Island Clinic Health Workers Halt Strike

first_imgHealth workers at the Island Clinic at Bushrod Island have decided to end their strike and resume work until their needs of better working conditions, risk benefits and employment payment can be met.On Monday, many health workers, hygienic workers and security guards working at the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center were optimistic about a planned strike that could possibly help their appeals to be heard.But instead, they were met by Rep. Saah Joseph of District 8, Montserrado County, who said he was on the scene “as a follow up of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s previous visit to the hospital on Saturday October 11, 2014.”According to Mr. Joseph, there was an arrangement made over the weekend during the President’s visit to the ETU in relation to the public outcry by the workers. The workers are said to be dissatisfied with low income or no income at all, and also being shortlisted or not being on the employment list at all. “The arrangement arrived at  during that visit was that health workers would continue to work while the Ministry of Health tries to process their salaries. They also asked for a bus and I have brought one for them,” Rep. Joseph stated.According to heath workers at the ETU facility, they were told the same day that they would receive a text from various banks. The text would alert them on their pay being placed in their accounts.  But many of them say they have yet to receive any text.“Some people have received their texts, but majority of us have not received ours yet,” added a worker who has asked not to be identified.Rep. Sah Joseph, who stood witness to the meeting among  health workers and the President, says workers were given the opportunity to receive pay then and there.“The issue is not about money;  it’s about Liberia verses Ebola. The President told them, “If you know you don’t want to be on the side of Liberia, you just want your money, walk now and let me give you your money.”  But nobody came out, he said.Meanwhile, dozens of workers stood in front of the health facility with sullen looks on their faces yet again, impatiently waiting for their needs to be fulfilled. Rep. Saah Joseph counseled them in understanding the horrifying effect their strike could cause if played out.“It affects us if you don’t work. Why leave the job while we’re trying to solve this problem,  and watch some of our sisters and brothers die as a result? It’s not fair,” he told the health workers.He added: “The President says the worker’s that are working here are not even signed contract workers. Then there are the ones who have signed contracts but the length of time they have signed the contract for has expired.“We are saying that we need a management team that will concentrate on the daily management of the place [ETU] while the nurses are doing their job. We need a delegation of five to ten persons who can sit with the President and discuss what we are up against.  But leaving the job to talk about money will solve no problem. When you leave the job, people are dying: that is our point. Please continue your job, form this delegation, let us talk and solve the problem, because no matter what, we will solve the problem,” he assured the workers.Saah Joseph also mentioned  that banks that payments are being made to for the intended striking workers should also help in ironing out the situation.“The bank should be able to help us while the workers wait for a text from the banks; everyone needs to play a role. “While we are waiting for your checks, let the banks pay you and we will be committed to pay them back,” he suggested.Meanwhile, a leading prayer group of women who are normally seen praying in front of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s home were also on the scene trying to help in the effort.“We don’t want to see our children of God dying, risking their lives and not being cared about by the government. We are here to make sure their cries are heard,” one of the prayer women said.Also, several health workers brought to our attention the strenuous environment in which they find themselves, and said they are working only because they “don’t want to see people dying from Ebola”Speaking with a security guard who identified himself as the “third shift commander,” he said he had been working at the ETU for more than a month and had not been contracted or paid.A doctor on the scene said  hundreds of people are laying on bed, including one of their colleagues working at the hospital who contracted Ebola and had just passed away.The doctor said the reason why he had decided to listen and not to strike is, “I have people on bed inside of the ETU, and I can’t leave them like that. I mask my face as if   everything is okay whenever I go inside the unit, but out here, things don’t look good,”  he added.Meanwhile, it has also been said that dozens of patients have died as a result of workers leaving and abandoning their duties, an  action which they all regret.“We don’t want anyone else to die. We have the highest success story when it comes to treating Ebola.  We are the only unit that gives IV’s” stated Mr. Brown, a health worker.The spokesman for the ETU,  Alphonso Massaley, has stated that his workers will continue working until further notice, as he is optimistic that his workers’ needs will be met.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LAF Releases Calendar of Events

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has approved the Calendar of Events (COE) for 2017, comprising 18 national and international activities.According to the calendar, there will be two training opportunities in the country and an anti-doping workshop for players, administrators and technicians on Saturday, January 28.The second workshop will be an international course for coaches to obtain level one (1) license from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). There will also be a Day Run, and the Armed Forces Day Lok Run, to be held on February 4 and 11 respectively.The Inter School Championship is also scheduled for February.On March 15, there will be the inaugural Ganta 10km Run, of which over 100 athletes will participate. Liberia will also participate in the World Senior Championship in London, Great Britain, in February.The World Athletics Day (WAD) will be observed on May 12 in Clay, Bomi County; and in June there will be the National Club Open Championship, to be followed by the Regional Championship.The second international tournament, World Youth Championship (WYC), will be held in July in Nairobi, Kenya.The 2017 Liberia Marathon is on August 27.The LAF has further endorsed a Run to Vote Half Marathon on Saturday, October 8 – three days before the Presidential and Legislative Elections.The Annual Award Night is November 18; and in the same month, there will be the National University Championship and Congress.Customarily, the LAF will participate in the Boxing Day activities in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on December 26. The year will be climaxed with a Coaches Clinic. Meanwhile, the LAF has extended an “appreciation” to those who sponsored the team to Sierra Leone.Coach Samuel Cooper, Acting National Coach and head of Liberian delegation to Sierra Leone, said “The LAF is thankful and wish to appreciate those who contributed for the Lone Star Athletics team to participate in Sierra LeoneNational meet in Kenema from the 31st of December 2016 to 1st January 2017. They included Mr. Tarnue Jeke, Managing Director of the National Transit Authority (NTA); and the following former national athletes: Regina Nigba, Steven K. Pelima and Isaac T.Z. Montgomery.”At the end of the Sierra Leone National Meet, Liberia earned five medals: one gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where Are Our Patriots — Lost in the Woods Somewhere?

first_imgThe Miriam Webster Dictionary defines Patriotism as having or showing love that a person feels for his or her country. George Orwell, in his essay, “Notes on Nationalism” maintains that Patriotism means “devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force upon other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally”.Patriotism is a cardinal virtue required of all citizens. The signing of the Bill and Declaration of Independence on July 26,1847, the design and sewing of the country’s flag by Susannah Lewis and others, and the unfurling of the new Flag on August 24, 1847 were all brave acts of Patriotism.The composition of the National Song the Lone Star Forever by Edwin J. Barclay was another act of patriotism and to this day the rendition of the “Lone Star Forever” always evokes strong feelings of Patriotism, especially when rendered prior to the commencement of an international soccer match.There are countless examples in our history of heroism and Patriotism. The land area that Liberia occupies today was not all acquired through military conquest, but rather through treaties of cooperation and friendship.And this was exemplified by the heroism and Patriotism of local chiefs and peoples who fought and resisted the advances of French colonialist designs on what was then mere outlines of the nascent Liberian state as well as armed incursions by Samory Toure into what was then Liberia.The Lofa County town of Selaga is revered by local people as the focal point of that resistance which was symbolized by the sacrifice of Chief Woni. Elsewhere in history, we know of the daring and Patriotism of Elijah Johnson who resisted overtures by British colonialist naval officers who proposed to hoist a British flag in Monrovia in return for military assistance to combat indigenous resistance to the establishment of the Liberian nation state.History also recalls the Patriotism of President Daniel E. Howard, who under actualized threat and siege of German guns in its naval bombardment of Monrovia in April, 1918 refused to capitulate to German demands for the surrender of British, French and American nationals as well as the surrender of the French and German cable stations.The list of true, dedicated and committed Liberian Patriots is indeed long and inclusive of both sides of the ethno-social divide. There are for example unsung heroes and patriots of Liberia, hardly ever remembered in history such as the Kpelle warrior chief Suah Kpuyu who fought to maintain the territorial integrity of Liberia but who was later executed on charges of treason and rebellion against the Republic; Chiefs Suakoko, Toweh, Juah Nimene, Muanna Kpana Sando and a host of others.They were, indeed, men and women of integrity and dignity who placed the interests of their people far above their own personal concerns and in turn gained the trust and respect of their respective peoples. Equally long and inclusive of both sides of the ethno-social divide also is the list of poltroons, hustlers, carpetbaggers, renegades of all colors and hue and ideologically bankrupt politicians. It is this latter group of Liberians which have claimed the attention of this newspaper.From positions of leadership, they have effectively created excruciating and demeaning conditions of existence, virtual poverty traps for most Liberians out of which there appears to be no escape given the current politico-, economic trajectory on which the nation appears to be headed.If one should ask by what standards of today do we measure Patriotism, our simple reply is the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia which binds us all in a common compact which we are duty bound to uphold, respect, defend and protect.This is all contained in the solemn oath of office under which the leadership of the nation is sworn into office. Under Articles 31 and 53 of the Constitution, members of Legislature as well as the President and Vice President are to swear to a solemn oath pledging to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution and By-laws of the Republic and to faithfully discharge the duties of such offices.In other provisions of the Constitution under Chapter II, entitled “General Principles of National Policy”, Article 7 requires the national leadership of the country to manage the national economy and natural resources of the country in such a manner that ensures the maximum participation of Liberian citizens and under conditions of equality in order to advance the general welfare of the Liberian people and the economic development of Liberia.Likewise, in Article 8, the Constitution also requires the national leadership to “direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment”.Last, but perhaps most importantly, in Article 10, the Constitution requires the national leadership to “ensure the publication and dissemination of this Constitution throughout the Republic and the teaching of its principles and provisions in all institutions of learning in Liberia”. This provision is intended to ensure that respect for the Constitution and By-laws of the Republic is maintained always.By this it implies that love for country (Patriotism) will be fostered and inculcated in the minds of the citizenry, particularly the youths. Today, however, Patriotism has taken on a new meaning. Scores of hustlers and carpetbaggers returning home from their misadventures abroad, proudly beat their chests, falsely proclaiming themselves “Patriots” who have abandoned the comforts of life in America and elsewhere to return to Liberia to “serve their country”.On closer examination of their claims and their performance records, we find nothing but rascals, scoundrels and con artists. Over the last 12 years, this country has borne witness to the return of many of such “Patriots” who landed plum jobs and accumulated enormous but illegally acquired wealth which they flaunt shamelessly in the faces of an overburdened and hapless people.From virtually nothing they have become masters and overlords. Sycophancy is their trademark, obsequiousness and greed are also key traits and their love for money, for the good things of life which by dint of their own efforts, they are unable to acquire. What, therefore is the meaning of Patriotism?Where are our Patriots-just where? We know of the Patriots of yesterday but where are our Patriots of today?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pochettino suggests Spurs outcast could be on his way after cup clash

first_img Etienne Capoue Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the possibility of Etienne Capoue leaving Tottenham after reports linked the France international with a loan move away from White Hart Lane.Capoue has struggled to command a regular first-team place this season and has been linked with a move to Real Sociedad.The 26-year-old has started 11 Premier League games this season and faces stiff competition for a place in the Tottenham midfield.Pochettino says he will wait until after the Capital One Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on Wednesday night before making a decision over who leaves White Hart Lane.The Tottenham head coach said: “There are a lot of rumours in this period but we are focused on the semi-final. We have one week left until the transfer window closes.“Maybe something happens but the most important game so far for us is the game on Wednesday.“Every situation is different in this window. I am happy with all [the players] but we have to analyse every situation and see what happens.”Pochettino also refused to be drawn on reports linking him with a move for Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle, who looks set to leave the Premier League leaders in January.“We have a lot of players linked with us and we are now focused on the game and after that we will have time to speak about different movements,” said the Argentine. 1last_img read more

Young couple’s MS love story captures hearts

first_imgNeil Glackin from Dungloe is earning much admiration for sharing a heartfelt account of how his fiancee’s MS plays a role in their relationship.The young couple’s story, charting the ups and downs of love and illness, has fast become a source of inspiration as Neil prepares to run the Dublin City Marathon in aid of MS Ireland this month.Susan White from Dublin, the love of Neil’s life, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 17. It was around this time that she met Neil, as her father Frank and family are from Dungloe. Neil (now aged 28) and Susan ( now 26) grew closer through the years of school, university, work and visits to Donegal. Susan’s MS symptoms and treatments regularly impacted on their lives, but she remained strong throughout and refused to let her illness hold her back. Neil fell in love with Susan’s strength and became more proud of her with every achievement she made in spite of her MS.Susan and NeilNeil proposed to Susan on Mahery Beach last Easter, the same place where they walked on Valentine’s Day as teenagers when Susan’s symptoms first started to show. The young couple now live in Dublin and are planning to wed in Dungloe next September.Before this though, Neil has a challenge of his own to overcome. Neil was so inspired by Susan that he decided to run the 2017 Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for the MS Society of Ireland. As part of his campaign he wrote a moving account of Susan’s story which has had a big emotional response online.Neil told Donegal Woman: “We never really told people about Susan’s MS and the effects of it, even our family and friends were hearing about it for the first time.“Susan has come to terms with her MS a bit better so that’s why she agreed to let me tell her story. You could list off the symptoms of MS but no one really makes the connection. The story shows the human side of MS, while other people are seeing their own MS experience,” Neil said.Susan’s story has given Neil’s fundraising campaign a boost and motivated him as he prepares to run his first marathon on October 29th. Neil fits training in around his work in banking in Dublin and has been amazed as he already smashed his fundraising target of by over 200%.Here is Neil’s account of Susan’s story in full, and if you wish to support his marathon click here: For eighteen years of my life I had no idea what MS was.But in March 2008 I found out about the disease multiple sclerosis for the first time and it’s been playing a big role in my life ever since.Back then I was attempting to woo a girl from Dublin. It was a long distance courtship and a lot of our communication was done over the phone. Most of our conversations were about trivial things — the usual back-and-forth between two teenagers who liked each other. But sometimes the talk would get more serious as the girl on the other end of the line was having some unexplained medical issues.On those occasions my role was to do some cheering up work and, as I was smitten, it was a task I gladly took upon myself. These diversions into more weighty conversations helped to strengthen our bond and now over nine years later that girl is my fiancée and we are long past the days of long distance. Her name is Susan. And though she is my partner, she is also my inspiration. Her path over these past ten years has been a tough one, littered with setbacks and unimaginable obstacles, but she has never given up or stopped trying and she has stubbornly refused to let an illness define her life.On Sunday 29 October I plan to run the Dublin Marathon. My chosen charity is the MS Society of Ireland. My inspiration is Susan. Here, with her permission, I will tell you her story and her battle with MS.It is uncomfortable at times and words cannot do justice to some of the tough moments she has gone through. But I hope you take inspiration from her attitude and I hope you can also share something towards the fundraising campaign, even if it’s just by sharing this story.In 2007, at the age of 16, Susan received the first indication that something was wrong. Susan was a sporty teenager and played camogie and hockey. It’s no coincidence both her chosen sports involved holding a weapon.During a school hockey match Susan suddenly felt as if she was unable to run. She tried moving her legs but to no avail. It was a surreal and terrifying moment, and one she naturally could not understand.Other symptoms followed. Her hand would shake when trying to write, turning her once neat handwriting into a series of squiggles. She found it difficult to focus her eyesight and her head would sometimes shake involuntarily. Her balance was off. Her speech became slightly slurred at times. And she experienced sharp pains throughout her body including some very painful headaches.As a result, Susan missed most of her fifth year of secondary school.Medical tests were run, including an MRI, a brain scan and a particularly painful lumbar puncture procedure.Susan’s mother Anne was with her for every appointment and every test. Anne has been living with MS since her own diagnosis in 2003. When discussing possible causes of Susan’s symptoms with the neurologist, the topic of MS was brought up. The doctor reassured that if he was a betting man he would bet against it being MS.While waiting for the results Susan took a trip up from Dublin to Donegal to visit the young man doing his best to woo her. At this stage Susan required a crutch to get around but she was still as positive as anything and steadfastly refused any help I would try to give.The visit was in February 2008 and coincided with Valentine’s Day, a perfect time to try cement my place in her affections. When we walked the beach she finally let in and said I could link her arm.She returned to Dublin and we continued our budding relationship via long distance phone calls.One month later, aged 17 and four months, Susan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (she later gave that neurologist a thank you letter with a note saying “don’t take up betting anytime soon!”).On hearing the news I did what anyone in my position would have done, and took to Google to find out more about MS.Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system which affects the way the brain interacts with the rest of the body. It disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the nerves of the body, which can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the person affected.By and large it will affect the person’s coordination and balance, which in turns affects almost every aspect of their day-to-day lives.The cause of MS in a person is unclear, but it can strike anyone from prize athletes to couch potatoes. MS is not defined as a hereditary disease so it is particularly bad luck that two members of the same family should be affected.The MS Society were one of the first ports of call for Susan to try understand and come to terms with her diagnosis. They produce some brilliant information booklets on how to manage the disease and practical advice for getting by on a daily basis.They also produce information for people like me explaining the disease in simple terms and giving a guide as to what to expect. All of MS Ireland’s services including counseling and information days were immediately made available to Susan.There are different types of MS as defined by the medical profession and Susan’s fell into the type known as relapse-remitting MS, basically meaning her symptoms can flare up from time to time before improving again.Her treatment was to take an injection of interferon every second day.The injections were to be taken alternately on her stomach and on her thighs. This was not easy. The medication came with side effects including bad temperatures the night of taking the injection. It could also leave nasty bruises on the point of the injection.Mentally this was a tough time and the hours before taking the injection were the worst. On top of everything else, it wasn’t easy for a young woman to look down and see bruises covering her legs.However, the treatment reduced the symptoms and the crutch was soon consigned to the attic. That summer Susan spent a lot of her time in Donegal and by extension a lot of her time with me. I was driving a rickety old Toyota Starlet at the time and we would go off to the cinema or the beach or wherever the road took us.Susan, in her more soppy moments, claims that that was the summer we fell in love.I had taken my Leaving Cert that June and depending on the results I was either going to Maynooth or Derry. Maynooth was the preferred choice, for purely academic reasons of course — nothing to do with being closer to Susan.The results came in and I was on my way to Maynooth. Not long after, the 25 August 2008 to be exact, we officially became boyfriend and girlfriend.That September Susan returned to school for her final year, determined to achieve the best Leaving Cert results she possibly could.Susan had missed so much of the previous year that her school, St Dominic’s College Cabra, allowed her to drop one subject completely and also helped her by putting on early morning classes and by appointing a scribe to Susan to help her take notes.Susan threw herself into the task of catching up on her school work and in the end scored an incredible 410 points on the Leaving Cert. This was Susan’s first big victory over her MS.The points tally earned Susan her first choice on the CAO and soon she was joining me in Maynooth to study Business and Accounting. The transition from secondary school to college was not the easiest. In the smaller confines of the secondary school, teachers and pupils alike were aware of the situation and stepped up to help Susan any way they could.But college is a different animal. Instead of moving within the same building between classes, you might have to cross campuses in the space of five minutes between lectures. The sheer number of students is much higher and the connection between teachers and students is much more distant than in secondary school.The course itself was a demanding one. The exams weren’t made any easier by the disease’s effects on concentration and memory. Again, Susan got support from the college through specialist note-takers who sat in on lectures and transcribed them for Susan. She also had scribes to help her during exams.The Access department in particular was of great help to Susan throughout her time in Maynooth and they helped arrange for Susan to complete her final year over the space of two years to lessen the workload.Despite all the obstacles Susan again was determined to get her degree and earn another victory over MS. In all aspects this is how Susan has reacted to her diagnosis. She is the most stubborn person I know and she absolutely refuses to let MS control her life no matter what the disease throws at her.The medication helped the symptoms but simple things we take for granted like handwriting and balance are still affected. Being quicker to fatigue is also a daily reality.Sometimes new effects would show up out of nowhere. In the summer of 2012 Susan began to complain that the left side of her face was going numb every so often. It would come on at random times and her hearing on that side would become muffled, almost like her ears needed to pop. Susan had met the doctors and they ran a couple of tests, but they said it was probably just another consequence of the MS.That same summer Susan and I were both in Donegal. Susan loves going for walks and that summer she set a goal of getting up to a 5km distance. So everyday we went out walking, gradually building up our distances.Sometimes by the end of a walk Susan needed to hold onto my arm for support as her legs would get tired. But as the days went by she was getting stronger and stronger and anytime she didn’t need to link my arm she would proudly boast that she didn’t even need me on the walk.Eventually Susan surpassed her goal and we walked 5.2km. Susan didn’t even need my help on that walk.When Susan went back to Dublin and back to the doctor they told her that she had relapsed and this was the reason behind the numb feeling on the side of the face.This meant she was no longer responding to her medication.She was told that they would have to review her options and assess which medication would be most suitable going forward. This was a big setback and a real time of uncertainty. The disease becomes very real in those moments. Obviously, you live with it every day but you get into a rhythm and let it interfere in your life as little as possible. When something like this happens it brings the realities of the illness back into sharp focus again.In those testing moments, something dawned on me. Susan had been walking all summer and had achieved her target of walking 5km despite being in the middle of a relapse.I don’t think I’ve ever felt as proud of someone as I did in that moment.In February 2013 Susan’s medications were switched. No longer would she have to take interferon injections every second day. Instead, she would take a Fingolimod tablet daily. There was a great deal of happiness that the injections were gone, but there was still uncertainty over whether the new medication would work.Thankfully it did and still does, but the whole experience was a stark reminder of the power of the disease.A couple of months later it was my turn to face medical issues. I woke up one morning with a slight pain in my stomach which became gradually worse throughout the day. I tried making myself sick to relieve it but still the pain got worse and by evening time it had become unbearable. A couple of painkillers dulled the pain somewhat but there was still a lot of discomfort on the right side of my stomach.It was, of course, my appendix and it was subsequently removed. While I recovered in Donegal, Susan was preparing for summer exams. She had completed one but before her second exam she came down with stomach pains. As she described the symptoms to me over the phone I couldn’t help but feel they were vaguely familiar.Five weeks after I had my appendix removed Susan underwent an operation to remove hers. This time it wasn’t the MS, instead I joked that it was down to love. If I couldn’t have an appendix then Susan wasn’t going to have one either.She missed four exams, meaning she would have to take them in the autumn and face a full summer of studying. It was a frustrating time but Susan knuckled down and put in the work. Thankfully, when the autumn re-sits came around there were no problems and Susan was able to complete all four.One week later she had a seizure.The seizure came out of nowhere and was the last thing anyone expected. Susan was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital and placed in an induced coma. It was a scary moment for all involved and undoubtedly the worst single moment throughout this journey.The fatigue that came from the stress of the exams mixed with the MS was too much for the mind and body and in turn this led to the seizure. The MS and the fatigue “were having a scrap” as Susan puts it.When Susan came to, she was understandably shaken up and again questions over the medication surfaced — questions about everything really.Along with all the other medications, an anti-epileptic was now added to the cocktail as a precaution. Thankfully, the doctors advised Susan to continue with the new MS medication which came as a great relief. After being discharged from hospital, it took a while for Susan’s appetite to come back and she was not allowed to drive for one year, a source of great frustration as Susan was building towards taking a driving test at the time.Once again, Susan had to find the strength to regroup and carry on. Like always, she did.Despite missing the start of her final year of college, Susan threw herself into her course work with a fiery determination to earn her degree. Both the winter and summer exams went off without a hitch this time.On the day the final results came out I was just about to step into work when I got the call from an ecstatic Susan telling me she had passed everything. Over the phone I could hear tears, laughter and just about every other emotion known to man.A few months later Susan officially graduated and collected her certificate in the conferring ceremony. It was one of the hardest earned degrees NUI Maynooth has ever given out.To Susan, that was much more than just a degree. That was an act of defiance, a show that no matter what the disease was going throw at her, no matter how many times it would push her down and try to stop her living her life, she would overcome. Throughout her time in Maynooth the disease knocked her back so many times and caused so many problems but she came out the other end stronger than she’d ever been and she earned every little bit of that degree.The problem is when you come out into the working world, people don’t get to see all those struggles. Hiring managers look at a CV and if they don’t see the first-class results they need they will pass onto the next applicant. The struggles and trials that actually went into achieving that degree are not taken into account.This was the next battle Susan had to face. She had overcome secondary school and college, the next step was employment. Looking to enter the workforce at a time of high unemployment didn’t help.There are a lot of dilemmas that come with having a disability like MS. Stepping into interviews there was the question of whether to declare the disability to potential employers at that stage. Would it be seen as a positive or a negative? The pro of course was demonstrating how much fight Susan had shown in earning her degree. The con was the potential for employers to discriminate based on her disability.We’d all love to say it doesn’t happen in this day and age but in reality there are plenty of employers who would rather avoid having a disabled person on their books, though of course they would never admit it.Susan is not the only one facing these problems. According to officials figures, less than 50% of people with MS in Ireland are in employment, while the EU average is almost at 70%.Susan, being Susan, found her way and is now employed in the public service, though those struggles are not forgotten.In August 2016 Susan moved out of her family home for the first time — a very brave move considering the comforts of the home and the familiarity. It was even braver considering she was moving out to move in with me. But again, she wasn’t going to let MS dictate what she could and couldn’t do.On Easter Saturday this year we went back to the beach where Susan had first allowed me to walk with her arm-in-arm and I asked her to be my wife. In doing so, I was also committing myself to a life with MS. There are three in this relationship but generally we ignore MS as much as possible and we don’t talk to it if we go out on a date. It’s just, kind of, there.And though there may be advances in treatments and medications in years to come, it will always be there. It will always be a big part of our story. Susan and I argue like any other couple, we have stupid fights. But the diagnosis of MS and subsequently living with it everyday has strengthened our bond and it forced both of us to grow up very quickly.The MS Society of Ireland has been a great resource throughout it all. As mentioned above, they produce brilliant booklets to help those diagnosed understand the disease as well as providing information for families and loved ones.When Susan goes to Beaumont Hospital for her twice-yearly check-in there is always a representative from the MS Society going around to all the patients in the waiting room seeing how they’re getting on and finding out if there’s anything they need help with.From dietary and wellness information to physio services, MS Ireland do everything they can to help those affected by the disease. But they are also constantly battling against the tide.Approximately 9,000 people in Ireland suffer from MS and they all need help and support. So do the people around them and when you add all of us in the actual number of people affected by MS is much higher.In order to help MS Ireland continue the trojan work they do I will be raising funds for their cause by running the Dublin Marathon. I want to help the people who have helped us so much and I am asking you to help me by donating to the cause through the website listed below.And if you can’t spare anything financially I ask you to share Susan’s story and help get the word out there. Any help is greatly appreciated.Susan is the strongest person I know.Of course, sometimes the disease and its effects get her down, sometimes it makes her angry, sometimes it can be a scary, scary thing. But after every setback Susan dusts herself down and gets back up.And she has never lost her razor-sharp sense of humour. She has never lost her smile. Most importantly, she has never lost her attitude. The attitude that tells MS where to go and allows her to keep living her life.That’s why I will be running the Dublin Marathon on 29 October for her and for everyone else affected by MS.Please donate through this link – Neil Glackin’s blog page here: neilglackin.wordpress.comYoung couple’s MS love story captures hearts was last modified: October 8th, 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)last_img read more

Leeds United begin disciplinary proceedings against Charlie Taylor

first_imgLeeds have begun internal disciplinary proceedings against Charlie Taylor following his refusal to play in Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship game at Wigan, it is understood.Taylor, 23, is out of contract in the summer and head coach Garry Monk revealed after his side’s 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium in the final league game of the season that the defender had made himself unavailable to travel.Monk said Taylor was “naive” and had been “ill-advised” in his post-match press conference, adding his behaviour had been “unacceptable” and that the club would take a strong stance against it.Leeds refused to comment when approached, but it is understood the disciplinary process is under way.Taylor, who progressed through the club’s academy after joining as a nine-year-old, had a transfer request turned down last summer after being linked with Premier League clubs West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.He refused to enter into talks over a new contract – he signed a three-year deal in June 2014 – and it has been widely reported that he will join West Brom when his current deal expires.Leeds will be entitled to compensation for the player, expected to be a seven-figure fee, as he is under the age of 24.Taylor made his league debut for Leeds 10 days before his 18th birthday in September 2011 and has made a total of 104 appearances – 32 this season – scoring three goals.Meanwhile, Leeds co-owner Andrea Radrizzani said he expects to complete his 100 per cent buy out at Elland Road within the next fortnight.Radrizzani, 42, who already owns 50 per cent of the club’s shares, has been in talks with Massimo Cellino over taking full control and told Sardinian newspaper Corriere della Sera the deal will be completed within two weeks.“Within 10 days, at most two weeks, Leeds will be 100 per cent (mine),” Radrizzani told the Sardinian newspaper.Leeds confirmed last week that talks between the two parties were “ongoing and positive”, while it has also been reported that Cellino will purchase Serie B club Brescia once he has severed all ties with Leeds.Italian businessman Radrizzani bought a 50 per cent stake in Leeds through his company Aser Group Holding in January.It was widely reported then that Radrizzani would have the option of completing a 100 per cent takeover at the end of the season if Leeds failed to win promotion.Radrizzani appointed former Real Madrid director of strategy Ivan Bravo to the board at Elland Road at the end of last month.Former Cagliari owner Cellino bought a 75 per cent stake in Leeds from previous owners Gulf Finance House in 2014 before acquiring full control in September last year. The 23-year-old made himself unavailable to travel for his club’s fixture against Wigan 1last_img read more

What incoming Leeds signing Izzy Brown once said about Elland Road’s atmosphere

first_img 1 smart causal Top stories in football How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF A few weeks later Brown actually scored against Leeds, this time playing for Huddersfield, though it was at the Terriers’ John Smith’s Stadium – not Elland Road.Marcelo Bielsa has already overseen the signing of two players from Chelsea this summer, bringing in Jamal Blackman, the goalkeeper, and midfielder Lewis Baker, both on season-long loan deals.Brown is expected to be Leeds’ final signing before the loan window closes for Football League clubs at 5pm on Friday, August 31. #LUFC let the stalking commence… do your thing Leeds fans— Ollie Flack (@FlackOllie) August 30, 2018The 21-year-old has visited Leeds‘ Elland Road home before, having spent time on loan in the Championship with the club’s Yorkshire rivals Rotherham and Huddersfield.And in fact, while playing for the former, Brown was certainly impressed by the Leeds support when he visited the famous stadium. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade SORRY Rotherham were soundly beaten 3-0 when they played Leeds at Elland Road on January 2, 2017, with Brown playing the full 90 minutes for the visitors.After the Yorkshire derby ended, the youngster took to Twitter to react to the result, admitting the atmosphere was something he had never experienced before, The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted gameday cracker PAYBACK silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Leeds United are in talks to sign Izzy Brown from Chelsea before the loan window closes on Friday.Brown, the England youth forward, has flown to Leeds Bradford Airport to finalise the terms of his move, with reports saying it is close to completion.last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI are examining hours of CCTV coverage in a bid to find the man behind the sickening rape of a teenage girl in the early hours of yesterday.Detectives are hoping images from the camera system on Letterkenny’s main street will help them in their hunt for the attacker.The scene of the attack in Speer’s Lane isn’t covered by the cameras. But officers are checking to see if footage from nearby main street can help their investigation.The victim – just 18 – was attacked at around 2.30am yesterday.The laneway where the incident took place as closed for most of the day whilst forensic experts examined the scene.The victim has been treated by a specialist team at Letterkenny General Hospital.  LETTERKENNY RAPE: GARDAI EXAMINE CCTV IN BID TO CATCH ATTACKER was last modified: July 17th, 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:LETTERKENNY RAPE: GARDAI EXAMINE CCTV IN BID TO CATCH ATTACKERlast_img read more

Three observations: What’s behind A’s hot streak?

first_imgOAKLAND — When the A’s returned home from Pittsburgh last weekend, they were a sinking club in need of a surge. They’d lost eight of nine games on a swing through Toronto, Boston and Pittsburg, capped by a 13-inning loss in the trip finale against the Pirates.Five games and four wins later — three walk-offs and a no-hitter — Oakland has recaptured the mojo.Saturday, Ramon Laureano hit a bloop single to right to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the A’s celebrated a 3-2 …last_img read more

Biomimetics Still Trending Up

first_img(Visited 78 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The imitation of nature’s designs (biomimetics) is all the rage, and shows no sign of slowing down.Nature published a special Outlook feature this week on Biomaterials.  The nine articles mentioned lifeforms from armadillos to oysters, showing how revolutionary applications are coming from the study of how nature solves problems. The writers focused not only on the superstars (spiders, geckos, etc.) but on lesser-known stars of biomimicry like ivy stems, sea cucumbers, squid, pine cones, pitcher plants and cacao. Single cells and tissues like bone, hydrogels and nacre also made the list. Amid the praises for these natural designs was an unholy mix of credit given to Darwinian evolution for figuring out these designs over millions of years.But the world’s leading science journal is not the only place where biomimetics is making a splash. Here are a few recent reports, some of them about newcomers to biomimetics:Poison-dart frog skin that inspired an Arizona State engineer to figure out a new way to de-ice aircraft wings (PhysOrg)“Designer’s toolkit” for dynamic DNA nanomachines: Arm-waving nanorobot signals new flexibility in DNA origami (Science Daily, Science Mag)3-D printed bionic ants (“intelligent agents”) that can get the job done, the way real ants do big jobs with teamwork (New Scientist, PhysOrg)Flexible-wing flapping drones that can recover from collisions like birds and bats can (BBC News and Live Science; see embedded video demonstrations)Snake robots that can imitate the complex motions of sidewinders (PhysOrg)Bat traffic rules (Univ of Bristol): “By employing movement strategies that nature has optimized over millions of years, engineers may be able to improve the efficiency of search and rescue missions, monitoring tasks, and surveillance operations in the emerging market of flying drones and autonomous moving vehicles.”Something fishy about synthetic armor (Science Mag); “Many fish are covered in rigid scales attached to a flexible dermis layer, an arrangement that is compliant, resistant to penetration, and lightweight—in other words, an efficient coat of armor. Fink et al. use this as inspiration for a synthetic protective material based on a stretchable mesh that supports a set of hard plastic tiles.”Squid-inspired “invisibility stickers” that could help soldiers evade detection in the dark, even by infrared cameras (Science Daily)DNA-mediated engineering of multicomponent enzyme crystals that can allow scientists to make functional nanomaterials (PNAS)Sometimes a researcher can save a step and go right to the animal for the goods.Opossum antivenom:  Science Daily reports that “Opossum-based antidote to venom from snake bites could save thousands of lives.” That’s right; opossums are immune from snake venom. They make a peptide that binds to the venom protein, rendering it harmless. This could lead to antivenoms that are easier to produce and have no side effects. National Geographic is a tad skeptical, but the researcher stands by it; “It was like a miracle, that this peptide really has this activity.” Mice injected with the peptide showed no signs of being sick.Weed cleanser: In a similar vein, PhysOrg reports that a common weed can reduce water pollution; just plant it. Typha domingensis already grows in polluted waterways.  “This plant helps to reduce up to 98 percent of pollution by enterobacteria (usually found in the intestines of mammals) involved in the development of disease,” a Mexican researcher found. Are there other weeds we could learn to love? AEgg plastic: Another PhysOrg article says that the albumin in egg whites inhibit bacterial growth so well, it could be mixed with glycerol to create “bioplastics” that are effectively sterile for medical applications, as well as being more environmentally friendly. “If you put it in a landfill, this being pure protein, it will break down,” the inventor says. “If you put it in soil for a month—at most two months—these plastics will disappear.”Back to the biomimetics icon, the gecko. Live Science lists “6 Crazy Skills that Prove Geckos Are Amazing.” That’s five besides their famous ability to walk up glass with atomic-powered toes! They can also fall right side up, regenerate their tails, harness raindrops for cleaning, perform tail acrobatics, and adhere to surfaces even better in the rain.In conclusion, we see that biomimetics not only promises to improve human life and health; it will improve biology overall. Its very inspiration requires focusing on the plants and animals to understand them better. That’s bound to help science education, improve textbooks, and inspire a new generation to enter biology. With all these advantages—and so many organisms to learn from—the sky’s the limit.Another outstanding benefit of the Biomimetics Gold Rush is to watch Darwinism fall off the radar like yesteryear’s news. We won’t have to fight it any more, because it’s so– so 1859.last_img read more