Monrovia’s West Point Could Be Potential Target of Ebola Virus

first_imgMedical experts are of the opinion that Monrovia’s West Point, congested with over 100,000 residents, including  fishermen and women and children, could be potential targets for the deadly Ebola virus.But the fishermen and women in the borough have told the Daily Observer that since the outbreak of the deadly virus, situation of its spread in the slum community has not yet become prevalent.A dozen of the fishermen and women told our reporter that amidst their unending plight and misery, they believe the God of Heaven will continue to protect them from the deadly Ebola virus.However, some of the fishermen and women were quick to clarify that a week ago  some dependants of the fishermen and women in the crowded community have died of suspected Ebola cases.They (fishermen and women) declined to state specifically the number of Ebola casualties.Owing to the grim picture of the situation, fishermen and women noted that they were earnestly praying that such calamity would not visit their crowded community in Monrovia.The fishermen and women, most of them in a worried but hopeful mood, sounded urgent calls on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners to place top priority on the slum and deprived communities in Monrovia and its environs.“Don’t bring bad luck on us in this crowded community that has remained relatively an Ebola free zone in Monrovia,” the fishermen and women warned.“It is indeed our prayer and supplication that our nation will once more be resurrected from the shackles of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed so many lives,” the fishermen and women pleaded.In separate interviews with leaders of the West Point Fishermen and women Association, they appealed to the medical and financial global partners to consider all slum and deprived communities in Monrovia as their main focus.West Point Fishermen and women Chairperson Darlington Blamo called on the Liberian Government and global health partners to step up a vigorous Ebola virus awareness campaign in all slum and deprived communities in greater  Monrovia.“We need a large number of the Kiosk buckets, chlorine and other critically needed medical gears for health workers and other support partners in fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Point and other areas in Monrovia,” Mr. Blamo pleaded.He further explained that immediately following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, “we strongly advised our fishermen not to make any attempt to go fishing at the moment in the deep sea.In an instant encounter with an 88-year-old woman of the West Point Community on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, she sounded a passionate appeal to the MOHSW and other global partners in the fight against the Ebola virus to not neglect the slum communities in Monrovia.“I do not want my grand and great grand children to die as a result of the deadly Ebola virus that has engulfed the nation on nearly every front in the country,” Madam Dekontee Wesseh Blamo cried out.The octogenarian Madam Blamo, who speaks relatively good English, also appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Cabinet to once visit the West Point Community and evaluate the challenges, constraints and progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community events happening the weekend of May 30

first_imgMAYAdvertisement 30Annual Cadet Ceremonial ReviewSaturday, May 30, 2015 – 10:30amPlease come out to the Annual Ceremonial Review for 2276 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. This is where our cadets showcase what they have accomplished and learned this year and is also where we make…More Info » MAY30Advertisement 30Canfor Free BBQSaturday, May 30, 2015 – 12:00pmJoin Canfor for a free summer BBQ at Centennial Park! Along 100th Street and 94th Avenue Saturday May 30th, 2015 12:00PM – 2:00PM First 100 people receive a free Canfor Gift! Stickers, temporary tattoos, colouring for kids, prize draws and free food for everyone! We…More Info » MAY30Burn N Mahn Dueling PianosSaturday, May 30, 2015 – 8:00pmFSJ’s favourite piano heroes Brian Burn n’ Jamie Mahn return to tickle the ivories for us at The Lido! – See more at: http://www.thelido.ca/lido-events.html?detail=133&r=0#sthash.43OGYXVQ.dpuf   Tickets are $25.00 for General  and $30.00 for Reservation….More Info » 30Heroes Mess DinnerSaturday, May 30, 2015 – 6:30pm5th Annual Heroes Mess Dinner to celebrate all those in uniform that keep us safe and protect our way of life. Open to everyone including past or present members of our Armed Forces, Emergency Services and anyone that appreciates how…More Info » MAY31Doc Walker in concertSunday, May 31, 2015 – 7:30pmCanadian country legends Doc Walker are back with their new album “The 8th”. The North Peace Cultural Centre and Moose FM are proud to present Doc Walker at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Sunday May 31st at 7:30pm. One of the…More Info » There are lots of great community events happening in Fort St. John this weekend including the Bluey Day fundraiser for the Fort St. John Hospital.  Stop by the B.C. Ambulance building today and watch people have their heads shaved.  The Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 today.  Below is a full list of events happening this weekend.Neighborhood ChallengeSaturday, May 30, 2015 – 9:00amThe 20 Minute Neighbourhood Challenge is new this year and designed for individuals, neighbourhoods or smaller groups who are unable to commit to a larger clean-up area during Pitch-In Day, but who are interested in enhancing the appearance of their…- Advertisement -More Info » Bluey Day 2015Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 10:00amOn May 30th participants will gather at the BC Ambulance Building to “Be Brave & Shave”. The 2015 campaign goal is $100,000 for the Foundation’s Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Donations to this fund are used to purchase equipment that…More Info » MAY30Roller Derby:Killbillies vs.St. AlbertSaturday, May 30, 2015 – 7:00pmRoller derby is a fast paced hard hitting sport that is a lot of fun to watch! Come support your local team on May 30th at the North Peace Arena. Event starts at 7 PM, tickets are $10 at the…More Info » MAYAdvertisement MAY31Tapping Into TalentSunday, May 31, 2015 – 2:00pmTapping into Talent in Fort St. John is moving into a new, larger venue! The next tapping into talents show will take place May 31st at 2:00PM, From the North Peace Seniors Housing Society, Apartment #3. Upcoming shows will be held the…More Info » MAYAdvertisementlast_img read more

Justin Trudeau talks to APTN from Whitehorse

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal party leader Justin Trudeau attended the Assembly of First Nations annual summer meeting in Whitehorse.Trudeau said he wasn’t there to speak to the chiefs but to listen.He joined APTN National News Wednesday.last_img

NIB continues 25 Years commemoration with International Symposium

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NIBis25years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The National Insurance Board 25th Anniversary Investment Symposium where some 40 delegates from 13 countries are represented opened today at Beaches Resort with the help of TCIs children and its country leader.The TCI Cadet Corp executed a stellar flags and national anthems parade, Youth Explosion champions from the Wesley Methodist School gave a riveting show of culture including song, dance and costumes, a prayer for singleness of heart among the nations and delegates was brought by Fr. Tellison Glover of the Anglican church, there was a warm welcome by Deputy Chairman of the NIB, Floyd Seymour and the event was chaired by Obrien Forbes, well known charismatic MC.In her keynote address, Premier and Finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson shared that while the NIB is performing outstandingly well today and is the country’s largest owner of assets at well over $200 million, it needs to live a long life and that will demand, she explained, that innovative strategies be instituted now for the future.Premier Robinson points out that the NIB, operating as it is today would run out of resources by 2050 and therefore committed her administration to seek out ways for the National Insurance Board to be bolstered and built so that it is not depleted and is always able to respond to the social needs of its contributors.National songs were brought by the NIB Choir with remarks coming from Reginald Thomas, who flew in from Mexico and is the Director of the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies.   The Vote of Thanks was proudly delivered by CEO of the NIB, Walter Gardiner.#MagneticMediaNews#NIBis25years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Technology will be utilized in creating safer society – Charles Jr

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 30, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. says the Government will continue to utilize technological solutions as a key component in creating a safer society.    Mr. Charles was speaking at the opening ceremony for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Social Good Summit at the University of Technology campus, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on September 28.“We have found ways to access and utilise technology to our benefit, particularly with regard to communication for prevention and public awareness through our website, through the Stay Alert Application and other mechanisms,” he said.Senator Charles highlighted other areas in which technology can be used to respond to crime.“Whether it is, perhaps, a digitised diary in the police station or some equipment that is used within the police vehicle, it is all around the aspect of better use of technology for the efficiency and effectiveness of how we are going to create a safer and more secure Jamaica,” he noted.The State Minister reiterated a call for persons to download and make use of the Ministry’s crime-fighting and safety software application, ‘Stay Alert’.   The app, which is a crime-fighting mechanism, has a panic mode that, when activated, sends an alert to the police that the user is in an emergency situation. It also facilitates reporting of incidents.The Stay Alert app includes alerts that provide users with the latest news, tips and updates from the police and other information from the police blotters; iReport, which allows users to anonymously upload video, audio, photo or messages about suspicious individuals or crimes; and the laws component, which provides snippets of Jamaican legislation.The Social Good Summit, a flagship annual global event of the UNDP, examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world.   The Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

RBS initiates closure of branches to shut India banking business by yearend

first_imgConfirming reports that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Plc would choose to wind up its India banking operations over seeking other exit options, the bank in statement on Monday announced it was closing down its corporate, retail and the institutional businesses in the country.”After examining a number of options for our banking business in India, we decided to wind down our corporate, institutional and retail banking businesses in India,” said RBS. It added that the bank will shut down all its 10 retail branches in India in a phased manner.Earlier in 2016, the bank had initiated its corporate and institutional businesses exit and also sold its onshore loans portfolio. Its offshore loan book and private banking business were sold last year, reported Mint.The Financial Times on April 12 reported that RBS’ decision to wind up was based on the country’s stringent regulations on acquisition of banking businesses within the country. “You are in limbo. Every day, the value is eroding until it becomes cheaper just to close down the operation,” a senior executive complained on India’s lengthy process for acquiring/selling banking entities.However, in a statement to Reuters, its chief executive Ross McEwan had said the decision to close its India business was a part of its overall global plan to sell or shut businesses in two-thirds of the countries it operates in. The company wanted to bring down operations to 13 countries from the existing 38. The bank had also held that it was not feasible for it to sell its India businesses in its entirety and that it would consider sale of individual parts, if not an outright winding up.Shuttering RBS’ banking operation will mean a loss of 700 jobs, according to FT. However, it added that RBS’ 13,000-strong back-end employees supporting global operations would continue to exist in India.RBS said in Monday’s statement: “We are committed to provide our employees with a range of support and will ensure that they are treated in a fair and transparent manner in line with RBS’ principles and local policies.”last_img read more

Journalists too bat for army deployment in next polls

first_imgSenior journalists join a dialogue organised by the commission at its secretariat in the capital on Wednesday, as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections. Photo: Sabina YesminSenior journalists on Wednesday asked the election commission to ensure participation of all political parties in the next 11th parliamentary elections to make it a credible one.Joining a dialogue organised by the commission at its secretariat in the capital, as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections, the journalists also asked the commission to deploy military troops and introduce ‘no-vote’ provision.EC’s acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmad disclosed the topic of discussion in the dialogue with journalists at a press conference after the dialogue.He said some of the journalists, however, opposed army deployment in the elections. Helauddin said the election commission will take a decision after completing its talks with the stakeholders.Out of 37 invitees, 25 media persons, including newspaper editors, journalist leaders and columnists, joined the talks with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair at the EC’s Nirbachan Bhaban conference room.Among the participants, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Kaler Kantho executive Mostafa Kamal, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, Amader Orthoneeti editor Nayeemul Islam Khan, Jugantor acting editor Saiful Alam, Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamol Dutta, Daily Manobkantha acting editor Anis Alamgir, Jatiya Press Club president Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and its general secretary Farida Yasmin, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul and its general secretary Omar Faruk, General secretary of another faction of BFUJ Mohammad Abdullah, journalists Mahfuzullah, Anisul Hoque, Kazi Siraj and Amanullah Kabir, columnists Sohrab Hasan, Mahbub Kamal and Bibhurangan Sarkar, Ittefaq managing editor Ashish Saikat, Jaijaidin editor Kazi Rokunuddin Ahmad and Shaptahik editor Golam Mortuza.last_img read more

PM Hasina 46 others take oath

first_imgSheikh Hasina takes oath as prime minister for 4th term on 7 January. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid on Monday administered the oath of office of ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of the new cabinet headed by Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Bangabhaban.Outgoing prime minister Sheikh Hasina was first sworn in, for the fourth term, at the oath-taking ceremony.The cabinet division on Sunday announced the new cabinet, including 31 new faces and dropping as many as 36 members of the outgoing council of ministers.Twenty four ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers were picked up for the oath-taking, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said on Sunday.Ministers take oath on 7 January. Photo: PIDThe new ministers who took oath and their portfolios are: AKM Mozammel Haque, (liberation war affairs), Obaidul Quader (road transport and bridges) Abdur Razzaque (agriculture), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (home affairs), Hasan Mahmud (information), Anisul Huq (law, justice and parliamentary affairs), AHM Mustafa Kamal (finance), Tajul Islam (local government), Dipu Moni (education), AK Abdul Momen (foreign affairs), MA Mannan (planning), Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun (industries), Golam Dastagir Gazi (jute and textile), Zahid Malek (health), Sadhan Chandra Mazumdar (food), Tipu Munshi (commerce), Nuruzzaman Ahmed (social welfare), SM Rezaul Karim (public works), Md Shahab Uddin (forest and environment), Bir Bahadur (CHT affairs), Saifuzzaman Chowdhury (land), Nurul Islam Sujan (railway), Yeafes Osman-technocrat (science and technology) and Mostafa Zabbar-technocrat (post, telecommunication and information technology).A total of 19 state ministers take oath on 7 January. Photo: PIDThe 19 state ministers and their portfolios are Kamal Ahmed Majumdar (industries), Imran Ahmed (expatriates’ welfare), Zahid Ahsan Russell (youth and sports), Shahriar Alam (foreign affairs), Zakir Hossain (primary education), Nasrul Hamid (power and energy), Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru (fisheries and livestock), Monnujan Sufian (labour), Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (shipping), Zunaed Ahmed Palak (information and communication technology), Farhad Hossain (public administration), Shwapan Bhattachariya (local government), Zahid Faruq (water resources), Md Murad Hasan (health), Sharif Ahmed (social welfare), KM Khalid (culture), Enamur Rahman (disaster management and relief), Mahbub Ali (civil aviation), Sheikh Md Abdullah-technocrat (religion).Three deputy ministers are: Habibun Nahar (environment), AKM Enamul Haque Shamim (water resources) and Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel (education).last_img read more