first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has underscored the need for trained Liberian professionals in all sectors of national development, especially health.The President made the remark recently when she received in audience a 12-Member Delegation from the Chicago Global Health Alliance (CGHA) from the United States of America at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.President Sirleaf explained to the visitors that many Liberian health professionals were forced to relocate to other parts of the globe due the civil conflict in the country and that the need for professionals, remains a key priority for the country.The CGHA delegation was led by Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rev. Kenety S. Gee, a Liberian, residing in the USA. The President welcomed the delegation to Liberia and thanked them for their life-saving interventions in the country’s health sector. “A lot of medical services are needed due to the impact of Ebola outbreak on the country’s health system, which needs thorough rebuilding. I take it that you have met most if not all of the actors in the sector and clearly understand the challenges that currently exist”, said President Sirleaf. President stated that she is hopeful that CGHA’s presence will help fill the important gaps that currently exist. Rev. Gee, in his remarks, informed the President that his group is working in Liberia to help equip regional medical centers, offer pro bono medical, surgical and mental health services to needy Liberians. During the current mission, CGHA along with partners from the Northern Illinois University’s Edsystem will host a career pathway conference at the RLJ Hotel outside Monrovia. The conference is a follow-up to the May 2013 launch of the Liberian Career Pathway and a subsequent visit of Vice President Joseph Boakai to Chicago in April 2014. “The conference will focus on four career pathways including Health Information Management; Biomedical Equipment Technician Certification; Medical and Nursing and Mental Health,” he stated.He further informed the President that CGHA, has provided services at the JFK Hospital, Phebe Hospital and the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County.CGHA is working with the authorities of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata to initiate a Bio-medical Technician Training Center aimed at training professionals to service medical equipment brought into Liberia by his group. Other members of the CGHA delegation included Prof. Adam B. Murphy of the Northwestern University, Nataka Moore of Adler University, Tiffany McDowell of Adler University, Edith Njuguna, Damenia Gbarbea, Gloria Sherard, Andrea Messing-Mathie, Michael Massie, Samaria Quist, Joe Turner and Jamel Russell. 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_imgAs thousands of retrenched workers, who were put on the breadline following Government’s downsizing of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), continue to struggle to earn a livelihood, calls have been reiterated for these workers to be given sugar lands to sustain themselves and their families.The most recent call was from social activist Christopher Ram last week as he addressed the opening of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana’s Sixth Triennial Conference. Ram told the gathering that the ConferenceSocial activist Christopher Ramwas being held against the backdrop of what he described as the “single largest layoff in the history of Guyana” in one of the major sectors of the economy.He went on to blast the coalition Administration as well as GuySuCo for not putting in place “mechanisms to cushion the financial, social, economic and personal impact and consequences on lives and livelihoods of these people”.To this end, Ram outlined several recommendations, which he believed are needed to ensure that the dismissed workers were able to adequately provide for themselves and their families.“Workers must be given lands to carry out the trade and earn their livelihood in the activity in which they are most proficient. The value to the Government of some privatisation proceeds in the short term is simply not worth the long-term effects of deprivation of some safety net to the workers,” Ram outlined.Among the other recommendations the social activist detailed were: the retraining and re-educating of workers; businesses being given incentives to employ workers; and direct and indirect contributions to the welfare of terminated GuySuCo employees, including scholarships to the children of the workers, should be made tax deductible, especially for businesses.Since Government’s announcement of the closure of several estates under GuySuCo, there have been widespread calls for the lands under GuySuCo to be distributed among the displaced workers in order for them to sustain themselves and their families.However, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said back in January that plans to lease sugar cane lands to the retrenched workers have been put on hold, pending the completion of ongoing valuation of the Corporation’s assets that was being carried out by United Kingdom-based PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Following Government’s announcement of plans to downsize the local sugar industry – leaving just the Uitvlugt, Albion and Blairmont Estates – in order to make it more viable, the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to manage the divestment of the Corporation’s assets. These include “all the moveable and immovable property owned, used, leased, or licensed by GuySuCo or the State, save and except for Albion Estate, Blairmont Estate, and Utivlugt Estate”. Also included in the takeover are all properties owned by, or leased to, the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and Enmore Estates, and other properties in the Demerara and Berbice counties as well as 4700 acres of State land.In order to bring in revenue to sustain its operations, GuySuCo had, in 2016, sold to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) some 3000 acres of cane land reportedly between Sophia, Greater Georgetown, and Ogle, East Coast Demerara. Government previously communicated its intention to use acres of land owned by GuySuCo for housing projects and other developments.However, at a meeting of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in February, it was revealed that the CH&PA paid over $1 billion for lands, but those lands have not yet been identified and handed over by GuySuCo.last_img read more

first_imgA businesswoman who bought a field in Malin Head is selling pieces of Donegal for €39 each!The woman and her husband moved to Ireland and bought a field close to Banba’s Crown, Ireland’s most northerly point.Now she has packed pieces of rock inside a gift package which includes a map and is selling them to tourists around the world.  PIECES OF DONEGAL BEING SOLD AROUND THE WORLD FOR €39 EACH! was last modified: November 7th, 2012 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:Banba’s Crowndonegalfieldrocklast_img read more

first_imgOnduparaka defeated Express in their last away game (Photo by Shaban Lubega)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Bul FC vs Onduparaka FCNjeru Technical Center, JinjaTuesday, 11-12-2018 @4:30pmNJERU – Onduparaka FC will be hoping to go second on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table when they take on Bul at the Njeru Technical Center on Tuesday afternoon.The Arua based side are cruising at the moment, winning all their last three games in the league and currently sit only a point behind second placed Vipers.A win or draw against Bul will automatically see them leap-frog Vipers into second as the Caterpillars hold a better goal-difference on the Venoms.However, it will not be an easy fate, coming up against a side (Bul) that has not lost any of their last three home fixtures (W2 D1).Simeon Masaba who is currently in the care-taker role at Onduparaka has overseen three victories in as many games and is confident a fourth may come on Tuesday.“The team is in high spirits going into the game on Tuesday, said Masaba.“We know it is not easy but none of the other three that we have won on the trot, have been either.“Our target is to win as many and i am confident we can get all three points away to Bul.His side will look to Gadafi Gadinho who has been in scintillating form of late, for inspiration. Gadafi has scored three goals in as many games and will be hoping to continue his brilliant scoring form on Tuesday.For Bul who drew 1-1 in their last game away to in-form Bright Stars, will bank on Oromochan Villa, Douglas Owori, Deogracious Ojok, Hamis Tibita, Patrick Ssembuya and Yunus Sibira, to take care of Onduparaka.Match Facts:This will be the fifth top flight meeting between the two sides.In the first four, Bul have never beaten Onduparaka (D3 L1).Last season, the Arua based side took four points off Bul including a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.Bul head into the game on a three match winless run (D2 L1). Their last victory in the league came in a 4-1 victory over Ndejje at the start of last month.At home, the Jinja based side have lost only two of their last 13 league games (W7 D4).For Masaba’s side, the go into Tuesday’s fixture having lost only 3 of their last 20 league games (W11 D6).Away from home, Onduparaka have lost onlt 2 of their last 10 outings (W6 D2).Other League Fixtures on Tuesday:– Paidah Black Angels vs Kirinya JSS @4:30pm– Express FC vs KCCA FC @4pm– Ndejje University vs SC Villa @4:30pm– Mbarara City vs Tooro United @4:30pm– Maroons FC vs Nyamityobora FC @4:30pmComments Tags: Bul FConduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgGordon Bartlett has stepped down as manager of Wealdstone after 22 years in charge.The decision was taken by mutual consent, with the Stones sitting 18th in National League South but keen to chase a play-off place.The 61-year-old will remain with the club in a new role encompassing youth development and community football.Since taking over in 1995, Bartlett has taken Wealdstone from Isthmian League Division Three to eighth in National League South last sseason.Wealdstone chairman Peter Marsden said an announcement on Bartlett’s successor would be made in due course. Praise for BakayokoEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte believes the size of the occasion gave Tiémoué Bakayoko the energy to get through his Chelsea debut despite the midfielder not being fully fit.Bakayoko was hurried back after a knee problem for the game against Tottenham at Wembley because Cesc Fabregas’ suspension left the Blues short of other midfield options.Boss Conte was reluctant to include the summer signing from Monaco but felt he had no choice.The France international rose to the challenge, playing a starring role in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory – and surprisingly managing to complete the full 90 minutes.Conte said: “Don’t forget I was a player and I know that sometimes motivation brings you to get over your physical condition.“In a great stadium, against a great opponent, with a great atmosphere you can have a performance like that.” Linfield to discuss QPR’s Smyth offerEmbed from Getty ImagesLinfield’s directors are expected to meet this week to discuss QPR’s offer for forward Paul Smyth.Rangers have submitted a bid for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international, who turns 20 next month and is under contract until 2019.There have been reports linking Reading with Smyth and speculation over how much Linfield want for the player.But QPR have not received an answer since making their offer and no other clubs appear to have made an approach.A Reading scout recently watched a Linfield game, leading to reports the Royals are chasing Smyth. Holloway plans changesEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway plans to make changes for QPR’s EFL Cup second-round clash with Brentford on Tuesday.Holloway’s side continued their encouraging start to the season by coming from behind to beat Hull on Saturday.And the Rangers manager is now hoping a number of his squad players will take their chance to impress in the west London derby.“I will have to play some different players and I want our fans to understand that,” he said. QPR U23s winQPR’s development side made it two wins out of two by beating Huddersfield 2-1.Axel Prohouly and Aramide Oteh scored for visitors in the game at Huddersfield’s training ground No Wembley jinx – PochettinoEmbed from Getty ImagesMauricio Pochettino has again played down the significance of Tottenham’s record at Wembley.Having struggled in their Champions League games at the national stadium, Spurs lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday in their first home league match there.They have now lost eight of their last 11 games at what will be their home ground until the club’s new stadium is constructed.But manager Pochettino insisted his side’s display against the champions showed they can perform at Wembley and that they did not deserve to lose.Asked if he felt the pitch being significantly larger than the one at White Hart Lane was a factor in their results, Pochettino said: “Please – we need to stop. If you watch football it was clear that Wembley was not the problem.”He added: “It doesn’t affect us but I understand that we (Pochettino and the media) need to talk about it.“Wembley is not the reason we lost the game. The team played really well and it’s not fair to blame Wembley. Wembley is one of the best places in the world to play football.“We created chances to score and they were more clinical than us. That’s football.” Victory for OusephEmbed from Getty ImagesRajiv Ouseph opened his World Badminton Championship campaign with a 21-15, 21-13 victory over Adam Mendrek in Glasgow.Hounslow’s Ouseph, the 16th seed, started to show his class in the latter half of the first game, a run of six straight points opening up an 18-12 lead.And when world number 117 Mandrek went wide, Ouseph took the game after 19 minutes. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgRedding >> Returning from injury, Red Bluff’s Jayne Brandt performed well in a number of events over the weekend at the Sierra Nevada Bill Rose Junior Olympics in Redding. Brandt won the 100 breast stroke, placed runner-up in the 200 breast stroke and finished top 10 in many more races of the 15- to 16-year-old group. Brandt’s victory in the 200 breast stroke was a personal best and AAA qualifying mark of 1 minute, 17.19 seconds. Brandt also helped spearheaded a couple relay wins, swimming …last_img read more

first_imgCall it the Sean McVay Effect.When the Los Angeles Rams hired McVay to be their head coach in January 2017, he was 30 years old, he was anything but a household name, and more than a few people around the league thought the hire was crazy.All he did was immediately turn quarterback Jared Goff — the former No. 1 overall pick who looked completely overwhelmed his rookie season — into an MVP candidate, and the Rams — a franchise widely mocked for its consistent mediocrity — into a bonafide Super …last_img read more

first_imgHere at ReadWriteStart, we frequently profile cities outside Silicon Valley that are thriving hot-spots for tech entrepreneurship. Our “Never Mind the Valley” series has featured cities like Austin, London, Montreal, New York, and Boulder.These cities tend to have strong business climates, but in particular they offer a strong community for startups – often, but not always, centered on universities. Frequently, these communities provide startup incubator or accelerator programs, or at the very least some sort of mentorship opportunities so that new entrepreneurs can work with those more established in the industry.As the new year kicks off, we’re looking for more cities to profile. You can contact us via email with your suggestions.Image credits: Minnesota Historical Society (via Flickr) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#start#tips center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterslast_img read more

first_imgPalash Krishna MehrotraAs a nation we have many faults, but there’s one thing at which we are better than anyone else: banning.There’s no other liberal democracy in the world that bans as much as we do. Last week too we went on a banning spree. The BCCI has declared that from now on girlfriends will not be allowed to accompany players on overseas tours. Kerala has announced a prohibition policy. It seeks to become a completely dry state within the next decade. And in Punjab, a film about Indira Gandhi’s assassination has been banned from release.Girfriends are banned. Alcohol is banned. Books are banned. In Goa, a minister wanted bikinis to be banned from beaches. Where else does one wear a bikini? On Mount Everest? What do we ban next? Mutton and chicken maybe. The most bizarre arguments are hustled in support of these bans. There is little discussion. Only swift action. Quick fix solutions such as banning wives and girlfriends from tours will not solve Team India’s problemsIsolationistTake the ban on girlfriends and wives. Wives will now be allowed on tour but only for a limited period of time. The reason for this clampdown? The disastrous performance of our cricket team in England. As always, we look for causes where there aren’t any. What a player does in his personal life has no bearing on his performance.Rarely do we look at how other countries and sports handle the issue. We have a curiously isolationist approach to our problems. We want to be at home in the world, we want to take on the world on its terms, and then we go and say: what works for them, doesn’t work for us. We are different. So Greg Chappell was evil because he didn’t understand something called ‘Indian cricketing culture’.advertisementReally, a winning cricketing culture is a winning cricketing culture. There’s not much that distinguishes world-beating teams from each other. They play the same sport. Skill, talent and mental strength are what matter the most.In cricket, the most successful teams – South Africa, Australia, England- allow wives and girlfriends to accompany players on tour. Top tennis players Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic always travel with their partners. In the recently concluded football World Cup, teams like Germany and Holland fared much better than teams like Russia, which disallowed players from taking along their girlfriends and wives.The real problem of course lies somewhere else – the way cricket is administrated in India. It lies in the dead wickets on which our players grow up playing. It kills our fast bowlers. Then we complain we don’t have fast bowlers. Our batsmen cannot handle green wickets with pace and bounce, and where the ball seams around. The best players are often not in the playing XI. What do we do? We go after the girlfriend. And we make some cosmetic changes. Bowling coach Joe Dawes and ‘fielding consultant’ Trevor Penney have been asked to ‘take a break’, and replaced with Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. Who are they? This, we are led to believe, will change the face of Indian cricket.AlcoholOn a different note, Kerala has come up with the shock decision to ban alcohol. It is the state with the highest liquor consumption in the country. The move it is said will put a curb on several social evils. It is the magic wand that will prevent sex crimes. Apparently everyone who drinks creates mayhem on the streets. It will stamp out alcoholism.The move can only backfire. The liquor industry will go underground. In Gujarat, the bootleg industry is pegged at Rs 1,500 crores annually. Spurious liquor will flood the market. People will flock to bars on the border. The state will lose the more than Rs 7,000 crores that it presently earns in revenue. The tourism industry will collapse.Prohibition has failed in other states like Haryana, Mizoram and Andhra Pradesh. They’ve all had to roll back the policy. As for tackling alcoholism as a public health issue, banning is not the way forward. Ironically, it’s the high taxes that the state imposes, that forces people to drink harmful spirits: overpriced ethyl alcohol.Instead, the government should lower taxes on beer and wine, thus encouraging people to shift to less harmful options. Expecting people to stop drinking is an impractical and utopian idea. But one can make them change their drinking habits.LibertiesCountries like England and Ireland, which have had a problem with binge drinking, have not banned alcohol but launched social campaigns to educate drinkers about the ill effects.advertisementLet me conclude with two observations. First, what a person drinks at home, or who a cricketer travels with on tour, are both matters of personal choice. You cannot trample on the individual civil liberties of a citizen, no matter what, but in India we do just that.Two, we are very bad problemsolvers. We take a problem and then spin circles around it, whether it be alcoholism or the bad performance of our cricket team. We are terrible at diagnosing the real problem and fixing it. It’s how we approach the issue of urban development. We build a ring road around the city. Then we keep driving around this ring road on a loop. Meanwhile, the diseased city in the middle continues to fester and sink.The writer is the author of The Butterfly Generationlast_img read more

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli Saturday had a clear message for all his World Cup bound teammates — don’t pick up bad (technical) habits during IPL and manage workload carefully, taking games off whenever necessary during the cash-rich league, starting March 23.Kohli, who has developed a tunnel vision as far as the World Cup is concerned, doesn’t want the India stars plying their trade for various franchises, to drift too much from their ODI game plan during the seven-week league that ends on May 12.India play their opening World Cup game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton, exactly 23 days after IPL ends.”They have to make sure that their games don’t go (drift) too much away from the one-day mould of things. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL,” Kohli told reporters ahead of their first T20I against Australia.The national team’s interest has always been paramount for Kohli and accordingly, he also wants his teammates to make that effort during IPL.”That (not picking up bad habit) will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment you enter the nets and create bad habits, you lose the momentum and you lose batting form. It is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup,” Kohli warned his teammates about te innovative shots that are in vogue during the league.The BCCI is yet to reach a common ground with the franchises on the workload management of the IPL bound players but Indian captain wants his men to be “responsible” and not over-exert themselves.advertisement”If your team is in a great position during the tournament, you don’t mind taking 2-3 games off also. It all depends on how you feel physically but everyone has to be really honest about it to themselves and accordingly see how they feel and not push themselves to the limit that might hamper the Indian team later on,” Kohli made it clear as to what he wants from teammates.The hectic schedule of IPL which includes a lot of travelling can take a toll on the health of the players and the skipper is a bit wary about that.”The amount you practice, with the amount of travel during the IPL and the number of games in different conditions, in different temperatures, it is going to be challenging, to be honest,” Kohli said.”As a cricketer, you have to map out how many practice sessions you really need. If you are hitting the ball well, there is no need to go to a practice session and tire yourself out for three hours whereas you can utilise that particular phase to rest and recover even more,” said Kohli, who will be donning Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey for the 12th year.For Kohli, he is ready to walk the talk when he leads RCB in the IPL.”I would look to continue in the same way that I have in all formats over the years and not do anything fancy. Frame of mind is the most important thing getting into the World Cup, and we need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy.Also Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decidelast_img read more