The widely perception that basketball players are smarter so should their administrators has taken an opposite trend with the appalling saga involving the Rufus Anderson-led administration of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).LNOC president Philipbert Brown, (who also served as president for the LBA for 10 years), has had similar thought, but now is constrained to defer.For a fact the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has been relatively peaceful because of its traditional and annual congresses and has had successful leagues.Brown said LBA president Rufus Anderson’s refusal to follow simple things such as the staging of an annual congress to discuss the association’s financial reports has obviously vilified his reputation.Brown said if a leader cannot give account to his organization it means such a leader has failed to lead.He made the assertion yesterday at the LNOC headquarters on Randall Street, in Monrovia and it stemmed from recent meetings where he has joined Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and mandated the LBA to hold a congress before elections and the provision of congressional documents to basketball stakeholders, 15 days before congress.Brown said the refusal of the LBA to follow through was the reason the Ministry in consonance with the LNOC nullified the 2-day congress and election which was to kickoff last Tuesday.The deferment marked the third postponement – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7, and then to February 17 and 18.Besides the refusal of Rufus Anderson to adhere to the MYS-LNOC’s mandate, the aggrieved stakeholders, headed by Malcolm Joseph, Ali Sylla and Calvin Diggs have accused the LBA of allegedly registering 14 non-existing third division clubs.Meanwhile, in an effort to remedy the situation, a resolution was signed which compelled the LBA to present the current bank statements and receipts of the Association to determine the legitimacy of the contested 14 clubs at 11:00am to the offices’ of the Deputy Sports Minister.The resolution also mandated the LBA to deliver the congressional documents to the Ministry for onward distribution to all qualified teams; and registration for election is open including for clubs who are obligated to the Association are also given additional time to settle their arrears, amongst others.It may be recalled that the last two years of the Rufus Anderson’s administration suffered huge criticism and setbacks. The opening and ending of its national annual leagues went without major sponsors, and fans highly took interest in most of the games, except for the basketball giants, LPRC Oilers and the NPA Deadly Pythons’ games.Mr. Anderson, in several interviews, accused his detractors, but unfortunately, one of his chief rivals, who is a Legislator, Rep. Solomon George, was about to lobby for the allocation of US$100,000 for basketball.The accountability of US$100,000 and some US$8,000 from the Cellcom GSM Company caused the annoyance amongst stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At a state GOP convention, a committee made only incremental headway trying to craft a new platform while some members angrily complained about being shut out or misled. And a day after Schwarzenegger declared the party had lost the political middle ground and was “dying at the box office,” state party Chairman Ron Nehring did respond directly when asked if he agreed with the governor’s assessment. “We are a big party,” Nehring told reporters, without specifically commenting on Schwarzenegger’s remarks. Nehring later added, “If any party has lost the middle ground in America, it’s the Democrats.” Schwarzenegger on Friday provided a grim assessment of his party’s standing in California, saying it needed to appeal to independents or risk being relegated to the political margins. He said the party had lost 120,000 registered voters in eight months, and more than 370,000 since 2005. Schwarzenegger, a Republican centrist, argued that the party needed to attract new voters by tackling issues with broad public appeal, like global warming. Otherwise, voters “will look elsewhere,” he said. Reaction was mixed. The speech underscored long-standing differences between Schwarzenegger and conservatives in his party, who have differed on state spending, debt and social issues. “Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party have been a marriage of convenience from the beginning,” said conservative Michael Schroeder. Asked about Schwarzenegger’s speech, presidential contender John McCain, who addressed delegates earlier, said the party needed to “regain the trust of the American people.” “I don’t think it’s our message, it’s our actions,” McCain said, pointing to problems after Hurricane Katrina, corruption and runaway federal spending. Schwarzenegger has urged the party to open its February presidential primary to the state’s 3million independent voters. Democrats allow independents to vote in the presidential primary, and in his speech Friday the governor warned those voters could be lost in November. But a proposal to open the primary appeared unlikely to be considered at the three-day convention, officials said. A committee working on the platform agreed to send several competing drafts to a subcommittee for consideration.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STATE: Governor says party has lost its way. But conservatives see a different picture. By Michael R. Blood THE ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIAN WELLS – Political fissures divided state Republicans Saturday as they faced questions about the future of a party that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says has lost its way.
Carrigans native Natalie McCarron is to receive a civic reception from Donegal County Council today.Natalie created history by becoming the first ever Irish Lady Professional Kickboxing Champion of the World by winning the ISKA Featherweight title. Natalie is an icon in Kickboxing, but is also a loving mother.She works enthusiastically for charity and has given her life to her sport, having won three world titles in three different weight categories thus far. She gives back to the sport by teaching her skills to the children of Donegal in Carrigans gym each week, providing them and us with a strong, inspirational role model of women in sport. Natalie will be honoured at a civic reception in the County House Lifford, today at 3.00pm in recognition of her sporting achievements. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and by the members of Donegal County Council.The Mayor, elected members and staff of the Council will be joined by the Natalie, her management, trainer Paddy Toland, and invited guests, at this special event that will recognise the wonderful achievements of this Donegal woman in sport.The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is delighted to be honouring Natalie for her outstanding achievements at todays civic reception.“Natalie has reached the highest levels in her chosen sport and it is a great honour for me and the elected members of Donegal County Council to have the opportunity to acknowledge her achievements with this Civic Reception”. Natalie will be presented with a special scroll marking the occasion of this Civic reception along a specially commissioned piece by well known artist Fiontann Gogarty. NATALIE TO GET HER ‘KICKS’ AT CIVIC RECEPTION TODAY was last modified: April 29th, 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:civic receptionMayor Frank McBreartyNatalie McCarron
Bournemouth have announced the signing of Leeds central midfielder Lewis Cook for an undisclosed fee.Cook had interest from the club in last year’s January transfer window but has now joined the Cherries on a four-year deal after passing a medical.The 19-year-old won the Football League Young Player of the Year last season during another impressive campaign for the West Yorkshire side.He made 85 appearances for the Elland Road club in his first two seasons as a professional after breaking into the first team in the opening game of the 2014-2015 season against Millwall. AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the club’s website: “We’re pleased to be bringing one of the country’s brightest prospects to the club.“Lewis has impressed since earning his spot in the Leeds United first team and we feel that he can continue his rapid progress under the tutelage of Eddie (Howe) and Jason (Tindall).“He’s represented England at youth level and won plenty of individual awards last season, we’re excited to see him flourish further at Vitality Stadium over the next four years.”Cook was part of the England team that won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2014, starting three of the five matches for the Three Lions including the semi-final and final of the competition. He has also represented the national side from Under-16 to Under-19 level.He becomes the club’s third signing of the season behind Emerson Hyndman and Lys Mousset, while the south coast club have also had a bid £15 million accepted by Liverpool for winger Jordan Ibe. Lewis Cook in action for Leeds 1
If England can get anywhere near those levels, they should kick off a major tournament with victory for the first time since 2006.The cost and associated concerns over travelling to Russia means the Three Lions would do that in front of a far smaller ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ following than they are used to, but Southgate is confident of giving those in Russia and at home something to shout about.The England manager spoke about that and a variety of other matters with a typically calm assurance on Sunday, when he could have been forgiven for looking more nervous on the eve of managing his country at the World Cup.“To be honest, I feel much more relaxed coaching than I did playing,” he said with a smile. “Which probably tells you something about my ability as a player!”Self-deprecating humour and honesty have been common features of a reign that has seen Southgate attempt to change England’s on-field philosophy and off-field perception.“It’s a very proud moment, of course,” he said of leading the Three Lions at a major tournament for the first time.“My family are incredibly patriotic. My granddad was a marine. I’ve always been brought up with England being a core part of what we stood for and my life.“To have played for England in major tournaments and now managing England is of course a huge honour.“But my focus can’t be that I’m a tourist and I’m chuffed to be here, and I will for sure enjoy the experience because I know too many things I did in the past I didn’t take in.“I think I’d be able to take those things in and focus on the job now because I’m more experienced.“But it is another game of football, on a pitch the size that these boys have played on all their lives and we have to prepare them that way.” 3 Gareth Southgate is excited by what England have to offer at the 2018 World Cup.The Three Lions kick off their campaign against Tunisia on Monday – live on talkSPORT – with Southgate confident they have got their preparations right. Getty Images England’s last major tournament ended in humiliation at the hands of Iceland, but following a positive build-up and no injury issues, they are ready to roar at the Volgograd Arena.“I am conscious of that when I was a player there were moments before the game when I thought ‘all the manager can do now is f*** it up for me and put me off my game’ because I was ready and didn’t want to hear too much more,” Southgate said. “And I think the boys are ready.“We tried to put in as much tactical information in the early part of the week so that Sunday’s session was about enjoyment, feeling the ball and being physically ready for the game.“So, there will be some key messages, but it will really just be around transferring what they are doing every day because that level they are playing at every day is high and is getting better all the time.“It’s competitive and that is really important because you can’t step it up going into matches but they won’t need to step it up tomorrow from what they have been doing in training because that level they have been hitting is high.” The Volgograd Arena in Russia where England will kick off their campaign 3 3 Gareth Southgate points the way in England training Such considered tutelage coupled with the promise at his disposal has brought encouragement ahead of the World Cup, but it is underpinned by common sense.“There’s a realism about expectations,” Southgate added in the bowels of the Volgograd Arena.“Everybody knows this is a team that is progressing and improving but we’re not the finished article.“I think it’s going to be an exciting time to watch these boys play. I’m excited watching them.“We really like watching the level in training, the competition and the spirit, not just in training but when they’re relaxing as well.“It depends what the expectation is, as to whether that’s matching what’s been there in the past.“But our focus has to be on the things we can control and getting better every day we work together and tomorrow transferring what we do the training pitch into the game.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
1 June 2007First National Bank (FNB) expects South Africa’s tourism industry to boom in the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World cup, as increasing numbers of existing and potential tourism business operators apply to the bank for finance.In a statement released last week, FNB says that statistics gathered at the Tourism Indaba in Durban in early May showed a 300% increase in projected figures for potential business coming through the bank.“Businesses are looking at growth in various ways,” said FNB head of solutions for tourism Pieter de Bruin. “People who approached us at the Tourism Indaba ranged from those who are looking for commercial property financing to buy or construct new buildings for accommodation, to those businesses looking to finance new assets, such as transport fleets like buses.”An analysis of business activity at the FNB branch located at the Durban International Convention Centre also showed increased foreign currency sales driven by the number of foreign visitors to the Indaba.De Bruin says the high number of tourists coming to events like the Indaba represents a significant boost for the local economy; and he believes they are set to increase in the run-up to the World Cup, presenting local entrepreneurs with business opportunities in the expanding tourism market.“Increasingly, we hear about the opportunities offered by the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but the local industry should actually be working towards 2009,” De Bruin said. “2009 is the year for the Confederations Cup, the precursor to the World Cup, as well as the British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour – both of which will bring thousands of sports fans to South Africa.”He believes that both 2009 and 2010 will be milestones in the phenomenal growth of the tourism industry in South Africa, with television coverage of those events being broadcast to viewers across the globe.“2010 is just 30 days, but tourism growth goes way beyond the event itself,” he said.According to FNB, most of South Africa’s luxury hotels are already experiencing unprecedented occupancy levels, driven mainly by holidaymakers in Cape Town and business travellers in Johannesburg.“In the years following the sports events, South Africa expects many return visitors who came here initially as sports supporters,” FNB added. “This should set in motion the increasing popularity of the destination to the world travel market.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Integrating mental health care into existing primary health care systems will make it possible for more people to access the treatment they need. There are also other ways to deliver affordable mental wellness services that don’t necessarily require medical intervention, such as counselling through trained community workers. (Image: www.healthnettpo.org) The South African Depression and Anxiety Group produce educational materials such as speaking books. Each book speaks to people in their own language, often through the voice of a local celebrity, providing important information about topics such as suicide, depression, hygiene and how to say no to drugs. (Image: www.speakingbooks.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Crick Lund University of Cape Town +27 21 685 0120 RELATED ARTICLES • Proactive approach to mental health • Local solutions for animal health • SA’s second health train rolls out • SA, Cuba to train more doctors Wilma den HartighThe University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health is part of an international consortium of scientists that is to receive a multi-million rand grant to develop ways to improve treatment for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).One suggestion is to integrate mental health care into existing primary health care systems, making it possible for more people to access the treatment they need. However, an important first step towards this goal is for governments to develop the political will, and make more financial resources available for mental health care.The research forms part of the Emerald project, a global mental health initiative to improve emerging mental health systems in LMICs, such as adequate and sustainable resourcing and integrating the provision of physical and mental health.The R60-million (US$7.1-million) grant, awarded by the United Nations 7th Framework Programme for research, will be used to assess health systems for mental health care in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda over the next five years.These countries are members of the international consortium, led by the King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry together with partner institutions in each country, the University of Madrid and the World Health Organisation. Solutions for the treatment gapProfessor Crick Lund, director of the Centre for Public Mental Health at UCT, argues that there is a great need to integrate mental wellness and primary healthcare. He adds that approximately 75% of people living with a diagnosable mental health problem in LMICs do not get the care they need.One of the main goals of the consortium’s research is to address the treatment gap that exists in LMICs by ensuring that mental health services are provided within the primary health care system.“We are calling for the inclusion of mental health treatment in social health insurance packages such as National Health Insurance,” Lund says.He says there are also other ways to deliver affordable mental wellness services that don’t necessarily require medical intervention, such as counselling through trained community workers.“These are inexpensive forms of mental health provision,” he says.Professor Graham Thornicroft, coordinator of the Emerald project, said the funding makes it possible to develop more ways to improve mental health systems in low income countries.“In such countries as few as 2% of people with mental illness receive any treatment, Emerald will accelerate progress to close this mental health gap,” Thornicroft said at the launch of the Emerald project.The health systems of LMICs are particularly strained due to the lower availability of resources and higher overall burden of disease in these populations, compared to high-income countries.Many LMICs have to deal with a ‘double burden’ of disease. Levels of mortality due to communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions are high, while there are also increasing rates of chronic non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and mental disorders.According to the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (Prime), a project of the UCT Centre for Public Mental Health, more than 13% of the global burden of disease is due to mental illness, which includes neurological and substance abuse disorders.“Mental health is a neglected area in public health globally, especially in low and middle-income countries, where most people living with mental illness remain untreated,” Lund says.“By the year 2030, depression will be the second most disabling health condition in the world.” Treatment makes economic senseWith access to more funding, the consortium can highlight the need for improved treatment of mental illness, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities who have little or no access to such facilities.New findings from a research study show that it costs South Africa more to not treat mental illness than to treat it.The research, undertaken by Lund and his colleagues at UCT, suggest that there is a strong economic argument for preventing mental illness and scaling up mental health care and rehabilitation services to alleviate the economic burden of these diseases.People living with mental illness lose substantial income due to the disability and stigma they face.Lund’s research showed that the total annual cost in lost earnings for South Africans with mental disorders was about R30-billion (US$3.6-billion). In contrast, government’s projected total annual expenditure on mental health services is around R500-million ($59.3-million).The researchers expect the cost of lost earnings due to mental illness to be even higher as their analysis excluded child and adolescent mental disorders, and other severe chronic mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder.This has important implications for public health policymakers in LMICs, as it reveals that government’s investment in mental health care for the public can translate into economic benefits, and reduce the societal costs of mental illness. Mental health and povertyLund says poverty is a major driver of mental health problems. In an article co-authored by Lund, Poverty and mental disorders: breaking the cycle in low-income and middle-income countries, published in The Lancet, Lund says it is critical to improve mental health care, not only as a public health and human rights priority, but also as a development priority.There is growing international evidence that mental ill health and poverty interact in a negative cycle. According to the article, this cycle increases the risk of mental illness among people who live in poverty and increases the likelihood that those living with mental illness will drift into or remain in poverty.“People who live in poor conditions are at greater risk,” Lund says. Socio-economic factors such as job security, housing, employment, food insecurity and financial stress all contribute to a person’s mental wellbeing.Healthy mind, healthy bodyThrough the programme, the consortium also wants to encourage people to manage their lifestyles, and prioritise both mental and physical health. Hopefully, future interventions will also alleviate mistrust in psychology and psychiatry.“Someone who is HIV positive and on antiretroviral medication is more likely to stop taking medication if they are depressed,” he says. Trials have indicated that treating depression with medication such as anti-depressants will improve a person’s willingness to take their medication, and it will boost their CD4 count. Dealing with stigmaIt is well documented that mental illness carries a stigma in cultures around the world.“There are varying explanations as to why these conditions exist, and they are all culture specific reasons,” he says.According to a research paper co-authored by Lund, Mental Health Stigma: What is being done to raise awareness and reduce stigma in South Africa? published in the African Journal of Psychiatry, stigma plays a major role in the persistent suffering, disability and economic loss associated with mental illnesses.The paper points out that the absence of supportive family and friends, the loss of employment and a lack of access to mental health services can worsen a person’s mental illness. It can also place these individuals at increased risk of substance abuse and criminal activities.Although more can be done to promote a better understanding of mental illness, a number of innovative strategies have been developed to address stigma and improve awareness about mental health in South Africa.Organisations such as the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH); the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG); and the Mental Health Information Centre, based at the University of Stellenbosch, are working towards reducing stigma in the country.The SADAG has formed partnerships with communities, schools, universities, churches, youth groups, prisons, corporations and the government’s directorate of mental health and substance abuse in the Department of Health, and are often requested to give talks on mental health issues.They also produce educational materials including free multilingual brochures, audio cassettes and speaking books, which are available in several languages and are also able to provide information to the illiterate people.The SAFMH have three mental health campaigns every year. March is intellectual disability awareness month; July is psychiatric disability awareness month, and October is mental health month where activities focus on world mental health day on 10 October.• Slideshow image courtesy of www.transnetfoundation.co.za
At Rajgir-based Nalanda University in Bihar, a new research entitled “Aquifer Storage & Recovery for Sustainable Agriculture” (ASRA) is being carried out by the School of Ecology and Environment Studies to create a model of “Aquifer Storage and Recovery” (ASR) technology using floodwaters to provide an opportunity to farmers to raise their income. The research is being undertaken with support from the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.The model aims to help farmers of south Bihar to raise their income through agriculture and allied activities with the help of assured irrigation from reuse of water stored beneath the surface during episodes of high rainfall, run-offs and water logging. “The project will benefit farmers by making them co-participants in the process…widespread recharge activities during the rainy season over several years is likely to build up an underground water bank…ASRA research will reveal if there is a net recharge of aquifers and if there is a positive impact on the natural water systems related to underground aquifers,” said a Nalanda University note.‘Avant-garde courses’“Innovative research is the only way forward for a global institution such as Nalanda. Our effort therefore has been to have avant-garde courses at the University and research aimed at building new regional structures with global peace and growth in the direction of development through emerging new research,” said Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University.Aquifer map The university research is essentially focussed on converging water solutions that primarily address the irrigation needs of an agrarian community but could also provide drinking water security with appropriate safeguards. The project would also deliver a comprehensive aquifer map for recharge and estimation of the potential injection of surface water into the selected aquifer. “A model for implementation, including awareness, local capacity and chain of facilities, will be available in a manual to ensure sustainability of the technology and wider adoption in the region in areas with similar hydrological characteristics,” the University note on the research further said.
A fire broke out at the District Commandant Home Guard Office in Gautam Buddh Nagar in the early hours of Tuesday, allegedly destroying the salary muster rolls of the Home Guard. On November 13, the Noida police had unearthed a salary scam allegedly running into crores in the Home Guard department.Noida SSP Vaibhav Krishna said it seemed like a criminal act as only the salary papers were destroyed in the room. “An FIR has been lodged and a probe has been launched to find the cause of the fire,” he said.The scam is related to fraudulent withdrawal of salaries of several home guards in the district who reported on duty only 15 to 20 days in a month. An FIR was registered against unnamed officials for fraudulent withdrawal of salaries of the personnel. Vineet Jaiswal, SP (City) Noida, who is investigating the case, told The Hindu that the lock was broken in the Surajpur office of District Commandant Home Guard. “The records were in a trunk. There is no sign of fire on the body of the trunk. It seems somebody unlocked it and burnt the salary muster roll up to 2014.”Full salary withdrawnMr. Jaiswal had unearthed the scam when he found a discrepancy of ₹7.5 lakh in the salaries of home guards posted in seven police stations of the districts over a period of 45 days. “The sample suggested that it was a big scam and other districts also opened similar inquiries. We registered an FIR but didn’t reveal the names as it was a matter of investigation.” Mr. Jaiswal said the home guards were paid on a daily basis. “Their salaries are calculated by higher officials of the unit but are countersigned by the Station House Officer. In this case, the signatures and stamps were found to be forged,” he said.He added that the fire would not impact the outcome too much as the investigation officer had acquired salary documents of the last year a couple of days back. “It would only limit our knowledge of when it all started and the amount swindled,” he said.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took serious note of the incident and directed the district officials to take prompt action and arrest the culprits.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma continued their rich vein of form as the duo struck a 87-run partnership against Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston.Chasing a 265 to qualify for the final, the pair provided India with a solid start before Dhawan fell for 46 to Mashrafe Mortaza.With the 87-run partnership, Dhawan and Rohit became the most successful opening pair in the history of the tournament. The Indian pair now has 766 runs from nine matches at an average of 88.77. They overtook Chreis Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who have 635 runs from nine matches.The Delhi-Mumbai batting pair has four hundred run stands and three half-century stands in the tournament.The first time they played together in the Champions Trophy was in 2013 at Cardiff, where they hit 127 runs from 21.2 overs. They followed it up with a 101-run stand against West Indies at The Oval. The century stands were followed by a 58-run partnership and a 77-run stand against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively. They failed in the final but their consistent display steered India to the final, where they beat England by five runs to lift the Champions Trophy.They continued their good form into this year’s tournament as well.Gabbar and the Hitman slammed 384 runs so far in this tournament from four matches. They have hit two century run stands against Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well.