England hits Kenya in Cape Town opener

first_imgAt one point though, it seemed Shujaa had a surprise in their bags clawing the scores to 12-12, but they could not hold on their end of the rope to the final whistle, the English picking maximum points.The speedy Dan Norton destroyed the young Kenyan side with his prowess dotting down twice to dampen Kenya’s hopes of a quarter final slot.Ethan Waddleton opened the scoring dotting down after a quick start to a set piece that found the Kenyan backline napping and the conversion went through to give England a 7-0 lead.However, Murunga’s men responded with Cyprian Kuto who had been called in to replace Oluoch offloading under the posts after skipper Eden Agero started a set-piece swinging the ball to the right.-Norton tryBut the English ensured they took the lead into halftime when Norton dotted down the first of his three after Kenya lost possession.Kenya though had a chance to draw level after play dragged for two minutes after the hooter, but Agero knocked on when Kenya was in attack.Coming through the second half, Murunga had instructed his boys to kick and chase despite the fatigue to try and take advantage of England’s holes in defense and that tact paid off when Mugaisi did just that and landed the ball, though the try had to be confirmed by the TMO.But Norton slapped in a response in similar fashion as though sarcastic, kicking and chasing the ball behind the Kenyan defense to take England 17-12 up.-HatrickThe experienced Norton completed his hattrick in superb fashion, his speed and footwork dummying three Kenyan chasers who were left sprawling on the ground ad England went 22-12 up.Phil Burgess came off the bench to drive the final nail on Kenya’s coffin, dotting down with the smallest of spaces and the conversion going through for a 29-12 final score.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Sevens in action during the Dubai Sevens. PHOTO/Ministry of RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – Paul Murunga’s search for his first victory as Kenya head coach dragged on as Shujaa were hit 29-12 by England in their opening pool match at the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa on Saturday afternoon.Winless from the season-opening Dubai Sevens last weekend, Shujaa came into Cape Town pumped up to win but with one of the best Dubai performers Jeff Oluoch missing due to visa issues, it was always going to be tough.last_img read more

Revisiting the halfway house that got me sober

first_imgWith Alaska recidivism rates hovering just above 60 percent, helping prisoners transition back to society successfully is as important as ever. Some prisoners enter a halfway house and receive substance abuse treatment, housing, and help with employment and education.Tom Elasonga Milligrock at Gastineau Human Services. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)Download AudioOn my way out of prison, I lived at Gastineau Human Services in Juneau and and attended substance use services.Back in 2012, I’d been in for six years for assault. And that wasn’t the first time I’d been to prison. I’d been through treatment and transition programs before, but none of them worked like Juneau’s halfway house and its alcohol treatment services. I wanted to put a finger on what worked, and here’s the story. To start, I went back to the halfway house and spoke to a client.Meet Craig Porter.“I hit rock bottom, lost everything I had,” he said.He’s tall, in his late 20s and easy to talk with.“It took being sober and sitting in a jail cell to realize truly how much I hurt people that I’d cared about and that loved me and how much I’d hurt myself and just took a real moral look at myself and it was — I kinda disgusted myself,” he said.Gastineau Human Services. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)We’re at the halfway house and he’s sitting in the same chair I was in two years ago. On a day-to-day basis, there’s an average of 80 clients. I see other men and women coming and going, and I wonder if they’ll make it on the outside.“Drug addiction is what brought me to jail to begin with and I heard about going to the halfway house, GHS, unsentenced. So I figured I’d try that and anything could be better than sitting behind bars,” Porter said.“Unsentenced” is prison-speak for postponing a court appearance, and during that time you have an opportunity, and possibility, to avoid a harsh sentence by entering something like the halfway house.“I started talking with the staff and learning more about Juneau Therapeutic Court. And the more I learned about it and what its main purpose was, I decided it would be a good idea to give it a try,” Porter said.The Juneau Therapeutic Court is part of the court system that sends alcohol and drug abuse-related offenders to treatment and recovery programs instead of prison. Michael Rowcroft is a GHS counselor involved in it.“I consider my approach to counseling as client-centered,” he said.Rowcroft worked with me back when I was here. I appreciated the way he helped me get through denial and admitting that I had a problem with alcohol. We made a plan.Counselor Michael Rowcroft. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)“The next stage is action. So you take action, you take the plan, you put it and implement it and start working on developing the tools of recovery, we call them,” Rowcroft said.For me, the tools of recovery included talking about my problem, and being honest and thinking more positive. And they worked. Slowly, like Craig is now, I was able to get out of the halfway house and do more in the community. That’s part of the plan said GHS Director of Client Services Michele Federico.“We work with folks on looking at some of their other re-entry needs looking at changing thoughts and behaviors,” she said. “We offer a structured phase system that people earn privileges over time so that they — with good behavior — they are allowed to do more in the community.”Craig’s about half of my age. I hope he makes the most of his tools of recovery so he can enjoy the rest of his life.Michael Rowcroft, Elasonga Milligrock and Michele Federico at Gastineau Human Services. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)“Before I got to jail and got help from the staff at GHS and through Juneau Therapeutic Court, I really wanted to quit, but I didn’t know what to do or where to go,” he said.And he has a little advice of his own.“You need to ask for help if you want it, cause it does not come knock on your door and there’s no one that’s going to tell you have to quit and you’re going to quit you have to really want it,” he said. “You know, go talk to someone if you want the help. Don’t wait for someone to come to you.”If you do need help, GHS offers a variety of services open to the public as well. As for Craig, I wish him continued success and I’ll check back with him to see how things are going.Editor’s note: Milligrock interviewed Craig Porter in early September. Porter is still at Gastineau Human Services and is doing well. Milligrock plans to check back in with Craig early next year.last_img read more