ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS

first_imgFVAC hit the beach!It began Saturday at Templemore where Mark Connolly had assembled his senior squads targeting particular events in the months and importantly running on the grass. Mission accomplished!Sunday morning it’s off to Pollan Beach, Ballyliffin the scene of the Coastal Challenge each Easter Saturday.Well 60 young athletes assembled at Valley conditions ideal the journey to the Inishowen penninsula ahead and a great training day was had by all – a swim and a picnic thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile back at Valley track and field athletes going through their paces so all in all a really positive 2 days . A big thank you to the coaches at both locations and the parents who invariably are part of the team .Into the season ahead now schools cross country a trip to Mulladuff early October and a home venue at Castlefinn before we head into Ulster.ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS was last modified: September 24th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Freed slaves first year rough

first_imgMOKPO, South Korea — Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse.In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the remote island farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, where he has been preyed upon and robbed by other residents. He has no friends, job training prospects or counseling, and feels confined and deeply bored.“I want to go back,” Kim, 41, said during a recent interview in the shelter near Mokpo, the southwestern mainland port that is the gateway to dozens of salt islands where a monthslong investigation by The Associated Press found that slavery still thrives, an open secret among locals. “I feel trapped here,” he said.Kim’s plight illustrates the continuing failure of one of Asia’s richest countries to help workers who have been enslaved on the farms — often people with mental or physical disabilities. Three other disabled ex-slaves also told the AP that they wanted to return to the salt farms because of their misery and sense of aimlessness in the crowded homeless shelters that officials placed them in. On the farms, they said, they at least had a fixed daily routine, a job they became skilled at and a sense of purpose. An official on Sinui, one of the salt-farming islands, confirms that at least one ex-slave has returned to a farm. Activists and officials suspect there are many more.last_img read more