“My Blood Pressure Is Up; I Cannot Appear”

first_imgThe Senate plenary and dozens gathered in the gallery of the Senate Chambers yesterday erupted into laughter when Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, informed that body by letter that he was unable to appear because of “high blood pressure and mild headache.”The Minister was requested last Thursday to appear with his lawyer before the Senate plenary during yesterday’s sitting to give reasons why he should not be held in contempt as recommended by the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Women and Children Affairs, and subsequently approved by the plenary.In his communication to the Senate plenary dated October 17, Dr. Gwenigale said he was unable to appear “as requested by the honorable house of the Senate due to health reasons which could not permit me to travel along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today.“After my appearance before the Senate last Thursday, my blood pressure went up, and it is still up with mild headache. Appearing before you again tomorrow will further increase my pressure.”Dr. Gwenigale letter’s continued: “I kindly request that you reschedule my reappearance to a time when my health condition has improved. I thank you for your understanding and cooperation…”  Proffering a motion, Sinoe County Senator Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan asked his colleagues to accept Dr. Gwenigale’s letter of excuse, while those expressing unreadiness to vote on the issue, suggested that a time frame for his reappearance be decided on.For his part, Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson asked that the Minister be given up to next Tuesday to re-appear with a medical report to substantiate his illness.“After seven days if the Liberian Senate is not serious, the determination will be made on Tuesday and the Liberian people will know by then,” Senator Johnson declared. Bong County Senator Henry W. Yallah, stating his un-readiness, said; “I am detecting that this Senate is not ready to receive the Minister. My amendment is that if the mover can agree that we dismiss the issue we have with the Minister, taking into consideration his health, and the very important role he is playing, and the critical condition our country is in now, there is no need to [maintain] this path that will yield nothing.”Yallah’s position was buttressed by Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh, who expressed the belief that Dr. Gwenigale will have his way; “so let us dismiss any charge against him and let him go free, and we can continue with our business as usual,” said Senator Gueh.Speaking with her usual vigor, Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif declared that for the sanity of the Senate an amendment be proposed to allow “Oldman Gwenigale to go so we can continue to be disrespected, because to even delay his appearance for next week Tuesday is a waste of our precious time. Let’s find something better to do and do it appropriately that will save our character.”Maryland County’s outspoken Senator H. Dan Morais warned his colleagues that the Senate was on the brink of redeeming itself or continue to be in the abeyance of history. “This Liberian Senate will take the excuse with evidence of the sickness of Dr. Gwenigale; he being the one sick, will not write his own certificate.”Senator Morais then suggested further that the excuse of Dr. Gwenigale be accepted, but that since the Senate operates on records, a team of medical doctors should examine the witness to show his readiness or unreadiness to appear.Commenting on what he described as the facts, Senator Joseph Nagbe reminded his colleagues that the Committee on Health submitted to plenary a report dated October 15, 2014 with one recommendation “that the Senate is acting upon today, that the Minister of Health be held in contempt for accusing the Liberian Senate of being supportive of the strike action by health workers.”The Sinoe lawmaker said it was upon this recommendation “that we are citing the Minister to appear to show cause why he cannot be held in contempt.   The Minister’s letter of excuse to us is contrary to the report of the committee. The letter is based on the politics in the streets, not on what we have before us.”In his final motion, Senator Nyenpan moved, “that the communication from Dr. Gwenigale be received by the Liberian Senate, and that his request be granted to the effect that he appears before the Senate next Tuesday, and that he brings along a medical certificate indicating his state of health during the period of his illness; and that the Secretary of the Senate communicate with him as to the decision of the Liberian Senate.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MRU to Hold Summit on Ebola

first_imgThe Secretariat of the Mano River Union (MRU) will hold a two-day technical and ministerial meeting among three of the four members who were the worst Ebola affected countries, according to its chairman Guinean President Alpha Conde.The technical meeting, which is to take place in the Guinean capital, Conakry beginning tomorrow, will focus on harmonizing the MRU’s approach to recovery from the Ebola virus disease as a success, President Conde noted. After the technical meeting, a summit, which will bring together leaders of the four MRU member states, (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cotê d’Ivoire and Guinea), is expected to take place at the same venue on Sunday, February 15.The MRU Chair made the disclosure on Tuesday when he paid a one-day solidarity visit to Liberia and held a closed door meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf before both leaders addressed a joint press conference in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.President Conde, speaking through an interpreter, said it is important that the MRU countries have a common, unified position when they meet with the international community which will make them stronger. He called on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to put their efforts together to fight and defeat the disease.His one-day visit was to show solidarity and compassion to President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia. “I came to show compassion to my sister, to the Liberian people and also to show that we have a common destiny in the turmoil we are facing. We have to fight Ebola and all its consequences, including our economic recovery,” said President Conde.Professor Conde said he was gratified that Liberia has only four confirmed Ebola cases and he is optimistic that there would shortly be no new cases within the three countries.He said Liberia and Guinea are the same. If there is a problem in Liberia it means that it is a problem for Guinea.In welcome remarks earlier, President Sirleaf commended Professor Conde and his delegation and recounted the long bilateral relations between both countries which have gone through some troubled times, especially during the Ebola crisis.“I welcome you and your delegation as you visit Liberia to show solidarity with the Liberian people, not only as a long-time friend but also as the current Chair of the MRU,” President Sirleaf said. “Our two countries have a long history of relationship; our two countries have also gone through some difficulties. In the last few years the bonds of friendship between us have grown stronger as we work together not only in the MRU but in ECOWAS and the African Union.”President Sirleaf applauded President Conde for the level of encouragement in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, as well as his representation of the MRU countries at different international forums to mobilize support for the countries worse affected by the Ebola virus disease. She said Liberia looks forward to working with Guinea as both countries work together to improve the lives of their citizens. President Conde left Liberia for Freetown, Sierra Leone in continuation of his visits to MRU countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘We are Not Happy,’ Chief Zanzan Karwa Blasts Gov’t

first_img“We are not happy. Where is the Minister? Where is the Representative?  Where is the Senator? Where is the Police Director and where is 102 [Dep. Police Director Abraham Kromah]?  Where are the sirens?Why do you treat us like this— because we are not human beings, too? Our people died too much in this country. We are not happy!”These were the expressions of umbrage (resentment) and outrage on Saturday by the Chairman of the Liberia National Traditional Council (LNTC), Chief Zanzan Karwa, as the LNTC and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), along with officials of the Incident Management System (IMS), oversaw the removal of 16 barrels of human remains and ashes of Liberians and foreign nationals from the Indian Community-owned Crematorium to the proposed National Cemetery in Disco Hill, RIA Highway.The Chief was visibly emotional when he blasted what he described as the government’s insensitivity to the plight of ordinary Liberians and indigenous people of the land.“If it had been the remains of a government official, the police would have sent a siren to escort the remains to their destination. But because the drums contained the remains of ordinary Liberians, government authorities did not care to come and participate in this important event,” he exclaimed. “Where is the government’s representative? Tell the government that the traditional people, the [Liberia] Council of Churches and others are not happy with the way the government has treated us and our people,” he bellowed.True to Chief Zarzar’s angry outburst, there was not a single high government official present at yesterday’s event and there were no reasons provided for their absence.The traditional leaders had amplified the cries of ordinary Liberians to the government against cremating their dead saying it is not part of the Liberian culture and that it should be stopped. The government listened after nearly six months of burning thousands of Ebola dead when it became apparent that secret burials were continuing, contributing to transmission of the Ebola virus.During the height of the infestation government had taken the decision to cremate Ebola dead as the virus spread rapidly among communities and counties and people were dying in the hundreds every day posing a serious challenge to the location of safe burial sites.  Some Ebola bodies were dumped near communities, putting residents at high risk of infection.During the removal ceremony last Saturday, the drums containing the remains of the Ebola victims were placed in a palava hut on the grounds of the new proposed National Cemetery pending final determination by major stakeholders, most of whom were not present at the yesterday’s ritual.Women were seen sobbing as the barrels were rolled out from the backs of pickup trucks, which had conveyed them from the Indian Community-owned crematorium in Boys Town, along the Marshall road.One of the women, who was weeping, was heard saying, “See how they treated our people, burned them and put them in drums.”The drums and the palava hut were decorated with red and white colors, two of the national colors of Liberia.Speaking earlier, Christian and Islamic clergymen, representing the (IRCL), admonished Liberians that if their loved ones faithfully served their Creator before their deaths, they are with their maker in the “great beyond.”  Therefore the mourners should not be left without hope.A combined choir and traditional singers, led by Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee, enlivened the occasion with both Christian and traditional songs, befitting the occasion.According to statistics from Global Communities (GC), a US-based international NGO, which presently manages the new cemetery, at least 546 burials have taken placed there since the nation returned to burying its dead and stopped cremating in late December 2014. Of that figure, 445 claimed to be Christians, while the rest were Muslims. GC further stated that 105 originated from the Ebola treatment units (ETUs), 273 from communities and 168 from hospitals.Of the 4,117 persons, who have so far died in Liberia as a result of the virus, at least 3,571 were burned at the crematorium.Liberia has so far recorded a total of 9,249 probable, suspected and confirmed Ebola cases and was successful in discharging at least 5,132, since the disease was first recorded on Liberian soil on March 22 of 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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EPA: Only most fuel-efficient in HOV lanes

first_imgStates that allow solo hybrid drivers in car-pool lanes include Arizona, California, Florida, Utah and Virginia, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Lawmakers in Georgia and Colorado have approved similar plans, and the vehicles can also be used in HOV lanes on a Long Island, N.Y., highway, said Scott Nathanson, national field director for the UCS’s clean vehicles program. The EPA measure allows states to choose stricter rules. California, which has an estimated 140,000 hybrid registrations, requires the vehicles to get 45 mpg to use HOV lanes. Nathanson said the proposal would encourage the “best and the brightest” of the hybrid choices instead of “allowing muscle hybrids or hybrids that are not really using the technology to push the envelope.” Hybrids could also qualify as energy-efficient by achieving 50 percent or better in-city fuel economy. Dedicated alternative-fuel vehicles could also qualify to use the lanes. To be considered low-emission, the EPA said, the vehicles must meet federal and California emissions standards. Scott Stapf, executive director of the Hybrid Owners of America, said 37 states have the hybrid HOV provisions or are studying the concept. “This is a pretty hot topic at the state level,” Stapf said. “Hopefully this will help.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – When it comes to using car-pool lanes, only the most fuel-efficient hybrids need apply, the government said Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new criteria for certifying vehicles as clean and energy-efficient for states that let hybrid drivers use the special lanes for avoiding rush-hour traffic. Hybrid vehicles would need to achieve 25 percent higher combined fuel efficiency compared with similar gasoline-fueled vehicles to qualify for high-occupancy vehicle lanes, or HOV lanes, allowing only the driver. Only four manufacturers – Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Ford Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. – produce vehicles that would qualify under the plan. A limited number of natural-gas vehicles built by Honda and Ford would also meet the standards. The qualifying vehicles include: the 2004-07 Toyota Prius, 2006-07 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, 2006-07 Lexus RX400h, 2006 Mazda Tribute Hybrid, 2005-07 Ford Escape Hybrid, 2006-07 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, 2003-07 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2003-06 Honda Insight and 2005 and 2007 Honda Accord Hybrid. Natural-gas versions of the 2003-05 Honda Civic and 2003-04 Ford Crown Victoria would also apply. The proposal seeks to balance the government’s interest in promoting the fuel-efficient vehicles with concerns that an influx of hybrids could clog up car-pool lanes in congested cities. Most states require that HOV-lane vehicles carry two or more occupants, but the federal highway bill signed in 2005 allowed an exemption for fuel-efficient vehicles carrying only the driver. last_img read more

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Reports – Arsenal ready to offer £22m AND player in deal for Portugal star

first_img William Carvalho in action for Sporting Lisbon 1 Sporting Lisbon are keen on taking Arsenal forward Joel Campbell in a deal which would see defensive midfielder William Carvalho head to north London, according to reports in Portugal.Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claim Sporting would be willing to accept an offer of £22m for Carvalho, if Campbell was part of the offer.Costa Rica international Campbell, who is currently on loan at Spanish side Villarreal, has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Gunners since joining in August 2011, though did impress at the World Cup last summer.Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Carvalho, who would be an ideal addition to shore up the Gunners’ midfield, despite competition from Francis Coquelin, and is likely to be willing to offload Campbell in exchange for the midfield powerhouse.Carvalho, who has made 12 appearances for Portugal since making his debut against Sweden in a 2014 World Cup playoff qualifier, has also been linked with French side Monaco.last_img read more

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Congressman Sherman says Iran remains a nuclear threat

first_imgOnly Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles, cautioned against overestimating Iran’s capabilities. Noting that faulty intelligence helped draw the U.S. into war in Iraq, she called for stepped up and direct diplomacy with Iran. “I think the only thing that we can do is have a diplomatic and a political approach and not a militaristic approach,” she said. Sherman, on the other hand, called for sanctions. He criticized the Bush administration for sounding warnings about a possible World War III with Iraq but failing to enforce laws stopping non-oil imports from Iran and other laws. Still, Sherman said, while most political analysts believe the report could damage efforts to apply tougher sanctions against Iran, he believes it could help because it made military action a politically impossible act. lisa.friedman@langnews.com 202-662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Sherman declared Wednesday that Iran remains a global threat, despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate report that found the country halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. In a speech before the American Foreign Policy Council, Sherman – a leading hawk on Iran – maintained that people are ignoring the most critical section of the explosive report: a footnote confirming Iran still has 3,000 centrifuges that could provide it enough material to build a nuclear weapon within a decade. “They are open, notorious and agreed upon” by both international and U.S. intelligence officials as well as Iranians, said Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, of the equipment central to nuclear fuel enrichment headquartered in Natanz. “The footnote is the most important part of the report,” he said, calling the centrifuges “the elephant in the room.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWhile the latest intelligence assessment on Iran has generally been seen as a setback for Bush and others who have beaten a steady warning drum on Iran, Sherman mostly found agreement Wednesday among other lawmakers. Orange County Rep. Ed Royce, the leading Republican on a foreign affairs nonproliferation panel that Sherman chairs, called the report far from black and white. He added he is fearful that the international assumptions that Iran is no longer a threat, based on superficial media coverage of the report, could blow a hole in sanctions efforts. “If this is misinterpreted in the press and Iran succeeds (in obtaining a nuclear weapon), the consequences could be grave,” he said. “We’re going to end up inadvertently in an arms race if we do not keep the pressure up.” Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, questioned the accuracy of the report altogether. The intelligence community, he said, simply does not have the sources or the methods to assert anything about Iran with “high confidence.” last_img read more

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DRAGON’S DEN STAR WANTS TO BE TD FOR DONEGAL

first_imgPeter CaseyDERRY businessman and RTE Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Casey is set to enter politics south of the Border.He has been living in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Helen, from Crumlin in Dublin, and their five children, but returns to Ireland once a month.He has recently bought a home in Inishowen and is looking for a Dublin base. Mr Casey says he will run for Dail Eireann but hasn’t decided just yet whether to stand in Donegal or Dublin, with his personal preference for Donegal.“I’d be an Independent. I think all the parties have got so much baggage. I don’t think Ireland needs another party. I think Ireland needs the ones it has to operate more entrepreneurially,” he said.“I’m not going to stand to lose. I’ll do an assessment and make a decision as to where is the best place to have the possibility of success,” he said.“Donegal would be where my heart and natural inclination would be but realistically I’m going to be spending a lot of time in Dublin.” Mr Casey is the founder and executive chairman of Claddagh Resources, a global recruitment business that matches high-level executives with consulting and IT firms.Claddagh operates from five locations worldwide and its European base is outside Buncrana.He has confirmed our story last month that he has now bought 16 homes in for people facing eviction. The homes were purchased in Derry.DRAGON’S DEN STAR WANTS TO BE TD FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 7th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalPeter CaseyTDlast_img read more

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ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC TAKE 9 MEDAL HAUL HOME FROM NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS

first_imgThe nine medal winners from Letterkenny AC.Letterkenny AC took home a haul of NINE medals in the National Road Relays in  Raheny, Dublin today.The club’s Masters Women took silvers medals thanks to Jane mcginley. 6.00, Irene Mcfadden. 5.59 and Fionnuala diver 11.42)The club’s Masters Men won bronze medals  medals thanks to Ivan Toner 4.46, Sean McFadden 5.08 and Ciaran Doherty. 9.44). The club’s senior women took silver medals thanks to Ann Marie McGlynn 10.36, Natasha Adams.5.11 and Sinead Peoples 5.21)ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC TAKE 9 MEDAL HAUL HOME FROM NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS was last modified: April 19th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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LIVE: Donegal Daily Local Elections 2019 – follow our updates

first_imgDONEGAL DAILY is bringing you LIVE updates right throughout the weekend from the local election count centres across the county.We will have reporters at all the count centres bringing our readers the very latest LIVE news, views and pictures as it happens.If you are tweeting through the weekend, don’t forget the hashtag #LE19Donegal  LIVE: Donegal Daily Local Elections 2019 – follow our updates was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Di Matteo explains decision to take Mikel off against United

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo said he took John Obi Mikel off at half-time against Manchester United for tactical reasons.Mikel, who was booked in the first half, made way for Ramires at the interval.The midfielder has been at the centre of the controversy surrounding referee Mark Clattenburg in the wake of the Sunday’s league match against United.But Blues boss Di Matteo explained: “I wouldn’t have played him if I had any doubt. I had no concerns. He’s fully focused on playing football.“We had both midfield players booked in the first half. I also wanted to change things.” YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTE2OTIyMzMiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoxMzA6IlRoYW5rIHlvdS4gUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cyBpdCBtYXkgYmUgaW4geW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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