World Bank, GOL Sign US$115M Grant Deal

first_imgThe World Bank Group and the Government of Liberian (GOL) have signed a US$115 million additional financing grant in support of the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP) for Liberia. The money will go directly to the health sector in support of Liberia’s model of scaling up community care centers (CCCs), social mobilization and active case search. It will also support rapid response teams and laboratories, medical waste management, training and health workers’ hazard pay and the deployment of qualified foreign health workers to help Liberian medical staff fight Ebola and restore essential health services across the country. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Monday, November 24, with the World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, declaring that these grant resources will support the Liberian government to achieve zero cases of Ebola. “Zero cases must be our goal,” said the World Bank Country Manager who signed the agreement on behalf of the Bank. “Although we have seen decline in the number of cases in Liberia, the epidemic is far from over. We need to be fast and dynamic in order to achieve zero Ebola virus disease (EVD); be flexible and adapt our response to changing conditions on the ground.” Ms. Inguna warned “Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say we have done enough. No! We cannot slow down the response.” The US$115 million grant agreement penned on Monday is in addition to a US$52 million grant provided to the government by the World Bank few weeks ago bringing the Bank’s total grant support directly to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola epidemic to US$167 million. Ms. Inguna assured the Liberian government of the Bank’s continuing commitment to support the fight against the Ebola epidemic and in the recovery efforts once the outbreak is totally defeated. She also reminded the government to make sure that Liberians do not die from malaria, typhoid and other curable sicknesses despite the intense focus on the Ebola virus outbreak. “The direct impact of the crisis has wiped out hard-earned development gains and many Liberians have lost their livelihoods,” said Ms. Inguna. “We need to support the most vulnerable, especially the Ebola-affected families, get children back to school and farmers back to their fields.” In response, Liberia’s FDP Minister Amara M. Konneh thanked the World Bank Group, particularly President Jim Yong Kim, for the direct support to the government in the fight against the EVD. Minister Konneh declared the US$115 million grant by the World Bank is the second trench of support the Bank is giving to the Liberian government, the first being the US$52 million grant given to the government few weeks ago. “We are more grateful to the World Bank Group, which happens to be the largest donor to the government thus far in the fight against the EVD,” said Minister Konneh. “We [government] will use portion of the money to reopen our clinics and hospitals across the country both public and private. We will also use some of this grant to support our communities because they took charge of themselves and are still doing so in absence of the government and other health institutions,” he added.According to Minister Konneh, the US$115 million will contribute to the control of the Ebola virus disease in the country including psychosocial supports, amongst others.He recalled how the Liberian government had difficulties in handling the EVD outbreak few months ago, but noted that today is a new era where the government has identified the causes of Ebola and how to tackle it.The Liberian Finance Minister underscored the importance of the latest World Bank support as it will help restore basic health services across the country. “We are not going be satisfied until all of our health services are reopened even though the Health Ministry is already reopening hospitals and clinics gradually,” he added.Mr. Konneh warned the public that the EVD outbreak is not over yet despite the decline in the spread of the virus. He praised the Bank’s Country Manager for her strong support in acquiring the fresh financing to fight the EVD.Earlier, Deputy Health Minister for Administration, Mr. Matthew T. K. Flomo, who witnessed the signing ceremony thanked the World Bank for the huge direct support to the Ministry of Health for Ebola response. Minister Flomo also thanked Minister Konneh for lobbying for the grant resources and said the money will help strengthen and improve the sector.On November 18, 2014, the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$285 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Bank announced that the money would be used to help communities in the three countries cope with the socioeconomic impact of the crisis and rebuild and strengthen essential health services.  The grant is part of the nearly US$1 billion previously announced by the World Bank Group for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.The grant provides additional financing to the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP) approved by the WBG’s Board on September 16, 2014, including US$72 million for Guinea, US$115 million for Liberia and US$98 million for Sierra Leone, the three countries most-affected by Ebola.The announcement by the Bank brings the total financing approved so far from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window (CRW) for the Ebola response to US$390 million. The CRW is designed to help low-income IDA countries recover from severe disasters and crises. 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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‘Amb. Nnadozie Had no Contact with Ebola Victim’

first_imgThe Nigeria Embassy in Monrovia has distanced itself from recent ‘negative’ media reports linking the Ambassador of being in contact with an Ebola victim, the late Liberian official, Patrick O. Sawyer. At a press conference in Monrovia, Ambassador Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie, said the attention of the Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been drawn to that report emanating from a Nigerian-owned newspaper.However, the Ambassador vehemently denied reports that link her with over 59 persons, who had contact with the 40-year old Liberian national, Patrick O. Sawyer, who lost his life to the dreaded virus in Lagos last Friday.The Nigeria-based newspaper reports attributed to officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and Lagos State Government that the Principal Envoy of Nigeria, Obi-Nnadozie, was reported to have been among those who reportedly came in contact with the late Sawyer prior to his demise at the Lagos Airport. But in her quick reaction, the Nigerian female diplomat  quoted the Federal Nigerian Foreign Ministry as declaring: “The Ministry wishes to categorically state that Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie did not at anytime have any contact with the late Sawyer either by way of being in the same building, on a same flight or vehicle, or a given location.“I have in the recent past, been and still [am] at my duty post in Monrovia,” the Envoy emphasized.According to her, the Lagos State government has clarified that she (the Ambassador) was wrongly linked to the Ebola victim, who died in Lagos recently after flying into the country from Monrovia.The statement from the Lagos State government, she said, was signed by the special advisor to the Lagos State Governor on media, Hakeem Bello. It therefore explained that the person on board the flight the newspaper had apparently referred to as Amb. Obi-Nnadozie was the Federal Government official working in collaboration with officials of the State government that provided the name of the ambassador as one of the persons that had contact with the late Sawyer.Meanwhile, the Federal Health authorities, together with their Lagos State counterparts may wish to cross-check this information or any other information accurately for public consumption.The Lagos State Government on July 28 shut down and quarantined the hospital where a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, suspected with the Ebola virus, died last week in Lagos.“We have shut the hospital to enable us to properly quarantine the environment. Some of the hospital staff who were in close contact with the victim have been isolated. The hospital will be shut for a week and all staff monitored to ensure the virus has not spread,” the Lagos State Health Commissioner, Jide Idris said.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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Dr. Edward B. McClain Dies

first_imgThe government of Liberia has announced with profound regret the death of Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:55 a.m. at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa. He was in his 72nd year.Dr. McClain was a product of the College of West Africa (CWA), a renowned high school in Monrovia, run by the United Methodist Church since 1839. Most of his siblings attained their secondary education at CWA. His eldest brother, John Weseh McClain, graduated from CWA in November 1955 as the dux of his class, along with several classmates who became outstanding Liberians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Leaving CWA, Edward, affectionately called “Bobby,” matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he took the BSc degree, majoring in Chemistry and Biology. Among his Cuttington classmates were his best buddy, Dr. Taylor Neal, a prominent Liberian dentist; Dr. Foday Kromah, a geologist and former Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy; Mrs. Gwendolyn Gooding Wilson; Samuel Butcher, who became a mathematician and served as principal of high schools in California, USA; Henry Baker, who became a lawyer; and ThomasBrima, former Superintendent of Lofa County, former Minister of Internal Affairs and former Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone.Leaving Cuttington, the brilliant Bobby entered the University of Besançon, France, where he qualified as a Doctor of Psychiatry. Following his graduation, he spent some years in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire, where he became a close associate of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whom he later came to work for as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs. Before then he served as a key member of her political campaign for the presidency.Since his return from Abidjan, Dr. McClain did not practice his profession as psychiatrist, though he was one of only two Liberian psychiatrists in country, the other being Dr. Benjamin Harris, who is engaged with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Dr. Harris confirmed to the Daily Observer that Dr. McClain never really practiced psychiatry in Liberia. Dr. Harris, however, recalled that he consulted with Dr. McClain on a number of occasions, and that the two of them on few occasions did joint consultations with prisoners in Monrovia.Minister Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr. was born in Monrovia on November 18, 1944, unto the union of Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr. and his wife, Mrs. Florence McClain, daughter of Mr. William R. Tolbert Sr. She was the eldest sister of Senator Frank E. Tolbert, President William R. Tolbert Jr. and the eminent Liberian business tycoon and former Agriculture Minister Steve Tolbert (during the Tubman administration). Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr., father of Dr. Bobby McClain Jr., hailed from the Mhanwruune Quarter of Picnicess, in Grand Kru County. The McClains are related to the Nelsons, of which former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson is a prominent exponent. Being from the same Quarter in Picnicess, the Nelsons consider the McClain males as uncles. Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr. came to Monrovia as a very young fellow and was raised by the McClain family in the capital city. In appreciation to that family that afforded him a sound education, Edward adopted McClain as his surname. However, the real name of his father was Boka Worjloh. While in Monrovia, Edward B. McClain Sr. fell in love with Ms. Florence Tolbert, eldest daughter of Mr. William R. Tolbert Sr., a onetime Chairman of the True Whig Party, a staunch Baptist and a farmer and landholder in his native Bensonville, Montserrado County (now known as Bentol).Edward and Florence McClain went on to bring forth many highly talented children, at least two of whom became medical doctors. Their eldest daughter Genevieve became the first Liberian female Accountant and rose to become Chief Accountant at the Department (now Ministry) of PublicWorks. At least two of the McClain children, eldest brother Weseh and youngest sister Vashti, are also Harvard graduates, and several of their siblings hold doctorate degrees. The former President of the National Oil Company of Liberia, Dr. Randolph McClain, a product of Ricks Institute, took the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr. chose as his wife Ms. Gwendolyn Pierre, daughter of the late former Supreme Court Chief Justice James A.A. Pierre. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.According to an Executive Mansion release, the State and Presidential Affairs Minister, and Chief of Staff to the President of Liberia died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at about 2:25 am Central African time at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa.Funeral arrangements will be announced later. 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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Wenger bemused after Cech blunder

first_img0Shares0000Petr Cech did not have a good day at the office as he gifted Jordan Ayew Swans’ second goal. Photo/GETTYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left bemused by Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea City on Tuesday saying it was “very difficult to find a rational explanation” for their performance in south Wales.Arsenal took the lead through Nacho Monreal against a Swansea side that started the day bottom of the Premier League, but a double from Sam Clucas either side of a howler from Petr Cech that saw Jordan Ayew net the second saw the Gunners crash to an embarrassing defeat. “We were absolutely guilty in giving the (first) goal away,” Wenger said. “We have no rational explanation. Swansea won decisive duals offensively and defensively. On top of that we made unusual, massive mistakes. That was the killer.“Swansea were sharp, disciplined and hungry. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, I believe we were not disciplined enough.“I don’t want to talk about second or third goals.”Swansea’s second goal came from a calamitous mistake from the normally reliable Petr Cech, who mis-kicked a clearance straight to Jordan Ayew, who gleefully slotted the ball past him and into the net.Wenger added that his team needed to “improve in a number of areas, including passing, creating chances and defending.”“We were not convincing defensively, not convincing offensively,” Wenger said, with some understatement. “In the end we lost the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ranieri describes Vichai’s death as sad end to Leicester fairytale

first_imgVichai died with four other people when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed near the King Power Stadium shortly after taking off.Ranieri — who was out of work at the time — travelled from Italy to pay his respects at a shrine set up outside the ground.“I think we spoke a lot about the fairytale,” said Ranieri at his eve of match press conference.“Now the chairman, Vichai, has died the fairytale has finished but the memories remain and the achievement too.“I am very sad for what happened and we have to continue with our lives.”Ranieri is held in great affection by the Foxes fans and those supporters who travel to London for the match are expected to give him a warm reception.“It will be very strange. A very emotional moment, but it’s OK, that is football,” he said.“It will be a good moment, for sure, but we have to win.”Ranieri, who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic after the Serbian was sacked last month due to a terrible start to the campaign, has guided them to a win and a defeat in his first two games in charge.They are presently bottom of the table, two points adrift of fourth from bottom Huddersfield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title as Leicester manager in the 2015/16 season © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Claudio Ranieri said on Tuesday the Leicester fairytale which he played such a pivotal role in came to an end with the death of Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash in October.Ranieri is preparing to welcome Leicester to bottom club Fulham on Wednesday, the first time the amiable 67-year-old Italian pits his wits against the club he guided to the title in 2016 but was sacked from in February 2017.last_img read more

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Osaka says poor attitude cost her Brisbane semi-final

first_img0Shares0000Japan’s Naomi Osaka made 26 unforced errors and was broken three times in a disappointing display © AFP / Saeed KhanBRISBANE, Australia, Jan 5 – Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka said her poor attitude cost her during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Lesia Tsurenko in Saturday’s Brisbane International semi-finals.Osaka went into the match as firm favourite but looked flat from the outset as Tsurenko raced through the match in just 65 minutes. The Japanese star, who burst to prominence with her eventful US Open final win over Serena Williams, made 26 unforced errors and was broken three times in a disappointing display.She said after the match that she didn’t know how to cope once things started to go against her.“If I’m being really frank, I just feel like I had the worst attitude today,” she said.“I feel like I didn’t really know how to cope with not playing well.Tsurenko raced through the match in just 65 minutes and now rises to a career-high world ranking of 24 © AFP / Saeed Khan“I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that, but then the ball wouldn’t go in, and then I would go back to being, like, childish and stuff.“I feel like last year I did a lot of that,” she added.“I’m trying to change it more, and I think I have.”But Osaka said Saturday’s loss was probably a better learning experience than if she had made the final.“I think today I learned… what I can do to improve the situation,” she said.The 29-year-old Tsurenko, who will now rise to a career-high world ranking of 24, said she had adopted a new game plan during the off-season.“I feel better with my serve and that I am moving well,” she said.“I feel more strong now, so I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on court, even when someone like Naomi is playing really strong.“I can really stay there and I can be aggressive also.”Tsurenko will play Czech Karolina Pliskova in Sunday’s final after the fifth seed beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4.Pliskova had the edge over Vekic in a tight match and will go into the final as favourite.But the 2017 Brisbane champion said she preferred that to being the underdog.“I think I’m the kind of player which needs a little bit of the pressure because if I don’t have it, I just don’t try that much,” she added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Chelsea are worthy champions,’ admits beaten Leicester boss Pearson

first_img1 Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson hailed Chelsea as ‘worthy champions’ after the Blues ran out 3-1 winners at the King Power Stadium to go one win away from the Premier League title.The Foxes were by far the better team in the first half and deservedly took the lead on the stroke of half time through Marc Albrighton.But Jose Mourinho’s side rallied after the break, with Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires scoring to take three points back to London.The result ended Leicester’s four-game winning run and means they remain just one point above the relegation zone with four matches remaining.The Foxes lost Andy King and former Blues defender Robert Huth to injury in the first 25 minutes and manager Pearson rued the double loss, while praising Chelsea’s champion qualities.“It was difficult tonight because we’ve had to make substitutions which in normal circumstances we wouldn’t have done – but that’s life,” he said.“I don’t think our players deserved being on the end of a 3-1 defeat because it was a tighter game than that.“I’ve heard criticisms of Chelsea in recent weeks and I find it very bemusing. The best sides are able to win games in different ways and they’ve illustrated that tonight.“I think they’re a really good side and have some great players. I’m not oblivious to the views that were spouted at the weekend in terms of style of football but I’m a big believer in winning games and that’s it.“Chelsea are worthy champions.” Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Get a grip this winter

first_imgOur autumn compared to our summer this year has been one of the best in years. Only last weekend I spotted a “show off” in his convertible going topless in October. It’s funny how an action like this by others can focus your attention and your judgement on their attention seeking which can spur you to enjoy or despise their instant reaction to the present weather conditions.I didn’t really think he was a show off. I would probably do the same if I had a convertible myself, but considering how many good warm sunny days we get in Ireland the practicalities of that dream of me owning a convertible were rubbished in the practical part of my petrol heads thinking. Advertisement The weather and the seasons can play a big part in our everyday motoring, even if we do not go the extremes of our convertible friend.When I started driving over thirty years ago the old under-powered cars that we drove seem to go better as the conditions got colder. Part of that might be true but really what was happening was that in the autumn months the cars were were not really going any better in the colder air, they were only losing grip on the road surface.In a car in them days, long before the introduction of Anti Lock Brakes (ABS) and Traction Control Systems (TCS) our main sensor system was (SOTP)! Driving using SOTP or “Driving by the seat of the pants” is based on the feeling in your backside when a car goes over a bump or losses grip of the road.In the cars years ago everything that happened on the road was transferred back through the steering and the suspension to the driver, and that rawness was and early warning to let the driver know that all wasn’t right. Advertisement In the winter months as road conditions change through bad weather and things like mud drawn out of fields on to the road, and later as gritters keep the ice and snow at bay the roads become slippy long before the snow arrived. One sure sign of how little grip you had on the roads was the way the old pre-power steering systems on cars suddenly became lights and easier to use.A set of winter tyres could be the difference for the months ahead.The grip that tyres have on the roads in the summer is completely different that they have in the winter. Road conditions are one of the problems and the drop in temperature effect on a tyres performance is the other.The rubber on a normal tyre hardens when the temperature drops in the winter for most of us it will make very little difference until we have to get stopped in a hurry or we have to change direction on the road very quickly.Winter tyres are not just for snow!Snow tyres have tread patterns specifically designed to bite into snow and ice. They’re made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather, allowing the tyre to better conform to the surface of the road; whereas summer and all-season tyres get hard and are less pliable in cold temperatures.As a result, winter tyres give better grip on snowy and icy surfaces than regular all-season or summer tyres. Grip is critical—not just to avoid getting stuck, but to ensure that a vehicle can stop and steer and ensure safety enhancing technologies such as Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and all-wheel drive can do their jobs. If you do a lot of miles or the nature of your work means that you need to be there no matter what the weather it would be worth you time investing in a set of winter tyres for the winter months, even two good winter tyres on a front wheel drive powered car is money well spent as it also will give your car better steering and braking in the cold winter months.The late Ambrose GivenAs I am putting this motoring piece together for this weeks column, so many have talked about the sudden death of Ambrose Given.He was a man that I didn’t know but in January this year while covering the Mini Stages Rally I captured a photo of him in full flight competing on a special stage in his Honda Civic not far from his home in Convoy.The Late Ambrose Given from Convoy in his Honda Civic on the Mini Stages of the Donegal Rally in January at the start of the year. Pictured By Brian McDaidThe photo was by far the best that I was lucky enough to capture that day standing in the snow in a field near the hump-back bridge on the backroad from Letterkenny to Convoy. My life long friend Packie Keeney from Lifford held night classes in photography at the Old Tech at Ard O’Donnell in Letterkenny many moons ago. I was one of his students. Packie gave us students his knowledge of photography. These night classes were what started to take up photography as a career.As the sad news broke over the Bank Holiday weekend of the sudden death of Ambrose Given at only 39 years of age I soon made the connection that Ambrose was a nephew of the man that taught me photography, Packie Keeney. His post on Facebook gave people like myself who didn’t know Ambrose an idea of the person he was. With Packie my teacher, we both shared his post along with my picture of the late Ambrose in action on the Donegal Minis Stages in January.The post reads as follows:“Kathleen’s godson and my nephew Ambrose Given Jnr. who suddenly departed this life on Friday last to utmost shock and grief. Ambrose (39) was found dead of natural causes in his bedroom in Dublin on Friday where he was employed. A skillful stainless steel welder (in the top 5 in Ireland) who continually worked to laser inspection standards and always got it right first time, was in high demand particularly from companies like Cadburys and Guinness.”“He was a great sports person too and was in demand as a rally co-driver/driver, and in recent times was concentrating on his cycling when 150km would just have been a bit of a dander. On top of all that he was a skilled farmer and enjoyed that engagement at the weekend at home in Convoy.”“His wit, his good nature, and his caring will be just some of the things we will miss, but his loving family Mum & Dad, Sheila and Ambrose Snr. and his 5 loving sisters will experience their own very personal loss. We trust in God that they will get the strength to get through a very difficult week ahead.”Rest In Peace Ambrose.DD Motoring: Get a grip this winter was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare 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:ambrose givenbrian mc daidmotoringsnow tyressummerwinterlast_img read more

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‘Other knee was jealous’ – Man City star offers positive update after surgery

first_imgMendy, 24, missed the majority of last season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Crystal Palace in September 2017.He returned from injury in April this year and has started nine of City’s 12 Premier League games this season, including the 3-1 derby victory over Manchester United on Sunday.Mendy cost a reported £52million when he moved to the Etihad from Monaco in 2017. 2 Benjamin Mendy insists he will be ‘back soon’ after undergoing surgery on his left knee.The Manchester City defender had an operation on a meniscus problem on Wednesday night after withdrawing from the France squad. Benjamin Mendy has made 10 appearances for Manchester City this season Other knee was jealous but the operation went well and its all good now 😘 be back soon guys u just have to found another FPL captain for some games 😝✌🏾 https://t.co/RD5ZGGkhMS— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) November 14, 2018center_img 2 A statement from City read: “Manchester City can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has undergone surgery on his left knee tonight.“The Frenchman, who played the full 90 minutes in the weekend’s 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United, travelled to join up with his national team before withdrawing from the squad.“The 24-year-old defender attended Dr. Cugat’s clinic in Barcelona where scans revealed that surgery was required.“That surgery was conducted on Wednesday evening and everyone at Manchester City wishes Benjamin a speedy recovery.”No timescale has been given for Mendy’s return but he posted a positive update on his Twitter page. Mendy played the full 90 minuts in Manchester City’s win over Manchester United at the weekend last_img read more

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Glendale may dive after pool funding

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Most cities have their own pools, but not Glendale. “I pride myself on Glendale being a great city, and this is one of our weak spots,” Najarian said. At its meeting tonight, the City Council will vote whether to ask for the $1.4 million in Proposition 40 money. City officials expect they would get the funds and that construction of a 25-meter pool would begin in 10 months and be completed in 2008. Money could be temporarily taken from other projects to get the pool built, they said. “I want to really get going on this quickly, so I’m committed to finding additional resources for it,” said George Chapjian, director of parks, recreation and community services. GLENDALE – With the city forced to use two high school swimming pools for its aquatics program, Glendale officials hope to dip into $1.4 million in state bond money to build the city’s own pool. “It’s sorely needed in Glendale,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. “It’s a shame that we closed up the last two pools that we had.” In the late 1980s, the city demolished a leaking pool it operated near Glendale Community College. Another pool was destroyed at the old Pacific Park when it was rebuilt to create the $46 million Edison School-Pacific Park, a combined school, library, community center and park that opened in 2003. To help build the new pool, the city would ask the state for bond money from Proposition 40, approved by voters in 2002. Building it at Edison School-Pacific Park, 501 S. Pacific Ave., would cost $6.5 million. The city now runs aquatics programs at Glendale and Hoover high schools. But the school’s swim teams need to use the pools, too, so the city has trouble getting enough pool time for its programs, officials said. Najarian said he hopes the city can eventually build a major aquatics complex, with a 50-meter pool, diving platforms and a smaller pool for children. That could cost more than $12 million to build, he said. “If we do create the aquatics complex, I think it will be an oasis to the city.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The Glendale City Council will meet at 6 tonight at 613 E. Broadway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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