Gov’t Dedicates National Honors to Ebola Heroes

first_imgThis year’s investiture ceremony, a formal ceremony held annually by the government to confer distinctions of various ranks on individuals who have made outstanding contributions or distinguished themselves in their areas of work in the Liberian society, was dedicated to individuals and institutions that stood tall in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).They included those who lost their lives, while on the ‘frontlines’ of the Ebola fight.The nation’s highest distinctions were conferred on 42 individuals, humanitarians, institutions and organizations who worked fervently to rid the country of the deadly virus.Others are institutions that remained committed to the provision of services, while their colleagues were pulling out of the country during the height of the crisis.Also honored were religious institutions that unceasingly interceded on behalf of the nation, pleading with the Almighty for His Divine intervention and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) that helped significantly in disseminating the anti-Ebola awareness messages.The ceremony, which officially kick-starts the nation’s independence celebrations, took place in the theater of the Monrovia City Hall, marred by poor attendance, mainly government officials.In the sparsely audience were few high-ranking government officials headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Speaker Alex Tyler and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Foreign Minister Augustine NgaFuan, Representative Saah Joseph and one Senator. Also present were a few members of the diplomatic and consular corps, while a majority of guests were well-wishers and family members of the honorees.Some of the most prominent amongst those honored include Rep. Joseph, Dr. Francis Kateh; Minister Tolbert Nyenswah; Dr. Jerry Brown, and U.S. Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly. Few of those honored posthumously included Dr. Samuel Brisbane; Dr. Abraham Borbor, Dr. John Taban Dada, Dr. Thomas Scotland, and Dr. Patrick Nshamdze.The Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, President Sirleaf, in remarks, said the honors were awarded for “devotion, sacrifices, and altruism.”She emphasized that several of the honorees, in the discharge of their duties and in their response to service, paid the ultimate price of life.“Though we cannot bring them back we will forever cherish their memories,” the President lamented.She acknowledged those, who despite the risks, put country before self, taking on the challenges to reach out and administer to those afflicted by an unknown enemy. “We owe much to our doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and healthcare workers who stood by us in those terrifying days,” she recalled.President Sirleaf extolled Liberia’s foreign friends, who left the comfort and safety of their countries and families to join and stand by the country in the Ebola fight. “I cannot say enough for the leaders and people of our own regional institutions – ECOWAS, AU – several countries like brothers’ keepers where here despite the obvious risks.” She stressed that although the virus is still around government is confident in its capability to respond to and defeat it.On behalf of the honorees, Tolbert Nyenswah, said it was significant that they were being recognized for their services to country. He recalled that when Ebola struck, government was almost ill prepared to handle the outbreak, but they all stood together as a team – courageous, willing, committed and brave – and went the extra mile.Mr. Nyenswah said even though they fought the disease from different angles, with different titles and responsibilities, the main objective was to save lives, to rid Liberia of Ebola and free the citizens of anguish. “The significant impact that the team has made can be attributed to meaningful contributions of communities and the government.”He paid tribute to the healthcare workers who lost their lives in service to the nation and thanked all of those who supported their efforts in the fight against the EVD.Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the rank of Grand Commander included, Dr. Francis Kateh; Humanitarian, Rev. Trevor Cockings; Tolbert Nyenswah; Medical Doctor at the ELWA Hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown, and Medical Director and Humanitarian, Dr. Kent Brantly.Others were Bomi County Health Officer, Dr. Gobah Logan; Head of Case Management, Dr. Moses Massaquoi; Sinoe County Health Officer, Dr. Wilmot Frank; the ETA Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Dental Surgeon, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Markandu Kanagasabai. Some of them were Dr. Philip Zochonis Ireland of JFK; Liberia Council of Churches; Dr. Soka Moses of JFK; Active Case Finder, Dr. Mosoka Fallah; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Liberia Chapter.Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the rank of Grand Commander are the PUL; Dr. Senga Omeonga of Catholic Hospital, who is also a survivor; and All Health Care Workers.Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Commander include: Royal Air Maroc; Brussels Airlines; Dr. Izuchukwu Cosmos Aroh of Catholic hospital; Dr. Fanta Kibungu, Catholic Hospital and a survivor; Coordinator, Presidential Advisory Committee on Ebola (PACE), Dr. Emmanuel Dolo; Nurse and Ebola Survivor, Ms. Barbara Bono; and Administrator, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and a Survivor, Joel Williams.Samuel T.Nimley, Jr. was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Officer.Those admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption, with the Grade of Knight Commander include: National Muslim Council of Liberia; Firestone Natural Rubber Company; National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia; Representative, Saah Joseph; Liberia National Red Cross Society; Samaritan Purse; and the Head of the Ebola Burial Team, Mr. Mark Korvayan.Those posthumously admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Commander respectively included: Medical Doctor and Humanitarian, Dr. Samuel Brisbane; Head, Internal Medicine, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Abraham Borbor; Gynecologist and Surgeon, Dr. John Taban Dada; Medical Director, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thomas Scotland; Hospital Director, Catholic Hospital, Dr, Patrick Nshamdze; and Medical Director, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thomas Scotland.All health care workers who died of Ebola were admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Commanders, respectivelyOthers posthumously admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption, with the Grade of Knight Officer, respectively included: Spanish Priest, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Fr. Miguel; Nurse, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev, Sis. Chantell, and Pharmacist, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Br. George Combey.The Investiture Ceremonies will continue at the J. Dominic Bing refurbished City Hall in Sinoe County during the official independence celebration on Monday, July 27, where the national Orator, Ambassador Charles A. Minor, will be honored.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Destinys slick companion app is vital to the ingame experience

first_imgThough companion apps don’t often offer the in-depth second screen experience they promise, Bungie’s MMOFPS Destiny has a companion app that truly delivers. You can’t really affect the game much, but the app offers more than just a headquarters for Destiny social media feeds and forums, as so many companion apps are often limited to. The app is vital to the overall Destiny experience, despite companion apps not being vital by their very nature.What it offersLike most companion apps, the Destiny app compiles the game’s and developer’s social feeds, community forums, and general news into one easy-to-reach place. However, unlike most (read: most) companion apps, there’s so much more. You can not only view your in-game character right on your phone, but you can change his or her gear, and see what items the in-game vendors are currently offering (stock rotation is on a timer). You can check what bounties (game-wide quests) are available, see in which regions the current loot bonuses are active, and examine how you performed in your past quests and multiplayer matches.Most of all, though, the Destiny app is the easiest way to experience the bulk of the game’s lore.Why you need itAs you no doubt have either read or found out yourself, Destiny is very light on exposition. The narrative is there, sure, but ultimately — perhaps due to the MMO nature of the game — it feels like the game is telling a synopsis of its own story rather than the full story itself. Throughout the game, you’ll notice messages toward the bottom of the screen that says you’ve unlocked Grimoire Cards. These cards are lore entries that you’d find in, for example, almost every JRPG’s journal section. Whether or not you’re the kind of person that reads lore entries that have been banished to a submenu, this is where all of Destiny’s exposition is stashed.Making longwinded exposition optional is perhaps the best way to simultaneously please the crowd that will care and the crowd that won’t, but Destiny removes it from the game. In order to access Destiny’s vital exposition, you have to leave your game, go to your computer, and log into a website to read the Grimoire Cards. While your phone can certainly navigate to a website, the Destiny app puts the Grimoire Cards in the palm of your hand in an elegant, easily accessible package. It’s a shame you have to leave the game to get your story, but it’s a joy to use the app to learn what in the world is going on.The Destiny companion app is free, and available now for iOS and Android.last_img read more