Dismissal MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Allrounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia broke up a defiant West Indies second innings to claim a 177-run win yesterday in the second Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on their overnight score of 179-3. Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The Test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59. “I was really happy with the way Mitchell Marsh bowled. He was pretty impressive today, bowling consistently over 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph) and guess really helped out the team in the end,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. Offspinner Nathan Lyon took a wicket in each session to finish with figures of 3-85 as the West Indies were bowled out for 282. “I was glad with the way we finished off,” Smith said. “(Lyons) did what he’s done so well this summer. He got crucial wickets for us at crucial times and he’s bowled beautifully.” After Kraigg Brathwaite (31) provided the only wicket of the morning session, the Australian bowlers took three hard-fought wickets in the afternoon session against a West Indies top order that showed far greater determination than in the first innings, when the visitors collapsed to 91-6. “I was proud of the way the guys showed some fight and skill,” captain Jason Holder said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better fight. But still credit to the way the guys played.” Peter Siddle had Darren Bravo caught behind for 21 with a fullish outswinging delivery and Rajendra Chandrika opened up and played his shots before falling leg before wicket to James Pattinson for a Test career-best 37. Marlon Samuels, who took 16 balls to get off the mark, was caught behind for 19 off Marsh. Lyon claimed his second dismissal in the second over after tea when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood lbw for 20, before Ramdin and Holder combined to frustrate the Australian attack. Marsh finally broke through with the wicket of Ramdin (59) who smashed nine boundaries from his 90 balls. Lyon struck again to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for two when his in-swinging delivery brushed the top of off-stump to dislodge the bail and Holder ended his gutsy innings at 68 when he spooned a Marsh ball to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off. Kemar Roach was out three balls later for 11, caught at third slip by David Warner off Pattinson. Holder encapsulated the West Indies’ defiance and even raised hopes of an unlikely victory push, hitting seven boundaries and punishing two loose Lyon deliveries for six, the first hoisted over mid-wicket deep into the stands. “Our guys need to cherish these moments and come up trumps in these kinds of games,” Holder said. “These are obviously big games and big occasions, and these are things our players can really strive to do.” Australia won the opening Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs. The third and final Test begins Sunday in Sydney. “The West Indies were up for the fight this game,” Smith said. “They improved quite a lot from the last match and hopefully they can continue to show that fight in Sydney.” Australia’s hopes of a quick victory were hit by another instance of sloppy bowling when Bravo edged a ball to slip just before lunch only for replays to show Hazelwood overstepped. It was the third time in the match the West Indies had benefited from a similar no ball. James Pattinson squandered two dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite due to no balls Monday to significantly prolong the West Indies innings and deny Australia a possible three-day victory. SCOREBOARD West Indies 2nd innings K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 31 R. Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 37 D.M. Bravo c Nevill b Siddle 21 M. Samuels c Nevill b Marsh 19 J. Blackwood lbw b Lyon 20 D. Ramdin c Nevill b Marsh 59 J. Holder c Hazlewood b Marsh 68 C. Brathwaite b Lyon 2 K. Roach c Warner b Pattinson 11 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Marsh 0 J. Warrican not out 4 Extras (lb7, w1, nb2) 10 Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 282 Fall of wickets:1-35 (Brathwaite) ,2-83 (Bravo), 3-91( Chandrika), 4-118 (Samuels), 5-150 (Blackwood), 6-250 (Ramdin),7-253(C Brathwaite), 8-274 (Holder), 9-278 (Roach), 10-282 (Taylor). Bowling: Hazlewood 20-6-40-0 (1nb,1w),Pattinson 17-4-49-2,Lyon 23-7-85-3,Siddle 9-2-35-1,March 17.3-2-61-4 (1nb), Smith 2-1-5-0. Position: Australia won by 177 runs. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould.
View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Highlands pulls away in overall race MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Perez, who has been instrumental to the Pirates’ impressive 9-0 start to the season, will spearhead Team Heroes, whose players will also be composed of standouts from Arellano, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Jose Rizal U and Mapua.Team Saints, which features Bolick and San Beda teammates Jayvee Mocon and Davon Patts, will also be made up of stars from Letran, San Sebastian, St. Benilde and Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The midseason showcase will also feature a skills challenge, the shooting stars event and a slam dunk contest, where PBA great Jimmy Alapag and Gilas cadet standout Ray Parks will be among the judges.Soberano will defend his title against the league’s top marksmen, including Sidney Onwubere of EAC. Also in the contest are Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Wilson Baltazar of Lyceum, RK Ilagan of San Sebastian, Brylle Meca of Arellano, Matt Johnson of St. Benilde, MJ Dela Virgen of JRU, Almel Orquina of Mapua and Jack Hao of Perpetual Help. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Two of the NCAA’s top players—Lyceum hotshot CJ Perez and Robert Bolick of San Beda—banner the squads that will square off in the NCAA All-Star Game on Friday, while San Beda marksman AC Soberano defends his Three-Point Shootout crown in the side events at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Perez will be joined by fellow Pirates MJ Ayaay and Mike Nzeusseu in Team Heroes, which will be coached by Topex Robinson. Also part of the squad are Allen Enriquez, Lervin Flores, and Kent Salado of Arellano; Jerome Garcia, Francis Munsayac, and Onwubere of EAC; Ervin Grospe, Jed Mendoza, and Teytey Teodoro of JRU; and Christian Bunag, JB Raflores and Laurenz Victoria of Mapua.St. Benilde standouts Edward Dixon, JJ Domingo, and Gerard Castor are also part of Team Saints, along with Letran’s JP Calvo, Rey Nambatac, and Bong Quinto, Perpetual Help’s Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze, and GJ Ylagan, and San Sebastian’s Alvin Baetiong, Kevin Baytan, and Ian Valdez. San Beda’s Boyet Fernandez will coach Team Saints.Leading the cast in the slam dunk contest are Lervin Flores of Arellano, Arnaud Noah of San Beda, Renato Ular of Letran, Allyn Bulanadi of San Sebastian and many more.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies
The Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence & Veterans Affairs, has reported to Senate plenary that the proposed UNMIL drawdown plan developed by the Government of Liberia and UNMIL covering the three fiscal periods of 2015-2018 will cost US$104,848,878.45, an amount which it concedes the government cannot handle alone. The report recognizes the need to lobby with immediate effect the country’s international partners for assistance. In its recommendation contained in the report read yesterday, the 15-member committee, headed by Lofa County Senator Stephen J.H. Zargo, noted that the 2015/2016 budget period is crucial as it is the period prior to UNMIL June 2016 drawdown, and that “the aggregate cost for this period is US$76,188.89.” “We therefore instruct that the Minister of Justice and chairman of the joint security report to Defense Committee in two weeks, as of today’s date with a realistic and achievable budget for consideration for this budget period, taking into consideration what the Justice Minister considered County/Regional Hot/Trouble spot or high threat zone approach,” the committee said.The committee further reported that during its engagement with national security institutions, it was discovered that some of them contribute considerably to the national budget while others whose budgetary allotments are far more than others, do not contribute.A case in point, according to the committee, is the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization which in 2013-2014 contributed over US$3M to the national budget while the Liberia National Police could not produce any record to suggest that it contributed to the budget under the same period. “Therefore, we recommend that we allot based in part on institution’s contribution to the budget and in part on its strategic contribution.”During discussions leading to the recommendation, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, in his capacity as chairman of the joint security, informed the meeting that he had convinced President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to include the UNMIL drawdown plan in the Post Ebola Recovery Plan and called for political will on the part of government for the UNMIL drawdown plan to succeed.Justice Minister Sannoh during the discussion reportedly clarified that the Government of Liberia’s plan for UNMIL drawdown would remain public.For his part, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Cllr. H. Varney Sherman, whose committee formed part of the meeting, encouraged the national security authorities to sufficiently publicize their activities, while Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay, advised that documents relating to the drawdown be provided to the Defense Committee, totally or in segments, considering their relevance and significance.In the same vein, Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah encouraged the security authorities and the Executive Branch of Government to submit their budget in a timely manner in order to give the Legislature ample time to review them for consideration, a view shared by Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel F. Naatehn; while the security advisor to President Sirleaf encouraged continuous engagement with the people and economic empowerment of the youth and former combatants.Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh underscored the need to allay the fears and negative perceptions of the Liberian people in the face of the UNMIL drawdown saying there was no looming anarchy nor was the Liberian state on the brink of failure resulting from the departure of UNMIL. The committee’s report is the aftermath of its meeting with Liberia national security actors held April 7, in the Conference Room of the Senate Pro Tempore. In attendance were heads of all national security institutions, including the Liberia National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Drugs Enforcement Agency, National Fire Service, Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation, Armed Forces of Liberia, Ministers of Defense and Justice, and Security Advisor to the President of Liberia, among others.It may be recalled that last March, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence informed her colleagues that unless some serious efforts were made to beef up the country’s national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of the country could be at risk, and therefore, requested an urgent hearing in Executive session.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration. It was based on Senator Lawrence’s concern that her communication was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks.Meanwhile, the plenary yesterday thanked the committee for its timely intervention and meeting with national security actors, and unanimously voted to adopt the recommendations contained in the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Those who were here as it began reached out with a message of Christianity that people heard and then reached out to others,” Rumble said. “We’ve been here 100 years, and that process of turning to others with the message has been strong and successful.” But when they started in 1907, it was a small group of people that needed to borrow $6,000 from the United Presbyterian Church of North America in order to purchase two lots on the northwest corner of Wardman Street (then known as College Street) and Bright Avenue, according to the written church history. On this spot would be built The Little Brown Church, where they would be known as the United Presbyterian Church of Whittier. That church was dedicated Sept. 24, 1911. The Rev. Louis Tinning became its first pastor in 1912. The church would continue to grow, eventually having about 250 members during the late 1920s. In 1930, the church would become linked with the Presbyterian Church of Whittier, both meeting in the same location. By the late 1940s, the worship services – mornings and evenings – were becoming overcrowded. In 1945, the Presbyterian Church of Whittier decided to move into its current home on El Rancho Drive in Whittier. Soon, the United Presbyterian Church would move. “People loved that Little Brown Church, but they just outgrew it,” said Shirley Hawkins, a member of the church’s 100th Anniversary Committee. Robert Evans, a member of the congregation, and its pastor, the Rev. Robert Caldwell, were looking at farm property in the then-unincorporated area of East Whittier. “This property cost $8,000 to buy,” Hawkins said. “They had found a piece of property and the owner said we could buy a part or all of it. \ then whipped out his checkbook. Luckily, it was a good decision.” The building itself cost $78,000 to construct. Soon, the church grew. Sunday school attendance was 750. “It was the only church in the area,” said the Rev. Robert Purdy, who served as its pastor from 1973-99. “It was developed in the middle of an orchard,” Purdy said. “By the time the church was finished, houses were all in place and there were a bunch of young families looking for a church home.” As other churches were established in the east Whittier area, its numbers declined. In 1960, the church changed its name to the East Whittier United Presbyterian Church. Purdy said the church was active during his tenure, giving money to missions, helping the homeless and becoming involved in scouting. From 1967 to 2005, the church has had 63 Eagle Scouts, he said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – One hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt was nearing the end of his presidency; Oklahoma became the 46th state in the nation and a group of Whittier Presbyterian Christians began gathering together for prayer and worship in their homes. During the next 100 years, they would become a church, go through a number of pastors, and eventually move after 40 years in the Uptown area to their existing location at 14061 E. Second St. The East Whittier Presbyterian plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 with its traditional church service, opening of a time capsule, a lunch, and a skit. “This group of people on a mission have been carrying it out generational,” said the Rev. Jeff Rumble, church pastor.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gestures during the African Nations Championship qualifier against Tanzania at the Kasarani Stadium on August 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne is set to leave for his native France next week for an unspecified period of time but says he will leave his assistants in charge and is not about to step down from the job.Migne has said he will travel with his family back to France as his daughter is set to undergo some medical procedures. “Don’t be afraid if from the 12th of this month you don’t see me. It is because I have a daughter who will be in hospital, I will go back to France. I will not leave. Don’t worry. The coach is there. My family will be there at the beginning of September and my different assistants will be here working and when it’s okay with my daughter, I we will be back,” the tactician noted.Despite failing to guide Kenya to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after losing to Tanzania on penalties in the first round of qualification, Migne has stated that he is not thinking of leaving and if his bosses think of firing him, then it will turn out costly.“To resign? I am under contract here. It is already difficult to pay me and after if they need to pay my full contract it will be difficult also. I am hard worker. This is not a defeat; it’s a draw. We are not qualified. I knew when I signed in Kenya, it would be difficult but my way is to work hard and to try get something strong,” the tactician stated.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne watches from the bench during the African Nations Championship qualifier against Tanzania at the Kasarani Stadium on August 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “We need to be optimistic and positive and to work hard, it’s the only way. I am not a liar and tell you that we will qualify for every tournament. I am here to try and build something. I need to continue working and stay positive. If for every defeat you want to change things and sack the coach, then you will remain the same as you were for 20 years. I am not afraid about it. It is part of my job.”Migne has come increasingly under fire especially for his failed tactics against Tanzania where the team failed to score a single goal in 180 minutes of football and in the penalty shoot-out managed to get only one in the back of the net.The tactician believes that the team did its best and only lost because of inexperience, saying his plans were scattered after up to five players were ruled ineligible for the tie after transferring to leagues outside the country.John Avire went MIA with reports that he was seeking a move to Egypt, Cliff nYAkeya joined Egyptian side Al Masry, Francis Kahata and Faruk Shikalo left for Tanzania, David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng left for Saudi Arabia while Paul Were did not report to camp as he seeks a move out of the country.“I think we missed some maturity. Maturity is essential in football. You have to be mature in the zone of truth offensively and defensively. When you imagine two months ago the team with all these players then they leave, it is difficult,”Harambee Stars players line up before the African Nations Championship qualifier against Tanzania at the Kasarani Stadium on August 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The boys gave their best and worked very hard in 15 days. A small thing was missing and in the high level, every detail counts. Hope they can learn from this and some have already shown me they can integrate in the first national team,” the tactician further explained.Migne’s next target now is to qualify the team for the Cup of Nations in 2021 but he says a shot at the 2022 World Cup is too ambitious.“Everything is possible in football. Now the focus is on AFCON 2021. For the World Cup we will try our best but we need to be realistic as well. In 2026 maybe because nine teams from Africa will qualify. The next one in 2022 will be five. We are maybe number 25 in Africa. It will be tough. But if you find a coach who will promise to be qualified, sign him,” Migne added with a pinch of salt.Stars will shift focus to the 2021 AFCON qualifiers with their first match set for November away to Egypt.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
The students from St Eunans get ready for the raffle with Mairtin Kelly form Centra at Mountaintop.Tonight (Thurs) sees a quiz in Arena 7 as a fundraiser for nine fifth year students who are going to Lourdes to help the sick, elderly and invalided parishioners of the Diocese of Raphoe.The quiz will be held in Arena 7 (Woodberry Bar & Grill), and will start at 9 p.m.The price is €20 minimum for a team of four. There will be a raffle on the night with an abundance of prizes from a signed book by Neven Maguire to a Sunday Lunch for Two in The Mount Errigal Hotel to a voucher for Ruth’s Pharmacy (Full list attached).The boys would appreciate all the support they can get.“We’ve rallied our family and friends, peers and teachers, but there’s always room for more! It’s a guaranteed fun and entertaining night, so why not come along and support the boys and their pilgrimage,” said a spokesman.The Diocesan Pilgrimage started in 1958 and has become ever more popular over the past couple of years. Every year, a number of fifth year students are chosen from local schools and parishes of the diocese to assist sick and disabled parishioners over the six-day trip.The nine from Saint Eunan’s College this year are Ayrton Kelly, Jonathan Cannon, James Hannigan, Jack Lafferty, Shaun Devine, James Sweeney, Ciaran Kelly, James Maguire and Enda McBride.Approximately 300 people will be going to Lourdes this year (including 48 students) from every part of the diocese.And in order to join them, they must raise a total of almost €5000. To date they have had a bag pack in Dunnes Stores and a Bake Sale in the Cathedral. They are also selling lines for a raffle in Kelly’s Centra this Saturday. STUDENTS GET QUIZZING FOR ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE TRIP TO LOURDES was last modified: April 16th, 2015 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:Lourdes tripMairtin KellyquizSt.Eunan’s College
A female Garda received injuries to her face and neck during an assault in Drumkeen.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.A case of assault causing harm against the man allegedly responsible for the incident was mentioned at Letterkenny District Court today. John Breslin, 57, of Drimnacarron, Frosses is charged with the incident which took place on February 26th last.The court heard how Garda Michelle Kelly had to take six days off work after her ordeal.She had to be treated for soft tissue injury to the right side of her face.She also suffered form shoulder and neck pain and is still attending a physiotherapist.Judge Denis McLaughlin told the court that he was refusing jurisdiction in the case and adjourned the matter for a book of evidence until February 3rd next.FEMALE GARDA RECEIVES INJURIES TO HER FACE DURING ALLEGED ASSAULT was last modified: December 2nd, 2013 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:ASSAULT CAUSING HARMEVIDENCEFROSSESGardaJOHN BRESLINJUDGE DENIS MCLAUGHLIN
EL MONTE – Vincent McLeod III was going to practice flying Nov. 20 but soon learned someone had clipped his wings. His $316,000 Cessna been stolen from its hangar at El Monte Airport on Santa Anita Avenue. And El Monte police say the theft has been reported to the county’s Terrorism Early Warning Group. The group is notified when an airplane is stolen. Detective Gabriel Santana said the last time a plane was stolen from the airport was more than two years ago. “Plane theft is a rarity,” Santana said. The hangar sported two intact locks and police said there weren’t any signs of forced entry. One lock is the owner’s and the other belongs to the county. In addition to the plane, McLeod said the aircraft’s maintenance records also were taken. “You just wonder about security at the airport,” McLeod, a Whittier resident, said. “I think they should lock the airport better.” Airport manager Rafael Herrera said County Police told him they would begin extra patrols. They replaced the county’s locks on the hangars about two months ago because they were old, according to Herrera. McLeod assumed his lock wasn’t replaced. He said one of the tenants told him there were former airport employees who still had keys to the locks. Herrera said that wasn’t true. McLeod last saw the plane in August before he went on a trip to Europe. “I don’t know when they took it. It could be used for all sorts of purposes,” he said. “It’s a brand new plane. I want my plane back.” It is a fixed-wing single-engine Cessna 182T with global positioning system navigation. The plane, which seats four, is white with red and gray stripes and only had 400 hours of flight time. The number on the tail is N184TA. The McLeods bought the plane in 2002 and use it for their business, Budway Trucking and Warehousing. They fly to meet with customers, according to McLeod’s father, Vincent McLeod Jr.Anyone with information is asked to call El Monte police at (626) 580-2176. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Drake University men’s and women’s basketball team hosted their annual Bulldog Madness event on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Knapp Center. In addition to helping tipoff the 2016-17 season, Drake students received a bounty of free food and prizes.The Bulldogs also entertained their fellow students with various skills competitions, a three-point shootout and other contests. One of the highlights of the evening was Lizzy Wendell and Reed Timmer combining to drain 16 three-pointers in a minute to win a Drake student $500. The evening was capped by a Drake student attempting to drain a layup, a free-throw, a three-pointer and a half-court shot to win a brand new car from Noble Auto Group. Two years ago, Alex Tillinghast became a national sensation by accomplishing the improbable feat to earn a new car. Unfortunately this year’s contestant was not as fortunate as he came up just short. Below are photos from the evening at the Knapp Center. Print Friendly Version
Donegal’s children with diabetes present their petition to Health Minister Dr. James Reilly at Dáil Éireann. In front: Rianna and Alyssa Kelly.Special report by Rachel McLaughlin in DublinThe Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group’s campaign has come to a triumphant end. They have been promised a dedicated Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny General Hospital.This follows a four year campaign for the service, which attends to the needs of children with Type 1 diabetes. The campaign gathered speed in recent months when it was announced that the position of the previous CNS service at Letterkenny General Hospital would be changed. Parents feared that restructured integrated nurse service would concentrate of Type 2 care, and reduce the time available for their children.Donegal’s children with diabetes bring their petition for a dedicated CNS to Dáil ÉireannThey launched a widespread campaign and started a petition to highlight their demands.Today at Dáil Éireann, a group of Donegal’s children with diabetes handed a petition of 20,000 signatures to Health Minister Dr. James Reilly’s private secretary outside Leinster House. Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group Chairperson Denise Gillespie explains why they were at Dáil Eireann today:Donegal’s children with diabetes protest outside Dáil ÉireannThis afternoon, the Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group and members of the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland met with Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly, a delegation from the Department of Health, senior HSE officials, and Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Thomas Pringle to discuss their demands.Rosie Devlin protesting outside Dáil ÉireannEimear Gillespie and Orla GardinerThe group were delighted to hear Dr. James Reilly and CEO of North West Hospital Group Bill Maher announce that the dedicated CNS position was sanctioned and it will be filled within coming weeks.The meeting also explored the potential of locating a Paediatric Diabetes Centre of Excellence in the North West. There are only 5 such centres nationally and all of those are located south of the Dublin- Limerick line.Donegal Diabetes Ireland Parents Support Group Chairperson Denise Gillespie said, “We are absolutely delighted with Minister Reilly’s announcement for the appointment of the Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists in the coming weeks and look forward to further discussion with Mr Bill Maher on the development of paediatric diabetes services”.As he was unable to be present in the Dáil today, DonegalDaily spoke with Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh yesterday. We asked him whether he could see funding being made available for a Paediatric Diabetes Centre of Excellence to be set up in Letterkenny, taking cutbacks to the HSE’s budget into account. He said that the number of children with Type 1 Diabetes in Donegal and the combined expertise of the dedicated CNS and the integrated community nurse would signal towards Donegal being a prime location for such a centre.Deputy McHugh also said that the measured and calm nature of the parent’s campaign was a critical factor to their success today. He felt that their requests today were “more than reasonable”.Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty spoke to DonegalDaily about the financial sense that a dedicated Paediatric Diabetes Centre of Excellence would make. Ten per cent of the HSE’s budget is spent on care of diabetes. Deputy Doherty said that an insufficient amount of this money goes towards preventative and management measures for diabetes.The campaign received strong support from all party-affiliated and independent Donegal TDs. We asked Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Independent TD Thomas Pringle on the importance of this unified backing. The Donegal Diabetes Ireland Parents Support Group thanked the people of Donegal, the TDs and the media for their massive support over the past few weeks during their petition campaign.Donegal’s children with diabetes protest outside Dáil ÉireannTHEY DID IT – DIABETES CAMPAIGN GROUP GETS GOOD NEWS AT DAIL EIREANN was last modified: April 9th, 2014 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:Dail Eireanndonegal diabetes parents support groupHEALTH MINISTERJames Reillyjoe mchugh tdPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNPearse DohertypetitionThomas Pringle