Follow Health Plan, Not Votes

first_imgThe newly built health facility at Sawu Town in Tewor District is sitting dormant due to lack of medical personnelA US$150,000 health facility in Sawu Town in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County is unable to function because the Ministry of Health has reportedly not assigned health workers to the facility.According to the citizens, the health facility was constructed with funds from the County Social Development Fund and turned over to the Ministry of Health, but is yet to be made functional in the district.Due to the lack of health facilities, Sawu Town residents have to walk about an hour or more to get to the nearest health center. They said pregnant women, the physically challenged and underage children, who are unable to walk long distances, suffer most when they are sick.Cape Mount County Superintendent Tenneh Simpson Kpadebah told this newspaper that efforts to get the Health Ministry to assign health workers to the facility have not materialized.Mrs. Kpadebah said the problem at Sawu Town “for me is a challenge. The county spent so much money on the Sawu project, a portion of which was dedicated during the July 26 celebration last year and turned over officially by Vice President Joseph Boakai to the Ministry of Health. It is now the responsibility of the Ministry of Health to take over.”In her reaction, however, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn attributes the non-functional state of some health facilities in the country to the failure of politicians to comply with the ministry’s operational plan.“We are in discussions with the County Health Team regarding the Sawu Town health facility to be able to provide health workers there. We have a National Health Plan that identifies where we need health facilities, but politicians, because of votes, will not follow our plans and will build infrastructures where we don’t need them. The infrastructure also comes with planning with the human resources that will manage them,” she said.Minister Dahn urged politicians to consult health authorities before constructing health facilities in their various constituencies to avoid further embarrassment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USC: Bitter Sweet

first_imgAny resistance USC had inside took a big hit when forward Taj Gibson picked up his fourth foul with 12:25 remaining and the Trojans ahead 57-45. As soon as he took the bench, the TarHeels began an 11-2 run. Six of the points came inside from Brandan Wright. With 8:23 remaining and the lead down to 59-56, USC coach Tim Floyd took a chance and put back in Gibson. The boost didn’t help as North Carolina scored the next 11 points after Gibson returned, extending its run to 22-2. All 22points either came inside or from the free-throw line. “There was nothing we could really do,” said Nick Young, who scored 15points in what could be his final game as a Trojan. “They’re a great team. They were knocking down their shots and we weren’t. We were making turnovers and misses. … They just played great down the stretch. That’s what you should expect from a No. 1 team.” The Tar Heels took their first lead of the second half 60-59 on a tip-in by Danny Green following a missed layup. A few minutes later, on a reverse layup from Wayne Ellington around Gibson, North Carolina was up by eight points. It was like the Trojans were hit by a freight train. Pruitt, a junior guard who sparked USC with nine points in the final six minutes of the second half, took the corner of his shirt to wipe his eye at the final buzzer. Freshman guard Daniel Hackett came over to embrace Pruitt as he kneeled on the floor, then headed to the bench as other players shook hands with the opponents at midcourt. It was the final game as a Trojan for senior Lodrick Stewart. “Just knowing this will be my last time putting on this uniform with these great players around me, it is hard,” Stewart said. “I wish coach Floyd could be my coach for the rest of my life.” Young, a junior who prepped at Cleveland High of Reseda, will have a decision to make on returning to school or declaring for the NBA draft. “Oh yeah, there’s a big chance,” said Young, projected by many mock drafts as a first-round pick, of returning to USC. “I love this Trojan family. We had a lot of success and, with the recruits coming in, it should be even better for us.” Despite the loss, USC players had little to be disappointed about after setting a school record in victories. Expectations will be higher next season, especially if Young returns. USC is expected to add the top recruit in the nation in Huntington, W.Va., guard O.J. Mayo. “I think as long as Tim Floyd is coach, this is going to be a national powerhouse,” Stewart said. “This is going to be one of the elite teams in the country and only going to get better.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Gabe Pruitt curled up on the bench, his jersey pulled over his head to hide the tears. Even for a team that exceeded all expectations by making the Sweet 16, the end of a season hurts. Seemingly on the way to another remarkable victory in this NCAA Tournament, USC fell apart in the second half Friday, blowing a 16-point lead in a 74-64 loss to top-seeded North Carolina at Continental Airlines Arena. “We had the game,” Pruitt said. “We had a big lead and we let it go. … It’s tough to swallow that, knowing we had the game and we gave it up so easily.” North Carolina (31-6) advances to play second-seeded Georgetown in the Elite Eight at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. The Trojans perhaps aren’t a true Cinderella team as a fifth seed, but they were having a Cinderella season. Picked to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference in the preseason media poll and two years removed from a last-place finish, USC (25-12) dominated its first 2 1/2 games of the NCAA Tournament with defensive tenacity and brilliant game plans. The Trojans started the second half on a 7-0 run to take a 49-33 lead on the reeling Tar Heels. Then, still half an hour before midnight Eastern time, everything went awry. North Carolina finally started taking advantage of its edge in size, pounding the offensive glass for tip-ins and second-chance opportunities to claw back in the game. last_img read more

Chanele McGuinness: Donegal is a “songwriter’s dream”

first_imgChanele McGuinness from Ballyshannon gained international attention when her duet with rapper Bxnjamin was used in a Galaxy chocolate advertisement.The pair covered the classic ‘Moon River’, adding their own contemporary twist. The 23-year-old musician spoke to the Irish Independent about how Donegal is a “pocket of creativity”, and due to Donegal’s “isolation”, natives of the county create their own style!She also says that no matter where work takes her, Donegal will always be home and described the county as a “songwriter’s dream”.Chanele says “the reaction from locals was so sweet. People were so supportive, coming up to me and saying well done, and it created a good buzz locally which was great.”“You can’t beat Donegal, I mean look at it, it’s amazing – and, yes, it’s a bit isolated, far from Belfast, far from Dublin, even far from Galway really, but because we’re a bit isolated, we’ve developed our own style I think.” “I suppose it could be that there are less distractions when I’m at home in Donegal. The wilderness, the quietness – that’s a songwriter’s dream, really.”Chanele also noted the difficulties faced in Donegal, such as the lack of employment.“So many of my age group had to leave for work, mostly to Australia, the UK, lots to Dublin, too. Sometimes, there’s barely anyone here who I went to school with.”“It’s about time Donegal got the positive attention it deserves! It’s authentic, unspoilt and natural. We’re very proud of it and carry it with us no matter where we go.”Chanele McGuinness: Donegal is a “songwriter’s dream” was last modified: January 22nd, 2017 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:chanele mc guinnessdonegalsongwritersongwriters dreamlast_img read more

HARPS LEAD AT HALF-TIME IN FAI CUP THRILLER

first_imgMcHugh scored for HarpsFAI CUP QUARTER-FINAL: KEVIN McHUGH has scored a stunning goal to give Finn Harps an incredible half-time lead here at Finn Park over Drogheda United.The Louth side are favourites to progress here – and you could have got 8/1 on Harps before kick-off.But a goal in the 22nd minute by striker McHugh after great work by Thomas McMonagle has Harps ahead. The cheers at half-time told you that the Donegal men and their fans are very happy at the break.HARPS LEAD AT HALF-TIME IN FAI CUP THRILLER was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Drogheda Unitedfinn harpslast_img read more

MISSING SKIPPER UPDATE: CAR AND KEYS FOUND BUT STILL NO SIGN OF SAILOR

first_imgGardai searching for a missing yacht skipper have found his car keys and his car but there is still no sign of him.Wood Magic, the yacht at the centre of the mystery moored at Sheephaven Bay, Ard on Sunday. Photo by Moses Alcorn.The emergency services are becoming increasingly alarmed about the man’s welfare after he disappeared almost two weeks ago.His yacht, named Wood Magic, has been anchored just 100 yards off the Co Donegal coast at Sheephaven Bay for at least ten days. A search for the man has found his car at Fahan Pier around the Donegal coastline and the keys of the car were later discovered in the abandoned yacht.Fears for the man have grown since a small dingy attached to the yacht was found turned upside down on Saturday evening.A hatch on the yacht was also opened when boarded by Gardai.There were no signs of a struggle but many of the man’s personal belongings are still onboard. Gardai have now listed the skipper of the boat, who is from Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula, as officially missing.The man’s family say they are very concerned about his welfare and have not heard from him in almost two weeks.A spokesman for the Malin Head Radio Coastguard said “There is serious concern for this man and we are appealing for anybody who may know of his whereabouts to contact the Gardai.“All his personal belongings including his car keys are untouched on the boat.“We have tried to telephone him but his mobile phone is not ringing.” The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team were drafted in today to search nearby uplands for fear the man could be injured.The Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo also patrolled Sheephaven Bay along with the marine rescue services including the Mulroy Coastguard.MISSING SKIPPER UPDATE: CAR AND KEYS FOUND BUT STILL NO SIGN OF SAILOR was last modified: June 30th, 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:sheephaven bayskipperWood MagidYachtlast_img read more

DDTV: SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR OBSTACLE COURSE

first_imgClick on the video above to get a preview of the 28 ultimate survivor obstacles that will push you to your physical capacity. Are you up for the challenge?The new innovative physical challenge is based at The Old Foundry, Letterkenny.Ultimate Survivor is the first Obstacle Run with plenty of mud in the Northwest of Ireland.The course will test your Mental & Physical ability no matter what your fitness!! Be prepared for a few hours of fun while running, jumping, climbing, crawling or walking through some of the toughest terrain in the country.Ultimate Survivor will test all abilities.SIGN UP today and get your FREE T-SHIRT and SURVIVOR PACK!The Orchard Bar are providing a FREE BBQ FOR ULTIMATE SURVIVORS from 5-7PM & will have a FREE cold bottle of BEER/JUICE for you to celebrate your achievement!This will be followed by a night not to be missed with your FREE passes into the Pulse Nite Club.It’s time to gather your family, friends & Colleagues for a day of Craic.The Ultimate Survivor can be used as a personal achievement, team building exercise. BOOK NOW to secure your place on http://www.ultimate-survivor.com/ or enter through the last minute bookings & pre check in at The Old Foundry Lurgy Letterkenny on Friday evening 5-8.You can also register on the morning of the event from 9am.Like and share to be in the chance of winning two tickets for the ultimate survivor challenge.The winner will be announced on Friday morning. DDTV: SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR OBSTACLE COURSE was last modified: July 2nd, 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:ddtv newsFeaturesSportUltimate Survivorlast_img read more

DONEGAL EXCLUDED FROM WEATHER WARNING – BUT WE’RE HIT WITH TORRENTIAL RAIN

first_imgFlooding at Illistrin last week. Pic James Doherty for donegaldaily.comEASTERN and northern Donegal is being hit with torrential downpours today.The UK Met Office has issued a weather warning for the North.Met Eireann has issued a similar warning for Monaghan, Cavan and Leinster. However there is already some flooding on roads in Donegal today after several torrential showers in the past couple of hours, with more expected. DONEGAL EXCLUDED FROM WEATHER WARNING – BUT WE’RE HIT WITH TORRENTIAL RAIN was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Tunisia seek redemption against red-hot Mali

first_imgMali defeated Mauritania 4-1 in their opening game.AFCON 2019Tunisia vs MaliSuez Stadium, SuezFriday, 28-06-2019 @5:30pmTunisia and Mali will lock horns on Friday evening for their second Group E game of the Africa Cup of Nations at Suez Stadium.Tunisia are 2004 champions whereas Mali’s best achievement in the event was finishing as runners up to Congo during the 1972 edition.Tunisia played out to a disappointing result in their opener as they were held by Angola 1-1 whereas Mali dispatched Mauritania 4-1 in their previous contest.Both sides have previously faced off 8 times with the North African side winning 5 and Mali 3.Tunisia are unconquerable in their previous four games, won three and only drawing once.The Eagles of Carthage are making their 19th appearance in the competition and are ranked 25th in the world, while the Eagles are 62nd currently and this is their 10th time in the event.Alain Giresse coached side will look up to Youssef Msakni, Wahbi Khazri, Anice Badri and Yassine Khenissi for maximum points.The Malians will bank on Abdoulay Diaby, Moussa Marega and Adama Traore for positive results.Victory for Mohamed Magassouba’s side will see them join Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria to the next round of the competition whereas the Tunisians will be in danger in case they fail to get positive results.Comments Tags: Abdoulay DiabyAdama TraoreAnice BadriMALIMoussa MaregaTunisiaWahbi KhazriYassine KhenissiYoussef Msaknilast_img read more

Letterkenny University Hospital introduces reusable coffee cups initiative for staff

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital and Donegal County Council have introduced reusable coffee cups for staff working in both organisations as part of a plan to reduce its impact on the environment in 2019. Letterkenny University Hospital Introduces Reusable Coffee Cups for StaffThe reusable cups feature a design created by the hospital’s Catering Managers Mark Duffy and Arindam Ghosh along with Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer from Donegal County Council.  The main goal for the initiative is to prevent single-use coffee cups ending up in landfill sites; it is estimated that up to 200 million single-use cups are thrown away each year in Ireland.The cups are available to staff at a very reasonable cost of €6.00 and staff will receive a free coffee for every five coffees they buy when purchasing the cup.  Seán Murphy, General Manager said: “As a hospital, we are committed to providing the most sustainable healthcare services possible.“We have a number of initiatives to reduce the number of disposable cups we use. I would like to thank members of the hospital’s Sustainability Team, the Catering Department and Donegal County Council for all their hard work in getting this venture off the ground.” Letterkenny University Hospital introduces reusable coffee cups initiative for staff was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Play Your Part episode four: get involved with the initiatives

first_imgYou can get involved with the guests featured on episode four of Play Your Part. In this episode viewers will discover how they contribute to making South Africa a better place to live by creating job opportunities and promoting entrepreneurship.Mogau Seshoene, known for her The Lazy Makoti brand, shows her culture through her culinary expertise. She also creates job opportunities for women. (Image: Melissa Javan)Brand South Africa reporterIn episode four of the Play Your Part television series, viewers learn how three people use entrepreneurship – each in a different way – to empower women and youth in South Africa. The guests are Gail Styger, Mogau Seshoene and York Zucchi.The episode, which airs on Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2, is hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane. Artist and musician Mabalane is also a co-founder of the initiative, Shout for a Safer South Africa.The 26-episode Play Your Part series aims to inspire viewers to become active citizens and take part in volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Learn more about episode four’s three guests and how you can get involved with them:Gail StygerGail Styger is founder of the Wot-if Trust. (Image supplied)Styger is the founder and trustee of Wot-if Trust. The organisation runs various programmes in Diepsloot, Johannesburg that work on empowering especially women and youth through skills development and entrepreneurship.Wot-if Trust also manages stakeholder engagement and consultation to channel BEE funds and guarantee points on the BEE Scorecard for contributions by corporates to the community.Its building, Father Louis Blondel Centre, is used as an open collaborative workspace where entrepreneurs, small businesses and community projects can access facilities and support services, more often than not without incurring costs.Contact details:Website: wot-if.co.zaEmail: info@wot-if.co.zaTwitter: @gailstyger or @WotiftrustYork ZucchiZucchi is a motivational speaker, who travels to townships to inspire entrepreneurship. (Image: Play Your Part TV series)Zucchi is the founder of Join the Equation, an initiative set up to match opportunities to businesses. It operates in 57 countries.Zucchi, who is also a motivational speaker, travels to townships to inspire entrepreneurship through talking to businesses.Contact details:Website: yzafrica.org and jointheequation.comTwitter: @YZP and find Zucchi on LinkedinMogau SeshoeneFor the past three years, Seshoene has been promoting South African culture and heritage through teaching people about traditional South African cuisine.Her company, The Lazy Makoti, employs rural and township women to host cooking classes using local food as well as to sell handcrafted, locally produced kitchen accessories.Mogau also hosts a cooking show on national television that showcases African recipes.Contact details:Website: thelazymakoti.wordpress.comTwitter: @thelazymakoti and find her on FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 every Saturday on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more