DON’T PANIC BUT IT’S TIME FOR THE DONEGAL CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL!

first_imgIt may only be September but it’s Donegal Christmas Shoebox Time again!You too can light up a less well-of child’s face this Christmas.Team Hope are looking support from groups and individuals to fill Christmas shoeboxes for children who may otherwise never receive a gift this Christmas.Schools and pre-schools are being approached by members of the team, however if you are a community group or a business or group of staff that would like to take on a project to make a difference in a child’s life, this Christmas, please consider gift wrapping a shoebox and filling it with things to wash, wear, write with and bring a “wow” smile to a child’s face as they open the box. A certificate of thanks will be issued to any group of whatever age who work together to donate gift-filled shoeboxes to this year’s appeal. Leaflets are now available in shops across the South Donegal region and from Vanessa Purdy, South Donegal Team Hope Coordinator on 074 9737052.Bring your gift-filled shoeboxes by Monday 10th November your participating local school or to drop off points: Mr G’s in Ballyshannon, Eurosaver by the Central Hotel in Donegal Town, the DCL office or Baskins Cafe in Dunkineely and Niall Mor Community Centre in Killybegs, or if your group has 50+ boxes, please call Vanessa to arrange collection.If you don’t want to do a full shoebox, please consider donating items to the processing centre where boxes are checked and filled up where necessary.You might have small soft toys, extra copy books, unused toothbrushes around the house, you might be a knitter and be able to donate us hats, scarves and gloves, or you might just add an extra tube of toothpaste or soap to your weekly shop which would just make a box complete. You can pass these items in alongside your box or instead of a box to your local school or drop off point and ask them to pass them along to the processing centre – the South Donegal Team Hope team would be really grateful.All items donated individually will be made up into boxes and find their way to bring a smile to a needy child’s face this Christmas.DON’T PANIC BUT IT’S TIME FOR THE DONEGAL CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL! was last modified: September 26th, 2014 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:Christmas Shoebox AppealdonegalTeam HopeVanessa Purdylast_img read more

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New hope for the deaf in SA

first_imgMonthati Makofane and his mother Agnes. The two year old toddler is the first child recepient of a cochlear implant from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital’s speech therapy and audiology department. (Image: Mujahid Safodien, The Star) A graphic representation of a cochlear implant. (Image: Kids Health) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dani Schlesinger Senior Speech therapist and audiologist, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. 082 821 3448 • Mandla Sidu Gauteng provincial health spokesperson +27 83 602 6169 USEFUL LINKS • National Insitutute for the Deaf in South Africa • Deaf TV • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. •Gauteng Health • National Health RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa’s miracle health train • Universal Health Care for South Africa • Booster for child health in SA • More nurses to be trained in SA Khanyi MagubaneThere’s new hope for the deaf community in South Africa following a batch of successful cochlear implant operations performed at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.All these procedures, estimated to cost about R200 000 (US$ 25 000), have been fully funded by the state.The cochlear implant programme, established in 2006, is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is run by the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department and the Department of Speech Therapy and Audiology, in partnership with the Department of Health.Lavine Mokhojoa, a chef from Soweto, became the first recipient of a cochlear implant at the hospital on 29 September 2006 when he was 45.To date seven adults and one child have undergone successful cochlear implants through this particular programme.When the unit opened its doors to the public three years ago, the hospital was optimistic about the far-reaching effects it would have.“Through the dedication of the highly trained support staff, in both the ENT and Audiology Departments, the selected patients will receive the highest level of post surgical care and speech rehabilitation necessary to make the programme a success,” the hospital stated when announcing the establishment of the unit.Implants for childrenThe programme has recently extended its reach by opening a paediatric wing.On 1 July 2009 the unit performed a cochlear implant on a two-year-old boy, Monthati Makofane.During such a procedure an electronic device is inserted into the inner ear, which is accessed through a small incision made at the back of the patient’s ear. After the surgery, the wound is given about four weeks to heal.When the doctors are satisfied the wound has healed sufficiently, the external part of the cochlear implant is fitted. The external apparatus consists of a microphone which picks up sound, a battery which runs the device and a data chip which processes sound.Makofane’s device was switched on for the first time on 6 August. Experiencing sound for the first time in his life, the little boy was quite taken aback.“As the device was activated, Monthati immediately reacted to the sound by screaming and crying as he heard noises for the first time in his life,” said the hospital’s senior speech therapist, Dani Schlesinger.Makofane’s parents are ecstatic that their third child is now able to hear.“We’re very happy and excited. We’re looking forward to him hearing and being normal,” Abel Mokofane, Monthati’s father, told the daily newspaper The Star.Abel says he and his wife realised Monthati had a hearing problem when he was six months old.“Whenever a noise was made, clapping or the TV, he never responded.”After a battery of tests confirmed that their son was deaf, the Mokofanes were disappointed, but accepted their child’s condition. This was until an audiologist referred them to the Baragwanath unit and Monthati’s life changed forever.A second child on the list has recently received the go-ahead from the hospital, while two other children have now started the application process to be a part of the programme.Screening processScreening candidates for cochlear implants, Schlesinger explains, is a complex and involved process.“At first, when we see a patient in the Audiology Department, we start by taking a detailed history of that person’s hearing problems to determine how they came about having a hearing impediment, especially if they used to hear normally before. We investigate how it deteriorated over time and what factors were involved.”During the screening process potential implant recipients undergo a series of hearing tests. During these tests patients are asked to listen to sounds played at different frequencies to determine the extent of their hearing impediment.If the tests indicate a severe hearing impediment, patients are fitted with a hearing aid, to see if the device will help them.Speech and language tests are also conducted to assess how the patient has coped with his or her hearing impediment.Patients are assessed on their ability to express themselves, their ability to understand others through lip-reading or hand signals, their ability to learn in a classroom situation (if the patient is a student) and their ability to read and comprehend.When hearing tests are conducted again and the hearing aid is found to be ineffective, the department considers other options.“Once the hearing aid is found to be ineffective in enhancing hearing, we then refer the matter to the Ear, Nose and Throat Department, where the state of the cochlear inside the ear is examined.”“For the patient to be considered for the cochlear implant, there has to be severe to profound permanent hearing loss in both ears, in other words, hearing that cannot be treated,” Schlesinger says.A team comprising speech therapists, audiologists, an ENT specialist and psychologist then gets together to weigh up their findings on a particular patient. If it’s decided that a cochlear implant may be the best way to assist the patient, the operation is approved.Once approved, the patient and his or her family are taken to see a psychologist who prepares them for the emotional and somewhat stressful journey ahead.The patient’s family is required to attend weekly consultations with doctors and therapists in preparation for the operation.A more detailed examination of the inner ear, detecting where the damage lies, and more speech therapy takes place before the procedure.After the implant operation, for the next six months, the patient is required to go for regular check-ups at the hospital.During the check-up sessions the patient will receive auditory training – this includes coaching on how to identify sounds and programming the device to the patient’s hearing level.At the moment the hospital has a long list of patients awaiting cochlear implants.New chance in lifeAgnes Sekete, 23, suffered severe hearing loss in her Grade 12 year after developing meningitis. But her story has a happy ending – she’s one of Baragwanath’s cochlear implant recipients.After her device was switched on in September 2008, she said she felt like a completely new person.Before the operation Sekete said she “was almost knocked down by a car because I did not hear the driver hooting behind me”.After recovering from the operation, Sekete was granted special permission by the Education Department to write her Grade 12 exams.She is now waiting for her final results before applying to tertiary institutions to continue with her studies.“My life was saved by a passer-by who pulled me away from the street. Now I’m able to hear sounds, listen to radio and TV and even answer my cellphone,” she says.How does it work?A cochlear implant differs significantly from a hearing aid.While hearing aids amplify sound, cochlear implants bypass the damaged areas of the ear and stimulate the nerves in the auditory region.A person with a cochlear implant hears sounds differently to a person with normal hearing, but both are able to recognise warning signals and understand everyday noises like music, animal and car sounds.While hearing is not restored to its natural state after a cochlear implant, the recipient will have the ability to interact with others and have a conversation like a person with regular hearing.Overcoming hearing impairmentSouth Africa has a thriving deaf community that’s committed to uplifting and empowering those with hearing difficulties.According to the National Institute for the Deaf in South Africa (NIDSA), there are more than 400 000 deaf people in South Africa.Some 47 deaf schools across the country provide for the needs of 7 000 hearing-impaired children.Organisations like NIDSA aim to help develop the full potential of deaf people through avenues such as basic education, training, welfare services and spiritual care.One of the unique features of the institute is that it dispels myths that many people with regular hearing have about the deaf community.For example, one myth is that sign language is universal.South Africa’s sign language differs from that in America and other countries. Each country develops it’s own, unique form of sign language.Just like any other language, sign language also has dialects. In South Africa, there are many different sign language dialects, but the various groups of deaf people, do not, in general, experience problems in understanding the different dialects, according to the NIDSA website.Another myth is that deaf drivers are more prone to car accidents. The NIDSA says this is definitely not the case, citing increased awareness and a greater reliability on site, making deaf drivers more attentive.Deaf TV, a channel on Digital Satellite Television, caters specifically for the deaf community in South Africa, and offers lively programmes, including movies and lifestyle features.Deaf TV presenters and actors all use sign language but sub-titles are also provided for those who are not deaf, and wish to follow the programmes.Schlesinger says that people who cope with communicating in sign language should carry on with it, as it is an effective way to converse with other deaf people.“If [a deaf person] is leading a normal life, a cochlear implant would not necessarily be the best route for them, as they are already equipped with an effective communication tool. This operation is not a replacement for sign language, but is there to simply help patients where other interventions have failed.”last_img read more

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31 killed as wedding party truck falls into drain from bridge in Gujarat

first_imgThirty one persons belonging to a marriage party were killed when a truck fell into a pit on Bhavnagar Rajkot highway in Gujarat on Tuesday. The accident occurred when the truck driver lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle on a narrow bridge. .A total of 60 persons belonging to Anida village were travelling in the truck for the wedding at the bride’s home in Totam village in Botad district. Among those killed include the groom’s parents and relatives.PM expresses griefPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident, while Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered an inquiry and announced an ex gratia of Rs four lakh to the kin of each deceased.”My condolences to all those who lost their loved ones due to an accident near Ranghola in Gujarat. The accident was extremely unfortunate and anguishing. May those who have been injured recover at the earliest,” the PMO said in a tweet.“It is a tragic incident. The government is with the victims,” said junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja in the State Assembly. He added that people were on their way to attend a wedding ceremony in Botad district when the vehicle fell from the bridge on the Bhavnagar-Rajkot highway while overtaking a vehicle.Minister’s statement”The truck fell on a concrete base under the bridge in which 26 persons died on the spot while five others died during treatment,” Mr Jadeja said while making a statement on the incident in the Assembly.Injured persons were receiving treatment in Bhavnagar hospital.last_img read more

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DAY THREE SUMMARY- SENIORS 2006 NTL

first_imgDay 3 at the seniors NTL was hot and not just in the competition…the weather had taken a turn for the worst, bringing out the swimming pools and the doctors. It was not to last though, as the storm clouds rolled in for the final rounds of the day (thankfully no rain, just a little heat relief). The competition was also heating up as teams fired up as they were heading for the finals…MENS 30’s: It was day three that saw the Sydney Mets record their first non-win, well sort of, they didn’t lose but instead managed a draw against the Sydney Scorpions. The Scorpions scored in the final minute of play to seal the 4-4 draw.The Suns and Defence Warriors fill the remaining top four spots, with the fourth placed Warriors facing the fifth placed Sharks tomorrow morning in a qualifying final for the last semi final position. It will certainly take a mighty effort from the Suns, Scorpions, Warriors or Sharks to bring down the Mets, aiming for their fourth title in a row.WOMENS 30’s: After a tight Womens 30’s series, the showdown begins tomorrow with the semi nfinals set to produce some brilliant matches.The Scorpions may have finished undefeated, but this will not matter to their cross-town rivals the Mets, who will be keen to upset the favourites in their semi.In the second semi it will be the Southern Suns and the Rustlers, who both finished strongly with 6-3 and 5-3 wins over the Sharks and Cyclones respectively.     MENS 35’S: The Mens 35’s top four for the semi finals is signed, sealed and delivered. The Sharks will face the Rustlers in the first semi final, while the Mets and Scorpions will play in the second one. The Sharks have not been troubled yet, although they were not entirely convincing over both the Mets and the Scorpions, both times winning 5-3. Tomorrow’s action in the Mens 35’s will certainly be tough.WOMENS 35’S: The Womens 35’s still takes the cake for the most even division, with the Sharks clear on top with 6 wins and 1 loss, with just one match tomorrow morning before finals.However, second through to fifth is an entirely different story, as the Rustlers, Suns and Hornets have all recorded 3 wins apiece, while the Eagles have recorded two wins. This division is up and down like a yo-yo and with the finals series being a straight 1-2 grand final. Stay tuned tomorrow; it’s set to be a cracker!MENS 40’S: Day three action saw some good matches in the Mens 40’s division, with the Mets holding off a spirited Barbarians attack 5-3, a great 3-2 win for the Cyclones over the Rustlers and the Sharks taking 4 touchdowns off the Scorpions, recording a 7-4 loss.At the end of the day it was the Scorpions who were untroubled at the top of the ladder and who will go through to the first semi final against the winner of the fourth vs fifth quarter final the Sydney Mets, while the Suns face the Sharks in tomorrow’s second semi final.In the fourth vs fifth quarter final, the Defence came from 2-0 down at half time, to force the game into a drop off, where the drop off lasted for almost 8 minutes before the Mets crossed the line for the winning score. They’ll have their work cut out against the force of the Scorpions in tomorrow’s semi final.The remaining teams will fight it out for the Plate final tomorrow.WOMENS 40’S: The Womens 40’s finished off their round matches with some great Touch Footy, a 1-0 win for the Eagles over the Cyclones was a great defensive exhibition, while the Scorpions 4-3 win over the Rustlers was a touchdown for touchdown affair.The Eagles win saw them through to the final four, facing the Sydney Scorpions in the first semi final, while the Suns will face the Cobras in the second semi final.MENS 45’S: The moment of the day in the Mens 45’s had to be when the boys in the Fishbowl pointed out TFA’s Member Services Manager Peter Topp in his field one match at 5:40pm…they very kindly dedicated the next song…’Top Cat’…to the Fishbowl Favourite. Great work Toppy.The day three action in the Mens 45’s saw the ACT side narrowly miss a semi final berth, their late charge not enough to win them fourth position.The Cobras finished undefeated with 4-1 and 6-2 wins over the Eagles and Suns respectively sealing their unbeaten run and their position in the first semi final against the Suns.The Mets and Northern Eagles will face off in the second semi final tomorrow.MENS 50’S: The heat on day three seemed to bring the front runners back to the pack in the Mens 50’s, with several close games…The Cyclones held off the Cobras 3-2, while the Rustlers and Scorpions drew 2-2 and most other games were decided by no more than 1-2 touchdowns.Tomorrow, the Hornets will face the Cobras in the first semi final, while the Rustlers and Scorpions will follow up their earlier draw with another meeting in the second semi final.last_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: I’d welcome new striker

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: I’d welcome new strikerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has opened the door to signing a new striker in January.Hodgson was asked about his market plans after victory over Wolves.He said, “We’ve got a man coming back we hope. Benteke trains with us tomorrow and obviously he’ll be fully back with us in the course of the next week. If he gets match fit then that will be to an extent a new signing this year because we’ve hardly seen him.“If there are other players that the club can bring in, I certainly won’t be averse to that because we have a very small squad and we haven’t had a lot to back us up at the minute. We’re on the lookout of course and the chairman and technical director are anxious to do what they can to give me and my coaching staff more support, but it’s not easy certainly when you have limited transfer resources.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyi

first_imgLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been told he can leave AA Gent this month.The Nigerian has struggled for form during his loan and both clubs, reports HLN, are agreed they can cut short the deal.The final choice will be left to the player – and Awoniyi is leaning towards staying with Gent.Impressive with Moeskroen last season, the youngster has failed to repeat the form with Gent.Awoniyi’s management has fielded enquiries from Turkey in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day ago​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger left

first_img​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger leftby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit does not see any differences between the end of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club and their performances now.Unai Emery has received time and backing at the club, as he is now into his second season as manager.But their performances and results are no better than what Wenger was achieving, and Emery arguably has a more balanced squad at his disposal.Petit told reporters: “I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery.”As a manager he has a bad record away from home – not just with Arsenal, but also while he was in Spain.”Arsenal showed no character and it p***es me off because it has been the case so many times away from home.”The starting XI he picked against Sheffield United was strange.”It’s difficult after an international break when you have to play teams that don’t have as many players involved in the international fixtures.”But you know what to expect when you go to Bramall Lane – you know the qualities of the Sheffield United team.”They fight, especially in front of their home crowd, and they get balls into the box and put pressure on at set pieces.”That’s what they did against Liverpool and Chelsea.”But more importantly they didn’t show any technical quality on the pitch.”They gave away so many simple balls and had no inspiration, imagination or creativity.”They looked so heavy. This isn’t Arsenal – you need to take the ball and show what you’ve got.”But I haven’t seen that in years. Nothing has changed since Arsène Wenger left.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star WR Equanimeous St. Brown Spoke 3 Languages During His Announcement To Notre Dame

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, and he showed off being trilingual in the process of doing it. St. Brown’s mother is from Germany, and he spent time attending school in France. He began his announcement and made his commitment in English, but dropped some German and French in between.Here’s St. Brown thanking his mother in German: So St. Brown speaks three languages, his father is a former Mr. World and Mr. Universe bodybuilder and his name is derived from the word equanimity, meaning “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Oh, and he has younger brothers named Osiris and Amon-Ra. He just may be the Most Interesting Recruit In The World.last_img read more

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Conte praised Pochettinos qualities

first_imgAntonio Conte praised Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching qualities as these two are about to face in the upcoming match – and the Italian coach defended his opponent’s inability to win a trophy with his team…Pochettino has been the Tottenham head coach for four years and he hasn’t managed to win a trophy there yet – but Conte is certain that is has nothing to say about his qualities as he is still a great manager.The former Juventus coach spoke about his upcoming opponent as he said, according to Talk Sport:“I consider Mauricio Pochettino a really good manager.”“I think that, if Tottenham grew a lot in this period, he has a lot of credit for that.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“We are talking about a team who, in the last period for many years now, they are competing to win the title.”“Two years ago, they were very close to winning the title when Leicester won it. Last season they tried to compete with us.”“Don’t forget that only one team can win the title.”“You start every competition with six teams, six top teams who are ready to win something during the season.”“For example, last season, Chelsea won the title, Manchester United won the Carabao Cup, and Arsenal won the FA Cup.”last_img read more

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Sol Bamba asks fans to kick racism out of football

first_imgThe Cardiff City defender hopes the supporters can report racist incidents in order to kick racism out of football.Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba hopes racism can be forced out of football soon.But to do so, the footballer believes fans should do their part and report any racist incidents.“What upset me is that only one in three reports it. I think we need to do more because unfortunately, people think, if we report it, nothing’s going to come out of it. That’s the problem,” Bamba told Sky Sports.“There’s no place for it in this game now, or society in 2019. I think as a whole, we have to do more.”“I feel like we made progress, but we’ve gone back now. Recently a few incidents happened in games, in Italy and here. We made two steps forward and now three steps back,” he added.“It has to be completely gone now because there’s no place for it in the game.”“People have to make sure they report it, and when they do, there has to be a punishment,” he explained.“Football’s a beautiful game. We want to talk about goals and celebrations, but if they don’t do it right, the club has to be punished and the fans have to be punished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The punishment has to be drastic. Proper punishments, no two-match bans, because that doesn’t make any difference,” Bamba concluded.Sol Bamba started his professional career in Paris Saint-Germain in 2004.He has also played in Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Leicester City, Trabzonspor, Palermo, and Leeds United.He joined Cardiff City in 2016.Bamba has suffered racism all through his life and he hopes he can live to see it kicked out of the football world.Crazy happy with this win, fighting with all the love we have for this club. A deep thought for Emiliano 🙏🏿💐💙 lets keep it that way lads !!! @CardiffCityFC #latewins #bestwins pic.twitter.com/xa2pcw9gXt— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 9, 2019last_img read more

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