Millsap scores 21 as Nuggets fend off Lakers

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, argues for a foul with referee Bill Kennedy during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Paul Millsap scored 21 points and hit a key 3-pointer in the final minutes, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 125-116, on Friday night.Jamal Murray had 22 points and Nikola Jokic also scored 21 to help the Nuggets end a three-game home losing streak and stay in the thick of the playoff race.ADVERTISEMENT Kingad beats Bulgarian foe in ONE Malaysia card Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Millsap missed 44 games with a left wrist injury before returning Feb. 27 against the Clippers. Friday was his sixth game back and his best performance, which included six rebounds and three blocked shots.Brook Lopez led Los Angeles with 29 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Lonzo Ball had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Lakers had their four-game road winning streak snapped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lakers trailed by 13 in the first half but took the lead at the end of the third quarter with a 12-2 run. It set up a fourth quarter that had seven lead changes.Millsap’s three-point play with 4:24 left made it 112-110 and was the last time the lead changed hands. Murray’s two free throws stretched it to six and after the Lakers got within two, Millsap drained a 3-pointer with 1:43 left and blocked Ball’s layup with 34 seconds remaining to seal it. Things got chippy at the end when Caldwell-Pope delivered a hard foul to Murray along the sideline after Millsap’s block. Murray hit both free throws and two more to end the game.TIP-INSLakers: The Lakers signed F Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract on Friday. … G Brandon Ingram missed his fourth straight game with a left groin strain. Coach Luke Walton said Ingram is feeling better but did not say when the guard would return.Nuggets: F Wilson Chandler was inactive with a hip injury. “The hip has been giving him a lot of trouble,” coach Michael Malone said. … Devin Harris’ 12 points were his most with Denver since being acquired from Dallas on Feb. 10. … Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was in attendance.UP NEXTLakers: Host Cleveland on Sunday night.Nuggets: Host Sacramento on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

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Story of A Courageous Ebola Survivor

first_imgKaymah, 24, lost several of her relatives to the deadly Ebola virus and has been courageously taking care of children who are also fighting to overcome the disease. At the center where the infected children are being isolated, Kaymah shared with us a very touching but bold story about losing her son in her arms to Ebola.It all began on July 16, 2014, when Kaymah’s father fell ill in the Caldwell community.“I was selling in Duport Road market. I had just brought goods worth over L$20,000. I received a call from my sister telling me that our dad was seriously sick. I didn’t have money to go right away due to the fact that I had spent all my money. So, I went there few days later to take care of my dad,” she struggled to explain.Unfortunately, Kaymah’s father passed away a day after her arrival; there were no hospitals available at the time to save his life. According to Kaymah, her family did what tradition has always identified when a loved one passes.“The men in my family bathed the body and we buried him,” she revealed.On the 30th of the same month, Kaymah’s niece passed away as well, the daughter of her brother who helped in bathing her father’s corpse.“What happened was, I carried my niece to a clinic called Mother and Child, which is located in Caldwell. When we got there, the owners of the place said they weren’t taking any patients. While standing in front of the clinic’s gate, the child died right in my hand. I carried the body back home, and we buried her,” Kaymah whispered sadly.What happened next in Kaymah’s life after her niece’s death she says will never be a blur in her memory for years to come. As the day passed on, Kaymah said she began to lose one relative after another; never once thinking their deaths were linked to the Ebola virus.“On August 7, Thursday morning under the pour of rain, my brother and my son died; and then my two sisters. All these people were at the burial of my relatives that had previously passed,” she agonized’“Though I fed my dad until he died I don’t think I contracted the virus from him. My son Foday Kadia, who was 10 died right on my lap. I’m sure I contracted Ebola from my son because I was his caretaker,” she tearfully remembered.Meanwhile, Kaymah says she never once thought Ebola was killing her family, her mother had finally fallen sick as well.“My son’s death really hurt me because he was my only child. I thought his death caused my mother and me to become ill from sadness. We were taking treatment at the house until I went into coma; my mother and I were rushed to Redemption and later taken to JFK,” she recalled.What happened next is an ordeal only the strongest can survive physically, mentally and emotionally. Kaymah feels it was only by the grace of God that she is alive to tell this story.“My mother and I spent almost one month in JFK. A test was done on us that showed we were positive with Ebola. I was in a coma still and was considered dead. According to the hospital, I was placed in a body bag, sprayed and taken away. Something happened with my reflexes that caused the hospital to place me back in the ward. I know it is GOD.”Kaymah survived Ebola, and since her release she has been stigmatized to no end. Those who once sold alongside her in the market now refuse to sit near her. In fact when she got back, all her goods had been stolen and was driven away by her peers.“As you can see now, I don’t have anything! Everything was burned. Now I volunteer in an isolation center for kids in hopes of coming across people who will help me,” she says.According to SOS International, the World Health Organization said that someone who recovers from Ebola is “in all likelihood” immune to the strain that they had once contracted.With Kaymah, she has been doing all she can to make sure that children suspected of having Ebola are taken care of: Even if it means coming back in contact with the Ebola virus.“I know I can’t catch Ebola again as I was told, and I trust that information. The children that I work with, I imagine them to be my own. I protect them with all of my heart. God gave me life, and I want to give life back to these children. If I can save someone’s life, I will do it.”She disclosed: “Recently, I was with one of the children that came down with Ebola and was taken to the ETU. Though I’m not supposed to do it, I searched for her until I found her inside. I took care of her as I did my son, catered to her, bathed her and spent over five hours with her. In fact, I didn’t leave her until she fell asleep. I hope for donations, money, clothes and something that will help me feel normal again, that’s all I hope for now.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Championship round-up: Watford miss chance to go top of the table

first_img1 Watford missed their chance to rise to the top of the Championship table, conceding a late goal in a 1-1 draw with Brighton.It was a fairly even encounter at Vicarage Road, and while both sides had their fair share of chances they lacked that quality in front of goal, managing only a couple of shots on target each.The hosts took the lead in fine style with a superb Daniel Tozser free-kick shortly after the break, but they were pegged back with 20 minutes to go.Brighton levelled when Lewis Dunk nodded in a Kazenga Lua Lua cross, and while the Seagulls perhaps should have secured victory with a late flurry of chances, Watford managed to hold on for a point.The Hornets had an opportunity to go two points clear at the second tier summit after league leaders Norwich drew 1-1 with Rotherham at Carrow Road, the Canaries coming from behind as Cameron Jerome’s second-half strike ruled out Paul Green’s earlier penalty.Neil Adams’s side still sit at the top, though only on goal difference, with Watford second also on 21 points.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough broke into the play-off places after a 2-0 victory over managerless Fulham.Caretaker boss Kit Symons’ men dominated the possession but Boro controlled the chances on the break, with Adam Reach handing the hosts the lead less than a minute into the second-half.Tim Hoogland came close to finding a Fulham equaliser when his header hit the bar moments later, but Boro managed to hold on to their lead, which was doubled ten minutes from time when Adomah fired home from close-range, sealing all three points at the Riverside.Play-off chasing Wolves were frustrated by a struggling Wigan side as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Molineux.The home team took a deserved lead when Dave Edwards’s header sailed in on 30 minutes, but James Perch mustered an instant equaliser for the brave Latics, who then took the lead when Marc-Antoine Fortune stuck in first half stoppage-time.Wolves were on throughout, though, with their dominance eventually bearing fruit when Bakary Sako levelled on the hour-mark with a wicked shot from outside the box to claim a share of the spoils.Brentford climbed the table to tenth following a brilliant 3-1 victory over Reading, Jota, on-loan Tottenham starlet Alex Pritchard and Jonathan Douglas all scoring for the hosts, with Simon Cox’s strike proving consolation for the Royals who slip down to 13th.Elsewhere, Bournemouth rallied after Yann Kermorgant’s early sending off to beat managerless Bolton 2-1 at the Macron Stadium, Callum Wilson scoring either side of the break to rule out Jay Spearing’s equaliser.Charlton remain in the play-offs following a 1-1 draw with Birmingham, while matches between Blackburn and Huddersfield, and Derby and Millwall, both ended goalless.And in the day’s early kick-off, Giuseppe Bellusci’s late goal rescued a point for Leeds United, as they drew 1-1 with derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Watford and Brighton battle it out in a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road last_img read more

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DONEGAL HOUSING LIST TO BE CUT BY 30% IN THREE YEARS WITH €34M FUNDING PACKAGE

first_imgDonegal is to receive €34 million investment in social housing.More than 500 social housing units will be built across Donegal in next 3 years.The money will be seen as a huge investment for those on housing waiting lists and will come in over the next three years.It will provide 507 units of 30% of housing for those on Donegal’s housing waiting list. The Donegal investment is part of a national €1.5 billion package of building, buy and leasing schemes for local authorities.The announcement of the housing package has been welcomed by Minister of State Joe McHugh.“Today’s announcement to allocate over €34 million to address the housing situation in Donegal is a highly significant development for people on the housing list and is the first major investment in local authority housing in Donegal for some years.“Housing is a key priority for this Government and what has been announced today are ambitious targets for each local authority right throughout the country. This will have a major impact for those on the housing waiting lists with a national reduction of 25% targeted over the period from these schemes alone. The recovering economy is allowing us to invest in vital public services such as housing and we are doing that. “Today’s announcement shows the commitment of this government to tackle the issue of housing lists across the country. The Social Housing Strategy is a key action under the Construction 2020 Strategy and I am pleased to see it being progressed so that priority housing projects can be delivered in the years 2015-2017.” DONEGAL HOUSING LIST TO BE CUT BY 30% IN THREE YEARS WITH €34M FUNDING PACKAGE was last modified: April 1st, 2015 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:donegalhousingJoe McHughlast_img read more

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Danny O’Carroll kicks off the Kelly’s Toyota Finn Harps Schools Programme – Picture Special

first_imgA great day was had by hundreds of primary school children last Saturday at the 2017 Kelly’s Toyota Finn Harps Schools Programme. Two very special guests called in to kick off the proceedings – Danny and Jamie O’Carroll, otherwise known as Buster and Bono from Mrs. Brown’s Boys. Over 400 children attended the event & the event organisers would like to thank their schools and their parents for taking time out of their busy weekend to attend. Some of the Finn Harps Players along with their manager Ollie Horgan, called in and they all joined in to show off their soccer skills & teach the kids some soccer tricks!Speaking on behalf of the event, main sponsor of the programme & host on the day Brendan Kelly commented, “This is the 2nd year that we have held this event at our showroom in Letterkenny. Last year’s event was fantastic & this year it was an even bigger success.“We as a company are delighted to have our Toyota brand associated with this programme. I see first hand how much work goes intoorganising a calendar of events through the schools in the county who participate in the programme & the work that is involved in organising events like this that they can attend throughout the year. “All of the coaches & committee give more than a hundred percent to ensure that the children benefit from the programme, no matter what age or gender. It’s great for our company to be part of an all inclusive Primary Schools Programme like this & I would like to thank all of my staff who help out the committee at different events and especially on Saturday. I would like to wish all the school kids that will take part in the remaining calendar of events a fun & enjoyable time”.John Campbell, Secretary of Finn Harps & Secretary of the Finn Harps Schools Programme, extended a huge thank you to everyone, “I would like to sincerely thank the school teachers for all their support, the kids and their parents who came along to the event on Saturday, the skills event organisers, Packie Mailey, Finn Harps Player, Chantelle Grant & Dessie McGlinchey, the coaches Sean Brennan, Stewart Connelly, Chantelle Grant & Michaél O’Dochartaigh who gave up their time on Saturday, the Finn Harps Players who came along to take part in soccer skills with the children, Ciaran Coll, Packie Mailey, Killian Cantwell, Caolan McAleer, Danny Morrissey, Ciaran O ‘Connor & Ethan Boyle, Emmett Lynch, Brain Over Brawn Charity, the businesses that came along Champion Travel, Century Cinemas, Body Fuel, ReNewYou and Amy Kinsella, who did a fantastic job on the face painting, Finn Harps Manager, Ollie Horgan for coming along to meet the parents & the children, Danny Nee, Photographer, Ernie Thompson, Finn Harps Head Steward who looked after Safety and Parking, Pauric Hilferty, MC & Music for the event, Brendan Kelly, Kelly’s Toyota, for providing the goodie bags and for hosting the event, Marie Cunningham, Kelly’s Toyota, who provided refreshments for the event, the staff at Kelly’s Toyota for their help in setting up the event, Donegal Sports Partnership, Donegal Road Safety Working Group, Danny & Jamie O’Carroll for kicking off the event, the local media for covering the event, and the committee members of the Finn harps Schools Programme, Paddy Harte, Chairman, Ann Marie Meehan, Principal St. Baithins National School, Myles Sweeney, Donegal Sports Partnership, Packie Mailey, Finn Harps Player & Committee member, Chantelle Grant, Committee Member, John Campbell, Secretary Finn harps & Committee member & Grace Ann McGarvey, for a all her help in covering the programme events & providing PR & Social Media Marketing expertise. “Without all of the talents of each of these individuals this event would not have been as successful. All of the children also got a ticket to a Finn Harps Home Game & we look forward to seeing you all in Finn Park soon” concludes John.The Kelly’s Toyota Finn Harps Schools Programme supports primary school children in the development of positive life skills. They provide safe, enjoyable recreation opportunities where each child has a positive, rewarding experience while learning the basic skills and fundamentals of the soccer football, regardless of skill level and where each child will learn the importance of sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, respect, and integrity while sharing with their coaches and teammates the emotions of success and failure. The Programme is now in existence for over 5 years and to date over 6,000 primary school children take part in the programme from primary schools throughout Donegal.All Videos and Photos are available on Finn Harps Schools Programme Facebook page : www.facebook.com/FinnHarpsSchoolsProgramme Danny O’Carroll kicks off the Kelly’s Toyota Finn Harps Schools Programme – Picture Special was last modified: March 10th, 2017 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:Danny O’Carrollfinn harpsKelly’s Toyotaschools programmelast_img read more

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England World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgRECORD IN QUALIFYINGEngland were unbeaten in qualifying, extending their streak to 39 tournament qualifiers without a loss. England won eight and drew two in a group including Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta and fierce rivals Scotland. Qualification was sealed with a game to spare after a late Kane winner at home to Slovenia in October.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSSouthgate’s men won both their friendlies before heading to Russia, beating Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on June 2 before seeing off 2014 group opponents Costa Rica at Elland Road 2-0 five days later.BASE CAMPSaint PetersburgPROBABLE LINE-UP talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. 4 England take part in their 15th World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com take an in-depth look at the Group G nation…MANAGERGareth Southgate has old scores to settle in international tournaments. After his missed penalty proved crucial in the Euro 96 semi-final, and missing out on the World Cup in 2002, Russia is his first shot from the dugout.Promoted from the under-21s in 2016, Southgate has lost just twice in 16 games as England boss, away in France and Germany. A win in the Netherlands and promising draws against the Germans and Brazil showed England’s defensive maturity under Southgate, conceding just twice in their last eight internationals.His squad announcement demonstrated his best qualities – trust in youth and the boldness to show declining established players the door. Top of Southgate’s list is navigating Group G, but he will also be desperate to become the first England coach to win a knockout game since Sven in 2006.CAPTAINAt the time of the last World Cup in Brazil Harry Kane was still a fringe player at Spurs, with just five goals for the club. Four years on, he’s added 135 more, including a 41-goal 2017-18.Perhaps the best pure finisher in world football, Kane blends his two-footedness with clever link-up play and an underrated aerial ability. A scourge of Premier League defences since 2014, he is beginning to transfer that form to the international stage, with seven goals in his last six England games.Part of a dynamic, youthful front line that will also include the likes of Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, Kane is already a senior player in this squad despite being just 24 and having 23 caps to his name.Three Lions fans everywhere will be praying the Spurs man can stay fit throughout, as England look to make up for disastrous performances in recent tournaments. 4 4 England finished top of their World Cup qualifying group KEY PLAYERA genuine world-beater on his day, Raheem Sterling arrives in Russia coming off the best season of his career.Of all the stars of Manchester City’s title win this season, perhaps none benefitted more from Pep Guardiola’s tutoring than Sterling. A new inside forward role, arriving at the perfect time to tap in crosses from either flank, saw the forward score 23 times, smashing his previous best in a season of 11.Sterling also developed a habit of grabbing important late goals, away at Bournemouth and Huddersfield and at home to Southampton, setting City on their way to a record-breaking 100 points in the league.The former Liverpool man must now show he can do it for England too, having scored just twice for his country, the last of which came in 2015. He will be tasked with providing the goals if opposition defences mark Kane out of the game.ONE TO WATCHIt’s easy to forget that Marcus Rashford is still only 20. Since his explosive start, scoring twice on both his club and Premier League debuts, he has already made 123 appearances for Manchester United.His international debut was also one to remember, taking just 138 seconds to open his account when he lashed in from close range against Australia.Just one England goal has followed since then, but with his role for club and country limited mainly to the left wing, it’s his confidence to take defenders on and provide for others that will be key in Russia.FIXTURESMonday, June 18: TUNISIA v England (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd) – kick-off 19:00Sunday, June 24: England v PANAMA (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod) – kick-off 13:00Thursday, June 28: England v BELGIUM (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) – kick-off 19:00KITS 4last_img read more

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Dad accused of using kids in robberies

first_img Landry’s owner Paul Roberts said he’s lost as much as $4,000 in bats and $600 in gloves from his store over the past three weeks. “It’s just sad that this dad has the kids in on it and he used them as diversions,” he said. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “It’s not unusual. We’ve seen this throughout the years where they use kids as a distraction and frequent the same stores,” Glendale police Sgt. Ernie Garcia said. “They hit the stores a couple of times, get comfortable with the setting and keep going there until they get caught.” The suspects were arrested near Landry’s Sporting Goods in the 2300 block of Honolulu Avenue after the store’s owners called police to report a theft. Police discovered PCP in the suspects’ car, along with eight bats stolen from Landry’s, officials said. Miranda’s three children were released to a relative’s custody. Authorities are not pursuing charges against them. “It appears based on the investigation that the father and the other male utilized the kids to cause a distraction in the store to draw attention from them,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Miranda is in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail. Morataya was being held on a parole violation for grand theft. MONTROSE – A dad used his three kids as diversions as he and a partner stole about $20,000 in athletic equipment from local sporting goods stores, police said Thursday. Gilbert Miranda, 44, and an alleged accomplice, Julio Morataya, 23, both of Pacoima, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs and contributing to the delinquency of minors. A search of their homes produced about 40 aluminum bats retailing for as much as $300 each, about 40 softball gloves valued at up to $80 each and dozens of athletic garments, including shorts, shirts and caps, officials said. The merchandise was stolen over the past several weeks from Big 5, Landry’s Sporting Goods and other local shops. Authorities said the children – 17, 16 and 12 – asked questions that took employees to other parts of the store while the suspects looted the merchandise. last_img read more

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3 in 4 people attending addiction services in North West struggling with alcoholism

first_imgThe HSE has today released the HSE North West Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force Annual Report, which shows that in the North West, alcohol remains the primary drug of choice and accounts for over 70% of all referrals in the region with cannabis being the secondary drug of choice.Of the total 919 people in the North West who attended addiction services, 538 were from Donegal, 295 from Sligo, and 86 from Leitrim. Most were men (593), compared to 319 women.Source: North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force Report.Alcohol accounts for 691 referrals out of 919 – making up 75% of the total referrals. Figures show that Ireland’s annual alcohol consumption has more than doubled since 1960. In 1960, the average amount of pure alcohol consumed by the average adult was 4.9 litres. In 2016, the figure stood at 11.46 litres.Donegal ranked sixth in Ireland for the number of valid liquor licenses per 100,000 of the population, with 76 licensed premises in Letterkenny alone.Moreover, Donegal has a higher than average rate of drink driving offenses (195, compared to the national average of 139).LUH is a relatively small hospital with 200 beds. Each day nationally, 2,000 beds are occupied as a result of alcohol misuse. To put this into perspective – that’s ten times the number of beds in LUH. In June, Doctor Gerry Lane, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at LUH expressed his concern of a link between alcohol abuse, the bed crisis, and the increasing financial stress on the HSE.According to Letterkenny Community Action on Alcohol’s publication ‘Responding to Alcohol Harm in Letterkenny’, Dr Lane highlighted several jarring statistics during a meeting in June. Annually, alcohol harm costs the Irish taxpayer an estimated €3.7 billion in health, crime, and related public order. €1.2 billion is directly related to alcohol, accounting for one tenth of the total sum spent on health services in Ireland.He also stressed that alcohol affects all departments in the hospital. Alcohol is a factor in over half of sexual assault cases, almost all patients attending liver services must do so due to alcohol abuse, 900 people in Ireland are diagnosed with alcohol related cancers each year. Half of them die.Alcohol also puts a strain on the cardiac unit, as the substance massively increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Almost one in four traumatic brain injuries sustained are related to alcohol. 93% of suicides in people under 30 have involved alcohol.Alcohol also puts a strain on the cardiac unit, as the substance massively increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Almost one in four traumatic brain injuries sustained are related to alcohol. 93% of suicides in people under 30 have involved alcohol. “We have a lot of facts, but we’re not doing anything with them. In terms of people presenting in the ED, it’s either 25%, 50%, or 75% depending on what time of the week it is. But of course, there are things we can do here in the town, today is a good start,” says Dr Lane.The HSE report outlines that efforts are concentrated on delivering an Education Plan, which can directly train staff in care, planning, key working and case management. The education plan has helped establish research into pilot studies involving mid wives screening for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.In May 2016 the HSE North West Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force commissioned Crowe Horwath to undertake a piece of research in respect of the needs of the region regarding substance misuse and the Task Force projects as a response to these needs.For a detailed look at the Donegal services mentioned in the report, see below:WhiteoaksThe project continues to runs after care programmes in four different locations in both Sligo, and Donegal. They provide on-going support to all those attending relapse groups and linking in with other NWRDATF projects. They also provide follow up and relapse one to one counselling sessions when relapse groups are not accessible to individuals, and conduct exit interviews from treatment on a weekly basis going into recovery. This project continues to encourage more support through telephone and one to one follow-ups of individual service users and families on a monthly basis over the two year aftercare period. Service users are continuing to link in with other NWRDATF projects primarily Assertive Outreach Workers in both Sligo and Donegal.In 2016 there were 54 out of 54 Service Users, from January 1st that had been referred to step down and aftercare from primary care treatment. Those eligible to participate in the Aftercare Programme were both male and female Service Users over 18 years old who had completed primary care residential treatment from alcohol, drugs and gambling. These Service Users had been discharged with staff approval or referred to another treatment centre.In 2016 Service Users completed the six weeks, which included six meditation relaxation sessions and were practising relaxation/ breathing techniques on their own at home on a daily basis. Sessions in 2016 presented and discussed six of the following recovery themed lectures: Spirituality Core Beliefs, Character Defects & Cognitive Distortions, Self Esteem, Self-Pity and Poor Me’s and Gratitude, Anxiety and Depression, and Assertiveness.All Service Users were therefore in a better position to help new peers in the Peer Recovery Group. Service Users have completed 7 steps of introduction to CBT “Self Help Course in CBT” in 2016.Holistic Therapies – DonegalThe project in 2016 continued to coordinate a programme of holistic therapies by working in partnership with existing services and initiating new avenues to the treatment and rehabilitation of those suffering drug addiction and their families.In 2016 the Holistic Therapy Project in Letterkenny offered 6 sessions of therapy to each participant over a period suitable to their needs. The therapies they could choose included: Reflexology, Reiki, Indian Head Massage or Auricular Acupuncture.Service is being used as a brief intervention tool, which is well received by service users. Participants and Service Users gain an awareness of the benefit of taking time to relax and reduce stress in their lives.Holistic therapies Introduced group work to engage with families of service users and volunteers. Holistic therapies that are hosted within LCDP are linked in with CE staff who work in the area of Family Support and group work. Holistic Therapy in Donegal links in with the community and voluntary sector to access suitable premises for carrying out the Holistic Therapy Programme.The project in 2016 ran the holistic programme from eight community premises throughout Donegal County. Breakdown as follows: 1 in Donegal Town, 1 in Bundoran, 3 in Letterkenny, I in Moville, 1 in Redcastle, 1 in Lifford. Donegal Holistic Therapies had in 2016 a panel of ten therapists.The Holistic Therapy Project continued to link with the Therapists on their Panel, along with the Community & Voluntary Sector, Addictions Services and G.P.s to ensure a collaborative approach to the Holistic Therapy Programme.Assertive Outreach Worker DonegalIn 2016 the assertive outreach worker in Donegal targeted adult drug users over 18 by working with the client group in their own environment. They encourage service users to participate in treatment and rehabilitation. This service provides a drop in service, within the community setting where the target group can gain access in a confidential and friendly environment. Providing sign posting to other supports including voluntary and statutory groups and other NWRDATF projects including Holistic Therapies.The project continues to offer a 2-tier service offering choice and direct access to service provision feeding into all tiers and accepting referrals from all tiers.One to one service user lead support: including individual assessment, care plan, and care plan review, in line with Soar Model, and NDRIC standards for drug and alcohol services within a multidisciplinary setting, using the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Community Reinforcement Approach Family Therapy (CRAFT).The project carries out a comprehensive assessment of needs with service users, which highlights early indicators of misuse / harm.Family supports are available on a one to one basis using CRAFT skills. The outreach worker and existing CDP staff and volunteers provide education, advice, and access to holistic services. In 2016 the project ran individual and group activities to encourage pro social behaviours in line with CRA, CRAFT: 6 subsidised sessions for a choice of Holistic Therapies throughout Donegal; Vouchers for Aura Leisure Centre; Biannual Open Mic session; Men’s Shed Arts Crafts and up cycling activities. The outcomes of this is that service users have the skills and motivation to address drug and alcohol issues and work towards making a change in behaviour reducing the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.Youth Drug & Alcohol Education & Prevention Project DonegalThis project in 2016 designed and implemented a high volume of quality drug education programmes as appropriate for under 18s. Promoting healthier lifestyle choices amongst young people in particular those using or at risk of using drugs/alcohol, by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to make positive informed decisions around their own behaviour.In 2016 Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Policy guidelines had been revised within Foroige to further support young people, parents, volunteers and staff. It outlined the different levels of support, education and intervention available for individuals at risk of or engaged in different levels of substance misuse.In 2016 young people completed a distance star activity pre and post programme. The Distance star is an evaluation tool, young people rate themselves on a scale of 1 to 5 on the following; 1 being least 5 being most● Listening skills● Communication skills● Knowledge of drugs and alcohol● Confidence● Self esteem● Ability to say “NO”● Responsible decision making● Identifying my strengthsIn 2016 Moville FRC group had significantly increased their drug knowledge score from on average 2 to 4 points. This was also evident in the evaluation with comments such as “I have learned how bad drugs are and how they affect the way your brain and heart works”.Raphoe FRC group also increased their drug knowledge score significantly by 2 points, this also reflected in their evaluation one young person stated “alcohol is a depressant and is broken down mostly by the liver”, “alcohol slows down your brain”, “I didn’t know alcohol was a drug.”Through scenarios young people stated what they believed to be the most responsible actions and possible consequences. Raphoe FRC group increased their decision making score from on average 2 to 4 points. This was also identified through evaluation form, one young person stated “I’ve learned how to say NO to smoking, because I don’t want to get addicted to it”.The ripple activity worksheet identified how drugs and alcohol not only affect the users but their family and community. A young person from Ballybofey/Foroige Club stated “ I never thought about how someone’s drinking can affects so many people from their parents to staff in a hospital” Raphoe FRC had a similar statement “ It’s so selfish for one person’s drinking to hurt so many others”In 2016 the project has been asked to do some work with youth at risk in an in school setting which has become increasing trend throughout the region. This project also experienced an increase in 2016 of clients who were using or being asked to use synthetic drugs such as blue dragon. This is a direct result of the close proximity to the border with Northern Ireland. This triggered an emergency response by other agencies including, Gardai, CALMS, Donegal Youth Service, Jigsaw and HSE representatives who as a group met over a period of time to address the spike in use.There has been a steady increase in the work completed with families having trouble with children at risk.All programmes are run on a needs basis therefore any emerging needs are addressed.If you have been affected by any of the topics raised in this article, you can find helpful information and resources by clicking here.3 in 4 people attending addiction services in North West struggling with alcoholism was last modified: September 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Alcohol ForumdonegalHSEleitrimNorth westreportsligolast_img read more

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Ex-boss lifts lid on Hill’s Palace move and his attempt to sign him for Leeds

first_imgIn his weekly column in The Independent, Neil Warnock recalls his signing of Clint Hill for Crystal Palace from Stoke City in 2007 and his unsuccessful efforts to take him to Leeds United while manager at Elland Road.Hill later followed Warnock from Palace to QPR, where he played in the Premier League and is now captain.But there were serious doubts about his fitness prior to his move to Selhurst Park.Warnock wrote: “It was around his 29th birthday and he’d started four games in nine months.Hill was a key player for Warnock.“In his four years at Stoke he’d missed many more matches than he’d played and I was told ‘It’s no good taking Clint Hill as he won’t play more than three games before he’s injured.’“That was like a red rag to a bull to me. I wanted to sign him. However, there was no way he would pass a medical.“Simon Jordan, Palace’s chairman, met him, realised how determined Clint was to play, and agreed to sign him.“It was a risk, as a medical protects a club’s insurance pay-out if a player gets injured. Clint didn’t let either of us down.”Warnock, sacked by Rangers in 2011, was keen to be reunited with Hill at Leeds when the defender was initially out of favour during Mark Hughes’ time at Loftus Road.“I tried to sign him again, for Leeds, but the chairman said he wouldn’t pay good wages for a player well into his 30s,” Warnock claimed.“Leeds’ loss was QPR’s gain. Clint’s 35 now, but still their captain and looks like winning another promotion. The lesson is ‘Don’t look at the age, look at what’s under the shirt’.”See also:Redknapp reluctant to let Leeds United sign QPR duoNo approach from Leeds United for 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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We bow our heads in shame: Mbeki

first_img26 May 2008South Africa had been shamed and humiliated by the wave of anti-foreigner violence that had broken out in parts of the country over the past two weeks, President Thabo Mbeki said in a special televised address to the nation on Sunday night.At least 40 people have been killed and over 25 000 left homeless since mobs began attacking migrants from African countries in townships and informal settlements in and around Johannesburg and other parts of the country.“The shameful actions of a few have blemished the name of South Africa through criminal acts against our African brothers and sisters from other parts of the continent, as well as other foreign residents especially from Asia,” Mbeki said.The “violence and criminality” of the past fortnight was opposed to “everything that our freedom from apartheid represents”, going against “everything we have sought to do to build a humane and caring society built on the values of ubuntu.”The government had instructed the police, army and intelligence services to do “everything necessary to stop and apprehend the killers and looters, and ensure that everybody in our country lives in conditions of safety and security”, Mbeki said.Over 250 “alleged perpetrators” of the violence had been arrested, Mbeki added, noting that people’s concerns over housing, jobs and crime “can and must be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the dignified, humane and caring characteristics that define the majority of our people – not through criminal means.“Humanity, democracy and protection of the law are indivisible. What begins as attacks on people from other countries also involves, as we have seen, the killing, rape and looting of property belonging to fellow South African citizens.”Mbeki noted that “many of our people, black and white, have come out to condemn this barbarity, offering food, shelter and clothing to those affected.“We commend and thank all these patriots and appeal to them to continue their good work, to reject and isolate the criminals in our midst and extend a hand of friendship to our foreign guests, who are nothing more than our fellow human beings.”At the same time, the country’s National Disaster Management Centre had been working with government departments, business, religious and humanitarian organisations, as well as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, “to respond to the humanitarian requirements of those who have been displaced.”The government had also set up a special task team to investigate the causes of the violence and the steps needed to prevent its recurrence.Mbeki said the government remained “firmly of the view that it would be wrong to isolate and segregate our foreign guests in special camps. Instead, we must build on the tradition of many decades of integrating our foreign guests within our communities.”South Africans, Mbeki said, should never forget that “many people from other African countries helped to build our liberation movement”; that South Africa’s economy “was built by the combined labour of Africans drawn from all countries of our region”; and that “our own progress and prosperity is dependent on the progress and prosperity of our neighbours and other African countries.”“This means that we must remain firm in our commitment to work hard to achieve the goal of the renewal of our continent, understanding that again, in this instance, an injury to one is an injury to all.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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