When the Nurse Happens to Be Your Mom:

first_imgWith no new cases to report in the past few days, the dust seems to be gradually settling around the ebola virus scare which literally rocked the nation in the month of April. This could not have been achieved without the effective response of Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other national and international stakeholders; as well as the immense support received from friendly nations such as the United States and the People’s Republic of China. For the good health we continue to enjoy, every Liberian owes you great debt of gratitude.Although service providers continue to wear their gloves in various businesses and individuals continue to use hand sanitizers after every handshake, one can safely say, that if nothing at all, the ebola threat clearly reawakened Liberians to increased hygiene and personal responsibility.Looking back, we realize that throughout the entire month’s episode, health care workers were at the forefront of it all: attending to patients, following up on supposed rumors, assisting in efforts to quarantine suspected cases, collecting blood samples for analysis, raising awareness, etc. In an effort to contain the situation, this close range contact exposed health care workers to disease risks several hundred times more pronounced than that of the average citizen. Just think about it. The nurse on duty at the time could have been your mother. The doctor could have been your uncle. The physician assistant could have been your friend. But yet, their health and safety was continuously placed in clear and present danger, all in an effort to perform their sacred duty of preserving the sanctity of human life-yours and mine.While health care workers, by virtue of training, are generally the most cautious of all professionals, religiously wearing gloves and  appropriate protective clothing as well as washing their hands before and after attending to patients, in general, people’s exposure to communicable diseases, harmful substances or high risk environments tend to be directly proportional to their occupation. For lifetime miners, it’s susceptibility to some forms of cancer, for farmers using pesticides, it’s possible respiratory distress, for construction workers, it’s injuries and falls and for health care workers, as we saw in the ebola outbreak in neighboring Guinea in which many medics contracted the disease and lost their lives, it was increased risk of exposure to a deadly communicable disease.As we revisit the drawing board and attempt to extract the lessons learnt and perhaps define the way forward following such a drastic disease scare, the often forgotten field of environmental and occupational health demands a careful revisit. According to the National Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, “The Government of Liberia is legally obliged and committed to ensuring a healthy and safe working environment for all employees in both the public and private sectors of Liberia. How we ensure the health and safety of Liberia’s recovering workforce across all sectors of society is crucial.The case of the recent ebola threat is just a resounding reminder of just how interconnected our lives really are and a reflection of just how susceptible we each are to the workplace exposures of our loved ones. Most importantly, it is reawakening to the consciousness that in the fragile national public health puzzle, we too, as employers or employees, decision makers or advocates, policy formulators or enforcers, young or old, rich or poor, male or female, play major roles by the things we do or fail to in our individual lives as well as in the workplace.So, before we close this rather dramatic chapter and move on to other more appealing ventures, as is so common in the face of victory, let’s be reminded dear reader, that the recent ebola threat along with the many other workplace hazards we each encounter each day—potential fire incidences, falls and strains, injuries and fractures from handling heavy duty equipment, exposure to communicable diseases, possible cancer risks from handling harmful substances—are just more reasons why environmental and occupational health must be revisited and prioritized.Author’s affiliation:  M. Sc., Environmental Health-Harvard School of Public Health, Cyprus International Institute B. Sc. Zoology, emphasis Public Health-University of Ghana-Legon, 2012 Harvard Cyprus Program FellowShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why Is ECOWAS Bank not Headquartered in Liberia?

first_imgLiberia Missed out on hosting the headquarters of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) and Ecobank Transnational Inc. (ETI) because of long years of political instability in the country, EBID’s former managing director and general manager Robert C. Tubman has said. Mr. Tubman told our business desk exclusively on Monday, June 16 that the founders of EBID, which is the financial arm of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), wanted the Bank to be headquartered in Liberia. “This is the same about Ecobank which many strong-minded Liberians including myself, played key role in founding,” he said.Tubman, 75, explained that when the EBID was being transformed from the ECOWAS Fund for Co­operation, Compensation and Development which became operational in the l1979, the political situation in Liberia was bad. The multimillion dollars headquarters of both EBID and Ecobank are currently located in the Togolese capital, Lomé.The former Liberian Finance Minister added: “In order to enhance the financial resources of the Fund through the opening of its capital to non-regional partners, the Authority of Heads of State and Government at its twenty-second session held on 9 and 10 December 1999 decided to transform ECOWAS Fund into a regional holding company called ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) with two specialized subsidiaries, ECOWAS Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ECOWAS Regional Investment Bank (ERIB). The EBID Group became operational in 2003.“Again, we were still at war with ourselves during these years,” said Clr. Tubman who is current Chairman of Board of the Liberia Revenue Authority. Mr. Tubman’s predecessor, the late Romeo Horton, was the first managing director and general manager of the ECOWAS Trust Fund.Although Mr. Horton is deceased, Tubman, who celebrated his 75th birthday on Sunday, averred that he and Horton tried their utmost best to get EBID headquarter in Liberia, but not that the war was still raging.In June, 2006, the Authority of Heads of State and Government, decided to reorganize the Bank back into a single structure in order to ensure that the EBID Group’s activities are carried out under a unified command structure so as to streamline overhead costs.Clr. Tubman spoke with our business reporter few minutes after Liberia assumed the Board Chairmanship of EBID; a position he and many Liberians believe, Liberia must use wisely in order to lure the Bank’s financial support to develop the country’s shattered infrastructure. He thanked the government of Liberia, particularly, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the level of progress made thus far in maintaining peace and stability in the country.                                    The ECOWAS BankThe ECOWAS Bank is the international financial institution established by the 15 Member States of ECOWAS. It has two windows, one of which is intended to promote the private sector and the other for public sector development.The Bank’s main objective is to contribute towards the economic development of West Africa through the financing of ECOWAS projects and programs, notable among which are program relating to transport, energy, telecommunications, industry, poverty alleviation, the environment and natural resources. The ECOWAS zone is made up of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.                                    Areas of InterventionThe Bank invests primarily in basic transport, energy and telecommunications infrastructure and equipment (roads, permanent structures, railways, harbor and airport infrastructure, energy production, transport and distribution infrastructure, telecommunication systems); rural development and the environment (irrigation, floodwater control, rural water projects, agriculture, livestock raising, fishing, protection of the ecosystem, capacity building); social sector (vocational training, education, health, support for decentralization, social amenities in towns); industry (agribusiness, mining, other industries, transfer of technology , technological innovation); services (financial services, information technology related services, engineering, and hotel industry, amongst others.The Bank’s loan commitment fees vary between 0.5% and 0.75% per annum. The fee for commitment by signature, according to the EBID’s president Mr. Bashir M. IFO, is between 1.5% and 5% per annum. Mr. IFO exclusively told our reporter that document processing fee of 1% flat is charged and that other fees are negotiated on a case by case basis. Meanwhile, the interest rates charged by EBID depend on the type of project and profitability. The rates vary between 1.5% and 4% per annum for public/government projects, except for private sector projects where the rates vary between 6.5% per annum to 12%. The EBID boss has said that the duration of loans depends on the nature of project and its profitability. He said loan granted by EBID could be: short term (0 to 2 years); medium t e r m (2 t o 7 year s), long term (more than 7 years). The initial authorized capital of EBID, according to the Bank, is 603 units of account representing US$945.3 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NASCAR doles out penalties

first_imgNASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler and docked all four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500 – its strongest statement to date on cheating. All four cars failed qualifying inspection, and a fifth, Michael Waltrip’s startup Toyota Camry, faces additional penalties that could be even more severe. “It’s obvious that we’ve ramped up our penalties and we’re going to get people’s attention,” competition director Robin Pemberton said. “We’re going to grab this one by the horns.” Robbie Reiser, crew chief for Kenseth, and Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kahne, were suspended four races. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Riggs, and Josh Brown, crew chief for Sadler, were suspended two races. Kahne, Riggs and Sadler are teammates at Evernham Motorsports. Kenseth, the 2003 series champion and runner-up last season, drives for Roush Racing. All four crew chiefs can appeal, a process that could allow them to work the Great American Race. If they do and the committee cannot schedule a hearing before Sunday’s race, they would be allowed to participate. But Roush Racing already has a replacement for Reiser, and said the 500 will be the first race he has missed since the team’s inception in 1999 – a stretch of 255 races. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR vowed last summer to crack down on cheaters, pledging to toughen penalties in a sport where bending the rules is as common as banging bumpers. Officials made good on that promise Tuesday. center_img Reiser and Francis may not appeal because delaying the suspension could cause them to miss the debut of the Car of Tomorrow at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. 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

Man charged with having bomb-making devices

first_imgDaniels told deputies he was making devices to kill people trying to enter his room, according to prosecutors. Officials said Daniels had been living at the Malhi Inn in the 200 block of East Palmdale Boulevard. He had previously resided in the Long Beach area. Daniels has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts, including discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, assembling and maintaining a booby trap device, possession of ingredients to make a destructive device, and felon possessing ammunition. He was being held in lieu of $2 million bail. His defense attorney said he feared for his life and wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. “I don’t think he means anyone any intentional harm. He felt in fear for himself,” Deputy Public Defender Amy Konstantellos said. “It’s a sad case.” Daniels was sentenced to seven years in prison for a 1998 conviction in a Torrance case for possession of explosives in a public place and possession of destructive device materials, state prison records show. He was discharged from parole in August 2004. In the Torrance case, police stopped his car and found destructive devices, officials said. On April 7, the motel manager heard gunshots and went to check Daniels’ room and saw bullet holes in the door, LaForteza said. “He knocked on the door, and the defendant opened the door and the manager could see numerous wires, TV equipment, things that drew his attention. It looked like he was making a bomb,” LaForteza said. Responding deputies found one exploded device, four destructive devices armed with shotgun shells and slugs, rifle bullets, wires, batteries, switches, bomb-making books, tools, components, and hundreds of shotgun shells, slugs and live ammunition, officials said. “He rigged certain items like two boom boxes and two acoustic guitars. He wired metal pipes. Inside he would put a shell casing, like a shotgun shell in it. He rigged it so that if he touched a battery or a button it would shoot off,” LaForteza said. “He rigged pipes so that they could be inserted into the door of hotel.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Vietnam veteran with a prior conviction for making bombs is facing similar charges after sheriff’s deputies found him holed up in a Palmdale motel room with four booby traps, ammunition, and components to make destructive devices. Bernard Leon Daniels, 55, had how-to books, including “How to Build Your Own Bazooka,” “Do It Yourself Gunpowder Cookbook,” and “Snipers,” and had set up a surveillance camera to monitor the parking lot outside his room, authorities said. Prosecutors said the door of Daniels’ room had four bullet holes, a sign he either tested a device or accidentally set it off, puncturing the door with shotgun pellets that traveled 200 yards out to busy Palmdale Boulevard, where they hit a parked car. “At his arrest, deputies had to contain the whole block and evacuate the whole motel and stop traffic on Palmdale Boulevard,” Deputy District Attorney Bernie LaForteza said. last_img read more

Hull 1-2 Tottenham: Late Eriksen strike saves Spurs

first_img Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen celebrates his winning goal against Hull City Christian Eriksen was the hero for Tottenham Hotspur as his late strike handed them a 2-1 victory over the ten-men of Hull City.The Tigers had led their opponents at the break through Jake Livermore’s long-range hit but a Gaston Ramirez red card swung the game into Spurs’ favour in the second half.From their Mauricio Pochettino’s men grabbed a leveller through Harry Kane but, just as time looked to have run out, Eriksen flashed a 20-yard shot into the back of the net.The game had barely got going at the KC Stadium when ex-Spur Livermore thundered a poorly cleared ball into Hugo Lloris’ goal from range.Tottenham looked to be delivering a similar performance to the one which saw them beaten by Stoke City in their previous Premier League match with dire defending and a lack of class further forward seeing them squander several opportunities but thankfully for the travelling support they didn’t concede another before the break.Defender Eric Dier was hooked at half-time as Pochettino looked to liven his weary troops and Vlad Chiriches, nominally a centre-back, offered much more threat down the right flank as Spurs began to brighten.Their cause was helped further in just three minutes into the second period as Ramirez was sent from the field in an off the ball incident with Jan Vertonghen.As the Uruguayan took a tumble, the defender held his boot as he attempted to right himself and the former Southampton midfielder kicked out at this opponent leaving referee Craig Pawson no option other than a red card.It was then all Tottenham as Steve Bruce’s Tigers struggled to cope while a man down.Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela both missed good chances while Ryan Mason stung the gloves of Allan McGregor.The equaliser eventually came on the hour-mark as an Eriksen free-kick rattled the woodwork before falling to the feet of Kane, who gratefully slipped the ball into an empty net.A Tottenham onslaught continued but looked like failing to deliver a winner as David Meyler and Livermore stood firm in the midfield for Hull.But, in the end, the constant pressure told and with just two minutes remaining Danish star Eriksen stepped up and, from a fraction outside the area, whipped a right-foot shot beyond McGregor’s grasp leaving Hull to rue Ramirez’s lack of restraint.The three points move Spurs up to tenth, two points off fourth-placed Manchester United, while defeat sees Hull sit just one point clear of the relegation zone in 16th. 1last_img read more

Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance celebrate two years in business

first_imgPeadar Jim’s Property Maintenance are celebrating two years in business this December.Set up by Peter Blake, the business has won several rewards, including being noted as finalists for Best Start Up for Letterkenny Chamber and Donegal Business Awards. Peter won Young Person of the Year (Junior Chamber Ireland), and Best Start Up 2016 Business Awards.Peter also gives back to charities such as St. Vincent de Paul whenever he can, having recently hosted a live auction of a renovated bicycle which went for a staggering €550. He finds it vital to help out, when you can, as you never know when you may need a hand. He said; “Saint Vincent de Paul helped me out in the recession so many times, I had to swallow my pride and ask for help. They gave me a bag of coal and €40 worth of food vouchers on numerous occasions. Like so many others struggling in the same situation to date St Vincent de Paul does remarkable work!”Peter remarks that he is very fortunate to have got through the tough times, and started up his own business which is now a massive success.They have a new unit on the Port Road, where Peter and his three colleagues do interior and exterior painting and cleaning services all over the Northwest and country-wide! Peter says “it’s been some journey and looking forward to the next few. Thank you everyone for your custom it really is very much appreciated. Onwards and upwards keep her lit!”To learn more about Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance you can visit their website or Facebook page.Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance celebrate two years in business was last modified: December 3rd, 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:Entrepreneurletterkennypeadar jims property maintenencepeter blakelast_img read more

Simon Francis signs contract extension with Bournemouth

first_img1 Francis has been at Bournemouth since joining from Charlton in 2011 Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2020.Francis, 33, who has made nearly 300 appearances for the Cherries, had 12 months remaining on his existing deal but has agreed terms to stay for another year.He told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to sign a new deal and am really looking forward to the next two years.”Defender Francis, who joined the club from Charlton in 2011 and played in League One and the Championship, featured 34 times last season as Eddie Howe’s men ensured a fourth season in the Premier League.He added: “The most important thing was to retain our Premier League status for another year and then once that was achieved it was a chance to sit down and discuss things.“It all happened fairly quickly because negotiations don’t take too long when a player wants to stay at the club.“The club have been great with me ever since I arrived. I feel I’ve performed to my best over the past seven years and feel very proud to be part of such a successful squad.”Chief executive Neill Blake added: “Simon is an integral part of the club, both on and off the pitch.“He has proved himself more than capable of making the step up each time we have gained promotion, and this contract extension is fully deserved.“As well as being an excellent player, Simon is also an outstanding professional and a leader in the dressing room.“He sets a fantastic example to those around him and that is especially important for the younger players at the club.”last_img read more

Two schools drop year-round class

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The school board last week approved moving El Dorado and Sunnydale schools to a “single track” schedule in which all pupils start class in July. Aside from the maintenance and utility costs of running year-round schools, state aid to help districts operate year-round schools has decreased significantly, so there is no financial incentive to remain on that type of schedule, district officials have said. Staffers tend to experience burnout on year-round schedules, and it’s hard to find research that says students achieve more when they have frequent breaks, officials said. The Palmdale School District dropped the year-round school schedule in 2003-04 as part of $12 million in cuts to make up for state funding cutbacks to schools. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – El Dorado and Sunnydale schools in the Lancaster School District will drop their year-round calendars and return to a more traditional schedule next school year. The district is in the midst of a multiyear plan to drop the multitrack year-round schedule at all its schools because of difficulties in scheduling training sessions for teachers and other staff. “It will take a couple of years to complete the transition,” Superintendent Steve Gocke said. Seven of Lancaster’s 18 elementary and middle school will remain on a year-round schedule next year. Those are Amargosa Creek, New Vista and Piute middle schools and Lincoln, Linda Verde, Mariposa and Westwind elementary schools. last_img read more

Nine Bulldogs Named to MVC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – Nine members of the Drake University track and field team have been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced.To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must have finished in the top eight of an individual event at the MVC Championship, or top three in a relay, and carry a cumulative 3.2 or higher grade point average.Drake honorees include MVC Champions Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) and NCAA Championship qualifier Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.).Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.), the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor triple jump, also closed her career with a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.Distance runners Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) and Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) were also named to the team as were jumpers Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) and Jaclyn Aremka (Plainfield, Ill.) Thrower David Silkman (Leawood, Kan.) rounded out Drake’s MVC Scholar-Athlete team members.Of Drake’s nine honorees, all posted a 3.47 or higher GPA while five have maintained a 3.80 or higher GPA. A total of 118 MVC student-athlete were honored.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more