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

Weekly Jay HIll Report

first_img2.      We’ll ensure that Canada does not return to ongoing, unsustainable deficits by putting ALL federal expenditures under the microscope.  Tough decisions are needed to keep spending under control. 3.      We’ll work to secure jobs for families and communities, supporting workers facing transition by ensuring that existing programs and services are as effective as possible. 4.      We will help these workers and troubled industries by working to expand trade opportunities and enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses by modernizing investment, competition and copyright laws. 5.      And we’ll redouble our efforts to reduce red tape and improve the way all federal programs and services are delivered so that they serve Canadians better. Advertisement For Prince George-Peace River, the Speech from the Throne means a renewed commitment to build upon labour, training and economic diversification initiatives arising from the Community Development Trust, the $129-million federal fund delivered to the Province of British Columbia to help struggling forestry workers and their communities. We will also bring jobs to northern Canada by reducing regulatory and other barriers to extending the natural gas pipeline network. With the assistance of the provincial government we can also realize our commitment to have British Columbians democratically select their Senate nominees. This will all require cooperation and consensus among ALL MPs.  As Government House Leader, I feel that Government Whip Gordon O’Connor and I, along with the House Leaders and Whips of the opposition parties, are off to a good start in fulfilling Canadians’ expectation that this minority Parliament take on a more collaborative approach. Furthermore, MPs themselves seemed to deliver a warning that they prefer more discipline and a better functioning chamber this week.  They chose experience and continuity by re-electing Liberal Peter Milliken as Speaker in the House of Commons, but only after a dramatic five-ballot marathon.  Advertisement When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers his Economic Update later this month, MPs will have a golden opportunity to prove to Canadians their commitment to cooperation for the greater good of the nation.center_img A New Beginning and a New ‘Attitude’ in Parliament It is always a highly-anticipated event to signal the launch of Parliament and set-out the Government’s forthcoming agenda.  Yet Canadians listened to Governor General Michaëlle Jean deliver this week’s Speech from the Throne with an underlying sense of gravity and urgency.  In the midst of this tumultuous global economy, Canadians need assurance that the Government of Canada will provide prudent leadership based upon strict fiscal management while also inspiring hope for the future.  A tall order to fill. – Advertisement -However, that is what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has delivered, and why he insisted that Parliament resume just over a month after the October 14th election. Canadian families and businesses are facing new challenges that couldn’t wait to be addressed.  Mindful of the privilege and responsibility Canadian voters bestowed upon us with a renewed and strengthened mandate, our Conservative Government will follow a five-point plan to protect Canada’s economic security. We’ll work with our trading partners to reform the global financial system.  With the top-ranked banking system in the world, Canada can play a leading role in this international effort. Advertisementlast_img read more

Tomlin set for team’s big rivals

first_imgFrom news services For the first time in 15 years, the Browns-Steelers rivalry will be missing a familiar face, one with a very prominent feature. Bill Cowher and his famous chin won’t be hanging around today. A new chapter opens in one of the NFL’s fiercest and closest rivalries as Pittsburgh plays its first game under rookie coach Mike Tomlin. He has the unenviable task of trying to replace Cowher, the immensely popular Steelers coach who abandoned the stresses of the sideline for the comforts of the TV booth – for now. Tomlin may be the 16th coach in Steelers history, but he’s only the third since 1970, following in the Hall of Fame footsteps of Chuck Noll and Cowher, whose distinctive bust could one day be in Canton, too. Along with averaging 11 wins per season, 10 playoff appearances, six visits to the AFC championship game and a Super Bowl victory, Cowher did something else better than any coach in Steelers history. He pounded the Browns like a drum. Including two playoff wins, Cowher went 21-5 against Cleveland, which has lost 13 of the last 14 and seven in a row against its hated neighbor from just down the Ohio Turnpike. Tomlin, who spent last season as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator, senses he’s about to become part of something special. “It’s been an intense rivalry for a long time, I think dating back to 1950,” said Tomlin, who was a summer coaching intern with the Browns in 2000. “The geographical distances makes it unique – the fact that the two cities are close. “It’s been very impressive. Both organizations, franchises and storied histories, it’s great to be part of it and I’m sure I’ll develop a better appreciation for it as I get into it.” Despite Pittsburgh’s overwhelming recent dominance, the Steelers-Browns’ series is knotted, 55-55. The 35-year-old Tomlin had the perfect pedigree to replace Cowher, whose teams were built around strong running games and relentless, blitzing defenses. When he took over the Steelers, Tomlin said Cowher gave him some simple, sound guidance. “He said, `Do it your way,”‘ Tomlin said. “I’m sure he received the same advice from Chuck Noll. I think the longer I’m on the job, and I knew it going in, but the longer I’m on the job, then the more comfortable you have to feel doing things your way. I am, and I think that’s why I’m having fun.” ETC.: Browns punter Dave Zastudil will not play today because of a back injury. He had been listed as questionable by the team Friday. The Browns signed former Broncos punter Paul Ernster. Around the league Giants: The team activated defensive end Michael Strahan, reporting on its Web site that the seven-time Pro Bowler will likely play in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys tonight. The Giants waved cornerback Dovonte Edwards to make room for Strahan on their 53-man roster. Eagles: Tight end L.J. Smith was downgraded to questionable for Philadelphia’s opener at Green Bay following the team’s walkthrough. Smith had been bothered by a groin injury that forced him to sit out all the preseason games and kept him off the field most of training camp. He practiced this week and had been listed as probable for today’s game against the Packers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img