Father and daughter at odds over high jump focus

first_imgFifteen-year-old Janique Burgher won gold in the Class Three high jump on yesterday’s third day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships to go with the bronze she won in the event in 2014 while competing in Class Four. Despite the Edwin Allen High School athlete’s exploits, her father is not totally satisfied, as his dream is for her to be on the track. “I am fairly proud, but I think she should doing something (running) on track as well, because I think she has the potential to do it,” 60-year-old Hopeton Burgher said. “I have been trying everything, but she is adamant on doing the high jump, so I just let her have her way.” Young Burgher said she finds running to be boring, hence her decision to stick to the high jump. “With the high jump I have something that I have to jump over, an obstacle,” the slim-built athlete said. However, her father, who represented Holmwood Technical High School in the 100m, 200m and 400m, is not giving up hope of her doing the sprints. “She is always saying she is going to be the next Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce), but I always tell her she can only be in the limelight if she does track,” he said. “Persons who are sponsoring they are looking for the hype, so they are not going to sponsor you if they don’t get the hype. “But in time to come I will take it back up with her and take her and make me and her go train. I think she needs to do some sprinting.” Janique was the only athlete in her event to clear 1.70 metres, which earned her the gold medal, with Hydel’s Shauntia Davidson taking the silver with her clearance of 1.65m, on the first attempt Three athletes, Kaliah Jones of Excelsior High, Lacovia High’s Kadian Myers and Camperdown High’s Ramona Hylton tied for the bronze, as they all cleared 1.65m on their second attempt. “I am happy to have won the gold medal, but I am a little bit disappointed, because my PR (personal record) is 1.75m. But my groin is hurting me right now and I am having a bellyache,” the champion athlete said. “I had to just focus on the event and forget about the pain.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

In cold, poor South Korean mountains, Winter Olympics begin

first_imgTrail Blazers hold off the Hornets in overtime Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival’s Olympic debut on the world stage. A few years later, the discovery of the huge progress Pyongyang had been surreptitiously making on its nuclear programs plunged the Korean Peninsula into crisis. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit U.S. cities.And so, with a little help from a liberal South Korean president eager to engage Pyongyang, the 2018 Pyeongchang Games open.They do so with as much focus on the North, which has zero real medal contenders, as the South, which in the three decades since its last Olympics has built a solid winter program as it went from economic backwater and military dictatorship to Asia’s fourth-biggest economy and a bulwark of liberal democracy.Could Pyeongchang’s initial pitch — that it could contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula — actually become reality? The opening ceremony will offer at least some hints about that, and maybe more. What’s certain is that these Games, more so than any in recent memory, are about far more than sports.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The isolated, rugged mountain town of Pyeongchang, one of the poorest, coldest and most disgruntled parts of an otherwise prosperous South Korea, will be a global player for two weeks of winter sports, Olympic spectacle and, just maybe, a bit of inter-Korean reconciliation.There will be plenty of sporting drama for both die-hard snow and ice junkies and the once-every-four-years enthusiast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWill the Russians who aren’t Russians — the 168 who have been invited as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag — bring home gold? Will Patrick Chan of Canada hit his quad jumps and claim figure skating glory?Can reigning men’s gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan overcome injury and defend his title against Chan? Will the past and present star of American skiing, Lindsey Vonn, be surpassed by the likely future of the sport, Mikaela Shiffrin? Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year But the athletic aspect of these games has been overshadowed in the buildup to the opening ceremony by a frenzied, increasingly momentous fire-hose spray of political developments. The rival Koreas, flirting with war just weeks ago, are suddenly making overtures toward the no-longer-quite-so-absurd notion of cooperation.North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, making an unprecedented visit to South Korean soil, will now likely attend the same opening ceremony as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who’s vowing toughest-ever sanctions on the North. Could they meet? That and other theories have engulfed South Korean media.Pyeongchang was not supposed to share the spotlight with Pyongyang. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the “Pyongyang Games,” a play on the North Korean capital’s phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang.After two failed Olympic bids that emphasized the high-sounding notion that the games could help make peace with North Korea, Pyeongchang finally sold its successful try in 2011 on the decidedly capitalistic goal of boosting winter sports tourism in Asia.But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, a human figure appears to be climbing an Olympic Cauldron at the Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza as preparations continue for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After two failed bids, hundreds of millions of dollars and a nagging national debate about whether it’s all even worth it, the Olympics will finally open Friday, Feb. 9, in a ceremony meant to showcase South Korea’s rise from dictatorship, poverty and war to one of Asia’s leading powers. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world starts watching now. At least, when it comes to sports.After two failed bids, billions of dollars in preparation and a nagging national debate about whether it’s all worth it, the Winter Olympics open Friday in Pyeongchang with a gala ceremony meant to showcase South Korea’s rise from poverty and war into one of Asia’s most modern nations.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Tobacco legislation soon to be tabled

first_img… Opposition asks for further consultationPan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Country Representative, Dr William Adu-KrowCountry Representative of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr William Adu-Krow, on Tuesday indicated that the long-awaited Tobacco Control Bill 2016 will be tabled in the House on October 28.He explained that there were some hiccups with “moving forward” with the Bill, particularly as it relates to the ban on smoking in the home. He said too that there were some objections that the home is considered a private place and the legislation should not dictate what occurs within.“There was the contention that the home is my mansion. My personal space, but if someone else is in that home then it is not private. Someone else can be affected by it,” he said.Adu-Krow said too that although both the Government and the Opposition had signalled their “go-ahead” for the legislation, the Opposition has affirmed there should be more consultation before it is passed as law.The proposed tobacco control legislation will see a ban on smoking in public places while cigarette advertising will be disallowed and graphic and text health warnings will have to be displayed on at least 75 per cent of the packaging on tobacco products.The Bill seeks to ban smoking at all indoor workplaces, public transport and strictly regulates the sale of cigarettes while creating reporting requirements for manufacturers, wholesale distributors or importers, with penalties ranging as high as $16 million and a period of imprisonment.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, had pointed out that it took the Bill a long time to be where it is today because there was a lot of fine-tuning to be done.“We want to ensure that it is meaningful and it promotes disease control, healthy living and miners not being sold cigarettes,” she said, noting that one of the key aims of the Bill is to reduce second-hand smoking.Dr William Adu-Krow stated that there is an urgent need for tobacco restrictions to be enforced in Guyana, underscoring that the profits brought in through the tobacco industry does not compensate for the many lives being lost from smoking and second-hand smoke every year.However, the key stakeholder, Demerara Tobacco Ltd, has labelled the Bill as heavily flawed. Managing Director of the company, Maurlaine Argyle-Kirton, raised the concern that the Bill is not balanced and will cripple the tobacco industry once it is passed in Parliament.According to the Bill’s explanatory memorandum, the purpose of the legislation is to fight the tobacco epidemic by implementing the evidence-based requirements of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which Guyana acceded to on September 15, 2005.The proposed legislation seeks to establish a National Tobacco Control Council to advise the Public Health Minister on matters related to tobacco control and allowing the enforcement powers of authorised officers who are authorised to conduct inspections, investigations or enforcement activities under the Act. The authorised officers can enter any public place, workplace or means of public transportation to conduct any inspection or investigation at any time during business or operating hours or any other reasonable or necessary time. They have the power to seize and detain or order the storage of any tobacco product that they reasonably believe does not comply with the Act.last_img read more

80% of crimes in the Region are committed by youths – Caricom SG

first_img“Some of the main findings of recent studies are that the majority of victims as well as perpetrators of crimes reported by the Police are young males 18 to 35 years old.”Those were the shocking facts revealed by Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday as the Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence kicked off at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.LaRocque further stated during his presentation that the Caribbean Region hasCaricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocquesome of the highest figures of youths being convicted for crimes.In fact, the Ambassador disclosed that according to a United Nations (UN) report, 80 per cent of prosecuted crimes are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.“There are a number of socio-economic determinants of crime, of the least of which is the high youth unemployment in the Region of 25 per cent in 2017. That is three times the average and the highest,” the Secretary General pointed out.According to him, it has been realised that there is great need for intervention in order to combat the current challenge.He said, “The Crime Prevention National Plan and the Caricom Youth Development Action Plan are two of the main policy frameworks which guide and design the implementation of policy and programmes in Member States to address crime and violence from a prevention perspective through addressing the underlined social factors”. This is all done, LaRocque noted, with the intent of creating an enabling environment for adolescent and youth well-being. He, nevertheless, sought to highlight the critical role that families must play in theA section of the gatheringprevention of crime.The Summit, which is being hosted with the intent of pooling ideas for the prevention of youth violence in communities and schools and, to an extent, individual countries, will culminate today.The Summit is also geared towards creating “targeted actions” on policy-makers and stakeholders to create and maintain a peaceful Caribbean environment.Participating in the event are a number of Caribbean countries like Jamaica, St Lucia and a number of other nations, including the United States.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, while delivering the feature address, spoke of the need for developing programmes to help build the self-esteem of youths.Norton told his fellow Caricom States’ representatives that, “We must all continue to implement programmes and activities that seek to develop and enhance youths’ self-esteem and confidence; promote tolerance; respect for laws and rules and empower them to be change agents in our societies”.The Minister explained that such programmes must include an avenue for youths to be able to shake off their aggression and release stress and anger which would have built up owing to insecurities.He added that they must be geared towards fostering peace and cohesion among youths and the nation as a whole.“These programmes would include sports and recreational activities, educational and cultural programmes, mentorship and counselling programmes, creation of youth-friendly spaces across countries, consultations and practical and life skills training,” Norton posited.During the two-day affair, participants will be involved in discussions revolving around the promotion of healthy masculinity, youth-driven responses to criminal gangs, and addressing risk and protective factors for youth violence, among others.last_img read more

Golden age of boomers?

first_img“Boomers are going to want to continue to contribute and to participate in meaningful ways,” says Debra Sheets, an assistant professor and coordinator of California State University, Northridge’s Interdisciplinary Gerontology Program. “It won’t be a time about retirement and golfing but of using their education to help others.” But is America ready for the golden age of boomers – generally seen as those born between 1946 and 1964? The bulk of the baby boomer generation will begin retiring after 2010. Beginning in 2011 and for the next two decades, some 10,000 people will turn 65 each and every day. “That alone conveys the magnitude more than sheer numbers,” says Sheets, 50. More importantly for Los Angeles, baby boomers will also intensify the city’s ongoing struggle with how it will serve the needs of an older population that has grown by almost 11 percent – 60,000 more seniors between 2000 and last August alone – while federal and state funding for seniors in that time has increased by only 2.5 percent. “The aging of the population is going to have a major impact on transportation, housing, land use and location of health and long-term care services,” says Fernando Torres Gil, director of the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Policy Research on Aging and former aging advocate for the Clinton administration. “Fortunately, L.A. is further ahead in meeting these challenges than most cities.” Activist seniors But funding for increasing senior services and the programs of the city’s Department of Aging remain a concern. “While (the Department of Aging) has demonstrated its ability to leverage community resources effectively, despite our efforts, demand for services continues to outpace available resources,” says General Manager Laura Trejo. Officials are looking at ways to make facilities more senior-friendly – from reducing walking time to terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to lowering senior fares on public transportation, from improving nutrition and lunch programs at centers to developing volunteer programs for senior-mentoring of young people. In the San Fernando Valley, for instance, a city Department of Aging pilot project is testing a volunteer-based shared-driving program using recent retirees to help older seniors who do not drive and who face challenges using public transportation. And in the West Valley, a contingent of baby boomers is working with City Councilman Dennis Zine’s office to bring the first senior center to the area, with the Westfield Topanga Plaza considered one of the prime locations. Meanwhile, senior advocates and leaders continue pressing for more public housing, for new programs allowing aging homeowners to continue living in their homes, for expansion of accessible and comfortable public transportation, for more road signs and crosswalks safer for pedestrian use. They also want land-use changes, like zoning variances permitting long-term care facilities and the construction of “granny flats” behind existing homes. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – born in 1953 – has gone so far as to connect his campaign to overhaul education in Los Angeles schools to the future of seniors in his city. “We won’t be able to take care of the baby boomers if we don’t give these young immigrant children in our cities the skills they’ll need to compete for the good jobs in a knowledge-based economy,” he said in a speech last year to the American Jewish Committee. By 2030, the percentage of the population 65 and older is projected to almost double from its 2000 number – a phenomenon due to the baby boom population, according to the Southern California Association of Governments. But officials may find that, while services for seniors continue to grow, the baby boomers approaching “seniorhood” may be less dependent on them than their parents and grandparents were. For starters, many baby boomers blessed with better health and more active lifestyles are working longer – an average of 10 percent more men and women ages 55 to 69 are working today than in 1995, according to the Sacramento-based think tank California Budget Project. Other reports project that after retirement, a percentage of baby boomers will move to lower cost-of-living states such as Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Oregon. Senior fitness buffs But the overwhelming number of baby boomers, say experts, simply refuse to accept the physical limitations of old age and reject programs now offered at senior centers. Instead, they want more physical fitness and education. “I guess I’m typical of the aging boomer,” says Ken Koff, 65, who is part of the Valley seniors group lobbying for a senior center in the West Valley. “I’ve been a stockbroker the last 10 years of my life, and I’m just now easing into retirement.” Koff works out regularly at his gym in his Woodland Hills apartment complex, maintains an avid interest in Chinese, American and European culture and history, follows Major League Baseball closely and considers himself a computer technology buff. “My daughter, Sarah, is a junior art history major at UCLA where she’s the coxswain on the men’s varsity rowing team,” says Koff, “so I also keep pretty busy following her and her team.” Indeed, baby boomers are causing a change in the fitness-center industry, with people older than 55 now making up nearly 25 percent of all health-club members in the country, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. Several health clubs in the Valley, including Gold’s Gym and L.A. Fitness Sports Club, confirm that their facilities reflect that change. Some programs there and at other fitness facilities are specifically designed for aging baby boomers – among them one appropriately named “Silver Sneakers.” “Silver Sneakers is designed specifically to meet the physical health and fitness needs of seniors,” says Kathleen Guiang, who oversees the program at five Gold’s Gym facilities in the Valley. The program, says Guiang, involves sit-down exercises building up cardiovascular strength using weights, tubing and balls, but the program is evolving to include yoga and additional cardiovascular exercise. Stave off aging Increasingly, though, many baby boomers are also turning to personal trainers, like Kevin Cole of Woodland Hills, who come to their homes or offices. “A lot of it is for health, but for many it’s also to stave off the aging process as long as possible,” says Cole, who turns 50 himself this summer but whose career keeps him looking 15 to 20 years younger. “It’s what I do, but keeping up with two young kids will also keep you young.” This, too, is typical of boomers – many of whom started their families in their late 30s or in their 40s – who because of their lifestyles prefer to live in communities that offer what Torres Gil of UCLA calls “intergenerational relationships.” For Torres Gil, 58, and his wife, that has meant buying a condominium across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which he says offers him all the nearby cultural, shopping and health care amenities that will be especially convenient in their retirement years. “Boomers are not going to be moving to Leisure Village, and all the surveys show that,” says Torres Gil. “They do not want to hang out with old people. They do not want to be segregated by age. They want to enjoy a variety of experiences.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Baby boomers are changing the politics of aging in Los Angeles and nationwide, transforming public policy, social mores and lifestyles in fundamental ways – just as they did in their youth. The golden age of baby boomers, say experts, will ultimately revolutionize how America looks at and deals with aging, especially given the traditional youth-centered focus on pop culture, entertainment and image. “Baby boomers are aging with attitude,” says Bill Orozco, 57, a Los Angeles political consultant and aging activist. “The baby boomer seniors are active, involved in their communities and expect to live longer, healthier and wealthier lives than their parents.” They also will change the meaning of retirement and shape the future of Los Angeles and other cities through involvement in social activism, volunteerism and lifelong learning, according to experts. last_img read more

Morocco 2026 World Cup bid passed for vote against N. America: bid official

first_img“The ‘Task Force’ has today confirmed Morocco’s technical ability to organise the 2026 World Cup. All of our team will continue to work towards victory on June 13 in Moscow,” Belkhayat said.The vote will be held at the FIFA Congress on the eve of the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Moroccan media had reported rumours that FIFA was set to disallow the North African nation’s bid for reasons including logistical problems in the country’s five main cities.The bid relies heavily on Morocco’s passion for football, its relatively compact size, its climate and proximity to Europe and it has support across the African continent, which has only hosted the World Cup once before, in South Africa in 2010.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The vote of where to hold the 2026 World Cup will be held at the FIFA Congress on the eve of the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINIRABAT, Morocco, Jun 1 – Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup has been passed by FIFA and will be allowed to proceed to a vote runoff against the North American bid on June 13, a bid official told AFP Friday.“The Moroccan bid has been accepted,” Moncef Belkhayat, a former sports minister who sits on the committee, said after the bid passed further scrutiny from football’s world governing body.last_img read more

5 things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgHere, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend.United need a revolutionOle Gunnar Solskjaer began the weekend with talk of a rebuild and reality check for some of his players.However, even the Norwegian seemed taken aback by the scale of the job on his hands after a 4-0 thrashing at Everton to condemn United to a sixth defeat in eight games.“If you want to play at this club, it has to mean more,” said a scathing Solskjaer of his side’s display at Goodison Park.“We can’t change the whole squad, it has to be one step at a time but I said all along, I’m going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that successful team.”Liverpool hit new heightsLiverpool’s 2-0 win at Cardiff took their tally to 88 points, a club record in the Premier League era, with three games still to play.“We have the best Liverpool ever, and one of the best sides I have played against,” claimed City boss Pep Guardiola of his title rivals.Neither side can match City’s record 100 points tally from last season, but both are likely to pass the previous record of 95 set by Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2004-05.Therefore, even the third highest points tally English football has ever seen might not be enough to win the league.“I can’t see us ever getting another two teams like these two,” said Cardiff boss Neil Warnock. “Thank God we haven’t got to play them again.”City show their bottleAfter the emotional rollercoaster of a Champions League classic that saw Spurs end City’s European dreams for another year in midweek, any nerves left at the Etihad were also shredded on Saturday.However, in the third act against Tottenham over the past 10 days, City held onto a fifth minute lead given to them by Phil Foden’s first Premier League goal to grind out a 1-0 win.City were far from their best and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed the hosts’ goalkeeper Ederson was man-of-the-match.But with four games left to Liverpool’s three, the title and the chance of an unprecedented domestic treble remains in City’s hands.Same old ArsenalFor much of the dying days of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, it was his team’s defensive deficiencies that hampered his hopes of restoring the club to its former glories.Fast forward nine months and Wenger’s successor Unai Emery is wrestling with exactly the same problem — as Arsenal’s shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace underlined with disastrous consequences.A win would have strengthened the Gunners hold on a top four finish.Instead Christian Benteke scored his first goal for a year as Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos stood statuesque when the Palace striker headed home.There was worse to come for Mustafi as the German centre-back bizarrely allowed Wilfried Zaha to run past him to score Palace’s second in a slapstick piece of defending that recalled the worst moments of Wenger’s reign.By the time James McArthur headed Palace’s killer third goal after more sloppy defending, Emery’s problems had been laid bare for all to see.No shots ‘win’ for BrightonBrighton did not manage a shot on target, but a 0-0 draw away to Wolves felt like a win according to goalkeeper Mat Ryan believes after a disastrous week threatened to cost the Seagulls their place in the Premier League.A 5-0 thrashing by Bournemouth was followed by a 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff, that allowed Neil Warnock’s men to close to within two points of safety.That gap is now three and Brighton may well need it with Tottenham, Arsenal and City to come in their final four games.“The point means a lot in the context of things, it almost feels like we’ve won the game,” said Ryan.“With our superior goal difference, it could prove to be big come the end of the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hands up: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United were thrashed 4-0 by Everton © AFP / Oli SCARFFCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Liverpool and Manchester City refuse to cede ground in statistically the greatest Premier League title race of all-time.However, behind the top two posting huge points tallies, the fallibilities of the four chasers for the remaining two Champions League places means that race is just as close as Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal all suffered defeats.last_img read more

MICHAELA CAMP COMES TO LETTERKENNY

first_imgJohn McAreavey’s selfie with camp leadersTHE Michaela Camp is coming back to Donegal.The week long summer camp for girls set up in memory of Michaela McAreavey will be in Letterkenny this year after a successful first year in Stranorlar.This year’s camp is at Loreto Convent from July 14 to 18 for girls aged between 11 and 13. The Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp is based on 5 core values; Faith, Fashion, Fun, Irish and Wellbeing.Jam packed with fun activities, here is a little taster of what Campettes will doing— having parties and “ Rocking the Boat” in Faith, unleashing their creativity and individuality making jewellery and customising bags in Fashion, dancing in Fun, learning their favourite pop songs as gaelige in Irish, zumba dancing and drama in wellbeing! All of this will be topped off by a very special Camp Celebration on Friday!In addition to all of these activities and treats which the girls will be making to bring home, each attendee will also receive a Limited Edition Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp jersey, unique to Campettes!Michaela Foundation is aiming to deliver more Camps than ever throughout Ireland due to the awe-inspiring success of the previous two years. Michaela Foundation has received very impressive feedback from Campettes about their experience.One Campette said, “Awesome, extraordinary. The best thing I’ve ever done!”Parents noticed the impact too, one parent posted on Facebook “Enrol your young girl – she will love it! Last year my daughter emerged much more mature and thoughtful.”Not to mention the benefits leaders’ obtain from participation, “I benefitted greatly from the camp. I gained friends for life and skills that I can use time and time again.”John McAreavey from Michaela Foundation told Donegal Daily: “We are delighted to be able to spread the camp to 12 venues this summer, including Donegal. “Several camps were full within 12 hours of registration opening this year, which I think shows just how much the Campettes enjoyed it and how much parents valued it last year.“We have a great team of volunteers at our Donegal camp in Letterkenny. They having been putting in lots of hard work to ensure each Campette will have a fun, enriching and memorable week! I would encourage people to sign up soon, as places are going fast.”To sign up to the camp or to find more information, visit www.themichaelafoundation.com Camp costs £50/€60 and runs from 9.15am to 3.45pm, Monday-Friday.The Donegal volunteers on the CampMICHAELA CAMP COMES TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 16th, 2014 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:donegalletterkennyMichaela foundationsummer camplast_img read more

Chelsea predicted line-up to face Cardiff

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Morata, Hazard How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up foot injury on England duty and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, although it is likely he would’ve missed out to Mateo Kovacic in midfield.Cesc Fabregas has returned to training after recovering from a knee injury which has kept him out since the start of the season and could be fit enough to make the bench. highlights silverware LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact Premier League football returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday MONEY center_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade possible standings RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea will be looking to extend their 100% record in the Premier League when they welcome winless Cardiff to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed four wins from his opening four league games and should have a full strength side at his disposal. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The vast majority of Sarri’s squad will be returning from a busy international break with their countries and the Italian admitted it is difficult to prepare when so many players are away.Cardiff will travel to west London in hope of an unlikely first win of the season. Neil Warnock’s newly-promoted side put in a brave display against Arsenal, coming from behind twice before eventually losing 3-2.Warnock revealed his Bluebirds are ‘not good enough’ to sit back against the top sides, so expect Cardiff to have a go.Here is how talkSPORT expect Chelsea to line up: REVEALED 2last_img read more

BALLYSHANNON MARKS RORY GALLAGHER’S 66TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPERB FESTIVAL LINE-UP

first_imgBALLYSHANNON has marked what would have been Rory Gallagher’s 66th birthday by unveiling an incredible line-up for the festival in his honour in May.Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood) with Norman Roy-watt (The Blockheads), “Band of Friends” featuring Rory Gallagher Band members – Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna, the legendary “Mungo Jerry” featuring Ray Dorset, the original guitarist with “Thin Lizzy” – Eric Bell & His Band are among over 20 acts that have been unveiled for this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014.The award winning festival that honours the Late Rory Gallagher who would have been celebrating his 66th birthday today (2nd March) if it wasn’t for his untimely death 19 years ago. Details of this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have been unveiled today to celebrate Gallagher’s birthday having been born on this day, 2nd March 1948 at the appropriately named Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon.Organisers of the 4 day Rory Gallagher Festival have assembled a very attractive line-up for Rory and Classic Rock music fans with Wilko Johnson set to make a rare Irish appearance as the former Dr. Feelgood frontman continues to battle cancer.On Tuesday night last, Wilko Johnson along with Roger Daltrey (The Who) played to a sold-out show at Sheeperd’s Bush Empire in London, while on Friday Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey’s New Album “Going Back Home” went to No.1 in the Amazon UK Album Charts. Wilko said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to come to his birthplace and honour the great G-man, its going to be a superb gig and I am really looking forward to playing at Rory Gallagher Festival 2014 in Ireland, going to be great”.Making a welcomed return to Ballyshannon will be former “Whitesnake” guitarist – Bernie Marsden and His Band. The legendary Rock Blues Guitarist has huge respect for Rory Gallagher having released the album “Bernie plays Rory” and having played the Rory Gallagher Theatre in Ballyshannon in 2010, Bernie released a further album entitled “Ballyshannon Blues for Rory”. Festival Chairperson Barry O’Neill while launching the 2014 Festival said “this is without doubt the best line-up ever – Rory Gallagher would be honoured and chuffed, we are expecting our biggest attendances ever, this will be one of the most significant tributes to Rory and without doubt the biggest Classic Rock and Rock Blues Music Festival on the island of Ireland in 2014”.The list of bands is endless, with the Festival welcoming back “Band of Friends” to Ballyshannon, that includes Rory’s former band members Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna with renowned Dutch Guitarist – Marcel Scherpenzeel. From “Thin Lizzy” the band’s original guitarist Eric Bell and his band, the man that arranged and performed the iconic classic “Whiskey in the Jar”. Also appearing will be the legendary Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boy’s), Johnny Gallagher & the Boxtie Band, Monica Heldal (Norway), Sinnerboy (UK), Bad Penny (Germany), Laundromat (Holland), Dave McHugh Band, local rockers – Moonchild, Laurence Jones Band (UK), Tony Dowler’s Hellhound’s, Seamie O’Dowd Band, Hot Smoke, The Mississippi Sheiks, Jed Tomas, Zero Resistance, Peter Price and the Jamie Clague Band. Weekend Early Bird Tickets for the nightly Big Top Concerts are on sale at just €40 for all 3 nights with over 25 hours of Free Outdoor Street Concerts, Exhibitions and Talks also.Donal Gallagher – brother and Manager to the Late Rory Gallagher said “I am delighted with the line-up for Ballyshannon, its a great tribute to my brother and to see so many musicians wanting to perform, it’s incredible and we are so looking forward it.”Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2014 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014 with all details available on the Official Festival Website www.rorygallagherfestival.com Email: roryfest@hotmail.com BALLYSHANNON MARKS RORY GALLAGHER’S 66TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPERB FESTIVAL LINE-UP was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 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:2014 line-upBallyshannonfestivalRory Gallagherlast_img read more