first_imgSubstitute Michy Batshuayi’s late goal clinched the Premier League title for Chelsea as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Friday but they were made to fight all the way for the victory they craved at The Hawthorns.Chelsea were suffering late nerves as a dogged West Brom threatened to prolong the title race but Belgian international Batshuayi prodded home the winner after 82 minutes to spark manic celebrations from triumphant manager Antonio Conte.The victory, Chelsea’s 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.Italian Conte is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League title at the first attempt, emulating his Stamford Bridge predecessors Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as well as Manuel Pellegrini who achieved the feat with Manchester City.Conte, who won three consecutive titles as Juventus manager before taking over the Italian national team, danced for joy and was hoisted into the air by his players in front of Chelsea’s ecstatic travelling fans who chanted “Antonio, Antonio”.Chelsea have now won five Premier League titles since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but this one is arguably the most impressive considering they finished a woeful 10th last season.ANTONIO, ANTONIO, ANTONIO!!! ??#ChelseaChampions CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017″You have to cherish these moments, you work so hard all season to be where we are,” said Chelsea defender and stand-in captain Gary Cahill.”Consistently we have been the best team in the league. There is no better feeling in football. People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up. We are champions. It’s another one in the cabinet.”advertisementJOB DONECHAMPIONS ???!!! Words can’t describe the emotions right now! We did this together! #CFC Family! Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) May 12, 2017It was not vintage Chelsea on Friday but they got the job done on a tense night in the Midlands.They dominated possession against eighth-placed West Brom, who had little to play for but pride, and rained in shots before halftime, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro going closest while Diego Costa sent another effort over the bar.West Brom offered the odd counter-attack but the one-way traffic continued after the break as Victor Moses was denied by a splendid low save by Ben Foster.IT’S DONE! ??????#ChelseaChampions CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017Eden Hazard had another effort blocked on the line but as Chelsea strained for the winner they began to look a little vulnerable at the back as West Brom gained in confidence.The visitors had a huge scare when Salomon Rondon burst clear past David Luiz on the halfway line but his effort was superbly blocked by Cahill.In the end Chelsea owed it to misfit Batshuayi, a peripheral figure for most of the season, to win the match and the title with only his second league goal since joining the club.Six minutes after replacing a tiring Pedro, the striker signed from Olympique de Marseille for 33 million pounds ($42.5 million), stuck out a leg to net Cesar Azpilicueta’s cutback, despite a valiant attempt by Foster to keep it out.The final minutes were interrupted by some scuffling in the stands but nothing could dampen Chelsea’s joy.”I am happy. Very happy. It is my first Premier League title,” Chelsea defender Luiz, who has been a defensive rock since returning to the club this season after two years in Paris, said. “When I decided to come back here I dreamed to win the Premier League. I am very happy because my dream came true.”Chelsea will get to celebrate their title success in front of their own fans versus Watford on Monday before finishing the campaign at home to Sunderland. Then it is the small matter of trying to clinch the double in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.If they achieve that feat it will be the club’s first double since the 2009-10 season under Conte’s compatriot Ancelotti.last_img read more

first_imgThree Caribbean countries are to take part in a three-year project titled Congregation Taking Action Against NCDs (CONTACT), to significantly reduce lifestyle illnesses. Being implemented under the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) in Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica, the project will see partnerships being developed with places of worship (PoWs), for the dissemination of crucial health messages to tackle diabetes, high blood pressure and other related diseases.The Caribbean has the worst epidemic of NCDs in the Americas, which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the region. In Jamaica, the diseases are responsible for most premature deaths, with high blood pressure affecting 25 per cent of the population.CONTACT has developed a “new approach” to train church members as Health Advocates (HAs) for their congregations and communities, where they will promote physical activity, healthy food choices and patient care, with the aim of increasing the reach of health services, thereby reducing deaths.“NCDs negatively affect national development, contributing to the rise in healthcare cost and low productivity,” stated Minister of Health,  Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, at the launch of the project, held recently at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, in St. Andrew.The Minister said that the church has credibility, which can assist health campaigns, and the initiative is part of efforts that “we embrace, because we believe it is absolutely critical as part of the growth agenda to promote healthier lifestyles”.Lead Investigator of the Jamaica segment of CONTACT, Professor of Epidemiology at the CAIHR, Rainford Wilks, says places of worship are legitimate community assets to which people turn for help, and leveraging their influence in the campaign against NCDs can be a major boost.The Professor adds that the congregations, as “trusted community assets”, will be providing information, advice and health monitoring for “early intervention”, to increase health literacy, enabling individuals to have the capacity to improve their health, so that there can be a reduction in the need for treatment of NCDs and complications.Communities selected for the project are Norman Gardens and Olympic Gardens in Kingston and St. Andrew; Yallahs, St. Thomas; and Riversdale, St. Catherine.Fifteen PoWs will begin collaboration for the CONTACT this month, working closely with nearby health centres.Advisor for Health Systems and Services at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Hedwig Goede, describes the project as the beginning of the “start of an outstanding collaborative effort in the fight against NCDs”.“This is about behaviour change for these lifestyle diseases. This initiative looks at enhancing the existing health services, by utilising the strength and assets of communities to promote health, and to reach the poorest in a cost-effective way,” she tells JIS News.The PAHO/WHO Advisor adds that the project is “very unique” and a great resource to use for the development of health, as there is a firm relationship between religion, and mental and physical health.Dr. Goede says the magnitude of rampant NCDs in the region indicates that “none of us can do it alone. Together we can generate synergies to tackle this complex epidemic”.According to a WHO 2010 survey, the five major risk factors contributing to the prevalence of NCDs in Jamaica are obesity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.Under the supervision of experienced nurses, the HAs will facilitate self-management for persons who have the diseases, such as foot care for diabetics, and ways to detect early signs of NCDs.Findings from the CONTACT will provide a model for community-based intervention to meet the strategic targets in the University of the West Indies, Mona, Epidemiology Research Unit’s NCD Action Plans. The project has received the endorsement of both the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC), and the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC).Describing the initiative as “bold”, Communications Officer at the JCC, Marsha Nathalee Martin, says the findings will make “significant contribution to our joint response in treating persons who have developed the illnesses as well as preventing new cases”. The project is supported by researchers from the King’s College, London; the UWI; University of Guyana; New York University School of Medicine; and Ross University, Dominica.Funding is provided by the United Kingdom (UK)-based Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Welcome Trust (WT).last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) reaches for a pass in front of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams (26) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. Fuller dropped the ball. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) The Arizona Cardinals may have gotten an unproven commodity when they selected Brandon Williams in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.But Williams might have a better opportunity than higher-rated draft picks to legitimize himself. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. placed the 6-foot, 200-pound rookie as one of three corners on his preseason All-Rookie team.Jalen Ramsey, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ fifth overall pick, and Vernon Hargreaves III, the Tampa Bay Bucanneers’ 11th overall pick, join Williams on the list. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Rookie cornerbacks always have some serious lows to go with flashes of good play, but these guys have a chance to be pretty good pretty soon. Ramsey does more than cover, because he’s physical and fearless as a tackler. Hargreaves should see a ton of time when the Bucs are in nickel, which will be plenty. Williams has impressed early, and the speedster looks set for a ton of PT.Heading into the draft, Williams’ inclusion on the list looked hardly possible.In his first year playing on the defensive side, the former running back quickly built his draft stock with Texas A&M, and experts didn’t especially think Arizona was reaching by selecting him in the third round.Still, this was a cornerback-heavy draft. Five cornerbacks went in the first round, four went in the second and another four went before Williams became the Cardinals’ 29th pick in the third round.With Arizona’s position depth chart thin after Patrick Peterson, it’s Williams who might have as good of a chance as any rookie cornerback to show what he’s capable of. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

first_img20Jun Caro Center expansion receives conference report approval State Sen. Mike Green and state Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. on Tuesday announced that Caro will be home to a new regional psychiatric hospital.“Today’s announcement that the new state hospital will be constructed at the site of the current Caro Center is a direct reflection of the strong community support for this facility,” said Green, R-Mayville.The Capital Outlay portion of the fiscal year 2018 budget will include both planning and construction authorization for a new state hospital at the existing Caro Center location.The state was considering a new location for this facility, but Green and Canfield were successful in keeping the expansion in Tuscola County.“The Caro Center has been providing top-notch care for over 100 years, and with over 350 full-time employees, it is a critical employer in Tuscola County,” said Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “Moving it would devastate the county’s economy and make receiving proper treatment significantly more difficult for many patients.”The lawmakers point to data that shows more than 80 percent of the center’s patients come from a bordering county, or from the south and east, which is still considered to be a reasonable driving distance. Data also shows about a third of the facility’s employees live in a Caro ZIP code and over 70 percent of workers live within 30 miles of the Caro Center.“I want to especially thank Rep. Canfield for his tireless work in making sure this got done,” Green said. “From Tuscola County and beyond, we would like to personally thank all who contacted the governor to express their commitment to keeping Caro Center.”Canfield echoed Green’s sentiments.“I would especially like to thank the governor for listening to our constituents and agreeing that the present location is best for the new facility,” Canfield said. “This was a true example of a representative government working for the people.”House Bill 4323, which includes the project language, will now go before the Senate and House of Representatives for a final vote. Categories: Canfield News,Newslast_img read more