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Liberia: MSF opens pediatric surgery program

Liberia: MSF Opens Pediatric Surgery Program MSF surgeon, Dr. John Lawrence, operates on a child at Bardnesville Junction Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. MONROVIA, LIBERIA/NEW YORK, JANUARY 31, 2018—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a pediatric surgical program at Bardnesville Junction Hospital (BJH) on the outskirts of Liberia’s capital Monrovia on Jan. 11, with a goal of making surgical care more available for children in the country. MSF established BJH as a pediatric hospital in 2015 as the West African Ebola epidemic made it more difficult for Liberia’s medical community to meet health care needs. The facility is now expanding its medical services to include emergency and non-emergency surgery for children. BJH already serves as a training site for Liberian nurses, and the surgical program is intended to provide practical training opportunities for Liberian surgical residents and nurse anesthetists. “The needs for pediatric surgery here are extensive, and the program has been quite busy in its first few weeks,” said Dr. John Lawrence, an MSF pediatric surgeon at BJH and the president of the board of MSF-USA. “Because there has not been a facility with a dedicated pediatric surgical team here before, there are a wide variety of cases that require pediatric surgery.” Some of the first surgeries performed at BJH included hernia repairs, a laparotomy (abdominal surgery) for a child with an intestinal condition called intussusception, and the...

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Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Those consular operations, including American citizen and visa services, will continue at the Arnona facility without interruption, as part of the Embassy. Consulate General Jerusalem will continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate, from its historic Agron Road location. Initially, the interim Embassy in Arnona will contain office space...

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Is my golf club membership a tax write off?

Christopher J. Fitzsimmons CPA: That’s a good question. Unfortunately, golf club dues are never deductible. However, you may be able to deduct the cost of entertaining clients at your golf club. Only union dues or dues paid to professional organizations and Chambers of Commerce (if work related) are deductible. They fall into a group called ‘miscellaneous itemized deductions,’ which are limited so you won’t get a full deduction. Caution – these deductions have been eliminated effective 1/1/18. Christopher J. Fitzsimmons CPA, P.C. (914) 437-8600 3691 Old Yorktown Rd Suite 204, Shrub Oak, New York 10588-1536...

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Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Senate votes on immigration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Senate votes on immigration.  All four proposals were defeated. “It looks like demagogues on the left and the right win again on immigration.  “I’m disappointed with today’s outcome in the Senate.  I supported all four proposals, including the legislation backed by President Trump.  Unfortunately, they all failed to reach the sixty votes necessary to move forward. “I’m very proud of the bipartisan effort (Rounds-King) that would have given President Trump his border wall system money and created a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.  This two-pillar...

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