Anyone Who Eats Ebola Money Will Go to Jail

first_imgActing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh has warned all of those handling Ebola monies that if any is caught illegally eating Ebola money that person will go to jail.Acting Minister Konneh said it was too early to accuse people of “eating Ebola Trust Fund money”. He, however, emphasized: “But let me say this to those of you receiving money to fight Ebola, when you eat Ebola money, you will go to jail.”He disclosed that the Liberian Government would cut “wasteful spending” and redirect such funding to Ebola treatment centers like ELWA-2 and others all across the country.He also told those handling the funds that proper accountability would be demanded off them in order to ensure that Liberians and sick patients get the “best care possible.”Min. Konneh, who deputized for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Wednesday, September 10, at ELWA-2 Ebola treatment center, had earlier been presented 12 Liberians, who once tested positive with the Ebola virus disease but were now negative and were being released back into their communities.He said he had come with two messages from President Sirleaf: “The first message is to thank our Liberian Ebola heroes [and heroines], Dr. Jerry Brown and your team. I want to assure you, the administrators of ELWA-2 that we will do everything within our power as a government to give all the support that you need here.” Min. Konneh stressed that “anything” that Dr. Brown and his team need to save the lives of Liberians within the isolation, would be provided by the government.He said the second message from the President was that their government is doing everything in its power to respond to the epidemic. Among other things, he disclosed: “We are going to open additional treatment centers around Montserrado and across the country: not in the matter of months but in the matter of weeks; we will work with our partners and we will put our government money inside. We will cut wasteful spending and put the money there when necessary.”Min. Konneh, who is the nation’s chief financial custodian, assured Dr. Brown that he (Konneh) would visit the center everyday.Speaking earlier, Rep. Edwin Melvin Snowe, in whose electoral district number 6, the isolation center is located, said every time, he enters the center, he is “touched.”“Amidst the numerous criticisms, this center is supported fully by the Liberian government. We must give the credit to the government for the success of this center,” he said.According to him, Finance Minister Konneh had informed him that he (Konneh) has been instructed by President Sirleaf that the center be fully supported.He extended thanks to the government for providing vehicles for the center’s workers and Dr. Brown.He, however, said that supporting the centers was good but preventing the spread of the disease was better and more focus should also be placed on it.He appealed to everyone that handling of the anti-Ebola campaign should be void of political gimmicks.Also speaking earlier, Dr. Brown said the 12 having stayed within the isolation between 10 to 20 days had now tested negative. He said among the 12 was a family whose father and mother succumbed to the virus and the kids were now left with their sister to raise. All of them had been positive.Also among the 12 survivors was a women who had lost all her four children to the virus; the eldest was a 27-year-old nurse. She is now alone as she said her husband long abandoned the children and her.She told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that she can no longer go back to her Logan Town home as there would be no one to talk with because everyone has died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Logging Company Dumps Defendants in PUP US$6M Case

first_imgDrama unfolded yesterday in the ongoing trial of four dismissed managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy (MLME), when a significant evidence surfaced suggesting that one of the defendants, John Kantor received US$51,538.20 rather than the US$4,500 from the Universal Forest Corporation (UFC).The evidence was discovered after presiding Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh,  based on request from prosecution, ordered the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copies of cash receipts issued to the company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).Surprisingly, when the company’s management appeared at Criminal Court ‘C’ they produced several cash receipts totaling US$51,538.20, contrary to what prosecution had in its indictment.  It was based on the  new evidence that state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh, who is serving as both a judge and a jury, to allow it to form part of its documentary and oral evidences to convict the defendants.  In its indictment, prosecution alleged that “between the periods of 2010 to December 2011, John Kantor, former technical manager for research of the FDA and while serving the FDA in the said capacity did receive in excess of US$4,500 as compensation or reward from the management of Universal Forest Corporation (UFC) representing final payment for boundary line demarcation of the Getro Private Use Permit (PUP) in Sinoe County.”  Despite serious contention raised by the defense team, arguing that the new evidence should be dismissed on the grounds that the trial has lasted for three weeks and introducing any other evidence would not augur well for the trial.  Judge Gbeneweleh went ahead to ignore the defense team’s argument and granted the state’s request, clarifying that the new evidence was not an additional charge against the defendants.  The decision to cite UFC came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB).His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.  Kantor, along with other senior management officials  of the FDA, including the  dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operations on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.  The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.  The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Liberian Athletes Performed Better in Kampala’

first_img–than Counterparts from Nigeria, Sierra LeoneAmid reports that two teenage Liberian athletes underperformed at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, the head of Liberia’s delegation, Coach Samuel Cooper, has said that the Liberians performed better than their Nigerian and Sierra Leonean counterparts.In an interview in Monrovia, Cooper said among the three West African countries – Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, at the competition, Liberia and Sierra Leone had two athletes each (a male and female) while Nigeria had nine (four males and five females).Coach Cooper said Liberia’s Lucy Massaquoi finished 93rd place with a time of 27:41 and Andrew Kpehe finished 96th place with a time of 30:14 in their respective events.He said Nigerian athletes finished their races as follows: Unity Amos finished 87th place with a time of 42:48; Obileor Lorine finished 92nd place with a time of 45:21; Hannah Adewale finished 94th place with a time of 46:09; Rose Lange finished 95th place with a time of 47:48; Naomi Yucatan did not finish the race; and Husamatu Sanusi finished 116th.The remaining Nigerian athletes included Nanribet Raymondville finished 112th; Danjuma Stephen, 126th place; and Awal Gochin, 129th.He indicated that for the Sierra Leoneans, female athlete Asatu Turay finished 95th place with a time of 29:31 and male athlete Alusine Gbao finished 125th place with a time of 36:27.“There were many athletes from other countries that didn’t finish the race, but Liberia’s two athletes reached the finish line,” Coach Cooper said.Meanwhile, the vice president of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), Frederick Krah, has commended the two athletes for their participation and said their runs have been recorded as the best in the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Help Needed for Natu Wolo

first_imgSponsor Doc Lawson and Master Wolo at the Mandela Field near New Kru TownA member of the New Kru Town U12 All Stars, Natu Wolo, many fans said last Saturday at the Mandela Field, proved that he has football sense.Wolo led his side to defeat their West Point counterparts 4-1, scoring the opening goal after he turned the West Point team’s defense inside out.“This is a star coming from the darkness,” said a soccer fan. “This kid is marvelous.”Despite his ability on the field, Wolo faces a problem: he is not in school. And that is troubling. Fans who heard his story said it is dangerous for the boy to be armed with football skills, without an education.Many fans aware of Liberia’s soccer past said it would not be a good idea for the kid to simply play soccer and therefore recommended an intervention.Many past soccer players did not go to school and some are unable to seek unemployment after their soccer days were over. Some have become liabilities to society that many are frustrated to the point of death.Wolo admitted living with his parents but noted that they are poor people. “My mother sells in the market and there is no money to send me to school,” he told the Daily Observer at the end of their 4-1 victory on Saturday.Doc Lawson of DonamiSports, the organizer of the City Series Challenge Cup, expressed concern about the boy’s future and though he did not make a commitment, commented on the need to get help for the kid.With a positive comment from Doc Lawson, many hoped that help could come from above.On the field of play, Wolo demonstrated a clever talent as his control over the ball is perfect. Striker Wolo is a goal getter and he delivers when he is needed.“He is a talented kid,” said another soccer fan. With the 4-1 victory of Wolo’s New Kru U12, they are set to travel to Gbarnga, Bong County in November to continue the City Series Challenge Cup where the winning team continues to the next round and in another city.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Denny Morrison finishes in 18th place at the 5000m event

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnDenny Morrison has finished his first race at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in 18th place.Morrison competed in the 5,000 metre event Saturday at the Richmond Oval.  Morrison finished with a time of 6:33.77.  After the race, Morrison said he was feeling good about this first race, the 5000m: “It was about getting a feeling of the Olympic atmosphere out of the system.”- Advertisement -The 5,000 metre event is not Denny Morrison’s specialty.  He is the former World Recorder holder in the 1,500 metre race and has done well in the past in the 1,000 metre event.  Those races go next week.  For more on our local athletes visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/vancouver2010 Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the gold with a time of 6:14.60.  He also set a new Olympic Record.  Seung-Hoon Lee from Korea won the silver and Ivan Kobrev from Russia was third.Trevor Makowsky, the only other Canadian in the event finished in 13th place with a time of 6:28.71Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gay mayor extends invitation to Hardaway

first_img“We’re just trying to show him that there are living, breathing people that just happen to be gay,” said NorthMiami Mayor Kevin Burns, who lives with his partner of 23 years and an adopted daughter. He’s still working out details of the visit with Hardaway’s representatives and expects they will make a joint announcement Monday, Burns said. The plan is for Hardaway to join Burns and his family for a routine weekday at the mayor’s office and home – doing things like dropping off Burns’ child at school, meeting with constituents and dinner with the family. Hardaway has been hit hard since the broadcast on the Miami radio station 790-AM The Ticket, in which he said, “I don’t like to be around gay people” and “it shouldn’t be in the U.S. or the world.” Although he apologized within hours, the NBA canceled his remaining appearances at this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Las Vegas, and he lost at least two major endorsement deals. On Friday, Hardaway spent the day with his family, pleading for privacy as television cameras continued a vigil outside the gates of his Pinecrest home. Terry Washington, a spokeswoman for Hardaway, said the former five-time All-Star had not yet spoken to Mayor Burns and that an announcement would be “premature.” As the firestorm continued over Tim Hardaway’s anti-gay remarks on radio, the mayor of North Miami, who is gay, invited the ex-Heat star to spend a day with him. On Friday, Hardaway accepted, the mayor said. center_img Burns has some experience building bridges outside the gay community, since he won the mayor’s seat decisively in 2005 despite some hostility in a city without much of a gay constituency. He has been open but low-key in public about his relationship with Rob Flint, his partner, and their adopted daughter, Autumn. “I don’t expect (Hardaway) to be waving a peace flag anytime soon, even after this,” Burns said Friday. “But maybe he’ll be less likely to say something bad about people if he knows them and understands a little more.” NBA teams headed to Italy, Spain for training camp: Toronto, Memphis, Boston and Minnesota have been chosen to participate in NBAEurope Live in October for training camp and exhibition games against Euroleague opponents in the secondyear of the tour. 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

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Nurse shortage grows acute; classes lacking

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Had she gone to a private university, Genny Alvarez would already be a registered nurse. But those four years were spent instead at Los Angeles Valley College, waiting to get courses in microbiology, anatomy, physiology and other requirements to enter the four-year nursing program at California State University, Northridge. “I was already a certified nurse’s assistant when I was in high school,” said Alvarez, now 24. “I had taken college courses in English and math. I just always wanted to be a nurse and I was lucky that my parents supported me.” Actually, she was lucky to get into a nursing program at all. The California Board of Registered Nursing says the demand for nursing classes far outstrips what’s available. While 117 programs are now available statewide – 20 more than at the start of the decade – there was room for just 39percent of all qualified applicants in 2005-06, the last year for which data were available. Equally problematic, officials say, is a shortage of instructors to teach those responding to the nationwide demand for nurses. “Nurses who are qualified to teach say they can make better money elsewhere,” said Mary Cox, who chairs the Health Sciences Department and directs the nursing program at Valley College, where she has worked to eliminate the waiting list among prospective nurses. “People don’t realize that the nursing shortage also has to do with finding instructors,” she said. California’s nursing crisis began about 15 years ago, when hospitals streamlined their operations to cope with rising health-care costs and shorter patient stays. Thousands of RNs lost their jobs as hospitals downsized, and others subsequently left the profession because of lagging salaries, long hours and crushing case loads. Now, as baby boomers age and more nursing resources are again needed, the health-care industry finds itself with an insufficient number of RNs. A report released last August by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that most regions of the Golden State are facing a critical shortage of RNs. California, in fact, has the nation’s lowest ratio of nurses for each 100,000 residents. The need is greatest in Los Angeles, which is currently short some 10,000 RNs and is forecast to need more than 20,000 additional nurses by 2030, the university study says. But filling those jobs is proving difficult, experts say. Many colleges discontinued their nursing programs a decade ago because of the glut of RNs and are now scrambling to revive the classes. Further, the average nurse is now 45 years old, so the profession will have to replace those who retire. Cox said many of those who apply to the Valley College nursing program have a romanticized view of the profession and are ill prepared to handle the actual work of being an RN. “They walk into a hospital setting and they say,`You want me to do what?”‘ Cox said. “I think there’s a perception out there that they are going to enter nursing and make money.” One study by the Los Angeles Community College District found that nearly 25 percent of nursing-program students dropped out, slightly higher than the statewide average. Even after they graduate, one-third of all registered nurses quit during their first year in a hospital, according to the California Nurses Association, which represents 75,000 nurses. “Either they fall through the cracks or end up in a unit that doesn’t suit them and they are traumatized,” spokeswoman Liz Jacobson said. Seeking to stem the tide, the CNA created a mentoring program three years ago that pairs novices with senior nurses. “Initial data found that the nurses that went through the program are seven times more likely to stay,” Jacobson said. Fewer nurses Innovative solutions In the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles community colleges Mission, Pierce and Valley are partnering with nearby high schools and hospitals to try to boost the number of prospective nursing students. In addition, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima – which has been on the cutting edge of educational innovation – just received a $500,000 grant from the Unihealth Foundation so aspiring nurses can start their course work as early as ninth grade. The center is working with Mission College in Sylmar and with Mission Hospital in Panorama City to help recruit students. “This community is largely uninsured, and it needs professionals in health care,” Principal Yvonne Chan said. “We want to start the children young, so they can finish their prerequisites, go to college, then come back and give to their community. “This is a community where there is high poverty. We needed to create our own pipeline to be self-reliant.” Over the next three years, the grant will help 350 students pay for books, supplies and bus passes to and from the hospital and Mission College. Chan said 95 students have already enrolled in the program. In addition, California State University, Northridge, is in the final stages of creating a 15-month accelerated nursing program that would begin this summer. The 56-unit program is geared toward those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a comparable field and would like to become a registered nurse. The campus has already received more than 400 inquiries about the fast-paced program. “We all realize that we need more nurses in the Valley, and CSUN is positioned well to do that,” said Martha Highfield, director of CSUN’s nursing program. “This type of program is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, way.” And Highfield believes retention rates will be good. “Typically in programs like the one we’re starting, retention is high because you have students who already hold degrees, which makes them a proven learner,” she said. But Highfield cautioned that the course work is heavy, leaving no time for outside jobs. “We’ll be advising our students that they can’t work,” she said, and encouraging them to seek financial aid. She also said students will be reminded of the career they are entering. “I think people don’t realize how physically and intellectually challenging it is to be a nurse,” Highfield said. “They think it’s hand-holding and passing out medications. I think sometimes people are unhappy in nursing because they are recruited into believing they will just be doing bedside. But what they don’t realize is they will be dealing with very challenging situations, with very sick people, and it’s not easy work. “But nurses now have many more opportunities,” she said. “If a nurse knows herself well, she becomes highly respected.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Ronaldo arrives in Turin ahead of Juventus unveiling

first_imgJuventus then posted a video of the plane landing and the player disembarking with his entourage before being whisked off by club officials in a car with blacked-out windows.Ronaldo was expected to land in Italy on Monday morning after surprising the world and asking for a 100 million-euro ($116 million) move from European champions Real Madrid, with daily Repubblica reporting that as many as 20,000 fans were expected to greet him at the airport.However Ronaldo, who won four of the last five Champions Leagues with his former club, will now head for the Allianz Stadium for medicals on Monday before facing journalists’ questions at a media conference scheduled for 1630 GMT.There the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will sign a four-year contract worth a reported 30 million euros a season in a deal that Italian media says will cost Juventus a total of 350 million euros.La Repubblica reports that Ronaldo will meet the team — who have begun pre-season training — on Monday afternoon, but will join them officially later in the month when they begin their summer tour of the United States.– Objective: Champions League –Juventus are hoping that Ronaldo’s arrival will push Juventus into world football’s big league.Fresh from their seventh Serie A title in as many years and four straight domestic doubles, the “Old Lady” of Italian football has struggled to turn domestic dominance into European success.Ronaldo meanwhile has scored 120 Champions League goals, more than anyone else in the history of the competition, and won four out of the last five editions with Real.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 but reached the final in 2015 and 2017, where they were bested by Barcelona and Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid respectively.Massimiliano Allegri’s side were effectively knocked out of the Champions League by Ronaldo in the last two seasons, with the Portuguese scoring a brace in the 2017 final and slotting home the controversial stoppage-time penalty that thwarted an incredible Juve comeback from three goals down and saw them exit at the quarter-final stage.That’s without forgetting the double he bagged in the first leg as Madrid ran out 3-0 winners in Turin — which included an incredible scissor kick second that led to the Allianz Stadium rising to its feet in appreciation.“I say this as a fan, Cristiano Ronaldo is an incredible signing,” Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio said on Instagram on Wednesday.Analysts Banca IMI claim that “Juventus will benefit from increased ticket sales, which we estimate at an additional 5-7 million euros per season, and in general all brand-related activities”, such as merchandising, marketing and sponsorship on a scale that is difficult to estimate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Italy © AFP / Juan MabromataTURIN, Italy, Jul 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo has landed in Turin ahead of his official unveiling as Juventus’ superstar summer signing on Monday afternoon, the Serie A champions announced on Sunday.“Now arriving in Turin: @Cristiano!” the club wrote on its Twitter account, alongside a photo of Ronaldo with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez in front of the private jet that brought him to Italy at Turin’s Caselle airport.last_img read more

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