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first_imgA time will come when reason prevails over West Indies cricket. Right now, despite the discomforts being aired, we are champions of the world three times over. That’s no mean feat.Mere weeks after victory in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies took two titles in the space of just a few hours at the T20 World Cup on the weekend. Those wins didn’t come easily. The men’s innings rode on the back of good bowling, a stable innings of 85 by Marlon Samuels and a swashbuckling finish by Carlos Brathwaite.Sunday’s double dominance can’t gloss over the problematic issues that attend West Indies cricket. It can’t, by itself, heal the cracks of trust that are evident. It doesn’t even guarantee that a great Test team will emerge soon with a blend of veterans and debutants from the Under-19 team, even though anything is possible.It does, however, reassert the region’s potential for greatness in cricket. Twenty20 isn’t Test cricket, but when one nation can win three world titles in a matter of weeks and two on the same day, it shows that there is definitely something worth saving.JUST AS VALUABLEFor many, these three victories are just as valuable as triumphs over England and Australia in Tests. As offered in the space recently, the Under-19 success provides hope for the future. Our women, led by Stafanie Taylor, look set for a long reign among the world’s best.The quarrels are reminiscent of the street protests in Sydney by Jamaican athletes in 2000 when Merlene Ottey replaced Peta-Gaye Dowdie on the team roster for the Olympic 100 metres. Then, as now, frustrations bubbled over and led to an airing of dirty linen in public. Instead of celebration, sanction is the watchword.When the dust settles, one hopes that all will agree that eligibility to play for the West Indies will rest on participation in regional tournaments with some concomitant flexibility to allow the professional cricketer the chance to make some money elsewhere, while it is there for the taking.In the meantime, this is still a time for celebration. Even in the turbulent aftermath of the big double, the image of our women and then our men dancing happily with the World Cup trophies are inspiring.Combined with the recent Under-19 success, it is a sign of how great we can be in cricket.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.last_img read more

Lightning Kills Couple in Bassa

first_imgIn Hoegbahn Township, District #2, near the SOS Children’s Village in Grand Bassa County, an evening hour lightning has reportedly killed a couple, the Daily Observer has gathered.The deceased are being identified only as Mr. and Mrs. Kweh.According to the information, the incident occurred recently about 5p.m. following a sudden rainstorm precipitated by violent lightning that struck to the disbelief of locals.An eyewitness only identified as John, informed the Daily Observer that prior to the death of the couple, community leaders had conducted an investigation between the late Kweh and one of his relatives (not named) in connection with the mysterysurrounding the disappearance of few ounces of gold.The resident revealed that during the interrogation, it was observed that the relative of Mr. Kweh, had reportedly disclosed being in possession of a little quantity of gold.One of the elders, who formed part of the investigation said the late Kweh’s relative confessed that he gave the quantity of the gold to the late Kweh for “safe keeping because his fellow gold miners had threatened to unmercifully tie and brutalize him if he failed to produce the gold he allegedly got from Camp No Way in the district.He said the owner of the gold told the investigators that thereafter, the late Kweh fled the scene with the gold and went to his village where the lightning reportedly struck and subsequently killed him and his wife.The deceased have since been buried. They leave to mourn their losses unspecified number of children and other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPF to focus on proper use of roadways

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is in the process of launching Road Safety Week 2018, aimed at paying key attention to the use of the roadways by pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers.Speaking with media operatives, Deputy Superintendent Dennis Stephen related that the activity will be launched on November 25 to save as many lives as possible.“On the 25th of November, we will be launching our Road Safety Week with the theme: ‘stop accidents before they stop you; be alert, accidents hurt’.”His advice to all road users is, “We’re imploring all road users to use the road with care, observe the traffic and that will be able to save lives on our roadway.”The United Nations is known for its observance of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on the third Sunday in November. On that day, the National Road safety Council of Guyana will be hosting a walk in tribute to those who wouldA damaged car following a recent accidenthave died.Coordinator Ramona Doergen indicated that this day is also celebrated to acknowledge medical personnel and first responders who are tasked with providing services at the scene of an accident.“It’s not just for people that die on the roadway. It’s for people who go out on the crash sites, the media, Police [and] doctors. We want to encourage persons to come out under the theme “Roads have stories, let’s make it happy endings,” she said.The GPF had disclosed that up to October 11, 2018, there were a total of 90 road fatalities, with September accounting for a shocking 22 deaths.There were decreases in serious, minor and damage accidents, with 31.5 per cent (184 cases against 269 last year), 46 per cent (21 against 405 cases) and 27.1 per cent (526 against 722) respectively.However, pedestrians were once again named as the main category of road users killed, with 31 such persons having lost their lives at the end of September. Car occupants followed with 20 cases, then pedal cyclists with 15 cases, and motorcyclists with 11 cases.Four drivers were killed and one pillion rider, while two minibus occupants and two persons towed on bicycles also lost their lives on the roadways.The Police chose to highlight that speeding continues to be the major contributing factor to road accidents, causing 36 of the fatal accidents that occurred during those nine months. This is trailed by inattentiveness with 16 cases, drunk driving with 12 cases, pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles with eight cases, and one case of failure to confirm to road sign.These alarming numbers gives an additional reason why persons should adhere to traffic signs and obey speed limits on Guyana’s roadways.last_img read more

Monkey Mountain youths to benefit from lapidary training in Brazil

first_imgTen youths from Monkey Mountain, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) have embarked on a one-month training in Boa Vista, Brazil, for the Lapidary project, the first of its kind in Guyana.The youths, five males and five females made the journey to the neighbouring State of Roraima, Brazil, to commence the final stage of preparation at SENAI, a highly recognised technical institution in Brazil, before putting on their white robes in their state-of-the-art laboratory on home soil.Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who is the brain behind this sustainable economic livelihood project, said the Government has full confidence in the indigenous youths and is not afraid to invest in them.The Minister said since ascension to office in 2015, the Government began to place special emphasis on hinterland development, particularly the youths, in an effort to ensure they become less dependent on handouts as was the custom.Minister Garrido-Lowe thanked SENAI for its partnership with the Government of Guyana on this life-changing initiative and is confident that this initiative will benefit the Guyanese youths.Consul General for Guyana in Roraima and other Northern States of Brazil, Shirley Melville noted that in 2018, Guyana and Brazil celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations and remains confident this will continue for many more decades to come.In thanking SENAI for making the course a reality, Melville stated that “We appreciate this very much and with this very big project in front of you, it has to be successful. It must be all about teamwork, and you have to realise also that it reflects very well on behalf of SENAI. So together we will make this a very successful project”.Speaking through an interpreter, Director of Professional Education CFP, SENAI Jamili Vasconselos, encouraged the youths to capitalise on acquiring all the knowledge possible over the duration of the course, while also taking the opportunity to learn more about what the institution has to offer. She said SENAI’s doors remain open for future pursuits.Following the first day of training, one of the beneficiaries, Joanase Stanislaus, said “It was real good, the impossible became possible. When we started classes it was like how do we begin our work and by listening to the teacher we were able to know what to do with the equipment and how to use it”.Another student, Samuel King, said “When we started the training we see something we didn’t expect to see when we had the tour. The lesson was really good, we learnt a lot of things yesterday like how there are plenty precious stones, and diamond that we think was the highest one was at number seven and two or three of the precious stones are found in Guyana and in my region”.Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art lapidary facility, once operable, will produce jewellery, ornaments and exotic pieces of furniture using semi-precious stones which can be found in abundance on the plains of the Pakaraimas.This project is also intended to promote the village’s tourism prospects with an additional component added where tourists will be afforded the opportunity of participating in a “semi-precious stone hunting expedition”. This will allow them the opportunity of choosing their own piece of semi-precious stone and their own designs which will be produced to order back at the lab.Kato, Kurukabaru, Maikwak and Tuseneng are on board with the project and will be supplying semi-precious stones to the Monkey Mountain Lapidary, among them are crystals, amethyst, volcanic jasper and agate gemstones, adding value to the product.Monkey Mountain, or the village’s traditional name, “Wandike” is home to more than one thousand residents and is nestled beautifully in the North Pakaraima Mountain Range and lies seventeen hundred feet above sea level. Its main economic activity is subsistence farming, hunting and fishing.last_img read more

Over 1,000 sugar workers re-employed – GuySuCo Chairman

first_img…says another 200 to be re-engaged, agreement with DDL for molasses implementedBy Samuel SukhnandanWhile it remains impossible for everyone to be re-employed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), there are immediate plans to rehire some 1200 workers in various categories at the remaining estates.This disclosure was made by Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL’s) Special Purpose Unit (SPU), Colvin Heath-London, who told this newspaper in an exclusive interview that this move is being made asGuySuCo Chairman, Colvin Heath-Londonthe divestment plans continue to take shape.“The SPU operations, in conjunction with GuySuCo, will be able to employ directly and indirectly in excess of 1000 people. In the following weeks, we will have additional employment at Enmore and SPU estates, around 200 factory workers, harvesting and agriculture staff,” he explained.But what is also driving this re-employment initiative is that GuySuCo, through the SPU, now has to deliver on an agreement signed with Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) to produce molasses.Heath-London explained that the alcohol industry in the entire Caribbean is in a predicament because of the hectic hurricane season experienced last year and previous years before that.“A lot of plants in the region have been damaged, and also GuySuCo provided most of the molasses for these plants in the region. With us closing the three estates, we basically cut the raw material source for a lot of plants in the Caribbean. It also puts DDL in a crisis mode where it needed raw material,” he stated.DDL and the SPU entered into an agreement wherein DDL is to advance the SPU in a collaborative effort to produce the molasses that it wants. DDL has a shortfall that exceeds 27,000 tonnes of molasses.Heath-London said, “We are hoping, from our operations at both Enmore and Skeldon, that we will be able to fulfil this gap. DDL will be advancing the cost for the molasses production, which we collectively used to do the production.”The SPU is also tasked with finding investors for the three estates closed last year, as well as Wales Estate, which stopped grinding at the end of 2016. There are over 70 expressions of interest for the three closed estates.PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which is critically involved in the privatization and divestment process of the sugar industry, is mainly responsible for the valuation of all GuySuCo assets.The SPU head said that while PwC is a little ahead of its schedule, the unit is currently preparing the information memo to send out to prospective investors and ask them to send fixed proposals.“We have already gone ahead and started to sell as real estate the staff compound at Wales Estate. I must say it was oversubscribed. We were heartened by the response that the market gave,” he said.The privatization process, according to Heath-London, is well on stream, with several major agro- and agriculture-based companies showing serious interest in the Wales Estate.It has been recently reported that, through the Chamber of Commerce in Delhi, India, several Indian companies have indicated interest in investing in the local sugar industry, or acquiring assets therein.The SPU has also been able to secure a syndicated bond worth $30 billion to assist with the revitalisation of GuySuCo. Heath-London said the loan has been acquired at good rates, with several banks participating. The Trinidad-owned Republic Bank is the major lender.The idea behind the borrowing of this syndicated bond is to assist the SPU with the reopening of the estates, to facilitate providing proof to potential investors that the estates are viable.Some 4000 sugar workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon were dismissed from their jobs following the downsizing of the sugar industry, which began to take effect in late 2017.last_img read more

Ace racer shot during robbery after Buju concert

first_imgMinutes after leaving the Buju Banton Concert at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence on Sunday morning, race car driver Kristian Jeffrey was shot to the right ear during a robbery in the vicinity of Agricola, Greater Georgetown.Ace-racer, Kristian JeffreyThe young man and a friend were reportedly accosted and relieved of their personal belongings such as wallets, jewellery, mobile phones and other valuables.“A friend and I went to the Buju Banton Carnival Concert on Saturday night at the National Stadium, Providence. After the show, we called a taxi to pick us up from the Stadium, but owing to the heavy traffic, the taxi took a while. We then decided to walk to meet the car. In the vicinity of Agricola, we were accosted by individuals with guns, who proceeded to rob us of our possessions,” Jeffrey stated in a release to the media.It is not clear if the young racer and his friend put up resistance, but according to information received, one of the bandits discharged a round at him thus hitting his right ear. He was immediately taken to the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital, where he was treated and subsequently discharged.“I would like to thank the doctors who treated me immediately, and family, friends and well-wishers for their support during this time,” the statement issued by Jeffrey added.The Police have since confirmed that a report was lodged and an investigation was launched into the robbery. Over the past years, a number of persons have been robbed in the area by gunmen.last_img read more

5 schools get grants for improvement

first_imgDesert Willow’s plan calls for addressing the areas of teacher training, teacher collaboration and providing services to students, Pitts said. The new money will help Desert Willow start new programs such as a math remediation program and AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-prep program that targets middle-of-the-road students, Pitts said. The schools must achieve “significant growth” of at least 10 points on the Academic Performance Index over three years and positive growth in two of the past three years that they participate in the program. Schools that fail to improve will be required to undertake further corrective action to improve student achievement. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Five Antelope Valley schools are among more than 400 statewide to split $101 million from a state program to help low-performing schools. Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles elementary schools in the Keppel Union School District; Mariposa School in the Lancaster School District; and Desert Willow Intermediate in the Palmdale School District will be getting more than $1.2 million from the High Priority Schools Grant program. “We are very excited about this grant. This grant will help us improve our performance without a doubt,” Desert Willow Principal Thomas Pitts said. Last year the five schools received $50,000 each in High Priority funds to develop plans to improve student achievement. This year’s grants will allow the schools to implement the plans. Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles will get $116,000, $255,200 and $208,800, respectively; Mariposa will receive $299,600; and Desert Willow, $336,000. Schools with approved plans would receive $400 per student per year for up to four years. This round of High Priority Schools Grant funding is intended to help schools in the bottom half of the state’s Academic Performance Index ranking from 2005. The grants provide additional resources to target student performance. “These grants are designed to help tens of thousands of additional students in low-performing schools,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said. “This much-needed money will help schools implement effective action plans and provide critical resources to help students succeed.” last_img read more

No. 1 Ohio State demands respect

first_imgNo. 6 West Virginia 31, No. 25 Rutgers 3: West Virginia kept its BCS hopes alive with yet another win over Rutgers in New Jersey. Steve Slaton ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Pat White rushed for 156 yards and a score as the Mountaineers dominated the Scarlet Knights for their 13th straight victory in the series. Slaton went from sideline to sideline on a spectacular 38-yard run that gave West Virginia (7-1, 2-1 Big East) the early lead, and he scored on second-half runs of 1 and 6 yards to bury Rutgers (5-3, 2-2). White also threw for 144 yards, highlighted by a 51-yard screen pass to Slaton to set up a TD. Connecticut 22, No. 11 South Florida 15: Andre Dixon ran for a career-high 167 yards and Connecticut used a late goal-line stand to upset South Florida at UConn. It was the program’s first win over a ranked opponent.The victory keeps UConn (7-1, 3-0 Big East) in sole possession of first place in the Big East, and all but assures the Huskies of the first Top-25 ranking in school history. South Florida (6-2, 1-2) was ranked No. 2 just two weeks ago, but has lost two straight. Dixon ran for 115 yards in a rainy first half, helping UConn build a 16-0 lead. The Bulls came back in the second half and cut the lead to 19-15 in the fourth quarter, before a 20-yard Tony Ciaravino field goal with 5:19 left make it 22-15. The Bulls reached the UConn 2 late, but Greg Robinson tackled quarterback Matt Grothe for a 10-yard loss and then Grothe’s fourth-down pass sailed out of the end zone. No. 12 Kansas 19, Texas A&M 12: Brandon McAnderson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Jayhawks improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1909. Todd Reesing went 21-for-33 for 180 yards and the Jayhawks’ fifth-ranked defense did the rest, holding the Aggies to 127 yards and six first downs through three quarters. A&M gained 191 yards in the fourth quarter, after the Jayhawks built a 19-0 lead. Kansas improved to 4-0 in the Big 12 for the first time, snapped a seven-game losing streak to A&M and won in Texas for the first time since 2001. The Jayhawks have reached eight victories for just the 12th time in school history. The Jayhawks held the Aggies’ fifth-ranked rushing offense to 56 yards through three quarters. No. 13 Missouri 42, Iowa State 28: Lorenzo Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone at the start of the second half, giving Missouri breathing room and momentum in a Big 12 victory at home over stubborn Iowa State. The Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) were four-touchdown favorites against the downtrodden Cyclones (1-8, 0-5), but gained a season-low 366 yards. Backup Alexander Robinson had 149 yards on 21 carries with a 37-yard scoring run for Iowa State.Devin McDoell had a 25-yard interception return. Mississippi St 31, No. 14 Kentucky 14: Wesley Carroll threw for two touchdowns and Mississippi State forced a season-high six turnovers in the second half to upset Kentucky in Lexington. Kentucky (6-3, 2-3 SEC) has lost two straight since knocking off then-No. 1 LSU in triple overtime. The Homecoming loss to the Bulldogs (5-4, 2-3) likely knocks Kentucky out of the SEC title race. Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson was sacked three times and threw three interceptions. Tennessee 27, No. 15 S. Carolina 24: After all the complaints about Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, the Vols are in position to play for a conference title again. Daniel Lincoln kicked a game-tying 48-yard field goal with 5 second left, then provided the only points in overtime, and Tennessee recovered after blowing a big lead to upset visiting South Carolina. The victory, coupled with No. 20 Georgia’s victory over ninth-ranked Florida earlier Saturday, puts the Volunteers (5-3, 3-2) atop the SEC’s Eastern Division. Coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks fell to 6-3, 3-3. No. 17 Texas 28, Nebraska 25: Jamaal Charles ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns of 25, 86 and 40 yards and finished with 290 rushing yards to carry Texas to a win at home, sending the Cornhuskers to their fourth straight loss.Nebraska has lost four in a row for the first time since 1961, another black mark for beleaguered Coach Bill Callahan, whose future with the Huskers beyond this season is in the hands of former Huskers coach and interim athletic director Tom Osborne. For Texas coach Mack Brown, the win was a milestone – No. 100 with the Longhorns. Nebraska (4-5, 1-4) led, 17-9, to start the fourth quarter behind two touchdown passes from Sam Keller to Nate Swift. Then Texas discovered it had a running game and Charles gained 216 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. No. 19 Michigan 34, Minnesota 10: Mario Manningham had five receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a victory-sealing touchdown early in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan pull away at home. The Wolverines (7-2, 5-0 Big Ten) have won seven straight since opening the season being stunned by second-tier Appalachian State and getting routed by Oregon. The Golden Gophers (1-8, 0-5) have lost eight of their first nine games for the first time in 15 years. N.C. State 29, No. 21 Virginia 24: Daniel Evans threw for a career-high 347 yards and three touchdowns, two to Donald Bowens, to lead North Carolina State past visiting Virginia, which was going for a school-record eighth straight win. Bowens finished with 11 catches for 202 yards for the Wolfpack (3-5, 1-3 ACC), who snapped a nine-game conference losing streak. Jamelle Eugene ran for 112 yards and Jameel Sewell threw for 260 yards and two scores for the Cavaliers (7-2, 4-1) before leaving the game with a leg injury with about seven minutes left. No. 23 Auburn 17, Mississippi 3: Brandon Cox threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Rod Smith in the final minutes and Brad Lester rushed for a career-high 96 yards, helping Auburn hold on at home and avoid another down-to-the-wire finish. Patrick Lee set up the drive with an interception in the end zone for the Tigers (6-3, 4-2 SEC), who were coming off a last-second loss at No. 3 LSU. The Rebels fell to 2-7, 0-6.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We couldn’t stop them,” Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. “That was a good football team and they played really well.” Several Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0, Big Ten) earlier this week complained they weren’t getting enough respect despite their No. 1 ranking in the polls and Bowl Championship Series standings. Penn State (6-3, 3-3) was only the second ranked team Ohio State has faced. A crowd of 110,134, the second-largest in Beaver Stadium history, was quieted quickly and the Buckeyes went on to their seventh double-digit victory. Ohio State has won 19 straight Big Ten games, tying the mark set by Michigan in 1990-92. ETC.: Penn State safety Tony Davis had his appendix removed Friday. From news services Maybe now No. 1 Ohio State will get the respect it’s looking for. Todd Boeckman threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Wells ran for 133 yards, leading the visiting Buckeyes to another easy victory, 37-17, over No. 24 Penn State Saturday night. The Buckeyes’ vaunted defense didn’t play up to its typical stingy standards, but it didn’t need to be at its best with Boeckman on a roll and Ohio State’s massive offensive line dominating. last_img read more

Why Inter Milan will make a new approach for Real Madrid star Luka Modric

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Remembering the time Newcastle turned down the chance to sign ModricDuring his time at Juventus, Marotta helped bring some of the world’s biggest players to the club – such as Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.Juve are hopeful that the Italian’s experience of dealing with Real will help them broker a deal for Modric in January.The club’s owners have set aside money for the move and it will be left to Marotta to seal the deal.The 61-year-old’s new job title has not been confirmed, but he is expected to focus on the footballing side of affairs. Current Inter CEO, Alessandro Antonello, will then be left to deal with business matters.Marotta’s official announcement and unveiling is likely to be made this week. moving on IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Marotta helped bring the likes of Ronaldo to Turin Modric in action during Real’s humiliating El Clasico defeat to Barcelona at the weekend Latest Transfer News RANKED targets LATEST Getty Inter Milan will make a renewed approach for ex-Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric in January after hiring football supremo Beppe Marotta.The San Siro club tried to sign the Croatia international in the summer, but they were knocked back by Real Madrid. The European champions informed Inter the 33-year-old was not for sale and talks broke down in August.Inter remain big fans of Modric and they are now ready to return for him during the January transfer window.According to Tuttosport, in the next few days the club will announce the arrival of Marotta – who has left his role as CEO of Juventus.The 61-year-old will bring with him a wealth of experience, not least in transfers and negotiations. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal man who was adopted as a child has tracked down his birth father’s family.Churchill man John O’Donnell wrote a moving article for earlier this month detailing his 55-year search for his birth mother.Now John has revealed that his search for his birth father has now also proved successful. And although he is dead, John has discovered he has a half-sister and eight half-brothers in Co Cork.In another moving article for today, John tells how he plucked up the courage a few days ago to call his half-sister and break the news to her.John’s previous article is here:, in his own words, is his moving update: My Journey of Hope and Heartbreak….the Final Chapter!By John O’Donnell (Cotter)Recently I opened my heart to the world  about my long and often painful search to find my birth mother, a search that has taken many twists and turns, setbacks and disappointments but after 55 years was to have a conclusion of sorts. After many years of searching, I discovered my birth mother had died in 2005 and  sadly  I was to be denied meeting her in this world.Perhaps if I had taken another path or commenced my search earlier I might have been able to meet up with her. On the other hand, perhaps she did not wish to make contact, as was her apparent wish in the  short terse note which I had received from her in 1996. I will never know the answer ….I can only speculate and try to think how I would have reacted if faced with this stark choice.A secret carried for so long and kept from so many, especially her own family…I understand fully how difficult this would have been for her. So many times my mind has travelled to my birth place in a Mother and Baby Home in Bessborough in Co Cork and how she must have felt at the time and the predicament she found herself in. She was to have a child out of wedlock ….. the terror that must have been in her heart in the harsh and unforgiving Ireland of the 1950s.I hope I was forever in her thoughts, her firstborn child. I know from recent discussions with my sister that my mother was a kind and loving woman and I know  that occasions like my birth date, Christmas and other family occasions  like 1st Communions etc must have been  particularly difficult times for her.Sadness tinged with joy as along the way I discovered I had two long lost half brothers and a sister living in England and America as my mother had married  very soon  after I was born and had borne four more children. Unfortunately, one of these children a little girl named Bernadette Mary died aged 7 months.As I penned my earlier report, I stated that the jigsaw was not completely finished, I had one last  important piece to slot into the puzzle …who was my father? How do I explain that burning obsession to uncover one’s past?  Only another adopted child  can fully understand that need and determination … eats at your soul day and night. It’s every child’s birthright to know about their parents, their roots and their  beginnings in life. An adoptive child’s rights are just as important as any other child…’Cherish all children Equally’. Little did I know at that time of writing, I was to find out his identity very shortly afterwards!My story got a lot of media coverage both in Donegal and throughout the country. I stated in my story that I thought my father was still alive,  however I was to be proved very wrong in this assumption!Things happened very quickly!  A distant cousin who heard/read my story and had   knowledge of the identity of my father contacted Michael Cotter, the administrator of the Cotter Family website.  Michael in turn contacted me with the name of my father  and further information regarding my birth father’s family.It was common knowledge in the Inchageelagh area that my mother and father were in a relationship but due to work commitments my father had moved some distance away to live with relatives.Last Saturday 25th February 2012 began as an ordinary day in my ordinary life, a beautiful day in early Spring,  but before the day was over I would have made contact and spoken to my paternal half sister in Co Cork. The previous day I had  discovered my birth father lived in a small village in Co Cork and was dead for a number of years.However, he had a family of eight sons and one daughter  .   I had a name and some details so’ taking the bull by the horns ‘I made discreet enquiries and within a short time had ascertained  the name of my half sister . With trepidation I dialled the number I had been given and a lady answered and identified herself.  I knew immediately I was talking to my half sister .  Shaking with nerves, I explained my purpose for calling her  and feared rejection with my preposterous story.   But she was very forthcoming  and most interested when I said I was making enquiries about her late father.I now had to inform her of my identity and to say she was shell shocked and overwhelmed was an understatement!  However, when she had recovered from the shock of my announcement she was delighted to have another brother and welcomed me warmly to her family. A simple phone call and the 55 year mystery of my parentage  and the mystery of my birth I had struggled so long to solve was unravelling!She informed me she would be contacting the rest of her siblings with this stunning news and I should expect contact from them in the near future. All my half brothers with the exception of one are living in Ireland in various locations around the country.How do I describe my feelings at this news ? In the space of a few minutes I had acquired eight half brothers and a half sister. I wasn’t expecting this great news so quickly and so sensationally. I had resigned myself to another long and arduous search for my father’s identity.But this piece of news took my breath away and I must admit I was overcome by my emotions for some time afterwards.The following day  four of my half  brothers made contact with me and all welcomed me with open arms in to their family. One of my half brothers is currently in Keyna doing voluntary work. By this time the initial shock had worn off and we swapped stories about our respective families. I referred them to my earlier story  and photos of myself and all agreed that I very much resembled my late father.  Another comforting thought!  It was one of my brother’s birthday on that day as well ….once again another coincidence in this journey of mine!  Out of respect to my new found family I am not prepared to reveal their identity at this particular time but perhaps later and with their approval all will be revealed.My mind whirled with conflicting emotions but as the day passed and the wonderful news sunk in, a certain peace and calm descended on me. Nobody’s path through life is without obstacles but mine seemed to be longer than most and at times  particularly bumpy. For so long I had been sorely troubled about what I considered the unfortunate hand life had dealt me. But I had accepted my fate a long time ago and got on with life  although this proved very difficult at times. But I never gave up on my search for my parents although life got in the way at times.But I finally had the answers  and closure I yearned for, and the last piece of the jigsaw slotted perfectly  into place. My life is  no longer in turmoil,  My mother and father are no longer an enigma…. I have finally found that inner calm and a wonderful assurance that we will meet when there will be no more sorrow, no more pain.For some time now I have felt this niggling need to write about my experiences so that it might be a help someone somewhere…perhaps give them the confidence to undertake a search of their own.  And what a story it has become! Nothing is impossible in this technologically advanced world of ours any more.  Information is only a click away!I will be eternally grateful to Michael Cotter who helped me in my search and provided me with the links that set me on this journey of discovery  and eventually led me to this happy day in my life. To my adoptive brother Patrick, I owe so much. My big brother,  he has always been a constant in my life since my adoption and he and his family have been so supportive and encouraging to me every step of the way  in my long and oftentimes frustrating search for my roots.   My adoptive mother continues to cling to life in a nursing home and she is my main priority in my life  at present.  I will always be indebted to her and my late father for providing me with a warm and loving home when I was in desperate need of one.My journey will finally come to an end this year after I have visited the graves of my Mother , my Father and baby sister Bernadette, The void in my life has been filled even though it has not had the happy ending I hoped for.But with my identity and my past no longer a mystery I feel complete and my path in life ahead is clear.© John O’ Donnell. (cotter)ADOPTED DONEGAL MAN: ‘AFTER 55 YEARS I’VE FOUND MY FATHER’S FAMILY’ was last modified: February 29th, 2012 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:ADOPTED DONEGAL MAN: ‘AFTER 55 YEARS I’VE FOUND MY FATHER’S FAMILY’last_img read more