Ebola Claims Catholic Hospital’s Chief Admin

first_imgThe Daily Observer was told on Saturday, August 2, that the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Chief Administrator, Bro/Dr. Patrick Nshamdze, has died, having contracted the deadly Ebola virus disease at least three weeks ago. He died Friday, August 1; he was 57.There were tears Saturday, August 2, at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Gaye Town when news filtered in that Bro Patrick has succumbed to the virus. He was very attached to the church and its members.Dr. Nshamdze, who preferred to be called “Bro. Patrick”, was from Cameroon and a member of the Catholic Community—Brothers of St. John of God. Bro. Patrick was one of the missionaries assigned at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town. He was one of those very reliable medical practitioners, who kept the hospital intact and running.One Catholic source, who preferred to remain anonymous told the Observer that Bro Patrick had contracted the disease from a pregnant lady, who had been transferred from another health facility to the hospital. According to this source, the lady, who too, has died of the virus, came bleeding and it was Bro. Patrick, who had worked on her.“When Bro. Patrick was told that this lady had died from Ebola, he broke down, because he had had direct contact with her,” our source said.The Observer was told by other high-placed sources within the Catholic Church that the Church had requested his remains to be interred differently so that the Church and his relatives can one day pay homage to him but their plead was not granted as he was “dumped in a mass grave” containing at least 25 other victims, in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.Very nearby the grave in which he and others were “dumped”, lay plywood billboards, indicating all of those buried in that mass grave.News filtered in late last night that Spain, which provides bulk of the hospital’s supports, was making plans to “evacuate” all the remaining missionary sisters and brothers assigned at the hospital.If this happens, it could be a deadly blow to the struggling health sector and nation at-large, grappling with the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. The St. Joseph Catholic Hospital is partially closed at the moment; this would be one last blow to finally close the hospital indefinitely.The Observer was told that the Catholic Church is expected to meet today to discuss these grave matters, including Bro. Patrick’s death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Building under construction in Puerto Morelos collapses on workers killing two

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — A shopping center under construction in Puerto Morelos has collapsed, killing two and injuring at least 13.The collapse was recorded at a shopping center that is being built next to Super AKI at the entrance of Puerto Morelos. Reports say that the roof was likely strained from too much weight, which gave way.One man died at the site while a second, who was rushed to a Cancun hospital, died from his injuries. The State Attorney General confirmed the death of the man who was taken to hospital in Region 509 of Cancun.Photo: Directorate of Civil ProtectionAccording to data provided by municipal authorities, 13 workers were injured when a portion of the roof collapsed around noon Tuesday. They say the site has been reviewed for others that may have been trapped under rubble, however, a search concluded that all workers have been accounted for.Members of the Directorate of Civil Protection, Fire and municipal police of Puerto Morelos arrived for rescue work while receiving support from the army, federal police and firefighters of Cancun.In June, a hotel under construction in Cancun also collapsed on workers when a portion of the top level fell. From that accident, nine were reported injured.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Netflix yesterday released a developer preview of

first_imgNetflix yesterday released a developer preview of Falcor, an open-source JavaScript library available under the Apache License 2. Falcor unifies data sources (regardless of their location), and allows developers to access and present the information inside those stores as if they were all in the same location.Falcor, clearly named after the flying luck dragon from “The NeverEnding Story,” is currently used in production at Netflix, where it forms the data access layer for the company’s TV, mobile and desktop applications.(Related: Netflix takes on DNS)Developers can use Falcor to make their data access paths simpler by presenting remote data under a single domain model through a virtual JSON graph. Data can be in memory on the client, or over the network on a server, and yet the code used to access that data remains the same for both locations. While Falcor is already in production at Netflix, the company has included portions of the library that are not yet fully operational in their system. Falcor is still under active development, but the road map for the project will be released soon, according to a Netflix blog post on the topic.The developer preview of Falcor also includes the Node version of Netflix’s Falcor Router, a sample of what can be done with this library.According to the GitHub page for the Falcor Router demonstration, “This project exports a Router factory for a Netflix-like Application. The Router creates a virtual JSON Graph object for a Netflix-like application, and is intended to be exposed as JSON resource on a Node Application Server. The JSON Graph object is referred to as ‘virtual,’ because it is not stored in memory anywhere. Instead the Router builds requested subsets of the JSON Graph on demand by accessing three different databases. This creates the illusion that there is a JSON resource on the application server, when in fact the application server is completely stateless and retrieves requested data on the fly from the data stores.”Documentation and information on Falcor are available online.last_img read more