Jason Quigley gets his award tonightBREAKING NEWS: World boxing silver medalist Jason Quigley was crowned the 2013 overall Donegal Sports Star at the annual awards function in the Mount Errigal on tonight.The Finn Valley B.C. fighter got the nod ahead of other leading contenders including GAA star Michael Murphy, athlete Mark English, rugby players Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton and martial arts champion Natalie McCarron.Around 500 guests attended the awards ceremony, the county’s official annual sports awards and now in their 39th year. Jason dedicated the award to his father Conor.“He has been with me all the way and I want to dedicate this to him,” he said.Earlier Jason Black got a standing ovation when he made wonderful speech telling kids to find their Everest and also paid a special tribute to coaches and mentors in sport.He revealed how he had failed all his exams in school but always found his outlet through sport. Other guests to be honoured on the day included GAA star Michael Murphy, hurling manager Ray Durack, rally brothers Declan and Brian Boyle and cyclist Philip Deignan.Special guest John Delaney, CEO of the Football Association of Ireland said that Donegal held a special place in his heart.He paid particular tribute to Killybegs soccer star and said he was an ideal role model for all young kids because of his professional approach and his manners.That’s my boy. Jason celebrates with his dad Conor.BREAKING NEWS: BOXER JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED DONEGAL SPORTS STAR was last modified: February 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSJason BlackJason Quigley
Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, is urging young people, especially girls, to beware of potential dangers they can be exposed to on social media. Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, is urging young people, especially girls, to beware of potential dangers they can be exposed to on social media.“Recognise that a lot of what is happening out there is falsehood… [and can lead to you to getting] in with the wrong crowd,” she cautioned, citing human trafficking as an example.She was speaking at a Social Change Luncheon hosted under the ‘We Inspire Girls to be Strong Women’ initiative at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on May 2.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison (centre), converses with students attending a Social Change Luncheon hosted under the ‘We Inspire Girls to be Strong Women’ initiative at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on May 2. From second left are: Eddie-Ann Gordon of Vere Technical High School; Janeil Stephens – St. Catherine High; Markiesh Francis – Westwood High; Roshelle Pinnock – B.B. Coke High School; and Kerrisha Francis – Dinthill High. Looking on (at left) is the initiative’s conceptualiser, Cortia Bingham. “Recognise that a lot of what is happening out there is falsehood… [and can lead to you to getting] in with the wrong crowd,” she cautioned, citing human trafficking as an example. Story Highlights She was speaking at a Social Change Luncheon hosted under the ‘We Inspire Girls to be Strong Women’ initiative at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on May 2. Mrs. Gordon Harrison said a recent assessment of the typical human trafficking victim in Jamaica points to girls, aged 13 to 17, with serious self-esteem issues.She said they tend to “listen to anybody and do anything to get some attention, and buy into the garbage that human traffickers are feeding that target population”.This, the Children’s Advocate further stated, sets them up as prime prey for the perpetrators of this heinous crime.She, therefore, encouraged young people to stay focused and not be distracted by the social media “hype”.Conceptualiser of the ‘We Inspire Girls to be Strong Women’ initiative, Cortia Bingham (centre), with Vere Technical High School student, Eddie-Ann Gordon (left), and Guidance Counsellor at the institution, Owen Rodney. The occasion was a Social Change Luncheon hosted under the initiative at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston on May 2. During the event, girls from five high schools made presentations on social change initiatives they developed, which were assessed by a panel of judges. Miss Gordon, who presented on cyber bullying, emerged the winner and received several prizes including a scholarship valued $50,000. Mrs. Gordon Harrison also cautioned them to be careful how they present themselves on social media, noting that Human Resource interests scout the platform to view the profiles of prospective employees.In the meantime, the Children’s Advocate is encouraging girls to trust their instincts if they feel uncomfortable with certain situations, particularly instances of abuse.“Abuse is real! It can derail your life in a very real and significant way and you need to learn to trust your instincts. It doesn’t matter who it is; if it feels wrong, chances are it is wrong. The abuser, typically, is somebody who knows you very well and who you trust and who is close to you… so listen to those instincts,” she said.Additionally, Mrs. Gordon Harrison encouraged young girls to aspire to become leaders and agents of change as, ultimately, “you will be the movers and shakers of tomorrow”.Conceptualizer of the initiative, Cortia Bingham, said the movement seeks to influence the next generation of women to become innovators and creative, critical thinkers who can influence positive changes in the society.“One of the main things that we wanted to achieve with We Inspire Girls to be Strong Women, is to create more women who are thought leaders who [can] bring bright ideas that can really push Jamaica forward,” she said.During the luncheon, girls from five high schools presented their social change initiatives which they believe will positively impact their communities or schools. These were assessed by a panel of judges.Eddie-Ann Gordon, a Grade 10 student from Vere Technical High School, emerged the winner with her initiative focusing on reducing cyber bullying.She was awarded a $50,000 scholarship by Foska Oats; one-year mentorship; lunch vouchers for one school term and furniture from Courts Jamaica; a paid internship from Chas E Ramson, and sponsors’ products valued $100,000.Second-place went to Roshelle Pinnock of B.B. Coke High, whose initiative focused on proper dining etiquette.Markiesh Francis of Westwood High; Kerrisha Francis of Dinthill High; and Janeil Stephens of St. Catherine High also made impactful presentations.Since 2017, the We Inspire team, through a high school tour, has been to more than 50 secondary schools islandwide, directly engaging more than 10,000 girls to think critically, dream big and create a life based on principles and values.
As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Yet, the disease is not even on women’s radar, according to the American Lung Association’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer — a survey that measured women’s awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer. When asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.“Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “With greater awareness, through LUNG FORCE, we are dedicated to increasing the Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and are pushing to increase the investment in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.”Launched earlier this year, LUNG FORCE, nationally presented by CVS Health, unites women against lung cancer and for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE is making lung cancer in women a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing research funding. To help confront the issue of lung cancer, Valerie Harper, Jewel, Kellie Pickler and Mackena Bell are each launching their own online LUNG FORCE virtual fundraising team where people can donate and raise much needed money for lung cancer research, education and treatment. Anyone can register and fundraise for a celebrity LUNG FORCE team by visiting LUNGFORCE.org.Valerie Harper, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, is a lung cancer survivor and LUNG FORCE champion. “As a lung cancer survivor, I am honored to serve as a passionate voice for the LUNG FORCE movement,” said Harper. “Together, we can make enormous changes in the fight against lung cancer. I welcome everyone to join LUNG FORCE Team Valerie to raise critically necessary funds for research, advocacy and education to address this pressing public health issue.”For her part, Jewel unveiled an original LUNG FORCE anthem, ‘Sing On,’ earlier this year. The song is about empowering women and is available on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting LUNG FORCE and the fight against lung cancer in women. “I want women across the country to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle,” said Jewel. “I am committed to seeing LUNG FORCE succeed in the fight to save women’s lives. And I ask women to join me at LUNG FORCE Team Jewel to raise money in this fight.”Kellie Pickler has been part of LUNG FORCE from day one. Lung cancer took the woman who helped raise Kellie, her grandmother, a woman she has called her angel. “I’m raising my voice to let women know there is hope in the fight against lung cancer. Join me at LUNG FORCE Team Kellie to raise money to spread awareness of lung cancer, reduce lung cancer risks and support those affected.”And NASCAR’s Mackena Bell, one of only four women drivers is part of this fight. Mackena lost her grandfather, whom she called Papa, to lung cancer. “We are in a race for our lives. Help us win the race against lung cancer by contributing money to LUNG FORCE Team Mackena.”For many Americans, showing their support can also mean giving their time in addition to donating money. The American Lung Association hosts more than 50 health education and fundraising LUNG FORCE Walks in communities across the country. People can also show their support by visiting LUNGFORCE.org to take the LUNG FORCE pledge, lend their voice by telling their story or advocating for more research and education.Source:PR Newswire