Health Minister-designate Vows to Absorb Health Workers on GOL Payroll

first_imgThe Minister of Health-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has hit the ground running to make peace with health workers by vowing to do all in her capacity, if confirmed by the Senate, to absorb health workers into the Government’s payroll system.This has been one of the contentious issues between the Ministry of Health and the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL). Health workers, through their president, Mr. Joseph Tamba, have said that they want all of their colleagues to be included on the payroll. More than 2000 public health workers are not on the GOL payroll although some of them receive other incentives.Dr. Dahn made the commitment when she officially closed the three-day Health System Assessment and Investment Plan Consensus Meeting, which was being held at the Paynesville City Hall.    The Minister-designate’s first public pronouncement, just hours after being appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was about the health workers who had threatened through their leadership to oppose her appointment. She would have to be confirmed by the Senate before performing the functions of the Health Minister-proper.Dr. Dahn, who has served as Deputy Minister for Health Services for the last eight years, requested Senator Dr. (MD) Peter S. Coleman and Representative Johnson Toe Chea to grant a team from the Ministry to convey to lawmakers the importance of putting more money into the health budget so that health workers can be included on government’s payroll.“We will do all we can to get them on the payroll. Even if it means sitting in hot offices at the Ministry just to get them on the payroll, that will be done. We are willing to make the sacrifices in order to get our health workers on the payroll,” Health Minister-designate Dahn assured everyone in the hall.As she left the stage, she received a standing ovation from the conferees, including international and local health partners.Dr. Dahn’s statement has been received in good faith by Mr. Joseph Tamba, president, NHWAL.  As his personal response, he stated, “I want to thank Dr. Dahn for this initiative. I look forward to see it coming to pass.” He, however, added that the health workers’ association was waiting to see what happens.Speaking earlier, Senator Dr. Peter Coleman said discussion on the issue of extra funding to put all the health workers on payroll is now going to be easy for him and other lawmakers who advocate for them (health workers) to their fellow lawmakers.Dr.  Coleman, a former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, further stated that the deadly Ebola virus disease has taught a lesson that there is a need to give health workers good pay.In his remarks, Rep. Johnson Toe Chea also reiterated the need for health workers to be adequately compensated in line with their jobs because their lives are always at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Christmas tree collection on January 4, 2014

first_imgMembers of the Northern Dance Theatre Society and École Central Grade 6 French Immersion Field Trip Committee will be picking trees up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day. Residents are asked to place their trees on the curb before 9 a.m., and are reminded to remove all decorations, tinsels and plastic tree bags beforehand.Trees can also be dropped off at the City’s snow removal dump site at 79 Avenue and 93 Street. The trees will be chipped and used to build the city’s walking trails.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Dog rescued from sinkhole in Chetwynd

first_imgThe dog was then taken to a local area vet where it was examined and was relatively unharmed. The District of Chetwynd Public Works are working to fix the sinkhole. As a temporary fix the bucket of a back hoe has been placed over the hole. – Advertisement –last_img

AFC end Mathare unbeaten run in thriller

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – AFC Leopards rallied from behind to end Mathare United’s unbeaten run after whipping the Slum Boys 4-3 in a Kenyan Premier League thriller hosted at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.AFC, finished with 10 men after Ghanaian Isaac Oduro was sent off in the 86th minute for a second bookable offence as a result of time wasting. Cliff Nyakeya netted a brace for Mathare United, finding the first in the seventh minute before Ingwe responded through Brian Marita’s strike in the 18th minute after receiving a pass from Nabwire.Mathare reclaimed the lead on the half hour mark thanks to Francis Omondi who converted from the spot after Oduro brought down Nyakeya in the box. Five minutes later, Nyakeya completed his brace but AFC Leopards skipper Duncan Otieno pulled one back for Ingwe.After the break, AFC levelled the scores through Ezekiel Odera in the 60th minute but the hero of the day was Marvin Nabwire who unleashed a breathtaking cracker in the 77th minute that sealed the win for Ingwe.The win saw AFC pick their second back-to-back win under interim head coach Dennis Kitambi and climb to third on the log with 10 points, having played a match less.Isaac Oduro brought down Cliff Nyakeya in the box and the slum boys were awarded a penalty. Francis Omondi comfortably converted the penalty restoring Mathare’s lead.Mathare United had a high flying start, going unbeaten in the opening five matches, winning thee and drawing two games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTHERE has been a massive increase in the number of people learning Chinese in across Co Donegal.Just last week twelve people graduated from the first intensive Mandarin Chinese language and culture course which took place at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Course facilitator, Ms Jill Murphy, said she was delighted at how well the course went and said a second course will begin later this month, to cope with the huge number of people who want to take part . “We had business people and people with a general interest in learning more about China and travelling to China. There was a good mix of people and I think they learned a lot from it.”The demand for the course has been such that a second course will be running from July 30 to August 3.“I have had dozens of enquiries from people interested in taking part but I didn’t want to have too large a group so we decided to run the second course later this month.”For the past year, the Letterkenny-based Chinese teacher has been giving private lessons and has taught evening classes in mandarin Chinese at LYIT. The strengthening of ties between Ireland and China has led to a surge in interest from people in Donegal wishing to learn more about the language and culture and this prompted Ms Murphy to establish the course.“During the course, people learned the basics of what they need to know about China, its language, culture and traditions. I think it definitely sparked interest and gave an understanding of this very interesting country.”Ms Murphy continued: “My hopes for the course were to not only teach people some of the language basics which they will need to know, but also provide an insight into the traditions and customs. And I think I managed to cover all of these aspects and enlightened people as to what to expect when visiting China as tourist or for business.”Ms Murphy explained further: “China is a fascinating and complex country and I gave an overview of the history and an insight into how China has become the global super power that it is today. The rise in the popularity of Chinese is unsurprising, given the links being forged by governments and businesses worldwide. Now, more than one billion people speak Mandarin Chinese. Indeed, it is quickly becoming an essential skill for business people and world travellers alike.”Ms Murphy added: “As more people have become aware of the course and the Chinese evening classes I have been teaching there is a lot of interest in people hoping to travel to China in the future. I am now looking at the possibility of putting together an escorted tour which can be tailored for tourists or business people.” The second one week intensive course will start on July 30 and there are still some places left. It is suitable for business people, teachers, students (leaving Cert and above) and anyone with an interest in China. To register contact Jill Murphy at jillmurphy30@yahoo.ieBeginners and intermediate Chinese lessons will be starting in September.“HEN RONGYI” ……….AS THEY NOW SAY AT THE LYIT! was last modified: July 20th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgRALLY Driver Garry Jennings has been gracious in defeat at the Donegal rally after a three minute time penalty cost him the title.The team of Sam Moffett and James O’Reilly took the championship after after a time penalty on front runners Jennings and Neil Doherty.“It was a tough pill to swallow but just had to take my oil and move on,” said Jennings.. “I’d like to thank all my sponsors and supporters for getting behind myself and Neil over the weekend.“I’m sorry if I’ve disappointed any of my supporters…me & Neil give it our best to take time back but we just ran out off tar.“What a powerful weekend’s rallying and fair play to Donegal motor club for a super event.”He also had words for the winner. “Congratulations to Sam what a great achievement from a great young driver and I’m sure there’s more to come from Sam,” said Garry. GARRY JENNINGS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT AFTER TIME PENALTY ROBS HIM OF RALLY WIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GARRY JENNINGS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT AFTER TIME PENALTY ROBS HIM OF RALLY WINlast_img read more


first_imgIn Loving memory of Linda McGarvey, aged 44, Daughter of Sheila Nee O’Donnell of Loughanauran Annargy and Hugh McGarvey of Gweedore, who peacefully passed away on Thursday the 24th of November.Her funeral will take place on Monday 28th at 11 am in Annargy.Heaven and Donegal have a new Angel. From her loving niece and Godchild, Danielle in Australia. Linda and our family will take so much pride and comfort in the fact that her spirit has circled the globe.Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam.* welcomes notices, obituaries and tributes. We do not charge for this service.IN LOVING MEMORY: LINDA McGARVEY was last modified: November 26th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal obituary noticesIN LOVING MEMORY: LINDA McGARVEYlast_img read more

Unbeatens have tough road ahead to BCS championship

first_imgMONDAY’S release of the Bowl Championship Series standings has the national media abuzz with scenarios about how an unbeaten team can be left out of college football’s biggest game. But if past history is any indication, the biggest moves by unbeatens won’t come in the equation, but on the playing field. In the seven years of the BCS, only one team from a major conference — Auburn in 2004 — has finished without a loss and still missed the BCS-title game. With that in mind, here’s a look at the seven remaining unbeaten teams, their upcoming schedules and their chances of remaining unbeaten at season’s end. USC AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Toughest foe: vs. UCLA, Dec. 3. Last season, L.A.’s other team came within one possession of beating the Trojans. This year’s Bruins have already equaled last season’s win total and could have the swagger and confidence of a 10-0 record by the time they play USC. Potential slip-up: at Cal, Nov. 12. Forget Cal’s losses to UCLA and Oregon State. The Golden Bears still have two rushers with 100-yard potential, Jeff Tedford’s game plan and a recent mental edge over the Trojans. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Excellent Texas Toughest foe: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday. The Red Raiders have the most potent offense in the country, but that might not matter against the Longhorns’ squelching defense. Tech’s chances appear slim but higher than any of the other teams Vince Young and Co. have left. center_img Potential slip-up: Big 12 title game, Dec. 3, in Houston. This game has a history of upsets. But then the loser of this game has a history of advancing to the BCS title game, as well. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Excellent Georgia Toughest foe: SEC title game, Dec. 3, in Atlanta. Alabama, Auburn or LSU, whichever team emerges from the SEC West is going to be as tough a team as the Bulldogs will face. Potential slip-up: Auburn, Nov. 12. Georgia gets back-to-back ranked SEC foes in Florida and Auburn, separated only by a bye week. At least the Bulldogs get both at home. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Good Virginia Tech Toughest foe: vs. Miami, Nov. 5. The second of back-to-back home games against ranked teams could end the Hokies’ run. Miami has dominated every team it has played after opening the season with a loss to Florida State and has owned its series with Va. Tech. Potential slip-up: vs. Boston College, Oct. 27. Boston College is deceptively good, having run up a 6-1 record. And the Eagles have a storied past against highly touted teams. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Fair UCLA Toughest foe: at USC, Dec. 3. The Bruins have closed the gap in L.A., but they are still little brother to the Trojans dynasty. Potential slip-up: vs. Arizona State, Nov. 12. The Sun Devils provided scares for LSU and USC this year before falling in the fourth quarter. Will they be able to put together a complete game against a highly ranked team by season’s end? Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Fair Alabama Toughest foe: vs. LSU, Nov. 12. Alabama has beaten Florida and a series of inferior opponents, most by large margins. But the Crimson Tide ends with two of the SEC’s elite, with the Tigers providing ‘Bama with its biggest test. Potential slip-up: at Auburn, Nov. 19. A week after playing LSU, the Crimson Tide rolls into the Iron Bowl against an Auburn team that has lost once since 2003. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Poor Texas Tech Toughest foe: at Texas, Saturday. Playing the No. 2 team in the country on the road will be no easy task, and Tech’s struggles in an eventual win at Nebraska should be reason for concern. Potential slip-up: Big 12 title game, Dec. 3, in Houston. If the Raiders get past the Longhorns and sweep through the rest of the season, they will still have to play the Big 12 North champion in an upset-friendly game. Likelihood of remaining unbeaten: Poor — Walter Hammerwold can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at 160Want 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

Half-time: Brentford 0 Norwich 0

first_imgBrentford’s first half against Norwich was intense despite the goalless scoreline.As the interval approached, the Bees rained shots at John Ruddy and he produced a superb save to beat away Alan McCormack’s drive towards the top corner.Bees boss Mark Warburton moved McCormack into midfield and Moses Odubajo to right-back, and Odubajo almost made a goal in the first minute when his deep cross was headed over by Alex Pritchard.Striker Andre Gray could have scored when he turned superbly in the box and fired a low shot just wide of the near post.And Stuart Dallas blasted Gray’s lay-off over the crossbar moments earlier before further chances for McCormack and Pritchard.Nathan Redmond went closest for Norwich, who started well, when his shot curled away from the far post.Brentford (4-2-3-1): Button; Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Douglas, McCormack, Pritchard, Judge, Dallas; GraySubs not used: Bonham, Craig, Tebar, Jota, Toral, Betinho, Proschwitz-Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rallying behind Bafana on Football Tuesday

first_img(Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483-0122 info@brandsouthafrica.comSouth Africans are rallying behind their national football squad with an enthusiastic show of support for “Football Tuesday”, the day Bafana Bafana take on France in their final match of the opening round of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The initiative is modeled on Football Fridays, a long-running campaign in which South Africans have been wearing yellow Bafana shirts to work, school and college every Friday to show their support for the team.Football Tuesday was declared by Brand South Africa, in partnership with Primedia and the Southern Sun hotel group.South Africa and France are at the bottom of Group A, with one point each. Mexico and Uruguay share the top spot with thee points apiece.“Bafana Bafana may be down, but they are certainly not out,” Brand South Africa said in a statement.“A convincing win against France this Tuesday is all the team needs to progress in this first World Cup on African soil.”France drew 0-0 with Uruguay and then lost 2-0 to Mexico in their first two World Cup matches. South Africa drew 1-1 to Mexico and lost 3-0 to Uruguay.To give them a chance to go through to the second round, South Africa now need either Uruguay or Mexico – who play at the same time on the 22nd – to win. And, of course, Bafana need to beat France.“For this reason, now more than ever, we need to paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team,” said Sophie Masipa, Brand South Africa marketing manager.“The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our boys on their most important assignment yet.”On Tuesday, the best result for South Africa – out of many possible permutations that will allow them to go through – is for Uruguay to beat Mexico 5-0 and Bafana to take a 1-0 lead over France.last_img read more