What Can We Learn from Eric Duncan?

first_imgCan the death of Ebola-infected Eric Duncan in a United States hospital teach us anything?We believe it surely can.  The first lesson we can learn is that none of us should take Ebola for granted.  It can be, and often indeed is, a death sentence, though, as we have seen in the case of many survivors, it does not have to be.When in 1976 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) reported the first Ebola outbreak, statistics showed that 90% of those infected died.  Today in Liberia, statistics indicate that over 50% of the Ebola infected die.This means that we are dealing with a highly dangerous, indeed deadly disease. The second lesson we can learn from Eric’s death is that the minute we sense the symptoms, we should run to a treatment center.  Once there, the ball is in the government’s court.  The center must be prepared to receive the patient and begin immediate observation, treatment and care.  Too many people have died unnecessarily because in their desperation, they have gone to treatment centers only to be turned back because of no space. We are grateful for the good news that engineers of the Armed Forces of Liberia and the United States military contingent here are building new treatment centers in many parts of the country.  We are also appreciative of the ELWA treatment center and others operated by Medecin Sans Frontier (MSF), which have been treating patients successfully and discharging them.  We pray that construction work on the new centers will be expeditiously completed, so that the infected may receive immediate relief and healing.The third lesson we can learn from our brother Eric is honesty.  We are compelled to be honest with ourselves and all others around us.  We must realize that it is highly dangerous to engage in what Winston Churchill called “terminological inexactitude,” which means a lie or untruth.  See how far Duncan’s lie led him—all the way across the Atlantic and into contact with airline passengers and crew, as well as his fiancé and all the others in the home and neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.  It is only by the grace of God that so far, no one has been found to have been infected by him.  Let us pray it remains that way.  The fact is that if we are not honest with ourselves we could infect others, as we saw in the case of Miss Liberia in Caldwell, where she and several others in the household died.We keep referring to great example of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, and Madam Yah Zolia, both of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, who quarantined themselves the moment they discovered that they had been in contact with infected persons—who later died.  That is the way to do it.  In the process, many lives will be saved.What next can we learn from Eric?  Many Liberians interviewed following his death in a U.S. hospital said they were not surprised.  They recalled that two U.S. citizens who traveled back to the USA with the same infection from the same Liberia were cured.We cannot cast aspersion (misleading charge) on the Presbyterian Health Center where Eric was   treated and died.  We believe they did their best for him.  The only problem was that when he first appeared there, with a temperature of 100 degrees, instead of immediately detecting an abnormality, they gave him tablets and let him go.  There is a good chance that had they, knowing his nationality, tested him for Ebola, he might have had a chance of survival.  But by the time he paid his second visit, it was apparently too late.Our final point is about Liberians asking why did Eric die in an American hospital when two Americans were cured in American medical institutions.  This seems to be a lesson we Liberians have difficulty learning: the Americans, like most other nationalities, know how to look after one another.  Do we in Liberia? NO!  We prefer looking after other people rather than ourselves.  See how two Lebanese rapists who viciously assaulted Liberian women were freed by Liberian courts.What is the lesson there?        Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stepfather further remanded

first_imgDeath of 4-year-old boyMagistrate Wanda Fortune on Wednesday further remanded 21-year-old Joseph James to prison in connection with the October 7, 2019 murder of his four-year-old stepson Alex Prince. While the case was initially called before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on October 17 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, it was transferred to the Linden Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday after it was said to have been filed at the incorrect magisterial district.It is alleged that the accused, who is a logger, murdered the child during the course of rape at their Silver Hill, Linden-Soesdyke Highway home.Initial investigation had revealed that the child was found naked and unconscious at approximately 12:00h on October 7 with injuries to his eye and head. According to reports, the accused claimed that he discovered the child unconscious with the injuries after returning from a nearby grocery shop. The child was then transported to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) after being examined by nurses from a nearby health centre. He is said to have died while on the way to the hospital. A Post-Mortem Examination performed later indicated that the four-year-old died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and had been sodomised. The accused was later arrested and charged with murder following investigations. He was remanded to prison and the case will continue on November 13.last_img read more

Sound familiar Chelsea fans? Torres backed to find best form after nightmare start

first_img Fernando Torres in action for AC Milan AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi is convinced Fernando Torres can rediscover his best form at the San Siro despite a nightmare start to his career in Italy.Torres failed to make any impact at Chelsea and was hoping for a fresh start following his two-year loan move to the Italian giants during the summer.But the Spanish forward has only netted one goal in nine appearances and has struggled to get on the scoresheet.Inzaghi has no doubts that Torres has the ability to be one of the best forwards in Serie A and hopes he can follow in the footsteps of Hernan Crespo who also had a slow start to life in Italy, but then quickly got back among the goals.Inzaghi, speaking in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, said: “We’re on the right track. It just takes a little bit of patience. So far a lot of players have scored goals, just not the strikers, apart from Honda.“Goals from Torres and Pazzini will come. I hope Torres will be like Crespo under Ancelotti, who for months didn’t score, then he broke his duck and became…Crespo.“So far Torres has been struggling with an ankle injury, but now it’s better and I thought he played very well in Genoa [in a 2-2 draw with Sampdoria].” 1last_img read more

Pep Guardiola: Lionel Messi will NOT be signing for Manchester City

first_img1 Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola enjoyed remarkable success at Barcelona Pep Guardiola has downplayed any suggestions Lionel Messi will be signing for Manchester City, claiming the 29-year-old will remain with Barcelona for the ‘rest of his career’.It was Guardiola who turned Messi into the player he is today, and together they won a wealth of silverware on both the domestic and European stage.Since the 45-year-old agreed to take charge of the Citizens, it has been suggested he could try to tempt Messi to Manchester, making him the marquee signing of this new-look era at the Etihad.However, when asked whether he will be signing Messi, Guardiola replied with a definitive no.Speaking at a Q&A session with City supporters, the former Bayern Munich boss said: “He’s not a bad player, this guy, but I am sorry Messi has to stay in Barcelona for the rest of his career.”Guardiola has arrived in the Premier League after four years in LaLiga and three years in the Bundesliga, and he revealed that the chance to test himself in England was one of the main reasons he accepted the City job.“That is why I am here,” he added. “I proved myself where I was born in Barcelona and after I proved myself in Germany and I want to prove myself here.“To try, every game, every weekend that Manchester City play, that the people can be proud and enjoy our way to play. At the end, we will see what is our level to achieve our prizes, our titles. “last_img read more

Jobs: Well-established hotel seeks Receptionist and Duty Manager

first_imgJob Vacancies: One of Donegal’s most iconic family hotels is recruiting for new staff to join their professional and highly skilled team.Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar has vacancies for a Duty Manager and a Hotel Receptionist.See job descriptions and details for each role below:  Duty Manager An exciting opportunity for a Duty Manager has arisen in Kee’s Hotel Co. Donegal. This role is a very challenging one as it would entail working in and supporting various departments throughout the hotel.The Role:The successful candidate must have previous experience in a busy hotel. This position will suit a customer-focused individual with a keen eye for detail and the ability to support & lead a team. This is an amazing opportunity for someone to progress his or her career within the hospitality industry. The role is interesting and varied taking in all aspects of the food and beverage aspects of the business and will especially suit a person who excels in a multi-tasking environment.Key Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for all elements of the shift ensuring smooth service.Ability to direct the team in their day to day duties.Anticipate guest needs, and proactively manage their expectations.Assist with the management of the hotel’s daily operations and take responsibility for the daily operation of your shift ensuring the delivery of exceptional guest service from each department.To be visible on the floor throughout the shift.Ensure prompt resolution of customer issues.Excellent communication skills.Have full knowledge of the hotel and all departments.Enable staff to operate and manage their individual departments in an efficient and professional manner.A strong emphasis on food and beverage would be an advantage.Comply with hotel security, fire regulations and all health and safety legislation.Assist other departments wherever necessary and maintain good working relationships.Requirements:Have previous hotel experience.Possess excellent customer service skills.Have a passion for their role.Have a mature and pleasant manner for dealing with customers and team members alike.Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, team player, self-motivated and able to work on own initiative.Strong focus on service standards and staff development.To Apply:To apply, send a CV to hr@keeshotel.ie or to the hotel for the attention of Richard Kee.Kee’s HotelMain St,Stranorlar,Co. DonegalHotel ReceptionistWe are currently seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and knowledgeable receptionist to join our professional and highly skilled reception team. If you have the relevant experience or would like to develop your career within a busy hotel we could have an excellent opportunity for you.Main Duties: To be well groomed and presenting a professional appearance to all of our guests.To greet the guests on arrival and at all times in a warm, welcoming and friendly manner.Liaising with housekeeping in relation to specific room requests.To check in/out guests effectively ensuring all details are correct.To carry out tasks effectively using a computerized system.Daily Management of the Hotel & 3rd Party Websites.Working in conjunction with hotel Sales Team / Revenue Manager on sales initiatives.To ensure that any additional requirements (upselling) for guests are offered i.e. dinner reservations, etc.Promoting and selling the Hotel’s facilities at all times.To ensure that all charges are posted correctly onto room bills.To take reservations and respond to guests quickly.To answer switchboard in a warm and welcoming manner and effectively transfer calls to correct extensions.To correctly take messages for guests/staff ensuring that date, time, message, to/from and initials are noted.To ensure that relevant people receive any messages immediately.Dealing with any guest requests/queries in a polite and attentive manner and reporting any problems to the Duty Manager.Balancing of reception cash at end of each shift.The sensible allocation of rooms to customers having viewed all relevant guest requests.Handling safe deposit for guests.Dealing with foreign exchange for customers.To ensure that all monies are kept secure at all times.To be aware of and comply with company policy regarding Fire, Health & Safety, Hygiene, Food Hygiene, and Customer Care & Security.To read, understand and comply with your responsibilities as defined in the Health & Safety Statement and Staff Handbook.To assist the Front Office Manager and colleagues in ensuring the smooth running of the front desk.Ability to work variety of shifts including midweek and weekendApplicants must have fluent English and excellent communication skillsAbility to work well in a team environment and on own initiative essential.Requirements: Experience in working at the Hotel Front Desk A commitment to offering exceptional service and standards.Proficient in a reservation system.Applicants must have fluent English and excellent communication skills.Ability to work well in a team environment and on own initiative essential.Meeting and greeting guests in a warm and friendly manner.Answering the switchboard and telephone in a friendly and professional manner.Transferring calls to the correct extensions.Dealing with requests, queries and suggestions and resolving guest complaints, quickly To Apply:To apply, send a CV to hr@keeshotel.ie or to the hotel for the attention of Richard Kee.Kee’s HotelMain St,Stranorlar,Co. DonegalJobs: Well-established hotel seeks Receptionist and Duty Manager was last modified: April 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:duty managerhotel jobsjobsKee’s HotelReceptionistStranorlarlast_img read more

Tragic Jasmine died from a lack of oxygen to her brain, inquest told

first_imgA young mother who was killed at her Co Donegal home died as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain.Model Jasmine McMonagle, aged 28 died at her home at Forest Park, Killygordan on January 4th this year. Her partner, Richard Burke, aged, 27, has since been charged with her murder.An inquest into Jasmine’s death was opened at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court today (Wed).Coroner Dr Denis McCauley told the inquest that a post mortem had been carried out on the body of Ms McMonagle which found that she died from cerebral anoxia.A statement from Dr Martin Coyne confirmed that he attended Ms McMonagle’s home and pronounced her dead.He said Jasmine was a patient of his and he had known her for “many, many years.”Garda Inspector David Durkin told the court that he was seeking an adjournment to the inquest.He said a criminal trial in relation to Jasmine’s death is due to start on June 10th, 2020.He added that the office of the Director fo Public Prosecutions had advised that there is a considerable waiting list for criminal trials.Dr McCauley agreed to the adjournment and put the inquest in for mention again to March of 2021.Members of Jasmine’s family including her mother Jacqueline were present in court but did not speak.Tragic Jasmine died from a lack of oxygen to her brain, inquest told was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegalhomeinquestJasmine McMonagleKILLYGORDANmurderlast_img read more

Cross Country Set To Compete At Oz Memorial

first_imgThe Oz Memorial, hosted by the University of Minnesota, is named in honor of former Bulldog head coach, Gary Osborne. The women’s 6-kilometer race will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the men’s 4-mile race at 7 p.m. on the Les Bolstad Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota State are among those in attendence expected to challenge the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs are finishing up their second week of hard training with the Oz Memorial serving as another step in preparing the young team to compete through training and build fitness for the championship portion of the season. The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams continue their 2016 season at the Oz Memorial on Friday, Sept. 9. Junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) led the young women’s team with an 11th place finish followed by three freshman, including Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) who finished 35th in her first collegiate race. Both the men and women finished eighth as a team in the season-opening outing.center_img Last week, senior Reed Fisher’s (Minnetonka, Minn.) second place finish with a time of 17:59.5 at the Hawkeye Invitational earned him the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor. Fisher was also named the Eagle Bank MVC Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week. Following the Oz Memorial, members of the team will compete in the Grand View Invitational in Des Moines and the Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invite in Lincoln, Neb. Both invitationals are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

BRITISH MAY EXCLUDE KEY ROADS FROM HGV LEVY – McHUGH

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh, T.D., welcomes further development and consideration regarding the derogation of A5 Road from the UK HGV Road User Levy.Commenting on the development, Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. “This new development that the the UK Government are reviewing the possibility of excluding a number of key roads in Northern Ireland from the UK HGV Levy, including the A5 road, is a very welcomed and positive development.“I have been working closely and tirelessly with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, to address the real and serious challenges for hauliers and businesses for whom it is a necessity to use roads in the North. “We have been consistently highlighting awareness with our UK and Northern Ireland counterparts to review this levy in the context of Irish drivers, particularly those from Donegal who travel on these routes every day.“I have been engaging with all relevant groups regarding this issue. Last week I attended a public meeting with Donegal County Councillor Noel McBride, which was addressed by the Irish Road Hauliers Association, local representatives and businesses.“There was a resounding argument presented as to why this levy will not only be unfair to those businesses who are forced to use these roads on a regular basis, but also anti competitive as it increases operating costs for those businesses, an increase that most other drivers in Ireland won’t have to incur.“Earlier this week, I was in Stormont meeting with our colleagues in the North and I again raised this issue with the First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness. I have formally written to both on this issue, highlighting the challenges this levy will impose. “As Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and Co Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I welcome comments made today in the Good Friday Committee by the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., that he is anxious to ensure that this levy is not dealt with as an afterthought by the UK Government and his Department, in conjunction with Minister Varadkar’s Department, are focused on pushing for derogation to ensure this levy does not impact on cross-border trade.“I have been consistently making the argument that this levy will hit Donegal businesses more than most and have been liaising with these business owners to get a deeper and fuller understanding of what the challenges are that they would face as a result of the levy. As part of this, I have arranged a meeting with Minister Varadkar and the Donegal Truckers so the Minister can hear from those on the ground who will be directly impacted.”Minister Varadkar confirmed this week that, during a meeting he had with Stephen Hammond M.P., Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, on 20 February 2013, he again pressed the issue of exemption of Northern Ireland roads – “Clause 3 of the UK HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 allows the UK Secretary of State to vary the extent of the scheme by order. The UK has proposed to exempt approximately 7 miles of cross-border road between the Republic and Northern Ireland. This would allow all operators to use these stretches of road without paying the levy, as it would be a breach of EU legislation to grant an exemption to just one country. The UK Government has been quite clear that they are not open to exempting all Northern Ireland roads from the levy. In this context, at the meeting with Minister Hammond, I proposed that an exemption be given for the A5 as it is often used by operators starting a journey in the Republic and transiting Northern Ireland to deliver goods to another location in the republic, and it was agreed that further consideration would be given to this proposal.” BRITISH MAY EXCLUDE KEY ROADS FROM HGV LEVY – McHUGH was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

IS YOUR FACE IN THE CROWD AT THE DONEGAL GAME? PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgThree veteran Donegal supporters discuss the game. All pics by Brian McDaid from the Cristeph Gallery.Pat The Cope keeps one eye on the game and one eye on Europe!This Donegal fan is all smiles at the end of the game.The future generation of Donegal players take it all in at O’Donnell Park today.I’m not so sure that Monaghan point was between the posts!Garda Paul MCGee (Mayo) and retired Garda John Rouse (Sligo) on duty at the O Donnell Park on Sunday. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephIt’s going down to the wire at O’Donnell Park!Phoning home to tell the good news.This glamourous lady was all wrapped up at O’Donnell Park. IS YOUR FACE IN THE CROWD AT THE DONEGAL GAME? PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Brian McDaiddonegalO’Donnell Parkpicture speciallast_img read more

CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

first_imgAvril McMonagleAvril McMonagle, Donegal Childcare Manager is strongly urging all 83 community managed early childhood services in County Donegal to apply for the new capital grant announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs last week. The fund provides capital funding of €2.5 million for the repair, maintenance and upgrade of community and not-for-profit childcare services.The funding will be directed towards two specific purposes: 1. Large scale maintenance works: Grants of up to €50k. This would include works to roofs, windows and doors, heating and sanitary systems, building access or safety, replacement of worn fixtures and fittings and essential repairs to outdoor play areas.2. Quality improvement and sustainability: Grants of up to 50k for medium or large scale works to improve Building Energy Rating (BER) to support sustainability.However, Ms McMonagle added that not all childcare facilities will be pleased by the funding announcement.“The announcement is bitter sweet for privately managed childcare providers across Donegal. 68 of the 151 early childhood services in Donegal will not be able to apply for this funding. It is disappointing that this decision has been taken as it creates an inequality of opportunity in our sector that is totally avoidable. “A fairer approach would have been to introduce two levels of funding – one for community managed services and one for privately managed services. This would have enabled all services across the county to upgrade facilities for children in a more equitable manner’ she said.Ms McMonagle pointed out how childhood services could improve their chances of being successful in obtaining funding.‘The criteria and funding limits of this programme have been designed to ensure the best possible outcome for investment, therefore, it is hugely important that early childhood services carefully review the application guidance document provided and submit applications strictly in line with this.“Value for money is also central so any requests for funding need to be supported by realistic, comparable quotations. When the need to shortlist applications is so competitive, it is remarkable how many applications don’t get passed the first stage due to the omission of one piece of information.”Ms McMonagle also encouraged early childhood services to ‘keep it local’ by working with local businesses and trades people when compiling quotations and awarding contracts for maintenance work. “These can often represent best value for money and can also be used as a sound rationale as part of a funding application regarding access to follow up or additional works.”The programme is now open for applications via the Pobal website www.pobal.ie. For advice and assistance to complete the application please contact Donegal County Childcare on 074 9123442 and ask to speak to a Childcare Development Officer who will provide support and advice regarding the application and appraisal process.CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Avril McMonagleDonegal County Childcarefundinggrantslast_img read more