Nimba Stolen Ebola Rice Case Resurfaces

first_imgNimba County’s stolen Ebola rice case, which was thrown out of court recently over the prosecution’s failure to present evidence, is said to have resurfaced and the suspects are expected back in court today.The case resurfaced after the Nimba Legislative Caucus mounted pressure on the Ministry of Justice to re-file the case for prosecution without delay.  Senator Thomas S. Grupee, Chairman of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, told the Radio Saclepea Morning Show last Tuesday that the Nimba County Attorney had been ordered to gather all evidence on the case for immediate prosecution.He said the act of stealing rice intended for Ebola victims was a very bad thing, and should be considered as “a crime against humanity”.  He demanded that those involved in stealing food intended for the sick or people in quarantine, should not go unpunished.Senator Grupee added that the caucus will not rest until all those involved are brought to justice to serve as a deterrent against such a shameful crime.On 31st October 2014 the Ganta Magisterial Court threw out the stolen Ebola Rice case involving four Nimba Health Workers and a business woman indefinitely, because the prosecution filed in a motion to have the case “Nulleprosequi” due to insufficient evidence.The prosecution, represented by Attorney James Boayou,  said he could not prosecute the case in the absence of the plaintiff, who is the County Health Services Director Ramsey Leesala.Ganta City Solicitor, Attorney Boayou, said “I declared the case Nulleprosequi until the complainer can come and explain the details of the case to me.”But Senator Grupee said they are making sure that the plaintiff, the Health Officer under whose custody the items were stolen, will be present at the court to back the case.Since the case was thrown out of court, nothing has been heard from the Nimba County Health Team from whose warehouse the items were stolen and who did not turn up for the hearing.There has been administrative wrangling between the leadership of Nimba and the county caucus over the handling of funds intended for the fight against Ebola.The tussle led to the subsequent dismissal of Teeko Yorlay from the post of Assistant Superintendent for Development after the case reached the plenary of the parliament where a vote of no confidence was imposed on him and Supt. Fong Zuagele.The County Health Team has come under criticism recently for what was alleged as single handedly managing the budget allotted by the government for the Bahn Health Center.The issue of the single handed management of the budget led the Bahn Health Board, headed by one Joseph Menlor, to resign because of what it claimed as non compliance, undermining and ostracizing.Even though, the County Health Authority said the money had been used to undertake some development projects for the Bahn Health Center, using the funds in the absence of the board with the accountant based in Sanniquellie, still created serious concern and suspicion among the citizens. The stolen Ebola rice case began on 1st October 2014 when the LNP Ganta Detail arrested a vehicle marked TP. 766 with about 200 bags of 25kg rice, 15 five- gallon containers of vegetable oil and 10 bags of beans.  These items were part of the food consignment donated to Nimba by the World Food Program (WFP) for those under quarantine from Ebola.The bags of rice were loaded on a mini truck headed for Saclepea from Sanniquellie when it was arrested by police in Ganta.  It was believed to be without a way bill.However, those accused of involvement in the alleged illegal removal of the rice, namely C. Paul Nyanzee of County Community Health Service, Director Var Bleh, Ware House Manager, Sarah Lawehyee, Kou Yelibor, County Mental Health Officer and  businesswoman Kou Kouh of Saclepea, had all been exonerated by the court and freed to resume their normal activities.They were arrested by the Liberian National Police on charges including criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and theft of property and sent to court.In the same development, the Karnplay City Mayor was linked to another stolen Ebola food case involving bulgur wheat distributed by the ADRA in Karnplay.  She denied any link with the crime, but the stolen food items were discovered outside the ware house.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Africa tackles land degradation

first_img7 December 2011Africa is setting the example in tackling land degradation, with some encouraging results – countries like Niger have managed to regenerate five-million hectares in the last 20 years. But there is still much more that can be done to tackle desertification, land degradation and drought.Some parts of Africa – the West African Sahel region, Sudan, northeast Ethiopia and Kenya – are particularly vulnerable to land degradation, resulting in soil erosion, deforestation, and loss of woody vegetation which makes them less able to bear crops and pasture.South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe used the Land Day side-event at COP 17 in Durban on Tuesday to ask all stakeholders to put this serious issue on their agenda at Rio+20 and beyond.“We meet at a time when there is growing despondence about the multilateral world governance system, where the world community has lost patience with too much talking and no action,” Motlanthe said.“You must at all times, starting here in Durban, Rio+20 and beyond, advocate the need for urgent agreement on action and funding for sustainable development and mitigating the effects of climate change.”Achieving zero net land degradation ‘very possible’Dennis Garrity, Drylands Ambassador for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said during his address that achieving zero net land degradation and in turn overcoming poverty was very possible.He said local communities were taking action, but needed more support through policy and the creation of a rural resource centre. Garrity said a fresh, low-cost approach had to be taken to regenerate land.Motlanthe said there was a need for everyone to enhance the implementation of the UNCCD as a global policy and monitoring framework to address issues of soil and land degradation.“We also need to invest in infrastructure and services that support sustainable land use and management,” Motlanthe said. “The actions that are required on the ground to achieve a zero net rate of global land degradation are in line with the Sustainable Land Management approach.”Preserving the resource base for foodMotlanthe said African ministers had unanimously agreed that the time had come for the international community to commit itself to zero degradation of land.“Achieving such targets will go a long way in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, thus building the resilience of the populations and the ecosystems affected by desertification and land degradation,” he said.“Such action will also support efforts to preserve the resource base for food security and accelerate poverty eradication.”Motlanthe said it was encouraging that legislation and policies of many countries embraced the principle of sustainable development, particularly in as far as matters of land-use management were concerned.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Now Comes the Hard Part for Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud computing#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The ceremony is over. Now comes the hard part for Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft.HP is now the primary supplier of hardware for Microsoft’s private-cloud initiative. The $250 million partnership calls for the two companies to align on sales, engineering and professional services.Microsoft is pushing a strategy that looks similar to the approach that made it the multi-billion dollar company it is today.That approach put Microsoft in the center position during the PC era. It carried to some extent into the Internet age but by that time open-source efforts began to gain significant strength. Microsoft could not use its proprietary dominance on the PC to gain the same lock on the Internet, a peer-to-peer network that is smart at its edges, not at its core.Now comes the age of the cloud. Microsoft is focusing on making its software the core technology, integrated tightly with HP hardware. It’s conceivable that the approach may work, especially in a virtualized environment.HP’s role is to provide the data center hosting services, networking gear and servers for the Azure platform. Applications will be optimized for HP’s Converged Infrastructure. Companies may choose to deploy the platform in HP’s container environment.You can imagine the capital expenditures for these deployments. But it’s also one of the realities of today’s market. There is a class of the enterprise that wants this type of controlled environment. And then there are the hosting providers that serve a wide variety of customers who also want a contained environment. But open source in the enterprise continues to gain acceptance as does it in the cloud. This week’s news that Rackspace is open-sourcing its cloud infrastructure means there is the potential for a new network of open cloud offerings. Its promise is a level of interoperability that can not be attained in a virtualized network.Once a customer commits to Windows Azure Appliance they are pretty much saying that Windows Azure will be its core cloud service. It will mean that they have to rely on the software and hardware development from Microsoft and HP engineers. It’s powerful but not open-source by any means.Cloud computing is a revolution. You get that sense at an event like last night’s Cloudcamp here at OSCON. So much is changing.But revolutions do not happen overnight. In the meantime, the existing power structure in the enterprise will be looking to extend the scope of what they do. And for many, that means a more complex, more virtualized data center. That’s good news for Microsoft and HP.The wild card? How soon the revolution will take to play out.last_img read more