PM Johnson and Prince Charles lead birthday tributes to Britain’s health service

first_imgPrime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles paid tribute to Britain’s state-run National Health Service on its 72nd birthday on Sunday, expressing pride in how it has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic.Both have recovered after contracting the coronavirus, with Johnson having said the NHS saved his life, “no question”, after he was admitted to intensive care with severe COVID-19 symptoms.Johnson was expected to join in a “Clap for Carers” at 5 p.m. (1600 GMT), a reprise of what had been a weekly tribute to doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers during the height of lockdown. Topics : “This year, we’ve seen not only the greatest challenge the NHS has ever faced, but also an unprecedented outpouring of affection and support for that institution,” Johnson said in a video tribute.The NHS was founded on July 5, 1948 by Aneurin Bevan, who was health minister in the Labor government at the time. He said the taxpayer-funded service should be free at the point of delivery, with treatment based on clinical needs and not a person’s ability to pay.Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth’s son and heir to the throne, said this founding principle was a “profoundly moving statement of our values” which was never more relevant than now.He paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the staff of the NHS to provide treatment to more than 100,000 patients who have been treated in hospital for COVID-19. He has said he was lucky to get away with only mild symptoms from his diagnosis, and was not admitted to hospital.”To all who have given so much during this present danger, I just want to say that it is you who have been our shield. It is your hands that have held us up,” he said in a video message.”Despite all that has been endured, there is deep cause for gratitude, and a true reason for pride.” last_img read more

Huettl holds off Modified field at Jamestown

first_imgBy Michael SavalojaThe Jamestown SunJAMESTOWN, N.D. (June 25) – Jordan Huettl didn’t lead the first lap on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway.But that was OK. He led the rest.The Minot driver took over the top spot of the 20-lap Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature on lap two after starting on the outside pole. Huettl then glued his no. 4 machine to the cushion near the top of the racing surface and never looked back.It was back-to-back wins for Huettl. He was coming off Thursday’s Topless Night victory at Nodak Speedway in Minot.“We kind of got tangled up on the start a little bit. But I just let them go and chased them back down,” Huettl said, as Ryan Cousins led the opening lap from the pole. “From there, my car wanted to be up on top, and it was good to see that.”Huettl posted the quickest lap of the race on the quarter-mile oval in 16.742 seconds and held off the 25-car feature field over a total of four caution flags. John Corell, the May 28 feature winner here, was on the move, finishing second after starting eighth.“You never know what’s going on behind you,” Huettl said. “I knew I had a fast car, but you’d rather see it just go green.”Cousins finished third, while Eric Edwards posted a solid fourth place run after starting 15th. It was Edwards’ fourth top 10 of the season.Huettl’s first Jamestown Speedway feature victory came in just his second visit here this season. The third-year Modified driver recorded a 24th place DNF in Jamestown on June 4.“We can’t come here every week, but we’ve been trying to come when we can,” said Huettl, regarding Jamestown Speedway’s move to IMCA Modifieds this season. “I like it, and I think everybody is going to get used to it and they’re going to love it.”last_img read more

CAF Congratulates Liberia’s ‘President-elect’ Weah

first_imgWeah’s first shot at the presidency was in 2005 where he lost to Sirleaf in the run-off.He captained the Liberian side that lost the 2002 World Cup ticket to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.Also, he was part of the Liberian side that lost 1-0 to the Super Eagles in the group stage of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.Weah who was the senator of Montserrado County was once named FIFA World Player and winner of the much-coveted Ballon d’Or.He was unofficially reported to have defeated his 73-year-old opponent Vice President Joseph Boakai in a landslide victory in Liberia on Wednesday morning.“I am deeply grateful to my family, my friends, and my loyal supporters who contributed to our campaign during this extremely long election season,” Weah announced on Twitter before the results were announced.Weah is set to replace Africa’s first female head of state, economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and see the West African nation, founded by freed American slaves, hand over power from one democratically elected government to another.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has sent a congratulatory message to George Weah for emerging president of Liberia.Following a series of messages on Twitter on Wednesday congratulating Weah on his victory, CAF wrote on its verified handle: “Congratulations George Weah! Former Ballon D’or winner & Current President of Liberia.”last_img read more