De Murga, Rota: unsung Azkals heroes

first_imgBattling injuries the past three years, De Murga and Rota returned to shore up the Azkals’ defense in their most important match yet, helping the Nationals pull off a 2-1 win over Tajikistan on Thursday to clinch top spot in Group F and secure qualification to the Asian Cup 2019 at the United Arab Emirates in January.Rota’s journey from an orphan who was adopted by Italian parents 32 years ago to his attempt to finding his family is well-documented, along with his civic work at Buklod Kalinga, an orphanage run by Franciscan sisters in Parañaque. But Rota, who turns 34 in November, also had to rise above adversity after sustaining an ACL injury in the latter part of the 2016 season.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 crownDe Murga busted his knee twice and looked like ready to quit the sport altogether two years ago.But the Ceres-Negros captain worked his way back into shape and played a key role in the Busmen’s run to the AFC Cup Asean zone crown. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Far removed from Grand Slam glory, Barroca, Magnolia hungrier than ever for crown Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband took the spotlight with goal No. 50 while Kevin Ingreso will go down in Philippine football history as the scorer of one of its most important goals, but defenders Carlie de Murga and Simone Rota will symbolize the resolve and the resilience of the Azkals in their successful qualification bid to the AFC Asian Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “We were ready to put him in the coaching staff of the club, but Carlie (De Murga) did not give up,” said a Ceres official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebackcenter_img 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 MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

Put the people’s interest first – Region 5 VC

first_imgRegion Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Vice Chairman Rion Peters is calling on region’s Councillors to put aside their differences and work towards improving the region.He made the comments as Councillors for the first time this year were able to sit and discuss issues affecting the region. The meeting was a continuation of a previous one which had to be adjourned last week after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Councillors kept obstructing the proceedings in defiance of the Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal.However, this most recent meeting was a one-sided affair since all the APNU/AFC Councillors were absent.Region Five Chairman Vickchand RamphalPeters speaking at the meeting noted that if there is to be development in the region, then there must be cooperation from both sides of the house. He said if each community has better representation at the regional level, it will be beneficial for all.“Mr Chairman, I would also like to sound my disappointment with the absence of the honourable members that were elected to represent the people of this region under the APNU/AFC. It is time that this Council moves forward. It is time that this Council put the interest of the people before all political and selfish desires. We were elected to meaningfully and adequately represent the people of this region and it is time that we fulfil that mandate,” Peters said.During the meeting, several issues were discussed, chief among them being widespread flooding in the region. Several low-lying communities in Region Five are currently under water as a result of the May/June rains. This has been compounded by clogged drains, trenches and canals. The Regional Democratic Councils (RDC’s) took a decision to have drains and canals in residential areas cleared urgently to allow the free flow of water out of canals. There are also several outfall canals in the region which need to be desilted.The Regional Chairman said the administration has been making representation at all levels. He added that the relevant agencies have all been informed in advance, as the Council seeks their intervention.Meanwhile, also absent at the meeting was Regional Executive Officer (REO) Roderick Edinboro, who is also the clerk of the RDC.Ramphal said the REO by way of a letter was told that the Council took a decision to have the statuary meeting on June 23. “However, he refused to make himself available and to make the necessary arrangements along with his officers to this meeting here this morning and further I will like to make it public that he is taking advice from politicians; he is being highly political because in my presence he would have called one of the APNU/AFC Councillors seeking advice on whether he should allow the meeting this morning or not. The only way that a meeting can be summoned is by the Regional Chairman making a request which the REO needs to fulfil. Because of his actions, the people of this region will continue to be affected,” the Chairman said.For the first half of the year, the RDC had not been able to sit because of disruptions to it monthly statutory meetings by APNUAFC regional Councillors. Last week, the coalition Councillors led by Carol Joseph prevented the Chairman from presiding over the meeting, forcing the adjournment.Joseph had accused the Regional Chairman of being disrespectful to the President and as a result, would not allow him to preside over the meeting. Despite calls by the Chairman for Joseph to stand if she had something to say, the Councillor disregarded the utterances of the Chairman and continued to speak.At the RDC’s statutory monthly meeting in January, Joseph led Councillors to stop the meeting moments after it started, demanding that the Chairman apologise to President David Granger for not attending a function which Ramphal said he was not invited to. Joseph has ever since prevented the holding of the RDC statuary meetings.Ramphal told reporters that he did not attend the function because he was not invited to it. He said the meeting was suspended because of the way the APNU/AFC Councillors behaved – not allowing members from the other side of the house to speak and not acknowledging what he was saying. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

They’re no longer Patsies

first_imgCoby King sat in the City Section girls’ soccer coaches’ meeting at Hamilton High in October and found himself the butt of several jokes. Enduring sarcastic remarks was an unfamiliar feeling for King, the boys’ varsity soccer assistant at Birmingham High of Lake Balboa, who was filling in for girls’ junior varsity coach Jessica Knapcik. Having three coaches in as many years gives a program that type of reputation. So, too, does winning only one game in the 2005-06 season. Freshman Jennifer Venegas was determined not to be part of such a woeful tradition. Venegas believed the burden of coaching the junior varsity and varsity teams would be too much for Knapcik. So, she reached out to her former club coach Ed Verdugo. “I asked him if he wanted to coach, and at first he thought I was kidding,” Venegas said. “I said, `No, I’m serious.’ We didn’t have a coach, and the girls were to the point where they were desperate. I was just giving them some hope.” The result has been the biggest turnaround of any girls’ soccer program in the area. The Patriots were the reigning City boys’ champions and held in the highest regard by coaches throughout the section. But he quickly learned that being associated with Birmingham’s girls’ program elicited the opposite reaction. “They asked if I got stuck coaching the girls,” said King, a Hart of Newhall graduate. center_img Once the forgotten team in the West Valley League, 12th-seeded Birmingham (12-6-3) has put together an unforgettable year, which continues today with a second-round playoff match at No. 5 San Pedro (17-7). “Jen said to me, `I don’t want to be the worst team in the City,”‘ Verdugo said. “And I said, `Neither do I.’ “I didn’t come here to throw out the balls and watch (the girls) kick them around.” One of the toughest challenges for Verdugo was balancing his soccer schedule with working the graveyard shift as a bottler at the Anheuser Busch brewery. He also wanted to support his daughter Leah, who plays soccer at Granada Hills. Once he developed a routine, positive results soon followed. With Verdugo handling the tactical aspects, Knapcik taking care of the administrative duties and Hugo Monterrosa coaching the JV team, girls’ soccer is no longer an afterthought at Birmingham. “I can’t even put into words how much they’ve helped me out,” said Knapcik, who ran the entire program after former coach Christa Migas left for Northridge Academy. “I don’t have much background in (soccer), and that’s why I coached JV, and I did fine with that. But I needed help and (Ed) wanted to help. It was a great balance.” Juniors Stephanie Cubias and Charleye Schneiderman provided leadership, sophomore Vanessa Carr made an impact moving up from JV, and Venegas, Estela Hernandez and Daisy Alvarenga gave the Patriots much-needed depth. “I saw the talent,” Knapcik said. “I knew we could be a phenomenal team if we had the correct coaching style.” After beating only Van Nuys last season, it took just onegame for Birmingham to match last season’s win total, defeating Marshall of Los Feliz. “After the first game, it took a lot off my shoulders,” Venegas said. “I brought Ed all the way out here and I didn’t want to disappoint him.” The Patriots added victories over North Hollywood, Taft of Woodland Hills and Chatsworth twice. They also tied Granada Hills, a City finalist last year. “They always wanted to compete with those teams,” Verdugo said. “I think they just wanted to be challenged. They wanted me to show them a system and point them in the right direction. “But Jessica has been the heart and soul of this team. She kept the team together for twomonths. Without her, there wouldn’t be a team.” As a result, Cubias’ experience has been a far cry from her first two seasons. “The desire to win kept me going,” she said. “I knew we had something to prove.” If Thursday’s 2-1 win over Palisades of Pacific Palisades is any indication, the Patriots are up for the challenge. “It’s been a complete turnaround, a complete change in the way of thinking,” Cubias said. Said Verdugo: “As far as I’m concerned, the story is not finished, it’s just beginning.” And with several talented underclassmen on the roster, Knapcik is looking forward to next year’s coaches meeting. “I almost want to laugh back at those teams,” she said. “These girls have stuck with it and they’ve made it happen and I’m so proud of them. We’re not a laughingstock anymore.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Penalties killing depleted Kings

first_imgIt all added up to a loss for the Kings, who were let down again by their league-worst penalty-kill unit. Nashville scored four consecutive third-period goals for a 6-3 victory in front of 16,854 at Staples Center. Shea Weber and Paul Kariya each scored two goals for the Western Conference-leading Predators, who have won four consecutive games. Peter Forsberg assisted on three of Nashville’s third-period goals. Things aren’t likely to get much better for the Kings. After the game, coach Marc Crawford said Kopitar was unlikely to accompany the Kings on a four-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Chicago. Kopitar suffered his injury, which is likely in the neck or back area, during practice Tuesday. Crawford said Kopitar had not undergone a MRI, but after the game, Kopitar said he had one Tuesday. They lost Anze Kopitar to injury this week, and the hits kept coming Saturday afternoon. Kopitar, the sensational rookie center and the Kings’ third-leading scorer, missed a second consecutive game with an undisclosed upper-body injury, and defenesman Lubomir Visnovsky, the team’s fourth-leading scorer, missed the game after he was struck on the left foot by a shot two nights earlier. Given the way things have been going of late, the Kings might soon be forced to forfeit games. Over the past five weeks, the Kings have traded away Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Mattias Norstrom. center_img “It’s just something that happened,” a tight-lipped Kopitar said in the arena’s hallway. Kopitar ranks second among all rookie scorers in the NHL and third among Kings scorers, but with the playoffs all but out of reach, the Kings won’t rush Kopitar back into the lineup and risk further injury. Visnovsky should return Tuesday, Crawford said, and the Kings need all the help they can get. The Kings, going for their first three-game winning streak of the season, held a 3-2 lead early in the third period when Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game, but it didn’t last long. Forty seconds later, Kariya tied the game with a power-play goal, thenwith Rob Blake in the penalty box for tripping, Marek Zidlicky scored the eventualwinner, 9:39 into the third period. “The Kings came back and they played very hard,” Forsberg said.”They had nothing to play for and they still came out and played very hard. They definitely had a chance to win in the third.” Nashville scored three power-play goals in seven chances against the Kings’ penalty-kill unit, which is ranked last in the NHL in efficiency. “That’s why they’re great,” Kings center Derek Armstrong said of the Predators. “They capitalize. We came out of the gate so bad, so slow, and they score when they get their opportunities.” J.P. Dumont and Kariya added third-period goals to cap a tough day for Kings goalie Sean Burke, who had been stellar of late, with a 5-1-1 record and a 2.20 goals-against average in his last seven games. After a strong first period, Burke finished with his worst game as a King and stopped 27 of 33 shots. The Kings took seven minor penalties and drew just two penalties by the Predators. “When you take penalties and allow their best players to be on the ice, you’re playing a dangerous game,” Crawford said. “We played a dangerous game.” Cammalleri’s second goal of the game gave him a career-best 27 for the season. Cammalleri has a six-game scoring streak and has 24 points in his last 15 games. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 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

Manchester United agree deal to sign Brazil midfielder Fred

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s midfielder Fred is joining Manchester United © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 5 – Manchester United announced on Tuesday they have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as Jose Mourinho seeks the magic formula to topple Premier League Champions Manchester City.The 25-year-old will cost the English giants a reported fee of more than £50 million ($67 million) and give Mourinho a powerful-looking midfield, with the Brazilian set to slot in alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. United announced the deal in a brief statement on their official website, which read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).“A further announcement will be made in due course.”Fred becomes the first major summer signing by United boss Mourinho, who is also reportedly closing in on a deal for Porto defender Diogo Dalot.United finished second in the Premier League behind City but were a whopping 19 points behind their fierce rivals.Despite their highest league finish since Alex Ferguson retired, Mourinho was heavily criticised for adopting cautious tactics in several big games as United were often made to look ponderous in comparison to stylish City’s commitment to attack.And beating City to the signature of Fred, who was a target for the English champions in January, could prove to be a significant first step.Fred caught the eye in Shakhtar’s run to the last-16 of the Champions League, where the Ukrainians only lost out on away goals to Roma.A stunning free-kick in the first leg of that tie was a glimpse of what Fred’s talented left foot can produce.However, he is far more of a creator than goalscorer as his record of just 15 goals in five years at Shakhtar suggests.– Midfield boost –United are in need of midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.Mourinho’s task will now be to harness Fred’s passing ability, while also finally getting the best out of Pogba in his third season since an £89 million move from Juventus.Fred will hope to make the same impact on the Premier League as Brazilian international team-mates Willian and Fernandinho, who also arrived in England via spells with Shakhtar.United fans are unlikely to get much of a glimpse of Fred at the World Cup in Russia, though, as he is yet to start an international under current coach Tite.Handed his debut by Dunga in 2014, Fred’s international career was disrupted after testing positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the 2015 Copa America.He was banned from international football for a year by South America’s governing body CONMEBOL, but only missed four months for Shakhtar as FIFA did not extend the ban to cover all confederations until February 2016.Fred did not return to the national team until a 3-0 friendly win over Russia in March and Tite was keen for his transfer to be completed before the World Cup starts on June 14.“Players are always thinking of their careers. What you say is please resolve it as soon as possible so we can get them focused back on the task in hand with the national team,” he said after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield, in which Fred featured as a substitute.“If I was a club manager, I would be looking to sign him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CHEERS FOR THE BEERS! DONEGAL WOMAN OPENS HER OWN BREWERY!

first_imgCathal and Emma get the beers in!An Inishowen woman doesn’t have to shy away from buying her round after opening up her own brewery.Emma Devlin, from Malin Head, has just launched Rascal’s Brewing Co in Dublin along with her partner Cathal O’Donoghue.The couple met in Australia, fell in love and decided to return to Ireland to give their new business a real go. Minister of Tourism, Transport and Sport, Leo Varadkar attended the launch of Rascal’s Brewing Co. in Dublin recently.The couple now produce a range of‘Bold Irish beer’, three of which were showcased at the launch – Ginger Porter, Big Hop Red and Wit Woo (a Belgian wheat beer).Taking place at The Mart in Rathmines, the launch was attended by craft beer lovers from all walks of life.Emma said “Rascal’s was born out of our love of craft beer, which we discovered some years ago while living in New Zealand. When we moved home, we invested in home-brew equipment and began brewing with all-grain and fresh leaf hops. “2013 was a very successful year for us as we won two competitions with our beers, Belgian Wit and Ginger Porter. This boosted our confidence and things developed from there.“We find that people are bored of mainstream, mass-marketed lagers – they’re turning to craft beers because they give quality and value for money in terms of flavour. There’s also that wonderful sense of discovering something new.’Adding to this, Emma’s partner and co-founder, Cathal O’Donoghue said: Rascal’s is about brewing craft beer with a little something extra – which they call BOLD IRISH BEER.“We like to brew with unusual ingredients like ginger, as in our current beer, Ginger Porter. We’re a small brewery, 950L batches, and this small scale allows us to be more experimental, which is something we love. Our plan is to brew a variety of seasonal ales and not focus on the core supply as much as other breweries. We want to keep things interesting for the customer and for ourselves, as brewers.”Rascal’s Brewing Co. now supplies its beers to pubs across Dublin including The Norseman, The Black sheep, 57 The Headline, and Blackbird. Emma and Cathal have big plans for the brand and hope to sell Rascal’s beer across the island of Ireland by the end of the year.For more information on Rascal’s Brewing Co. visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rascals-Brewing-Co/1412375322311028 or Twitterhttps://twitter.com/search?q=%40rascalsbrewing&src=typdCHEERS FOR THE BEERS! DONEGAL WOMAN OPENS HER OWN BREWERY! was last modified: June 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:Emma DevlinMalin HeadRascal’s Brewing Colast_img read more

DONEGAL PENSIONER HAS LUCKY ESCAPE THANKS TO SMOKE DETECTOR

first_imgBack row left to Right; Joe Butler, Brian Breslin, Eddie Doherty (all Carndonagh Fire Brigade)Front row (l-r): t; Bernie McDaid MTA, Laura Marzan S/N and Mary Canny Service User, Carndonagh Day Hospital.A Carndonagh pensioner had a narrow escape recently when a blessed candle she had lit to pray for a friend nearly caused a fire!Last year two members of Carndonagh Fire Brigade installed smoke detectors in the home of Ms Mary Canny.As it turns out they were successful in notifying Ms Canny of a fire which was trying to catch hold allowing swift intervention to extinguish the danger. Ms Canny lives alone in a rurally isolated area. The week after the smoke alarm was installed in her home, she lit a blessed candle to pray for a friend and had left it burning on the bedroom window sill and forgot about it.After a while the smoke alarm sounded and reminded her of the candle. At this stage the candle had begun to burn into the sill.The danger was heightened by the fact there were fabric blinds and curtains on the window which was beside her bed.Ms Canny acknowledges that the sound of the alarm reminded her of the burning candle and quick intervention limited the damage that could have been done. While she still prays for people in need, she doesn’t leave burning candles unattended. In fact is considering buying modern battery operated candle instead.She remains grateful to local fire and hospital staff for installation of smoke alarm and yearly updates on household fire safety.Since 2008 Donegal County Council has targeted vulnerable members of the community and has provided more than 2000 homes with smoke detectors since then.This initiative was done in conjunction with Donegal County Council’s Community & Enterprise section and in some cases directly by the Fire Service as research has shown that having a working smoke alarm can reduce the risk of fire death by 50%DONEGAL PENSIONER HAS LUCKY ESCAPE THANKS TO SMOKE DETECTOR was last modified: October 28th, 2015 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CUTS: ‘WE MUST FIGHT TO SAVE SERVICES’ – BETTY HOLMES

first_imgBETTY HOLMESA LEADING health services campaigner has called on the people of Co Donegal to unite and fight back to save services after a €5M cut was announced at Letterkenny General Hospital.Betty Holmes has worked tirelessly to save health services in the county in recent years.As the HSE announced more than €120 worth of cutbacks across the country, it is now clear that Letterkenny General Hospital will have to cut at least €1.1M every month between now and the end of the year. Ms Holmes says the services can’t take any more cutbacks.“The cuts need to be made at the very top level at National level,” said Betty Holmes.“Remember we are told we must all suffer especially the sick and old so that the bankers etc can be paid. It’s a disgrace.“Letterkenny Hospital has made major achievements over the years that have not been rewarded and recognised at national level. “With all the cuts at national level to all the hospitals in the country where will Donegal patients get treated? No other hospital will want them as they will be working hard to treat their own patients.“We the people of Donegal must ensure that key services at LGH are protected, contact your local politicans, write letters to Minister James Reilly, ask questions, highlight the achievements of Letterkenny Hospital.“Through Donegal Daily I would appeal to people – please don’t sit back and think this will be resolved.“Bigger cuts are still to come, remember the key problems for Letterkenny Hospital at the moment stem from the major cut to the hospital budget, the recruitment embargo and no additional money to open the new Emergency Department & Medical Unit.“These are all decisions made in Dublin. Protect key services for sick people at Letterkenny General Hospital. Remember health affects everyone of us from the time we are in the womb until the day we die, everything else we do in life may be affected by our health.” LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CUTS: ‘WE MUST FIGHT TO SAVE SERVICES’ – BETTY HOLMES was last modified: August 30th, 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:LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CUTS: ‘WE MUST FIGHT TO SAVE SERVICES’ – BETTY HOLMESlast_img read more

Woman gains boost of hope from rehab equipment appeal

first_imgA Donegal-based woman has gained a major lift on her road to recovery from spinal injury, thanks to a team of kind-hearted donators.Anita Jackson, 42, has been using a wheelchair for the past two years following a horror fall in Kenya.But that long and challenging rehabilitation journey has been boosted this week as a successful fundraiser helped Anita buy two pieces of home exercise equipment. Anita and her partner Manus Gallagher, from Burtonport, were forced to go public with an appeal to raise funds for a leg and arm trainer in March.It took just a few weeks for Anita’s story to touch the hearts of hundreds of people all over the country, who rushed to help the couple reach their target of €4,400 on GoFundMe. Thanks to almost 200 donators, Anita is now able to do regular training at home.Anita told Donegal Daily: “I’m really shocked and so appreciative of how nice people can be. Every single person who donated is amazing.“We bought the Motomed and SkiErg last Friday evening and I’ve been using them this week. “I feel like everyone who donated is cheering me on and helping me to get better. I was really tearful when I saw the fund total go up.”Anita Jackson training in the new crowd-funded MotomedAnita’s life was turned upside down in 2016 when she suffered an incomplete spinal injury in a freak fall on holiday in Mombasa. Some doctors feared that she would never walk again. But the determined woman has found a way to get back on her feet after she and Manus moved from their former home in London to Donegal.Anita is now making great strides in her physiotherapy with the No Barriers Exoskeleton. She has used the robotic therapy tool to take over 65,000 steps, while she wanted to complement her progress with home training on a Motomed.Anita Jackson with her partner Manus Gallagher. Anita is a service user of the Letterkenny-based No Barriers Foundation, which provides exoskeleton therapy for people with spinal injury, MS, brain injury and stroke. (North West Newspix).However, due to demands in the HSE, she could only have access to this equipment every three months before it went to another patient.Anita and Manus were inspired to buy the Motomed privately through a GoFundMe campaign, which was a sure success.The overall total raised was €6,397, and the extra money was used for a skiing exercise machine and physiotherapy sessions. Anita said: “I’ll get to use the equipment every day now. The fundraiser has given me a huge chance to progress and get my life back.“Before I had my accident I used to go to the gym a lot. This has made me change a negative experience into a positive one. It’s given me such a boost of hope.”Anita Jackson training with the SkiErg machine, which was funded through GoFundMeAnd there are more than a few winners from this campaign.“The other person who used the HSE motomed must be really happy too because I think they will get to use it full-time now,” Anita said. Such kindness from friends, family and strangers has given Anita even more encouragement to progress in her rehab.She said: “I just have to keep the positivity up and make it happen, not just for me but for the people who backed me too. I’m amazed at how loving and helpful people can be.”Woman gains boost of hope from rehab equipment appeal was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:anita jacksonfundraisergofundmeRehablast_img read more

Fortuna’s Bailey Foley remains hospitalized as large community rallies to aid

first_imgSanta Rosa >> Fortuna High School football player Bailey Foley remains in a medically-induced coma after doctors said the 17-year-old running back/linebacker suffered a stroke following a hematoma during the Huskies’ 41-18 loss to Cardinal Newman on Friday in Santa Rosa. In the waning moments of the game, Foley went to the sidelines complaining of cramps before suffering from seizures. He was rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he was found to have bleeding in his brain. Doctors …last_img read more