Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Major causes and prevention of sports-related injuries

first_imgSport is a dynamic activity. When we play, we push our bodies to the limit, and this can lead to injury. Sometimes, of course, even when all precautions and great care have been taken, parts of the body can be injured either through sudden impact, movement or overuse. If such injuries keep occurring, more lasting damage can occur. Injuries can also occur because of environmental factors such as equipment, playing surfaces and weather conditions. Injuries can be classed as: – Accidental injuries (due to violence or the environment) – Overuse injuries – Chronic Injuries – Accidental injuries Accidental injuries are those that happen when they are least expected and can be caused by internal and external forces. Internal force is extra strain on the body parts when performance is at our highest level. A sudden stretch or twist can strain or tear muscles, tendons or ligament. Example: Sprinters can tear a hamstring in a race, footballers get groin strain through stretching or knee ligament damage from twisting. External forces come from outside and has to do with direct contact or violence from another player. Another external force is the environment. Injuries caused by violence are due to direct contact between players or equipment. Many sports have violent contact between opponents which may result in fractures, dislocations, sprains and bruises. They may also be caused by being hit by equipment such as a bat, ball, sticks or rackets. Breaking the rules can lead to violent injury. The environment can lead to injury due to facilities. For example, uneven playing surfaces can cause a player to trip and land heavily on the playing surface, or a player may collide with the goalpost. The weather conditions may cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and then heat stroke due to extreme heat and hypothermia due to extreme cold conditions. Never come back too soon after an injury before you know you are ready. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into performing before you are properly recovered. This will prevent further damage to the injured body part. ENOUGH REST AND RECOVERY PLAYING SURFACES Impatience at times causes players to ignore the need for a good warm-up before the start of an activity and a gentle cool-down at the end. A warm-up prepares the mind and body for the activity and helps reduce the risk of injury. It should involve a gradual increase in the heart rate and breathing rate. Stretching exercises are also important. A cool-down reverses the warm-up process and brings the mind and body back to a relaxed state. It helps to begin repaying of oxygen debt by maintaining an increased blood flow to the muscles to deliver oxygen to the tissue and remove lactic acid. PREVENTING SPORT INJURIES COOL DOWN The use of correct equipment for the activity and wearing the correct clothing can avoid injury. Protection for ankle, knees, hips and back by wearing the correct footwear and clothing must be comfortable for the environment. Equipment should be approved and safe. Activities should always be properly supervised with first aid equipment and material available. Safe practice and safety rules must be adhered to. The playing surface should always be safe and in appropriate condition. CORRECT PREPARATION Sometimes there is not much that can be done to prevent an injury from happening. However, it helps if training is progressive and safe, with proper rest periods, proper conditioning of the body and the right mental attitude. Those factors are important in reducing the risk. Always be properly prepared for the activity. The right skills, strategies, frame of mind and body condition to perform well must be developed. Not knowing what to do cause mistakes and injuries. These are caused by using a part of the body repeatedly over a long period of time. These injuries produce pain and inflammation. Common overuse injuries include ‘tennis or golf elbows’, ‘Shin splints’, ‘cricketer’s shoulder’, ‘blisters and calluses caused by gripping equipment tightly during activity. Some overuse injuries are caused by incorrect technique. All injuries must be treated at once. If they are placed under stress before they are healed, they will get worse. If this continues, a chronic injury will develop and will be difficult to heal. Chronic injury can lead to permanent damage. Lack of fitness and lack of knowledge of the rules of the sport can also cause injuries. OVERUSE INJURIES CORRECT EQUIPMENT AND CORRECT WARM-UP ANDlast_img read more

Gor, AFC out to seek first round slot in CAF assignments

first_imgThey conducted their first training on Tuesday after departing the country on Monday.Kenya’s record 16-time KPL champions, Gor Mahia, travelled to Malabo with a 2-0 first leg advantage against Equatorial Guinea league Champions, Leones Vegeteranios in the CAF Champions League.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr during a training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHead coach Dylan Kerr has taken the same squad that did the job in the first leg, hoping to replicate the same performance. Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge made a return to the team after missing the first leg, but suffered another setback when he was forced off injured during their midweek Kenyan Premier League match against Zoo FC where they won 4-2.“It is unfortunate that Jack (Tuyisenge) will not be able to be part of the return leg because he gives us so much dynamism in attack. But we go there with confidence; I trust the players I have picked and I am confident we will win. We are going there to play an attacking game. No packing the bus. We want to win and win well,” the British tactician said.A draw or a 1-0 loss will even be enough for Gor Mahia, but the demanding Kerr will want them to go for victory to ease into the second round.-Shakava upbeat-Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn his part, Captain Harun Shakava adds that they are poised for victory.“For us, the only thing we want is a win. We have played five competitive matches so far this year and the confidence level have risen. Playing away from home is not easy and we have to be tactically and technically alert,” Shakava said.-AFC Leopards seek win-AFC Leopards conducted their first training today in MadagascarMeanwhile, AFC Leopards will be in Mahajanga, Madagascar, hoping for an improved performance after being forced to a 1-1 draw by Fosa Juniors in the first leg in Kakamega last week in the Total CAF Confederation Cup.Leopards coach Robert Matano, just like his Gor Mahia counterpart is angling for a win, though a high scoring draw will take them through.“We’ve had time to work on our mistakes because we haven’t played since the game in Kakamega. We have especially worked on the coordination in our defence and attack, which were a bit shaky and we expect to win,” Matano said.AFC Leopards will be seeking at least a 1-0 win to progress to the first round.The club received a huge setback with Ghanaian forward Prince Arkoh suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the first leg and is set to be out for six months. Arkoh was arguably AFC’s best performer in the first leg and his absence will be a huge blow to the Kenyan side.However, they have been boosted with the return of international right back Dennis Sikhayi who has recovered from a groin problem.Skipper Duncan Otieno has rallied his teammates to ensure they earn a ticket to the first round.“It will be a tough match because having seen them in the first leg, they are a very good and organized team. We need to go there and be at our best, get a win and progress. Trying to get a draw is dangerous and we have to play all out,” Otieno said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng blasts the ball into the net as teammate Ernest Wendo tries to defend during a training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Kenya’s continental representatives, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will be out to seek progress to the first round of their respective competitions on Wednesday when the return leg ties of the preliminary stage will be played.Both Gor and AFC are away to Equatorial Guinea and Madagascar respectively after registering mixed results in the first leg hosted in Kenya nine days ago.last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE: LET’S STOP SUGAR COATING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC

first_imgA new cross-party Oireachtas group is seeking more effective ways to tackle childhood obesity.With one in four of our children currently overweight or obese, this group will consider using a sugar tax that could be used to subsidise healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables.The group is chaired by Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout, and the Irish Heart Foundation is supporting it. It is also being assisted by other organisations, including the Children’s rights Alliance and Social Justice Ireland.Children under the age of 15 are showing early signs of heart disease and plaque build-up in major arteries to the brain. Despite this, the national response remains inadequate.Ms van Turnhout has said “up to now, action to tackle obesity had focused on individual behaviour change through education, awareness, and media programmes.”But these measures have fallen short, with an increase year after year in obesity in Ireland. They want to put a tax on sugar as if it will make any difference to the people who want to buy it.However, the main cause of the increase in childhood obesity isn’t the food and drinks that are readily available to children.The main reason for childhood obesity is lazy parenting.If you currently have a child who is obese and there is no underlying health issue that is causing the problem, then the problem is you, the parent.You are the person who teaches your child their dietary habits. If you always choose the easy, pre-prepared comes in a box ‘food’ option, instead of actually preparing a meal yourself, you are teaching your child to be lazy when it comes to food.If, every time your child wants sweets or a sugary drink at a till, all they have to do is throw a tantrum and you give it to them, you are showing them a way to always get what they want from you, when they want it.How often do you take your children to the take-away?How often do your children have sugary drinks? How often do you have chips with your meals?How many times per week do your children take lunch to school instead of going to the canteen for chips, or sausage rolls, or any of the other high-calorie, low-nutrient options that schools and takeaways have to offer?Does your child eat vegetables?If not, it isn’t because they don’t like them. Of course, everyone can dislike a flavour or a texture, but there are hundreds of vegetables available. It is because when they didn’t want a vegetable as a child, you didn’t try and press the matter with them.You allowed them to decide that they didn’t like vegetables.We teach them the majority of their habits, whether we realise this or not.It is hardly surprising that our children are obese.Experts say that nearly half of Irish adults will be obese by 2030 if the current issues with childhood weight and obesity are not tackled.For adults the OECD has recorded that 1 in 4 Irish adults are obese (30+lbs over a normal weight).2 in every 3 Irish women and 1 in 2 Irish men are classed as overweight (10% above a normal weight).We have the 2nd highest obesity rates in Europe for adults, with the UK being the highest.The total cost to the country is around €1.6 billion per year for obesity related diseases.By 2030 only 5% of the Irish population will be classed as having a normal weight.That’s it, 5%.Until we as adults realise that, not only are we killing ourselves, we are also killing our children, things will not change.There is too much sugar coating of problems in Ireland.Obesity is fast becoming the no.1 cause of death in western society.Are offended by this article?Good.I hope it opens your eyes to what we as a nation are doing to ourselves.It’s time to wake up, get up off of our asses and make a change for our nutrition and our health, before we end up a nation with severe debilitative diseases.In the end it always comes down to choice. We choose our lifestyle. We largely control what our children eat and we influence their relationship with food.We love to blame the Health service, schools, fast-food culture and “society” but we are the people who teach our children their eating habits and we must be able to accept that, if our child is becoming overweight, we have to take responsibility.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to battle obesity, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: LET’S STOP SUGAR COATING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC was last modified: July 13th, 2015 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:Childhood obesityemmet rushefitness columnlazy parentssugarlast_img read more

DANIEL VOWS TO FIND THE DANCER ‘INSIDE’ AFTER GREAT PERFORMANCE

first_imgDANIEL O’Donnell has vowed to find the dancer inside him after another great performance of Strictly Come Dancing.The Donegal man took to the floor – and hoping for votes for the first time – on the hit BBC show this evening.And he and partner Kristina Rihanoff did a cheeky Charleston…to cheer the crowd in the BBC studios. Judge Craig did have some criticisms of Daniel, but the singer was delighted when the acid-tongued judge insisted: “You have great rhythm…and I believe there is a dancer lurking inside.”Len said if he was a bookmaker, Daniel would be odds-on to appear again next week.And Darcey said Daniel and Kristina’s routine came alive!The star said he had been ‘horsing around’ this week as the dance had a racecourse them….and also revealed he had an outer body experience during the show last week!!! Afterwards he said he was delighted with Craig’s comments and vowed: “I promise to find that dancer inside me.“We had a great time this week doing the Charleston.”Here are the judges’ comments in full:JUDGES’ COMMENTSCraig Revel Horwood: “I think you need to be a lot higher up on your toes, more swivel, your free arm you need to look out for, and this dance is about going over the top – I don’t think you quite did that tonight. You have fantastic rhythm and there is a dancer lurking within”.Darcey Bussell: “For me, you had great energy throughout. Honestly, I was not expecting that – you had great bounce and you were alert”.Len Goodman: “It was a tad on the safe side, however, if I was a bookie, you are odds on to be back next week”.Bruno Tonioli: “You nearly placed at Ascot. You need more than a steady canter. You need to gallop all the time. You have got to keep it going – it is all about energy”SCORES Craig: 5 – Darcey: 6- Len: 6 – Bruno: 6TOTAL: 23DANIEL VOWS TO FIND THE DANCER ‘INSIDE’ AFTER GREAT PERFORMANCE was last modified: October 4th, 2015 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:daniel o’donnellKristina RihanoffStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

U.N. panel urges prison camp be closed

first_imgGENEVA (AP) – A key U.N. panel on Friday joined European and United Nations leaders in urging the Bush administration to close its prison in Guantanamo Bay, saying the indefinite detention of terror suspects there violates the world’s ban on torture. The report by the Committee Against Torture came as the U.S. military disclosed that prisoners wielding improvised weapons clashed with guards trying to stop a detainee from committing suicide. The panel also said the United States should ensure that no prisoner is subjected to torture. The U.S. government insisted it complies with the treaty, including at the lockup at Guantanamo on Cuba. “It is important to note that everything that is done in terms of questioning detainees is fully within the boundaries of American law,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen are among leaders friendly to the Bush administration who have said Guantanamo should close, while British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it will eventually have to close. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U.N. investigators also have called for shutting the prison. President Bush has said he would like to close Guantanamo, but is waiting for a Supreme Court ruling on whether inmates can face military tribunals. The United States expressed disappointment with the committee report, which was based on two sessions this month with a 25-member delegation of officials from Washington and hundreds of pages of U.S. documents. “It’s unfortunate that they don’t appear to have read a good deal of that information or have ignored it, and as a result there are a number of both factual inaccuracies and legal misstatements about the law applicable to the United States,” said State Department legal adviser John B. Bellinger III. Bellinger, who led the U.S. delegation at the panel hearings, said it is “legally wrong” to say the existence of Guantanamo violates the 1984 U.N. Convention Against Torture. He said the report is “factually wrong” in stating Guantanamo detainees lack access to the judicial process. “It’s been ordered by our Supreme Court that they have access to judicial process and every detainee in Guantanamo has access to counsel and to our courts,” Bellinger said. The U.N. committee also said detainees should not be handed over to any country where they could face a “real risk” of being tortured. Bellinger said it was not “practical” to recommend that Guantanamo be closed but insist that prisoners shouldn’t be sent to a large number of countries. “So it’s not exactly clear what they think ought to happen to these individuals,” he said. The committee periodically reviews the performance of the United States and each of the other 140 signatories of the anti-torture treaty. The criticism carries no penalties beyond international scrutiny, but human rights activists said it could influence U.S. public opinion. Andreas Mavrommatis, a Cypriot rights expert who was chairman of the committee’s review of U.S. procedures, said the report should not be blown out of proportion because the United States has “a very good record of human rights” overall. “Yes, we have identified certain” problems in the war on terrorism, Mavrommatis said. “We are telling them we hope to have a dialogue, and we trust that they might take the necessary measures to improve.” The panel said it was worried detainees were being held for protracted periods with insufficient legal safeguards and without judicial review. Bellinger noted the United States had acknowledged problems at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere, but said it has worked to make improvements. “We have tightened our laws and our procedures, so we believe that we are already working very hard to address the areas of concern raised by the committee,” he said. There have been about 800 investigations into allegations of mistreatment in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. delegation told the panel. The Defense Department took action against more than 250 service personnel, with 89 of those convicted at courts-martial. Associated Press writers Terence Hunt in Washington and Sam Cage and Bradley S. Klapper in Geneva contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

The perfect gift? Help end hunger

first_imgReuniting with family and friends to share that special holiday dinner is a tradition shared by many of us. For many of us, donating our time and money to help the less fortunate is another tradition during the holidays. Even if that’s not a tradition of yours, it’s not hard to find food donation bins or local charity organizations to help out. Currently the state of California is faced with many hardships. As the sixth leader in agricultural exports in the world, California is faced with more than 9.2 million people living in food-insecure households; more than 14 million adults are overweight or obese; an estimated 6,100 people died of diabetes-related deaths; schools turned away $721.5 million in federal money; and less than 40 percent of eligible persons are receiving food stamps. This translates to 166,000 low-income San Fernando Valley residents suffering from food insecurity – at-risk of hunger – according to a study released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research last summer. This number is up 16 percent from the 2001 study, which cited 143,000 at-risk of hunger, the largest number in Los Angeles County. Efforts to mitigate hunger in the Valley include Valley Interfaith Council’s Preventing Hunger Campaign to raise hunger awareness and rally the community to help to make this a hunger-free zone. VIC operates three senior centers with congregate and homebound meals programs, and works with a coalition of 19 independent food pantries fighting hunger. In 2004, over 69,000 people received food through the food pantries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But even this valiant effort is not enough to meet the needs of all those who are at risk of hunger. Studies show that hunger in schoolchildren results in higher rates of tardiness and absences and increased visits to the nurse’s office. Obesity leads to adverse health consequences such as diabetes. Furthermore, underutilization of federal food-assistance programs turns away federal monies we desperately need during times of deficit and budget cuts. California can begin to address its hardships by implementing smart policies to eliminate hunger and poverty through existing programs. The Food Stamp Program is the biggest federal food-assistance program to protect individuals from hunger, yet California has the lowest participation rates of all states. California is one of only four states to require fingerprinting of all adult food-stamp applicants, and the only state to mandate recipients submit paperwork every three months. These requirements impede many from reaping the benefits of the Food Stamp Program. The School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program are also federal food-assistance programs to ensure that schoolchildren don’t go hungry. These programs guarantee nutritious meals to students, but many children are not given the opportunity to take advantage of them. More than 1,200 schools in California do not offer school breakfast. Celebrating the holidays with our family and friends is a tradition for most of us at this time of the year. Let’s start a new tradition of implementing smart policies that can lead California in the direction of increased work productivity, increased school attendance, maximum utilization of food programs and viable opportunities for every Californian to lead healthy and productive lives. Bob Nienhuis chairs the Valley Interfaith Council’s Social Concerns Committee, www.vic-la.org. Danika Choe is a policy advocate with California Food Policy Advocates. 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

IRISH PEACE PROCESS OFFERS LESSONS FOR PALESTINE – Mac LOCHLAINN

first_imgPádraig Mac Lochlainn addresses the conference.Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has outlined how Palestine can learn lessons from the Irish peace process in terms of international assistance with conflict resolution.The Donegal Sinn Fein Deputy was addressing a major international conference in Palestine yesterday.Hundreds of delegates from all over the world, including Government Ministers, City Mayors, and Local Authority leaders joined hundreds of Palestinian political leaders and activists in Ramallah. His key note address on the need for international solidarity and assistance with the Palestinian people was delivered alongside the famous PLO spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi.Deputy Mac Lochlainn stated “All over the world, people were marching to support freedom and justice for the Palestinian people. Throughout July and August thousands of people right across the island of Ireland came out on to the streets to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza. They protested the Israeli war crimes and wanted the international community to act and stop appeasing Israel. The message for Palestine was clear. You are not alone.“However, the continued refusal of the Israeli Government to enter into meaningful peace negotiations to create a robust peace process is wrong. The Israeli Government must recognise the need for conflict resolution which in turn requires all representatives of the Palestinian people to be at the table and all causes of conflict up for discussion. Inclusive dialogue is central to an agreement and to bring an end to conflict.“The International community needs to take the lead on this basic and important requirement for peace. Greater focus and pressure from world leaders and organisations is a necessity for real change. “There are many lessons from our Irish peace process. The Good Friday Agreement was signed back in 1998. It would not have happened without the active participation of Governments and administrations in the United States, Ireland and Britain. The support of the South African Government with their experience of conflict resolution, led by the great Nelson Mandela, was also vital.“Peace and the ending of hostilities is not enough. The emphasis should not just be on peace but on process. What was agreed must be fully implemented. It is a process that requires ongoing care and attention. In the North of Ireland, despite the progress made over the years, much remains to be done.“While there are huge differences when we compare Ireland and Palestine, and I don’t seek to tell Palestinians how they should move forward, I think they and others can learn from our experience. Sinn Féin stands ready and willing to help the Palestinian Government and Palestinian people in any way we can.“Please know that despite the failure of our political leaders in the international community to protect your rights and facilitate your freedom, you are supported by millions of people all over the world. I encourage you to reach out again.”See below full text of Deputy Mac Lochlainn’s address: I want to thank you for inviting me here today. It is truly an honour to address this conference. I bring warm and fraternal solidarity greetings from Sinn Féin, but as a member of the Irish Parliament, I also bring greetings on behalf of the people of Ireland.The Irish people are almost unique in Europe for the exploitation and discrimination that they have faced because of colonisation. Therefore we have a strong love and empathy for the Palestinian people.Irish Republicans have long struggled for the freedom and dignity of the Irish people and we find a common cause with our Palestinian brothers and sisters. Throughout July and August thousands of people right across the island of Ireland came out on to the streets to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza being massacred by the Israeli army. They protested the Israeli war crimes and wanted the international community to act and stop appeasing Israel. There was huge protests marching through the heart of Dublin city and ending at the Israeli Embassy. The message for Palestine was clear. You are not alone.And this wasn’t just in Ireland. All over the world, people were marching to support freedom and justice for the Palestinian people. The message for Israel was equally clear. We are awake and aware to your disgraceful and abhorrent human rights abuses. Your slaughter of innocent Palestinians cannot be hidden. Your excuses for continuing settlement building, for blockading Gaza, and for refusing to abide by international law and norms do not fool us. Those of us in Ireland and across the world who condemn the Israeli Government for their human rights abuses also condemn the killings of Israelis and Palestinians over recent times in Jerusalem and the West Bank. However, the continued refusal of the Israeli Government to enter into meaningful peace negotiations to create a robust peace process is wrong and indeed against the interests and long term security of their own people. The Israeli Government must recognise the need for conflict resolution which in turn requires all representatives of the Palestinian people to be at the table and all causes of conflict up for discussion. Inclusive dialogue is central to an agreement and to bring an end to conflict.The International community needs to take the lead on this basic and important requirement for peace. Greater focus and pressure from world leaders and organisations is a necessity for real change. We are seeing a huge increase in support for grassroots movements that stand up for the rights of Palestinians and Governments in Europe are being forced to listen. It’s our job to ensure that they go beyond empty rhetoric and ensure that they take meaningful steps to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine and allow the Palestinians their rightful place in the International community, becoming a nation amongst nations.As the Palestinian people know, sometimes making an agreement is the easy part. The implementation of that agreement is the hard part. This is something we are keenly aware of in Ireland due to our own peace process. There are many lessons from our Irish peace process. The Good Friday Agreement was signed back in 1998. It would not have happened without the active participation of Governments and administrations in the United States, Ireland and Britain. The support of the South African Government with their experience of conflict resolution, led by the great Nelson Mandela, was also vital. The Irish and British Governments are co- guarantors of that agreement and are responsible for the implementation of all aspects of that agreement.Peace and the ending of hostilities is not enough. The emphasis should not just be on peace but on process. What was agreed must be fully implemented. It is a process that requires ongoing care and attention. Guns can fall silent on both sides on an agreed date, but all sides need to continually work on and respect the agreement or the process will be in danger of stalling, reversing or indeed collapsing.In the North of Ireland, despite the progress made over the years, much remains to be done. The legacy of 25 years of terrible conflict haunts our future. We are at a standstill. This has arisen because the British and Irish Governments have abandoned their responsibilities as co- guarantors to the Good Friday Agreement and the other agreements that followed and allowed the situation to drift for years now. Again, we require international intervention from the United States to assist negotiations on the next steps of our peace process. As we gather here today those negotiations are ongoing.The Palestinian people have also endured this international complacency and indifference since the Oslo accord. However, the terrible cost to your people of that failure by the international community is incomparable to that of the people of the North of Ireland. For you, it means occupation, poverty, devastating death and destruction. It means that the immense potential of the Palestinian people is suppressed and strangled.Please know that despite the failure of our political leaders in the international community to protect your rights and facilitate your freedom, you are supported by millions of people all over the world. I encourage you to reach out again. Just this month we have seen Sweden formally recognise the State of Palestine. It has become the first EU country to do this while a member of the EU. It has opened the door for other countries to follow suit, and break the EU’s empty rhetoric with tangible action.Palestinian Ambassadors have played a vital role in gaining grassroots and official support for the Palestinian cause across the world. We have been extremely lucky to have two excellent Palestinian Ambassadors in Ireland who I know personally. Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri and current Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek. They have represented the Palestinian people with passion and dignity in Ireland. I also acknowledge the efforts of all of the Palestinian Ambassadors to Ireland down the years. When the Palestinian Ambassadors to Ireland have addressed our Sinn Féin Ard Fheisenna, our annual party meeting, they have received standing ovations from the 1,000 plus party members assembled.Through our struggle in Ireland we know how important unity is and that the oppressor will always try to divide the oppressed in order to continue to dominate them. Therefore I believe Palestinian Unity is vital in the struggle for Palestinian freedom. I warmly welcome the establishment of the Palestinian Unity government and encourage all Palestinians to continue to unite on this common cause. Palestinian Unity scares the Israeli Government so much that they launched a massive and brutal crackdown on political activists in the West Bank and the so-called Operation Protective Edge on Gaza.I urge you to stay steadfast and focus on what unites Palestinians rather than what divides them.In Ireland it wasn’t until we had unity on the Irish nationalist side that we were fully able to progress into a peace process situation. Sinn Féin disagrees with the Irish Government and the nationalist SDLP on a wide range of issues, but we knew we had to focus on what unites us in order to achieve our rights and demands. While there are huge differences when we compare Ireland and Palestine, and I don’t seek to tell Palestinians how they should move forward, I think they and others can learn from our experience.Sinn Féin stands ready and willing to help the Palestinian Government and Palestinian people in any way we can.The Irish people stand shoulder to shoulder with the Palestinian people and we will not rest until the Palestinian people are living in peace and prosperity in their own State. Viva Palestine. Long live Palestine.IRISH PEACE PROCESS OFFERS LESSONS FOR PALESTINE – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: November 22nd, 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)last_img read more

Resentment in Assam BJP after Cabinet expansion

first_imgThe expansion of the Sarbananda Sonowal ministry in Assam after almost two years has caused resentment among a few Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs.At least two MLAs – veteran Prasanta Phukan and the BJP’s lone Muslim face Aminul Haque Laskar – have resigned from party committees while another, Atul Bora, resented the party’s “tendency to ignore seniority”.Mr. Phukan, critical of the BJP leadership, announced his resignation as chief of BJP’s Steering Committee for panchayat elections and the governing body of Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh soon after seven MLAs were sworn-in on Tuesday to take the ministry size to 18.With 126 seats in the State Assembly, Assam can have 19 ministers at most.“Since I am not fit to be a minister, I thought I shouldn’t head the two bodies either,” Mr. Phukan, who represents the Dibrugarh Assembly seat, said. Dibrugarh, he said, has not had a minister for 25 years now.Mr. Laskar, who represents the BJP from the Sonai constituency, said he has resigned from the Haj Committee. “If almost all communities could be represented in the ministry, why should someone from the minority community be left out? Muslims in the State are unhappy as they are not represented in this ministry,” he said.Mr. Bora, who represents Dispur constituency, said seniors in the party should not be made to feel alienated.The State’s Finance, Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the resentment among some MLAs was understandable. “Some senior MLAs were ignored in order to fulfil regional aspirations,” he added.Seven MLAs – five from BJP and one each from regional allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) – were inducted into the Sonowal ministry. Four of them are Cabinet ministers and three Ministers of State with independent charge.The Cabinet ministers are Phani Bhushan Choudhury (AGP), Siddhartha Bhattacharya (BJP), Sum Ronghang (BJP) and Chandan Brahma (BPF) while the Ministers of State with independent charge are Pijush Hazarika, Bhabesh Kalita and Tapan Gogoi (all from BJP).Mr. Brahma is a former militant leader and Mr. Gogoi a former student leader.last_img read more

PH billiards team eyes at least four golds in SEA Games

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLMANILA, Philippines—Filipino cue artists are aiming to at least double their gold medal count in the Southeast Asian Games here later in the year.Robert Mananquil, secretary general of Billiards and Snookers Congress of the Philippines, has high hopes the country’s pool team can easily bag a minimum of four gold medals.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We still have 9-ball and 10-ball doubles where we also have fighting chances. Of course, I can’t promise that we would also win the gold there, but if luck rolls our way, we might sweep all pool events and win six out of the 10 gold medals at stake.”Seeing action in snookers are Alvin Barbero, Michael Angelo Mengorio, Jeffrey Roda and Basil Al-Shajjar while Benjie Guevarra and Luis Saberdo will lead the country’s bid in English Billiards.Pool legend Efren “Bata” Reyes will also see action as he joins Francisco Dela Cruz in carom while also assuming the responsibility as head coach of the national squad with icon in Francisco “Django” Bustamante as chief deputy.“What we have is a very stacked and solid lineup,” said Mananquil, though, adding that the odds are stacked against the Filipinos when it comes to English Billiards and carom.“The Malaysians and the Singaporeans, being former British colonies, are expected to dominate English Billiards while carom is the pet event of the Vietnamese. Despite that, we will still go all out and take advantage of our homecourt edge.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Mananquil’s confidence stems from the deep pool of talents on the team led by world No. 4 Carlo Biado, women’s world No. 3 Rubilen Amit and Dennis Orcollo.Also part of the squad are Johann Chua, Jeffrey Ignacio, Warren Kiamco, Chezka Centeno, Iris Rañola and Floriza Andal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manWith that roster, Mananquil believes winning the men and women’s 9-ball and men and women’s 10-ball events are within reach.“That’s four gold medals already,” said Mananquil, who is also a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee. NCAA: Peralta career high helps Perpetual Help beat JRU in battle of also-rans This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

Overrated/Underrated: Justin Phillips and Lincoln Riley

first_imgVerdict: UnderratedMiddle of the road Non-Conference GamesI understand why Oklahoma State and other teams play them, but that doesn’t mean I like them. Here’s what I would like to see: Two bad games (like OSU) has played and one great one. Basically what OU did this season. Tulane, UTEP and Ohio State — that’s perfect.If you’re Oklahoma State and you play Pitt, it’s sort of a no-win situation. If you win, congrats, you beat a not-that-great ACC team. If you lose, you could legitimately be knocked out of the CFB Playoff chatter (if you’re Oklahoma State). Now let’s say you play Penn State instead. All of a sudden a win there could launch you up into the top three in the polls (like it did with OU), and a loss doesn’t keep you from winning your conference or (feasibly) still getting into the Playoff.It’s a risk, for sure (see: 2016, OU), but I think it’s one worth taking given how hard it is to actually run the table in college football (which, if you’re Oklahoma State, you might have to do).Verdict: OverratedIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We are back at it this week with an abridged version of overrated/underrated. First up, let’s start with one of the stars from Friday night’s game.Justin PhillipsI went all in on Phillips after he tackled everybody but David Boren in his freshman year Bedlam game, which Oklahoma State won in Norman. Then he sat out a year and had an average to above-average season in 2016. I cooled on him a bit as I didn’t see a through line from Freshman Year Phillips to this year. Clearly that was a poor decision, as he’s been spectacular thus far, and Oklahoma State might need even more out of him with the 9th president (Kenneth Edison-McGruder) and Calvin Bundage out for at least part of the Pitt game.Everyone will point to the pick-6 on Friday against USA, but to me it’s hits like this that make him so valuable to Glenn Spencer’s defense.Justin Phillips is a stud. pic.twitter.com/yXNVYd8AHh— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 9, 2017Verdict: UnderratedLincoln RileyOne of the things I was most critical of coming into this season regarding the transfer of power from Bob Stoops to Lincoln Riley was Riley retaining play-calling duties. I thought it was such a Mike Gundy circa 2006 move and necessarily precludes you from being CEO of your organization.I, um, might have been wrong.He took it to Urban Meyer all night, and OU’s offense, without any big-name players not named after sections of the grocery store, thrived against one of the better defenses in the Big 10. The jury is still out (because let’s give him more than two games), but it appears that Lincoln Riley can call plays and coach at the same time.I love this play design. Counter trey read with built in swing pass. Better be disciplined to defend this. pic.twitter.com/RIXvZg5pRP— Adam Lunt (@gopokes422) September 12, 2017last_img read more