3 Names for Health Min. Post?

first_imgDaily Observer has credibly learned that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf now has at least three names on her desk pending her final choice as the next Minister of Health.The three names, according to a source who was embedded with a committee that scouted for the replacement of outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, are Dr. Robert Kpoto, Dr. Vuyu Golakai and Dr. Francis Kateh.Dr. Gwenigale, who joined President Sirleaf’s Cabinet in 2006, submitted his request for retirement to President Sirleaf on November 3, 2014, asking for her permission for him to retire in February 2015, which is also the month in which he takes his deferred annual leave. He also turns 80 this February.In a special address to the nation November 16, President Sirleaf nominated Mr. George K. Werner as Liberia’s next Minister of Health with, but he was subsequently rejected by the Liberian Senate when he went for confirmation.Since Mr. Werner’s rejection by the Senate, the President is yet to submit another name to the Senate for confirmation.Our Health Correspondent takes a look at the three, one of whom will have the blessing of the President for the post since she has the appointing power. The President also has the prerogative to give the post to anyone other than a medical doctor, a choice the Senate confirmation committee did not take kindly in the case of Mr. Werner, who is not a medical doctor.Dr. Vuyu Kanda GolakaiDr. Golakai is presently the Dean of the University of Liberia’s A. M. Diogliotti Medical College. He is probably the only Liberian Medical Doctor, who does not mince his words when he is speaking at any forum. He is very critical of this regime’s handling of the health sector.Dr. Golakai joined his Cuttington classmate, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL, few years ago to help run the institution that was failing and needed to be revived.Dr. Golakai, a UL vice president for Health Sciences, has demonstrated his extraordinary surgical talent across the African continent, including his native Liberia, Togo, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa; as well as Israel and Europe.He once described the health sector under this regime as an “18th century health system” with Liberians only surviving through goodwill gesture of foreign partners. He had stressed in a power point presentation during Liberia’s observation of the 21st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that, for people to feel the impact of a good healthcare system, government needs to generate a condition that will bring to realization such impact. He noted that availability of healthcare, accessibility, acceptability and quality make the impact of healthcare felt. Dr. Golakai, who is a fearless and outspoken Liberian medical doctor has always said the health system of Liberia has remained vulnerable as a result of failure and unfairness on the part of government to invest therein.At the UDHR celebration he asked, “Do you know why Ebola continues to be present in Monrovia?  It is because Monrovia is very dirty with garbage and human waste spread all over. You do not expect the ‘city’ to be free of disease when dirt is all over.” He had also blamed the bad health system on the government and the system that has been created, noting that because people are not punished for their wrong doing, they take advantage of it to continuously exhibit unethical behavior. Dr. Robert KpotoDr. Robert Kpoto is the nation’s only in-country Orthopedic Surgeon (bone doctor). He once ran on the presidential ticket of Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) in the October 11, 2005 presidential and general elections, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won. He placed 19th out of 22 candidates and received 0.4 percent of the vote.Dr. Kpoto, who is a businessman running a medical insurance company, once served as Chief Medical Officer of Liberia.  He is a former Chairman of the Liberian Medical and Dental Council (LMDC).A young medical doctor who asked not to be named, described Dr. Kpoto as being “passionate for the adequate training of Liberian doctors.”“He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Great Britain, a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, West Africa and has very good organizational skills,” this doctor told our Health Correspondent.Sometime last year, Dr. Kpoto came to the rescue of outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Gwenigale. He had told the Senators, when they got angry with Dr. Gwenigale and threatened him with “contempt”, that his client’s (Dr. Gwenigale) blood pressure had increased to 197/90, and that he needed rest and medication for 14 days and therefore could not appear for a hearing before that body. The Senators eventually decided to just let the matter to lay low and had written the President asking her to retire him.Dr. Francis KatehDr. Kateh, the youngest of the three, was born on July 12, 1965 in Maryland County. He is a physician and an academician. He presently serves as Deputy National Incident Manager with responsibilities over all medical interventions of the Ebola Response. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) manages Liberia’s Ebola response.He is also presently the Medical Director/CEO for the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County. The hospital, according to another young Medical Doctor, has remained stable under the “able leadership of Dr. Kateh.”Kateh began his doctoral training in medicine when he volunteered at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital. He obtained his doctoral degree in Medicine from the Spartan University School of Medicine, USA.He has also earned a Master’s of Health Administration from the Governors State University, University Park, IL.Being touched by the devastation in New Orleans, due to Hurricane Katrina, Kateh decided to pursue a Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security with emphasis in Public Health Disaster Preparedness, which he completed in May, 2008.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: Who is to blame for 0-3 start?

first_img@raiding_raj: Last two games. Raiders got big lead, Gruden gets conservative on O, D folds, Carr panics. How much blame goes to Davis … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Tensions are high among Raider Nation, and understandably so after three straight losses to begin the season.Even if the team isn’t very good right now, your questions are, and that’s what matters most.Here are your answers to some of the good ones from this week.last_img read more

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Proteas ousted in World Twenty20 semis

first_img4 April 2014 South Africa batted well and fielded well, but some indifferent bowling and the batting of Virat Kohli saw India to a six wicket victory with five balls remaining in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Friday. The conditions suited India better than the Proteas, but they were made to struggle by the South African batsmen, who took the game to the Indian spinners as they posted a very decent 172 for 4 in their 20 overs. India, though, got off to a fast start in reply and Kohli played a man of the match winning innings of 72 not out off of 44 balls to see them to victory and a place in Sunday’s final against Sri Lanka.‘I had to keep my cool’ “Today was just one of those days where I had to keep my cool,” Kohli said at the post-match ceremony. “Against a world class bowling attack, it is not easy to get boundaries initally, but it was all about sticking in there and believing in myself. I kept telling myself I am good enough to catch up later, no matter who was bowling to me, so I just backed myself throughout.”‘I thought we batted excellently’ South African captain Faf du Plessis praised his team’s batting performance. “I thought we batted excellently,” he said. “It was a very good score against a good attack on this wicket. The ball spun a little bit and they bowled well, Ash [Ravi Ashwin] bowled really well. 170-plus, I thought, was a really good score, so credit to our batters to put up a good total.” Looking back on India’s innings, he added: “MS [Dhoni] and his team, they know how to chase… They’re very good. They’ve got guys that know how to pace the innings. Virat [Kohli] played a very good innings. Sometimes you just have to give credit to a very good batting performance. “They deserve it. They’ve played really good cricket throughout the campaign. They were the better side.”‘We lacked a little bit in our bowling’ Du Plessis said he felt his side’s bowling had been a little sub-standard. “I thought tonight we lacked a little bit in our bowling. I think we bowled nine extras, and if you want to win a World Cup you have to make sure those small one percenters are happening for you. Tonight, unfortunately, it didn’t. If you take those nine extra wides, there are a lot of runs that get scored off of them as well, so we are to blame. “It was an up-and-down campaign for us. Our guys fought beautifully. We were a resilient bunch and we fought through every game, and we fought tonight. I thought we put up a good fight.”‘170 was gettable’ “170 was gettable,” Indian captain MS Dhoni said. “Yes, the bowlers went for a few runs from some big shots, but I felt they bowled quite a few deliveries that were dot balls.” The Proteas lost Quinton de Kock in the very first over of the match, given out caught behind by MS Dhoni off of the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six. De Kock looked less than impressed with the umpire’s decision, but he had to walk.Useful partnership Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis then put on a useful partnership of 35 in 4.3 overs before Amla fell, a victim of a superb leg-spinner from Ravi Ashwin, which Amla missed as he tried to play the delivery to leg. The ball struck his off stump and he was out for 22 off of 16 deliveries. JP Duminy and Du Plessis then added 71 off of 8.4 overs to put India on the back foot, with South Africa on 115 for 3 when Du Plessis departed in the 14th over for a very well played 58 off 41 balls, which included five fours and two sixes. He was somewhat lucky to be dismissed by Ashwin; after giving himself space to the leg side, he went down on his back knee to try to sweep the delivery to the on side, but it bounced a little more than he expected, struck him in the chest and deflected away towards off and into the stumps.De Villiers dismissed AB de Villiers threatened to put the Indian bowlers to the sword, but when Ashwin sent down a short ball, he went for a six, but got too far under the ball and was caught on the boundary by Rohit Sharma for 10 off eight balls, leaving South Africa on 129 for 4. Possibly because he feared bringing left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja back into the attack with a very short leg side boundary for JP Duminy, who was set at the crease, Indian captain MS Dhoni called on opening bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma to bowl the last two overs of the South African innings.26 off of the last two overs Duminy and David Miller made Dhoni pay for that decision, plundering 26 off those overs to take the Proteas to 172 for 4. Duminy finished undefeated on 45 off 40 deliveries, with three sixes, while Miller’s cameo was 23 off 12 balls. Ashwin led the Indian bowling attack with an excellent return of 3 for 22 in his four overs.Fast start In reply, India got off to a flying start, making 33 runs off of the first three overs, bowled by JP Duminy, Albie Morkel and Dale Steyn. In the fourth over, however, they lost Rohit Sharma, caught by Du Plessis off Beuran Hendricks for a quickfire 24 off of 13 balls. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli then took the Indian total to 77 before Rahane was caught by De Villiers off the bowling of Parnell for 32 from 30 deliveries. Together they had added 38 in 5.4 overs. Kohli and Yuvraj Singh advanced the score to 133 before De Villiers took a second catch, this time off of the bowling of Imran Tahir, to see Yuvraj depart for 18 off 17 balls.Crucial over The 17th over of the Indian innings proved to be crucial to their victory. Bowled by Parnell, it went for 17 runs, which include a wide, a six, and two fours, both from Suresh Raina, one of them a top edge and the other an inside edge. When Steyn went for 13 in the 18th over, India were almost home on 163 for 3. South Africa, though, were not done yet and Hendricks had Raina caught by Du Plessis for 21 off of 10 balls with the total on 167. By then, though, the damage had been done. Kohli duly took India to victory with a four off of the first ball of the final over and the Proteas’ World Twenty20 challenge was over.last_img read more

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Family battle over preserved farmland testing easement legalities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s a story as old as farm families. Two siblings inherit a farm of 77 acres as tenants in common. That means each has an undivided half interest in the entire property. At some point, the sister wants to sell her interest, but the brother does not wish to buy her out or they cannot agree on a price. (It’s always about the money.) At this point, the sister gets a lawyer busy, invoking a partition action with the local court, to separate out her half of the property, 38.5 acres, so she can sell it. It is unclear what happens during the next Thanksgiving dinner.Last year, a case out of Butler County, Janis Taylor, Trustee v James W. Taylor, Jr., et. al., CV 2015 07 1709, didn’t work that way. In fact, that case is now before the Twelfth District Court of Appeals, who heard oral arguments in the matter on Jan. 8, 2018. The Ohio Supreme Court may be involved before there is a final resolution.Let’s start at the beginning. Janis Taylor and her brother, James W. Taylor were tenants in common with their mother, Susan Taylor, of 77 acres (50 tillable acres) of land in Butler County. The Taylors all agreed to a conservation easement on July 31, 2003, with Three Valley Conservation Trust holding the easement. The trust paid the Taylors $30,000 for the conservation easement.A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, in which the landowner places restrictions on the use of the property, in order to protect the natural values of the land. Conservation easements, like the Taylors’, are frequently used to prohibit development of farmland. The landowner retains ownership of the property and all rights and privileges for its use, except for the uses prohibited by the easement. The conservation easement may be donated by the landowner or purchased by the land trust.The Taylors’ conservation easement stipulated that the property could not be divided. When the mother died in 2006, the two siblings remained tenants in common; each with an undivided half interest in the 77 acres. Neither owner farms the land or lives there.In April of 2015, Janis decided to sell her interest and offered it to James. They were unable to agree on a price, so in November of 2015, Janis got the local court involved, requesting the entire parcel be sold, with the profits split between the siblings.Judge Greg Stephens of Butler County Common Pleas Court decided much differently on April 19, 2017. He held that the prohibition on division of the land was unenforceable because the restriction did not contain a “reasonable temporal limitation.” He also found that the Court “cannot find any reason that a prohibition on restriction is necessary to protect the conservation purpose of the easement.” Simply stated, the conservation easement itself is valid and may continue in perpetuity because of enabling Ohio law; the restriction on division is void. The Court found that the property can be partitioned, but whether is should be physically partitioned (as opposed to judicial sale) has yet to be determined.Three Valley Conservation Trust is opposed to the partition of the property. In fact, trusts from throughout the country are watching this litigation because they believe that allowing division of the property weakens the value of the prohibition on development. Trusts also assert that divided properties make more oversight work for the trusts.I do not have a dog in this hunt. While I have no direct knowledge of this case, I was able to pull down filings from the Butler County Clerk of Courts. Both sides should be applauded for good lawyering. If you think this article is boring, you should have waded through the motions and memoranda in this matter.Conservation easements are a good thing. Farmland preservation is important and should have begun much, much earlier in this country. There is no new land to discover, so we must cherish and protect the farmland we have. I just wish we were as concerned with farmer preservation.I am not a fan, however, of ownership by tenants in common. Lawyers love to leave property to family members this way. It just looks so nice and equitable when sitting in a conference room full of mahogany furniture. Why do we think people that cannot peaceably eat an Easter dinner together will be able to successfully own land together? It is even more unrealistic when we create tenancies in common between farmers and non-farmers. Even if there is a strong family bond, the goals and realities of land ownership are just too different between farmers and those not reliant on the soil for their continued survival.We have to wait for a decision by the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. In the meantime, let’s continue to preserve farmland with workable documents. A legal agreement is only as good as the parties involved. And no one controls from the grave.last_img read more

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Poll: Are Pilots a Waste of Time?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Photo by totalAldo steven walling Late last week Socialtext’s Michael Idinopulos wrote a post with some interesting advice for anyone looking to start a social software implementation in the enterprise: skip the pilot. His argument was that since the new breed of enterprise 2.0 tools are about human interaction, something which changes dramatically at scale, then small pilots were not a useful barometer of future success or failure. Idinopulos admitted that pilots are great for traditional IT, which revolves around a set of actions that do not change much whether it’s 10 or 10,000 people (think billing or adding leads in a CRM). We agree that in any kind of collaboration, the shift from 10 to 10,0000 causes dramatic change. But that leaves an open question: do you still use pilots for your wikis, blogs, and other social software implementations, or are they a waste of time? In one sense it’s a little strange for Idinopulos to question the need for pilots, since Socialtext’s switch to freemium was pitched to us with pilots as one important use case. It makes us wonder whether the “free 50” version has seen less use as a pilot than the company expected. But whether you’re looking at a big social platform like Socialtext, or something much simpler, whether or not you spend time and energy on a pilot is an important issue. We generally feel that the premise Idinopulos presents is correct; interaction among workers in a tiny subset of your organization isn’t a fair test. But where does that leave us? Are pilots a necessary evil to support purchasing decisions, or a waste of time that gives an inaccurate picture of how enterprise 2.0 really plays out? We’d like to hear whether you love or loathe pilots in the enterprise. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76ers

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with Rapper 2 Chainz ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid expects to return to the lineup next week from a sore left knee that has cost him the last five games.Embiid sat out again Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors and has not played since the All-Star game. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. Embiid underwent an MRI last week, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapyADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s all about long term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said.Embiid said he could “for sure” play through the mild tendinitis but wanted to rest up for the stretch run and the playoffs. Embiid also dismissed any connection between his soreness and playing 23 minutes in the All-Star game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe did not give a specific game for his return, but the Sixers play again Tuesday against Orlando, and three more times through March 10.The Sixers played short-handed against the Warriors: big men Boban Marjanovic (right knee sprain) and Amir Johnson (upper-back tightness) also sat out with injuries. Jonah Bolden started for Embiid, and the backup was Justin Patton, who hasn’t played this season. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid was right to shut himself down for a bit if he needed rest to benefit what was best for his long-term outlook.“I know it’s on everybody’s mind to try and press him and pin him to something maybe a little bit more concrete and less mist,” he said. “It’s hard to say, ‘this is the day.’ I do feel like he and the organization are working hand-in-hand. He came to us, we listened, as we should. I think he feels like he’s getting ahead of it, on top of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights View commentslast_img read more

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Nagal or Nadal? Tennis Fans in Awe as 22-year-old Gives Roger Federer a Scare in US Open

first_imgIndian qualifier Sumit Nagal took a set off the great Roger Federer before losing his first ever Grand Slam match at the US Open on Monday night.Playing at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, World No. 190 Nagal did not let the occasion get the better of him and played some fine tennis to win the first set before going down fighting to the holder of a record 20 Grand Slam titles 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6. The 23-year-old Jhajjar-born player had won three tough qualifying rounds to enter the main draw, but no one before the match had given him any chance of troubling Federer and were treating it as a walkover for Federer.The naysayers were proved wrong as Nagal made India, and the world, sit up and take notice of his talent as he started the match nerveless and matched an error-prone Federer shot for shot, chased down every forehand and backhand and emerged triumphant in the first set. But errors also crept into his game as the match went on and Federer got back in his groove and took the second and third sets comfortably, before closing out the match in the fourth set.But Nagal’s gutsy performance earned the plaudits from everyone, both fans and experts alike. After a long gap, the Krishnan era, his son Ramesh, Vijay and Leander before he shifted to doubles, a ray of hope in the gutsy Sumit Nagal. Terrific speed, strong forehand hold promise of better things in future.— Pradeep Magazine (@pradeepmagazine) August 27, 2019 Midnight approaches and Roger Federer has come back to beat Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nagal, who has come a long way in tennis with the odds heavily against him, can hold his head very high— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) August 27, 2019 So proud of you Sumit Nagal. Great debut in the #USOpen ,putting in a spirited performance against Roger Federer. Way to go… 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳@nagalsumit pic.twitter.com/M23RqfYyTh— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) August 27, 2019 @rogerfederer won the match but @nagalsumit won the heart 💟 Well played sumit nagal 🙏🙏🙏#USOpen— umanandan mishra 🇮🇳 (@UmanandanKumar) August 27, 2019 This moment 😍😍😍😍… Hopefully, this is just a start from young Sumit Nagal. pic.twitter.com/j1XPijvVlt— Hari Priya CR (@cr_hariPriya) August 27, 2019 Naturally, there were also a lot of jokes on Nagal’s name sounding a bit like a certain player called Rafael Nadal. While before the match, Twitterati called the first-round match as the knock-off version of the Nadal match, they said, Nagal played like the Spaniard, at least early in the match. Sets won against Roger Federer at the #USOpen, an alphabetical index excerpt.…NADAL, Rafael – 0NAGAL, Sumit – 1…— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 27, 2019 Even the post-match presenter asked Federer in jest if he felt he was playing against Nadal in the first set, and not Nagal, which evoked a lot of laughs from the crowd in the arena. Federer praised Nagal performance and credited him for his performance. Nagal turned up as Nadal today. Even though could only one set aganist the mighty Federer, it was an excellent game. He never backed down. Superb 👌👌👌 pic.twitter.com/bbXHNRVz1o— Wilfredo (@wilfredov) August 27, 2019 Take a shot everytime they say “not nadal, but nagal”Good luck— Tennys Sandgren (@TennysSandgren) August 27, 2019 Alas we won’t get more Nagal – Nadal jokes now. Would have been good material for drinking games. #USOpen #FederervNagal— Saket Parekar (@saketparekar) August 27, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. federernagalRoger Federerroger federer vs sumit First Published: August 27, 2019, 10:39 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods cleared by doctors to return to golf

first_imgTiger Woods is swinging a driver without pain, and his agent says doctors have cleared the former world No. 1 to practice without limitations.Still to be determined is when Woods can play in a tournament.”We haven’t even addressed when he comes back to play again. We have not addressed one thing,” said Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management. “He wants to play this so conservatively.”Steinberg said Woods received a “good report” last week from doctors who performed fusion surgery on his lower back in April. Woods posted a video on Twitter on Oct. 7 of him hitting a smooth iron shot. Then on Sunday, Woods posted another video – in a red shirt, no less – hitting a driver.”Making progress,” he tweeted.Making Progress pic.twitter.com/I3MZhJ74kI- Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 15, 2017Woods, whose last victory was four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th World Golf Championships title, has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms.Two months later, he had a fourth surgery on his back in 19 months.Smooth iron shots pic.twitter.com/v9XLROZnfW- Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 7, 2017Woods first posted a video on Aug. 31 hitting pitch shots. Steinberg said doctors last week allowed Woods “to proceed with no restrictions,” which is when he began posting video of fuller golf shots.”He has started to hit balls at a more aggressive rate,” Steinberg said. “He feels really good, but he’s going to take it very slowly. I think he’s excited that he’s not feeling pain. That’s what gets him excited, being able to bend down and pick up his kids.advertisement”He’s taking it from wedges and short irons to the longer clubs. But he’s still doing it in a really cautious manner.”Woods was an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, and he said then his priorities were to get his health in order, make sure he is pain-free and then wait on word from his doctors.”I’m still training. I’m getting stronger,” he said on Sept. 27. “But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained.”Woods last year returned after 15 months to play in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he finished 15th in an 18-man field. The tournament is a week after Thanksgiving. Two spots are still available for sponsor exemptions to players in the top 50 in the world, or to the tournament host, which is Woods.last_img read more

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TEN in Fresh Funding Move

first_imgzoom Greek tanker owner and operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) has raised USD 100 million from a public offering of E Series of preferred shares.The net proceeds are planned to be used for general corporate purposes including potential vessel acquisitions and strategic investments.TEN is planing to issue 4 million Series E Preferred Shares at a price of USD 25 per share.In connection with the offering, the company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase 600,000 additional Series E Preferred Shares, which, if exercised in full, would result in total gross proceeds of USD 115 million.The offering is expected to close on or about April 5, 2017.Earlier this month, TEN released its financial results for 2016 which show that the company’s net income plunged to USD 55.7 million for the full year of 2016 from USD 158.2 million seen a year earlier.Despite the decrease in its profit, the company said it remains optimistic on 2017 due to the continued low price of crude oil, abundant alternative sources of oil supply and growing consumer demand.last_img read more

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Democrat hopeful talks pipeline protest in North Dakota

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe pipeline stand off in North Dakota is starting to become a more prominent national issue in the United States.For month, members of of the Standing Sioux Tribe, along with thousands of supporters, have been on the site of a construction site where a pipeline is supposed to be built.Recently the protests turned violent when security forces who had dogs and mace turned on a number of people at the site.A court ruling on whether to halt construction of the pipeline is expected Sept. 9.APTN’s Dennis Ward talked with Chase Iron Eyes who was raised on the Standin Rock Sioux reservation and is now running as a Democrat for the U.S. Congress.last_img read more

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