It seems that the outgoing Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale’s request for retirement has been granted by President Ellen Johnson SirleafIn a special address to the nation yesterday, President Sirleaf replaced Dr. Gwenigale as Minister of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) with Mr. George Werner, who, too, will leave his post as head of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) if and when he is confirmed by the Liberian Senate.However, the President had a special word for Dr. G, as the former Health Minister is affectionately called. She said “ Dr. Gwenigale who continues to have my full confidence, will continue to serve as Advisor in the Ministry of Health, will continue to work with me on the President’s Advisory Ebola Committee, until his planned retirement in February.”Dr. G., who joined President Sirleaf’s Cabinet in 2006, had written the President on November 3, 2014, asking for her permission to retire next February 2015, which is also the month in which he takes his deferred annual leave. He will also turn 80 next February.In his letter, Dr. G. did not provide reasons for his request to retire but told the President he was retiring “from a personally gratifying active service to my country since September 1, 1973.”Recounting his years of service, Dr. G. said he returned to the country in August 1973, with “a young foreign wife and a year old son and started working for Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing on September 1st as the Chief of Surgery.” He was subsequently appointed Medical Director/CEO of Phebe the following year and in that same year, he was made Medical Director (now County Health Officer—CHO) of Bong County, where the hospital is located.He had inherited a 65-bed hospital; but between 1974 and 2003, when he left his administrative post at the hospital, he had increased the beds to 200 and the hospital campus grew to include the Rural Health Training Center for 200 students and an eye hospital was built by CBM of Germany.Even after stepping down as CHO and CEO in 2003, he continued to serve the hospital as Chief of Surgery until he was asked by the President to join her Cabinet.The former Health Minister told the President: “I have enjoyed working for my country under your wise and competent leadership. I will truly miss you and my seat in your Cabinet Room, but stand ready to advise you and my successor, should I be asked to do so.”Dr. G. also had this to tell the President: “Because I started supervising all of the MOHSW activities in Bong County in June of 1974, I can truly say I have served my country from that time until now, and do deserve to be pensioned by the country I have served all my productive life. Therefore, I kindly request that you favorably consider my request for a pension for the years, I have worked for the Government of Liberia.”Following 33 successful years in Bong County, the last three years of Dr. G’s tenure in Monrovia as Minister of Health and Social welfare, have been contentiously driven by claims and counter claims between him and striking public health workers on one hand and some members of the National Legislature on the other hand.Last October, when he addressed a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, he had said the two dismissed leaders of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL) would “NEVER” come back to work with the Ministry as long as he was there as Minister. Calling for the reinstatement of the two had been one of the demands of the striking health workers.Min. Gwenigale’s remark did not go down well with many people, including lawmakers. When lawmakers in the Senate summoned him, he reportedly accused the senators of being supportive of the strike action by health workers. It angered the senators who threatened him with “contempt.” He was, however, saved from the senators’ wrath when his physician, Dr. Robert Kpoto, told the lawmakers that his (Dr. Gwenigale’s) blood pressure was 197/90, and that he needed rest and medication for 14 days and therefore could not appear for a hearing.Following that communication from his doctor, 15 senators, among them, Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Jewel Howard-Taylor, H. Dan Morais. Sando Johnson, Henry Willie Yallah and Thomas Grupee, requested, in a three-page communication to their colleagues, for President Sirleaf to retire Min. Gwenigale.They had said in their communication that Dr. Gwenigale, who should be the frontline general to supervise health workers, needs to be in the best frame of mind, void of illnesses such as high blood pressure during the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Without adequate pipelines to the countries coastal regions, Canadian oil producers are being forced to sell their products in the US at dramatically discounted prices resulting in greatly diminished benefits to Canada’s economy.That’s the core finding of a new study from the Fraser Institute at a time when three major pipeline projects have been hanging in regulatory limbo for years.Trans Mountain expansion, and Energy East and Northern Gateway construction, would allow roughly two million barrels of western Canadian crude to reach overseas markets on a daily basis.- Advertisement -So to try and determine potential oil company revenues and government royalties by connecting oil producers with overseas markets, this study calculated a number of scenarios using oil price and demand projections as well as estimated access to the foreign markets.Co-author, Doctor Kenneth Green is the senior director of the Institutes Centre for Natural Resource Studies.Doctor Green says, for Canadians to continue to prosper from our oil and gas resources, policymakers must expedite the pipeline process.Advertisement However the policy makers are essentially trying to referee a debate, often involving on the one side environmental challenges, leading to a lengthy regulatory process, which is often an obstacle to the economic development challenges on the other side of the debate.
Trevor Noah, the popular comedian who hosts the TV show, was calling attention to the fact that many of the winning French team’s players are of African origin — immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants.“Africa won the World Cup,” he said, before adding: “I get it. They have to say it’s the French team, but look at those guys: you don’t get that tan in the south of France!”Noah’s gag provoked an avalanche of reactions on social media, reviving angry debates about the very different approaches to race, immigration and assimilation taken by France and the United States.While many commenters found Noah’s remarks amusing, others accused the 34-year-old — who grew up under South Africa’s race-based apartheid system, with a white father and black mother — as doing the work of the extreme right.French Ambassador Gerard Araud immediately sent Noah a stern letter saying that “nothing could be less true.”“The rich and various backgrounds of these players is a reflection of France’s diversity,” Araud said. “Unlike in the United States of America, France does not refer to its citizens based on their race, religion or origin.”“To us, there is no hyphenated identity, roots are an individual reality,” the ambassador continued. “By calling them an African team, it seems you are denying their Frenchness.“This, even in jest, legitimizes the ideology which claims whiteness as the only definition of being French,” said Araud, who regularly defends France’s republican model on Twitter.– Different approaches –That republican model is based on the idea that true equality can be achieved only when the state interacts with people as individuals, not as members of national, racial, religious or linguistic groups.That precludes any official collecting of race-based data, for example, but it also rules out the affirmative action approach used in the US explicitly to overcome — not prolong — years of discrimination.Some French see Americans as relentlessly race-conscious in ways that are needlessly damaging. But some Americans say the French system allows minority groups to live on in official invisibility, facing self-perpetuating social and economic obstacles.For Trevor Noah, the French simply need to get a sense of humor.“When I’m saying ‘African,’ I’m not saying it to exclude them from their French-ness, I’m saying it to include them in my African-ness,” Noah said in a video posted Wednesday on Twitter. “I’m saying, ‘I see you, my French brother of African descent.’”– Double identity –Noah said he recognized that the far right in both France and the US used the argument of people’s origin to attack immigrants and their descendants at a time both countries face sensitive immigration issues.But he added that he found it “strange” to suggest that France’s soccer stars could not be simultaneously French and African.“Why can’t they be both?” he asked. “Why is that duality only afforded to a select group of people?”“What they’re arguing here is in order to be French, you have to erase everything that is African?” Noah continued.“America is not a perfect country, but what I love about this place is that people can still celebrate their identity in their American-ness,” he said.An American can attend a parade to celebrate his or her Puerto Rican or Irish heritage, for example, while still being American, Noah said.The comedian said that some French media and politicians evoke a person’s African origin when the person is unemployed, accused of a crime or “considered unsavory.”But “when their children go on to provide a World Cup victory for France, we should only refer to them as ‘France,’” he added, referencing the case of Mamoudou Gassama, the 22-year-old African immigrant who was granted French citizenship after scaling four floors to rescue a child hanging from a balcony.Noah said he would continue to sing the players’ praises as both Africans and as French.“And if French people are saying they cannot be both, then I think they have a problem — not me.”Former US president Barack Obama touched on the same subject, but a bit less contentiously, during a visit to Johannesburg to mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.Praising the virtues of diversity, Obama singled out the French team, adding with a smile, “Not all these folks look like Gauls to me (but) they are French, they are French!”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s win over Croatia was the culmination of a campaign that saw coach Didier |Descahmps, their skipper 20 years ago, draw on a phalanx of players of African heritageWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 19 – A light-hearted quip about a soccer team has sparked a serious debate about identity politics and the merits of France’s “colorblind” republican model versus American multiculturalism.When the host of American television’s popular “The Daily Show” joked that the real winner of the World Cup was “Africa,” it prompted a fierce reaction on social media and drew a pointed rebuttal from the French ambassador to Washington.
1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has responded to recent criticism, calling for people to postpone their judgement of the side until the end of the season.The Gunners headed to Istanbul on Monday looking to quickly get over their shock Premier League defeat at Stoke, where they had trailed 3-0 at half-time in another afternoon to forget at the Britannia Stadium.Wenger was later jeered and subjected to some aggressive personal abuse from fans as he and the players boarded the train back to London.However, the 65-year-old insists the side shouldn’t be judged while the emotions of defeat at high, adding that the focus should be on how the side responds to their poor start to the season.“Look, the response after a defeat is always very important,” said Wenger, whose side are sixth in the Premier League table.“What we want is to come back quickly to a strong defensive performance, what we had before the game [on Saturday].“We showed a lack of experience defensively [at Stoke], but we could have scored four or five goals in this game and the team response during this game was quite strong.“For the rest, you expect that everyone is disappointed after that result, but the Premier League is difficult.“We want to be judged at the end of the season, not after every single game where it is normal that emotion is always very high, so let us get our stability back defensively and see at the end of the season where we are.”Wenger maintains the constant criticism from some sections of Arsenal support is not wearing him down.“No, not at all. We have to cope with that. We are professional footballers. What is important is the next game and the desire to do it,” said Wenger, who ended a nine-season trophy drought with victory in the 2014 FA Cup final.“I am a competitive person. What is important is the next game and responding in a strong way, to play to win the game.“It is part of our job here, you cannot always look for excuses. We are down. Everyone feels it.“When you have a disappointment you respond in a strong way, that is what competition is about.“You cannot as well say there is a guarantee to anybody you will never lose a game. Many teams will lose at Stoke, you have to be realistic as well.”
Chelsea have NOT made contact with West Ham about strike pair Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, Sam Allardyce has confirmed.It has been reported that Chelsea have sounded their London rivals out about the availability of the two strikers, who have impressed since their summer moves to Upton Park.Valencia, 25, has scored four goals in 23 appearances since his £12m switch from Pachuca.Sakho, meanwhile, has made a blistering start to life in England, hitting eight goals in his first 14 Premier League appearances after arriving from Metz for just £3.5m.That form has led to speculated interest from Chelseam, but Allardyce insists there has been no approach for either player.He said: “By email, text or phone? If they’ve sounded us out, which way?“The only way they have been sounded out is through the media not through club-to-club.” Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano was charged Monday with wiretapping such stars as Sylvester Stallone and Keith Carradine and bribing a police officer for dirt on Hollywood figures. Pellicano, 61, pleaded not guilty to racketeering, interception of electronic communications and other offenses. He was charged along with a Los Angeles police officer and a telephone company employee in an indictment unsealed Monday. “These charges allege a disturbing pattern of criminal conduct in which money flowed freely to encourage sworn law enforcement officers to violate their oath to uphold the law,” Acting U.S. Attorney George Cardona said. The indictment said the information gathered was used for threats, blackmail and in some cases to secure “tactical advantage in litigation.” But prosecutors would not elaborate. At least in some cases, Pellicano was hired by clients to collect the material, according to the indictment. According to the indictment, Rayford Earl Turner, an employee of SBC and Pacific Bell at the time, received at least $36,655 from Pellicano “for the purpose of obtaining proprietary telephone company information and facilitating illegal wiretaps.” Turner retired in 2001. The indictment also charged Robert Pfeifer, former president of Hollywood Records, with wiretapping. His lawyer denied any wrongdoing on Pfeifer’s part. Previously, a former Beverly Hills police officer arrested in the investigation pleaded guilty to fraud and unauthorized computer access. Pellicano helped automaker John DeLorean win acquittal on cocaine trafficking charges in the early 1980s and was hired by Michael Jackson to fight child molestation claims in 1993. Pellicano’s troubles began in 2002 when, prosecutors claim, he hired Alexander Proctor to threaten Anita Busch, a Los Angeles Times reporter working on a story about actor Steven Seagal and possible links to the Mafia. Proctor allegedly placed a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on Busch’s car, made a bullet-sized hole in the windshield, and left a sign with the word “stop.” Pellicano and Proctor are charged with conspiracy and making criminal threats. Proctor is serving a 10-year prison term in Illinois on unrelated drug charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Pellicano has worked for a galaxy of Hollywood stars, including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Stallone. High-profile lawyers and agents also have enlisted his services. The private investigator was released Friday from a federal prison after completing a 2“-year sentence for possessing illegal weapons. He was transferred to San Bernardino County Jail. His trial on the new charges was set for April 4. Before he went to prison, Pellicano said he would not cooperate in the wiretapping probe and would protect his clients’ confidentiality. His attorney, Steven Gruel, would not comment directly on the charges but said the timing was an “odd coincidence,” since Pellicano was about to get out from prison. The indictment said Mark Arneson, a veteran police sergeant, received at least $189,000 from Pellicano to search law enforcement databases for “confidential, embarrassing or incriminating” information. More than 60 people were run through police databases, including comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon, the indictment said.
More than 200 runners and walkers turned up for the Bumbleance 5k race and walk in Ramelton. The following are the list of those who participated and their times.1 Laim Doherty 145 17.2 2 Mark McPaul 126 17.233 Gareth Kerrigan 394 17.494 Eddie Sweeney 330 17.545 John Sweeney 147 18 6 BarryCoyle 364 18.127 Matthew Sweeney 374 18.28 Peter O’Donnell 125 18.299 Damien McBride 135 18.510 A. n other ??? 18.51 11 Adrian Herrity 107 18.5312 Raymond Doherty 154 18.5513 Declan Mc Bride 120 18.5514 James Mc Cahill 368 18.55 15 Curley Coyle 252 1916 Garran Mulligan 112 19.0317 Jimmy Gallagher 217 19.0918 Paul Russell 113 19.1319 Conor Gormley 328 19.1720 Kieran Coyle 335 19.321 Aiden O’Donnell 192 19.4722 Seamus Morrison 178 19.5823 Jonathon Edwards 176 20.0124 Dinny Doherty 119 20.0625 Cathal Morrison 177 20.1526 Noel Lynch 193 20.1727 Daniel Cullen 148 20.1828 Daragh Kelly 260 20.1929 A.N Other ?? 20.4130 Joe Coyle 202 20.5231 Pauric Mc Ginley 299 21.0432 Paul Catterson 285 21.0833 Ryan Mc Bride 121 21.1534 Danny Mc Dermott 117 21.1935 Collette Mc Elwaine 116 21.2836 Nuala Hagen 292 21.3337 Micheal Maguire 290 21.3638 Phlip Brown 109 21.3739 Martin Jordan 271 21.3840 Donal Mc Bride 203 21.541 Declan Moore 373 22.0242 Oisin Coyle 104 22.0543 John R Boyce 287 22.0944 A.N Other 22.2645 Angus Hunter 295 22.346 Kenny Graham 332 22.3147 Nancy Mc Namee 216 22.3348 Mardin Duncan 321 22.3749 Chris Ashmore 173 22.3950 Gearld Mc Connell 270 22.5151 James Maguire 383 22.5152 Megan Skinnader 273 22.5653 Micheal Douglas 114 22.5754 Anthony Mc Crea 337 23.0255 Paddy Mc Ateer 328 23.0856 David Diver 294 23.0957 Margaret Hann 141 23.1658 Desmond Coyle 363 23.3459 Eddie Gallagher 189 23.460 Patrickj Mc Geever 185 23.4361 Mark farren 341 23.4562 Danielle McNamee 105 23.4963 Dermott Friel 130 23.4964 Gloria Donehey 384 23.5765 Amy Patterson 334 24.0466 Stephen Stewart 332 24.0867 Kieran Moy 264 24.0968 Colm Mc daid 149 24.4669 Eileen Toye 329 24.4870 Darina Ferry 247 24.571 Tara Simms 291 24.5372 Seamus Crawford 198 24.5673 Laura Harte 103 24.5874 Chuck McDaid 203 25.1375 Charlie J Mc Daid 300 25.1976 Seamus Boyce 123 25.2577 James Cullen 168 25.2878 ? Tyler ?? 25.2579 Brian Doherty 122 25.2880 Rosin Doherty 261 25.3281 Ann Marie Patton 391 25.3282 Vicky Dunleavy 390 25.3283 Malachy Dunleavy 389 25.3284 Eugene Mc Gettigan 393 25.3285 Dara Morrison 315 25.3286 Oliva Furey 124 25.3587 Eileen Morning 266 25.3588 Martin Lagan 172 25.4489 A.N Other 25.4690 Sonia Doherty 251 25.4691 Hayleigh Ferry 298 25.592 Stacey Hegarty 118 25.5893 John Curran 158 25.5994 Alan Mailey 170 24.1495 Isobel Gardiner 166 26.2196 Sam Lynch 344 26.3897 Liam Ferry 204 26.4198 Nadia Dunworth 250 26.4499 Kieryann Coyle 106 26.45100 Ciaran Sweeney 101 26.46101 Jamie Lee Blaney 346 26.47102 Jason McChill 324 26.58103 Gearld Mc Fadden 179 27.05104 Ann Marie Moy 262 27.23105 Ann Marie Roache 297 27.35106 Joey O Leary 296 27.36107 Valeria Coyle 249 27.4108 Ryan Stewart 307 27.42109 Norman Irwin 215 27.42110 Mary Mc Laughlin 248 27.46111 Paul Mc Cahill 323 27.58112 Brenda Mc Cahill 322 27.58113 Denise Mc Casserly 182 28.14114 Sean Douglas 115 28.15115 Gareth Sheirdan 181 28.16116 James Greene 155 28.17117 Mary Boyce 339 28.18118 Sophie Durning 341 28.19119 Aisling Gallagher 342 28.21120 Maire Geoghagan 163 28.22121 Aoibhan :Lynch 184 28.24122 Faith During 333 28.33123 Deridre Gormley 327 28.41124 Peter Davis 188 28.43125 Corna Kemp 331 28.49126 A.N Other ?? 28.53127 Jason Peoples 143 29.02128 Micheal Murray 319 29.03129 Zara Blaney 347 29.08130 Ben Bradley 164 29.15131 Eamonn Kerr 382 29.23132 Mary O Donnell 136 29.33133 Linda Harkin 338 29.25134 A.N Other ?? 29.26135 Sinead Kinnear 336 29.3136 Molly Wheeler 370 29.37137 Maureen Gallagher 302 29.42138 A.N Other ?? 29.43139 Sara Martin 289 29.45140 Cherl Boyce 288 29.46141 Sonia Mc Ginty 286 29.47142 Annette Toye 265 29.49143 Fiona Stevenson 372 29.52144 A.N Other ?? 29.53145 Catherine Grier 152 29.58146 Claire Molloy 303 30.07147 Desiree Casburn 349 30.21148 Martina Conway 256 30.27149 Josie Lawlor 255 30.28150 Ynonne Lynch 183 30.28151 Sadie Toye 267 30.34152 Louise Doherty 268 30.35153 Nollaig Sullivan 161 3108154 David Egan 162 31.1155 Freda Diver 340 31.15156 Chloe O Donnell 138 31.16157 Alisher Grier 153 31.16158 Chloe Kerr 236 31.2159 Ann Marie Shields 199 31.52160 Nigel Brown 386 31.57161 Martin Anderson 129 32.17162 Isobel Boyle 156 32.18163 Donna Mc Fadden 221 32.3164 Allister McCready 208 32.45165 Rebecca Lee 205 33.12166 Leanna Duffy 339 33.28167 Colm Heaglenty 344 33.28168 Deborah McDaid 335 33.28169 Claire Mulrennan 243 33.29170 Mary Duddy 337 33.29171 Diane Hethenington 293 33.3172 Oran McCarron 245 34.25173 Declan Black 269 34.27174 Syria Mc Geever 197 34.45175 A.N Other ?? 34.56176 Siobhan Mc Laughlin 336 34.57177 Gillian Mc Elhinney 218 34.59178 June Moore 244 34.59179 Emma Mc Croory 243 35.05180 Catherine Kerr 108 35.08181 Gillian Aiken 133 35.08182 Conor Aiken 132 35026183 A.N Other ??? 35.28184 Shane Mc Daid 308 35.4185 Edel Mc Breathy 340 35.4186 Alan Mc Carron 214 35.4187 Conal McCarron 246 35.41188 Kathleen Stevenson 371 35.51189 William Brown 387 36.09190 Heathher Brown 385 36.11191 Kyle Mc Garvey 102 36.31192 Tina Lynch 194 36.37193 Teresa Mc Daid 367 36.37194 Bridget Friel 139 37.02195 Beric Milley 174 37.1196 Mary Wheeler 175 37.16197 Alexander Mather 381 37.16198 Majorie Mc Hugh 282 37.24199 Pat Gilroy 283 37.24200 Linda Mc Hugh 111 37.36MORE THAN 200 TAKE PART IN BUMBLEANCE 5K IN RAMELTON was last modified: February 8th, 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:Bumbleance 5KRamelton
Two-time Olympian and U.S. national team member Brenda Villa joined first-year Cerritos head coach Sergio Macias as an assistant this season. She can be found in the pool at nearly every practice, putting the Falcons through a workout they’ll rarely face against any junior college opponent. “She (practices with the team) because she’s competitive,” said Macias, who grew up swimming with Villa in the Commerce Aquatics program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Macias says Villa will never take it easy against the younger players. It’s just not in her nature. “If somebody beats her (in a drill) it’s because they beat her,” he said Cerritos finished with a 13-14 record in 2004 and in fifth place in the South Coast Conference. This year, however, the Falcons are 18-8 overall and 4-1 in SCC play, with their only conference loss coming to two-time defending state champion Long Beach City. Cerritos travels to Chaffey for a 3 p.m. SCC game today. The team features just one sophomore and the young players seem to appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience at their disposal. “Anything we work on, she’ll pick us out and explain it in detail,” said freshman driver Christina Edwards. “I have a lot of bad habits and she will stay after practice (to help). My game has improved a lot.” Players and coaches from great teams often attribute their success to rigorous practice sessions, workouts that are far more competitive and physical than any game they would play throughout a season. So it’s not hard to figure out why the Cerritos College women’s water polo team has improved so much from last season. Just look who’s in the pool with the Falcons. Fellow freshman Roxanne Cariaga agrees. “To get first-hand experience with an Olympian is awesome,” the driver said. Villa is well aware of the importance of training with better and more experienced players. She began playing water polo at age 8, before programs for girls were as developed as today, and had to play with boys, including her older brother Edgar. “(Water polo) just looked fun,” Villa said. “It’s more interactive than swimming.” At Bell Gardens High, she played four years with the boys varsity team and was a two-time CIF Division III champion. In 1998, the season after Villa graduated, Bell Gardens began a girls team. “You have to think faster and react quicker (playing against boys) because they’re stronger and faster,” Villa said. “You have to make up for that difference in strength.” All that tough competition paid off for Villa. She accepted a scholarship to Stanford she graduated in 2003 with a degree in political science and was a member of the Cardinal’s 2002 NCAA championship team. She also competed for the U.S. at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, earning silver and bronze medals. “(The Olympics were) unbelievable, especially since we got to the gold-medal game (in 2000 in Sydney, Australia),” she said. “In the cafeteria, listening to 30 different languages being spoken at one time was incredible.” And her medals aren’t the only reminders of her Olympic experiences. On her right foot, Villa has a small tattoo of the Olympic rings. “That’s the only one,” she said. “My mother’s not too fond of tattoos but I figured she’d let this one go.” Villa is still on the U.S. national team and later this month will leave for Italy, where she’ll play for the club team Orizzonte. Before Macias asked her to help him at Cerritos, Villa hadn’t really thought of herself as a coach. “I always said I didn’t have the patience to coach,” she said, “but when you’ve got a good group of girls, it’s easier.” Macias says Villa’s presence has been a tremendous help to him. “She makes my job easier,” he said, pointing out that she can reinforce instructions he gives in a different manner. “When I say it, it gets kind of redundant.” Villa can also serve as a buffer between the team and Macias, part coach and part friend. Being a female on a women’s team coached by a man also helps. “She’s female so she relates well (to the players),” Macias said. “She’s a friend and keeps her distance to maintain their respect.” When the season began, some of the Cerritos players had never heard of her and weren’t aware of her accomplishments. Falcon opponents knew exactly who she was. “At a lot of tournaments we go to, other girls are like, ‘That’s Brenda Villa,” ‘ said Cariaga. “But she’s just like a friend to us.” She’s also an example for the young Falcons someone who has earned a degree from a prestigious university, someone who has worked hard to make her dreams come true. “She’s an inspiration, just a hard worker,” Macias said. “She’s a great role model, (proof) that anything is possible.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Though the Congress leadership is largely silent on the revoking of Article 370 of the Constitution, two Rajasthan Congress leaders have welcomed the move and congratulated the Centre on its decision.State Minister for Sports Ashok Chandna tweeted: “This comes as my personal opinion. Scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir is the first decision of the government that I welcome.””The transformation of Article 370 should not follow dictatorship, rather should be resolved peacefully while winning the trust of people so that none of the citizens of the nation face any challenge in the future,” he said. , – 370 370 l Ashok Chandna (@AshokChandnaINC) August 6, 2019Another senior Congress leader Dr Jyoti Mirdha, who is a former Member Parliament and granddaughter of Dr Nathuram Mirdha, congratulated the government for it bold step to integrate India.”Nation first! Opposing for the heck of opposing is no virtue. Join in, congratulate the government for taking a bold step towards integrating India,” she tweeted.Though Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and Speaker C.P. Joshi haven’t said a word on the issue so far, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday tweeted that the arrest of two former CMs of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti was condemnable and that it could have been avoided. He added that the government should have taken J&K leaders into confidence.ALSO READ | Historic decision, says Congress Raebareli MLA Aditi Singh on Modi govt’s move on Article 370ALSO READ | Adhir Ranjan embarrasses Congress, says Article 370 not an internal issue, Amit Shah hits backadvertisementALSO READ | Article 370: Congress divided over abrogation of special status to Jammu and KashmirALSO WATCH | Detention of Mehbooba, Omar preventive measure, common thing for politicians: Ram Madhav