Tanto Campbell reaped gold in the men’s javelin F56 at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, yesterday.Campbell, who is better known in the discus event in which he has earned several medals, had a winning throw of 29.81 metres. Cuba’s Leonardo Diaz was second with 29.06m, while Johnnie Williams of the United States took bronze with 27.32m.The latest gold took Jamaica’s medal tally at the Para Pan Am Games to five – two gold, two silver and one bronze.In the men’s 200m T47 Shane Hudson placed fourth in the first semi-final in a personal best of 22.81 seconds and has qualified for the final. David Bascoe ran in the second semi-final and clocked 23.76 for fourth place and also progressed to the final.
GUIDING YOUTH IN A POSITIVE WAY The 2016 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Six-a-Side Football League got off to a colourful start on Saturday, with the 20 teams participating in the dress parade. At the end of the greetings, speeches, and judging by Brian Rose, Wayne Shaw and ASP Anthony Johnson, Angola Strikers retained their title as the winner complete with a $15,000 cash prize with Eurotrend finishing second and Future Strikers, third. In the opening Zone A games, defending champions Eurotrend whipped 2014 champions Darkside 3-0, with two goals from Kemar Bygrave and an own goal, while Future Strikers and Ashoka played out a 0-0 draw, with the latter missing a penalty in the final minute. Kemar Bygrave, captain of Eurotrend and the leading goal scorer of last year’s competition said, “We have started on the right footing with this 3-0 victory, the team played well, and we intend to retain our title and also win the individual titles of Most Valuable Player and Leading Goal Scorer.” Robert White, managing director of sponsor Sanmerna Paper Products noted, “It is a pleasure to support Shelly-Ann in this community project. I myself am a product of this community, and we see this as our duty to support others and help to create a wider family unit that guides the younger ones in a positive way.” The spectators had a field day as they were treated to lots of spot prizes from host Ms Kitty, courtesy of Nike and Digicel. The league will be played on weekends, with Zone D teams Penwood versus Untouchables, Rangers playing Cuba, while in Zone E, Miles United play Trendsetter and Living Legend play Malhatra this Saturday. On Sunday, Eurotrend will play Future Strikers, Darkside play Ashoka, while in Zone B, Lion Den face Youths United and Checkers will go up against Renegade United. Nike, along with telecommunications giants Digicel and GraceKennedy, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, are the main sponsors, while Wisynco, through their product, Wata, Tank-Weld Metals, Sagicor Bank, Sanmerna Paper Products Limited, Main Event, Toyota and National Commercial Bank Foundation, are also sponsors of the competition.
BBC mentioned last week that Ebola response is lethally inadequate. A surge in the Ebola epidemic is expected in the months ahead. In the words of Seema Yasmin, a Professor of Public Health, University of Texas, USA, Ebola Virus Disease is worst than all other outbreak combined. Ebola is grave and is considered an increasing threat to humanity.Messengers of Peace (MOP) –Liberia recognizes the concerns among Public Health Community that given the inadequacy of our health care system, particularly clinical care, inadequate health care workers and lack of confidence in the health system, Liberia does not stand a fighting chance. We also recognize that there are simply not enough resources to contain this disease. The Ebola epidemic, according to Dr. William Schaeffer, of CDC, is overwhelming and would require a rethinking of our current strategy.As young people we need to recognize that this is a serious threat to our social and economic development and one that calls for a comprehensive plan before it is too late.We need all hands on deck and we need to review interventions that are working against those that are not. Fencing people behind barbed wire and roadblocks at this phase of the epidemic is not working. The outbreak of the EVD will not end until there is peace and calm in the country. We should at this point avoid the use of heavy weapons and enforced quarantines to control the spread of Ebola in Liberia.Given the exponential growth of EVD in Liberia, we need leadership and calm to urgently address the situation. Government must commit to improved health care facilities across the country and reopen schools to ensure continuous education of the populace. Payment of salaries for health workers and should teachers should be addressedThe continuous education of the population to recognize Ebola and take action is still very critical. There is an urgent need for geographical mapping of our country for adequate contact tracing, reporting and early diagnosis and treatment.Community groups should be compensated for their involvement, according to Dr. Joel, G. Breman, “Large amount of money in small denomination can do a lot of good” Community groups and youth based organizations must commit to addressing issues of stigma and discrimination, hiding of sick persons in the community and conducting burials for people who die of EVD.The media would have to devote substantial time to daily programmes to calm the populace.Young people must commit to following basic precautionary measures; our first priority being to help stop the panic created by quarantine of affected communities through involvement in education outreach programmes to dispel rumors, allay fears and build trust essential in preventive and control measures. Young people should be mobilized to work as volunteers to deal with the disease.In the scheme of things, care of self is vital. It is important that we do not touch infected persons and we should avoid contact with people that died of Ebola. We should cultivate the habit of using hand sanitizers, chlorinated water and soap to wash our hands all the time. Unusual tactics in inventive thing will be needed to fight this disease.We acknowledge with thanks and gratitude the various roles played by International communities like UNMIL, UN Agencies, AU and most recently by the American and British Governments plans to set up field hospitals and deliver much needed medical and other supplies.In the fight against Ebola, the most important thing is not when, or even why or how you become involved- it’s only that you do get involved. “Liberians are not going to be saved by internationals coming in” said Dr. Bruce Aylward (An Author). He went on to say,” They’re going to be saved by Liberians”.Until next week, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Falama Incorporated, a food processing company that produces food products from organically grown crops, is to open its first organic food minimart in Congo Town on Saturday.Falama’s founder and CEO, Angie Howard, said the minimart will offer a variety of processed products that are totally grown organically not only by Falama but products made by other processors around the country. The minimart which will open to the public on Saturday, is a venture resulting from the supportive efforts of sponsors and partners that include ZOA organization and Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), among others, Howard intimated.Several government officials from the ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and the National Investment Commission are expected to attend the opening of the minimart.The ChallengeDespite government and private sector collaboration to improve the local agriculture sector, bad roads connecting farms to markets, limited vegetable crop storage facilities, poor agriculture market structures and poor extension services are factors overshadowing government and partner’s efforts in the country’s agriculture sector. However, over the years, the government and its partners have been working on amending agricultural policy, constructing rice storage and agro-processing facilities and providing farmers with loan schemes to upgrade their activities in the country.The opening of an organic minimart could trigger the rise of many agricultural stores around the country. It could also be another jobs generating enterprise providing suitable markets for local farmers to sell their produce. Moreover, the organic food minimart could be a precursor of organic farming practices since it will only process organically grown crops.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)