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Could we see a new record in boys’ 4x100m at Penns?

first_img JAMAICAN DOMINATION IN 2014, Jamaica College broke the high-school Boys’ 4×100 metres Championship of America relay record after posting a time of 39.72 seconds at the prestigious Penn Relays. However, that record only stood for a year as another Jamaican school, Calabar High, won in a new mark of 39.63 last year. At this year’s 122nd staging of the event, which starts on Thursday, the record could be broken for the third year in a row as defending champions Calabar and Kingston College have gone under the record this season, while Jamaica College are not far off as all three teams went under the 40 seconds barrier at the recent MVP Track and Field meet. Kingston College, who were second behind Racers Track Club, clocked a school record 39.52, with Calabar crossing the finish line in 39.60, while Jamaica College had a season-best 39.77. While T.C. Williams out of Alexandria, Virginia, are expected to be the strongest American challengers, indications are that Jamaican teams are expected to dominate this event once again and, if weather conditions are right – warm instead of the usual cool temperatures – a fast time is expected. With three sub-40 seconds so far this season, the Akeem Bloomfield-led Kingston College will be seeking their eighth win in the event and join Camperdown as the most successful school sprint team from Jamaica. On the other hand, Calabar will be hoping to join Kingston College on seven, while Jamaica College will be seeking their second title. With Shivnarine Smalling and Jhevaughn Matherson, who, incidentally, will be making his first appearance at the carnival, set to join Bloomfield, Kingston College will be hoping to make up for last year’s disappointment. In 2015, Bloomfield pulled up with a hamstring injury on the second leg, and Smalling, who looked on in anguish on the anchor leg, will be hoping that things will be different this time around. Calabar, who finished behind KC at the MVP meet without the talented Christopher Taylor, will be hoping that his presence will be enough to ensure a successful defence of their title. His leg could be crucial to Calabar’s victory as the likes of Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Xavior Angus are quality athletes. Despite going in as the third-ranked team, Jamaica College cannot be counted out as two members of their record-breaking team from 2014, Waseem Williams and Devaughn Baker, are back. At the MVP meet, Williams was not a part of the team and his inclusion this time around could lift Jamaica College. Baker, who was seen closing fast on the Kingston College and Calabar runners on the anchor leg at the MVP meet, will definitely add more depth to their team in a race which is expected to be lightning-fast.last_img read more

Fiba Asia Cup: Hot-shooting Gilas beats Qatar, sweeps Group B

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Calvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

Death Mars Bassa’s Trophy Celebration

first_imgA 16-year-old, Darlingboy Philips, dubbed ‘Dad’ was crushed to death when he accidentally fell from a low-belt truck this past Saturday, amid rejoicing over Grand Bassa County’s triumph in the National County Meet after 24 years of title-drought.The truck, with the inscription ‘Grand Bassa County Development Fund,’ rolled over the lad and crushed his chest and smashed his skull near the entrance of the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.He had slipped while he and friends were hanging on the vehicle’s tail-end after the program when the car was leaving the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.That celebration in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, marked the official celebration of the county’s two trophies won in the 2013/2014 National County Meet.The teenager’s accidental death was linked to connection of ‘neejee’ activities.In Liberia ‘neejee,’ is usually interpreted as witchery and is always generally associated with the people of Grand Bassa County.The Traffic Coordinator of the Grand Bassa Police Detachment, Inspector Stephen B. Kpoeh, told the Daily Observer Sunday morning that Darlingboy died instantly after he was run over by the truck on Saturday. He had been pronounced dead after he was rushed to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan.Inspector Kpoen said the truck driver, Samuel Barlingar, 48, has been investigated and is being detained by Police to avoid ‘unnecessary’ mob violence.He disclosed that from the preliminary investigations, Driver Barlingar is not guilty, in accordance with Section 10.107 of the Police’s Traffic Law of Liberia; the late Darlingboy was hitching a ride without the driver’s knowledge.Section 10.107 of the Police Traffic Law, under the subtitle Soliciting Rides, reads: “No person shall stand on any roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride and from the driver of any vehicle.”The Chief of Traffic of Grand Bassa Police Detachment, Inspector Allen Suah, told the Daily Observer, that after a conference with Grand Bassa’s Superintendent Etweda Cooper, they instructed the family to bury the body yesterday (Sunday), because the county is not responsible for the boy’s death and burial. They promised to send a representative to meet with the family afterwards.The late Darlingboy was laid to rest the day after his death (Sunday) due to his severe injuries.The deceased was a 3rd grade student of Lower Hardlandsville Public School and was helping to support his family through the sale of used clothes.Darlingboy was the oldest of four sons from his parents, who are both alive.  He was living with his uncle, Alphonso Philips, in Jeko’s Town, Buchanan. His parents are Timothy and Sundaymae Philips, and they are living in the interior with the deceased’s brothers.Mr. Robert Guah, a relative of the late Darlingboy expressed disappointment and frustration over the absence of county authorities and members of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, up to the time of burial.Meanwhile, friends from Jeko’s Town have expressed their condolences to the bereaved family; they urged the family to investigate the death of Darlingboy, which they described as mysterious.“How come out of ten people hanging from the truck, he alone fell and was killed instantly? There must be something behind it,” a man only identified as Nyensuah stated.According to Nyensuah, about three weeks ago, one Ben Roberts met a similarly mysterious death. “We think that it is not normal; there must be witch or neeje activities behind them; we know it is all happening because elections are around the corner,” Nyensuah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fires pose threat to tortoises

first_imgDrake said it will take at least another year to know how best to restore the habitat and deal with the increasing problem of non-native cheat grass, red brome and Sahara mustard. The weeds serve as flash fuels for wildfires. Scientists’ attempts to reseed charred areas with native plants that tortoises eat have not been successful so far, said Lori Rose, a biologist for Washington County, Utah. Rose said the expensive technique leaves about 140 to 200 seeds per square meter, compared to 6,000 seeds under normal conditions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Wildfires fueled by invasive weeds in the Mojave Desert are threatening federally protected desert tortoises, scientists say. Biologists, who gathered Friday for a meeting of the Desert Tortoise Council, said the fires in 2005 burned more than 1 million acres of desert tortoise habitat in the Mojave Desert region that spans southern parts of Nevada, Utah, California and northern Arizona. Among the burned acreage was 32,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the desert tortoise in southern Nevada, according to Kristina Drake of the U.S. Geological Survey in Henderson, Nev. Biologists estimate a 40 percent to 50 percent mortality rate for desert tortoises in burned areas of southern Utah. last_img read more

Local schools to get Title I award

first_imgWHITTIER – Six Whittier-area schools are being hailed by the state for showing significant improvement in the numbers of students meeting academic standards during annual state testing, despite having higher numbers of disadvantaged students on their campuses. This year’s local recipients of the state’s Title I Academic Achievement Awards are Phelan Elementary in West Whittier; Santa Fe High in Santa Fe Springs; Birney Elementary, North Ranchito Elementary and Montebello Gardens Elementary in Pico Rivera; and Potrero Heights Elementary in South San Gabriel. These schools are slated to receive their awards at a reception and banquet in Costa Mesa next month. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea edge into FA Cup fourth round, Bournemouth rocked

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s goalkeeper Willy Caballero made a crucial save from Norwich City’s striker Nelson Oliveira during the FA Cup third round replay football match in London © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out before finally killing off Norwich after a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay, while Bournemouth slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Wigan.Antonio Conte’s side finished extra-time down to nine men after late red cards for Pedro and Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge. They had been forced into the extra period when Jamal Lewis’s last-gasp equaliser cancelled out Michy Batshuayi’s strike.Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero made the crucial save from Nelson Oliveira in the 5-3 shoot-out win to send the Blues through to host Newcastle in the fourth round.It was a first win in 2018 for Chelsea, who had drawn their four previous matches in all competitions this year.“It is the FA Cup, it is not easy to win the game. We gave everything, at the end of the game we played 9 v 11 so we showed great character,” Chelsea star Eden Hazard said.“We are happy but also sad that we lost two players. Now we can focus on the league.”Norwich manager Daniel Farke added: “To be honest it’s a big disappointment, some of the lads are sitting with tears in their eyes in the dressing room.”Conte had made nine changes from the 0-0 draw with Leicester on Saturday, with Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante left out of the starting line-up.After the kick-off was delayed for 15 minutes due to traffic congestion around the stadium, Chelsea dominated the first half and almost went ahead when Danny Drinkwater’s 25-yard drive hit the crossbar.But they couldn’t find the breakthrough and Oliveira nearly provided it for Norwich instead when his effort hit the bar.The Blues finally ended their three-match goal drought in the 55th minute when Belgian striker Batshuayi finished off Kenedy’s cross from close range for his first senior goal since October.Josh Murphy hit the post as Norwich pushed for an equaliser before the out-of-form Morata came off the bench and missed a chance to wrap up the win.That blunder from Morata came back to haunt Chelsea in the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Timm Klose whipped in a fine cross and teenage defender Lewis rose to glance his first professional goal in off the far post.Conte was furious that the video assistant referee didn’t intervene when Willian was denied a penalty and booked for diving after a challenge from Klose caught the Brazilian in extra-time.– Controversy –Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Pedro earned a second booking for a foul on Wes Hoolahan.And there was more controversy in the final seconds when Morata was booked for fall in the area and then protested so vehemently that referee Graham Scott sent off the forward for a second yellow card.In the shoot-out, Oliveira’s kick was saved by Caballero, while Willian, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and substitute Hazard converted for Chelsea.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, pictured on January 14, 2017, made eight changes to the successful team © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISAt the DW Stadium, third-tier Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, brushed aside under-strength Bournemouth in their third round replay.Eddie Howe made eight changes to the team that beat Arsenal on Sunday and Bournemouth, 13th in the Premier League, looked lost with their understudies in action.Sam Morsy put Wigan on course for the upset with the ninth-minute opener.Dan Burn’s shot went in off the crossbar to double Wigan’s lead in the 73rd minute before Callum Elder’s header three minutes later wrapped up the victory.Wigan next face a fourth round tie at home to West Ham.Wilfried Bony gave Premier League strugglers Swansea a 2-1 win over Championship leaders Wolves in their third round replay.Jordan Ayew also scored for Swansea, who travel to fourth-tier Notts County in the next round.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Newcastle finally get their man! French star arrives in £12m deal

first_imgNewcastle United have finally completed the signing of Montepellier’s Remy Cabella for a reported £12million.The Magpies have been chasing the attacking-midfielder since January as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye and finally made a breakthrough on Sunday as the French international signed a six-year deal.Cabella becomes Alan Pardew’s fourth summer acquisition after Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.The French star told the club’s official website: “It is great to finally be a Newcastle player. This is a move that I really wanted to make as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to.“I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I’m looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this club my maximum.”Montepellier president Louis Nicollin had revealed 48 hours earlier that a deal was practically done but Newcastle remained cautious as they waited to confirm the transfer.But after Cabella – who replaced the injured Franck Ribery in France’s World Cup squad but saw no action – jetted into Tyneside the move was finally concluded.And Pardew is hoping the 24-year-old’s arrival along with De Jong will compensate for the loss of Cabaye and last season’s on-loan top scorer Loic Remy.Pardew said: “Remy [Cabella] is a player who has been on our radar for a while and we are delighted to bring him to the club.“He is a player who I am sure will excite our fans. He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring a talent, energy and quality to St James’ Park that our supporters will enjoy.“Remy has great ideas when the ball comes to him, and along with Siem de Jong is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help.”Newcastle look primed to continue being busy in the transfer market as they chase a striker with Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere heavily linked with a switch to St James’ Park.The Magpies also need defensive reinforcements with Mathieu Debuchy set to join Arsenal and it is understood they have already entered talks with Feyenoord over Holland international defender Daryl Janmaat. New Newcastle United signing Remy Cabella 1last_img read more

Cars targeted at Turnbull Canyon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Every weekend for the past four years, Teresa Cantu and a group of her friends have gone hiking in Turnbull Canyon, parking along the street and walking a trail for exercise and conversation. After their walk on Saturday morning, however, they were shocked to find their car windows smashed and their belongings stolen. “We parked where we normally do,” said Cantu. “We’ve been parking there for years.” Cantu’s purse had been taken out of her car and left on the street near broken glass. Her friend’s purse, which was on the front passenger’s seat of her car under an umbrella, was stolen. Since November, a series of vehicle burglaries have plagued the popular hiking area, even after an arrest last month, said Whittier Police Department spokesman Jason Zuhlke. On Feb. 15, Whittier detectives arrested Javier Valdez, 31, of South El Monte on suspicion of several car burglaries. Police found the suspect in a motel room with thousands of dollars in allegedly stolen property, said Zuhlke. Investigators were able to clear four vehicle burglaries linked to the arrest of Valdez, Zuhlke said, adding that recovered property was returned to its owners. Following the arrest, Whittier police hoped that the rash of car burglaries in Turnbull Canyon would stop. But the windows of three cars were smashed this past weekend, Zuhlke said. Luis Ramirez, 22, who runs on the same trail Cantu walks every other day, said he sees broken glass near parked cars in the canyon “almost every morning.” Cantu said the city or police should post warning signs about the recent wave of car burglaries. “There’s nothing there to warn us that this was happening,” she said. “We were talking about putting up fliers or something to let others know this is going on.” Zuhlke said police are now considering putting up warning fliers. However, officers continue to patrol the area frequently. “It’s important for citizens to realize not to make their vehicles a target,” he said. “Don’t leave purses or personal belongings in plain view – criminals are looking for that. Hide CDs, money in the change tray, and take the face off radios.” He also advised hikers to call police if they spot anyone acting suspicious in the area. The Whittier Police Department can be reached at (562) 945-8250. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

Widow recalls CHP officer who was hit, killed by car

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Sandra Romero remembers feeling something was oddly wrong that day. “I knew something bad was going to happen – I just didn’t know what it was,” she said. At about 10 a.m. Sept. 23, 2005, she telephoned her husband, David, and asked, “Are you OK?” “He said, `You really are a worry wart,’ ” Sandra recalled. Twenty minutes later, California Highway Patrol Officer David Romero, 47, was dead, hit by a speeding car driven by a suspected drunken driver. The impact vaulted the 23-year CHP veteran into the air. He landed nearly 100 feet from where he had stopped his motorcycle at a red light at Turnbull Canyon Road and Valley Boulevard in Industry. For the first time since Romero’s death, his wife talked about her loss during a visit Thursday to the Santa Fe Springs CHP office where David Romero worked for 21 years as a motor officer. She said she wanted to thank the community for their many gifts and expressions of support following her husband’s death. “I just love the man he was,” Sandra said. “He joked around a lot, but he knew when to take things seriously. He wasn’t selfish. It was never about him, always about someone else. I used to tell him, `You have a heart of gold.”‘ Last week, Rudy Saldana Lopez, 26, of Whittier was ordered to stand trial on one count of murder with intent to kill a peace officer and one count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Lopez remains in jail without bail. He is scheduled to be in court again March 17 for an arraignment. Romero’s widow said she is angry at the man accused in her husband’s death. But she is also slowly focusing on rebuilding her life. Moving on means leaving David behind, she said, and that is hard to do. Since her husband’s death, Sandra Romero said she has lost about 26 pounds, can’t sleep through the night and cries spontaneously whenever she thinks about him. She said David’s death has been especially hard on their 8-year-old son. “David Jr. really misses him,” she said. “They used to have stuffed animal fights every night before he went to bed. You couldn’t walk in that room without getting hit. Now, he says to me, `Mom, you don’t throw like Dad used to.”‘ She recalled how she often got angry at her husband’s practical jokes, which could be extreme at times. Now, she remembers them fondly. “It got to the point where I’d pull all the covers off the bed before getting in at night because he sometimes put a battery-powered snake under the covers,” Sandra said. The couple were married in 1993. It was a second marriage for both. They each had two children from their previous marriages. During their last phone conversation, Sandra said she also talked to David about the new puppy he brought home the week before. They chatted about their plans for that Saturday, which included a trip to a racing track. David said when he got home, he would help his son with his homework. Romero was the second CHP officer from the Santa Fe Springs office killed in the line of duty. In April 2004, Santa Fe Springs Officer Thomas Steiner, 35, was gunned down outside Pomona Superior Court by a 16-year-old boy now serving a life sentence. Mando Gonzalez, one of David Romero’s closest friends, said the two shared a lot of good times and laughs, but he believes David is in a better place now. “We’d meet somewhere for lunch or breakfast and talk about what we’ve been doing, our families,” said Gonzalez. “The main thing with Dave was his family.” David’s former co-workers at the Santa Fe Springs office remember him as a mentor to younger officers and a constant practical joker. “I have faith in God and think there’s a reason for everything,” said Officer Gary Montanez. But for Romero’s death, Montanez added, “I just don’t know what it is.” Montanez, who worked with Romero for 15 years, said he and fellow CHP motorcycle officers are always aware of the dangers of their job, but they cannot allow fear to get in the way of their work. “The motivating factor for me is the satisfaction I get from keeping the public safe,” he said. “If I allow myself to be so consumed by fear, I won’t be able to do this job.” Over the past six months, five CHP officers, including Romero, have been killed in the line of duty, prompting CHP Commissioner Michael Brown recently to order that all patrol officers be debriefed to see if changes in department policies are needed to improve safety. For Romero’s family, friend and co-workers, his loss will be felt indefinitely. “He was my life,” Sandra said. “I learned a lot of things from him – life is so precious.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fearless mum braves Donegal’s rough seas to raise over €23,000

first_imgA Donegal-based mum braved the choppy waters of West Donegal to complete a hugely successful charity swim last weekend.Fiona Harrington (27) swam from Owey to Cruit Island on Saturday to raise money for the BUMBLEance children’s ambulance service.While she isn’t an experienced swimmer, Fiona ventured into the water for the 1km swim while her family and friends cheered her on. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Fiona admitted that she was a ‘bit sore’ the day after the swim but overwhelmed to raise more than €23,000 so far. Fiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceFiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceThe entire feat was inspired by Fiona and her partner Dwain Rodgers’ baby girl, Willow.Willow is seven months old and was born with a life-limiting condition called Smith-Lemli-Opitz.The birth defects caused by the disorder make travelling a huge challenge for the family. But the BUMBLEance service made Fiona and Dwain’s dreams come true in August when they helped them fly with Willow to Bere Island in Cork for a special visit to see Fiona’s parents.“Willow is on oxygen, a feeding tube and morphine. We would never have been able to drive to Cork ourselves. “BUMBLEance flew us from Carrickfinn Airport, which is just behind our house, to Kerry. Then they had a BUMBLEance for us on the runway and brought us to the ferry. It was so nice to bring her to my home. They made our dream come true.”Fiona, who is originally from Cork, was so amazed by the charity service that she wanted to do something to give back.She came up with the idea of an island-island swim, but never expected to raise so much money.So far, the total raised between online and offline donations is estimated at €23,000.Fiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceFiona said: “I can’t believe it. At the start, I only expected to get a thousand euro, maybe two.” Looking back on the swim, Fiona said that Saturday’s sea conditions were a challenge during the 40 minute journey.“It was a bit wavy out. I was definitely rougher than I thought it would be,” she said.“It took me a while to get into it at the start. We started on land and I had to swim out through a cove but there was a strong drag there.“I was joined by John Green from the Arranmore Fast Ferry and Judith, a woman from Belfast. “My dad was in a rib with the Arranmore Fast Ferry that came alongside us and he got in to swim beside me at the halfway point. And Dwain was in a rib on our other side taking photos.”Fiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceFiona had great support from the Arranmore Fast Ferry and said that she is thankful to every person who donated and helped with the charity swim.There is still time to donate and if you would like to support BUMBLEance, visit Fiona’s fundraising page here:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiona-harrington3Fearless mum braves Donegal’s rough seas to raise over €23,000 was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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