TWIN TOWNS BOXER GETS STAMP OF APPROVAL

first_imgIt was a proud day for the O’Reilly family, the Twin Towns Boxing Club and Donegal when boxer Stephen O’Reilly collected the first 55c stamp in his honour this week.Ballybofey man Stephen, tipped as a future Olympic contender, features on the stamp to commemorate the Centenary of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.Stephen travelled with his family and friends along with loyal members of the Twin Towns ABC. Well-known coach Brian Anderson, who has worked with Stephen since he was a youngster, said the day was a very proud one for all involved.The stamp features Stephen (wearing red) in action against his long-time rival David Joyce of St.Michael’s ABC in Athy.The Donegal sportsman has won nine national titles since taking up the sport when he wandered into the Finn Valley Centre aged just eight and began sparring for fun.The new stamp can be purchased, together with a special edition First Day Cover envelope at www.irishstamps.ie or at the GPO in Dublin. All Stephen needs now is to keep his fingers crossed about a possible chance at the Olympic team where he can prove once and for all he will take some licking after putting his stamp on the sport.The offer of a place on the Olympic Team is probably already in the post!EndsTWIN TOWNS BOXER GETS STAMP OF APPROVAL was last modified: April 14th, 2011 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:stampStephen O’ReillyTwin Towns ABClast_img read more

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‘Grave and deteriorating’

first_imgAdministration officials said they expected President Bush to announce his own “way forward” this month. They were careful not to take issue with the report’s findings in public, and said Bush had yet to make firm decisions. But some suggested that the diplomatic strategy suggested better fit the Middle East of 15 years ago, when Baker served as secretary of state. What played out Wednesday morning, from the White House to Capitol Hill, was a remarkable condemnation of U.S. policy drift in the most divisive military conflict to involve U.S. forces since Vietnam. It was all the more unusual because Baker was secretary of state to Bush’s father, and because the bipartisan group managed to formulate unanimous recommendations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • PDF: Iraq Study Group Report WASHINGTON – A bipartisan commission warned Wednesday that “the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating,” and it handed President Bush both a rebuke for his current strategy and a detailed blueprint for a fundamentally different approach, including the pullback of all U.S. combat brigades over the next 15 months. In unusually sweeping and blunt language, the panel of five Republicans and five Democrats issued 79 specific recommendations. These included a call for direct engagement with Syria and Iran as part of a “new diplomatic offensive,” jump-starting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and a clear declaration that the United States would reduce its support to Iraq unless Baghdad made “substantial progress” on reconciliation and security. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Bush has refused to deal with Syria and Iran, and as recently as last week, he assured Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki that the U.S. commitment to Iraq would be undiminished until victory is achieved. But the commission, led by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, argued that while Americans might be in Iraq for years, the Iraqis must understand that the U.S. military commitment was not “open ended.” It is time, the panel said, for the United States to “begin to move its combat forces out of Iraq responsibly.” The detailed prescription called for much more aggressive diplomatic efforts in the Middle East than the Bush administration has been willing to embrace. Its calls for reconciliation and reform in Iraq and an overhaul of the U.S. military role would also mark major departures in the American strategy. Members of the commission said they believed their recommendations would improve prospects for success in Iraq, but they said there was no guarantee against failure. “The current approach is not working, and the ability of the United States to influence events is diminishing,” Hamilton said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “Our ship of state has hit rough waters. It must now chart a new way forward.” last_img read more

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