Rajon Rondo returns to Lakers practice, LeBron James back next week

first_imgRondo has played only 14 games in an unlucky 13th NBA campaign, averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds after signing as a free agent last July.He served a three-game fighting suspension and missed 17 games after breaking a bone in his right hand after undergoing surgery, playing only three games in five days before going out with his Christmas injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat was the same game where four-time NBA All-Star forward LeBron James suffered a groin strain that has seen him miss 12 games as well.The Lakers ruled James out through Saturday’s game at Houston but said he was cleared to return to practice next week, opening the door for a possible return for a rematch with the Warriors on Monday in Los Angeles. “He seems to be in good spirits,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s got another test tomorrow to get some more information on it. I think we’ll get good news back.”If James misses the Rockets and Warriors games, the 14 consecutive game absence will be the longest such run of his 16-season NBA career.James, 34, ranks sixth in NBA scoring with 27.3 points a game in addition to 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists for the Lakers, who at 25-21 own the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history (FILES) In this file photo taken on October 20, 2018, Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers directs his teammates during a 124-115 loss to the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, California. – Rondo was cleared by team medical staff to resume full-contact workouts after missing 12 games with a sprained finger, the NBA club announced on January 18, 2019. (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo was cleared by team medical staff to resume full-contact workouts after missing 12 games with a sprained finger, the NBA club announced Friday.The 32-year-old guard, who helped Boston capture the 2008 NBA title, suffered a right ringfinger injury in the Lakers’ Christmas Day triumph over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and underwent surgery three days later.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: PBA players digging ‘Kyrie 5’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Commitment key for women’s team

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Volleyball federation president Peter Cayco said they will release the national team roster this month as the team prepares to participate in several international meets.Cayco said the team will compete in the Asian Women’s Clubs on April 27 to May 5 in Tianjin, China, and in the Asian Seniors on Aug. 17 to 25 in Seoul, South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThose tournaments, plus the Southeast Asian Games this year and the players’ club commitments, will fill the schedules of the volleyball stars, thus Delos Santos wants them to be really committed to the national team.“So far everyone showed up [in the tryouts],” said Delos Santos. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Officials said sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, who missed the tryouts because they are seeing action in the tough Japan League, will be included in the national pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Uncharacteristic losing skid in All-Filipino Cup lights a fire under San Miguel MOST READ More than talent, skill and popularity, national women’s volleyball team coach Shaq delos Santos is looking for commitment from players looking to represent the country.“[W]e are looking at their commitment and willingness to tough it out because we have a busy year ahead,” said Delos Santos Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

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He called game: Dwyane Wade banks in straightaway 3 to lift Heat past Warriors

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates after the Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-125 in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade jumped onto a courtside table and thumped himself on the chest three times. He took a victory lap, waving a towel. He got mobbed by teammates.He’s been part of games that meant more.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets buckle down on Kemba Walker to frustrate feisty Hornets Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wade caught the rebound with about a second left.Off the glass, for the win.From there, bedlam.The fans erupted in cheers. Some of the Warriors watched the replay on the overhead screens with a look of disbelief, and after a moment Warriors star Stephen Curry came over to offer congratulations after presumably their last head-to-head meeting before Wade retires after this season.“I told Steph, ‘I needed this one on my way out. Y’all get enough,’” Wade said. “But it was cool. I think the one thing cool for me was I’ve got younger teammates that heard about some of the things you do but don’t always get an opportunity to see it.”Wade scored 25 points to help Miami snap a six-game home losing streak.“Sometimes you just need to be lucky,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after giving Wade a long bear-hug in a jubilant postgame locker room. “We’ve had so many of these breaks go against us.”Goran Dragic led the Heat with 27 points. Josh Richardson added 21, and Miami made 18 3-pointers.Klay Thompson scored 36 points for the Warriors. Durant added 29 and Curry scored 24 for the Warriors, whose lead over Denver atop the Western Conference dropped to a half-game.Golden State rallied from 19 down to win 120-118 at home on Feb. 10, and dug its way out of an even bigger hole this time — but couldn’t finish it off. Wade’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds left got Miami to 124-123, and he came up with one more when the Heat needed it most. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? WADE ANNIVERSARYWednesday marked exactly one year since Wade hit a winner to beat Philadelphia, also in Miami.ROAD WARRIORSGolden State remains one win shy of finishing with a road record over .500 for the sixth consecutive season. That would extend the longest current streak in the league, one that Toronto would match with two wins in its final 11 road games. Before this six-year road run of success, the Warriors had a road record over .500 in six of their previous 65 seasons.UP NEXTWarriors: At Orlando on Thursday night. Golden State has won 11 straight over the Magic.Heat: At Houston on Thursday night. Miami topped the Rockets 101-99 at home on Dec. 20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments But bigger moments — there haven’t been many, if any, than this one.READ: One Last Dance: Dwyane Wade’s insane buzzer beater and the rest of NBA’s reactionFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWade’s one-legged, off-the-glass, straightaway 3-point heave as time expired lifted the Miami Heat to a 126-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, a game where the Heat wasted every bit of a 24-point lead and had to rally from four points down in the final minute.“I’ve been in this position so many times and so many times you don’t make the shot,” Wade said. “And the one I make is a one-legged flick from my chest. It’s crazy. Great to do it in front of fans.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history DWYANE WADE buries the #TissotBuzzerBeater for the @MiamiHEAT victory! #ThisIsYourTime #OneLastDance pic.twitter.com/wxAFaxNn6X— NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2019Kevin Durant made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left, putting Golden State up by two. The Heat had no timeouts, no way to set up a play, and there was no way anyone could have drawn up what happened.Wade brought the ball up, drove into the lane, stutter-stepped and lost the ball for a brief moment. He gathered it and shoveled it to Dion Waiters, who was double-teamed and couldn’t get off a shot. Waiters tossed it back to Wade, who shot-faked Durant in the air and then had his first try blocked by Jordan Bell.ADVERTISEMENT “Dwyane just hit an unbelievable shot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It was going in as soon as it left his hand.”Dragic had 25 points by halftime, getting 20 of those in the second quarter alone — setting Heat single-quarter and any-half records for a reserve. He had 11 points in a span of 69 seconds in the second quarter, and a pair of free throws with 2:59 left in the half put Miami up 69-45.Against most teams, even in the first half, a 24-point lead might have been enough.The Warriors, of course, are not most teams.Back-to-back 3-pointers by Durant and Thompson helped Golden State get the lead down to 74-59 by halftime. The Warriors cut the lead to seven on two separate occasions in the third quarter, and kept whittling away in the fourth — getting within six when Draymond Green rattled in a 3-pointer from the right corner with 8:20 left, then 106-103 when Curry connected from deep on the next possession.The Warriors led for all of 1:14 in the second half. Wade didn’t let them leave with the lead.“There is something special about him making a play like that, this his last year in this building,” Curry said. “I’d much rather see him jumping on the scorer’s table when we’re not on the court. Deep down, it was cool to see even though we lost.”TIP-INSWarriors: DeMarcus Cousins (load management and Achilles recovery) got the night off, and the Warriors said he will play in Orlando on Thursday. … Wednesday was the sixth anniversary of Curry’s career-high 54-point game at Madison Square Garden, and the third anniversary of his game-winner from about 40 feet to win at Oklahoma City.Heat: Wade, who has exchanged jerseys with an opponent after almost every game this season, kept this one as a keepsake. … Miami was without Hassan Whiteside (hip strain) and James Johnson (shoulder sprain). Justise Winslow (knee) and Derrick Jones Jr. (flu) … The 74 first-half points tied the second-most in Heat history. Miami scored 75 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 19, 1997, and 74 against Dallas on Nov. 11, 1999. … Udonis Haslem checked in during the third quarter, playing at home for the second time this season. 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Jazz hardly sweat against Knicks for 5th straight rout

first_imgUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles poured in shots from the outside and Rudy Gobert couldn’t miss from inside.The Utah Jazz are making the game look easy, and there was nothing the lowly New York Knicks could do to stop that.ADVERTISEMENT Magic cruise past Pelicans, close in on Heat in NBA playoff race Frank Ntilikina appears close to returning from a groin injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 28. He practiced with the Knicks’ NBA G League team on Tuesday, and Fizdale said the team’s medical staff said they wanted the second-year guard to get another practice in before deciding if he was ready to return.GOOD TO BE HOMEAfter playing seven of their last nine on the road, the Knicks get to settle in New York for a while. They host Denver on Friday, the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, then follow with games next week against Toronto and Miami. They close the homestand against Chicago on April 1.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.Knicks: Host Denver on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mitchell, a native of Elmsford, New York, put on a good show for his home fans, shooting 12 of 20 and throwing down one particularly sharp dunk in the first half.Hezonja’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 3-2 lead, but Utah answered with nine straight points and never trailed again. The Jazz led 39-25 after one, shooting 65 percent, pushed it to 50-29 on Ingles’ 3-pointer in the second, and the lead stayed in the 20s for the rest of the half.“They just swung the ball around and were hitting shots,” Knicks center Mitchell Robinson said. “We were close enough to get into their airspace, but they still put them up and they made them. You’ve got to give them their props. They can shoot.”It went past 30 for the first time when Gobert’s dunk made it 81-50 early in the third, and peaked at 100-63 on Mitchell’s 3-pointer midway through the period.TIP-INSJazz: The 39 points were one shy of their highest this season in a first quarter, which they did against Miami on Dec. 12. … Jae Crowder scored 15 points.Knicks: The Knicks were also without reserve guards Allonzo Trier (strained left calf) and Kadeem Allen (ill). Though he said Smith was day-to-day, Fizdale indicated his absence could last at least one more game, saying Smith would probably be evaluated next week.BIG BLOCKERRobinson blocked a shot in his 29th straight game, breaking Patrick Ewing’s Knicks rookie record.BACK SOON? Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mitchell scored 30 points, Gobert made all seven shots and added 18, and the Jazz romped to their fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the Knicks 137-116 on Wednesday night.“We’re doing a lot of things great on offense and defense,” Mitchell said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIngles made six 3-pointers and also scored 18, while Mitchell made five 3-pointers as the Jazz finished 20 of 42 (48 percent) from behind the arc, tying a franchise record for makes.The Jazz, who led by as much as 37, started their winning streak with a 17-point win over Phoenix, then beat Minnesota by 20, Brooklyn by 16 and Washington by 21. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “We’re trying to get better each game as this kind of finishes off here,” Ingles said, “and if that’s winning by 15, 20 or 1, or 40, whatever it is, we’re just trying to get better with each game and I think we’ve been doing that.”That was a rather soft portion of their schedule and it got even softer with a game against the NBA-worst Knicks, who the Jazz had already clobbered 129-97 at home on Dec. 29. Utah trailed for less than a minute of this one and was shooting 63 percent through three quarters, a number that dropped to 56.5 by the finish only because the best players were on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.“We just got punched,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “After we got punched, it was like, what victory can I find? Let’s win the second half and we did accomplish that, which I was happy with. But, we took a real serious right hand and never recovered.”Kevin Knox scored 27 points and Mario Hezonja had 23 for the Knicks, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games in the opener of a six-game homestand that keeps them home into early next month.The Knicks played without starters Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Noah Vonleh (right ankle) along with a couple backcourt reserves.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

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Do You Love Liberia?

first_imgAddress By Ophelia Inez Weeks, Ph.D., Dean & Professor, T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology, University of Liberia at the Commencement of the 59th Graduating Class of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Building, 9th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia, 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 28th, 2013Members of the JFK Medical Center Board of Directors; Faculty, Staff and Students of TNIMA; The JFK Medical Center Family; Ministers and Officials of Government;Development Partners; Family and Friends of TNIMA Graduates; Members of the Media;Distinguished Guests; Fellow Liberians; …And most especially, Graduates:Thank you for your invitation, and for affording me the opportunity to say a few words to this 2013 graduating class of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts. As Dean of the T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology at the University of Liberia, I would be remiss if I did not first bring you greetings from the College, as well as take this opportunity to acquaint you with the college.The T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology at the University of Liberia consists of an Engineering Division that includes Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mining Engineering & Geology Departments.  The College also has a Natural Science Division that houses Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology Departments. Our primary focus is to provide basic training in engineering and the natural sciences, bearing in mind that science and engineering are critical drivers of a nation’s development.  As do most, if not all institutions of learning in Liberia today, we too face many challenges in our efforts to provide science and technology education in post-war Liberia. Largely because of limited facilities such as laboratories, libraries, and inadequate telecommunications, as well as inadequate access to the Internet, which can provide access to educational tools and teaching materials. These challenges indicate that there is an immediate need to upgrade and add to existing facilities and infrastructure, and provide students and faculty with requisite resources needed to support the socio-economic development of Liberia.  I hope that we all realize this (…and, I sincerely hope that relevant members of the legislature realize this too) that together, we must put all of our collective energy toward developing science & technology institutions that will drive Liberia’s development, relevant to the 21st century.  Students, this requires that you put in the time to study and to learn, in order to acquire the skills that are needed to build the Liberia of your dreams, rather than destructively and aimlessly following anyone who yells the loudest, without thought or constructive purpose.  It takes no time to destroy, but a lifetime may be required to rebuild.On Monday, December 16th, I was asked to deliver your keynote address and I agreed without hesitation.  Three days passed by, and it was while I was socializing with friends on that Friday evening/early morning that a statement entered the conversation. It was a passing statement, but one that resonated with me. I have converted that statement into a question, and so this morning/today, I am challenging each of you with that question …DYLL?“Do You Love Liberia?”I have been a faculty member in a university setting now for over 28 years.  At the beginning of each semester, for each of my courses, I start off by informing students that my responsibility to them as an instructor, as a professor, is to provide them with concepts, examples and mechanisms for understanding the course material.  It is then their responsibility as students to put in the study time to understand the concepts and ultimately to learn the material.  And over the years, I have come to realize that I should always present material in the simplest possible manner to ensure that as many students as possible leave the classroom with a basic understanding.  I tell my students that lecture material will be presented as simply as possible, and that they can make the material as complicated as they want.  So this morning/today, my message to you is simple, and I am challenging you with a very simple question.“Do You Love Liberia?”When you love someone or something, how do you express your love? What do you do? You cherish, you protect, you honor, you do everything in your power to sustain, for as long as you can, that which you love.  You don’t want it/him/her to leave, and you want nothing to harm that which you love.  You want your loved one to shine, you want to make sure everyone envies you because of the good thing you have.  You want your loved one to grow and to prosper.If you love Liberia, show it. Show it in everything you do, via every fiber of your being, because that is what it will take, from each of us to make Liberia what it can be! And how do you make this happen? Service is one simple example of how you can.  Love can be shown and expressed in many ways (giving of your time, taking action, its not only big things that count, sometimes, the small things count even more); and so can service because of our many perspectives, exposures, training, and economic standing.  For example, taking an extra 5 minutes to talk with a patient; making an extra effort to get to work, when you know most will not because of the rain, staying a little longer, even though your shift is up, but you know it will make a world of difference to your patient; taking the initiative to organize some of your peers on projects that could be beneficial to your community.Today, you are 112 trained candidates who will be receiving diplomas, and who represent the 59th graduating class of TNIMA.  TNIMA was established in 1945 through a cooperative and joint effort of the Liberian National Public Health Services now the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the United States Mission. At the time there were two training programs for nurses: practical and professional nursing, which were merged, and other health related programs, like the Medical Laboratory Program. TNIMA was named in honor of the presiding President, William V. S. Tubman. Seven (7) years later, in 1952, a 2-year Midwifery Program was established which later began a 3-year program; and with the assistance of the WHO, a one-year School of Sanitation was added later that year.  Nine (9) years later in 1961, a two-year Environmental Health program evolved. The Environmental Health Program is now a 3-year program. In 1965, with the assistance of WHO and UNICEF, a one-year Physician Assistant Program was launched.  It is now a 3-year program.For me, I am very passionate about service, especially service to Liberia. Two principle tenets drive this passion: my upbringing, and the educational foundation I received in Liberia. This is because the person that I am today is largely molded by the core moral values, and sense of responsibility instilled in me by my family, and the educational foundation I received within the educational system of Liberia, and its societal framework. My primary education was received at B. W. Payne Kindergarten located on Camp Johnson Road & Benson Street, at Monrovia Demonstration Elementary School on Clay Street, and at St. Teresa’s Convent.  My secondary education was at the College of West Africa, where I graduated from high school in 1968. My tertiary education began at the University of Liberia.  While that was then, and under very different circumstances and conditions, it is all the more reason why today, in Liberia, there should be an uncompromising, unrelenting, no-holds-barred-approach to education, including vocational education. As the second eldest, of many siblings, I grew up right here in Monrovia. What’s important to note, is that while growing-up, our parents made sure that each one of us had chores and responsibilities, including older siblings being responsible for younger siblings. When I think back to this time in my life as a pre-teen and teenager, when I was responsible for making sure that my sister who is 8 years my junior, had brushed her teeth and was properly dressed and on time for school, and likewise for older brothers being responsible for our younger brothers, I am convinced that this very idea of being responsible for another human being at a young age, has contributed largely to our sense of community, and duty to responsible service.  I would like for you to recall TNIMA’s Motto: “Responding Responsibly to Responsibility”I ask you again, DYLL, Do You Love Liberia? Now, I would like for you to personalize the question and ask yourself “Do I Love Liberia?”  What am I going to do to show my love for my country?The education and training that we receive does not prepare us for today; our training, our preparation is a promise for tomorrow, the Liberia of tomorrow.No matter how wealthy, how prosperous you are, enjoyment of that wealth, or productive expression of that wealth is stifled/hampered if you are sick.  For Liberia to be prosperous, we need a patriotic, educated and healthy society. You are now part of the response to the mandate of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts…. to produce Para-medical health workers who are well trained to contribute their quota in the health care delivery system of Liberia.  As you step out to provide service to Liberia, let discipline, honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, and patriotism be your guideposts.Today, TNIMA is producing 42 additional Professional (Registered) Nurses that originate from many regions of Liberia. Consider making a contribution in your home region, not only in Monrovia.  Remember what you learned; that a professional nurse uses compassion, care, and intelligence to attend to patients of all ages. As a Professional Nurse, you are a caregiver, educator, manager, and patient advocate. You work to promote health and prevent disease. When illness occurs, you assist your patients and their families by providing physical care, emotional support, and education. You perform assessments, document care, assist with diagnostic tests, administer treatments and medications, monitor advanced technology and equipment, and participate in patient follow-up and rehabilitation. As a professional nurse you are a vital member of Liberia’s healthcare team. Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing 33 additional Physician Assistants.  What will your contribution be?  How will you show that you love Liberia? The Liberian Physician Assistant Program was established largely for the development of health workers for the rural areas of Liberia where you practice medicine with a physician’s supervision and bring a range of knowledge and skills to patient care. And, as a Physician Assistant you function as an integral member of the health care delivery team, interacting professionally and respectfully with others, seeking help or guidance when needed, modeling ethical standards and working together with others for the benefit of patients. You inspire others through word and deed, and give selflessly of your time and talent to serve the community and the Physician Assistant profession.  Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing an additional 17 Midwives who are professionally trained with the hope that each of you, as a health care professional, will provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, as well as care to the newborn. You are expected to take measures to prevent health problems in pregnancy, to detect abnormal conditions, get medical assistance when necessary, and perform emergency measures in the absence of other medical help. Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing 11 additional professionally trained Laboratory Technicians.  You are expected to work very hard behind the scenes. You serve as an important link in the framework of hospitals and clinics, because you conduct the crucial tests and analyses that physicians use to make their diagnoses. As medical laboratory technicians you are responsible for a number of tasks, including examining seemingly mundane things like body fluids and cells and matching blood for transfusions, potential life or death tasks. Most times, your job requires the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment, and with continued advancements in technology, your work is becoming more and more analytical. Therefore, the expectation is that you should have excellent judgment skills. Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing 9 additional Environmental Health Professionals.  What will you do to proactively educate the Liberian population?  It’s been more than 60 years now since the School of Environmental Health was established, but many of Liberia’s common illnesses (like typhoid fever, malaria, diarrhea) are still a result of poor sanitation and poor hygiene. What will you do differently to help end this? It’s no secret that poor sanitation & hygiene have far-reaching effects… increased likelihood of sickness, even body odor issues. How productive can a person be when he or she is sick?  With limited access to preventative and curative healthcare, a minor illness can evolve into a major sickness. How will that person access or keep a job if his or her mere presence in a room is offensive? …All of these factors contribute to being successful in developing the workforce, the human capacity aspect of a nation…the building of a nation.  Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.I am asking these health care professionals to show that they love Liberia by serving Liberia well. Yet, love is not a one-way street.  Love is a two-way street. The powers-that-be must realize that our health care professionals must be sufficiently compensated for the important work that they do.  Sufficient compensation suggests appreciation for this vital segment of our society, serves as incentive for others to consider health care professions as viable career choices and life’s work options, and in turn helps to reduce the huge human resource deficit that Liberia currently has in its health care delivery system.  Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and our Civil Service Agency, show that you love Liberia, compensate our health care professionals well.Let me conclude with a reminder that all Liberians, including Members of the JFK Medical Center Board of Directors, Faculty, Staff and Students of TNIMA, JFK Medical Center Family, Ministers and Officials of Government, Members of the Senate, Legislature and Judiciary, Family and Friends of TNIMA Graduates, Members of the Media; that overall, we all need to come together, and move away from the “Business as Usual” Modus Operandi where corruption without consequences is manifested through continual stealing, lying, cheating, bribery, and dishonesty…  We need to move away from where malfeasance (doing something that is wrong), misfeasance (doing something that is right for the wrong reasons) and nonfeasance (doing nothing when you should do something), live large! Absolutely none of these does anything for advancing and developing Liberia.Graduates, malfeasance (doing something that is wrong), misfeasance (doing something that is right for the wrong reasons) and nonfeasance (doing nothing when you should do something), all do nothing for advancing and developing Liberia, please do not serve as perpetrators, or succumb to these destructive forces.  Prolonged conflict, as is the case during wartime, is characterized by limited oversight and accountability, and consequently, a breakdown in cultural & societal mores.  Why? It usually is because of the need to survive, at the exclusion of everything else.  During wartime, it comes as no surprise that only “today” matters because tomorrow is not promised.  Therefore, over a protracted period, the abnormal becomes the normal. But we are no longer at war, and these aberrant practices should not continue; we can each do our part to stop this madness.When each of us puts our individual “I love Liberia” effort into a collective basket, the outcome becomes “We Love Liberia”, and our individual acts become a collective reality.  This kind of potential reality is epitomized in the 2nd stanza of our national anthem:“…In union strong success is sure. We cannot fail! With God above, our rights to prove, We will over all prevail. We will over all prevail. With heart and hand our country’s cause defending, We’ll meet the foe with valour unpretending. Long live Liberia…” I LOVE LIBERIA. DO YOU LOVE LIBERIA? 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

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LNOC to Determine Basketball Leadership

first_imgThe outgoing leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association and its aggrieved stakeholders last Friday failed to reach a compromise and as a result failed to host its congress and the elections that were scheduled last Saturday.Congress was expected to iron out differences that could have led to the elections of its leaders for the next four years.“The way forward depends on the Liberia National Olympic Committee,” said a stakeholder.The postponement marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.Reports indicate that there was too much tension at the compound of Liberia Baptist Seminary that two men engaged in a fist fight.“The case was reported to the ELWA Police Depot,” eye-witnesses said.The management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and its doors due to the lack of civility that characterized the congress.Meanwhile, in a way forward Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and the President of Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Philipbert Brown, are expected to hold another meeting with the leadership of the LBA and the aggrieved stakeholders on Tuesday, February 24.The meeting is also expected to be attended by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe.Friday’s CongressCongress failed to begin on Friday at as planned owing to a shocking acceptance of outgoing LBA boss, Rufus Anderson to go into negotiations with the Aggrieved Stakeholders who were not prepared to sit with him.Mr. Anderson might have accepted the negotiation to deny suggestions in the sporting community that he was the problem to basketball’s progress.He is aware of last Thursday’s protest at the Sports Commission against his administration.In the failed arrangement, the LBA boss consented to the include Mr. Jake Kabakollie as vice president, along with others to form part of the new Executive Committee.But the Aggrieved Stakeholders rejected the proposal, arguing for the entire change of leadership.Thursday’s ProtestOver 15 basketball players protested in front of the Sports Commission on Broad Street calling for the resignation of Rufus Anderson for administrative and financial malpractices.The players held placards, denouncing outgoing president Rufus Anderson, who is seeking re-election.The protesters also sealed up the two doors of the Sports Commission but at the end of the day of Thursday, the Ministry of Youth & Sports had sought a compromise and one of the doors was open on the arrival of the Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah.Tuesday’s MeetingOn Tuesday, the 17 of February, election was postponed for the third time over the failure of Rufus Anderson’s leadership to distribute congressional documents, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports before congress which was to start the previous day.A meeting was held in the offices of Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and 7-Count Resolution, of which a copy is in our possession, was agreed upon.According to the resolution, the LBF must present the current bank statement and receipts of the Association to determine the legitimacy of 14 3rd division clubs being contested on Thursday, February 18, at 11:00am to the offices’ of the Deputy Sports Minister.The Resolution states: That all qualified teams receive package on February 18, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ facilities; That registration for election is open from Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19, and that registration fees for the election be paid to the election commission of the LBF constituted to oversee the election.It further stated: “That all clubs obligated to the Association must pay said money to the Secretary General of the Association or the Treasurer before the close of business on Thursday, February 19, and that the second day of the congress must be subsidized by the aggrieved party and said amount should be channeled through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, February 19.”Mr. Ali Sylla of D-Rocks and Calvin Diggs of Flames signed on behalf of the aggrieved stakeholders as proof of commitment; while secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and president Rufus Anderson affixed their signatures on behalf of the LBF leadership and the Deputy Minister for Sports approved the Resolution.Revenge SpreeSources said the aggrieved stakeholders did not provide funds needed, as to the agreement while LBA deliberately refused to distribute congressional documents on February 2, which would mark 15 days to the election.But other sources said the aggrieved stakeholders also refused to register to participate in the elections, if the alleged 10 bogus basketball clubs were not removed from the list.With the current situation, the LNOC and the Ministry of Youth & Sports will have the mantle to determine the leadership arrangement for the Liberia Basketball Association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No more bomb threats

first_imgDear Editor,The new and emerging trend of bomb threats must be dealt with expeditiously and with some level of exigence. As a concerned citizen, student of the University of Guyana and employed within the semi-antonymous business field, I am calling on the relevant authorities – Guyana Police Force – to look into the root causes of such threats.I am concerned not just for the lives of innocent people, but particularly the thousands of student who were expose to the recent threats at the Nation’s University, QC, Bishops’ High, and most recently, the University of Guyana.These unlawful pranks appear to have some level of sequential pattern, which leads to the question; who is next?I also wish to suggest that all vulnerable and endangered Government agencies and Private Sector organisations/businesses, such as GPL Inc, the GRA, GWI must tighten their security checkpoints for the safety of their employees.Sincerely,DS McFarlanelast_img read more

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Elections delay wearing Guyanese people’s patience thin

first_imgDear Editor,The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) is deeply concerned regarding the continued delay in the hosting of National and Regional Elections in our country. It is a now well-known fact that elections ought to have been held nearly six months ago. The reality is that today we are really no closer to the hosting of the elections. From recent media reports, we learnt that elections possibly can be held in March 2020, one year after they were constitutionally due. This has to be a record of sorts, we believe.The FITUG is conscious that, among other things, the elections deadline slipped because of what has been recognised as a baseless case challenging the legality of the No-Confidence Motion. While it is opined that the unnecessary and costly pursuance of the legal gymnastics was one of the means to delay the inevitable, the Guyanese people, notwithstanding the clarity they have on the matter, are today being denied their inalienable constitutional right to exercise their franchise in free and fair elections. We hasten to remind, again, that this right was won out of the struggles of the Guyanese working people.The Federation has seen and heard of several of the rationales regarding the reason(s) for the protracted delay in the hosting of elections. While we will refrain from offering a specific comment, we well recognise there seems to be more than what meets the eye. The delays have, undoubtedly, caused us and many Guyanese to be anxious and apprehensive. And, the continued delays have only served to heighten anxiety and worry. At this time, when several important national matters remain unaddressed, the bedrock of our democratic foundation, it appears, is being taken for granted by those who hold the reins of power and authority. This is neither in our interest or well-being and can well set a very negative precedent for the future.The FITUG is aware that, over the years, huge sums have been allocated to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to improve the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness. Apart from State support, friendly and supportive bodies have also lent their assistance and expertise to improving the functioning of the electoral body, undoubtedly, in recognition of the important role it plays in our country. It is, therefore, for us, a great disappointment that the body, it seems, is unable to get its act togetheewr and undertake its significant function in upholding our nation’s democracy through elections that are free and fair and free from fear as well. Indeed, as Stabroek News reported on September 9, the conduct of elections with acceptable outcomes within a short space of time is not outside of the remit of the electoral body. It obviously brings into question what is preventing GECOM from repeating past feats on this occasion.Our constitutional clock is essentially now beyond the midnight hour and yet we continue to hear excuse after excuse being invoked. Undoubtedly, the patience of all right-thinking Guyanese has worn thin and the need for credible elections within a short space of time cannot be underscored. The unnecessary procrastination has caused us too much time and the need for further delay cannot be excused. At this time, it is our view that the use of the House-to-House data remains questionable at best and really should be set aside. Certainly, the time-tested Claims and Objections remains the best approach to address non-registered, eligible voters.The FITUG, at this time, looks to the new Chairperson of the Commission, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh to take decisive action. The Chairperson had publicly committed to upholding the law, which has been dissected in recent times, and for which the consequences are now as clear as day. Continued temporising by the Chairperson is not in our country’s interest and we look to her to live up to her “Iron Lady” moniker.Sincerely,Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyanalast_img read more

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It’s hard not to connect the dots

first_imgDear Editor,The January 6, 2020 edition of Guyana Times quoted the coalition’s Prime Minister hopeful Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, we must emphasise ‘hopeful’ given no mention of his hopeful title has been officially announced, to have said at the January 3 campaign launch activity that “[w]e want to wane the next generation away from cane cutting…”. It appears to us that the ‘hopeful’ Mr Ramjattan really is a very confused person, willing to step down to the lowest of lows in order to safeguard his perks and privileges.So apparently, Mr Ramjattan, in offering a justification for the coalition’s justification for its cruel and heartless treatment of the sugar industry and the thousands who depend on it, said he and his colleagues want to bring an end to cane cutting in this country. While it is known that cane cutting tasks are generally one of the more demanding and back-breaking jobs in our nation, it allowed many families to be able to put meals on the table, put a roof over their head and allowed their children to go on to reach for the stars. Many prominent Guyanese have roots in their sugar industry. Their academic accomplishments were on the backs of their parents, grandparents and other relatives whose work in the industry supported their pursuits. Their work and efforts should not be demeaned but celebrated and are a sterling example of hard work and perseverance.But it appears, in Mr Ramjattan’s mind, an end to cane cutting really means that those who engage in such tasks should be put out of jobs and placed on the breadline without anything to do. As this is what has happened. Certainly, any Government, any leader, or even any ‘hopeful, worth their salt, would not fathom such an approach. But then Mr Ramjattan and company are not known for their contemporary and rationale approaches to issues. Just remember half of 65 being 34.But we see the ‘hopeful’ statement as a more ominous indicator. If Mr Ramjattan wants us Guyanese away from cane cutting, is he is saying that the coalition, if re-elected, will bring an end to the sugar industry and thus cane cutting? When it comes to the sugar industry, like many other things, from our experience, it is hard to take at face value what is being said by the now caretaker Administration. The Guyana Times article reminded that the same ‘hopeful’ in 2015 said “…I want to tell you that the propaganda that you are hearing the APNU/AFC coalition is going to ground both industries to the dirt is all lies! We are not going to in any way close the sugar industry”. Well, it reminds us that time is the greatest judge, as not even fully five (5) years later, the sugar industry has seen four (4) estates closed; 7000 made jobless, and the industry last year recording its worst production since 1926.While the Government has said it is committed to maintaining the minimised sugar industry, such expressions, we are aware, have not been translated into any tangible measure. The Guyanese public is well aware that $30 billion has been borrowed to improve the industry’s standing, yet, after nearly two (2) years, the projects earmarked that funding have not broken ground. The January 3, Stabroek News quoted a GuySuCo statement as saying “[t]he Industry will continue to face challenges to achieving reliability in the factories if … capital investments continue to be delayed”. Clearly, in our view, the industry, though having monies available, is being starved of the investment that is desperately required at this time. And now Mr Ramjattan says a Government he is a part of wants to end cane cutting. It’s hard not to connect the dots.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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Fraud accused released on $160,000 bail

first_imgA Correia Air Services employee appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan slapped with two counts of fraud.Orin McKay, 60, of Lot 2678 Manatee Place, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to both charges.The first charge stated that on July 26, 2012, with intent to defraud McKay endeavoured to obtain one individual half share at Lot 2678 Manatee Place, South Ruimveldt Park, by virtue of an application by way of deed of gift, knowing that the signature purporting to be that of the owner William Vibert Halley was forged.The second charge alleged that on October 17, 2012 at the same location with intent to defraud, by way of transfer he forged the signature of the said William Vibert Halley.McKay’s Attorney Kevon Bess related to the court that the alleged forged documents carried the signature of a Justice of the Peace (JP), who swore the document.Bess argued that the document was prepared an attorney and the prosecutor should take into consideration the signed affidavit. He further requested reasonable bail for his client or for him to be released on his own recognizance.Prosecutor Deniro Jones made no objections to bail but asked for a substantial amount. Chief Magistrate McLennan granted McKay $160,000 bail. The case will continue on June 15.last_img read more

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