Cliff Abenaitwe, June 10, 2012
With only 24 minutes played at the Metalist Stadium, Denmark found the back of the net thanks to a Michael Krohn-Dehli goal. The lively star-studded Dutch team could not believe the score line reading having dominated the game from the start. To save themselves from the looming infamy, the ‘Oranje’ tried to assemble their fire power but their efforts could not bear any fruit.
It was such a painful defeat as the last time the Dutch lost their opening game at a European Championship was in 1988.
Despite their efforts, I put the blame on the shoulders of Coach Bert van Marwijk and winger Arjen Robben.
The decision to start Robin Van Persie ahead of the qualifiers top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the greatest mistake van Marwijk made. Obviously van Persie had a great season with Arsenal but his display in the Oranje shirt has been less impressive compared to Huntelaar’s.
The Schalke 04 hit man underlined his top talisman tag with 12 goals from 25 shorts during the Euro 2012 qualifiers and he should have been selected ahead of the Arsenal captain who managed 6 goals in the whole qualifying campaign.
As if this was not enough, Van Marwijk’s woes were simply aggravated by the wasteful Arjen Robben. The former PSV, Chelsea and Madrid winger wasted a number of chances and frustrated his team’s efforts with a selfish display.
May be he thought he was solely responsible for helping the team turn the corner but his selfish display on the right flank nailed the team efforts that many faithfuls wanted him replaced.
All said and done, in Bert van Marwijk, Netherlands has the right man to turn things round but he must learn from the bitter Denmark lesson and his response should be swift if the team is to salvage something from Euro 2012 and the later competitions.
Ugandan Journalists Trained In Health Reporting
In what appears to be the beginning of a great working partnership with the media, Mak SPH has trained over 25 health journalists from different media houses on accurate health reporting, precise interpretation of health research findings, handling and construing statistical data as well as the policy implications of research findings among others.
The 5 days training ( From May 28-June 1,2012) at the School of Public Health Annex in Kololo, covered a number of captivating topics such as the over view of HIV control and prevention in Uganda, identifying credible sources for health information, summarizing research findings, safe male medical circumcision and epidemiology among others.
The course coordinator Joseph Matovu from the School of public health explained that the main objective of the course was to improve on the skills of journalists in health reporting. “This course is aimed at sensitizing journalists on basic health concepts and build their skills in using them to improve health reporting in Uganda” Matovu explained.
He added that health gurus sometimes are upset by inaccurate media reports about health research findings, inappropriate use of words like prevalence, incidence and rate which among other reasons compelled them to intervene through such training.
Participants expressed utmost happiness about the course and its timing. “For sure, this course has benefited me a lot and I will not repeat the ‘common’ errors I have been committing in health reporting” Olivia Namaloba, a correspondent with UBC radio noted. “Am thankful for this course because i have learnt a lot about epidemiology, interviewing for health reporting, male medical circumcision among many others and I wish this course could be extended to other journalists” a jolly Alomu delux Emmy from Etop radio and paper told this site.
Regarding the continuity of the course, Matovu explained that this is the beginning of ‘things’ and the school together with its partners such as CDC will extend the same training to other journalists at a later time.