Ebola Task Force Unit Flees Tense Crowd

first_imgAn Ebola task force unit (ETFU) which arrived in the Caldwell community, north of Monrovia last Monday to remove a corps abandoned the body and fled when an intense crowd began to close in on their operation.  They took off in their vehicle bearing license plate number GSA MIA RL 3303 without the unidentified body and without carrying out the usual decontamination spraying of the area.It is unclear what gave the ETFU a sense of threat from the crowd. Before their departure, however, one of the volunteers declared toour reporter on the scene: “That’s the problem with Liberian people, we don’t believe the truth, and that’s why Ebola has spread like this.”According to theETF worker, who did not give his identity,another case involving the late former Miss Liberia 2009/2010,Shu-rina Wiah and her family, was not taken seriously until it was too late. “Look at the family now, the whole family is seriously sick, and even her mother is fighting for her life” the health worker revealed before leaving.  He allowed our reporter to copy the plate number of their vehicle.Meanwhile news spread on Facebook the same day of the death of the late Toose’s (Shu-rina’s elder sister) son, Kelvin Kels Toure. He is said to have died at ELWA 3 MSF Ebola Treatment Center last Sunday, September 21along with his uncle, Oxford Wiah, a brother of Shu-rina.Toose was reportedly the very first in the family to die, only because, it is alleged, that the family did not take the Ebola Virus seriously. So she (Toose) was given a normal burial.  Then her sister, Shu-rina, the former Miss Liberia, took ill and died two weeks later.  And now it is reported that many relatives of the family are under quarantine at the ELWA center.There is yet no medical report confirmingthat Oxford, brother of Toose and sister Shu-rina, and Kelvin, son of Toose, died from Ebola. But what is evident is the fact that four members of the family, including mother and son, have all died within a short span of time.Meanwhile, the beautiful house said to have been built by the late Shu-rina in the Iron Gate community sits still, with doors and windows firmly locked. There is not a single movement within or around the house, nor can any animals be seen around the yard.Sad neighbors glance at the house as they pass by. One neighbor, Ma Bendu, who says she lives close by, is “stunned at the news of the death of the four family members”.It is said that Sieanyene Toose Yuoh- Katty, who died two weeks before her sister Shu-rina, was buried the traditional way with a funeral held on September 11, 2014 at the 1st Baptist Church Cemetery, Congo Town Back Road. Apparently no question was raised at the time concerning whether her death could have been caused by Ebola.According to news reports, there has been no Ebola occurrence at the Stryker Funeral Home, which handled Toose’s remains. 
Meanwhile, the sight of the Ebola team running away and abandoning an unidentified body in Caldwell the same day the news of Kel’s death was reported, has heightened the tension in the Caldwell community. It is a clear that many people are still in denial about the Ebola Virus and that the Government and all participants in the fight to eradicate Ebola have much more work to do to convince Liberians of the serious impact of the Ebola Virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ALJA Wants Kofa Task Force Dissolved

first_imgThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) wants dissolved the Fonati Koffa led Presidential Task Force set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to probe the damning Global Witness Report linking some former and current officials of the Liberian government to bribery.In a press release issued yesterday, May 23, ALJA said it wants the task force disbanded because its chairman, Counselor Koffa, lacks the integrity to head such an important investigation.“Because of Cllr. Koffa’s past criminal history in the United States, he is not credible to handle such a high profile case,” ALJA said in a release signed by its president, Moses Sandy. ALJA said Cllr. Koffa, who now serves in the Sirleaf government as Minister of State without Portfolio, is unfit to lead the investigation because he is a convicted felon who in 2006 pled guilty to four federal charges in the United States in relation to his suspected embezzlement ofUS$500,000.He is reported to have duped several of his clients in North Carolina while providing legal services to them as a private attorney. “He was convicted, fined US$250,000 and sentenced to jail for more than two years. He is barred from practicing law in the United States,” ALJA said in the press release.ALJA has meanwhile welcomed the action taken by the Liberian government to bring to justice Counselor Varney Sherman, House Speaker Alex Tyler and the others, who allegedly connived with Sable Mining to engage in economic crimes against Liberia. However, the association is proposing that the investigation be turned over to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Ministry of Justice for speedy prosecution.ALJA said the LACC and the Justice Ministry have the statutory authority to resolve such a matter and also called on Cllr. Sherman, Speaker Tyler, the UK based Sable Mining and Global Witness and all parties associated with the case to cooperate fully with the Liberian Government in getting to the core of the matter. The London based watchdog, Global Witness, in a report titled, The Deceivers, released a week ago, alleged that the British company, Sable Mining, in collusion with the chairman of the ruling Unity Party(UP), Cllr. Sherman, in 2010, dished out more than US$950,000 to several top government officials of the Johnson Sirleaf administration to make alterations in Liberia’s mining laws with the sole purpose of giving the company undue influence in securing concession rights to Liberia’s Wologizi Mountain.Cllr. Sherman, the report alleged, told Sable Mining that in order to get the contract the company must first offer bribes to senior officials to change Liberia’s concession laws. However, Cllr. Sherman has denied the allegation and has also refused to submit himself to any probe by the task force established by the government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accused daughter arrested for taking photos of witnesses

first_imgSuriname piracy/murder PIPolice in Berbice on Monday arrested a teenager who was allegedly taking pictures of witnesses in the Suriname piracy attack/murder preliminary inquiry.The 16-year-old was taken into custody while at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Reports are the main suspect, Nakool Manohar, called ‘Fyah’, had allegedly issued death threats to witnesses when they appeared in court to testify. He was charged for the murder of Tilacknauth Mohabir, called “Caiman”.It is alleged that between April 26 and May 3, 2018, while at sea, Manohar and Premchand Persaud, aka ‘Sinbad’ murdered Mohabir.However, the two are not the only ones charged for that murder. Alexander DenHeart is also facing a charge for the murder of Tilacknauth MohabirOn Monday, the matter was called for the first time before Magistrate Alex Moore, who questioned the rationale behind the men being charged separately for the same murder. Magistrate Moore said deliberating filing separate jackets defeats the rule where two proceedings are identical.The prosecution is contending that DenHeart is a witness against the two, and if charged jointly, he will not be able to give evidence against his co-accused. The Prosecution was given until January 29th to prove to the court why all accused should not be charged jointly.Between April 27 and 28, 2018, several Guyanese fishermen were killed when pirates attacked their boats in the Atlantic Ocean.Four boats with a total of 20 fishermen were victims of the attacks, during which some persons were burned with hot oil, attacked with cutlasses, and forced to jump overboard with anchors tied to their feet at Wia Wia Bank in the Atlantic Ocean. To date some of the men are still missing.last_img read more

AG yet to respond to claims of misconduct – President

first_imgAttorney General Basil Williams has been silent since allegations of misconduct surfaced some weeks ago and President David Granger on Wednesday told the media that he has instructed the Attorney General to respond to the issue. However, this has not been done.Attorney General Basil Williams“I’ve asked the Attorney General to respond to me. He hasn’t done so in writing but I have seen a copy of it,” he said.The allegations were compiled in a letter and were addressed to members of the Government. The letter revealed that 19 lawyers resigned from the Legal Affairs Ministry since 2015. The employees, who wrote the letter, also levelled allegations of gross misconduct against the Attorney General.“It’s (the letter) anonymous and we have to be very careful with anonymous letters. If somebody had evidence, they would put their name to it and defend that evidence but if it’s a fake letter, anybody can write anything but I’ve seen it,” Granger positioned.Along with the accusations, the employees called for a thorough probe into the operations of the Ministry, judging from alleged mismanagement and the substantial number of cases lost by the Attorney General’s Chambers.According to the letter, lawyers in the AG’s Chambers have to contend with a difficult and even toxic and abusive working environment.Some of those lawyers who left the Chambers include former Registrar and Solicitor General, Sita Ramlall, who was forced to move to the High Court last year over her pension and gratuity being withheld. Former Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon also sued for wrongful dismissal.The Attorney General had come in for much criticism, previously for his comments on Kissoon, with commentators bashing the manner in which he dealt with the matter.In a letter to the Editor published in local newspapers in 2017, the former Deputy Solicitor General’s father, prominent Attorney Jailall Kissoon, pointed out that this is the first time in legal history that an AG has levelled such a blast of terror and fear upon the Judiciary or his own legal officer.last_img read more

Kiwis eye Peru upset in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgPeru are ranked 10th in the world, while Hudson’s side are 122nd and hail from a nation best known globally for the All Blacks rugby union team.Hudson said his side had been written off but it was Peru that was desperate to end a 36-year absence from football’s showpiece tournament.“They’ve had some unbelievable results in the last year against some big teams, the pressure really (is on them),” he told reporters.“The whole footballing world expects Peru to win, we know that. Everyone in this (media) room expects Peru to win.”The Englishman said the New Zealanders had the skills to match Peru but could not afford to be overawed by the occasion.“What we need to do tomorrow is just completely believe in ourselves and not be afraid of the task,” he said.“Play the game rather than getting carried away with the occasion, stick to the game plan and trust each other.“That’s the only thing that’s probably standing in our way of getting to Russia. We’re good enough, I’m telling you that now, we’re good enough.”– ‘Calm and confident’ –Peru coach Ricardo Gareca acknowledged his team were considered favourites but insisted they would not be taking New Zealand lightly.“In reality, both teams start from zero and the match is so important for both teams that you just never know,” the Argentine said via an interpreter.Peru’s head coach Ricardo Gareca said he was confident the South Americans would cope without captain and goal-scoring talisman Paolo Guerrero © AFP / Marty MELVILLEGareca said Peru’s players were buoyed by their “incredible” welcome at Wellington airport by hundreds of vocal fans.He was confident the South Americans would cope without captain and goal-scoring talisman Paolo Guerrero, who is serving a suspension over an “abnormal result” from a drugs test.“Every time the team has been in an adverse situation it has responded… we’re not that concerned about Guerrero not being on the field,” he said.He said the players had recovered after the 14-hour flight from Lima and were well placed to maintain Peru’s quest to reach the World Cup finals for the fifth time.New Zealand have made the finals twice before and Hudson said this campaign had been running smoothly.He said he had a full-strength squad with a strong mentality and good spirit.“(It’s) why we’re so calm and confident in this scenario, because the preparation’s good,” he said.“I’m happy with the staff, really pleased with the attitude of the players, they’ve been fantastic.”The Wellington match will take place in front of 38,500 fans at a sold-out Westpac Stadium, with the return leg on November 15 at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Zealand forward Chris Wood. The All Whites are hoping to spring an upset in their World Cup playoff against Peru. © AFP / Marty MELVILLEWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov 10 – New Zealand believe they can spring a massive upset and down Peru to reach the 2018 World Cup finals, even if no one else shares their faith, coach Anthony Hudson said Friday.The New Zealanders host “Los Incas” in Wellington Saturday for the opening leg of a two-match qualification tie with a berth at the finals in Russia next year up for grabs.last_img read more

Leeds ‘will come to an agreement’ to sign Nigerian forward

first_img Jansson explains why he prefers Brentford boss Frank to ‘mental’ Bielsa Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues WHITE KNIGHT According to Gazzetta Di Modena, Leeds and Carpi, the Serie B side, are negotiating the transfer of Mbakogu, though the Elland Road club are hoping to lower the asking price due to a knee injury the 25-year-old suffered which ruled him out for large portions of the second half of the season.The negotiations are at an impasse right now, but the report claims: ‘the feeling is that eventually it will come to an agreement’ for the transfer of Mbakogu to Leeds. ROUND-UP impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Leeds back on top: What happened in the Championship on Tuesday night? Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly 2 Leeds go top of Championship with win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Mbakogu spent time on loan with Palermo’s Primavera side as a youngster compared Haaland signs Man United kit amid £76m rumours… and posts Leeds pic too PLAY HIM round up Mbakogu has been linked with Leeds since the January transfer window Mbakogu, the Nigerian forward, scored six goals and created a further three in 26 matches during 2017/18. 2 Latest Leeds news Leeds United are working on a deal to sign Carpi forward Jerry Mbakogu this summer, according to reports.The Whites, who recently apppointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager, were linked with Mbakogu during the January transfer window, and they have renewed their interest ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. RESULTS How Ronaldinho ‘tricked’ Brazil teammate into joining Man United over Leeds BRAGGING RIGHTS Ljungberg ‘feels sorry’ for on-loan Arsenal man over lack of game time Bristol City beat Fulham, QPR win for first time since October, Leeds go top SOMETHING’S RON coming soon? He came through the youth system of Padova before joining Carpi in summer 2014, going on to represent the Modena side 133 times in all.last_img read more

Moyes claims Man United were set to sign world-class star before his sacking

first_img Most Popular Football News The Germany midfielder has since amassed a huge haul of trophies at domestic, European and international level. He has won four Champions League trophies as well as the Wolr Cup with Germany.However, United are currently enduring a barren spell which started as soon as Moyes succeeded the legendary Ferguson.The 55-year-old believes he should have been given more time in charge at Old Trafford, saying: “To go to a club like Manchester United and follow someone like Sir Alex after the time he had been there, to stay for ten months…“It couldn’t be a revolution at Manchester United, it had to be evolution. It had to take time. revealed 3 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “It is true,” the former Red Devils boss assured Alan Brazil.“Toni Kroos had agreed to come to Manchester United with me.“I met him and his wife and we had agreed it all when he was at Bayern.“But I was only going to get it done before the end of the season, before he joined Real Madrid.” BEST OF latest Toni Kroos was ready to become a Manchester United player in 2014 before David Moyes was sacked as manager, leaving Real Madrid to pounce.That’s according to Moyes, who made the startling revelation on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. SORRY Moyes endured an ill-fated spell in charge at Old Trafford for ten months during the 2013/14 season when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson.After failing to get his primary midfield transfer target of Cesc Fabregas, the Scot brought in trusted lieutenant Marouane Fellaini from Everton to beef up the midfield.Although the move was originally derided by fans, it transpires United were just a few short months away from completing one of the biggest deals in recent history.Toni Kroos was lighting up the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich at the time and, according to Moyes, was set to join before his reign was brought to a premature end. RANKED Kroos and is wife met with Moyes before his proposed move center_img The World Cup winner is one of the most talented and decorated players of his generation gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Moyes was asked by United after a dreadful start to his Man United career 3 scrap Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “I wasn’t going to come in and change all the things Alex had done, but there were lots of things that had to be changed at the club.“You look at the way Chelsea and Man City had been doing things and changing things along the way – Manchester United had been winning because they had a special manager and a special group of players.“But when that all changed, it was going to take time to find its way.“I still think they’re having difficult times at the moment.” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the Minister’s hands-off approach in tackling the escalating points race has led to some students being locked out of certain courses because colleges are artificially inflating points.Charlie McConalogue TDDespite agreeing to reduce the number of courses on offer, many of the country’s main universities have taken minimal action to meet their targets.He added that Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s failure to demand action on this issue is leading to hundreds of students missing out on third level courses. Deputy McConalogue commented, “This is an extremely serious issue that is affecting hundreds of students across the country. Universities are effectively using the points system as a marketing tool to make their courses appear more competitive and elusive, and in the process of doing this are shutting eligible students out of their programmes.“The universities have never made a secret of the practice, and its prevalence has perpetuated the fallacy that high points courses are more prestigious, which is not always the case. This has exacerbated the points race and has heaped even more pressure on already stressed-out Leaving Cert students.“The Education Minister has made noises about tackling the situation, but the reality is that very little has been done. A working group has been set up, but some of the universities are more than reluctant to take the recommendations on board. In fact, Trinity College and NUI Galway have failed to reduce the number of honours degree courses they offer. Others have only made token efforts. Minister O’Sullivan needs to get serious about this issue – students’ future careers are being affected by what is no more than a marketing ploy.“New nationals guidelines should be examined and efforts to broaden third level entry options need to be considered. Apprenticeships and traineeships, which have stagnated under this Government, need to be seen a credible alternative for students, and there needs to be a move away from the restricted emphasis on university education as the preferred third level option. “Minister O’Sullivan’s record on student welfare has been laid bare over the last few months, with an accommodation crisis spiralling out of control, and the points system being callously controlled by vested interests, the Minster who should be the students’ champion is leaving them horribly exposed”.POINTS RUSH PROVES MINISTER’S SOFT TOUCH PACKS NO PUNCH – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 17th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Officials’ appointments for FUFA Drum Match-Day 2

first_img Tags: FUFA Drum 2019 The FUFA Drum 2019Match Day 213th-14th April 2019Sunday, 13-04-2019:-Bunyoro Vs Acholi – Kiyaga Primary School playground, Hoima-Tooro Vs Kampala – St Paul’s National Seminary -Kabarole-Lango Vs Ankole – UTC -Lira-Sebei Vs Buganda – Kiprotich playground, KapchorwaSunday 14 April 2019:-Rwenzori Vs Busoga – Nyahuka playground, Bundibudgo-Karamoja Vs West Nile – St Daniel Comboni Primary School, Kotido-Teso Vs Bugisu – Soroti Sports Ground, Soroti-Kigezi Vs Bukedi – Kabale Municipal, KabaleMENGO – Appointments for referees for The FUFA Drum Match Day 2 have been released ahead of the first games on Saturday afternoon.The list has 48 match officials involving 8 Center referees and 16 assistant referees, 8 fourth officials, 8 referee assessors, and 8 match commissioners.The appointed officials will be in charge of the weekend fixtures as 4 games to be played on Saturday while the other 4 other games on Sunday.Appointments:1. Bunyoro Vs AcholiSaturday13th April 2019 @Kiyaga Primary School-HoimaCenter Referee: Nasser MohammedAssistant Referee 1: Lusambya SolomonAssistant Referee 2: Semuga JamesFourth Official: Bakisula AliReferee Assessor: Kubingi MargaretMatch Commissioner: Kalema Ronnie2. Tooro Vs KampalaSaturday13th April 2019 @St. Paul’s National Seminary-KabaroleCenter Referee: Olemu GeorgeAssistant Referee 1: Mukisa UmarAssistant Referee 2: Kakembo AhmedFourth Official: Waiswa MuzamiruReferee Assessor: Sewaya MitiMatch Commissioner: Lajan Livingstone3. Lango Vs AnkoleSaturday13th April 2019 @UTC Grounds-LiraCenter Referee: Byaruhanga HenryAssistant Referee 1: Friday NoorAssistant Referee 2: Nyange ShakiraFourth Official: Nyangoma HawaReferee Assessor: Rose RwamuyambaMatch Commissioner: Tumwesigye Anthony4. Sebei Vs BugandaSaturday13th April 2019 @Kiproitich Stadium-KapchorwaCenter Referee: Howard M OrombiAssistant Referee 1: Yoacel NicksonAssistant Referee 2: Kyeyune MichealFourth Official: Ijaga MuzamiruReferee Assessor: Kityo Ssozi AsumanMatch Commissioner: Musindi Brian5. Rwenzori Vs BusogaSunday 14th April 2019 @Nyakuha Ground-BundibugyoCenter Referee: Turyamureba PaulAssistant Referee 1: Noor HassanAssistant Referee 2: Atuhaire DocusFourth Official: Kanarutokye MosesReferee Assessor: Nsubuga FisalMatch Commissioner: Owek. Nkalubo Florence6. Karamoja Vs West NileSunday 14th April 2019 @St. Daniel Comboni-KotidoCenter Referee: Mpyangu SirajiAssistant Referee 1: Makwali RobertAssistant Referee 2: Muyaga KhalidFourth Official: Sajjabi GeofreyReferee Assessor: Buyinza MagiduMatch Commissioner: Kalungi Edward7. Teso Vs BugisuSunday 14th April 2019 @Soroti Sports Ground- SorotiCenter Referee: Omara PaulAssistant Referee 1: Obua TobbyAssistant Referee 2: Komakech RobertFourth Official: Ogwal BonifaceReferee Assessor: Kabali Charles GraceMatch Commissioner: Kiiza Decolas8. Kigezi Vs BukediSunday 14th April 2019 @Kabale Municipal StadiumCenter Referee: Bakasambe RajabAssistant Referee 1: Lulenzi ShafiqAssistant Referee 2: Zziwa CharlesFourth Official: Kimera RashidReferee Assessor: Kanakulya KhalifanMatch Commissioner: Mutabazi DeoComments last_img read more

Letterkenny pupils turn a beach day into a clean-up action day!

first_imgThere was no sunbathing or sand-castling building for the students of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál when they visited the beach this week!Instead, the admirable third class girls took part in a big beach clean-up on Rathmullan. Accompanied by their teachers Mrs. D. Harvey and  Miss Ward, they collected lots of rubbish to ensure the beautiful beach is kept clean for all who want to enjoy the sunshine by the seaside.The initiative was part of the students’ Action Day for Green Schools, and ten bags of rubbish were collected in total. Well done to all!Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Big Beach Clean-up at RathmullanLetterkenny pupils turn a beach day into a clean-up action day! was last modified: May 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more