Valencia test for Real’s Benitez

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Rafa BenÌtez held on to his job last year but faces another tough test of his coaching credentials tomorrow when Real Madrid visit Valencia for their first Spanish league game of 2016.BenÌtez has been the focus of criticism from disgruntled fans for Madrid’s unpredictable campaign, which has included a lopsided loss to fierce rivals Barcelona and their embarrassing disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.Madrid travel to Mestalla Stadium after two easy victories at their own Santiago BernabÈu home that failed to win over their most sceptical supporters, some of whom jeered BenÌtez.Madrid defender Pepe has called for calm.”We have to let our coach continue to improve,” Pepe said. “If a new manager came, we’d have to adapt to new systems and that isn’t good. We should save the evaluations for the end of the season.”Madrid have struggled on the road this season, dropping points on four of eight of their outings. Their last away game ended in a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.Madrid are in third place, two points behind Barcelona and AtlÈtico Madrid. Defending champions Barcelona have played one less game than their rivals.BenÌtez’s counterpart tomorrow is also in need of a victory.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville’s coaching debut has got off to an uninspiring start.Valencia have only beaten a third-division side in the Copa del Rey since he took over. Otherwise, the team has recorded a pair of draws and two losses, including a poor showing in a 1-0 league defeat at regional rivals Villarreal on Thursday. That loss left Valencia 10th and 11 points from the Champions League spots.”The team is united and we are trying to get a win as soon as possible,” said Valencia striker ·lvaro Negredo. “January will be a key month.”BARCELONA DERBYBarcelona make the short trip across the Catalan capital to play the first of three derbies against Espanyol today.The two clubs will also meet in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey over the next two weeks.Barcelona will be heavily favoured to continue their record form of 2015, when Luis Enrique’s team won five titles and set a new record 180 for goals scored.The strike trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Su·rez combined for 137 of those goals. Su·rez is leading the league this campaign with 15, followed by Neymar and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with 14 each.Espanyol’s defence is the fourth-worst in the competition with 28 goals conceded. Only the three teams in the relegation zone have conceded more.last_img read more

I used the crease more – Bishoo

first_img “On the fourth and the fifth day, the ball will spin a lot more and I used the rough a bit too and I also tried to use the crease a lot more and bowl more on the stumps,” he reiterated. Bishoo returned to West Indies colours last summer against India following a short injury break, but had little major success in the three Tests on the home tour. He has played only 19 Tests since making his debut five years ago and said he had already identified the ongoing series as a turning point in his career. “I am delighted right now that I got eight for 49. I am so happy, I don’t have words to explain that,” he beamed. “I am really happy, but even more happy with the position we put ourselves in in this Test match so that we can win.” He added: “From before I was saying this was a very important series for me, especially in the UAE and I think there are a lot of expectations I have to look out for now. I think going forward here I just have to keep improving as the days go by.” West Indies finished the day on 95 for two, requiring a further 251 on Monday’s final day to win the contest. LITTLE MAJOR SUCCESS DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): A thrilled Devendra Bishoo told reporters here yesterday he had been forced to make several adjustments which resulted in his career-best eight-wicket haul against Pakistan, on the penultimate day of the day/night first Test here. The leg-spinner snatched eight for 49 as Pakistan were routed for a paltry 123 in their second innings at the Dubai International Stadium, to concede much of the advantage they held in the game from day one. “I think I used the crease a bit more and I tried to bowl more tight than the first innings,” Bishoo said afterwards. “There was a lot of thinking about it after the first innings and I tried to use the crease as much as possible in the second innings. He added: “(In the first innings), I was bowling more fourth, fifth stump and they were cutting the ball down to cover for singles all the time so I tried to bowl more straight on the stumps.” Pakistan wrapped up the West Indies first innings for 357 within 75 minutes of yesterday’s fourth day to lead by 222 runs, but then found themselves under pressure when they slumped to 20 for two at lunch. On the resumption, Bishoo ripped through the remainder of the Pakistan innings as the hosts crashed from 77 for two to lose their last seven wickets for 44 runs. Bishoo took only two wickets in the first innings as Pakistan piled up a massive 579 for three declared, but said he knew the pitch would offer more assistance later in the game.last_img read more

Soaring Eagles pierce Archers

first_imgThe Archers had one final stab at stealing the victory, but Ben Mbala and Montalbo bungled their attempts under duress as the Eagles completed a seven-game sweep of the first round while sending their rivals to their second loss in seven games for a tie of second with Adamson.Earlier, National U sent University of the Philippines reeling to a third straight loss while enhancing its own Final Four bid with a 77-70 victory.Matt Salem produced a breakout performance with 21 points as the Bulldogs notched their third win in seven games, tying their victims at fifth spot.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga quickly quashed talk that the Eagles have supplanted the Archers as the favorites this season.“Its too early to talk about that,” said Arespacochaga. “It was an upset on our part. La Salle is still the favorite, I guess.”Mbala, coming off a career-best 39 points against University of the East on Thursday, was held to just 18 this time as the Eagles clogged the lane and double teamed him at every opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. First Game: NU 77 – UP 70NU 77—Salem 21, Gaye 13, Alejandro 12, Joson 6, Diputado 5, Tibayan 4, Yu 3, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Bartlett 2, Flores 2, Cauilan 0, Lastimosa 0, Rangel 0.UP 70—Desiderio 15, Dario 11, Gomez de Liano Ja 10, Lim 7, Ouattara 6, Manzo 6, Lao 6, Prado 5, Gomez de Liano Ju 4, Vito 0, Ricafort 0.Quarters: 18-21, 33-38, 56-53, 77-70Second Game: ATENEO 76 – DLSU 75ATENEO 76—Nieto Ma 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verano 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Nieto Mi 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.DLSU 75—Rivero R 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, Rivero P 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillian 2, Gonzales 0.Quarters: 28-16, 43-36, 63-62, 76-75Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Meralco back for unfinished business Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees View comments A missed free throw during last season’s finals haunted Ateneo guard Matt Nieto until Sunday when he delivered the Blue Eagles’ biggest victory yet in UAAP Season 80.Given the opportunity to exorcise the ghost of the loss to fierce rival La Salle, Nieto came through with the biggest plays of the game, including two foul shots with 3.1 seconds remaining that lifted the Blue Eagles to a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Green Archers before a crowd of 14,717 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyday I kept thinking about that,” Nieto said of his missed free throw in Game 2 of the finals that hastened the Eagles’ loss to the Archers. “I promised myself it won’t happen again.”Down 74-75 with 7.1 seconds remaining, Nieto forced the turnover on the inbound play for Andrei Caracut, before drawing the foul off Kib Montalbo that sent him to the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt wasn’t total redemption, but for Nieto, there was plenty of satisfaction knowing that his pressure-packed foul shots sealed the win, fashioned out desspite Ateneo not hitting a field goal in the last five minutes.“I was just relaxed, just like in practice,” said the third-year guard, who finished with 16 points. “It’s still a long way to go for us (this season), but its just nice to beat La Salle.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

Ambassador Sulunteh Identifies with Victims in Bong

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, has donated 300 bags of 25kg rice to be distributed among Ebola-affected families and quarantined households in Bong County.Taylor-Town in Yellequlleh District and Barleketela in Salala District which were obstructed by the leadership of Bong County almost two weeks ago to control the spread of the deadly virus, received the bulk of the donation with one hundred bags of rice going to each of the affected districts.The Friends of Sulunteh leader in Bong County, John O. Flomo, asked representatives of the towns to convey Ambassador Sulunteh’s heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones to the disease.He said, though Amb. Sulunteh was far away and could not meet with the people on the ground, he however could hear their loud cry for support during this very difficult time.“Ambassador Sulunteh would have loved to be in Taylor-Town and speak directly to his people, but it is not possible now,”Mr.  Flomo said.He disclosed that since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia, Amb. Sulunteh has been looking critically at areas where he could intervene adding that the plight of Ebola affected families is one of those situations which almost moved him to tears.He said that recent media reports which brought to light the sufferings of Ebola suspects in some parts of the county  who went without food supplies for days and who are rationed four-cups of rice to each household a day when it is available regardless of their number, was key to his decision to get involved and assist.Mr. Flomo expressed the hope that the Ambassador’s intervention will draw the attention of the international community to the plight of those Ebola affected families and quarantined households in the county. He noted that people in quarantined homes left to starve will have serious implications for the Ebola fight. Flomo called on the international community, particularly WFP to focus on the feeding of Ebola affected persons and quarantined households.He pleaded with chiefs in the district and the county task force to urge the people of Taylor-Town and Barleketela to not only take maximum care to prevent infection, but to move vigorously to eradicate the Ebola virus entirely from their various communities.The disease, he lamented, has disrupted normal economic and social activities throughout the country and called on all Liberians to adhere to the Ebola key prevention messages to save lives and maintain the dignity of our country.Flomo, on behalf of the Liberian Ambassador, expressed the hope that the remaining one hundred bags of rice will go to Ebola affected families and quarantined households in other affected districts like Jorquelleh, Sanoyea, Salala and Fuamah maintaining that Sulunteh was also considering support to other vulnerable groups in the near future.Responding, the Town Chief of Taylor-Town, Peter Flomo, registered on behalf of the people of the area his profound thanks and appreciation for the timely intervention of Ambassador Sulunteh which he said would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people.He said the people of the area are not surprised at such intervention, noting that Sulunteh has always come to the rescue of the suffering people not only in Bong but Liberians generally.He assured Sulunteh that the people of Taylor-Town deeply appreciate the gesture which he said is coming at a time when it is needed the most and assured him that the donation will be used for the intended purpose.Yellequlleh District Commissioner Annie Reeves also expressed thanks and appreciation, saying that the people of the district consider Ambassador Sulunteh as one of their sons. Similar sentiments were expressed by Salala District Commissioner Karmon Kanneh.The donation is Amb. Sulunteh’s second intervention since the Ebola outbreak in March.It can be recalled that in September Amb. Sulunteh provided over three hundred bags of rice, an undisclosed amount of United States Dollars worth of disinfectants and cash donation to community residents and various taskforces in Bong, Margibi and Monsterrado Counties.last_img read more

Green Guyana Expo launched

first_imgThe Green Guyana Expo and International Small Business Summit was on Friday launched at the Ramada Hotel with the intention of promoting innovation and driving Guyana towards the Green State Development Strategy under the theme “Sustainable economic growth through small businesses innovation, entrepreneurship and transformative Government policies”.At the launch, ideas were exchanged by the partnering organisations on the exhibits and sectors that are being promoted as well as the various inputs that will be made.Chairman of the African Business Roundtable (ABP), Eric Phillips stated that Guyana needs to steer clear of the use of fossil fuels which make it a brown economy and move towards sustainable sources of energy. As such, many stakeholders with innovative technologies and creations will be on site to brief the public on their services and what can be achieved using renewable resources.“Our Expo and Summit is about Guyana’s future for job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Guyana cannot compete effectively in a brown economy. We do not have comparative or competitive advantage. The green economy will offer us both of those.”He also revealed all varieties of business establishments will be allowed to participate in the summit with the intention of capturing new markets and partnerships with international companies.“Whether the business is in its startup phase or it is a well-established business, this summit will provide them with the transformational experience to help them stay ahead of the competition,” he said.Meanwhile, Finance Director, Hector Butts, related that with the expo in mind, their focus will also be on widening the tax base and capturing partnerships at a lower cost, with the increased enterprises and new businesses that are expected to be produced after the completion of the event. He highlighted that one of the main sectors being promoted will be the increase in entrepreneurship among many youths.“As we move towards expanding the success of small businesses, as we widen the economic base we also widen the tax base,” he stated.Additionally, Professor Leyland Lucas of the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SIBI) shared what is in store for the small businesses and his institution at the end of the summit. He too called for organisations to participate in green economical activities.“Sustainability is driven by necessity. Small businesses are the engine of growth. SIBI sees itself as playing a vital and important role in the transformation of the Guyanese economy, as we balance the needs of our existing economy especially with the onset of gas and the need for us to have a green economy,” the professor explained.The exhibition and summit is slated for September 17 and 18, featuring over 100 innovative booths. The summit will be held at the Ramada Hotel, while the exhibition will be hosted at the National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.last_img read more

CECAFA a CHAN training ground for Rwanda- Hey

first_img0Shares0000Rwanda head coach Antoine Hey watches from the touchline during rwanda’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2017 opening game against Kenya in Kakamega on December 3, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6- Despite suffering back to back losses at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, Rwanda head coach Antoine Hey says he is not entirely disappointed, pointing out his biggest target travelling in for the tournament is to prepare for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).The former Harambee Stars boss changed his entire team for their second game against Zanzibar on Tuesday afternoon, seeing them suffer a shocking 3-1 loss in Machakos, less than two days after losing 2-0 to Harambee Stars in Kakamega. “It is never a good thing for anyone to lose but to me what is more important is to give these young players a chance to develop. This is the best opportunity for them to learn because in the event we have injuries or suspensions for big matches, it is never the right opportunity to give them (young players) game time,” Hey said.Rwanda qualified for next year’s CHAN in Morocco after beating Ethiopia in a two-legged play off.CAF handed the favor back to East Africa after Egypt turned down the offer handed to them after initial hosts Kenya were stripped of the hosting rights.The Amavubi hosted the last CHAN in 2016 where they lost out 2-1 after extra time to eventual champions DR Congo in the Quarter Finals.Hey has also insinuated he will field a different team when they play Libya in their third Group A match on Thursday. It will be more of a dress rehearsal for the two sides as they will also clash in the same CHAN group.Rwanda’s Maxime Sekamana vies for the ball with Zanzibar’s Feisal Salum Abdallah during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was a good test to our players because some of them are playing their first match on the international level. It is a learning process to get players ready for CHAN and see what options we have. The loss gave us good insight on what players we can count on and which ones need more time,” Hey said.He has admitted that the team is not ready for CHAN which starts mid-next month but acknowledges with the tournament and a few weeks of training, he will be able to get the team into the shape he requires.“We are testing different line ups, different positions and tactics and it is part of our long term to build the young players,” he noted.Meanwhile, his Zanzibar counterpart Hemed Suleiman was not carried away with the huge win, but says his players will build on it especially ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s ‘local derby’ against Tanzania Mainland.“Rwanda is a good team and beating them is a huge plus for us. This game is behind us but it gives us confidence to take a game at a time. We want to do well and our primary aim is to get to the semi-finals,” Suleiman said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘This is precious’: City eye fresh title glory

first_img0Shares0000Captain Vincent Kompany says this time Manchester City have the hunger to keep hold of the Premier League trophy. © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Vincent Kompany has warned Manchester City’s rivals that the Premier League champions won’t rest on their laurels as they aim to follow their record-breaking season with another title triumph.Pep Guardiola’s side swept to the title last term with a record 100 points, amassing more wins and scoring more goals than any previous champion in the Premier League era. Inspired by Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva, City’s eye-catching style earned comparisons with the finest teams in English football history.But no team has successfully defended the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009, while City were unable to maintain the standards of their 2012 and 2014 title wins in the campaigns that followed.City captain Kompany admits his team lacked urgency and desire in those failed title defences under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, but the Belgian has sensed a far more focused approach from Guardiola’s group.“Before saying anything or doing anything, you want to observe and see if you see the same mistakes which we’ve done previously,” Kompany said.“I’ve got to be honest, there was a feeling when we’ve won the league previously, you came back in to the training sessions and everybody was a little bit less intense, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed.“Teams that actually wanted it more could hurt us. I came in to training this time and it’s completely different.”With Guardiola saying he is still “starving” for more success, there appears to be little chance of a City letdown.They have already made a positive impression ahead of the new campaign by winning the Community Shield with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.That was the perfect preparation for Sunday’s Premier League opener at Arsenal and Kompany added: “Number one, we realise this is precious and we want to hold on to it.“Number two, we went into the game with Chelsea – we lost two Community Shields before – and this was a strong Chelsea team. We played really well against them and that, for me, is a great sign.”– ‘Of course we can improve’ –City were so strong last term that Guardiola has needed to make only one major close-season signing — landing Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a £60 million deal.And City defender Kyle Walker epitomised the squad’s hunger for more silverware by cutting short his post-World Cup holiday to return to training ahead of the Community Shield.Walker had just two weeks off following England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, but he said: “I had the option if I wanted to come back later I could, but I wanted to be involved.“I left Manchester City at the end of last season in a good place and I wanted to pick up where we left off. I’m not resting on this. It is a short career. I want to win as much as I can win.”Manchester City started the season by winning the English Community Shield and manager Pep Guardiola says he is ‘starving’ for more success. © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONGuardiola doesn’t expect City to beat their points record this season, but with a first Champions League crown also in their sights, the Spaniard is determined to keep driving his players towards greater heights.“People say, ‘Can you improve on 100 points?’ – I say no. We are not here to do that,” Guardiola said.“But individually the players can improve. Of course we can improve. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say, ‘OK, I leave’.“We believe we can do better, dominate more and we will try to do it. Is it going to happen? I don’t know but we believe we can do it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal line-up v Sunderland – Attacker out as defender demands better from Gunners

first_img Per Mertesacker recently said Arsenal were not at their best 1 1 Per Mertesacker’s candid comments following Arsenal’s last-gasp 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League may be a refreshing approach in light of his club’s current struggles, but for Gooners it is not be exactly what they want to hearing at such an important time of the season.“Football-wise, we lack a few things,” the German said. “The passing game is not as efficient as last year. We are not at our best, we have to admit that. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder.”Mertesacker and his lacklustre team-mates have the ideal opportunity to take a step in the right direction though, as they take on a Sunderland side coming off the back of a mauling at the hands of Southampton last time out.While boss Arsene Wenger will be racking his brains how best to do that, he’ll have to do it without a handful of key personnel. Thankfully Jack Wilshere is not injured, but the England man misses out through suspension, while Laurent Koscielny also remains sidelined, with Wenger commenting: “I hope that after the next international break he will be available again. Before that I don’t think so.”There was some good news on the injury front for Arsenal however, with Theo Walcott edging ever-closer to his long-awaited return. The England international has been absent since January, and while he has been back in full training for the last fortnight, this weekend’s clash against the Black Cats looks to have come too soon.“He has to get used to contact again,” Wenger said about Walcott. “He has been out for nine months. It was a big injury and it takes time to settle so he has to get used to being kicked again.”Mesut Ozil also offered some encouragement on his own situation, uploading a picture of himself in the gym, but his continued recovery from knee problems means the German international will be out of action until the end of the year.Below is how Arsenal could line-up against Sunderland: Following David Ospina’s injury, Wojciech Szczesny is almost nailed on to start in goal, although Wenger may opt for consistency and start Damian Martinez again.Arsenal’s continued struggles for personnel in defence means he will likely continue in the starting XI, despite Mertesacker’s confessions, and his central partner is an area of contention, with Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers the only real choices.Should Chambers get the nod, then it leaves youngster Hector Bellerin to fill in at full-back.Wilshere’s suspension means that should Wenger will likely partner Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey in central midfield, although there is every chance that the Welshman will be used in a more advanced position.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s bit-part role this season suggests that Wenger does not view him as ‘ready’ to warrant a regular starting berth, but given the lack of options and players in form this would be the perfect opportunity to give the England man a run-out.Arsenal fans, what do you think needs to change at the club? How do you think you’ll line-up against Sunderland? Comment below…last_img read more

DONEGAL CHILD RAPE SUSPECT FREED ON BAIL DESPITE OBJECTIONS

first_imgA MAN facing three child rape allegations in Co Donegal has been bailed in the North – despite objections from the authorities here.Roy David Cochrane, 42, from Loughmuck Road in Omagh, appeared in court in Belfast on the foot of extradition warrants.Cochrane denies all three charges and was bailed to appear again in court on January 18th to answer the charges. Lawyers representing the Irish Director of Public Prosecutions objected to bail, saying Cochrane had showed a reluctance to return to Donegal to face the charges. They also expressed fears that he would flee.A lawyer for Mr Cochrane said he strenuously denied the charges and had made strenuous efforts to deal with the matters against him.Judge David McFarland freed the Omagh man on £1,000 bail and ordered him to stay in the North and surrender his passport.DONEGAL CHILD RAPE SUSPECT FREED ON BAIL DESPITE OBJECTIONS was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 CHILD RAPE SUSPECT FREED ON BAIL DESPITE OBJECTIONSlast_img read more

DELIGHT AS PAUL RECOVERS AFTER HAVING SURGERY TO HELP HIM WALK

first_imgPaul is now recovering after having his operation in the US.An operation to help young Co Donegal boy Paul Doherty to walk for the first time has went well.Paul, 5, had the operation in Missouri, USA at around 9pm Irish time.His loving mum Anne-Marie posted a message of her Facebook page a couple of hours later saying “Paul’s out of surgery. Everything went well.” The operation marks a long road for young Paul from Killygordon.Born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair, his mum decided she wanted to give him the chance to walk one day.And following a massive €60,000 fundraising campaign which was backed by the people of Donegal, Paul’s dream is now on the verge of becoming a reality.When they landed in America, Paul’s family were told they would need to have a second operation next week. But that operation will only add to help Paul’s chances of taking his first steps alone.Mum Anne-Marie revealed “He (surgeon Dr Park) was very optimistic about Paul’s ability to walk with a walker after the operation and the 2 year physio program. He also said that he may even improve further in the future.“He did say that Paul would benefit from a slightly more invasive surgery and another smaller surgery maybe 10 days later. It will take longer to recover and return to his pre operative strength.“Of course it’s not what we wanted to hear but we are in the best place to get it done and it’s better to have the second operation now than have to come back again for it.”Paul is now in recovery and Anne-MArie has thanked all those across Donegal who have helped give her little battler a chance to walk to school one day! DELIGHT AS PAUL RECOVERS AFTER HAVING SURGERY TO HELP HIM WALK was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegaloperationpaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more