11-time leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival Ruby Walsh was unconcerned by the heavy ground conditions on the eve of this year’s Festival.He says it’s ideal for national hunt racing.The festival gets underway today – David Lawlor is at Prestbury Park for Tipp FM Sport. Photo: © pixabay.com
MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIn defence, club captain Giorgio Chiellini made his return to the pitch to partner Matthijs de Ligt following his six-month absence with an ACL injury.Juventus are also keen on bringing in a deputy for first-choice left-back Alex Sandro, with Sarri eyeing a reunion with Emerson Palmieri.But the Brazil-born Italy international reportedly wants assurances from the man who brought him to Chelsea that he will be a regular starter if he returns to Italy.Tony Cascarino wouldn’t blame Harry Kane if he left Tottenham this summer JUVENTUS are reportedly eyeing up an audacious swoop for Harry Kane with the hope that the England captain can forge a deadly partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.Italian outlet Tuttosport claim Maurizio Sarri sees the Spurs striker as the perfect foil for CR7 – just as Karim Benzema was at Real Madrid.1Using a near-telepathic understanding with the Frenchman, Ronaldo smashed in an astonishing 450 goals for Los Blancos.The two lifted the Champions League four times together before Juve swooped for the Portuguese superstar to mount their own assault on Europe’s top prize.Club bosses are desperate to hoist the famous trophy for the first time since 1996, and believe the capture of Kane to partner Ronaldo is the final piece in the jigsaw.The pair would form one of the most star-studded attacks in the world lining up in front of Paulo Dybala, who was said to have entered talks over a new five-year deal at the club last month.Kane only penned a new Spurs contract in the summer of 2018 that runs until 2024, but the club are reported to be “facing a battle” to keep him after another trophyless season.The England star has never shown any indication of leaving North London in the past – despite long-term admiration from Manchester United.But he has recently been said to be “considering his future”, after another disappointing season at his boyhood club, who he joined at the age of 11.And he might be tempted by serial Serie A winners Juve, who are also said to have turned their attentions to Lyon star Houssem Aouar as an alternative to Paul Pogba.Manchester United are keen to keep hold of the French midfielder this summer despite interest from his former club.Juventus have lined up 21-year-old Aouar, who is a £43million target for Chelsea as a back-up option if they fail to land Pogba.
The Minister of Health-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has hit the ground running to make peace with health workers by vowing to do all in her capacity, if confirmed by the Senate, to absorb health workers into the Government’s payroll system.This has been one of the contentious issues between the Ministry of Health and the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL). Health workers, through their president, Mr. Joseph Tamba, have said that they want all of their colleagues to be included on the payroll. More than 2000 public health workers are not on the GOL payroll although some of them receive other incentives.Dr. Dahn made the commitment when she officially closed the three-day Health System Assessment and Investment Plan Consensus Meeting, which was being held at the Paynesville City Hall. The Minister-designate’s first public pronouncement, just hours after being appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was about the health workers who had threatened through their leadership to oppose her appointment. She would have to be confirmed by the Senate before performing the functions of the Health Minister-proper.Dr. Dahn, who has served as Deputy Minister for Health Services for the last eight years, requested Senator Dr. (MD) Peter S. Coleman and Representative Johnson Toe Chea to grant a team from the Ministry to convey to lawmakers the importance of putting more money into the health budget so that health workers can be included on government’s payroll.“We will do all we can to get them on the payroll. Even if it means sitting in hot offices at the Ministry just to get them on the payroll, that will be done. We are willing to make the sacrifices in order to get our health workers on the payroll,” Health Minister-designate Dahn assured everyone in the hall.As she left the stage, she received a standing ovation from the conferees, including international and local health partners.Dr. Dahn’s statement has been received in good faith by Mr. Joseph Tamba, president, NHWAL. As his personal response, he stated, “I want to thank Dr. Dahn for this initiative. I look forward to see it coming to pass.” He, however, added that the health workers’ association was waiting to see what happens.Speaking earlier, Senator Dr. Peter Coleman said discussion on the issue of extra funding to put all the health workers on payroll is now going to be easy for him and other lawmakers who advocate for them (health workers) to their fellow lawmakers.Dr. Coleman, a former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, further stated that the deadly Ebola virus disease has taught a lesson that there is a need to give health workers good pay.In his remarks, Rep. Johnson Toe Chea also reiterated the need for health workers to be adequately compensated in line with their jobs because their lives are always at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)