Liberia Marathon Preparing for 2017


first_imgThe Liberia Marathon Trust and its organizing committee wishes to inform its many runners, partners, sponsors and the general public that the next Liberia Marathon will be held in 2017, with the specific date to be announced as soon as possible. “After the massive success of the 2015 Liberia Marathon, it was our hope to host a race in 2016 riding on the wave of our success in 2015. However, in order to continue providing a race of the highest international standard, additional preparation time is needed to take stock and build the strongest possible organization for the future. This is being done with a view to reaching out to more Liberians in Monrovia as well as in the rural communities.“We are confident that come 2017, we will be on track for one of the best Marathons ever organized in Liberia and the sub-region. To our runners, we urge you to keep yourselves fit in preparation for the 2017 Liberia Marathon; it is just around the corner,” said the Trust.“Last year, the Liberia Marathon organized its third edition of the most iconic of races, thanks to the support of our sponsors: Cellcom; Exxon; RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas; Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company; West Construction; Brussels Airlines; and Monrovia Breweries. We thank them for grasping and remaining committed to our vision of the Liberia Marathon as an instrument of Peace, Unity, Togetherness and Economic Growth. Also, our partners, which included the Monrovia City Corporation, Armed Forces of Liberia, Liberia National Police, Liberia Athletics Federation and the Liberia National Red Cross, provided immense support to ensure the success of the marathon.” In 2015, the Liberia Marathon celebrated a New Beginning. It was a special race as it was in celebration of the country’s victory over Ebola and a memorial to those who died as a result. It indicated a milestone in the development of Liberia, fuelling the rising self-awareness of a society and revealing their collective energy, which was mobilized to make change happen. “We are confident that come 2017 we will be ready for everything that this new beginning promises. All our efforts will be targeted to make the best Liberia Marathon ever a reality – we will go bigger and better than before. The Liberia Marathon 2017 will be a glaring landmark, being a symbol of a strong, determined and beautiful Liberia.”The Liberia Marathon is the only long distance race held in Liberia. From its very beginning in 2011, the organizers have been determined that this event becomes an annual fixture in the calendar of Liberians, tourist runners and elite athletes alike.“To our sponsors, partners and volunteers, we say again, a BIG thank you for believing in us, for supporting us and most importantly for wanting to do it all again.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years”


first_img“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”, was the message at the launch of the Bealtaine Festival which took place on the 8th of May at the Donegal Waterbus on the Donegal Town Pier.Bealtaine Festival which is in its 22nd year celebrates art and creativity. It is a unique collaboration across generations and features older people as artists, performers, organisers and audience members.“Be our guest” is the theme for this year’s festival and this was certainly on show at the launch as the audience enjoyed the scenery of Donegal bay from the Donegal Waterbus and were entertained by the comedy storytelling of the Makey Uppers. Waiting to set sail on the Donegal Waterbus for the launch of Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday 8th May.The ‘Makey Uppers’ entertaining the audience on the Donegal Waterbus during the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday evening.When speaking about Bealtaine, Festival co-ordinator Rita Chapman said “The events taking place throughout the county during May will have something for everybody including; Image therapy in Central library; a showing of the film “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny; Artist Workshops with artist Ann Quinn at Habinteg Housing Association in Lifford and a drumming and percussion workshop in Milford Library”.The festival is also highlighting getting active this year by partnering with Ballyshannon, Aura and Finn Valley leisure centres to give discounted activities to the over 55’s.Donegal County Council’s Library staff with Pauric Kennedy at the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Arts Festival on Wednesday evening on the Donegal Waterbus. Photo includes Kevin McCaul, Rita Chapman, Donna Cavanagh, Frances Crampsie and Rory Gallagher.“The Donegal Bealtaine festival is proudly organised by Donegal County Council Culture Division and is one of our most important events of the year. It’s just one part of our ongoing work towards providing an Age Friendly service to this growing section of our community” said County Librarian Eileen Burgess at the launch.This year’s festival has 95 events taking place all over the county and brochures are available from local libraries, Theatres and cultural venues. For more information or to book a place at an event contact your local library at 074 91 53900 or go to www.donegalibrary.ie for more details.  Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years” was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Bealtainelast_img read more

Highlighting RAND Research – Enhancing Military-Civilian Medical Synergies


first_imgThe purpose of the Enhancing Military-Civilian Medical Synergies study (2016) was to assess the state of Army medical practice in civilian facilities and identify opportunities for greater synergies. The study introduces the fact that there is a distinction between medical care demands in combat settings and the needs Army medical treatment facilities (MTF) located within the United States, which justifies the need for military medical professionals to operate within civilian hospitals, trauma centers, operating rooms and intensive care facilities.Due to the difference in services provided domestically, there are many benefits to MTF-based care providers providing direct care within civilian facilities. One type of agreement allows for MTF-based care providers, mostly physicians (typically surgeons), to provide direct care to Military Health System beneficiaries at civilian hospitals; there are similar resource-sharing agreements with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers; and, at some locations, Army MTFs share medical resources with other services in multiservice markets. These arrangements are largely intended to improve the timing, quality, and efficiency of care for beneficiaries, but they also help military medical professionals maintain clinical proficiency. Other agreements enable military medical personnel to provide care to civilian patients, in a training context.The study found that of 28 Army MTFs, 13 have agreements for military medical personnel to provide care in VA or other civilian facilities. The most frequent reason for these agreements are to serve beneficiaries and meet routine proficiency maintenance needs. Often these agreements allow medical personnel to practice types of care not offered at a MTF as well as access training for medical readiness needs and deployment-related needs. Common themes from both military and civilian stakeholders are that these agreements are mutually beneficial. Benefits include access to quality care for patients; opportunities for Army medical practitioners to be exposed to industry best practices in civilian facilities; access to medical technologies that might not be available in MTFs but used more commonly in civilian facilities. Military personnel also cite good community relations as a benefit.Many factors contribute to the MTF’s decision about how and where they can best meet their various mission related requirements. In situations where MTFs have made agreements with civilian facilities, each MTF develops its own business plan based off of an assessment of the local profile and alignment with the needs of the MTF personnel, as well as cost considerations. Considerations for selecting a facility may include: patient mix, infrastructure, service, equipment and cost.A conclusion of the study recommended further enhancement of military-civilian medical synergies including identifying potential untapped opportunities for MTFs to utilize external practice, analysis of the cost and efficiency associated with further agreements, and if warranted bases on the analysis, encouraging the expansion of these agreements to include a wider range of Army medical professionals and medical teams. This week’s Friday Field Notes features another study from RAND, Inc. The Army Surgeon General has asked RAND Arroyo Center to assess current Army medical practices in civilian facilities. Just as with the last study from RAND, we are very excited to see that there is this level of interest as well as sponsorship for assessment of military-community partnerships! We’d like to highlight a few key points from the study as well as connect you to the full article. We’re happy to see that this type of synergy is taking place and proving to be beneficial for both stakeholders, and hope that these type of agreements continue to develop! For full access to this study, check out RAND’s publication site, which can be found here!last_img read more

Over 60% voting in Haryana municipal corporation polls


first_imgAround 62% voters exercised their franchise in the elections to Haryana’s five municipal corporations of Hisar, Rohtak, Panipat, Karnal and Yamunanagar on Sunday. The elections to two municipal committees were also held in the State. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 19.Yamunanagar recorded the highest 65.2% turnout followed by Hisar (62.7), Rohtak (62.4), Panipat (62) and Karnal (61.8) as per the State Election Commission website. The municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal) recorded 89.5% and 82.1% turnout respectively.The keenly fought corporation polls for direct election to the positions of Mayors for the first time in Haryana hold great significance for the regional and State politics and could be the reflection of the electorate’s mood in the State in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections due next year.Though the Congress has officially stayed out of the contest for the municipal bodies as a policy matter, the Independent Mayoral candidates supported by the local Congress leaders are locked in an intense direct electoral battle with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in all the five corporations. Fought on the home turfs of incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the contests for the positions of Mayors in Karnal and Rohtak respectively have turned into prestige battle for the two parties. In Rohtak, BJP’s Manmohan Goyal, a former Congressman, is involved in a direct contest with Congress-supported Sita Ram Sachdeva, a Punjabi. However, former AIDWA general-secretary and Bhim Awardee Jagmati Sangwan, the CPI (M) candidate supported by the Left parties, the Aam Aadmi Party and several social organisations, could emerge as a dark horse for the coveted post. The INLD-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance candidate Sanchit Nandal is the State’s youngest candidate for the position of Mayor from Rohtak.In Karnal, BJP candidate Renu Bala Gupta, a Baniya, is pitted against united Opposition with Congress leaders supporting the INLD-BSP’s alliance candidate Asha Wadhwa, a Punjabi, in a contest where caste seems to have taken precedence over the local issues.In Hisar, Rekha Aren, supported by former Congress Minister Savitri Jindal and Kuldeep Bishnoi, is engaged in a direct contest with BJP’s Gautam Sardana. Similarly, BJP’s Madan Chauhan is giving a tough fight to the Congressbacked Rakesh Sharma in a triangular fight involving INLD’s Sandeep Goyal in Yamunanagar.last_img read more