Let’s build on the success – Wilson

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Let’s build on the success – Wilson

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:  Jamaica last night ended track and field competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with 11 medals, including six gold – matching its best-ever gold medal return at an Olympic Games, but technical leader Maurice Wilson is warning that there needs to be continued support to ensure that the country’s success continues. The island’s 11-medal campaign matches the Beijing 2008 returns and falls one short of the 12 that were won in London four years ago, but Wilson, who hailed the athletes and the support team of coaches and medical personnel here, underlined the importance of proper investment in the country’s track and field development. “I think the team of athletes and management staff represented Jamaica extremely well. We would have surpassed, in terms of gold medals what we did at the 2012 Games, and that was our primary objective. The fact that we have garnered 11 medals shows the power of our people and of our athletes, and I am extremely pleased,” Wilson told The Sunday Gleaner after Jamaica’s double silver in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays last night inside the Olympic stadium. “We need to invest more in terms of the youth camps, in terms of giving assistance to the various institutions that have been turning out the athletes and coaches – G.C. Foster College, University of Technology and the University of the West Indies – and try to improve in our collegiate structure,” added Wilson. “We see where the clubs are playing a great role in providing the athletes, so we have to make investments in those areas. We cannot sit back. INVESTING “We see countries such as Japan, China, Bahrain, and so on, investing and doing well, so it’s important for us to build on the success of the past by building a strong path for the future,” he added. “The base has been laid and we have to build on the successes that have been enjoyed over the years.” Wilson noted that there were some challenges along the way, but that the management team did well to resolve the issues that arose. “I am here to make sure I resolve all disputes in the interest of the country. Anything that will make the athletes do better, I am here to provide that sort of assistance,” he said.last_img read more

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BEING ATTACKED IS THE NUMBER ONE FEAR FOR OLD PEOPLE IN DONEGAL, SURVEY SHOWS

first_imgLiving in fear of being attacked as well as financial and health worries top the list of concerns for older people across Donegal, a local survey has shown.A personal alarm is recommended for elderly people across Donegal.The research was carried out by the local Good Morning Service which provides a daily phone call service to hundreds of elderly people across the county.Recent attacks on the elderly are a major concern of those interviewed by the group which has centres in Buncrana, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Letterkenny, Lifford, and Burtonport. The Good Morning Service co-ordinator, Frances Browne, said they are trying to reassure the elderly people of Donegal that help is at hand.“Our team of volunteers provide a supportive, friendly voice that reassures our clients that, thankfully, these robberies and break ins are not widespread. We let them know there are measures they can take to make their homes as safe as possible.“We will be sending our Spring Newsletter to our clients in the next few weeks, and it will provide helpful information (from An Gardai) about carrying out a security check on your home.“In Donegal, there are many excellent community groups who provide personal alarms to people over the age of 65. We work with them daily, on behalf of our clients, to ensure they each have a personal alarm,” she said. The service supports over 400 older people in the county, with over 120 volunteers making more than 900 calls to them per week.The calls are made at an agreed time and can be daily or once a week, depending on the preferences of the client. The service also advocates for older people and refers clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns.In Inishowen, the service also provides the Friendly Face Befriending scheme that matches a volunteer with an individual who feels isolated or vulnerable, alongside the Care & Repair service offering older people help with home maintenance; light repair work; shopping; transport and social services.The three issues of most concern to those surveyed include:• Personal safety worries, particularly fears in relation to burglaries, break ins and attacks on older people around the county. Some older people say they can’t sleep at night with worry about the attacks. The Good Morning Service works to ensure older people have a panic alarm and helps resolve any telephone problems. • Personal health difficulties, in which the Good Morning Service regularly supports older people in contacting or travelling to appropriate health professionals, as well as regularly talking with older people who are lonely or isolated.• Financial concerns, such as the difficulty of making ends meet on a pension; the high cost of prescriptions; and the challenge of staying warm when fuel is now so expensive.The calls are made at an agreed time and can be daily or once a week, depending on the preferences of the client. The service also advocates for older people and refers clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns.The Good Morning Service has centres in Buncrana, Donegal Town, Falcarragh, Letterkenny, Lifford, and Burtonport. The Service supports over 400 older people in the county, with over 120 volunteers making more than 900 calls to them per week.In Inishowen, the service also provides the Friendly Face Befriending scheme that matches a volunteer with an individual who feels isolated or vulnerable, alongside the Care & Repair service offering older people help with home maintenance; light repair work; shopping; transport and social services.If you are over the age of 60, and facing any of these issues, remember you are not alone. You can contact the Good Morning Service for support:• The Good Morning Service’s phone call with a volunteer offers a chat, advice, referral to supports, or a chance to talk about any concerns you might have.• The Service is free and available to anyone over the age of 60 living in County Donegal.• To register for the service, contact the Buncrana office on 074-9321598‪‪074-9321598‬‬.Would you like to support older people in Donegal?• Contact 074-9321598‪‪074-9321598‬‬ if you are interested in volunteering.• You can also help by making time to talk, and listen to, any older person who might be feeling lonely, isolated, or needing support. Just a smile and the offer of a chat can make a big difference in the life of someone who is living alone.BEING ATTACKED IS THE NUMBER ONE FEAR FOR OLD PEOPLE IN DONEGAL, SURVEY SHOWS was last modified: March 14th, 2014 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:attacksdonegalfearsGood Morning Servicesurveylast_img read more

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