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Catholic Hospital Reopens Soon, As Archbishop Zeigler, Others Meet with President

first_imgThe Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia (CAM) has concluded plans that will ensure the reopening of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, which has since the Ebola outbreak been closed.  St. Joseph will resume the provision of normal health services to the general public later this month, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has disclosed.Archbishop Zeigler, who led a high level CAM delegation on Tuesday, met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office, and informed her that the reopening is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an Executive Mansion statement said.Other members of the delegation were the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Rev. Fr. Patrick Kabba; CAM’s Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Charles Boyce; Dean of the Mother Pattern College of Health Science, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Rev. Sister Barbara Brillant; member of the Catholic Church Ebola Taskforce, Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods.Others were Acting Administrator of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Brother Bernard Isah Benda; and member of the Coordinating Taskforce for the Re-opening of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Brother Jose Maria Viadero.As a result of the severity of the Ebola outbreak and its severe toll  on the facility, St. Joseph’s shut its gates in late July. This was right after the controversial case of Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American businessman who became globally known when he took the virus to Nigeria after being infected when he took his infected  sister to St. Joseph’s for treatment. After she died of Ebola, he flew to Nigeria, sparking the outbreak there. He also died of the virus in Nigeria.The original closure of St. Joseph’s was supposed to last a month. The Medical Director of the hospital, Samuel Bowman, 72, said the idea was for the facility to regroup and the wards disinfected. This was  supposed to have been done by the Health Ministry, but to no avail. So the hospital had to turn away pregnant women, children with broken arms, and patients with diarrhea and malaria whom the hospital had routinely treated over the years.Speaking with President Sirleaf about the planned reopening, Archbishop Zeigler indicated that activities at the hospital will initially focus on the Maternal Ward, to be followed by the Pediatric Ward and subsequently the General Ward.  He said 14 of the 18 Catholic-run health institutions across the country had been open throughout the crisis.Archbishop Zeigler reflected on the tragedy in August and September that led to the loss of nine members of the hospital’s staff, including four missionaries, among them a  Spanish priest, Father Miguel Pajares, who contracted the virus and later died in a Madrid hospital, where he and five other staff had been evacuated, “The church was completely devastated and indeed felt the weight of the death toll inflicted on it by the Ebola virus in August and September,” he said, adding,  “It certainly was not easy and we will always remember our dedicated healthcare workers and missionaries who died serving humanity.We thank God for the strength to have endured and overcome.”He informed President Sirleaf that the church looks forward to assistance from the Government of Liberia,  especially for the healthcare workers who will provide services at the hospital.”The Catholic prelate thanked President Sirleaf and her Government for finally taking control of the further spread of the disease with the support of the Liberian people and international partners. He also warned against blowing-up the success in the Ebola fight thus far with complacency, as such attitude could reverse the gains and lead the country back to the terrible experience of the last few months.Rev. Brillant, who is also head of the Catholic Church Taskforce on Ebola, briefed President Sirleaf about the Church’s Ebola campaign and the steps taken thus far towards the resumption of operations at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. “Operations at the hospital will include care centers, triaging facilities and the regular hospital activities to ensure the safety of workers and patients as we commence operations later this month,”President Sirleaf described the decision of the Catholic Church to re-open St. Joseph as the happiest news of the week for the Church, government and the country as a whole, while at the same time commending the Church for its commitment to Liberians.She expressed sympathy and sorrow for the losses sustained by the hospital and promised to work with the government’s health team and partners to look into what can be done for healthcare workers who will be assigned at the hospital as it reopens.“The hazard pay introduced during the fight against Ebola was time bound for six months initially, but we can look into what can be done with Ebola still around. We must find a way to meet the needs of those who take the risk to provide healthcare services during this Ebola crisis,” President Sirleaf said. She promised to raise the matter at the next meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Ebola where the matter will be fully discussed.She said government is pleased with the progress in the fight so far due to the efforts of all. She noted that government was trying now to shift attention to upgrading the regular healthcare facilities and provide adequate training for healthcare workers across the country.President Sirleaf also informed Archbishop Zeigler and his delegation that in partnership with the Clinton Health Initiative, Government is developing a 10-year plan to upgrade the health system with strong infection control mechanisms for future disease outbreaks and health crises.Founded in the 1960s, St. Joseph’s touts itself as the oldest continuously operating hospital in the country. It stayed open throughout the brutal regimes and rebel wars of the 1990s.The hospital over the years  has been run by the Brothers of St. John of God, who have since returned to Liberia and will continue to run the hospital.The 140-bed facility, during the heat of the Ebola crisis, had only a handful of the full-body protective suits which have become the standard for treating Ebola patients. As a result of the limited number of PPEs the hospital staff had to use them “sparingly.”The medical director of the facility, Samuel Bowman, 72, upon the closure of the facility, said that St. Joseph’s wasn’t even supposed to treat Ebola patients, but some ended up on its wards. “In the process, our hospital director became infected by one of the patients, and he subsequently died. And those who had direct contact with him got infected.”Some of the medical practitioners inffected at the time were, a brother, two sisters, two staff nurses, the social worker and a laboratory technician.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Glory featherweight champion Varga provides kickboxing seminars

first_imgGlory featherweight kickboxing champion Gabriel Varga was in Fort St. John yesterday at Fivestar Athletics giving training pointers to children and adults.Varga said that whether he’s training someone who is novice in their skill level, or more experienced, he believes there are different, productive ways to help anyone hone their craft.“I have guys that come in who have been training for months, and then some of the best guys in town who may have more fights with me, but you can still offer them something,” he explained. “If it’s somebody who’s brand new I focus on correcting errors in technique. If it’s someone that’s more advanced they don’t need that, but I can still come in and give them insight on what I’ve done to achieve this level and show them different ways of doing things.”- Advertisement -He added that the key in working with children is to keep things entertaining, as well as educational and to avoid any injuries that may come from contact to the head.“The adults you have the option of sparring, but with the kids you want it to be fun,” Varga said. “It’s important to keep kids safe. You can’t have them sparring hard and getting concussions. With them it’s about having fun and teaching them basic techniques.”In his career Varga has a record of 28-2. He defeated Mosab Amrani back on April 3 to become the Glory featherweight champion.Advertisementlast_img read more

Agenda 4/30

first_imgMEETINGS THURSDAY The Southland Regional Association of Realtors will hold an expo, 9 a.m. at 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Call (818) 947-2236. CONTINUING EVENTS To Network meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 377-0853. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, Ext. 220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:05 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 585-0632 or log on to The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s Restaurant, 24930 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 702-9687 or (661) 702-9316. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Chaminade College Preparatory, 10210 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 704-0763. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Business Council will meet at noon at Tango D’amore Restaurant on Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-5676. Pre-Paid Legal Services meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463. Rising Star Toastmasters meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Frank’s Restaurant, 6005 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 982-9999. The Thousand Oaks Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 371-0188. The Warner Center Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, 2101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-1440 or (818) 737-1347. The Zonta Club of Conejo Valley meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. Call Sandra Cherry at (800) 266-2077. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts an economic and business development meeting, 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of even-number months at the Economic Alliance Conference Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a livable and sustainable communities meeting, 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Boardroom, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free international-trade assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. last_img read more

Murray River Coal Project earns environmental assessment certificate

first_imgEnvironment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett have issued an environmental assessment certificate to HD Mining International Ltd.’s Murray River Coal project, which is located 12 KM south of Tumbler Ridge.The Murray River Coal project is an underground coal mine, with an estimated capital cost of $668-million and a 25 year operating life and will create 780 jobs during operations – according to the BC government.The mine is also reported as being able to produce up to 4.8 million tonnes of clean coal per year.- Advertisement -The decision was made after considering a review led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office.The ministers issued the certificate with legally-enforceable conditions – and came to the conclusion that the project will be constructed, operated and decommissioned in a way that ‘ensures that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur directly from the project.’The Murray River Coal project will now require federal environmental assessment approval and various federal and provincial permits to proceed.Advertisement The certificate conditions were developed with input from First Nations, government agencies, communities and the public.Key conditions for the project itself require HD Mining to:Hire an independent environmental monitor to determine whether HD Mining is complying with the conditions in the environmental assessment certificate;Develop a plan to address the risk and impacts of subsidence;Develop a suite of management plans for matters that include wildlife, fish and fish habitat, wetlands, air quality, noise, groundwater and surface water and impacts from invasive plants;Develop plans to support healthy communities and identify measures to mitigate economic and social effects;Continue to participate on the Murray River Aquatic Cumulative Effects Assessment Framework Steering Committee; andDevelop a plan to share information between HD Mining and First Nations and to identify measures to avoid impacts on Treaty 8 rights.HD Mining also decided to construct a production decline under the Murray River instead of constructing an overland conveyor, based on comments from First Nations and government agencies during the environmental assessment.The decline will reportedly reduce impacts on wildlife.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United saw off Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal to sign Falcao, claims father

first_img1 Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao in action for Monaco Radamel Falcao’s father has revealed Manchester United saw off Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal to land his son.The Colombian international was also strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but the deal did not materialise.Falcao instead joined Manchester United on a season-loan loan from Monaco on the final day of the transfer window.“The clubs that showed an interest in him were Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal at the last minute,” Radamel Garcia told Colombian radio station LA FM. “Fortunately, he has arrived to Manchester United, a great club.“Thank God everything came through with United.“Radamel is a person who has given a lot in Europe and has always deserved the best for all the effort, all the sacrifices he has made during his football career.“United is the most important team in England and one of the most powerful from an economic standpoint.“Now it’s his (Falcao’s) turn to give his best, to be ready and continue to win titles.“The deal with Real Madrid did not happen because if you have money and you go to the market to buy a shirt or a pair of trousers, you have to decide whether to buy it or not,” he added. “Real Madrid chose not to. I don’t know, I have the feeling they wanted the player for free with a number of conditions.“In any case, they bought the trousers and shirt they wanted and they considered that to be better. We have to accept it.”Garcia is confident his son will adapt quickly to the Premier League just as he did at Monaco, whom he joined in June 2013 from Atletico Madrid..“Fortunately, he has adapted to European football,” he said. “In the teams he has been since he left (River Plate) Argentina (in 2009), his integration has been very easy.“He was very happy at Monaco but unfortunately, they changed the original plan and decided to sell the players they had bought.”Falcao scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last season before sustaining a knee injury in January that kept him out of the World Cup.The South American will wear the number nine jersey at United and is expected to make his debut at Old Trafford against Queens Park Rangers on September 14.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has called on Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to clarify if it is the policy of her department to seek low paid jobs abroad for unemployed Irish people.Deputy Doherty was speaking today after being contacted by a 60-year-old constituent who had been notified by the minister’s department of a bus drivers’ job in Malta paying €250 a week.He said “I find it outrageous that a government department would ask a 60-year-old man with a mortgage to apply for a job in Malta that pays lower than the minimum wage here. If the man were to get the job he would have obvious extra costs such as rent and travel while trying to pay his mortgage at home. “Even the promise of a tan in the ‘typically Mediterranean’ climate could not make this job a viable option for this man.“Minister Burton must clarify if it is the policy of her department to seek low paid jobs abroad for unemployed Irish workers. Is the government now actively encouraging emigration?“It is my understanding that there are 200 positions available at the company referred to in the letter from the Department of Social Welfare. How many more unemployed people have been encouraged to apply for these low paid jobs?“I will be raising this issue directly with the minister at the earliest opportunity.”  DONEGAL MAN RECEIVES OFFER FROM GOVERNMENT OF BUS JOB – IN MALTA was last modified: March 27th, 2013 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:bus driverDeputy Pearse Dohertyjoblast_img read more


first_imgEVERTON star Seamus Coleman has apologised to fans of the club after his error led to Liverpool’s win in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday.The Killybegs man was a substitute and was brought on to give his team some bite as the Merseyside club were locked at 1-1 with Liverpool dominating.And he soon made his presence felt, closing down the Reds players at every opportunity. He was however booked.And four minutes of time he was lucky to stay on the pitch as he clattered Steven Gerrard on the edge of the box.From the resulting 86th minute free kick, Craig Bellamy whipped in a cross for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll to head home the winner and put Liverpool through to next month’s final against Chelsea.Today the former St Catherine’s and Sligo Rovers player took to twitter to apologise to Everton fans. Coleman tweeted: “Really bad decision by me to give the free kick away. I apologise to all the fans who made there way to wembley! Sorry.”Previous articles:  SEAMUS: ‘I’M SORRY FOR FA CUP MISTAKE AGAINST LIVERPOOL’ was last modified: April 16th, 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:SEAMUS: ‘I’M SORRY FOR FA CUP MISTAKE AGAINST LIVERPOOL’last_img read more

Here’s how the Warriors can make opening night a success

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The Warriors will feel those emotions well … OAKLAND – The Warriors will proclaim themselves champions on ring night. But then can they play like one?Even the Warriors do not feel fully confident answering that question because of the festivities before Tuesday’s season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena.“It’s a huge night and an emotional night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr observed.last_img

Fifa Medical Centre for SA

first_imgTamara O’ReillyThe only Fifa-accredited medical centre on the continent specialising in health care for football players is at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.Wits University’s Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is one of only six medical centres in the world that has won the approval of the world’s football governing body. The other such centres are based in Switzerland, USA, Japan, New Zealand and Germany.Selection processAll Fifa Medical Centres of Excellence have been carefully selected, based on a comprehensive application process that proves their clinical, educational and research expertise.Some of the requirements by Fifa was that centres such as these be multidisciplinary and have significant experience in the management and care of football teams during training and competition as well as responsibility for the overall health care of football players. The centre was previously accredited by the South African Football Association as a Football Centre of Specialisation, assisting with the assessment of young football players.Education and researchRegarding research, the centre is conducting research into sport medicine on a continuous basis to ensure they keep abreast of sport medical trends as well as set their own.“We are an educational institution so naturally we pay a lot of attention to advancing the sport through education,” says Dmitri Constantinou, director of the facility. “For example, Fifa requires that all doping control officers also be registered medical doctors so a Fifa-accredited course will take place soon for our local doctors. In fact, until the 2010 Soccer World Cup there will be several courses taking place here that deal with the medical aspects of the sport.”FacilitiesThe centre comprises rehabilitation rooms which are fitted with the necessary equipment to treat injuries, ample facilities for relaxation like swimming pool and squash courts, wheelchair access, and the expertise of dieticians, professors and medical doctors.If a player requires a surgical procedure, he will be referred to the university’s private academic hospital – the Donald Gordon Medical Centre or alternately to any Medi-Clinic Hospital.Several rooms in the student residence on the premises have also been reserved to accommodate players overnight or longer if needed.In a letter addressed to the director of the facility, Fifa President Sepp Blatter said, “We are very pleased to recommend your institution to the football community as an elite centre with a history of commitment to football and the respective expertise when specialised services are required.”Constantinou says the accreditation is valid for the next five years but until that time it opens many doors for the facility to continue their research and build a name as a world-class sports medicine facility.Useful Links:FifaWits University Official 2010 World Cup Website Donald Gordon Medical Centrelast_img read more

Programme raises awareness about responsible use of alcohol among youth

first_imgJabu Pule whose once flourishing football career was abruptly stopped due to alcohol abuse has mended his ways. (Image: ARA)The Young Free & Educated (YFE) Programme run by the Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) campaigns and discourages youth from drinking and driving.Targeted at college and university students between the ages of 18 and 25, YFE looks towards the country’s sporting and music heroes to get youth to stop abusing alcohol. Among its ambassadors is former footballer Jabu Mahlangu, who was a victim of irresponsible alcohol use, and musician Oskido.Brand South Africa is partnering with YFE to reach youth in tertiary institutions to promote pride and patriotism, significance of national symbols as well as popularise Play Your Part.The programme has six pillars: responsible alcohol use, road safety, personal financial management, academic excellence, national pride and patriotism, and entrepreneurship.These pillars address the culture of drinking in order to change patterns in alcohol use. With this in mind, YFE is looking to promote a culture of taking responsibility.YFE has a number of planned campus dialogues for young South Africans to share their challenges and discuss solutions. The dialogues are aimed at:Providing a platform to exchange ideas on various issues that are crucial in encouraging national pride and patriotismGiving an opportunity to share success stories with young successful South Africans and inspireChange mind sets about the “victims of circumstances” mentality.The ARA was formed in 1989 to reduce the harm caused by the misuse and abuse of alcohol. It funds and implements numerous programmes that address drinking and driving, foetal alcohol syndrome, responsible selling as well preventing underage drinking.last_img read more