The St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, which was rocked by the Ebola crisis, officially reopened yesterday after about three months of closure, restricting its health care delivery to pregnant women and children.The Acting Administrator of the Roman Catholic-run institution, Dr. Bernard I. Benda, told newsmen yesterday that the hospital opened its doors with only eight beds for inpatients in the maternity ward, amidst their assessment of the health crisis in the fight of the world’s deadliest virus, Ebola.Dr. Benda said the remaining 16-bed capacity and the pediatric ward will be opened to its full pre-Ebola capacity over a period of time, details of which will be subsequently announced, along with the relevant fees and procedures that may be required.“A skeletal staff has been put into place, and maybe after a while of assurance of support, the hospital may return to its status quo in continuous service to the Liberian people and all those who are need of health care,” Dr. Benda said.Pundits believed the reopening of the Catholic Hospital was because of an appeal from the Liberian Government to treat common illnesses and in exchange of logistical and financial support. It may be recalled that the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital shut its doors in July when a total of nine staff, including four missionaries and five Liberians, died.They included Rev. Fr. Miguel Pajares, Rev. Bro. Patrick Nshamdze, Rev. Br. George Combey and Rev. Sr. Chantal Mutuameme.Others were Layson Wilson, Mrs. Tetee Dogba, Ms. Lanrene Togba, Mr. Dominic Wesseh and Mr. Richard Kellie.However, the reopening of the St. Joseph Hospital to treat only pregnant women has made the hospital to join the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville and other health centers amidst fear of the lack of support from the government as it relates to Personal Protective Equipment and other logistics.In its official statement on the reopening of the hospital, the Catholic Archdiocese highlighted key points in the Hospital’s existence in Liberia:In 1956, President William V.S. Tubman solicited from Pope Pius XII that the Catholic Church establishes a hospital and medical school in Liberia.Mrs. M. Eva Hilton generously donated 33 and a half acre plot of land to the Church through Pro-Nuncio Francis Carroll for said purpose.On January 24, 1967, President Tubman inaugurated the Catholic Hospital.During the Liberian civil war, according to the Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital was the only functioning hospital in Monrovia, which at a given time was temporarily closed, although the hospital remained open in spite of many challenges.However, the Hospital experienced its worst tragedy in recent times and was forced to close its doors to the public in July this year. “We all know the raging impact of what is referred to as the Ebola virus,” the Church said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Not having an education or trade while living in Africa can be relatively difficult, especially when you’re physically challenged. I met the single mother of two little boys whom I always observe standing around the streets of Monrovia, obviously waiting for something.I decided to monitor them over the week to see why they always lingered around; and to my surprise, I saw a woman slowly crawling towards them with a look of pain written across her face.For a split second, I thought she would pass them, but upon reaching the youngest that looked to be about six years –old, he warmly reached around her neck and gave her a tight hug.Her Children Seeing children unattended to, especially in Monrovia city, urged me to ask the crawling woman for her story, and with much coaxing, she opened up.‘My children have to be fed and placed in school. I cannot look at my disability and say because of that, my children should have to suffer” Cecelia stated.Cecelia, who crawls on all two knees, says that her physical condition is a mystery and happened so suddenly.“I once walked normally, but according to my family, I went to bed one night and awoke the next morning unable to walk; to stretch my legs straight. I can stand on my left leg, but rather that I crawl on all two since my right leg is no good,” she added.According to the mother, her disability has caused her to miss out on school and because of that she has no skill or idea how to do anything other than beg.“Every day I take a car from Red Light along with my two youngest and come into the city to look for money to take care of them. Their father walked out on me and now I find myself having to beg. I don’t want to do it, I’d rather be selling and having my own business, but this is where I find myself,” she added.Meanwhile, Cecelia makes about L$700.00 a day, she claims, enough she says to complete a house she has already moved into.“Out of the money I make, I’ve built my house and the children and I have a roof over our head now. I have four children who all have to go to school, and I’m able to register them because of my begging,” she adds.Though everywhere she passes along the streets stare at the woman who is just less than two feet when she’s crawling, Cecelia says she’s not ashamed of her condition.“I went to a doctor who says I could possibly walk again one day. He says the veins behind my legs can be restored as though they have never been damaged. I’m hopeful of walking one day and because of that I drag my children out here every day for us to look for money,” she says.Also, Cecelia says she has a wheelchair, but due to the distance she has to commute every day, she leaves it at home. She also added that he’s proud of her children who are always patient and obedient when it comes to accommodating her on her daily hustles.“I have good kids and wouldn’t trade them in for anything. I’m their mother and have to do the right things for them, it’s no one else’s duty but mine to make sure my kids are okay, healthy and in school,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One week after United Kingdom-based oil company Tullow spud its second well in the Orinduik Block offshore Guyana, Repsol Exploration, a Spanish oil company, has also commenced drilling in the Kanuku Block of the maritime zone.The works commenced on Sunday at the Carapa 1 well site within the Kanuku Block and will conclude on November 30, 2019.These operations will incorporate the use of MODU Rowan EXL-II and the OSV Bourbon Calm during this period.Maritime Administration in a notice said that the necessary signs and lights will be displayed to alert other vessels which have already been cautioned to maintain a wide berth of these vessels.Once oil is found in this well, Repsol has said Guyana could benefit from as much as 60 per cent in oil profit, based on its Petroleum Agreement with the Government.It is understood that the net cost of the Carapa well will cost US$20 million. Last week, a notice published in one of the daily newspapers said that Tullow will now be heading to the Joe-1 well site to drill. That operation, which will incorporate the use of the MODU Stena Forth drillship, is expected to conclude on December 31, 2019.The Joe is located in approximately 650 metres of water and costs approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates had estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.About three weeks ago, Tullow announced a major oil find at the Jethro-1 exploration well in the Orinduik Block, becoming the second oil company to announce an oil find offshore Guyana. Jethro-1 well was drilled by the Stena Forth drillship to a total depth of 4400 metres in approximately 1350 metres of water. According to a statement from the company, evaluation of the logging data confirmed that Jethro-1 comprises high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs of Lower Tertiary age, which simply means they date back to millions of years ago. The well encountered 55M of net oil pay, which indicates a recoverable oil resource estimate that exceeds Tullow’s pre-drill forecast of 100 million barrels of oil.News of the find created waves in financial centres around the world, as well as international news outlets. Up to press time, Tullow’s shares had jumped by over 19 per cent on the London Stock Exchange. In fact, it was the biggest gainer on the index.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields.In April, ExxonMobil made its 13th discovery offshore Guyana at the Yellowtail-1 well. Two months prior, the US super major made double oil discoveries at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 well in the South-west section of the Stabroek Block. Yellowtail-1, located some six miles North-west of the Tilapia discovery, encountered approximately 292 feet of high quality oil bearing sandstone reservoir. That discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block. Yellowtail-1 is the fifth discovery in the Turbot area, which ExxonMobil expects to become a major development hub.
A 47-year-old man was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday and charged for fraudulent misappropriation.Shastri Dhanasar appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and pleaded guilty to the charge.The charge stated that on September 4, 2019, at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, being solely entrusted with $4,700 to buy water and juice for Shamain Safi, he fraudulently converted the money to his own use and benefit. The unremorseful man in his address to the court said, “I done spend out she money, I have no time with her, do what you want do”.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman informed the court that the Virtual Complainant (VC) and Dhanasar are known to each other for the past five years.The Prosecutor indicated that on the day in question, the VC, who is a vendor, was at her stand when Dhanasar asked to borrow her bike.The woman, after lending him the bike, asked if he can buy the items for her; however, Dhanasar never returned after collecting the money to purchase the items. A report was made to the Police and the man was subsequently arrested. Magistrate McGusty fined Dhanasar $40,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him spending four months in prison.
This year’s muddy mayhem will be taking place at the North Peace Light Horse Association Rodeo Grounds, located on the East Bypass Road.The Mud Bog will feature a variety of categories for drivers, as well as laser tag and other fun-filled activities for kids.The annual event is set up to help raise funds for the Fort St. John Rotary Club and all the proceeds will go to funding local projects such as the new skate park, as well as Fort St. John’s Christmas hamper dinner for underprivileged residents.- Advertisement -The mud filled events will begin at noon on both days.Tickets only cost $15 and can be purchased at the North Peace Box-Office, online or by calling 250-785-1992.
“These changes put Husky in the best position to achieve its goals,” said Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson in an email Tuesday.“This was about changing the way we approach our business, the way we make decisions and the way we work together to meet our goals.” The Canadian Press This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2019.Companies in this article: (TSX:HSE)Advertisement Calgary-based Husky Energy Inc. is confirming it is laying off staff but won’t say how many.The company controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing says the reductions are a result of steps taken to align its workforce with its capital plan and strategy.In a regulatory filing earlier this year, Husky indicated it had 5,157 permanent employees as of the end of 2018, little changed from the numbers at the end of 2016 and 2017.- Advertisement -Husky, which reports its third-quarter results on Thursday, announced at its investor day last spring that it would slash its average budget by $350 million per year to $3.15 billion over the next five years, accomplishing that in part by cutting costs.It said it would still grow its production by 100,000 barrels per day by 2023.The job cuts are reminiscent of a series of layoffs by Calgary oil and gas producers following an oil price crash in late 2014 that contributed to an estimated 110,000 direct and indirect jobs being lost through 2015 and 2016.Advertisement
THE DONEGAL County Board has tonight confirmed that €17,800 was stolen from its bank account during the summer.An official said thieves had hacked into the Board’s details and transferred the money into an account in England.The money was then withdrawn from the English account. The incident is believed to have happened in early August and an investigation involving both Gardai in Letterkenny and police in Reading has been under way “for some time.”It’s not clear if the Bank of Ireland is liable for the transfer. DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD CONFIRMS €17,800 STOLEN FROM ITS BANK ACCOUNT was last modified: November 13th, 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:bank accountdonegal county boardtheft
Action between Onduparaka FC and Wakiso Giants FC on Wednesday. (PHOTO/Wakiso Giants)Uganda Premier League Onduparaka FC 1-0 Wakiso Giants FC Green Light Stadium, Arua Wednesday, 02-10-2019Onduparaka FC defeated Wakiso Giants FC 1-0 in one of the three Uganda Premier league matches played on Wednesday.Fazil Ibrahim scored the only goal of the game inside the opening 6 minutes.The midfielder ensured his team takes all three points, seeing his deflected effort go past Derrick Emukule in the Wakiso goal.Earlier-at the other end, Karim Ndugwa had rattled the cross bar in the 3rd minute of the game.Krizestom Ntambi had an effort saved by the Onduparaka custodian after the Uganda Cranes international had gotten the better of Rashid Okocha.Ntambi also headed wide a Tom Matsiko corner while in acres of space in the area.With thw visitors struggling to get to grips in the game, they made an early change, sending on Hassan Ssenyonjo in place of Lawrence Bukenya on 32 minutes.With desperation setting in, Matsiko tried his luck from distance but his effort went wide of the mark.Substitute Geoffrey Sserunkuma had to efforts fail to hit the back of the net in quick succession but it was just not to be Wakiso’s day as Onduparaka held on to register thw victory.The Caterpillars have now won four games this season and move top of the pile, level on points with second placed Bul but with a superior goal difference.For Wakiso, they have now lost three of their first six games and remain on 7 points for the season.In their next fixtures, Wakiso Giants are at home to Mbarara City on Saturday while Onduparaka travels to Luzira to face Maroons FC on the same day.The other games played on Wednesday-Tooro United 1-0 KCCA FC-SC Villa 0-0 Vipers SCComments Tags: Fazil IbrahimGeoffrey sserunkumaHassan SsenyonjoKarim NdugwaLawrance Bukenyaonduparaka fctopUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giants
Tony Fernandes has taken to Twitter after a “better week” for QPR.Rangers, recently thrashed 6-0 at home by Newcastle, led against Sunderland before bowing out of the EFL Cup, and were much better in the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham.Co-chairman Fernandes felt the fans played their part in that improvement.Was a better week for @QPRFC. Great support thank you. Good fight back. Unlucky not to win. This week saw many academy players. Pleasing— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 25, 2016Was also great seeing our club badge and fantastic kit . It rebuilding time and feeling good— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 25, 2016Made a huge difference this week. Fans were really the 12th Man. Both at Sunderland and yesterday— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 25, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for harsher sentencing of perpetrators of violence against women and children and for the speedy re-establishment of sexual offences courts in the country.South African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana urged the minister of justice to speed up the re-establishment of the sexual offences courts. (Image: Government Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterSouth African Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for harsher sentencing of perpetrators of violence against women and children and for the speedy re-establishment of sexual offences courts in the country.Speaking at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Sunday, Xingwana said that, by giving women and child abusers harsher sentences, “our courts are continuing to play a role in sending a message to these abusers that their actions will not be tolerated.“Those who commit atrocities and murders against women and children must rot in jail. They do not deserve bail or parole. They must not be allowed to share the same spaces with our women and children, nor must they be allowed to roam our streets,” Xingwana said.“We also urge the minister of justice to speed up the re-establishment of the sexual offences courts.”For the 13th year, South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.Violence ‘takes different forms’Xingwana said that, despite South Africa’s constitutional and legislative protection, violence based on gender and sexual orientation remained at unacceptable levels.This violence could take different forms, including sexual harassment, abuse, assault, rape, domestic violence and other cultural practices that were harmful to women and children, such as ukuthwalwa (abduction of girls for marriage) and ukungenwa (the practice whereby a widowed woman automatically becomes her brother-in-law’s wife).Xingwana said the impact of gender-based violence in South Africa included direct costs relating to health care services, judicial services, social and other related services.She said gender-based violence robbed women and children of the opportunity to become productive citizens of the country.“It denies them their constitutional rights and condemns them to a life of perpetual fear. They are therefore prevented from enjoying the fruits of our freedom and democracy.”Call for partnershipsThe minister called for partnerships between government and civil society organisations to deal with the scourge of violence directed at women and children.“We believe that the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence require the collective efforts of all South Africans.”Xingwana emphasised the need for concerted efforts to promote the 16 Days campaign in rural areas, including in farming and mining communities.“Those most severely affected by violence are in these areas and may not be aware of the resources and services available to them to help them cope with their circumstances.“I urge all South Africans to join this fight. When we know that someone is being abused in our own home or in our neighbour’s house, we have a duty to report it.”“We also have a duty to stand in court as witnesses to make sure that these abusers are prosecuted successfully.”Empowering womenDomestic violence was not something that should be left to families to resolve. “An uncle who rapes a niece needs to face the full might of the law,” Xingwana said.Police Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu said police training had been beefed up to ensure that police are able to deal with domestic violence cases.However, the reality was that victims of violence were reluctant to come forward and seek legal advice and social support.“This could be due to lack of knowledge about their rights, and the social stigma around domestic violence. We must also accept the sad reality that financial dependency on husbands, fathers, partners and family members increases their vulnerability,” Sotyu said.“We remain convinced that empowering women will help us win the war against poverty, inequality, unemployment and abuse.”Source: SANews.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.