MORE: MLB’s second 2020 spring training may be stage in teams’ home parksThese letters were brought to light recently by that fan’s son, Don Kostelec, who told Block Club Chicago he found the letters while going through his father’s belongings. His father died April 21, and he wanted to share what he found on Twitter.When my dad became upset at the Cubs’ performance he would write other teams, offering to sign a contract as a free agent fan. Some teams wrote back to him. Here are some of their replies. pic.twitter.com/vNDbbBzMS9— Don Kostelec (@KostelecPlan) April 30, 2020Here’s what the teams said.Seattle MarinersDear Donald:On behalf of the Mariners, I would like to thank you for writing to us, and for offering your valued abilities as a baseball fan.In regards to your letter, I must say that we have the highest regard for the management of the Chicago Cubs. However, I also understand your frustration in following them closely over these many seasons.In trying to remain consistent with the Mariner philosophy, we are not in the market for free agent fans at this stage of our development. We are trying to develop fans through our system, which we feel in the proper direction for a club just four years old.When we reach the point that we are on the verge of going all the way, a fan with your experience may be what we need to put us over the top. At that time, you can be sure that we would be interested in acquiring your services.Until then, we wish you the best in your career. We always appreciate top fans.Montreal ExposDear Mr. [Redacted]:I think I understand your frustration. Mainly because as a Cub reserve catcher off and on from 1954 thru 1957, I partially lived thru a few of those years with you. And, to my chagrin, I did not exactly establish myself as a Hall of Famer. I wish I could say that I really contributed to the cause for which all you loyal Cub fans support.However, if I also know anything about a long time and loyal Cub fan — you will not only REMAIN one — you will WITHDRAW from your Free Agency threat and re-dedicate yourself to the Chicago Cubs.The trauma you would suffer trying to pull — which you really could not do — for another club would imperil your sporting health seriously. Imagine yourself cheering for the Montreal Expos on the last day of the 1981 National League season as the Cubs and Expos go into the final day tied for first place.Sorry Donald, I can’t accept your free agency offer.Milwaukee BrewersDear Don:It is a pleasure to make an offer to a free agent that does not have to include a five year guaranteed contract.While I am sorry to see you take your affections away from the Cubs where some of my good friends work, we would be happy to have you adopt the Brewers as your favorite club. Actually, I’d be happy if you rooted for us in the American League and stayed with the Cubs in the National League since it seems only fair that after all your suffering for two decades you should still be rooting for the Cubs when they turn it around and start to have some success.In any event, the best offer I can make you is that the management here will make a concerted effort to make this club a championship one very soon. While there are no guarantees in this business I think I can tell you that the ’81 season will be an exciting one in Milwaukee and that you will have a chance to follow a lot of players with outstanding talents.This offer is open-ended and you may accept when you choose to do so. There is only one condition tied to the offer. If by any chance some of the Cubs’ misfortunes the past few years are because of your association with them, then we really would rather you adopt the Yankees!In conclusionNone of the teams felt comfortable accepting him as a fan, which is just hilarious. The Brewers were the most comfortable, but still suggested he root for the Cubs in the NL (funny enough, the Brewers would later join the Cubs’ division in 1998). For a long time, being a Cubs fan wasn’t easy.The Chicago franchise famously went on a 108-year World Series championship drought, with some serious down years. In the 1980 season, the Cubs finished 64-98, placing sixth (last) in the NL East. The down year was enough for one fan, Don Costello, to consider switching teams, and so he wrote other MLB franchises to see whether they’d accept an upset fan. The best part is that Don took their advice and remained with the Cubs. He even got a job with the franchise several years later.He stuck with the Cubs, working in stadium operations at Wrigley for 7 years after he retired. pic.twitter.com/UyumbL8wWT— Don Kostelec (@KostelecPlan) April 30, 2020He even got a World Series ring from the team because the Cubs gave one to every employee.”I’ve had Cubs front office folks reach out to me. It’s been pretty special and unexpected. He meant a lot to that organization based on everything I’ve heard and very few fans ever get to do that, so that’s pretty amazing,” Kostelec told Block Club Chicago. “We’ll celebrate his life by going to a game and then to a bar afterwards. That’s what he would have wanted.”
Xfinity Series director Wayne Auton explained how NASCAR came to its decision to disqualify Busch.How far off was Kyle Busch’s car? Did the team argue crash damage? What would be the advantage of the car being too low in the left rear? NASCAR Xfinity Series Director Wayne Auton response: pic.twitter.com/Rt6Rv5EL0c— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 18, 2020Busch said Saturday night that he “didn’t quite understand” why he was DQ’d. He spoke with reporters after winning the Truck Series race (his machine passed inspection).Kyle Busch reacts and explains what he thinks happened to cause his Xfinity car to be too low, disqualifying him from the race and stripping him of the win: pic.twitter.com/b7Vg7HSDi5— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 19, 2020Cindric was dressed in a Texas winner’s tradition white cowboy hat when he showed up for a second media video-conference availability Saturday after being officially declared the race winner. He conceded the Busch DQ wasn’t how he liked to win races but victories are hard to come by at this level.MORE: Busch on Cup slump: ‘Don’t know what’s going on'”Obviously great to get the Money Lion Ford Mustang in Victory Lane no matter how it happens,” Cindric said. “Great points day.” Austin Cindric collected his third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series win Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway after Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota failed postrace inspection — the left rear on his car was ruled too low.Team Penske driver Cindric, who swept a doubleheader weekend at Kentucky Speedway last week, originally finished less than a second behind Busch, but the finishing order was corrected to show Cindric the winner and Xfinity Series championship leader Chase Briscoe the race runner-up. Cindric — only the ninth driver in NASCAR Xfinity Series history to win three straight races — said he was tipped off to the possibility of a change in finishing order after walking out of his team transporter and saw Busch’s car and team still undergoing inspection in the garage.”You want to win it on track and I feel like we had a shot to do that today and maybe didn’t execute as well as we should have and that’s what kept us out, but fast race cars and being in position, that’s what counts,” Cindric said.Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.
Tags: Brabazon, Frilford Heath 10 May 2018 Brabazon Trophy brings top class amateur golf to Frilford Heath A feast of top class amateur golf will be on show when the Brabazon Trophy is played at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, from 31 May to 3 June.An international field will compete for the highly prized trophy, or to give its full name, the English men’s open amateur stroke play championship.It’s a title that all amateurs want on their golfing CV and past champions include Major winners Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel, while Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and last week’s GolfSixes winner, Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan are all among the past challengers.The golf will be superb and there’s free admission for spectators, who are warmly welcomed to watch the action unfold.Alistair Booth, who is both Chairman of Frilford Heath and President of BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon), commented: “We want to let everyone know about this great opportunity to watch top quality players who will be the professionals of the future.“We’d love to welcome everyone with an interest in golf and we’re hoping for lots of spectators from local clubs and that families will see this as a great day out.”The main contenders will include England’s own Todd Clements and Matthew Jordan, who are both ranked in the world top 20 – and are in sizzling form.Clements (Braintree, Essex) is the English amateur champion and recently saw off the pride of Europe to score a five-shot individual win at the European Nations Cup. Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) is a Walker Cup player and has just won the prestigious Lytham Trophy, where he was the only player to beat par – eight-under – and won by nine shots. His scores took his handicap to a remarkable +7.Among the other in-form players are Hampshire’s Billy McKenzie (Rowlands Castle) who is the Spanish amateur champion and Staffordshire’s Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), the New South Wales amateur champion.They’re among 75 exempt players who are travelling from as far afield as Australia and South Africa, as well as from a range of European countries.Last year’s championship was won by South Africa’s Kyle McClatchie and three of his countrymen will aim to emulate his feat. Malcolm Mitchell, Matt Saulez and Chris Woollam are all ranked in their country’s top six.Closer to home, the challengers include French internationals Edgar Catherine and Frederic Lacroix, Welsh international Ben Chamberlain and Scotland’s 2017 men’s amateur champion, Sam Locke. The strong Scottish contingent also includes Darren Howie, last year’s Scottish Boys’ Order of Merit winner and John Paterson, the 2017 Scottish boys’ open stroke play champion.The exempt players will be joined by at least 60 competitors from next Tuesday’s pre-qualifying tournaments at Camberley Heath, Surrey, and Fairhaven, Lancashire. Over 280 players will compete at the two venues in an attempt to win a place in the Brabazon.Ahead of them lies the challenge of Frilford Heath’s Red course, the club’s oldest and most prestigious course, which was laid out by JH Taylor.Frilford Heath is a regular host of England Golf events, including the English men’s amateur championship and England Golf Week, but the flagship Brabazon Trophy will be the most prestigious amateur event it has held.Click here for more informationImage copyright Leaderboard Photography
Michael Sam was passed over by the St. Louis Rams twice in one week.The first openly gay football player was cut by the Rams last week and was placed on waivers on Sunday. When no team claimed Sam, the former Defensive Player of the Year or the University Missouri, then Sam became eligible to be picked up for the Rams practice squad.But the Rams declined to make Sam one of their 10 practice squad spots and it’s unlikely he will have an NFL job for at least the first week of the season. The lack of interest by any team in signing the first openly gay player in NFL history could be an indication he may never get a second chance in the league.St. Louis drafted Sam late in the seventh round in May and, after the preseason, Sam was overly confident that he would the Rams practice 53-man roster — or at the very least get picked up by another NFL team if he were cut by the Rams.The only defensive lineman on the practice squad is tackle Matt Conrath, who played nine games for the Rams over the last two seasons.The Rams kept nine defensive linemen on their 53-man active roster, including undrafted rookie free agent DE Ethan Westbrooks of West Texas A&M.Sam racked up three sacks and 11 tackles the four NFL preseason games. Once a player is on the active roster or practice squad Tuesday, the team has to pay him for the first week of the season.So unless Sam is signed Tuesday, it will take an injury for a team to want to bring him in this week.
Emma Moffatt claimed the women’s race and Marcel Walkington the men’s, securing wildcard places for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It means that Australia is guaranteed three quota places at Rio 2016 with a maximum three men and three women. Moffatt, a two-time world champion, and Emma Jeffcoat broke away early before Moffatt pulled clear for a narrow victory in the New Zealand city. The race was essentially over as a contest the moment that Moffatt and Jeffcoat caught a wave into the beach on the second of two swim laps, body surfing out of sight of chasing New Zealander Simone Ackermann. With a lead of close to two minutes out of the water, the pair rode away from the chasing pack on the bike leg before Moffatt showed her class on the run to take a 2 hours 02min 24sec win. The 31-year-old Moffatt, who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in Beijing and London, was all smiles as she crossed the line, 34 seconds ahead of Jeffcoat, her junior by 10 years. “Emma and I worked really well on the bike, but the headwind was tough coming back each time which stung the legs a little bit,” Moffatt, second in the International Triathlon Union World Cup in Mooloolaba last weekend, said. “Likewise, on the run it was hard running into that wind. It’s a tough year – trying to get into the Olympic team for Australia is a hard feat in itself.” New Zealand’s Maddie Dillon won the bronze medal in 2:10:54. The men’s race featured an Australian trifecta, Walkington winning from Aaron Royle and Jake Birtwhistle after the trio broke away on the swim. Walkington sprinted home for a 1:52:06 win, fractionally ahead of Royle’s 1:52:14, with Birtwhistle less than a second back in third. Royle is the only athlete to have secured an automatic athlete nomination for Australia’s Olympic team after his sixth place in last year’s Rio 2016 test event. The final opportunity to earn an automatic place in Australia’s team for Rio 2016 is due to come on the Gold Coast on April 9 in the second round of the World Triathlon Series. A top 10 finish in the men’s and women’s race on that day will see two more names nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee. “That’s a case of mission accomplished,” said Triathlon Australia performance director Bernard Savage.“Everyone did their jobs from the swims, which saw some amazing surf skills, to great jobs on the bike and in the run – well done to all. “To secure those final quota spots ahead of New Zealand was never going to be easy – the New Zealanders hate losing and especially to Australia. “But to get a maximum three spots for Rio is testament to everyone doing their job – it‘s up to the individual athletes now to deliver on the Gold Coast next month.” Australia also dominated the junior races. The women’s race saw an Aussie clean sweep with Jessica Claxton winning from Ellie Hoitink and Zoe Leahy. In the men’s race Matthew Hauser brought home the gold medal with New Zealand’s Dan Hoy winning silver ahead of Hauser’s tea-mate Liam McCoachcrossing for the bronze.(Emma Mofatt. Picture: Daily Telegraph)
National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Filipino-British Marvin, a former army boxer for Great Britain, said he will be ready for the boisterous Malaysian crowd at MITEC Hall 8 when he takes on local boy Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi for the crown.“At the end of the day, you do what you gotta do, you exchange punches and don’t worry about anything,” said the 6-foot SEA Games rookie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pauzi won over Singapore’s Muhamad Dinie Hakeem via decision despite a generally lackluster performance here he hardly showed punching skills and movements.That should play to Marvin’s advantage as he loves to throw haymakers and doesn’t stand back from a full-blown, phone-booth slugfest. Malaysian icon thwarts rising PH star The Philippines won five gold medals in the last SEA Games in Singapore. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s in store for your animal sign this year Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLEumir Felix Marcial was emotional in semis win, he wanted to avenge fallen teammates. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The three Filipino boxers left in the fight vowed to go all out for a gold medal on Thursday.Bantamweight Mario Fernandez, light middle Eumir Felix Marcial and light heavy John Nobel Tupas Marvin said they won’t pull any punches against their respective finals opponents in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcial, who was in tears as he talked about his three teammates who suffered dubious losses, will be out for payback.“I will be all-out sir,” said Marcial in Filipino. “I will go for a clear win and will be punching for all my teammates who lost by questionable decisions.”Marcial, the 21-year-old from Zamboanga City, will battle Pathomsak Kuttiya, one of the five Thais who made it to the six gold medal matches.“We are all affected (by the teammates’ losses),” said Fernandez in Filipino. “But we don’t control the judges. We control ourselves so I will just fight on.”Fenandez, who hails from Bukidnon, will face Thai Chatchai Butdee, who went from flyweight to bantamweight.ADVERTISEMENT
All eyes will be on the Arellano Lady Chiefs as they try to defend their volleyball crown. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETSan Sebastian begins NCAA mission with just nine players Arellano University opens defense of its NCAA women’s volleyball crown against Mapua while last season’s losing finalist San Sebastian begins it trek to dust off unfinished business when it begins a new era Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena.The Lady Chiefs will parade a roster virtually untouched by graduation while the Lady Stags, who got swept in last season’s title series, start a new chapter in their history after three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones maxed out her eligibility.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Slowed by bogeys, Saso shares first-round lead with Thais Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “That’s already a thing of the past and we’re already looking at the future,” he said. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”Arellano, which will be coached by Obet Javier, will try to ride on its magical season last year when they defied the odds to dismantle a San Sebastian team that swept its way to the Finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Regine Anne Arocha, Necole Ebuen, Andrea Marzan and Jovielyn Prado are back for Arellano, which battles the Lady Cardinals at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Stags, meanwhile, will play the whole season with just nine players starting with the 12-noon duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo Lady Generals.SSC coach Roger Gorayeb, who is expected to rely heavily on veterans Alyssa Eroa, Vira May Guillema, Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion, however, remained confident of their chances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb.Gorayeb also said they hadmoved on from last year’s heartbreak. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
View comments The Perlas Spikers exploited BaliPure-NU’s 35 errors as they dropped 47 kills.Lakia Bright showed the way for the Perlas Spikers with 24 points.Wated Defender Alexis Matthews had 17 points in a losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jenel Lausa suffers 3rd straight loss in UFC Fight Night 132 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Banko-Perlas remained undefeated as it clobbered BaliPure-National University, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference quarterfinals at Filoil Flying V Centre.As the Perlas Spikers collected their fourth straight win and earned at least a playoff for the semifinals, the Water Defenders were eliminated from the race after absorbing their third straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial BaliPure-NU was hanging on the fourth set after a net touch violation on BanKo-Perlas but Princess Robles committed an attack error that ended their semifinals hopes.In the third set, the Perlas Spikers sparked a 9-2 blitz, capped by a block from Amy Ahomiro, to clinch the 25-14 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We are on six-game winning streak in the preliminaries and the players feel good because we keep getting wins,” BanKo-Perlas head coach Ariel dela Cruz said in Filipino.Their six-game winning roll began last May 26 when they defeated PayMaya in five sets.
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Of course, the PBA governors want to know who will be the players in the pool for these players to be notified. The board also wants to know the program and the practices but for sure, the PBA will lend any of the players called,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial in a story posted on the league’s website.The special meeting will be led by Ricky Vargas, who was renewed for another year as PBA board chairman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFajardo and Slaughter missed the Philippines’ campaign in the previous window due to injuries.Gilas settled for a split in its past two games in the qualifiers. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron clobbers Cocolife to kick off PSL All-Filipino bid Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Filipinos fell to the Iranians, 81-73, in Tehran on September 13 before bouncing back with a 92-81 win over the Qataris four days later in a closed-door game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comCebuano giants June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter are expected to rejoin Gilas Pilipinas when head coach Yeng Guiao names his latest national team pool during a meeting with the PBA Board of Governors next Tuesday.The Philippines begins the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of home games at Mall of Asia Arena against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Members of the UAE Delegation posed with some of the Gov’t officials and Mercy Corps staffs at the launch project in Monrovia. By David A. Yates and Robin DopoeUnited Arab Emirates (UAE), in partnership with the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health (MoH), on Sunday, April 7, 2019 launched a one-year health project aimed at improving maternal and infant healthcare in rural parts of the country.The project, which is funded by UAE, is estimated at US$1 million as an initial contribution to the project titled, “Strengthening Maternal and Infant Healthcare in Liberia Program. It will be implemented by Mercy Corps; a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places.Recent assessments of Maternal and Child Care by the World Health Organization, point to a maternal mortality ratio of 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births in Liberia. The country is among the world’s 15 most dangerous countries to give birth.In a low-income country like Liberia, factors such as low numbers of skilled and motivated health workers; unequal geographic distribution of the health workforce; low access to ante- and post-natal care services; lack of information on maternal services and practices; cultural practices; poor accountability; poverty and low levels of trust for health sector workers and services, puts the lives of women and children under five years at of age risk of death.To reverse this canker, a partnership between UAE Aid, Ministry of Health and Mercy Corps seeks to address the root causes and challenges that affect services to maternal and child healthcare. The project will directly improve the health status of 15,000 women of reproductive ages and children under five in rural communities.Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, UAE’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, said the visit by the UAE Delegation to Liberia is a follow-up to President George Weah’s recent visit and meeting with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates.The UAE Delegation, which sought to evaluate economic opportunities in Liberia, comprised people from diverse backgrounds, including the seaport development, healthcare, and Small and Medium Enterprises.Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, described the partnership as welcome news on account that one of the important challenges facing the country’s health sector is the high maternal and neonatal mortality, which the project seeks to address.According to Dr. Jallah, the project will focus on “primary healthcare, because this is where people center their focus on the importance of healthcare, because you can see what issues they are having at the community level, and making sure that they take advantage of the facility.”Dr. Jallah: “At the end of the project, we hope to see a reduction in the maternal and neonatal mortality.”Mercy Corps Liberia Country Director, Kwasi Gyeabour, informed members of the delegation that the MoH will provide strategic direction and focus as to where the project will be implemented over the next one year, “and so we are of the hope to reach out to 15,000 women of reproductive ages and children under five.“As we all know, we are still growing as a country, because our community health system is not as strong as it should be, so a bulk of the funding will go towards supporting healthcare at the community level to provide the necessities that we need to ensure that our women remain safe all the time.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)