Streaking Hard Not To Love Heads Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile As She Tries Two Turns For The First Time

first_imgSTREAKING HARD NOT TO LOVE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 BEHOLDER MILE AS SHE TRIES TWO TURNS FOR THE FIRST TIME  ARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2020)–Blinded in one eye since a school yard incident as a youngster, trainer John Shirreffs’ brilliant Hard Not to Love seeks her fourth consecutive win as she heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.With two graded stakes wins at the current Winter Meet, the most recent a 3 ½ length romp in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs, the Ontario, Canadian-bred daughter of Hard Spun will be trying two turns for the first time in what will be the 80th running of the Beholder Mile, formerly known as the Vanity Handicap when run at Hollywood Park beginning in 1940.Hard Not to Love’s primary opposition would appear to be John Sadler’s Grade I winning Ollie’s Candy and Bob Baffert’s multiple graded stakes placed Mother Mother, who has been beaten by the top selection in two out of her last three starts.HARD NOT TO LOVEOwner:  Mercedes Stables, LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo, David Ingordo & Steve MooneyTrainer:  John ShirreffsA winner of five out of her six career starts, she is unbeaten in her last three races, all with Mike Smith aboard.  Due to the fact she lost sight in her left eye in a paddock mishap as a youngster, Hard Not to Love, according to Shirreffs, is easily unnerved by stimuli that she does not see initially.  As a result, she’s had a tendency to whip her head in the direction of something she perceives to be there, creating considerable challenges both in morning training and afternoon post parades.  With her breakthrough effort coming in a 2 ¼ length score in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes here on Dec. 28 at odds of 11-1, Hard Not to Love was again all business in winning the Grade II Santa Monica on Feb. 15.  Out of the Vindication mare Loving Vindication, her stalk and pounce style sprinting should serve her well on the stretch-out Saturday.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner:  Paul & Karen EggertTrainer:  John SadlerIdle since a respectable fourth, beaten six lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff here on Nov. 2, this 5-year-old homebred mare by Candy Ride won the Grade I Clement Hirsch Stakes going a mile and one sixteenth three starts back at Del Mar on July 28 and followed that up with a close third in the Grade II Zenyatta Stakes at the same distance here on Sept. 29.  Originally trained by William Morey, she was a Grade II stakes winner at age three and will be making her sixth start for Sadler on Saturday.  With a solid work tab in hand, she’ll be seeking her second Grade I win off a four-month freshening.MOTHER MOTHEROwner:  Gainesway Stable (Anthony Beck), Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer:  Bob BaffertAttentive to the pace, this 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile was no match for Hard Not to Love late in the Santa Monica, finishing second by 3 ½ lengths.  A sharp 1 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Kalookan Queen going 6 ½ furlongs two starts back on Jan. 12, Mother Mother was third, beaten 3 ¼ by Hard Not to Love three starts back in the Grade I La Brea Dec. 28.  A minor stakes winner going a one turn mile at Churchill Downs in her third start in October, 2018, her best two turn effort came on Dec. 8, 2018, when she was third, beaten a neck in the Grade I Starlet Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Los Alamitos.  With three solid recent races to her credit, Mother Mother would appear poised to spring an upset in what will be her 12th career start.THE GRADE I BEHOLDER MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTHard Not to Love–Mike Smith–121Der Lu–Abel Cedillo–121Zusha–Umberto Rispoli–121Kaydetre–Brice Blanc–121Mother Mother–Drayden Van Dyke–121Ollie’s Candy–Flavien Prat–125Ce Ce–Victor Espinoza–121First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Bar Association calls for announcement of elections date

first_img…says GECOM, by Guyana’s Constitution, required to be in a state of readinessThe Bar Council of the Guyana Bar Association on Wednesday said it welcomes the recent ruling of acting Chief Justice Roxane George in the legal challenge arising out of the December 21, 2018 no-confidence resolution and called for the announcement of the date for constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections.Chief Justice George, on January 31, issued rulings in three cases arising out of the no-confidence resolution that toppled the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government. On Monday, the released written judgement prompted the statement from the Bar Association.“We note the ruling of the Honourable Chief Justice (ag) at paragraph 108 of the written judgement in Attorney General of Guyana v Dr Barton Scotland, Mr Bharrat Jagdeo and Mr Joseph Harmon, Action No 2019-HC-DEM-CIV-FDA-22 as follows: I hold that the NCM was carried as the requisite majority was obtained by a vote of 33:32. The President and the Ministers cannot therefore remain in Government beyond the three months within which elections are required to be held in accordance with Article 106(7), unless that time is enlarged by the National Assembly in accordance with the requirements of the said Art 106(7),” the statement read.Following the passage of the No-confidence Motion, the Bar Association urged that the results and consequences of the motion be accepted and that urgent preparations for elections by the Elections Commission be started. They also warned that should elections not be held within the 90 days as stipulated by Article 106(6) of the Constitution, then it could lead to instability, adding that Guyana’s democracy should be protected by the “unambiguous adherence to the rule of law.”“To date, 54 days have elapsed since the passage of the motion and no date has been fixed for elections within the required constitutional period or otherwise. Neither the filing of appeals nor applications for orders staying the operation of the clear timelines fixed by the Constitution can stop the time from running within which elections must be held. Only a resolution of the National Assembly supported by not less than two-thirds of all of its elected members can extend the time for elections if it is necessary to do so,” the statement said. The Bar Association added that GECOM, in accordance with the Constitution, is required to be in a state of readiness to conduct elections at any time within three months of the passing of a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly.“The Bar Council therefore renews its call on all parties concerned, including the President, the Leader of the Opposition and the Guyana Elections Commission, to take such immediate steps as will avoid Guyana entering into a constitutional crisis and prevent the dire effects such a crisis could have on the country… The Guyana Elections Commission and all other stakeholders required for the conduct of elections are bound by the operation of the Constitution, the supreme law of Guyana.”According to the Bar Association, GECOM is required by the Constitution to issue instructions for the preparation for elections and take such action as appear necessary or expedient to ensure fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Constitution on the part of persons exercising powers or performing duties connected with or relating to the registration of electors or the conduct of elections.last_img read more

Rebels win Men’s tourney

first_imgThe thunderstorms held off, as softball players in Fort St. John competed in the annual Men’s and Ladies tournaments at the Surerus ball diamonds.The turnout was the best ever, with 10 men’s teams and 8 ladies teams taking part.- Advertisement -Mens Winners:1st – Rebels2nd – Kalmar Ventures3rd – Peace RiverC Division – VectorD Division – The 69ersLadies Winners:1st – Old Bats and Young Bitches2nd – Big Stix3rd – Cougars and CubsC Division: Danger at the PlateD Division: Jill DirtsAdvertisementlast_img

High standards

first_imgHigh standards Re: “Schools falling behind federal goals” (Feb. 28): No Child Left Behind requires that every child read and do math at grade level by 2013-14. I think if you asked parents (and I am a parent) about that timeline, they’d say they expect schools to ensure their child is performing at grade level today, not six years from now. Still, some in California’s “education community” say that 2014 is too short a timeline. That’s an excuse and our students are on the losing end. California Business for Education Excellence, along with partner Just for the Kids-California, has identified more than 300 schools on track to meet the 2013-14 goal. These are not just schools in affluent areas, but also schools with high concentrations of low-income, ethnic minority and English-learner students. These schools dispel the myth that some students or schools cannot meet NCLB goals. Clearly, children can and are capable of meeting rigorous academic standards, but only when adults set high expectations and focus on grade-level proficiency. – Kirk M. Clark Vice president California Business Roundtable Sacramento Backing Rodriguez Re: “Rodriguez for City Council” (Feb. 26): As a voter residing in the 7th Los Angeles City Council District, I am pleased the Daily News chose to endorse Monica Rodriguez. Voters should be keenly aware that the local entrenched politicians agreed to a backroom deal whereby Cindy Monta ez and Felipe Fuentes would opt out of the race to make room for Richard Alarc n, who had just been elected to the state Assembly. It would seem that both Monta ez and Fuentes were promised a portion of the political trough for opting out of the race. Voters in the 7th District need to send a strong message that they will not tolerate these conniving backroom deals. I am voting for Monica Rodriguez because she is dedicated and highly qualified to improve living conditions in the 7th District. Sam Chaidez Mission Hills Gore’s carbon credits Al Gore is a hypocrite, making his good works for the planet suspect. He tries to deflect his 20-times-the-national-average electricity usage by saying he has a big house and he buys carbon credits. Let’s see, the first thing that comes to mind is he could live in a normal-size house like the rest of us. Secondly, I wonder how many carbon credits the average American living from paycheck to paycheck can afford? Gore is a hypocrite who is harming the planet while becoming the darling of eco extremists. Unless he changes his lifestyle, drives an electric car, and makes some meaningful sacrifice in his life for the good of the planet, he is just another liberal hypocrite. Craig S. Hawley Reseda Say what? Re: “Mayor seeks U.S. support for `subway to sea’ vision” (Feb. 28): I just couldn’t let this comment go from Transportation Secretary Mary Peters: “The mayor and his team understands what needs to be done to use cutting-edge technology … to get more out of existing roads.” What exactly is she saying? I couldn’t quite tell. Clearly neither could Mary Peters when it came to providing a viable solution to helping to end our traffic nightmares in this lifetime! Ellen Vukovich Sherman Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

LFC target Ings to Real Sociedad? How other English players have fared in La Liga?

first_img getty Michael Owen – Real Madrid: 2004-05 – Owen established himself as one of Europe’s deadliest strikers, prior to his £8m move to the Santiago Bernebeu. However, the former Liverpool man had a slow start to his Madrid career, and was often confined to the bench behind the likes of Ronaldo and Raul and drew criticism for fans and local media. Owen ended his first and only season for the club with 16 goals in 45 appearances and was sold to Newcastle United for £16m following the arrival of Brazilian forwards, Robinho and Julio Baptista. David Beckham – Real Madrid: 2003-07 – England’s most highly rated player left Manchester United to join Real Madrid for €35m in 2003. Beckham was unveiled in front of 500 journalists from 25 different countries and was handed the number 23 shirt by club legend Alfredo di Stefano. During four years in the Spanish capital, Beckham played 150 games and won the La Liga title in 2006 before leaving for the MLS with LA Galaxy. Many credit Beckham’s move to Spain for the coverage and growth of Spanish football in the UK. 5 Steve McManaman – Real Madrid: 1999-2003 – After establishing himself at Liverpool, McManaman left for the Spanish capital under the Bosman ruling in 1999. The winger embraced the opportunity, becoming fluent in Spanish and a firm fan favourite. He played a total of 154 games for Real scoring 14 goals and assisting 33, and in a memorable four-year spell with Los Blancos, lifted two La Liga titles and the Champions League twice, including a goal in 2000 Champions League final. 5 5center_img 5 5 Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has urged more British players to move to Spain and has not ruled out a move for Burnley striker Danny Ings.Moyes, appointed Sociedad boss in November last year, has made a steady start to his career abroad, including a 1-0 victory over Catalan giants Barcelona.Ings, 22, is out of contract in the summer and can move on a Bosman free transfer.Moyes has questioned whether he could lure Ings to Sociedad but believes more players should take the opportunity to ply their trade in La Liga.But how have other English players fared in La Liga? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the arrow on the right to see some of the English players who have moved to La Liga and let us know if you think Danny Ings should move to Real Sociedad… Gary Lineker – Barcelona: 1986-89 – Click the arrow to see more English players who have moved to La Liga – After winning the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Terry Venables signed Lineker from Everton for £2.8m. Expectation was high and the striker did not disappoint, scoring 21 goals in 41 games in his first season – including a hat-trick over rivals Real Madrid in a 3-2 victory. Barca went on to lift the Copa del Rey in 1988 and European Cup Winners’ Cup (above) in 1989. However, Lineker was moved to the right wing under Johan Cruyff and eventually lost his place, returning to England with Tottenham Hotspur in July 1989. Jonathan Woodgate – Real Madrid: 2004-06 – To the surprise of the football world, Madrid signed Woodgate for £13.4m in August 2004. The defender did not make any appearances in his first season through injury, and when he eventually did make his debut, he had a nightmare scoring an own-goal and seeing red for two bookable offences. By 2006, Woodgate had finally established himself at the back but further injury setbacks stopped him from playing. In 2007, Woodgate topped a website poll of Spain’s leading sports daily, Marca, as the worst signing of the 21st century.last_img read more

Expo at Fair teaching kids

first_img“A lot of times these kids are learning about different career paths and opportunities they have never heard of,” Andrade said. “In their minds they dress into it and act it out.” After the 45-minute ride from downtown Los Angeles to the fair, Gorre said her students were ready to get on the carnival rides. However, the rides were not open and the students instead found themselves at the expo. Having only been there for 40 minutes, Gorre said her students were already reaping the benefits. “All the way over here, they were thinking about checking out the rides,” she said. “They don’t even know they’re learning.” Also at the expo, kids learned about fire safety and what it would be like to be caught in a fire as they crawled through a smoke chamber. Bert Simonton, a Los Angeles County firefighter specialist at the expo, said the Fire Department benefits because it can have an impact on thousands of students. “They try and teach their family about having a central meeting location (in case of an emergency or fire),” Simonton said. “A lot of them go home and ask their mom and dad.” Karla Manzo, 7, Alexa Miranda, 7, and Angela Cabico, 6, students at California Elementary School in La Puente, participated in the smoke chamber. “If there is a fire you have to go down to the floor and crawl,” Angela said. The laughing girls then walked away and moved on to the next activity. They were unaware of the wealth of knowledge they had gained. liset.marquez@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-8556160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Thanks to all the hands-on activities at America’s Kids/Education Expo, young people attending the Los Angeles County Fair are developing a wealth of knowledge. The expo – themed “When I Grow Up” – is providing students with a hands-on learning experience for different careers. Careers ranging from painting to construction are represented at several storefronts in Building 64 at Fairplex. A portion of the building resembles a mini-city, complete with a city hall and public library. Last week, Kaye Gorre, resource special program teacher at the New Design Charter School in Los Angeles, and her students were at a booth learning about veterinarians. “It’s a fun way of learning new things and not be in the four corners of a classroom,” she said. Fairplex employee Marcela Andrade was nearby at the “When I Grow Up I Can Be Anything I Want to Be” booth, where she has worked for the past two years. She said she has just as much fun as the kids. As Andrade observed the kids getting into different career outfits, she said she hopes that by taking part they will become inspired. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED BY KILLYBEGS IN CRUCIAL DIVISION TWO CLASH

first_imgGaeil Fhánada Lotto ResultsNo jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 01, 02, 13, 14, 16. Bonus 06. €100 winner MaryT. Clinton, Glassagh. €50 winner S Hall, Killavrick. Next week’s jackpot €3,350.Na Cealla Beaga v Gaeil Fhánada Our Seniors played away to Na Cealla Beaga last Sunday evening. 1:11 v 1:10. Referee Enda McNeely. Team Mark McConigley, Cathal Martin, Fergal Friel, Frankie Sweeney, Ryan McGonigle, Patrick McConigley, Jimmy Coyle, Kevin McElwaine, Ronan McAteer, Johnny Friel 0:01, Seami Nanny Friel1:07 , Aidan McAteer, Marty McAteer 0:1, Seimi Coshia Friel, Mark Friel, Michael Sweeney 0:01 for Kevin McElwaine, Oisin Shiels for Johnny Friel, Miley McBride, Brendan Callaghan, Teddy McVeigh for Marty McAteer, Oisin Blaney, Paul Coyle, Jerry Friel, Shaun McElwaine for Jimmy Coyle.Gaeil Fhánada Reserves were very disappointed after travelling all the way to Killybegs to find out that Killybegs Reserves couldn’t field a team.U6, U8 & U10 TrainingTraining on Friday at 6p.m. sharp in Pairc Uí Siail, Portsalon. Everyone please bring your own water bottles and gumshields. U13 TrainingTraining for the U13 team on Tuesday at 5.30p.m. sharp in Pairc Uí Siail, Portsalon. Next game is away to MacCumhaills on Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm. For further information contact Martin McAteer.U7 & U8 v Red Hughs ReportGaeil Fhánada’s U7 and U8 teams had two very good games away to Red Hughs on Tuesday evening, both teams played very well and were cheered on by all the parents who travelled in large numbers to support them. Thanks to Lisa and Mark who coached the U7s and Martin and Oisin who coached the U8s and to all the parents for all their help.All the U8 boys and girls wish a speedy recovery to the young Doherty boy from Red Hughs who picked up a nasty finger injury during the U8 game. Gaeil Fhánada Club Draw – 1st Draw will now take place on the second Monday of every month starting in September. There are a few tickets still left if anyone interested, please contact any committee member asap.Comhghairdeas Mór from all at Gaeil Fhánada to the Fanad Accordion Band who retained their All Ireland Fleadh title. Big congratulations to all, keep up the good work.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED BY KILLYBEGS IN CRUCIAL DIVISION TWO CLASH was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

Food prices won’t eat up Thanksgiving budget

first_img The slight overall increase can largely be attributed to higher energy prices which affect processing, packaging, refrigeration and shipping costs, said Terry Francl, a senior economist at the federation. Kraft Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. food manufacturer, gave a similar explanation earlier this month in boosting prices for its crackers, pizza, lunch meats and some other items an average 3.9 percent. The entire packaged food industry, in fact, has been hammered by the price of oil, affecting plastic packaging expenses and the cost of energy involved in running plants and transporting goods. So why aren’t shoppers facing sharply higher prices across the board? It’s the same reason why the biggest U.S. airlines continue to offer bargain fares even while losing money: Customers will vote with their feet if they don’t. “Food manufacturers have tried raising prices but every time they do they lose market share,” said Bob Goldin, an analyst at the Chicago-based food consultancy Technomic Inc. “It’s intensely competitive out there.” General Mills Inc. and Campbell Soup. Co. both lost sales by putting through price increases that their competitors didn’t follow. Supermarkets, then, are understandably leery about imposing price rises beyond the ones dictated by manufacturers. “Grocery store owners know energy prices have risen a lot, so if they raise their prices as well they’re likely to see reduced sales,” said Corinne Alexander, an agricultural economist at Purdue University. “It doesn’t make sense for a retailer to raise prices in response to a short-term energy spike.” Another reason why the impact on food prices hasn’t been dramatic despite Katrina and other hurricanes is that wholesale beef and dairy prices have dropped from last year’s record highs, giving retailers an extra cushion to absorb some of the greater energy-related costs, she said. This doesn’t mean grocery bills are immune from higher energy costs indefinitely. Experts say creeping increases in food prices are likely to show up more and more if oil prices don’t keep dropping. “Consumers so far have not had to pay up too much,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, a Chicago-based financial-services firm. “But we are starting to see some of the increased transportation costs seep into food costs and that will be somewhat apparent this holiday season.” Also, while the cost of Thanksgiving dinner might be going up only marginally, getting there will be much more expensive – gasoline prices are up roughly 50 percent from a year ago. Swonk joked that strong consumer spending on alcohol might be linked to that. “Apparently once they fill up their tanks they need a wine or beer to calm themselves down again,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Stocking the fridge and pantry for a big feast at Thanksgiving is never cheap. But consumers who were braced for steeper costs because of the recent spike in energy prices can relax a little when they head to the supermarket before the holiday. Thanks to stiff retail competition that keeps stores from risking big markups, prices for most food items are only nominally higher than a year ago, according to government data and survey results released this past week. Even shoppers with full carts weren’t grumbling in a spot check at a Chicago supermarket, finding that prices hadn’t shot up as was feared in the aftermath of fall hurricanes that wreaked havoc with transportation costs. “I’d say things are up a little bit but not much,” said Paul Stancy, who was loading up on food and beverages Thursday at the store on the city’s northwest side. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals That sentiment jibed with monthly statistics reported Wednesday by the U.S. Labor Department showing that food costs edged up 0.3 percent in October, only a slight acceleration. “I think we’re seeing higher food prices than we would have absent the increases in energy costs,” said Ephraim Leibtag, food price analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “But we haven’t seen anything go off the charts price-wise.” Food price inflation has been relatively low in 2005, he added, with costs estimated to increase about 3 percent over last year. That’s exactly how much more a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings is likely to cost a shopper this year compared with 2004, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Based on results of informal price checks conducted by 108 volunteer shoppers in 30 states, the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $36.78, up $1.10 from 2004. Milk, pumpkin pie mix, frozen vegetables, stuffing and rolls were all higher in price, while sweet potatoes and fresh cranberries were among items that were lower, thanks to more abundant crops this year. last_img read more

BUMBLEance to launch regional initiative for sick children in Donegal

first_imgBUMBLEance, Ireland’s National and the World’s first interactive ambulance service designed specifically for children, has announced its expansion into Donegal and the North West. A regional BUMBLEette vehicle, which will be launched in 2017, will assist children who must travel for medical treatment but do not require a paramedic on board.The BUMBLEette will transport sick children, for free, to appointments, surgery, and treatments in Dublin. BUMBLEance ensures that the journey of a sick child who needs ambulance transportation to and from a treatment centre and their home is the most safe and comfortable journey possible.A spokesperson for the charity said; “We already bring children with Cancer for Chemo with our Childrens Chemo Cab Service and those with many other severe conditions but we want to do more!”The initiative is part of The Saoirse Foundation, which was set up by Tony and Mary Heffernan in 2010. When their daughter Saoirse was diagnosed with Batten’s Disease in 2009, they had no information on the disease and did not know where to turn for help. They vowed to change that, and established The Saoirse Foundation with the aim of enriching the lives of children with Batten’s Disease and their parents.To learn more click here. BUMBLEance to launch regional initiative for sick children in Donegal was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Young Carers make a big impression in the European Parliament

first_imgTwo delegates from the Donegal Youth Service Young Carers Project travelled to Brussels this month to share their personal experiences with the European Parliament. Clara Curran and Malcolm Boyd were in Belgium from March 5th-7th to meet with the European Parliament’s Informal Carers Interest Group, having been invited by Irish MEP Marian Harkin. They are a special interest group comprised of 32 MEPs who are working towards improving the quality of day-to-day life for Europe’s many carers.Donegal Young Carers Clara and Malcolm shared their experiences of caring for a family member, what supports would have been beneficial for them growing up, and what changes and supports they feel would help current young carers across the EU. Malcolm Boyd, Austrian MEP Heinz K Becker, Irish MEP Marian Harkin, and Clara Curran pictured with 2 young carers from the midlandsA key message of the group is that young carers are too often not involved in the decision making of services involved with their family, despite the huge impact it can have on their lives. They believe that personal stories are therefore a key part of creating policy that can implement real and useful change for future generations, and can help shine a light on young people who are too often invisible, and unheard in our societies.Youth Worker Frankie McGreevy who coordinates the Young Carers Donegal Project accompanied them to Brussels and shared his thoughts: “I am very proud of the contribution the Donegal Young Carers made to the interest group, and their bravery in sharing their personal stories. We are just hoping now that it will contribute to real change for the current, and future young carers across Europe.”Clara CurranThe Young Carers Project are having a busy few months between this visit, and their current Healthy Ireland Initiative Project.  They received short term funding from November 2017, to March 2018 for the Young Carers ‘Fit4Life’ groups in Letterkenny and the Inishowen area, and this is giving them an opportunity to socialise with their peers, and a much deserved chance to focus on their own health and have fun.Their focus now is on creating a sustainable and stable Donegal Young Carers Project, which will enable them to broaden their reach across Inishowen and beyond.  The Donegal Young Carers Project was launched by Donegal Youth Service in February 2015 due to clear need for support in this area.  A young carer takes on a lot of extra responsibilities at home, and cares, or helps to care for somebody in their family who has a disability, an issue with alcohol, or another drug, a mental health issue, or another illness which then impacts on other areas of their life.The group works on reducing isolation by offering peer support, one-to-one support as well as practical training for more efficient ways to care for their loved ones, and trips out as well as residentials which aim to offer some relief and carefree fun for young people who often miss out on things other young people their age take for granted.Donegal Young Carers project is made possible via the funding of Healthy Ireland, CYPSC (Children and Young People’s Services Committee), Donegal Youth Service and TUSLA. The Young Carers Project falls under the remit of LOFT Letterkenny.The LOFT (Learning Opportunities For Teens) Youth Project & Health Advice Café is a support service for young people based in Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. The LOFT is jointly managed by Donegal Youth Service and Foiróige, funded by TUSLA. Email loftstaff@gmail.com, (074) 91 29630.  Donegal Youth Service are a registered charity. CHY 15027. Healthy Ireland LogoYoung Carers make a big impression in the European Parliament was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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 Youth ServiceEUEuropean Parliamentyoung carerslast_img read more