GFA reacts to Zambia media reports

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to express its surprise at some unfortunate and blatantly untrue media reports in Zambia claiming that Ghana is frustrating their attempts to fly directly into Kumasi ahead of Friday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier.The reports in the Zambian media also claim that the GFA ‘has refused to help Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and has also refused to help the advance delegation get the desired hotel and training ground in Kumasi.’The GFA wishes to state categorically that these reports are utterly false and wrongly impugn and smear Ghana’s outstanding hospitality record to visiting teams.The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) had a request to land directly in Kumasi turned down by the aviation authorities in Ghana because the Kumasi Airport is not an international airport and it is also undergoing some rehabilitation works.FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya was in constant touch with his Ghanaian counterpart Kwesi Nyantakyi throughout Wednesday to find a solution for Zambia to land directly in Kumasi but the aviation authorities stood their ground.The solution for the Zambians is to arrive in Accra while we help sort out comfortable travel arrangements for them to Kumasi. A direct flight to Accra will be in accordance with the FIFA rule which requires them to fly to the capital city of the hosts, in this case Ghana. We wish to state that over the past two months the GFA has constantly and consistently availed itself to the Zambians to help make their arrival and stay in Ghana smooth.Despite constant reminders for the past one month from the Protocol Department of the GFA over their travel plans, FAZ repeatedly refused to divulge details of their travel plans even as late as Wednesday morning.Our quest to help them secure good hotels in Kumasi also hit the brick wall as they preferred to work on their own plans to secure good accommodation instead.Despite all these the GFA is still on the standby to help the Zambian national football team get a smooth arrival and comfortable stay in Ghana but the GFA takes issue with the malicious manipulating of the truth.This is a calculated attempt by the Zambian media to taint Ghana football to the world through the crude tactic of blemishing the facts.last_img read more

Mission Health Services Countering the Effects of Ageism

first_imgby, Suzette Molina, The Eden AlternativeTweetShareShareEmail0 Sharescropped-children-and-ageism “An Elder is someone who has lived the history that we can only read about in text books. Now is the time to honor their sacrifices and  record their stories.” Marvin Maxwell Melbourne III.One day recently on a Eden Registry Networking call we began to discuss ageism and its effects on society and our youth. Heather Hutchins from Mission Health Services was on the call and she told us the story of an Elder that was a true advocate and made a huge impression on the care partner employees and Elders at Hillside Rehabilitation Center in salt lake City, Utah.  He made such am impression that Mission honors his memory by continuing his legacy and naming him as their their mascot.  Here is their story: Marvin was a real gentlemen that resided at Hillside. At first Marvin did not like living at Hillside and he exhibited certain ‘behaviors’ as it were. Over time he began to become a part of the community and played a role at Hillside looking out for others that did not have a voice for themselves. Marvin passed away over a year ago but lives on through his blog and his work as the Mission mascot.Marvin was originally created as part of our Youth Ageism Awareness Education Program. This program educates the youth of the community about the negative effects of ageism. “Ageism allows the younger generations to see older people as different than themselves; over time, they cease to identify with their elders as human beings.”Wendy Taorina, 2012-9-12. Marvin also wants to make sure that the younger generations understand ageism when caring for the aged population. Senior advocates would argue that ageism contributes to negative stigmas against nursing homes. As part of the ageism awareness program, Mission is starting a new program called: “Take my Hand and Tell me Your Story.” Another tool to help bridge the gap between the elders and the youth and dispel the negative aspects of ageism.Marvin’s blog is a journal he writes to his wife Millie. He talks about his experiences living in a culture change home, his struggles living with his wife’s Alzheimer’s, ageism, care for the caregiver, and his story, his history. Marvin believes the first step in bringing awareness is through the stories of the Elders. He is telling his story, his wife’s story, and he puts a little historical background into it.Mission is dedicated to telling our story. Mission is dedicated to being the hero’s and advocates for our aging population. Each and every day, we do what is right for our Elders and in return they care for us. We honor them as human beings, as the carriers of great wisdom.You can read Marvin’s blog here: www.missionhealthservices.org/marvin/ Marvin also posts on Facebook: history, care for the caregiver, caring for Elders at home, Ageism awareness, and awareness of the world or issues that may affect our Elders.  Related PostsBest Practices in Home Care ShowcaseOne of the things that keeps me working in the aging services field is the camaraderie of my colleagues.  They demonstrate a tremendous commitment to and appreciation for Elders and their care partners, an awareness of the Elders’ stories as sacred treasures to be held by us with care, and…Denver’s Saint Paul Heath Center Joins the Eden RegistryThe Eden Alternative is proud to announce that Saint Paul Heath Center in Denver has joined the ranks of The Eden Alternative® Registry, marking its commitment to improving the quality of care and quality of life for its residents and staff. Saint Paul staff and administration recently completed the Eden Alternative’s professional…Tribes of EdenIn the mid-1990’s I decided to write a book about aging. It was going to be a serious, deeply researched non-fiction book that would update the state of knowledge regarding aging. In the evenings, when I sat down to write this book — I had trouble concentrating. Instead of working…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Ageism Care Partner generations Mission Health Services The Eden Alternativelast_img read more