three yards out.The 21-year-old knew he had wasted a game-winning chance, and the look of anguish on his face was mirrored on the faces of the Sunderland faithful.But, in the sixth minute of injury time, Gooch brilliantly headed into the far corner of Phillips’ net to secure Sunderland a superb comeback victory.STAR MANDebutant goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was the only reason Sunderland were still in the game at half-time. He could do nothing about Taylor’s penalty, but then denied Charlton four or five clear chances which would have put the Londoners in a commanding position. McLaughlin’s confidence to leave his goal line was one key strength, and it meant he could deny some opportunities before they were seriously created.Sunderland’s outfield players were the reason the Black Cats got back into the game in the second period, but McLaughlin’s performance was the reason such an outcome was even a possibility for Jack Ross’ side.MOMENT OF THE MATCHLynden Gooch’s match-winning header is the kind of goal that can define a season, even this early on. Having gone behind, Sunderland managed to secure a comeback victory in the most brilliant of circumstances, and their second half performance was certainly deserving of such an outcome.The Black Cats will now enter matchweek two on a high and with momentum behind them, and, even more importantly, with the fans behind them also.LINE-UPSSunderland XI: McLaughlin, Love (Oviedo 27′), Loovens, Ozturk, Matthews, O’Nien (Sinclair 46′ (Molyneux 90+3′)), Mumba, Honeyman, Gooch, Maguire, MajaSubs not used: Baldwin, Ruiter, Embleton, HumeCharlton XI: Phillips, Marshall, Bauer, Page, Solly, Pratley, Pearce (Sarr 90′), Ahearne-Grant, Aribo, Taylor, LapslieSubs not used: Ajose, Maynard-Brewer, Maloney, Hackett-FairchildLEAGUE ONE TABLE 3 The hosts did grow into the game and they looked solid in possession, although issues in their defence meant Charlton looked threatening on the break.McLaughlin was forced to save from Lapslie, Pratley and Taylor, who sensed his second of the match when racing through on goal after Loovens woeful back-pass.A Gooch cross created danger in Charlton’s area, before Oviedo tested Phillips for the first time with a speculative effort that was a relatively easy save.Moments later, Oviedo played a key role in Sunderland’s best chance of the opening half, with his mis-hit shot falling for Maja ten yards from goal in the left side of the area. However, Maja could not convert his shot, which rolled just wide of Phillips’ goal.Nonetheless, it was proof Charlton could be got at, and Sunderland came out after the restart looking to take advantage. Jerome Sinclair was brought on at the break, and he looked likely in the final third, testing Phillips with a header early on.And less than 20 minutes into the second half, Maja pulled the hosts level with a low strike into the left corner of Phillips’ goal that the glovesman really should have done better to keep out. 3center_img Jack Ross’ Sunderland debut ended in a draw Sunderland began life in League One with a 2-1 home defeat of a Charlton side whose squad is so small Lee Bowyer could name just five substitutes in their matchday squad.It took less than 10 minutes for the Black Cats to learn the third division will not be a walk in the park, Lyle Taylor thrashing home a penalty after Chris Maguire fouled Karlan Ahearne-Grant in the area. Josh Maja scored Sunderlands first goal of the season last_img read more

THE ROAD TO ESTONIA BY MICK COLEMAN

first_imgIn his new regular column, THE ROAD TO ESTIONA, Mick Coleman logs the run-in to the European Press Bench Championships later this year….“As I get ready for the european bench press championships a good friend of mine Ricky Mullan, a world champion powerlifter, invited me to train with him in a gym called the rockpit in lisburn a hardcore blood and guts gym as it’s known.There are two parts to the gym the weights side and a womens only gym next door but as many women use the weights side as the men they say they do it for a more intense workout something we encourage the female members of Energie Letterkenny to do. “On the bench press front it was a good weights wise with me doing 152.5kg with a bench shirt on since then i have do 155kg raw and 157.5kg with the shirt on. My bench shirt is only a cheap one that really not helping me at all i will buy a top of the range one and it could give me an extra 15 to 20 kilo’s on my bench. In the coming weeks i will be showing how the bench press uses every muscle in the body and not just the chest and arms.BUILT IN ENERGIE LETTERKENNY / POWERED BY NATIONAL IRISH BANK / FOLLOW ME ON DONEGALDAILY.COMTHE ROAD TO ESTONIA BY MICK COLEMAN was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Ballybofeyletterkennymick colemanlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgANNAGRY NOTES BY JIMMY DUFFY:DRESSMAKINGDressmaking classes will begin on October 7th at 7pm. The fee for this 6 week course is €50 payable on night one. The price includes materials and participants are advised to bring their own sewing machine. ARTArt Classes will be held on Saturday afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.30pm in Annagry Community Hall from October 25th.  Although this class will be taught through the medium of oils, others mediums will be accommodated. The fee for this eight week long course is €60 payable at class one.GUITARGuitar lessons for various age groups will begin on Wednesday October 15th. Junior classes (6-9 years old) at 4.30pm, Older (10-16 years old) at 5pm. Names are also being taken for interested adults, but this class will be held on a different weekday. FLY TYINGTution in the craft of Fly Tying will begin on Tuesday evening October 14th.  This 8 week long course includes line casting and is suitable for all age groups. The cost is €60 or €40 for under18s payable on night one. The classes start at 7pm.SOCIAL MEDIASocial media classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons starting on October 22nd at 2pm. This class will cover all aspects of Social Media such as email, search engines, online searching, booking and buying, twitter, facebook, scype etc. The fee for this 8 week course is €40 payable on at class one.SET DANCING A new season of Set Dancing classes will begin again on Monday October 13th at 8pm. As well as set dancing lessons, céilí dancing will also be taught. Refreshments served.CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONThe Church Gate collection in Annagry on behalf of Disabled Drivers Association amounted to €208. The DDA wish to thank all who subscribed.LOTTO There was no winner of the €2060 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for September 24th.  The numbers drawn were 2-11-15-16. Ciaran Gallagher Mullachdubh matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on October 1st is €2120 If you’re not in, you can’t win! The next 100+Draw is on the September 30th. All sellers are asked to ensure their subs are all up to date and with the co-ordinator by Sunday evening September 28th.SYMPATHYSympathy of the community is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Winnie Bonner Cloughglass, Patrick Friel Carrick, Peggy Curran Gortahork, Teresa Ward Keadue, Teresa McGonagle late of Tessie’s Bar Meenaleck and Dungloe. May they rest in peace.NOEL MCBRIDECongratulations to local boxer Noel McBride who won the Connaught Championships last weekend.ART BOXThe breakfast ARTBOX will return to the CDP on Monday October 6th 2014. This is a group open to parents/carers with young children where they can come along to meet and make friends whilst getting involved in some creative art activities. The cost per session is €2 and refreshments are included in this price.HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULARThe Old Railway Walk committee are getting organised for their now annual “Halloween Spooktacular” which will be held on Friday 24th at 7.30. This year the event will see the introduction of The Rosses Pumpkin Master where individuals will be awarded prizes based on their pumpkin carving skills. Mary Rodgers to do a free pumpkin carving demonstration at St Columba’s Community Centre, Acres on Thursday evening October 23rd at 7pm and children/adults who wish to enter the competition will then have the opportunity to carve their pumpkins. All children need an adult supervisor/parent on the evening due to the use of sharp tools and knives which will be used. Details to follow.DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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:Annagry newsDonegal Dailylast_img read more