Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

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ADRA Donates Books to UL

first_imgThe Adventist Relief Agencies (ADRA-Liberia) has donated a consignment of books of different categories value over US$10,000 to the University of Liberia (UL) and the Voinjama Community College in Lofa County.ADRA Country Director, Anthony Zaizay, who made the donation over the weekend on UL Capitol Hill campus in Monrovia, said the books are parts of ADRA-Liberia’s way of promoting education.He assured the University Authority of the entity continues commitment to improving their various education programs.The books include Mathematics, Science, English, Physics, modern Biology, and Computer Science books, Demography“We believed that these books are essential to help our students acquire quality education. We want them to focus on making the best use of these materials to improve their skills and have monopoly on what they study,” he said.He disclosed a plan by ADRA to distribute all sorts of valuable books to the various colleges across the country to ensure that students and the institutions in other counties benefit from the organization education initiative.“We observed that libraries at some of the institutions are completely emptied of books thereby denying students the opportunity to do proper research and read from the library even in the absent of technology or internet facility.” Research, Mr. Zaizay said, is one of the best ways for the students, and for that, ADRA believes that students would take advantage of the donated books by exploring the contents.He said ADRA intends to reach out to some of the undergraduate schools because the books the entity brought into the country are in abundance to reach to the various colleges and high schools across the country.“We donated the first set of books to the Voinjama Community College, while Grand Bassa County Community College is next on our list,” Mr. Zaizay disclosed.He lauded the ADRA Network (International Partners) for the levels of support to the people of Liberia and the institution, particularly the education sector of the country.In remarks on behalf of the UL, S. Momolu Getaweh, vice president for Academic Affairs, said his institution was gratified for the donation.He said there is no university or higher institution that runs without books or a library and believes that the books donated will make a meaningful impact or contribution for the students and the institution as well. Mr. Getaweh then urged the librarians to customize the books and ensure that they are fully distributed to the various colleges to allow students make the maximum use of them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New report offers ideas on Incas’ sacrifice of children

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Children sacrificed by the Inca appear to have been “fattened up” in a yearlong ritual, new research suggests. Researchers studied hair from the heads and in small bags accompanying four mummies of children sacrificed in Inca rituals. The children’s hair had been cut first a year and then six months before they were killed. By studying the chemicals preserved in the hair, researchers can calculate the diet of the children. The Inca lived in the area that is now Peru and were conquered by the invading Spanish in the early 1500s. The children’s diet was initially focused on vegetables such as the potato, but in the last year of their lives it was enriched with corn and protein probably from llama meat, according to the researchers led by Andrew Wilson of the University of Bradford in England. Changes in the hair samples indicate that in their last 3 to 4 months the children began their pilgrimage to the mountains, probably from Cuzco, the Inca capital.last_img read more

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Condors defeat Titans

first_imgThe victory improved the Condors’ league record to 4-0, which ties them for first place with La Serna. The Condors (6-9 overall) will play Friday at La Serna for sole possession of first place. “The whole game we weren’t playing that bad, it’s just that we couldn’t get our shots to fall,” California coach Brian Barber said. “In the fourth quarter they did and we also hit our free throws, which made a big difference.” “We went cold in the second half,” Pioneer coach Joey Mata said. “It was just one of those days. Hopefully we could come back on Friday. We’ve bounced back before.” The Titans raced out to a 14-8 lead after one quarter. Orozco led the way with nine points. After the Condors took a 20-19 lead on Drenk’s field goal, the Titans went on an 8-0 run that carried them to a 27-24 halftime lead. With the Condors trailing 35-34 in the fourth quarter, Drenk drained a 3-pointer that gave California the lead for good. eric.terrazas@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2801 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardA balanced attack also lifted the Condors, who were led by Jacob Moreno’s 11 points. Danny Drenk scored 10 for California. Pioneer center Ruben Orozco collected 16 points – 14 in the first half – to lead all scorers. “We’ve had good balance almost every game,” Barber said. “I’m thrilled with the way we played defense. Ruben Orozco had a nice start, but we did a great job on him for the rest of the game. “(The 4-0 league start) feels good. The kids have been playing well. We’ve got a big one Friday against La Serna. Getting first place in league is one of our goals.” Pioneer (2-2 in league, 12-8 overall) will look to rebound Friday against El Rancho. center_img WHITTIER – California High School’s boys basketball team finished strongly Wednesday to secure a 56-41 victory over Del Rio League rival Pioneer. After mostly trailing for three quarters, the host Condors dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans, 22-6. last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Fond family memories shared of Catherine Gregory, who worked for Mark Twain

first_img“I compromised with this man at the end of an intolerable hour. I bought two double-barreled echoes in good condition, and he threw in another, which he said was not salable because it only spoke German,” he said. “She was a perfect polyglot once, but somehow her palate got down.”That is the finishing line on one of Mark Twain’s short stories. Just one of the memories shared this week following our piece on Catherine Gregory who worked for the famous writer Mark Twain in America. Advertisement The World famous author Mark Twain who employed Donegal’s Catherine Gregory to work with him as as he personal secretary.It was a man from South Africa who made contact with us following the piece in last week’s Donegal Daily about the famous writer as he recalled this short story which he read as a child growing up years ago in Cape town.The short story was entitled “The Canvasser” which is very funny but it has a great message within it’s words.In the story, a salesman was making a pitch to sell echoes that were unable to bounce off anything anymore. It is very similar to what happened our piece on Catherine Gregory last week.Catherine Gregory born in Ballybofey who went to America in 1901 to work for the famous author Mark TwainWhen Ronnie Reilly, Catherine Gregory’s grandson recalled the story to us, a story his family have known all their lives. Then when we ran the story at the weekend all these amazing echoes returned. Like the short story the echo would only work when it was bouncing off something or some one. Advertisement Life long fans of Mark Twain that never knew they were living beside a personal friend and employee of the great writer.People like the fashion designer Edel MacBride celebrated the news of this story on social media over the weekend and in return she promoted the love she had for the writings of Mark Twain even recalled memories of as herself listening, as a young student to reading extracts for ‘Huckleberry Finn’ at St. Columba’s College, and was carried away in the words of the book. In recalling those great memories she received a great response back from fellow fans and even family members of Catherine Gregory.Together they have pieced real life details on the wonderful life of Catherine Gregory and Mark Twain.As we speak, Edel and her friends are planning to create a project to study the life of Catherine Gregory as they celebrate her journey and other great Donegal people.I wonder what Catherine would have thought of the technology today for communication when so many memories could be shared and replied to instantly.Back in her day of communicating through pen and ink it would take at least 3 months for her to get a reply for a letter that she would write and send home to Donegal from America, so in away she might have to write with the mind that it would be 6 weeks before her letter would arrive at a destination and also that her reply would be six weeks old when she received it. This week we have included some of the many memories with Catherine’s extended family, from writing on her own book from 99 years ago in 1908 in New York to some of the family photos and memories of their great granny at her home in Carrickshandrum, Killygordan.The Love of LucozadeAmong the great memories that family members recalled this week was Catherine (who was affectionally known as Cassie in Ireland and possibly Katie in America) and her great love for Lucozade, an energy drink created by Thomas Beecham, from Newcastle.He made it out of glucose syrup to provide a source of energy to people who were ill. Lucozade’s original name was Glucozade until they removed the first letter from Glucozade.Georgie Reilly, Catherine’s granddaughter, her great granddaughter Tracy Alexander and her Great Grandson Dean Gillespie all have great memories of Catherine Gregory with a big bottle of Lucozade complete with its glossy orange plastic wrapping beside her at her chair up in the corner of the kitchen beside the range. Tracey Alexander a 4th generation descendant of Catherine Gregory, just one of the family members that helped with our story the week, along with Ronnie and Georgie Reilly and Dean Gillespie. Photo Brian McDaidAs children they all looked forward to the offer of a wee drink which she would pour them from her bottle. Even in her 90s Catherine had her daily drink of Lucozade even though her doctors were telling her it wasn’t that good for her tummy.She really enjoyed music and was continually humming a tune as she when about her days’ work, one of her favourite programme on TV was “The Good Old Days” and she really enjoyed all the big words that the presenter, Leonard Sachs would introduce the acts by and she could join in on many of the monologues.“The the Good Old Days”Tracey Alexander also can remember a lovely black shirt that she wore with pink flowers, and a magic small black handbag which they would be sent for which Catherine would give her great grand children money from.Catherine always was remembered by her family with her hair back in a bun. And her granddaughter Georgie can recall her great ability to wash dishes with her hands washing away submerged completely in boiling water!Back in 1975 Catherine celebrated her 90th birthday on the 3rd of September in Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar. Her husband Bob had died in 1951, 24 years prior.Catherine celebrated her big day with family including her son George’s daughters, Eileen Reilly and Kathleen Kee, both living in Cappry Ballybofey. Also there that day was her brother William Gregory from Donegal Street, Ballybofey and other members of her extended family.Dean Gillespie provided us with a fine picture of Catherine sitting in her front garden at her home at Carrickshandrum, Crossroads. She is pictured on the edge of a beautiful flowerbed made from a tyre painted white.Dean Gillespie provided us with a fine picture of Catherine sitting in her front garden at her home at Carrickshandrum, Crossroads She is pictured on the edge of a beautiful flowerbed made from a tyre painted white.This is an account that her great grandson Dean Gillespie posted up this week about the great granny he thought so much about.“This is a picture of great gran in her later years at the back of the house at Carrickshandrum – I have it in my office in the hope that some day some inspiration will rub off from it onto my work…“I remember her well, she would be sitting in the corner of the living room near the range and always had a big bottle of Lucozade, she would give me a sip and always gave me money, it was a coin but I don’t remember how much it was.“As far as I know she was his personal maid not secretary, I remember my granny used to always tell me about how Mark Twain would get her to massage warm olive oil into his hair.“When she went on the boat to America she brought scone bread with her wrapped up in damp flower bags to keep it from going off. By the time she got there she would have to tear off the moldy edges to get at an edible piece. There were rats on the boat and a lot of people would get sick and die on the journey.“I always remember her as being very stern, when she spoke she commanded everyone’s attention, if she was speaking then you were listening, I think she was well respected, then again she had tales from far away lands that few at those times could only dream about.“My granny had a picture of his house like a postcard, Mark Twain had signed it, and some books – she would take them out of a press in the corner an odd time and show them to me, telling me what she knew about him.One of Mark Twain’s most famous books ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ which was signed and presented to his employee Catherine Gregory who was originally from Ballybofey but went to America to work for the famous author. Photo Brian McDaid“She said that Mark Twain was very fond of her.“It used to be great watching ‘Huckleberry Finn’ when I was young knowing that there was a connection in it.“I remember the day she passed away, we were down in our neighbour’s yard, the late Crawford Taylor, getting Barley rolled for feeding the cattle, when we came back up someone met us at the road and told us ‘great gran is after dying’.“I remember them moving furniture around in the room but nothing else about it, I was only 5 or 6 so it was most likely my first encounter as a child with death.Its great to see her memory kept alive after all these years!Dean has the original chest that Catherine travelled to America with. It may now be completely empty, but like the echoes in Twain’s short stories it’s full of beautiful memories just waiting to be bounced off someone.On a final note Catherine Gregory was a great servant and friend to Mark Twain and his family and she did have a great life experience in America. She also was there when Mark Twain went through some of his lowest times in his life.Mark Twain’s daughter Jean Clemens suffered from epilepsy all her life and in turn it was that condition that is believed to have taken her life while having a bath. Catherine Gregory talked of this with wild sadness over her life back home in Ireland.Catherine was there the morning Jean died.An extract for the New York Times on the 25th of December 1909 reports:“Miss Clemens and her father were up late last night discussing plans for Christmas Day and talking of the future. This morning about 6:30 o’clock, Katie, one of the maids at Stormfield, who usually accompanied Miss Clemens wherever she went, rapped on her door and asked if she were ready to dress.“No, Katie, you can wait an hour, for I am going to lie in bed and read,” said Miss Clemens through the door. She often did this in the morning before arising, so the maid went away. An hour later she returned to the bedroom, which is on the second floor of Stormfield. Miss Clemens was not there. Her father hears the news.“Katie went at once to the bathroom. One glance inside and the maid screamed in terror. She ran to the door of Mr. Clemens’s room, who was still in bed, and told him that he had better come at once.Finally I would just like to thank the two generations of Catherine Gregory’s family, Georgie Reilly the driver of the bus that put us on this great journey in the first place, his sister Georgie Reilly who was so helpful in giving us additional information. Dean Gillespie (Great Grandson) who wrote a brilliant piece on his own experience of knowing her also Tracy Alexander, a great grand daughter who helped us so much this week to put our final piece on Catherine Gregory together.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Fond family memories shared of Catherine Gregory, who worked for Mark Twain was last modified: March 1st, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidcatherine gregorydd motoringmark twainlast_img read more

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Resident asks for faster fire response

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“People don’t usually respond until something major happens,” said Francis, a 20-year veteran fire fighter. “I’m looking for a better way to deliver emergency services in La Habra Heights. I think the City Council is not educated about it and \ think the County \ will bail us out. I’m not trying to hammer anybody, only to educate them.” George Edwards, Francis’ neighbor, also experienced a 12-minute response time to a fire on his property, he said. Rather than merely complaining to the council, Edwards bought his own fire truck on eBay for $7,200, flew to New York to pick it up and drove it back home. He has also drawn up a proposal to build a small fire station on his own property. “We think the city has been extremely dismissive,” Edwards said. “We feel that it’s insulting that the city doesn’t ackowledge our offer. They say it’s a liability issue. But saving lives is more important than \ liability.” LA HABRA HEIGHTS – Roy Francis is afraid that if a fire breaks out again in his house, he will not be as lucky as he was the first time. The 12 minutes it took for the La Habra Heights Fire Department to arrive at his home to put out a small kitchen fire last year was unacceptably long, he said. So Francis, 59, has taken it upon himself to “educate” the City Council and residents on what he sees as a dangerous gap in coverage – the eastern side of the city. Francis sent a letter to 50 homes in his neighborhood about the issue and planned to read it to the council at Thursday’s meeting. But La Habra Heights City Manager Ron Bates said that although having a fire station on the eastern side of the city would be helpful, the cost to the city would be at least $750,000 a year. “The question is, what can we as a community afford?” Bates said. “We think we’re providing excellent service already to the residents.” The city Fire Department uses unpaid professional firefighters who are awaiting openings in the big fire agencies, Bates said. In addition, the city has a “mutual aid” agreement with the Los Angeles County Fire Department to provide back-up services when necessary. “In the state of California, you can’t run a fire department if you don’t use certified fire fighters, anyway,” he said. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

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AMBITIOUS PLAN TO OPEN NEW DONEGAL DISTILLERY

first_imgA CO Donegal parish has announced its plans to open a distillery – to produce both whiskey and legal poteen.The plans for Carrick and Glencolmcille in south west Donegal could create up to 25 jobs in an area devastated by emigration.It’s part of an ambitious plan to extend the stay of hundreds of thousands of people who come to see Ireland’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag. The parish council has been given the backing of the man behind Ireland’s only Irish-owned distillery in Dingle, Co Kerry.“Glencolmcille has had a reputation for generations for its poitin,” said Margaret Cunningham, an entrepreneur and native of the village of Carrick.“We know that 200,000 people come here every year to see the cliffs at Sliabh Liag but then they leave again and there is very little spend in the local community.“Our plans would include a distillery making whiskey and poitin, a visitor centre explaining the history of area and a café and bar. “We have investors on board and we are moving to the design stage now.”An application for a license to distill is being completed.Oliver Hughes, the man behind the Dingle Distillery, has given the Glencolmcille parish council advice on their plans.“Like Dingle, we are a Gaeltacht area which has lost many people to emigration. All my own father’s grandchildren live abroad for example, they’re Americans, English and Greeks,” said Margaret, the former MD of a design company.“We believe we can create 25 jobs, which for an area like here, is a huge boost.” The plans have also been given the approval of Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar who spent his summer holidays last year in the area, walking the hills around Sliabh Liag.“It’s a fabulous idea for the area which is one of the most beautiful places on the island,” he said recently.“Along with micro-breweries, small distilleries have huge potential for job creation and can act as extra visitor attractions in areas like this.”Margaret Cunningham is hopeful. “You just have to look at north Antrim. People go there to see the Giant’s Causeway and a visit to the Bushmills distillery is part of the attraction,” she said.An artist’s impression of the proposed distilleryAMBITIOUS PLAN TO OPEN NEW DONEGAL DISTILLERY was last modified: May 30th, 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:CarrickdistilleryGlencolmcilleIrish whiskeypoitinwhiskeylast_img read more

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DELIA – “MCGUINNESS IS HUGE PART OF MY MANAGEMENT STAFF”

first_imgJim McGuinness is a ‘massive’ part of Ronnie Delia’s backroom staff.Celtic manager Ronnie Delia has admitted Jim McGuinness is a massive part of his management staff, as he strives to take Celtic to the next level.Norwegian, Delia has received widespread criticism from sections of the Celtic support following a mixed start to life as Celtic manager.One member of his back-room staff that Delia leans on for support is former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, Delia has admitted that he is a ‘massive’ part of his management set-up. Delia said, “I want a team with different qualities, Jim’s very good with team spirit and psychology.“He knows what team work is, and knows sport, and understands the importance of a good team dynamic.“He knows the importance of a good dressing room, he has skills we can use.“Those skills are vital in ensuring my players are focused and ready for every game and every challenge. McGuinness quit as Donegal manager a fortnight after losing the All-Ireland to Kerry.He spent four incredible years in charge of Donegal, and is the county’s most successful manager ever.His successor has still not been appointed, but it’s expected that his former assistant Rory Gallagher will get the job. DELIA – “MCGUINNESS IS HUGE PART OF MY MANAGEMENT STAFF” was last modified: October 28th, 2014 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:celtic fcdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessnewsRonnie DeliasoccerSportlast_img read more

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San Francisco Giants 2019 preview: Five bold predictions

first_imgThe Giants’ 2019 season opens Thursday afternoon in San Diego, so it’s time to stick my neck out there once again and make some predictions for the 162-game campaign.My assessment, in short: It’s going to be bad.But unlike the last two years, when the losing was aimless, this season, the stink is part of the process. That’ll make it interesting — a marked improvement. Life is all about expectations vs. reality and the Giants have come to the reality that they shouldn’t have high expectations …last_img

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