January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,As a motorist traversing the David Street/Sheriff Street area, I have observed the ongoing construction of a massive new wooden structure being erected at the confluence of those two streets where the Kitty Abattoir was once situated.Thinking that it was a new Abattoir being constructed to supplement the dilapidated one in Water Street, I stopped to chat with the construction crew. I was told that it was now private property and a private structure. I was disheartened and confused to say the least.How could the Council divest the city of this property without consulting the residents of Kitty? Is this another Bel Air Park or Subryanville playfield heist? How much did the city earn from this transaction? Who authorised the divestment.Why did the Public Relations Officer of the Council, who is always in the press propagating a lot of piffle about what is going on at City Hall and trying to represent errant officials there, not tell the residents of Kitty of what is going on in their ward?I am publicly appealing to the Councillor which represents the constituency of the Kitty ward to openly inform the citizenry of what is going on there. Will the residents of Kitty now have to approach the courts to stop this illegality?Sincerely,Sean Leviuslast_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,There are several key areas that need to be clearly addressed and ethically embraced to correct and prevent the further pursuing of a self-destructive path being taken by our government, whether they are from one of the major political parties or a new and upcoming one.These are the following:1. The clear reaffirmation and promotion of high moral standards and societal values such as Integrity, Respect, Top Quality, Loyalty to our Country and Unbiased Cooperation.We are supposed to be the “Cooperative” Republic of Guyana and this, Comrades, is the basis upon which our local, regional and central governments have been structured. Some in our society dislike the word comrade, yet when it comes to the sharing of national wealth, there is an expectation of a socialist approach, that being an equality in the share of the riches. We must take sharing with cooperation and this should be done with a spirit of camaraderie (that being defined as a spirit of friendship and community within a group). Our health-care system and education system are also rooted in this approach and as a result, even the less fortunate amongst us have benefited from the limited resources we have in our country. All of our presidents with one exception have been able to grow and develop from their youth as a result of our limited resources being available to the least amongst us.2. Talent development of our limited human resources and their utilisation regardless of political affiliation – once the first criteria is met (that being Integrity, Respect, Top Quality, Loyalty to our Country and Unbiased Cooperation)— continues to need to be a top priority to be both pursued and embraced within all levels of society and within our ministries and key institutions.3. Being content with the good in the life we have and preventing greed for riches that destroy the environment and the sustainability of our land must be paramount and clearly evident in how decisions are being made throughout the various levels of Government. Repeating the bad habits of those from the past is not in the spirit of continual improvement and should not be the expectation of a growing nation. At the time of independence, Guyana was in its infancy, we should have learnt to correct those mistakes over the years. As the Guyanese saying goes “better late than never”. This is the spirit in which we must approach our daily undertakings and decision making when looking towards the future and our sustainable development. So, my friends, it is never too late to have a serious discussion with our business partners and suppliers concerning opportunities to improve. Without our land being healthy, it will become more expensive and difficult to maintain personal good health and without good health, there are limited opportunities to add to the good in the life we have. The USA is an example of this, where the cost of health care dominates their budget, which they continue to struggle to correct. We as a nation are at a major decision point in our history and have an opportunity to chart a different path for our future. Do not let fool’s gold and foolish decisions take us down the wrong road.4. Low risk and high reward in our pursuits as a nation is the mantra of a smart and intelligent nation. In Guyana, we love to embrace what we call “Common Sense”. Now is not the time to neglect this important part of our culture. We have limited resources and we must make the most of the actions we undertake while still keeping an eye on what is best for future generations to come. There is no need to aggressively spend on projects that we cannot afford to maintain over the long term and we should not implement projects that could cost us the long-term viability of our land and people. Our actions should also not put at risk our National, Caribbean and South American communities.We as a nation as a result of poor decisions of the past have learnt the hard way how to make the most of a little and have developed a love for agriculture and the way of life of the tropics. There is an opportunity to help key places such as the USA in their endeavours to pursue a healthier life, and we must not turn a blind eye to this opportunity. We know how to take it easy and enjoy the good in the life we already have. Good sunshine; stable and good weather; good food as shared and sold by so many; good human interaction; especially in social settings and sports; and most of all, good loving as would be expected in a Caribbean culture. That, my friends, is a great start of an already good life, and over the years, our communities, both local and international, have embraced us and helped us stand strong on our feet. It would be irresponsible for us to undertake selfish acts as a nation that could lead to the detriment of the larger group. We must show strength of character in our strategic approach to sustainable and green growth. Our population size relative to our resources is adequate enough to add in a responsible way the improved standard of living that is being pursued. Hence, the call for added focus on debt reduction and the utilisation of wind and solar energy, as our primary energy sources. This is very achievable with what has been developed thus far in the oil industry and now is the time to say we have enough to responsibly accomplish our long-term goals.Now, everyone wants to make enough money to go out and have a good time while also taking care of their family or families. This doesn’t mean that the next guy has to suffer for this to happen. Whether the next guy is a fisherman, cane-cutter or the man up the road who is trying to take care of his own village. We do not have to take his living away to make ours happen. There is enough good land and a multitude of markets that we can support to make a good clean and honest living without putting everybody’s house at risk.We know a bad deal and a crook when we see one and there is no reason to encourage such bad behaviour and detrimental actions just to make another dollar. Being honest to one’s self is very important, and there is no reason for us to continue drilling new wells if we can’t understand what is currently going on with the current costs being presented and the costs being avoided in the agreement. This is not supposed to be a cat-and-mouse game when you have “GOOD” business partners and suppliers. However, it is prudent to “trust but verify”. Stop spending what the nation does not have and check closely for what the problem is and might be, because if a lot of wells continue to be drilled, there is increased opportunity to hide artificial costs and “rip us all off”. Remember, there are instances where less is more. Many people are taking their personal time, free of charge, to show clearly that there is a problem. Stop, and go and check what is really going on is all that is being asked. There was a lot of research done to show everyone that we are dealing with an industry, where the players like to take the upper hand and it’s not always done honestly. There is no reason to be naive. We are all from Guyana and common sense should tell us that this is what you do in such a situation. If there are continued requests to close our eyes to this important matter, people will start to question if there is corruption. Be honest about it, so the level of integrity of those involved is not further questioned. This is Guyana and people are not stupid, even though some may appear to want them to be. Spending more time in our people’s reality is a great way to better understand how annoyed people are getting with the perceived incompetence and bribery.When people are frustrated with the corruption and incompetence, they look elsewhere for guidance. At the end of the day, this is why different parties get an opportunity to govern and lead.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,I write on behalf of several parents who are afraid to speak out and let their voices be heard because they fear that their children would be victimised. The issue is in relation to Leonora Primary School offering extra lessons to Grade 2 pupils. Yes, Grade 2. These children are on average six years old, have to attend school from 08:45hrs to about 15:00hrs, and are now being asked to attend extra lessons at the school. I should point out that this is being offered at a fee.After the lessons, these children, depending on where they live, get home very late. Once they are home, they have to complete homework which is due the next day. They are also required to study from the regular text books which have been made mandatory by the school/Ministry of Education if they are to cover the syllabus.By then these children are tired and worn out, and would have to retire to bed. My child has complained several times that this is too much for him to endure, and it is causing him to be sick.Editor, can you please tell me when would these children get time to play or to actually be children? Play time should be compulsory for every child; this is what happens in countries across the world. The question is: Why are these children made to go through this torture at such a young age? I should also ask what is preventing these teachers from finishing off the syllabus during regular school hours.Yes, we do understand that it is the level where children have to be prepared for the Grade 2 Assessment, but they should not be made to suffer. In fact, this is doing more harm to the children than good.It could be recalled that, sometime back, the Ministry of Education had implemented a policy to ban extra lessons and enforce teachers to work hard — which they are paid to do — to finish the syllabus on time, irrespective of the grade the child is in. If a teacher wants to give extra lessons, while the school may argue that these lessons are not compulsory, other children who are not attending will automatically feel that they are missing out on work that they should have been part of. It would also be of great disadvantage to the child if the teacher chooses these sessions to introduce new topics. One can only imagine the confusion this would generate.While I will not delve into detail on the additional financial burden this will place on parents, I should mention briefly that parents are already saddled with so many expenses in relation to ‘internet-based’ homework, transportation, meals, sanitation fees, money for text books, money for test papers, etc.On a separate note, in terms of the ‘internet-based’ home work, the Ministry of Education needs to relook at its approach to assignments in general. When concerns are raised with the teachers about the level of the assignments given out, the teachers would say it is the Ministry of Education that makes these decisions. Some of these ‘assignments’ could be done in groups in class with proper supervision from the teacher. What we are seeing now is that parents would have to refer to an internet café to get them done, as they ask for pictures. Also, in relation to the ‘projects’ given to do as ‘assignment’, because parents want the maximum marks for their children, some end up giving professionals to complete; like joiners, carpenters, workers at internet cafes etc. This is wrong, and unfair to other children who actually spend time to get their work done.In addition to being unfair, just imagine the cost for materials and labour etc that parents are burdened with. The point I am making is that because of the approach taken, the child is not allowed to explore his/ her creative abilities. Much of the work which should be done at school is being transferred to the home at a very high price.A number of parents are scared to speak out, but they are grumbling in small corners, and the general feeling is ‘that this is the system, and nothing can be done’.We do hope that the Ministry of Education will take note of the issues raised in this letter, and take action to ensure that some of these issues are addressed for the benefit of our children, not just for the Grade 2 level at Leonora Primary, but for others schools as well.Yours truly,Concerned parentName and addresswithheldlast_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is accusing the judiciary of unnecessarily delaying the setting of a date for the elections petition to go to trial.During a news conference on Monday, the Party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee said that the delay was worrisome.“It is troubling and worrisome that a date has not been fixed and no explicable reason offered for its delay,” Rohee lamented.The petition, which was filed on June 24 last year, is asking the court to grant a number of orders, including the nullification of the 2015 General and Regional Elections as well as an order for new elections to be held.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) subsequently filed a summons to strike out the petition.But former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang, days before retirement, returned to the courtroom to quash the counter litigation, paving the way for the petition to go to trial.However, GECOM has since appealed the ruling.Legal consultants have told this newspaper that the appeal does not stop the Chief Justice from setting a date for the trial.Rohee said the PPP/C maintained that the elections were unlawfully conducted and the results were affected by unlawful actions and omissions.He explained that the petition was basically asking the court to determine and declare that the process was so flawed, contained so many procedural errors and instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions that the results that were derived could not be credibly deemed as an accurate representation of the will of the electorate.In this regard, Rohee is demanding that there be an end to the delays and that a date be fixed immediately.He posited that, after all, justice delayed was justice denied.last_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe male-to-female cross-dressing case was on Wednesday adjourned to October when it was brought before Justice Carl Singh at the Court of Appeal.The case filed by the Guyana Trans United (GTU) with support from the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and the University of the West Indies Faculties of Law Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP) sought to strike down laws which left transgenders open to arrest because of cross-dressing.Gulliver McEwan, representatives of SASOD and GTU, first filed the case after then Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that cross-dressing by men is not a crime as long as they did not do so for an improper purpose.After the ruling, cross-dressers believed that it did not prevent them from being harassed and arrested by police. As such they moved to the Court of Appeal to have Chang’s ruling overturned.However, when the matter was called, the appellants filed their arguments but were told that the State is yet to file theirs.The Appeal Court noted that the arguments filed by counsel for the appellants were extensive and that it wished some time to fully review them and to receive the arguments from the State.During the hearing, justice Singh questioned the validity of SASOD being on the rubric of the appeal, since the organisation was struck out as a party at first instance.However, in response, representing attorney Nigel Hughes stated that the documents would be amended but added that a formal application would be made for SASOD to be joined in the appeal.Commenting on the ruling, McEwen stressed that excluding civil society organisations (CSOs) such as SASOD and GTU would inhibit marginalised persons from being able to access justice.“If civil society groups are not included in the case, then how can we as a community be represented in something that affects us all? This case does not just affect the four individual litigants, it affects us all.”Managing director of SASOD Joel Simpson posited that Caribbean courts have taken a very restrictive approach to the standing of organisations, which he finds untenable.He added that it is particularly important for advancing human rights in Guyana, where individuals are often stigmatised, re-victimised and face amplified risks to their safety and security when challenging the state to respect the rights of a minority group.last_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMining Week activitiesAs a prelude to this year’s Mining Week activities, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) hosted an exciting Pork-Knocker Day playoffs and exhibition in Linden on Saturday.The activity, which was the first of its kind in the community and also conducted as part of the 100 years of bauxite mining observances inA scene from the exhibitionthe community, was hosted at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground, Wismar. It featured numerous games and exhibitions, including cricket, batelling, jigging, shovelling and mine rescue.Exhibits from several companies, including Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI); Banks DIH Limited; the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were also on show.GGMC Resource and Documentation Officer Beatrice Roberts Austin said the activity was family-oriented, with families from outlying communities, such as Coomacka, in attendance.“We’re doing two things, we’re bringing Pork-knocker Day to Linden, because Linden is one of the hubs – it’s one of the gateways to the interior. There are quite a few families out here that mine and also significantly, it’s a hundred years of bauxite mining in Guyana and we want to honour that, the industry and the people- families who’ve made huge inputs, made sacrifices for the bauxite industry. We want to recognise them and honour them,” Austin related.EPA Environmental Officer Dillon said he welcomed the opportunity to meet and inform people about the environment as it related to its protection, conservation and management. Notable, he said, was the fact that this was done in a fun and interactive way, through environmental games and trivia. Brochures and information on the environment were also available.Mining Week continues today with the National Mining Exhibition at Jubilee Park, Georgetown, followed by a public lecture on the oil and gas sectors in Savannah Suite, Pegasus on August 25; Pork-knocker Day Bartica edition at Regatta Pavilion on Saturday, August 27 and Mahdia Playoffs at Mahdia Community Centre Ground on September 3.last_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe E R Burrowes School of Art held an exhibition at the Umana Yana, Kingston on Thursday evening,Some paintings on display at the Burrowes School of Art exhibition at the Umana Yanashowcasing the creative works of nine graduating female students. This is the first time that the graduating class is all female.The one-day exhibition showcased drawings, paintings, sculptures, textile designs, ceramics, leather craft, graphic designs and photography.Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry congratulated the students for the dedicated work they have put into their creative pieces. The Minister noted that art tells a story and challenges one’s imagination. “Art allows people to express themselves and communicate with others, in other words, art ties people together,” the minister stated.Minister Henry pointed out that art pieces can be regarded as the soul and spirit of the artist. “Art draws the outsiders into the work of the artist and gives them the tools to help them understand how the artist thinks and feels,” the Minister opined.The Minister urged the artists to pay keen interest in what they do, be observant of their environment and capture and convey the atmosphere, characteristics and details of scenes.Administrator of the school, Ivor Thom said that many people are unfamiliar with the institution’s complexity and dynamism. Thom said that merely looking at the creative works displayed is testimony to what the school is doing.“We make art, we appreciate art, we study art because nothing else speaks to us the way art does; intuitively, emotionally and intellectually,” Thom explained.Additionally, Thom pointed out that artists have the power to change peoples’ perception of life and therefore they must consider the role they have to play in a developing society.Thom stated, “We (artists) freeze moments and time so that those (who) come after us can look at our art and through our art understand what used to be.”Present at the art exhibition was Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education Department of Culture, Youth and Sport Alfred King among other invitees. The students are expected to have their graduation exercise shortly.last_img read more

January 15, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA Pro-Democratic institution, Pro-Life Media Initiative, says the domino effect of  Ebola is fast becoming a catastrophe, hence it is urging the government of Liberia to reopen major referral hospitals to save the lives of thousands who are dying of curable diseases.The Executive Director of Pro-Life Media, Henry B. Flomo, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that they have observed that each day there are numerous cases in Communities in Monrovia and in the rural parts of the country of increasing deaths from such curable illnesses as malaria, typhoid and even labor pain.  “Because of the level of awareness on the ferocity of the Ebola virus, ailing people are left to die of minor ailments in communities. Where there are helping hands, health Centers are either filled or closed, thus leading to the demise of many,” Mr. Flomo lamented.He added: “Pro-Life Media also wants government to motivate Health Workers throughout the country by providing them with insurance and all necessary equipment to facilitate a safe and smooth working environment.Statistics put the death rate of Health Workers, as a result of Ebola, close to 30% overall, which is quite alarming and dangerous, as health workers continue to remain demotivated and exposed to the notorious virus.”The pro-democracy group is also urging both the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health and Social Welfare to take Data of suspected Ebola corpses being gathered from Communities in and outside Monrovia for proper delineation when the Virus is finally defeated.  According to Pro-Life Media, it is a known fact that not every corpse abandoned in communities is Ebola-related.Besides, the Group is cognizant that there will be family tracing of relatives and loved  ones dying during this horrific period in our nation’s history, thus proper data of all remains is important.Meanwhile, Pro-Life Media is happy with the level of awareness on the Ebola outbreak because of measures instituted by the National Task Force on Ebola, headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sileaf.Though expected earlier than later, the Ebola prevention measures by the Task Force is making the fight containable, especially given the fact that more and more citizens,  including traditionalists, Christians and Muslims, have come to believe that Ebola is real.  Pro-Life Media also welcomes the participation of politicians and well-meaning Liberians in the nationwide campaign to eradicate Ebola from Liberia and  the sub region.However, a statement from the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, says the government is exerting  fervent efforts to reopen referral hospitals including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Redemption and other medical institutions in the leeward counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 15, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWho is exempt from the religious violence being perpetrated in many parts of the world, especially Africa?  Not a single one of us.Is it, therefore, surprising to anyone that United States First Lady Michelle Obama has taken the rare step of delivering her husband’s weekly video address to express outrage over the plight of more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria? She told her nation and the world, “Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night.”This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.”  The militant Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on 14 April and has threatened to sell them into slavery, while eight girls were taken from another village earlier this week.The abductions have drawn international condemnation and promises of Special Forces assistance to find the girls from the US and UK.”I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home,” the First Lady said. “In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams, and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.” Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the abduction of more than 200 girls in north-east Nigeria.The U.S. first lady noted that the school where the girls were abducted had been closed recently because of terrorist threats, but the girls insisted on coming back to take exams. “They were so determined to move to the next level of their education … so determined to one day build careers of their own and make their families and communities proud,” she said. “And what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident,” she added.  “It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”They say “Charity begins at home.”  Today, we call on all mosques and churches, all religious leaders, Moslems, Christians, etc., to come forward and speak out vehemently against the kidnapping of these innocent Nigerian girls and demand that Boko Haram return them immediately to their schools so that they may continue their education.Today we urge all religious leaders, who are versed in the virtues of religion–love, faith in God, compassion, kindness, mutual respect and the protection of the individual, to speak out against these terrible acts of injustice and religious bigotry.In particular, we call on Sheik Kafumba Konneh and all Imams in Liberia to raise their voices in protest against what Boko Haram is doing to Nigeria and to innocent people in that country.  It is not enough to preach and write about an “ideal Muslim society.”  What indeed is an “ideal Muslim society” if innocent girls cannot find safety in the sanctuary of the educational campuses to learn and prepare themselves for national development?By keeping silent about these outrageous atrocities, religious leaders, especially Muslim ones, are telling us that what Boko Haram is doing is alright.  But we know better, for Sheikh Kafumba and all the Imams, too, like the Liberian clergy, have wives, daughters, nieces and cousins who are female and deserve the protection of the government, the school system, the general society and all of us.We condemn the archaic and backward thinking and utterances of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who has threatened to sell the 250 girls into slavery.  We know of nothing today more reprehensible and wicked, and we call on this group to stop destroying their own country in the name of Sharia law.  The world and all Africa should come to the aid of Nigeria.  We cannot sit supinely and see Nigeria at war again; for who can handle a hundred million refugees in West Africa?  The total chaos in the Sub-Region that no one would be able to contain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has with immediate effect declared a State of Emergency throughout the Republic of Liberia. This measure took effect as of Wednesday, August 6, 2014 and is to last for a period of 90 days.According to the President, the State of Emergency is in keeping with Article 86 A and B and of the Liberian Constitution, which calls on the Head of State to exhibit such power when the existence of the state is under threat.It comes at a time when the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc on the Liberian population, killing over 200 Liberians and over 1000 in the Mano River Union sub-region. The government had earlier put into place some stringent measures in an effort to contain the virus, but these seem not to be working.Addressing the nation late last night on the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), the Liberian leader said under the State of Emergency, the government will institute extra-ordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges as mandated by the constitution.She stressed that the virus now poses serious threat to security and welfare of the nation, and beyond the public health risk, the disease is now undermining the economic stability of our country to the tone of millions of dollars in lost revenues, productivity and economic activities.She promised to immediately forward the declaration of the state of emergency to the national legislature accompanied by the explanation of the facts and circumstances leading to the declaration, adding that despite all of the efforts from government and partners, the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc on the population, especially in eight counties, including Montserrado, which has Monrovia.She said: “…the [Ebola] threat continues to grow. Ignorance, poverty as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties.” President Sirleaf added that actions allowed by statute under public health law are no longer adequate to deal with the Ebola epidemic, as comprehensively and holistically as the outbreak requires.The Liberian President noted that the scope and skills of the epidemic now exceed the capacity and statutory mandates of any one government agency or ministry. The Ebola virus disease, the ramification and the consequences thereof now constitute the outright existing.“The healthcare system in the country is now under immense strain and the Ebola epidemic is having a chilling effect on the overall healthcare delivery. Out of fear of being infected with the disease, healthcare practitioners are pressed to accept no patient, especially in community clinics all across the country. Consequently many common diseases which are prevalent during the raining season such as malaria, typhoid, and common colds are going untreated and would lead to unnecessary and preventable deaths,” she said.“The government and people of Liberia require extraordinary measures for the very survival of the state and the protection of the lives of our people. Therefore and by virtue of the powers vested in me as President of the Republic of Liberia, I Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, in keeping with Article 86 A and B of the Constitution of the Republic thereby declare a State of Emergency throughout the Republic of Liberia, effective as of August 6, 2014 for a period of 90 days.”Tha last known state of emergency declared in Liberia was in 2003 under the Presidency of Mr. Charles Taylor, whose government was embattled by armed rebels from all over the City of Monrovia. President Taylor eventually stepped down from office and into exile, leaving the state of affairs to his Vice President Moses Z. Blah (now deceased).The Ebola virus currently has no cure, and has a fatality rate of 90 percent, the aggregate numbers of cases, confirmed, probable and suspected cases in the country has now exceeded 500, with about 271 deaths, 32 of them being healthcare workers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more