Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Warriors rout Spurs to give Kerr 250th win Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes added 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Lakers 130-123 on Saturday night.Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton’s offense following the deadline deal that brought him from the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Obviously we couldn’t run a ton of stuff because he has been with us for one day, but he was good,” Walton said. “You can see his competitive spirit come out a little bit. He was scrapping and knocking down shots.”Thomas’ first half with the Lakers was his highest-scoring half of the season, a team-high 16 points. Thomas, who was part of a four-player deal at the trading deadline that also brought Channing Frye, missed the first 36 games recovering from a hip injury. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Julius Randle had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, and Brandon Ingram scored 22 points. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.Dallas’ Dwight Powell scored 19 , two shy of his career high. J.J. Barea had 10 points and nine assists.Thomas entered the game midway through the first quarter to a noticeable ovation from the usually solid number of Lakers fans in the Dallas crowd. He hit a 3 from the left wing on his first LA possession and was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime.TIP-INSLakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 13th straight game with a sore left knee. … Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk. … Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14. … The Lakers matched a season high with 16 3-pointers.Mavericks: F Josh McRoberts was waived. He played in two games after spending the first 37 games on the inactive list with a left foot injury. He was acquired with a second-round pick and cash for center A.J. Hammons last summer. … McDermott, who came from the Knicks in a three-team trade, scored his first Dallas points on a breakaway dunk soon after entering the game in the first quarter.THOMAS’ ROLEThe persistent question for Walton will be whether and when Thomas becomes a starter.“They’ve been playing well. I don’t want to mess anything up, and I told him that,” Thomas said after the morning shootaround. “Yes, I would love to be a starter. I’ve feel like I’ve earned that and deserve that. At the same time, it’s a new chapter for me. I’m here to help this team.”Said Walton, “For tonight, we’re going to look for him to kind of bring us a lot of scoring off the bench and help that lead that group. And then we’re going to see how tomorrow looks and the next day. It doesn’t matter down the road right now.”DALLAS WIt was the first Dallas-LA meeting since the Lakers ended the Mavericks’ 14-game winning streak against the storied franchise. The previous longest streak for Dallas was three games. It was just the fifth win of 2018 for the Mavs, who ended 2017 on a season-best four-game winning streak.UP NEXTLakers: At New Orleans on Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — Isaiah Thomas used his crossover dribble to create an open 3-pointer that helped his new team build a double-digit lead in the first half.The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t stay in front in the diminutive guard’s debut following his ill-fated stint in Cleveland. Still, there was plenty of evidence that Thomas can be the scorer he was in Boston.ADVERTISEMENT “I like the pace of this team,” he said. “I like the energy the guys bring. Coach did the best job he could to put me in position to play to my strengths with only knowing a couple plays.”Doug McDermott had eight points in his Dallas debut following a deadline deal that brought him from New York and was part of a youthful closing lineup that outscored the Lakers 13-5 in the final 3:09.Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup. Smith finished with 14 points, and the Mavericks had a season high in points.Thomas was out there late for the Lakers, who had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.“I love winning, you know that,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who used a young lineup that struggled late in a loss at the LA Clippers with a chance to win five nights earlier. “The Clipper game was not good. Tonight was obviously much better.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Mavericks: At Houston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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LEC Removes ‘Death Trap’ on Benson & Lynch Streets

first_imgFollowing the Daily Observer’s story last Thursday about a dangling LEC light pole that has since January 25 posed a grave danger to traders, pedestrians and residents at the intersection of Benson and Lynch Streets in Monrovia, the LEC management has removed the hanging pole and replaced it with a new one.The pole hanging precariously overhead was seen as a death trap causing fear in the community over the tragedy it could cause if it fell on pedestrians, petty traders, vehicles and buildings in the area. But immediately after this paper published the story, the LEC management dispatched a team of engineers, among them, linemen, who combined their efforts to replace the pole with a new one.By replacing the dangling pole, which was knocked off its base on Sunday January 25, allegedly by a speeding vehicle, the community at the intersection are now at ease and grateful to the LEC management for its overdue but welcomed intervention.One resident only identified as Temacaus, whose fianceé trades along with other women under the pole, described LEC’s removal of the damaged pole, as a “good effort to save the lives of ordinary persons on the streets.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

March Madness, NBA style

first_imgDavid K. Stern just called. It could have been the NBA commissioner or the pseudo-husband of Anna Nicole Smith. Doesn’t matter, because the man called with some huge news regarding this month. It seems that the NBA has retroactively banned college and high school guys from playing in the NBA. All players who left school early over the past three years will go back to school, effective immediately. So instead of gearing up for a run through the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James will suit up for the Maryland Terrapins, the school he said he would attend, even though he never attended a class. Of course, this changes everything for the big dance. Teams hit hard by early departures are now sitting pretty while senior-laden teams are now outmanned. And of course, the Cavaliers are devastated. So here’s how it might go: Teams not making the cut in the first two rounds include Gonzaga, which resumes its early-round fade even with the return of Adam Morrison. Also not making the cut are Utah (with Andrew Bogut), Wake Forest (with Chris Paul), Kentucky (with Rajon Rondo and Randolph Morris), Arkansas (with Al Jefferson and Ronnie Brewer) and Michigan State (with Shannon Brown). Here’s where the big boys play, and both local teams fare well. UCLA, with Jordan Farmar and Trevor Ariza, avenges last year’s title-game loss to same-old Florida, while USC, its void in the middle filled by Robert Swift, pulls an upset of Kansas. In a matchup of returning big men, Texas’ LaMarcus Aldridge holds his own against Pitt’s Chris Taft, and former commit C.J. Miles makes the difference for the Longhorns. In that bracket, Duke, with Luol Deng and a healthy Shaun Livingston (hey, it’s a dream sequence, right?) blows by Wisconsin. center_img Louisville, with Amir Johnson and Sebastian Telfair, upsets Ohio State. Memphis, with Sean Banks and Kendrick Perkins, outlasts North Carolina, which returns J.R. Smith and Marvin Williams. The team that makes the biggest jump, Connecticut, returns a team full of players, led by Rudy Gay, Josh Boone and Charlie Villanueva, and topples LSU in a war, since the Tigers have Tyrus Thomas back. Oh yeah, and LeBron scores 50 to lead Maryland over Texas A&M. Why not? How fickle the fates are. LeBron sprains his ankle midway through the first half, Maryland is exposed as a one-man team and UCLA rallies for the victory. USC’s shaky defense finally catches up with the Trojans, and the deep UConn Huskies, who also feature guard Marcus Williams, force enough turnovers to come away with an eight-point victory. Texas’ backcourt, with Miles and Daniel Gibson, matches up with Duke’s Livingston and Deng, and the Longhorns have the depth to outlast the Blue Devils. Memphis, which also features Darius Washington Jr. and Shawne Williams, goes to overtime against Louisville and pulls out the victory. UCLA finally meets its match in Texas. The backcourt matchup is even, but Aldridge, who is establishing himself as a solid NBA center, makes the difference for the Longhorns. UConn, which isn’t even ranked until Stern’s decree, has way too much frontcourt power for Memphis. The combination of Boone, Gay, Villanueva and Williams sends the Huskies to the title game. Early rounds Sweet 16 Elite Eight Final Four Championship All signs would point to the Longhorns, who are a top-20 team even without the pro infusion and would seem to have the edge over Connecticut, but not so fast. One player got lost in the bureaucratic paperwork: Andrew Bynum. The Lakers’ center committed to UConn before he turned pro, and Bynum lifts the Huskies to a five-point victory and the title. Would be fun, wouldn’t it? Too bad the courts just issued an injunction to prevent it. Maybe next year. Good move: Give credit to the Sacramento Kings for being proactive in the case of Ron Artest and sitting him down after news of his arrest broke this week. The politically correct thing would have been for the Kings to say they’re waiting for more information, but this is Artest. Any benefit of the doubt goes out the window with Artest. He’s the Milton Bradley of the NBA, a seemingly sweet guy who can snap on a moment’s notice. It’s sad, but it probably will never change. Most confusing, though, was the quote from Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who seemingly was trying to cover the team’s rear end. After all, this isn’t good publicity for the image-conscious Maloof brothers. In the Sacramento Bee, Petrie said this about Artest: “He has not been destructive. He has not destroyed anything in here, like thrown a TV, or anything that might indicate he was on the verge of going off.” Nothing, huh? Was Petrie out body surfing in Australia when Artest ran into the stands in Detroit? Meanwhile, the Clippers are wiping their collective brow. Best non-trade of the season, by far. Lucky charm: The Dallas Mavericks are on pace to challenge for 70 wins, although they will most likely fall short of the NBA-record 72games won by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96. The man with the best perspective on all this is Devean George, who was along for the ride with Kobe and Shaq and was a rookie when the Lakers went 67-15 and won the NBA title in 1999-2000. “Since we had a number of these streaks, I think we’ve gotten over some of the excitement of them,” George told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s like we want to move on to something else. We can’t get too excited because we did it. “(With the Lakers) we felt we had the two best players in their prime. And we had that confidence, no matter what, that we would always have a chance to win the game. And I see that same confidence in our team now. We stay calm. We don’t panic. Things might not be going our way, but those good wins, like the Denver win, that was building for now. That’s going to help us in the long run.” Lighten up: Hang around Staples Center long enough, and you’re bound to be needlessly harassed by one of the arena’s red-coated security guards. Last week, a colleague witnessed Kevin McHale, Minnesota’s GM and an NBA Hall of Famer, being detained for a lack of proper credentials. 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

Liverpool transfer news: Reds to land ‘English’ starlet from Portugal?

first_img Fabio Sturgeon Last summer Liverpool signed Sporting Lisbon’s English-born Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and they could mount a similar raid in January for Fabio Sturgeon.Sturgeon, 20, born to an English father and a Portuguese mother, is currently starring in midfield for Belenenses and, according to reports in the Daily Mirror, has been watched several times by Brendan Rodgers’ scouts.So, talkSPORT takes a looks at what the youngster can offer the Reds…Name: Fabio Miguel Santos SturgeonDate of birth: 4 February, 1994Birthplace: Almada, PortugalPosition: MidfielderClub: BelenensesInternational appearances: 5 (Portugal Under-20s)Did you know?1) Sturgeon is a promising and versatile midfielder and made his debut aged just 17 in a cup match with Penafiel, although he was only on the pitch for one minute.2) His next first-team appearance didn’t come around until nearly two years later and slowly but surely Sturgeon, who can play with either foot, has shown flashes of brilliance with Belenenses.3) The youngster has already player for Portugal’s Under-20s but can still switch allegiances to England, through his father, should he wish to.4) Sturgeon started his career on the wing but has been playing as a No.10 in the Primeira Liga this campaign.5) The youngster’s first goal for Belenenses came this season against the club he made his debut against, Penafiel, as his side ran out 3-1 winners.Video evidence: 1last_img read more

Ronaldo ‘fed up at Real Madrid’, English football’s greatest revealed and Terry on Fabregas

first_imgAs part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2014. Here, we look at September…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: SEPTEMBER 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: ‘Fabregas is associated with tiki-taka – at Chelsea we have always played this way’A month on from seeing Eden Hazard name a certain Arsenal flop as one of the best players he’s played with, John Terry was the subject of talkSPORT’s sister publication Sport Magazine, who quizzed the Chelsea captain on the arrival of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/fabregas-associated-tiki-taka-chelsea-we-have-always-played-way-140918114398MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW: Exclusive – Ronaldo is fed up at Real Madrid and Man United return may be on the cards, claims CalderontalkSPORT’s biggest interview in the month of September concerned Cristiano Ronaldo and the man who took him to Madrid. Former Real president Ramon Calderon joined us on air to discuss the Portuguese ace’s future at the club, commenting that the star forward was ‘fed up’ and could return to Man United.Listen to the interview here: http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-ronaldo-fed-real-and-man-united-return-may-be-cards-claims-calderon-140915113704MOST POPULAR FEATURE: The all-time English top flight table REVEALED! Find out which club is no.1As the current campaign started to gain pace, we went list crazy at talkSPORT. At the conclusion of the summer transfer window, we looked at who were the financial winners and losers by revealing the Premier League spending table for the summer transfer window and followed that up by looking at who were the top flight’s highest earning players. But it was our exploration as to who are English football’s all-time number one side that most captured the imagination.See the feature here: http://talksport.com/football/all-time-english-top-flight-table-revealed-find-out-which-club-no1-140912113448TALKSPORT’S PICK OF SEPTEMBER 2014: ‘Falcao is a loan deal because we’re signing Messi later today!’ Man United fans react to latest transferTransfer deadline day brought with it huge drama, with Manchester United largely at the centre of it all. The Red Devils saw frantic business concluded on the final day of the window, as Danny Welbeck departed for Arsenal in the dying moments and Colombian strike sensation Radamel Falcao pitched up at Old Trafford. Naturally, United fans were stunned with the arrival of Falcao and took to social media to share their thoughts. The decision to sell Welbeck didn’t go down well with everyone though, as United legend Gary Neville appeared on talkSPORT to question the club’s decisions.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/falcao-loan-deal-because-were-signing-messi-later-today-man-united-fans-react-latestCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MARCHCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF APRILCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MAYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JUNECLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JULYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF AUGUST 1 Ramon Calderon told talkSPORT that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid last_img read more

POLL: WHO WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN TODAY’S ULSTER FINAL?

first_imgThe most anticipated match of the GAA’s year so far takes place in Clones between arch rivals Donegal and Tyrone, but who do you think will win?Pundits across the country are split on deciding the outcome of this eagerly anticipated fixture between these two Ulster giants.Cast your vote on what you think the outcome will be today in Donegal Daily’s poll. With a sell out crowd to be attending today’s final it sure has the making to be the match of the year so far.Can Donegal win it for the fourth time in six years or will the boys from the O’Neill county lift the anglo-celt cup for the first time since 2010? A draw is being tipped by many punters as well, have your say below.[socialpoll id=”2374898″ path=”/polls/2374898″ width=”600″]POLL: WHO WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN TODAY’S ULSTER FINAL? was last modified: July 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Anglo Celtdonegal daily polldonegal tyroneUlster Finallast_img read more

TULISA FAILS TO SAVE DONEGAL MAN’S BACON ON THE X-FACTOR

first_imgMARCUSDONEGAL man Marcus Curran certainly entertained the crowds on the X Factor – but failed to land a role in the next round of the show on Saturday night.The 28-year-old bacon delivery driver had the support of the crowd in Glasgow.He got two ‘Yes’ votes after his dancing and singing performance – including one from Louis Walsh. But with Gary Barlow telling the Castlefinn man to “do some more work on your voice” it was left to Tulisa to decide if he should go any further.Unfortunately she said ‘No’ to furthering the Donegal man’s dreams on the hit TV show.But he was full value entertainment on the Xtra Factor show – explaining to viewers how many ways someone can cook bacon…frying it – or grilling it!   TULISA FAILS TO SAVE DONEGAL MAN’S BACON ON THE X-FACTOR was last modified: September 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TULISA FAILS TO SAVE DONEGAL MAN’S BACON ON THE X-FACTORlast_img read more

Looking for elbow room

first_imgINDUSTRY – A squabble between two competing roller derby promoters has spilled off the banked track and into City Hall.Promoter Bob Sedillo claims city officials are shutting his group, the Los Angeles T-Birds, out of the Industry Hills Expo Center.It’s an allegation that city officials brush off like a poorly tossed elbow jab.“Nobody is mad at anybody,” Mayor Dave Perez said.Earlier this week, Sedillo spoke at a City Council meeting to ask Industry officials to allow him to host roller derby events at the center.He is awaiting an answer.Sedillo believes city officials are angry at him for involving the city in a trademark dispute he had with fellow promoter Lou Sanchez earlier this year over the use of the T-Birds name and trademark.There’s recently been a roller derby resurgence, and both Sedillo’s and Sanchez’s teams happen to use the San Gabriel Valley as their home base.Sedillo owns the rights to the T-Birds name, having purchased it from longtime owner Bill Griffiths earlier this year. The T-Birds are associated with the popular weekly televised events on KTLA Channel 5 in the 1960s and 1970s, and thus instantly recognizable to the older generation of fans, Sedillo said.Sedillo claims Sanchez – a former skater – was using the T-Birds label to promote events at the Expo Center without his permission. A civil court judge eventually found in Sedillo’s favor.During the suit, Sedillo presented the Expo Center with paperwork informing the city and center management about the ongoing legal action.He thinks he made city officials mad.Now he wants to use the center, and he thinks the city is getting revenge by shutting him out.“We went in there and asked to use the center and we were shot down,” Sedillo said. “We just wanted to be treated like everybody else.“If we apply for a day the center is not being used, and we’re willing to pay, why shouldn’t we get a chance to have the venue?”The center is owned and controlled by the city, and Sanchez frequently uses it to host his own roller derby promotions.Perez said no one in city government is shutting out Sedillo.“The only thing is that we have two competing groups that both want the Expo Center,” Perez said. “We’ve got to respect Mr. Sanchez, who has been using it for a while now. We’re willing to talk with the T-Birds, no problem.”Despite the legal action. Sedillo and Sanchez both said they have no hard feelings and are willing to join forces.“We should just get together,” Sanchez said. “This is how all of us did it back in 1960s, together as friends.“But it got so big, we couldn’t handle it and we had to give it away to other people. Maybe this is our second chance.”Roller derby, also trade-marked as Roller Derby, and later known as Roller Games, started in Chicago in 1935 and remained popular nationwide – especially on television – until the 1970s. It has fallen on hard times in the past 30 years, according to Loretta “Little Iodine” Behrens, who helped pioneer the sport in the 1950s and publishes the Web site Derby Memoirs.Teams start and stop operations, and fighting between clubs and promoters has crippled recent efforts to build up the sport, she said.She thinks promoters should make new team names and forget about using the names of old teams.“Let the past lay in the coffin where it belongs,” she said. ben.baeder@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

USDA food guide in Spanish, too

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Alarmed by the high rate of obesity among Hispanics, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released its first Spanish translation of the food pyramid, the government’s handy guide to good nutrition. “MiPiramide: Pasos Hacia Una Mejor Salud” is the counterpart to the USDA’s “MyPyramid: Steps to a Healthier You.” Among other things, “grains” have become “granos,” and “meat and beans” are “carnes y frijoles” on the diagram of the major food groups. The nation’s Latino population is booming, and almost three out of every four adult Hispanics in the U.S. are overweight, according to a 2002 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the U.S. population as a whole, two out of three U.S. adults are overweight. “Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, especially in children and adolescents. Those statistics are even more alarming among Latin populations,” Roberto Salazar, administrator for the USDA’s food and nutrition service, said in Spanish at a news conference. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The government unveiled “MyPyramid” in April, overhauling the food pyramid first introduced in 1992. The 1992 pyramid had food groups arranged in horizontal layers, with the foods that should be eaten more frequently along the bottom. The newer pyramid has categories of foods represented vertically in a rainbow of colors, and a running figure is scaling the pyramid to represent the importance of exercise. Now, all the new graphics and the USDA’s site – http://www.mypyramid.gov – are available in Spanish, and handouts and other materials have also been translated. In September, officials launched a version of the pyramid targeted at children, and the materials have also been translated into Braille. The government has no plans to translate the information into any other languages, Salazar said. The announcement was made in Miami because Florida is one of seven states with 1 million or more Hispanic residents, according to the 2000 Census. California and Texas top the list, followed by New York, Florida, Illinois, Arizona and New Jersey. last_img read more

HSE TO HOST MENTAL HEALTH MEETINGS IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe HSE is organising a series of nationwide ‘listening’ meetings to hear directly from people who have experience of the mental health services, their family, friends, and/or carers or anybody who has an interest in this area.The meetings will allow people who use mental health services and their family/friend/carers to share their views on how mental health services should be developed and delivered.The HSE is committed to implementing mental health policy as outlined in ‘Vision for Change’. In this context it is recognised that service users, family members and carers are at the heart of all of its services. Feedback from these meetings will go directly to the National Mental Health Management Team and inform their decisions about mental health services.Public meetings have been organised for:Wednesday, 19 March at 2pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.Wednesday, 19 March at 7.30pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. Paddy McGowan, interim Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement on the HSE National Mental Health Management Team, will chair these meetings.Paddy has a long and distinguished history as a campaigner on mental health issues. He has personal experience of the mental health services, both as a service user and as a carer. He has also been involved in advocacy around issues both nationally and internationally for many years.Urging people to attend the meetings and share their views he says: ‘‘I want to ensure that everyone who wants their voice heard on these matters gets an opportunity to do so. My appointment is a unique opportunity to ensure that the perspective of Service Users, Family Members and Carers are built into decision making about the mental health service at every level.‘‘We held initial consultation meetings in September and December. From these meetings I really believe that it is important to host nation wide meetings to give an opportunity to a wider group of service users, family members and carers to have their say about mental health services.’’The mental health division carries operational and financial authority and accountability for all mental health services with the core objectives of: Providing high quality services by implementing A Vision for Change (Vision) to deliver a modern, recovery focused, clinically excellent service built around the needs and wishes of service users, carers and family members.Supporting improvement in the mental health of the population and in our approach to suicide prevention.Implementing the Health Reform programme fully within mental health services in a way which ensures appropriate integration with other health and social services.The spectrum of services provided through the mental health division extends from promoting positive mental health through to supporting those experiencing severe and disabling mental illness. It includes specialised secondary care services for children and adolescents, adults, older persons and those with an intellectual disability and a mental illness.HSE TO HOST MENTAL HEALTH MEETINGS IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HSEmental healthlast_img read more