Comments Related Stories HE’S BACK: Southerland scores 13 in 1st game back as Syracuse defeats St. John’s 77-58Gallery: Syracuse defeats St. John’s 77-58 in Southerland’s return Published on February 11, 2013 at 3:59 am Facebook Twitter Google+
At its first tournament of the preseason, the USC men’s tennis team had an impressive showing at the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., with two players reaching the semifinal round in singles competition.“It was great,” coach Peter Smith said. “We had four people in the main draw, which was the most of any school, and we had two semifinalists — no one was even close to that.”Stroked · No. 3 senior Robert Farah was knocked out in singles play in the third round at the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships. – Eric Wolfe | Daily TrojanThe Trojans entered the tournament with No. 3 senior Robert Farah, No. 18 sophomore Steve Johnson, No. 49 junior Jaak Poldma and No. 99 sophomore Matt Kecki in the singles draw. Farah and Johnson teamed up in the doubles draw as the No. 3 seed and No. 35 Poldma and Kecki took the courts for doubles as well.Singles play opened up on Thursday with Farah defeating Alex Stamchev of Auburn 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 and Johnson eliminating No. 8 Jean-Yves Aubone of Florida State with a smooth 6-4, 6-1 victory. Kecki and Poldma were eliminated in the first round by their respective opponents.In the second round of play, Farah captured another three-set victory over Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin. Johnson matched up with Wisconsin’s Mortiz Baumann, handing him a 7-6 (2), 6-3 decision.In the round of 16, Farah defeated Oklahoma’s Ionut Beleleu 7-6 (3), 6-4 to push him into the quarterfinal round. Johnson faced off with No. 14 Bradley Klahn of Stanford, who defeated him last spring to capture the Pac-10 singles title. This time around, Johnson walked away with the victory 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.In the quarterfinals, Farah defeated Michigan’s Jason Jung in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, while Johnson took down Florida’s Alex Lacroix 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.In the semifinal round, Farah took the first set from No. 2 John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee 6-3, but Smith, the eventual tournament winner, rallied back to take the next two sets 6-2, 6-2 and end Farah’s run. Johnson’s run also ended in the semifinal round to Oklahoma’s Andrei Dauescu in a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0) decision.Coach Smith was pleased with Farah and Johnson’s performances this weekend.“I think it shows that Steve and Robert are in really good form,” coach Smith said.In doubles action, the Trojans did not see the same success; both Trojan pairs were eliminated in the first round. John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic of Tennessee, who eliminated Farah and Johnson, won the doubles crown.“I know we had the potential to win the tournament, and I’m sad it had to end that way,” Farah said.Overall, however, the senior was happy with his performance this weekend.“I felt like I did well in singles, and the way I approached competition was good,” Farah said.In all, the Trojans were satisfied considering it was their first tournament since winning the national championship.“Let’s face it, the standards for this team are a little higher than for most teams, so doing better than everyone is great, but we have to do as well as we can,” coach Smith said.
Last week’s games in the NFL provided just one surprise shakeup in the top 10, while all teams hovering just above or just below .500 saw more considerable change in hierarchy.All that’s left in the 2018 regular season is the month December before everything counts in larger amounts for the 12 teams that make the playoffs. Although there are some surefire playoff teams in place, Sporting News’ power rankings ahead of Week 13 show there’s plenty room for movement beyond them. 11. Carolina Panthers 6-5 (last week: 9)The Panthers have lived and died by close games decided in the fourth quarter all season, and it cost them in the most frustrating, one-play way against both Detroit and Seattle. Now they must win something on the road and try to beat the Saints at least once, or the Panthers will see their once-promising wild card fold.12. Dallas Cowboys 6-5 (last week: 12)The Cowboys have turned what could have been a disastrous season into a rather good one, thanks to playing in the very weak NFC East. Dak Prescott’s passing turnaround has trickled down to improve everything.13. Indianapolis Colts 6-5 (last week: 13)The Colts had been rolling with front-running Andrew Luck, so they asked to see more of the Captain Comeback version of the QB against Miami, and that worked, too. Indy looks like the AFC version of Seattle, a dangerous wild-card team in the making mostly because of its Class of 2012 QB.14. Baltimore Ravens 6-5 (last week: 15)Lamar Jackson got the ideal first two NFL starts, at home against bad running and passing defenses. With Joe Flacco possibly out longer, there are three big road tests in the next four: at Falcons, at Chiefs and at Chargers.15. Washington Redskins 6-5 (last week: 11)The Redskins’ offense looked about the same with Colt McCoy, but their defense continues to get exposed against halfway decent offenses. Washington might not win another game this season, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureNFL power rankings1. New Orleans Saints 10-1 (last week: 1)The Saints let the good times keep rolling on Thanksgiving by getting even more guys involved in Drew Brees’ late-career MVP campaign. They have proved since the Week 1 hiccup that they are the Super Bowl 53 favorites.2. Los Angeles Rams 10-1 (last week: 2)The Rams had some time to recover from their successful marathon finish against the Chiefs. Look for their defense and Todd Gurley to play better after the needed down time, just in time for the closing stretch.3. Kansas City Chiefs 9-2 (last week: 3)The Chiefs enjoyed their bye, as well, in Week 12 and should be a little healthier defensively to support and complement their offensive juggernaut. There’s no time to let up with the Patriots still on their heels.4. New England Patriots 8-3 (last week: 5)Tom Brady didn’t put together an offensive masterpiece against the Jets, but looking at how the backs, receivers and tight ends were involved, the Patriots fielded the kind of balanced, versatile offense we’ve come to expect. They were overdue for a strong road performance overall.5. Chicago Bears 8-3 (last week: 6)The Bears have built a strong offensive system to the point where Mitchell Trubisky missing game doesn’t make them miss much. But everyone knows the backbone of what they do is a defense that seems to keep getting better on every level with every game. 16. Tennessee Titans 5-6 (last week: 17)The Titans blew their chance to sweep the Texans with some sloppy defense. Now they’ve also fallen a game behind the Colts with little chance for a wild-card recovery.17. Green Bay Packers 4-6-1 (last week: 16)Aaron Rodgers is doing his best to stay relaxed, but now fully healthy himself, he has fewer healthy players around him, and the situational offensive coaching isn’t doing him any favors. If he somehow rallies the Packers into the playoffs now, it will be his greatest carry job yet.18. Philadelphia Eagles 5-6 (last week: 20)The Eagles don’t get any style points for grinding out that comeback win over the Giants, but they dug deep the find the best of their offense and just enough defense. The key to saving the title defense with at least a division crown will be the four NFC East games they still have to play.19. Denver Broncos 5-6 (last week: 23)The Broncos showed what could have been after their 2-0 start with the impressive victories over the Chargers and Steelers. The jury’s still out on whether their post-bye revamping will sneak them back into playoff contention and/or save Vance Joseph’s job.20. Cleveland Browns 4-6-1 (last week: 24)Baker Mayfield is getting close to stealing rookie of the year from Saquon Barkley with his un-rookie like quarterback play and backing up his big talk with bigger games. One must wonder how good the Browns could have been this season had he started from get-go, and how great they can be with him in time, whoever the new non-Hue coach ends up being. 6. Los Angeles Chargers 8-3 (last week: 8)The Chargers came out with vengeance at home after the stumble to the Broncos and saw Philip Rivers put up his best performance in arguably his best season. The defense is healthier and stronger; now the hope is Melvin Gordon will be, too.7. Houston Texans 8-3 (last week: 7)The Texans extended their winning streak to eight games. With the same formula of Deshaun Watson and defense, they split with the Titans and all but locked up the AFC South.8. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-3-1 (last week: 4)The Steelers were sloppy in Jacksonville and got away with it, but Ben Roethlisberger made one too many mistakes on the road in Denver. That loss is bound to haunt Pittsburgh in the chase for at least the AFC No. 2 seed with New England looming in Week 15.9. Minnesota Vikings 6-4-1 (last week: 10)The Vikings finished on Sunday night what they couldn’t do in the division the previous Sunday night. Repeating in the North looks like a long shot, and the wild card is still a battle with trips to New England and Seattle straight ahead.10. Seattle Seahawks 6-5 (last week: 14)The Seahawks stepped firmly into the NFC wild-card conversation by pulling off a shocking comeback in Carolina. Russell Wilson leads a scrappy bunch who can be real playoff pests. 21. Cincinnati Bengals 5-6 (last week: 18)The Bengals got trolled and rolled by the rival Browns on Sunday, as Andy Dalton (thumb) joined A.J. Green (toe) on the shelf as their offensive principals. The problem still lies with a depleted defense to put Marvin Lewis on the true hot seat.22. Miami Dolphins 5-6 (last week: 19)The Dolphins are good using some smoke and mirrors, including the right usage of Kenyan Drake to remain competitive. The issue is not as much Adam Gase as it is the hand he has been dealt.23. Atlanta Falcons 4-7 (last week: 21)The Falcons have tried to piece things together defensively to stay competitive, but there have been too many key losses on that side. An underrated part of their hard fall is the loss of Devonta Freeman and not having the line necessary for a true power running game.24. Detroit Lions 4-7 (last week: 22)Matthew Stafford is dealing with a major offensive transition and has been unable to handle it with lessened weapons, as his play has simply gone poor this season. Those fourth-quarter comebacks seem like a distant memory.25. Buffalo Bills 4-7 (last week: 27)The Bills have been mostly competitive in the games rookie QB Josh Allen has started, a good sign for their future. That pass defense also keeps them in every game. The Raiders did some good things early in Baltimore to build off the late rally in Arizona, but their major defensive problems took over. Oakland still needs a defensive overhaul first before thinking about a big change at QB.32. Arizona Cardinals 2-9 (last week: 32)The Cardinals actually held the lead against the Chargers before they stopped doing much offensively or defensively. Steve Wilks has had a rough season of transition, and there’s only one more real shot to get win, vs. the Lions in Week 14. 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-7 (last week: 29)The Bucs got a win for Dirk Koetter and didn’t force him to make another quarterback change, as everyone helped Jameis Winston to beat the 49ers. Koetter is probably still gone at the end of the season, but Winston is working his way back to being a keeper.27. New York Giants 3-8 (last week: 25)The Giants got some good vibes from the 49ers and Bucs victories, but they were all lost when they let the Eagles come back on them despite Barkley bowling to another big game. The defense has been the bigger issue than Eli Manning, especially without Damon Harrison and Eli Apple.28. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-8 (last week: 26)One can’t say the Jaguars “don’t have any fight” for Doug Marrone after their most talented player, Leonard Fournette, showed relentless play and a little too much punch in Buffalo. There’s no accountability for the defense disappointing in Jacksonville, just more offensive scapegoats such as Blake Bortles and now-fired coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.29. New York Jets 3-8 (last week: 28)The Jets did their best to field a competitive team for Todd Bowles with Josh McCown, but they couldn’t hold the Patriots down long enough. Bowles might not survive as coach, but he’s not working with as much as some might think beyond his secondary.30. San Francisco 49ers 2-9 (last week: 30)Nick Mullens’ magic was there for a couple of starts, but it couldn’t last without veteran wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, even with the running game there to fully support him. What a weird, experimental season for Kyle Shanahan with his team turning into something completely different, now minus the services of Reuben Foster.AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:Top storylines of Week 12 in the NFL31. Oakland Raiders 2-9 (last week: 31)
Kovac will have to do without in-form midfield maestro Thiago, who tore an ankle ligament against Roedinghausen.– Dortmund’s defensive disaster –Leaders Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, are facing a defensive crisis as they look to keep Bayern at bay with a win in Wolfsburg.With Manuel Akanji, Lukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer all out injured, things went from bad to worse when Abdou Diallo limped off the field early in Dortmund’s 3-2 cup win over Union Berlin on Wednesday.Raphael Guerreiro is set to take Diallo’s place in defence, while up front, Mario Goetze has also been ruled out with bronchitis.– Bayer all grown up –Julian Brandt has said that he and his Bayer Leverkusen team mates have gone from boys to men in the space of a few days.In full-blown crisis this time last week, Leverkusen look a side transformed as they prepare to host Hoffenheim, having chalked up a 6-2 win over Werder Bremen and a 5-0 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach in the last few days.“We couldn’t have even dreamed of this a week ago,” said Brandt. “At the beginning of the season, we were playing like children, we were naive. Now, the little kiddies have grown up.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Berlin, Germany | AFP | Arjen Robben has admitted that Bayern Munich are some way from their best form as they head into what he says is a must-win game for the Bundesliga champions at Freiburg on Saturday.The Dutch winger said that he and his team mates needed to be “self-critical” as they bid to return to the top of the Bundesliga this weekend.Bayern are two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who have been plunged into an injury crisis ahead of a tricky trip to Wolfsburg, and have the chance ot overtake Dortmund ahead of their face-to-face next week.Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen are looking to continue their explosive return to form against Hoffenheim, while Stuttgart coach Markus Weinzierl is hoping to shake off comparisons with the Bundesliga’s worst ever team.Here are five things to look out for in the Bundesliga this weekend.– Bayern’s bad patch –Bayern Munich may have won their last four games, but both coach Niko Kovac and his players know that they need to improve when they host Freiburg on Saturday.“We’re not playing our best football at the moment,” Arjen Robben told Amazon Music this week, after watching his teammates labour to a 2-1 cup win over fourth tier side SV Roedinghausen.“We need to win against Freiburg, maybe we can take another step forward and gain confidence before we play Dortmund the week after.”
Submitted by Cathy Johnson of Dandelion GardensLeslie Coulter (center) is the landscape designer for Outdoors by Design.What do software engineering, landscape design, and landscape installation have in common? Leslie Coulter!Leslie is an example of how we journey through life and adjust our journey’s path as we travel. Like many of us, she went in one direction in her 20’s and then made a radical change as she approached her 40’s. After 20 plus years as a software engineer for large companies, Leslie decided to engineer a little change of her own – to transform herself from a computer geek to a plant geek.Like many of us, she had always enjoyed gardening and had dabbled in a variety of artistic expressions, so landscaping was simply a new way to express herself. She exchanged her computer desk for a classroom desk at South Puget Sound Community College’s Horticulture Department. After graduating from SPSCC, Leslie and another graduate, Travis Meyer, opened Outdoors by Design to provide landscape design and installation services.Through design and installation, Leslie is able to provide artistic solutions to landscape problems. “Northwest Informal” is her typical design approach with big sweeping curves, numerous woody shrubs, and perennials for fillers. She especially enjoys using pavers, stones, and boulders to create the structure, i.e. “bones” of the landscape.“Northwest Informal” suits most residences and is easy to maintain – a critical point since most clients don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours doing landscape maintenance.Bamboo is a new favorite in her plant palette because there are many varieties of non-invasive (i.e. clumping) bamboo which she can utilize, deer don’t eat it, and bamboo fits very nicely into the Northwest landscape. One of her business partners is a bamboo expert, so bamboo is not a scary subject. The community isn’t a scary subject either, so she volunteers for Rebuilding Together, mentors students from SPSCC, and is a guest speaker for SPSCC fundraisers.In a typically male dominated field, Leslie excels. Her business partners (Phil Comer joined the firm as a partner three + years ago) treat her like “one of the boys” and don’t condone any biases. Most of the residential landscape clients are women.While clients aren’t a challenge for Leslie, but the soil can be! Working year round requires her to work with all types of soil in all types of conditions – wet, dry, hot, cold, etc. It can be very challenging to work with clay soil in February!Due to her father’s employment as an engineer for Georgia Pacific, Leslie moved around quite a bit as a child, living primarily in the South and New England areas of the country. She went to college in Texas and decided to head west after graduating. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, she fell in love with the landscape and her husband, Bruce. After years of landscape work, she still loves to look at the landscape “big picture” instead of focusing on individual plants or elements. Looking at the entire structure of the landscape and the many ways to design it really makes her happy. Her design and installation work allows her to fully exercise her beloved Spiderman’s “Spidey sense”.You won’t find Leslie hanging in a web, but you will find her hanging around in a landscape. Facebook4Tweet0Pin0
Noon- 1 p.m. Lunch (Includes presentation of Southland’s Louis Bonnette Award and other formal elements) The day will open with comments from Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, followed by 25-minute interviews with each school’s trio of head coach and two student-athletes. The list of student-athletes will be finalized and announced in early July. Student-athletes will also take part in social media segments, which fans can follow live on the Southland Conference Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 3:45-4:10Main Stage: Houston Baptist Head Coach Vic ShealyMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Houston Baptist Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Bearkats’ Coach and Student-athletes The ESPN3 broadcast is available via watchespn.com and the ESPN app. Archived video of each team’s press conference and select quotes from each attendee will be made available after the conclusion of the event. WATCH ESPN3 COVERAGE: MORNING SESSION | AFTERNOON SESSIONFRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference Football Media Day is set for July 19, 2018, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. The event will air live on ESPN3, with the morning broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. CT and afternoon show starting at 1:15 p.m.Media are invited to attend and will have opportunities to conduct one-on-one interviews with coaches, student-athletes and school and conference officials. Participating media can register here, and reserve rooms at a special rate via this link until June 26. 1:45-2:10Main Stage: Stephen F. Austin Interim Head Coach Jeff ByrdMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Stephen F. Austin Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Lions’ Coach and Student-athletes 9 a.m.-9:25 a.m.Main Stage: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 2018 Football Media Day Lineup | Thursday, July 19 (All times Central) 10:30-10:55Main Stage: Central Arkansas Head Coach Nathan BrownMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Central Arkansas Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cardinals’ Coach and Student-athletes11-11:25Main Stage: Northwestern State Head Coach Brad LairdMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Northwestern State Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Bears’ Coach and Student-athletes 2:45-3:10Main Stage: Lamar Head Coach Mike SchultzMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Lamar Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cowboys’ Coach and Student-athletes 4:15-4:40Social Media Suite; Local TV: Huskies’ Coach and Student-athletes 10-10:25Main Stage: UIW Head Coach Eric MorrisMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: UIW Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Colonels’ Coach and Student-athletes 9:30-9:55Main Stage: Nicholls Head Coach Tim ReboweMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Nicholls Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 2:15-2:40Main Stage: McNeese Head Coach Lance GuidryMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: McNeese Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Lumberjacks’ Coach and Student-athletes 1:15-1:40Main Stage: Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Frank ScelfoMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Southeastern Louisiana Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Wildcats’ Coach and Student-athletes(Demons’ Coach and Student-athletes finish interviews, if necessary) 11:30-11:55Main Stage: Abilene Christian Head Coach Adam DorrelMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Abilene Christian Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Demons’ Coach and Student-athletes 8:00-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast – Coaches, athletic directors, SIDs, conference staff, student-athletes, media 3:15-3:40Main Stage: Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. KeelerMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Sam Houston State Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cardinals’ Coach and Student-athletes
Although Guyana is not in a position to set up a full risk management system to solve its drainage problem and alleviate the impact of flooding, Dutch experts have proposed that Guyana develop flood hazard maps as a small step towards a full-fledged risk management system.The report, titled “Risk Approach”, indicated that a full risk management approach was not possible in Guyana at the moment, owing to a lack of data and modelling capacities, but a good first step would be to consider the various elements of the drainage system as interconnected elements of a system, and to look for its weakest elements.The Netherlands’ Risk Reduction Team, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, National Task Force Commission head, Retired Major General Joe Singh and other members of the task force at a press briefingIt stated that it would also be a good step to consider drainage system improvements (concrete projects) as investments that need to be in accord with the value of what is being protected. Adding that it makes no sense to invest in protecting an area that has little value, the report suggested that it was more beneficial to invest in protecting high-value areas.In addition to these more general requirements, a first step towards working with a risk management approach would be to prepare flood hazard maps. These are maps of certain floodprone areas showing what could happen under 1/10, 1/50, or 1/100 years conditions (rainfall, river and sea levels). It will provide information for now and for the future on a number of climate change scenarios.“Flood hazard maps differ from flood maps such that they are projections for what can be expected under extreme conditions with a specific frequency of occurrence. It is a first step towards a risk approach in decision-making. Flood hazard maps can be used for planning purposes and to compare areas. They can also be used for investment purposes as they show which areas may be more favourable than others,” the report said.It added that after local personnel has gained experience in working with flood hazard mapping, “a next step can be made towards the development of a full risk approach for the drainage system of Georgetown and other low-lying coastal areas in Guyana”.Without drainage systems, flood damage will occur multiple times per year and the avoidance of this damage is the monetary benefit of the drainage system. These benefits are not only monetary, but also refer to health and safety issues. Under extreme flood events, resulting in rapidly rising water or strong flow velocities, deaths may occur as a result of drowning and during inundation, water from the sewerage system may get mixed with the surface drainage water and result in serious health threats.The report purported that having an adequate and well-functioning drainage system thus prevents economic damage and reduces the number of casualties.It stated that Guyana’s practice in proposing improvement measures seemed to be primarily project-based, without an assessment of the whole drainage system, implying that the chosen measures may in the end not have the largest reduction of the flood risks.The Netherlands has developed a Rational Risk Approach to deal with their drainage system. It is a consistent method that analyses all elements of the flood defence system; it computes failure probabilities of each element under a wide variety of extreme conditions and computes the (monetary and non-monetary) consequences of any such failure.“ Either way, it has proven to be an effective method to steer spatial developments and to prioritise measures that have the largest contribution to flood risk reduction,” the report indicated, referencing that the Flood Risk document (FLORIS) prepared by the Dutch government on how a Rational Risk Approach has been developed and applied on all water defences in The Netherlands.
As they used to say at Cuttington, when Walter Traub (now Dr. Gwenigale) was there, this is nothing short of “metaphysical” or “far-fetched.” But we at the Daily Observer strongly believe it is NOT: that it is decidedly DOABLE: Liberia should begin NOW the research toward finding a vaccine for Ebola.We admittedly do not have all the scientists in the world, but for starts, we have Dr. Gwenigale himself, Dr. Vuyu Golakai, a surgeon, Dr. Emmett Dennis, a microbiologist, Dr. Billy Johnson, a gynecologist and obstetrician with a PhD in Medicine, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, Dr. Sam Brisbane, Dr. Abraham Borbor and Dr. Roseda Marshall, Dr. Lily Sanvee; Dr. Bankole Jarrett, Dr. Kate Bryant and her scientific sister Tidi Bryant, all three of whom, though now retired, still can help with their contacts in the United States; Dr. Varney Freeman, a surgeon; Dr. Jerome Washington, a heart specialist, Dr. Juliette Phelps Maxwell, a surgeon, Dr. James Elliott, Dr. T.K. Slewion, Dr. Adama Sirleaf and Dr. Estrada Bernard II, all practicing in the USA; and all the other Liberian scientists and medical doctors practicing around the world, especially in the USA and Europe.These, we think, are a good start. Dr. Gwenigale and Dr. Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Minister and Chief Medical Officer, respectively, and Dr. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, should lead the charge. They should consult with all our scientists on the ground, convene a retreat and put on paper a basic research design and circulate it to their colleagues around the world. All Liberian scientists, wherever they are, would be interested and could grab the idea and go running with it, making contacts with their fellow scientists wherever they are, to help research this deadly disease toward developing a vaccine against it.The scientists at the Liberia Institute for Tropical Medicine (LITM) in Charlesville, near Roberts International Airport, would be a good place to start. As we have always said, MONEY is NOT the problem. Long before one cent is raised, people want to see a concrete and challenging IDEA whose time has come. If they are convinced that it is a worthy cause, they will find the money. We are positive that the few Liberians with money, such as Bill Morris, Benoni Urey and Emmanuel Shaw; and George Soros (Open Society), Bill Clinton and Tony Blair–friends of Ellen, all–and philanthropists Bill and Malinda Gates, the Amazon and Google people and so many other wealthy and good-hearted ones, would heartily embrace this idea and help support it.The three monied Liberians mentioned–Morris, Urey and Shaw—could begin by financing and hosting the first retreat–probably at Cuttington, Du Side Hospital or some other appropriate venue, and contribute the seed money to start this important project. The Daily Observer would be happy to provide all the necessary publicity and promotion for the project idea.Others, seeing that we have cast our buckets where we are, would join in and help carry the idea forward.We pray that Drs. Gwenigale, Johnson, Dahn and all our other scientists on the ground would put aside whatever doubts and fears that may arise, embrace this idea and start the ball rolling. As mentioned earlier, this idea is NOT far-fetched; it is decidedly DOABLE.Once we start, scientists in Guinea, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where Ebola started, will join in.Let us seize the initiative NOW, rather than wait for others to do what at least we can START doing for ourselves!Here, meanwhile, is an opportunity to develop a data base of ALL Liberian scientists in the USA, Europe and elsewhere who we are sure would welcome the idea to come forward and do something good for Africa. We call upon Drs. Bryant, Jarrett, Washington and Phelps-Maxwell, Elliott, Slewion, Bernard II and Adama Sirleaf, all of whom are in the USA, to begin now putting together the Liberian scientists’ data base.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The University of Guyana (UG) on Friday held its annual Career Day at the Turkeyen Campus on the East Coast of Demerara.Despite the light showers of rain, students and teachers from various secondary schools across Guyana graced the event so as to educate themselves about the career paths that some businesses and intuitions have to offer. A number of booths were set up by representatives of entities to effectively communicate what can be expected from them, as well as advise on future career plans.A chemist explaining to students the science behind his careerA representative of the Business Ministry booth, Gillian Edwards, explained the importance of this event, stating that students should be aware of the career path they would like to pursue, as the unemployment rate in Guyana is very substantial.“We’re trying to steer youths here to think about what they’re going to do when they leave school. Most likely, they have to create a job,” she said.Many of those present were students who were attending the event for the first time, and they detailed that it was an amazing experience for them.St Rose’s High School student Tonya George related, “This is my first time here, and since I’ve been here, I’ve been to the booths and I’ve seen different things; and it’s helping to develop my mind to see what career path I want to actually take, because before I came here I didn’t know what I actually wanted to do. Since I’ve been here, I’ve got a lot of ideas, and it’s been great.”There was also a booth set up by the University’s Berbice Campus, featuring the agricultural science faculty with the main focus being entomology and soil science.Agricultural science student of the Berbice campus, Daniel Jacobs, told this publication that many persons are not aware of what that campus has to offer. As such, the campus would like to enlighten the young students on the services being offered, and illustrate the resources it presently has. Samples of the books at the library were on display for students who are desirous of studying at the Berbice Campus.At the end of the day, many students had an idea as to what career path they might be interested in.
Murdered: Richard Noel…charge against father dismissedA 54-year-old man and his 20-year-old son, who were charged in 2018 for the murder of a fruit vendor, on Friday made another court appearance before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty, who made final rulings on the Preliminary Inquiry (PI).The duo, James McKenzie and Timothy McKenzie, both of Lot 126 Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown, were charged with the capital offence of murder. The charge stated that on June 4, 2018, at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, both men murdered Richard Noel, of Lot 39 William Street, Kitty.In handing down her decision after the completion of the PI, Magistrate McGusty stated that a prima facie case was made out against the younger McKenzie and hence she committed him to face a trial at the Demerara High Court.Meanwhile, the senior McKenzie had the charge dismissed against him as Magistrate McGusty explained that the testimonies of witnesses supplied by the prosecution contained no evidence for a case against him. The elder McKenzie exited the courtroom a free man while his son remained in prison.Police reports indicate that the murder reportedly stemmed from an old grievance between the now dead man and the younger McKenzie.The grievance involved the sister of Noel, who the younger McKenzie had reportedly hit, and that resulted in a fight between the two men.However, on the day of the murder, the men reportedly crossed paths and McKenzie was heard asking Noel if he “wanted a problem”.It was reported that Noel walked away, which aggravated the man, who went after him and stabbed him twice to his chest. McKenzie’s father was allegedly with him at the time of the incident. When Noel fell, the men reportedly proceeded to stomp on his chest.Noel was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries one day later.Freed: James McKenzieRemanded: Timothy McKenzie