BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEWS

first_imgSATURDAY, APRIL 23BOURNEMOUTH 1CHELSEA 4GOALS: BOURNEMOUTH: ELPHICK 36. CHELSEA: PEDRO 5; HAZARD 34, 90; WILLIAN 71.Last season’s Footballer of the Year, Eden Hazard, scored his first Barclays Premier League goals of the season at Bournemouth. Cesc Fabregas assisted in the first three goals, with Pedro and Hazard giving Chelsea a two-goal lead. Tommy Elphick’s header gave the Cherries hope but Fabregas set up Willian for the Blues before Hazard, who scored 19 goals last season, added his second.LIVERPOOL 2NEWCASTLE UNITED 2GOALS: LIVERPOOL: STURRIDGE 2; LALLANA 30. NEWCASTLE: CISSE 48; COLBACK 66.Newcastle boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League by coming back from 2-0 down to claim a point at in-form Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge’s goal after 76 seconds and Adam Lallana’s finish meant the Reds were cruising at the break. But Papiss Cisse headed United back into contention early inthe second half before Jack Colback pulled them level with a deflected shot.MANCHESTER CITY 4STOKE CITY 0GOALS: MAN CITY: FERNANDO 35; AG¸ERO PEN 43; IHEANACHO 64, 74.Manchester City prepared for their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with an impressive win over shabby Stoke. Fernando headed the hosts in front from a corner before a Sergio Ag¸ero penalty, awarded for Ryan Shawcross’s foul on Kelechi Iheanacho,doubled the lead. Iheanacho, just 19, added the third from close range, then the teenager added his second.ASTON VILLA 2SOUTHAMPTON 4GOALS: VILLA: WESTWOOD 45, 85. SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 15; TADIC 39, 71; MANE 90.Dusan Tadic scored twiceas Southampton eased past relegated Aston Villa to keep alive their faint hopes of European football. Shane Long headed Saints’ opener before Tadicdoubled the lead. Ashley Westwood pulled one back for Villa, before Long again set up Tadic for the third. Westwood swept in his second before Sadio Mane headed in in injury time.SUNDAY, 24 APRILLEICESTER CITY 4SWANSEA 0GOALS: LEICESTER: MAHREZ 10; ULLOA 30, 60; ALBRIGHTON 85.Leicester registered their best win of the Barclays Premier League to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points. Second-place Spurs face WBA at home on Monday night; if they don’t win, Leicester can win the title at Manchester United next weekend. Leonardo Ulloa, in for suspended Jamie Vardy, headed in after Riyad Mahrez’s near-post finish before poking home. Marc Albrighton wrapped up the win by driving in a fourth.SUNDERLAND 0ARSENAL 0Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone with a deserved point against an uninspiring Arsenal. Both sides had penalty appeals for handball denied and Patrick van Aanholt struck Arsenal’s post with a free kick. Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone had to be sharp to keep out Mesut Ozil’s free kick and Alex Iwobi’s follow-up.last_img read more

Argentina heads for World Cup, but hurdles still lie ahead

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is also on good form despite being a reserve at Manchester United. Defenders Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado and Marcos Acuna have similarly earned praised for their performances.Coaching changesSampaoli was the team’s third coach during qualifying, with the former Chile and Sevilla manager taking over four months ago after Edgardo Bauza was fired. Bauza stayed on the job for only eight matches, after succeeding Gerardo Martino.Argentina never used the same starting lineup twice in its 18 matches, a statistic which many believe has made it less effective as a team and more reliant on the individual talent of Messi.Now Sampaoli has eight months to find the right partners for Messi and help him claim soccer’s most coveted trophy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LiAngelo Ball center of attention at UCLA media day 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Quito, on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Juan RuizArgentina was in trouble until the final round of South American qualifying for the World Cup, and needed Lionel Messi to seal his country’s place at soccer’s global showcase.Now comes the really difficult part.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Given Argentina’s World Cup tradition, the 3-1 win earned against Ecuador with Messi’s hat trick was little short of mandatory. But coach Jorge Sampaoli still has a lot to fix in a squad that almost made Argentina miss a World Cup for the first time in 48 years.Here is a look at the issues facing the team:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDependence on MessiAt a crucial moment, Argentina needed Messi to step in and avoid what could have been a humiliating exit. And he certainly delivered, with his three goals against Ecuador worth a place at next year’s finals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Argentina scored only 19 goals in its 18 games in South American qualifying, tying with Paraguay for the second-worst record. Messi scored seven, and no other player added more than two goals.In the standings, South American leader Brazil and second-place Uruguay scored 41 and 32 goals, respectively.Messi’s hat trick in Quito gave Argentina its first goals in open play since a 3-0 victory over Colombia in November 2016.Sampaoli replaced veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain for Boca Juniors’ target man Dario Benedetto, and he has also brought in players that had been overlooked, like Mauro Icardi and Alejandro Gomez.None of them did any better.Sergio Aguero missed the last two rounds due to injury. He and Angel Di Maria will have to step up in Russia, while Sampaoli will also have to find a way to use Juventus starlet Paulo Dybala.Doubts about MacheranoArgentina also faces problems in defense, despite conceding only 16 goals, the second-lowest number in South American qualifying. Veteran defender Javier Mascherano seems to be at the end of his impressive run at 33 years of age.It was a mistake by Mascherano that allowed Ecuador to open the scoring on Tuesday and he has been frequently replaced by Sampaoli.Moving Mascherano back to a midfield role seems unlikely, as Enzo Perez, Lucas Biglia and Ever Banega have all done well in recent games. Russia might be Messi’s last World Cup, and it will definitely be his final attempt at the peak of his powers. At the 2022 tournament in Qatar, the Argentine will be 35 years old.Regardless of his numerous titles with Barcelona, he has still to win a major one for Argentina.“The nationality of the best player in the world is luckily Argentine”, Sampaoli told reporters. “Messi does not owe a World Cup to Argentina, it is football that owes a World Cup to him. We have the chance to help, he is the best player ever.”The dependence on Messi has been proportional to the lack of goals from other players.Goal droughtADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Presidential Candidates Urged to Prioritize the Creative Sector

first_imgMz Menneh – Advertisement – Two Liberian musicians have said that it is heartbreaking and sad that none of the political party candidates see the creative sector as a sector that can stimulate economic growth and increase the middle class.Mz Menneh and Skoolboy Wizzy in a joint statement issued to LIB Life noted that it is about time that politicians realize that it is impossible that Liberia’s economy and middle class will grow without the inclusion of the creative sector (music, film, fashion, etc).The two Liberian artists, who are based in the US, added that the creative industry is a powerful means of connecting people, as it bridges linguistic and cultural divides, as well as serves as a vehicle for expression and identity like no other.Skoolboy Wizzy“Since this year’s campaign started, not one single politician has pledged to make the creative sector a priority (investing money to develop the sector), when they are elected. It’s so sad that these politicians only care about agriculture and a few other sectors, and have refused to see the creative industry as an ecosystem that can create jobs, bringing about economic growth, and much more.“These politicians need to wake up to current realities and forget the old way of thinking that the creative sector cannot play any part when it comes to the growth of the Liberian economy. They need to take a look at Ghana and Nigeria and see how the creative industry is stimulating economy growth and increasing the middle class.“They are aware that when the creative industry is prioritized, it improves a community’s competitive edge, attracts new and visiting populations, and contributes to the development of a skilled workforce, yet they don’t want to make this sector a priority. This is total wickedness and they need to stop it,” the statement added.The statement also said the creative industry, when actively invested in, does not only serve as an important element of economic development, it also attracts a strong workforce as well as help sustain a positive quality of life.“Secondly, when Liberia develops a vibrant creative industry, it will drive value for cities in several important ways. The creative sector fuels job creation, economic growth, tourism development and artistic growth, and strengthens a city’s brand.According to Mz Menneh and Skoolboy Wizzy, the empowerment of the creative sector will increase tax revenues, increase property value and retail activity, and a more sustained economic vitality.“And we hope that they see these benefits and make it a priority,” the statement concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Booty makes mark quietly

first_imgYou now know John David Booty. You know he’s the quarterback at USC, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation. You know he came off back surgery to lead the Trojans to an 11-2 record last season. They were seven points shy of a 13-0 season. You also know Booty is a prime Heisman Trophy candidate. How many times has he been asked about the Heisman Trophy? An introduction was in order. The newest, youngest USC quarterback was not to be called John. Or Johnny. That was his father. Not David. Definitely not J.D. He was John David to his mother and the rest of his family. He was John David to teammates and other friends. So he would be John David as a Trojan. That was not quite four years and two months ago when he arrived on our shores, living for a while with his older brother in Hermosa Beach. “Just about everybody I’ve talked to has asked about it,” he said. He was grinning. “That’s good,” he said. Bad would be reporters not caring enough to talk to him. Bad would be not being up to the assignment at USC, which would mean he would not be the starting quarterback, which would mean Booty and Heisman would never be in the same sentence. There was an early opportunity to begin developing a scouting report, watching him in July 2003 watch his new teammates go 7-on-7 twice against El Camino College, watching him interact with his new teammates, and on another day with outstanding high school and college quarterbacks at the EA Elite 11 passing camp, spending time with him during an extended interview. Booty was a composed, mature, humble young man. Brash and rash were not part of his makeup. His arm? During warm-ups, he displayed a quick, easy, efficient delivery. Good mechanics. Accurate. Tight spirals. If you have enough seniority, visualize Dan Fouts, only thicker in the shoulders. Or Dan Marino. Or in the USC history book, Paul McDonald with more zip on the ball. Booty would spend three years as, basically, an intern. He watched while quarterback Matt Leinart and tailback Reggie Bush each won the Heisman. Now it could be his turn. “You never know what’s going to happen,” he said. What has happened at the start of the season against undermanned Idaho and there-goes-our-No. 14-ranking Nebraska is the USC offense has been on cruise control much of the time. What also has happened is young receivers have had difficulty with route recognition and have had passes bounce out of their hands. So it is that Booty’s numbers are far from gaudy. Be assured this is not keeping him awake at night. He remains composed, mature and humble. When the conversation returns to the Heisman, as it invariably does, he all but shrugs. “I’m honored to be mentioned with some of those great players,” he said. “But it’s not something that I’m worried about or thinking about.” That’s how he’s wired. Nothing has changed from ’03, when he said, “I just want to help SC win.” His teammates have voted him one of their co-captains two years in a row, which is an indication the comment is genuine. “How much do you want to put your stamp on the program?” a reporter asked. He flipped the question over, responding about the team. “We want to be remembered for great things as well,” he said. But about the Heisman? USC coach Pete Carroll wants his quarterback to think of himself as a point guard who distributes the ball to players who then do their thing to win games. That has been the story in the first two games. USC has distributed the ball repeatedly to the running backs because Carroll wanted to test, challenge and learn about them as well as about an offensive line that went into the season a work in progress. A lot, all good, was learned about the offensive line when it worked over Nebraska. The result has been 527 yards rushing. Booty has passed for a mere 350 yards, an average of 175 yards a game, which is quite a drop from his 257 yards a game last season. His arm is as strong and accurate as ever with better touch than when he arrived. He is completing 64.5 percent of his passes. He has thrown five touchdown passes against only one interception. There is reason to suspect he will be asked to air out the ball during the tough Pacific-10 Conference season. There also is reason to suspect he is ready to put his stamp on the USC program and perhaps, just perhaps, on the Heisman Trophy. mwsptcol@aol.com 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

Angels put on ice by a familiar foe

first_imgTheir lukewarm effort Friday night, on their first attempt to clinch the American League West title, fell totally flat in a 6-0 defeat to the Seattle Mariners. It had figured to be a slam dunk. The Angels entered 12-0 on Friday nights at home before dropping this one. No worries. The Angels, who can finish no worse than a tie for the division title, will give it another shot today and this time they will give a national audience the opportunity to take a peek. And if today doesn’t happen, they still have more than a week’s worth of games to get the one victory they need. After holding the best record in baseball all to themselves for a day, the Angels turned it over to the Cleveland Indians, who improved to 91-62 with a victory Friday. The Angels and Red Sox are a half-game behind at 91-63. BASEBALL: Club’s magic number is still one after ex-teammate Washburn beats them. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER OK, so maybe the Angels didn’t think the champagne was chilled enough. If that final victory at clinching a playoff spot is the toughest, Manager Mike Scioscia was not about to admit it. “I don’t know if anyone had (clinching) in the forefront of their mind,” Scioscia said. “We knew we needed to win a game, but I don’t think it’s a distraction or anything where we’re saying `We had a shot today and didn’t do it so we have a shot tomorrow.’ We didn’t get it done today. We didn’t play well and they pitched a good ballgame against us, so you turn the page and start over (today).” Jarrod Washburn certainly seemed determined to not let his former team celebrate on his watch. The Mariners left-hander, who was a part of the Angels’ 2002 championship team, showed plenty of emotion while putting the party on hold. He held the Angels without a run on five hits over seven innings and made Angel Stadium look like his office again. “Even though his velocity was not as crisp as it has been at times, he threw some good changeups when he had to and got a double-play ball and a lot of fly balls by elevating in the zone,” Scioscia said. “That’s what he does very well.” Angels left-hander Joe Saunders (8-4) was unable to match Washburn (10-15). Saunders was drilled by an Adrian Beltre comebacker high on the left ankle in the fourth inning and held on until the sixth inning when the Mariners went on the attack. Beltre’s comebacker, which caromed into right field, gave the Mariners their first run of the game as Jose Guillen scored from second base. In the sixth, the Mariners piled it on with four runs. Beltre had another RBI single, Jose Vidro had a two-run single and Jamie Burke also had a run-scoring single. Burke’s hit also chased Saunders from the game and left the Angels looking to this afternoon to become the first team to advance to the postseason. “I’m sure there’s going to be a nice bruise there (today), but it’s fine,” Saunders said. “It would have been nice to finish it tonight. But this game is about momentum and it was all on their side tonight. Wash pitched a hell of a game.” Saunders gave up five runs and nine hits in 52/3 innings. He has allowed nine or more hits in two of his last three starts and has yet to win a home game since Aug. 7 against the Boston Red Sox. “It was just another game for me, but obviously it meant a lot more,” Saunders said. “I was a little nervous. It was the first time I had the opportunity to clinch for a playoff (berth). It was a lot of fun when it was going my way but I made some mistakes and I’ll move on. Hopefully, we can do it (today).” Bartolo Colon will start for the Angels today after Kelvim Escobar was scratched because of a sore shoulder. Outside of an unexpected turn of events, it will be the final home start in an Angels uniform for Colon, whose contract will expire at the end of this season. The 2005 Cy Young Award winner is a tepid 6-7 this season with a 6.68 ERA. If Colon can’t get the job done, staff ace John Lackey will take the mound Sunday in the final regular-season home game of the season. “Everybody knows what we need to do,” Scioscia said. “We’ll look at (today’s) game, start form scratch and build some momentum. We just didn’t get anything going. Wash threw a good game against us.” The Mariners won at Angel Stadium for just the second time in eight tries this season. Washburn wasn’t the only former Angel to make his mark for the Mariners. Guillen went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double. Ichiro Suzuki, who is locked in a battle for the American league batting title with the Detroit Tigers’ Magglio Ordo ez, went 0-for-4 to snap his 13-game hit streak. Suzuki is batting .350, while Ordo ez leads the AL with a .354 average. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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

Celebration on tap with contest, prizes

first_img Traditionally Purim is a time for exchanging gifts. It is customary to send gifts of food or pastries to friends or family. The sending of these gifts is called mishloach manot, the sending of portions. It is a mitzvah (good deed) to send gifts to the poor on Purim. The congregation encourages people to bring cans of food to the Social Action Tzedakah Box. For further information, call the synagogue at (661) 942-4415. Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar is located at 1611 E. Ave. J in Lancaster.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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Sisterhood’s famous Lox Boxes will be sold in advance and orders must be in no later than noon March 3. Orders must be picked up during carnival hours. Place your order for a Lox Box or single orders for hamantaschen (three-cornered filled cookies) by calling the office at (661) 942-4415. Extra bags of hamantaschen will be available for purchase at the carnival. On March 13 at 7 p.m., the congregation will conclude the celebration with a retelling of the events in the biblical Book of Esther and a musical production of “Finian’s Rainbow” directed by Chuck Houston. Those attending the show are encouraged to wear costumes, boo Haman and cheer Mordecai and beautiful Queen Esther. Purim, which occurs on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (the 15th in Jerusalem), is a celebration of the events described in the scroll of Esther. The holiday with its joyous carnival-like atmosphere focuses on one of the major themes of Jewish history, that is, the survival of the Jewish people despite the attempts of their enemies to destroy them. In Ashkenazic communities, hamantaschen, three-cornered cookies filled with poppy seeds or other fruits, are served. In many Sephardic communities and in Israel, pastries called Haman’s ears are served. LANCASTER – Celebration of the holiday of Purim begins at Beth Knesset Bamidbar, the Reform Jewish congregation of the Antelope Valley, on March 11, with an “adults only” Purim Ball beginning at 7 p.m. The Purim Ball includes refreshments, a costume contest and prizes. Admission is $18 a couple, $9 for singles. Tickets can be purchased at the door. On March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the congregation will host its annual Purim carnival. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as a favorite Old Testament character. Participants can compete for a prize in the costume contest. Other activities will include game booths, a petting zoo, pony rides, and shirt embroidery. last_img read more

AN POST CYCLISTS REMEMBER THE GENTLEMAN WHO WAS TADHG CULBERT

first_imgMany of the familiar faces who took part in last weekend’s Tadhg Culbert Memorial Cycle.For a Tipperary man, many say he was more of a Donegal man than many born here!The late Tadhg Culbert will be fondly remembered for many years for the input, love and pride he had in his adopted town of Letterkenny.Last Saturday the An Post Tadhg Culbert Memorial took place from Dungloe to Letterkenny. It was a hugely successful cycle and the An Post lads were delighted with the huge turnout and support they received on the day.They extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part, helped in any way, supported, donated and sponsored them.They are delighted to be once again able to support the Donegal Hospice and they will be presenting a cheque soon to add to the €55,000 they have already raised for the hospice over the past few years.Tadhg certainly would have been proud. AN POST CYCLISTS REMEMBER THE GENTLEMAN WHO WAS TADHG CULBERT was last modified: September 23rd, 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:An PostcycledonegalTadhg Culbertlast_img read more

Bird flu D.C.’s hot topic of the hour

first_img The result, according to Duncan, is that the U.S. is getting ready to spend billions of dollars on medicine that it is not sure will work in a pandemic, and people everywhere are so scared they are hoarding the antiviral medicine Tamiflu, which also may not work. Duncan raises the issue of whether, in this post-Hurricane Katrina environment, lawmakers are trying to score political points or just doing their best to avoid a repeat of the carnage that can result from being unprepared for a natural disaster. “I believe the American people want us to be safe rather than sorry,” said Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a hearing of the House Governmental Affairs Committee. “They will forgive us for doing things and spending money that may turn out not to be necessary if, in fact, we are going forward vigorously to prevent what could be a horrible situation,” Sanders said Friday. Leavitt said the investment in vaccine technology called for by the administration would save millions of lives in the long run, even if the bird flu virus never reaches the pandemic stage, when it spreads from person to person. “This plan is not about H5N1 alone,” Leavitt said, citing the name of the virus. “It’s about general pandemic preparedness. And when we are finished implementing this plan, the United States of America will be a better and safer place.” The administration wants $7.1 billion in emergency spending. Democrats have sponsored legislation that calls for $8 billion. Bush’s plan would improve systems to detect and contain the next super-flu before it reaches the United States. It also would overhaul the vaccine industry so that scientists eventually could produce enough supply for everyone within months of a pandemic’s appearance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Don’t worry if you missed it when the Bush administration released its draft in August 2004 for fighting a potential flu pandemic. So did most of the rest of the country. The draft generated fewer than 50 public comments for the Health and Human Services Department to consider when assembling the final plan, a top agency official said. By comparison, the Food and Drug Administration reported last week that it received 2,268 comments about whether to make the “morning-after pill” available without a prescription. The interest in bird flu has grown dramatically over the past 14 months, so much so that a few lawmakers are questioning whether official Washington is overreacting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m not a medical doctor or a public health specialist, and I’m not saying we should do nothing,” Rep. John Duncan said Friday at a congressional hearing, the third of the week on bird flu. “In today’s political climate, almost every threat is exaggerated, and legislators have to try to do everything possible to prove that they’re doing more than anyone else in case something does happen,” said Duncan, R-Tenn. Both Democrats and Republicans have held numerous press conferences and congressional hearings to show they are working to protect the U.S. against a potential pandemic. The administration took two days to roll out its plan last week. The president announced it on one day, and on the next the health secretary gave more details. HHS head Mike Leavitt makes clear during every speech that even if a pandemic does not strike, the investment and planning will be well worth it. last_img read more

Minister McHugh says scheme to compensate abuse victims did not work

first_imgMinister for Education Joe McHugh has said he hopes to bring a memo to Cabinet next week to outline the Government’s response to a judge’s findings that a scheme set up to compensate survivors of child sexual abuse was unfair and illogical.Speaking in the Dáil, Minister McHugh acknowledged again that the State scheme “simply did not work”.Earlier this week a judge said the State has misinterpreted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and in doing so has denied victims of child sexual abuse access to a redress scheme to which they are entitled. Minister McHugh was speaking after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised yesterday on behalf of the State to victims of historic child sexual abuse in schools.He confirmed that a condition requiring a prior complaint of abuse against an applicant’s abuser would now be dispensed with, and that the redress scheme would be reopened.He said his department and the Attorney General are examining the scheme in light of this.The Minister said he was “determined to get it right”. He acknowledged, however, that “words are probably useless today to the survivors”.Mr McHugh said he would meet a group of Limerick men who suffered abuse as small boys at their Christian Brothers school in Creagh Lane.The men are hoping that the State will now compensate them.Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea asked would other barriers facing many survivors now also be removed.He referred to another condition, which requires that proceedings had to be initiated and discontinued within a specific timeframe – known as the statute of limitations. Mr O’Dea said that many survivors had not taken cases within the given time limit for financial or psychological reasons, or because the prevailing view at the time, based on court rulings later upended by the European court of Human Rights, was that they would have no case.Minister McHugh says scheme to compensate abuse victims did not work was last modified: July 15th, 2019 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:abuseJoe McHughMinisterSchemevictimslast_img read more