Getting Tougher to Convey Drugs to Clinics in Lofa

first_imgDue to deplorable conditions of bridges and steep rocky hills to the town of Fassavolu in Kolahun District, Lofa County, conveying of needed drugs to the health post continues to worsen by the day.The Daily Observer was informed recently by the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Fassavolu Community Clinic, Mr. Perrison Y. Flomo.OIC Flomo pointed out that owing to the proximity of the clinic to towns in Guinea, patients load has dramatically increased as the health post sometimes encounter shortages of essential drugs to meet the growing demands by citizens and foreign residents.Mr. Flomo also explained that due to the very nature of the road that leads to the location of the clinic, transferring critically-ill patients sometimes becomes an uphill task because they (patients) are most times left at the mercy of motorcyclists and non road worthy vehicles.Other challenges facing the clinic, OIC Flomo indicated the lack of space to accommodate out patients, bathrooms, latrines and reliable and clean water source.Toping those challenges are salaries and incentives deliveries, which he said delay.He also stated that other impediments being faced by the health outfit include and not limited to lack of transport and communication facilities such as two-way based radio for emergency cases with the referral hospital in Kolba City in Kolahun District.He further intimated that other constraints include lack of delivery and dressing sets, poor record system due to lack adequate medical supplies, no motivation, low salaries and insufficient prenatal care materials.The Fassavolu Community Clinic OIC was, however, quick to state that the MOHSW sometimes ago installed some reliable solar panels intended to enhance the medical services during night hours.Asked about diseases frequently diagnosed at the clinic, OIC Flomo intimated malaria, pneumonia, sexually transmitted infections and “high tension headache.”Commenting on the number of patients that come to the clinic daily, he stated that at least 35 to 37 sick persons are seen by the clinic’s staff.“If there are sufficient drugs at this clinic, we sometimes treat about 50 to 55 out patients everyday of each week at the Fassavolu Community in the Kolahun District,” OIC Flomo asserted.Throwing light on the birth statistics, OIC Flomo said in January 2013 six safe deliveries were carried out by staff and three were successfully done in February.He disclosed that clinic administration has undertaken the construction of another building on a self-help basis under the auspices of the citizens and residents’ support.He then appealed to the Government, support partners and non-governmental organizations to help with funds and materials such as cement, zinc, steel rods and planks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Opal Plesiosaurs, Flashy Pterosaurs and Hot Titanosaurs Inspire Stories

first_imgPaleontologists continue to dig up bones of fascinating species of long-lost animals.  When it comes to extinct species, the line between observation and interpretation becomes fuzzy, since there is no way to be absolutely sure how they behaved and what they were doing when they died.  This does not prevent scientists from freely speculating on what the bones tell us.Precious stone bones:  Two new species of plesiosaur were discovered in Australia this month, according to the BBC News.  The bones of the beasts were replaced by opal minerals that seeped in and replaced the original fossil-bearing rock.  Interpretation: one species had crests on its head, “perhaps for display or mating purposes.”  Other inferences were stated, with copious use of possibility words: suggests, believe, and might have; other times, interpretations are stated as matters of fact:They are thought to be of juvenile animals, suggesting the lake was a breeding and nursery ground.    Scientists believe sea-dwelling adults returned to the shallow inland waters to breed and raise their young.    At the time, Australia was much colder, and the inland ocean would have frozen over in places during the winter.    Scientists believe the creatures might have evolved mechanisms to cope with the harsh climate, such as a faster metabolic rate.  They were carnivorous, feeding on fish and squid.Crest aphrodisiacs:  Another BBC News story talks about the exotic head crests on a rare species of pterosaur in Brazil.  Scientists found a younger juvenile with a less-developed crest.  Interpretation: the crest arose as a sexual display during puberty.  At least Dr. Darren Nash left the door open for doubt: “We don’t know this but we imagine they would have bobbed it around and used it to attract other pterosaurs.”  The title of the article said, however, that a flying reptile mystery was “solved.”Hot beef:  Earlier in the month, Live Science and other news sources reported on a study that suggested body temperature was a function of dinosaur size.  The interpretation was based on models that correlated dinosaur growth rates with maximum size as adults.  From here, it was speculated that the largest beast was 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and that temperature was the main factor setting a size limit.  The article also speculates, “Dinosaurs likely got warmer as they became adults.”Speaking of big beasts, National Geographic News reported a new record: Puertasaurus, a sauropod of the titanosaur group, found in Argentina.  One back vertebral bone is nearly as big as a small car.  An artist’s rendition shows the monster with beefy calves and monster quads, and a chest 16 feet across.  They estimate it grew to be 130 feet long, weighing 110 tons.  (Only neck, back and tail bones were found, so the rest is extrapolated from other species.)Bones are interesting, dinosaurs are fun, and gathering data is good Baconian exercise.  Most people are not content with dry accumulations of facts, however, and want a story to put them in context.  Scientists are usually happy to oblige this desire.  It’s nice when they go to the trouble to state when the facts end and the speculation begins.  All too often they leave that task to the reader – and the artist.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Limiting liability on the farm: An overview of Ohio’s LLC laws

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a relatively new type of business entity. The first LLC statute passed in Wyoming in 1977. Since then, all 50 states passed legislation permitting LLCs as an operating entity. Many Ohio farmers use the LLC as their preferred operating entity.In Ohio, an LLC is a legal entity created by Ohio statute. An LLC is considered to be separate and distinct from its owners. An LLC may have a single owner in Ohio, or it may have numerous owners. LLCs combine the best attributes of a corporation and a partnership. Individuals, corporations, other LLCs, trusts, and estates may be members in a single LLC. There is no limit on maximum members. The importance of an operating agreementWhen an agricultural operation chooses to operate as an LLC, that operation must consider drafting an operating agreement. An operating agreement specifies the financial responsibilities of the parties, how profits and losses are shared among members within the LLC, limitations on transfers of membership, and other basic principles of operation.If an LLC does not choose to draft an operating agreement, Ohio’s default rules apply. Ohio law prescribes default rules of operation for LLCs in R.C. Chapter 1705. However, LLC members often wish to modify state rules to tailor an LLC to their business. Ideally, agricultural operators should draft an operating agreement with the assistance of an attorney. Single member LLCsEvery state in the Midwest permits single-member Limited Liability Companies (SMLLCs). A single member LLC is an LLC which has one member or manager; that means that there are no other owners or managers of that LLC. In 2016, Ohio enacted R.C. 1705.031 which states that Ohio LLC laws apply to all LLCs, including those with only one member. Therefore, small agribusinesses that have only one member are not prevented from forming an LLC. Will a personal guaranty on a loan affect limited liability protection?Ohio farmers operating as an LLC enjoy the benefits of limited liability protection. Usually, that means that the debts and obligations of a farm LLC operation are solely those of the LLC. That means that a farmer is not personally liable for any debts or obligations incurred by the LLC.However, lenders, implement dealers, financial institutions, and others are finding ways around an LLC’s personal liability protection. Those parties are increasingly requiring that the members and managers of LLCs provide personal guarantees. That is, a member or manager of an LLC agrees to be personally liable for a debt or obligation, if an LLC is not able to pay. LLCs are not invincibleLimited Liability Companies are extremely popular among farmers in Ohio. However, LLCs merely limit liability. LLCs don’t create a perfect liability shield, they are subject to a concept known as “veil piercing” where the owners of a company are held personally liable for the actions of the company.Generally, a person cannot use a corporation to commit fraud on others or to use a corporation as an alter ego for a member’s own personal gain. Plainly speaking, Ohio courts may hold an owner of an LLC liable in certain cases of fraud committed by the LLC or where an LLC is undercapitalized and is not treated as a separate entity from a member (i.e. the LLC is used as an “alter ego”). While this is not a common scenario among farm business LLCs, LLC members should be aware that a business’s status as an LLC will not shield it from liability in all instances. Carrying liability insuranceMany LLC owners consider the protections under Ohio’s LLC laws to be sufficient. Some LLC members are satisfied that their personal assets are sufficiently protected and separated from LLC assets and LLC liabilities. However, every business should have liability insurance. Liability insurance is a relatively inexpensive means of managing liability exposure for injuries and physical damage to a third party. While insurance doesn’t lower liability, it gives the business a way to pay for damages in the event of an incident.The question of “how much liability insurance should a farm operation have?” is a difficult one. The amount of insurance that a farm should have must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as farm size, type of operation, location, and other factors impact the insurance needs of a farm operation.last_img read more

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Cgarh govt will introduce new sports policy: CM

first_imgRaipur, Aug 29 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said his government will introduce a new sports policy within a month to promote talents in various games in the state.He was speaking at the State Sports Awards ceremony held today on National Sports Day here at the Indoor Stadium.”The Chhattisgarh government will come up with the new Sports Policy within a month which is aimed at giving encouragement to sports talents as well as developing sports infrastructure,” Singh said.The state government had consulted various sports organisations and senior sports-persons before drafting the policy, he added.Briefing about features of the new sports policy, the chief minister said, it has attractive provisions to encourage the local games being played in far-flung regions of tribal-dominated Bastar and Surguja districts and sports talents there.Similarly, budding talents in various games will be identified right from village panchayats and school-colleges level to district and division level and they will be further provided with the training coupled with hostel accommodation facility, he added.Besides, sports academies will be set up in the state and the award money in various games will also be increased manifold under the new policy, he said.On the occasion, the chief minister felicitated 316 sports-persons with awards and citations. Of them, 241 were also given cash awards.Meanwhile,international Basketball player Shiba Maggon who had came from New Delhi for the ceremony, was also felicitated by the CM.Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai and state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade were also present in the programme. PTI TKP NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

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