Wellington travels to No. 2 Andale… South Haven to battle Udall in what is a playoff game… Conway Springs hosts Garden Plain

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week on tap on football Friday… Wellington has its work cut out for it when it travels to Andale, Udall travels to South Haven which is essentially a playoff game, South Barber comes to Caldwell, and Garden Plain travels to Conway Springs in what may be the least anticipated matchup between these teams in years… Injury situation: The Dukes seem pretty healthy. Tyson Hodson should be back. Brendon Troutman could be back from his wrist injury. Oct. 31Winfieldaway •••••Other Sumner County games:UDALL AT SOUTH HAVEN (CJ COMPUTER pick: Udall) This is a playoff game for both teams. West Elk defeated both Udall and South Haven in District 1 and has all but sown up the top spot in District 1. But the second place is up for grabs. Sedan is also playing in the mix.The Cardinals are hoping to preserve their playoff streak that has run back to 2003. That’s an eternity in the football world. But to do so, they have to win this weekend. South Haven lost 44-42 in overtime to West Elk two weeks ago while Udall lost to the same Patriot team 42-22. Both have beaten Oxford. Wellington21.66741.80014493 The synopsis: Wellington head football coach Tyler Ryan made a startling point at Crusader Club the other day.“Andale has probably the best team they have had in years, probably since they won a state championship,” he said.Oh, boy.Andale last won a state championship in 2007. That’s five Andale teams since that weren’t as good as these 2013 Indians.To say the Crusaders have their work cut out for them may be that, well you know the term.. ” an understatement.”Wellington beat Circle 43-0 in a romp during a rain-induced Friday. Trouble is, Andale was down the road destroying Augusta 73-6.2012 was not a good season for the Crusaders. But Wellington really lost to Andale losing 60-30. The game was notable in that Andale held a 52-16 lead at the half. Ask any Crusader player who played that game last year, and they will tell you Andale just hit harder than the other teams.Andale will typically run you over. Hunter Knoblauch is the leading rusher in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV with 767 yards. Hank Eck (always an Eck) has 292 yards and quarterback Jared Smarsh has 212.The Indians rarely pass, but Smarsh has thrown for 289 yards this season.So should Wellington even bother showing up?Of course it should. One thing this year’s team has proven – it can play ball with about anybody. Wellington lost to Wichita Collegiate 49-21 but was tied with the Spartans midway through the third quarter before they let the game get away from them. Collegiate has been the one team that gave Andale a game, losing a close one to the Indians 30-28.Wellington will have to put together its best game of the season and then have a little luck on top of that to win this one. But that’s why they play the game. The Topeka Capital-Journal computerized picks: Andale. Follow the game: Twitter: Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: Wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow. Wichita Collegiate21.66732.60019899 Andale401.00501.0023864 Oct. 11Andaleaway Sept. 27CollegiateCollegiate wins 49-21. SOUTH BARBER AT CALDWELL (CJ COMPUTER pick: South Barber) Caldwell is sitting on a two-game losing streak. South Barber is just 3-2. This will be a tough matchup for the Bluejays who are still reeling from injuries. AV-CTL standings:  Game’s significance: League title. If Wellington wins this one, it pulls into a three-way tie with Andale and Wichita Collegiate with just Clearwater left to play. Oct. 18Clearwateraway Sept. 20AugustaWellington wins 19-10. Series history: In 2003 Wellington defeated Andale 46-29 and owned a 6-1 advantage on the Indians. Since 2006, Andale has a 8-1 advantage with the lone Crusader win in the 2011 season opener. Overall TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct.ForAgainst Augusta13.25014.20075196 Oct. 25Mulvanehome WELLINGTON AT ANDALE: Wellington (4-1) ranked in the “others” in Class 4A.  Andale (5-0) ranked No. 2 in Class 4A. . Kickoff is at 7 p.m.  Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV Circle03005034213 GARDEN PLAIN AT CONWAY SPRINGS (CJ COMPUTER pick: Conway Springs)This may be the one time where this game doesn’t look like a barn-burning winner takes all kind of contest. That’s because Garden Plain has struggled as of late with two straight losses. Last week it lost to Cheney after falling to Wichita Trinity the week before. Trinity then lost to Conway Springs last week.So Conway Springs may be salivating for a chance of beating Garden Plain like a drum, something that just doesn’t happen. The Cardinals are 5-0. The Owls are 3-2. But the thing about a rivalry like this, you never know… Andale:Andale 30 Wichita Collegiate 28Andale 32 Rose Hill 16Andale 37 Clearwater 7Andale 66 Circle 7Andale 73 Augusta 6. League Sept. 6GoddardWellington wins 34-28. Clearwater12.33332.600135134 STAFFORD AT ARGONIA-ATTICA IN ATTICA (CJ COMPUTER pick: Stafford)Stafford saw success against a depleted Caldwell team on Monday. This could be a good contest. The CJ Computer has just two points separating the two schools. A&A lost handily to Hope last week which is one of the premiere teams in eight-man football. Game night weather: No rain! The temperatures are expected to hover in the 60s and perhaps dip into the upper 50s by the end of the game for a good fall evening. Oct. 4CircleWellington wins 43-0. 2013 season thus far: Wellington:  Notable stats: Wellington’s Colin Reichenberger has 657 yards on 28 receptions, leading everyone in the league by160 yards. Bret Waddell of Collegiate is in second place with 34 receptions and 497 yards.Trevor Nance is currently second in the league passing department with 768 yards, behind Landon Root with 1,169 yads passing. Austin Dunn is second with 622 rushing behind Knoblauch. Full stats can be found here: Andale (7-9) 1981 – Wellington 34 Andale 61982 – Wellington 14 Andale 82000 – Wellington 21 Andale 02001 – Wellington 27 Andale 72002 – Wellington 21 Andale 222002 – Wellington 19 Andale 14 bi-district2003 – Wellington 46 Andale 292006 – Wellington 0 Andale 482007 – Wellington 12 Andale 272008 – Wellington 7 Andale 312008 – Wellington 17 Andale 33 (2nd round, playoff).2009 – Wellington 0 Andale 212009 – Wellington 17 Andale 33 (2nd round, playoff).2010 – Wellington 0 Andale 272011- Wellington 35 Andale 282012 – Wellington 30 Andale 60 Sept. 13ConcordiaWellington wins 27-6. OXFORD AT SEDAN (CJ COMPUTER pick: Oxford)The Wildcats may have kissed their playoff hopes goodbye with a loss to South Haven. But Oxford can take care of business with Sedan and hope Udall and South Haven completely self destruct down the stretch. Points BELLE PLAINE AT WICHITA INDEPENDENT (CJ COMPUTER pick: Wichita Independent)Belle Plaine had its highest point total of the season in week 5 against Haven scoring 28 points. Trouble is Haven scored 52. Wichita Independent is coming off a big win over Chaparral 36-20 last week. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Kenny Adams, Jr. 66, avid Crusader fan, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1948 – Jan. 25, 2015

first_imgKenny Adams Jr.Kenneth L. Adams, Jr, age 66, long time Wellington resident, died January 25, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington. Kenny was a brakeman/conductor with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where he retired after 38 years of service.Kenny was born on January 31, 1948 in Liberal to Kenneth L. Adams, Sr. and Beverly Jean (Hall) Adams.  He was raised in Liberal and graduated from McPherson High School with the Class of 1966.He attended Hutchinson Junior College for one year.  He then served for three years with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970.  He served two tours in Vietnam earning two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.He married Cindy K. Deschaine, the love of his life, on July 4, 1969 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wellington.He enjoyed everything to do with his grandkids, gardening, and being outside.  He was an avid Crusader fan.He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Steven.Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Cindy Adams of Wellington; three children, Eric Adams and his wife Coni, Kelly Adams and his wife Daphne, and Mandy Thomson and her husband Shawn all of Wellington; two sisters, Marsha Blackwell and Melissa Brooks and her husband Gene all of Bartlesville, OK; eight grandchildren, Erianne, Peyton, Madison, Jaden, Mekenna, Kade Adams, Addi and Gracie Thomson; and numerous nieces and nephews.Rosary will be held at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church on, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. Father Dwight Birket and Father Andrew J. Seiler will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 1 to 8 p.m.  The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the Avenue of Flags and WHS.cc Scholarships in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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New Zealand Women’s Cricket team captain announces pregnancy with her teammate

first_imgAdvertisement x8wp388NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewfco( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) Would you ever consider trying this?😱1wtywcrCan your students do this? 🌚arRoller skating! Powered by Firework New Zealand women’s cricket team captain Amy Satterthwaite announced her pregnancy with wife Lea Tahuhu on Tuesday. The skipper was engaged to her New Zealand teammate in 2014 and the couple later tied the knot back in March 2017. Announcing about her pregnancy on Twitter, Satterthwaite wrote, “Lea and I are thrilled to share that I am expecting our first child early in the new year. Words cannot describe how excited we are about this new chapter”. Tahuhu, in response, retweeted her partner’s tweet and said, “And then there were 3”.Advertisement Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Zealand since August 19, 2013. The legalisation bill was passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives on April 17, 2013 by 77 votes to 44 and received royal assent on April 19. Apart from Satterthwaite and Tahuhu, South Africa women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk has also tied the knot with her teammate Marizanne Kapp. They became the first married couple to bat together in an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, while playing against Sri Lanka in the Women’s World T20 Championship.Advertisement Amy Satterthwaite has represented her country in 119 ODIs and 99 T20Is, while her wife Lea, has played 66 ODIs and 50 T20Is with 70 ODI and 44 T20I wickets to her name. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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“When you lose they don’t look you in the face; when you win you are God”

first_imgHave you ever been denied permission to leave?No, the answer is practically automatic and always positive. I know they give me the go-ahead because it comes in green. I don’t understand much more.He resigned a few weeks ago and is in a foreign country with no income. How do you carry it?I came to a termination agreement and they gave me all my due this season. The club was already having some delays and anticipated that later on it would be difficult to collect. I explained to them that I wanted to return to Spain with my family and they did not put any problem. I thought I could travel … Now I’m in a rented flat. The landlord is giving me a small discount.What was it like to go to Greece after so long in Second B?Hard. I spent nine seasons in Segunda B. I lived through great moments, like when I scored the goal that gave the league to Mirandés and we played against Mallorca for the ‘play-off’ promotion to Segunda. But lately he was already having a hard time finding equipment. With the Conquense I signed the last day of the market, then I went down with the Teruel … Mentally it was not right. I realized that my career was starting to get complicated. Then I signed up for AFE. They said to me: ‘What are you doing here?’ But there it was, without equipment. Through a friend, Pablo Gállego, I made contacts in Greece and the opportunity arose to go to Tríkala, which was in Tercera. The conditions surprised me for good and I left. It’s been messed up a bit by the coronavirus, but the season has been going pretty well for me.Greece is also a lottery … Did you find out about the club you were going to?In Greece you have to have a little luck and hit the place you are going to. I saw that Tríkala was a club that historically had been in Second. That I was in Third was pulling me back, but the third category is also professional. Ximo Navarro and Javier Balboa were here recently. They spoke well of the club and I was encouraged to live a new experience. Things went well for me again. I enjoyed soccer again and remembered what it is to feel important and valued. And that’s what we soccer players care about. When you are happy, money takes a back seat. I value the experience very positively. It has also helped me to learn English and improve in many other aspects of life. “In Spain I was already finding difficulties finding equipment” Diego Pelaez Coruxo, Compostela, Cultural, Ferrol, Marbella, Sabadell, Mirandés, Conquense, Teruel … After almost a decade in Segunda División B, Diego Pelaez (Santiago de Compostela, 1989) saw his options to continue playing soccer in Spain run out: “I realized that my career was starting to get complicated.” Disillusioned, he opted for foreign football and Greece, oddly enough, ended up rearranging his life: “I went to Tríkala and there I returned to enjoy soccer. I remembered what it is to feel important and valued”. Until COVID-19 appeared. He resigned weeks ago, but has not yet been able to return to Spain.How is everything going in Greece?Everything is much calmer here. There are fewer cases than in Spain and in Tríkala, where I live, there is no infected person. I tried to return home with a stopover in London, but the flights were canceled. I have other tickets for May 2, this time I am in Paris. The embassy has told me that you should have no problems, so I hope to return to Spain soon.Live alone?He lived with a Serbian partner, but he resigned before me and was able to drive to Serbia. Since then I am alone because most of my colleagues are Greek, but not from Tríkala. They have gone to their cities. The situation is frustrating. When you have a job it does not matter to be alone because you are doing what you like. Now I have no one to talk to during the day. It gets heavy, but I hope there won’t be much left to go home.How does time kill? What are they allowed to do in Greece?Here we can go for a walk and a little run. If you want to play sports, go to the pharmacy or to the supermarket you have to send a text message and they answer you with permission to leave. You have a limited time, although, to be honest, I don’t know what it says because it’s in Greek. It’s in case the police stop you. I also have to carry my passport with me. Diego Peláez, during a Tríkala match in the Greek Third Division.Trikala “They want you to take the ball, go seven and score a goal for the squad. That only Messi does” The season had to grind to a halt, but left the team one point away from mathematical promotion to Second.As it is. Before rescinding, the club told me that it was very difficult for them to play again. So I forced to fix the paperwork as soon as possible. But lately it comes to me that the same three games are missing in a week: Saturday, Wednesday and Sunday. It is not official. My presence is also not transcendental. Only one point is missing. It’s done.Do you value going back to Greece when everything returns to normal?Yes. I have done well and it is very likely that I will return to Greece. It is still early, because there is talk that they are going to reform the categories again and we will have to see how everything is. There are also two groups in Second. I want to wait and see if I have any opportunity to play even in First Division. I’ll try. What I do rule out is returning to Spain to play in Segunda B.Nor does he rule out returning to Tríkala?No, because already in December they offered me to renew and they have always told me that they would be delighted if I returned. We will talk when everything is decided. Now it’s silly because everything is in the air. They are one point away from promotion, but they still don’t know which category they will play next season.There will be other Greek teams behind his signing …In the January market, I already had a second proposal, but I have rushed other times in my career and, as things were going well, I felt important and the coach trusted me a lot, I decided to continue in Tríkala. Nor is there much difference between the Greek Second and Third Divisions. Not even between the Third and the low-profile First. In Spain, between a Second B and a First the difference is abysmal. Not here. The level, in some cases, is practically the same. Diego Pelaez So did you expect a lower level?I expected a lower level, but I have found spectacular players. I have a partner, Georgios Niklitsiotis, who played Champions with Ernesto Valverde at Olympiacos. The Third Division here is professional and there is only one group with 14 teams like Veria or Egaleo, with spectacular budgets. That raises the level. In Spain, for example, in the same category there are 80 teams …What is it like to play in Greece? The Greeks are extreme …Totally. They are very passionate people, for good and for bad. On top of that, the foreigner always has a higher contract and the demand is very high. They expect you to catch the ball, go seven and score a goal for the squad. We know that Messi does that and little else. And less here, that the field is dry. They seldom water, and this makes everything more difficult. In general they are very passionate. Defeat is a catastrophe, it seems that the world is going to end and they don’t even look at your face, and in victory you are God. They call you ‘peiktara’, which is how to say great player here. You have to know how to carry them and learn to deal with all that. I remember a game that I missed a penalty in 1990. That week was difficult. Then you play well and forget everything. We have been leaders all year and they have to be happy.How would you see that in Spain, as in Greece, there was also a single group in the third category?I think it would be positive if a more competent league were formed with fewer teams. League One and 3. German League are spectacular. In Spain we are light years away from that. It would give more value to the third category of Spanish football, although for many players it would be death. Those who do not have a place would go on to play in the fourth category, and if Segunda B is already a well … Tell any foreign sports director that the Fourth Division of Spain has good players. I remember doing great seasons, being on the verge of promotion and believing that I could get to play in the Second Division, but I couldn’t. You think: ‘What do I have to do to get half an hour and show that I can play in Second Division?’ It is a lottery.last_img read more

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UWI eye top-four spot

first_imgRed Stripe Premier League new boys the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC are having a wonderful first season and have a top-four spot in sight. UWI won the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League last season before gaining a spot to the nation’s top league by advancing from the Jamaica Football Federation’s play-offs. After 25 games, UWI have surprised many by moving away from the relegation zone and are currently in fifth position in the 12-team league with 34 points, behind Montego Bay United (51), Arnett Gardens (49), Portmore United (46), and Humble Lion (36). At the completion of the preliminary stage, the top four will battle for the title. “We are still mathematically just a point from safety, we will take it from there and continue to accumulate points and see where it takes us,” Marcel Gayle, coach of UWI told The Gleaner. “We have conceded 34 goals, but the team has been scoring goals,” Gayle pointed out. “We are going to pursue a spot in the semi-final,” he said. Looking ahead to the next fixture against Boys’ Town at UWI Bowl next Sunday, Gayle said honours were even in the first two games. “Well, the teams have shared a win apiece, so it will be crucial to come away with maximum points against Boys’ Town,” he shared. “These guys are putting in the hard work and playing for each other, and that is key,” Gayle reasoned. “We are not totally satisfied but grateful for what has happened,” he said.last_img read more

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NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ With “The King” set to turn 33 next month, both fans and pundits alike have expressed concern over LeBron’s heavy usage rate.But Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue remains unfazed, claiming that James’ hefty workload is at par with some of the NBA’s all-time greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I hear about that all the time,” Lue described the comments regarding LeBron’s minutes to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39, he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe (Bryant). Everybody’s built different. If you’re one of the greats, sometimes you’ve got to play, sometimes you get rest like tonight,” he explained. MOST READ In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington.  AP/Nick WassAfter struggling in the early part of the 2017-2018 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are finally getting their groove back, winning its last five straight games.The sudden surge in victories can be attributed to a total team effort, but still  in large part due to the herculean efforts of LeBron James, who is currently leading the league in minutes per game, at 37.9 per contest.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Playing above 30 minutes per game isn’t unusual for most NBA stars, but the distinction is usually given to players in their 20s.The stakes are even higher for the extremely durable LeBron, who has already logged on 1,078 regular season games and 217 playoff appearances through his career.James, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to mind the extended playing time at all, as long as his team wins.“You make so much a big thing about my minutes,” James said after the team’s blowout win against the Detroit Pistons. “It’s not a huge issue. But at the end of the day, when we can get a win like this, everybody benefits from it. Not just me. Everybody.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green saysSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set More comfort, more control, more traction Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

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Five Health Workers, Clinic Honored for Lifesaving Work

first_imgAssistant Minister of Youth and Sports, V. Murvee Gray, over the weekend honored five health workers and a health center for their exemplary contributions in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on Sunday, October 26.The honorees reside on 12th Street and the health center, God’s Grace Laboratory Clinic, is also located on 12th Street Sinkor, Monrovia.Those who received the first-of-its-kind certificate of appreciation were:  Mr. Zazay S. Yekey, officer-in-charge and Physician Assistant and Madam Alice D. Kollie, midwife, both from the God’s Grace Medical Laboratory Clinic; Siafa Gibson, operation room’s nurse of the SDA Cooper Hospital; Mrs.  Roseline N. Ballah, a Registered Nurse at the Liberian Red Cross Dead Body Management Department and Madam Melvina Williams, a Registered Nurse and midwife of the James N. Davis Memorial Hospital.Presenting their certificates, Minister Gray said the initiative is aimed to honor the lifesaving work of health workers in Liberia, but especially those who are residing in his community.“We could not be more thrilled than appreciating our health workers amidst the decline of the Ebola virus and we are happy to at least honor the first five of many dedicated health workers in our community for sacrificing their lives to save lives,” the longest senior Sports Minister said.Minister Gray said program was his initiative to celebrate the health profession and the exceptional healthcare professionals for their contributions to society.In response, Mrs. Ballah thanked Mr. Gray for the appreciation and urged other public officials to emulate his example.The 12th Street Sinkor Community leader, Michael Wilson also expressed his satisfaction for the honor and described health workers as heroes.Minister Gray’s initiative comes after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored 15 prominent Liberians for their exemplary contributions to Liberia and humanity over the years.They included former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, Ambassador Wesley Momo Johnson, the granddaughter of former President Hilary R.W Johnson, Madam Catherine E. Johnson, Madam Theresa Leigh Sherman, Madam Joanna Coleman George, Madam Lucretia Jeneba Thomas, Madam Patricia N.C Logan and Mr. William T. Bruce Sr.The rest were the Very Reverend Emmanuel W. Johnson, Mr. William Wu, Hon. T. Edward Liberty, Mr. Samuel Mitchell, Mr. Gabriel N. Wilson, Brigadier General Richard K. Wright, Madam Lusu Klubo Sloan, Mr. Jackson M. Suah, Mr. Aaron Loila and Rev. Samuel Kpadia.She also bestowed posthumous honors on Ugandan doctor, Sam Mutooro Muhumuza, and all other health workers affected by Ebola while discharging their duties in Liberia, along with the World Health Organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mental Health Leadership Advocacy Program Releases Research Report

first_imgA Group photo of Mental Health workers, Lawmakers and support partners during the release of the Mental health Research Report in Monrovia A local mental health advocacy group, Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Program (MHLAP), on May 1, 2019 released its month-long research report for policy makers and health stakeholders to consider. The research was conducted on the JFK/ES Grant Mental Health Hospital, Liberia’s only mental health facility, located in Du Port Road, Paynesville. MHLAP Country Facilitator, Madam Sametta Thomas, informed the gathering that the medical research was funded by World Health Organization (WHO) QualityRights Research Dissemination Program in Liberia.The WHO QualityRights (QR) is a set standard for Mental Health Facilities and requires that the rights of people living with psychosocial disabilities be respected at all times. This document has five themes, comprising standards and criteria, upon which the JFK/ES Grant Mental Health Hospital in Du Port Road, Paynesville, was evaluated. According to the five themes, mental health patients are entitled to the following:The right to an adequate standard of living (Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This criteria, the Mental Health Hospital was graded as having “Achieved Partically”. The right to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (Article 25 of the CRPD). This criteria, the Mental Health Hospital “Achieved Partially”. The right to exercise legal capacity and the right to personal liberty and the security of person (Articles 12 and 14 of the CPD). This criteria is, as according to the report, “Not Initiated”. Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and from exploitation, violence and abuse (Articles 15 and 16 of the CRPD). This criteria, according to the report, was also “Not Initiated”. The right to live independently and be included in the community (Article 19 of the CPRD). This criteria, according to the report, was “Not Initiated”. Madam Sametta Thomas reads from the mental health research and key recommendations for the sector.Madam Thomas said that after conducting the research, the MHLAP also conducted training for the staff of the mental health caregivers, stressing the need to provide effective medication for mental health patients.In its report, MHLAP also provided a number of recommendations concerning the Mental Health Hospital:Building of a National mental health facility that will have wards for children as well as people living with physical disabilities.Need for a vehicle in the facility for patients care and follow-up in communities.Health insurance for employees is put in place.Psychotropic medication is available and affordable.That there is budgetary allotment for MENTAL HEALTH.In a special statement, Dr. Benjamin Harris of the WHO QualityRights tool kit called on mental health stakeholders to establish smaller institutions in the country.“We need smaller units and staff across the country that should be trained to support some of the mentally ill persons, and maintain those staffs with the requisite electronic gadgets for their medical diagnosis,” Dr. Harris said, citing the need to decentralize mental health caregiving across Liberia.He explained that such electronic gadgets are expensive and called on health stakeholders and policy makers, including members of House of Representatives and Senate to support the mental programs.On the rights of people with mental illness, Sidney Flomo, a senior research with MHLAP, called on the Liberian government and related health stakeholders to prioritize support and care for mental health persons. he is the lead research personHe underscored the need for professional capacity-building of the mental health professionals and equip them with tools that will be responsive to the needs of people that have mental health challenges in the country.“Our primary concern about persons with mental health problems cannot be overly emphasized, and should therefore claim the attention of all Liberians,”  Mr. Flomo said.JFK Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sia Kamanor, at the Release of Research on Mental Health in LiberiaDr. Sia Camanor, chief medical officer of the John F. Kennedy Hospital, called on mental health institutions to discuss with the JFK leadership for emergency support for all categories of mental health personnel. She said that in the short term, in order to find solutions to the challenges of the mental health patients; all those connected to the mental health sector should work together and support drug assistance.“We are ready to help our mental health personnel in our country but, such team work must begin to identify the most critical areas that require our urgent attention,” Dr. Kamanor asserted.In separate remarks, stakeholders and participants called on the relevant ministries and agencies to intensify the advocacy for budgetary support to the mental health programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mathare out to recapture lead from Bandari

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United players line up for a freekick before a previous Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Bandari temporarily took charge of the apex of the Kenyan Premier League log on Thursday evening with a 1-0 victory over Posta Rangers in Mombasa, but Mathare United will look to recapture that spot when they take on Kakamega Homeboyz at Kasarani on Saturday.The slum boys sit a point below the dockers at second and with an unblemished run to fight for, they will be out to give 100pc against the 11th placed Homeboyz. Mathare are already dreaming of their second league title and the thirst of quenching a trophy drought that dates back to their first league title in 2008 is clearly evident.Though he does not go straight into mentions, head coach Francis Kimanzi has urged his players to show what they have built as a single unit over the last three years is not in vain and build on their unbeaten start to the campaign.“It’s an evident document within a young team showing what they have been acquiring two three years together. It’s a year that they have to show they have to have the passion; passion to win matches and they are winning in style I think,” Kimanzi noted.The brewers have won five of their opening seven games of the campaign and picked up two draws, against champions Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars.Against Homeboyz, they will look to get their sixth win in eight games but they come up against a side that has blown hot and cold their way over their last eight meetings. Each of the two sides has won two and drawn four of the eight games.But, Homeboyz have not beaten Mathare since 2016. Mathare won 2-1 in the second leg last season having picked a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Kakamega.In terms of form, it is Mathare who definitely enjoy the bask of the sun. Homeboyz have not won in their last five games, losing thrice and drawing twice.At Kasarani where the expansive field and the regular pitch accord them a good surface to employ their possession based tact, Mathare have been unplayable and are stacked as favorites to win the mid-afternoon kick off.-Tusker face Ulinzi in NakuruTusker FC head coach Robert Matano shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Bandari FC at the Ruaraka Complex on August 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, Tusker FC whose four-match winning streak was halted by the slum boys last weekend will be away to Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Sunday with Matano looking to get his side’s tempo back against his former employers.Tusker are sixth in the standings with 13 points and with an eye cast on ensuring the gap between them and the leading pack remains assailable, Matano is not just about to lower his guard against the men from the Kenyan Defense Forces.“The loss (against Mathare) is behind us and we focus on what lies ahead of us. We have been improving and I am happy with how the team is coming up. We only need to convert most of our chances and we will be okay,” the tactician stated.His pedigree is not in doubt. Last season, he picked up the brewers staggering into relegation mid-season but engineered a sobering up that saw them finish third.This season, his eyes are solely fixed on picking a third league title, and his second with the brewers.-Sofapaka look to rediscover formSofapaka interim coach John Baraza (left) with a member of his backroom staff during a training session at the Ruiru Complex on January 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluElsewhere at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Sofapaka will begin their life without Egyptian-American coach Melis Medo who resigned from the club at the beginning of the weak after a tough spell that saw them pick only one win in seven games.Batoto ba Mungu are 12th in the standings with a paltry seven points and John Baraza, the man who owner Elly Kalekwa turned to after the exit of Sam Ssimbwa last season will be trusted again to engineer a turnaround.“The first target is to get the team back to picking results because we are not in a good position on the table and time is moving. We need to get back to the top, get the players’ confidence back up because it has been sometime since we won,” Baraza said ahead of his side’s tie against Sony Sugar.Sofapaka have drawn four games and lost two, their only win coming on opening day against a struggling Mount Kenya United.Defensively they have had a nightmare conceding at least two goals every game with the exception of the Mount Kenya game and last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Vihiga United. Overall, they have soaked in 12 goals in seven games, the second highest in the league.Sony are eighth and come to the tie on the backdrop of back to back losses.-Bankers eye second winKCB FC head coach Frank Ouna passes instructions to his players during a training session at the Stima Club on November 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the early kick off, KCB will hope to pick up a second consecutive league win when they take on Vihiga United.The bankers picked up their first top flight victory in four years last weekend when they shocked AFC Leopards 1-0 in Nakuru and coach Frank Ouna says it has built their confidence.“The motivation of the players is now increased and I think we approach this game with a clearer mind. The aim is to avoid defeat because we come up against a more experienced side and we need to be cautious. But I am optimistic that we can get something off it,” Ouna said.The tactician has also paid tribute to the arrival of Sammy Omollo in the club as his assistant saying the former Posta Rangers boss has increased the wealth of knowledge and tactical readiness for his charges.Kenyan Premier League weekend fixtures: Saturday: KCB v Vihiga United, Sofapaka v Sony Sugar (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Mathare United v Kakamega Homeboyz (Kasarani Stadium)Sunday: Western Stima v Nzoia Sugar (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Ulinzi Stars v Tusker FC (Afraha Stadium),0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Revealed! All the Premier League third kits ranked from worst to first

first_img 4. Newcastle United – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – Navy, White and Pink haven’t featured on the same kit too often and this is probably why. Not only is the colour combination a bit too weird to work, it also serves to highlight the ever-popular Wonga logo. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 6 A new season means new kits.All 20 Premier League clubs have released their home shirts for 2015/16, and we ranked them from worst to first. Then we ranked the away shirts too.Now it’s the turn of the third kits, at least those that have been confirmed so far. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so take a look at our rankings and let us know which shirts you love and which ones you loathe by leaving a comment below.CHECK OUT NEW PREMIER LEAGUE KITS AS YOU’VE NOT SEEN THEM BEFORE: WITH CLASSIC SHIRT SPONSORS!More importantly, where do you see your team finishing? Our man, Stan Collymore has given us his Premier League predictions.The new season kicks off on Saturday, with Chelsea v Swansea live on talkSPORT from 5pm on 8 August. 6 6 6 6. Everton – to find out which Premier League third kits ranked higher, click the arrow above – Just horrible. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 6 6 3. Bournemouth – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – The Premier League newcomers will be pretty in pink should this kit ever get an outing. The Cherries earn bonus points for proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care but the simple design and subtle stripes makes this a decent effort. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 5. Norwich City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – When your Head of Retail describes the shirt as being ‘like marmite’ you know it’s going to be a shocker. Aside from committing the ultimate third kit crime of featuring the same colours as the home shirt, Norwich’s alternative kit this season resembles that of a part-time rugby team with a horrible great logo plastered over the top. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 2. Tottenham Hotspur – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – Spurs return to purple and do it in style. The whole kit is an exercise in simplicity with Under Armour keeping it under-stated with the collar and sleeves. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 1. Liverpool – Fans will be relieved that Warrior’s reign of terror is over as New Balance (actually owned by Warrior) serve up this tasteful black. A nice collar and classy trimming make this a particularly smart number. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1last_img read more

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