I am the man – Nicholson

first_imgBoys’ Town’s Shamar Nicholson and Rohan Richards of newly promoted Jamalco Football Club are the top scorers with four goals apiece after six rounds of action of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season. Nicholson has scored four of the Red Brigade’s five goals this season and relishes the opportunities he has been given by the team’s technical director, Andrew Price. “Coach Price is confident in my ability to score goals, so I am the man,” he told The Gleaner. “My target for the season is 30 goals, which is a lot, but that is the target,” the 19-year-old said. Rochane Smith of the UWI FC is in third position in the goalscoring tables, having scored three goals so far this season. Eleven players from seven clubs have scored two goals each. They are Damari Deacon and Lennox Russell from Arnett Gardens; Levaughan Williams and Wolry Wolfe from Humble Lion; Rodrico Wellington and Nicholas Scott from Maverley-Hughenden; Dino Williams and Allan Ottey of Montego Bay United; Rochane Sharpe of Jamalco; Jermaine Johnson of Tivoli Gardens; and Rodave Murray of Waterhouse. Seventy goals have been scored so far this season, with newcomers Jamalco, who are in third place in the team rankings, leading with 10. With seven goals scored are Arnett Gardens, Maverley-Hughenden, UWI FC, and Humble Lion. Tivoli Gardens FC have scored six goals this season, followed by Portmore United and Boys’ Town with five goals each. Waterhouse with four and Harbour View with two have the lowest number of goals.last_img read more


first_imgWhen young Ballyshannon boy Ronan McGee died, his family family decided to donate many of his organs so that others could receive the gift of life.Here, in an emotional tribute to her younger brother, BBC journalist Elaine McGee reveals the sense of peace her family has received from making that decision. “It’s 10 years since my brother Ronan died at the age of 15. “His coat still hangs on the banister at the bottom of the stairs in the house we grew up in, just as he left it.“His posters, pictures and basketball medals are still on the walls of his bedroom. Two guitars and his school bag are there in the corner. Just as he left them.“Ronan died in March 2002 after having a brain aneurysm – a weak spot on a blood vessel which if ruptured, can prove fatal.“He had suffered an aneurysm once before as a young child, but had made a full recovery following treatment, with an optimistic assurance of a very slim chance of it ever happening again. “I was meant to be away at a birthday party the weekend it did happen again.“Instead, a typically broke student, I stayed at home and spent the day with my little brother.“The last time I saw him alive was when I left him sitting on the couch watching television.“Unknown to me, my final words to him were: “Goodnight, I’ll see you tomorrow.”“My mum found him the next morning. He slipped into unconsciousness shortly before the ambulance arrived and would never wake again. “He spent four days on a life-support machine in hospital.“It was very difficult to accept what we were being told as he appeared perfect. Normal breathing, flushed cheeks, he looked like he was sleeping.“But the doctors told my family that Ronan was brain dead and there was no chance he would survive.“My parents, Maureen and Charlie, were asked if they would consider organ donation. “The doctor approached us and mentioned the possibility,” my mum recalled.“And I remembered that Ronan and I had had a conversation during Eastenders which was running a storyline about donation at the time.“I asked him would he give his organs and he said yes, he would.“We made a joke of it then. Little did I know down the line we would have to make the choice but I am glad that we did.”“When you are facing every parent’s worst nightmare in losing a child, surely it must be a difficult decision?“It is hard but Ronan was so full of life, I was happy he could save somebody else,” my mum said.“He was such a generous person, he would have loved to give someone else the gift of life. I never regretted the decision.”“Ronan donated his heart, kidneys and liver. He could not donate his lungs because he was asthmatic. My parents chose not to donate his corneas.“We were going to donate the corneas, but he had lovely big blue eyes, so I just couldn’t do it. I found that one hard to do,” mum said.“The kidneys and liver recipients were in the Republic of Ireland. The heart recipient was in Manchester.“We were told the operations were successful and everyone was doing well afterwards.“Our family has never met them and we probably never will. But organ donation has helped with coming to terms with such a sudden and devastating death.“I haven’t checked on the recipients’ conditions in the last few years,” my mum said.“It’s such a long process and if you found out that person didn’t live either in the end, it would be very hard. For me, to get on with it, I can but hope those people are alive and enjoying their lives.“I still believe because of the organ donation, Ronan, in a way, lives on, and knowing he made such a difference, has helped so much.”“We did receive a letter from one of the people who had received a kidney from Ronan.“He was a man who had been on dialysis for many years. Now, after his transplant, he told us in his letter he was going on holidays with his family and he was so happy he could now do that when he couldn’t before.“My brother will never grow older. He never got to go to his formal, to college, or to fulfil his ambition of becoming an actor.“Every Christmas, every family gathering, and every day, he is the person that is always missing.“But in life, as in death, he always helped others and his organ donation is something my family can always be proud of and take comfort in.”Elaine’s article appeared on BBC News Online as part of a series on organ donation that is running on BBC Northern Ireland all this week. You can read more here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20390541DONEGAL BOY’S DONATION STILL BRINGING LIFE TEN YEARS ON was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 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:BallyshannondonegaldonorElaine McGeeRonan McGeelast_img read more


first_imgThe Dáil will today debate an urgent motion tabled by Fianna Fáil calling for a review of rates charged to businesses by local authorities.  Fianna Fáil is proposing a more reasonable system which would ease pressure on businesses, particularly smaller firms and businesses operating on offshore islands.The Dáil motion to be debated calls for a calling for a substantial cut in commercial valuations at every local authority across the country, and a 50% cut in the rates charged on businesses based on offshore islands in view of the extra costs they face.Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “The Fianna Fáil’s proposals to be published today will go a long way to easing the burden on businesses, particularly small employers which are crucial for the economy and local employment. “Businesses are struggling with rising costs and are now in fear of being hit with more stealth charges from the Government in the budget.  There are thousands of employers across Donegal and the North West just keeping their heads above water.  We need to do more at a national level to support them and for many businesses, one of the main costs affecting them are the rates charged by their local authority.“The valuation lists used for most commercial properties are outdated as a result of the major changes experienced in property values in recent years.  As a result many businesses are paying rates that are inflated.  Fianna Fáil is proposing a major overhaul to this system as a matter of urgency.“Other avenues of valuation could include self-assessment and a clause that would recognise a business’ ability to pay.“At national level Fine Gael and Labour have been in Government since March but the reality is that both parties have controlled the majority of local authorities around the country since long before that.  The rates charged at this level are no longer sustainable and reform must be brought about quickly to ensure businesses are in a stronger position next year. Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded: “There are genuine fears among businesses that they’re not being treated fairly and proposals to shift costs from central Government directly to employers as well as a 2% VAT increase coming in the budget will put many of them out of business altogether.  The Government must refocus its attention toward job creation instead of hurting the very people in a position to grow the local and national economy.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com50% RATES CUT FOR DONEGAL ISLANDS PROPOSED was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 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)last_img read more