first_imgThe leadership of the Yana Boys Association of Liberia (YBAL), has frowned at Liberians who opted for the resignation of the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.YBAL’s president, Prince Kollie, at a news conference on Wednesday, described those critics as people with ‘evil mind.’At the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Kollie said, those making the calls for the resignation of the President were not peace loving people especially at the time the country was facing its worst ever recorded national health crisis.“We believe that it is about time that all Liberians join hands in the fight against the current health crisis which has taken away lives of our love ones, family members, relatives and friends.”According to Mr. Kollie, the Liberian leader and the Unity Party have taken the country from broken states to a recognized nation after proper representation at the international level.He added that Liberians have to continue praising their leader for her hard work, which includes the step-up fight against the deadly Ebola virus.”He explained among other things that the association with over 36,000 members is disappointed over the waves of calls by some citizens both at home and abroad for the resignation of the Liberian leader and her Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr.“We have witnessed huge transformations and international attention as well as good will through the initiative of President Sirleaf than any other government in the history of the country,” he recalled.He said the cancelation of the Liberia’s debts to foreign countries and international financial institutions, including the attraction of huge direct investments mostly in the mining and agriculture sectors are efforts by the Liberian leader.He continues, “With the initiatives by this government, thousands of Liberians are gainfully employed both in the government and private sectors. We also have banks providing loans or credit opportunities to citizens, organizations, including the Yana Boys Associations for empowerment and improvement of livelihood.”Mr. Kollie said that the number of schools, colleges, universities, and vocational and technical training institutions in the country as well as children in those areas were evidence of the Sirleaf led government with the desire to empower the citizens.“We currently have businesses operating in the country owned and operated by Liberians; indicating some levels of empowerment by the Sirleaf-led Administration.He added that no government in the history of Liberia has allowed or provided the level of press freedom that is being enjoyed by media practitioners and other citizens.He recalled how the President has provided several international scholarships and study programs for Liberian students in different fields of studies as well as local studies.Meanwhile, Mr. Kollie expressed gratitude to the President and her international as well as the local partners for the fight against the deadly Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Deputy Minister-Designate of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, has urged laboratory technicians in Liberia to help make a difference in the profession.Speaking on Wednesday at a Lab Week Conference held at the Monrovia City Hall, Dr. Kateh told lab technicians that their roles in building a resilient health system in the country is critical and must involve research.“We want to urge you to use Face Book for learning, focusing particularly your weaknesses and not your successes. Use Face Book  to correct the little things that you forget about and be able to make progress,” he stressed.According to him, efforts by technicians and other health workers would help in supporting the government and its partners in building a resilient health system for Liberia, considering the impact of the deadly Ebola virus in the lives of the people and on the country at large.“You cannot have a clinic, or hospital if we don’t have lab technicians to provide the necessary lab results for treatment. This is one of the reasons that make your area very important.”  He further said that as a clinician, it is important to have the right equipment in order to produce the right diagnoses to treat patients.Dr. Kateh noted that without continued education in such a critical area as health, lab technicians stand to forget some of the basic things that are cardinal to  providing better services  to patients. “A simple information error by a clinician can create untold consequences,” he warned, noting that it is important for lab  technicians always to be on top of their profession.  Dr. Karteh is also Chief Medical Officer at the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.Contributing, Dr. Patrick Kpanyen called on the government and its partners to invest in research, particularly in laboratory technicians to get a functional sector to benefit patients.According to him, investing in this field would support a better health system benefitting to the people, adding that the human capacity must be seen as one of the best ways to build the country’s health system.“We need to invest in lab research,  especially in lab diagnostics education,” he suggested. Many of these people have the potential and we need also to help them  graduate from certificate to diploma and beyond, in order to enable them to realize their dreams.”   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– stress “poor” annual responseCalls are being made to residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), moreso the Linden community, to support the annual blood drive hosted by the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).The calls are being made by officials of the medical institution as it continues its quest of saving lives through blood transfusions. In an interview with the Guyana Times, Senior Medical Technologist attached to the hospital, Melanie Sinclair, said response from members of the community has generally been “poor” over the years. She pointed out that there is need for more awareness and education campaigns geared towards motivating people to donate blood. She said more needs to be done in terms of educating members of the public on the importance of so doing.LHC PRO Toshanna Alicock“Because even if you go on television and you say you’re having a blood drive and what is the venue, if persons don’t know why they need to give blood, the importance of it, you find that they won’t come,” she pointed out.She added that the hospital is hoping to expand the blood drive in terms of stakeholder contribution.Meanwhile, LHC’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Toshanna Alicock, said this year, in an effort to improve support for the blood drive initiative, the health institution will be targeting companies to come on board. She appealed to members of the public to show support, noting that one pint of blood can save three lives.“We hope that companies would get on board. We know that they house a lot of employees, so we’re appealing to different companies; that’s the plan. We haven’t sent out official letters as yet, but we’re hoping that the companies would accommodate us…especially corporations… to see how best they can accommodate us for our blood drive this year”, she explained.Alicock said the hospital would also be hosting blood drives at various exhibitions this year. As is customary, she said, the LHC also plans to have a booth set up during the hosting of the annual Linden Town Week event this year to cater for blood donations.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club is welcoming its newest Head Coach to the team.Taking up the torch from former Head Coach Norah Vogan is Curtis Robinson.Robinson says he moved up, along with his family, from Sacramento, California in April to take on the position as Inconnu’s newest Head Coach.- Advertisement -Since moving up in April, Robinson says he feels pretty good about the swim team and even had a chance to get his feet wet and work with the older kids before taking a break for the summer.“I feel good. I know a few of the kids already just having gotten here in April. I got to work with a good group of older kids for a few months before we took off for the summer. There’s a lot of good strong swimmers and we’ve definitely got room to improve but we’re starting on a good step here.”Robinson has been a swimmer for most of his life as he swam on a competitive team until graduating from high school, where he then was on a team for four years at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Since being on a University swim team, Robinson has been a swim coach in a number of states across the United States.Advertisement The Inconnu Swim Club season starts up this Monday, September 30.last_img read more

first_imgThe transfer saga of Arsenal target Paulo Dybala appears to be over after Palermo coach Beppe Iachini revealed he has joined Juventus.The striker was wanted by clubs all across Europe after scoring 13 goals in Serie A this season.Arsenal had reportedly made enquiries, while both Chelsea and Manchester City were also said to be interested in the 21-year-old.But Premier League clubs have seemingly missed out on the Argentine amid reports a deal with Juventus has been agreed.“Dybala is now a Juventus player and this club [Palermo]  is working towards the future,” Iachini told Sky Sport Italia. Paulo Dybala 1last_img read more

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Republican presidential candidate and Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee says he won’t discuss “intricate, nit-picky things of church doctrine,” such as the role of women in the ministry, because the issues aren’t relevant to the presidency. The former Arkansas governor said that while he’s open to discussing the basic pillars of his faith – and praised rival Mitt Romney for opening up in a speech Thursday about his – he won’t voice his views on the oft-discussed controversies in Southern Baptist denominations. “I think (discussing faith) is an important part of helping people get to know the candidates,” Huckabee said Friday morning after a breakfast fundraiser in Charlotte. “(But) sometimes the questions get a little laborious when they start asking you about intricate, nit-picky things of church doctrine that’s probably not all that relevant to being president.” As in his decision not to discuss his views on the creation of the Earth, Huckabee passed on a chance Thursday night explain his views on whether women should be able to serve in pastoral leadership roles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s so irrelevant to being president that I wouldn’t even get into that,” Huckabee said before meeting with about 350 supporters in Greensboro, N.C. “Churches have different views on that and my personal views are completely immaterial as it would relate to being president.” But at the same time, Huckabee praised Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, for his speech Thursday morning in which he explained how his Mormon religion would shape his presidency. “I think it’s a good thing and healthy for all of us for people to discuss faith in the public square,” Huckabee said, adding that he hadn’t seen the speech. “I have nothing but respect for his coming forth and sharing what he did. I’ve been very clear about my own personal views. I think all of us who seek the office of president should be candid with the American people.” Huckabee was a minister at several Arkansas churches and served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention before entering politics. He’s surged from a long-shot candidate to the front of polls in Iowa just weeks before voters there officially launch the 2008 nominating process. “I think I’ve probably been asked far more questions about my faith than Mitt Romney’s been asked about his,” Huckabee said. “Maybe I ought to be doing the `God speech’ out there. I might even include an altar call and an offering with mine.” Huckabee was scheduled to campaign in South Carolina on Friday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgAlmost anywhere in the area’s older communities, such as Pasadena, El Monte or Whittier, residents paying close attention can see letters stamped on sidewalks or emblazoned on plaques at parks, rivers or dams: WPA, CCC, PWA, CWA. The initials stand for agencies created in the 1930s New Deal, the federally funded economic recovery program started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help the nation come out of the Great Depression. A team of historians is trying to piece together the New Deal’s legacy in the state, including in the San Gabriel Valley, for the California Historical Society. “We feel that we are excavating what turns out to be an enormous buried ruin, or an entire long-forgotten civilization, which was founded on the ancient principle of the commonwealth and of the public good,” said historian and journalist Gray Brechin, whose team includes photographer Robert Dawson. From streets to art pieces to dams and sewers, the projects of the New Deal are everywhere, Brechin said. “I’m becoming more and more convinced that these projects were the infrastructure backbone for what California became after World War II,” he said. At least dozens – and probably hundreds – of area New Deal projects were completed in the area from 1932 to about 1941, according to records Brechin compiled. Penn Park in Whittier was finished in the early 1940s as a Works Progress Administration project. Pasadena has a New Deal mural at McKinley Elementary School created by noted artist Norman Chamberlain, school officials said. And Duarte has a mural at City of Hope. In La Verne, federal workers installed the seats in what is now Damien High School, according to La Verne historian Galen Beery. Also, much of El Monte High School was built with federal money, Brechin said. Adam Delgado, director of maintenance for the El Monte Union High School District, said workers during a renovation project have tried to preserve old tile-work at the school. “As we are reworking the entire campus, we are trying to keep the old feel,” he said. Also in El Monte around 1936, the Division of Subsistence Homesteads built 100 homes to provide shelter and work for displaced workers at a cost of $292,476.81, according to the National New Deal Preservation Association. Brechin also found records of the New Deal money going toward a community center, library, sewage treatment plant, murals, and a civic center park in El Monte. The Monterey Park sewer system was partly funded by a Federal Emergency Relief Association grant of $137,000, according to documents from City Hall. In Arcadia, Brechin found a park and golf course were completed, and in Pasadena that much of the stone work on the Arroyo Seco and Brookside Park was built by federal agencies. Those are just a few of the projects Brechin identified, and he thinks he has hardly scratched the surface. “There is no one place to look as far as I know” for a complete list, he said, adding that without visiting every one, it is hard to say how many New Deal projects are still around. So he is combing through newspapers, government archives and personal recollections to build enough information for a book, museum exhibit, lecture series and comprehensive Web site, which would allow users to find New Deal projects in their area. Brechin is especially interested in hearing from local historians who might have unique information about the era. And he would like to speak to people who worked for a New Deal agency. Brechin can be contacted through the Web site: newdealproject.org According to Brechin, information on the New Deal is more scarce than people think, possibly because many people who lived through the era were not proud they had to depend on the government for aid. “Some of the people from that time, and I’ve talked to a lot of them, they had this really strong work ethic,” Brechin said. “They were ashamed. That’s why (Roosevelt’s administration) tried to tie it to the idea that the work was being done for the whole country, and to the idea of working to make an honest living. He knew people could not be happy taking handouts.” ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgFEATURES: Active Retirement Ireland and Home Instead Senior Care are pleased to announce that the Marigold Festival will be held in Letterkenny for the first time on Thursday 23rd June. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. The Health and Wellbeing theme will provide an exciting day where ‘The Young at Heart’ can find new hobbies whilst gaining knowledge that will enable them to improve their health. The Festival will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel and will open at 11am.There will be two health talks; ‘How do you want to age? Chiropractic Care for Seniors’ given by Dr Victoria McKinney and the other ‘Mindfulness’ by Bill Vaughan from Mental Health Ireland.The Donegal Sports Partnership will also be giving an hour long demonstration from 12.30pm, on some very interesting indoor sports including Kurling. And yes, that is spelt correctly!During the day, there will be live music from local musicians, spot prizes and a raffle with the top prize being a return flight for two from Donegal airport to Dublin donated by Donegal Airport. Over 20 exhibitors will be giving advice on topics from health care to hobbies. Gerard Doherty owner of Home Instead Senior Care Donegal said ‘We at Home Instead Senior Care are delighted to be involved with Active Retirement Ireland in the Marigold festival.We want to enhance the lives of older adults and their families by living life to the full and believe the Marigold festival is an ideal opportunity for people to get together and discuss the latest ideas and options available. We are inviting every one along including our caregivers and clients for a day out.’Rory Cleary from Active Retirement Ireland said ‘We are delighted that the Marigold Festival has reached the North West.“We encourage the ‘Young At Heart’ to come and find out more about groups and services in and around the Donegal area.’More information can be obtained by contacting Rory Cleary on 0872 767939rory.cleary@tesco.net. Facebook; Marigold Festival in Letterkenny.MARIGOLD FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN DONEGAL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Active IrelanddonegalFeaturesnewsThe Mount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

first_imgRay Maota The community of Ga Masemola in Polokwane came out in numbers to celebrate the launch of the 2012 Nedbank Back-to-School campaign. Through his own foundation, Lupi Ngcayisahas collected over 70 000 school shoes since 2009, with the aim of improving the confidence of underprivileged pupils. Kgoshigadi Masemola, the tribal chief of the community of Ga Masemola and Namane Dickson Masemola, MEC of education in Limpopo, were in attendance. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Senior Communications Manager: Nedbank  +27 11 295 3560 RELATED ARTICLES • SA prioritises quality education • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • Nedbank invests in water project • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsNedbank‘s 2012 Back-to-School campaign is giving underprivileged pupils the pride to go to school with all the resources they need to make a success of learning.At the launch ceremony, held on 24 January at Thabanaswane Primary School in Ga Masemola, Limpopo province, 150 pupils from four schools in the area received essential school items such as uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, bags and sports kits, to start their school year on a high note.The schools are Thabanaswane Primary, Shushu Primary, Tsoatago Primary and Makgoabe Primary.Attending the event were Namane Dickson Masemola, MEC of education in Limpopo; Sekhukhune district mayor David Magabe Mogobo; Kgoshigadi Masemola, the tribal chief at Ga Masemola; Limpopo member of parliament Nelson Diale; Lupi Ngcayisa, from the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation; and mayor of Makhuduthamaga, Makaeya Matlala.Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility (CSR), said: “Education is one of our CSR focus areas and we are delighted to partner with the Department of Basic Education to ensure that all pupils are able to focus on their studies rather than worry about the lack of school resources.”Gugushe said the back-to-school campaign aims to give disadvantaged pupils an equal opportunity to be the best they can be.Nedbank is investing R2-million (US$251 000) in its 2012 campaign. Some 1 800 pupils across the country will benefit from the initiative.“We are gathered here today because we know the importance of education and the role we have to play to ensure that you get the best education possible,” said Ciko Thomas, managing executive for consumer banking in Nedbank’s retail division.Why Limpopo firstLimpopo province was chosen first because of a link between Ga Masemola and certain fund-raising efforts in Johannesburg.Nicholas Mampana, a shoe-shiner at Nedbank’s head office in Sandton, hails from Limpopo. He’s worked there for the past nine years and managed to raise R124 000 ($15 600) through Nedbank’s Retail Staff Volunteerism Programme, which encourages staff to use their time for worthy causes.Nedbank added another R100 000 ($12 500) to the amount raised by Mampana, who chose two of the back-to-school beneficiaries.Mampana said: “In 2002 I met the director of Nedbank at the Hilton Hotel where I used to work and he told me he wanted me to work at their offices.“I saved some money from the tips I received, as I remembered how I used to feel going to school with no shoes in my hometown of Ga Masemola. This is why I’m here today making sure youngsters in my community don’t go through what I went through.”Mampana said although he used to meet international stars and bigwigs while working at the Hilton, and loved his job there, he doesn’t miss it because it didn’t afford him the opportunity to help his community.MEC Masemola said: “Nedbank has shown its commitment to education every year and I would like to take this opportunity to say we appreciate the work they do.”Limpopo matric pupils improved their pass rate by 6% in 2011, going from 57.9% in 2010 to 63.9% last year.Thabanaswane and Nedbank partnershipThabanaswane Primary had one block of classes with only four classrooms and four ablution facilities when Obed Tshebetshebe became principal in 2006.Tshebetshebe applied to the Nedbank Foundation for assistance in improving facilities.Two years would go by before Tshebetshebe received a call in 2008 saying the foundation would donate R496 400 ($62 000) to build another block of classes.Nedbank built another block of four classrooms and five ablution facilities and also donated an Edutainer Container for early childhood development.This container has educational toys and is used to house Grade R pupils.Special focus on rural areas and informal settlementsNgcayisa, the founder of the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation, has been collecting school shoes for underprivileged pupils since 2009.Ngcayisa said: “Our selection process looks at the poorest of the poor and we have a bias that favours pupils from rural areas and informal settlements as they have it the worst.”He knows exactly what he’s talking about as he was raised in a shack in Walmer in Port Elizabeth.“As a kid who grew up in a township characterised by despair, I was intrigued by a couple shopping for school shoes for their daughter in one of Johannesburg’s suburbs three years ago,” said Ngcayisa. “The young girl’s smile inspired me to seek to create or rather duplicate this delight in other children who unlike her, had never worn school shoes.”He collected 16 600 school shoes in 2009, 27 700 in 2010 and 43 400 in 2011.People who would like to donate school shoes to the foundation can drop them off at their nearest SABC office, and corporations who wish to help can contact Bata Toughees and buy directly from them at a discount.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The end result of a crop depends very highly on the conditions above and below the dirt at planting time. Eric Anderson, a product development agronomist from Syngenta, visited with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about some things to consider before the planters roll.last_img