China to Build Liberia Health System

first_imgThe government of the People’s Republic of China has pledged that as a plan for the post-Ebola period, it will work with other international partners to help build and modernize Liberia’s health sector.The Chinese government through its Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Zhang Yue, said that there is a need to revamp the country’s health system and China will be wholeheartedly committed to that process as it has always done in the past.He spoke with reporters shortly after meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs office where he had gone to introduce an advance 15-man Chinese medical team that arrived in country during the weekend to join the Ebola fight.Ambassador Zhang disclosed that the advance medical team comprises doctors, epidemiologists, designers, engineers and technicians, who he said will prepare for the construction of the ETU, exchange views with Liberian officials and experts and international partners.Medical equipment and building materials valued at US$82 million have begun arriving on a special flight from China to construct a100-bed ETU at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.This latest contribution is the fourth round of China’s assistance program for Ebola control in West Africa and comprises both cash and suppliesThe ETU will be staffed and operated by Chinese doctors and nurses assisted by local health workers.Ambassador ZHANG said China is not only committed to helping eradicate the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed hundreds of lives from the country and the region, but intends to help develop the country’s health system during the post-Ebola era.He assured President Sirleaf and Liberians that China’s presence in the Ebola fight in West Africa signifies his country’s full commitment to helping its partners.He had earlier disclosed plans by China to initiate the China-Africa Public Health Cooperation Plan that includes organizing 12 terms of training programs on public health, epidemic prevention and control for Africa, carrying out joint research on tropical diseases and helping to establish an information platform for public health and a monitoring network for epidemic prevention and control.It is no secret that the Ebola Virus Disease quickly overwhelmed Liberia and its neighbors as a result of poor and fragile health systems, a situation that needs urgent attention.The devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak has raised alarm about the fragility of the health system on the entire African continent. This, however, led to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to call for robust actions on the part of African governments.Dr. Zuma, who visited Liberia last week, warned that as a lesson from the Ebola crisis, African governments should now see the need to develop a robust public health system in their various countries, indicating that this will help African governments to respond adequately to such outbreaks as the EVD and any other future health eventualities.President Sirleaf welcomed the delegation and lauded China for its continuous assistance to Liberia, which is greatly helping the country in the battle against Ebola.The Liberian leader urged that the team work as fast as possible to exert further pressure on the virus which is starting to reach a stabilizing level.She further requested that the ETUs be integrated into community health care services which she said will help prevent recurrence of the disease. “We all know the level of work that the Chinese government has done in our health sector especially at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center and the Jackson F. Doe Medical Center in Nimba County. They have been of great help to us,” the Liberian President said.China provided US$1.7 million aid package to Liberia on August 11, 2014, the first major international assistance to arrive in country.China has offered more than US$40 million in aid, dispatched nearly 200 medical staff to the affected areas, and set up a mobile laboratory in Sierra Leone, which has tested more than 500 Ebola samples with 100 per cent accuracy.It can be recalled China also donated logistics to the Liberian National Police (LNP) worth US$211,781.71 in support of the eradication of Ebola in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kemayah, Clergyman Attribute Societal Ills to National Leadership

first_imgLiberia Business Association (LIBA) president, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, has attributed the ills and wide social gap in the Liberian society to those in top leadership positions.Without distinction, Mr. Kemayah stressed in a remark that basic values and ethics are lacking in the Liberian society, emphasizing that those in high leadership positions who should properly steer the affairs of the country are caught in the web of widening the gap.Making the remarks following his induction as chairperson of the board of trustees of the Mount Nebo Baptist Church, the LIBA president underscored that there are three duties one should consider while serving as a leader.He named these duties as care, loyalty and obedience; he accused top government officials failing to provide the Liberian people and this has led the country to what it is today, according to him.He emphasized that the position one has in a society has bearing on his or her integrity, stressing that value of integrity is lacking among those in leadership, which consequently leads to poverty and suffering for people of the country.Though he did not point out who exactly is responsible, the LIBA president asserted that key decision makers in top positions at national level are not concerned about the interest of the country, but prioritize their interest to the detriment of the country.“Because of personal interest above national interest, it is difficult for anyone to operate in public or private sector independently.  If anyone wants to exercise independence, the person is seen as opponent to the powers that be,” Kemayah asserted.Mr. Kemayah spoke at a belated Father’s Day program held by the church.He used the occasion to call on fathers of Liberia to rise up against ills that are rooted in the Liberian society since they have children that could replace them tomorrow.Assuring the church of his commitment to duty, Mr. Kemayah said, “As I take over this post as chairman of the board of trustees of this church, I have some basic principles by which I live, and I hope that applying them will not make me unpopular to the church and its leadership.”For Reverend Joseph Gardea Johnson, III of the Restoration Baptist Ministries, Liberia currently needs men of integrity to steer the affairs of the socio-political and economic situations of the country.In his assertion, Rev. Johnson indicated that key decision makers at the top have allowed ills including same-sex marriage, bribes, and other vices to play dominant roles in society.He vocally said national leadership has given domineering power to Lebanese in the business sector, leaving Liberians out.“Lebanese are not investors, but rogues and deceitful people in Liberia to only benefit from the wealth of the country,” the clergyman asserted.He divulged that some top individuals had attempted bribing him and his fellow pastors with US$10,000 to keep silent on the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) report, but he personally refused to accept it because he would be contradicting his stance against atrocity.Rev. Johnson said until Liberians can realize the reason for their existence, they will not realize anything in their quest for development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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National Indian Orchestra to be launched

first_img…series of events for Arrival DayThe fifth day of May, which marks the anniversary of the arrival of Indians to Guyana, and is better known as ‘Arrival Day’, is expected to be the grand launch of the Guyana National Indian Orchestra, a newly introduced style of music to Guyana.This idea was introduced by the founder of the band, a legendary musician and recording artist, Bhaskar Sharma, who disclosed that during his trip to Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to be part of the annual regatta, the need for this was essential and so it was organised. It is expected to feature individuals from a number of different musical groups and background in order to highlight theirThe founder of the orchestra, Bhaskar Sharmacompositions.According to Sharma, “We will invite all heads of the Hindu religious organisations in Guyana – including the Arya Samaj and also Islamic groups nationwide to participate and support this musical initiative, as we will be introducing and teaching both Hindi and Urdu to all practitioners of this sublime art.”The activities surrounding the orchestra will be managed and directed by Sharma, who possesses substantial knowledge as it related to music since he assisted the then Indian Cultural Centre in Corentyne, Berbice in its activities of teaching classical Indian music with the harmonium, an instrument of which he is adept.According to the organisers, the format of the group will include the presentation of Indian classical instruments such as the harmonium, sitar, dholak, table, flute and tassa among others that are popular in Guyana and other parts of the world. Real Indian classical music will be pursued, which is known as “Shastri Sangeet” and also other contemporary rhythms of the best Bollywood music to suit the younger generation. Additionally, there will be a number of other genres being performed by the talented musicians.There will be auditions opened to the general public and is targeted at individuals who possess the varying talents that are associated with the classical music being portrayed by the new orchestra. Persons who are willing to welcome the new idea can contact Bhaskar Sharma on 1-416-759-6397 or the Guyana representative Ramkissoon Singh at 592-220-7475. Meanwhile, the organisers of the series of events, which are scheduled for the latter part of this month and May, have disclosed that more details will be provided as the time winds down for the official performances.last_img read more

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Shutout win sends Lancers to semis

first_img“South Pas was a very good team, but I think we’re more relaxed and playing our type of soccer now that we’re deeper in the playoffs,” Lopez said. “We scored a pair of nice goals and scored before halftime. But we could have easily been up 3-0 or 4-0 with the chances we had.” McAulay, Smith and Johnson are all four-year varsity players who know when to roll up their sleeves and get physical, and when to play the ball out of the back to start an attack. “We’re not going in like we expect anything, we’re just playing hard,” McAulay said. “Our concentration is probably a little better because we’re in the playoffs, but we’re staying humble and taking it one at a time.” Freshman Kelly Tartaglione put the Lancers up 1-0 with a sweet floater in the 23rd minute. Tartaglione settled the ball at the left corner of the box, then lifted a delicate shot to the far post that Knights goalkeeper Lindsay Jones could only stare at. Later, it was the Lancers’ combination work that paid off. Sara Turcios slid a pass to Stephanie Gioia, who one-touched to junior Alexa Weigand, who finished in the left corner for a 2-0 lead in the 39th minute. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The senior can thank the steady backline of Lauren McAulay, Kasey Johnson and Erin Smith, who never allowed visiting St. Joseph of Santa Maria a dangerous shot on goal during the Lancers’ 2-0 shutout in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV quarterfinal match. The No. 3 Lancers (22-2-2) next face No. 2 Granite Hills (20-2-4) in the semifinals on Tuesday at a site to be determined by today’s coin flip. • Photo Gallery: La Salle vs. St. Joseph PASADENA – Other than gathering a few loose balls and clearing others out of danger, it was a relatively easy rain-soaked afternoon for La Salle High School goalkeeper Makenzie Pedrotti. center_img Granite Hills advanced with a 4-0 win over visiting Lompoc Cabrillo. “You saw a little of everything today,” La Salle coach Sal Lopez said. “We defended well in the back, we created opportunities, and I thought we moved the ball around as a team. “They were chasing us most of the second half, and you could see they were getting frustrated.” After sneaking past visiting South Pasadena 2-1 in the first round, the Lancers appeared much more comfortable after beating Lompoc on the road in the second round, 4-1. The Lancers outshot the Knights, 12-2. last_img read more

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Five key men in the Europa League final

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann in training at the venue of Wednesday’s final, when he will lead Atletico Madrid’s attack against Marseille © AFP / Philippe DESMAZESLYON, France, May 16 – As Atletico Madrid and Marseille prepare to meet in the Europa League final in Lyon on Wednesday, AFP Sport looks at five men who will have a crucial role to play for their respective sides:Antoine Griezmann There is constant speculation about the French striker’s future and a possible move to Barcelona at the end of the season, but Griezmann is hoping to win a first major trophy as an Atletico Madrid player on Wednesday and avoid another painful defeat following the loss on penalties to Real Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final.Griezmann has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season, including a crucial counter away to Arsenal in the semi-finals. Now he is hoping to overcome Marseille — the club he is said to support — in a final that will be played in Lyon, a short drive from where he grew up.“Griezmann is one of the best attackers in the world and he’s capable of anything,” warned Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.Dimitri PayetFlorian Thauvin might be Marseille’s main goal threat this season — he scored their opener in the first leg of the semi-final against Salzburg — but Payet is the most likely to strike fear into the Spaniards.The 37-times capped France playmaker’s fitness has been the biggest concern for Marseille fans in recent days, and they will have been pleased to hear him say he is fine after a minor muscle injury prevented him from playing in their last league game.His eye for a pass and ability at a dead ball make the ex-West Ham United man the biggest star in Rudi Garcia’s side. And, crucially, he has managed to steer clear of major fitness problems in recent months.“I’m in form. When you feel at your best physically, at 100 percent on the pitch, you can express yourself more freely and naturally,” Payet said on Tuesday.German ‘Mono’ Burgos‘Mono’ Burgos (L) with Diego Simeone © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAtletico coach Diego Simeone will be unable to orchestrate proceedings from the dugout as he serves a suspension following his sending-off in the semi-final first leg against Arsenal.Without him, assistant ‘Mono’ Burgos will take charge of the team, just as he did in the second leg of that tie against the Gunners. It is a blow for the Spanish side to be without Simeone, and even Marseille coach Rudi Garcia lamented his ban, but Burgos is a big enough character to ensure the Argentine is not missed too much.“I feel sad at not being there, but we have known each other for a lifetime and we understand football in the same way. I have confidence in him being in charge,” Simeone said.Luiz GustavoBrazil’s Luiz Gustavo has enjoyed a brilliant first season with Marseille © AFP / Vladimir SimicekThe midfielder has been superb for Marseille this season since signing from Wolfsburg in Germany, but where he plays could be key.Garcia has suggested that he could go with a three-man defence, and there is a good chance the Brazilian could again start at the back, just as he has done in recent European ties.But can Marseille really afford to be without his influence in the centre of the park when it comes to the final?KokeAtletico’s defence is their major strongpoint, but the Spain midfielder has a big influence further forward. He could play off the front two of Griezmann and Diego Costa, offering the same kind of threat that saw him score the winner at Getafe in La Liga at the weekend.“His hard work, dedication and talent have made him key for Atletico and the national team,” said Simeone of the 26-year-old.“Tactically he reads the game better than anyone.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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One of QPR’s bad eggs signs long-term deal with giants – Fans react

first_img Adel Taarabt Adel Taarabt has always possessed bags of talent.However, his attitude has been found to be lacking constantly throughout his career.The midfielder’s five-year spell with Queens Park Rangers has been plagued with off-field issues and fitness problems, bar one fantastic campaign in the Championship.But it hasn’t stopped him agreeing a lucrative long-term contract with Portuguese outfit Benfica after Rangers agreed to mutually cancel the 26-year-old’s contract.He’s barely played this season; how has he managed to pull that one off? talkSPORT isn’t too sure and neither are the majority of the footballing world it seems…. 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL MOTORCYCLIST INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH CONVICTED OF HAVING NO INSURANCE

first_imgA Donegal motorcyclist found not guilty last October of dangerous driving causing the deaths of three people has now been convicted of having no insurance on the day of the accident.Three other motor-cyclists riding in convoy with him were also convicted at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court of having no insurance. Niall McGrath, 28, of Grahamstown, Ballintra, was fined €400 for being without insurance, driving licence or tax in the accident at Ballintra, on September 11, 2005.Defence solicitor John McNulty told the court he sustained serious injuries in the accident and he needed his licence to travel for treatment.But the other three drivers were banned for 12 months each for having no insurance.Gary McGrath, 30, also of Grahamstown, Brian Hughes, Cashel, Rossnowlagh, 32, and Ciaran Timoney, 29, Drumholme, Ballintra, also received fines from €100 to €300.The court heard the four motorbikers were travelling towards Donegal Town from Ballyshannon after attending a bikers’ rally in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, earlier that day.They were filtering through traffic when a multi-vehicle collision occurred..Nora McGee, 74, from Gortahork in Donegal, was in one car and Damien and Teresa Quigg, both 49, who were a married couple from Dungiven, Co Derry, were in another. All three died in the crash.At a separate trial of Niall McGrath last October for dangerous driving causing the three deaths a jury found him not guilty.EndsDONEGAL MOTORCYCLIST INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH CONVICTED OF HAVING NO INSURANCE was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger warns Man City star could cost England at the World Cup

first_imgArsene Wenger has highlighted Kyle Walker as England’s biggest weakness at the 2018 World Cup.The former Arsenal manager believes the Manchester City ace is not particularly suited to playing as a central defender. Kyle Walker conceded a penalty against Tunisia Walker was a key part of City’s Premier League title success last season after a £50m move from Tottenham, playing 33 appearances at right-back.He has been used as part of a back three for England in Russia and has produced two decent performances in the wins over Tunisia and Panama, although he did give away a penalty in the opening Group G game.But Wenger believes, against top-quality opposition, the 28-year-old may well be exposed.“He’s not a real defender, and especially not a central defender,” said the legendary French manager.“He can be subject to defensive mistakes, which he would not pay for when he plays as a right-back.”Walker has admitted he would prefer to play as right-back for England, but believes working under Pep Guardiola at Man City has equipped him for the transition to central defender.“I have been playing professionally since I was 18 at right-back, so to go to your first World Cup and probably not play in your preferred position where you want to showcase your talent, is … well, not disappointing but a little bit of a step back,” said Walker, ahead of the tournament.“I have to move on from it. I’m professional. I’ve played the game, I’m 28 now and, as long as the manager feels it is going to benefit the team, then why not?“The position I am playing now for my country, at right centre-half, could I have played it two years ago? Probably not. It was comfortable for me because of the work I have done at Manchester City.“My game has developed tremendously under Guardiola. He has taught me so much about the game: just managing the game, understanding the game, and knowing the players around you really. He doesn’t really like to be overloaded in midfield so, if he does see that, then I tuck in so we go as a back three.“Is it my preferred position? Of course not. I want to play right-back. I have worked my whole life to get to where I am now in a World Cup squad, and to showcase my talent on this stage playing in ‘my’ position. But I’m a team player. I will do anything for the team. If the gaffer thinks the best way for me to help the team out is to play there, I am all for it.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.center_img 1last_img read more

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RUGBY: DONEGAL GIRLS NORA AND LARISSA HELP IRELAND TO 6 NATIONS VICTORY

first_imgIRELAND completed the double over Wales in the 6 Nations this weekend – after the national women’s team defeated the Welsh, following the men’s 30-22 victory in Cardiff.And two Donegal women played their part in their 12-10 victory.Ballybofey woman Lariss Muldoon started the match, with Nora Stapleton from Fahan on the replacements bench. A 75th-minute try from Ireland Women’s hooker Gillian Bourke broke Welsh hearts in the last of the RBS 6 Nations matches this weekend as they secured a 12-10 win.Wales led with ten minutes left on the clock but they succumbed to heavy Irish pressure to go down at the death at Aberavon’s Port Talbot Athletic Ground.It took 22 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was Irish lock Sophie Spence who went over in the corner for the first try of the game. Niamh Briggs slotted the conversion from way out on the touchline to give the visitors a 0-7 lead.Just before the half-time whistle, Wales got themselves back into the game courtesy of a Rosie Fletcher try after some superb work from the pack. The Welsh were patient in their build-up and even when the chance to score seemed to have been lost, Fletcher found her way through the Ireland defence to score. A conversion from Elinor Snowsill levelled it at the break, 7-7. It was all Wales at the start of the second half but the home side struggled to convert pressure into points. Two surges over the try-line were judged to have been knocked on by the referee, and the mistakes turned out to be costly.Wales came close to another score 15 minutes from time when winger Caryl James nearly touched down, only for Ireland’s Alison Miller to hack the ball away in the nick of time.With 11 minutes left, replacement Laura Prosser edged Wales in front with a penalty. With Ireland reduced to 14 all Wales had to do was see the game out.But Ireland refused to lie down and heaped pressure on the Welsh defence. Eventually the breakthrough came with Bourke going over in the corner to win the game. RUGBY: DONEGAL GIRLS NORA AND LARISSA HELP IRELAND TO 6 NATIONS VICTORY was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyFahanRUGBY: DONEGAL GIRLS NORA AND LARISSA HELP IRELAND TO 6 NATIONS VICTORYlast_img read more

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Martz back, readies Rams for Seahawks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Rams (2-2) play the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) on Sunday in a game for first place in the NFC West. Winborn to Jags The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired linebacker Jamie Winborn from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. Winborn lost his job to converted defensive end Andre Carter, and last week 49ers coach Mike Nolan announced plans to trade the disgruntled Winborn. In four-plus years with San Francisco, Winborn had 156 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions. “It was an opportunity to acquire a linebacker who’s a good player and fits our system,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “It wasn’t anything that was too costly or too difficult to pull off.” Del Rio wouldn’t commit to Winborn becoming a starter when he begins workouts with the Jaguars next week, but said he would get a spot with the club’s special teams. Martz has undergone a series of blood cultures to confirm the diagnosis, but had nothing to add on that front, repeatedly telling reporters to ask him about “Seattle stuff.” “It just takes a while to treat and get over it,” Martz said. “It’s so early now that there won’t be any issues from it. I’m very pleased about that.” Coach Mike Martz returned to the practice field Friday, ready to put the attention back on the St. Louis Rams’ next game instead of his heart condition. Martz, 54, missed two days while undergoing tests for a bacterial infection of a heart valve. He said earlier this week that team doctors believe he has endocarditis. “I appreciate everybody’s concern and I’m not trying to minimize this, I’m really not, but everything’s fine,” Martz said. “Now it’s time to focus on this team and winning a game. Really, I’m not trying to minimize it or be a John Wayne or anything else like that, it just is what it is.” center_img “We see him as a guy who’s played well, has started, so he has experience, has speed and can help us on (special) teams,” Del Rio said. “We’ll let him grow into a role.” The Jaguars released defensive tackle Martin Chase to make room for Winborn. Cadillac in shop Rookie sensation Carnell Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wore a protective boot on his injured left foot for the fifth day in a row but has not ruled out playing against the New York Jets on Sunday. The running back has not practiced since leaving last week’s against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter with a strained left foot and hamstring. He is listed as questionable but says his condition is improving. “Overall, it feels the best it’s felt, so that’s definitely a plus,” Williams said. “I don’t know (if I’ll play). Only time will tell. I definitely want to, but you know, the decision will be made Sunday and we’ll take it from there. Bucs coach Jon Gruden indicated Williams will be a game-time decision. If Williams can’t go, Michael Pittman is prepared to shoulder the rushing load. Other key injuries: Rams receiver Isaac Bruce (turf toe) is doubtful and likely will be sidelined for a second consecutive week. Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ron Edwards will probably miss the rest of the year after having surgery on his injured right shoulder. The Green Bay Packers might be without running back Ahman Green (knee, leg), tight end Bubba Franks (knee) and left tackle Chad Clifton (ankle) against New Orleans. The trio is listed as questionable. Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said that injured wide receivers Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson will not play at St. Louis this weekend. N.Y. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, and the team is optimistic he will be ready for the 2006 season. Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Kevin Sampson was improving a day after being hospitalized following a seizure. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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