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

Living by tradition

first_img“It eliminates the spiritual meaning of the practice,” he said. The practice of placing ash in the shape of a cross on the forehead stems from the biblical the Book of Genesis, where God castigates Adam and Eve. “Thou are dust and to dust thou shall return,” God says before banishing them from the Garden of Eden. For Radecki such a Bible-driven practice cannot be duplicated by mass retailers. “All of it is symbolic of our repentance for our sins and contrition and in preparation for our eventual death.” Starting today Radecki and his traditional congregation will fast until Easter. Parishioners from 21 to 59 will eat one meal a day with meat and two smaller meals that “combined cannot be more than the larger meal.” For retired painter Raul Duenez, it is tradition that keeps him at the small church, not recognized by the Vatican because it sticks to the old rules. He admits that the counted few who attend Mass every day will be crowded by many unfamiliar faces today, but Duenez doesn’t call that hypocrisy. “Everyone works and has responsibilities, it is on these days that we are supposed to pay respect and it is great that they participate.” Nearby Catholic church Our Lady of Perpetual Help, considered a modern church, is preparing for the droves. “Ash Wednesday and Christmas are our busiest time of year,” said church receptionist Aurora Kvrgic. Ashes will be distributed throughout the day at the larger church with two morning Masses and ash distribution every half-hour during the afternoon. But Radecki likes the idea of his congregation having to sit down for Mass and prayer before receiving the ash. “Especially in Los Angeles where everyone has a busy life there’s traffic and other problems; church gives you some spirituality and strength so you can then deal with all of your issues.” Radecki added that those who cannot make it to Mass Wednesday can receive their ashes during Sunday services. “The church is strict about its penance but it’s also fair and flexible,” Radecki said. (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We do everything here the way it has been done in the church for 2,000 years,” Radecki said, who celebrates Mass in Latin. That means burning the palms used in ceremonies from past Palm Sundays – even though the ashes that mark worshipers foreheads on Ash Wednesday are now available online. The old traditions stand firm at this tiny Newhall congregation. On Tuesday, as he prepared for today’s observances, Radecki held up the small silver cup that’s contains the ashes he will use. The contents are the remains of holy palms burned by altar boys after last year’s Palm Sunday service to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem just days before he was crucified. Increased restrictions have prompted some churches to buy their ashes from retailers who sell them by the pound, but for a traditionalist like Radecki that just isn’t right. NEWHALL – Gently draping a century-old royal purple vestment on a hanger, Father Dominic Radecki had to run his fingers over the delicate stitching one last time before he set it in his closet. “We picked this up from a church that was throwing it away,” Radecki said. “I don’t know how anyone could throw away something so beautiful.” A priest at Queen of Angels, a pre-Vatican II traditional Catholic church, Radecki loves history and goes back in time to observe all religious holidays. Today he will wear the purple cloak at a Mass marking the start of Lent – such elaborate garb is rarely seen these days in the new Catholic church, he said. last_img read more

Tottenham chairman Levy slams ‘unsustainable’ spending

first_imgManchester United paid a British record £75 million for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City broke the world record fee for a defender with their £52 million swoop for Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy.City alone have spent over £200 million on six new players, while Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all made club record signings since the end of last season.The Premier League’s spending is on course to break the record £1.2 billion mark for a single window, but Tottenham have opted out of the lavish deals, so far failing to make a single signing.Defending Tottenham’s ultra-conversative approach, Levy claimed the other 19 Premier League teams were putting their financial health at risk.“We have a duty to manage the club appropriately,” Levy said.“Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable.“Somebody spending £200 million more than they’re earning, eventually it catches up with you. And you can’t keep doing it.”With Tottenham having to spend up to £800 million on the current redevelopment of their White Hart Lane stadium, Levy acknowledged it was prudent to be more cautious in the transfer market at present.But he denied the stadium costs would stop boss Mauricio Pochettino getting a player he wants as Tottenham look to improve on two successive near-misses in the Premier League title race.“We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy,” Levy said.Tottenham sold England defender Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50 million earlier in the close-season.Yet Levy believes the success of players like Harry Kane, who has developed into an England striker after coming through the club’s youth academy, shows it isn’t necessary to reinvest all the Walker funds on new signings when that might stunt the progress of a youngster.“The academy is important because if we produce our own players we don’t have to spend £20 million or £30 million on a player,” he said.“An academy player has that affinity with the club and that’s what the fans want to see.“Unless we find a player who would make a difference, Mauricio Pochettino would rather give one of our academy players a chance, regardless of the financing of the stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United paid a British record £75 million for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku © AFP/File / AARON M. SPRECHERLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 26 – Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has slammed the “unsustainable” spending of Premier League clubs during a frenzied summer transfer window.At least £800 million ($1.04 billion, 896 million euros) has been spent by English top-flight clubs in the current transfer period and Levy believes the exorbitant spree is bad for the sport.last_img read more