Rotary Honors Dr. Gwenigale

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Monrovia has admitted Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, outgoing Health and Social Welfare Minister, into its Paul Harris Fellowship.The Paul Harris Fellowship of the Rotary Club recognizes people who have made meaningful contributions to society.  Paul Harris was the founder of the Rotary Club.Introducing the honoree during a Rotary meeting last Friday, Rotarian and University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, noted that Dr. Gwenigale had worked in the Liberian health system for more than 40 years, providing health services to the Liberian people.Dr. Gwenigale’s services to the Liberian people, especially at this time in a top government position, had witnessed many challenges, said Dr. Dennis.But despite the challenges, Dr. Gwenigale had remained persistent in enduring the circumstances and on that basis he deserves such an honor from the Liberian people and the Rotary Club, said Dr. Dennis,Taking a retrospective look at his life, Dr. Gwenigale, in his response, spoke highly of the role played by the Lutheran Mission in Liberia in molding him to become a medical doctor to serve his people.With the help of the Lutheran missionaries and the Lutheran Church in Liberia, he was able attend Lutheran elementary schools and the Lutheran Training Institute (LTI) in Salayea, Lofa County, where he graduated from high school in 1959.  He then proceeded to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he spent three semesters before being offered a fellowship to complete college in Puerto Rico. Following completion of college there he entered the Medical College of the University of Puerto Rico, where he took the M.D. degree.  He later did his residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital.Dr. Gwenigale also paid tribute to several people to whom he said he owed the award.He paid homage to his mother who supported him in his early childhood education by selling snuff (tobacco) and saving the money for his tuition and other needs.Dr. Gwenigale paid tribute to his elementary school teacher in his native Sanoyea, Bong County, Ms. Ella Stewart, who took him to her sister, Mrs. Margaret Stewart Traub and her husband, the Rev. Byron Traub.   The Traubs were also teaching at the Lutheran school in Sanoyea. Ma Ella asked the Traubs to take care of him and she named him Walter Traub to which he later added the name Gwenigale, in recognition of his father who was the village harp player.  It was from the Traubs’ home that Walter continued his education, ending up at LTI and Cuttington, before traveling abroad for medical studies. Dr. Gwenigale also acknowledged Daily Observer Publisher, Kenneth Y. Best, for articles he wrote about the Phebe Hospital in 1973 that helped keep Phebe open. Immediately following his return home in 1973, said Dr. Gwenigale, the Lutheran missionaries who were running Phebe informed him that the American Lutherans had decided to close down the hospital for financial reasons.  That was when Dr. G came to Monrovia and found his Cuttington classmate and brother –in-law, Kenneth Y. Best, who was then an official at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.  The doctor explained the problem to Mr. Best, who immediately investigated the matter on the Phebe campus in Suacoco and wrote a series of articles for the Liberian Star, the Liberian Age and Radio Station ELBC and ELWA about the hospital’s impending closure. It was at that point that President William R. Tolbert, Jr. intervened.   President Tolbert who was close to the people of Bong County ordered his Health Minister, Cllr. Oliver Bright, to write a letter to Finance Minister Steve Tolbert, the President’s younger brother, directing him immediately to take over the financing of Phebe.  That is how Phebe survived.What Dr. Gwenigale did not tell the Rotary Club was that several times after the hospital was bombed during the Liberian civil conflict, American Lutherans, German Lutherans and Lutherans all over Europe, who trusted him as Phebe’s astute and honest chief medical officer, often provided money to rebuild the hospital and keep it running.Being the chief medical officer of Phebe prior to ascending to the position of Health Minister, Dr. Gwenigale said he was able to build good working relations with staff of that hospital.  This is because he had earned knowledge of human relations from interactions with them.He also noted with emphasis that the honor bestowed upon him was also owed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who allowed him to appoint Deputy Ministers of his choice with whom he worked while serving as Health Minister.It was the efforts of all these officials and staff that combined to enable them to achieve at the level they did since his appointment in 2006.Dr. Gwenigale also paid tribute to his wife Carmen and their children, two sons and a daughter and five grandchildren.  They all understood and reasoned with him to continue to serve in Liberia while they remained in the United States without support from him.He acknowledged them in a special way and noted that had they not allowed him to remain in Liberia, the Liberian people would have been disappointed.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club during the meeting presented a check for US$1,686.00 to the University of Liberia Ebola Task Force to help carry out messages about the prevention of the virus.The Rotary Club has been actively engaged in providing money, buckets and sanitizers in several communities, including the University of Liberia, for hand washing and other aspects of the anti-Ebola fight.Speaking on behalf of the UL Ebola Task Force, the Dean of the Medical College, Dr. Vuyu K. Golakai, commended the Rotary Club and urged members to plead with the government to begin listening to good advice instead of demonstrating arrogance.The club also admitted new members during the ceremony.  Those admitted included Dinna Cheapo, Helena Nah Lawrence Yealue II and Wassim Charifi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Logarusic open to Kenya coaching return

first_img0Shares0000Former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards coach Zdravko Logarusic acknowledges greetings from fans during his Sudan side’s Olympic qualification match against Kenya at the Kasarani Stadium on March 26, 2019.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – Former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards coach Zdravko Logarusic has opened up to a possible return to the country, saying Kenya remains his home and would be willing to come back and work here.The Croatian tactician, currently with the Sudan national team guided Gor to the Top 8 Cup and the Football Kenya Federation Shield in 2012 before leaving the following year for Tanzania. He also had a brief unsuccessful stint with AFC Leopards. Logarusic was back in the country on Tuesday when he led his Sudanese Under-23 side to the third round of the Olympic Qualifiers following a 0-0 draw with Kenya.“Kenya is my second home and I enjoy being here that’s why I didn’t celebrate. Of course I will come back, no doubt. When? I don’t know but for sure, I will come back,” Logarusic, much revered by the K’Ogalo faithful posed.The tactician was loudly cheered as he came into the stadium, at half time and full time with a section of fans also enthusiastically asking for selfies with the tactician.Sudan’s head coach Zdravko Logarusic during his side’s Olympic qualification match against Kenya at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 26, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, Logarusic has admitted his side was lucky to earn a ticket to the final qualification round, saying Kenya was failed by failing to convert the chances they had.“Kenya is a very good team and if they pass, nothing will happen for us. I just think they were unlucky they didn’t score and if they did, then the game would have been open,” Logarusic said.“They had three good chances and if you can’t score at home, then you must be punished. But, I will also give credit to my team because in two games we did not concede a goal against Kenya and that is no small thing,”“We had little time to prepare and I had 15 days with these players in Egypot to try and prepare and make a team. Logarusic with only 15 days to make a team imagine if I had longer time,” the enthusiastic tactician stated,” the coach opined.Former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards coach Zdravko Logarusic on the touchline during his Sudan side’s Olympic qualification match against Kenya at the Kasarani Stadium on March 26, 2019.Sudan will now face off with Nigeria in the final qualification round with the winner off this game advancing to the U23 AFCON in Egypt later in the year.Logarusic however admits it will be a tall order for his charges.“Our chances are very slim because Nigeria has a team of experienced players who play all over Europe. We are playing in small villages in first and second division but we will go out and play you never know in football,” the tactician offered.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bozeman may return in Oregon

first_img “It’s just still tender and I can’t really bend it, so that’s really bothering me,” Francis said. Francis bruised the knee in practice Monday. “I think he will try to play, and how effective he can be I don’t know,” coach Tim Floyd said. If Francis cannot go, Floyd said senior Dwayne Shackleford would start at point guard. Matthew Kredell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re going to take this week (off) and see how the treatment goes, and then maybe play the Oregon game (Jan. 26),” Bozeman said. Bruin bits Cedric Bozeman, who missed UCLA’s last six games with a shoulder injury, is targeting a return to the court next week when the Bruins travel to Oregon and Oregon State. Bozeman began shooting and dribbling Tuesday, and said strengthening his left shoulder was the key to his return. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Freshman power forward/center Alfred Aboya practiced and is expected to play tonight despite missing the second half of Saturday’s loss to Washington with a right knee injury. … Center Michael Fey said he expected to play tonight because his ankle is feeling better. … UCLA signee Marko Spica, who is from Serbia and Montenegro, did not get a qualifying score on his first attempt at the SATs and will take it again later this month. : Brian Dohn Francis game-time call USC point guard Ryan Francis did not practice Tuesday and will be a game-time decision against UCLA because of a bruised knee. X-rays on the knee came back negative. last_img read more