Wendy Oduor, Miss Kenya USA and a 2014 Saint Mary’s alumna, spoke to the importance of relationship-building and mental health in her keynote speech at the annual Martin Luther King dinner Wednesday night in Rice Commons.Miss Kenya USA is an annual pageant held in Houston, Texas. According to its website, the organization pairs contestants with organizations working to combat inequalities Kenya and the U.S.Though she holds degrees in biology and psychology, Oudor currently works in fashion in New York City. After graduation, Oduor spent time at home working in the medical industry before making the decision to apply to the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.“My acceptance to Parsons was a green light from God,” Oduor said.Taking this sign, Oduor packed her bags and moved to the Big Apple.Oduor attributes her four years at Saint Mary’s as the foundation for what she has accomplished today.“If you were to ask me four years ago, I would have told you that my degree from Saint Mary’s was a waste because I was not directly using the biology or psychology — but today, I know that it is so much more than that,” she said.She said returning to campus and speaking to a new generation of Belles was a meaningful experience for her.“Being back on campus is so surreal, it is a truly humbling experience,” Oduor said. “The fact that I am able to be here tonight is a testament that God is a man of his words.”Oduor said she urges current Saint Mary’s students to curate relationships, whether it be the girl you pass in the hall or your future bridesmaid.“It is so important to make time for relationships,” Oduor said. “It doesn’t matter how close you are or not, [if] you don’t know what they are going to be doing one year [or] five years from now and how that could benefit you.”Odour said this mindset helped her maintain a years-long relationship with Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, a longstanding Saint Mary’s biology professor.After losing her brother to suicide during her senior year, Oduor became an outspoken mental health advocate.”I use a lot of the psychology that I learned at Saint Mary’s in the work that I do surrounding mental health advocacy,” she said. ”Acknowledging the grief allowed me to heal and move forward and establish where I am today.”In addition to speaking at social events, Oduor utilizes Instagram as a platform to share stories and engage with her followers about mental health. She hosts weekly Mental Health Monday livestreams to spread awareness of the issue.Oduor said she places a high value on finding and pursuing ones’ passions.“It is God’s version of my vision. I would not have been able to heal if I did not find my purpose and allow God to work through me,” she said. “Passion is for you, purpose is for others. God gives us the tools to turn our passions into our purpose.”Tags: Martin Luther king dinner, Miss Kenya USA
Hammed Shittu in IlorinThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) wednesday elected Mr. Honour Sirawoo as the National President of the association.He was returned unopposed at the election which held at the Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin. Speaking after his election, Mr. Sirawoo charged the federal government to come up with its strategic blueprint for the nation’s sports development.This, he said that, would go a long way in demonstrating its seriousness in the revamping of the sports sector in the country.He also advocated a reappraisal of the act establishing the National Institute for Sports (NIS) with a view to upgrading the centre to a degree awarding institution in the country.Sirawoo said that such development would properly equip coaches and others in the administration of sports in the country.He also said that, “to facilitate the process of reaping effectively from the three trillion dollars in global sports business, we recommend the establishment of a sports university with campuses and facilities located in areas peculiar to particular sports.“This institution, just like the Petroleum Training Institute, Law, Medical and Journalism schools will refine the raw sports talents abound in our land for a guaranteed market besides putting our youths off vices”.The president decried members of the association seeking financial assistance from the government or corporate bodies under various groups. He also banned the various groups operating independently away from the umbrella body at the congressAccording to him, “All forums and groups within SWAN are hereby banned while every members and officials of the association seeking assistance or support from the government, corporate bodies or individuals in the name of SWAN at all levels must henceforth seek clearance from the national secretariat”.Other elected national officers of the association include, Mr. Wale Alabi, (VP North West), Mr. Ado Salisu, (VP South East), Mr. Cajetan Nkwopara, (Financial Secretary), Mrs. Jibo Zakari, (VP South West), Mr. Ajayi Adeboyen (Treasurer), Mr. Abdulraheem Audu amongst others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
UEFA is confident of being able to finish off what remains of the big leagues (Spain, England, Germany, France and Italy) and what is missing from Champions starting in June. In a telematic meeting with the 55 European federations (the RFEF was represented by its Secretary General, Andreu Camps), It was agreed to suspend the team friendlies scheduled for the first week of June in order to win dates on the calendar. They are considered lost due to the pandemic in April and May, in which depending on the progress of the Covid-19 and the decision of the respective governments in this regard, it is expected that the teams can resume training and start a ‘preseason’ that will put them in a position to compete in June.LaLiga and the Premier stated in the telematic conclave organized by UEFA that their priority is to finish the national competition and the current Champions, even beyond the summer occupying part of the calendar of the season 20-21. But both they refused to make it in exchange for sacrificing the Cup competition, as was raised at one point in the meeting by one of the working groups created by UEFA. However, no one refused to allow part of the FIFA team dates to be occupied, and as a first step the friendlies in June have been suspended, the month in which Spain had a match against Portugal scheduled (day 5, in the Wanda Metropolitano ) and another against Lithuania (9, in Santander). One of the problems posed by ending this season in August or even at the dates of the next, that is, in September, is that the duration of the contracts of the players and coaches should be extended beyond June 30, which it is even more conflictive in the case of the transfers. While FIFA is willing to adapt the rules to take account of this circumstance, the World Players Union (FIFPro) warns that if so, the measure must be universal and reach all footballers, not just those that clubs want to retain.In addition, FIFPro also intervened in the discussions on the calendar, as the clubs raise the need to recover dates next Christmas, and play, as England does with Boxing Day). But the players union does not see it clearly. It poses serious difficulties, especially in the case of players from other continents (particularly South America and Africa) who are active in teams from Europe and who return home on those dates. There was no agreement on this matter, but negotiations will continue.Finally, and also without reaching a definitive agreement, it was agreed to continue working on the calendar as the pandemic progresses and a clearer scenario is seen. In any case, UEFA does not rule out, if the current season invades the dates of the next, ask the Club Association (ECA), the European Leagues and the players to accept cuts in the format of the National Championships, which would reduce the number of teams. A cut in selection dates would also be negotiated with FIFA. Because, ultimately, although it has become clear that this season the priority is to finish the leagues and the Champions, the priority in the next one it will be to celebrate the UEFA European Championship and fit the Club World Cup into the calendar from FIFA.
Kaberia who led an inspection tour of the Nyayo Stadium on Friday afternoon has admitted that some momentum was lost after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped Kenya of the hosting rights for CHAN 2018, also apportioning some of the blame on the long electioneering period.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti inspecting ongoing renovations of the Nyayo Stadium on January 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The contractors complained that some time they did not get people to work here because of the electioneering period and that caused the delay. In terms of payments, there might have been a delay of about three weeks but it was because of the processes,” Kaberia said.He added; “I have however talked to the contractors and in the next three weeks the parking lot will be completed, and by the last week of March, they should give me the keys to this place,” the PS added.The Chief Contractor Chandresh Babariya from Lexis International admitted that a shortage of groundsmen was a huge contributing factor to the slowing down of the work, but insists they will be on time to meet the end of March deadline.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti are shown around the proposed changing rooms by chief contractor Chandesh Babariya. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was very tough because at some point out of over 150 workers, we could get 20 or 25 workers. Also, the rains that came in September were a huge contributing factor. Another thing that slowed down the work was the black cotton soil at the parking lot and on the ground. But we are optimistic we can meet the target,” Babariya said.The stadium is undergoing an almost complete overhaul with Lexis International dealing with the construction work while French company Gregori International proposed by CAF will be in charge of the playing surface.Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti are shown the new playing surface plans by Gregori International representatives. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe constructor’s work entails building a new VIP complex which will include increased office space and improved seating area. They will also be constructing new changing rooms as well as rest rooms.A different company has been sub-contracted to work on the seats, floodlights, gates and ticketing. Gregori International will, after most of the construction is done start working on the pitch.They will install a new drainage system and lay out new grass by the beginning of March, meaning in one month the stadium will be ready to host its first match since the Mashemeji Derby last year.The other two stadia which are being rehabilitated are the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eloret and Kinoru Stadium in Meru.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti inspecting the Nyayo National Stadium’s renovation works on January 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5- The Nyayo National Stadium and two others which were under rehabilitation on the African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosting schedule will be open for use by the first week of April, Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia has assured.This is four months after the initial completion date.