Battle for third intesifies in Ligue One

first_img Tags: French Ligue Onetop Lyon returned to winning ways last weekend with a win over Angers. (Agency photo)With six points separating second and third in the French Ligue one, only one Champions League spot is realistically available with only five games to play for.Lille who sit second on the table, are odds on to stay in their position but Lyon (3rd) have all to play for in the remaining games as the duo of Saint Etienne (4th) and Marseille (5th) are hot on their heels.At the kick of the first ball on Match-Day 35, only five points separate Bruno Genesio’s side from Marseille who are 5th. Lyon know that it is in their hands now and winning the rest of their games will mean they head back to Europe’s premier Club competition for at least another year.Lyon will be away to Bordeaux on Friday in an encounter that historically has caused issues for them (Lyon) as they have not won at the Matmut-Atlantique in any of their last three visits.Genesio’s side defeated Angers 2-1 last weekend, their first points in the last three and will be hoping the form of Martin Terrier, who has scored in all of his last four games, can inspire them to another victory.For Bordeaux, they have underperformed this season and start the day in 14th, 10 points off the relegation zone. The sale of Malcom to Barcelona last summer looks to have affected them big time and none of Francios Kamano and Jimmy Briand looks ready to take over from where the Brazilian left.Only a single victory in their last 9 does not do Bordeaux’s confidence any good as they come up against a side that is desperate to return to the Champions League.With no League action on Saturday, both Marseille and Saint Etienne will play their games on Sunday.First up will be Jean Louis Gasset’s Etienne who will be at home to relegation-threatened Toulouse.Etienne have been in impressive form lately, winning four of their last five games in Ligue One, including a 2-0 win away to Reims last time out.With Remmy Cabella and top scorer Waibi Khaziri in good form, nothing but three points off Toulouse will be welcomed by the Etienne faithful.Marseille too are at home on Sunday as they welcome in-form Nantes to the City.After struggling between March and early April where they failed to win in three, Rudi Garcia’s charges are back in business, winning both of their last two games.Star striker Mario Balloteli is a major doubt as he is nursing an injury but with Valarie Germain and Lucas Ocampos in the mix, Marseille will surely cause Nantes problems, some of which i am sure they (Nantes) will not be able to answer.However, Nantes themselves have been in good form of late as they are riding on the back of three consecutive victories, one of which was a 3-2 defeat of PSG.With PSG and Rennes contesting the French Cup final on Sunday, the other fixtures to look out for will be Lille at home to Nimes and a relegation six-pointer pitting Dijon away to Caen.The French Ligue One fixtures:Friday, 26-04-2019.-Bordeaux vs Lyon @9:45PmSunday, 28-04-2019.-Amiens vs Strasbourg @4pm-Angers vs Reims @4pm-Caen vs Dijon @4pm-Lille vs Nimes @4pm-Nice vs Guingamp @4pm-Saint Etienne vs Toulouse @6pm-Marseille vs Nantes @10pmTuesday, 30-04-2019-Montpellier vs PSG @10pmWednesday, 01-05-2019-Rennes vs Monaco @10pmComments 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

Made in Guatemala Building a dream home

first_imgThe Chesters’ house is decorated with eclectic items the couple has collected over years in the Foreign Service. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chester Related posts:Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala A city girl from the Netherlands packs up and moves to the Guatemalan jungle Guatemala high court orders arrest warrant for former leader Serrano reinstated Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt denies being ‘genocidal’ as historic trial wraps up “Franklin’s unbelievable,” says George. “He provided the spark; starting with a clear piece of paper he designed everything. We could have got furniture in the U.S., but we only wanted Franklin – the man’s a magician.”To comply with Florida’s building codes, local draftsmen translated Contreras’ initial design, and just over a year later, during Christmas of 2001, the custom-built four-bedroom house was completed.“We prepared most of the construction details here and sent them over to the States,” says Contreras. “We shipped the two corridors [porches] with all their pieces, the wrought-iron balconies and railings, the stone work for the fireplaces, old doors – even the roof tiles were quantified and sent to provide the right exterior look to the house. That was the uniqueness of the project. Gerri and George wanted the real stuff.”With a sunken fountain, grills over the inset concrete windows and gargoyles rather than guttering, the Spanish colonial-style house appears to have been plucked from the streets of Antigua and placed in Yulee, on the coast of Florida.The house is not only Guatemalan on the outside, but also is filled with Guatemalan features on the inside, too.After building the pieces in Guatemala, Contreras took them apart, numbered them and shipped them to Florida in a 40-foot container, which also contained custom-made beds, a Guatemalan Art Nouveau chair and five pairs of antique wooden doors.“I think the real challenge was for the builder in the U.S. to use my design and adapt it to comply with all the regulations, codes and building processes so that it was livable and coherent with the Florida environment,” Contreras says.“I know how difficult it is even to change an outlet in the U.S. if you don’t have the right certified electrician with his license, insurance and so forth. We did our best to send instructions on how to put together all the pieces of the terraza española and other details, but this was a totally different language for the contractor.”With its soaring cathedral ceiling, 26-foot fireplace and outdoor swimming pool, the Chesters’ dream home is a perfect replica of an 18th century luxury Guatemalan home.With careers that have taken the couple all over the globe, the Chesters have accumulated an impressive collection of eclectic items along the way – including Belgian stained glass windows and a 9-foot, 19th century French farm table. Their diverse array of global purchases, which typifies their past, even dictated that the rooms were designed to fit the furniture, not the other way around.The unique abode, which is located on the waterfront in a secluded part of Nassau Valley, is surrounded by oak trees, four miles from the nearest grocery store.Although the initial idea for a Spanish colonial residence in their home country presented them with a few challenges, the finished version bottles the essence of Guatemala – providing Florida with a flavor of Antigua.  Each pillar was designed and made in Guatemala and shipped to Florida in a 40-foot box. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chestercenter_img Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY – For most people, home is where the heart is; but for Gerri and George Chester, home is where Guatemala is – whether they’re in Florida or Antigua.The retired U.S. Foreign Service officers had spent their lives moving around every couple of years for work. So when they decided to retire to the U.S. state of Florida over a decade ago, they were ready to settle down and build their dream home. However, since their last placement was in Guatemala, the couple wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the country they had called home for the previous six years.“We fell in love with it here,” admits Gerri. “It was our last overseas assignment, our kids grew up here and we just loved the Spanish colonial-style houses.”Frustrated with what they found in the southern United States housing market, the former diplomats started searching for inspiration for their dream house on the cobbled streets of Antigua, 30 kilometers from Guatemala City.“We went through all these magazines looking for ideas, but couldn’t find anything,” says George. “Then we went over to a friend’s house that was designed by [Guatemalan architect] Franklin [Contreras]. We saw it and immediately wanted one.”The Chesters flew Contreras up to Florida to walk over their lot and see what he could come up with. A couple of days later, he sketched something on the back of an envelope and the project began.last_img read more