Ebola Corpses ‘Dumped’ in Wetlands


first_imgAgainst the backdrop of the Liberian government’s announcement that it would “consider cremating” (burning) the corpses of those who have died from the deadly Ebola virus, the burial team from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) on Saturday dumped at least 45 bodies in Kissi Camp, near the Kpeh-kpeh Town Community, Upper Johnsonville, just northwest of the City of Paynesville. Guarded by a heavily armed platoon of the Liberian Army as well as Police Support Unit (PSU) officers from the Liberia National Police, two mini trucks conveyed the corpses to the west bank of the Kpanwein River to be dropped off in mass graves dug by a hired yellow machine.The Kpanwein River connects the Kpeh-Kpeh Town Community to Whein Town in the east and Chicken Soup Factory on Somalia Drive in the west, as well as Upper and Lower Johnsonville and many other communities.Since the first truckload of corpses arrived Saturday, residents of Johnsonville have vehemently rejected the use of their community to dispose of the bodies.  According to Kpeh-Kpeh Town Chief Joseph S. Karway, the community’s main concern is that the plot of land where the graves have been dug is a wetland on the bank of a river that is a source of water for many surrounding communities. They fear that their wells – from which they get water for drinking and domestic use – will get contaminated, exposing them to other diseases. Furthermore, the land designated for the disposal of the corpses is privately owned, with cornerstones conspicuously planted and marked.  One of the landowners, a businessman named Mr. Cole, said he was never contacted regarding the use of the piece of land he had purchased with a probated deed for his son, Joseph F. Dolo (cornerstone marked: JFD).  “I’m not asking them to pay me [money] for my land.  I’m going to take the authorities to task for illegally using my land to bury dead bodies,” he said.Enraged that they had not been informed that their community would play host to such a burial site given the implications involved, youth from Kpeh-kpeh Town and nearby communities started felling trees across the road, denying passage to the vehicles en route to bury the dead. The PSU responded with brutal action which turned bloody for some of the resistant residents.  The police were backed by troops of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) commanded by 1st Lieutenant Alloycious Quaye of the Military Police Unit (MP).1st Lt Quaye told the Daily Observer that the AFL’s duty was to provide ‘security’ for the yellow machine and other government vehicles that were assigned with the process of burying the bodies in the area.”But in the process, some residents who tried to put up resistance to the process — identified as Carey Daniel, Sheriff, Armstrong, and few other persons, among them, a couple, Prince and Patience Yormie — were allegedly brutalized by the LNP officers.For his part, Johnsonville Township Commissioner, Melvin Bettie, told the Daily Observer that he was indirectly connected to the dumping of the bodies, because, when approached by the MOH/SW authorities, he could not immediately provide a burial site for the corpses.According to him, he was not the one who ordered the execution of the burial exercise, but “because of my job, I assigned the Land Commissioner, Michael Taylor, to supervise the process.”Mr. Taylor is yet to comment regarding his involvement.While it is not yet clear exactly who authorized the burial of the Ebola corpses in that location, this is a glaring example of the Liberian government’s lack of coordination and capacity to handle the effects of the Ebola epidemic. The yellow machine broke down after a few graves were dug and, as a result, several other bodies were left floating in holes of water, not properly buried. The corpses, according to our security source, were those collected from several other local hospitals including the ones picked up from the ELWA Hospital, particularly at the Ebola ‘Quarantine’ Unit.The corpses were accompanied by corresponding plywood pegs bearing their respective names, ages and dates of death. However, the pegs were left scattered on the ground with no apparent attempt to mark the graves of the deceased.Among the corpses deposited there is that of the late Dr. Patrick Nshamdze, 57, who expired on August 1, 2014.  He was a Cameroonian and the Chief Administrator of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Congo Town, Monrovia. Others include: Vivian Pewe, 24; Joyce Paul, 28; John Forkpah, 27; Musu Johnson, 39, Sister Shalor, 35; Gerald K. Kollie, 45; Joe Gbozeh, 50; Mercy Dahn, 35; James D. Paul, 35; Joy Moses, 58; Augustine Jalo, 45; Isatu Joe, 20; Mamie S. Kparteh, 29; and Edward K. Brown, 63; Lusu Fayia, 60; Hawa Sirleaf, 24; Krubo Carter; 17, Korpo E. Kollie, 25; and Kollie Klemie, 60; among others. They all died at various locations reportedly of the Ebola-like symptoms between July 29 and August 1, 2014.Up to press time last night, the Observer reliably learnt that authorities of the MOH/SW were transporting more corpses to the site for dumping.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ozil deal was cheapest option for Arsenal – Wenger


first_imgBut despite Ozil becoming the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history, Wenger believes it was still preferable to the outlay on entering the transfer market for a replacement.“When you let a player go you have to buy somebody of the same calibre and if you add the wages needed it will be similar,” he said.“On top of that we have to pay a transfer. So overall I think Mesut for us was the cheapest option.”With Ozil staying at the club and Arsenal bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January window, Wenger now has a wealth of attacking riches to use alongside striker Alexandre Lacazette.And he admits that there could be occasions when all four players are used together.Wenger added: “I will try to find a way to do it. We play so many games that everyone will get games. It’s always possible. Will I do it? Maybe. I don’t know. But I think it’s possible, yes.“You need at least two top strikers in the Premier League, because if one is injured then you have a problem.“Would I rather win 4-3? That is not the solution I like — I like the four, but I don’t like the three.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (left) talks to Arsene Wenger after joining Arsenal from Real Madrid in September 2013LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal took the cheapest option available by handing Mesut Ozil a new Sh 50mn (£350,000) a week contract at the Emirates.Ozil ended months of speculation over his future by penning a new three-year deal this week after his previous contract had been due to expire in the summer.last_img read more

Kate Upton, Justin Verlander welcome first child


first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 11 (PTI) Actor-model Kate Upton and Justin Verlander have become proud parents of a baby girl.Upton gave birth to their first child on November 7, the professional baseball pitcher announced on Instagram Sunday.The couple has named the little one Genevieve.”Welcome to the world Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my (heart) the first second I met you! 11.7.2018,” Verlander captioned the photo of his fingers interlaced with their baby’s.Upton shared their daughter’s first photo and captioned it: “Genevieve Upton Verlander 11.7.18.”The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model announced her pregnancy in July.The couple recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary. PTI RDSRDSlast_img

Its difficult to defend Neymar Pelé


first_imgAccording to the Brazilian legend, Neymar has also been unlucky after his country failed to win the FIFA World CupFor Brazilian legend Pelé, Neymar’s attitude and theatrics make him undefendable.“It’s difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football. I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability,” Pele was quoted by SBS.“He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I’ve been with him in Europe twice. We talked and I explained: ‘The God of football gave you the gift. What you do complicates it’,” he explained.“People compare me with [Kylian] Mbappe and there are similarities, right? But he is already 19. He won the World Cup.”“I think Neymar is a more complete player than him, but in Europe, everyone speaks more about Mbappe,” he concluded.last_img read more

Cabrillo National Monument open house to share trail management plan


first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The National Park Service is putting together a new Trail Management Plan which will guide them for the next 25 years and are asking for public comment.The public is invited to comment with their preferences online before the deadline on May 13 or visit Cabrillo National Monument for an Open House Thursday April 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Three options including The National Park Service’s preferred option is available online at this link: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cabrillotmpea Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Cabrillo National Monument open house to share trail management plan KUSI Newsroom April 24, 2019 Posted: April 24, 2019last_img read more