Sickle Cell Awareness to Go Across the Country

first_imgA Liberian Medical Doctor specialized in treating sickle cell disease, Dr. Venee Tubman, says as an effort to save more new born babies with the disease, she will expand her program to other counties.She gave the assurance on Saturday at a program marking the official launch of Sickle Cell awareness at Naklee Brisbane Sickle Cell Education Center on 24th Street, Sinkor-Monrovia. Dr. Tubman disclosed that there are many babies who die every year due to sickle cell which she said is “very dangerous” to the health of the people.“It is my hope to extend this to all of the counties to save many lives that are effected with the disease. And with the support from the Government f Liberia, I will help save more lives,” Dr. Tubman assured.She encouraged Liberians to join the process by taking their children to the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital at the pediatric center for checkup and treatment. According to her, the program is to educate families about the danger of the sickness and to encourage them to seek medical care for the condition.The program was organized by Dr. Tubman with support from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to create the necessary awareness about sickle cell disease.She described the process as “very important” to save the lives of babies and to reduce the high mortality rate usually caused by the disease.“At JFK, I have introduced newborn screening for sickle cell disease. When a baby has this sickness, he/she will be short of blood, look malnourished and the condition causes serious problem. At some point, that child will not survive,” she told our reporter.“This is why I am in Liberia (my home country) to contribute by saving many lives that are in danger of the disease,” she added.This, she said is done according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which believes sickle cell disease can be managed by simple procedures, including high fluid intake, a healthy diet, folic acid supplementation, pain medication, penicillin prophylaxis and pneumococcal vaccination against infections.Dr. Tubman is a Harvard Medical School instructor in pediatrics and attending physician in pediatric hematology/oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Gaal rules out Bayern return while Hoeness is president

first_imgHowever, Bayern’s current head coach Heynckes, 72, has repeatedly said he will quit at the end of the season.The search is on to replace him and Van Gaal, currently without a club, would be an obvious candidate.The 66-year-old has won 20 club titles in his career, most recently the 2016 FA Cup in a two-year stint at Manchester United.He coached Bayern from 2009-11, losing the 2010 Champions League final, but winning the Bundesliga and German Cup titles only to be sacked the following season.The Dutchman says he “loves” Bayern, but ruled out returning.“I have always gone back, whether it was to Barcelona, the national Dutch team, AZ Alkmaar, but returning to Bayern? – I can’t imagine that,” Van Gaal told magazine Sport Bild.“As long as Uli Hoeness is at the club, I won’t work there.”Van Gaal was dismissed in April 2011 when Bayern slipped out of the German league’s top three — the Champions League places at the time.The Dutchman lifted the lid on working under Hoeness.“Uli Hoeness has cultivated special relationships with certain players and campaigns for their interests,” Van Gaal explained.“Like (Franck) Ribery, who according to Mr Hoeness, should always play.“In my opinion, that’s not good for the work of a coach.“The team is important and not the individual players – in this regard Hoeness and I differ.“After one conversation (with Hoeness) my wife told me I should quit FC Bayern.“I kept working there because I love the club.– Never give up –“The German mentality is also my mentality.“Hard training, fight until the end, never give up – the job was made for me.”Van Gaal says Hoeness would criticise him for blooding current stars, like Thomas Mueller and David Alaba who were inexperienced at the time.“I would always select Thomas Mueller (early in his career) and Hoeness would tell my wife in the VIP lounge ‘your husband has picked the wrong team again!’,” said Van Gaal.“Same with David Alaba.“He made a mistake in the last minute of a game which led to my dismissal.“Now he is one of the biggest talents Bayern has.”The Dutch disciplinarian confirmed two legends from his turbulent times at Bayern.He admits once pulling striker Luca Toni by the ear for slouching during a meal – “it was disrespectful to his team-mates and me”.He also hints that he pulled down his underwear in the dressing room, after defeat at Mainz, to show his stars he “had the balls” to drop them.“What happened with my players behind closed doors should remain so, but anyone who knows me also knows it could have happened. I am emotional,” said Van Gaal.Despite his personality clash with Hoeness, Van Gaal talked of his affection for Bayern.“Manchester United, the last team I coached, are a commercial club, Bayern are totally different,” he said.“The bosses, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness, are former players who know what they are talking about.“For them, football is the most important thing, not money, like it is at United.“That’s why I love FC Bayern.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Louis van Gaal, who went to watch Bayern and fellow Dutchman Arjen Robben lose in Paris in September, says he does not want to work again for the current leadership of the German club © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBERLIN, Germany, Feb 28 – Louis van Gaal has ruled out returning to Bayern Munich and succeeding Jupp Heynckes — as long as Uli Hoeness remains club president.Bayern are 19 points clear in the Bundesliga table and in the hunt for the treble of European, German league and cup titles.last_img read more

SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER AS ‘LEGAL HIGHS’ BANNED IN ENGLAND AND WALES

first_imgA DONEGAL woman who tragically lost her son after he took synthetic cannabis has successfully implemented legislation which now prohibits the sale of ‘legal highs’ in England and Wales.Jimmy Guichard died after taking a legal high in 2013.Karen Audino lost her son Jimmy Guichard 20, after he took synthetic cannabis which was considered a ‘legal high’.Jimmy who was a talented hurler with St.Eunan’s suffered a massive heart attack and brain injuries after taking the substance. Just 24 hours after taking the substance Karen was heartbreakingly forced to turn off his life-support machine.Since Jimmy’s death Karen has successfully campaigned for ALL ‘legal highs’ to be banned and introduced ‘Jimmy’s Law’ which was introduced as legislation here in the Republic of Ireland.However, Karen has worked tirelessly during her campaign to ensure all stores manufacturing and selling the ‘deadly’ products are closed.Jimmy took the ‘legal high’ while he was living in London. As of today England and Wales passed Jimmy’s Law into legislation to the delight of Karen and her family and friends.It’s recognition for all the hard work and lobbying she has done on the issue.Anyone caught selling, supplying, manufacturing, buying or distributing them by post will face up to SEVEN years in prison in England and Wales.Karen told Donegal Daily, “We’re over the moon that England and Wales have come in line with the laws we have here.“But our campaign continues because Northern Ireland and Scotland, have their own local government authorities so it is down to them to recommend the changes be put in place. Karen also states she is still lookin for a European wide ban from Brussels’s to kerb the internet trade“Although nothing will bring Jimmy back to us or take away the pain of losing him, Jimmy’s law will be a lasting legacy and a fitting tribute to his memory.Well done Karen.SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER AS ‘LEGAL HIGHS’ BANNED IN ENGLAND AND WALES was last modified: May 29th, 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)Tags:FeaturesJIMMY GUICHARDKaren AudinoLEGAL HIGHSnewslast_img read more