Lamps beats mentor Jose but Blues win overshadowed by ugly racist chants

first_imgCHELSEA strolled to a 2-0 win away at 10-man Tottenham in a game shrouded with allegations of racism.Willian scored twice to ensure Frank Lampard got the upper hand against his old mentor Jose Mourinho.9 Willian is dwarfed by his jubilant team-mates after firing Chelsea into the leadCredit: Reuters9 Willian showed terrific poise to ping his side into an early leadCredit: AFPSpurs star Heung-Min Son saw red after VAR adjudged that he had kicked out at Blues defender Antonio Rudiger on the hour mark.But it was what happened in the aftermath of this that will make all the headlines.Rudiger alleged that one or more Tottenham fans had racially abused him. He told his captain Cesar Azpilicueta who then told referee Anthony Taylor.Chelsea keeper Kepa was also pelted with bottles from a fuming home crowd.The official then headed to the sideline where he spoke with Spurs boss Mourinho and Chelsea manager Lampard.9 Antonio Rudiger was seen to claim he had been racially abused by one or more Spurs fansCredit: Sky Sports9 The allegations of racism came just moments after this happened – Son kicked out at Rudiger and was sent offCredit: Sky Sports9 Referee Anthony Taylor brandished the red card to Heung-Min Son after VAR ruled he had kicked out at Antonio RudigerCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Chelsea keeper Kepa was also pelted with bottles as Spurs fans vented their angerCredit: Sky SportsA stadium announcement later made an announcement saying: “Racist behaviour amongst supporters is interfering with the game.”And the same message was broadcast to the crowd in the final few minutes of the game.Spurs were forced a third time at the death to remind their own fans: “Please remember that in football there is no place for racism.”In terms of the actual game, it was one-way traffic for much of the game.GAZZANIGA BLUNDERWillian opened the scoring with a beauty on 12 minutes, receiving the ball from Mateo Kovacic and curling past Paulo Gazzaniga.The Spurs keeper was then making his own headlines when just before half-time he launched himself at Blues defender Marcos Alonso in the area.The referee had originally awarded Spurs a free-kick, but VAR overturned that completely and rightly gave the visitors a penalty.Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville went so far as to describe it as “an assault” and was flabbergasted why VAR was needed to award it.Referee could have nipped Rudiger incident in budBy MARK HALSEYANTHONY TAYLOR is in a really poor run of form and he was off the pace again in Chelsea’s win at Tottenham.There were two big decisions in this London derby, the first-half penalty for Frank Lampard’s side and a red card for Son Heung-min in which Taylor initially called both incorrectly and got bailed out by VAR.A referee of his calibre on the Uefa elite list should have made the right decision in the first place.I was amazed he gave Tottenham a free-kick when Paulo Gazzaniga endangered the safety of Marcos Alonso with a serious foul play challenge.VAR got it spot on by reversing the decision to award a penalty but I felt they should have also advised Taylor that Gazzaniga should have been sent off.I was also stunned when Taylor missed Son’s act of violent conduct on Antonio Rudiger in the second half.Son can have no complaints on his red card because the Tottenham striker kicked out but Taylor was looking straight at the incident and it was an easy decision to call.In recent weeks, Taylor has needed VAR to help for both Marcus Rashford’s penalty in the Manchester derby and a clear spot-kick for Leipzig against Lyon in the Champions League.Taylor is one of our better referees but I’m sure he will be disappointed with his performances this month.9 Gary Neville described Paulo Gazzaniga crashing into Marcos Alonso as ‘an assault’ – and a penalty was awardedCredit: AFPUp stepped Willian to score his second of the game to put his team firmly in control.And 15 minutes into the second half, Mourinho was left watching it all fall apart when Son was given his marching orders after aiming a kick at Rudiger while on the floor.The South Korean appeared angry that he had not been given a foul on him by the defender.But with his dismissal went any chance of Mourinho’s boys getting anything out of the game.While a loss will hurt, the wider world of football will be feeling similar pain over the racism allegations.Speaking after the game, Chelsea captain Azilicueta said: It is made very clear to us all that if we have heard any racist incident to report it.”Toni [Rudiger] came to me and told me he was listening to racist songs towards him so I reported it to the referee.Most 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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”We are very concerned and aware of this behaviour. Altogether we need to make it stop.”I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible.”It‘s an issue not just in football but in life.”9 The two old friends, Mourinho and Lampard, embraced at the endCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd9 Chelsea boss Frank Lampard then let his emotions out to celebrate with the visiting fansCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltdlast_img read more

LeBron joins elite list, leads Cavs past Magic

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP):LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson on an exclusive NBA list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.James had 15 points and 13 assists and joined Robertson as the only players in league history to rank in the top 25 in career points and assists.With his fifth assist, James moved past Norm Nixon (6,386) into 25th place and moved alongside Robertson, who finished his Hall of Fame career with 26,710 points and 9,887 assists. James will soon eclipse Robertson’s scoring total and the unselfish superstar is a good bet to pass the guard on the assist list as well.Love scored 27 in the first half for the Cavs, now 8-0 at home and an Eastern Conference-leading 11-3.Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant had 27 points and six rebounds in his return from a hamstring injury as the Thunder downed the Utah Jazz 111-89.Durant was 10 for 13 from the field in his first game since he got hurt on November10 at Washington. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season with 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.HEAT BEAT KNICKSIn Miami, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 16 points as the Heat downed the Knicks 95-78 to end New York’s four-game winning streak.Goran Dragic had 13 points and nine assists for the Heat, who went on a 36-8 run in the first half. Tyler Johnson scored 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 11 rebounds.Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for New York, who have lost 13 of their last 16 games in Miami.The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Philadelphia 100-95 to keep the 76ers winless this season after Andrew Wiggins scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter.Kevin Garnett had eight points and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves (6-8) won at home for the first time in seven games this season. They dropped Philadelphia to 0-15 and avoided another embarrassing home loss to the Sixers, who snapped a 0-17 start to last season with a win at Target Center.In other games, Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his former team, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Hornets downed the Los Angeles Kings 127-122 in overtime and the San Antonio Spurs were 98-84 winners over the Phoenix Suns.last_img read more

IAAF World Relays: 4x200m gold for Jamaica

first_imgJamaica’s 4×200 metres quartet, anchored by double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, won the gold medal at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas in a championship record one minute 29.04 seconds tonight.   Germany took second in 1:30.68 and the United States finished third in 1:30.87. The Jamaican team in running order was Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes and Elaine Thompson.last_img

Delay Tactic?

first_imgDisbelief and frustration were the expressions on the faces of former Bong Mining Company (BMC) workers when the payment of overdue severance benefits was postponed indefinitely.Most of the would-be beneficiaries are already in their 60s and 70s.The chairman of the former BMC employees’ Committee, Jaye J. Larblah, announced Wednesday, January 15, that the payment, which was to be done on the same day, was deferred owing to alleged discrepancy figures that made up the US$4m, discovered by the Finance Ministry on Tuesday.In a sad but heartening tone, Mr. Larblah assured the more than 100 ex-BMC employees present of BMC’s immediate collaboration with the Finance Ministry for speedy rectification of the situation.According to the records from August 1990, the ex-BMC workers numbered at least 1,804.“We are sorry to inform you that the payments of your justified severance benefits have been postponed. We will certainly inform you through the media and text messages about the new date,” Mr. Larblah said, carefully counting his words.Some of the aged and downhearted former BMC employees and their widows wept at the news, including Ma Karpeh, the widow of caterpillar operator John Karpeh, when the announcement was made.Mrs. Nowah Pannoh, the wife of the late Samuel Pannoh, burst into cynical laughter, while Ma Petto, the wife of a disabled former caterpillar operator, whimpered when the news of “hold your heart, payment will be later” was interpreted to her in Kpelle.Oldman Kanneh, 67 , sat quietly in a state  confusion and rested the palm of his hands on his head amid the news about the postponement.He told the Daily Observer that his only worry is that he does not meet his demise before the final distribution of the BMC’s severance benefits.“I have lot of things to settle, son. My old lady is not well. And I have to make some refunds on lands I sold before my children kill me,” he said, as tears set in his brown eyes.He exhaled heavily: “Ah God,” he lamented in his Kpelle vernacular, “nobody can tell the sadness of a big-toothed man.”Alfred Nah, a relative to one of the beneficiaries, said: “Transportation… son, from Gbarnga to Monrovia, we have been on this three months, taking photos and making sure our name is listed.”An instant survey conducted by our reporter showed that most of the ex-BMC workers and relatives who came did so with the expectation of getting their respective checks. Most of them are living in rural Liberia and had to pay the high cost of transportation only to be disappointed.But an official of the ex-BMC Committee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer in a telephone conversation that the former BMC workers would begin collecting payment on Monday, January 20.He noted that the ex-BMC delegation had already corrected the discrepancy Tuesday but are expecting confirmation of the printing of checks and onward submission to the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) on Thursday.“We are on course for Monday, but maybe another thing may come up, so it is still indefinite until all the T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted,” the official said.The official, however, disclosed that they have resolved to pay those former employees of BMC who are still alive first and foremost, regardless of where their names fall on the list. All money for deceased employees will be paid later after a week of scrutiny to avoid further embarrassment.“Some of the deceased have more than one wife, while others have authorized another relative to collect their severance benefits. So, we have decided to stage a week-long verification process and then pay them.”The Liberian Government and ex-BMC workers signed an MOU for the payment US$4million of their US$8.9million to close a decade-long chapter in the case of the former Bong Mines Workers and those who illegally settled on the abandoned properties of the company.The deal, which brought the saga to a close, was signed at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, with J. J. Larblah, chairman of the former Bong Mining company employees End of Service Benefits Committee, signing on behalf of the former workers, and Finance Minister Amara Konneh signing on behalf of the government.The MOU signified the ex-BMC workers had waived the US$4.9 million to settle for US$4 million to end the long tussle between the government and the aged workers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transfer Round-Up: Jebor Signs 3-Year Deal with Wydad

first_imgJebor at one of his training sessions at Al Nassr. (Photo Credit: Al Nassr)Weeks following the transfer of some local players to clubs abroad, there have also been some transfer deals taking place among some foreign-based Liberian players, among them William Jebor, Tonia Tisdell, and Oscar Dorley.In Morocco, media reports said striker William Jebor has finally completed his return to Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca, on a free transfer after terminating his contract with Al Nassr KSA in Saudi Arabia.Jebor had earlier arrived in Morocco in July to sign his contract, and was awaiting the formalization of his return to the club.Wydad Club president, Said Naciri, told the media that the Liberian striker officially signed a three-year contract with the club last week, and will form part of the team’s lineup for their upcoming matches.Naciri made the announcement on the sidelines of a farewell conference to the club Tunisian coach, Faouzi Benzarti, who took the reins of the selection of his country.Jebor joined Wydad in summer 2016, from Portuguese side Rio Ave, and had a successful campaign with the Moroccan side where he was named the Moroccan first division top scorer with 19 goals.The 26-year-old forward later moved to Al Nassr, where he agreed a three-year contract with the Saudi Arabian Club. His move to the Saudi Arabian league was marred by criticism, which later increased after Wydad won the CAF Champions League, the following season after he left the club.Jebor’s mind was focused on delivering the his best performance for Al Nassr, but did not accomplish his aims, something that led to the termination of his contract with the Saudi Abraian Club on a mutual understanding.While at Al Nassr, he featured in 11 matches in the Saudi Professional League in the first six months.In Turkey, Turkish Club Denizlispor have completed the signing of Liberian international Tonia Tisdell on a one year deal for an undisclosed fee.The deal was officially finalized Thursday, August 2, after the 26-year-old completed his medical.Mustafa Yukek, President of Denizlispor Club, expressed gratitude for securing the signature of the Liberian player, and eagerness to watch him play for the team.Elsewhere, Czech First League Club Slovan Liberec have announced that midfielder Oscar Dorley will be staying with them for the 2018-19 season after requesting another loan from FK Trakai.The request of the loan deal by the club comes after missing out on signing the 19-year-old Liberian on a permanent deal, because of his somewhat high value.According to German-based players’ statistics website, Transfermarkt, Dorley is valued at more than US$586,000.Dorley joined the Czech team during the 2017-18 season winter transfer from FK Trakai, and made 12 appearances, scored one goal and provided six assists to help the club finish in the sixth position of the last season.The extension of Dorley’s loan deal was announced via Slovan Liberec’s official Facebook page.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Moose Bucks – How you could win $25,000 US

first_imgOr a $2,500 Shower or an in store credit at Canwest Building Supply Ltd. The final grand prize is a $2,500 BBQ and Patio Set from Sears. First place is a chance at $25,000 US from Moose FM. Now is your chance to win $25,000 US.  But that’s not all.  You could also win a $2,500 Camping Package from Backcountry, a $2,500 BBQ and Patio set from Sears or a $2,500 Shower from Canwest Building Supply or an instore credit.All you have to do to enter is visit one of the following locations:  Backcountry at 10120 Alaska Road, Egan’s Pub at 9404 Alaska Road, Sears at 10520 100 Street, Smarti Pantz Kids Clothing at 9919 103 Avenue, Petron Communications at 11315 Alaska Road or Canwest Building Supply at 10519 101 Avenue.- Advertisement -Each Friday morning we’ll draw one qualifier….in total we’ll pick 4 people.  We’ll also give one lucky person who attends the grand prize event at Egan’s a chance to win as well.  It all happens Wednesday April 22nd at 7pm.  Enter as often as you’d like as each Thursday we’ll empty each draw box for the draw the next morning.Here are the details on what you can wincenter_img Or how about a $2,500 Camping Package from Backcountry last_img read more

Attempt at candy theft becomes murder charge

first_imgPeterson, who is being held in lieu of $986,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned next month on one count of murder. His attorney, Tyson Beers, declined to comment on the case. Hairston, a Lancaster resident, was outside the Lancaster 99 Cents store July 14 collecting donations for a group that assists the homeless when Peterson, his girlfriend and another couple went inside the store, LaForteza said. Store employees saw them taking candy and tried to stop them, LaForteza said. “As Peterson goes into his car to try to drive away, and one of the employees tries to write down the license plate (number), the defendant backs up and nearly hits the employee,” LaForteza said. “Then the victim Hairston pushed a shopping cart into the car to stop it.” Peterson was angry and yelled at the victim as he drove off in his Dodge Neon, LaForteza said. Afraid that he would return, store staff members called sheriff’s deputies and saw Peterson stop across the street to look at the damage to his car, LaForteza said. A short time later, Peterson did return and got into an argument with Hairston over the car damage. He chased Hairston into the store and hurled a shopping cart that hit an employee, the prosecutor said. Peterson threw a container of carpet deodorizer at Hairston, hitting him in the back, and then picked up a glass jar of salsa, LaForteza said. “From 6 to 8 feet away, he throws it, very hard, and strikes the victim on the head,” LaForteza said. Deputies arrived and arrested Peterson, who four days later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor burglary and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on three years’ probation. That night, Hairston declined medical treatment, but three days later went to a hospital complaining of a headache, LaForteza said. Doctors diagnosed him as having a subdural hematoma, or bruising inside his head, and said he needed surgery, LaForteza said. After saying he wanted to discuss the matter first with his family, Hairston underwent surgery on July 20, according to the prosecutor. He remained in the hospital until Aug. 2, when he died of complications of blunt-force head trauma, LaForteza said. The murder charge against Peterson was filed in February, according to court records. (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The case of 18-year-old Joseph Peterson started out as a relatively minor affair involving the alleged theft of M&Ms and Twizzlers from a discount store – but ended up as murder, according to prosecutors. When the Lancaster man tried to flee after what police called a petty theft, Charles Hairston, a 51-year-old homeless group volunteer, tried to stop him. Peterson threw a bottle of salsa at him, hitting him in the head. Hairston died three weeks later. “It’s a sad story. (Hairston) was a good Samaritan who tried to help out, and unfortunately with these circumstances, he was killed,” Deputy District Attorney Bernie LaForteza said. last_img read more

Ronaldo draws blank as Juventus beat Parma

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Sep 2 – Cristiano Ronaldo drew another blank in his bid to score his first Serie A goal for Juventus but the Italian champions kept their winning momentum 2-1 at promoted Parma on Saturday with goals in either half from World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi.World Cup winner Matuidi bagged the decisive goal on 58 minutes after Croatia’s Mandzukic, a finalist in Moscow this summer, had scored after just two minutes in Emilia Romagna. New Parma signing Gervinho — back in Italy after two years with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune — pulled one back after 33 minutes for the hosts who have returned to the top flight after three consecutive promotions following demotion for bankruptcy in 2015.Ronaldo is yet to score but the seven-time reigning Italian champions are on maximum points after winning all three of their games this season.The 33-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a chance to open his account after 26 minutes when his powerful header was just wide, and spurned another chance ten minutes into the second half.“Cristiano had a good game, he made himself available, but it was a moment when the ball did not bounce back in the right direction,” coach Massimiliano Allegri told streaming broadcaster DAZN.“I’m happy with what he’s doing… After the (international) break he will surely get a goal because we’ll all be in better shape.”Croatian World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic bagged his second goal in three Serie A games. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMatuidi added: “He (Ronaldo) had a great match but no luck. He’s going to be a little annoyed because he’s hungry to score, but we’re going to help him.”Allegri said he was impressed with Mandzukic who has scored twice in the opening three games and set up Matuidi for the winner.“I didn’t expect Mario to be in this condition after the World Cup,” he added.– Nainggolan gets Inter off mark –Earlier Radja Nainggolan scored on his debut as Inter Milan claimed their first three points of the season with a 3-0 win in Bologna.Nainggolan missed the first two games of the campaign with injury following his summer move from Roma.“Take a bow”: Radja Nainggolan celebrates after scoring on his debut for Inter Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIBut the 30-year-old Belgian midfielder made his mark on his league debut, opening his and Inter’s account at the Stadio Dall’Ara after 66 minutes.Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva and Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Ivan Perisic added two quickfire goals in the final ten minutes to seal all three points.The win gives Luciano Spalletti’s side four points from three games, equal with Roma who lost 2-1 at AC Milan on Friday. Filippo Inzaghi’s Bologna are stuck on one point, without a single goal scored in three games.“We were patient because there was a risk of starting to panic,” said Spalletti. “There were three beautiful goals and the team shook off the tension after the opener.“We still have some players who aren’t in peak condition, we’ll have to get up to that quickly because you really need to sweat to win games.”Inter captain and striker Mauro Icardi tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off a muscle strain by warming up before being forced to watch from the stands, along with Lautaro Martinez.It left Keita Balde as Inter’s sole striker, but with Nainggolan, Matteo Politano and Perisic in support.Perisic nodded into the side-netting early with Roberto Gagliardini also firing over for the visitors before Bologna threatened, Filip Helander’s header cleared off the line by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.Nainggolan missed a chance to open the scoring just before the break with a powerful half-volley from the edge of the box flying over.But the Belgian made no mistake after the break, controlling Politano’s cross to fire past his former Roma teammate Lukasz Skorupski.Candreva replaced Keita on 79 minutes and three minutes later turned in a low cross from Perisic for his first goal in over 18 months before the Croatian sealed victory two minutes later.Serie A while runners-up Napoli play Sampdoria in Genoa on Sunday, looking for a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘He’s already trying to jump ship!’ Reaction to Spurs manager’s comments

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he would one day like to return to Paris Saint-Germain as manager. Tottenham’s Argentinian boss, 44, made over 500 career appearances as a centre-back, with over 90 of those coming in a two-year spell in the French capital. Pochettino impressed in his first job in England with Southampton, turning them into an exciting, established Premier League side in 18 months at St Mary’s. He then left for north London, overseeing a surprise title race in just his second season, where Spurs look set to miss out with Leicester closing in on the trophy. French champions PSG could be looking for a new manager in the summer, after exiting the Champions League following a quarter-final defeat to Manchester City under Laurent Blanc. Whilst he did not say he wants to go this summer, Pochettino says he still looks out for the club’s results and managing them is ‘part of my dreams’. He told RMC: “I have always said that one day it would be a pleasure to manage a big club like Paris.“I try to watch all of their games, especially in the Champions League and sometimes I speak with [PSG assistant coach] Jean-Louis Gasset. Return to Paris one day, why not?”Just days after Spurs suffered in a setback in their title hopes, their manager’s comments are interesting and, as always, football fans had something to say on Twitter.See some of the best Tweets, below: Mauricio Pochettino (centre) in his Paris Saint-Germain playing days center_img READ MORE: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it would be a ‘dream’ to manage Paris Saint-Germain ‘one day’last_img read more

Over 200 women sign up for topless swim at secret location for cancer fundraiser

first_imgPlans for a topless swim by Donegal women as part of a cancer fundraiser have caught the imagination with more than 200 brave souls already signed up.The swim, which will take place at a secret location in Inishowen, will take place in August.When Greencastle woman Mary McLaughlin contacted her friend Katrina Doherty about organising a female only topless swim to raise money for breast cancer services, a light bulb went off in her head. “It was just the right time for me,” said Moville mum Katrina.Having survived breast cancer herself after being diagnosed four years ago, Katrina had previously signed up for a full ‘Strip and Dip’ in County Wicklow but had backed out at the last minute.“I wasn’t in the right place for doing it but when Mary rang me and suggested us doing a ‘half strip and dip’ it just clicked and everything fell into place,” explained Katrina.The ‘Half Strip and Dip’ will see local women bravely strip off, from the waist up only, and take a quick dip at a beach in an extremely secret location within Inishowen later this month, all in a bid to raise money for breast cancer services in the county. Mary said she felt the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ might make women feel more comfortable going topless rather than a full strip.Donegal Hospice nurse Mary explained that she got inspiration for the fundraiser through her friend Sharon, who also works in the Donegal Hospice and was diagnosed with breast cancer.“We were all so shocked when Sharon was diagnosed – she didn’t have any of the usual symptoms and is a young mum of four,” said Mary.“She has had her treatment and a double mastectomy and is back at work. In Hospice we are surrounded by sickness and death but there is life after cancer and it can be very hard to settle back in.”With that in mind, Mary and Katrina have targeted three different groups to back with their fundraising. The Breast Cancer Centre in Letterkenny, Cancer Care West – which provides support to cancer survivors and the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme.“Cancer Care West is so important – five, ten or twenty years after having cancer you can call into them and they will be there to talk. You might just want to talk or have some reflexology – but they are there,” said Mary.“My friend Sharon said it was nearly as hard getting on with life after finishing her treatment as it was going through the treatment.”‘Go and live your life’ Katrina explained the after care with cancer patients is vital.“In 2015 when I was diagnosed there was no Cancer Care West. When I was diagnosed in September 2015 I immediately had a team around me telling me what to do and what would happen, but after it’s just like ‘go on live your life’. They just have to get on with the next patient.“Letterkenny are very good at looking after the physical side of your health and I receive check ups and mammograms every six months, but there is a lack of support. You would never think it would be hard to go back to normal or go back to how things were before cancer but you can’t,” she said.“You are totally different after having cancer – you don’t stress about the trivial things and the simple things can feel overwhelming at times. Life will never be the same again.”Scoil Mhuire teacher Katrina said she returned to work just eight months after her diagnosis.“I received my diagnosis in September 2015 and went back to work the following May just a couple of days at the end of the term but I went back full-time in September 2016 and that was really really tough,” explained Katrina.“I didn’t have chemo, I had a lumpectomy and radiation in St. Luke’s in Dublin but I’m still on medication that essentially blocks my hormones. I have a lot of side effects – some people don’t but I do – it’s essentially like the menopause. It can be challenging.“After going back to work full-time I changed and did job share for two years but I intend to go back full-time in September so we’ll see how it goes.”Back to schoolHowever teacher Katrina has a great relationship with her colleagues and the students in the Buncrana secondary school.“When I went back the principal asked me if I wanted to tell the students or talk to them and I was so happy to that. The students all know I had cancer and I would talk to them openly about it. I’m always there too if they need to talk, or if a family member is going through something similar,” she said.And it was Katrina’s positive experience at school that encouraged the ladies to donate some of the hard earned fundraising money to a the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme.“I had never heard of this, but after I went back, one of the other teachers Denise Dowds, asked me about bringing these people in. We did the talk with all the girls in TY, 5th and 6th year. The co-ordinator was great. She had been diagnosed herself four years ago and was able to tell the girls what to look out for and taught them how to check themselves and be breast aware.“There was also a practical demonstration with a dummy so that was great – Rachel the co-ordinator was able to show them the difference between a lump and a dimple. It is a great programme so we knew we wanted to support them in whatever way we could.”Mary says Moville Community College and Carn Community School also now plan to run similar programmes for the young ladies in their schools.“We think education is key, teaching young women and encouraging them to be breast aware is so important,” she added.“Even to raise awareness that programmes like this exist for young people is great. We just want to raise as much money as possible doing this.” Up to 200 women signed up alreadyBoth Mary and Katrina have been overwhelmed with the amount of support they have received for the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ but with it not taking place until August there is plenty of time for other women to join them.“We have almost 200 fundraising cards out already so we’re hoping that maybe we’ll have a few more. This is literally for everyone, well as long as you are over 18,” said Mary.“My mum is 70 and she is doing it and she can’t understand why more older women aren’t taking part- I am so proud of her – she even said it to people at the bingo.“This will literally be as quick or as long as a dip as you want it to be and I think everyone will be focussed on themselves to look around them so hopefully more women sign up. Cancer is everywhere, it touches everyone – we all have our reasons for doing it – I’m doing it for friend Sharon and Katrina is doing it because she had cancer.But for Katrina she knows it will be an emotional affair.“I just know I’ll start crying. I think when you go through something that you have no control over this will allow to take back control – it will be empowering. But for me it will definitely be emotional.”With women coming from Carn, Buncrana, Ramelton, Moville, Greencastle, Letterkenny and further a field, friends Katrina and Mary hope the ‘Strip and Dip’ can act as a support group for people with cancer or survivors.“There used to be a support group in Inishowen but that’s gone now. Maybe when we are all together we can use this as opportunity to meet people and start our own form of a support group.”Fundraising cards are currently with the women who are taking part in the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ and each line costs €10. Separate fundraising cards and buckets are available locally in shops in Moville and in the 17 Healthwise stores across the county.For further information or to take part you can contact Katrina on 087-207-7939 or Mary on 086 -393-1043.Over 200 women sign up for topless swim at secret location for cancer fundraiser was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:cancercharityInishowentoplesslast_img read more