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Advocacy Group Wants Dr. Benson’s License Revoked

first_imgA civil society organization, the Campaigners for Change (CFC), is calling on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the government to revoke the medical license of Dr. James Benson, the administrator of Benson Hospital, for deliberately refusing to admit a poor pregnant woman in labor who could not pay his fees.Making the disclosure yesterday during a press conference in Monrovia, the national director of the CFC, Vandalark Patricks, said revoking the medical license of such a medical practitioner would serve as a deterrent for other health workers around the country.He alleged that the John F. Kennedy Hospital was also involved in rejecting sick patients and pregnant women who were in labor because of lack of money and on suspicion of being Ebola suspects, which has resulted in the deaths of many people.“We believe that those who refuse to admit pregnant women in labor must be punished by revoking their licenses, especially Dr. Benson, simply because the lady could not afford the sum of US$450.00 for her delivery.According to Patricks, the unprofessional behavior exhibited by some health practitioners from Benson and Redemption Hospitals, allowing pregnant women to give birth outside without medical care must be addressed immediately to stop the occurrence.“We observed that the John F. Kennedy, which is a referral hospital, continued to reject patients who were in dire need of medical services. Ambulances and medical equipment to treat patients with curable diseases were rarely seen at most health facilities in Bong, Margibi, Bassa and Montserrado Counties,” said Patricks.He further charged that, “Drugs were absent from public hospitals and patients were referred to drugs stores to purchase their own medications.”  Neglect of the Mentally IllAddressing the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), Mr. Patricks said the Ministry has deliberately refused to address the social welfare component of the Ministry, leaving mentally ill people on the streets throughout the country.“We documented 57 cases of mentally ill persons in Montserrado, 23 in Margibi, 15 in Bong and 12 in Grand Bassa Counties and those cases continued to increase, he reported, charging that “it still appears to those in authority as a complete comedy when they see and pass by these mentally ill persons who wander around the streets.”Stranglehold on the EconomyHighlighting the Liberian Economy, the CFC director said his organization has observed in 2014 that the Lebanese, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis and Nigerians controlled 90% of the lucrative businesses in Liberia while using some of the educated and uneducated brothers, allegedly like slaves.According to him, 90% of ministries and agencies of government contracted foreign businesses over Liberian owned businesses for procurement of materials thereby strangulating hundreds of Liberians and making things difficult for them.     In respond, one of the midwives of the Redemption hospital said, for the past six to seven months, the hospital has stopped delivery matter due to the government declaration as holding.According to her, the male and female walls have being used as also as part of the holding center and they have being involved into encouraging pregnant women of finding hospital during delivery pain.She stressed that after the opening of the Island Ebola center, it was the duty of the government to acknowledge the hospital in carrying out cleaning activities for the official opening of the center.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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Penza: The good of Humboldt County shows its face again to aid fire victims

first_imgNo matter if it’s the dozens upon dozens of trash bags … It was impossible to not notice the sign that was hanging right next to the ticket booth at Husky Field on Friday night.“WE STAND TOGETHER WITH CARDINAL NEWMAN”The sign wasn’t very big — probably the size of a couple of legal pads placed alongside one another — but you couldn’t miss it.Those six words signified the huge effort that many on the North Coast are doing right now to help their fire-ravaged compatriots to the south.last_img read more

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Richards Bay IDZ opens for business

first_img9 September 2011 Creating opportunities, developing skills The 216-hectare industrial estate was promulgated in 2002 as a public entity, with 60% of its shares held by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and 40% by the City of uMhlatuze, the municipality that incorporates Richards Bay and Empangeni. “We are strategically placed – about 500km from the financial capital of the country, located adjacent to a natural deep sea water port, and operating in a region full of global players,” Richards Bay IDZ chief executive Ike Nxedlana said at a sod-turning ceremony this week. When considering incentives that involve customs control areas, Mabuyakhulu said it was important to consider the costs of administration as well as the need to discourage rent-seeking or mobility of investors when a better short-term incentive was available elsewhere. According to Mabuyakhulu, the development of a national policy on special economic development zones will allow for additional incentives to further entice investors to these zones, with most countries with similar zones offering a range of tax exemptions and reduced or waived customs duties. “This is particularly the case for SMMEs that are involved in the construction industry as well as those that will benefit through up-streaming, down-streaming and beneficiation initiatives,” he said. “It is also important that some creative incentives are packaged around the creation of jobs in relation to the objectives of the New Growth Path,” he said. “Incentives should be packaged in such a way that industries that have a high labour absorption rate are attracted to the zone.” To date, the only investor operating within the zone is Tata Steel, which has an investment of R960-million, and employs 184 permanent staff and 85 full-time contract employees. According to KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu, the main purpose of attracting foreign investment to IDZs are to encourage value-addition activities and the export of beneficiated products from South Africa, and in the process also to transfer skills and technology to local companies. The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast has finally commenced its Phase 1A development in preparation for forthcoming investors. He suggested that the IDZ policy could refer to sector specific incentives based sectors promoted through Industrial policy. The Richards Bay IDZ will also undertake a study and prepare analytical reports to identify niche foreign markets and suggest methods to intensify local participation in the IDZ programme.center_img Nxedlana added that many other potential investors had shown an interest in the zone, naming pulp and paper producer Pulp United as one of them. Developing a national policy The availability of feedstock such as aluminium, heavy metals, various chemicals, wood, pulp, paper, agricultural products, gas, coal and electricity also offer numerous downstream manufacturing possibilities for investors. According to Nxedlana, the rapid development of phase 1A is likely to enhance the role played by small and medium-sized enterprises. He added that by October this year, they would announce the identity of a company that would invest about R1-billion to establish a fertiliser exporting company within the Richards Bay IDZ, creating about 1 000 indirect jobs during the construction phase and 150 permanent jobs thereafter. He added that tax incentives are easier to provide than changes to the national tax regime, and can be a means for governments to signal their commitment to investment. Nxedlana said that they were also on the verge of establishing the first customs controlled area within an industrial development zone in South Africa, at Tata Steel’s facilities. It will also be the first area to test the customs control area policy recently approved by the South African Revenue Service. “When investigating Intel’s decision to invest in Costa Rica, the expression of the Costa Rican government’s support and commitment through the provision of a tax incentive was of huge importance to their decision to invest … even though Costa Rica did not offer the highest incentives compared to other nations competing for investments,” he explained. “The key reason for developing zones is for developing industrial capability through utilising and learning from new technologies from the foreign firms rather than just solely generating foreign direct investment,” he said. Investors already showing interest SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Konkan Railway is ready with its monsoon timetable

first_imgPanaji: With all undertaken safety work completed, the Konkan Railway is geared up to implement its monsoon time table with effect from Saturday. It will continue till October 31.The large scale geo-safety works executed along the railway lines in the last decade have significantly reduced incidences of boulders falling and soil-slipping along the route. There has been no major disruption of train services due to falling boulders in the monsoon in the last five years, L.K. Verma, chief spokesperson of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) said here on Thursday.The Konkan Railway, he said, will conduct monsoon patrolling as per the provisions of Indian Railway Permanent Way Manual to ensure safety along the track. About 950 personnel will be patrolling the route from Kolad to Thokur during the monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be patrolled round-the-clock and stationary watchmen will be deployed at critical locations. Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. BRN-mounted excavators will be placed at nominated points for quick movement in case of emergencies. Instructions have been issued to locomotive drivers to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case limited visibility due to heavy rainfall.Mr. Verma said, trains plying on the Konkan Railway route between Kolad and Thokur atnight will have supervisors during the monsoon. An Accident Relief Train (ART), a self-propelled Accident Relief Medical Van (ARMV) with provision for an operation theatre and emergency medical aid will be kept ready at Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), while Verna (Goa) will be provided with satellite phone communication.Mobile phones and walkie-talkie sets will be provided to loco-pilots, station masters, executives of various departments and other officers. Every station on the Konkan Railway will be equipped with 25 Watt VHF base station enabling wireless communication amongst the train crew and between the train crew and the station master.Emergency communication sockets will be provided at every kilometre along the Konkan Railway route, enabling the patrolmen, watchmen and other field maintenance staff to contact station masters and train controllers during emergencies in operating the trains.LED signals will be provided in a phased manner for improving signal visibility at difficult locations. Three control rooms at Belapur, Ratnagiri and Madgaon, will work through the monsoons to ensure safe running of trains.Passengers who have been issued journey tickets prior to announcement of the monsoon time table are advised to check the timings of their train as the departure timings of some trains could be altered. Passengers can check train status on www.konkanrailway.com, or dial 139. Passengers may monitor their trains online during by visiting www.konkanrailway.comlast_img read more

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‘This is not an election just to decide Amritsar seat’

first_imgAfter being named by the BJP as its candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister of State (independent charge) Hardeep S. Puri spoke to The Hindu. Let’s start with the announcement on Sunday. Was this something you were interested in and was it being discussed within the party for some time? What is your reaction to it?The best way I can answer that question is to say that my position all along has been that this is a call that the party has to make and I have maintained that if the party decides that a particular member in the Council of Ministers, serving as a Rajya Sabha MP should contest a Lok Sabha seat, then, well, that’s a call, a decision, that the party has to make and as a karyakarta (worker) I would abide by it. That is the short and absolutely straight answer.Amritsar is a seat that the BJP lost in 2014, when Arun Jaitley contested, and in the 2017 by-election, after holding the seat from 2004 to 2014. Do you see this as a challenging seat?Look, any election is challenging. And each election, in every five-year cycle or otherwise, has a dynamic that is entirely specific and particular to that context. What happened in Mr. Jaitley’s case has been the subject of much speculation… I think we were facing a certain anti-incumbency. I don’t think that is a reference point. Mr. Jaitley has always been a very close friend of mine, a well-wisher, and I am very sure that even in the context of the 2019 election, he must have had an important role to play in my being nominated to that seat. By dint of sheer professional training, I don’t like making assessments on prospects without doing due diligence, but I can share with you, with confidence, that I think people are aware of the fact that this is not an election just to decide who will represent Amritsar, but this is also an election that will determine the nature and shape of the Central government for the next 5 years and I think the BJP-led NDA is going into these elections with a very positive agenda. In so far as Amritsar is concerned or the three seats the BJP is contesting in Punjab, I have absolutely no doubt that we will win all three. I will give the electorate of Amritsar sufficient opportunity in terms of what I stand for, in terms of my own track record, and more than that, what I plan to do for the city of Amritsar in the next five years. I will place before the electorate of Amritsar a vision document…There were reports of friction in the BJP-SAD alliance and that the Akalis wanted the Amritsar seat.I would be surprised that in any alliance and in any system of democratic functioning, people aren’t jostling. This is a prestigious seat and it’s also guru ki nagri (holy city). So if somebody says in place of the three seats you have, I’ll take this, I wouldn’t hold it against them.What kind of connect do you have with Amritsar? How do you think people will receive you vis-à-vis a local?What would you rather have? You have a choice between somebody who is a local but is unlikely to be a member of the Central government and you have another person, who also looks roughly the same, wears a turban and is as much of a proud Sikh, who has connections with Amritsar, except that he hasn’t spent his life there. I joined the foreign service in 1974, went to Delhi University and had schooling in different parts of the world… But I have in the last one year visited Amritsar dozens of times. I started visiting Amritsar at the age of eight. My grandfather was among those who survived the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. Now, I would have thought that what is important is to elect somebody who can represent the constituency more effectively and who can carry that into the government so that Amritsar’s work gets higher priority, notice and attention.What will be the broad themes of your vision document for Amritsar?Urban infrastructure and particularly tourism infrastructure for multiplying the earnings from tourism. Amritsar has been deindustrialised for factors that may not be in our control. There are consequences to being a border State. You may not be able to change that, but you can step in and attract more foreign direct investment. You can make sure that Punjabis and Sikhs who have an emotional bond with Amritsar will invest in industries. There is a locational disadvantage, but you can provide incentives. Another area from my point of view is education; international connectivity is another issue. The bottom line is that I look forward to being the voice of Amritsar in Delhi and I want to give people that choice.last_img read more

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Baptism of fire for Maroons

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Far Eastern forges decider against Ateneo Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated University of the Philippines’ retooled roster gets an acid test right in its first game in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup when the Maroons battle San Beda in the main game in the inaugurals Sunday.Tip off is at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan with the Maroons to unveil prized acquisitions Ricci Rivero and the exciting Kobe Paras against the Red Lions, the reigning three-time NCAA champions.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re still working on our chemistry,” UP assistant coach Ricky Dandan said. “San Beda will be a big test for us.”The Maroons finished a fighting second to Ateneo in the UAAP last season, defying all pretournament predictions by ousting Adamson in the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRivero and Paras will join a solid core that already has Bright Akhuetie and Juan Gomez de Liaño and their coming to UP will be more than enough to plug the hole created by the departure of Paul Desiderio, who is now in the PBA. View commentslast_img read more