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Real Madrid ‘set sights’ on Kane after striker warns Tottenham he may quit

first_imgTOTTENHAM could face a battle to keep hold of star man Harry Kane with Real Madrid considering a move for the unsettled striker.Kane has admitted he could leave Spurs if he feels the club aren’t progressing, which has put Europe’s top clubs on alert.2 Kane has admitted there will be life after Tottenham, with the club needing to improve to keep himCredit: PA:Press AssociationAccording to Spanish publication Sport, Madrid president Florentino Perez has “set his sights” on the England captain.Tottenham have continuously struggled for silverware, losing the Champions League final to Liverpool last season and Kane is keen to win major trophies, at Tottenham or elsewhere.The 26-year-old recently admitted: “I love Spurs and I always will but if I feel we’re not progressing as a team or not going in the right direction, I’m not someone who would stay just for fun.”I’m an ambitious player, I want to become a top player.”Kane has been at Spurs since 2004 and has already become the third-highest goalscorer in the club’s history, with 181 goals to his name.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has a big rebuilding job on his hands in the summer transfer window and convincing Kane to stay will no doubt be his priority.According to the Daily Mail, chairman Daniel Levy has set a £200million asking price for the striker, in a bid to put off interested clubs.2MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Madrid will be hoping to boost their attacking options, with main man Karim Benzema turning 33 this year and summer signing Luka Jovic failing to make an impact so far.If a move abroad doesn’t interest Kane, there will be plenty of interest from Premier League rivals including both Manchester clubs, who have the financial power to secure a deal.Champions League football could play a key factor in Kane’s decision, with City currently banned for two seasons and both United and Spurs uncertain to reach the top four.Gary Lineker admits Harry Kane is right to think about his future at Tottenhamlast_img read more

Blake starts with 47.26 in 400m

first_imgYohan Blake, the 2011 World 100 metres champion, opened his 2017 season with a 47.26 seconds clocking over 400 metres at the Camperdown Classic track and field meet at the National Stadium yesterday.Blake, however, had several athletes ahead of him in the time-final event. Kavon Nelson of Akan Track Club led the way with 46.54 seconds, followed by Racers Track Club’s Zharnel Hughes (46.58) and Olympian Jaheel Hyde third with (46.67). Annsert Whyte (46.84) and Kemar Bailey Cole (47.03 ) also got under 48 seconds.In the women’s 400m, Dawnalee Loney of Mico University College clocked 53.64 to return the best time.In the 100m for Class One boys, Ashanie Smith of St Catherine High led the way with a personal best 10.59 seconds.He was the fastest time overall ahead of Odane McPherson of Greater Portmore with 10.63 and Delano Dunkley of Jamaica College (JC)10.63. Calabar High’s Tyreke Wilson clocked 10.75 and his teammate De’Jour Russell, 10.79.C’BAR TAKES 4X100MCalabar took home the Class One 4x100m relay in 40.38 seconds ahead of Jamaica College (40.63) and Excelsior High (40.70).Junine Goodison of Excelsior topped the Class One girls’ 100m with 11.73 while Tissana Hickling of St Jago High (11.78) and Aneka Brissett of the same school (11.85) finished second and third, respectively.Shaunelle Wallace of Immaculate Conception won the girls’ Class Two 100m with the fastest overall time of 12.05. Second was Kimone Shaw of St Jago (12.07) while her teammate, Shaneil English, was third with 12.13.last_img read more

FIFA: Gulf nations must restore ties with Qatar to join hosting of World Cup

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 file photo, men work on the construction site of the Ras Abu Aboud stadium, backdropped by the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generatedThe Associated Press obtained a copy of the 81-page report on Monday, March 11, 2019 that assesses the political, logistical and legal issues surrounding adding 16 teams _ a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)LONDON — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling council endorse expansion of the 2022 tournament to 48 teams despite the logistical and political complexities.The 81-page study seen by The Associated Press says Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with Doha. Because of their neutrality in the situation, Kuwait and Oman are the most viable options identified by FIFA to host games in ’22. Venues in at least one more country would be required to cope with the additional 16 teams and 16 games under the expansion proposal.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra That would come almost nine years after the vote that Qatar’s unexpected vote success. That bidding process has been subject to corruption investigations which questioned Qatar’s conduct in lobbying voters but concluded there was no misconduct. Qatar has also been forced to raise standards of working conditions and improve labor rights protections after significant outside scrutiny. Any additional host nation in 2022 would have to provide guarantees on human rights requirements, the FIFA study says.The World Cup already has been shifted from its usual June-July slot because of Qatar’s searing summer heat, despite resistance from European leagues whose season will be disrupted.Spreading hosting beyond Qatar would also change the nature of what has been promoted as a compact World Cup that doesn’t require fans to take flights between matches.The FIFA study found that the enlarged tournament could still be played in a 28-day window from Nov. 21-Dec. 18. FIFA said there would be “no major concessions to the sporting quality of the tournament” with expansion. While there were a maximum of four matches per day in the closing stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA said the 2022 tournament could feature six separate kickoff slots in the earlier stage to cope with the additional teams.The FIFA Congress has already agreed to expand to a 48-team tournament from the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The same format is proposed, starting with a group stage consisting of 16 groups of three teams, followed by a round of 32. That would ensure a team could only play a maximum of seven matches at the tournament — like in the 32-team format.The study also breaks down how FIFA can earn an additional $400 million by adding more games. FIFA said while it cannot rule out legal action from losing bidders by changing the format, the study said it “concluded that the risk was low.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img The feasibility report was prepared for FIFA’s ruling council to consider ahead of a meeting in Miami on Friday, when the leadership will seek approval to press ahead with finalizing plans for adding another 16 teams.Making the 2022 tournament the first 48-country World Cup, at this late stage, would require Qatar to accept giving up exclusivity on hosting the event more than eight years after its winning bid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night? ONE: Amid losing streak, Jomary Torres vows to regain focus MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Due to the geopolitical situation in the region and the recent blockade that Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE have imposed on Qatar, the involvement of such countries in organizing a co-hosted tournament with Qatar would require the lifting of such blockade, in particular the lifting of all restrictions relating to the movement of people and goods between these countries,” the FIFA feasibility study said. “Ideally, this should be evidenced as a precondition to the appointment of such co-hosts and should cover all aspects related to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”Two other potential co-hosts — Kuwait and Oman — are more feasible because they are not part of the boycott. Qatar’s national football team used the countries as stopovers to get its team to the Asian Cup in the UAE in January because direct travel is prohibited.“Candidate co-hosts would need to be regarded as sufficiently cooperative,” the FIFA study adds. “Such co-hosts would not sanction or boycott economically or otherwise any other potential co-host country.”A document sent to the FIFA Council says its members will be asked if they agree with the report’s conclusion that World Cup expansion is “feasible provided that neighboring countries host some matches.” FIFA emphasizes that would still keep Qatar as the main host.The council will also be asked to allow FIFA and Qatar to jointly submit a proposal on using “one or more additional co-host countries” and that the congress of member associations has the final say on expansion in June.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut to protect itself legally, FIFA says that any alteration to the tournament plans “shall be agreed together with Qatar as the appointed host nation, and any new proposals must be prepared jointly between FIFA and Qatar.”With logistics already challenged by the existing plan to play 64 games in eight stadiums within a 30-mile radius in Qatar, FIFA said two to four additional venues are required in the region in “one or more” nation. The FIFA study identified stadiums in five countries, of which Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are currently unviable because they severed travel ties with Qatar in 2017 over accusations Doha supports extremism. Qatar denies the claims.last_img read more

Pleased with approach by the Integrity Commission

first_imgDear Editor,A section of the media on November 11, 2018 reported that the Integrity Commission named 87 public officials who failed to submit the declaration of their assets to the Integrity Commission in keeping with the law. The Commission listed Ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Opposition Parliamentarians, and other public officials.The Chairman, Mr Kumar Deoraisami, and Members of the Integrity Commission must be commended for calling on these high public officials to obey the law, which they themselves made. The President, David Granger and the Opposition Leader, Bharat Jagdeo must demand public accountability from the Speaker, Ministers and the Parliamentarians. The public is pleased with this approach by the Integrity Commission. Please keep the general public and the citizen-voters informed of non-compliance, and take promptly, the required legal recourse in keeping with the law.It may also be appropriate for the Commissioner General of GRA to intervene as may be appropriate without fear or favour. What of SOCU and SARA? Off you go.What an example and message being sent to the national community from ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, and members of the National Assembly. What a shame! The people must be informed of non-compliance by these public officials.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

The Liberia Envisaged in 1847: A Nation of “RULE THE LAW” or “RULE…

first_imgSimply Thinking ThoughtsIn my regular thinking thoughts, I pondered the recent wave of lawlessness in Liberia and how it is threatening our peace, security and economic stability. Latest reports from Sinoe are that activities of Golden Veroleum Plantation were disrupted by some aggrieved citizens in demand of settlement for desecration of graves and land use; offices were ransacked, and warehouses looted. At least a year ago, Arcelor Mittal, a major mining concession in Nimba County faced similar situation.The frequent mob actions vis-a-vis the burning of trucks full of valuable commodities, vandalizing and burning of police stations, alleged killing of bikers, and the recent stand-off between Finance Minister Amara Konneh and Maritime workers are all gross displays of defiance and lawlessness. In my thinking thoughts I therefore asked myself, “What kind of country did the founders of this Republic, envisage? Was it a country envisaged where the “Rule of Law” would rule men or where men would “Rule the Law” because of their statuses and connections? God forbid!!You see, in 1822, when Elizabeth the Mayflower set sail, it was simply to remove freed slaves from situations of lawlessness against God’s plan of creation, that all men are created equal; in defiance to God’s law, one race of people subjected another as “less human” It was therefore to those ends that in 1847, the colony severed itself from the American Colonization Society and declared the lawfulRepublic of Liberia and not one of lawlessness where people “rule the law” instead of the law ruling them.Mind you, it is these minor stand offs and lawlessness that usually metamorphose and lead to full bloomed disruptions of peace and security. The April 14 1979 Rice Riot, the April 12 1980 vicious takeover, and the 1990 Civil War etc., were all ushered by gross insensitivity and callousness to the plight of the common citizens, resulting to minor forms of lawlessness and defiance to constituted authorities. Having placed those events behind us and enjoyed a protracted period of sanity and civility, there appears to be a renewed trend of lawlessness which could repeat one of those ugly incidents. Ruthless MotorcyclistsIn a conversation the other day with some friends, they intimated, “Per mistake you knocked down a motorcyclist, you better escape the scene or else you get beaten up and your vehicle set ablaze” While hit- and-run is also lawlessness, they maintain, “my man, self-preservation as the first law of nature”Illegally located Mechanic Shops and Trailer Truck ParkingAlong the Somalia Drive from Freeport to Red Light, huge trailer trucks, some abandoned and others under repairs, from either Guinea or elsewhere, are illegally positioned at odd locations which are apparently mechanic shops or simply parking. I suffice GOL has made attempts to move them but has met with resistance, defiance, and refusal to comply with the City Ordinance and rule of law. The presence of those trucks along that busy highway remains hazardous and more important, serve as complete demonstration of lawlessness.Disgruntle Students and Dishonest TeachersLawlessness is also rampant among students and teachers. Each time teachers put down chalk in protest for something, it is students who go on the rampage as sign of solidarity. As demonstration of lawlessness, aggrieved students set ablaze a Pentecostal Church School near Vamuma House aggrieved students, on another occasion, normal activities in Monrovia and its environs were disrupted few years ago when the Youth and Sports Ministry delayed in paying vacation school students, and lawlessness also occurs when WAEC exam proctors connive with students and principals to cheat.Lawlessness among Government Official and High Profile Citizens While the common man usually appears to be the agitator, I intuit that his action could be a spillover from the rotten culture of lawlessness among people in high places. These days, instead of the law ruling men, men are ruling the law and this is prevalent among Government Officials and legislators.Do not be surprised, for there is a cliché that a fish usually gets rotten from the head and this country is culprit, considering how Government Officials, and legislators themselves disregard the law and “do their own thing” Apparently, it is the examples from the rotten culture they have created that the common people and the greater society are emulating these days. If an RL, SEN, or REP plated vehicle or one illegally using a siren takes on the opposite lane and a taxi follows, both are lawlessly behaved.There are still license plates with HOR and REP in the street whereby one was supposed to replace the other. Isn’t this lawlessness? If GOL Officials cannot observe simple traffic rules, one can only imagine the level of lawlessness unfolding daily in their offices such as violation of staff rights and misuse of the country’s resources.Bitterness and Passive ResistanceEach time these events occur, I sense an air of bitterness and passive resistance amongst our kinsmen over the state of affairs in Liberia. By passive resistance, it appears like everybody is resisting the Government but rather quietly in their hearts; hence, when something ugly like theses disruptions occur, they are derisive, sarcastic, and feel gratified. These days, the moment an opportunity for disruption avails, people immediately rise to the occasion to ransack, vandalize, commit arson, and shed blood or simply stand by, feeling vindicated. Hardly anybody seems to be showing “love for country” these days; people are either bad-mouthing GOL or condemning its efforts. Hardly anybody stops to say, “wait a minute, this is my country and this action will affect my compatriots and my own wellbeing” Fellow Liberians, without equivocation, as we anticipate the 2017 Presidential Elections, if we do not put an end to this culture of “Rule the Law” among us and transform it into “Rule of Law”, we stand to lose more than we would gain. If both the common citizen and GOL officials do not change their comportment, lifestyles, and their exhibitions of lawlessness continues to serve as bad examples, and continue to cause embarrassment and loss of lives and properties, your guess of the repercussion is just as good as mine. The BenedictionJames chapter 4 notes, “1Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don’t they come from your pleasures that war in your hearts? 2 You lust, and don’t have. You kill, covet, and can’t obtain. You fight and make war. You don’t have, because you don’t ask. 3 You ask, and don’t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may consume in your lustful desires”Now to him who is able to present this nation faultless and lawfully before the throne of the Most High God; to him be dominion, glory and majesty, in Jesus name. AMENI am simply thinking thoughtsAbout the authorThe Rivercess man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University.Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) was recently removed from the position of Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, having diligently served the Government of Liberia for two years.The title “Mwalimu-Koh” in Swahili means “Veteran Educator and Scholar”; it was conferred on Blonkanjay in Philadelphia in 2008 by his Swahili colleagues for the demonstration of exemplary scholarship, and when they learned that he (the first African student) had been elected Senator of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Canadian Taxpayers Federation slams proposed tax on sweet drinks

first_imgBateman concludes taxes on food and drinks are nothing more than revenue generators for governments, as they take money out of the pockets of families struggling to make ends meet, and stuff it into their coffers.He also notes both the BC Liberals and the NDP rejected them in the last provincial election, and there’s no new evidence to suggest either party has changed its position. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling out the Canadian Diabetes Association for demanding a tax on sweet drinks.Is there any problem in the world these folks can’t solve with a prescription for another tax? No wonder the average Canadian family’s number one expense is taxes.They’re coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren’t stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water.If they get their way, soon your pumpkin spice lattes (those fat-inducing fiends at Starbucks!), and your double-doubles (how could you do this to us, Tim Horton’s?), then chocolate and 2% milk (you should put water on your Cheerios!), before turning their attention to junk food, then cooking oil, and on and on.BC Director Jordan Bateman says the big problem with their proposition is that there’s no evidence it will work.He says a CTF report called Tax on the Menu cited multiple peer-reviewed, scientific studies, which showed no links between drinking pop and obesity.Advertisement – Advertisement -He argues that taxing selected foods or beverages in order to reduce obesity is a naïve solution to a complex condition with multiple determinants – including social, environmental, and biological factors.“These taxes generally are what they call ‘regressive taxes.’ They hurt people of lower incomes more than they hurt people of higher incomes,” said Bateman. “If you make pop more expensive, do you drive more people liquor?”To further make his point, Bateman also cited the experience of Demmark, which brought in a specific food and drink tax and saw some unforeseen side effects. Cross-border shopping in Germany went up by 50%, the economy “crumbled”, and grocery stores had to close.“It just didn’t work, and 10 months later, that tax was appealed unanimously,” Bateman said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kagere double sends Gor to Super Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere celebrates his goal against Singida United during the SportPesa Super Cup semi-final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 7- Head coach Dylan Kerr got the final he had been craving for as SportPesa Super Cup defending champions Gor Mahia booked a date with his former club Simba SC in Sunday’s finale after beating Singida United 2-0 in the semis on Thursday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.Kerr, who coached Simba for one season before leaving, had joked on Sunday that he would have wished to play his former employers in the final and Meddie Kagere’s goals in either half handed him exactly what he had wished for. Simba had earlier on booked a slot in the final after beating Kenya’s Kakamega Homeboyz 5-4 on post match penalties.Gor had a good start to the match with head coach Dylan Kerr having reverted to his strongest line up, making changes from the squad that won 3-0 against Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumu (JKU) in their quarter final match on Sunday.Philemon Otieno reverted to right-back with Humphrey Mieno and Ernest Wendo who sat out of the tie making a start in midfield.Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge spearheaded the attack, Kerr making his intent known that he was not taking the Tanzanian domestic cup finalists for granted.The home side had two chances within the opening minutes, both going begging. First, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo on his marauding runs on the right found a loose ball and his attempt at volleying it on target was inches close.In the ninth minute, Kagere was picked out by a well weighted pass by Francis Kahata unmarked on the right, but his shot after setting himself up on the first touch went wide when he should have at least had an effort on target.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi takes on Singida United’s skipper Deus Kaseke during the SportPesa Super Cup semi-final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tempo of the game which had built up much to the ecstasy of the full to capacity Afraha Stadium was hugely punctured when the heavens opened up to torrential rain.Amid the downpour, Singida almost broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Danny Lyanga attempted his luck from distance but keeper Shabaan Odhoji made a brilliant save to keep away the effort.Two minutes later though, Gor were wheeling away in celebration when Kagere atoned for his earlier miss, racing into the near post to flick home a corner from Kahata.In the second half, the visitors were more adventurous upfront and had two close chances to draw back level. In the 58th minute, Ally Kenny’s header unmarked at the back post off a Lubinda Mundia cross from the left went straight to Odhoji.Three minutes later, Mundia had an effort at goal from the edge of the six yard box when he towered over Shakava and Joash Onyango to head a cross from Shafik Batambuze but it went inches over the bar.Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi vies for the ball with Singida United captain Deus Kaseke during their SportPesa Super Cup semi final at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium in June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUnder the difficult playing conditions, both teams resorted to punting balls upfield for a more direct way of attacking.Gor, who had been pressed into their own half had a chance after 70 minutes when Kahata’s deep cross from the right found Odhiambo at the backpost but his shot was beautifully saved by Peter Manyika in the Singida goal.Gor had penalty appeals downed three minutes later when Tuyisenge controlled the ball beautifully inside the box but his attempt at creating shooting space was brought to a halt by combined tackles from Batambuze and Kennedy Juma.Kagere wound up the scoring in the 88th minute when when he took on a shot from range that found the keeper off his guard0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA well-known Letterkenny bar is to open again with a new landlady.The Wolfe Tone Bar at Lower Main Street has been closed for a number of months.But former employee of the premises, Leanne Toland, has successfully applied to the courts to become the new licensee. Ms Toland was granted the license at yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.In evidence Ms Toland said she was familiar with the licensing laws and said she knew it was an offense to serve alcohol to anyone under 18 years of age.Judge John O’Hagan wished Ms Toland good luck in her new venture.WELL-KNOWN BAR TO OPEN AGAIN WITH NEW LANDLADY was last modified: July 17th, 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:Leanna TolandletterkennyWolfe Tone Barlast_img read more

Family with a mission

first_imgLANCASTER – Like many toddlers, Joshua Byers has lots of energy and curiosity. But unlike most toddlers, the Lancaster boy has speech difficulties, hearing loss, immune deficiency and growth problems – the result of a genetic disorder called DiGeorge syndrome that can cause any of about 180 abnormalities. Hard to diagnose because of the varied forms it takes, the disorder is surprisingly common: It occurs once in 2,000 births. “We want to let the community know about it,” said Joshua’s mother, Nichole Byers. “It’s not as rare as people think it is.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake About 90 percent of the cases of DiGeorge syndrome, including Joshua’s, are associated with a chromosome abnormality called 22q11 deletion. Chromosomes are divided into two parts called arms. The top part is “p” arm and the bottom is the “q” arm. People with a 22q deletion have a part of the “q” arm missing. What disorders someone will get can vary widely as can the degree of severity. Some problems, such as learning difficulties and psychological problems, might not crop up until years later. “We don’t know what it will cause,” said Joshua’s dad, Erick Byers. “We don’t know what you’re going to have.” Joshua and his twin brother, Jared, were born in February 2004 about eight weeks early. At birth, Jared weighed about five pounds and Joshua weighed about three pounds. “When I saw them in the incubator I thought something was wrong,” Nichole Byers said. “I cried about it. He just looked different.” About three weeks later, the boys were able to come home. Shortly after, Joshua started having medical problems. “He got sick all the time,” Nichole Byers said. “We were constantly going to the ER four or five times a week.” The cause of the ailments was a mystery. The Byers said that it was when Dr. Fariborz Satey, chief of pediatrics for High Desert Medical Group, took an interest in Joshua’s case that steps were taken to zero in on the cause. Joshua was sent to numerous specialists at Loma Linda and UCLA medical centers. A specialist at Loma Linda asked the Byers if Joshua had been tested for DiGeorge syndrome. Late that night, Nichole Byers looked up the disorder on the Internet. “I just started bawling when I saw the symptoms,” Nichole Byers said. On the day Joshua turned 6 months old, test results confirmed he had DiGeorge syndrome. “My first thought was it can’t be true,” Erick Byers said. “But it explains a lot. It put a lot of the pieces together.” One blessing for them, the Byers said, was that Joshua’s heart is in good shape. Heart problems are the leading cause of death for those with the genetic disorder, with most deaths occurring by 6 months of age. To treat Joshua’s compromised immune system, he was given repeated intravenous gamma globulin treatments. The treatment appears to be working and he doesn’t seem to be getting sick as much as he had early on, the Byers said. Joshua receives a growth hormone shot every day. He will likely require the shots through age 18. Joshua has dental problems that will need to be addressed later. He also likely has a cleft palate, but the Byers won’t know for sure until he is old enough to undergo testing, which requires Joshua to speak on command. Besides the twins, the Byers have two other children, Erick and Carrisa. For them, Joshua’s condition is just a normal part of life. “I’m very proud of them,” Nichole Byers said. “They have to share a lot of themselves with what’s going on.” When the Byers learned of Joshua’s condition, they looked around for support groups and were surprised to find there was nothing available. The only groups were those on the Internet. One of the Web sites they found was, set up by the International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Foundation. Mark Abissi, chairman and co-founder of the foundation, set up the organization after his own daughter was diagnosed with the genetic disorder at age 3. Education is one of the main goals of the organization. The more parents know about the disorder, the better off they are in making sure their child gets the proper care and a chance at a better quality of life. “First they are devastated,” Abissi said of parents learning their child has the disorder. “Then they want to educate themselves.” The organization also wants to spread the word in the medical community. “One of our goals is to let every physician know about it. There are kids who are misdiagnosed.” The Byers, too, are focused on educating themselves and others. They want to connect with other parents who have children either with DiGeorge or those facing chronic health issues. They have set up an e-mail address for those wanting to reach out, “We know there are others out there,” Nichole Byers said. “I’m wondering how they are coping with it.” Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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

Women’s Soccer Blanks Towson, 3-0

first_img Live Stats PDF Box Score Armstrong added the final goal late as she bent a corner kick into the net for her third goal of the season. Her goal Sunday was scored in the 84th minute (84:41). Armstrong finished with three shots, one goal and one assist. Next Game: Western Illinois 9/14/2016 – 7 PM Drake has a fast turnaround as the Bulldogs will host Western Illinois Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Drake improved to 6-0-1 with its sixth shutout of the season. Towson fell to 2-5-1 with the neutral site loss. The Bulldogs defeated host, Navy, 2-0, Friday (Sept. 9) evening to open the tournament. “This was a good trip for us in that we played two teams we have never seen and two different styles and formations,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “We remain focused on improving prior to MVC play and during these two games we were able to accomplish some pretty specific developmental goals that should help us in the long run.” HTML Box Score Wanninger found the net for the second straight match after scoring once against the Midshipmen Friday. Against the Tigers in the 16th minute (16:03), Armstrong sent Wanninger a cross inside the box that Wanninger finished to near post.center_img ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) and seniors Gabby Charles (Wausau, Wis.) and Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) each scored one goal for the Drake University women’s soccer team as the Bulldogs blanked Towson, 3-0, Sunday, Sept. 11 afternoon to close the 2016 Navy Invitational. In the second half, Charles scored her second career goal in the 48th minute (48:19) after she beat two defenders and blasted one just underneath the crossbar. “Overall we enjoyed our experience while we were here and will spend the next 48 hours preparing for a quick turnaround for Wednesday’s game,” Horner said. Preview Drake’s defense was stellar once again as junior goalkeeper finished with six saves. The Tigers recorded six shots on goal. Story Links Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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