Gov’t ETU Refuses Suspected Ebola Patients

first_imgOne of the Government’s Ebola Treatments Units (ETUs)  in the country, the 24th Street facility in Sinkor, last Friday refused to accept some suspected Ebola patients for treatment.Speaking to the Daily Observer reporter who visited the ETU, the driver of Representative Saah Joseph’s ambulance, Foday Gallah, disclosed that authorities at the treatment center informed him that no more beds were available for the suspected Ebola patients.“I came here since two hours ago with the ambulance of four persons suspected of the virus, but authorities of the area are telling me that they don’t have beds for anymore  patients. And I can’t take them anywhere [else], not even to  their Soul Clinic Community because the community will not agree to accept these people.”According to him, the four persons were taken from the Soul Clinic community after they had been quarantined by the residents of the area. One of the patients in the ambulance had already lost his wife his wife, son and daughter to the epidemic!Driver Gallah  further explained that one of the four persons he was transporting had already died in the ambulance due to the authorities’ failure to come and handle the patients with urgency.“I am concerned about what will happen to the other patients still living for now,” he said in a sad and confused mood.According to Mr. Gallah, “If you can have someone who lost his wife, daughter and son of the deadly Ebola virus being  denied of treatment with all the distress and frustration he is already undergoing, then this is a matter of grave concern to all of us, especially to those of us that are trying to help bring the patients for treatment.”He further explained that about 10 other persons are currently at the ETU awaiting treatments.  Two were lying on the ground, while others were in vehicles parked outside the ETU. “We don’t know what might next happen to them,” said Mr. Gallah.He called on the right authorities to be more forceful throughout the country in handling the Ebola situation in order to contain the virus, and laid special emphasis  those suspected of the epidemic.Asked what his next plan of action was, Mr. Gallah said would not take the Ebola suspected patients or the dead body back to their residences.  “I will leave them right here to avoid being  stoned by the residents of Soul.Driver Gallah’s concerns are not far-fetched.Some of the suspected Ebola patients were seen on Friday vomiting after being denied admission to the center.Last Thursday, one of the Ebola patients ran out of the same ETU compound area and died in front of the area.Eye witnesses told the Daily Observer that the man came out of the compound running around and asking for water to drink and later died.Meanwhile, the government at the same Ebola Treatments Unit on Friday released 15 persons who survived the Ebola virus.The 15 persons also received food, Ebola buckets and other items to help contain the virus and be more robust in the fight against the epidemic.The government of Liberia says at least five new Ebola Treatment Units are being opened in and around Montserrado County, where the virus seems to be spreading fastest. Said treatment units are expected to have the capacity to host 500 to 1,000 patients each. The first such clinic being outfitted to receive Ebola patients is the Island Clinic (also known as the Amagashie Clinic) on Bushrod Island.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Children as Bread Winners Plentiful in Bong County

first_imgChild labor is on the increase in Gbarnga, Bong County where children ages 7-15 are bread winners for their families.Investigation into the problem shows that some of the children are in school but many others are not.Those without the opportunity to enroll are either engaged in farm work or are found in market places or on the streets selling an assortment of wares including cold water and drinks, potato greens, chewing gum and candy.In an interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend in Gbarnga, Ruth Kerkulah, 7, says she lives at Silver Compound outside the city and sells cold juice.“I live with my mother. My father is dead. I sell for her so we can have food to eat,” she told this reporter. She said her mother is an old woman who cannot do much to earn the needed income to feed them, “Therefore, I help her to sell the cold juice every day, and then I can go to the school.” She disclosed that she sometimes makes LD400-500 a day which makes her mother happy.“It really hurts me when I go to sell on the school campuses and I see my friends dressed in their uniforms and I’m serving them with LD5 juice during recess period.“I know that one day I will be in school like them because my mother promised to send me to school when I make plenty money for school fees,” Ruth explained.Ruth’s mother, Esther Kerkulah, said the reason her daughter is not in school is due to the lack of financial support.She said since the death of her husband, things have been very difficult and her daughter is the only person that normally helps her sell the juice she prepares every day. What she sells a day is used for food as well as solving other problems in the home.“I’m not happy to send my only daughter to sell, but it’s because I’m paralyzed and there is no means of me going anywhere. I used to go on the farm but since my husband died of heart attack, I got involved in petty business.“It’s my hope that one day my daughter will go to school. For now she will continue to sell until the money I want reaches the exact amount for her school fees. I don’t want to send her to school now and later take her out due to school fees,” Madam Kerkula said in tears.Another young breadwinner, Forkpaye Sackie said, “I’m 12 years old. I live with my mother and father in Wainsue, Bong County and my parents are farmers. They send me to sell cold water, chewing gum and sometimes potatoes greens, cassava and other food when they harvest.”Forkpaye said he has been selling for the last two years and has many customers who buy his products. But Forkpaye says he has never been to school.He said “I see others going to school and I want to be like them but there is no means because my parents are making cassava, greens and pepper farm and I am the only one to sell in the market.“I don’t want to disobey my parents by refusing to sell. My everyday work in the market won’t let me to be like my friends. I want to go to school. I also want my parents to send me to the garage so I can learn something to help them instead of selling from one community to another,” Forkpaye recommended.Forkpaye said he walks many miles from his house to the market. “I wake up at 5 in the morning and because I can carry a big tub on my head, my head can hurt every day.”When Forkpaye took our reporter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mulbah Sackie described Bong County as one of the difficult places to live in terms of food and they only depend on farming.Mr. Sackie stated that “the government is not prepared to help us to take care of our children by providing the necessary support they need as future leaders, but (the authorities) only make us afraid  by saying  they will arrest our children and put we the parents in jail. That will not happen because they are not helping us so they can’t stop us from sending our children to sell and help the family.”He said if parents must stop sending their children to the market then the Liberian government through county officials must have a program that will enable all the children to go to school.“I’m not asking for only financial support. As farmers, let the government provide us with seeds that we can plant to enable us to provide for our children,” Mr. Sackie asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Annual shut down of recreation facilities starts today

first_imgVisitors will be able to purchase items, obtain maps and receive information regarding the area.For more information, please contact or CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual shut down of the recreation facilities starts today, Monday, July 22nd through to Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.Facilities that are closed during this time include the Pomeroy Sport Center, Kids Arena Field House and the North Peace Arena. The closure includes the Northern Vac Walking Track, basketball court, ping pong tables, and the indoor playground at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.As recreation facilities are actively used year-round and open 20 hours per day, 7 days a week. Facilities require maintenance and upgrading, which the closures provide an opportunity, according to the staff of the City of Fort St. John.- Advertisement -As well, the annual shut down allows staff to maintain or upgrade their certificates and competencies and enable time to complete an annual maintenance cycle on the facility and equipment.The North Peace Leisure Pool is scheduled to occur September 2 – 29, 2019.The Fort St. John Visitor Centre will be temporarily relocated to Centennial Park, 9522 100 Street, near the North Peace Leisure Pool. This mobile visitor centre will be housed within the existing mobile visitor trailer and will be open between 10 am and 6 pm daily.Advertisementlast_img read more

What is the suspension for a red card at the World Cup 2018?

first_img Carlos Sanchez became the first player to see red at this summer’s World Cup We all remember Gazza and his tears at Italia 90.Yellow cards and tournament bans can make a huge impact in the knockout stages of a World Cup, where keeping your best XI intact could be the difference between glory and an early plane home. 1center_img What is the suspension for a red card at the World Cup 2018?Players who receive their marching orders in Russia will be banned outright for one game.This applies to both straight red cards and two yellows.But watch those tackles – two bookings in separate games will result in another one-game ban.When do yellow cards get wiped out?Here’s the important bit.Yellow cards will be wiped out at the quarter-final stage – just like the Champions League.FIFA used to wipe out yellow cards after the group stage, but they were keen to change things so that big-name players weren’t kept out of the final after racking up too many cards in the knockout rounds.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgAnother Donegal community has launched a fightback against thugs who are terrorising innocent pensioners in their own homes.Isa Arthur from St Johnston is one of many Donegal pensioners attacked in her home.The people of Glenties and the surrounding areas were left shocked and outraged when a 77 year old local man was battered and tied up on Station Road just after 6pm on Thursday last.The brutal attack came shortly after 1,500 people gathered at a meeting in Manorcunningham to voice their outrage at a spate of recent attacks on the elderly in their areas. A reward of €10,000 was offered for any information leading to the arrest of those behind the recent attacks in Carrigans, Raphoe, St Johnston and Convoy.Now the Glenties Community Action Group will hold a meeting this week to discuss ways of protecting the most vulnerable in our society.The group are already drafting plans to introduce a text alert system and a community alert watch.Chairman Brian Carr is appealing to as many people as possible to come along to the meeting. “We will have representatives of An Garda Siochana present at our meeting next Wednesday night who will give an overview of the text alert system and answer any of your questions.“Given the obvious concerns people have regarding recent happenings in our community we view this as a very important meeting which can help lead to the establishment of a better feeling of safety and security for us all and with that in mind we encourage as many people as possible to attend do spread the word,” said Brian.The meeting will take place on Wednesday night February 19th at 8pm in the Highlands Hotel. ANOTHER DONEGAL COMMUNITY LAUNCHES FIGHT-BACK AGAINST THUGS TERRORISING OUR ELDERLY was last modified: February 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:attacksBrian CarrGlentiesGlenties Community Action GroupManorpensionerstext alert systemTony Morninglast_img read more

What DeMarcus Cousins’ injury means for him and the Warriors

first_imgBut its … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — There’s a good chance we saw DeMarcus Cousins’ final game in a Warriors uniform on Monday night.The Golden State big man tore his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins probably will miss the rest of the playoffs.He’s not expected to need surgery — so the injury itself isn’t catastrophic.last_img

US firm wins Coega refinery contract

first_img9 December 2008State-owned petroleum and gas company PetroSA has appointed US firm KBR as the engineering contractor for its planned US$11-billion (about R112-billion), 400 000 barrel-per-day crude oil refinery at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth.KBR will carry out the feasibility studies, as well as the front-end engineering design for the refinery, which is expected to come into production in 2014, becoming the largest refinery on the continent.PetroSA CEO Sipho Mkhize said the Houston, Texas-based firm was appointed because of the quality and expertise of its management, its proven mega-refinery expertise in the petroleum industry, and its commitment to the project.“The appointment of KBR as an engineering partner follows the selection of other world-class organisations such as HSBC as financial advisors, KBC as technical advisors and PFC as marketing advisors, to ensure that every aspect [of the project] meets global best practice,” Mkhize said in a statement this week.According to an Engineering News article this week, the contract is estimated to be worth about R1-billion.Local development, skills transferThe contract also includes aspects such as skills transfer, the development of empowered suppliers, and opportunities for local equity partnerships, in line with the industry’s Liquid Fuels Charter.“We are also delighted that KBR has shown full commitment to working with PetroSA to achieve goals of transformation of the local petroleum industry,” Mkhize said.KBR Downstream president John Quinn welcomed the appointment, saying the company would work closely with PetroSA to develop a competitive supplier development programme plan to maximise the project’s contribution to local economic growth, employment creation, skills development and black economic empowerment.“KBR is pleased to continue its successful partnership with PetroSA, offering our expertise in designing this world-class facility,” Quinn said.Fuel securityMkhize explained that the refinery would play a major role in securing South Africa’s future fuel supplies, with nation demand for refined fuels already exceeding the country’s refining capacity.With diesel consumption forecast to grow at 6% and petrol at 2% per annum between 2009 and 2020, PetroSA estimates that by 2015, South Africa will have to import 10 billion litres of refined fuel per annum – about 200 000 barrels per day, or about 20% of the national requirement – if there was no significant investment in local refining capacity.“Importing this much refined fuel will have a negative impact on the country’s foreign exchange reserves and makes national supply very vulnerable to external factors,” Mkhize said.The feasibility phase of the project will be concluded by September 2009, and final board approval for the investment will be sought in late 2010, after which construction will begin.The project, if approved, is expected is expected to also give the Eastern Cape economy a much needed boost, as it is expected to create about 25 000 direct and indirect jobs.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2016 Trade TalkKevin Loeffler, Strategic Marketing Specialist with Cargill, spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood on there not being a one-size-fits-all grain contract.161110_TradeTalk_Cargill_KevinLoefflerAdvisory Sales Leader Matt Hagedorn noted Cargill’s global footprint and how bringing a team to the producer offers value.161110_TradeTalk_Cargill_MattHagedorn2015 Trade TalkTony Neuman from Cargill visits with Dale Minyo from the Ohio Ag Net about helping producers feel more comfortable with a marketing plan.Cargill Tony Neuman Marketinglast_img

Sometimes, It’s Cheaper to Install PV Than More Insulation

first_imgThere’s an age-old question of how much insulation to install in our homes. Conventional wisdom says to add more until the “payback” for the added insulation isn’t worth it — until the energy savings that will result from the insulation doesn’t pay back the cost of that insulation quickly enough.Energy and environmental consultant Andy Shapiro, of Energy Balance, Inc. in Montpelier, suggests a different approach: basing that decision on the cost of a solar electric system. Energy conservation and the cost of solarAndy argues that once we get to very high levels of insulation, it doesn’t make sense to spend more on energy conservation than it would cost to supply that saved heat (or cooling) with a photovoltaic (PV) system used in an air-source heat pump. Air-source heat pumps (often referred to as minisplits) are the heating and cooling system of choice today for many highly efficient homes; they offer two to three times the efficiency of standard baseboard-electric heating systems. Using PV as the benchmark makes sense, because — like conservation — after the up-front investment, there is little to no operating cost. To illustrate this point, Andy evaluated a 1,000 square-foot roof insulated to either R-60 or R-80. In the 7,700 degree-day climate of Burlington, Vermont, the R-60 roof results in a heat load of 390 kilowatt-hours per year (kWh/yr) or 3.1 million Btus per year (MMBtu/yr), or vs. 290 kWh/yr or 2.3 MMBtu for the R-80 roof. In this analysis I’ll mostly use kilowatt-hours (kWh) as the measure of both thermal and electrical energy, as is common in most of the world; Btus (British Thermal Units) are unique to the U.S.The savings from providing the extra R-20 in the ceiling is 98 kWh/yr. Andy assumed that the cost of the PV system is $4 per peak-watt ($4,000/kWh-peak) without any tax credits or other incentives, and he assumed that a PV system in Burlington’s relatively cloudy climate will generate 1,100 kWh/yr for every peak kW of rated capacity, while the air-source heat pump has an assumed coefficient of performance (COP) of 2.3.Given these assumptions — which are certainly up for debate — providing 98 kWh/yr of heat will require 0.089 rated kW of a PV system (98 ÷ 1,100). At $4 per installed peak-watt, the cost of that PV system would be $356, or $0.36/ft2 of roof. With this analysis, adding the extra R-20 to the roof will make sense as long as it costs less than $357. In reality, such a change would cost more like $750, or $0.75/ft2 (assuming loose-fill cellulose and just the cost of the insulation). In other words, it makes better economic sense, in this example with these assumptions, to stick with the lower R-value (R-60) and invest in the PV capacity. Using investment in PV as a benchmark for conservation investmentsI like this approach for figuring out how much we should spend on energy conservation. It could be used not only to evaluate investments in insulation, but also investments in air tightness and some pieces of equipment, such as a heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs). Andy’s calculations assume no tax credits, rebates, or other incentives for PV; with such incentives in place (as is currently the case), the argument is even stronger.One thing the analysis does not account for is the fact that investments in insulation should continue paying off for a very long time (maybe even a few hundred years if the house is well-built and the insulation protected from damage), while a PV system will need to be repaired and periodically replaced during the life of the insulation. This analysis does not address lifetime costs of PV and insulation; doing so would require an assumption regarding the discount rate and an estimate of future maintenance costs.My friend Dave Timmons, Ph.D., who is working on models of renewable energy economics and who teaches ecological economics at the University of Massachusetts, notes that for electricity there is a formula for the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), and he suggests that one could develop an analogous calculation for the levelized cost of conservation, so that we’re comparing apples to apples. (But I’ll have to leave that to the economists who are a lot smarter than me.)Dave also points out that the analysis doesn’t account for the cost of electricity storage. Producers of PV electricity today are able to use the grid as a storage system, but that may change as renewables begin accounting for a larger percentage of electricity production. Viable storage in the grid may increase the assumption we should use for PV cost. RELATED ARTICLES Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency ImprovementsNet-Zero-Energy versus PassivhausCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick? Q&A: Insulation’s diminishing returns What about with lower insulation levels?I’ve used this argument for deciding between really high levels of insulation: R-60 vs. R-80. How does it work when applied to insulation levels most builders are using?If we are considering boosting attic R-values from R-19 to R-38 (also an increase of about R-20)—the economic argument for investing in conservation is far different. In this case, the savings in heat would be 620 kWh/year to go with the additional insulation and the cost of PV needed to deliver this heat would be $2,250, or $2.25/ft2. Clearly, the extra insulation, at $750 ($0.75/ft2), is a better investment.This second example illustrates the argument I’ve long made that it makes sense to invest in energy conservation first and only after that put in the PV system. But if you go far enough with conservation, as Andy argues, you eventually reach a point where it doesn’t make economic sense to invest in he additional insulation.Does this reasoning make sense? I’d be interested in your thoughts. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Odisha plans to set up 17 digital dispensaries in Ganjam

first_imgSeventeen digital dispensaries are going to be established in remote and inaccessible areas of Odisha’s Ganjam district to provide primary medical support.The digital dispensaries will provide outpatient department services through online video consultation with doctors. The units will also serve as basic pathological testing laboratories and generic medicine-dispensing centres.A pharmacist will manage the dispensary and patients will be able to video-chat with the doctor. The pharmacist will upload required pathological test reports to the consulting doctor and will also dispense medicines as prescribed by the physician.In March, the State health department had asked all District Collectors to provide a list of possible locations for digital dispensaries.Inaccessible areas The digital dispensary project aims to establish units in remote and inaccessible areas that have no Primary Health Centre within a 5-km radius.The office of the Ganjam Chief District Medical Officer stated that they had listed 35 unserved or underserved locations for establishment of ‘digital dispensaries’ in the district. The department, however, approved only 17 locations.These 17 proposed digital dispensaries will be established in seven out of the 22 blocks of Ganjam district. Four will be set up in Sanakhemund, five in Surada, two each in Khallikote, Buguda and Beguniapada; and one each in Kavisuryanagar and Chikit.Officials of the health department said that the process to establish the dispensaries has started, but fast and steady Internet connectivity is still a major problem in some of the proposed locations in Ganjam. Similar initiatives have been launched in Keonjhar and Nabarangpur districts.last_img read more