‘Rotarians Are Big Hearted Distinguished Men & Women’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has described Rotarians as distinguished and exemplary world class citizens and professionals that are responsive to the critical needs of humanity.VP Boakai made the statement last week Friday at a lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Monrovia intended to honor founding member Joseph Richards, Al Browne and Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.He pointed that the visionary founding father of Rotary International was far back as 1905 endowed with so much urge to serve.VP Boakai reminded Rotarians and Liberians that the selfless and astute Chicago Attorney Paul P. Harris as far as back in the last century, could picture the enormous positive impact that such human bonding and drive could exact on his fellow beings in their respective communities even a century later to this day.The Liberian Vice President also noted that the ideals that attended the birth of this humanitarian organization more than 100 years ago and the embrace of its foothold in Liberia some 50 years find serene expression in the thoughtfully crafted motto.“We convene at this lunch meeting today, just as in beginnings when pioneering Rotarians – then a handful of big hearted and broad minded men- held similar regular meetings during their lunch hours on a rotational basis to plot their own service map as professionals with the urging to serve humanity,” VP Boakai asserted.VP Boakai also added that as a mark of their absolute accession to the highest of ethical standards, Rotarians carved for themselves a model guide in what they refer to as the four way test.He further stated that in aspiring to the pinnacle of ethics, Rotarians are duty bound to ask themselves in any enterprise they are set to undertake.Ambassador Boakai also explained that Rotary Clubs, like ours in this country, are noted for championing health issues, supporting hunger-fighting initiatives, providing safe and clean water in villages as well as responding to and helping rebuild when natural disasters strike.VP Boakai intimated that Rotarians rightfully designate their movement as a global network of over a million volunteers’ dedication to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.In remarks, honoree Joseph Richards urged the current generation of Rotarians concentrate their energy and time on the decentralization of programs across in order to meet the socio-economic needs of other Liberians.Rotarian Richards regretted the conspicuous absence his wife at the auspicious occasion of the Rotary Club of Monrovia’s lunch and honoring ceremony in Monrovia.Earlier, Rotary Club of Monrovia President Milton A. Weeks welcomed VP Boakai, staff, and Rotary members and guests for the lunch and honoring program.In brief statement, the Sinkor Rotary Club underscored the need for their participation in the official celebration of the 50th jubilee anniversary.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1064 by few distinguished, business and professional Liberians in an effort to buttress the Liberian Government and other support partners in the country.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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Labourer killed by friend during row

first_imgAn East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident was killed on Wednesday after he was struck to the head during an argument with a friend.Dead is 51-year-old Vernon Cummings, a labourer of Ice House Road, Timehri, EBD. The incident occurred sometime at about 17:00h at the Timehri Docks, EBD.According to Police reports, Cummings and the suspect had an argument during which the latter picked up a piece of metal pipe and hit the labourer on the back of his head, fatally injuring him. The body of Cummings is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination, which is expected to be done today. Meanwhile, the 41-year-old suspect, also a labourer of Ice House Road, Timehri, has since been taken into Police custody and is assisting with further investigations.last_img

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Major Sheriff Street bridge closed to traffic

first_imgConstruction works ongoing at the Sheriff Street-Mandela Avenue roadThe Public infrastructure Ministry has advised commuters that the Cummings Bridge, located at the intersections of Sheriff Street and Durey Lane, and Dennis Street, will be closed to traffic from today to Sunday to facilitate construction works under the Sheriff Street-Mandela Avenue Road Enhancement Project.In a notice published in one of the daily newspapers, the Ministry assured that the bridge will be reopened to traffic on July 15 at 06:00h.In the interim, the Ministry has asked that motorists heading north of the Cummings Bridge use Garnett Street or Middleton Street or other appropriate alternative routes.Similarly, motorists heading south of the bridge are asked to use First Street, Campbellville or Stone Avenue or other appropriate alternative routes.On the other hand, heavy-duty vehicles including sand trucks, lowbed trucks and other long vehicles and emergency vehicles will use the eastern bypass of Cummings Bridge.Most importantly, the Ministry has asked pedestrians and other road users to exercise caution and observe all directional signs in the area for safety.There has been much dissatisfaction with the slothful pace of the Sherriff Street-Mandela Avenue Project which began since August 2018.The works are pegged at a value of US$31.03 million, and the contract, spearheaded by Sinohydro Corporation Limited, was awarded since November 2017.The two-year project, which will cover approximately seven kilometres of road, is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and involves the relocation of utilities; the installation of lane and shoulder improvements; placement of sidewalks and paved shoulders; traffic signals, traffic signs, streetlights, drainage; a pedestrian overhead walkway; culverts, bridges, and a roundabout.last_img read more

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NEW GOURMET BURGER MENU AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL: WIN A FAMILY NIGHT OUT

first_imgTO CELEBRATE its brand new gourmet burger menu at Cafe Renaissance, the Mount Errigal Hotel and Donegal Daily has teamed up to give a family of four a free night out.The mouth-watering menu at the top Letterkenny hotel has been a huge hit in recent days with locals and visitors alike.The Blue Cheese Burger, the Smokehouse Burger and the Tropical Burger have proved amongst the most popular. But there’s also the Turkey Burger and the Lamb Burger if you fancy something different.Our favourite is the Veggie Burger.All the Gourmet Burgers are cooked on the hotel’s very own Josper Charcoal Grill, the very latest in modern cooking methods.In order to win a Family Meal for two adults and two children, all you have to do is check out the menu on the link below and answer the following question: Q: Cafe Renaissance chefs use only the best Irish blue cheese on their Blue Cheese Burger. Where in Ireland does it come from?Email your answer to info@donegaldaily.com and include a contact telephone number and where you’re from in County Donegal.Closing date is this Saturday, July 27 at 7pm.The prize is a meal for four including soft drinks for two adults and two children.You can see the entire menu by clicking the link here: http://www.mounterrigal.com/download/1/Burger%20Menu(3)_Layout%201.pdfNEW GOURMET BURGER MENU AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL: WIN A FAMILY NIGHT OUT was last modified: July 26th, 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:NEW GOURMET BURGER MENU AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL: WIN A FAMILY NIGHT OUTlast_img read more

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Tartans will face first test

first_img The Tartans have a steady quarterback in Scot Edgcomb, who is averaging 118 yards a game. But they’re more dangerous in the backfield, which features Hunter Steffien (278 yards and 7 touchdowns) and Michael Duenas (251 yards and a TD). The Rebels haven’t played since a 21-12 victory over Bell-Jeff on Sept. 24. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Pasadena Poly (1-2) vs. Viewpoint (0-3) at Calabasas HS, 7 p.m. The Tigers have struggled, but a tough opposition has had a lot to do with it. They lost their season opener to undefeated Campbell Hall (5-0), and their last game on Sept. 24 to San Diego Parker, 37-9, which is another undefeated team at 4-0. They should have a much easier time tonight against a winless Patriots team, and already has lost to Prep League foes Flintridge Prep (15-12) and Chadwick (57-6). Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. The Flintridge Prep football team will find out what kind of team it has when it faces St. Margaret at Duarte High School at 7 tonight. The Tartans (4-0), ranked No. 2 in Division XIII, have outscored their opponents 149-40, and have a balanced offense averaging 330 yards a game. center_img 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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Storms’ evacuees can stay in hotels

first_imgWASHINGTON – People who sought refuge outside the 10 states that absorbed most of the evacuees from hurricanes Rita and Katrina can remain in hotels at the government’s expense while their applications for rental assistance are processed, officials announced Saturday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to pick up the tab for an estimated 42,000 hotel rooms in 47 states and the District of Columbia. In the 10 states that took in most of the homeless evacuees, FEMA recently pledged to continue paying their hotel bills until Jan. 7, after its previous Dec. 1 deadline was met with widespread criticism. Outside the 10 states, however, roughly 2,000 families still faced a Dec. 15 hotel assistance cutoff. However, FEMA said Saturday it will extend the hotel program to Jan. 7 for those evacuees who are eligible for cash aid but have yet to apply for or receive it. In those cases, evacuees must call FEMA, starting Monday, to receive authorization if they need to stay in hotels beyond Dec. 15, said Donna Dannels, FEMA’s acting deputy director for recovery. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The toll-free number is (800) 621-3362. Meanwhile, officials in the 10 states that have the greatest numbers of evacuees had to file plans with FEMA outlining how they will help them move out of hotels and into trailers, mobile homes or apartments until they find permanent homes. FEMA has approved the plans of nine: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas. Georgia’s application is being processed, FEMA spokeswoman Natalie Rule said. Evacuees in those states that have been approved need only inform the hotels where they are lodged if they intend to stay past Dec. 15, FEMA said. FEMA has spent roughly $325 million on its hotel housing program since Katrina hit Aug. 29, followed by Rita on Sept. 24. At its height, FEMA was housing 85,000 families in hotels. 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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Virgin Australia’s Velocity promises exclusive access to concerts and events

first_imgHow many frequent flyer points would you sacrifice for a backstage meeting with your favourite superstar?It’s a question Velocity Frequent Flyer executives appear to be pondering as they look at options for their latest partnership with TEG Live, the company behind Australian event ticket seller Ticketek.Country rock superstar Keith Urban yesterday became the first major act to be part of a push by Velocity to connect its 6 million plus members with the entertainment industry. Premium tickets to Urban’s concerts in December are among the first available and he also gave an intimate concert at the launch in which he explained and played tracks from his new album, RipCORD.Velocity Live aims to give the one in four Australians who now belong the program to access to VIP offerings such as premium seating, pre-sale ticket allocations and backstage packages with the added bonus of earning frequent flyer points.Velocity chief executive Karl Schuster also yesterday did not rule out allowing people to use their points to pay for concerts. “Watch this space,’’ he said.The Velocity move is part of a push by loyalty programs to expand their offerings to members and make themselves an increasing part of their everyday lives.Velocity already allows members using BP service stations to buy petrol using their points and operates a portal where frequent flyers can use what has essentially become another currency to buy merchandise. Other “out of the box’’ concepts include giving members parental leave so they can maintain their status, family points pooling and awarding points for pets who fly.While still smaller than its opposition, Velocity has grown strongly and Schuster says there is plenty of room for more growth. “Aussies are really unique in the world, they’re a bit like Canadians, in they really love their loyalty programs,’’ he said.  “So we want to enrich the proposition and give people more earn opportunities, give people more burn opportunities.’’Schuster acknowledged most people still want to redeem their points for flights, an area in which Velocity has won awards for seat availability and which it still sees as crucial.“So that is really an important part of our deal and having being part of the Virgin Australia family, that’s again foremost in our minds,’’ he said.  “So we are always thinking about those things for our members. It’s what they care about, it’s where the rubber hits the road.’’But Velocity is also seeing members using their points in other ways and Schuster believes the technology will facilitate this trend.“The ease and frictionless nature of how you can use digital to engage in the program is becoming more and more a reality and we want a big part of that,’’ he said.On the live performance and event partnership, Schuster said entertainment was deeply entrenched in the Virgin family’s DNA and was were the brand was born with founder Richard Branson’s record label.He said the move was about “putting the heart back into loyalty’’ and would be available to all members regardless of their Velocity status. Velocity was working with TEG on select events across Australia throughout the year, with plans to add sporting events.“The intention is that Velocity Live will become the place to go to get exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences and the hub will be continually updated with exciting new events, entertainment experiences and offers for our members,’’ he said.Urban said he loved the fact the program would offer access to people who would not otherwise get it.“For me the live experience isn’t just playing live,’’ he said. “We also do a thing backstage in a lot of our concerts right now which is sort of the show before the show — not just a basic meet-and -greet but really getting to spend time with people and do a mini concert backstage.’’last_img read more

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Doctors remove toothbrush from woman’s stomach without surgery

first_imgDoctors in Shillong Civil Hospital have accomplished a rare feat by removing a toothbrush from a woman’s stomach without surgery.The 50-year-old woman, a resident of Lower Mawprem in Meghalaya capital Shillong, was in no discomfort after swallowing the toothbrush while cleaning her teeth in January. However, her daughter insisted that she consult a doctor. The doctor the woman visited referred her case to Isaac Syiem, senior surgeon in the Shillong Civil Hospital.Not seen on X-rayThe X-ray reports on January 25 could not detect the toothbrush in her stomach. Dr. Syiem then suggested she undergo endoscopy, which helped detect the object in her stomach.Endoscope used“We used an endoscope, hooked the object and successfully pulled the brush out through her mouth. No surgery was needed in the process,” Dr. Syiem said on Monday.The patient was kept under observation for a few hours and was discharged on January 28, the day the endoscopy was done.“Even though there was no discomfort, the situation could have turned life-threatening had she not been brought in for medical aid,” the surgeon said.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Dhoni recalls Bell

first_imgIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday did what is seldom seen these days. And his move will certainly go down well with the purists who feel cricket is no longer a gentleman’s game.Ian Bell, famous for his jelly beans incident of 2007, was way past his century on third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday, when a bizarre run out forced him to walk off.Bell was batting on 137 when his partner Eoin Morgan flicked the ball off Ishant Sharma to deep square leg where Praveen Kumar tried to save the ball.His effort was comical, but it gave India the wicket they wanted. Praveen Kumar cut the ball off, but thought that the ball had touched the ropes. However, the ball hadn’t.Praveen picked up and threw the ball back and by the time the ball arrived, the batsmen thought that it was tea and were no longer in their crease.Incidentally, the umpire hadn’t signalled a boundary or called it tea.Off came the bails and India were seen appealing for a run out even as the England batsmen were walking off.Finally, the run out call was upheld and Ian Bell was run out at tea with 137 runs against his score and England score read 254/4.Post tea India skipper MS Dhoni later decided to recall Bell.The batsman finally fell to Yuvraj Singh on 159.last_img read more

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