Ebola Claims Catholic Hospital’s Chief Admin

first_imgThe Daily Observer was told on Saturday, August 2, that the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Chief Administrator, Bro/Dr. Patrick Nshamdze, has died, having contracted the deadly Ebola virus disease at least three weeks ago. He died Friday, August 1; he was 57.There were tears Saturday, August 2, at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Gaye Town when news filtered in that Bro Patrick has succumbed to the virus. He was very attached to the church and its members.Dr. Nshamdze, who preferred to be called “Bro. Patrick”, was from Cameroon and a member of the Catholic Community—Brothers of St. John of God. Bro. Patrick was one of the missionaries assigned at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town. He was one of those very reliable medical practitioners, who kept the hospital intact and running.One Catholic source, who preferred to remain anonymous told the Observer that Bro Patrick had contracted the disease from a pregnant lady, who had been transferred from another health facility to the hospital. According to this source, the lady, who too, has died of the virus, came bleeding and it was Bro. Patrick, who had worked on her.“When Bro. Patrick was told that this lady had died from Ebola, he broke down, because he had had direct contact with her,” our source said.The Observer was told by other high-placed sources within the Catholic Church that the Church had requested his remains to be interred differently so that the Church and his relatives can one day pay homage to him but their plead was not granted as he was “dumped in a mass grave” containing at least 25 other victims, in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.Very nearby the grave in which he and others were “dumped”, lay plywood billboards, indicating all of those buried in that mass grave.News filtered in late last night that Spain, which provides bulk of the hospital’s supports, was making plans to “evacuate” all the remaining missionary sisters and brothers assigned at the hospital.If this happens, it could be a deadly blow to the struggling health sector and nation at-large, grappling with the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. The St. Joseph Catholic Hospital is partially closed at the moment; this would be one last blow to finally close the hospital indefinitely.The Observer was told that the Catholic Church is expected to meet today to discuss these grave matters, including Bro. Patrick’s death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEB Spectra Hearing Tomorrow

first_imgAs we first reported some weeks ago, the National Energy Board will hold its hearing, into South Peace Spectra Energy pipeline expansion, tomorrow, in Dawson Creek.The hearing is set to begin and, follows Spectra’s February announcement, its hoping to lay 17 kilometers of new pipeline parallel to it’s existing lines near Chetwynd.The new line would carry gas from the Grizzly Valley area to Spectra’s Pine River Processing Plant and, it would add gathering capacity of more than 40 million cubic feet per day.- Advertisement -The project is part of a third phase expansion and, Spectra hopes to have it operational by November.last_img read more

Mt. SAC wins another title

first_imgThey become the first school to win back-to-back state titles since Ventura College in 2000-01 and 2001-02. “When we were on all cylinders, no one could play with us,” said Mounties coach Laura Beeman, an impressive 73-3 over the past two seasons. “And that’s not an arrogant statement. These girls work so hard. Our practices are tough and they go through a lot during the season just to get to this point to be ready to contribute like they did today. I’m proud of these girls.” Sophomore center Chari Smith scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the first half as Mt. SAC (37-1) opened up a 30-8 lead after a 9-0 run midway through the half. She also had six rebounds and three blocks, which was a game high. It was the second consecutive impressive game for Smith, who had been battling the flu throughout the week and didn’t return to practice until Thursday. On Sunday, in the state championship, the South’s No. 1-seed left no doubt. The Mounties opened the game with a 13-0 run and never looked back on their way to a runaway 80-51 victory over North No. 1 Sierra College at Selland Arena to win the state championship for the second consecutive year and third time in the past four seasons. “Chari stepped up yesterday, she stepped up today,” Beeman said. “She said, `Coach, I wanna play two hard games.’ “She knew Friday wasn’t her best, so she just wanted to step it up in the next two. She was playing at an unbelievable level today. She was doing things I haven’t seen from her in a long time. They had to completely change their game plan because of her. She was on her game today.” Following a 12-8 Wolverines rally, the Mounties extended their lead to 21 points at halftime, 43-22. Sophomore guard Tonicia Tademy was the only other Mt. SAC player to reach double figures with 14 points. She also had a game-high seven assists. Sierra (32-5) never got closer than 20 points in the second half as the Mt. SAC reserves closed out the game. Every player notched at least three minutes of playing time and 12 different Mounties scored. “I’ve felt all year long that we’ve been the best team in the state,” Beeman said. “We weren’t early on because we didn’t know how to play together. But eventually we started to play as a team. Once we got into January, they started to realize what we were talking about.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FRESNO – For Mt. San Antonio College’s women’s basketball team, nothing short of a state championship would have been acceptable. After all, the Mounties were last year’s state champions and owned the top RPI in the state virtually the entire season. last_img

Attack of the Attack Ads

first_imgAmusing, yes, but such behavior does little to illuminate the issues facing the district. One particularly odious mailer from the Lauritzen camp has an illustration of Galatzan gleefully trampling on the heads of cherubic children to get to a bag of money. Galatzan’s response has been attacking the attack ads with Roy Lichtenstein-like humor. How in the world is literature such as this supposed to help voters make an informed decision? People are already turned off from elections – less than 8 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the March primary. So a deluge of nasty or cheesy attack mailers that don’t address the real issues isn’t going to encourage voters to get turned on. We can’t afford to lose more voters. CAMPAIGN mailers have never been seen as vehicles of truth in advertising. Indeed, they generally fall on the side of “truthiness.” But even when they bend and stretch reality, most campaign mail still deals with the overarching issues in the race. Not so with the LAUSD board race between incumbent Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan. It has devolved into pure silliness. This hotly contested race with the future of Los Angeles Unified at stake pits the teachers union (via Lauritzen) against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (via Galatzan). Lauritzen refuses to debate the issues publicly, sends out ridiculous mailers and Galatzan responds in kind – tit for tat. There are less than five weeks left until election day – plenty of time for Lauritzen and Galatzan to stop the mudslinging and turn their attention to important issues that the LAUSD board is going to be dealing with, such as the future of reform, high dropout rate, eminent domain of houses in the Valley for new schools, the problematic payroll system, decreasing enrollment, charter schools, improving academics, school safety and empowering teachers and parents, to name just a few. One way to do that is through community forums, where the two could each offer their solutions to the district’s challenges. Lauritzen, who ran second to Galatzan in the primary race, needs to come out of hiding behind the union money backing his campaign and engage in public debates on the issues. By refusing to personally defend his policies while serious abusing the truth in silly attack ads, Lauritzen’s doing a grave disservice to his constituents. Hopefully, the candidates will use the remaining weeks before the election to lay off on the personal attacks and start laying on the issues.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger’s Europa fairy tale ends at Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid into Europa League finalMADRID, Spain, May 3 – Diego Costa killed Arsene Wenger’s last hope of a glorious Arsenal farewell as his goal sent Atletico Madrid through to the Europa League final on Thursday.Wenger’s 250th European fixture with Arsenal also to proved to be his last, decided by a typically ruthless finish from Costa, who delivered the sort of barnstorming display defenders must have nightmares about. Arsenal’s defence, fragile and nervous throughout, were particularly susceptible and this 1-0 defeat, 2-1 on aggregate, means Wenger’s final season in charge will end with his team missing out on Champions League qualification for a second year in a row.For all his domestic achievements, Wenger will also depart without a European trophy to his name and it remains to be seen how sitting outside the continent’s premier tournament will affect Arsenal’s pursuit of a new coach, and players, this summer.More immediately, there was the concerning sight of Laurent Koscielny being carried off on a stretcher in the 12th minute after the defender went down, with nobody near him, clutching his left Achilles.Arsenal and France now face an anxious wait, with the start of the World Cup just over a month away.Koscielny’s exit made a tough task all the more difficult for Arsenal, who were always going to be up against it at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Atletico have not lost in the league all season and not conceded a goal since January.It was perhaps also telling that Costa’s physicality and Atletico’s defensive rigour ultimately proved decisive, two qualities Wenger’s Arsenal in recent years have so lacked.Costa was hunting Arsenal’s back four from the outset as he wrestled past Koscielny, knocked over Nacho Monreal before firing wide with only David Ospina to beat.Koscielny was substituted soon after, replaced by Calum Chambers, but Arsenal enjoyed one of their best spells midway through the half, dominating possession and reducing Atletico to a series of rushed clearances.– Clinical Costa –Diego Costa’s first-half goal ensured there will no be fairytale farewell for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal© AFP PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAt the back, however, they were shaky, as Ospina had balls booted out of his grasp by his teammates on more than one occasion while their passing out of the back was too often careless.By the end of the half, Atletico had regained the ascendancy and in injury-time, they struck. Granit Xhaka’s weak header put Arsenal on the back foot and Antoine Griezmann threaded through to Costa.He held off Hector Bellerin with ease before coolly finishing past Ospina.Arsenal came again after the interval. Aaron Ramsey bundled his way through but the ball would not fall for him six yards out while Mesut Ozil flashed too sumptuous deliveries across the face of goal.Griezmann could have put the tie to bed after Costa had turned Shkodran Mustafi inside out but the defender recovered just in time to block.A vintage Costa performance would not be complete without a scuffle and he provided it when Mustafi tried too enthusiastically to grab the ball off him for a free-kick.Both players were booked and when Costa was substituted soon after, the striker was given a standing ovation.Arsenal piled forward late on in search of an equaliser but in truth, their night ended without them really creating a clear-cut chance.When the final whistle blew, Wenger marched straight down the tunnel as around him, Atletico’s celebrations began.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Alienating hearts, minds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IN Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, George W. Bush has an Arab Harriet Miers. Like Miers, the Supreme Court nominee who provoked a revolt within Bush’s own party, the Dubai Ports World controversy was a political disaster for the administration. So the company at the direction of the sheik bowed out of its deal to take control over six U.S. ports, sparing the president further embarrassment and a certain political defeat. In the end, all the political players get something: congressional Democrats and Republicans who agitated against the deal get a clear victory; Bush gets to save a little face; and the United Arab Emirates, having tendered a huge favor to the president of the United States, gets to draw on this new reserve of goodwill sometime in the future. But the demise of this agreement doesn’t speak well for American politics, or our prospects of winning the cultural battle that lies at the heart of the War on Terror. Although it was fair for critics to raise questions about foreign control of American ports, no one ever demonstrated any credible security risks that it posed. Opposition to the Dubai deal relied on a cultural mistrust of Arabs and Muslims. That is, prejudice in the truest sense of the word basing a decision on preconceived notions, not the facts. In a politicized rush to judgment, we have only given ammunition to the radicals who say America is anti-Islam.last_img read more

Local social services group celebrate 50th anniversary – Pic Special

first_imgFEATURES: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services recently celebrated 50 years of providing services to clients in the local community.The service was the brainwave of local district nurse Mrs Rita Pearson who was concerned with the lack welfare services for senior citizens in the area. She along with other concerned residents formed a committee, this committee organised a Christmas Party in St Baithin’s National school for senior citizens.As the social services committee became for organised they felt there was a need and indeed demand for Meals On Wheels, not necessarily because of poverty but to provide a nourishing meal when needs arose.The service continues today, 50 years on with thanks to our volunteers and Lifford hospital who supply the meals. A wide range of activities not forgetting the very well supported Christmas parties, keep the energetic committee active, while adding new activities such as Open Information days and afternoon Tea Dances, which have been held in the local Family Resource Centre, at which they invite members of other Social Services groups to attend.These social gatherings in a rural community offer the participants a social outlet where they can meet and chat with friends in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and of course everyone enjoys a cup of tea.They also provide other services such as Chiropody and a laundry service.To celebrate their 50th anniversary the committee held a concert which was organised by Leslie Mathews and held in the Family Resource Centre, guest of honour was founding member Rita Pearson who cut a specially commissioned cake to mark the occasion.The committee would like to thank the funders who have supported them, all the volunteers (some of whom have been involved for over 30yrs) and all those who help out in any way because without them the Social Services would not be able to continue to provide much needed support and assistance to those in need of some help.Pictures by North-West Newspix.Local social services group celebrate 50th anniversary – Pic Special was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CarrigansFeaturesGalleriesnewsSocial ServicesSt Johnstonlast_img read more

FORMER BOXING STAR SET TO DELIVER ‘KNOCKOUT’ BLOW TO UNHEALTHY FOOD

first_imgFEATURES: A former All-Ireland boxing champion has started a new food business which is aimed at delivering customers fast top quality grub! Multiple All-Ireland winner Steven O’Reilly along with his brother Martin and sister Deirdre have launched their new business, aptly named the ‘The Food Wagon’. However, this isn’t your traditional food van that serves up chips, burgers, hot-dogs and the rest.O’Reilly, who is also a qualified personal trainer, has centered his business around providing people with fast food that is healthy.The popular Twin Towns man will make his debut with ‘The Food Wagon’ tomorrow afternoon at Donegal’s Ulster SFC quarter-final clash against Fermanagh.O’Reilly will be joined in the new venture by his sister Deirdre and brother Marty. However, don’t expect to see Marty in the van, as he’ll be on the playing pitch at Mac Cumhaill Park hopefully helping Donegal reach the Ulster SFC semi-final.O’Reilly told Donegal Daily, “There isn’t anything like this on the market, there are dozens of fast food vans, but they’re serving up the same things.“We feel that given the option, the majority of people would opt for a healthy wrap or sandwich over a greasy burger or taco fries.“It’s obviously going to be a seasonal venture for us, but we’re excited about it, and as I said, I genuinely feel there’s a place for it on the market.“We’ll be making the debut tomorrow for the big championship game, I’ll be there with Deirdre, and Marty will be his stuff on the pitch, but only after having one of our delicious wraps!“So make sure and drop into us on your way to the game tomorrow afternoon.” The Food Wagon provides wraps, sandwiches, scones, salads, fruit salads and tea and coffee.FORMER BOXING STAR SET TO DELIVER ‘KNOCKOUT’ BLOW TO UNHEALTHY FOOD was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Four Masters GAA extend condolences to County Minors

first_imgHard luck to Aaron McCrea and the County Minors in the semi-final yesterday against Galway.Annual club draw sold tickets can be returned to the Abbey Hotel at 9pm until 9:30 this Monday night.Four Masters senior and reserves play at home on Sunday in the championship 1:30 pm and 3 pm all support welcome.  Club LottoThere was no winner of the lotto jackpot €2,200 in week 06 of the 2016/17 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday the 22 nd of July. The €50 winners in the lucky dip were Charlie Mc Ginty, Lough Eske, Josie and Lara Britton, c/o life pharmacy.The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 12 and 13.Congratulation to all winners. The next draw takes place on the 29th of August.  Subscriptions Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available. Club NotesAny club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email fourmasterspro@gmail.com before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included. Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comFour Masters GAA extend condolences to County Minors was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:four mastersGAA noteslast_img read more

Lukaku comments ‘disrespectful’ to Man United, claims former Red Devil

first_imgManchester United star Romelu Lukaku has been ‘disrespectful’ to the club by talking up a potential move to Serie A, according to ex-Red Devil Gary Pallister.The Belgian is one of a number of United players who have struggled for form this season, scoring just four goals in 11 appearances.  “If it’s in your mind I’ve got no problem with that but to put it in print I’ve got a problem with that.“At a time when a club is under real pressure to have their leading goal-scorer say he’d like to move abroad – if that’s what he has done – is not the ideal scenario.”Read the full 888sport interview with Gary Pallister, including his thoughts on United’s best centre-back pairing. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker Most Popular Premier League Stories revealed But his comments have not gone down well with four-time Premier League winner Pallister, speaking exclusively to 888sport, who believes the player has mad a big mistake.He said: “I think it’s disrespectful at times if you start mentioning other clubs when you’re actually contracted to the club you’re at. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion getty predicted center_img Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? And when asked by Gazzetta dello Sport about the possibility of moving to Serie A one day, he said: “Why not? I hope it happens.In the same interview, he was asked about Italian champions Juventus, who United play in the Champions League next.“Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going. Every year they try to get stronger.“Without doubt, Juve are one of the two-three best teams in Europe.“They’ve got a great coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.” tense huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops latest Lukaku struggles to believe he has missed another chance Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? changes Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT TOP WORK last_img read more