Johnsonville Bodies: GOL’s Failure to Listen Spells Danger

first_imgFor 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)last_img read more

President Not Ready for Plenary

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday asked a second excuse from lawmakers as she declined to honor a planned meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives. She was due to hold discussion with at least 38 members of the House including the committee on Education as well as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker on the future of Liberia’s education system. Initially, the Liberian leader was summoned by the House last week to answer to a constitutional contempt charge, which she again declined to honor, prompting a new letter from her office calling for consultation on Monday, July 6. According to the chairman of House Committee on Executive, Grand Kru County Representative George Wesseh Blamoh, the President also communicated on Monday, informing the House of her inability to appear at the Capitol to begin the consultation on the way forward about the education sector. In an interview with the Daily Observer, Rep. Blamoh named the presence of the visiting Dutch delegation to Liberia as the main reason behind her latest decision to reschedule her appearance.“The President informed us that she has international guests,” he said, “and as such, she will not be available for the meeting this week. She requested that we hold the discussion next week, but said she has instructed her Minister of Information to make a public announcement informing the public that school will not be closed this July as is being speculated.” The House welcomes the President’s excuse, Blamoh maintained, noting that the acceptance was in the spirit of national unity. What action will the House take if the Information Minister refuses to make said pronouncement, Blamoh asserted, “it is left to him and his boss Johnson Sirleaf on how to address these issues.” The date and time of the rescheduled meeting was not disclosed, but a legislative insider suggests that the President might simply be buying time. “She is not prepared to defend her policy” on the education sector, the source said. According to the source, the Legislature gave her the benefit of the doubt by accepting her request for a meeting with the House leadership instead of full plenary. Constitutionally, decisions taken in meetings with the House leadership are not binding unless they meet the consent of plenary, which is the highest decision making body. Therefore, the expected consultative meetings between the President and the House leadership might remain just what they are — consultations — nothing concrete. Meanwhile, the Senate has named September 30, 2015 as the new school closure date. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Global Bank’s Lawyer Indicted for US$67,513, L$448,450 Theft

first_imgThe grand jury for Montserrado County has indicted Attorney Garrison Barh, Global Bank former head of Legal Affairs with offenses related to his participation in a fraud scheme that caused his employer to lose US$67,513 and L$448,450 respectively.Atty. Barh is charged with theft of property, misapplication of entrusted property and money laundering.He has been released by Criminal Court ‘C’ where he is expected to stand trial after Sky Insurance Company secured a US$200,000 bond on his behalf.The indictment alleges that from April 2015 until August 2016, Barh, in order to perform legal services, the bank approved and disbursed US$42,000 and L$597,200 to notarize 698 loan documents.Out of that money, the court records further alleged that defendant Barh notarized 326 loan documents, where he spent US$21,070 and L$148,750, but diverted the balance cash of US$20,930 and L$448,450 to his personal use.To cover-up his dubious act, the indictment claimed that the defendant prepared a fake receipt in the name of Providence Business Consultancy, which was discovered that said entity does not exist and could not be found anywhere in the country.On June 13 and 22, and on August 1, 2016, the document alleged that Barh requested and was allowed to sign for, and received US$16,000 as payment made by two of the bank’s delinquent loan customers, Sliver Store and First Communications Limited to the Debt Court in Monrovia, which money he has failed to account for.Also, on December 3, 2016, Barh, the court claimed, was again asked to sign for and receive US$3,000 from First State Communications Limited, which money his employer did not receive up to present.“Garrison also signed for and received US$27,083 representing payment made as judgment rendered against H.Q. Taylor and Ecocon by the Debt Court. The money was never presented to the bank,” the indictment stated.The indictment further alleged that Barh opened several accounts at different commercial banks, including Global Bank in the name of his close relative, where he deposited monies he had collected from the bank’s delinquent loan customers.According to the document, defendant Barh also used some of the stolen monies to purchase properties including cars, land, houses and other personal items in his own name and that of his relatives.An indictment is merely an allegation and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.If convicted, however, Barh will face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and pay a fine of over US$20,000.The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation that would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit any property traceable to the offense or used to facilitate the offense, including his cars, land, houses either in his name or any of his relatives’ names.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Attorney Garrison Barh, Global Bank former head of Legal Affairslast_img read more

Shoniyin Urges Youths’ to Make Use of Talents, Opportunities

first_imgMinister Elias Shoniyin (in coat suit) views some of the students’ handiworks, including the Chinese commode. -Calls for more capacity buildingThe Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elias Shoniyin is urging many of the young people, who fail to make efforts in seeking opportunities, to taking advantage of their talents and make a meaningful life for themselves.Shoniyin spoke at the appreciation by the Covenant Vocational and Technical Training Institute (CVTTI) on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Paynesville, for his contribution to youth education through that institution.According to him, it is time the young people take advantage of the limited opportunities and receive capacity-building for their own benefit and the benefit of their country.“I am honored for your selection of me to be honored for what I have contributed to the lives of our young people. Thank you so much. I am humbled by your noble deed,” Shoniyin said.He said capacity building is the most sustainable way to rescue the youth from the cycle of handout dependency on people in society.“If our youth are to be self-reliant, investment in formal education, as well as technical and vocational training is the surest way to save the future of the country’s youthful population,” Shoniyin said.According to him, pillar one of President George Weah’s Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD), which highlights “power to the people” can also be aligned with capacity development of the country’s population, especially its youth.“I am not complacent with thinking that I have done so much for any one of you here. I feel that a lot more has to be done should we, collectively, realize that glorious nation we yearn for every day. It is an honor for anyone to give back to the community, and I am happy that I have become one of the privileged individuals, who look back and do something for something for someone so much in need,” he said, as his audience applauded him.Minister Shoniyin, who currently runs his personal foundation, was appreciated by the vocational and technical institution for sponsoring 12 students that are currently enrolled in the school.The head of the institution, Thomas Dennis, thanked Minister Shoniyin for being the first government official in the history of his institution to sponsor students.Mr. Dennis said Shoniyin’s intervention has brought hope to the students, who have been finding it difficult to pay their fees for the training.The CVTTI trains youth and adults in electrical engineering, house wiring, plumbing, light duty mechanic, carpentry and masonry, among several other vocational skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iran claims U.S. threats are empty

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – The Iranian foreign minister said Saturday the United States was in no position for another war, and maintained that negotiations – not threats – were the only way to resolve the standoff over its nuclear activities. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was responding to Vice President Dick Cheney, who renewed Washington’s warning to Iran earlier Saturday that “all options” were on the table if Tehran continues to defy U.N. demands to halt uranium enrichment. Mottaki said the U.S. could not afford to settle its differences with Iran by launching a third war after Afghanistan and Iraq. “We do not see America in a position to impose another crisis on its taxpayers inside America by starting another war in the region,” Mottaki told reporters. The United States and several of its Western allies fear that Iran is using its nuclear program to produce an atomic weapon – charges Iran denies, saying its aim is to generate electricity. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Thursday that Iran had ignored a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze its uranium enrichment program and had expanded the program by setting up hundreds of centrifuges. Enriched to a low level, uranium is used to produce nuclear fuel but further enrichment makes it suitable for use in building an atomic bomb. The IAEA report came after Wednesday’s deadline of a 60-day grace period for Iran to halt uranium enrichment. 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

District of Taylor set to show love for local businesses

first_imgLove Taylor BC is the 34th community to join the Love Northern BC shop local program funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust. TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor will be showcasing local businesses this coming Sunday for the Love Taylor BC Launch Party.The showcase is part of the Love Northern BC initiative of Northern Development Initiative Trust. The event, which is being hosted at Lone Wolf Golf Club from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, will have a Farmer’s Market as well as local Love Taylor BC participants showing residents their business. There will also be snacks and prizes.The District will also be hosting Small Business Bingo at the Taylor Community Hall on Friday, September 16th at 7:00 PM. The prizes will be form local Love Taylor businesses.- Advertisement -District of Taylor Councillor, Betty Ponto, says they encourage locals to see what they have in the community around them.“Every town has small businesses which are often ‘hidden gems’ that go by word of mouth and don’t always have the exposure they deserve. Love Taylor BC is an exciting opportunity to showcase, nurture and promote these valued community members. We encourage everyone to take a look at what is right in their own community for some diverse local shopping.”The program registration fee is normally $100, but Mayor and Council feel that it is very significant to buy locally in the District of Taylor, and they will be reducing the fee by 50% per business.Advertisementlast_img read more

Reports – QPR agree £10million deal for Liverpool star

first_img1 Sunderland striker Fabio Borini Queens Park Rangers look set to bolster their attacking options after agreeing a deal to land Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, according to reports.Earlier in the summer it had looked like the 23-year-old would be joining Sunderland in a shock £14million move.But now it appears Borini, who has one cap for Italy, will be swapping Anfield for Loftus Road after the two clubs struck a deal.Borini spent last season out on loan at Sunderland and managed to hit the back of the net seven times in 32 Premier League appearances as Gus Poyet led them, miraculously, away from the danger of relegation.last_img

Reports: Man United ready to spend £100m before close of transfer window

first_img Reports: Manchester United ready to spend £100m before close of transfer window 1 Manchester United have a £100m war chest to spend during the final days of the summer transfer window, according to reports.The Red Devils secured their return to the Champions League on Wednesday night with an emphatic 7-1 aggregate win over Club Brugge and boss Louis van Gaal has set his sights on strengthening the squad further.United missed out on Barca star Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi, who joined Chelsea and neighbours Manchester City respectively, but are still in the race to prise Neymar away from Barcelona.And now, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Van Gaal will try to use every penny of his remaining budget to ensure United are ready to challenge on all fronts this season.Having already lavished funds on Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian, sources close to the Dutchman have revealed he is ready to bring in another big name to Old Trafford.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have lessons to learn after Chelsea draw

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool players to have more faith in their abilities.The Reds snatched a point against Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday night with a dramatic last-gasp Christian Benteke goal in their penultimate Premier League fixture of the season.But they were second best for long periods of game and Klopp believes there was a lack of confidence – and patience – all round.“In the first 15 minutes we were great, playing wonderful football without scoring,” said the German.“There was not enough faith in our own quality and so we lost patience – and when you lose patience it is always difficult – and we lost formation.“There were a lot of moments when we shot and we should have passed.“If you don’t think you need to score in each situation then you can celebrate other situations.“I love this stadium, I love this atmosphere but everyone lost patience tonight and the crowd did too.“You see we all don’t trust finally our quality and that is what we have to learn in the future – and we will.“We had the most offensive formation what we could have in the last 15 minutes; each striker and offensive midfielder was on and there was a wonderful cross from Sheyi Ojo and Christian was where he has to be.“That was great for the night, celebrating with the families and crowd, it was wonderful that we didn’t lose.“We have to build on these positive signs that the boys gave us in the last few months.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

Donegal butcher wins European Sausage-Making Championship!

first_imgEddie Walsh and Sons, based on Donegal Town, won the title of European Sausage-Making Champions at a French ceremony this week.Over 100 butchers took part, but after the judges sampled each butchers’ produce, their artisan cheese and chive pork sausages were a clear winner.Speaking to That’s Farming, Liam Walsh said; “This is an amazing accolade for all our staff and customers at EWS, we are absolutely delighted to have won the title of European Champion and we will celebrate our win, by making available the award winning sausage in the shop, for all to try.” This is not the first time Eddie Walsh and Sons’ have been internationally recognized. Having already won the All-Ireland Sausage and Burger Championships earlier this year, and having a plethora of trophies to their name – there’s no doubt who makes the best sausages in Donegal.You can check out their Facebook page by clicking here.Well done folks. Donegal butcher wins European Sausage-Making Championship! was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:burgersbutchersDonegal Towneddie walsh and sonsliam walshsausagelast_img read more