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

Indi Beharry has left a legacy of success

first_imgDear Editor,I write to express condolences on the passing of Mr Inderjeet (Indi) Beharry. He comes from a very close-knit family. Indi and his family members achieved great success in cultivating the Beharry Group of Companies into a global entity. Indi himself was a business genius. He was an honest businessman. I admired his talent in business and his kindness. There are very few people who are as transparent and business-savvy and energetic as he was. The paths he (and his father) blazed in America for Guyanese and the Indian Diaspora in business for minorities will remain unmatched. And his and the family’s contributions to Guyana will forever be appreciated. Indi has left behind an indelible legacy of entrepreneurship and charitable activities. Beharry’s was a trendsetter in corporate philanthropy under Indi’s leadership. The Guyanese and Caribbean Diaspora have benefited tremendously from the family’s entrepreneurial vision and passion for helping the less fortunate. In Indi’s passing, Guyana is poorer in business acumen and business development.I met Indi some 25 years ago on a flight to Guyana from JFK. And we exchanged phone numbers. We met several times thereafter by mere coincidence at JFK, interacted in flight or in Guyana. He was a very reserved man, but he did not hesitate to engage me, sharing his views on a range of issues, including Guyana’s politics and the economy. We spoke after the change in Government in May 2015 and we spoke again about a year ago through historian Pat Dial, who was a close family friend of Indi. I am grateful for the political views he expressed about our country. They shall remain confidential.Indi Beharry also discussed his family businesses and his father’s and mother’s role in them. Although the public saw the old man (Edward who served in the PPP 1957 Cabinet under Cheddi Jagan), as the brain of the business, Indi credited his mother for success. She was extremely hard-working and industrious. And at one time, he suggested that I interview his mother about his parents’ early involvement in business, starting out in market stalls and migrating to New York City where they traded in foreign currency becoming one of the largest currency traders in the world. The company traded on Wall Street. The Beharry children (Indi and others) and grandchildren would expand the business into the very successful Beharry Group of Companies (cigarettes, spices, drugs, chowmein, etc.) that had many achievements and that also contributed significantly to varied charitable causes.Indi was highly respected, a business titan in Guyana and even in the Wall Street environment. He was a gentle giant in the business community with a very simple personality. He never bragged about his family business’s success or its philanthropic activities. He let the public and beneficiaries do the talking from their appreciation of the company’s accomplishments.He did not socialise much and his time was committed to his business and his family. He worked tirelessly to expand the family business, venturing into other fields than spices.His life is an example for all to emulate. The legacy he created will be felt for generations to come. At the wake I attended and the funeral, people mourned his passing while celebrating his lasting legacy. They honoured the exemplary life of an outstanding Guyanese and American entrepreneur.Guyana has lost a gem, philanthropist, and business leader. From the success of his family empire to the company’s unending generosity and invaluable leadership in business and providing employment, Indi touched the lives of countless people. They are grateful to and will always remember him.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Sen. Taylor Emphasizes Agriculture for Women’s Empowerment

first_imgThe chairperson of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Jewel Howard Taylor, has emphasized on agriculture as a key issue to   rural women‘s empowerment in the country.Senator Taylor challenged rural women to revisit their farms and actively engage in food production to add more value to Liberia’s agriculture sector.She made the call yesterday during a program marking the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection three-day National Rural Women’s Conference in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The National Rural Women‘s conference was aimed at accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.She urged the rural women of the fifteen counties to work tirelessly on their farms to compete with their counterparts in other countries.“We the women must work hard in making sure we have more food in our country than for us to be in our neighboring countries (buying) food that our soil can grow.“The farm work is important because if we had all the good food in our country, Ebola would not have come to Liberia. But it was a single woman who went to buy pepper and bitter balls from our neighboring country that brought the outbreak of Ebola here,” Senator Taylor explained.    She called on women to add politics to their empowerment as they seek to strengthen their economic skills.She disclosed that it would be a disappointment to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 2017 if women’s participation in politics decreases.  She encouraged women to unite so that much of the gains achieved can be sustained.“It is a serious problem that women’s participation in the country has reduced and this is a problem that can be dealt with now if women support each other,” she said.For her part, Gender Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell encouraged rural women to participate in the ongoing constitution review so that their voices can be heard.  She urged them to consider the conference as a time for reflection on activities of past years and focus on what women have done, achieved and want in the future.FAO’s Country Director Marc Abdala reaffirmed his organization’s support to rural women’s projects and economic development in the counties. Mr. Abdala said the Joint Programme on Rural Women Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE) is a platform that brings women together to work along with their counterparts for their economic empowerment.Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in Liberia, the World Food Program Representative Adama Diop Faye said the empowerment of women, through economic independence is critical to the eradication of poverty, adding that rural women are central to developing successful economies and stable societies.“Truly, by focusing on the needs and potentials of women entrepreneurs, we can maximize their contributions to the national growth,” Mrs. Faye said. Deputy Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Madam Sieane Abdul-Baki indicated that Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and Agenda for Transformation emphasizes the vital role that revitalizing the rural economy will play in poverty reduction and highlights the role of rural women in the process.   “Following the recognition of these efforts the Ministry of Gender established a National Rural Women’s Program to ensure that all rural women are given the chance to partake in and benefit from new projects,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big builder has loss of $35 million

first_img“The oversupply of unsold new and resale homes and downward pressure on new-home values have worsened in many of our markets as tighter lending standards, low affordability and greater buyer caution suppress demand.” Excluding the French operations, the company reported a loss of $478.6 million, or $6.19 per share, from continuing operations. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a loss of 72cents per share. Those estimates typically exclude one-time charges and gains. Positive signs Analysts saw some positive signs in the numbers, though. Home builder KB Home swung to a loss in the third quarter and warned Thursday that the beleaguered housing market is likely to worsen next year. The Los Angeles-based company, one of the nation’s biggest home sellers, reported a loss of $35.6 million, or 46 cents per share, for the period ended Aug.31, compared with profits of $153.2 million, or $1.90 per share, in the year-ago period. KB took pretax charges of $690.1 million and $107.9 million to write down the value of unsold inventory and joint-venture holdings. Those were partially offset by a gain of $438.1 million from the sale of KB’s stake in its French subsidiary. “Our third-quarter results reflect the seriously challenging market conditions that prevail for homebuilders across most of the nation,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. “Given KB Home’s sky-high (cancellation) rate, as well as evidence of reduced deposit requirements for home builders nationwide, we expect only about half of KB Home’s third-quarter orders to actually close,” Morgan Stanley analyst Robert Stevenson wrote in a report to clients. “Fortunately, the balance sheet remains in relatively decent shape as management has used the sale proceeds from the French operation to reduce debt,” he said. KB was able to use the proceeds from the sale of its French operations to pay off $650 million in debt. Eric Landry at investment researcher Morningstar Inc. said the company’s strategy of selling noncore assets and using the proceeds to pay down debt has ensured that the company will survive the current downturn. “We still believe KB Home will be one of the long-term winners and is supremely positioned to benefit from the deals that today’s extremely harsh conditions are sure to create down the road,” he wrote in a research note. KB shares increased 65 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $24.74 Thursday after falling about 4 percent Wednesday. Third-quarter revenue fell 32percent, to $1.54 billion from $2.28 billion last year. That surpassed Wall Street’s estimate of $1.5 billion. “At this time, we see no signs that the housing market is stabilizing and believe it will be some time before a recovery begins,” Mezger added. Homebuilders such as KB have seen home prices fall because of a glut of unsold new and resale properties. A spike in foreclosures has also added to the supply. “We anticipate the pricing and margin pressure will continue until the inventory levels of unsold homes is back in balance with demand, which will not occur without consumer confidence being restored,” Mezger said. Unit deliveries fell 28 percent in the quarter, to 5,699, and the average selling price dropped 7 percent, to $267,700. The third-quarter cancellation rate of 50 percent was lower than the 60 percent rate in the prior-year third quarter but well above the 34 percent rate in the second quarter of this year. The company’s backlog, or homes under contract yet to be delivered, fell during the quarter. As of Aug. 31, the figure stood at 11,880 units, down from 17,198 units in the year-ago quarter. Diminished backlog reflects a negative year-over-year net order comparison during the past several quarters and also lower average selling prices, the company said. The value of the backlog at the close of the quarter was about $3.07 billion, down 38 percent from the year-ago total. Net orders for the third quarter fell 6 percent, to 3,907, compared with last year’s orders during the same period. The company said only its operations in the Southeast saw an increase in net orders year over year. At the close of the quarter, KB had $646 million in cash and a ratio of debt to capital of 45 percent, the company said. Others post losses KB was the latest builder to report sagging sales and earnings during the third quarter. On Tuesday, Miami-based Lennar Corp. reported a third-quarter loss of more than $510 million because of falling sale prices and home deliveries. The company also said it had cut its work force by 35 percent and warned that it expected further job cuts. Homebuilders have struggled to find buyers. Trouble in the mortgage industry has made matters worse. Lenders have tightened underwriting standards and pulled back on many kinds of loans amid rising defaults and foreclosures. KB Home has scaled back the size of some of the floor plans to make its homes more affordable. The company is also concentrating on targeting first-time and move-up buyers, a category that Mezger expects will be KB’s largest segment going forward. Mezger stressed that, despite the housing doldrums, the company is working to position itself for the market’s eventual recovery. “In our 50-year history, KB Home has been through these cycles before, each time emerging with a stronger business,” he said.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


first_imgThe public have been asked to keep a look-out for a man acting suspiciously outside Ramelton earlier today.The man, who was described as tall and of slim build, was spotted in the townland of Claragh close to Ballyare.He was wearing a blue puffer jacket and a blue wooly hat. Anybody who spots the man is asked to contact Milford Garda station on 0749153060.COMMUNITY ALERT: MAN ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY NEAR RAMELTON was last modified: December 27th, 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:Claraghcommunity alertdonegalRameltonlast_img read more

Banned midfielder Joey Barton released by Burnley

first_img1 Joey Barton: The 34-year-old was hit with an 18-month ban in April Joey Barton has been released by Burnley after being handed an 18-month ban by the Football Association.The 34-year-old midfielder, who was hit with the penalty and a £30,000 fine in April after admitting breaking FA rules by placing bets on 1,260 football matches, has not been offered a new deal.Barton has been released along with 31-year-old winger Michael Kightly with both men out of contract next month, while loan signing Jon Flanagan has returned to parent club Liverpool.Manager Sean Dyche told the club’s official website, “Joey leaves us for the obvious reasons after he has again been a big part of what we have achieved this season.“Equally, Kights has been a great servant of the club and always a tremendous person to have around the group.“Both players have had a big effect on what we have done during their time at Turf Moor and we wish them well, as we do all those leaving this summer.”However, the club has confirmed that talks with keeper Paul Robinson and midfielder George Boyd, who are also out of contract, are ongoing.last_img read more


first_imgThe deadline for Donegal Sports Star nominations is Friday, November 28th. The County Council sponsored Awards function takes place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 30th.As the Donegal Sports Star committee will be selecting the ‘Hall of Fame’ winner no nominations are being sought in this category. For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to the website or on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards. DEADLINE LOOMS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: October 28th, 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:NOMINATIONSSports Star Awardslast_img read more


first_imgTHE Euro continued to slide on the currency markets yesterday, dropping to below 84p for the first time in nine months – making the pound worth just over €1.19.This is good news for workers who get paid in sterling and live in the south.And it could be good news for businesses as shoppers stay in Co Donegal this Christmas. Retailers across the county are reporting a higher number of shoppers this year compared to last year.Much higher prices in the North are also putting off people from travelling.The only exception remains some BRITISH retailers who have stores in Donegal.If shops like Marks & Spencer, Next and some of the Tempest outlets in Letterkenny would change their pricing policies and stop charging Donegal people up to 30% more than our northern counterparts for the same goods, it could help transform the county. Currently those stores use an exchange rate of €1.50 to £1 for many of their products.The exchange rate could be good for Donegal’s tourism businesses, particularly hotels which rely on huge trade from the North and Britain. A £1/€1.20 exchange rate could give it a vital boost and bring more visitors south.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comEURO WEAKENS AGAINST THE POUND – KEEPS SHOPPERS IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 15th, 2011 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:euronewssterlinglast_img read more


first_imgThe heartbroken mother of a young GAA player who died after smoking a legal high is winning her battle against the shops selling the controversial products.Tragic Jimmy just hours before his death.Jimmy Guichard was a perfectly fit 20 year old young man who played hurling for St Euanns GAA Club in Letterkenny.Jimmy moved to England a few months ago from Letterkenny to look after his dad Martin who was suffering from cancer. However, just hours after smoking an illegal high on October 1st he suffered a massive heart-attack and died.His devastated mum Karen immediately launched a campaign to have the product removed from shops in England where Jimmy lived.And now some of the shops are refusing to stock the products which Karen believes killed her son.“One of the shops, Dark Times, is now refusing to stock smoke products. “The woman who owns the shop said she could not live with this on her conscience and I’m so happy with that.“I am just hoping that more of these shops will follow her example,” she said.Karen admitted that she has received some negative feedback for allowing the last photo of Jimmy in his hospital bed to be released.“Some people don’t think I should have released the picture of Jimmy in so much pain.“I didn’t take that decision lightly. But if it stops some young person from smoking these products and preventing their parents form having to cradle them while they die like I did, then I am glad I did it,” she said. Jimmy, who was a fantastic hurler and played with St Eunans GAA Club, moved to Donegal from London in 2005 when he was just 12.He became a hugely popular young man and referred to Donegal and Ireland as home and planned to return to Donegal in the coming months.St. Eunans have written a special tribute to Jimmy which will be read out at his funeral next Monday.His mum Karen will then take Jimmy’s ashes back to Donegal where some will be scattered over the home of St Eunans GAA Club at O’Donnell Park. TRAGIC MUM FORCES SHOP TO TAKE OUT PRODUCTS SHE BELIEVES KILLED HER SON was last modified: October 25th, 2013 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


first_imgStunning KilcarDonegal County Council is to seek a meeting with Bord Failte to explain why Kilcar has been left off the Wild Atlantic Way signage route.The issue was raised by local county councillor Niamh Kennedy at today’s meeting of Donegal Municipal Authority.The stunning village and its breathtaking coastal route has ben left off the tourism body’s plans for signage for tourists. Cllr Kennedy’s motion read “That this MD along with Failte Ireland reconsider, investigate and resolve the reasons why Kilcar village and the coast road at Kilcar is bypassed (Wild Atlantic Way and Signage).”Cllr Kennedy was told that the council will forward this proposal to Failte Ireland and request a meeting to discuss the matter.FAILTE IRELAND ASKED TO INVESTIGATE WHY KILCAR LEFT OFF W.A.W SIGNAGE was last modified: October 13th, 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) Tags:donegalkilcarsignageWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more