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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorses Joe Biden for president

first_imgUS House Of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Joe Biden for president, according to a video statement released by her on Monday.Pelosi’s endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president follows that of US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, former president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Al Gore, who all threw their support behind Biden earlier this month.Biden had hinted he might choose a woman as his vice presidential running mate if he is picked as the party’s nominee, committed to doing so during his debate with rival Bernie Sanders on Sunday.”If I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration, will look like the country, and I commit that I will in fact appoint and pick a woman as vice president. There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman as my vice president,” Biden said.Topics :last_img read more

Slaven Bilic tells high-flying West Ham to shoot on sight against Chelsea

first_img “I am happy with that part of our game, we are creating chances, we are playing well,” he said. “The only thing I would like the team to do more is shoot. Sometimes we are waiting too long in clear-cut situations which is not always necessary. Sometimes you need to try your luck. “It’s sometimes difficult to create the chances which will put you one-on-one against the goalkeeper, and we have the players who are very dangerous when they shoot in training from 20 or 25 yards. That’s what I’d like to see us do more.” While Jose Mourinho’s wilting champions will arrive in east London in a lowly 12th place, West Ham are flying high in fourth. Bilic has so far tried to play down expectations at the club but, ahead of the cross-London clash, even the laid-back Croat admitted things are looking good so far. “I don’t know how long we can stay there, we’re going to try to continue to play good, or better, and with a little bit of luck and if we stay away from injuries we have a chance in every game,” he added. “Where that will bring us in a couple of months, or at the end, I don’t know. “We are realistically optimistic. We are playing good; on one hand we can improve in all things but on the other we know this is the Premier League and every game is extremely difficult.” Press Association The Hammers have rattled in 20 goals already this term – only Manchester City have more – with Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and even right-back Carl Jenkinson chipping in. But ahead of Saturday’s visit of the Blues, Upton Park boss Bilic said he wants his sharp shooters to take aim even more often, just like they do in training. Chelsea are finally showing signs of life, having beaten Aston Villa last weekend before a battling goalless Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday. “They played good game in Kiev, they were very solid, like the old Chelsea from last year,” said Bilic. “I watched the game, and I wasn’t happy after the game because they looked really good as a team; they were sharp, with great individuals. “Some of the performances from players who didn’t play that good recently, they played really good. And they are Chelsea!” West Ham may be the Premier League’s second-highest scorers but Slaven Bilic wants them to adopt a shoot-on-sight policy – starting against Chelsea. last_img read more

Three debutants in Golden Jaguars squad for Soca Warriors friendly

first_img… Warren Creavalle, Emery Welshman and Samuel Cox make return DEVONTE Small, Daniel Jodah and Jelani Smith will make their International debut after being named in Guyana National Senior Men’s squad by head coach Wayne Dover for the Golden Jaguars’ November 14 International Friendly against Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.Jodah and Smith play for Canadian professional club Sigma FC while Small, a former stand-out at the University of Oregon, only this year signed his first pro-contract with Reynir FC in Iceland’s professional ranks.Jelani SmithIn total, the squad consists of 15 overseas-based players, while forwards Dwain Jacobs and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, along with Anthony Benfield are the locally based players called by Dover.“One of the four additions is a young, talented Central Defender – Smith,” Dover said, adding, “We have been short of Central defenders as of recent and although we have identified talent, the likes of Jeremy Garrett and Cecil Jackman, who will emerge as leading defenders in the future, we’ll focus on using the new-found talent for the Trinidad game.”Kadell Daniel, who burst onto the scene as a hot-shot forward for Guyana at the U-23 level, will be making his return to the Golden Jaguars for the first time since 2015.Looking ahead to the clash with Soca Warriors next Tuesday, Dover stated that a tough game is expected, “where Trinidad will bring it to us, especially since they’re coming off a 2-1 victory against the United States. They should be confident but we’re preparing for that. We will try to give a good account of ourselves, give a good match and get a positive result.”Meanwhile, a 24-man local-based squad has begun training in preparation for Guyana’s International Friendly against Indonesia, with Dover pointing out that “fitness is currently our number priority. Analysis of our previous match against Grenada revealed a number of areas in the team’s performance that can be improved. Such areas included our crossing ability and our execution of combination play. Nevertheless, we have used this knowledge to develop a new training regimen”.Daniel JodahThe overseas-based players, who are all in peak shape from playing in ongoing seasonal matches with their respective clubs, will join the locally based team members in Trinidad.The Golden Jaguars are set to depart for Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow for their November 14 date with the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s National Team at the Ato Bolton Stadium.TEAM: Samuel Cox (captain), Christopher Bourne, Warren Creavalle, Emery Welshman, Anthony Benfield, Kadell Daniel, Jake Newton, Akel Clarke, Andrew Durant, Jelani Smith, Terence Vancooten, Brandon Beresford, Dwain Jacobs, Daniel Jodah, Shaquille Agard, Gregory Richardson, Sheldon Holder and Devonte Small.TECHNICAL STAFF: Wayne Dover (Head Coach), Charles Pollard (Asst Coach), Lyndon France (Physical Trainer), Eon DeVeira (Goalkeeper Coach), Denzil Hernandez (Physio), Trevor Burnett (Kit Manager) and Rawle Adams (Manager).last_img read more

Dexter Marques to headline ‘Not in My House’ boxing card at D’Urban Park

first_imgDURBAN Park will be transformed into a battle ground on September 28, when Guyana Boxing Board of Control host ‘Not in My House’ – a pro/am card that will see six bouts, headlined by Dexter ‘De Kid’ Marques. The fighters, including Marques, inked their contracts yesterday at the headquarters of the GBBC on Avenue of the Republic, with the boxers all expressing excitement to showcase and let loose their fistic fury in Durban Park.Marques, a flyweight whose is yet to step into the ring since his unanimous decision win over Dionis Martinez on January 20, 2018, will put his 17 wins and two losses record on the line against Colombian Jose Antonio Jimenez in a 10-round encounter. The James Moore and James Walcott six-round light heavyweight clash will serve as the main undercard, while the other bouts will see Edmond ‘Wonder Boy’ DeClou squaring off with Kwesi Jones (catchweight), and Joel Williamson battling Keeve Allicock in a four-round super lightweight clash.Welterweight, Anson Green is expected to come up against Raymond Wilburg of the USA (four rounds) and debutant, Pearline Lochan and Sharon Warde (four rounds) against each other.The boxers on the amateur segment is yet to be finalised. Admission for the event which will include a concert with surprise artists, is set at $2000. Bell time is 19:00hrs.last_img read more

Dr. Kent Brantly: Liberia Has a Very Special Place in Our Hearts

first_imgThe deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which ravished the nation and brought it to its knees in 2014, has left in its wake stories that will be told for generations. It has even gone down in Liberian and world history as the worst form of the EVD ever to hit mankind. The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 10,600 persons contracted the virus in Liberia. Of that number, nearly 5000, precisely 4,807 died from the virus. More than half of that number was cremated, which is totally against the traditional manner in which Liberians handle their dead.However, there are hundreds of others, who, by the grace of God, survived the scourge. One of the survivors, who has credited his survival from the disease to God’s miraculous intervention “in the affairs of man,” is Dr. (MD) Kent Brantly.Dr. Brantly was the first American to contract the EVD, while trying to selflessly save his patients, who had come to the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital’s emergency room. Brantly had, by then, been working with ELWA for at least eight months. He had to be flown back to his home country for advanced medical treatment. After spending three weeks at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, he walked out of the hospital an EVD survivor.Our Health Correspondent met him Thursday, June 25, on the compound of ELWA hospital. He had come back to extend thanks and appreciation to his Liberian and US colleagues who looked after him when he fell sick before he was flown out of Liberia. The first part of this interview was published on Tuesday, June 30. Below is the second and final part:Daily Observer (DO): Have you been able to meet other American survivors like Nurse Nancy Writebol and others? What do you talk about when you meet?Kent Brantly (KB): I have met several of the American survivors, including Nancy. Nancy and I were close friends before we both got sick and we were in the hospital at the same time in America. So, we share something very close together and that will be a bond that we share for the rest of our lives. I am so glad that Nancy and her husband David are back in Liberia and working with SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) and working at ELWA to serve Liberia. I’m very proud of her. I have met Dr. Rick Sacra; he was my mentor here at ELWA hospital and I am so thankful to God that he’s well. He’s been back to Liberia a couple of times and working here at the hospital. I thank God for him. I have met several other American survivors and things we talk about…you know there have been two American survivors, who got Ebola in America. The rest of them were people who got the disease by working in West Africa. And that’s the thing that we all talk about. We recognize that it was so much harder for people here. Most of America can understand and America is paying so much attention to us and we are saying, ‘Don’t pay much attention to us. Pay attention to West Africa. That’s where we need to be focusing.’ So that is the thing that we talk about the most.DO: So, Doc, when you heard that Eric Duncan, the Liberian guy who took Ebola to America had passed away, how did you feel personally?KB: I was really heart broken when I heard that news. It just made me so sad. I still have not met his fiancée Louise Troh, but I hope to meet her someday. I felt so bad for his whole family. It was a very sad day.DO: When you go around the world or travel to places in the States, what messages do you give?KB: I have a few messages. One is that we are all neighbors-whether we live in America or West Africa, we are all neighbors. We live in a global community. We are all neighbors and God has called us to love our neighbors. Jesus said the two most important things in this life are to love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. And that love for our neighbor ought to motivate us to have concern and to take action to help our neighbors in need. And in terms of Ebola, that means helping our West African neighbors trying to bring an end to this outbreak. That is one of the things I talk about the most.DO: Doc, let me take you back. How did you contract the Ebola disease?KB: I would never know. I really, I don’t know for sure. Initially the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), tried to do an investigation and tried to figure out and they came up with one idea but I was never quite convinced that was the right story…DO: What is the story?KB: I mean they just tried to figure out who I had contact with and who Nancy had contact with and there was one of our other co-worker, who also got Ebola and he died around the same time. I think I probably got it from a patient in the emergency room. Someone who came in with Ebola, but they thought at first that it was malaria or something else. I had to take care of the patients in the emergency room along with the staff here and in the emergency room. I think it was probably in one of those situations where I had made contact with the patient. Because of our work in the Ebola treatment Unit, we had all the proper equipment. We were following the right protocols. We were doing things appropriately. So I just had to guess that it was in the emergency room.DO: Do you still intend to practice as a Medical Doctor?KB: I do. You know once you are a doctor practicing medicine in the United States, they don’t want you to stay out of practice for too long, alright. So, I have started working a few shifts back at a hospital in America so that I can return to the practice of Clinical Medicine and someday, I will get back to it full time. But right now, I am doing it on the side as I continue to try to be a responsible steward of these opportunities to speak and remind people of the importance of loving our neighbors and helping West Africa beat Ebola.DO: After you survived the virus, did you have any post Ebola problems like some of the Ebola survivors here who are suffering from some medical conditions?KB: There is this problem called post-Ebola syndrome. It is a very real thing. It’s a problem that Ebola survivors have. Not everyone has it. Not everyone has the same problems. Some people have joint pains, muscle pains, eye problems, nerve pains… I am very thankful that I have made a full recovery and I don’t seem to have any of those problems. But we need to be helping the survivors who have those problems and there is a clinic here at ELWA to treat survivors. It should be publicized so that people know and can come here if they are Ebola survivors. They can come here to get care.DO: Lastly, if you are ever presented with the opportunity to come back to Liberia, are you going to come back?KB: Only God knows. We are praying for His guidance as we try to decide what to do next. Liberia has a very special place in our hearts. We are praying for guidance from God about what to do next.DO: Thank you so much, Sir.KB: Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more