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Liberia Quarantined?

first_imgSome members of the international community are now closing their respective doors on Ebola-affected, Liberia, as many international airliners suspend flights to Liberia.Since the second wave of Ebola outbreak in the country early July, many international airlines ranging from US-owned Delta to Air France and Kenya Airways, have all suspended service to the West African nation.The latest of them was Liberia’s long standing airline partner, Brussels Airlines which until Tuesday,  August 26, was indefinitely suspended its Liberia flights. Yesterday stranded travelers breathed a great sigh of relief, welcoming the news that the airline would resume flights on Thursday,  August 28.”The Management of Brussels Airlines has the pleasure to inform its esteemed guests that we have resumed flight operations,” a statement from the airliner read. “All passengers originally scheduled to travel on Sunday the 24th and Monday the 25th of August are now rescheduled to fly out of Monrovia on Thursday, the 28th of August.”Passengers are advised to direct any enquiries to the head office of the airline.Monrovia is now left with only two commercial airlines to and from the country. The other, Royal Air Maroc, is basically unable to address Liberia’s “lightly busy” air traffic.Although the Moroccan airline is still flying to and from Monrovia, the North African state is reportedly denying passengers from Monrovia, a piece of information this paper could not independently verify.Brussels’ near departure clearly indicates that the situation is gradually getting worse for the Liberian government and its people, and this latest move by the European nation speaks to the fact that the nation’s economy is being badly hit by the disease, a political analyst said.The suspension of flights to Liberia by other international carriers means that due to Ebola, members of the international community have decided to “quarantine Liberia” in order to prevent the spread of Ebola beyond the Liberia, the political analyst asserted.Even flights from other African nations that frequented Liberia now suspended:Arik Airways – suspended flights indefinitely from July 28Air Ivoire – suspended flights indefinitely from August 11Asky – changed flight routes on 2 AugustBritish Airways – suspended flights until 31 August, 2014, but later suspended flights indefinitelyEagle Airlines – flights suspendedGambia Bird – suspended flights indefinitelyKenya airways – suspended from midnight, Tuesday August 19, no re-initiation date announced.Liberia is only open to the waters and there are a precious few vessels coming to Monrovia currently.Before the Ebola outbreak, Liberia was faced with three consecutive budget shortfalls, leading to what appeared to be a near total collapse of the economy.An economy already affected by revenue downturn is now embattled by the killer disease, Ebola. Over the last two months, the Liberian government has struggled to contain and eradicate the virus; but from all indications, the battle remains an uphill task for the government and its people.Nonetheless, Liberian officials say they had hoped that its African neighbors at the very least would stand in solidarity with them  while taking every precaution to keep their populations safe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Linden welcomes new Mayor

first_imgNewly-appointed Mayor of the Linden Municipality, Waneka Arindell and Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune were given an honorary welcome into the Council on Wednesday with an officiating march-past by Constabulary staff. Following this, Arindell hosted the first statutory meeting of the Council since being officially sworn in as Mayor on March 28. Outgoing Mayor Carwyn Holland was also awarded aMayor Waneka Arindell and Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune take the salute during the Constabulary march-past on Wednesdaytoken of appreciation by staff for serving two conservative terms. His name has since been added to the official list of Linden Mayors displayed on the walls of the Constabulary Hall. Holland also thanked Councillors and members of the municipality for nominating and electing him to serve as Mayor. He also wished the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor a successful term, advising them to work together. “I wish to leave with the understanding that service to the community comes first. We have to pay keen attention to petty politicking which can affect and stymie progress and cause major distractions. I wish that the new Mayor be allowed to function without these interjections coming from both Councillors and from Administration”, he noted while advocating for the Deputy Mayor to be given an office owing to the demands of the post.last_img


first_imgTHE CLEVER CROOK behind the Donegal investment scam wasn’t so smart after all as his post-dated cheques to clients have bounced – but there are alarming details emerging today of a SECOND scam which has hit poorer investors.And that means Garda fraud squad detectives can nail him for FRAUD.Since broke the story on how a smooth-talking criminal encouraged dozens of local people to put millions of euro into a dodgy ‘investment’ scheme a few weeks ago we have been inundated with information from people ripped off by the scam. Now more people have come forward to report that post-dated cheques given to them by the foreign national fraudster and his sales agents have bounced.One Donegal investor told us: “I had put money in a few months back and was promised a great return. In fact I was given a post-dated cheque for the amount I was entitled to and there was a great per centage profit.“But I now feel mugged. I went to lodge the cheque but it bounced. I feel like a complete fool for agreeing to get involved in the first place.”A well-placed legal source revealed: “Knowingly writing a cheque for funds that don’t exist is a criminal offence so that’s good news for the cops.” The crook behind the scheme has fled Donegal with his wife and children. They were said to be good neighbours in the town where they lived.SECOND SCAMThere is a growing fear that dozens of other people have now also been caught out in a second scam run by the shameless and heartless crook.The main scam exposed by involved the roly-poly rogue persuading relatively well-off investors to put money into a scheme where he claimed he could buy and sell liquidated stock at huge profit.Some people are owed more than €1M. However the mean-spirited second scam involved some of the less well-off in our society here in Donegal.Many are young couples who had joined what appeared to be a legitimate savings scheme. Some of them could lose their homes as a result of the second scam.Legal restraints prevent us from giving some information on how this second scam operated, but it is now clear many young people saving for their futures will have lost thousands of euro.We hope to be able to shed more light on the scams – and the swindler in the next few days. * Could the people who have more documents on the case please contact us again via* Do you know something we should investigate? Contact us in complete confidence at info@donegaldaily.comEXCLUSIVE: CROOK’S CHEQUES BOUNCE – HORROR AS WE REVEAL SECOND SCAM! was last modified: December 31st, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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