Baxter Challenges LFA, Ministry on Poor Representation

first_imgJonathan Armah Baxter, former striker of Bomi County, Bame, Mighty Barolle, St. Joseph’s Warriors and finally the NPA-Anchors Football Club shows little emotion, for he is as tough as the hills of Bomi County.But when it comes to the demise of footballers who held his hands, at one time and encouraged him to pursue his dream as a footballer, and those he played along with, the apparent lack of interest by sports officials at both the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Football Association leave him with many questions.This year, Jonathan Armah Baxter was at a church where former Bomi County strongman Mark Fino’s funeral was held, and sadly there was no sports official presence to support the family as well as bid the deceased goodbye.Then at the funeral of former Lone Star and Invincible Eleven player, Pete Roberts, in Monrovia’s Bardnersville, who was also the immediate past president of the LFA Sub-Association in Bomi County, there was no sport official present.“At least it is at such an occasion that Liberia should honor her heroes,” J. Armah Baxter said, out of frustration.When Baxter learned that there was no material or financial assistance to those mentioned above; and there was also none to the late Victor Sieh, who had died several months previously, he was filled with shame.“This should not be happening to athletes who made the country proud when they were so young and made it a necessity for Liberia to be recognized in sports,” Baxter told journalists at the time.And when last Thursday, December 19, when there was no official from either the LFA or the Ministry of Youth and Sports during the funeral of former St. Joseph’s Warriors’ President David L. Bropleh, held in Monrovia, Jonathan Baxter thought it was too much to let it go without a comment.But when he learned that neither the Ministry of Youth and Sports nor the LFA has a standing policy instructing the two organizations about what must be done from them in a period of death, Baxter said sports officials should by now have crafted such a policy.“This should not be too difficult,” Baxter said, “I hope that the ministry and the football association should be thinking about this.”Though the LFA provided U$300 towards the late Bropleh’s home-going but provided more than U$10,000 to the late Frank Seator’s family, the disparity did not sit well with the one-time goal-poacher, Baxter.“No one needs to demand stakeholders to see the need to come up with a policy that spells out the standard contribution from the LFA towards the funeral of its members,” Armah said.In reaction LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah yesterday told the Daily Observer that while crafting such a policy may not be an ideal solution, the LFA has always been supportive of families who lose members who were once affiliated with the football association. “On many occasions family members who decided to inform the LFA whenever there was a former affiliate who died, only sent a letter informing the LFA about the home-going without informing the association its intended role.“In such an occasion,” Secretary General Armah said, “it makes it difficult to know what the family wants the LFA to do.”He said LFA Boss, Musa Bility is sympathetic to issues that affect anyone connected to the association but pointed out that whatever conditions that might have happened in the past, the LFA stands well prepared to console any of its members in the best available material and financial support possible.Secretary Armah said the LFA takes decisions on a case by case basis when there are funds available and therefore it is unfortunate that at a particular point in the past it seemed that more attention was paid to support the home-going of others than others.“Once the LFA is aware of the recommendations of a particular situation,” SG Armah said, “we work with the family to provide needed contribution as much as we can.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jr. Lone Star Suffers 2-0 against Black Meteors

first_imgGhana Under-23 football team, the Black Meteors on Sunday whipped Jr. Lone Star 2-0 in the first leg of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Olympics qualifiers in Tamale, Ghana.A goal was scored in each half with the second goal being praised by the Communication Director of Liberia Football Association (LFA), Henry Flomo, who is in Ghana.“65 min., a beautiful set-piece put Ghana up by 2-0,” Flomo wrote on Facebook.Flomo blamed the defeat of the U-23 Lone Star over the late arrival in Ghana.“Liberia has lost by 2-0. Good composure, good timing, but lack of zest and hunger. Connection between the middle and forward was wanting,” Flomo noted on Facebook. Maybe fatigue and strategy took advantage of the U23,” he wrote.According to the narration, the U-23 Lone Star arrived in Accra, Ghana on Sunday early morning and waited for connecting flight to go to Tamale, the northern Region of Ghana.“The Liberian delegation has retired at its final destination in Tamale, northern Ghana after a 45 minute AntraAir flight from Accra between 7-8am,” Flomo added. “Coach Thomas Kojo has made sure his boys get a rest for the tiny time in between now and game time at 3:30pm local time; head of delegation, Commissioner Andy Quamie, is sorting out formalities leading to the match, including technical meeting.”However, knowing of the time of arrival and fatigue, Coach Thomas Kojo told Ghana’s Adom FM Radio that though his side (U-23 Lone Star) was punished, they were happy with the team’s performance.If the Black Meteors won again on Friday, they would meet Congo Brazzaville, and then with Nigeria.Meanwhile, the U-23 Lone Star is expected to play her home game also in Tamale, Ghana.The Ghana Football Association consented to serve as neutral ground for the Black Meteors to play in Ghana owing to the delocalization of football in the country, because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus Disease (EVD).Liberia’s delegation: Goalkeepers: Jemeriah Sekey (Fassell FC), Tommy Songo (LISCR FC), Allington Sengbeh (BYC).Defenders: Fred Fofana (Watanga), Raymond Fransah (MC Breweries), Alvin Macarnel (BYC), Darkar Kollie (Jubilee), Alycious Sinujla- (Fassell FC), Marlee Roberts (LPRC Oilers), Prince Kennedy (LPRC Oilers), Albert Nimely (Fassell FC).Mid-Fielders: Abraham Barshall (LISCR FC), Stephen Seameh (LISCR FC), Oscar Dorley ( MC Breweries), Prince Saydee (BYC), Elijah Clarke – Fassell FC, Sunnyboy Dolo (Nimba United), Continenta Queejay- (LPRC Oilers), Cooper Gaypia – (University of Mt. Olive in the USA).Strikers: Van -Dave Harmond (BYC), Herron Scarla Berrian (Platanias Chania in Greece), Sporo Somah (Sewe Sport in Ivory Coast); Officials: Thomas Kojo – Head Coach, Janjay Jacobs – Deputy Coach, Jaydeh Donyan Brown – Administrative Manager, Agnes Togbah – Medic and Sunnyboy Mason – Care taker; Andy Quarmie, head of delegation and Henry Flomo – Media Officer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alaska Highway nomination project revised

first_imgA revised budget was presented to the regional district board this morning by the project proponents, the Alaska Highway Community Society, which is made up of stakeholders from communities along the highway corridor in northeast British Columbia, including a few sitting directors and alternate directors with the regional district. The revised request made to the regional district is for just over $538,000 over three years, compared to the original request of nearly $610,000 over four years.April Moi with Northern BC Tourism, who is acting as an administrator for the highway nomination project, said cost savings have been realized by reducing the budget for travel and by hiring a consulting firm to conduct research instead of contracting independent researchers.“We have pared down some areas in order to try to move this forward,” she said.- Advertisement -Moi said the society has managed to secure $100,000 of in-kind assistance over three years from the provincial Ministry of Transportation. She said that support includes research and assessments related to property tenures and archeological values associated with the highway.“Once project got underway, there would be opportunities to identify other ways to work together,” she added.She said the Alaska Highway Community has also reached an agreement with the North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) to establish a research-based story-collecting project, where each community along the highway corridor would identify a member of that community to gather stories related to the construction of the highway and the impacts of the construction of the highway.Advertisement The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality also passed a resolution to provide $10,000 to support research involved with the nomination project, she said. That is much less than the $610,000 that was originally anticipated from Fort Nelson, but Moi said while the regional municipality supports the project, they are forced to deal with other budget priorities at this time.She said they hope to start the nomination project in September with six months of surveying known information, working with communities and stakeholders and identifying the boundaries of specific sites.“We believe if we start in September there is still enough time to travel the highway and do a physical site check.”The second phase of the project, slated to begin in April, 2012, would involve a mapping component, and engagement of stakeholders in the Yukon, as well as other objectives. The third phase, beginning in April, 2013, and would involve completing the research required for the submission report to Parks Canada and conducting any follow-up research required by the federal Historic Sites and Monuments Board.Advertisement It is anticipated the federal review process would take another two years to complete, so if successful, the Alaska Highway would become a national historic site in 2017, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the completion of the highway, and the 150th anniversary of Canada. That timeline makes the project extremely time sensitive, said Moi.The board of the Peace River Regional District is expected to be presented with a report on whether or not to approve the revised budget for the nomination project at its next regular meeting on Aug. 25.last_img read more

LADIES GAA: TERMON FIGHT BACK TO OVERCOME LIFFORD

first_imgBY JAMES TREARTY: Termon   Ladies   renowned never  say die attitude,  was  put  to  the  test  at  Lifford  on  Sunday.As Termon  rolled  into  Lifford a  black  weather cloud  hung over  the  border  town  and  things  did  not  get much  brighter for  the  Burn  Road  outfit  as  Cathal  Magee’s Lifford  who  were  table  toppers  going  into  this  game,  opened  brightly and  were 1–2  up thanks  to a  Haley  Doherty  goal  and  a  brace from Eamy  Martin  before  Termon  opened  via  Tara  Mc  Daid. But Lifford  piled  on  the  agony  and a  great  display of  by Emma  Carlin  say  Lifford  go  in  at the  break leading 1–4  to 0–5, Lifford’s  other  scorers  being Haley Doherty . Termon  first  half contributors were Tara  Mc Daid  Grainne  Mc  Cafferty and  Helen Vicory  who  all  posted  minors.Harry  Mc  Glynn’s  half time  team  talk  which  was  later described  as  a  All  Ireland  halftime pep  talk   both  in  the  tone  and content, bore  instant  results  for  Termon  who  faced into  the  Sperrin  mountains in the  second  half. First  to  post a minor for  Termon  was Tara  Mc  Daid . Sharon Mc  Laughlin  took  time  out  from  curtailing  Emma  Carlin to  raise  another  Termon white  flag. Mc  Glynn   who made some  substitutions  and  positional  changes and  these bore  instant  fruit. Termon  were now getting  on  top  at midfield with  Dara  Kelly  and  Fiona  Mc  Laughlin having  the  upper  hand.  Lisa  Mc Glynn, Helen  Vicory, Grainne Mc  Cafferty all added  points  interspaced by  goals  by  Dara  Kelly  helped  to settle this  Termon  team.  Termon’s  backline  of    Maura Kelly, Orla  Trearty, Martina  Kelly   and  the  outstanding  Ann  mc  Glynn were  now  in a  commanding  position.  Shauna  Kelly  and  Aileen Mc Glynn  had  some  fine  moments. But  Lifford  were  not  intent on  giving up  a  table  topping  position  and  Eamy Martin  raised Lifford’s  hopes  when  when  she  opted for  points  when Caroline  Gallagher’s   goals  looked  very inviting. Indeed Lifford wasted  several scoring  opportunities  from  well  placed  positions in the  second  half,  The  Martin  sisters  for  Lifford give a fine  display of  power packed football. Paula  Leary  with  Haley  Doherty   had  a  fine  games.  But  as  referee  Gerard  Mc Hugh sounded  the  final  whistle  Termon  were  victors  on  a final  score  of  Lifford  2–4  Termon  2–14 For  Termon Vicory, Mc Cafferty, the  Gallagher  sisters   and Lisa  Mc Glynn all  stood  out  when  players  had  to  be  counted.Player  of the  match  goes to Emma  Carlin.Lifford panel was Christine  Marley, Denise  Mc Cusker, Sinead  Martin, Michaela  Lafferty, Whitney  Porter,Paula o  Leary, Emma  Carlin, Lauren   Lynch, Sharon  Martin, Eamy  Martin, Orla  Magee, Shauna Mc  Brearty, Haley  Doherty, Megan  Mc  Nulty, Natasha  Clarke, Rachel  O  DonnellTermon  panel  Caroline  Gallagher,  Maura  Kelly, Orla  Trearty, Martina  Kelly, Ann  mc Glynn, Shauna  Kelly, Aileen  Mc   Glynn, Dara Kelly,  Sharon  Mc  Laughlin, Fiona  Mc  Laughlin, Tara  Mc  Daid , Grainne  Mc  Cafferty, Helen  Vicory,  Lisa  Mc Glynn, Roseleen Gallagher, Aisling Ryan, Aoife  Ryan, Lucy  o  Flynn,  Christine  Coyle, Celine  Mc  Daid,  Shannagh  Kelly  and  Grace  TreartyReferee  Gerald  Mc  Hugh  St  Mary,s  Convoy LADIES GAA: TERMON FIGHT BACK TO OVERCOME LIFFORD was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LADIES GAA: TERMON FIGHT BACK TO OVERCOME LIFFORDlast_img read more

Graeme Souness explains criticism of ‘indisciplined’ Paul Pogba at World Cup

first_img RANKED Pogba received high praise for his dominant performance against Belgium in the semi-final Souness has been far from Pogba’s biggest fan Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures IN DEMAND smart causal who plays? When asked directly if he had “warmed” to Pogba, Souness responded: “Most definitely, yeah.”“I’ve been a critic of his back in the UK and I wouldn’t back off the things I’ve said about him while he’s been a Man United player, but I see a different Paul Pogba in this competition.“The number one criticism: He’s got a ‘fast forward’ gear when he’s attacking and when he loses it he doesn’t sprint back as quickly as he does when he’s going to try and do things. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January possible standings gameday cracker How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? REVEALED deals Former Liverpool midfielder and manager Graeme Souness has admitted he’s “warmed” to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba with France at the World Cup.However, the pundit stuck fiercely to his previous criticisms of the 25-year-old during his role with beIN SPORTS. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Manchester United News “I think he’s been more of a team player in this competition. But when you’re playing with Matuidi and the likes of Kante I think you’d be embarrassed if you didn’t put the same shift in as them.”Paul Pogba has been key in France’s World Cup campaign which has seen Les Bleus progress all the way to the final.Despite this, Souness insists his poor discipline has let him down in the past.“Put it this way, do you bring Paul Pogba on in the last ten minutes if you’re 1-0 up and you’re looking to close a game down? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “You don’t do that. You bring Paul Pogba on to try and get you a goal in the last ten minutes if you’re chasing something.“I think he’s indisciplined, I think that’s the kindest thing I can say about him.”last_img read more

Leicester to travel by coach rather than fly in wake of owner’s death

first_img SORRY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury TOP WORK Most Read In Football Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update He told the club’s website: “Following Saturday evening’s terrible events at King Power Stadium, the thoughts and feelings of Leicester City FC are at the forefront of our minds.“As such, we will be offering our support to Leicester City in any way necessary in respect of this weekend’s fixture.”Books of condolence have been opened at the King Power Stadium and are available from 8am to 10pm every day. An online book can also be signed via the club’s website.Two members of the chairman’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died in the crash.Tributes from fans and players have continued to grow outside the club’s North Stand while a group of Buddhist monks held a service on Tuesday. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? predicted gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Srivaddhanaprabha died on Saturday, along with four others, when his helicopter crashed after taking off from the King Power Stadium.On Tuesday evening, Leicester announced the Cardiff game will go ahead having postponed their Carabao Cup game with Southampton, which was due to be played on Tuesday.The club had discussed whether to play the fixture in Wales but it will go ahead after backing from the players and staff and there will be a minute’s silence prior to kick off, while the players will wear black armbandsCardiff executive director and chief executive Ken Choo also offered the Bluebirds’ support ahead of the weekend. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest 2 Srivaddhanaprabha was tragically killed, along with four others, on Saturday evening 2 Numerous tributes have been paid to the hugely popular Srivaddhanaprabha How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings tense whoops changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? revealed Leicester will travel by coach rather than fly to Saturday’s Premier League game at Cardiff in the wake of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s tragic death.The Foxes will go by road on Friday after making the decision flying would be insensitive given the circumstances of Srivaddhanaprabha’s passing. huge blow Players, including Jamie Vardy and the injured Daniel Amartey, made separate trips to pay their own individual respects.The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) continue to conduct its investigations as it tries to establish what caused Saturday’s tragedy.The aircraft’s black boxes have been recovered and are being studied in Farnborough.last_img read more

GAA – ALL YOUR WEEKEND RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL NORTHMinor League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 24-Mar-2013 Carndonagh 5 – 12 0 – 1 Naomh Padraig Lifford Carndonagh Minor League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 24-Mar-2013 Letterkenny Gaels 1 – 8 0 – 6 Sean MacCumhaills Pairc Na nGael-Letterkenny24-Mar-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 3 – 8 1 – 7 Buncrana Machaire Gathlan Minor League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Mar-2013 St Michaels 6 – 3 2 – 7 Downings Dunfanaghy Minor League Division 2 Section 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Mar-2013 Malin 1 – 5 0 Robert Emmets Malin Minor League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 24-Mar-2013 Milford 2 – 6 3 – 11 Termon Moyle Park Milford22-Mar-2013 Convoy 1 – 5 0 – 5 Glenswilly ConvoyDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 14 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Mar-2013 Ardara 7 – 12 4 – 3 Aodh Ruadh Ardara Under 14 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Mar-2013 Naomh Columba 4 – 5 3 – 2 Naomh Ultan Naomh Ultan Fixture reverse Under 14 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Mar-2013 Naomh Mhuire 1 – 9 1 – 5 Kilcar Naomh Mhuire24-Mar-2013 Naomh Conaill 6 – 12 5 – 5 Bundoran Naomh Connaill24-Mar-2013 Naomh Naille 3 – 8 4 – 13 Four Masters Naomh Naille Minor League Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Mar-2013 Ardara 3 – 8 2 – 4 Naomh Naille Ardara Under 14 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Mar-2013 Naomh Ultan 1 – 3 3 – 13 Killybegs Naomh UltanUnder 14 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Mar-2013 Four Masters 2 – 8 3 – 9 Bundoran Four MastersGAA – ALL YOUR WEEKEND RESULTS was last modified: March 24th, 2013 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:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

DONEGAL MINORS BLOW DERRY AWAY IN LEAGUE CLASH

first_imgDONEGAL’S minors had a very comfortable win over a poor Derry side in Ballybofey today.Two early goals for the home side saw them dominate and Donegal went in at half-time leading by five points – 2-05 to 0-06.Two more goals in a second half which saw Derry score just one point capped a brilliant display at MacCumhaill Park. In the end Donegal had 18 points to spare over our neighbours.Final score Donegal 4-13 Derry 0-07. DONEGAL MINORS BLOW DERRY AWAY IN LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: April 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MINORS BLOW DERRY AWAY IN LEAGUE CLASHlast_img read more

URGENT ACTION DEMANDED BY PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DIABETES

first_imgSpecial Report By Rachel McLaughlin: Parents of children with diabetes have called for urgent action from the HSE to save vital nursing services at Letterkenny General Hospital.A new integrated nurse for diabetes will start working in the community in the coming weeks. However this Clinical Nurse Specialist post will focus on adults with type 2 diabetes.The current nurse working in Paediatric diabetes care is moving to a joint post that is shared with adult care. Donegal parents of children with type 1 diabetes now fear that this will reduce the nurses availability for Paediatric care. They called for a dedicated Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at a public meeting yesterday.The Diabetes Parents Support Group have recently undertaken a campaign to highlight their demand. An online petition has gathered over 1,200 signatures and, to date, over 7,000 written signatures have been gathered. These will be presented to Dáil Eireann in coming weeks.Campaigners say 144 children in Donegal are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It is an auto-immune disease that destroys the cells in the pancreas, leading to multiple injections of insulin being required every day. An intense readjustment is needed to the daily lives of families with children diagnosed with diabetes. The CNS is a vital contact for parents who must learn to monitor and care for their children.Letterkenny General Hospital currently has two diabetes CNSs. One of those has a Paediatric focus but is not entirely dedicated to Paediatric care. Parents worry that demands on her time for adult care will dilute the time available for children. A 2008 Diabetes Expert Advisory Report recommended that 1 dedicated Paediatric CNS should exist per 100 children with type 1 diabetes. According to these figures, Letterkenny should have 1.5 nurses for the children.The HSE have responded to say that they are currently recruiting a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in diabetes. However parents at yesterday’s meeting said that their enquiries revealed that this recruitment could take six to nine months.Last year, the Diabetes Parents Support Group met with Health Minister James Reilly to ask for a dedicated Paediatric CNS. They left that meeting with confidence that a nurse would be appointed. This hope was never fulfilled.Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh said that the HSE’s emphasis on enhancing future services for type 2 diabetes care in Letterkenny has pushed type 1 care into the shadows. He proposed a meeting with Minister Reilly who, he said, is on the parents’ side.“It’s disgraceful that we are here,” he said. “There is something wrong with this process. At a political level, one thing is being said. At management level, another thing is being said.” Diabetes Parents Support Group members shared their experiences of having children with diabetes.Committee members of the Donegal Diabetes Parents Support GroupMother of three Karen McGee spoke of how her world was turned upside-down when her eldest child was diagnosed with diabetes. She recalled waiting for her daughter to be seen in the hospital and leaving for a moment to use the bathroom. When Karen returned, her daughter’s condition had become so severe that she had been rushed off to ICU to have her heart monitored and to ensure that no severe damage was done to her organs.Karen’s second child was diagnosed with diabetes one year later. She said that teachers, bus drivers, and others who work with her children all go out of their way to monitor and support them.“They have a duty of care to look after the child in front of them,” she said, “the most important duty of care we need is from our hospital, and we’re not getting it.” Mrs. McGee paid tribute to the strength of the 144 children in Donegal with type 1 diabetes. “They deserve the best chance at life,” she said, “what we want is fair and equal care.”Diabetes Parents Support Group member Paul Gillespie spoke of the severity of type 1 diabetes. “This is a chronic condition,” he said, “every report says that type 1 needs proper care, and we’re just not getting it.”Mr Gillespie said that he is unhappy to have to attend further meetings with hospital management in the coming weeks. “We need good news, we need urgent action,” he said.Independent Cllr Frank McBrearty spoke about his personal experiences living with diabetes. “Diabetes takes me on every day,” he said.Cllr McBrearty said that people with diabetes in Donegal should not have to share a diluted service of care. “We’re entitled to the same rights as people in Dublin,” he said.Sinn Fein TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn called for a delegation of political representatives and Donegal-based Diabetes Ireland members to meet with the management of LGH this week.“Something has gone very badly wrong here,” he said, referring to the lack of a Paediatric Centre of Excellence in Ireland located anywhere north of Dublin.Sinn Fein TD and party Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said that he was shocked that the parent’s repeated requests for a dedicated Paediatric CNS has not been met. “It’s absolutely appalling that, for at least four years, this issue hasn’t been resolved.”The parent’s unfulfilled request that one CNS would exist for every 100 children with Type 1 diabetes was nonsensical, Minister Doherty said. “It is not only life-saving, but it saves money for the state eventually,” he said.10% of the HSE’s healthcare budget is spent on treating complications arising from diabetes.Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have tabled a motion of interest to have the topic debated at Dáil Eireann today. They called for all elected Donegal deputies to support this motion.The parents welcomed the strong cross-party support for their cause. “We want this to be a Donegal issue and not a party support issue,” they said.by Rachel McLaughlinAttendees at the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland public meeting in Letterkenny, 23 March 2014URGENT ACTION DEMANDED BY PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DIABETES was last modified: March 24th, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Diabetes IrelandDiabetes Parents Support GroupLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

DONEGAL MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE WITH PUPILS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

first_imgWith the new school year beginning this week Donegal motorists are being urged to take extra care when driving near schools around the county.Donegal motorists are being asked to take care with children returning to school.Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group’s Road Safety campaign, seeks to remind all motorists to put child safety first when driving during the school morning and afternoon rush hour, and remind people that Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility.In 2013, six children lost their lives across the country. So far in 2014 the number of child casualties is thirteen, already exceeding the total number of child deaths in 2013. “The first week of school is always a very busy time on our roads and I encourage all road users to be mindful that children will again be back making this daily journey,” Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said.“Children will be walking, cycling, travelling on buses and being dropped off and picked up in cars, so motorists need to be alert to their safety and exercise the utmost caution.“We also need to be mindful that there will be large numbers of children attending school for the first time,” he added. “Let’s ensure this is a positive experience for them by slowing down and taking extra care whenever we are travelling near or past a school. Slowing down around schools is vitally important no matter how much of a rush you may be in. All road users must obey speed limits, be patient, and make sure they park safely and legally when dropping off and collecting their children, and motorists are also asked to be extra careful when overtaking parked school buses.”The school warden service caters for a large number of children attending schools in the county on a daily basis during school terms and is delivered at a number of schools throughout the County. The wardens are identifiable by the high visibility uniforms worn, and the STOP sign used to stop traffic. In order to carry out their duties effectively they require the co-operation of all road users.Parents and guardians are being asked to make a real effort to demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as your child learns from your example.If your child walks or cycles to school, you are advised to take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going. If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to keep their seatbelt on at all times and remain seated until the vehicle is parked safely at the drop off point. Parents should be made aware of the need for appropriate and considerate parking in as many ways as possible.Information should be on the school’s website, in the school’s information book and in communications with new parents. The message is clear – make smart choices about how you use the roads: never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and reduce your speed, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving.Children learn about Road Safety by watching others. Make sure you always set a good example. I would also ask schools and teachers to help make Road Safety a priority this year by making Road Safety a key part of their lesson plans: “We would ask teachers to consider including a Road Safety lesson from the RSA’s Road Safety resources in their classes. The RSA has set up a nationwide Road Safety Education Service. A Road Safety Education Officer is available to travel to your school and deliver effective programmes to everyone, which tackle all elements of Road Safety. A member of the RSA team will highlight the importance of understanding Road Safety through a series of interactive resources tailored in an age appropriate way”. This service is free of charge. The saying is true “our children are our future”, and we all need to educate them on Road Safety.Copies of the resources or the service of the Road Safety Education Officer can be obtained by contacting the Road Safety Authority directly or Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Section, who will gladly assist with the request.DONEGAL MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE WITH PUPILS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL was last modified: August 26th, 2014 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:childrendonegalroad safetySCHOOLlast_img read more