More than 70 young players are expected to compete in this weekend’s Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis Championship at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.Competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the grand final will serve off at 2 p.m. on Sunday.Anika Smith, assistant vice-president of marketing at Mayberry Investments, speaking at a press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday, said her organisation is proud to return as sponsors for the fourth year.”We value tennis as a sport. It’s not as popular as the traditional track and field or football, but we do support those sports as well. We just tend to assist in the underserved areas such as tennis, badminton, squash and golf, as we think all sports are important in the development of young people,” Smith told The Gleaner at yesterday’s launch.While Mayberry’s sponsorship figure was not revealed, Smith said her company was focused on the developmental process.Contestants will vie for trophy prizes in boys’ and girls’ categories aged 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under.”Kids are improving every year, and I am sure this year the tournament will be very competitive. It’s a free event and we are inviting the general public to come and enjoy some good tennis with some of our top players,” tournament director Llockett McGregor said.He revealed that female players will be out in their numbers this weekend, while lauding Mayberry’s contribution.”Tournaments like these are what we need to help with the development of our sport,” he added.Entries are open to the public and participants can contact McGregor to confirm entries at 960-3021 or 382-8710.In addition to the prizes up for grabs, the respective category winners will receive points towards their national ranking.
The children affected by the deadly Ebola Virus appeared to be facing a uncertain future, due lack of support from unwilling relatives to adopt them.Presently there are about eight children who are said to have been abandoned or become orphans owing to the death of either their mother or father—or both—from the hands of Ebola virus.The children, most of them below 10 years of age, are said to be sheltering in a building provided by the Ganta Methodist Hospital situated close to the ETU and they are being cared for by the ETU administration.Onenkeh Kokeh, a volunteer, who is heading those that caring for the kids, said beside the food provided from the ETU, there is no other assistance coming to the children.Some of the children are so terrified whenever they see an ambulance coming toward their hostel.“We are three here caring for these children; we are scheduled by night to sleep here with them,” she added.She explained that some of the children parents died from the deadly Ebola Virus, while still undergoing treatment from Ebola at the ETU either in Nimba or elsewhere in Liberia.Some of the children were seem playing rubber ball and dashing on ground. As this reporter entered the compound, they appeared healthy, but without any good clothing. “This two-year old boy lost his mother and father and is currently infected and undergoing treatment, but whenever, he sees ambulance or the dead body car coming, he will run indoors and stay inside for the rest of the day,” she said.The issue pertaining to Ebola- affected children is creating concern among the Ganta Ebola Task Force and they are appealing to relatives to accept their lost relatives’ children.On Wednesday, October 15th 2014, the Ganta Task Force resettled four children with their relatives in the town called Sehwee around the Seclapea region after they had spent over a month in a home where their mother was killed by Ebola.President Sirleaf, during her tour of Nimba recently, appealed to the citizens to accept the children who lost their parents whenever they go through the medical proceeding successfully. “They are our children; we cannot neglect them,” she told the local leaders in Sanniquellie.Because of abandonment or neglect, nobody was willing to adopt them, despite graduating from their 21-day successful completion of quarantine. They were resettled with other relatives after some frantic negotiations.Although, the ETU in Ganta is said to be fully operating, yet unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say there is still shortages of PPEs and needed supplies for the running of the facility.Complaints of attractive incentives could be heard among health workers at the center.However, the Medical Doctor at the ETU Dr. Paye N. Gbanmie, is appealing to the public not to underestimate the disease and come to the center whenever they observe and sign or symptom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)