first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Stafanie Taylor, the captain of West Indies Women, who have just won the T20 World Cup for the first time, says a recruitment programme is needed as part of an elaborate plan to keep the sport alive in the region.Taylor, who was voted player of the tournament, is worried that women’s cricket in the region could suffer a significant decline if a proper system is not put in place for when the current crop of players retire.”We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out,” said Taylor.”I think we do have girls that are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it, and I think that’s where we need to start, by going into the schools and getting these girls out.”In their impressive eight-wicket victory over Australia to win the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, the Caribbean side surpassed a challenging target of 149 with three deliveries remaining, following a rollicking opening stand of 120 between Taylor and teenager Hayley Matthews.PLAYER OF THE MATCH”I think we definitely need some infrastructure, whereas Australia and England they do have it. We need young girls coming up,” said Taylor, who scored 59 off 57 balls in the final, while Matthews earned the award for Player-of-the-Match by smashing 66 off 45 balls.”When you, look at our team, most of us are fairly young, and when these core players are gone, it’s going to deteriorate, and we need to start building young players coming up.”Taylor has also been effective as a bowler taking a total of eight wickets in the tournament, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand.Taylor says her dream is to play Test cricket which she feels will also help her colleagues improve.”That’s one of my dreams, to play Test cricket. The type of player I am I think it will definitely suit and build my game as time goes on, but I would definitely love to play Test cricket,” said Taylor.”I think it will definitely help some of the girls. Longer format of the game where they could build their game and I think it will definitely help us in playing in one day games.”last_img read more

first_imgHE SAID ITThunder backup point guard Raymond Felton on scoring eight points in the fourth quarter: “Every given night, Paul might not be hitting a shot, Russ might not be hitting a shot, ’Melo (Anthony) might not be hitting a shot, so it’s our job when we come off the bench to try to give the team a spark sometimes. It is what it is. We’re all human. Putting the ball in the basket every night — it’s not going to be that way.”UP NEXTHeat: At Indiana on Sunday.Thunder: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Miami led 66-64 heading onto the fourth quarter.Adams made a layup after a cut to the hoop and he was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Thunder got the rebound, leading to a mid-range jumper by Westbrook that bumped Oklahoma City’s lead to 91-84.Miami cut its deficit to 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Johnson, but Westbrook answered at the other end with a three. Westbrook then got a defensive rebound and bolted to the hoop at the other end for a layup. Miami was called for goaltending, and the Thunder lead was back to six.Miami trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to two in the final minute, but Westbrook found Adams on a pick and roll for a dunk that made it 99-95 with 43 seconds to play. George then stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled. His free throw with 38.2 seconds left put the game out of reach.___TIP-INSHeat: G Tyler Johnson committed two fouls in the first 23 seconds. He finished with three fouls. … G Dwyane Wade finished with seven points in 20 minutes. He hadn’t played since March 10.Thunder: Outrebounded the Heat 51-41. … Improved to 7-1 with G Corey Brewer in the starting lineup. … Carmelo Anthony finished with six points on 2 for 8 shooting.STAT OF THE NIGHTOklahoma City made 3 of 17 3-pointers in the first three quarters, then drained 5 of 9 in the fourth. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Wolves beat Knicks, clinch first winning record since 2005 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Westbrook went 6 for 7 from the field and made 3 of 4 free throws in the fourth quarter, despite playing just 8:43 in the period. He helped pick up the slack for his co-star, Paul George, who made just 3 of 16 shots.George was impressed with the way Westbrook finished the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s new to me, a guy at his level that is always ready for the moment who can just sense how and when to really take charge,” George said. “He is one of the most explosive and unique players that I have ever played with.”Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and eight assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook picked his spots for three quarters, then took complete control in the fourth.The All-Star guard scored 17 of his 29 points in the final period to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “He’s going to put his fingerprints on the game somehow, someway, and you just have to find a way to overcome it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Steven Adams added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. He scored 20 points in the first three quarters while his teammates struggled to make shots.“Steven’s value is extremely important in that sense of when things get stagnant and we need a possession and need a bucket and we need a quick relief, he will always come through,” George said. “He’s very underrated when he’s posting up or finishing. He’s very underrated.”Oklahoma City has won seven of eight to move into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.James Johnson scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 20 for the Heat, whose win streak ended at three games.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMercito Gesta is back on the winning track after beating American Roberto Manzanarez via majority decision, 95-95, 96-94, 96-94, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.After losing in his first and only World title fight against Jorge Linares last January, Gesta (32-2-2) captured the North American Boxing Organization’s, one of the WBO’s regional bodies, lightweight title.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gesta, who stands at 5-foot-7 managed to overcome the 6-foot Manzanarez’ height advantage and was the aggressor in the first five rounds.Manzanarez eventually suffered a cut around his right eye at the end of the fifth round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGesta’s momentum slowed down in the last five rounds after Manzanarez adjusted and used his reach advantage against the Filipino. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Pablo rallies for volleyball national team selection: ‘They deserved to be chosen’last_img read more

first_imgWith the win, Gor return home with a fattened purse of Sh1mn (10,000USD), but they still have a bitter taste in their moth after losing an opportunity of bagging their third piece of silverware this season.Head coach Dylan Kerr made sweeping changes to the squad from the one that lost by a similar margin to finalists Azam FC in the semi-finals.Innocent Wafula was handed the skipper’s armband while Shabaan Odhoji started in goal, his defense manned by Charles Momanyi, Joash Onyango and Philemon Otieno.Mustafa partnered upfront with Ephraim Guikan while Onyango who has found himself in the cold since a below par performance against Mathare United in April was handed a chance to redeem himself with a place in the starting team.The Gor Mahia team that started their CECAFA Kagame Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2018Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Jack Tuyisenge and Godfrey Walusimbi were all rested while Francis Kahata, a huge subject of a much publicized transfer to Simba SC was not on the match day squad.It was a much relaxed approach from Gor who were playing the play-off with no pressure on their shoulders. They should have opened their account after quarter of an hour mark but Mustafa failed to beat the keeper one on one after being put through by Kevin Omondi.Mustafa had another opportunity after 10 minutes but once again, he failed to pull the trigger with a volley from inside the box.After the break, Gor stepped up and they needed seven minutes to break the deadlock, charging into the box to beat keeper Mohammed Abrahman. Onyango then completed the job later with a low shot from inside the box after being put through by Omondi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan dribbles the ball past a Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi opponent during their CECAFA Kagame Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia hit Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) 2-0 to claim the CECAFA Kagame Cup bronze medal at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Friday evening.Samule Onyango emerged from the dark to score the second goal in added time after new signing Francis Mustafa put the Kenyans ahead early in the second half as they replicated the same result they posted when they last met in the SportPesa Super Cup in May.last_img read more

first_imgL.A. badly needs major reforms FIVE years ago, residents of the San Fernando Valley staged a valiant effort to shake up the system of institutionalized political corruption in the city of Los Angeles. Five years later, it’s time for another shake-up. Back then, Valley residents waged a campaign for independence. Despite being outmatched and massively outspent, they managed to achieve a symbolic victory by passing secession in the Valley, even though it failed citywide. The inequities persist: The Valley still has worse police response times, fewer cops and a bigger surge in gang violence than the rest of L.A. – despite paying a lion’s share of the city’s taxes. The Valley has been conspicuously left out of Villaraigosa’s school-reform efforts. And downtown developers continue to get massive subsidies and handouts, while the Valley and much of the rest of L.A. get little or no help in their efforts to revive community life. But worse than the inequities is City Hall’s outright contempt for L.A. neighborhoods. Los Angeles’ city leadership exists not for the benefit of Angelenos, but for the unions, the developers and the other special interests that call the shots. To cite just a few of the most recent, most egregious abuses of City Hall: City leaders approved an enormous, nearly $300 million pay hike for bureaucrats at a time when revenues are falling flat and may even decline, and the city can least afford it. They have sponsored hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies for downtown projects, and support building a half-billion dollar, overpriced police headquarters. Having squandered the treasury, they admit they failed to invest in basic infrastructure, and warn of service cuts, while offering nothing to make L.A. a better city. And in their zeal to rake in more of the public’s money, they have declared a phony emergency to pass a phone-tax hike disguised as a tax cut. They are also pushing for water and power hikes, even as they siphon millions away from L.A.’s public utility to City Hall. By every measure, this city government is failing, in the most basic ways, to serve the people who pay dearly for it. It is locked in a pattern of self-service, and seemingly immune to public pressure. Five years after secession, some kind of radical shake-up is needed, yet again. Maybe it’s a borough system. Maybe it’s true charter reform. Maybe it’s empowering and funding L.A.’s neighborhood councils. Maybe it’s a comprehensive attempt to organize neighborhoods and residents. Maybe it’s even another secession campaign. We don’t pretend to have an answer. But Los Angeles is badly broken. Its poverty of politics is extreme. And it’s going to take something radical to change it.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And while few today have the interest or the appetite to fight the secession battle again, it’s clear that something drastic needs to be done to make City Hall responsive to the people of L.A. in general, and to the Valley in particular. Now, as then, Los Angeles suffers from a poverty of politics. The Valley secession movement did, briefly, succeed in forcing some changes in City Hall, just as the City Charter reform movement had done five years earlier. L.A. leaders were forced to realize that they had to pay heed to the public and the Valley – at least a little. Antonio Villaraigosa won his race for mayor on a reform platform by winning over Valley voters who were fed up with then-incumbent Jim Hahn. Hahn’s actions had undermined charter reform, and his contempt for the Valley came through in his desperate campaign against secession. But since then, the situation has deteriorated, yet again. last_img read more

first_imgIrish Water has managed to fix just 380 of the 900 leaks targeted across Co Donegal this year.A huge amount of leaks across Donegal have still not been fixed.The figures are part of an overall countrywide breakdown found by an RTE investigation.Outside centres of major urban population like Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Donegal has one of the highest amounts of unfixed leaks. The disclosure comes as it was revealed that investment by Irish Water in infrastructure this year is set to be significantly lower than the average annual spend by Government over the previous ten years.Documents show the company’s capital spend on infrastructure up to November this year was €300m.The average annual spend by Government between 2004 and 2013 was €430m. Other documents show Irish Water is on course to fix the same number of leaks this year as were repaired last year.However plans to fix leaks in Co Donegal is considerably down.This is despite a massive water meter installation programme that the company said would help it to find leaks.However, the last two years has seen the lowest level of investment in water services since 1998.Investment peaked at €512m in 2009, but the Government spent just €275m in 2013, as it prepared to hand over the system to Irish Water.In the first 11 months of this year, Irish Water spent just under €300m. It is committed to investing €1.77 billion over the three years 2014, 2015 and 2016.On leaks, the company has predicted that installing water meters will help it to pinpoint where water is being lost.However, despite installing half 500,000 meters, it is on course to repair around the same number of leaks as last year, at just over 26,000.The company said it had made significant progress identifying and fixing some major water leaks and its capital spend will be €340m by the end of this year. JUST 380 OF 900 WATER LEAKS ACROSS DONEGAL FIXED THIS YEAR was last modified: December 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalIrish Waterleakslast_img read more

first_imgCategoryNameClub / AddressOVERALL SPORTS STARJim DohertyNewtowncunninghamAPPRECIATIONTony GormanGlencar Schoolboys F.C. / Kilmacrennan Celtic F.C.ATHLETICSMark EnglishLetterkenny A.C.BABMINTONChloe MageeRaphoeBASKETBALLJason CarrDonegal TownBOWLINGJohn QuinnBallylennon Bowling ClubBOXINGWilliam Mc LaughlinIllies Golden Gloves A.B.C.BRENDAN MCDAID MEMORIAL SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTMartin HarleyTrentagh (UK Champion Apprentice Jockey)CLAY PIGEON SHOOTJim DohertyNewtowncunninghamCRICKETRyan Macbeth CYCLINGConor Mc IlwaineErrigal Cycling ClubEQUESTRIANKenneth GrahamMuffGAELIC FOOTBALLKarl LaceyFour Masters GAA ClubGYMNASTICSGemma McCormickCarndonaghHALL OF FAMEDanny McDaidLetterkenny A.C.HOCKEYIan McGonigle HURLINGNiall CampbellBurtMARTIAL ARTSKathleen Mc NaughtSamurai Uladh Judo Club BurnfootMOTOR SPORTOisín Sharkey(Karting) St.JohnstonRUGBYNora StapletonFahanSEA ANGLINGMary O’ CallaghanKillybegsSOCCERKyle Mc FaddenSwilly RoversSPECIAL ATHLETEHughie SweeneyGweedoreSPECIAL RECOGNITIONMark ScottLetterkenny Rugby Football ClubSURFINGRichard FitzgeraldBundoranSWIMMINGKirsty Mc IlwaineSwilly SealsTEAMDonegal GAA Senior Football TeamTRIATHLONMargaret KellyLetterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubPRIMARY SCHOOLScoil MhuireGlentiesPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYSam ToddSt. Patrick’s Boys National School CarndonaghPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLSarah Jane PorterSt. Mura’s N.S. Tooban BurnfootPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERMel O’DonnellKilmacrennan N.S.SECONDARY SCHOOLLoreto Secondary SchoolLetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYRuairi FinneganSt. Eunan’s College LetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLGeraldine McLaughlinLoreto Secondary School LetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERJohn KennedyColáiste Cholmcille BallyshannonSCHOOLS APPRECIATIONJohn CampbellSt. Macartan’s N.S. Bundoran DONEGAL SPORTS STAR 2011: THE WINNERS LIST IN FULL was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR 2011: THE WINNERS LIST IN FULLlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Kerry star and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has again used his weekly column in the Sunday World to ridicule the tactics employed by Donegal – describing them as ‘Caveman tactics’. Spillane also scoffed at the suggestion that Jim McGuinness, Kiernan McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are innovative coaches, saying the defensive systems they employ are anything but innovative.“I’m afraid I don’t get this modern day approach to Gaelic football. “And I simply don’t accept that GAA coaches such as Jimmy McGuinness, Paul Grimley, Kieran McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are particularly innovative by adopting these tactics.“They smack of caveman tactics. Simply flooding your defence with extra players and making it more difficult for the opposition to score is just about the laziest ‘innovation’ one could dream up!Spillane said Gaelic Football should revolve around the star players on both sides, and was saddened by the sight of Jamie Clarke and Michael Murphy performing defensive duties during their recent All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“The sight of two of the game’s best forwards, Michael Murphy and Jamie Clarke, running back to take up defensive duties was a sad sight. “It is akin to Brian Cody asking Henry Shefflin to play as a sweeper or getting Messi and Ronaldo to slot in as full backs!Spillane acknowledged that his stance on defensive football was similar to the on-going crusade Paul Kimmage has against doping in cycling.However, he says he won’t stop being critical of the defensive systems being employed because he believes it’s having a damaging effect on the sport.Spillane also believes Dublin will have too much for Donegal when the two face off on August 31st in one of the most highly anticipated and intriguing fixtures the GAA has seen for years.Spillane feels Dublin are on an upward trajectory and that Donegal are in decline, despite winning a third Ulster title in three years. “Donegal are better than they were last year, but they’re a pale shadow of the side that won the All-Ireland in 2012, plus that side in 2012 was much more attack minded that season than it is now.“The much-anticipated All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Donegal will be intriguing.“But the two teams are on a different trajectory; Donegal are in decline while Dublin haven’t yet reached their peak.“And I think it will be case of never the twain shall meet! SPILLANE LAUNCHES YET ANOTHER BLISTERING ATTACK ON DONEGAL was last modified: August 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Caveman tacticscriticaldonegalJim McGuinnessnewsPat SpillaneSportlast_img read more

first_imgTwo seal pups which were rescused in Co Donegal have been released back into the wild.The pups, a common seal and a grey seal, have spent the past number of months being nurtured back to life at the Dingle Sea Sanctuary in Kerry.Both were found orphaned at just a week old in separate locations in Ramelton and Rosbeg. Since they were found however both tiny pups have become inseparable.Robbie and Sheeba, as they have now been named, were released back into the wild at Rathmullan Beach yesterday afternoon.A large crowd turned up for the occasion to see Robbie, Sheeba and another seal escaping to freedom.According to local Irish Seal Co-ordinator Hilary McMenamin, the pups friendship was ‘sealed’ from the very beginning. “They were found as pups and they really built up a bond when they were brought down to Dingle.“I suppose you could say their love was ‘sealed’ when they were both found in Donegal and brought to Dingle.“Even when we released them back into the wild, they were inseparable.“It was great to watch them going back into the ocean together after they were rescued and saved form certain death.“It’s hard to know if they’re still out there together but it would be great to think that they are. “They were saved together, given a new chance at life and now it would be great if they are living in the wild together,” she said.Hilary paid tribute to the Dingle Seal Sanctuary and the Animal Health Centre in Ramelton for their help and care in saving the seals.She also said the best way to see seals in Donegal was to take the Water Bus in Donegal Town where there is a large colony of seals in Donegal Bay.*Pictures by kind permission of Michael Sheehan. SIGNED, ‘SEALED’ AND DELIVERED BACK TO THE OCEAN TO LIVE AGAIN! was last modified: December 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Dingle Seal SanctuaryRameltonRathmullanrosbegsealslast_img read more

first_imgPope FrancisPope Francis’ special message to the Irish people on ‘cherishing life, accepting death’ welcomed by Archbishop Kieran O’ReillyPope Francis has sent a special message (see below) to the people of Ireland to mark the celebration of ‘Day for Life’ Sunday today.Day for Life is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and in England & Wales, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. The theme for this year is Cherishing Life, Accepting Death. Printed copies of the bishops’ Day for Life pastoral message Cherishing Life, Accepting Death will be read at Masses across Donegal and Ireland today.The text of the pastoral is available in English (see below), and in the Irish and Polish languages on www.catholicbishops.ie.Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, welcomed this special message from the Pope saying, “A defining theme of the ministry of Pope Francis is his wish for society to redouble its efforts to support people on the margins, as these are the most vulnerable.“This theme is not just motivated by a sociological concern, it also applies to vulnerable stages of the human life cycle, especially to the unborn child and to care of our elderly. Today, as we celebrate our Day for Life message Cherishing Life, Accepting Death, we are honoured that the Holy Father has expressed his prayerful support to us here in Ireland as we highlight the importance of loving life at all times, and to accept the inevitability of death.” This is the Message from Pope Francis to the Irish people for Day for Life Sunday 4 October 2015: Cherishing Life, Accepting DeathThe Holy Father Francis sends prayerful good wishes on the occasion of the Day for Life in Ireland. His Holiness recalls the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi, which show so beautifully how all life is the gift of God, who is “the protector, our guardian and defender” (Laudes Dei altissimi). Let us imitate God in protecting, guarding and defending all human life, in particular, the weakest and most vulnerable: the sick, the old, the unborn, the poor and the marginalized. The Holy Father prays that this Day dedicated to life in Ireland will lead to a renewed recognition that the right to life is the foundation of integral human development and the measure of a truly compassionate society.Archbishop Charles John BrownApostolic Nuncio in Ireland· Text of Day for Life pastoral message for 4 October 2015: Cherishing Life, Accepting Death “How great a lie … to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!” – Pope FrancisKathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed at home one Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors talked about the next twenty-four hours being critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not even survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with big questions. What would Kathleen have wanted and how could the Church help guide any decisions? How do we accept death when it comes and cherish life while we can?There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment for those who are gravely ill.At the end of life, there are two thoughts that can help guide us all. The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his own good time.The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer serves its purpose – that is when treatment is having no effect or indeed harming the patient.We need to prepare to face life-threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs.Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts should be taken into account. In such situations these two basic questions can guide our decisions:– is this decision loving life?– is this decision accepting the inevitability of death?Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with Him.· About end of life care, and Day for LifeIf you wish to explore the invitation to ‘Cherish Life and Accept death’ in greater depth, please read End of Life Care: Ethical and Pastoral Issues which was published by Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics in 2002. It can be accessed at http://www.catholicbishops.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/End-of-Life-Care-Ethical-and-Pastoral-Issues-2002.pdf. A special web feature on Day for Life 2015 Cherishing Life, Accepting Death is now available and includes:– reflections from Pope Francis on care for the elderly and on cherishing life– an interview with Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick– video resources on cherishing life and accepting death– Day for Life prayers and reflections– principles from Catholic teaching on end of life decisionsPOPE FRANCIS SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND was last modified: October 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Catholicsdonegalmessage to IrelandPope Francistextlast_img read more