‘Sports is a Unifier,’ Says Veep Boakai

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai says sport is a unifier and therefore the country can be better united through serious engagements in the various sporting disciplines.In an interview on a local radio yesterday, Ambassador Boakai said though he did not have the opportunity to play sport, soccer being his preference, the intrinsic value of sports makes it more expedient to be used as a medium to unite people.He revealed that he would be traveling to London, England, sometime in October this year to bring back a banner for Arsenal fans in Liberia.Ambassador Boakai also said he would receive a 16-20-seater team bus that he would donate to the national soccer team, Lone Star.“I will also bring back set jerseys from Arsenal to organize fan clubs for the team in the various schools in the country,” he stated.Ambassador Boakai is an ardent Arsenal fan. Though he touched on many issues of his life and how he has always been a leader even during his high school days at the College of West Africa (CWA), the interviewer went through extra lengths to draw him out, compelling him to explain the circumstances that led to his meeting his lovely wife, Mrs. Katumu Boakai, with a chuckle, as it was heard on the radio yesterday.It is instructive to note that many sporting bodies, including basketball, boxing and track and field are not provided with enough financial support for their development.Recently, a 12-member team of junior Liberian track and field athletes could not participate in the ECOWAS Track and Field games held in neighboring Guinea because there was no money for the trip.It is shocking that Ambassador Boakai is aware of the value of sports, but many top government officials have refused to see and therefore unwilling to provide the needed financial and material support for all the sporting codes in the country.It may be recalled that the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe won the hearts of Liberians when he devoted much resources to sports, with the result being players like George Weah, James Salinsa Debbah, Chris Wreh and many others who went to become famous in Europe.On the home front the Samuel Kanyon Sports Complex, began by the late President William R. Tolbert but completed by President Doe, is evidence of his legacy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U-17 hockey players arrive in Calgary for Summer Showcase

first_imgThe best under-17 Canadian hockey players are in Calgary today for the start of Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase. The event brings together players from Hockey Canada programs including the under-17 development camp,  Canada’s national men’s summer under-18 team selection camp, and Canada’s national junior summer development camp.There will be 111 players taking part in the under-17 development camp. 63 forwards, 36 defenceman, and 12 goalies will be on the ice through August 4 as they’ll be participating in practices and a nine game tournament to help determine who will be making the trip to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek for the U-17 Hockey Challenge.A number of cuts will be made at the end of the Summer Showcase as the roster will be trimmed to 66 players to make up the three teams that will compete at the event.- Advertisement –last_img read more

€764,000 secured for seven village and town upgrades in Donegal

first_imgSeven Donegal communities are set to reap the benefits of grants worth €764,400 approved for the county under the Town and Village Scheme.Minister Joe McHugh has heralded the success of the scheme, which will deliver funding for upgrades and development projects in Raphoe, Glencolmcille, Killea, Rossnowlagh, Dunfanaghy, Clonmany and Maghery.It was announced today that the following projects will be supported: Raphoe – Public realm upgrades and town enhancement measures – €200,000Gleann Cholm Cille – The preparation of a development & operational plan for the village of An Caiseal and public realm works – €100,000Clonmany – Public realm upgrade of Clonmany to enhance and maintain the village in line with the Village Plan – €100,000Killea – The installation of carpark, provision of recycling facilities and signage adjacent to a new outdoor play area – €100,000Rossnowlagh – Redevelop an underutilised car park in the village into a focal point with various community amenities – €100,000Dunfanaghy – The upgrading of the car park and streetscape enhancement – €100,000Maghery – The provision of a suite of innovative amenities which will promote adventure and activity tourism – €64,400Minister McHugh said: “The people who live, work and visit these areas will reap the rewards for years to come. The money helps to give a community a boost and all this is part and parcel of our ambitions under Project Ireland 2040. And we will continue to live up to those commitments.“It just shows the ambition and the quality of the projects in Donegal that six of the seven projects are at the top end of the funding scale.”The money is specifically targeted at towns and villages with less than 10,000 people. Some of the schemes supported by Town and Village funding help to revive and revitalise smaller towns, villages and rural areas by redeveloping run down, derelict and under-utilised lands or by setting up digital hubs, improving the streetscape or supporting job creation.Minister McHugh added: “It is a brilliant scheme. Already places like Rathmullan, Portsalon, Kilmacrennan and Kerrykeel, Glenties, Falcarragh, Burtonport and Árrain Mhór have been backed by the fund. Now we are seeing more successful plans and seeing the Government extend the impact of such a quality funding package to another seven areas. “I am delighted for the people of these towns and villages. Congratulations to you all.”€764,000 secured for seven village and town upgrades in Donegal was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Town and Village Schemelast_img read more

Animal Health Alert: Bovine Tuberculosis Detected In SE Indiana

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey is recommending cattle owners in Southwest Ohio monitor their herds closely after the Indiana Board of Animal Health reported this week that bovine tuberculosis (TB) has been diagnosed in a wild white-tailed deer in Franklin County in Southeast Indiana. No cases have been diagnosed in Ohio.“While the extent to which the disease may be present in the wild deer population is not known, cattle owners in Southwest Ohio should be aware of this finding and take precautions,” said Dr. Forshey. “Monitor your cattle for signs of TB, including lethargy, low-grade fever, and cough, and to take steps to prevent contact between your cattle and wild animals.”Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. While clinical signs are not visible, in early stages, signs that the disease is progressing may include emaciation, lethargy, weakness, anorexia, low-grade fever and pneumonia with a chronic, moist cough.  Cattle owners who notice any of these signs in their livestock should contact their veterinarian immediately.Hunters should take precautions to protect themselves, including wearing gloves when field dressing animals and fully cooking all meat. Deer can be infected without noticeable signs of disease, like the doe that tested positive in Indiana. Hunters who notice signs of TB in wildlife should contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).last_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgDiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we talked with Linda Stanfill, OTR/L.  Ms. Stanfill is an occupational therapist and the owner and operator of Cornerstone Pediatric Therapies, LLC in Clarksville, TN.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role. My role is to provide therapeutic care to children ages birth-12 years and parent education to enhance the self-care, play, and academic skills of their children. My other roles involve managing a small clinic with 6 employees.What’s your favorite part of your current job?My favorite part of my job has always been working with the children and getting to know their families intimately. It has been my great pleasure to be a part of the journey that families find themselves on with their children.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.Ninety percent of the children I see are members of military families. Being from a military background myself, both as a child and as an adult, I understand the challenges and benefits of this unique lifestyle especially being separated from your extended family and having limited access to help with life’s daily ups and downs.How did you come to work with military families?I moved to this military town with my family when I was a teenager. Once I began working with children in this area 18 years ago, military families became the most common population referred to my clinic.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.My experiences with those I serve have been very rewarding. It is my intention to make every family feel like our staff is their extended family offering any support, encouragement or other special needs they may have as they provide for their children, including lending a listening ear when needed, giving Starbucks cards to a frazzled mom, and even using my roadside assistance for a locked car. I do not need to be thanked for what I do but I have many treasured cards from families who have moved away or “graduated” from therapy telling me about the impact our clinic has made in their lives. I am grateful for the unique position I have.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.One of the most challenging aspects of working with families in general, but especially military families, has been keeping the child on a consistent schedule. It is difficult to be far from home with no one to assist with daily challenges. Initially, our families have the perception that we do what we do for monetary gain alone. It takes time for a family to begin to relax and let their guard down, but once they see we are not here to judge but to help, our relationship becomes deeper.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?Military families have more difficulty making it to therapy on time or at their scheduled appointments. They come into the lobby frazzled and with several children in tow. We have mostly mothers who bring their children to therapy. At times they have to arrange transportation with their spouses, dropping them off at work prior to using the car for therapy or errands. We also have mothers whose spouses are deployed and they are in the area without family. We have children whose mothers are deployed and their other parent has a much more difficult time justifying leaving work for their children’s appointments. We try to make life more manageable in any way we can. This means we make every effort to schedule appointments when it is best for the family. We have very flexible families and if we ask one family to adjust their schedule because another family needs that time, military families do not hesitate to do what they can to help.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?  Being aware of the family’s needs outside the realm of therapy is a great start. Adopting a perspective of treating the family as a whole actually has multiple benefits for the child’s progress toward goals. It has to be a partnership to achieve goals that fit for everyone. What we do once or twice a week will not effect nearly the same change as what the parent can do during the remainder of the week.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.We meet moms who have very little contact with other parents. Many enjoy the company of other moms in the waiting room while their children are in therapy. They receive fellowship, advice and support regarding their child’s disabilities or life in general. Lack of time and management thereof is the biggest source of stress that I see in the parents we service.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Making home exercises manageable and functional for their daily lives will increase the likelihood that exercises will be performed.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?I would love to see moms become more confident about their abilities to manage their responsibilities. Too often, they second guess themselves or feel judged by others. These moms are amazing at the flexibility and resilience they must have to provide so much of the family’s needs on their own. I wish they could be proud of what they accomplish and not focus so much on the tasks left undone or performed in a “less than perfect” way.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I read articles written by colleagues and seek assistance from resources. I get a lot of my child friendly activities from Pinterest because the moms and therapists who post on that website have amazing ideas!This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

10 months ago​Sheffield Wednesday up for sale

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Sheffield Wednesday up for saleby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri says he is putting the Championship club up for sale, reports BBC Sport.The Thai businessman, who bought the Owls in 2015, told a fans’ forum he would put the club on the market.The Owls are currently 18th in the Championship, with fans unhappy with manager Jos Luhukay, and were under a transfer embargo which ended in August.”I will put this club on the market. I believe many people want to buy,” Chansiri told the forum.The last available financial figures show the Owls lost more than £20m in 2016-17, an increase of £15m on the previous year.”The EFL changed the regulations at the end of last season. We didn’t just break (FFP rules) a little, we broke them a lot – eight figures,” he added to the forum.”We have problems with FFP, so it is hard, but we will try our best.”I am not looking to next season, I am looking now to solve FFP and how we can make this season as good as we can.”If we can solve those problems now, then next season can be better.” last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utd

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers on Maddison: I understand draw of Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers concedes he could lose James Maddison to Manchester United in January.Since his arrival in the Premier League, the England U21 international has continued to impress, with reports suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to land the playmaker. Rodgers, who became manager of the 2015-16 Premier League champions in February this year, conceded that keeping hold of his £70m-rated star man may prove difficult. He said: “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been at Liverpool where I understand the draw of that type of club. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the biggest clubs by far. “There’s other great clubs, there’s big clubs, but those two, in terms of worldwide status, are above the other clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Cavs Arent Even Playing That Badly

By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (June 4, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss the state of the NBA Finals, which the Golden State Warriors lead 2-0. They ask whether the Warriors’ Stephen Curry is finally going to get a finals MVP award, analyze why the Cavaliers are losing even though they’re not playing terribly, and talk about how Cleveland could turn the series around at home.The Lab will be back with another episode later this week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.