‘Team Liberia to China Olympics is on Course’

first_imgDespite the recent cancellation of Liberia’s representation to the on-going handball competition in Lome, Togo due to the outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, the chief of mission of Liberia’s delegation, to Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic in the People’s Republic of China, Fred Pratt has said that Liberia is still course, preparing for the games.Pratt told the Daily Observer yesterday that final documentations for Liberia’s participation have already been sent by the Organizing Committee to be filled in and subsequently returned before this weekend.Though, he did state what information is being requested but sources said it concerns personal information, including the current healthy status of athletes and other members of the delegation.Pratt said the two Liberian teenaged athletes, Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, are “very well and training and will serve as ambassadors to hoist the Liberian flag in China at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.” The games will run from August 16-28.Miss Chayee will run the 400m Hurdles while Momolu Sambai will compete in the 50m freestyle swimming event.The chief of mission disclosed that the team will depart the country on Tuesday, 12 August 2014, noting that bulk of the expenses will be underwritten by Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympics Committee (IOC).He indicated that prior to the departure each member of the 7-man delegation will produce an ‘Ebola Clarence’ certificate from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.Meanwhile, it has been realized since the deadly Ebola virus is not contacted merely by contact, except, “contact with someone who is acutely infected, and by the dead body of someone who has died by the virus,” it does not make sense for sports officials to cancel sporting programs.Knowing that someone who is acutely infected will not be active, strong, healthy or enthusiastic in going outside of his/her home and since such person will be helpless, broken down, there is no need why sports should be suspended in the country, knowledgeable sports lovers told the Daily Observer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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AWARE LAUNCHES ITS LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME

first_imgAware launchs a free Life Skills programme. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright 2013 Fennell Photography.MENTAL health charity Aware has started to deliver a free Life Skills programme which will be delivered in 26 locations across the country including Donegal.The group programme, based on principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is ideal for people who are ready to learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges, and online application is available now on www.aware.ieDeveloped by Dr. Chris Williams, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow and recognised expert in CBT, the programme is delivered in six 90-minute group sessions over six consecutive weeks. Some of the topics covered in the programme include recognising and controlling unhelpful thought patterns; building self-esteem and identifying behaviours in life that can lead to problems.Speaking about the new programme, Dr. Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware said, “This is a brilliant opportunity for people to benefit from an established approach to dealing with difficulties which we may all face in life.“One-to-one CBT sessions can cost more than €80 each and there are waiting lists of up to one year for these in many areas: it is really good news that Aware is able to provide this free group programme using principles of CBT, and independent research* found that many people who complete the Life Skills programme said that it has had a very positive impact on their life.“We hope that many people across the country will take this opportunity to make positive changes in their life.” Aware’s Life Skills programme is proudly supported by the fundraising efforts of 15,000 Tesco staff and their customers nationwide, through the Tesco Charity of the Year partnership 2013. For further information on the programme, locations and application form see www.aware.ieMore information:Who is the programme aimed at?The programme is aimed at individuals who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress and/or anxiety and who can commit to attending one session per week for six weeks.How many sessions are there? There are six sessions – one session per week for six consecutive weeks, except in the case of Monday sessions, when Bank Holidays will be skipped.How long do sessions last?Each session lasts 90 minutes.Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems? All attendees will have opportunities to share with the group, but nobody will ever be obliged to share personal information or experiences.Do I have to attend all sessions?Yes, you must commit to attending all six sessions.How many people are in the group?Each group will contain on average 25 people and there must be a minimum of 20 people for a group to go ahead.Is this programme only for individuals of 18 years and over?Yes, only individuals of 18 and over may take part in Aware’s Life Skills programme.Is this programme right for me?If the statements below apply to you, then you could benefit from this programme.I am currently affected by mild to moderate depression or anxietyI would like to make some changes in my life and am prepared to try new ways of dealing with life’s challengesI am not currently experiencing a major life event such as a recent bereavement, major relationship problem or a significant traumaI can commit to attending all six sessions of the programmeI have basic reading skillsI feel quite comfortable in a group settingI feel I can concentrate and give my attention for the duration of each session i.e. about 90 minutesAWARE LAUNCHES ITS LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME was last modified: April 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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