KINGSTON: Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says a meeting will be convened with members of the organising committee – headed by Jason McKay (at the earliest possible date) – with a view to seeing how best the Government of Jamaica can assist in successfully hosting the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships (ISKA). “I am very delighted and excited by the fact that we have won the rights to host the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships,” said Grange. “It is an indication that the world of karate and kickboxing believes that our people have the ability and capacity to execute at a very high level.” Since the announcement, Grange has alerted technocrats within the ministry to the endless possibilities of hosting the championships, all in an effort to ensure that the sport and the country is positioned to maximise on the gains to be derived. “This is a massive boost to Brand Jamaica and is a challenge all of us must embrace. It is another opportunity to promote and raise awareness about our rich cultural heritage and generate revenue to the economy,” she said. “Coupled with our world-class hospitality industry, I am confident that many of our guests who will attend this event in 2018 will happily return to our shores thereafter.” Jamaica was announced as the chosen destination for the 2018 edition of the championships during the just-concluded ISKA World Championships in Germany, which was held from May 18-22. “Special commendations to the martial arts community and all other stakeholders for the role they have played so far, but rest assured that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is committed to ensuring that the 2018 ISKA World Championships will be a huge success in all areas,” she added. The sports minister also commended the entire combined martial arts team that went to the World Championships in Germany.
Lucy’s parents Gary and Carleen with Rosses Community School Principal John Gorman and RTE personality Mary Kennedy.A West Donegal community has come together to support a little baby girl who has a rare skin disorder.Little Lucy Gallagher from Maghery, who is just six months old, suffers from Harlequinn Ichthyosis.The condition, which prevents Lucy’s skin from developing properly, affects just 100 children around the world. Lucy is still at Our Lady’s Hospital in Dublin but yesterday marked the start of a major fundraising campaign for Lucy and her parents Gary and Carleen to give them every support they need.And the campaign could not have got off to a more inspiring start.Afterall it’s not every day that you get the support of the Donegal GAA team captain, Daniel O’Donnell, Sir Alex Ferguson and Prince William.All these personalities have written a piece for a new book called ‘Heroes in the Classroom’ which was launched by pupils at Rosses Community School yesterday. The students were delighted to have Mary Kennedy from RTE to launch their book which celebrates teachers who have made a positive impact on students’ lives.The students wrote to many celebrities asking them to recall any teacherswho inspired them and the replies are included in the book.The book is dedicated to baby Lucy with the book going on sale for €10 in local shops.Lucy and the Gallagher know they have a long road ahead. But with the support of the people form The Rosses and across Donegal, that road can be travelled with strength.In an introduction for the book Carleen writes:“Doctors informed us that she is, at present, the only child in Ireland with this condition and that there are less than 100 world-wide. I guess at this point we realised how extra lucky we were to be given the chance to care for her.“Lucy spent her first nine weeks in an incubator where she was covered hourly in paraffin gel. She was given a medicine to encourage her yellow scales to shed. “Her new skin is red and flaky. As Lucy was born with her eyelids flipped inside out, eye gel was applied hourly to ensure that they didn’t dry out. She gets fed mainly through a tube that connects her nose and tummy.“Unfortunately, when Lucy was twelve weeks old, she suffered a serious eye infection which has meant she had to undergo six eye surgeries, Carleen said.“She has had a taste of cosmetic surgery, sporting a pair of new eyelids and has had the outer part of her eyes permanently stitched closed to try to prevent another eye infection.”BABY LUCY GETS SUPPORT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE was last modified: February 8th, 2013 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:FundHeroes in the ClassroomLucy Gallagherrosses community school