Barkley equaliser gives Everton 2-2 draw at Hull

first_imgHULL, England (AP):Ross Barkley headed a late equaliser to earn Everton a 2-2 draw with struggling Hull in the English Premier League yesterday.Hull captain Michael Dawson gave his side a sixth-minute lead, only for an own-goal by goalkeeper David Marshall in first-half injury time to make it all square.Robert Snodgrass restored Hull’s lead with a superb free kick in the 65th minute, but Barkley pounced with six minutes left to earn his side a point.Everton remained seventh in the standings, while Hull swapped the bottom of the table for 19th place ahead of the rest of the weekend’s matches.Hull attacked right from the start and were rewarded almost immediately. Curtis Davies rose to meet a corner taken by Snodgrass and flicked the ball on for Dawson to rifle a shot between Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles and the far post.Everton pushed forward in search of an equaliser and nearly found it in the 15th minute when Seamus Coleman sent a header against the base of the right-hand post.Though the hosts looked to have done enough to keep their lead until the interval, they conceded in agonising fashion in the first minute of added time.Kevin Mirallas sent over a corner and Marshall’s botched attempt to punch the ball clear in an aerial melee with teammate Dieumerci Mbokani saw it fly into his own net.GOOD ATTEMPTSLifted by the equaliser, Everton showed more attacking intent at the restart and nearly took the lead after just three minutes. Romelu Lukaku shrugged off Hull’s defenders and managed to unleash a deflected left-foot shot that was tipped onto the crossbar by Marshall.Soon after, it was Hull’s turn to be denied by the woodwork. Snodgrass drove a free kick over the Everton wall, only for the ball to slam against the post and crossbar with a helpless Robles rooted to the spot.Ten minutes later, Everton conceded another free kick and this time Snodgrass made the visitors pay. Robles got an outstretched glove to the ball after it curled over the wall, but couldn’t keep it out.Again, Hull just needed to hold on for a precious victory in its battle to avoid relegation.But watched by England coach Gareth Southgate, Barkley grabbed Everton’s equaliser with a downward header – meeting a perfect cross from left back Leighton Barnes, whose earlier foul had led to Snodgrass’s goal.last_img read more

Power to the People

first_imgDear Editor,The title of my letter today is kind of odd, seeing my main discourse centres around the latest court ruling, which in its truest sense gives power to the ruling dictatorship of David Granger, and not to the people of this country. So, the reader just having a cursory glance at my title would be a little befuddled at my choice of topic. However, in due course of my writings, you will eventually get the point and see where I am going with the above title.In the first place, I must say hoorah to the Attorney General, he has finally “won” a case in court; because with that limited mentality of his, this is a laudable achievement for him. Poor Basil, he could never amount to much, but with that batch of foreign input, he finally got there. Kudos to the guy! I propose a toast and a pat on the back!But is it really a commendation for Williams? I think not. I would rather take off my hat to the hapless people of this country, who continue to fund a sorry excuse for an attorney general, one who wastes their money on matters that suits himself and party. There is nothing in that ruling for the people, who bore the brunt of the costs for Williams’s shenanigans.He has used up valuable resources on high priced foreign attorneys, who really were not needed for that decision. Everything that the Attorney General has done marks overkill.Further to our discussion is the fact that we saw this coming. With a court that is under duress, any decision emanating therefrom is just another wry reflection of that disappointment. What is also clear is that the representatives of the people, through the Opposition, were only testing the integrity of the court system, to see if it would stand by them or stand by the dictatorship. Sadly, the court chose the latter.It is all about Granger and his PNC Party flexing their stolen power muscle on a powerless people. He is the one calling the shots; he is the one making all the decisions, contrary to the clear guidelines enshrined in the Constitution.There is nothing left to the imagination when you see the highhanded manner in which the President walked all over us in that unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman. That appointment is testimony to the free rein that he enjoys when important decisions are to be made.He may want to sugar-coat his decision by saying that the one selected would be impartial in his deliberations, so we have nothing to fear. But this is furthest from the truth, because the old buffoon has given his boss away. Patterson is already on the warpath with that obstinate, geriatric attitude of his, stifling dissent. Like his counterpart in Parliament, who is not entertaining comments from the Opposition’s chair.This is a clear sign of this guy’s intentions as to the way things ought to be done in “His GECOM.” Isn’t this a very backward development for a country that is supposed to be a democracy?So, back to my title. Power to the People come 2020, on or before. I call on the People of this great country to come out in their numbers and make that unequivocal decision. You see, in Granger’s scheme of things, the old Burnhamite con-artist tricks look pretty attractive: take complete control of the electoral machinery, and all will be well with thee. Of course it worked for Burnham then, but you are now talking about a new dispensation of things, when people abhor dictatorships and their bullyism.Granger has made that tactical error of taking Guyanese back down a road which we would never want to travel again. So foisting his military style on a country that has grown accustomed to democracy spells the end of him. Our country has no place for dictators, and in this regard we will exercise zero tolerance for them. We have done it in 1992, and will do it again.For a people who have had a sweet taste of democracy these last 23 years, we are not about to give it away; no, never! We have tasted, and I dare say grown accustomed to, democratic norms and values, hence this PNC backwardness we will not entertain.And this is a message for the CCJ as well: that nothing will block our path as we march forward to freedom. We, The PPP, stand on the side of the people. Spikes like horrendous court decisions were set on the road that blew out our tyres, but we are going to stay on our rims and limp to safety.Our safety is in numbers, people numbers, and power to the people! Let me assure this Government and its handpicked lackeys at GECOM that nothing is going to stop us achieving our goal. Once again, power to The People!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

World Bank Support to WAAPP Fruitful

first_imgThe Senior Agriculture Specialist at the World Bank office in Liberia, Dr. Abimbola Adubi, has said that the World Bank sponsored West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP) is yielding more success in the country.According to Dr. Adubi, the bank’s support to WAAPP in Liberia, which aims at prospering agricultural activities leading to food sufficiency, has been very fruitful.Speaking to newsmen after a field trip to Gbedin, Nimba County, Dr. Adubi said the project has built the capacity of farmers and their organizations as well as relevant actors in the agriculture sector.The trip took officials to Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative in Gbedin comprising 410 acres of low-land farming project that is being supported by WAAPP through AfricaRice. The trip was led by Dr. Adubi, WAAP Country Director, Cyrus Sargbe, and other WAAP visiting officials from the West African region, specifically the Mano River Union Coordination and two others from WAAPP’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria.Dr. Adubi said the project has also helped to improve farmers’ knowledge, skills and competence in rice production, and contributed to improving the impact of training and dissemination of information on fertilizers and insecticides.He said that he was impressed with the level of work that the farmers are doing in the community. “I’m very impressed with the work done here, especially meeting with the farmers and seeing the fields that look so beautiful.World Bank and WAAPP officials are expected to travel to Washington DC shortly for a meeting on the prospects for the project in the region and Dr. Adubi said the message the Liberian team is taking with them is that the support of the World Bank to WAAPP has been very fruitful in Liberia.“It has helped to develop new varieties of crops and made farmers adapt to new farming methodologies. It has also helped to develop CARI as a research institute and put it on a platform to generate ecology and new seed varieties,” he said.He added, “Going forward, what we need is more government support, in terms of policies, and the fact that we can do seeds classifications and CARI as a research institute is standing firmly to compete with other research regional bodies within the West African region.”Though there has been progress, many challenges still remain, he said explaining that “One of the problems has been getting farmers to the markets. So we need to work aggressively with the Liberian government in looking for markets for the farmers’ mass produce.” He said private sector’s full participation would help in expanding agro-business in the country, because it would bring great benefit to the economy and in improving the lives of the Liberian people.Dr. Adubi noted that there is need for the building of more farm to market roads across the country, most especially in the agriculture concentrated counties so that farmers will have the means to transport their produce to the markets or areas where the produce can be conveniently picked up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women In TECH Africa Liberia Chapter Launched

first_imgMadams Ofodi and Dzikunu announced the launch of the technology in Liberia. As part of efforts to encourage more women to step into the technology sector, Women In Tech Africa (WITA) in partnership with Lonestar Cell MTN on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, launched its Liberia chapter for the first time.The launch, which took place at a resort in Sinkor, was graced by the presence of a representative from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, WITA delegates, Lonestar Cell MTN staff, and young females’ students, as well as entrepreneurs.Selasi Dzikunu, who is the Ghana Chapter Lead of WITA, said the aim of WITA, is to support female entrepreneurs and female tech entrepreneurs, mostly young girls in high school and university, to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career seriously.“Our vision as women in tech, is to help female tech entrepreneurs and other females, who are trying to impact Africa through social impact, change and how best they can leverage the used of technology in their businesses, and in their respective careers,” Mrs. Dzikunu added.She described WITA as the largest female technology-focused group on the African continent with membership of over 500 women in over 30 countries in Africa, and physical chapters in Ghana, London, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Germany, Ireland, Britain, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, and Cape Verde…and now Liberia.Mrs. Dzikunu expressed gratitude to Lonestar Cell MTN chief executive officer, Uche Ofodie, for the partnership to ensure that WITA is in Liberia.“So, today has been the launch, and we are pretty much excited, because we have a lot of young female minds in the hall that are charged, energized to take up the technology in STEM to make the world a better place,” she said.Participants at the launch of WITA Liberia chapter in Sinkor.Earlier in his keynote address, Posts and Telecommunications Assistant Minister, Melvin L. Yealu, pledged the government’s full support to the successful implementation of WITA activities in the country.Yealu told participants that women being in the ICT sector is critical to every country’s economic growth, “Therefore, as we launch the program here today, we are of the opinion that with such innovation, our girls and women will make use of it because, technology contributes greatly to every country’s gross domestic products (GDPs).”Lonestar Cell MTN CEO, Uche Ofodie, expressed appreciation to WITA for launching such an amazing product in Liberia.Madam Ofodie then encouraged more girls to take STEM education as a future career that will bring economic relief to their lives.She added: “I am expecting all of you to become business owners in technology, particularly in agriculture, tourism, etc..”Meanwhile, the launch of WITA continues today with a major digital training workshop for several other girls.The training is to mainly help participants learn how to create a simple website page and blog that they can use to market their products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two human skulls found near Grande Prairie

first_imgTwo human skulls have been found near a campsite outside of Grande Prairie.The Edmonton Journal reports that campers found the two human skulls Saturday May 21 east of Bezanson on the Forestry Truck road.The Journal spoke with Derek Jenner who found the remains while camping with friends. Jenner told the Edmonton Journal that there was a persistent odour in the air on and off all day Friday and Saturday. Late Saturday afternoon, the campers went into the bush to investigate the smell.- Advertisement -The campers found two human skulls and another bone partially buried under leaves.Cpl. Carol McKinley with the Grande Prairie RCMP confirmed the two skulls had been found. A joint task force called Project Kare was notified as a matter of process, but is responsible for investigating 70 dead or missing women in Alberta.Thursday the Grande Prairie RCMP stated the remains had been removed from the camp site on Monday May 23. At this time, they haven’t provided a time line for when the remains will be identified.Advertisement For more, read the story from the Edmonton Journal.last_img read more

James Corden: The West Ham team and Slaven Bilic are welcome on carpool karaoke!

first_img“It’s lovely to talk football with people who don’t call it soccer!”James Corden, the busiest Brit in the US, joined the Sports Bar for an exclusive chat following his beloved West Ham’s FA Cup heroics against Liverpool on Tuesday.It could prove the perfect send off to Upton Park, with Angelo Ogbonna’s header in the last minute of extra-time sealing a dramatic 2-1 victory in what could be the club’s last ever cup game under the Boleyn floodlights.The Late Late Show host Corden is famed for his love of all things Hammers, and he ‘invited’ the players and their guitar-playing manager Slaven Bilic to make a surprise carpool karaoke appearance in celebration of their win.The Gavin and Stacey creator has sung with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Adele, Elton John and Justin Bieber on the popluar series, but asked who his favourite guest in the passenger seat was, he told talkSPORT: “Oh you can’t ask me that! It’s like picking between my kids!“They’re all terrific, they’ve all been great for different reasons.“It’s been amazing. We got 67,000,000 views across the world for that Adele clip, and we’re such a young and new show, it’s great.“Maybe we’ll do one with the West Ham team around the Olympic Stadium next, that would be fun. Maybe we could get Bilic involved too!”Listen to the full interview with James Corden above!last_img read more

ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTES: 06/04/11

first_imgThe Minor Boys footballers lost their opening league game away to Convoy last Friday, they have a home game this week against Cloughaneely. There will be a Table Quiz to raise funds for Camogie in the Station House Hotel on the 14th April at 9pm. This quiz will raise funds for a camogie kit for our camogie teams. Please make an extra effort to attend our first social event of the season. The Seniors and Reserves are due to travel to Cloughaneely this weekend. The games will be played on Saturday evening at 4:45pm and 6:15pm (Senior)  The U-12 boys footballers travelled to Termon for friendly games on Monday night as they prepare for the Go Games that begin in early May. Thanks to Termon for having us down. The U-16 Boys footballers travel to Buncrana this Wednesday evening for a re-arranged game. The U-16 Div. 2 team are at home to Downings next Monday night (April 11th) in the Park. Get well wishes for a speedy recovery to Colm Breathnach who received a bad injury playing for the Donegal Senior Hurlers on Sunday.ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTES: 06/04/11 was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkennyNotesSt Eunan’s GAA club There is a Table Quiz tomorrow week, Thursday April 14th in the Station House Hotel at 9pm. All proceeds are being used to buy a kit for the U-14 Camogie team so please come out and support this worthy fundraiser. If anyone wants to sponsor a Spot prize, please contact Anne Forde (086-8342449). The next U-8 blitz will be held on 10th April in Gweedore at 11am. Further blitzes will be held on 8th May, 12th June and 10 July.There will be a special hurling training session organised by the Minor County Board for U-12 Hurlers from the Letterkenny region on Tuesday 12th April 3:30-5:30 in O’Donnell Park. The Seniors and Reserves got their League campaigns underway at the weekend against Naomh Conaill. The Reserves had a big win while the Seniors went down by a goal. The teams travel to Falcarragh this weekend to face Cloughaneely, day and times to be confirmed. The Junior Men continue to train on Tuesdays and Thursdays as they await a start date for their League. Girls U-12 & U-14 Football starts this Wednesday (April 6th) in the Park at 6pm. U-16 & Minor Girls are on Thursdays at 5pm and the U-6, U-8 & U-10 Girls are on Sunday Mornings at the Academy (11am). Senior Ladies training is on Saturday mornings at 11am along with the U-16’s and Minors. The Sunday Morning U-10 Football Academy returned on Sunday with a huge turnout of 120 children. Well done to all the coaches who showed up early and were so well prepared. Club Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 04.04.11 The U-14 hurling team opened their season with a fine win over Setanta. Setanta were unable to field in the Minor game. The U-14 hurlers are at home this Thursday to Aodh Rua and the Minors are away to Aodh Rua on the same night. The U-10s performed well at the first outdoor hurling blitz of the year. U-12 & U-14 Hurling training is on Tuesday at 5:30pm. U-16 & Minor training is on each Monday at 5:30pm. There will be further U-10 blitzes on 22nd May, 26th June & 24th July. Please note that Registration of players is now complete for 2011 (players that have their own private insurance and proof of same, may still be able to register and play). Non playing members may still register. The Friday Hurling / Camogie Academy will return this Friday, April 8th at 6:30pm. It will run for two weeks (April 8th & 15th) before breaking for Easter for two weeks and will resume on Friday, May 6th. There was no winner of this week’s Lotto Jackpot (€1,000). 3 winners matched 3 numbers and win €35 each. The numbers drawn were: 13-17-19-23. This week’s winners are: Kevin O’Shaughnessy, Kilmacrennan (Adrian); Kevin O’Malley, Dromore and Mark McCormick, Castleblane. Winnings can be collected in Blake’s Bar, Main St.last_img read more

Why Alli deserves more plaudits for his excellent performance against Man United

first_img huge blow gameday At Old Trafford, Alli did come a cropper with two excellent opportunities as he in Tottenham’s first forays but elsewhere during the historic victory put on a quietly brilliant disciplined display.He was not only successful with all five of the tackles he attempted, but he also made one early clearance as Man United threatened from the off, and he made four important interceptions, and totalled seven ball recoveries, allowing Spurs relief at key points. For the third season in a row, it appears the England star is being asked to adapt his role in the Tottenham team to suit Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics.Trusted by the Argentine boss to fulfil the tasks needed of him, the 22-year-old is now playing in a slightly deeper position in a midfield three, mostly on the left but he also swapped to the right against the Red Devils.His new role sees him making more defensive contributions than ever before, but also giving him the freedom to get up alongside forwards Harry Kane and Moura. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware 3 3 possible standings Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Alli is trusted by his managers both domestically and on the international stage as he becomes an incredibly versatile midfielder. Getty Images – Getty The performance sums up the way Alli seems set to play this campaign, already averaging 3.3 tackles per game in the Premier League, compared to 1.3 last season and 1.4 in 2016/17, while the amount of interceptions has risen from 0.5 per game last term to 2.3 so far in his opening three appearances this year.Of course, this means a dip in his creativity, despite an increase in actual passes played, with his key pass per game average and his dribbles per game average both declining a fair amount.But, crucially, he’s actually averaging more shots per game as he arrives from deep and runs into space made by his forwards.Already this season, he’s averaging 2.7 shots per match, which is better than the 1.9 last year which saw him net nine goals, and it’s also more than the 2.5 per game in 2016/17 season when he scored 18 times. Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli takes instructions from Mauricio Pochettino. gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal no dice Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli in action against Fulham. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Premier League News 3 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury It’s evident Alli’s nous at evading defenders and a different strategy are allowing him to take shot which have a much higher ‘expected goals value’ with one of his three chances against Man United reckoned to have been worth, in theory, 0.64 of goal, only to see David De Gea save the strike.How this changes through the whole season is well worth keeping an eye on but for now he deserves far more praise for his performance against Manchester United than he has so far. Lucas Moura and Toby Alderweireld are the men rightly being praised for their performances for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United.But one other Spurs star’s contribution to the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford is perhaps being overshadowed – Dele Alli. REVEALED last_img read more

‘He’s better than Morata’ – Chelsea fans on Twitter demand return of loan star

first_img Alvaro Morata was below par at Wembley Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Tammy Abraham put four past Forest Tammy Abraham gets four goals Morata gets four offsides #CFC— Aarön (@AaronCFC14) November 28, 2018 ROUND-UP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Latest Championship News REPLY EFL result stalemate Tammy Abraham netted four times for Aston Villa on Wednesday night.The Chelsea loanee was at the centre of a dramatic match in the Championship as Villa and drew 5-5 with Nottingham Forest. goalless I realise there’s a step up when it comes to Championship and Premier League football, but seeing Abraham score 4 whilst we’re stuck with Morata, who’s only contribution most weeks is racking up offsides, is really aggrivating.— Tom Wheeler (@TomWheeler95) November 28, 2018 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Can you recall @tammyabraham on loan the man banged in 4 goals no offence to Morata but we need someone with pure firepower and for a few years now Tammy Abraham he will only get better because he has more fire in his belly coming from the academy pic.twitter.com/lsz0aMFnaq— Versatile Onochie-Obayuwana (@RealVersatile) November 28, 2018 Tammy Abraham has scored 4 goals tonight!! More goals than Morata and Giroud combined. Can’t wait to see him play for Cardiff next season on loan pic.twitter.com/gPxoxeJB8h— Ꭿℐⅅℰℕ ᎯℤᎯᎯℛ (@__Daydream3r__) November 28, 2018center_img 2 Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Tammy Abraham is better than ALVARO MORATA!!!Please, Bring Back Our Tammy!#CFC #ChelseaFc #KTBFFH— Williams Amobi™ (@williamsamobi) November 28, 2018 Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place I’m sorry but Tammy Abraham has to be better than Alvaro Morata 🤯🤯— Lewis Ellington (@lewis_ellington) November 28, 2018 Tammy Abraham with 4 – Count them – FOUR, goal for Villa tonight.We are stuck with Morata meanwhile… https://t.co/Q4iyCFWaKK— Matthew #PeoplesVote (@HistoryMatters7) November 28, 2018 Tammy Abraham banging in 4 whilst Morata is still standing offside some where 🤔— Billy Coe (@billycoe1) November 28, 2018 GREAT NEWS Tammy Abraham just scored a hattrick against Nottingham after 35 min of play meanwhile we are still stick with Morata and Giroud..This is an absolute joke, Tammy has been proving himself for too long while our main strikers has been pure shit.Time for a call-up @ChelseaFC ?— Y (@ArrizaKepa) November 28, 2018 2 @ChelseaFC On behalf of all Chelsea fans… BRING TAMMY ABRAHAM BACK!!!! offer a swap for Morata?? 🤔— lewis carroll (@Lewyjc91Lewis) November 28, 2018 Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer After Forest had stormed into a 2-0 lead early on, the youngster bagged two quick replies for Villa to level the score on 14 minutes, and then went on to add two more as the fixture continued its back-and-fourth action.His performance had Chelsea fans calling for his return to Stamford Bridge.While Abraham impresses out on loan, Blues supporters have become increasingly frustrated with their misfiring Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in recent weeks, not least during his display in their defeat to Spurs on Saturday.As a result, some of the frustrated fans have called for Abraham to replace him in their starting XI, you can read a round-up of their reaction below. Àlvaro Morata has scored 5 league goals in 754 minutes this season. Tammy Abraham scored* 4 in 70 this evening. 👀#AVFC #CFC #NFFC (Yes, I know it’s in the Championship)— Saeed Moulai (@saeedmoulai) November 28, 2018last_img read more

DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEO

first_imgJim McGuinness (Donegal Manager), Alan Quinlan (former Irish International Rugby player), Finian Hanley (Galway GAA Captain), Adrian Logan (BBC sport presenter), Kevin Keane (Mayo GAA Team player and IT Sligo Student), and FAI International Young Player of the Year 2013 and IT Sligo Student, Emma Hansberry, are amongst a group of sport starts featured on a new video about suicide awareness produced by three IT Sligo students.The video was launched today at IT Sligo by Armagh GAA player Oisin McConville.Given that Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide amongst young males in Europe, the students focused their message at this group and sought out some of Ireland’s top sporting starts to encourage those at risk to talk to someone close to them.Thought provokingly called ‘Who Would You Tell?’ the video was produced by Stephen Doak (Creeslough, Donegal), David Mackin (Dundalk) and Stephen Sullivan (Coole, Westmeath) as part of their final year project in the BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo. If he was feeling suicidal, Donegal GAA Team Manager Jim McGuinness says he would tell ‘a family member of a friend’; Connacht Rugby Player John Muldoon says he would tell his girlfriend; Galway GAA Captain Finian Hanley said he would tell his parents and his girlfriend; and Mayo GAA player Kevin Keane would tell his parents and his girlfriend.“There is such a taboo around suicide and that’s what we wanted to tackle in this video,” said student Stephen Sullivan. “People who feel suicidal feel they can’t talk about it, and those who are worried about friends are afraid to broach the subject with them. But talking is the best medicine and that’s what we are trying to promote in this video.”Jim McGuinness encourages people to speak out about their problems on the video; “My own community has been devastated by it in the last number of years, old and young,” he says. “It’s something that just stops you in your tracks. You wish that you could do something, or that you could have known or helped by the reality is sometimes you don’t and that’s why it’s so important that if you’re any way down or carrying anything, or if you feel depressed, to try to seek people out. Don’t carry it yourself, try and move forward with the help and support of other people. That’s the key thing,” he said.Rugby player Alan Quinlan echoes these sentiments; “There’s no doubt about it that people tend to sweep their problems under the carpet and not open up. But they escalate and get worse and times does on. There is no shame in speaking out and opening up to someone,” he says.John Muldoon says suicide is ‘crippling society; “Don’t be macho. Don’t be afraid. Don’t think that people will think less of you…if you’re in a bad place, talk to someone,” he said.Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer with HSE West Mike Rainsford, is also quoted on the video. “There is an invisible barrier associated with suicide,” he said. “Those feeling suicidal don’t want to burden people by talking about it and their friends and family don’t know how to raise it with them. The only way we can help is to communicate to each other, to our friends or with support services. A problem shared really is a problem halved, so the very simple message about communication underpinning this video is very important.”The BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo is an innovative and practically-driven degree programme which equips students with a variety of skills to promote health amongst specialised and applied health areas and populations. Lecturer Maire McCallion said practical projects are a core part of the programme; “The students have received tremendous support from the sporting community in this project,” she said.” Videos are powerful communication and promotional tools and the students are hoping that this video will be used by schools and sporting and community groups to promote suicide awareness and the importance of mental health.” For more information see www.itsligo.ieThose who are affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts should contact their GP. Other sources of support also include the Samaritans 1850 609090, 1Life 1800 24 7 100 and Stop suicide 1850 211 877. DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEO was last modified: February 27th, 2013 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:DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEOlast_img read more