The Senate has requested the Minister of Health and Members of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Hospital (JFK), to fully implement in 90 days, the recently passed amended JFK Law, which among other things, calls for new leadership at that referral hospital.The Senate decision came through a motion by Nimba County Senator Thomas S. Grupee, a splendid power-point presentation by Health Minister and Chairperson of the JFK board Madam Bernice Dahn; and a lengthy period of grilling by the Senate Plenary.The motion by Senator Grupee who chairs the committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, also requested the Peter Coleman-chaired committee on Health, Gender, and Social Welfare to arrange and carry out a tour of the facilities of the JFK, which according toMinister Dahn, is currently undergoing major renovations at the cost of US$30 million. Also, the high-powered four-member board delegation to last week’s presentation in the Chambers of the Senate, which included JFK Administrator Madam Wvannie Scott McDonald, was requested to address the exorbitant fees reportedly paid by patients for their treatment at that hospital.During her presentation, Minister Dahn disclosed that the Board is already implementing some aspects of the new JFK Act, and told the lawmakers that the transition is a process that needs careful and thorough planning. “We want to put a system in place so that any team that will take over administration of the JFK will continue from where we may stop, and will not have to start from scratch,” Minister Dahn said.Minister Dahn clarified that as long as those calling themselves members of the Health Workers Association of Liberia are willing to remain within the borders of professionalism as medical practitioners who took the oath to protect lives, she will work with them, but not as a union, emphasizing that politics must be taken out of the hospitals and medical centers.The JFK Administrator Dr. McDonald, who formed part of the delegation to the Senate, told Senators that the initial amount of US$4.2 million used to jump start the first renovation of the JFK in 40 years, was money realized from fees charged patients treated at the Center over a two-year period.The latest decision by the Senate that brought Minister Dahn and her board to the Senate, was based on a communication from Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif, in which she recounted the difficulties financially depressed ordinary citizens go through at the JFK to get services such as laboratory analyses, which she said sometimes takes a week. Senator Doe-Sherif’s concerns were buttressed by Grand Kru County Senator and chairman on Health Committee Peter Coleman, who warned that pressure must be brought to bear on the Chairman of the board who happens to be the Minister of Health, to ensure that the amended JFK law that was passed, is implemented.“We are not going to go anywhere and our people will continue to suffer. There is a need for a change of administration at the JFK and the way it is run,” Senator Sheriff said.Meanwhile, the Senate has closed for its annual constituency break, and will return in the second week of January, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Until Nov. 19, it went very well,” Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. “At the end, it didn’t go very well.” TCU 27, Iowa State 24: Peter LoCoCo kicked a 44-yard field goal with less than 6 minutes remaining to give the No. 14 Horned Toads the victory in the Houston Bowl. The win extended TCU’s winning streak to 10 games, the third-longest in the nation behind No. 1 USC (34) and No. 2 Texas (19). LoCoCo’s field goal was TCU’s only score in the second half after the Horned Frogs built a 24-17 halftime lead. Mountain West champion TCU was out to prove itself after being snubbed by the BCS. The Horned Frogs had the best record among teams from non-BCS conferences. N.C. State 14, South Florida 0: Using stout defense and just enough offense to get the job done, the Wolfpack capped its late-season rally with a victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Charlotte, N.C. Brian Clark caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run to lead the Wolfpack (7-5), which rallied from a 2-4 start to the season to close the year with three consecutive wins. It was a disappointing end for upstart South Florida, which was playing in its first bowl in school history. The Bulls (6-6) launched their program nine years ago, moved up to Division I-A in 2001 and capped their first season in the Big East with a bowl bid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tulsa made a remarkable comeback this season. Fittingly, the Golden Hurricane used a timely rally to win their biggest game of the year. Paul Smith ran 4 yards for the winning touchdown with 2:55 to play, and Tulsa had two key interceptions in its 31-24 victory over Fresno State on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn. “Today was really a microcosm of our season,” Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said. Smith, the game’s MVP, was 18 of 27 for 234 yards with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Ashlan Davis. But he made his biggest play on the ground, scrambling around three defenders and into the end zone to secure Tulsa’s first bowl victory in 14 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I just decided I didn’t want to force (a pass) in there,” Smith said. “I’ve done that a lot when I was younger, and it always goes 99 yards the other way. So I just wanted to tuck it down and try to make a play.” The Golden Hurricane forced a pair of turnovers from the Bulldogs’ Paul Pinegar in clinching their seventh win in eight games to close the season. The Golden Hurricane (9-4) overcame low expectations this season to claim an unlikely Conference USA championship in its first year in the league, then beat a Fresno State team that gave top-ranked USC fits and once was ranked 16th before a late-season slump. Pinegar, who was denied in his attempt to become the first quarterback to go 4-0 as a starter in bowl games, finished 19 of 30 for 213 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Wendell Mathis had 117 yards rushing for Fresno State (8-5), which closed a once-promising year with four straight losses after beating Boise State on Nov. 10. The closer-than-expected loss to the top-ranked Trojans came nine days later.