Hubert Lawrence | Athlete of the Year: Thompson vs Wlodarczyk – Take you pick

first_imgIt seemed pretty clear to me that Poland’s undefeated, double world record setting hammer throw Olympic gold medallist Anita Wlodarczyk was a sure bet for this year’s Athlete of the Year Award. That was until a bright-minded friend stopped me in my tracks. His message was simple – world records aren’t created equal. That devalued the huge world record throw of 82.29 metres Wlodarczyk used to win her second Olympic gold medal in Rio di Janeiro and even bigger heave – 82.98, which she produced later in her supreme 13 meet season. He reasoned that the hammer throw, which made its Olympic debut as recently as 2000, is so young that records are easy to come by. By contrast, the records in the 100 and 200 metres are out in never-never land at 10.49 and 21.34 seconds, respectively. He applies the same reasoning to the women’s 3000-metre steeplechase where Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, another contender for the big award, has dismantled the world record. Given that Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won two Olympic gold medals and not just one like the big Pole and the tiny Bahrani, he reckons that Thompson has as good a chance as they do to be named female Athlete of the Year. The one medal-two medals argument has pros and cons. Sprinters like Thompson can apply the same skills to more than one event because they are similar. Often, field event skills, like throwing the hammer, are so specific that the athlete can’t even conceive of doing another discipline. That aside, the patriot inside me had to look more closely to see if he was right. The big question is whether Thompson’s 7-win 100-metre season and her 3-2 200-metre campaign is superior in quality to Wlodarczyk’s 2016 compilation of gold, no losses and eight 80-metre throws. The slim lady from Banana Ground sped to the three fastest 100-metre times of the year – 10.70 to win the National Senior Championships, matching the Jamaican record held by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 10.71 to win in Rio and 10.72 seconds to win at the Brussels Diamond League meet. Her gold-winning 200-metre time was the fastest by anyone in 2016 at 21.78 seconds. The search for comparisons between Thompson, Wlodarczyk and the other main contender for the award leads to the IAAF Scoring Tables. Designed by the sport’s governing body to quiet vexing questions like this one, the tables produced a stunning conclusion. The Jamaican scores 1255 points from her 10.70 100-metre clocking and a similar amount – 1250 – for her fast Rio 200. The same tables give the blond Pole a slam dunk score of 1303 points for her second world record and 1292 for the one that took her to the top of the podium in Rio. If those tables are any guide, Thompson would have to run 10.45 or 21.20 to match Wlodarcyzk’s second world record! It’s staggering to think that an 80-metre hammer throw equates to sprint times of 10.70 and 21.72 seconds respectively. When you consider that Wlodarczyk had seven 80-metre plus throws, it’s a big deal. Almaz Ayanna’s gold medal-winning 10,000 metre world record of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds was pretty tasty too. It gathered 1288 points for the tireless Ethiopian. While you digest that, note that Jebet gets 1263 points for her world record of 8 minutes 52.78 seconds in a discipline that was added to the Olympic track and field programme as recently as 2008. Single-handedly, she bumped the all-time total of sub-9 minute steeplechase times up from one – the old world record of 8 minutes 58.81 seconds – to four. Her Olympic year hat-trick of sub-9 clockings included her winning time in Rio, 8.59.75. While Thompson, Ayanna and Jebet all lost races in the season, South African Caster Semenya was undefeated in her prime event. However, the IAAF tables give Semenya’s fastest 800-metre time of 1 minute 55.28 seconds a mere 1239 points. The sole 2016 loss for US 100-metre hurdler Kendra Harrison came at the wrong time. Sadly, she was an uncharacteristic sixth at her nation’s Olympic Trials. Harrison was otherwise spotless and peaked with a world record of 12.20 seconds, worth 1255 points. There are only two possible conclusions. Either the IAAF Scoring Tables have led this discussion down the garden path or Wlodarczyk is the Athlete of the Year by virtue of a season better in quality to the efforts of every other female athlete on Earth. That would include Ayanna, Jebet and Thompson. Take your pick. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. VEXING QUESTIONSlast_img read more

Herbalist who Escaped Ebola Quarantine Identified, Is on the Run

first_imgA herbalist who treated the 17-year-old boy, who sparked Liberia’s third wave of Ebola infections, has escaped quarantine and fled to Nimba County in the north of the country near Guinea. Officials said on Thursday that he has been identified.He was one of 120 people placed under quarantine for coming into contact with the deceased.“The herbalist evaded quarantine and is on the run, this is the reason why we are putting everybody on alert,” Paul Karnue, a spokesman for the Nimba local government said.“Nimba County authorities are not taking Ebola’s recurrence lightly because the county suffered severely during the first outbreak,” he added.More than 11,200 people have died from the worst outbreak on record of the viral Ebola fever since the epidemic broke out in December 2013 in neighboring Guinea.Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, but reported a new case nearly two months later. The outbreak is also still active in Sierra Leone and Guinea.“It is worth mentioning that the first Ebola case in Nimba County in 2014, started with a similar story. One herbalist went to Monrovia to treat an Ebola patient. Thereafter he contracted the virus and returned with the disease to Nimba. This is how Ebola spread and took away the lives of hundreds of citizens,” Karnue said.A Liberian woman died of Ebola on Tuesday in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case and second death since the virus resurfaced last month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies hoping to earn valuable points over weekend

first_imgThe Huskies will kick their weekend off with a home game on Friday and then will take to the road on Saturday.On Friday, the NWJHL’s fifth place Fort St. John Huskies (13-15-0-0) will welcome the third place Grande Prairie Wheelers (18-7-0-6) at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -The game will mark the fourth time this season the two clubs will do business, with Fort St. John having won two of the three games they played.The following day, the Huskies will travel to Peace River, where they will play the second place Navigators for the fifth and final time of the regular season.The Huskies have had little success against the Navigators this year. Out of the four games they’ve played against each other, Fort St. John has been outscored 25-10 and has yet to beat Peace River this season.A valuable four points are on the line for the Huskies this weekend, as they currently sit three points behind their rivals, Dawson Creek, for fourth place in the standings.Advertisementlast_img read more

Two in custody following string of break and enters, wild foot chase

first_imgWhile trying to “disable” the stolen truck, RCMP say the man fled by foot once again, and saw him carrying two shotguns into some woods in the Bear Mountain Ski Hill area.Late Friday night, police advised residents to stay in their homes and lock their doors.It was three hours later when police caught scent of the suspect again, after a resident spotted him on the ski hill road.Police rushed the area, and yet again, the man broke into a shop, stole a quad, and revved off through the bush. Police say the man rolled the stolen quad, and broke into another home to steal another.Advertisement Police say they caught up with the man fleeing through farm fields before he was “safely” taken into custody.The pair remain in custody, and RCMP say they are still assembling charges.We will update this story as more information becomes available. RCMP in Dawson Creek say they are still compiling a full list of charges after a 36-year-old man led police on a foot chase rampage throughout the South Peace that left an officer assaulted, and at least half a dozen different homes and businesses raided and vandalized.The man, whose name has yet to be released, was arrested July 10 in a farm field after police issued a lock down alert to residents in the Bear Mountain Ski Hill area late Friday afternoon.RCMP say they were responding to several break and enter complaints in Groundbirch earlier in the day when they first ran into the man, along with his 22-year-old female accomplice, riding a stolen motorcycle from Edmonton.- Advertisement -Police say they arrested the 22-year-old woman, who was carrying a trove of stolen property, including two guns and ammunition.But the man had a different plan, striking an officer and running off to a nearby shop. Officers were chasing after the man when he smashed a Dodge pickup through the shop’s overhead doors, narrowly missing the officers.The man sped away, and broke into another two buildings before officers caught up with him on Radar Lake Road, according to police.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Ronaldo and Messi are miles ahead of me, claims Rooney

first_imgWayne Rooney has played down comments made by Sven-Goran Eriksson after the former England manager claimed only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are currently ahead of the 29-year-old.The Manchester United striker will celebrate his 100th cap for the Three Lions against Slovenia on Saturday but insists Ronaldo and Messi are “miles ahead of everyone”.Speaking to talkSPORT, Rooney said: “They’re the two players who you are probably not likely to see again in terms of what they’re doing in football. Then you’ve got a big group of players behind them.“Sven’s a really great man and I really enjoyed playing under him. Obviously I really appreciate his words.”Eriksson also claimed England could have won the World Cup in 2006 had Rooney not been sent off in the quarter-finals against Portugal.And Rooney admits the red card was a difficult moment in his career.“You start thinking ‘is it my fault’?” added Rooney. “I’m not one to spill my emotions all over the place but personally it was tough.”last_img read more

Innocence Killed

first_imghe turned out to be one of the main volunteers who helped look for them. The incident is mostly forgotten now – only seven references to the murders turn up on an Internet search – but Theresa Pinamonli Zeigler remembers it like it was yesterday. “When something like that happens, it sticks in your brain,” said Zeigler, who was 7 at the time. “I’m 77, and I never forgot.” Zeigler went to school with the girls and had spent many afternoons playing with them. She recalls a seemingly simpler time, a time when kids turned their neighborhoods into giant playgrounds. She saw the girls the day they disappeared. “I saw them in the park,” Zeigler said. “We were all frequent visitors to the park.” After the deaths, the quaint lifestyle came to an end. “It was scary,” Zeigler said. “When you’re 7, you don’t realize what’s going on. But I remember the grown-ups standing around in the street when they found the bodies. I remember how shocked they were.” Dyer was one of those people standing in the street. Described by those who knew him as “simpleminded,” “a nut, but good-hearted” and “goofy but harmless,” Dryer told the crowd not to smoke “out of respect for the dead.” That day, his wife helped him clip newspaper stories about the incident for a scrapbook he had begun. He couldn’t help but draw attention to himself. Although he was questioned by police, investigators didn’t consider him a suspect at first. But a few days after the discovery, he appeared at the Inglewood police station and announced, “I hear you are looking for me.” He was told that nobody had even mentioned him and he left police headquarters “somewhat crestfallen,” according to a 1937 Daily Breeze article. His strange behavior alerted authorities, who immediately began to follow him. Then, a woman – “her name was withheld for obvious reasons,” the article states – recognized the killer’s description and identified Dyer to police in Hermosa. It turned out the Dyer had more than one run-in with South Bay law enforcement. In 1926, he was arrested twice in Redondo Beach for reasons unknown. And, in 1931, after a tryst with a Manhattan Beach woman, he was picked up. He quickly confessed to the murders, telling police the girls “looked fresh and nice.” He explained to authorities that he took the girls to a bean field and lured them off one at a time to help him catch a rabbit. First was the youngest victim, Madeline. He strangled her and tied a rope around her neck just to be sure. Next was Jeanette, who was also lured into the brush and killed. Melba, the final victim, played by herself while waiting for his return, Dyer explained. After he killed them, he “violated their lifeless bodies,” according to a Daily Breeze article. Dyer went home, changed his clothes and “ate a good supper,” before returning to the neighborhood to see if anybody was looking for the girls. Other kids came forward and told police that Dyer had tried to lure them to the park. But the father of the two sisters was suspicious of the confession. Merle O. Everett said his daughters could not possibly have walked 5 miles to the murder scene. “Some men will confess anything under pressure, you know, especially if they’re a little weak-minded.” A surviving sister identified another man as offering to take them rabbit hunting a year earlier. Others blamed drugs for the atrocity. “Some of the brutal and unspeakable sex crimes of recent years have had their cause in marihuana,” according to On the Trail of Marihuana the Weed of Madness, a 1939 book by Earle Rowell. No matter. Dyer was quickly convicted of the crime and on Sept. 15, 1938, was hanged in San Quentin. josh.grossberg@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER It was shocking, even by today’s standards: On a Saturday morning 70 years ago, three little girls vanished from Centinela Park near their homes in Inglewood. They didn’t show up for supper and, by the next day, friends, police and an army of volunteers scoured the neighborhood. A statewide alarm was sent out. But two days later, their families’ worst fears were realized. On Monday, June 26, 1937, a group of Boy Scouts found the lifeless bodies of 7-year-old Madeline Everett, 9-year-old sister Melba and a playmate, 8-year-old Jeanette Stephens. They were discovered in a deep gully in a remote section of Baldwin Hills. Within days, with the help of a tip given to Hermosa Beach police, a Redondo Beach man was arrested. Not only did 32-year-old Albert Dyer know the girls – he was a crossing guard at their school – but last_img read more

Picture this: Ads the size of three football fields may soon greet you at LAX

first_img“There are some things that are in good taste, but something like this sounds really intrusive and won’t be very welcomed by the discerning airline passenger,” Weinstein said. “These signs might be effective in getting the word out on a new product, but it’s a bad idea because it just might reflect poorly on the airport, the city and the residents.” Officials at LAX said they have not heard about the proposal, saying that it will likely be met with skepticism by the airport and those living in the surrounding communities. The supersized signs will be posted on private property, but Ad-Air executives declined to say which sites they are negotiating with. The giant ads will be printed on a fabric mesh-type material and suspended on low-level scaffolds to ensure that the signs are displayed flat and evenly. It could cost companies about $160,000 or more a month to post the large ads, with contracts lasting six months to a year, according to Rosser. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The signs would lie flat on the ground and are expected to be spotted by passengers aboard flights coming in and out of LAX as soon as next year, according to Kate Rosser, an Ad-Air spokeswoman. The company plans to unveil the first ads in the United Arab Emirates, beginning with Dubai next month, and eventually moving to some of the world’s busiest airports – London’s Heathrow, Chicago’s O’Hare, Tokyo’s Narita, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and LAX. “We’ll be reaching millions of airline passengers in their seats and millions more through the power of word of mouth,” said Paul Jenkins, Ad-Air’s managing director. “Ad-Air will be offering advertisers a simply unprecedented marketing opportunity and creative agencies a unique canvas to work with.” Ad-Air executives said they hope to cash in on grabbing the attention of affluent passengers during take-off and landing, a time when table trays are turned up, personal electronic equipment must be turned off and there’s not much left to do – except maybe look out the window. However, the content of such mega-size advertisements may actually turn off some passengers, who tend to be more educated and earn more money than the average consumer, according to Ira Weinstein, president of Airport Interviewing and Research, based in White Plains, N.Y. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER With the glut of advertisements hitting airline passengers everywhere from terminal walkways to in-flight magazines, companies will soon reach new heights in hawking their wares. Signs the size of three football fields are expected to appear along the flight paths of Los Angeles International Airport and other hubs across the country as part of a marketing blitz crafted by Ad-Air, a London-based advertising agency. last_img read more

Liverpool fans discuss Joe Allen after impressive goalscoring cameo

first_img ‘The transfer committee should give him a 20-year contract extension!’ Fans react as Joe Allen scores late on for Liverpool 1 Liverpool looked to be heading for defeat at home to Arsenal before Joe Allen scored a stunning equaliser in added time. The former Swansea midfielder, well known on the internet as the ‘Welsh Xavi’, scored an injury-time volley to make the score 3-3 in the Premier League clash at Anfield. He has not quite lived up to expectations since moving to Merseyside and that strike will live long in the 25-year-old’s memory. Midfielder Allen came on as a second-half substitute and what an impact he had, see some of the best reaction below:last_img read more

Your view: Is Heather Humphreys right? Do we whinge too much about rural Ireland?

first_imgREGIONAL development minister Heather Humphreys says we probably whinge too much about rural Ireland – and we should be more positive about it.She was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties yesterday.Here is her speech is full. Read it. Agree with it. Disagree with it. Leave comments on social media or email us at The Minister’s Speech:Urban vs RuralIt is fitting that we are here, in rural Donegal, a county of spectacular beauty, at a Summer School celebrating one of rural Ireland’s greatest ever playwrights, for a debate which is essentially asking whether investing in and prioritising rural Ireland is nothing more than an ill judged and vainglorious pursuit of governments in search of higher approval ratings.Too often these conversations take place in the cosy confines of Dublin 2. Donegal is a case in point of both the challenges and merits of investing in rural Ireland.Ireland is a small country, but it is easy to feel isolated or forgotten when you live in an area which has often been overlooked in terms of investment, both domestic and foreign.As someone who lives on a farm in rural Ireland just a few miles from the border, I know that feeling.Today’s discussion should not be about urban versus rural, or indeed rural versus regional.Rather it should be about how we can create sustainable communities by focussing on the indigenous potential of both people and place. The view that urban areas should be developed and promoted over the rural is missing one crucial factor:People.For it is the people of this small country which make it great.And it is the people of rural Ireland which make it a place worth fighting for. I do not believe it is feasible to simply promote the development of cities and large urban areas, while rural areas are left to decline.It is easy to accuse politicians of tending towards the populist, the palatable.Forget about the politicians – what about the people?What would the people of North West Donegal think if the policy makers of the day told them they weren’t going to be provided with public services, that transport links would cease, that the airport would close and the school buses would stop running, because there isn’t a sufficient ‘population cluster’ to justify such supports?Policy making shouldn’t be just about cold hard statistics.In my view, it is the job of the politician to combine policy with people.To consider the impact of policy decisions on people’s lives.That does not have to lead to bad, short term decision making.But it does mean that a balance has to be struck, between people and place.Government PrioritiesThe new Partnership Government has placed a particular focus on the need to revitalise and rejuvenate rural Ireland.When the new Government was being appointed, the Taoiseach announced that I would retain all of the existing responsibilities of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with additional responsibilities for Rural Affairs and Regional Development.Clearly, Enda thought I didn’t have enough to do to keep myself out of trouble.I was delighted to be retaining the responsibilities of my existing Department.To name just two priorities, it meant I could see out the centenary celebrations, which so much work had been poured into, and I was also keen to continue my work on Culture 2025, the first ever national cultural strategy, which was published in draft form earlier this week.But I was also delighted to be given the extra responsibility in relation to rural Ireland.I am passionate about rural Ireland.I believe it in.I have lived all my life in rural Ireland – aside from a brief stint in Dublin in my twenties – and I quite honestly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.When I think of rural Ireland, I think of communities incredibly proud of their local town or village.I think of the GAA, the IFA and the ICA.I think of small local drama groups putting on their own productions of Dancing at Lughnasa or Philadelphia Here I Come.I think of people.The Government wants to ensure that as the economy continues to recover, people living in rural areas are given a fair crack of the whip.We want to build a more evenly spread recovery, which in turn will help build a fairer and more just society.Much of the rhetoric bandied about in relation to rural Ireland is inaccurate and has a self perpetuating negativity.Despite much talk of rural Ireland being in decline, we know that the official statistics show that the fastest jobs growth has been outside the capital.Unemployment has fallen in every region since the crash.This hasn’t happened by accident.The previous Fine Gael-led Government focussed on building an export-led recovery, based on growing indigenous businesses.Now, the challenge is to future proof the regions to safeguard and sustain that economic growth.BroadbandIn my view, the single most important factor in the sustainability and continued rejuvenation of rural Ireland and the regions is the roll out of rural broadband.High speed broadband has the potential to be a game changer for rural Ireland, and its development and investment opportunities.It will quite literally plug rural communities into a world of opportunities which are currently out of reach.Delivering the National Broadband Plan is a top priority for Government and the allocation of new responsibilities at Cabinet level also signals the Government’s firm intention to address broadband and other telecoms challenges in rural Ireland.I am working closely with my colleague, the Minster for Communications Denis Naughten, to deliver key elements of the National Broadband Plan and to accelerate and prioritise the rollout of the programme in rural areas.The aim is to deliver high speed broadband to every home, school and business by 2020 through a combination of commercial investment and State intervention.Essentially, the State will intervene where commercial providers are failing to reach.The Department of Communications is continuing to manage the procurement process for the State contract, which is expected to be awarded in Summer 2017.In the meantime, my new Department is working with local authorities to eliminate any roadblocks, so we can ensure that towns and villages and rural areas are broadband ready when the contract is signed.It’s about getting the runway ready now, so the plane can land smoothly next summer.It is difficult to overestimate the challenge we are facing.The broadband blackspots in need of State intervention account for 750,000 addresses, and cover 96% of our land mass.We’re talking about 100,000km of road network, traversing areas which are home to 1.8 million people.Put simply; it’s a very big job – it’s akin to rural electrification.But it will be worth the effort, and it will have a transformative effective on rural Ireland.Sustainable DevelopmentHigh quality Broadband is one of the many tools we can use to empower rural communities.The revitalisation of rural Ireland must be based on sustainable development.We must learn from the mistakes of the past.We are all well versed on the mistakes of the construction bubble, when our young men were recruited and trained in their droves in an industry which was built on sand.The old approach of ‘an IDA factory for every town’ didn’t work either.It is was false promise, and one that was generally never fulfilled.Through the implementation of regional jobs plans, the Government is encouraging each region to focus on its strengths.By supporting indigenous businesses and linking education with industry, we can give each region the best possible chance of success.Take for example, a business in my own constituency of Cavan Monaghan.Combilift is a home grown Monaghan success story – a jewel in the crown of Enterprise IrelandSince it was first started by Martin Mc Vicar and Robert Moffett 18 years ago, the company has grown into a global leader in forklift manufacturing.It now exports to over 75 countries.Last year, Combilift announced major expansion plans and the creation of 200 new jobs.Crucially, the company has teamed up with Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board to develop a series of new apprenticeship programmes, to ensure those jobs can be filled by local graduates.It’s a formula that works, and one I want to see replicated nationwide.Sustainable development should also mean that national decisions about rural Ireland are not taken in isolation.The CEDRA report – published under the last Government – looked at how to revitalise rural Ireland.One of its most important findings was the realisation that in order to fully support sustainable rural development there was a critical need for a more integrated approach across all Government Depts and Government Agencies.This is not a new concept and indeed much of the relevant sectoral frameworks accept the need for this kind of approach.This Government’s increased commitment to supporting sustainable rural development in an integrated way has already been formalised through its commitments in the Charter for Rural Ireland published earlier this year and the creation of my portfolio.And now I will be developing an Action Plan for Rural Ireland.The Action Plan format, developed so successfully through the Action Plan for Jobs, takes a strategic approach based on implementation.Government Departments are given key objectives which they must meet in the context of regional and local priorities.A regular and structured reporting mechanism will be initiated and progress reports will be delivered to the Cabinet Committee on Regional and Rural Affairs chaired by an Taoiseach.Included in this process will be the consideration of regional and rural issues in the design of the National Planning Framework.This framework is the follow up to the National Spatial Strategy and its development will be lead by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a Long-term, 20-year National Plan outlining a high level spatial vision for Ireland.It will be the overarching plan from which other regionally and locally based plans will emanate.My Department will be working closely with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to ensure that the regional and rural perspective is fully considered as part of the planning framework design process.The Government is determined to plan for the future and to deliver the best for both urban and rural Ireland.Revitalising towns and villagesOne of the many issues which will be addressed as part of the Action Plan for Rural Ireland is that of town and village renewal.The best way to revitalise a town or village is to bring life to it.One of the many mistakes of the Celtic Tiger years was to drive business and investment out of town centres, with the development of sprawling out of town retail spaces.We cannot wipe out these developments, but we can look at ways to encourage people back into our towns and villages.I am considering options to make it more attractive for young couples in particular to live in town centres.If you look across Europe, people live not just in city centres, but also in town and village centres.We have a plethora of heritage buildings which are wholly or partially vacant, and I believe there is a real opportunity there to both address our housing challenges and bring life and vitality back into our town centres.Arts and Rural AffairsI also believe there is a real opportunity for the arts and rural affairs sections of my brief to mutually benefit each other.The success of the 2016 commemorations – which were rooted in arts and culture – was a testament to the vibrancy of rural Ireland.The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme – which I had the honour of heading up – flourished as a ground up initiative, embraced by local communities.The tally of local community events held as part of the programme has now reached 3,500 – which is so far beyond anything that any of us could have imagined just a year ago.Through arts and culture, local communities have interpreted and interrogated the events of 100 years ago, leading to an honest and complete examination of our history.So many of our best loved artists and writers have been inspired by rural Ireland, and in turn I believe the arts can play a very valuable role in our rural recovery.Supporting and investing in arts in the regions helps local communities to thrive and to showcase their own unique creativity.ConclusionWhen considering how to prioritise investment on a long term basis, we must ask ourselves what makes Ireland different from all the other small countries on this earth.For a nation of 4.5 million people, what makes us stand out from the global crowd?It is our people and our culture.Our culture, gives us the edge.Our landscape, our heritage, and our people make this country unique.We are inextricably linked to the land that has shaped our culture over the centuries.Much of the needs of rural communities are of course different to that of urban communities.But I do not think that one should be pitted against the other.To all of our people into large urban areas would destroy the fabric of the rural Ireland and eliminate so much of what makes this country distinctive.Creating sustainable rural and regional communities, through long term planning, utilising the advantages provided by modern technology and helping towns and villages to play to their strengths will allow us to develop a broader based, fairer economy.It cannot simply be a numbers game, where we say to ourselves that rural communities must be sacrificed for the sake of cheaper, more efficient living in urban spaces.We must strive to build a society which values both people and place.I’ll finish by quoting a fellow Monaghan native, Patrick Kavanagh:“Letting the facts speak for themselves is an immoral principle when we all know that facts and figures can be selected to prove anything.”Your view: Is Heather Humphreys right? Do we whinge too much about rural Ireland? was last modified: July 23rd, 2016 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:Heather HumphreysMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLspeechlast_img read more

Mourinho rules out Ronaldo deal, Matic wants United move, Chelsea join Ox chase?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho has slammed the door shut on Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United. The Old Trafford boss believes the Portuguese superstar is just angling for more money from Real Madrid as he threatens to quit Spain. (Daily Star)Nemanja Matic is keen on a shock move to Manchester United — to link up again with Jose Mourinho. Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder fears Blues boss Antonio Conte wants him out and that he may have played his last game for the champions. (The Sun)Chelsea are set to enter the race to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. The west Londoners are ready to take advantage of Arsenal’s failure to tie the England midfielder down to a new deal. Liverpool and Manchester City are already in the hunt with just a year left on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract. (Daily Mirror)Swansea have held discussions with John Terry and remain hopeful they can persuade the former England skipper to join the Welsh club next season. (Daily Mirror)West Ham United are keen to sign Joe Hart and will press ahead with a move for Olivier Giroud if Arsenal sign any new strikers. The deal for Hart would most likely be a season-long loan and it is understood that the England international wants to make the move to West Ham. An intriguing complication could be if Manchester United sell David De Gea to Real Madrid as it is believed that manager Jose Mourinho is genuinely interested in signing Hart. (Daily Telegraph)Mohamed Salah is waiting to be given the green light to fly to Merseyside as he looks to complete his protracted move from Roma to Liverpool. No date has been set for his medical this week as the two clubs have yet to reach an agreement over the transfer fee and payment structure. (Liverpool Echo)Rafa Benitez is closing in on a £18m double deal ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League return. Newcastle believe they have won the race to sign £9m Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar, while the Magpies have triggered the £8.7m clause in Eibar defender Florian Lejeune’s contract. (Daily Star)Barcelona are re-signing Gerard Deulofeu from Everton for £10.5million. The Spaniards have a buy-back option on the 23-year-old who spent the latter part of last season on loan at AC Milan. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest headlines…?Ramon Calderon tells talkSPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo likes Manchester United but he is irreplaceable to Real Madrid and they must not sellManchester United transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo signing – why the world’s best player is tipped to leave Real MadridTransfer ALERT! West Ham set to miss out as striker target Anthony Modeste accepts big-money China moveArsenal FC transfer news: Juventus join contest for Gunners defender Hector BellerinTransfer FIGHT! Manchester City and Manchester United in battle to sign Benfica full-back Nelson SemedoManchester United set to bid £183million PLUS David de Gea for Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro MorataChelsea transfer report: Out-of-favour Kurt Zouma wanted by Nice and LyonLiverpool transfer report: Reds preparing £9m bid for 23-year-old Bordeaux striker Gaetan LabordeTransfer ALERT! Arsenal face fight to sign Barcelona outcast Arda Turan – reportslast_img read more