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President Weah, Please Answer Phebe Hospital’s SOS Call and Save Our Rural People

first_imgWe consider this Editorial a very serious one, because it is intended to make a direct and urgent appeal to President George Weah to come to Phebe Hospital’s rescue, in the same way President William R. Tolbert saved this hospital in 1973.What is at stake is yet another very serious crisis at one of the nation’s leading medical and health institutions—Phebe Hospital in Suacoco, Bong County.  Why is Phebe so  critical?  Because it serves millions of rural Liberians; and also travelers through Liberia’s vast interior that may fall sick en route or become victims of terrible accidents along the highways leading through Bong County, on to Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and beyond.Why do we say that history is about to repeat itself?  Because the crisis at Phebe today is identical to that which befell Phebe in 1973, just after Dr. Walter Gwenigale returned home from his highly successful medical studies in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, California, United States of America.The alarming story from our Bong County Correspondent Marcus Malayea, published on the back page of yesterday’s Daily Observer, told us that Phebe is probably the nation’s oldest hospital—97 years.  It was started by American Lutherans in Harrisburg, Montserrado County around 1921 when they opened their first Liberian mission in this part of Montserrado County, on the Right Bank of the St. Paul River.  Attached to the hospital was a School of Nursing.  There in Harrisburg the Lutherans also planted the E.V. Day Girls School.  The Lutherans put their male students school across the river in Millsburg, and called it the Muelenberg Boys School.Nearly a half century later the Lutherans, in collaboration with the Episcopal and Methodist Churches, relocated Phebe to Suacoco, in the then Central Province which in 1964 became Bong County.  It was an ultra-modern medical facility in the heart of rural Liberia, equipped with a modern operating room and X-ray department, electricity and running water.  A little later, Phebe joined with Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) to open the nation’s first degree-granting School of Nursing.But immediately upon Dr. Gwenigale’s return from his medical studies, the Lutheran missionaries at Phebe told him they were closing Phebe and turning it into a health center.  They said there was no money to continue running the hospital, because American Lutherans were now focusing on saving “the heathen at home, rather than the heathen abroad.”Dr. Gwenigale, who had returned with his Puerto Rican wife Carmen, a well-trained radiologist and their year-old  first son, Walter, Jr., did not panic at this alarming revelation.  The doctor, also a surgeon, made a fast move.  He drove to Monrovia one morning and found his Cuttington classmate, now a journalist, at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and told him the terrible news about Phebe.  Walter Gwenigale, along with his Lutheran Training Institute classmate Wilton Sankawulo, had graduated in 1959, just as Kenneth Y. Best had graduated from the Booker Washington Institute that same year and the three of them, among many others from all over Liberia, met at Cuttington as freshmen in February 1960.  In mid-1961 the Lutherans sent Walter to Puerto Rico for medical studies.  He presented to his classmate the crisis he faced immediately on his return—Phebe, the hospital he had returned home well prepared to serve, was closing down.“So what do you want me to do?” asked  KYB.“I want you to write about it to see if we can stop Phebe from closing.”That same weekend Mr. Best traveled to Phebe in Suacoco, interviewed the Lutherans in charge of Phebe, who confirmed the imminent closure, met the Hospital Board that was meeting that Saturday morning, then toured the entire facility, including all the infrastructure. The result was two major stories the following week—on Tuesday and Thursday, published in the Liberian Star, a daily, and the bi-weekly Liberian Age. On seeing the stories, President William R. Tolbert summoned his Health Minister, Counselor Oliver Bright, who confirmed to him Phebe’s imminent closure, because the Lutherans said they had no more money to keep the hospital open. “How much does it cost to run Phebe annually,” President Tolbert enquired.“US$400,000, Mr. President, according to Mr. Best,” Minister Bright replied.President Tolbert immediately dictated a letter to his younger brother, Finance Minister Steve Tolbert, directing him to provide US$400,000 annually to keep Phebe Hospital open.Dr. Gwenigale took over Phebe immediately and ran it successfully for over 30 years, even through the war years.  It was this enviable legacy that led President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to appoint him her Health Minister for most of her tenure.We appeal to President George Weah to repeat history by doing for Phebe what President Tolbert did for this critical medical institution on which millions of our rural people as well as travelers up country depend for their health, medical and even emergency needs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fit-again QPR duo to play in U23 match against Sheffield Wednesday

first_imgYoungsters Reece Grego-Cox and Michael Petrasso will get another run-out for QPR’s development side this afternoon.Both players have been building up their match fitness following injuries and will start for Rangers’ Under-23s against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.Forward Grego-Cox, who had to return from a loan spell at Newport County because of his injury, recently scored a hat-trick in an Under-23 match against Coventry.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Red Bluff High boys basketball overtaken by Serra in semi, 60-43

first_imgRed Bluff >> Moments after Valentin Ramirez netted his second 3-pointer at about 3 minute mark of the opening quarter, the Red Bluff High boys basketball team had a 16-11 lead on Serra Friday night in the semifinals of the 28th Holiday Classic tournament. Could the Spartans get to their first-ever final in their own tournament? It turned out the momentum would slowly shift toward the San Diego-based team as Serra outscored Red Bluff 37-19 over the next 19 minutes to pull in front by double …last_img read more

After Effects Tutorial: Creating a Particle Christmas Tree

first_imgThe last thing to address is the top – the particles keep emitting after the light reaches the top, so we’ll keyframe the Particles/sec from 500 to 0 after the last keyframe on the light emitter:Now you’ve got a nice, sparkly particle Christmas Tree! It’s path is fully in 3D so you can do some great camera movements. One thing to note: the “Star” particle type doesn’t allow depth of field effects, so an alternative is to make the particles “Spheres,” then add Trapcode Starglow (if you’ve got it). Here’s what that might look like: Now, place your cursor over one end of the line, keep it in place, and hold down the mouse button until you get a good spiral, like this:The spiral result after holding down for a second or two:When you’re happy with your spiral, delete any points that didn’t fall within the range of the Twirl tool, to end up with something like the below:One important setting in Illustrator that must be correct before you can copy paths and have them paste correctly in After Effects – make sure you’ve selected “Preserve Paths” in the “File Handling and Clipboard” preference menu:If that setting is checked correctly, go ahead and copy the path, then open After Effects and create a new comp. You’ll want to add two things to the comp for starters: a null object and a point light. For the null object, make it 3D, set it’s position to exactly the same as the light, and parent it to the light. For the light, name it “Emitter.”Now, select the Position property of the light and paste the spiral path from Illustrator:We parented the null to the light to keep it close to the light after the position curve was pasted, but now switch it so that the light is parented to the null object. The path was pasted vertically, so rotate the null object to 270º on the X-axis to make it horizontal: Create a particle Christmas tree in After Effects using Trapcode Particular and Adobe Illustrator!It’s Christmas time! I know many of you will be doing holiday themed motion graphics, so here’s a fun little tutorial on how to create a cool, spiraling particle Christmas tree!First, open Adobe Illustrator and draw a straight line using either the pen tool or the line tool.Next select the “Twirl” tool from the tool palette, then double click it to bring up the options. I found that I got my best results with the below: Let’s crank up the Particles/sec to about 500, then get to work on making the particles look right. Set the Life to 6sec, and change the Particle Type to “Star,” the Color to “Random from Gradient,” and make a gradient with the colors you’d like to see. We also want a little variation in the particles, so set the Size Random and Opacity Random to 40%: For the Physics, we’ll add just a little more random motion by setting the Spin Amplitude to 5 and the Affect Size and Affect Position to 10: Now, scale up the null to make the “base” of the Christmas Tree as wide as you want it; I scaled mine up to 300%. You also might drag the null towards the bottom of the comp.What you have so far is a light spiraling from the outside-in on a flat plane. To expand that spiral in 3D so that light spirals upward, add a keyframe on the null’s position at the start of the “spiral” movement, go to the end of the spiral movement and move the null up on the Y-axis towards the top of the comp:If you scrub through, you’ll see the light spiral around from bottom to top. This is the path we’re looking for, so now let’s make some particles follow that path! Add a new solid and apply Particular. Set it’s Emitter Type to Light, the Velocity and Velocity from Motion to .3 (or 0 if you want no movement at all), and it’s size to around 10x10x10.Now, if you scrub through, you should see the tree start to take shape: There are a ton of variations you can create with this: try playing with the Particle Size or Randomness, or with various Opacity Over Life graphs. You could add in an Aux System emitter for different shape, size or color particles.And there you go, a little bit of Christmas cheer for your holiday motion graphics!last_img read more

Chris Brown caught hugging mystery woman

first_imgSinger Chris Brown was spotted hugging a mystery girl just a few days after his reported break-up with model Karrueche Tran.He was seen embracing another woman in a dark parking lot, reports dailymail.co.uk.Chris Brown and his mystery woman. Picture courtesy: SplashThe 25-year-old was out late at night when he was found hugging the mystery brunette, who appeared to jump into a sports car with him Tuesday.The two shared an intimate hug outside of Brown’s brand new Lamborghini, before zipping away.last_img read more