Madam Oretha Saylee, a mother from Grand Gedeh County, was ecstatic when her little daughter, club-footed from birth, was successfully treated for this crippling and embarrassing condition. The child’s feet are now completely normal, and she can walk just as easily and comfortably as other children.We are happy for Madam Saydee and her daughter, as we are for all the 700 or more children who have been helped by a local, faith-based non-governmental organization, known as FACORC, or Faith Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center.The organization recently helped organize World Clubfoot Day for the first time in Liberia. Our reporter William Harmon, in his article published last Friday, said FACORC, has since its establishment in 2011, trained more than 30 specialists to repair the deformity. The organization has so far treated over 700 children with the condition. FACORC has satellite clinics in five of Liberia’s 15 counties.The organization’s Executive Director, Augustine B. Chiewolo, told our reporter that children in Liberia with club-foot “have been neglected for far too long.” He appealed to the GOL to pay greater attention to children with correctable clubfoot deformity and subsidize the Liberian clubfoot program by integrating clubfoot treatment into all health facilities across the country.We strongly feel that this appeal to the GOL is not only reasonable, but urgent and we hope that Health Minister Bernice Dahn will embrace the program and create the policies for the MOH to take ownership of it. The MOH’s intervention should not consist of policies only but it should join FACORC in expanding the clinical response to this repairable deformity, especially at infancy, so that children throughout the country may no longer have to go through life with this awful condition. What is it, really? Clubfoot is what Liberians have always called “bow legged” people, especially children. In the 1950s a prominent footballer named Tugbeh was afflicted with that condition, but it did not bother him. The handsome Tugbeh went about with a smile on his face, through Trinity Pro-Cathedral (now Trinity Cathedral) and Sunday School and went on to the United States where he trained as a water engineer. He later married and he and his wife were blessed with two beautiful daughters. But as we well know, not everybody with a problem, congenital or otherwise, handles it the same way. Some people, like Tugbeh, take their problems in stride, while others take them as serious impediments, and become doubly handicapped by them. We refer to a typical case of how people put a positive spin on their problems. Look at our amputee athletes. They have represented Liberia in many parts of the world and are now poised to do so again in the USA, where they have pending games in August. We hope that the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Liberia Football Association and all Liberians will give the amputees every encouragement and support so that they will ably represent Liberia in those games and bring back trophies.At this point, we recall another great Liberian who, like the people at FACORC, has been helping children in severe medical distress. Many people know Mrs. Charlesetta Williams who for years has been taking children to Ghana, Germany, the United States and elsewhere to get them cured of very serious ailments, including closed anuses, heart disease, throats destroyed by accidental caustic soda ingestion, etc. These conditions, like clubfoot, are serious impediments to the affected children’s normal existence. So we commend the FACORC people, as well as Mrs. Williams and all others who are reaching out to children in distress. Dr. Dahn, should see the advantage to MOH being actively involved in promoting and supporting individuals and institutions that are successfully intervening in the lives of Liberian children in distress and thereby shouldering some of its important responsibilities.We close by reminding MOH, Ministry of Gender and Children’s Protection, Ministry of Education and the entire government and all Liberians to remember the Ebola orphans and children who are victims of rape and other abuses and do what is required to assist them to move confidently and progressively on in school and in life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes And when Kim made her surprise appearance in the first set of the game between Korea and the Philippines in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, Jovelyn Gonzaga couldn’t help but feel blessed to be playing against the world’s greats.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were joking inside the locker room that we should force Korea to bring in KYK because it’s almost a given that she won’t be playing,” said Gonzaga in Filipino Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena after their game.“We said that our goal was to have Korea put in KYK in the second set, but when she stepped inside late in the first set we all looked at each other and said ‘goal!’ So it was really a morale-booster for us to play against her.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES NLEX bounces back, deals Meralco 1st loss CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is regarded as Korea’s top volleyball player and her accolades for both club and country could fill pages.The Korean skipper is a multi-medal winner for Korea and has won numerous championships with cub Fenerbahce both in the domestic and continental stage.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kim, however, wasn’t there to inspire the Philippines.She was there to make life harder for the Filipinos and she did just that, finishing off the first set for Korea upon setting foot inside the court.Kim would do the same in the second set as she led the Koreans to an eventual three-set sweep of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“Personally, facing up against KYK was a huge challenge and when I blocked her that was really big for me.”ADVERTISEMENT
When it came to big National Signing Day events, Michigan definitely led the way with its “Signing of the Stars” fundraiser. The Wolverines weren’t the only ones to have a good time celebrating the big day, however. Clemson posted three videos from its party, and it looked like a pretty good time in its own right. No Derek Jeter, Lou Holtz, or Migos, but I don’t think the Tigers are complaining. What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #Clemson #NationalSigningDayA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 3, 2016 at 6:14pm PST (Part I) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:07am PST (Part II) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:08am PST (Part III) Signing Day Celebration… Welcome to the #ClemsonFamily! Who has more fun than us? What a time to be a Tiger! #ALLIN #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:09am PST Most importantly: Clemson’s class finished in the Top 10 nationally, and No. 2 in the ACC. Wednesday was a good one for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers.
Acting Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Horace Chang is this afternoon extending condolences and support to the families of those killed yesterday (Friday, August 25) in Clarendon. Story Highlights He added that he understands the outcry of those who call for the fast tracking of the implementation of the Zones of Special Operations. However, Dr. Chang says the initiative must be done right. Acting Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Horace Chang is this afternoon extending condolences and support to the families of those killed yesterday (Friday, August 25) in Clarendon.Dr Chang says he is especially troubled by the killing of children which seems to be a growing trend by criminals. “I am deeply troubled by what seems to be a growing trend where these murderers no longer care who the victims are whether it be women or children,” said Minister Chang.Dr Chang says that the current murder situation is untenable and that the government is working to ensure that it doesn’t continue.“There are various initiatives that are being activated to deal with these challenging communities and criminals. The police are being given additional resources including training and we know that once there is a full roll out, the results will be clear to see and lives will be saved,” said Dr. Chang.He added that he understands the outcry of those who call for the fast tracking of the implementation of the Zones of Special Operations. However, Dr. Chang says the initiative must be done right.“We have heard the calls from various sections of the society including inner-city crime plagued communities loud and clear. The police are being trained and the agencies of the state are being realigned to ensure the zones are effective and the entire nation benefits. We intend to do it right,” Minister Chang stated.Dr Chang will be visiting sections of Clarendon tomorrow (Sunday, August 27) to discuss with community members and law enforcement, the current situation affecting them. He is also appealing to members of the public to not shelter criminals as only with cooperation and partnership can we solve our challenges as a country. Dr Chang says that the current murder situation is untenable and that the government is working to ensure that it doesn’t continue.
Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) gets ready for a serve during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe upcoming schedule for Ohio State women’s volleyball is anything but orthodox.The matches are scheduled to start Wednesday as the No. 17 Buckeyes take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., kicking off a three game road trip.Coach Geoff Carlston said he sees the “weird” schedule as a blessing. The Buckeyes play three games over the course of seven days, contrary to their norm of lacing up for just two contests over the weekend.“It’s kind of nice actually that these last two weekends we played back-to-back against teams that had rest and days off,” he said.After a 2-4 start to Big Ten play, a different schedule is not the only change Carlston wants to see.“Really it’s about the offensive rhythm, finding a nice offensive rhythm and just getting up in our defensive energy, defensive attitude,” Carlston said.Since starting the season on a 13 game winning streak, OSU has lost four of its last five matches, including being swept by Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said she wants the team to bounce back and do more than just what gave it success at the start of the season.“It would say so much about us as a team if we were able to overcome this and be able to come out of it even stronger than we were to start preseason,” Kacsits said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said part of returning to the team’s non-conference form will be eliminating mistakes.“Right now, I think we just need to become more knowledgeable about the game,” she said. “We’re making aggressive mistakes but some mistakes we’re making are just, the bonehead, dumb mistakes.”Mandolfo said since Big Ten play has started, the Buckeyes “just need wins.”Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said if the team wants to win, it will have to put recent struggles behind them.“(It’s important) not to hang our heads over the loss on the weekend,” she said. “We just need to make sure that we stay positive and look at this as a learning experience.”The match against Northwestern is set to be televised on the Big Ten Network, while an Oct. 23 date with Penn State will be broadcast on ESPN2.Carlston said he does not expect the televised play to effect his squad in any way.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to St. John Arena Oct. 25 as they host No. 8 Nebraska.