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Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboarding

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH scores silver in lawn bowls men’s pairs LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Mark Griffin on Saturday scored the Philippines’ first podium finish in wakeboarding in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Griffin nabbed the bronze medal in the aquatic event.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Thailand’s Padiwat Jaemjan and Tatsanai Kuankoonrat won the gold and silver medals, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View commentslast_img read more

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Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea

first_imgHe was stopped by police when driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle at around 2:00 am (0100 GMT) on September 1 and later arrested and bailed.Stockport Magistrates’ Court was told a breathalyser test showed Rooney’s alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.Rooney, 31, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney arrives at Stockport Magsitrates court in Stockport, north-west England on September 18, 2017.Rooney, England’s all-time record goalscorer and former captain, appeared at court after being arrested by on September 1, and consequently charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFFormer England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drunk-driving.The Everton striker apologised for an “unforgivable lack of judgement” following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over the drink-drive limit while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments Charity workEarlier, Rooney entered court in a dark blue suit and black tie and sat in the public gallery next to his agent Paul Stretford.When asked how he pleaded to the charge that he drove under the influence of alcohol while over the prescribed limit, he replied guilty.Michael Rainford, defending, said Rooney accepted the facts of the prosecution case in full and highlighted his charity work.“He is not somebody who pays lip service to the charities as so many often do,” he said. “This is somebody who is actually hands-on with the work he carries out. It is something that is very close to his heart.”Following the hearing, the footballer left court with his lawyers again followed by a media scrum of TV cameras, press photographers and reporters.His entourage fought their way through the throng to a waiting people-carrier with tinted windows and Rooney was driven away.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with internally, adding that he was “disappointed” by the drink-driving charge.Rooney has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child.He was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton. UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2 Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.Rooney first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton and went on to score 17 goals in 77 appearances for the “Toffees” before moving to Manchester United, where he won multiple trophies, including the Champions League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ His legal team asked the judge to consider not imposing a community order because of his ongoing charitable work but he said he was “not convinced” that imposing a large fine “would have the same effect”.Rooney, who rejoined boyhood club Everton after 13 trophy-laden years at Manchester United in July, tweeted an apology to his 16.4 million followers.“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” Rooney said in a statement.“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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India, Portugal sign 11 pacts to boost bilateral ties

first_imgLisbon, Jun 24 (PTI) India and Portugal today announced a four million euros joint fund to bolster research in science and technology as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Portuguese counterpart on cooperation in areas like counter-terrorism, space and climate studies.In a joint address to the media after the signing of 11 bilateral agreements, Modi and his counterpart Antonio Costa said the two countries have made substantial progress in their relations in the past six months.The agreements signed included cooperation in outer space, double taxation avoidance, nano technology, improving cultural ties, youth and sports, higher education and scientific research, and Portugal-India business hub and Indian Chamber of Commerce.”We held wide-ranging discussions today. The Portuguese economic rebound and strong Indian growth offer excellent opportunities for us to grow together,” Modi, the first India prime minister in Portugal on a bilateral visit, said.Speaking on bilateral collaboration in cutting-edge technology, Modi also announced the setting up of a joint science and technology fund of four million euros.”Our economic ties continue to follow an upward trajectory, and we can do more for the flow of goods, services, capital and human resources,” he said.”We are also determined to deepen our cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism,” he said and thanked Lisbon for its “consistent support” for Indias permanent membership of the UN Security Council and multilateral export control regimes. PTI ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

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Manu Bhaker to Haryana sports minister over cash prize promise: Correct or Jumla?

first_imgIndia’s Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist, Manu Bhaker took to social media on Friday to question Haryana sports minister, Anil Vij over a promise of a cash prize for her Youth Olympics gold medal in October 2018.16-year-old Bhaker posted screenshots of Anil Vij’s tweet wherein he had promised the young shooter prize money of Rs 2 crore on behalf of the state government.”Sir Please confirm if it is correct… Or just Jumla(sic),” Bhaker wrote on Twitter.”Congratulations to Manu Bhaker for winning shooting gold in Youth Olympics. Haryana government will give a cash prize of Rs 2 crore to Manu Bhaker on her achievement. Previous governments used to pay Rs 10 lakh,” Anil Vij had written in a series of tweets moments after Bhaker became the first Indian shooter to win a Youth Olympics gold.Earlier in the day, Manu Bhaker lashed out at the Haryana government, saying someone in the government has been playing games with the prize money that was announced for the Youth Olympics medal winners from the state.She also shared an old tweet of wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Haryana government’s announcement in which they had asked athletes to deposit one-third of their income to the state coffers in 2018.Sir Please confirm if it is correct… Or just Jumla… @anilvijminister pic.twitter.com/AtxpLKBSYVManu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019Some one in Haryana is really playing with Youth Olympic games cash prize!!!!! @narendramodi @mlkhattar @anilvijminister @Ra_THORe @AshokKhemka_IAS … Is it really for encouraging or disheartening players. which one is correct… pic.twitter.com/adIsfttId7advertisementManu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019I was too young to understand this at that time .. But Today i understand what he wants to prove…. Some people want to prove thamself right even they know they are not… Bad luck ofHaryana . https://t.co/4EsUbDul4BManu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019Bhaker had won the Youth Olympics gold in the 10m air pistol event in Buenos Aires on October 10. The medal was a huge morale booster for the teenage shooter, who had missed medals in the 25m pistol and 10m air pistol events at the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. She had shot 236.5 in the eight-woman final to create history.Bhaker had a phenomenal year in 2018 as she won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast, a month after winning gold in the 10m air pistol individual and team events at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara.Also Read | Virat Kohli grabbed headlines, new sports stars emerged: Indian sports in 2018Also Read | Manu Bhaker among 16 shooters named for TOPS supportlast_img read more

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Nerd box score: OSU-Missouri State

first_imgNerd Box MSUHere’s a look at the Week 2 nerd box score.OSU turned in the type of box you’d expect against FCS opponent but probably not the type this team expected against Missouri State.First things first, let’s look at those negative swing points. Negative swing points are defined as a failure to score a TD when you get inside an opponent’s 25. OSU had -16 in swing points because it kicked four FGs after getting inside the Missouri State 25.Gundy was absolutely right when he said this:“We were kicking way too many field goals, and we have to improve in areas like that.”56-23 sure sounds better than 40-23.Missouri State’s average starting field position was, get this, two yards better than Florida State’s in the opener. That’s stunning to me.Also, the difference in starting at your own 38 vs. starting at your own 30 in a 12-possession game is 4.8 points, according to BCF Toys. That’s pretty interesting and something to keep an eye on as OSU nearly always posts a better field position tally than its opponent. The only other thing that stood out to me was that Missouri State actually gave up more yards in Week 1 to Northwestern State (493 yards) than it did this week to OSU. Granted, you’re playing freshmen and sophomores for most of the fourth quarter, but still.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Colombia U-17 vs Minerva on Sept 27

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup: Colombia to play practice match against Minerva Punjab Manasi Pathak Last updated 2 years ago 20:02 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Colombia U-17 squad (1) FCF Selección Colombia U17 World Cup The Colombian side have confirmed their interest in playing a practice match against Minerva Punjab’s youth side ahead of the U-17 World Cup.. As the FIFA U-17 World Cup gets closer to its commencement, the football fever is kicking in at the host nation. On 20th September midnight, the Colombian U-17 side landed in India and they were the first contingent to arrive for the blockbuster event.The side led by coach Orlando Restrepo has arranged a practice match with I-League outfit Minerva Punjab’s youth side ahead of the World Cup, Goal can confirm. The Ranjit Bajaj-owned franchise will field either its U-18 or U-20 team against Los Cafeteros. The fixture will be played on 27th September at the Heritage College Academy in New Delhi and is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm IST.Colombia are placed in Group A with hosts India, USA and Ghana. The 2017 edition of the U-17 World Cup will kick start with Colombia’s tie against Ghana on October 6th at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi at 5 pm IST.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Known for their ball possession, quick touches and aerial prowess of defence; gaffer Restrepo’s yellow army booked a berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup following their third-place finish in the South American Under-17 Football Championship this year. The FIFA U-17 World Cup in India will be Colombia’s sixth appearance at the mega event. It will be their first since Nigeria 2009, where they managed a third-place finish. Apart from the World Cup, Colombia were crowned winners of 1993 Under-17 South American championship.last_img read more

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Hull hoping to make a habit of winning at Wembley in Challenge Cup final

first_imgFor the purists, there is the comfort that come 5pm Saturday, the 116th instalment of the Challenge Cup final will have gone some way to laying the demons of four years ago to rest.When Hull and Wigan met under the Wembley arches in 2013, amid a backdrop of thunderous bank holiday rain, Wigan ground out a 16-0 victory which ranks as the most underwhelming rugby league final since the stadium reopened a decade ago. Thankfully this weekend promises to be different: and not only in terms of the weather forecast. Challenge Cup Topics For both sides, there is history waiting to be made. Hull are looking to retain the trophy; while Wigan are aiming to extend their record in the cup. It is perhaps easy to suggest the pressure is off Lee Radford’s Hull side after they ended a century-long jinx of having never won at Wembley last year. Now for the Black and Whites, there is an opportunity to step into the unknown once again.“We’ve got a chance to do what no other Hull FC team have done and go out and retain the cup,” says the prop Scott Taylor, a winner with Hull against Warrington last year and with Wigan – against Hull – in 2013. “That brings pressure I guess because there’s the prospect of going down as one of the best Hull teams in history. That’s what we want to go there and do.”Hull have flirted with being one of rugby league’s major forces throughout the Super League era but there is a growing feeling that should they win consecutive Challenge Cups, it would rubber-stamp them in the sport’s elite bracket.“This group now have the chance to do something no Hull side has done before,” says the Hull captain, Gareth Ellis. “That excites me, even in the final few weeks of my career. Wembley is a big part of that. To retain the Challenge Cup would be a massive deal for this club and it’s not lost on any of us. I just think we’re going into it more confident after last season.”Saturday will be Ellis’s final appearance at Wembley as he prepares for retirement at the end of the season – and he is one of two talismanic captains in Saturday’s final. The other, Wigan’s Sean O’Loughlin, is eager to end the club’s four-year wait for another Challenge Cup.“He’s been a legend of the game, what else can you say?” O’Loughlin said of Ellis. “But things have been dry for us in this competition in recent years and we are looking to put that right. The Grand Final wins have been good but everyone in Wigan talks about the Challenge Cup everywhere you go.”To put into context how the Challenge Cup is still instantly associated with Wigan by many, while the holders are aiming to win the cup for a fifth time, the Warriors are within 80 minutes of lifting the sport’s most famous trophy for a 20th occasion. The next nearest side? Leeds, with 13 wins.“It means a lot to the area,” says the Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins. “For many years it was seen as Wigan’s trophy and the club is synonymous with success in the cup. You’re expected to win big games and finals, and up until 2010 we’d been in a bit of a drought when it came to winning trophies. Wigan expects when it comes to the cup.”Tomkins is one of only five Wigan players from four years ago who will feature on Saturday – and one of those, Taylor, will be playing for Hull. But while the lineups of both sides have changed, there is still a distinctly local feel to both teams.Fewer than a third of the 34 players on show at Wembley will be from overseas – with a large contingent of homegrown talent involved to boot. “Wigan is still a hotbed for talent,” O’Loughlin says, “and as captain, to see so many local players in a cup final team is very encouraging.”It is almost certain the rain-soaked events of four years ago will be consigned to history . But whether it is Hull or Wigan players climbing the 107 steps to the Royal Box, all the odds point to one of this competition’s most intriguing finals in years.Hull FC: Shaul; Fonua, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Kelly, Sneyd; Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Minichiello, Ellis. Interchange: Connor, Green, Bowden, Washbrook.Wigan: Tomkins; Davies, Gelling, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Nuuausala, McIlorum, Clubb, Bateman, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchange: Powell, Tautai, Sutton, Isa.Referee P Bentham (Warrington). Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Hull FC Wigan’s Tony Clubb: ‘I was told I had a dead kidney and it needed to come out’ Reuse this content Wigan Warriors Share on Pinterest Read more Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Interview: Doing Things Differently and Creating Success Over the Obstacles

first_imgAn Interview By: Joanie Ogg, Co-Founder and Editor – Travel Professional NEWSInterviewing: Debra Kerper, Owner – Cruise Planners / Easy Access Travel  First off, thank you very much for the time and for sharing your story with your fellow Travel Professionals. I remember when I met you in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago at the GTM event and honestly; I consider it such an honor and a privilege to have had the chance to get to know you. I remember we sat together on the way to an event and you had such a profound and positive impact on me that day. Your story of perseverance in the face of many challenges and your amazing success both personally and professionally will be a gift to our readers as it has been to me. Before we get into some questions, maybe you could share some history with us about your travel business and how you became interested in focusing on special needs travel.My career in travel just kind of “happened” without a lot of thought in 1992. I had just been through a very serious flare up of lupus and was told I should not have a full time job. I was bored and signed up for a class at our local community college that lured me with promises to “see the world”. Sitting in that first class, I was surprised to learn that it was actually the beginning of a two-year curriculum to become a Travel Agent. The teacher asked everyone to share theirreasons for being there and by the time it was my turn to speak, I had formulated a new plan for myself. I too wanted to change direction, work part time, have the ability to work from home and be able to travel. I had been living with Lupus since 1970 and became an amputee in 1979. I used a wheelchair frequently and a mobility scooter and was often challenged by the lack of accesswhen I went out. So, I decided to specialize in meeting the needs of travelers with disabilities and special needs. I had done very little travel at this point but had been on two cruises with no accessibility to speak of. I made a conscious effort to do everything I could to learn about this market and to be very careful about not overstepping my scope of knowledge when helping others. I was very excited about finding a purpose! A career in travel for persons with disabilities was the perfect marriage of my two loves; people and research. When did you start with Cruise Planners and what was the impetus to choose them as your travel-selling partner?I joined Cruise Planners in July 2012 after three years of soul searching and research into host agencies, franchises, etc. After narrowing my search down to three possibilities, I selected Cruise Planners as a result of conversations with two travel industry professionals whom I respect and admire and had known for many years. I had decided that it was time to be able to offer more to my clients and to myself. It was the best business decision I ever made and I never looked back. They are an amazing company and are always on the cutting edge of technology to empower their franchisees. What are your favorites and why?Cruise Planners is amazing on so many levels. I believe their technology is the best in the business. As a “baby boomer” I did not grow up with technology and I’m basically self-taught. Knowing that I was able to quickly learn CP’s systems says a lot about how easy they make everything. Cruise Planners makes their agents look so good and professional. I love sending invoices and Cruise Sheets to my clients. The triggered emails which thanks clients for booking, welcomes them home, sends out reminders to check in online and much, much more are just incredible. I could never remember to do all of this on my own! I also love the reports that I can check anytime, anywhere to see how I’m doing and know exactly where I stand. I always know when payments are due, what travelers are currently traveling and more.In fact, there are so many fantastic features, I’m constantly trying to find time to take advantage of them all. In addition to the first class technology, I must mention the first class team that makes Cruise Planners the best in the industry. From the executive team and the home office staff to all my fellow travel agents, I cannot say enough about this amazing group of people and how special they make us feel. The support and friendships have enabled me to get through some tough times the past three years. I am so proud and honored to be a part of Cruise Planners. I have enjoyed researching your website and notice that you offer some great group sailings and tours. Do you escort all of these events yourself? If so, why do you feel that is important? I have always felt if possible, it is a sure-fire way to a successful event.To date, I have escorted all of my groups except a few times due to unexpected events. Once when my mom passed away in 2015, again when I had my second leg amputated in 2016 and then when I fell and broke my hip in 2017. I was very fortunate to have family members and friends pitch in to help. I broke another hip in June 2018 but managed to join everyone on the Alaska group in August. I do several groups each year so I did go on all the others. People will ask me why I escort all of these groups. I believe my presence is the “secret sauce” to the success of my groups. I have become my clients’ safety net and the catalyst that enables them to travel almost worry free. I always tell them that I am there for them, it is not my vacation (although I have a great time!). If they have a problem or issue, I encourage them to let me know so I can handle the problem and they can continue to enjoy their trip. I’ll stand in line for them or deal with whatever I need to in order to insure a wonderful experience for them. I make sure that first time participants get to know repeat travelers and feel welcome and included from the start. I love getting to know everyone and am blessed by the friendships I have made. A real highlight of doing these groups is observing the relationships that my clients have made with each other. Many of my trips now are like big reunions! Disabilities and chronic illnesses are a great equalizer. Disability has no boundaries regarding economic status, race, religion or profession. It is the common bond that brings us all together and I absolutely swell with pride as I observe everyone enjoying each other’s company. They may feel different when they are home, but when they are traveling in one of my groups, they are the same as everyone else. I have seen that you participate in a variety of consumer travel shows throughout the year. If you were to suggest to another travel professional the most effective way to garner attention to your booth, what might that be?I believe it is very important to make your booth “POP” from afar. On that note, I use an 8×10 pop-up wall as a backdrop and make the booth look professional. Everyone working the booth dresses in Cruise Planners gear. We take turns being in front of the booth greeting guests. Enthusiasm is important, but is very easy as I love meeting new people and talking to them about travel and the possibilities that are available to them despite their challenges. We don’t talk about what they cannot do, we talk about what they can do and explain that we “just do it differently!” Following up after an event is so important. What have you found to be an effective way to keep that engagement and interest from potential clients alive?We collect names and emails of people who visit our booth and attend our workshop on traveling with special needs. Our lists are permission based and they sign up themselves. This is for our monthly newsletter that is generated through Constant Contact. I send out a “Thanks for Visiting Us” email about a week after the show and then they receive our newsletters andoccasional email blasts after that. I get outstanding feedback on these newsletters. I list current groups, talk about issues relevant to traveling with a disability, TSA updates, etc. I believe these newsletters are a huge contributor to the success of my business. If you were able to share 3 things about setting goals that have helped you find your tremendous success, what might those be?So, this is the most difficult question. I think my goals are internal and not something I can list on a piece of paper. They are definitely not financial although the numbers I have reached and the income generated has been a huge boost to my economic well being. If someone had told me prior to 2012 that this was a possibility, I never would have believed them. I attribute my success to my desire to always be professional, my ability to listen to my clients and discern what may be best for them, my love of what I do each day and feeling very blessed to have carved out this career for myself. I believe my main goal is to always do the best job possible for my clients and my reward is when they have an excellent experience. I remember you sharing this phrase with me and honestly you probably have no idea how much it helped me get through a rather dark time when my son was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. You told me having a disabling condition makes one “Just Do it Differently”. As I have watched him deal with his challenges, I try to remember this phrase because it holds such meaning. You certainly epitomize success and perseverance at every level and are an inspiration to me personally and so many others that have the joy of knowing you. Thank you for sharing your story of success and your passion for life with our readers Debra.last_img read more

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More Money Allocated to Assist the Most Vulnerable

first_imgThe Government has increased by 22.37 per cent, the funds allocated to assist the country’s most vulnerable citizens, in demonstration of its commitment to protecting this group.Making the revelation in her contribution to the 2013/14 Budget Debate in Gordon House on April 30, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller informed that$3.1 billion was allocated for social protection in the budget last year, while just over $4 billion was provided this year.“Protecting the most vulnerable among us – the poor, our children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities – is our central concern, as we go for growth and development and seek to unleash our full potential,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.The Prime Minister stressed that despite the severe economic challenges facing the country, the Government has managed to “provide real, rather than nominal increases, for some important areas.”Among these, she said, are: grants to children’s education, which moved from $1.9 billion to $2.5 billion; grants to children’s health, which moved from $435 million in 2012/13 to $465 million in this fiscal year; and grants to adults over 65 years, up from $538 million to $758 million.“We will never be able to build a quality economy if we cannot build a quality society. Simply put, you cannot balance the Budget if you do not balance people’s lives,” the Prime Minister said.Mrs. Simpson Miller delivered her presentation under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Italy Wants In on STX France Takeover

first_imgzoom Italy has confirmed its interest in buying a stake in struggling shipyard STX France in Saint Nazzaire, French daily Le Figaro writes citing French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.The option was discussed during a meeting between Sapin and Italian counterpart Pier Carlo Padoan in Rome last week.The shipyard has been put up for sale for almost a year now and the buyer is yet to be identified.Sapin did not disclose the name of the local Italian group that might be interested in the acquisition. However, media rumors on potential acquisition of the yard by Italian cruise shipbuilder Fincantieri have been in circulation for several months now.Nevertheless, the information has never been officially confirmed as the company’s CEO Giuseppe Bono declined to comment on the matter while speaking on the group’s expansion plans last month.Should the acquisition by the Italian shipbuilder be set in motion it is questionable whether the takeover would be approved by the regulators, as it would set the stage for Fincantieri and Meyer Verft to dominate the market.The STX shipyard in France is 20% owned by the French state, the rest, 66.6%, is owned by its parent company STX Offshore from Korea.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Ulstein to Build New Polar Ship for Lindblad Expeditions

first_imgUS-based expedition cruise company Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein for the construction of a new polar expedition ship.The vessel will be the first polar newbuild in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.​ The ship will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.Designed by Ulstein, the polar vessel was envisaged as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact, the company informed.A core feature is Ulstein’s X-BOW®, a bow that provides fuel efficiency, and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions. The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet. It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels,” Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad, said.Image Courtesy: Ulsteinlast_img read more

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ExUEFA chief Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe

first_imgParis: The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state. Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption that ultimately sparked FIFA’s worst ever scandal five years later. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev France’s Financial Crimes Prosecutors Office (PNF) opened a preliminary investigation in 2016 into allegations of corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling surrounding FIFA’s award of the World Cup to Qatar and also the 2018 tournament to Russia. According to Blatter, Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with the French, derailing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” whereby hosting rights would go to Russia in 2018 and then to the United States four years later. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships The French investigation centres on alleged French intervention linked to Platini and former president Nicolas Sarkozy. According to the specialist magazine France Football, a “secret meeting” took place on November 23, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris between Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, at that time both UEFA president and vice-president of FIFA. Just over a week later, FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 tournament. Platini has made no secret of his support for Qatar but denies he was influenced by Sarkozy, whose advisor for sport, Sophie Dion, was also arrested along with Platini. “It was time to give them the World Cup. I am for that. It’s my conviction,” he said at the time. Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s erstwhile chief of staff and former interior minister, was also called in for questioning Tuesday by France’s Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police. The decision to award the event to Qatar ultimately led to a wider corruption probe that led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of senior FIFA figures. Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, 2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter. Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar. latini, a triple Ballon d’Or winner, was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace. He has been battling to clear his name ever since.last_img read more

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Five killed several injured in Puttalam road accident

Five people have been killed and several others sustained injuries following an accident in the Puttalam area today.The Police said a passenger bus and a three-wheeler met with an accident along the Colombo-Puttalam road at Madurankuliya. According to the Police at least 44 people sustained injuries in the accident. (Colombo Gazette)

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Brock University reaches tentative deal with CUPE 4207 Unit 2

The University is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached between the University and CUPE 4207 (Unit 2), which represents ESL co-ordinators.The parties entered mediation on March 8 and reached a tentative agreement in the early hours of March 9.Details will not be released until the tentative agreement has been ratified by the parties.The University and CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) are scheduled to meet in mediation on Friday, March 11. Continue to monitor the Collective Bargaining website for updates.Get The Brock News in your email. read more

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The Thunder Are Paul Georges Team Now

There’s obviously an enormous difference between playing as hot as George has for a month and doing so for an entire season. Still, his transformation could end up being noteworthy for one key reason: It’s the closest thing we’ve seen to a changing of the guard on the Thunder since Westbrook took over after Durant’s departure.For years, Westbrook critics have suggested that he’d give his teams a better chance to win by taking a step back. More often than not, he ignored these voices. And once he had the spotlight to himself, he broke an NBA record for the highest single-season usage rate while also averaging a triple-double over a full season — and that 2016-17 OKC team finished sixth in the West and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Westbrook tried playing more unselfishly last season, though that largely seemed to backfire. But it seems to be working now.In the midst of the worst shooting season2From the standpoint of true shooting percentage. Curiously, his free-throw percentage has also tumbled to a career low. of his career, the 30-year-old Westbrook has eased his foot off the pedal during the team’s surge. He has taken 19.4 shots per contest this season, his fewest since the 2015-16 campaign. And during Oklahoma City’s 12-game hot streak, Westbrook attempted just 17 shots per night. (Prior to that, he was taking a little more than 20 shots per game.)Westbrook still has considerable value. He continues to be a force when he bends defenses, and he’s finishing at the rim more efficiently than ever. His triple-double Monday marked his 10th straight, giving him the longest single-season stretch in NBA history. If he keeps up his current pace, this would be Westbrook’s third consecutive season averaging a triple-double.But make no mistake: George is leading this team. And it’s been that way all year.Because Westbrook missed the start of the season, when he was coming off a late-offseason arthroscopic procedure on his knee, George was the club’s lone workhorse at times to begin the year. That was something he rarely enjoyed last season, when the offense generally saw George, Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony take turns shooting.Somewhat stunningly, at this rate, George is already just 10 games or so away from eclipsing his shot attempt total from last season. His shot chart this season looks essentially the same as last year’s, but the clarity about his role seems to have helped his game immensely. George, perhaps more comfortable with Westbrook and the team now, is playing as if he realizes that it’s generally a good thing for him to take the reins on offense.So is George’s unreal stretch enough to propel him to the top of the MVP race? One factor in his favor is that he’s elite on both ends of the floor. The Thunder rank among the top-3 defenses — despite defensive specialist Andre Roberson not having played a minute all season — largely because of George, who is leading the league in steals and loose balls recovered while ranking second in deflections. George has certainly pieced together a solid defensive player of the year candidacy.But he has two big obstacles in his MVP path. Giannis Antetokounmpo — who averages 27 points, nearly 13 boards and 6 assists per game while playing great defense — has powered the Bucks to the NBA’s best record. And while offensive juggernaut James Harden is often seen as a defensive lightweight, his metrics — 2.2 steals per game and a league-leading 209 deflections — compare favorably with George’s.But George may care more about his team’s fortunes than his individual accolades. FiveThirtyEight’s projection model views Oklahoma City as a legitimate challenger to the Warriors in the West. While Golden State is still a massive favorite, the projections show considerable respect to the Thunder, giving them an 11 percent probability to win the NBA championship — a figure that’s not far off the Raptors and Bucks, despite those two playing in the less competitive Eastern Conference.However you slice it, the fact that Oklahoma City has believers — whether they’re rooted in computer algorithms or actual fans — is a credit to George’s unbelievable play as of late.Check out our latest NBA predictions. If there’s a club that wishes it could fast-forward through the All-Star break, it would be the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are the NBA’s hottest team and are winners of 11 of their past 12 contests.Russell Westbrook is in the middle of a historic triple-double run. The team, which couldn’t hit a 3-point shot for the first month of the season, now can’t miss from outside — and has put itself firmly in contention for a top-two seed in the loaded Western Conference.But the biggest development of late has been Paul George playing the best basketball of his life, morphing from a trusty sidekick into the Thunder’s 2013-14 MVP version of Kevin Durant.That isn’t an exaggeration. Durant racked up 40.8 points, 9.4 boards and 7 assists per 100 possessions on a lofty 63.5 true shooting percentage during his dominant campaign. Since Jan. 17, George has logged 41.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per 100 possessions on 67.9 true shooting, boasting better assist-to-turnover and steals rates than Durant had in 2013-14.1According to Basketball-Reference.com’s Game Score metric, which calculates how well someone played by analyzing his entire stat line each night, George has averaged a 29.1 Game Score during this recent hot streak. By comparison, Durant’s average Game Score during his MVP season was 24.9. read more

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Mens Basketball No 13 Ohio State knocked out of Big Ten tournament

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts to drive on Penn State junior forward Josh Reaves in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Penn State on March 2. Penn State won 69-68. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNEW YORK — Once again, Penn State gave Ohio State a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds.With less than 30 seconds remaining and his team leading by one, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop turned the ball over while driving to give Penn State possession. The Nittany Lions slowly worked their way up the court, milking the clock until sophomore guard Tony Carr found wide-open junior guard Josh Reaves under the basket, who dunked to give Penn State a 69-68 lead with 3.1 seconds remaining. Junior guard C.J. Jackson took one last shot with less than a second to go, but it was well off the mark and seventh-seeded Penn State beat second-seeded Ohio State 69-68 to eliminate the Buckeyes in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Madison Square Garden and earn its third win of the season against the Buckeyes. “Give them credit. They made a few more plays,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “We didn’t guard the last action very well but when you have a guy you’re trying to take account for like Carr that happens.”Bates-Diop took over the game with nearly six minutes left. After rebounding his own shot and scoring to bring the Buckeyes to within three points, he blocked a shot by sophomore guard Tony Carr, snagged the defensive rebound and hit a 3 on the other end to tie the game at 57. Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams and Carr traded 3s after that to keep the game tied at 60. A layup from sophomore forward Andre Wesson put the Buckeyes ahead 64-62 with just under four minutes remaining. Bates-Diop hit a mid-range jumper to give his team a 66-62 lead, but that was followed by a dunk from Penn State’s senior forward Julian Moore. Bates-Diop responded with a layup to bring the score to 68-64 with 1:49 remaining, but his team could not maintain the two-possession lead. An early dunk from Penn State sophomore forward Lamar Stevens spurred a 12-0 Nittany Lion run to go up 12-4 while Ohio State went on a five-minute scoring drought with 13:05 left. The Buckeyes had a similar fate and responded with a 16-3 run with 8:15 remaining in the half to bring the score to 20-15 in favor of Ohio State.Both Carr and Bates-Diop finished with 25 points. The Nittany Lions finished the game with 39 rebounds compared to 33 from the Buckeyes. Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said that the offensive rebounds they gave up in the second half was detrimental to the Buckeyes. “We just gotta be — in the future we’ve got to lock down on the offensive end. I think we did, on the defensive end, we did a great job of making them take tough shots, but we gave them one-on-one chance and that’s where it hurt us,” Tate said.After a devastating end to its Big Ten Tournament play, Ohio State must now look forward and prepare for the NCAA tournament despite the emotions involved with this loss.“They should be angry and disappointed. Not in their effort, I thought their effort was good, but in the result,” Holtmann said. read more

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Navy helps destroy last of Gaddafis chemical weapon stockpile to keep it

first_imgIslamic State fighters in Sirte The voyage was protected by a detachment of Royal Marines and marked the culmination of a top-secret, UN-backed mission to ensure the huge stockpile of mustard gas ingredients amassed by Col Gaddafi did not fall into the hands of Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil).Fighters loyal to Isil, also known as Daesh, seized swathes of the north African country last year, raising fears that the weapons could be plundered and used by the militants. Isil fighters have regularly used the weapons in Iraq. Experts said the Libyan chemicals represented one of the largest stashes of its kind in a rogue state.Col Gaddafi’s chemical weapons were destroyed under international supervision in 2014, however a quantity of precursor chemicals that could be used in the manufacture of weapons remained in the country.Earlier this year, the Libyan Government of National Accord asked for help from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to remove the chemicals and destroy them abroad. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former British Army officer and chemical weapons expert, said: “There’s been a very sophisticated operation going on to remove these chemicals. It’s a very significant day.”A very large amount of chemical weapons are now in the relative safety of coalition ships, where there was a view some time ago that they could fall into the hands of Islamic State.”Libyan officials said the stocks had been stored in the central Jafa area, about 120 miles south of the Isil stronghold of Sirte.The country developed a formidable domestic chemical weapons programme under Col Gaddafi. When he declared his stockpiles as part of his rapprochement with the West in 2004, he admitted having 25 tons of sulfur mustard, 1,400 tons of ingredient chemicals and 3,500 unloaded aerial bombs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There’s been a very sophisticated operation going on to remove these chemicals. It’s a very significant dayHamish de Bretton-Gordon His conventional weapons were looted by rebel factions in the chaos that befell the country after Col Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 by UK-backed rebels, but sources said the chemical weapons stocks had remained intact.Michael Fallon, the Defence Secrtary, said: “RFA Mounts Bay will help ensure chemical weapons precursors do not fall into the hands of extremist groups, including Daesh.“This contribution underlines our support to the Libyan Government of National Accord.”Samples of the chemicals have also been sent for analysis at the top-secret defence laboratories at Porton Down. Islamic State fighters seized swathes of Libya around the coastal city of Sirte last year A Royal Navy ship has helped destroy the last of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s chemical weapon stockpile to ensure it does not fall into the hands of Isil terrorists.RFA Mounts Bay escorted a shipload of chemical weapon ingredients through the Mediterranean from Libya, for destruction in Germany.The 500 tons of chemicals on board a Danish transport vessel represented the last of the former dictator’s reserves.last_img read more

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Ryanair Christmas strike called off Everything you need to know about how

first_imgRyanair pilots have suspended a one-day strike in the run-up to Christmas after the airline made an historic climbdown in agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 33-year history.What’s happened?The Irish carrier on Friday morning said it had written to pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal inviting each to begin talks to establish the unions as the official representative bodies for the carrier’s flight crew.This followed an announcement earlier in the week by the airline’s Dublin-based pilots that they intended to strike for 24 hours on December 20 over a dispute about the absence of union representation. Ryanair has long refused to engage with unions, instead only dealing with staff demands and concerns directly, something the airline was legally allowed to do.After a tense stand-off over the weekend, a statement from Impact, the Irish Municipal, Public and Civil Trade union, of which Ialpa (the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association) is a branch, said on Sunday evening that the one-day strike had been “suspended… after company management agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots”.It added that the union intends to meet with Ryanair on Tuesday.  Ryanair refuses to engage with the unions “If the best way to achieve this is to talk to our pilots through a recognised union process, then we are prepared to do so, and we have written today to these unions inviting them to talks to recognise them and calling on them to cancel the threatened industrial action planned for Christmas week.“Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before, most recently when we launched Ryanair Labs and our highly successful Always Getting Better customer improvement programme in 2013.“Putting the needs of our customers first, and avoiding disruption to their Christmas flights, is the reason why we will now deal with our pilots through recognised national union structures and we hope and expect that these structures can and will be agreed with our pilots early in the New Year.”Is it going to be a merry Christmas for Ryanair?It just might be. With the strike held off and foundations laid for a more positive relationship with its pilots for the future, the Irish airline could banish the memory of an annus horribilis.Come New Year, the airline will toast the back of a torrid year, in which it had to repeatedly defend its random seating policy before dealing with the fallout of cancelling hundreds of thousands of bookings.What’s more is the airline will celebrate another record year of passengers carried. As of the end of November, Ryanair’s traffic was up 11 per cent on last year to 128.7million, a figure which puts its year’s total at around 140million, 23 million more than last year.What happens if the pilots do strike?Ryanair will be deeply unhappy, but the airline said it will deal with the disruption as and when it arises. What has Ryanair said?Having originally said it would “face down” the industrial action, Ryanair said on Friday it would change its policy of not recognising unions as long as the bodies were exclusively Ryanair pilots, rather than, say, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, as Ialpa was.“Ryanair now calls on these pilot unions to call off the threatened industrial action on [December 20] next so that our customers can look forward to travelling home for Christmas without the threat or worry of pilot strikes hanging over them,” the airline said in a statement.Chief operations officer Peter Bellew, said: “Let’s keep talking. Get people home quietly for Christmas. Union meetings planned next week and January.”Michael O’Leary, the airline’s combative chief executive, said last week: “Christmas flights are very important to our customers and we wish to remove any worry or concern that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week. Why were Ryanair pilots going to strike?It felt like it was still part of the fall-out from the pilot rostering failure earlier in the year, which appeared to test the patience of the some of the carrier’s staff.The ballot by Impact returned a large majority in favour of striking, with the date set as December 20, for a period of 24 hours.The dispute centred on Ryanair pilots’ desire to negotiate terms via the collective European Employee Representative Council – which encompasses staff at all bases – rather than each of the company’s 87 bases agreeing terms separately. Pilots in Italy and Portugal also voted in favour of industrial action.A letter to Ryanair from the Ialpa branch of the union, and seen by Telegraph Travel, said the staff were preparing for industrial action should Ryanair fail to see Ialpa as the representative body for its pilots, commence disciplinary proceedings against any Ialpa members or reduce their pay or change their terms or conditions of employment. Am I entitled to a refund if my flight is cancelled?Yes. Should your flight be cancelled, European Union regulations require airlines to offer you either a full refund of the unused parts of your tickets, or to re-route you to your destination, as soon as possible. It may also allow you to rebook your flights for a later date at no extra cost.Will I get compensation?Airlines are not liable to pay the additional cash compensation set out by EU regulations when they are not directly responsible for the disruption. This might be a grey area should any flights be cancelled and passengers would have to test the letter of the law.What should I do if I am stranded abroad?EU regulations make it clear that, when a flight with an EU airline or from an EU airport is cancelled, an airline is liable to pay for the cost of a hotel and subsistence for all those stranded as a result, until a replacement flight is provided. Should your airline advise you to buy your own food and accommodation, keep all receipts, and keep such costs to a reasonable minimum, before making a claim when you get back to Britain.My flight has been cancelled – can I cancel my accommodation?If you have booked a hotel, a villa or other accommodation independently of your travel arrangements (ie not as part of a package holiday) your contract is directly with the hotel or villa and you are responsible for any cancellation. If you can’t get there, you will have to do your best to persuade them to give you a refund or rebook for a later date – but they are not obliged to do this and you may lose money. Ryanair refuses to engage with the unionsCredit:Gettylast_img read more

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Every day is like running a marathon Living with Cystic Fibrosis in

first_imgPEOPLE WITH CHRONIC illnesses, or those caring for loved ones with rare diseases, are fluent in a different language.They often sound like they have the vocabulary, medical know-how and pharmaceutical savvy of professionals.A certain amount of osmosis from constant hospital trips and doctors visits, fueled by an undeniable necessity.Interviewing two people more familiar with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) than many of us will ever be, they both have to slow down or avoid using shortened medical terms.Indeed, Claire Whelan, mother of two-year-old Mason who lives with the chronic illness, can list off his morning medication routine like its the Times Two Tables.Her family – which also features five-year-old daughter Holly and husband Stephen – get up between 6.30am and 7am daily to start Mason’s “nebs” (nebulisers or inhaled antibiotics).The Wexford resident reels off the names of all the meds that her son receives through a feeding tube while he is still on the morning nebulisers.Before Holly even thinks about school, Mason has his first physio session of the day, which includes bouncing on a gym ball and some work on the trampoline.“Anything to loosen up the muchus,” explains Claire, who is just one of hundreds of mums looking after children with the condition in Ireland.There is a quick break for Mason while his big sister is brought to school and then he is back to taking an inhaler and more nebs.By 11am, it’s time to get some food in.Feeding time isn’t always simple though as children with CF do not absorb fats. In fact, that is how Mason was diagnosed.“He was born on 29 November 2011 but within three weeks he had lost weight. When he was born, he weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces and this fell to 5 pounds and 5 ounces. One doctor described him as ‘wasting’. He wouldn’t have been with us too much longer if he wasn’t diagnosed quickly.Mason was the second baby to be born in Tallaght Hospital to be diagnosed through the newborn screening test introduced in July 2011.“We knew there was something wrong from the very beginning with Mason,” added Claire. “There was no CF in our families. I had a few miscarriages prior to both children. In some ways, the diagnosis was a relief”.Mason’s life has been a” rollercoaster” since day one, according to Claire. “He choked and stopped breathing at 10 days old. He spent nearly the first six months of his life in hospital and since he has been born has been on antibiotics around 80 per cent of the time, due to infection.”His daily routine now consists of six nebulised antibiotics (three in the morning and three in the evening), medication four times a day – morning, afternoon, evening and midnight- and physiotherapy twice a day. He also has a feeding tube and is due to have another operation for a new feeding tube in the coming weeks.Despite all this, his mother describes him as “the happiest child you could come across”.He gets tired sometimes but you wouldn’t think in a million years he has all this going on. He doesn’t let anything phase him.“When he’s not 100 per cent, if he’s finding it hard to breathe or is ‘crackly’, he will get himself up onto the sofa.”Claire has taken a two-year carer’s break from work to look after Mason but her husband Stephen takes over some of the duties when he returns from work at Dunnes Stores.“The doctors show us what to do with the meds but we have to fit it into our routine and make it work for our family. You really don’t think twice about it. I get on with things. If he needs to get his meds outside, he will. If he needs to be fed in Tescos, he will.”This picture was taken to show how the family adapts to Mason’s needs while still performing every day tasks. The PEG feed is circled in the trolley as the mum-of-two gets the weekly shopping in. Like Mason, Amy Whelan (no relation) was cared for by her mother meticulously as she grew up with CF.But now as she meanders her way through college lectures, nights out and career choices, the 20-year-old is learning to take control.“The past few years have been a bit all over the place. Trying to get on the right medications, figure out what I can handle in college. I’m so used to following orders from doctors. I’ve realised now that I can do it my way. I want to sort that out – what suits me.”The young Dublin woman is in her second year of an anthropology degree in NUI Maynooth but is currently mulling over the idea of taking some time out as her health has been poor recently.She explains that she gets anxious about each day when she wakes up, which can be quite usual for those with CF.When you wake up, you’re not sure how you’re going to feel so I get up earlier than others to see how I’m doing. The rest of the day is normally a juggle between going to class and seeing how my energy levels are.“I still don’t know what my boundaries are and I push myself too hard sometimes,” she explains. “I take less medication than others with the condition and I normally only need IVs when I’m really sick and I can do them from home. I’m lucky that my CF is not typical and I don’t suffer with really, really bad lungs.”But that has also led to problems with correction diagnoses and medication.Her hands and legs can swell and her energy levels often fail. The weather – especially the wet – can impact on her lungs badly.“Planning is very difficult when you’re sick,” she adds. “Even when you’re doing good. You never know what is going to come at you.“I’m optimistic but I don’t think too far ahead. But I want to go back to college and get a degree. I love college and I’ve always wanted a degree and a Masters.”Her reality in college has mostly lived up to her hopes.She says less structure actually helps her as she doesn’t have the stress of missing material and having to catch up.I can get the workload independently and it’s not such a big deal if I miss class. That has helped my health a lot.She acknowledges that it is also a change to be away from her mother, her primary carer.“She sees me struggle and it’s not nice for her. It’s a change for me too. She was the one who turned up my IVs when my lungs got worse.”Amy’s twin sister died when she was just three months old. She also suffered with Cystic Fibrosis.“Hers was worse than mine,” says Amy. “She had to get an operation when she was just 24 hours old. Mam and dad were going through the shock of that and I was still sick. They couldn’t stop and think about it for too long.”One of the most challenging aspects of Amy’s college life is explaining her condition countless times to peers, tutors and others.She says it is exhausting having to explain absences, her cough and her lack of energy.“I know it makes such a difference that someone knows what it is. Understands that it is a chronic illness.”That is why her decision to get more involved with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is to focus on raising awareness.Similarly it is also about passing on information and knowledge for Claire.“We have the highest incidence per population of CF but it is still largely an unknown. I want to help people learn about it. I want to be available for questions and to help in any way I can.“Holly, our five-year-old, has taught her class about it and she knows everything. She calls it 65 Roses as she can’t say Cystic Fibrosis but we try not to hide anything from her. This is our lives. She gets sad sometimes about it all. But Mason is so good, you tend to forget that this is what it is.”“He gives us the strength to battle through and be happy. Every day is like running a marathon for people with CF so I have do anything that I physically can…if that includes sky-dives, boxing, my own marathons or other fundraising campaigns, I will.”Watch more about Mason’s life in this documentary by his aunt, Orlaigh Merrigan.(YouTube: orlaigh merrigan)Cystic Fibrosis Ireland has just launched its One in 1000 appeal which has set a target of recruiting 1,000 women to take part in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on 2 June. Money raised will be used for information, support, grant assistance, research and funding of hospital facilities. More information on their website or by phone on LoCall 1890 311 211.Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. About 1,200 children and adults are impacted in Ireland.Read: Updating your friends – while in a comaMore: Deal reached on 10 bed unit for CF patients in Cork University HospitalRelated: Lung transplant patients who had to go to the UK can now stay in Irelandlast_img read more

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