Duo praised for bringing beach wheelchair to Rossnowlagh

first_imgThe accessibility of Rossnowlagh Beach has been greatly improved thanks to the efforts of two inspirational local women.Council staff members Diane Patton and Grainne Campbell teamed up recently to fundraise for a specialist wheelchair for public users at the South Donegal beach. And their hard work was highly praised on Thursday when the dream became a reality, just in time for summer. The new beach wheelchair was unveiled yesterday afternoon at Rossnowlagh beach by Cllr. Michael Naughton, Chair of Donegal Municipal District.Paul Diver, Sandhouse Hotel, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Grainne Campbell, Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD and Diane Patton on Thursday afternoon.The idea was first sparked by Diane Patton, a holiday home resident in Rossnowlagh, who witnessed first-hand the struggles experienced by her neighbour’s son accessing the beach in Rossnowlagh. Diane thought she needed to do something to help.“As a holiday home resident in Rossnowlagh I was very aware of the need for this type of a beach wheelchair,” said Diane who lives in Castlefin. “I have a neighbour in my holiday park who has a son with reduced mobility and for many Summers now he is at his happiest in Rossnowlagh and his dad has been able to get him around Rossnowlagh, close to the beach but never actually onto the beach due to the weight of his wheelchair. “And after witnessing last Summer another lady trying to take her teenage son onto the beach in his wheelchair and getting stuck and his discomfort at having strangers help, I just thought there must be a better way for people in wheelchairs to experience the beach.“I spoke to my colleague at work Grainne Campbell, who has previously held coffee mornings to raise funds for other charities and we decided to hold the annual coffee morning to help raise money for a specialist wheelchair for Rossnowlagh Beach. “We held the coffee morning at the County House in Lifford and we were overwhelmed by the kindness of not only Donegal County Council staff but also the businesses in both our local area and in Rossnowlagh who contributed very generous prizes to the raffle.“After a very successful coffee morning Donegal County Council’s Coastal Officer David Friel secured the rest of the €5,000 needed to purchase the specialist wheelchair. “The new Beach Wheelchair at Rossnowlagh which was unveiled on Thursday afternoon by Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD.Diane continued: “This is now the fifth specialist beach wheelchair in Donegal, with others available at Rathmullan, Downings, Marble Hill and Carrickfinn. “We would like to especially thank businesses in Rossnowlagh including The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, The Gaslight-Inn, Smugglers Creek Inn, Maddies Sweet Treats and Tickety-Moo Ice Cream Parlour as well as Twin Town Oils Ballybofey, McGlynns Restaurant Castlefin, Red Pepper Restaurant Castlederg, Quirky Raven Coffee Company Spencer Road and Bishop Street Derry, McCauleys Restaurant Lifford, The Lifford Old Courthouse, Marleys Café Lifford, Eclipse Cinema Lifford, O’Neills Sportswear Strabane, Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Selkie Sailing Gweedore.”Speaking at the unveiling Cllr Michael Naughton, Chair of Donegal Municipal District thanked both Diane and Grainne for their wonderful efforts in securing this beach wheelchair for Rossnowlagh. He said: “It is truly uplifting to hear this story and it just highlights the importance of having this wheelchair available so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful beach.  The support that Diane and Grainne received both from Council staff and from businesses here in Rossnowlagh, as well as in other parts of Donegal and Derry shows just how important this is to everyone. “We can sometimes take for granted the joy of being on the beach but it is not something that everyone has the fortune to experience but I hope now that more people can enjoy this experience and that this beach wheelchair will allow for many special moments and memories to be made.” Diane Patton and Grainne Campbell who raised funds for the new beach wheelchair for Rossnowlagh pictured with the new beach wheelchair outside the Sandhouse Hotel on Thursday afternoon.David Friel Coastal Officer with Donegal County Council explained that “the Hippocampe wheelchair allows users to fully explore the beach. Its design means that it can travel over softer sand and in to the water areas where wheelchair users would have been reluctant to take their own chair.  This means that wheelchair users or those with mobility issues can now fully enjoy the beach and its environment”. He also acknowledged the important role played by everyone in securing these beach wheelchairs saying “I hope we can identify further partners at other beach locations to allow further roll-out of this very welcome and valuable service.  I’d especially like to thank the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, for facilitating the beach wheelchair here at Rossnowlagh beach and hope it is used and enjoyed for years to come”.The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa is providing a home and safekeeping for the wheelchair which will be available for the public to book by calling the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa at (071) 985 1777.Duo praised for bringing beach wheelchair to Rossnowlagh was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beach wheelchaircouncilRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Blackburn man ‘up on his feet’ after being carried off at QPR

first_imgBlackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer said defender Tommy Spurr was “up on his feet” soon after being stretchered off early on in a 2-2 draw against QPR at Loftus Road.The defender was treated on the field for six minutes after being poleaxed in an unfortunate collision, although Bowyer delivered promising news afterwards.“He is up on his feet. He had a whack on his cheekbone – we will have to monitor that over the next couple of days but he looks to have improved.“I think he might have been (knocked out) but I have not got the full data from the medics.”Rovers led twice through goals from Shane Duffy and Jordan Rhodes. Charlie Austin and then Nedum Onuoha levelled for Rangers.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joburg honours struggle icons

first_img21 April 2016The City of Joburg on Wednesday gave its highest honour, the Freedom of the City, to two struggle icons: advocate George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni.The veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle received the accolade for the pivotal role they played in the country’s fight for freedom. “These two men upon whom we confer this honour are free men of the city of Johannesburg and they were both there to hear those powerful words in person,” said Joburg Mayor Parks Tau. “One is a defender and the other is a member of the defending legal team.”Congrats to Andrew Mlangeni & George Bizos on receiving the #FreedomofCity @CityofJoburgZA @NeeshanB @Derek_Hanekom pic.twitter.com/y3IYFtf0aM— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) April 20, 2016“We also honour the service they gave, and continue to give, to the very democracy that they helped lead the struggle to create,” said Tau.“And, through them, we honour the values enshrined in our constitutional order, the great refutation of the system our honourees gave their freedom – and risked their lives – to bring down.”Watch the speeches:Their part in the struggleMlangeni was one of the accused in the Rivonia Treason Trial and spent 26 years on Robben Island in the cell next to Nelson Mandela before serving in Parliament in the first democratic government.His son, Sello Mlangeni, attended the event on his behalf.Bizos was a member of the legal team that defended the Rivonia Trialists. He dedicated his career to fighting for basic human rights under apartheid.Since the end of apartheid, he has fought to ensure those rights, guaranteed under the Constitution, are accorded to all South Africans.See the signing: #FreedomOfCity advocate Bizos signing the scrolls, he is now #FreemanoftheCity ^TK pic.twitter.com/xJl7ZM3RyU— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) April 20, 2016#MayorTau signs the scrolls, George Bizos, Andrew Mlangeni confered freeman of the City award #FreedomOfCity ^TK pic.twitter.com/4lC17RUrA4— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) April 20, 2016The Freedom of the City of Johannesburg has also been given to Walter Sisulu, Mandela, Beyers Naude, Joe Slovo and Ahmed Kathrada, among others.Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Young minds caring for the homeless

first_imgYRobert Mtshali’s Young Minds Care and Phumlani Makhaye’s Master P Social Investments are gearing up to spread some cheer this Easter, delivering food and clothing to Joburg’s homeless as temperatures drop “When I was in high school I had to pass on a lot of things because of my financial situation; I’d say that had the biggest role to play in me getting to where I am now; that, and all the people who helped me get here,” says Robert Mtshali, founder of the Young Minds Group and a firm believer in the values of Ubuntu.In 2009, when he was 19 years old, Mtshali registered his business, then called Young Minds Cleaning Services.“My passion for helping people has always been there; it’s just that before I didn’t have the influence to do so but now I can and I am,” Mtshali explains, adding “I want to be as influential as my role model, Jay Z.”He adds; “Most of the things that I do, the initiatives that I do or take part in, relate to my personal experiences or those of someone close to me, like my colleagues and friends.”GOING TO THE MATRIC DANCEIn mid-2013 Mtshali and Young Minds Care (YMC), his company’s welfare arm, started Fabricated, the company’s first initiative aimed at benefitting the underprivileged.Fabricated identified six high school pupils – three boys and three girls – from Eastbank High School in Alexandra, who had performed admirably during their first semester and who couldn’t afford to go to their matric dance.Young Minds Care supplied the students with clothing, and funds for grooming and entrance fees to their dance as a reward for their hard work at school.“I also didn’t go to my matric dance due to financial constraints at the time and I really wanted to go but I couldn’t, and that hit me really hard, so I thought I would try my level best to help a few people who were in a similar situation,” says Mtshali.CHRISTMAS CHEERIn 2013 Mtshali and his colleagues wanted to do something different for Christmas, “so we decided to spend the day with people who weren’t as fortunate as we were and bring a few things with us to brighten up their festive season”.Shortly after Mtshali and his company joined forces with Phumlani Makhaye of Master P Social Investments to hold Homeless Xmas, spending Christmas Day delivering food and clothing to some 60 homeless people living under the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.Master P Social Investments encourages young people to share their successes by giving back to their communities.SHARING THIS EASTER“When we held our Christmas event we noticed there were more people than we expected and later found out there were just under 200 homeless people living under a bridge in Newtown so we thought it would be good for us to do something this Easter for them,” says Mtshali.This year YMC and Master P Social Investments are planning a Homeless Easter Drive on 19 April, distributing food and clothing to a group of people living under the M1 bridge over Newtown; the organisations invite Joburgers who want to help out to join them on the day at 8am.The organisations need donations of food and clothing to distribute on the day and are also trying to organise medical screenings for children in the group.“We are also trying to help these people get their documentation sorted out because we’ve noticed that a lot of them don’t have IDs or birth certificates,” Mtshali says. “This makes finding a job and proving they have dependants for social grants even harder for them.“For the little kids, we’re trying as much as we can to at least get them into schools so that they can get an education and hopefully break the chain of poverty.”PLAY YOUR PARTTo donate food and clothing to YMC and Master P Social Investment’s Easter drive, visit The Branson Centre in Braamfontein, the Mark Kidds Photographic Studio at Maponya Mall and Gordon Ridge Complex in Florida Glen.“Let’s carry the legacy of Nelson Mandela and let’s do what he believed in most, which is helping each other and loving one another regardless who the other may be,” says Mtshali.“Let’s do good and have fun at the same time.”To find out more about the event, or Young Minds Group and Master P Social Investments, email Robert Mtshali at [email protected] or call him on +27 (0) 84 811 6916, or email Phumlani Makhaye at [email protected] or call him on +27 (0) 78 792 6657.last_img read more

Allsorts® Grey Satin Clip Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot, perfect for a wedding.

first_imgWonderful but clip as well small and it would not remain in spot.Donning for my son’s xmas wedding & are not able to wait around.Not significant top quality but perfectly satisfactory.Lovely ending touch for my wedding outfit. Extremely nice, matches my outfit completely, arrived two times before than predicted.Extremely excellent products for price tag, accurate likeness to pictures and quick to clip into hair. Arrived by my postbox in what can only be described as a cardboard cd postage box which resulted in the loops becoming squashed and just one of the feathers hanging down which i had to slice off. No notion why the provider would believe this was appropriate.Extremely excellent products for price tag, accurate likeness to pictures and quick to clip into hair. Arrived by my postbox in what can only be described as a cardboard cd postage box which resulted in the loops becoming squashed and just one of the feathers hanging down which i had to slice off. No notion why the provider would believe this was appropriate.Wonderful product, comfy in shape, and not x pensive like the substantial road stores.Breathtaking photo but in actuality absolutely nothing like it. In truth it is delivered in a flat box that is far too tiny which results in the product or service becoming squashed noticeably. The product appears grubby as it is not even put in tissue paper or bag. Doubt it will ever appear like the picture and pretty let down with it. Attractive cost but i am sure purchasers would be delighted to pay a tiny more if packaged properly so products is delivered as advertised.Acquired for my spouse to attend a wedding.Acquired for my spouse to attend a wedding.Just best for my wedding outfit. The clasp is safe and rather prolonged and so effortless to clip in spot on your hair. Much improved than a comb fastening. Very great high quality and for low value.Wonderful product, comfy in shape, and not x pensive like the substantial road stores. Not significant top quality but perfectly satisfactory.Just best for my wedding outfit. The clasp is safe and rather prolonged and so effortless to clip in spot on your hair. Much improved than a comb fastening. Very great high quality and for low value.Breathtaking photo but in actuality absolutely nothing like it. In truth it is delivered in a flat box that is far too tiny which results in the product or service becoming squashed noticeably. The product appears grubby as it is not even put in tissue paper or bag. Doubt it will ever appear like the picture and pretty let down with it. Attractive cost but i am sure purchasers would be delighted to pay a tiny more if packaged properly so products is delivered as advertised.Key specs for Allsorts® Silver Grey Satin Clip Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot:Silver Grey Satin Cap FascinatorComes on a strong fork clip attachmentIdeal for all occasions including weddings, the races and royal ascotWe have a choice of colours in storeFast free delivery on all items in Allsorts Accessories storeComments from buyers“Lovely finishing touch for my wedding outfit, Stunning picture but in reality nothing like it!, Squashed fascinator.”Lovely ending touch for my wedding outfit. Extremely nice, matches my outfit completely, arrived two times before than predicted.Wonderful but clip as well small and it would not remain in spot.Arrived on time and superior price for income.Arrived on time and superior price for income.Donning for my son’s xmas wedding & are not able to wait around.last_img read more

Phoenix pounces on chance to get more experience, trades away no. 4 PBA draft pick

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix head coach Louie Alas chose to play it safe in the upcoming PBA season after his club reportedly traded away the fourth pick in the 2018 Draft to acquire a couple of veterans from NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Paul Lee: BPC award won’t mean anything if Magnolia doesn’t win PBA title TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Fuel Masters received combo guard Alex Mallari and power forward Dave Marcelo in exchange for the fourth pick.Alas said Phoenix chose to get who are available instead of waiting for its fortune in the Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We’re looking for a point guard in this year’s Draft but this offer was presented to us so why not?” said Alas in Filipino during the Combine Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center.“Why wait and eventually miss out on the chance because we don’t know who’ll be selected from one to three.” Alas said Mallari and Marcelo, who were both drafted in 2012, already have the experience and have five titles between them.Phoenix still has the 12th pick in the Draft and Alas said the team will still look for a big man or a point guard who’s not afraid to be gritty.CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are the expected top three selections in this year’s rookie class and the Fuel Masters were one slot away from selecting either of those names.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

TCI MOHAHS receives continued technical assistance from Public Health England

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 8, 2017 – Providenicales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAHS) continues to receive assistance and support from Public Health England (PHE) in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.In response to an invitation from Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAS), Dr. Autilia Newton was part of the team of technical experts PHE dispatched to TCI during October 2017 to support the local health team in assessing Public Health needs and also to design short, medium and long term interventions to meet these needs.Dr. Newton, the leader of the PHE Team sent to TCI, is a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) with PHE. She has more than 7 years of experience working overseas and recently returned from a 2-year assignment in Sierra Leone.   There she collaborated with the Chief Medical Officer to oversee the transition from the extraordinary response to Ebola Virus to the return to normal responsibilities for emergency planning and response within the local Ministry of Health.Dr. Newton is currently the Technical Adviser to the PHE United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories (UKOTs) International Health Regulations (IHR) Compliance Program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Security Fund.As part of this program, Dr. Newton and the UKOT team, had already established a working relationship with the TCI’s Public Health Team, led by Dr. Nadia Astwood, Director of Health Services and Dr. Terese Maitland, National Epidemiologist and Head of the National Epidemiology and Research Unit (NERU) team.The MOHAHS is grateful to the team at PHE for providing assistance at this critical time and looks forward to ongoing support and collaboration in the coming months. Additional details will be provided by the Ministry moving forward.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Boosting job opportunities for military spouses

first_img August 28, 2018 Updated: 10:38 PM Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helping our men and women in the military find jobs in the civilian world has always been important. Now, business leaders are reaching out to boost career and job opportunities for the husbands and wives of servicemembers.Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched a new program to connect more military spouses with employers in the San Diego area. Through a program called the “Empowerment Zone,” the business group hopes to join more military families with employers through the Chamber’s website, “Hiring Our Heroes.”Elizabeth O’Brien, who’s introducing the program to other cities around the nation, suggested military spouses face special challenges in finding meaningful jobs because of frequent orders to move.“Military spouses traditionally move every three years. We know, by and large, resumes and interview opportunities with employers happen through networks, so every time we move, we lose our network and we have to rebuild,” O’Brien said.Brian Alvarado, who’s married to a Navy sailor is part of a “Hiring Our Heroes” volunteer group that’s trying to build stronger career connections for the wives and husbands of San Diego servicemembers.“When they get their orders, the military spouse says, “Oh, what am I going to do? I have to quit my job.” Well, they have a place to go now in our network to start looking for that next job.” Alvarado explained.The “Empowerment Zone” has also been launched in other cities, including Tampa, Colorado Springs, San Antonio and the entire state of Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is planning to roll it out to Newark and Chicago and other locations later this year. Posted: August 28, 2018center_img Sasha Foo Boosting job opportunities for military spouses Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more