Mother Gives Birth to Quintuplets, Loses One

first_imgA mother, Mamakor Dessah, has given birth to quintuplets (five babies at one time) without any complications.Said birth is the first such delivery in the nation’s history, according to Nurse Felicia Broh’s report.The mother of the babies said the five children were born normally, without her undergoing any operation as many people have experienced in such deliveries of more than one child.According to Mamakor,  the mother of the five, she delivered them at the Sinji hospital in Grand Cape Mount County on June 14, 2014.  But she was immediately  transferred at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center  in Sinkor, Monrovia, because the children needed to be placed in  incubators due to the  their smallness in size.Mrs. Dessah said that of the four surviving children, three are girls plus one boy. Two of the children are currently on oxygen while all the four remain in the incubator.Mamakor told the Daily Observer she was unable to breast feed the four babies she had given birth to as they need a lot of milk, health facilities and clothes, “which I don’t have the hand to provide them,” she said.“We don’t have the support  for the children, because their needs are many, like milk, clothes and health services. They also need to be on regular medication to keep them healthy, and food.”Mamakor Dessah, who lay very still and could hardly say a word, was assisted by nurses and relatives, including her husband who went to visit her after the safe delivery.Also speaking to the Daily Observer, the quintuplets’ father, Seminah Dessah, said, “I was confused and did know what to do when they called me and told me that my wife had given birth to five children at once. I did not know what to do at the beginning, but I just had to come because I could not escape my responsibility; the news was heavy, but I had to accept it.”He further stated that prior to his wife’s delivery of the quintuplets, they already had four children. During her first delivery, she had one child. The second delivery produced twins but, according to him, the twin children did not live.The third pregnancy produced triplets, making them the parents of four children before the birth of the quintuplets.According to Mr. Dessah, his wife’s recent delivery of five babies, one of whom did not survive, makes eight in all the number of children born unto them.Seminah Dessah is at the moment calling on all people of goodwill, all humanitarian organizations, both Christian and Islamic, and the Government of Liberia to kindly help support the children.“I am a farmer that don’t have any means of support [for] all of these children.  All I have to give them is father’s love and care. We are unable even to provide the milk that is needed for their daily consumption.”  Anyone wishing to reach out to the quintuplets, their parents and family are asked kindly to contact the Daily Observer at the corner of Benson and McDonald Streets.  We may be reached 0886 812-888, 0886 472-772, 077 472-772 and 0886 631-025.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LEST’S LECTURE: Road, Road, Road

first_imgLiberia celebrated its 168th independence anniversary on July 26, 2015. As has become customary since the Tubman era, the celebrations were held in a county capital away from Monrovia, by rotation. It was Sinoe and Grand Kru counties’ turn this year.The media reports capitalized on the fact that the turnout when President Sirleaf arrived in Greenville was not very inspiring. They put it down to pique on the part of Sinoeans over a long festering dispute with the Malaysian based oil palm giant Golden Veroleum in which the citizens of Sinoe accused the Sirleaf administration of siding with the company. So, they were going to sulk and not accord her the normal courtesies given to a distinguished visitor, in this case their president. Romeo Quiah, the superintendent of Sinoe, has a much more pedestrian explanation for the poor turnout. He said the president arrived late at night and because of that many of the county capital’s residents who would have been on parade to greet her had turned in for the night. That is his story and he is sticking to it.Barclayville was an altogether different story. Mary Broh, the conquering heroine of the Grand Kru county, was in full bloom. The Barclayville city hall, where the intercessory service was held on Sunday, July 25th, was packed to the gills. Balloons. Bunting. A festive atmosphere.President Sirleaf, clearly delighted at the contrast in receptions, was lavish in her praise of her hosts, noting that it was the first time the entire diplomatic corps had ever been present at such an event. Yes, all was mirth and glee. Greenville, the elephant in the room, with its awkward tapestry of less than stellar hospitality, we were encouraged to view as a distant memory, something that was not real, just a figment of our fertile imagination.But how we got there was illuminating. After 5 hours of driving on dirt tracks the day before, to get from Buchanan to Greenville, we had to awake with the cockerels and embark on another 5 bone-jarring hour odyssey from Greenville to Barclayville. My niece Wilhelmina, who loves to walkabout and had gleefully accepted my invitation to accompany me on what she imagined would be unadulterated fun, quipped to me at the end of our sojourn, “Uncle Harry, the next time you tell me about going to Sinoe and Grand Kru I will bust bottle on your head. The place far, yah!”After the intercessory service, we began the trek back to Greenville, stopping for lunch at Senator Peter Coleman’s newly constructed guest house on the highway, at the Barclayville intersection. It’s a nice habitat, in the middle of nowhere, but with suitable accomodations. Ever the salesman, he informed us with a glint in his eye that after Independence, his room rates would descend dramatically. The wait staff at the motel is ascending the learning curve. It will be interesting to revisit 6 months from now to find out how much they have learned about customer service. For now, it was evidently a foreign language. After this journey, I now know why the southeast is cut off from the rest of the country. It’s the roads. The distance from Buchanan to Greenville (via Rivercess) is almost the same as from Monrovia to Buchanan. But, whereas you can do the Monrovia-Buchanan trip in 2 hours of relative comfort. Buchanan-Greenville will take you 5 hours of body-shaking discomfort. Any pregnant woman attempting the journey would be well advised to have a midwife in tow.Greenville, Grand Cess, Harper—-all of these places and points in between have beaches to die for. The tourist potential of the coastal southeast is breathtaking. But the first step towards realizing that potential is paving the road from Buchanan to Greenville to Harper. Paving the roads will have the added bonus of re-integrating the southeast into the rest of Liberia. That is the real value. So, all those people who are asking you to vote for them in 2017 should make paving the road from Buchanan to Harper a high priority. Then we will know they are serious about integration and developing the southeast. The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at ( this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Environmental progress affected by lack of coordinated efforts – EPA

first_imgDepartment of Energy Head Ndibi Schwiers…Energy Dept launches environmental agreements committeeGuyana has signed on to a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) with the hope of handling environmental issues and threats efficiently and effectively but the challenges posed in doing so stem from lack of coordinated efforts by stakeholders.This is according to the Director of the Department of Energy at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ndibi Schwiers.She stated that despite the challenges faced, much has been achieved in the country with regard to MEAs; they have been used to develop new regulations, policies, and even entire institutions. However, the major challenge lies in the coordination of the implementation of these MEAs.“We do not have, at the moment, a single functional mechanism to effectively coordinate MEAs’ implementation. Essentially, what I am saying is that the agencies that are responsible for implementing the MEAs don’t necessarily get to communicate as the MEAs are their responsibilities and they tend to deal with that but we recognise that this has to be corrected. The current situation is that mechanisms that currently exist whereby the agencies that are responsible for implementing the MEAs, that situation serves what I would refer to as a pooling mechanism instead of an effective coordinated mechanism,” Schwiers explained at the launching of the first MEAs Committee on Monday.According to the Environment Department’s Head, at a national level, Guyana has signed on to 26 MEAs and is expected to be inking much more in the near future, and this is another reason that the MEAs Committee has now been established.This Committee, she said, will not only be responsible for ensuring that Guyana is very responsive to international obligations but it will also enable the improved coordination and collaboration of environmental governance at a national level. “We have today representatives from Government, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), academia, Private Sector and so on. As it is our collective efforts which will enable us to treat with pressing environmental issues of the day inclusive of waste management,” she stated.Schwiers also noted that the stakeholders present at the launching ceremony can also offer suggestions on how the Terms of Reference for the Committee can be improved.“Whether there is anything else that you believe we should do. So that when the MEAs Committee is fully up and running we would be able to achieve the mandate that we would have established.”last_img read more

GTU urges teachers not to be intimidated by threats from “high offices”

first_imgPlanned strikeThe Guyana Teachers’ Union on Monday circulated a letter to its members, informing them that they are not to report for pre-term activities until further notice. This signals the start of its strike action following failed talks between Government and the union.Last week, the GTU Executive met with Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, among other senior officials, to iron out issues surrounding the teachers’ salary increases. However, Government rejected the GTU proposal, resulting in the threat of industrial action.The Government was officially informed of the planned action; and the letter, in the name of GTU President Mark Lyte, was circulated to members on Monday.The letter stated that the decision was taken by the GTU on the insistence of its members to call strike action due to failed talks between them and MoE. The Union views the counter-proposal tabled by MoE as an insult to the integrity of all teachers in Guyana.“We believe that enough patience was exhibited by the Union to allow MoE to arrive at a satisfactory proposal. Strike will officially commence on 27 August 2018, and will continue until further notice. GTU calls on all teachers to join in this justified action, since our rights are being infringed by our employer. This decision is supported not only by General Council, but our private opinion poll among teachers and civic-minded persons across Guyana indicates that teachers nationwide have full support for this action,” the letter stated.The union asked its member to not report for work from the commencement of pre-term activities until further notice, and not to listen to threats which will come from high offices. Additionally, Head Teachers are urged to begin handing over the school’s key to the respective Education Departments.“Teachers throughout the length and breadth of Guyana are asked to support this justified action taken by your Union to ensure that an agreement is reached between MoE and GTU,” the letter concluded.The Guyana Teachers’ Union has been engaged in discussions with the Government since 2015, when their multi-year agreement came to an end. Late 2017, at the behest of President David Granger, they sat as a part of a high level task force to address the issue of teachers’ pay and working conditions.When Government met with the GTU on Thursday, they shot down all of the union’s proposal in regard to increase. The union had initially requested a 40 per cent increase in 2016; 45 per cent in 2017, and 50 per cent in 2018, 2019 and 2020. However, they compromised during the negotiation phase and agreed to accept a 40 percent to serve as a base from 2016 with 5 percent incremental increase for the remaining years.A number of requests from the GTU, including a long awaited retroactive increase in salaries across the board and increases in keeping with improved qualifications, were rejected by the Government at the meeting.The meeting featured Ministers Nicolette Henry and Amna Ally, as well as Junior Minister Keith Scott and GTU President Mark Lyte. Their discussions related to the proposals from a joint task force that President David Granger had himself ordered into the teachers’ plight last year.Even though that task force had the input of Government, it was indicated to teachers on Thursday that a specialist would have to be contracted to determine the increases. In addition, the teachers were bluntly told that instead of the specific increases ranging from 40 per cent in 2016 to 50 per cent in 2020, a ball park figure would be used based on the current salary scale.When it comes to debunching payments, which is payment based on years of service, the GTU requested payments on the scales of, and retroactive from, the 2011 agreement. Instead, the Government proposed another ball park figure for the new school year of 2018 to 2019.“The Guyana Teachers’ Union disagreed on this counter-proposal, stating the amount allocated did not cater for the years signed and agreed to previously by the Government,” a release from the ministry said. “They noted that the previous Permanent Secretary signed an agreement to honour the debunching payment from 2011.”A request for a $5,000 monthly emotional, stress and risk allowance was met by the Government urging a “holistic approach”. As such, the Government team stated that it cannot be considered at this time, taking into account the wider public service. A similar response met requests for mileage and maintenance allowances for top school officials. A request for all teachers to receive double pay in December had to be withdrawn.last_img read more

Speed skaters competed against Canada’s best at the National Junior Championships and Canada Cup #3

first_img“I am really happy with the progression,” said FSJ head coach Richard Stickel. “All the skaters are making big strides and all the skates realized what they needed to do to race those races. We have a younger group and they finished where they should have finished. Overall I think they did really well.”A handful of local skaters now prepare for the Canadian Age Class Track event in Quebec City this weekend, after qualifying at Provincials in mid-January. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club had a successful National Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3 over the weekend at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The event featured 122 competitors from across Canada with around 90 skaters in the Junior Long Track Championships and just under 40 in the Canada Cup #3.In the Junior Women’s category where the skaters had to complete the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 3,000-metre events to place in the final standings. Renee Kalkman finished in the top spot among Elks Club skaters in fourteenth place overall. Amanda Mitchell wasn’t far behind in sixteenth spot, while Yuna Lovell came in seventeenth. Hannah Brunn of Dawson Creek raced to a twenty-fifth place finish. Brooke Braun of the Energetic City completed only three of the four events required for placement.- Advertisement -In the Junior Men’s group, Nicolas Guliov placed twenty-third after finishing all of the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 5,000-metre events while Nyam Newlove finished thirty-first overall. Joshua Telizyn competed in all four events but did not place due to a disqualification. Dakotah Ruel of Dawson Creek didn’t place after completing only three of the four events.In the Canada Cup #3 Senior Men’s division Jacob Graham from Dawson Creek placed second in the first 500-metre race and seventh in the first 1,000-metre event. He bettered his placement in the second go-round of each event with a first and sixth place finishes.In the sixteen lap Mass Start race where the top 28 competitors in earlier competition qualified for the event, Renee Kalkman placed eleventh and Amanda Mitchell came in twenty-second.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local First Nations sign deal with Province

first_imgThe B.C. government has signed the latest in a series of resource sharing agreements with First Nations — this one involving three bands in northeast B.C.The agreements will see the Doig River, West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations consult and collaborate with the government, on land and resource use, including forestry and oil and gas. Under the agreements, the three Treaty Eight members get 17 million dollars.Prophet River First Nation Chief, Lynette Tsakoza, says the agreements will help aboriginal people share, in the economic wealth of their traditional territory.So does Aboriginal Relations Minister George Abbott….[asset|aid=2915|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6ff916a7668db693da6bbf9406909652-George Abbott_2_Pub.mp3] In addition, to the aforementioned 17 million, the deal also provides annual revenue-sharing payments for 15 years, up to as much as 10 million dollars each year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Exclusive – Balotelli DOES have a future at Liverpool, insists club legend Rush

first_imgIan Rush insists Mario Balotelli DOES have a future at Liverpool – despite his half-time shirt swap against Real Madrid.The Reds striker was seen handing Portugal defender Pepe his shirt as the two sides walked down the tunnel at the break.Balotelli was removed at half-time of the 3-0 defeat at Anfield, and replaced by Adam Lallana, as Liverpool’s stuttering Champions League campaign suffered another blow.But club legend Rush, who won the European Cup twice during his time with the club, claims the wayward Italian just needs to start scoring goals for the Merseysiders.“The Liverpool fans are very knowledgeable, and you just don’t do that,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will have a word with him behind closed doors.“He still has a future at Liverpool. The fans are some of the most patient, but he has to realise he’s playing at Liverpool Football Club, not just any other club.“He’s got to show his commitment to the club by proving it on the pitch.”last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Joe McHughFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has said that the €3,027,053 allocated to Donegal for additional road surface restoration works, is the third largest allocation of funding nationwide, from a total budget of €50m.The funding for Regional & Local Roads Expenditure has been announced this morning by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar TD.Deputy McHugh said: “Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD has allocated €3.027m to Donegal County Council for additional funding to be directed primarily to surface restoration works in 2013, from a total budget of €50m nationally. “Donegal has received the third largest allocation nationwide.“I understand that there is also flexibility for some of the additional funding to be allocated to particular safety schemes, should Donegal County Council consider that those particular safety schemes need to be progressed urgently.“Donegal has received the third largest allocation in the country.”  DONEGAL GETS EXTRA €3M FOR ROAD WORKS – McHUGH was last modified: June 11th, 2013 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:DONEGAL GETS EXTRA €3M FOR ROAD WORKS – McHUGHlast_img read more


first_imgA row over a bag of chips led to Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domhnaill being hospitalised after he was attacked on a bus.The row erupted over a bag of chips.The politician was one of a number of passengers on a late night bus leaving off passengers around West Donegal. However a row broke out on the bus leaving Senator O Domhnaill receiving a blow to the head for which he later received eight stitches in hospital.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard today how a lot of drink was taken by many of those who had got on the bus heading to Gaoth Dobhair on August 22nd, 2010.Before the court was construction manager Cathal O’Donovan who pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr O Domhnaill.Defense barrister Sean MacAoidh said there was a certain bartering system going on as O’Donovan and his friend, who were both married to two local sisters, were getting on the bus.He claimed Mr O Domhnaill had tried to get a takeaway but the chip shop had been closed.However Mr O’Donvan, 45, and another man had managed to get some chips and that Mr O Domhnaill had said he would get them onto the bus and have them left home in return for food.O’Donovan pleaded guilty of assaulting Senator O Domhnaill.However, Mr O’Domhaill denied this ever happened, the court was told.A general altercation took place after O’Donovan, who is originally from Cork but living in London, and his friend were taken off the bus.O’Donovan managed to get back on the bus and struck Senator O Domhnaill, of Killult, Falcarragh, on the head.It was also claimed that Senator O’Domhnaill tried to kick the accused through a sliding door on the bus.Garda Sgt Rory Harrison said he interviewed bus driver Joe Alcorn who said O’Donovan, of 8 Milner Walk, New Eltham, London, and his friend were acting in a very aggressive manner on the night.Defense barrister Sean MacAoidh said O’Donovan was due to be dropped off at a house they were staying in locally while attending a christening.However the bus passed by the house leaving the bus a long distance away from where they were staying.Gardai interviewed O’Donovan the following day but he initially denied the assault.He also suffered a broken nose and two black eyes, according to his barrister.Mr MacAoidh said his client had no previous convictions and was a father of one with another child on the way in London where he lived.He said he was not proud of his actions but that it had occurred in a certain context when a lot of drink was taken by many involved.Judge Matthew Deery asked if O’Donovan had any money he could offer by way of compensation to the injured man.A sum of €1,000 was offered which was accepted by Judge Deery.He also imposed an 18 months jail sentence on O’Donovan which he suspended for two years and also ordered him to keep the peace for that time.SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL LEFT HOSPITALISED AFTER ROW OVER A BAG OF CHIPS was last modified: July 15th, 2014 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:ASSAULT CAUSING HARMCathal O’DonovanchipsdonegalLETETRKENNY CIRCUIT COURTSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLtaxilast_img read more

Marrin Selected to Preseason All-PFL Team

first_imgMarrin, who earned 2016 Preseason All-PFL honors, battled through an injury most of last season to earn all-PFL honors. He recorded 17 tackles including 11 solo and 0.5 for a loss in 2016. In 2015, Marrin posted a league-best 8.5 sacks among 12.5 tackles for a loss and earned first-team All-PFL honors. For tickets to catch the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium this season, visit, or call (515) 271-DOGS. Returning players who were selected to the league’s 2016 All-PFL Teams were placed automatically on the 2017 Preseason All-PFL team in order of voting. Eight First-Team All-PFL honorees return for the 2017 season. In addition, 14 Second-Team All-PFL selections and seven honorable mention recipients join the 2017 preseason squad.  ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Mack Marrin was named to the 2017 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team as selected by the league’s head coaches, the league announced Tuesday, July 25.center_img The upcoming 2017 season marks the 25th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Championship.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more