THEY DID IT – DIABETES CAMPAIGN GROUP GETS GOOD NEWS AT DAIL EIREANN

first_imgDonegal’s children with diabetes present their petition to Health Minister Dr. James Reilly at Dáil Éireann. In front: Rianna and Alyssa Kelly.Special report by Rachel McLaughlin in DublinThe Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group’s campaign has come to a triumphant end. They have been promised a dedicated Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny General Hospital.This follows a four year campaign for the service, which attends to the needs of children with Type 1 diabetes. The campaign gathered speed in recent months when it was announced that the position of the previous CNS service at Letterkenny General Hospital would be changed. Parents feared that restructured integrated nurse service would concentrate of Type 2 care, and reduce the time available for their children.Donegal’s children with diabetes bring their petition for a dedicated CNS to Dáil ÉireannThey launched a widespread campaign and started a petition to highlight their demands.Today at Dáil Éireann, a group of Donegal’s children with diabetes handed a petition of 20,000 signatures to Health Minister Dr. James Reilly’s private secretary outside Leinster House. Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group Chairperson Denise Gillespie explains why they were at Dáil Eireann today:Donegal’s children with diabetes protest outside Dáil ÉireannThis afternoon, the Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group and members of the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland met with Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly, a delegation from the Department of Health, senior HSE officials, and Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Thomas Pringle to discuss their demands.Rosie Devlin protesting outside Dáil ÉireannEimear Gillespie and Orla GardinerThe group were delighted to hear Dr. James Reilly and CEO of North West Hospital Group Bill Maher announce that the dedicated CNS position was sanctioned and it will be filled within coming weeks.The meeting also explored the potential of locating a Paediatric Diabetes Centre of Excellence in the North West. There are only 5 such centres nationally and all of those are located south of the Dublin- Limerick line.Donegal Diabetes Ireland Parents Support Group Chairperson Denise Gillespie said, “We are absolutely delighted with Minister Reilly’s announcement for the appointment of the Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists in the coming weeks and look forward to further discussion with Mr Bill Maher on the development of paediatric diabetes services”.As he was unable to be present in the Dáil today, DonegalDaily spoke with Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh yesterday. We asked him whether he could see funding being made available for a Paediatric Diabetes Centre of Excellence to be set up in Letterkenny, taking cutbacks to the HSE’s budget into account. He said that the number of children with Type 1 Diabetes in Donegal and the combined expertise of the dedicated CNS and the integrated community nurse would signal towards Donegal being a prime location for such a centre.Deputy McHugh also said that the measured and calm nature of the parent’s campaign was a critical factor to their success today. He felt that their requests today were “more than reasonable”.Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty spoke to DonegalDaily about the financial sense that a dedicated Paediatric Diabetes Centre of Excellence would make. Ten per cent of the HSE’s budget is spent on care of diabetes. Deputy Doherty said that an insufficient amount of this money goes towards preventative and management measures for diabetes.The campaign received strong support from all party-affiliated and independent Donegal TDs. We asked Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Independent TD Thomas Pringle on the importance of this unified backing. The Donegal Diabetes Ireland Parents Support Group thanked the people of Donegal, the TDs and the media for their massive support over the past few weeks during their petition campaign.Donegal’s children with diabetes protest outside Dáil ÉireannTHEY DID IT – DIABETES CAMPAIGN GROUP GETS GOOD NEWS AT DAIL EIREANN was last modified: April 9th, 2014 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:Dail Eireanndonegal diabetes parents support groupHEALTH MINISTERJames Reillyjoe mchugh tdPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNPearse DohertypetitionThomas Pringlelast_img read more

South African dancer bags international scholarship

first_img18 February 2016Congratulaions to 16yr old Leroy Mokgatle, who the international Prix de Lausanne award in Switzerland. #ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/zBUOKUgZmc— Nickyz World (@SeithatiSegoatl) February 13, 2016Leroy Mokgatle, who is just 16, won fourth prize in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition in Switzerland on 6 February. He is the first South African in 28 years to be recognised by this elite competition.He also earned a full scholarship to any one of the 66 Lausanne facilities around the world. His performance in the competition also proved popular with the crowds, as he also won the audience choice award.Leroy Mokgatle with Seyward, his teacher, after winning 4th prize at #prixdelausanne2016 :))) pic.twitter.com/V0mAMwUR8M— BalletClassique (@BalletClasscgkh) February 6, 2016Leroy‚ who trains with Angelique and Sayward Harris at the non-profit dance and sports training centre Art of Motion in Johannesburg‚ gained the attention of the international dance community when he won the gold medal at the London Genee International ballet competition in September 2015. Leroy’s unique interpretation of dance combines Western styles of ballet and contemporary jazz, with distinctive African elements.Leroy Mokgatle wen gesogte prys by internasionale balletkompetisie in Switzerland. Foto #gregorybatardon @RapportSA pic.twitter.com/qoB2mDrS75— Julian Jansen (@JulianJansen) February 6, 2016On behalf of Leroy, Art of Motion thanked South Africans for their support during his rapid rise in international dance competition, adding thanks also to “the world audience for voting (a) SA candidate as their audience choice”. The recognition, the organisation said, was a reward for the continued commitment “to quest for excellence” by Leroy and the hundreds of other young aspiring South African dancers.Leroy Mokgatle had me fixed. So glad he won the #PrixDeLausanne Incredible dancer #ballet pic.twitter.com/aksx3SI75A— Perf.SportsTherapy (@Perf_STherapy) February 12, 2016Source: News24last_img read more

Product Review: World’s Best Sill Seal

first_imgSill seal made from closed-cell foam does a pretty good job of stopping air leaks on smooth-topped foundations. When the concrete is rough, however, it’s hard for sill seals to bridge the uneven gap under the mudsill.To address the problem, Protecto Wrap, a Denver manufacturer of peel-and-stick flexible flashing products, has developed the world’s best sill seal. Called Triple Guard, the sill seal includes a gasket of closed-cell polyethylene foam, just like many competing products. But to address the problem of air leakage through gaps caused by irregular concrete foundations, Triple Guard has thicker than usual foam — 3/8 in. thick instead of the more typical 1/4 in.The foam layer is bonded to a layer of 20-mil peel-and-stick rubberized asphalt, so that the gasket adheres to the top of the concrete foundation. The sill seal has a T-shaped cross-section, with a 4 3/4-in.-wide peel-and-stick flange at a 90° angle to the foam gasket.The bottom half of the vertical flange is designed to adhere to the outside face of the concrete foundation. Once the walls are framed, the top half of the flange is adhered to the wall sheathing.At that point, virtually all air infiltration has been blocked.Lab results back up claimsAt the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, senior research engineer Jan Kosny tested the airtightness of sills sealed with Triple Guard. When sealed with conventional foam sill seal, the gap between the concrete and the mudsill in a 9-ft., 6-in. wall assembly had an equivalent leakage area (ELA) of 3.6 square in. When the gap was sealed with Triple Guard, the ELA dropped to 0.3 sq. in.—a 91.7% reduction in air leakage.“This product gives almost 100% protection against air leakage, as well as moisture leakage in two directions—horizontal and vertical,” said Kosny. “This is a great product.”Kosny also spoke highly of Triple Guard’s tenacity. “After we were done with our testing, we had some questions about some of the results, and we wanted to repeat some of the testing,” said Kosny. “We said, ‘Let’s remove the Protecto Wrap from the concrete and test the other sealant.’ But can you believe that three people couldn’t take off a ten-foot-long piece of Protecto Wrap in three hours? It’s a very tough product.”Triple Guard is sold in 25-ft. rolls in two different sizes. It isn’t cheap; the smaller size, intended for use with 2×4 sill plates, costs about $47 per roll. The larger size (for 2×6 sill plates) has a 5 1/2-in.-wide foam strip and costs about $72 per roll.For more information, visit the manufacturer’s Web site or call the manufacturer at (800) 759-9727.last_img read more

Ragi Rawa Idli

first_imgIngredients Ragi flour (finger millet) 1 cup Semolina 1 cup Yoghurt 1 cup Fresh Green Chillies (finely chopped) 1 tsp Ginger (finely chopped) 1 tsp Fruit Salt or Baking Powder ½ tsp Refined Vegetable Oil as required Salt to taste Preparation Combine the ragi flour, semolina, yogurt and baking powder/fruit salt in a large mixing bowl. Add water and prepare a thick batter. Allow the batter to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. After the batter has rested for 15 minutes, check its consistency and stir in some additional water if required. Add salt, green chillies, ginger, a tablespoon of oil and mix well. Preheat an idli steamer with water and pour the batter into the mould cavities. Steam the idlis for 10 minutes until a fork inserted comes out clean. Serve the idlis with tomato chutney, coconut chutney and mint chutney. (Courtesy: Chef Ramit Kohli, Executive Sous Chef, Taj City Centre, Gurugram)last_img read more

David Attenborough Attends The Queens Commonwealth Canopy Conservation Initiative Reception

first_imgThe Queen has hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to showcase forestry projects dedicated to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) conservation initiative.The Queen and David AttenboroughCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe reception was attended by Sir David Attenborough who gave a speech thanking Her Majesty for “showing great leadership” by putting her name to the project.“We are fortunate that you are still thinking about the future and how to make this a better world,” Sir David said.The QCC project was launched in 2015 when an appeal was made to all 52 Commonwealth nations to contribute areas of indigenous forest to be preserved in perpetuity to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.Since then, around 20 Commonwealth countries have dedicated forestry projects or are planting new forests, with another 10 countries in the process of finalising their submissions.The first country to offer a QCC dedication was Singapore, which was officially acknowledged on behalf of Her Majesty by The Princess Royal during a recent visit.Canada’s QCC commitment of the Great Bear Rainforest was recently unveiled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry will visit a number of QCC dedications during his up-coming visit to The Caribbean.The Queen acknowledged those countries that have already dedicated projects by presenting High Commissioners with a certificate of QCC partnership.Displays also illustrated the variety of projects involved including from the Seychelles which is planting 20,000 new trees, to Australia which has dedicated a programme to plant 20 million trees.The project was conceived by charity Cool Earth, and led by the Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with Cool Earth and the Commonwealth Forestry Association. It was unveiled at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015 in Malta.The next CHGM will be held in the UK in 2018 and more nations are expected to have signed up to create a global network of indigenous forests to benefit communities and wildlife, now, and into the future.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

Industrials and tech help lift Toronto market while US stocks sink

first_imgTORONTO – The industrials and technology sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Thursday, while U.S. stock markets moved lower.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. climbed along with aviation and other rail companies after the company showed strong results in its earnings after markets Wednesday.The industrial sector index, which closed up 1.14 per cent, looks to be benefiting from a strong economy across North America, said Allan Small, a senior investment advisor at HollisWealth.“When you have an economy in North America firing on if not all cylinders then pretty close, you can extrapolate to the rails, they’re the ones that carry the goods all around.”A boost to the utilities, consumer staples and other sectors also helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 65.61 points at 16,543.01.U.S. stocks were hit by concerns about trade tension as congressional hearings on auto tariffs got underway, said Small.“I think more talk overnight and early this morning about auto tariffs, etc. I think that took down U.S. markets.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 134.79 points at 25,064.50. The S&P 500 index was down 11.13 points at 2,804.49 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 29.14 points at 7,825.30.Trade tension could have also played a role in pushing down the Canadian dollar, which averaged 75.44 cents US for a dip of 0.29 of a US cent Thursday.“All these trade talks, trade wars, the idea that the U.S. President could put tariffs on automobile parts and automobiles in general. There’s been more talk of that recently, so I think trade worries brought down our dollar,” said Small.He said confidence that the U.S. federal reserve will continue to steadily increase rates has also strengthened the U.S. dollar against other currencies.The September crude contract closed up 49 cents at US$68.24 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.77 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended down $3.90 at US$1,224 an ounce and the September copper contract was down six cents at US$2.70 a pound.Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. closed up 7.5 cents, or 46.88 per cent, at 23.5 cents after De Beers Canada Inc. signed a deal to acquire the company in an offer valued at $107 million. Under the deal, De Beers will pay 24 cents per share for the company, which owns the Chidliak diamond project located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending November 11, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi7. NBA 2K19, 2K8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited10. PlantSnap Plant Identification, PlantSnap, Inc.Top Free iPhone Apps:1. Fire Balls 3D,Voodoo2. Swing Star,Good Job Games3. Stickman Hook, MADBOX4. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.7. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.8. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited9. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.10. Find Differences: Detective,Fastone GamesTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate. Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Toca Life: Neighborhood, Toca Boca AB4. Notability, Ginger Labs5. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited6. XtraMath, XtraMath7. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations10. NBA 2K19, 2KTop Free iPad Apps:1. Swing Star, Good Job Games2. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited3. Paper.io 2, Voodoo4. Fire Balls 3D, Voodoo5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.7. Helix Jump, Voodoo8. Spinner.io, Good Job Games9. Happy Glass, Lion Studios10. Flip Trickster, Lion Studios__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sears gets another reprieve from liquidation

first_imgNEW YORK — Sears is getting another reprieve from liquidation after its chairman and largest shareholder revised his bid to save the iconic brand.The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer says it has accepted Eddie Lampert’s bid through an affiliate of his ESL hedge fund that could keep 425 stores open and save tens of thousands of workers, according to a hearing on Tuesday at the bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y. The bid now requires Lampert to deposit $120 million by 4 p.m. Wednesday through his hedge fund.The revised bid is not official, and will be evaluated in an auction set for Jan. 14 that will compete with other bids from liquidators looking to shut it down.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img

Extreme cold warning issued for the North Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Warnings2:32 PM PST Friday 01 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace region, strong northerly winds will continue tonight to produce wind chill values below minus 40. Windy conditions are expected to last through Saturday night.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning has been issued for the North Peace.Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected through Saturday night.  The wind chill will produce temperatures below minus 40.The forecast calls for temperatures to drop to minus 38 overnight Friday and to minus 43 overnight Saturday before the current storm moves out of the B.C. Peace. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more