In a few Huddle Ups I have railed on starting kids too early in sports. This blog will talk about some of the good things I have come across.If the youngsters get a caring adult to coach them, it can be a very educational situation. Here the coach needs to be encouraging, helpful, and low-key. Besides learning a sport, these youngsters are learning how to get along with others. They need to learn to share, take turns, and not get too upset if things don’t go their way.Here is where you need someone who is there to teach them a game and not someone who thinks they are Vince Lombardi or Bobby Knight. Afterall, they are still under 8 years of age and winning is not everything.
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The Batesville 7th Grade Volleyball team won over The Greensburg Lady Pirates 25-22 and 25-13.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th grade lost a hard fought game at Greensburg 25-18, 25-12. Greensburg was an aggressive team with lots of attacks. The Bulldogs did a very good job digging up those hits. Kaylin Hinners, Kaylie Raver, and Margaret Wilson led in digs. In the second game the Bulldogs were more aggressive at the net and attacked the Pirates. Raver led all hitters with 4 kills, Wilson had 3 kills, Hinners & Renee Lecher each earned a kill. Serving was also a strong attribute for the team. The team was 35 for 39 from the service line; which is 90% accuracy. Top servers were Wilson with 10 points; all in the second game. Lecher earned 6 points. Raver had 3 points. Laura Schwegman & Taylor Blanton each earned 2 service points.The Volleyball team is at home on Thursday. Come support your Bulldogs.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___5:40 p.m. The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. Associated Press ___7:35 p.m.US Sailing has advised all American Olympic-class sailors who are training in Europe to return home and resume training domestically. The move came after the 470 World Championships in Spain were postponed until officials can re-evaluate the situation in April.“We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own,” Olympic head coach Luther Carpenter said.The postponement of the 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing said it will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the Olympic team. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus. 6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. March 12, 2020 The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida. The No. 3 Lady Bears went into a holding pattern for about a half-hour and never got off the ground after the Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments were canceled. The No. 5 Baylor men, who spent five weeks at No. 1 this season and set a Big 12 record with 23 consecutive wins, were already in Kansas City, where they had been scheduled to play Thursday. The NCAA later canceled its men’s and women’s tournaments, where both Baylor teams were likely going to be No. 1 seeds. The Lady Bears were set to host first- and second-round games.“These are unprecedented circumstances, and it’s just much bigger than athletics,” Rhoades said. “I think the right decisions have been made.”Rhoades said he felt for all of the players whose seasons suddenly ended, and had spoken to both coach Scott Drew and Mulkey. Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___5:30 p.m. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. 11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.___ 1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___ The Latest: Baylor misses chances for title runs Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):8:10 p.m.Defending women’s national champion Baylor was on a plane on the tarmac in Waco, Texas, preparing to leave Thursday for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, when coach Kim Mulkey got a call from athletic director Mack Rhoades. The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___7:10 p.m.Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus. ___7:25 p.m.USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic.Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. “I think the first (thing) was I’m sorry. I’m sorry because both both had such great seasons,” Rhoades said, when asked what he told them. “The decision is much bigger than me, or certainly any one person, but you just feel bad.”___7:58 p.m.Little League International has recommended that its leagues “exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.”Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries. 6:58 p.m.The Grand Prix of Long Beach scheduled for April 19 has been canceled because of a ban on large scale gatherings in the California city.Race organizers said they are in conversation with the city of Long Beach and the Convention Center about potentially rescheduling the street race. Long Beach is the second most popular event on the IndyCar schedule behind the Indianapolis 500.Organizers said if a later date this year is not possible, the race will return on April 18, 2021. ___ Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___2:30 p.m. Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___ USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas. Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Esports Entertainment Group finalises Argyll takeover July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 Submit Newly Nasdaq-listed online gambling group Esports Entertainment Group has signed a ‘letter of intent’ (“LOI”) to acquire the competitive gaming live and digital events and tournaments organiser Esports Gaming League (EGL).This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.The UK-based esports company, founded in 2010, serves a rapidly expanding community of gamers in Europe, Middle East, and the Americas with over 350,000 registered users. The growing user base and demographics of EGL’s audience was a major factor in Esports Entertainment Group’s decision to purchase the firm.Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, said: “At our IPO we committed to having a tournament platform up and operational before the end of the calendar year, and with this transaction, we have delivered on this commitment.“EGL generated approximately $1.3 million in revenue last year and is positioned for triple-digit growth moving forward. Their complementary platform, large user base, excellent team, and marquee advertising partner relationships are key drivers behind this transaction. Together, I believe we can accelerate growth both in the US and internationally.”EGL’s services include full turnkey esports events, live broadcast production, game launches, and online branded tournaments. Moreover, the company provides brand owners and advertisers with the opportunity to promote products and services to a 18-35 core demographic.“We are extremely excited to be joining the Esports Entertainment Group family, it will give us an opportunity to push our technology and resources to further grow our client roster,” added Glen Elliott, CEO of EGL. “The vision Grant has around building an esports ecosystem is visionary for the industry and EGL is a perfect fit.”Esports Entertainment Group’s latest acquisition adds to its previous letter of intent to purchase certain assets of mobile games studio Flip Sports last month. Additionally, the firm has also recently completed the purchase of online betting and gaming operator Argyll Entertainment along with its operating subsidiaries.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and pitcher Dylan Floro both took Ravizza’s sports psychology classes while they were student-athletes at Fullerton.“When you think things are so terrible for you, he was able to give you a perspective to make you feel like what you’re going through is not really anything bad at all,” Turner said. “It could be way worse. It was an iconic voice. If he was in another room and you heard him talking, you knew exactly who it was. ‘Yo – JT! Ya workin’ it?’ Nothing like it. An incredible guy.”Ravizza earned a Ph.D. from USC in 1973 and began teaching on the Fullerton campus in 1977. His courses included stress management, applied sports psychology and the philosophical and historic perspective of human movement. He also served as an adviser to undergraduate and graduate students of applied sports psychology.“He was one of Fullerton’s secret weapons,” former CSF gymnastics coach Lynn Rogers told the Southern California News Group in 2014.In 2004, a Fullerton baseball team featuring Turner and seven other future major leaguers won the College World Series. After a slow start to their season, Turner said the Titans began keeping a miniature toilet in their dugout to “flush away” bad at-bats. “He had a lot to do with our championship,” Turner said. “We started off 15-16 that year and had many, many Ken Ravizza sessions. … He put the little portable toilet in our dugout, talked about flushing away the bad at-bats, flushing away the bad results and moving on, getting to the next pitch. A lot of things I still talk about on a daily basis here are directly from him.”A scholarship for kinesiology students at Fullerton, the Ken Ravizza Scholarship in Performance Enhancement and Sport Psychology, was established in 2015.Ravizza and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon worked together for 30 years, according to the team’s official website. Maddon was responsible for bringing Ravizza to the Cubs’ staff after both worked for the Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. The Cubs won the World Series in 2016.“I think he’s one of the best in the business,” Maddon told SCNG in 2017.“His impact on so many is immeasurable and his legacy will be a lasting one,” Angels VP of Communications Tim Mead wrote on Twitter. “Ken used not only his professional skills, but his genuine compassion, honesty, and caring for each individual he connected with.”Ravizza and Dr. Tom Hanson co-authored the book Heads-Up Baseball 2.0 in 2017, which outlined many of Ravizza’s techniques for athletes of all ages and ability levels.“What I took away from him I still do it to this day,” Floro said. “If you watch me with my glove, I use his breathing technique. I get set, take my deep breath and focus every now and then when I need to I find my focal point. Those are things I took from him.”“Ken Man was a true pioneer in the mental skills field for baseball and someone who I continually credit for helping me get where I am today,” Giants third baseman Evan Longoria wrote in a social media post. “I’m eternally grateful for the things I learned from him. The baseball world lost a good one.”Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story.This morning the sports world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it. There’s no doubt in my mind I would have never made it to the big leagues without @KenRavizza1. He always had a different perspective and I’ll never forget his voice! #YouWorkinIt RIP Kenny— Justin Turner (@redturn2) July 9, 2018 We will miss our Ken Ravizza! Big loss for all. We are grateful for every minute you spent with UCLA SOFTBALL! My favorite Ken Ravizza message to every hitter, “Walk slowly to the plate … and be BIG in the box” & say “Get on the rubber !&?$”. It’s works. 💙💛— Kelly Inouye-Perez (@Coach_Inouye) July 9, 2018 Ken Ravizza was my mentor, a friend, and I loved him. He took me under his wing when I was 21 and never stopped helping me. Our last conversation was on Sunday. He made sure that I was “still working the process and learning every day”. I’m devastated that we won’t talk again. https://t.co/kOogjqxgBw— Andy McKay (@AndyMcKayHG) July 9, 2018 I was saddened this morning to hear of the loss of Ken Ravizza. Ken Man was a true pioneer in the mental skills field for baseball and someone who I continually credit for helping me get… https://t.co/rmYKyakJpy— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) July 9, 2018 Dr. Ken Ravizza, a sports psychologist whose work touched generations in Southern California and beyond, died Sunday. He was 70.Ravizza taught in the kinesiology department on the campus of Cal State Fullerton over parts of five decades. His professional clients included the Angels, with whom he began working in 1985. He had been a consultant to the Chicago Cubs since 2015.A resident of Redondo Beach, Ravizza met with players from the Dodgers and Cubs in person during a series at Dodger Stadium in June. On July 2, Ravizza was hospitalized after suffering an apparent heart attack.Ravizza was a pioneer in the field of applied sports psychology consulting. The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology cites him as having started consulting in 1973. His clients included amateur and professional athletes in a variety of sports. Since 2010, Ravizza was also the sports psychologist for the UCLA baseball team.
After leaving Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks and sitting out Tuesday’s contest vs. the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is now reportedly considering surgery for a sports hernia injury that has bothered him since training camp.The Athletic reported Tuesday that Crosby is mulling undergoing a procedure that would require up to six weeks of recovery time. This comes after he suffered a leg injury on Saturday, but the report states that the 32-year-old star already opted against sports hernia surgery earlier this season. A closer look. Wish this had gone longer. pic.twitter.com/6kz3Ax7gQI— ToughCall 🇨🇦 (@ToughCallBlog) November 10, 2019In Tuesday’s report, The Athletic stated that Crosby’s foot was not injured. It’s a small bit of good news for the Penguins and Crosby, who could also choose to receive steroid injections and physical therapy to try to delay the need for hernia surgery until the offseason, although the team is said to prefer its star player going under the knife earlier than later.The Pittsburgh captain leads his team with 17 points in 17 games played so far this season. With Crosby now on the shelf for the time being, the Pens are currently dealing with two recent injuries as well: defenseman Kris Letang is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury and the team placed forward Patric Hornqvist on injured reserve Nov. 3.Pittsburgh (10-6-2, 22 points) dropped to fourth place in the Metropolitan Division after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers, and with its star center potentially out in the near future, the team will need to find a way to maintain its winning record with some of the Penguins’ other pieces. After the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout victory Saturday, it was confirmed that Crosby suffered an injury in the third period and underwent further evaluation.No. 87’s left leg collided with Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson’s skate during an offensive zone entry in the final frame of Saturday’s game. Later in the same shift, Crosby took a shot off his right skate and left the ice shortly afterward.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The Bearkats are Austin bound.The Sam Houston State softball team has been selected to compete in the Austin Regional of the NCAA Tournament and will face host Texas, the ninth national seed, at Charline McCombs Field Friday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network.Texas A&M and Houston are the other two teams in the double-elimination regional. The Aggies and Cougars will play Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.The Bearkats (34-21) have faced all three teams in the regional this season. Sam Houston State lost 9-1 in five innings at Texas (41-14) on Feb. 22, fell to Houston (37-17) 2-1 on Feb. 10 and 17-1 in five innings on April 30 and dropped a doubleheader to Texas A&M (28-25) 5-4 and 4-3 on March 27.“We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to play at Texas, to open up at their place, a place we have already been this year, so we understand the environment,” head coach Garrett Valis said. “It will be pretty cool. We have some kids from that area and a lot of them have seen those kids, played against them in high school and tournament ball, so there will also be some familiarity with U of H and A&M there as well.”The Bearkats went 22-5 in league play to capture the program’s first regular-season championship since 1993 and fourth overall. Sam Houston State earned the top seed in the SLC tournament in Natchitoches, Louisiana this past week.The Kats rolled to a 7-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in the opening game thanks to a stellar performance in the circle by SLC Player and Pitcher of the Year Lindsey McLeod (21-8), who struck out 11. Sophomore Bailey White drove in three runs and junior Taylar Fuselier had a two-run single.Sam Houston State faced second-seeded Nicholls in two instant classics to clinch the SLC tournament championship. McLeod blanked the Colonels for nine innings May 9 before sophomore Brooke Malia launched a two-run, walk-off home run to left field off All-SLC first-team pitcher Megan Landry to advance to the championship round.Nicholls survived elimination to meet the Bearkats once again Saturday.McLeod and Landry went toe to toe in another nail-biter. The Colonels struck first with a solo home run in the top of the sixth, but junior Tiffany Thompson and Malia hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the inning to put Sam Houston State on top. McLeod shut the door on Nicholls in the seventh to cap the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record.“We have come so far,” Malia said. “We have just grown together, and we never settle for being just us. We want to be better and better, and I think we have done a great job of that.”The Bearkats only other regional appearance came in 2007 when Sam Houston State topped Texas State 1-0 in the Southland Conference championship game at Bearkat Softball Complex.The Bearkats were sent to the College Station Regional and fell to host Texas A&M 9-5 in the opener. Sam Houston stayed alive by beating Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 before being eliminated by the Aggies 11-0.
Dear Editor,On April 5, it was reported in the State media that Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, who was accompanied by Regional Councillor Juilian Cummings, visited the Pomeroon riverine communities of Friendship and Martindale to address concerns affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of residents, particularly the clogged canals which were adversely affecting ingress and egress to their homesteads.Over the years, these neglected communities have suffered from the lack of basic infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, potable water and sewage disposal. Therefore, the people should not delude themselves into thinking that, from Minister Ferguson’s visit, anything substantial will be done anytime soon to improve their lot, since the Govt. has no development plan for this considered backwater area.However, it’s worth a try for them to seek assistance from the State, as they do not have the financial/technical resources to do much of the “heavy lifting” required to improve their communities, nor the political clout to effect the necessary changes.Firstly, the Government should be requested, through the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, to provide a dragline/excavator to clear the clogged canals of silt and vegetation. This would enable residents to get their produce to market, their children to school, and their sick to the hospital in a timely manner.Secondly, the cultivated areas should be empoldered to prevent flooding from excessive rainfall, runoff from adjoining lands, and overtopping from the Pomeroon River.Next, the Government should provide low-interest loans for residents to buy solar-generated electricity for their homes, which is cost-effective vis-a-vis diesel-generated electricity. Loans should also be provided to assist the residents to purchase 400/500- gallon PVC tanks to store rainwater for their domestic use. A pit latrine designed with the help of the local sanitary inspector could take care of waste disposal. If adequate financial resources later become available, the pit latrine could be upgraded to a septic tank installation.Water transportation would be the modus operandi for these communities for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the Govt. should make available duty-free 25-HP Yamaha outboard motors for the people to buy, as well as provide them with technical assistance to help them design and build efficient and cost-effective boats to meet their needs.Minister Ferguson had informed residents of the Pomeroon region that drainage and maintenance of canals within their communities were not areas for which regional Governments receive funding to manage on behalf of the Central Government. Further, she claimed that the complaint she was requested to look into did not fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI), but she would nevertheless engage further with executives of the RDC and other ministers of the Govt when she returned to office.It is inconceivable that Minister Ferguson was oblivious to the fact that the Central Government has been, and is, spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars to provide drainage for Georgetown, East Coast villages, and other coastland areas. Further, the Honourable Minister must have been aware that the MPI has been dabbling with the drainage of Georgetown, East Bank of Demerara villages, and elsewhere since 2015.The rainy season is expected to commence in a few weeks’ time. It is therefore important for the Govt. to start addressing the needs of a desperate people, thereby alleviating them out of their misery.Yours faithfully,Charles Sohan
Despite constitutional provisions that mandate educational opportunities for all—regardless of tribal or religious backgrounds, many Liberian children, for a number of social reasons, are still denied those opportunities.Article 6, under the General Principles of National Policy, provides that, because of the vital role assigned individual citizen under the Constitution for social, economic, and for the political well-being of Liberia, all Liberians shall have equal access to educational opportunities and facilities to the extent of available resources; emphasis shall be placed on the mass-education of the Liberian people, and the elimination of illiteracy.Though excited about the prospect of going to school, many children, nowadays, lack the opportunity. For some, there is no money. Others are used as breadwinners for single mothers, or are simply kept at home—as domestic servants.Views solicited from some children selling in Central Monrovia suggest that they are faced with a number of challenges beyond their parents’ or guardians’ control; and so, they are compelled to sell along the streets and forgo school.Children in Monrovia and other parts of the country are faced with different challenges, thus making them breadwinners at an early stage.Some parents rely on the daily income of their children before the family finally gets a meal for the day.The Act creating the right of the child was created to protect the interest of young children and create an atmosphere that will provide them the opportunity to be brought up in a save society.These young children—that you meet on the streets—have the potential to transform the society and make major contributions to the betterment of Liberia. Roaming the streets as they do—with cold water bowls, candy buckets, biscuit trays and baskets full of peppers and other items—I don’t see them realizing their full potential or even have the opportunity to live like normal children, slowly getting prepared for the future.In a chat with little Alvin Thomson, 13, a resident of central Monrovia, he was excited about having the chance to visit a school campus, sit in class and at the end of a semester, receive a grade sheet.13-year-old Alvin sells bananas and ground-peas around the city. He reveled that his mother also sells bananas along the Waterside Market. His father is dead.The child told this paper that he has never had the opportunity to sit in a class room.“I have not been to school before; but I would love to go to school. I like school because when I see my friends wearing uniform every day, I am not satisfied at all that I am not a part of them. But I also have to help my mother because there is nobody around us.She is getting old now; unfortunately, I don’t know her age. She always tells me that when I sell and we save more money, I will go to school. I want to become a doctor when I grow so that I can save lives,” he said.Like Alvin, every child has a dream and potential. But how many of them are in the position to increase their interest in education, and their passion for learning, to realize that dream?If we must have qualified and competent youths tomorrow, they must be given the necessary support and the atmosphere that offers such opportunity to succeed.Michael, Sayeh, 15, who sells cold water on the Capital By-Pass, is a 5th grade student and lives on Camp Johnson Road.He is not satisfied roaming the streets in the evenings to sell his wares.“I have to sell when I return from school and by the time I am done selling, I go straight to bed. My parents are not able to send me to school alone so I have to help them in the process; that is why I sell every day.“My mum is not working, and my father is only a security guard. His salary is not enough. When I grow up, I want to work in a company to help other children too whose parents cannot afford as much as mine.“I do not have time to study my lessons, but I know I will become who I want to be in the future.“I am used to selling every day. I make sure to report plenty money to my mother so she can be happy with me,” he said.Like Alvin and Michael, there are many other children out there that we could not talk to or talk about; but they all share similar stories and experiences.As young as they all are, they are becoming responsible men and women. What if they are given the chance to learn well? They will become responsible citizens, knowing that their country, society, and family, depend on them for a safe, healthy, and happy Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dr. Zobong B. Norman, President of the Bomi County Community College (BCCC), envisions the college as an institution of academic excellence during his administration if the right support is received from the government and the county Legislative Caucus.Dr. Norman told journalists at Fatoma Compound, the college campus in Tubmanburg, that six months after it is in full operation, the college would be on its way to reclaiming its rightful place in the education of youths as the first community college in the country.“My priority is to strengthen the college in courses such as business, health sciences, agriculture, and the technical and education sectors,” Dr. Norman said.His present priority is the resumption of the health science department that was suspended due to some major deficiencies. Consequently, the administration is working to ensure that the college meets the requirements of the Liberia Nursing & Midwifery Board.Dr. Norman commended the Bomi Legislative Caucus and expressed appreciation for their support to redirect the focus of the college to benefit Liberians, particularly students from Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and host, Bomi County.“In this respect my administration is waiting for the reconstitution of its Board of Directors and to be fully empowered to get major issues of interest worked out for the direction the college is taking,” he said.He spoke of the need for reading and other instructional materials for both students and teachers, including his administration’s determination to get a large percentage of fulltime instructors to meet the student demand.“I realize that instructors at the college are all hired on a part time basis and I think it is important that we find the means to get fulltime instructors to meet the needs of the students,” said Dr. Norman. He further recommended an increased budgetary allotment from the government to meet the needs of the college.He said his administration has submitted a budget to the Bomi Legislative Caucus and after it is considered, he could get the nursing program restarted and provide what was lacking before the program was suspended.“I’m hoping that by early May we can get the nursing program going full blast,” Dr. Norman said. He added that the college has submitted a proposal to US Peace Corps Volunteers, requesting for instructors to help out in the sciences, including biology, chemistry and mathematics.He explained that instructors, including the hoped-for Peace Corps, would need residential quarters to make their work comfortable; therefore his administration wants the government and Bomi citizens to make their contributions to make his plans workable.Dr. Norman said his administration will set up a review committee, which will include students, to evaluate the performance of teachers in their respective subjects and provide support to those instructors who will need additional help to enhance competence in their core subjects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)