Outstanding Donegal woman honoured as Ulster Caregiver of the Year

first_imgA Donegal woman has received an award for the care she gives to local older people through her work at Home Instead Senior Care. Bernie McHugh, from Ardara, was selected as regional winner for Ulster at the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Year Awards 2019, which took place at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.“Bernie has been part of our team of CAREGivers for more than 10 years now, and she specialises in providing care for clients with physical and sensory challenges. We are so proud to see her hard work and dedication recognised through this award,” said Martin Murphy, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Donegal. Bernie received the award for the consistently high quality of senior care services she delivers to local communities in Donegal. She is regarded as an “outstanding CAREGiver who always goes the extra mile for people”, her colleagues said.Before inviting Bernie to the stage to collect her award, Home Instead Brand Ambassador and former broadcaster Thelma Mansfield described the positive feedback she receives from local health professionals, clients and colleagues.“She has shown complete devotion to her clients and their wellbeing, with one saying that he ‘thinks the world of her’,” said Thelma Mansfield.Home Instead Senior Care is Ireland’s largest provider of private home care services and is also an approved care provider by the HSE. “These awards give us the opportunity to recognise the tireless work that our 4,000-strong team of CAREGivers deliver to clients all over the country, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Shane Jennings, Director of Franchise Operations at Home Instead Senior Care.“It is only through their hard work and dedication that we can honour our mission, which is to enhance the lives of older people and their families,” said Shane Jennings.Outstanding Donegal woman honoured as Ulster Caregiver of the Year was last modified: June 4th, 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:caregiverhome instead senior carelast_img read more

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Women’s World Cup places up for grabs in Windhoek

first_img24 July 2014South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, will face Cameroon in their opening match of the 2014 Caf African Women’s Championship at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia on 12 October.Coach Vera Pauw’s charges were also drawn to take on Algeria and Ghana in Group B of the tournament when the draw was made at the Windhoek Country Club on the weekend.The tournament kicks off on Saturday, 11 October with a match between hosts Namibia and Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.The top three finishers will automatically qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Canada. South Africa has never before qualified for the World Cup.Banyana Banyana were seeded in Group B after the failure of the defending champions, Equatorial Guinea, to qualify for the event.Two years ago, Equatorial Guinea won the tournament on home soil, beating South Africa 4-0 in the final. Banyana Banyana had beaten their traditional nemesis, Nigeria, for the first time in the semi-finals to earn their place in the title-decider.Nigeria the top-ranked teamNigeria will be back to challenge for the title again this year, having won the African Women’s Championship eight times, most recently in 2010 when South Africa hosted the tournament.Joining Nigeria in Group A are Namibia, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.Nigeria is the highest ranked of the teams contesting the championship finals, occupying 34th place on Fifa’s world rankings. Ghana is ranked 48th and South Africa 51st.The teams will face off in round-robin play in their groups before the top two from each group advance to the semi-finals.South Africa’s recordBanyana Banyana have finished as runners-up in the African Women’s Championship four times previously.Apart from their second-place finish two years ago, they lost two other finals, also against the host nations, going down 1-2 to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and losing 0-2 to Nigeria in 2000.In 1995, Nigeria convincingly defeated South Africa over two legs in the final, winning 4-1 and 7-1 for an 11-2 aggregate victory.last_img read more

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Ft. Loramie FFA wins its first state banner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On April 14th, the Fort Loramie Agriculture, Food and Resources, Structural Engineering, and Business Management for Agriculture and Environment students competed in one of the following contests: Greenhand Quiz, Farm Business Management and Agricultural Technology and Mechanics CDE.  Agriculture, Food and Resources class competed in the Greenhand quiz, in which tests a first year member’s knowledge about the organization’s history and functions. Austin Meyer placed 83rd as an individual out of 1, 692 in the state.Clint Ratermann, Cole Cordonnier, Joe Seger and Ethan Broerman ranked 6th in the state for the Agricultural Mechanicals and Technology contest.Structural Engineering students took a test for Agricultural Technology and Mechanics, testing them on agricultural equipment, metals and calculating acreage. Cole Cordonnier ranked 24th, Clint Ratermann placed 30th, Ethan Broerman was 35th, and Joseph Seger ranked 40th as individuals out of the 314 contestants. Their team ranked 6th in the state; all participants claim the contest will help them in their engineer and mechanic careers, and are planning to come back to compete in the state finals this October.The Business Management for Agriculture and Environment class competed in the Farm Business Management contest. Students were tested on their understanding of economic principles and analytical ability to solve problems associated with farm management. Out of 512 participants, Jordan Meyer placed 24th, David Holthaus placed 32nd, Amanda Seger was 39th and Sara Maurer was 56th. As a team, they ranked 5th in the state. This outstanding achievement has earned the Fort Loramie FFA its first state banner. To achieve these high scores, the team utilized their skills they learned from their agricultural class, taught by FFA advisor, Mr. Matthew Pleiman. During their interview, the team was asked how it felt to be the first Fort Loramie members to win a state banner. All four senior participants agreed it was a lasting experience, but the greatest feeling was knowing they had finally achieved their goal they made as freshman, creating a perfect ending to their final year in the FFA.last_img read more

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Insect allies: How the enemies of corn may someday save it

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new technology could make it possible to save a growing crop from imminent widespread disaster — whether drought, pest or disease.And it doesn’t come in a pesticide sprayer.Rather, scientists from The Ohio State University and partner institutions are using cutting-edge technologies from three scientific fields and combining them to provide an insect-delivered antidote, of sorts, to whatever ails a growing plant.Dubbed “Insect Allies,” the project is being supported by a $10 million cooperative agreement with the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).Guo-Liang Wang, a molecular geneticist in the Department of Plant Pathology in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and Peg Redinbaugh, a geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and an adjunct professor of plant pathology at Ohio State in Wooster, are co-leading the effort that includes scientists from ARS, North Carolina State University and Oklahoma State University.The team, including geneticists, virologists and entomologists, is focusing on four major stressors facing corn: viral and fungal diseases, insect damage, and drought.“If there’s a widespread drought, but farmers have already planted a drought-sensitive hybrid, this will allow us to protect that crop in the field,” Wang said.The scientists are looking at modifying viruses to hold genetic information that will protect growing corn from one of the four stressors in the study. In the model they are trying to build, biologically modified insects, such as leafhoppers or aphids, would carry the virus and transfer it to corn plants when feeding. After the insects bite a corn plant, the virus would replicate in the plant’s cells, and the plant would express the helpful trait. The insect would then die soon after feeding.“All three parts have been accomplished individually,” Redinbaugh said. “We know about editing the genome for maize. We know how to engineer insects. We know how to engineer viruses. Now we’re bringing them all together, doing the basic research to see if this is a possibility.”“Leafhoppers and aphids already do a good job of delivering pathogens to plants. This project will demonstrate how these same insects can be used to deliver something good, like drought tolerance genes, to crop plants,” said Astri Wayadande, a vector entomologist at Oklahoma State and co-researcher on the project.While the modifications would help a current corn crop, “they would not be passed on to the next generation. Farmers will be able to continue to use their seed as before,” Wang said.Multiple safeguards are built into the research, he added.The study will be conducted at an ARS biosecurity level 3 facility at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, with all testing done inside. “Our role includes conducting this exciting, innovative research in a safe, contained system,” said William Schneider, USDA-ARS plant pathologist at the agency’s Foreign Disease/Weed Science Research Unit.The technology would not replace the need for breeding plants with resistance to stressors, Redinbaugh said. “If a disease is widespread in a region, growers should plant corn that has resistance to that disease built right into the seed.”“The new technology might help stop a new disease from taking hold in a new location. The goal is to address an acute problem or prevent that problem from getting worse,” she said. “It’s intended to address catastrophic events that would affect the food supply.”The technology could provide great benefits and advances to the research community as well, Wang said.Anna Whitfield, an NC State professor of entomology and plant pathology, agreed, adding that “the project’s goal is to turn the pests and pathogens that are attackers of plants into their protectors.”The scientists credit a relatively new, breakthrough technique called CRISPR-Cas9 with making the project possible. Compared to older gene editing technologies, CRISPR-Cas9 makes gene editing easier to perform and has a high success rate.“Only a few short years ago, the project’s aims would have been pure science fiction,” said Marce Lorenzen, an NC State associate professor of entomology and plant pathology. “The CRISPR revolution has dramatically expanded the boundaries of what’s possible. The engineering feats required for the success of this project simply would not be possible, at least not in a timely or cost-effective manner, without the CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease system to create the necessary modifications to the insect and plant genomes.”last_img read more

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Salesforce.com and Cisco Partner to Provide Cloud-Based Customer Services

first_imgalex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#saas center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Salesforce.com and Cisco announced a partnership today that brings together Salesforce.com’s online customer service software with Cisco’s strengths in IP Telephony. The service, called “Customer Interaction Cloud,” is designed to provide a complete, cloud-based customer service offering for small to medium sized businesses.The offering integrates Salesforce.com Service Cloud 2 to Cisco’s Unified Contact Center, providing an extension for Salesforce.com offerings. The partnership further demonstrates Salesforce.com efforts to partner with third parties instead of developing their own technology.The service has some real benefits as agents can take calls from directly within the Salesforce.com application. Perhaps even more compelling is the increased leverage of the social web. For example, the service allows users to pull Facebook comments into a knowledge base that can be used for future reference.The service also provides the ability to respond to customer concerns posted on Google, Facebook and Twitter. Salesforce.com also announced a new service to go with Service Cloud 2 called the “Five Minute Upgrade,” a service that exemplifies how the traditional methods of software upgrades may be permanently transformed with the advent of cloud computing.Traditional software upgrades can at times take hours, interrupting customers and their workflows. The new offering by Salesforce.com and Cisco, allows users to continue running their applications with only a five-minute interruption. While upgrades happen in one data center, users may still access applications through Salesforce.com other global, real-time, mirrored data centers.Analysts have been pretty bullish about the partnership. For Cisco, it is an opportunity to leverage Salesforce.com brand strength in the small and medium sized business markets. In combination with the Tandberg acquisition, Cisco finds itself at the gateway of a very lucrative market.For Salesforce.com, the deal provides it with Internet telephony, providing another important feature to strengthen its online software suite. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Liv Tyler flashes underwear

first_imgActress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.During her recent outing, “The Leftovers” star suffered wardrobe malfunction, flashing her thigh and black underwear as the strong wind blew, reports aceshowbiz.com.She sported a black-and-blue wraparound dress and a pair of sunglasses and was apparently unaware of the incident. Actress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.last_img

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Gilas Pilipinas heads to final Fiba window on high note after routing Meralco

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Anthony Davis leaves with shoulder injury but Pelicans cool off Thunder Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “We played good defense today and we’re hoping we can still improve our defense and be able to translate or apply the things that we’ve practiced in the Fiba window.”Marcio Lassiter was mainly responsible in Gilas’ third quarter surge after he scored 10 of his total 14 points in the period.Roger Pogoy top billed Gilas with 21 points while June Mar Fajardo and Troy Rosario had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Reynel Hugnatan led the Bolts with 13 points while Baser Amer, who was once part of the Gials program, and Nico Salva had 12 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Gilas Pilipinas is leaving for Doha on Saturday for the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It will face Qatar at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall on February 21 then Kazakhstan three days after at Saryarka Velodrome.The national team was already in control against the Bolts after the first half with a 55-45 lead but took it up a notch in the third after Gabe Norwood put Gilas up 74-50 with a breakaway jam to complete a 23-5 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGilas also played without naturalized center Andray Blatche, who is still playing in the Chinese Basketball Association and will rejoin the team in Doha.“At least even without Andray, we’ve seen that the guys are blending well,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine national basketball team made sure to wrap up its camp in the Philippines on a positive note, handing Meralco a 100-82 rout in its final tune-up game here Friday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Celebrities Attend Voices For The Voiceless Stars For Foster Kids Event

first_imgDarren Criss, Rosie Perez, Megan Hilty, Chita Rivera, Gloria Gaynor, Sherri Saum, and Stephanie Mills were just a few of the many supporters who attended and performed at last night’s 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids event presented by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.Gloria Gaynor performs I Will SurviveCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis special event brings together the brightest stars of stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 to 21 whom many consider “unadoptable” because of their age.Darren Criss attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the VoicelessCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesAdditional guests included Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, BD Wong, Orfeh, Adrienne Warren, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Carole Demas, and Dale Moss.Rosie Perez attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless eventCredit/Copyright: Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Stratford Festival explores painful chapter of Canadas past in The Komagata Maru

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Written by Sharon Pollock, the play is based on the 1914 incident involving 376 passengers, nearly all Sikhs, travelling aboard the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru.The Indian immigrants arrived off the coast of B.C., only to be denied entry into Vancouver, which at the time was the country’s most diverse city. Immigration regulations back then required migrants to arrive in Canada directly from their country of origin — a journey that was virtually impossible in 1914.With the exception of 20 passengers who had previously lived in Canada, officials refused to allow the Indian immigrants in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian at the time. The vessel returned to India, where 19 of the passengers were killed in a skirmish with British authorities and dozens of others were imprisoned or forced into hiding.The Komagata Maru was forced to return to India, where some of the passengers were killed in a clash with police.The Canadian and B.C. governments have both issued formal apologies for the incident.The Indian-born, Canadian-raised Ahluwalia was a 19-year-old university student when she first learned of the Komagata Maru. The vocalist and composer revisited the story a few years ago when she composed a song for Alik Khazni’s Continuous Journey, an award-winning documentary about the incident.In the play, she portrays The Woman, serving as the voice for the people aboard the steamship.Actress Kiran Ahluwalia sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)Actress Kiran Ahluwalia sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)Ahluwalia was asked by the director to compose lyrics in Punjabi and the melody based on a Punjabi fable that mirrors the storyline.“Parts of this song are interspersed throughout the play,” she said. “It’s one song, but it has different arcs and different emotions in it as it runs through the play.”Indigenous actress and playwright Quelemia Sparrow makes her Stratford debut as T.S., playing the role of a master of ceremonies.“I just think it’s so important to have that presence in the piece, with the 150-year birthday for Canada, that we’re acknowledging the First Peoples of this land, and that we’ve been on this land for thousands and thousands of years,” said Sparrow, who is from Vancouver and a member of the Musqueam Nation. “I was saying to Keira… that on some level my presence in the piece is like I’m welcoming her people to the land in the way they should have been welcome.”The Komagata Maru Incident is onstage at Stratford’s Studio Theatre until Sept. 24. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Actress Quelemia Sparrow sits for a portrait at the Avon Theatre during a June rehearsal for The Komagata Maru Incident, in Stratford, Ont. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press) The Stratford Festival is revisiting a painful chapter in Canada’s history with The Komagata Maru Incident, but the show’s stars say it is vital to continue addressing the issues at the core of the century-old story.“I’m super excited that Stratford decided to tell this story because it is such an important story, and a lot of minority histories in Canada are forgotten — not just in Canada but the world over,” said Juno Award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia, who is making her debut at the festival.“It’s a wonderful recognition that this is part of Canadian history.”last_img read more

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Simeone A muchneeded win

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has hailed his side for a “much-needed” win after a late Kevin Gamiero goal sealed the three points for the side, ahead of their return leg against Arsenal in the Europa LeagueLos Rojiblancos rested most of its regular starters on Sunday against 13th-place Alaves with the likes of the departing Fernando Torres being given a rare start.The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner, before Gamiero scored on the 78th minute of the match to maintain their lead over local rivals Real Madrid in the battle for the runners-up spot in La Liga.Forward Angel Correa was sent off with a second yellow card in the final moments of the league encounter“We faced a very tough rival that works very hard and is difficult to beat in their stadium,” Simeone told the club website.“We got a much-needed win here [in Vitoria]”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Argentine coach admitted that their opponents had forced a change in tactics for Atletico.“We changed our system and felt better [on the pitch],” added Simeone.“In the second half, our style of play was much clearer and we had many chances.”The Atletico head coach is ready for Thursday’s return leg against Arsenal in the Europa League.“We’re going to prepare for the match in the best manner,” said the 47-year-old.“Now, we’re going to rest and be united for Thursday’s match.”last_img read more

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