Keynote Address to Graduates of the AM Dogliotti College of Medicine

first_imgMr. President of the University of Liberia, the Vice Presidents, the Dean of AM Dogliotti College of Medicine, Other Deans and Chairpersons, Members of the Faculty, Officials of Government, the President of the Liberia Medical & Dental Association, the President of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Members of the Association and Council, the Adeo Maxima Generis Class of 2013, Members of the Press, Parents, Well wishers, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen:I am humbled by the your gesture to accord me the unique privilege of giving the keynote address to a dynamic and progressing cadre of lieutenants in the vanguard of the advancement of the medical destiny of our forward-marching country. For this honor I owe you a huge debt of gratitude.But, I have to tell you, to be up here in this role in the presence of some dynamic, young Alpha Phi Alpha men in this graduating class is a joy I wouldn’t dare have dreamed up. Men who have clung to the philosophy “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All”.As a staunch Pentecostal Christian, it is impossible not to acknowledge God Almighty for his eternal blessings and graciousness that we all may have life and have it more abundantly.Today I am told that we will be witnessing the administration of the Hippocrates Oath to the largest post war graduate class in the history of the Medical School. Liberia celebrates this monumental achievement as it signifies the highlighting of a small step in reducing the Doctors-to-Patients Ratio which stands at over 1 doctor to more than 125 thousand patients.   A lot more will have to be done and many additional graduating classes, some even far larger than this one, before our country can get anywhere in cutting the chase to reducing this very pathetic ratio.Some of my comments today are against the backdrop of a very unfortunate situation I experienced with great degree of pain and anguish while on an official trip to Nigeria in November. I witnessed firsthand the passing of one of our country’s best and brightest upcoming financial experts, the late Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at the Central Bank, Theo Bettie.Theo was a personality just entering the prime of his life. A very famous student leader of his time, the first standard bearer of the Student Integration Movement (SIM) as a student in the 80s. An intellectual par excellence.  A Yale University Graduate.  A Fulbright Scholar.  And critically, a key architect in Liberia’s Emerging Monetary Policy Framework, affording access to finance for our working class. A man I was proud to call my friend. He passed away in Nigeria after suffering a massive stroke at age 50 while attending along with me the ECOWAS Central Banks Conference on Infrastructure Financing. Now let me recount for you my experience while in my moment of anguish. I had gone to the hospital to be at the bed side of my great friend and travel companion. My first stumbling block was “No visitors allowed”. In my usual fiery manner of getting my way done I retorted to the hospital staff, I am not a visitor. I am his next thing to family here in Nigeria. I must update the Government of Liberia, and his very concerned wife on his condition and I am also his travel companion on this trip. The answer was, “No sir we cannot allow you to see him”. I was desperate to hold his hand and pray with him, and reassure him that God was in control. Well as necessity is the mother of invention, a couple of high phone calls were made to strategic personalities at the Central Bank of Nigeria and I was ushered in to see him. But before ushering me in they did something interesting which in all honesty and patriotism to my Liberian Background I have not seen much in similar situations here. They sat me down before seeing him and spent about 5 minutes counseling me and encouraging me, I guess to build up my emotional reserve for the difficult sight I was about to see. Now when the CBL Administrative Manager arrived in Nigeria the next day, I decided to sit him down and administer the same psychological medicine to him before we once again got family – Not Friend or Next of Kin. I could not help but take note of the power and privilege that characterize our respective areas of profession.   You see, today you take a big step into power. With your white coat and your Latin, with your anatomy lessons and your stethoscope, you enter today a life of new and vast privilege. You may not notice your power at first. You will not always feel powerful or privileged – not when you are filling out endless billing forms and swallowing requirements and struggling through hard days of too many tasks. But this will be true: In return for your years of learning and your dedication to a life of service and your willingness to take an oath to that duty, society will give you access and rights that it gives to no one else. Society will allow you to hear secrets from frightened human beings that they are too scared to tell anyone else. Society will permit you to use drugs and instruments that can do great harm as well as great good, and that in the hands of others would be weapons. Society will give you special titles and spaces of privilege, as if you were priests. Society will let you build walls and write rules. Your oath today writes a new chapter in your professional lives and ensures that you sign a new contract with Society. I trust that you will rise to this challenge and discharge the herculean responsibilities that will accompany the challenge. I trust that you will take the high road to nobility with morality and professionalism. Our country is already plagued with many problems. Please see yourself as a small piece of the solution. I am confident that the Medical Field like any other profession goes through its ups and downs. It highs and lows. Its celebrations of success and joy and its moments of despair and apparent hopelessness.In Liberia, the medical profession is not an avenue to riches. It is one of the ultimate calls to service. We perfectly understand the expectations that one anticipates after nine years of continuously keeping one’s head in books. It is pay-up time but here is the irony: in our country sometimes the take home pay cannot take you home considering all your expectations.Our Authorities must do much more to advance the cause of a healthy nation. I must though recognize now that a lot has been done in this area in the last seven years. Nothing should stop us from attaining the enviable position as being one of West Africa Referral Destinations for superlative medical treatment as it was in the late seventies and eighties. Yes, nothing should stop us from achieving the dream of celebrating open heart surgeries, transplants, neuro surgeries and other sophisticated applications of advances made in the medical field the world over.That is why in late 2005 and early 2006, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment took the bold initiative to sponsor the renovation of one of the medical dormitories under the bank’s Western Union marketing program. The Bank renews its pledge to you the Authorities of the Medical School and yea the University that innovative ways can be employed in meeting the expectations and obligations to our medical practitioners-in-training and the medical staffers who are already employed in the industry. Towards this end, let me throw out some food for thought and you can let me know perspectives in the days to come. Is there anything wrong with working with the health Ministry to ensure proper and adequately reflective Doctors and Nurses Residential Quarters as part of creating the enabling environment for provision of quality health services for our people? Is there anything wrong with ensuring that our Health Care Delivery Providers Benefit from Mortgage or Consumer Loans to improve their wellbeing and increase their productivity?  I am not sure any of the soon-to-be doctors here relish the situation of riding pem-pems to work in the hustle and bustle of our motor vehicle traffic. I am confident that we can make the medical industry a destination for attraction and preference if we could just do some more in terms of improving the privileges of the workers in the field.Towards this end we are gratified about the news of the establishment of a post graduate medical school. I was very pleased to have attended the Ministry of Information Press Conference which was well articulated by Dr. Steve Kennedy. I wish the Liberia Medical and Dental Association well in this endeavor.  I believe that the idea cannot be allowed to fail and all must be done to ensure that it kicks off with a strong start.To the University of Liberia, I cannot but add my voice to no doubt many others before me in congratulating you on the occasion of yet any graduation exercise. I must confess that I did not think it possible to be done especially with the recent difficulties which led to closure of school for a couple of weeks. It clearly signifies that you have come of age and are now fully multi dimensional in the discharge of your duties. Again let me congratulate you the new doctors for your exemplary and scholarly accomplishments; you the parents, well wishers and significant others for your prayers, support, love, and moral support which have played no small part in the accomplishment of this great achievement.My congratulations no doubt extends to the University of Liberia and the Medical School for keeping the light forever burning to extinguish the darkness of retrogression and intellectual stagnation. Lastly, I thank our Government for its support and direction in driving an agenda of progress in the health sector.Thank you everyone and congratulations.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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Knock, knock – Whooooo’s there?

first_imgFire Capt. Scott Zbinden credited engineer Dave Inman with developing the imaginative plan to bring the owls to safety. “It was a little strange being out there at 2:30 in the morning, but the owls were in trouble, and we stepped up and got them out,” Zbinden said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 PALMDALE – When firefighters heard screeching coming from a well early Tuesday, they couldn’t imagine whooooo was inside. On closer investigation, they found three adult white-faced owls trapped inside an above-ground well in the 4100 block of East Avenue P-8. Firefighters – on another call at the time – got help from animal control officers, who placed a ladder against the side of the 10-foot-high well, then lowered another ladder inside, officials said. One owl climbed up the ladder and flew away, and two others were rescued by an animal-control officer who climbed into the well, officials said. The body of a fourth owl was found inside. 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

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Sports briefs

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds had a pointed message for the grand jury: Go ahead, investigate me. After arriving at spring training Tuesday, more fit than in recent years following a productive winter of conditioning, the slugger insisted he’s unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record. “Tom and his family are excited about the pregnancy, and want to thank everyone who has shown support, and particularly for their consideration of Tom’s privacy,” Brady’s agent, Don Yee, told The Associated Press. It was the first comment from Brady’s camp since it was disclosed that actress Bridget Moynahan, the former girlfriend of New England’s three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, is three months pregnant. Her publicist, Christina Papadopoulous, has said Brady is the father. Brady and Moynahan split up late last year after a three-year relationship. Brady, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, has since been seen with lingerie model Gisele Bundchen, and media outlets have reported they are dating. Bruins’ McCarthy leaves for LSU UCLA coach Karl Dorrell’s latest edition of remaking his staff is not done after the third offensive assistant coach was lost. Receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, who spent one season with the Bruins, accepted a job for the same position at LSU. McCarthy joins offensive line coach Jim Colletto and offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda as assistants to leave after this season. Colletto took a job with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, and Svoboda was fired. Judge declares mistrial in Weis case BOSTON – A judge declared a mistrial in Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis’ medical malpractice lawsuit after a juror collapsed and several doctors – including the two defendants – rushed to his aid. The juror, an older man, began moaning as he listened to an expert testifying in defense of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin. Weis claims they botched his care after gastric bypass surgery in June 2002. “Let them investigate. Let them, they’ve been doing it this long,” Bonds said after his first workout this year with the San Francisco Giants. “It doesn’t weigh on me at all – at all. It’s just you guys talking. It’s just media conversation.” Heytvelt faces felony drug charges center_img SPOKANE, Wash. – Suspended Gonzaga center Josh Heytvelt was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after a recent arrest during which police said they found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his car. Heytvelt, 20, and teammate Theo Davis, 21, were arrested in Cheney on Feb. 9 and booked into Spokane County Jail. They were released the next day on their own recognizance. According to court documents, police found 33.2 grams – just over an ounce – of mushrooms inside a plastic ziplock bag in the back of the Chevrolet Blazer that Heytvelt was driving. Possession of any amount of illegal mushrooms is a Class C felony. Brady excited about fatherhood NEW YORK – Tom Brady is happy about becoming a father. Hewitt pulls out of Amro tournament ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Lleyton Hewitt pulled out of the ABN Amro tournament with a hamstring injury. The seventh-seeded Australian, who won the Rotterdam tournament in 2004, was due to play his opening singles match today. Hewitt, a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, injured his right hamstring last week at the ATP tournament in Marseille, France. He retired during his second-round match against Gilles Simon, the Frenchman who went on to win the title. Haedo wins Stage 2 of tour SACRAMENTO – Juan Jose Haedo sprinted to victory by about two bike lengths in the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California and Levi Leipheimer retained a slim overall lead. Haedo completed the 115.8-mile run from Santa Rosa to Sacramento in 4 hours, 40 minutes, 39 seconds. The Argentinian won two stages of the race in its inaugural edition last year. Luca Paolini of Italy, who rides for Liquigas, was second and Credit Agricole rider Thor Hushovd of Norway was third – both in the same time as the winner. Former Canisius player, coach dies BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former Canisius College basketball player and coach Joe Niland has died, school officials said. He was 89. Niland, who died Sunday of natural causes, played for Canisius from 1939-42. After serving two years with U.S. Gen. George Patton’s armored division in Germany, Niland returned to Canisius in 1947 and served as coach until 1953. He went 76-61 in five seasons and is tied for sixth in wins in school history. Niland’s .555 winning percentage ranks 12th at Canisius. Notable BASKETBALL: Doug Christie, who signed a second 10-day contract with the Clippers earlier this month, was suspended by the team. Christie informed the Clippers last weekend that he no longer wanted to play for them. He contractually was bound to Los Angeles through Tuesday night’s game against Phoenix, after which he can sign with another team … Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will miss his third game in a row today to tend to family health matters …Wally Szczerbiak sprained his left ankle during the Boston Celtics’ game against the Kings, the latest of several injuries to both of the forward’s ankles this season. TENNIS: Defending champion Tommy Haas defeated Vince Spadea 6-4, 6-1 in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, and Venus Williams advanced with her second win following a four-month layoff … Unseeded Peruvian Luis Horna upset David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-3 at the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires … Second-seeded Tommy Robredo and third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic advanced to the second round of the ABN Amro in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, however, was knocked out after losing to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1. From staff, wire reports 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

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They’re blessed with an elite fate

first_imgThey won’t make the claim because it’s not the classy thing to do. Won’t make any bold pronouncement because they understand arguments can be made elsewhere. There are no such polite restrictions here, so let’s just put it out there: UCLA has re-established itself as the premier basketball team in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Bruins have so quickly adopted this higher calling that Saturday there was no celebration over having clinched a tie for the conference title. “We don’t play to win co-championships,” forward Josh Shipp said. “We play to win it outright.” So UCLA was casual in victory Saturday. The victory over Stanford – which had handed the Bruins one of their three losses earlier this season – was another day at the office, not cause to party. “Part of that is because of the success we had last year,” Afflalo said. “We expect a lot from ourselves. It’s still a positive, and we don’t want to downplay it. But we’re striving for more. This is just part of the journey.” Some have seemed hesitant to give UCLA and Howland their due, almost as if silently fearing the acknowledgment will give credence to the monster’s rebirth. Asked about playing in the same city as the Bruins, USC coach Tim Floyd consistently used to start talking about how Arizona was the conference standard-bearer, the team everyone should aspire to beat. Even earlier this season, after Arizona lost at Washington State in January, Wildcats guard Marcus Williams almost seemed to bristle at the suggestion that UCLA had become the conference’s premier team. “We’re the standard. I don’t think they are the standard,” Williams said. UCLA beat Arizona twice this season, including last week’s 81-66 victory in Arizona. Shipp said the second conference title offered no particular response to Williams. “It doesn’t really matter,” Shipp said. “He’s not doing too good.” Arizona is now 17-9 and in danger of not even making the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, UCLA rolls on, seemingly gearing up for another tournament run. The Bruins can take great comfort in having finished their home season 16-0 at Pauley Pavilion. It marked the first time UCLA completed a true undefeated season at home since 1975, and the 10thoverall. Of the previous nine UCLA teams to win every home game, eight went to the Final Four and seven won national titles. Howland was completely entrenched in UCLA’s history when he came here from Pittsburgh four years ago, and on his list of goals for the program, he knew where he wanted to rank capturing the conference championship. “The first thing, because conference championships lead to high seedings in the NCAA Tournament,” Howland said. “Our expectation is to go forward in that tournament every year. “The higher seed you have, the better chance you have. That’s just borne out by history and mathematics.” Two years hardly makes a dynasty, but Howland has UCLA positioned to continue at this level. These Bruins are without a senior, though Afflalo could leave early for the NBA. But coming next season is the highly touted Kevin Love, a 6-foot-10 center drawing comparisons to Bill Walton. UCLA figures to be a premier team in the conference for years to come, if not the premier team. “I wouldn’t call ourselves the standard,” Shipp said. “We just go out and try to win games.” They figure to win a lot of them, and for some time. The rest of the conference better get used to the idea. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not one of its best, not in its upper echelon, but the foremost power in what has become one of the top basketball conferences in the country. The team everyone else in the Pac-10 has to worry about. The program playing at the highest level. That every season will be an almost automatic conference title threat. Saturday, the Bruins had their way with Stanford, 75-61, to complete an unbeaten home season and clinch at least at tie for the conference title. A victory next week at Washington State or Washington, and it’s theirs outright. center_img That’s two Pac-10 titles in consecutive years. In four quick seasons, Ben Howland has taken UCLA back to the pinnacle of the Pac-10. Better get used to it. Last year’s team heralded the return when it advanced to the NCAA title game. The Bruins lost three starters from that team, but they are now 25-3, ranked fourth in the country and may well climb to No.2 this week. The Bruins are not at a John Wooden-esque level, not that any team ever will be, but they are back as the program to watch, to fear, to privately plot against. “It’s not fully restored because to be astandard, the premier team – that comes with longevity,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “You can’t have oneor two good years; you have to be consistent with what you’re doing. “Although my term can only be here for four years, I’m sure coach Howland is going to be here for a while, and he’s all about winning.” last_img read more

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Advocaat: Sunderland fans vital in the club’s relegation dogfight

first_img1 New Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat admits something has to change if he is to steer the Black Cats away from a relegation dogfight.The 67-year-old Dutchman was unveiled at press conference at the club’s Academy of Light training headquarters on Friday morning as he finalised preparations for his first Premier League game in charge at West Ham on Saturday.Advocaat, who inherited a team sitting just one point clear of the drop zone, said: “In principal, every thing you do in football is a challenge and you want to do as well as possible. But we are now in a situation where we are playing more or less at the bottom of the league, so something has to change.”However, the Dutchman, who arrived on Wearside after a spell as manager of the Serbia national team, admitted he is relishing the challenge of guiding a squad which faltered alarmingly during the latter weeks of predecessor Gus Poyet’s reign away from trouble.He took up the reins on Tuesday and has had three days to work with his players, although he revealed few of them were strangers to him.Advocaat said: “In Holland, we can see all the games in England – everything is on television, so I knew the squad, I knew the players, plus the fact that we have a great stadium and great fans.“With the support of them, we must do it. I have a good feeling about the squad after the last three days, so why not?”The Black Cats are without a win in six league games and seven in all competitions, a run which has plunged them into a second successive survival fight.Advocaat needs all the players he can get his hands on if he is to engineer an escape, and he could have at least one more to call upon this weekend after the club lifted its suspension of winger Adam Johnson as a police investigation into an allegation of sexual activity with a girl under 16 continues.However, Advocaat declined to reveal whether or not the 27-year-old, who had been training by himself after ban was imposed, will be included in the travelling party.He said: “What I always do, I pick the squad after the final session. We still have some injuries, we don’t know exactly who will join us.“Always after the last training, I will pick the squad so it’s the same for everybody.”last_img read more

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GOVT INACTION TO BLAME FOR OVERCROWDING CRISIS AT HOSPITAL – DOHERTY

first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalDeputy Pearse Doherty has blasted the government over its failure to tackle the overcrowding crisis at Letterkenny University Hospital after figures reveal that a total of 2,814 patients spent time on trolleys, chairs and additional beds at the hospital in 2015.Deputy Doherty says that the figures, which he has sourced through the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s ‘Trolley Watch’ register, prove that despite previous promises made by the Government that overcrowding was being addressed, the problem is still being ignored.Deputy Doherty said “Just over a year ago now I highlighted the overcrowding problem at Letterkenny hospital with the Minister following last year’s huge surge in patient numbers presenting to Emergency Departments across the island which resulted in the worst ever overcrowding crisis at our acute public hospitals in the history of the state.“During this Dáil Debate I raised my concerns with the Minister about the impact which overcrowding was having on patients’ welfare and I also urged the Minister to address the chronic understaffing of the hospital which was adding to the workload of existing staff at the facility. “In his response the Minister stated at the time that a number of measures were being put in place to improve the situation at Letterkenny hospital including the revision and introduction of an updated patient flow escalation policy as well as a range of other measures to expedite patient flow throughout the hospital.“In essence, the Minister exerted himself to reassure everyone that everything necessary was being done to ensure that overcrowding at the hospital was being addressed and that the situation was under control.“And yet, despite all this talk, here we are over a year later and overcrowding at the hospital is still at crisis levels with 2,814 patients having spent time on trolleys, overflow beds and chairs at both the hospital’s In-patient wards and Emergency Department throughout 2015.”The Sinn Fein Deputy added the overcrowding crisis is far from under control and by implementing as they have done some of the harshest cuts to the health services this government has created this chaos in our acute public hospitals. “In reality, the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital must regularly deal with overcrowding for continuous periods and patient overcrowding is not confined to the unit as additional beds and trolleys are being inappropriately placed on what are already extremely busy hospital wards on an almost daily basis.“My party colleague Deputy Pádraig MacLochlainn and I have repeatedly raised the issue of waste and under resourcing at the hospital with the Minister each year and yet our warnings continue to fall on deaf ears.“In fact, since coming to power back in 2011, the amount of money spent on agency staff per annum at the hospital has more than doubled under Fine Gael and Labour as seen last year and yet patients are continuing to languish on trolleys in record numbers.“I’m also fearful about how this crisis will impact on patient safety in the coming days and weeks as here we are only one week into 2016 and already an additional 27 patients have been added to the overcrowding figure since January 1st.”GOVT INACTION TO BLAME FOR OVERCROWDING CRISIS AT HOSPITAL – DOHERTY was last modified: January 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse Dohertyhospitalletterkennyovercrowdinglast_img read more

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Kyle Walker and John Stones do hilarious dance after England’s win

first_img no dice 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? *wins our #NationsLeague group*My brain:Don’t play it Don’t play itDon’t play it Don’t play itDon’t play it Don’t play itDon’t play it Don’t play itDon’t play it Me: pic.twitter.com/8a6xXe31wJ— England (@England) November 18, 2018 MONEY ADVICE What a result for England.We’ve seen many Three Lions sides buckle under the pressure in the past but this latest crop seems to embrace it more and more.Gareth Southgate’s men came back from behind to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Victory sees England reach the finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League next summer, while Zlatko Dalic’s men are relegated to the second tier.As the final whistle blew, the PA system at Wembley blared out England’s unofficial anthem Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) in what is probably a subtle dig as the Croatia players dislike the song as it allegedly betrays English arrogance.But England being England made a huge song and dance about the win – Kyle Walker and John Stones doing the dancing.Below you can see the video of the England team’s celebrations immediately after the game including the hilarious jig by the Manchester City pair. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury It was a brilliant comeback win from England Latest Football News Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more

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TD: WE NEED AN INQUIRY INTO FLOOD DISASTER

first_imgDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has tonight called for a public inquiry into the latest flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital.Speaking at the scene of the latest catastrophe – in which flood waters once again seeped into the new €25M Medical Block – Deputy Mac Lochlainn said he was shocked to see the disaster unfold.“The A& E and new block has been flooded again,” said the TD. “I want to say thanks to the tremendous response of the staff and emergency services.“The damage is not as bad as last year’s flooding. But there are serious questions again on the design and build and a public enquiry is needed.” TD: WE NEED AN INQUIRY INTO FLOOD DISASTER was last modified: August 5th, 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) Tags:donegalfloodflood watersletterkenny hospitalPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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Arsenal away to Vitoria Guimaraes in rare Wednesday Europa League fixture

first_img Tags: arsenaleuropa leaguegranit xhakaUnai EmeryVitoria Guimaraes Arsenal have won just one of their last 7 visits to Portugal. (PHOTO/Courtesy)UEFA Europa LeagueVitoria Guimaraes vs ArsenalEstadio Dom Afonso Henriques, GuimaraesWednesday, 06-11-2019 @6:50pmRef: Halis Ozkahya (Tur) Arsenal will be hoping to end a run of three games minus victory in all competitions when they take on Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on Wednesday afternoon.The Gunners are not in good form and have seen manager Unai Emery come under increasing pressure after losing to Liverpool in the Carling Cup and drawing both of their last two league games.A lot has happened at Arsenal in the last few weeks and on Tuesday, the drama continued as Granit Xhaka was stripped of his captain’s arm-band and replaced by Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.Xhaka who has missed the last two games, could be handed a recall for this contest. Emery will almost certainly make sweeping changes to his team, with Joe Willock, Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli all in line to feature in the first XI. Ainsley Maitland-Niles could get the nod over Bukayo Sako while Hector Bellerin will hope to impress ahead of potentially playing in the Premier League on Saturday.For Vitoria, Marcus Edwards will hope to be given another start for Vitoria, with the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster having scored at the Emirates Stadium. However, former Wolverhampton Wanderers man Leo Bonatini will likely begin the game on the substitutes’ bench.Vitoria have only won one of their eight previous meetings with English sides in all competitions (D3 L4), beating Aston Villa 1-0 in September 1983. Arsenal have only won one of their seven away games against Portuguese sides (D3 L3), though it was their last such match at Sporting in last season’s Europa League. Vitoria are looking to avoid four consecutive defeats in all European competitions for the first time since September 1998. Arsenal are looking to win their first four group stage games in a Europa League or Champions League campaign for just the second time, winning their first five in the 2005-06 Champions League. Gabriel Martinelli has scored in both of his Europa League matches for Arsenal this season. The only player to score in each of his first three games in major European competition for the Gunners was Marouane Chamakh in 2010.Comments last_img read more

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Appeal issued for beloved family pet who went missing during ex-Hurricane Ophelia

first_imgBeloved family pet Luna has been missing since Monday.His owner launched an appeal after he went missing from the Woodlands area in Letterkenny.His owner tells Donegal Daily that Luna was terrified by the storm on Monday and ran off. He has not returned home since. He is jet black with long legs and green eyes.Luna’s owner is very worried about him, and says that any information would be very much appreciated. If you have spotted Luna, please call 086 0671489.  Appeal issued for beloved family pet who went missing during ex-Hurricane Ophelia was last modified: October 20th, 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:catfoundletterkennymissingpetwoodlands arealast_img read more

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