‘The Literary Festival & Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation’ – Dr Severin

first_imgLocalNews ‘The Literary Festival & Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation’ – Dr Severin by: – August 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Dr. Francis Severin. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica’s 4th Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair have been portrayed as part of the country’s celebration of Emancipation.Dr Francis O. Severin, the keynote speaker at the launch of the event, has described the theme ‘Hooked on Books’ as ‘succinct yet profound; clichéd yet relevant; and constrained yet liberating’.Dr Severin said that as we participate in the activities, we must preserve within our clear vision the fact that the Literary Festival and Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation and indeed, culminates our national celebration, in this regard.“Emancipation celebration ought to be a period when we specifically reflect upon the dignity of our forefathers who went through the sacrifice and “trouble” of losing their lives so that we might live, NOT as undignified and shameful beings, NOT, in Rex Nettleford’s phrase, as “hopelessly black”, but to emerge as free men and women. I do not at all believe that this freedom was simply intended to be physical; indeed, and more importantly, it was also meant to be psychological and mental. It is only the naïve who perceive differently”.Using a common extract from Bob Marley, “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds”, Dr Severin believes that our pursuit of knowledge ought to be a shared and communal one that is not separated or defined by class, politics, gender, skin texture, degree of melanin in the skin, hair or eyes, or indeed any other discordant variables.“Absolutely no group must be left behind. Besides, no group must feel intimidated by our collective thirst and hunger for knowledge. Indeed, Bob Marley assures us in ‘Blackman Redemption’ that there is No need, no need to get jumpy, and in another song ‘One Love’, he pleads to humankind, cautioning us as he does so, that “there ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation”, he said.He cautioned however, that being hooked on the wrong genre of books can indeed have harmful effects on our minds.“Being hooked on books of the right sort or genre, my dear brothers and sisters, offers us the opportunity not only to inform ourselves, BUT IMPORTANTLY to break the cycle of mis-information.  Being hooked on books also requires us to sharpen our cognitive skills by which we interrogate and deconstruct what we read and hear,” Severin stressed.The 4th Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair, which began on August 5th culminated on August 7th with the distribution of prizes and awards.Activities held during the weekend activities included a series of workshops facilitated by writers, poets and artists.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Docs warn of shortage in healthcare frontliners; Hospital devoted to COVID-19 cases pushed

first_img* WVS has the existing functionalfacilities. With the institution under the supervision and control of DOH,putting up additional equipment and manpower is expedited. * Philippine Society ofAnesthesiologists Iloilo Panay Chapter – Dr. Maria Soccoro Felisarta, president * Philippine Pediatric Society WesternVisayas Chapter – Dr. Joselito Caso, president * West Visayas State UniversityMedical Center (WVSUMC) can focus its resources on non -COVID-19 cases andshall absorbed patients from WVMC in case of a surge patients. They expounded their suggestion: * Philippine Society of GeneralSurgeons Panay Chapter – Dr. Carol Joy Quimpo, president “These are desperate times that callfor desperate solutions. We should all be helping each other by making the mostof what we have to mitigate the spread of this disease,” read part of thedoctors’ letter. * The number of healthcare personnelput at risk is kept to a low number, thus ensuring that there shall beavailable manpower from other health facilities, both public and private, toaugment should need arises. WVS is under the supervision of theDepartment of Health (DOH). They have a suggestion: designate ahospital solely dedicated to attending COVID-19 cases. * Philippine College of Surgeons PanayChapter – Dr. Roy Joseph Trinidad, president * WVS is relatively isolated inlocation, but geographically accessible. Defensor welcomed the doctors’suggestion and said he and Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas, and  DOH Region 6 already identified WVS as designated hospital for PUIs in case WVMCcould not handle them anymore. ILOILO City – As local governmentunits across Region 6 scramble to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19), various societies of doctors in Western Visayas warned of apossible shortage in healthcare frontliners. * Under the current DOH protocol, mildPUIs (patients under investigation) with stable co-morbidities may be admittedto level 1 hospitals, to which WVS belongs. ‘WECAN SOLVE THIS’ * Moderate to severe PUIs must bereferred to Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals which include WVMC, a tertiary level,400- bed capacity hospital and also under the jurisdiction of DOH. * Private hospitals can also allocatetheir service rooms to non-COVID-19 patients, if needed.center_img * Quarters be provided in the hospitalcompound for physicians who go on duty at the WVS They made several suggestions on howlocal government units should handle COVID-19 cases or suspected cases: In this city and Iloilo province, thedoctors identified the Western Visayas Sanitarium (WVS) in Santa Barbara townas possible COVID-19-dedicated health facility. * Admitting patients to this single,dedicated health facility significantly contributes to the containment ofcases, an imperative move to limit the continued spread. “The province and city of Iloilo, inthe exigency of service, may mobilize doctors to go on duty in the identifiedhospitals, and that private physicians are ready to answer the call for serviceshould the circumstances demand,” the doctors added. The letter was from the Iloilo MedicalSociety led by Dr. Jesus Eugenio Garin de Jesus and the Philippines MedicalAssociation. Having a hospital solely dedicated toCOVID-19 cases will ensure that infections are contained and constraints toresources are minimized, according to the doctors. It was also signed by the following: LOOK: Healthcare professionals ask the public to do their part in fighting the spread of the #coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by staying at home. Photo courtesy of Western Visayas Medical Center “The shortage of frontliners can bereasonably foreseen and a scenario that cannot be avoided, if ever patients arenot confined to specified hospitals,” according to the doctors in a letter toGov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * Philippine College of PhysiciansWestern Visayas Chapter – Dr. Shella Mae Sonza, president * As a DOH-retained hospital, WVS canavail itself of the services of infectious disease specialists from the WesternVisayas Medical Center (WVMC). “We in the medical profession are willing to do our part. Together,as one, we can solve this health emergency and come out stronger,” according tothe doctors. * Philippine Obstetrics andGynecologic Society – Dr. Nora Gepulle, president * Private hospitals, although Level 2and Level 3 hospitals, have very limited rooms that can be allocated to theCOVID-19 patients, and the resources are better reserved for other criticalpatients. The provincial government, he said,has started addressing the needs of WVS to make it more equipped./PNlast_img read more

Reds will learn from title slip-up

first_img Rodgers’ reward for securing a return to the Champions League after a four-year absence will be a new and improved contract. Press Association Sport understands the paperwork has not yet been drawn up for the new deal but it has been in the pipeline for several months and there is a general agreement on both sides that it will happen once the campaign is over. The Reds boss has consistently stated he wanted to concentrate on the final weeks of the season and not contract issues – either his or the players – but owners Fenway Sports Group are more than happy with the progress which has been made. Rodgers paid tribute to FSG for giving him the platform on which to build that success. “I would like to thank the owners and executive team. When I came in here two years ago I came in to continue the great work done by Kenny (Dalglish),” he added. “The owners took a young guy of 39 into one of the biggest clubs in the world and gave me the chance to develop the vision of how I want to work. “If it wasn’t for their support I probably wouldn’t be here because of the pressure of modern football.” He also praised the players for buying into his philosophy and making it work on the field. “I am very fortunate to work with an incredible bunch. Waking up every morning of my life I look forward to working with them,” he said. “I found when I first came in they wanted to learn and wanted to be better. “After six months of last season, from last January (2013), they have been absolutely incredible.” Rodgers has certainly had an impact with a number of the youngsters in his squad and, after hardly featuring for the first half of the season, Raheem Sterling has had an explosive effect on the second half. That has catapulted him into England World Cup contention and on Tuesday night he won Young Player of the Year at the club’s inaugural awards night. “It means a lot to me. I give credit to the other lads, they’ve been great this season as well, but this is a real massive achievement for me,” said the 19-year-old. “This year has been a real learning curve for me; not being in the squad at the start of the season and having to wait for my chance. “I’ve just taken things as they’ve come and I’ve learnt a lot being able to sit back and watch some of our players, how they get into the box and score goals. “There are not too many better players to learn off than Luis (Suarez) and Daniel (Sturridge). “I want to keep progressing and keep learning day in, day out and add more things to my game.” The Reds threw away a 3-0 lead inside the last 11 minutes at Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 on Monday and hand the initiative in the title race to Manchester City. And while there is still a slim chance of Manuel Pellegrini’s side slipping up realistically Liverpool look like having to settle for second. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the pain of seeing the Premier League title seemingly slip through their grasp should be viewed as a formative experience for the club. Many felt this year was the Merseysiders’ best chance to end the 24-year wait for a championship but Rodgers, who is set to sign a new contract at the end of the season, has always maintained it would be difficult to leap from seventh to first place inside 12 months. However, they have taken several steps forward and secured a return to the Champions League and the Reds boss feels it is all part of the learning curve. “To be successful you have to be able to lose,” said the Northern Irishman. “If you look over the years the great winners have been teams and individuals who have lost and gone on to become champions again. “For us we have made great strides this season and there is still another game to go. “If anyone had told us in August we would be top going into the last week of the season we would’ve taken it. “We’ve qualified for the Champions League but there is an awful lot more we want to achieve.” After a shaky first six months while the players got used to his methods the last year and a half has seen a definite upward trend in performances and results. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kitten keeps Champion dream alive

first_img Trained by Edward O’Grady, Kitten Rock was looking for a hat-trick after wins at Naas and Limerick this season had encouraged connections to think of a Champion Hurdle tilt, but he looked to have a fight on his hands as the two main market rivals raced towards the last flight. They took off virtually together, but Willie Mullins’ mare pecked on landing and lost valuable momentum, allowing the JP McManus-owned Kitten Rock to forge clear, and the 4-7 favourite held the advantage by three and three-quarter lengths at the line in the hands of Mark Walsh. O’Grady said: “As a four-year-old, and going into a five-year-old, he’s been difficult to place. “We have tried to stay under the radar as much as possible, and the plan has gone well so far. He’ll go next for the Red Mills (Gowran, February 14). “He jumped brilliantly, which he did also at Limerick, and it was nice to see a gap of 18 lengths back to King Of The Picts in third. The mare (Glens Melody) is good, so the form stacks up well. “I’d be very hopeful that going back to two miles with a faster pace will suit him.” Walsh completed a double in the McManus colours when A Grey Matter (5-2) boxed on well to land the Follow Naas On Facebook Handicap Hurdle for Martin Brassil. The trainer said: “Most of his promising runs were around Naas last year, but I wasn’t sure about the ground. He’s improved from his run at Leopardstown, and has taken a while to learn his trade. He’ll make a grand chaser in time.” Social Riser got off the mark at the third attempt over timber with an all-the-way success in the Book Hospitality On Line Maiden Hurdle. Mikey Fogarty opened up a huge lead on the back straight, and though that advantage was diminishing by the last, Ken Condon’s 5-2 chance kept on well to repel I’ll Be Your Clown by five lengths. Johnny Burke’s persistence on Kilmurry Kid (4-1) paid dividends when he eventually got the measure of Heavenly Brook in the Cheltenham Trial Day 22nd February Handicap Chase. Kitten Rock took full advantage of a mistake at the last by Glens Melody to win the Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Universal’s new ‘Harry Potter’ ride attracts 10-hour wait

first_img“Due to anticipated excitement by our guests, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure may experience high demand,” the theme park wrote on its website.The attraction opened on Tuesday to hundreds of ‘invitation only’ guests who took part in an event inside Islands of Adventure, complete with members of the motion picture cast, to welcome the theme park’s newest attraction.The ride includes Hogwarts’ gamekeeper Hagrid as guests guide as they are put on motorbikes and sent through twists and turns while being surrounded by towering trees and creatures.It is unclear when the wait time for the ride will decrease. As Dumbledore once said ‘dark and difficult times lie ahead,’ specifically, for fans of the beloved Harry Potter series who want to partake in Universal’s newest wizard-themed ride, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.As of Thursday, an estimated 600-minute, 10-hour wait time is listed for the ride with some Universal goers taking to Twitter to describe their not so magical experience on the ride’s opening day.It’s 5:40 and I have made it to the Islands of Adventure entrance on opening day of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. As long as there aren’t technical difficulties, I’ll definitely get a ride in before the storms hit today pic.twitter.com/XabVB3xb5x— Jonathan Cooper (@dxwwf3) June 13, 2019last_img read more

Nigeria Shines in Freestyle, North Africans Rule Greco Roman

first_imgOndo State Wrestling Coach, Purity Akuh, told journalists at the championship venue that he was impressed with the good start recorded by the state’s athletes and Nigeria at the championshipAkuh said: “This is a big stage, some of the wresters are young and jittery but somehow they have generally done well.“We expect the country will do well in the junior event and the senior level in the days ahead of this big championship.”The male cadet wrestlers are expected to be in action from today while the seniors will take to the mats on February 10 and 11 respectively.However, host country Nigeria has been dominated by their North African counterparts especially in the Greco-Roman category.Peter Ukoro (55kg) is through to the semifinal while Damilola Gabriel (51kg) will be fighting for a bronze medal after losing in the semifinal to Ahmed Fouad Baghdouda 10-2.The ongoing AWC is being sponsored fully by the Rivers State Government with Governor Nyesom Wike footing the bills of the Nigerian contingent from the preparatory stage till date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ondo State athletes representing Nigeria have recorded good start in the Africa Wrestling Championship which started yesterday at the Alfred Diette Spiff Events Centre, Port Harcourt.The cadet events that started on Wednesday saw Ondo’s Esther Kolawole winning gold in the freestyle event while Christiana Ogunsanya and Mercy Adekuoroye have qualified for the semifinal stage of their respective events.Mercy, the younger sister of Odunayo Adekuoroye, is tipped to also win gold in the AWC event.However, Sunmisola Balogun, another Ondo wrestler won two bouts to qualify for the final in her cadet event yesterday. She defeated her Moroccan opponent, Taibi C. 10-0 on technical superioritylast_img read more

Boston Celtics and AS Roma amongst those in $7 million investment round for Fnatic

first_imgIt was announced late yesterday that global esports brand Fnatic had raised over $7million (£5.64m) in financing.The investment comes from a plethora of investors, with big names such as the Boston Celtics and AS Roma featuring prominently. On the AS Roma front it’s not the first time they’ve been involved with Fnatic. Their recent soft launch into esports came in a joint venture with Fnatic. The three players who were chosen to represent AS Roma also featured the Fnatic crest on their shirts. “There has been strong growth in esports, which has accelerated in recent years, but the major shift has been in the acceptance and inclusion by sports franchises, media companies and high profile individuals who have entered and advanced the industry rapidly,” revealed Sam Matthews, Founder of Fnatic, in a press release. He added: “We’re incredibly excited by the opportunities available within esports, and having world class investors and advisors only enhances our ability to address these opportunities and continue to innovate.”According to the announcement, the funding will be used for an array of purposes. It ranges from the personnel side such as: coaches, analysts and psychologists all the way to facility infrastructure and academy teams, and even products and apparel. It’s the latest burst of activity from Fnatic, after their partnerships with Roma and Chinese agency B.O.O.T. The brand is synonymous with success across many esports, with ten professional teams currently competing across a multitude of titles. Surely the next eye is on the Overwatch League, of which we still await more details.With a job advertisment on their website for an Overwatch Team Manager in Los Angeles – could that be where the Fnatic Overwatch franchise will find themselves based? Only time will tell.Esports Insider says: Great news for Fnatic – one of the biggest esports brands around. It’s great to see them attract such substantial investment as it will likely only mean good things for growth of esports. We’ll be intrigued to see the brand’s next move having had this injection of funding.last_img read more

Adam Wainwright batters and blanks Dodgers

first_imgST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright hit a two-run home run and pitched six scoreless innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Dodgers 2-0 Thursday afternoon.Wainwright and Wednesday’s starter, Carlos Martinez, combined to hold the Dodgers to one run in 14 innings over the final two games of the four-game series at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers had averaged 6.5 runs per game during a six-game winning streak before the back-to-back losses.Right-hander Brandon McCarthy started for the Dodgers and went only four innings. He hung a curveball to Wainwright with two outs in the second inning for the only runs of the game. It was Wainwright’s 10th career home run, third among active pitchers behind Madison Bumgarner and Yovani Gallardo.The Dodgers had opportunities to even the score against Wainwright but went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position during his six innings. They stranded runners at the corners in the second and fourth innings, at second and third in the fifth. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cardinals relievers walked the first batter in the seventh and eighth innings. The Dodgers negating both potential scoring opportunities by bouncing into double plays.Adrian Gonzalez led off the ninth and was called out by home plate umpire Marty Foster on a strike three clearly outside. Foster ejected Gonzalez later in the inning when Gonzalez continued complaining from the dugout. Chase Utley singled with one out in the midst of that but was stranded.last_img read more

Whistleblower, NOCAL Consultant Found Dead

first_imgWhat caused the death of Cllr. Nkrumah Michael Allison last Thursday morning at the beach on 4th Street is baffling police in Monrovia, who are bringing in a foreign pathologist to perform an autopsy to identify the cause of his death. His body was found on the beach, allegedly drowned, police said.Cllr. Allison blew the whistle that led to the on-going investigation by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission, (LACC), and involving House Speaker Alex Tyler.  As NOCAL consultant, Cllr. Allison was expected to have received half of a US$25,000 consultancy fee from the nationwide legislative consultations regarding two draft oil bills, the NOCAL Act of 2013 and the Petroleum Act of 2013.  Over US$900,000 was allocated for the Legislature to conduct said consultations.Controversy surrounding the draft bills deepened when it was revealed that House Speaker Alex Tyler decided to pre-finance the project and made available a check in the amount of US$12,000, which piqued the interest of the LACC, who later launched an investigation into his actions.Cllr. Allison’s body was “discovered on the beach on 4th Street on Thursday February 12,” according to a release by the Liberia National Police yesterday.Cllr. Allison, son of the late Gray D. Allison, the most powerful defense minister in the Samuel K. Doe administration, was the head of the BRICS Legal Consultants that provide legal services for needy persons in Liberia, a source said.A release quoting LNP director Chris Massaquoi yesterday said, “This event revealed that during the evening hours of February 12, at about 1800hrs, Cllr. Michael Allison and his female friend (name withheld) were walking along the 4th Street beach when he got drowned.“He (Allison) allegedly told the lady in question that he was feeling warm and wanted to waste some sea water on his body.“It is further alleged that,” Director Massaquoi said, “he (Allison) then took off his clothes and walked into the sea at which time he allegedly drowned.”Police said Cllr. Allison’s remains are “deposited at the John F. Kennedy Hospital morgue, pending an autopsy.”“Meanwhile, arrangement is being made for a foreign pathologist to be flown into the country to conduct the autopsy to assist the police in its investigation,” says LNP sources.The police action supports, to a larger extent, claims in several quarters that Cllr. Allison’s death was not natural and the explanation of the “female friend” is not believable by the police, as the community has expressed utter shock about the young lawyer’s death.Family sources told the Daily Observer that Cllr. Allison’s role as a whistleblower, revealing contents of the draft bills, made him unpopular in political circles, and though our sources could not advance information that could reveal the cause of his eventual demise, they did not rule out foul play either.Though police are not talking or making conclusions, the position to fly in a foreign pathologist is an indication of police dissatisfaction with the explanation given by the “female friend” about Cllr. Allison’s drowning, leaving the public with mixed reactions.Cllr. Allison’s unpopularity emanated from his disclosure of negotiations taking place by NOCAL for the sale of oil blocks, which many believe should have been suspended during the heat of the Ebola epidemic, when all efforts were supposed to be focused on the Ebola fight.Another witness told the Daily Observer, “Cllr. Allison was a major figure in the frustration and shame that befell all those who were determined to sell the oil blocks during the worst period of the Ebola crisis.” Many expressed the view that his demise apparently originated from his role as a whistleblower.But did he drown as the “female friend” told police? The report indicated that the couple walked on the beach on Thursday night and when he allegedly drowned, she cried for help and a Brazilian with a speedboat came to her assistance.As family and friends and the country grapple with the cause of Cllr. Allison’s death, many appealed to the police to ensure justice for the victim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘AFL Capable of Maintaining Peace’

first_imgThe Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has assured Liberians and foreign residents that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are prepared to and capable of maintaining the country’s peace after UNMIL shall have finally left the country.“From the composition of the army, it obviously indicated that Liberia now has a force for good that is always ready and prepared to defend the country’s democratic gains and support development,” C-I-C Sirleaf said.The President’s assurance was contained in her final AFL Day message, marking the 60th Armed Forces Day, held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia. The program brought together several dignitaries, among them government officials, dean and members of the diplomatic corps.According to the President, as the army remains a small-sized force, the government is proud of its tactical and technical proficiencies that its mission demands. “Today, our AFL is a ‘Force for Good,’ always ready and prepared to defend our democratic gains and support our development efforts,” the President reechoed. The 60th anniversary of AFL Day, the President said, was set aside to honor the gallant men and women in the army who chose to defend the country, adding, “It has indeed been the ultimate privilege and highest honor of my public service to serve as C-I-C of the AFL.”She said the new army started from a “very humble beginning” in 2006, after a stringent vetting and recruiting process that ended with the recruitment of 106 young men and women who were initially trained and sworn to serve the country. After 11 years, C-I-C Sirleaf said, the Armed Forces now have the numerical strength of about 2,200 personnel, professionally trained in their various military occupational specialties. The President reported that the army is serving abroad with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, “flying our flag in the dangerous desert region of Timbuktu and affirming our nation’s steadfastness to regional peace and security.” She paid recognition to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for their partnership and assistance in building the unique capabilities of the AFL, which is also serving at the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and is present at the Mano River Union Secretariat under the entity’s security protocol.“When called to duty, the AFL has risen to the occasion regardless of time, location, situation or condition. During the hectic days of the Ebola epidemic’s uncertainty, you were once again called to duty to support our efforts in defeating Ebola, and we learned the lessons of civilian-military collaboration,” President Sirleaf said.She recalled that during the turbulent days of disturbances along the southeastern border area, the AFL went in defense of “our sovereignty and successfully launched ‘Operation Restore Hope,’ which brought calm and sanity along the Liberian and Ivorian border areas.” “We are grateful to our other partners for their critical support, for the training and other military cooperation which have helped to build the efficiency and capabilities of the AFL,” she said. She thanked all of the country’s partners, stating that it was through their support “we have built a vibrant military that is capable of executing various operations in maintaining the peace and stability in post UNMIL environment. We expect that the spirit of public trust and confidence in our security sector will continue beyond UNMIL’s transition.” She said, “Now that enormous achievements have been made in our security and defense sector reform programs, we can look to the future with renewed confidence in maintaining the peace we enjoy.” The President said the Liberia National Police and other security agencies will have primary responsibility of providing security during the voter registration and election, and they will have the fullest support of government. To the military families, the President said: “Your support to our men and women in arms are clear manifestation of your commitment in maintaining stability at home as they defend our home-front, and participate in peacekeeping operations abroad. “I will continue to serve you and support the fulfillment of our national obligations to you and your families. Indeed it has been an exceptional honor and a remarkable journey of constitutional privilege to serve you as your Commander-In-Chief.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more