Public Infrastructure Ministry donates 30 units of blood to NBTS

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry recently held a blood drive and mini health fair, which saw the donationMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry Annette Ferguson interacts with a member of staff during the recent blood driveof approximately 30 units of blood.This exercise was a collaborative effort with the Public Health Ministry’s National Blood Transfusion Services (NTBS).At this time of the year, the Blood Bank is short of all blood types, particularly O-Negative and O-Positive, and with this in mind the Public Infrastructure Ministry thought it fit to play its part by encouraging staff members to donate blood.The health fair also saw services, such as glucose, eye, blood pressure, and HIV testing, as well as, mental health and dental screenings being offered.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson, was present during the activity and stressed the importance of maintaining one’s health and its link to productivity. She further urged those in attendance to conduct more regular health check-ups and emphasised that “prevention is always better than cure”.last_img read more

World Bank Executive Director for Liberia Here to Visit Projects, Discuss Growth Opportunities

first_img– Advertisement – The World Bank Group Executive Director (ED) for Liberia, Andrew N. Bvumbe, has arrived in the country for a five-day official mission to visit several project sites as well as discuss opportunities to promote growth, value addition and economic diversification.Executive Director Bvumbe, who arrived on Saturday, June 30, is accompanied by one of his advisors, Mr. Lamin Bojang, a Gambian, national.While in Liberia, Mr. Bvumbe, a national of Zimbabwe, will meet and hold discussions with President George M. Weah; Finance minister Samuel Tweah and other senior officials of Government.He will also meet and hold discussions with the World Bank Group family in the country.Mr. Bvumbe also serves as Executive Director for the following countries: Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The Executive Directors of the World Bank Group are responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank and exercise all the powers delegated to them by the Board of Governors under the Articles of Agreement.The Executive Directors of the Bank serve as Directors of International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Executive Directors of International Development Association (IDA), as long as the country that appoints them, or any one of the countries that have elected them, is a member of IFC and IDA.All members of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) Board of Directors are elected.The Executive Directors fulfill their duties through various types of engagements that will Provide overall guidance to management on strategic directions and on corporate, regional, country-level and thematic issues.Others include exercise oversight over operational, financial, and institutional matters, selection and accountability of senior management, and risk management functions and approve the use of financial resources by all World Bank Group (WBG) entities, including operational and capital budgets, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and IDA loans, credits, guarantees, and grants, IFC investments, and MIGA guarantees, and decide on policies presented by management that impact the organization’s general operations and use of resources.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Andrew N. Bvumbe, World Bank Executive Director for Liberialast_img read more

Rick Fraser takes the lead at the Chuckwagon Races

first_imgFraser’s three day total of 3:50.08 leads Evan Salmond by three one-hundreds of a second with Hugh Sinclair and Kelly Sutherland right behind.  On Friday night, Hugh Sinclair was the winner posting a time of 1:15.06 beating  Kirk Sutherland by only 76 one-hundreds of a second.The final qualifying race will happen tonight at the Exhibition grounds starting at 6:30 p.m.  Then the big race on Sunday when the top 4 drivers will face off for $10,000.- Advertisement -For a look at the full results, click here.last_img read more

Chargers hire Turner

first_img“This isn’t a team where you’re rebuilding,” said Turner, who had been San Francisco’s offensive coordinator. “We should start fast. We should be good early and we should be good late. Not having to go through the normal things you have to go through when you make a coaching change is going to help the players more than anyone.” The hiring came a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer and less than 24 hours after the Chargers finished interviewing the last of six candidates. Turner was the only one with NFL head coaching experience and the only one from the offensive side of the ball. While the immediate reaction by fans was lukewarm, the Chargers pointed to Turner’s previous experience and the chance at continuity. Turner was San Diego’s offensive coordinator in 2001, when he installed the system that helped carry LaDainian Tomlinson to the league MVP award in 2006. SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers certainly were aware that Norv Turner was 24 games under .500 and made only one playoff appearance in his nine seasons as an NFL head coach. It didn’t scare them off. Turner got his third shot at a top job when he was given a four-year contract Monday to take over a team that went an NFL-best 14-2 before melting down in the playoffs. 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

When God Gave Israelites the Torah

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Revelations and eyebrow-raising stories from the Torah will be featured Tuesday during a Shavuot study session at Temple Aliyah. The five-hour session – dubbed “Bible Stories My Rabbi Never Taught Me (and My Mother Doesn’t Want Me to Know)” – will feature six rabbis presented by Temple Aliyah, Congregation Shir Ami and Temple Kol Tikvah. Shavuot, which is Hebrew for “weeks,” is the Jewish celebration of God’s giving of the Torah – including the Ten Commandments – at Mount Sinai. Verses in Exodus 19 tell of thunder, lightning, resounding horn blasts, a cloud of smoke and the trembling of the Israelites as God spoke. But the two-day festival marking the event is most associated with eating dairy delicacies including kugels, blintzes and cheesecake; it doesn’t command the same high-profile fanfare of Passover or the High Holy Days. “Shavuot is the most overlooked Jewish holiday. And it’s huge!” exclaimed Rabbi Stewart Vogel from Temple Aliyah. “In truth, it should be the most compelling Jewish holiday. “God, Torah and the Jewish people – that’s the essence of Judaism, and on Shavuot those three come together.” Unlike Passover’s ritual-laden Seder, Vogel said, Shavuot doesn’t have a significant home ritual. “It’s also not like the synagogue holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that speak to the individual about change and self-reflection,” said Vogel. “Shavuot is the Jewish communal experience – a powerful moment as a people. “Shavuot is the process by which we relive and experience that moment of receiving Torah, and it should be a fresh and compelling relationship.” But Shavuot does have a tradition underlain with mysticism. Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – “repairing the night” – is a communal study that in some congregations is held literally all night until dawn. The concept is designed to re-create the excitement and edginess Israelites might have felt as they stayed up all night in anticipation of hearing God. At Tuesday’s event, Rabbi Jennifer Flam from Temple Aliyah will discuss “Song of Songs: Holy or Blasphemous?” While the “Song of Songs” is controversial, Flam said it appears to be a love poem. “We will uncover the holiness and look at the nuances. We will understand that it is a love story between God and Israel,” she said. The one-hour session will present Rabbinic thought and contemporary understandings of the poem, as well as a look at modern Israeli poems. “We study all night (on Shavuot) to merit to receive the Torah,” Flam said. “I would like (the study session participants) to increase their relationship to the tradition and feel that they are part of a larger community. I’m hoping that they will feel a real closeness to Torah and be engaged by its teachings in a new way.” On Shavuot, observant Jews will refrain from work and Jewish day schools are closed. It also is customary on the first day to read the Ten Commandments during morning services, as well as the Book of Ruth. Vogel said Shavuot is a reminder that learning should be a lifelong pursuit. “Torah literally means teaching. The important role of study, learning and applying those in our life becomes the message of Shavuot. For me, I like that,” he said. “We’re showing that we’re not afraid of these stories (at the study session). “People don’t really know these stories. We’re going to tackle the most controversial to help to understand them. If the Torah is the most sacred work, why did God put these stories in? We’re going to find out what should Torah mean in our lives.” Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. Minyan, 7:30-7:45 p.m. Reservations requested. Call (818) 346-3545. “What Did She Really Uncover? A Closer Look at Ruth and Boaz on the Threshing Room Floor,” led by Rabbi Janet Offel and “David, King of Israel?” led by Rabbi Adam Schaffer, from 7:50-8:50 p.m.; “What’s Up With Lot? The Troubled Stories of a Father and His Daughters,” led by Rabbi Stewart Vogel and “What’s Really Behind the Veil? Exploring the Tale of Tamar and Yehudah,” led by Rabbinic Intern Gary Oren, from 8:55-9:55 p.m.; “Song of Songs: Holy or Blasphemous?” led by Rabbi Jennifer Flam and “The Rebellious Son: What to Do When We Feel Like Killing Our Children,” led by Rabbi David Vorspan, from 10-11 p.m. “Censoring the Torah and Haftarah: What Were the Rabbis Thinking?” led by scholar Joel Gereboff, from 11:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m. (818) 713-3708160Want 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

‘As good as £29m goal scorer’ – Pochettino’s biggest mistake at Tottenham?

first_img Former Tottenham star Iago Falque 1 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino might be regretting one piece of business he did last summer.When the Argentine boss arrived at White Hart Lane he gave everyone in the squad a chance to impress but soon ousted Michael Dawson, Zeki Fryers and Sandro.But one sale that may have gone under the radar was the club landing £4million from Genoa for former Juventus and Barcelona starlet Iago Falque.Great business it was thought, but now, given regular game time, the Spaniard is starring over in Serie A.In his last eight games, Falque has netted an incredible seven goals and across the campaign has hit 13 in 30 appearances, putting him joint ninth on the top goalscorer list in Italy – the exact same as South American hotshot Paulo Dybala who will join Juventus for a reported £29million.And against Atalanta at the weekend he scored twice including an absolute beauty that was curled into the top corner.You can see the goal below…last_img read more

Exercise picks up body, and soul

first_imgVaughan, a Canyon Country resident, has been a personal trainer before. He did the same thing for his father, Oliver “Mike” Vaughan, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1987. “That normally kills people in three days,” Vaughan said. “At that time, he could move nothing but his left hand.” Vaughan took him to a local gym regularly for five years. “It does good things for your heart, but it also keeps you more mobile because your muscles are stronger,” Vaughan said. Vaughan’s father started with 10-pound weights. At the end, he was doing leg presses with 160-pound weights. His father died two weeks before his 92nd birthday, Vaughan said. Vaughan believes that the exercise routine helped his father recover from his hemorrhage and live longer. And he thought he could do the same thing for his friend. Moeller fell off a ladder at his Newhall home while trimming a tree the day before Thanksgiving in 2006. He suffered brain damage and was in a coma for nearly five weeks at local hospitals, his wife, Betty Moeller, said. Moeller had to learn how to walk and talk again, and his memory can be spotty. While Moeller was in rehab, Vaughan told Betty Moeller what he did for his father and offered his help. The exercise sessions started last April, and Betty Moeller remembers her husband smiling at the first one. “I just knew that he was enjoying it,” Betty Moeller said. Vaughan started Moeller on 10-pound weights. Now, Moeller can boast about leg presses with 130-pound weights. At the gym, Vaughan guides Moeller through the maze of machines, sets the weights and tells him how many repetitions to do. Betty Moeller follows them around armed with a clipboard and an exercise log that Vaughan created. She uses color-coded pens – purple, red and blue – to keep track of her husband’s progress. Moeller makes sure they aren’t late for those scheduled workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “He watches the clock,” said Betty Moeller, 73. “He preaches the time to me.” Vaughan has no formal physical-education instruction, but said he’s learned by reading and exercising since 1952. He keeps a kind-hearted drill-sergeant tone during the roughly 30-minute workout, praising Moeller while pushing him to do more. “When I go home from here, I’m tired,” said Don Moeller. But, he admits he has more energy and feels better since he started exercising. He said he helps clean up the backyard and can do light chores at home. Vaughan downplays his role. “I think that is what friends are for,” he said. 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – When Don Moeller and Marion Vaughan met, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president and astronauts were more than a decade away from landing on the moon. It was 1956, and the two worked at Hughes Aircraft Company in Palmdale. Vaughan was a storeroom supervisor and Moeller was an electronics technician. They lost touch but were reunited some 20 years later when they both worked at Litton Data Systems Division in Van Nuys. “He was the program manager on the program I was working on,” Vaughan said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe two men drifted apart again until they ran into each other several years ago at Newhall Hardware. They have that easy kind of friendship that time and distance can’t tarnish. So when Vaughan heard that Moeller fell off a ladder while trimming a tree last year, he offered to help him rebuild his strength. Since April, Vaughan, 72, has guided Moeller, 73, through a series of exercises designed to help him pump up his body, mind and spirit. They can be found three times a week lifting weights at 24 Hour Fitness Active in Canyon Country. last_img read more


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Men’s Basketball Previews Upcoming Season at Media Day

first_imgStory Links Photo Gallery “This has certainly been an exciting offseason for us, coming off of a conference championship and 24 wins last season,” DeVries told reporters. “We’re really excited about the group we have coming back. I think they’ve had a great summer and offseason leading into this fall, and I feel like they’ve really taken that next step. There’s a lot of reason for optimism for our team this year.” The Bulldogs, who were picked fifth in the MVC preseason poll, return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s team that led the conference with 75.4 points per game. Eight newcomers will work to earn minutes this season. Wilkins, Thomas, Penn, and Sturtz will be tasked with replacing the production lost from the graduations of Nick Norton and Brady Ellingson, who remain with the program as graduate managers. DeVries earned the MVC Coach of the Year award for his efforts in leading Drake to the College Insider Tournament, the program’s 12th postseason appearance. Anthony Murphy leads a group of returnees in the frontcourt who will aim to fill the shoes of Nick McGlynn, an All-MVC selection and the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year last season. Murphy earned a spot on the MVC All-Bench team after averaging 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 21.2 minutes off the pine. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team hosted its annual media day on Wednesday afternoon in the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility. DeVries hopes that Jonah Jackson, a 6-foot-3 junior college transfer, can replace some of Ellingon’s shooting prowess. Freshmen Okay Djamgouz and Joseph Yesufu will also compete for minutes in the backcourt. Sophomore guard DJ Wilkins will look to build on a successful campaign in which he collected freshman all-conference honors. Drake’s leading returning scorer, Wilkins earned a place on the preseason All-MVC third team earlier this month. Sophomore Liam Robbins, a 7-foot center hailing from Davenport, will anchor the paint for the Bulldogs. Brady Ernst, a transfer from Florida Gulf Coast who previously spent time at Iowa State and Indiana Hills Community College, rounds out the frontline.center_img Garrett Sturtz averaged 18.2 minutes per game in 2018-19 and returns this season figuring to play a major role. He shot an impressive 53.3 percent from the field last season, the best mark of any returning Bulldog. A pair of freshman forwards, Issa Samake and Nate Ferguson, will work to carve out a role for themselves this season. They are joined by forward Antonio Pilipovic, who played a reserve role last season. Excitement surrounds the program after head coach Darian DeVries led the Bulldogs to 24 wins and the MVC regular-season championship in his first season at the helm. The team’s 24 wins were the third-most in program history. DeVries framed his program as one teeming with confidence after last year’s success. The Bulldogs posted a 13-2 home record last season, and the program’s home-court advantage will be improved significantly thanks to a $5 million donation from Paul and Claudia Schickler. Of the $5 million, $2 million will be directed to renovations for the Knapp Center while another $1 million will be donated to the men’s basketball program. Noah Thomas and Roman Penn will join Wilkins in the backcourt. Thomas led Drake with 89 assists last season, and Penn will make his Bulldog debut after sitting out last season following his transfer from Siena. He started 19 games and averaged 9.7 points per game as a freshman for the Saints. Drake celebrates the beginning of the season with its annual Blue/White Scrimmage on Thursday night. The action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. inside the Knapp Center, and admission is free. The Bulldogs open their season on Nov. 2 with an exhibition at home against Upper Iowa. Drake officially begins the regular season on Nov. 7 against Kennesaw State. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Print Friendly Version “I think there’s certainly a different outlook,” he said. “I think there’s a different feel not only on campus but even in the community on what they think the Drake basketball program can be and what it can become. I know our guys feel that, too. They feel the energy around our program, and it excites them.”last_img read more

Mavericks Barbers: The one thing you HAVE to do for your beard!

first_imgThis week, the team at Mavericks in Letterkenny are sharing secrets from the barbershop floor in their guide in how to properly look after your beard. Beard oil is one of the most essential products that any beardsman can own. Using beard oil can take you from looking like the cat dragged you in the door backwards to the ultimate Maverick.From beardruff to beard itch, and the general texture of how your beard feels, the benefits are far and wide. A bit about how it is made upAny high-quality beard oil is typically made up of two distinct ingredients, a carrier oil and an essential oil.Carrier oils themselves will typically deliver many of the core benefits of any given beard oil as they make up about 90% of the actual oil. Typically used are jojoba, argan, sweet almond, grapeseed, and several others.The reason why these oils are so vastly used in beauty products is due to them being completely all natural and having terrific hydrating/moisturizing abilities for your skin and hair follicles. Many of the more expensive beard oils will typically include several essential oils in addition to a carrier oil, such as sandalwood or tea tree are which are natural antiseptics.Therefore, when applied to your skin, these essential oils will do a good job in clearing out your pores to reduce the occurrence of acne.Getting Rid Of That Dreaded Beard ItchJust about every man that grows a beard will start to notice that it gets a bit itchy.  While some Mavericks like to just “push through” this phase, this discomfort is completely unnecessary with the added use of beard oil.At the root of every one of your beard follicles, you have a pair of glands called sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands create this oil called sebum oil. As your beard follicle gets longer, it simply requires more and more sebum oil to coat the follicle while also keep your skin well-nourished and moisturized. However, no matter the length of your beard, your sebaceous glands stay the same size.  Given that they are finite in size, their sebum oil production can’t effectively keep up with the demand of your beard follicle.As you can see, no matter the length of your beard, sebum oil remains constant.  Therefore, when your beard gets to a certain length (every man is different but typically after a few weeks of growth), their sebum oil just simply isn’t enough. This is when your beard and more importantly, your skin becomes dried out and itchy.So, the introduction of beard oil will act as a supplement to your sebum oil making the dreaded beard itch go away while also giving it the proper nourishment that it is seeking.But Beard Itch is Only Half the Story…. Beardruff? When you don’t use any sort of beard oil on your skin for an extended period of time and are constantly itching it due to irritation, beardruff will be born. Beardruff is essentially dandruff for your beard.  Your skin is so dry that when you start to itch it, the skin begins to flake causing white specs of beardruff to show up on your shirt. This is where the oil intervenes, keeping it conditioned, moisturized and the itch away.How It Looks While we have been concentrating a lot about your skin care with beard oil, it does help make your beard feel a lot softer, but also look great as well. Therefore, if your beard is feeling a bit scraggly or straw-like, regular application of beard oil will help in making it feel much better.This regular use of beard oil will also help with the reduction of split ends occurring.  If you are taking your beard growing seriously, the reduction of split ends will be good news as you won’t have to trim your beard nearly as often.In addition to the feel of your beard, the general appearance of your beard will also improve with the introduction of beard oil.The follicles of your beard will look a little bit shinier and healthier.When a man walks into Mavericks, we can tell whether he has been using beard oil or not regularly. It is simple, even untrimmed, his beard will still look in good shape!TipWhen applying, ensure you comb or brush through thoroughly to ensure oil reaches the root of the hair!!Call into Mavericks on lower Main Street Letterkenny to see our range of beard oils and we have a whole lot more… beard balms, beard shampoos, beard brushes moustache waxes and more, not to mention bespoke beard trimming!!!Also, you can catch up with us on Facebook  ( and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) Snapchat @MAVERICKSTBS or Twitter…or better still call in and treat yourself.Mavericks Barbers: The one thing you HAVE to do for your beard! was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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