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JFK Admin Welcomes 2 Master’s Holders

first_imgDr. (PhD. RN) Wvannie Scott-McDonald has expressly told the Daily Observer about her joy over two Master’s holders who are back to beef the quality at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) at the hospital.Dr. McDonald, who is the General Administrator for John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC), including TNIMA, in Sinkor, said the arrival of the two would help strengthen and augment the manpower at the hospital.Dr. McDonald spoke with the Observer in an exclusive interview at a recognition ceremony for the two ladies—Ada C. Brown-Wraynee and Cynthia Kokro-Bondoe—who earned their Master’s degree in Nursing Education from the Indiana University (IU) School of Nursing in the United States of America in December 2013.Ada and Cynthia, who could not make the December graduation ceremonies in the US because they were in Liberia where they had come to do the remaining of their thesis papers, were blessed to have senior officials, including the Dean of IU—Madam Marion E. Broome, to attend their recognition program, which was held in the conference room of the University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet Dennis.Other IU officials, who also graced the ceremony, were Mary Beth Riner, Associate Dean for Global Affairs; Deanna Reising, Associate Professor and Evelyn Stephenson, Clinical Assistant Professor. These officials hooded the two graduates.The two fellows, Ada and Cynthia, were sponsored by the USAID/Higher Education for Development Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences, in order to support the implementation of the BSc Midwifery and Nursing degree program to be offered during the next academic year through a UL-TNIMA partnership.As part of their graduate research activity, the two nurses were trained as trainers in the Helping Babies Breathe technique. Since they returned in December, they have trained 154 midwives and nurses on the technique.The Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences is a $2.6 million partnership between the University of Liberia, Indiana University, and University of Massachusetts, supporting development and strengthening of health and life sciences at UL and TNIMA. As part of its mission, grant also supports the development of the undergraduate life sciences at UL and pre-clinical courses at A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.Also speaking with the Observer, one of the fellows, Ada, said she feels great coming back to augment the workforce at TNIMA. She said she had acquired special skills in managing infant and child mortality, which is high in Liberia. Ada: “When you tell fellow Liberians in the States that you are coming back to Liberia, they tell you ‘are you crazy’. I have the passion for my job and I think Liberia needs me most so I decided to come back.”She said she would be shuttling among UL, TNIMA and JFK, because TNIMA is about to begin a Bachelor of Nursing Program in collaboration with UL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Storied Riviera offers fans L.A. history with sport

first_imgIt began as the Los Angeles Open in 1926, made its debut here in 1929 and has been played every year but one at Riviera since 1973. It’s seen Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tom Watson claim titles. Seen Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin tee it up. It’s nestled beneath the Santa Monica Mountains and must be the most difficult course to reach on the PGA Tour. It’s just off Sunset Boulevard, about a mile from the beach and surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes. The drive from the course to the San Diego Freeway during the tournament can take up to an hour. Most fans use the parking lot at the Veterans Affairs building in Westwood and then bus over on the shuttle. And hopefully bring a good book. The course itself sits almost in a small valley. The hacienda-style country club rests atop a bluff overlooking the course. And it remains one of the most challenging courses in America. The Nissan Open overflows with nostalgia but doesn’t feel antiquated. Serves up memories while still offering the promise of more. It is Los Angeles’ lone stop on the PGA Tour, its one moment as the center of the golfing universe. PACIFIC PALISADES – The sun was shining, and after the past three years, that was welcome news. It flickered through the massive eucalyptus trees, shining down on one of the most storied golf courses in America. Walk around Riviera Country Club and it’s easy to feel it, to absorb what makes its golf tournament different from most other PGA stops, the history that makes it L.A.’s own. center_img “It has a classic design that has withstood the test of time,” said Tom Pulchinski, tournament director. “The scores are pretty much the same now as they were 80 years ago.” Thursday’s opening round of the 2007 tournament was played under sunny skies and a steady breeze. Beats the rain from the past three Nissans. Celebrity watching Fans of every ilk milled around. There were plenty of country club types. There were college kids in jeans and senior citizens in golf gear. There were a lot of golf hats. Given its proximity to Hollywood and its star-filled past, celebrity spotting is typically a constant. On a late afternoon walk I did not spot any, though I saw plenty of women looking like they wanted to be mistaken for a celebrity and several men with way too much tanning-booth time on their hands. Did run into former Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire. A public-relations guy said he spotted actor Don Cheadle. And apparently Pat Perez, tied for second after Thursday’s first round, went the celebrity route Wednesday searching for golf tips. “I worked with (Joe) Pesci yesterday on my putting,” Perez said. “He actually made sense for once.” Of course, celebrities have to actually walk among us on the golf course, so maybe it’s not too inviting for most. Pulchinski said some celebrities show, but it’s not like at the AT&T or Bob Hope stops. The course itself offers challenges of all types. The sand traps are deep, but there is no water on the course – not a stream or lake to be found. The greens can make the strong weak. There are doglegs right and left. The first hole is at the base of the country club overlooking a small cliff. Nearby is a free-standing, old-fashioned clock, the type you might see in a small town square. Only it’s a Rolex. Nearby is a small driving range. When I walked by, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh were practicing, but for some reason no Tiger Woods. The fairways are dotted with concessions. One sold ice cream for $4, though it was Haagen-Dazs. Another sold hot dogs for $5, turkey sandwiches for $7, and those little bags of chips you put in your kids’ school lunches for $2. Beer was $5, and big beer, not to be confused with Big Bear, was $10. There were booths selling Cohiba cigars up to $20 a pop and lighters for $9. Golf is one of the last sporting events in America where you can still smoke. Digital leader boards kept updated scores and are sponsored by Cialis and MasterCard. Not sure what statement that makes about golfers, but it’s my understanding you need the latter to be able to afford the former. Sponsorships and their oversize white tents dotted the course. The Michelob Ultra 19th Hole shared space with the Grey Goose Lounge. Three young women in shorts and T-shirts passed out Grey Goose hats at the lounge entrance. They looked bored. The crowd thinned considerably after Phil Mickelson completed his round by early afternoon. With no Tiger, Mickelson seems the official star of the tournament. Just past a line of Andy Gump port-a-potties was the medical trailer, but there was nothing going on there. No rain means fewer sprained ankles. Here’s one thing here you won’t find at your local public links: Nissans dotted around the course. There were even maps posted so you can find them all, like they were Easter eggs. At one tent with five different new models, a swing simulator offered the chance to take a hack into a screen that mirrors a hole at Pebble Beach. The guy operating it warned, “No drivers.” Apparently Singh complained that when the balls hit the back of the tarp they were making too much noise and disrupting his concentration. Tower room Rising 52 railroad tie steps up from the 18th hole, the classic clubhouse overlooks it all. It’s where guests of sponsors can stay in its hotel rooms. No. 225 is the Walt Disney Room, 223 the Dean Martin Room and 226 is actually named after a golfer, Bobby Jones. Rooms have large, rich wooden doors with brass knockers. There is a private tower room with eight arched windows, a spectacular view and a table for four. The hallways are lined with old black-and-white photos, one showing Horton Smith teeing off in 1929 with small saplings lining the course. Now mature eucalyptus, pine and sycamore trees tower over the course. The Riviera is actually Los Angeles’ oldest home to a major professional sporting event, predating Santa Anita by five years. A course filled with history, and it’s all L.A.’s. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com. If you go TOURNAMENT: through Sunday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. TICKETS: $25 per day; available at the door, by calling the Nissan Open office (800) 752-6736, at Roger Dunn Golf Shops, or online at nissanopen.pgatour.com. Nissan Open facts TV: Today, Golf Channel (noon-3 p.m., with replay 6-9 p.m.); Saturday, noon-3 p.m., CBS; Sunday, noon-3:30 p.m., CBS. PARKING: Free at the VA hospital (off the 405 Freeway at the Wilshire Boulevard West exit), with a $5 shuttle fee to the Longworth gate entrance at the Riviera Country Club. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Bradley Landfill closed at last

first_imgThe councilman also will focus on the proposed 100,000-square-foot transfer and recycling center, he said. In a community meeting in February, residents seemed opposed to the plan, arguing that the landfill would create further health risks if it becomes a recycling center. While some residents who appeared at the landfill’s closing were happy, they emphasized that more is needed in the community to reduce unhealthy air. Sun Valley is home to hundreds of industries. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – There were cheers and a small sense of satisfaction among Sun Valley residents Saturday as garbage trucks roared into the Bradley Landfill for the last time, marking the closure of the 50-year-old trash dump. Waste Management, Bradley’s owners, had abandoned expansion plans and decided against extending the landfill’s permits, which also expired Saturday. Instead, the company will now pursue plans for a fully enclosed transfer and recycling center that would be the San Fernando Valley’s largest. “We made a commitment to the residents,” said Douglas Corcoran, Waste Management director of operations. “We want to make Sun Valley a better place.” Corcoran said the more than 250 landfill employees will still have jobs, but operations will now be focused on hauling in dirt over the next year to cover the existing landfill. Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents the area, called the landfill’s closure historic and a victory for Sun Valley, which he said has borne the brunt of landfills ever since residents began moving into the San Fernando Valley. “The community of Sun Valley has been heard,” Cardenas said as he stood in front of local children who carried hand-painted signs that read “That’s All Folks” and “Good-bye Bradley Landfill.” “Bradley has served the community well, but in my opinion, it’s old technology, an old way to deal with trash,” he said. “As long as I am on the City Council, I am not going to be approving any more trash landfills in Sun Valley.” Cardenas said he is ready to explore new technology to handle trash and has allocated $100,000 to conduct a study of Sun Valley residents to see if they’re prepared for, and aware of, recycling. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s points per game ratio v other Premier League managers

first_img 6 6. Arsene Wenger – Averages 1.98 points per game in the Premier League (click the arrow, right, to see the managers with the highest points per game ratio) – Wenger has been at the club since 1996 and has therefore been in his job longer than every other Premier League manager combined. This makes his record of points per game even more impressive. 6 2. Sir Alex Ferguson – 2.16 points per game – Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles over the course of a glittering 26-and-a-half-year career at Manchester United and is widely considered the best manager in British football history. Jose Mourinho will be the new Manchester United manager following the dismissal of Louis van Gaal, but what are the club getting?Since arriving in England from Porto back in 2004, the self-declared ‘Special One’ has won three Premier League titles and never finished outside the top three when he has been in charge for the whole season.But how does he compare to the Premier League’s best?talkSPORT counts down the top six managers in Premier League history (with at least two seasons in charge) based on the highest points per game ratio.Click the arrow above, right, to see who has won the most points from their games in charge. 3. Carlo Ancelotti – 2.07 points per game – The first Chelsea manager on the list, Ancelotti won the title – and the FA Cup – in his first season in charge but failure to retain either in his second season meant his time at Stamford Bridge was up. 6 6 6 6 5. Manuel Pellegrini – 2.03 points per game – He may have left the club at the end of the season but his first, second and fourth place finishes in the Premier League see him sit as the manager with the fifth best points per game record. 4. Roberto Mancini – 2.05 points per game – The second Manchester City manager on the list and the man who led the club to their first Premier League title in the most dramatic circumstances. Mancini spent four seasons at the Etihad, finishing fifth, third, first and second. 1. Jose Mourinho – 2.18 points per game – United’s new boss has set very high standards for himself over his two Chelsea spells. It would be even higher if not for the disastrous first half of the 2015/16 season before he was eventually sacked by the Blues.last_img read more

Valley child is first Influenza A case of flu season

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A San Fernando Valley child has been diagnosed with Influenza A, the first case reported in Los Angeles County this flu season, county health officials said Friday . Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s public health director, said the report should serve as a reminder for residents to get a flu shot. “Be prepared this year and protect yourself and your family,” Fielding said. “There is still time to get a flu vaccination. Vaccination is especially important for all persons at highest risk of serious complications of the flu, including infants and children 6 months through 5 years of age.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFielding said there is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. The flu season generally runs from December through March, according to the county’s Public Health Department. Influenza is the leading cause of pneumonia and accounts for 110,000 to 200,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 to 40,000 deaths in the United States annually, according to the county. last_img read more

Field bids out of the park

first_img City officials have met with the lowest bidder and the project architect to go over options for reducing the cost. After adjustments to the project, the city will put it back out for new bids in a few weeks. Eventually, the city wants to have a complex of 13 ballfields, permanent concession stands, restroom buildings, lighting and a batting cage. The baseball complex is a major component of the transformation of the 70-acre former fairgrounds at Avenue I and Division Street into a multi-use area. That effort includes the development of the Lancaster University Center in the former Challenger Hall exhibit building, the establishment of the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club in the former watch-and-wager building, and housing and commercial developments. The complex will not only accommodate local sports programs, but also will be available for tournaments much in the same way the city uses its soccer and softball fields to attract tournaments and sports tourism dollars. The city will receive $250,000 from the federal government for the fields. At the request of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, funding for the complex was included in the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary and District of Columbia Appropriations Act. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card LANCASTER – City officials will wait for another pitch after construction companies’ bids to build baseball fields at the former fairgrounds came in much higher than the $5.8 million estimate. Lancaster officials had hoped to award a contract this month for the construction of 10 ballfields for a new baseball complex, but the three bids ranged from $12.2 million to $13.2 million. The higher prices are the result of the California building boom that is keeping construction companies busy and raising costs across the state, officials said. “We might reduce the scope of the project,” said Lyle Norton, the city’s director of parks, recreation and arts. “We might leave four or five fields out.” center_img Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Are you up for the Wild Atlantic Big Swim challenge?

first_imgWild Atlantic Big Swim is going to kick off tomorrow morning when swimmers will make the journey from Arranmore to Burtonport.Gourmet burgers provided by The Kitchen will await the swimmers when they arrive at Burtonport pier.Here’s a sneak preview of the stunning route; Schedule:7:30am: Sign in opens at Burtonport Welcome Centre. Tea and coffee provided. Registration is limited and will close at 8:30am, so get down there early to avoid disappointment!9:00am: Safety briefing. All swimmers will be provided with a NOWCA swimming tag and timing chip10am: Catch the ferry to arranmore 11am: Swimming begins!Costs: €70 if registering on the day, €60 for online registration, and €50 if you have pre-registered.Yesterday, excited organisers posted this picture with the caption; “We have just been out getting the seals on board to cheer us on! The tide will be with us and the water crystal clear.”A sneak preview of the cup!For more information you can find the official event page on Facebook.Good luck to all involved!Are you up for the Wild Atlantic Big Swim challenge? was last modified: August 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:arranmore to burtonportSWIMMINGwild atlantic big swimlast_img read more

Khabib Nurmagomedov heaps praise on Muslim ‘icon’ Mo Salah

first_img REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED RANKED REVEALED Mo Salah often celebrates goals with a nod to his religion Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Now, while enjoying the victory tour for that bout, Khabib has spoken of his admiration for Salah, who he believes also represents Islam in positive fashion.“I follow him but I haven’t met him before. He’s a great player, we want many role models like him,” Nurmagomedov said.“They reflect the true image of our ethics. I feel that Allah is standing with [Salah], and our new generations need those who are like Mohamed Salah to learn humility, no matter how famous and innovative you are.“He’s an icon that we must protect, and we stand behind him so he can continue to succeed. I admire him and the ethics and values he spreads every day in Europe,” he concluded. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TROPHY gameday cracker Russia’s UFC lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov has lauded his fellow Muslim Mohamed Salah as an “icon” of their religion.The 30-year-old has proudly declared his faith throughout his mixed martial career, including during the build-up to his last bout in which he conquered former champion Conor McGregor. targets Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update center_img 2 shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Getty 2 latest Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Liverpool News Khabib Nurmagomedov is a proud of his Islamic background huge blow Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in Januarylast_img read more

Ex-Qwest CEO is indicted

first_img The indictment blames Nacchio for “a manipulative and deceptive” scheme to commit fraud and says he was “specifically and repeatedly warned” about the financial risks facing his company just five months before the stock trades in question. Prosecutors refused to discuss who allegedly warned Nacchio about revenue problems at Qwest or who might testify at trial. But Leone said some 13 million pages of documents will be turned over the defense attorneys. The government has said in both civil and criminal complaints that Qwest and some of its former executives participated in a massive financial fraud between April 1999 and March 2002 by falsely reporting one-time sales or trades of capacity on its fiber-optic cables as recurring revenue. The fraud allowed Qwest to improperly book about $3 billion in revenue that eased its 2000 merger with U.S. West Inc. and it allowed various executives to reap millions in “ill-gotten” profits, the government has said. Qwest later restated earnings from 2000 and 2001 to erase about $2.2 billion in revenue. The indictment said Nacchio was aware of Qwest’s “extremely aggressive” financial targets and that to meet those targets in 2001, the company would have to significantly boost its flagging “recurring revenue business.” It said he also knew there wouldn’t be enough revenue from other sources to “close the gap” between Qwest’s publicly stated goals and its actual performance. Nacchio has denied any wrongdoing, telling members of Congress in 2002 that he made stock sales believing the company’s financial statements always represented “a full and accurate picture of its financial condition.” He has already asked a judge to throw out the SEC complaint, saying the allegations are “not the stuff of securities fraud.” Prosecutors have lined up some of Nacchio’s former colleagues to testify, including former Chief Financial Officer Robin Szeliga, who pleaded guilty to insider trading for a 2001 stock trade, and former sales executive Gregory Casey. Both Szeliga and Casey have settled SEC charges against them. During a criminal trial last summer for four former Qwest midlevel managers, Szeliga said there was significant pressure from Nacchio to meet financial targets – enough to create a “pressure-cooker” atmosphere. In addition, former Qwest President Afshin Mohebbi has been granted immunity and is expected to testify should the case go to trial. Mohebbi’s attorney, Paul Grand, has said Mohebbi will not face criminal charges but declined further comment. A former AT&T executive, Nacchio was hired to head Qwest in 1997 when it was installing fiber-optic networks along railroad rights-of-way. He attracted Wall Street’s attention after engineering Qwest’s acquisition of U.S. West but resigned under pressure in June 2002, about eight months before Qwest restated revenue for 2000 and 2001. Jacob Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor and former lawyer for the SEC, said the absence of charges accusing Nacchio of manipulating company earnings was striking. “With the amount of time that has passed in this investigation, we must assume that the government has taken its best shot and this is it,” he said. “The government has put its bullet in the chamber and it has fired. We’re going to find out at trial if they hit or miss.” Last month, Qwest said it would pay $400 million to settle the claims of tens of thousands of shareholders who purchased Qwest securities. The deal does not cover Nacchio and former CFO Robert Woodruff. Qwest earlier agreed to pay $250 million to settle SEC charges of fraud without admitting wrongdoing. Associated Press writers Don Mitchell, Catherine Tsai and Sandy Shore contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DENVER – In a triumph for federal prosecutors, former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio was indicted Tuesday on 42 counts of insider trading accusing him of illegally selling off $101 million in stock after privately learning the company might not meet its financial goals. Nacchio, 56, appeared in court a few hours after the indictment was announced and pleaded not guilty before being led away in handcuffs. Freed a short time later on $2 million bond, he told reporters he was relieved to finally see the case against him. “It’s pretty tough for four years to have to sit back and let everybody take shots at you,” he said outside the federal courthouse, a short walk from Qwest’s towering headquarters in downtown Denver. The criminal charges are the first against Nacchio in the government’s lengthy investigation of Qwest Communications International Inc., the Denver-based telephone service provider for 14 mostly Western states that only now is recovering from a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The charges come nearly three years after then-Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the first indictments in the Qwest investigation, calling it an example of the government’s intolerance of white-collar crime. With Nacchio’s indictment, U.S. Attorney William Leone said, that investigation is virtually complete. “It’s important for corporate executives to recognize that when they’re in possession of information that the general public is not in possession of, they’re under a duty to abstain from trading,” Leone said. “Failure to honor that rule impairs confidence in our markets.” Each count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Nacchio already faces fraud charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission and a number of shareholder lawsuits. The indictment accuses Nacchio of selling $101 million worth of company stock in the first five months of 2001 when he allegedly had insider information. The sales took place in 42 transactions ranging from $191,000 to $13.6 million each. last_img read more

DIVE VESSEL RESCUED AFTER IT LOSES POWER

first_imgA diving vessel had a close call when it lost power and was drifting towards land off Malin Beg on Saturday evening.Killybegs Coastguard respond to a callThe boat issued a distress signal and Killybegs Coastguard was launched. The boat was towed to Teelin Harbour and there were no reports of any injuries.   DIVE VESSEL RESCUED AFTER IT LOSES POWER was last modified: March 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more