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Defensive shortage for Sherwood

first_img Sherwood knows the importance of the clash and has issued a rallying cry to the club’s supporters. He said: “This game is huge. “The fans are going to be very important for us, especially this weekend. They can’t come with the expectancy that we’re going to roll teams over. We have to earn the right. “We are going to need them with us. We want to make it difficult for Swansea – and the fans can help us do that. “We cry out for them. We need them on Saturday with us to make it a real cup final atmosphere – because let’s face it, it is a cup final, it’s a pivotal game for us. “If we can win this one, there is a little bit of breathing space there. “We’re by no means done. But there’s that little bit of breathing space going into a long break for international duty. “We still have a lot of hard work to do.” Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he would swap the compliments being heaped on his team for a win against Villa. Monk’s men produced a stirring first-half performance on Monday night to shake Champions League-chasing Liverpool but failed to take their chances and ended up losing 1-0 to Jordan Henderson’s fortuitous winner. Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said he had not seen the Premier League’s most in-form team “tested like that since Christmas” and Monk later revealed that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and skipper Steven Gerrard also showered praise on Swansea’s performance. “I spoke to Brendan after the game and he said that was the best performance against his side this season, especially during the first 45 minutes, which is a great compliment coming from him,” Monk said ahead of Swansea’s visit to Villa Park. “I don’t think he was saying it just to be nice. He genuinely meant it. “I know Steven Gerrard spoke to Jonjo (Shelvey) after the game and he pretty much said the same thing. “So it is pleasing to see hear that, but therein lies the balancing act. “You can play well and end up with nothing, or play poorly and end up with all three points. “It is a fine line and I would rather play well and win games. “But I’m not worried (about scoring goals) because the standard of performances has been good and we are creating chances. “Of course, you want to take them, especially against the bigger teams in those periods when you’re so dominant. “You must have something to show for such a good display because these teams will have a period in the game when they come back. “But we played fantastic and if we keep performing like that we will score goals and pick up more than enough points.” The captain remains sidelined with a calf problem and is out along with Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson (both calf), Nathan Baker (knee) and Aly Cissokho (groin). Libor Kozak is training with the first team after recovering from a broken leg but is not match fit although Jack Grealish is back from suspension. Alan Hutton will return to the Aston Villa squad for the visit of Swansea after completing his ban but Tim Sherwood remains without skipper Ron Vlaar. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC undertakes campus beautification project

first_imgAhead of the completion of the USC Village, the University has also dedicated itself to other construction efforts on campus.Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management, said the new entrance on Jefferson Boulevard, which opened at the beginning of this semester, is a continuation of the work already completed in other areas of campus, all of which move toward a more pedestrian-friendly campus. The vision for this includes enhanced hardscape, landscape and additional trees. “Trousdale Parkway is a primary entry point to campus from Jefferson Boulevard,” Back said. “It is subject to heavy pedestrian and bicycle use from the Hoover-Jefferson intersection. The new entry provides a critical symbolic and aesthetic connection to the new Village at USC,  [which is] currently under construction.”The project scope includes new trees, landscaping and hardscape with brick paving, area light fixtures, fencing, gates and new entry markers, according to Back. “The hardscape area of this entry has been expanded significantly to accommodate the increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic that will result at the completion of the Village at USC,” Back said.Kelly Pascual, a freshman majoring in business administration, said she is excited to finally see the new renovations on campus, but admits that getting to class has been more difficult because of all the construction. “It can get annoying having to change the route I’m accustomed to, but it’s been going on for so long I’m used to it at this point,” Pascual said. “Although it can be annoying, it’s exciting to see the progress of these new buildings.” Emeli Castillo, a junior majoring in linguistics and psychology, like most students, has found it difficult to become accustomed to the ongoing construction.“I do think that it’s a great campus expansion that will definitely benefit current and future students; however, it is annoying due to the constant noise that takes place during lectures in the buildings close to the construction,” Castillo said. Jasmin Nunez, a junior majoring in urban studies and planning, worries about the surrounding community and how the construction will impact the neighborhoods around USC.“The University needs to be more sensitive as to how all these expansions affect the surrounding community, especially in a place like downtown Los Angeles where the community is continuously being displaced,” Nunez said. “At the same time, I think it is necessary because of how much alumni want to invest in the University in order to make it as great and as safe as possible.”last_img read more

Herdzelas to play in the Main Draw of the Challenger in Wesley Chapel

first_imgTalented B&H tennis player Dea Herdzelas qualified for the main draw of ITF Challenger tournament in Wesley Chapel (USA).Nineteen year old Dea from Sarajevo won in the third, final round of qualifiers against American Brooke Austin with score 7: 5, 6: 4.Herdzelas is one of eight players who qualified in the main part of the tournament, which is played for a prize of 25,000 USD.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img

Health Workers Struggle with Maternal Education in Gbarpolu

first_imgHealth workers in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County have underscored that traditional belief of people about health is impeding effort to educate them on birth control and other maternal challenges.Speaking to the Daily Observer on May 4 at the Chief Jallah Medical Center in Bopolu, a certificated midwife of the health center, Watta B. Nyei, said they have noted high birthrate in the county over the time.Although she did not state the birthrate percentage in the county, she noted that every time they decide to educate the people on birth control, the women oppose the use of condom and other contraceptives with expressed desire that they want direct sexual intercourse.In order to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality, Watta told this paper that they are constantly engaged in educating the people to regularly visit hospital and not to allow home delivery.She also said they are in mutual working relationship with Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs), who go around and bring pregnant women to the health center when they (women) are in labor.“These TTMs are in the county and they bring women who are in labor on car or hammock to the health center and each TTM who brings a patient is given LD$500.  This is encouraging the TTMs and those for whom the education is intended are going along and responding well,” Watta stated.As a result of the education provided and assistance from the TTMs, Watta said there is reduction in mortality rate over the two months she has spent in Bopolu with the Chief Jallah Health Center.Also, a credible source at the hospital says practice of traditional delivery and consultation with soothsayers about one’s illness are still highly practiced in the county.While people around Bopolu are in some point adhering to medical advice, the source said people in the county still believe in giving ill persons unquantifiable watery herb to take in when they are sick.According to the source, a patient was brought to the hospital a few months back but family members after consulting a soothsayer decided to take her back home for application of herb.“She stayed with them for sometimes and they gave her enough of watery herb.  But her condition was not improving and they brought her back again.  We could not handle the matter and therefore transferred the case to JFK in Monrovia, but unfortunately she expired,” the source said.Gbarpolu was created during the regime of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor.Its people are highly concentrated in tradition that contemporary education and services are rare there.While people there may have behavioral challenge in adhering to medical advice, the level of poverty in the county also serves as a contributing factor to reaching health center, especially pregnant women.Many of them live in villages hundreds of miles away from Bopolu, its capital city, and most of the villages are inaccessible to vehicles and motorbikes.To bring a patient to hospital in Bopolu, people have to tote the patient in a hammock and cover long distances.The Millennium Development Goals in line with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s plan to fight maternal mortality seeks to ensure reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.With this prevailing condition in Gbarpolu, it is unpredictable to say that the goal will be achieved as 2015 is being set to see the result.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sanitation Crisis Worsens in Monrovia’s Suburbs

first_imgWith an unending solution in sight in practically addressing the sanitation challenges of Monrovia, several rural settlements’ sanitation problems continue to worsen.In most of Monrovia’s suburbs in recent times, stink garbage continues to swallow the drainages and other designated dumpsites.Visibly at the Duala General Market on the Bushrod Island, volumes of stink garbage was observed spreading beyond the dumpsites established by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).On top of that garbage bins posted at the various authorized dumpsites by the Municipal Governments of Monrovia and Paynesville are piles of new dirt.Many Liberians and private business owners have attributed the sanitation challenges of Monrovia and Paynesville cities to poor planning, coordination, execution, implementation and collection.Some urban planners who spoke to the Daily Observer Monday pointed out that, majority of the drainages in Monrovia and its environs have outlived their usefulness.The urban planners also intimated that the extensive depreciation of the decades- old drainages in several parts  of Monrovia continue to contribute to the perennial flooding.Correspondingly, until urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia can come to the realization that the sanitation challenges of Monrovia must be tackled at all fronts, things will get worse.Primarily, support partners and central government must begin to design new and practical strategies about the unending sanitation crisis in  Monrovia and its environs.Principally, support partners, stakeholders, municipal governments, business entities and residents must be active partakers in the overall cleaning of Monrovia and its immediate environs.Understandably, too much funds have been invested into the Urban Waste management Projects (UWMP) by major donors such as the World Bank and environmental institutions that have had no significant impact on the Liberian environmental and sanitation crisis.Besides, some concerned environmental groups are also blaming public institutions established by statutes to shoulder the responsibility for the sanitation challenges and stressful Liberian environment.The environmental groups have stressed the urgent need for those institutions to be made to shoulder their statutory responsibilities and collaborate with support partners to practically address the huge sanitation challenges of Monrovia and its environs.Sadly, the onslaught by the deadly Ebola virus in the country has compounded the grave sanitation challenges in  Monrovia and its environs.During an hour-long tour of poor sanitation-prone communities, it was observed that authorized dumpsites were established by sanitation companies that continue to get fabulous contracts from the World Bank for the Urban Waste Management Projects.Businesspeople and pharmacy operators at the Duala General Market expressed grave concern about the unsanitary conditions of the business center.With the Dry Season is at the door steps of Monrovia residents and business entities, the offensive and unpleasant odors from the volumes of stink garbage are some of expected to worsen.“We are discouraged to the extent that we are operating at a serious loss as customers’ attendance for the past few months has diminished,”  businessman Thomas Kollie Ballah lamented.Besides, Mr. Kollie explained that due to the poor planning and execution of dirt collection and disposal by sanitation companies and partners, sanitation challenges remain serious environmental problems in Monrovia.Businessman Kollie pointed out that owing to the huge Ebola virus spread, worsened by fear, small businesses are encountering serious socio-economic constraints and plenty of challenges in obtaining the kind of goods and services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more