Hydel High School’s hopes of advancing to the semi-finals of the ISSA/FLOW football competition were dashed by an Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) ruling yesterday, which docked them three points for using an ineligible player.The challenge was made by Denham Town, following their first-round 0-3 loss to Hydel. They said the Ferry-based school used an ineligible player, Howard Morris, as he had been shown a red card in the preceding FLOW Super Cup game against Clarendon College and should have served at least an automatic one-match suspension.”The boy (Howard Morris) should have missed a game but played. The Disciplinary Committee met and decided that should not have been the case. He should have sat out the match against Denham Town. Denham Town got the three points,” said ISSA’s competition’s officer George Forbes.Denham Town High qualified as the first team through to the semi-finals of the competition as they cannot be caught by any team, even if they lose their remaining group match.Camperdown are also out of the running and can only get a maximum of five points.The result left the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Hydel with one point from two games.Denham Town’s coach Omar Edwards said: “The rules are quite clear. I am not sure if they got our rule book. The player got a match where he should had a Manning Cup match where he should have served his ban and it could not be next year. They got it wrong.”Hydel’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, could not be reached by telephone for a comment yesterday.
Adventist Development Relief Agency ADRA Network in collaboration with the Lathal diason Church has recently embarked on its Xmas and New Year distribution of assorted items to about six hundred Ebola survivors across Montserrado County.According to ADRA’s project Coordinator Madam Hester Curry, the ADRA Network Ebola Xmas and New Year project is intended to identify with and help Ebola survivors and others who were seriously affected by the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.She said the Xmas and New Year project came about when the head of ADRA visited Liberia and saw the need to help Ebola survivors.Madam Curry asserted that the distribution is not the first involvement of ADRA since the outbreak of the virus and it will not be the last adding that ADRA remains committed to helping and providing assistance to Ebola survivors in the country.Madam Curry also disclosed that the distribution of the food and non-food items which included bags of 25kg rice, chloride, Cholrine, Mattresses by her institution is worth about US$110K (one hundred and ten thousand United States Dollars).The Chairperson of Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, Patrick Farley extended thanks to ADRA Network and its partners for the gesture, but added that Ebola survivors are faced with several other challenges including discrimination and stigmatization.He also appealed to ADRA Network and its partners and other local and international organizations to provide medicines for Ebola survivors noting that “we need more medicines because most Ebola survivors leave the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) with different kinds of sicknesses.”ADRA’s Country Director Mr. Anthony Zaizay promised to continue working with Ebola survivors in the country as part of his institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility, stressing that the fight against the virus is one that needs the collective effort of everyone.Mr. Zaizay described survivors of the deadly Ebola virus as heroes noting that they were not careless with their lives. He encouraged Liberians to report themselves to the health center whenever they experience any signs of the virus.The ADRA Country Director also assured that his institution will give first preference to Ebola survivors in terms of employment in order to make them feel accepted and he then encouraged survivors to take advantage of any vacancy at ADRA Liberia noting that vacancies are frequently announced at ADRA Liberia.“If we have vacancy at ADRA and we received applications from survivors and others with the same qualification, we will choose the survivor for the job”. Mr. Zaizay declared. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Diego Costa has reassured Chelsea he will not risk his fitness while on international duty with Spain this week.The striker has enjoyed a prolific start to his Premier League career following a £32million summer move from Atletico Madrid, but his ongoing injury troubles have been highlighted in recent weeksJose Mourinho revealed Costa has barely trained with the rest of the Blues’ first-team as he continues to struggle with a niggling hamstring problem, with the manager also stating he would prefer to see the player get some much-needed rest during the international break.Despite his requests, Costa was called up by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg, and while the Brazil-born forward insists he is ready to contribute, he also claimed he will not play unless he is fully fit.“I’m here ready to play,” he said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca after linking up with his international colleagues on Monday.“I’ve had some problems but it’s getting better.“I’ve already played three games in a week and the coach [Del Bosque] knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week.”He added: “I don’t want to be in the middle [of Spain and Chelsea]. Mourinho has not told me anything.“One has to take into account that many times I am the one that makes the decision depending on how I feel.“Here I have the confidence of the coach, the technical team, and if there is a problem I tell them.“If I’m here and I’m injured then I don’t play because it would be worse.” 1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa