Lepers Complain of Neglect in Bong

first_imgLepers at the Suakoko Lepers Colony few yards from Phebe Hospital in Bong County are complaining of being neglected by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia.In an interview with this paper on Wednesday February 12, the lepers said since the colony was constructed by the late President William V. S. Tubman in 1955 there has been no renovation on the existing structures.  The lepers told this reporter that most of the buildings are falling apart as the result of age. They stressed that they faced extreme difficulty during the raining season where they have to place buckets and dishes in the houses in order to stop the rain from soaking their straw beds.On the question of how they feed themselves, the lepers whispered that they have survived through the sale of potato greens and cassava leaf in order for them and their grand children to survive.“We used to eat two times daily with regular medical services during the reign of Presidents William V. S. Tubman, William R. Tolbert and Samuel K. Doe but everything has been cut off,” old lady Mamie Kpatawee emphasizedThe lepers, taking into account, what our correspondent saw, are living in deplorable conditions as they lack basic social amenities such as water, electricity, education and quality health care.Our correspondent said the only stream in the community is what the lepers use for drinking, bathing and cooking.The lepers thanked Mr. Eric Hanson, an American missionary, for constructing them three pit latrines in the colony and the Episcopal Church in Liberia for providing them foods, clothing and cooking utensils.They also extolled the Cuttington University Service Learning Program for constructing them additional two pit latrines with bathroom.The lepers also thanked Mr. Amara Zubah of the Phebe Hospital for providing them free medical services.   “People from the families of those who have suffered with leprosy may have no impairment themselves, but their association with someone with the disease taints their life,” Mr. Zubah told this paper. Effective treatment has done a considerable amount to diminish the threat of leprosy and thus to reduce stigma; in the past, leprosy was viewed as a severely stigmatizing condition that progressively devalued and marginalized the affected persons. The disease, and the stigma and social exclusion that so often attach to it, persist in many places, particularly in Liberia, Mr. Zubah accentuated.“Indeed, leprosy has become a stereotype of a stigmatized condition; if someone talks of a person being like a leper; we know immediately that the person is being shunned and is being excluded in some way from society” the Medical practitioner concluded.The lepers explained that their children and grandchildren made farms for them for sustainability.It was observed by this paper that the lepers are using the cafeteria as school for the more than 150 school going siblings in the colony.This paper was also informed that there are more than 200 lepers currently living in the lepers’ colony.In a passionate appeal the lepers called on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the international community and the government of Liberia to provide them with foods, clothing, hand pumps and medical services.They said the colony lacks hand pump thereby limiting them to rely on stream for drinking and bathing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Weah Constitutes Special Committee On Global Witness Report

first_imgPres. George WeahPresident George Manneh Weah has constituted a five-member Special Presidential Committee to examine the allegations made by Global Witness in its most recent reports on Liberia, involving the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).Those appointed to the Special Presidential Committee are Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike- Chairperson. Other members are Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, Cllr. C. Alexander Zoe, Reverend Joseph Gardea Johnson, III, and Mrs. Frances Greeves.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Special Presidential   Committee has two weeks to submit initial reports of its findings and make recommendations.The release added, “all those directly or indirectly named in the Global Witness report are strongly advised to make themselves available and to cooperate with the Committee.”All public and private institutions, organizations and individuals who may have information relevant to these investigations are, henceforth encouraged to promptly make such information available to the committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Grabs Bronze Medal in African Senior Athletics Championship

first_imgWellington Zaza, Liberian 110m, 400m Hurdle bronze medalist– Kadmiel Enders reaches final at 1.90m high jumpTeam Liberia has grabbed a bronze medal in 110 meters hurdle at the African Senior Athletics Championship held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State from Wednesday–Sunday (August 1–5).Mulbah Zaza, president of Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), said the team was among the participating countries that escaped the chaos of being 100 miles away from the venue in Asaba, and stranded at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos,“Thanks to a better preparation of going for the competition earlier because we did not face connecting flights and visa issues,” Mulbah said.“We appreciate the moral concern of the Ministry of Youths and Sports, but again, we did not receive anything from the government to represent the country in the competition where the Liberian flag was hoisted while singing the country’s National Anthem,” he said.U.S. based Liberian hurdler, Wellington Zaza, on behalf of the four-man Team Liberia, on Saturday ran the bronze medal 110 meters race at 13.88 seconds.Liberia’s only medal at the African Senior Athletics Championship summed up the total bronze medals to four in the past years.Akeem Sirleaf, another U.S. based 200 meters Liberian sprinter, left in the heat with 21.38 seconds.Liberia’s  female high jumper Otricia Borkuah did not clear (or successfully) a jump, but Kadmiel Enders reached the final but stopped at 1.90 meters in male high jump.About 51 countries with over 800 athletes were in Asaba.It may be recalled that Team Liberia, comprising four athletes, arrived in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria on Monday, July 30.LAF vice president for technical affairs, Frederick Krah, said Team Liberia will return home today, August 6, from the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship.During opening program on Wednesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged the athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and eschew any vice that can cause disunity among the participants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Hot Skull” on the run after stabbing WBD resident

first_imgThe Police are on the hunt for an alleged drug addict popularly known as “Hot Skull” after he stabbed a Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD) resident on Thursday morning during an argument.The injured man has been identified as 41-year-old Paul Richard of Middle Street, Pouderoyen, WBD. Based on information received, at about 6:00h on Thursday morning, an argument broke out between Richard and the suspect.The argument escalated and it was then “Hot Skull” picked up an ice pick and attacked Richard.Richard was stabbed to his abdomen and back, causing him to collapse onto the ground while the suspect made good his escape by foot.Eyewitnesses notified the Police and Emergency Medical Technicians quickly arrived at the scene and rushed the injured Richard to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted and remain in stable condition.Police are continuing their hunt for the suspect as investigations continue.last_img

Consultants to submit report by September – UK envoy

first_imgThe Lethem trail in a deplorable conditionUK-funded Linden to Mabura road projectThe consultants conducting design and technical assessment works in relation to the Linden to Mabura road project are expected to submit a report by September, according to British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn.The Kurupukari River crossing where the UK-funded bridge will be constructedThe much-anticipated Linden to Lethem road project is divided into two phases: Linden to Mabura Hill and Mabura to Lethem. The United Kingdom (UK) Government is funding the first phase – Linden to Mabura, including a bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari Stelling – with a $150 million grant from the £300 Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme that was announced by former British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2015.Updating reporters on the project, High Commissioner Quinn disclosed that the design and technical assessment contract has been awarded and is in process.“[The consultant is] expected to report, I think, in the third quarter of this year, thus by September this year. They will present two basic options to the Government instead of one… Then it will be over to the Government to decide which of those [options] it wants to use the funding that we have available on,” the British diplomat said.Last year, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had explained that the new Kurupukari bridge, located in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), will either be a single or dual lane fixed bridge – approximately 600 metres long.Currently, persons travelling the Linden-Lethem trail have to cross the Essequibo River, at Kurupukari, by a privately-operated pontoon service. Kurupukari Village is located along the Lethem-Georgetown trail, about five hours from Lethem.In September 2015, former Prime Minister Cameron had announced the multimillion-dollar investment in vital new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the Caribbean region. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean states to benefit from the grant.In February of 2017, it was announced that Guyana had earmarked the first phase of the Linden-Lethem road project as well as the rehabilitation of the coastal and river infrastructures in the Georgetown area to be funded by the British Government.The second project would cover the reconstruction of the facilities at the major river-passenger and goods-transport hubs at Stabroek Market and Vreed-en-Hoop on the Demerara River.The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which is administering the £300 UKCIF, has set a grant of $161 million to fund a feasibility study and designs for the rehabilitation of the stellings and according to High Commissioner Quinn, that study is ongoing and will be completed at the same time as the road study.The Linden to Mabura road project covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road to be constructed.Meanwhile, with regard to the second phase of the project, Mabura Hill and Lethem, the Guyana Government is currently looking at its bilateral partners for funding.In July of last year, a ministerial team from Guyana visited their counterparts in neighbouring Brazil during which it was agreed that both countries will provide financial resources for the engineering and design of the Linden-Lethem road, which is often in deplorable conditions as a result of heavy rainfall, causing persons traversing the trail many difficulties.It was reported that the two countries will be working closely with the People’s Republic of China to access a $50 billion China Select Fund to complete the second phase of the critical piece of infrastructure that holds great potential in terms of integrating the two countries and improving trade between the neighbours and the Caribbean.Back in July of last year, Guyana and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, paving the way for cooperation of several infrastructural projects including the Linden to Lethem road project.The agreement was signed by former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun in commemoration of 47 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.Greenidge had hinted at the possibility of the often deplorable Linden-Lethem Highway being financed under this initiative.“We have been speaking to all bilateral and multilateral partners. During our discussions with the Brazilians, we did discuss and explored the possibility of using funding from the Latin America China Funds to fund the road. That is something very much on the cards and something we are working on,” he had indicated.According to Ambassador Jianchun, the signing of the MoU marks a new and promising chapter to the bilateral relationship enjoyed by the two countries as it will bring mutual benefits and a brighter future for the two countries.The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese Government with the intention of promoting economic cooperation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to enhance the orderly free flow of economic factors and the efficient allocation of resources. It is also intended to further market integration and create a regional economic cooperation framework of benefit to all.last_img read more

Salah is the idol of his Egyptian village

first_img0Shares0000Boys play football at the Mohamed Salah Youth Center in the Egyptian village of Nagrig, the home village of Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player Mohamed Salah © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDCAIRO, Egypt, Feb 12 – Deep in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, the children of Nagrig village have a clear goal in life: they want to become football stars like Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player.Salah, who hails from their village, has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool — his goal in the victory against Southampton on Sunday was his 29th of the season. Further enhancing his status as a national hero, Salah played a key role in leading Egypt to the World Cup finals in Russia later this year.On Wednesday his talent will be on show in the Champions League as Liverpool tackle Porto.Mohamed Abdel-Gawad, 12, gazes in admiration at the three-storey house where Salah was born and raised, which overlooks a narrow dirt road like most of the houses in the village, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Cairo.“I hope to be like Mohamed Salah when I grow up,” Abdel-Gawad told AFP.“Mohamed Salah has become a professional player because of his ethics and humbleness.”Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool, and back in his Egyptian home village the children dream of becoming soccer stars like him © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISIn Nagrig as well as in Basyoun, the closest town, the youth centres were renamed after the Egyptian star.Fully aware that his success has become an inspiration for children in Egypt and Africa more widely, Salah addressed them in his acceptance speech when he won the African player of the year accolade in January, telling them: “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing.”While the house of the player’s father, Salah Ghali, resembles others in the village, it was quieter: no-one was looking out of an open window, and no clothes hung from the house.The village has been the focus of huge media interest as Salah has risen to stardom, but family members at his house in Nagrig refused to talk to reporters “out of respect for his wishes”.– Gruelling daily journey –Salah’s journey, figuratively as well as literally, was anything but easy.“His talent clearly showed from the beginning,” said Ghamri Abdel-Hameed el-Saadani, who was the juniors coach at the Nagrig Youth Centre, where Salah started training at the age of eight.Still, Salah’s success is not just due to his talent, “it’s also a product of a will of steel, effort, and determination”, said Saadani.The mayor of the village, Maher Shateyya, a family friend, bursts with pride when he talks about Nagrig’s most famous son.Ghamri Abdel-Hameed el-Saadani was the juniors coach at the Nagrig Youth Centre where Liverpool star Mohamed Salah started training at the age of eight © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED“Mohamed was only 14 when he joined the Arab Contractors club in Cairo, and he had to spend nearly 10 hours a day in transport to make it to and from practice,” said Shateyya of Salah’s “journey of torment”.Nagrig to Basyoun, then to Tanta city, the capital of Al-Gharbiya province, then a bus to downtown Cairo, and a final ride to the Nasr City neighbourhood where the club is located.Salah grew up in a sporty family, with his father and two uncles having played football at the youth club in Nagrig.“When his father noticed his son’s talent, he strived to enrol him at a big club,” said Shateyya.“In the beginning, Salah played with the team in Basyoun town, then he moved to Tanta city before he was taken by the Arab Contractors team.”Starting in the under-15s, Salah spent five years there before his talent earned him a moving abroad and Swiss club Basel.Salah “imposed himself, and his ability to penetrate the other team’s defences shone”, Arab Contractors coach Said el-Shishini told AFP.He recalled the dribbling ability that characterises Salah’s goalscoring exploits for Liverpool: “He would take the ball from the middle of the pitch straight into the penalty area.”From Basel, Salah moved to Chelsea but failed to break into the first team. He went to Italy where eye-catching performances for Roma caught Liverpool’s attention and he signed last year in a deal that could eventually be worth 44 million pounds.– Summer return –Salah was raised in a traditional family where both his parents had government jobs at the village. In addition to his government role, Salah’s father also traded in Jasmine flowers, Nagrig’s main harvest exported for perfume production.In Nagrig, as far as the eye can see, the fields are filled with jasmine, which flowers in the spring.Salah married Magi, a fellow Nagrig resident, when he was 20, and she has given birth to a girl they named Makka, the Saudi Arabian city that is home to Islam’s holiest site.The Liverpool winger still spends his annual leave with his wife and daughter in Nagrig, where he has never forgotten his roots.He has donated money to an intensive care unit at Basyoun Central Hospital and to a religious centre in Nagrig that is yet to be built, said Saadani.Salah also founded a charity in Nagrig that provides up to 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,800) a month for people in need.“He is very modest… eight-year-old Mohamed is the same Mohamed (as he is now), Africa’s top player.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A good signing, but is he world class? Fans unsure if this is what Chelsea need

first_img1 Antonio Rudiger above, right, in action for Roma Chelsea have made their first major signing of the summer.Defender Antonio Rudiger has left Roma in a deal said to be worth £34m and he joins fellow new arrival Willy Caballero at Stamford Bridge.There was a need for new defenders following John Terry’s departure and the sale of Nathan Ake to Bournemouth and here is how a number of different fans reacted to the news.What do you think about the way Chelsea chose to reveal the signing…last_img

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE FACE CLOUGHANEELY IN CRUNCH LEAGUE CLASH THIS SUNDAY

first_imgComhghairdeas do na Cailini sinsear. They had a great win on Sunday morning against Cloich Cheann Fhaola in their first league match of the year!Reserves also had a good win against Na Cealla Beaga however, our Seniors were defeated. This Sunday, the 24th our Reserves and Seniors are playing Cloich Cheann Fhaola in Cloughaneely. Best of luck to both teams!The under 12 boys play Na Rossa on Monday evening at 6.30pm in Dooey.The minor boys are away to Naomh Bríd on Wednesday evening at 7.15pm.The u14 boys are also away to Naomh Bríd on Friday evening at 6.30pm This week’s winning numbers: 5, 16, 18, 21. We had 3 match 3 winners: Maureen Sharkey (Belcruit), Sheila Martin (Annagry) & Anne Boyle (Barney’s Brae, Annagry)Next weeks jackpot is €1640, remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!We would like to thank Kathleen McGinley for her years of service to our weekly lotto! Kathleen sold her last ticket this week after being with us since day one we would like to wish her health and happiness for the future.Our Lotto can now be played online from our website www.naomhmuire.ie. This is aimed at people on the go and people away from home. A great new way for people away from home to support the club!The 23rd April has been confirmed and booked as the date to run ourFirst-Aid course. 9.30am to 3.30pm. This course is for team coaches only. WAAR is fast approaching, why not challenge yourself and sign up for WAAR which takes place on 14th May 2016.  Full details at http://www.waar.ie/.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE FACE CLOUGHANEELY IN CRUNCH LEAGUE CLASH THIS SUNDAY was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANAOMH MUIRESportlast_img read more

WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVAL

first_imgFéile Earthcore 2012 promises to be a superb weekend – and one lucky reader will  win VIP passes to its top events.Gaoth Dobhair is bracing itself for its second annual Summer festival, Féile Earthcore, which will take place this year from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July. This year’s event comes after a successful event last year.The festival has something for everyone with live concerts, 3 discos, family orientated activities throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday and a food and crafts market on Saturday 14th from 1-6pm. Legendary folk music group, The Wolfe Tones, will take to the Earthcore stage on Saturday 14th July live in the purpose built festival marquee with tickets only €15 and includes admission to the festival disco afterwards.On Sunday 15Th July top Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, will perform live in the marquee with tickets from €27.50 (Includes admission to Festival Disco after).We’ve teamed up with Earthcore to offer VIP passes for:* The Wolf Tones, with a reserved table at the front * Brendan Grace, with two reserved seats at the front* Free entry to festival discos on both nights.To win these passes simply answer the following question:True or False: The Wolf Tones rendition of ‘A Nation Once Again’ was voted the world’s most popular song in a BBC Radio World Service vote.Email your answer to info@donegaldaily.com by next Monday, July 9th, at 12 noon. Simply give us your name, where you are from and a contact telephone number. No cash alternative. Editor’s decision is final. Winner drawn from all correct entries. Good luck. Don’t want to risk it? Then get your tickets now>For more information about this event visit www.earthcore.ie or contact 074 9531159. Tickets on sale from hotel reception or Link 2 Letterkenny shopping centre.WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVAL was last modified: July 4th, 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:WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVALlast_img read more