Phebe Hospital in Dire Need NPA Donates Beds, Beddings

first_imgThe Phebe referral hospital in Suakoko, Bong County central Liberia is in dire need of help to secure laboratory equipment and drugs to improve its health service delivery, the Administration of the hospital has declared.Dr. Jefferson Sibley, medical director of Phebe, told reporters that the hospital is short of laboratory equipment and drugs.Dr. Sibley made the disclosure at the hospital on Friday, when he received a donation of 10 hospital beds with mattresses and 20 beddings from the management of the National Port Authority (NPA) to be used specifically for the hospital’s Isolation Ward. “We have problem with our diagnostic unit,” said Dr. Sibley. However the hospital was successful in acquiring a brand new digital X-Ray machine, he said, adding that as a referral hospital certain standards must be met.He further revealed that Phebe is also short of drugs due to lack of funds as well as the unavailability of the type of drugs needed from the National Drugs Service and private suppliers.  Another necessity for which the hospital needs financial and material support is the construction of a morgue so that the mortuary can be separated from the main hospital building.The cost of the laboratory equipment needed is about US$65,000.Phebe is one of many hospitals hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The hospital lost five healthcare workers and two drivers to the virus, officials said. The Hospital’s Board Chair Mr. Tonorlah Varpilah said Phebe needs about US$1.2 million for Ebola preparedness.  The Ebola crisis had sent scores of health workers and doctors fleeing from Phebe Hospital, but it took the hospital administration and the Lutheran Church in Liberia to broker an agreement with the health workers for their return to work.An amount of over US$30,000 was provided as risk pay for the health workers before they agreed to return a few weeks ago.  The Management of NPA provided about US$5,000 of the benefit amount.Dr. Sibley confirmed that most of the nurses and doctors have returned, but noted however, that most patients are still afraid to come to the hospital for treatment because of fear of being infected by Ebola.“We don’t treat Ebola patients here in the hospital proper. What we have here are patients who are suffering from other sicknesses,” he said. “But most of the people are still afraid to come to the hospital because of the Ebola fear.”Our reporter toured the hospital’s facility including the patients’ wards and observed less than 10 patients in the entire 300 bed hospital. The entire hospital courtyard was deserted signaling the level of fear people now harbor for being infected by Ebola.“We are aware of the very important role Phebe is playing in saving the lives of our people” said NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker as she presented the hospital beds and beddings.The NPA boss, who was accompanied to Gbarnga by NPA Board Chair Mr. Tornolah Varpilah and several others including Dock Workers Union of Liberia Madam Jackie N. Doe, thanked the hospital Administration for reopening Phebe Hospital.“Phebe Hospital,” she said “is very crucial to the survival of the population in Bong County and other counties adjacent.”The NPA Managing Direct gave credit for the delivery of the beds to NPA workers who cleaned them and bought the beddings.  She praised the NPA workers for their innovation and thoughtfulness in getting the beds and beddings ready.For his part, Bong County Health Officer Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi expressed his delight and profound gratitude to the NPA Family for their support.“I know the brain behind this donation is NPA and Phebe [Board Chair] Mr. Tornolah Varpilah. He has been very innovative in making sure that this hospital keeps running and saving the lives of our people,” said Dr. Arzoaquoi.Dr. Arzoaquoi also commended Chairman Varpilah for working diligently with the Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia D. Jensen Seyenkulo to generate more support for the smooth running of Phebe HospitalAlso thanking NPA was the Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia D. Jensen Seyenkulo who said that the donation by NPA Management demonstrates that there is nothing Liberians cannot do especially when they do it together.In a separate interview with our reporter, Bishop Seyenkulo called on the public not be afraid of going to Phebe for treatment. “We are prepared to deal with other illnesses,” said Bishop Seyenkulo. “But patients are still approaching the hospital with skepticism and fear because nobody wants to contract Ebola.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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INISHOWEN CRASH CASE: FITNESS TO PLEAD HEARING UNDER WAY

first_imgShaun KellyA fitness to plead hearing has begun at Donegal Circuit Court in Donegal Town in the case of a man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men in Inishowen.The application that he is not fit to plead in the case is being made on behalf of 25-year-old Shaun Kelly of Hill Road, Ballymaggan, Buncrana. The application is being heard before Judge John O’Hagan and is expected to take two days.It relates to a fatal crash between Clonmany and Buncrana in July 2010 in which eight men died.INISHOWEN CRASH CASE: FITNESS TO PLEAD HEARING UNDER WAY was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CIRCUIT COURTDonegal TownHearingShaun Kellylast_img read more

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Man United REJECT £60million David de Gea offer from Real Madrid – reports

first_img The 26-year-old remains a key target for the Spanish giants 1 Manchester United have turned down a £60million bid for David de Gea from Real Madrid, according to reports.The Spanish shot stopper has been consistently linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu since a proposed move to the LaLiga champions collapsed in 2015.And it appears Zinedine Zidane has made the 26-year-old one of his key summer transfer targets ahead of another spell of lavish spending.But it is understood the Old Trafford club are confident of keeping De Gea in Manchester, with the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper reported to be happy under Jose Mourinho.Madrid’s offer is more than three times the amount United shelled out for the Spanish number one back in 2011, and almost double the current record fee for a goalkeeper.De Gea featured sparingly towards the end of the season as Sergio Romero was preferred by Mourinho in the club’s victorious Europa League campaign.last_img read more

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HARTE STICKS THE BOOT INTO SINN FEIN FOR USE OF SOCCER ‘NO’ POSTERS

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has given Sinn Fein the red card after they use the Irish soccer team to call for a no vote in the Fiscal Treaty.The posters clearly show images of soccer players in the Irish soccer strip and call for a no vote in Thursday’s referendum.He said as a soccer fan, he found the Sinn Fein tactics “revolting.” The Letterkenny Labour party Senator said it was clear that Sinn Fein are now using “injury time desperation stuff.”” I am embarrased by the Sin Fein tactics of trying to jump on the football bandwagon and using the soccer fans as Sinn Fein have run out of arguments and have been exposed as telling untruths in the Referendum debate.“They said it could be vetoed , this has been debunked, they claim we can access ESM funding if we vote No , this has been given the red card also.“They now have done what no other political party in the country has done, to use Irish soccer for political gain. “This is what the dictatorships in tin pot administrations did with their sports heroes and as a soccer fan I find it revolting to see Sinn Fein trying to associate themselves with the Irish fans.“They will use any populist stunt to fool the people, just like Tierry Henri they have no regard for the Irish soccer team but are only after self glory,” he fumed. HARTE STICKS THE BOOT INTO SINN FEIN FOR USE OF SOCCER ‘NO’ POSTERS was last modified: May 30th, 2012 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:FISCAL TREATYnoSenator Jimmy HarteSinn Feinlast_img read more

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FORMER DONEGAL PLAYER QUITS AS ROSCOMMON MANAGER

first_imgDes Newton has stepped down as Roscommon football manger, after less than a year in the job.The former Roscommon and Donegal player’s departure was confirmed by the county board, which will meet next week to begin the process of finding his successor.Roscommon lost to Galway in the Connacht Championship, but bounced back to defeat Armagh in the Qualifiers, before making their exit at the hands of Tyrone. He had been commuting to Roscommon from Dublin to manage the team. FORMER DONEGAL PLAYER QUITS AS ROSCOMMON MANAGER was last modified: September 12th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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COMMEMORATION TO BE HELD TO REMEMBER SLAIN COUNCILLOR EDDIE FULLERTON

first_imgA number of events including the unveiling of a memorial will mark the 20th anniversary of murdered Sinn Féin councillor, Eddie Fullerton this Sunday.The popular politician was shot dead in front of his wife, Diana, at their home in Cockhill Park, Buncrana, in the early hours of May 25, 1991.Nobody has ever been charged with the killing, believed to have been carried out by a gang of loyalist gunmen who crossed the border into Co Donegal to carry out the shooting. As well as a concert, the main event will be the unveiling of an engraved memorial stone and wreath-laying ceremony at Buncrana’s Stone Jug.EndsCOMMEMORATION TO BE HELD TO REMEMBER SLAIN COUNCILLOR EDDIE FULLERTON was last modified: May 24th, 2011 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:Eddie Fullertonlast_img read more

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Coffman wins at Chino

first_img No problem. Coffman remained calm, steady. He birdied the pesky No. 10, dropped an uphill, curling 60-foot putt for another birdie on the 401-yard 12th, then capped his round with an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5, 520-yard 17th. Runner-up David Ober of Riverside (70-66 136) played brilliantly, but missed a 2-foot par putt on 15 and an 8-footer for a birdie on the 18th. Guy Livesay of La Habra (70-67 137) nailed down third place. Hobbs, a Mt. San Antonio College sophomore, finished fourth at 138, and Daniel Yoon of Temecula (70-70 140) wound up in fifth. Tied for sixth at 141 were Gary Havro of Claremont (69-72); Nathan Logan of La Verne (70-71); Kyle Nicolson of Upland (70-71) and Jack Kim of Los Angeles (71-70). In at 142 were the 2005 Inland Valley champion Kenny Murray of La Verne (72-70); Patrick Carrigan, Walnut (71-71); Gianni Sacilotto, Diamond Bar (73-69) and Tyler Schmidt (68-74). Tye Alexander of Los Angeles, the current Pasadena City champ, settled for 145 (70-75); and last year’s City of Chino runner-up, Mark Rossi of La Verne, fired 144 (71-73). All in all, a record 255 golfers showed up to play in seven flights. But nobody could beat the new kid from San Diego. OC REPRESENTED The terrific turnout for the Chino Championship can be traced to a large contingent of players from Orange County who, in several flights, trimmed the local entrants. “They heard about us in the south,” said tournament director Pat McArdle. “We turned away more than 80 players in all, mostly low handicappers. So next year, we’re thinking of making it a 54-hole tournament for championship guys with a 36-hole cut.” UPCOMING TOURNEY The 22nd annual Claremont High School Wolfpack tournament is scheduled for Oct. 17 at Upland Hills Country Club. The $100 entry includes golf, cart, drinks and dinner. All proceeds go to the Claremont football program. For information, call AnnaMaria Santia at (951) 212-5044 during the day or (951) 445-9929 in the evening. Phil Roche is the golf columnist for the Daily Bulletin. He can be reached at phil.roche@dailybulletin.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Thus, he won the fourth annual City of Chino Championship by two strokes with a 10-under-par 134, surprising an elite field of 108 2.9-and-lower indexers. Hey, Taylor, nobody shoots 10-under at Prado his first time out. “I heard they had a tournament up here,” Coffman said afterward. “I thought I’d enter even though I’d never seen the courses before.” Coffman is a senior at St. Augustine High School in San Diego where he played No. 1 on the 2005 California State champs. The lanky 6-footer posted nines of 33, 33, 36, and 32 on the way to a surprise victory. On his 32-stroke final nine, Coffman faced off in a foursome, which included first-day leaders Eric Fekin of Victorville (68-75), Billy Mouw of Chino Hills (68-76), and Aaron Hobbs of Chino (66-72). Who said, “You gotta know the territory?” Be realistic. You can’t walk on a golf course and take over the place the first time out. Two practice rounds at a minimum. center_img Tell that to Taylor Coffman, a 17-year-old left-hander out of San Diego who had never seen either of the two El Prado courses before he teed off early Saturday morning. Coffman carried his own bag and walked while most players rode carts, and methodically shot 6-under-par 66 on Butterfield Stage in his opening round. Wide-eyed, unsure of where the greens were on Sunday, Coffman followed up with a remarkable 4-under-par 68 at Chino Creek. last_img read more

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Colegrove, Hoopa claim Little 4

first_img“The title is back in Hoopa and we don’t plan on returning it for a while,” Hoopa Valley softball’s head coach Glenn Moore said following his team’s Little 4 Conference-clinching doubleheader sweep over visiting St. Bernard’s Thursday afternoon.The pair of wins, 6-5 and 5-2, gives Hoopa its second consecutive Little 4 title after previously not winning one for nine years.Each of Thursday’s games played closely throughout as Hoopa was either tied with or trailing St. Bernard’s as late as the …last_img

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Growth prompts Qantas to boost Japan flights

first_imgQantas is ramping up flights to Japan in response to a growth in Japanese visitors to Australia and as part of a strategy has seen the full-service airline increase capacity on Asian routes by 17 per cent.A new daily service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from December 16 will be operated with upgraded two class Airbus A330-300s.  Budget offshoot Jetstar will pull off the same route in February next year. The 297-seat Qantas planes have the airline’s latest product, including its cutting-edge business suite, and squarely aimed at the premium market.The move will take pressure off the airline’s existing Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda) and Brisbane -Tokyo (Narita) services and comes as the completion of the A330 upgrade program frees up extra capacity.It also capitalises on A 17 per cent growth in Japanese visitors to Australia in 2015-16, as the destination gained from the troubles in Europe, and a boost in the number of Australians flying to Japan of  24 per cent.  Japanese spending in Australia rose 14 per cent to $A1.5 billion over the same period.Qantas and Jetstar will both operate flights from Melbourne to Narita during the December -February holiday peak, with Jetstar ceasing direct flights from February 25.Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said the new service built on Qantas’ long history of flying to Japan and a “boom time for tourism and business travel” on the market.  It was part of a “larger pivot to Asia” that saw Qantas lift capacity on Asian routes by 17 per cent last financial year. “The Qantas Group is perfectly placed to support the resurgent growth we’re seeing, with the biggest Australia-Japan network, the biggest domestic network in Australia, and the biggest low-cost carrier network in Japan through Jetstar,’’ Mr Evans said in a statement.  “Our dual-brand strategy and the size of our fleet means we have the ability to move quickly to meet demand where it’s strongest, putting the right aircraft on the right route.’’The new route is already on sale and Jetstar customers booked on the LCC’s Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) flights from February 26 will be reaccommodated on the Qantas service. Jetstar continues to operate direct international services from the Gold Coast and Cairns to Tokyo (Narita) and Cairns to Osaka.last_img read more

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Youngsters tell their stories with Ilizwi

first_imgMembers of Ilizwi Photo Club are documenting their lives in the townships of Cape Town. (Image: Ilizwi Facebook)Teenagers the world over have plenty of gripes; in South Africa’s disadvantaged areas, one of their issues is not having a platform to express themselves creatively. It is this need that Ilizwi Photo Club seeks to meet.Ilizwi is a youth development initiative that works with young people in under-resourced communities. It encourages creative self-expression through photography so that they can voice their stories visually.The talented young photographers seek to become actively involved in their communities and tell the stories that matter most to them. Ilizwi photographers come from several schools in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. The photo club was launched in 2011, and is based on the belief that through photojournalism we are able to gain an insight into societies’ needs and values. It is such a valuable tool in making sense of the world around us and gives us an insight into the students’ lives.COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECTStarted by Meghan Daniels, who was in matric at the time, Ilizwi means “voice” in isiXhosa. The programme was a by-product of a youth leadership forum Daniels attended in 2010. At that forum, participants were encouraged to initiate a community action project.Speaking about her Ilizwi Photo Club project, Daniels said it allowed the members to raise social awareness in their communities and ultimately become advocates of change. “The Ilizwi photographers want South Africa and the world to know the realities of township life. They have a burning desire to improve their community through visual images.”The photographers are armed with Coolpix cameras and one digital SLR donated to the project by Nikon.At the start of the project, Daniels interviewed, selected and trained 10 Grade 11 and 12 learners from Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha. This training, which took place over 10 weekends, included a practical aspect – looking for social issues in the township to photograph and highlight, as well as facets of beauty in township life.Inspiration, Daniels said, came from giants such as Alf Kumalo, the legendary South African documentary photographer and photojournalist; Ernest Cole, another photographer from the Drum golden era; and, Santo Mofokeng, a South African artist and photographer.YOUTH SPIRIT AWARDDaniels was the recipient of the 2011 Youth Spirit Award from the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards for her work on Ilizwi. She won a R25 000 Damelin bursary for her efforts, which was useful as she was completing her matric.Amy Elizabeth Biehl was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. She was murdered by black Cape Town residents in 1993, a year before South Africa held its first democratic elections.Biehl was in South Africa as a student at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, as a scholar on the Fulbright Program. Following her death, in 1994, Biehl’s parents, Linda and Peter, founded the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust to develop and empower youth in the townships, in order to discourage further violence.last_img read more

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