Take me to the Ballpark, Oya! Hoya

first_imgPurple, red, green and blue for the eyes, running commentary and Punjabi rap for the ears, nachos and cheese for the taste buds, the pleasant smell of fresh cut grass and an uncharacteristic Houston breeze on the skin. I wouldn’t be far off mark if I said that the American ProCricket match at the University of Houston Cougar Field on Saturday, July 17, was a treat for all the senses. Three hours packed with a quick-fire century, a couple of bouncers, two-thirds of a hat-trick, a dropped catch, several bowled wickets and innumerable fours and sixers. Purists can take a hike. ProCricket is in!American ProCricket is a bold attempt to introduce cricket to mainstream America. Modified to suit the American psyche, the matches are played in the Twenty20 format that was initially developed in England, and include five-ball overs and the “designated hitter” rule borrowed from baseball.Kalpesh (Kal) Patel, the chairman, commissioner and founder of the American ProCricket League (www.procricket.com), has succeeded in involving former Indian test cricketer and Indian national team ex-coach Anshuman Gaekwad as executive director and Australian cricketer Robert Smith as assistant commissioner in his venture.They have roped in about 40 international cricketers, who will play alongside 120 local players from different cities.The league comprises of eight teams: New York Storm, New Jersey Fire, Florida Thunder, DC Forward, Texas Arrowheads, Chicago Tornadoes, Los Angeles Unity and San Francisco Freedom.Indian American businessman Kamal Verma owns the operating rights to all the teams in the league – Yankees owner George Steinbrenner take note! Australia’s Colin MillerThe league seeks to promote the game purely as a form of entertainment and the matches are played only over weekends. The aim is to provide an ambience where grown-ups as well as kids can have wholesome fun at a reasonable price, presently $5. This was quite evident on Saturday night. The atmosphere resembled a baseball game, even if not the crowd. There were only 200, not 20,000, fans.But they weren’t lacking for passion. “Take me out to the ball game” was substituted by Indian masala music and the action on the field was more “fast n furious” than a five home-run game. As the Texas Arrowheads in red, white and blue took on the Chicago Tornadoes in purple, green and white, the crowd was kept entertained from the first minute to the last.By the end of July, the teams had played 12 matches in six U.S. cities in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston.The regular season matches, played in minor league and college baseball parks, are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 21 and the play-offs will be held between Aug. 27 and Sept. 4.The international cricketers who took the field in Houston were Marlon Samuels, Franklyn Rose, Corey Collymore from the West Indies, Colin Miller and Richard Chee Quee from Australia and Nadeem Unis from Pakistan.The Chicago Tornadoes batted first and despite an early hat-trick chase by Collymore, came up with 157 runs in 20 overs. But it was when the Texas Arrowheads took the crease that the fireworks really began. Marlon Samuels hit the helpless bowlers in all directions to complete a century off just 40 balls. Then Franklyn Rose added more excitement by bowling a couple of bouncers and pretending to be turned-off by the batsman (a local player). Nevertheless, the Arrowheads reached the target easily in 15 overs, ending a truly exciting game well before schedule.The players definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves. Rose, fielding near the stands, obliged a number of fans with photos and autographs between overs.After the game he commented, “I’m loving it! This is fun. I’ve never done anything like this before in my life. It’s totally different from the Caribbean and England and everywhere in the world. It’s good to see the kids come out and have fun too.”The international players rotate between teams. Marlon Samuels played for the New York Storm before changing colors and padding up for Texas. He has just been named among the West Indies probables for the ICC Champions Trophy, after a six-month layoff due to knee surgery, and appeared to be having the time of his life too.“I’ve got two centuries (in ProCricket) already and am looking for a third one. I’m leaving a statement. Something for people to remember me by,” he said with a smile.For the local players it is a learning experience playing with players of such high caliber. Do they feel second class?Says Ankit Mehta, a player in the Texas squad, “They (the stars) are easy to get along with. There is no pressure.”Texas captain Alpesh Patel, who has played for the Kenya A team, as well as Kuldip Patel, the Texas manager, concur. “They are a bunch of nice guys and it’s fun playing with them. It doesn’t feel like they are on a different level.”Although the players and the fans that show up are obviously having a lot of fun, ProCricket has got off to a tepid start. The response in New Jersey was relatively good, according to Kal Patel, with over 2,000 people turning up for one of the matches.   But the other cities have yet to show as much enthusiasm. Part of the blame is on the marketing. Marlon Samuels of West Indies.In Houston, few people were aware of the match featuring international players. Most heard of it through word of mouth and many others by pure chance. A Britisher, who had brought along three American friends, all of them new to the game, had read about ProCricket on the BBC website and investigated further of his own accord. But on the positive side, his American companions to the game found this version of cricket “more exciting and faster than baseball.”ProCricket is a brave initiative. Patel, Verma, Gaekwad and Smith all claim to be focused full time on the project. The league is fully owned by Patel, who claims to have invested what he calls a “small fortune” – in the millions he allows when pressed. Local players typically receive $150 for a game, apart from travel, lodging and meal expenses. Some international players receive “a few thousand dollars” for 10 days; some volunteer. Patel says he has enough financial backing for the project to run the league for three years, even without anyone showing up at the ballpark. He has 3-, 5- and 10-year business plans on the ready, but has enough business savvy to know that the picture will not be fuzzy in three years.He also knows that he is pushing uphill for ProCricket to reach out to a wide audience. The matches are currently being shown on DISH Network Pay Per View. The organizers say they have plans to telecast the games on American Desi, an upcoming national network channel, which could provide ProCricket with much needed publicity.Then there is the issue of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Ajay Jadeja and some other Indian players withdrew from ProCricket after BCCI barred players from participating. Patel says he is puzzled by BCCI’s attitude as the International Cricket Council is not opposed to ProCricket. But it is a serious setback for the league, which would benefit hugely from the presence of Indian players to draw desi crowds.Despite the hurdles, Patel is excited about the future of the organization and cricket in America. It’s a hope shared by thousands of cricket fans who miss the action in America.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019: Pawan Sehrawat Shines as Bengaluru Bulls Beat Tamil Thalaivas 33-27

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bengaluru bullsBengaluru Bulls vs Tamil ThalaivaspklPKL 7 First Published: September 1, 2019, 11:53 PM IST Bengaluru: Pawan Sehrawat was the star for home side Bengaluru Bulls as they beat arch-rivals Tamil Thalaivas 33-27 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 contest here on Sunday.The raider secured a Super 10 (17 raid points) as the defending champions clinched their first win at home this season against a disjointed Thalaivas unit in front of a packed audience at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. A closely contested first half saw both teams matching each other in all departments. Bulls captain Rohit Kumar started the proceedings with a classic ‘Dubki’ to take out Ajay Thakur and Mohit Chhillar.At the other end, Rahul Chaudhari looked ominous for Thalaivas with his raids, despite wasting a review on a bonus point. The Bulls defenders slowly got into the game as the half progressed with Amit Sheoran and Mahender Singh stepping up their game with confidence-boosting tackles.Manjeet Chhillar and Mohit Chhillar looked in good form too for Thalaivas despite two silly errors by the former allowing easy points for Rohit Kumar. Bulls led 14-13 at half time.The home side upped their game in the second half with Pawan Sehrawat becoming more influential. A Super Tackle by Mohit Sehrawat in the third minute of the second half, followed by a two-point raid by Pawan opened up a 4-point lead for the Bulls.But yet again, the team with the higher numbers could not force an All-Out, with Ajith Kumar coming in to pull off an important raid to keep Thalaivas alive. The Chennai-based unit inched closer to Bulls when Sagar and Mohit Chhillar produced two Super Tackles.But Pawan had other plans and his multi-point raids finally led to an All-Out for Thalaivas with just four minutes remaining on the clock. The 7-point cushion the All-Out offered was all that the Bulls defence (marshalled by Amit Sheoran who secured a High 5) wanted as the defending champions saw out the final minutes to clinch an important win at home to move to the third spot in the points table. last_img read more

Cricket: Shikhar Dhawan dropped, Mayank Agarwal called up for West Indies tour

first_imgAdvertisementThe BCCI announced the 15-man Indian squad for the two-match test series against West Indies. The management rewarded Mayank Agarwal with a maiden call-up to the national side after an impressive calendar while openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay were axed following their poor outing in England.Shikhar Dhawan dropped, Mayank Agarwal called up for West Indies tourThe selection committee also made the decision to rest pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma with Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj taking their place in the squad with Mohammed Shami as the spearhead of the attack.Meanwhile, late call-ups to the England tour, Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw managed to retain their place in the eleven as Karun Nair was omitted from the squad in a surprising move.The spin department although was not changed and it will be shouldered by the trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.The exclusion of Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma was elaborated by the BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudary in a statement which read:“Both Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection, as they are yet to recover from their injuries”.Moreover, he also claimed that the “workload” on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made the selectors opt for the decision to rest the duo.West Indies’ tour of India begins with the 1st Test in Rajkot on October 4th.Indian squad for West Indies tests: Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul ThakurRead Also:Rohit Sharma “ready” for full-time captaincy roleAsia Cup 2018 Final Review: India seal last ball thriller to claim second successive Asia Cup Advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Defending champions Australia look to start well against Afghanistan

first_imgDefending champions Australia will look to get off to the perfect start when they take on Afghanistan in their opening game of the 2019 World Cup at the County Ground in Bristol on Saturday. While Afghanistan is no match for Australia on paper, they will take confidence from their win against Pakistan in the warm-up encounter.Despite peaking at the right time, the Australians will be aware that Afghanistan has the ability to rise to the challenge on the world stage. Even though the batting is a cause for concern for the Afghans, they have quality bowlers in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi and the duo can trouble the Australian batsmen if the wickets are dry and take a turn.The two put on impressive displays in the game against Pakistan as Nabi picked three wickets and Rashid picked two and Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell has also spoken about how Rashid could be the game-changer for Afghanistan this time round in England.In the batting department, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib has Hazratullah Zazai and Hashmatullah Shahidi to bank on as the duo showed great composure against Pakistan to chase down 263 despite the presence of quality bowlers in the Pakistan line-up in the form of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.For Australia, there will be a problem of plenty if David Warner manages to pass the fitness test on Friday. In that case, Langer will have to look at whether he plays in-form Usman Khawaja at number three or drops him altogether. Coach Justin Langer though has made it clear that Warner gets to play only if he is 100 percent fit and the team wouldn’t wish to take any chance considering the format of the tournament.advertisementThe return of Steve Smith also bolsters the middle-order and Australia skipper Aaron Finch will be more than pleased to have his services and experience in the showpiece event.Australia’s bowling already wears a quality look with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa set to play. It will be interesting to see if Australia go in for an additional spinner in Nathan Lyon or go for another pacer in Nathan Coulter-Nile.Squads: Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur RahmanAustralia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan LyonAlso Read | Sanjay Jagdale and other former 1st-class players request BCCI to revise their pensionAlso Read | BCCI suspends Rinku after letting off Pathan, Anuj with warningAlso Seelast_img read more

Is Pogba trying to lure Lemar to Man United?

first_imgWTF The return of ‘Agent P’ – is Pogba trying to lure Lemar to Man United? Last updated 2 years ago 21:40 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba France Getty Images WTF Paul Pogba Thomas Lemar France v Netherlands Monaco Arsenal Liverpool Manchester United Netherlands France WC Qualification Europe Ligue 1 Premier League The Red Devils midfielder posted a photo on Instagram with his international team-mate and signed it with his now infamous nickname Is Paul Pogba looking to secure another high-profile signature for Manchester United?If so, it appears the midfielder’s next target is his international team-mate Thomas Lemar, who drew interest from United’s rivals Arsenal and Liverpool before the summer transfer window slammed shut on August 31.Mou’s men 13/10 to beat Stoke -1 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina While talk of a blockbuster £90 million transfer to the Premier League fizzled for Lemar on deadline day, the attacker sizzled on the field for France, scoring a brace for Les Blues in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Netherlands.Though the Monaco man may be staying put for now, his salivating display gave fans of Arsenal, Liverpool and a whole host of other clubs a glimpse of what he might look like in their XIs.And Pogba might just be trying to make it happen for the Red Devils.After the game, Pogba posted a photo of himself with Lemar from the France victory on Instagram with the caption: “Pleased with the outcome yesterday, working for the next goal.” But Pogba also signed his post with the hashtag “Agent P”, which was a nickname he gave himself after the Red Devils landed his friend Romelu Lukaku from Everton during the summer.Of course, January is a long time off, and Lemar may not make a move until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Plus Agent P doesn’t have a 100 per cent success rate — just look at Antoine Griezmann, who is still at Atletico Madrid after rumours he and Pogba were ready to link up with United.Still it’s something for United fans to dream about for the future, and just another worry for Arsenal and Liverpool supporters.last_img read more

TV Channel, Kickoff Time Is Set For Oklahoma-Texas

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing a grey Oklahoma sweater before a game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)One of the best rivalries in college football won’t be taking place for several weeks. Week 6 of the college football season will see Oklahoma and Texas face each other in Dallas, Tx.The game, scheduled for October 6, just received its kickoff time and channel. FOX will televise the Red River Rivalry and kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.Here’s the info from Oklahoma’s official Twitter page.FOX to televise THE rivalry, October 6th at 11 a.m. CT. #BeatTexas? https://t.co/mjwSCOAHfY pic.twitter.com/qogiWdYcSS— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 20, 2018Fans don’t seem to be happy with the 11:00 a.m. CMT kickoff time. It’s a tough ask for fans to get up early and make it to Dallas for the game, but the stands are likely to be packed regardless.Texas takes on TCU this weekend and travels to Kansas State before the matchup with Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the Sooners have home games against Army and Baylor before facing the Longhorns.Oklahoma looks to stay undefeated while the Longhorns are hoping to move to take down yet another ranked opponent and join the AP Poll.last_img read more

World Cup Qualifer: Igor Stimac rues his players’ inability to score goals

first_img Next Press Trust of India KolkataOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 00:06 IST Bangladesh held India to a 1-1 draw. (Twitter/@IndianFootball)HIGHLIGHTSAdil Khan scored a last minute goal as India played a 1-1 draw against BangladeshGurpreet Singh Sandhu saw Bangladesh go 1-0 up in the 42nd minuteIndia coach Igor Stimac said the team’s scoring incapability had cost them the matchIndian football head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday rued his players’ inability to score goals as his side settled for a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their World Cup qualifying round match here.India missed their star defender Sandesh Jhingan sorely as a judgmental error from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saw Bangladesh go 1-0 up in the 42nd minute through a Saad Uddin header.It was defendfer Adil Khan who saved India the blushes with his 88th minute header on a day inspirational skipper Sunil Chhetri was not at his best.”Our scoring incapability was the reason why we didn’t win. We conceded very silly goal. We can’t expect to win the game if you concede such a goal. Their goalkeeper was my man-of-the-match,” Stimac told reporters in the post-match media interaction.”We deserved to win this game. We pushed until the end and created enough chances to win the game. But our scoring was not good enough.”I’m not happy with first 45 minutes. Our players in the back were not passing well. When you play against a team like Bangladesh who put more in defence you need to pass well from behind,” the Croatian said.Stimac said his side “absolutely” changed in the second-half by executing the passes from the sides as the channels started opening up.”But we were not aggressive enough. Many more things we need to work on.”India thus failed to notch a win against a team who are 83 places below them to settle for a successive draw.advertisementIn their previous game, India fought valiantly to hold Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw in a match Gurpeet Singh Sandhu made 11 saves.Stimac, however, refused to blame any player.”Sometimes you have a great day, sometime you have mistakes in making judgment. We are not here blaming anyone. I defend my players with my heart.”Today we dominated for 90 minutes and proved we can change our game in regard to opponents. This team is rising up.”India played in front of 65,000 fans at the Saltlake Stadium and the Croatian World Cupper said he would remember this forever.”This was amazing day for indian football, many of them will never forget the ambience, the support they received in Kolkata. I had many big names in my career. I will remember this as as one of the biggest ones,” the 52-year-old said.”It was a very exciting match. All the people who came could enjoy the beauty of football.Also Read | FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Adil Khan equaliser helps India hold Bangladesh to 1-1 drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat World Cup Qualifer: Igor Stimac rues his players’ inability to score goalsIndia were held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh in the World Cup qualifier. It was defendfer Adil Khan who saved India the blushes with his 88th minute header on a day skipper Sunil Chhetri was not at his best.advertisementlast_img read more

Bandar Abbas Hosts First Foreign Ship after Sanctions Lift

first_imgThe vessel was heading from Singapore, followed by Jebel Ali before reaching  Shahid Rajayee.Once berthed, the ship, covering 260 meters in length, 33 meters in width, proceeded to loading with 6,000 TEU containers.Three additional internationl shipping lines are expected to arrive in the port soon as well, as explained by Ali Jahandide, Deputy Head of Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization, who also announced activities on attracting more foreign shipping lines to the port.“The shipping lines of countries like India, China, Taiwan and South Korea are sending more vessels to Iranian ports,” Jahandide told Fars News Agency.Press Release, July 23, 2014 zoom Bandar AbbasWan Hai 512, a 4,680 TEU vessel owned by Thailand-based shipper Wan Hai Lines, has become the first international vessel to call at the port of Shahid Rajayee in Bandar Abbas after lifting of sanctions on the southern Iranian port on 15 July, Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization said.last_img read more

Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal Maine ecosystem

first_imgBIDDEFORD, Maine – Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters to coastal Maine are better suited for the hockey rink.Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal ecosystem by gobbling up soft-shell clams and destroying native eel grass, a researcher said.The docile green crabs shrink from a threat, while the newcomers are more apt to wave their pincers and charge.“What we’re seeing is this insane level of aggressiveness,” said Markus Frederich, a professor at the University of New England.They’re each genetically distinct.The new crab variant that originated in northern Europe is hardier and adapted to colder water than the more docile crab, which originally came from southern Europe.Green crabs, even the docile ones, are considered a scourge that can devour soft-shell and juvenile clams. They can destroy eelgrass that provides a hiding place for juvenile sea creatures.But the Canadian crabs take it to a new level.Louis Logan, a University of New England graduate student, had the unpleasant task of labelling the crabs captured from Nova Scotia waters for the research.The crabs were in no mood for games.At a distance of 1.5 metres, the pint-sized brutes, which measure 10 to 12 centimetres across, assumed a fighting posture. Those that grabbed him were in no hurry to let go.“Any time I went down to grab one they went to grab me instead,” he wrote in an email.One of them, in particular, would jump out of the water in its frenzy to attack.In the lab, researchers unleashed both types of crabs on a bed of eelgrass in a saltwater pool, and the difference was stark. The Canadian invaders shredded the eel grass like Edward Scissorhands in their efforts to scarf down marine organisms seeking refuge, Frederich said.The first round of study focused on 200 crabs from Canada, and will be published in coming months.Further studies will focus on whether a specific gene plays a role in the aggressiveness or if a factor called hybrid vigour is in play, he said. The hybrid vigour theory suggests that crabs could be more aggressive as they establish themselves, but will mellow out later.The quarrelsome newcomers currently comprise only about 2 to 3 per cent of green crabs crawling on the ocean floor off Maine, but those numbers are certain to grow, Frederich said.“It will be an entirely different ball game,” he predicted. “It’s just a question of when more of the crabs come and out-compete the Maine green crabs.”The docile green crabs have been around for more than a century in New England waters, but they’ve emerged as a major problem as the Gulf of Maine has warmed. The feistier crabs arrived off Nova Scotia in the 1980s, and currents brought their larvae southward into New England waters.Eventually, the newcomers will move farther southward. “We can’t do anything about it,” he said. “The only thing that we can do is learn how to live with it.”last_img read more

Sunset6TV Announces Digital Network For Emerging Creators

first_imgMelissa Bessey 647-588-6413 – DirectMelissa@mediaallure.comOriginal release available here: http://www.mediaallure.com/the-pressroom/sunset6-tv-announces-digital-network-for-emerging-creators-innovators/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Sunset6.TV Announces Digital Network For Emerging Creators  Toronto – AUG.15. 2017 – Local production house, Sunset6 Videos announce the launch of Sunset6.TV, a digital platform that hosts’ original, educational and entertaining web channels. The station is launching today with a series of five initial programs and more, to be announced with new episodes airing weekly throughout the fall, exclusively on the network.“When we think of success, we think of the beach! Magnum P. I., who embodies both success and beach living, directly inspires the Sunset6.TV network. We want to help creatives and innovators of all kinds, feel free to pursue whatever their passion is and S6 TV has the tools to help them do it.” – Harry P., Owner, Sunset6Sunset TV Network’s mission: Capture Success For questions, quotes and interview requests contact:  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement About Sunset6.TV:Started by two guys who used to shoot music videos. After immersing themselves in the entertainment industry, they both noticed a common thread of questions and uncertainty that float around among up-in-coming artists and people who want to break into creative fields like the music and film industries. Seeing a huge need for support for emerging artists, Sunset6.TV was born. Login/Register With: S6 TV Fall 2017 Show Lineup:·      MVM – Motivation Video Monday, with host Mark DeMontis·      BVN – Business Video Network, with host Nic Coutu ·      MVX – Music Video Experience, with host Camyl Buenaventura·      IVG – Indie Video Gamers, with host Richard Lavignasse ·      EVA – Entertainment Video Advice, with host Sarah Fisher Sunset6.TV is an online network focused on delivering educational and entertaining content that helps those interested in the entertainment industry get started.last_img read more

Cyprus UN mission welcomes European Commissions support for demining projects

31 July 2007The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) today lauded the signing of a €4 million contract between the European Commission (EC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to clear remaining mines inside the buffer zone patrolled by the world body. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) today lauded the signing of a €4 million contract between the European Commission (EC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to clear remaining mines inside the buffer zone patrolled by the world body.In a press release, the mission commended the EC for its continued financial assistance “to continue the important task of rendering the buffer zone free of all mines and ultimately returning the land to civilian use.”To date, the UNDP – through its Partnership for the Future, Mine Action Centre programme which was launched in November 2004 – has released more than 2 million square metres of land and removed over 2,800 mines from the Mediterranean island.Last November, Nicosia, the capital, was declared mine-free after the Partnership cleared the area of its last mines, capping off a two-year campaign.UNFICYP pledged its full support to the Partnership in completing “this important work” in the buffer zone, which is 180 kilometres long and covers around three per cent of the surface area of Cyprus. read more

How code of silence feeds deadly web of violence

Darren Montour, acting deputy chief of Six Nations police, speaks after a March press conference updating the probe into a triple homicide. Behind him are photos of the victims, whose bodies were found in November west of London, near Oneida Nation of the Thames. July 2018 – Accessory charges against the three suspects in the death of Dustin Monture are stayed by the Crown. The main suspect, Darryl Shawn Hill, took his own life two months earlier.Oct. 17, 2018 – The youth’s murder charge in the Douglas Hill case is withdrawn by the Crown, just weeks after charges against Shipman and the two women were dismissed following an Ontario Court preliminary hearing.Nov. 3, 2018 – The bodies of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, who was seven months pregnant with a baby boy at the time of her death, Alan Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32, all from Six Nations, are found with an abandoned stolen grey pickup truck at the opposite end of Bodkin Road from where Douglas Hill’s body was discovered in 2017. Miller had been Douglas Hill’s common-law wife at the time of his death.Nov. 23, 2018 – Kirsten Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations, is arrested and charged with three counts of accessory after the fact in the triple homicide. She was denied bail in February and remains in custody.March 7, 2019 – Police announce the arrests of two men and one woman, all from Six Nations, in the triple homicide. Court documents indicate the deaths may have happened on or about Oct. 30 at Six Nations, “and elsewhere,” five days before the discovery of the bodies.Shipman, 36, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of all three victims; Thomas Bomberry, 30, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Miller and Porter; and Jamie Beaver, 32, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of Miller. Both Shipman and Beaver were in custody at the time of their arrests. Police won’t say if there is any relationship to the other two unsolved homicides.Shipman has a history of stealing vehicles and impaired driving. He was charged with attempted murder in 2014 after a man was stabbed in the temple. After a year on the lam, Shipman pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was arrested the day before the three bodies were found after a car was stolen and police were involved in a chase. He was charged with theft and disqualified driving.Thomas Bomberry has faced charges for car theft, assault, breaking and entering, drug possession and disqualified driving. He was facing a charge for stealing a vehicle in Burlington last June.Beaver already had charges for theft, possession of stolen property, arson, possession of break-in instruments and failing to comply with her probation order. She was arrested for driving while under suspension on the day after the bodies were discovered.All three return to court on May 9. “We can see how certain groups can simulate and emulate the methods of criminal organizations, even if they are involved in illicit activity and prepared to use violence to achieve their ends,” he said. “In this case, you have simply a cloistered community where the main players keep popping up in extreme.”The adage in the police world is that authorities deal with one per cent of the population 99 per cent of the time. But, Arntfield added, that it’s “unusual” to see “a handful of players” involved in so many cases.He said that rural crime needs to be its own area of study because it is different that the urban models used for research. “Rural criminal groups tend to organize somewhat differently and to not necessarily be as regimented,” he said, which makes it difficult to prosecute them as criminal organizations under the law.What could be happening at Six Nations is a “rural crime syndicate,” and perhaps more than one, which is often familial and multi-generational.Dumping the bodies in the same vicinity may follow a “least effort principle” where criminals, who are creatures of habit, return to old haunts where they know they can safely hide evidence, Arntfield said.The police still hope people will come forward with more tips as the prosecution moves forward. They wouldn’t say if there would be other arrests.“We’re trying to solve this for the betterment of everyone here, including those families of the accused. They’re community members as well,”  Montour said.jsims@postmedia.comsgamble@postmedia.comCHRONOLOGY OF VIOLENCEFeb. 21, 2017 – Dustin Monture, 27, found unconscious on the front lawn of his Six Nations home. Initially, witnesses thought he had been beaten. Once he was rushed to hospital, it was discovered that he’d been shot behind his ear. He died at hospital. Two men and a woman, all from Six Nations, are charged with accessory to murder. Named as murder suspect, but never arrested or charged, is Darryl Shawn Hill.June 24, 2017 – Douglas Hill, 48, disappears from his Brantford home.Aug. 17, 2017 – Douglas Hill’s body is found in a shallow grave on Bodkin Road in Middlesex County, 100 kilometres from Six Nations and just outside of Oneida of the Thames First Nation. He had been beaten to death with the claw end of a hammer.July 12 to Aug. 1, 2018 – A female teenager from Six Nations is charged with second-degree murder in Douglas Hill’s death. Three other people – two women and Nicholas Joel Shipman – are arrested and charged with accessory to murder. Also troubling was the involvement of a female youth who was charged with murder in Douglas Hill’s death. Her identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Her charges were dropped last fall before the three bodies were discovered.Six Nations Police acting deputy chief Darren Montour referred to a “so-called subculture” of crime, and of people “we know who they are from repeat offences that we’ve arrested them before. “Crime, especially violent crime, is not new to Canadian Indigenous communities, places of widespread abuses, usually with deep roots back to the cultural atrocities of residential schools and elimination of language and customs.While First Nations people make up only five per cent of the country’s population, they represent 27 per cent of inmates in the federal prison system.Add in a distrust of authority, both within the community and outside, and it creates the ideal conditions to stop the case in its tracks.But given the stakes, perhaps because of the number of dead and how deeply Six Nations has been traumatized, there has been co-operation from the people who live at Six Nations to solve the homicides.Both OPP Det. Insp. Peter Liptrott, the major case manager, and Montour said at the recent news conference that the community has been helpful when the police have been asking questions and making public appeals for information.“We’ve been welcomed here,” Liptrott said. “We’ve been welcomed on Oneida. We have been working with our policing partners hand in hand, that is absolutely not a reason why it’s taken four months to get here today.”Montour, who grew up on Six Nations and has deep roots with people, said he has seen people stepping up to help.“My dealings with the community have been totally positive,” he said. “Of course, there’s going to be people out there that are going to have a negative opinion about it, which is normal in any investigation, and there are going to be people out there who don’t like us.“That’s understandable. But on the other side there are people that realize we’re needed here and appreciate the efforts that we’re putting forth.”But both officers said the investigation has been both “complex” and “complicated,” requiring enormous police resources from the OPP, Six Nations and Oneida.Western University professor Michael Arntfield, a former police officer, suggested that the cases could be related and that a loose criminal organization – not an established group with a definition like the mafia or a biker gang – could be at the root of the crimes. OHSWEKEN – At the back of the community hall, the grieving families of three dead Six Nations residents whose bodies were found in November on a rural road in Middlesex County were quiet and respectful when the police announced last week that suspects had been arrested in the deaths.They heard that the people taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder were some of their own.The arrests brought some relief in a case that is drenched in sadness. For a few minutes after the March 7 news conference at The Gathering Place by Grand, members of the families of Alan Porter and Michael Jamieson stood together, wanting to publicly thank the police for their dogged investigation.“We’ve lost a lot,” said Amber Porter, Alan’s sister-in-law. “Not just us but this community. We’re all related.”Her comment sums up what’s been a devastating time for the Indigenous community south of Brantford, the largest First Nations community by population in Canada.While a quick drive along the main roads of the community show real strides toward economic prosperity, the community of 15,000 has been plagued by a persistent crime wave and shocked by five homicides, two of them unsolved, since 2017.While there were arrests in the 2017 deaths of Dustin Monture, 27, and Douglas Hill, 48, the prosecutions came to a halt before heading to trial.The most recent deaths of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, Porter, 33, and Jamieson, 32, whose bodies were found Nov. 3 just outside of Oneida of the Thames First Nation southwest of London, 100 kilometres from Six Nations and not far from where Hill’s body was discovered a year earlier, have heightened the clang of the alarm bells signaling something deeply troubling happening within Six Nations.“It seems like here at Six Nations, you can get away with killing anybody – as long as you don’t say anything,” said one man who asked to be identified only as a community member.“People seem to clam up. I think they’re afraid of a group of people.”The man said some people don’t have a lot of faith in Six Nations police. “If someone came forward with information, how do you know the police won’t tell the wrong person? Who do you trust?”A quick review of the dead and the accused suggests some troubling connections. Some have lengthy criminal histories. Nicholas Shipman, 36, was charged with accessory in Douglas Hill’s death before the charges were dropped at an Ontario Court preliminary hearing. He is now charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Miller, Porter and Jamieson.Both he and co-accused Jamie Beaver, 32, who faces a single second-degree murder charge, were in custody at the time of their arrests in connection with the three deaths.Victim Melissa Miller, 37, one of the three found dead in November, was seven months pregnant when she was slain. Douglas Hill had been her common-law spouse before his death. Douglas Hill Michael Arntfield read more

Sudanese leaders welcome role of UN as envoy continues talks in region

Mr. Sahnoun’s travels come as the parties continue working in Naivasha, Kenya, to finalize an accord to end Sudan’s 20-year civil war. His trip is focused on assessing the UN’s potential support for a comprehensive peace agreement.The envoy, who arrived in Kenya late last month, had “constructive exchanges” with the leaders of the two parties at the talks, First Vice-President of Sudan, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, and the Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), John Garang, according to UN officials, who said both leaders welcomed a future UN role in their country.Mr. Sahnoun also held consultations with the chief Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediator, Lt. General Lazaro K. Sumbeiywo.In Addis Ababa, he held in-depth discussions with the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konaré, on UN-AU cooperation in implementing a comprehensive agreement. He also conferred with Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs.Mr. Sahnoun, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser for Africa, is scheduled to remain in the region until 18 March for further visits and meetings.Last October, the Security Council, in a Presidential Statement, requested Mr. Annan “to initiate preparatory work, as soon as possible, in consultation with the parties, the IGAD facilitators and the International Observers, on how the United Nations could best fully support the implementation of a comprehensive peace agreement.”UN aid agencies have high expectations for peace since the ongoing conflict has been the principal source of acute suffering among the Sudanese people. Except for a brief peace from 1972 to 1983, Sudan has been plagued by civil war since gaining independence in 1956.An estimated 2 million people have died as a result of the fighting which, coupled with natural disasters, has left Sudan with the largest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world – some 3 to 4 million. Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese have also sought refuge abroad. read more

Ugandas child soldiers trapped in vicious cycle of war UNICEF says

Many former child soldiers in Uganda who have been freed from rebel militia groups have been drawn again into armed conflict – this time with the national army, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports, throwing a spotlight once again on an issue the UN says the world should know more about. “UNICEF urges all authorities involved to screen out children in its own ranks of military, as well as local militia,” UNICEF Communication Officer Chulho Hyun said. “It is their responsibility to reject all underage recruits. This is a message that should be clearly communicated, from the highest level in the command structure and the highest level of Government, to all involved in the demobilization of the recruits.” Although recruitment of children under 18 may not be a systematic issue right now, UNICEF is very much concerned about receiving continuous reports of child recruitment. Last April these child soldiers topped a list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). For the past 19 years, the Ugandan Government has been fighting the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militia group that has commonly abducted children during night time raids and forced them into armed conflict. UNICEF estimates that some 20,000 children have been abducted, as many as 12,000 of them since 2002. “The association of children with fighting forces is in direct violation to the international humanitarian laws, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Optional Protocols, which Uganda has ratified. Recruitment of children under age 18 into the military is specifically banned by the convention,” Mr. Hyun said. Many former child soldiers have no other job skills and working for the army is often seen as a lesser of two evils. UNICEF believes those who were abducted into the LRA have already suffered enough and need comprehensive rehabilitation. “Any affiliation with the military will lead to additional suffering to the children,” Mr. Hyun added. The former child soldiers need a chance to be reintegrated into the society. They need to find their families, return to school and have a normal life, which could take quite a long time. “We are advocating a period of disconnect between the end of captivity, and the time an individual requires in making a firm decision on a future course of action. Whether he or she will be with the military or not, that period of disconnect has to be maximized as much as possible,” Mr. Hyun said. “We certainly see this issue requiring continued monitoring and advocacy.” read more

Home construction picks up driven by buildings condos CMHC says

OTTAWA – Home construction in Canada picked up last month, driven by British Columbia and Alberta, defying expectations that homebuilding activity would cool down.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 222,324 units in July, up from 212,948 in June, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday.The ramp-up likely reflects strong demand for new housing from the end of last year into the start of this year, TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said, adding that the new construction market tends to lag real estate demand, which has started to fall.Petramala said regulatory changes over the past year including tougher mortgage qualification rules have prompted a shift for some first-time homebuyers from existing homes to cheaper, newly built dwellings.“Some of the momentum could potentially carry forward into the second half of the year before new home construction eases along with the existing home market next year,” she said.Last month, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales figures in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years. CREA is expected to release July sales data next week.The annual pace of urban home construction increased by 5.5 per cent last month to 206,122 units, driven by a rise in multiple urban starts — generally apartment buildings, townhouses and condominiums — while single, detached home starts slowed.Multiple urban starts increased by 10.4 per cent to 141,950 while single-detached urban starts fell by 3.9 per cent to 64,172. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,202 units.Regionally, the annual pace of housing starts in B.C. surged 20 per cent compared with June while Alberta saw an eight per cent increase. The annual pace of starts in Ontario was up one per cent.“Much of the recent strength has been concentrated in B.C., where starts have rebounded back close to record highs after slowing late last year,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote in a report.The housing start data came as Statistics Canada also reported the value of building permits issued in June rose to $8.1 billion, up 2.5 per cent from May and the second highest value on record.The overall increase came despite a 0.9 per cent drop to $5.0 billion in the value of residential building permits in June. The value of permits for single-family dwellings fell 12.5 per cent, while plans for multi-family dwellings rose 12.5 per cent in June to $2.7 billion.The value of building permits for non-residential structures in June rose 8.8 per cent to $3.0 billion. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Home construction picks up, driven by buildings, condos, CMHC says read more

Malis peace train cannot be turned back senior UN official tells Security

“The window of opportunity to consolidate and sustain peace and stability in Mali stands wide open, but may also close unless sustained commitment by all stakeholders is upheld, with the support of the international community,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bert Koenders told the 15-member Council. The head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) noted the importance of creating synergies between the UN, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and other key partners. Mr. Koenders’ briefing follows Mali’s establishment of a new National Assembly, as well as the gradual return of public administration to the northern part of the country, where recent shellings in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal have nevertheless raised security concerns. Rooting out extremism, he said, relies on winning the hearts and minds of the local population through internationally supported national efforts “to ensure the establishment of an effective and efficient administration to implement critical rule of law, human rights and recovery programs that foster reconciliation and community cohesion.”Referring to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the situation in the West African nation, Mr. Koenders noted the importance of active participation in the peace efforts by all sectors of Malian society, among them women, young people and civil society.“The peace train has finally left and the station and it cannot turn back,” the senior UN official said. Addressing journalists after the briefing, Mr. Koenders said the Security Council had noted the political progress made in the past months, including informal UN-facilitated discussions between the Government and armed groups, which are contributing to preparing the ground for an inclusive political dialogue. He noted that during today’s briefing, the Council, as Mr. Ban had done in the report, underlined that the inclusive political process should start as soon as possible based on a consensual roadmap and timeline. “With this roadmap, all parties must sit together now without preconditions,” he said. “It is also important that the armed groups rise to the occasion and participate.”Speaking after a full morning of meetings and closed-door consultations, Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, Council President for the month of April, echoed Mr. Koenders, calling on the Malian Government and the armed groups in northern Mali to urgently agree on the roadmap.Reading a presidential statement, Ms. Ogwu said the negotiation process must be “inclusive, credible” and “open to all communities of the north of Mali” with the goal of securing a political solution to the crisis and long-term peace and stability, while respecting the sovereignty of the Malian state.She and the other members of the Council welcomed the Government’s recent appointment of a high-level representative to participate in the negotiations. The Council also noted that authorities have officially started the process of cantonment, ultimately leading to a veritable disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. “Malians have a historic chance to overcome the crisis and to achieve a lasting, social and political contract with the north,” Mr. Koenders said referencing Mr. Ban. “They must grasp this opportunity with both hands and the UN will accompany them all the way.” Returning to the security situation in the country, Mr. Koenders strongly condemned the reported killing of French hostage, Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, who had been kidnapped by armed men in November 2012. The senior UN official also reiterated his call against the use of improvised explosive devices (IED) after initial reports today that a vehicle operated by MINUSMA personnel hit an IED, leaving the staff injured in a level 2 hospital in the country.To combat the insecurity, the UN Mission has taken a series of measures, including strengthening its military patrols to 800 a month, Mr. Koenders said, as well as deployment of five new helicopters which will serve as “the ears and the eyes” of the Mission. In the northern regions where inter-community clashes have been recorded involving Tuareg and Peuhl communities, UN human rights teams are also being deployed to establish the facts and dissuade further violence.On a wider scale, the challenges in Mali are parts of the problems faced by the Sahel region and require regional support. IN that regard, Mr. Koenders noted the importance of the UN Integrated Strategy put forward by Romano Prodi, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel. It aims to bolster governance, security, humanitarian requirements and development, while enhancing coordination in four spheres between the Governments of the region, between members of the international community, reaching out and listening to the people of the Sahel, and within the UN system.These topics are likely to be included on the agenda for next week’s international conference on Mali, due to be held in Bamako. The conference is a follow-up to last year’s Brussels meeting where the UN had stressed the importance of a dual trek political and military solution to stabilize the country. read more

Nvidia decides to start licensing its GPU tech and visual patents

first_imgThere was a time when Nvidia’s complete attention was on providing PC users with the best graphics cards and GPUs. But then the market shifted, and mobile platforms arrived. So Nvidia also shifted its focus and embraced mobile platforms with the introduction of its Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC) line.However, the market for GPUs and the devices consumers want to buy continues to change, so Nvidia is making another shift. Only this time, it’s not another new product line, it’s sharing the company’s GPU architecture and patent portfolio with others.Nvidia has announced that it intends to start licensing its GPU technology and visual computing patents for others to use and extend however they wish. It means Nvidia will be able to earn revenue from the use of its technology by others without having to do anything other than making its GPU designs and documentation available.For Nvidia’s partners choosing to pay for such a license, it unlocks access to Kepler architecture GPUs that are DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, and GPGPU capable, as well as scaling from smartphone power levels right through for use in high-end desktop PCs and even supercomputers. There’s also the option to add to the base functionality Nvidia offers, allowing the flexibility for some hopefully quite novel applications.Nvidia isn’t exactly new to the area of technology licensing. In the past both Sony and Microsoft have agreed to license deals to get the company’s technology into their games consoles. Nvidia’s patent licensing is also already very profitable with Intel paying the company over $250 million in license fees every year.By opening up its technology to everyone for a fee, Nvidia can expect to see a significant jump in its revenue while continuing to focus on research and development for next-generation designs. At the same time, don’t expect Nvidia graphics cards and SoC solutions to disappear. This is just an expansion of their offerings, not a shift away from their core business.last_img read more

My abortion story I was horrified The doctor was talking about childcare

first_img No one can really know what it’s like to have an abortion unless you’ve actually had one. Three women reveal the reasons why they had abortions, how they coped with the procedure and aftermath, and living with the taboo in a country that doesn’t allow terminations.*Deirdre’s storyI AM A professional, working mother who travelled to the UK last year. My contraceptive pill failed over the summer.I was certain of two things before I took the pregnancy test, that I was definitely pregnant and secondly, that I would not be able to continue the pregnancy.We did not want another childThere were many reasons for this, including my own mental and emotional health, the health of our children, the time and financial support we have available to our children. Alongside all the practical reasons, in my heart, I just did not want to be pregnant.I knew that we could not go through it all again. The choice to have an abortion, was one grounded in the absolute certainty that it was, in so many ways, the absolute right choice for me, for my husband and for our children.My decision was straightforward and rapid, everything else related to it was anything but. My heart was broken and my head was in a complete mess.Researching optionsI can honestly say that the days between taking the pregnancy test and travelling were among the worst of my life.I researched ordering the pill online, but the uncertainty of whether or not it would make it through customs, coupled with the waiting time and the prospect of a possible 14-year prison sentence all combined to put me off that idea.I searched online for ways to induce miscarriage and consumed thousands of grams of Vitamin C over those days, to no avail.Any of the clinics I called required that you visit over two days in order to take the abortion pill. An overnight stay was not an option. This meant that I faced the prospect of travelling, on my own, to another country, to have a surgical procedure done. This was absolutely terrifying to me.I had to go and buy some thingsI bought a dressing gown, slippers, sanitary pads, and a small case with wheels as I knew that I couldn’t carry any weight after the procedure. There is little more unbearably surreal than the woman behind the counter of the luggage shop coming to help me to find a cheap and hand-luggage friendly wheelie case and asking cheerfully, “Going anywhere nice?”The loneliness of that airport was a very profound experience. I wondered about those women and couples around me on the early morning UK flights. How many of them were doing the same thing?At a time when I felt shamed, silenced and stigmatised by my own country (all of which made me, and continues to make me, incredibly angry), it was such a wonder to me to receive the compassion, empathy, kindness and support of the British staff in the clinic. Their warmth, openness, sense of normalcy and expression of horror and quiet anger at what Irish women are made to endure made everything so much easier to bear.I will never, ever forget those wonderful nurses and how they supported me when my own country wouldn’t and didn’t. They were true angels, in every sense of the word.Nurses and doctors being allowed to do their jobs and to care for women in accordance with what the women needed.*Sam’s storyI HAD AN abortion in London 16 years ago.When I found out I was pregnant it was a shock, albeit a shock that centered me like never before. Rather than wallow in self pity and regret at the bad decisions I had made, I became determined to put my life back on track.This may be difficult for many to empathise with. Having a child at that time would only have compounded the issues I was faced with. I would not have been able to sever the toxic relationship I had allowed to build up with the father.Stressing about logisticsWhile my mind was made up, I do remember the stress over the cost and need to travel. I could not pay for the flight by cash, so had to admit to my parents that I needed their help.This was so difficult, but they saw and agreed with my reasons for going ahead with a termination. I received a counselling session to ensure I was making the right decision. I was able to finally discuss my situation without judgement and received great support from them.I felt so ill after the procedure. I’d severe cramps and was throwing up. I just wanted to sleep it all off, but I had to get up and run to the airport for my flight. That was really awful.Having to muster the strength after such a serious procedure, trying to hold it together physically throughout the trip home, it’s indescribable how low you feel and how much you just want to be home.RecoveringOnce home it took a day or two to recover physically. To this day I can count on one hand the number of people to whom I have told my story.The normal reaction is one of pity and “you poor thing”. They mean well, but it does sadden me that they think this is something I was forced into or was too young to understand fully.In a way I was lucky, I had the money and ability to make the trip, many don’t. It takes away from the reality of the situation in that I made this choice and so have many Irish women before and after me.*Bairbre’s storyI HAD AN abortion was I was 18 years old. It was almost ten years ago.I found out I was pregnant just after my 18th birthday. I had missed my period and was really nauseous for a few weeks. It was my mum who was concerned, I didn’t ever dream it would happen to me.My boyfriend at the time and I were always careful with contraception.Pregnancy testMy mum insisted I went to our GP to check if I was pregnant. I gave a urine sample and within minutes my life literally turned upside down.I was horrified. The doctor was talking about childcare in college and how they have creches. I couldn’t believe it.I left the doctor in disbelief with my mum. She said there are more options to consider. The doctor had mentioned nothing about aborting the pregnancy.I was so scared and confusedI didn’t know what to do. I was lucky enough to have the love and support from both my mum and dad. I was in a relationship at the time and he was just as shocked as I was. Although he was totally there for me and hugely part of the decision making process, the final decision was mine and he respected that. I decided to have an abortion.My mum researched everything, I had no ability to do it myself. I was in shock and didn’t know where to start. She came with me to Amsterdam.Because I was in the middle of doing my leaving cert exams we flew over and back in the same day. I also didn’t want to take more than one day off school because I didn’t want people to ask where I was. Only my closest friends knew.The day is a hazeI had the abortion in a clinic and after a few hours we left and flew home. Feeling like nobody could find out was the worst part. I was so upset and confused but had to pretend as though my life was as normal as it had been a few weeks before.The next day I went to school just like a normal school girl but really on the inside I was distressed, sad and angry. The emotional stress, the guilt, the feeling I had a secret were hard to deal with.I went to a therapist once with my boyfriend. I thought I was totally okay, but really I just wanted to pretend it never happened. And that is what I did.It wasn’t ever mentioned again at home really. Maybe every once in while, which I feared. It made me extremely uncomfortable if the topic of abortion came up in conversation with friends. I was so pro-choice but so nervous of reactions if they were to find out.Only recently have I been able to actually talk about it with my close friends openly.*Names have been changed to protect the women’s identities.Opinion: ‘We don’t need female traffic lights. We do need decent maternity pay’>Debate Room: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Nessa Childers debate the EU’s merits> By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 9:30 AM Share158 Tweet Email2 My abortion story: ‘I was horrified. The doctor was talking about childcare in college’ We asked three women to share their abortion stories. Apr 1st 2017, 9:30 AM Short URLcenter_img 288 Comments Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher 7,751 Views https://jrnl.ie/3313308 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more