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Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon continues to fundraise as event approaches

first_imgDance Marathon — the culmination of Saint Mary’s year-long fundraising effort for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis — consists of more than 12 hours of standing, but even the planning phases keep the organization’s members on their feet.This year’s Marathon will take place on April 7, and with the date rapidly approaching, the club is still working to reach its goals, club president and senior Meg Brownley said in an email.“This year’s goal is to surpass last year’s total, which was around $133,000,” Brownley said. “We are doing well, but we are always looking for more people to get involved and fundraise for this incredible cause.”Dance Marathon will continue to raise money through different campus events and fundraising push days leading up to the event in April, Brownley said. She said the Marathon will take place in the Pfeil Center at Holy Cross College.First-year Alison Schibi is a member of the Dance Marathon catering committee, which plans food-related fundraisers known as Give Back nights.“I am involved with the catering committee this year, as we take care of Give Back days at local restaurants, the food provided at many of our events and, of course, for the day of the actual marathon,” Schibi said in an email. “Our committee has been working hard getting Give Back days and preparing for the big Marathon day.”“This year is really exciting because we are in the process of making Dance Marathon a tri-campus club with the help of some amazing and dedicated Notre Dame and Holy Cross students who have stepped up,” Brownley said.Brownley said the club plans to have areas to sign up for the Marathon at all three campuses to further encourage the involvement of students from all schools. Though the event is called Dance Marathon, skilled dancers are not the only people who can attend the event, Brownley said.“There is so much going on throughout the day and so many inspiring kids [that] you will forget what time it is,” she said. “Bad dancing still saves lives. The day of Dance Marathon is magical because it is a gym filled with passionate and driven college students coming together to change the lives of kids who deserve a happy childhood. It is so inspiring to meet the kids you are impacting and know that your work matters to these brave fighters.”It is these kids, Schibi said, who led her to consistently participate in the club.“I participate in Dance Marathon for the kids,” she said. “Supporting the Riley families brings joy, and each patient deserves the chance to be a kid. Dance Marathon gives hope.”Brownley said the event has given her the opportunity to create lasting memories.“My favorite part of Dance Marathon is meeting the incredible people who are passionate about this movement like I am,” she said. “I have made the best friends and the best memories with Dance Marathon, and that is something I am so grateful for.”Tags: Dance Marathon, Give Back days, Morale Committee, riley hospital for childrenlast_img read more

Micho: We deserved more than a point

first_imgUganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said his team deserved more than a point after the Cranes held the Black Stars to a one-all game in their Orange Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium on Saturday.Uganda relinquished a first half lead by Tony Mawejje to draw the Black Stars who got parity from the spot converted by Andre Ayew.Micho as the Serbian is fondly refereed told Cafonline.com in a post-match interview that “we came here very motivated because for 37-years now, we have not seen action at the Africa Cup of Nations.”The players have really proven themselves and I give all the credit to them. We knew the importance of the game and had to come to West Africa for four days to prepare and be ready for this game.”I respect the Ghana team but today it will have been deserving of us to win judging from the commitment and hard work of the players.”                                Micho explained that “we planned for this game knowing the Ghanaian players deep inside out. Ghana had two chances in the first half and our goalkeeper was in top form. “Then we scored the goal and then we needed in the second half to keep going. Then a very suspicious decision by the referee to award Ghana the penalty changed things because there was no challenge but I am used to this because I have been coming to Ghana since 1996 and it is always like this”.On his approach to the match that saw the Cranes dominate, Micho said “when you are playing against a good team, you need to have a balance approach. You cannot just pack the bus and just defend. You need to defend and give a fast counter attack. We have been handicapped in the absence of some two or three players and it was important to strategize well”. Concerning the team’s journey ahead, he said: “this point will be a good injection of confidence of all Ugandans back home. I strongly believe this is a good step for us because we are underdogs in this group and as such, getting a point in the home of the absolute favourite is a boost of moral. It will motivate us to prepare more and work harder for the matches ahead. “If the penalty was not awarded to Ghana and we were heading home with all three points, I will speak differently but even with this, we need to be happy because we played well against a team that is very good on the ball, with an incredible attacking team. We have a long way to go but with this start, the spirit and motivation of the boys, we can build on something to make Ugandans happy after 37-years.”The Cranes would next play Guinea on Friday in Kampala whilst Ghana travels to Lome to face neighbours, Togo.last_img read more

Jean Elizabeth McGovern, 86, Wellington: April 1, 1927 – Nov. 27, 2013

first_imgJean Elizabeth McGovern, died Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 86.She was born to Spurgeon DeWitt and Sadie Elizabeth (Bates) Swinney on April 1, 1927 in Fort Worth, Texas.On August 30, 1947, Jean and Dr. James L. McGovern were united in marriage in McAlester, Okla.. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2008. Dr. and Mrs. McGovern remained in Oklahoma while completing their education. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education and taught music locally. Mrs. McGovern developed a great love for music and was particularly fond of classical music. For many years she shared her love of music by directing both community and church choirs.They moved to Wellington in 1953 where Dr. McGovern established a Family Practice. Following retirement, Dr. and Mrs. McGovern lived in Green Valley, Arizona for 9 years before moving to Wichita in 2004. They eventually came full circle returning to Wellington in October, 2007.Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Spurgeon Swinney, Jr. Survivors included her son , Dr. James L. McGovern and his wife Jody of Lawrence, daughter, Janean Elizabeth McGovern of Wichita, son, Jeffrey P. McGovern and his wife Darla of Wellington, grandchildren, Jeff Colin McGovern of Lawrence, Jenna Corrine McGovern of Seattle, Washington, Jamie Catlin McGovern of Lawrence, Christina Bree Marx and her husband Otto of Kansas City, Mo., Jarin Matthew McGovern of Wellington, Julie Michelle McGovern of Wichita, a great-grandson, Otto W. Marx of Kansas City, Mo., two sisters, Ida Lewis Males of Hemet, California and Fannie Adcock of Grapevine, Texas along with numerous nieces and nephews.Memorial services for Jean will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in the First Presbyterian Church, Wellington. The Reverend Deb Schmidt will officiate. A private family interment will be held at a later time.Memorials have been established in her name and loving memory with the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation, 1323 North A Street, Wellington or the First Presbyterian Church, 1419 Western Avenue, Wellington 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Vernon Macklin would love to play in the PBA again

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHitting a pair of clutch free throws to win the game for Magnolia provided the fitting farewell for Vernon Macklin on Friday night.But it doesn’t seem like Filipino basketball fans had seen the last of Macklin in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Macklin is well-loved by Filipinos ever since he made his PBA debut with Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup and led the Gin Kings’ surprise finals run as the seventh seed before losing to No. 1 Alaska in a three-game sweep.And the adoration for him did not change in his return even if he switched teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Always. Like I said this place always has a special place in my heart,” Macklin told reporters after his freebies with 3.1 seconds left pushed the Hotshots past the Meralco Bolts, 81-79.“Five years ago, I started with Ginebra, even here, the fans are great, my teammates are awesome, the coaching staff is great, everybody show you love out here so I’m always open to come back here and play in the PBA,” added Macklin, who played his last game for Magnolia before leaving for China to suit up in the National Basketball League. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Before making his PBA return, Macklin had stops in the Chinese Basketball Association, Qatari Basketball League and Korean Basketball League.In the early part of his professional career, Macklin played one season for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Developmental League and in the Turkish Basketball Super League.Macklin averaged 21.0 points on 55 percent shooting from the field and 13.3 rebounds, leading Magnolia to a 3-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almadro asks for prayers amid appointment as Lady Eagles’ coach View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Remarks by Augustine K. Ngafuan at Opening of World Bank Country Office

first_imgMr. Yusupah CrookesCountry DirectorWorld Bank Liberia Country Office;Madam Inguna DobrajaWorld Bank Liberia Country Manager;Honorable Amara KonnehMinister of Finance Republic of Liberia;Members of the Diplomatic Corps;Representatives of International Organization;Executives and Representatives of Banking Institutions:Communicating progress in our society can sometimes be a difficult challenge, especially in a largely unsophisticated society such as ours.  In such an environment indicators such as GDP growth or some other complex indicators do not avail much in driving home the point to John Q. Public that progress is being made. But interestingly our people react more positively to tangibles such as construction and pavement of roads, the construction of hospitals, clinics, schools, office buildings, etc. This is explains why the Liberian people in their generality were elated when they witnessed the dedication of the new NASSCORP building at ELWA Junction and reacted similar to scores of previous dedication ceremonies that have seen, in less than ten years, new and glistening structures sprout up on Tubman Boulevar an area once  known for its ram-shackle, bullet-ridden, paint-starved structures.Today we come to cut the ribbons to the new facility that will house the country offices of the World Bank in Liberia. Ribbons are usually not cut to retrogression; they are cut to signify progress and forward march.  In this case, the progress of  transitioning from a smaller and crammed facility at Mamba Point to a bigger and better facility in Oldest Congo Town.So on behalf of H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johonson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia who could not attend this ceremony due to prior competing engagement, I want to extend the fullest appreciation of the Government and people of Liberia to the Country Manager of the World Bank , Mrs. Inguna Dabraja, and  through her, to the Country Director as well as the entire Management of the World Bank for this significant development.Ladies and Gentlemen:This ceremony is significant in many respects.  Firstly, the establishment of a new and better Office Complex in Liberia by the the World Bank represents a huge vote of confidence in Liberia’s future. By this you the WB has joined others including the British Government that last yearreopened its Embassy in Liberia with resident Ambassador after almost two-decade of closure as well as Sweden, Qatar and Brazil, among others.Secondly, the movement of the World Bank’s Country Office from Mamba Point, considered the diplomatic enclave, tof Oldest Congo Town   far away from the diplomatic enclave and the center of the city testifies to the ever deepening stability and security that Liberia has been experiencing for a little more than ten consecutive years.. That diplomatic missions and international organizations can choose to have their offices in areas like Sinkor, Congo Town and elsewhere is is a strong testimony l to the enormous progress that is being made everywhere in Liberia.Madam Country Manager, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,It will be absolutely impossible to   talk about Liberia’s progress under this regime without dedicating at least a chapter to the critical and pivotal contribution of the World Bank. The World Bank has been with us from the time from the very beginning and has remained a friend indeed to Liberia through thick and thin. In those difficult years of the start of the regime, the WB assisted us through many and various interventions aimed at building the capacity of the government and responding to the ever growing aspirations of the Liberian people. The World Bank was the biggest partner that that assisted us in crafting our development frameworks – the IPRS and the PRS, and the recent Vision 2030 and its five-year slice – the Agenda for Transformation. Besides helping to craft our development frameworks, the World Bank has been one of our biggest donors, funding critical interventions in practically all sectors of our country.. Moreover, the Bank was a key player followed by the IMF in driving Liberia through the HIPC  debt relief process which eventually saw Liberia being unshackled from itsUS  almost 5 billion dollars debt burden. Furthermore, the Bank contributed half of the funds which enabled the Liberian Government to clear commercial debts of over a 1billion dollars through debt buy-backs.The Bank has contributed to the rebuilding of critical infrastructure  including the paving of  of Monrovia’s streets under URIRP Project, support to the Monrovia City Corporation under the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation project (EMUS) which provided solid waste services and increased the volume of waste collected and disposed daily from less than thirty percent of the generated waste to more than forty-five  percent.As a former Minister of Finance who co-chaired along with the Country Manager of the WB, the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF), I would be remiss if I did not recognize the magnificent role the World Bank has played in  administering the LRTF that has attracted huge amounts of donor funding to finance Liberia’s infrastructure program. It is through the funding from the LRTF that the Monrovia-Gbarnga; Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea borde highway is being funded..Tthe reconstruction of the Vai Town/Chief Zulu Domah Bridge, the Monrovia-Buchanan highway which is perhaps one of the best in the country, are among an endless list of infrastructural interventions funded by the World Bank for which we remain eternally grateful. These infrastructural projects not only brought ease of transportation and a sense of decency but also helped to jumpstart the country’s social and economic development and create the basis for economic expansion.In the area of economic governance, the Bank has demonstrated forthrightness in its sponsorship to the Public Financial Management Unit at the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Management Training Program,s a quadripartite arrangement among the World Bank, Civil Service Agency, the University of Liberia and the Ministry of Finance respectively, that builds efficient capacity to man Liberia’s financial institutions.  The automation of public financial management processes, especially the introduction of the much-touted IFMIS system could not have come without the generous assistance and guidance of te World.I can never exhaust the list of positive contributions of the WB to Liberia’s development, for it is endless. Since Liberia’s reengagement with the World Bank Group in December 2007 after nearly two decades of sanctions, the confidence and mutual trust that characterize our relationship continue to wax stronger.Madam Country Manager, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,Madam Country Manger,Looking into the future and now that you have a bigger and better working environment, , we trust that the scope, scale, and quality of World Bank engagements in Liberia will grow to the benefit of the Liberian people.Let me  congratulate the distinguished and farsighted leadership of Dr. Jim Yong Kim (12th President of the World Bank Group) who has dedicated himself to working for international development and endeavoring to transform the lives of under-served people worldwide. Let me as well congratulate you Madam Country Manager and your predecessor Dr. Ohene Owusu Nyanin with whom I enjoyed very close personal and professional relationship while I served as Minister of Finance as well as all of the hardworking staff of the World Bank Country Office.May God the World Bank for all its numerous contributions to Liberia. I thank you.CUTTING OF RIBBONMadam Country Manager, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and the government and people of the Republic Liberia I cut these ribbons to the World Bank’s new Country Office as a testament to the World Bank Group’s vote of confidence in Liberia’s post-conflict recovery process and entertain high optimism for our continued and increased future partnership.Thank You.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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