Tony Becca: Staying in or going out

first_img SERIOUS ACTION When the standard of West Indies cricket was officially recognised in 1928, it signalled a time of jubilation by West Indians, and not even a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England, with each Test finishing in three days and by an innings and 58 runs, an innings and 30 runs, and by an innings and 71 runs could dampen the spirit. In fact, although fast bowler Herman Griffith snatched six wickets in one innings, it was an embarrassing occasion with only three 50s in the series and with not one batsman scoring a century, as the team crashed to totals of 177 and 166, 206 and 115, and 238 and 129. Since those days of mixed reactions, West Indies cricket has come a long way. Riding on the backs of Clifford Roach, George ‘Atlas’ Headley, Learie Constantine, Griffith, and Manny Martindale, the West Indies grew from strength to strength until it joined the world in class with the likes of Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, and Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin and Alfred Valentine, Jeffrey Stollmeyer, Allan Rae, Franz Alexander, and Gerry Gomez. Then came the glory days of Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers the great one – Basil Butcher, Seymour Nurse, Jackie Hendriks, Lance Gibbs, Roy Gilchrist, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith when they ruled the world as unofficial champions. Shortly after that came Roy Fredericks, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Deryck Murray, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Wayne Daniel, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, the all-conquering, undisputed champions of the world. After that, and before the collapse, came a few great and good individuals, batsmen and bowlers like Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, and Carl Hooper, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, and Patrick Patterson. On top of everything else, throughout their time, the West Indies have produced many players with the skill worthy of representing the world, and at the same time at that. EXCITING PLAY Trinidad and Tobago, it is understood, have asked the ICC how feasible is it to go it alone, and last week, T&T Prime Minister Keith Rowley said on his return from a CARICOM meeting in Belize that it was decided to terminate discussions with the board and that “the time has come for serious action in trying to save West Indies cricket”. West Indies cricket is strapped for cash, and more than that, every now and then, the board goes to the governments with cap in hand. The cricket grounds around the territories, for example, are owned by the governments. The “serious action”, as necessary as it is, as important as it is, hopefully, does not lead to the break-up of West Indies cricket. The West Indies have come too far to break up now. Think once, think twice, before deciding what to do. The West Indian territories do not possess the money, the numbers, the skill, or probably the desire to make it alone, if they attempt to go it alone. If they take a rest, with the intention of sorting things out before they come back, they may never do so, or it may take a long, long time to come back. And if they really want to go it alone, not one of the territories, not Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, the Leeward Islands or the Windward Islands is big enough, or rich enough, to host a Test series against any of India, England, Australia, or South Africa. The West Indian territories would end up probably only engaging each other. Because of their history of exciting play and the excitement they offered to cricket, it has long been said by the world at large that cricket needs a strong West Indies team. No one, not even in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the West Indies were losing match after match, and except in the early 1970s when a few misguided individuals uttered such sentiments founded on insular selections, ever thought of that. Today, however, following defeat after defeat of the West Indies team, following trouble between the board and the players, following player strike after player strike, following quarrel after quarrel between the board and the CARICOM government, and following review committees set up by the board and the subsequent dumping of committees’ findings and recommendations, there is a growing talk of the West Indian territories going it alone. The three review committees were organised by the board. They were headed by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, St Kitts-Nevis Queen’s Council Charles Wilkin, and University of the West Indies Cave Hill’s principal Eudine Barriteau. Although it commissioned the reviews, the board ignored their findings and recommendations, forcing Patterson to say that “the status quo is unacceptable”, Wilkin to say that the board members “want to preserve at all costs their position on the board”, and Barriteau to say that “The WICB should be immediately dissolved and all current members resign while an interim board be selected … to install a new governance framework.” “If the heads of government represent the entire population of the region, I don’t know how any organisation that represents just a few persons can, in fact, negate the position of the heads,” said Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada. The resistance of the board to the popular recommendation triggered the whispers of going it alone.last_img read more

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Justice Minister, Chief Justice Meet Behind Closed Doors

first_imgOn Monday, January 20 Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah, held a closed-door discussion with the Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia, a source in the Chief Justice office told the Observer.Cllr. Tah was accompanied to the meeting by her legal team, which included Cllr. Varney Sherman, the national chairman of the ruling Unity Party and Cllr. Frederick Cherue, Senior Senator of River Gee County.The outcome of the one-hour meeting between the Justices and the Minister was not disclosed.However, our source the meeting was intended to discuss Cllr. Tah’s petition (appeal) for re-argument against her six-month suspension by the Full Bench.A similar meeting, according to our source, was cancelled last Friday, because of the absence of some of the Justices.Our source, who is also a legal expert explained that a “Petition for Re-argument” can only be considered if one of the Justices was to approve of it.Interestingly, the meeting comes at the close of the October 2013 Term of Court.Cllr. Tah was suspended on Friday, January 10, from practicing law within Liberia for six (6) months by the Supreme Court.The action followed after she was held in contempt for  disrespecting the High Court,  by allowing FrontPage Africa’s managing editor, Rodney D. Sieh, ‘Compassionate Leave’ from prison to seek medical attention as prayed for by Mr. Sieh’s attorney, Cllr. Beyan D. Howard.Cllr. Howard was also declared barred, for three months, from practicing law.It can be recalled that a former Justice Minister during the late President Samuel K. Doe’s regime, the late Cllr. Jenkins Scott, was held in contempt by the Supreme Court.Cllr. Scott was later suspended for two (2) years from practicing law in the Court.That decision was quickly reversed by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, after his petition for re-argument was accepted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Study Gains Momentum, Say Investigators

first_imgInvestigators of the current Liberia-US clinical research partnership (PREVAIL) study of Liberians who survived the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) told journalists last Wednesday that the study is proceeding with ease.Site Manager Victor Doolakeh, who conducted journalists to the various divisions, said the investigating team hopes to understand better the long-term health consequences of Ebola on survivors and also determine if survivors develop immunity that will protect them from future infections.“We are also assessing whether previously EVD-infected individuals can transmit infection to close contacts and sexual partners,” he said.The on-going study is taking place at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Duport Road Clinic in Paynesville, Redemption Hospital and the John F. K. Kennedy Medical Center. Additional sites are expected to join the study.The study is enrolling approximately 7,500 people, including 1,500 people of any age who survived the EVD and 6,000 of their close contacts.Study participants are undergoing medical history and physical and vision examinations and have blood samples collected so researchers can identify and track any health issues, monitor organ and ocular function and record Ebola antibody levels, Doolakeh said.He added that some participants may also be asked to provide samples of body fluids, such as sweat, tears, and for adults, semen or cervical secretions. Participants will be asked to identify up to five close contacts (household members at the time of Ebola diagnosis and sexual partners after recovery from Ebola virus disease).” The Daily Observer learned that close contacts who agree to participate in the study will undergo a physical examination, have blood samples taken, and will be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing their contact with Ebola survivor(s), such as touching, sleeping in the same bed and sexual intercourse. Helping the process are staff from the NIH’s National Eye Institute that have establish a new eye clinic where ophthalmologists from NEI and Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Maryland, USA are evaluating study participants and their identified close contacts for visual problems, doctors said.The best part, the tour revealed, is that treatment is provided by Liberian ophthalmologists, partnering in the study with state of the art medical equipment.Principal Investigator, Dr. Mosaka Fallah, who also spoke to journalists during the tour, is working along Michael C. Sneller, M.D., from NIAID’s Laboratory of Immuno regulation; and Desmond Williams, M.D., Ph.D., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many others.Investigators from the US National Eye Institute, the Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore; the Ministry of Health and the John F. Kennedy Medical Center are also collaborating on the research. Enrollment which began in the middle of June is gaining momentum, our reporter was told at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia. During the study, participants who test positive for HIV infection will be counseled and referred to treatment in accordance with standard medical practice in Liberia.Doctors said the research team will follow the Ebola survivors and their close contacts for up to five years with study visits occurring every six months. At each follow-up visit, participants will undergo a physical examination and additional blood draws, to allow study physicians to monitor and characterize any changes in Ebola antibody levels and to detect the presence of select medical conditions, he noted. This information will help scientists determine the evolution of Ebola antibodies and will provide insight on whether survivors can still transmit the virus and if so, whether these people get sick with Ebola virus disease.Using data collected at these site visits, the researchers will calculate the incidence, prevalence and risk factors for various health issues experienced by survivors, such as vision problems; immune system changes; mental disorders; joint pain; diabetes; hypertension; and pregnancy complications. Close contacts will be used as a control group to assess whether the risks of these conditions are the same or different from those who have not had Ebola virus disease. Dr. Fallah said Liberia’s involvement demonstrates the search for the solution for such a global epidemic so that the world would be safer and be able to contribute to better living. PREVAIL, or the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia, is a clinical research partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Liberian Ministry of Health. The new study, an Ebola natural history study known as PREVAIL III, is one of three research projects launched by the partnership. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vendors further delayed to operate stalls in newly-constructed arcade

first_imgStabroek Wharf relocationIn their bid to resume operations, at the newly-established arcade at the Route 42 minibus park, several vendors have purchased goods, but they were stopped by authorities from doing so until all the stalls are completed.Incomplete stallsSpeaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Muneshwar Samad explained that he has bought in excess of $45,000 in goods to commence operations, but was told that all the stalls should be completed first.He is among the many stallholders who were unable to receive word from City Hall about the status of their new stalls, since the Town Clerk and Mayor were unavailable on several occasions.One day after buying their goods, the vendors found the entrances to the newly-constructed arcade closed off and were informed that everyone must comply with the requirements before they could vend.“Some of us who were finished went over [to City Hall], nobody could speak to us if we can start selling, so we get some goods the day before yesterday. All of a sudden, they block off the entrance so people can’t come in and buy if they want and then they tell us that we have to wait now until the area [is] stable.”Samad explained that some vendors were dragging their feet on the pace of construction which is affecting others. As such, some of them are of the view that they should be able to access the area and utilise the stalls.“This is close to four month now since we don’t have a livelihood. Some people don’t have money to buy materials for the stand. We don’t know when they finishing so they should consider all of that.”Meanwhile, Yvonne (only name given) explained that her stall was on the outskirts of the demarcated area and was flanked by unregistered persons plying their trade.“Persons with umbrellas and tables by the fence selling whole day … So even if we open, I don’t know how I could sell if people can’t come in here,” the disheartened woman stated.She added, “The Council got to take some action against people that selling for free and disturbing we, because we paying them. They leaving their garbage all around and it’s really affecting everybody. They need to send people here to see what we have to deal with.”Two weeks ago, Samad told this publication that many concerns were raised about the number of vagrants in the area and some who were taking the liberty of spending their nights in the structures which were yet to be completed.“We never had this problem at first … Now, every day somebody is coming and they sleeping in the stalls…some bringing garbage and all kinda thing.”When the vendors resume operations, City Hall will be paid $3400 for the smaller stalls, measuring five feet by eight feet with a height of 13 feet. The standard size, measuring 10 feet by eight feet and 13 feet high, would cost vendors $6800 in rent per month.As a result of the collapse of a section of the Stabroek Wharf which resulted in the relocation, City Hall had informed that it was awaiting a response from Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, as it relates to the next steps for the rehabilitation.last_img read more

Rehab center to expand in Santa Fe Springs

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Choking back tears, Dr. Ethan Allen greeted supporters, dignitaries and clients of L.A. CADA, an alcohol and drug abuse recovery organization, assembled Thursday at the groundbreaking for the future home of the $1.5 million Rose Hills Foundation Family Center. “Moments like this make me tear up,” he admitted about the ceremony for the renovation and expansion of the facility located at 1105 Bloomfield Ave. Allen, along with his wife, Alice, and several other citizens opened the facility 35 years ago when they became concerned with the drug abuse problem in the area. “Over the years we have changed the lives of men and women broken by drug abuse,” he said. Now with the $300,000 donation by the Rose Hills Foundation work can begin May 30 on the existing building to expand it from 3,700-sq.-ft. to 22,287-sq.-ft. with a patient waiting area, larger offices and a group room. In total, the new facility, will include 12 new counseling offices, administrative offices, a restroom and group counseling space. Construction is expected to be completed in the first part of 2008. “The people here are so supportive,” said Laura Peglow, 37, of Santa Fe Springs, a L.A. CADA client since November. She was court-ordered to attend counseling and drug education classes by the court after being arrested for abusing methamphetamine. Peglow, like fellow clients Gina Mojica, 26, of La Puente, and Tracy Hyde, 36, of Lakewood, had to attend the center so they could get their children back from the county. “I was nervous about coming her,” Mojica said, “but I had to do it for my kids.” The three women take part in the counseling sessions, parenting classes and have learned how to take charge of their lives and grow their self-esteems. They are just a few of the thousands who have come through L.A. CADA’s doors, and whom L.A. CADA Board Member and Santa Fe Springs Councilwoman Betty Putnam called the reason the center needs to expand. “It’s so imporant to be part of a positive solution,” she told the gathered audience. Echoing those sentiments, Edfred L. Shannon Jr., trustee of The Rose Hills Foundation, said that when he and his wife, Ruth, visited the center three years ago, he could not have been more impressed by the work done by the staff. “I’m delighted that we are a part of this,” he said. “It’s got to be one of the best things the foundation has done.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD TRAVEL: THIS WEEK’S HOLIDAY DEALS

first_imgSorrentoEURO OFFERS FROM CLUBWORLD TRAVELBelfast Departures:21-May Dalaman Marmaris Park 3* AI £249pp25-May Menorca Roc Lago Park 3* SC £369pp26-May Majorca Bellevue Vistanova 3* HB £369pp27-May Corfu Olympian Village 3* SC £229pp29-May Tenerife Sol Princesa Dacil 3* HB £399pp30-May Bulgaria Marvel Hotel 3* BB £299pp31-May Rhodes Rodus Star Hotel 3* AI £289pp All departing from Belfast International Airport. Prices are for 7 nights, Based on 2 sharing and are subject to change & availability. Terms & Conditions apply.Tel: 048 90962010Dublin Departures:MAJORCA – 24 MAY – 7 NIGHTS – SUN BEACH – SELF CATERING -€210 – 4 SHAREMEXICO – 20 JUNE – 14 NIGHTS – 5T GRAND SIRENIS RESORT & SPA – ALL INCLUSIVE – €1270 – 2 SHARETHOM CRUISE – EASTERN MED – 01 JULY – 7 NIGHTS – FULL BOARD – INSIDE CABIN – €1080 – 2 SHARETHOM CRUISE – SPANISH MED – 14 JUNE – 7 NIGHTS – FULL BOARD – INSIDE CABIN – €897 – 2 SHARE SORRENTO – 01 MAY – 1 WEEK – HOTEL LONDRA – BED & BREAKFAST – €529 – 2 SHARELAKE GARDA – 28 MAY – 1 WEEK – AMBASSADOR SUITE HOTE – BED & BREAKFAST €579 – 2 SHARETel: 048 90962010 DD TRAVEL: THIS WEEK’S HOLIDAY DEALS was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:club world travelLake Gardalate dealsofferssorrentolast_img read more

Would you like to give this friendly kitten a home?

first_imgTwo weeks ago Nicola Ní Dufaigh launched an appeal with us after an eight month old kitten followed her neighbour home near St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny. As no owner came forward, Nicola has now directed her attention to finding Socks a loving home.She said; “Meet Socks, the most divine, loving, playful kitten. This guy has it all, from his tuxedo fur to his handsome looks, he is king of head butting and brushing up against you for lots of petting.” “He loves to roll on his back and have his tummy rubbed. Socks has the shiniest of coats, he loves nothing more than to keep you company – he talks a lot too – he has constant chats with the neighbouring cats, he just loves to be loved.”“He would be ideally suited to someone who wants company and who has time to love him all the time.” “Sadly my mum cannot keep him, he entered her life three weeks ago and we cannot locate his owner – it is obvious he was a loved pet. Sadly following a newspaper advertisement, radio advertisement and social media sharing – nobody has come forward as his owner, so we are looking for a five star family to love Socks – you will love him – I can guarantee you that”If you’re interested in giving this friendly moggy a loving home please don’t hesitate to call Nicola on 0863222082 or email nicoladuffy73@gmail.com. You can also message Donegal Daily on Facebook or email info@donegaldaily.com Would you like to give this friendly kitten a home? was last modified: August 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cat rehomingfound catkittenletterkennylost catlast_img read more

Donegal Abortion Rights Campaign marks solidarity with #TwoWomenTravel

first_imgThe Donegal branch of the Abortion Rights Campaign have spoken out in support of #TwoWomenTravel. #TwoWomenTravel went viral last weekend as two women live-tweeted their journey to England to get an abortion. This has reignited the abortion debate as people from both side of the debate shared their opinion – with even the Sydney Rose stated her feelings on the matter during her interview with Daithí Ó Sé. Two Women Travel took pictures throughout the day, tagging Enda Kenny in each update.A letter posted by the two womenThe Donegal branch of the Abortion Rights Campaign have come out in support of the two women.Speaking to Donegal Daily, they said; “We are delighted to see the work of these two brave women shine a spotlight on the inhumanity of the current legal situation for women in Ireland and provide an insight into the emotional, physical, psychological and economic trials faced by the 10 – 12 women a day who make this journey to a foreign country to receive vital healthcare denied them at home.” #TwoWomenTravel posted this picture saying, “We are nearly home. Thanks to everyone for unreal support – with one glaring exception @EndaKenny”“The outpouring of support has been immense, and rightly so. We would like to add our voices to the worldwide chorus of support and solidarity for these women and the profound political statement they have made.”“When Donald Trump spoke recently about punishing women who have abortions it was a step too far even for his supporters and he was forced to quickly backtrack to prevent a massive political backlash. And yet that is the current, active legal situation in Ireland with people who procure an abortion within the country risking a jail term of up to 14 years.”“Let’s think about that for a second and let it really sink in. Not even the arch-conservative, openly racist, and misogynistic Donald Trump can get away with trying to enact Ireland’s current legal stance on abortion in America.”“It is long past time for this clear breach of human rights to end. It is long past time to stop punishing women who exert their basic human right to bodily autonomy. It is long past time to enshrine in law a trust in women to make the right decisions for themselves. It is long past time to repeal the 8th amendment.”“We invite anyone who would like to work towards repealing the 8th to find us on Facebook at Abortion Rights Campaign Donegal and to join us on the national ‘March For Choice’ action in Dublin on September 24th.”When the two women were on the plane home, they penned a letter for their supporters and addressing Taoiseach Enda Kenny, said “your silence speaks volumes, and the world has heard you”. Support has poured in on Twitter for the two women.Today, @TwoWomenTravel but you’re not on your own in this. So many people are with you. X— James Corden (@JKCorden) August 20, 2016People please follow @TwoWomenTravel Because there but for the grace of God goes you or I or your Irish sister, mother, niece or cousin— (((Gillian Kenny))) (@medievalgill) August 20, 2016The real-time sacrifice of privacy is a huge thing. I admire these women but wish they didn’t have to do this #twowomentravel #repealthe8th— sarah maria griff (@griffski) August 20, 2016Donegal Abortion Rights Campaign marks solidarity with #TwoWomenTravel was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abortionabortion rights campaignEnda KennyEnglandtwowomentravellast_img read more

Finfrock making big splash in goal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It was reallly tough at first. I thought I was going to drown,” Finfrock said. “It took about a year before I really started getting used to it. It was a lot harder than it looked.” The senior chalks up his success to quality coaching. While at Poly he was coached by Dave Almquist, who has also served as goalie coach for the U.S. Olympic team. Almquist also worked with Finfrock for two years at Riverside Community College. Redlands coach Tom Whittemore also passes much of the credit on to Finfrock’s previous coach. “That is his niche,” Whittemore said. “His work with goalies is what he is known for. That is a big reason for Casey’s quick progress. I like to think I helped, but he came to us a pretty good product already.” Finfrock said his developement really came between his sophomore and junior years in high school since that is when he began devoting full-time to the sport, through his participation in club ball. That paid off as he helped Poly to CIF championships his junior and senior seasons. When it came time to pick a college, Finfrock decided to stay close to home and attend RCC, where he excelled for two years. He came to Redlands as a junior, immediately working his way into the starting lineup. He managed 216 saves and a 60 percent save rate in helping the Bulldogs to a 24-11 record (9-1 in SCIAC). The highlight was a last-second goal against Whittier that gave the Bulldogs an 8-7 win. They had trailed by two, but battled back to tie the game with seven seconds left. Finfrock stopped a shot, then heaved the ball across the pool, scoring as time expired. Whittemore calls the play one of the most spectacular he has seen in his 17-year tenure. “It isn’t that unusual for a goalie to score,” he said. “A lot of times a goalie will have the ball at the end of the quarter and just heave it. But it doesn’t usually happen to win a game. I can’t say I’ve seen that in any game I have been involved in.” Finfrock has tallied 164 saves (an average of 8.6 per match) with a save percentage of 53.5. He also has 22 steals. The percentage is slightly lower than last year, but Whittemore expects that to improve because most SCIAC matches will be less competitive than the tough pre-conference schedule the Bulldogs just completed. The Bulldogs are 8-11, but their slate of matches before SCIAC play has included the likes of USC and Long Beach State. Of those 11 losses, eight were by one or two goals and five of the eight wins have come by the same margin. Whittemore singles out Finfrock as the anchor to a defense that has performed admirably. The Riverside resident welcomes the challenge. “I really put a lot of pressure on myself to do well at anything I try,” Finfrock said. “I am representing my family, my school, my team. I don’t want to let anyone down.” Finfrock’s first goal is to help the Bulldogs win back the SCIAC title. But he is hoping for more, namely a win at the Western Water Polo Association tournament, which advances one team to the NCAA championship. His long-range goal is to become a math teacher, something that isn’t surprising since both of his parents are teachers. He also counts former calculas teacher Blaga Pauley, who died of cancer last year, as a big influence on his life. “She was in school every day and never complained about anything,” Finfrock said. “She had a good sense of humor about things and dealt well with anything that was handed to her. That’s a great attitude to have about life.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Finfrock, 21, is now manning the goal for a University of Redlands men’s team that is looking to win back the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title that it lost to Whittier last year. In a relatively short time, Finfrock has gone from upstart to expert. He hadn’t even competed in swimming before, let alone water polo. He chose to try playing goalkeeper because he didn’t like the thought of swimming back and forth. center_img REDLANDS – Casey Finfrock used to follow older brother Doug to water polo games, but he never thought about jumping in the water until he entered his freshman year at Riverside Poly. He had played baseball most of his life, and the idea of a new challenge appealed to him. He has been a quick learner. last_img read more