Free counseling available to help you deal with COVID-19 concerns

first_imgDES MOINES — As Iowans continue grappling with the effects of the pandemic, many are taking advantage of free remote counseling made available through the state.Teresa Zilk is a media specialist for the COVID Recovery grant. She says counselors can help Iowans build coping skills as coronavirus-related disruptions continue.“There’s just a lot of anxiety about what’s gonna happen next,” Zilk says. “So many people have been impacted in terms of no longer having employment. Even farmers are having difficulties. You have parents who are home with children more than they were before.”Zilk says they want to reach Iowans from all walks of life — those who lost their jobs, are now constantly home with their families, people with disabilities, and Iowans struggling with anxiety surrounding the uncertainty.  “It’s requiring a different set of coping skills for everybody,” she says. “So we’re there to give them different types of coping skills and strategies to help reduce the sense of loss and stress that they’ve experienced.”Spanish language services are available and counselors can also refer people to other services. Any Iowan can seek free confidential counseling at the website:, or by calling 844-775-WARM.last_img read more

Celebrating 100 Years of Library Service in Olympia

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryAt the heart of strong communities, libraries provide a jumping-off point for exploring the world.One-hundred years ago this October, Olympia’s first permanent public library, now Olympia Timberland Library, opened in the Carnegie Building in downtown Olympia. Here are some highlights of the festivities planned for Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Dream Library Showcase: Putting a personal stamp on a community celebrationArtists and dreamers are invited to create the library of their dreams, in any format – painted, drawn, built, as a collage, or in 2D, 3D, photo or video. All artwork will be included in an exhibit at the public celebration on October 4.  Submissions should be dropped off at the Olympia Timberland Library by Friday, September 26 at 6 p.m.On October 4, library lovers can stop by the popular “zine-table” to write or draw a fond library memory, or a reflection on why libraries are important. These personal statements will be captured in a commemorative zine (self-published magazine) that will become part of the next 100 year’s history.Public Lecture at the Olympia Timberland LibraryThe Olympia Public Library opened in October 1914, a manifestation of a broadly held belief that libraries are a civic necessity. Branches, bookmobiles and programs sprang up quickly, serving people throughout Thurston County. The public is invited to learn more local library history on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. with local author and historian Shanna Stevenson. Stevenson is the former coordinator of the Washington Women’s History Consortium. Program support comes from the Olympia Historical Society and the Bigelow House. Refreshments will be served. This program will occur after regular library hours; no other services will be available.Celebration: Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.On centennial Saturday, the Library’s doors will open wide to welcome everyone to the festivities.  For more details on “day-of” programming and events, call the library at (360) 352-0595.All programs at Timberland Regional Libraries are free and open to the public.The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. For information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit read more


first_imgMcKinzie works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-19-19Bellafina likely Kentucky Oaks favorite works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-19-19Quick Questions with jockey  Aaron GryderWeekend Watch:  Weekend Action at Santa Anita Park StartingA Day in the Life: with Equine Therapist  Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkSejo worked 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-19-19Dr. Dorr (Outside) &  Show Me Da Lute work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-15-19 Zatter (Outside) &  Hot Sean work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-14-19FINISH LINES: When odds-on favorite Sturdy One rolled to a 4 ½-length victory in Friday’s second race, it marked the sixth straight winner for owners John Andersen and Jason Bailey, who campaign as Vindicate Racing. Trainer Andrew Lerner lost the seven-year-old chestnut daughter of Langfuhr via claim for $12,500 to Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Jockeys Flavien Prat and Brice Blanc have stakes engagements Saturday at Golden Gate Fields . . . Santa Anita offers four Easter Sunday Brunch packages on, while kids at The Great Race Place Sunday can revel in a fun-filled afternoon hunting 33,000 eggs in the Infield during the races. LA FORCE WORKS FOR THE GRADE II SANTA MARGARITA Roadster works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-20-19Game Winner (Outside) works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-20-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-20-19Pee Wee Reese (Outside) &  Kenjisstorm work 5 furlongs (D’Amato)River Boyne worked 5 furlongs (Mullins)  SANTA ANITA PURSES INCREASED $10,000 ON NON-STAKES BAFFERT ‘REALLY HAPPY’ WITH DERBY CONTENDERSTwo members of Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Trifecta, Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, each worked this morning for the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4.Roadster worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:13.60, while Game Winner went five furlongs in 1:00.80. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for both drills.“I’m really happy with them,” Baffert said with enthusiasm. “There’s always a lot of anxiety this time of year getting ready for the Derby, but so far, so good.”Baffert is seeking his sixth triumph in the Run for the Roses. In addition to Roadster and Game Winner, he also has Improbable poised to run in the first jewel of the Triple Crown, which he captured twice in the last three years, with American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify last year.Toss in favored Omaha Beach trained by Richard Mandella, and this year’s top four Kentucky Derby choices are based at Santa Anita, which was the home of four of the last seven winners–Nyquist, 2012; American Pharoah, 2015; I’ll Have Another, 2016; and Justify, 2018.LA FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH IN SANTA MARGARITA?La Force, who has faced the “nuts” in five of her last six races, all of them Grade Ievents, moves down a peg Saturday in the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth on the main track.One of the infrequent German-bred horses to campaign in California, La Force worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.60.“She seems happy and well,” trainer Paddy Gallagher said. “She needs to be.”Run as a Grade I race until this year, the Santa Margarita still smacks of that status in 2019, with the likes of Just a Smidge, Lemoona, Paradise Woods, Starr of Quality and Withholding Info likely to run this time around.Owned by Roberta and Ward Williford and California Horse Racing Board Chairman Chuck Winner, La Force is coming out of four straight Grade I races: the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, the Zenyatta, the Clement L. Hirsch and the Beholder Mile, having finished second in the latter two events.A five-year-old daughter of Power, she was fourth in the Santa Margarita in March 2017 and has earned $390,800 thanks to a 2-7-4 record from 23 starts, 20 of them in the U.S.GIFT BOX IN FLUID BREEZE FOR GOLD CUPSanta Anita Handicap winner Gift Box worked four furlongs early Saturday for John Sadler under assistant trainer Juan Leyva in 49.60 for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.“It was a gorgeous work this morning, really smooth,” Sadler said. “We’re a ways out from the Gold Cup but he looks perfect. It was about a 10 work, not because of the time, but just how he did it, very fluid, nice and relaxed. We were all smiles afterwards.”As for the three-year-old Nolo Contesto, who had been a Triple Crown hopeful early on, Sadler said, “we’re looking at everything; we haven’t made a plan yet, so it’s to be determined. He could go in the Affirmed Stakes here on June 16, he could go in the Pat Day Mile on May 4.“He could also sit around and see how the Derby plays out, so we have several options, including none winners of one. We’ll breeze him next week, then start focusing on something.”PURSES RAISED BY $10,000 ON EVERY NON-STAKES RACE AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have announced a significant purse increase for all on non-stakes races through the next six weeks. The purse for each non-stakes race will be increased by $10,000. The increase will go into effect Friday, April 26 through June 2. The program will be evaluated for the remaining three weeks of the spring meet, which extends through June 23.“We know the last few months have been tough on everyone especially our horsemen and owners, so working with the TOC we came up with an aggressive plan to boost all non-stakes purses for the next six weeks,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group. “This has also been difficult on our customers, and we are working hard to improve the product to thank them for their continued support.”“It’s important to all of California horsemen for Santa Anita to (finish) this meet on a strong note,” added TOC Chairman Nick Alexander. “We appreciate the purse supplements to be funded directly by The Stronach Group and welcome the opportunity to match those funds from the TOC purse account. This will result in over $1 million of additional purse money for horsemen at Santa Anita in the next six weeks. Our hope is this is the first step in returning to the traditional four-day-a-week racing program at Santa Anita for our horsemen and fans.”In addition to being the Southern California home to celebrate the Triple Crown races, the later part of Santa Anita’s spring meet is anchored by two big racing events: Memorial Day weekend featuring eight stakes races and closing weekend featuring seven stakes.MORA CELEBRATING 42 YEARS IN SO CAL RACING INDUSTRYWith fifteen dollars in his pocket and not much else, 18-year-old Leandro Mora spoke no English and possessed few marketable skills when he arrived at the Santa Anita barn of trainer Gary Jones in March, 1977. Jones, who would eventually earn induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, gave Mora his first shot at attaining the American Dream, some 1,630 miles north of his native home in the state of Colima, Mexico.“When I first came here, all I knew was that I wanted to try to get a job with the horses,” said Mora, 60, from Clockers’ Corner on Friday morning. “At that time, everybody wanted to work for Gary Jones because he had good horses and he won a lot of races. A friend of mine had a brother-in-law that worked there, so that’s how I got in. There was very little turnover, so there were no jobs available as a groom. So, I went to work walking hots and I just tried to learn as much as I could.“I worked for Gary for about seven or eight months and then I went to work for David Bernstein, which was a good opportunity for me. By this time, I was grooming horses and I learned a lot because we had quite a few cheaper horses. The most expensive horse we had at first was a $25,000 claimer and the rest were basically 10 or twelve-five (thousand dollar) horses. That experience taught me a lot about how to care for their legs and things like that.“I was very fortunate, because David knew how badly I wanted to learn English and he helped me. I did everything I could to learn it. I went to the adult education program at Monrovia High School for three months and I watched cartoons. I watched shows like I Love Lucy, The Young and the Restless, The Rifleman, Dukes of Hazard and I listened to the radio. Eventually, I started to pick it up and I was speaking pretty good English.”Five years after being hired by Bernstein, Mora found himself on the road.“I like to travel and Dave knew it,” said Mora. “He had picked up a big owner, named Paul Lerner. Dave went to some sales and bought some nice horses for him and in the summer of 1983, he sent me to Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, with five horses, all owned by the same guy. Being on my own, away from our barn in California, taught me a lot and made me better.”Following an eight-year run with Bernstein, Mora was hired by John Sadler, but lasted only three months.“John had a good barn and he treated me very well, but it didn’t work out. He had guys that had been working for him a long time and I guess you could say it just wasn’t a good fit for me, but it ended up being a blessing.”Hired on Dec. 24, 1986 by trainer Brian Mayberry, Mora would soon become an integral part of one of America’s most successful operations, one that developed top two-year-olds at an astonishingly successful rate.“I was ready to go to work, but Brian told me ‘Take Christmas Day off and you’ll start on opening day at Santa Anita.’ Brian and (his wife) Jeannie were family to me and not just with the horses, but life. They became like my adopted parents. I learned so much from them. They would never to go to two-year-old in training sales, they would go to yearling sales and look at 300 to 400 horses and buy maybe just two or three.“These horses got sent to a friend of theirs, Clyde Rice, in Ocala and then we would get 18 to 20 two-year-olds in March and April at Hollywood Park.  The Siegels (Jan, Mace & Samantha) owned most of our horses and Martin Pedroza won a ton of maiden races for us. I remember we won the Hollywood Juvenile two years in a row with Eddie Delahoussaye (1994, Altazaar and 1993, Ramblin Guy) and he also won the (1994) Kentucky Oaks with Sardula. It was pretty amazing, but we also won five Landaluces with 2-year-old fillies.”Mora ended a nearly 12-year run with the Mayberry family shortly after Brian succumbed to lung cancer on July 20, 1998. Following a 2 ½ year stint with trainer Tim Pinfield, Mora joined Doug O’Neill in 2001 and they were soon on their way to becoming a national juggernaut.“Doug and I hit it off right away,” he said. “Doug is a guy, if you know him, you can’t leave him. He truly appreciates what everyone does and he thanks them all. We think alike. If you have a good, happy worker, he’s going to give 100 percent to his stable.”In a relationship that now spans 18 years, Mora, as O’Neill’s chief assistant, has been a key factor in taking a number of training titles at all Southern California tracks along with tasting victory in a multitude of stakes, including the 2012 Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another, 2016 Derby with Nyquist, and five Breeders’ Cup wins spanning from 2005 through 2015.“When people ask me about the horses, I tell them they are everything. I love history and I’ve read a lot about the U.S. Cavalry and how they treated their horses. In those days, the horses got fed, watered and bedded down before the men did. Without the horse, they had nothing and that’s exactly the way it is here at the racetrack. We don’t exist here without our horses. We love them and we give them the absolute best care.“Every day on the racetrack with your horses is a fresh, new day. Every day is different.  The best achievement is winning a race, any race and knowing that you helped him win.”Although currently separated from his wife, who is the mother of their children, Roberto Carlos, 28 and Andrew Andreas, 25, Mora recently bought a home in nearby Glendora and is quick to acknowledge opportunities that have come his way since immigrating as a teenager.“My family has been so fortunate and we are very, very thankful to Santa Anita and the racing industry for providing the medical clinics that they have here. My wife and kids are still covered for everything and we also have been able to receive quite a bit of money for our retirement, thanks to a foundation that was set up many years ago.“I knew there were opportunities here in the U.S.A. that didn’t exist anywhere else. No other country in the world offers everyone, any race, color, the way of life we have here. As long as a person is intelligent, ready to work and is always in the process of learning and getting better, there are so many opportunities. A good listener never fails.”Here’s hoping Leandro Mora’s story is indeed heard, far and wide.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: GIFT BOX IN ‘GORGEOUS’ MOVE FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP TOP O’NEILL AIDE MORA IS LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM ROADSTER, GAME WINNER PREP FOR KENTUCKY DERBYlast_img read more

UP stuns La Salle in 5 sets, gets share of top spot

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines pulled off a stunner and stopped De La Salle’s winning streak with a five-set win, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justine Dorog said in the post-game press conference that their win needed heart, and play with heart they did.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Magnolia posts 1st win at expense of Meralco Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Stuck in a fifth set tit-for-tat until the 8-8 tie, the Lady Maroons managed to get a vital three-point lead, 11-8, after Jessma Ramos’ ace.Those three points of separation was of utter umportance for the Lady Maroons as they eventually held on to win their first game against the Lady Spikers since the first round of Season 79.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMae Luna and Jolina Dela Cruz may have exchanged kills that tied the set at 12-all, but the Lady Maroons had late tricks hidden in their bag.Diana Carlos found the opening to give UP the 13-12 lead, just before Luna overshot her attempt that put the Lady Maroons at the 14-12 match point. Dorog then ended it all with a soft off speed kill for the win that put the Lady Maroons in a share of the top spot with the Lady Spikers with 3-1 records.“The way you saw the game, it was a game of minds, courage, and aggressiveness, and at the end of it all I believe we are more aggressive than our opponents and that’s why we were able to win,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu.“La Salle is a strong team and they’re not a team that’s easy to beat, they’re strong because their discipline. So I think we’re more aggressive than them tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Suicide is not about unhappy people – TCV

first_img– says more research unnecessaryPresident David Granger has publicly pronounced, on numerous occasions, that ‘unhappy people commit suicide’ however non-governmental organisation The Caribbean Voice (TCV) believes the Head of State’s view on the matter is too simplistic, especially given his reputation as a scholar and researcher, and the fact that the country is nearing epidemic proportion.In a statement issued Sunday, the organisation said the President’s pronouncements give the impression that once someone is unhappy, they eventually commit suicide.But the NGO explained that had this really been the case, then the majority of the world’s population would have been committing suicide.“Yes, indeed people may be unhappy leading up to the act of finality but it is not the unhappiness in itself that leads to suicide; rather it is the factor or combination of factors that create the unhappiness and the agonising pain – physical, psychological, emotional – that drives suicide,” the statement read.Furthermore, TCV strongly believes that additional research on the causation of suicide in Guyana is really, at this point, unnecessary.President Granger, as well as other members of his government, have been emphasising the need for more research on suicide but the NGO believes that the factors that drive suicide have already been documented by various researchers.“Essentially these are abusive and dysfunctional relationships; teenage affairs and pregnancy; rape and incest; an inability to deal with problems and challenges (lack of coping skills) and/or unbearable pain – physical or emotional – which generally give rise to awful agony and depression, and feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, powerlessness and loneliness,” the NGO stated.In Guyana’s context, it highlighted that suicide has become normative, to a certain extent, and therefore is not only seen as a solution to life’s challenges but also as just another choice instead of a last, desperate option.Additionally, TCV observed that suicidal mindset is prone to copycatting – a practice referred to as the Werther Effect and catalysed by alcoholism; lack of empathetic communication and low levels of self-acceptance and/or feelings of inadequacy. That aside, TCV echoed the President’s call for a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders nationally in addressing this prevailing issue.Recognising that most of the groundwork on suicide prevention are being executed in Georgetown, the NGO underscored the need to reach into other communities and rural areas throughout Guyana, in order to include them in any suicide prevention campaign.“The approach must be multilayered and encompassing, so as to address all the factors. At the crux of this campaign should be a priority on an integrated healthcare system as advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with basic mental health training provided to all healthcare workers and other stakeholders; especially given that for many, depression precedes the act of suicide and also because individuals dealing with mental and physical health issues often end up committing suicide,” the group stated.Some additional measures include placement of counsellors in schools, which was supposed to have started since February; introduction of the Health and Family Programme in schools, especially focusing on social and empowerment issues including self-esteem, self-forgiveness and self-acceptance; bringing back the Gatekeepers Programme, hand in hand with a ‘Train The Trainers’ Programme so that every community can have eyes and ears that will act proactively to tackle suicide prevention and related issues; establishment of a support network to ease the effects of poverty, unemployment and under-employment, and that must include skills training for the young in a concerted and holistic manner rather than randomly and selectively; legal enforcement of laws (to include raising the age of consent to 18 and establishing a registry of sex offenders) to address abuse, especially partner and sexual abuse and mechanisms in place to help victims of abuse deal with the trauma and other effects of their abuse; putting in place measures to address pesticide suicide – the Shri Lanka Model or something similar; an ongoing campaign to develop self-esteem and coping skills; an ongoing education campaign to counter myths and misinformation and arm citizens with facts, information and suicide prevention strategies; measures in place, supported by legal enforcement, to curb alcoholism and drug use.TCV asserted that the bottom line is that there is neither the need to reinvent the wheel or expend huge sums of money.“A genuine collaborative approach, with inclusive planning, coordination, mapping and oversight, where volunteerism is a key facet, and entities at all levels can be incorporated, will make it not that difficult to implement these measures and maintain a national focus with respect to suicide prevention. The Caribbean Voice stands ready to lend its humble efforts to such an endeavour.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: Special One’s club-by-club record in pictures

first_img Real Madrid (May 31, 2010 – June 1, 2013) – Played: 178; Won: 128; Drew: 28; Lost: 22; Win percentage: 71.91; Trophies: Primera Division (2012); Copa del Rey (2011) 7 7 7 Chelsea (1st spell: June 2, 2004 – September 20, 2007) – Played: 185; Won: 124; Drew: 40; Lost: 21; Win percentage: 67.03; Trophies: Premier League (2005, 2006); League Cup (2005, 2007); FA Cup (2007) Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge of Chelsea ended on Thursday, just seven months after leading the London club to the Premier League title. The Portguese boss is the Blues’ most successful ever manager, having won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup.He leaves Chelsea 16th place in the Premier League, just a third of the way through the 2015/16 campaign. Here, talkSPORT brings you the manager’s club-by-club record, starting with his first managerial position, Benfica. Click the yellow arrow above to see his records in full!  SEE HERE – Ex-pros react to Roman Abramovich sacking Jose MourinhoSEE HERE – Where did it all go wrong for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea? A timeline showing how their disastrous season unfolded… Porto (January 23, 2002 – May 26, 2004) – Played: 127; Won: 91; Drew: 21; Lost: 15; Win percentage: 71.65; Trophies: Primeira Liga (2003, 2004); Portuguese Cup (2003); UEFA Cup (2003); Champions League (2004) Uniao de Leiria (July 2001 – January 23, 2002) – Played: 20; Won: 9; Drew: 7; Lost: 4; Win percentage: 45.00; Trophies: None Inter Milan (June 2, 2008 – May 28, 2010) – Played: 108; Won: 67; Drew: 26; Lost: 15; Win percentage: 62.04; Trophies: Serie A (2009, 2010); Italian Cup (2010); Champions League (2010) 7 7 7 Benfica (September 20, 2000 – December 5, 2000) – Played: 11; Won: 6; Drew: 3; Lost: 2; Win percentage: 54.55; Trophies: None Chelsea (2nd spell: June 3, 2013 – December 17, 2015) – Played: 136; Won: 80; Drew: 28; Lost: 28; Win percentage: 58.82; Trophies: Premier League (2015); League Cup (2015) 7last_img read more

Video: Tottenham starlet Alli nutmegs Liverpool midfielder Can

first_img1 England and Tottenham starlet Dele Alli Most England fans last night were celebrating a historic 3-2 friendly win over Germany after Eric Dier’s winner in added time.Some Tottenham Hotspur fans, though, were rejoicing about another statistic as Dele Alli’s rise to the top continues.The Spurs midfielder may have missed a sitter with the score at 2-2 but in the first-half the 19-year-old successfully added another nutmeg to his collection – and Liverpool star Emre Can was his victim.Picking up a neat pass from domestic team-mate Dier, he then gently nudged the ball between Can’s legs before scuttling away from his foe.According to Spurs Stat Man on Twitter, Alli has now taken his nutmeg tally to 24 for the season, while he grabbed another two in pre-season.You can see the brilliant nutmeg below…last_img read more

Gay TV writers share stage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While “Daniel” drew fire from Christian conservatives more because it featured a pill-popping Episcopal priest (Aidan Quinn) who has regular conversations with an on-screen Jesus, Kenny complained that in attacking the show, opponents made an issue of his sexuality. “If it was a straight guy writing about Jesus, they would have had less ammo,” said Kenny. “Sometimes controversy helps, but in this case, it didn’t help.” Some NBC affiliates yanked the show before NBC officially pulled the plug or never aired it at all. The network attributed the early cancellation to the ratings and not the controversy, which also included nearly all major advertisers bailing out on the show and a national boycott from the American Family Association. Chuck Ranberg, who was a writer and producer on “Frasier,” had a far different experience when he launched the short-lived ABC comedy “It’s All Relative” in 2003 featuring two gay dads who repeatedly clash with the boisterous parents of their daughter’s fiance. There were no boycotts, no lost advertisers but ultimately, there were no ratings. When “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry pitched his show to ABC a few years back, there weren’t any gay characters in it. But Cherry had always planned to have teenage sociopath Andrew Van De Kamp be gay and waited until the show was a ratings smash to avoid any sponsor defections and controversy. “Ratings are a really nice thing,” Cherry said this week. “I revealed he was a sociopath first, then I revealed he was gay. (Andrew) is perhaps the most empowered gay teen in the history of television. He’s gay and he doesn’t care.” Cherry was among the openly gay and lesbian television writers who participated in a Writers Guild of America panel Tuesday night, sharing their mixed experiences in Hollywood trying to create gay characters for their shows. Jack Kenny, creator of NBC’s short-lived “The Book of Daniel,” said his controversial show, which also included a young gay male character, was yanked off the air after just four episodes (six were shot in all) after being relegated to a Friday night time slot where it suffered low ratings. “We could have used a little controversy,” said Ranberg. “We were really under the radar.” Toni Graphia, a writer for the Sci-Fi Channel hit “Battlestar Galactica,” said that sometimes the resistance to gay and lesbian characters comes not just from the broadcast and cable networks or advertisers. When Graphia suggested a lesbian story line for the HBO series “Carnivale,” which chronicled the lives of a group of traveling circus performers in the 1930s, she said she was met with “some homophobia in my own writers room.” “It was like this big wall of resistance,” she said. “This actually got said to me: ‘Back in the ’30s, they didn’t have lesbians.’ I mean, we had midgets making love and all these crazy things!” All of the panelists are openly gay and opinions differed on what kind of impact that has on a career. “I don’t think we’ll ever know,” said Bob Lowry, creator of the Showtime series “Huff.” “I’d like to think no because I’m out everywhere. I think it might matter though.” James Duff, a director and writer of the TNT drama “The Closer,” said he believes acceptance of openly gay writers can change with the times, for good or bad. “We’re in a time where it’s OK and what they are looking for is really good shows because television has become a very competitive place,” Duff said. “You have to be able to tell a story, and if you can do that, I think they don’t care at all.” But Chris Alberghini, executive producer of the upcoming Tori Spelling comedy “So NoTORIous” on VH1, had a different view. “If you are gay, you can be typecast as a certain kind of writer,” Alberghini said. “They just don’t think of you for a certain kind of project. I think it can make a big difference.” For Graphia, participating in the WGA panel was the first time she had been out in such a public way. She received a prolonged ovation from the audience for taking that step Tuesday night and had only just begun to think about what impact it might have. “I’m not out, so when they asked me, my first response was, how did you get my name?” she said. “My friends said, ‘This is the year to be gay with ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and all. If you were ever going to do it, now is the time.’ The secret is out. If you invite me back next year, I’ll be able to tell you if I was discriminated against.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA new 5 week series of writing workshops will begin on Thursday Sept. 24th. The workshops will be from 7:30-9:30 at Carn Lodge, Ramelton.The workshops will be held in a comfortable, safe environment by Denise Blake, a facilitator who is highly experienced in working with beginners as well as advanced writers of all ages.Author Denise BlakePrevious participants said they felt encouraged and challenged to write creatively, and have continued with their work after the end of their course. The tutor, Denise Blake is a respected and published poet and writer. Denise is also a freelance facilitator in schools and works with groups of all ages. She is registered with Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme.For further information contact or 087-6486079WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL AUTHOR TO HOST WRITING WORKSHOPS was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DENISE BLAKEpoetWorkshoplast_img read more

Crested Cranes travelling 20 named ahead of CECAFA Championships

first_imgThe Crested Cranes are in group B of the competition. (PHOTO/FUFA)CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup 201916th-25th NovemberDar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe Federation of Uganda Football Association has announced the final 20 Woman Crested Cranes squad for the 2019 CECAFA Challenge Cup.Uganda will be part of the regional tournament that will take place from 16th to 25th of November, 2019 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.The squad was announced on Thursday morning via FUFA’s official website.It features three goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and six attackers.UCU Lady Cardinals’ goalkeeper Ruth Aturo is the team captain and she will be assisted by Bridget Nabisaalu (She Corporate) and Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves) as first and second assistants respectively.The team will travel to Tanzania on Thursday 14th November after completing over a week in camp at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.Uganda is in Group B alongside Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.On Sunday 17th November 2019, Uganda will play their first group match against Djibouti at Chamazi Stadium.The second game will come against Ethiopia on Tuesday 19th November before finalizing the group matches with a duel against rivals Kenya on Thursday 21st November at Chamazi StadiumThe top two teams in groups A and B will qualify for the semifinals.Final Squad:Goalkeepers: Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardials), Namusisi Joan (Isra soccer Academy)Defenders: Viola Namuddu (Makerere University), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals), Bridget Nabisaalu (She Corporate),  Eunice Ariokot (Olila High School )  Grace Aluka ( Kawempe Muslim SS Ladies FC), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens).Midfielders: Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC),  Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves),Harriet Nakuba (Kampala Queens), Amina Nababi (Makerere University), Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens)Forwards: Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves), Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)Uganda’s fixtures at the 2019 CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup-17th Nov  – Uganda Vs Djibouti-19th  Nov  – Uganda Vs Ethiopia-21st  Nov – Kenya  Vs UgandaComments Tags: CECAFA Women’s Championships 2019crested cranesFUFARuth Arturolast_img read more