Crematoriums Urgently Needed Throughout Liberia

first_imgThe government has itself admitted that Liberia today faces the worst health crisis in its history—the Ebola pandemic.  Never before have our people been dropping dead by the minute all over the country. Even the founding fathers and mothers and the brothers and sisters they met on the ground in 1822, leading to the establishment of the republic and beyond, did not drop dead like this.  Remember, they   were totally unprepared for the deadly malaria disease.  But most survived it. Elijah Johnson, who led his colleagues from Shebro Island in Sierra Leone to Providence Island, survived until he became part of the Constitutional Convention of 1847.  He signed the Declaration of Independence on July 26 that year; witnessed the first election that produced Joseph Jenkins Roberts as our first President; fathered our nation’s 11th President, Hilary Richard Wright Johnson; and died in 1849, after making sure Liberia had become an  independent republic.Our infant and maternal mortality rates are still high, but here, too, we have made steady progress, especially in the past several years.But this Ebola tragedy is something else, totally different from anything we have ever experienced.  It is a drastic disease that calls for drastic responses.One such response relates to how we dispose of bodies—the disease’s deadly denouement.We would like to propose the building of CREMATORIA (CREMATORIUMS) throughout  Liberia.  Why?    We make this call in grateful  recognition of one of the great blessings the good Lord has bestowed upon Liberia: PLENTIFUL WATER! Few of us yet know exactly how many rivers Liberia has, but they are numerous.  Most of us know the major ones—the St. Paul, Mano, Farmington, the Du, Marshall, St. John, Cavala, Cestos, Lofa and the Makona.  But there are many more. We also know of Liberia’s two great lakes—Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount County and Lake Shepherd in Maryland County.  Lake Piso is so huge and sometimes so rough that President Tubman called it “an inland sea.”There are yet numerous creeks, including the Stockton.What does all this mean and what is its relevance to Ebola?  It means that because of all this water, the country’s water table is VERY HIGH, and this is especially true in Montserrado, Margibi. Grand Bassa, Cape Mount and some other counties.     And what does the water table have to do with Ebola?  EVERYTHING!  International economists and hydrological experts have warned that the world’s next looming crisis which, if we are not careful, could provoke war, is  WATER—or the scarcity thereof.  This economic and geophysical reality places Liberia in an enviable position—for it means that one day, in addition to our minerals, rubber and hopefully petroleum, we could also be exporting WATER as a foreign exchange earner.  But . . .And here’s the BIG BUT: Liberia could one day become a water power IF—and this is, again, a BIG IF, IF we do not contaminate our water with the Ebola dead!What do we mean?  We mean that this habit this our  government has of burying Ebola dead all over the place is dangerously unnecessary and amounts to a slap in the face of our Creator who has blessed us with all this water.It has been said that when bodies are “properly sprayed and buried” the virus will die.  But how many bodies are properly handled?  We submit that this is a big risk.Do we remember that the people in Johnsonville, Montserrado County, are now  afraid to drink from their river because of the Ebola bodies that were dumped near it several weeks ago?GOL should adopt a policy declaring that ALL Ebola bodies should be CREMATED.  We understand that just last Saturday an Ebola body, belonging to GOL itself, was buried in Thinkers’ Village in Paynesville, a city with one of the highest water tables in the land.We appeal to GOL to STOP immediately burying Ebola bodies and start CREMATING them. Let us take advantage of the many Indians in the country who know all about cremations and how to do them.  They can help us build crematoria in all nine of the affected counties.  GOL should build at least two crematoria in every county, and four in the larger counties; then make it illegal to bury any Ebola body.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Speaker says: procure prior permission

first_imgOpposition’s in-house protestSome two weeks after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) took its protest inside the Parliament Chambers to register its disapproval of the unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, on Friday issued a caution about such behaviour, saying that permission needs to be sought from him before such actions are taken.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandFriday’s parliamentary session saw the budget considerations going underway ahead of the 2018 Budget Presentation later this month, but not before the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland chided the Opposition for their protest in the assembly during the President’s address.Scotland noted that there is a process which has to be followed when seeking such a course of action in the Parliament.According to the Speaker, the members should have approached him first to seek permission. Scotland also noted that more restraint should have been shown, since foreign dignitaries were present in the house.“This assembly allows for dissenting views to be expressed. The assembly protects the rights of all its members to speak. It seems from recent events that the virtues we undertook to uphold are under threat,” Dr Scotland said.“There are rules which hold sway in the National Assembly. The relevant standing orders require members to maintain silence when an honourable member is addressing the house. As regards placards, those can only be done through the permission of the speaker, who can set such appropriate terms and conditions,” Dr Scotland declared.The scenes from the protest in the National AssemblyHe noted that if the objective was to disrupt the President’s address, it was fulfilled. Scotland stressed that respect should have been shown to President David Granger because he represented the state.At the November 2nd sitting, when Parliament resumed from recess, President David Granger was faced with protests from parliamentarians seated on the Opposition benches, after passing through a large crowd of placard-bearing protesters outside.A number of individuals and organisations spanning a wide cross-section of society have soundly criticised and condemned the President’s decision to unilaterally appoint a chairman for GECOM, including the Guyana Bar Association; the Berbice Bar Association; the Private Sector Commission (PSC); the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).Criticism has also come from the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and members of the diaspora.In addition, the political Opposition has filed a legal challenge in the courts seeking to revoke Patterson’s appointment.There have even been resignations following the appointment; noted activist Christopher Ram from a committee handling the setting up of a local law school; and Major General (ret’d) Joe Singh from his position as a Presidential Advisor.In light of heated debate in the public domain, persons had expressed expectations that the President would use the occasion to address concerns regarding the issue.last_img read more

Indian company bids for full buyout

first_imgA possible battle looms over the takeover of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as another company officially proposes to Government its interest to invest in the cash-strapped estates.The Indian firm, which was introduced to the Government by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s son-in-law, Tony Joseph, has formally proposed to buy over the sugar company.Prime Minister Moses NagamootooIn a letter to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, dated January 27, 2017, Shrinath Ispat Limited said it wanted to take over the management and operations of the entire estate, including sugar manufacturing and co-generation of power divisions.“We intend to put our equity as investment required for modernisation of the plant to operate smoothly and profitably and also for the working capital whereas the existing assets, including plant and machinery, would be as equity of GuySuCo,” the corporate entity outlined in the letter which was interestingly copied to the Prime Minister, but not to President David Granger, nor Minister of State Joseph Harmon.The company expressed gratitude to the Government and the Sugar Corporation for giving its delegation an opportunity to visit all six of the sugar estates. The company promised to provide a more detailed plan for takeover if the proposal piques Government’s interest.NepotismDespite immense criticisms and concerns of nepotism, the Prime Minister defended his son-in-law’s involvement in this sensitive arrangement.Businessman Tony JosephAccording to Nagamootoo, his son-in-law is helping the Government out of the pureness of his heart.“This issue is not about the Prime Minister’s son-in-law. This issue is about a businessman, a credible successful businessman who has decided that he will bring investors to Guyana wherever he can find them. He’s a Guyanese, he is a Berbician and he wants to help Guyana,” Nagamootoo had told this newspaper.Joseph, a businessman, was encouraging investors to meet with Government officials to deliberate on possible plans for the local industry, however, the first known company to visit Guyana through him was the Indian firm.Joseph became involved in this initiative after the suggestion was made by Nagamootoo.“He just listened to the Prime Minister in India saying bring some investors to help the crippled sugar industry and he did… I met him in Delhi (India) where there was a Rotary club meeting, I met him with the High Commissioner, he went there on his own business and I met with all the business people. He asked me to go to a dinner and everyone wants to come to Guyana… they want to even form a Guyana/New Delhi Friendship Society and I said, ‘listen Tony, get a list of all who wants to invest in Guyana, coordinate with our High Commissioner and see if you can make contact (with Ministries)’,” the Prime Minister explained.ConflictHowever, a Trinidadian firm has already indicated its interest in investing in the Skeldon Estate.The company, D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL), already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) on behalf of the Government for the undertaking of a feasibility study.A copy of the letter written by the Indian firmThe feasibility study is proposed to commence on April 3 and will be completed in the second-quarter of the year.The integrated sugarcane processing facility will include developing an integrated sugar-to-ethanol and electric power project. While sugar will not be produced, the Skeldon Factory will still have to process the sugar cane all the way to the molasses stage, but the diffuser for extracting the sugar will become redundant.The feasibility study will examine the cultivation and harvesting of sugar cane and sugarcane processing.It will also look at the production of fuel-grade ethanol, and the production of bulk rum for local, regional and international markets.The feasibility study will also focus on power production from bagasse, production of high-test molasses, the construction of a liquid bulk terminal and the development of a solar power generation facility.The findings of the feasibility study will provide critical information and set the platform to make a definitive project proposal to the Government of Guyana.Meanwhile, the MoU was signed without full disclosure to the Guyanese public and without any public notice or public tender. The company has no experience with any agricultural enterprise, and provides engineering services to the automotive and oil industries in T&T.Notably, however, as witness to the signing was Noel Rupie Shewjattan, the owner of Auto Fashion Store on Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. Auto Fashion Store also has no experience in the agricultural sector.last_img read more

EnCana splits into two

first_imgEnergy Giant EnCana is splitting into two companies. Online newspaper Earth Times reports the board of directors for the EnCana Corporation has unanimously approved plans to disect the company into two independent and distinct companies.  One of them will be a natural gas business, known as the EnCana (GasCo).   The other will be an integrated oil company, known as Cenovus Energy Inc.  Both will be based in Calgary, Alberta. The idea of a schism was first proposed in May of 2008, and will reportedly enhance long-term profits for shareholders, by creating two distinct companies, each more well-suited to its individual role. – Advertisement -The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of November, and existing shareholders will retain their EnCana shares, and also receive one Cenovus Energy share for every common share they hold. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. (MST) Friday in Calgary to further discuss the announcement. For more on this story, visit,956647.shtmlAdvertisementlast_img read more

Wenger hopes Wilshere signs soon

first_img0Shares0000Jack Wilshere celebrates during Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is eager to tie down midfielder Jack Wilshere to a new contract, after drawn out negotiations.The 26-year-old has endured a difficult period over the last few years due to being plagued by injuries, but appears to have rediscovered his best form this season. Wilshere was eased back into the Gunners’ team in the first half of the current campaign and has established himself as a regular starter since mid-December, starting nine out of 11 Premier League games.However, the Englishman’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season and Wenger is hoping to reach an agreement with Wilshere sooner rather than later.“That decision doesn’t depend only on me,” said Wenger, according to Goal.“I want him to sign very quickly.“We are still to make the decision and find the pen somewhere. I’m happy to give him one.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DOD, Homeland Security failing on audits

first_img“The consequence to the public is the federal budget is conceivably larger than it needs to be. And there’s no way of knowing if it can’t even be audited,” said Ronald W. Johnson, a senior vice president at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute in Research Triangle Park, N.C. “Even if there are no financial consequences, there are political consequences.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The AP review of financial statements from the federal government’s 15 executive departments shows that most pass their audits, although many agencies – including NASA, the Coast Guard and FEMA – have been frequently cited for serious accounting errors. The entire Homeland Security Department, with a $35 billion budget this fiscal year, passed its first audit in 2003 with strong stipulations, but has failed every one since. And the Defense Department, with a $460 billion budget this fiscal year, has never even come close to passing. Because that department makes up at least 20 percent of all federal spending, the entire federal government also has failed its audits since the congressional mandate took effect. Failing an audit in any other venue could have dire consequences – a public company’s stock could plummet, state and local governments could see bond and credit ratings sink. But for the federal government, effects are less direct because the U.S. Treasury is a guaranteed funding source. Still, Tina Jonas, undersecretary and chief financial officer of the Department of Defense, and David Norquist, chief financial officer at the Homeland Security Department, agree that a disclaimer on an audit leaves their agencies vulnerable to waste and fraud. Both said they have other checks in place aimed at controlling how money is spent but also acknowledged that resolving the audit problems would save their agencies money. Ten years after Congress ordered federal agencies to have outside auditors review their books, neither the Defense Department nor the newer Department of Homeland Security has met even basic accounting requirements, leaving them vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. An Associated Press review shows that the two departments’ financial records are so disorganized and inconsistent that they have repeatedly earned “disclaimer” opinions, meaning that they simply cannot be fully audited. “It means we really can’t put any faith in the numbers they use,” said Ross Rubenstein, who teaches public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. The Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 requires, among other things, that the financial systems of major federal agencies “comply substantially” with generally accepted accounting standards. Each year, those agencies are required to release results of outside audits. last_img read more

Landfill vote proposed

first_imgMOJAVE – A Missouri-based firm and its partners hope to put before Kern County voters a $1 billion landfill and renewable energy project proposed on old farmland and open desert south of Red Rock Canyon State Park. Proponents say the High Desert Green Energy Park, proposed about 15 miles north of Mojave, would provide a major economic boost to Kern County, but opponents criticize it as an example of Los Angeles’ dump-it-the-desert mentality. Backed by Missouri-based Herzog Environmental Inc., the project is proposed on 3,100 acres of privately owned land, which would be turned into a trash landfill, a construction debris processing and recycling facility, and solar, wind, and biomass energy facilities. Proponents need to collect 15,000 signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot to amend the county’s general plan and zoning code, necessary to permit the project to go forward. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It (the initiative process) is constitutionally protected method that involves the main stakeholders, the taxpayers,” said Brandon Martin, a Bakersfield attorney who is the project manager. “It’s not an end-run around the local officials.” If approved, the project would be the largest landfill in Kern County. It would handle up to 18,000 tons of Southern California trash per day, as much as 5,000 tons of construction debris, and up to 2,000 tons of organic material for the biomass energy facility, according to a document filed with the county elections department. Project documents show the landfill covering 1,500 acres about three miles east of Highway 14 and six miles south of Red Rock Canyon State Park, touching one border of the Desert Tortoise Preserve Natural Area. The energy facilities would be about a mile west, lying along Highway 14 about a mile south of Jawbone Canyon Road, the entrance to a popular off-roading area. “The measure serves the County of Kern through encouraging the development and operation of a specific recycling and renewable energy project that provides a long-term economic stimulus that will lead to job creation and substantial tax revenues for decades,” project proponents said in the document. Opponents include Kern County Supervisor Don Maben, whose district contains the landfill site. Maben said the landfill would put 700 trucks a day on the Antelope Valley Freeway and Highway 14 through Mojave, adding to traffic and causing air-quality issues. The initiative would prevent county officials from overseeing its operations, he added. Maben said the project would create problems for flight-test operations out of nearby Edwards Air Force Base and the China Lake Naval Warfare Center at Ridgecrest. The landfill would attract birds, which would increase the danger of aircraft hitting birds; hamper night flying because of lights; and would not be subject to tower height restrictions enacted by the county to prevent conflicts with military low-level flying, he said. “It will hurt the Air Force and it will hurt the Navy,” Maben said. Martin said meetings with the military are planned to go over the project. The project will not go forward if it hurts their operations, he said. “We will work with them,” Martin said. Maben said another objection is the lack of a guarantee that the energy component of the project would be built. Martin said the energy facilities are vital to ensue the project’s economic viability. One of the reasons that particular site was chosen is because a power line runs along the southern boundary, letting the project tie into the state’s electricity grid. “The real assurance is that it’s in our best economic interest to do that,” Martin said of building the energy component. The effort opposing the project is focused on informing various jurisdictions about the issue and gathering potential allies. Much of the campaign against the project won’t be unveiled until closer to the election, Maben said. In June, Kern County citizens will vote on a ballot initiative that would ban the use of treated human waste as farm fertilizer, aimed at stopping 750 tons a day of Los Angeles sewage sludge trucked into a farm owned by Los Angeles west of Bakersfield. “We will be educating the voters so they don’t buy into it,” Maben said of the November landfill vote. Maben has requested the assistance of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Antonovich’s staff is researching the issue, said field representative Norm Hickling. “The supervisor does not want Los Angeles trash coming up the 14,” Hickling said. Also objecting to the project is state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Bakersfield, backed the sludge-ban initiative and who called the landfill measure an end-run around local officials. If the initiative passes, the oversight of the landfill would be left to state agencies with little contact with Kern County officials. “I think voters here have been on the receiving end of enough trash to see through the scheme, but as a business plan, it pays off big for Herzog if they win. I can see this scenario playing itself throughout California until they find a taker,” Florez said. Florez introduce two bills as a result of the project. Senate Bill 1835 would block permitting for landfills approved by a ballot initiative unless the facility is consistent with local, state, and federal law, including local planning, zoning and development requirements. Martin said the project will have to comply with state and federal environmental laws. In all likelihood, Kern County would be the lead agency in that process. “Kern County will be involved before it breaks ground,” Martin said. Senate Bill 926 would require proponents to have a completed environmental impact report prior to an election informing voters of the scope and impact of such projects. Proponents say the project will be an economic powerhouse, providing 100 permanent jobs and as much as $100 million in annual tax revenue. Proponents said a major feature will be the establishment of a nonprofit charitable foundation that would provide $15.5 million in the first five years to benefit “the economy, environment, and general well-being of the region.” The foundation would be funded with $5 million a year after the first five years, according to a document filed with the county elections department. The project will also help the county be a leader in renewable energy sources and promote recycling, according to the document. The landfill would not use any taxpayer money. The landfill also would not be used to collect hazardous waste, sludge, or medical waste, according to the document. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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

Thanks but NO thanks! Agent rules out summer exit for Belgian defender

first_img Jan Vertonghen has been linked with a move to Serie A Jan Vertonghen’s agent has ruled out the possibility of his client leaving Tottenham in the summer, despite reported interest from Italy.The Belgian defender, who joined Spurs from Ajax in 2012, has forged a strong central defensive partnership with Toby Alderweireld and has been instrumental to their good form this season.And with Tottenham set to finish second in the Premier League table, Vertonghen’s agent has insisted his client will gain very little from leaving the club this summer.Inter Milan are considering a move for the Belgium international, but it seems making an approach will ultimately prove fruitless.The defender’s agent Tom de Mul told Tutto Mercato: “He is happy in London.“He’s playing as a top performer in a top team and is certainly happy.” 1last_img read more

Case adjourned of man who ‘became very awkward’ after ‘violent altercation’

first_imgA Judge has ordered a probation report for a Newtowncunningham man, who had to be restrained and resisted arrest after giving Gardai a false name.20-year-old Scott Magee, of 1 Coill Na Ros, Newtowncunningham was before Letterkenny District Court charged with an offence on 17 March, 2017. Inspector Sean Grant told the Court that Magee was observed in a ‘violent altercation’ at 2.50am.“He had to be restrained and he restricted the use of his arms to Garda Marron,” Inspector Grant said, adding that Magee was ‘slurring his words’.Magee, the Court heard, became ‘awkward to deal with’. When cautioned, Magee gave Gardai a false name and address, but officers noticed that he had been called ‘Scotty’ by others in the vicinity.Magee is charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting behaviour, refusing to give his name and address and of obstructing a peace officer.Solicitor for Magee, Gordon Curley, said his client was ‘in a very bad period of his life’ at the time.“It culminated in drinking quite heavily for a period of time,” Mr Curley said.“He has been able to rectify a lot of matters that were going on and he is out the other side.”Mr Curley said his client does not ‘over indulge in alcohol and is due to commence employment in Scotland in a couple of weeks.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the matter until May 14 next.Case adjourned of man who ‘became very awkward’ after ‘violent altercation’ was last modified: April 15th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Gordon CurleyJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtNewtowncunninghamScott Mageelast_img read more


first_imgCastlebar Celtic 3 Lagan Harps 3 (lagan won 4-2 on pens) Lagan made the long trip to Mayo and came home with the win after a tense match. Castlebar opened the scoring after two minutes before Lagan warmed to the task. Orla Friel scored for Lagan to leave the halftime score 1-1. In a hard fought second half Castlebar retook the lead with two minutes left. Lagan refused to quit and Amy Boyd equalised in the final minute, Lagan then went 3-2 up with minutes remaining in extra time. However Castlebar were awarded a controversial penalty in the final minute, which they scored. Despite this disappointment Lagan regained their nerve and goals from the spot by Saorla Mc Garrigle, Ciana Brogan, Leanne Boyce and Amy Boyd saw them through to the next round.  Lagan Harps: Emma Toye, Meghan Reid, Aoife Page, Saorla Mc Garrigle, Erin Coll, Zoe Mc Glynn, Leanne Boyce, Ava Duncan, Orla Friel, Amy Boyd, Ciana Brogan Subs: Zoe Green for Orla Friel,Ciara Duffy, Aine Deasley, Georgia Keyes, Tara Duffy,WOMEN’S FAI U-16 CUP: CASTLEBAR CELTIC 3, LAGAN HARPS 3 (HARPS WIN ON PENS) was last modified: May 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:LAGAN HARPS 3 (HARPS WIN ON PENS)WOMEN’S FAI U-16 CUP: CASTLEBAR CELTIC 3last_img read more

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