RESH Trains 130 Volunteers in Ebola Psychosocial Counseling

first_imgA local non-governmental organization, Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH), has concluded a 3-day workshop aimed at training volunteers, who will be involved with counseling Ebola survivors, relatives and community members.At the close of the training, which was held at the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) High School on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia, Ernest Garnark Smith, Jr., RESH coordinator told the volunteers that with their hearts of volunteerism and patriotism, they should diligently give back to humanity.He charged them that if they do not do that they would be on the wrong side of history by having acquired a skill to help and did nothing to help.He assured them that more refreshers trainings will be provided by both RESH and her partners in order to keep them abreast.Smith told the Daily Observer that RESH had embarked on the training in order to send her equipped and passionate volunteers, who he said are “emotionally and technically balanced,” for the counseling. He disclosed that the psychosocial aspect of the war against the deadly Ebola virus, was either non-existence or in the background with no attention from the stakeholders.Topics that the volunteers were tutored in included Community Sensitization and Significance in Psychosocial Supports, Trauma Counseling, Grief Counseling and Introduction to Temperament Analysis: An Effective Tools in the Help ProfessionRESH invited professional and renowned facilitators like the Rev. Olayee Collins, who is a clergyman, social worker and therapist; Rev. William P. Kilby, I, an educator, administrator, clergyman and counselor; Mrs. Varnetta Johnson-Freeman, a trainer, journalist, and an advocate of gender equity and good governance.RESH’s Coordinator himself a psychosocial counselor, social worker and freelance psychosocial author and poet also facilitated the workshop.RESH is a Liberian NGO, which provides psychosocial support to help combat Ebola, including counseling for patients and clinical staff. It aims to provide vital psychosocial supports for victims of natural disasters and traumatic events like the Ebola epidemic.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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Evans battles inconsistent game play

first_imgRadmanovic had scored just two points in the two previous games and was benched the final 21 minutes against Toronto. He came out a changed player Sunday, hitting his first four shots and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He cut for baskets, got a friendly roll on a 3-pointer and even passed on a corner 3 to drive baseline and score on a reverse layup. He played 27 minutes through three quarters but Jackson didn’t bring him back in the fourth. Hip check In the weeks before this trip, Jackson talked about the two weeks he would spend on the road as being a major test to see just how much he had progressed since having hip-replacement surgery in October. He reflected Sunday on how much pain he was in for a game last March in Cleveland and said, “I’ve held up well,” on this trip while giving credit to his therapy sessions with athletic performance coordinator Alex McKechnie. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLEVELAND – Given a second chance at one play from Sunday’s game, Lakers guard Maurice Evans wouldn’t have had much a decision to make. He undoubtedly would have wanted the ball back with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, when he took a pass underneath the basket with the Lakers leading 79-78 only to dribble the ball off his leg and out of bounds. “It was my fault, obviously, I just lost the ball,” said Evans. Evans finished Sunday’s game with six points and made just 1 of 9 shots. It has been either feast or famine for him in the Lakers’ last three games, scoring 19 points Friday against Toronto after making 1 of 9 shots the night before in his return to Detroit. center_img Evans was the voice of conscience after Sunday’s loss, acknowledging the frustration in the locker room. He was the guilty party as he left Sasha Pavlovic for the go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch as he tried to help defend the basket against LeBron James. “We allow teams when they play pick-and-roll to put so much pressure on our defense because we give them whatever they want,” Evans said. “We give them the drives, we give them the jump shots. We’re not forcing them to do what we want them to do.” In and out Lakers coach Phil Jackson kept Vladimir Radmanovic in the starting lineup but Jackson framed the decision in stark terms: “I said he’s really got to have a good game. He has to decide that now for himself, though.” last_img read more

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Spain, Portugal in same 2018 World Cup group

first_img0Shares0000Spain’s Jordi Alba (L) celebrates with Alvaro Morata after scoring a goal during their friendly match against Costa Rica, at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, on November 11, 2017MOSCOW, Russia, Dec 1 – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s European champions Portugal in an exciting draw for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Friday.Neymar’s Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title. Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play European debutants Iceland as well as a talented Croatia team and Nigeria.In a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin, England were placed with Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium, surprise packages Panama and Tunisia.– Russia v Saudi Arabia to open –Russia’s national football team head coach Stanislav Cherchesov leading a training session at Moscow’s Eduard Streltsov StadiumHost nation Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the tournament-opening match on June 14 in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Russia’s other opponents in Group A are Uruguay, led by Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, and Egypt, spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.France and their potent strikeforce featuring Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.Spain’s other opponents in a tough-looking Group B are Morocco and Iran.Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech at the draw ceremony that Russia had a “strong affection” for football.“Our country is looking forward to the championship and intends to hold it at the highest level,” Putin said.“I am sure that the forthcoming World Cup will be a huge factor in the development of the sport both in the Russian regions and throughout the whole world.”In the hours before the draw, FIFA President Gianni Infantino denied that doping was a problem even as Russia are at serious risk of being barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping.Infantino claimed that the level of testing in football is sufficient to show that the game is largely clean.“I don’t think there are many other international sports organisations who are doing as many anti-doping tests as football is doing,” Infantino told a press conference.“If you would have a serious doping issue in football this would be known by now, whether in Russia or any other country of the world.”Russia have been stripped of a third of the medals they won as hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and last week a ban on the country taking part in international athletics was upheld.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Legendary football commentator Motson to hang up mike

first_imgMotson, who in the days when the gantry was exposed to the elements was viewed shielding himself from pouring rain or blizzards bedecked in sheepskin, says he is sanguine about the end being in sight.“At the moment I’m perfectly balanced and quite cool about it,” Motson told Press Association Sport.“I’m not going to make a really big deal of it — I’ve known since September that this was going to be my last season.”Motson, whose anorak-style knowledge was a perfect foil to the more cultivated approach of fellow BBC commentator Barry Davies, says he has never changed his modus operandi, and his wife Annie has always played a key role.“I’m old-fashioned, I’m a dinosaur,” said Motson, who was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to sports broadcasting by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.“I don’t work off a computer and I don’t delve into the club websites, my research is based mainly on my wife’s wonderful record book which she keeps dutifully and diligently every day of the season with all the teams, matches, appearances, goalscorers, newspaper cuttings, you name it — she’s got it all in one big volume.”Motson, who among many memorable lines came up with “The Crazy Gang has beaten the Culture Club,” when unfashionable Wimbledon beat star-filled Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final, says it may not be the last one hears from him.“The voice is still working, it’s still strong, so if there is a way I could use it or someone could come up with a route I could go down, I suppose I would have to think about it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BBC commentator John Motson — and his trademark sheepskin coat — have been a familiar sight in English football for decades © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 12 – Legendary BBC commentator John Motson retires on Sunday after half a century of loyal service that made him and his trademark sheepskin coat a fixture of English football fans’ weekends.The 72-year-old — who has commentated on 29 FA Cup finals and six World Cup finals — will receive a special award from Crystal Palace and manager Roy Hodgson in recognition of his longevity after the final whistle has been blown on Palace’s game with relegated West Brom.last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB PRESIDENTS GIVEAWAY

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB PRESIDENTS GIVEAWAY was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny Golf clubNoticespicture specialSportlast_img

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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD PRESENTATION AFTER MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR EVER

first_imgTHE St Eunan’s Minor Board had special reasons to celebrate at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny following the club’s most successful year ever at underage level.Minor Board chair Pauric Daly was named club person of the year for his role at the club, which included being part of the management team of the all-conquering U14 boys side who landed county championships and the All-Ireland Feile title.There were celebrations at all codes, with the U14 Camogie girls landing the club’s first County A title in 43 years. And ladies teams celebrated landing U13 and Minor titles.In all the club’s underage teams landed 17 titles in 2015.Special guests on the night were club senior captain Rory Kavanagh and St Michael’s and Donegal legend Colm McFadden.There were a number of special presentations, in particular to the more than 40 young players who represented their county in football, ladies football, camogie and hurling.  St Eunan’s U16 boys Hurling team at the Minor Presentation in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Donegal’s Colm Mc Fadden, Sean Og Foody with St Eunans’s Aaron Deeney who received his award for representing his club in the U16 Ulster Elite Academy, and Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh.Donegal’s Colm Mc Fadden, Brian Mc Cormicks represenative Sean Og Foody with Ryan Hilferty who received his award for representing his club at the Ulster Elite Academy and Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh.Rory kavanagh with St Eunan’s Scor Quiz team representatives Eoin Mc Geehin, Ryan Hilferty, and Shane Maguire with Donegal’s Colm Mc Fadden.St Eunan’ s and Donegal’s Rory Kavangh with St Eunan’s players Ailbhe Finn, Shannon Doherty and Laura Kelly who represented Donegal in the U14 Camogie.St Eunan’s Rory Kavanagh pictured with St Eunan’s and Donegal Minors Odhran Mc Ginley, Rory Carr, and Niall O Donnell with Colm Mc Fadden at the St Eunan’s Minor Board Presentation 2015Donegal’s Colm Mc Fadden presenting Sean Halvey with his certificate in recognition of playing for Donegal Minor Hurlers at the Mount Errigal Hotel.Donegal and St Eunan’s player Rory Kavanagh presents Kevin Kealey with his certificate for representing Donegal in the Minor Hulrling Team 2015St Eunan’s representatives on the U16 Donegal Football Panel Millie Winfield, Rachael Hannigan, Anna FlanaghanSt Eunan’s U14 Camogie Feile Shield Winners 2015St Eunan’s Chairman Cathal Greene presents Minor Board Person of the Year to Pauric Daly at the St Eunan’s Minor Board Presentation in the Mount Errigal Hotel.PICTURE SPECIAL FROM ST EUNAN’S MINOR BOARD PRESENTATION AFTER MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR EVER was last modified: January 24th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Presentation nightSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Fans plead for VAR after numerous incidents between Cardiff and Newcastle

first_imgPremier League fans have called for the introduction of VAR after a host of contentious calls during Cardiff City’s clash with Newcastle United.Video technology was used to help referees at the World Cup in Russia, even helping to award eventual France a penalty in the Final against Croatia. VAR was used to great effect at the World Cup in Russia Already the decision not to have VAR in the Premier League is looking inexplicable in the extreme. As everyone knows the issues with VAR relate to the errors made by those using it. The fact remains they make ten times as many without it. It’s the biggest No Brainer in football!— Mike Wilson (@Redsmail) August 18, 2018 #CARNEW this game could have really benefitted from some #VAR !!!!— Dan James (@dnjms) August 18, 2018 2 Isaac Hayden was shown his marching orders, but Harry Arter should have followed him Regardless to say, fans were left confused and enraged in equal measure at the lack of help afforded to the referee. Check out the best Tweets below! However, the use of technology is not available to referees in England, which fans believe is to their detriment.Referee Craig Pawson, who sent off Phil Jagielka for Everton last weekend, produced another red card for midfielder Isaac Hayden in the second half at the Cardiff City stadium.However, he only showed a yellow card to Harry Arter, despite replays showing the on-loan Bournemouth man producing a reckless tackle – arguably worse than Hayden’s.However, the main talking point was the awarding of a penalty in the 95th minute, despite seemingly hitting Sean Morrson’s arm outside the box. 2 Morning. EPL. VAR.— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) August 18, 2018 That’s a bad tackle but it’s not red. Standards of refereeing still as bad as ever in the @premierleague. Sooner VAR is sorted out for it the better. #CARNEW— AdamColton (@AdamsBapple) August 18, 2018 VAR was just used in football’s biggest tournament. What are the @premierleague so afraid of? Two poor red cards in a week for Craig Pawson.— 🚤 (@doctordecibels) August 18, 2018 Only Game week 2 and it’s obvious that the premier league needs VAR.— Alfred (@CallmeAlfredo) August 18, 2018last_img read more

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FANS GO OVERBOARD AS DANIEL MAKES WAVES ON CRUISE SHIP

first_imgIf your holiday company is hitting choppy waters, then there’s only one person to call – Daniel O’Donnell.The Kincasslagh singer, 49, has single-handedly rescued the fortunes of a cruise ship and sold out the 2,000 places on board.Demand for places on Gertrude Byrne Promotions’ trip to the Caribbean next February is greater than ever in its 25 year history. Spaces on the cruise, which is a real crowd puller for the over 40s, were snapped up in less than two months.Daniel heads a list of more than 40 Irish acts strutting their stuff on the cruise.Others include Brendan Grace, Crystal Swing and Brendan Shine.As well as performing three or four times on the cruise, Daniel will also perform a meet and greet with fans. Disappointed Daniel fans who did not manage to get a cabin on this years cruise can always book for the 2013 holiday which the man himself has signed up to.We always knew Daniel fans went a little overboard for their hero.But we didn’t think they’d create this many waves.EndsFANS GO OVERBOARD AS DANIEL MAKES WAVES ON CRUISE SHIP was last modified: July 16th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:cruise shipdaniel o’donnelllast_img read more

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Loggers top Crusaders, advance to H-DNL championship

first_imgOlivia Stone had two goals and the Eureka High girls soccer team overcame a gritty defensive performance by St. Bernard’s for a 4-0 victory in the semifinal round of the Humboldt-Del Norte League tournament, Wednesday night at Albee Stadium.The No. 1 seeded Loggers (15-0) will face the winner of today’s match between No. 3 Arcata and No. 2 Fortuna in the H-DNL championship match on Saturday. St. Bernard’s (14-9-1), now done with H-DNL play, will await the start North Coast Section playoffs …last_img

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We all have Aids, if one of us does

first_img8 December 2005If one of us has Aids, we all have it. That’s the message of We All Have Aids, a campaign launched by international shoe designer Kenneth Cole on World Aids Day. The campaign hinges on a black-and-white photograph of 25 prominent Aids activists, three of them from South Africa.Former President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Treatment Action Campaign leader Zackie Achmat were the South Africans joining Will Smith, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Sharon Stone, Tom Hanks and other celebrity Aids activists to have their photos taken for the campaign.Kami, the five-year-old HIV-positive muppet from Takalani Sesame, the South African version of Sesame Street, was also photographed.Given the high profile of the activists, each was photographed separately. Photographer Mark Seliger started in New York and Los Angeles, where most of the actors had assembled for the Academy Awards, before moving on to Cape Town and George, where they caught up with Mandela and Achmat at a 46664 concert.All were asked to pose barefoot for the photograph and make an imprint of their feet in wet cement. Mandela was the only one to decline.“We managed to get Nelson Mandela to agree to participate, so no, we didn’t push our luck,” Cole said.The photographs from the campaign, as well as the cement footprints, form part of a public exhibition that was unveiled on World Aids Day in New York’s Bryant Park.“The We All Have Aids Campaign is a show of solidarity among, and an acknowledgment of, many of the world’s most accomplished, devoted and inspiring Aids activists and scientists of the last 20 years,” says the campaign website.“Barefoot and determined, each participant has left a meaningful mark in cement, but more importantly in the fight against HIV/Aids and the destructive stigma associated with this devastating disease.”Besides working to remove the stigma of Aids, the campaign aims to consolidate and find common ground between organisations working to fight the pandemic.Nelson Mandela“Former South African President Nelson Mandela is deeply concerned about the impact of Aids, not only in South Africa, but around the world,” reads the campaign profile of Mandela.“Through his Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, he is on the front line, fighting the disease with Aids education, health care and support programmes.“Upon losing his son to Aids, Mandela pronounced, ‘Let us give publicity to HIV/Aids and not hide it, because [that is] the only way to make it appear like a normal illness.’ He has said, ‘One of the things that is destroying people with Aids is the stigma which we attach to it.’“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has made former President Mandela a Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his exemplary contribution to international peace and understanding.”Desmond TutuA prominent and extremely vocal opponent of apartheid in the 1980s, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. In 2000, he founded the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation to raise funds for the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town.Tutu, the campaign website notes, “has likened the fight against Aids to that of apartheid, saying, ‘In the battle against apartheid, the solidarity of people from around the world, including millions of Americans, strengthened us in some of our darkest moments. Now, as we continue the battle against HIV/Aids, we need the same solidarity, the same passion, the same commitment and energy.’”Zackie Achmat“Zackie Achmat has been called South Africa’s most important dissident since President Nelson Mandela,” the website states. “Achmat’s message ‘is not about being proud to come out and admit that the disease is with us, it’s about being realistic. That’s when fighting it can begin.’”Achmat was named Time magazine’s Person of the Week in April 2001, and received the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award later that year. “Achmat’s energies are now focused on getting the government to finalise a long-delayed national treatment strategy.”The other activistsDr David Baltimore – California Institute of TechnologyHarry Belafonte – United Nations Children’s Fund goodwill ambassadorLeigh Blake – Founder, president and CEO, Keep a Child AliveBono – Founder of DATA (TBD)Richard Gere – Founder of the Gere Foundation, board member of Healing the Divide, sponsor of Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Amfar and Aids Research AllianceWhoopi Goldberg – Goodwill ambassador for the American Health FoundationTom Hanks – Ambassador to Freeplay FoundationElton John and David Furnish – Elton John Aids FoundationAshley Judd – Board of directors for PSI YouthAidsAlicia Keys – Spokesperson for Keep a Child AliveLarry Kramer – Founder of Gay Men’s Health CrisisMathilde Krim – Founding chairperson of AmfarEric McCormack – Project AngelfoodRosie O’Donnell – Founder, Rosie’s Broadway KidsNatasha Richardson – National Aids Trust ambassadorWill Smith – Ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and host of Mandela’s 2005 46664 concertDr Suniti Solomon – Set up first voluntary youth testing and counselling centre and Aids Research Group in ChennaiSharon Stone – Chairperson, Amfar’s Campaign for Aids ResearchElizabeth Taylor – Founding international chairperson of Amfar and the founder of the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. 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