Rotary Int’l District 9101 Governor Visits Liberia

first_imgDIstrict Governor Akilad Allen.District Governor for District 9101 of Rotary International, Akiladi Allen, has arrived in Liberia on a week-long assessment tour of activities of Rotary Clubs in the country.District Governor Allen, who arrived in the country on Wednesday, September 25, will end his tour on Monday, October 1, 2018, a release has said.While in the country, according to the release, Allen will assess the progress of Rotary International activities and meet with some state actors and relevant United Nations agencies.In the itinerary, District Governor Allen will visit projects implemented by Rotary Clubs to see how they are impacting the livelihoods of the people in the various communities where the Clubs have made interventions.Currently, there are four clubs in Liberia that are working together in getting Rotary International goals to reach both Liberians and foreign residents.The clubs are Rotary Club of Monrovia and of Sinkor in Montserrado County; Harper in Maryland County; and Gbarnga in Bong County. They continue to work with their international partners on many projects.The clubs were actively involved in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and are working by supporting polio eradication, water and sanitation initiative, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health, economic and community development, peace and conflict prevention.In August this year, the Rotary Clubs in Liberia worked with their counterpart, Rotaplast International, an international medical team in the United States, a sub group of Rotary International, to carry out free medical reconstructive surgeries for more than 60 Liberians who would have otherwise not had the opportunity to have such serious surgeries.Rotary International District 9101 comprises ten countries in West Africa. They are Cape Verde, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Cote D’Ivoire. Rotary International is an international service organization which aims to foster the idea of service as a worthy enterprise.Rotarians globally operate under the motto, “Service Above Self,” fostering high ethical standards in business and profession, while encouraging each member to serve society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ER services not for minor illnesses – GPHC’s CEO

first_img…urges persons to utilise outpatient unitFollowing numerous complaints surfacing of persons being left untreated or unattended for hours at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Emergency Room, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis has reminded that the Emergency Room (ER) was specifically for emergency cases, and persons with minor illnesses should visit the outpatient unit.Lewis gave the reminder at a recent press engagement at the Hospital.According to him, persons turn up at the facility with a mere cold or flu, whereasGPHC CEO Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewisthe Emergency Room was designed for the purpose of treating emergency cases, such as accidents.“The whole thing about emergency services is it is emergency services. The Accident and Emergency Department is meant to attend to certain types of injuries, trauma type of injuries, accidents and so on. For the person who has a common cold, that is not the place to go,” he said.For persons with minor ailments, the CEO pointed out that they could be treated and sent away at the outpatient unit, which is open daily until 20:00h except on Sundays.The CEO sought to clarify some of the cases which could be treated at the various departments in the Hospital. “If a person has a common cold, a cut on the leg, then I advise them not to go to the Accident and Emergency Department, because if you go to the Accident and Emergency Department, you may be there before other persons, but if there is a person that goes to the Accident and Emergency Department with a pain in the chest or multiple accidents with broken limbs and bleeding profusely, obviously the person who goes there with a headache will not be attended to, priority will go to the person whose life is threatened,” he explained.Lewis was keen to note that persons might be there for a long period of time and would usually see persons coming in the hospital and being treated before them; however, this is the Hospital carrying out its mandate to serve those who are urgently in need of healthcare. Although it may annoy some patients, the Head of the health institution made it clear that the medical professionals will attend to those whose lives are at risk first.In the past, scores of persons have complained of not being treated in a timely manner at the GPHC’s Emergency Department.last_img read more

Sensibly saving for retirement

first_imgFrom a quintet with credentials comes the answer to a question that baffles working Americans: How much do I need to save now to maintain my lifestyle in retirement? The answer, in what is called a groundbreaking study, amounts basically to: “It depends.” I am not trying to be cute. “It depends” must be the answer because how much you need to save depends squarely on how much you want to spend later, how much you’ve already saved and how long you have before retirement, among many factors. But the study, involving considerable analysis and number-crunching, goes beyond generalities to set specific savings guidelines. “The study creates savings guidelines for typical individuals with different ages, income levels, and initial accumulated wealth so the public can more easily determine how much to save for retirement,” the authors wrote. The guidelines appear in the April Journal of Financial Planning published by the Financial Planning Association, a professional membership group. They were developed by Roger Ibbotson, Ph.D.; Peng Chen, Ph.D. and chartered financial analyst; and James Xiong, Ph.D. and chartered financial analyst, all from investment consultants Ibbotson Associates in Chicago, and by certified financial planners Robert Kreitler and Charles Kreitler in New Haven, Conn. “We developed these savings guidelines with the hope they will be publicized, generally accepted, and that once people are aware of how much they should save they will better prepare for retirement,” the authors said. While the Journal is intended for financial professionals, the FPA is inviting everyone to read this study at and click on the link to Journal of Financial Planning at the top until finding the article. One thing I liked right away is that the authors calculate their guidelines on so-called “net” pre-retirement income, or pre-tax income minus annual retirement savings. The guidelines aim to replace 80 percent of that net income in inflation-adjusted dollars, assuming retirement at age 65. I’ll give you an example. If you make $60,000 a year and save $6,000 for retirement, you are living on $54,000. Under these guidelines, you would need $43,200, or 80 percent of $54,000 in retirement, not the larger 80 percent of $60,000. To be safe, I believe workers should plan on spending as much in retirement as they do now. But at least this study recognizes the fallacy of basing projected retirement-income needs on pre-retirement income rather than on spending. And you can always bump up your savings rate to replace more than 80 percent of pre-retirement net income. Some sample guidelines: If you are 30, make $80,000 and have no savings, you need to save 13.6 percent of your income to maintain your lifestyle in retirement. But if you make $20,000, saving 7 percent would be enough. That’s because Social Security replaces a higher percentage of income for lower-wage earners than it does for those who earn more. The study also shows what the authors call the urgency of starting to save no later than age 35. At 35, if you make $60,000 a year and haven’t started saving, you need to save 14.6 percent of income. Wait until age 55 and you’ll need to sock away 32 percent of income. At that point, delaying retirement may be the only realistic option.— Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice each Thursday and answers readers’ questions each Saturday. Write him 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


first_imgOn Boxing Day 2015, the usually quiet roads of Cruit Island will be awoken by the stomping of hundreds of feet taking part in the 4th Annual Darren Mills Memorial Run/Walk.The idea to organise the event came from a quiet conversation over a pint on a Friday night in the Viking House, Kincasslagh in October 2012 where it was suggested that establishing an annual fundraising event over the festive season would serve as an appropriate tribute to Darren who was tragically taken from his wife, family and friends in 2010. With hopes high amongst the organisers for a turnout of 40 people in the inaugural event, registration was overwhelmed when in excess of 200 people turned up on Boxing Day 2012.From this platform, the annual run/walk has now become one of the largest mass-participation charity events in the west-Donegal calendar with an entry of over 250 people taking part last year.To date, the event has raised over €7500 for local charities namely the Dungloe Hospital Patient’s Comfort Fund, the Donegal Hospice, the Day-Centre at the Angle in Dungloe, Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit and the North West Cancer Group.All moneys gathered this year will be split evenly between the Rosses Community Dyslexia Branch – recently established in the Rosses by teachers and parents of children with dyslexia – and towards the painting of St.Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh – where Darren was married and which remains a place with special significance to the Mills family. The main 6k event sees runners and walkers register at Carey’s Viking House before departing from St.Mary’s Hall, crossing the Cruit bridge and continuing down the island as far as Darren’s Memorial monument before returning to the finish line at the Viking House.For the younger participants or those who feel they may not manage the full 6k route, a shorter 1.25k route which follows a loop around by St.Mary’s Chapel and Belcruit N.S is available.While “fun” is the theme of the day, the event also attracts some high-calibre athletes with last year’s podium featuring 2015 World 3000m Masters Steeplechase silver-medalist Ciaran Doherty, winner of “The Race 2015” – Ireland’s toughest endurance event – Sean McFadden and Rosses AC Senior athlete Noel Diver.With a whole host of spot-prizes, a choice of routes to cater for all-comers, the chance to burn off the Christmas pudding while gathering money for two very deserving causes, not to mention the chance to compete for the valuable Darren Mills Memorial Run Shield there is no reason not to come along and support this year’s event.Registration will take place in Carey’s Viking House from 1pm with the run/walk starting at 2:30pm. Refreshments will be served in the Viking afterwards with presentation of prizes at 4pm.For further information please see the Darren Mills Memorial Run/Walk page on facebook @ HUGE EXCITEMENT AHEAD OF FOURTH DARREN MILLS MEMORIAL EVENT was last modified: December 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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