Wikki Turn Attention to League after FA Cup Exit

first_imgWikki Tourists midfielder, Harrison Madu has said his side have shifted 100 per cent attention on the top-flight after a shocking ouster in the Federation Cup.The Bauchi-based side were stunned 3-4 on penalties by the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Crown FC after full time score stood goalless in Wednesday’s Federation Cup quarterfinals clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.Madu said his side were opportune to avoid the penalties but failed to make several chances at goal count positively. “We had several chances at goal to win the clash within regulation time but could not make it count and penalties are anybody game and it proves exactly.“We never bargained to lose the Cup quarterfinals clash against lower division side, Crown FC. Of course, we did not underrate the side but approached the match like any other top-flight match.“We were aware that Crown FC caused Enugu Rangers elimination from the Cup campaign. Well the Cup dream has been dashed we are heading straight from Lokoja to Uyo for the top-flight matchday 29 clash at Akwa United on Sunday.“Our 100 per cent focus has been shifted on the league, we have to concentrate fully on winning the league shield. The Cup ouster could turn out to be a blessing in disguise now that we just have the league to hit the continent,” said the Wikki Tourists playmaker to supersport.com.Wikki Tourists lead the 19-team top-flight on 47 points same as second placed side, Enugu Rangers but on superior goalsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Thursday March 14th Local Sports

first_img=== other Big 12 Tournament games today1:30 — #1 seed Kansas State vs. #8 seed TCU6:00 — #2 seed Texas Tech vs. #10 seed West Virginia8:00 — #3 seed Kansas vs. #6 seed Texas BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has named Tom Keating as their next executive director starting on July 1st. Keating is currently the president at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keating began his career as a teacher and coach at Maxwell High School in 1977 before starting an award-winning run as a teacher, coach, and activities director at Wahlert, Dubuque in 1980. Wahlert won 11 state volleyball championships with Keating as head coach, and he was named NFHS National Coach of the Year for volleyball in 2003. He moved to Xavier as principal in 2004 and was named the National Catholic Educational Association’s Educator of the Year in 2010. Keating became president at Xavier in 2018. A longtime advisory committee member for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Keating served on the IHSAA’s Board of Control from 2008-18 and was chairperson in 2014-15. Keating was a 2003 inductee to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He has been an adjunct instructor and authored five graduate-level courses for Drake University. Keating will replace Alan Beste, who previously announced he’d be retiring after serving as the executive director since 2015. Entering the tourney on a three game losing slide, Prohm looks for his team to rebound. === other Big Ten Tournament games today11:30 — #8 seed Ohio State vs. #9 seed Indiana2:00 — #5 seed Maryland vs. #13 seed Nebraska6:00 — #7 seed Minnesota vs. #10 seed Penn State MASON CITY – For the third time this season, NIACC freshman Mandy Willems has been selected as the NJCAA Division II national player of the week for the week of March 4-10.Willems, 5-9 guard from Ackley, helped guide the Lady Trojans to the Region XI title and a berth in next week’s national tournament. Willems was selected as the regional tournament MVP. She averaged 22.3 points per game in the three tournament wins.Willems scored 20 points in the tournament opener against Little Priest Tribal College. She scored 31 points, including eight 3-point goals, in the semifinal win over Iowa Central and scored 16 points in the championship against Kirkwood.Willems drained 15 3-point goals in the regional tournament and collected 11 rebounds.Willems also earned national player of the week honors during the weeks of Oct. 29-Nov. 3 and Feb. 25-March 3. She also was selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference player of the week five times in the 2018-19 season. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 this morning Iowa faces 11th-seed Illinois, who beat 14th-seed Northwestern 74-69 in overtime last night. You can hear the Iowa-Illinois game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 7:30 with the tipoff scheduled for around 8:30. CHICAGO — Iowa opens play as the six seed in the Big Ten tournament later this evening.  Coming in on a four game losing streak, head coach Fran McCaffery knows is not ideal, but happens over the course of a season. McCaffery expects his team to respond in Chicago. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men — Big Ten Tournament second round vs. Illinois — pre-game 7:30, tipoff 8:30 KANSAS CITY — Iowa State opens play later today at the Big 12 Conference basketball tournament in Kansas City against Baylor.  Head coach Steve Prohm expects a big turnout from Cyclone Nation.last_img read more

Will the President Nominate an in-House Critic as Health Minister?

first_imgThe Daily Observer yesterday named three outstanding medical doctors being considered as the new Health Minister.  The first is the outspoken Dr. Vuyu Golakai, an eminent African surgeon who has served in several countries, including Zimbabwe; Botswana; South Africa; Israel and Germany, the two countries where he was trained.Everyone knows that Vuyu is a brain trust—a very clever fellow who probably knew the lessons before he entered the class—any class, from calculus to chemistry, to physics to English, history and literature.  He is also an eloquent speaker, who also gave an extraordinary extemporaneous panegyric at Bai T. Moore’s funeral in 1988.But despite all these highly credible credentials, will the President risk choosing an in-house critic to run the Health Ministry?  That would be challenging for a leader whom many have accused of surrounding herself with people who are prone to say “yes ma’am,” rather than stand up to her with different opinions; and who is also noted for surrounding herself with friends and family in governance.  Selecting Dr. Golakai would be a serious challenge, but it would convince many that Ellen is willing to take any risk for positive and constructive change.There are other serious candidates, including Dr. Robert Kpoto, the nation’s only orthopedic surgeon on the ground.  Were he to be favored, that would rob the nation of the only one in his field.  What would happen to people with chronic bone problems and accident victims?Dr. Kpoto has been active in the West African College of Surgeons and its graduate program, which is designed to train and supply the nation with medical specialists who are seriously lacking here.Dr. Francis Kateh, the youngest of the three, is a physician, academician and Deputy of the  National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS is responsible for Liberia’s Ebola response. Following the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina incident, Dr. Kateh decided to pursue professional studies in Homeland Security, with emphasis on Public Health Disaster Preparedness (2008).  In the case of another medical epidemic, will Dr. Kateh, if appointed Health Minister, be able to avoid the tragic mistake of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)?  Margaret Chang was Health Minister in Hong Kong years ago when an epidemic struck and she responded swiftly to bring it under control.  But as WHO head, she wasted precious time and delayed for several months WHO’s response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, leading to the unnecessary death of nearly 9,000 people.Should such an epidemic occur under his watch as a future Health Minister, Dr. Kateh would at least have had the training, if not the experience, in public health disaster preparedness.  He is also noted for efficiently managing the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.Speaking of handling epidemics like Ebola, we cannot fail to mention some of the doctors who shined in Liberia’s battle with the epidemic.  Among them is, Dr. Jerry Browne, MD, who successfully manned the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit that cured many and brought the unit to zero Ebola cases.Another is Dr. Gorbee Logan, who performed a commendable job at the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.   He also led the hospital to attain zero Ebola cases.This a good list of medical professionals to choose from.  But like President Tolbert in the 1970s, who appointed three non-medical persons to the Health Ministry—Mai Padmore, former Special Assistant to President Tubman, and Counselors Estrada Bernard and Oliver Bright—Madam Sirleaf may go outside the medical field to find a new Health Minister. But given Liberia’s most important post-Ebola challenge, the redevelopment of the entire healthcare delivery system, the President needs an experienced and seasoned medical practitioner – one with decades of medical and surgical experience behind him, who knows what the problems are and how to solve them.He must be someone who also has a keen interest in training—nursing, paramedical, medical and specialist—so that the nation is soon equipped not only with adequate health and medical institutions, but professionals to run them effectively and efficiently.When it comes to professional rapport with the President and the flexibility to speak one’s mind on critical issues, who can beat Dr. Walter Gwenigale, who knows how to call a spade a spade, even before the Liberian Senate?   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Greek Australian nutritionist set to change our lifestyle

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek Australian health professional has created a new lifestyle program that aims to educate hospital patients of the benefits of a healthy diet to reduce stress and anxiety of patients during rehabilitation and speed up the recovery process. Qualified nutritionist Stratis Rozakeas MA, RD – who now lives in the US – noticed the health benefits of patients when they were making healthier food choices through programs he introduced around sustainability and green initiatives. Recycling compost programs, music therapy and horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardening are initiatives that Mr Rozakeas introduced to help patients in their rehabilitation. The rooftop garden, for example, allows the patients create their well-being, and the idea has been incorporated in other health care facilities that have shown to improve clinical outcomes. “We are looking at how we can look at and identify the standards of quality care in hospitals and how we can improve on in areas that may need improving so it’s a continual process,” Mr Rozakeas tells Neos Kosmos. “I introduced music therapy for patients. I also had therapeutic meals for our eating disorder patients. “The campus that I was at we had oncology patients, eating disorder psychiatrics, rehabilitation.” Through these therapies, Mr Rozakeas says that it reduces anxiety and stress in patients and helps in promoting healing and speeding the recuperation process. Mr Rozakeas says the patients with eating disorders can be challenging to normalise their eating and help them create and make smarter food choices and therapeutic meals. By introducing organic and sustainable food to the diets of the patients in the hospital, he is able to teach the patients how to combat chronic health diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease – diseases that are all linked to the food choices. “My whole educational component is to inform people to make healthy food choices from an early age – or any for that matter, so they can develop healthier food patterns and at least minimise preventable chronic disease such as obesity and heart disease which are huge in America and Australia as well. Mr Rozakeas said that two thirds of the population in the US are overweight and obese, and says that Australia is following suit. To combat this and improve food for patients, Mr Rozakeas is part of a health leadership team in the San Francisco Bay area in order to improve the quality of food for patients as part of the global initiative Health Care Without Harm. “It’s about empowering people and relating to people in an intelligent dignified way,” says Mr Rozakeas.last_img read more