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Talented youngsters win Midlands Regional Skills Final

first_img Whittlebury Park Golf Club Age Category Name Robert Miller Max Jinks Dominic Chew Rookie 8 yrs & under Kenilworth Golf Club Will Slater Tour 12 to 14 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Tour 15 to 17 yrs Rookie 8 yrs & under Georgina Sockett Hawkstone Park Golf Club Rookie 8 yrs & under Madeleine Evans Burghill Valley Golf Club Chanon James Jordan Evans Izzy Turner Lutterworth Golf Club Tapton Park Golf Club Holly Waterfield Tapton Park Golf Club Tapton Park Golf Club Burghill Valley Golf Club Whittlebury Park Golf Club Burghill Valley Golf Club Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Caitlin Worth Rookie 8 yrs & under 15 Aug 2014 Talented youngsters win Midlands Regional Skills Final Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Emily Weavercenter_img Rookie 8 yrs & under Georgia Lloyd Guy Wilkinson Rookie 8 yrs & under Arnie James Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Golf Club South Kyme Golf Club Jack Barker-Sabido Sophie Weaver Whittlebury Park Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 yrs Rookie 9 to 11 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs Sam Barker-Sabido Lutterworth Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 yrs Tour 12 to 14 yrs Kenilworth Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 yrs Tour 15 to 17 yrs Tapton Park Golf Club Cameron Wood Burghill Valley Golf Club The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club hosted 21 boys and girls for the England Golf Midlands Regional Skills Final, supported by FootJoy. The youngsters qualified for the event after competing in two National Skills Challenge events at their home clubs earlier in the year. The boy and girl winners from each age group will now attend the Skills Challenge National Final on Saturday 6th September, at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. They are: Rookie 8 years & under Cameron Wood – Tapton Park Golf Club, Derbyshire Holly Waterfield – Lutterworth Golf Club, Leicestershire Rookie 9 to 11 years Chanon James – Kenilworth Golf Club, Warwickshire Emily Weaver – Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire Tour 12 to 14 years Joshua Ashton – Tapton Park Golf Club, Derbyshire Georgina Sockett – Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire Tour 15 to 17 years Robert Miller – Bakewell Golf Club, Derbyshire Meggan Gee – The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Warwickshire Russell Lawes, FootJoy Marketing Manager, commented: “Everyone at FootJoy would like to congratulate those players who have managed to progress through to the National Skills final and wish them every success. “We have once again been delighted to support all players who have entered the skills challenge at the varying regional events and wish all players every success with the development of their golf game. “There is a perfect synergy between the National Skills Challenge and FJ’s The Mark of a Player mantra, by teaching the next generation of golfers the key fundamentals which will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the game of golf.” The England Golf National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, has over 850 golf clubs and 6,500 juniors registered to take part.   The Skills Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and consists of 10 activities, which clubs run for their junior players. These support skill development and also provide encouragement to practice.  Golf clubs which run Skills Challenge events within two specific dates input their players’ scores onto an online leaderboard, which identifies the juniors who qualify for the regional finals. The Regional Final at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club turned out to be a real challenge, using the superb practice area, putting green and driving range facilities.  For further details on The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club and their facilities click here. FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, supports England Golf’s National Skills Challenge and kindly supplies products and prizes to all players who qualify for the Regional and National Finals. For more information on the National Skills Challenge click here. Please find below a list of all participating players from the Midlands Regional Skills Final.   Tour 15 to 17 yrs Whittlebury Park Golf Club Kenilworth Golf Club Joshua Ashton Bakewell Golf Club Meggan Gee Tour 15 to 17 yrs The Warwickshire Golf & Country Clublast_img read more

Selkirk continues to stockpile players, adds Grandview Steelers sniper Kyle Golz

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey team continues to stock pile players for the upcoming B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season as the school inked forward Kyle Golz (Surrey, B.C.) to a commitment letter for the 2012-13 campaign. Golz joins the Saints from the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Grandview Steelers, where he finished the 2011/12 season as the team’s top goal scorer.”Kyle brings experience and character to our line-up,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “He has a good shot, good size, and he’s played at a high level. I expect him to adjust quickly to the college game and take advantage of the opportunity to play a significant role for us in his first BCIHL season.”Golz scored 17 goals and totalled 28 points on the season despite missing 12 games to injury, and added 94 penalty minutes.In two-plus PIJHL seasons split between the Steelers and Aldergrove Kodiaks, Golz scored 32 goals and picked up 21 assists in 66 games. The 6-foot-2 centre has also spent time in the WHL and BCHL, having split the 2008/09 season between the Prince Albert Raiders and the Quesnel Millionaires. “I’m looking forward to joining the Saints and becoming a part of a growing hockey program,” says Golz, who describes himself as a skilled, strong skating power forward.”I’m excited because it looks like were going to have a solid team and I know a number of the guys who have been recruited for this season. I’d like to step in, be a top player and help the team win its first BCIHL championship.” Golz is the seventh forward and ninth player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season. He joins fellow forwards Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), defenceman Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL) and goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).last_img read more

O’Mahony set to lead Lions

first_imgPhoto by: Getty Images (Peter O’Mahony is the leading contender to captain the Lions in the first test). His leadership skills have been endorsed by assistant coach Andy Farrell.O’Mahony looked to have sealed his place in the starting back row to face New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland after captaining the Lions to an impressive victory over the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua last Saturday.And he now seems set to lead the side with Lions tour captain Sam Warburton struggling to displace Sean O’Brien at openside flanker.Alun Wyn Jones, who led the Lions to victory in the decisive third test in Australia four years ago, was expected to be the likely replacement if Warburton failed to regain his place but the lock is now also unlikely to start because of the exceptional form of George Kruis and Maro Itoje.That means O’Mahony is the clear favourite to be captain, and he received significant support when Farrell said he would be “more than comfortable” if the 27-year-old Cork man was given the job.”To be honest, it would be the easiest team to captain because there are so many leaders out there,” Farrell said on Monday. “What the guys who have captained the side have realised is they don’t have to be vocal all the time, because there’s always people that’s helping them out. I think the balance has been great so far.”Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, is thought to have been impressed by O’Mahony’s “Munster mongrel” spirit during the tour, and it may be enough to earn the flanker the nod – despite the fact that he has captained Ireland only three times, and never against top-level opposition.”I think it’s not something that you can quantify what Munster bring to a game,” Gatland said when he appointed O’Mahony to lead the Lions against the Maori. “It’s a special pride, sometimes the performances they can produce, it has done consistently over the years. Being able to dig deep and bring performances from places where individuals and collectively people often can’t do. That’s what Peter will bring to the team.”There remains an outside chance that Warburton – who has struggled with knee and ankle injuries in recent months – may yet regain his place, possibly even in O’Mahony’s position at six, given O’Brien’s outstanding form against the Maori.Owen Farrell, who will start at fly-half after shaking off his quad injury, could also come under consideration for the captaincy but with no experience of the role on the test stage, Gatland may decide the Saracens fly-half already has enough responsibility in running the game without being burdened with leadership duties.Meanwhile, Farrell senior claimed the Lions were ready to “take ourselves to a place individually we’ve not been to before” in a rallying call similar to his famous “Hurt Arena” speech to the players ahead of the third test against Australia in Sydney four years ago.”It’s going to be a hell of a game,” he said. “I know we’ll turn up and we’re a good side brimming for a big challenge. Mentally and physically we’ll be ready. It’ll be interesting to see how the two teams marry together, the chemistry of that, who adapts well on the run.”That’s what the All Blacks have been very good at over the last -period of time. We’ve got to be aware of that.”Physically I don’t think we’ve disappointed so far. Will we need to up our game? Certainly we will do. I think we’re going to have to take ourselves to a place that individually we’ve not been to before. But the boys realise that and are excited by that challenge.”I think the game has cranked up [since 2013]. The All Blacks have certainly got better over the last four years and are reigning supreme at this moment in time. We’ve got to get close to that.”Asked if he felt the Lions would have enough defensive firepower to put this All Blacks side under more pressure than they had experienced before, Farrell added: “Hopefully, but there’s no doubt that they’ll be saying the same thing and again it’s who balances that out well in the heat of the battle, isn’t it? Who deals with the pressure best, who deals with the situation and makes the best decisions on the run.”We feel that we’ve got a game and the players to play in all sorts of ways. We have to be careful this week of not over-coaching.”We’ve got to be careful of making sure that the plan is crystal clear for them, so they can be on point come Saturday. Already it’s been great that we’ve had a few days to get some basic stuff in them through the week and we’ve got to get that right.”Come Thursday, Friday it will be over to the players and we’ve got to make sure that their heads are crystal clear on how they’re going to go about this game.”last_img read more

Tommasi attacks the clubs: “Training does not make sense”

first_imgIn the coming weeks, Italian football will have to discuss two fundamental issues: when to return to training and what to do with the salaries of footballers in the face of the economic crisis that the coronavirus emergency will entail. Damiano Tommasi, President of the Italian Association of Footballers, gave his approval to the possibility of negotiating the second matter with a public letter: “The first people interested in letting the soccer system continue to be sustainable are the players themselves. We are aware that the issue of contracts must be addressed, but not now. The economic damages must be accounted for and we can do this only when we will know if the season is over. ends or not. Then each player will have to decide on his resignation: we can not force anyone. We agree to consider these days as holidays to make them shorter in July, it is not a problem. For salaries, we will see. “ Tommasi, on the other hand, was much more blunt on the question of training, which teams like Lazio and Naples want to resume next Monday: “Whoever thinks about that does not understand what is on their mind. Training now, when there are at least two months to play again, is pointless and dangerous. In Spain there are dozens of positive players, whereas here not everyone did the test and there is more asymptomatic than you think. Now we all have to be home. ” Naples, meanwhile, has announced its intention to resume work next Wednesday, although it plans the possibility of being postponed again.last_img read more

Local experts praise players coach

first_imgLocal experts believe the writing was on the wall for Jamaica’s historic win over the United States in their Gold Cup semi-final in the United States yesterday.The Reggae Boyz have only ever beaten the United States once at senior level and yesterday’s win was even more significant and historic as it put the Boyz in CONCACAF’s premier football championship decider for the first time.Former national assistant coach, Bradley Stewart, says team spirit and confidence have been high since the tournament started, and defensively they are difficult to break down.”I always felt they had a good chance of winning,” Stewart said.”The confidence that the coach has in the players and the confidence the players have in themselves have all been showing and, I thought a lot of that came through in the game,” Stewart added. “If we turn over the US and then Mexico … then our stocks would sore sky high.”Harbour View’s general manager, Clyde Jureidini, also believes this win will have a wonderful ripple effect on the national football programme and team. He, too, thinks a lot of credit must go to the defensive unit for the result and the performance throughout the tournament..”The US would have been the favourites, they would have the history of more victories (against Jamaica) and have more big game experience, so they are always favoured to beat Jamaica.”But coach Klinsmann starting a 5-3-2 formation was a major blunder … and Jamaica used the space to play more confidently and stronger in midfield, got our attack going and scored two excellent goals. It was a deserved victory. Our defensive discipline helped us a lot, we managed the game professionally and the two dead-ball situations provided clear evidence that we came prepared,” he noted.Arnett Gardens and national under-23 assistant coach Jerome Waite agreed that the team was well prepared and are now reaping the fruits of the preparations.”The preparation from the Copa (America) led to what the team is doing now.”We also have to give coach Sch‰fer credit. He is out of Germany and was up against another German coach (Juergen Klinsmann), but the silver fox outsmarted the young fox,” he added.last_img read more

Davis scores 35, Pelicans hold off Blazers in Game 1

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, forward Anthony Davis and guard Ian Clark celebrate a score against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Portland, Ore. New Orleans won 97-95. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)PORTLAND, Ore. — Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-95 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased almost all of a 19-point deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast But Nurkic played only 19 minutes as Stotts elected to go with Ed Davis and Zach Collins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Padda apologetic after much-improved Adamson misses Final Four Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Portland made a charge that cut it to 93-92 on McCollum’s 3-pointer just inside a minute left. Lillard missed in the lane with 15 seconds remaining with the Blazers still down one, and after Davis made two free throws, Holiday blocked Pat Connaughton’s layup with 6.3 seconds to go.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry is a believer in “Playoff Rondo,” the idea of Rondo elevating his game in the postseason. “I think there is a sense of confidence that he has, especially this time of the year,” Gentry said. “He’s a really bright player. One of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around. I’ve obviously had the opportunity to coach Steph (Curry), Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Grant Hill. When you start talking about the extremely smart players, he’s one of those guys. I also think he has a way of giving confidence to the other guys. He makes them believe in themselves.”Gentry says he relishes having someone who can lead the team in the way Rondo can. “I know it’s like an old cliché, but it really is like having an extra assistant coach.”Trail Blazers: Among the challenges for the Blazers in this first-round series, none ranks higher than defending Davis. Terry Stotts said that he would begin the series with Jusuf Nurkic, who did not see much time on Davis in the regular season, on the All-Star big man.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and six points as New Orleans won the backcourt battle on top of Davis dominating the interior.Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while McCollum had 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe sixth-seeded Pelicans were the only road team to win on the opening day of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Mirotic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and also blocked four shots to help Davis earn the first victory of his playoff career.It looked like it would come easily, as the Pelicans extended a nine-point halftime lead to 69-50 on Holiday’s dunk with 4:25 left in the third quarter. It still seemed safe when Davis threw down a thunderous alley-oop slam from Rondo with 6:09 to play, letting out a scream as Portland took an 86-72 lead. View commentslast_img read more

MTM Hires More Nurses, As entity Gives Cell Phones to Ebola Patients

first_imgDespite reports of reduction in Ebola cases, an American-based non-governmental organization (NGO), More Than Me (MTM), has hired several other nurses to augment the fight against the disease.MTM is currently operating in the country by providing educational assistance to less fortunate children, while also helping in the fight against Ebola.The entity is operating in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW), particularly in  most of the Ebola affected communities where MOH  authorities have been unable immediately to respond.MTM Ambulance Manager, J. Kenneth Martu on Wednesday disclosed at a press conference that the organization has up to date hired the services of 11 nurses, and has at the same time, planned to hire 55 more nurses in six various districts in Montserrado County alone.The 55 hired nurses, according to Mr. Martu, will be required to help in identifying sick persons.Thereafter, he said, the entity’s ambulances will transport those identified as sick persons to any of the nearby Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).Since the nurses were hired, Mr. Martu said, they have up to date, visited 3,472 homes, and also educated 7,581 residents with Ebola-related awareness messages as well as   ways to prevent other  common illnesses.“Every patient the MTM ambulance picked up is issued or given a mobile cell phone so as to enable such a patient to contact one of his or her immediate relatives,” Mr. Martu asserted.As a humanitarian organization, he said, the MTM initiated an exercise by profiling all the patients that the entity takes into the ETUs.  MTM has also developed an MTM call center to contact other relevant health authorities.“Our ambulance crews also include documentation of names, contacts and patients’ relatives before they taken to the ETU.”Through that exercise, Mr. Martu disclosed, the MTM has removed 148 suspected Ebola cases from various communities within Montserrado County, where they are provided psychosocial counseling for quarantined homes.“We are doing this by understanding the pulse of the local people, remaining flexible to respond rapidly to urgent needs, and supporting efforts that have the highest return.”The MTM is on a mission to make sure that educational  and other opportunities, not exploitation and poverty, define the lives of the most vulnerable girls from the West Point slum of Liberia.The entity believes that every girl has the right to choose what life she wants to lead. To meet this vision, MTM provides girls from the West Point slum in Liberia education, health, and social services to transform their  lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No more bomb threats

first_imgDear Editor,The new and emerging trend of bomb threats must be dealt with expeditiously and with some level of exigence. As a concerned citizen, student of the University of Guyana and employed within the semi-antonymous business field, I am calling on the relevant authorities – Guyana Police Force – to look into the root causes of such threats.I am concerned not just for the lives of innocent people, but particularly the thousands of student who were expose to the recent threats at the Nation’s University, QC, Bishops’ High, and most recently, the University of Guyana.These unlawful pranks appear to have some level of sequential pattern, which leads to the question; who is next?I also wish to suggest that all vulnerable and endangered Government agencies and Private Sector organisations/businesses, such as GPL Inc, the GRA, GWI must tighten their security checkpoints for the safety of their employees.Sincerely,DS McFarlanelast_img read more

Democracy for the Wealthy and Ruling Elites

first_imgAn amendment to the National Elections Law, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and a few colleagues, would require candidates contesting elections to pay the following amounts in United States dollars:  presidential – $25,000; vice-presidential  $15000; senatorial – $5000; and representative – $3000.  Also, candidates for the positions of paramount, clan, and town chiefs would be required to pay $150, $100 and $50 respectively.  The current law requires the following payments from candidates: presidential – $2,500; vice-presidential- $1,500; senatorial – $750; and representative – $300.   The proposed amendment represents an astronomical increase of 1000% in the required presidential, vice-presidential and representative fees as well as 667% in the senatorial fee. One wonders why the fees for senatorial candidates received a lower percentage increase compared to other categories. Is it because the proposal emanated from the senate? Interestingly, the Liberian Constitution requires in Article 52 (b) that individuals seeking to be president or vice president should be “the owners of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty-five thousand dollars” (Liberia or US?).   This constitutional requirement is meant to ensure that candidates are property owners, taxpayers, and key stakeholders in their communities. To propose that candidates pay an additional twenty-five/fifteen thousand dollars in cash for the presidency/vice presidency respectively imposes unconscionable taxation on Liberians wishing to offer their leadership skills and expertise to develop the country.  Participation must not be tagged to unbearable registration fees. The joy of democracy is participation and inclusion.  Prohibitive registration fees will stifle participation and exclude competent citizens from pursuit of democratic leadership.  High registration fees restrict leadership to the wealthy.  Allowing the wealthy class to monopolize politics is a recipe for conflict and could lead to official corruption in a bid to gain wealth for electoral advantage.   The proposal to charge astronomical fees is tantamount to transforming our democratic system into a plutocracy.   We have to guard against plutocratic tendencies taking over our fledgling democracy.  Many Liberians are poor, and many of those that have the literate capacity and right leadership attributes may not boast bulging bank accounts to muster the proposed astronomical fees.   Moreover, this amendment has the propensity of undermining the individuality of political participation.  Some independent candidates and individuals in political parties will be deterred from contesting simply because they cannot afford the required fees.Some politicians and legislators believe the proposed amendment will reduce the number of candidates, political parties and functional illiterates that participate in elections.  We find these assertions interesting and wonder how leaders that are expected to drive our democracy would have such perverted thinking.  Intriguingly, many of those advocating for the increment were once poor, but amassed wealth upon assuming high-level positions in government.  What if the law had existed during their impoverished conditions?  Would they have had the opportunity to be elected?  In a country where wealth is usually accumulated through public sector pilferage, instead of business acumen and ingenuity, we are attempting to set the stage for the corrupt and unexplained-wealth-accumulators to tighten their control over the national purse and power.     Already, there are allegations of neglect of some constituencies by their lawmakers. Payment of such stratospheric fees may result to underperformance, as some legislators prioritize paying back borrowed registration fees compared to addressing problems in their constituencies. They could also manipulate competitive processes (procurement, contract award and ratification, recruitment of political appointees etc.) in favor of debtors as payback for financial support.                                                                                                                                                              Liberia requires comprehensive reforms and actions to consolidate peace and successfully rebuild state structures that are resilient to the unsettling effects of wars and unwarranted socio-economic downturns.  These reforms and actions have to be measured consistent with existing economic realities and must be informed by socio-economic and political norms and values of the Liberian society.  After years of conflict, Liberia still remains fragile and cannot afford to relegate substantive citizens’ participation by passage of anti-democratic laws that undermine national cohesion with the propensity to divide the country between rich and poor – literate and illiterate. Historically, bad laws promoted a structure of state that marginalized many citizens and allowed the ruling class to accumulate wealth and cling unto power. Resistance to bad laws and marginalization of the majority segment of the society led to overthrow of the ruling elites in the 1980 coup and uprisings against the Doe and Taylor regimes.Democracy in Liberia is thriving and citizens are enjoying unhindered power to field candidates of their choice albeit affordable candidacy fees.  It would be unfortunate to change the game now to serve the interest of a few greedy and power hungry Liberians. Our current candidates’ registration fees are reasonable and affordable, and must be maintained.   The onus is on the National Elections Commission to rigorously enforce acceptable laws and regulations that govern the political space.  Higher standard is also required of the legislature to make laws that are satisfactory, balanced, and supportive of efforts to enhance the democratic space. When bad laws are made/proposed, like the one under review, few persons will be short-term beneficiaries, but many will suffer as time progresses. We must guard against proposing/enacting laws that seek to reduce competition, create wealth for a select few, and perpetuate their stay in power.Thomas Doe Nah is Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in CENTAL, the Liberian Chapter of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption coalition. Follow me on twitter @loveofliberty or email: tnah@cental.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘People Afraid of Donated Blood’

first_imgAn official of the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the Ebola outbreak in the country has not only caused the deaths of people, but brought uncertainty to other health services that should save lives.Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi made the observation yesterday during a program marking the dedication of the Blood Bank Donation Center on 5th Street in Sinkor. The center contains screening rooms, storage, cold storage and several offices for performing various functions.Dr. Arzoaquoi emphasized that patients with anemia and maternal related problems die when blood is not available to treat them.He further noted that accidents cause victims to lose blood, and without a blood donation center, the victims may lose their lives also.Dr. Arzoaquoi said as a result of the Ebola outbreak, people are afraid to receive donated blood. And with the disease being blood related, it slowed down the activities of the National Blood Safety Program in Liberia.In spite of the uncertainty caused by the deadly disease, the MOH official said the Ministry will continue the effort to convince the public to accept screened and safe donated blood.He commended partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for assisting Liberia to overcome health challenges and establish the blood bank.The National Blood Safety Program Director, Lwopu M. Bruce, said the program was established in 2009 with the responsibility to provide a safe, sufficient and timely supply of blood and blood related products for patients that required transfusion.The establishment of the National Blood Safety Program, according to Madam Bruce, was meant to transition from paid donation to voluntary and unpaid blood donation.Since its establishment, the MOH official said 38 major hospitals benefited from blood and blood products from two regional blood banks and donation centers in 2010 and 2011.In conformity with the mandate for establishing the center, she said all possible steps have been taken to ensure that the blood dispensed is safe and that it will not harm patients when it is transfused.Diseases for which screening is done to ensure safety of the blood include malaria, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and HIV 1 and 2.In order to create awareness of activities of the National Blood Safety Program, the Director said they have actively engaged in outreach activities at high schools, universities, army barracks, the Liberia National Police, ministries and agencies, Samaritan Purse International, and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center.However, in consonance with Dr. Arzoaquoi, Madam Bruce said “It is worth noting that most of the gains made since the establishment of the National Blood Safety Program have been thwarted due to the Ebola episode in the sub-region.”To maintain the service in order not to be inconvenienced when the need arises, she said they have to make contingency plans that will allow for the free flow of communication between transfusion services and agencies involved in managing the public health response to the outbreak.Furthermore, she indicated that the plan should include planning for both continuity in the supply of safe blood and blood products and possible changes in demand.Information at the early stages of an outbreak of EVD, according to the Program Director, is important to the contingency plan.The program was attended by officials representing partnering organizations including the WHO, CDC and ACCEL.Dr. Alex Gasasira, WHO Country Representative, commended MOH for the establishment, and for working with partners to eradicate EVD and tackle other health related issues in the country.He also commended CDC for its strategic role in providing needed assistance for revamping of the Liberian health system, and for cooperating with the WHO to meet targeted goals.Dr. Desmond Williams pledged CDC’s support to the project and made a commitment to assist in rebuilding Liberia’s health system.Jeff Bailey, Laboratory Director of ACCEL, disclosed that funding for the project came from the Paul G. Allen and Family Foundation. He said that in the midst of the frightening Ebola crisis in the region, they have put in place steps to ensure that blood is screened properly and safely prepared for transfusion of patients.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more