Mixed Martial Artist Campaigns to Knockout Ebola

first_imgUnited States based Liberian mixed martial artist Dwight Jaytee Joseph has identified with the plight of Liberians by setting up a fund raising website: www.knockoutebola.comThere is a medley of news, insightful pieces of information, pictorials and animation on the Ebola response in Liberia to be gleaned on the site. Its mission is to raise funds for awareness to fight the Ebola.Joseph said funds and donations are being made through the website while the proceeds are automatically directed to the accounts of Samaritan Purse, an American humanitarian outfit working in Liberia.“Like most people, I wanted to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. So I talked to my sponsors and got them on board to help me start this Knockout Ebola campaign,” he said.The site has a link for donations and in addition to that as a celebrity of no mean stature in the entertainment industry and he has produced specially designed Knockout Ebola T- shirts with is image imprinted on it for sale online.The site is widely visited because of the mixed martial art champion’s fan base.Making a case for Liberia on the site he said: “Liberia has a significantly higher amount of cases and a higher death toll due to this crisis. This virus can have up to a 90% fatality rate. In August, a state of emergency was imposed, closing most of its borders, putting restrictions on public gatherings and implementing a curfew. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks the healthcare system we have here in the United States to deal with the spread of this virus…”Even as there is current declining level of the virus in Liberia Dwight Joseph’s gesture, is a cog in a wheel of efforts to roll back Ebola.It may be recalled that Dwight Joseph was treated to a heroic welcome when he visited Liberia early this year. The unassuming Dwight Joseph was quoted as saying he came to share the glory of professional exploit with compatriots and formally presented a won belt to Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.He told newsmen that showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as he participated in competitions, donning the country’s flag, a press release said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lone Senior McKinnon Helps Lead Softball

first_imgLeading up to her senior year at Drake, McKinnon played in 100 games, starting 24 and making several appearances on the mound. McKinnon has been an integral part of the team, always filling in wherever her team needs her. This season, she is 5-5 in the circle and ranks second on the team in wins, innings pitched (61.2) and strikeouts (24). Mariah McKinnon, a pitcher from Oxford, Iowa, is the lone senior on the 2016 Drake University Softball team, but that doesn’t mean one person can’t make a huge impact. Just how much does McKinnon mean to this team? After four years of playing softball at Drake, McKinnon has learned many things, and kept a smile on her face through all the highs and the lows. Her advice to next year’s incoming freshmen is simple: “The four years fly by…so truly cherish every moment you spend with your teammates…they are the best part of being a college student-athlete.” Print Friendly Version McKinnon came to Drake after having a stellar career at Clear Creek Amana High School in Oxford, Iowa, where she was a four-year letterwinner in both softball and track and field. McKinnon won two state titles in softball, and the team earned two third-place finishes. She was a two-time state track qualifier, and she hit .533 her senior season. “Mariah is one of those teammates that you love having around. She always has a smile on her face ever since her freshman year,” says Calvert. McKinnon’s willingness to put the team first and her positive attitude are what make her the ideal teammate, but it is her smile that her teammates and coaches will remember most. “I try to be the positive person on the team and pick up the energy,” said McKinnon on her leadership role. One way McKinnon demonstrated her team-first mentality was last season when she spent time as the bullpen catcher, even though she was a pitcher herself. Calvert praised her ability to have fun with it, and of course smile, even though she wanted to be out on the field just as badly as everyone else. Not so much a vocal leader, McKinnon shines behind the scenes, excelling at being an exceptional teammate and person. “Mariah’s contributions go way beyond the field in just the type of person she is,” says Calvert. Mariah has been known to leave behind little pick-me-ups in her teammates’ lockers, which is evidence of the kind of leader she is. “In one word, everything,” Drake head coach Rich Calvert says. “Mariah is a very caring person. When she leaves, we won’t be able to replace her.” McKinnon is an elementary education major, and will be graduating in December of 2016 after student teaching during the fall semester. After graduation, McKinnon hopes to student teach abroad in Ireland before finding a permanent position back in the states, possibly in Iowa City, Iowa, Denver, Colorado, or back here in Des Moines. By: Kylie DeHaven, Drake Athletics Communications Student Assistantlast_img read more

Barton denies blaming former boss Redknapp for QPR’s woes

first_imgJoey Barton has denied blaming former QPR manager Harry Redknapp for the club’s woes this season.Rangers are one off the bottom of the table and four points from safety after losing six of their seven matches since Redknapp was replaced by Chris Ramsey.Barton was quoted as suggesting that Redknapp’s signings had caused the club’s problems.But the Rangers midfielder later tweeted: “Amazing how certain media outlets ‘adjust’ other people’s words to fit their agenda’s.“For the record. I am not and have never blamed Harry. If others have an agenda that’s their prerogative.For the record. I am not and have never blamed Harry. If others have an agenda that’s their prerogative.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 23, 2015“Like any team sport, it is ALWAYS a collective effort. Over 38 league games, it is a collective success or failing.“Yes, culturally it is easier to point the finger at one person and scapegoat them. If it is justified, then fine but this is not.”Meanwhile, QPR legend Rodney Marsh has insisted that his former club can still avoid relegation back to the Championship.Marsh tweeted: “Call me stupid, I still believe QPR will stay up!! There are 3 worse teams.”See also:Redknapp backs Barton for managerial roleFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more