Former champions Kingston Hummingbirds and St Ann Orchids will clash in Game One of the best-of-three finals in the Berger Elite League competition at the University of Technology Auditorium this evening at 7:30 p.m. The Hummingbirds, who last won the title in 2014, will enter today’s contest full of confidence, having defeated the St Catherine Racers in the semi-finals. The Marvette Anderson-coached Hummingbirds have been one of the top scoring teams in this season’s competition, while their defence has been very solid. Anderson says that she is expecting a competitive final and she is confident that her team will do well. “It feels wonderful to be in the final,” Anderson said. “No team has ever repeated (as champions) since this competition started, and so it would be nice if we were the first team to do so.” She added: “We are going into the game with the mindset that nothing is for granted, and we are going to have to work really hard to come out with the victory.” The Hummingbirds, who won the title in the first season of the competition, will be depending heavily on the likes of Shameera Sterling, Thristina Harwood, Shadian Hemmings, Stacian Facey, and Kerry-Ann Brown to lead their charge to victory. SLIGHT FAVOURITES On the other hand, the Janet Guy-coached Orchids team, which comprises the likes of former national captain Simone Forbes and Shanice Beckford, will start the final as slight favourites. The Orchids secured their place in the final with a 56-48 victory over the St James Sharpes. Guy said that she is expecting a very competitive series from her opponents. “We are expecting a good competition from them because they are champions in their own right,” Guy said. “I think whichever team plays less will lose, and whichever team plays more will win, and so we are expecting a good game,” the veteran coach said. Along with Forbes and Beckford, the Orchids will also be relying on Adean Thomas, Sabrina Spence, and Althea Byfield to lead them to victory. Meanwhile, the Sharpes and Racers will meet in the third-place play-off at 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Camanor (far left) head of the team with the kids at the Robert’s International Airport. Authorities at the Ministry of Health (MoH) through the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) in collaboration with La Chaîn de L’espoir (The Chain of Hope) has sponsored three children that were diagnosed of congenital heart defects to undergo surgery at the Cuomo Centre for Pediatric Cardiology in Darkar, Senegal, a release from the hospital has said.La Chaîn de L’espoir (the Chain of Hope) is a French non-governmental organization, which is a network of excellence and expertise committed to providing access to child care for the poorest countries that do not have technical and human resources to treat them.The three children, who are between the ages the of 1-3 years, are Marthaline Gborhn Dwan, Ronel Desire Saygar, and Famata Jackson.According to the release, the children departed for Senegal on Saturday, October 13 for the life-saving medical heart procedures.The kids were accompanied by their mothers on a team headed by JFK Pediatrician (children doctor) and JFK Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sia Wata Camanor.The going of the children was made possible through cooperation between JFK and La Chaîn de l’Espoir.Earlier, Dr. Camanor diagnosed the kids of heart defects, but since then, they have been treated and managed at the JFK children’s ward.She said that with the help of the newly established Cuomo Centre for Pediatric Cardiology in Dakar, the kids will undergo ‘free open-heart surgery’ on Monday, October 22.“The surgery is soft but takes a couple of hours, so we have to arrive sooner to do the proper examination to confirm diagnoses and also make sure the patients are fit for such surgery,” Dr. Camanor said.She said that though the procedure is life-saving, it is a major treatment that involves risk and therefore needs proper care and attention.According to Camanor, JFK has worked with different organizations, including the HeartGift of the United States that received five kids, while the institutions they worked with helped to provide services, but did not provide plane tickets and the visas.Dr. Camanor said that because of the major challenges in the health sector, La Chaîn l’Espoir undertook an exploratory mission to Liberia and met with officials of the government, including the management of the JFK Medical Center to discuss the possibility to aid Liberian pediatric patients until the health sector is equipped to handle such cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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