first_imgDD EXCLUSIVE: THIS is the first picture of the Polish woman at the centre of wrong claims this week – Gaia Kowalik.The 38-year-old, originally from Gdansk in Poland, now lives in Dunfanaghy.Known until now by the name ‘Magda’ she has been unemployed for the past two years and is hoping to start a new massage business in the seaside town. Ms Kowalik is pictured doing a fashion shoot for the popular Dunfanaghy magazine D2D.It’s understood she plans to fly abroad later today to get away from the growing media storm after an interview she gave to a Polish newspaper last month was mistranslated earlier this week.One friend told donegaldaily.com: “She has booked a week away in the sun and is flying out today (Saturday) for a week to get away from it all.”Said Gaia of her ordeal: “At first I was completely shocked. You don’t know what to think. How is it possible for anybody to publish something that is just not true, completely not true and it’s not just misinterpretation, you know, or mistranslation – it’s just a completely different story.” She said things had been added to even the Polish version of the story but said most of it was about her actual life in a town near Letterkenny in Donegal.“The thing is that jobs are scarce here. It is difficult, especially as I don’t drive so I can’t go to bigger towns.“The other thing is that I worked in the hospitality industry and qualified as massage therapist and that’s something I wanted to do for a really long time and I decided that’s an option to start my own business, to do what I really want to do.” Advertisement Gaia said that she has done a number of FÁS courses to help her set up her own business which she hopes to set up by Easter.Of her actual lifestyle on the dole she added: “My needs are not very high. That is in the article, I really try to live as cheap as possible. I don’t spend money on clothes, cosmetics, going out to the pub.“I don’t have money for that. I have money for basic survival and that’s okay with me.”Meanwhile the Poland-based Irish journalist who filed the controversial mistranslation of the story to the Irish Independent has apologised. Advertisement Norma Costelloe wrote on her blog: “The quotes I used were inaccurate. I apologise to anyone I have hurt or upset or anyone suffering from the fallout of a story never intended to inspire racism. I have spent years traveling abroad and living in different countries and have experienced racism myself.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com DD EXCLUSIVE: MAGDA GOES PUBLIC – SHE’S GAIA, FROM GDANSK was last modified: February 4th, 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:DD EXCLUSIVE: MAGDA GOES PUBLIC – SHE’S GAIAFROM GDANSKlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Carson Palmer did not play well in New Orleans. Although he has only played three games for the Cards, this was his worst showing. Palmer completed just over 50 percent of his passes, threw for only 187 yards and two picks. And the offense responded to his performance in kind. Big Red scored only seven points. The offense was relatively anemic on third down and only got into the Red Zone twice. That’s what happens in the NFL when your Q struggles and that’s why quarterbacks get paid the kind of money they do. Most teams go as far as their QB will take them. – / 30 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The problem is you cannot be a successful quarterback in the National Football League if you anticipate the hits or expect the hits. A quarterback needs to anticipate the rush but not the hit; and the only expectation they should have is to be successful. In theory…But theory is not reality and the reality for Carson Palmer came crashing down around him on Sunday — literally. Palmer is going to be fine; he’s not the problem for the Cardinals. He has played very well considering he hasn’t had great protection. But, unfortunately, he has got to settle his soul, accept his plight and bear the burden of responsibility that comes with being a quarterback in the NFL. Being a successful quarterback in professional football translates into big dollars. The rewards are real for crisis management…and so is the punishment. The question is why did Carson Palmer play poorly? And the answer is getting old.The offensive line created a Context of Crisis for Palmer, where every read was a little quicker, every throw a little sooner than it should have been and every decision not as sound as it needs to be. Palmer let the pressure get to him and that is something we have not seen heretofore. When we watch a QB under duress make bad decisions and/or bad throws, we can empathize with why he didn’t execute. It’s completely understandable. Coaches are no different. They look at the film, break it down, pick it to pieces and grade every play with the eyes of one who knows the context of every play in which a QB is operating. They understand the situation…but can never accept poor decisions or ill-advised throws.And this is how I feel about Palmer’s performance on Sunday. It’s unacceptable…but I completely understand how it happens. Getting your back waxed by a 300-pounder is something our brains rail against and warn us of — consciously and subconsciously. Self-preservation and instinct take over and those primal attributes begin to affect our gross motor skills and psyche. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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