93, a longtime Bayonne resident, passed on September 15, 2018. Born Vincenzo Bilotta in San Vito Sullo Ionio, Italy, “James” was one of six children. At the young age of 13 he immigrated to the US. Predeceased by his wife Jean of 70 years and his five siblings; he leaves to cherish his memory his children Joseph (Helene Johann), James (Diane) and Jean Capone (Gary); grandchildren James Bilotta (Stacey), Christina Betts (Bryan), Catherine Phillips (Ernie), James Bilotta, Linda Peterson (Mark), Gary Capone Jr., great grands Jenna, Joey, Brianna, Ashley, Carly Jean and Emily; and many more relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Catholic Relief Services by way of www.inmemoryof-memorial.org. Funeral arrangements by NORMAN DEAN HOME FOR SERVICES, 16 Righter Ave., Denville, NJ.
Ireland has sought solace in its poetic tradition to overcome the coronavirus crisis and provide poignant words of hope to tackle grief and the hardship of lockdown.Verse is ingrained in public health messaging, doorstep banners quote hopeful lines, and the state broadcaster rounded out news of one death toll with a lyric assuring: “Everything is going to be alright.””Poetry is just imbued in Irish society very very strongly and we turn to it at these kind of times,” poet Catherine Ann Cullen told AFP. Ireland has suffered a relatively modest 1,571 deaths from COVID-19 according to latest department of health figures.But it still faces a long road out of lockdown which began on March 28. A government scheme to reopen the nation will reach its final steps in August. Topics : Poetic politics In Ireland, poetry and politics have long been intertwined.The 1916 uprising which began the path to independence from Britain is often called “The Poet’s Revolution” after the number of artists involved.Now, poetry has become embedded in crisis officialdom — in political speeches and public health messaging, weighing them with a sense of gravitas.Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has replaced his usual understated rhetoric with poetic styling — borrowing heavily from the verse of Heaney.”These words have provided inspiration to many Irish people as we deal with this emergency,” he said in an April address to the nation.”They remind us that we are in this together, we can get through it, and better days will come.”Meanwhile, the work of President Michael D. Higgins — a published poet — has been embedded in adverts by Ireland’s health service imploring the public to “hold firm”.”Historically we’re a very poetic society,” explained Cullen.”People turn to poetry in times of crisis.” Crisis mantras In the opening weeks of the lockdown, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney’s promise of reward for endurance struck a chord across Ireland.”If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere,” was a message which appeared on handmade banners, scrawled on Dublin walls and multiplied on social media.Taken from an interview with Heaney in 1972, it referred to “The Troubles” over British rule of Northern Ireland which by its end in the late-1990s killed 3,500. In the current health crisis, the quote found new resonance.”It’s like a little meditation, it’s like a little mantra,” said Cullen, Poetry Ireland’s current poet-in-residence.”They give us kind of hope,” she said of such lines.One month into the lockdown, the Irish poet Eavan Boland died.That left fans to reflect on a body of work which also draws on Ireland’s difficult history, while offering solace in the present.Her 1994 poem “This Moment” was shared on social media as a memorial, sparking hope for those in isolation with its depiction of a neighborhood at dusk.”Things are getting ready/to happen/out of sight,” it reads. Remedying loneliness In April, Poetry Ireland partnered with charity Alone which supports solitary older people, many currently “cocooning” from the coronavirus.The elderly in lockdown were invited to request poetry recitals by phone from writers. Testimony from the event reveals the comfort taken by in the exchanges, where Boland’s work was a popular choice.”My aunt got dressed up and made up for the occasion and was completely delighted,” one family member said in feedback to the organization.In Ireland, memorized snippets of such poems can function like secular Bible verses — to be memorized and presented for their enduring wisdom and comfort.”For my mum it was also a complete thrill. Her reader read a fun one and a deeper one which really hits on how my mum is in the world,” the family member added.
Julia Poe | Daily TrojanThe scene in Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night looked like something out of a movie. Three college basketball players trudged off a plane and were immediately swarmed by an almost comedic band of photographers. With cameras flashing, the mob made it almost impossible for the young athletes to walk as they covered their eyes with their hands and tried to make their way out of the airport.The three athletes — basketball players from UCLA — were most likely robbed, in that moment, of the relief they were hoping to feel upon returning to the United States. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill had spent days under house arrest in China after shoplifting during a team trip for an exhibition game to Hangzhou. The trio was released only after a plea from President Donald Trump himself, a surprising move during the president’s trip to Asia.Wednesday morning was the first time that the players addressed the issue. They sat at a table, with statements before them, and kept their heads bowed as they slowly stumbled over their prepared apologies. They were guilty. They were sorry. They were thankful for the chance to grow from the experience.UCLA, in response, suspended them indefinitely.I was shocked when I read this punishment. An indefinite suspension? There are coaches in the country who suspend players for that long when they’re caught breaking basic team rules. As time went on, I became more and more dumbfounded by the lackadaisical response to such an egregious error. Yes, LiAngelo Ball is part of the infamous Ball family headed by cantankerous egomaniac LaVar Ball, and his father’s response to the whole affair was as stupid as can be expected. But that’s not the real issue here. I could probably let loose a book’s worth (or three) about the idiocy of the way LaVar has preened over the talents of both himself and his children, but I’m not writing a column about parenting. Instead, what I want to look at is the dangerous way that we raise athletes as a society of sports fans.These boys are only a few months out of high school. When they went abroad, they were representing both their team and their country, and they were tasked with doing this well. Instead, they broke the law and disgraced everyone whom they were representing. This isn’t a time for forgiveness; it’s a time for punishment.Let’s make this clear — an indefinite suspension means that these players can come back at any time. It means that head coach Steve Alford is too concerned with these players’ skills to be willing to suspend them for a whole season. He had to keep everything on the table. And it also means that UCLA, in allowing these players to remain as students, is also valuing them more because of their skills on the court.This happens all too often, and we’re aware of it to a certain extent. College athletes can rob convenience stores, punch out women in bars or beat their pregnant girlfriends until they are bloody and still earn places on NBA and NFL teams. These athletes are, in many ways, above the law.So perhaps what smacks so wrong in this situation is the fact that this isn’t just American law that athletes are now considered to stand above. These three young men were released from China and allowed to return to America mainly based on their standing as high-profile athletes. And now, the process will begin again — apology statements followed by short suspensions followed by standout performances on the court that somehow erase those past transgressions from our memories.This is a cycle that we must break. We can’t continue to allow young men to think that they are somehow above any law, including that of their own universities. If we have any hope of seeing young athletes become better human beings, fans and programs alike must begin to take more responsibility in the way they rebuke their stars.There’s still time for this wrong to be righted. The UCLA administration could step in, or the NCAA could strong-arm the program into a longer suspension or a harsher punishment. But if this is allowed to stand as it is, we will not make any progress going forward.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.
Funding granted for youth projects in the county worth more than €46,000 for was welcomed on Wednesday. Donegal Minister Joe McHugh welcomed the sanction that will see Foróige and Donegal Youth Service benefit.Speaking following the news, McHugh said: “I have seen first-hand the essential programmes that the quality staff and volunteers offer in these projects. “I’ve no doubt that financial support like this will help these services go from strength to strength.”The grants approved for staff-led youth projects and services include €19,752 for Donegal Youth Service; €18,695 for Foróige, Youth Development Project; and €8,401 Foróige, Youth Development Programme.Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “Youth services are brilliant at helping to support young people to develop skills, gain new experiences and build self-confidence.“I’d also like to thank the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone for her work to ensure that the Government is able to keep supporting such vital work. “People like Lorraine Thompson in Donegal Youth Service and all the teams in Foróige are a credit to their sector, going the extra mile to reach out to young people, giving them an outlet and helping them to find their voice and their path in life. I wish them all continued success and support from the Government.“Grants like these underpin the Government’s positive commitment to improving the quality of youth services because we know how much value they add to our communities.”More than €46,000 for youth projects in Donegal welcomed was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
The first resident of SA’s rhino orphanage is a five-month year old black rhino. The conservancy specially designed and built four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves can receive 24-hour attention. At the facility, limited human contact will be made as the rhinos need to adapt to the wild. Once the rhinos reach three years, they will be released into nature. The orphanage will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September.(Images: Howzit msn)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African National Parks +27 12 426 5000Cadine PillayWhile one plan – aimed at giving the next generation of South Africa’s rhinos a fighting chance – takes shape in the northern province of Limpopo, in the Eastern Cape it is bees that are getting busy in the fight against poachers.A rhino orphanage that will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September is set to give orphaned calves a new lease on life.The centre’s first resident, a five-month old black rhino, is believed to have been recently abandoned by its mother and left in critical condition. The youngster does not have a name yet, and is responding well to its handlers, from whom it receives 24-hour attention.According to conservationist Karen Trendler, the orphanage forms a vital part of the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, and once completed, will care for between 25 and 30 rhinos that would probably have otherwise died.“The poaching crisis that is currently causing lots of problems in the country is producing a large number of casualties in the form of traumatised and often injured calves,” she said.The facility will include four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves will receive 24-hour attention and can be treated in an incubator.Limited human contactThe point of the centre is that there will be no human contact with the calves, except for their handlers. The unofficial motto is ‘no tourism, no commercialism’, which means that the facility will not be open to the public as the rhinos need to be protected. This way they will also have a better chance of survival so that they can hopefully be released back into the wild at a later stage.As the calves become older, they will be moved into bigger and bigger areas until the age of three. This is when they will be released into nature, where they will continue to receive limited human contact, so they can successfully adapt to the wild. The calves might also be donated to breeding programmes around the country.“These calves need very specific handling in order to recover from trauma,” explained Trendler.She added that it is only when they can go back to into the wild, and can breed and rear their young successfully, that they can contribute to the overall conservation effort.South Africa is home to a large portion of the world’s rhino population, and according to the latest figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs, 281 have been poached in the country since the start of this year, meaning the total at the end of the year is likely to exceed 2011’s figure of 448.A decade ago only a handful of rhinos were falling prey to crime, but over the years demand for their horn has grown tremendously, and efforts to curb poaching have not been as effective as authorities would have preferred.Rhino horn has been sought after for centuries, particularly in some Asian countries, where they are believed to have healing powers for certain diseases, hence the rise in poaching.Bees get busyAnother effort announced recently takes a different approach to that of the Entabeni centre. Grade 9 pupils Louise Poole and Jamie-Lee Stone from Kingswood College in Grahamstown have come up with a creative way to keep poachers at bay – by training honey bees to hopefully put them off their criminal acts for good.Their idea won the girls a prize at their region’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, an annual event that showcases inventions and scientific discoveries by pupils in 28 regions around the country, with the best presentations going on to the national finals.The two won scholarships to study at Rhodes University for a year to further enhance their pioneering project, as well as a prize in the Best Project by Females category. They will present their project at the national finals in October.A handful of bees have been trained so far to detect kudu horn, as rhino horn was impossible to obtain – but the principle is the same – and the insects learnt to associate the smell of the horn with sugar water within 15 minutes.“Bees have a powerful sense of smell,” explained Stone. “They could track a grain of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”She added that it would be easy and cost-effective to transport bees to border posts, which are popular smuggling channels, where they could be used to detect smuggled rhino horn.The idea for the project took shape after a presentation at Kingswood by Dr William Fowlds on behalf of the Kariega Foundation, which lost one rhino named Themba in March. Another rhino, Thandi, survived a poaching incident around the same time. Fowlds told the pupils of Thandi’s brave fight for her life.
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has made one die-hard fan for life. The fan is none other than a young boy who Messi missed shaking hands with after Argentina’s match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. The missed handshake drew some negative attention for Messi.In this vine video, you can see the boy’s extended hand being left unshaken as Messi meets the match officials ahead of the match. The boy then steps back and walks away heartbroken.However, that’s not the full story. What happened after that is the story.The moment Messi missed shaking hands with the boy.After greeting the match officials, Messi went and shook hands with the mascots, albeit, a different mascot.However, there was some cheer for the heartbroken mascot as Messi later tracked him down and put things right with a picture-something that the young boy is going to cherish for life.And this is how Messi made up with the boy – by posing for a photograph with him.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rice demands West Ham response against Sheffield Utdby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Declan Rice wants to see his team put in a great performance against Sheffield United.The Hammers were disappointed to lose out against Everton on Saturday in the early kickoff.But they know that getting back to winning form is crucial if they want to challenge for a European position in the league.”We know we need to perform better than we did at the weekend,” Rice explained to the club website. “You have to be honest and it was shocking, we let the fans down, we let ourselves down.”We reviewed the game and watching it back was tough because we all know we’re not those players. We could have played so much better. That’s in the past now, we’ll look forward to Saturday because there’s no better way to get over that than another game at home when we’ll try to get the three points.”One win puts us back towards fifth, sixth position. We need to stay positive and we need everyone behind us on Saturday to be that twelfth man and push us on.”Sheffield United have performed well – they’ve beaten Arsenal, drawn with Chelsea, narrowly lost to Liverpool so we know it’s going to be tough for us. “But we’re the home team on Saturday and it’s massive that we go out there and put on a performance. Especially after the Everton game it’s going to be key that we get three points.”