Tag Archives: 上海楼凤MB

CSO Leads Campaign to Save ‘3 Days Free Calls’

first_imgThe Coalition of Youth and Students against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSAPD), a local civil society organization, has called on the National Legislature to intervene in what they termed as the ongoing campaign to bring more hardship on the Liberian masses if the ‘3-days free calls’ promotion is cancelled.On Thursday, July 21, members of CYSAPD displayed a banner on the grounds of the Capitol Building to petition their lawmakers to put a halt to what they described as a plot led by Lonestar Cell MTN’s Chairman, Benoni Urey, to end the ‘3 days free calls’ promotion currently offered by telecommunications companies in the country.Urey sent a letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calling on her to put an end to the promotion, which, according to him, is causing government to lose millions of dollars in taxes. The letter, which seeks to place an excise tax of US$0.01 (1 US cent) per minute on all calls—emanating from the President’s office—and is currently before the lawmakers for their consideration. President Sirleaf said in her letter that the proposed tax on phone calls is to help raise US$30 million to fill gaps in the 2016-17 national budget. In her letter suggesting a tax on phone calls, she also called for steeper taxes on tobacco and alcoholic beverages. “Our attention has been drawn to the Liberian government’s proposed increment in taxes on mobile phone calls in the wake of increasing waves of unbearable economic constraints being faced by a vast majority of ordinary citizens,” CYSAPD Executive Director (E.D.), Ishmael T. Koffeh, said.Mr. Koffeh said the campaign to cancel the three days of free calls is a clear indication that some Liberians are not seeking the interest of the masses, and can do anything to put their selfish interests above those of the common people—many of whom live in abject poverty, and ignorance. Mr. Koffeh said he brought his members to the Capitol to tell the lawmakers, who are the direct representatives of the masses, not to heed “this wicked action of the people who say they love the country and its people.”“With growing disenchantment over this piece of legislation that is before our lawmakers to add 1 cent tax per minute to all calls, we are calling on lawmakers not to pass the new bill,” he said, adding “This is a diabolical and calculated attempt to end the ‘3 days free calls’ promotion in Liberia and to suffer the Liberian people.”The group said the imposition of excessive taxes on mobile phone calls needs to be reviewed, as it is not in the interest of Liberia’s suffering masses, adding that the plan to halt the promotion has the propensity to leave thousands of Liberians without the ability to call friends and family because of the high cost of phone calls that would follow. “We believe that any laws passed by the Honorable House of Representatives should be done only in the interest of the Liberian people, and we want to make (it) unequivocally clear that this proposed bill has no benefits (for) the Liberian people except to disenfranchise the citizens and their fundamental right to communicate.”The group says that even with the current discounts and promotions being offered, many Liberians still cannot afford to get even the US$1 on a regular basis. “If many of our people cannot afford this already discounted promotion, what do you think will happen if there is no more ‘3 days free calls,’ and government raises the price to call by adding a heavy tax burden?” the E.D. said, and threatened continuous mass protest against the proposal. He called on the Legislature to reject the bill “because it is a recipe for chaos.” Meanwhile, a new Facebook page called “Save 3 Days Free Calls” has gone viral in just a week, generating thousands of followers and comments as Liberians continue to express their dissatisfaction over the proposed bill, which they said is devious and has no substance or benefit to the average Liberian, who is working to make ends meet and to put food on the table. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trolley numbers drop – but figures remain over twice the HSE’s trolley limit

first_imgIn Emergency Departments across the country today, 585 patients are awaiting admission – more than double the official HSE’s policy of having no more than 236 people on trolleys at any one time.Today, 24 patients are awaiting admission at Letterkenny University Hospital, 11 of whom are on trolleys.On Monday a record-breaking amount of patients were left waiting on trolleys and along wards as the INMO revealed that 715 patients were awaiting admission on their Trolley Watch report. Speaking on Prime Time last night, Health Minister Simon Harris says that due to the recent adverse weather, a backlog of patients contributed to the record-breaking figure.Deputy Harris says that the goal is to get the number of patients awaiting admission to zero, and has a “road map” for how to achieve this over the next decade, including the introduction of 2,600 extra beds.He says that another way to tackle the trolley crisis is to look at modular builds (prefabs) in the interim before new permanent wings/wards can be constructed. The Department will also be working closely with GPs, to see if patients can be kept from hospitals with community-led care. More home care is also on the cards, Harris says.Harris also highlighted that an extra 15,000 patients turned up at Irish hospitals at the beginning of 2018 compared to 2017, exacerbating the crisis. Ahead of the Still Waiting campaign’s protest against the inadequate facilities at LUH, Donegal Daily contacted the Department of Health, the HSE, and Saolta to ask for clarification on the ED Taskforce’s work, specifically in relation to LUH, and for comment on the overcrowding situation. None of them provided a response to our queries. To watch the full interview, you can catch it on the RTÉ Player.Trolley numbers drop – but figures remain over twice the HSE’s trolley limit was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:inmoluhRTESimon Harristrolley watchlast_img read more