Lawmaker Sues JFK over Daughter’s Death

first_imgExactly ten months after Montserrado County District#13 Representative Edward Forh’s daughter Nakita died on the bare floor in the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, as nurses there declined to attend to her, a lawyer representing the family has filed a US$25m lawsuit for damages and wrongful death against several staff of the hospital.The lawsuit was filed before the Civil Law Court last Friday.Nakita, who suffered from asthma, died on September 27, 2014, at the hospital compound while gasping for air during the heat of the Ebola crisis in the country.Those accused of being responsible for Nakita’s death include: Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, JFK General Administrator; Munah Tarpeh, Deputy for Administration; Tannie Sneh Nursing Supervisor; Mary Howard Nyaquie, Administrator; Dr. Korto Dorbor; Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. David Okiror, Staff Physician; Professor Joseph Njoh, Department Chairman on Internal Medicine; and the administrator of the Ministry of Health.The lawsuit against the healthcare practitioners according to Attorney Arthur Johnson, lead counsel for the Forh family, is based on what he described as “very devastating and frustrating” experience, which he claimed caused the family consequential damages and unforgettable state of trauma in which their daughter died.Atty. Johnson further argued that Nakita died in the arms of her father on the grounds of the hospital, while struggling and crying, calling the hospital staff, who refused to allow Nakita access to the nebulizer, a breathing instrument at the hospital.“Since the defendants refused to personally use the nebulizer to allow our daughter to breathe through said instrument, and they refused to help and exercise their duty of care [by] taking to the lawmaker’s daughter, who died as a result of their refusal to care for the deceased,” he stated in the suit; therefore, Atty Johnson pleaded with the court to rule against the defendants as liable and award not less than US$10 million in general damages; US$5m in punitive damages; another US$5 in compensatory damages, and US$5m in consequential damages.Immediately, after the lawsuit was filed, Rep. Forh told journalists that he was now satisfied, because he was going to get justice.Explaining his ordeal, Rep. Forh said, it was on Friday, September 26, 2014, when he took his daughter, based on an advice of a doctor to the JFK Hospital for asthma nebulizer to stabilize her breathing after she had suffered severe asthmatic attack.Upon their arrival at the hospital, he alleged, medical practitioners refused to treat her, because, according to him, they were restricted by their bosses from treating any case they deemed severe unless the patient could produce an Ebola clearance from any of the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs.)“I pleaded with them to stabilize her breathing, but they refused to do so. I later took her home, managed with her throughout that night and I returned with her the following day,” the District#13 lawmaker tearfully said.He added that on Saturday, the next day, “my queen died in the hospital compound.”He said after hearing about his unfortunate incident, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf went to the hospital to sympathize with him.“I told the President that I was going to hold the hospital responsible for the wrongful death of my daughter,” he stated.He went on to say that President Sirleaf later ordered an immediate investigation into the matter.“I was assured by all concerned, including the JFK Management, that the investigation would be thorough in bringing out all the facts and circumstances surrounding the doctors’ refusal to admit Nakita, and the resultant death of my daughter,” he added.Instead of the receiving President Sirleaf’s report, Rep. Forh said he received from the then Minister of Health, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, a document under the signature of the General Administrator of the hospital containing his daughter’s medical report.“Upon reviewing the document, I was surprised to see that what the hospital described as the medical report was nothing more than a collection of “self-serving statements,” he stated.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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Paye-Layleh Won’t Serve on PUL Committees Unless…

first_imgA member and former official of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Journalist Jonathan Paye-Layleh, has declared that he may no longer agree to serve on any committee set up by the leadership of the union until he has seen some convincing improvements in the way and manner many members of the union have treated their own organization over the years.He said he is saddened and disappointed that most of the journalists who turned out in Ganta over the weekend for the union’s 5th National Congress showed interest only in the election aspect of the congress and shamelessly stayed away from taking part in other critical deliberations for which the congress had been called, including the validation of the new Code of Ethics and the new Media Council for journalists as well as the financial report of the outgoing leadership.Mr. Paye-Layleh was on the committees that spent several weeks drafting the Press Union’s new Code of Ethics as well as the Union’s new Media Council protocol. But the committees made their presentations to an almost empty hall.A member of the PUL since 1987, Mr. Paye-Layleh observed that at some point in Ganta, there were less than 30 journalists in the hall deliberating on key issues, including the Codes, even though more than four hundred journalists went to the congress.“If the sole purpose of our going to Nimba was to elect a new corps of officers,” he said, “we would not have abandoned everything to spend whole three days in the county.”Mr. Paye-Layleh expressed particular disappointment that even some media practitioners who contested key positions were among those staying away from sessions in which critical matters, including the outgoing leadership’s financial report, the validation of the Union’s new Code of Ethics and newMedia Council were deliberated on.In a press release, he wondered how people desirous of heading an institution could themselves decide to boycott sessions deliberating on issues that are very important and completely new in the history of the institution.Paye-Layleh, a former chairman of the Press Club of the Press Union, said he will continue to be a committed and dues-paying member of the PUL. But in view of the frustration just expressed, he may no longer use his energy to sit on any PUL committee until the membership has shown that the Union is a serious body.“We have to take ourselves seriously before others take us seriously,” his press release concluded.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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AFL Hosts Infectious Disease Control Confab

first_img(R-L) Amb. Elder, Min. Ziankahn and Col. Murphy at yesterday’s opening ceremony.The hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) yesterday, November 12, began hosting military groups from 21 African countries under the partnership of the African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA), to share experiences and build capacities in fighting infectious diseases.The conference, which will take place from November 12-14, 2018, will be held at a resort in Margibi County, sponsored by the United States Government under the African Command (AFRICOM) program.United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, told journalists in a brief interview that representatives of the 21 partnering countries drawn across Africa are in the country to share ideas as to how the military and civilians in each of the 21 countries can work together to improve their abilities and effectiveness in fighting infectious diseases.Amb. Elder said experience shared at the conference was learnt the hard way, and that it was essential to come to Liberia under APORA to share together, since Liberia is one country that has experienced the deadly infectious disease Ebola.After the conference, the Ambassador said partnering countries are expected to reflect on best practices by what they do in the respective countries.Amb. Elder added that by sharing experiences, APORA member countries can design how to coordinate activities to deploy experts and seek logistics in case of outbreak of any disease in any member country. She said as the participants share experiences, it is certain that medical experts from the military and civilian sides will coordinate to build efficiency in the performance during fight against infectious diseases during an outbreak.Participants at the infectious disease conference listen to a speaker.Defense Minister Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr., also described the conference as “very important,” from the standpoint that Liberia has encountered a major infectious disease that drew the world’s attention in 2014 and 2015.He said the conference for military institutions from the 21 African countries would not have been held in Liberia if the U.S. Government had not supported it.“We really want to get ahead of ourselves, having learnt lessons from the Ebola outbreak; and from the lesson learnt, we can try to prevent some of these diseases.  We do not want to be reactive but proactive, in order to see how best we can work together amicably in Africa to find solutions to some of these problems,” Minister Ziankahn said.He said the gathering of representatives of military institutions to discuss issues relating to infectious diseases is important, because diseases are still hunting Africans, making a reference to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a case study.Colonel Krystal L. Murphy of the United States Africa Command, also noted that disease has no border between those in uniform and others without uniform.Therefore, she said, it is a double threat that should raise a concern for both the government and international partners to intervene by putting measures in place.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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Members urged to band together in fight against money laundering

first_imgCFATF conferenceCountries of the Commonwealth have been urged to work collaboratively to counter violent extremism, money laundering and terrorism, and to build longstanding relationships with existing regimes.Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland addressing delegates at the CFATF conference being held in GuyanaCommonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland told delegates at the opening of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Judges and Prosecutors’ Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) workshop, “we can either swim together or drown separately”.Scotland said it has been a constant complaint from almost all Commonwealth countries, particularly small States that there was a lack of qualified and resourceful parliamentary draftsmen, who have the ability to create modern-day legislation to deal with the issues of money laundering, among others.“We all have the same problem. So, rather than working separately, we can work together. We have been saying we have two choices. We can either swim together or drown separately. And I am for swimming and since I don’t swim very well, I need some people to support me,” she asserted.Members of the diplomatic corps at the opening of the conference on ThursdayThe Secretary General said the Commonwealth legal luminaries have a duty to be vigilant guardians, protecting the safety and well-being of all their people. They must ensure that the Commonwealth countries have the capacity to safeguard institutions in order to prevent them from being exploited by criminal and terrorist purposes.According to her, the sources of funding for these activities are diverse and flow with “constantly shifting channels of distribution”. The SG pointed out that when one revenue stream was closed, another was opened. “And to stem the supply that sustains terrorism and violent extremism, we have to ensure that we have the best and the most up-to-date legal and criminal justice tools available.”In delivering the feature address, President David Granger pointed out that given its geographic location, the Caribbean has become a haven for financial pirates, privateers, money launderers and tax evaders. He noted that present-day criminal cartels possessed the means to corrupt public officials too.According to him, present-day Information Communication Technologies can facilitate the transfer of financial assets across borders at the speed of light. Illicit transactions can contaminate “the voluminous transactions which take place in our countries’ financial systems.”Robust legislationAs such, the Head of State stressed the importance of safeguarding the criminal justice system of States from the subversion of organised crime. The President underscored the need for robust legislation and sturdy institutions, which he said could be used as weapons that could protect States from these activities.He also made reference to Guyana’s efforts in countering money laundering and other financial crimes. President Granger also reaffirmed Guyana’s commitment to establishing a robust criminal justice system in its campaign to combat financial crimes, which have seen massive growth over the years.In his remarks, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams pointed out that the Region’s overall rate of conviction and confiscation of criminal proceeds has been moderate, despite many countries implementing legislative measures to criminalise money laundering and terrorist financing.Minister Williams proposed that countries “also obtain convictions and pursue seizing and confiscating the proceeds and instrumentalities of crime for the benefit of States and victims”. He said this would in a large way help the global AML/CFT efforts to be effective and strategic.The two-day workshop, which is being hosted in Guyana, will address issues in relation to investigative orders, the prosecution and management of money laundering cases, international cooperation, confiscation and restraint orders, conviction-based confiscation and terrorism/terrorist financing.The workshop will also serve as an opportunity for Judges and Prosecutors to deepen their understanding through the exchange of ideas on the regional and global dimensions of money laundering, terrorism financing, countering violent extremism and the recovery of the proceeds of corruption.last_img read more

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GGDMA calls for technical assistance for miners

first_imgThe Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is urging Government to implement measures to ensure that small and medium-scale miners can grow and expand the sector. This call was relayed on Thursday when the body announced that medium and large-scale gold miners will be able to achieve gold production of over 1,000,000 ounces annually from 2020 if Government provides the requested assistance.“We believe that small and medium-scale miners will continue to improve especially as the large companies set the pace in exploration, excavation, processing and environmental management. As we affirm this partnership we call on the Government to provide increased technical assistance, education and training, and financial inputs to move the small and medium-scale gold miners forward at a faster pace,” the association disclosed.GGDMA noted that it continues to encourage both local and foreign investment in the gold and diamond mining sector of Guyana. It congratulated all those “who mobilised investment dollars into mining in Guyana as they are convinced that the investment climate though not perfect is acceptable”.“We call on small, medium and large-scale mining operators to be faithful to the terms of their agreements. GGDMA thanks Troy Resources and Guyana Goldfields/Aurora Gold Mines for their sterling efforts and we declare our continued support as they proceed with expansion plans,” it said.The GGDMA said too that it will continue to advocate for the fair and equitable treatment of all investors in the mining industry, whether foreign or local; small medium or large. It encouraged companies to continue adhering to occupational health and safety regulations, noting that Troy and Guyana Gold Fields Inc/Aurora Gold Mines on their level of gold production which was recorded at a recovery rate above 90 per cent.“Even though the small and medium-scale miners produced more gold in aggregate than these two large mining companies, it was at a mere 30-40 per cent recovery rate,” GGDMA added.On Thursday, gold was trading at US$1256.90 per ounce of raw gold. Finance Minister Winston Jordan in January said that Guyana recorded some 653,754 ounces of gold in 2017, which indicated that gold declarations fell short of the projected of 720,000 ounces.The Guyana Gold Board blamed poor roads and inclement weather for the fall in gold declaration.last_img read more

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City thrash Chelsea, go top of Premier League

first_imgRaheem Sterling started and ended the scoring and Ilkay Gundogan also netted in the first quarter of the game as City ended what could have been a testing week with a trip to Everton in between the visits of Arsenal and Chelsea with maximum points.Jurgen Klopp’s men maintain the advantage of a game in hand, but handed a reprieve by Liverpool’s draws against Leicester and West Ham in recent weeks, City look determined to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.Chelsea on the other hand slip to sixth with the scale of the defeat sure to raise further doubts over Sarri’s future.A 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea’s heaviest league defeat since 1996.And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling’s fourth-minute opener.Eden Hazard went to sleep from Kevin de Bruyne’s quickly taken free-kick and Bernardo Silva had acres of space to cross for the England international to fire home.Pep Guardiola had described this match as a “final” for his side given that Chelsea had a week to prepare, while City ground out a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday.Guardiola fell to the floor in exasperation when Aguero somehow side-footed wide with his easiest chance of the game moments later.But the Catalan coach need not have worried that would prove a costly miss as Aguero made amends in stunning fashion by blasting into the top corner from 25 yards to double City’s after just 13 minutes.Aguero had a simple task to make it 3-0 six minutes later when he pounced on Ross Barkley’s slack header towards his own goal.And Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the area then had too much power for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to compound Chelsea’s woes.Such was the defensive collapse at the other end, Gonzalo Higuain had little chance to shine but the Argentine striker was unfortunate not to score his third goal in as many league starts for Chelsea when Ederson turned over his dipping volley five minutes before the break.That was as much of a response as Chelsea mustered, though, and it only got worse for Sarri’s chances of keeping his job in the second period.Aguero missed his first chance to seal a second hat-trick in two games when he headed against the crossbar.But when Sterling was too quick for Cesar Azpilicueta and chopped down by the Spaniard inside the area, Aguero coolly slotted home from the penalty spot to move level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the Premier League’s top scorer on 17 for the season.Even after Aguero went off to a standing ovation, City’s strength in depth shone through as Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva came off the bench.And Silva’s pass opened the visitors up again for the sixth as he picked out Oleksandr Zinchenko who crossed for Sterling to tap home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored twice and missed another glorious chance inside the first 19 minutes against Chelsea on SundayMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Sergio Aguero grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City scored four times inside 25 minutes to thrash Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liverpool again to top spot in the Premier League on goal difference on Sunday.Aguero should have had even more than three as the Argentine missed a glorious early chance and hit the bar in the second-half in a humiliating afternoon for Maurizio Sarri’s men.last_img read more

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HAVE ONE ‘ELF’ OF A NIGHT OUT AT POP-UP CINEMA

first_imgTransition Year students at Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, are puttingthe sparkle into Christmas with a Pop Up Cinema festive night at themovies.A special big-screen showing of seasonal family favourite Elf isshowing at the Regional Cultural Centre on Thursday evening.The event is the first of the Pop Up Cinema highlights, a TransitionYear mini-company. Doors open 6.30 and tickets are priced at €6 for adults, €4 forchildren with a family ticket (two adults and two children) for €15.Admission includes hot chocolate and marsmallows.A special guest (all the way from the North Pole) is also expected to give a festive introduction to the evening.For advance booking call the Regional Cultural Centre 07491 29186 oremail popupcinemalk@gmail.com HAVE ONE ‘ELF’ OF A NIGHT OUT AT POP-UP CINEMA was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HAVE ONE ‘ELF’ OF A NIGHT OUT AT POP-UP CINEMAlast_img read more

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Liverpool defender leaves club’s pre-season tour for family reasons

first_imgLiverpool’s Pre-Season Schedule7 July: won 7-0 v Chester (Swansway Chester Stadium)10 July: won 3-2 v Tranmere Rovers (Prenton Park)14 July: drew 0-0 v Bury (Gigg Lane)19 July: won 2-0 v Blackburn (Ewood Park)22 July: lost 3-1 v Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium) 9.05pm26 July: won 2-1 v Manchester City (MetLife Stadium) 1.05am28 July: v Manchester United (Michigan Stadium) 10.05pm4 Aug: v Napoli (Aviva Stadium) 6pm7 Aug: v Torino (Anfield) 7.30pm Clyne also featured as Liverpool beat Chester in early July He headed back to England on Thursday which means he will miss the Reds’ fixture with Manchester United in Michigan on Saturday.Clyne will return to the squad for Liverpool’s training camp in France next week.Liverpool have played six pre-season fixtures thus far and have three still to come. 2 2 Clyne appeared against Man City in the early hours of Thursday morning Nathaniel Clyne has returned home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour early for family reasons.The full back was granted permission to do so by manager Jurgen Klopp, though the specific reason behind the decision is unspecified.last_img read more

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MASSIVE CROWDS FLOCK TO MCELHINNEYS FOR SUMMER SALE

first_imgHundreds of people queue outside McElhinneys today, for the start of the summer sale.The crowds gathered at McElhinneys today for their massive Summer Sale, with thousands of discounts of up to 50% off the crowds raced to grab their summer bargain. McElhinneys is open today from 10am – 10pm and tomorrow Thursday from 9.30am – 8pm.For all those Brides-to-be don’t miss McElhinneys Bridal Rooms unmissable One Day Exclusive Designer Wedding Dress Sale is also on this Friday 6th June from 9.30am – 8.00pm.Stunning designer wedding dresses from Maggie Sottero, Ian Stuart, Pronovias, Ronald Joyce, Benjamin Roberts, Justin Alexander plus many more clearing with up to a massive 70% off. There will also be a selection of wedding dresses for only €99, sample bridesmaid dresses clearing at €50 and veils and other headwear clearing for at €10. This is definitely a bridal sale that cannot be missed if you are getting married!Most wedding dress offers will be available online at www.mcelhinneysbridalrooms.com. No appointment required. Great sterling cash exchange rate with £1 = €1.20.If you would like further information contact the friendly team on 00353749131217. To find the wedding dress of your dreams at a fraction of the price, get to the one day sale filled with exquisite wedding dresses at McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal this Friday 6th June. Shop Instore and online at www.mcelhinneysbridalrooms.comMASSIVE CROWDS FLOCK TO MCELHINNEYS FOR SUMMER SALE was last modified: June 4th, 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:Businesshome-page featuresMCELHINNEYSnewssummer salelast_img read more

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MARK McHUGH TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT FINAL SPARKS ROADSHOW

first_imgDonegal star Mark McHugh and Open Sea swimmer Anne Marie Ward will be among the special guests at this Thursday’s final leg of the Donegal Youth Council SPARKS Mental Health roadshow in Donegal Town.Mark McHugh will be special guest.The Donegal town leg of the “SPARKS” roadshow, which takes place in the Abbey Hotel, is an exciting new initiative in Donegal which has been running across the county over the last couple of months.The roadshow, which kicked off in Letterkenny on World Mental Health will has visited Stranorlar, Gweedore, Buncrana in recent weeks. Thursday’s event will work with 200 representatives from Abbey VS, Colaiste Colmcille, Magh Ene Bundoran, Colaiste Carraige and St Catherines from Killybegs.The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal.Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in their local areas.The roadshow offers information and advice on how to manage stress in your life during exam times and other difficult situations and how to be more aware of what supports you have around you and how you can be a support to others. The event has a strong focus on fun with a range of inspirational speakers, workshops and other activities, with a few surprises along the way.The roadshow has been developed using the model of the Mental Health 5 a day, which is internationally now recognised as 5 key areas you can focus on which can have a big effect on your health and wellbeing.The event will have input from a range of organisations, including Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service, HSE Health Promotion, Foroige and Mental Health Ireland, with other guest speakers from the wider community who have each conquered their own personal challenges in life, such as Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Orla O’Reilly.The Donegal Youth Council is funded by the Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.The SPARKS roadshow will kick off in the Abbey Hotel at 10am and runs until 3pm. MARK McHUGH TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT FINAL SPARKS ROADSHOW was last modified: November 26th, 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:Mark McHughSparks Roadshowlast_img read more

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