Fire Guts JFK Cholera Unit

first_imgThe fire that raged over the 24th street community last nigt ransacked the JFK cholera unit.By C.Y. Kwanue and Joaquin SendoloDoctors, nurses and patients at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital in Monrovia were last night hurried out of the building by security guards when the Cholera Unit (left wing), which is adjacent to the National Drug Service (NDS) and the hospital’s mortuary, was gutted by fire.NDS ON FIREThe fire, according eyewitness account, reportedly destroyed the unit’s electrical panel boxes and several important documents including patients’ medical records.Although no human casualty was reported, the Daily Observer gathered that when doctors who were on duty spotted the flames, they hurriedly relocated to safety.Eyewitnesses said that save for the bravery of security guards attached to the hospital and onlookers who buttressed the efforts of firefighters, the situation wouldn’t have been easily brought under control.“The situation was quickly brought under control in less than two hours,” one of our sources stated.However, our sources could not emphatically say there were any human casualties.The fire that raged over the 24th street community last nigt ransacked the JFK cholera unit.The alarm on the fire incident at the JFK, which started after 9 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, was raised when residents of 20th and 24th streets in Sinkor saw heavy flame coming from the direction of the hospital.The cause of the fire has not been established, but security officers and employees at the medical center told the Daily Observer that the fire began in the laboratory where drugs and other essential medical equipment are stored.“It is a huge damage to the hospital because this is where drugs and major equipment used in laboratory are kept,” a worker said.NDS on FireThe fire continued blazing up to 11 p.m. despite efforts by the Liberia Fire Service and their counterparts to contain the violent flames.Up to press time, it was not clear to what extent was the damage caused by the fire to the facility.It may be recalled that the recent history of fire disasters at government establishments in the country may be traced to the July 26, 2006 celebration of 159th independence anniversary, during President Sirleaf’s first year in office, when the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion was gutted by fire.Since that incident, President Sirleaf moved her office to the 6th Floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has since remained in spite of the two fire incidents that later occurred in the building.JFK BriefThe John F. Kennedy Medical Center is the national medical center of Liberia, located in the Sinkor District of Monrovia. The Center was built at the request of Liberian President William V.S. Tubman, whose 1961 visit with U.S. President John F. Kennedy laid the groundwork for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for a national medical center in Liberia. The project was funded with a US$6.8 million loan and US$9.2 million in grants from USAID and a US$1 million contribution from the Liberian government. Construction began in 1965 and the facility opened on July 27, 1971.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ox Game debuts at Expo Center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDUSTRY – Some say rodeo is a rough sport. Some argue rugby is even rougher. But when you combine the two, Sonny Amin says you have a sport that could become a new American phenomenon. Amin is the founder of Ox Game USA Inc. Similar to a high-speed horseback version of capture the flag, Ox Game will make its debut in the San Gabriel Valley at the Industry Hills Expo Center today. The rugby-rodeo is taking its Afghan roots and capturing the interest of Americans with the sport’s addictive nature, Amin said. Thousands are expected to attend today’s event, organizers said. “America loves horses and America loves action and this is a combination of the both,” Amin said. “It doesn’t get better than this.” The sport involves two teams – four riders on each – battling to snatch a 50-pound sandbag and toss it into a circular goal. When a team has possession of the bag, it must take it around a flag on the opposite end of the arena, charge back and drop it into 9-square-foot chalked circle on the ground. Crossing the flag scores one point. Getting the bag into the circle scores two points. But as one team goes for the score, it must fend off opponents throwing elbows, sideswiping and kicking horses and reaching in to steal the bag. “The other team, they’re going to block them, they’re going going to steal it,” Amin said. “Whatever it takes.” The game consists of four, 15-minute quarters. Traditionally known as Buzkashi, Ox Game is the national sport of Afghanistan. Athletes there are given the same celebrity status as football or basketball players in the United States. Since Amin moved to the United States in 1979, he has dreamed of establishing the sport on American soil. “I saw American football and I was thinking America loves action,” Amin said. “This is the dream I have for the future. This is the birth of the Ox Game.” With an American appeal and Middle Eastern traditions, Ox Game USA Inc. General Manager Diana Nelson said the sport is breaking cultural boundaries. “We’re bringing here something to America and blending two cultures together,” she said. “I got hooked into \ dream and it became my dream.” ben.kelly@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236last_img read more

Compensation offer ‘an insult’ to boxer who quit sport after assault – Judge

first_imgA Donegal man has been advised to make an improved offer of compensation to a young boxer who has had to give up the sport due to injuries he sustained in an assault.Dean Hanlon was before Letterkenny District Court charged with an assault on Matthew Hanlon at the Lagoon Bar, Termon. Matthew Hanlon told the court that he had been due to represent Ulster in a boxing tournament against a team from Boston at the time of the assault in 2015.“I had to leave boxing…I withdrew as a result of the injuries,” he told Judge Paul Kelly.“My nose is bent stupid. I have anxiety and depression and I had a fractured jaw and cheekbone.”Matthew Hanlon, it was said, had ‘significant injuries’, which also included swelling and bruising to his left eye, a fractured nasal bone and a soft tissue injury to his jaw.Matthew Hanlon said he required maxillofacial treatment and that he may need further surgery.Inspector Barry Doyle handed photos of the injuries to the Judge.Garda Jennings responded to a report of an assault at The Lagoon. The injured party had left, but later made a statement.Two suspects, Dean Hanlon and another male, were observed on CCTV in the vicinity of an altercation. Dean Hanlon denied any involvement.Garda Jennings said that ‘a number of words’ were exchanged before the injured party was assaulted with a ‘punch on the head and body’.Defending solicitor Patsy Gallagher said the other accused in the matter, a brother of the defendant, had been dealt with at another venue and that compensation had been paid.“He is remorseful,” Mr Gallagher said.“He is a labourer who works full-time and he has two children in a long-term relationship. He came in as his brother’s keeper on the matter. His brother has discharged €1,000 and the same would be forthcoming.”Judge Paul Kelly rejected the proposal. Judge Kelly said the offer was an ‘insult’ to Matthew Hanlon and that Dean Hanlon should have ‘known better’ than to interject in such a manner.Judge Kelly adjourned the matter and ordered that an additional proposal to the €1,000 be made.Compensation offer ‘an insult’ to boxer who quit sport after assault – Judge was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Dean HanlonInspector Barry DoyleJudge Paul KellyletterkennyMatthew HanlonTermonlast_img read more