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Road crews battling wintry conditions at full strength

first_imgAurora, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation’s East Central District has implemented a full call-out of plow trucks for the latest round of wintry precipitation.The National Weather Service is predicting 1-2 inches of snow and freezing rain late this evening and overnight into Wednesday morning’s commute.INDOT trucks have been out pre-treating the roads with salt and patrolling for potential slick spots. INDOT crews will continue to monitor the forecast/conditions and make adjustments to resources as needed.INDOT officials remind Hoosiers to drive defensively, plan extra travel time, drive slowly and be on constant alert for icy patches and black ice on roadways. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas – all are hot spots for black ice.Here is an interactive map of traffic and road conditions.last_img read more

House to Reward Paralympians with N18m

first_imgEach lawmaker in the 360-member house is expected to donate N50,000 towards the cash gift to the paralympians. The House is also planning to host a special plenary session in their honour.The resolution followed a motion moved by Hon. Ayo Omidiran (Osun APC) who noted that the paralympians deserve to be celebrated for their outstanding performances in spite of their physical challenges.She added that the members of the team need the support and encouragement of the House.Also yesterday, the organisers of Nigeria’s prestigious sport award, Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) congratulated the contingent for emerging top African team at the competition.According to the Chairman of NSA panel, Mr, Ikeddy Isiguzo, “the Paralympic team deserves all applauds and accolades for winning eight gold, two silver & two bronze and breaking world records and setting new ones; thereby surpassing the laudable feat it achieved at the London Olympics in 2012.”Isiguzo urged sport loving Nigerians to nominate the Paralympic athletes and their coaches for the different categories in the 2016 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA).He noted that only nominated athletes, sport administrators, team and coaches have the chance of winning the prestigious award, in recognition of their outstanding performance.He then called on the sport ministry and the federal government to reward the Paralympics athletes and their coaches for raising the flag of the nation high at the games, to encourage other Nigerian sports men and women to excel in their respective sports.The chairman also used the medium to commend the effort of the Nigerian Under-23 football team captained by Chelsea FC midfielder John Mikel Obi and tutored by coach Samson Siasia for winning a bronze medal which was Nigeria’s only medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.Nigerian Paralympics gold medalists include; Ezuruike Roland (Powerlifting Men’s -54kg), Kehinde Paul (Powerlifting Men’s -65kg), Ejike Lucy (Powerlifting Women -61kg), Onye Lauritta (Athletics Women’s Shot Put –F40), Nwosu Ndidi (Powerlifting Women’s -73kg), Omolayo Bose (Powerlifting Women’s -79kg), Ugwunwa Flora (Athletics Women’s Javelin Throw –F53/54). Orji Josephine (Powerlifting Women’s +86kg).Tijani Latifat (Powerlifting Women’s -45kg), Oyema Esther (Powerlifting Women’s -55kg) won silver medals while Innocent Nnamdi (Powerlifting Men’s -72kg), Iyiazi Eucharia (Athletics Women’s Discus Throw –F56/57) won Bronze.Nomination for the 2016 Nigerian Sports Award can be done through the website www.nigeriansportsaward.com and on social media platforms such as Twitter via @ngrsportsaward and on FacebookShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NSA salutes contingent, Dream Team VI over football bronzeDamilola Oyedele in AbujaThe House of Representatives has pledged to reward the victorious Team Nigeria’s contingent to the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil with N18 million.Nigeria won eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals to finish 17th on the medals table and also emerged the best team from the African continent.last_img read more

Football: Jonathan Taylor declares for 2020 NFL Draft following dominant career at Wisconsin

first_imgTwo-time All-American beloved Wisconsin Badger running back Jonathan Taylor announced via Instagram and Twitter he is forgoing his senior season and taking a leap of faith towards his NFL dreams. Listed at 5-foot-11-inches, Taylor is the No. 3 ranked running back according to ESPN’s NFL draft insiders.Finishing second on Wisconsin’s all-time rushing yardage list only behind the legendary Ron Dayne, Taylor finished his junior campaign with 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns on 320 carries. Taylor’s monstrous season resulted in his second Doak Walker Award for best college football running back in his three seasons as the starting back for the Badgers.A proven pass blocker, Taylor went into the 2019 season with questions as to how versatile he is in the passing game. After Taylor responded to those questions by tripling his reception total from eight in 2018 to 26 this season, totaling five touchdowns and 262 yards. With his great all-around season, Taylor proved he could do it all and become a day-one starter in the NFL.Football: How Jonathan Taylor can take down Heisman favoritesWhen Jonathon Taylor burst onto the scene back in 2017, it was immediately clear he was the new face of Read…The Pinstripe Bowl MVP looks to be the first Wisconsin running back drafted since Melvin Gordon in 2015, joining the likes of several former Badger running backs who play major roles within their team’s offense.Similar to Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor’s premier skills are his acceleration in the second level of the defense and his ability to be a powerful workhorse running back. Often referred to as a “bell-cow back,” his rare size and power allow for Taylor to translate smoothly into the NFL style and speed of play.The biggest issue for Taylor, according to many experts, is his trouble with ball security. With 18 fumbles in 41 career games, including a fumble during the Rose Bowl, it is no secret fumbling has been a key issue with his game.Football: Jonathan Taylor, offensive line highlight Big Ten Award recipients from WisconsinDespite an underwhelming regular season overall for the University of Wisconsin football team, the Badger offense was well represented during Read…The verdict is still out on where in the draft Taylor will get taken, but experts have all but guaranteed Taylor to be a pick within the first three rounds, fitting in with a team in need of a power running back. Due to his power, speed, and versatility in the pass game, Jonathan Taylor can easily be compared to Arian Foster and Saquon Barkley, both backs with similar sizes and attributes.Make sure to watch for Taylor as he gears up for the next chapter of his career. The NFL Combine goes from Feb. 23-March 3 and his pro-day date has yet to be announced. As the draft in April slowly approaches, keep an eye out for the many different NFL mock drafts to see where experts think Taylor will get drafted.last_img read more

Viane Talamaivao to undergo season-ending surgery

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanSenior offensive guard Viane Talamaivao will require surgery for a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the season, according to head coach Clay Helton. Talamaivao, who suffered his injury last week against Washington State, was a key part of an already depleted offensive line, and has most likely played his final game as a Trojan.USC football also gathered on Wednesday for the team’s second practice since its first loss of the season to Washington State last week. The Trojans had an intense session as they prepare for Oregon State at home this Saturday.More InjuriesHelton said that junior tackle Chuma Edoga, who hasn’t practiced this week, is “out for now” with a high ankle sprain.“All of a sudden, we have a little bit of adversity,” Helton said. “And you can either sit back or you can get your jaw set and go be the answer.”On a brighter note, Helton said that redshirt junior left tackle Toa Lobendahn and redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell are “progressing in the right direction” to play against Oregon State this Saturday.A Strange GameIn a bizarre development from last week’s game, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Liam Jimmons is being investigated by Washington State University Police for allegedly leveling one of the Washington State fans who rushed the field after the game.Junior linebacker and team captain Cameron Smith said it can be more unnerving than expected for players when opposing fans rush the field.“People don’t realize it can be kind of scary: You don’t know what those guys are doing, a lot of them are probably intoxicated after a big win,” Smith said. “Having 10,000 people running at you is kind of freaky.” Emotional PracticeComing off the team’s first loss in its last 13 games since last season, perhaps it was not surprising to see the Trojans having a fiery practice. Even during warm-ups, coaches yelled “Start fast!” at stretching players — a message that the team can’t continue to play close games into the fourth quarter.At the end of practice, the 11-on-11 drills gave players a chance to unleash their pent-up emotions. Whether it was the defense or offense making a play, the Trojans screamed support for their teammates. The drill ended with a touchdown, followed by the offense rushing the field and smothering the receiver.“They were having a blast on that field at the end,” Helton said. “I truly believe that they wish they could play today.”last_img read more

Former Patriots RB Antowain Smith endorses Julian Edelman’s Hall of Fame case

first_img Super Bowl 53: Rams coach Sean McVay explains RB Todd Gurley’s limited role Boston. You are insane. #LFG pic.twitter.com/JuMtknSNQY— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) February 5, 2019″Julian is one of the best slot receivers to play the game,” Smith, 46, told Omnisport. “He’s not that fast, not that big… but he makes plays.”Everyone knows who Brady is going to go to on third down. It’s a security play. You know it but you can’t do anything about it because he reads the defense so well.”Hall of Fame… it’s a possibility. If he keeps going the way he’s going, why not? The numbers are there.”CHAMPS! #LFG pic.twitter.com/RG9BFo8Kjf— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) February 4, 2019Edelman — who missed the start of the season while serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy — had a game-high 10 catches for 141 yards and threw in an 8-yard run on a sweep against the Rams.He was the seventh different player with 10-plus catches and 100-plus receiving yards in a Super Bowl, and the fourth different Patriot. With three championship rings and a Super Bowl MVP award to match, Julian Edelman’s Hall of Fame case was backed by former Patriots running back Antowain Smith.Edelman led the way as the Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53 — Sunday’s performance earning him MVP honors in Atlanta. The 32-year-old receiver has never been selected to the Pro Bowl but he now has three titles to go with the Super Bowl MVP.As debate surrounded post-season specialist Edelman and his candidacy, two-time Super Bowl champion Smith — who was alongside Tom Brady when the star quarterback won his first championship in 2002 — heaped praise on the New England veteran. Related Newscenter_img During the game, Edelman passed former Cowboys star Michael Irvin for second in career postseason receiving yards.Edelman also became the seventh wide receiver to be named the Super Bowl MVP, and the first since Santonio Holmes in 2009. Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch won MVP honors in Super Bowl 39. Super Bowl 53: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s legacy by the numberslast_img read more

Sunday blog: Talking legislature, school board legacy, and more…

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Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 269 weeks ago Regarding the football field – one of the concerns about building the new school out East was the lack of a football field at the facility. Concerns were raised at the time. With the current financial issues the City and State is facing, building one at the high school is not an option (how much more taxation can Wellington public take?). So, a little walk over to the Middle School is better than sitting on the bus. It’s a sporting event – exercise – it’s not going hurt anyone to walk to the Middle School. The Wellington Recreation Center just expanded their footprint – maybe some organizations could utilize the WRC or the Memorial Auditorium for the events/organizations ousted by the sale of the old Wellington Junior High building? Just a few suggestions. Wellingtonians are resourceful. They will figure it out! Report Reply 3 replies · active 269 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 269 weeks ago Resident..there are actually two fields at the high school used for practice. Gootball, marching band and pe classes use them. Why would we suck the history from Wellington and not use sellers park. I think that Wellington can build some kind if multi purpose building where the old girl scout house use to set. It could be used for multiple functions besides a locker room. Plus the building could have bathrooms that could be open when there are tennis tournaments. The building could be rented out for other events and utilized during the wheat festival. Progressive needs to be a way of thinking. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 269 weeks ago Yep. Get ready to pay for a new locker room facility which will, by the time it is ready, cost us another 12 million in special taxes etc. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago +37 Vote up Vote down No one special · 269 weeks ago I’m going to get more negatives for this than any other comment I’ve ever written but here goes. It’s time to pay per sport. The $20.00 fee has not risen with inflation or cuts in the budget. People pay at least $100 to swim, play little league football, basket ball on club level, or dance for that matter. I’m not saying don’t fund them at all, but if we can pay for these sports before our kids hit middle school we can keep on paying. As for the kids that come from low-income family’s maybe there could be an income sliding scale like there is for free and reduced lunches. Time to think outside the box. As for the locker room, start raising money through donation and fund-raising now, do it budget friendly and ask for volunteer help to build it. People are wiling to put sweat equity into something that will give back to their kids. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 269 weeks ago “There is no way that extra curricular activities cannot be affected,” Weiss said. “Once those kind of cuts are made, people may wake up in what’s going on.” I’m sure the majority of residents won’t mind cutting some extra curricula activities. You know, the unimportant ones. Don’t you dare cut football, baseball, (boys) basketball or wrestling though. And to the locker facility…..several years ago, I was in a small town, much smaller than Wellington, for an event they held once a month during “fair weather” months. The high school was trying to have something built. I can’t remember what exactly it was though. They had a 55 gallon drum with some holes cut in top. They placed a sign on the barrel explaining what they were trying to raise money for. It was sat in the middle of the street (roads were closed for the events), and they had a couple high school kids “manning” the barrel to explain what it was for. Sure, it probably took a couple years to get the money they needed. But guess what. It got done. 100% on donations. Make several of these barrels and set them up at EVERY public event (wheat fest for example) AND every game through the year. You can only “tax the rich” so far. Report Reply 2 replies · active 269 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down obvious · 269 weeks ago Since the stadiums obviously need to be rebuilt how about not put a all in one facility in there. Raise the money or use the money that the sports teams have had to fund new uniforms and weight room to build a new stadium. Put public bathrooms then down under a place for both teams to go to on opposite ends with refs in the middle in their own area. Talk to the builder for the middle school see if we can use those lockers for lockers at the stadium. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 269 weeks ago Cue, Weber didn’t cancel ALL of his Catbacker appearances, so it’s a stretch to say that he’s dodging the alumni. He just didn’t make the Wellington event, which is a big let down. I’d like to think that it was due to a recruiting opportunity that he couldn’t miss, but you never know. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 269 weeks ago Would love to see a building put up South of the tennis courts that could serve multiple purposes. Locker rooms for the football teams, bathrooms for the tennis courts/skate park. We have got to think multipurpose and have a vision. And yes! Use volunteer labor from our community. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down credence · 269 weeks ago Here we go again. Let’s all chastise the governor for all that ails us. He was elected twice to cut waste, lower taxes and balance the budget and now when he tries to do so he catches it from all sides. I don’t agree with all he has done or proposed, but I know he is trying to fulfill his campaign promises. As for the school funding issue, I have questioned this so-called problem for years. When does it become enough? Every year we hear the say song, we need more funding. In Wellington, I believe we have something like one administrative position for every 63 students. I would venture to guess this is a rather high ratio compared to other districts throughout the state and nationally. To say there is no areas to cut is a way of avoiding tough decisions that should be made. Why are we spending so much more to educate our kids than what is being spent else where? As to cutting the funding for the sports programs, this is an approach that is brought up every time the district wants more funding. They know sports are a big deal here so if we threaten to cut sports the tax payers will get on board and support the tax increases. Not a great way to win the hearts of the public. I will be the first to admit I don’t have all the answers, however I still have questions as to how our tax dollars are being spent. I have touched on a couple here but I think a better accounting of how our money is spent now coupled with more transparency for the benefit of the tax payers would be a good start towards getting past our funding problems. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 269 weeks ago While all the budget talks are being debated statewide, numerous school districts have passed bond issues for many , many millions. Haysville’s alone was $59 million & they pass it saying the “State” will pay for 65%, which would be about $39 million for just this one. Belle Plaine just passed a $15.95 million with the State paying 56%, about $9 million. The State is paying for many school districts including Wellington. Just where do people think the State gets this money. But, if we say we want spending to reduced we are told to sit down, shut up & pay for it, “anything for the kids”. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for June 14, 2015…1. Minority rules…Alfred E. BrownbackThursday was quite a night. The Kansas State Legislature took the bait of Kansas Blackmailing Governor Alfred E. Brownback and passed the largest tax package in history. The House, which included the blessing of Sumner County representatives Kasha Kelley and Kyle Hoffman,  passed the tax plan at 4 a.m. Friday. The Senate, with the blessing of Sumner County Senator Steve Abrams, passed the bill 12 hours later.The bill now sits on Brownback’s desk for signature. He had threatened if the legislature didn’t get something passed by Monday, he was going to make a 6.2 percent across-the-board tax cut. Through it all, Brownback said taking out the 2012 net income tax exemption which got the State of Kansas in the current mess, was off the table.Before the tax plan was passed, Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss speculated Thursday that USD 353 could be making $700,000 in cuts in its block grant for 2015-16 if Brownback’s threat materialized. Where does the school district trim the fat? Weiss speculated aside from cutting more teachers and classified personnel, shortening the school days from 177 to 170 days, cutting utility usage, and not filling jobs due to natural attrition, the school district would still be way short of the $700,000 cutbacks, Weiss said. Currently, the school district budgets $350,000 toward extra curricular activities which includes sports, debate, band, etc.“There is no way that extra curricular activities cannot be affected,” Weiss said. “Once those kind of cuts are made, people may wake up in what’s going on.”Weiss said in Kansas the majority is being run by the minority.“If you look at that from a historical perspective, that has never turned out well,” Weiss said.2. Legacy… Thursday night was time for goodbyes at the Wellington school board meeting. Administrators Larry Roth and Dale Adams will be completing their tenures at USD 353 to take superintendent jobs elsewhere. Longtime school board members Bob White and David Peck will be stepping down. Both White has served for 16 years while Peck has served 13.5 years.While I have had my differences with both men and the board as a whole over the past four years, I would like to publicly thank them for their years of service, and to remind the public of their true legacy: the building of the Wellington High School and Middle School.Both Peck and White – along with many others – were instrumental in passing a bond issue to progress the community into the 21st Century with state-of-the-art facilities for not only the children but the public at large. It has opened Wellington in so many ways – whether it be the hosting of school and community events, to allowing teachers and students the ability to diversify themselves both academically and athletically. For example, this summer Wellington is hosting the Kansas Ag Days at the facilities. Without the high school complex, the Ag Days would be elsewhere.I have little interest in reigniting the tiresome debate over the merits of building the school. I only mention this, because had it not been for people like outgoing school board members like Peck and White, we may still be debating today what to do with outdated facilities. They put their professional and political careers on the line to fight the good fight. And for that the community should be forever grateful.3. Now what?…In its final act, the 2013-15 Wellington school board sold the junior high building for $11,100 to a developer in Missouri. I have no objection with the sale itself. The junior high has has been a tremendous financial drain on the school taxpayers over the past three years – costing us $135,000 in maintenance and utility upkeep not to mention liability insurance.OK, now what? we sold the building, but what are we going to do with the various organizations who still use the facility including the Wellington Community Theater, the Wellington High School football program and others? None of that was discussed Thursday.This fall, Wellington will be hosting a varsity football game against Goddard Eisenhower on Sept. 11. What do we do with the officials and the high school teams during halftime? I realize that seems trivial in the grand scheme of life, but Wellington has to be cognizance what other towns think of us.It takes a little thing like an opposing football team being forced to get on a bus at halftime to start the perception that we are a community of neanderthals who can’t figure out how to build a locker room at a football stadium. This one thing can negate all the tremendous progress we have made with the football field over the past two years.I think it’s important to talk to the developer and ask him for permission to use the facilities until we can come up with something more permanent. Otherwise, we have a dilemma on our hands. One option is to have the football teams and officials walk all the way back to the Wellington Middle School. But that is a road trip, during a short amount of time for intermission. The other option is to put teams on a bus or have them sit on the sidelines while the public gets a firsthand view of a coach’s halftime butt chewing.I’m not sure I want to see that.4. Where’s Bruce?… Bruce WeberWhen K-State head basketball coach Bruce Weber did not show up for the Sumner County Catbackers Dinner/Auction in Wellington last Thursday, it did not surprise me. If I remember right, he has done it before.I believe this is the second time he pulled out of the Wellington festivities. I find it interesting that when K-State head coach Bill Snyder is advertised to speak, he always shows up. But Weber has yet to grace his appearance in Wellington.I don’t personally know the man. But the fact that five of his players jumped ship at the end of a sub-par basketball season, doesn’t look good. The conventional wisdom amongst Catbackers at the Knights of Columbus hall Thursday was he didn’t show because he is avoiding criticism from the K-State alumni, who aren’t pleased with current state of the program. That may just be gossip, but if you don’t show up to speak, you don’t exactly generate enthusiasm for what you are trying to accomplish.It probably doesn’t matter. Weber’s relationship with K-State may be soon coming to a close. It will all depend on the success (or lack thereof) in the 2015-16 basketball campaign.5. Shoutout of the week…I’m going to give it to the Wellington Golf Club, which is hosting the 2015 Kansas Junior Amateur Championship this week. The three day 54-hole tournament that starts Tuesday (practice round on Monday) is the premier youth golf event in Kansas. For our golf course to host such an event, says a lot for the people running the golf course and the community at large.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Messi scores twice as Barca cruise past Alaves

first_imgThere was bad news for Barca in the 47th minute when central defender Clement Lenglet was forced off with an apparent hip injury. With Samuel Umtiti also sidelined, if the Frenchman’s injury is serious, it could be a major problem for Barca when the Champions League restarts next month.Lenglet was replaced by Nelson Semedo, who minutes after entering the match scored Barca’s fourth goal of the game.Frenkie De Jong returned to action as a late substitute after a muscle injury suffered a month ago, before Messi’s left foot shot gave him his 25th goal of the campaign and made it 5-0 with 15 minutes remaining. The goal means that Messi has netted at least 25 league goals for 11 consecutive seasons.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action during the match against Deportivo Alaves, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain on July 19, 2020.Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | FC Barcelona ended their disappointing league campaign on a positive note as Leo Messi scored twice and inspired them to a 5-0 win away to Alaves on Sunday afternoon.After Barca’s 2-1 defeat at home to Osasuna on Thursday, there was only pride to play for both Barca and Alaves.Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alaves were lacking some tension in their play after assuring their la Liga survival in their previous game and Messi was in the mood to make them pay for their relaxation.First he slipped the ball to in-form youngster Ansu Fati to open the scoring in the 24th minute, with the 17-year-old showing his anticipation to prod the ball past Roberto in the Alaves goal.10 minutes later Messi made it 2-0 with his 24th league goal of the season, darting into the Alaves area and wrong-footing Roberto with a swivel of his hips.Suarez headed home Barca’s third just before halftime after Messi’s sharp pass out to the left allowed left back Jordi Alba to cross to give Suarez a simple chance.last_img read more

Powell spreads love to KPH

first_img “We started a relationship here with the hospital, and we’ve been searching for a few places that the foundation would want to take under our wings, and I think KPH is one now and it’s the start of a new relationship, and, hopefully, it can be a yearly thing,” Powell said. Powell was partly inspired by a personal experience to give back to KPH after his brother (Ricardo) received medical care there. “It’s not only about helping my brother because he is no longer here. I mean this is where all of Jamaica comes when they are sick, so I am trying to help Jamaica and trying to give back to Jamaica through this process,” he stressed. Ruel Rainford, deputy chief executive officer at KPH, said: “Well, Asafa wishes for it to be spent on linen. We are gonna have an initiative to purchase some well-needed linen and have them installed on our wards.” He added: “There is a great need for bed linen due to constant leakages in the system … . Any support in that area is always good and needed.” KPH will celebrate its 240th anniversary on December 14. Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer, expressed gratitude to Powell on behalf of the administrative, medical, nursing, paramedics staff as well as patients, describing his gift as “timely”. START OF A RELATIONSHIP Sprinting superstar Asafa Powell took time to show his humanitarian side yesterday, donating $560,000 to help the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) purchase much-needed bed sheets. There has been a reported need for more than 6,000 sheets between the KPH and Victoria Jubilee Hospital, with officials from the institutions noting that more than 2,000 sets are in dire condition. The contribution was made through former 100m world record holder’s Asafa Powell Foundation (APF), with Powell himself handing over the $560,000 raised via an online #SpreadABed4KPH crowd-funding initiative. Funds were raised via Indiegogo, while Powell contributed part of his personal funds from his participation in the last Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I am really happy for the opportunity to show my support and give back to my country. We started a Spread A Bed funding for the hospital and I said I would match whatever donations were made. Some came out of my pocket and some were donated from the public,” Powell told the media before adding that he would continue his efforts to raise funds for the KPH and other charitable causes. “The reception I got from people was really tremendous. I think we cut it off a bit early or else it would be even more,” he continued.last_img read more

‘Stop Undermining Senior Female Police Officers’

first_imgThe Chief of Gender Affairs at the Liberia National Police (LNP), Sadata Reeves, yesterday warned her colleagues, particularly female officers, to desist from undermining each other, in what she said had hindered their elevation to senior leadership positions.Reeves, who is also the Assistant Commissioner for police said, “If they (stop underming), it would encourage senior officers to advocate on their behalf at the leadership level.”“I have noticed that we are our own problem, and only we ourselves can identify our problems and work on them. It is now time for us to work with senior female officers to see how we can encourage them to advocate for us.  We don’t have to pull them down,” Assistant Commissioner Reeves said. She made the assertion yesterday at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop, organized by the Liberia National Police Women’s Association (LNPWA).The training which begins today is intended to strengthen the LNPWA and to explore strategies that would ensure gender balance within the LNP.It is also part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day, under the theme: “Women Rising Beyond Ebola.”Narrating the history about the formation of the LNPWA, Commissioner Reeves said, it was established in 1994 with the specific objectives of advocating for women, improving their welfare and designing programs that would build their capacity and competency to meet the needs of the LNP.“Since then,” she said, “the organization has ceased to exist. And it is time for us to come together and strengthen women’s capacity and promote gender mainstreaming for the active participation of all police officers, especially females, in decision making positions.”In his interjection, acting Police Commissioner, William Mulbah said the LNP was making serious efforts to have 30 percent women representation within the LNP, warning, “We are going to recruit not just any kind of female officer because we want to get 30 percent representation. We are going to select and recruit qualified officers this time.”He challenged them by saying, “If you want to be on par with your male counterparts, you have to qualify yourself.”He disclosed that there is presently only 17 percent female representation within the LNP.According to him, with the help of the United Nations Women and the Ministry of Gender and Development, 150 females have been recruited throughout the country.“We have currently recruited 150 females and they are expected to enroll at the Liberia Police Training Academy by August of this year,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNDP Weights Health Workers’ Salaries in Ebola Affected Countries

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams who are at tremendous risk in combatting  the deadly Ebola virus.According to UNDP Administrator, Mrs. Helen Clark, paying the health workers’ salaries in a timely manner is crucial and will motivate them to go about saving more lives.“Paying them on time helps to sustain them and their families, and it ensures a steady inflow of personnel who can help stop this disease outbreak,” she said.Mrs. Clark also stated that, “Success in the response, down to the district level, depends on these women and men who are risking their lives every day to fight the disease.”In Liberia, the Government, in collaboration with UNDP and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), conducted a one-day brainstorming session on the Ebola response processes relative to salary payments to health workers.UNDP Coordinator for Salary Payments for Ebola Response Workers (ERW), Stuart Kefford, said the initiative is to ensure that all Ebola response workers are paid on time.During the training held in Monrovia, Mr. Kefford said efforts are in response to the United Nations Secretary General’s request for UNDP to closely work with governments in the affected countries to identify ERWs and seek better payment modalities.The UNDP Coordinator said the Liberian Government has already established harmonized rates of payment identified by profession and put in place whereby individuals are paid basic salaries, allowances and hazard benefits.He stated that the meeting was necessary to further explain various payment processes that have been put into place by the government and discuss other modalities that will make the process effective and efficient. Recognizing the commitment of the respective national authorities leading this response, UNDP, working with the UNMEER, is tracking payments and improving existing systems through which payments are being delivered to the Ebola response workers.The objective is not only to support governments which handle payrolls and partners to continue paying  the workers’ salaries and incentives on time, but also to strengthen and develop systems that will expand access to affordable financial services after this medical emergency is over.Mrs. Clark also stated that reinforcing existing services can help expand the creation of markets, improve poverty reduction and resilience, boost economic growth and recovery, develop livelihoods of people with low incomes and empower women over time.Beyond the immediate response, she said, UNDP will also make welfare payments to vulnerable communities affected by the disease, focusing on survivors and families who lost relatives or are helping orphaned children, as well as groups who lost their livelihoods as a result of the crisis.The socio-economic impact of the Ebola medical emergency will be felt long after the crisis has ended. It is already affecting the means of making a living of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people in these countries, as well as the ability of governments to provide basic services to their populations.As part of the broader UN family, UNDP is working to identify and trace people with Ebola; assisting with social mobilization and community engagement; strengthening security agency capacity to prevent further spread of the disease; assessing the socio-economic impact of the outbreak and working with governments on recovery plans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more