0488 071 007 Cairns Property Office South 69863 Bruce Highway, AloombaFrom any position in the house there are views of an artificial lake, the rainforest, the orchard or lush green paddocks.The tiled and timber home was built under Feng Shui principals.One wing has two large bedrooms with built in robes and airconditioning plus a large bathroom. The home also has a large hexagonal living area with French doors and louvres, high exposed timber beamed cathedral ceilings and bi-fold doors opening onto verandas, a gazebo and a jetty to the lake’s edge. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe NG Rosewood kitchen has granite bench tops, a butler’s pantry and a gas cooktop. All weather, large, tiled garage sits between the main house and a parent’s retreat with French doors and timber louvres overlooking the forest. Spacious gazeboThat room comes with a walk in robe and large ensuite with a separate bath and a large shower recess. Cairns Property Office South’s Robyn Hawley-Whitton said she has been receiving plenty of interest in the property, particularly from those hoping to use the space and large orchard for commercial tourism or other business projects.“Even though it’s a lychee farm, there is the potential to run it as an eco-tourism business and you can always clear one of the orchards and grow something else. There are also two water licenses,” she said.“There is great access off the highway and with all the subdivisions occurring at Mt Peter and Edmonton, it’ll only get more valuable.“And who can go past a property in the middle of World Heritage Tropical rainforest and a freshwater lake brimming with fish and night flowering water lilies.” Car garage 2 $1.4 Million Bedrooms 3 69863 Bruce Highway, Aloomba, QLD, 4871 Bathrooms 2 Robyn Hawley-Whitton Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHouse prices: Australia’s property market facing longest downturn in decades01:07THIS is the house and land you’ve dreamt about when you spoke about moving to the tropical north.Set on 29 hectares, space, greenery, an orchard and exceptional privacy just over 30 minutes from Cairns has a price tag of just $1.4 million.Owner Paul Hellyer bought the property at 69863 Bruce Highway, Aloomba nine years ago.“I was working in Singapore and I thought I had better start looking at retirement. I had always been from Cairns, I left during the late 1980s,” he said. The orchard.“I was Looking at where I wanted to live and what I wanted to do after I finished work and I thought being on a farm, growing fruit would be ideal.“It’s been an absolute dream. When I saw it, it was exactly as I envisaged a tropical paradise. “There is about two acres of landscaping around the house. It was everything I thought it’d be.“There are waterfalls and creeks running through it and the place is nice and cool because you’re elevated. It’s very private and hard to find. It’s a secret hideaway.”Personal reasons are behind Mr Hellyer’s decision to sell the three bedroom, two bathroom pavilion style home.
Ted Walsh reports last year’s third Seabass to be bang on course for the John Smith’s Grand National – but with a weight that has the trainer puzzled. Walsh, speaking before seeing the full list of weights, said: “I don’t know how Seabass can get over 11st this year if Tidal Bay is rated 171 and my horse is rated 154. Whatever Phil Smith does, he does, and I can’t change it. You don’t have to be a great mathematician to subtract 54 from 71.” Seabass returned to the racecourse for the first time since his gallant Aintree effort to run a staying-on second over two miles in a hurdle race at Fairyhouse last week. Walsh went on: “Seabass will run somewhere in the next three weeks to a month. There is just over seven weeks to Liverpool so I would like to get a run into him. The Bobbyjo Chase at Naas and the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton are possible targets.” Walsh, who won the National in 2000 with Papillon, said of his other entry Colbert Station: “Like Seabass, Colbert Station will possibly have one more run. I have no idea where as he only recently ran. I would also be looking at running him in three weeks to a month, which will be ideal for the National.” The JP McManus-owned Colbert Station won a valuable handicap chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and followed up over hurdles at Punchestown, ridden on both occasions by Tony McCoy on testing ground. Walsh said: “I wouldn’t be worried about the ground for Colbert Station as it is never anything worse than good jumping ground at Aintree. He has 10st 6lb in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton and is 3lb higher in England than he is in Ireland, which makes him worse off with Seabass in England.” Seabass was ridden by Walsh’s daughter Katie last year, when she achieved the highest finishing place yet by a lady rider in the National. His son Ruby would appear to have a number of choices, while McCoy is retained rider for McManus. Press Association Seabass is among a strong Irish entry of 31 for the Aintree spectacular on April 6 and has been set to carry 11st 2lb in the weights published today, with Lexus Chase hero Tidal Bay on top with 11st 10lb. Tidal Bay has an official BHA handicap mark of 171, but has been rated as though he is 162 in the Grand National, for which weights compiler Phil Smith has discretion.
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New Delhi: Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsman in the modern ear. His record across all formats makes him the ideal role model for upcoming cricketers. On the other hand, David Warner is currently the best Twenty20 player in the planet and his recent form in the series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan have only cemented his reputation as the best in the business. In a sequence of three videos uploaded on David Warner and his wife Candice, the video shows their daughter Ivy Mae playing cricket in their home garden.Before lining up to face the delivery, Ivy Mae says that she is like Virat Kohli and proceeds to hit a cross-batted swat that would have made even Kohli proud. Warner had uploaded the first video on his Instagram account and he asked his wife to caption his daughter playing a shot and being caught by Candice. On his wife’s Twitter, Candice uploaded two videos. The first was a reference to Kohli where she captioned, “This little girl has spent too much time in India. Wants to be @imVkohli.” In the second video, she wrote, “Just like her daddy @davidwarner31.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Warner, who along with Smith was banned from international cricket for one year due to the ball-tampering scandal, has enjoyed a magnificent run in ODIs and Twenty20s but not so much in Tests. In the Ashes contest, he managed just 95 runs in the five Tests but in Twenty20 Internationals, he has been in fine form. During the series against Sri Lanka, Warner notched up scores of 100*,60* and 57* as Australia whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0. The century was his first in Twenty20 Internationals, a bit odd considering he had made a mark in international cricket in 2009 against South Africa. His 217 runs in the series was redemption. However, if one looks at the broader picture, Warner’s form in Twenty20s has been remarkable. If one looks at the last 18 Twenty20 matches, which includes the Sri Lanka series and the 2019 IPL, his streak has been remarkable. Warner has had scores of 61*, 63, 19, 95, 69, 100*, 10, 15, 70*, 51, 50, 67, 57, 37, 81, 100*, 60*, 57*. In 18 matches, he has 10 fifties and two centuries with 1062 runs at an average of 88.5. In 10 matches, his lowest score is 37 and it contains eight fifties and a century.Also Read | David Warner’s Magnificent Twenty20s Form Is A Statistician’s DelightWarner was the Orange Cap holder in the 2019 Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad, smashing 692 runs at an average of close to 70 in 12 games.
TWO mouth-watering clashes are on this evening in the Turbo Knockout Football Tournament at the Ministry of Education ground Carifesta Avenue.The tournament favourites ,Police, are the first team in action on the night as they play Kuru Kuru from 18:30.Led by the inform, Dwayne Jacobs, the Police line-up has always been a formidable one to play against and Kuru Kuru will have their work cut out.The out-of town side will have to bring their best if they are to ensure a progression to the next round of the tournament but the pundits have placed the odds firmly in favour of the Georgetown Side.In the second game of the evening, the Pele side will have to do battle with Grove Hi-Tech from 21:00hrs.Pele has been one of the inform teams in the tournament thus far,and it will make for an interesting matchup when they take on the surprise packages in Grove Hi-Tech.The Grove side has been known to be giant players in their own regards and Pele could be the next target to be felled, especially since there is a semi-final spot at stake
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: email@example.com | @nicktoneytweets Bo Ryan’s whistle froze Saul Phillips in horror. Point guards coached by Ryan are ‘almost brainwashed’ to avoid turnovers.Fear set in for Phillips as his errant pass sailed out of bounds during a practice and he heard the whistle – signaling he committed the cardinal sin of Wisconsin-Platteville point guard play.‘I remember he asked me if I was trying to be that bad,’ said Phillips, the head coach at North Dakota State and a two-time assistant coach under Ryan. ‘He didn’t yell or scream, but he expected his point guards to deliver for him.’From Platteville to Madison, Wis., strong point guard play has been a determining factor in Ryan’s coaching success. Using his motion offense led by steady floor generals, Ryan’s teams haven’t missed the NCAA Tournament during his 11-year tenure as the Badgers head coach. This season is no different, as Ryan’s best player is point guard Jordan Taylor, who flawlessly runs Wisconsin’s methodical half-court style of play. Taylor and Ryan form a special player-coach tandem matched by few in the nation this season. The head coach preaches low-possession, defensive basketball that creates low-scoring games that typically go down to the wire. Those types of games give Taylor the chance to showcase his clutch shooting, as he most recently did with a game-winning 3-pointer in the Badgers’ victory over Vanderbilt in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Taylor directing the team’s offense, Wisconsin has advanced to the Sweet 16 to take on top-seeded Syracuse on Thursday.If turnovers draw Ryan’s ire, Taylor’s play is a stress relief. The senior is on pace to end his career as the NCAA’s all-time assist-to-turnover ratio leader.‘That’s what separates Jordan Taylor,’ said Phillips of that low turnover ratio. ‘He can distribute and he can score, but above all, he holds on to the ball.’But as Phillips knows, playing point guard for Ryan isn’t as easy as Taylor makes it look. Ryan’s angry moments that Phillips remembers come early and often for a point guard who doesn’t play by Ryan’s rules.Sharif Chambliss, Ryan’s first Wisconsin point guard recruit, said Ryan’s ball handlers need to have thick skin and must play with confidence.‘You have to take constructive criticism well,’ said Chambliss, now a video coordinator for the Badgers after playing point guard for Ryan from 2004-05. ‘He’ll get on you if you don’t take what he says and learn from it.’Like Phillips, Chambliss said there were times that he was ‘chewed out’ by Ryan. But both former point guards said Ryan’s tough love approach stems from his own playing days as a point guard for Wilkes (Pa.) University. And Phillips and Chambliss think that tough love helped improve their play at the position.Phillips said that behind the tough exterior, Ryan is a ‘master communicator’ who knows how to motivate point guards.‘It’s hard to shrink down your message as a coach into a sound byte, and as a coach, you have to have the attention of your players,’ Phillips said. ‘But look at Bo’s teams. They never deviate from a style. You know what you’re getting from them night in and night out.‘And the point guard is just an extension of that. Demanding consistency makes Bo’s point guards an extension of him.’Dick Bennett, Wisconsin’s head coach before Ryan, said that message is increasingly difficult to get across to today’s players.‘If they’re smart, point guards will listen,’ Bennett said. ‘And you can tell Bo makes sure they listen – just look at the talent he’s had there.’The point guards that deliver for Ryan flourish in his point-guard-friendly system. Devin Harris, the point guard he inherited during his first season at Wisconsin, is now a star for the NBA’s Utah Jazz.Phillips said Ryan helped mold Harris into the player he is today.‘Against Kentucky in the Elite Eight (sic), they were trapping (Harris) every time down the court,’ Phillips said. ‘During a timeout, Bo suggested a reverse pivot move to break the first defender. The next thing you know, we made a run and almost upset them, and they were a one-seed.’More recently, Taylor’s point guard predecessor, Trvon Hughes, was a 2010 All-Big Ten second team selection. And Hughes’ predecessor, Kammron Taylor, was also named to the second team as a senior. Both are playing professionally in Europe.‘I just try to do a job of steering these guys in the right direction,’ Ryan said at his Monday press conference before the Badgers’ game against Syracuse on Thursday. ‘(We focus on) giving them the fundamentals, giving them the teaching, giving them, with the rest of our staff, the things we think need to be done.’Taylor is the latest Badgers player to thrive under Ryan’s tutelage. The point guard scored a team-high 19 points in Wisconsin’s three-point win over Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 26.Bennett, the former Badgers head coach, said it’s easy to see that Taylor is the best point guard in Ryan’s long line of talented players directing his system.And because of that, Phillips said Wisconsin could pull the upset against the Orange. ‘If the point guard plays the way he knows he can, they have a chance,’ Phillips said. ‘Bo’s teams always do.’firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Of the candidates who were widely reported to be in contention for the head coaching job, who would you have hired? Q: What grade would you give USC’s season?Freedman: B. USC was headed for an ugly GPA, but Ed Orgeron got the team back on track. This year was never expected to be one ending in a BCS Title or Rose Bowl berth, and USC ended up being in contention until the next-to-last week of their campaign. Wins over Stanford and Oregon State were surprising, but the stench of Kiffin’s five games couldn’t give the Trojans a stellar mark.Holthouse: C-. A 69.2 winning percentage would warrant a D+ in most classrooms, but I’ll round up for effort. A W in the Trojan’s bowl game would bump my grade up to a C. I really thought this team had a chance at the Pac-12 South, but the team got embarrassed by both ASU and UCLA. The Stanford win was awesome, but otherwise, this feels like a failed season.Davidson: B+. This season played out like the kid who flunks his first midterm and then rallies from there, exceeding all expectations but at the end of the day it was too little, too late. It was an exciting and unique season which showcased the tremendous power of the USC brand, but it wasn’t successful in the conventional sense. Q: What grade would you give the Sarkisian hire?Lee: A. USC did their best with the available options. Sarkisian is a quarterbacks guy, and he’ll have a five-star recruit with outstanding field vision to develop in Max Browne. It’s the least sexy hire, but Sarkisian already displays far more maturity and perspective than Kiffin.Burton: B. I’ll admit, I was hell-bent on Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who I am a big fan of. But after him, I think Sark is probably the next best option. All the talk of how Kiffin was as, if not more, successful at USC than Sarkisian was at Washington completely ignores the fact that USC is USC and Washington is Washington and that’s sort of what’s supposed to happen. He is a strong Xs and Os coach — like Kiffin — but he can also connect with his players — unlike Kiffin.Laws: B+. The Trojan faithful were hungry for a big-name hire — but USC has never been in that business. John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll all had zero head coaching experience at the college level when they were hired, and Carroll was the only one to have been head coach at any level in uninspiring stints with the Patriots and Jets. Sarkisian has shown the ability to turn around a program, holds deep recruiting roots on the West Coast and is infinitely more personable than Lane Kiffin. I like his chances to get USC another Rose Bowl banner within the next three years. With the 2013 season in the books, Daily Trojan columnists Will Laws, Euno Lee, Nick Burton, Jacob Freedman, Jake Davidson and Luke Holthouse weigh in on USC’s performance thus far.Sark! The Haden Angels Sing · Athletic Director Pat Haden tabbed Washington’s Steve Sarkisian as the Trojans’ next head football oaach. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Q: Who was the team’s MVP?Holthouse: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler. Without a doubt, the biggest question mark coming into the season was the quarterback situation, but he was perfectly reliable all year once he took over the starting job. His completion percentage was good, his turnovers were low and he should come back much better next year.Lee: It’s not a sexy answer, but sophomore defensive lineman Leonard Williams — and it’s not even close. Leonard “The Lion” Williams is the anchor of USC’s terrifying front seven, and he has demanded constant attention and devoured opposing offensive line attention on every snap. Offensive linemen can’t contain him, running backs don’t want to face him. His performance against Stanford’s vaunted run offense was undeniable, and every other running back that’s faced USC this season is either studying harder to consider other career options or filling out Burger King applications.Burton: I am so very torn here. Redshirt junior defensive back Josh Shaw was arguably the most irreplaceable player on the team, switching positions to aid a bleeding secondary. Leonard Williams played much of the season with a possibly torn labrum and racked up 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. But I have to go with redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard. He led the team in tackles and was the quarterback of what was generally a very stout defense. In his three years here he’s been either first or second in tackles on the team. And no, I did not consider an offense player. Not even Buck Allen. Q: Which players do you think will leave early for the NFL Draft?Davidson: Dion Bailey. Marqise Lee. George Uko. Hayes Pullard. Xavier Grimble … possibly more. The combination of a rocky season, the departure of Coach O and Nickell Robey’s success as an undrafted early entree might sway more players than normal.Laws: It’s probably best for Lee to cut his losses and accept the late first-round projection he’ll likely receive. And at the risk of reading too much into a small thing, Bailey introduced himself as a senior in his video introduction at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the UCLA game despite his redshirt junior status. Even though his role was reduced this year, he still led the team with five interceptions. I think he’s gone, too. But Shaw and Pullard have both tried to warm their teammates up to the idea of playing under Sarkisian, so it figures that they’ll stay one more year. Grimble, Randall Telfer and junior center Marcus Martin would all be wise to spend another season at USC to rebuild their value after each had injuries affect their 2013 campaigns.Burton: These players have been through way more than anyone bargains for when you pick a school like USC. I think the better question is who will stay? I don’t think I would, it’s all just been too much. Marqise Lee is gone. I think Pullard and Dion Bailey are too. Pullard is NFL-ready and Bailey saw his role diminished this year. George Uko is likewise NFL-ready, and the loss of Orgeron hurt the defensive line more than any other position group. I imagine he’s gone as well. To me the big three questions are tight ends Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble and defensive back Josh Shaw. Telfer and Grimble were both hampered by injuries this season and would do well to stay another year. Shaw is hard to project because of his position switching. He might also want to stay on one more year for stability. Freedman: Of the candidates we know interviewed (Sarkisian, Orgeron, Petersen and former USC linebacker Jack Del Rio), Haden made the right choice. I, however, would have hired Kevin Sumlin, assuming his interview would have been as impressive as his coaching resume. Sumlin has revolutionized offense while at Texas A&M, and his unconventional system would have flourished with the type of talent he would have recruited at USC. The complaints of defensive issues would have been solved by USC being able to afford a (or keep their) top-notch coordinator.Laws: I was all in on Petersen. He’s a consistent winner (.885 winning percentage) and an innovative playcaller who would’ve kept Pac-12 counterparts on their toes. Alas, all reports indicate that Petersen wasn’t quite ready for the intense scrutiny that comes with coaching in Los Angeles. So it was probably for the best that he stays in Idaho.Lee: My gut and emotion says we should have kept Orgeron and install a big-time offensive coordinator/playcaller underneath him to help Kessler/Browne develop. In all seriousness, I would have equally loved making a splash with Jon Gruden, just to see what happens. But Sarkisian was the safest choice and the best strategic decision. Pat Haden’s hire makes a lot more sense in hindsight, even if many of the Trojan faithful (including myself) are disappointed to see Coach O go.
Photo by Austin Paik | Daily TrojanOver the weekend, the No. 19 women’s volleyball team surged past Cal in a four-set victory on Friday before losing to No. 3 Stanford in four sets on Sunday, snapping its perfect record at the Galen Center. With the split, USC now moves to 14-5 on the season and 6-2 in Pac-12 play.On Friday, the Trojans stormed back from an early 11-8 deficit to win the first set 25-21, but they dropped a tightly contested second set 29-27 after Mima Mirkovich of the Golden Bears struck for two kills to tie the match. Despite splitting the first two sets, USC overwhelmed the Bears in the third set 25-15 and closed out with another tight 25-23 fourth-set win. In the third set, the Women of Troy capitalized on 10 Cal errors, and junior outside hitter Alyse Ford was key for the Trojans in the fourth set, as she recorded six kills in crucial possessions to bury the Golden Bears’ momentum for good. The Trojans never trailed in the final two sets.In the win, the Trojans’ offense was powered by senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, who recorded a team-high 16 kills with a .308 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier also chipped in with 15 kills, while senior opposite hitter Niki Withers recorded 13 and Ford racked up 12. Senior setter ReniMeyer-Whalley and sophomore setter Cindy Marina recorded 27 and 25 assists, respectively, and junior libero Victoria Garrick recorded 22 digs.After a break on Saturday, USC returned on Sunday to take on third-ranked juggernaut Stanford. The Cardinal jumped out early in the first set and took a commanding 25-18 win behind a stable offense spearheaded by Kathyrn Plummer and Audriana Fitzmorris. In the second set, the Trojans used a 7-1 run to take the early lead before the two teams seesawed back and forth for the lead. With the set tied at 23 apiece, a Stanford error followed by a Meyer-Whalley service ace sealed a hard-fought second-set win for the Trojans.Despite an early Trojan lead at 12-11, the Cardinal used a 10-2 run to distance themselves from the Trojans and take the third set 25-17. The Trojans grabbed a 12-10 lead again in a tightly contested fourth set, but the Cardinal used a 8-1 run to take the lead back at 18-13. Head coach Mick Haley responded by taking a timeout, and the Trojans answered with a 7-0 run of their own to keep the game alive. “[Haley] just told us to make sure we’re attacking the ball,” Withers said. “Basically, he was telling us to go for it: Stay focused, and everything will come to you.”With a 20-18 Trojan lead, the two teams traded point-for-point until Plummer and Fitzmorris recorded kills to tie the game. An error and a service ace from Meghan McClure iced the game for a Stanford victory.Lanier led USC with 14 kills on Sunday, though the Cardinal held her to a .068 percentage while limiting 13 of her 14 kills to the opening two sets. Like Friday’s match, Abercrombie (12 kills, .370 percentage), Withers (11 kills, .556 percentage) and Ford (10 kills, .136 percentage) also helped spearhead the Trojan attack.Meyer-Whalley and Marina recorded 22 and 18 assists, respectively, while Garrick led the team again with 15 digs. “Sometimes the scores don’t show how close the match was,” Haley said. “I told [the team]: We’re all upset that we didn’t win, but we’re getting there. Every week we’re getting a little bit better. We can do a lot better than this.”After the hard-fought loss, USC will now focus its attention on next weekend, when the team travels to Colorado and Utah. “We get two practices on Tuesday and Wednesday before we fly to Boulder,” Haley said. “We really do need to come to those practices ready to go. I will be very surprised if anybody is hanging their head when they come out of the locker room. That was the instruction: ‘We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. Next time we get in this situation, we’ve been there once, [and] we should be a lot better.’”USC will play Colorado at 7 p.m. on Friday and Utah at noon on Sunday.
OECS welcomes kidney transplant operation in Antigua and BarbudaThe St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has congratulated Antigua and Barbuda following the first kidney transplant operation to be done in the sub-region.“This operation had ushered in a new era of health care proficiency within the region driven by a whole of government approach in collaboration with local health authorities and regional health coordinating groups including the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)” said OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules.He said the OECS Commission supports the call for a seamless regional organ donor registry in the wake of the operation and would work closely with all stakeholders to formulate a viable proposal.“The rise in chronic non-communicable diseases in the OECS such as diabetes, cancer and kidney disease require we work holistically across all strata of government and employ new and innovative ways of addressing these health challenges given the fiscal and other resource constraints of member states.“The OECS Commission’s Health Unit is working closely with Chief Medical Officers and other stakeholders to further strengthen our associations with our global health development partners and to support proposals for centers of specialized medical care excellence in each OECS member state”,’ Jules said, adding that “this would also include formalising the call by the OECS Health Policy Forum for establishing a national and regional organ donor database, because as we know in the case of kidney disease, a transplant is significantly cheaper and less traumatic than keeping someone on haemodialysis”.The eight-hour procedure was performed by a 14-member team consisting of four surgeons, two anaesthetists and eight specialist nurses on January 16.
In addition to this important initiative with the Red Cross, we have also made our facilities and resources available to the President of the Community and the Mayor of Madrid to help them in any way possible. Our stadium has a huge central kitchen equipped to prepare all the food that is served on a game day, so this facility can be useful for preparing menus that the Community needs to cover the basic needs of many citizens.The club opted to focus its help on the toilets, but a few days ago we could see that it thanked all of society for its involvement in these delicate moments.When focusing our help, we let ourselves be guided by those who know the most about these situations. The Red Cross and the authorities were clear from the beginning that the priority was to protect those who directly fight against COVID-19, the health workers. But we also believe that this is a time when we should thank many more people. Many, many people who continue to work every day at the foot of the canyon and the millions of Spaniards who are still at home to prevent this pandemic from spreading. “You have to minimize the risks when training and games arrive” Enrique Cerezo, president of Atlético de Madrid, has given an interview to the rojiblanca website in which he reviews the current situation of the club in this crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition is paralyzed and the athletes cannot go to see their team, but the club is still in contact with them.Despite the fact that our offices remain closed, from the first moment we have wanted to maintain direct communication with our partners and fans. Our channels with them are still active and we try to answer your questions by phone or email. In addition, a few weeks ago, we launched a plan to contact the partners who are most affected by this situation, over 75 years of age and disabled, who are the ones who are suffering the most at the moment and to whom a call from their Atleti comforts them. We will continue to contact more partners every day to try to encourage them with a red and white talk and be close to them.There is still no date for the return to activity, how are the players doing?We are in direct contact with them and with the technical staff to be interested first in them and in the state of their relatives’ health and also to chat for a while. They are handling this situation phenomenally well, with great integrity. When I talk to them I see them very strong mentally, and as professionals that they are, working hard and wishing that the competition returns as soon as possible. They try to spend time in the best possible way with their families.That uncertainty about returning to competitions greatly complicates the planning for the remainder of the season. How does the club work in this regard?The reality is that no one knows when or under what conditions sports activity will return, which is what concerns us, or other activities that are currently paralyzed. LaLiga is working in different scenarios to minimize risks when training returns, and later matches, for players, employees, the media, etc. We are also working with different possible calendars, but now we have to be patient and wait for what the authorities tell us.In some European championships such as the German one the teams have returned to training and here in Spain some clubs have already requested to do so.We are working hand in hand with the different organizations and attending to what they mark at each moment. The health, social and economic crisis we are experiencing forces us all to be on the same page and to shoulder our shoulders to work together. This pandemic and its consequences affect us all and football will only emerge from this crisis if we work as a team.The club has requested a Temporary Employment Regulation File.The club has seen the need to request an ERTE in order to safeguard the entity’s economic viability. We must bear in mind that, as has happened to all clubs and to many companies in other sectors, we have been forced to cease our activity. Given this situation, we were obliged to study solutions for the survival of the entity and we had to make this decision that affects 430 employees.The ERTE has also affected the players …From the first moment I knew that there would be no problem with the first team, because it is a fantastic group and they understand the situation perfectly. In addition, both the first staff and all the club’s directors, with the CEO at the head, agreed to contribute the amount necessary to supplement the salary of the employees affected by the ERTE. We try to help each other like a big family. I am very proud of all of them and grateful for their help.How do you see the nearest future?As I have already mentioned before, we have to wait to see how this crisis evolves and at what point we can recover normal activity. You have to be patient and try to carry it as well as possible. And I believe that, despite the critical moment we live in, we must never lose hope and trust that we will recover in all areas of society. At Atleti we will work as hard as we can to get it as soon as possible. As we athletics say: Never stop believing. “Our priority is to give a heartfelt tribute to all the deceased athletes” The club is working to pay them a well-deserved tribute. What can you tell us about it?That will be one of our top priorities when we get back to normal. No one knows when or how we will return to our daily activities, but what is certain is that all the athletes will pay a heartfelt tribute in our home, in the Wanda Metropolitano, to all the recently deceased members and athletic supporters. And of course, to all the great legends that unfortunately have left us in recent weeks.In order to fight this pandemic, the collaboration of the entire society is vital. How has the club reacted in this regard?Thanks to the work that we have been doing for many years with our Foundation in solidarity actions, we have been able to collaborate immediately with the Community of Madrid, with the City Council and with the organizations that fight against Covid-19 and that help the population. We have a wonderful relationship and develop a close collaboration with the Red Cross and SavetheChildren, so from the first moment we put ourselves at your disposal to help in any way we could.From the club we have turned to an initiative launched by our coach and his family together with the Atlético de Madrid Foundation to raise funds for the Red Cross and allocate them to the protection of our toilets. How are you living through these difficult times?Never before had I experienced such a delicate and tragic situation and at the same time with so much uncertainty. Watching thousands of people die in such a short space of time is a terrible thing.Also these days the Atético have lost many people close to the club. ..We have lost relatives and relatives in recent weeks due to the coronavirus. Red and white legends such as Miguel Jones, Joaquín Peiró, José Luis Capón, Radomir Antic…, club members who have been supporting Atleti for many years, athletic friends, people from the world of soccer with whom we have shared rivalry …, too many people whom we will greatly miss.