Incredible €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum

first_imgUpdated: 5.50pmAn online appeal to help a young Donegal mother’s cancer battle has touched countless hearts in the past day.Hundreds of people have rushed to donate money to Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, a 35-year-old mum of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In the past 24 hours, the GoFundMe fundraiser has gathered €22,000 from over 500 people.And a further €10,000 has been donated through cheques and personal donations.Sonya’s family launched the appeal yesterday in a bid to give her a fighting chance against the aggressive illness.Sonya, who is from St Johnston and living in Ballybofey, hoped to raise €2,000 to cover the cost of specialised tests in the UK, which could determine the alternative treatment options available. As donations flooded in last night, Sonya and her husband Michael shared a message of thanks from Galway University Hospital. She said that she was “overwhelmed by the wonderful support”.Michael McCloskey and Sonya Hamilton McCloskey share a thumbs-up from Galway HospitalSonya’s parents have also thanked the public for their support. In a post on the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ Facebook group, they wrote: “From the Hamilton family we would like to thank everyone for their support in these hard times. Sonya is the one that brings our family together.“She comes down every Saturday with a boot full of food and goodies for the kids. All the grandchildren have great fun even though it can be noisy at times.“Sonya has a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter. Keep on fighting dear. Lots of love from mum and dad.”Sonya Hamilton Mc CloskeyHundreds of well-wishers have sent messages and blessings to Sonya, Michael and their family to give them strength during their time of need. Sonya was diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs just three months ago, after struggling with unexplained symptoms for two years. She has spent the past few weeks in an oncology ward, separated from her family as her four youngest children are too young to visit the ward.Every euro counts for the family, as Michael gave up his main source of income on the day of Sonya’s devastating diagnosis to be with her and their children.If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/qap9y-sonyas-battleIncredible €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum was last modified: June 21st, 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:gofundmeSonya Hamilton Mc Closkeylast_img read more

Library brings culture of reading

first_imgLearners from TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos pose proudly in front of the library that will help them read more. (Images: Musa Sibisi)Learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos now have a mobile library that will help in their educational needs.Brand South Africa, in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa, handed over the newly built and fully equipped mobile library on 29 January at Batharos in Northern Cape. Members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighbouring schools attended the event in numbers.The National Development Plan holds that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children in response to this.LEAST RESOURCED SCHOOL“This library is not only a facility for the learners of this school,” said Tumisang Rabi, the principal. “It is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills.“This library will instil a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.The library, combined with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to bridge this gap at TT Lekalake – improving the academic results of the school and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Jade Orgill, the project manager at Breadline Africa, articulated the importance of the library.“This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per the government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake.“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.”This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batharos to improve the state of education in the district.COMPULSORY READING AT SCHOOLWhile the Department of Basic Education had instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers needed to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which would contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district, said the circuit manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mpho Malele.“Make reading a priority at home,” he said. “Initially the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read.”Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community. “By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instil the same values in them,” he stressed.Musician and co-founder of Shout SA, Kabelo Mabalane, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities,” he concluded.Learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos now have a mobile library that will help in their educational needs.Brand South Africa, in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa, handed over the newly built and fully equipped mobile library on 29 January at Batharos in Northern Cape. Members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighbouring schools attended the event in numbers.The National Development Plan holds that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children in response to this.LEAST RESOURCED SCHOOL“This library is not only a facility for the learners of this school,” said Tumisang Rabi, the principal. “It is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills.“This library will instil a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.The library, combined with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to bridge this gap at TT Lekalake – improving the academic results of the school and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Jade Orgill, the project manager at Breadline Africa, articulated the importance of the library.“This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per the government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake.“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.”This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batharos to improve the state of education in the district.COMPULSORY READING AT SCHOOLWhile the Department of Basic Education had instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers needed to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which would contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district, said the circuit manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mpho Malele.“Make reading a priority at home,” he said. “Initially the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read.”Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community. “By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instil the same values in them,” he stressed.Kabelo Mabalane reads to two learners during the launch.Musician and co-founder of Shout SA, Kabelo Mabalane, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities,” he concluded.last_img read more

Spinal injury

first_imgDefinitionThe spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between your brain and body. The cord passes through your neck and back. A spinal cord injury is very serious because it can cause loss of movement (paralysis) below the site of the injury.Alternative NamesSpinal cord injury, SCICausesA spinal cord injury may be caused by:Bullet or stab woundTraumatic injury to the face, neck, head, chest, or back (for example, a car accident)Diving accidentElectric shockExtreme twisting of the middle of the bodyLanding on the head during a sports injuryFall from a great heightSymptomsSymptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:Head that is in an unusual positionNumbness or tingling that spreads down an arm or legWeaknessDifficulty walkingParalysis (loss of movement) of arms or legsLoss of bladder or bowel controlShock (pale, clammy skin; bluish lips and fingernails; acting dazed or semiconscious)Lack of alertness (unconsciousness)Stiff neck, headache, or neck painFirst AidNever move anyone who you think may have a spinal injury, unless it is absolutely necessary. For example, if you need to get the person out of a burning car, or help them to breathe.Keep the person absolutely still and safe until medical help arrives.Call the local emergency number, such as 911.Hold the persons head and neck in the position in which they were found.Do nottry to straighten the neck. Do not allow the neck to bend or twist.Do not allow the person to get up and walk unassisted.If the person is not alert or responding to you:advertisementCheck the persons breathing and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.Do nottilt the head back when doing CPR. Do not do rescue breathing, do chest compressions only.Do not roll the person over unless the person is vomiting or choking on blood, or you need to check for breathing. If you need to roll the person over:Have someone assist you.One person should be located at the persons head; the other at the persons side.Keep the persons head, neck, and back in line while you roll him or her onto one side.Do NotDo notbend, twist, or lift the persons head or body.Do notattempt to move the person before medical help arrives unless it is absolutely necessary.Do notremove a football helmet or pads if a spinal injury is suspected.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your local emergency number (such as 911) if you think someone has a spinal cord injury.Do notmove the person unless there is urgent danger.PreventionThe following may lower your risk of spinal injury:Wear seat belts.Do not drink and drive.Do not dive into pools, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water, particularly if you cannot determine the depth of the water or if the water is not clear.Do not tackle or dive into a person with your head.ReferencesHockberger RS, Kaji AH, Newton E. Spinal injuries. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 40.Torg JS. Cervical Spine Injuries: 1. Cervical spine injuries in the adult. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 16, section A.Pizzutillo PD, Herman MJ. Cervical spine injuries: 2. Cervical spine injuries in the child. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 16, section A.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

CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb Criticizes Ezekiel Elliott For Post-Game Rant

first_imgDoug Gottlieb criticizes Ezekiel Elliott.doug gottlieb criticizes ezekiel elliottFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State Saturday night, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a bit of a rant, criticizing his team’s coaching staff for its play-calling during the contest. Elliott also announced that he’ll be declaring for the NFL Draft after the season.Well, it doesn’t look like everyone is impressed with Zeke’s decision to air his frustrations via the media. CBS Sports college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb says that Elliott should be embarrassed. He added that you should never “call out” your teammates or coaching staff after a big loss.pretty embarrassing what Ezekiel Elliott pulled, Im sure some on twitter will support him…but that is why they are on twitter— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Kids feel mirror society- feel entitled- you don’t ever call out your teammates or coaches after a big loss. EVER.— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015“He was honest” – you can be right, and be out of a job. Close friend of mine told me that…words to live by #EzekielElliot— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Is Gottlieb right? Or does Zeke have the right to speak his mind following a loss? Expect a national debate in the coming days.last_img read more

Di Marias Injury Makes ArgentinaNetherlands Almost Even

The injury to Brazil’s Neymar might have made more headlines, but Argentina will also be shorthanded in its World Cup semifinal. Attacking midfielder Angel di Maria, who was hurt in the first half of Argentina’s win against Belgium, will miss the team’s match against the Netherlands on Wednesday.Di Maria is a big deal. He ranked No. 72 on The Guardian’s list of the world’s top 100 footballers and was UEFA’s man of the match in Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid in this past spring’s Champions League final.We can evaluate the impact of di Maria’s injury the same way we did for Neymar — by using the plus-minus rating system embedded within ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). The plus-minus system has some blind spots. It will underrate world-class defensive players whose contributions don’t show up in the stat line, and it has a limited sample of data for players who don’t play in one of the top five club leagues in Europe. But for di Maria — an attacking player in Spain’s La Liga — it should do reasonably well.The system estimates that di Maria is worth about 0.33 goals per 90 minutes of play, relative to an average international footballer. (Of these, 0.28 are from his offense and 0.05 are from his defense.) That’s not quite in Neymar’s league, but it would imply that di Maria is somewhere around the 30th best player in the world — a little ahead of where The Guardian ranks him.Some of di Maria’s value lies in that he can play center midfield or on the wing. That flexibility also makes it hard to say how Argentina will replace him. There are at least five possibilities, including forwards Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rodrigo Palacio, and midfielders Enzo Perez, Ricardo Alvarez and Maxi Rodriguez.In contrast to Neymar’s potential replacements — which SPI had rated about evenly with one another — the footballers who might spell di Maria are seen rather differently by the system, as shown in the chart below (numbers are rounded). SPI rates Palacio and Rodriguez highly, Perez relatively poorly, and the others somewhere in between.But the ratings for Rodriguez and Perez are based on a small sample of games. (This is especially so for Rodriguez, who plays for Newell’s Old Boys in the Argentine Primera Division, not a league that we track.) Therefore, I’ve weighed the potential replacements by the number of minutes with them on the pitch in recent games in the SPI database.This weighted average estimates that the replacements are the equivalent of 0.13 goals per 90 minutes worse than di Maria, including both offensive and defensive play. This is enough to lower Argentina’s chances of beating the Netherlands from 57 percent at full strength to 53 percent.Nevertheless, the trade for Argentina — one missed match for di Maria (it’s hoped he’ll be back for the final) in exchange for two Neymar absences and one Thiago Silva suspension on rival Brazil — isn’t a horrible one. The injury-adjusted version of our World Cup odds, shown in the table below, gives Argentina a 21 percent chance of winning it all. This is slightly higher than the unadjusted version, which assumes Argentina and Brazil are healthy and puts Argentina’s chances at 20 percent instead. read more

Sam Thompson Ohio State mens basketball overpowers offensively anemic Penn State

Ohio State’s men’s basketball team got its second scorer when it needed him the most. For much of this season, members of the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes have expressed the need for an additional offensive threat behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against unranked Penn State, though, such an conundrum failed to manifest itself as sophomore forward Sam Thompson dropped 16 points on the Nittany Lions en route to a 65-51 win Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Already a Buckeye fan favorite because of his theatrical dunks, Thompson’s 16 points helped push OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) past a Penn State squad that finds itself still winless (0-8) in Big Ten play more than halfway through the regular season. Thompson, who was 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 behind the arc, proved to be a catalyst for OSU in a game that saw its other starters shoot a combined 9-for-27. Notably, Thomas struggled with his touch against Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten), shooting 4-for-13 and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. The 11 points he mustered were the lowest output for Thomas in any game this season. And, perhaps against a more formidable opponent, such a deficit would’ve proved costly – especially on the road. In losses against Duke, Illinois and Michigan State away from the comfortable confines of the Schottenstein Center, OSU stuggled to find someone – anyone – outside of the Big Ten’s leading scorer. Need an example? Most recently, against the No. 13 Spartans, Thomas scored 28 of the Buckeyes’ 56 total points. In the team’s worst loss to date, a 74-55 defeat to the Illini, Thomas notched 24 points and junior guard Aaron Craft’s 11 points made him the only other Buckeye that day to score in double digits. In its game against Penn State, however, Thomas had help – and not just from Thompson. Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. totaled 11 points and knocked down 7 of 8 free throws to help keep the game out of reach from a gritty, yet offensively anemic, Nittany Lions crew. While OSU’s bench helped the Buckeyes manage a 43 percent outing from the floor, Penn State shot 36 percent in total and 24 percent from behind the arc (4-for-17). Most devastating for the Nittany Lions, though, was a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half that allowed OSU to mount a double-digit cushion that would withstand a late Penn State rally that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 with 2:41 to play. It wasn’t enough to overcome an otherwise shaky performance, as the Nittany Lions were outrebounded, 39-25, despite only turning the ball over four times compared to OSU’s eight miscues. OSU also made 83 percent of its 23 free throw attempts while Penn State struggled its way to a 59 percent connection rate. The loss is the Nittany Lions’ 18th straight to OSU. Conversely, OSU OSU is scheduled to next play Wisconsin Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

My friend and I collected 15 such packets from Marsascala

first_imgA man took to Facebook to tell everyone how he and his friend collected 15 packets of rat poison from the area known as Wied iz-Ziju in Marsascala.He is appealing to the public to be careful when in the area especially when they are accompanied by dogs.Many where those that commented in answer to the post and said that such poison should be recalled from the market or by special prescription.Others said that one has also to be careful with children as they could easily pick up he coloured packets and put them in their mouth as it appears quite similar to a packet of sweets.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Grant from John Templeton Foundation to support Rice U religion and science

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid [email protected] Amy [email protected] – (May 31, 2012) – A $1.08 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation will allow Rice University researchers to study how people of different religious traditions perceive science and interact with the scientific world around them, and how scientists perceive people of faith.The study will be led by Rice’s Elaine Howard Ecklund, an associate professor of sociology, director of the Social Sciences Research Institute’s Religion and Public Life Program and a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. The research will be conducted in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which will use the findings to conduct outreach with religious people and scientists.“Much has been written about how science and religion relate to each other, and it will be interesting to see if the generalized media portrayal of science being in conflict with religion is really accurate,” said Dean of Social Sciences Lyn Ragsdale. “We’re extremely grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for their generous funding of this study.”Using nationally representative survey data, participant observation and in-depth interviews, Ecklund will investigate religious people’s understanding of science at three levels of inquiry: the highest levels of religious authority, case-study congregations and individual religious people. The study will survey evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims.“It’s very unusual as a scholar to have such a direct opportunity to utilize your research in such practical ways,” Ecklund said. “This grant will provide a great opportunity for us to conduct cutting-edge research about how these religious groups understand science and provide outreach and translation to individuals who might have some difficulties with some aspects of science.”In addition to the dataset, the project will produce a series of 10 research articles, a book aimed at a general audience to advance the conversation beyond those in the scientific community and five op-ed articles accessible to a public audience, in addition to academic presentations and public lectures.This is Ecklund’s third study on science and religion. She conducted her first study, “Religion Among Academic Scientists,” between 2005 and 2009 and examined approaches to religion and spirituality among natural and social scientists at elite universities in the United States. The research culminated in 15 academic articles and the book “Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think,” published by Oxford University Press. Her second study, “Religion Among Scientists in International Context,” is ongoing and is the first cross-national study of how scientists around the world view religion, ethics and gender.For more information or to schedule an interview with Ecklund, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or [email protected] materials:$2 million grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation to support Rice U. study of science and religion around the world:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG15331.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more