District Announces New Team of Volunteers to Showcase Mason Clinic in…

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason General Hospital & Family of ClinicsMason Clinic will open in February 2020, and the District’s new Mason Clinic Concierge Volunteers will be ready to greet patients and visitors at the door with a smile.These volunteers will be tasked with guiding patients, visitors and staff throughout the new two-story 60,000-square-foot building, providing general information and answering questions, keeping lobby areas tidy and assisting in any special events and projects as needed. The District is looking for more volunteers to fill these long-term volunteer positions.Gene Bush has helped spearhead the Teddy Bear Campaign for our young patients at the Hospital as a member of the Yesteryear Car Club. He has a varied background that includes 20-plus years in electronics inventory management, 20-plus years as a postal worker and a stint as a massage therapist. He is an avid backpacker and loves to interact with people.“Volunteering at Mason Clinic, it really appeals to me,” he said. “It’s time to do something different.”Ann Williams volunteers regularly at Mason General Hospital Foundation and leads the volunteers at Fantasy Forest and the Golf Tournament each year. She worked close to two decades in the corporate world of information system support for the federal government and has lived abroad and traveled the world with her husband, Bob, who is retired from the U.S. Navy. She also loves to garden.“My husband and I were very fortunate in our lives, so I said when we retired, I’d volunteer,” she said.Sharon “Sherry” Myers has been a longtime member of the Yesteryear Car Club. She worked in the legal field for 15 years, most recently for Mason County Superior Court as a court reporter for Judge Toni Sheldon and Judge James Sawyer. She has deep ties to Shelton (her grandparents pioneered the area) and is a secretary for the Mason County Historical Society.“I feel a connection to the Hospital because my husband was here when he passed away,” she said. “I was one of the volunteers for the Hospital Foundation’s very first Father Daughter Night Out.”Lee Hanna has lived off and on in Shelton since 1970 and loves the family oriented feel of the town. She worked in the corrections field and later at Neil’s Pharmacy before taking time to care for her children and volunteer in the schools. She ended up working as a secretary for Shelton Middle School and also spent 20 years running her family’s farm in California. Volunteering at a hospital was always something she thought she would like to do.“I like that I’ll get to meet all kinds of fascinating people and help some of them,” she said. “There’s a need and I think bringing all of the clinics into one building is fantastic.”Cindi McReynolds has worked for 30 years as a registered nurse at Providence, but she wants to give back to her community close to home. She has volunteered at Community Lifeline for years and is deeply involved in the Yesteryear Car Club.“It’s an important part of belonging to a community to do some volunteer service,” she said. “At Mason Clinic, it’s a great idea to centralize health care and not have people trek all over town to get their health care. The time has come.”MGH&FC is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. MGH&FC now offers 3D Mammography Services and Virtual Care 24/7.  For more information on 3D mammograms, Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, visit the Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics website.last_img read more


first_imgTiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 BC JUVENILE CHAMP TEXAS RED WORKING TOWARDS RETURN Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red galloped a mile on Santa Anita’s main track Friday and is scheduled to breeze a half-mile Saturday as he prepares for his return to the races after missing the Triple Crown classics due abscess issues with his right front foot.“He breezed three-eighths earlier in the week just to kind of let him stretch out, but we’ll let him pick it up a little bit tomorrow,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said. “He’s got a clean bill of health. If something else comes up, it’ll be just one of those things. But he looks good now. His legs are clean.”As to his impressions of American Pharoah’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Desormeaux said: “Like many others, I always thought American Pharoah was the best horse, but I had some question after the Derby when it looked like he had to reach the bottom of the tank to get the job done, so you wondered if that was all he had.“But as the Preakness approached, I don’t know why, but it became more and more apparent that he was the best horse, and it may be because he reached the bottom of the tank for the first time (in the Derby).“But he refueled, and it looks like he’s head and shoulders above everybody else.” LA FIERA DEBUTS FOR HOLLENDORFER IN MELAIR STAKES            La Fiera, a newcomer to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, makes her Santa Anita debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.The daughter of Comic Strip has had five career starts, the last four at Golden Gate Fields where she won three times over the Tapeta surface.“She’s doing well,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “We’ve only had her here a few days. She went to the gate Wednesday, went to the paddock and galloped over the track.“She’s a nice filly. She has good form; she’s very steady.”The Melair: Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Thermodynamics, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Niassa, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Ashley’s Baby, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Fiera, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1. Santiago Gonzalez444839%$179,976 WILD DUDE BACK AT SANTA ANITA FOR LOS ANGELES STAKESWild Dude returns to a track he fancies when he runs in the Grade III Los Angeles Stakes on Monday, Memorial Day, supporting feature of the Grade I Gamely Stakes that day.The 5-year-old Florida-bred horse weakened to finish sixth in the Grade I Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 4, but has a 3-2-2 record from nine starts at Santa Anita, where he has a pair of Grade II stakes wins, the Palos Verdes and the San Carlos.“He likes this track and he’s a runner,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of the son of Wildcat Heir whose career earnings are just shy of $500,000.Wild Dude worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:12.The Los Angeles field: Five Palms, Martin Garcia; War Academy, Elvis Trujillo; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado; and San Onofre, Mike Smith. Mike Smith2046120%$408,980 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat591313222%$715,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, May 21) GOING SOMEWHERE MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN WHITTINGHAMGoing Somewhere makes his first start in seven months when he makes his U.S. debut in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf, not necessarily ideal for a comeback, but Neil Drysdale’s choices are limited.“Unfortunately, he has to start somewhere,” the Hall of Fame trainer said, “and there’s nowhere else more suitable.”Drysdale, 67, was assistant to Charlie Whittingham for four years (1970-74) and won the race named for the late “Bald Eagle” multiple times when it was run at Hollywood Park.Marathon grass races are nothing new to Going Somewhere, a 6-year-old Brazilian-bred horse who has not won in three years, since capturing the Group 1 Carlos Pelligrini at San Ysidro in Argentina on Dec. 15, 2012, a span of 14 races. He won twice at distances of a mile and a half and once at a mile and seven-eighths in South America in 2012.Going Somewhere worked six furlongs on a firm Santa Anita turf course Sunday in 1:18.The field for the Whittingham, race three of nine: Divine Oath, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 6-5. FINISH LINES: For the record, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, who won the 2009 Belmont Stakes on Summer Bird, rides Keen Ice for trainer Dale Romans in the final leg of the Triple Crown two weeks from tomorrow. Keen Ice finished a willing seventh in the Kentucky Derby under Desormeaux, beaten eight lengths despite an eventful trip . . . Richard Mandella has The Californian on tap May 30 for Precisionist winner Catch a Flight in advance of the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 27 . . . Trainer Mike Machowsky is sitting on 499 career victories. “It’s a nice little milestone,” Machowsky said. “I’ve been training on my own for 24 years, something like that. I didn’t really know I was approaching 500 until a friend of mine pointed it out a few weeks ago.” As to venerable Caracortado, the old stakes winner is still around. “He’s still has the same old quarter crack BS (on his right front foot),” Machowsky said of the California-bred son of Cat Dreams, now eight. “I hope to get him back to the races at some point, but I have to do right by him. No time table. You know how horses are.” Caracortado last raced on Aug. 13, 2014, finishing fifth in the Green Flash at Del Mar. In 20 career starts, he has seven wins including the Robert B Lewis Stakes in 2013 when it was a Grade II race, and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap in 2011. TREASURY, IRS URGED TO MODERNIZE TAX REGULATIONSThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is encouraging members of the racing industry to request that the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service modernize tax regulations relating to withholding and reporting of winning pari-mutuel wagers.This regulatory change would eliminate a high percentage of reporting and withholding tickets and could increase pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing by as much as 10 percent, or $1 billion in one year alone, according to Steve Crist of Daily Racing Form. Increased handle will lead to higher purses and added strength in the bloodstock markets.According to the NTRA, the Treasury Department and IRS should be urged to authorize modernization of the tax regulations relating to withholding and reporting of winning pari-mutuel wagers because the current method is unfair and outdated.The NTRA has created a simple, customized message to submit directly to the Treasury. Simply go to www.ntra.com/IRScomment to join others in supporting this cause. Edwin Maldonado52611912%$246,480 Fernando Perez62129819%$438,730 Richard Baltas2773226%$355,620 Richard Mandella1965132%$422,090 Bob Baffert1542227%$183,310 Felipe Valdez59710412%$281,090 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gonzalo Nicolas555699%$174,678 Joseph Talamo611231320%$404,788 Philip D’Amato2593336%$320,570 John Sadler3456515%$203,638 Tyler Baze9216121917%$670,430 Doug O’Neill47912519%$399,160 Elvis Trujillo4854710%$260,170 Peter Miller38811121%$306,610 ESPINOZA GOES WITH THE FLOW FOR TRIPLE ZINVOR SHARP FOR RICH SNOW CHIEF STAKESFILLY MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT IN MELAIRGOING SOMEWHERE HAS SOMEWHERE TO GOTEXAS RED WORKING TOWARDS HIS COMEBACK Rafael Bejarano6414151322%$644,862 Drayden Van Dyke4374516%$276,518 Eddie Truman1151145%$145,150 ESPINOZA CONFIDENT IN TRIPLE CROWN PURSUITVictor Espinoza leaves on Monday, June 1, for New York and what he hopes is a datewith destiny when he pursues the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.This will mark the second time in two years and the third time in his career he will try for the elusive Triple, having missed out on War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome last year.Usually readily accessible, this time around the indefatigable rider is attempting to maintain a relatively low profile with PR functions and accommodating the media, focusing as he should on the target at hand, winning the Triple Crown, which has not been won since 1978.“Yesterday,” Victor said at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning, “I did so many interviews, I was tired.”Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, will make certain Victor is a “fresh horse” goinginto the Belmont, leaving that same objective for American Pharoah up to the colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, who will be seeking the Triple Crown for the fourth time. He came close with War Emblem, Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998).Told American Pharoah looked like he was floating over Pimlico’s inundated sloppy track en route to his seven-length romp in the Preakness last Saturday, Victor was quick to respond. “Me too,” he said, laughing. “I was floating, too. My boots were full of water.“It’s amazing how life is. I never thought I would win three Kentucky Derbies. After I won the first (on War Emblem in 2002), four or five years went by and I never dreamed I’d go back again, and then last year here comes California Chrome, the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, who won by daylight and came very close to winning the Triple Crown.“Now we’re in position to do it again in a back-to-back situation with an amazing horse like American Pharoah. But let me tell you about the Preakness. I never rode a horse in my life in so much rain. That was my first time.“But it was fun. Pharoah handled it very well. I was more concerned about the horse but he ran an unbelievable race and I’m here again. You never know what lies ahead or what the future holds.“But I never get too caught up in the moment. I just keep working on my career, doing things normally, taking it one day at a time.”As to the Belmont, Espinoza understandably feels “confident” about American Pharoah.“I can’t look back and worry about the two times I lost the Belmont,” Espinoza said. “When I rode War Emblem, he stumbled really bad at the start and that was it. My chance was gone right away.“California Chrome was tired going into the race and his energy wasn’t quite what it was. Also, another horse stepped on his foot and that happens when a horse doesn’t have the energy it should. They do things in slow motion, and that’s what happened.“So again my chances went when the gates opened. Twice my chances were eliminated like that. But it’s different this time with American Pharoah. I know each horse is different and every time I’m there, I think differently, too.“It’s all going to depend on Baffert and if he has the horse ready. Baffert knows how to train a horse to be ready for the Belmont, so that gives me a lot of confidence, as it does with other horses I ride in big races like this.“If the trainer has his horse ready, then my job is easy. After that, I have all the confidence in the world.”            Espinoza celebrates his 43rd birthday tomorrow, but would patiently wait two weeks to receive a gift for the man who has everything.“The Triple Crown,” he said. “That’s the present I need.”ZINVOR IN GOOD SPOT FOR WIN IN SNOW CHIEF STAKES            Zinvor competes in his first stakes race Saturday when he runs in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The gelded son of the late Tribal Rule has two wins on Santa Anita’s turf course, each at one mile.“He’s doing really well,” trainer John Sadler said. “It’s a key race for him. It’s his conditions; California-bred, three-year-old, grass. It’s just perfect for him.”The field for the Snow Chief, race eight of 10: Cardiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 7-2; Book Thirty Four, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Chief of Staff, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Temple Keys, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Neveradoubt, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Pulmarack, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; and Over Par, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.last_img read more

El Rayo and Baraja meet again

first_img“The experience was negative regarding results, but very important in terms of learning. It became the most complicated situation I’ve experienced so far. A club that descended from Primera, with many problems internally. A veteran costume with very high expectations and then the result in the field said otherwise“Baraja confessed in ‘The Coaches’ Voice’.Some arguments that he developed: “The majority of the block had been in Primera for four years and getting off is complex. The team was not able to achieve the expected level. When you sign, you are convinced that your work is going to work and you will get the players to follow you. However, the results were not given. I discovered that in a difficult situation, because you are there, it will not improve. It depends on many other factors. “Baraja will be measured this Sunday to his past, although there is only one survivor of the squad who trained in the current Ray: Santi Comesaña. Of course, the reunion will be impossible since the midfielder continues his recovery, after going through the operating room because of a pubalgia. The Galician was holder with the Pipo in two games (Almería and Mallorca) and entered the list of one (Valladolid). The Pipo He had to pack up leaving the sixteenth-century Frenchmen at a point of descent. Exactly in the same position and with the same difference with respect to the danger posts as with its predecessor. Hence, they will bet on Míchel to channel the situation. The rest is history. After that adventure, Baraja went through Sporting (2017-19) and now has the reins of Tenerife since day 19, with four wins, two draws and three losses. The paths of Rubén Baraja and el Rayo will come back together. The current Tenerife coach will meet his ex this Sunday at Heliodoro. One night, no doubt, special for him Pipo, what He sat on the bench for thirteen games in the 2016-17 season. His balance then was thirteen points, reaping three wins, four draws and six losses, with 12 goals in favor and 14 against.That was a convulsed campaign by Vallecas. After the descent, Lightning kept the bulk of the seedling and recovered Sandoval as a coach, but soon came the problems in the locker room that resulted in fifteen points in thirteen days (four wins, three draws and six losses, with 15 goals in favor and 17 against). With the team in sixteenth position and at a point of decline, he decided to make a change in the bench.Baraja was chosen and its main supporter was the sports director Ramón Planes, with whom he had already agreed in Elche. There he had left the eleventh ilicitano cadre (he touched the promotion playoff) and he was offered the renovation, but the coach finally declined. His stage at the Lightning was marked by poor results, his unattended requests in the winter market and his decision to leave different heavyweights off the list, always using sports motives.last_img read more

BPL Points Table

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 732 T’ham 33 18 11 4 60 25 35 653 Man City 33 18 6 9 61 33 28 604 Arsenal 33 17 9 7 56 34 22 605 Man U 33 16 8 9 40 30 10 566 West Ham 33 13 14 6 54 42 12 537 Southam 34 14 9 11 45 35 10 518 Liverpool 32 14 9 9 52 43 9 519 Stoke City 33 13 8 12 37 43 -6 4710 Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 4 4411 Everton 33 9 14 10 53 44 9 4112 Watford 33 11 8 14 32 37 -5 4113 B’mouth 34 11 8 15 41 57 -16 4114 West Brom 33 10 10 13 31 40 -9 4015 Swansea 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 4016 C Palace 34 10 9 15 36 43 -7 3917 Norwich 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 3118 S’land 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 3019 N’castle 33 7 7 19 35 61 -26 2820 Aston V 34 3 7 24 23 65 -42 16last_img read more

LBDI Wins African Development Bank Award

first_imgThe African Leadership Magazine, a leading United Kingdom UK-based magazine published by African Leadership UK, has named the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Africa’s development Bank of the Year 2014. The award ceremony took place recently at the Dateline Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, the United States of America. LBDI’s senior vice president for Finance Mr. Reginald Bropleh recently flew to the US to receive the Award on behalf of the Management sending a clear message that LBDI is on the brink of taking its rightful place on the international banking stage. According to the African Leadership Magazine which focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience and tells the African story from an African perspective, “the award is in recognition of LBDI’s pioneering efforts in introducing and implementing innovative banking products which has assisted small businesses and contributed to the growth of the economy of Liberia.”Also honoring LBDI for excellent performance in Africa is the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Inc. which recounted how LBDI has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of economic development opportunities for Africans. In a resolution signed by the Chair of the Caucus, Dee Dawkins-Higler, the Georgia General Assembly, amongst other things, described LBDI as a global player who’s established banking relationships and partnerships have identified it as a proven leader in the banking industry worldwide. For his part, the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami in brief remarks thanked LBDI for the milestone achievement in Liberia, a country, he stated struggling to rebuild its infrastructure following years of brutal civil war. Dr. Ken noted that LBDI’s consisted financing of development projects is going a long way in improving the lives and well-being of ordinary Liberians struggling to rebuild their lives. LBDI Management picked up the award just few weeks before the Bank acceded to the peer review mechanism of the prudential standard guidelines and rating system (PSGRS) of the Association of All African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). The PSGRS mechanism will help LBDI to be rated among other development finance institutions (DFIs) in Africa. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LBDI Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, thanked the African Leadership Magazine for independently following the Bank’s performance in the country and awarding it for same. Mr. Davies also thanked the Georgia General Assembly for recognizing LBDI as a global player in banking. He said the awards will further serve as an encouragement for LBDI to perform better. The LBDI CEO however noted that the Bank will not rely on its laurels, but will ensure that access to finance is available for the Liberian populace.      The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.Since its maiden edition in August 2008, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 240, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate the lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Subvention to Queen’s College insufficient for annual expenditure – consultant

first_imgQueen’s CollegeThe administration of Guyana’s leading secondary academic institution, Queen’s College has signalled its discontentment with the yearly subvention granted for general expenditures, saying that it is not sufficient to fill all gaps.Principal consultant Alfred Granger made this disclosure on Wednesday, stating that when the salaries of employees are deducted from the total amount, only $20 million remains to service the school for the entire year. As such, Queen’s College is “always in deficit”.“One of the problems we have at Queen’s College is that we’re always short of money. The Board gets subvention and the subvention you get sounds large, but when you take out teachers and some auxiliary staff salaries from that subvention, we’re left with around $20 million to run the school so we’re always in deficit,” Granger informed.The consultant reminded that the school sits on some 12 acres of land and contains three buildings, which require constant maintenance.“Queen’s College stands on almost 12 acres of ground. The three buildings put together are the largest of any school in the country. The monies we have cannot run the school and pay our bills,” he said.Students and teachers had complained last year that the field was overgrown with bushes for almost over three years, making it difficult for athletes to train. It also pushed the administrative body to host their inter-house sports at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground.Presently, the ground is almost 100 per cent completed.After reports were made by Guyana Times of the dilapidated facilities and other infrastructure, a decision was made to allocate $11 million for rehabilitation works.The science labs, which were considered by the teachers as “not conducive” to lab experiments, were to be repainted and new cupboards installed with the ceiling getting a facelift.AnniversaryOne week of activities has been launched for the school’s 175th anniversary celebration, and this is expected to provide funding for a music and orchestra programme. Granger noted that in the 1900s, the school was recognised for the performing orchestra and band. This will be reintroduced with steel pan and other components.The events will commence on Sunday, October 27 and conclude on Saturday, November 2. Activities on the agenda include a wreath-laying exercise at Sir William Percy Austin’s grave on October 27, followed by the renaming of the library and allied arts building on October 28.October 29 is reserved for a golf tournament at the Lusignan Golf Club and a Women of Queen’s College panel discussion. This is accompanied by the election of office bearers, a museum tour, and the Ray Luck piano recital on October 30.Students will gather at the school on October 31, for their Sports Day activities and a “Curry-Que”. The last two days will conclude with long day tours and a 70s themed party at the Pegasus Hotel.For these commemorative events, the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) has given its support, since many Guyanese in the Diaspora are expected to return, spiking tourist arrivals. Over the years, the overseas alumni has raised millions of dollars for the school to revamp infrastructure and pay other expenses.Principal consultantAlfred Grangerlast_img read more

Beating victim placed on life support

first_imgPALMDALE — A 31-year-old male beating victim found on the streets of east Palmdale early Friday morning was clinging to life at a local hospital, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies responding to an anonymous tip found the man lying unconscious in front of a carwash on 10th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Bonsall said Friday. The man’s injuries suggest he may have been dragged by a car, Bonsall said. Authorities are withholding the man’s identity. He was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was placed on life support. 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

In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

first_img0Shares0000Men look at a campaign poster of Basil Gorgis, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region © AFP / SAFIN HAMEDBAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 24 – In the sweltering heat of Mexico ’86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq’s football team in its sole World Cup Finals.But now, a third of a century later, they’re just two of several former stars taking part in a very different contest — as parliamentary candidates in next month’s election. While the World Cup adventure ended in dismal failure, with Iraq crashing out after losing all three of its group games, the ex-players’ appeal could be a big draw for some Iraqi voters.“They already have fans,” says Hussein Hassan, a 45-year-old Baghdad resident. “It’s now the turn of these stars to put themselves at the service of the people.”Distrust of politicians ahead of the May 12 vote is high, with the 15 years since the US-led toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein marred by repeated periods of chaos and endemic corruption.“We have more confidence in them than the politicians, who have changed nothing,” Hassan says.It’s a view that Radhi, scorer of Iraq’s only World Cup Finals goal, takes on board.“Iraqis need someone who shows that they are focusing on their interests, and who will work to guarantee a decent life,” the National Alliance candidate says.The 54-year-old says his political group “brings together all communities and confessions.”The National Alliance is led by Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and parliamentary speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni.It’s a union that seeks to move beyond Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni ethnic cleavage — a major pull for the ex-footballer.The NA’s list of candidates is liberal and “transcends confessionalism,” he says. “This is what the people want now.”– ‘Defending minority interests’ –Other candidates, sporting or otherwise, have more narrow motivations.Radhi’s former teammate Gorgis is among a list of candidates fielded by “Abna al-Rafideyn,” a group bringing together Chaldean Christians, Assyrians and Syriacs.Now administrator for the national team, Gorgis is running in the Kurdish city of Arbil and says he seeks to protect the interests of Christians.Standing up for the rights of his community is also what motivates Chaker Mohammad Sabbar, another former player on Iraq’s national soccer team.The 50-year-old, who appeared in every position except goalkeeper during his career, is Sunni, a group that’s played second fiddle to the majority Shiites since Saddam’s fall.Sabbar says loved ones cautioned against involvement in politics, telling him it would “achieve nothing, because no change is possible.”But their advice hasn’t stopped him running as a candidate in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province in central Iraq. Sabbar is number 10 on the list of the “Tamaddun” group, which advocates a secular state.Sunni dominated Ramadi was seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015, before being retaken by government forces less than a year later.“The people have suffered enormously,” says Sabbar, whose family live in the region.“Now, it’s time our interests are defended, like those of other Iraqis,” he adds.– ‘Better future for sport’ –Not all the former footballers running in the elections here are political novices.Radhi stood in the 2014 poll and lost, while another ex-international, Hassan Farhan, is a politics and military science graduate.“People now have more confidence in sportsmen than politicians, who have weakened the state,” says 65-year-old Farhan, who appears on a list for the secular Civil Party.People walk past a campaign billboard of Ahmed Radhi, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Baghdad © AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEOthers are determined to ensure new investment in facilities, to help the country compete again internationally in a whole range of disciplines.“We must think about building a better future for sport,” says ex-international swimmer Sarmad Abdelilah, now a member of the National Olympic Committee and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s “Victory Alliance.”“There are no athletes in parliament and so there are no laws or institutions to structure Iraqi sport,” he laments.Other contenders include Taleb Faysal, the president of Iraq’s weightlifting federation, who is on the list for former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki’s “Rule of Law Alliance.”But some citizens here don’t buy into the appeal of sporting veterans.“We have confidence in none of the candidates, because we know they will only think of themselves once in parliament,” says Imane Kazem in the capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Middle East club to rival Man United with £8m Nani bid

first_imgUnited Arab Emirates club Al Ahli have lodged a rival bid for shock Manchester United target Nani.It has been reported in Turkey that new United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot back to Old Trafford this summer.The Fenerbahce forward is currently part of Portugal’s squad at Euro 2016 and insists he is not making any decisions on his future until the tournament is over.But now, according to Haberturk, he will have an offer on the table from UAE Pro-League champions Al Ahli, who have offered £8million for his services.The club signed Moussa Sow from Fenerbahce last season and reckon they could repeat the trick with Nani.However, they may miss out if United’s interest turns out to be strong. 1 Mourinho reportedly wants Nani back at Old Trafford last_img read more

Spin-A-Thon to promote Joe Kennedy for Dunkineely Mayor

first_imgNext Saturday Naomh Ultan Minor Board is hosting a spin-a-thon in Mac’s bar car park in Dunkineely from 9am to 5pm.Their candidate Joe Kennedy is campaigning for Mayor of Dunkineely and holding a charity spin-a-thin.The fight to be elected Mayor of Dunkineely is beginning to get more intense than the Clinton vs. Trump clash as we see Emmet ‘Broc’ Brosnan recruiting media heavyweights such as Brian Dobson to assist in his campaign. All proceeds towards Killybegs Community Hospital and Naomh Ultan Minor Board.Volunteers and donations are welcome and appreciated on the day!Spin-A-Thon to promote Joe Kennedy for Dunkineely Mayor was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dunkineely mayorjoe kennedykillybegs hospitalspin-a-thonlast_img read more