– the story of a woman pushed to suicide but survivedAthoy Neil is a strong, resilient, independent woman who has endured the worst, but used her experiences to help and motivate others.Athoy NeilNeil, 23, was born in Port Maria, St Mary, Jamaica, where she spent four years of her life before her grandmother took her to Kingston due to unfortunate circumstances.“My biological family could not take care of me. My mother wasn’t doing a good job and my father was always on the road or busy having other children,” she told All Woman. “My grandmother took me to Kingston because she once visited and saw me playing in torn underwear that she had seen me in a few days before. When she asked my mother why she didn’t bathe me, she said my clothes were dirty. She asked her to wash them and she said she wasn’t going to wash any pickney clothes in her husband’s house. So my grandmother took me and my clothing to Kingston.”But Neil said her grandmother became burdened with the responsibility of looking after her father’s children, so she gave up three of them for adoption. Unfortunately for Neil, she was among that number.“It was terrifying. I loved my grandma and didn’t want to leave. But I had no say, so I cried, hollered, and almost tore down the gate. Eventually I got over it and accepted the fact they weren’t coming back for me,” she said.Neil was adopted by her cousins and remained an only child until 2003, when her adoptive mother died and her adoptive father started having other children with his partner.For Neil, the chance of a family was great, but what she didn’t know was that some of her most harrowing experiences were on the horizon.“They got married, started having kids, and there were about five children in the house. But I was being abused sexually by my adoptive father,” she said.“The abuse started at age eight – mainly fondling, then a bit of oral sex and it went on like that until I was 12. By the time I reached 12, actual penetration started and another family member joined in by then,” Neil said.“Two things that messed me up about the situation is when I was 14 and my stepmother saw what was happening, I think she was in shock. He told her that he only had oral sex with me. As a woman you would expect that she would have been more protective, but in return, she never fed me for months. I had to save up my lunch money to eat and she cooked and washed the same for him. Then when I was 16 and I was on my cycle, I thought he wouldn’t trouble me, but he got a towel, placed it on the bed, got a condom, and had sex with me just the same. I thought if he could go that far, he wasn’t going to stop. He even told me that if I got married, when my husband wasn’t treating me right, I could come to him. I went to the bathroom, tried to wash it off and realised I couldn’t do anything. I looked for pills, took everything I could find, and wrote a note apologising for hurting anyone, as I was expecting not to wake up,” she said.But when Neil was awakened by cold water running over her, she realised her plan had failed and tried another route.“At age 10, I’d attempted suicide. I would cut myself with bottles, knives, just hoping to die. I would tell lies that I fell on the bottles. Now, the pills didn’t work so I tried using a rope to hang myself, but when I jumped off the tree, the rope was too long,” she said.At this point, Neil said she gave up on suicide and decided to speak out as she realised she was bottling everything in. As a result, she was removed from her home and placed in a girls’ institution, where she went through counselling until age 18.Today, her counsellor is still in contact with her and she said her experiences have made her develop strength of character that she has used to overcome and in turn help other people.“I don’t wear the badge of an abused person; I realised there must be a reason I’m around and I realised I’m going to get through this and do this by helping other people, which will in turn make me become stronger. Now I enjoy going into homes, talking to young people and mentoring them, that’s what I do,” she said.Neil, who originally had hopes of becoming a teacher or pathologist and who once worked as a recruiting officer in human resources, is now a Marketing Assistant at MegaMart and holds philanthropy close to her heart.“My passion is helping people and children and that is my weakness. I always think that if I can protect these children – the homeless, the abused – and look out for them so that they don’t have to go through the same thing I did, then I would have done a lot,” she said. She added that this heartfelt connection came to life after she cared for a friend’s baby for six months as the friend feared letting her family know she was a mother. In her spare time she enjoys music, writing poems and drumming. Also a nature lover, she holds fast to the saying, “Let the good that I can do be done now, because I may not pass this way again.”“I’m on this journey, helping people personally and professionally,” she said. (Jamaica Observer)
International music icon Akon has officially launched the ‘light to learn’ initiative geared towards tackling sustainable energy and education in Africa.Akon said the coming of the ‘Light to Learn’ project in Liberia will bring about investment in sustainable energy and education to prepare the nation for a brighter future. “The lack of sustainable power and the poor state of education in Africa affects everybody but with this new initiative we intend to help solve that crisis,” he said during a press conference in Monrovia. “‘Light to Learn’ will bring about the use of clean and affordable solar energy that will in return make school use modern technology that will support teacher and students. “We believe that through the use of affordable solar energy, schools, teachers and students in Liberia will have easy access to digital libraries which contain hundreds of books.” The singer further said that as part of his commitment to the project known as ‘Akon Lighting Africa,’ Solektra International will be the one providing all the solar energy needed for the initiative.“Africa’s future hangs around the youthful generation, but without quality education, which is the center for development, the future will not be prosperous,” Akon said.He explained that it is impossible for a country to have a quality educational system without reliable energy supply, adding, “this is the reason Akon Lighting Africa is working with Bridge International Academies to close the gap.”“Every child deserves a better future with a good learning environment; and ‘Light to Learn’ is here to make that happen. And it is our prayer to continue operating in Liberia right after the pilot phase,” Akon said.‘Light to Learn’ is a new movement formed by Bridge International Academies. Along with ‘Akon Lighting Africa,’ it aims to highlight and tackle the energy and education crises in Africa through innovative solutions and powering communities around Bridge Schools.In a brief remark, Shannon May, co-founder of Bridge International Academies, said ‘Light to Learn’ will help solve Liberia’s energy and educational crises by bringing solar energy and creating suitable learning environments for learning.She added, “We want to change the daily lives of family and children through ‘Light to Learn’ by making solar energy available and accessible in communities we work.“In order to have a powerful society and a good learning environment that will foster development and innovation, light, sustainable energy and education should be prioritized – and this is exactly what Bridge is doing.”She noted that Bridge International Academies believe in gender equality, therefore they are encouraging parents to prioritize educating girls.Speaking at the dedication of the first solar light at J. W Pearson Campus, Education Minister George Werner appreciated Akon and partners for the initiative.“For sure this project will help solve some of Liberia’s energy and education crises. A nation cannot be better without having a reliable energy and a better educational sector. With your involvement in these two sectors, Liberia will be getting better,” Mr. Werner said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Northern Health is encouraging quitters through its “True North Strong and Smoke-Free” campaign.The Authority is offering up to $250 in individual grants to community organizations and schools to help decrease tobacco use.- Advertisement -Interested organizations can submit project proposals by Dec. 1. Projects can focus on various aspects of reducing tobacco usage such as tobacco hazard awareness or the issues surrounding second-hand smoke.Officials say past projects have included youth forums for discussing tobacco issues, multimedia displays and smoke-free promotions for public and private facilities. The Authority has given out more than $65,000 towards these projects over the past seven years.Applications can be found at www.northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/EnvironmentalHealth/TobaccoReduction.aspx
Derby have been looking for a new manager since Gary Rowett was lured away by recently-relegated Stoke.Lampard told Derby’s official website: “This is my first job as a manager, but I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board.“I know it won’t be easy — managing a football team never is — but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity.”Rowett led Derby into the play-offs at the end of last season only for Fulham to overturn a first leg deficit in their semi-final clash before going on to beat Aston Villa at Wembley.Lampard said his aim was to take Derby back to the Premier League for the first time since 2008, when the club finished rock bottom.“We want to build on the club’s top six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and academy talent we have at Pride Park,” added Lampard.After starting his career at West Ham, Lampard joined Chelsea and had 13 successful years at Stamford Bridge.He remains the club’s leading goalscorer with 211 goals and, as well as his hat-trick of Premier League medals, also lifted four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during a trophy-laden stay.His career came to a close at New York City — but he did return to England briefly, scoring against Chelsea while on loan at Manchester City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Frank Lampard won the Premier League three times playing for Chelsea © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 31 – Former England midfielder Frank Lampard is taking his first step into management by taking the reins at Derby County, the Championship club announced on Thursday.The 39-year-old, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, has signed a three-year contract at the second-tier English outfit two years after retiring in 2016.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe are officially single. The couple’s divorce was finalized Oct. 5, according to court documents. Witherspoon cited irreconcilable differences when she filed for divorce Nov. 8, 2006. The couple were married for seven years and have two children, 8-year-old daughter Ava and 3-year-old son Deacon. Witherspoon, 31, and Phillippe, 33, co-starred in the 1999 movie “Cruel Intentions” and were married that year. Their separation was announced last October. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWitherspoon won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in 2005’s “Walk the Line.” She can next be seen in “Rendition,” co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which is due out later this month. Phillippe’s screen credits include “Crash,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Breach.” Court documents confirming the divorce were first posted by the celebrity Web site CelebTV.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool have handed Jurgen Klopp a huge new contract at Anfield, but his next task is to cut the chaff on Merseyside.New signings Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane are in, but their German gaffer has got to trim his team if he’s going to add more stars to his squad.According to the Daily Mirror, eight men are set to leave the club but who are they and what’s the latest news on their transfers out of the club?Click the right arrow above to find out…CLICK HERE TO SEE KLOPP’S IDEAL LFC XI FOR NEXT SEASON 1. Joe Allen – Click the right arrow above to see which other stars could leave Liverpool this summer… (and click here to see Jurgen Klopp’s potentially ideal LFC XI for next season) – Welsh midfield maestro Allen may have had a good Euro 2016 and may be a cult figure at Anfield as he morphs into Andrea Pirlo. This, though, doesnt mean his place is assured on Merseyside and Sevilla have reportedly registered in his services, while Liverpool have also rejected an £8m bid from Swansea. 8 8 5. Luis Alberto – Signed for £7m in 2013, he made nine Premier League appearances before loan spells with Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna in the last two seasons. Sevilla, who have already moved for Joe Allen, are also keen on the Spanish attacking midfielder. 3. Mario Balotelli – It was always a risky signing but no one could have predicted just how dramatic his failure at Anfield would be. The Italian striker was, four years ago, a star of Euro 2012. Now hes a faded figure of his former self and likely to return to his homeland with his tail betwixt his legs. 2. Sergi Canos – The Reds have already accepted £2.5m bids from Bristol City and Norwich, after impressing with Brentford in the Championship last year. The Bees and Fulham also hold interest in the player and could rival the Robins and the Canaries for this signature. 8 4. Lucas Leiva – An excellent servant for the club who will be fondly remembered by supporters, Lucas time at Anfield is soon to be over. A nine-season spell is set to end this summer as Turkish side Besiktas move in to sign the player. 6. Christian Benteke – A £32m outlay on the ex-Aston Villa man looks like being put down as another waste of cash by Liverpool, just like club-record signing Andy Carroll. Luckily for the Merseysiders, the increase in transfer fees this summer means they should be able to get most of their money back, with Crystal Palace bidding for his services. 8 8. Martin Skrtel – Just like Lucas Leiva, nine-season veteran Skrtel is set to leave this summer. Joel Matip has joined the club on a free transfer while another centre-back signing isnt unlikely, leaving Skrtel facing an Anfield exit. Luckily Fenerbahce are already looking to sign him up. 8 8 7. Jordon Ibe – Although Ibe featured 41 times last season, the general consensus is he just hasnt kicked on as much as his potential suggests he could. With Jurgen Klopp packing his squad with proven quality, hes out of favour now and a £15m move to Bournemouth appears to be the best option for all parties. 8 8
Comhghairdeas uilig!We would like to thank all acts who performed at the Summer Variety Concert, and all those who helped out in any way, a great night was had by all!Naomh Muire were delighted during the week to have received notification that the club have received the highest number of votes of the store club competition being run by Lidl and the LGFA. This means that the club will receive €1,000 in funding from Lidl in due course. The club would like to extend their gratitude to everyone who has given their support in this competition. Naomh Muire Lotto 27/7/2016. Jackpot: €2480.Numbers Drawn: 8-11- 13-17. No Jackpot Winner.Two Match 3: Lorraine Boyle (Beal na Cruite) and Paul McIntyre (Rannyhual). Next Weeks Jackpot €2540And it’s true, if you’re not in, you can’t win!Naomh Muire 100 Club draw July€500: Danny Gillespie (Anagaire),€200: Eamonn Hanlon (Coilcheim),€100 each: Jackie Sharkey (Anagaire), Dara McShane (Coilcheim), Donal Sharkey (Coilcheim),€50 each: James McBride (Mín doire na Slúa), Michael Sharkey (Anagaire). Fixtures:Tuesday 2nd August:U16 Girls: Naomh Muire vs Naomh Conaill, The Banks at 7pm.Thursday 4th August:Minor Girls: Naomh Muire vs Naomh Conaill, The Banks at 6pm.Sunday 7th August: Reserve Division 2 League: Naomh Muire vs Naomh Columba, The Banks at 1.45pmSenior Division 2 League: Naomh Muire vs Naomh Columba, The Banks at 3pmNaomh Muire GAA summer variety concert a big hit was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:NAOMH MUIREsummer variety
gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings targets punished Tottenham fans will be watching closely on 1 September, as a win for South Korea earns Heung-min Son an exemption from his national service duties.Son was allowed to compete in the tournament by Spurs with the intention of securing the victory needed to avoid a stint in the military.Under Korean law, all men must do 21 months of National Service before their 28th birthday.Son turned 26 in July, is able to earn his exemption if he wins either this year’s Asian Games or the 2019 Asian Cup.The energetic forward, a £22million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, has helped Spurs finish in the top four of the Premier League for the past three seasons.Son’s previous club Bayer Leverkusen denied him the chance to play in the 2014 Asian Games, which South Korea won. Son is South Korea’s captain and will lead his team out against Japan in the Gold Medal match at the 2018 Asian Games REVEALED Having beaten Vietnam 3-1 in Indonesia, South Korea are one game away from winning the 2018 Asian Games.The team are into the final, but must play Japan for the gold medal, a team that reached the last 16 of the World Cup. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card smart causal gameday Most popular Tottenham news no dice Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January OFF Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Japan won a lot of friends at the World Cup when their fans remained behind after games in Russia to clean up after themselves.The team, meanwhile, were praised for leaving their changing room in immaculate condition following defeat to Belgium in the last 16, with a picture circulating on Twitter showing how spotless it was. There was even left note reading ‘thank you’ in Russian.
Wood Magic, the yacht at the centre of the mystery moored at Sheephaven Bay, Ard on Sunday. Photo by Moses Alcorn.Mystery still surrounds the discovery of an empty yacht found anchored just 100 yards off the coastline at Ards for the past ten days.The discovery of the yacht, named Wood Magic, has sparked a series of sea and shore searches on both Saturday and yesterday.There has been no trace of the skipper of the vessel who is believed to be from Inishowen. The scene at Ards, Sheephaven Bay, Donegal where the search has been launched for a missing skipper on Sunday. Photo by Moses Alcorn.Gardai joined the Mulroy Coastguard along with the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo as searches continued yesterday.Gardai were alerted to the situation by the man’s family on Saturday.It is now believed they are treating it as missing persons investigation.A dingy was found attached to the yacht by a rope raising suspicions that the man could not have made it to shore unless he swam. It is believed that further searches will take place today.But so far there has been no sign of the skipper of the yacht. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING SKIPPER AS YACHT MYSTERY DEEPENS was last modified: June 30th, 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:Ardsdonegalmissingsheephaven bayskipperWood MagicYacht
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I-75 Day 1 I-71 Day 1Montgomery County corn summary: This was a nice corn field. It had good plant health. The stand count was 31,000 with good stalks and very uniform spacing. There was GLS, anthracnose and common rust below the ear leaf. There was no insect pressure. The pollination was very good and the ears were filled to the end with a yield of 191 bushels.Montgomery Co. cornMontgomery Co. cornMontgomery County soybean summary: The beans were 33 inches tall in this nice looking field. It was about four inches to the first node. There was just a little bit of sudden death syndrome, but other than that there were no diseases or bugs. They were late planted and could definitely use another rain or two.Montgomery Co. beansGreene County corn summary: There was some GLS and some rust above the ear. There was anthracnose three leaves up. There was no insect pressure. The roots and stalks looked good. We found a harvest population of 30,500. It was planted on May 28. We found a yield of 177 bushels. It has a ways to go with the late planting. There is a little tip-back.Greene Co. cornGreene Co. cornGreene county bean summary: Canopy height was 32 to 36 inches and the first node was at four inches. We saw a little frogeye and brown spot, but not bad. There was no insect pressure and some small pods. Today’s rain will really help. These were planted at 155,000 on May 27.Greene Co. beans Warren County corn summary: The corn is very tall. It was planted June 1 and 32,500 seeds were dropped. Today’s stand count was 26,000. The potential yield is 164. The biggest thing hurting the field is severe anthracnose leaf blight. It is the worst we have seen. We also found corn earworms feeding on the kernels. The anthracnose is a real issue. If the disease progresses the yield will go down.We found earworm working on the kernels.The anthracnose in this field was severe.Warren County soybean summary: The canopy was a good 50 inches tall and they were thick. They were about 10 inches to the first node and they were starting to lodge. They planted about 170,000 on May 16. They were podded up pretty well for as tall as they were and they were still adding pods. Rains today will really help. There was no real disease pressure or insects.The beans were the tallest we’ve seen in Warren County.The beans across the drive are double-crops, some of the nicest we’ve seen.Butler County corn summary: There was some anthracnose and some N deficiency up three leaves. There was no insect pressure. It was planted on April 20 with a population 34,000 and a current stalk count of 32,000. The yield looks to be about 182 bushels. This is as far along as any corn we’ve come across.Butler Co.CornButler Co. cornButler County soybean summary: These were in 15-inch rows with a drop of 155,000 on May 26. These are tall beans at 46 inches and the first node was at six inches. They were healthy with some brown spot and sudden death and a little frogeye. There was some Japanese beetle feeding. There was good pod set from top to bottom. With their height, some are already starting to go down. Overall this is a good field of beans.Butler Co. beansButler Co. beansPreble County corn summary: This was planted April 18 with a seeding rate from 32,000 to 38,000 and the harvest population was 25,000, which hurt the final yield estimate. It was tall corn with good stalks and good roots. There were large gaps in some rows. Above the ear leaf we found common rust, GLS and NCLB. There was anthracnose leaf blight two to three leaves up. Fungicide did hold off he rust. There was some N deficiency. The yield is 176 bushels.Preble Co. cornPreble Co. cornPreble County soybean summary: There is a 36-inch canopy with the first node about six inches up. There was no insect pressure and disease pressure was very limited. They were planted on May with a 160,000 and they were well podded with nice beans in the pods. These were good to excellent, closer to excellent.Preble Co. beansPreble Co. beansDarke County corn summary: This was planted April 18 with minimal disease and a little green snap. There was no insect pressure and ear fill was good. There was a population of 33,000 and a yield around 175 bushels.Darke Co. cornDarke Co. corn Darke County soybeans summary: This was a really nice field planted May 18 in 15-inch rows and a 155,000 population. Weed control was excellent and the plants are very healthy with nodes close together and podded heavily from the ground up. They still need rain to help them form. There was minimal disease and a 36-inch tall canopy. There was a fungicide application that kept the diseases in check. The overall rating is excellent in some of the best beans we’ve seen. The standability was excellent as well.Darke Co. beansDarke Co. beansMercer County corn summary: This field was replanted and the population was at 33,000. We saw a lot of issues in this field: GLS, common rust, anthracnose, silk feeding, and varying degrees of pollination with the first crop and the replanted crop. We found a155-bushel corn yield here and there are many gaps and spindly stalks. We saw fall armyworm working from the tip down the ear. We also found zipper ears missing two or three rows. There was maybe 7% or 8% of ears not developing correctly due to corn smut and that will also be a factor in the yield.We found fall armyworm in the Mercer County cornThere was a fair amount of smut and some fall armyworm damage in the corn, Mercer County soybean summary: Canopy height was 28 inches and the first node height four inches. There was a fair amount of brown spot, some frogeye, and around 20% of the plants had a leaf or two with chemical injury. There were many small pods with beans just starting to form that would benefit from a rain. This is a fair to poor field.There was some frogeye in the beans in Mercer County.We found chemical injury in Mercer County. Auglaize County corn summary: There was a 32,000 count for this April planted field. There was some common rust and a little anthracnose. There were some suckered stalks and the girthy ears were well filled. We found a 215-bushel yield here.Auglaize Co. cornAuglaize Co. corn Auglaize County soybean summary: This was a nice field with drilled 7.5-inch rows. The pop was 180,000 and they were standing well. They were planted April 27. This is a very healthy field at 38 inches tall with a first node five inches from the ground. There is some brown spot, SDS and the first frogeye we’ve found. Fungicide and insecticide have been applied. There was some Japanese beetle feeding, good root development and nice pod set from bottom to top. The field was uniform with excellent yield potential.Auglaize Co. beansAuglaize Co. beans Miami County corn summary: This is a very healthy field with good height and a population of 32,500. We saw a little GLS and common rust. We found anthracnose leaf blight that was very evident and there is some potential for stalk rot this fall. We saw some green snap here too. We found a yield of 201 in this nice field of corn.Miami Co. cornMiami Co. cornMiami County soybean summary: The soybean canopy was 37 inches and six inches to the first node. Disease pressure was light and there was a little Japanese beetle feeding. They were planted April 18 with a population of 165,000. They look good for 2.8 beans with good to excellent yield potential.Miami Co. beansMiami Co. beansShelby County corn summary: There was a population of 34,000 with some green snap problems, maybe 5% to 8% damage. Other than that, the corn was healthy and green with no N deficiency. No diseases or insects and ear fill was excellent. We found a yield of 200 bushels, but considering the green snap, a yield of 185 is probably more accurate.Shelby Co. cornShelby Co. cornShelby County soybean summary: It is very impressive when you look at the field. They are tall and green but they aren’t going to yield. They are 42 inches tall but the first pod above the ground is 9 inches. There are Japanese beetles actively feeding and there are not good clusters of pods and nodes are far apart. Yield potential is just fair in this field that looks really good from the road.Shelby Co. beans