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Health Workers Urged to Be Patriotic

first_imgSome of the graduates who were thanked “for the life of service and sacrifice (they) are about to embark on.”Former Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Dr. Nathaniel Barnes has admonished health workers to uphold the spirit of patriotism.Speaking over the weekend at a program marking the 17th graduation ceremony of the Goja School of Health Assistants at the Mason A.M.E Memorial Church on Old Road, Sinkor, Dr. Barnes called on the 50 graduates, including 48 females, to fully dedicate their lives to saving the lives of their fellow man.“Reserve no time for your personal comfort now as our health sector is in great demand of committed and ready hands to save it from completely crumbling,” he said.Dr. Barnes, who also once served as the head of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), as well as Minister of Finance under Charles Taylor, noted that it is unfortunate that most of the students, including those taking health education programs, are learning under extremely poor conditions.“We are all aware of our country’s struggle to overcome rampant corruption, the unfair dispensation of justice, inadequate support to the improvement of education, health, security and many other sectors but it is our individual responsibility to continue to do good for our people,” he admonished.“As I look at the faces of all of you young people here today who are graduating, I am assured of one thing: that you have dedicated your lives to bring healing to the hearts of your fellow citizens and the world in general. I say thank you for the life of service and sacrifice you are about to embark on.”He said the path the graduates have chosen is a difficult one, particularly so because it involves long working hours and very little compensation.Dr. Barnes called on the graduates to see themselves as a very significant force, although not much is being done to make them live the lives they are entitled to in their career of choice.“Health workers and teachers are two separate, yet very important gifts from God to any nation that are in most cases neglected and unappreciated,” he added.Dr. Barnes said success is not inherited, and as such each graduate must ask: “What do I want? What can I do to get what I want? And why do I need to know how to do what is right to get want I want?” if they are to positively impact the health sector.As part of his effort to bolster the school’s endeavors, Dr. Barnes gave an initial contribution of US$500 towards the construction of classrooms on 1.8 acres of land owned by the school.During his speech, valedictorian Abel Reed said he is worried that not too many people in the country are fully educated on how to prevent simple diseases like cholera, malaria, among others.Defining health as the “complete physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of a person or animal,” Reed said it is good for people to follow the rules of healthy living, adding: “It is commonly said that one’s health is his or her wealth.”He thanked his fellow graduates for their resolve to continue attending classes, even under difficult circumstances.The executive director of Goja School of Health Assistants, Rev. Dr. Otis B. Young, said the school began training people 14 years ago in skills development programs such as tailoring, cosmetology, and pastry, but due to rent constraints, the school limited its training to health assistants.“We are involved in this business to augment the efforts of government and others who are trying their best to get our country’s health system on par with other nations,” Dr. Young said.He appealed for support from well-meaning individuals and institutions for the construction of a seven-classroom school building for the continuation of its programs.The crowning of the school’s queen, Mrs. Malid K. Dixon, was done by Miss Liberia First Runner up, Miss Tina Youngor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

7 on trial for murder of Meten-Meer-Zorg businessman

first_imgSeven persons, including a woman, on Tuesday denied killing Zulfikar Namdar, called “Vickey, at his family’s grocery store at their Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home.In a tense and packed courtroom, the murder accused were all indicted for the September 10, 2013 robbery-murder of the 20-year-old man.Allan Dorsett, called “Baird”; Delwayne Croft; Esan Lawrence, called “Muscle”; Jermaine Williams, called “Yankee”; Andrew Chandler, called “Sonic”; Samuel Bacchus, called “Kirk”; and Cassandra Singh-Dorsett all entered pleas of not guilty in the presence of their Attorneys Nigel Hughes, Ashley Henry, Adrian Thompson, and George Thomas.Hughes and Henry are representing the number one accused Dorsett while Thompson is representing Williams, Chandler and Bacchus.Meantime, Thomas is appearing for Croft, Lawrence and Singh-Dorsett. Attorneys Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case presided over by Justice Navindra Singh.Murdered: Zulfikar NamdarThe trial commenced following the prosecution’s opening address which reminded the jury of their duty to impartiality.Among the first set of witnesses were the victim’s parents who recalled seeing their son’s lifeless body in a pool of blood after gunmen raided the home.Namdar’s mother, Fazila Namdar, who was on the verge of tears recalled that she, her grandson and driver were forced to lay face down after two bandits invaded and demanded to see the business owner. Her husband, Goolzar, testified that he was hiding when he heard the bullets. He, nevertheless, saw a tall male sporting a cap.Fazila said she handed over a kit containing $1.3 million in cash, several pieces of jewellery and her passport. Steven Mohamed, who was packing drinks aback the store, also recalled coming face to face with the gunmen, who had asked for the “boss man”, but he said he had not known where he was.All three witnesses pointed out the number five accused, Andrew Chandler, who lived a few houses away from the store and was working as a labourer at a nearby masjid which was under construction. Chandler was nearly in tears as he was being identified.last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: £45m bid for German star? The latest reports

first_img Marco Reus 1 On Sunday, Twitter ran wild with rumours Liverpool could be set to make a shock move for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.Fans became giddy with excitement at the prospect of the German alongside Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling in a three-pronged attack at Anfield.But The Times’ Tony Barrett appears to have shattered the dreams of Reds fans, by tweeting the following…“Liverpool baffled by reports linking them with Marco Reus and insist they’ve shown no interest in him despite suggestions to the contrary.”Should this come as a surprise? A month ago Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told German newspaper Bild…“I can definitely rule out a transfer this summer.”Looks like the Reds’ rumoured ambitious £45million Bundesliga heist is a longer shot than anything Xabi Alonso ever attempted.last_img read more

Sluggers figure to dominate

first_imgBalls have been flying out in Philly since the stadium opened in 2004. The dimensions are rather standard, 329-330 feet down the lines, 374 to left-center and 401 to straightaway center. But for some reason, there are far more homers hit there than at the old Veterans Stadium. Perhaps the open-air outfield allows the wind to play too much of a factor. Maybe the power-alleys aren’t deep enough. Whatever the case, it plays small. “The ball seems to carry more,” Rollins said. “Maybe it just looks small, so people feel a little stronger. Maybe pitchers make a lot of mistakes because the park gets in their head. It could be a number of things, but you still have to hit the ball out of the ballpark. I’ve always said when you hit a ball and it’s a home run, it doesn’t matter where you are playing. If you hit it here 10 rows deep, that’s out of any other ballpark.” There’s a much easier explanation for all the scoring at Coors. Blame it on the high altitude. Balls dry out in the thin, arid air, making them slicker and harder to grip. There’s also less air resistance, causing breaking balls to flatten out and changeups to stay up in the zone. Home run totals have decreased significantly at Coors over the past decade – several years ago, the Rockies installed a humidor to store baseballs and control their moisture. Still, Coors and its spacious outfield remains the best park to hit in. Batters had a .286 average in Colorado this season, highest in the majors. It was second in runs at 874 and ninth in homers at 185. Meanwhile, the Bank led the majors with 241 homers and was third in runs at 871. Batters hit .277 in Philly. “Regardless of where you play, you still have to get it and hit it,” Howard said. “Sometimes the wind may be blowing in at a field that’s considered to play large and if you hit in the air, it might go out. You still have to hit it. You still have to put a good swing on it for it to go.” Howard can hit them out of the Grand Canyon. He had 24 of his 47 homers on the road. Rollins and Burrell each had 30 homers. Rollins had 12 on the road and Burrell 14. But a few of Colorado’s sluggers had far better power numbers at Coors. Holliday hit 25 of his 36 homers at home. Hawpe’s home-away ratio was 19-10 and Tulowitzki’s 15-9. “It’s changed,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the Rockies’ park. “The elevation is not going to change, but the ballpark is not as much hitter-friendly as it used to be. It plays out much different than it has in the past.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Phillies and Rockies are built to take advantage of their hitter-friendly ballparks. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Pitchers beware: Two potent offenses plus two hitter-friendly ballparks could equal a slugfest. The Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies got to this point mainly because of their hitting. And, they’ll need to keep swinging to advance. Game 1 of this NL first-round series is today at Citizens Bank Park, the East Coast version of Coors Field. Both teams are sending their aces to the mound – Cole Hamels (15-5) for the Phillies and Jeff Francis (17-9) for the Rockies. But it’ll be the hitters getting most of the attention. Philly has Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand. Colorado brings Matt Holliday, Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki. All these guys can flat-out hit no matter where they play. However, many often find themselves explaining why it’s easier to have success at home. last_img read more

Liverpool fans have the right to make a statement, says Pepijn Ljinders

first_img1 Liverpool fans were well within their rights to stage a ticket price walkout and it did not cause the team to throw away a 2-0 lead against Sunderland, according to first-team coach Pepijn Ljinders.Second-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana appeared to have put the home side in control but, after thousands of supporters’ left their seats in the 77th minute in protest over the rising cost of attending matches, Sunderland struck back with goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe.“We have one of the best supporters groups in the world so if they want to make a statement, they have the right to,” said Ljinders, standing in on post-match media duties after manager Jurgen Klopp missed the match after being taken to hospital earlier in the day to have an appendix operation.“It changed the atmosphere in the stadium, but not our mentality.“We have a group who are young with loads of quality and potential.“It is up to us to create a style that gets further and further and, over time, you realise winning is a logical result of development.“For 82 minutes we played really well. We were good to be honest. We dominated the game, could always find a free player and create spaces between the lines, but in the last 10 minutes we started walking back.“It is always a collective problem, we drop off too much. The players did excellent, but they know the circumstances.“We felt we were in control, then one moment changes everything, but there were still eight or 10 minutes where you have to be calm.” Liverpool fans have the right to make a statement but late goals were not down to walkout, says Pepijn Ljinders last_img read more

Who could replace the injured Verratti? Predicted PSG line up v Chelsea

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are looking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge tonight.The Ligue 1 giants travel to south west London with a 2-1 lead from the first-leg at the Parc des Princes, where they will have to fend off a Chelsea side eager to avenge their dramatic exit at this stage last season.Despite the victory, PSG will have been left frustrated at having conceded on home soil, with away goals all so crucial in the European competition.Progression, nonetheless, remains in their hands.So, who could Laurent Blanc call upon? Will Edinson Cavani get the nod after scoring the winner in the reverse leg? Who might replace the struggling Marco Verratti?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted PSG XI v Chelsea by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11. Angel Di Maria (right wing) 2. Thiago Silva (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 7. Lucas Moura (right wing) 11 8. Thiago Motta (centre midfield) 11 5. Marquinhos (right back) 14. Blaise Matuidi (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (striker) 17. Maxwell (left back) 32. David Luiz (centre back) 16. Kevin Trapp (goalkeeper) 11 27. Javier Pastore (attacking midfield) last_img read more

Temporary span links Pico Rivera, Montebello

first_img 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! PICO RIVERA – Three months after a fire destroyed a bridge on Beverly Boulevard that links Pico Rivera and Montebello, officials opened a temporary bridge Thursday afternoon – just in time for the evening rush hour. Like a giant Erector Set, the $1.3 million temporary span was assembled in three sections and lifted into place by cranes by construction company G.B. Cooke Inc. Designed to be reusable, the temporary bridge – manufactured by Acrow Corp. of America – was installed next to the north side of the original bridge, allowing traffic to resume while a permanent concrete-and-steel bridge is constructed. “This was a major public safety concern, with emergency vehicles unable to get from Pico Rivera to Beverly Hospital” in Montebello, said Montebello Councilman Bill Molinari. “Even though they had a lot of delays in the shipping of parts from all over the country, the contractors and bridge company really came through,” he added. “Now I just have to make sure the permanent bridge construction stays on course.” Ever since the Nov. 1 fire destroyed the eastern end of the bridge, the two cities had scrambled to erect some kind of span across the Rio Hondo channel to allow traffic to resume. But when Pico Rivera officials momentarily balked at the cost for the temporary span, Molinari blasted his neighbors during a heated joint council meeting. Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina joked about it during Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I’m proud of both cities who were able to do emergency meetings and work together,” Molina said. “Bill Molinari is an impatient man, but that’s a good thing.” Police believe a fire started by a transient to keep warm ignited the original bridge’s wooden support beams. The same day of the fire, the county Board of Supervisors approved funding to replace the 50-year-old span. Officials have estimated the cost of a new, six-lane permanent bridge at about $10.7 million. Pico Rivera and Montebello each will contribute $1.3 million. Construction on the permanent span is set to begin in April, said Dave Pilker, spokesperson for the county’s Department of Public Works. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more


first_imgIrish Rugby captain Paul O’Connell is not happy at the choice of photograph decorating his hotel bedroom at the team base at St George’s Park.The Irish side are based at the training base which was custom-built for the English FA ahead of their next group game with Romania. As you’d expect there is plenty of footballing memorabilia at the FA HQ – but O’Connell is unhappy at one photograph looking over him as he sleeps.It’s an action shot of Peter Shilton in action for England against Argentina in the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.The game is best remembered for Maradonna’s ‘Hand of God’ moment which resulted in England’s exit from the competition.O’Connell would much rather a photograph of Donegal’s goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner. O’Connell put the photograph on his Instagram and said, “Peter Shilton watching over me tonight. I’d rather Packie Bonner. 🙂 IRISH RUGBY CAPTAIN WANTS PACKIE BONNER TO WATCH OVER HIM! was last modified: September 21st, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: Gardaí are investigating an incident in which a man was killed outside Bundoran this morning in what is believed to have been a hit and run incident.The body of a man in his late 40’s was discovered shortly after 5am this morning on the Newtown Road just over a kilometre from the seaside town.Gardaí say the man appears to have been struck by a vehicle which did not remain at the scene close to Bundoran cemetery. There is huge shock locally following the incident.The man has not yet been named until all his relatives are informed of the tragic death. He’s believed to have been originally from the UK.It is understood the man was walking to his home in Co Leitrim from Bundoran.A post mortem examination will be carried out later today. The body remains at the scene and it is expected that it will be removed to Sligo General Hospital, where a post mortem examination will be carried out later today. The road is closed and Garda forensic collision investigators are in the process of carrying out an examination of the area.Gardaí are asking anyone who travelled on the Newtown Road near Bundoran last night or in the early hours of this morning to contact them at Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 9858530. MANHUNT LAUNCHED AFTER WALKER KILLED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:accidentbundoranhita and runlast_img read more

NHL: His next Great career?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “In America, nobody has any idea what Wayne is,” said team captain Shane Doan, who grew up in Alberta during Gretzky’s great years in Edmonton. “If you took Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Derek Jeter, Brett Favre and kind of put them all into one, that type of following would almost be the same as what Wayne has in Canada.” Brett Hull, who at 41 is the NHL’s No. 3 career scorer behind Gretzky and Gordie Howe, signed with Phoenix because he knew Gretzky, who lives in Thousand Oaks, was going to be the coach. “There’s no one more competitive,” Hull said. “He’s the ultimate champion and competitor. He’s going to have to really fight that when things don’t go as great as he wants them to. I think it’s going to help us players to have that. He’s not going to settle for people going through the motions or not executing.” Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett is Gretzky’s former agent and has known him for 25 years. When Gretzky was still playing, Barnett said, the two were in Indianapolis for a charity appearance and attended a Pacers game where Larry Bird was coaching. On the plane ride out of town, Gretzky spoke of how he admired Bird’s style. “When you’re playing, there’s nothing like it,” said Gretzky, whose club faces the Kings tonight at Staples Center. “You know you can go out there and affect the outcome of the game each and every night. Now the effect I can have on the game is very different, but the passion I have to help this team win is still the same I had as a player.” All 30 NHL teams played Wednesday night, marking the return of a sport that lay dormant during a year of labor strife. The Coyotes played at Vancouver, a fitting location for Gretzky’s debut, because in Canada his fame is virtually without limits. “He said, ‘You know I really like the way Larry Bird’s team plays and I like the way he’s coaching that team. It’s playing the game the way he played it,”‘ Barnett recalled. “He said, ‘That might be something when I retire I would consider doing.’ ” Gretzky, who played for the Kings from 1988 to 1995, became a part-owner of the Coyotes, and Barnett reminded him of that conversation when talk turned to finding a new coach following the 2003-04 season. “I think that everybody has to have a purpose in life,” he said. “My enjoyment of so-called working was to be around hockey. The closest thing to being a player is to be able to coach. It has been as enjoyable as I thought it would be. It’s an experience that I’ve relished.” He knows that he can’t expect players to perform at the level he set for himself. He wants an up-tempo, aggressive style on offense with discipline on defense. Gretzky said he played for all kinds of coaches, ones who shouted and others who were “more mellow and quieter.” “As a player, the one thing you wanted was to be treated like a man,” he said. “If you’re treated like a man, you react like a man. That’s what I told my players. I’m not a guy who has a lot of rules. My rules are pretty simple and basic, something we can all live with. “But I expect everyone to be on time and show up and prepare and work hard every day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. – Wayne Gretzky was lured to coaching by the most basic reason: a love of the game. Hockey’s greatest player knows his Phoenix Coyotes are not blessed with his amazing skills. But, in his first week as an NHL coach, he insists he has the patience and drive to build a winner in the desert. last_img read more