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MoH Turns Over Ebola Dead to Internal Affairs

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first_imgThe Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) has turned over responsibility for the handling of Ebola dead to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).Scores of family and community members calling the hotline numbers say they are not getting through; and those who are getting through say they have to wait for hours.Upon receiving reports that four bodies suspected to be Ebola victims had been found in Bo Waterside and needed to be removed, the Observer contacted Minister of Health, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale.The Minister of Health told the Observer that his primary obligation is to the living, not the dead. Overwhelmed with too many other pressing issues, he could not shoulder the burden of the dead, he said. He told this publication that he has therefore asked the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to turn that aspect over to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).This information was confirmed by a senior official at the MIA, who said the ministry is doing the best it can to handle the bodies but is struggling to cope, especially with those infected byEbola.”We are overwhelmed,” the official said. “Burial is a technical matter, and we only have one technical team leader trained by MSF.”Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) also trains Red Cross technicians.The official said the MIA took 25 bodies up to Tubmanburg in Bomi County for burial Saturday, August 2, but were rejected by the county’s leadership and people. The bodies had to be brought back to Monrovia. The MIA is now attempting to bury the bodies in Johnsonville. The body of a man from Sime Darby’s oil palm plantation in Bomi, who had gone on a visit to Cape Mount and died, also needs to be retrieved. The MIA says it has no technical capacity for pick up, bagging, spraying and burial of dead bodies, especially those from Ebola. The Ministry says it also needs goggles, gloves, overgarments and masks.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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Courts must protect fundamental rights – Justice Carl Singh asserts

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first_imgStudents, lecturers, and members of the public were Wednesday evening treated to an informative and thought-provoking discussion on the “Constitutional Guarantee of Fundamental Rights and the Citizen”.The session was hosted by the University of Guyana as part of “Project Renaissance”, launched in 2016 by Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith. These sessions are entitled “Conversations on Law and Society”.Presenting Wednesday evening was the distinguished Jurist-in-Residence, JusticeSixth Form students of the Bishops’ High School interacting with Justice Carl SinghCarl A Singh, who gave historical accounts of the identification of these rights.Referring to personal accounts, Justice Singh highlighted the significant lack of understanding by individuals about the Constitution and what the Constitution recognises as their fundamental rights.“It is in the context of providing a general education that I have framed my presentation tonight. My aim is to present a general idea of what these fundamental rights are. So that, in keeping with my observations made, I hope to be able to convey, or rather make contribution to what has been perceived as the woeful lack of education by our people about these fundamental rights.” Singh said.The former Chancellor chose to focus on the right to life, freedom of expression, and protection from discrimination. He further noted that while the Constitution, which contains these rights, is the supreme law of the land, these fundamental rights are not absolute, but are conditional, meaning that there are limitations to these essential rights.It was then that he cautioned those present to be wary when utilising their fundamental rights, so as not to infringe the rights of others.Justice Singh quoted the words of the late Justice S Yacoob Mohamed from his book, Constitutional Law of Guyana.“Absolute or unrestricted rights do not exist in a civilised society; a man’s fundamental rights and freedoms must not, therefore, violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.”Justice Singh closed his address by stating that it was the responsibility of lawyers to promote the fundamental rights and freedoms in society, and it was the role of the court, as the guardians of the Constitution, to protect those rights.The event was the third session of “Conversations on Law and Society”. The first and second focused on “The life and work of Joseph Oscar Fitzclarence Haynes” and “Guyana’s Borders, Boundaries, Barriers, and Bridges” respectively.last_img read more

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Another impaired driving charge has been stayed in an FSJ Court

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first_imgFor the second time in less than a month, an impaired driving charge has been stayed because of an unreasonable delay in getting the case to trial.Allan Douglas Sather was charged on April 12th, 2007 and in a decision released last week, Judge Brian Daley stated the delay was unreasonable and violated the Charter of Rights for Mr. Sather.  In total the case was delayed almost 20 months.  One of the reasons for the delays was the health problems of the police officer involved in the case.  The officer, because of his health, could not attend to the 2 previous court dates set in the case.The Judge stated “Upon examination, the only two factors that to me appear to be significant are the lack of judicial resources, and again the illness of the officer, which I have already deemed to be a neutral factor.”- Advertisement -Judge Daley also considered the fact that Sather lost approximately $7,400 in possible wages while he tried to contest the charges.  Sather stated he missed out on the opportunity of a promotion with Peregrine Pressure Testing Ltd which would have included a pay increase.In a similar case in November of 2008, Judge Darrell O’Byrne said “The limits on the institutional resources, especially judicial resources in the Peace [River region] generally, at Fort St. John in particular, are well known.”  This case was delayed almost 21 months and also resulted in a stay.last_img read more

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Application for multifamily housing unit in Charlie Lake denied

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first_img“All of the surrounding properties are single family homes. The idea of rental properties will increase the transient people which could increase crime and traffic. Where will the children play, people go for a walk?”Read more of the letters here. (The letters sent to the PRRD start on page 151.)The proposal would have increased the local population by as much as 48 people, and brought about 34 more vehicles to the town, had it gone through.The property on which the rental units would be built was on Park Frontage Road, near Charlie Lake Crescent and Palm Avenue.Advertisement An application to accommodate 17 rental units by rezoning a lot in Charlie Lake has been refused by the Peace River Regional District, due to public opposition.The new property would have been made up of five separate buildings: one duplex, one three-plex, and three four-plexes.A public hearing on September 30th saw many different letters of input from residents opposed this development – many because they feel they weren’t given notice about the project happening.- Advertisement -Concerns were raised about this move bringing urbanization to Charlie Lake, among other matters.“We made the choice to move out to Charlie Lake to get away from the crowded nature of town life to enjoy the quieter, peaceful setting of living out of town. We live on a dead end road with all parcels of property being just under 5 acres.”“We are also very concerned about the safety of accessing Hwy 97 from Park Frontage across from Spectra Energy. It is already a nightmare to get on to the extremely busy highway at that intersection. In order to get on the highway to go to Fort St. John, we have to cross two lanes of traffic, which are usually racing up the hill, as well as contend with vehicles that are turning into Spectra Energy. Adding an influx of 17 plus vehicles entering and exiting this intersection daily would be suicidal.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Columbus Day observed schedule

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTRASH: Pickup will be on a regular schedule. STORES: Malls and supermarkets will be open. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed, and the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be open. TRANSIT: Southern California transit systems will run on a regular schedule. BANKS: Banks will be closed. Financial markets will be open. last_img read more

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Chelsea CAN mount title challenge IF they strengthen defence this summer – Zola

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first_imgChelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes the Blues need defensive reinforcements this summer if they are to mount a Premier League title challenge next season.The London club suffered one of the worst ever Premier League title defences last season, with interim boss Guss Hiddink guiding Chelsea to a tenth placed finish, having been one point above the relegation zone when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.Incoming manager Antonio Conte is famed for his defensive style, and former striker Zola believes the current Italy boss will implement his favoured 3-5-2 formation at Stamford Bridge as he looks to steady the ship.However, the Blues hero is unsure if his countryman’s arrival will deliver another Premier League to west London.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Zola said: “I think Chelsea will have a difficult task.“There will be a lot of competition; much more than in the past. I know Conte and I know Chelsea, it’s a wonderful club.“But in my opinion, if he wants to play the system that he likes to play at the moment, which is the 3-5-2, then I’m sure he will be looking for defensive positions.”Italian tactician Conte will arrive in England after he has completed his duties with Italy, where their solid performances have ensured they will progress to the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Group E winners.Yet Zola has warned his countryman of the magnitude of the task he faces in attempting to wrestle the Premier League title away from last season’s chasing pack.“I’m sure they will be up for it, whether they can win it I don’t know because the competition is really strong.”last_img read more

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Does Arnold need makeover to win again?

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Arnold Steinberg, a Republican strategist not affiliated with the governor, said it is clear Schwarzenegger needs to make major changes. “I think the changes required are so substantial, I don’t know where one would begin,” Steinberg said. “That’s based on the sense that these problems are pretty much all of his own making and the people around him.” Still, Steinberg added, the governor has at least one hope when it comes to his ability to win re-election next year: “I never underestimate the ability of the Democrats to screw up.” The governor’s political advisers insist Schwarzenegger, an unflagging optimist, remains unfazed and is not planning any big staff shake-ups or changes in direction. The next major efforts for the governor include a trip to China this month to discuss issues including trade and piracy, and then his State of the State address and first draft of the 2006-07 budget in January. SACRAMENTO – Win or lose in Tuesday’s special election, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s public image has taken a beating in the past year, leading analysts and even some Republicans to say major changes are the only way he can win back public support for his re-election effort next year. In a new Field Poll released Thursday – the latest illustration of the governor’s sagging public-approval ratings – 55 percent of Californians said they would not support Schwarzenegger for re-election next year. “He needs to reclaim the rhetorical high ground,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. “And he’s lost it. That means going back and really trying to get bipartisan solutions. Also looking at systemic issues that he’s promised to help fix, developing his own positive agenda to rebuild. And stop threatening more initiatives.” From the beginning of his term, Schwarzenegger spelled out the three R’s that he saw as the key to getting the state back on track – recover, reform and rebuild. His first year was about economic recovery with a $15 billion bond measure, minor budget reforms, and workers’ compensation overhaul. This year’s special election, based on efforts he first announced in his January State of the State, has been about reform. Next year, Schwarzenegger and his advisers promise, will be about rebuilding the state. That means primarily a focus on infrastructure and growth, such as addressing congestion on the highways and ports. “It’s about meeting the needs of Californians and improving Californians’ lives,” said Schwarzenegger press secretary Margita Thompson. “And it’s about providing those basic government services that have been neglected because of the budget crisis that we’ve been living under for the past years.” Thompson and other administration officials said they are not aware of any major staff shake-ups the governor is planning in the final year of his first term. The only expected changes are finance director Tom Campbell, who is now on leave to run the governor’s Proposition 76 campaign, and has long been planning to head back to his old job as dean of the business school of the University of California at Berkeley; and interim chief of staff Peter Siggins, who is under consideration for a judgeship. Schwarzenegger already has a number of Democrats serving in high-level positions, such as senior adviser and longtime friend Bonnie Reiss; his Cabinet secretary, environmentalist Terry Tamminen; and education secretary Alan Bersin. For its part, Schwarzenegger’s administration said the public-image problem is because Democratic groups and their union allies have spent an estimated $100 million to fight his special-election measures and other proposals, and have slammed the governor for what they say has been a more confrontational and partisan tone. But Democrats say the governor, in fact, has taken on a more partisan tone this year. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, said the governor has become a different person from the moderate that voters thought they were electing in 2003. “I think the governor needs to change his tune,” Nuñez said. “He won’t change his tune unless voters send him a clear message on Tuesday that they don’t want government by initiative. And that they elected him to solve problems, not to become a polarizing figure that points fingers and scape-goats.” The governor’s top political adviser, Mike Murphy, said he disagrees with those who say Schwarzenegger changed his position while in office. “I think he’s still a California centrist,” Murphy said. “Nothing’s changed about the governor.” California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim said he doesn’t see the need for Schwarzenegger to shift to the center, or to change in any way. After the furor of the special election ends, Sundheim said, the public will see a more accurate picture of his bipartisanship. “I think as people see this governor and the flurry of politics of personal destruction ends, and they see who this person really is, I think the people of California will get behind him,” Sundheim said. “And we will continue to move forward – not to the left and not to the right, but forward. His vision is not about the next election. It’s about the next generation.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want 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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Ndejje University off to China for 3*3 FISU League

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first_imgNdejje are the champions of Africa (Photo by Agency)KAMPALA – Ndejje University will participate in the 3×3 FISU World University League Finals in Xiamen, China from November 15 to 18, 2018.This year’s edition will be contested by teams from Oceania, Asia, Americas, Africa and Europe.Ndejje University champions of Africa, the fit they achieved this year in Mekelle Ethiopia when they defeated Senegal in the finals.The Team was flagged off on Friday at Sheraton Hotel at a dinner organized by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Mr. Samora Semakula, the Quality Assurance manager of UTB was glad that his Organization was partnering with Ndejje University because China is an emerging market for tourists.The dignitaries that graced the occasion included; Ndejje University VC, DOS, ASST AR and SPRO. AUUS was represented by their President Madam Peninnah Kabenge.UTB sponsorship included Truck Suits, Kit Bags, full set of Jersey and ceremonial T-shirts promoting Uganda in China. Ndejje University Team includes; Innocent Ochera Oyoo, Samuel Ajak Garang, Salim Kisilu, Jean Gauthier Basheka Baderha and Obedi Walker Head of Delegation.Ndejje will play in Pool B alongside, Faculty of Technology of Alagoas (Brazil), Payame Noor University (Iran) and University of Auckland (New Zealand).The 32 competing teams – 16 each in the men’s and women’s fields – have earned the honor of representing their continents after coming through tough continental qualifiers held in Oceania, Asia, Americas, Africa and Europe.The field also includes the 2 host teams from China – Huaqiao University and Peking University – as well as the men’s and women’s defending champions Mon-Altus Physical Education Institute of Mongolia and Chinese Culture University of Taipei, respectively.Comments Tags: 3×3 FISU World University Leaguendejje universitylast_img read more

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A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

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first_imgLAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon. — Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening …last_img

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South African voters’ roll at record high

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first_img12 February 2014South Africa registered another 1.2-million voters on the final voter registration weekend ahead of the country’s general elections on 7 May, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula said on Tuesday.Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, Tlakula said new registrations over the past weekend -1 259 560 in total – had increased the overall registration level to 80.5 percent of eligible voters, with a record 25.3-million South Africans now on the voters’ roll.Taking into account the 1.1-million first-time voters who registered in November, some 2.3-million new voters are to be added onto the voters’ roll – about 17% higher than 2-million target set by the IEC, she said.“In total, just short of 3-million people visited our 22 263 voting stations this weekend. That is 16 percent higher than the 2.5-million who visited voting stations in November.”She said it was “encouraging” to see that 79.89 percent (or 1 006 260 people) of all new registrations were voters under the age of 30. This included:691 002 voters aged 20-29;255 398 voters aged 18 and 19; and59 860 voters aged 16 and 17.A further 1.48-million registered voters also used the opportunity to change their voting station, according to Tlakula, while 183 377 people re-registered at the same voting station.New provincial registration totalsIn terms of new registrations, the following are the provincial totals:Eastern Cape – 130 072 new voters (10.33 percent)Free State – 70 161 new voters (5.57 percent)Gauteng – 339 728 new voters (26.97 percent)KwaZulu-Natal – 298 652 new voters (23.71 percent)Limpopo – 86 835 new voters (6.89 percent)Mpumalanga – 97 732 new voters (7.76 percent)North West – 74 389 new voters (5.91 percent)Northern Cape – 25 332 new voters (2.01 percent)Western Cape – 136 659 new voters (10.85 percent)Women comprised 51.50 percent of new registrations, while men comprised 48.50 percent, according to the IEC.Overall registration levels for estimated eligible votersThe overall registration level against estimated eligible population for the provinces are as follows:Eastern Cape – 85.3 percentFree State – 85.8 percentGauteng – 77 percentKwaZulu-Natal – 83.6 percentLimpopo – 81 percentMpumalanga – 77.3 percentNorth West – 78.5 percentNorthern Cape – 84.3 percentWestern Cape – 77.8 percentRegistration is also under way for overseas voters at South African diplomatic missions abroad.“As of yesterday we had received 3 521 applications for registration. According to figures provided by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, we anticipate approximately 700 more applications being couriered to us for capturing,” Tlakula said.Registration conducted at correctional facilities throughout the country last week resulted in 9 949 registration applications by inmates.Registration remains open for eligible voters until 5pm on the day of the official proclamation of the election date, which is expected to be later this month.Eligible voters can still register at their local IEC office until that day, after which the voters’ roll closes. Contact details for IEC offices are available on www.elections.org.za or call 0800 11 8000. Voters who registered this weekend can check their new registration details from Monday, 17 February, by SMSing their ID number to 32810.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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