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first_imgThe North West Simon Community in Donegal has received a cheque for €1,500 from some of the proceeds of sales to date of Sean Feeney’s ‘Northern Soul’ album.Singer Sean FeeneyGrow, the community mental health movement were also a beneficiary.Simon Community are very grateful to Annagry man Sean for designating ‘Northern Soul’ as a charity album and for organising the various gigs to promote the album while giving us all an opportunity to experience for ourselves the unique sound. Northern Soul is an album that merges the sounds of Soul with Irish traditional music to bring you a unique take on some old classics. It features a range of local musicians who contributed to songs on the album.North West Simon Community are a not for profit organisation working to prevent homelessness in counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.We do this through our tenancy sustainment, housing support and life-skills projects. The monies raised from the album have been designated for our Settlement and tenancy sustainment work in Co. Donegal.This service provides support to people to both prevent their tenancy from a premature end through information, advice, and advocacy and to enable people access a home of their own through practical supports such as form filling, sourcing accommodation and moving into the accommodation, connecting to utilities and so on. We continue to work with the person for as long as they need our support for example through assisting them with budgeting and accessing training and leisure opportunities so they can make friends and hopefully prevent isolation.North West Simon Community are not in receipt of any government funding for this service and are reliant on fundraising and your generosity to continue the service which prevented homelessness for 25 individuals and their families in Co. Donegal during 2013.North West Simon Community is part of The Simon Communities in Ireland: a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland.The Simon Communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, Midwest, Northwest and Southeast are uniquely placed to mobilise local support and respond effectively to homelessness issues in each region – local responses to local issues using local resources.The Simon Communities are independently resourced and governed. It works collectively through a National Office to conduct valuable research, inform and influence national policy, best practice and raise public awareness of the common issues affecting people who are homeless in Ireland. NORTH WEST SIMON COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM SOME ‘NORTHERN SOUL’ was last modified: March 20th, 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:Northern SoulSean Feeneylast_img read more


Over 200 women sign up for topless swim at secret location for cancer fundraiser

first_imgPlans for a topless swim by Donegal women as part of a cancer fundraiser have caught the imagination with more than 200 brave souls already signed up.The swim, which will take place at a secret location in Inishowen, will take place in August.When Greencastle woman Mary McLaughlin contacted her friend Katrina Doherty about organising a female only topless swim to raise money for breast cancer services, a light bulb went off in her head. “It was just the right time for me,” said Moville mum Katrina.Having survived breast cancer herself after being diagnosed four years ago, Katrina had previously signed up for a full ‘Strip and Dip’ in County Wicklow but had backed out at the last minute.“I wasn’t in the right place for doing it but when Mary rang me and suggested us doing a ‘half strip and dip’ it just clicked and everything fell into place,” explained Katrina.The ‘Half Strip and Dip’ will see local women bravely strip off, from the waist up only, and take a quick dip at a beach in an extremely secret location within Inishowen later this month, all in a bid to raise money for breast cancer services in the county. Mary said she felt the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ might make women feel more comfortable going topless rather than a full strip.Donegal Hospice nurse Mary explained that she got inspiration for the fundraiser through her friend Sharon, who also works in the Donegal Hospice and was diagnosed with breast cancer.“We were all so shocked when Sharon was diagnosed – she didn’t have any of the usual symptoms and is a young mum of four,” said Mary.“She has had her treatment and a double mastectomy and is back at work. In Hospice we are surrounded by sickness and death but there is life after cancer and it can be very hard to settle back in.”With that in mind, Mary and Katrina have targeted three different groups to back with their fundraising. The Breast Cancer Centre in Letterkenny, Cancer Care West – which provides support to cancer survivors and the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme.“Cancer Care West is so important – five, ten or twenty years after having cancer you can call into them and they will be there to talk. You might just want to talk or have some reflexology – but they are there,” said Mary.“My friend Sharon said it was nearly as hard getting on with life after finishing her treatment as it was going through the treatment.”‘Go and live your life’ Katrina explained the after care with cancer patients is vital.“In 2015 when I was diagnosed there was no Cancer Care West. When I was diagnosed in September 2015 I immediately had a team around me telling me what to do and what would happen, but after it’s just like ‘go on live your life’. They just have to get on with the next patient.“Letterkenny are very good at looking after the physical side of your health and I receive check ups and mammograms every six months, but there is a lack of support. You would never think it would be hard to go back to normal or go back to how things were before cancer but you can’t,” she said.“You are totally different after having cancer – you don’t stress about the trivial things and the simple things can feel overwhelming at times. Life will never be the same again.”Scoil Mhuire teacher Katrina said she returned to work just eight months after her diagnosis.“I received my diagnosis in September 2015 and went back to work the following May just a couple of days at the end of the term but I went back full-time in September 2016 and that was really really tough,” explained Katrina.“I didn’t have chemo, I had a lumpectomy and radiation in St. Luke’s in Dublin but I’m still on medication that essentially blocks my hormones. I have a lot of side effects – some people don’t but I do – it’s essentially like the menopause. It can be challenging.“After going back to work full-time I changed and did job share for two years but I intend to go back full-time in September so we’ll see how it goes.”Back to schoolHowever teacher Katrina has a great relationship with her colleagues and the students in the Buncrana secondary school.“When I went back the principal asked me if I wanted to tell the students or talk to them and I was so happy to that. The students all know I had cancer and I would talk to them openly about it. I’m always there too if they need to talk, or if a family member is going through something similar,” she said.And it was Katrina’s positive experience at school that encouraged the ladies to donate some of the hard earned fundraising money to a the Breast Cancer Ireland Schools Outreach Programme.“I had never heard of this, but after I went back, one of the other teachers Denise Dowds, asked me about bringing these people in. We did the talk with all the girls in TY, 5th and 6th year. The co-ordinator was great. She had been diagnosed herself four years ago and was able to tell the girls what to look out for and taught them how to check themselves and be breast aware.“There was also a practical demonstration with a dummy so that was great – Rachel the co-ordinator was able to show them the difference between a lump and a dimple. It is a great programme so we knew we wanted to support them in whatever way we could.”Mary says Moville Community College and Carn Community School also now plan to run similar programmes for the young ladies in their schools.“We think education is key, teaching young women and encouraging them to be breast aware is so important,” she added.“Even to raise awareness that programmes like this exist for young people is great. We just want to raise as much money as possible doing this.” Up to 200 women signed up alreadyBoth Mary and Katrina have been overwhelmed with the amount of support they have received for the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ but with it not taking place until August there is plenty of time for other women to join them.“We have almost 200 fundraising cards out already so we’re hoping that maybe we’ll have a few more. This is literally for everyone, well as long as you are over 18,” said Mary.“My mum is 70 and she is doing it and she can’t understand why more older women aren’t taking part- I am so proud of her – she even said it to people at the bingo.“This will literally be as quick or as long as a dip as you want it to be and I think everyone will be focussed on themselves to look around them so hopefully more women sign up. Cancer is everywhere, it touches everyone – we all have our reasons for doing it – I’m doing it for friend Sharon and Katrina is doing it because she had cancer.But for Katrina she knows it will be an emotional affair.“I just know I’ll start crying. I think when you go through something that you have no control over this will allow to take back control – it will be empowering. But for me it will definitely be emotional.”With women coming from Carn, Buncrana, Ramelton, Moville, Greencastle, Letterkenny and further a field, friends Katrina and Mary hope the ‘Strip and Dip’ can act as a support group for people with cancer or survivors.“There used to be a support group in Inishowen but that’s gone now. Maybe when we are all together we can use this as opportunity to meet people and start our own form of a support group.”Fundraising cards are currently with the women who are taking part in the ‘Half Strip and Dip’ and each line costs €10. Separate fundraising cards and buckets are available locally in shops in Moville and in the 17 Healthwise stores across the county.For further information or to take part you can contact Katrina on 087-207-7939 or Mary on 086 -393-1043.Over 200 women sign up for topless swim at secret location for cancer fundraiser was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:cancercharityInishowentoplesslast_img read more


Mercury Orbital Science Begins

first_img This is a historic year for exploration of Mercury.  The three prior flybys already tantalized planetary scientists, but now floods of images and data can be expected for three years.  It’s been a long time since Mariner 10 visited in 1971 with a few brief passes.  Readers should applaud the designers and operators of this successful spacecraft. Note the difference between the discovery and explanation phases of science.  Discovery does not always follow a method.  Discoveries can come by mistake, by accident, by a dream, a hunch, tacit knowledge, abductive reasoning, or planning new ways to get closer to a target of investigation.  The latter might include a ladder, climbing a higher peak, venturing farther into inhospitable environments, or sending better robotic observers where human senses cannot go, as in planetary exploration. Explaining the observations is a different matter entirely.  Observations may suggest explanations, may falsify or confirm predictions, but do not explain themselves in a vacuum.  Remember to keep discovery and explanation distinct when reading articles such as these.  Scientists and their reporters often mix them together, giving the impression there is only one explanation.  That may be the case, but must be demonstrated, not assumed. Often the surprises and anomalies are the most interesting parts of the story.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now that the MESSENGER spacecraft has settled into its orbit, systematic detailed observations are coming in.  The Carnegie Institution has posted preliminary findings from the orbital science tour, rejoicing that “Tens of thousands of images reveal major features on the planet in high resolution for the first time,” and confessing that the data are confirming some predictions and revealing surprises.  Among the surprises, “Mercury’s surface composition differs from that expected for the innermost of the terrestrial planets, and Mercury’s magnetic field has a north-south asymmetry that affects interaction of the planet’s surface with charged particles from the solar wind.”  Embedded in the review are links to instrument descriptions at the MESSENGER website, where photos and presentations from a press conference have been posted. The mission is managed by the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Update 06/20/2011: Live Science posted a list of “The Greatest Mysteries of Mercury.”  It concerns the planet’s density, magnetic field, and atmosphere.last_img read more


Power rationing phase begins

first_img14 March 2008South Africa has entered the second phase of its national emergency response plan – the power rationing phase – which will last from the end of March to July, with Eskom looking to commercial and residential users to cut their electricity consumption by 10%.Eskom said in a statement this week that the second phase was to allow for the recovery of coal stocks and to address long-term plant health issues by carrying out more maintenance.Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin explained that while large industrial customers had delivered on the state’s call for demand reduction since February, there were no significant savings from the country’s commercial and residential sectors.“This means that we are unfortunately forced to move to scheduled load shedding as from 31 March 2008 to ensure that there is greater equity in dealing with the capacity constraints,” Erwin said. “Had we been able to achieve the 10% demand reduction of 3 000-megawatts, we would not have been in this position where we have to implement scheduled [power cuts].”During this period, Eskom will be taking the necessary steps to increase the size of coal stockpiles and improve the reliability of its supplies through additional scheduled plant maintenance.Should customers manage to achieve the 10% demand reduction, they will then be exempted from power cuts. Although selectively switchable critical loads or services will be exempted from power cuts where possible, they will still have to achieve the 10% demand reduction target.“A voluntary demand curtailment by all consumers is preferable to [power cuts], but we have unfortunately not received the 10% demand reduction from all customers,” said Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga. “We appeal to all South Africans to work with us to ensure that we do indeed achieve the 3 000-megawatts demand reduction without scheduled [power cuts].”According to Eskom, the period that will be used to set the base consumption level, from which savings have to be achieved, is October 2006 to September 2007.Given the key principle of equity, key industrial customers, municipalities and high voltage industrial or commercial customers that are selectively switchable, can apply for exclusion from scheduled power cuts, once savings have been achieved.Power cut schedulesEskom said that the proposed power cut schedules will be published on 17 March, following which municipalities and key industrial customers will be given until 21 March to apply for exemption from power cuts on the back of prior recorded savings or due to having a concrete demand reduction programme.On the 24 March, the revised power cut schedules that excludes the exempted customers will be published, and power cuts will then begin on the 31 March according to the revised schedule.Eskom will benchmark individual contracted reduction every two weeks to ensure that each customer is achieving the 10% reduction called for, which then allows customers to be exempted from power cuts.The utility explained that if a reduction were not achieved over the two benchmark periods, the customer would be reprogrammed into the power cuts schedule.“Eskom and the government will meet with the key industrial customers and metros and large municipalities every two months and at the end of each session will further use that opportunity to update the public on progress,” Maroga said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 23rd, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some growers in the northern part of the State were able to begin planting due to warmer weather, most growers throughout the rest of the State continued to delay planting as their fields were too wet for planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.8 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 22nd. While corn and soybean planting progress moved somewhat, both are behind the five year averages. There were frosts early in the week, which raised concern about damage to wheat, fruit, and vegetables, as well as the emerged early planted corn and soybeans. Emerged corn is looking yellow and stressed, and some will need to be replanted if the weather cooperates. Hay fields were being chopped across the state, though much of it for haylage, as conditions made it too difficult for dry hay baling. Other activities included tillage, spraying, and fertilizer application.Read the entire report herelast_img read more


Synovial fluid analysis

first_imgDefinitionSynovial fluid analysis is a group of tests that examine joint (synovial) fluid. The tests help diagnose and treat joint-related problems.Alternative NamesJoint fluid analysis; Joint fluid aspirationHow the test is performedA sample of synovial fluid is needed for this test. Synovial fluid is normally a thick, straw-colored liquid found in small amounts in joints, bursae (fluid-filled sacs in the joints), and tendon sheaths.After the joint area is cleaned, the health care provider inserts a sterile needle through the skin and into the joint space. Fluid is then drawn throughthe needleinto a sterile syringe.The fluid sample is sent to the laboratory. The laboratory technician:Checks the samples color and clarityPlacesthe sampleunder a microscope, counts the number of red and white blood cells, and looks for crystals (in the case of gout) or bacteriaMeasures glucose, proteins, uric acid, and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH)Cultures the fluid to see if any bacteria growHow to prepare for the testNormally, no special preparation is needed. Tell your health care provider if you are taking a blood thinner, such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix). These medicines can affect test results or your ability to take the test.How the test will feelSometimes, the health care provider will first inject numbing medicine into the skin with a small needle, which will sting. A larger needle is then used to draw out the synovial fluid.This test may also cause some pain if the tip of the needle touches bone. The procedure usually lasts less than 1 to 2 minutes.advertisementWhy the test is performedThe test can help diagnose the cause of pain, redness, or swelling in joints.Sometimes, removing the fluid can also help relieve joint pain.This test may be used when your doctor suspects:Bleeding in the joint after a joint injuryGout and other types of arthritisInfection in a jointWhat abnormal results meanAbnormal joint fluid may look cloudy or abnormally thick.Blood in the joint fluid may be a sign of injury inside the joint or a body-wide bleeding problem. An excess amount of normal synovial fluid can also be a sign of osteoarthritis or cartilage injury.RisksInfection of the joint — unusual but more common with repeated aspirationsBleeding into the joint spaceConsiderationsIce or cold packs may be applied to the joint for 24 to 36 hours after the test to reduce the swelling and joint pain. Depending on the exact problem, you can probably resume your normal activities after the procedure. Talk to your health care provider to determine what activity is most appropriate for you.ReferencesEl-Gabalawy HS. Synovial fluid analysis, synovial biopsy, and synovial pathology. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 53.Parrillo SJ, Marrison DS, Panacek EA. Arthrocentesis. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 53.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more


a month ago​Arsenal agree Turner Sports US broadcasting deal

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal agree Turner Sports US broadcasting dealby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have become the latest Premier League club to secure distribution for their in-house television channel via Turner Sports’ B/R Live over-the-top (OTT) platform, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Both Liverpool and Tottenham have agreed US distribution deals with B/R Live recently, and now Arsenal TV lands on the streaming service in an exclusive arrangement.Arsenal TV now also gets the benefits of the increased exposure of B/R Live’s availability via major smart TV’s as well as streaming products such as Amazon Fire and Roku.The Premier League club will push their international programming block via the B/R Live platform, comprising a three-hour period of Arsenal content produced for every match day, including pre and post-match coverage across the Premier League, the Uefa Europa League, and domestic cups.On non-match days, Arsenal TV offers subscribers the ability to watch full match replays of every first team game from the domestic league and cup competitions, with Turner’s Uefa rights deal also permitting retransmission of Europa League matches. Additionally, classic Arsenal matches will be available, as well as weekly magazine programming such as Arsenal World and Arsenal 360. last_img read more


Shailene Woodley And Rosario Dawson Join Native American Youth Protesting Oil Pipeline

first_imgOver the weekend, actresses Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough joined a group of over 30 Native American youth to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the White House and in Union Square in NYC.“We have taken Native American’s land and not honored the treaties that were established,” said Riley Keough. “The living conditions on the reservations are already unacceptable and we cannot allow a pipeline to run directly through the water supply. It would be disgraceful.”“It is our responsibility to learn the narrative in which Native Americans recall their own history and are walking their own history, and this is a beautiful opportunity for that,” added Shailene Woodley. “Because not only are we saying enough is enough to the fossil-fuel industry but we’re saying enough is enough to silence. That’s why this fight is so profound to me.”You can see Shailene Woodley’s Facebook live recordings of the DC event here, see Riley Keough’s Instagram posts from DC here, and watch Rosario Dawson speak at the NYC event here.last_img read more


Mexico launches plan to stimulate US border economy

first_imgMEXICO CITY — President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched an ambitious plan to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely.Mexico plans to slash income and corporate taxes to 20 per cent from 30 per cent for 43 municipalities in six states just south of the U.S., while halving to 8 per cent the value-added tax in the region. Business leaders and union representatives have also agreed to double the minimum wage along the border, to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.07 at current exchange rates.Lopez Obrador says the idea is to stimulate wage and job growth via fiscal incentives and productivity gains. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that low wages in Mexico lure jobs from the U.S.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Ottawa to announce 16 billion boost Tuesday for battered energy sector

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s battered energy industry will get a $1.6-billion boost from Ottawa on Tuesday to try to slow the political and economic bleeding.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr will be at an Edmonton college campus to unveil a support package for oil and gas companies, which are reeling from record-low oil prices.A source who provided the figure to The Canadian Press says funds will be divided among several different programs, including money to help companies invest in clean growth, loans, and other financial supports to help companies find new markets away from the United States, as well as investments in training and new technology. Alberta is already negotiating with an as-yet-unnamed third party to buy the rail cars, but Canada has not indicated any willingness to share the cost of the purchase yet, and rail cars are not part of Tuesday’s announcement.Earlier this month, Sohi asked the National Energy Board to do a review of existing pipeline capacity to make sure it is being used in the most efficient way and also to figure out whether there are any short-term steps that could maximize rail capacity to ship more oil.Days later, the NEB responded to Sohi and said it will provide him with a full report in February. It is a package based, in some ways, on those offered to softwood, steel and aluminum producers after the United States dealt them direct blows with new import tariffs.Canada’s oil patch isn’t facing that kind of pressure, but it is still the U.S. behind much of its pain.With pipelines at capacity and some major refineries down for maintenance this fall, the price for Alberta crude plummeted in the fall, hitting a panic-inducing $11 a barrel in late November.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s plan to buy more rail cars to help ship additional oil, as well as her decision to force a production cut from the biggest oil producers starting in January, helped push the price back up, trading above $26 a barrel at the end of last week.But that is still significantly less than the U.S. price and Canada’s economy is losing as much as $80 million a day because of the discount.Canada’s almost total reliance on the U.S. as an export market contributes to the problem. Almost every drop of oil that is not refined and used in Canada is exported to the United States. Without more pipelines to the coasts where oil tankers could theoretically then ship oil overseas, Canada’s oil producers are at the mercy of the Americans.center_img The only current proposal to increase pipeline capacity to the coasts is the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is in limbo following a court ruling overturning its federal approval. Ottawa is trying to get that project back on track with more consultations, but if that does happen, it will be several years before oil actually starts to flow.The impasse has left a sharp divide between Alberta and Ottawa.Although Tuesday’s announcement comes in the Alberta capital, neither Notley nor anyone from the Alberta government is scheduled to be there for the announcement.Premier Notley has made no secret in recent weeks of her desire to have Ottawa help the province buy new rail cars to ship two additional trains full of Alberta crude out of the province every day.last_img read more