The presidents of two professional health groups, the Pharmaceutical Association of Liberia (PAL) and the Liberian Nursing Association (LNA), have distanced themselves from a recent petition by the leadership of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to the Liberian Senate to reject the nomination of Dr. Bernice Dahn as Health Minister.NHWAL president, Mr. Joseph Tamba and Secretary General, Mr. George Poe Williams, wrote a three-page letter to the Liberian Senate on April 20 outlining alleged misdeeds of the Minister of Health-designate. The health workers’ leaders asked the Senators not to confirm Dr. Dahn as Liberia’s next Minister of Health.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently nominated Dr. Dahn to replace outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, who is set to go into retirement if and when the next Health Minister is confirmed.The two NHWAL leaders accused Dr. Dahn, who is presently Deputy Health Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, “of constantly discouraging partners who wish to increase incentives for health workers.”They “strongly believe that if government’s agenda is for an improved healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly Dr. Dahn, who led the sector for 10 years, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health.”However, leaders of two professional health groups, PAL and LNA, have said even though their individual groups are not members of NHWAL, they want to differ with its leaders’ plea for the Senate to reject the Health Minister-designate.Pharmacist David Sumo, president of PAL and Mrs. Gloria Stevens, president of LNA, in separate exclusive interviews with this newspaper, said that Dr. Dahn should be given the chance to lead as the Minister-proper. They said Dr. Dahn, who has spent nearly 10 years at the Health Ministry, is very knowledgeable about the management and functions of the Ministry so she should be allowed to help solve the problems, including some of those the health workers have raised.They praised her for her competence, qualification and endurance to ably and effectively serve as the Minister of Health.They maintain that they are not in support of Tamba and Williams’ call for the Senate to reject Dr. Dahn, who they think has “some good things on her agenda for the whole health sector, including the health workers.”Mr. Sumo and Mrs. Stevens, both said they trusted in the wisdom of the Senators, who will determine whether Dr. Dahn has the requisite qualifications for the post.In her first public pronouncement three days after the President nominated her, Dr. Dahn told an audience packed with international health partners that she would do all in her power to absorb on the GOL payroll all the health workers who are not on it. She received a standing ovation from the audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
zoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has appointed Abdullah Aldubaikhi as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2018.As explained by the company, Aldubaikhi will be responsible for setting and overseeing the implementation of Bahri’s core strategic direction “to further cement its … position in the maritime industry, and lead the company’s expansion into new growth markets while seeking new revenue streams.”He will also lead Bahri’s ongoing efforts “to integrate innovation into its business model.”The appointment was made at a time when the company is gearing to enter a new phase of expansion and development following its growth over the past few months.“We have reinforced our strong foothold in the global maritime sector, and now are looking to the future with a renewed commitment to playing an even bigger role in strengthening the Kingdom’s position as a … regional logistics gateway,” Abdulrahman M. Al-Mofadhi, Chairman of Bahri, pointed out.Commenting on his appointment, Abdullah Aldubaikhi said: “My immediate priority will be charting short and long-term goals for Bahri while strengthening the company’s commitment to the Saudi Vision 2030 and ensuring a positive impact on the continued growth of the global maritime sector through ambition and innovation.”A Saudi national, Aldubaikhi joins Bahri from Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), where he served in the same role for six years.Aldubaikhi is a member of the joint business councils between Saudi Arabia and the nations of Canada, Russia and France, and sits on the board of directors of several local and global companies, including Bank Alkhair, Alessa Industries, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. W.L.L., G3 Global Grain Group (G3), and United Farmers Holding Company (UFHC).
After helping define the 1980s new wave aesthetic with her band Scandal, singer-songwriter and performer, Patty Smyth, continued her triumphant run throughout the 1990s, writing and performing chart-topping and award-winning singles. But since 1999’s greatest hits package, Patty hasn’t issued any albums. Now, just in time for the holiday season, Patty is gifting her fans with her first release in 16 years with the Christmas album, Come On December.Patty Smyth – Come On DecemberThe eight-track album puts Patty’s signature pristine and emotive vocals front and center within this cozy, elegant, acoustic pop-rock collection of cherished standards and spirited originals. Patty’s eloquent, signature sense of phrasing and melody make this album both a holiday classic and unmistakably a Patty Smyth record.On Come On December, she sings defining modern versions of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Her newly minted originals, “Come On December,” “Walk With Me” and “Broken” exquisitely conjure up feelings of instant nostalgia and heartwarming emotionality brought on by the cherished canon of holiday music.In conjunction with the album, Patty has launched a PledgeMusic campaign that runs from Friday, Oct. 23rd thru Thursday, November 19th. One hundred percent of the money from the campaign will benefit Headstrong, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare to post-911, and Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.Come On December will be available on Patty’s online store and digital stores (via Tunecore) Friday, November 20th. In December, Patty and band will be performing in both New York and Los Angeles. Currently, Patty is in the studio working on her 2016 release.
T: The New York Times Style Magazine announced a series of hires and promotions:• Thessaly La Force has been named features director. She most recently worked as editor in chief of Garage Magazine.• Kurt Soller has been appointed articles editor. He joins the publication from Bon Appétit, where he was most recently features editor.• Senior online editor Isabel Wilkinson has been promoted to digital director.• Malina Joseph Gilchrist, most recently the magazine’s market director, has been promoted to women’s style director.• Former features editor Alexa Brazilian has been promoted to fashion features director.“T‘s Fall Women’s Fashion issue represents the best of what our audience has come to expect from the magazine: a vibrant mix of design, culture, travel and high fashion. We’re thrilled to welcome several new brands to our pages at a time when T readers are engaging more and more with our journalism,” said Elizabeth Webbe Lunny, vice president of luxury and publisher of T, in a statement. “With the introduction of new voices and fresh perspective to its pages, T will continue to elevate the magazine experience for brands, in print and digitally.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Jonathan Tepperman has been appointed editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, a global magazine centered on news, politics and economics, starting his new role next month. Tepperman most recently worked as managing editor at Foreign Affairs.Refinery29 has named Laia Garcia (pictured) senior fashion editor, where she will contribute to the expansion of the brand’s influencer network, fashion content and special projects. She was formerly deputy editor at Lenny.Ogden Publications has hired Nancy Heeney as an online editorial assistant, where she will work across the company’s brands, building articles and assisting with video initiatives and digital editions.Mia Libby has been named chief revenue officer of The Daily Beast, starting in October. Libby formerly worked as SVP, agency sales at Fusion/Gizmodo Media Group and formerly at Gawker Media.Wired has hired Erin Griffith as senior writer. She joins the publication from Fortune, where she worked as senior writer, covering technology, startups, and venture capital.Trusted Media Brands Inc. announced a series of additions to its digital team:Alexandra Rosario Kelly has been named digital editor of ReadersDigest.com. She formerly worked as the executive digital editor at Today Media and as a senior editor at The Huffington Post.Chantal Waldholz has been appointed as the organization’s first social media director. Waldholz previously served as the VP of social media at Wetpaint.Danny Debold was hired as senior product manager, advertising technology. He formerly worked as commercial product manager for Vice Media.Sally Jones is now editorial director for ReadersDigest.com. She formerly served as a data-driven content consultant at Brit + Co.Cara Cassens joins the organization as its new email newsletter product manager, formerly serving as the email marketing coordinator at Kohl’s.FamilyHandyman.com has named Well Leighton video producer.Alex Levin has been hired as SEO director. He formerly worked as SEO manager at Horizon Media.Luxe Interiors + Design magazine has named Katie Brockman group publisher and chief revenue officer. She most recently served as associate publisher of Verdana.Starting in early September, Eugene Scott joins Washington Post’s The Fix, as a reporter on the identity politics beat. He joins the publication from CNN Politics Digital, where he worked as a political reporter.HuffPost has added two new hires. Tommy Craggs joins the publication as senior enterprise editor, while Luke O’Brien joins as a reporter, also working as contributing editor for Highline, a magazine section at the publication.Karine Jean-Pierre has been named contributing editor for Bustle. Jean-Pierre is a political strategist, who works for MoveOn.org as its senior advisor and national spokesperson.Tronc has named Ross Levinsohn as the new publisher and CEO of the LA Times. Levinsohn previously worked at Fox and most recently served as interim chief of Yahoo.
A destroyed rickshaw-van is seen at the Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College ground in Mirpur 1, Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamA man was killed and several people, including students, were injured after a gas cylinder exploded at Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College compound in Mirpur 1 area of the capital on Friday morning.Deceased Siddique, 60, was a balloon vendor.Balloons scattered after the explosion at the Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College ground in Mirpur 1, Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamWitnesses said Siddique was selling gas-filled balloons near a temporary platform set up for the annual sports competition at the school compound.At a stage, the gas cylinder went off with a big bang around 8:00am, leaving Siddique and several others injured.One of the several injured students of Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College ground in Mirpur 1, Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamFatally injured Siddique was taken to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival, said Selimuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Darus Salam police station.Wife of deceased balloon vendor cries at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Zahidul KarimThe injured students were treated Delta Hospital, he added.
Daga SamitowskaLamont “U-God” Hawkins, an original member of the iconic rap group the Wu-Tang Clan.The Wu-Tang Clan is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And now, one its founding members is telling his story.Lamont “U-God” Hawkins had a pretty rough life growing up before making it big. In his new memoir, Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang, he tells a lot of his personal story – from growing up in the projects, to selling drugs in New York City, to serving time — and how that all fueled his desire – and that of the other Wu-Tang members – to make it.In the audio above, U-God tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how everything he went through as a young man gave him the drive to make something of himself.He appears at a Brazos Bookstore event on Tuesday, March 12. Share
Kolkata: The state government on Thursday appointed Subhanjan Das as the District Magistrate (DM) of Alipurduar district. Nikhil Nirmal, who was posted as the DM of the district, was transferred as the Managing Director of West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation. Das has been holding the charge of Additional Secretary of the state Health and Family Welfare department.Nirmal, an IAS officer of the 2011 batch, was removed from his position a few days ago, after he was caught on camera thrashing a man inside a police station. The state government on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking permission for transferring Nirmal and as soon as the nod was received, the state effected the transfer. The nod of ECI was necessary as DMs are electoral officers. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA state government notification further informed that Mahua Banerjee will be posted as the Commissioner of the Health and Family Welfare department until further orders. Banerjee was holding the charge of Commissioner in the state Information & Cultural Affairs department and is the CEO of Nandan. It may be mentioned that Falakata police station at Alipurduar had arrested one Binod Sarkar for making objectionable comments against the wife of Nirmal on her Facebook page. Following his arrest, the DM went to the police station and thrashed Sarkar. His wife Nandini Krishnan was also present during the assault. The video footage of the incident went viral on social media, following which Nirmal was sent on a 10 day leave by the state government. Additional District Magistrate (Development) of the district Chiranjib Ghosh was acting as the DM. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the police have started a fresh case against Sarkar on the basis of a fresh complaint by Krishnan, who had alleged that Sarkar had beaten up one of her close friends.