What Is Wrong with Bong County?

first_imgHow can the people of Bong afford to make their own son, Sanoyea-born Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, Liberia’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare, ashamed like that?Dr. Gwenigale, along with his boss, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her entire government, the vast majority of Liberian people and institutions, as well as our international partners, are striving the hardest to eradicate the Ebola virus. Ordinary Liberians everywhere, well, except in Bong County, are striving religiously to obey and abide by all the measures the Health Ministry has put in place to eradicate the deadly viral infection. People in most places are, for now, willingly and wholeheartedly suspending cultural and traditional practices, since they have been warned that those practices cause the spread of Ebola.  People are washing their hands, reporting the sick to health authorities and insisting that those with any kind of infection go and get themselves tested.  People, even the Muslims now, have stopped touching bodies.  People have stopped hiding sick people at home.  People in many places, WITHOUT WAITING TO BE TOLD, are also quarantining themselves JUST TO ARREST THE SPREAD OF THIS DEADLY VIRUS. But no, not in Bong County!They want to continue to practice their CULTURE, as though they think they are the only ones who have culture.  Do they have more culture than the Golas, Deys and Vais of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties?  Do Bong people have more culture than the Lofa people, especially the Lorma, Gbandi and Mandingo, ALL of whom, from childhood, call the Kissis their “uncles and aunts”?  This is an enduring cultural tradition that is passed on from generation to generation.  Every Lorma and Gbandi knows that when they see a Kissi man, they should bow and surrender everything, if the Kissi “uncle” wants it.But this editorial is not about lessons in culture.  It is about the stubborn behavior of many of the Bong people, which is causing Ebola to spread in that county when everywhere else in the country the numbers of infection and death are going down.Even the World Health Organization (WHO), which earlier this week was still predicting that by December ensuing, Ebola would have killed 90,000 Liberians alone, by this Wednesday somersaulted  on their apocalyptic (disastrous, Judgment Day)  prediction.  WHO’s Assistant Director General, Bruce Alyward, confessed on Wednesday that “. . . the trend is real in Liberia, and there may indeed be a slowing.  Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing a slowing rate of new cases, very definitely.”The most puzzling question about WHO’s horrible prediction is that it took that organization a full six months to respond to the Ebola emergency in THREE West African countries, with a population of over 20 million people.  They forgot that Liberia was one of the only two African nations (also Ethiopia) to sign the Charter creating WHO in 1948.  WHO’s Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan also forgot that as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government, she led the fight against a disease outbreak in her own country. That was how she got elected to this exalted position as WHO DG.  Yet when it was something affecting ‘those Africans,’ let them wait.  And while we waited, we were dropping dead everywhere.  And guess what:  She is still calling herself WHO Director General.  Others, in the face of such catastrophic failure, would have gracefully bowed out.  That is what the Director of the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., Julia Pierson, promptly did after an armed intruder—who killed no one—entered the White House.  The Secret Service Director took personal responsibility for what happened.But WHO’s reversal of its pessimistic predictions is proof that people throughout Liberia—except in Bong County—are strictly obeying the rules, causing the number of infections and deaths to go down everywhere—except in Bong County.  The county’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Samson Azoakoi, said earlier this week that the number of infections and deaths in the county are rapidly increasing because of the people’s behavior and attitude; their stubborn “culture of silence” in reporting their sick; and their unwillingness to quarantine themselves when they get the Ebola symptoms.Well, this is most unfortunate and probably the GOL should quarantine Bong County, so that none of their infected persons will travel from there and spread the deadly virus anew to other places in the country.  And the Bong people would have themselves to blame for this embarrassing but necessary move.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Telecom Authorities to Prioritize Customer Service

first_img– As President Sirleaf calls on WATRA to take the interest of consumers into accountPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged delegates who attended the West Africa Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) conference in Monrovia last week to seek and promote the interests of consumers.The President made the appeal recently at the official opening of a two-day WATRA conference in Monrovia, which brought together delegates from ECOWAS Member States under the auspices of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).The President called on ECOWAS Member States not to only focus on urban areas, but also the rural parts of the sub-region to protect the interests of students, small businesses, farmers, and ordinary people.According to President Sirleaf, ECOWAS is transforming from a Community of States to a Community of Peoples, and emphasized that ECOWAS is taking practical steps to meet the collective socio-economic needs of its people.She challenged the delegates to facilitate inclusive growth and progress among its people, which she believes is one of the key strategies of the implementation process.The President named telecommunications, transportation, energy, agriculture, security, commerce, and trade as programs in progress to meet the general objectives of WATRA. She then expressed her satisfaction “with the level of developments that have taken place over the last few years in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector of ECOWAS.She commended the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly, especially the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), for the conference and called for healthy deliberations.Meanwhile, the chairperson of LTA, Angelique Weeks, said access to the internet has grown from 1.3 to 30.8 percent, while the percentage of citizens with telephones has also increased from 24 to 84.6 percent over the years.Since the adoption of the regulatory guidelines on access to submarine cables and landing stations in West Africa, many positive things have happened in the country, the region, and Member States, Madam Weeks added.“These are examples of some of the good things that we as national regulatory authorities (NRAs) can accomplish when we collaborate to harmonize policies and regulatory frameworks in the supreme interest of our respective countries. I am sure that many such examples can be found in each of your respective countries,” she noted.Weeks revealed that the average monthly price of wholesale international E1 capacity link from Monrovia to Europe was reduced from US$8,000 to US$750, while the monthly retail price of 1 megabyte (Mb) to access internet services has fallen from US$1,200 to $450.E1 is the European format for DS1 digital transmission.“It is in this regard that I urge each delegate to be tolerant and courteous as we engage in deliberations over the next two days to discuss ways and means to improve the manner in which we steer the affairs of WATRA and interact as national regulatory authorities,” she added.Also speaking, the outgoing chairman of WATRA, Gaoo Gomes, said based on past experiences, it is difficult to protect the interests of consumers in the sector, adding that WATRA’s main objective is to fight for the improvement of the sector with a view to protecting the interests of consumers.He noted that WATRA was established in 2004 to address the telecommunications network problems in the West Africa sub-region.Gomes commended President Sirleaf for her continued support to the sector by creating the enabling environment to improve the sector in Liberia and other parts of the region.The opening ceremony was attended by senior government officials including Dr. Frederick Norkeh, Minister of Post and Telecommunications; Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, chair of the Senate Committee on Telecommunications; Grand Kru County Representative Nimene Bartekwa, chair of the House’s Standing Committee on Telecommunications; and a representative from Liberia’s GSM operators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Cancer Day 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On the 4th February, World Cancer Day was observed under the theme “We Can. I Can”.  World Cancer Day presents the opportunity to raise awareness and draw attention to the fact that we can all help to prevent and or control cancer.  Addressing cancer in the TCI and globally calls for combined efforts between governments, civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations to promote action and investments in areas including promotion of healthy lifestyles, tobacco control, cancer screening and early detection, allowing for improved cancer treatment services, and if there is no possible cure palliative care.The Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to be inspired and take action! The number of cases of cancers being diagnosed within the TCI has significantly increased over the years. Mrs. Aldora Robinson, Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy stated; “We must take responsible action for our health, we need regular medical checkups, early detection is critical, we need to exercise and reduce our intake of the foods that increase our risk for cancer.”The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services the Hon. Edwin Astwood stated; “As the Minister, my team and I have embarked on the practice of maintaining a healthy diet and I encourage everyone living in the Turks and Caicos Islands to start a healthy diet plan, practice regular and proper physical activity and remember together we can reduce and prevention the risk of cancer and cancer associated ailments.”The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services are continually improving not only access to care, but developing programs to assist individuals in the prevention and control of cancers.  For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338-2772.Let us join forces as we take action, yes we can. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TakeactionagainstCancer, #WorldCancerDay2017center_img #MagneticMediaNews #WorldCancerDay2017 #TakeactionagainstCancerlast_img read more

University of the Bahamas Gala Beats Half Million Target for Student Scholarships

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – In a powerful statement about the community’s belief in the transformational impact of higher education, the University of The Bahamas President’s Gala Soirée has exceeded the anticipated fundraising target.The inaugural event was the institution’s first major fundraiser since transitioning to University.   The Soirée paired excellence with elegance as sponsors and donors joined the UB community at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre.   It was a celebration of student talent and potential.  The occasion also commemorated the first anniversary of UB, chartered on 10thNovember 2016.UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith, who also observed the first anniversary of his inauguration as UB President, thanked the many corporate sponsors, donors, friends, alumni and UB constituents who helped to make the fundraiser overwhelmingly successful. “We have exceeded the goal of $500,000 in cash and pledges for the endowed scholarship fund to support first-generation University students.  These funds will benefit and change the lives of thousands of students, and by extension, families and entire communities.   This is the beginning of the next phase in the growth and development of the Bahamian people, through access to education,” noted Dr. Smith.Major sponsors for the Gala included Aliv, Sharon Wilson & Co., IL Cares, Doctors Hospital, Ernst & Young, Credit Suisse and New Providence Development Company Ltd.While celebrating the success of the Soirée, President Smith nonetheless invited private and corporate donors to continue supporting UB.“The University still needs the generous support of all corporate donors.  Our goal is to raise this endowed fund to well over $5M.   We cannot do this without the annual contributions of alumni, sponsors, donors and the many friends of the University.   Please continue to give to the University and give as generously as you can.  One donation will change a life and a community,” Dr. Smith pointed out.Student Government Association (SGA) President Stuart Hanna was also pleased that corporate and private donors are supporting student scholarships.“As a result of a successful Soirée, capable young Bahamians will be given an opportunity to obtain tertiary education at University of The Bahamas. These kinds of fundraising events bring immeasurable value to the advancement of the University, its students and the Bahamian society at large and show that the University is moving in the right direction,” said Mr. Hanna.Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs Ms. Davinia Blair said that the level of partnership and support from corporate Bahamas for the Soirée was encouraging as the institution becomes a stronger University.PGS-Damian Blackburn Toast“The overwhelming demonstration of support by faculty, staff, alumni, corporate partners and friends at the Gala truly touched the hearts of many, in particular our students, who will benefit from the endowment.   I am grateful for the stellar partnership with Fusion IMC and Events by Alexandra to accomplish this feat.   Also, I am thankful to all of our donors and am confident of a promising path ahead for our nation,” Ms. Blair asserted.Release: BISPhoto captionsHeader & 3rd insert: PGS-Harry C. Moore Library – The Harry C. Moore Library & Information Centre at UB’s Oakes Field Campus was transformed into an elegant enclave.  1st insert: PGS-President’s comments – UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith addresses the guests.PGS-Cake Cutting – Sir Franklyn Wilson and Sharon Lady Wilson joined Dr. Christina Ramirez Smith and Dr. Rodney D. Smith to commemorate the first anniversary of the charter of UB at the President’s Gala Soiree held on 11th November 2017.3rd insert: PGS-Damian Blackburn Toast – Mr. Damian BlackBurn of Aliv, one of the main sponsors of the soirée, offered a toast at the event.last_img read more

Housewife killed in Chapainawabganj road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoA housewife was killed in a road accident at Lalapara area of Chapainawabganj sadar upazila on Wednesday morning.The deceased is Fahima Begum, 24, wife of a certain Masud Rana, a resident of Rasiknagar area of Shibganj upazila, reports UNB.Chapainawabganj police station officer-in-charge Saber Reza Ahmed said a Shibganj-bound bus hit an auto-rickshaw, leaving Fahima critically injured around 11:00am.Local rushed the victim to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital where physicians declared her dead, he said.The driver of the bus managed to flee the scene, the OC added.last_img

Indias first Print Biennale opens at the Lalit Kala Akademi

first_imgIn keeping with its role as the country’s National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting the first ever ‘International Print Biennale’ in the country with a record number of 17 countries participating in it. The exhibition which opened on March 25 at the Rabindra Bhavan Galleries, had eminent artist and printmaker, Shakti Barman as the Chief Guest along with the Biennale commissioner, Anupam Sud and its steering committee members: Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paila Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi. The ceremony also witnessed the launch of ‘Samkaleen Kala’, a Lalit Kala Akademi journal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It was around the 1980s that I first happened to get introduced to the lithography medium of printmaking. All of a sudden, lithography had become very popular. But with time, its trend, as well as practising spaces and studios got demolished and now, we have very few of them. I believe, that this grand endeavour by the Akademi will help it gain back its popularity,” said Barman at the inauguration. Culture Minister of India, Dr Mahesh Sharma couldn’t attend the inauguration function due to personal reasons, but he sent his best regards through a message, which said, “Printmaking is a means of fine expression. I appreciate the outstanding effort of the Akademi to contribute towards and make us aware of the contemporary trends in art.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCS Krishna Setty, Administrator LKA, in his welcoming address on the Biennale stated, “The aim behind conducting such an event is to endeavour a quest for discovering new artistic trends in printmaking nationally, as well as globally, and to explore new ideas in the field. The Lalit Kala Akademi is creating history once again today; in its 64 years of history, the Akademi is organizing this first ever Print Biennale of India, for the first time.”With countries like USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius participating in this exhibition, the Biennale has elicited global interest.last_img read more