Baby James overcomes fight for life at 18 days old

first_imgThe parents of a special Donegal boy are counting their blessings this Christmas thanks to three incredible organisations. Letterkenny Children’s Ward, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Hugh’s House were saviours for the Devenney family from Newtown when their newborn son James contracted meningitis and sepsis at only 18 days old.Parents Gareth and Ciara were enjoying their first few weeks with their beautiful baby boy when alarm bells started ringing and he became gravely sick. On September 9, James was rushed from Newtown Cunningham doctor’s surgery to Letterkenny hospital by ambulance with suspected meningitis. The local doctor had thankfully given James an antibiotic on arrival that potentially saved his life.James was treated in Letterkenny for the next few hours until it was said he would need to be transferred to Dublin.Gareth and Ciara travelled the agonising journey through the night to Temple Street hospital.On arrival, they were told that the next 48-hours were going to be critical. It was later confirmed that James had contracted Strep B Meningitis and Sepsis.After a few days, his body started to accept the antibiotics and that was the start of his road to recovery.He was put on a course of antibiotics for 3 weeks and still got round the clock monitoring from doctors and nurses.Thankfully, after three weeks, the infection had cleared up.James’ parents were told he had suffered brain damage from the meningitis but so-far he is showing all positive signs. James’ father Gareth is organising a walk on boxing day at Inch Wildfowl Reserve, Burt, to help raise funds for Letterkenny Children’s Ward, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Hugh’s House.Gareth said these three places helped to save his son’s life:“Hugh’s House was a saviour to us as a family when we were in Dublin as we were offered free accommodation which just was like a home from home and so close to the hospital.“We want to hold this walk and raise much-needed funds for these three amazing organisations that certainly saved our son’s life. “We would also like to thank everyone for all their thoughts and prayers, that really helped us through this tough journey,” he said.The walk will take place at Inch Wildfowl Reserve, Burt on Thursday, December 26, at 11.30am starting at the Pumphouse Car-park.James’ family also set up a gofundme page, you can donate through the following link: James overcomes fight for life at 18 days old was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:BURTdonegalgofundmehugh’s houseletterkennyLetterkenny Children’s WardmeningitisNewtown CunninghamTemple Street Children’s HospitaWALKlast_img read more

Audio Cast with Rose Straeter MA, RLC, IBCLC and Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski

first_imgThis post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. by Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNWhat a great webinar, April 26 with Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC Breastfeeding-Nature’s Best.If you missed this webinar, you could still obtain CPEU by listening to the recording located on the event page.Listen to this audio chat with Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC  and Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski to get insight into how to help your clients feel comfortable breastfeeding.Rose Straeter audio cast with Dr. Karen Chapman-NovakofskiThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms its recommendation of breastfeeding exclusively for six months. After six months infant foods can be introduced with breastfeeding continuing for one year. Breastfeeding and human milk are the standards for infant feeding and nutrition.  According to the AAP, breastfeeding results in improved infant and maternal health outcomes.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Breastfeeding Report Card” highlights the progress of achieving the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2010 and 2020.  The overall rate of breastfeeding according to National Immunization Survey data are 75%. However, this varies significantly by sociodemographic and cultural differences.  The breastfeeding rate of the Hispanic or Latino population was 80.65%, the non-Hispanic or African American population was 58.1%.  The rate of breastfeeding in low-income mothers receiving Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was 67.5% but with higher income mothers the rate was 84.6%.  Mothers younger than 20 years were less likely to breastfeed than a mother over 30.With all the benefits of breastfeeding, how do we as providers encourage mothers to breastfeed?References:American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2012, Volume  129/Issue 3 Policy Statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.   accessed April 28, 2016last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Best matches of the tournament (with video highlights)

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementA match is never over until the final whistle is blown. This tournament showed us why it is a testament to the statement. Some of the most memorable matches had been played in the world cup. Every nation gave its blood, sweat and tears to come out victorious. Some teams have shown us that they can cause an upset on the grandest stage of world football. Here are some of most memorable, intense matches played in this edition of the world cup.Spain vs Portugal : 3-3 When it seemed that Spain was about to bag three points from the match when they were leading 3-2, an 88th minute sensational free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo evened the score-line. All 3 goals for Portugal were scored by Ronaldo.Serbia vs Switzerland : 1-2Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia the lead when he scored in the 5th minute. However, the Swiss valiantly fought back in the second half and produced two goals, one each by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri to win the match.Spain vs Morroco : 2-2Morocco went all out in their group stage match against Spain when they took the lead with a goal by Kalid Boutaib. Although Spain looked out of breath against an aggressive Moroccan side, a late Iago Aspas equalizer in stoppage time helped Spain to advance to the knockouts.France vs Argentina : 4-3In what was a back and forth match that produced 7 goals in a single match (the most in this year’s World Cup), it was France who had the last laugh. The 7 goal showdown started when Kylian Mbappe won a penalty with a foul on him, which Griezmann finished perfectly. Gabriel Mercado then finished a shot from Messi to make the lead 2-1. After the goal it all went just wrong for La Albiceleste as they conceded three goals after that, with one coming from Benjamin Parvard and the other two coming from Kylian Mbappe.Belgium vs Japan : 3-2Japan surprised the world and Belgium when they took the lead with two goals. But Belgium came back into the match at the last moment and 2 headers and a 94th minute injury time winner, was what sent Belgium rolling to the quarter-finals.Croatia vs England : 2-1A beautiful 15th minute free-kick couldn’t stop Croatia from winning as they took control of the match soon and outplayed an English side which became lethargic in the second-half to advance to their first ever World Cup final.France vs Croatia : 4-2 – THE FINALSThe French took the lead at the 18th minute from an own goal by Mario Mandzukic. Ivan Perisic soon evened the odds after 10 minutes but it was not enough to stop Les Bleus. The Croats seemed to be lost from the game in the second half when Perisic gave away a penalty inside the danger zone and Griezmann regained the lead for his side. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored each soon after to make it 4-1. The only consolation that the Croats got was when Hugo Lloris took too long to clear the ball from France’s net and Mario Mandzukic intercepted and steered the ball into the net.Read also :Football: Twitterati reacts as the French add a second star to their kit“We won the World Cup” – when Kiran Bedi celebrated the French World Cup success as Puducherry’s ownlast_img read more


first_imgRelated Files2007_vawdon_cup_grand_final_wrap-pdf Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s) and Western Suburbs Magpies (Women’s) created history when they broke long premiership winning droughts in the respective New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Premier League Division Grand Finals at Tempe on Friday 19 October 2007.The long suffering supporters from both clubs were dancing in the streets following epic Vawdon Cup Grand Final victories that capped a sensational night of Finals action that showcased 10 divisional deciders of the highest quality in the 32nd Annual event.To read the full 2007 Vawdon Cup Grand Final Wrap please click onto the attached document below.last_img

Salmon farm protester yells at BC premier to protect wild stocks

first_imgVICTORIA – A heckler interrupted Premier John Horgan’s news conference on protecting British Columbia’s wild salmon by shouting the province is allowing the aquaculture industry to continue operating while fish stocks are struggling to survive.“You sold us out,” she yelled Friday. “Our salmon are dying.”“If that’s your view you’re welcome to put your name on a ballot any time soon,” Horgan responded.The woman, who identified herself as Tsastilqualus, said she is from the Alert Bay area off northern Vancouver Island but has been living in a tent on Swanson Island near several commercial salmon farms.She said she has also protested outside Horgan’s constituency office and his home in Langford, just west of Victoria.Tsastilqualus said salmon farms should be removed from ocean waters and operated on land in containment facilities.“I want them out of our waters completely,” she said. “We don’t have time to waste. Our salmon is the most important thing to us as Indigenous people. It’s our culture. It’s in our songs, our dances, everything. If there is no salmon, what are we?”Horgan, who announced the formation of a 14-member advisory council to develop plans to restore and protect B.C.’s wild salmon stocks, rejected Tsastilqualus statements that his government was stalling on protecting wild salmon.“It’s a tragedy that we find ourselves in 2018 on the crest of perhaps losing this important species,” he said.Horgan said the council will submit its recommendations to the government this fall. He said bureaucrats recently travelled to Ottawa to consult with federal officials in advance of proposed amendments this year to the federal Fisheries Act, which governs Canada’s oceans and fish.Brian Riddell, a salmon expert who spent 30 years at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and is the current Pacific Salmon Foundation chief executive officer, said Horgan’s appointment of a wild salmon advisory council is the start of a necessary journey to save the species.“It’s not a simple thing to solve,” he said. “It will take time. It takes a lot of collaboration.”Riddell said he expected the future of open-net aquaculture to be one of the major areas the council will examine, especially since some scientific studies are finding links between viruses that impact farmed salmon present risks to wild salmon.“If there is the connection that these viruses that we’re finding can affect Pacific salmon then it makes the argument that there’s a risk to Pacific salmon from open-net pens much stronger,” he said.Horgan said the government will soon have further comment on the future of salmon farm tenures that are due to expire June 20 for many of the aquaculture operations located on the north side of Vancouver Island.The Green party’s Adam Olsen, who was appointed to the council, said bold leadership is needed to tackle the threats facing salmon populations.“We cannot continue to manage salmon runs to zero,” he said. “We are facing a crisis.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,455.73, up 34.97 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down nine cents, or 1.30 per cent, to $6.85 on 14.9 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Miner. Down 49 cents, or 20.59 per cent, to $1.89 on 9.9 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 44 cents, or 4.55 per cent, to $9.22 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 97 cents, or 6.29 per cent, to $14.46 on 4.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 21 cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $24.10 on 4.4 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down $1.03, or 5.91 per cent, to $16.40 on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up five cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $3.44 on 3.4 million shares. The Montreal-based company has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in their joint loyalty program Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program. It would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 48 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $14.74 on 3.4 million shares. The Saskatoon-based uranium company had to temporarily lay off 845 employees at its McArthur River and Key Lake processing operations because the market remains oversupplied and prices are too low to restart idled production.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $3.70, or 1.63 per cent, to $222.85 on 197,893 shares. The Canadian e-commerce company says it will open its first bricks-and-mortar location in downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, a historic district filled with shops, restaurants and offices.last_img read more

BrownForman posts higher earnings in fiscal 2nd quarter

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. reported slightly higher second-quarter net income Wednesday on the strength of its American whiskey and tequila sales, but cautioned that it’s starting to feel the pinch from tariffs slapped on its spirits in key European markets.The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related inventory reductions shaved an estimated 2 percentage points off its underlying net sales growth in the three-month period.Brown-Forman, like other large spirits companies, stockpiled inventories in bracing for the effects of tariffs imposed in the European Union that targeted American whiskey and other U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum. In the first quarter, Brown-Forman estimated stockpiling contributed about two to three points of its underlying net sales growth.“While we are largely absorbing the tariff costs during fiscal 2019, we are confident in the long-term growth potential for our brands as we continue to build awareness with new consumers and increase our global distribution,” said COO Lawson Whiting, the company’s incoming CEO.Brown-Forman maintained its full fiscal-year earnings projection of $1.65 to $1.75 per share on projected underlying net sales growth of 6 per cent to 7 per cent. The earnings prediction assumes tariffs will remain in place the full fiscal year, it said.For the first half of its fiscal year, underlying net sales in developed international markets grew by 5 per cent, driven mainly by volume gains, the company said. But the tariff-related stockpiling momentum from the first quarter largely evaporated in the second quarter.“As anticipated, the developed international markets, and more specifically Europe, experienced substantial giveback during the second quarter associated with the first quarter’s wholesale and retail level tariff-related buy-ins, effectively reversing the incremental benefit from the first quarter,” Brown-Forman said in its earnings release.Foreign markets account for slightly more than half of Brown-Forman’s overall sales. EU countries represent slightly more than one-fourth of total sales.In the U.S., underlying net sales grew by 3 per cent in the first six months of the fiscal year, Brown-Forman said.Its Woodford Reserve bourbon brand was the biggest contributor to U.S. sales growth. Another growing bourbon brand, Old Forester, also posted a strong second-quarter performance, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey sales in the U.S. also accelerated in the quarter, it said.Emerging overseas markets posted another round of strong growth in underlying net sales, the company said.Brown-Forman reported net income of $249 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter ended Oct. 31. That’s compared to $239 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago. Quarterly net sales were essentially flat at $910 million.Brown-Forman shares have fallen 12 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has declined 5 per cent in the last 12 months.Among its brands, the entire Jack Daniel’s lineup had underlying net sales growth of 5 per cent for the first six months of the fiscal year, the company said. It reported 25 per cent underlying net sales growth for Woodford Reserve. Among its tequilas, Herradura was up 15 per cent and el Jimador rose 11 per cent.___A portion of this story was generated by Automated Insights ( ) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on BF.A at Schreiner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CCPA says BCs fracking review doesnt go far enough

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the B.C. Governments planned review of fracking isn’t going far enough.  The CCPA is concerned that the review will not consider the human health impacts of fracking.In November, 17 groups called for a full public inquiry was essential to get at what public policy changes are needed to eliminate the health and environmental risks associated with fracking. The groups also demanded a review of the OGC’s lax oversight of the industry.“In northeast BC, rural communities generally and isolated First Nation communities particularly are directly in harm’s way as the fossil fuel industry further encroaches on our shared lands and waters,” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Minister Mungall said earlier this month; the review will be done to ensure that fracking in B.C. is meeting the highest safety and environmental standards, and will be carried out by a three-member independent panel consisting of a professor of hydrogeology, a geological engineering professor and a geological engineer and geophysicist.“We know from preliminary studies that pregnant Indigenous women in the region have potential carcinogens in their blood that are six times higher than the Canadian average. We need nothing less than a full public inquiry that overtly addresses such harsh realities,” said Grand Chief Phillip.“What the government has done in response to our well-documented concerns is to appoint a far too narrowly focused science panel that very expressly won’t address what public policy and regulatory changes are needed to eliminate the serious health, ecological and climatic risks associated with fracking and all related natural gas infrastructure in this province. This is not a credible process, and we cannot support it,” says Ben Parfitt, a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.The Ministry said the panel would report its findings to Mungall before the end of the year.last_img read more

Drilling forecast goes from bad to worse after slow start to summer

first_imgCALGARY — The Canadian oilfield services sector is expected to continue to suffer as it enters the summer drilling season despite recent developments such as the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the election of a conservative government in Alberta.In a report that forecasts lower second-quarter revenue for most Canadian operators in the industry, RBC Dominion Securities analysts say they’ve cut their 2019 rig activity and well counts for this year by between six and eight per cent and in 2020 by five to six per cent.They say the reduction reflects a slow start to the third quarter last month due to wet weather in Western Canada, along with lower producer spending due to softer commodity price forecasts and continued oil production curtailments in Alberta. “We’ve seen a considerable loss of talent … whether it’s to the United States through some of our high-spec rigs moving down there or just people moving on to other industries and not coming back to the (oil)patch,” Bayko said.“We haven’t had steady work, whether on the drilling or the services side, for coming on five years here.”Springtime is normally the slowest season for the Canadian drilling sector because the melting landscape makes it difficult to move heavy equipment into backcountry locations.The average western Canadian rig count for the three months ended June 30 was 90, down 23 per cent from the same period in 2018, RBC noted. The downgrade reflects what is being seen throughout the industry these days thanks to a lack of investor confidence in Canadian energy, said John Bayko, vice-president of communications for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.“I think it has a lot to do with policy,” he said Tuesday, citing Ottawa’s recent approvals of Bill C-69 to revamp the way energy projects are approved and Bill C-48 to ban oil tankers off B.C.’s northern coast.“We just haven’t seen any commitment to this industry in this country that would cause people to think there’s a long-term plan for it.”There were 146 drilling rigs working or moving in Canada on Thursday out of an available fleet of 547 rigs, he said, compared with an average in July 2018 of 264 rigs.At about 135 jobs per rig, that means there are nearly 16,000 fewer people working in the industry now.Many Canadian oilfield workers have left the profession, Bayko said, but some are working in the United States because a total of at least 29 Canadian drilling rigs have been moved there since 2017.center_img It pointed out drilling in Alberta, traditionally the most active province, matched that decline while B.C. was up slightly year-over-year and Saskatchewan was flat.“The divergence potentially highlights the impact of oil production curtailments, which it seems some producers have addressed through natural declines, in our view,” RBC said in its report.Alberta enacted the program to cut oil output starting in January to support crude prices. The cuts have been gradually reduced but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said they may need to continue into 2020 if storage levels in the province remain high.Precision Drilling starts the parade of second-quarter results from Canadian oilfield services companies on Thursday.In its first-quarter report, it said it was relying on its U.S. operations for growth as its Canadian branches were generating a historic low of just 36 per cent of overall revenue.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PD)Dan Healing, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ohio State center Pat Elflein named one of five semifinalists for Outland

OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been named one of five semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.One of the team captains for the 2016 season, Elflein is starting for a third consecutive season. This year, the two-time first-team all-Big Ten lineman transitioned from guard to center, taking over after the departure of Jacoby Boren.Before the start of the season, there were questions surrounding the front five for OSU. Outside of Elflein and fellow All-American candidate Billy Price, the Buckeyes offensive line includes three first-year starters.Elflein has had a big role in an Ohio State offense that finds itself first in the Big Ten in rushing (267), yards per carry (5.7) and total offense (511.4). The Buckeyes also rank second nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg).Along with the Outland Trophy, Elflein is also one of 20 players in the running for the Lombardi Award, awarded to college football’s best lineman or linebacker, and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center. read more