“Nothing For Us Without Us”

first_imgThe offices of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD) in Sinkor was the scene of merry-making yesterday when the entity and members of the disabled community observed this year’s Independence Day for Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWD) in grand style.The celebration was held under the theme, “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.”Though this year’s celebration was intended to be low key, PLWD turned out en masse and were seen in high spirits enjoying the occasion.The theme, according to the keynote speaker, Madam Inez Hayes, is timely as it marks the conclusion of the period of the millennium development goals (MDGs) by the coming year, and the launching of the new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).The theme is also based on the goal of equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, as established by the World Program of Action concerning Disabled Persons and adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.“As of December 18, 2007, the UN changed the name from International Day of Disabled Persons to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Earlier, NUOD National President, Rev. Fallah S. Boima, said the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 47/3.According to him, it aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.As for the NUOD, Rev. Boima said, the Union joins all organizations, unions, federations of PLWD, governments and United Nations agencies the world over in the celebration of December 3, in a solemn and quiet manner “as we join the government, international community, the people of Liberia and our neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).”“We the persons with disabilities, being fully aware of the danger Ebola poses to the nation, and the great people of Liberia, consider this year’s celebration as low key as we remember those of our brothers and sisters who lost their lives as the result of the EDV.”Meanwhile, the NUOD says it remains grateful to the government and her international partners for leading the fight against Ebola.They then promised to stand by the government and its partners as they celebrated the day with the slogan: “Nothing For Us Without Us.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Matano sacked as AFC Leopards coach

first_img“We have honored our part of the contract by paying him in lieu for two months having informed him of his decision. As the NEC we saw this as the best decision in the interest of the club because Kitambi took over and he has won three matches back to back,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida told Capital Sport.Igaida explained that the decision was taken because of ‘disciplinary issues’ on the side of the coach who he has accused of lacking respect for the management.The Secretary General further explained that Matano was a ‘lone ranger’ and wasn’t a team player, failing to work with the rest of the technical bench who were uncomfortable with him.“The technical bench felt that he couldn’t take their advice. The players as well were uncomfortable with him because he was too harsh and at times they found it difficult to play freely. Most of the time they were not themselves,” Igaida further explained.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaking with his technical bench during the 2017 GOtv Shield final. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHe also noted; “He also failed in his primary target which was to get us to the group stages of continental football. We were not happy with how we performed against FOSA Juniors.”Kitambi will now take charge of the team fully though on interim basis before the executive committee decides whether or not to hand him the job on a permanent basis.“We want to assure the fans that everything is in control and there is no vacuum. We have faith in Kitambi because he has demonstrated his abilities with three wins already and we will make a decision next week. He is definitely one of the top candidates for the job. The players like him and they think he is good,” Igaida added.Matano joined the club in July last year when the club was willowing in dire underperformance and he helped them scrape up from the relegation zone and led them to the GOtv Shield title.However, he seemed to have fallen out with his bosses at the club at the start of the season.AFC Leopards midfielder COllins Okoth dribbles the ball past Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Mieno during the Kenyan premier League Super Cup clash against Gor Mahia on January 28, 2017 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth’s suspension has been further lengthened by a fortnight. Okoth was also accused of indiscipline and absconding training including when the team was in Madagascar for their CAF Confederations Cup tie against Fosa.“There are several requests he has made to us and we will be considering them. By the time his suspension is over we will have made a decision on whether to keep him or not,” Igaida further explained.AFC Leopards currently sit second in the Kenyan premier league standings with 13 points, three shy of leaders Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robert Matano dishing out instructions on the touchline during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- The AFC Leopards National Executive Committee has reached a decision to fire head coach Robert Matano after what it termed as ‘indiscipline, lack of respect and failure to adhere to teamwork’ after having initially suspended him for two weeks.The decision was reached on Tuesday after a National Executive Committee meeting and Dennis Kitambi’s performance having taken over on interim basis further gave the club’s top hierarchy more sense to make the decision.last_img read more

Steve Kerr’s one season with Blazers gave him glimpse into passion of Portland fans

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors coach Steve Kerr has a first-hand sense of how much the Trail Blazers’ appearance in the Western Conference finals means to fans in Portland.Kerr spent the 14th of his 15 years as an NBA player with the Trail Blazers, averaging 4.1 points during the 2001-02 campaign.He wasn’t playing alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago or learning his future trade from Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, as he did earlier in his career. But the experience left its mark.“It’s just an absolutely …last_img read more

South Africa’s swine flu hotline

first_imgSymptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu. Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’ It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction. Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu. Source: BuaNews Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness. People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor. “Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement. However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms. Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately. 19 August 2009 South Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu.The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)The e-mail address is: [email protected] The hotline will be operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health. As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six. The provinces with the most infections were Gauteng, with over 1 800 cases, followed by the Western Cape with over 800 cases and KwaZulu-Natal with over 350 cases. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced last week that South Africa would be stepping up its response to the swine flu pandemic with the launch of major awareness campaigns countrywide.What is swine flu? According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork. According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease. Risk factors “The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.” Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.last_img read more

Zuma to Team SA: show London who’s boss

first_imgBadminton Champ Willem Viljoen meets President Jacob ZumaPresident Jacob Zuma has urged the 125 athletes going to the 2012 Olympic Games in London to bring home at least 12 medals from the multisport showpiece, which starts at the end of July.The official send-off for the Olympic and Paralympic teams was held at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Thursday 12 July, exactly a week before the first of the two teams to leave, the Olympic team, jets off to London on 19 July.Team South Africa will participate in 17 of the 38 sporting codes on offer at the Games, which opens on Friday 27 July with a lavish televised ceremony. The event will run until 12 August, and will be followed by a two-week break before the Paralympics commence on 29 August.The athletes were told by Zuma – who kept the festivities light with jokes – that they will be carrying the hopes of not only the country, but the entire African continent and that the nation will stand behind them.Because science has proven that humanity originated at our very own Cradle of Humankind, the president joked, South Africans could be considered the “firstborns” of the world.“Let us show them what we are made of,” he said, to rapturous applause and laughter. “South Africa is a winning nation and I am certain you will win.”Also in attendance were Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen, Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, and Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, among others.Click to watch video The two teams were represented by about 60 athletes.The athletes should win medals for former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on 18 July, said Zuma.He added that the team was expected to do better than Beijing, where a 131-strong team brought home only one medal, a silver awarded to long and triple jump athlete Khotso Mokoena.“Remember the words discipline, passion, commitment and dedication. These will propel you to greater heights.”“You must be free, you must enjoy, stretch yourself to the limit but do what you are supposed to do,” Zuma further urged.Mbalula, whose department had helped organise the dinner, declined a chance to speak on the podium, joking that he had requested the dinner so that the president and the athletes could get acquainted.“No team leaves the country without the marching orders from the president. He’s the one conveying the message on behalf of the nation,” he said.The team includes, among others, long jumper Mokoena, 800m specialist Caster Semenya, swimmer Roland Schoeman and cyclist Burry Stander.Other codes that will get representation are aquatics; archery; badminton; boxing; canoeing; cycling (road, track and BMX); equestrian; football (women); hockey (women); hockey (men); judo; rowing; sailing; shooting; triathlon; beach volleyball and weightlifting.last_img read more

Lingard says England didnt care which side of the draw they

first_imgJesse Lingard recently insisted the English did not give much thought to which side of the draw they would prefer down the road of their World Cup journey.Argentina and Portugal have already been eliminated in the first knockout round, which means the superstars Messi and Ronaldo will no longer be around.England, however, will be facing Colombia in their last-16 game on Tuesday. If they were to win, they would have to play against either Sweden or Switzerland.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“For us, it is game by game, and see where it takes us,” Lingard said, according to TalkSport.“We have to concentrate one game at a time. We are going to have to play the big teams sooner or later, and if you want to be the best team in the world, you have got to beat the big teams.”“We are not really fussed what side (of the draw) we got chosen on,” Lingard added.last_img read more

Rui Patricio thrilled by Wolvehamptons Portugal colony

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers first-choice goalkeeper Rui Patricio believes his fellow teammates can do better although they’ve presented some impressive displays in the Premier League already.The 30-year-old keeper emerged as one of the most reliable shot-stoppers in Premier League, having conceded only six goals after the opening seven fixtures.The former Sporting Lisbon man was one of the key figures when Wolves hold on Manchester City to a 1-1 draw, as he pulled off a few stunning saves.However, Patricio thinks his side can improve over the course of the season, as they get more comfortable playing in the English top flight, according to the English portal Express & Star.“What we’ve done up until now, for me without a doubt it’s the best football in the world and without a doubt, it’s an amazing experience for any player,” he explained.“We’re also in a team with a few Portuguese players which makes settling in easier.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Our coach is Portuguese, so what’s happening now are the fruits of his labor. The structure that he’s created around us is very important.“For me and Joao (Moutinho), for both of us it’s a great experience not just evolving the football side but the psychological side working that.“Nuno has people in his team who specialize in (man management), but he used to be a player, so he knows when he needs to speak to a player.“He knows how to manage and our team feels good. As players, we feel good. He knows when he needs to support us, or tell us off.”Patricio is one of eight Portuguese players to perform under Nuno Espirito Santo at the Molineux Stadium alongside the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Neves, Helder Costa, Joao Moutinho, Pedro Goncalves, Diogo Jota, and Ruben Vinagre.last_img read more