Brazil’s transgender volleyball star eyes Congress seat

first_imgFILE – Bauru’s volleyball player Tiffany Abreu spikes the ball during a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Tiffany Abreu is Brazil’s first transgender person to play in the top volleyball league for women. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)After a decade of tearing up professional men’s volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil’s first transgender player, she is running for Congress in next month’s elections.“Why not?” is the campaign slogan of a 33-year old who has learned to face down discrimination in a country struggling to curb violence against gay and transgender people.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ As Rodrigo Pereira de Abreu, a career in men’s volleyball had taken her to Europe, where she played in Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and France.But she says she always felt the torment of being a woman trapped in a man’s body.“For 27 years, I’ve been consumed inside,” Abreu told AFP on a hotel terrace during a break between training and campaigning.“I wanted to make my transition when I was 12 or 13 years old, because even from childhood, I knew I was a woman. But I lacked information, guidance and above all, hospitals where I could get the operation done.”Born into a poor family in the central town of Goias, Abreu finally changed sex in 2012, after a long bout with depression.ADVERTISEMENT Abreu is running as a candidate for MBD, the center-right party of unpopular President Michel Temer in the October 7 election.She has faced down criticism from the LGBT community over choosing to run for Temer’s conservatives, when most other candidates supported by the community represent leftist parties at the polls.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 Chriss“I don’t give any importance to parties, but to people,” she said. Her links to the party come through her club, Volei Bauru, which is sponsored by industries linked to the MDB.Abreu shot to public attention in Brazil last December, when she became the first transsexual to play in Brazil’s Superliga, the country’s top women’s volleyball league. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I have the impression that they are criticizing me out of jealousy, a little like Neymar,” she said.‘For the love of God’Despite their struggles for acceptance in Brazil’s macho society, 53 of the candidates in October’s elections are transgender — compared to just five in the last elections.Abreu is one of the very few not to represent a leftist party. But she’s hoping her example will help transsexuals’ struggle for acceptance.The stakes are higher than anywhere else. According to figures from the National Association of Transsexuals and Transvestites, Brazil has the world’s highest rate of trans murders, with 179 in 2017 alone.“When they offered to bring me back to Brazil, many people advised me to stay in Europe because of discrimination, but thank God things are starting to change.”The aspiring MP knows that if she makes it to Congress, other obstacles lie in wait within the parliament itself, where diversity is far from the order of the day.Her mother has given her blessing for the move into politics. On one condition: “She told me: Don’t become like those politicians who rob the people and who’ve done so much harm to the country.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Tokyo Olympics begin search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I left a team where I was the second-top scorer in the championship (in the Belgian second division) to start the transition.“I could not live in that body anymore. I could not show that I was a man, when I was a woman. I couldn’t stand feeling ashamed of myself,” said Abreu, who has become one of the top players in her sport.Protected by the rulesExtensive hormone treatment followed in Europe, as well as a series of operations — the most recent coming in May in Spain to sharpen her features.The return to play in Brazil was a bombshell, for Abreu and the Superliga. Women’s league players were up in arms, denouncing what they saw as unfair competition.But she was allowed thanks to International Olympic Committee rules that permits trans athletes to compete in women’s competitions if their testosterone levels in the bloodstream remain controlled.It didn’t help that among her fiercest critics was Brazil’s Olympic bronze medalist Ana Paula Henkel, who said Abreu had an unfair advantage of having trained in the sport as a man.“It’s not a question of prejudice, but physiology,” said Henkel on Twitter. “Her body was built with testosterone all her life.”Abreu, who is eyeing a chance to win a place on Brazil’s team for the Tokyo Olympics, has taken it in her stride.“If I’m protected by the rules, why should I worry about what people are saying,” said Abreu. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Raptors go west, Kawhi Leonard back to Oracle where so much changed

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It’s a rematch of perhaps the game of the season and another potential NBA Finals preview. Leonard scored 37 points on Nov. 29 in Toronto, when the Raptors overcame a season-high 51 points from Kevin Durant to win 131-128 in overtime. Toronto has the NBA’s best record, but this time would have to beat the Warriors with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, who were injured in the first matchup.Leonard dealt with injuries for a long time, but he appears just about back to where he was at his peak. Coach Nick Nurse has noticed how Leonard is jumping higher on his dunks and not coming up short on his 3-pointers, and the Raptors are close to eliminating all the minutes restrictions that were in place when the season started.“I think there’s more to come,” Nurse said.LOOKING AT LUKALuka Doncic will have a chance to show the teams who passed on drafting him what they are missing.ADVERTISEMENT The Dallas Mavericks’ schedule includes a home game against Atlanta on Wednesday, then a visit to Phoenix on Thursday before a home game against Sacramento on Sunday.Any of those opponents could have had the 19-year-old who might be the favorite for Rookie of the Year, but he’s not any extra motivated to play against them.“It’s like any game,” he said. “I’m more motivated when I play, like, superstars, like LeBron, KD, James Harden.”The Mavericks positioned themselves to take the versatile guard who already had a decorated resume in Europe by trading with the Hawks to move up two spots to No. 3 in the draft. Atlanta used that No. 5 selection on Trae Young.The Suns had the top pick and the Kings were No. 2, but both went with big men. The Suns — whose coach, Igor Kokoskov, guided Doncic and Slovenia to the European title — took Deandre Ayton. The Kings — perhaps wary that the Euroleague MVP would remain with Real Madrid if he didn’t like his draft situation — took Duke’s Marvin Bagley III. Both have shown promise, but so far Doncic has been the best.The Western Conference rookie of the month for October/November and leading scorer among first-year players stole the Mavs a win over Houston on Saturday with a personal 11-0 run late in the game.Doncic has helped turn the Mavs (13-11) around and isn’t thinking about what might have been.“No,” he said. “I’m happy here.”OTHER GAMES TO WATCH DURING THE WEEK:Detroit at Philadelphia, Monday. Joel Embiid sat out the 76ers’ victory in Detroit on Friday so might be extra eager for this shot at rival center Andre Drummond. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks to shoot as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) and forward Khris Middleton (22) defend during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)So much changed after Kawhi Leonard crashed to the Oracle Arena floor on May 14, 2017.The San Antonio Spurs had a 23-point lead on the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals when Leonard departed with 26 points, poised to take away home-court advantage in the series between teams who won more than 60 games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Golden State Warriors named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of Year LATEST STORIES View comments Leonard injured his ankle when he landed on Zaza Pachulia’s foot after taking a jump shot, and things were never the same again for the Spurs or Leonard. The Spurs couldn’t hold on to win that game or any other in the series without their All-Star forward, whose ankle injury would be followed by a lingering thigh injury that would limit him to just nine games the following season and strain relations between the team and player. Leonard was ultimately granted his desire to leave San Antonio when he was traded to Toronto in the offseason.If Leonard doesn’t go down, maybe the Spurs win that game, maybe the series and maybe another championship. Maybe Leonard wouldn’t have wanted to leave.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 Chriss“Regardless of the fact, would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, we’re here now,” said Danny Green, who was traded to Toronto with Leonard. “And obviously it would have been nice if things went differently then and we would have continued to play and maybe had something special happen then, but we’re here now so we want to try to make some good things happen now.”Leonard is set to play at Oracle Arena for the first time since his injury on Wednesday, again looking like the player whose team might be the biggest threat to the Warriors. Miami at Los Angeles Lakers, Monday. Likely the last time friends and former teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade play in an NBA game together.Toronto at Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday. Everything looks great in Toronto, but Leonard will be a free agent in July and those rumors about him wanting to play in Los Angeles haven’t gone away.Orlando vs. Chicago, Thursday, and vs. Utah, Saturday. The NBA plays two regular-season games in Mexico City for the third straight year.HURTING BUT HOMEThe Nuggets are hurting, but at least they’re home.They limped back to Denver after losing two games and two key players late in their road trip and now face Memphis, Oklahoma City, Toronto and Dallas on their homestand.They do it after losing Gary Harris (right hip) and Paul Millsap (broken right big toe) on their trip. They dropped the final two games of it, falling to Atlanta 106-98 on Saturday hours after announcing the injury news.“It’s a tough way to finish up a long road trip,” coach Michael Malone said.Painful one, too. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund: “A Classic Humanitarian Intervention”

first_imgThe establishment of Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund by Montserrado senatorial candidate, Dr. Christopher Z. Neyor, has become a basis for intense debate in many quarters of the intellectual and political parlance of Liberia.Little Shakie Kamara’s tragic death sustained from a shootout by security forces during the imposition of quarantine on West Point brought wave of humanitarian interventions to Shakie’s bereaved family and Titus Nouaha, another victim who is recovering from operation of bullet from his lower abdomen.In consolation to the loss, many have taken rice, some cash donation, and others provisions to the affected families. Of all the humanitarian interventions in sympathy to the loss, none has triggered highest recognition and debate unlike the scholarship fund established by Dr. Neyor in honor and memory of the child who was killed in cold blood.Few, on the one hand of the controversy, see the intervention of Dr. Neyor as a calculated attempt to sway voters toward his Montserrado County senatorial bid from the densely populated slum community of West Point as well as from other sympathizers of Shakie and other victims. They see it as a mere show of an “election time philanthropist”, a kind of benevolence that has characterized and defined the modus operandi of politicking in a country whose people are ravaged in abject poverty; hence, trade their votes for anything to keep alive.For many, on the other hand, the humanitarian gesture of Mr. Neyor is a new phenomenon in the humanitarian sphere, a paradigm shift from the old order. Insightful about this, or rightly term, classic, is that Neyor’s intervention brings shockwave to the Liberian humanitarian community. From time immemorial, it has been intervention-as-usual for humanitarians to provide food, cash and other supplies to victims and families of disasters. Sometimes, surviving victims as well as family members are given scholarship opportunities to appease them of the damage or loss. But these are sustained for quite a while and benefit relatively few persons.This view of the latter block holds strong warrant as opposed to the former as it stems from Christopher Neyor’s long history of identifying with the needy, long before he had the slightest thought of contesting as senator. In fact it was Mr. Neyor who coined the phrase “election time philanthropists” and “campaign time do-gooders” for those who become generous overnight to sway votes their way.Ever since his days at the Liberia Electricity Corporation, where he served in many capacities up to managing director, Neyor began a career of caring and giving to humanity, a career that has run parallel to his professional career as an internationally acclaimed energy expert. This was embodied in the many scholarships he provided to Liberians to study abroad through the corporations he headed, his contribution to sports when he served as president of Mighty Barolle, his extraordinary support to improving the lives of Liberian youths, students, Yanna Boys, marketeers and others when he served as President and CEO of the National Oil Company, and his personal scholarship scheme of over a decade that many students continue to benefit from, at secondary and undergraduate levels. In addition, it is expressed in his spirit of humanity that enables him to, through his private company that survives on external consultancy, contribute to government revenue through taxes, and employ many Liberians on better salaries and give up to hundred thousand of United States dollars per annual as corporate social responsibility.Thus, to this latter block whose argument is bordered on objectivity rather than sophistry, the establishment of a scholarship fund to “memorialize and immortalize” the late Shakie Kamara of West Point cannot be based on a narrow “because of politics” assumption. One has to have a true spirit of giving and a better understanding of what giving is and what type is needed at a particular time to think of and provide such an initiative.Of greater shock to this gesture are the people of West Point Township whose children are to be the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme that was launched with an initial donation of one million Liberian dollars. After the lifting of the quarantine, this community played host to many organizations and individuals of prestige who brought forth food and cash donations among others. But when all had died down, the silence was broken by the arrival of Christopher Neyor and his team of officials of his company Morweh Energy, Friends of Christopher Neyor and partnering team of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace. Surprised were they to know that this arrival- occasioned by anti-Ebola awareness -into what many refer to as Liberia’s largest slum community, would leave lasting and glittering imprints on their memories.Never in the township’s history has anyone shown such compassion to them, a type bordered on the memory and immortality of a young child, aged 16, who died in so much anguish and pain and profuse bleeding.What is profound about the humanitarian gesture of the former  NOCAL boss, Christopher Neyor, is that Shakie is not memorialized in a statue built in the middle of the township as many would do; it is profound because he is memorialized in the lives of his left behind peers, who will be beneficiaries of the scholarship. It is profound because the initiative is meant for perpetuity; it is profound because the scholarship fund is left to the trusteeship of the youth and children, women and elders of West Point Township. Still so, the intervention is profound because long after the other donations are consumed, the scholarship initiative will be raising its flag to another height aloft the pedestal of history.A resounding demonstration of ideal humanities is to Neyor’s credits. To a keen and analytical mind, the Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund is a big score in the fight against man’s greatest enemies of ignorance, disease and poverty. One can see the long term social-economic benefits this intervention would bring to a people who would otherwise have never had the opportunity for their children to obtain education. One can view through the veil of history how many children would rise out of their slumbers to life of greater status just because of the loss of one child.Another noteworthy intervention by Neyor was his financial support to victim Titus Nouaha and his pledge to do whatever he can to see that this other child gets better care, international if need be, so as to not meet the same fate as Shakie.Whether the scholarship scheme would source huge votes for Christopher Neyor in the upcoming senatorial election from sympathizers of Shakie Kamara, is insufficient to place him in the class of those who wear philanthropic garments only when they are vying for political offices. However, if three decades of giving to the needy can be said to be based on political reasons, then it is the best precedent set so far.Entertaining such a view for the sake of argument, it would be wise to suppose that for someone to use his entire adulthood to secure a political position through an unmatched character of generosity, is an attribute of a leader needed for a country that strives on the mercy of giving to survive.Although Christopher Neyor is contesting for a senatorial seat, with his long time of magnanimity crowned by the recent intervention in the Township of West Point, it is befitting, of rather demanding, to accord him the honor of an erected iconic statue in the humanitarian house of fame.Yes, the death of Shakie Kamara cannot be compensated for any price, huge what may.  Not a scholarship for all the children of West Point can fill the vacuum left in the home of his family, the vacuum of a boy who was all to his grandmother, who fetched water and did other chores to keep the home running and who had all the possibilities of life before him.Nevertheless, the humanitarian gesture is a worthy solace to a bereaved family, that though Shakie has departed from the physical, his presence would be seen in the lives of many West Point children that would be schooling on his name. To his many friends and other children from the community, his painful death is a price for their liberation from ignorance to the acquisition of knowledge.  Because of him, some of children could become what death snatched from this reach. They would forever bear to mind that they owe their success to a child whose death reveals two things: the merciless nature of a country’s security apparatus to shoot live bullets at unarmed children-protesters, and the gentleness of a humanitarian that has shown, to borrow the phraseology of a reputable person, “a classic humanitarian intervention.”About the authorIvor S. Moore is a youth, human right and political activist and a freelance writer on social, economic and political issues. He has over eight years of experience in child right advocacy and is currently the Secretary General of the Movement for Political Justice and Advocacy in Liberia (MOPJAL), a prodemocracy youth advocacy group. He is a student of the University of Liberia. He can be contacted at: +231770139026, mooreivor@gmail.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manchester United and Southampton make moves for starlet dubbed the ‘new Mahrez’

first_img Adam Ounas [left] in action for Bordeaux 1 Manchester United and Southampton have made approaches for Bordeaux star Adam Ounas.The 19-year-old, who has been dubbed the new Riyad Mahrez, has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in France after breaking onto the Ligue 1 scene last season.?The winger ran defences ragged for much of the campaign and he ended up claiming five goals in 23 league appearances.Clubs from all over Europe are now looking at Ounas and Bordeaux are expected to struggle to keep hold of him this summer.Manchester United and Southampton, according to RMC, have both made offers for the France Under-20 international and they waiting to hear back.As well as concrete bids from England, Ounas reportedly has four more proposals on the table – including one from Napoli.last_img read more

Officials say trio copped copper

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Three people were charged Tuesday with grand theft after being caught stealing copper wire from a telegraph line dating back to the 1920s, a sheriff’s detective said. Vincent Buscaglia, 34, Gina Denike, 44, and Sabrina Bassettkoonce, 36, also were charged with conspiracy to sell the stolen wire. They were being held on $20,000 bail each. The three suspects were spotted Sunday by a Department of Water and Power employee near poles that were chopped or pulled down along a two-mile stretch in Saugus, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita station. The wire taken from the poles is owned by the agency and was part of a telegraph line that once linked San Diego to Sacramento. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe copper has become a valuable commodity because of the high price it fetches. The demand in rapidly developing countries such as China and Malaysia drove up the price of copper from 60 cents a pound in 2001 to about $3.50 a pound. Various law enforcement agencies across Southern California have reported a rash of wire thefts over the past few months. Several parts of Los Angeles have gone dark because about 700 streetlights have been disabled by thieves. Bassettkoonce also had an outstanding warrant for suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon. Authorities said they believe that the suspects also might be responsible for a copper-wire theft that occurred in late October to early November in the 29000 block of Boxwood Lane in Saugus. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HARVEY’S POINT UNVEILS AN AMAZING SUMMER CABARET LINE-UP!

first_imgHarvey’s Point Summer Cabaret is certainly their best for many a year.The fantastic Mary Byrne appears at Harvey’s Point.Noel Cunningham asked guests what exactly they wanted and they told him.Now Noel and Co have delivered evenings of first class entertainment, delicious food and the warmest of welcomes. Noel reveals that the next three months are very exciting … Roly Daniels in August … he is already wowing guests for the past month .. Mike Denver .. the legendary Country Entertainer is special guest in September.And if that is not enough wow then the Fabulous Mary Byrne joins the show in October her first major Cabaret stint since her huge World success on X Factor.She is a delightful lady to boot and will meet and greet and have her photos taken with guests .. all done with charm and a delightful smile.Add a Joe Dolan tribute and Stars like fiddler Matt .. Tenor Eugene Ginty …Comedian William .. wonderful Dancers with a commissioned special segment for Harvey’s Point .. and then music and dancing on the tables to the great House Band .. Jody and The Bluestack Ensemble .. with the Queen of Dance Mary B and you have a breathtaking show. Dinner is a feast of superb food prepared under the watchful eye of Gavin O’Rourke and as Noel says the welcome is second to none.The Cabaret is the night to celebrate any special occasion or indeed no occasion … It is the calibre of Show not seen recently in The Northwest and is terrific value for money.If you want that extra special treat why not combine The Cabaret with a stay in one of the luxurious rooms at Harvey’s Point … now that would be extra special !Noel and his team look forward to welcoming you all! HARVEY’S POINT UNVEILS AN AMAZING SUMMER CABARET LINE-UP! was last modified: July 19th, 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:harvey’s pointSummer Cabaretlast_img read more

DDTV: DEAR DONKEY – LET’S RAISE €1M FOR DONEGAL’S MOST ICONIC ANIMAL

first_imgThe Donegal Donkey Sanctuary has launched a unique fundraising competition called ‘Dear Donkey’ in the hope of raising €1 MILLION!The Raphoe-based charity has launched the ambitious plan in a bid to purchase a FARM for their ever expanding family of unwanted & abused donkeys. Donegal Donkey Sanctuary has grown and flourished since it began in 2007. They have supporters worldwide and are very thankful to be recognised nationally and internationally for their work with abandoned and abused donkeys.Their stables are constantly full to capacity with an ever increasing influx of needy animals. Currently they operate on a small farm with additional paddocks borrowed in outlying areas when the need arises.Sometimes these fields are not available so this is not an ongoing solution. Basically they need to BUY A FARM in order to have sufficient grazing for their hungry residents.The concept of ‘Dear Donkey’ is the brainchild of one of their founding member, Danny Curran, who has come up with a novel fundraiser which can be done by people at home and abroad. How it works:You need to write a letter to ‘Dear Donkey’ asking them to make your dream come true. There are two ways to get this letter to them.It can be done online on their website or by traditional post directly to the sanctuary at Castledooey, Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland. Payment can be made by credit card online or by cheque, postal order or cash if you are sending your letter by post. (Please remember that sending cash by post can be risky). All cheques and postal orders to be made payable to Donegal Donkey Sanctuary.50% of funds raised will go towards the purchase of a farm 50% towards the prize fund.The sanctuary are appealing to the Irish diaspora to take part & offer their support as well as people at home. If you are an animal lover or just love Ireland then please consider to take part in ‘Dear Donkey’ and make a difference that will secure the future of many donkeys for decades to come.All letters will be considered and winners will be selected by Donegal Donkey Sanctuary representatives. Please like Donegal Donkey Sanctuary’s Facebook page and share details of ‘Dear Donkey’ as widely as possible. The more people who take part the greater the prize fund to be shared …..For just €5 per letter you can make your dreams come true and at the same time secure a home for these vulnerable animals. Write as many letters as you like! It will increase your chances of winning!DDTV: DEAR DONKEY – LET’S RAISE €1M FOR DONEGAL’S MOST ICONIC ANIMAL was last modified: February 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegaldonegal donkey sanctuaryRaphoelast_img read more

IS DONEGAL SET TO BE HIT WITH SNOW AND -15C TEMPERATURES IN REPEAT OF 2010 BIG FREEZE?

first_imgBRITISH weather forecasters are predicting an avalanche of snow for western Britain next week – with forecasters here in Ireland warning we could be getting the same.And one thing is for sure – it’s going to get very cold in Donegal next week.An Irish weather and climate specialist says the cold front from Russia will battle with warmer fronts from the Atlantic over Ireland and Britain next week. Commenting on the uncertainty in relation to the coming week’s weather, TMT Senior Forecaster Peter O’Donnell stated: “Forecast models have been shifting around considerably and during the day on Tuesday the general consensus was heavily towards much colder weather next week.“Now I find that that change has been partially but not totally reversed. We are also seeing a role reversal of leading models like what happened in December when there was a rather similar threat.“This is all stated to explain my decision to hedge my forecast outlook for next week because the outcome most likely is transitional, not a full-on cold spell and not a complete return to mild either.”The Meteo Times forecast is calling it 50/50. “I think we’re dealing with an uncertain situation where percentage chances are needed to give some realistic guidance. But I do continue to believe that sooner or later, the U.K. and Ireland can expect spells of severe winter weather,” said Peter.“If that begins next week, it may back off for a time before returning in stronger concentrations. The timing is not the only factor to consider, people would be wise to prepare for a wintry period of some length given the combination of evident risk and ongoing stratospheric warming events. This concern would not be reduced if next week’s cold happens to be downgraded later in the forecast period,” he added.Joan Blackburn from Met Eireann says they aren’t calling it yet, other than to say that very cold weather is on the way.But in Britain forecasters are insisting that up to 10cms of snow is on the way – along with temperatures of -15C. IS DONEGAL SET TO BE HIT WITH SNOW AND -15C TEMPERATURES IN REPEAT OF 2010 BIG FREEZE? was last modified: January 10th, 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:IS DONEGAL SET TO BE HIT WITH SNOW AND -15C TEMPERATURES IN REPEAT OF 2010 BIG FREEZE?last_img read more

WHAT A LINE-UP! DRIMARONE COMMUNITY COMES OUT IN MEMORY OF DEIRDRE

first_imgA walk today in memory of Deirdre Burke, was held in Drimarone, 322 people enjoyed a lovely walk and refreshments afterwards in the Community Centre.And here they all are.Maith sibh   WHAT A LINE-UP! DRIMARONE COMMUNITY COMES OUT IN MEMORY OF DEIRDRE was last modified: April 21st, 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:WHAT A LINE-UP! DRIMARONE COMMUNITY COMES OUT IN MEMORY OF DEIRDRElast_img read more

Kerr on Lillard good shot/bad shot debate: ‘It was a good shot for Damian’

first_imgOAKLAND — Before coaching three of the game’s greatest shooters, Steve Kerr set an NBA record for career 3-point accuracy that still stands.But the game the Warriors coach played is not the one he sees now.Damian Lillard’s 37-foot game-winning buzzer shot for Portland Trail Blazers in their series closeout against Oklahoma City reignited the debate over what’s a good shot.OKC’s Paul George, who was defending Lillard on the play, said afterward, “I don’t care what anyone says. That’s a bad …last_img