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The end of Jason’s journey

first_imgFacebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jason Corbett pictured with his two children Jack (10) and Sarah (8)by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AS JASON Corbett’s body was brought back to Limerick on this Thursday morning, a custody battle was looming over the future of his two Irish-born children left traumatised by their father’s death in a domestic incident at their North Carolina home last week.On Sunday, August 2, police and emergency paramedics responding to an emergency call found the 39 year-old Limerick businessman in his home with serious head injuries.The fatal injuries were sustained as a result of what local police say was “a blunt force trauma to the head”.But in the wake of that tragedy, Mr Corbett’s two children are now at the centre of a bitter custody battle between their legal guardians and the chief suspect in the Limerick man’s killing.Having left her holiday in France, Tracey Lynch, Jason’s sister, went to the US where she has led the fight to get both her brother’s body and his two children home to Ireland. She says she wants a quick resolution to the issue to allow her grieve her bother’s violent death.And the Corbett family have vowed that they will not bury Jason until they have full custody of his two children.This Friday, a judge is to decide the outcome of the custody hearing over the guardianship of Jack and Sarah Corbett who have been living in the home where their father was killed last week.Mr Corbett’s second wife, Molly Martens, who is a US citizen was granted temporary custody of the two young children whose father was killed in what local police have described as a “domestic disturbance”.A police spokesman said they are not looking outside the family home for anyone else in connection with Mr Corbett’s death.Jack and Sarah’s legal guardians are his sister Tracey and her husband David Lynch and the family members who have remained home in Limerick say they are desperate for news of developments that will finally see Jason laid to rest and his children back on Irish soil.It is understood that there has been very little contact with the children and their extended Limerick family since their father’s death.Ms Lynch said that Jason left written instructions asking that his children return to Ireland in the event of his death.“It’s what Jason wanted. Jason left instructions that my husband and I would be the guardians of Jack and Sarah.”Speaking from North Carolina on Tuesday night, Ms Lynch said that she was getting to grips with the legal process and she was hopeful of a positive outcome.“I have confidence in the system here, that they will allow Jack and Sarah to come home. They’re Irish citizens, they’re on their dad’s work visa and they’ve no relatives in America.“All of Jason’s family and friends, the children’s biological grandparents, both sets, are in Ireland waiting for us to come home with Jack and Sarah.”She said that her brother loved his family and friends.“He wanted to come home. We’re just here trying to give Jason a voice. I know what his wishes were.“I’m heartbroken, and I want to go home and be allowed to grieve the loss of one of the most important people in my world with my family.”Mr Corbett who moved to the US four years ago and after the death of his first wife Mags in 2006 from a asthma attack, died at his home in Panther Creek Court, Wallburg in North Carolina.A Delta flight carrying Mr Corbett’s remains touched down this Thursday morning in Dublin Airport after the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust assisted the Corbett family with the arrangements.The trust offers financial assistance to bereaved families to repatriate bodies of their loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.Trust co-founder Colin Bell said he was pleased that the trust could help.“This is what we do, this is why we set up the trust, to help people in this situation,” he explained. Mr Bell’s son Kevin was 26 when he was killed in an accident in New York in June 2013 and hss death led Mr Bell and his wife Eithne to establish the trust.The first steps in securing Jack and Sarah Corbett’s future will be decided on this Friday when the children’s legal guardians attempt to secure a ruling allowing them to return home to Ireland.Social media campaigns, personal tributes, petitions and fundraising activities have all been initiated in Ireland in support of the young Corbett children with calls being made for Government intervention at the highest level.The expenditure facing the Corbett family is set to run into the tens of thousands and donations to help fund #jasonsjourney and to #bringjacksarahhome are being accepted through Limerick bank accounts and online. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsBreaking newsThe end of Jason’s journeyBy Staff Reporter – August 13, 2015 1213 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin TAGS#bringjacksarahhome#jasonsjourneyJanesboroJason Corbettlimericknorth carolinapanther creek courtUSwallburg Emailcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Print Previous article€13 million for social housing units in LimerickNext articleLimerick teens leading the way Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Toon make ‘substantial’ Grenier bid

first_img Press Association Sport understands the Magpies have made an undisclosed, but substantial offer for the 23-year-old Frenchman. The move came on Wednesday morning, with Cabaye expected to completed his big money move to Paris St Germain later the same day. Grenier is one of a series of potential targets identified as the club drew up a contingency plan with speculation mounting that PSG would make a January move for Cabaye. The France international has scored 12 goals in 89 appearances for Lyon. However, his current manager Remi Garde has voiced his hope that the player will not be sold this month, and it remains to be seen whether or not the Magpies can tempt the Ligue 1 club to part with him. Newcastle’s valuation of Cabaye was in excess of £20million and although the fee they have agreed with PSG has not been disclosed, manager Alan Pardew has urged owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear to invest a significant proportion of the proceeds in a replacement. Pardew was hopeful of making at least one January signing before the interest in his star man was formalised, and Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong was due to undergo a medical on Tyneside on Wednesday with a view to completing an initial loan move to St James’ Park. But a successful swoop for Grenier before Friday night’s transfer deadline would provide a further boost to a club in desperate need of a new playmaker. Pardew’s men passed up a glorious opportunity to add another three points to their Barclays Premier League tally at Norwich on Tuesday night when they dominated, but ultimately came away with just a point from a 0-0 draw despite hitting the woodwork three times. To make matters worse, they had leading scorer Loic Remy sent off late in the game, and he will now sit out Saturday’s derby clash with Sunderland – a match his side cannot afford to lose – through suspension. Newcastle have made a move to replace Yohan Cabaye by tabling a bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Three-way tie at the top in the Brabazon

first_img24 Jun 2015 Three-way tie at the top in the Brabazon There’s a three-way tie on three-under par 69 at the top of an international leaderboard after the first round of the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, at Notts. Golf Club.England’s Ben Taylor, (image © Leaderboard Photography) who recently returned home after hitting the heights of US college golf, was first to set the pace. He was later joined by Austria’s Lukas Lipold and Lincolnshire’s Jordan Wrisdale.A group of four players are a shot behind them, among them Cheshire’s Oliver Carr, who had two eagles including a hole-in-one on the 9th. He is joined by playing partner Ben Amor of Wiltshire, Yorkshire’s Jonathan Thomson and Ireland’s Colm Campbell.They head an impressive leaderboard with 25 players at par or better on a day of sunshine, made tricky by a steadily increasing breeze. Among them is the host club’s Chris Hurrell who went round in level 72. It’s also a thoroughly international leaderboard with seven countries represented by players in the top 13 and ties.Taylor, 24, is still buzzing from playing a crucial role with his university team to win the biggest championship in US college golf. And, as he proved with a bogey-free round on the Hollinwell course, he’s clearly kept the momentum going.“I was very pleased with the round, it was very solid,” said the international from Walton Heath. “I drove it pretty well, kept myself in position off the tee and put myself on the right side of the flag.”His card was immaculate, with birdies on the 6th, 10th and 16th – where he hit his shot of the day after his drive came to rest in a divot mark. He fashioned a stroke with his pitching wedge and was rewarded when the ball stopped within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie. “It made the best of a bad situation and I had good pars on the last two holes into the wind,” he reported.His score was matched first by former Austrian champion, Lukas Lipold, who finished with birdies on both 17 and 18.“I hit it really good today and gave myself chances on the par fives,” said Lipold, who birdied all three of the long holes.  “I also managed to roll in some putts from 10ft.”Jordan Wrisdale, from Boston, came into this event in great form, having helped Lincolnshire qualify for County Finals with individual scores of 68, 64 at Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire. “I’ve been playing solid for some time and just waiting for it to click,” he said after today’s round.Like Lipold, he had six birdies in his round, but his most memorable score was his par four on 18. “My second leaked into a bunker, I had one foot in, one out on a downslope and I just played to get it out. I hit it to 20ft and holed the putt. It was a great save!”In the group immediately behind the leading trio is Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) who scored two-under 70 and also had an adventurous end to his round. His drive on the 17th finished in a bush, from which he had to take a drop, his next plugged in a bunker, his fourth lipped out of the hole and he calmly holed the next for a par. “It was a pretty good par,” he said.“I’m definitely pleased with my round. If you keep the ball in play the course is pretty scorable and I did, mostly, hit the ball really well.”Oliver Carr, (Heswall), who was playing in the last group on the course, had the shot of the day, with a hole in one on the 178-yard ninth hole, where he used a seven-iron. He had already had an eagle three on the sixth, together with a couple of birdies and a bogey, and he reached the turn at five-under.“I struggled a bit on the back nine,” he said, referring to loose shots on 15 and 17. “But I can’t say I’m disappointed, I’m pleased with the score, especially as it’s a four-round event. It gives you a nice look and puts you in contention.”After tomorrow’s round the field will be cut to the leading 60 players and ties who will contest the final 36 holes.last_img read more

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Young Mexican team takes hoop dreams to S. Calif.

first_imgMembers of Triqui kids basketball team, made up of children from the mountainous region of Oaxaca, Mexico, greet the Los Angeles Lakers before an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Their Southern California itinerary is a 10-year-old boy’s dream: Disneyland, a Lakers game and a visit to the Santa Monica beach. But most of the players from a basketball academy in the mountains of southern Mexico haven’t heard of Mickey Mouse.They grew up in isolated villages, and for them, basketball is a ticket to a better life.At home in Oaxaca, the youngsters are so poor that they play without shoes. But they were all wearing sneakers on Friday as they got to slap hands with Lakers players. And after winning an international tournament in Argentina, they’ve been dubbed the “barefoot giants of the mountains.”“Despite having everything against them, these children have shown their strength on the basketball court and won,” said Gerardo Vasquez, president of a federation of Oaxacan immigrant groups in Southern California. “They’ve shown the world that despite their circumstances, they are a light of hope for Oaxacans and Mexicans.”While many Mexicans are soccer fans, in the rugged hills of Oaxaca there are more ball courts than soccer fields. Some say that the modern game echoes the traditional ceremonial game of “ulama,” which was played to the death in stone courts that now stand in ruins.At home in southern Mexico, the 7- to 11-year-old team members live at a boarding school, study Spanish and their native language of Triqui and attend daily three-hour practices.The 17 players come from some of the poorest areas, where “it looks like they’re stuck in the 18th century,” said Sergio Zuniga, chief coach and founder of the Mexican Academy of Indigenous Basketball in the city of Oaxaca.“To see children who only have one meal a day, sharing a plate of beans and one tortilla between three people, isn’t rare,” Zuniga said.Zuniga said his program uses basketball to teach discipline and pride, to help the children graduate high school and perhaps even attend a university.On their first U.S. tour, the youngsters are playing teams from Los Angeles-area Catholic schools, recreation leagues and even an ad-hoc team of reporters from Spanish-language news media. They arrived last Tuesday and will leave after Christmas.The children are usually shorter than their opponents. Zuniga and his team of coaches, teachers and social workers can’t do anything about their genes, and even the 11-year-olds look years away from a teenage growth spurt.On Wednesday night, while Zuniga shouted from the sidelines in Spanish and Triqui, the boys played a scrappy game and kept the score tight against their taller rivals in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. They won.Tobias de Jesus Bautista, 11, said he was undaunted by his opponents’ size.“We have to give double, triple the effort,” Bautista said. “But I think we can compensate for our height by concentrating on our free throws, by being in better physical condition and by being more sure of what we’re doing. We can reach our dreams.”___Associated Press writer Edwin Tamara in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

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The Courier’s 2018 City League Football Preview—Allderdice wants to repeat as champs

first_img KESHAWN TOWSOND is back for another year with the Brashear Bulls. BRASHEAR’S CHEERLEADERS hope to help propel their team to a City League title in 2018. ALLDERDICE won the City League football championship for the first time in 50 years last year in a victory over Brashear. Can they repeat as champs this year? (Photos by Courier photographer Will McBride)Just days after winning a city title last November, Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett was already thinking about this season. If he could repeat last season, he would win the City League Championship and all the accompanying glory once again.They even beat Brashear, a team that historically has given them problems in the City League Championship game.While the goal for the season remains the same as last year, Allderdice may have to find a new identity to reach it.“We have to replace both our running backs and receivers, so we are lacking in the skill department,” Haslett told the New Pittsburgh Courier. “But we return 315-pound Justin Salmon, Kenny Hardin and Andrew Williams on our offensive and defensive lines and 6-foot-5 quarterback Dalen Dugger.”On the other side of the spectrum, when Ed White took over as Carrick’s coach four years ago, he soon realized he faced a massive rebuilding job. Since then, White’s biggest concern hasn’t just been with wins and losses, but with fielding a full team that can compete on a weekly basis. ALLDERDICE’S CHEERLEADERS witnessed history last year, as the Dragons won their first City League title since 1967. You would be hard-pressed to find anybody who expects Carrick to make the playoffs this season. And that’s no job at Carrick. The Raiders simply have not had much success in recent years. They went 1-8 last season and only averaged one touchdown per game. The offense will be led by quarterback L.J. Orbovich and running back Tayvon Greene.At University Prep, after starting last season with a losing record, U-Prep’s coach, Louis Berry, moved his best player, running back and defensive back, Dorian Jackson, to the quarterback position. After the move, U-Prep surged, going 4-1 in City League play. It speaks to the talent level of Jackson who was primarily a rusher and defense-minded player prior to the switch.A goal for U-Prep this season is to become more disruptive on defense, a potentially difficult task with the absence of Jackson in the backfield. The outcome of U-Prep’s season may depend on how well new players step up and lead the charge offensively and defensively.“Last year’s quarterback situation was a revolving door until we moved Dorian Jackson to quarterback and we made the playoffs,” Berry told the Courier. “The kids are hungry to try to get back on that big stage.” It’s no secret senior Damon Macklin will be U-Prep’s star in 2018.SMOKIN’ JIM FRAZIERHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLMacklin has been in the starting lineup for the last three years and Coach Berry doesn’t plan on going away from Macklin for the sake of surprise or keeping defenses honest. In fact, Macklin will likely get even more touches than he did as an underclassman.After sharing the spotlight with Jackson for a couple of seasons, Macklin will step up as the undisputed workhorse for U-Prep in 2018, and whether the Eagles can return to the City League playoffs will rely largely on how much help they can give him and how much he needs in the first place.Macklin, a 5-foot-5, 145-pound tailback who also plays cornerback, is also a great receiver and kick-return specialist. The Eagles will be led by seniors Macklin and fullback Tyrese Wright.Former NFL coach, Chuck Knox, who was born in Sewickley, earned the nickname “Ground Chuck” for the emphasis he placed on the running game. At Westinghouse, Coach Monte Robinson offers a similar philosophy. His team runs the ball 70 percent of the time. “Ground Monte,” anyone?OK, so it doesn’t have the same ring as “Ground Chuck.” But there is no denying that Robinson prefers land travel.The Bulldogs made the playoffs the last two years and will be led by middle linebacker and running back Eryk Burgess, Dana Morris and Willie Knight.Brashear has reached the final four years in a row, winning titles in 2014 and 2015, and finished as a runner-up in 2016 and 2017. The Bulls are led by All-City defensive back Jayon Blair, Keshawn Towsond and Anthony Carrington.Perry was once known for its winning football tradition, but the program hasn’t seen those heights in recent years.Coach Rod Rutherfordwas hired last year. He was part of Perry’s prior success as a quarterback for the program 20 years ago. Under coach Gus Catanese, Rutherford helped the Commodores win City League titles in 1997 and 1998. It’s tough to establish a winning culture, but Rutherford has confidence in not only his roster, but his coaching acumen. Besides former Perry coach Catanese, Rutherford spent time at Pitt, his alma mater, as the quarterbacks coach, and at IUP as the wide receivers coach.While he appreciates his time as a college coach, coaching high school has always been his true passion. And he said he’s embracing the challenge of bringing good times back to his former high school as a head coach. Perry will be led by quarterback Jakar Tucker and tight end Nate Miles.“We have some really good players at the skill positions and if our players keep the faith, we have a chance to be good,” said Rutherford. “This game is fun when you’re winning. We got to do the little things because doing the little things right leads to victory and winning is fun.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier DAMON MACKLIN is prepped to lead University Prep to a star-studded season.last_img read more

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Pitt warily eyes Coastal title as uneven Hokies visit

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — George Aston has seen a lot in five years at Pittsburgh. Two coaching staffs. A handful of big-time upsets that hinted at a turnaround. Just as many baffling losses that have ultimately prevented it from happening.Still, the burly fullback hasn’t seen this: it’s November and the Panthers are in first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division heading into a visit from Virginia Tech. Pitt’s first trip to a conference title game is within reach, an achievement that Aston and the rest of the 19 seniors who will play their final game at Heinz Field on Saturday know would leave a tangible lasting legacy.“We haven’t been in this position this late in the season before,” Aston said. “It’s pretty late in the season, we control our own destiny. We’ve just got to win.”Something the Panthers (5-4, 4-1) have managed to do with regularity over the last month, reviving what threatened to be a lost season. Pitt has won three of four — the lone setback a narrow 19-14 nonconference loss to unbeaten Notre Dame on the road — to move into the driver’s seat in the typically unwieldy Coastal, which could have its sixth different champion in as many years.“I felt like we put our mind to it, this team can do a lot of different things,” defensive end DeWayne Hendrix said. “Just us going through adversity as a team, losing games that we weren’t supposed to and now we’re finally starting to get into a groove. We always knew we should be winning those games. We just didn’t know when it was going to happen.”This might be the year. Emphasis on might. The Panthers, however, are wary. As promising as the last month has been, it can come undone very quickly. A team built on running the ball and defense understands it has little margin for error. Still, they like their chances.“A lot of people doubted us,” Hendrix said. “People are going to doubt you when you’re losing but when you’re winning, they’re going to jump on the bandwagon. We know how good we can be but we can’t be sidetracked on that. We’ve got to go out and grind each week just like everybody else.”Something Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2) has been unable to do during a stretch in which it has dropped three of four. Still, the Hokies can revive their own chances at capturing the Coastal — and salvaging an uneven year — by beating the Panthers for the third straight time.“It’s not our job to be frustrated, it’s our job to try to fix, coach and mentor,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “Continuing to try to push these guys forward so that they can execute on a more consistent basis so that as a team we have a chance to have more consistent play against very good people.”VIVID MEMORYVirginia Tech edged Pitt 20-14 in Blacksburg last season thanks to a dramatic goal-line stand in which the Hokies stopped Pitt on four shots from inside the Virginia Tech 5 in the final minute. The loss ultimately cost the Panthers a shot at a bowl game and the near miss has come up frequently over the last 12 months.“We all know what happened,” Pitt sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett said. “We remember it clearly. It’s extra motivation this week.”ROAD WARRIORSThe Hokies have been a bit of an erratic mess this season thanks in large part to an inability to get things done at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech is just 1-3 at home — including 0-2 in the league — but has been solid on the road. The Hokies have won four straight ACC road games dating to a victory at Virginia in the 2017 season finale. Quarterback Ryan Willis has been a little more productive away from Lane Stadium. His road quarterback rating of 147.3 is a tick above what he puts up at home (134.9).TRYING THIS AGAINIn Boston College last week, the Hokies played the team whose style most resembles the very physical approach Pittsburgh takes offensively and allowed 219 yards rushing. That came a week after they allowed 465 to Georgia Tech. With perhaps his youngest defense ever, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster hopes having played the Eagles will help. “Yeah, they’re going to be similar,” he said. “Big and physical up front. Big, physical, athletic tailbacks. They’re going to be very similar in a lot of ways. Maybe it will benefit us a little bit, but we’ll see.”___AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz in Richmond, Virginia contributed to this report.___For more AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Pittsburgh fullback George Aston (35) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Charlottesville, Va. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP/File)last_img read more

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