With All Our Might, Liberians, Guineans and Sierra Leoneans Must Fight WHO and CDC…

first_imgEven as reports from throughout Liberia, including some of the epi-centers of the deadly Ebola virus, say it  is rapidly receding, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for  Disease Control are still making alarming and apocalyptic ‘predictions’ that Ebola will continue to spread by massive proportions well into January 2015.The question that readily comes to mind is, What are these two global organizations up to?  After taking a full six months to respond to this deadly emergency in three West African countries where people were dropping dead in their thousands, WHO is still insisting that Ebola deaths could exceed 20,000.Pessimistically worse yet, the Atlanta-based United States government’s CDC says that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people may be infected by January.  And now the British medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases have just come out with another dreadful prediction, that “unless accelerated efforts to control the disease are made, the virus, by mid-December, will infect 171,000 and kill 90,000 people in Liberia alone.Are these grim predictions real? Are they a ploy to attract more world response against the epidemic, or are they designed for something else?When last week President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Foya in Lofa County, where Ebola first broke out in Liberia from across the border in Guinea, there had been in the past three weeks NO new cases reported in Lofa.  In addition, the Ebola Treatment Center in Foya was practically empty.   In Ganta, Nimba County, which lost over a hundred people, reports are saying that there are no new cases there either, and that the death toll has diminished.Even in Monrovia, reports coming in to this newspaper say the cases are going down, and that most ETUs have limited occupancy.  Our Senior Reporter Omari Jackson visited several communities around Monrovia, many of them badly affected slums, and reported that the people were in a thanksgiving mood because the number of infections and deaths were way down.Reporter Jackson said people were very upset that WHO and others were saying the reason the numbers in ETUs were down was that ‘infected’ people were staying away for fear of Ebola stigma and cremation.   He said he found no one in the several communities visited who held that view.  Many were upset with the WHO and CDC for giving these alarming predictions.  The people interviewed by Reporter Jackson said that just as they were beginning to feel a welcome sense of relief, given the visible decline in the viral infections and deaths, these WHO and CDC predictions were causing them great discomfort and anxiety.Reporter Jackson discovered another highly positive development: people are religiously following all measures of prevention, including washing their hands, not touching one another or dead bodies and insisting that anyone suspected of any kind of infection is immediately sent away from the neighborhood and led to a center where that person can be tested. In other words, the people are no longer hiding their sick, but doing what they know they must do to fight the virus.  So we expect corresponding encouragement from all the partners, including the international bodies.With the virus receding, it will be interesting to see what will happen in the 17 ETUs nearing completion by the American military contingent and by the Chinese and other partners.  Reporter Jackson visited the latest one at the new Defense Ministry premises and found that there were so far no patients there.It is an historical fact that Liberia has never before faced a health crisis like this one.  The WHO and CDC predictions, even as our people are responding robustly to the established preventive measures, have presented us with another very serious challenge:  just as President Ellen Johnson said a week ago, we must REJECT these predictions by fighting with all our might to resist this virus and expel it from ourcountry and the Mano River basin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Republic Bank’s Visa debit cards hacked

first_img…millions missing from customers’ accounts…Bank says security measures being implementedCustomers of Republic Bank (Guyana) are reeling as millions of dollars are missing from their accounts. Over the past week, several customers have complained that monies are missing from their accounts and some even took to social media to call the Bank out for the discrepancy.On Wednesday, the Bank finally publicly confirmed that the monies were indeed missing after previously denying knowledge of the reports. Earlier in the week, after several customers reached out to Guyana Times about their missing money, a call to the Bank by this publication was met with denial by one of the managers.One customer related to this newspaper that on Saturday last he visited the Republic Bank Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara to do a transaction, but he received a notice saying there were insufficient funds to honour the requested amount. He said this prompted him to conduct a balance inquiry and to his astonishment his account only had $9000. The customer said that he was left speechless, since he was aware that his account had over $140,000. He said that on Monday, he went to the Bank and made a report and was given a dispute form to fill out. He said that he was advised by the teller that the investigation process for such a claim takes between 60 to 90 days. He said that he was also informed that the matter has to be investigated by the Bank’s Trinidad branch.The customer expressed dissatisfaction with the response by the Bank, adding that when he enquired about reimbursement, he was not given positive feedback.Meanwhile, another customer said that he too was left shocked when he realised that $2 million was missing from his account. He said an inquiry revealed that money was deducted from his account to pay for several online purchases.Another customer said that she went to the ATM and found that $60,000 was missing and went right away to the Bank. She said she too was given a dispute form to fill out. The young lady slammed the Bank for not being honest with its customers about the hacking incident.Additional security measuresOn Wednesday, Republic Bank (Guyana) confirmed that some of its customers have been impacted by recent fraudulent activity on its Visa International Debit cards.The Bank said that additional security measures have been put in place to reduce further impact, and as a result, some customers may experience interruptions in service.In a statement, the Bank said it was taking the necessary steps to regularise all affected accounts using a well-defined, standard process, focused on reducing customer inconvenience. “The Bank regrets the inconvenience to its customers and advises that impacted customers will be asked to confirm and validate their transactions to assist with this process,” it stated.According to the Bank, it was able to quickly identify cases where customers’ cards were compromised and was able to effectively minimise the risk to other customers.The statement highlighted that the Bank would continue to ensure that the most up-to-date security was available through all of its channels for the financial safety of the Banking public.“The Bank also takes this opportunity to remind customers of the need to be vigilant when using their debit cards and monitoring their account activity.”As of recent, several customers have complained of unauthorised deductions and transactions being made utilising their Bank accounts.A section of an account statement from the bank to one of the customerslast_img read more

Holloway sacked by Millwall

first_img Millwall have sacked manager Ian Holloway 1 Millwall have sacked manager Ian Holloway.The Lions are sceond from bottom of the Championship, eigth points adrift of safety, and have won only seven league games all season.Chairman John Berylson said: “This was a hard decision to take because we very much hoped that Ollie would prove to be the man to take us forward and on to the next level. I would like to thank him for his efforts, and in particular for keeping us in the Championship last May.“This season, though, has proved to be an extremely challenging one and we now find ourselves facing another uphill battle to avoid relegation.“Ian Holloway remains a fine manager and it was his impressive track record which led us to appoint him some 14 months ago. However, our view is that the decision to part company at this stage is in the best interests of the football club going forward.“Neil Harris has agreed to take over managerial duties for the remainder of the season and I am confident that Millwall fans will give him every support over the next couple of months as we strive to turn our current run of form around.”last_img read more