Gbarpolu Disabled Community Decries Marginalization

first_imgMama Korpo, Gbarpolu County’s Coordinator of the National Union of the Disabled, has frowned on the marginalization of people living with disabilities in the county.She said disabled people cannot easily have access to public facilities such as hospitals, schools and other youth empowerment activities, in the county.She made the statement Saturday, May 3, when she attended the World Press Freedom Day in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.“These facilities are built in a way that people who are disabled cannot easily go in or out of them,” she said. She further stated that when they visit the hospital, they are hardly cared for or attended to.According to her, nurses ignore them and “they feel like talking to us is a waste of time,” she added, sadly.She further stated that because of their physical disabilities, most of them find it difficult to enter hospital buildings, “because the stairs are high and some of us don’t have people to take us around.”“For the younger children,” she narrated, “particularly those who are blind, they face problems going to school; so many of these children grow up without entering a classroom.”“We have been marginalized by our community members and some of them feel that nothing good can come from us,” she noted, “People find it funny teasing us in different forms just to make us feel bad about our condition.”  The National Union of the Disabled comprises over 200 disabled persons in Bopolu, and she said some are capable of making shoes, sewing, and doing other crafts, including carpentry.“As an organization, we will want to get involved with agriculture. And as our own effort towards achieving that, we have bought one lot of land so that we will start cleaning the place and start our project. With that little start, we will be able to raise money for other projects or activities the members will agree upon,” Madam Korpo stated.She, however, added that they won’t be able to achieve their goal if the larger society doesn’t come to their aid.She called the government through the county authorities, to render them assistance.Mama Korpo said their only support comes from the their parent body— the National Commission on Disability (NCD) but it was not much because disable people are also in other counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man’s Death Related to TB, not Ebola, Family Says

first_imgRelatives of a man identified only as Karlue, who reportedly died at the corner of Gurley Street last Thursday have attributed his death to Tuberculosis (TB), and not Ebola, as claimed by some local dailies. The man’s relatives also said thatfor many years the deceased had suffered from TB.“He didn’t die from Ebola as some newspapers mentioned. The procedure says that when someone dies on the street, or their body is found and there is no one to identify it, the body should be sprayed and removed. And that’s what happened in my brother’s case,” said a woman claiming to be the sister of the deceased.The scene of the incident on Thursday was tragic. By the time the Ebola task force arrived, Karlue was lying dead in a pool of blood he had coughed up. The body was sprayed with disinfectant, an initial precaution taken against Ebola viral infection, covered with salt and taken to an undisclosed location.“I won’t lie, my brother was a drug user,” said Karlue’s sister, “and has been using drugs for many years.  Somewhere along the line, he contracted TB and was placed in the TB annex on three occasions. Each stay was never completed because he always ran away from the place just to come back on the streets to smoke. His health was poor and for those who knew him, he spent most of his time coughing until his death.”One of the locals at the scene, who claimed to have known the deceased, said that he was a man who made a living from collected scrap-iron and empty soft drink cans, salvaged from dumpsites, adding that a few days before his death, he was admitted to a TB annex but ran away for a third time.“We stopped seeing him for a long time,” said the resident, who referred to himself only as Dennis. “But recently he broke away from the place and used to live in the graveyard on Center Street, though in the daytime he would be at a garage on Mechlin Street. That’s where he did everything. He didn’t die from Ebola. He has had TB for a very long time.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool and Chelsea target set to seal ANOTHER loan move to Marseille

first_imgLiverpool and Chelsea target Lucas Ocampos looks set to seal another loan move to Marseille, according to reports in France.The 20-year-old is currently considered surplus to requirements at Monaco and joined Ligue 1 rivals Marseille on loan in February.The winger hit two goals in 14 outings during the second half of last season and had hoped to return to Monaco and fight for a starting spot there.However that is now looking unlikely and RMC have revealed that a second Marseille switch is on the cards – and this time the loan could last the whole season.Ocampos is on the radars of Liverpool and Chelsea and, given his apparent availability, one of the Premier League duo may firm up their interest with a late offer this summer. Lucas Ocampos 1last_img read more

New beach wheelchair unveiled for Marble Hill in memory of baby Orla

first_imgA new beach wheelchair was unveiled on Tuesday this week at Marble Hill thanks to the generosity of the Órla Memorial 5K fund.Speaking at the ceremony Sinead Trearty mother of little Órla who passed away almost 10 years ago when she was just 1 year old thanked all the people who have supported the Órla Memorial 5k over the years saying “we have raised over €60,000, providing help to the Jack and Jill Children’s foundation, the Jennifer Trust for SMA and local paediatric physiotherapy services.Sinead added: “We are now delighted to sponsor the beach wheelchair to Marble Hill beach and hope that it will go some way to help those with reduced mobility to access the beach and surrounding areas. Órla passed away almost 10 years ago and I know she would have loved to see this happening”. Sinead Trearty speaking on behalf of the Órla Memorial 5K fund at the unveiling the new beach wheelchair at Marble Hill on TuesdaySinead also thanked Donegal County Council for facilitating this initiative and the Shandon Hotel for their help in providing a home and safekeeping of the beach wheelchair.Unveiling the new beach wheelchair at Marble Hill on Tuesday this week thanks to the generosity of the Órla Memorial 5K fund is Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Sinead Trearty, Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Adrian Glackin, Carolynne Harrison, The Shandon Hotel, Gert Eksteen, The Shandon Hotel, David Friel, Donegal County Council, Bryan Cannon, Donegal County Council with family and friends of little Órla.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle thanked Sinead and the Órla Memorial 5K fund for this wonderful gift saying “on a day like today when the sun is shining and we are all enjoying this lovely summer weather, we take for granted that everyone has the opportunity to visit the beach. But that is not always the case. Unfortunately if you have mobility issues or are a wheelchair user then going to enjoy the beach is just not an option.“But today with this wonderful gift from Sinead and her family and the Órla Memorial 5k fund it will now be possible for those in need of a wheelchair or with mobility issues to visit Marble Hill beach and enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Donegal. This is a lovely way of remembering little Órla.”Unveiling the new beach wheelchair at Marble Hill on Tuesday this week thanks to the generosity of the Órla Memorial 5K fund is Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Sinead Trearty, Michael McGarvey, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Adrian Glackin, Carolynne Harrison, The Shandon Hotel, Gert Eksteen, The Shandon Hotel, David Friel, Donegal County Council, Bryan Cannon, Donegal County Council with family and friends of little Órla.Director of Service Michael McGarvey also spoke at the unveiling ceremony and thanked Sinead and the Órla Memorial 5K Fund for this wonderful donation and also the Shandon Hotel for agreeing to house the chair and facilitate access to the chair. This is now the fourth beach wheelchair available in Donegal, with others available at Rathmullan, Downings and CarrickfinnTo book use of the wheelchair at Marble Hill, just contact the Shandon Hotel at 074 91 36137.The beach wheelchairs can also be booked at Rathmullan by calling Aengus Kennedy at (086) 812 3019, Downings by calling Downings Tidy Towns on (087) 6152351 and Carrickfinn by contacting Donegal Airport at (074) 95 48284.New beach wheelchair unveiled for Marble Hill in memory of baby Orla was last modified: June 5th, 2018 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:beach wheelchairMarble Hilllast_img read more

Family sues over father’s on-job death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsKennco was cited by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to inspect the trench and failing provide a protective system, among other violations, and fined more than $33,000. Kennco has appealed the fines. Kennco officials did not return calls for comment. The lawsuit was filed by four of Church’s children and names as defendants Trimark Pacific Homes, the city and the county. City and county officials said they had not seen the lawsuit and therefore could not comment. Claims filed by the plaintiffs’ attorneys were rejected by the city and county last fall. Trimark Pacific officials did not respond to requests for comment. PALMDALE – The family of a Lancaster construction worker killed in the collapse of a trench in a housing-tract construction site has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the developer, the city and Los Angeles County. Robert Church Jr., 35, was laying sewer pipe when the March 21, 2005, collapse occurred at a housing tract adjacent to the Rancho Vista golf course and across the street from Rancho Vista Elementary School. The defendants allowed the construction site to be in a dangerous condition, “in that an unshored trench collapsed thereby proximately causing the death of Robert Church Jr. …,” the lawsuit said. Church was an employee of Santa Clarita-based Kennco Plumbing, a contractor that installs new tract home plumbing, state officials said. The incident in the 4100 block of Bethpage Drive buried Church in a 32-inch-wide, nearly 8-foot-deep trench, a Cal-OSHA report said. Other construction workers dug into the collapsed trench with shovels, but by the time they unearthed Church’s face from under about 3 feet of dirt it was too late to save him. Construction workers said at the time that recent heavy rains had changed the consistency of the normally hard-packed Antelope Valley soil they were used to working in. Cal-OSHA said in a report that Kennco did not protect Church “from a cave-in by an adequate protective system designed in accordance with” state safety and health regulations. State regulations state that “each employee in an excavation shall be protected from cave-ins by an adequate protective system … except when excavations are made entirely in stable rock or excavations are less than 5 feet in depth and examination of the ground by a competent person provides no indication of a potential cave-in,” the report said. The report said inspections must be conducted prior to the start of work, as needed throughout the shift, and after every rainstorm or other hazard-increasing occurrence. Kennco did not notify Cal-OSHA officials prior to the commencement of the trench excavations and did not post a “Code of Safe Practices” at a conspicuous location on the job site, as required, the report said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ARSENAL PLAYERS JOIN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR STRICKEN SOCCER STAR MARK FARREN

first_imgArsenal stars Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have joined the fundraising initiative for Mark Farren.Arsenal FC stars Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have joined the fundraising drive for stricken former LOI star Mark Farren.Earlier this week Mark Farren’s family released a statement in which they revealed the former Derry City strikers latest operation to remove a brain tumour had been unsuccessful.They now desperately want him to undergo revolutionary treatment in Germany that they hope will save his life but the cost is a staggering €30,000. However, the response from the footballing fraternity and beyond has been incredible and they’ve almost reached their initial target.Signed Arsenal jerseys belonging to Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey will be auctioned on E-Bay tomorrow with all proceeds going towards his treatment fund.The Arsenal stars are just the latest in a number of high-profile players who have made donations.Everton star Seamus Coleman and Wigan Atletic winger James McClean have also made significant donations to the treatment fund. The family are encouraging anyone who can donate to continue to do so even if they reach there target, because they will have to stay in Germany for a significant amount of time during Mark’s treatment and the cost of living there will be no doubt be very expensive.The family have also thanked EVERYONE who has made a donation and says they’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far. ARSENAL PLAYERS JOIN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR STRICKEN SOCCER STAR MARK FARREN was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Arsenal FCBrain tumourMark FarrennewsSportTreatment Fundlast_img read more

Little Wishes Charity Ball fund to help make dreams come true

first_imgA grand total of €7,000 raised from a glamorous black tie last year has been presented to two deserving children’s charities. The Little Wishes Black Tie Charity Ball was a stylish and fun fundraiser held last September in the Raddison Blu Letterkenny. The event raised €3,500 each for Little Angel’s Special Needs School in Letterkenny and Make A Wish Ireland.Little Wishes ball organisers Chris and Alecia Frize recently met with Make A Wish representative Tricia Quinn and Little Angels Principal Angela Keane, along with staff and students from the school for the official presentations. Little Wishes ball organisers Chris and Alecia Frize with Make A Wish representative Tricia QuinnChris said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to hand over the amount that we did, it has surpassed our expectations and we would like to thank everyone who helped out in any way to make the event a success and to help us reach this amazing target.”Little Wishes ball organisers Chris and Alecia Frize with Little Angels Principal Angela Keane, along with staff and students from the schoolLittle Wishes Charity Ball fund to help make dreams come true was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 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:Alecia FrizeChris FrizeLittle Angels Schoollittle wishes black tie charity ballMAKE A WISHlast_img read more

Kids shunning sport in favour of smartphones shows research

first_imgChildren across Donegal are shunning sport and activity in favour of their smartphones, according to a new survey of parents in Ireland.The research, commissioned by Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps, revealed that one-third of parents are concerned their child is not active enough.Cúl Camps are taking place across Donegal this summer but hundreds of Donegal kids will prefer to spend their free time on their phones, the research shows. It also showed that 32pc even resort to bribery to encourage their kids to be more active.The survey, of the parents of 631 children, revealed that Irish children now spend almost two hours each day on a mobile device, with 15pc spending more than three hours on their smartphone.Given the growth in mobile phone use by younger generations, the survey looked at the possible effects of restricting mobile phone use.Parents said limiting the time children spend on their mobiles may have benefits. Some 40pc of those surveyed said a restriction would result in children being more active, while 33pc said they would spend more time playing with friends – although 19pc said that it could result in family arguments.According to the survey, mobile phone ownership has become the norm for children in Ireland, with 99pc of 13 to 15-year-olds, 63pc of eight to 12-year-olds and nearly one in five children under the age of eight owning a device.In certain circumstances, many parents believe that bribery is the only way to make their children more active.Almost a third of parents of eight to 12-year-olds said they felt obliged to offer rewards or threats, with 40pc promising a treat, 34pc offering a family outing, and 33pc threatening to ban a mobile device.Mobiles are not the only culprit pinpointed by Irish parents for a lack of exercise from their children. Almost half (48pc) feel it is not safe to play outdoors, while 42pc said the Irish weather impedes activity. Some 52pc of parents also said children have to be driven everywhere.According to the survey, children spend an average of 7.6 hours being active outside of school time every week, which is in line with national guidelines.GAA director of games Pat Daly said: “The increasing importance of well-being and lifelong learning (WeLL) is an emerging phenomenon within Irish society. But as the Kellogg’s research study has shown, technology is also an emerging phenomenon and one that is having a huge influence on children.“Technology has a role to play in a child’s development, but not at the expense of physical and social activities. “That is why initiatives such as Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are so important, as they support and foster the concept of WeLL from an early age.”Kids shunning sport in favour of smartphones shows research was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cul CampsdonegalKidssmartphoneslast_img read more

The benefits of collecting good yield data

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The sound of locusts in the evening and back-to-school advertisements on TV are a sure sign that August has arrived and summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, corn and soybeans will be changing color and it will be time for harvest. During harvest, most farmers don’t think twice about making sure that their combine settings are fine-tuned. For example, if the sieves aren’t set correctly, there will either be grain left in the field or discounts at the elevator for grain that’s not clean. There is a clear gain in profitability by taking the time to set your combine correctly. The benefit of yield monitors and the maps they produce however can be more obscure, but are also important. Here are three ways that well-calibrated yield data can help make you more profitable.1. Recordkeeping: Once harvest and fall fieldwork tasks are completed, the season of paperwork and planning will be in full swing. The ability to reference yield maps as you evaluate field performance can be extremely helpful. Even if you carefully document every scale ticket, yield maps can serve as a nice double check of the number of bushels that came off each field. Yield data is also a quick way to look back on yields in the future. Three years from now, if you want to see how a field performed in 2016, it will be a lot easier to find and look at a yield map than sort out and calculate yield from old scale tickets.2. Variability: Yield maps are especially helpful in understanding not just how many bushels came from each field, but where in the field they came from. Which parts of the field yielded the most? Which yielded the least? More importantly, why? You may not need a yield map to tell you that the sand ridges yielded less one year because it was a dry summer. The real value comes in combining the colors of the map with your knowledge of the field to answer the “why” question. Look for patterns that surprise you and ask yourself what happened to cause those patterns.Yield map variability can also be helpful documentation when dealing with partners, landlords, and/or family members. For example, being able to document a 20% yield reduction due to poor drainage can help you to make a case for adding tile. Likewise, showing the yield difference between normal and low pH levels can help justify a lime investment. Did you try a new variety of seed this year, apply nitrogen at different rates, or leave a test strip from a fungicide application? If you can pair these changes with an as-applied map, a yield map could help you understand how the different practices performed. A well-calibrated yield monitor can also save you the time and effort of weighing individual loads if you are doing some of your own on-farm research.3. Variable-Rate Technology: More and more farms now have planters or applicators capable of variable-rate application. Yield maps can be one of the best sources of data for defining management zones within a field. In Beck’s multi-hybrid planting trials in 2015, there was a substantially higher return-on-investment for farmers who used multiple years of yield data compared to those who used soil types to define their planting zones.Even if you don’t have variable-rate technology now, it’s very possible that you might have it in the future. And, the farmers who have the most success with variable-rate applications are those who have multiple years of yield maps to use. Collecting yield data is not just a one-year benefit; it’s an investment in the future.Saving time with recordkeeping, understanding variability, making adjustments, and using data for variable-rate applications are just a few of the many ways yield data can improve your bottom line. But it’s only helpful if you are collecting good data with a well-calibrated monitor. Your user manual can help you with calibrations, and Ohio State also has helpful information at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-29/yield-monitor-tips-2015-harvest. Properly setting and using your yield monitor is no different than adjusting combine settings; doing it right pays off.last_img read more

Yahoo Acquires Koprol, a Location-Based Social Network

first_imgYahoo announced last night it has acquired Koprol, an Indonesian mobile location-based service. With Koprol, which launched last year, users are able to see where their friends are and what they’re doing in real-time. Like Foursquare here in the U.S., Koprol lets people check in when they arrive at a particular location and then share tips, reviews, photos or other messages with nearby users. According to a statement from Yahoo’s Rose Tsou, senior VP of the Asia region, mobile users are increasingly using mobile phones for Internet access. “This is especially true in many emerging markets where we are introducing the Yahoo brand to many new-to-Net users,” she said. “Koprol was uniquely designed for mobile phones and within a year has already built a strong user base.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Location#mobile#news#NYT#web#Yahoo Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … On the Koprol blog post announcing the news, the company says it now plans to get “bigger” and expand beyond Indonesia. It will also be able to roll out new and planned features faster, thanks to Yahoo’s support, including mobile applications, business accounts and an Indonesian-language version. Although the comparisons to Foursquare abound, Koprol is more like a mashup of Foursquare and Yelp. Like Foursquare (or any of the popular location-based social networks, really, including Brightkite, Gowalla, Loopt, etc.) you can check in to a location or create your own and then join the location’s discussions. Plus, in Koprol, you can “summon” your friends to chat with you. However, it’s the “social city guide” that sets it apart. This feature is more like Yelp, the San Francisco-based user-generated-reviews site. Koprol users can rate local restaurants, shops and businesses with thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons. (For what it’s worth, Yelp is also trying to turn its service into a mobile social network by offering a check-in feature, but as of yet it hasn’t really taken off). Will Koprol’s First Mobile App be for Nokia Phones?In a separate deal also announced yesterday, Yahoo and Nokia revealed their new partnership, something they dubbed Project Nike, in reference to the Greek goddess of victory. The partnership includes adding Yahoo services into Nokia mobile phones and building Nokia features, like Ovi Maps, into Yahoo’s offerings. Specifically, Nokia will power Yahoo’s maps and navigation while Yahoo will run its email and chat programs on Nokia’s Ovi platform. Considering this newfound alliance, it’s possible that Koprol’s first dedicated mobile application hinted at in the company blog post could be for Nokia phones. Nothing along those lines has been announced or confirmed, though. In the meantime, those curious about Koprol can create an account on its website. You can sign in via Facebook, Google, Twitter or Yahoo (of course) and then associate your account with those same services as well as FireEagle, Yahoo’s own open location-based platform. The FireEagle integration, in fact, may be why this startup was such an attractive acquisition target. sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more