“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB”

first_imgFOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.center_img FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers,“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertiserslast_img read more

Hampson, Hilliard HR, Rockies bounce back, beat Giants 9-6

first_img___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: INF Brendan Rodgers is making strides in his recovery from a right shoulder capsular strain that he suffered on a hard slide into third base during last Saturday’s game against San Diego. Placed on the 10-day injured list, Rodgers is expected to resume throwing activities in a day or two. “He’s continuing to get treatment on the shoulder,” manager Bud Black said. “It’s sort of a bruise. It’s still stiff but it’s starting to loosen up and should resolve itself fairly quickly.”UP NEXTGiants: Following an off-day Thursday, the Giants will open a four-game series Friday night against Arizona. The team has not yet announced a starter for Friday night’s game.Rockies: Following an off-day Thursday, the Rockies head to Los Angeles, where Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.32 ERA) is slated to pitch Friday night’s series opener at Dodger Stadium. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Garrett Hampson and Sam Hilliard homered and newcomer Kevin Pillar delivered a key triple as the Colorado Rockies bounced back from a battering, rallying to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 Wednesday.A day after getting 27 hits in a 23-5 rout at Coors Field, and Alex Dickerson leading the way with three home runs and two doubles, the Giants again started fast. Mike Yastrzemski homered to help San Francisco score four times on six hits in the first inning.By the fourth inning, the Giants already had six runs and 11 hits. But the Rockies bullpen pitched shutout ball the rest of the way — Dickerson finished with a double and single in five at-bats. Associated Press Hampson homered for the third time in two days. Pillar, acquired in a trade with Boston on Monday, hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in a five-run seventh inning.Trevor Story added three hits for Colorado. Yastrzemski had three hits for the Giants.One out into the game, Yastrzemski connected on a 3-2 pitch off Kyle Freeland for his eighth homer of the season. Dickerson, Joey Bart and Daniel Robertson followed with two-out RBI singles and one inning later, Freeland was out of the game. He allowed four runs on eight hits over two innings, his shortest outing of the season.The Rockies trailed 6-4 going into the seventh. After Sam Coonrod (0-1) was relieved by Tyler Rogers, Pillar, who spent most of last season with the Giants, tripled for a 7-6 lead. Hilliard followed one out later with a two-run homer that landed in the left field bleachers. Mychal Givens (1-0), acquired over the weekend from Baltimore, worked a scoreless inning for the win. Daniel Bard got three outs for his fourth save. Hampson, Hilliard HR, Rockies bounce back, beat Giants 9-6 September 2, 2020last_img read more

LIFRA Joins Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Liberian Football Referees Association (LIFRA) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital worth about US$2,000.00 in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The items included 200 pieces of head caps, 110 pieces of isolation gowns, 100 pieces of nose masks, 15 packs of gloves (100 pieces in each) and six packs of surgical masks (50 pieces in each).Others were 12 pieces of overhead isolation gowns, seven pieces of spectacles, three rolls of plastic sheets and a rain wear.The donation was made last Wednesday on the first day of the reopening of the Ebola-hit St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital after three months of closure.Chief of Referee Lamin Kamara said the anti-Ebola items “are to help the hospital in its continuous services to the Liberian public.”“As members of this organization, (LIFRA), we are making the donation as our effort to help fight and eradicate this killer disease from our country,” Kamara said.Receiving the items, the hospital’s acting administrator Dr. Bernard I. Benda thanked the referees for the donation and disclosed that the hospital has finally reopened to the public, with only eight beds for inpatients in the maternity ward.Dr. Benda said the remaining 16-bed capacity and the opening of the pediatric ward would come later to its full pre-Ebola capacity. The details of the reopening will be announced later.The Joseph’s Catholic Hospital shut its doors in July when nine staff members, including four missionaries and five Liberians, were killed by the Ebola Virus Disease.They included Rev. Fr. Miguel Pajares, Rev. Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Rev. Br. George Combey and Rev. Sr. Chantal Mutuameme.Others were Layson Wilson, Mrs. Tetee Dogba, Ms. Lanrene Togba, Mr. Dominic Wesseh and Mr. Richard Kellie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local athletics brand for Kenya stars

first_imgRay Maota Kourage Athletics aims to be the official sponsor of Kenyan athletes in 10 to 20-years, giving sportswear giants Nike and Adidas stiff competition. (Image: Wikipedia) One of the t-shirts available now has the Kourage graphic on it. T-shirts from Kourage retail at US$39 (R317). (Images: Kourage) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Markl  Kourage Athletics: Founder RELATED ARTICLES • Legacy of 2010 shines in Kenya • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • Environmental activist laid to restA Kenyan company has developed a local brand of sportswear for the country’s range of elite athletes, ensuring that when they compete internationally, their gear reflects a sense of national pride and commitment.Kourage Athletics was launched in July 2011 and is the only athletics apparel company of its kind in Kenya.Hussein Kurji, designer and head of operations for the company said: “There are a lot of Kenyan athletes and you always see them wearing Nike and Adidas, and not something from their own country.“We do have quite a good track record when it comes to running, so why not match that with an equally big clothing brand?”So far no major stars have been approached by the company to promote the brand, but it is hoped that in 10 to 20 years it will become their gear of choice.For now, Kourage will associate with youth organisations with a focus on sport.The company is the brainchild of Chris Markl, a professor of economics and political science at Florida State College in the US.Markl said: “I always wondered why ‘ethical’ clothing lines were so focused on concentrating operations in America or Europe. There are incredible designers and entrepreneurs in impoverished countries.“To create real economic development, an apparel company needs to create as many economic linkages in a poor country as possible.”With every purchase of a Kourage garment, revenue is injected back into the Kenyan economy. This helps sustain jobs and create wealth for local communities.Kourage also hopes to inspire entrepreneurship. Kurji said: “We hope the entrepreneurship spirit of Kourage will show other young talent that if you have the courage and perseverance, you can achieve what you want to.”From Kenya, by Kenyans for the worldKourage Athletics is designed, manufactured and managed in Kenya by locals, so by purchasing their apparel, one is investing in the Kenyan people.Its clothing is produced at Viva Africa, a Kenyan-owned and -operated factory, which also produces other types of branded garments.Viva Africa employs 200 people, the majority of whom are women.Conditions at the factory are good, and the area in which employees work is kept well-lit and cool. They work 45-hour weeks with an hour-long lunch each day. They are also paid well above the country’s minimum wage, according to Markl.Best performance, best fitKourage garments are modern, fashionable and use the same type of quick-dry fabric that leading sports brands like Nike and Adidas use.Kurji said: “We combine the fit of your favourite t-shirt with the best performance fabric in the world.“We tested Kourage garments under extreme conditions, in snow on Mt Kenya and in the heat of the Rift Valley plains. Kourage garments are perfect for any athletic endeavour.”For the launch, 1 000 t-shirts were produced by the company with different graphics and designs.The sportswear company is planning on increasing its line by adding hooded sweatshirts and running shorts, which it hopes will boost sales.Creation of KourageMarkl spent 1 000 hours planning how to start the company, which included liaising with Kenyan factories, photographers and graphic designers.Liaising took place over the internet and by phone as he is still based in the US.Markl strategised in great detail before making his first trip to Kenya in 2009.Once in Kenya, he met up with five entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s, who are now Kourage’s key employees specialising in photography, fashion, production and graphics.Markl invested US$25 000 (R203 000) in the enterprise and although he says he works over 50 hours a week on Kourage, he does not get paid.Having only seen a $5 000 (R40 000) return on investment so far, Markl says jokingly: “One day I would like that money back but as long as I don’t give up, we’re fine.”last_img read more

Farm Bureau committee lays groundwork for future policy votes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the 2019 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December.In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and Farm Bureau staff on topics such as climate change, mental health, water quality initiatives, farm leases, trade, risk management, foreign ownership in U.S. agriculture, education, school funding and rural broadband.The policy committee consists of 10 members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus.The committee is chaired by Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Bill Patterson of Chesterland and includes OFBF President Frank Burkett III of Massillon and Treasurer Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington. State trustees on the committee are Matt Bell of Zanesville, Mike Bensman of Sidney, Mike Boyert of Seville, Jenny Cox of Dresden, Paul Harrison of Fostoria, Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore and Chris Weaver of Lyons.County Farm Bureau representatives are Glen Arnold of Putnam County, Amanda Badger of Preble County, Veronica Boysel of Franklin County, Steve Brunner of Pike County, Danielle Burch of Columbiana County, Robert Buxton of Coshocton County, Robert Hange of Wayne County, Dale Hulit of Richland County, Gene McCurdy of Delaware County and Steven Wickersham of Marion County.last_img read more

Phoenix, Blackwater clash in virtual q’final KO match

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Fuel Masters and Elite figure in a potential knockout clash at 7 p.m. with Phoenix missing gunner Matthew Wright and Blackwater playing without Allein Maliksi, who are both on loan to Gilas Pilipinas for the second window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in Australia.With six teams still in the hunt for three remaining quarterfinals spots, GlobalPort is also hard-pressed to overcome slumping Kia in the first game at 4:30 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Batang Pier blew an early lead in absorbing an 81-96 loss to Magnolia on Friday that put their quarterfinal hopes in peril after they dropped to 4-5.“We need to play hard and there’s just no room to relax,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio, whose squad can climb into a share of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra with a victory. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH CEU stays unbeaten Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES The mad scramble for quarterfinal berths continues on Wednesday as Phoenix Petroleum and Blackwater collide without a key player each in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Another win against Phoenix on March 2 will seal the Batang Pier’s entry to the next round. But even with its 1-8 record, Kia will be going all out as the Picanto are dedicating the game to the wife of team manager Joe Lipa, Ging, who passed away Friday.“Despite our situation we remain unperturbed and defiant as we go all out to get a win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan, whose team has dropped its last four games. “And, yes, win one for Tita Ging (Lipa) and coach Joe.”Stalled by Meralco last Wednesday, Phoenix, which also has a 4-5 record, isn’t taking any chances as it seeks the first of two wins needed for an outright quarterfinal berth starting with a victory against the Elite.The Fuel Masters are comforted by the fact that their fate is still in their hands unlike the Elite, who are looking to close out the elimination round with a win that could give them a shot at a playoff for a quarterfinal spot.“At least, our fate is still in our hands,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas. “We can make things happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Andy Woodward extract: ‘Telling my story stopped a young guy ending his life’

first_img Facebook Twitter Andy Woodward, aged 10. Photograph: Andy Woodward Topics Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Next thing I knew the interview was over and I was back in the green room. I had this overwhelming sense of relief. I’d done what I needed to do. What I’d probably been needing to do for the past 30 years. And people had listened. It was disorienting. As I was leaving the BBC that morning, people were in tears. Complete strangers came up to me and hugged me.Louisa explained that someone had contacted the show to say they’d been a victim of sexual abuse. They’d been sitting in a dark room that morning, suicide note written. Louisa asked if I’d be OK with being in direct contact with this person.I assumed it would be a guy about my age, probably connected in some way to football. It turned out, though, this was a 13-year-old boy. He’d been in his bedroom, ready to take his own life, his parents sat unaware downstairs.The lad had watched the interview and stopped himself. We spoke later on. I told him how glad I was that he’d not gone through with what he’d been planning to do. We talked about what he could do now, about speaking to a doctor, to his parents. To the NSPCC if that was what he needed. ‘You’re not on your own, you know.’When I think about my own life, that conversation is maybe the single best thing that’s ever happened to me. To be able to have that impact on someone I didn’t even know. Me telling my story had stopped a young guy ending his. Pride’s the wrong word, but it’s an emotion like that. I felt worthwhile, validated, as if I’d been able to do something that really mattered. A life had been saved: listening to me tell my truth made that young lad think again. He’d stepped back from the dark.© Andy Woodward. Text extracted from Position of Trust by Andy Woodward, which is published on Thursday by Coronet (£17.99)In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email [email protected] or [email protected] In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Position of Trust, by Andy Woodward, is published on Thursday. Photograph: Coronet How Andy Woodward’s story was published by the Guardian in 2016. Photograph: The Guardian Pinterest There were conversations I needed to have. People I couldn’t just spring this on. The hardest conversations were the ones with Mum and Dad. This was their story, too, wasn’t it?They’d been there from the start, however much sometimes I’d tried to push them away. This man had been a part of their lives as well as the lives of their children. I wasn’t judging them but I was afraid that other people might. I understood the pain and guilt they felt as parents but I’ll never really know how they dealt with that grief and anger together, how they found the strength not to be destroyed by Barry Bennell. Pinterest Share via Email Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest Andy Woodward: a 1970s murder and the shocking twist to my Barry Bennell storycenter_img Share on WhatsApp Read more I met Victoria and the show’s editor, Louisa Compton, in a room at Broadcasting House. We spent half an hour together, talking things through. I knew as soon as I met them that I’d made the right decision. They went through all the questions they were thinking of asking me. They were lovely with me, sympathetic and sincere. I knew I wanted to do it.At the same time, I’d never been in a situation anything like this before. Almost before I had time to think, I was out on the studio floor. I could feel the heat of the lights on my face. But I was physically shaking: nerves, excitement, a chill in the studio air. I thought of my CBT and just tried to keep my breathing steady and my thoughts under control. Victoria started explaining who I was and what the story was about.Somehow, I came across pretty calm and composed. It helped that Victoria stayed so focused that she didn’t just ask questions but really listened to my answers. I was churning inside but there is a strength in knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing. Part of it was saying: ‘There, Bennell, you bastard, there’s the truth.’ But, beyond that, it was the chance to say directly to other victims: ‘If something’s happened to you and you need to talk, it’s OK. You can. People will listen.’No two people are alike and, for some, they have to bury their experience and move on. They can’t let go. But to those who were struggling with what I’d struggled with – the pain, the guilt and the shame – this was my chance to say: ‘I’ve had the courage to come forward, you can too.’ Facebook Twitter Although I’d talked about my experiences to the police, to therapists and now to [the Guardian’s] Danny Taylor, as a family we never had those conversations. What Bennell had done to us all and the effect on all our lives since: it wasn’t a secret but it wasn’t something we faced up to together either. Now I was planning to put it all out there in the public domain. How would that make them feel?Dad was dying. There’s only one way things go with motor neurone disease. But he wasn’t gripped tight by the symptoms yet. He could still think straight, could still speak. When I sat down to talk to him and to my mum, it felt like all three of us were taking stock. This is us, isn’t it? Me telling the story, telling the truth about all of it. Are we all right with this now? Their children had always been the most important people in their lives and now Dad was saying: ‘Go on, Andy. Do it.’ It gave me the strength I needed. I knew I had my parents’ support.The dream that had led me to Bennell had been football. And now I wanted to think about that: as well as having an effect on me, on my family and, perhaps, on other victims, Danny was sure this was going to be a very big deal for the game as well. One call I remember clear as day was from Danny Taylor. Steve Walters, who’d come up to Crewe from Plymouth all those years ago, had rung him at the paper. He needed to tell someone: ‘I was abused, too.’ I was in tears on the phone to Danny when he told me. It was like a dam breaking. For all of us. It had started. I remembered the Christmas that Steve and I spent together at Dove Holes [Bennell’s house]; I knew he had been abused by Bennell. I hadn’t seen him or spoken to him for over 20 years. When I left Crewe, I left everything behind, including friendships. But hearing that Steve had come forward meant everything to me. Knowing that one person had been helped by reading my story in the paper was all the justification I needed for agreeing to do the interview with Danny in the first place. Steve was the first person to come forward. As soon as he did, I knew he wouldn’t be the last.Hundreds of boys were abused by Bennell. I couldn’t know what damage had been done to their lives but I hope that reading my story made a difference. Steve and others have said to me since that it was seeing my picture, reading my words, that gave them the courage to come forward themselves. ‘It was seeing you, Woody.’People started getting in touch with me: victims asking for help and advice. It wasn’t just lads from Crewe. Some of them were nothing to do with football at all but they’d all been abused. I was getting calls from the press and from broadcasters.I don’t know, really, how I dealt with those next few days. I could pick up the phone to Danny, of course. But other than that, I had nowhere to go for advice on how to deal with the attention that came with that first story in the Guardian. I didn’t hear from the Professional Footballers’ Association or the Football Association at all until later on. And not surprisingly, I didn’t hear from Crewe Alexandra, the club that should have been supporting me all along but had decided instead to pretend I didn’t exist.Among it all, I was contacted by the BBC about going on Victoria Derbyshire’s show. I’d seen the programme and she struck me as someone who would understand my story and recognise why it was important. I thought that if I did a show like that I wouldn’t be under so much pressure to do anything else. I knew that I had to keep going if getting the story out there was going to make a difference. I agreed to go on the show.As a footballer, I never really suffered from pre-match nerves. I enjoyed the pressure that came with big games. Football focused me. This was different. I’d never known nerves like I felt the day before doing Victoria’s show. It wasn’t so much the thought of going on TV; it was knowing my family would be watching. Friends, too. And people I’d known but not seen for years. I was scared of shocking them or hurting them, I suppose. At the same time, I knew there’d be people watching who needed to hear what I had to say. Andy Woodward, right, on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show with from left, Jason Dunford, Steve Walters and Chris Unsworth. Photograph: BBC extracts I had such strong memories of how supportive both Stan Ternent and Neil Warnock had been at Bury and at Sheffield United, all those years ago. I still had their numbers and one evening, during the week before the story came out, I rang them both. When I was playing for them, I knew they both needed to get the most out of me as a player. Now, though, they had no vested interest in what I was doing. I was just a guy – an ex-player – asking for their thoughts and advice. Both of them were adamant: Go on, Woody. Get it done, son. People need to know what’s gone on. The story was being written by a football writer. As well as being about me and about Bennell, it was a story about football.16 November 2016: I remember I saw the article online before I saw it in a copy of the paper. It was quite shocking to me, in a way, seeing my picture and my words: the truth of it laid out. I think Danny did a great job but, even so, my first reaction was: ‘Oh, fuck, what have I done?’But that first day of publication was life-changing for me. Maybe for a few other people, too. Online, you can track how many people have read an article. There were a lot. Danny rang me early that morning: ‘Andy, I don’t think you realise how big this is going to be.’ He said the paper had already taken calls from other victims.This may sound ridiculous but the most important thing in those moments was realising what was happening: people believe me. They believe my story. I remembered my court case against Crewe [suing, unsuccessfully, for damages in 2004]: the feeling of being doubted, trampled over, dismissed. Now it was different. I’d laid it all out: this is what happened to me. We’re all the same, aren’t we? Other people believing in us helps us to believe in ourselves.The rest of that day and the couple of days after it were incredible. TV, radio, other papers wanting to get in touch. People finding me on social media, wanting to support me, some of them asking for help. Reuse this content Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Crewe Alexandra Share on Messenger Barry Bennelllast_img read more

I want to bring joy and smiles to all the children of

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Extending the Christmas spirit into the New Year, Greek Australian businesswoman Esther Krinis will be bringing all children’s little heroes to life for a one-off fundraising event for the Little Heroes Foundation, which works to support children living with cancer and serious illnesses. This year’s fundraising event Carnival Spectacular will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Riverbanks Function Centre. “I grew up in a Greek family home at a time when our parents didn’t have the means to make children’s festivities and birthdays as special as they are today,” explains Ms Krinis, who six years ago decided to create her own children’s entertainment business. It all started with the arrival of Esther’s little girl, Jiorgina. “My daughter and my family is what I value the most in life. When it was time to celebrate Jiorgina’s birthday, like all new mums I wanted to make the day really special for her, and that’s when I decided to bring her favourite heroes to life,” says Esther. Witnessing the excitement on all the children’s faces made Esther consider creating her own business from scratch. That’s how the children’s entertainment company Adorable Dora & Friends started; it has now almost become an institution for children and their families in South Australia.The business offers a diverse range of entertainment for children of all ages, from mascot costumes to face painting, balloon twisting, mini discos − the list is never ending. “The truth is we have come a long way in six years, and people’s response has been beyond expectation. If there is one thing I love, it’s the times I see parents getting carried away and participating in all the fun, forgetting their problems for a while and creating beautiful memories with their children,” Krinis admits. Although the main clientele initially was predominantly non-Greeks, Esther says that since the company participated in the European festivals − mainly the Greek Glendi − she feels that has she managed to touch the hearts of the Greek population in South Australia. “The Greeks have been an amazing support to us ever since, and being Greek ourselves, we find this to be a real honour,” says the 35-year-old entrepreneur. Adorable Dora and Friends does a lot of charity work for charitable institutions such as the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Novita and The Epilepsy Association of SA & NT, to name just a few. This year the business decided to bring all the entertainment under one roof, allowing all the children to have fun with all different kinds of entertainment available to them.“Every year we organise a celebration to welcome in the New Year and we choose to support a children’s charity and give joy to the less fortunate children who don’t have the luxury to celebrate all year round,” explains Krinis, who will also be hosting a group of children from the charity Little Heroes Foundation on the day.“Irrespective of age or background, this year’s event is a great opportunity for all children to unite and have the time of their lives, while welcoming in the New Year with entertainment, yummy food, drinks and activities and support for these brave children who struggle with serious diseases,” says Ms Krinis. “The purpose of the Carnival Spectacular is to bring all communities together and offer joy and happy moments to the children, while supporting and offering moments of serenity and relaxation to those people who need it the most. “Therefore, put on your happy smiles and in a true festive spirit, come and celebrate with us on this very special day.” Tickets for the charity event Carnival Spectacular are sold through www.trybooking.com/242191last_img read more

Welcome the faithful

first_imgSharadotsav, a three-day Maha Raas Leela festival is being organised in the Capital that opens on 6 October. The festival presents the Nritya Natika – in Kathak and Brindaban Braj Raas style on the auspicious occasion of Sharad Purnima.This venture is based on 10th chapter of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita and inspired Late Kamla Devi Chattopadhyay. The production is the culmination of extensive research and authentic imbibing of the Brindaban Braj Raas under expert gurus in the art. It’s been 37 years this dance ballet came into being. Uma Sharma, the renowned Kathak exponent has done pioneering research work on the Raas dance and drama of Brindaban. Over a decade ago she studied the technique under the guidance of Pt Ladli Sharan Sharma the octogenarian authority on the style. She has now evolved a fine blend of Kathak and Raas Leela for her annual presentation of Maha Raas at Sharad Utsav.last_img read more