Connecting Veterans To Valuable Services

first_imgNavigating veteran benefits can sometimes be a daunting task, but local veteran service officers are ready to help.These officers answer questions, advise in decision making, and help identify benefits from various federal, state, county and local resources. In addition, they assist in filling out claims along with representation and presentation at veteran affairs hearings.Trained and accredited by the VA or another recognized organization, veteran service officers provide assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors, along with help in the following areas: compensation and pension; health care; education and training; employment; burial and survivor resources; housing; transportation; and military records.If you, or someone you know is a veteran in need of assistance in our area, click here to get in touch with our local veteran service officers. For more information on Indiana’s Next Level Veterans resources, click here.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

November Climate Summary

first_imgThe colder temperatures that blanketed the state in the last half of the month were accompanied by rain, but overall November was fairly dry. The dry conditions in northern Georgia at the beginning of the month delayed planting of winter annuals and small grains, but helped with the harvest of cotton and peanuts.The highest precipitation total recorded by a National Weather Service reporting station was 3.93 inches in Alma (1.45 inches above normal), and the lowest was in Columbus at 1.79 inches (2.31 inches below normal). Savannah received 2.51 inches (0.14 above normal); Athens received 2.42 inches (1.40 below normal); Brunswick received 3.17 inches (1.14 above normal); Augusta received 1.82 inches (1 below normal); Atlanta received 1.87 inches (2.23 below normal); and Macon received 3.37 inches (0.05 above normal).Record rainfall amounts were reported at Macon on Nov. 26, with 1.36 inches surpassing the old record of 1.16 inches from 1992. Alma received 2.6 inches on the same date, breaking the old record of 1.83 inches set in 1926. Brunswick received 1.61 inches on Nov. 2 and 1.19 inches on Nov. 26, breaking old records of 1.25 inches set in 1979 and 0.71 inches set in 1926, respectively.Snow?Atlanta set a daily record for snowfall on the morning of Nov. 27, with 0.4 inches of snow reported at the airport. This is only the third time since records began that Atlanta has received measurable snowfall in November. The largest November snowfall ever observed in Atlanta was 1 inch on Nov. 11, 1968. The largest amount of snowfall reported by a Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow network observer was 0.3 inches in Douglasville in the same event on Nov. 27.The highest single-day rainfall from a CoCoRaHS network observer was 4.63 inches near Pearson in Atkinson County on Nov. 27. An observer near Calhoun in Gordon County reported 4.4 inches on Nov. 26. The highest monthly total rainfall was 9.73 inches, observed northwest of Ellijay in Gilmer County, followed by 7.94 inches measured near Dahlonega in Lumpkin County. Severe weather was reported on two days in November. All were reports of isolated wind damage to trees and mobile homes. The dry conditions in northern Georgia delayed planting of winter annuals and small grains, but helped with the harvest of cotton and peanuts.For more on Georgia weather, see the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network website at www.georgiaweather.net. With record-breaking low and high temperatures, November’s climate report may offer a fair preview of this winter’s projected, erratic weather patterns. Overall, temperatures were below normal last month, but some cities like Macon and Augusta saw record highs, of 86 and 87 degrees respectively, in the middle of the month. Chilly turkey dayIn contrast, Georgians saw one of the coldest Thanksgivings in recent years. Macon and Augusta set records for coldest nighttime lows that evening, both with low temperatures of 21 degrees. In Macon, the previous record for Nov. 28 was a 22-degree low in 1938. In Augusta, the previous record low for Nov. 28 was also 22 degrees but set in 1903.Athens saw a record breaking low on Nov. 13 at 23 degrees, breaking the old record set in 1911 of 24 degrees. Athens, Macon and Augusta saw record lows on Nov. 14 (with 23 degrees, 21 degrees and 21 degrees, respectively). The Nov. 14 record lows surpassed a 25 degree observation made in 1969 in Athens, a 25 degree observation made in 1968 in Macon and 23 degree observation made in 1981in Augusta. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 50.6 degrees (3.4 degrees below normal); in Athens it was 49.8 degrees (4 degrees below normal); in Columbus it was 54.8 degrees (2.5 degrees below normal); in Macon it was 52.3 degrees (3.6 below normal); in Savannah it was 58.7 degrees (0.6 degrees below normal); in Brunswick it was 60.7 degrees (1.1 degree below normal); in Alma it was 57.8 degrees (2.1 degrees below normal); and in Augusta it was 52.3 degrees (2.9 degrees below normal). Not much rainlast_img read more

Fletcher Allen wins top national enviro award

first_imgPractice Greenhealth, the nations only membership association devoted to environmentally responsible healthcare, has announced its 2009 Environmental Excellence Award winners. These competitive awards are given to institutions within the healthcare sector for outstanding programs to reduce the facilitys environmental footprint.Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington and Metro Health Hospital of Wyoming, MI, were acknowledged with Practice Greenhealths highest award by being admitted to the Environmental Leadership Circle, which honors facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care.All of our members are committed to improving health cares environmental performance, but there is an illustrious group of facilities setting the highest standards, said Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Bob Jarboe. They are the best of the best, the recipients of our top award. Metro Health and Fletcher Allen Health Care have introduced extensive environmental strategies into health care and are committed to achieving further improvements.Six major health systems, including Advocate Health Care – Oak Brook, IL; Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco, CA; Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland, OH; Covenant Health Systems, Lexington, MA; Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA; and Legacy Health System; Portland, OR, received the System for Change award. This award recognizes health systems that are working cohesively to gather data, set system goals, benchmark, and share successes in environmental performance.We are very pleased to see so many leading health systems striving to improve their environmental performance, stated Jarboe. Each of our Environmental Excellence awards, whether new or old, large or small, represents a tremendous effort on the part of facility staff to reduce the health and environmental impacts associated with health care delivery.Practice Greenhealth will honor its top performers at the Environmental Excellence Awards today in Chicago, IL, at a dinner ceremony during CleanMed, the premier Global Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Health Care. Awards are presented in seven categories to more than 60 facilities. Practice Greenhealth will sponsor the planting of 100 trees in Haiti for each award presented.A full list of Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence award winners follows.About Practice GreenhealthPractice Greenhealth is the nations leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visitwww.practicegreenhealth.org(link is external).Award Winners Environmental Leadership Circle 2009 InducteesFletcher Allen Health Care – Burlington, VTMetro Health Hospital – Wyoming, MISustained MembersAffinity Health System – Appleton, WIAllegiance Health – Jackson, MIBorgess Medical Center – Kalamazoo, MIBronson Methodist Hospital – Kalamazoo, MIDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center – Lebanon, NHDominican Hospital – Santa Cruz, CAGundersen Lutheran – La Crosse, WILegacy Emanuel Hospital and Medical Center – Portland, ORLegacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center – Portland, ORLegacy Meridian Park Hospital and Medical Center – Tualitan, ORLegacy Mount Hood Hospital and Medical Center – Portland, ORLegacy Salmon Creek Hospital and Medical Center – Vancouver, WAMercy Hospital – Janesville, WINorthern Michigan Regional Hospital – Petoskey, MIOregon Health and Science University – Portland, ORProvidence Milwaukie Hospital – Milwaukie, ORProvidence Portland Medical Center – Portland, ORProvidence St. Vincent Medical Center – Portland, ORRidgeview Medical Center – Waconia, MNSacred Heart Hospital – Eau Claire, WISequoia Hospital – Redwood City, CASt. Josephs Medical Center – Stockton, CASt. Marys Hospital Medical Center – Green Bay, WITexas Health Harris Methodist Hospital – Fort Worth, TXUniversity Health Network – Toronto, ONUniversity of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers – Ann Arbor, MIUniversity of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio, TXUniversity of Washington Medical Center – Seattle, WADEHP-Free AwardMagee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – Pittsburgh, PAChampion for Change AwardAmerinet, Inc. – St. Louis, MOAscent Healthcare Solutions – Phoenix, AZBoulder Associates Architects – Boulder, COBroadlane – Dallas, TXConsorta, Inc. – Schaumburg, ILConstruction Specialties, Inc. – Muncy, PAHealthTrust Purchasing Group – Brentwood, TNJohnson & Johnson – New Brunswick, NJMaryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment – Baltimore, MDMazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch – San Francisco, CAMedAssets Supply Chain Systems – St. Louis, MONovation, LLC – Irving, TXPerkins+Will – Chicago, ILPharmEcology Associates, LLC – Wauwatosa, WIPremier, Inc. – Charlotte, NCSRI/Surgical Express, Inc. – Tampa, FLSystem for Change AwardAdvocate Health Care – Oak Brook, ILCatholic Healthcare West – San Francisco, CACleveland Clinic Health System – Cleveland, OHCovenant Health Systems – Lexington, MAKaiser Permanente – Oakland, CALegacy Health System – Portland, ORPartner for Change AwardAdvocate Good Samaritan Hospital – Downers Grove, ILAdvocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn, ILAdvocate Good Shepherd Hospital – Barrington, ILAshtabula County Medical Center – Ashtabula, OHBaltimore Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center – Baltimore, MDBaltimore VA Medical Center – Baltimore, MDBay Park Community Hospital – Oregon, OHCancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center – Philadelphia, PAChandler Regional Medical Center – Chandler, AZChristiana Hospital – Newark, DECleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OHCommunity Hospital of San Bernardino – San Bernardino, CAConcord Hospital – Concord, NHConnecticut Children’s Medical Center – Hartford, CTElliot Hospital – Manchester, NHFairview Hospital – Cleveland, OHGreat River Medical Center – West Burlington, IAHays Medical Center, Inc. – Hays, KSHillcrest Hospital – Mayfield Heights, OHHuntington VA Medical Center – Huntington, WVHuron Hospital – East Cleveland, OHInova Fairfax Hospital – Falls Church, VAKaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center – Antioch, CAKaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center – Fontana, CAKaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center – Fremont, CAKaiser Permanente Hawaii Region – Honolulu, HIKaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center – Hayward, CAKaiser Permanente Health Plan of Ohio – Cleveland, OHKaiser Permanente Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States – Rockville, MDLakewood Hospital – Lakewood, OHMagee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – Pittsburgh, PAMercy General Hospital – Sacramento, CAMercy Gilbert Medical Center – Gilbert, AZMills Peninsula Health Services – Burlingame, CAMontgomery General Hospital – Olney, MDNova Medical Group – Ashburn, VAOscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center – Iron Mountain, MIPerry Point VA Medical Center – Perry Point, MDSaint Francis Hospital and Medical Center – Hartford, CTSalinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System – Salinas, CASpectrum Health Blodgett Hospital – Grand Rapids, MISpectrum Health Butterworth Hospital – Grand Rapids, MISpokane VA Medical Center – Spokane, WASt. Bernardine Medical Center – San Bernardino, CASt. Clare Hospital – Lakewood, WASt. Elizabeth Community Hospital – Red Bluff, CASt. Francis Hospital – Federal Way, WASt. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital – Camarillo, CASt. John’s Regional Medical Center – Oxnard, CASt. John’s Riverside Hospital – Yonkers, NYSt. Joseph Manor – Brockton, MASt. Joseph Medical Center – Tacoma, WASt. Joseph Regional Health Network – Reading, PASt. Mary Health Care Center – Worcester, MASt. Mary’s Health System – Lewiston, MESt. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center – Missoula, MTSt. Vincent Hospital – Green Bay, WIStony Brook University Hospital – Stony Brook, NYTexas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital – Arlington, TXThe University of Chicago Medical Center – Chicago, ILVA Illiana Health Care System – Danville, ILYouville Hospital & Rehabilitation Center – Cambridge, MAMaking Medicine Mercury-Free AwardAdvocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center – Chicago, ILAdvocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn, ILAdvocate Good Shepherd Hospital – Barrington, ILCancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center – Philadelphia, PAChandler Regional Medical Center – Chandler, AZElliot Hospital – Manchester, NHFairview Hospital – Cleveland, OHFirelands Regional Medical Center – Sandusky, OHFrench Hospital Medical Center – San Luis Obispo, CAHays Medical Center, Inc. – Hays, KSHillcrest Hospital – Mayfield Heights, OHKaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center – Antioch, CAKaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center – Hayward, CALawrence & Memorial Hospital – New London, CTMercy Gilbert Medical Center – Gilbert, AZMercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta – Mount Shasta, CANorthridge Hospital Medical Center – Northridge, CAOscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center – Iron Mountain, MISaint Clare’s Hospital – Boonton Township, NJSaint Clare’s Hospital – Denville, NJSaint Clare’s Hospital – Dover, NJSaint Clare’s Hospital – Sussex, NJSt. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center – Missoula, MTTexas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital – Arlington, TXThe University of Chicago Medical Center – Chicago, ILWilmington Hospital – Wilmington, DEPartner RecognitionArkansas Children’s Hospital – Little Rock, ARBellin Memorial Hospital Inc. – Green Bay, WIBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MABon Secours St. Francis Hospital – Charleston, SCCarilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital – Lexington, VAChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Atlanta, GAEuclid Hospital – Euclid, OHEvergreen Healthcare – Kirkland, WAFrank R. Howard Memorial Hospital – Willits, CAFranklin Square Hospital Center – Baltimore, MDGood Samaritan Regional Medical Center – Corvallis, ORInova Alexandria Hospital – Alexandria, VAInova Fair Oaks Hospital – Fairfax, VAInova Loudoun Hospital – Leesburg, VAInova Mount Vernon Hospital – Alexandria, VAKaiser Permanente Health Plan of Georgia – Atlanta, GAKaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center – Roseville, CAKaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center – San Jose, CAKaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center – San Rafael, CAKaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center – South San Francisco, CALittle Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers – Evergreen Park, ILLutheran Hospital – Cleveland, OHMaristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center – Waltham, MAMarymount Hospital – Garfield Heights, OHMercy Medical Center – Roseburg, ORMercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta – Mount Shasta, CAMercy San Juan Medical Center – Carmichael, CAMetrowest Medical Center – Framingham, MAMI Nursing Restorative Center – Lawrence, MANew York-Presbyterian Hospital – New York, NYNorthridge Hospital Medical Center – Northridge, CANYU Hospitals Center – New York, NYPeter Lougheed Centre – Calgary, Alberta, CanadaRoper Hospital – Charleston, SCSaint Francis Medical Center – Grand Island, NESan Francisco VA Medical Center – San Francisco, CASouth Pointe Hospital – Warrensville Heights, OHSt. Andre Health Care Facility – Biddeford, MESt. Joseph Medical Center – Towson, MDSt. Mary’s Villa – Moscow, PAUnion Hospital, Inc. – Terra Haute, INWashington Hospital Healthcare System – Fremont, CAYouville House Assisted Living Residence, Inc. – Cambridge, MAYouville Place – Lexington, MASOURCE Practice GreenhealthCHICAGO, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Chinese engineering firm to build 600MW of solar in Poland

first_imgChinese engineering firm to build 600MW of solar in Poland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:A unit of Warsaw-based private equity fund NeoInvestments and China Sinology Electric Engineering announced a plan on Wednesday to build 600 (megawatts) MW capacity by 2021 in what they called Poland’s biggest photovoltaic power station.A day earlier, Poland’s state-run copper producer KGHM and energy group PGE said they would work together on new solar projects that might total at up to 500 MW by 2023, costing around 3 million zlotys ($764,000) per 1 MW.“(The) event is another step towards Poland’s implementation of goals related to the increase in the share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption, as well as the development of a low-carbon economy, where photovoltaics plays one of the leading roles,” Deputy Energy Minister Krzysztof Kubow said on Tuesday.This would be part of PGE’s plan to have 2.5 GW in solar energy by 2030.More: Warsaw fund, Chinese company announce solar power deallast_img read more

Regus moves to Blythe Valley Parker

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Most Indonesians concerned about overcapacity at health facilities during pandemic: Survey

first_imgA recent survey conducted by several NGOs suggests that the vast majority of Indonesians are concerned about overcapacity at medical facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.The NGOs are Amrta Institute, Lokataru Foundation, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) and Rujak Center for Urban Studies.”Of the 1,100 respondents, 88.4 percent said they were afraid that medical facilities could not accommodate those who were sick,” Nila Ardhianie, the director of the Amrta Institute, said in an online press conference on Monday.Nila explained that this concern stemmed from the fact that the government had not conducted enough testing for COVID-19.”Indonesia has a very low testing rate compared to other countries, even in Southeast Asia. Singapore and Brunei have tested around 3 percent of their population, while Indonesia has tested less than 0.1 percent, 0.0318 percent to be exact,” she said.Read also: COVID-19 pandemic exposes problems in our health care, Jokowi saysThe lack of testing has made the public wary that the real number of COVID-19 cases in the country is much larger than the data published by the government.”At the moment we can only test around 3,000 specimens a day. This means we need around three months just to test all of our patients under surveillance and people being monitored,” she said.”Another impact of the lack of tests is that people with the coronavirus are not aware that they have been infected so they still travel around freely and transmit the disease to other people.”According to Nila, respondents of the survey had expressed hope that the government could carry out more tests and move swiftly to handle the COVID-19 outbreak.”The data show that respondents wished the government could carry out more tests, give transparent and consistent information about COVID-19 patients, including their contact tracing. They also hoped the government could be more strict in imposing the mudik [mass exodus] ban and even advise lockdowns in red zones,” she said.Read also: Non-coronavirus patients grow wary as hospital crisis loomsThe respondents, she said, also wanted the government to immediately deliver social aid to affected families.”The economic impact of the pandemic has also become a huge concern for the respondents. Thirty three percent of the respondents who rented houses said they had begun to struggle to pay the rent. Seventeen percent of respondents also said they had been laid off from their jobs,” said Nila.Topics :last_img read more

Murder charge re-read to Garvin George

first_img Tweet 23 Views   3 comments Share Share Court gavelAlmost three weeks after Garvin George had his appeal against a murder conviction allowed by the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on May 3rd 2012, he appeared before Justice Birnie Stephenson–Brooks at the High Court during the May 2012 Criminal Assizes on May 16th to have that charge re-read to him.On November 23rd, 2011 a nine member jury found George guilty of murdering Julien Junior Joseph at Calibishie on February 5th, 2010.On February 27th, 2012 George was sentenced to serve a 14 year prison term for that conviction.However Georges’ legal counsel Wayne Norde appealed the conviction before justices of the Court of Appeal and had his conviction quashed and the matter was sent back to the High Court for re-trial.On Wednesday Norde who is assisted by Bernadette Lambert inquired as to whether he could make an application for bail.He was informed by Justice Brooks that “it was not the appropriate time” as she will not entertain an application for bail in this matter and advised him to do so before justice Brian Cottle.Justice Brooks explained that the matter has been sent for re-trial before Justice Brian Cottle and adjourned the matter to June 25th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews Murder charge re-read to Garvin George by: – May 16, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Breaking: Inter complete Victor Moses signing

first_imgInter Milan have completed the signing of Victor Moses from Chelsea. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img However, Moses was restricted to a bit-part role under Conte’s successor Maurizio Sarri and later joined Fenerbahce on an 18-month loan deal in January 2019. Read Also:Inter Milan reveal what is delaying Victor Moses’ announcement-report He made 23 appearances in total for the Turkish giants and now bolsters an Inter squad that are attempting to end Juventus’ reign of dominance in Italy, but have now slipped four points behind the reigning champions. The versatile 29-year-old heads to Serie A on an initial loan deal until the end of the season that includes the option for a permanent transfer in the summer. Moses reunites with ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who previously resurrected the former Nigerian international’s Blues career following loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham, converting him into a right wing-back as he played a key role during the 2016/17 Premier League title-winning campaign.Advertisementlast_img read more

First Financial Bank and associates donate more than $690,000

first_imgCininnati, Oh. — First Financial Bank has collected $693,610 through their United Way Annual Giving Campaign for 2018. Archie Brown, Jr., President and CEO, and John Gavigan, Chief Administrative Officer for First Financial led the effort and are very excited about the timely contribution from First Financial Bank and its associates.The United Way Campaign provides the opportunity for employees throughout the entire company to donate and show support in their local areas. The donations received will be distributed to numerous non-profit organizations throughout the entire First Financial Bank geographic footprint. Employees are given the opportunity for their donations to be sent to organizations within the communities they live or choose to donate to.This year, the total associate and company contribution was $693,610. Of that, associates pledged $443,610 with a company contribution of $250,000. Within the company’s contribution, $100,000 will go towards United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) Poverty Initiative, $75,000 was the First Financial associate match and $75,000 will go towards the Decatur County United Fund, where MainSource Bank was previously headquartered.United Way directly connects to the very core of the Bank and what they believe. First Financial Bank is committed to be woven into the communities it serves and believes in making lives better. While striving to be an outstanding community partner that makes a meaningful difference, First Financial Bank and its associates are proud to direct their contributions toward specific agencies to impact local areas.last_img read more

Rodgers targets top two

first_img Jordan Henderson’s 68th minute winner cut the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United to two points ahead of the two clubs’ seismic showdown at Anfield on Sunday, but Rodgers revealed he’s looking higher than simple Champions League qualification and finishing as runners-up to champions-elect Chelsea. For Rodgers feels that Manchester City’s shock weekend defeat at Burnley has opened up the battle for second spot with only four points separating City, Arsenal, United and Liverpool with nine games remaining. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has targeted a top-two finish in the Barclays Premier League after seeing his side extend their fine run of form with a 1-0 win at Swansea. “We just weren’t anywhere near it first half but that character and resilience kept us in the game. “We knew we were going to be better in the second half. “We changed the structure of the team and I felt we dominated the game in the second half. “In the second half we ran more without the ball and off it as well and shortened the game, and we are a lot better side when we do that and press the ball.” Swansea manager Garry Monk felt his side paid the penalty for not taking their chances when they were on top before the break. “During the first half we were superb and dominated the game,” Monk said. “We played some fantastic stuff and I feel it’s an opportunity missed. “We had some good chances in the first half and should have scored one or two. “Unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on that, and it cost us. “When you don’t take your chances, a side like Liverpool will come back into the game – but I thought we played some of our best football there.” “We’ve put ourselves in a great position,” Rodgers said after Liverpool had recorded a fifth straight league win at the Liberty Stadium. “We want to finish as high as we can and everyone talks about fourth, but it’s the same every year. “We’ll do the best we can and Manchester City’s result at the weekend gives us an opportunity to finish second. “We’ve got to use the mentality, run and confidence we’ve got, take that into every game and see where it takes us.” Liverpool, who saw skipper Steven Gerrard return as a 64th minute substitute after missing seven games with a hamstring problem, had to withstand an excellent Swansea first-half performance which left the visitors chasing shadows at times. Simon Mignolet had to make smart saves from Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson to keep Swansea out but Liverpool took control after the break, even if Henderson’s sixth goal of the season fortunately flew over Lukasz Fabianski as Jordi Amat’s clearance stuck him on the shin. “It was a wonderful demonstration of character and resilience in the team, especially the way we played first half,” Rodgers said. “Any system you play doesn’t work unless you have the ability to work. Press Associationlast_img read more