Donegal mum steps up to honour her gift of life

first_imgA Letterkenny mum is honouring the gift of life she received through organ donation by running a mini-marathon to raise funds for The Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association.Organ Donor Awareness Week 2019 began with a park run for Clíona Marley. The 45-year-old mum of three was given the gift of life almost 5 years ago when she was offered a donor heart to replace her own, which was failing fast. Cliona was born with a congenital heart condition, which deteriorated when she was in her late thirties. She underwent a heart transplant in the summer of 2014 after spending 180 days in hospital, away from her husband Paul and her family, being kept alive by a heart pump. After a challenging 5 years since her transplant, Clíona’s strength and fitness have returned and she has decided it is time for her to give something back. Clíona is a big fan of the Letterkenny park run, where she wears the Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association (IHLTA) t-shirt to raise awareness for Organ Donation.And this weekly 5k is part of her training for participation in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. A team of over 20 women – friends and relatives from all corners of Ireland are joining Clíona to complete the marathon in Dublin on June 2nd 2019 in support of IHLTA.And she keeps her past illness and her three daughters at the forefront of her mind as motivation to keep moving forward. Cliona said: “Three weeks ago, on a cold morning with fresh snow on the ground, I briefly considered reneging on my decision to complete the park run. Then my mind took me back 5 years when I was confined to bed in the Mater Hospital, far away from my 3 little girls and attached to an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to keep me alive. I was waiting to live or die and my time was short. Thanks to my donor, I got to live. I promptly jumped at the chance to get out in the cold fresh Spring morning (snow or not!) and honour the gift my donor and their family so selflessly gave to me.”Clíona Marley and her three daughtersThis week marks National Organ Donor Awareness week, a time to remind individuals to talk to their families about their organ donation wishes and keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.Currently, the number of people waiting for transplants in Ireland is approximately 550. Cliona said: “I can’t stop thinking that someone else is in the position I was in 5 years ago, lying in bed, away from family and friends and waiting for the Gift of Life. This thought has prompted me to raise much-needed money for The Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association (IHLTA) to fund equipment, training and research and to help raise awareness for Organ Donation which can change many lives immeasurably. “Please have the conversation about Organ Donation with your families.”To support Clíona and her team in the Dublin VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and to follow their progress see: https://vhi-women-s-mini-marathon-2019.everydayhero.com/ie/the-gift-of-lifeDonegal mum steps up to honour her gift of life was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cliona marleyIrish Heart & Lung Transplant Associationorgan donationVhi Women’s Mini-Marathonlast_img read more

Man United may have found a cheaper alternative to Alex Sandro

first_img 2 Gaya recently signed a five-year deal to keep him at Valencia until 2023, but the lure of the Premier League could be too hard to resist.He has been a mainstay at the back for Valencia since making his debut in 2012, and featured in 38 games in all competitions during the previous campaign.Manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to strengthen the back line midfield and consequently, United have made some early signings in this transfer window, with full-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred arriving from Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively. Alex Sandro is just too expensive Manchester United are targeting Valencia left-back Jose Gaya as a cheaper alternative to Alex Sandro.The club are believed to have deemed the Brazil and Juventus man too expensive, with Gaya, 23, possibly being available for just £30million, according to the Mirror.That’s almost half the price they would have to pay Juve for Sandro. Jose Gaya could cost Man United £30m Ashley Young played as United’s left back last season, but at 32 years old he may not have a huge number of years left in the tank, while doubts remain about whether Luke Shaw has a place in Mourinho’s first team plans for next season. 2last_img read more

Ryanair’s hand luggage policy is ‘abusive’, Spanish Court rules

first_imgRYANAIR’S policy of charging extra fees has been ruled as ‘abusive’ by a Spanish court.A passenger complained about the policy, which was introduced last year and charged people additional fees for bringing any more than one personal item into the cabin.The passenger launched proceedings after she was force €20 to bring her 10kg luggage on board the flight from Madrid to Brussels,  The budget airline allows only small bags onto the cabin, provided they can be placed under the seat. Larger bags, weighing a maximum of 10kg, require a luggage fee.The court ordered Ryanair to refund her the €20 plus interest.The court, however, rejected the passenger’s demands for an additional €10 for the suffering experienced.The judge ruled that the hand luggage could be easily have been carried in the cabin. The judge said the the charge – which she deemed ‘invalid’ in Spain – was abusive and ‘curtailed the rights that the passenger has recognised by law’. The ruling cannot be appealed.In a statement, Ryanair said: “This ruling will not affect Ryanair’s baggage policy, as it misquoted the [European Court of Justice] and misinterpreted the airlines’ commercial freedom to determine the size of their cabin baggage.”Ryanair’s hand luggage policy is ‘abusive’, Spanish Court rules was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:ryanairlast_img read more

Behind enemy lines: Five questions with Chiefs beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Adam Teicher, who covers the Kansas City Chiefs for ESPN.com:Q: The Chiefs have the week off. Andy Reid is known for having his teams well prepared after a bye with a 17-3 record in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Can you shed any light on why Reid is so good at this?Teicher: Reid and his staff put the extra time to good use. Their game plans usually look fresh after having some time off. The players look fresh, too. Reid gives the players the entire bye week off from …last_img

Thumbs up for South Africa’s tap water

first_img18 March 2010Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica says the world can rest assured that the tap water in all host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is safe to drink.She was briefing the media in Cape Town this week, following the release of the 2010 Host Cities Drinking Water Quality Management Audit Report. The audit used the Blue Drop Certification System, an incentive-based regulation system which the department introduced in September 2008 to rate municipalities across the country.All of the host cities scored 95% under the certification system and were awarded Blue Drop Status.Johannesburg (98.39%) and Cape Town (98.18%) got the highest scores, while Rustenburg (95.1%), Port Elizabeth (95.08%) and Bloemfontein (95.05%) ranked the lowest.The certification system looks at, among other things, water safety planning, and submission of credible information, asset management and incident management.Ahead of the audit, a core group of Blue Drop assessors visited the UK’s Drinking Water Inspectorate in October last year and the inspectorate also provided training for the assessors.Improved drinking water qualityOver the last six months the country’s overall South African drinking water quality was measured as 96%, an improvement over the 2009 Blue Drop Report when the country’s towns and municipalities scored on average 93.3%.Sonjica pointed out that South Africa still had safe tap water relative to other countries.“You go to other countries and at the hotels there’s a tag that’s there – don’t drink from the taps. We’ve never had that,” said Sonjica, adding that South Africa had also had very few outbreaks of waterborne diseases.However, she said this didn’t mean one had to be complacent as the quality of water was constantly under threat by an increasing population, dilapidated infrastructure and pollution.Sonjica said the department issued directives to those municipalities where the supply of water had become unsafe. These would be followed up by “strict monitoring” of the municipalities in question, but the department would also offer assistance to those towns that needed to improve their water standards.Tariff increases, free basic waterShe said South Africa was a water-scarce country and that a tariff increase may be “unavoidable”, but she added that at this point an increase was not on the cards.She said the department was still working on its tariff policy and until it had been completed a decision could not yet be made.“But even if we get to that point we would look at a rising tariff as we have today, with a provision to cushion the poorest,” she said, adding that the free basic provision of water would remain.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Oprah spreads her love

first_imgOprah Winfrey brought her brand of hope to South Africa recently. (Images: Nokuphila Nyawo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jaco-Louis Groenewald   PR Manager, Associated Media Publishing  +27 21 464 6250. RELATED ARTICLES • Oprah’s girls get 100% matric pass • Africa’s social change champions • Women taking SA forward • Madiba: role model for South Africa’s youthSulaiman Philip US phenomenon Oprah Winfrey hosted 6 000 adoring fans at Gallagher Estate in Midrand at the first South African O Magazine O You event this week. Her appearance on the stage was met with the sort of rapturous applause she received from her audience for 25 years when her hit talk show aired. Winfrey drew a crowd of young and old, all eager to hear the message she has been advocating for as long as she has been famous: fulfil your destiny and live your best life. Or as she put it: “You want to be the fullest expression of who you are. When the time comes you want to be able to say you blew it out.” For more than 5 000 episodes of Winfrey’s talk show, her aim was to help her audience find a purpose to their lives. It was the same message she brought to her excited fans at Gallagher Estate, who hung on her every word. It was also the message shared by the guest speakers who preceded her. Author Ariane de Bonvoisin, radio personality Redi Thlabi and professional organiser and de-clutterer Julie Morgenstern shared the light touch of their host as they proclaimed a simple message: from change something good will come. For the South African women at the event, Winfrey’s assurances that they could take control in small ways and create lives of value had helped them find meaning in their own lives. They identified with her struggles, with her weight issues, with the abuse she suffered and the depression she overcame. As private banker Anthea Riffle put it: “We really do idolise her because we see so much of ourselves in her.” Powerful audience The audience was a cross section of the powerful – Agang leader Mamphela Rampele and first lady Thandeka Zuma – media personalities – the Raphaelys and morning TV host Leanne Manas – and young and old fans. The front of row, however, was given over to students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Samantha Page, the editor of O Magazine South Africa, used the event to announce the launch of the OWN network programming block on the TLC channel (DSTV 172). From 17 October, every Thursday and Sunday, Oprah’s fans will be able to watch her brand of feel-good spirituality. The OWN network, Winfrey’s broadcast group, was not an immediate success and she used the lessons she learned from righting that ship to advise people who got to ask questions at the end of her presentation. The most valuable lesson she learned, Winfrey revealed, was finding the right people. “Surround yourself with people who know how to make your vision come true.” She added: “Ultimately, you have to make money because you are a business. I let other people worry about that. I worry about the message. I am always, always, always about holding true to the vision and the message, and when you are true to that, then people respond.” In such interactions, she uses the story of her own life and her triumphs over adversity, discrimination and abuse to inspire the women who listen to her. Without a regular TV show to spread her message, she interacts on a more personal level and her most important South African audience are the girls she calls her daughters, the young women who attend her academy in Henley-on-Klip, in Gauteng. The academy This weekend, the academy held its third graduation ceremony. There are now 160 South African girls receiving university educations thanks to Winfrey’s largesse. “When Madiba asked me how Africa was going to change, I told him I believed it was going to be her women that would change Africa,” she recalled. The academy was established in 2007 to provide a superior education to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Winfrey’s generosity grew out of a conversation over tea with Nelson Mandela at his Qunu home about education’s role in alleviating poverty. Built at a cost of $40-million, the school’s first graduating class of 157 girls are now at universities around the world. At the time of the academy’s opening Winfrey said: “The best way to effect change long term is to give children exposure and opportunity and nurture them to understand their own power and possibility.” Winfrey is a child of poverty, whose talent and hard work has made her wealthy and famous. The more powerful and wealthy she has become, however, the more she has looked for what she calls “important work”. When asked, she points to the establishment of her academy and the time she spends with her girls as her most joyful. In 2000, when she promised Mandela that she would start a school, her desire was informed by the old women and young girls she had seen walking along the road. She told the Gallagher Estate audience that those women reminded her of the grandmother who raised her and the young girls accompanying them could so easily be her. The future Winfrey shared the story of an awakening she had as a three-year-old. Her grandmother’s most fervent dream for Winfrey was for her to find good white employers in America’s South. “I was churning butter while she was boiling clothes and she kept saying to me that I needed to learn how to do these things because I would need to know how to do them. I promised myself then that that would not be my future.” Pointing skywards, she ended by saying: “Every so often I tell my gran: ‘Yes I have wonderful white people working for me now.’” In all, 6 000 women and about 10 men spent a day being inspired and motivated by Winfrey. For her audience, the community that has formed around her is just as important; these are woman like Shamala Chetty, who attended with her sister and friends. “I was going through a rough time this year. It was nice just to be around other women, other people who have come through and survived,” she said. And that is the secret of Winfrey’s appeal to South African women, and perhaps to women across the world. “She gives me hope for my life. It feels as if she is the only person in the world who understands how I feel.”last_img read more

The PV/Solar-Thermal Switch-up

first_imgA recent story about market forces at work in the solar-power world underscored the notion that large-scale photovoltaic systems, at least in regions where sun exposure favors their use, are dominating the renewable-energy landscape.The basic point of the story is that oversupply and declining prices of photovoltaic panels, particularly those imported from China, are making PV systems increasingly attractive not only to consumers and commercial builders, but also to utilities whose solar projects originally were designed for solar-thermal technology. During the past three years, while developers of many large-scale renewable-energy facilities pushed the projects from planning to permitting stages, the cost of PV panels dove to such an extent that many developers dropped solar thermal in favor of PV, notes a San Jose Mercury News story posted on December 8.“PV is very cheap right now and it’s faster to put up,” Paula Mints, a solar industry analyst with Navigant Consulting, told the paper, adding that solar thermal takes “about two years to build. With PV there’s more instant gratification.”Beyond residential uses, PV’s upper handAs GBA’s “Green Basics” guide explains, PV tends to be more cost-effective than solar thermal for space heating homes. For large-scale power generation, solar collectors are used to boil water to power steam-turbine electricity generators. The technology was widely embraced a few years ago, and still will be used for some major projects.The SJMN story points out that California law requires utilities to generate at least a third of their power from renewable-energy systems by 2020. At the same time, the California Public Utilities Commission is pressuring utilities to pursue that goal in the most cost-effective ways possible so that the cost to ratepayers is minimized. But whether developers are responding to pressure from regulators or the market, it appears that a significant number are switching to PV from solar thermal. Of nine solar thermal utility projects licensed in 2010 by the California Energy Commission, five had announced by early December that they were switching to PV. The CEC licenses solar thermal projects of 50 megawatts or larger, while permitting for utility-scale PV projects is handled by counties.State officials don’t expect the shift to PV will reduce utility rates in the short term, but could keep rates lower than they would have been had all utility-scale projects stayed with solar thermal.last_img read more

Twitter Analytics Outfit Topsy Extends Its Tweet Index Back To The Beginning

first_imgTags:#analytics#data#now#Topsy#twitter Topsy, a social analytics platform for searching and analyzing tweets, announced today that its data history will now include public tweets dating back to Twitter’s hatching in March 2006. Users will be able to track the number of times an account was mentioned, how many users a given tweet potentially reached, and the general location and sentiment of tweets on particular topics throughout the history of the service. Prior to this update, Topsy’s data index only extended back to July 2010. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img readwrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img

CCTV footage emerges of Chandigarh stalking

first_imgHaryana ‘stalking’ case: CCTV cameras along route ‘non-functional’, say police  Informed sources said the Chandigarh police had got footage from at least five CCTV cameras that shows the victim’s vehicle being chased. But whether the feed is from private cameras or from those installed by the administration is yet to be confirmed by the police.The police have been facing flak for not invoking Sections 365 (kidnapping) and 511 (attempt to commit offences punishable with imprisonment) of the IPC. But they have been maintaining that they are in the process of gathering and analysing the CCTV footage.AIDWA demandMembers of the All India Democratic Women’s Association led a march against the police for allegedly diluting the charges against the two accused. AIDWA members marched from Yavnika Garden in Panchkula towards the residence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar but were stopped by the police.“Police should add non-bailable sections in the FIR against the two men. Besides, the accused’s father, Subhash Barala, should resign as president of the BJP’s Haryana unit. As his party is in power at both the Centre and Haryana, Mr. Barala could influence the case and investigations,” said Subhashini Ali, national vice-president of AIDWA.Ms. Ali condemned the BJP for shaming the victim on the social media by using her old photos and questioning her lifestyle. Statements by BJP leaders on Beti bachao beti padhao was hollow.Later, an AIDWA delegation met Mr. Khattar and gave a memorandum demanding inclusion of charges of kidnapping and outraging the modesty of a woman in the FIR.All India Mahila Congress representatives met Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and submitted a memorandum, to be sent to the Prime Minister, and demanded the immediate arrest of the accused.“First the Chandigarh police dropped the serious charges of attempt to kidnap and outraging the modesty of women. Later, the CCTV on the route of the incident went non-functional, but yet the police are silent on the issues, which indicates that the BJP leaders are trying to influence the probe,” said Shobha Oza, president, AIMC.Women members of the Indian National Lok Dal ( staged a protest and shouted slogans against the BJP and its Haryana president in Chandigarh. They demanded the arrest of the accused and resignation of Mr. Subhash Barala.Mr. Barala said, “The law would take its own course and there was no attempt to influence the probe” After CCTV footage of a white sports utility vehicle following the victim’s car in the ‘Chandigarh stalking case’ emerged on social media on Tuesday, the clamour against the police and BJP leaders has intensified. Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, whose son Vikas is involved in the incident broke his silence, saying there was no attempt to influence the investigation, and the victim was like his own daughter.Members of several political parties staged protests in Chandigarh and Haryana demanding the arrest of Vikas and his friend Ashish, who are facing charges of alleged stalking and harassment of a young woman, daughter of an IAS officer.The two were released soon after their arrest on Friday night.Even after the CCTV footage surfaced on Tuesday, which apparently could corroborate the charges of kidnapping by the victim in the complaint, the Chandigarh police are silent on the progress in the case.Also Readlast_img read more

India can aim for athletics medal in 2020:High Performance Dir

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) Indias newly-appointed Athletics High Performance Director Derek Boosey feels the country has a realistic chance of winning an elusive track-and-field medal in the 2020 Olympics provided the focus is on “talented” juniors. The 73-year-old, who was born in Pune and has an ancestral connection with India, became the first High Performance Director for Athletics in October last year. “We need to focus on juniors. There is a lot of talent among the juniors in this country. In the 2020 Olympics, we can seriously plan for a medal and we can plan on juniors. That is the objective,” the 1968 Mexico City Olympian told PTI in an interview. “You need to plan. We can win medals in 2020, why not? For that we need very good Indian coaches, many more than we have now. And we need all-weather (Indoor) facilities in four -five cities in the country,” said the former triple jumper. India has not won a single athletics medal in the Olympics though a few athletes have reached the finals. Elaborating on the need for a bigger pool of internationally qualified coaches, Boosey said, “We need to have domestic coaches who have passed IAAF coaching levels 1, 2, 3 or 4 etc. The foreign coaches we have now are very good but we need domestic coaches in the long run. “It will take some time to have internationally qualified domestic coaches in large numbers. But we have to start,” said Boosey, who holds citizenship of the USA, United Kingdom and Canada, though he currently uses the American passport. Asked if he felt that India lacks in athletics infrastructure, he said, “The infrastructure is good and the Sports Authority of India has done well. But we cannot depend on the government alone. “We need indoor centres in New Delhi, Patiala, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram and may be in Pune. We need all-weather facilities so that athletes can train throughout the year in the country. “There are good facilities at Ooty and a Center of Excellence will be coming up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi,” he said. Boosey has worked in several capacities in various countries as head coach and consultant of national teams, as top administrator of major Games and marketing head of national athletics bodies and companies like Nike. He has also published coaching manuals which were approved by the IAAF for its development programmes throughout the world. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more