Jamaica-based Namibian competing in Oregon

first_img Herunga believes training in Jamaica will help push her to her best. “I think they are people who can push me because, back home, I just train alone, and here, there’s Stephenie (McPherson) and a lot of them and competition-wise, Jamaica always has athletes who can push me to my limit,” she said. Life in Jamaica is different, but Herunga admits to loving the Jamaican cuisine. “The weather is different because we have summer, we have winter, we have spring, but the weather is not that bad. It’s humid. I like the food too. It is different. I love the ackee. That’s one thing that I would take back home, and the training facilities. We don’t have the best training facility, but what we have, it’s enough to take us to Rio.” JAMAICAN TRAINING A PLUS PORTLAND, USA: It isn’t only Jamaicans who train in Jamaica who have been participating at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre this weekend. On Thursday, Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia competed in the women’s 400m heats. Herunga is a student in the Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology (UTech) and trains with the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club. The Namibian was hoping to improve on her 55.40-second indoor personal best, but was unfortunately disqualified. “I came out today to run the 400m. It’s kind of hard. It was my second 400m and I came here saying I’m going out there to give my best,” she told The Gleaner. Herunga explained how she ended up in Jamaica from Windhoek, Namibia. “We watch athletics and we see most of the best world-class athletes in Jamaica,” she said. “In Namibia, we have talented people, but I don’t think we have people who can help the athletes go forward, so then our government and UTech came together and decided to give people 50 per cent of our scholarship, and that’s how we end up there and with MVP.”last_img read more

Action Aid, Swedish Embassy Donate to County Health Team

first_imgThe Charity organization Action Aid Liberia and the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia last Friday donated several assorted food and other items to the Bong County Health Team in support  of the fight against the Ebola virus disease.Action Aid Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Aisha Kamara Kolubah, said the donation was her organization and the Swedish Embassy’s way of identifying with the County Health Team and also to buttress the efforts of the Health Team as it strives to battle the human killer disease in the county.Madam Kolubah told the County Health Team that her organization and the Swedish Embassy will continue to work with the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the local authorities in every way possible to eradicate the hemorrhagic fever in the country.She stated that Action Aid was deeply involved with the social mobilization aspect of creating awareness about Ebola, how to prevent it and why it is important to report early symptoms.Madam Kolubah informed this paper that Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy presented more than twenty assorted items of food and other supplies valued at US$ 50,000.00 to the County Health Teams in six counties that are Ebola prevalent including Bong County.  She was swift to note that funding for the items was provided by the Swedish Government and other donors.The items donated to the County Health Team include two dozens of gloves, twenty bags of 25kg rice, twenty cartons of Clorox, five cartons of washing soap, three tins of powder milk, bales of hospital linen, assorted clothing for both survivors and patients,  towels, one hundred pieces of lappa,  twenty buckets with faucets, three barrels with faucets, ten packs of adult pampers, ten cartons of hand sanitizer, fifteen gallons of vegetable oil, five cartons maggi, five sacks of salt, four cartons sanitary pads, five cartons soap,  one bag of women and children’s slippers and four bags of corn meal.Madam Kolubah informed the County Health Team that the rice provided is mainly intended for holding centers in Gbarnga and its surroundings.She indicated that her organization and the Swedish Embassy made the items available as a result of a pathetic appeal by the County Health Team about the lack of food and other items for people who are in holding centers due to the Ebola outbreak.Action Aid Programme Coordinator challenged the County Health Team to provide a detailed report of how the supplies are distributed including the number of communities and people that will benefit.She said the items provided by Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy will enhance the strategies of the health team to combat the Ebola disease.Madam Kolubah reminded the County Health Team that the elimination of the human killer virus is the joint endeavor of every well-meaning Liberian, the government and its partners.  Receiving the materials, the County Health Officer Dr. Sampson Azoakoi extolled Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy for the donations and promised that the items will be used for the intended purposes.Dr. Azoakoi informed the benefactors that the food items were provided at a time when communities are without sufficient food and when the County Health Team was challenged with the lack of disinfectants to combat the virus.The Bong County Health Officer then used the occasion to appeal to citizens of the county and people of good will to try to be like Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy to provide vital support to the health team as it strives to combat the deadly Ebola disease.Dr. Azoakoi said the migration of residents from affected communities to unaffected communities remains major challenge for the County Health Team because according to him this has the inclination to further spread the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more