NSL top four in to the finals stage

first_imgThe top four teams that are to play in the National Champions League are PKA Rapatona, MRDC Hekari United, Welgris Morobe United and Lae City Dwellers.According to the draw for this weekend, the first game tomorrow will be played between PKA Rapatona FC and MRDC Hekari United FC which is a Southern Conference home game.PKA Rapatona is also gearing up to put a strong challenge between the all-time favourites Hekari United FC and we can expect things to heat on and off the field.In another home game at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae it will be a brotherhood clash between the Welgris Morobe United and the reigning champions Lae City Dwellers.However, Dwellers will go into the match has favorites with all expectations on their captain Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba to score goals for them.While for the Welgris Morobe United their charges need to be a bit more patients in their attack and let the ball do the talking then they will reap the rewards.According to the championship draws:Game 1 (20/02/2016) – PKA Rapatona vs MRDC Hekari United – Bisini- Welgris Morobe United vs Lae City Dwellers – SIKGame 2 (24/02/2016) – MRDC Hekari United vs PKA Rapatona – Bisini- Lae City Dwellers vs Welgris Morobe United – SIKGame 3 (27/02/2016) – PKA Rapatona vs Lae City Dwellers – Bisini- MRDC Hekari United vs Welgris Morobe United – Bisinilast_img read more

Best of Windies still to come, says Moseley

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies Women assistant coach Ezra Moseley believes the best is yet to come from the Caribbean side’s batting, and hopes it can click in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup against nemesis Australia.Playing in Thursday’s semi-final against New Zealand Women in Mumbai, West Indies Women rattled up 143 for six, and then bowled superbly to defend the total and come away with a six-run win.Moseley said based on the quality in the batting unit, West Indies Women had the ability to score in excess of 143.”I’m not certain that our batting has really clicked yet. We are better than 140 on a good pitch,” the former West Indies fast bowler said.”And I am hoping that Deandra (Dottin) and the captain (Stafanie Taylor) and the others could really chip in and give us a big total in the final that we can defend if we bat first.”Taylor has been the most consistent batsmen in the series with scores of 40, 40, 35, 47 and 25 in her five innings in the tournament.INCONSISTENT BATTINGThe remainder of the batting unit has been inconsistent, however, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the first half-century in the tournament for the Windies Women.Moseley said Cooper had played well despite carrying a slight niggle.”She played well. The coach Vasbert Drakes said he was going to send her at number three and she really batted well, although she was carrying a slight side strain,” Moseley noted.The semi-final win saw the Windies Women finally break their jinx and reach the final of a Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, after bowing out at the final-four stage at the previous three tournaments.Moseley said Thursday’s win had been inspired by Cooper’s half-century coupled with tenacious bowling.”Britney Cooper has not really done a lot with the bat in this series. She came good … and it was good to see but I thought (with) the bowling, most of them kept their nerves and did the business for West Indies.”last_img read more

The Challenges of the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: The Socio-Economic Impact, and a Call…

first_imgSalutations: Dr. Gregory A. Volturo, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Medicine, and Members of the Harvard Medical School; Fellow distinguished panelists and speakers; Excellencies, my fellow ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic corps; Fellow academics, invited guests, ladies and gentlemenI would like to extend appreciation to Dr. Gregory Ciottone for the warm welcome remarks. Let me also thank Dr. Mustapha Fofana for the invitation to attend this important forum and the warm hospitality accorded us since our arrival.I have been requested to direct my remarks on “The Challenges of the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: The Socio-economic Impact and a call for Global Response”After 14 years of brutal civil war which witnessed the destruction of our entire infrastructure, claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people, and displaced about one million of its citizens, our nation was completely unprepared to combat a disease like the Ebola virus. Even after considerable progress made by the current Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toward economic resurgence, the onslaught of the Ebola virus disease revealed the fragility of our systems, health and hygiene, water and sanitation, transport, communications, and overwhelmed practically all of our institutions.On March 31, 2014, Liberia confirmed its first two cases of Ebola virus disease. From that time until the virus caused the closure of schools in the nation, July 30, 2014, what prevailed was a combination of confusion, infighting and the overall inability of all concerned to fully understand and control the rapid spread of the disease. This is completely conceivable, given that even in post war Liberia, an epidemic of this kind had never happened. And if it had, we would have been in much better condition as a nation than now.Our President, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, immediately established a National Task Force which, she co-chaired. The purpose of the force was to support technical teams, comprising health workers, government officials, media, political leaders, security sector and concerned citizens and residents. Similar structures were established on a county level as well.Her Excellency, being fully cognizant of the nature of the virus, classified it “as a national health problem that had attacked our way of life, with serious economic, and social consequences. As such, she continued, “we are compelled to bring the totality of our national resolve to fight this scourge”. If there can be a success story from this deadly episode, this would be the beginning of where it started: full and complete cooperation and interest of the leadership of the country.The Social Impact:The Ebola virus disease was a horrible tragedy that as of today have destroyed the lives of 3,601 (three thousand, six hundred and one) Liberians and others, including 178 health care workers. It is very important to mention that foreign health professionals, doctors and nurses were amongst those who contracted the virus and received treatment abroad that saved their lives. We note also that American nurses who attended the Liberian national in Texas, were also healed of Ebola. We are grateful for their lives.Without the intervention of traditional partners, especially the United States of America and the international community, including China, Japan, and a host of other countries, as well as, the World Bank, the IMF, WHO, and international NGOs, such as, Samaritan’s Purse, Doctors Without Borders and dozens of other NGO’s, the decline in the virus may not have been accomplished as we have today. It is also noteworthy to mention the successful efforts made by Liberian doctors who headed ETUs, emergency treatment units. I am reminded also of a Liberian nurse who used local materials gathered from the local market, including common plastic bags to save the lives of two of her three relatives that were stricken by Ebola.With the outpouring of support from the international community and the resilience of the Liberian people, there has been significant decline in the outbreak of new cases. Although the virus disease was not eradicated on December 31st, as was envisioned by the government, today, 13 of the 15 counties in Liberia have no report of any confirmed cases. In her state of the nation address early this week, our President, H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reported that there were only 47 patients currently at 13 of the 19 constructed Ebola Treatment Centers. About two days ago, the Liberia Ministry of Information reported a further dramatic reduction in the number of Ebola patients receiving treatment in the country.Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I should also like to report that Liberia has now transitioned from cremation of Ebola victims to the more traditional burial practice, at a new cemetery near the capital. The Liberian people are hailing doctors in Liberia for the treatment and cure of 1,401 Ebola patients. As we remember those of our compatriots who lost their lives, we are equally concerned about the over 3,000 orphans that they have left behind, which will be an additional challenge to the government.The Economic Impact:Since 2006, Liberia’s growth potentials have been great, reaching a level of 8.9 % in 2012. In 2013 however, due to global economic downturn which had its effect on global prices of primary commodities, our growth rate fell to 8.3%.In 2014 the deadly Ebola Virus Disease struck which negatively impacted our health and social systems, as well as our economy. There was sharp decline in domestic food production, mining activities, cross border trade, transport services, which led a dramatic decline in our growth rate, from 5.9 % to -0.4%. Evidently, this scourge has taken a toll on our economy and calls for the attention of all friends of Liberia.Fellow academics, we should like to once again applaud and appreciate the international community response to the Ebola Virus Disease and call for a global involvement in a process that would lead to the prevention, early detection and treatment of any tropical disease of this nature throughout the world.In light of this, I should like to conclude my remarks with the following recommendations:That the Harvard University Medical School be designated to serve as a center for a consortium of medical universities to be supported by the US Government on the study and prevention of tropical diseases in Africa.That the Harvard University Medical School considers establishing technical cooperation with medical schools and universities in the Ebola affected countries to renew efforts aimed at manufacturing a vaccine for Ebola Virus Disease That the United States lead a global effort in establishing a Regional Center for Disease Control on the continent of Africa.The Government of Liberia would wish to request for partnership with Harvard Medical School to support the designing and construction of Medical Emergency and Disaster Centers and Response to Disasters. As training and the transfer of knowledge is key for our preparedness for the future, we like to request that Liberian citizens be recruited and trained at Harvard in a wide range of medical and public health fields.Finally, we would encourage the Harvard Medical School to see the need to send some of your medical students for job training in Liberia, where they would have insights in tropical diseases, such as lassa fever, yellow fever, and malaria. This could be a win-win situation for your students and our institutions.Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, once again, thank you so much for the opportunity to make these few remarks at this great occasion.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire destroys Angoy’s Avenue house, arson suspected

first_imgA fire of unknown origin on Thursday evening destroyed a two-storey house at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, leaving a family of seven homeless.The aftermath of the fireThe fire was first seen sometime after 23:00h on Wednesday. At the time of the fire, the house did not have any electricity and the occupants were not at the house. They had reportedly left the home about a week ago.A relative, Clebert Benjamin, told Guyana Times that he was awakened and given the news of the fire. As he rushed to the scene, he saw a unit from the Guyana Fire Service in New Amsterdam putting out the blaze.He explained that the firefighters initially had difficulty accessing water from a dried-out trench and had to resort to a canal one street away.However, he noted that by the time they were able to access water, the building was already flattened.“They come without water so by the time they get water it was too late,” he said. Some reports suggested that a window was seen open at the side of the building and it is believed that the fire might have been deliberately set.An investigation has been launched into the origin of the fire.last_img read more

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Northern Lights Raceway to host motorcycle drag racing this weekend

first_imgThe races will feature two home town talents in Bruce Romak and Burke Forster. Racers will be competing in a number of classes including stree, hot Harley, and pro mod classes.At the top end of the spectrum, racers will have the potential to blaze across the strip in under seven seconds, while reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour. There will be pro mod bikes down to regular street bikes. The Saturday morning of the event will also feature a drag race school as it did last year. It’s taught by veteran racers and racing is free your first time out. The drag racing school takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Steve McClaren would not settle for a point when Newcastle face Chelsea

first_img1 Steve McClaren has insisted Newcastle would not settle for a point at Chelsea as they attempt to ease themselves further clear of relegation trouble.The Magpies head for Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening desperate to claim back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins after climbing out of the drop zone as a result of last weekend’s 1-0 home success over West Brom.A draw at Chelsea would represent a creditable return but head coach McClaren admits his team cannot sit back and try to soak up pressure, so will go for all three points.He said: “We are going there to win, and that’s what we have always done all season.“Maybe that’s to our detriment that we have gone for the win. We can’t sit back, we can’t soak up pressure and hit teams on the break, we have to be quite front foot.“That’s how we play. It’s not got us results and we are hoping to turn that around, starting tomorrow.”The Blues are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and have won four of the last eight under interim boss Guus Hiddink – and McClaren is aware his players will have to improve significantly on their recent away form – they have not collected a point on the road form their last four league outings – if they are to get anything this weekend.He said: “Hiddink has come in and done a great job, settled the squad down, got them back to being hard to beat and grinding out results, 11 games unbeaten – I know they have drawn quite a few, but being hard to beat.“They have got so many talented players, a front four that at any time can win games, so they are very dangerous opponents and it’s a tough game for us.“But really the focus is on us, not on Chelsea. The focus tomorrow for our players is not the opponents, it’s ourselves and we have to get over a barrier to start picking up points away from home.” Ayoze Perez last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgVeterans hailed in La Mirada LA MIRADA – The city held a Veterans Day event on Nov. 12 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The program included recognition of the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces, musical performances, a video and a speech by Brig. Gen. James P. Combs. Performances included a solo from Lauren Ruiz-Mendoza, music from the Fullerton College Community Band and the WHITTIER – Bright Medical Associates will stage its 46th annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony shortly after sunset on Friday. The 110-foot tree on top of the Bright Medical Building at 15725 E. Whittier Blvd. will contain 2,400 colored lights, becoming a holiday beacon throughout the Whittier area. All are invited to attend. For more information, call (562) 944-4869, Ext. 4404. La Mirada High School Choir singing “God Bless America.” Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 presented and retired the national colors. Veterans displayed military memorabilia and answered questions during the reception. Wanted: Talented seniors for show WHITTIER – The Uptown Senior Center will host a talent show this month and is looking for all types of talents to perform for the show. The event will occur 1-3 p.m. Nov. 28. Prizes will be given for the best performers. For more information or to participate, call (562) 464-3370. Deputy sentenced in child-abuse case A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accused of physically abusing a young family member pleaded no contest Thursday to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced, the District Attorney’s Office said. Prosecutor Susan Schwartz of the Justice System Integrity Division said 32-year-old Deana Santino pleaded to one count each of corporal injury to a child and false imprisonment. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Henry J. Hall placed the defendant on three years’ probation. One of the conditions of probation was that she have no contact with the victim unless arranged through the Department of Children and Family Services. Santino was also ordered to undergo a year of anger management and participate in a yearlong child abuse program. In addition, she was ordered to do 90 days of community service with the California Department of Transportation. Five felony counts were dismissed as part of the plea and sentencing. Authorities said the crimes occurred between April 15 and Oct. 20 of last year when the victim, a then-8-year-old boy, was living with Santino. Chamber gets in holiday spirit LA MIRADA – The Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual Holiday Kick-Off Mixer for 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Imperial Medical Plaza, 15651 Imperial Highway. The mixer will include food and drinks, prizes and holiday music, and is an opportunity to mingle with chamber members and other guests. For reservations and information call the chamber’s office at (562) 902-1970 or e-mail assistant@lmchamber.org. Children’s museum celebrates 30 years LA HABRA – Dec. 2 will mark the 30th year of the Children’s Museum at La Habra. The museum, the first especially for children west of the Rocky Mountains, was established by Robin Young. Special events, programs and parties will take place at the museum throughout the year, starting in December. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11, children are invited to come and decorate a birthday cookie with frosting and sprinkles. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12, visitors will receive balloon animals and face painting. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, children who visit will be invited to play party games. Everyone gets a prize. General admission for the museum is $6. Children under 2 get in free. More information: lhcm.org. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,WHITTIER – Bright Medical Associates will stage its 46th annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony shortly after sunset on Friday. The 110-foot tree on top of the Bright Medical Building at 15725 E. Whittier Blvd. will contain 2,400 colored lights, becoming a holiday beacon throughout the Whittier area. All are invited to attend. For more information, call (562) 944-4869, Ext. 4404. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Veterans hailed in La Mirada LA MIRADA – The city held a Veterans Day event on Nov. 12 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The program included recognition of the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces, musical performances, a video and a speech by Brig. Gen. James P. Combs. Performances included a solo from Lauren Ruiz-Mendoza, music from the Fullerton College Community Band and the La Mirada High School Choir singing “God Bless America.” Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 presented and retired the national colors. Veterans displayed military memorabilia and answered questions during the reception. Wanted: Talented seniors for show WHITTIER – The Uptown Senior Center will host a talent show this month and is looking for all types of talents to perform for the show. The event will occur 1-3 p.m. Nov. 28. Prizes will be given for the best performers. For more information or to participate, call (562) 464-3370. Deputy sentenced in child-abuse case A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accused of physically abusing a young family member pleaded no contest Thursday to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced, the District Attorney’s Office said. Prosecutor Susan Schwartz of the Justice System Integrity Division said 32-year-old Deana Santino pleaded to one count each of corporal injury to a child and false imprisonment. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Henry J. Hall placed the defendant on three years’ probation. One of the conditions of probation was that she have no contact with the victim unless arranged through the Department of Children and Family Services. Santino was also ordered to undergo a year of anger management and participate in a yearlong child abuse program. In addition, she was ordered to do 90 days of community service with the California Department of Transportation. Five felony counts were dismissed as part of the plea and sentencing. Authorities said the crimes occurred between April 15 and Oct. 20 of last year when the victim, a then-8-year-old boy, was living with Santino. Chamber gets in holiday spirit LA MIRADA – The Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual Holiday Kick-Off Mixer for 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Imperial Medical Plaza, 15651 Imperial Highway. The mixer will include food and drinks, prizes and holiday music, and is an opportunity to mingle with chamber members and other guests. For reservations and information call the chamber’s office at (562) 902-1970 or e-mail assistant@lmchamber.org. Children’s museum celebrates 30 years LA HABRA – Dec. 2 will mark the 30th year of the Children’s Museum at La Habra. The museum, the first especially for children west of the Rocky Mountains, was established by Robin Young. Special events, programs and parties will take place at the museum throughout the year, starting in December. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11, children are invited to come and decorate a birthday cookie with frosting and sprinkles. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12, visitors will receive balloon animals and face painting. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, children who visit will be invited to play party games. Everyone gets a prize. General admission for the museum is $6. Children under 2 get in free. More information: lhcm.org. – From staff reports160Want 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

DONEGAL PLANS CHRISTMAS PARTY – RIGHT INTO JANUARY!

first_imgA NUMBER OF Donegal’s best-loved pubs and clubs aren’t letting the recent weather get them down – they’re bringing back Christmas in the middle of January!The Orchard Inn complex in Letterkenny will be laying on festive music, turkey and ham dinners and all the trimmings for anyone who missed out during the Big Chill.The so-called ‘Christmas Party Weekend’ kicks off next Friday night, January 7 – and continues the following night. The festive four course meal costs €19.95 per person and includes free entry to the Vibe Nightclub! (The Christmas Party hotline number is 91 21112 if you fancy more stuffing!).They’re not the only ones keeping the festive spirit alive however.The Silver Tassie Hotel have also set aside two extra Christmas Party nights – on Saturday January 8th and Friday January 14th.A candlelit drinks reception, four course dinner and music by Hudson Blue is on offer for €29.95 per person (tel 91 25619). DONEGAL PLANS CHRISTMAS PARTY – RIGHT INTO JANUARY! was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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

SO WHY HAS IT TAKEN 11 YEARS FOR BUNCRANA’S THREE SCHOOL CAMPUS TO GET STARTED?

first_imgPadraig MacLochlainn. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has demanded to known why has it taken 11 years to find a site for Buncrana Three School Campus.The Buncrana-based Senator has now written to the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton and the CEOs of Donegal ETB and Donegal County Council appealing to them to do all in their power to expedite the site selection for the three school campus.When built the campus will incorporate new schools for Crana College, Gaelcholáiste Chineál Eoghain and Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha. Senator Mac Lochlainn “There is growing anger amongst parents in Buncrana and Inishowen at this site selection process that has been ongoing since 2005.“This is an extraordinary length of time and it is frankly indefensible.“I have to ask the question. Why has it taken 11 years to find a site for this three school campus?He continued “All of the buildings and sites currently housing these schools are no longer viable in terms of scale and design. “I have appealed the Minister Bruton and the CEOs of Donegal ETB and Donegal County Council to collectively do all in their power to expedite this site selection. I have appealed to them all to prioritise this task, freeing up the necessary staff and injecting the necessary urgency until this is resolved once and for all.”SO WHY HAS IT TAKEN 11 YEARS FOR BUNCRANA’S THREE SCHOOL CAMPUS TO GET STARTED? was last modified: May 11th, 2016 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:buncranadonegalschool campusSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more