first goal of the season WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) missed one penalty, but made amends by scoring another to edge Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 in their ‘St Bess’ derby at Alpart Sports Club yesterday in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition. The win took them second behind Lacovia High (seven points), who were also in the winner’s circle following another good outing to defeat BB Coke High 2-0. Surprise team Maggotty High kept their positive season going, although playing to a nil-all scoreline with BB Coke and kept alive hopes of advancing beyond the first round for the first time in the school’s history. STETHS secured victory when second-half substitute Travar McCulloch stepped up to score from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute, this after a moment of madness from Munro’s Nicholas Collins, who dived goalkeeper-style to save a certain goal with his hands. Collins was issued a straight red card for his action and left his team a mountain to climb, with STETHS looking ominous with each attack. McCulloch said the win meant that they will be able to play with more freedom and that it brings confidence to the team moving forward. “It’s my first goal of the season, but more important, we got the win,” McCulloch stated. “We expected a very hard game from Munro. The win gives us more confidence because we weren’t winning as we should,” said the STETHS central midfielder. STETHS, who lost in the final last year, were quick out of the blocks and should have taken the lead from the sixth minute when forward Michael Kerr failed to hit the target, after getting the better of Munro goalkeeper Onandi McKenzie. Munro gradually settled and also provided some dangerous moments for STETHS, but lacked the cutting edge on the final play to dent their opponents. At Jarrett Park, the game between St James High and Group A leaders Cornwall College ended in a 1-1 draw. Defending champions Clarendon College were held to a 1-1 draw by Lennon in Group H to still lead on seven points. Lennon and Thompson Town are next, with Kellits at the foot of the standings. Elsewhere, there were wins for Denbigh High over Porus 1-0, Central High and Foga Road High ended 0-0. Manchester High moved further away from the field with a 4-0 whipping of Mile Gully in Group F, while Dinthill Technical and Bog Walk drew 1-1. Former winners Rusea’s High made it two wins in two starts with a battling 1-0 victory over Group B rivals Frome Technical, while 2005 champions Godfrey Stewart High thumped Little London 3-0 in Group D.
A workshop is underway to train healthcare professionals how to teach young mothers how to give birth less painfully through breathing and other techniques.On its second day, Iesha Urling and Beverly Nelson – both physiotherapists within the Public Health Ministry – facilitated the practical session by highlighting to the professionals the basic ‘dos and don’ts’ and the set up the classrooms for teaching expectant mothers.Beverly Nelson highlighted that it is important to engage pregnant teens in the exercise practices inspired by Dr Lamaze. These sessions focus on getting the pregnant teen to relax while observing breathing techniques and continuous emotional support from the father/significant other and a specially trained nurseThe healthcare professionals [trainees] practising exercise techniques to take back to their respective health centres to teach pregnant adolescentsand/or midwife.When these class sessions take form, pregnant teens enrolled in adolescent health clinics can benefit from simple physiotherapeutic practices that would help in a safer delivery.“Some of the benefits would be to the mother and some benefits to baby as well. This would include a decrease in blood pressure, improving of the mother’s psychological well-being, increased energy, increased strength and endurance because labour as it is, is a task so she needs to have the strength in her muscles and she also needs to be able to endure the period of labour and delivery; it prepares her for labour and delivery and it helps to regain the pre-pregnancy body more quickly.”Nelson encouraged that even as the nurses, midwives and doctors return to the health centre to set up these classes it is important to have a plan. For example, the exercise sessions must not exceed a 30-minute time frame.“For example, you can start with five minutes warm up, then do the stretches for about 20 minutes then cool down and relax.” Nelson added saying that, “We do not want to exercise them to the point of exhaustion and fatigue.”Additionally, the importance of breathing cannot be overemphasised. Nelson said, “We want to encourage mothers to not hold their breath, they need oxygen for their muscles and need oxygen for the baby as well so we don’t want the mother to hold their breath during exercises.”As the teen goes through her pregnancy, physical activities and movement are to be encouraged while lots of fluids should be taken to prevent the chances of dehydration.The Lamaze training concept was inspired by the work of Dr Fernand Lamaze, a French obstetrician who introduced a method of childbirth focused on a less stressful labour process, safe delivery and a healthy mother and baby.