18 Jan

Water: First Line of Defense Against Ebola

first_imgAllow us to paraphrase one national leader who so aptly put it, “Ebola is destruction that equates to warfare”. Everyone would agree that we have been attacked by Ebola. And Ebola is a biological phenomenon. So it is a different kind of attack we’re experiencing.Our health officials have emphasized one very good defense against this Ebola attack. It is Water. “Wash your hands”, they tell us. Wash with Water and clorox and have others around you wash their hands. Wash and peel uncooked foods before eating them. Water is a prime element of prevention and healing. Drinking enough clean, “pure” Water helps us avoid many kinds of sicknesses. And more than that, Water can heal your body of existing health problems. This makes the body strong enough to fight an attack of Ebola.It is still rainy season in many parts of our country. These days, most functional wells and rain harvesting containers should be supplying enough Water. To insure these wells, containers, and storage vessels are kept clean and sanitary, we will need, again, Water to wash them. At this time of Ebola in the rainy season, we must store lots of the Ebola preventive – Water.There is yet another defense that works hand in hand with all the guidelines our health officials are giving. It is Discipline. Discipline is like the catalyst that makes the other preventive measures work. Its symbol is the Double War Horn, the same cow or elephant horn made by the men who were instructed to blow it to put the village on alert when there was trouble coming. Except in this case, the Double War Horn is needed because the danger is so sinister. The particular rhythm and tones the horns blew when there was danger put everyone on guard. Discipline was the law in those days: “No one make a sound! Everyone – weapons in position, all listening for the next signal”.Many hospitals are closed at this time or poorly equipped. This is not the time to get sick or injured! Discipline yourself to avoid putting anything in your body or doing anything that puts you or your health at risk and in need of hospital care.We have received the Double War Horn’s signal. Our Discipline must take over: No shaking hands even though it’s our unique custom to shake and snap and even embrace. Don’t do it! Survival first! No eating bush meat. Survival first!This new kind of attack requires new weapons/defenses. Water and Discipline are a good start.(Please share this information with those who don’t read.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 Jan

Chancellor urges backing of EU

first_imgBERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel challenged her fellow European leaders on Saturday to back a fundamental renewal of the European Union, seeking a way out of deadlock on the bloc’s stalled constitution. Speaking in Berlin before a summit to celebrate the EU’s first 50 years, Merkel said leaders had to send a clear message to the EU’s 490million citizens on where the union was headed. “The people have the right to know how we imagine a renewed European Union, one that is capable of action,” Merkel said in a pre-summit broadcast. Germany holds the EU’s rotating presidency and is leading efforts to end a two-year hiatus in Europe’s drive for closer unity. French and Dutch voters rejected the draft constitution in 2005. There is also public concern about the membership ambitions of Turkey, Albania and Ukraine, which many in the West see as a threat to wages and welfare systems. Ten former Communist nations joined during the past three years. Those fears have added to disillusionment with the EU among citizens who often see it as a distant and overbearing influence on their lives, particularly in countries of Western Europe. For many younger people there, the EU’s record of overcoming wartime rivalries and developing postwar economies no longer resonates. Substantive talks on the constitution are unlikely to get under way until after the French presidential election in April.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Merkel hopes to rekindle popular support with a clear statement of the EU’s achievements – from removing trade barriers to bolstering democracy in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Eastern Europe. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome by six core countries of what was called the European Economic Community. Merkel told reporters she was confident the 27 EU governments could overcome their deep differences about the EU’s future by 2009, when all member nations would ratify a revised EU treaty. However, many see the schedule as overambitious given the level of division about how much of the deadlocked constitutional treaty should be saved. Germany and Italy want to preserve much of the substance of the original text, while the Dutch insist that a new treaty must be significantly different. The Poles and British are wary about any changes that shift power from national capitals to EU headquarters, and the Czechs are opposed to setting a date for concluding the new treaty. last_img read more

10 Jan

Odera scores late as AFC whip Homeboyz

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebrating his beautiful struck goal. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – AFC Leopards interim coach, Dennis Kitambi stayed unbeaten since taking charge of the club after guiding his charges to a 2-1 win against Kakamega Homeboyz in a Kenyan Premier League clash played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.There was late drama in the dying five minutes added by referee, when AFC was handed a controversial penalty in the 95th minute after Esiye was judged to have deliberately handled the aerial ball when he was going for it with his keeper, Wanyika. AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera celebrates his goal, mourning his Mother. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOdera, who lost his mum recently did well to convert the penalty that ensured Ingwe picked maximum points and their fourth successive win under Kitambi.Kakamega Homeboyz head coach, Mike Mururi was not pleased with the decision, slamming the referee, saying he issued a soft penalty.“I thank my players; they have played very well under instructions, but let us lose fairly. The referees should be fair. I’m not happy with the last penalty that AFC got, I’m not happy with officiating because the goalkeeper went to clear the ball and the player did not handle the ball intentionally, It’s not a penalty,” an angered Mururu lamented after the match.Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Mike Mururi reacts after AFC Leopards was handed a penalty thathe called dubious. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“AFC is a good team, they are playing well and they have improved but officiating was not fair. I’m happy with how my players have played and I will just tell my players to have a strong character and be mentally tough for anything,” Mururu added.AFC Leopards interim head coach Dennis Kitambi was pleased with Ezekiel Odera’s scoring form. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis corresponding counterpart Kitambi, was totally reading from a different script as he praised his charges a spirited fighting spirit.“It’s a an important win, we are putting pressure on Gor, fantastic fighting spirit from the boys because we had to dig deep  in order to get that goal, but we need to improve on our defence. I am happy with Odera – a boy who has scored four goals in four matches tells you that he wants to play and you just have to heed and give him the chance,” smiling Kitambi said.AFC Leopards took the lead in the 13th minute through Marvin Omondi who well timed to powerfully connect a Jaffery Odenyi cross past Kakamega Homeboyz custodian Michael Wanyika.However, Homeboyz responded immediately, a minute later courtesy of Moses Mudavadi who picked a set-up from Eston Esiye to slam the ball home from close range to lift his side back in the game.Kakamega Homeboyz celebrate after Moses Mudavadi scored the equaliser against AFC Leopards in Machakos on Sunday 18th March 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOn the half-hour mark, Marvin Omondi could have bagged a double for himself and AFC Leopards when Ezekiel Odera found him but the striker missed the ball infront of goal with keeper Wanyika already beaten.The win saw AFC Leopards return back to second position on the log with 16 points same as bitter rivals Gor Mahia who have a better goal difference and a goal in hand.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

29 Dec

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first_imgarticle 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,article 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardcenter_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,article 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,article last_img read more

27 Dec

Hull City star wants to STAY despite club’s relegation from Premier League

first_img1 Andrea Ranocchia [right] in action for Hull City Andrea Ranocchia is keen to remain at Hull City despite the club’s relegation from the Premier League.The Italy international joined the Tigers from Inter Milan in January on a loan deal until the end of the season.it was expected Ranocchia would return to Inter in the summer after Sunday’s 4-0 thumping at Crystal Palace, which sealed Hull’s return to the Championship.However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 29-year-old is enjoying his spell in England and wants to help the club back into the Premier League next term.Hull, though, may struggle to raise the funds to secure a permanent deal for Ranocchia.last_img read more

26 Dec

VISITOR SHOCKED AT LACK OF HYGIENE AROUND COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION AT HOSPITAL

first_imgA row has erupted after a visitor to Letterkenny General Hospital condemned Ministers of the Eucharist for not washing their hands before giving out communion to patients.Martin Rijkers said he was left shocked at the lack of hygiene procedures after visiting a relative at the hospital.Mr Rijkers, from Buncrana, said the risk of spreading bacteria to people who were ill in hospital was very serious. “This is a real threat for health, especially when he puts the host in people’s mouths. Most patients in the hospital have, due to their illness, a very weak immune system.“Putting hosts in other patients’ mouths is a real health hazard and will spread around serious disease. No host should be handed out in this manner,” he claimed.Mr Rijkers said he complained to a nurse in the hospital and claimed the nurse said he had a fair point.Patients in hospital can be given communion each morning thanks to a service offered by churches around the country. However a spokesman for the HSE said not all patients received communion including those in isolation and it was up to patients to request communion.He added that anyone handling hosts had been given training in good hand hygiene aimed at preventing cross infection.“They are aware of the correct measures to take. There is no contact with patients as such; the contact is primarily between the chaplain and the host,” he said.EndsVISITOR SHOCKED AT LACK OF HYGIENE AROUND COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION AT HOSPITAL was last modified: May 10th, 2011 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:communionLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

26 Dec

DONEGAL POLITICIANS UNITE IN A5 ROAD DEMAND

first_imgCOUNTY councillors put aside differences today to demand that the NRA put the A5 road back on agenda.Sinn Féin County Councillor and Chairperson of the Council’s Roads & Transportation Strategic Policy Committee, Jack Murray, said that a Donegal delegation put the A5 at the heart of a meeting with the National Roads Authority (NRA) earlier today.Cllr Murray said: “At today’s meeting with the NRA in Dublin, Donegal County Councillors put politics aside and united in our demand for the A5 to go ahead. “We presented the NRA officials with a map of Ireland which detailed the location of poverty in Ireland.“Unfortunately the northwest of Ireland is the area which clearly stands out as being in need of investment“All other regions of the island are connected to Dublin via a dual carriageway. The northwest, with a population of 500,000 and includes the fourth largest city in the country (Derry) does not.“We have been abandoned for years in terms of investment in infrastructure and business has suffered as a result. “We asked the NRA to continue to raise the importance of the NRA with the Roads Minister at every opportunity.“On our part as councillors, we will continue to fight for investment which will help boost economic growth in Donegal and improve the lives of the people of this county.”DONEGAL POLITICIANS UNITE IN A5 ROAD DEMAND was last modified: January 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL POLITICIANS UNITE IN A5 ROAD DEMANDlast_img read more

25 Dec

SADNESS AT SUDDEN PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BAR OWNER

first_imgThere is widespread sadness across the county following the sudden death of one of Donegal’s best known publicans.John Slevin, owner of Biddy O’Barnes bar in Barnesmore Gap, was 71.He is survived by his wife Kate, daughter Melissa and sons Darrell and Aaron. He will be laid to rest tomorrow (Thursday) following 11am Requiem Mass in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Hundreds of people have been calling to John’s wake at his home in Ardeevin.   SADNESS AT SUDDEN PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BAR OWNER was last modified: February 5th, 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:Biddys O’BarnesdeathdonegalJohn Slevinlast_img read more

22 Dec

Bank of Ireland card failures leave customers high and dry

first_imgAs many as 15% of Bank of Ireland customers are experiencing issues with their debit card and ATM transactions today (Thursday).A problem has arisen this afternoon where customers’ cards have been declined in shops and ATMs, leaving them without cash or unable to complete purchases.Bank of Ireland said they are investigating the error, but have not estimated a repair time. An update will be provided as soon as possible, a spokesperson said. Donegal Deputy and Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the Bank of Ireland debit card issue is only the latest issue to leave consumers without access to their own money and is completely unacceptable.Deputy Doherty said:“Today, Irish consumers have been left high and dry by another banking failure as Bank of Ireland’s debit cards ceased working for many.“I have heard reports of people on holiday left without cash or people missing important transactions because of this failure.“I am angered that, fresh in the wake of the Visa system failure and Ulster Bank’s various problems, once again customers are left without access to their own money. “When we entrust our money with the banks the least we expect is to be able to get access to it when we need it.“The usual story is the bank apologises and nothing more is done.  We need stronger penalties and a more robust approach from the Central Bank to banks who fail their consumers to find out what happened and to be ready and willing to fine the banks for the disruption caused after swift investigations.”Bank of Ireland card failures leave customers high and dry was last modified: June 21st, 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)last_img read more

21 Dec

Creative Meditation workshop coming to Wholegreen this Sunday

first_imgThis Sunday will see Wholegreen on Church Lane in Letterkenny host an event with a difference called ‘Creative Meditation’.Letterkenny woman and psychotherapist Maeve Peoples will be hosting this unique day of alternative meditation through art. Using creative expression, participants are guided through a simple process that allows them to tap into their own creativity and find an inner stillness.The workshop at Wholegreen Wellness promises to be an uplifting experience for all. Here, facilitator Maeve Peoples shares a guide to how people will benefit from the Creative Meditation day:Meditation has many benefits. This is something that most of us know to be true. Sometimes, however, we can find it hard to start and maintain a meditation practice. Sitting in silence with closed eyes, or perhaps crossed legged on the floor, may not work for everyone.Over the years, people have tried different forms of meditation. So when someone tells us that they find it too difficult to sit in silence, that they become restless, this is something that we can easily identify with.There are, thankfully, other options, which allow us to embrace meditation in another formats. Creating in any way – be that painting, drawing, sculpting, knitting, embroidery, dancing – can allow us another avenue to a meditative state.Creative MeditiationThese creative pursuits allow us to drop into what artists refer to as ‘a state of flow’. That’s the place when you start drawing and think only a few minutes has gone by. In reality you’ve actually skipped your entire lunch break. This state of flow gives us space to reconnect with ourselves and calm our ‘mind chatter’.Within each of us is the capacity to be creative. Despite what we may have been told in school or elsewhere, creativity resides in each of us. Often, fear prevents us for allowing ourselves to be creative. Taking time and space to draw or paint can be rewarding in so many ways.The emphasis here is not on the finished piece of art. Part of this experience is to allow us become aware of ourselves as we draw and create. Being fully engaged with the act of creating and gently allowing an awareness of ourselves as we work can allow us the freedom to create intuitively.This one day workshop lets us allow ourselves the time to reflect, be still and create. Would you like to take part?This Creative Meditation workshop takes place this Sunday, March 24th from 10am until 4pm at Wholegreen Wellness. The cost for the day is €45 and includes all materials as well as an excellent lunch. Contact Maeve directly on 0872166560 to book your place.Creative Meditation workshop coming to Wholegreen this Sunday was last modified: March 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)last_img read more