first_imgBuncrana GAA NotesJim McGuinnessWell, we can’t say it was unexpected but it still comes as bit of a shock. The announcement by Jim McGuinness that he is resigning as County manager will leave a huge void to be filled by whoever succeeds him. Everyone at the club wishes Jim well with his future plans and thanks him sincerely for all he has done for the game in the county over the past few years. We will always remember the good times he gave us and for making Donegal a power in Gaelic football in the country.Senior FootballWell done to Buncrana who beat Carndonagh 1-6 to 0-8 in the Intermediate Championship in the Scarvey on Saturday. This puts us in second place in the table equal on points with table-toppers Naomh Columba. Senior LadiesBuncrana Ladies had a great win on Sunday away to Dungloe, winning 7-7 to 1-3, which sets up a top of the table league decider next Sunday in the Scarvey against Cloghaneely. If the Ladies win this then they’ll be promoted to the Intermediates next season. All support welcome for what could be an historic day for this team who’re only playing a few years now.Training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome! Buncrana Minor’s took on Convoy in the Championship on Friday night in the Scarvey and came away with a good win.BraceletsDue to the large demand for County/Club GAA bracelets we now have more in stock. The people who ordered them can now collect them from Elizabeth-Anne on 0860604075. You are not obliged to buy them but please show your support for our county players. They are our champions especially our Clubmen Darrach , John , Caolan , Paul , Sean, Ronan and David.Under Age Reports The Under 13 County Draw was held and Buncrana’s quarter final is on Saturday, 11th October, at 4.30. We’re up against Killybegs in Naomh Colmcille, Newtowncunningham. All players should be at training on Monday 6th at 7pm to get details.Scór na nÓg – CLG Dhún na nGallThe dates and venues for the three semi finals and the county final of Scór na nÓg have been announced.Saturday 8th November 2014 – Gleann FhinneFriday 14th November 2014 – Inis Eoghain – Venue in Inis Eoghain to be confirmedSaturday 15th November 2014 – Baile na nGalloglachCounty final – Friday 21st November 2014 – Na Ceithre Máistrí in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town.Under Age TrainingU6/U8 Football 6.30-7.30pm Friday ScarveyUnder 16 Girls will train on Tuesday’s 6–7pm at the ScarveyGirls under 12, 13 and 14 girls are training on Monday from 7pm -8pm.Halloween DanceThe club is hosting a Halloween Ceili and Old Time Dance in the Plaza, Buncrana, Sunday 26th October. Music by Martin Duggan from 9pm-12am then the ever-popular David Craig Band from 12am till late. Tickets are €10 each and can be bought from any committee member. This will be our main fundraiser for the year and all proceeds go to our Underage Development Fund so please support if you can.Suicide PreventionSuicide Prevention is everyone’s business. The HSE, in partnership with Donegal GAA and other organisations is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for County Donegal, working with the National Office for Suicide Prevention.We want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be included in the plan. You can print off and complete the questionnaire from our FB page or answer the questions online at Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at [email protected] to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or @buncranagaa, or visit our website NEWS: BUNCRANA DEFEAT LOCAL RIVALS CARNDONAGH was last modified: October 7th, 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:buncranaGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Chris van Wyk: the storyteller of Riverlea

first_imgChris van Wyk’s love affair with words began in childhood. At five years old, he told his parents he was going to be a writer. (Image: Pan McMillan) Sulaiman PhilipChris van Wyk’s memorial could easily read: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” His life was a celebration of the power of words, the wonder of expressing them and the joy of memory. Or, as he would say: “We’ve got our own magic, lots of it, which remains untapped.”The “coloured” Black Consciousness writer, Van Wyk, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on 3 October at the age of 57, will be remembered for his humour, his generous laughter and his campaign to get others to love and enjoy words, books, as much as he did.Whenever he said “coloured” his fingers became inverted commas dancing around the word, his friend, J Brooks Spector, wrote in the Daily Maverick. In the 1980s, as the politically active editor of the Congress of South African Writers’ Staffrider magazine, Van Wyk would refer to himself as black.Now he was coloured, but that identifier was still problematic to him. In his writing and his embrace of his identity as a South African, Van Wyk “drew upon a complex mix of all the things that went into being both Coloured and South African – something like putting on a newer, bigger coat with more space to stretch and move in, by contrast to an earlier, more tightly fitting model”.As proud as he was of the non-racial, democratic experiment he was a part of building, Van Wyk was always watchful. Race remained an identifier for South Africa’s population and he bristled at the way history was rewritten to celebrate some icons while the fruit of others labours were left to wither on the vine. The people of South Africa should choose their heroes, and not fall in line behind heroes sold to them. “[Nelson] Mandela and thousands of others fought and died so that you could build your own dreams and ideals,” he would tell his audiences of schoolchildren. The poetVan Wyk won the country’s most prestigious poetry prize, the Olive Schreiner Award in 1979 for his collection, It Is Time To Go Home. It included “In Detention”, the poem extensively quoted on social media when news of his death became public. His 1996 debut novel, The Year of the Tapeworm, attempted to describe the impact of apartheid on ordinary people; his 2004 memoir, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy,sold over 25 000 copies and was translated into Afrikaans. It was followed by Eggs to Lay Chickens to Hatch in 2010, which “filled in the missing bits”. His 2006 children’s book, Ouma Ruby’s Secret sold over 50 000 copies and his children’s version of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, published in 2009, sold 55 000 copies.A bookish child in a rough neighbourhood, Van Wyk’s identity was shaped by his favourite authors – Es’kia Mphahlele, Pablo Neruda, early John Steinbeck, Albert Camus and Peter Abrahams. More than that, there were the sights and sounds of Riverlea, in southern Johannesburg, that created a world to which he returned to give his life meaning. And there was the music he grew up with – the soul-fuelled rock of The Flames, Abdullah Ibrahim’s jazz and the most loved of all, Port Elizabeth vocalist Danny Williams.Growing up in brutal times, Van Wyk’s poetry echoed the horrors of deaths in detention, the humiliation of being ordered around by a white child in uniform. Talking to the Africa Book Club, he remembered the beginning of his writing career: “In my last two school years I had poems published in the Saturday edition of a local newspaper, The Star. That was in 1974/5 and marked the beginning of my ‘writing career’. It wasn’t easy: the apartheid government reacted harshly to anyone who criticised it. And in those days much of the writing by black writers was unavoidably about life under apartheid.” The memoriesIn his memoir, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, the most difficult chapter to read is the one about an especially violent teacher who took pleasure in meting out corporal punishment, but there were others, inspirational teachers who nurtured Van Wyk’s story-telling talent. There was also the surprisingly well-stocked Riverlea library (he would joke). Complemented by his parents’ love of reading, it all added up to create the author.“I have a vivid memory of a four-year-old me in bed and my parents telling me stories. Their plan was to make me sleep. But it had the opposite effect, leaving me wide awake and excited about suddenly having discovered a new world – the world of make-believe!”For Van Wyk, writing, his poetry and memoir especially, was never just about fighting the demon of apartheid. Yes there is sadness and anger in his work, but also humour. His work is a celebration of the simple joys of being alive. South African writers, he believed, took themselves far too seriously; they saw themselves as artist and not story-tellers. At the time of his death, Van Wyk was collecting and recording stories from Riverlea’s older residents. Stories, he told the Writers Write website, that were jaw-droppingly fascinating.It’s that magic of telling stories and knowing your neighbours and their families that contributed to his remaining in the suburb until 2005, when the storyteller of Riverlea and his family moved to a house in Northcliff in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.His collection of recordings will end up in the archives of a public institution such as Wits University. A self-confessed lover of gossip, Van Wyk said these stories were skinder-filled – or gossipy– personal histories of South African life. He recorded and transcribed them personally because, he said: “I want to hear how they say things, the gaps between the words. I stayed in this community because there is that element of me as writer that kept me here.”Here, whether it was Riverlea or South Africa, mattered because it was home; and home was an idea that mattered to Van Wyk. And after watching the stage production of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy his family finally understood. These men, artisans who worked with their hands, realised his importance in their world as the teller of their and his stories.Chris van Wyk will be missed by the people whose stories mattered to him, by the children he inspired and by readers who will not get to read new work by a man who believed in the power of words to celebrate life.last_img read more

Jeron-Kiefer rivalry continues in PBA: ‘It brings back the good old days’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ginebra ‘Big 3’ delivers in TNT rout Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Tendency-wise, we know each other. I know what he will do and he knows what I can do. We only guarded each other for a while, but I know the rivalry will never go away,” said Ravena, who is just thankful that Teng once again brought the best in him in the face-off.“It will always be a side story of our rivalry and we’re very blessed to be part of that rivalry. There’s a lot of Ateneo and La Salle players who have been in the PBA, and you know, with us the new guys, I think we can renew the spark of Ateneans and La Sallians making a name for themselves in the PBA.”Teng, meanwhile, is looking forward to the next time he plays Ravena again.“We just need to get one over them next time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img AFP official booed out of forum View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “It brings back the good old days,” said Teng, who finished with 12 points and three rebounds. “Even though we’re no longer in college, one can’t take away the Ateneo in him and the La Salle in me.Ravena, who also got 12 markers that went with six rebounds and 10 assists, said that playing against Teng fuels his competitive fire and pride to always want to come out on top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The pride is always there, having that Ateneo-La Salle rivalry for four years, playing against each other, we really know each other well,” he said.But it’s not just the rivalry that they share but also a bond, having been teammates as a member of the Philippine under-16 team in 2009 and Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESYears removed from their countless battles in the collegiate ranks, Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng met once again, this time, in the professional stage when NLEX and Alaska faced off in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday.The Road Warriors pulled off the 96-89 victory, but for some, the duel looked like a continuation of the two young stars’ rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Cavs’ Kevin Love still weeks from return to court after surgery

first_imgThe 30-year-old played in just four games before undergoing surgery to have cartilage removed and fluid drained from around his left big toe. He got hurt in Cleveland’s exhibition opener and tried to play through the pain before it got tough for him to walk.Following the surgery, the Cavs initially thought Love might be back by the end of December, and he had targeted mid-January as a possible return. However, it now appears he could be out until February.One thing is certain: Love has no intention of sitting out the season.“That’s never really been the thought process — at least for me,” said Love, who recently visited his surgeon in New York. “I want to play. I want to be out there with those guys. I feel like I would be letting my teammates down, and letting (coach) L.D. (Larry Drew) and the coaching staff down if I didn’t get out there and play and get out there and play as soon as I could — so long as I’m healthy.”The Cavaliers need him badly.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments At 8-32, they have the NBA’s worst record and lost nine straight games going into Tuesday’s matchup with Indiana. Cleveland has lost its last five home games by at least 20 points — a league record — and a slew of injuries has made things tougher.This isn’t the season the Cavs expected after signing Love to a four-year, $120 million contract extension after LeBron James left as a free agent.“It’s a big setback, not in my career, but as far as our team goes,” he said. “It’s just tough when you have several players out, veterans out and some of your top players that give you so much on both sides of the ball. I would just hope to come back, whether it be right before All-Star break, after All-Star break, just get things to start trending in the right direction and give the fans and this organization some hope for better times that are going to be here.”Love’s injury could complicate things if the Cavaliers intend to trade him.As he leaned on a wall inside the training facility, Love smiled when reminded that the trade deadline is approaching. His name has been linked to numerous deals almost since the day he arrived in 2014. He doesn’t expect that to change.“We’ll see. If not, we will wait until summer,” Love said of a possible trade. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve said all along I’ve wanted to be here. I’ve said this too, it’s a business. We saw that last year at the deadline. I had never seen so many guys traded from a team really ever. I had seen, playing six years in Minnesota and now this being my fifth year here, I’ve seen a lot of stuff. Think every trade deadline, draft, free agency, always brings something new.“It’s always different. I would love to be here. Would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I’ve had nagging things that have taken time and been a little bit unlucky, but I would like to play ball here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 19: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 19, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kevin Love’s comeback has been slow and steady. The Cleveland Cavaliers need it to speed up.Love said Monday that he’s still weeks away from doing any significant on-court work as the five-time All-Star forward recovers from left foot surgery that has sidelined him nearly all season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Love was recently cleared to accelerate his rehab, but he isn’t sure when he’ll play and suggested he could be out until after February’s All-Star break.“I don’t know,” he said when asked for a timeframe on his return. “It’s really tough for me to say because I don’t know how my foot is going to respond. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLove has begun shooting and been “up on the toes a little bit” but not running. He’s listening to his doctors and his body.“I don’t know when I’ll be able to go one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, but I think that’s all part of the next few weeks I’d say,” he said. Rafael Nadal says ‘no pain’ after Sydney tie as Slam looms MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more