Bulls fire head coach Hoiberg

first_imgHead coach Fred Hoiberg of the Chicago Bulls signals to his team during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center on November 26, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. AFPCHICAGO, United States – The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday following the team’s dismal start to the season which has left them near the foot of the Eastern Conference standings.The Bulls said in a statement Hoiberg would be replaced by associate head coach Jim Boylen in an effort to reverse the slide.ADVERTISEMENT The Bulls are languishing one place off the bottom of the standings with only five wins against 19 defeats.Only two other teams in the NBA have worse records.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVia a statement released by the team, Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said:“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said in a statement. GALLERY: Team Lakay champions hailed in heroes parade After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ “After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind.“As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future.”Hoiberg, 46, took over as Bulls head coach in the 2015-2016 season.In the three seasons he has been at the helm, the Bulls have missed the playoffs twice and lost in the first round of the playoffs.In his 246 games in charge, the Bulls won 110 and lost 136. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Why didn’t the President visit Rose Hall?

first_imgDear Editor,It was pleasing to see that President David Granger during a visit to Berbice on March 16, 2018 took some time to meet with laid-off security guards in New Amsterdam. According to the release from the President’s office, His Excellency reportedly said: “… it is beyond unreasonable for workers to be left without salaries for such a long period”. Those are indeed positive words from President Granger.But while heartened by that interaction, wasn’t it most unreasonable that the President, though a stone’s throw away, did not visit the now jobless, ex-sugar workers of Rose Hall, who are also facing difficulties. President Granger, at his swearing-in on May 16, 2015, said: “I shall be a good President for all the people.” Certainly, a good President would have ventured to see how the people of Rose Hall are making out since they lost their jobs and to see what assistance he could give.Rather, the President chose to send Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who, in his usual self, put his foot in his mouth and made incorrect assertions. Mr President, I urge you to live up to your commitment to be a good President and give all our people a Good Life.Yours faithfully,Liebert Alleynelast_img read more

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Liberia’s Greatest Peril to Stability: Youth Illiteracy

first_img(A Perspective)By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorSince its inception in December of 1989, the Liberian Civil War (1989-2003) has been blamed for everything that is bad about the country including, but not limited to: the disruption of food supplies; the destruction of crops and agricultural infrastructure; the disintegration of families and communities; the displacement of populations; the destruction of educational and health services and of water and sanitation systems; and a corrupt and morally bankrupt security sector and judiciary. Regardless, none of these destructions can in no way compare to the seriousness of the damage and heavy toll the war had on the minds of Liberian children, who lived through and witnessed various forms of atrocities during the war. The wounds inflicted by the civil war on children – physical injury, gender-based violence, psychosocial distress, are affronts that would have a lasting impact on the present and future human resource development of Liberia. Armed conflict indeed affects all aspects of child development, such as physical, mental and emotional components. The war in Liberia has exacted a terrible toll on our children. They and their families have suffered as refugees, as displaced people within their own national borders, or as civilians remaining at home in or outside of war zones. The wars have affected children’s physical and mental health, their day-to-day life, and hopes for the future. The wars have also extracted a heavy toll on the healthcare system through the loss of facilities and infrastructure, supplies and equipment, and of physicians and nurses, while the economic hardships of war have resulted in fewer resources for healthcare. Before the war, reportedly, there were several medical doctors within the country. The number of doctors decreased gradually as the war years progressed.Graça Machel, an Expert of the Secretary General of the United Nations, stated in his report on child soldiers that, when children experience traumatic or other events in times of war, they may suffer from increased anxiety about being separated from their families, or they may have nightmares or trouble sleeping. He emphasized that children may cease playing and laughing, lose their appetites and withdraw from contact. And that younger children may have difficulty concentrating in school. Older children and adolescents may become anxious or depress, feel hopeless about the future or develop aggressive behavior.Those in the professions of education and behavioral sciences have realized that infants and toddlers who witnessed violence either in their homes or in their community show excessive irritability, immature behavior, sleep disturbances, emotional distress, fears of being alone, and regression in toileting and language. Exposure to trauma, especially violence in the immediate environment, interferes with a child’s normal development of trust and later exploratory behaviors, which lead to the development of autonomy. Despite the limited research in this area, however, much can still be gleaned from existing studies about the effects of children’s exposure to violence.Dr. Osofksy, Professor of Public Health, Psychiatry, & Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, outlined in his research on family violence, identified the adverse effects on children’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. Other studies on the effects of exposure to violence on children also indicate an increase in negative behaviors. The professor made a parallel between children growing up in inner cities in the United States and those living in war zones in places like Liberia and other countries, whose populations have suffered from civil wars. In fact, findings from several studies show post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in children living in urban war zones to be similar to the symptoms of children living in actual war zones.Most of the children who participated in the activities of the various Liberian armed groups were from impoverished and marginalized backgrounds or separated from their families. While on the other hand, children from wealthier and more educated families left the country before the war escalated, while others were discouraged by their parents from participating in rebel activities.Child soldiers were recruited in many different ways. In many instances, recruits were arbitrarily seized from their homes, the streets, or even from schools and orphanages, when armed militia, police or army cadres roamed the streets, picking up anyone they encountered. During the war, hunger and poverty drove some parents to offer their children for service; and encourage their daughters to become wives of rebel commanders and fighters. During the war years, children became soldiers simply to survive. The various rebel groups provided refuge, serving as surrogate families for the kids. Children sometimes joined one of the rebel groups to guarantee simple regular meals.Even the Brookings Institute pointed out the following observations: “Throughout its history, Liberia has been plagued by conflict, usurpation of power, class-based domination and ethnic hostilities, all of which culminated in a devastating 14-year civil war between 1989 and 2003. By the time this war was ended in 2003, over 250,000 people of the country’s three million people had died. Abductions, torture, rape and other human rights abuses had been committed on a massive scale. Estimates were that at least one child in ten had been abducted and forced into service as a child soldier or sex slave. The country’s infrastructure had been destroyed” (brookings.edu).Liberians residing in the Diaspora have seen for themselves or have heard about the negative behaviors of some newly arrivals, especially among the younger population. The lack of respect for their parents, inability to stay and complete high school, sexual improprieties, irresponsible attitudes and ill-mannered are attributes that continue to echo in various Liberian communities here in the United States. In Liberia, one hears about armed gangs roaming the streets of Monrovia at night conducting mayhem and other forms of violent acts on peaceful residents. The question that one needs to ask is: what can we do as Liberians to create a stable frame of mind for each of Liberia’s child of war?The Report by Graca Machel, Expert of the Secretary-General of the United Nations identified recommendations on some of the solutions that have been discussed and put in place at the international level. Some recommendations for action as put forth by the United Nations are:Programmes at the national and local levels, should be designed to place special emphasis on providing appropriate educational and recreational activities for adolescents affected by armed conflicts.Special efforts should be made for demobilized adolescent soldiers, such as projects which offer alternative livelihoods and promote their reintegration into their communities. Human resources development, including youth education, employment and training schemes, should be promoted.Intergovernmental bodies, United Nations agencies and other organizations should support Governments in strengthening national legislative frameworks challenging any aspect of discrimination against women, girls and child-headed households with respect to custody, inheritance and property rights.United Nations bodies and NGOs are urged to give urgent attention to the situation of child-headed households and develop policy and program guidelines to ensure their protection and care.The incoming administration following the 2017 presidential elections, needs to develop an education agenda that will put in place a comprehensive program oriented to providing adolescents a sense of meaning and purpose by involving them in developing and implementing programs in the  varies counties.  Adolescents have special needs and special strengths, and they should be survivors and active participants in creating solutions, not just as victims or problems. In order to ensure that their needs are met, young people should be involved in community-based relief, recovery and reconstruction programs. This can be achieved through, for example, vocational and a skill training that not only help to augment youth’s incomes, but also increases their sense of identity and self-worth in ways that enhance their psychosocial well-being ( childrenandarmedconflict.un.org).Institutions like the Booker T. Washington Institute and other vocational intuitions of learning should be economically empowered, to provide the needed vocational training and skills to former school age combatants. All vocational schools, be it governmental or private initiatives, should operate under the guidelines of the Ministry of Education. A prescribed post war vocational curriculum needs to be put in place that would accommodate the effective molding of the minds of former child soldiers.The extreme and often prolonged circumstances of armed conflict can interfere with identity development. As a result, many adolescents, especially those who have had severely distressing experiences, cannot foresee any future for themselves. They may view their lives very pessimistically, suffer from serious depression or even commit suicide. They may have lost their trust in people, and may not wish to seek help or support from adults. Sudden changes in family circumstances, such as the death or disappearance of parents, can leave young people without guidance, role models and sustenance.The task of reintegration of Liberian children of war, is the responsibility of all Liberians, the government cannot do it alone. Proper reintegration program can also help to normalize life and to develop an identity separate from that of the soldier. A difficulty to be faced is the likelihood that former combatants may have fallen far behind in their schooling, and may be placed in classes with much younger children. Specific measures may be required, such as establishing special classes for former child soldiers, who can then be reintegrated into regular schools.The process of reintegration in Liberia must help children establish new foundations in life. Re-establishing contact with the family and the community is important for former child soldiers who have grown up away from their families and who have been deprived of many of the normal opportunities for physical, emotional and intellectual development. Providing educational and vocational opportunities to former child combatants may prevent them from rejoining military units, and at the same time improve the economic security of their families. For a former child soldier, an education is more than a route to employment.The success and durability of the Liberian democracy depends on the availability of an educated middle class. The greatest peril to stability in Liberia is illiteracy of Liberian youth. The 14 years of war have taught us the lesson of illiteracy. When eighty percent of a country’s population is uneducated, it is not a laughing matter; it is a time bomb waiting to explode.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Father of 8 charged for ganja in milk tin

first_imgA delivery truck driver, who was allegedly caught with cannabis in a milk tin, was on Wednesday charged for the offence and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Forty-three-year-old Troy Grant of Wortmanville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge.It is alleged that on September 22, 2019 at Hardina Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 156 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Defence Attorney Patrice Henry, in a bail application, told the court that his client was the sole breadwinner of his family. He said that his client has denied knowledge of the illicit substance.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman told the court that on September 22, 2019, Police, who were acting on information, approached Grant, who was standing on a bridge with a milk tin in his hands. According to the Prosecutor, the ranks conducted a search of the man and the tin, and found cannabis in the container. As such, Grant was arrested.The Prosecutor objected to bail; however, Magistrate McGusty released the father of eight on $150,000 bail. The case will continue on October 16, 2019.last_img read more

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Athletics has given me life, says Obiri

first_img0Shares0000Hellen Obiri of Kenya crosses the finish line to win gold in the Women’s 5000 metres final during day ten of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at The London Stadium on August 13, 2017 (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri says athletics, a sport she watched and admired on television a few years back has given her life, saying the opportunities the sport has opened up to her are amazing.The Kenyan endurance star enjoyed an outstanding 2017 season highlighted by her world title in London and the 28-year old reveals to IAAF what the sport has given to her. “In Kenya running is a passion. The whole nation runs. It is part of our culture!“My first running experiences came at school. I enjoyed running the 200 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres, even though back then I was not winning. I started to race more competitively after joining the Kenyan Defence Force (where Obiri serves as a soldier),”Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri winning at the Kenyan World Championships National Trials. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I recall in 2010 running in bigger races such as the Kenyan Defence Force Championships. It was there I was identified by Noah Ngeny (the 2000 Olympic 1500m champion) and invited to train at the PACE Sports Management camp in Kaptagat.”“The following year I made a big breakthrough by winning the Kenyan 1500m title and competing at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.“In my youth, I used to watch out for all the top Kenyan athletes on TV, Of course, running is held in very high regard in Kenya, so I admire all those who represented their country.”“If I had to pick one athlete, it would be Vivian Cheryuiyot because she was so small but strong at the same time. I am now pleased to call her a good friend.“Athletics has given me so much. It has allowed me to travel the world, meet new people and also earn a good living allowing me to support my family back in Kenya.”Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot (R) and Hellen Obiri celebrate after taking gold and silver respectively in the women’s 5000m“By travelling so extensively and visiting so many countries – an opportunity which would not have come my way without athletics – it has helped my education and my understanding of the world.“Without athletics I don’t know what I’d be doing now. Maybe, I would be a KDF soldier.“I love to run and I feel happiest when competing. I enjoy all elements to running but personally you can’t beat the buzz and thrill from racing at major championships.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wenger ‘amazed’ at speculation over Arsenal future

first_imgArsenal’s season is threatening to unravel — they are 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table and look set to miss out on Champions League football for a second consecutive year.They are out of the FA Cup and will face Italian giants AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League, which is their only remaining chance of winning a trophy this season.Arsenal’s limp display led to stinging criticism from former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville as well as former Gunners Ian Wright and Thierry Henry.But Wenger, speaking at his pre-match press conference, responded with apparent shock when asked if the result meant his long tenure was now under increased threat.“I am just amazed that I have to always answer things that are exactly the same,” said the 68-year-old.“I am here for 21 years, I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts. So I am still amazed that I still have to answer these types of questions.“My position is my position. Honestly, that’s the last worry I have at the moment. My worry is to focus, to get the team ready for tomorrow’s game.”The Frenchman defended the performance of his players at Wembley, where several were labelled as “spineless” and a “disgrace” by match commentator Neville as they were shown walking when out of possession.“You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think, you find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track,” he said.“After you have to analyse why, has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.“I believe we have to live with that criticism and respond together like we always do.“We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight. You have to acknowledge as well that Man City are a quality team.”Wenger’s hopes of avenging the Wembley defeat have been further hit by the announcement that Nacho Monreal will miss the game through injury.The 32-year-old defender had been one of Arsenal’s better performers this season before a back injury forced him off less than half an hour into Sunday’s final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“What is interesting in football is the performance, it is the game you will see on Thursday night. All the rest maybe makes headlines but it is not really interesting.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Arsene Wenger on Wednesday said he was “amazed” at fresh speculation over his future as he prepares his team to face Manchester City just days after Arsenal’s League Cup final humiliation against Pep Guardiola’s men.The Frenchman has come under sustained fire since an abject display in Sunday’s 3-0 hammering at Wembley but must now lift his team to take on the Premier League leaders on Thursday.last_img read more

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David Luiz surprises Chelsea superfan on her birthday

first_imgIt’s Hug A Geezer time 🤗😍 pic.twitter.com/ww0pTDI0Vz— Carol Ann Wood (@CFCPinky) September 30, 2018“A lot better, both as a player and as a man. I don’t know what happened before I arrived, but when I arrived here, immediately I had the feeling that he is a very good player for my way of football because he is a very technical centre back.“Then I appreciated his qualities as a man. He is direct, if he has to say something to the manager, to talk to me. Then he goes directly to me. I don’t know [if Conte didn’t like it] but I like very much the direct people. I like this [communication] very much.”Luiz is open about the fact that he nearly left Stamford Bridge in the summer, and after his performance on Saturday, Chelsea fans like Carol will be very glad he decided to stay. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury David Luiz capped off a fantastic weekend on the pitch by surprising a die-hard Chelsea fan at her birthday party.After starring in the Blues’ entertaining draw with Liverpool, the Brazilian centre-back and his girlfriend Bruna Loureiro took time out from their day off to celebrate with Carol Ann Wood and her friends. silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? If Carlsberg did birthday parties … well I went to David’s party so he decided to come to mine. All a well-kept secret. What a guy! 🤗💙⚽️ pic.twitter.com/NPA85PoojT— Carol Ann Wood (@CFCPinky) September 30, 2018Luiz sat down for dinner with the group and posed for photos, with Carol clearly thrilled her favourite player decided to show up.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri praised Luiz’s personality as well as his footballing ability after his performance against the Reds on Saturday.“Yes, I have to say he is a lot better than I thought,” Sarri told reporters at Stamford Bridge. REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow ADVICE last_img read more

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30,000 DONEGAL FANS SET TO DESCEND ON CROKE PARK

first_imgFans who can’t make it to Croker will be tuning in around the globeAN estimated 30,000 Donegal fans are set to turn Croke Park green and gold on Sunday.With Jim McGuinness’s side set to face Mayo in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland Final, supporters from across Ireland and beyond have been snapping up all available tickets.Last year’s footballer of the year Karl Lacey returns to the starting line-up for this All-Ireland Quarter Final match with Mark McHugh expected to take a place on the bench. Cavan take on Kerry at 2pm with fans from the Ulster county set to travel in numbers to the game.But Donegal fans will outnumber those from other counties at GAA headquarters.“I think we are heading for a repeat of last year’s quarter final,” said Grace Boyle from Club Tir Chonaill.“Between ticket sales through clubs and through shops and other outlets, we think there will be around 30,000 people Donegal fans heading for Dublin this weekend. “Last year Donegal fans inside Croke Park at this stage of the competition created an incredible atmosphere and we’re hoping for more of the same this Sunday.”Last year families took advantage of the occasion, knowing tickets for later rounds – if Donegal progressed – would be harder to get.Fans who can’t make it to the game can watch it on TV3 – with Donegal people around the globe hoping to get coverage wherever they are.Meanwhile Donegal fans are being asked to put their shirts on their team.Sponsorship cards are being drafted out across the county in a bid to raise funds for the senior team. The lines are just €3 each and there are 50 lines on each card.And the good news is that for just €3 you have a chance of winning a Donegal jersey.Needless to say we all hope that we’re still wearing them as we travel in numbers to Croke Park in September.Businesses and clubs are asked to put a card at their place of work and to nominate someone to look after it. And the good news is that whoever looks after the card and returns the sponsorship money will also get a FREE Donegal jersey for their trouble.It’s a win win situation all around – hopefully both like Donegal’s quarter and semi-final appearances at Croker.Meanwhile the Official Donegal Facebook Page (not sure who runs that!) reckons Pope Francis is getting behind Jim’s boys.They posted this picture last night….30,000 DONEGAL FANS SET TO DESCEND ON CROKE PARK was last modified: August 1st, 2013 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:000 DONEGAL FANS SET TO DESCEND ON CROKE PARK30last_img read more

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Defensive line is still struggling

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It’s really hard, obviously, that’s an area we can’t afford to lose people,” UCLA defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said. “We’ll continue to find plugs for the dike and someone to step in. We’ll look at some things.” UCLA allowed 545 yards, including 330 on the ground. The Bears averaged 8 yards per carry. While those numbers are alarming, Cal did settle for four field goals. For UCLA, it could’ve been worse. “We bent as far as we could, but we didn’t break,” defensive end Bruce Davis said. Experience would be nice. The defensive tackles are all freshmen. Kenneth Lombard, the mainstay on the line, is a redshirt freshman. Chase Moline and Nathaniel Skaggs are both freshmen. Even Brian Ruziecki, a junior walk-on, saw playing time. “We’re going to have to make decisions on that stuff,” Kerr said. “The hard thing is you don’t have lot bodies and that’s tough. They have a lot of heart and played hard. If they’ll play as hard as they can play, we’ll take what they give us.” The other staggering statistic was that Cal’s Justin Forsett ran for 153 yards on just 10 carries Saturday, including a 57-yard run. Running back Marshawn Lynch was impressive and broke countless tackles. He had 22 carries for 137 yards. “It’s disappointing they were able to run,” Kerr said. “We got out of a gap one time, missed tackles. That’s the thing, people were there (to make plays).” For defensive end Kyle Morgan, the solution can be found during the week. “It’s crazy,” he said. “We just have to keep practicing. Practice makes perfect.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And so an already depleted line took another hit Saturday against Cal. Tackle Brigham Harwell, who was anchoring the line, left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle injury. X-rays were negative, and Harwell hasn’t ruled out playing at Washington State next week. UCLA scored a 47-40 comeback win over Cal, but what’s next for the defensive line? center_img PASADENA – UCLA is undefeated five games into the season, but it might as well be training camp again with the work UCLA must do with its defensive line. Last season, the Bruins’ defensive line was the worst in the Pac-10 against the run. UCLA certainly was improved this season, even though its star lineman, Kevin Brown, had ankle surgery. Then Nikolas Dragovic suffered a season-ending knee injury against Washington last week. last_img read more

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Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event

first_imgOne of the biggest Relay for Life events in Europe takes place in Letterkenny this weekend with thirty-six teams and a host of top entertainers preparing to take part.And interest in it continues to spread far beyond these shores with a number of Relay for Life organising committees in the United States requesting video footage of the traditional Luminaria service at the LYIT campus to show at their own events which are being staged in the coming weeks.“It represents a real international dynamic to our own Donegal Relay,” chairperson of the local committee, Robert O’Connor points out. Over 1.2 million euro has been raised to date by the Relay initiative in Donegal which now enters its eighth year and continues to boost funding for the Irish Cancer Society in helping to provide care and emotional support for patients and their families in addition to funding research.“We are grateful to all who are taking part including the survivors, the carers, the teams, and the singers and musicians,” chairperson O’Connor acknowledges.“It’s amazing the people who get involved. We had a husband and wife from Glenties, both of them cancer survivors and aged in their mid to late eighties, who came to Relay last year meaning to stay for an hour or so and instead stayed for the whole twenty-four hours.”Leading the ever popular Survivors Choir, Donal Kavanagh, also referred to the sense of solidarity and support that marks Relay for Life and the community response to it. “Donegal is one of the biggest Relay for Life events taking place in Europe. It’s something the county can be really proud of,” he told a special assembly of team captains.Previewing this weekend’s Relay, which runs from 5.p.m. on Saturday through to Sunday evening at the LYIT campus, chairperson O’Connor stresses it’s still not too late for survivors to register for next weekend’s Relay event. They can turn up on the day or contact Donal Kavanagh at 087-6319699.The survivors undertake the opening lap of the track at the L.Y.I.T. on Saturday evening and then, led by the Cloughaneely band, retire to the main building for the traditional banquet.Following the survivors, the carers embark on their lap – an acknowledgement of the unstinting work they do for those enduring the cancer journey.“They do all the dirty jobs that no-one wants to do. And they do it selflessly and out of love,” insists Donal. While the opening ceremony of this year’s Relay is scheduled to be performed at 4.40.p.m. on Saturday, with Charlie Collins acting as M.C., pre-entertainment will be provided by Callum Keaveney and David Craig from 4.p.m.As committee member Ena Barrett reveals, there’s a hugely impressive line-up of entertainers on the Relay programme with top performers such as Jim Devine, Michael English, Anne Biddy, Gary Gamble, Evelyn Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher, Shaun Cuddy, Seamus McGee, and Hugo Duncan to name but a few set to provide the song and the music and countless opportunities for the dancers among the attendance.“We’re very grateful to Paddy Bradley for helping to line up this fantastic array of performers, each of whom gave their time for free to generate the atmosphere and support the Relay initiative.”One of the most emotional segments of the Relay for Life experience is the Luminaria ceremony scheduled for 10.30.p.m. on Saturday during the fading embers of dusk. And as has been the case every year, Moya Brennan and family will be involved in this particular part of the weekend. “We’re honoured to have someone of her musical stature come here every year to perform,” the Relay chairperson indicates.Meanwhile, mass will be celebrated at 7.a.m. on Sunday by Fr. Ciaran Harkin in the An Danlann building while Highland Radio will broadcast live another richly rewarding aspect of Relay, the Gospel Hour at 9.15.a.m. and the Ecumenical Service at 10.10.a.m., both of them featuring an array of outstanding voices and instrumentalists.Among them will be the Survivors Choir who will perform at various stages over the 24 hours and will feature ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ as part of their repertoire.Global Hero of Hope, Suibhan Gillespie, will be overseeing the ponytail cutting segment on Sunday where the donations of hair are subsequently presented to the Little Princess Trust and go to make wigs for cancer patients.Organisers stress that while awareness and fund-raising play a significantpart in the event, the celebration element is a constant feature of the weekend activities.“We want people to come and dress up or whatever – anything to bring in the fun element. There’s always a great atmosphere at Relay and a lot of laughter over the weekend,” insists committee member, Charlie Quinn.Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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