The National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia (NHANL) is calling on the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to abort their planned strike action.NWHAL had said few days that they are going to commence a strike action today if their demands weren’t met by the Government of Liberia. Their demands, among others, included the resignation of Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, and his principle deputies, including Dr. (MD) Bernice Dahn and Cllr. Vivian Cherue.NHANL said in a release that if the strike goes on as planned, it will adversely affect the nation’s struggling public health system and expose patients, including those in critical conditions, to serious danger.The network acknowledged the vital roles trussed upon the shoulders of health workers, including nurses pertaining to medications and treatments, assistance to both the patients and physicians/doctors as well as, ensuring that patients are properly examined, comfortable and well taken care of. The group believes that without the nurses, the few doctors wouldn’t know how the patient’s condition was from the night before to the morning, let alone be able to determine whether the patient’s condition might be improving or declining.The Network is asking all health workers, especially nurses to consider the repercussion of a strike and resort to bargain with relevant public health authorities through their leadership, as their absence will have adverse effect ailing public health care system.While asking their colleagues to stay put, NHANL also called on the government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the House and Senate’s Committees on Health to do everything possible to advert the impending strike by initiating discussions with the leadership of NHWAL in order to avoid a situation that put patients at risk, and threaten to sharply erode living standards for nurses and their families.Meanwhile, the Network will on hold a strategic planning workshop February, 27 and 28 in Monrovia and subsequently launch a research that would seek to document health challenges in the County, underscoring access and quality of public and private health care with the aim of identifying drivers of maternal and child mortality, and proffering recommendations to stakeholders in order to find solutions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo scored political and legislative points on his colleagues again when he scuttled a plenary decision to request President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to retire her Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale.A special block within the Liberian Senate comprising 15 Senators last week voted in favor of a motion requesting “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to recall Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and honorably retire him.”The group of senators cited “health condition” as the reason for their decision.However, during the call for votes, Grand Kru and River Gee Senators Cletus Wortorson and Frederick Doe Cherue voted against the motion, while Grand Gedeh Senator Nyenabo announced a motion for reconsideration, a move that largely stalled the entire process and dashed the hope of the opposition block, a legislative commentator asserted.Motion for ReconciliationThe Grand Gedeh County lawmaker has been successful in stalling the quest of some of his colleagues to force Dr. Gwenigale into retirement.The intent for filing a motion for reconsideration is to “Filibuster and Buy more time, aimed at convincing the presiding officer to consider previous arguments provided by a senator during the debate but was not considered by his/her colleagues.”In a conversation with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Senator Nyenabo disclosed that he intends to introduce his motion on the second Tuesday of this month, in keeping with their rules that provide that a Motion for Reconsideration when filed, has three session days to bring back the subject for legislative action.Interestingly, Nyenabo has been successful in achieving the goals for such motion based on a constitutional requirement that compels the Legislature to adjourn session after the elapse of the emergency period.Article 87 (a), “Emergency powers do not include the power to suspend or abrogate the Constitution, dissolve the Legislature, or suspend or dismiss the Judiciary; and no constitutional amendment shall be promulgated during a state of emergency.Where the Legislature is not in session, it must be convened immediately in special session and remain in session during the entire period of the state of emergency.”Thursday November 6 marks the end of the 90 day State of Emergency announced by President Johnson Sirleaf on August 6, 2014.Nyenabo argued that said decision of the 15 Senators to ask the President to retire Minister Gwenigale violates Article 56 a) of the Constitution, which gives the power to the President to appoint and fire, and those appointees work at the will and pleasure of the President.Judging from these constitutional provisions and in keeping with the Senate rules, the Grand Gedeh County Senator and former President Pro Tempore has again trounced the entire plenary of the Senate in achieving a critical but cardinal decision in their political history.As was done in cases involving the Liberian Senate and Madam Mary T. Broh, President Sirleaf’s second letter during the emergency period requesting for more power, a similar motion was filed by Senator Nyenabo, thereby placing hold on these two critical issues.Meanwhile, legislative analysts believe that the decision to retire Dr. Gwenigale as proffered by some members of the Senate will gain no results since the matter can no longer be discussed ahead of defeating Nyenabo’s motion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An American non-profit organization, Children’s Wish Foundation International (CWFI), has appealed to the government to waive taxes on items it brings into the country for humanitarian purpose. CWFI is piloting its humanitarian programs in Liberia and many other African countries.CWFI’s Chief Field Agent, Victor N. Garpulee, told the Daily Observer that his appeal for a tax waiver comes against the backdrop that clearing goods imported to the country for the organization’s work has become costly and sometimes difficult.“CWFI-USA in March 2015 sent us used clothes, toys, among others items, worth US$13,500 through one of the local cargo carriers. But we only succeeded on September 2, 2016 to clear the items from the Roberts International Airport (RIA), a situation that caused us to lose so much money while in the process of clearing the items,” Garpulee said.He said items sent to them were not for business purposes.“All the things are intended for us to give to at least 700 children who lost their parents during the Ebola outbreak and other people who are in need of help,” he said.The items, he explained, will be distributed in Margibi and Grand Bassa counties very shortly.Garpulee also appealed to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to consider reducing or cancelling tax payments on items meant to help the suffering population.A communication from the office of the USA Director of CWFI said the entity would appreciate it if government drops taxes on imported humanitarian goods.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…3rd attempt in 2 weeksThe Reliance Settlement Mandir, located in East Canje, Berbice was broken into on Tuesday evening and several pieces of sound equipment were removed.The Reliance Settlement Sanatan MandirThe discovery was made on Wednesday when devotees showed up to conduct routine activities and cleaning. They immediately noticed that the south-facing door was ajar.Among the missing items were a music system connected to an amplifier, microphones and electrical cables. The losses were pegged at over $450,000.A report was filed and the Police are continuing their investigations.This robbery comes less than one week after the Reliance Veda Centre, which is housed in the same compound, was broken into for the second time in two weeks.Last Sunday, a cultural programme was facilitated at the Centre. Organisers left the premises late into the night and did not notice any suspicious activities. The following morning, however, it was discovered that the building was broken into and ransacked.An assessment showed that no major items were taken since all valuables were removed after the previous incident. However, persons at the Centre indicated that no action was taken to apprehend the suspects.Meanwhile, they are calling for assistance to replace the items, which are important in the conducting of services.
1 Juventus have not given up hope of signing Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you back in January about the Italian champions’ interest in the Spaniard, who has scored eight goals this season.Juventus were told then that they had no chance of signing the 26-year-old, with manager Louis van Gaal seeing the former Chelsea man as an integral part of his plans.However, according to Sky Italia, Juve have not given up hope of signing Mata and are to make a renewed approach this summer.Boss Massimiliano Allegri is reportedly a huge fan of the Spain international and has asked the club’s directors to enquire after his services.Manchester United are said to still have no plans of parting with Mata, who they signed from Chelsea for £37.1m in January 2014. Juan Mata in action for Manchester United
Otway Golf NewsA certain past club captain and president must have been looking down on his son, current club captain Martin Duffy, when Martin was blessed with perfect weather conditions for his captain’s day last Saturday.Male members, ladies, and visitors enjoyed ideal conditions on the course,which was set up relatively trouble free, apart from a couple of tricky pin positions at the second and eight. The high temperature was matched by high scoring, as Mark Friel showed great composure to finish a very steady round with 46 stableford points.Noel Kiernan just nipped 2nd place on BoT from Paul Murray, both on 44 pts, while Damian Gallagher took the gross.First nine went to Philip Friel, with the back nine going to Martin O’Reilly, who also made the ‘shot of the day’ to get nearest the pin prize.Dan Canning topped his steady round with a monster off the tee at the third, to give him the longest drive. The ladies section was won by young Anne Cullen on BoT from Therese Farrell, while the Declan Martin took the visitors section just ahead of Michael McFadden.Well done to all participants, and to Captain Martin and his helpers for a fabulous day and night of golf, grubb, music and craic.This Sunday 6th July it’s back to action for the gents in Otway, with the Lennon Festival competition.GOLF NEWS: MARK FRIEL WINS THE CAPTAINS DAY AT OTWAY was last modified: July 1st, 2014 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:golfNoticesOtwaySport
Boateng is rated at £50m by Bayern Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Boateng won six league titles, three German Cups and the 2013 Champions League with Bayern RANKED IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 4 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 4 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland City signed Boateng from Hamburg for £10.4m in 2010 but sold him to Bayern for a £1m profit just a year later LATEST TOP WORK LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Manchester United have been offered Jerome Boateng for £50million by Bayern Munich after the centre-back failed to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain.Boateng, 29, is being lined up as a potential alternative to Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, who held talks with United this week. 4 The German defender spent a year with rivals City in 2010/11 but struggled in England.After returning to his homeland with Bayern, he became one of the world’s leading center-halves and has won the last six Bundesliga titles with the club.He was rumoured to be on the verge of a switch to PSG this week but the deal hit a snag, according to the Mail.They now claim United are ready to pounce as Jose Mourinho looks to shore up his defensive options. moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The Portuguese boss signed Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in his first two summers at Old Trafford.But the former spent most of last season injured, while Swede Lindelof failed to impress after a £31m move from Benfica.English duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones ended up as first choice towards the end of last season, but Mourinho wants an upgrade.Argentine Marcos Rojo is set to leave United, with Everton and Wolves linked. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Mina may be squeezed out of Barcelona by the influx of Brazilians at the Nou Camp REVEALED Boateng would be a safer option than Mina, who at 23 has been in European football for just a year with Barcelona and played only six times in his debut campaign.But an excellent World Cup for Colombia, with three goals in four games including against England, has put him on the radar of many top European clubs.Mina, 23, could be forced out by the limitations placed on non-EU players in La Liga.Spanish clubs are only allowed to register three players not from the EU, and although Barca have sold Brazilian Paulinho, they need the spaces for new signings Arthur and Malcom, to go alongside Philippe Coutinho. three-way race 4 targets targets
CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA diary: Despite plenty of faith and optimism amongst Donegal supporters prior to Saturday’s match, in the end it was a somewhat meek surrender by their team on the field. Rory Gallagher’s charges weren’t playing all that well in the opening half but they were still actively in the contest and after previous strong second half showings they would have been satisfied with that.Aidan O’Shea’s goal just before the half time whistle was the killer blow; the difference between a one point deficit and a four point one as regards the manager’s team talk is massive. O’Shea would have been talked about quite a bit at training sessions during the week so for Donegal to concede a goal via something they would have worked specifically on stopping is disappointing.Neil McGee had a good battle with the towering Breaffy man and won his fair share of ball. For the goal itself though he needed help and his sweeper riding shotgun with him, Mark McHugh, was pushed off the ball far too easily.To tackle a bigger man, it makes more sense to go low rather than high so trying to push him back at chest or shoulder height isn’t going to work.The sweeper system employed by the two teams offered an interesting contrast – McHugh is a small player but one who reads the game wonderfully and hoovers up a huge amount of ball. Mayo on the other hand had the giant figure of Barry Moran standing sentry in front of Michael Murphy meaning that even when the Donegal captain did claim ball that came his way he would be met with the imposing figure of Moran – fighting fire with fire.Goals generally decide the big Croke Park games these days; such is the claustrophobic nature of matches over the past few years, green flags are attached with even more importance.Criminally another one followed soon after the change of ends, with Lee Keegan’s effort settling in Paul Durcan’s net as opposed to going over the bar. Just like we saw with Fionn Fitzgerald’s equaliser in the Munster Final – when the corner back was aiming to hit a long ball into Kieran Donaghy but it instead split the posts – these are the breaks that big teams get in the course of a championship campaign.Keegan had a fine match and even though his defensive tendencies are questionable and he can be vulnerable, when he’s in the mood and allowed to attack he’s lethal.That goal ended any semblance of thought about a Donegal comeback and the game petered out with mistakes aplenty on both sides. A more clinical outfit may have clocked up a bigger tally but while Mayo failed to post a big number when the chance was there, they certainly illustrated their intent to score goals. Earlier in the first half they took a quick free when there was just a sniff of a chance of getting a shot at Durcan and it was this type of quick thinking, even devilment that was lacking from Donegal’s display.One of the key tactical calls Rory made before the game was the decision to concede the kick outs to Mayo. There was certainly merit in the idea, as Mayo’s bulk and physical advantage around the middle make them favourites to win their own restarts. If Donegal had pushed up and still lost possession they would be leaving themselves open at the back. With Mayo looking to play high ball into O’Shea though, the tactic allowed them to work the ball past midfield following an uncontested kick out and then start the aerial bombardment. Two teams that have successfully overcome Mayo’s dominance in this midfield area are Kerry last year, through matching their physicality and Dublin in the 2013 final, who used pacey midfielders to run their less mobile opponents out of position.Martin McElhinney made a big difference when he entered the fray, winning the first four restarts that came his way. Three of these were balls that he broke but typical of Donegal on the day none of his team mates were there to collect. It is fairly basic stuff that half forwards and half backs need to be under their midfielders to win breaking ball; the midfielder has done his job when he gets something on the kick out or if he ensures his opponent doesn’t.There were plenty of other schoolboy errors that plagued the Donegal performance – seeing such an accomplished footballer as Karl Lacey playing a hand pass across his own penalty area in the second half defied belief.Lacey and the rest tried their hardest in the closing stages and there was no sense of the utter collapse that we witnessed against the same opposition two years ago. Hugh McFadden worked tirelessly throughout and despite his lack of confidence on the ball and reluctance to go forward when in possession he will have learned from this year and his game will improve.As usual it was Murphy who led from the front with an exceptional performance culminating in a total of eight points. It is the great conundrum for his managers – forward or midfield? Michael produced a fantastic display yet if he were at midfield could he have brought that presence that could have tipped the scales and made for a different strategy on kick outs? It is a tricky one but at the same time it’s a great problem for a manager to have, having to pick where to play the game’s best player.Allied to the differences in opposing sweepers, another contrast between the sides that doesn’t reflect well on the Donegal players and management, is the quality of ball played into their respective dangermen. Throughout the match, Mayo played excellent ball into O’Shea; ball that often gives him the advantage over his marker – a few yards in front of him, good height and supplied from an angle. At the other end of the field, Murphy deals with good ball, bad ball, high ball, low ball and every kind of Hail Mary ball in between. It often is 50-50 at best at makes Michael’s job extremely difficult and of course this gives great encouragement to opposing teams. While Michael isn’t far off being Superman, he still needs more care and precision to be taken by those delivering the ball to him.Murphy was needed to carry the scoring burden with Patrick McBrearty and Colm McFadden both misfiring. The huge promise shown by McBrearty all year had us all thinking that he was about to make the step up from good to great but when it came to Croke Park he just wasn’t able to do the business. Granted he has been troubled by numerous niggles since the Armagh game and like many Donegal players it has hampered both his preparation and his performance.Others like the McGees, McElhinney, Lacey and Murphy suffered injuries in the past few weeks and it is another example of a wee bit of luck that has eluded Donegal this season.So where does this leave the team for 2016 and beyond? The easy synopsis is that Donegal were a tired team after travelling such an arduous route to get to the quarter finals whereas others like Mayo and Dublin have had it much easier. Monaghan suffering defeat as well at the weekend against a Tyrone team who have had a straight forward run through the qualifiers adds credence to that claim – is it that simple though? Mayo impressed in many aspects of their game but still didn’t seem a vastly superior outfit; basic errors from Donegal and killer goals were the difference. Is that directly correlated to tiredness versus freshness? If the answer is yes then an incursion through the back door seems to be more beneficial for any Ulster county – the fact that both finalists bowed out of the championship within hours of each other doesn’t say much for the provincial competition but such is the folly of the system.There will no doubt now be talk of retirements and of eras ending. These conversations follow any championship exit but the future is bright for Donegal football. Even if some of the elder statesmen on the panel decide to call it a day there will remain an outstanding bunch of young, talented players like Odhran MacNiallais, Ryan McHugh, Darach O’Connor, Martin O’Reilly and of course Murphy. Others such as Eamon Doherty, Eoin McHugh and Ciaran Thompson will don the Donegal jersey with distinction in the years ahead.As has oft been the case in recent times, there is a lot to be learnt from our neighbours in Tyrone, their play-acting antics apart. After their opening day league defeat to Monaghan there was talk of a crisis and the same chat started again after their capitulation in Ballybofey in March. On each occasion they went back to basics and worked their way back to form and now find themselves facing a clash they will relish – Kerry at Croke Park. In the games following the defeat to the Farney men, against Mayo and Dublin, they made themselves hard to beat and ground out league points. In the qualifiers they were efficient without ever really moving through the gears.Since 2011, when this Donegal team began to realise its potential, they were hard to beat. Donegal were horrible to play against. They were feared. Everyone knew what they were going to do but few knew how to counteract it. They have moved away somewhat from what made them successful. That stubbornness, that thou shalt not pass mentality needs to be rediscovered. Be hard to beat and then the attacking play, slickness and confidence will follow. Time to go back to basics. DONEGAL IN MEEK SURRENDER AS MAYO MARCH ON – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: August 10th, 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:donegalGAAHome-page Sportnews
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Davinson Sanchez makes his full Tottenham debut at Everton.The Colombia centre-back, who joined in a £38.4m deal from Ajax last month, starts in a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen after appearing as a substitute against Burnley a fortnight ago.Kieran Trippier continues at right wing-back after recovering from an ankle problem and Moussa Sissoko moves into central midfield due to the formation switch.Davy Klaasen and Morgan Schneiderlin return to the Toffees first 11 and summer signing from Southampton Cuco Martina comes into the side at right-back.Everton (4-3-3):Pickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines; Schneiderlin, Gueye, Klaassen; Sigurdsson, Ramirez, Rooney.Tottenham (3-4-3): Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Dier, Sissoko, Davies; Eriksen, Alli, Kane.