BRAVE PAUL GETS DATE FOR OPERATION WHICH COULD HELP HIM WALK FOR FIRST TIME

first_imgJim McGuinness with Paul and his mum Anne-Marie.The family of a young Donegal boy have a real Christmas to celebrate after being told he will have an operation which could help him walk for the first time.Little Paul Doherty was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair.But his mother Ann-Marie never gave up hope of him walking one day and now Paul will have an operation in March 2015. While the operation does not guarantee the five year old Killygordon lad will take his first steps, his mum is determined he gets a chance.In recent months Ann-Marie has undertaken to raise the €60,000 needed for the operation in America.Anne Marie explained “Since Paul could talk he always told me “Mammy, I want to walk”. It broke my heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with.“Paul is a happy boy, playful and full of devilment! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk. “Then I came across an operation in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.”Anne Marie always said that the €60,000.00 would pay for the operation and just 4-6 months of an intense 2 year post operative physiotherapy program. Now having gathered the €60,000 needed for the operation, Ann-Marie is continuing the ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ campaign so Paul can get even more therapy to help him walk after the operation. BRAVE PAUL GETS DATE FOR OPERATION WHICH COULD HELP HIM WALK FOR FIRST TIME was last modified: December 15th, 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:donegalKillygordonpaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more

Meet South Africa’s Queen of Boerewors

first_imgLimpopo butchery manager Queen Mathebula is the winner of the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition, the annual heritage event dedicated to finding the country’s best boerewors recipe while benefiting local communities.Limpopo butcher and boerewors innovator Queen Mathebula won the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition at a braai-off event held in Langa, Cape Town during September 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe competition, now in its 25th year, celebrates South Africans’ diverse heritage in their shared love of boerewors, pitting some of the country’s best boerewors innovators at a braai-off charity event to benefit youth development programmes.Mathebula, from Jilongo Village outside Malamulele, won the grand prize of a new 4×4 and the honour of having her winning boerewors sold at Shoprite Checkers stores nationwide. The two finalists were James Lebepe from Atteridgeville, Gauteng and Moses Mathebula (no relation), also from Limpopo.A four-year veteran of the event, Mathebula said of her win “it is fourth time lucky for me. I feel so privileged and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed competition and to have made it to the top.”Boerewors and rugby for a good cause(Image: Shoprite Checkers)The final braai-off was held in Langa in Cape Town, at the beginning of Heritage Month, September 2017. The event included a charity rugby match between former Springbok players and up-and-coming rugby talent.Proceeds will be used to benefit youth sport and education upliftment programmes in the area, including the Vusa Rugby Academy.(Image: Vusa Rugby Academy)Shoprite Checkers supports the academy, supplying the 80 children in the programme with daily meals. The next step for the partnership will be the establishment and maintenance of a community food garden for four local schools.In addition to grassroots rugby development, Vusa offers academic bursary support for outstanding players.Queen of the worsMathebula believes her win came from sticking to three essential rules of good boerewors – quality meat, a good blend of spices and patient braaing until tender and juicy.Her special spice blend? Mathebula won’t give away her secret, but said the right amount of coriander made the difference. She believes, despite the trend of more modern side dishes for award-winning boerewors, good old fashioned pap and sauce will always be an indispensable ingredient to the entire experience.While the honour of the win was a testament to her boerewors-making talent, the 4×4 grand prize, she said, would make it easier for her to get her children to school on time, which was much more important to her.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There’s no favorite and underdog in this series. It’s going to be 50-50,” Tenorio told INQUIRER.net.“There are no injuries to either team and they’ve also added firepower in Ranidel,” he said, singling out the veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who has been a perfect fit for the Bolts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old Tenorio said both teams present a difficult matchup to each other.The Gin Kings have the size advantage with the 7-foot Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar upfront while the Bolts flaunt a versatile roster led by the do-it-all import Allen Durham. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s gonna be a really, really tough matchup for both teams. Not only for us. Of course, we’re going to make things hard for them and definitely, they will also make it difficult for us,” Tenorio said.Both Grand Slam coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black acknowledged the other team’s edge heading into Game 1 on Friday in Lucena.“I think Meralco is probably the most balanced team out there. It’s going to be hard for us to dictate match-ups with them because of their versatility,” said Cone, the only coach to win two Grand Slams. “Durham changes things.”“They are the biggest team in the league. They’ve shown this conference that they can overpower teams. We have Durham, we can go big or small but whatever we do, we’re never going to be big as them,” Black said.Ginebra won last year’s finals on a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio sees the finals rematch against Meralco as dead even ahead of tipoff.Tenorio has a point. Both teams are healthy and the Bolts have brought in additional firepower to level the return of Greg Slaughter to the Gin Kings and the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer from the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Meralco has been on a redemption tour ever since that painful loss and Tenorio thinks the Gin Kings have very little room for error.“We just have to be ready, we just have to be composed and focused every possession this series. We cannot blink our eye, it’s like one blink and we’re dead.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavs take tempered expectations into Nowitzki’s 20th seasonlast_img read more

Spot-fixing high on agenda at ICC executive board meeting

first_imgSpot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players and the Future Tours Programme from 2012 to 2020 are the main agenda items that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) executive board will discuss at its two-day meet, beginning in Dubai on Tuesday.Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were provisionally suspended by the ICC after allegations surfaced that the two pacers took bribes for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England, while Butt acted as the facilitator.”The ICC board, which has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket, will be updated on the spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players during a recent tour to England,” an ICC release said.”In accordance with the provision of the code, all three have appealed that provisional suspension and the independent hearing will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 30 and 31 October and will be chaired by the head of the ICC code of conduct commission, Michael Beloff, QC,” it added.The board will also consider the recommendations from the ICC chief executives’ committee (CEC), which met in Cape Town last month.These recommendations seek to give context and content for international cricket within the Future Tours Programme (FTP) after 2012 and also to consider future ICC events. According to the ICC, the board will consider a lot of the recommendations including that the FTP should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches.The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off.The other recommendations include that the play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such playoff in 2013.advertisementAnother recommendation is that the FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion.This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup. Another proposal sees the World Cup consisting of a 10-team format from 2015 and the World Twenty20 consisting of a 16-team format from 2012, with the women’s event continuing to run alongside.The board will also hear reports from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on cricket development in China while New Zealand Cricket, which has a principle partnership agreement with the United States Cricket Association, will report on progress in America.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Coach Sunny Thomas happy with gradual improvement of Indian shooting team

first_imgNational coach Sunny Thomas returned home with silver medallist Vijay Kumar on Wednesday, and while he did admit the Indian shooting team had fallen below expectations, he refused to blame anyone or anything for it.”I don’t complain about what we get. We’ve got two medals, so the count has increased, but yes, the colour could’ve been different. We had realistically expected four to five medals, but still, it is a gradual improvement. I’m happy about that,” Thomas said.”We (the shooting team) have four medals in three Olympics – in shotgun, in rifle and now in pistol. That means there’s something happening correctly, we are heading in the right direction, despite what the critics might say,” he added.Speaking about Vijay, who finished second in rapid-fire to become India’s first Olympic medallist in a pistol event, Thomas said: “It wasn’t unexpected. That morning, the press people were asking me about Vijay. I told them ‘watch him, he’s the dark horse’. He’s not a world champion or a world record holder, but I know what he is. The way he was training, the scores he was shooting, it was not unexpected. He was brilliant.”Thomas did, however, offer a word of advice for the future.”He is a calm and quiet boy, but with so many felicitations and the money and job offers he’ll get, it should not go to his head. He has got the calibre to bring gold in the next Olympics,” he said.Thomas rejected the theory that the new hit-or-miss elimination format of the rapid-fire final had assisted Vijay, who had qualified in fourth spot.advertisement”Next year onwards, this rule is going to apply to many other events as well. All the shooters in the world had been practising this format for two years, and you saw the guy with (world record) 592 going empty-handed. Vijay excels in the four-second series and is a fantastic finals shooter,” he said.Asked if some of the shooters had been found temperamentally lacking, Thomas defended his wards.last_img read more

Sebastian Vettel makes strong start to F1 preseason for Ferrari

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MONTMELO, Spain — For Sebastian Vettel, the opening day of the Formula One preseason couldn’t have gone any better.Vettel, the runner-up to the title last season, clocked the fastest time, was the busiest driver with 169 laps and, most importantly, felt right at home behind the wheel of his new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Alfa Romeo, previously known as Sauber, unveiled its new burgundy-and-white car in the pit lane before testing began. Kimi Raikkonen, who joined the team from Ferrari, had the fifth-best time but also went off the track twice without damaging his car.The main focus of these tests is for teams to adapt to rule changes for their cars’ front wing design. The goal is to make racing more exciting by facilitating overtaking. The new regulations should reduce the turbulence hitting trailing cars, which has slowed them down and made passing more difficult.Red Bull boss Chris Horner said that the new rules mean “there is a blank canvas this year.”Testing will continue through Thursday and then again from Feb. 26-March 1 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We couldn’t have hoped for a better day,” Vettel said after setting a session-best lap time of 1 minute, 18.161 seconds. “It was unbelievable. The car was working very well. We had no issues slowing us down.“It is obviously very early and this will be meaningless in a couple of weeks, but for now, a huge compliment to everyone at the factory. What they put on the track today was very close to perfection.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVettel has the daunting goal of ending Mercedes’ five-year dominance of F1.Defending champion Lewis Hamilton shared time behind the wheel for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas and ended up with the ninth-fastest time, but it is more very likely that Mercedes was not aiming to top the leaderboard. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that Ferrari looked quick, but downplayed the importance of lap times in the preseason.“That is not what tests are about,” Wolff said. “It’s about going through all the parts and looking at all the data.”Carlos Sainz put in the second-quickest lap in his first ride with McLaren, followed by Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who joined the team from Red Bull, and Nico Hulkenberg put in the slowest times of the day, finishing more than 2.8 seconds slower than Vettel.Williams, which finished last in the team standings last year, missed the first day of testing and is likely to miss Tuesday’s session as well.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp won’t consider releasing Lallana for loan

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp won’t consider releasing Lallana for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t consider releasing Adam Lallana for loan.Sky Sports says Klopp has no plans to let Lallana leave on loan.The England international hasn’t had as many minutes as he would like since recovering from injury.There had been talk of him moving to Europe on a short-term deal with Besiktas reportedly making enquiry.But there is no chance of him going anywhere else to get match action this month.Lallana remains a key member of Klopp’s squad and the Liverpool boss has no plans to let any more of his players depart this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho has Man Utd pay-off settled

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho has Man Utd pay-off settledby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is free to negotiate his next job after being paid his compensation up front by Manchester United in December.The Daily Mail says United paid up Mourinho’s £15million compensation package immediately after he was sacked.The 55-year-old was dismissed on December 18 after two and a half seasons in charge.The fact that he received the pay-off on his departure from Old Trafford means he is free to return to management.A source said, “There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United. Everything has been sorted.”Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush. He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to.” last_img read more