Taylor enjoys winning return

first_img Taylor received a raucous reception at the purpose-built boxing arena which was filled to capacity on a night on which 15 national men’s and women’s champions were also crowned. It was the kind of low-key comeback favoured by Taylor, who has admitted struggling with the fame foisted upon her since she underlined her status as her nation’s favourite sports star with victory in London. Taylor was caught by a couple of counters in the second round but soon found her range with her clubbing left hand, and seemed to relish the chance to work off the rust that had gathered from her six months out of the ring. Another booming left at the start of the third prompted the referee’s intervention to issue Graczyk a standing eight count, and Taylor’s relentless accuracy and range of shots soon had the referee interrupting again. The Pole’s sparse shots seemed almost feeble in response, with every Taylor strike jolting her opponent back, and Graczyk did admirably well to make it all the way to the final bell. It was the start of a busy weekend for Taylor, who is scheduled to fight again in Dublin on Sunday as she builds up to her competitive return, which is likely to come at the EU Championships in Hungary in June. Earlier, Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan claimed his third straight national title at flyweight, easing away for a comprehensive 20-9 win over Chris Phelan. Beijing silver medallist Ken Egan announced his retirement after suffering his third straight finals defeat to Joe Ward at light-heavyweight, taking a standing count en route to a 25-5 defeat. The 31-year-old Egan was bidding to become the first man to win 11 Irish senior titles and brought everything, but was simply outgunned by the sustained ferocity of an opponent 13 years his junior. Olympic champion Katie Taylor marked her return to action for the first time since her gold medal triumph last August with a 28-5 win over Poland’s Karolina Graczyk at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday night.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Abraham Boakye: Government should send Supporters by Sea to Brazil

first_imgPresident of the Ghana National Supporters Union (GHANSU), Abraham Boakye, alias “One -Man Supporter”, believes government will save the current economic situation by transporting over 2,000 Ghanaians to Brazil by ship, to save the economy.According to the experienced traveler, sea transport will be the safest and most reliable means of transporting soccer fans to support the Black Stars in Brazil in June“It is the only plausible solution now, with government warning of lack of funds to transports fans to Brazil”, he mentioned to JOY Sports.Boakye has confirmed there are advance negotiations with a German Cruise Liner Agency to acquire a vessel with a built-in hotel that would accommodate the fans as well as transport them to the Stars’ match venues in Brazil at a cheaper rate compared to flight.“The Stars will play the USA in Natat, which is along the Brazilian coast just as the city of Fortaleza where the Ghanaians face Germany in their second group game.From his simple mathematical cost analysis, sea transport will see government conveying more for fans at a cheaper cost”, he reiterated. He is therefore, appealing to government to transport all Ghanaian football fanatics and his supporters group by this means.last_img read more

‘My mom’s the best’

first_imgACCORDING to the wonks at Salary.com, who recently crunched the numbers and compared salaries for people doing similar work, stay-at-home moms should be paid $134,121 a year. That just goes to show how little wonks know. The work moms do is priceless and no one understands that better than kids themselves. A few weeks ago, a manila envelope from Lupe Bailey’s second-grade class at San Jose Street Elementary School in Mission Hills found its way onto my desk. Inside, written with the classic candor and exuberance of children, were eight beautifully crafted, personally illustrated essays, each one a testament to motherhood. Mrs. Bailey’s students know full well that it would take a dozen ordinary people to do all the jobs Mom does in a single day, and that a mom’s value in the life of a child is simply incalculable. For starters, mom is the household spirit-lifter. Or, as Celese Gutierrez, age 7, puts it: “My mom is the best because when I am sad she cheers me up.” Antonio Martinez, age 8, writes, “When I’m not happy (Mom) asks me why I’m sad and we talk about it. Next we play or read together and she gives me hugs and kisses.” For most families, Mom is also the chef a role too often disparaged by some women’s libbers, or taken for granted by some of us insufficiently grateful dads, but one which children hold in properly high regard. Michael Neff, age 7, recognizes that the hand that cooks the dinner ought to be revered. “My mom is the best because she cooks the greatest meals in the whole wide world!” Michael enthuses. “She cooks all different meals every day of my life! My mom cooks big, small, large, wide, and long meals. She likes her job which is cooking food for my big family. She cooks whatever I want! My mom makes me happy by cooking!” Now that’s gratitude. And why not? Children understand that in providing three squares, parents are meeting fundamental needs that they can’t meet for themselves. “My mom is the best,” Ara Ramos, age 7, explains, “because she cooks meals for me because I can’t cook.” There you have it. “My mother is the best because she gives me a big meal when I am starving!” writes the wise-beyond-his-7-years Johnny Parada. Johnny knows the importance of a full stomach: “Food is special so I will not die.” And not just any food. Johnny salutes not only mom the cook, but also mom the nutritionist. “My mom is the best because she lets me eat more vegetables than junk food!” (Yes, they even appreciate the green beans. Who knew?) They also appreciate the discipline. In homes with multiple siblings, moms are the peacemakers a role not lost on Megan Carbajal, age 7. “My mom is the best because she tells me what to do when my sister and I are fighting,” notes Megan. “When we fight she helps us apologize to each other. Then I feel happy that my mom helped my sister and I work things out. Then my sister and I play together fairly.” Of course, sometimes sibling spats or other rites of childhood can be physically painful, which is why it’s a good thing moms also double as family-health practitioners. “My mom is the best because when I get hurt and get purple bruises, she hugs me and kisses me,” says Peter Inzunza, age 8. Family health care, by definition, includes spiritual health. As Peter explains: “One time when I was next to thorns I fell in the thorns and I went to the hospital. While I was in the hospital, my mom prayed for me because she wanted me to feel better.” Thank God for moms. Above all else, they give kids what kids need most, and that’s love. “My mom is the best,” observes Pablo Lorenzo, age 8, “because she loves me. She loves me by kissing me when I need it.” Even youngsters recognize that love isn’t so much about emotions, kind words or feel-good gestures, but the sort of sacrifice for which moms are famous. “She also shows her love for me when she watches over me,” Pablo writes. “For example she gave me her own lunch today because I’m allergic to some school cafeteria lunches. She is the best because she loves me.” Indeed, she is. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com. 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


first_imgSINN FÉIN wants to lead the next Irish Government, Gerry Adams said in his Presidential Address at the close of the party’s Ard Fheis in Derry on Saturday evening – and the party will not “prop up” either a Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil government. Calling for a “national conversation” about Ireland’s future as we mark the centenary of events from the Ulster Covenant to the 1916 Rising and the Civil War, the Sinn Féin President said: “I believe all genuine progressive social and political forces across this island – including unionists and working-class loyalists – should develop a common platform for political progress.”In his speech, broadcast live on RTÉ and BBC, the TD for Louth opened by extending a special céad míle fáilte to Jim Cullen and Alan McConnell of Friends of Sinn Féin in the USA and Canada, “and to our comrades” from Australia, from South Africa, Cuba, the Basque Country, Greece, Britain and to all the foreign dignitaries, including the Palestinian Ambassador. “Tonight, I call on the Irish Government to act on the Sinn Féin motion adopted unanimously by the Dáil and to recognise the state of Palestine.“Mar a deirfear, Bobby: ‘It’s good to be back home in Derry’.”And in an aside to Enda Kenny, leader of Fine Gael “The United Ireland Party”, Gerry Adams was cheered and applauded when he said:“Taoiseach – if you’re watching – Dia duit, greetings from the North. “Taoiseach, mar eolas duit, this is not a foreign country. This is Ireland.”He described Derry as “a special place”. The attack on the Civil Rights march at Duke Street in 1968, the Battle of the Bogside, and Bloody Sunday (representatives of the Bloody Sunday families were in the audience) are key events in the history of modern Ireland, Gerry Adams said.The Sinn Féin leader sent best wishes to “son of Derry” and former SDLP leader John Hume “who was central to the Peace Process, and to Martin McGuinness for his continued courageous and visionary leadership”.He also welcomed the unionist Londonderry Bands Forum and said that the accommodation reached in Derry on loyal order parades “stands out as an example of what can be achieved when citizens have the will to solve problems. Let’s see the same approach to contentious parades in Belfast and elsewhere.”Gerry Adams outlined the protections that Sinn Féin had achieved in the Stormont House Agreement for the most disadvantaged. “We negotiated that there will be no reductions to any benefits under the control of the Executive. That is fundamental to this Agreement and Sinn Féin will hold to that and hold other parties to that commitment.”Progress was also made on the issues of parades, flags and emblems and the past, he said. “Dealing with the past is very difficult,” he acknowledged, pointing out that the opening day of the Ard Fheis on Friday was the anniversary of the Gibraltar killings by the SAS and, “Today is Sam Marshall’s anniversary.”Every day marks an anniversary for someone, for some family, for some community, he said, as the former MP for West Belfast acknowledged the presence of the Ballymurphy Massacre families.“I hope the Stormont House Agreement will bring closure to victims. That is the intention.” He also welcomed Liam Shannon, one of the ‘Hooded Men’ whose torture cases during internment in 1971 are being reopened before the European Court.“There are those who attack the Stormont House Agreement. They attack Sinn Féin.“Let us be clear – that Agreement did not resolve the issue of British Tory cuts to the block grant. Over one and a half billion pounds has been stripped away by London. Those who opportunistically attack us should be focused on that.“Why should a British Government of millionaires have the authority to impose economic punishment on citizens here?“Sinn Féin will continue to oppose austerity – North and South.“Those who argue that power should be handed back to London need to get real. That would be the road to disaster. Instead there needs to be an island-wide campaign to promote progressive policies and Sinn Féin will build a positive alliance with everyone else who has this position, including other parties, the community and voluntary sector and the trade unions.”He continued by saying that austerity is not the solution but is part of the problem.“Sinn Féin is not the problem. We are part of the solution.“Beidh muid ag obair as lámh a chéile le daoine eile i ngach cearn den oileán seo chun bealach eile a chur chun tosaigh seachas an déine.” He said that supporting austerity in the North is a logical extension of Fine Gael and Labour policies.“Their Budgets have been among the most regressive in the state’s history. There has been a huge growth in social inequality. A third of our children now live in consistent poverty.” He said that public money which should be used to end the scandal of patients lying on trolleys, to house our citizens, and to create jobs is being used to repay private bank debt.“That’s Labour’s way.“That’s Fine Gael’s way.“That’s Frankfurt’s way.“That’s not the Sinn Féin way.”Partition came about because the revolutionary period from 1916 was followed by a counter-revolution, he said.“Two conservative states with narrow-minded, mean-spirited elites were created. Our people suffered, emigrated and died as a result. Our potential is stunted – our communities divided.“It’s little wonder that the response of the Irish Government to these centenaries has lacked ambition and substance. It is little wonder they don’t want to celebrate the Proclamation. For their part, they are embarrassed by its relevance for Ireland today; for our part, the 1916 Proclamation remains the mission statement of modern Irish republicanism.”Gerry Adams called for “a new Citizens’ Charter”, encapsulating fundamental principles which could take us towards a citizen-centred, rights-based society.“It could be a new departure in Irish politics,” the Sinn Féin leader said.“The people of this island, whether urban or rural, from whatever background or tradition, share a common history and our futures are bound together.“We need reminded again and again that our flag is orange. Orange as well as green. Orange is part of what we are.“That is our potential. And our challenge – to unite Orange and Green in equality and mutual respect.”Adams said the imposition of an unfair water charge has been the final straw for many families in the South.“The huge demonstrations are proof of that.“The water charge protesters should be released.”He praised Sinn Féin elected representatives and activists for their “diligence and hard work”, saying:“It’s little wonder that Enda Kenny and Joan Burton are worried” and he warned Sinn Féin supporters:“They and their cronies will be even more strident in the run-in to the election – so brace yourselves.“They know the people want change.“Sinn Féin wants a mandate for government.“I believe we can win that mandate.“Sinn Féin wants to lead the next Government. We will not prop up either a Fine Gael or a Fianna Fáil government.“I am confident that when it comes to making a choice, the people will make the change.“The future hasn’t been written yet. Let’s write it together. Let’s make it happen!“Make the change. Ar aghaidh linn le chéile.”ADAMS: ‘WE WON’T PROP UP FINE GAEL OR FIANNA FÁIL IN GOVERNMENT’ was last modified: March 8th, 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:ard fheisgerry adamslast_img read more