Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has managed to shrug off its opening weekend loss to La Salle and has so far racked up four straight wins to capture the top spot of the standings when it pummeled University of the Philippines in its lone game this week.It was a game that had so much hype since the winner gets the No. 1 seed after Week 4 while the loser ends up in fifth.And the Lady Eagles made sure they would leave the week as the league’s queens after a resounding sweep of the Lady Maroons.Leading Ateneo’s romp of UP was Maddie Madayag.Mainly a defensive force, Madayag was Ateneo’s top scorer against UP with 14 points, highlighted by six blocks.5. Celine Domingo (Far Eastern University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ACeline Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCeline Domingo is living up to her position.Middle blockers are there to provide stability for their teams and Domingo has definitely brought that to FEU.Domingo has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws in their two wins this week, putting up 17 points against UE and 14 points against the Adamson. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title As for the bigger picture, Domingo is fifth in the Best Scorers table with 83 total points.6. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ADimdim Pacres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDimdim Pacres is never considered as one of the top stars in the UAAP but she’s always there when UST needs that valuable third option on offense.When Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini went down with an injured left knee, Pacres took it upon herself to become UST’s third asset.Pacres has been a reliable third fiddle to UST’s star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.In UST’s pair of wins this week, Pacres scored a total of 20 points and it wasn’t just her offense that made her of value for the Golden Tigresses.Pacres was UST’s best digger this week tallying a total of 28 excellent digs.7. Heather Guino-o (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU has had a stable week and there was one Lady Tamaraw who was polarizing in every sense of the word.The Lady Tamaraws went 2-0 this week with Heather Guino-o going from dormant to blazing. 1. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AEya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Rookie of the Year race has been blown wide open and Eya Laure has left destruction at her wake.UST’s super freshman was nothing short of spectacular in Week 4, leading the Golden Tigresses to two straight wins with victories over defending champion De La Salle and National University.The Golden Tigresses’ win over NU meant more to Laure since it was the Lady Bulldogs’ high school team that tormented the UST star and foiled her attempts to get another UAAP title in the girls’ high school division.Laure released some of her frustration and punished the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas racked up two straight wins this past week to create a pileup in the second seed of the standings with a 4-2 record to tie La Salle and Far Eastern University.Ateneo is at the helm with a 4-1 card while University of the Philippines dropped all the way to fifth with a 3-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNational University and Adamson University are tied in sixth with 1-4 records while University of the East is at the bottom at 1-5.With that out of the way, here are the top seven players that made this week as maddening as it can be. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history After scoring just seven points in FEU’s win over the Lady Warriors, Guino-o fired 20 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws in their five-set win over the Lady Falcons.Her 20-point explosion pushed Guino-o from the 14th spot in the Best Scorers table to eighth, overtaking the likes of Eli Soyud, Mary Ann Mendrez, and Isa Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steve Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Draymond Green Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—This year may be the Year of the Pig but Week 4 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is the week of the Golden Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award More importantly, Laure’s combined 35 points in the week made her the second-leading scorer in the league with a total of 102 points.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ACherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netC“The Cherry Bomb” is explosive as ever and no shelter is strong enough to protect the league from Cherry Rondina.UST’s superstar is still the offensive mayhem that she is and after leading the Golden Tigresses to two wins this week she’s racked up a total of 105 points to take the top spot of the league’s Best Scorers table.If Rondina let Laure had her fun against the Bulldogs, she made sure that she was front and center when the Golden Tigresses humbled the Lady Spikers.Rondina wasn’t fazed with the defending champions pedigree and she proceeded to put up 19 points in the Golden Tigresses sweep of La Salle.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLaure may have been this season’s favorite for the top rookie honors but Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon has also been impressive in her own way.After her first five games in the collegiate level, Ebon has emerged to be the third-best scorer in the league with a total of 86 points. She’s also led the Lady Tamaraws to two wins this week.Ebon shone in FEU’s five-set win over University of the East with 21 points and she remained impactful in the Lady Tamaraws’ second victory of the week with 17 points against Adamson. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments
The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has now officially “joined” the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which last week snatched away one of their senior colleagues, Mr. Patrick Sawyer.Mr. Sawyer, who met his untimely death in Lagos, Nigeria, after he had gone there to attend an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference, was the Coordinator of the ECOWAS National Unit at the MFDP.Speaking with our Health Correspondent Sunday, July 27, the MFDP Media Services Director, Mr. Sidiki Trawally, stated that individually, the Ministry’s staff have been engaged in the preventive methods and “most of them have their personal sanitizer, which they use daily.”Mr. Trawally said that in order to strengthen their involvement in the anti-Ebola campaign, the Ministry has put in place a thorough sanitary program and admonished all staff to use the hand washer or personalized sanitizers or disposable gloves available at the Ministry’s entrance.The Ministry announced Monday that in order to instill confidence in users of services at the MFDP, “At the very highest level of the Ministry, all senior officials who came in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer have been placed on the prescribed 21-day observatory surveillance period starting July 20th, the day Mr. Sawyer departed the country for Nigeria.” The Ministry further said that all concerned senior officials have been requested to telecommute (work from home) until certified by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) to return to active duty.In addition to the above measures, the Minister of FDP, Amara Konneh, has requested the Ministry of Health to immediately quarantine and properly sanitize both the former Ministry of Finance and the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs buildings, including the newly constructed National Authorizing Office of the European Union.“Due to these measures, the Ministry [was] temporarily shut down 12 PM on Monday, July 28, and reopened on Tuesday, July 29.”The Minister has also given permission to other employees, who made no contact with Mr. Sawyer, but have been traumatized as a result of the situation in the past few days and would like to take some time off, to stay home until they deem it necessary to return to duty.Among other things, however, all essential employees still working at the Ministry have been asked to observe strictly the following measures: “Use of the elevator is restricted to only 4 persons per trip; absolutely, no clustering on the stairways; no gathering of more than five persons, except for meetings in conference spaces or spatial environment; absolutely no handshakes, hugging of other physical bodily contact; and please report any suspicious illness or strange conditions amongst employees.The Ministry has also asked that only persons with genuine business dealings and transactions would be permitted on the premises and that all employees are further encouraged to wear long-sleeved clothing to minimize any possible risk of exposure.“Notwithstanding, the general public is advised to carry out their normal transactional businesses at the Ministry and follow closely the measures announced in the interest of public health.Meanwhile, the MFPD tax policy unit will review, in conjunction with the Liberia Revenue Authority, a proposal for the relaxation of tariffs and duties on the importation of sanitary materials and other bleach products during the period of this situation.” (For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I read in a media article which quoted President David Granger in his address to PNC’s public meeting at Vreed-en-Hoop on February 03, 2019, saying “This is not about David or Irfaan. It is about the future of our children. It is about whether they can grow up in a democratic State. It is whether they could enjoy the quality of life that we promise them”. For me, this was an interesting statement and says a lot in my mind.I must say I agree with the President that the elections are not about personalities but what is best for the future of our country. Bearing that in mind, can we really say that our President and his colleagues are guided by such lofty aspirations? In the short but eventful period of the Granger Administration, we greatly declined to the point where we are clinging on to a singular hope of oil which, as several have pointed out, is no panacea. Can we really be assured of a good future when our Government officials travel off to faraway countries for healthcare and our ordinary people have to pay taxes on medical care and medication? What should we expect when our people are incarcerated for the slightest of infractions and a Minister can trample signs in a darkened parking lot with immunity and reportedly have a security officer losing his job? Or how can we have confidence in tomorrow when many of our people have nothing to put on their tables but we read of our Governmental elite dining on King Crab and the fanciest of foods. Is the current crop of personalities best for our future?The President said our children should grow up in a democratic state. But at the same time His Excellency delivered those remarks, he was openly and nakedly flouting the Constitution and a decision of the Chief Justice regarding the very democracy he wants our children to enjoy. He and his colleagues have cast dark shadows on our democratic foundation when he unilaterally named a Chairman of the Elections Commission, throwing away decades of tradition and precedent which worked. The Granger Government, we should not forget, also engaged in gerrymandering when it altered the construct of several Local Authorities just prior to the last Local Government Elections. Is this the democracy the President is speaking about?The President spoke about delivering a good quality of life to our children. But it was his Government that imposed VAT on private education which it had to walk back after it was met with wide condemnation. It is his Government that charges taxes on crayons, pencils, books and other essential school supplies. It was his Government that took away the State support to school children. It was his Government that ended the one laptop project, essentially denying children access to a computer in their homes. Is this the good quality of life the President talks about?The President talks a good talk, saying the right things but I have long learnt that actions speak louder than words. It is clear to me that the Granger grouping doesn’t have the best interest of our people in mind.Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaud
Dear Editor,As member organisations of the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), we are deeply concerned about increasingly visible incidents of school violence and bullying in our country. Recently, a video was widely circulated across media platforms in which a male student at a city high school was seen viciously beating a female student of the same school, both in uniform and in the school compound with other students witnessing. No one intervened to stop the violence against the girl.Following the incident, Minister of Education, Hon Dr Nicolette Henry, MP, was quoted by iNews Guyana on November 27, 2019, in an invited comment as saying “students fight, there is nothing unusual as you would know, you have gone to school and we all would have seen those”. It was later reported in many sections of the media that the Education Minister visited the school, made the two students apologise to each other and spoke at a special assembly where she encouraged all students at the school to find non-violent ways to resolve conflicts. The Ministry also issued a statement that their investigation into the incident was ongoing.The GEF finds these responses inappropriate and woefully inadequate. In a society where gender-based violence (GBV) remains rampant, a survivor of violence should never be made to apologise to the person who has perpetrated violence against them. While the Minister’s statements and intervention were no doubt made with the best of intentions, they, unfortunately, feed into pervasive and misleading stereotypes about GBV – that victims bring violence on themselves, act in ways that leave perpetrators unable to control themselves or their tempers, or otherwise contribute to their own victimisation.These stereotypes are false and contribute to wrongful beliefs that fuel all forms of GBV, and violence against women and girls (VAWG), in particular. The only person responsible for violence is the perpetrator; the only person who should be held accountable and sanctioned for violence is the perpetrator. Survivors of GBV are entitled to support; they should not be made complicit in their own oppression by being required to apologise to the person who violated them.The Minister’s statement also fails to recognise that this is a problem that goes beyond in-school fighting. GBV flourishes in environments of impunity. When education officials fail to intervene or hold students accountable for less severe instances of misogyny or discrimination, it becomes easier for students to feel that escalating behaviour, including violence, is justified or appropriate.Minister Henry is right to call upon students to find ways other than violence to resolve disputes, but adults in a position of authority need to do more. Students need the adults and leaders around them, to demonstrate that being a boy does not mean being violent – it means being respectful, caring for others, and standing up for each other, especially when doing so takes courage.During these 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, from November 25 to December 10, the Ministry of Education has an opportunity to stand in solidarity with survivors of GBV. Lead by example. Show that violence has no place in Guyana. The GEF calls upon the Ministry of Education to take meaningful steps to confront all forms of prejudice and violence in Guyana’s schools – between students, teachers, parents and education officials. Comprehensive Sexuality Education should be systemically rolled out in all schools across the country. In 21st century Guyana, teachers should focus on teaching children to communicate, problem solve and build healthy relations – practically develop their people skills. Whilst the GEF is not suggesting that the education system abandons its academic goals, we have to deliver the kind of education that supports holistic development. And while discipline should be paramount in schools, corporal punishment should be eradicated as it perpetuates the notion that violence is an appropriate response or punishment for any transgression. Counsellors should be available in every school to provide therapy for students, parents and teachers who need psycho-social and emotional support. Perpetrators of violence should be appropriately punished. Survivors should be supported and not made to feel that they did anything to cause the violence. There is no place for violence in Guyana’s schools.Yours respectfully,SASOD Guyana; Help and Shelter; CAFRA Guyana; ChildLink Inc; Come Alive Network Inc (CANI); Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA); Comforting Hearts; Deaf Association of Guyana (DAG); Family Awareness Consciousness Togetherness (FACT); Global Shapers Georgetown Hub; Guyana Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP); Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC); Guyana Trans United (GTU); SAVE Guyana; United Bricklayers; CPIC Monique’s Caring Hands; Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU); Hope for All Foundation; Dillon Mohammed, Conversa Global (CG); Women’s Wednesdays Guyana (WWG); SASOD Women’s Arm Guyana (SWAG); Human Rights and Social Justice Commission – Diocese of Guyana; Hope of Christ Anglican Church – The United Anglo-Catholic Church
By Shemuel FanfairGold exports are one of the main sources of revenue that adds significantly to the Guyanese economy. TheIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockassociated industries of the precious commodity provide many avenues of employment for both men and women, especially indigenous citizens, the majority of whom reside in the interior.However, Guyana has not been able to gain the optimum revenue from this lucrative industry as a high percentage of the commodity is not declared to the Guyana Gold Board. Government had announced earlier this year that thousands of ounces of gold are being smuggled out of the country regularly.In this light, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has reiterated calls for enforcement of regulations that are geared at preventing gold smuggling.In an interview with this newspaper late last week, the minster suggested that government agencies need to implement better measures of management to correct the “wrongs” that have persisted in the industry:“More systems need to be put in place to retrieve that gold is being taken out of the country without proper management; the laws need to be enforced…[but] things have gone wrong for so long, to do the right seems wrong,” Allicock noted.According to figures as quoted by Gold Price and the London Fix, the price for gold stood at US$1321 on Friday, up from US$1088 for the same period last year.This reflects a 17 per cent year on year increase. Late last week, it was announced that the Aurora Mines of Canadian company, Guyana Goldfields Inc had produced an estimated 75,000 ounces of gold for the first half of this year.In January, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had announced that about 15,000 ounces of the country’s gold were smuggled every week. Minister Trotman’s previous estimation suggests that the local economy will not fully benefit from the significant price increases on the world market.In 2015, gold raked in some US$500 million for the country while the early first-half of 2016 earnings stood at some US$366 million.However, these figures are below the true earnings for the sector, likely reducing the amount of revenue that can be obtained. In September last year, the Natural Resources Minister had pointed out that a multi-stakeholder meeting was held where the anti-gold smuggling task force was established.The stakeholder agencies the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), and the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) were included.In January 2016, it was revealed that the United States government was assisting Guyana to curb gold smuggling to South American nations; and also Europe, Miami and New York.It was reported that the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were both involved in the anti-smuggling operations.Gold prices on the world market skyrocketed following Brexit, which saw the majority of citizens in Great Britain voting to leave the European Union in a nationwide Referendum last month.
Over the last few days, residents of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have been significantly inconvenienced owing to the disruptions to mobile service from telecommunications giant, GTT.The mobile service went down on Saturday last, greatly impacting business operations and leisure activities in many areas across the Region.GTT mobile subscribers were unable to send or receive calls, text messages or access the Internet.Reports indicate that residents of North Rupununi and Central Rupununi have been particularly affected, since commercial activities are abundant in those areas.Residents have also expressed concern that GTT failed to promptly inform the public of the disruption to the service and to keep them updated on progress in addressing the matter.In a Facebook post, parliamentarian Alister Charlie vented about the lack of customer service.“Come on GTT, be professional and let the subscribers know exactly what is happening and how soon will the service be restored,” he posted.Contacted for a comment on the matter, the company explained that the disruption was as a result of damage to equipment at its Lethem facility.On Tuesday, GTT Public Relations Officer (PRO) Allison Parker advised that the information would be broadcast on the recently-commissioned radio station in the Region.According to the statement from the company, engineers are working to replace the equipment and conduct urgent repairs.In apologising for the inconvenience caused, the company announced that mobile services should be restored fully today.
Milton Smith88A petty thief was unhappy to hear that he will be spending the next year of his life in prison for stealing a number of items.Milton Smith, 29, of Lot 169 David Street, Kitty appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. He pleaded guilty when Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan read the charge to him.It is alleged that between September 22 and 23, 2016, at Young Street, Kingston, he broke and entered El Dorado Trading and stole two trolleys, two travelling bags and one helmet; a total value of $95,000.The prosecution told the court that on the day in question; the Virtual Complainant (VC) secured the articles in the premises and went out.However, upon his return the following day, the articles were missing. CCTV footage showed the defendant removing the articles. The matter was reported to the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters, in Eve Leary, and the defendant was arrested. He was told of the offence and admitted to carrying out the act.When asked by the Magistrate if he had anything to say, he vibrantly said, “I already pleaded guilty.” As such, he was sentenced to prison.
The Tax Court on Wednesday, January 15, reserved judgment in a US$19.197 million case against Lonestar Communications Corporation, (LSCC), one of the leading GSM Companies in the country.The case involved tax fraud—alleged against LSCC —following a re-audit and a re-assessment of Lonestar’s tax record, by the Finance Ministry. The Ministry had conducted a re-audit and a re-assessment of Lonestar’s tax record, alleging new discoveries of unreported income, indistinct expenses and unclear interconnectivity that led the Ministry of Finance to compute and claim a deficit (shortage) in the company’s past payment into government revenue, to the tune of US$19,197,903.44.Lonestar protested and filed an appeal to the Board of Tax Appeals.In its complaint to the Board of Tax Appeals, Lonestar argued that the Finance Ministry was wrong to assess said payment, based on an audited report and its re-assessment bill for “additional taxes, penalty, and interest for the taxable re-audited period 2007 to 2011.”The corporation further argued that it had already paid its taxes for the period 2007 to 2011 for which the Ministry had issued it a tax- clearance.Lonestar argued further there was no justification (excuse, good reason) for carrying out an additional re-assessment of the taxable period already assessed.The Board’s intervention left Lonestar no better off, considering the amount the Ministry of Finance had re-assessed the nation’s leading cell-network provider. The Board gave Lonestar 30 days to commence working with the Ministry, to determine the tax-basis for the new-found documents and the difference they represent.The Board also declared that if Lonestar failed to cooperate with the Ministry within a 30-days period, the previous determination of the Ministry’s 19 million wound be binding and enforceable against the company.It was in view of that ruling, that Lonestar had prayed the Tax Court for a “Judicial Review” of the Board’s decision.After lawyers representing the two parties on Wednesday rested from presentations of oral and documentary evidence, Presiding Judge, Mozart Chesson, announced he would reserve judgment.He told lawyers representing the two parties (Government and Lonestar) that through a notice-of-assignment, the Court would provide the date for final ruling in the case.The company had complained of the Ministry of Finance and the Tax Appeals Board, praying the Court to review the Board’s leaning.(With an assist from Keith Neville A. Best, Esq.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lewis Brown, has stated that the deadly Ebola virus, which was suspected to be in the country after it was announced that five of six persons who crossed over from neighboring Guinea have died from the virus, does not exist in Liberia.Speaking in an interview at his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 26, Minister Brown said all of the suspected cases that were reported are not Ebola as medical research has revealed.According to Min. Brown, “The cases reported do not confirm that these people who died or those undergoing treatment were/are infected by the Ebola virus. The patient transferred to the John F. Kennedy is doing well and the child who spent four days in the hospital [in Zorzor] is recovering.”Minister Brown explained that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners have taken blood samples to Guinea and France for medical tests and observation. He expects results in the soonest possible time.“We do not have any evidence to show that anyone in Liberia has Ebola. All previous measures taken by the government were intended as precautions for the sake of our dear citizens, which is the best that a good government could do for its people in the situation.”Minister Brown explained that the press conference held by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Monday, March 24, was a precautionary measure taken to keep citizens informed due to Liberia’s shared border with Guinea.“Not a single case of actual Ebola was reported by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare or any of its partners including the World Health Organization (WHO). Those that were speculated to be Ebola patients are now recovering and doing well; two of them have been treated and discharged in Foya.”The Information Minister stated that the Health Ministry through its spokesman is calling on the general public to follow the essential measures as instructed by the Health Minister on Monday. The spokesman said that precaution is needed before further investigation or reports on the part of the media.Minister Brown said a person having dysentery, diarrhea, or vomiting with blood does not mean that he has Ebola as claimed by many in the country. He said that the Gov’t wanted to be clear that ‘cries of Ebola in Liberia’ were false.The Minister explained that hygiene is important to everyone whether Ebola is in the country or not. He called on the general public to continue washing their hands and adhering to the initial measures of Ebola prevention until further notice.“We want to re-emphasize that you should wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible, and avoid direct interactions with animals such as monkeys and consumption of their raw meat. You must treat your water with chlorine before drinking it for now. We will continue to provide medical reports and updates to the public,” he concluded.This latest summersault comes after Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter Traub Gwenigale and his Deputy Minister, Dr. (MD) Bernice Dahn, who is the Chief Medical Officer for the Republic, had told news men women at a major Monday, March 24 press conference that the deadly Ebola virus, which is reported to have killed at least 60 person in neighboring Guinea, had crossed over into Liberia.They emphasized that as of that date—March 24—five of six persons, who crossed over to Liberia from Guinea, had died from the Ebola virus. They even further clarified that two of the five went back and died in Guinea and the three died on Liberian soil, while the sixth, a female child, was critical and being treated at a local health facility in Zorzor, Lofa County.Min. Lewis Brown, who now denied the presence of Ebola in Liberia, was also a part of the press conference at which the Health Ministry’s authorities announced that Ebola has crossed over into Liberia from Guinea.Meanwhile, Health Min. Gwenigale has told the Observer that no one has been quarantined at the JFK Medical Center because of Ebola.This paper was reliably told by an insider that a patient was quarantined on Tuesday, after health practitioners at the hospital noticed symptoms of the Ebola virus. Our source said the person had come from the suspected Ebola region in Lofa County.The Ministry of Health, in an update, dropped the number of deaths from the “suspected viral hemorrhagic fever” cases to four instead of five as it had announced earlier on Monday, March 24. However, authorities of the Health Ministry still maintain the six-person figure disclosed on Monday.The MOHSW said it continues to monitor and investigate cases of suspected viral hemorrhagic fever in the country.It is noteworthy that the Health Ministry no longer calls it the Ebola virus but “suspected viral hemorrhagic fever.”In a related development, the management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center has also clarified that at no time did authorities in Ganta transfer Ebola or suspected Ebola cases at the hospital as was reported by the local media.JFK in a release said it is disappointing that others will choose to report such critical national issue without checking first with the hospital. “Management maintains that its various wards are one hundred percent free of Ebola patients and urged journalists to counter-check their stories before publication.”The hospital authorities said recent transfers from Ganta did not in any way come with referral slip indicating Ebola. JFK said every patient that is transfer from a health post comes with a referral slips from a medical practitioner and the slip will clearly state the patient cause of illness and all medications previously administered.It is not clear, however, how the JFK can deny the information when the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ganta Hospital, Dr. Claude Monga, told a team of journalists on Tuesday, March 25, that two suspected Ebola cases were diagnosed at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital on Monday, March 24.He told journalists that the patients were immediately transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia because the Ganta hospital had nowhere to keep such patients.Dr. Monga said one of the patients, believed to be a nine-year-old girl, was brought from Guinea and was vomiting and excreting blood, days after she was admitted at the hospital. After discovering her condition, she was immediately transferred.He also noted the other patient didn’t vomit or excrete blood, but had been having persistent fever for the past five days and was also transferred.With an assist from Alaskai Moore Johnson, Observer Health CorrespondentShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The child advocacy group that took nine Liberian youngsters to last March’s Street Child World Cup in Brazil continues its first quota supplies to its beneficiaries in West Point, Buchanan, Caldwell, Banjor and Redlight Bassa Town.The nine young boys are known as Liberia’s ambassadors and are fully involved in SCoL’s activities.SCoL’s program director Michael John Bull told the Daily Observer yesterday that the donation is on-going to cover nearly 174 Ebola-made orphans in those identified communities.“We’ve provided mattresses, toys, footwear and medication to our beneficiaries who are strictly children made orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease,” Bull said.Bull said while the Liberian government has mobilized international efforts in the Ebola fight, “When Ebola is finally defeated the children made orphans by the scourge would remain.” Therefore, he said the Liberian government and other agencies must begin to develop strategies to care for them.“We must be aware of the impending social problem since these orphans are emotionally affected,” Bull said, “therefore four interventions should be considered.”He named them as ensuring acceptance into their communities due to stigmatization; providing clothes, food and medication; being pro-active in their kind of education and assistance to caregivers or a grant that would used for their sustainability.“Street Child of Liberia is providing the above named interventions,” Bull said, “and we would also providing grant assistance to caregivers or responsible relatives so that the children would have no reason to feel neglected.”Bull said SCoL’s field officers are working in several communities, particularly areas highly affected by the Ebola scourge to identify needed children for further support. He put the number to 250 children or more, with cash value of the intervention set around US$20, 000.00 in a continues process of several months.Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), was first established in Freetown, Sierra Leone and later director Bull was charged to come to Liberia to get it started.Street Child UK currently partners with Street Child of Liberia (SCoL), a registered NGO that delivers street-based programs in Monrovia. SCoL is made up of a team of dedicated Liberian social workers who are trained and supported by a street work expert.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)