As the Ebola threat lingers, health workers at Liberia’s largest referral hospital, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, have gone on strike again.Scores of health practitioners gathered before the Capitol Building yesterday to register their protest against JFK administrators for changing their status by removing them from JFK’s employment to the Ministry of Health’s payroll, contrary to the policy establishing the hospital. Presenting their petition to members of the House of Representatives, the health workers reported that after returning from two weeks of self-quarantine authorized by the administrators, about 110 of them were issued memos signed by the Human Resource Manager, Ms. Mordu Lawrence, under the subject, “Status Change”.Speaking on behalf of the petitioners, Madam Amelia N. Geedeh stated that the entire JFK work force was then asked to attend a mass meeting on Thursday, October 9, but the meeting was later rescheduled for October 16.In that meeting, Madam Geedeh said, the General Administrator of JFK, Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott McDonald, informed the workers of TNIMA that the hospital lacks the capacity to maintain its full staff due to the slow intake of patients and the ongoing renovations of the medical, pediatric and surgical wards. Dr. McDonald further informed us that she would be turning us over to the Ministry of Health for reassignment to various hospitals and clinics and that our risk benefits will be paid by the Ministry and not through the JFK, lamented Madam Geedeh. We were also told by Dr. McDonald that only our regular salaries will be paid and not the incentives and furthermore that JFK will remain closed until such time she and members of her administration deem it fit to reopen the hospital said Geedeh. “We were advised that Dr. Bernice Dahn, the Chief Medical Officer, would bring us contracts for our individual signatures,” Madam Geedeh said.The protestors considered the memo a scheme by JFK management to evade its obligation to the health workers, wondering, “How can the country’s largest referral medical facility lack the capacity in these critical times?”“JFK is not paying salaries from fees it collects from patients, but the hospital is included in the national budget.“The discouraging part is how they could close the medical, pediatric and surgical wards to the public under the pretext of renovation when all of these wards were functional prior to and even during the Ebola outbreak? This is a clear attempt to deny the poor Liberians treatment from other illnesses that are not Ebola related,” the protestors’ spokesperson declared.The social workers resisted attempts to have their names inserted into the Ministry’s payroll under the arrangement of “Status Change”, saying, “We are not contractors.”The workers called on their lawmakers to ensure that insurance and other benefits are given workers and staff who are in the thick of the ongoing Ebola health crisis.Receiving the petition, Monterrado County Representative Gabriel Nyenkan assured the health workers of the Legislature’s interest and concern.He maintained that the House will act robustly to find a timely solution to the unfortunate situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Flashback: UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock performs during the 2017 International Jazz Day Global Concert at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba on April 30, 2017The Liberia National Tourism Association (LINTA) is partnering with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) this year to celebrate “International Jazz Day 2019” in Liberia.Celebrated annually on April 30, International Jazz Day was declared by UNESCO in 2011 as a day “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.” The idea came from the legendary jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Herbie Hancock. Jazz Day is chaired by Hancock and the UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay. The celebration is recognized on the calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The Liberia edition of International Jazz Day 2019, which takes place Tuesday, April 30 at the Living Room, Royal Grand Hotel, in Sinkor, Monrovia, will be a special unique evening full of jazz, accompanied by the beautiful stylings of Liberia’s own The Afrik Collective. The event will also feature a special appearance from the Liberia Poet Society.According to UNESCO, the 2019 edition of International Jazz Day will be officially launched in Australia and celebrated in more than 190 countries around the world, including Liberia.Thousands of other programmes all over the world will celebrate jazz as a universal language of peace, among them jazz-themed films, lectures, book readings, theatre performances and panel discussions, as well as jam sessions, master classes, and radio and television broadcasts. As in previous years, a majority of International Jazz Day partner activities will focus on education and community impact, benefitting millions of students, academics, professional musicians and music lovers everywhere.Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every 30 April to celebrate the art of jazz, highlighting its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organization and promotion of International Jazz Day.On 29 and 30 April, a wide range of jazz performances, education programs and community service initiatives will be presented in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne, featuring more than a dozen celebrated jazz masters. The events on International Jazz Day itself (30 April) will culminate in an All-Star Global Concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre’s renowned Hamer Hall. Iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock (USA) and acclaimed trumpeter James Morrison (Australia) will serve as artistic co-directors of the All-Star Global Concert, and John Beasley (USA) will serve as the evening’s musical director, accompanied by over a dozen other headline jazz musicians. That event will be webcast via YouTube, Facebook, the United Nations and UNESCO to millions of viewers worldwide. A series of jazz performances and outreach programs will also take place throughout Australia and in over 190 other countries around the world.One of the last notable celebrations of International Jazz day in Liberia was in 2014 at the American Embassy in Monrovia, where, “the reputable International Music House Sound crew of venerable or ‘Old-hand’ in the business of music, Amb. David Daniels, a man who has received many accolades for promoting music in the country, performed to the admiration of the audience,” according to veteran journalist Philip N. Wesseh, who wrote about the event.“In dedicating a special music to President Sirleaf, Amb Daniels spoke of how the ‘High Life’ music started from Liberia and was later carried to Ghana and Nigeria,” Wesseh wrote. “Although the occasion was all about playing jazz music, I was touched and took note of the brief remarks of Amb Daniels on the issue that ‘High Life’ music became popular in Ghana many years ago, to an extent that some people believed that it was from Ghana that High Life music originated from.”Elsewhere on the African continent, Dandora HIP HOP City, Kenya held a Jazz Street Festival on Monday, April 29, showcasing an infusion of hip hop, old school and new, to the harmonies of jazz instrumentals. This fun-filled day provided a perfect platform for local artists, family and friends to mingle and sample some of the products, including artworks, music, fashion, food stuffs among others on display.UNESCO has already announced that the City of Cape Town, South Africa, has been named host of the 2020 International Jazz Day.Tickets for the Liberia edition for International Jazz Day 2019 go for US$20 (regular) and US$50 (VIP). Interested persons are asked to call 0888879879 or 0778879879.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wilkes has been described in court papers as an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to bribe then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a California Republican who is now serving time in a federal prison for taking $2.4 million from government contractors. FBI agents also have been investigating whether Wilkes provided Cunningham with prostitutes, limousines and hotel suites. Foggo has acknowledged participating in the poker parties at the hotel rooms, but he has said there was nothing untoward about that. “If he attended occasional card games with friends over the years, Mr. Foggo insists they were that and nothing more,” the CIA statement said. Foggo’s associates have said he received the Intelligence Commendation Medal for supporting the war on terror in 2002. Before becoming the agency’s No. 3 leader in 2004, he was the chief of base at a classified facility that supports the war on terror. As executive director, Foggo had the powerful position of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CIA. One FBI agent told reporters from Copley News Service, who were at Foggo’s residence, that Foggo was not at home in his quiet suburban neighborhood near CIA headquarters and had not been detained. The agents refused to answer other questions about the raid. A neighbor told Copley that the agents arrived about 8 a.m. EDT. A white Chevrolet van was backed up to the carport of the split-level brick home and, at one point, a man wearing latex gloves emerged from the house and went around back.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals In a statement, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise Dyck also confirmed the searches of his home and office on Friday morning. “The agency is cooperating fully with the Department of Justice and the FBI,” she said. “Agency leaders outside of the (inspector general’s office) were informed just prior to the execution of the search warrants, in keeping with standard law enforcement procedures.” This week, Foggo announced his retirement from the agency after 25 years serving around the world. His decision came three days after CIA Director Porter Goss also announced he would be stepping down from the agency. Dyck said the Foggo investigation has “absolutely nothing, zero” to do with Goss’ resignation. In a statement on Foggo’s behalf last week, the CIA said he denied any improprieties. “Mr. Foggo maintains that government contracts for which he was responsible were properly awarded and administered,” the agency said. WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials executed search warrants Friday on the house and office of CIA’s outgoing executive director as part of an investigation into corruption involving agency contracts, the FBI said. The CIA’s third ranking official, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, has been under investigation by the FBI, IRS, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the CIA’s inspector general and the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego, said FBI spokeswoman April Langwell in San Diego. Under a sealed warrant, officials searched Foggo’s Virginia home and his office at the CIA’s Langley, Va., campus, Langwell said. She could provide no other details. The FBI and other agencies have been investigating whether Foggo improperly intervened in the award of contracts to a San Diego businessman and personal friend, Brent Wilkes, who has been implicated in a congressional bribery scandal.
5 5 2. Mohamed Salah – Salah had a great season at Roma, with his 15 Serie A goals and 11 assists putting him on many club radars. Liverpool are said to be in pole position to land him and the thought of him and Sadio Mane tearing down the flanks is a frightening thought. Liverpool have reportedly had a £28m bid rejected and may fear they are priced out of a move for the 24-year-old, with reports suggesting the Reds could end up paying a massive £35m for the winger. 3. Gianluigi Donnarumma – David De Gea appears to be Real Madrids top choice of goalkeeper, but they have also been linked with the 18-year-old Milan goalkeeper in addition to Chelseas Thibaut Courtois. If Man United do lose De Gea then they will be in the market for a top quality replacement and Donnarumma fits the bill. Inters Samir Handanovic has also been mentioned. 5 5 5 1. Andrea Belotti: Goal scoring Torino and Italy striker – Torino say they want to keep Belotti? What a surprise. The striker scored 26 goals in 35 Serie A games in the 2016/17 season and is very much in demand, but his release clause is said to be around the £87m mark meaning it will just take a bit of shrewd negotiating from interested clubs. Man United are said to be interested, so maybe Ed Woodward can make an offer where on top of a shed load of money, Torino can call themselves the official Italian club of Man United or something equally ridiculous. WHEN ARSENAL PAID CLUB RECORD FEE FOR TORINO STRIKER 5. Ivan Perisic – While Samir Handanovic is an option in goal for United, another wanted Inter player in Perisic. Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are said to be fans of the winger, but Inter claim they do not want to sell him, which could be one way for them to drive the price up as any club keen to sign him will have to reportedly pay in excess of £35m. However, there is a rumour that Inter need to raise £26m by the end of June in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Serie A clubs will do well to hold onto their key players when the summer transfer window opens on 1 July.Here, talkSPORT looks at the five most in demand players beginning with Torino’s Andrea Belotti, who has been scoring goals for fun and been linked with Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea in the Premier League.WHEN ARSENAL PAID CLUB RECORD FEE FOR TORINO STRIKERRemain up to date with all transfer rumours here.REVEALED: All the Premier League done deals so far. 4. Leonardo Bonucci – Chelsea and Man City have both been heavily linked with Juventus and Italy defender Bonucci, 30. There are reports from Italy claiming the player is open to a move away from a club where he has won six league titles, three Italian Cups and played in two Champions League finals. Chelsea are on the lookout for a new defender and could cost as much as £48m. Will Juventus finally cash in on one of their star defenders?