AUSTIN – Texas leaders are encouraging nursing facility providers to submit applications to the Human Services Commission to receive up to $3,000 in federal funding per facility for purchasing communication technology devices.Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced $3.6 million in funding to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This program will help Texans in nursing homes stay connected to their loved ones while protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations,” Abbott said. “As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of this virus, we are committed to developing effective strategies that protect Texans while keeping them connected.” Purchased devices must be cleaned and disinfected between every use by a resident.Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services. David Kostroun, deputy executive commissioner for the Human Services Commission’s Regulatory Services Division, said staying connected to families and friends is important to Texans who live in nursing facilities during this unprecedented situation.“We want facilities to know this option can help connect residents to their loved ones virtually, while still protecting everyone’s health and safety,” Kostroun said.Any Texas nursing facility can apply for this funding.
Tim Grimes in Anaheim before Thursday’s playoff game against the Angels.Born in March 1986, Tim Grimes was still in his mother’s womb when the Royals last made the playoffs. So when Salvador Perez secured the final out last Friday against the White Sox, securing the Royals’ first playoff appearance since 1985, there was little doubt that the lifelong Royals fan was going to attend the playoffs game. And the win only bolstered Grimes’ courage in the face of a deadly disease.“Welp, guess this means I’m beating cancer,” he said shortly after the victory.Grimes is set to begin treatment under a clinical trial at the University of Kansas Hospital next week for the advanced-stage skin cancer that threatens his life. But for the past week, he’s been focused on rooting on his favorite team.As if the 2004 SM East graduate didn’t have enough drama right now, the Royals’ first two playoff games have provided plenty of excitement. Grimes said that, like everyone else in the stadium during Tuesday’s Wild Card Playoff game against Oakland, he and his friend felt like they’d been punched in the gut when Brandon Moss hit the sixth-inning homerun off of Yordano Ventura.“But in my life outside baseball,” he said, “people have been showing me how to be optimistic. We never stopped believing.”In the roller coaster ride that ensued, Grimes said he and his friends never gave up hope.“I kept telling people in the stands, ‘I’m going to beat cancer. But I don’t know if I’ll survive the heart attack this game gives me,’” he said.When it was all said and done, he’d thrown out his arm waving his rally towel and lost his voice from cheering. But on Thursday, he was in Anaheim to see the Royals 11-inning win over the Angels. He’ll be in the crowd again tonight.The GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for Grimes’ treatments can be found here.
Soccer By DENNYS IORERE It may be a long shot but never impossible. And for PNG Football Association Supporters Club chairman Dr Miok Komolong (picutured), he optimistic of having the PNG men’s team to Qatar in 2022 if not definitely to the United States in 2026. He said there were enough slots for Oceania region – one direct qualification or entry and the other a playoff for second place with South America. Dr Komolong was speaking during the launch of the PNGFA U-15 Festival Southern leg on Tuesday, he said there were enough slots for Oceania region – one direct qualification or entry. The Southern leg youth festival has attracted eight boys and six girls’ teams from the National Capital District and Central province who are currently competing until the finals on Sunday. “The supporters club, actually our number one goal is to building the national team and the women’s team as well but the flagship is the men’s national team (the Kapuls) – our goal is to enter our team in the World Cup if not in Qatar in 2022 definitely the USA in 2026,” he said. “This game does not end here, 2026 one or two or even four of you will make the national team and I look forward to that so all the best. We will support you. That is the mission of the supporters club. “When you graduate to the national team we will be there for you. We will make sure everything is done right for you so that you can carry the flag and represent your country with pride.” Dr Komolong has been involved with football because his children who had shown interest from Under 6 to U-12 to U-15 tournaments. He was one time a chairman of the local organizing committee in Lae in 2006. He was also the chairman of the Pikinini Soccer at the University of Technology in Lae, Morobe. “Out of that program that we ushered in there are now four of my boys from Lae in the national team if not six but some are on the fringes,” Dr Komolong said. He declined to name those players but his sons Alwin and Felix have come through the same process like you so it is important that this type of tournaments are organised well. “You get support from the parents and the teachers at this level and this is the grassroots of football that builds those players for national representative duties. So in the national team as the supporters club, we are gearing up to start the next journey. If you saw the Nation’s Cup last year, it was the supporters club that came and assisted PNGFA to bring our team and we almost beat New Zealand,” he said. “We unfortunately did not make it – that was the Nations Cup or the Confederations Cup; In the World Cup qualifiers we beat Tahiti. The supporters club was with PNGFA all along. I am saying this is because I think in this group one, two if not three, four of you will make it to the national team (Kapuls).”
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has played down the rivalry between his teammates and Real Madrid players.He also disclosed that he speaks to Real Madrid’s Spanish players on a WhatsApp groupPique was speaking on his Players’ Tribune blog which was posted on ThursdayIn his words, Pique said: “I’m going to let you in on a little inside information. Everybody knows that footballers have text groups on WhatsApp. I have one just for my friends from home, and I have another just for my Barca team-mates.”“But my favourite one might surprise you. Earlier this season, when we were already eight or nine points clear of Real Madrid in the league, I started a special group for some of the guys on the Spanish national team who play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.“If you only read what the media says, you would think that we hate one another. But, in fact, we all get along really well, and we text back and forth about tactics and football philosophies and even the books we’re reading.“It’s the best. We’re just like little kids. And the truth is, it’s especially hilarious for me right now, because now we’re up 15 points on Real in the league. So I’m getting very creative in my responses.” he added.Speaking further, the former Manchester United defender: “Last season, when the Real guys were winning everything, they were feeling pretty good. They were talking s**t constantly whenever I saw them at national team training.“Man, every time they won a match last season, they were posting shirtless photos on Instagram from the locker room. Remember that?“They were smiling and flexing their muscles like The Rock and saying #HalaMadrid and posting little trophy emojis. This season, though, it’s a different vibe. All their Instagram photos are looking very somber. “3 points today. We must keep working harder!”“So I’m texting them in the WhatsApp group, “Come on guys, why so serious?!” Then I put a little crying emoji, and a laughing emoji. I even made a special name for the group. It’s called: CONGRATULATIONS.” he concluded.RelatedPique Extends Barcelona Contract Until 2022January 30, 2018In “Europe”Gerard Pique Makes Bold Barcelona ClaimFebruary 28, 2019In “Europe”Gerard Pique Offers To Leave Barca Following “Humiliating” Bayern DefeatAugust 15, 2020In “Europe”