This year’s investiture ceremony, a formal ceremony held annually by the government to confer distinctions of various ranks on individuals who have made outstanding contributions or distinguished themselves in their areas of work in the Liberian society, was dedicated to individuals and institutions that stood tall in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).They included those who lost their lives, while on the ‘frontlines’ of the Ebola fight.The nation’s highest distinctions were conferred on 42 individuals, humanitarians, institutions and organizations who worked fervently to rid the country of the deadly virus.Others are institutions that remained committed to the provision of services, while their colleagues were pulling out of the country during the height of the crisis.Also honored were religious institutions that unceasingly interceded on behalf of the nation, pleading with the Almighty for His Divine intervention and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) that helped significantly in disseminating the anti-Ebola awareness messages.The ceremony, which officially kick-starts the nation’s independence celebrations, took place in the theater of the Monrovia City Hall, marred by poor attendance, mainly government officials.In the sparsely audience were few high-ranking government officials headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Speaker Alex Tyler and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Foreign Minister Augustine NgaFuan, Representative Saah Joseph and one Senator. Also present were a few members of the diplomatic and consular corps, while a majority of guests were well-wishers and family members of the honorees.Some of the most prominent amongst those honored include Rep. Joseph, Dr. Francis Kateh; Minister Tolbert Nyenswah; Dr. Jerry Brown, and U.S. Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly. Few of those honored posthumously included Dr. Samuel Brisbane; Dr. Abraham Borbor, Dr. John Taban Dada, Dr. Thomas Scotland, and Dr. Patrick Nshamdze.The Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction, President Sirleaf, in remarks, said the honors were awarded for “devotion, sacrifices, and altruism.”She emphasized that several of the honorees, in the discharge of their duties and in their response to service, paid the ultimate price of life.“Though we cannot bring them back we will forever cherish their memories,” the President lamented.She acknowledged those, who despite the risks, put country before self, taking on the challenges to reach out and administer to those afflicted by an unknown enemy. “We owe much to our doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and healthcare workers who stood by us in those terrifying days,” she recalled.President Sirleaf extolled Liberia’s foreign friends, who left the comfort and safety of their countries and families to join and stand by the country in the Ebola fight. “I cannot say enough for the leaders and people of our own regional institutions – ECOWAS, AU – several countries like brothers’ keepers where here despite the obvious risks.” She stressed that although the virus is still around government is confident in its capability to respond to and defeat it.On behalf of the honorees, Tolbert Nyenswah, said it was significant that they were being recognized for their services to country. He recalled that when Ebola struck, government was almost ill prepared to handle the outbreak, but they all stood together as a team – courageous, willing, committed and brave – and went the extra mile.Mr. Nyenswah said even though they fought the disease from different angles, with different titles and responsibilities, the main objective was to save lives, to rid Liberia of Ebola and free the citizens of anguish. “The significant impact that the team has made can be attributed to meaningful contributions of communities and the government.”He paid tribute to the healthcare workers who lost their lives in service to the nation and thanked all of those who supported their efforts in the fight against the EVD.Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the rank of Grand Commander included, Dr. Francis Kateh; Humanitarian, Rev. Trevor Cockings; Tolbert Nyenswah; Medical Doctor at the ELWA Hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown, and Medical Director and Humanitarian, Dr. Kent Brantly.Others were Bomi County Health Officer, Dr. Gobah Logan; Head of Case Management, Dr. Moses Massaquoi; Sinoe County Health Officer, Dr. Wilmot Frank; the ETA Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Dental Surgeon, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Markandu Kanagasabai. Some of them were Dr. Philip Zochonis Ireland of JFK; Liberia Council of Churches; Dr. Soka Moses of JFK; Active Case Finder, Dr. Mosoka Fallah; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Liberia Chapter.Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the rank of Grand Commander are the PUL; Dr. Senga Omeonga of Catholic Hospital, who is also a survivor; and All Health Care Workers.Those admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Commander include: Royal Air Maroc; Brussels Airlines; Dr. Izuchukwu Cosmos Aroh of Catholic hospital; Dr. Fanta Kibungu, Catholic Hospital and a survivor; Coordinator, Presidential Advisory Committee on Ebola (PACE), Dr. Emmanuel Dolo; Nurse and Ebola Survivor, Ms. Barbara Bono; and Administrator, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and a Survivor, Joel Williams.Samuel T.Nimley, Jr. was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Officer.Those admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption, with the Grade of Knight Commander include: National Muslim Council of Liberia; Firestone Natural Rubber Company; National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia; Representative, Saah Joseph; Liberia National Red Cross Society; Samaritan Purse; and the Head of the Ebola Burial Team, Mr. Mark Korvayan.Those posthumously admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Commander respectively included: Medical Doctor and Humanitarian, Dr. Samuel Brisbane; Head, Internal Medicine, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Abraham Borbor; Gynecologist and Surgeon, Dr. John Taban Dada; Medical Director, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thomas Scotland; Hospital Director, Catholic Hospital, Dr, Patrick Nshamdze; and Medical Director, JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Thomas Scotland.All health care workers who died of Ebola were admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa, with the Grade of Commanders, respectivelyOthers posthumously admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption, with the Grade of Knight Officer, respectively included: Spanish Priest, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Fr. Miguel; Nurse, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev, Sis. Chantell, and Pharmacist, St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Br. George Combey.The Investiture Ceremonies will continue at the J. Dominic Bing refurbished City Hall in Sinoe County during the official independence celebration on Monday, July 27, where the national Orator, Ambassador Charles A. Minor, will be honored.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THE NAOMH CONAILL GAA club made a donation in memory of the late Manus Kelly on a highly-emotional evening in Glenswilly.The gesture was made before Glenswilly’s first All-County League Division One game since the tragic death of the popular father-of-five, who lost his life while competing in the 2019 Donegal International Rally.Naomh Conaill players funded a donation of €250, which will go towards Donegal Down Syndrome – a charity that was close to Manus’s heart. Naomh Conaill Chairman David Kelch presented a cheque to Manus’s parents, Donal and Jacqueline at Pairc Naomh Columba.Glenswilly’s team included Leon and Caolan Kelly, while members of the Kelly family were among the large attendance at a game won by Naomh Conaill 3-19 to 0-13. Naomh Conaill remember the late Manus Kelly on emotional night in Glenswilly was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 All-County Football League2019 Donegal International RallyCaolan KellyDonal KellyglenswillyLeon KellyManus KellyNaomh Conaill
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Eight stories in the news for Thursday, April 27———TRUMP WITHDRAWS THREAT OF NAFTA PULLOUTU.S. President Donald Trump is backing off plans to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement. His decision followed phone chats Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and broad speculation he might be ready to rip up the trade deal. The White House said the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly to renegoiate NAFTA to the benefit of all three countries.———IT’S BUDGET DAY IN ONTARIOOntario’s first balanced budget in a decade is expected to contain new money to benefit seniors, students, parents, caregivers and patients when it’s released this afternoon. The deficit-free fiscal plan gives the province’s Liberal government some room to bring in new spending as it heads into an election year. In a speech this week, Premier Kathleen Wynne said her plan has fairness at its heart and her approach is not to cut services, taxes and regulations and hope the results will trickle down to Ontarians.———IT’S ALSO BUDGET DAY IN NOVA SCOTIANova Scotia’s Liberal government is expected to present a budget today that opposition parties say is the prelude to a snap election call. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says he believes the budget won’t go to a vote in the legislature before Nova Scotians go to the polls. Finance Minister Randy Delorey has said the budget will be balanced. The Yukon government will also table its budget today.———HOUSING, OPIOIDS AND LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHT B.C. ELECTION DEBATEBritish Columbia’s political leaders entered the home stretch of the campaign leading to the May 9 election with a lively debate last night that featured clashes over the economy, housing, the opioid crisis and leadership. Liberal Leader Christy Clark said she’s the only one who can lead the province in the face of a growing protectionist threat from the United States.———COURT TODAY FOR WOMAN WHO SCALED TORONTO CRANEA young woman who was rescued after scaling a crane in downtown Toronto yesterday is scheduled to appear in court today. The woman, who police identified as 23-year-old Marisa Lazo, faces six counts of mischief by interfering with property. The reason for the woman’s perilous climb remains a mystery. The woman had been perched on a gently swaying large pulley device for at least four hours before her dramatic rescue by a firefighter.———JUSTICE MINISTERS AIM TO SPEED UP THE COURTSThe federal Liberals came to power promising sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system, but now the provinces are championing some ideas to reduce backlogs in the courts. Provincial and territorial justice ministers gather Friday in Gatineau, Que., for an emergency meeting with their federal counterpart, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to discuss how to tackle delays in the criminal courts.———MINISTER SCOLDS UNIVERSITIES ON GENDER EQUITYScience Minister Kirsty Duncan says universities aren’t doing enough to appoint more female research chairs, so she wants to force their hands. As of December 2016, there were 1,612 filled positions, among which 30 per cent were women. That fits with the fact between 2000 and 2015, 31 per cent of applicants for the jobs were from women.———CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN TRIAL FOR MAN WHO STRANGLED WIFEClosing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a Calgary man who admitted to strangling his wife and burying her body in their home. Allan Shyback is charged with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body in the death of Lisa Mitchell. During testimony this week, Shyback said he’d been the victim of nearly a decade of domestic abuse and that his common-law attacked him with a knife the day of the fatal encounter.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Gray, Sask., and Regina.— Domtar, Potash Corp., The Jean Coutu Group and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., are among the companies reporting quarterly results.— Statistics Canada will release the payroll employment, earnings and hours for February.— Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Transport Minister Marc Garneau will announce new funding for the Canadian Space Agency.— Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc will announce a new investment in ocean and freshwater sciences.— Canada Post will unveil the first of 10 stamps related to Canada’s 150th anniversary.— The annual East Coast Music Awards gala will be held in Saint John, N.B.