The Supreme Court of Liberia has finally given its verdict on whether or not the nation should hold the special senatorial election. The Court agreed, in a vote of three to two, that the elections should proceed.The petitioners, who asked the Court to postpone the special elections, argued that holding this election could lead to further Ebola viral transmission and threaten the people’s lives. But in its ruling last Friday, the Court said the Ebola issue is a political one, to be decided by the first two branches of government—the Legislative and Executive. The High Court has said exactly what the Daily Observer argued in its Editorial last Monday, December 8: “We pray that the court will find a way to mitigate (ease) the tension, by first realizing that the elections have been approved by the two other branches of government [Legislative and Executive]; and by suggesting ways in which the threat of viral transmission can be minimized.”In its ruling, the Supreme Court reminded the petitioners that the Liberian Constitution allows for the “separation of powers” between the three branches of government,” with each having its separate and distinct functions. It is purely judicial matters that have been reserved for the Judiciary, and these are matters upon which the two other branches dare not encroach. By the same token, matters political are the exclusive preserve of the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Chief Justice Korkpor and his colleagues on the bench agreed that Ebola and all the constraints and restraints that go with it are purely political, and belong to the two political branches of the Liberian government—not the Judiciary.We think it is commendable that the eminent citizens and their fellow petitioners had the courage and commitment to the safety of their fellow Liberians to try the strength of their conviction at the highest judicial level, the full bench of the Supreme Court. This was perfectly within their constitutional rights to do.Now that the High Court has ruled that the elections may go ahead, the ball is back in the court of the Legislature and the Executive, and most particularly its electoral arm, the National Elections Commission (NEC).It is the nation’s good fortune that the President has requested, and the Legislature has consented, that they remain in session for at least another week to handle matters relating to oil blocks which have been recently negotiated. Once the Legislators return to the Capitol today (Monday), the President, through her emissaries, NEC Chair Jerome Korkoyah included, should approach the Legislature and together come up with and agree on some guidelines on how the risk of viral transmission can be MINIMIZED as Liberians participate in the electoral process.We believe that massive campaigns are definitely out of the question. NEC should in no uncertain terms tell the political parties and senatorial candidates that massive street demonstrations, parades and rallies and threaten the health of the nation. Two primary considerations must be stressed here: first, Ebola is real, it kills and is very easy to spread, especially through close personal contact. Second, the international community has so far spent billions of dollars helping us to contain and eradicate the virus from our shores. This massive effort and expenditure of human and financial resources to fight the deadly Ebola virus must not be jeopardized for any non-life threatening reason, politics included.As we proceed with these elections on December 20, it is imperative that we help ourselves by doing everything possible to restrain the virus, especially preventing bodily contact which is highly unavoidable during mass rallies such as we witnessed recently. The Legislature and Executive can and must show the way forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has taken the step to ensure quality improvement becomes more of a reality with the appointment of a new manager for the Quality Improvement Unit.GPHC Quality Improvement Manager Leslyn Holder; Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell; GPHC Board Chairperson Kesaundra Alves; GPHC Chief Executive Officer, Retired Brigadier George Lewis; GPHC Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey and GPHC Head of Orthopaedics, Dr David SamarooNow heading that unit is Leslyn Holder, who has been employed at the Hospital since December 2018. Holder replaces the previous manager, Yolanda Renville, who migrated.This announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the institution, Retired Brigadier George Lewis during a recent media briefing, where the Hospital’s administration was addressing findings surrounding a recent breach of protocol at the facility which resulted in the deaths of three children.Core functions of this unit within the Corporation surround infection control, occupational safety and health, quality improvement and data collection. The quality improvement team will be overseeing improvements to the quality of services, health care and management at the GPHC and all its external facilities.The GPHC, Guyana’s tertiary medical institution, is a premier health facility providing specialised care ranging from surgeries to services in the areas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, and Accident and Emergency to name a few.
Willsie struck less than a minute later by poking the puck between the post and Vokoun from the face-off circle at 1:03. Kopitar made it 3-0 at 11:55 of the second period when he skated with the puck behind the net and fired a wrist shot past Vokoun from the side of the net. Cammalleri pushed the lead to four goals in the third period with a one-timer from high in the slot on a 5-on-3 power play that beat Vokoun to his stick side at 6:29. The Predators avoided the shutout at 10:14 when Hamhuis scored. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anze Kopitar scored twice and Brian Willsie and Michael Cammalleri had goals for the Kings. Sean Burke made 21 saves. “It was a classic total team effort for us,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We knew we had to keep our composure. That’s always the way you have to play against teams that have as much talent as the Predators have.” NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Kings are a team going nowhere this season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun along the way. The Kings, with the worst record in the Western Conference, beat the Nashville Predators, the best team in the West, 4-1 on Saturday. The Kings, who own the NHL’s worst road record (8-18-2), are 2-0-3 in their past five games. Dan Hamhuis scored for Nashville, which had an eight-game winning streak at home snapped. “It’s no secret that Los Angeles has been playing well,” coach Barry Trotz said. “Sean Burke is playing really strong lately for them. They have a real solid defense that has been a staple all year. They just hadn’t been in sync as a team, but lately they have been.” Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 29 seconds into the middle period. His shot from low inside the face-off circle bounced off the glove of goalie Tomas Vokoun and came to Lubomir Visnovsky, who fired the rebound back from the side. His attempt caromed off Vokoun to Kopitar, who put the puck in off Vokoun, who fell backward in the crease. Kopitar said the Kings were motivated by their last visit to Nashville, a 7-0 loss on Dec. 23. “We knew we had to come out strong, and we did,” he said. “Our last game here we got beat pretty bad. We paid attention to details. We executed and that brought the success in this game.”