Stop the Stigma against Your Brothers

first_imgLiberians are again adding “insult to injury” by showing ingratitude to 36 men, who were hired to cremate corpses during the Ebola crisis in 2014. These young men, all of whom reside in communities along the Marshall road in Margibi County, are complaining of being stigmatized in their communities, thereby making life unbearable for them.The Liberian government, through the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), hired them to perform one of the riskiest tasks during the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in 2014. The men were posted at the Indian Community-owned crematorium in Boys Town, where thousands of Liberians and a small number of foreign nationals, who died during the heat of the outbreak, were cremated (burnt). Of the nearly 5,000 who died during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, more than 3,000 were cremated by these men. The cremation was necessary in order to break the chain of transmission as more and more Liberians were being infected, and most subsequently died. According to experts, the body of an Ebola victim is very infectious and anyone touching it without sealed personal protection equipment (PPE) could contract the virus, whose symptoms take two to 21 days to manifest. Now these 36 men who risked their lives and were deployed in the direct line of fire in order to help save their Motherland and their people are now being stigmatized by some of the same people they worked day and night to save. Joaquin Sendolo, one of our reporters, recently met with these men in their communities and they all complained that because they were associated with the crematorium, they are now branded as “Ebola dead body burners.” Because of this, they are being stigmatized by their communities. Sadly, according to them, the stigma has also extended to their immediate families, including children.“When we walk in the community, people point at us and remark that we are Ebola body burners. As a result, people won’t give us contracts to help us make a living. I have decided to tutor my two daughters at home because when they go to school, friends often tell them that their father burned Ebola bodies and this can play on them. Moreover, they are not allowed to play with other children,” Franklin McCathy, one of the affected young men, lamented.As a result of the stigma, McCarthy further said, his wife has left him and he now feels miserable.Another of McCarthy’s friends, Otis Torbor, who is a builder, told our reporter that he has four children but at the moment he cannot find work as a builder in their community, which is now a developing community with many ongoing construction jobs. All of this is due to the new label that is now tagged on him and others as “Ebola body burners.”Like the other two, J.T. Josiah said he was hired by the Liberian government to cremate corpses of Ebola victims in order to prevent the disease from spreading, but afterward he was stigmatized. Josiah said wherever he goes in the community people call him ‘Ebola dead body burner,’ making it difficult for him to associate with neighbors and other friends.“It is difficult for us to find contracts here to earn a living,” he complained.This stigmatization is not good for us as a people, who needed help so badly that our international friends also had to risk their own lives to come and help us combat the deadly virus. When they came, they didn’t stigmatize us. They helped us get rid of the virus. The scourge is over and all other prohibited activities including handshaking and large gatherings, some of which were not allowed during the height of the outbreak, have resumed. The international community spent millions of their taxpayers’ monies to help us fight the virus. They also spent their peoples’ monies to educate us that when a person survives Ebola, he or she no longer poses any risk of infecting us, least to say those who didn’t contract the virus at all, even though they worked with Ebola victims. So, every Liberian needs to know and understand that stigmatizing our brothers only further drives a wedge and alienates a segment of our population who, instead, should be embraced and thanked for their care, compassion and heroism. Let us stop the stigma.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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Collaborating Parties Endorse Dillion, Urey in Pending By-elections

first_imgThe collaborating opposition political parties executives have endorsed Darius Dillon and Telia J. Urey (both center) for Montserrado Senate and District 15 seats, respectively.The four collaborating opposition political parties have on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, endorsed Abraham Darius Dillion, Liberty Party vice-chair for political affairs, and Telia J. Urey, daughter of businessman Benoni Urey, to occupy the vacancies created by the deaths of Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and District #15 Representative Adolf A. Lawrence, respectively.According to Article 37 of the 1986 Constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) thereof. The Commission shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by-election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such elections.”It is in this regard that the collaborating parties, including the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Liberty Party (LP), Unity Party (UP), and All Liberian Party (ALP), have endorsed the candidacies of two individuals.ANC Chairman Senator Daniel F. Naatehn, who read the endorsement statement on behalf of the parties, said the parties chose to put aside their egos and come together as one to support a single candidate for each seat; the one that is well-placed in the upcoming two by-elections.Sen. Naatehn added, “this endorsement is a demonstration of the collaborating parties’ ongoing efforts to further enhance cooperation, confidence building, and mutual respect as a basis for the consolidation of our individual strength, and capacity into a common purpose of building and sustaining our collaborative relationship.“We, therefore, reaffirm our commitment to using these by-elections scheduled for July 2, 2019, to propagate the essence of our collaboration, and therefore, call on all partisans, supporters and the Liberian people to support the collaborating candidates,” he said.For that decision, Mr. Dillion, who spoke on behalf of Ms. Urey and himself, expressed gratitude to the leadership of the collaborating parties for the trust and support to contest the July 2 by-elections, adding, “we are going to the legislature with open and transparent minds.”The collaborating parties endorsement of the two candidates came shortly after NEC issued the writs of elections for the conduct of the Montserrado County District #15 representative seat, as well as the county’s senatorial by-election.In a related development, Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, on May 14, 2019 (Unification Day), officially joined the ANC to work together with the party’s executives for a “better Liberia.” He serves the district as an Independent member of the 54th Legislature.Rep. Kolubah, who referred to himself as a founding member of the ANC, said after discovering that the party is the answer to the many challenges the country is now faced with, “it is time I return home.”Sen. Naatehn (R) presents membership form to Rep Kolubah on behalf of the party.The controversial Rep. Kolubah said he refused to attend the Unification Day dialogue with President George Weah, “because I strongly believe that since the President has never achieved anything tangible with the opposition during previous meetings, he will never do so any at any future dialogue.”He  said the planned June 7 “peaceful protest” cannot be avoided through dialogue.“This is why we are going around the country to educate our people about the essence of the protest because the international community is carefully following the process,” Kolubah said. “To tell the Liberian people we are serious about the protest, my children will be part of the protest on June 7,” he declared to the deafening applause from the floor comprising mainly party supporters.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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PSC makes application to be election observer

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has submitted a request to become an observer for the upcoming elections in Guyana.It is the first local organisation to make a request to be an observer, according to Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward.The application was submitted following a meeting with the Chairperson of the GECOM, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh on Thursday.“Upon conclusion of the meeting, the PSC submitted a letter requesting accreditation to observe the upcoming General and Regional Elections,” GECOM said in a statement to the media on Friday.The 2015 General and Regional Elections attracted several local and international observers, including from the Carter Centre, the Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States (OAS), among others.GECOM’s Public Relations Officer explained to Guyana Times that international observers are accredited by the Government, not GECOM.For local observers, they have to express their interest to GECOM for the application process to begin.The PSC, the PRO explained, has taken the first in a series of steps to become accredited as an observer. The Commission will have to go through a number of procedures before they become accredited.Preparedness for the pollsThe Private Sector’s meeting with GECOM was to ascertain the entity’s preparedness for the polls, according to the statement.PSC Chairman Gerald Gouveia, during the two-hour long meeting, explained that there has been a fruitful relationship between the two agencies for more than fifteen years.He outlined some of the specific areas of collaboration in particular, the PSC’s role as accredited observers during elections and expressed an interest in continued support and collaboration.Members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) meeting with GECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette Singh and Chief Elections Officer Keith LowenfieldHowever, the meeting focused extensively on the GECOM’s state of preparedness for the holding of the elections in light of the constitutional deadline, the CCJ’s ruling on the No-Confidence Motion and the recent ruling of the Chief Justice on House-to-House Registration.Specifically, the PSC expressed concerns as it relates to what was referred to as “the possible lengthy duration to merge the National Register of Registrant Databases (NRRDBs)”.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had explained that the merging of the data could push elections back until April 2020.“So, you understand this merger will not improve the database. It’s a delaying tactic once again,” he had stated during his press conference Thursday.Furthermore, the Opposition Leader had reasoned that the data collected during the more than 40-day registration exercise might even be illegal.GECOM had announced that it will scrap the House-to-House Registration exercise effective August 31, 2019 and will merge the data gathered so far with existing NRR.Early electionsMeanwhile, in response to the concerns raised by the Private Sector officials, the GECOM Chairperson assured that everything will be done to ensure elections are held as early as possible.“Justice Singh explained that in her capacity as GECOM’s Chairperson, she will be doing everything possible within her remit to ensure that the ruling of the Court is honoured and the elections are held within the shortest possible time,” GECOM stated.“She added that, based on her decisions taken at the last statutory meeting, the technical team is working to provide timelines to the Commission”.Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield, who was also present at the meeting, provided details on the Secretariat’s operational activities.last_img read more

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Jagdeo, Granger to meet today

first_img…to discuss Top Cop’s appointmentOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will meet officially with President David Granger today at State House to consult on the appointment of members of the Police Service Commission, the Public Service Commission, and the appointment of a substantive Police Commissioner.This was revealed by Jagdeo on Wednesday at his weekly press conference held at his Church Street, Georgetown office, where he noted that his meeting with the President was based on an official invitation extended to him.The National Assembly had approved the nominees for both Commissions on June 25, 2018. Retired assistant Commissioners Paul Slowe, Clinton Conway, Vesta Adams and Claire Jarvis will sit on the Police Service Commission, while Vibert Bowman and Mortimer Livan will sit on the Public Service Commission.However, the Opposition Leader said he would not release the names of the proposed nominees for the Commissions, until possibly after the completion ofOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger during their meeting about the judicial appointments at State Houseconsultations with the President. This is especially given that Granger’s nominees for the Chairpersons of both Commissions have not been made public.“I’m not aware that the President has released the names of the people that he intends to consult with me on, so out of courtesy, what I will do, I will not release those names today, I will await the consultations to take place and maybe after the consultations I can then speak again with the media,” he said.However, he noted that he was concerned about the President’s nominee to head the Police Service Commission. According to him, the individual is political and has done political work on behalf of the coalition Government. “The Police will not be treated fairly, that is my fear…the Police Force, I think, will be further demoralised. I will address these concerns with Granger,” he said.Currently, Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine is acting in the capacity of Guyana’s Police Commissioner. He has been interviewed as part of the selection process.The other seven Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) interviewed for the post are Crime Chief Paul Williams; ACP (Operations) Clifton Hicken; Force Finance Officer Nigel Hoppie; A Division Commander (ag) Leslie James; substantive A Division Commander Marlon Chapman, who is currently on leave; B Division Commander Lyndon Alves; and ACP (Administration II) Maxine Graham, the first woman contender ever for the post of Police Commissioner.However, the Police Service Commission must first be fully constituted before any selection could be made. The National Assembly has approved some of the names following consultations with key entities.The nominations for the Police Service Commission were received from the Association of Former Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Police Association.Meanwhile, Jagdeo said since it was a rare opportunity to meet with the President, he would try his best to raise several other issues that have serious national consequences for Guyana. He said he planned to raise the issue in relation to the syndicated bond for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) among others. Both men are also expected to also discuss a number of constitutional matters.Other issues“So, I’ll try to eke out a few minutes to try to raise a couple of the issues I have concerns about…And it is GuySuCo and the bond, because I believe we are borrowing billions of dollars that will harm the treasury … if they have a clear plan to phase the borrowing … and other important matters that came up recently that I will chose to speak about tomorrow (today),” he added.The Opposition Leader had already said that having looked at the Private Placement Memorandum for GuySuCo, he was shocked by the contents of the agreement.Jagdeo, an economist by training, had said the general perception was that Government was raising $30 billion to spend on GuySuCo, on the remaining three estates. However, the memo tells a different story, as it has stated explicitly that the $30 billion that they agreed to would go to long-term projects instead.“We don’t know what the projects are as yet, but you would recall that this bond is only for five years. So, they’re borrowing on a short to medium term, for long-term projects. You tend to match your borrowing with the life of the project. Normally, we would borrow on concessional terms for long-term projects.”The last meeting between Granger and Jagdeo occurred in May, when the two sat down to have meaningful consultation on the appointment of the persons to the two highest positions in the judicial system. The men had differing opinions and to date, no appointment has been made in that regard.last_img read more

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Ganging up on Lava Man

first_img“I don’t think he’s (Lava Man) that big of a cinch in the race,” Specht said. “I think we have a chance of beating him if we get a good trip. It’s worth taking a shot.” Veteran Frank Alvarado, three for three aboard McCann’s Mojave, will be riding in his first Big ‘Cap. McCann’s Mojave, 15-1 on the morning line, is owned by Glendora resident Mike Willman, Santa Anita’s director of publicity. Lava Man’s regular rider, Corey Nakatani, is well aware of the dangers when a handicap horse concedes weight to other talented runners. Lava Man will carry 124 pounds, seven more than second choice Arson Squad (9-2) and eight more than Molengao. “I don’t think 124 pounds will bother him,” Nakatani said. “He’s a great horse, but anytime you give weight to horses like these, there’s a chance of getting beat. “Still, I know what kind of horse he is and I think he can handle it. He’s the best horse in the race and that’s how I’ll ride him.” “Lava Man is a tough horse and definitely the horse to beat, but in racing, you never know,” said jockey Victor Espinoza, who will be aboard San Antonio Handicap winner Molengao, the 6-1 third choice on the morning line. Perhaps the most outspoken challenger is Steve Specht, who conditions McCann’s Mojave, a 7-year-old son of Memo who has won three consecutive races and is coming off a victory in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Trainer Doug O’Neill, who will also saddle favored Great Hunter in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes earlier on the 11-race card, acknowledged the pressure that accompanies training a talented horse like Lava Man. “There’s always pressure anytime you’re fortunate enough to have a good stakes horse,” O’Neill said. “But he was up to the pressure all last year, and hopefully he’s up to it (today). “We feel we have him right.” The field, from the rail out, includes Awesome Gem, Tyler Baze, 116, 10-1; El Roblar, Richard Migliore, 114, 20-1; Boboman, Alex Solis, 115, 12-1; Ball Four, Julien Leparoux, 116, 15-1; Spring at Last, David Flores, 115, 15-1; Molengao; Lava Man; Arson Squad, Garrett Gomez; and McCann’s Mojave, 115. Lava Man already made history in 2006 by becoming the first horse to win Southern California’s top three handicap races – the Big ‘Cap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic – in the same year. The 6-year-old gelded son of Slew City Slew can join the legendary John Henry and Milwaukee Brew as the only two-time Big ‘Cap winners with a victory today. If he wins and comes out of the race in good shape, O’Neill has already indicated he’d like to run Lava Man in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free – a 11/8-mile turf race – on March 31. The horse’s connections are growing weary of the knock on Lava Man, that he’s a great horse in California but that he can’t ship out of state and win. He was seven for seven last year at home before a dismal seventh-place showing in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November. “I definitely think there was an inside bias at Churchill that day … any horse that was packed in the middle of the track early in the race on Breeders’ Cup day had a legitimate excuse,” O’Neill said. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ARCADIA – On paper, Lava Man looks like a virtual cinch in today’s 70th running of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. But the connections of the other eight horses are hardly intimidated by the 4-5 morning-line favorite. last_img read more

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A sick system

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “LAUSD report card: All F’s” (April 21): Nearly 25 years ago, Ronald Reagan rightfully noted: “If you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state, and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that you’re liable to be given more money to do it with.” Today, what parent would permit their children to eat at a “B” or “C” rated restaurant for fear of getting ill, yet are forced to send them to a “F” rated public school system that is ill-conceived. How sick and rotten is this? Where’s the public outrage? — Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Not enough Re “Gang battle is mayor’s top priority” (April 19): Villaraigosa’s plan of spending $168 millions into youth and anti-gang activity seems aggressive enough, but obviously unintelligently planned. It is not enough to fill potholes on the street, but to improve on the quality of work from the beginning to create more lasting street paving. It is not enough to increase the LAPD force, but to optimize on the time, and strategy of their function. It is not enough TO fight gang activity, but to determine the cause, and provide avenues to control such activity. It is not enough to strive for efficiency, as he is trying his best to do, but to strive for effectiveness. By striving for effectiveness first, the intended/planned effects could be reached, or even more accurately measured/analyzed against the dollars spent. — Michael A. Campos West Hills Mayor and the fees A while back the mayor raised the fees on trash collection to pay for adding new cops to the police force. It’s been a while and I imagine quite a bit of money has been collected. How many policemen are now on the force? How does that compare to last year? How many new policemen have been added to the force out of those funds? What’s happening to that money: Is it all being used for what it was intended? Now that this money is available to the police, have funds normally included in the police budget for recruitment and training been diverted to other areas, something that would negate the whole concept of the trash fees? Maybe instead of trying to grab more power the mayor should stick to what he was elected to do. — Michael A. Leptuch Pacoima Try compromise Re “Rehearing on W. Van Nuys plan” (April 25): As usual there is the bickering of the NIMBYs in this proposal. Has not anyone heard of compromise? A very simple solution to everyone’s liking would be: From the 405 Freeway and north of Victory Boulevard to Hayvenhurst would become West Van Nuys, hence Van Nuys Airport is still in Van Nuys and the area gets a upgraded name change (Hollywood vs. West Hollywood as an example). West of Hayvenhurst to Roscoe Boulevard on the north and Victory Boulevard on the south join in on the Lake Balboa name. Encino still has Lake Balboa. Now this should make all parties pleased that they got what they wanted with a little thing called compromise. Will this happen? Let’s see in the “rehearing.” — J. Don Buchanan Van Nuys Lack of housing policy Los Angeles residents suffer from a lack of housing, as a result of a lack of a housing policy, due to the poor management of Housing Manager Mercedes Marquez and the City Council. Ordinances intended to save middle-class residents from having to move now prevent rental housing from being rehabilitated or converted. Today’s new development is tomorrow’s affordable housing. Each new unit occupied frees up an affordable unit elsewhere. But it is difficult to find a single developer or builder who likes to work with or in the city. As a result, housing is getting older, more scarce and crime and graffiti suffered around downtown is now being seen in Bill “No Development” Rosendahl’s West L.A. district. — Brian Paul West Los Angeles Unfortunate choice Re “Robinson: A hero for 60 years” (April 16): Could someone please admit to the public who it was that picked Marlon Wayans to read the “Ode to Jackie” speech at Dodger Stadium? Jackie Robinson is one of the true African-American heroes in the history of this country. Jackie literally risked his life to break the color barrier in professional sports, and who do we choose to publicly celebrate it? We chose the star of “White Chicks,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.” I hope you’re proud, Jackie. — Andrew Dabbagh Castaic Try ‘reason abiding’ I am so exasperated at the repeated phrases “law-abiding citizens” and “law-abiding gun owners.” Wasn’t Cheney a “law-abiding gun owner” when he shot his friend in the face? Wasn’t the minister’s wife a “law-abiding citizen” until she shot her husband for domestic abuse? In fact, Cho had no criminal record when he purchased two handguns, right? I could go on and on. And “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Could a person with a knife kill 30 people in just minutes? Why, in heck, do “law-abiding citizens” need semiautomatic weapons, anyway? It takes but one bullet to kill a deer. Where is the sport in riddling it to death? — Laverne Williams Van Nuys Psychiatric drugs Re “What was he on?” (Your Opinions, April 23): You are concerned that psychiatric drugs might be causing the mentally ill to go on rampages and homicidal killing sprees. Are you also concerned about rat poison attracting rats, and visits to the dentist causing people to lose their teeth? This is the same sort of reasoning. Does Scientology have as much antipathy for logic as for psychiatry? I believe it is likely that the horrible homicidal rampages you mentioned were preceded in many cases by the murderers you mentioned deciding to stop taking their medication. There is no record of Sueng-Hui Cho taking or being prescribed any psychiatric medications. — Michael Bond Palmdale And the Republicans? Re “Investigate Pelosi” (Your Opinions, April 22): If, as Robin Mitchell accused, House Rep. Pelosi violated the Logan Act of 1798, then by all means have an investigation into those activities. And the investigation should include the Republicans who also went to Syria; Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.; Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.; and Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio. I would like to know as well why they were all there. They should all be put under oath and made to explain. One thing is certain, however: Republicans will never take an oath to tell the truth and the whole truth. — Robert Barr Burbank Come together Note to Carl Rove, Sheryl Crow, Al Gore, President Bush, et al.: Whether global warming is a valid concept or not is irrelevant. What is clear is that we need to take care of our planet, keep it clean and husband its finite resources. Please work together on this. Also, I am always astounded at the convoluted reasoning of people who think that more guns will make us safer. — Dave Johnson Arleta My shoes hurt Re “DWP drips” (Your Opinions, April 19): You’ve been trying only three weeks for a water drip to be repaired? How about walking in my shoes? I’ve been trying since 2002 — five (5) years — for sewer repairs. What do you think about that? — Cynthia Y. Wilson Pacoimalast_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Part-time accounts assistant sought for popular park

first_imgJob Vacancy: Rockhill Holiday Park in Kerrykeel are seeking a part-time accounts assistant.The ideal candidate must:Have a minimum of 3 years experienceBe proficient in Sage Accounts, sage payroll, end of year accounting essential and knowledge of wages and VAT rules and regulations.Can be self-employed or PAYE Candidate.Please apply with CV by email to chris@rockhill.ie before the 9th November, 2018. Job Vacancy: Part-time accounts assistant sought for popular park was last modified: October 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:accounts assistantadministrationKerrykeel jobsRockhill Holiday Parklast_img read more

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PRINGLE DEMANDS RE-INSTATEMENT OF MEDICAL CARDS NOW

first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has demanded that the handling of the discretionary medical card review be addressed now and that all those entitled should not be left waiting following the suspension of the review.“Taking away medical cards from those who rely on them the most is barbaric, but simply suspending the review process is not going to solve the situation when it means that the thousands of people that have already lost their discretionary cards will not have them restored,” said Deputy Pringle.“This week in the Dáil I raised the problems with the medical card system, the removal of discretionary medical cards and the withdrawal of medical cards from seriously ill children and children with life-limiting disabilities. Myself and others have been raising these issues in the Dáil continuously in the past year and a half, but the government wouldn’t listen and look where we are now. “The government’s decision to suspend the review of discretionary medical cards is not going to solve the problem any time soon because those who have already had them taken away – and we have all heard these heart-breaking stories – will not see justice being served for them. These people are were granted these cards due to having considerable medical needs and now they’re being left in the dark which is very sad indeed.“The entire assessment process for medical cards needs to be reformed and if this government intends to change the system and make it more responsive, I believe it could be done easily. When an application is received, rather than starting with assessment of means, it should be assessed on medical grounds initially to ensure that if somebody has a medical need they do not need to go through a means test and the card can be awarded. The problem is that applications are being dealt with in such a way that people are prevented from getting their entitlements.“If this government is serious about rolling back on the discretionary card fiasco, they would not just suspend the review, they would reverse it, and that’s what needs to be done now,” stated Pringle.  PRINGLE DEMANDS RE-INSTATEMENT OF MEDICAL CARDS NOW was last modified: May 31st, 2014 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:medical cardsreviewThomas Pringlelast_img read more

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Thousands pack square to commemorate Rabin

first_imgTEL AVIV, Israel – Tens of thousands of Israelis packed the Tel Aviv square where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated 10 years ago to mourn the former prime minister and express hope that his memory would spur new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Rabin’s killing by an ultranationalist Jew opposed to the premier’s peace efforts with the Palestinians stunned the country, revealing the depths of Israel’s internal conflicts and badly damaging chances for peace. “I loved him very much, and I was in awe of his ability to move from being a soldier to being a peacemaker, a politician to a statesman,” said former President Bill Clinton, who forged a deep bond with the Israeli leader as they sought to broker Mideast peace. “If he were here, he would say, ‘There is enough of all this missing. If you really think I lived a good life, if you think I made a noble sacrifice in death, then for goodness sakes take up my work and see it through to the end,”‘ Clinton said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Clinton ended his speech by saying “Shalom Haver,” Hebrew for “Goodbye, friend,” the same words he used to bid farewell to Rabin at the Israeli leader’s funeral. Security at the rally Saturday was tight, with 1,500 police and security personnel deployed out of fear that Palestinians or right-wing Jews would attack, police said. There were no reports of violence or arrests. Mourners sang songs of peace, held candles and waved Israeli flags as they remembered Rabin as a strong leader who loved his people and made the ultimate sacrifice for peace. Images of Rabin, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for signing the Oslo interim peace accords with the Palestinians, played on a huge television screen towering over the square where Rabin addressed a peace rally a decade ago, minutes before he was killed. “I stood here with him exactly 10 years ago. I was able to see what he saw, you wonderful people, you young people jumped into that pool there, cheering ‘Long live peace, long live Yitzhak.’ He was moved to the depths of his soul by that love and support,” said Vice Premier Shimon Peres, who shared the Nobel Prize with Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. 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

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Donegal Airport gets vital funding injection of €326,700

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed grant funding of €326,700 for the development of Donegal Airport.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said Carrickfinn Airport in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht is a jewel in the crown of the county.He said “Government support of this scale is a huge boost to the airport and will cement its place as a destination to fly in and out of but also as a special place to come and see. “Carrickfinn is a vital link right on the Wild Atlantic Way and the spectacular setting has to be seen to be believed – finally it got the recognition it deserved this year when voted as the world’s most stunning airstrip.”The €326,700 funding package was secured by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.The grant is being made as part of the Regional Airports Programme capital investments in the areas of safety and security at airports.Minister Joe McHughThe money will go towards covering costs associated with an extension to the airport to accommodate new aircraft. Mr McHugh said: “In Cabinet as the voice of Donegal it is investments like this that show how hard we are delivering for the county.“And it is an investment. It is investing in the skill and talent and expertise of those running Donegal Airport and the unique setting that is Carrickfinn.“Donegal Airport rightly bills itself as the gateway to the North-West and with support of this magnitude the Government’s aim is that it goes from strength to strength.”Donegal Airport gets vital funding injection of €326,700 was last modified: May 28th, 2018 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:CarrickfinnDonegal AirportfundingJoe McHughlast_img read more

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