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‘Liberia Still in 18th Century Health System’


first_imgAn eminent and specialized Liberian medical doctor and surgeon has described the Liberian healthcare delivery system as an “18th century health system” with Liberians only surviving through goodwill gesture of foreign partners.Dr. Vuyu Golakai, who is also the Dean of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia, stressed in a power point presentation during Liberia’s observation of the 21st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, for people to feel the impact of good a  healthcare system, government needs to generate a condition that will bring to realization such impact.He noted that availability of healthcare, accessibility, acceptability and quality make the impact of healthcare felt.The fearless and outspoken Liberian medical doctor emphasized that the health system of Liberia has remained vulnerable as a result of failure and unfairness on the part of government to invest therein.Additionally, Dr. Golakai said taxpayers’ money has been used to sponsor more doctors in foreign countries to return and provide services to the government for a few years, but those very Liberians after completing their studies fail to fulfill their vows.He recalled that more than 100 Liberian doctors have been trained in foreign countries, but only 25 are in the country while the rest are abroad.Were those doctors fair enough to return home, Liberia would be one of the best in Africa; but after being sponsored by taxpayers’ money, they have changed their nationality.He further emphasized that healthcare as a right under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not accessible and available to the ordinary Liberian people because the entire system is broken down.“Do you know why Ebola continues to be present in Monrovia?  It is because Monrovia is very dirty with garbage and human waste spread all over.  You do not expect the “City” to be free of disease when dirt is all over,” Dr. Golakai stressed.He also indicated that transparency is completely absent in the health sector, with health workers engaged in taking bribes from patients before attending to them.He again blamed it on government and the system that has been created, noting that because people are not punished for their wrong doing, they take advantage of it to continuously exhibit unethical behavior.“We health workers have not failed you, but your government has failed you.  If I do wrong and I’m made to bear punishment for my wrong doing, I will not repeat it.  But your government does not have such as system in place, so they have failed you and not we,” he added.Regarding the Ebola outbreak, Dr. Golakai squarely blamed World Health Organization’s Director, Margaret Chan for showing insensitivity to the disaster at the early stage.“This woman knew that Ebola is a deadly disease that broke out in neighboring Guinea, but she kept quiet for some months until it began spreading in Liberia and Sierra Leone before she could call for emergency.  It is not that they like us, but there was an agenda, and the agenda has manifested itself.  The call is meant to bring in money to the World Health Organization through Liberia and other affected countries,” Dr. Golakai noted.He attributed the decline of Ebola in Liberia to interventions by the United States and other partners but again stressed that U.S. especially was playing its role amidst shame and interest.“They colonized us and have been doing little to impact their former colony.  Moreover, they are interested in our oil, and so they have to play the role they play now,” he said amidst huge applause.Meanwhile, Dr. Golakai stressed that because of the Liberian government’s insensitivity to the health sector, the 20% budgetary allotment pronounced to be sent there has not come.  He further noted, “Because the system is vulnerable, your leaders use taxpayers’ money to travel abroad for medication while your clinics and hospitals are without essential drugs and other supplies.”Dr. Golakai also lashed out at President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for appointing people in government on the basis of friendship which, according to him, has caused under performance in her administration and yielding nothing for the Liberian people.Dr. Golakai who declared that he has never voted in Liberia and will not vote because Liberian politicians are not trustworthy, urged the audience to talk to the President to listen to pieces of expert advice from people and stop running the government on the basis of friendship.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


NTA, Workers Union Sign CBA


first_imgThe National Transit Authority (NTA) and the United Workers Union of Liberia (UWUL) have signed a new collective bargaining agreement aimed as enhancing the working relationship for both the management and the workers.Collective Bargaining Agreement is a process of negotiation between the employee or group of employees and their employer with the aims of promoting, regulating good and professional working relationship.“Our interest as management is to maintain industrial management and we strongly believe as long as there is peace, there will be improvement at NTA. We are very happy as management of NTA to have such document that both the management and the workers can use in achieving its goals. We completed all terms of the CBA on January 22, 2015.”At the official Signing ceremony yesterday held at the compound of the NTA in Gardnersville, Monrovia, the Managing Director, Tarnue N. Jeke, said the situation of signing the CBA was tough but was glad that such a document would be used to help in moving the institution forward.According to NTA Managing Director, the document has a lot of good things that everyone would hope for in working at the NTA especially in doing the Liberian people’s work and, by extension, the management.He emphasized that the negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement between the NTA and workers union was a long process, which involved the representation of the workers and the management of NTA working hard to ensure that the discussion of terms were rigorously negotiated.Mr. Jeke explained that, “As management of NTA, they must be able to balance the welfare of the employees while ensuring the company sustainability for the benefit of all stakeholders.”According to him, the issue of collective bargaining agreement is also a human rights issue and was important to prioritize such agreement, referencing article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which references the ability to organize workers’ unions.In remarks, David Sackoh, Secretary General of the United Workers Union of Liberia, expressed gratitude to the NTA management for the initiative that would help in creating better working relationship at the NTA for the next three years.A cross-section of the workers lauded the NTA management for the atmosphere they continued to create at the NTA in ensuring that the work of the Liberian people is done.“The management has been very concerned about the workers and creating such document will help in solving some of the internal situations first. We are grateful that we can have such working relationship with the management,” Mr. Sackoh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Bomi Establishes County Security Council


first_imgAhead of next year’s drawdown by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Folley Brown, said the county has established a Security Council.He said that the exercise is to fill in the security vacuum that would be created in the absence of UNMIL from the county.Superintendent Brown made the disclosure when he briefed the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations in Liberia, Farid Zarif, during his recent visit to the county.He said what the County Security Council need is empowerment in the form of training, logistics and resources to enable it to function effectively.“Security after UNMIL’s withdrawal is of concern to residents of the county, and so we appeal to the international community including the UN to empower Liberia’s security agencies,” LINA quotes Supt. Brown as telling Mr. Zarif.In remarks, SRSG Zarif observed that if there will be any security threats, they will come from persons residing in the country, not from external threats to Liberia.He then assured the audience of the UN’s standby preparedness to react to any and all threats to the country, should there be a need for it.During his first county visit to Grand Gedeh County, SRSG Zarif urged the Liberian authorities to step up efforts to take full charge of the country’s security as UNMIL draws down. The international community, he said, remains committed to help Liberia meet the expected challenges. The UN Security Council recently extended UNMIL’s stay in Liberia until September 30, 2016, but authorized a reduction in the number of its personnel as preparations continue for the security transition to the country’s authorities next year.According to a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the 15 member body, the Council, “affirms its expectation that the Liberian government will assume fully its security responsibilities from UNMIL no later than June 30, 2016, and encourages member states and multilateral organizations to continue to provide financial, technical and other assistance to the GOL (government of Liberia) in this regard.” In his latest report on UNMIL, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that it will be a “historic moment” when the GOL assumes all its security responsibilities from the Mission. “It will be an important milestone, a demonstration of confidence that Liberia has turned from conflict, disorder and dependence to a future of sustained peace, unity and independence,” he wrote.While welcoming the important progress made to date by the GOL with support from UNMIL and other partners, Mr. Ban noted that challenges remain that will require additional assistance on all fronts in order to complete the transition by June 30, 2016.“All stakeholders must sustain their focus on implementing the ambitious transition plan developed by the GOL and also on the national reconciliation and continuing political reforms that are essential for consolidating peace,” he stated.By the resolution, the Council also decided that the mandate of UNMIL will be the protection of civilians; reform of justice and security institutions; human rights promotion and protection and; protection of UN personnel. It also decided that UNMIL shall put “renewed focus” on supporting the GOL to achieve a successful security transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


9 AFL Soldiers Complete Training in China


first_imgFrom right to left: Sgt. Foday Freeman, Sgt. Sonnie Kpadeh, Cpt. George F. Montgomery II, Sgt. Keah Michael Ngan, Ens/Lt. Agbo Dickson, Cpl. Edwin T. Williams, PO-3. Prince Andrews and Sgt. Romeo PajiboBy Duannah SiryonLiberia continues to make progress in its postwar recovery with support from friendly countries as nine  members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have completed training in their various areas of expertise and have returned home.On Friday, July 14, Gate T69 at Brussels International Airport in Belgium was a scene of excitement as the nine AFL members  waited to board their flight for home after completing their studies under the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Liberia bilateral relations.The AFL personnel included Capt. George F. Montgomery II, who graduated from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) University of Science and Technology with emphasis on Computer Networking and Networking Security.Ensign/Lt. Dickson Agbo and PO-3 Prince Andrew studied diving at the Naval Submarine Academy of China, while Sgt. Romeo Pajibo completed his studies in Automotive Engineering at the PLA Tianjin Foreign University.Cpl. Edwin T. Williams and Sgt. Sonnie Kpadeh earned certificates in Military Transportation from Tianjin Transportation University, with Sgt. Sonnie Kpadeh being the lone female among the returnees.Sgt. Foday Freeman received certification in Communications Equipment Maintenance Engineering at the PLA University of Science and Technology, while Sgt. Keah Michael Nyan received his in Automotive Engineering from Tianjin Transportation University.The soldiers expressed satisfaction with the training and said they were delighted to return home to contribute to Liberia’s development.“These opportunities are strategically intended to increase the human and technical capacities of Liberians in all disciplines in the AFL under the dynamic leadership of Minister Brownie Samukai and the government under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” one of the soldiers said.“As Liberians, we must join hands in extending congratulatory messages to these brave men and women of the AFL for the courage to not only bear arms to protect and defend this republic but to academically empower themselves for careers after their military service,” said an excited Liberian at the airport.The returning soldiers extended thanks and appreciation to the “ bilateral partners, particularly the government and people of the People’s Republic of China for extending such opportunity to Liberians. We also must thank President Sirleaf for her support to empower personnel of the AFL.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Northern Strikers return home with gold


first_imgThe tournament began Friday, with the local club defeating Prince George 1-0, thanks to the lone goal kicked in by Cam Close.Saturday, the team faced some adversary, suffering an unfortunate 4-1 loss to another Prince George team, with Paul Greschner scoring the only goal for the Northern Strikers.The loss seemed to motivate the boys, who came out as a team on a mission their following game, beating host Quesnel 3-1. Close and Greschner each scored in the victory, along with Ty Hollingshead.- Advertisement -It was a big win for the team, as the victory earned them a spot in the gold medal game, to face non other than the Prince George team that handed the Northern Strikers their only defeat of the tournament.It was a different story in the gold medal re-match, as the taste of defeat seemed to motivated the Northern Strikers. The team played exceptionally well, earning a gold-medal shut out in the process and winning by a score of 4-0.Along with the forwards and defence, the Northern Striker’s goalies, Sam Barrette and Gage Atkins both had stellar performances in the gold-medal-winning tournament.Advertisementlast_img read more


TRANSFER FIGHT! Chelsea and Man City joined by Napoli in chase for Serie A star


first_imgNapoli are the latest club to join the chase for precocious Bologna star Amadou Diawara, who is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City.Both Premier League sides, as well as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, have kept a close eye on the teenager since he broke into the Bologna first team last season.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, it is fellow Serie A side Napoli who are ready to make the first approach to Diawara’s employers.And it has been reported that Napoli reckon the offer of two players in exchange for the 18-year-old midfielder might tempt them into selling this summer.Napoli, fronted by free-scoring striker Gonzalo Higuain, finished second in the table last season but they appear ready to shake up their squad as they attempt to go one better next term.One of those who could leave is striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who started just four league games last term, and is a target for Bologna.So the offer of a swap deal including Gabbiadini – and his Napoli team-mate Mirko Valdifiori – could be lodged in a bid to prise Diawara away from the Stadio Rento Dall’Ara. Amadou Diawara in action for Bologna 1last_img read more


Geocachers Help Grant a Make-A-Wish® for a Geocaching Teen


first_img SharePrint RelatedMother of Father’s Day: Investigating The 3 Parts of Every GeocacheJune 21, 2015In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”January’s Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 27, 2015In “Community” Jared and geocachers at Evergreen Park in Bremerton, WA.A lot of geocachers will pull over between point A and point B to find a geocache. For Make-A-Wish® recipient, Jared, he and his family would often pick up geocache finds between home and the hospital. His early teenage years were often spent in hospitals from Aberdeen, South Dakota to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He logged smileys all around the three medical centers.He says, “When I was in the hospital I would look on the website. I would look for trackables and take them to geocaches back home with me.”  Jared123, as he’s known in the geocaching community, endured three major surgeries for a life-altering digestive issue. Through traveling to treatment, he and his family logged hundreds of miles. They tapped into geocaching to break the tension between medical procedures.Jared discovered he had been chosen for  Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. Jared thought about where he could go and what he could do. Many children decide to take a trip to Disneyland or spend time with their family on a vacation to Hawaii.Jared (center) with his family and Make-A-Wish volunteersJared was born in the Seattle area, and when he learned that Geocaching HQ was located in Seattle, he made his choice.Make-A-Wish organized the visit and contacted local geocachers. An event called Jared From SD Wishes for your Presence was planned to welcome him to the Northwest. And Jared wanted to meet, and geocache with, one of the most creative geocache hiders on the West Coast of the U.S: goblindust.Geocachers from several counties away showed up to greet their fellow geocacher. Jared says, “I couldn’t’ really believe how many people came there. There were 85-90 people who attended. There were a whole bunch of volunteers and businesses who donated for the event.”Jared then took to the geocaching trail, claiming, The SUPER Pages as his favorite geocache of the trip and perhaps of all time. He says, “I found some of the most unique geocaches ever, or even in the world.” To offer you some proof, geocacher goblindust has a creative geocache found in this video (we just won’t tell you which one).Jared then visited Geocaching HQ, meeting with the founders of Geocaching.com and having lunch with the people who power the experience. He also led his dad to log his first geocache—the giant treasure chest in the lobby of Geocaching HQ.Jared and his dad at Geocaching HQYou can watch Jared’s tour of Geocaching HQ in this 6 second Vine video. Jared did what any geocache might do when they leave Geocaching HQ, he went geocaching some more.Geocachers who logged the event say, “Thanks to all who put this together, the vendors who donated, and to Jared for inviting us to help make his wish!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and your parents! Enjoy your visit, and hope you enjoy all the fun caches we have to offer! Goblindust…you’re a rockstar! TFTE!”Jared says the trip was a wish come true, “I guess I couldn’t really believe it. I’ll remember this day forever.”Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


Rwandan Website Editor Murdered: This Week in Online Tyranny


first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor of Rwandan website murdered. Jean Leonard Rugambage, the acting editor of Umuvugizi newspaper, which had been blocked by the Rwandan government, was murdered last Friday. He was by two men who fled in a car outside his home in Kigali. Bless his family. The Rwandan government should feel ashamed. Again.Reporters Without Borders opens anti-censorship shelter. “The group unveiled a room in its Paris headquarters set aside for fugitive journalists or bloggers from abroad to drop in and blog with secure Internet connections using software that masks their online identity.” The center also trains bloggers and others in the use of circumventors and proxies and other tools to read and publish while avoiding arrest. They offer a high-speed anonymous Internet connection as well. Reporters Without Borders, why must you rock so? Internet “kill switch” bill heads to Senate. The dreadfully misguided Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act Bill is heading to the U.S. senate. This bill gives the President emergency powers to power down the Internet in the event of an international attack on the systems. Not only is concentrating power over a massive aspect of the nation’s communications system in one hand a bad idea, it is a power which will never be repealed if granted. No one gives back power once they have it. Also, it creates a situation in which providers and communications companies are co-opted into the process. Another awful idea. On one hand, relying on CEOs to be deputies is unfair to them. On the other hand, giving them that power is unfair to us. Pakistan to monitor all Internet for “blasphemy.” Last Friday, Pakistan announced it is beginning to monitor all the Internet tools and sites they can for “blasphemy.” Blasphemy is a handy word and let’s watch as it dovetails with statistical improbability with the interests of the country’s rulers. Shall we? Oh, let’s.India requires Skype, Google, RIM to provide all data through their devices to Indian security agencies. This is surprising news from a country not often associated with draconian online security and the paranoia it results from. “The Department of Telecom (DoT) will ask these companies to either ensure that data going through their networks be made available to security agencies in a readable format or face a ban from offering services in India…Such a law would force companies such as Skype to give complete access to their networks or set up a local server in India to allow security agencies to track content.” My hand to G-d I’m baffled by this. Is Indian trying to get rid of that pesky technological elite it’s built up? Is it jealous of Pakistan?Turkey fights back against online censorship. Turkey has been the victim of some egregious censorship actions, predicated as much on child porn as religion. They have shut down, and kept down, everything from YouTube to Blogger. An alliance of 30 groups of Internet and free speech organizations are now attempting to reverse that trend in the courts, with lawsuits. Go Turkey!Afghanistan now blocks Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Gmail and many others. Internet access in the country grew from near none to half a million in the last decade. It started as an online war against Taliban (and presumably Al Qaeda) recruiting. Then they added porno. And so it goes. Again, watch how frequently the government’s interest and the Internet censorship authorities’ diverge. I’m going to bet on infrequently. Lebanon arrests three for commenting on Facebook. Three were arrested, and a fourth has a warrant out on him, for “slandering” President Michel Suleiman on Facebook. This is especially disheartening as Lebanon is usually more of a bastion of free speech than the countries around it, although they have pulled this stunt before. Look here. Every single “law” that limits free speech is going to be misused by powerful people in that country that passes it for political purposes. There are no exceptions to this. In five years of following this topic and reporting on it I have seen zero exceptions. Some countries, depending on the way power is balanced, will neutralize such grabs, beat them back or at least moderate them. But most won’t. Also, don’t forget that the Roman republic became the Empire by consistent, incremental changes in laws. The Third Reich murdered Jews, Gypsies, gays and others all according to the law. The law is not a repository of rights. It is a hammer. Which way it swings depends entirely on who’s hand’s on the handle. Tags:#Government#international#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Related Posts last_img read more


Sania Mirza Confirms Her Sister Anam is Marrying Mohammad Azharuddin’s Son


first_img anam mirzaAsadcelebrity weddingfashion First Published: October 7, 2019, 12:11 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sania Mirza’s sister Anam is set to get married to Mohammad Azharuddin’s son Asad in December. Rumours were doing rounds about Anam tying the knot with Asad and Sania recently confirmed the same.Sania also revealed that she and her sister have been to her bachelorette trip already and everyone’s really excited for the wedding. “She (Anam) is actually getting married in December. We just came back from her bachelorette trip in Paris. We are really excited,” Sania told Times of India.”She is marrying a lovely boy. His name is Asad and he happens to be the son of Mohammad Azharuddin and we are really excited about it,” Sania was quoted as saying on Saturday.The rumours about Aman and Asad became after Sania’s social media post, where she uploaded a photo with Azharuddin’s son and captioned it as: “Family”.Anam Mirza is a fashion stylist by profession and Sania is mostly styled by her for events.Sania, on the other hand, recently spoke against the practice of blaming the wives whenever a player performs poorly and gave the example of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli.”Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. It makes no sense,” she said at the India Economic Summit on Thursday in Mumbai.Sania was also against the rule of WAGs (wives and girlfriends) not being allowed on tours.”Many a times, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted.””What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?” Mirza asked. last_img read more