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To Provide Medicines, Other Medical Supplies To Buchannan Gov’t Hospital, ArcelorMittal Signs MOU with…

first_imgThe world’s steel giant, ArcelorMittal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Liberian Government Hospital in Grand Bassa County for the donation of drugs for a three-month period. The MOU takes effect immediately.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries, including Liberia.The Grand Bassa County Health Officer, Dr. Joseph L. Kekula, thanked the company management for the partnership in its fight against Ebola.He noted that the county had  earlier partnered with the Company from the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March and this gesture represents that on-going partnership. “ArcelorMittal Liberia met with us back in early April at the onset of the first Ebola outbreak, at which time the idea to build the country’s first isolation unit, outside the Capitol Monrovia came about.”Describing the donation as “timely,” Dr. Kerkula expressed his appreciation for the donation, saying: “We have been operating at full capacity with every department in the hospital open and running.The donation, said Dr. Kerkula, will help make the hospital more efficient in dealing with other common sicknesses in the midst of the Ebola crisis. “We cannot afford to neglect these sicknesses as they also pose a significant threat to the lives of our people.”According to him, there were only two ambulances parked in the Government Hospital’s yard which Arcelormittal Liberia was also requested to repair to ensure we were prepared should the Ebola situation in the country worsen.Dr. Kerkula narrated that the County Health Team and the Superintendent of the County, Madam Etweda Cooper, held a meeting with the Arcelormittal Management, including its CEO, Antonio Carlos Maria, in September.  At this meeting, the county proposed additional assistance for the hospital to support its patients.“We are here to support you in this fight,” said the Arcelormittal CEO, “So please always let us know where there are gaps and we will do our best to close those gaps.” Mr. Carlos Maria said the County requested that the Company handle the purchasing of the drugs, which were estimated at US$17,500 per month. “We agreed and the company has procured the drugs with the understanding that after three months the situation would be assessed regarding the way forward.” Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. Ben Kanwee, medical director of ArcelorMittal Liberia Hospital in Buchanan, said he and his team will continue to engage with the county to further ensure that their needs are met. “Our mission is to continue to discuss measures that will improve conditions within the county health system,” said Dr. Kanwee. “Ample supply of drugs is one of the top priorities suggested by the team,” and we at Arcelormittal are committed to supporting this priority,” he further noted.The county health officials and the company deemed it necessary that an adequate supply of drugs to combat the disease be available at various hospitals in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

4-day workshop to improve standard of living in Caribbean kicks off

first_imgLocal, regional and international groups and entities are presently participating in a four-day workshop in Guyana to address the burning issue of slum improvements and their prevention in Caribbean countries.The training that is being held at the Princess Ramada Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara is focused on financial mobilisation by authorities to target the prevalence of informal settlements such as slums, which are negatively affecting the progress of countries within the Caribbean.Some of the participants from Caribbean countries at the opening ceremony of the workshop on slum improvements and their preventionMinister within the Communities Ministry with responsibility for housing, Annette Ferguson explained on Tuesday at the opening ceremony the seriousness of the situation, stating that financing for the upgrading of informal settlements remain a major challenge globally.“This is a challenge that must be frontally addressed if our people are to be afforded the basic right of dignified living. Each person is entitled to this right regardless of their social or economic strata; they define themselves … in the absence of proper planning, this can contribute to our cities and towns being less resilient to external shocks,” Ferguson said.Meanwhile, Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul, in his address, noted the importance of such training.“The three objectives of training are to give a broad overview of the issues related to upgrading of slums and informal settlements such as data collected, etc, to discuss the financial requirements for the slum upgrade in the Caribbean and lastly to present international case studies and explain their approach of upgrading informal settlements … participants will be afforded to visit an informal settlement here in Georgetown and learn from our experience what we are doing to improve lives. Participants take lessons learnt to their respective institutions, share with colleagues, etc…,” he said.He further explained that universally, a “slum household” is defined as a group of individuals living under the same roof lacking access to improved water, access to improved sanitation, sufficient living area, and durability of housing.Saul reminded that most importantly, the goal by 2030 is to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing, basic services, and slums upgrade.“This initiative would provide guidance as to how a country can address the issue of slum improvements and their prevention at the local and national level … the information learnt and shared over the 4 -day period will aid countries with realistic, innovative finance mobilisation information that can assist with city-wide upgrading strategies.”He noted that this much-needed training workshop would provide guidance on how to address slum improvements and prevention at both the local and national level as it would function as a toolkit that aided countries with realistic, innovative finance mobilisation with citywide upgrading strategies.last_img read more

Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Thursday, November 27

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil, Phil Brown and Dominic Cork were joined on today’s show by Ian Poulter, Andy Gray and Emile Heskey.last_img

PERMISSION GRANTED TO DEMOLISH OATFIELD FACTORY

first_imgThe famous Oatfield sweet factory is Letterkenny is to be demolished.The Oatfields sweet factory will disappear soon.The factory, which once employed as many as 85 workers, is to be cleared after planning permission was granted by Letterkenny Town Council this week.Zopitar Ltd, a subsidiary of Donegal Creameries, are expected to bulldoze the site in the coming weeks. The factory closed last May with the loss of its remaining 17 jobs when production at the plant was moved to the UK.There had been initial calls for some sort of museum to be built on the site in memory of the famous sweet factory but nothing transpired.Sweets form the plant, which was founded by Ira McKinney in 1927, were known around the world.The included the emerald chocolate and the chocolate orange. It is not known yet what plans the current owners have for the site.PERMISSION GRANTED TO DEMOLISH OATFIELD FACTORY was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 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:demolitionOatfield Sweet Factorylast_img read more

WHEN THE BOYS OF LETTERKENNY BECAME MEN!

first_imgThe last time they were all together, they probably weren’t allowed a pint and more than likely didn’t have the price of one.The victorious St.Eunans 1993 Minor champions met at the weekend for a 20 year reunion. And the good news is that despite the years, most of them still have their own hair and their own teeth.The team, which included many familiar faces, beat Ballyshannon in an evenly contested final which was on show in Blakes bar along with the u14 & u16 winning final games.Needless to say the performances of many grew greater as the refreshments flowed over the night.Much credit for this success was down to the strategic management of Seamus Temple at u14 & Brendan Roache for U16 & minor. Indeed with both Temple and Roache looking younger by the year, it was difficult for many to tell who was the team and who was the management!The minor team reached the Ulster Club Final only to be beaten the loup Derry in a close game. The team were depleted due to suspension and injuries of key players in what could have been.Many friendships were made and still maintained to this day.An enjoyable night was had by all and Eugene Duffy is already planning the 30th anniversary.WHEN THE BOYS OF LETTERKENNY BECAME MEN! was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 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:1993 Minor teamBlakes Barcounty championsletterkennyREUNIONSt Eunanslast_img read more