Families of the late Rev. Father Patrick NSHAMDZE, a Cameroonian who died in Liberia from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) while working at the Catholic-run St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo town, have expressed their gratefulness to the Government of Liberia (GOL) for identifying with their deceased brother and the entire family members.Brother Patrick, as he was affectionately called, was a Medical Doctor and Hospital Director at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital. He was also a Brother of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, which is one of the Catholic orders running the hospital in Liberia. Another Order that manages the hospital is the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God for 23 years, before his passing on August 2, 2014. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, and died few days later.The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God was founded in Spain in the 16th century by John Ciudad, later known as St. John of God. The order cares for the poor, sick, homeless and dying. It operates in more than 50 countries around the world.Bro. Patrick’s family expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Liberian Government, through their embassy near Monrovia. Rev. Father MBINKAR Emmanuel NJODZEKA, brother of the deceased, acknowledged receipt of US$5,000, which was converted in the Cameroonian currency: “On behalf of my Father MBIN KAR RAPHAEL and the family, I write this letter to acknowledge thatI have received a sum of CFA 2,814,396 (Two million, eight hundred and fourteen thousand, three hundred and ninety-six Francs, CFA) from the Government of Liberian through the Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Beng’yela Augustine GANG.” Rev. Father NJODZEKA indicated that the entire family is thankful to the Liberian Government for what they term as a “wonderful gesture,” and they prayed for the government to continue to multiply efforts to annihilate completely this deadly virus. They also called on the Almighty God to have mercy on those who perished during the crisis.A communication from the Cameroonian Embassy near Monrovia says US$5,000 has been donated to the biological successors of the Late Rev. Brother Patrick NSHAMDZE as a token of appreciation and solidarity to the many humanitarian services rendered for the people of Liberia by the deceased. Amb. Beng’yela A. GANG stated with deep appreciation to the Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs: “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, I am equally pleased to reiterate gratitude for this fraternal gesture. I am aware of and laud your personal favorable impetus as well as that of the Ministerial Team of the Liberian Foreign Ministry in this outcome.”A Foreign Ministry release said the Cameroonian Diplomat also paid special tribute to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose decisive action yielded this fruit. According to the Cameroonian diplomat, this gesture adds to the posthumous medal of recognition which the President bestowed upon the deceased and had forwarded to his family earlier.The Ambassador further noted that the bereaved family of the late Rev. Patrick NSHAMDZE has since acknowledged receipt of the money through their Embassy here. He also stated that the symbolic gesture made by the Liberian Government to the people of Cameroon will go a long way to console the bereaved family following the tragic death of their son and brother, Brother Patrick NSHAMDZE.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Everyone’s favorite eccentric billionaire is at it again. Elon Musk just tweeted that he had initial approval to construct a Hyperloop route connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Total travel time from NYC to DC could be as little as 29 minutes, Musk claims.Musk’s idea for a Hyperloop is essentially a specialized high-speed train. There are a few different design variants, but all of them are based on what amounts to an insanely fast subway with speeds upwards of 750 mph. To get the train up that high, the Hyperloop system is designed to seal a tunnel and pressurize the passenger/cargo capsules (y’know so that they can breathe). Then, without air resistance, the train can use magnets to accelerate riders well beyond the usual speed of sound.Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017The whole system is loosely based on the vactrain, an early sci-fi concept that posted trains that could travel over 5,000 mph. Obviously, that’s well beyond what anyone today could pull off, but Musk clearly believes that the core idea has at least some merit.But, like the Hyperloop itself, the idea of building a super-fast rail linking America’s Northeastern Megalopolis (the megacity that stretches from Boston down to Washington DC) isn’t new. Visionary engineer Robert Salter proposed the idea back in the 1970s, though without the maglev bits. Salter had managed to get partway through talks with some organizations, but estimates placed the cost of the proposed rail line at well above $1 trillion. That would have made it one of the most expensive projects in history.City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017Those challenges haven’t totally gone away. Our tech is far better, and Musk’s new Boring Company (which literally just bores tunnels using giant machines) has systems that Salter couldn’t even dream of. But real-estate in the area is still phenomenally expensive (New York City is well-known for having some of the priciest land in the world). Construction of the 200-mile tunnel will take quite some time, almost 7,000 hours of continuous operation, in fact, given the rate of many modern tunnel boring machines (about .03 mph, according to the Boring Company’s site). Plus, right now tunnels, even with the best machines, can take $1 billion per mile to construct. Musk hopes to bring this cost down by a factor of ten.All of this is still pretty up in the air. Musk hasn’t broken ground; no paperwork has been signed that we know of, etc. Still, this is exciting stuff. Yeah, there are many, many valid criticisms of the Hyperloop and the underlying tech, and its costs, but I want to live in an optimistic world where we have awesome stuff like a train that can cross 200 miles in 29 minutes with stops. But that’s just me.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.