3 Names for Health Min. Post?

first_imgDaily Observer has credibly learned that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf now has at least three names on her desk pending her final choice as the next Minister of Health.The three names, according to a source who was embedded with a committee that scouted for the replacement of outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, are Dr. Robert Kpoto, Dr. Vuyu Golakai and Dr. Francis Kateh.Dr. Gwenigale, who joined President Sirleaf’s Cabinet in 2006, submitted his request for retirement to President Sirleaf on November 3, 2014, asking for her permission for him to retire in February 2015, which is also the month in which he takes his deferred annual leave. He also turns 80 this February.In a special address to the nation November 16, President Sirleaf nominated Mr. George K. Werner as Liberia’s next Minister of Health with, but he was subsequently rejected by the Liberian Senate when he went for confirmation.Since Mr. Werner’s rejection by the Senate, the President is yet to submit another name to the Senate for confirmation.Our Health Correspondent takes a look at the three, one of whom will have the blessing of the President for the post since she has the appointing power. The President also has the prerogative to give the post to anyone other than a medical doctor, a choice the Senate confirmation committee did not take kindly in the case of Mr. Werner, who is not a medical doctor.Dr. Vuyu Kanda GolakaiDr. Golakai is presently the Dean of the University of Liberia’s A. M. Diogliotti Medical College. He is probably the only Liberian Medical Doctor, who does not mince his words when he is speaking at any forum. He is very critical of this regime’s handling of the health sector.Dr. Golakai joined his Cuttington classmate, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL, few years ago to help run the institution that was failing and needed to be revived.Dr. Golakai, a UL vice president for Health Sciences, has demonstrated his extraordinary surgical talent across the African continent, including his native Liberia, Togo, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa; as well as Israel and Europe.He once described the health sector under this regime as an “18th century health system” with Liberians only surviving through goodwill gesture of foreign partners. He had stressed in a power point presentation during Liberia’s observation of the 21st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that, for people to feel the impact of a good 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. Dr. Golakai, who is a fearless and outspoken Liberian medical doctor has always said the health system of Liberia has remained vulnerable as a result of failure and unfairness on the part of government to invest therein.At the UDHR celebration he asked, “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.” He had also blamed the bad health system on the 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. Dr. Robert KpotoDr. Robert Kpoto is the nation’s only in-country Orthopedic Surgeon (bone doctor). He once ran on the presidential ticket of Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) in the October 11, 2005 presidential and general elections, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won. He placed 19th out of 22 candidates and received 0.4 percent of the vote.Dr. Kpoto, who is a businessman running a medical insurance company, once served as Chief Medical Officer of Liberia.  He is a former Chairman of the Liberian Medical and Dental Council (LMDC).A young medical doctor who asked not to be named, described Dr. Kpoto as being “passionate for the adequate training of Liberian doctors.”“He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Great Britain, a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, West Africa and has very good organizational skills,” this doctor told our Health Correspondent.Sometime last year, Dr. Kpoto came to the rescue of outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Gwenigale. He had told the Senators, when they got angry with Dr. Gwenigale and threatened him with “contempt”, that his client’s (Dr. Gwenigale) blood pressure had increased to 197/90, and that he needed rest and medication for 14 days and therefore could not appear for a hearing before that body. The Senators eventually decided to just let the matter to lay low and had written the President asking her to retire him.Dr. Francis KatehDr. Kateh, the youngest of the three, was born on July 12, 1965 in Maryland County. He is a physician and an academician. He presently serves as Deputy National Incident Manager with responsibilities over all medical interventions of the Ebola Response. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) manages Liberia’s Ebola response.He is also presently the Medical Director/CEO for the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County. The hospital, according to another young Medical Doctor, has remained stable under the “able leadership of Dr. Kateh.”Kateh began his doctoral training in medicine when he volunteered at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital. He obtained his doctoral degree in Medicine from the Spartan University School of Medicine, USA.He has also earned a Master’s of Health Administration from the Governors State University, University Park, IL.Being touched by the devastation in New Orleans, due to Hurricane Katrina, Kateh decided to pursue a Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security with emphasis in Public Health Disaster Preparedness, which he completed in May, 2008.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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Police nab Essequibo Coast ganja farmer

first_imgPolice ‘G’ Division ranks (Essequibo Coast and Islands) have arrested a 29-year-old man after stumbling upon several ganja farms along with two camps in the Onderneeming Backlands of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The bottle with the ammunitionThe bust was made at about 16:45h on Friday, when a party of Policemen on foot patrol in the Onderneeming Backlands in search of a wanted man observed a camp with a group of men therein. The ranks approached the men, but came under fire. The suspects then fled into the nearby bushes, but were pursued by the ranks, during which the 29-year-old resident of Onderneeming was apprehended.The officers also observed that there were two camps with about 15 kilograms of dried cannabis and a quantity of groceries, kitchen utensils, two hammocks, and clothing therein. A bottle containing two live cartridges and five .38 spent shells was also found in one of the camps.The camps were surrounded by six fields — about 8 1/4 acres — of marijuana plants, approximately 11,700 in total, ranging in height from six inches to seven feet. There was also a nursery with about 700 seedlings therein.Everything was photographed before the camps and their contents were destroyed by fire. The 29-year-old suspect remains in custody assisting with ongoing investigationslast_img read more

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Region 2 farmers affected by low rainfall

first_img…NDIA working to restore irrigation to the Coast…farmers urged to exercise restraint given limited water supplyRice farmers on the Essequibo Coast are being advised to be judicious in the use of irrigation water over the next few weeks as the water level of the Tapacuma Conservancy has dropped significantly as a result of minimum rainfall during this rainy season.The level of irrigation water is insufficientA release from the Agriculture Ministry stated that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has said that despite its pumps working beyond the scheduled operating hours, the level of irrigation water in the main canal continued to be insufficient to adequately service all rice fields in both the front and backlands areas.NDIA Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Engineer Nanram Narine said that the low level of rainfall this rainy season has significantly affected the Authority’s irrigation water supplies.“As a result, the water level in the Tapacuma Conservancy is very low. We are utilising the Dawa Pump Station to pump water from the Pomeroon River into the Tapacuma Conservancy. We have also extended the pumping hours and, should the need arise, we will have to extend those hours further,” Narine said.While the Authority is working towards ensuring that farmers in the front lands – who are the ones mainly affected – receive sufficient irrigation water despite the cost, NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Flatts is urging farmers to be responsible with their water usage.“We are cognisant of the additional cost this will incur to a system already constrained at this time of the year, but, at the same time, we are aware that the livelihoods of many rice farmers would be affected if their fields are not properly irrigated and we are working to ensure that does not occur,” Flatts said.This year, NDIA has been awarded a budgetary allocation of $7.5 billion to be used to execute its capital and recurrent projects.In this regard, vulnerable areas such as Pomeroon and Friendship, East Bank Demerara will receive $30 million each for rehabilitation work to reduce flooding in 2019.The NDIA continues to plan and implement systems to adapt the highly-vulnerable and high-risk areas of the country to the effects of climate change while developing new areas for agriculture purposes.The Authority currently oversees the operation of 134 drainage pumps in Guyana. In 2019, the NDIA will add 11 new fixed pumps and three new mobile pumps, and rehabilitate eight pump stations in the D&I network. This will benefit approximately 39,000 acres of rice and cash crop cultivation, and cattle, in addition to the nearby villages. Residents in Hampton Court and Devonshire Castle in Region Two, Den Amstel in Region Three, Hope and Nooten Zuil in Region Four, Trafalgar and Mora Point in Region Five and Rose Hall in Region Six will soon benefit from the placement of the fixed pumps within their communities which will help to restrict flooding.last_img read more

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New food-safety rules are voluntary

first_imgLast fall, an E. coli outbreak in California spinach killed three people and sickened nearly 200, and an outbreak of salmonella in tomatoes sickened more than 180 people. At a field hearing Monday in Wisconsin, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., said outbreaks are on the rise for many reasons – growing imports, more widespread distribution, lack of inspection and growing consumption. During the hearing, Tom Stenzel, president of the United Fresh Produce Association, pledged to see the guidelines followed in every processing operation in the country. Fresh-cut produce includes shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, salad mixes, peeled baby carrots, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, cut celery stalks, shredded cabbage, cut melons, sliced pineapple and sectioned grapefruit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The difference is that controls in the meat industry are mandatory. Slaughter and processing plants are required to take a scientific look at vulnerable places in the production chain and do constant monitoring of those points. And the Agriculture Department inspects the plants daily. Food-safety advocates and the produce industry are calling for greater government oversight of fruits and vegetables. The new guidance is “totally unenforceable,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group. “While a grower or processor may chose to use the guidance one week, they could choose not to use it the next, and there’s nothing the government can do if the grower or processor chooses not to use the standards,” she said. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who heads a subcommittee on food and farm spending, said the FDA guidance “merely tells growers what they already know.” WASHINGTON – The government has new rules for preventing food poisoning in fresh-cut produce, but companies don’t have to follow them. Fruit- and vegetable-related outbreaks of food poisoning are on the rise and in recent months have struck in spinach, tomatoes, lettuce and cantaloupes. In the new, voluntary rules, announced Monday by the Food and Drug Administration, fruit and vegetable processors are urged to adopt food-safety plans similar to those in the meat industry. “We’ve never before formally recommended that the industry adopt regulations such as” the meat industry’s, said Nega Beru, director of the FDA’s Office of Food Safety. “So this is a first.” last_img read more

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Nielsen selected Hart High principal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A new principal has been selected to guide Hart High as it continues to deal with its impending modernization and increasing diversity. Collyn Nielsen, an assistant principal at Saugus High School, was chosen Wednesday night by the Hart Union High School District board from a pool of three candidates. Nielsen will replace Gary Fuller, who is retiring at the end of this year after 10 years in the top post. “I am very excited with the appointment,” Fuller said in a prepared statement Thursday. “He is very capable of providing leadership to the Hart High family in the future years.” Nielsen was assistant principal at Hart for six years before a transfer a year ago to Saugus High. “Nielsen is familiar with the Hart community, and we know he will work hard to do a good job,” Hart board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine said. Rob Gapper, Hart’s chief operations officer, said Nielsen’s knowledge of the Hart campus and management of renovations at Saugus will help him deal with the planned modernization at the 60-year-old Hart campus.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Everton legend fears Toffees will sell Barkley to Man City for £50m

first_imgAndy Gray fears a £50million bid from Manchester City will tempt Everton to sell Ross Barkley.City have reportedly identified the 20-year-old midfielder as their top transfer target and are planning to launch a big-money move to sign the England international next summer.Like Stuart Pearce, Gray believes that Barkley would be better off staying at Goodison Park under the guidance of Roberto Martinez, but he reckons the Toffees would have no choice but to cash-in if City met their sky-high valuation.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Blues star said: “There’s no rush for Ross. He is 20 years of age, he is getting a fabulous education at a wonderful club.“This is a top six team, not a team playing in the bottom six. He is at a fabulous football club and he has got a great manager who will teach him the right things.“I don’t think there is any rush for Ross himself to leave and I don’t think the young man will be knocking on Roberto’s door saying, ‘ I want to go’.“I think he is probably quite happy where he is but, if City were to knock on the door and say, ‘here’s £50million’, it would be very, very difficult for Everton to keep him.“I’m hoping City think £50 million is in excess of what he is worth and don’t come knocking but, if it [a £50m bid] does come in, Everton will have to consider it.“last_img read more

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Woman dies as car hits stalled SUV

first_imgWhenever the laminating machine broke at Sylmar Elementary School, school officials turned to Zenaida Gutierrez, their expert. Gutierrez, who worked in the school’s parents center until a year and a half ago, was the only one who could fix the machine. “When she left, we bought a new one,” Sylmar Elementary School Principal Yolanda Guerra said. “She’d go out of her way to help whoever needed help, and she was very resourceful.” Gutierrez was killed this morning when her car stalled on the Hollywood (170) Freeway and then was hit by a drunken-driver. The force of the collision sent her car over the side of an embankment and onto the Golden State (5) Freeway, authorities said. “We’re looking at a 70-mph rear-end collision,” CHP Officer Leland Tang said. “That’s pretty hard. There was no brake application. It’s an unfortunate circumstance.” Michael Lavoie, 23, of Northridge was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence. Gutierrez’s sport-utility vehicle broke down about 2:40 a.m. on the 170’s northbound lanes approaching the 5, police said. She parked on the side of the road, but with a narrow shoulder, most of her car was in the fast lane, Tang said. Four minutes later, Lavoie’s black sedan smashed into Gutierrez’s vehicle, sending her down the embankment and onto the Golden State Freeway below, Tang said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Lavoie fled on foot, running across all northbound lanes of the 5. Police checked the registration of his abandoned car and arrested him in his home about 5:15 a.m. Gutierrez worked two jobs to care for her two children and her husband, who is nearly blind, Guerra said. At Sylmar Elementary, she helped build up the parents center from a small one-room operation into a larger center with its own bungalo. She’d arrange parenting classes and collect clothes for needy parents from a local church. “She’s going to be missed, I’ll tell you that,” Guerra said. “She was just a wonderful mother and very supportive to the parents. She’s going to be missed deeply.” — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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

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Player award launched in memory of late RnaG broadcaster Seamus

first_imgAogán Ó Fearghail, President of the GAA, launched a special award in memory of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster Séamus Mac Géidigh at the station’s Donegal studio in Doirí Beaga today.A highly-respected broadcaster, Séamus was manager of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Donegal studio for 12 years until he passed away suddenly in July at the age of 54.Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh is an award in his memory, which will be presented to the best footballer in the Donegal Senior Championship every year, as chosen by Séamus’s colleagues in the Donegal press corps where he is so sorely missed. Launching the award today, GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said “The Irish Language, the GAA and Raidió na Gaeltachta were three of the things that Séamus Mac Géidigh held most dear during his lifetime, and that is reflected in this player award, Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh. I imagine that it will be an award much sought-after, and held in high esteem, as was the man it is named after.”Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta said Séamus Mac Géidigh was a wonderful mentor, always adept at recognising and encouraging young talent, and so this award, Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh, is a fitting way to honour his memory.“His outstanding commentary is sadly missing from the airwaves, but he will never be forgotten, and this award will be part of how we remember him in his beloved GAA family in Donegal,” she said.The award will be presented after the conclusion of the Donegal Senior Championship. Player award launched in memory of late RnaG broadcaster Seamus was last modified: September 21st, 2016 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

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MAC LOCHLAINN PRAISE FOR DECISION TO KEEP MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described news that the Malin Head Marine Rescue Coordination Centre at Malin Head Coastguard station is to be retained and upgraded as “a victory for people power and common sense”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn had actively supported the campaign to retain the centre over recent months.He congratulated the Malin Head coastguards and the local community on their successful campaign to retain the centre. He said: “In November 2003, the people of Malin Head, Inishowen and the North West were assured that the then Minister for Communications, Marine, and Natural Resources, Dermot Ahern would act on the Deloitte/ Touche report at that time and make Malin Head and Valentia the two centres to operate the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in the state.“Not only were these centres to be maintained, the third Dublin centre was to be phased out and they were to be upgraded in terms of technological capacity and personnel.“Despite this assurance, the Dublin centre was maintained and upgraded and the Malin Head and Valentia centres were threatened with closure.“After a hard fought campaign, both centres were maintained and Malin Head has recently been renovated.Those renovations are the outcome of a long campaign by local public representatives, fishermen, community activists, and the entire community in the North West to secure the long-term future of the centre/ station”. “The recommendation by Fisher consultants to close the Malin Head MRSC while substantial renovations were on-going was plain daft. The Minister and his Government should have immediately rejected this suggestion and allayed the concerns of the people of the North West”.He added: “The shadow that has hung over this centre’s future was always entirely unjust.The campaign fought by the local community in Malin Head and North Inishowen on behalf of the staff at the centre, ably supported by leading community activists in the peninsula and by all the local political representatives has proven to be successful. This is a ray of sunshine in tough times. It is a victory for people power and common sense”. MAC LOCHLAINN PRAISE FOR DECISION TO KEEP MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN was last modified: November 28th, 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) Tags:MAC LOCHLAINN PRAISE FOR DECISION TO KEEP MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPENlast_img read more

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Magical Christmas Bazaar organised in aid of Magherabeg National School extension

first_imgMagherabeg National School is hosting a special event which will help you get ahead on your Christmas shopping, while also helping them raise vital funds for their new extension.The school are hosting a magical Christmas Bazaar in the Manorcunningham Resource Centre on Saturday, 2nd December, from 6pm to 9pm.There will be a wide variety of stalls, and loads of goodies up for grabs on the night. Entry is just €1, and children can enter for free. If you would like to donate goods/items for sale please drop them off at the centre during the below times:Fri 1st Dec: From 1pm to 3pmFri 1st Dec: From 6pm to 7pmSat 1st Dec: From 10.30am to 12 noonAll donations are welcome and appreciated.Magical Christmas Bazaar organised in aid of Magherabeg National School extension was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CHristmasMagherabeg National Schoolshoppinglast_img read more

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