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

England’s Harry Kane confident he will find his shooting boots for Iceland clash

first_imgHarry Kane is convinced he can be the man to fire England into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, claiming he has not yet had a clear scoring opportunity in France.England face a knockout match against Iceland in Nice on Monday, with Kane hoping to return to the number nine role after a slow start to his first major tournament.The Tottenham striker was last season’s top Barclays Premier League goalscorer with 25, and has already netted five times in 14 appearances for his country.But after drawing a blank against Russia, and again in the first half against Wales, he was taken out of the firing line by manager Roy Hodgson, only re-emerging for the closing stages of the 0-0 draw against Slovakia.In all he has played 150 minutes, and has been credited with eight chances by UEFA.He had one header blocked on the line by Wales’ Neil Taylor and glanced another wide against Slovakia, but as he attempts to force his way back in front of Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, Kane suggested the ball has yet to fall for him.“Probably not,” he said, when asked if he had spurned any genuine openings.“Not a clear chance where I’d say ‘I’m disappointed I missed that, I wish I’d scored that one’. But you just have to be ready for when that chance comes.“It’s three games in. As a striker I want to score every game, I want to score two in every game.“But it doesn’t always work like that. I’ll keep my confidence up and, if I’m playing on Monday, I’ll do my best to score and my best for the team, creating chances for others.“I want to score goals, I want to win football matches. Hopefully, if called upon on Monday, I can do that, get on the scoresheet and win the game.”Kane last found the net against Turkey in the first of three pre-tournament warm-up matches, a game where he also missed from the penalty spot.He would nevertheless be one of the most obvious takers in a shootout scenario, something England must be prepared for having drawn two out of three matches thus far.Kane has converted eight times from 12 yards in the past two seasons for Spurs, last missing for them against West Ham in 2015, and is first to volunteer his services.“I would definitely take a penalty,” he said.“We have been practising a few in training and I’m one who practises a lot through the season, obviously taking them for Tottenham, so if a penalty comes up, I’ll be ready to take it.“Technically you all learn where to put the ball in the corner, but there’s no pressure (in training). It’s a bit more psychological in a tournament. It comes down to holding your nerve on the night and putting it in the corner.”That is precisely the area England are perceived to have struggled with in the past but, backed up by confident club-mates such as Dele Alli and Eric Dier, Kane is optimistic.“From what I’ve seen and know about the squad, I’d be more than confident if any stepped up to take a penalty,” he said.“We have a lot of good strikers of the ball. The Spurs boys wouldn’t have a problem stepping up. The others wouldn’t, either.“Hopefully it won’t come to penalties on Monday. Hopefully we win the game, but if called upon, we’ll all step up and try and score.” Harry Kane is still looking for his first goal at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

4 tips for overcoming your greatest challenge as a freelancer

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Finding our first freelance project is hard. Creating a stream of prospects and new customers can feel impossible. And this is why creating a steady stream of paying clients is usually the biggest challenge freelancers face. But, once we embrace this challenging reality, we freelancers can overcome it by passing the following four powerful checkpoints.Actively find new projectsThere is the first client, and then there are the many inconsistent ones to follow. The key here is knowing our selling strength and tackling the easiest sources first.Make selling predictableOnce we’re confident in our ability to get and take care of a client, we’ll need to embrace the numbers game so we can make that inconsistent sales effort a reliable way of life.Extend our sales efforts with a teamAs a successful freelancer, our sales team will consist of friends, clients, and our network. To succeed, we’ll need to actively cultivate these relationships.Establish a reputation where referrals seek us outBy focusing on doing great work, time will eventually build a reputation where people know and hear about us. When we have people seeking us out to help grow their business, we’ve hit a major milestone in creating a sustainable freelance income.We’re finding new projectsI remember the moment when I landed my first website customer. I had called through an Atlanta suburb’s business association directory. One of the owners I got on the phone happened to need a website and agreed to hire me. Wow, I was in business building websites!While I garnered a quick win, I’d soon find out the challenge of selling. After moving to Atlanta from Arizona, I didn’t have a network, so I started attending many events looking for people in search of websites and marketing support. I operated more as a “grill” type sales person seeking the opportunity and pushing for the close.Fast forward to today and the past few years, I’ve operated more as a crockpot sales person slowly and steadily creating content and growing relationships. As a freelancer we don’t need many clients to sustain success, so we can realistically apply an inbound approach to growing.There’s also an order of ease when it comes to finding new paid work. Getting more work is always easiest from our current clients. Finding it with strangers takes way more energy and resources. Unfortunately, it took me awhile to recognize and embrace this and I ended up spending way more energy finding and landing new projects.Now that I’ve shifted strategies, I simply work through my contact list in the order listed below when I’m seeking additional paid work.Active clientsRecently active clientsInactive clientsProspects & leadsConnectionsStrangersThese simple insights and strategies are what freelancers need to create and sustain success. When we recognize how we’re best suited to sell and run a strategy that tackles the low-hanging fruit first, we’ve got a plan to effectively find our first of many new customers.Sales is a predictable processSales can feel like an abstract process, but the quicker we can make it concrete the faster we can take control of fostering a flow of new clients. And, the best part of all is we can actually map out our activity in a way that predicts the types of results we’ll have.How many customers do you have right now? How many leads did it take to get those customers? How many meetings did it take to generate those leads? How many strangers did you need to network or call to get those meetings?If you want five customers, figure out how many meetings you need to have to get them. When we’re selling, many times we can get too focused on making a sale, but it’s much more effective for us to know the actions we can take along the way and simply focus on doing those activities.A clear understanding of what it takes to succeed is only the first step. To sustain the activity we need to not only survive, but thrive, requires fearlessness, discipline, and perseverance. The fires of freelancing will cultivate these attributes if we don’t bring them to the table on the offset.We’ve built a team of advocatesWhile we as freelancers are lone rangers, we can’t succeed on our own. We need others helping to connect us with the right people. And there are three types of people that can elevate our independent career. Rainmakers, customers, and friends (or family) become our extended sales team.Rainmakers are people we come across that send referrals our way. Happy customers are enthusiastic about our results, so they share away with their fellow business owners and friends. And trusting friends care about helping us and want to make it slightly easier.Don’t go into freelancing without building your extended promotional team!Referrals & leads seek us outI remember the first few times leads came my way out of what seemed like nowhere. Several years back, I began working with a customer on the Hubspot platform. I was able to help him leverage the tool to the max and the Hubspot staff took notice and referred other small companies my way.Great work done well over time leads to prospects seeking us out, and this example worked out well for me with several projects flowing my way from people I didn’t even know. When strangers are you referring you, you know you’ve hit this checkpoint.Sustain a sustainable freelancing businessGetting those first few clients, and channeling them into a predictable process helps us leverage the referrals from our network. As we serve these new customers well over time, we build a reputation where people seek us out to solve the problems we’re an expert at resolving.It isn’t easy, but the steps are fairly simple once we get out of our head, face our fears, and make it happen.Jason Scott Montoya is a full-time freelancer, author (Path Of The Freelancer), husband, and father (4) located in Atlanta Georgia. He helps grow small business income, teams, and owners. On his blog, he shares stories & systems to live better & work smarter.last_img read more