Ebola Virus Complacency Sparks Grave Concern in Liberia

first_imgThe United Nations and international and local medical agencies have cautioned Liberians against complacency about the Ebola virus spread.Liberians, especially those in Montserrado County and some other parts of the country reporting new Ebola cases, have been strongly warned to avoid traditional burial practices and harmful religious beliefs that promote the spread of the deadly virus.Furthermore Liberians are urged by authorities leading the Ebola fight to desist from all acts that are counterproductive to the eradication of the virus and to remain in strict compliance with preventive measures such as frequently washing hands, avoiding crowdedness, handshakes and hugging.These warnings come against the backdrop of Liberians gathering in large numbers and going back to the entrenched practices driven by traditional and religious beliefs, which include washing and touching suspected Ebola dead bodies.Moreover, during the Christmas celebrations, many Liberians and businesspeople were seen crowded into commercial and private vehicles owing to the acute transportation shortage, especially in the nation’s capital, Monrovia.Reasons cited for the Ebola spread in Montserrado County are the defiant behavior of residents in overcrowding at entertainment centers and in transport vehicles, ignoring the health measures. Commercial and public service transport providers were seen crowding passengers and relatives into their vehicles.  Some motorcyclists are now carrying three to four passengers on one motorbike, whereas they had been instructed to carry only one person per ride.The UN and medical aid agencies have warned about the consequences of the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus on the entire population, cautioning that despite the enormous gains by the Liberian Government and its support partners, complacency and return to old habits must be sternly discouraged in every corner and hamlet of Liberia.Some of Monrovia’s health commentators told the Daily Observer during the weekend that it should not be surprising that the Ebola virus continues to spread in Montserrado County, especially over the past few months.Regrettably, in spite of enormous medical assistance that has been infused in Montserrado County, the virus continues to spread in some areas.The Incident Management Team leader of the Ebola virus at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, disclosed recently that 47 new cases of the deadly virus have surfaced in Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Federal Reserve hikes rate Read the official statement

first_img The U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images files U.S. Federal Reserve hikes rate: Read the official statement Slightly less dovish tone than investors had anticipated Sponsored By: Facebook What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Join the conversation → More December 19, 2018Federal Reserve issues FOMC statementInformation received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Household spending has continued to grow strongly, while growth of business fixed investment has moderated from its rapid pace earlier in the year. On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy remain near 2 percent. Indicators of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.Fed raises interest rates while trimming forecast for 2019 hikes to twoConsistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee judges that some further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective over the medium term. The Committee judges that risks to the economic outlook are roughly balanced, but will continue to monitor global economic and financial developments and assess their implications for the economic outlook.In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 2-1/4 to 2‑1/2 percent.In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 percent inflation objective. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments.Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Jerome H. Powell, Chairman; John C. Williams, Vice Chairman; Thomas I. Barkin; Raphael W. Bostic; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; Richard H. Clarida; Mary C. Daly; Loretta J. Mester; and Randal K. Quarles.Implementation Note issued December 19, 2018 Email Twitter Share this storyU.S. Federal Reserve hikes rate: Read the official statement Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn center_img Comment Reddit ← Previous Next → Financial Post Staff advertisement Recommended For You’We were experiencing headwinds’ — Canopy Growth stock heads south on poor sales ramp-upShaw Communications is selling its stake in Corus Entertainment for $548 millionB.C. vows to appeal after top court says province can’t restrict oil shipments across its bordersProtests, legal challenges planned to block Trans Mountain expansionFINCAD Now Accepting Applications for its 2019 Women in Finance Scholarship December 19, 20182:41 PM EST Filed under News Economy Featured Stories 0 Commentslast_img read more